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  2. Hands-On with Montblanc TimeWalker Chronographs

    Hands-On with Montblanc TimeWalker Chronographs

    Montblanc watches are usually not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of classic chronographs. The brain is more likely to conjure up images of a TAG Heuer Carrera, Rolex Daytona, Omega Speedmaster or Breitling Chronomat. But Montblanc has steadily made a name for itself in the esteemed (and really crowded) world of chronographs. The brand has shown its sporty side with its most recent Montblanc TimeWalker chronographs. Montblanc TimeWalkers at a Glance The Montblanc TimeWalker was designed for both the young and the young in spirit. We take a look at the Manufacture Chronograph Automatic 43-mm with a classic Panda dial and its slightly sleeker cousin, the TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph, a 41-mm watch with an eye-catching Reverse Panda dial. But let’s start with a short (and fun!) history lesson.  Made in the Minerva Tradition The uninitiated may ask, “Montblanc are the pen people, right?” Montblanc gained fame for creating some of the world’s most-coveted writing implements. Some functions often take a slight lead over form and attention to detail is paramount. This pragmatic and keen-eyed approach followed its foray into timepieces, with some help from a watchmaking legend. With over 150 years of crafting fine timepieces, Minerva traces its humble roots to a small Swiss village in 1858. There, two brothers began an enterprise that would grow to become a major player in the watch world of the 20th century. Near the dawn of the 21st century, Montblanc took the reins of the brand that still handcrafts its watches in an original workshop dating to 1902. Still with employees who have carried on the Minerva tradition for decades on end. Montblanc put a laser focus on Minerva’s specialization in chronographs and made the world stand up and take notice. Montblanc TimeWalker, A Modern Ode to Classic Chronographs The Montblanc TimeWalker’s Panda dial is an unashamed homage to vintage timepieces. Harkening back to the time when these bold black-and-white faces saw a surge in the 60s and 70s. The most well known of which is the “Paul Newman” Rolex Daytona. It was famously worn and promoted by the late movie star and Formula One driver. The Reverse Panda design offers a contemporary take in a striking mix of black, white and silver. This throwback flair gives the watch an old-school aesthetic without feeling dated that’s distinct and sure to garner attention.   While both dials serve as nods to the gauges that racers relied upon in the motor sports of yesteryear, they leap into the modern age with hands and indexes that are coated in Super-LumiNova. And these present well under almost any circumstance! Whether you’re dealing with high speed or low light, the second hand, a notable tribute to the iconic Minerva arrow, is clearly visible. The same goes for the hour and minute hands, which are rhodium plated for increased visibility. Slimmer and More Versatile We get to the age-old question of “does size matter?” Given that many watch aficionados find a 45-mm wide case just too big and bulky. Both the 41-mm entry-level and 43-mm cases offer refreshingly slimmer and more understated choices. Scaling back the bulk makes the new Montblanc TimeWalker watches much more wearable, pairing as easily with a sporty ensemble as they do with dress-casual attire.    Beyond the versatility of a slimmer size, the Montblanc TimeWalker can be fitted with calfskin, stainless steel or rubber straps. The latter seems like the obvious choice with a sporty aesthetic that best suits the watch’s racing heritage. Asymmetrical holes in the rubber and calfskin straps complete the design homage to the world of high-speed racing gone by. But slipping on a stainless steel bracelet instantly dresses up the watch for more formal environments. The Bracelet and Sub-Dials of a Montblanc TimeWalker The bracelet also more uniformly matches a stainless steel case. Its design cues from the alloy wheels of vintage roadsters. The satin-finished case exudes a simple, almost basic, elegance with a polished beveled edge and a solid one-piece black ceramic tachymeter bezel. Three-dimensional sub-dials are designed with legibility in mind. It also features white registers against black and vice versa. Adorned by the Montblanc star, the sub-dial at the nine o’clock position on the Panda model meshes seamlessly with a black-on-black motif. As you might have guessed, it’s the opposite on the Reverse Panda piece with striking white against a silvery-white palette. Montblanc TimeWalker Inner Workings While both are similar in form and function to a TAG Heuer Carrera, the Manufacture Chronograph Automatic has MB 25.10 in-house movement while the slimmer Automatic Chronograph has Calibre MB 25.07 powered by the Sellita SW500. Delving into Montblanc TimeWalker’s Durability Water resistant to 100 meters, a Montblanc TimeWalker also has ceramic bezels that are scratch resistant. A durable smoked-sapphire crystal takes its design cues from the engine houses of classic race cars. But what really tests these timepieces is the Montblanc proving grounds. Following those collection’s was the “Instruments of Glory.” The chronographs undergo the rigors of the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500, a series of rough-and-tumble exercises that recreate the wear a watch will weather in its first 500 hours.     So while chronograph purists may still feel more secure seeking out a TAG Heuer Monaco, Breitling Navitimer or Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, a whole new wave of watch lovers are puttinga  Montblanc on their wrists.

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  3. Why Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is a Great Choice

    Why Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is a Great Choice

    In the era of modern diving watches, there’s a huge and endless collection of exquisite and attractive pieces to fit every taste. Whether you choose a modern-styled watch or you get your hands on the futuristic pieces, the market is full of options. However, even in the realm of plentiful watches, a brand like Blancpain has something special to offer. Their Blancpain Fifty Fathoms collection stands apart. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms collection epitomizes Blancpain’s passion and zeal for the underwater world. History of Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Jehan-Jacques Blancpain perceived the potential in watchmaking, a completely new business activity. Since the foundation of Blancpain in 1735, their watches enjoyed great success from the earliest years. The heirs of the Blancpain perpetuated his expertise. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms collection epitomizes Blancpain’s passion and zeal for the underwater world. It was originally expressed with the creation of first modern diver’s watch in 1953. Developed with French Military divers, Bod Malobier and Claude Riffaud required a rugged and functional watch for their precarious mission. A Great Choice The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, as a watch itself and also the entire collection, is one of the most iconic watches. This modern version of the timepiece is the worthy descendant of the legendary ancestral watches ever created. The brand has unveiled many versions, but all the Fifty Fathoms models feature the main signature elements. They Offer Variety Since its launch, the Fifty Fathoms comes in series with a lot of variety. However, at the core of this diversified series sits the ref. 5015. Reference 5015 is the 45mm Fifty Fathoms Automatique model which hosts a steel case with a black dial. Although it was beautiful, it may seem to lack the toughness of a tool-watch. The problem was solved by introducing a new titanium variant of the ref. 5015. Titanium alloy is known for its various characteristics like its hard texture. The impact resistant and the corrosion resistant are great features too. Being strong and rust-proof, the titanium is ideal for field watches and divers. Easy to Wear Despite the 45mm diameter, titanium also means greater comfort. As titanium is about twice less dense than steel, the low-density properties of titanium give it a lighter texture. Thus, the main advantage of titanium helps the Fifty Fathoms to retain the characteristic large diameter while reducing the burden on the wearer’s wrist. The ‘burden reduction’ receives high respect and praise of divers as they have to carry a lot of sports equipment during the dive. The Fifty Fathoms is appreciated by modern white-collar workers as well. The lightweight watch meets the demands of everyday wear, making it undoubtedly a suitable choice. Water Resistant The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch has been favored by professional divers since its launch. It has also won the confidence of scuba divers worldwide. Being a timepiece with a 45mm titanium case, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch is water resistant. It is water resistant to 300 meters. Improved Visibility Apart from extraordinary technical achievements, the latest additions to the series are a great tribute to pioneers as well. The modern Fifty Fathoms series has made scuba diving easier by improving the visibility of watches under any circumstances. The Super-LumiNova luminous coating covers the front ring scale, dial hour scale, and hands. It gives a sharp contrast with the black dial with solar radiation texture. The filling of Super-LumiNova provides effortless legibility, thus making it easier to glance at the watch even in the murkiest waters. Unobstructed Movement The sapphire glass on the back offers an impeded view of the famous Blancpain caliber 1315 operations. This modern movement with automatic winding is 30.60mm in diameter and 5.65m thick. Being equipped with three high-performance barrels coupled in series, the caliber 1315 is able to provide a robust power reserve up to 5 days or 120 hours. The silicon hairspring is non-magnetic and shock-resistant thus it is undisturbed by the magnetic field. Timeless Beauty Blancpain Fifty Fathoms follows the purest tradition of watchmaking craftsmanship. Additionally, a variety of decorative techniques such as solar radiation, spiral radiation, fish scale pearl, and ring satin highlight the unique beauty of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms series. Last but not least, the dark grey color of Fifty Fathoms makes it a stylish daily-beater. A Statement of Luxury The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms has many signature elements in common with, and also distinct from, its vintage predecessors. It is moving towards being a more luxurious watch which is evident in both the finishing and the price. For more than 60 years, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms has become a benchmark for the entire industry. The brand uses innovative materials and new technical solutions to push the limits of its timepieces and to fulfill the most sophisticated demands.

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  4. Closer Look at the Tissot Le Locle

    Closer Look at the Tissot Le Locle

    Ready to get up close and personal with the Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80? Tissot has straddled the worlds of fine watchmaking and everyday access for over a century and a half. Famous for mass producing a pocket watch in 1853, the Swiss watchmakers have since become a favorite of both the rich-and-famous and everyday folk alike. Tissots have been spotted on the wrists of Elvis Presley and Grace Kelly. Angelina Jolie has worn them in films and basketball star Tony Parker serves as a brand ambassador. But you are just as likely to see a well-dressed office-mate sporting a Tissot. This beloved dichotomy is ever present in the Tissot Le Locle.   A Watch Centuries in the Making What’s in a name? Well, if we’re talking about “Le Locle” it’s about a town at the heart of Swiss watchmaking history. Watchmaking began there in the 1600s and the town of Le Locle has since been home to some of the world’s most prestigious timepiece workshops for centuries. Given the spot’s import in the pantheon of Swiss timekeeping, it’s no surprise that Tissot chose the name of Le Locle for its premier line. Elegance Over Opulence If you are wearing a Tissot there’s a good chance you’re not hopping across the globe in your private jet (okay, maybe Angelina is). Yes, Tissot is known for leaning to the luxury side, but it’s equally well regarded for its functionality and overall versatility. This nexus where practicality meets refinement is proudly on display with the Tissot Le Locle. You can slip it on for dress occasions and the watch can even step in with formal wear, but a Tissot Le Locle is just as comfortable accompanying you out and about on a casual weekend. Size, Shape and Subtle Touches Catering to its refined nature, the case is on the smaller side with a diameter of 39.3-mm and thickness of 9.8-mm, standing in stark contrast to most sport watches with their bulk on amped-up display. In size, shape and overall feel, the Tissot Le Locle falls easily into the dress-watch camp. On a black crocodile strap, it adds a graceful and understated touch to a suit or dress-casual ensemble. The leather strap employs a deployment clasp that further enhances the good looks with the added value of a secure and snug fit. Of course, deployment-clasp detractors will always point out that they can sometimes be more difficult to unclasp. If not entirely head-turning (Tissot leaves that to its T-Sport line), the Tissot Le Locle’s face is sure to catch the eyes of many. The silver guilloche dial and stainless steel domed-bezel epitomize subtle elegance, seamlessly complemented by silver tone markers and hands. The matte black and chrome model exudes something of an Art Deco vibe with equal sophistication.     It would be hard to imagine anything but Roman numerals to complete the sophisticated presentation (again, Tissot correctly assigns Arabic numerals to its sporty offerings). That “1853” on the Le Locle dial is a nod to the year of Tissot’s founding and the italicized “Le Locle” marking radiates a charming vintage vibe. The sapphire crystal is slightly domed but gives off a flat appearance. You won’t find many extras on this timepiece (nor should you seek them) other than a date feature. While it does boast water resistance of up to 30 meters, best not to take this one swimming. It’s a watch meant for landlubbers and best treated as such. Still, feel secure in that any unintended rainfall or sink slip-up won’t destroy your watch.   A Window Into the Inner Workings Flip over the case to behold a work of art. You can get just a glimpse of the inside movement through a semi-exhibition caseback. The rest of the rear real estate features engravings and embossments that tell the watch’s story in fine style.    Keeping in line with many upscale Swiss offerings before it, the Tissot Le Locle employs Swiss-made ETA movement. While not in-house (a seriously expensive proposition) the movement from SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse is a solid choice. Tissot will tell you that the movement is accurate up to 20 seconds a day but users have reported an average loss of much less. A Half Dozen Different Styles While overall they’re the same, such as case size and shape, numeral style and the guilloche pattern dial, the variations of the Le Locle offer decidedly different moods. You can go with a black or silver dial. Cases come in silver, gold and rose gold. As for straps, you can opt for brown leather, black leather or a stainless steel bracelet.      Tissot Le Locle Value Versus Quality Given that you can shop online and find a host of Tissot Le Locles for under $500, we’d have to call this one an amazing deal. With Swiss-made quality, a sapphire crystal and impeccable looks to boot, the low entry-level cost is considerable. Quality? Check. Affordability? Check. Inimitable style? Double check. If you’re looking for a smart dress watch to fill out a well-tailored look it’s hard to beat the Le Locle.  

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  5. Grand Seiko: 3 Reasons Why We Love the Brand

    Grand Seiko: 3 Reasons Why We Love the Brand

    What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Grand Seiko? Well, if you’re like most watch collectors out there, you’re probably wondering why the brand is so awesome. Yes, Grand Seiko is one of the many luxury watch brands that has been disrupting the industry for years. And of course, we figured that it’s only normal for us to let you in why Grand Seiko stands out even in the midst of other big brands. In this article, we’re going to explore up to three key factors that make Grand Seiko a must-have for avid watch collectors. So check out why a whole lot of collectors love this brand. Trust us, you’re sure to fall in love too (that’s if you haven’t already). Let’s dive in! 1: Grand Seiko History First off, Grand Seiko has a rich history that you’ll certainly want to check out. Now, for most watch lovers, GS may be seen as a newcomer in the luxury watch world and we can’t possibly blame them for that. Yes, the brand actually entered the US market a few years ago and started making waves in English-speaking countries thereafter. It’s however important to note that Grand Seiko has been here since 1881. Yes, Seiko has always been committed to creating premium quality timepieces, but unfortunately, they weren’t regarded as one of the big players in the industry. As time went by, Seiko decided to give one of their major divisions (Suwa) the responsibility of creating a Grand Seiko. Of course, their goal was to make the original model (Grand Seiko) the most outstanding wristwatch that they were able to produce at that point in time. Moving forward, at this time, the Grand Seiko was not seen as a collection — it was actually considered a model. Yes, the Seiko’s classic three hand, no date, manual wind watch went mainstream. But of course, it didn’t stop there — the brand’s success led to the birth of many more models including watches with automatic winding, dates and different frequencies. Going International It’s also worth noting that Seiko’s success gave them the chance to compete internationally. Essentially, the brand entered wristwatch movements into Neuchatel chronometer testing in 1964. For those who might not be aware, the Neuchatel observatory rate watches and give their corresponding rank in line with other movements in the competition. Of course, the ultimate goal is to know the brand that produced the most accurate timepieces. Well, at this time, Grand Seiko’s results were far below expectations. But interestingly, they were able to do better — in 1967, Seiko’s movements moved from the 144th place into the top ten! That’s not all — GS also went ahead to compete in a Geneva competition that’s pretty similar to the Neuchatel chronometer trials. And the good thing is, this time, the brand performed excellently well. Yes, they won 4th place out of 10, making their movements to be the most accurate of all mechanical watch movements! All in all, Grand Seiko’s illustrious history is clearly one of the reasons why we and other watch collectors can’t get enough of their incredible pieces. 2: Grand Seiko Movements Another thing that sets Grand Seiko apart from the crowd is the accuracy of their watches. The not-so-best Grand Seiko has better accuracy rating than many other watch brands on the market. Even a watch collector with little to no knowledge about the brand’s movements can take the plunge and end up with an incredibly accurate watch. Essentially, Grand Seiko has done its best to stay true to their heritage while making great changes to the technology of their movements. Speaking of which, the spring drive is one movement that expresses Grand Seiko’s impressive philosophy. This revolutionary movement basically integrates the fine finishing and assembly of a mechanical GS from the 1960s with a state-of-the-art high-tech tri-synchro regulator. The Battery  It’s clear to see that Grand Seiko basically fuses the old with the new thus creating battery-less, fully mechanical movement. That movement stores all its energy in a mainspring. That’ll boast an accuracy that exceeds most quartz watches. In a nutshell, with GS, collectors will get to have a combination of the beauty of a traditional watch and accuracy of a high tech one. So, what’s the point? Well, it’s pretty simple — Grand Seiko’s watch movements are equal to none. There are still many other things to learn about them. 3: Grand Seiko Craftsmanship The last but certainly not the least reason why love Grand Seiko is their incredible craftsmanship. In today’s luxury watch world, they’re one of the few brands that are a classic. They have stayed true to traditional watch polishing, assembly, and adjustment. Just about every part of a GS is polished with a Japanese technique known as “zaratsu.” Now, if you’re familiar with Japanese history, you’ll relate when we say sword polishing was taken very seriously. Yes, contrary to what you thought, the entire process wasn’t done by the swordsmith alone. Instead, once the swordsmith is done with his job, he gives the blade to a “togishi” who polishes it to perfection. Why does this matter? Only because Grand Seiko zaratsu technique follows the exact same process. Moving forward, you should be aware that brand’s models don’t just come with extremely fine finishing. First off, the job is actually and of course, entirely done by master watchmakers. And interestingly, the watchmakers adjust the timepieces in 6 positions to take better control of the effects of gravity. That’s a feature that’s known only to the best and most elite of watchmakers. Finally, and for what it’s worth, the testing and adjustment of a Grand Seiko take 17 days — a pretty amazing fact to keep in mind. Conclusion And that’s it! These are top 3 reasons why Grand Seiko watches are totally worth checking out. In the end it’s all up to you to get yourself a GS timepiece that you’re sure to treasure for years.

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  6. Hands-On with the Omega Constellation

    Hands-On with the Omega Constellation

    I recently had the privilege of getting my hands on one of the latest Omega Constellation. While this collection does not have the name recognition of the Seamaster or Speedmaster, it has quickly become one of my favorite offerings from this brand. One phrase experts often use to describe products is “everyday watch.” What this means is that the timepiece lends itself to being worn every day, rather than just for special occasions. I believe that the Omega Constellation is one of the best everyday watches on the market, and I explain why in the sections below. Brand Omega is one of the most recognizable brands in the luxury watch space, and for good reason. They famously put Speedmasters on the first astronauts who went to the moon, outfitted James Bond in multiple movies, and have established themselves as one of the best timepiece companies in the world. Rolex and Omega seem to always be in the same conversation. The reason is that they are both top-tier brands and have similar price points. Discussing the Constellation is another area where Rolex comes up because this model is so much like the Day-Date and Datejust. All three are everyday watches, have simple designs, and serve the same purpose in a watch collection. The question is, does the Constellation give you more bang for your buck? As much as I adore Rolex, I do think that most Omega products are a better deal than their Swiss counterpart. The Constellation is no exception, as it does everything that the Rolex models do and still comes in at a lower price. History of the Constellation This watch is one with some legitimate history, and it all began in 1952. Omega released it soon after World War II ended, with its name coming from a famous Jet that flew during the war. It was a major success right away. While not as popular in Western countries, it was and still is one of the best-selling watches in China and other parts of Asia. The one complaint people have about the Constellation is that the design is a bit plainer than the models of old. While I understand that position, it is also reasonable to enjoy every era of this iconic watch. Appearance   While this watch comes in multiple designs, the most popular one has a blue strap, silver case, and blue dial. This color combination flat out works, and it looks fantastic with almost any outfit. I also love the simplicity of the dial. Omega doesn’t crowd it with extraneous subdials or design features. Instead, they give it a simple date window, a classy design, and a texture that is incredibly pleasing to the eye. The last thing to note on appearance is this watch’s fluted bezel, which is absolutely gorgeous and feels great beneath your fingers. Materials The model I handled has a domed sapphire crystal, stainless steel case, and a leather strap. Each of those three components is a level above most watches that I’ve handled, and I fully endorse them. The one that I was most impressed by was the crystal. It is scratch resistant, anti-reflective on both sides, and has an incredibly charming domed effect. General Craftsmanship The quality of this watch is excellent from top to bottom. That includes the fluted bezel, case, strap, and everything in between. While not built to withstand a ton of pressure, this timepiece should last you for generations. It is tough against scratches, has 100m water resistance, and is overall resilient against the trials of day to day life. Movement The movement inside the Omega Constellation is quite good. It has a 60-hour power reserve, automatically winds itself, and has a gorgeous aesthetic quality. My one qualm with it is that I prefer a watch with three days of power reserve at the minimum. Still, it’s hard to complain about machinery that is so accurate and reliable. What Makes it Special For what makes this watch special, I will go back to our discussion about Rolex’s Day-Date and Datejust. Those are two of the most sought-after day to day timepieces in the world, but their price point is just too high for the majority of consumers. What makes the Constellation special is that it packs in nearly as much quality as those products but is generally a few thousand dollars cheaper. Overall Impression Omega is famous for delivering a ton of value with their watches. While many other brands of this quality choose to sell for over $10,000, they break the mold by keeping their timepieces accessible to a higher proportion of collectors. The Constellation is a prime example of that trend, and I see it as one of the best buys you can make in the current watch market. If it catches your eye, don’t hesitate. Go get one for yourself.

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  7. A Closer Look at the Rolex Batman Watch

    A Closer Look at the Rolex Batman Watch

    Of all the watches that Rolex offers, the Rolex Batman might be their most popular right now. First, let’s go over what that name refers to. It is the GMT Master II with the black and blue bezel. People call it the Batman because those colors correspond with an older version of that superhero. Now, onto the watch. Below, I explain why the Rolex Batman watch is so popular among collectors and consumers alike. Brand One thing people often do not know about Rolex is that it started under the name ‘Wilsdorf and Davis,’ which came from its founders, Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis. The name was soon changed to the iconic ‘Rolex,’ and the company started making history all around the world. That started when it outfitted a swimmer with the first waterproof watch and had her swim across the English Channel with it. This tradition of achievement lives on to this day, with a recent example being sending a timepiece to the very bottom of the ocean. Capabilities aside, Rolex has a certain aura around it that no other watch brand has. It balances mainstream appeal with the adoration of collectors like no other, and it is more recognizable than any other company in this niche. Purchasing a Rolex is a right of passage for many young professionals and a status symbol for those who are already established. While every fan of the brand has their own favorite, the Rolex Batman is a watch that is in constant demand. Appearance The funny thing about Rolex watches is that while they signal status, they aren’t particularly flashy. In fact, their designs are quite understated, classic, and even elegant. The Rolex Batman is no exception. It has a black dial, white dial elements, and the kind of hands that you would expect on a GMT. The factor that sets it apart, though, is its bright bezel. There’s just something so attractive about the way the black and blue look next to each other. In the right light, it is as bright and beautiful as any watch on the market. Overall, I consider the Rolex Batman watch to be one of the most handsome timepieces in existence. Movement The movement in the Rolex Batman watch is incredibly accurate. It loses or gains just 2 seconds per day, and as an added benefit, has a 70-hour power reserve. You also get to enjoy keeping time in two zones at once, as this movement supports a GMT clock. I’ll touch on that a bit later. General Craftsmanship Again, you can’t really knock Rolex in any of these categories. The Batman is sturdy, well made, and should hold up to any day to day trials that you put it through. One thing to note, though, is that this piece only has 100m water resistance. As a result, I wouldn’t go swimming with it. Materials  The materials on this watch are precisely the quality you’d expect from Rolex. Your standard GMT Master II comes in Oystersteel, which is Rolex’s proprietary stainless-steel recipe. Its selling point is that it is even more scratch resistant and tough than typical materials. One small adjustment that the brand made recently is that the Batman now comes on a slightly different strap. That change has not affected the makeup of its materials, though. What Makes the Rolex Batman Watch So Special The first thing that makes this watch special is a factor we’ve already gone over. It is the aesthetic quality of that black and blue bezel. I am not alone in saying that it is incredibly gorgeous, as collectors around the world are scrambling to get their hands-on Batman’s every day. The second is the fact that it has a GMT complication, which lets you keep time in two zones at once. It does so through a simple mechanism. First, Rolex installs a fourth hand on the dial. It is bright blue and points all the way to the outside of the watch. Second, they number the bezel from 1 to 24, making it a 24-hour clock. What you can do as a result is set that larger GMT hand to a second time zone that corresponds with a number on your bezel. This function is both exciting for regular people and useful for those that travel frequently. How You Can Get A Rolex Batman Watch for Yourself My one gripe with the Rolex Batman watch has nothing to do with the product itself. Instead, it is with the supply and demand surrounding it. As mentioned above, this timepiece is one of the most sought after in the world. At the same time, Rolex is not producing enough of them to meet that demand. What we end up with is a situation where you have to choose between two options: Buy it at MSRP but wait years to get it. Pay a premium by buying from a third-party seller. If you absolutely need to get a Rolex Batman for yourself, those are your two choices. I personally would take option two, but you’ll have to make that call for yourself. Regardless, you’re going to end up with a fantastic watch. I can promise you that.

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  8. Choosing Between Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Choosing Between Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre are two of the most respected names in the watch world. Additionally, collectors often find themselves choosing between these two brands because there is so much overlap in their offerings. For example, many people who are looking for an elegant luxury watch come to the Santos de Cartier, Cartier Tank, and Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. What they end up with is a seriously tough choice. Below, I do my best to help you make that decision for yourself. Cartier History Cartier was established by a French entrepreneur in 1847. Today, it is part of a greater conglomerate, but it retained family ownership for over 100 years. The brand has always been synonymous with luxury, but not always with luxury watches. In fact, Cartier is likely best known for its jewelry manufacturing. Their history of supplying royal families with priceless jewels supports that reputation, along with King Edward VII calling them “the jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers.” Jaeger-LeCoultre History Jaeger-LeCoultre has a more typical watch manufacturer history. It began in 1833, and the brand quickly became a large-scale producer of timepieces. They were so proficient that they even supplied many other big-name companies, one of them being Patek Philippe. One thing that you might find amusing in this comparison is that Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre once had a similar relationship, where the latter supplied the former with movements. This company was and still is considered one of the great luxury watchmakers in the world. Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cartier Brand Identity Despite having many similar watches, these two horological giants actually have significantly different brand identities. Cartier’s defining characteristics are being elegant and having a very diverse catalog. They sell jewelry and a variety of other items, all of them meticulously crafted with luxury in mind. Jaeger-LeCoultre, on the other hand, is more of a pure watchmaker. They seek elegance as well, but their devotion to offering only watches leads to a different identity. Niche Cartier essentially only offers luxury watches. You’ll find sportier models here and there, but they do almost all of their work in the dress watch space. Jaeger-LeCoultre has a more well-rounded catalog. Browsing through it, you’ll find dress watches, chronographs, GMTs, and everything in between. Simply put, Cartier really only offers products in one niche. Jaeger-LeCoultre does so in many. Cartier’s Iconic Watches Cartier is most famous for the following 3 collections. Tank – The Cartier Tank is one of the oldest watch models in the world. Inspired by military equipment from World War I, this gorgeous design has stood the test of time and become an absolute classic. Santos – This collection is similar to the Tank, but sports a square shape, rather than a rectangle. It is another timepiece that seems to never go out of style. With such a timeless design, it isn’t surprising that this is the case. Ballon – Cartier’s two most recognizable watches have a rectangular shape. Still, they also do circles, with the Ballon Bleu de Cartier likely being the most notable example. Collectors who prefer a timepiece that is a bit less common often opt for this collection over the Santos and Tank. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Iconic Watches The 3 collections below are the most popular among Jaeger-LeCoultre buyers. Reverso – The Reverso is a fantastic timepiece from top to bottom, has an amazing history, and entrances collectors with its reversible face. Add all of those together and you have a can’t-miss watch. Master – This collection is absolutely beautiful and offers some very cool features, one of them being a moon phase. It is an excellent option for those of you who want luxury but don’t love the Reverso. Polaris – While Jaeger-LeCoultre is best known as a luxury brand, they have some fantastic sporty pieces in their Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection. This is where they incorporate chronographs and other aviation capabilities. How to Choose Between Them Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cartier If you still can’t decide, I recommend looking at the following 3 points. 1: Style – As we’ve discussed, Cartier really only offers one style. It is elegant and luxurious dress watches. If that’s what you want, you will still have a tough choice. On the other hand, if you prefer something a bit different, like a chronograph, then Jaeger-LeCoultre is the clear choice. 2: Aesthetics – Another easy way to decide is by looking at appearances. Does one watch jump out at you as having a truly exceptional design? If so, get it. 3: Brand Identity – Lastly, you might take issue with the fact that Cartier is better known as a jeweler. This would lead you to Jaeger-LeCoultre, a purer watchmaker. You might feel the opposite way too, as Cartier’s reputation may appeal to you. I hope you now have some clarity as to which of these two exceptional brands is right for you. The good news is that you really can’t go wrong in making this choice. Why? Because fantastic companies like Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre don’t disappoint buyers very often.

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  9. Top Designer Watches for Men and Women

    Top Designer Watches for Men and Women

    A watch is a fashion accessory that will depend on the need. In fact, the use also determines the kind of perfect watch you should gift to someone. If you’re looking to gift the watch to an athletic person, you’re more likely to spend money on sports watches. Meanwhile, a more fashionable individual might want a luxury watch. Here are the top designer watches for men and women in 2019 that would make an excellent gift! Designer Watches for Men 1: Tag Heuer  Tag Heuer created Kirium 10 with the relevancy of a steel bracelet and case. These designer watches are ideal quartz movements. Men usually tend to appreciate the number of features the watch incorporates rather than the bulkiness of the design. Thus, this watch fits best to the need for accuracy, durability, and functionality. 2: Jaeger LeCoultre Jaeger has made the LeCoultre Master Ultrathin Moon 39 to please the customers that will to own a masterpiece. The timepiece has an incorporated uncluttered round face. The watch follows the analog time mechanism and a calendar and date window. This is relevant for the ease of access at any time and place. The best feature of this watch is the data recorder that intelligently works to map the phases of the moon with the course of time. Featuring a black leather band, this watch is a very steady investment. Similarly, the sleekness and thinness of the watch add to the simplicity of the design, making it more fashionable. 3: Girard Perregaux Girard has created a vintage watch; the Perregaux Vintage 1945. This is by far, the company’s best product to hit the market. Despite the regular differences, which alter on the basis of your choice, the design is quite exquisite. It incorporates a square face design with a simple analog dial mechanism. The company may seem exclusive as compared to the prevalent retailers; however, the watches they make always stand out of the crowd. 4: Ulysse Nardin Ulysse Nardin created the Maxi Marine Diver Chronometer which incorporates a round stainless steel body. It is secured with a titanium and rubber strap. This ultimately indicates the capability of the watch not to be ruined by water. The watch’s deep blue face with analog arms adds a casual look to it. The sapphire crystals make the glass scratch-free. Overall, the watch is ideal for use around or near the waters. If you will to invest in an old-school luxury watch, this is the ideal catch. 5: Blancpain Le Brassus This Blancpain Minute Repeater Carousel 0235-3631-55B is a one-of-a-kind watch. The repeater is helpful in providing an unparalleled experience. Encased in 18 karat gold, the look is completed with an elegant alligator leather strap. The watch is a favorite among the other varieties and definitely a statement to maintain this year. Designer Watches for Women 1: Breguet Breguet renewed their collection for the New Year. The variety in Reine de Naples 8908 was also updated. If you’re looking for a watch for someone who is a sucker for rose-gold watches, then this is the best. The watch comes with an 18 Karat rose-gold case. The best part is the 128 diamonds that are encircling the dial. These designer watches have elegance that is worth the money. 2: Patek Philippe There might be some of you that are interested in manually wound chronograph watches. Patek Philippe has created the design for you this New Year, Ref.7150/150R. It is embellished with a rose-gold dial which is the most loved shade when it comes to women watches. The dial has a silver and opaline contrast. The finishing touches have been provided by the diamonds on the bezel, making the watch look stunning. 3: Bovet Bovet has created the infamous Miss Audrey that is a convertible watch. It can be converted to a pendant and a table clock! If you’re in the mood to gift an azure watch, then go for the blue dial. For regular or casual purposes, the brown will do justice too. Another great feature is the stainless steel framework which makes it light and easy to carry. 4: Rado Rado created the True Thinline Nature collection. This is actually a very interesting watch created after the inspirational gardens at Malta and Italy. It comes in three different dial patterns which represent leaves, water, and earth. The subtlety of the design is worth investing in. 5: Parmigiani Fleurier This Parmigiani Fleurier watch has been released again with the name Kalparisma Nova Galaxy. As the name suggests, the dial comes in a pattern that resembles a starry sky appearance. This is made by tiny copper insertions. The watch glass is made in aventurine. Overall, it’s a good investment if you want to gift a unique and different item! Designer Watches Verdict Selecting the ideal watch can be an extreme sport. It will ultimately depend on the kind of investment you want to make and for whom to make. The ideal watch will be the one that provides credibility and sustainability over time as compared to the money you’ll be putting in. We’d suggest you go through the detailed features of each product before deciding which one is the ideal catch for you.

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  10. Reviewing the Rolex Yacht-Master II

    Reviewing the Rolex Yacht-Master II

    While the Submariner and GMT Master II get the most buzz, Rolex actually has an extensive catalog that is full of watches you may not have heard of. One of them is the Rolex Yacht-Master II. This timepiece is one of the more polarizing out there because it is so flashy and expensive. Of course, that doesn’t just mean that it has a few haters. It also means that the Yacht-Master II has a cult following of people who absolutely love it. Below, I cover both sides of the debate by going over each aspect of this watch. Brand The one thing that everyone can agree on is that Rolex is an exceptional brand. They’re independent, in high demand at all times, and create truly fantastic products. Rolex has been at the top of the watch world since the early 1900s, and they show no signs of slowing down. What separates them from the rest of the market is their proficiency in both luxury and function. On the one hand, they manufacture tough, tool-like watches. Whether you drop your Rolex, get it wet, or put it under any other stress, it should keep on ticking. On the other hand, they have become masters of luxury by offering precious metals and elegant designs. The market has rewarded Rolex for their devotion to the craft. This is evidenced by the wait lists that come with purchasing watches from them. While you can buy certain models at any time, the most popular are on backorder for years. This is a testament to how appealing Rolex is, though it is frustrating for collectors. Rolex Yacht-Master II Appearance Plain and simple, the Rolex Yacht-Master II is very flashy. Your standard steel model has a silver case, blue bezel, and a dial that features red, white, and blue coloring. It definitely has a patriotic look to it, as it incorporates the three colors of the United States flag. In my opinion, the design on this watch works and would look great on most people’s wrists. If you want to get something a bit more luxurious, you can opt for different materials. That includes a two-tone model with Everose gold, an especially bright yellow gold option, and a very interesting white gold and platinum blend. Each color scheme has a different personality, so be sure to look at all of them before making your decision. Rolex Yacht-Master II Materials First, let’s go over the materials that every Rolex Yacht-Master II has. They are a sapphire crystal and stainless-steel interior components. Both of them have fantastic quality and definitely live up to this model’s price range. The difference between them comes in the form of metal type, which we touched on above. Rolex offers Oystersteel, Everose gold, yellow gold, white gold, and platinum. This gives you a great selection of materials to choose from. Rolex Yacht-Master II Movement The movement on this watch is likely the most interesting part of it. While most timepieces have typical complications, such as showing a date, the Yacht-Master II has one that is oddly specific. It is a stopwatch that counts down from ten. This function is meant for timing the start of Regattas, but you can use it for any task that takes under ten minutes to complete. This strange chronograph is especially unique because of the way it functions. Not only does the bezel have a direct effect on how the watch works, but the Yacht-Master II has a mechanical memory that can always bring you back to where you left off. The stopwatch function is made possible by the 4161 movement that Rolex manufactures themselves. Aside from its complication, this piece of machinery is also incredibly accurate. It should only lose or gain two seconds per day, which helps with not having to reset your watch all the time. Rolex Yacht-Master II General Craftsmanship Though this watch only has 100m water resistance, it was not created for diving. Instead, it is a watch you wear while on a boat, not under it. Resistance aside, it is clearly very well made, as most Rolex watches are. I fully endorse its craftsmanship. What Makes Rolex Yacht-Master II Special The defining characteristic of this watch is how beautiful, ostentatious, and unapologetic it is. Between its design, materials, color scheme, and complication, you have a timepiece that is truly unique. Watch companies often do not surprise their customers. Luckily, Rolex still does so here and there, as evidence by their somewhat recent Yacht-Master II release. Rolex Yacht-Master II Overall Impression You will have to decide for yourself whether you think the Rolex Yacht-Master II is charming or obnoxious. While some will enjoy having a unique complication, others will dislike how little function it has outside of specific events. In a similar vein, some will love the original design of this watch, while others will be more drawn to conventional models. Wherever you end up, one thing is certain: The Rolex Yacht-Master II is hard to take your eyes off of.

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  11. A Closer Look at Piaget Watches: Piaget Polo S

    A Closer Look at Piaget Watches: Piaget Polo S

    Piaget watches has one of the best reputations in the luxury watch world. Just about every expert agrees that they manufacture excellent timepieces and deliver a substantial amount of value in each of their products. A few years ago, they updated one of their old lines and introduced the Piaget Polo S. Collectors were instantly excited and entranced by this piece due to its gorgeous design and delighted to find that it had a high level of quality as well. Below, I tell you everything you need to know about the Piaget Polo S. The Brand Georges-Édouard Piaget started his business in 1876, but it didn’t quite look like the top-tier manufacturer we see today. In fact, he and his team only manufactured movements and sold them to watchmakers, rather than creating products of their own. That all changed a few years later when the brand was born. Piaget’s business has changed quite a bit in the last 50 years. First, their watchmaking skills continued to grow, and they became one of the better timepiece producers in the world. Second, they have built up a legitimate reputation in the jewelry world. They are now an all-around powerhouse luxury brand with an excellent reputation among collectors. History of the Piaget Polo S Most watches hit the market and get little to no reaction, usually due to them being not attractive or original. The ones that send waves through the horology world do so because they’re new and exciting in some way. The two factors that led to this watch’s meteoric rise were its unique look and excellent marketing. An interesting aspect of the latter was Piaget getting Ursula Andress, one of the all-time most famous “bond girls,” to help with advertising. It wasn’t long before massive celebrities like Andy Warhol and Sammy Davis Junior were wearing the Polo, and eventually, sales from the watch made up a third of Piaget’s total sales. The Polo has evolved quite a bit in the last 20 years, as it has become Piaget’s signature watch. It now incorporates a variety of materials, complications, and color schemes. While it has changed quite a bit from the original design, collectors around the world still adore it. Design The design on the Piaget Polo S is a bit of a paradox. On the one hand, it is incredibly simple and has very few elements that really catch your eye. On the other, it is surprisingly attractive and alluring. I believe that this effect comes from the combination of an interesting shape and no-frills construction. All in all, this watch is one with class and style. My favorite element of it is its dial. First, the most popular models have a gorgeous, deep blue coloring. Even better, you can pair that with a matching leather strap and achieve top-tier aesthetic quality. Another is the texture on the dial, which is delightfully ribbed. These little features add up and making this watch incredibly charming to look at. Craftsmanship and Materials You definitely can’t knock the Polo S on craftsmanship or materials. It is well built, incredibly sturdy, and gives you a lot of quality for its price range. The standard model comes in a high grade of stainless steel and with a sapphire crystal. More expensive options give you precious metals like rose gold and diamonds. No matter which you pick, your watch will undoubtedly have a high level of quality. Movement Piaget constructs their movements in-house and does so at a very high level. The one you’ll get in your Polo S will be accurate, have a 50-hour power reserve, and shouldn’t need a tuneup for many years after purchase. Another positive aspect of this watch is that you can watch its movement work through its case back. This factor gives you a more intimate relationship with the inner workings of your timepiece. The Family it Belongs to One of the defining trends of the last 40 years has been a move towards watches that are both luxurious and sporty. The most famous example of all time is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, with the Patek Philippe Nautilus being a close second. This is the family that the Piaget Polo S belongs to. It is eye-catching, luxurious, and sturdy all at the same time, and those that own it only have good things to say. Even better, this watch is much less expensive than the two previously mentioned. That factor makes it an especially attractive buy. Overall Impression  Plain and simple, the Piaget Polo S is a fantastic watch and one that I endorse completely. The reason why is that it achieves two crucial goals simultaneously. Not only does it belong to the same family as the Royal Oak and Nautilus, but it also doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg to purchase. These factors combined make the Polo S an excellent choice for any collector who is interested in it.

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