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  2. Sustainable Watches: 4 Great Options

    Sustainable Watches: 4 Great Options

    It’s the year 2020 and sustainability is cool. Citizens of the world became more aware of the impacts of it. The environment is changing the way in which they shop and purchase watches. Even though most brands are aware of this, few luxury watch brands currently offer sustainable watches that are worth mentioning. There are some sustainable watches on the market that are nothing short of incredible. Today, we’ll be filling you in with four sustainable watch options across various price points that look good, work well, and do their bit for the environment. Sustainable Watches 1: Alpine Eagle Collection by Chopard Chopard is one of the most sustainable luxury watch brands in existence and is a driving force that encourages other brands to follow in its footsteps—or rather carbon footprints. The brand has been using 100% fair mined gold in its watches exclusively since 2018 and invests in local Latin American mines. In addition to its usage of ethical gold, the Alpine Eagle collection also supports environmental efforts by raising awareness for the bird of prey it draws its name from. The model we’re focusing on today is the 298600-3002. The 298600-3002’s Rhodium-plated dial is inspired by the iris of an eagle’s eye and the watch sports a masculine look & feel. It’s water-resistant up to 100 meters and features a stainless steel bracelet, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal & a polished finish. 2: Mike Horn Special Edition Submersible by Panerai Panerai has stepped aboard the green train in its limited-edition Mike Horn Special Edition Submersible watch. The watch was made in collaboration with South African-born Swiss adventurer, Mike Horn. It’s worthy of going on his worldly adventures with him. Photo from Panerai officialThe case, crown, bezel, and caseback of the Mike Horn Special Edition have all been made from revolutionary EcoTitanium. The strap is made from recycled PET and the watch is resistant up to 300 meters. The perfect finishing touch to this watch is the engraved caseback with features like Mike Horn’s signature, as well as a beautifully simplistic depiction of underwater sea life picturing a whale, jellyfish, a turtle, and a shoal of tuna. 3: Iconic Edition by Baume Baume is an eco-aware brand that focuses on the millennial market. It is the latest addition to the Richemont luxury goods group which owns brands such as Audemars-Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin, and IWC Schaffhausen. Source: BaumeThe brand itself is ethical and sustainable as are all of the products it produces. The watch we’ll be focusing on today is the brand’s first watch in its collection of sustainable watches: the Iconic Edition. This watch is constructed with 100% recycled polyethylene and recycled & recyclable aluminum. It is water-resistant up to 30 meters. The plastic used to make the watch comes from our oceans. Wow, just wow. 4: Paul by Kerbholz As far as eco-friendly watches go, you’ll struggle to find one as friendly as the Paul, brought to you by the German accessory company Kerbholz. This watch boasts not only a stunning design but a 100% vegan rating too. The sandalwood timber used to construct this bad boy comes from sustainable forestry efforts. Powered by a Japanese Miyota quartz movement, the clasp and crown are constructed from recycled stainless steel. Source: KerbholzEvery aspect of this watch is eco-friendly from its climate-neutral shipping policy down to the fact that 10% of every purchase is donated to environmental initiatives such as the bienenretter project and the Plant for The Planet foundation. Brands That Do Their Bit Just because luxury brands don’t produce eco-friendly watches doesn’t mean they aren’t doing their small part. There are a number of brands that support environmental initiatives including the following big names: Ulysse Nardin Breitling Breguet Nomos Glashütte Oris OMEGA Rolex Hublot   Sustainable Watches Final Thoughts As you can see, you have some incredibly sustainable watches to pick from. Not only do these eco-friendly watches look beautiful and have impressive specs sheets but they are gentle on our planet. Any one of them is worthy of claiming its spot on your wrist. We must admit that it’s somewhat surprising that in today’s environmentally conscious climate so few luxury watch brands are coming to the eco-party. By this time, next year we sincerely hope to see a significant increase in the number of luxury eco-friendly watches available.

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  3. How to Find the Perfect Watch for You

    How to Find the Perfect Watch for You

    Looking for a perfect watch that suits your tastes is like finding out which clothes suit you best. But truth be told, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. That’s because there are several factors that need to be taken into account before buying a watch that matches your needs. One way of figuring out which watch suits you best is ensuring you are wearing the proper attire for it. For instance, wearing a quality watch over a simple T-shirt and jeans shorts doesn’t really fit. Sure, the people around you will comment on your luxury timepiece, but not your overall outfit. But don’t worry, if you’re thinking about watch shopping for the yourself, then this guide is just what you need. Follow the steps given below so you can come to a more informed decision regarding your perfect watch. Steps to Finding the Perfect Watch: 1: Think about the type of watch you’re looking for As you may know, there are hundreds, if not thousands of different types of watches available. Not only that, but each one of those watches come with varying functions and purposes. For instance, a luxury watch worn with formal attires is different than an athletic watch that’s used for running. In other words, you need a watch that gives you “value.” This means there are watches worn for special or formal occasions and those for regular outings. Once you differentiate your specific need for wearing a watch, you’ll be able to narrow down your search. After all, there’s no value in owning a watch – luxurious or not – if you’re not going to be using it regularly or at all. 2: There are relevant online communities If you’re a newbie to the world of timepieces, then you should visit relevant online watch communities. There, you can ask several questions that can help you get a better idea of what you’re looking for. The only thing you shouldn’t ask them is “Which watched should I buy?” Do you know anyone there personally who knows about your tastes and vice versa? Asking complete strangers something personal is the wrong approach. Instead, you can streamline your search by asking questions regarding your personality, character, and other unique aspects. Then online forum members will be able to make rough estimates and suggest appropriate models based on those questions. 3: Look up various watch styles for the perfect watch There’s no easy way to tell you about the type of watch is available and the type of people they appeal to. But we’ll try to be as brief and to the point as possible. Field Watch: as the name indicates, this is the type of watch that is designed to endure rough conditions. Dress Watch: these watches are thin and formal that are ideal for black-tie interactions. Aviator’s Watch: per its name, this watch is used for aviation. It uses a GMT chronometer, bezel, and allows wearers to track several time zones. These watches even come with a bigger crown meant for turning when wearing pilot gloves. Dive Watch: Diving watches are designed to withstand extreme water pressures when out swimming or diving. Smartwatches: a digital watch that comes with all the features of a smartphone. Racing Watch: Race car drivers use the tachymeter to help them calculate various speeds. Fashion Watch: this watch can only be owned by the wealthy and doesn’t make most of their profit from watch sales. Digital Watch: these watches use digits to display numbers instead of dials. Shop Different Watch Styles 4: List down the essential qualities and features To further narrow down your search, you should make a list of the most desirable features/qualities that you’re looking for in a watch. You’re going to have to sit down and devote as much time on this step than anything else. But in the end, the results will work to your advantage. Shop Different Watch Features Are you going to use the watch for water excursions? Do you need a watch that you can read in the dark? Do you want a specific complication? If you want to exchange straps, are you looking for standard lugs? Are you worried about service costs? Do you want a watch that only looks cool instead of telling you the time? There are far too many questions that we wish we could list in this article. 5: Deciding on the watch’s appearance Now comes the part in deciding what you want your potential timepiece to look like. Watch faces are available in several materials and metals including gold, platinum, silver, and titanium among others. You can also choose plastic, although those are less durable. Watch faces can also come in several shapes like the usual circle, square or even a hexagon. Your choices may be limited depending on what brand you’re going for but having a shape in mind can narrow your search. Shop Different Watch Shapes Bands and straps come in several material choices as well, including leather, plastic, or gold and silver. You want to choose a band or strap that is durable and adjustable. Those made of metal are usually more durable than weaker materials like leather. Metal bands can be swappable, and you can have this done from a watchmaker or a jeweller. 6: Evaluate your wrist size If you have a smaller than average wrist, then buying the largest watch on the market is a terrible idea. With a wrist size somewhere between 6 to 7 inches, a case between 38 to 42 mm in width will suffice. If your wrist is bigger than 7 inches, then you should settle for a case that measures between 44 to 46 mm. 7: Choose watch functions There are usually two types of watches that people go for: analog or digital. Digital watches represent time in number form whereas analog models do so with a clock that has minute and hour hands. People are usually able to tell the time better with digital watches but not so much with analog watches. Although to be fair, it’s really a matter of preference whether people opt for either type of watches. Shop Digital Watches For instance, some people lean towards digital watches if they prefer not to read the time on the clock. These watches tend to be lower-priced as they’re not intended for dress or formalwear. They function better with sports or smartwatches. Looking for Your Perfect Watch Conclusion Analog watches come with a more traditional clock-like look that are used for formal events. Analog faces come in various types. Some faces come with numbers that mark each hour, while there are others that don’t have any numbers and use Roman numerals instead.

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  4. 5 Reasons the IWC Big Pilot is a Great Watch

    5 Reasons the IWC Big Pilot is a Great Watch

    Yes, the IWC Big Pilot is a great watch. That’s not a big statement or even an uncommon one. One look at this marvelously oversized watch tells you it’s something special. But why? Let’s dive into that with a closer look at this classic aviation timepiece. IWC Big Pilot Watches 1: It’s Big in the Best Possible Way So, how big is the IWC Big Pilot? Well, if we’re talking about the traditional models, they have case diameters of 46.2mm with 15.6mm thickness. And yes, that’s big. And its crown is big, hanging out there like a sturdy faucet handle ready to shut off the hot water. This is not a watch that easily slips under the sleeve of a dress shirt. It wasn’t designed for that, nor was the original model that measured a whopping 55mm across and 17.5mm deep. But its simplicity of the design means it doesn’t feel so big. It doesn’t overwhelm the wrist. We all know of watches that are just “all face,” loaded with subdials, complications, extra hands, extra indices, more of this, and more of that. Even smaller watches of this sort can feel “big,” whereas the no-nonsense design of the IWC Big Pilot serves as a relieving counterbalance to its generous proportions. 2: It Has Some Serious History For most of us, the IWC Big Pilot came onto our radars in 2002 when the watch was re-released. It grabbed attention. With a 46.2mm diameter, how could it not? But the history of the watch goes back much farther. That timepiece we met nearly 20 years ago followed the design of a watch that was produced for the German Air Force, an even bigger Big Pilot, the largest IWC has ever made, with a diameter of 55mm! It had design aspects we still see to this day, both in IWC watches and a host of aviator watches from other manufacturers that have copied its style (we’re looking at you A. Lange & Söhne!). The oversized conical crown was made for easy use by the gloved hands of pilots. The big Arabic numerals in san serif font were made for easy visibility at a glance. Today, IWC pays tribute to the original’s size with the Big Pilot Heritage 55. IWC’s connection to aviation goes even deeper. An IWC pocket watch was one of the first timepieces to ever take flight, back in 1896. And IWC’s forefathers to the Big Pilot, which look and function unsurprisingly similar to today’s incarnations, were made for aviators in 1936. So, when you strap on a Big Pilot, you’re wearing an honored piece of aviation history. 3: It’s Got a Finer Side No question, the Big Pilot is a workhorse, a tough watch built for on-the-go use. But it’s still a luxury timepiece, and IWC seems to understand the importance of the latter fact very well. Look to the strap, crafted by renowned Italian leather maker Andrea Santoni at his workshop in Corridonia. Santoni’s handcrafted creations can be found in upscale boutiques across the world, from Milan to Tokyo, and add a special air of refinement to Big Pilot watches. Then there are the IWC Big Pilot cases to consider. While the originals are made of stainless steel, the collection has since grown to include precious metals such as platinum, titanium, bronze, and gold. Anti-reflective for practical use, convex sapphire crystals of the highest quality protect the faces. They may be made for action in the air, but Big Pilots are just as at home in sophisticated settings on land. 4: It Embodies the Best of Swiss Timekeeping Since setting up shop alongside the River Rhine in 1868, IWC has been at the forefront of Swiss watchmaking. From their state-of-the-art factory on the outskirts of Schaffhausen, IWC manufactures in-house movements including the renowned A51000 and A52000 automatics. All watches are assembled by hand and go through a rigorous testing process, which includes about 30 tests over several months. Impact, abrasion, corrosion, and harsh climates are all recreated to ensure that your IWC has a long life. 5: Special Editions That Are Truly Special Many times when we see that a “special edition” of a well-known watch is hitting the market, you can almost feel the collective eye roll among watch enthusiasts. The same with “limited editions” as the difference between “special” and “limited” is sometimes none. I mean, do we really need a new timepiece for all of those action movies? Is the world really clamoring for editions designed by sports stars? And do we actually believe these elite athletes have dug in deep, pouring over blueprints and design specs at labs in Switzerland? Of course not. They’ve just slapped their names on that year’s “special edition.” That’s not to say IWC doesn’t like to court its share of high-profile brand ambassadors. They’ve got legendary quarterback Tom Brady, Brazilian model Adriana Lima, and Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper (Four nominations with no wins? Come on Academy, were you really watching A Star is Born?) IWC just doesn’t pretend that these folks are watch designers! So, when IWC makes a special edition of the Big Pilot, it means something. Consider the IWC Big Pilot “Right-Hander” special edition with the trademark conical crown on the left side of the case, designed for those who prefer to wear their watches on the right wrists. That’s a practical special edition, as about ten percent of the population is left-handed. Or look to the Le Petit Prince edition, paying homage to the author and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic book. We can all agree that’s just a little classier than stamping a superhero on the dial. Chances are you’re not hopping into a cockpit to navigate a plane anytime soon. You may not even like to fly at all. But you can certainly put some of that aviation spirit on your wrist, in a big way, with the IWC Big Pilot.

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  5. Closer Look at the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

    Closer Look at the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

    For nearly half a century, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has been a favorite of watch lovers across the globe. Like the square-cased Santos de Cartier and the rectangular Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, the Royal Oak is one of the few luxury watches that is instantly recognizable by its shape. Let’s look at what makes this octagonal offering so special. A Watch Born Out of Turbulent Times To truly understand this beloved watch we need to slip back in time. We find our way to the start of the 1970s. Things were changing in every direction and the revolutions we saw, from fashion to politics. Roaring up in the late 1960s tumbled into the next uncertain decade. The watch world, too, was shaken to its core by the rapidly changing landscape, and with just one word: quartz. Seiko was at the forefront, stunning all with the debut of the Seiko Astron on Christmas Day in 1969. The planet’s first mass-produced quartz wristwatch had many believing that the days of mechanical watches were numbered. The precarious period would become known as the Quartz Crisis. Other watchmakers quickly reacted and followed Seiko’s lead, giving us the Omega Electroquartz and Hamilton’s digital Pulsar. Audemars Piguet Puts its Faith in Steel But Audemars Piguet took a drastically different route. They doubled down on their mechanical heritage and instead looked to foment change with innovative design. To do this, they called upon Gerald Genta, a designer who had gained fame creating watches for Omega and Patek Philippe. Buy Audemars Piguet Watches The results were stunning, a luxury steel watch that was as elegant as it was sporty. It was a true hybrid, blending two once disparate watch styles, and an unabashed attention-grabber with its unconventional octagonal bezel. The Royal Oak debuted in 1972 and has been in production ever since. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has since been made in a myriad of ways, featuring perpetual calendars, tourbillons, and drizzled with diamonds. In 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore made its debut and brought a standard chronograph into the mix. With decades of models to choose from, it’s hard to apply categories such as “best” and “top” to Royal Oaks. But let’s at least try and take a look at a few standouts in the collection. The Original Reference 5402ST The one that started it all is a much-loved classic that’s coveted by collectors. Not large by today’s sports watch standards (though it was in 1972), it measures 39mm across and is just 7mm thick. Its tapisserie dial, raised octagonal bezel, and hexagonal screws were controversial at first, considered too futuristic to be taken seriously as a formal watch. The world has since come to embrace its forward-leaning style. Ultra-Thin Reference 15202 Closely related to the original, the 15202 earned the nickname “Jumbo” even though at 39mm x 8.1mm it’s actually not so oversized by today’s standards. Through the display caseback, you can view calibre 2121 self-winding movement. On the front, you’ll find a striking steel blue dial with a date display. In 2012, we got some variations that included the additions of titanium, platinum, and different dial colors. Buy Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Watches Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin And this one really is ultra-thin, coming in at just 6.1mm in thickness. Its titanium 41mm case features the trademark bezel in platinum, while the dial is one of the busier in the collection, with subdials displaying the date, month, and day of the week. As its name tells you, there’s a bosom moon phase indicator with a moon moving across a starfield to give a graphic representation of the lunar cycle. Royal Oak Offshore Diver While it comes in a variety of colors, simple black is a good way to go with the Offshore Diver. Featuring the distinct “Méga Tapisserie” pattern, the black dial with white-gold indices perfectly complements the stainless steel case and silver-toned bezel that features a diving scale. With a glare-proof sapphire crystal, rubber-clad screw-down crowns, and a hearty rubber strap, the Offshore is ready to plunge up to 300 meters. Source from hereRoyal Oak Concept The watches in this line keep true to the original Royal Oaks. The overall octagonal design but take radical departures almost everywhere else. Going “dial-less” faces of concepts expose the intricate micro-mechanics. The super sonneries, flying tourbillons, central bridges, golden facets, and chronograph complications are all displayed marvelously. Source from hereOf course, there’s more. We could talk about the Self Winding Steel Chronograph, or the Double Balance Wheel Open worked and on and on.  The number of variations we’ve seen over the decades can seem almost dizzying. But there’s one thing all Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches have in common. All adhere to that guiding principle formed back at the dawn of the 70s: to resist the fear-driven impulse to follow the pack and instead forge ahead on your own true path.

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  6. The Best Rolex to Buy for an Investment

    The Best Rolex to Buy for an Investment

    Do you ever ask yourself, “I wonder what the best Rolex to invest in is?” The Rolex name has an almost mystical cachet. It is so well known that even people who have no interest in luxury watches know and respect the brand. Perhaps that’s why Rolex watches have become such a status symbol. After all, who wouldn’t like to wear the most famous and revered watch in the world? New or pre-owned, a Rolex never goes out of style or demand. No wonder they make wonderful future heirlooms as well as great investments! Best Rolex to Invest In If you are considering investing in a Rolex watch, there are considerations to be aware of. Limited edition and low production models generally hold their value or even increase in value better than the more common Rolex watches. Rolex sports watches are an example of low production models since there are far fewer of them produced than the more typically seen Rolex dress watches. These are some of the best Rolex models to buy for an investment: The Rolex Submariner is one of those highly popular, but limited production, sports models we just mentioned. The limited-edition  Submariner “Hulk” is one of the most sought after and collectible Rolexes ever made. Buy Rolex Submariner Watches The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is synonymous with the auto race of the same name. It features an extremely accurate chronograph and a precise tachymetric scale – both essential tools for professional race car drivers. Buy Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches The Rolex Air-King pays tribute to the early pioneers of flight. This certified Swiss chronometer has passed exacting standards to earn that title from the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Buy Rolex Air King Watches   The Rolex Datejust is the essence of the Rolex brand. This innovative watch was the first to feature a date that changed automatically. It became a favorite of people like Winston Churchill, President Eisenhower, Dr. Martin Luther King, President Reagan, and Harrison Ford. Buy Rolex Datejust Watches Choosing a Rolex to Meet Your Needs The best Rolex to invest in is one that fits your personal style. After all, this is a wearable investment and you should enjoy wearing it. You’ll definitely enjoy the admiring glances from those who appreciate your good taste and sense of style. If it also happens to be one of the best Rolexes to buy for an investment, so much the better! Whatever model of Rolex you’re interested in, you’ll almost certainly find it amongst the great selection we offer here at the best online watch store, WatchShopping.com. You can also purchase it with confidence, knowing that every watch we sell is authentic and in proper working order. They also come with all of their original paperwork and tags, important to have when you’re buying a luxury watch as an investment!

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  7. Why the Tudor Black Bay Can Be Your Everyday Watch

    Why the Tudor Black Bay Can Be Your Everyday Watch

    When you think of dive watches, you’re probably thinking of something like the Rolex Submariner. But it seems that Rolex’s sister company Tudor has been making a fair deal of noise with its Black Bay series. The one model that’s been making the most buzz lately is the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight model. The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight is a gem in more ways than one, which is what we are going to cover in this article. History of Tudor Black Bay In 1946, a subsidiary of Rolex was created by the late founder of Rolex Hans Wilsdorf. That company is the Tudor Watch Company that focused on creating high-quality timepieces at affordable prices. And after 1960, Wilsdorf’s company, the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, has controlled the production of both Rolex and Tudor. For nearly half a century, Tudor was considered the underdog, as compared to the more accomplished and renowned Rolex line-up. This was evident as Tudor has been using the “Submariner” model name since 1954. However, after years of being under its bigger sibling’s shadow, Tudor ultimately halted production in 1999. It looked as if Tudor’s days of playing second-best to Rolex were numbered for nearly 12 to 13 years, until 2012. This was the year that Tudor had introduced the Heritage Black Bay. At that time, it was just one watch, but then in the last 8 years, it was a family of watches. While it wasn’t based on any reference number, it was a stunning tribute to the Tudor dive watches during the mid-century. Buy Tudor Black Bay Watches The Black Bay series not only revived Tudor from obscurity but also give it its own identity away from the Tudor Submariner. That’s when we eventually got the Black Bay Fifty-Eight. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight is the one that many deem to be the ideal rival to the Rolex Submariner. If you think we’re just hopeless fanboys who don’t know a thing about watches, then this article will prove you wrong. Why‌ ‌The‌ ‌Tudor‌ ‌Black‌ ‌Bay‌ ‌Is‌ ‌The‌ ‌Perfect‌ ‌Watch‌ We’re going to come out straight and let you know that the title isn’t an exaggeration or a hyperbole either. Here’s why we think the Tudor Black Bay is the ideal watch that everyone and anyone is looking for: Tudor Black Bay Case Most in the timepiece community consider 39 mm to be the ideal diameter case size for a watch. Fortunately, the stainless-steel case Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight model is exactly that size. The bezel is 39.5 mm and hangs over the case .5 mm. It’s also 11.9 mm thick, making it nearly 3 mm thinner and 2 mm smaller in diameter than the Heritage Black Bay models. It might not sound like it, but with a watch like this, that difference is felt outright. That difference is also better felt when the user puts the watch on. What’s interesting about the size, is that it’s reminiscent of a vintage Tudor Submariner, and also has the details to back it up. The lack of crown guards is what boosted my interest in the watch along with the case’s thick bevels. The lug bevels that had defined the Rolex GMT Master and Submariner came with the Black Bay Fifty-Eight. The bevels gave this watch excellent visual definition along with a touch of vintage. It is made from 316L steel, the same one that Rolex used for their steel watches until switching over to the 904L alloy. The top portion of the lugs is finished in satin, where is the slides are polished. Another interesting bit is that the case lugs are beveled, which Rolex no longer provides. Tudor Black Bay Dial With the right lighting, it’ll make you see the matte “flesh” elements in the dial’s finish that the older, popular vintage pieces came with. The dial is domed, and we can pretty much see that when viewing it from the edge. The handset is clearly a call back to the Snowflake models from 1969. The gold-on-black style printing is identical to the galvanic dials from those vintage watches. The depth rating, the Tudor logo, the chapter ring, and the bezel markings were in a warm hue of gold. Although the brand describes it as “pink gold” markings, we found them to look warmer yellow, but that could be us. The rotating bezel’s red triangle brings back memories of the first generation of Tudor watches that were 200m water-resistant. This is what helped the Big Crown model got its recognition and is now being used with this Tudor Black Bay bezel today. Tudor Black Bay Movement Tudor had their robust caliber MT5602 movement redesigned for a better fit with this smaller case. With it, we got the brand new caliber comedy MT 5402. What’s amazing is that has the same technical specs as its older sibling with a whole lot of goodies to it. Here are the following features of the MT5402 caliber: Silicon hairspring COSC-certified chronometer will the 70-hour power reserve 27 joules Free-sprung balance A bi-directional winding rotor A frequency of 28,800 BPH All of this despite being smaller in size. Tudor Black Bay Bracelet Finally, to complete the overall throwback to Tudor’s vintage line-up was the rivet bracelet that came with the Black Bay line-up in 2016. But you can also swap this bracelet with a brown leather calfskin strap or a black wrap fabric strap that looks equally as good. The Tudor Black Bay bracelet is 20 mm at the lugs which can taper down to 16 mm. Every link comes with sides that are rivet-plated with removable links coming off one rivet for a screw bar. Tudor Black Bay Conclusion After more than a month of wearing this watch, we’ve come to the conclusion that we can’t get enough of it. And this only further proves that the Tudor Black Bay series is a force to be reckoned with. It’s hard to argue that the Black Bay Fifty-Eight looks and feels like a classic Submariner.

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  8. 6 Best Mid-Range Watch Brands

    6 Best Mid-Range Watch Brands

    Most people are under the false assumption that the best watches and watch brands are those that are the most expensive. Although there is some truth to that, the cost is only one of many factors that make for a great timepiece. Characteristics of a Great Watch Here are some of the most essential factors that come with buying a watch. Materials: Despite what you may think, steel isn’t the most common material for affordably luxurious watches. And don’t even assume that every watch material is the same too. As a matter of fact, there are different types of steel that are of higher quality and are likely to maintain their shine. Some watches can be made from expensive ceramic or even precious metals, which offer more than cheap steel material. Movement Type: Movement is another type of distinction that mid-range watches come with. Luxury watches come with complex mechanical movements, whereas the lower-priced ones feature a basic quartz movement. The most devoted watch collectors would often opt for an automatic movement. Although quartz is serviceable, it’s not that desirable among collectors. Ruggedness: One of the most desirable traits of luxurious watches is that they work in extreme situations like deep underwater. This is due to their robust construction and meticulous craftsmanship. One of the reasons people choose luxury watches is that they stand the test of time. Movement quality: If you thought all watch movements were the same, you are wrong. A few of the cheaper quality models either gain or lose seconds daily, which is why they require resetting. Also, affordable watches usually experience technical difficulties or stop working after a little while. Choosing Mid-Range Watch Brands If you’re opting for a mid-range watch, you’re looking for something between $500-$1,000. In this range, quartz movement isn’t that common and the finish and fit have improved. Also, the automatic changes have become a bit more complicated. Some of the features of this range have improved as well, including water-resistance. Many watch brands of this range offer a minimum water-resistance of 100 m, especially those that are sports-focused. Both Swiss and Japanese movements are excellent choices when it comes to offering timepieces with exquisite styling. Standards and expectations are higher with this price range, but it also comes with a few flaws as well. So, without further ado, here are some of the most budget-friendly watch brands that mid-tier watch lovers should probe around. 1: Tissot Tissot has been a favorite among Swiss watch consumers ever since it started its business in 1853. Their first line of watches was said to have been a pocket watch with two time zones. Others believe that it was the first anti-magnet watch, a mass-produced pocket watch, and more. This remarkable brand is also the official timekeeper for several professional sports leagues from around the world. It’s no surprise that Tissot’s unrelenting yearn for producing quality-driven budgeted watches is what helped them garner their success. Watches under Tissot’s offer the perfect blend of function and form with absolute precision. Buy Tissot Watches 2: Seiko The Japanese watch brand Seiko is also one of the most affordable watch brands in existence. And the reason why that’s the case is due to the brand always strives to produce watches with amazing value. So, whether you’re getting a basic model for $75 or a more luxurious one for $500, Seiko’s deals are some of the best. The brand is also credited for being the first one to develop a watch that uses an automatic movement with quartz accuracy. Seiko’s most renowned series is the 5, which means the five crucial aspects that their watches must meet to get that moniker. Buy Seiko Watches 3: Timex The Connecticut-based Timex has a fascinating history in the watchmaking business. It first started out in 1854 as the Waterbury Clock Company before it transformed into Timex Corporation in 1944. Nowadays, this brand produces models for just about every occasion imaginable, whether it be a dress, sports, solar, or automatic, among others. One of its most recognizable models the Q Timex that was released back in 1979 and then was recently re-released. Timex has made a name for itself in developing watches but with a considerable amount of quality in them. They have a versatile range from the cheapest that comes under $50 to the priciest that comes between the range of $100-$300. No matter what, Timex always delivers in whatever their customers want. 4: Hamilton Hamilton is one of the only few watch brands from this list that produces watches on American soil. Not only have their watches been used for helping trains arrive on time, but they have also been used during the Second World War. Hamilton is also worn by a slew of well-known celebrities in the entertainment industry. One of those celebs included Elvis Presley when he wore Hamilton Ventura in his movie Blue Hawaii. This watch was the world’s first-ever electric wristwatch. Everything went well for Hamilton until it started facing severe competition from Japanese markets. From that point on, Hamilton went from being an independent firm to being under the world’s largest water wristwatch company, the Swatch Group. Even so, Hamilton’s design philosophy always honored their American heritage and upbringing. Buy Hamilton Watches 5: Casio Casio is yet another Japanese watch brand that has an extensive line-up of mid-tier watches. It also offers some of the cheapest watches that become as low as $10, if you can believe it. Of course, this means that you’re not getting anything that’s of quality or class, but the price is still hard to beat. However, the more expensive ones provide more bang for your buck if your wallets can stretch that wide, that is. When it comes to their analog watches, they have models for divers, dressers, and anything else in the middle. However, their pride and joy is their Casio G-Shock line. Buy Casio Watches 6: Oris Oris is one of the few independent watch brands in the world that isn’t owned by a brand portfolio. Because of this, they have had all the freedom to create whatever appeased them and their consumers alike. This attitude is what their slogan stands for, which is “Defining My Own Path, Going My Own Way.” Being your own boss means that you have the freedom to make whatever essential decisions are best for your interests. One of their most spectacular models is the Artelier Pointer Date. 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  9. Best Selling NOMOS Glashütte Watches

    Best Selling NOMOS Glashütte Watches

    As Germany’s largest producer of mechanical watches, NOMOS Glashütte sells quite a few timepieces. Let’s look at the top sellers in the field. The watch brand has been around for less than 30 years. Already, the market is flooded with imitators who try to capture the Bauhaus-inspired minimalism that’s made NOMOS Glashütte a global success. They keep things simple and subtle, with style flowing out of function. NOMOS Glashütte’s clean designs say they don’t want to draw attention. Which, of course, draws your attention. The Top Tangents Watches in the Tangente family are far and away from the top sellers out of all of the NOMOS Glashütte offerings, and probably the ones you’ve seen the most as they’ve been in production for over 25 years. This is the watch that truly embodies the essence of the brand with no-nonsense designs that first burst onto the scene in the 1990s, featuring slim cases and minimalistic dials that remind of watch designs from the 1920s. Tangente 33 As you may have guessed by the name, this is a watch with a 33mm diameter. And small by most watch measures, therefore lending itself more to female wrists. But it is classic enough for men who simply wish to sport a watch with a lower profile. Reference 122 is particularly popular, with tempered blue hands that stand out against a white dial. It comes on a soft beige velour leather strap that adds an extra hint of elegance. Buy Nomos Glashutte Tangente Watches Tangente Neomatik A relative newcomer, the self-winding Neomatik made its debut at Baselworld 2015. It has the honor of being the brand’s first automatic watch. While still reserved and grounded in minimalist style, Neomaticks cry for just a bit more attention with dashes of striking colors. The Midnight Blue version is a top seller, and one look tells you why. The deep blue dial is an attention-getter on its own. All the more alluring is a slash of neon orange on the seconds hand. Yet the round case and slender design elements still keep things subdued and firmly grounded in the NOMOS credo of downplayed style. With a 35mm diameter, it works equally well on male and female wrists. Square Sells with the Tetra 27 duo Taking a departure from the classic round case, the Tetra 27 duo goes with a square case. And that Bauhaus minimalism gets even more stripped down with just hour and minute hands on the no-nonsense face, thus the “duo” in its name. In general, square cases exude elegance, exquisitely exhibited by the Panthère de Cartier all those decades ago. And the Tetra 27 adds on a further dollop of sophistication with slim glimmering gold hands. Perfect for slender wrists, both the 33mm and the 27mm models are popular for those seeking understated elegance. Buy Nomos Glashutte Tetra Watches The Club Campus Neomatik Smaller than many of the offerings in the line, it comes in with a subdued 37mm diameter and is housed in a slender case, with rose gold hands standing against a white silver-plated face that makes it quite elegant. But it doesn’t dip into extreme minimalism like some of the other offerings in the NOMOS repertoire, featuring an eclectic mix of Arabic and Roman numbers on the dial. Or add in a bit of boldness with the ever-popular midnight blue Reference 767. Buy Nomos Glashutte Club Watches The Masses Love the Minimatik Rounding out the most-popular offerings we have the Minimatik, which isn’t actually as “mini” as you might think with a 35.5mm diameter, a size that perfectly suits both male and female wrists. The white-faced Reference 1203 keeps things more in line with traditional NOMOS Glashütte watches. It features a trademark white face and a just-the-basics vibe. Adding a bit of boldness, the Reference 1205 offers a midnight blue dial. That dial has eye-catching green markers and a neon orange seconds hand. You can put either watch on a fine leather strap and have a great look. You have a great dress-casual piece that works from the office to weekend outings. Buy Nomos Glashutte Minimatik Watches The Tangente Sport Neomatik This watch takes things up to a hefty 42mm in diameter. But the size is countered by back-to-basics designs with traditional white and midnight black dials. It’s also built tough with water-resistance up to 1,000 feet, a sapphire crystal, and a sturdy stainless steel bracelet. Versatility is a key to pleasing the masses, and NOMOS Glashütte has certainly mastered that with its best-selling watches. Pick up one of their timepieces and you take them on almost anywhere.

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  10. Authentic Watches: 5 Tips to Make Sure It’s Real

    Authentic Watches: 5 Tips to Make Sure It’s Real

    How can you tell if you’re looking at authentic watches? Are there watch tips to help you ferret out fakes? There are plenty of fakes out there, but of course, there are authentic watches too. This is a fear most collectors face once, and maybe more than twice, in their lifetimes. You’ve found a watch you really want. Everything looks good, but you’re not 100% sure about the seller, and therefore not 100% sure you’re getting the real deal when you purchase your timepiece. That makes the first tip obvious, but not always so simple. 1: Buy from a Reputable Source But what makes a source “reputable?” Yes, buying directly from the manufacturer is the best iron-clad way to make sure your purchase is legitimate. But that will take nearly all of the pre-owned market out of the picture, limiting your choices and raising the costs, as buying new through the manufacturer can be more expensive than through a retailer. Don’t think a big reputable store guarantees authentic watches. We could list several massive global enterprises everyone knows and mostly trusts that sell everything from computers and bicycles to clothing and watches. But if watches aren’t their specialty, they’re probably not going to have the precautions in place to sniff out all fakes. Individual sellers can also be risky, as it could be difficult to do enough research about them to ensure everything they’re selling is legit. To get a good price, and the reputation to back up that what you are paying for is authentic, look to the top, long-running online stores that specialize in watches. There is only a handful of them, easily found on a Google search, and they’re your best bet. 2: Beware the Frankenwatch As you may know or can probably guess by the name, Frankenwatches have lots of parts from lots of different watches. So, they’re not exactly counterfeit, but they’re certainly not totally authentic. The first whiff of a clue you’ll get with a pieced-together watch is the price. It probably seems too good to be true, and probably is. Then things get complicated as many of the inner workings may have come from lesser timepieces. It may be a genuine vintage Rolex Daytona case and dial, but the movement has been long since replaced with cheaper parts. Or they could have swapped the bracelet out for a cheap imitation or replaced the sapphire crystal with plexiglass. Paperwork is a big help in sniffing out Frankenwatches. If a watch has been regularly serviced and records kept, you can sleep sounder knowing it is legit. Other than that, use your common sense, check out a watch thoroughly, and look to the first tip and reputable dealers to avoid the Frankenwatch trap. 3: Learn to Spot Fakes on Sight This is more a collection of tips, but if you are going to evaluate watch authenticity on your own, there are a few telltale signs you should always be aware of. Check the weight. Really, put it on an electronic scale and see if it meets the manufacturer’s specs. 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If you hear ticking when the watch isn’t right up next to your ear, move on because it’s probably a fake. 4: Compare Images Luckily, you’re armed with information when considering a watch purchase. You can look at high-resolution images of the watch from the manufacturer and compare those to the watch in question. Oftentimes, a watch that isn’t authentic has extra information, extra this, extra that. A fake might have the word “chronograph” printed around a subdial when the original doesn’t. The engraving, the case shape, the indices — there could be ever-so-slight differences that one might not notice at first glance but will be obvious when doing a close-up side-by-side comparison with the real deal. 5: Accept That Amazing Bargains Don’t Exist You’ve probably seen TV commercials where people brag about their online deals — “I got this big flat-screen TV for 20 dollars!” “I got these designer shoes for just five bucks!” They’re stretching the truth to its breaking point. If you find a super cheap price for a watch, you can almost be sure it’s not authentic. Authentic Watches Conclusion That doesn’t mean there aren’t good deals and affordable watches out there when it comes to authentic watches. It just means you should expect to pay a reasonable price, no more or less. How much? That’s as varied as the watches available for sale across the planet. So, it’s all about research, research, research. Look everywhere that is selling the watch you want, compare prices, make a list (actual or just in your head). Somewhere right in the middle of all of those prices that are posted, you’ll know the fair price you should pay. The world is full of fake watches and, unfortunately, disreputable people ready to take your money for them. But with a little homework and a lot of common sense, you can have some beautiful authentic watches.

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  11. Common Questions and Answers for Rolex Watches

    Common Questions and Answers for Rolex Watches

    You’ve got questions about Rolex watches, and we’ve got answers. The first is a no-brainer. Are Rolex watches really so different from other brands? Yes, in quite a few ways. Let’s look at some. Rolex Watches Materials Rolex uses a much higher grade of steel than most other watch manufacturers, going with low-carbon 905L stainless steel in their timepieces. Most brands, even high-end luxury names, use 316L steel. The grade Rolex uses is tougher, largely due to additions of molybdenum, copper, chromium, and nickel, which makes it harder to work with, but turns out a much stronger corrosion-resistant result. If you’ve ever picked up a gold Rolex, you’ve probably been struck by the weight. That’s because Rolex uses solid gold, from cases and bracelets to crowns and a host of other parts. A lot of other brands with names nearly as prestigious as Rolex use gold plating in some or all of their components. Then there’s Rolex’s Everose gold. That pink hue on the signature alloy Rolex introduced in 2005 comes from a unique combination of pure gold with small amounts of platinum and copper, which gives it the power to resist fading for years longer than gold-only watches. Manufacturing Rolex Watches Most watch brands outsource at least some of the work, from the smallest of components to complete movements. But not with Rolex. They do everything in-house. That means they make every single tiny gear, spring, and screw. They built their own foundry at their headquarters in Switzerland to smelt gold, steel, and platinum for the ability to handle everything on their own. While some machines are employed, the overwhelming majority of the work is done by the hands of arguably the world’s highest-trained watchmakers. The Only True Chronographs Now, the word “chronograph” gets thrown around a lot. In general use, the word just means that a timepiece has a stopwatch function. By that definition, a plastic watch you can pick up at the supermarket is a chronograph. For Swiss watchmakers, the word chronograph means so much more. Formed in 1973 to ferret out dubious claims by watchmakers, the Swiss organization Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (or COSC) has strict parameters for certifying chronographs. Very few watches, in fact only 3% of Swiss watches, pass their scrutiny. All Rolex watches are COSC-certified, and Rolex is the only brand that can make that 100% true chronometer claim. Where Should I Buy Rolex Watches? Back in the early days of the Internet, you would have been taking a big chance to buy Rolex online. But we’ve had public Internet for over three decades now and that’s given a lot of sites time to mature and establish their reputations and authority. So, you can feel safe buying a Rolex watch from an established website. When we’re talking about new Rolex watches, things are a bit simpler. Look at the top sites, compare prices and features, and click. Going pre-owned presents some challenges. You have to consider the watch’s condition: mint, worn but well, or the dangerous territory of “fixer-upper.” Do your research but in all cases, best if you have the original paperwork. If you want to go old-school and walk into a retailer, chances are you’ll pay a higher price. It depends on the store, and the country. You might think Switzerland is the cheapest place to buy them, as Rolexes are made there, but it’s actually one of the most expensive places to pick one up. You’d do better in countries like Japan and Hong Kong, where they’re crazy about watches and the sheer volume of what’s available is high, driving the prices down for both new and used watches. And you will find a lot of pre-owned Rolexes all across Asia. Buy Rolex Watches Which Rolex Models Hold Their Value the Best? In general, Rolex watches retain their value pretty well, so any model you buy will fetch a decent price upon resale. However, a few shine brighter, mostly due to name recognition. With a history that goes back nearly a century and the stamp of approval from James Bond, the Rolex Submariner holds its value particularly well. The fact that it’s a dive watch built for durability makes it especially attractive to the resale market. The Rolex Day Date is another model that should bring in a nice price should you decide to sell. It’s got (pun intended) timeless style and elegance that will never go out of fashion. The Yacht-Master and Yacht-Master II are more models that owe their valuation to toughness, waterproof timepieces that were built to last. They’re also bold timepieces with iconic looks that watch aficionados will never tire of. What Should I Buy for My First Rolex Watch? Much of that depends on you. How will you wear it? 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