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  2. Affordable Luxury: Everything You Need to Know About Michael Kors Watches

    Affordable Luxury: Everything You Need to Know About Michael Kors Watches

    You may not think of Michael Kors when talking about watches. Actually the Michael Kors watch has been around for more than a decade and keeps growing.  Michael Kors has been producing many beautiful watches for people who want to be stylish without breaking the bank. Read on to find out if you should get a Michael Kors watch to match with your wardrobe. Things You Need to Know About Michael Kors Watches Mini Ritz Crystal Rose Gold Dial Ladies Watch MK3910 History of Michael Kors Michael Kors is a renowned fashion brand founded in 1981. The fashion designer, Michael Kors used his name and established this brand to make accessories and ready-to-wear fashion products in modern style. Michael Kors managed to launch several lines of clothing, accessories, jewelry, footwear. The brand has successfully expanded and got their own stores located in most of the prestigious cities in the world. In 2004 Michael Kors partnered with the Fossil Group and extended to various lines. Since then the brand started to produce watches. Michael Kors watches signed a licensing agreement that the Fossil Group is responsible for manufacturing and distributing the Michael Kors watches. As a result, along with other brands, the Michael Kors watches are all designed, produced and distributed by the Fossil Group. Of course, the process is said to be supervised by Michael Kors itself.  Michael Kors Watch Reputation As mentioned, when you purchase a Michael Kors watch, what you are actually purchasing is a Fossil watch.  The Fossil group produces watches for many popular fashion designer brands including Adidas, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, DKNY, Amani Exchange and more. Fossil has been producing quality watches for years. They know how to keep their standard, and at the same time, they are always able to keep the watches affordable. They produce both Michael Kors mechanical watches and quartz watches. For the higher level mechanical watches, they would use high quality movements and parts made in Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, and Japan.  The Michael Kors watches featuring quartz movements are low-maintenance and accurate in timing. These watches also have a reputation for being quite durable considering the prices. Indeed you will not compare them with those of the high-end watchmaker brands. Top Michael Kors Watches Runway Chronograph Quartz Silver Dial Ladies Watch MK5428 Michael Kors watches have been in the market for many years and are always in a part of the high competition. Their watches are usually compared to MVMT and Daniel Wellington which are also producing watches in minimal designs. Yet they can still gain a big share of the market, especially their watches for women.  The Michael Kors watches are perfect for the consumers who look for affordable and attractive designs. The stylish Michael Kors watches are on-trend accessories that are especially customized according to the fashion trend.  These watches are perfect as everyday watches to be worn for any event,  such as at work, at home, at parties and formal weddings.  It is also a nice choice for gifting. You can present it to loved ones at precious moments without feeling burden.  We have selected some of the best Michael Kors watches that can make you realize the boom at comfort. It would be the wisest decision to enrich your wrist with these accessories. Michael Kors Gold Watch Jaryn Quartz Champagne Dial Ladies Watch MK3500 For elegance and modern style, it’s hard to beat a Michael Kors gold watch like MK3500. This is a type of Michael Kors watch women would definitely love. It is great for enhancing your everyday look and can be worn for any occasion. This Michael Kors gold watch features a quartz movement and champagne dial. The simple and refined look of this Michael Kors Jaryn ladies watch is truly turning heads. Michael Kors rose gold watch Mini Darci Quartz Rose Dial Ladies Watch MK3366 A Michael Kors rose gold watch should be one of the best designer watches for women. Michael Kors has been a popular brand for women’s accessories.  Especially when it comes to fashion watches, it has been one of the most sought-after brands for years. You can always make a statement with a rose gold ladies watch of this designer brand.  Whatever style you like, the Michael Kors ladies watches, like the Mini Darci ladies watch MK3366, is sure to meet your expectations. This watch houses a quartz movement. The dial is covered with mineral glass. Its whole rose gold look with rose gold dial will be perfect to add a touch of luxury to your outfit.  Michael Kors Smartwatch Michael Kors Access Sofie Heart Rate You should be aware that smartwatches have been growing so rapidly these days. Actually Michael Kors is also taking the lead as a key part of it.  Michael Kors was one of the very first fashion brands to embrace the smartwatch world in such a big way. It has produced many quality models so far. It started with Wear OS smartwatches and then the famous Michael Kors hybrid smartwatches and fitness trackers.  Its most well-known smartwatch should be the Michael Kors Access watch collection. It offers nice options for both men and women with fashionable designs.  If you care much about how a smartwatch looks with the tech functions inside, the Michael Kors Access Sofie watch will be a great option for you. The Access Sofie has been one of the best-selling watches for the Fossil Group. It is a glitz and slim MK smartwatch that you should go for. Wrap Up Hartman Quartz Silver Dial Ladies Watch MK3672 & MK3673 Everyone feels differently when it comes to buying watches. If you are an average person like me that lives in an average home with average income, you may not want to spend a tremendous amount of money on luxury watches.  Watches that offer high quality and available at a nice price is a big deal. Here we have introduced an approachable choice for you to look stylish and confident without breaking the bank. Taking the price into consideration, the Michael Kors watch keeps up with high quality. It will never disappoint you to shine your day.  Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  4. What You Need to Know About Rolex Hulk

    What You Need to Know About Rolex Hulk

    If you ever have the slightest interest in luxury watches, you would have seen a Rolex Submariner Hulk watch. It has already become instant for people to relate to the Rolex Hulk whenever mentioning a green watch. The Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV, aka “Rolex Hulk,” first debuted in 2010. It is the Rolex Submariner with a green ceramic bezel and green dial. Together with the “classic” Rolex Submariner 116610LN, this green Hulk Rolex watch has been released as special anniversary pieces for the brand. The Rolex green Hulk watch raised worldwide discussion and has become one of the most sought-after and popular Rolex watches. However after many years of speculation of the discontinuing of the Rolex Hulk, it finally happened in 2020. A new Rolex green Submariner 126610LV has been released to replace the Hulk, but the dial has become black instead of a green sunburst.  Although this legendary watch has been discontinued, people all over the world just can’t get enough of it. The Rolex Hulk price has skyrocketed in the pre-owned market. For this desirable Rolex Hulk Singapore would be one of the possible places to buy one at cheapest prices. Let us explore more on this ever-popular watch and see if it is worth it for you to get it.  History of Rolex Submariner Hulk 116610LV The First Rolex Green Submariner Introduced in 2010, the Rolex 116610LV has stroked the market so drastically that people who don’t normally wear watches know about it.  Long before the debut of the Rolex Submariner Hulk, Rolex Submariner has already been an iconic watch with decades of history behind. Let’s go back to 1953. In that year Rolex developed its ultimate diver’s watch – Rolex Submariner. It is incredibly tough and ultra-reliable as a functional sports watch which you could also use for formal occasions.  Over the years, Rolex has even expanded the collection with different material variations including full gold and two-tone models. When we speak of Rolex stainless steel Submariner, it was only limited to a black dial and bezel. It was only until 2003 the Submariner got its first green member.  In 2003, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Submariner collection, Rolex released the Submariner Date 16610LV featuring a bright green aluminum bezel. The “LV” in the reference number 16610LV stands for “lunette verde”– which means “green bezel” in French. By using the colour of Rolex brand, 16610LV, also known as Rolex Kermit gave a completely new look for Rolex Submariner.  The Launch of Green Cerachrom Submariner 116610LV The Rolex Cerachrom Submariner generation began in 2008, the first models are the ones with precious metal such as yellow gold (Submariner ref. 116618) and white gold (Submariner ref. 116619). Finally in 2010, Rolex introduced stainless steel Submariner watches with Cerachrom bezels – the two 116610 models. Rolex Submariner 116618LB Just like its previous generation, Rolex offered the 2 options of a black steel Submariner and a green steel Submariner. However, unlike its predecessor Rolex Kermit 16610LV, the new 116610LV featured the green Cerachrom bezel with a matching green sunburst dial. Thanks to its all-green color profile and large super case, the Rolex lover quickly related it to the Hulk. The “Rolex Hulk” name has been widely spreaded since then.  The Discontinuing of Rolex Submariner Hulk After a decade of production, Rolex stopped the production of the Submariner 116610LV in 2020. The brand replaced it with the brand new Submariner 126610LV featuring a 41mm steel case, a green Cerachrom bezel, and a black dial. Because of the similar outlook with the Rolex Kermit 16610LV, the new green Submariner 126610LV is often called Ceramic Kermit, Cermit, or Super Kermit. Features of Rolex Submariner 116610LV Photo Credit: Instagram When talking about the green Hulk Rolex watch, people would often conclude it with the term “form and function”. Indeed the Rolex Hulk is the rare green Rolex, there is so much more to this watch than its eye-catching colour. It is also one of those in the generation that features a list of the “firsts” for the Submariner collection including Super Case, Chromalight display, Cerachrom bezel, solid-link bracelet, and Glidelock clasp. Super Case Rolex 116610LV featured the classic 40mm case that all Submariner Date models preceding it, yet the shape of the case was modified. Together with its 11661x family members, the 116610 Submariner wears a thicker case known as the “Super Case” with fatter lugs, a stouter crown guard, and a wider bezel. The case of the Submariner 116610LV is made from 904L Oystersteel which is more corrosion-resistant. Of course like all the Submariner watches, the Hulk is water-resistant to 300 meters with the Rolex patented Triplock screw-down winding crown and a solid screw-down caseback. Dial Rolex Hulk 116610LV Indeed the most outstanding characteristics of this Rolex Hulk must be its green bezel and dial. It is until now the first and the only Submariner to feature such a green sunburst dial. This distinctive green dial with sunburst finishing features the Mercedes luminescent hands. As one of the family members of Submariner Date, the date window is placed at the 3 o’clock position.  Cerachrom Bezel Instead of the aluminum bezel of previous models, the bezel of the Rolex green  Submariner 116610LV is made of Rolex’s proprietary Cerachrom material. This special ceramic used by Rolex is made of zirconium dioxide, also known as zirconia. It is an exceptionally hard-wearing ceramic alloy with high corrosion resistance. Whereas the older style bezels will eventually fade and scratch over time, the corrosion-resistant  The markings of Hulk’s green bezel are coated in platinum leaving a fantastic shiny finish to the bezel. With the fine polishing, the Cerachrom bezel is able to keep the distinctive green colors, no matter how long the watch lives. Moreover, the zero marker on the bezel features a Chromalight luminescent capsule so it can be read in the darkest conditions. Of course, like all modern divers, the Submariner’s time-lapse bezel is unidirectional in motion (120 clicks) to avoid underestimating immersion times and it is graduated to 60 minutes. Oyster Bracelet Rolex has been using its special Oyster bracelet for many of its collections for decades. The solid bracelet has always been paired with the Submariner over the last 60 years too. Together with the new Super Case, the Oyster bracelet for the Rolex Hulk has been upgraded as well. Made of the Rolex 904L Oystersteel, the three-link Oyster bracelet comes together with its exclusive Glidelock system. It can help the wearers adjust the length of the bracelet with ease.  Rolex In-house 3135 Movement The Rolex Submariner 116610LV housed its Caliber 3135 self winding mechanical movement. It features a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and the perpetual motor enables bidirectional self-winding. It is also a certified superlative caliber like all the Rolex in-house movements with a guaranteed precision of -2/+2 sec/day, with a 48-hour power reserve.  Conclusion Despite its discontinuation, we can expect that the status as well as the price of the one and only one Rolex Hulk 116610LV would never fall. As long as you have a chance to get it, no matter a new one or a pre-owned, you will never regret it.  Read More: Your Ultimate Guide to the Rolex Submariner Rolex Explorer: The Brand’s Underrated Tool Watch? Which One Should You Get? Old Rolex Datejust II vs. New Datejust 41

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  5. 6 Popular Fashion Watch Brands for Your OOTD

    6 Popular Fashion Watch Brands for Your OOTD

    There must be some times that you just need a stylish watch for your outfit of the day. You may not want to cost a fortune just for a matching watch for your one-time party dress.  If you are looking for an affordable watch without sacrificing quality, then you should consider a designer watch. Designer watches are indeed fashionable and stylish, just like the rest of their product lines. Yet they will offer well-built products that would not damage their prestigious brand value. You will get reasonable quality for these watches. Yet of course you should set your expectations too since they are not premium watchmakers like Rolex or Omega.  Here we are going to introduce some of the best fashion watches that will definitely satisfy you.  6 Top Fashion Watches You Should Know Michael Kors Watches Michael Kors is a renowned fashion brand founded in 1981. The fashion designer, Michael Kors used his name and established this brand to make accessories and ready-to-wear fashion products in modern style. Michael Kors managed to launch several lines of clothing, accessories, jewelry, footwear. The brand has successfully expanded and got their own stores located in most of the prestigious cities in the world. It was 2004 when the brand started to produce watches. Michael Kors partnered with the Fossil Group and extended to various lines. Michael Kors watches have a licensing agreement that the Fossil Group primarily manufactures and distributes the Michael Kors watch. As such, Michael Kors watches are made in manufacturing plants of the Fossil Group along with other brands that they also manufacture. Fossil has been producing quality watches for years now. They’re known for using high quality parts and keeping watches affordable when need be. The watches of the brand are especially popular among the young working ladies. Michael Kors MK3366 One of the hottest Michael Kors watch women favoured is model MK3366. It is a Michael Kors rose gold watch with classic and modern design that will perfectly match with your everyday outfit.  Diesel Watches The brand Diesel was originally founded in 1978 by designer Renzo Rosso in Italy. It has quickly risen to the top of the fashion industry by the high sense of style with its clothing, footwear, and accessories. When it comes to watches, Diesel also created their own trends with their unique watch designs.  Diesel Mr. Daddy 2.0 Leather DZ7371 Diesel watches are usually bold and edgy that caters to the young market. It appeals to their admirers with the exuding personality and creativity with their designs. They are known for their large oversized watches that are trending nowadays. If you are looking for something with a bolder design, the Mr. Daddy 2.0 Silicone Watch may suit you. The Diesel watch features multifunction movement with bold and unique design that is turning heads wherever you will go. Tommy Hilfiger Watches Tommy Hilfiger is an American brand that manufactures premium clothing, footwear, fragrances and accessories including watches. Tommy Hilfiger was founded in 1985 and now its retail stores are located in over 100 countries. If you search on some forum, you will find the good reputation of a Tommy Hilfiger watch among famous fashion brands. They are actually good quality timepieces that are very reasonably priced.  The build of Tommy Hilfiger watches is good in quality. The product line is reportedly designed and manufactured by Movado. The watches are made with stainless steel cases that feature mineral crystal watch faces. They are equipped with quality quartz movements sourced from Japan. Japanese quartz movements are known as accurate and highly reliable. They are unlikely to need any maintenance except the occasional battery replacement. If you want to buy a nice fashion watch that will be reliable and affordable, just take a look at the Tommy Hilfiger watches. Marc Jacobs Watches You probably won’t need much knowledge about fashion to know about the name Marc Jacobs. The renowned designer Marc Jacobs is known for his elegant but unassuming style in fashion. He has also produced accessories including watches, like the other international fashion brands.  Marc Jacobs watches has been around for over a decade already. Like Michael Kors, their watches are popular among the young females. The Marc Jacobs rose gold watch is one of the best-selling fashion watches in the world. Despite the approachable prices of the product line, the Marc Jacobs watches are surprisingly well built. Most of their watches house quality Japanese made quartz movements with stainless steel cases, while a few models use ceramic cases and Swiss-made movements. The watches are water resistant to 50 meters with reliable Japanese and Swiss internals. You may consider getting one Marc Jacobs watch when looking for a designer watch. They make nice fashion accessories that both are well-built, and affordable.  Marc by Marc Jacobs Watches The brand Marc Jacobs makes watches in two different product lines: the main brand as well as its lower-priced brand. Marc by Marc Jacobs is the designer’s lower-priced collection known for its chic downtown vibe.  Marc by Marc Jacobs watches are chic and clean that are perfect to be worn with an everyday look, no matter your style. In 2015, Marc by Marc Jacobs was closed. Yet their lovely products including Marc by Marc Jacobs watch remain popular in the secondary market.  Emporio Armani Watches Emporio Armani was founded in 1975 by the influential Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani. It is one of the sub-brands of his main brand Giorgio Armani. For over decades Armani made every fashion item including watches. The Emporio Armani watch collection is also well-built and surprisingly affordable.  The actual manufacturing of Emporio Armani watches also falls to Fossil like some of the others mentioned. It is safe to say that they carry reasonable quality. Their watches offer traditional and elegant as well as carrying modern designs. The wearers would impress everyone around with such a statement watch.  Spice up Your OOTD with These Watches If you’re looking for a stylish looking watch that can tell time accurately, go for one of these high-end fashion brands. Their watches will definitely make you look good with your outfit.

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  6. Rolex Explorer: The Brand’s Underrated Tool Watch?

    Rolex Explorer: The Brand’s Underrated Tool Watch?

    It has been over 70 years since Rolex Explorer made its debut. It is known as one of the Rolex professional watches that everyone might have once seen.  Since the 1930s with its patented Rolex Oyster Perpetual had been developing its professional series of watches each by each. For example, Rolex Explorer, Rolex Submariner, Rolex GMT Master and the Rolex Milgauss. The renowned collections all came to market in the same era at that time. The Rolex Submariner is water resistant to over 200m depth. The Rolex Milgauss is more resistant to magnetic interference while Rolex chronograph watches provide the split-second timing for adventurers to avoid rolling boulders.  However, the Rolex Explorer is the less mentioned one among its super famous fellows. During these decades the Explorer has been through several evolutions. The new Rolex Explorer 2016 introduced in Baselworld 2016 is no exception.  We are going to take a look at some of the key references of this subtler Rolex watch.  History of Rolex Explorer Photo Credit: Rolex Official As early as the 1930s, Rolex had been sponsoring the explorers and mountaineers who attempted to summit Mount Everest. Rolex created the pre-models of Explorer in honor of Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay’s cresting the summit of Mount Everest in May 29, 1953.  Hilary wore the watch from the English watch company Smith’s to summit Everest, while Norgay wore his Rolex to the summit. Although we do not know which watch was the first to actually summit Everest, Rolex still made its name widespread after this success.  Launch of Early Rolex Explorer models The early Rolex would release models to test and then modify them based on the feedback from the market. Rolex ref. 6298 is a good example for it as the early model of Rolex Explorer. This Rolex 6298 is usually referred to as a “pre-Explorer” model. It was an updated version of the Oyster Perpetual Ref 6028 with a COSC-certified movement. Rolex also produced this watch with an Explorer famous 3-6-9 dial style.  Since the 1950s, Rolex had begun building up its new adventure collection while experimenting with different designs and construction. Actually, Rolex had already registered the trademark of the name ‘Explorer’ on January 26, 1953. With the success of Mount Everest summit, it was the right time to announce it as an official collection. Rolex had successfully marketed the Explorer and gained the prime position among the professional watches.  Later that same year, Rolex Ref 6350 and Ref 6150 went into production and further enriched the collection. These references began the use of the 3-6-9 numbers and the ‘Explorer’ name on the dial. The two models are almost identical to the most-known Rolex Explorer but still with a few key differences.  Between 1953 and the present, the Explorer has kept evolving but the main design stayed true to the first model. All the little details and modifications in the Explorer’s history only make the watch more profound.  Launch of the Rolex 214270 Rolex 214270BKASO With its smaller case, simple design and functionality, it is true that Rolex Explorer 1 had been overshadowed by Rolex Explorer 2 and other fancier Rolex sport watches.  In 2010, they’re Rolex Explorer 224270 with a more modern 39mm case established to replace the ones of 36mm in 1953. It has surprised the Rolex lovers with its modification. It is considered to be one of the most accessible Rolex watches and an excellent choice as a everyday watch. Features of Rolex Explorer 214270 The current Rolex Explorer 214270 has already been released for more than ten years. Let’s take a look on how amazing is this underrated Rolex watch. Size The consistent 36mm case had been a hallmark of the Rolex Explorer for long. After almost six 60 years of being a “smaller” Rolex watch, the 36mm case updated to 39mm for Rolex 214270. It is probably because of the big watch trend led by brands like Panerai and Hublot, Rolex made this modification to meet the need of the market.  Many Rolex lovers welcomed this change of Rolex Explorer ii for larger case size at the time. Rolex later also updated the Rolex 214270 with longer hands to complete the look. It is called the Mark 2 (or Mk2) dials among the Rolex collectors Case & Dial As a Rolex steel watch, the Explorer 214270 features a Rolex special Oystersteel case and matching bracelet. With its patented screw-down, twin-lock crown, the watch ensures water resistance to 100m depth.  Photo Credit: Rolex Official The dial layout continues the design of its predecessor. The hands and indexes feature Chromalight, an exclusive luminescent material of Rolex that emits a long-lasting blue glow in dark.  The polished shining bezel that frames the black dial contributes a more classic look for the watch. It makes a nice complement to the white gold surrounds on the indexes. Its brushed links of the Oyster bracelet completed the look with a hint at its robust heritage. Functions Photo Credit: Rolex Official As Rolex marketed the watch, the Explorer watch is intended to be used for rough and tough conditions such as in temperatures as low as -20C to as high as +40C. It can even endure extreme conditions like snow, sleet, rain, sun, and high altitudes. With its excellent chronometer specifications, it is a watch designed for the rugged. Rolex Explorer houses a Rolex in-house self-winding calibre 3132. It features a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and the perpetual motor enables bidirectional self-winding. It is also a certified superlative chronometer like all the Rolex in-house movements with a guaranteed precision of -2/+2 sec/day. The Underrated Rolex Explorer In the eyes of many collectors, the appeal of the Rolex Explorer Ref 214270 is more like a casual dress watch other than a hardcore tool watch. With its simple design and classic choice of color, the Rolex Explorer is very appealing to a broad audience. Despite the lack of discussion, Rolex Explorer is suitable for all occasions with satisfying functions. It can be a great choice for you if you need a Rolex as your everyday watch.

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  7. Which One Should You Get? Old Rolex Datejust II vs. New Datejust 41

    Which One Should You Get? Old Rolex Datejust II vs. New Datejust 41

    Rolex Datejust is the longest continuously-running watch collection in its history. It was launched in 1945, and embodied all of the innovations Rolex had developed up to that time. The Datejust series as a whole (including the Lady-Datejust, mid-size, Rolex Datejust 41, is the best selling Rolex collection of the brand.  Among them, the Rolex Datejust 41 and the Rolex Datejust II are the most mentioned models as they shared a lot of similarities. They are some of the most classy and popular dress watches in the luxury market. If you’re looking for a classy watch for everyday wear, one that you can wear to the office and play golf with, the Datejust 41mm and Rolex Datejust 2 must be some of the great choices. Let us compare these two watches and see which of these may suit better on you. What You Should Know About Rolex Datejust History of Rolex Datejust Introduced in 1945, the Rolex Datejust is the longest continuing collection of the brand. The Datejust was the first self-winding chronometer wristwatch to display the date on the dial in a window at 3 o’clock and switch it automatically at midnight. The watch was also the first Rolex model introduced in a waterproof case.  Since the beginning, the case of the Datejust has remained at 36mm, a size that Rolex continues to offer to now. A new Rolex Datejust 36 was introduced in 2018.  Yet as larger watches had been gaining popularity, Rolex introduced the Datejust II in 2009, a larger 41mm model which had been the biggest shake up in the Datejust line.  In 2016, the Datejust II was finally discontinued and replaced with the updated version Datejust 41 which remains in the Rolex portfolio up to this day. Although the Datejust II is discontinued, this watch is still in high demand in the pre-owned market. Why is Rolex Datejust so Popular? As Rolex’s best selling collection, the Datejust is well-loved for its timeless and elegant look. This watch has long been exemplified by its sweeping lines and classy understatement. It is considered the standard for classic luxury watches. Considering its classic look, history and comparably affordable prices, it is said to be one of the best Rolex entry watches. The Rolex Datejust provides a perfect lens through which to examine why Rolex is Rolex. Produced for decades, its main draw is its vast availability and the variation of options: materials, bezel styles, and dial designs. Although the collection has been through many updates over the decades, the fundamental design remains true to the original. That’s what makes it such a recognisable watch. Well-balanced. Nicely proportioned. It is the perfect everyday watch enough to appeal without causing a scene. Smaller model: Rolex Datejust 36 There are two sizes currently available for the Rolex Datejust collection – the traditional 36mm and the larger Datejust 41. Until the launch of Datejust II, the Rolex Datejust was offered only in a 36mm Oyster case. It has been the most popular size in the men’s range for long. It is also a great choice for the ladies who favour large watches. At Baselworld 2018, the modified Datejust 36 version was introduced with Rolex’s new in-house time and date movement – the Calibre 3235. The 36mm Datejust watch has always kept up its position in the Rolex family. New Datejust 41 vs. Old Datejust II Rolex Datejust II: Ref. 116300 / 116300 / 116300 In 2016, Rolex discontinued the Rolex Datejust II and replaced it with the new Rolex Datejust 41. Both The Datejust 41 and Datejust II are amazing dress watches but let’s take a look on both of them to see the differences. Case Both Rolex Datejust II and Datejust 41 have a 41mm case, however there are still some slight differences.  The Rolex Datejust II features all the classic elements which are the Oyster case, the date, and the Cyclops lens, while combined with a thicker bezel and thicker lugs. To meet the large watch trends at the time, the watch was visibly larger on the wrist with a more masculine and sporty style. Despite being 41mm in size also, the Oyster case of Rolex Datejust 41 comes with a slimmer profile and thinner lugs. The design proportions of this new 41mm watch were closer to the Datejust 36. It is perfect in meeting today’s larger watch trends, without feeling too heavy and dumb. Bracelet Photo Credit: Rolex Official There are Datejust 41 models available with a Jubilee bracelet. The jubilee bracelet contains more links than the oyster bracelet which seemingly creates a more comforting fit. However, there is no option of Jubilee bracelet for Datejust II. Materials Due to its short period of production, the Rolex Datejust II was only offered in stainless steel, Rolesor white and yellow gold. The Datejust 41 watches are available in three Rolesor variations – yellow gold, white gold, and Everose gold combined with Oystersteel. A full Oystersteel Datejust 41 version has also been available a year after its first launch. Dial Photo Credit: Rolex Official One of the characteristics of the Datejust collection is its versatile variation. The Rolex Datejust II had a few options that the Rolex Datejust 41mm doesn’t inherit such as the option of Solid Roman numbers, Slate Roman numbers, and Arabic hour markers in addition to standard luminescent indexes.  While for Rolex Datejust 41, there is a choice between a domed and fluted bezel, luminous baton markers and diamond indexes. It also offers a huge variation of dial options – black, rhodium, blue, silver, chocolate sundust, and mother of pearl. Movement Photo Credit: Rolex Official Actually both Rolex Datejust uses their own in-house COSC certified Caliber movement. It is the highest designation attributed for precision and accuracy of -2/+2 seconds per day after casings by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).  The Datejust 41 housed the Rolex Caliber 3235 movement while the Datejust II used the Caliber 3136 movement. The Calibre 3136 that Datejust II housed is a movement based on Rolex’s base movement, the Calibre 3135. It features a larger mainplate to accommodate the larger date wheel and the addition of Paraflex shock absorbers. The movement supports a 48 hour power reserve. On the other hand, the Datejust 41 is equipped with Rolex new movement Calibre 3235, which can run with a better performance: Chronergy escapement, high-capacity barrel, and greater use of nickel-phosphorus alloy, resulted in a power reserve of 70 hours and improvement on magnetic resistance.  The most noticeable improvement of this caliber is its interface for making manual adjustments. The date can be reset manually and quickly whenever you want. By just simply pulling the crown out to its middle position and turning it counterclockwise, the date advances smoothly and accurately. To Sum up A luxury watch is said to be the only jewelry that a person can wear to work each day. All in all, if you prefer a bolder and more masculine approach to the everyday watch, you can get the Rolex Datejust II in the pre-owned market.  If you’re after a large watch with the classic proportions of the traditional Datejust, go for the Datejust 41. The Rolex Datejust 41 actually embodies Rolex’s latest technology that still sticks to the Datejust’s classic elements. Both Datejust watches are one of the best versions of Rolex’s all-time classic that are definitely worth being part of your collection.

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  8. Your Ultimate Guide to the Rolex Submariner

    Your Ultimate Guide to the Rolex Submariner

    Rolex Submariner was one of the very first luxury dive watches and it quickly became the most iconic. If someone asks “What is the most important watch of all time?”, the Rolex Submariner would be the answer to some of us.  The Rolex Submariner was introduced in 1953, it has not only defined the dive watches in many aspects, but also the sport watches. When you say “luxury sports watches” I think many people will picture the image of a Rolex Submariner in their heads. What Is So Special About The Rolex Submariner? Photo Credit: Rolex Official The Rolex Submariner has been enjoying worldwide favour for more than 60 years now. It is commented to be the most recognizable dive watch in the world.  This Rolex dive watch has inspired many other dive watches. After the launch of the Submariner, many offshoot watches featuring a stainless steel case, black dial, rotating timing bezel, and luminous hands that follow the design of the Submariner. The Launch of The First Rolex Submariner The launch of Rolex Submariner helped to develop Rolex as a company that how it would go on to become what it is today. Prior to the 1950s, the watches Rolex produced were described as dress watches or all-purpose watches such as the Rolex Datejust.  The year 1953 was a big year for Rolex. It was that year of the debut of The rare Rolex Turn-O-Graph, a few Rolex Explorer watches and the ref. 6204 Submariner Rolex watch.  The Rolex Submariner was officially first announced at Baselworld in 1954. Actually there are earlier pieces dated to late 1953 by serial number and the stamp on the inside caseback. The ref. 6200 was the very first watch to say “Submariner” on the dial. In this way, logically speaking the 6200 would be the first Submariner model, yet Submariner 6204 was the first official release as a Rolex Submariner watch. As the officially first Submariner, 6204 had some differences on the key traits compared to the ones we are used to see now. First of all, the case is still relatively thin with a small 5.3mm crown. The bezel is a little bit bolder in design, without smaller graduations between zero and 15. The gilt dial is also more sparse and it has slim pencil-shaped hands on it instead of the Mercedes handset.  Over the decades Rolex has continued to improve the Submariner. To the point that it has now become one of the most popular watches on the planet. In 2020, the Rolex Submariner has introduced its new generation and received overwhelming response. So without further delay, let’s get to the new arrivals. The Launch of 2020 New Submariners The new generations of the Submariner were unveiled in September 2020 while the Baselworld 2020 which was supposed to be held in March got delayed due to COVID-19.  On the new designs, Rolex has addressed what many others in the Rolex community were not satisfied with. Some people thought the case of the Submariner 116610 was too bulky and blockish that lost the elegance and grace of past generations. So, the new Submariner 126610 has changed from 41mm to 40mm. Another remarkable change to the new Submariner Date is its new engine, Calibre 3235. Main Features Of The Rolex Submariner The Submariner has modified its looks over the decades, but there are still some main features that you can recognise when you are going to shop for one of these amazing watches. Submariner Date vs No-date The current Submariner models are divided into two versions, Rolex Submariner date and Submariner no date. There are still many debates among the watch lovers about which one is better throughout the several variations. Prior to the 1950’s, the Rolex Submariner watches were divided into different water-resistant depth ratings. It is because at that time, there were not many divers who needed a watch with water resistant depth of 600+ feet. Therefore, it was easier to distinguish Rolex different models with different depth ratings, and at different price points.  However, when we take a look today, all current Submariners are upgraded to water-resistant to 1,000 feet, whether it be the date or no date model. Indeed if you want a deeper rated watch, you can look for the Rolex Sea Dweller with a 4,000 feet rating. Hands The Submariner models today feature the Cathedral or Mercedes handset with its iconic rounded point on the hand. While its early models in the 1950s featured the pencil hands that were smaller and more subtle. The newer models also feature the name “Submariner” on the dial and have two options for the winding crown, a small and an oversized piece.  Bezel Photo Credit: Rolex Official Another important feature of the Submariner is its unidirectional bezel. The bezel allows divers to track immersion time. It can rotate in a counterclockwise direction so that time can be “made shorter.” By this way, divers can easily keep track of the amount of time underwater. Famous Models The Submariner watches are available in three kinds of materials: Rolex 904L steel, two-tone and gold. As you would know, these Rolex Submariner’s prices vary: stainless steel are the most affordable watches while the gold are the most expensive ones, with two-tone falling in between. Among all, the classic stainless steel ones are usually the most popular Rolex Submariner models. Black Rolex Submariner 16610 This Rolex Submariner black watch is said to be an excellent entry-level Rolex. It was produced from 1989 to 2010. With the stainless steel bracelet and case, its clean shape with luminescent hands make it a great watch for everyday wear. Black Rolex Submariner 116610 This watch is an updated model of 16610. The Rolex Submariner 116610 black watch features a 40mm stainless steel case with Rolex patented screw down crown. The classic black dial features white LumiNova hour markers for a striking appearance. Green Rolex Submariner 116610LV As the replacement of 16610LV, the Rolex 116610LV was announced in 2010 at the Baselworld. Known as the “Rolex Submariner Hulk” or “Rolex Hulk”, this watch features a green bezel and Maxi dial. This model quickly became one of the most well-known Rolex watches in the market.

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  9. The Best Smartwatches for 2020

    The Best Smartwatches for 2020

    On the basis of various aspects, we have shortlisted 10 best smartwatches for 2020. In this exclusive list, the first five models are from the world’s top tech-companies, two from tradition watch brands and three from fashion houses. As expected, Apple heads the list with the sensational Series 6. We have also added most recent releases from technology innovators like Fitbit, GARMIN, HONOR and Nubia. We have further included two classic hybrid watches, each from Swiss brands Frederique Constant and Alpina. This list additionally includes three stylish smartwatches from the fashion world. 1. Apple Watch Series 6 Photo Credit : apple.com Apple Watch Series 6 is the most recent addition to Apple’s popular smartwatch family. This modern series from the tech-giant undoubtedly comes with novel features, including the redesigned and improved hardware, and ground-breaking health and fitness apps. It employs a modern dual-core processor based on A13 Bionic in iPhone 11, which allows faster and improved performance. Its enhanced Always On Retina display provides an accurate and clear view of the screen, even in intense sunlight. With the revolutionary Blood Oxygen Sensor and App, you can accurately measure Oxygen saturation (SpO2), which is a key indicator of the physical fitness and wellness. This new generation smartwatch also incorporates an advanced built-in ECG monitoring facility. It also has enhanced fitness features and extremely useful health apps like low-range VO2 Max, sleep tracking and automatic hand-washing detection. With the ground-breaking Always-on altimeter function, the wearer can continuously track his or her elevation changes instantly, indoors and outdoors. Compatible with iPhone 6s or later (with iOS 14 and above), the phone offers several apps and features powered including Apple Music app, Phone and Messages, Wallet, Siri and Maps. With watchOS 7, the user can customize the watch face, with distinct themes like Stripes, Chronograph Pro, GMT and Artist. It also features a Family Setup with easy to operate functionalities extremely useful for kids and elderly people, including an Emergency SOS function. Two technology versions are available: with GPS + Cellular or with GPS only. It typically offers 18-hours battery life. Apple Watch Series 6 is available in stainless steel, aluminium and titanium case versions, which options of various color themes. In aluminium, you can discover models with Silver, Gold, Space Grey, Blue or Red cases, all are equipped with a sport band. The stainless steel versions come with silver, gold or graphite case color. The stainless steel models are available with sport brand or Milanese loop. Available in 44mm or 40mm case size, Apple Watch Series 6 has a water resistance rating of 50 metres. Along with the Series 6 collection, the well-established brand has introduced a new and innovative strap, Solo Loop. Made from a soft and stretchable silicone rubber, the Solo Loop is ultra-comfortable, lightweight and easy to wear and remove. The retail price starts above S$ 530. 2. Fitbit Sense Photo Credit : fitbit.com Introduced in 2020, Fitbit Sense is the most advanced health smartwatch from the San Francisco based tech-company. This innovative model incorporates some most advanced health-monitoring and fitness tracking features, like tools for heart health, stress management, skin temperature & more. It is the first smartwatch in the world to be equipped with Electro Dermal Activity (EDA) sensor for managing stress. The watch features Multi-path optical heart rate sensor and Multipurpose electrical sensors compatible with ECG app & EDA Scan app, Skin temperature sensor and Red and infrared sensors for oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring. It also features built-in GPS, Gyroscope, Altimeter, 3-axis accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Vibration motor and Speaker Microphone.The device is compatible with Apple iOS (12.2 or higher) and Android (OS 7.0 or higher) based smart phones. For wireless connectivity, Fitbit Sense utilises Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC technologies. It supports GPS and GLONASS satellite tracking networks. Fitbit Sense is one of the best health-monitoring smart watches in the market, with the ability to monitor Blood oxygen (SpO2) levels, Heart rhythm irregularity, Skin temperature, High/low heart beat, 24/7 heart-rate tracking with PurePulse 2.0 app, Breathing rate, HRV (heart rate variability), Stress level with EDA Scan App and Menstrual Health for women. For fitness geeks, it offers GPS tracking, Workout Intensity Map, Active Zone Minutes, 20 plus Goal based Exercise Mode and SmartTrack, All Day Activity Tracking, Sleep-Stages and Sleep Score functions. Its Smart Wake, Sleep and Do Not Disturb modes functions ensure a comfortable and peaceful sleep. The watch also offers smart functions like Voice Assistant, Call receiving features, Notifications for calls, texts, email and social media, Store and Play Music, Fitbit Pay, Always on Display Mode, customizable face apps and Find My Phone App. Fitbit Sense’s housing is made with durable materials like aluminium (watch case and buckle) and stainless steel (bezel ring). Its case design also incorporates an innovative biosensor core to ensure the ultimate performance of is health-monitoring sensors. It houses a custom AMOLED display, protected with a laser-bonded Corning Gorilla glass. Water resistant to 50 metres, Fitbit Sense is available in two versions: Carbon/graphite stainless steel and Lunar white/soft gold stainless steel. The smartwatch is fitted with a lightweight, flexible and comfortable infinity band, made from water-resistant and strain-resistant silicone material. The retail price starts above S$ 430. 3. GARMIN Venu® Sq Music Edition Photo Credit : garmin.com.hk The GARMIN Venu® Sq Music Edition is an ideal smart-wear for fitness nerds and outdoor sports enthusiasts, who also love music. This smartwatch additionally offers health monitoring, fitness features and various smart-functions suitable for your routine activities. The Venu® Sq Music Edition boasts several advanced health monitoring functions. With Body Battery™ Energy Monitoring function, its user can accurately track the body’s energy levels all over the day. The Pulse Ox sensor can monitor blood oxygen saturation levels. With Women’s Health Tracking feature, it is possible to track the menstrual cycle or pregnancy. This smartwatch can also track stress levels, hydration, breathing, heart rate and sleep patterns. For fitness geeks, it offers preloaded Cardio, Strength, Yoga and Pilates workouts. You can download additional workouts using Garmin Connect app. The smartwatch also has preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps, like walking, running, cycling, pool swimming, golf and more. It also incorporates Garmin Coach, Create Workouts and Fitness Tracking, which tracks steps, intensity minutes, calories burned and more. The Venu® Sq model has a Safety and Tracking feature, which can send the live location details to the user’s contacts during outdoor activities. With Garmin Connect app, you can receive emails, texts and alerts when paired with a compatible Smartphone. With its Music App, is its possible to download songs from online Music platforms. The watch supports GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO satellite networks for position tracking. It supports Bluetooth, ANT+ and Wi-Fi technologies. With GARMIN PAY™, the user can carry out contactless payments. Form Connect IQ™ Store, you can also download apps, widgets, watch faces and more. The smartwatch features a liquid-crystal display with 240 x 240 pixels resolution and optional always-on mode. Its offers an excellent battery life of up to 6 days in Smartwatch mode, 6 hours in GPS mode with music and 14 hours in GPS mode without music. The smartwatch additionally offers functions like Time/date display, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch and Sunrise/sunset times. Made with the fibre-reinforced polymer, its housing is topped with an anodized aluminium bezel and Corning Gorilla Glass. It typically comes with a 20mm wide silicone strap. Water resistance to 50 meters, the watch features a rectangular case design with dimensions 40.6 x 37.0 x 11.5 mm. The retail price is just above S$ 330. 4. HONOR Watch GS Pro Photo Credit : hihonor.com The newly released HONOR Watch GS Pro is an all-rounder wearable device, which can be used in various environments. This extremely durable and rugged smartwatch offers some incredible features, like long battery life, work-out modes, health monitoring and built-in GPS. HONOR Watch GS Pro meet the terms of 14 types of military standard (MIL-STD-810G) tests. Ideal for outdoor adventures and sports, this smartwatch features GPS with Route Back Function, Altitude barometer and compass, Weather alerts and sunrise/sunset notifications moonrise/moonset times and tidal phases. For fitness geeks, it offers 100+ workout modes. It also has a Skiing mode to assist skiers. Its 1.39-inch AMOLED touch-screen has 454 x 454 pixels resolution. Powered with Huawei’s LiteOS platform, the watch supports Bluetooth connectivity to receive notifications for call, messages & social media via a compatible Smartphone. The smartwatch also offers Heart-rate and blood oxygen level (SpO2) and Sleep/Stress monitoring. Its exceptional 25-day battery life is ideal for outdoor adventures. Featuring a rugged construction yet with a sophisticated look, this 48mm diameter watch has a high-grade plastic case with 316L stainless steel bezel and crowns. It is tested for 50 meters water resistance. The GS Pro watch comes with a high-performance fluoroelastomer strap. Presently the watch is available in Charcoal Black, Marl White and Camo Blue versions. It retails just above $245. 5. Nubia Watch Photo Credit : nubia.com Nubia Watch is one of the most futuristic-styled smart-watches ever made. Its flexible display makes this smartwatch ahead of its time. The innovative 4.01” AMOLED curved screen with a resolution of 192 x 960 pixels offers immense visual experience. Built on the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform, Nubia Watch is powered with a proprietary nubia Wear operating system. The smartwatch is compatible with Android (5.0+) and iOS (10.0+) operating systems. Its screen can be customized with Nubia Smart Wear app and it additionally allows dynamic scrolling text animations. The watch supports GPS, GLONASS and BEIDOU satellite networks for position tracking purposes. The watch also incorporates Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Pressure & Heart-rate Sensors and Geomagnetic Sensor. It offers sports applications to assist you in various indoor and outdoor based fitness activities. Its fitness app incorporates functions like Heart rate monitoring, Sleep monitoring, Get-up reminder, Pedometer, Calories burned, Time used, Distance reminder and Sedentary reminder. It supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. By paring the watch with your Smartphone, you can answer and make calls, texts, and email, receive notifications and alerts as well as reminders. With Music App you can add and listen to your favorite songs. The nubia Watch offer battery life up to 7 days in power saving mode and 36 hours in smartwatch mode. Along with its ergonomic design, the high-quality materials and good finishing ensures comfortable wearing. Incorporating modern materials like ceramics, polished glass and aluminium alloy, this sleek and futuristic smartwatch is equally durable and scratch-proof. The Nubia watch comes fitted with an interchangeable, skin-friendly silicone strap. If you are eagerly searching for a Sci-fi film inspired smartwatch, this one would be an ideal choice. The retail price is above S$ 350. 6. Frederique Constant Smartwatch Vitality Photo Credit : watchilove.com In 2015, Frederique Constant introduced Horological Smartwatch, the first smartwatch made according to the prestigious Swiss watchmaking tradition. The Smartwatch Vitality is the most recent and updated version. The Smartwatch Vitality version supports smart functions like Activity tracking, Dynamic coach, Get-active alerts, Sleep monitoring, Smart sleep alarms, Worldtimer & Second time zone, Chronograph, Always On Time, Call And Message Notifications, Workout, Heart Rate Monitoring, Breathing Exercise, Social Media Alerts and Weather Updates (maximum and minimum local temperatures).This smart-timepiece features an integrated sensor developed by Philips Wearable Sensing, which can measure the heart rate directly from the wrist. Each Smartwatch Vitality model features an analogue dial with minute hands for tracking the time, in the traditional way. The dial also features a digital display, which can be turned on by pressing the crown. This display allows the wearer to monitor various smartwatch functions. The smartwatch functions can be operated with the crown. This Smartwatch is compatible with iOS and Android based smart phones. Its battery typically lasts up to 11 days depending upon the version. Made with solid stainless steel, the watch comes with a 36mm case for ladies model and 42mm for men’s versions. Fitted with a convex sapphire crystal, it offers water resistance up to 50 meters. Available with attractive dial choices, the Vitality model may be paired with a genuine leather or rubber strap or with a stainless steel bracelet. The retail price is above S$ 1290. 7. AlpinerX Comtesse Glacier Photo Credit : masterhorologer.com Created by the Swiss watch brand Alpina, the AlpinerX Comtesse Glacier is a smartwatch exclusively designed for women. It diligently follows the aesthetic design and outstanding quality of the iconic brand’s popular ladies’ sports collection, the Comtesse. It has a solid 316L stainless steel case with 36.5 mm diameter. Featuring alternating polished and satin-finished surfaces, the case also sports a diving style bezel that provides a luxury-tool watch aesthetic. This contemporary model has a water resistance of 60 meters. Topped with a scratch-resistant convex sapphire crystal, the watch features a dark blue dial with two analogue hands. The dial is set with nine glittering diamond markers for a feminine touch to this sports-chic smartwatch. It additionally hosts a digital display at 6 o’clock for smartwatch functions. The AlpinerX Comtesse Glacier model can be paired with iOS and Android based smartphones. The watch utilizes the Philips Wearable Sensing technology for monitoring heart beat. The smartwatch module also provides functions like Heart rate notifications, Activity tracking, Get-active alerts, Sleep monitoring, Smart sleep alarms, Weather alerts, Breathing exercise, Messages review, Notifications, Workout, Dynamic coach and Cloud backup & restore, Worldtimer and Chronograph. Its rechargeable battery provides seven days of autonomy, depending on use. The watch comes fitted with a Stainless steel bracelet. One extra blue rubber strap is also available. The retail price is above S$ 1600. 8. Michael Kors Access Gen 5 Photo Credit : michaelkors.com The famous American fashion label Michael Kors offers fashionable and vibrantly colored smart watches under its Access Gen 5 collection.Powered by Wear OS by Google, these timepieces are Compatible with iPhone® and Android™ based smart phones. The Access Gen 5 watch features an AMOLED display.The watch provides functions like fitness tracking, Heart Rate tracking, payment apps, Social media updates, Text/email alerts, notifications, GPS distance tracking, Voice-activated Google assistant and many more. Measuring 44mm diameter, its case is either made with aluminum or stainless steel. Featuring a Swim-proof construction, the Access Gen 5 model has a water resistance of 30 meters. This fashionable smartwatch is available with various color themes like silver, gold, pave, blush and pink. The watch comes with a metal bracelet. It additionally offers a spare interchangeable silicone strap of matching color. The retail price is above S$ 460. 9. Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3 Matte Photo Credit : armani.com This touch screen smartwatch from Emporio Armani merges the Italian fashion brand’s vibrant style with the innovative wearable technology. Powered with Wear OS by Google, this smartwatch is compatible with iPhone (iOS 10.0+) and Android (6.0+ excluding Go edition) based smart phones. It utilizes the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 3100 platform. It can be typically paired with a Smartphone utilizing Bluetooth, and access various apps/functions provided by the Google smartwatch technology. Notable functions include heart rate tracking, fitness tracking, texts, notifications & alerts, GPS, dial customization, music apps, Google Pay, multiple time zones, alarm clock and calendar alerts. This watch features a 43mm stainless steel case with a swim-proof construction. Also available in gold-toned versions, the watch features an analogue chronograph styled design with a crown and two push-buttons. Its stainless steel bracelet is interchangeable, and the owner can easily swap it with other straps whenever necessary. The retail price is above S$ 380. 10. Diesel On Fadelite Smartwatch Photo Credit : diesel.co.jp Diesel is a world leader in the casual-fashion category. True to its design principles, the Fadelite touch-screen smartwatch highlights an oversize case and unusual style. Diesel On Fadelite Smartwatch utilizes the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 3100 platform and with its Wear OS by Google operating system, it can be paired with smart phones with Android (OS 6.0+ excluding Go edition) or iOS (10.0+). The watch incorporates most of the connected functions supported by Wear OS by Google. It supports Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. Battery life is 36 hours in smartwatch mode and one week in power saving mode. The watch incorporates Accelerometer, Altimeter, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Microphone, NFC and Untethered GPS. Its 44mm diameter case with swim-proof construction offers water resistance up to 50 meters. The watch features a transparent case made with nylon, and finished in black, blue, red or white shade. Extremely light weight, the watch is fitted with a 22mm wide transparent polyurethane strap of a matching color. This strap can be easily interchanged. Its crown, case-back, bezel and buckle are made with metal. The retail price is above S$ 360. Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  10. 8 ways to make your own smartwatch

    8 ways to make your own smartwatch

    Introduction A Smartwatch is defined as a wristwatch-inspired wearable technology device that can execute various functions normally found in a Smartphone. For performing majority of these operations, it needs to be paired with a compatible Smartphone or any other electronic device. It can also perform various functions while staying unconnected. Before venturing into making your own smartwatch, you should be aware of various components and systems of the same. Operating systems Photo Credit : apple.com Just like the operating systems used in the modern computers, every Smartwatch requires an OS to efficiently manage all the applications and software associated with the particular gadget. The most popular Smartphone operating systems are Android and iOS. In addition to any of these programs, smart-devices feature several other software applications for various functions. Hardware We can divide the smartwatch hardware into two sections: The first section is the electronic module with display panel, battery and peripherals. The second one includes exterior parts like case, bezel, strap, crown, pusher and glass. The components included in the second section are typically found in traditional wristwatches. How to make your own smart-watch? Depending upon your expertise level, you can make a smartwatch by using several methods. Below, you can discover eight ways: 1. By attaching a smart-module You can create a smartwatch by attaching a pre-programmed smart-module on the case-back side of any analogue watch. This method does not ruin the aesthetics of your watch. Paired with a compatible Smartphone, this module converts your analogue timepiece to a wearable smartwatch. You may get such smart-modules from the market. 2. By interconnecting multiple modules Photo Credit : instructables.com If you are unfamiliar with the assembling of PCBs, you may prefer this method for assembling your own smartwatch. It typically consists of a watch-head and numerous swappable modules customized for various functions and sensors. Designed after the traditional wristwatch, the principal element itself is a smart-watch. The user can enhance its functionality by plugging in one or more supporting modules. Depends on your requirement, you can purchase and attach more number of modules in future. You can assemble an easily customizable smart-watch employing this technique. 3. By pairing with a Smart-strap Photo Credit : instructables.com You can create a smart-watch by attaching an E-strap with your analogue watch. The E-strap features a smart-buckle incorporating a digital display and the smart-watch module. This smart-buckle can be paired with your Smartphone for instantly accessing the multitude of connected functions. Two excellent examples of such innovative straps are, Frederique Constant E-Strap and Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap. 4. By using interchangeable modules You can replace the existing analogue mechanism with a smart-watch module. For this, you need a customized smart module that can fit into the watchcase. You should have customized crowns and pushbuttons if necessary. Some watch brands offer two interchangeable modules with their smart-watches: one mechanical and one smart-watch. The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 is an example. You can easily switch over between analogue watch and smartwatch. During the process, utmost care must be undertaken to prevent damages to the modules and watch components. 5. DIY kit (with all components) Photo Credit : makerfabs.com Buy a DIY (Do It Yourself.) smartwatch kit, which typically includes multiple printed circuit boards, OLED display, rechargeable battery with connectors, watch-housing, strap and manuals. Your smartwatch DIY kit typically contain multiple Printed Circuit Boards like processor board, display unit and auxiliary PCBs. Interconnect these PCBs as mentioned to make the electronic heart of the smartwatch. Connect the battery provided with the kit and switch on the assembly. The LED will start displaying some basic indications like time, date, etc. The next step is software loading and checking. Connect the electronic module of the smartwatch with a computer using micro-USB cable. Upload the necessary codes from your computer. You should also download and install compatible Os and Apps in your Smartphone, which would act as the paring device when your smartwatch began functioning. After finishing the required programming, you can synchronize the electronic module with the Smartphone. Disconnect the micro-USB cable and check all the functions. You can then assemble the parts into the housing provided with the kit. Carry out the functional checks again. Secure it with the strap provided with the DIY kit, and your own smartwatch is ready now! 6. Open Source Smartwatch This method is extremely effective for computer software geniuses with less knowledge in assembling electronic components. Such people may choose to buy an open, hackable smartwatch, which can be converted into a full-fledged smartwatch by loading any open-source hardware platform and operating system. For example, Arduino is a popular open-source smartwatch hardware platform and AsteriodOS is an open-source operating system for smartwatches. On World Wide Web, you will find several open-source apps, which can be downloaded and utilized for your smartwatch. You can also modify or create custom apps using programming languages. 7. Self-Designed Smartwatch Photo Credit : tinycircuits.com A main issue with all DIY kit based smart watches are their bulky and unattractive design. It is mainly due to large-sized PCB boards and exterior. If you are really interested to make a slimmer smartwatch featuring your own design, there is an effective technique. For manufacturing such a portable device, you need tiny Printed Circuit Boards and a small case. Producing miniature PCBs in-house is extremely difficult, because it needs state-of-the-art CNC machines. Don’t worry, you can make miniature circuit boards with the help of made-to-order PCB manufactures. The circuit-board of a smartwatch can be drawn with any PCB design software, in round or square shape as per your requirement. You can subsequently submit the blueprint of your miniature printed circuit board to any custom PCB makers. You can also create a small-sized LED display utilizing the above-mentioned way. After receiving these assemblies, interconnect them and add necessary components, peripherals and battery, and your custom smartwatch module is ready now. Its smart functions can be activated by loading any supporting operating system and other software programs using a micro-USB cable and computer. You can also check its sync with compatible smart phones. Simultaneously, you can start designing case, bracelet and other components. You can draw up the exterior parts of the smartwatch with any product design software. With the help of your own 3D printer, it is possible to produce the case, bracelet and pushbuttons. Otherwise, you can make use of online or offline 3D printing services. These external parts can be also manufactured using traditional methods, in-house or with the help of specialized workshops. Other components like protective glass are easily available for purchase. After properly assembling the electronic module into the watch case, you can once again check and certify the smartwatch functionality by paring with a compatible Smartphone.   8. Make by salvaging old mobile phones Photo Credit : gsmarena.com You can make a smartwatch using the components of an old mobile phone. The cellular phones with small screens (for example Nokia 1100) are preferable. You also require some additional components like an open-source microcontroller board, a blue-tooth module, resistors, diodes, ribbon cables and small switches, micro-USB charging cable and a compatible battery. The individual should be in position with soldering equipment and related tools for scrapping the old phone. From a mobile phone, you can take out LCD screen, speaker and Vibrating Motor. Its screen cover can be used as the protective glass for your smartwatch. Now, you are ready with all necessary hardware required for assembling the electronic part. For installing operating systems, codes and other software, you may follow the same techniques mentioned in the previous method. You can also craft case and bracelet as mentioned earlier. 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  11. 5 Famous musicians and their watches

    5 Famous musicians and their watches

    Film stars and musicians always maintain fervour for expensive stuff like cars, jewellery, luxury watches etc. Many of them are ardent watch collectors, and have possession of some of the finest collections in the world. In this article, we bring to light five famous musicians and their watch collections. Elton John Photo Credit : menelect.com Elton John is one of the most celebrated musicians on our planet. He is a prolific singer, lyricist, pianist and composer. John is an ardent wristwatch collector. His personal collection has been considered as one of the finest in the world. His favourite brands are Chopard, Franck Muller and Rolex.  Elton John has been associated with the Swiss jewellery and luxury watch brand Chopard since 2000. In a creative partnership with his personal friend Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele (the Artistic Director and Co-President of Chopard), John also co-designed limited edition wristwatch collections to support the charity works of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. His love for Chopard’s jewellery and timepieces was portrayed in Rocketman, the 2019 biographical musical film based on the life of the acclaimed British musician. He also has several Franck Muller timepieces. In 2018, Elton John assigned London based bespoke watch specialist Bamford Watch Department to customize 10 Franck Muller wristwatches from his personal collection. In 2019, Bamford London introduced the Elton John X Bamford London Mayfair Date limited edition. His personal collection additionally includes models like Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Rainbow” and Rolex DayDate Platinum. Jay-Z Photo Credit : sothebys.com American rapper Shawn Corey Carter aka Jay-Z is one of the most prominent hip-hop musicians in the world. Renowned for his distinct music style, Jay-z frequently brings up the names of luxury watch brands in his songs. He is a passionate connoisseur of expensive wristwatches, made by top manufactures based in Switzerland. His personnel watch collection includes several masterpieces from the most esteemed Swiss brands, like Audemars Piguet, Franck Muller, Hublot, Patek Philippe, Richard Mille and Rolex.  Jay-Z has several Audemars Piguet Royal Oak wristwatches. In 2005, Audemars Piguet collaborated with the multiple Grammy award winning rapper to produce the Royal Oak Offshore 10th Anniversary ‘Jay-Z’ Edition watch, in limited series of 100 pieces. Like many hip hop stars, he also prefers timepieces from the luxury-fusion brand Hublot. In 2012, on Jay-Z’s 43rd birthday, his wife Beyonce gifted him a unique Hublot diamond-set timepieces, which had a price tag of 5 million US dollars.  In 2013, Hublot collaborated with the hip-hop star to launch the exclusive Shawn Carter by Hublot collection. His vast collection is also comprised of grand complications from the prestigious Geneva brand Patek Philippe. In addition to his extensive treasury of Rolex watches, Jay-Z acquired a one-of-a-kind Perpetual Calendar by Franck Muller, created by modifying a Rolex DayDate model. Rihanna Photo Credit : rubberb.com Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) has been known for her energetic vocal performances and dancing skills. A successful businesswoman, the glamorous Barbadian singer has been involved in various business ventures to produce fragrances, luxury-clothing and cosmetics products. She possesses an inspiring collection of luxury watches, made by Chopard, Bvlgari, Rolex, Patek Philippe and more. In her music video Take a Bow, the glamour icon chose to wear a Piaget Polo yellow gold wristwatch.  In 2017, she collaborated with Chopard to create ‘Rihanna Loves Chopard’ high jewellery collection, which also had a stunning diamond set watch. During the premiere of the movie Ocean’s 8 in New York in 2018, she had worn a Bvlgari jewellery watch along with her Givenchy purple dress. Some noteworthy timepieces from the award-winning singer’s personal collection are Rolex Lady Datejust, Rolex Daytona, Rolex DayDate President and Patek Philippe Nautilus. Drake Photo Credit : luxuo.com Canadian rapper Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham) rose to fame with his debut studio album Thank Me Later released in 2010. Winner of four Grammy awards and six American music awards, he is one for the most successful music artists in the world. Drake is a passionate luxury watch enthusiast and collector.He is the owner of one best admired private watch collections in the world.  His favourite brands are Audemars Piguet, Hublot, Jacob & Co, Richard Mille and Rolex. He has an impressive number of Richard Mille watches, including RM 69 Erotic Tourbillon, RM 11 Baby Blue Felipe Massa Ceramic Chronograph, RM 035 Rafael Nadal Americas Edition and RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph. His personal Audemars Piguet timepiece collection is comprised of models like Royal Oak Rose Gold, Royal Oak Tourbillon in Rose Gold, Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Diamond Set Edition and Forged Carbon Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph.  As expected, you can find several Rolex watches in his personal collection. He has several Rolex Daytona Chronographs, including versions in Everose Gold and White gold, Diamond-set models and variants with the rare Paul Newman style dial. In addition, he has GMT Master II, Sky Dweller and Yatch Master II models as well as several DayDate II Gold watches (in yellow, white and Everose gold).  Other noteworthy watches from the Drake’s private collection are Hublot Rose Gold Big Bang, Patek Philippe Nautilus White Gold Perpetual Calendar and Jacob&Co Astronomia Casino. He is equally an fervent admirer of customised luxury watches, for example an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak customized by Alyx, a Patek Philippe Nautilus customized by Virgil Abloh and a Rolex DayDate by Chrome Hearts. John Mayer Photo Credit : rescapement.com American singer-songwriter John Mayer (John Clayton Mayer) began his illustrious music career in the late 1990s. Also a great guitarist and record-producer, Mayer has been known for his keen interest in collecting exceptional mechanical timepieces. His favourite brands are Audemars Piguet, IWC, Patek Philippe and most importantly, Rolex. The combined price of his personal watch collection is more than seven million US dollars!  He has an impeccable collection of Rolex watches, including some rare and historically important variants of Daytona chronographs (references like 6263, 6264, 6265, 6269, 6270,116598, 116599,116508 and 116509), Submariners (references like 5514 for Comex and 6200) and GMT Master II models. His notable Audemars Piguet wristwatches are AP Concept GMT Tourbillon in White Ceramic, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon Chronograph Open-worked and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon. John Mayer’s personal collection also includes some iconic Patek Philippe watches, like Ref. 5164A Travel Time Aquanaut, Ref. 5004G Perpetual Calendar Split-seconds Chronograph and Ref. 5971 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. Read More : Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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