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  2. Pocket Watch: 7 Modern Choices

    Pocket Watch: 7 Modern Choices

    The return to vintage styles is one of my favorite trends in the modern watch industry. Like investment pieces, this movement takes on a few different forms, including bringing back old designs, hand-wound pieces, and the popularization of pocket watches. In this article, I will be focusing on the latter and detailing some of my favorite modern-day pocket watches. Each of them is perfect for those of you who love the vintage style. Stuhrling Vintage 6053 Pocket Watch This gorgeous Vintage 6053 pocket watch is the perfect synthesis of vintage and modern energy. First, it is undeniably classy, with a conventional shape and elegant font. Next, it brings some style to the equation by incorporating a partial skeleton dial. The result is a pocket watch that will appeal to almost anybody. Perhaps the best thing about this product, though, is its price. You can often get one of these for under $100, which is significantly less than most competitors. The last thing you need to know is that the power reserve on this mechanical movement is around 30 hours, so you should probably wind it up at the start of each day. Tissot Savonnette Mechanical Pocket Watch Tissot is one of my favorite brands to recommend because they balance quality and affordability so well. The Savonette pocket watch is no exception, as it is manufactured in Switzerland, made with exceptional materials, and has a fantastic movement on the inside. Craftsmanship aside, this pocket watch is just gorgeous to look at. Between the numerals and the design of the hands, you can tell that Tissot took their time in creating the aesthetic of this piece. What came out the other side is a fantastic option for pocket watch enthusiasts. Frederique Constant Manufacture Pocket Watch If you want to turn the quality and craftsmanship of your pocket watch up a notch, I can’t think of a better choice than the Frederique Constant Geneve. The Manufacture Pocket Watch comes from one of the finest brands in the entire world, looks fantastic, and has a nice weight to it. The dial on this piece is especially tantalizing, too. Frederique Constant combines silver coloring and a unique texture to make something that is entirely original, while still giving off a classic vibe. This pocket watch is the perfect choice for those of you who have a large budget. Piaget Altiplano Pocket Watch With an 18K white gold case, sapphire crystal, unique color scheme, and minimalist design, you might fall in love with the Piaget Altiplano Pocket Watch the second you see it. That said, don’t fall too hard, as this piece has severely limited stock. The hard truth is that Piaget only produced 26 Altiplano pocket watches, and you’ll likely never get your hands on one. It’s still fun to look, though, isn’t it? Especially when the Altiplano’s aesthetics are so exceptional. Charles-Hubert Chrome Mechanical Pocket Watch The design on this gorgeous pocket watch is what jumps out at you when you see it. It includes a white dial, a white accent, an aesthetically pleasing font, and a simple exterior. Photo from Charles-HubertMy favorite aspect of it is its skeleton dial, which is not only beautiful to look at, but the originality of this design sets it apart from many other pocket watch options. It also has a reliable mechanical movement under the hood, so you won’t have to get your batteries changed every few years. Bulova Stainless Steel 96B270 Pocket Watch If you prefer quartz movements, then this Bulova Pocket Watch is likely the right pick. An added benefit of choosing them is exceptional presentation. Your watch will come in sturdy packaging and have plenty of branding, making the unboxing experience a pleasure to go through. As far as the craftsmanship of it, you should be impressed by how tough this product is from top to bottom. Lastly, it has a cover that goes over the face of the watch, which should protect it from most bumps and scrapes. Gotham Silver-Tone Pocket Watch Those of you who enjoy the skeleton aesthetic should pay attention to the Gotham Silver-Tone Pocket Watch. As you can see, its dial is almost entirely transparent, giving you a great view of what’s going on inside. Another window on the case back completes the look by letting you see entirely through the watch. When you add in the fact that this piece is made from exceptional materials, you have an undeniably fantastic option. Now, it’s time to choose which modern pocket watch is right for you. I would start by looking at prices. If you’re on a budget, you can go for a quartz movement from a more affordable brand. If not, going mechanical is an excellent choice, especially if you’re choosing one of the exceptional Swiss brands on this list. Whichever direction you go, though, rest assured that you’ll end up with a fantastic new pocket watch.

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  3. Watch Tips: How to Wind a Watch

    Watch Tips: How to Wind a Watch

    Ever wondered how to wind a watch? Winding a watch may appear to be a simple task. It‘s not so simple if you want your timepiece to function properly and enjoy a long life. Here are a few things to keep in mind. How you wind your watch depends on the type you have as different calibers require different methods. Watches you need to wind have mechanical movements that are either automatic or manual. A spring is powered through winding, or also by a rotor disc in the case of automatic movements. As it unwinds, the spring drives the watch. Winding a Manual Watch Let’s begin with manual-winding watches. Many manual watches have power reserves of up to 48 hours but can last both longer or shorter. For optimal performance, it’s best not to wait until the watch stops but rather wind it once daily. Take the watch off your wrist. This may seem unimportant but it’s not. With your arm at an angle, putting uneven pressure on the watch stem could cause damage and that’s less likely to happen if you have the watch firmly in your hand. Grasp the crown using your forefinger and thumb. As different watches have different stem settings, you will have to learn which is the winding position. As you pull out the crown and feel the clicks, you will most likely go through the settings for the calendar, time or alarm before arriving at the setting for winding. Wind clockwise until you can feel resistance and stop when you have heavy tension. Over-winding could cause damage. While the number of turns varies from watch to watch, anywhere from 20 to 40 turns should do it. Gently press the stem back to its original position. Winding an Automatic Watch How to wind a watch that’s automatic? Automatic movement differs from manual in that a rotor powers the watch rather than just a self-wound spring. Even though they’re “automatic,” these watches will lose their power if not worn often. As you would with a manual watch, gently pull out the crown to expose the stem. Exercise caution as the stems of automatic watches are connected to a variety of mechanisms that could break with rough treatment. About 20 spins should do the trick. Again like manual movement, expect the power reserve to last for about 48 hours. The advantage automatic watches have over manual timepieces is that they self-wind when worn. The movement of the wearer’s wrist triggers an oscillating rotor that spins and powers the mainspring. Is a Watch Winder Right for Me? But the best way to wind an automatic watch is not to wind it at all. Consider getting a watch winder! As you’ve probably guessed from its name, a watch winder is a device that winds watches. It’s a simple enough principle. These devices put watches into motion and in turn put the movement’s rotor in motion. A winder continuously maintains your watch, so you don’t have to! They also guard against damage that could be caused by infrequent use. Just strap your watch on to the cuff, a padded cylinder, slip the cuff into the winder box and press “start.” The electric motor does the rest and your now-rotating watch will soon be wound. While they all more or less do the same thing, not all watch winders are equal. And most watch winders actually serve dual purposes: as both a winder and a display case. Watching your timepieces spin with fluid motion can be a thing of beauty! So which winder should you choose? That depends on the type of watch owner you are. If you have just one windable watch or a small collection, a single-watch winder might be your best option. You can keep things basic with affordable choices such as the CHIYODA Single Watch Winder, featuring a handmade wooden case with a high-gloss finish and ample glass window. Or go more high-end with a choice like the WOLF Roadmaster, which offers more flexibility with the option to set the exact number of daily rotations and the ability to fluctuate between clockwise, counterclockwise and bi-directional movement. If you have a large collection and want a winder that will serve as a display case, a multiple watch winder is right for you. As varied and elaborate as watch collections themselves, multiple winders can be grand affairs with wide glass windows, fine finishes and display illumination. Four, six and eight-capacity watch winders are popular, notably choices including the JQueen Watch Winder on the more-affordable end and upscale multiple watch winders such as the Volta Cambridge Watch Winder. You can also think about security when considering a watch winder: some double as safes! Manufacturers including Brown Safe use military-grade armor to make safes for jewelry and watches that will also wind your timepieces. How to Use a Watch Winder If your watch isn’t powered up, you should manually wind it before placing it into the winder. Always choose the lowest-possible turns-per-day setting and it’s best to choose bi-directional if have multiple options for the rotation mode. Over a two-day period, you should occasionally power the winder on and off. Now that you have more of an idea of how to wind a watch, maybe you’ll be more thoughtful when wearing a watch. So don’t just grab the crown of your watch and give it some spins as it sits on your wrist. Consider the longevity of your prize timepiece and start properly winding your watch.

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  4. Why the Citizen Nighthawk is a Great Choice

    Why the Citizen Nighthawk is a Great Choice

    Let’s take a look at how to use a Citizen Nighthawk, the Citizen Eco-Drive, and why the Nighthawk is one of the most popular among Citizen watches and an excellent choice for your watch collection. Anyone who has even heard of GMT watches is probably aware of the Citizen Nighthawk. It’s a modern classic by any measure and one of the most iconic entries in the Citizen line. Invented and reinvented, revamped, revived and enjoyed by new generations around the world, the Nighthawk has exhibited a level of popularity and staying power like almost no other watch on the market today. If we’re talking about design, value and affordability, there’s nearly no mass-marketed watch like it out there.  Citizen Nighthawk, Aviation-Inspired Style While the Nighthawk owes its style roots to pilot watches, it’s come to be more known as an everyday watch with some serious pilot credentials. Hefty but not too bulky, sporty but not squarely in the sports camp, this is a watch that likes to see action and tells the world that you’re the adventurous sort. You may not be a pilot, but for sure you have a high-flying spirit! Priced for Everyone to Enjoy Depending on the model you want, you can pick up a brand new Nighthawk for somewhere between $300 and $400, or a bit over or under. Shop around online and you can often find used, refurbished and even new Nighthawks in the $100 to $250 range. This makes the watch one of the most affordable timepieces of its kind on the scene. Time-Tested Toughness It’s hard to beat a Citizen Nighthawk in terms of toughness and durability. A solid stainless steel case (some PVD coated) can take some serious knocking around, as does a scratch-resistant mineral dial window. Its quartz movement has been long tested for extreme accuracy over extended periods of time. Most models are resistant to water up to 300 meters, making them perfect for swimming, snorkeling and showering. The Dial There’s no getting around this one. The Citizen Nighthawk has a busy dial. If minimalism is your thing, you’re probably not going to look twice at the watch. For everyone else, a face full of admittedly cluttered elements is the selling point of this watch. It’s designed for aviation and pilots of old who needed to pack lots of info on their watch faces. Luminous hands and markers glow quite brightly at night, making it an excellent choice for evening outdoor activity and adding a more than subtle nod to the watch’s name. Functions You Will Actually Use You may not be jetting across the country every day but the GMT dial makes it easy to track a separate time zone. Why would you need to do that? Say you wish to know the time zone of a friend you are about to call across the country, or perhaps what time it is at your company’s satellite office in another state. Then there’s the slide rule bezel. You may say you’ll never need one, but the Nighthawk’s bezel allows you to do basic math such as multiplication, division and unit conversion on the spot. While originally designed for aviators, the slide rule can be used by anyone who wants to do everyday computations. How Do I Use a Slide Rule Bezel? Say you want to multiply 45 x 50. Rotate the 45 on the outer bezel to meet 10 on the inner scale. Look to the 50 on the inner scale and the number that lines up with the 50 is your answer. Imagine you want to divide 300 by 45. Rotate the bezel to position 300 to line up with 45 on the inner scale. The number on the bezel that lines up with 10 on the inner scale is your answer. But most useful of all is probably to calculate tipping. Say you want to leave 20% on a $50 check. Rotate the 50 on the bezel to 10 on the inner scale. Look to 12 on the inner scale and the corresponding number on the outer bezel is your answer!   The Staying Power of Eco-Drive While it may sound ultra-modern, the Eco-Drive is actually more than 40 years old! The Crystron is Citizen’s first light-powered watch. It debuted way back in 1976, the same year Apple Computers was founded. The Citizen Nighthawk, like other Eco-Drive-powered watches, draws its energy from light and maintains power for 180 days at a charge. What about replacing the battery? Nope, you’ll never need to as the Nighthawk stores its energy in a lithium capacitor. Just let that solar panel under the dial absorb light and convert it to electrical energy. So the Citizen Nighthawk has features you can surely use, a price you can afford and looks you would just love to put on your wrist. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and get yourself a Nighthawk today!

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  5. What is a Field Watch?

    What is a Field Watch?

    You’ve probably come across a Seiko field watch, maybe without knowing it’s a field watch and much less which are the best field watches out there. You’re not alone. Also called “military watches,” field watches are not always well defined because their one defining characteristic is that they tell time. That’s it. Well, that and protect the watch against elements, such as water, dirt, and shock, that impede telling time. Let’s take a closer look at this basic yet important part of timepiece heritage. War Changed Watches Forever Had it not been for one of the worst conflicts the planet has ever seen, men might not wear watches on their wrists today. Wristwatches were thought of as fashion accessories for women up until the early part of the 20th century. Men more often carried pocket watches instead. It was something that was considered jewelry on the wrist was seen as effeminate and unbecoming for a gentleman. Here is where the “trench watch” makes it entrance. The watches were named accordingly as some of the very first military watches were issued to soldiers. One of the earliest and best-known examples of a trench watch comes from German ruler Kaiser Wilhelm I. He bought two thousand Swiss watches from Girard-Perregaux for his Naval officers. Wilhelm readied the timepieces for battle in somewhat barbaric fashion. He outfitted the watches with heavy wrist chains and thick metal grids over the dials. The Look The military watches that were to follow got much less Medieval looking. Gone were the grates. Rust-proof gold cases were replaced by stainless steel casings, which were made waterproof and dust proof. Wrist chains were replaced by heavy-duty leather and canvas NATO straps. One of the most famous of the early military watches is the A-11 that was widely issued to U.S. soldiers in World War Two. With a round silver or nickel case, and a basic black dial and white or orange indices for maximum visibility, the watch became an iconic symbol of the conflict. If you get a field watch with a vintage vibe today, chances are it draws design inspiration from the A-11. As military conflicts continued, so did the evolution of military watches. That was increasingly called “field watches.” In the 1950s the U.S. military commissioned the A-17, a watch geared toward aviators with radium-coated indices and a 24-hour indicator for tracking military time. In the Vietnam War era, there was some experimentation with plastic models, but the U.S. Armed Forces eventually went back to basics with watches based on the tried-and-true A-11. The Field Watches of Today True, most of the watches in this category are durable, often waterproof and somewhat shock-resistant. But they’re not built for extreme conditions like, say the most durable shock-absorbing G-Shocks or the magnetism-resistant Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra. More likely you will pick up a field watch for its retro charm and military-inspired stylings. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the field watches on the market today that pay homage to the original military watches. The Hamilton Khaki is one of the most popular field watches that carries on the tradition of the A-11. Interestingly, Hamilton was making watches during World War Two, though not field watches but rather marine chronographs for the U.S. Navy. But today the Hamilton Khaki exudes military aesthetics with a dark dial, white indices and a round case that looks absolutely perfect on an olive-green canvas strap. Seiko offers nearly a dozen field watches and it’s hard to go wrong with any of them. One standout is the Seiko 5 SNK807. It’s a self-winding field offering that’s available with a gorgeous Prussian-blue dial and matching blue strap. The dial has stark white Arabic minute and hour markers housed in a round stainless steel case with a matte finish. Field Watches to Know  The Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E has a similar style to the Seiko. It employs the same black and white military-style dial we first met with the A-11. But Citizen updated a few things. Like luminous hands, a day and date window,  and a Japanese quartz movement. It also has a stainless steel case with water resistance up to 30 meters. Along with the famed Swiss Army Knife, Victorinox has a great reputation for making Swiss Army watches. Their Infantry collection has a number of really nice military-inspired watches. Victorinox’s recent Field Force collection continues the military theme with a somewhat dressier feel. While the Field Force’s charcoal black dial and silver indices reflect traditional field-watch style, the 42mm case with a slim aluminum bezel gives it a sleeker vibe. A Field Force pairs well enough with a canvas strap for weekend wear but does just as nicely on a fine leather strap for around the office. View this post on Instagram @victorinoxswissarmy, inventor of the iconic Swiss Army knife and maker of military-themed timepieces since 1989, is going back to basics in its wristwatch portfolio with the launch of the new FieldForce collection. Head online for the full scoop on this new line. A post shared by WatchTime (@watchtimemagazine) on Jul 1, 2019 at 8:46am PDT Conclusion of Field Watches So not all field watches are made for the field. Nor do all adhere to the utilitarian style we met when trench warfare was raging and kaisers were welding metal grates over watches. No, today’s field watches are more subtle creations that pay homage to their battle-tested predecessors. They’re for weekend wear and casual get-togethers with friends and family. They’re for Millennials who want to go retro. For Baby Boomers who want some of their own history on their wrists. Dressed up and down by both the young and the old, field watches are some of the most versatile timepieces you can find.

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  6. Why the Hublot Classic Fusion is a Classic

    Why the Hublot Classic Fusion is a Classic

    While many Hublot watches are coveted for their Swiss luxury and iconic style, the Hublot Classic Fusion collection is particularly popular with the brand’s devotees. It has unique mixtures of materials and signature porthole designs. The Classic Fusion serves as a homage to both the contemporary Hublot’s of today and decades-old favorites. Let’s delve into what makes this watch such a classic. “Fusion” refers to both the literal and a more nebulous practice of merging disparate components with the acclaimed line. The Hublot Classic Fusions brings together things that are not normally joined in traditional watches. But the watches are also fusions of design. Drawing inspiration from the first Hublot watches we met in the 1980s and melding that original style to contemporary constructs. The result is a collection that’s at the same time classic and leading-edge, familiar yet still something of a discovery that crosses conventional boundaries. The First Hublot Classic Fusions Watches Let’s go back nearly a decade to look at the Hublot Classic Fusions we met in 2010. In that year fashion, as it often does, was taking a retro dive. We saw lots of returning style from the early 90s with skater couture and hipster trends that borrowed from the grunge era. Hublot dug into its own roots to take the boldness of the popular Big Bang watches and give it a more simplified spin for a timepiece they debuted at Baselworld under the banner “Art of Fusion.” This merits a look back even farther in time. As the Big Bang itself is based on Hublot watches from the 80s with screwed down bezels that echo a ship’s porthole. As Hublot lovers know, the word “Hublot” means “porthole” in French. The initial and immediately popular Classic Fusions were thinner than preceding Big Bangs with dials that were decidedly less busy. While the statement-making hour markers and trademark porthole case mirrored Big Bangs, the Classic Fusion mixed things up with matte and carbon-fiber dials and ceramic bezels, available in 42mm and 44mm case sizes. Some of the Finest Classic Fusions There are a lot of Hublot Classic Fusions to choose from, with a wide variety of materials, features and design elements. Hublot has teamed with everyone from a resort in the Maldives, the Dallas Cowboys and the UEFA Europa League to a cigar brand, Kobe Bryant and Jay-Z to create Classic Fusions. While some of these special-edition Fusions are amazing, let’s look at a few of the more classic offerings. It doesn’t get much more classic than the Hublot Classic Fusion Automatic in basic black with a satin-finished and polished case. It’s super sporty on a black rubber strap and dresses up well on an alligator strap, slim enough to nicely slip under a dress sleeve. Add in an understated black dial and silver-tone hands and indices and this versatile timepiece can go just about anywhere. Flip it over to wonder at a clear case back that lets you see the Swiss Calibre HUB1112 movement at work. Hublot Classic Fusion Watches, Classic with Black and Gold The “Black Magic” Fusion takes the popular trend of all-black motifs and gives it a royal upgrade. The black case is composed of high-grade zirconia ceramic that’s tougher and lighter than titanium. That gives the watch a sci-fi sheen that’s as durable as it is gorgeous. It’s topped by a striking bezel in Hublot’s signature “King Gold.” With a high proportion of platinum, this rose-gold alloy not only gives off an amazing gleam but is incredibly strong. Did Someone Say Diamonds? For a bit of bling with your Hublot Classic Fusion, pick up a Titanium Diamonds model. The polished titanium bezel is deliciously decorated with 36 diamonds while a satin-finished sun ray dial is similarly set with eleven glittering stones. The titanium case has a diameter of 38mm, making it a perfectly sized piece to match any classic occasion. Color Splashed Chronographs Let’s look at some of the more colorful offerings in the Hublot Classic Fusion chronograph category. Hold a Titanium Green up to the light to behold a marvelous show. The textured green sun ray dial has a satin finish that reflects light amazingly, aided by high-polish indices. Subdials complement the color with a deeper shade of olive, while an alligator strap with a rubber backing completes the green ensemble with a lighter shade of emerald and green contrast stitching. Okay, this one is a bit gimmicky, given that it’s named after a holiday resort in Turkey. Still, the Bodrum Blue Titanium wonderfully captures the deep blue Mediterranean waters. The azure dial reflects an array of hues under shifting light. It’s strikingly complemented by matte black subdials and offset by a black-and-white date disk. Slip this watch onto a deep blue alligator strap for a real summer-fresh yachting vibe. We sail across the Aegean Sea for the next hue in blue. This time it’s the Classic Fusion Chronograph Mykonos, aptly named for the idyllic Greek isle. A soft shade of sky blue adorns the ceramic bezel of this breezy limited-edition timepiece. It captures the serenity of the Cyclades Archipelago. Satisfy your sporty side with a black rubber strap or really get into island mode with a sky blue alligator strap. Hublot Classic Fusion Conclusion From skeleton tourbillions to race-inspired and moon phase models, there are a lot of other choices for a Hublot Classic Fusion out there. However you choose, it’s nice to know you have a true classic on your wrist.

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  7. A Closer Look at TAG Heuer Grand Carrera

    A Closer Look at TAG Heuer Grand Carrera

    In 2007, TAG brought to light one of the most iconic collections in the watchmaking industry, TAG Heuer Grand Carrera. This collection is a perfect representation of the brand’s mastery at the art of crafting watches. It has just the right touch of style and sophistication. TAG Heuer Grand Carrera is an important collection. Not only for the brand itself, but also in the watch industry. It adds a number of iconic masterpieces for all the watch connoisseurs and enthusiasts. The TAG Grand Carrera collection itself comes with a number of outstanding characteristics and qualities that are common to all. These little details added to the Grand Carrera timepiece are the main reason behind the huge success of the collection and deserve greater appreciation. TAG Heuer Grand Carrera’s Struggle The TAG Heuer Grand Carrera is not a collection that was put up in a matter of months or a year. The working behind this grand collection took no less than 4 years. With lead designer Christoph Behling, the Tag Carrera team worked tirelessly on the collection, figuring a number of prototypes and variations, before they could finally bring the collection to look the way it does today. The hard work definitely paid off. It was not only a milestone for the brand itself but one for the watchmaking industry as a whole. The Iconic Tag Carrera Design The Grand Carrera by Tag Heuer is a collection that is inspired by two main things. It is based on sportiness as well as simplicity. That is the basic theme that can be very well observed in all of the models from the collection itself. The timepieces from the Tag Carrera are marked with some similar design touches that have been ensured to keep common in all. As one would notice, the dial of these watches all come with applied hour markers and logos rather than inscribed ones. They are also provided with a double crown and double sapphire case back. All of these smaller features create an outstanding impact on each one of the timepieces itself. Focusing on the bigger, more observable features, all the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera models come with the choice between a stylish stainless-steel bracelet or the classic crocodile leather strap. The sportier chronograph models from the series are also available with comfortable rubber straps that suit the style. Premium Movements The captivating design of the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera timepiece is coupled with premium movements that put them on the top of functionality. It is provided with movements that are designed to ensure that the wearers are provided with the best functions. The Grand Carrera models are all fitted with a quartz version and provide automatic movement. What’s even better about these models is that they also come with chronometers. This further implies that every model from the Tag Carrera collection is COSC certified for its automatic movements. Speaking of movements, we come to the rotating disc system featured in all the Grand Carrera models. In standard timepieces, one would find a subdial with a hand that worked just like the main dial of the watch itself. But the Grand Carrera replaced the complete subdial with a polished frame of a semi-circular aperture. Instead of a spinning hand, this system features a rotating disc with a pointer to indicate. Some Important Masterpieces Some of the timepieces by TAG Heuer’s Grand Carrera collection deserve special appreciation. They are for truly masterpieces, in the true essence of the word. 1: Caliber 6 RS This is a bold timepiece that stands to be the starting point for the Grand Carrera range. It is a simple yet sophisticated timepiece that comes with all of the collection’s characteristic features. With a date aperture at the 3-hour mark and a rotating disc between the 5 and 7-hour mark, the striking blue face of the watch’s dial stands bold against the stainless steel casing that it is framed with. The 40 mm casing provided by this timepiece is the smallest size available in the Tag Carrera range, with a thin inner bezel featuring the minute indexes and flat polished outer bezel. 2: Caliber 8 RS Grande Date GMT It perfectly reflects the theme and design of the Tag Carrera collection. The watch bears a look of sophistication and class that is unique to Tag Heuer. The 8 RS comes with a number of additional features that term it as a true masterpiece. The Grand Date GMT provides a Grande date function, with a double aperture for easier legibility. It also comes with a GMT function and a larger case of 42 mm. In this timepiece, the rotating disc serves to provide a second-time zone function. The standard is a sub-dial for seconds. In addition, the inner bezel of this model is a lot more detailed. It has the same plain polished outer bezel adding grace to this timepiece.

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  8. Orient Bambino Small Seconds Review

    Orient Bambino Small Seconds Review

    Orient watches are increasingly known for having the best price-to-presentation ratio going and the Orient Bambino Small Seconds is no exception. We take a closer look at this exquisite dress watch that you can pick up for under $200! Can A “Cheap” Watch Be Classy? Let’s face it, nobody wants to wear a “cheap” dress watch. And we’re not just talking about watches that are kind of cheap only in terms of price. If that were the case you might go out and buy a decent fake Rolex Datejust that could fool most non-experts out there. No, we want something authentic that looks like it has true value. That’s what makes Orient watches such wonders. They are well-crafted dress watches that make for fine presentation pieces you can get at super affordable prices. Beyond the Small Seconds, we’re talking around $120 for a nice Orient with a deal on Amazon. It didn’t happen overnight, or even just in this century. Orient has been making watches that exude classic European style in Japan since 1950. The watchmakers recently came under the helm of Epson, which includes Seiko and Grand Seiko in its repertoire. This conjoining with decades of watchmaking expertise across multiple disciplines, plus access to in-house technology across other established watch lines, drive the quality up and the price down for Orient. A Truly Versatile Timepiece The Small Seconds has a formal look. There’s no getting around that, this is not the watch you take out on a fishing trip or to the monster truck show (well, maybe the latter if you have good seats!). This SS is specifically designed as a dress watch and will never be anything else. But on a brown leather strap, it’s downplayed enough with traditional styling, to go with just about any dress-casual ensemble. You can even put it on canvas or nylon to go super casual (albeit that might be pushing it a bit). But on a black alligator strap, well, you would be well served for a black-tie gala with a Small Seconds. Delving into the Design So what makes its traditional looks so classic? Well, it does have a “vintage style.” That’s become such a cliché in the watch world of late its almost become a negative — as if every Millennial hipster savoring turmeric lattes with their avocado toast positively has to accessorize with something vintage lest their SoundCloud beats get deleted. And those really retro timepieces (we’re looking at you Longines Heritage) do have their places. But the Small Seconds goes into throwback mode with subtlety. The SS design sticks to the fundamentals that have made Orient dress watches a success. It has three elegant dauphine hands over a slightly domed dial with a small date window. As you have probably guessed by its name, the watch has a “small seconds” subdial above the six o’clock position. Arabic hour markers are only at the three, six, nine and 12 o’clock positions, which really adds to the “less is more” vibe. It’s available with no-nonsense white, black and champagne dials. The case stays true to other Orients in terms of dimensions, coming in at 40.5mm wide (not counting the crown with the Orient logo) and 12mm thick, measuring from the top of the curved mineral crystal. Yes, a higher-end sapphire crystal would be preferable, but we’re dealing with low entry-level prices for the Small Seconds here. In stainless steel, plated gold and rose gold, the well-polished case has brushed side flanks that give it an upscale look well beyond its price tag. A Look at the In-House Movement Here’s where the low price really can cause some head-scratching. Orient started using an in-house caliber F6724 automatic movement, a seismic shift for such a reasonably priced watch. While all of the other watches in the Bambino line run on this modern movement, the Small Seconds is actually powered by the variant caliber F6222 movement. It offers both manual and automatic winding and a hacking seconds feature. Simply pull out the crown to stop the seconds hand! Flip this watch over and you get a gander at the inner workings through an exhibition case back. It may lack the grandeur of watches that really seek to put on shows with their exhibition cases. But the Small Seconds does dress things up a bit with embossments on the automatic rotor. So sure, you can still shell out lots of cash for a good dress watch. Drop a few grand on a Jaeger LeCoultre and break the bank on a luxury Patek Philippe Calatrava. They’re amazing watches and well worth the investments. But keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money for a fine dress watch. The Orient Bambino Small Seconds is right there to give you an exquisite look without putting a dent in your bank account.

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  9. Closer Look at the Longines Heritage 1945

    Closer Look at the Longines Heritage 1945

    Watches are one of the most sought-out products in the market. With a plethora of choices in the market, consumers are likely to be confused as to what watch is the right one for them. But there are many consumers who have a taste for vintage collection with a touch of modernity. And yet, there are very few brands that cater to these consumers. Keeping in mind the need to reintroduce the watches of the 1945 period, Longines introduced their Longines Heritage 1945 collection. These Heritage models are, in essence, a tribute to the pioneering spirit which inspired Longines’ earliest designs. It also pays tribute to the company’s origins. To be able to stay connected to its roots has always been the company’s motto. It frequently tries to combine elegance, refinement to history, and tries to bring forward timeless beauties. It has done this now by introducing its Heritage 1945 collection. There are many exceptional pieces in this collection, with a range of differences and unique elements. With the collection, Longines has paid tributes to a number of heroes. The Longines Weems second setting watch pays tribute to Philip Van Horn Weems who introduced the navigation system. Meanwhile, the Longines twenty-four hours is a reissue that is specially designed for Swissair pilots in the 1950s. Similarly, the American pilot Charles Lindbergh is remembered through the Lindbergh hour angle watch. These are just few amazing watches in the collection. There are countless others that are equally good. Longines Heritage 1945 Case One of the biggest factors that make a watch stand out is its case. The Longines Heritage certainly doesn’t disappoint there. This is because it combines the Heritage look with a touch of modernity that is able to appeal to all modern customers. The shape of the watch is round, which is the most liked shape among customers. It is also made up of stainless steel. This material does not only give it higher strength and durability but also makes it look classy. The glass on top of the watch case is made up of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. This protects your case from scratches and spots, therefore, making it last longer. It also has an anti-reflective coating on the underside which allows you to see the time clearly even in the presence of unsuitable light. The dimensions of the case are 40mm. It’s neither too huge nor too small; this was to ensure that the watch portrays the right period that it pays tribute to while also being comfortable to look at. The watch has water resistance up to 3 bars. This means that your watch can easily withstand water splashes. Dial and Hands Another very important factor that customers take into notice while buying any watch, and especially a Longines Heritage 1945 watch, is the dial along with the hands it features. This is because they want a watch that is truly reflective of the time period while also being easy to look at. This means that the dial and hands need to be just the right size and shape. The dial is of copper color, which makes it look stylish and classy. The hour markers, however, are painted in Arabic numerals and indexes. One look at the Longines Heritage 1945 takes you back to the 1945 time period, the hour markers and their design also add to this image. The hands are colored blue. This was to create perfect color contrast between the dial and the hands. It not only adds to its overall look and design but also increases its availability. The copper and blue color combination is one of the biggest reasons why people like this watch so much. Movement and Functions People who are in the habit of collecting these vintage watches or simply wearing them are very particular about the movements and functions of the watch. The Longines Heritage 1945 is made keeping in mind the consumers’ needs and requirements. Like many other watches in the Longines collection, the Longines Heritage 1945 too is automatic; this is to ensure the perfect running of the watch. It also has the L609 Caliber. This encloses and protects the movement of the watch and displays the time. It also has a self-winding mechanical movement that beats at 28000 vibrations per hour. Not just that, but it also has 42 hours of power reserve, which is much higher than many other watches in the market. This hence adds more to the overall appeal of the watch. Its functions also include the hours, minutes, and seconds timing at 6 o’clock. Longines Heritage 1945 Strap Regardless of how many technicalities a consumer looks at, such as the movements, dials, etc., the choice of buying or not buying any watch often boils down to how good its strap is. Keeping in mind the fact that the watch is reflective of a 1945 time period, it comes in a leather strap. This is because these were in trend in the 1940s. The face and back of the strap both are made of calf leather. The color of this Longines Heritage 1945 strap is beige. It is not only the perfect color because of its association with the time period, but it also makes the perfect combination with the blue colored hands on the case. Together, the case and strap create an amazing color contrast, which makes the watch all the more stylish and elegant. Moreover, the strap has a buckle and even comes in XL size.

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  10. Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Review

    Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Review

    While you may question its practicality, there’s no disputing that a moonphase watch is a stylish way to put the wonder and mystery of a celestial body on your wrist. We take a closer look at the Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase, one of the most popular (and most elegant) moonphase watches on the market. The Timeless Mystique of the Moon What’s a moonphase watch? To the uninitiated, a moonphase watch is exactly as it sounds. The timepiece shows the 29.5-day lunar cycle. It’s usually on a dial aperture that depicts a moon to give a graphic representation of its movement. Moonphase mechanisms predate contemporary clocks by many years (we’re talking like two thousand years!). The ancient Greeks created a device to track lunar cycles and astronomical clocks were prevalent across Europe during the Renaissance. The Feminine Side of Lunar Lore It’s easy to see why Frederique Constant created some moonphase models specifically for women. For centuries the moon has been an ever-present symbol of female power. Lunar phases have long been viewed as a Triple Goddess trinity, with waxing, full and waning moons representing the life stages of the maiden, mother and crone. She was the very keeper of time itself. Rather than marking extended time such as years by the rotation of the masculine-labeled sun, ancient cultures gauged longer spans of time by the feminine moon’s cycle. Frederique Constant Shoots for the Stars Jump forward to modern times. Unlike Swiss brands that have long been steeped in the epicenter of the watchmaking world, Frederique Constant is a relative newcomer. They hit the scene in 1988 with the goal of appealing both to high-end aficionados and watch lovers looking for entry-level pieces. Thus Frederique Constant’s offerings run from $1,000 watches to tourbillons in the $40k stratosphere. While not considered affordable for some, the Slimline Moonphase falls in the reachable range of under $5,000. And many say you get a timepiece that looks and performs well beyond its price tag. Debuting at BaselWorld in 2013, the Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase was an immediate success and took an esteemed spot as the moonphase dress watch that would set the standard for lunar timepieces. The watch has seen slight modifications and different features over the following years but always stayed true to its original, and many say near flawless, design. A Universe of Choices There are a host of options in the collection. Select a 705S4S6 with a stainless steel case, silver dial and nickel hands and indexes. The classic combination pairs well with a chic black alligator strap. Or opt for some bold blue on the 705N4S6 with a deep navy dial that creates strong contrast with nickel hands and indexes. A blue alligator strap with white stitching gives the watch a more casual look but it’s still dressy enough for finer occasions. The 705V4S4’s rose gold-plated case with matching rose gold hands and indexes looks exquisite on a brown alligator strap. While the classic models have just one moonphase aperture, a few of the offerings have subdials that add intricacy to the faces. The 702G3S4 has rose-gold plated indexes and hands that make a sophisticated contrast against a sleek curved black dial. A date counter sits at the six o’clock position while you’ll find the moonphase at the three o’clock spot. With a silver curved dial, the 702V3S4 has similarly rose-gold plated indexes and hands and a black pearl counter for a more classic look. The 702S3S6 takes the silver dial design but offers silver indexes and hands. That gives the watch something of a minimalist look that exudes an elegant feel, not unlike the back-to-basic vibes of today’s premier German watches. Slimline Moonphase  Then there’s the Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture. We take things up a serious notch with this flagship model of the line. Promoted by celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, the watch literally and figuratively gives off massive star power. In either stainless steel or rose gold, the model features a bezel that’s set with 60 white diamonds. The blue dial takes the celestial theme to its outer limit with a backdrop of sparkly stars. But your eye will most likely be drawn to the watch’s signature feature. It has a round aperture at the twelve o’clock position that shows a moon floating through a field of stardust. Aletta Stas-Bax, a Dutch author and entrepreneur, is the creative force behind the exquisite timepiece. This co-founder of Frederique Constant personally designed the Slimline Moonphase Stars as an elegant ode to feminine grace and style. Positioned at the nexus where sleek craftsmanship meets supple femininity, the watch’s soft curves, slim profile and glittering gemstones capture the very essence of female allure and beauty. View this post on Instagram Help us support the @donorschoose organization with @frederiqueconstant <3 $50 is donated for every watch sold from the #ManufactureStars collection on frederiqueconstant.com #donorschoose #frederiqueconstant A post shared by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow) on Feb 15, 2018 at 6:45pm PST One Crown for Total Control This differs from most other moonphase watches with pushers on their cases. The Slimline’s single crown controls all of its functions, a feature that’s become a hallmark of Frederique Constant timepieces. The elegant onion-shaped crown has three positions. The first position is simply to wind the watch. Pull the crown out one stop for the second position to change the date with clockwise turns. In the same position, counterclockwise turns control the moonphase disk. The third position allows adjustment of the minute and hour hands. That’s a pretty simple interface for an intricate timepiece! So the next time you look into the night sky and gaze in awe at that silvery moon, keep in mind you can actually wear some celestial wonder with a Frederique Constant moonphase watch.

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  11. Top Montblanc Watches

    Top Montblanc Watches

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

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