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  2. 6 Best Tag Heuer Formula 1 Watches Worth Investing In

    6 Best Tag Heuer Formula 1 Watches Worth Investing In

    As its name suggests, the TAG Heuer Formula 1 collection is inspired by the celebrated F1 motor-car racing. Youthful and energetic, this acclaimed series typically incorporates various design elements evoking the exhilarating world of the most prestigious motorsports championships. Equipped with quartz or self-winding movements, these wristwatches boast modern, cutting-edge features and fashionable aesthetics. Stylistic appeal, built-quality and affordable price range make the collection ideally suitable for young generation watch customers with a passion for the speed and thrill associated with Formula 1 racing. These versatile watches are equally suited for everyday wear thanks to their ergonomic construction and vibrant design. Introduced in 1986, the TAG Heuer Formula 1 series is one of the flagship collections from the Great watchmaking company. Initially, the family mainly consisted of affordable quartz watches inspired by the brand’s lifelong association with the motor-racing world. This iconic line played a crucial role in reviving the brand’s business from the after-effects of so-called quartz crisis. The company halted the production of this line soon after it was acquired by LVMH. In 2004, the brand re-launched Formula 1 series by incorporating modern technology, upgraded design and superb features suitable for a contemporary and masculine motorsports watch. The collection currently includes both automatic and quartz watches. The brand also offers some brilliant TAG Heuer Formula 1 ladies watch models. Formula 1 Ladies WBJ1419.BA0664 In this article, we are introducing six popular TAG Heuer Formula 1 watches that are worth investing in: (1) TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 Automatic Chronograph Equipped with the celebrated Calibre 16 Automatic movement and available in colorways, this chronograph from the TAG Heuer Formula 1 collection is an attention grabber. This timepiece is available in various dial choices like black, blue, green and grey. It features a 44mm diameter case made of stainless steel or black DLC coated steel. Mounted with a ceramic or steel tachymeter bezel, this incredible motorsports chronograph is a must-have accessory for sports watch enthusiasts with a passion for motor racing. Formula 1 Calibre 16 Automatic CAZ2012.BA0970 Water-resistant to 200 meters, Tag Heuer Formula 1 calibre 16 Automatic houses a state-of-the-art self-winding calibre with a power reserve of 42 hours. The strong and scratch-resistant crystal glass not only protects the dial side, it also offers an unobstructed view of the indications. This chronograph has a selling price range starting from S$ 2,500 to S$ 6,500. (2) Tag Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition Created as a sincere tribute to motor-racing legend Ayrton Senna, this distinct series offers collectible wristwatches that demonstrate the fearless attitude of the Brazilian champion. The most recent Formula 1 Senna Edition is comprised of two stainless steel chronographs featuring an anthracite sunray-brushed dial with a decorative touch of Ayrton Senna’s trademark yellow shade and a black ceramic fixed tachymeter bezel. Formula 1 X Senna Calibre 16 CAZ201B.FC6487 The new Senna edition launched in 2020 is offering an automatic version (CAZ201B.FC6487) and a quartz (CAZ101AF.BA0637) watch. Water-resistant to 200 meters, these sports watches feature massive and solid stainless steel case measuring 43mm diameter in quartz model and 44mm in automatic version. Both feature stainless steel screw-down case back with a special engraving of the Senna logo. The Formula 1 X Senna Calibre 16 Automatic chronograph has a retail price of around S$ 4,600 and the quartz model costs about S$ 3,100. (3) TAG Heuer Formula 1 X Indy 500 Special Edition TAG Heuer has been serving as the official timekeeper of the iconic Indianapolis 500 (also known as Indy 500) annual automobile race since 2004. Held every year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in Indiana, United States, this extraordinary event is one of the oldest motor-racing championships. The inaugural edition of this race was conducted in 1911. To mark its longstanding association with Indy 500, TAG Heuer often releases special edition watches from its Formula 1 collection. The most recent addition to this remarkable series is the Formula 1 X INDY 500 Quartz Chronograph with a 43mm jet-black sand-blasted DLC steel case. This special timepiece has a black textured dial featuring asphalt and red bricks pattern inspired by the Indy racetrack’s iconic Brickyard. Its ceramic sand-blasted tachymeter bezel highlights “INDY 500” engraved in red. Formula 1 x Indy 500 CAZ101AD.FT8024 Water-resistant to 200 meters, this robust motorsports wristwatch comes fitted with a flat sapphire crystal, a black DLC screw-down crown, and a solid stainless steel case back with special Indy 500 engraving. The special edition Formula 1 X Indy 500 watch released in 2020 has a retail price of approximately S$ 3,100. This TAG Heuer F1 model is limited to 1,500 numbered pieces. (4) TAG Heuer Formula 1 Alec Monopoly Edition Formula 1 3-hand Alec Monopoly WAZ1119.FT8023 Created in creative collaboration with globally renowned graffiti artist Alec Monopoly, this unconventional TAG Heuer watch from the Formula 1 collection stands out with its vivid artwork on the dial. It is surrounded by a bold, black PVD coated unidirectional rotating bezel mounted on a 41mm diameter brushed steel case. Equipped with a quartz movement and water-resistant to 200 meters, the Alec Monopoly watch features a black DLC crown, a flat sapphire crystal front glass and a stainless steel case back with a special engraved ALEC logo. It has a retail price of about $6,500 SGD. (5) TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 Automatic This is one of the popular non-chronograph watch models from the Formula 1 collection. A masculine and urban sports timekeeper, it features a minimalistic three hands dial layout with a date window at 3 o’clock. The movement powering this timepiece is Calibre 5, a modified version of the workhorse ETA 2824-2 automatic calibre. Formula 1 Calibre 5 Automatic WAZ2011.BA0843 Made of stainless steel, this robust timepiece is water-resistant up to 200 meters. Measuring 41mm or 43mm diameter, its case is fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel in steel or ceramic. A perfect daily beater, the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 Automatic is a great investment for your money. It comes in a retail price range of S$ 2,000-3,000. (6) TAG Heuer Gulf Formula 1 Chronograph The Gulf team livery (orange and blue) is one of the most recognised symbols in the world of automobile racing. Boasting the iconic color theme, the TAG Heuer Gulf Formula 1 Chronograph celebrates the 50th anniversary of Gulf Racing’s first victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This stainless steel quartz watch boasts a brushed Gulf shield-blue dial with the iconic orange and blue stripes.  Formula 1 Chronograph Gulf Special Edition CAZ101N.FC8243 Dressed in a 43mm diameter case, the watch is water-resistant up to 200 meters. It features blue aluminium bezel with tachymeter scale, sapphire crystal glass, black PVD coated crown and pushers, and steel case back with engraved Gulf logo. This special edition TAG Heuer formula 1 chronograph has a retail price of about SGD 2,300. Read More : Suunto Rolex IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  4. 8 Legendary Tool Watches from Sinn That Exhibit The Art of German Watchmaking

    8 Legendary Tool Watches from Sinn That Exhibit The Art of German Watchmaking

    The Frankfurt am Main based company SINN is a pioneer in the manufacturing of high-quality tool watches suitable for both amateurs and professionals. The brand offers precision timing instruments and chronographs dedicated to pilots, sailors, divers, rescuers, medical professionals, firefighters and more. SINN‘s product range also includes both classic and contemporary dress wristwatches. In this article, we bring forward eight iconic SINN tool watches that proudly showcase the art of German watchmaking. 1. SINN 103 Pilot Chronograph 103 103.031-Leather-Cowhide-Blk SINN Model 103 is a traditionally styled pilot chronograph, yet loaded with several advanced technology features. Taking inspiration from the aircraft cockpit clocks, these wristwatches offer a multitude of functions extremely useful for airmen and professionals. It is available in several versions depending upon the dial color and lay-out, case and bezel material, straps, movements or other features including the special technologies developed by SINN. Based on the movement beating inside, these instruments chronograph timepieces offer additional functions like day, day-date and second-time zone. The self-winding calibres typically used in this series are ETA 7750, SW 510, LJP 8000 and Concepto C99001. This outstanding collection is typically comprised of stainless steel and titanium models. With a case diameter of 41mm, these robust and reliable tool watches are also available with proprietary innovations like Diapal and Ar-Dehumidifying Technology. They are water-resistant up to the depth of 200 meters. Model SINN 103 features the innovative captive pilot bezel, screw-in pushers and crown, sapphire crystal, and screw-fastened case back with display glass. The SINN watches Singapore price range of Series 103 is approximately S$ 2,700 – 5,100. 2. SINN 104 Pilot Watch 104 104.012-Solid-2LSS SINN Model 104 is one of the best-selling tool watches from the German brand. This accurate timekeeper is equipped with the Swiss-made self-winding movement Sellita SW 220-1. The watch displays the date and day of the week, two highly useful functions in our everyday life. It has a 41mm diameter stainless steel case with a screw-down crown and a captive bezel. This all-rounder is water-resistant up to 200 meters. Both sides of the case have sapphire-crystal glasses. Series 104 is typically known as a handsome tool watch because it boasts a classic elegance outlook in spite of its robust characteristics. This timepiece is available in anthracite, matte black, dark blue, metallic green and brilliant white dial options. Thanks to its well-proportioned exterior, ergonomic design, easy-to-read dial and robust movement, SINN 104 can be utilized as an ideal daily wear watch. Its current retail price range is about S$ 1,900 to S$ 2,500. 3. SINN 140 Space Chronograph 140 44mm140.020-Solid-2LSS This distinct series inherits the legacy of the SINN 140 S Chronograph wore by Prof. Reinhard Furrer during the D1 Spacelab Mission in 1985. Equipped with a Lemania movement, this automatic timepiece offered tremendous chronometric performance even in a gravity-free environment. During the Mir-92 mission in 1992, Klaus-Dietrich Flade carried his 142 S along with him. Belong to the brand’s ‘Instrument Chronographs’ range, the present generation of this space watch incorporates several technical advancements. The new generation 140s (140 St and 140 St S) feature the SZ01 chronograph movement and stainless steel bead-blasted case. Specially developed by SINN, SZ01 is a self-winding mechanical movement based on the legendary Lemania 5100 calibre. It drives hours, minutes, small seconds, date and the chronograph with the centrally placed 60-minute stopwatch hand, chronograph centre seconds hand and the 12-hour register at 6 o’clock. Water-resistant to 100 meters, this SINN watch measures 44mm diameter and 15mm thickness. The case body incorporates the Tegiment Technology for better scratch resistance. The model 140 St S additionally employs Black Hard Coating. Both versions feature sapphire crystal glass, interior rotating bezel, and nickel-free case back without Tegiment Technology. The other special SINN technologies incorporated in this series are the Ar-Dehumidifying feature and the D-3 system for push-pieces and crown. The selling price range of SINN 140 series is approximately S$ 5,500-6,700 in Singapore. 4. SINN U1 Diving U1 1010.023Leather-Cowhide in Vintage-Style-DSB-Brown U1 is a professional-grade diving instrument from SINN Spezialuhren. Made of German submarine steel, this ultimate tool watch is rated for water resistance of 1,000 meters/100 atm. Every U1 has been made according to the technical demands for the diving norm DIN 8306, European diving equipment standards (EN 250/EN 14143) and Anti-magnetic as per DIN 8309. This deep diver comes with a certificate for water resistance from DNV (formerly DNV GL), the world’s largest classification society. Measuring 44m diameter, the case is made of the same high-strength, seawater-resistant and nonmagnetic steel used on the external hulls of the German Navy’s new submarine class 212. The watch is equipped with a captive bezel, with an option of Tegiment Technology for more scratch-resistance. The crown is positioned at 4 o’clock to prevent pressure on the back of the hand. The case is topped with sapphire crystal glass, with AR coating. The rear side of the watch is secured with a screw-fastened steel case back. It also features protective measures against low pressure. U1 is powered by the SW 200-1 Swiss-made self-winding movement. An ideal instrument for professional divers, SINN U1 features an exceptionally visible dial that provides clear indications even in murky water. The watch is available in various dial versions like matte black, matte blue, White, Camouflage and special patterns. Some versions feature a special black hard coating on the case and bezel. In Singapore, SINN U1 is available in a retail price range starting from S$ 3,000 to S$ 3,500. 5. SINN U2 Diving U2 SDR (EZM 5) 1020.040-Silicone-LFC-Blk U2 is an extreme deep diving watch with water resistance up to 200 atm (2,000 meters). This model has been known as Mission Timer U2 (EZM 5). Following the footsteps of U1, it carries the waterproofness certification by DNV. These extreme watches also comply with technical norms like DIN 8306, EN 250/EN 14143 and DIN 8309. U2 (EZM 5) is equipped with the Swiss-made SW 330-1 Self-winding calibre, which offers additional functions of Date display at 3 o’clock and the second time zone on a 24-hour basis. It has a 44mm diameter case made of German submarine steel. The other typical features of SINN U2 include Sapphire crystal glass, Captive Bezel with Tegiment Technology, Screw-in crown, and Screw-fastened steel case back. This 2,000m diver incorporates the Ar-Dehumidifying Technology for enhancing functional reliability and freedom from fogging and the Temperature Resistance Technology for ensuring optimum performance even in extreme temperatures (from -45 °C up to +80 °C). Its approximate retail price range is S$ 3,500-4,500. 6. SINN 556 556 556.014-Solid.2LST Inspired by the iconic pilot and navigational cockpit clocks made by SINN, Series 556 belongs to the brand’s ‘Instrument Watches’ family. It is the most traditionalist and minimalistic timepiece from the renowned German tool watch manufacturer. Known for its striking appearance, simple dial design, and superior readability, this sporty tool watch comes with a compact stainless steel case measuring 38.5mm diameter and 11mm thickness. It highlights a satin-finish. Featuring hour, minute and center-seconds hands, it is available with or without the date function. The existing dial versions are Black, anthracite, mocca brown, blue and mother of pearl. The movement powering this timepiece is the Swiss-made self-winding calibre SW200-1. Water-resistant to 200 meters, SINN 556 features sapphire crystal glass, a screw-in crown, and a screw-fastened case back with a transparent window made of sapphire. The watch follows the German standards DIN 8310 for water resistance and DIN 8309 for anti-magnetism. In Singapore, the average selling price range of SINN 556 is S$ 1,500-2,500. 7. SINN 856 Pilot Watch 856 856.012-Solid-2LSS SINN 856 is a well-built automatic pilot watch an exceptional magnetic field protection up to 80,000 A/m. Featuring a bead-blasted stainless steel case measuring 40mm diameter and 11mm thickness, this timepiece is water-resistant up to 200 meters. The collection offers two categories. Models like 856, 856 S and 856 B-Uhr feature three hands with date configuration, whereas 856 UTC and 856 S UTC display the second time-zone. These SINN watches are equipped with Swiss-made self-winding movements: SW 300-1 for the three-hand with date versions and SW 330-1 for the UTC models. All timepieces from this series are fitted with sapphire crystal glass, screw-in crown, and screw-fastened nickel-free steel case back. Every model from this range follows the technical requirements according to the German industrial standards for water resistance and anti-magnetism. SINN 856 also incorporates proprietary technologies like Tegiment and Ar-Dehumidifying. Its Singapore price range is above S$ 2,600-3,000. 8. SINN EZM 12 EZM 12 Black Dial Orange Silicone Strap 112.010-Silicone-LFC-Org EZM 12 is a mission timer specially developed for the air rescue service. Winner of the Red Dot 2019 and German Design 2020 awards, this timepiece boasts three special features for assisting rescuers involved in life saving missions. First one is a count-up inner rotating bezel for quick and easy reading of the specified time frames like the platinum ten minutes and golden hour. The watch also features a countdown outer rotating bezel and a Pulse rotor with PulsRotor scale for measuring heart rate. EZM 12 comes dressed in a 44mm diameter case in bead-blasted stainless steel. The watch is water-resistant up to 200 meters. Its bezel and silicone strap are easily removable, allowing quick sterilisation using various disinfectants. Equipped with the Swiss-made ETA 2836-2 automatic movement, EZM 12 features a day and date window at 9 o’clock. Featuring an impressive Magnetic Field Protection up to 80,000 A/m, the watch incorporates various SINN technologies. Both Tegiment and Black Hard Coating provide extreme scratch-resistance. The Ar-Dehumidifying system enhances functional reliability and freedom from fogging. Thanks to a special technology, this emergency mission timer can be used without any issue in extreme temperatures within the range of -45 °C to 80 °C. Read More : Suunto Rolex IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  5. 5 Reasons To Invest In Tag Heuer Carrera

    5 Reasons To Invest In Tag Heuer Carrera

    Introduction Tag Heuer Carrera is one of the flagship collections from Tag Heuer, the iconic Swiss luxury watch brand with a comprehensive history of more than 160 years. Introduced in 1963, this successful series takes its name from the legendary Carrera Panamericana Mexico Road Race. Originally created as a chronograph for professional racing divers, it has evolved into one of the most successful collections from the renowned Swiss manufacture. Known for its incredible selection of extremely durable and high-performance sports timekeepers, this iconic Tag Heuer watch family typically offers chronographs and three-hand watches with additional functions like date, day-date or second time-zone. Seamlessly blending the motorsports heritage with innovative design, all these watches are equipped with automatic or quartz movements. Carrera chronographs are available with or without an outer tachymeter bezel. In addition to the standard stainless steel models, the collection also offers exclusive versions featuring 18-carat gold, ceramic or innovative carbon composite material. In this article, we are highlighting the history of the Carrera collection, its popular models, the collector’s value of the series and the Tag Heuer Singapore price details. History Founded in 1860, Heuer (known as Tag Heuer since 1985) has been renowned worldwide for its extensive expertise in the manufacturing of chronographs endowed with ultimate precision. In 1882, Heuer became one of the first watchmakers to mass-produce pocket chronographs. Soon, the Swiss watchmaking house became a leading manufacturer of aviation and automobile dashboard chronographs, sports stopwatches and pulsometers. In 1914, the company introduced its first wrist chronograph. In 1963, Heuer launched Carrera chronograph. It was thoughtfully designed by Jack Heuer, the great-grandson of the brand’s founder Edouard Heuer. In Spanish language, Carrera means race. The Carrera Panamericana was a legendry sports car racing event held in Mexico in the 1950s. It was one of the most challenging and deadly motorsports events. In 1954, the organizers discontinued this annual championship due to higher costs and safety concerns. In 1988, La Carrera Panamericana was revived along some of the original course as a classic speed rally. This legendary event was the inspiration for Jack Heuer when he designed Carrera. In 1996, Tag Heuer re-introduced the legendary Carrera collection. Launched in 2006, the Carrera Calibre 360 rose gold watch won the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève award in the Sports Watches category. Carrera WBN2013.BA0640 In 2010, Tag Heuer launched Calibre 1887, the brand’s in-house chronograph movement made after acquiring intellectual property elements from Seiko Instruments Inc (SII). The new re-engineered and customized calibre has been manufactured in the production facilities in Switzerland. The Tag Heuer Carrera calibre 1887 chronograph model is equipped with this new generation self-winding movement. In 2011, the Carrera heritage collection was introduced. In 2013, the Swiss brand celebrated the 50th anniversary of this iconic sports chronograph collection. In 2019, upgraded and redesigned Carrera Calibre 16 timepieces were launched. Popular models Carrera is an extensive collection comprised of chronographs, watches with day, day-date or dual-time functions and multi-complication wristwatches that incorporate chronograph and tourbillon. In the chronograph segment, Tag Heuer Carrera calibre 16 models are the most popular. The other best-selling series from the Carrera family is the Tag Heuer Carrera calibre 5 automatic watch. The chronograph watches with in-house movements like 1887 and Heuer 2 are also popular.  Carrera Calibre 5 WAR201E.BA0723 In addition to the regular collection, the brand also offers commemorative and collaborative editions from this iconic wristwatch family. A noteworthy evolution of the Carrera watch is the Tag Heuer Grand Carrera RS, which features an innovative rotating system visible through the dial side. Collecting Carrera watches Carrera watches are highly coveted by connoisseurs and enthusiastic collectors from all over the world. Below, you can find five reasons why you should buy a Tag Heuer Carrera. (1) Motor Sports DNA Like the iconic Tag Heuer Monaco timepiece, Carrera also carries an impressive motorsports legacy. The attachment between automobile racing and watchmaking is strong as a mountain. Many iconic and highly sought-after wristwatches of today were indeed developed for racing divers. This enduring legacy ensures greater value for each Carrera watch. (2) Brand Heritage Carrera Heritage WAS2112.FC6181 In addition to its motor-racing spirit, Carrera has been proudly perpetuating in the prominent brand’s enduring watchmaking legacy. It perfectly reflects the company’s several extraordinary achievements in the field of chronograph watches. Tag Heuer boasts a rich history of more than 160 years, and this remarkable heritage naturally adds the investment value of the brand’s timepieces, including the Carrera. (3) Celebrity Connection Tag Heuer Carrera enjoys cult status due to its association with celebrities. Many famous personalities, sports champions and superstars proudly wear these iconic watches. The extensive list of influential patrons and prominent owners always also ensures a great investment value for a Carrera watch. (4) Superb Engines Carrera Automatic WV5111.FC6350 The Swiss Maison has an impressive fleet of mechanical self-winding chronograph movements like Calibre 11, 12, 16, 17, 1887, 36 and Heuer 02. Among them, Calibres 1887 and Heuer 02 are in-house calibres. The non-chronograph Carrera models are typically equipped with calibres 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9. The brand’s in-house movements are considered as the most outstanding examples of the acclaimed Swiss watchmaking values. The other calibres used with Carrera watches were developed in collaboration with renowned Swiss manufactures like ETA, Dubois Depraz, Sellita and Zenith.  All of these horological engines boast outstanding technical features usually required for a motorsports watch. These robust and extremely reliable horological engines ensure ultimate performance and endurance. (5) Excellent built quality Equipped with powerful and precise mechanisms, Tag Heuer Carrera watches are equally known for their outstanding built features. The brand employs excellent components and parts for its every timepiece for ensuring extreme robustness and superb aesthetics. These distinctive features ensure prolonged life without losing the irresistible allure, therefore maintaining the collecting value of each Carrera watch. Pricing The Tag Heuer Carrera collection offers luxurious yet smartly prices sports watches. The Tag Heuer Carrera price range for regular collection in Singapore is approximately S$ 2,000 to S$ 10,000. The cost of exclusive creations like the Calibre Heuer 02 Tourbillon is higher than S$ 15,000. Carrera Automatic CBK221C.FC6488 The Tag Heuer Carrera calibre 5 series offers entry-level automatic watches from the family. These non-chronograph watches feature a three-hand layout with day or day-date functions. They are usually available in the price range starting from S$ 2,000 to S$ 5,000. In the automatic chronograph segment, the variants fitted with the in-house calibres are more expensive than the versions featuring Calibre 16. Read More : Suunto Rolex IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  6. Comprehensive Buying Guide for Seiko Singapore

    Comprehensive Buying Guide for Seiko Singapore

    Introduction One of the largest watch manufactures in the world, Seiko is extremely popular with Singapore’s wristwatch enthusiasts. Singapore is a global financial hub favored by the watch companies in all the price categories, from affordable to hyper-luxury. Being a watchmaking conglomerate with global ambitions, Seiko has a well-established retail and manufacturing network in the country. Seiko was founded by Kintarō Hattori, who established a clock and jewelry shop in Tokyo in 1881. This visionary entrepreneur began manufacturing mechanical wall clocks in 1892 under the brand name Seikosha. In 1895, the company introduced their first pocket watch and in 1913, their first wristwatch. In 1924, Seikosha changed its trademark to Seiko. Seiko was the first company to manufacture self-winding wristwatches and pocket watch chronographs in Japan. In the 1950s and 60s, the brand also innovated mechanical timekeeping by introducing high-precision wristwatches like Marvel, Cronos, King Seiko and Grand Seiko. In 1969, Seiko launched the world’s first quartz wristwatch. With this revolutionary technology, the brand has created timepieces such as LCD watch, Multifunction analogue and digital watches, Alarm clock, TV watch, Wrist computers and more. In 1988, the brand introduced the Kinetic watches. In 1999, the company launched the first series of wristwatches powered by the state-of-the-art Spring Drive system. Singapore was the first place chosen by the Japanese watchmaking giant to kick start their global manufacturing activities. In 1973, Seiko established its first overseas subsidiary. This Seiko watch Singapore unit along with its subsidiaries in Malaysia, manufactures watch components and wristwatches. The country is also home to some renowned Seiko retailers operating by means of brick and mortar stores and e-commerce platforms. Buying guide for Seiko Singapore Master of various time-keeping technologies like Mechanical, Quartz, GPS, Kinetic, Solar, Radio-controlled and Spring drive, Seiko offers an extensive selection of wristwatches, starting from the affordable segment to the luxury.  If you are a beginner and keenly interested to buy a new Seiko watch, you should be aware of its recently updated product line-ups and repositioning of the brands and its extensive collections. This will assist you in choosing a perfect watch suitable for your requirement, style and budget. In recent years, the Japanese watchmaking giant has undertaken several significant steps to reorganize its manufacturing and commercial activities. Firstly, they have strategically positioned Grand Seiko as an independent brand. Moreover, Seiko’s global product folio has been regrouped. The five flagship watch families are Astron, Prospex, Presage, Premier and Seiko 5 sports. All these watches are usually available in Singapore. Astron Eco-Drive SBXD005 The other watch collections offered in the Seiko Singapore portfolio are: Brightz, Conceptuals, Coutura, Criteria, Dolce & Exceline, Lord, Lukia, Selection, Solar, Spirit, Sportura and Velatura. These watches are now positioned under a core group. It has been dubbed ‘Discover More’ in some countries. It is comprised of Automatic, Kinetic, Quartz and Solar wristwatches for both men and women. Depending upon the collection, the Seiko watches Singapore price range typically starts from S$ 100 to S$ 5,000. In comparison, Grand Seiko mechanical and spring drive watches cost above S$ 5,000 (S$ 2,700 in case of quartz models). 1. Seiko quartz watches If you are planning to buy a Seiko timepiece under S$ 300, the brand offers regular quartz watches with or without calendar functions. In the Quartz category, chronographs and multifunction watches typically sell in the range of S$ 300 – S$ 600. If you want to pick up a high-performance quartz watch, there are many options to select from Solar, Radio Sync, Kinetic and Astron GPS collections. Their costs are higher than regular quartz models.  Neo Classic Quartz SUR344P1 (a) Seiko solar watches Rukia solar Radio Wathc SSQV025 Seiko Solar is an advanced quartz caliber equipped with a rechargeable battery that keeps on charging from sunlight or artificial light. The solar-powered batteries typically have a longer lifespan than the non-rechargeable cells used with regular quartz movements. The brand offers solar-powered quartz watches from Criteria, Coutura, Dolce & Exceline, Lukia, Macchina Sportiva, Premier and Prospex collections. These wristwatches retail in the S$ 450 – S$ 650 price segment. Among these, Lukia timepieces are available for women only. (b) Seiko Radio Sync watches Brightz Radio Sync Solar SAGA269 Seiko also offers radio-controlled timepieces, which make use of the signals from terrestrial transmitters to synchronize the time and date. These high-precision quartz watches feature a receiver to obtain the radio-sync signals. These watches automatically correct the precise time whenever they receive the radio sync signals. Seiko Brightz is a impressive collection of radio sync solar watches. This collection has a retail price range of S$ 700 – S$ 2,000. The brand’s Coutura, Dolce & Exceline and Lukia lines also offer timepieces equipped with this technology.  (c) Seiko Kinetic watches Kinetic Beige SKA723P1 You might have heard of Seiko’s proprietary Kinetic drive technology, which was introduced in the late 1980s. This innovative machine can be discovered in several watch models from the brand’s Arctura, Premier and Sportura collections. The entry-level Seiko Kinetic watch with a date display is typically available under S$ 200. The price of Perpetual, Chronograph and Direct-Drive models is obviously higher. For example, the Premier Kinetic Perpetual watch has a price range of S$ 800 to S$ 1,400. (d) Seiko Astron GPS watches Astron GPS Satellite Radio Solar SBXB149 In the topmost level of the quartz segment, you will find the Seiko Astron GPS that makes use of the most advanced technology in precision timekeeping. These extremely accurate timekeepers are equipped with solar-powered quartz movements that are capable of receiving signals from the satellites used in the Global Positioning System. They amply provide the most accurate time as it has been synchronized with atomic clocks. This reliable service can be accessed from anywhere in the world. These wristwatches offer a great number of functions useful for various facets of our life. In Singapore, the retail price of the Astron GPS watch collection is S$ 1,600 – S$ 4,000. 2. Seiko Mechanical Watches (a) Seiko 5 Sports automatic watches 5 Sports SRPD69K1 If you are a devotee of mechanical timepieces but worried about the budget, Seiko 5 is an ideal choice. This product range was originally introduced in 1963. In 2019, the brand rejuvenated the historic series by introducing the new Seiko 5 sports, a comprehensive collection of muscular automatic timepieces. This renewed series embodies the emblematic features of the 1960s Seiko 5 watches, like automatic movement, day-date display and the recessed crown at 4 o’clock. Water-resistant to 100 meters, the new generation Seiko 5 sports wristwatches feature a unidirectional rotating bezel. From this affordable mechanical watch family, the brand also offers a number of automatic field models without an external bezel. The Seiko 5 Singapore price range for the new generation series is S$ 300 to S$ 500. (b) Seiko automatic dress watches PRESAGE RPB43J1 In the mechanical category, the next option is the classic Presage series. Revived in 2016, this flagship range is comprised of elegant automatic watches. The collection has two categories based on the Seiko Presage Singapore price. The first one is the Basic series with timepieces costing from S$ 500 to S$ 1,000. The second one is the Prestige series, which has a price range of S$ 1,000 to S$ 5,000. Depending upon the model, they house 4R, 6R or 8R automatic movements. This is the best collection to explore various artistic dials, ranging from contemporary cocktail style to hand-crafted enamel or porcelain. The other Seiko collections like Premier and Lukia also offer mechanical wristwatches, and their retail prices vary depending upon the factors such as the type of movements, the materials and gem-setting. For instance, a regular Lukia automatic watch (only available for women) is available under S$ 1,000 whereas a gem-set variant costs above S$ 2,500. The Premier automatic model with 4R movement’s retail value is around S$ 800. (c) Seiko Prospex automatic ‘Land’ watches Because of their robustness, reliability and excellent dial legibility, these watches are usually preferred by explorers and outdoor sports enthusiasts. To include such timepieces, Seiko has introduced a range designated ‘LAND’ under the Prospex family. Presently, this series is comprised of Alpinist, Land Master, Field Master and several other models. All these watches are water-resistant to 200 meters. Some of them are equipped with rotating inner or outer compass bezel, which is useful for outdoor adventurous activities trekking, mountaineering and etc. Alpinist is a modern interpretation of an iconic Seiko watch with the same name. It is equipped with an automatic movement from the 6R series. The Field Master automatic watches are equipped with 4R series movements. Typically featuring an outer rotating compass bezel, they take inspiration from the designs of Seiko scuba divers. These Seiko watches are available in the price range of S$350 – S$ 1,000. 3. Seiko Prospex Diving Watches Prospex Limited Edition SPB149J1 The Seiko Prospex line offers diving watches in automatic, kinetic, quartz and solar versions. They are extremely popular in the global market. If you are a diving or snorkeling enthusiast, Seiko diver 200m is an ideal companion. Traditionally, Seiko diving watches with 200 meters water resistance come under scuba diver category. Now positioned in the Prospex range, these robust and reliable watches are suitable for scuba-diving, snorkeling and other recreational water sports activities. The price of Seiko scuba diving collection starts around S$ 400. Equipped with 4R series movements, the entry level automatic versions are usually available under S$ 1,000. Among them, SKX007 is one of the most-loved affordable diving watches in the modern world. This model was introduced in 1996, and it still has a great followership. The Seiko skx007 Singapore price range fluctuates between S$ 400 and S$ 500. The Seiko diver 200m watches with new generation 6R self-winding movements usually cost above S$ 1,000. Within the Prospex family, Seiko also offers professional-grade diving watches with water resistances ranging up to 1,000 meters. These extremely robust and reliable timepieces come under the Marinemaster Professional range. The Marine Master Professional watches are available in 300m, 600m and 1000m categories. These timepieces are suitable for saturation diving, usually conducted by professional divers for industrial or scientific purposes. The retail price range is S$ 1,000 to S$ 4,000, depending upon the type of movement and depth rating. Seiko‘s Kinetic, Quartz and Solar dive watches are less expensive than the automatic divers. However, the Spring-Drive models are costlier. 4. Seiko Spring Drive Watches 9R Spring Drive SBGE257 Developed by Seiko, Spring Drive is a phenomenal movement capable for providing tremendous accuracy to a mechanical wristwatch. Combining the bests of traditional horological craft and electronic technology, these movements have been reserved for some of the finest wristwatches from Seiko, Grand Seiko and Credor brands. These horological masterpieces are ideal for passionate lovers of various types of mechanisms employed in luxury mechanical watches. Presently, the Prospex LX range offers some spring drive watches, with retail prices above S$ 3,000. In the Presage series, Seiko has recently introduced a spring drive timepiece in collaboration with Riki Watanabe, the eminent Japanese industrial designer. Read More : Suunto Rolex IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  7. Top 10 Best Seiko 5 Watches

    Top 10 Best Seiko 5 Watches

    For valid reasons, the Japanese brand Seiko is among the most well-known watchmakers in the world of timepieces, especially in Singapore. Seiko rarely falls short of designing and creating high-end and efficient watches and accessories, thanks to its great artistry along with remarkable invention. Aside from that, the Seiko 5 Sports line is now spearheading the development of many of the most famous and recognizable automatic and mechanical timepieces in the world. This series of watches are popular because of its sturdiness, dependability, aesthetic appeal, and because of its reasonable prices. Choosing from the Seiko 5 watches can become very difficult since all the models have factors that are very appealing. To simplify your decision-making process, we will list 10 of the best watches from the Seiko 5 Singapore line. We will also tell you what sets these ten watches apart from the rest.  1. Seiko 5 snkl23 Seiko 5 snkl23 Seiko 5 watches are known for their great performance while being under an affordable price bracket for many. The famous Seiko 5 snkl23 watch comes at under $150. At this price point, there is hardly any other watchmaker in the world who delivers a product of this quality and build. The Seiko 5 snkl23 comes with a case diameter of 38mm, and its thickness is nearly 10.6mm. The distance between lugs is 45.5mm, giving the design a chic and classy touch. It has a case design that is beautiful without being too much. The most notable feature of the Seiko 5 snkl23 is the positioning of the crown at 4’o clock. This sets it apart from the other Seiko 5 watches.  2. Seiko 5 snk809 Seiko 5 snk809 The Seiko 5 SNK809 is undeniably among the most iconic timepieces ever created. Across the years, Seiko has managed to sell thousands of these automatic conventional watches. Now, this isn’t the one-of-a-kind watch that will make everyone in the room go gaga whenever you reach for a cup of coffee, but statistics don’t lie. The watch is today among the most dependable automatics available in the price range. It has a simple and clean design, with dials that attract anyone’s attention for their simplicity. This watch is also known as the Seiko 5 Military snk809. 3. Seiko 5 Sports SRP481K1 Seiko 5 Sports SRP481K1 The Seiko 5 Sports SRP481K1 is often referred to as the baby Ice Monster, for its bright and vibrant color scheme and design. The watch almost screams adventure when you look at it. Its dial is marked with bright blue and white accents, signifying snow and ocean. It is a watch designed and created for adventurers. Wear it for years after years under extreme conditions, yet it won’t show a sign of aging. With a 44mm stainless steel case, it appeals to your eyes as well for its rather larger size.  4.Seiko 5 Sports Automatic SRPD55K1 Seiko 5 Sports Automatic SRPD55K1 The Seiko 5 Automatic Sports SRPD55K1 is known especially for its use of Seiko Caliber 4R36. This particular caliber is widely recognized for having 24 jewels. Another amazing feature of this watch is that the movement is both hacking and manual winding. The power reserve will last you for over 40 hours. Overall, it is a great watch at a great price to everyone. 5. Seiko 5 Sports SRPD77K1 Seiko 5 Sports SRPD77K1 A stainless steel casement in dark gray with a glass case back characterizes this timepiece. A gorgeous green dial and brilliant greenish hands and bold dot indicators pop out against the backdrop for easy vision. One distinguishing feature of this wristwatch is its analog automated movement, which is fitted with a 4R36 caliber to achieve as precise timekeeping as conceivable. If you’re looking for a watch with a unique aesthetic and impressive functions, this version is a wonderful choice. With the Seiko 5 Sports SRPD77K1, you may possess a robust, attractive, and affordable wristwatch for under $350. 6. Seiko 5 Sports SRPD73K2 Seiko 5 Sports SRPD73K2 The latest Seiko 5 Sports Suits Style, the SRPD73K2, is yet another watch worth keeping an eye on. This watch, which costs only $316 USD, gives unbelievable value for money. This Seiko Sports 5 variant is known for its adaptability, making it an ideal complimentary accessory. The watch is a terrific item that wraps up practically any appearance, whether you’re donning athletic or casual clothing or even more professional apparel for your important work event. 7. Seiko 5 SNK793 Seiko 5 SNK793 If you are looking for something that gives you the best of both casual and formal, go for the SNK793. It has a dark bluish dial that comes secured with Hardlex mineral. It gives the watch superior protection from heavy usage and extreme conditions. The SNK793 comes powered with the Seiko Caliber 7S26C, known for its reliability and precision. It is an amazing watch to have in your arsenal, as it can suit multiple occasions.  8. Seiko 5 Sports SNZG15 Seiko 5 Sports SNZG15 If you are looking for a premium field watch, look no further than the Seiko 5 Sports SNZG15. It comes packed with amazing durability thanks to the Hardlex crystal in the dial window. It also comes with the very significant Seiko-designed 7S36 movement. It is a high-end watch with the performance of a great field watch.  9. Seiko 5 Sports SRPD73K1 Seiko 5 Sports SRPD73K1 The Seiko 5 Sports SRPD73K1 is best known for combining durability with affordability. It’s smooth 42mm case is polished in silver, giving it a premium look. The stainless steel ensures that the watch stays anti-corrosive always. It comes with the same Hardlex crystal we talked about earlier, accounting for its amazing durability. It is a solid, rugged watch with a very adventurous vibe to it. 10. Seiko 5 SNZF17 Seiko 5 SNZF17 The last entry in our list is by no means the least. The watch is endearingly known as the ‘Sea urchin’ for its design inspired by the movement of submarines. It comes packed with the Calibre 7S36, which gives it great performance power. Its rotating bezel moves in both directions, and the hands have full lume applied to them. The 41mm stainless steel case gives the watch a rather masculine appeal. It is one of the most sought-after automatic dive watches and remains a collectors’ favorite. Read More : Suunto Rolex IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  8. Top 10 Grand Seiko Watches in Singapore

    Top 10 Grand Seiko Watches in Singapore

    Introduction The first Grand Seiko watch was launched in 1960. The principal aim was to produce a wristwatch with superior chronometric standards and luxurious details. Initially, this acclaimed series was available only in the Japanese domestic market. In 2010, Seiko Watch Corporation introduced Grand Seiko into the international market. Now, after more than six decades of its successful introduction, this prestigious collection has been evolved into an independent premium brand. During its evolution, Grand Seiko has effectively utilized various watchmaking inventions by the Japanese watch company. Presently offering Mechanical, Quartz and Spring Drive watches, this premium brand faithfully represents the highest standards of Haute-Horlogerie manufacturing. Popularly known for its idealist attitude, Grand Seiko manufactures its timekeepers by combining the aesthetic vision inspired by Japan’s scenic beauty and the most exceptional watchmaking standards. These magnificent creations typically incorporate superior materials and in-house finishing techniques. Ten Popular Grand Seiko Watches in Singapore 1. Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA 211 aka ‘Snowflake’ Spring Drive Snowflake SBGA211 The word ‘snowflake’ has been used for decades to represent a particular style of watch hands. However, in the enticing world of Grand Seiko, it symbolizes a specific and highly sought-after dial pattern. The Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA 211 is a member of the splendid Heritage collection. This model is popularly known as Grand Seiko snowflake due to its pure white-colored dial highlighting an attractive texture inspired by the icy crystals typically found in the winter mornings. The dual-curved sapphire crystal amply provides an unobstructed view of the immaculate dial. This extremely popular wristwatch from the Japanese premium brand features a high-intensity titanium case and bracelet. Equipped with the 9R65 spring drive automatic caliber, the classic 41mm watch displays hour, minute, seconds, power reserve and date. Its power reserve is approximately 3 days. As on date, the Grand Seiko snowflake Singapore price is roughly S$ 8,000. 2. Grand Seiko Heritage Hi-Beat “White Birch” SLGH005 Heritage Hi-Beat SLGH005 Introduced in 2021, this timepiece is one of the most talked-about creations from Grand Seiko. It belongs to the Heritage collection and houses the 9SA5 high-beat (36,000 vibrations per hour) self-winding movement. Its in-house developed Dual Impulse Escapement ensures superior chronometric performance. Made by the Grand Seiko studio in Shizukuishi, this classic wristwatch derives its aesthetic inspiration from the natural magnificence associated with the Iwate region of Japan. Its mystifying dial texture is inspired by the trunks of white birch trees around the iconic workshop. This 40mm watch with stainless steel case and bracelet highlights the esteemed Zaratsu polishing. Its immaculately finished dial incorporates fluted hour-markers, white hour and minute hands, blue central seconds hand and the window at 3 o’clock. Efficiently delivering an outstanding autonomy of 80 hours, the new generation 9S high-beat movement with the open-worked rotor is visible through the sapphire crystal case-back. The “White Birch” Grand Seiko Singapore retail price is approximately S$ 11,460 including taxes. 3. Grand Seiko Elegance Automatic GMT Classic and Elegant Mechanical SBGM221 It is an elegant Grand Seiko watch with a modern touch. Driven by the new-generation 9S66 automatic mechanical movement, it boasts two convenient functions: the date and GMT. A trustworthy luxury accessory for globetrotters, the Grand Seiko Elegance Automatic GMT watch displays its classic elegance nature with its 39.5mm diameter stainless steel case with Zaratsu polished lugs. Rated for an impressive power reserve of 3 days, the modern self-winding mechanical movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal case back. Presently, this timepiece is available with an ivory-color dial and a blue GMT hand. In Singapore, its price is more or less S$ 6,000. 4. Grand Seiko Spring drive GMT with External Bezel Sport Collection Spring Drive GMT SBGE253 Grand Seiko has been renowned for its elegant GMT watches that feature an extra centre hand to track a secondary time zone. Among various types of dual time-zone wristwatches, models with external bezels are immensely popular. Grand Seiko offers a number of GMT watches featuring a graduated 24-hour outer bezel. In the Spring-drive segment, references like SBGE 253, 255 and 257 are excellent examples for this style. With the help of the independently adjustable GMT hand, the rotatable outer-bezel and the flange marked with a 24-hour scale, the user can accurately track three time zones at a time. Dressed in a 40.5mm diameter stainless steel case, these Grand Seiko GMT watches from the premium Japanese brand’s Sports collection feature outer bezels in ceramic with the corresponding color of the dials. Certifying the athletic nature of this series, they steadfastly maintain a remarkable water-resistance of 200m. Dedicated to cosmopolitans, each of these timepieces is powered by the 9R66 automatic Spring-drive caliber with a power reserve of 72 hours. The Singapore retail price of this Grand Seiko GMT sports watch is approximately S$ 7,000. 5. Grand Seiko Sports Automatic Hi-beat 36000 GMT Sport Collection Automatic Blue Dial SBGJ237 As the name suggests, this self-winding wristwatch is equipped with a high-beat mechanical calibre with a beating rate of 36,000 vibrations per hour (5Hz). It is presently available in two references: SBGJ 237 and 239. An excellent companion for international travelers, this sporty variant has a massive 44.2mm diameter stainless steel case. It houses the 9S86 movement with a power reserve of 55 hours. Made of sapphire crystal, the eye-catching bi-color bezel ring efficiently utilizes the Lumbrite luminescent technology. The watch also has a fixed flange with 24-h scale and an additional centre hand for displaying a secondary time zone. The rotating two-tone bezel allows the user to differentiate between the day and the night hours. The watch can track three time zones instantly. It is equally capable to withstand water pressures up to 200 meters depth. Presently available in green and blue dial versions, it also displays the date at 4 o’clock. The selling price of this model is around S$ 8,000. 6. Grand Seiko 9F Heritage Quartz SBGP013 Heritage Quartz Blue Dial SBGP013 The Quartz series represents the most fundamental form of the Grand Seiko legacy. Equipped with the state-of-the-art quartz movements, these timepieces are available in time only, date, day-date and GMT versions. Among them SBGP013 is a popular model. It belongs to the Heritage collection. Grand Seiko quartz timepieces usually feature slender proportions making them perfectly suitable as a classic dress watch. This particular reference in stainless steel has a trendy blue-color dial. It offers an absolutely legible display of time with the lancet-shaped hour and minute hands, central seconds hand and the date via a window positioned at 3 o’clock. A silver dial version is also available in this Heritage quartz series: Reference SBGP009. Paired with a stainless steel bracelet, both these models feature 40mm diameter and 10.6mm thick case. Its refined proportions ensure a comfortable fitting. Just like all Grand Seiko watches, this reference utilizes exclusive Zaratsu polishing. Featuring enhanced precision and excellent durability, the 9F85 calibre amply provides an outstanding accuracy of ±10 seconds per year. Its retail price is approximately S$ 3,400. 7. Grand Seiko 9F Heritage Quartz SBGT238 9F Quartz SBGT238 A distinct member from the impressive Grand Seiko Heritage collection, this elegant yet robust quartz watch comes with a number of impressive features in its refined 37mm diameter case. Firstly, the dual-tone theme adds more classiness to the sports-chic wristwatch. The case, bracelet and crown are made of stainless steel. Its bezel, hands, indexes, the iconic GS logo and the day-date window border are brilliantly finished with 18K yellow gold. The delicate texture of its dial is simply mesmerizing. Driven by the 9F83 quartz caliber, the watch offers an impressive accuracy of +/-10 seconds a year. Its Singapore selling price is roughly S$ 4,350. 8. Grand Seiko Heritage Automatic SBGR299 Mechanical Model SBGR299 This reference is an ideal option for Grand Seiko enthusiasts who love to wear slightly large-sized wristwatches. Driven by the 9S61 automatic movement, this ‘time only’ model comes with a 42mm diameter stainless steel case for ensuring a great wrist presence. Beneath the sapphire crystal glass, it boasts a flawless silver-colored dial with rectangular indices, blue centre seconds hand, and grey hour and minute hands. Water-proof up to 100 meters and fitted seamlessly with a stainless bracelet, it is one of the boldest watches in the Grand Seiko Heritage collection. Its fluted stainless steel case-back with the transparent sapphire crystal window affords the view of the mechanical self-winding movement. It typically has a power reserve of 72 hours. The Automatic SBGR299 watch retails around S$ 5,700 in Singapore. 9. Grand Seiko Sports Hi-Beat Automatic Professional Diver SBGH255  Sports Hi-Beat Automatic Professional Diver SBGH255  Introduced in 2017, SBGH255 is the first professional diving timepiece from Grand Seiko. Water-resistant to 600 meters, this massive wristwatch comes with a 46.9mm diameter case with the Caliber 9S85 high-beat automatic movement beating inside. Its case and bracelet are made of high-intensity titanium, ensuring lightness around the wrists, despite its oversize dimensions. It has a power reserve of 55 hours. Suitable for saturation diving activities, it also has a magnetic resistance rating of 16,000 A/m. This robust wristwatch merges the characteristic Grand Seiko details with the rigorous specifications usually required for a professional-grade diving instrument. Its case employs finishing techniques like distortion-free Zaratsu polishing while its innovative construction ensures optimum waterproofness without using a helium release valve. Its four-part unidirectional bezel ensures easy servicing of the watch exteriors post-diving activities. The generous use of luminous material on the hands, hour-markers and bezel-markings provide excellent readability underwater. In Singapore the retail price of SBGH255 is about S$ 14,000. The brand is additionally offering a limited edition Hi-Beat Automatic Professional Diver watch with reference number SBGH257, with production restricted to 500 pieces. 10. Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve 9R Spring Drive SBGD201 Introduced in 2016, Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve SBGD001 is the first Grand Seiko watch created by the Shiojiri Micro Artist Studio. This exclusive facility has been known for its extensive expertise in the development and manufacturing of Credor watches, like Spring Drive Minute Repeater, Sonnerie and Eichi. The horological engine driving this exceptional wristwatch is the manual-winding 9R01 Spring Drive caliber capable of delivering a staggering 192 hours (8 days) power reserve. Belonging to the brand’s Masterpiece series, the Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve watch comes with a platinum 950 or 18K rose gold case.  Measuring 43mm diameter, its precious metal case is immaculately finished with the specially developed Zaratsu polishing technique that typically provides a mirror-like appearance. Highly sought-after by seasoned collectors, this timepiece naturally derives aesthetic inspiration from the Suwa region’s beautiful landscape. In Singapore, the retail price range of this series is approximately S$ 50,000 to S$ 71,000. Read More : Suunto Rolex IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  9. Why Omega Seamaster is great value for money?

    Why Omega Seamaster is great value for money?

    Presently, the Omega Seamaster is highly regarded as the company’s diver and watersports watch. Many people know it as the ‘James Bond’ watch. The Seamaster is not simply a set of identical watches. It has much more to offer than a few models. It is indeed Omega‘s most diverse and longest continuously running watch collection. The Omega Seamaster has evolved over 70 years to feature anything from exquisite dress timepieces to strong and durable solid steel dives. Since 1948, Omega has manufactured a series of manual and automatic winding, chronometer, and quartz timepieces called the Seamaster. Since 1995, the Seamaster has been featured in the James Bond film series, replacing Rolex as the brand of choice for the franchise.  What has impressed watch connoisseurs over the years is the quality of craftsmanship in all Omega Watches. Many people have referred to them as the most value for money luxury watches that anyone can get their hands on. On top of their superior design, the watches are incredibly beautiful in every meaning of the word. From collectors to professional divers, the Omega Seamaster has wooed everybody. But what exactly makes these watches classic and luxurious, yet practical? Let’s find out. The history of Omega Seamaster Omega released its first Marine watch in 1932, which was sported by Yves Le Prieur, the “founder of modern diving.” He was the designer of the current scuba mask and tank, as well as a famed French military veteran. The Omega Marine watch was later worn by adventurer Charles William Beebe while traveling in a bathysphere to a distance of 14 meters off the shore of Bermuda in 1936. By 1948, Omega had earned a reputation for producing tough divers’ timepieces. The introduction of the Omega Seamaster strengthened this reputation.  The original Omega Seamaster was inspired by the water-resistant wristwatches created for the Royal Marines during WWII. The O-ring seal that increased the Seamaster’s waterproofing set it apart from its divers watches forebears. Water-resistance in watches traditionally relied on a lead or was put in shellacked gaskets. Temperature fluctuations, such as those a diver might encounter at varying depths, were easily influenced by this old technology. Omega took inspiration from WWII submarines and used a durable rubber gasket throughout the finished product of the Seamaster. At depths of up to 60 meters and temperatures ranging from -40 to 50 degrees Celsius, this innovative casing remained unharmed. Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Master 231.10.42.21.03.006 Significant Omega Seamaster collections and models Omega Seamaster 300 1957 was an important year for the house of Omega watchmakers. Back then, scuba diving was emerging as a new sport of interest. To cater to the new rising demand for sports, especially watersports, Omega did something special. In a single year, they launched three iconic models. These are now famously known as the Omega Speedmaster, Omega Seamaster, and the Omega Railmaster. Omega Speedmaster 300 was quite different from its predecessors. To begin with, the design f the watch was dedicated to making it suitable for underwater swimming or diving. In what may seem like a joke today, the original Seamaster could only endure a depth of 200 meters under the water. Omega explained this limitation as a shortcoming of component parts and not a shortcoming in the watch design. Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.30.42.20.01.001 Famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau took the Seamaster 300 to a new level. In 1963, he and his team sports the Seamaster 300 in Conshelf II experiments in the Red Sea. In 1964, the Seamaster underwent some design changes. The watch was made to be even bigger, with a case diameter of 42mm. What is now ubiquitously known as the bomber lunges were first seen in a watch in the Seamster 300 1964 model.  Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.30.42.20.03.001 Omega Seamaster 007 and James Bond Omega Seamaster watches are intertwined with James Bond movies. It happened in the 1990s when the director of Omega watches approached the James Bond movie franchise to try out their watches. Prior to that, the character of Bond wore either Rolex or Seiko watches. Omega watches were an instant hit among the audience of James Bond movies and actors as well. in the 1995 movie GoldenEye, Pierce Brosnan first wore an Omega watch and appeared on the silver screen. In the movie, he wore an Omega Seamaster Professional 300M, which was quartz-powered. In subsequent movies, we have seen James Bond wear different models of the Omega Seamaster line. Some of these are Omega Diver 300M, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, and the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra. Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition 210.90.42.20.01.001photo from: omega.com Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial  The Omega Seamaster 300 incorporated the co-axial movement in 2014. In this relatively modern innovation, Omega worked upon the vintage Omega Seamaster 300. The relaunch of the vintage watch came at a time when there was an increasing demand for vintage watches. Omega capitalized on this demand and created the Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-axial. It modernized the Omega Seamaster of 300 without affecting the original essence of the watch that made it famous in the first place. The highlight of this model was an anti-magnetic co-axial movement and the beautiful fusion of retro and more design. The watch proves again why Omega is lauded by many as luxury watches with the most value. They bring back the robust design that first lifted Seamaster to fame, and then incorporated modern touches to it.  Seamaster Diver 300 M Co-Axial 212.30.42.50.01.001 2002 Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra The inspiration behind the Aqua Terra was not the 1957 Omega Seamaster 300M. Rather, it was the even older Seamaster DeVille models. The DeVille collection was among the earliest (almost predecessor to) Omega Seamaster watches. These watches were not meant for watersports or diving. These were dress watches that could endure contact with moisture or water. Back in the day of pocket watches, this was a great achievement in itself.  The Aqua Terra model reinforces the notion that Omega watches are ‘value for money’. It comes in an elegant case with a more formal, dressy look and feel. However, it is more robust than you would expect. Its structure reflects the durability and strength of the components that went into its making. It has a water resistance of up to 150 meters, in spite of not being diving or watersports watch. The highlight of the 2002 Omega Aqua Terra watches is the Master Chronometer movement that Omega employed on the collection. The Master Chronometer movement is famous for successfully undergoing 8 tests from the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology, and even includes a test to examine resistance to magnetic fluctuations.  Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial 220.10.41.21.10.001 Omega has continued to create amazing watches. They stand apart from other leading watchmakers by virtue of their amazing craftsmanship, and ability to fuse performance with aesthetics. No wonder Omega is among the favorites of everyone from casual watch lovers to collectors to connoisseurs. Read More : Suunto Rolex IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  10. Seiko Presage: A Closer Look At One of the Best Japanese Watch Collections

    Seiko Presage: A Closer Look At One of the Best Japanese Watch Collections

    When Seiko launched Presage to the international market in 2016, the Japanese watchmaking conglomerate had two grand plans. The first one was to position Grand Seiko as an independent brand in the premium category. The second aim was to create a dedicated mechanical watch line under the Seiko brand to cater to both mid-price and luxury ranges. This series has been known for its long-valued Japanese aesthetic vision, excellent quality and enduring performance. Within a short span, Seiko Presage has turned into a core range of finely crafted automatic mechanical watches. Perfectly embodying Seiko’s mechanical watchmaking skills, this collection draws inspiration from both vintage and contemporary designs. It proudly reflects the country’s enduring love for its traditional values. These much-loved timepieces are meticulously crafted according to the latest standards and using high-quality in-house movements. Presently, this remarkable collection is comprised of about 100 models grouped under two distinct categories: the Basic line and the Prestige Line. Presage Basic Line The Basic line represents the entry-level Presage Seiko watches with an average retail price ranging from S$ 500 to S$ 1,000. These automatic models are usually equipped with 4R series movements. They typically feature centrally-placed hour, minute and seconds hands. The extensive collection offers several variants with or without additional complications. This segment starts with the popular Presage date watches. Driven by the 4R35 self-winding movement, they are available with a date display at 3H, 4.30H or 6H depending upon the variant. Presage Cocktail Matcha Green Automatic Date WatchSRPF41J1 The next model in the list is the Presage open-heart watch. There are two open-heart versions: the first one has a round opening on the dial at 9 o’clock, revealing the beating heart of the movement, the automatic calibre 4R38. In the second version, along with this circular dial-opening, you will find an overlapped 24-hour sub-dial. This watch is equipped with the 4R39 calibre. The Basic line also includes an atypical model that incorporates a centrally-placed power reserve hand and a date sub-dial. This unique model uses the 4R57 automatic movement. Available with silvery or gold-toned stainless steel cases, these mid-priced Seiko mechanical watches are fitted with Hardlex or sapphire crystal glasses. The Basic range offers several dial designs, including fume (‘dégradé) and patterned. In the patterned dial segment, the series offers circular, sun-ray, vertical and wavy designs. Among them, the best-selling Seiko Presage Cocktail watches are inspired by the enchanting world of urban bars. Presage Cocktail time Series SRPE17J1 Depending upon the version, the finishing of the dial details and indicators vary. Both hour and minute hands are either lancet or leaf-shaped. Most of the models have plain bezels and do not employ luminescent coating on the hands and indices. There are some notable exceptions too. The Presage models inspired by the 1960s Seiko Crown Chronograph are fitted with diving style bezels and feature Lumibrite on the hands and indexes. Presage Prestige line The prestige series is typically comprised of Presage watches with an average retail price range starting from S$ 1,000 to S$ 5,000. This category includes automatic watches with upgraded calibre families like 5R, 6R and 8R. The ‘three-hand with the date’ versions are equipped with self-winding 6R15, 6R35 or 6L35 movements. It is worth mentioning that the Seiko 6L calibre series offers thinner movements in comparison with the 6R family. The Seiko Presage automatic watch model with power reserve and date is driven by the Caliber 6R27.  The brand uses the 6R21 self-winding movement to equip the version with power reserve and day-date displays. The automatic watch with power reserve indicator and retrograde day-date is driven by the 6R24 caliber. The presage chronograph model houses the Seiko self-winding 8R48 column-wheel movement. The GMT watch features the automatic 6R64 calibre. Prestige Automatic SARX033 These premium watches are available in stainless steel and titanium case versions. Some models feature ‘Dia Shield’ coating. In the stainless steel category, black hard-coated and gold-plated versions are also present. All models are fitted with sapphire crystal glasses. Most watches in this category have plain edges except the GMT model, which comes with an exterior graduated 24-h bezel. At present, Presage prestige line offers men’s timepieces only. This segment offers luxurious dials like sharp-edged patterned, enamel, porcelain and urushi-lacquer. These dials perpetuate various aesthetic traditions preserved by Japanese craftsmen. They typically have lancet or leaf-shaped hands for indicating hours and minutes. Some models feature spade-shaped hour hands. These Presage watches are available with or without luminescent application. Summary All Presage watches are equipped with the tried and tested mechanical self-winding movements made in-house. These calibers also have manual-winding capability and incorporate the stop-second hand mechanism for ensuring precise time-setting. Once fully wound, the 4R calibers provide a power reserve of 41 hours. The watches equipped with the upgraded (5 and 6 series) movements have power reserves ranging from 45 to 70 hours.  Presage Automatic Blue Dial SPB217J1 The Presage Basic line offers several dial options, ranging from the powerful black hue to the gleaming silver and from the intriguing fume shades to the effervescent tones inspired by the cocktails. In the Prestige line-up, enamel, porcelain and lacquer dials usually have refined color themes. In the sharp-edged pattern, you can find an alluring gradient color theme. The Presage watch models with lumed indices and hands usually use Lumibrite, an environment-friendly luminous paint. The smallest presage wristwatch for men measures 38.3mm in diameter and the largest model is 42.2mm. The other case sizes available are 38.5, 40.5, 40.8, 41.7, 41.8 and 42 (all in millimeters). For ladies, the brand is presently offering two case sizes: 33.8mm and 34.3mm. Depending upon the version, the water resistance rating of the watches can vary from splash-resistant to 10 ATM. All the timepieces from the collection are fitted with transparent case-backs for observing the movement. The presage watches are available with metal bracelets with links or mesh, fabric wristband or leather (calf-skin or alligator) straps. Pricing  Strategically divided into two segments – mid-price and luxury (below the Grand Seiko label) – Presage is in an exceptional series of fine mechanical watches crafted according to the Japanese artistic tradition and the company’s long-established expertise. The Seiko Presage Singapore price range starts from S$ 500 to S$ 1,000 for the Basic line and from S$ 1,000 to S$ 5,000 for the Prestige line-up. Most watches from the Basic segment, including the popular Cocktail series, are usually available under S$ 700.In the Prestige line-up, the versions with enamel, porcelain and urushi-lacquer dials are comparatively expensive than other models. These models are usually available in the S$ 1,500-4,000 range. The watches with GMT and Chronograph functions also fall in this spectrum. Within this premium category, the brand is offering a number of exclusive Seiko Presage limited edition timepieces that cost above 4,000 Singapore dollars. Presage Chronograph 55th Anniversary Limited Edition SARK015 Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  11. TAG Heuer: One of The Most Iconic Wristwears featured on the Silver Screen

    TAG Heuer: One of The Most Iconic Wristwears featured on the Silver Screen

    TAG Heuer has been associated with the silver screen for decades. Its extensive expertise as a leader of motorsports watches has catapulted the brand’s popularity in the glamorous world of films. It has several brand ambassadors from various film industries across the world. TAG Heuer has made notable appearances in numerous movies. In this article, we mention a few among them. 1. TAG Heuer Monaco Introduced in 1969, Monaco is the most iconic watch from TAG Heuer. Boasting a square-shaped case, it was one of the first self-winding chronographs. Enjoying an enduring association with the world of motor racing, this spectacular creation is one of the most sought-after timepieces in the market. In 2019, the brand celebrated its 50th anniversary by introducing various interpretations of this legend. Monaco Chronograph Automatic CBL2111.BA0644 Among the watches featured in the silver screen, TAG Heuer Monaco stands out due to its historic importance. In the 1971 Hollywood movie Le Mans, Steve McQueen wore the Heuer Monaco chronograph. This movie portrays the legendary endurance motorsports racing event 24 Hours of Le Mans.  The “King of Cool” gifted one of the Heuer Monacos featured in this movie to the film’s chief mechanic Haig Alltounian. In 2020, this historically important timepiece was sold for the whopping US $1,800,000 (about 2,970,190 Singapore dollars) during the Phillips RACING PULSE auction in New York City. It is the most expensive vintage Heuer wristwatch ever sold. A modern generation of this iconic timepiece appeared in the movie Overdrive. Released in 2017, this film’s character Andrew Foster (starred by Scott Eastwood) sports a TAG Heuer Monaco calibre 11 chronograph. In the 2008 heist-thriller movie The Bank Job, the leading character played by English actor Jason Statham wears a TAG Heuer Monaco chronograph. Since it was released in 1969, Monaco has remained a significant collection of the Swiss watchmaking company. Introduced in 2020, the latest generation automatic chronographs are equipped with the in-house Calibre Heuer 02. The retail price range is about S$ 6,000 – S$ 10,000. The brand also offers Monaco quartz watches with prices starting at S$ 2,500. 2. TAG Heuer Silverstone Released in 2013, the biographical sports film Rush talks about the rivalry between two legendary motorsports divers. In this movie, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth starred as the British F1 legend James Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda, the celebrated Austrian Formula One driver. Rush portrays the 1970s motor-racing world, and Daniel Brühl wore a 1974 Heuer Silverstone chronograph for his role representing Niki Lauda. The iconic British racing circuit Silverstone has been closely associated with the Swiss watchmaking brand as many of its ambassadors and F1 team partners accomplished victories there. In 2010, the company released a re-edition of the Silverstone automatic chronograph equipped with a customized Calibre 11 movement. Rare to find, this TAG Heuer watch costs about S$ 5,000. Silverstone CAM2110.FC6258 3. TAG Heuer Aquaracer  As the name suggests, Aquaracer represents the Swiss brand’s outstanding collection of aquatic-themed sports watches. It offers diving timepieces for both men and women.  In the 2016 movie Dirty Grandpa, the leading character played by the acclaimed American actor Robert De Niro shows off a TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500m diving watch with a ceramic bezel. Released in 2017, the British-Chinese action thriller film S.M.A.R.T. Chase, you can find an Aquaracer titanium blue diving watch on the wrist of Chinese actor Leo Wu Lei. Aquaracer is one of the most extensive collections from the Swiss watchmaking company. It is comprised of small, medium and large size diving watches in stainless steel or titanium. The collection includes quartz models and self-winding watches with TAG Heuer calibre 5, 7 or 9 movements. From this series, the brand offers time-only, date and chronograph versions as well as diamond-set variants. The approximate retail price range is S$ 1,500 – S$ 5,000. Aquaracer Automatic Black Dial WBP201A.BA0632 4. TAG Heuer Carrera Born in 1963, Carrera is a noteworthy collection boasting its historical ties with the motorsports arena. The watch is named after the legendary Carrera Panamericana Mexico Road Race. Released in 2019, the American sports drama film Ford v Ferrari portrays a much talked about rivalry between the world’s two renowned car-making companies. These events date back to the 1960s. During this era, Ford Motor Company under the leadership of Henry Ford II decided to create a new racing car to pit against the Italian automobile giant. For this, Ford created a specialist team led by legendary automotive designer and motorsports driver Carroll Shelby. The result of their mission was the iconic GT40, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 by defeating the Ferrari. Matt Damon, who played the role of Carroll Shelby in the movie, opted to wear a 1960s Heuer Carrera chronograph. In the movie Rush (2013), Chris Hemsworth, who played the role of British Formula 1 racing driver James Hunt, opted to wear a Heuer Carrera red gold chronograph. In the 2010 science-fiction film Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio sports an automatic TAG Heuer Carrera watch. Carrera is a comprehensive collection, offering wristwatches highlighting contemporary sports or heritage styles associated with motorsports. Available for both men and women, it offers automatic and quartz versions. Among them, the TAG Heuer Carrera calibre 5 automatic day-date watch is a best-selling product. The premium chronograph watches from this extensive collection are available with the self-winding caliber 16 or the newly inducted in-house movement Heuer 02. The quartz category has a retail margin starting around S$ 1,500. In the mechanical segment, the TAG Heuer Singapore price range is S$ 3,000 – S$ 15,000 for regular day-date and chronograph watches. The complication watches equipped with chronograph and tourbillon cost above this range. Carrera Calibre Heuer 02 WatchCBN2A1A.BA0643 5. TAG Heuer Connected Thanks to its techno styling and advanced wearable technology, TAG Heuer Connected is the most avant-garde smartwatch ever made. Introduced in 2015, this revolutionary product seamlessly combines the much acclaimed Swiss watchmaking heritage with smartphone technology. It was selected as the official timepiece for the 2017 British-American action-comedy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle. In this movie, Kingsman’s secret agents wear the TAG Heuer connected smart-watches. The TAG Heuer smartwatch was developed in collaboration with tech giants Intel and Google. They feature an innovative modular construction enabling the owner to switch between smartwatch and mechanical watch modules. The retail price range is S$ 2,000 – S$ 5,000. Its fully diamond-studded Connected Modular watch costs around S$ 277,350. Connected Automatic SAR2A80.FT6049 6. TAG Heuer Formula 1 Introduced in 2004, this wristwatch collection takes inspiration from the energetic and glamorous facets of motorsports racing. Specially dedicated to young-generation customers, these timepieces highlight dynamic details and are available in automatic and quartz versions. In the Bourne series of action thriller films, the leading character portrayed by Matt Damon wears TAG Heuer watches. In the 2016 Jason Bourne movie, Matt Damon sports a TAG Heuer Formula 1 chronograph. The retail price range of this series is S$ 1,200 – S$ 8,000. Formula 1 CAZ101AG.BA0842 Honorable mention Among the various movies that portrayed Tag Heuer wristwatches, The Wolf of Wall Street deserves an honorable mention. In this acclaimed film, Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) wears various TAG Heuer watches, especially the models produced from 1980 to 2000. Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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