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  2. Tudor Vs. Rolex: Which is Right for You?

    Tudor Vs. Rolex: Which is Right for You?

    There are no two brands in the entire watch community that have more of a sibling-type relationship than Tudor and Rolex. The former is the little brother, and the latter is the eldest. This dynamic begs a few crucial questions between Tudor vs. Rolex. Why are they often mentioned in the same breath? What separates the two? Which is right for You? Below, I detail the differences between these two esteemed brands so that you can choose between them with confidence. Background of Tudor vs. Rolex The reason why these two brands are forever linked is a man that went by the name of Hans Wilsdorf. The story begins when this entrepreneur founded Rolex in the early 1900s. Unlike many companies, who have growing pains in their first few years, this brand became a well-respected name instantly. The reason was exceptional craftsmanship, as they produced a variety of inventions and breakthroughs throughout the next few decades. Eventually, Wilsdorf decided to expand and create a new brand. He named it Tudor as an homage to his favorite period in English history. What he set out to do with this company was make a more affordable and attainable product for those that could not or would not purchase a Rolex. While Tudor has not reached the same heights as its older brother, it is still a highly respected name in the watch industry. Style Our first area of analysis is style when it comes to Tudor vs. Rolex. The truth is that these brands have a very similar look and vibe. In my estimation, two key features separate them. First, Tudor pieces have a slightly different shape to their hands, which might look better or worse depending on your taste. Second, Tudor watches tend to come in brighter colors, while Rolex generally sticks to classic designs and coloring. Ultimately, the aesthetics of both brands are nearly the same. Materials Unlike aesthetics, which are quite similar, the materials that each brand uses vary widely. One theme that we touched on above is that Tudor pieces tend to be a bit more unconventional. Such is true in the case of materials, too. While Rolex sticks to their signature in-house stainless steel and gold plating, Tudor likes to experiment with titanium cases, cloth straps, and more. Movement Now, we move onto the more significant differences between Tudor vs. Rolex. The first is movement. One of the things that makes Rolex watches so special is that they produce almost everything in-house. This means that the movement inside your case is designed, manufactured, and assembled in the historic Rolex headquarters. The result is a piece that is truly unique. If you own one, no other watch will have the same movement as yours because nobody is breaking into the Rolex factory to steal their designs. On the other hand, Tudor has historically assembled their watches with generic movements. While this choice does not mean that their pieces are unreliable, it does take away from the brand mystique. One thing to note, though, is that this trend has started to flip. Tudor has made a big comeback this decade, and as a result, are upping their game. One aspect of doing so is beginning to make some of their movements in-house, just like big brother Rolex. The most prominent example is the esteemed Tudor Black Bay, which many consider to be their signature piece. Prices The second substantial difference between these two companies is the price points they sell at. As far as I can tell, the cheapest Rolex on the market is the Rolex Air King, which is one of their less popular pieces. Even so, you’re likely going to have to pay at least $6,000 for it. Many of the more sought-after models are in the $10,000 to $20,000 range, with some even reaching up to $40,000. Unless you have a lot of cash to throw around, these pieces will be out of reach. Tudor, on the other hand, is a much more accessible brand. What you sacrifice in exclusivity and mystique, you gain in a significantly lower price range. While still a bit steep, the $2,000 to $3,500 range that Tudor specializes in is much more realistic than their equivalents over at Rolex. Now that you have all of the relevant information about Tudor or Rolex, it is time to make your decision. You have three options. First, you can go with the tried and true luxury timepiece powerhouse that is Rolex. Of course, doing so will have a hefty price tag. Second, you might want to enjoy the Swiss heritage and craftsmanship these two brands share, but save yourself a substantial amount of money by opting for a Tudor. Your last option is my favorite of all: Don’t choose at all. If you have the money, getting yourself both a Rolex and a Tudor is a dream come true for any timepiece collector.

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  3. 5 Watch Style Mistakes to Avoid

    5 Watch Style Mistakes to Avoid

    One of the things every watch collector should watch out for is becoming too opinionated. Often, these types of people become too invested about their taste and think that every deviation from is a mistake. But there are some watch style choices out there that are so universal that we’d like to go over them below. Wrong Size One of the most common mistakes we see in the horological world is people wearing the wrong watch size. The first example is pieces that are too small. Whether that person has a large wrist, or the product is simply tiny, this is a classic watch wearing error. The general guideline is that women should not go below 26 mm, while men shouldn’t fall under 36 mm. It may be acceptable to go with a smaller piece depending on a variety of factors, but the vast majority of the time you should shoot for larger than the above values. The second instance of this mistake is wearing a watch that is too big. In our experience, this error is much more common than going with a piece that is too small. The reason is that people get intoxicated by the eye-catching flash of gigantic timepieces. When they start to enter the 50-65 mm range, they begin to look a bit silly. While a hefty watch could have its place in your collection, many will consider it to be tacky. The better bet is going with a smaller diameter. Casual Watches at Formal Occasions Our second mistake is wearing casual watches at formal occasions. While we love a nice military watch or a rugged Casio, they have specific environments that they work best in. A luxurious setting is not one of them, and the chances are that your timepiece will stick out like a sore thumb. A better strategy is wearing an elegant dress watch, which will blend into the rest of your outfit and not draw too much attention to itself. You can also opt for a luxurious looking dive, pilot, or racing watch, depending on your personal style and the event you’re attending. Dress Watches in Rugged Conditions The other side of the coin is wearing dress watches in rugged conditions. Doing yard work, going on a camping trip, or playing a game of pickup basketball are not conditions in which you should be sporting your most elegant looking timepiece. Not only will it look out of place, but you could end up breaking one of your more expensive pieces. The alternative is purchasing a watch that is built to fit in these types of situations. In doing so, you have two options. The first is purchasing a “beater watch,” which is a cheap product that you won’t mind getting some scratches. Our favorite brands for these are Casio and Timex. If you have a higher budget, you can graduate to a slightly more expensive brand like Seiko. Your second option is diving watches, which are specifically built to last through harsh conditions. Either way, your wrist accessory must be able to take a beating and look natural in these environments. Poor Color Matching Most of us have an intuitive sense about matching. We apply this principle when we dress ourselves every day. You’re (hopefully) not going to wear purple pants and a red shirt together, but you might make a similar mistake when you sport your favorite wristwatch. The first way you can do so is not matching your watch colors to your outfit. People often make this mistake when they have a bright diver or strap. Though that color looks excellent on its own, it does not look good with the outfit you chose for it. The second way people mess up matching is when choosing a strap. Changing this part of your watch out is one of the best ways to shake up its look, but this decision can go wrong. We frequently see people choosing bright NATO straps to go with a watch that would look much better with a simple bracelet or leather one. This error can make a gorgeous watch look silly. Too Flashy Lastly, we have watches that are too flashy. Now, we don’t want to judge people on their watch styles. You like what you like, and you shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Still, when someone takes a perfectly attractive watch and throws jewels all over it, that may be a bit ostentatious. What makes things even worse is when those jewels are not genuine. Either way, “icing out” a timepiece is probably not in your best interest.

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  4. The History of Casio’s Popular G-Shock Watch Model

    The History of Casio’s Popular G-Shock Watch Model

    In fusing design and technology, Casio’s now iconic G-Shock watch defied gravity. It also shattered the reputation of the watch as a fragile piece of jewelry. The Casio G-Shock watch holds a special place in the hearts of many. There are few non-mechanical watches that inspire collectors as much as the iconic G-Shock. The story of the ubiquitous and cherished G-Shock watch is directly tied to its battle against the laws of nature. Born from a Dream Kikuo Ibe was heartbroken after he witnessed a watch given to him by his father shatter to pieces as he dropped it.  Kikuo, an engineer at the Head of Watch Design for Casio, vowed to create a reliable timepiece that could withstand major impacts and drops. In 1981, he assembled a tight-knit team of three expert engineers with to goal to perfect what they called the Triple 10 philosophy. The watch had to withstand a drop from 10 meters, resist 10 atmospheres of water pressure and it had to have a battery that lasts ten years. They spent two years of painstaking experimentation and over 200 prototypes. The so-called “Team Tough” still found themselves far away from achieving their lofty goal. It wasn’t until it came across a stroke of inspiration at a local playground in the form of a bouncing rubber ball. He visualized that the center of the ball doesn’t suffer the same shock as the exterior. So he focused his designs in the same manner. After more rigorous testing and tinkering by Ibe and his team, they had something that worked. They created a hollow case structure made from urethane foam. This casing guarded the timekeeping module with the help of gel cushioning material at the key pressure points to protect the watch’s vitals. They also crafted the protruding points on the case and bezel from urethane to protect the buttons and glass in all directions. The G-Shock DW 5000C was resistant to all forms of high G-forces, drops and heavy vibrations. It was available in April of 1983 and gave a new meaning to the word durable. Rise into Pop Culture In its early days, the chunky case of the G-Shock failed to capture the hearts of the masses. Early advertisements showed a hockey player taking a hard slap shot wearing a G-Shock watch. That helped establish its early reputation as the “toughest watch in the world” under extreme conditions. In this utilitarian niche is where its early following came: extreme athletes, first responders, outdoor enthusiasts and military personnel. Its casing assured protection against extreme levels of shock resistance and also featured a ten year battery, 200 meters of water resistance and the digital functions that remain integral to G-Shock today. By the 1990s, the G-Shock watch model had established a place among skateboarders on the west coast and the hip-hop community on the east. The release of the DW-5900C with its innovative Tri-graph liquid crystal display was cherished among youth. From youth across the country and the release cemented its image as a staple in these subcultures of fashion and streetwear. The upscale metal casing of the MRG series made its debut in 1996 with its ability to be worn both dressed up and casually. Drawing upon this success, Casio opted for high-profile collaborations within the realms of streetwear such as Stussy and BAPE in 1997 and 1998 respectively. These models were fashion statements as much as anything else. It’s something that continues to this day with notable limited edition collaborations. From Wu-Tang, Maison Martin Margiela, Burton and Takashi Murakami. Ironically, its rise into pop culture in America made it popular in its home nation of Japan as well. At the time, American pop culture was trendy among Japanese youth. Constant Motion The G-Shock watch was in constant reinvention. That’s what made the timepiece more than the plethora of novelty trends from the 90s.  Trends such as sneakers that lit up and chained wallets. The G-Shock was more than simply a flash-in-the-pan that came and went with the times. After a incremental dip in sales towards the end of the decade, Ibe and Casio began to shift its focus. Going away from fashion, streetwear and pop culture in favor of the performance capabilities that made the model famous in the first place. Which was: shock resistance, tough performance and innovative technology. In 2000, Casio introduced the GW-100. It was the first radio-controlled model to be able to receive time-calibration radio signals from one of six worldwide stations.  Never Give Up Time never stands still and neither does G-Shock, which seeks to constantly reinvent itself. It has become synonymous with independence, innovation and pushing the limits. The blend of its peculiar aesthetic and stubborn toughness made the G-Shock watch an instant favorite among utilitarian crowd. But its beloved place in pop culture caused it to define an entire generation. It’s one of those rare products that transcends its category into the realm of a cultural phenomenon.

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  5. Watch Guide: Answers to Common IWC Watch Questions

    Watch Guide: Answers to Common IWC Watch Questions

    IWC Schaffhausen makes watches for people who love simplicity. Or better yet, let’s say the word “inconspicuous” sums up the entire collections of IWC watches. An IWC watch gives you everything a luxury watch has, without all the loud-luxurious physical appeal that most others are known for. It’s a nice twist—but then IWC watches navigates it with in-house technical innovations that reflect in their watches. An example is their detailed movements (whether mechanical, automatic, or quartz), scratch-resistant/durable cases, and options in the form of various bracelets. If all of these things are the reasons why you love the brand, then you’re in the right place. We have answered some questions that will either make or break your decision at the end. What’s the common agreement on watches made by IWC watches? IWC Schaffhausen is a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer that was founded in 1868. And concerning its judgment, people generally (including us) think of their watches as a healthy mix of functionality, price, and looks. If we were to give those 3 stats numbers (out of 10), it would be in the order 9-8-7.  It can increase or reduce a bit, depending on the person you’re talking to. But in the end, the brand makes watches that are almost perfect timekeepers, somewhat pricey, and seemingly subdued in terms of looks. Do IWC Schaffhausen manufacture watches for women? If you care to take a look underneath the general consensus, you’ll notice that IWC Schaffhausen has a made available a myriad of beautiful watches for women. With this fact, one has to ask this question: Why do people still believe that the brand only makes watches for men? To that, IWC Schaffhausen changed their marketing strategy in the year 2000. The company decided to promote their collections of watches for men, instead of running promotions for both. The cost of this is that you won’t find a lot of women wearing the brand. The Swiss company’s watches for women on the market dates to the 20th century down to the 1980s and 90s. In their watches in question, you’ll find materials (diamonds for example) that you’ll never find in the counterparts for a male. Why do people buy IWC watches despite the price tag? While IWC watches tell the time, their price tags are individually heavy, so there should be another reason why people buy it. In regard to that, we would have loved to say IWC watches are well-loved by people because they’re good investments. Instead, the opposite is the case. Most people buy IWC watches because of 2 reasons. The first is the amount of time and thus, people that had a hand in making the watches. The second is the company’s history. Both, when combined, deserve respect, especially since we can all see the result of their union. As a matter of fact, even the IWC North American president, Edouard D’Arbaumont said the same thing. So, if you’re interested in buying watches from IWC Schaffhausen, you’re essentially buying pure functionality/performance. They make watches that last indefinitely—which in turn gives the entire line up an “heirloom” kind of vibe. Who are the different models for? Over the years (since the founding), IWC watches have created different watches to fit different tastes. For men specifically, we’ll be going through some of the models and what they were invented for. Let us know which one you prefer to wear. IWC Pilot’s Watches Like the name implies, this collection of watches is strictly for people who’re always on the move. In other words, watches that fall here usually rank high on the toughness scale and are good looking, so you can wear them with different outfits. IWC Aquatimer Automatic Watches The Aquatimer line is specifically built for sports lovers. Their collection is built for diving, wherein one of the notable features is the external/internal rotating bezel with the brand’s SafeDive system. It allows divers to easily read the elapsed time when underwater. IWC Portofino Watches The Portofino collection is home to dress watches. That includes the iconic round face and soft looks. IWC Ingenieur Automatic Watches The IWC Ingenieur Automatic features bold looking watches. They’re the epitome of ruggedness which is right up there amongst the loved characteristics of the average male. IWC Portugieser Watches If you’re the type interested in only the most sophisticated of watches in terms of movement, and thus, features, choose any that suits your taste in the IWC Portugieser line. Our Final Thoughts on IWC Watches You might have never thought about any of these questions. But at the least, at the end of everything, you know enough about IWC watches to either choose to buy one of their watches or not. Even the question of whether or not there are ladies’ watches from the brand opens up some opportunities. You might want to buy a pair (one for yourself, the other for your partner), or it can be the next gift or recommendation to anyone who prefers being inconspicuous. So, if you later choose to give the brand a try, know that, as we said, you’re buying to keep.

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  6. Watch Buying Guide: 5 Great Starter Watches

    Watch Buying Guide: 5 Great Starter Watches

    Everyone has a slightly different definition of what starter watches are. Some consider super affordable quartz watches to fit into the “starter watches” category. While others think that the starter designation starts around $2,000. For this reason, we’ll present a timepiece or two in multiple price ranges. We hope that you can find the perfect watch, no matter what your budget is. The following are the attributes we looked for when compiling a starter watches list. Starter Watches Excellent Craftsmanship – The last thing you want is a watch that is unreliable and requires frequent maintenance. Not only is that annoying, but it will make your cost of ownership climb up every year. Instead, your best bet is a timepiece that can take care of itself and doesn’t need babysitting.Sophisticated Movement – Though traditional quartz watches are accurate and get the job done, most watch enthusiasts prefer something a bit more complex. For this reason, we’ve chosen two kinds of timepieces. The first is automatic, which is standard for watch collectors. The other is solar powered quartz, which many people see as a step up from cheaper pieces.Attractive Appearance – Lastly, the watch needs to look good. Otherwise, what’s the point? While everyone has their own specific taste when it comes to aesthetics, most will agree that the five pieces on this list are pleasing to the eye.But enough talk. Let’s get on with starter watches! Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual Chrono When we wrote about solar powered quartz movement in the section above, this is the kind of watch we were referring to. Though it is not mechanical like most watch collectors demand, most people think that quartz is just fine, especially when it is powered by the sun. The result of this capability is a timepiece that never needs a battery change, which makes it quite similar to an automatic piece, at least in a functional sense. Beyond movement, this Citizen has a resilient titanium exterior, a chronograph, multiple time zone settings, and impressive 200-meter water resistance capabilities. Overall, this is an excellent timepiece and is the most affordable on this list. Seiko Prospex Automatic Diver  Now, onto the automatic starter watches. While Seiko is most famous for their quartz pieces, they have made a name for themselves in the affordable automatic space too. This Prospex dive watch is a fantastic example of this trend. One thing that customers love about this piece is that it lives up to its name with high-level diving capabilities like 200-meter water resistance, luminescent hands, and the signature dive watch aesthetic. This is another piece that won’t break the bank despite having excellent craftsmanship. Tag Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph  Getting up into the $1,000+ range, we have this gorgeous Tag Heuer. As you might expect from the name, it is a racing watch through in through. That means a tachymeter bezel, chronograph, and a variety of other useful functions. Most buyers don’t obtain this watch because they are racers, though. Instead, they make purchases based on the craftsmanship. This Tag Heuer piece incorporates a sophisticated movement that won’t break down, along with expensive materials to keep it fresh for many years. It’s fantastic to look at too, with a clean dial that can be paired with a bright NATO strap or conventional bracelet. Breitling Colt Chronograph Automatic Black Steel   Breitling is another brand with an exceptional reputation in the timepiece community. The reason is that their watches perform well above their price range. Such is the case with this Colt Chronograph, which has the look and feel of a Rolex but can be had for a fraction of the price. One of the best aspects of this piece is its versatility. If you wear for a day out at the lake, it will hold up in the elements and look good while doing it. Then, unlike many sport-friendly watches, you can also wear this elegant piece out to a luxurious dinner party. That’s a feature that you don’t often find. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Automatic Men’s Watch Our last pick of starter watches is a choice we share with James Bond, who exclusively wears Omega in recent films. In the timepiece world, almost no company can rival Rolex while managing to be cheaper too. This is a feat that many believe Omega has accomplished with their delightful watches. This Seamaster is an example of one of them, with its 600-meter water resistance and gorgeous looks. Starter Watches Conclusion While these specific pieces are excellent, you really can’t go wrong with most of the exceptional brands that make watches in the starter category. Some of the biggest names include Seiko, Citizen, Hamilton, Tissot, Oris, Longines, Breitling and Tudor. What it really comes down to is choosing your optimal budget, movement, and aesthetic. Once you do that, you’ll have an easy time browsing for and buying your starter watch.

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  7. Watch Guide: Powerful CEOs Watches

    Watch Guide: Powerful CEOs Watches

    While many of us like to think we have an entirely original style, the fact is that most people look to others for fashion and status clues. One place they do so is with watches. They look towards celebrities, athlete endorsements, and the subject of this article, powerful CEOs watches. The logic goes that if someone at the top of the social hierarchy is wearing a certain brand, then there might be something to it. Below, we detail some of the most esteemed CEOs in the world and what timepieces they choose to sport. Amazon – Jeff Bezos – Ulysse Nardin  You may have read in the news that Jeff Bezos is now the wealthiest man in the world. The reason is that his business and its accompanying stock have exploded into one of the most influential organizations in the world. So, what does that kind of wealth buy? For Bezos, it is a Ulysse Nardin Dual Time 233-88-7. Though this brand is well-respected in the watch world and makes exceptional timepieces, some might be disappointed to know that the world’s richest man only spends around $8,000 on a watch. We’re sure that Ulysse Nardin owners are quite pleased to share their taste with Bezos, though. Toyota – Akio Toyoda – Patek Philippe You might think that the CEO of Toyota has a strangely similar last name until you realize that Akio Toyoda is the founder’s grandson. Sometimes the decision to keep a large corporation in the family is a bad one, but Akio has bucked that trend by making Toyota one of the most respected brands in the world. He wears another big brand name on his wrist, too, in the form of a Patek Philippe Calatrava 5119G. Though this piece is not too flashy, it is made with exceptional craftsmanship and is sought after by almost every collector in the world. Apple – Tim Cook – Apple Watch As you might imagine, any CEO that produces watches will often wear their own product. This is the case with Tim Cook, the leader of Apple and heir to Steve Jobs. Cook is almost always wearing an Apple watch, which fits with the goal of the product. Apple wants to make a machine that is a life companion, not just a fashion statement. As a result, this CEO tells time, makes calls, sends texts, and collects health data throughout the day. Citigroup – Michael Corbat – Jaeger-LeCoultre  This CEO runs Citigroup, which is one of the largest banks in the world. He has been rising through the ranks of the financial world ever since he graduated as an economics major from Harvard in 1983. That journey culminated in his 2012 promotion at Citigroup. The watch he wears reflects this meteoric rise. It is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Perpetual Calendar Q149242A, which is manufactured by one of the finest companies in the world. What makes this piece so special is its perpetual calendar? If you aren’t familiar, having this kind of movement means you never have to reset the date on your watch. Instead, it knows the number of days in each month and even accounts for leap years. Uber – Dara Khosrowshahi – Chopard   Uber recently went through a bit of a public relations disaster. The result was cutting ties with their CEO and hiring a new one, Dara Khosrowshahi. Though it is still early, this decision shows all indications of being a good one. Another excellent choice is the one Khosrowshahi makes with his wrist accessories. He regularly sports the Chopard Mille Miglia 16/8997. This piece is considered a Swiss classic and would be a joy for any luxury watch collector to own. Walmart – Doug McMillon – Citizen Just like Tim Cook of Apple, Doug McMillion wears a timepiece that fits his brand. It is the Citizen Skyhawk A-T JY0000-53E. What is impressive about this choice is that his salary, like most CEOs, is massive. Still, he chooses to wear a watch that is sold at Walmart and is affordable for most consumers at a price just under $500. He can field questions and compliments about his wrist accessory by saying, “I bought it at Walmart.” There’s something very cool about being able to do that! An endorsement is one of the most potent factors that can influence your watch buying decision. They often come in the form of a celebrity, but there are other people you can look to for inspiration. Given the big names we’ve gone over today, each watch in this article is an excellent choice and will surely meet your needs.

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  8. The History of the Cartier Tank

    The History of the Cartier Tank

    With a heritage rooted in WWI, the Cartier Tank has come to define classical elegance with its simple and pioneering design. The Cartier Tank is one of those rare watches that’s endured time itself without losing its integrity. First introduced in 1917, the timepiece has a rich heritage that’s matched by few. Though Cartier has since released various editions, the Tank remains almost identical to the model put forth over a century ago. Although the design is simple, it’s instantly recognizable and has come to define classical elegance. The Cartier Tank is a true pioneer of luxury timepieces that unlocked a new chapter in the history of watchmaking. Built Like a Tank Two years into the First World War, the public had its first glimpse of a top-secret military weapon. The British deployed the armored tank for the first time at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Under the leadership of Winston Churchill, the world watched in awe as these “landships” changed the stalemate of trench warfare. Engineers designed these war machines to cross no-man’s-land and punch through enemy defenses with ease. This deployment ushered in a new era of mechanized warfare. Louis Cartier had become enamored with the distinctive design and rigorous geometry of the British Mark IV armored tank. So much so that he created a watch in 1917 that reflected the aesthetic of this new wartime phenomenon. Living in Paris, Cartier also witnessed first-hand the dawning of the Cubism movement, the German Bauhaus style and de Stijl in Holland. Machine-influenced shapes were just coming into fashion and Cartier seized the opportunity by pushing it to another level. Following the Liberation of France in 1918, Cartier presented the prototype “Tank” to American General John Joseph Pershing for his wartime efforts. Pershing cherished the watch and brought it back to the United States where it was thrust into the spotlight. A Pioneer of Luxury Watches Like the intimidating land ships rolling around the Western Front, the Cartier Tank itself ventured into unchartered territory in watchmaking. The Cartier Tank was a timepiece that broke the rules and ushered in a new era of watchmaking. The most obvious was the rectangular and flat case inspired directly by the angular shape of the Mark IV tank. During the early 20th century, wristwatches were still a relatively new phenomenon. Traditional pocket watches still dominated the timepiece landscape–and nearly all of them were round. With the introduction of the Tank, Cartier steamrolled the pocket watch, playing a vital role in ushering the era of the wristwatch. This design was also a radical departure from the twisting foliage of the dominant Art Nouveau style. The no-frills timepiece was a simple two-handed watch with no additional functions. The rectangular shape and clean lines made for a simple and elegant aesthetic. This was topped off nicely with roman numerals, adorned blue hands and leather bracelet. The sapphire cabochon-cut stone on the winding crown remains a hallmark of Cartier timepieces to this day. The Tank Goes Strong Cartier also created the intricate shape of the Cartier Tank with a fully attached strap. Not only did this strap connect the arm to the dial, but it played a vital role in the distinctive aesthetic as well. The ergonomic folding buckle allowed for a streamlined look that allowed the wearer enhanced security. In his pursuit of excellence, Cartier wanted to create a complete watch that went beyond the case and dial. He decided to team up with Edmond Jaeger and famed Swiss manufacturers Jaeger-LeCoultre for the raw movements of the timepiece. He entrusted Jaeger with complete creative freedom. Cartier redefined the less-is-more approach and reached the perfect balance between form and function–the holy grail in the world of luxury timepieces. It didn’t take long for its popularity to soar. Into the Hands of the Influential The Tank is perhaps the epitome of elegance and sophistication. Cartier has a history of supplying its products to royalty, so it was no surprise that the Tank quickly found its way onto the wrists of the influential. Following the conclusion of WWI, the Cartier Tank was popular among the Hollywood elite. The world saw the Tank on the wrist of Rudolph Valentino in the 1926 film The Son of the Sheik. Gary Cooper and Warren Beatty are a few notable names who liked the sober timepiece. Cartier even supplied political figures such as Jackie Kennedy and the Obamas. During the postwar days, the Cartier Tank was fashionable. Today, it’s the simple and pure design typical of Cartier is a timeless classic. The elegant aesthetic is one of those rare products that will not only last for generations, but it will forever look as modern as it did when it left the drawing board. Regardless of age, gender, style or occasion, the Cartier Tank is an excellent choice that has come to define luxury and elegance! Inspired by the innovative war machine, the invincible timepiece has become a true legend in the world of watchmaking.

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  9. 7 Clear Watches You’ve Got to See

    7 Clear Watches You’ve Got to See

    Anybody who understands the timepiece industry will tell you that it is currently growing at an incredible rate. While watches were once reserved for luxury buyers, it is now accessible to anybody due to the development of the affordable, new and mid-tier price ranges! One of the latest growing watch trends are clear watches. Have you seen them? An additional benefit of this growing market is new and exciting designs hitting the store shelves. These aren’t your typical watches anymore. Below, we present and go over some of our favorite clear watches on the market today. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for something more luxurious clear watch or something more casual! 1: Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30º Technique Sapphire Greubel Forsey is a name that maybe most casual watch fans will not know, but is respected by those that study Swiss luxury. This particular model has two features that set it apart from typical pieces. First is a tourbillon, which is an advanced mechanism that manufacturers incorporate in some incredibly expensive automatic watches that prevents them from losing or gaining seconds due to changes in position or gravity. The second thing that makes this watch unique is its clear sapphire surroundings. This one is crafted from the same expensive glass that luxury timepieces use to house their dials. 2: Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Our second pick is a masterpiece from the acclaimed luxury brand, Hublot. While most watches come with some transparent elements, this piece manages to be clear throughout. It has a sapphire casing and a smokey rubber strap. The only metal pieces are a few screws that hold the housing together. As far as the movement of the watch, this piece features complex inner workings, a chronograph, and a beautiful presentation that you can see from every angle through the clear outer casing. 3: MB&F Horological Machine No. 6 SV Back in 2014, MB&F created a groundbreaking timepiece called the “HM 6 Space Pirate.” The watch community loved it because of its original, fascinating, and unique design. A few years later, they came out with the Horological Machine No. 6 SV, which is essentially the same watch but with a clear, sapphire exterior. For capabilities, it has a tourbillon, turbines to decrease air friction, and retracted titanium shield that can be utilized at any time. If you’re in love with this piece, we have some bad news. Unfortunately, it had a limited release, and only 20 of them were produced. 4: Richard Mille RM 07-02 Pink Lady Sapphire Automatic Though Richard Mille seems to be more popular with men, it also has a women’s line that is every bit as beautiful and well-made. One piece that backs up that assertion is the RM 07-02, which comes in clear, pink sapphire. An additional perk of choosing this piece is the two rows of diamonds that surround its dial. This timepiece is an excellent choice for someone who has a big chunk of money to spend on a luxury option. 5: Casio Baby-G Semi-Transparent Women’s Sports Watch Now, let’s delve into some cheaper options for those of you looking in a more affordable price range. First is this piece from Casio, which has a silicone exterior and a digital dial. Given that it is made by one of the most resilient watch brands out there, you can count on long-term functionality and the ability to outlast extreme conditions. 6: Stuhrling Original Men’s 976.02 This Stuhrling watch is perfect for anybody trying to balance class and price. Instead of it being made from silicone, like other affordable options, it has a glass dial. Also, the inside of the piece is very minimalistic, which lets you see right through it rather than having a crowded view. Overall, it is a good-looking piece with transparent elements that should charm you! 7: Armitron Sport Women’s 45/7051 Digital Jelly Strap Watch Our most affordable option is this piece from Armitron. It features a quartz movement, digital display, “jelly strap,” and water resistance up to 100 meters. This is an excellent option for those of you that want a simple, everyday piece that you don’t need to worry about. Additionally, it is great for athletes that swim, run, or bike in rugged conditions! 8: Nixon Time Teller P Translucent Watch Nixon is a favorite among the younger generations due to their minimalistic designs and relatively low prices. This is the one clear watch that they carry, and it is very pleasing to the eye. In addition, it also has a rainbow designs feature on the outside of the dial. That can help bring a bit of color (if that’s what you’re looking for) to the otherwise translucent casing. Now that you’ve seen some of options for clear watches on the market, it is up to you to decide whether or not you it is the type of watch for you. Even if you’re usually more of a classic watch fan, a clear one can add a bit of fun to your collection.  To those that like the modern look of transparent pieces, we hope we gave you some inspiration!

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  10. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Watches in Movies

    Leonardo DiCaprio’s Watches in Movies

    One thing that watch companies have known for centuries is that marketing with celebrities is incredibly effective. Say what you want about big-name endorsements, but they inform many of our opinions, whether we like it or not. An excellent example of this effect is Leonardo DiCaprio. Leonardo DiCaprio’s watches in his movies have caught the eye of many people. Below, we explore the exact pieces he has worn in some of his biggest movies. Inception – Tag Heuer Carrera In this film, Leo plays a heist artist. He’s no ordinary criminal, though. Rather than breaking into buildings or safes in the real world, the character implants ideas into people’s dreams while they sleep. The movie is a favorite among many, but did you notice the timepiece he sports in it? The watch is the TAG Heuer Carrera, which is notable for two reasons. First, DiCaprio is a brand ambassador for this company and frequently appears in advertisements for them. He also sports their pieces to parties and awards shows. We’re not sure if they paid to be in this film, but Leo being in it definitely helped them get their foot in the door. The second thing to note is the extreme conditions that DiCaprio braved in the movie. He treks through snow, water, and altitude at different points in it. Luckily, his TAG Heuer is built for the roughest conditions possible and kept ticking throughout the film. Blood Diamond – Breitling Chrono Avenger Our second DiCaprio movie features a role that is vastly different than the first. In Inception, he is a sophisticated, smooth, and well-dressed criminal. In Blood Diamond, he takes on a much more rugged role as a diamond smuggler. Though he is somewhat of a thief in both, the characters are quite different. Does that mean they require different watches? No matter how different these characters are, they both seem to have a flair for luxury. The reason we say this is that in Blood Diamond, Leo wears the Breitling Chrono Avenger, which is an esteemed timepiece in its own right. What it offers is excellent craftsmanship. It is made from the finest materials, has a Swiss origin, sports a reliable automatic movement, and is water resistant up to 300 meters. Additionally, it has an attractive aesthetic and comes in at a nice size (45mm), which is neither too large nor too small. The Great Gatsby – A Raymond Weil Concept The Great Gatsby is the story of an enigmatic and wealthy man that throws gaudy parties in hopes of his old lover showing up at them. Of course, at one point, she finally does. You’ll have to find out the rest of the story for yourself. Luckily, there are three mainstream works of art that depict this tale: The original book by Scott F. Fitzgerald, a movie with Robert Redford, and another film with Leonardo DiCaprio. The final and most recent edition features an all-star cast, each of which is outfitted with luxurious clothing. One example is Leo, who wears a gorgeous looking Raymond Weil concept. It is silver, square, and exudes pure luxury, which fits the character perfectly. Unfortunately for us, the watch DiCaprio wears in the film is not real. Instead, it is an entirely unique concept piece that is not for sale. While we cannot buy it, what we can do is find a timepiece that mimics that aesthetic and energy of the one in the movie. To do so, our best recommendation is to look at the Longines Evidenza, which has a similar shape and a classy Swiss brand to back it up. Wolf of Wall Street – Tag Heuer Series 1000 Wolf of Wall Street is the story of Jordan Belfort, who experienced a meteoric rise in the investment banking industry. Throughout the film, Leo depicts this character as a drug-abusing, hard-partying maniac with a ton of charisma. His friends are no different than him, and they combine to create a great deal of tomfoolery. This movie also features an excellent array of wristwatches. While Belfort’s friends opt for Rolex and IWC, Leo sports a Tag Heuer yet again. As you might imagine, the story of an insanely wealthy investment banker should feature a luxurious piece that fits right in with the culture surrounding it. In our opinion, that’s precisely what we get with the Series 1000. The ultimate debate you must have is whether or not you should model your timepiece choice after a movie character. No matter what your answer is to that question, you’ll likely agree that Leonardo DiCaprio characters are some of the best you could choose from. Between Tag Heuer, Breitling, and Raymond Weil, you have a few excellent brands at your disposal. No matter what, we hope you found a watch that you love on this list. At the very least, you should have a couple of ideas for your next movie night.

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  11. Watch Buying Guide: Your First Dive Watch

    Watch Buying Guide: Your First Dive Watch

    The truth about the watch buying process is that it is different for everybody. The reason is that people will make decisions based on a hierarchy of priorities. For some, they will narrow their search by price, size, or color. Others will choose a specific genre of timepieces, the most popular of which is the dive watch. If the latter describes you, then you’re in luck. Below, we explain what to consider when buying your first dive watch. Common Elements of Dive Watches The term “dive watch” is a bit of a loose one, but almost all of them incorporate the following elements. Water Resistance – As you can assume from the name, dive watches must be able to withstand water pressure. For this reason, the minimum resistance starts at 100m, which is suitable for snorkeling and surface water activities. On the more extreme end, many dive watches are resistant up to thousands of meters, which is both a feature for scuba divers and a signal of incredible craftsmanship.Rotating Bezel – Scuba divers must have an idea of how much time they have spent underwater because they swim with a limited supply of oxygen. While they usually use digital products to do so, they can also use the bezel of a dive piece as a rudimentary backup timer. Luminescent Dial – The deeper you get into the water, the more you need a luminous dial to check the time. This feature is useful at night as well, whether you’re on the water or not.Superior Materials – Dive watch manufacturers envision a timepiece that will get a lot of use underwater and in other rough conditions. The result is them building their products out of excellent materials that resist rust, corrosion, and magnetism.Now that you know what a dive watch is, you can discern between authentic ones and those that only look the part. Now, onto some factors that will help you make a specific decision! Choose Your Price Range The smartest move you can make is choosing your price range before browsing. That way, you won’t end up drooling over a Rolex when it costs twenty times more than you’re willing to spend. At the lower end, you can buy a solid dive piece for around $100. What you’ll find is that while these products are sometimes limited, they are also surprisingly attractive and functional. On the other end, there is almost no upper limit to how expensive a dive watch can be, though most of them are under $50,000. A few features that you’ll get as you purchase a more expensive piece are greater water resistance, better materials, excellent reliability, and a more sophisticated movement. Quartz or Automatic? Next, think about what type of movement you want. The two primary options are quartz and automatic. The former describes a piece that runs on a battery and has relatively simple inner workings. The latter characterizes watches with tiny machines inside of them that operate on kinetic energy, rather than a battery. The one you choose will depend on your taste. In general, watch enthusiasts prefer or even demand automatic movement, while the average consumer might not have an inclination. Water Resistance Next, decide what you’re going to do with your watch. If you are a scuba diver or someone that wants to most exceptional craftsmanship, you’re going to want impressive resistance capabilities. If not, you may opt for one that only functions up to 100m or 200m. Luckily, manufacturers test every timepiece meticulously and will tell you precisely how deep you can take them. Think About Aesthetics Most dive watches have roughly the same aesthetic. They have a moderate size, bracelet strap, relatively simple dial, and ceramic bezel. Still, there are many choices to make within that general look and a variety of pieces that break out of the typical mold. Two of the most common areas of customization are the strap and bezel coloring. For the former, you can choose between a conventional bracelet and a sportier rubber or NATO strap. For the latter, you can opt for understated black or a flashier color. Settle on a Brand Though there are hundreds of respectable companies out there, the following are three brands that tend to stick out above the rest. Seiko – If you’re looking to spend around $1,000, Seiko is good option! They make excellent dive watches at a variety of price points and with both movement options. If you don’t like the look of any of them, Casio and Citizen are two more excellent brands that dabble in the dive space. Omega – Long considered Rolex’s little brother, it’s about time Omega gets their own share of respect. The reason is that they consistently produce fantastic watches, many of which are dive pieces. Rolex – Lastly, we have the most iconic dive watch brand of all. Plain and simple: You can’t go wrong when you choose Rolex.Now that you’ve read this guide, we hope you know what to look for when buying your first dive watch. To review, the essential elements of your decision are price, movement, aesthetics, water resistance, and brand. Once you have those points nailed down, you can make your purchase with clarity and confidence!

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