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  2. How to Use a GMT Watch

    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 a GMT watch, 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 watch 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. GMT Watch 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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  3. How to Store Watches When Not in Use

    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

    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. 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. 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

    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. A Closer Look at the Omega Seamaster

    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. Omega Seamaster, 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. Getting Back with James Bond 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 Omega 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. 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 Omega 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 Omega 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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  7. Introduction to Breguet Type XX Watches

    Introduction to Breguet Type XX Watches

    Founded in 1775 by Abraham Louis Breguet, Breguet is a luxury watch, jewelry, and clock company. It has been a branch of the Swatch Group since 1999. Breguet watches are distinguished by their coin-edge cases, blue pomme hands, and guilloche dials. The company also produces cufflinks and women jewelry. Breguet Type XX Watches     The Breguet Type XX is a very famous pilot watch. Pilot watches are both compact and practical. They are manufactured in a way so that they can outlast the rough journey of a plane’s cockpit. These Breguet watches are built to be operated in harsh conditions like low-light conditions, cold and pressurized cabins, or even magnetic environments. This Breguet Type XX is known to have worked efficiently in all types of surroundings, be it a desert, seaside, or large cities. The Breguet Type XX watches have a black dial containing Arabic numbers that go in contrast with it. The watch has a chronograph that is a very important function for pilots. The watch also has rotating bezels that are very beneficial. Appearance of the Breguet Type XX Before Breguet watches became part of the Swatch Group in 1995, the Breguet Type XX was launched. There is a difference between Type 20 and Type XX; however, Type XX has retained a lot of features from the Type 20. The Breguet Type XX is just a modernized and improved version of Type 20, displaying the Breguet logo. The Breguet Type XX has a black dial with white indexes. The watch has a chronograph function along with a fly-back complication, which is very useful for pilots whenever there is a calculation needed to be done. The watch has a small diameter of 39 mm. It is perfect for all situations like being in a plane’s cockpit or even in a business meeting. Features of the Breguet Type XX A main feature of this Breguet Type XX includes a fly-back chronograph movement system. A fly-back helps the watch to time a new session starting from zero, only by pressing a single button. On the other hand, a classic chronograph requires a three-step procedure to reset: press the button to stop the chronograph at 2, set it back to zero at 4, and finally start the chronograph again at 2. Hence, the fly-back chronograph is beneficial, especially when there are many distances or intervals. Application of the Breguet Type XX Pilot watches are mainly used to calculate distances and speeds. When flying at a constant speed, all you need to do is check the time taken to cover a specific distance. Once that distance is covered, reset the fly-back chronograph to start a new session. Dial and hands of the watch The Breguet Type XX has a typical pilot watch dial that is also one of the retained features of Type 20. The dial includes a running second sub-dial at 9, a 12-hour counter at 6, and a 30-minute counter at 3. The Breguet watches dial confuses people a little. It contains many fonts, and each hand and sub-dial has its own shape and design. However, you will be able to understand it if you look at it closely. The dial is black, and the indexes are in bold contrasting colors and markings painted white. This makes time reading very easy. Also, the matte finish prevents any reflection of light on the watch. The watch’s hands are bolder and coated with luminescent material, making it easier to read time in the dark. The sub-dial hands are thinner and not luminescent. This makes it particularly easy to differentiate between the two and helps in better time interpretation. Breguet’s Strap and Case The Breguet Type XX case measures 39 mm, which is a very practical size for a modern pilot watch. This size is the closest to Type 20 but has a thickness of 15mm, which is less adaptable. Also, it has a domed sapphire crystal, which makes it almost impossible to hide your watch under your shirt’s cuffs. The case is made using stainless steel and is quite sophisticated and complete. The bezel, being bi-directional and having 60 clicks, is of very good quality. It has a luminous marker at 12 and is also engraved with minutes. The crown and the pushers of the bezel are not protected hence making it easier to use even with gloves on. The case back of the watch is brushed nicely and engraved with the brand’s name, Breguet, along with the model and reference number. The entire case is really impressive and very appealing to the buyers. Coming to the strap, it is usually an alligator strap colored brown. It has a folding clasp, a leather NATO strap, or even a thick aviator leather strap. Type XX is quite an adaptable and multipurpose watch in all situations. Pros and Cons of the Breguet Type XX Pros: Attractive dial Clear reading in all conditions Fly-back chronograph feature Practical size Goes with every attire Good value for money Cons: It is quite thick Too shiny when new 30-minute counter and only 15 graduations Folding clasp can be uncomfortable for some people Conclusion The Breguet Type XX is classified amongst the best chronographs of the century, especially in pilot watches. Like every watch, it has its own flaws; however, they can be ignored considering its advantages. The watch is highly readable, accurate, and practical and can be used while flying or in official gatherings. It is a reasonable watch and a modern version of the iconic Breguet Type 20.

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  8. How to Choose the Right Watch Style

    How to Choose the Right Watch Style

    A wristwatch is an essential accessory that can complete your look. It is something you should not skip while dressing up. It not only tells time; in fact, the right watch style can be an extension of your personality! Everyone desires to have a wristwatch that best suits their personality and style. And selecting a good watch that stands perfect with your wardrobe and lifestyle is really difficult. However, it is that important accessory which, if worn, there’s no need of wearing bracelets or any other thing. For your ease, we are here with a little guide with suggestions on how to maybe select watches according to your wardrobe. Buying a Timeless Luxury Watch Style Wearing a fine luxury watch like a Rolex enhances your personality and also connects you with others. Visiting a watch shop to buy a unique piece that you can carry well with any style requires expert knowledge as they are quite complicated with a lot of modern functions. Every other watch is uniquely made having a novel design and look. We believe that the watch you own should reflect your personality, so keep on reading to find out the watch that best meets your needs. For the Businessmen For a businessman who is always dressed up in a suit and boots, classic watches with contemporary touch are the best! This is because they go well with your style. A smart leather strap, along with a modern dial, will complement your classic and sophisticated look. IWC watches offer a beautiful selection of classic watches that simply goes with everything. For Those Not Afraid to be Bold  Many like to go for bold shirts and bow-ties. They want to keep that retro look forever, and that is their pride. For such people, classic gold watches with mesh chains are perfect. You can find these watches in most brands. For the Fitness Fanatics For active people who are gym bound and have to go on running must buy fitness watches. These are the ideal timepieces that will not only track their exercise but will also keep them aware of their heart rates. In addition, they also keep record of the speed-rate, audios, and much more. Also, before buying a watch for yourself, make sure it is lightweight, comfortable, and reflects athletic aesthetics like the Tag Heuer Connected Modular. For the Nature Enthusiasts  Apart from this, there are people who love and admire nature. For these eco-friendly men, wood-watches are perfect for the personality. They are cool, unique, and because of their brown color, they can be worn with any outfit. Above all, they are lightweight and comfortable and are much more affordable than other expensive watches. For the Tough Buffs And lastly, we have tough men, who are strong and need a tough watch according to their personality. If you are a man inhibiting such quality, then go for military and tactile watches that feature masculinity. They are durable and undoubtedly tougher than the watches of different styles. Water resistance, night lights for adventures, and world time features are some of the many things that you’ll find in these watches. For the Casual Guy  On the other hand, we have the cool and casual watch style. This look is simple, but always a classic. A man carrying this cool look must look for classic watches with a black or brown strap. Another great option for the casual guy is a digital watch. Now you must be wondering where to buy them, and which brands to look for. This is no big deal; we’ve got you covered there too! While there are watches that can be please one personality a little more than the other, this doesn’t mean you can’t step outside of your comfort zone or change it up once in a while! Some days you might need a dress watch for a fancier occasion. Other days you might want a casual watch that’ll go with jeans and t-shirt. Watches are an accessory and you should treat it like such by changing it up every so often. With so many different types of watch styles on the market, there is always something new or something you haven’t been introduced to.

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  9. Longines Master Collection Moonphase Watches

    Longines Master Collection Moonphase Watches

    A moonphase watch is a unique creation and Longines has masterfully navigated its specialized area for years. The decision to put a moonphase complication on the valuable real estate of a dial is not something that watchmakers or watch buyers take lightly. Building on its success, Longines recently added to their moonphase collection. So let’s take a look at these new offerings and how they fit into the Longines moonphase universe. Moonphase Watches, A Sophisticated Style While you may be tempted to call these watches “vintage” or “retro-inspired” you really can’t. You might be kind of close, as they have a lot of traditional design elements, but Longines covers that throwback vibe with its Heritage Collection. Master Moonphase Collection has always focused on simple, elegant and sophisticated designs. In an Accessible Price Range We would be remiss in not addressing price before we get into the finer details of the Moonphase watches collection. Cost matters and Longines excels at hitting the high quality/affordability sweet spot of between two and three thousand dollars. So, with this collection we’re on the higher end of starter luxury offerings, comparable to timepieces you might find in the low reaches of Omega. But we’re stretching a bit toward the mid-tier luxury realm where you find nice Rolex watches. Diamonds in the Mix Now, we wouldn’t use this watch and the word “bling” in the same sentence. That said, the optional diamond hour markers do bring some elegant glitter to the timepieces. They’re “diamond-studded.” Isn’t that a fun phrase? Go on and say it — diamond-studded! Picking up an elegant watch with some nice diamond hour markers for under three thousand dollars is a pretty solid purchase. Dials in Silver, Black and Sunray Blue Longines sticks with tried-and-true color bases for dials with the new timepieces here, going with a blue dial with a sun ray finish, or either black or silver with barleycorn guilloche finishes. All are available in 40mm or 42mm case sizes. Among the color choices, black and silver exude more classic looks. Rave Reviews for Blue: The sun ray blue dial has been getting some of the most glowing online mentions. It’s easy to see why. The deep blue-on-blue colors blend seamlessly with the skies that pass on the moonphase indicator. Continuing the theme with a blue alligator strap, it’s as if the evening skies had fallen over the entire watch, bringing darkness that’s serenely contrasted by twinkles of light from diamonds, white indices, and a gleaming stainless steel case. How Does the Moonphase Watch Work? Longines uses the traditional bosom-style aperture which shows a representation of the moon crossing the sky, with the portion of the moon exposed that’s equal to the ratio of lunar light you will see in the night sky. During a full moon, for example, your watch will be showing the same.  A small hand tracks the days of the 29.5 day lunar cycle. The Movement No matter the size, shape or model, if you get a Longines Moonphase you get the reliable L899 movement, which was developed by ETA exclusively for Longines. The automatic movement has a power reserve of 64 hours, and of course, runs the moonphase indicator complication. Case, Bracelet and Straps The cases keep things simple with classic round shapes, no wasted metal for this watch that revels in a minimalist lean! They hit the nice “kind of-big-but-not-crazy-big” sizes of 40mm or 42mm. And while you likely won’t take the Master Moonphase spearfishing off the coast of Maui, it’s nice to know that it has water resistance up to 30 meters. Given it’s a classic round stainless steel watch, it goes perfectly well with a stainless steel bracelet. But we all know watches bring out their dressier sides with fine leather and the Longines Moonphase watch it no exception. Arguably, some models dress up a bit better than others. Put the white-dial Moonphase watch on a brown leather strap and you may get a few passing glances of admiration. But you slip on a Moonphase watch with a black lacquer dial with diamond hour markers on a black leather strap, now you’ve got a dress watch that can complete with formal timepieces in much higher price ranges. And let’s not forget that the phases of the moon will be displayed on your wrist! Throughout all of humanity, the lunar cycle has been there as our companion, from marking the passing of time to guiding ancient sailors across unknown seas. Sure, in today’s world, monitoring the moon isn’t normally necessary or even usual unless you’re a meteorologist. But with some help from Longines, maybe now you can enjoy a closer relationship with that ever-mystifying celestial body.

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  10. Closer Look at the Oris Big Crown ProPilot X

    Closer Look at the Oris Big Crown ProPilot X

    Oris watches have been honoring Swiss timekeeping for over a century and their Oris Big Crown ProPilot has been around for much of that esteemed history. So it’s only fitting that Oris made both an homage to the past and a bold leap into the future with the ProPilot X. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this latest addition to the collection so special. An Anti-Pilot’s Watch Pilot’s Watch What would you say if someone offered you a pilot’s watch but without all of those pilot-watch functions? You would probably say, “No way! I want my watch to be able to do cool stuff.” Well, have you ever really asked yourself if you will ever actually use those features? Sure, a GMT hand sounds great. But how many times have you actually used one? Really, your plane lands in a new time zone and you reset your watch. You can just google the local time if you need to know the time in another country. Oris set out to create a pilot’s watch that honors the aesthetics of the aviation timepiece but doesn’t get bogged down with any rigid adherence to functionality. The results are amazing! A Radical Departure Oris has taken us into some unique territory with the ProPilot line over the years. We had some nice GMT functions like the 30-minute feature that allows you to gauge time zones in countries, such as India and Australia, that use half-hour time deviations. We’ve had dials that stuck to the original intention of an aviator’s watch — give the pilot information clearly and without fuss. We had big Arabic numerals, 24-hour indices, and traditional subdials. Well, Oris tossed much of that out the window when it moved from the Calibre 114 to Calibre 115 movement and the Oris Big Crown ProPilot X is markedly different than its forbearers. Nearly a Century in the Making Oris has some serious Swiss-watch heritage, dating back to Hölstein, Switzerland in 1904 when its two founding watchmakers from Le Locle were looking to strike out on their own. Their Big Crown ProPilot debuted in 1938, with a “big crown” design to accommodate the gloved hands of aviators. True, today (and even arguably then) the crown serves as more of a fashion detail. Beyond cold winter days with gloves, a big crown doesn’t serve an entirely practical purpose. But it’s a nice touch to have that big, hearty homage to pilot-watch functionality. Pilot X for Past and Future Oris really goes for a modern look that might fit in on a Mars lander. And the ProPilot X is also retro in a Mad Max, almost steam-punk way because… it’s skeletonized! Past incarnations of the ProPilot had sapphire case backs to let you see all the inner workings. The new ProPilot brings it all out on the front as well (but don’t worry, there’s still a sapphire case back on the ProPilot). But the show of turning gears is kept downplayed and even industrial with the skeletonized bridges. Rather than opt for the glimmer of polished and beveled components, Oris left all of the metal unfinished as one would a factory machine during the Industrial Revolution days. In-House Movement After decades of outsourcing, Oris got some attention in 2014 for returning to their roots and making in-house movements. So we’re still in somewhat new territory with the fifth in-house creation, Calibre 115, in the Oris Big Crown ProPilot X. It’s hand-wound with a power reserve of ten days, gauged by a power-reserve indicator that counts down the remaining days on the dial. The Case While taking a sharp departure from pilot’s watches, it’s still called a ProPilot. It honors its tool-watch niche in several ways. For one, it’s big like a pilot watch should be. Pilot watches run among the largest of the offerings out there. Standing stout and proud in the Tool Watch Kingdom (we’re looking at you 50mm Oris Altimeter). But we don’t go too crazy on the diameter of the ProPilot X and it comes in at 44mm across. With a brushed finish, the titanium case draws design inspiration from the first ProPilot we saw in the 1930s. The bezel on the Calibre 115 also makes a not-too-subtle nod to the turbine blade of a jet engine, a motif that’s become a signature style point with Oris of late. The screw-down titanium crown also helps to give the case 100-meters worth of water resistance. The Bracelet It comes with a titanium bracelet. And if you are a traditionalist, that is probably how you are going to want to wear the watch. Adding to the industrial-chic feel, the lightweight (and scratch-resistant) dark titanium bracelet offers a unique take on traditional three-link bracelets. Its V-angles are at 15 degrees, giving it a harder look than most bracelets. The hard angles on the outer side of the bracelet actually make it snugger and more comfortable on your wrist. But the nice leather strap that comes with the Oris Big Crown ProPilot X is also an excellent way to wear the watch. It has a softer look and telling the world you’re here for a double latte and not the Martian invasion. If you’re a purist, you’re probably going to want a GMT hand. And the classic subdials and the big Arabic numerals — most of the things we think of when we think of a pilot’s watch. But for those of you out there who want something different, this may be it. If you’re someone who wants something that pushes the envelope of the genre, you might want to take a closer look at the Oris Big Crown ProPilot X.

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  11. Tips to Keep Your Antique Watches Clean

    Tips to Keep Your Antique Watches Clean

    Antique watches for watch collectors are their most prized possession. It’s important, as a watch-collector, that you know how to clean a watch thoroughly. Dust, grime, and rust accumulated over the years can seriously damage your antique watches. Well, in the case you don’t know how to clean an antique watch; we are here to the rescue. Here’s how you can clean your watch thoroughly without damaging it. Antique Watches Separating the Dial From the Straps or Bracelet First things first about these antique watches, you need to separate the dial of the watch from its bracelet. The grime and grit accumulated over the years on the watch can act as sandpaper and leave stubborn scratches. Loosening this grime is important before cleaning the watch. Pro Tip: Wiping off your watch every day with a damp cloth will keep the grime build-up at bay. This minute daily effort will keep you from the grueling cleaning every other month. Soaking In a bowl, add water and soap and let your bracelet and strap soak. The soaking time depends on how much grime the watch has accumulated in the past years. The soapy water will help the grime loosen up and make it easier to clean without much rubbing and scrubbing. For an extremely dirty watch, it can take an hour, and for a mildly dirty one, 30 minutes of soaking will suffice. Scrubbing Antique Watches For leather straps, the cleaning and drying procedures are a bit different. For a leather belt to soak up moisture and dry in quick succession means cracks. You will need a proper conditioning solution to keep your leather strap from cracking. Leather strap cleaning should always be left to the professionals as many watches come with unfinished leather that can change color after soaking or even give you rashes. Make sure you don’t use any harsh chemicals; avoid dipping your watch bracelet, leather or stainless-steel both, into any chemical. Rubbing alcohol is the only solution you should use to clean your watch and its bracelet. Now, for a bracelet, you can use a soft toothbrush and scrub between the links to clean off the grime. Don’t be too hard or you will scratch the strap. Be gentle and patient; you will get there sooner than later. Cleaning the Dial or the Head of the Watch You may think that cleaning the bracelet was the hard part, but you are mistaken. It’s the watch dial that is the hardest. This part of the watch contains the brains, so you will have to be extra careful with it. Start with a moist or damp cloth and scrub the back and front of the watch gently. Clean any sticky residue and dirt off the watch with your gentle rubbing. Make sure you use a soft cloth, avoid using any abrasive material, or you will end up giving your watch face serious scratches. The cover of the watch is set in its place to keep the watch face from getting any dirt, let it sit in its place and clean it from the outside only. Scrubbing the Watch Head Use the same soft toothbrush that you have used earlier to scrub the watch head. Be patient and gentle; you wouldn’t want to scratch a priceless antique. Use a circular motion to clean the watch, dip the brush in soapy water and repeat scrubbing till you get all the grime of the watch and have it sparkling clean. Finishing-up Once you have cleaned the whole watch, it’s time to dry it. Using a lint-free cloth, start drying the watch. When you are done, let it rest on the cloth so that all moisture drains from the watch. Repeating this procedure every other month will help you keep your watch in pristine condition. Professional care Some watches are beyond DIY cleaning. You will need to consult a professional if you start noticing scratches on the strap or bracelet. Stubborn scratches need proper polishing; you might do more harm than good if you try removing these starches on your own. You can also seek out the service of a professional if you don’t have proper tools to separate the watch from its straps. Preventive Care A watch lover should always know how to take care of his most loved accessory. Keep your watch dry and away from perspiration and salt. After every wear, give it a wipe down at night. The coating that keeps the watch stainless and keeps it from rusting can wear down gradually. The watch may rust if it doesn’t get proper oxygen; avoid keeping your watch in a box that is airtight. Vintage Watches Conclusion Although cleaning watches is fairly easy, all you need is patience and gentleness. However, there are some watches that are hard to clean or may need professional handling. DIY watch cleaning is great but never shy away from professional cleaning as they know how best to handle a watch.

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