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  2. How to Store Watches When Not in Use

    Did you inherit an exquisite pocket watch or treat yourself to that Rolex you’ve always wanted? Perhaps you have an extensive collection of watches, both old and new. Whether it’s one watch or a few dozen, it’s important that you provide proper storage for your treasured timepieces. How do you store watches when not wearing them? Storing your watches correctly will ensure that they will keep their value. It will also allow you to pass them on in turn to your children. How to store watches when not in use A fine watch requires proper maintenance and care in order to keep it working properly and retain its beauty and value. You’ll want to keep your watch clean and stored carefully when you’re not wearing it. Invest in safe storage for your watches Watches are subject to scratches and other “wear and tear” damage not generally covered under warranties. They’re also a tempting target for thieves. Therefore, keep your watch collection in either a safe or a safety deposit box. A temperature-controlled safe will also protect your watches from damaging humidity and dust. Cleaning your fine watches before storing them when not in use Humidity and dust can play havoc with the finely-tuned mechanisms of a watch. So, too, can skin oil and other oil-based products like lotions. That’s why you’ll want to clean your watch each time you take it off. If you keep your cleaning supplies near your watch safe, cleaning your watches will soon become second nature. If your watch is waterproof, use a soft cloth and lukewarm water to clean it. Gently use a soft, moistened child’s toothbrush or toothpick to reach difficult spots. Rinse carefully and use a microfiber glass wipe to polish the crystal. Avoid getting water on a leather strap. For vintage watches, or those that you aren’t sure are waterproof, avoid the water! Watchmaker Kalle Slaap recommends using real chamois to clean everything, including the crystal. Keeping your watches lubricated and wound Keeping your watched lubricated and wound are important to storing watches when not in use. Watchmakers are divided about whether or not watches need to be kept running or not. However, one thing they agree on is that it’s vital that they are kept properly lubricated. The movement of a watch is its engine, and like any good engine, it needs proper lubrication to keep it running well. Always remove the battery from a quartz watch if you aren’t going to wear it for a while. If your watch has several complications like a perpetual calendar, moon phase, or planetarium, use a high-quality watch winder. Master-watchmaker Andrea van Steijn recommends choosing “One that doesn’t rotate too fast and doesn’t make too many rotations.” Have your watches serviced regularly It’s important to keep a watch’s mechanism clean, properly lubricated, and tuned-up in order to keep it working properly whether you are wearing it or storing it when not in use. Choose a reputable watchmaker endorsed by the watch brand. Watches that are worn frequently will need servicing more often, especially if they are more complex. However, every watch will need regular servicing even if it’s just to clean and lubricate it. Keep your valuable documentation safe The paperwork and accessories that come with a watch will take up little room in a safe. Since they add tremendously to the resale value of a watch, they’re well worth storing securely. Organize the proofs of purchase, warranty cards, authenticity certificates, hang tags, and manuals in separate, labeled zip bags (one for each watch). Do the same with accessories like bracelets, extra links, and straps. Add color-indicating silica desiccant packets to each zip bag and place more in the safe. They’ll absorb damaging humidity and can be recharged or replaced when they change color. Because of their bulk, you might want to store your watch boxes somewhere else. Just make sure they stay clean and dry. Add the desiccant packets and keep careful track of which box goes with which watch. Insure your valuable watches! Whether you are constantly wearing the watch or storing it when not in use, you should insure your valuable watches. Depending on its value, your watch collection may be covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy or you may need a separate insurance rider just for it. Document the value of each watch you own and always have vintage or rare watches appraised. Take several clear, close-up, date/time stamped photos of each watch from different angles to show its condition. Then take a group photo of the watch and everything that goes with it, including the box, all documents, accessories, etc. You might also want to take separate photos of each of those items. Having a label that you can place in each photo will help you keep everything straight about what goes with which watch. Keep the photos, receipts, and a list of serial numbers in a separate, safe location. If something should happen to your watches, you don’t want to lose all of your proof of ownership and value with them! Adding to your watch collection When you are ready to add another fine watch to your collection, browse Watchshopping.com’s exceptional selection. Each of the watches we sell has passed our rigorous authenticity certification and is covered for 1-5 years (depending on the watch) by our in-house warranty. You are sure to enjoy any watch you purchase from one of the world’s most trusted online purveyors of fine watches!

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  4. Rolex Yacht-Master Close Up

    Both the Rolex Yacht-Master and its successor the Rolex Yacht-Master ii have captured the untamed spirit of the sea and the imaginations of watch lovers across the globe. Let’s take a deep dive into what makes these exclusive timepieces such enduring successes. First, a look back. Not too far. We just need to ease the time-machine shifter into reverse for a quick trip back to 1992. Bill Clinton was elected U.S. President; Wayne’s World was a box-office smash and a little-known band named Nirvana swerved the music scene away from 80s hair bands to something called “grunge.” It was in this same year that Rolex dropped the very first Yacht-Master. Rolex Needed a New Groove The watch was a big deal at the time (as it is today). Rolex hadn’t much altered the design of its Sea-Dweller, the Yacht-Master’s nautical-themed predecessor, in more than two decades. Unsurprisingly, the shift came along when Patrick Heiniger took the helm of the company from his father. The new boss was intent on making some changes that would keep Rolex current. So the best parts of their tried-and-true Submariners and Rolex Daytona’s were combined with a few new cutting-edge design elements and the Yacht-Master was born. The first model, offered in the Oyster Perpetual line, was somewhat similar to the Submariner with 3135 movement. But it had an 18 karat gold case, etched bezel inserts, large indices and hands, and, perhaps most fittingly, was water-resistant up to 100 meters. At 40mm, this freshman Yacht-Master was big, bold and an instant success. Just two years later Rolex scaled back the Yacht-Master’s size with a 35mm edition for men with slimmer wrists and a 29mm offering aimed at women, along with an updated version of the 40mm watch. These new editions featured striking blue sunray dials that would go on to be regarded as hallmarks in the line. As we neared the end of the 20th century Rolex looked to change with the times. And change was in the air in 1999. Maybe it was Y2K fears, maybe because the global population passed six billion or possibly because Ricky Martin was daring us to start “Livin’ la Vida Loca.” We may never know what inspired Rolex to move from gold to a new mix of platinum and steel called “Rolesium.” We do know it was a somewhat controversial move, with both lovers and detractors of the rare-metal mix. Yacht-Master Spawns a Sequel 2007 was a big year for sequels (and threequels!). Hollywood gave us Hostel 2, Spider-Man 3, Rush Hour 3, Shrek the Third, Ocean’s 13 and Halloween 9. So it seems only fitting that Rolex would drop the Yacht-Master ii amid this retread mania. The watch was (and is!) bold in many ways, from its hefty 44mm size to its striking blue bezel, set against the meeting of two metals known as “Rolesor,” mixing steel with yellow and white gold. It’s an eye-catching combo that’s made the timepiece instantly recognizable and a favorite of watch aficionados worldwide. Today’s Yacht-Masters run the gamut of variations. Go dressy with a link bracelet or sporty with a rubber strap. Dials span from midnight black and slate grey to powder white and shimmering bronze. Feel like bringing some bling with diamond accents? No problem, Rolex has a Yacht-Master for that too! These variations, the Yacht-Master’s timeless elegance, and the quality of fine Swiss watchmaking have put the timepiece in the spotlight and on some seriously trendy wrists. Celebrities Sport the Yacht-Masters Ellen DeGeneres. Demonstrating that big luxe watches aren’t just for men, Ellen has been spotted wearing an 18k Everose gold Yacht-Master. Her classic model has a Cerachrom bezel, matte black dial and she likes the watch best on a sporty black rubber strap. View this post on Instagram #EllenDeGeneres spotted wearing a Rolex YACHT-MASTER 40 – (Ref 116655 ) DIAL Diamond-paved on Today’s show ? ••••••••••••••• Follow this hashtag #ellenwatches if you are interested in Ellen’s watches or visit: https://vk.com/album-172895908_258255132 ••••••••••••••• #ellen #theellenshow #ellenshow #ellen16 #watch #watches #celebrities #celebrity #fashion #patek #rolex #rolexgang #instawatch #richlife #rich #wealth #money #SUBMARINER #vintagerolex #vintagewatches #YACHTMASTER A post shared by Ellen World (@ellend_world) on Jun 10, 2019 at 1:25pm PDT Conor McGregor. Never shy about flashing some seriously nice watches, UFC champ McGregor’s go-to Yacht-Master ii is a brazen 44mm yellow-gold model with that ever-popular Ring Command bezel in vibrant blue. David Beckham. You can say the same for David Beckham and his yellow-gold Yacht-Master ii. But McGregor and Beckham don’t really have the same watch. With Rolex’s unique use of natural materials, none of their signature mother-of-pearl dials is exactly the same. View this post on Instagram Brand New Rolex Yatch-Master II 18k Yellow Gold worn by David Beckham @davidbeckham A post shared by Queen Of Watches (@queenofrolex) on Apr 21, 2018 at 1:23am PDT Mark Wahlberg. The movie star takes a different tact with his 40mm Yacht-Master in Everose Rolesor with a mix of Oystersteel and rose gold. While the precious metals give it a dressed-up feel, the cool chocolate dial creates a more casual vibe that makes the watch quite versatile. Roger Federer. Of course, the “James Bond” of tennis keeps things cool and sophisticated with his Yacht-Master ii, a Rolesium model with a rotatable platinum bezel and an 18k white gold case. You may not be a tennis star, movie star or have the ability to take down a UFC fighter with a roundhouse kick (or maybe you do). Either way, you can still sport some star style with a nautical lean by slipping on a fine Rolex Yacht-Master.

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  5. A Closer Look at the TAG Heuer Formula 1

    Formula 1 and watches are a professional combination. When talking about these two together, one big name appears, again and again, that is Heuer or most professionally, TAG Heuer. Techniques d’Avant Garde (TAG) took over the ownership of Heuer in 1986. That’s when they released their very first TAG Heuer Formula 1. The most fantastic event in the Formula 1 racing calendar is the Grand Prix in Monaco. It was announced that TAG Heuer is the official timekeeper of the event. Overview The TAG Heuer Formula 1 is a very glamorous timepiece. The case of the TAG Heuer Formula 1 comes in different sizes and sizes. The case is very finely brushed, giving the feel of luxury. Some of the TAG Heuer Formula 1 watches can be found in green and red, which represents TAG Heuer’s brand. The display can show TAG Heuer printed in white and Formula 1 printed in red, right beneath it. The watch has a sporty look and is an excellent choice for racers. The watch does not remain downright athletic; the brand remains a signature of class. The most attractive part poses little to zero problems in terms of visibility and legibility as the hands and indices display good quality contrast against the black background. For example, you’re in a dark-themed party, and the room is not that lit, the luminous indicators would still prove to display time. The TAG Heuer Formula 1 has a scratch-resistant glass for the rough users of its type. The steel strap is suitable for formal occasion uses. Meanwhile, the rugged rubber strap is suited for off-duty days. Display The bezel of a TAG Heuer Formula 1 has a unidirectional turning, and it is finely brushed just like the rest of the steel case. These unbelievable features assist the Tag Heuer Formula 1, too, has fantastic water resistance, measuring up to 200m deep. TAG Heuer watches are known for their glamorous dials. Therefore, the TAG Heuer Formula 1 has a sober dial style with some simplistic details. The watch avoids any unnecessary noise. There are luminescent indexes with rhodium plating in the dial of the watch. Plus, there are variations of the Formula 1 that offers a smaller bezel on the dial that features a graduated minute scale with intervals of five minutes in white. Ultimately, there is a date display at the 3 o’clock position. The clockface is of clean sapphire crystal that displays the tiniest details of the TAG Heuer Formula 1. The Movement The mesmerizing Swiss-made Quartz movement is featured in the Tag Heuer Formula 1. The watch has the most modest and simple functions of hours, minutes, seconds, and date. The best part about TAG Heuer Formula 1 is that it features an EOL (battery end-of-life indication), fast date correction, and stop-second unlike other TAG Heuer watches. The quartz movement of the watch uses a battery and a quartz crystal to power. The watchmakers call this ‘oscillation’ in which the battery produces current and sends it to the quartz crystal. The crystal then creates a vibration to power up the watch. There is a checkered flag pattern that covers most of the steel back. Apart from the wide structure of the watch, the case also has a reasonable depth of 15.2mm, which supports the mechanical motion of the TAG Heuer Formula 1. The Bracelet The strap of the TAG Heuer Formula 1 comes with two options, which are steel and rubber. The bracelet features amazing artistry; the polished and brushed steel details give it a mesmerizing look. The watch is very lightweight, and it grasps on your wrist very firmly. The look of the watch is very athletic and not bulky at all with its high-grade watch case. However, the rubber strap does not give a better look than the steel strap. What do we suggest? The TAG Heuer Formula 1 revives the spirit of motorsports and racing. The collection surprises with many variants. The three chronograph counters and a date display come with an addition of GMT-display and an alarm function. The structure and the design of the TAG Heuer Formula 1 make this variant of TAG Heuer a professional and durable choice for racers and motorsports fans. The elegant creation represents the excellence of TAG Heuer. The sporty look and TAG’s prestigious production and manufacturing capabilities remain genuinely unchallenged. Verdict Altogether, if you are looking for a smart and rugged wristwatch at a reasonable cost, you may consider the TAG Heuer Formula 1. This variant of the TAG Heuer has an upgraded collection with the top models consisting of the exceptional Carrera, Link, and Aquaracer. The rubber strap range of TAG Heuer hasn’t always been with a lot of options. But with the release of the Formula 1 series and nylon materiel straps offered in the Aquaracers has its own aesthetics. Therefore, a battery-powered watch is a convenient option.

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  6. Watch Guide: Answers to Common Rolex Questions

    Even just hearing a whisper of their name easily reminds you of their immense prestige doesn’t it? When you think about how far watch manufacturers have come, Rolex is arguably one of the most valuable watch brand’s in the world. Rolex sells almost up to a million of their watches every year, and that’s potentially up to a million questions from. A bit far-fetched and complicated, but it is the truth. So, it’s pretty normal that we have some questions ourselves, because of obvious reasons. Now the best thing about that little fact is that our questions should be similar to yours. Watches are inherently the same (parts-wise), so we decided to put our answers down in words. They’re informational and dare we say it, a bit factual with a bragging side to them. Why is Rolex made from 904L steel? Timepiece enthusiasts know the worth of stainless steel. It has that perfect ratio of safety, toughness, and aesthetic appeal that every watch aficionado will love. In terms of the feel, steel has a firm and nice weight on your wrist that just feels right. All watch manufacturers that are worth their salt have gotten that particular formula down nowadays. Still, that tight look which easily catches everyone’s eyes comes at the cost of sweat build-up. And because of that, there’s the issue of wear over time. Now while this is a common issue with all steel types, you have to know there are different types of the material that watchmakers can choose from. All with different resistance to wear, corrosion, and the likes. So, in the early 2000s, Rolex made a really smart move. Trust us, we’ve looked at it from every angle we could and it’s the better decision, despite being a little more expensive. Rolex changed their entire lineup to 904L in 2003 instead of using the usual 316L. It holds polish significantly longer than 316L. Who makes Rolex movements? Rolex, as a watchmaker does not only make their own movements, they also build the other parts big or small like their beautiful cases and even the crown. After that, they smelt their own metals (gold, silver, etc.) and cut their own diamonds to their own particular tastes/standards. They are one of the few watch manufacturers that construct all of the parts they need for their watches in-house. So next time you see one of their timepieces, you now know why they’re always built to taste. How do Rolex test their dive watches? What we consider a huge plus in our books is that Rolex tests their dive watches in environments that subject them to a lot of stress. The watches are placed in an air-pressure chamber, wherein if the pressure changes at all, there’s been a leak in the case. This is what Rolex applies in Rolex Oyster case watches. All of this is kind of like an incentive to buy a watch of theirs and also a form of assurance to get more watches sold. “And it’s certainly working” In the case of the Submariner and Deep-Sea watches, they’re subjected to other tests that show if the watches are really resistant up to 300 meters. For the first one, the Submariner, the watches are heated up and a little cold water is added to them after they exit the air-pressure chamber. If water doesn’t form on the inside of the crystal, then the watches have passed. On the other hand, a different approach is taken with Deep Sea watches. This line is tested in a specialized pressure chamber that’s much less forgiving on the body than Rolex Oyster watches. We think it’s like a personal game of theirs, where they push their own watches than even the wearers. How long does it take to make a Rolex? Yes, there have been debates on how long it really takes to make a Rolex watch. But instead of the usual 6 months or a year that it supposedly takes, making a Rolex doesn’t even take up to 4 hours. The part that takes so long is gathering all the materials (gold, steel, etc.) that’ll then be converted to all of the necessary parts. This can take up to a year but then, do you still remember what we said about them selling up to a million watches each year? Well, how are they doing that? The answer is actually straightforward and what’s going on is that they have a lot of employees (gemologists for example) who work to build hundreds of timepieces per day. How do you manually wind a Rolex and how many turns does it need per day? If you’re using a Rolex with a screw-down crown, you just need to unscrew the crown counterclockwise until the crown pops out (in the 1st position). Then you wind the crown 28-40 times to fully charge the watch enough to work. You can stay in that range provided that the watch hasn’t seen any motion for a day or two. If you’re worried about over winding the Rolex, don’t be! Over winding Rolex watches are mostly impossible nowadays since they use a winding limiter. It kicks in when the watch has been fully wound. Though another cue is that you’ll feel a resistance when it’s fully wound. This is very useful in the case you’re winding a vintage piece. How many types of movements do Rolex use in their watches? In any Rolex watch, it’s either you see a mechanical watch, or you see one made with a quartz movement. The mechanical watches have their iconic ticking sound and they’re divided into two. The first is the automatic self-winding watches while the other is manual watches. Mechanical watches use a movement that must be periodically wound to work. But then the difference between the two types is that self-winding watches use the wearer’s motions to constantly charge the watch. The manual watches will have to be manually wound. Alternatively, their watches have quartz movements which make use of batteries. They’re slick since you won’t need to move them, but you will need to replace them periodically. Why does a mechanical Rolex watch lose time? Other than the fact that infrequent winds will cause your watch to lose time, mechanical Rolex watches are not built to have pinpoint time accuracy—unlike quartz watches. What they instead do is lose no more than 4 seconds and gain no more than 6 seconds per day. It should be a little underwhelming since quartz watches keep time more. But the level of craftsmanship put into every little part to eliminate the errors to that level must be respected.

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  7. A Closer Look at the Omega Seamaster

    When we think of an Omega Seamaster these days the mind probably goes to the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean or the Aqua Terra. But the Seamaster had a life before these popular entries. Let’s take a closer look at how this classic watch came into being and what it eventually became. Born from Battles Shortly after World War 2, the Swiss watchmakers Omega took a design for the British Royal Navy, featuring a waterproof gasket, and turned it into a dive watch that would soon set world depth-diving records. While there have been changes over the years, some things have remained consistent, such as wave patterns across blue or black dials and screw-down crowns. It’s 300M’s World, We Just Wind in It While there are disagreements on the “best” Seamaster, the 300M Professional is unarguably one of the best-selling around the world. Omega unveiled the super-water-resistant 300M in 1957 and it quickly became standard on the wrists of professional divers. There have been quite a few variations with the 300M over the decades, but the model has almost always featured lugs on a symmetrical case, big hands, big numbers and a dark dial. The secret of 300M’s success is also partly due to its association with James Bond. And yes, we all know that James Bond began with Rolex and stayed loyal for decades. But then the 90s came along and we had cell phones, the Internet, grunge and goth. Things were changing and 007 fell for an Omega, with Pierce Brosnan sporting an Omega Seamaster in 1995’s Goldeneye. View this post on Instagram Introducing a New Omega Seamaster 300M Diver ‘007’. The 50th Anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). Details on Fratello (?? link in bio ??) #omega A post shared by FratelloWatches (@fratellowatches) on Sep 24, 2019 at 3:03am PDT Getting Back with James Bond And Omega shows no sign of jealousy over Bond in his Rolex days, celebrating an earlier Bond film with the limited-edition run of the 42mm Seamaster Diver 300M. It’s to coincide with this year’s 50th anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Omega goes full-Bond with the run of 7,007 pieces. The dial is an unashamed homage with the signature gun-barrel graphics that open the franchise’s credits, with the number seven in the distinct font from the films. Diehard Bond fans will recognize the crest at the twelve o’clock position – it’s the Bond family coat of arms. Plunging into Planet Ocean Let’s set the Wayback Machine just a little, two clicks back to 2005. We were awash in trucker hats, skinny jeans, and yes, Uggs. Cargo pants even made a resurgence. It was a pretty rough dressed-down time. But not for Omega. The Seamaster stepped in with some James Bond-style, as the Planet Ocean would accompany Daniel Craig on his first run at 007 in the 2006 film Casino Royale. In the years since there have been lots of variations in the line, from case sizes and bracelet options to bezel colors and chronograph or non-chronograph movements. Consistent throughout each reference in the line are unidirectional rotating bezels, prominent hands with luminescence, a screw-down crown and analog display. Flip any Planet Ocean over and you’ll find a screw-in case back that’s engraved with the Omega Seahorse symbol. The image, known as a hippocampus in Greek mythology, has some serious history and significance. View this post on Instagram Big Seahorse on seamaster calendar #watch #vintagewatch #omega #omegawatch #omegaseamaster #omegaseahorse #watchesofinstagram #instawatch #watchgeek #watchporn #watchme #watching #watchmania #watchoftheday #watchfam #watchcollector A post shared by matthias de pauw (@matthias.watches) on Jul 13, 2019 at 1:07pm PDT Tale of the Seahorse So set the time machine to leap back and we’re in ancient Greece, where you’re likely to hear tales of massive half-fish half-horse creatures roaming the sea. These mighty ocean steeds pulled Poseidon’s chariot. Today in the canals of Venice you still see their influence, with pairs of forged seahorses attached to both the starboard and port sides of gondolas, meant to protect all in the vessel. These guardians of the ancient waterways inspired an engraver at Omega to invoke their image of protection against watery danger. In 1958 the first hippocampus was engraved on an Omega Seamaster. Today, nearly nothing in the Omega line personifies that connection to the sea and all of its creatures more than the Planet Ocean. Keeping Aqua Terra Time Many a watch lover has noted that the Aqua Terra comes as close to the original design of the first Seamaster as anything in the collection. That’s kind of ironic in that the Aqua Terra isn’t as serious a dive watch as others in both form and function. It’s not designed for deep dives like the 300M or the Planet Ocean. And it just looks better on land, feeling more comfortable at an elegant candlelit dinner than off the coast of Bali. When it debuted in 2002, the Aqua Terra had a smooth face, but the watch has since come to be easily recognized for its teak pattern on the dial. With simple, no-nonsense looks, the Aqua Terra is equally at ease on a stainless steel bracelet or fine leather. Dressed up or down, it’s about as versatile as you can get with the Seamaster and that likely adds to its popularity. Look, we all know you’ve never been diving. Heck, you haven’t even seen Finding Dory. But that doesn’t mean you can’t put some maritime heritage on your wrist, and there’s probably no better way to do it than with the timeless design of an Omega Seamaster.

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  8. Top Montblanc Watches

    There are plenty of brands out there in the market. We are in the habit of repeatedly buying stuff that we have already tried. However, this prevents us from looking out for unique and trendy brands like Montblanc that deserve our attention too. The brand can be considered new when compared with some of the very old brands in the market; however, their commitment to innovation and creativity is what makes them more unique. Montblanc – Who Are They? With the market for luxury products and services increasing exponentially, it is very difficult to maintain exclusivity when it comes to certain products. Montblanc is a company trying to do just that, and succeeding in doing so, more often than not. The company is amongst such a group of brands that are known to produce high-end products. These products are meant to appeal to a wide segment of the luxury market, and though it caters to people of all kinds, the ones interested in buying luxury products are their main consumers. With plenty of brands present in the market, it is nothing but a challenge to make your mark, and yet Montblanc has been able to do so in a few years. But watches aren’t the only thing Montblanc is famous for. Montblanc Watches, Pens and Meisterstuck Long before it introduced its amazing watches, the brand was in the market for its Montblanc pens and Montblanc Meisterstuck.  The company’s top line of writing instruments was introduced in 1924. It provides warranted nibs and offers high-grade features. What makes the brand different from other brands is the fact that it incorporates celluloid with precious metals. The modern Meisterstuck contains fountain pens, rollerballs, pencils and more. Montblanc has been in the scene for long and yet it has been able to retain its popularity in the pen market. This mere fact should be enough to convince valuable customers of the dedication and commitment that the company has. Hence, if you want to experience the feel of a luxurious watch, buy yourself one of their amazing watches. In order to make your decision a more informed one, we have selected 3 very popular Montblanc watches for you. Montblanc Heritage Spirit Pulsograph Another popular watch is the Montblanc heritage spirit pulsograph. It is a manually wound monopusher chronograph. It comes with a pulsometer to measure heartbeats. The watch is about 41mm. Another unique feature of it is that it is crafted in 18-karat and 5N rose gold. Moreover, it also features a transparent sapphire case back that views the movement. All these features are what make the watch one of the best Montblanc watches in the market. Montblanc 4810 ExoTourbillon This is one of the most popular Montblanc watches in the market. It is highly popular with a lot of people, including celebrities. It has a tourbillon escapement, which compensates for errors in timekeeping. These errors are often caused due to the effects of gravity, especially when the watch is in certain positions on the wrist. One fact that many customers might find interesting is that Montblanc watches, including this one, was the brand was most worn by celebrities in the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. Montblanc 4810 Exo Tourbillon Slim This breathtaking watch is inspired by the golden age of trade and travel across the Atlantic Ocean. It is indeed a sophisticated masterpiece and is certainly one of the best ones from the Montblanc watch range. This watch introduces the new manufacture caliber MB 29.21, while also manifesting a classic, elegant design. It endows the Montblanc patented Exo tourbillon and also has a highly functional stop-second mechanism. This new mechanism allows for automatic setting of the time. So if you are looking for class and style, both in one watch, you might want to try this one out. Why Montblanc Watches Deserve Your Utmost Attention? Luxury products are, although a matter of personal perception, they all imply a promise. Montblanc products, being a luxury brand, ensure that the products you buy, whether it is Montblanc watches, Montblanc pens or Montblanc Meisterstuck, are timeless, have an elegant design and deliver on their promise of high quality. This is not just due to the dedication to the brand, but the credit also goes to the excellence of the company’s craftsmen. The company also ensures that the products you buy from them are still loved by you in 20, 30, or even 40 years. To them, the customer’s trust and satisfaction is their top-most priority. Thus, in order to gain that loyalty from the customers, they design their products with not just the highest quality products but also with the highest quality craftsmen. So if you are thinking of getting yourself a timely piece, look for a Montblanc watch. Also if you want to please a loved one and make them feel special, choose a luxury watch from the wide collection of impressive products. And most importantly, it is an item to be handed down in generations. So what more do you need in a watch?

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  9. Review of the Oris Divers Sixty-Five

    Oris is no stranger to manufacturing killer and limited edition watches. Oris further went into its archives and brought back a dive watch from half a decade ago; the Oris Divers Sixty-Five. This watch is a great example of a company recreating their heritage piece in the perfect way. This timepiece looks very similar to the original design but has a larger, more modern-sized casing created from stainless steel. It also has a unidirectional bezel that today’s watches own, an automatic and modern mechanical movement, a sapphire crystal and a rubber strap. By contrast, the original and old model is much smaller and was sold in a chromium-plated brass casing. It also has a Plexiglas crystal; this crystal lacks anti-glare treatment. The older version of Oris Divers Watch even had a versatile black colored plastic strap and a bi-directional rotational bezel. The Casing of the Oris Divers Sixty Five This watch is crafted using stainless steel and measures forty millimeters in diameter with a 12.99mm thickness. The length of this watch is around 47.5mm, and its lugs provide you with a 20 mm wide strap. The size of this watch is comparable to a classic vintage Submariner, and this is an excellent thing. Once strapped on the wrist, the watch works incredibly well. It has an ergonomic design, and the crown does not dig in your writs. Overall, this stylish timepiece has a perfect design. The weight of Oris is at 78.9 grams and is similar to the weight of classic vintage watches instead of a modern and contemporary watch; this means that wearing Oris is exceptionally comfortable even over long time periods. Lugs The area present in-between the lugs and the sides of the watch’s casing are fully polished. The screw-in case back that comes with the original Oris emblem engraving, the crown and the lower part of the lugs are polished fully and made brand new. Since this watch is a diver’s watch, the crown on this timepiece is screw-down. Even though it is slightly firm, it is very easy to operate and comes with an “ORIS” relief engraving. On top of the stainless steel casing is a unidirectional bezel with 0-60 minutes present on top. It also has a luminous dot present inside of the triangle in place of “0.” The bezel on Oris dive watch is black steel and has a black colored aluminum insert. Moreover, the domed shape sapphire crystal along with an anti-glare coating present in the interior of the dial gives the watch with a vintage touch. The Dial of Oris Divers Sixty-Five The watch has a glossy and curved black dial made with luminous printed indices. It has Arabic numerals in places of 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’ clock. Also, the printed inner minute track is very similar to those present on the 1965 original model on which this timepiece is based on. The nickel hands for seconds, hours and minutes, all come with a luminous filling that matches the dial. The small date aperture is practically hidden over the 6 o’clock numeral and comes with white numbering on a black background. This allows it to blend into the minute track easily and due to the trend with no-date watches, this is a great compromise. The original vintage model contains the date at the 3 o’ clock position, and the adjacent numerals were reduced in size, and this threw off the symmetry of the dial. Thankfully, the modern version went with form over function and what looked best on the watch. Oris Divers Sixty-Five Movement Powering this classic vintage yet contemporary watch is the Oris Caliber 733. This is based entirely on Sellita SW200 and comes with a date function. This movement is entirely automatic and is the complete copy of the ETA 2824-2. The movement also beats at 4 Hz and has a power reserve of thirty-eight hours and contains 26 jewels. The functions of this watch include minutes, hours, date, and central seconds. You can also manually wind the watch when you want, and this timepiece has a stop-seconds function as well. It might had been better if the movement was at a much higher level. Such as the Caliber SW-200 that comes with a chronometer-level adjustment, allowing it to be more precise. Furthermore, with an affordable yet reliable watch movement present inside, Oris was able to keep this watch at a less high price. Final Verdict You should know that this is not a professional grade diver watch. However, this is an ISO 6425 certified diver’s watch that allows it to be water-resistant at a minimum of 300 feet. But apart from this, Oris Divers Sixty-Five is an excellent vintage-inspired watch. While the Oris Divers Sixty-Five looks slightly similar to its ancestors, it contains modern upgrades and accouterments that make it stand out.

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  10. Quartz Watches: What is Quartz?

    A common piece of advice you hear in our culture is that you must “walk before you can run.” The logic behind the proverb is simple: You should learn the basics of any given idea or activity before you move on to more advanced concepts. Such is true in the world of wristwatches, as many people try to discuss advanced ideas without first knowing the simple ones. Today, I will address one of those preliminary questions by explaining what quartz is and how it makes our watches tick. Three Kinds of Watch Movements First, let’s go over the three fundamental ways that watches work. You can imagine them as three different engines, each with a different way of keeping time. They are as follows. Automatic – This movement is the same as manual, but you do less winding by hand. The reason is that the manufacturer constructs the watch to wind itself with the regular motion of you wearing it. Both manual and automatic can be grouped into the “mechanical” category. Manual – This type of movement is basically a tiny machine that turns the hands of your watch. You give it power my winding it, and it keeps time relatively well. Quartz – Lastly, we have quartz, which is also commonly referred to as “battery powered.” I will talk more about the function of this type of movement in the coming sections. Quartz Watches: The Mineral Quartz is essentially a translucent and beautiful looking rock. Though you may not have heard of its base compound, silicon dioxide, it is very likely that you’ve seen quartz at some point in your life. People love to make necklaces out of this mineral and decorate their homes with especially large pieces of it. On a smaller scale, quartz makes up a significant portion of the sand you see at the beach. The reason why it is relevant in the world of watches is the fact that it is piezoelectric. What that means is that quartz has a unique relationship with electricity. If you apply pressure to one of these crystals, it will create a bit of voltage. Applying voltage will have the opposite effect too, as the quartz will vibrate in response to electricity. How Quartz is Used to Make Watches Tick So, what does a quartz crystal do on the inside of a watch? Manufacturers use that concept of piezoelectricity to make these products keep nearly perfect time. The following is the process that they undergo each second. The battery in the watch supplies a microchip with electricity. That chip creates a circuit with the quartz crystal. After precisely 32768 oscillations, also called vibrations, the chip sends a signal to the gears of the watch. It tells it to progress one second. In analog displays, this process makes the second-hand tick. In a digital watch, there is no ticking, just the progression of the numerals on the screen. Let me clear up one potential point of confusion. It is step three, which deals with a seemingly large number of oscillations. The first thing you need to know is that quartz crystals vibrate 32768 times in one second. That is a feature of them that is a simple fact of nature. What manufacturers do to take advantage of that is create microchips that can detect each oscillation. The result is a watch that tells time with excellent accuracy. Accuracy Quartz watches are the most accurate of the three I described above. The reason is that they see minimal variation in how quickly they tick. Mechanical pieces will often lose or gain 2-20 seconds in a day due to gravitational variation. All that means is that your watch moves a bit faster or slower based on the position of your arm or the environment you’re in. Quartz watches, on the other hand, more often lose or gain 20 seconds a year. The reason is that the system of measuring oscillations is incredibly reliable. The only factor that can throw it off is extreme temperatures, but even those do not do much. Now that we’ve settled the science behind these types of movements, we can move on to how they translate in the watch world. In general, quartz watches are cheaper than their mechanical counterparts. This is because they are much easier to manufacture. The reason people still go with mechanical is that timepieces are works of art, not just tools. Consumers like to know that they have a complex machine on their wrist, rather than a somewhat simple one. That complexity comes with a price though, as mechanical pieces often need servicing. The basic explanations of each are as follows. Quartz – Cheaper, more reliable, more convenient, but less impressive in terms of craftsmanship. Mechanical – More expensive, less reliable, less convenient, but more artful in their construction. Quartz Watches Conclusion Now that you understand these options at their simplest level, you can make a decision on which resonates with you more. Either way, you’ll be a more informed consumer and one that is more likely to make a satisfying purchase in the future.

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  11. Closer Look at the Seiko Cocktail Time Watch

    Seiko watches are not the first things that come to mind when you think of dressy showpieces. One is more likely to think of their solar-powered utility selections or durable dive watches. But the Seiko Cocktail Time flips that preconceived notion on its end. We take an up-close look at the elegant offering that has roots in the fashionable Tokyo nightlife scene.    Inspired by an Influential Mixologist Cocktails anyone? Shaken, stirred or on the rocks? However you like your libation served, it’s always better with a stylish timepiece on your wrist. And the name “Cocktail Time” is more than just branding. Bowing in 2010, the watch was developed in conjunction with Shinobu Ishigaki. Shinobu was a renowned cocktail guru who mixed custom creations at the famed Ishinohana Bar in Tokyo. Shinobu’s original and elaborate cocktails have been featured on the late Anthony Bourdain’s show No Reservations and on Ishigaki’s own popular cocktail series Calpico Bartime. Beyond the high-end Japanese scene, he’s mixed for notables and represented luxury brands across the world. The first Seiko Cocktail Time models gained notice for their color-splashed guilloche dials. They mirrored his signature drinks in Cool, Dry and Sweet tones. For years the watch was only available on the Japanese market. You can probably understand why. To some, a Seiko may be something relatively inexpensive you can pick up online and not worry so much about it getting banged around. But the Cocktail Time stands apart from the Seiko pack. Back in 2017, the Japanese watchmakers let it loose on the world stage. The more recent Cocktail Times are somewhat more subdued, but still retain that bespoke mixology spirit.   Prestige at a Nice Price Who says an upscale dress watch needs to cost a fortune? Well, actually not many people who know watches. There are quite a few options out there if you want a fine dress watch for under $1,000. There’s the Victorinox Alliance with its refined military-inspired looks. Tissot’s Heritage line always has  something sleek at a fair price. And the Hamilton Intra-matic makes a nice minimalist match with a well-tailored suit. But the Cocktail Time is in strong competition with these dressy offerings. The Seiko Cocktail Time does so with a slightly flashier (yet somehow still subdued) show of cosmopolitan style. Drilling Down on the Seiko Cocktail Time Dial The Cocktail Time’s iconic dial is the thing that’s most likely to catch your eye. It’s one of the most delicious ingredients in the watch’s recipe for success. The different styles across the line are inspired by hand-crafted cocktails and bear their likenesses. Such as the cream-hued Margarita, the deep-brown Manhattan and silver-blue Martini, which shimmers on a sunray pattern like a freshly poured drink. Or you can keep it simple with a snowscape-inspired dial of textured white. Up the sophistication with a powder-blue or deep-cobalt sunray dial. However your cocktail comes, the guilloche dial oozes sophistication. The Overall Look and Feel The textured dial is the physical and spiritual centerpiece of the watch. But the components that seamlessly complement the face are equally worthy of consideration. Sharp and beveled with cutting-edge assertiveness, hands and hour indices match the dial aesthetic and tell the world you are ready for a well-coiffed night on the town. The three-hand design personifies the original definition of elegance, an ode to understated simplicity. Those looking for a sporty bezel won’t make it past the velvet ropes of the dream lounge that spawned the watch. The Cocktail Time’s sloped and slender bezel effortlessly blends into the box-style crystal that has just the hint of a dome over the objet d’art dial.   As bulk never belongs on a dress watch, the case has a modest 40.5-mm diameter and keeps things elemental with a polished steel finish. A flourish of elegance is added by a grooved crown, reminding us that this is a watch for those mixing and mingling on the well-heeled social scene. Being a Seiko, the Cocktail Time has to toss in some serious durability. While we doubt you’ll go diving with this exquisite timepiece it’s nice to know that it’s water resistant up to 50 meters.      The Inner Workings Historically, what Seiko may have lacked in prestige it more than made up for with functionality. They were the first Japanese watchmakers to use mechanical-only movements and offered them at a low price. It’s this movement that’s inspired generation after generation of “Seikoholics,” watch enthusiasts who totally geek out over all things Seiko. Two separate movements are used across the Seiko Cocktail Time line, a caliber 4R35 movement for time-and-date models and caliber 4R57 for others. When fully wound, they both offer about 40 hours of reserve power. While not unusual for Seiko, the movement offers solid utility and the added bonus of being able to see the gears at work through a transparent case back.    A Full Menu of Classic Concoctions You can almost wear your favorite craft cocktail with Seiko’s carte du jour approach. Immerse in azure with a Blue Moon-inspired model or go with gold in an homage to the Gimlet. A charming grey dial draws influence from a classic Side Car while the dark-gray Cocktail Time is an unapologetic nod to an Espresso Martini. However you like your libations (or even if you just like the appearance of a cocktail-hour vibe) there’s a Seiko dress watch to match your tastes. So break out that little black dress or cool mid-gray suit. Make sure you’re on the VIP list and take your Seiko Cocktail Time out on the town.

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