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  2. A Closer Look at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Watch

    For nearly 90 years the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso has made an indelible face-flipping impact on the watch world. It’s been spotted on the wrists of A-list stars, on-screen and off, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Christian Bale. It has spawned a series of similar designs from the likes of Hamilton, Vacheron Constantin, and Movado. But none of the imitators have ever risen to the level of the original. So let’s take a closer look at what makes the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso so special, and some of the models that have helped land it an esteemed spot in watchmaking history. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Made for War… Sort of No, the Reverso isn’t a field watch. It actually isn’t even close, by today’s standards or back when military watches were invented, with what amounts to steel cages over their faces. But the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso was made for soldiers who occupied a foreign land. Let’s zip back in time to 1931. Britain maintained colonial control over India with its military might. But it was a time of relative peace, and the British soldiers spent much of their time playing polo. While there weren’t bombs and mortars, their watches still got banged up out on the field. Jaeger-LeCoultre came up with a solution, a watch that flipped over so that the case back was exposed to protect against any rough-and-tumble action the polo grounds could dish out. Word spread and soon the watch was the toast of Europe, spotted on the wrists of Britain’s King Edward VIII and international aviation celeb Amelia Earhart. Personalization was one key to the Reverso’s success, as anyone could engrave anything, they wish on the case back and turn it into a one-of-a-kind showpiece. The following decades saw ebbs and flows, with the watch’s popularity rising and falling with the whims of fashion. After a run of over 30 years, production ceased. A Fine Watch Gets Funky Then the 70s arrived and things got, well, kind of far out, man. People grew their hair wild and outfits got even wilder. It was the perfect time for Italian watch dealer Giorgio Corvo to scoop up 200 Reverso cases he happened to notice on a visit to the Jaeger-LeCoultre factory in Switzerland. Back in Italy, he retrofitted movements, and the watch made its slow climb back en vogue. In 1982, with some convincing from Corvo, Jaeger-LeCoultre resurrected the watch and put it back into production. It hasn’t ceased since. A Look at Some Legendary Reversos View this post on Instagram Reverso #jlc #jlcreverso #jaegerlecoultre #watchesofinstagram #wristshots #reversograndedate #edcgunner A post shared by EDCG (@edcgunner) on Dec 22, 2018 at 8:00am PST Reverso Grande Date Bigger than your average Reverso, the Grande Date still doesn’t wear noticeably hefty, coming in at 46.5mm x 27mm. The stainless steel hand-wound watch has a whopping eight-day power reserve, gauged by an indicator on its no-nonsense dial. But what’s most impressive is its simplicity, an elegant entry in the line with few complications, just a large date window, small seconds hand, and understated Arabic numerals. In stainless steel on a fine brown alligator strap, this subdued beauty is ready for any affair that calls for a sophisticated air. View this post on Instagram Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverse Tribute GYROTOURBILLON® A true masterpiece of watchmaking expertise and Jaeger-LeCoultre's rare handcrafts ("Metiers Rares®"), the platinum Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon® watch is full of surprises with its two contrasting faces. An exceptional model presented in a limited series of 75 pieces. The elegant face on the front of the watch is an expression of watchmaking sophistication down to the very last detail. The blued dauphine hands stand out elegantly on the grained white dial, while a day/night indicator is subtly housed at 11 o'clock. The dial is adorned with a sunburst guilloché decoration that echoes the finish of the horns of the watch. @jaegerlecoultre #JaegerLeCoultre #Reverso #JLC #ReverseTribute #Gyrotourbillon #ReversoTributeGyrotourbillon #Tourbillon #GrandComplication #Complication #LuxuryWatch #Timepiece #Montre #SwissMade #Masterpiece #LeicaPhotography #HaomingWangFoto #WatchesofInstagram #InstaWatch #JLCsydney A post shared by Haoming Wang (@h.m.uhren) on Nov 30, 2019 at 12:23pm PST Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon If you really like skeletonized watches, you ́ll love the Tribute Gyrotourbillon. On the front, you ́ll find an upper white textured dial with dauphine hands that effortlessly hovers over an intricate field of gears, while below at the six o ́clock position there’s a likewise floating tourbillon. Flip it over and there’s yet another time display, this time over a fully skeletonized dial. Either face you choose puts a wonderfully complicated display of inner workings on your wrist. View this post on Instagram The detail on the dial of the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Calendar is simply amazing. With its calendar and moonphase indications on the front, the rear features a second timezone function, making this an elegant and functional timepiece. Monards is an Authorised Retailer for @jaegerlecoultre. monards.com.au A post shared by Monards (@monards_aus) on Nov 17, 2016 at 4:52pm PST Reverso Tribute Calendar In pink gold, the look of this charming piece might be a bit on the dainty side for some. But for those who revel in its grace notes love it all the more for its soft side. And it’s got a practical side as well. You can track two different time zones on its front and back faces, the latter offering a night and day indicator as well. And it’s a moonphase watch! Track lunar movement with a bosom-style indicator that shows a graphic representation of the moon as it looks at any moment in the night sky. Perfect for both men and women, this versatile dress watch oozes refinement with design elements that recall the 1931 original. View this post on Instagram @jaegerlecoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface 리베르소는 꼭 하나 구입할 예정인데 항상 생각하는 건 지금은 생산 중지된 그랑 데이트 8데이즈나 선 문. 그러니까 좀 복잡한 모델이 땡겼다. 그런데 요새 나온 트리뷰트 듀오페이스나 스몰세컨즈의 블루 컬러가 참 맘에 드네… . #jaegerlecoultre #JLC #reverso #reversotributeduoface #reversotributesmallseconds #blue #bluewatch #watch #wristporn #watchstagram #wristshot #예거르쿨트르 #리베르소 #트리뷰트 #시계 #시계스타그램 #착용샷 A post shared by 김도우 (@dowoo1950) on Oct 15, 2019 at 7:22pm PDT Reverso Tribute Duoface A striking timepiece with a blue-and-silver motif, the Tribute Duoface goes for a 3D vibe with its dual-hued appliquéd hour markers. It also has got a serious Art Deco lean with a stainless steel case that follows contours we first met in the 1930s. The grainy dial complements a similar leather strap, which was specially designed by famed Argentinian bootmaker Casa Fagliano. View this post on Instagram That Guilloché on the center of the dial. ??? The new @jaegerlecoultre Reverso Classic Duoface as captured by us at the #sihh2016 Pure #watchporn and #elegance #JLC #jaeger #jaegerlecoultre #jlcreverso #reverso85 #reverso #reversoclassicduoface #lesentier #watches #watchfam #watchlife #watchlifestyler #watchcollector #watchcollecting #watchcollectinglifestyle #thegoodlife #luxury #luxurylife #timepieces #wristgame #nofilter #horology #dailywatch #lovewatches #womw #SIHH #love A post shared by Watch Collecting Lifestyle (@watchcollectinglifestyle) on Feb 9, 2016 at 4:45am PST Reverso Classic Duoface As its name suggests, this model is a classic in every sense. This is a dress watch that positively asks to get taken out to a black-tie affair. It’s already dressed to impress for the part. A black grained dial stands in sleek contrast to gleaming silver hands. On a black alligator strap, this watch is sophistication personified, with a few handy features. Flip it over and you can track a second time zone on its reverse face. Are you ready to throw things into reverse? Why not think of it as getting two watches for the price of one and pick up an amazing Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso.

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  4. 6 Innovative Features to Look for In Modern Watches

    When you’re looking at new watches to purchase it can be all too easy to select your pick based on appearance alone. And nobody would blame you because watches are gorgeous. Are you looking for something classic or are you more interested in modern watches? But watches have evolved from being simple time tellers and bold fashion statements. Watches of today are filled with features and some of them truly reflect the innovative nature of the horological industry. While not all these features are considered useful by the everyday wearer, they are groundbreaking innovations that deserve mentioning. Perhaps you’ll find one of them worthwhile on your next watch. Without further ado, here are some innovative features to look for in modern watches. Watch Out for These 6 Features 1: Power Reserve Indicator Many modern watches feature a power reserve indicator which, in layman’s terms, displays the remaining amount of energy stored in the watch. Think of this feature in the same way you think of your vehicle’s petrol gauge. Just as your petrol gauge lets you know when it’s time to fill up the tank, a power reserve indicator will let you know when it’s time to replace the battery or wind the system. 2: Chronograph Functionality On top of its time-displaying capabilities, chronograph watches facilitate timekeeping. The face of a chronograph watch will display seconds, minutes and hours. The built-in stopwatch functionality is a feature that can be used in various applications. Most people use chronograph watches to time races. But other uses include monitoring cooking times, tracking billable hours, timing meetings and more. Some of the most renowned chronograph watches include the OMEGA Speedmaster Professional collection, TAG Heuer Monaco collection, and the Rolex Daytona collection. 3: World Time Most modern watches are able to display more than one time zone at once, but only a world time watch can tell you the time across all 24 time zones at a glance. Because this feature can often result in a complicated, cluttered-looking face only serious globetrotters opt for watches with world time functionality. World time watches display two time zones at once and allow the wearer to track the time across all zones. This feature is especially handy for purposes ranging from adjusting time displays due to traveling to new time zones to figuring out when is a good time to call your friend who lives overseas. 4: Calendar In addition to telling the time, some watches double as a calendar displaying the day, date and month. Perpetual calendar watches can even indicate leap years! Annual calendar watches are the most popular type of calendar watches as they display all the date information you need. Annual calendar watches need to be manually set once a year, while perpetual calendar watches don’t. Because the calendar feature is such a handy tool, many modern watches include this feature. A prime example of an annual calendar watch is the IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar Automatic watch. The best of the best in perpetual calendar watches is the Patek Phillipe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar watch.  Interestingly enough, the first ever annual calendar wristwatch was patented by Patek Phillipe in 1996. 5: Moon Phase While the days of using the phases of the moon as a calendar are long gone, moon phase watches still have a special place in the world. A moon phase watch displays the moon’s current phase as it is in the sky at that very moment. As opposed to merely telling the time a watch that displays moon phases gives you an insight into the inner workings of the universe. Moon phase watches aren’t mainstream watches that adorn the wrists of just anyone. Rather they are worn by artists, sky-watchers, fishermen and those who appreciate the marvel that is moon phase watches. 6: Atomic Timekeeping Not many modern watches have atomic timekeeping capabilities because the feature is not that sought after by consumers. It might not be popular, but it is innovative! The appeal of atomic timekeeping is that it keeps the most accurate time on the planet thanks to radio-controlled synchronization. There is no need to manually set or adjust the time or date on an atomic watch because it does so automatically. It’s done via low frequency radio signals emitted from atomic clocks such as the one found in Colorado. A prime example of a watch boasting atomic timekeeping capabilities in the Casio GW-9400J-1JF. Casio G-Shock Final Thoughts A watch needs to be more than a pretty face and the features we mentioned turn time-telling devices into technological wonders. So tell us, when you shop for your next watch—will you be filtering by feature?

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  5. Why the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch So Popular

    Watches have always been a popular choice among people with an exquisite and refined sense of style. A good watch can boost one’s personality by a great margin in a way that makes it look like the star of the show. Who doesn’t like a good watch that exceeds in its styling, technicality, and impressive mechanics? Behold, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch is a remarkable timepiece that transcends barriers of time and space in the literal sense. Not only exhibiting excellence in design, but this notable chronograph is the watch that has become immensely popular as ‘The first watch on the Moon.’ Story Behind the Fame Omega SA is not the only brand that showcases remarkable timepieces’ collections. The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch has been a part of all six lunar missions. It is the watch that has come from outer space emerging as the most iconic masterpieces in their Omega Speedmaster collection. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch has witnessed the first man landing on the Moon. Ever since then it has been a major part of all lunar missions since that time. The Speedmaster is an upholder of strength, endurance, and outstanding framework. This watch has an obvious reason to be a favorite among many others. The Speedmaster remains to be a favorite timepiece approved by NASA for spaceflight. It is still the only one qualified for EVA. Its unparalleled fame and popularity started by being a part of NASA’s space missions to survive unpredictable conditions in space. Following a series of qualification tests, Wally Schirra wore a CK 2998 on the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission from where the walk of fame began for the Speedmaster. This chronograph manifested its top-quality and robustness. It survived all testing for high and low temperatures, humidity, oxygen, low and high pressures. As well as vibrations, shock, and acoustic noise, thus emerging as a favorite of NASA. Later, NASA equipped its astronauts with the Speedmaster watches in the Gemini 3 mission. However, it was the famous mission of Apollo 11 was the actual historical moment. That is when the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch witnessed its first trip to the Moon. It was then that the watch gained great admiration and fame as ‘The First Watch Worn on the Moon.’ Testing of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Omega has proven to be the most skilled timepiece manufacturers. They leave all other watch companies far behind in the race of bearing extreme conditions according to NASA testing. The Speedmaster collection is proven to withstand all extremities of temperature ranging from 160-200°F till 0°F. It also bears temperature cycling in a vacuum. Humidity and oxygen availability can be unknown in different regions of outer space too. This is why the Omega Speedmaster has been tested for resistivity to relative humidity of 95% and 100% oxygen saturation at 0.35atm. NASA makes sure not to leave any stone unturned in watch testing. The timepiece survives shock from different directions. From liner acceleration from 1 to 7.25 g, and vibrations from 5 to 2000 Hz. Pressure fluctuations were also looked at closely from extremely low pressures. As 10−6 atm to pressures as high as 1.6 atm for different length of time spans, all of which were unaffected on the watch. Features of Speedmaster The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch promises such elegance and grandeur in its designing that brings out the best customizations in the timepiece. The Speedmaster collection features the back casing of every watch emblazoned with the name of the space mission that the watch is renowned for. This special recognition makes the Omega watches acknowledged world-wide. The Speedmaster Moonwatch is chic in appearance featuring an appealing combination of jet black and silvery steel color. The dial has polished silver hands and hour markers that maximize its appearance. It comes with a second’s sub-dial, 30 minutes recorder, and a 12-hour recorder as well. The black bezel houses a matching bracelet also built of stainless steel. Moreover, it has a mechanical winding movement and a 5-year warranty. This timepiece comes with a special box containing a NATO strap. Which is a special strap for astronauts to wear on their space missions. It’s a tool for altering the watch’s bracelet according to one’s preference and a book showcasing the adventures of the Speedmaster’s space odyssey. Conclusion A major plus point that makes the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch exceptional is that it has the back casing engraved: The First Watch Worn on the Moon. This watch has become be a top preference for every space lover who dreams of visiting the Moon. The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch has made it possible to carry the presence of outer space in your very hands.

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  6. How to Use a GMT Watch

    Thinking about getting a GMT watch but like to know a little more about them before you make the purchase? Well, let’s take a look at these intriguing timepieces that track separate time zones. You’ve probably heard of the famed Rolex GMT-Master and GMT-Master II. You probably know that GMT means Greenwich Mean Time. And you also probably know that GMT has something to do with a time-zone line somewhere in England. For many of us, that’s the extent of our knowledge of GMT (and we’re fine with that!). But, then again, there are these things called GMT watches and they are, well, kind of awesome. They’re not hard to figure out and pretty useful when you do get a handle on how they function. How Does GMT Work? Well, basically, the watch has an extra hand that points to Greenwich Mean Time. At least that’s where we start as a reference. But rather than the 12-hour rotations of most regular hour hands on watches, the GMT hand references 24-hour markers. So, in other words, the GMT hand goes around once a day independent of the watch’s usual hour and seconds hands. The GMT watch hand is often an arrow, often colored red, and varying in shape from the regular hands to avoid any confusion. It sounds simple enough! But Then There’s the Bezel Adding to functionality (or confusion depending on your point of view), a rotating bezel can be used to track another time zone. How? Well, imagine you are in Greenwich, England. The tea is strong, the Yorkshire pudding flaky, it’s midnight and the GMT hand points to zero on your bezel. You’re taking a flight to New York City, where its five hours earlier. Click your bezel clockwise five marks and you’re now tracking time in the Big Apple. As all the world’s time zones use Greenwich as a reference, you can do this with any location. So You’re Not a Jetsetter? No, probably not. If you’re like most of us you’re not on and off planes all the time, constantly needing to reset to local time. You have a job, a family, a life and they don’t usually include red-eye flights to far-flung corners of the world. So how does a GMT watch help you then? If you work remotely with people from across the world, if your company has a satellite office on another coast, chances are it’s a good idea to have an awareness of time in other places. A GMT watch is an easy maintenance-free way to always have other time zones in your consciousness. Got far-away family? It’s a good idea to know you’re not calling them during dinner time. Got a deadline, an hour in which work has to be done? Just set the GMT hand however much time you have left back from zero and when that hand points straight up your time is also up. How Does it Work for You? So we’ve looked at the what, the functions, the uses, the overall usability. Now let’s consider the why. Why would you consider buying a GMT watch and how would you wear it in practicality? For the prestige. Owning a watch that easily tracks different time zones isn’t just about usefulness. And heck, chances are you’re going to check time zone info on your phone as soon as you land and pass through free airport WiFi on the way to baggage claim. But the GMT watch says something about you. It proudly proclaims to all that you are a citizen of the world, you have knowledge of, and experience in, parts across the globe. You may be at home right now, but your watch has one eye on the local time in London and the other ready to calculate touch-down time in Shanghai. Because it’s not your phone! Yes, we know you probably won’t pass up the chance to use your phone as a watch, passing WiFi in the airport or any other hotspots for that matter. That doesn’t make it right. Or at least the best way to go about things. Just about anyone can (and does) pull out their phone for info, soon lost in the ever-enticing digital landscape, goading you to check that message, consider those likes, respond to every text no matter how banal. Now contrast that with a cool quick glance at your exquisite watch. You’ll notice the difference in how you feel, and others will take note of your sophisticated move as well. For the style. Watch aficionados will go on and on (and rightly so) about watch movements. And when it comes to GMT, they’ll totally geek out on its functions. But for most of us, watches are style statements. We focus on shape, dial colors, straps (Dressy leather? Go commando with NATO? All-biz bracelet?). You choose a fine GMT because of how it looks, because it complements the way you dress, because it’s a piece that exemplifies how you see yourself. And, in turn, how the world sees you. Leave the gears to the geeks, you want something cool on your wrist. Conclusion So whether you’re a frequent business traveler or more of a cubicle creature, from checking the stock market bell to checking in on grandma, maybe a GMT watch is the right way for you to track multiple spots with one glance at your watch.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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