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  2. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. A Quick Guide to Grand Seiko: 10 Things You Should Know

    A Quick Guide to Grand Seiko: 10 Things You Should Know

    People who are even remotely acquainted with the world of horology would not need an introduction to the Grand Seiko. For the uninitiated, it can be safe to say that the Grand Seiko is the best piece of watchmaking that has come out of Japan.  Japan is known for its exquisite craftsmanship in everything they do. Grand Seiko is no exception. Each piece is carved with creativity and precision. Seiko is known around the globe for its mind-boggling precision in movement, and Grand Seiko lives up to that reputation. Let’s find out ten things about the Grand Seiko that you may or may not know. 1. The history of Grand Seiko The story of the Grand Seiko begins with the story of Seiko. Seiko had proven its mettle in the world of watchmaking by the 1950s. It was at par, if not superior, to the Swiss watchmakers of the time. Despite its success, Seiko was always more of an affordable premium watch which did not make it to the topmost tier. To change this, Seiko introduced the Grand Seiko line in 1960. It was nothing like anything that people had seen before. Being of Japanese origin, Swiss watchmakers were naturally skeptical of it. But once the Grand Seiko secured the 4th position in the Swiss Observatory tests for chronometric performance, there was no more room for suspicion for anyone. Thus began the journey of the Grand Seiko Japan gifted the world one of the best watch lines ever. There are also 6 Grand Seiko Singapore shops located in Singapore now. 2. Seiko and Grand Seiko The difference between Seiko and Grand Seiko is often not known to many. To put it simply, we can say that the Grand Seiko is the more refined, high-end version of the Seiko. Grand Seiko watches are made with only the finest watchmakers and a team of experts with the best materials. However, this does not mean that the Seiko watches are any less. They simply fall into different categories. Seiko watches are renowned in their own right. Grand Seiko has taken the game to the next level altogether. In all aspects, Grand Seiko stands shoulder to shoulder with any other brand, be it TAG Heuer or Omega, or Rolex.  3. Grand Seiko has a ‘grammar of design’ The legendary watch designer Taro Tanaka gave the Grand Seiko what is now known as their ‘grammar of design’. Simply put, these were a set of principles that would be employed in every stage of the watch manufacturing process. All Grand Seiko watches, starting from the 1960s and 70s to the present day, abide by the grammar of design. To give an example, the grammar of design includes the special visual signs you see in the Grand Seiko watches. The double index at 12’o clock is one of the many examples.  Heritage SBGP013 4. The Grand Seiko Snowflake Arguably the greatest watch from the house of Grand Seiko is the Grand Seiko Snowflake, SBGA211. This watch is representative of the craftsmanship that goes into Grand Seiko. The design is a work of genius. It insinuates the scene of falling snow, which the watchmakers were able to see from the Shinshu watch studio, where they worked on the watch. However, the design is subtle and abstract, making it possible to have multiple interpretations. All the components of the snowflake, from the case to the tugs, are inspired by natural elements. All the parts are made by human hands. No two Grand Seiko Snowflakes will ever be exactly the same.  Spring Drive Stainless Steel / Snowflake SBGA211 5. Grand Seiko Spring Drive Movement From a brand that is so meticulous about every step, expecting a premium movement would not be wrong. And thankfully, Grand Seiko does not disappoint either. Their spring drive movement was a game-changer in the world of horology. This exquisite movement works on traditional mainspring, incorporating a number of gears and levers. Instead of a conventional lever escapement, this movement uses a glide wheel. It has revolutionized watchmaking by bringing the precision of the quartz movement to mechanical watches.  Sport Collection 9R Spring drive GMT SBGE255 6. Grand Seiko Quartz Movement When it comes to quartz movements, Grand Seiko is not behind anybody. The new 9F quartz movement may as well be the most advanced quartz movement in the world. The movement is a result of years of dedication and work. It has an astounding battery life of 3 years and a precision of no more than 10 seconds in a year. The caliber 9F82 is a renovated and improved version of the caliber 9F62. 9F Quartz SBGX265 7. Grand Seiko is truly in-house A lot of brands claim to complete all the operations in-house, but the claims come with a few caveats. Not for Grand Seiko however. This brand is so obsessed with quality and precision that they even grow their own crystal quartz. Without it, we would have probably never seen the legendary 9F quartz movement or the Spring Drive movement. Everything from escapements to hairsprings to alloys is made in-house. 8. Zaratsu polishing Grand Seiko watches are known for going through Zaratsu polishing. Zaratsu polishing is done with a lapping machine. The front wheel is used for polishing cases, instead of the conventional side. It results in a completely smooth and mirror-like polish. It is perhaps the best polishing done anywhere in the world. A craftsperson needs to undergo at least 5 years of training before they are allowed to do the Zaratsu polishing.  9. Grand Seiko Watchmakers are masters of their craft It might seem unbelievable, but Grand Seiko watchmakers need to go through a minimum of 10 years training period to be inducted as bronze-level watchmakers. Above that are the silver and gold levels. Grand Seiko is dedicated to continuing the education and training of watchmaking in Japan and across the world. Horological Society in New York is run by the sponsorship of Grand Seiko, rolling out expert watchmakers regularly.  9R Spring Drive SBGE227 10. Micro Artist Studio Grand Seiko has a special team of expert designers and watchmakers who work on the next level of premium watchmaking called the Micro Artist Studio. This is almost like a hall of fame of watchmakers, and only the best have the opportunity of being a part of this team. The presence of such a dedicated team of experts explains the ever-growing success of Grand Seiko. Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  8. Getting to Know Zenith: 5 Things You Should Know

    Getting to Know Zenith: 5 Things You Should Know

    Switzerland is home to many luxury watch houses. Among the most notable are companies like Tissot, Tag Heuer, Omega, and of course, Zenith. Amid this list of illustrious names, Zenith Singapore has been able to carve a place for its own. But how much do you know about this legendary watch brand? Today we will talk about 5 defining moments in the history of Zenith watches. 1.The history of Zenith Watches The story of Zenith watches traces its origin back to a single person: George Favre-Jacot. His sole mission was to create a watch that defies all expectations. Even in his younger days, he was already making a name as an apprentice in the famous Swiss watchmaking industry. Favre-Jacot has a close bond with some of the best architects of that time. This bond is reflected in the way Zenith watches were thought of and conceptualized. Among the architects having close ties with Favre-Jacot were Le Corbusier and Alphonse Laverrière.  The formal journey of the Zenith watch began in 1865. A 22-year-old Farve-Jacot started his own watch manufacturing unit in a tiny workshop in Switzerland’s Le Locle. He was highly motivated and inspired by the American watch brands Waltham and Elgin, especially of the way they made use of mass production units to roll out affordable watches. At this point, the company got its name ‘Zenith‘. Among the successful modern-day models are the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph, Zenith Captain Moonphase, Zenith ELITE Classic, and several more.  2.The story of Zenith El Primero Zenith first showed signs of its brilliance in 1960. That year they introduced the Calibre 5011K movement. The highlight of this new movement was its remarkable precision which was unprecedented. It was incorporated heavily into marine chronometers, pocket watches, and standard clocks. In 1969 came the model that sealed Zenith‘s position as one of the leading watchmakers in the world. The launch of Zenith El Primer changed everything. It was the first integrated automatic chronograph that the world had ever seen. Word of the watch’s marvel reached worldwide in a short time. To this day, the El Primero remains one of the most accurate calibers and can measure an astounding 1/10th of a second. A renovated model with the name Zenith Defy El Primero 21 made use of the famous El Primero movement to become one of the most successful watches in recent days.  50th El Primero Anniversary 03.A384.400/21.C815 3.Loss and revival of the Zenith El Primero Being the genius of a watch that it was, Zenith El Primero’s journey is worthy of a movie in itself. In the 1970s came the quartz crises that shook the Swiss watchmaking industry to its very core. All brands started rethinking their watch production tools and techniques. In such a circumstance, the parent company of Zenith watches made a decision to exclusively make quartz watches to stay competitive in the market. This mandate sparked fear into some of the employee’s minds. One of them was Charles Vermont, without whom we would have probably lost the Zenith El Primero. He single-handedly kept all the designs and tools required for Zenith’s mechanical caliber, in fear that they would be destroyed or forgotten. Until 1984, Vermont safely kept away all the plans, designs, and documents. During 1983, the quartz crisis was nearly over and the Swiss watchmaking industry was making steady progress. Consequently, the demand for mechanical watches shot up once more. At this point, to everyone’s wonder, Charles Vermot disclosed the fact that he had kept the plans of El Primero hidden. Once more, El Primero production began, and to everyone’s joy, it was a success again. Chronomaster El Primero 03.20416.4061/51.C700 4.Mahatma Gandhi and his Zenith Watch Pocket watches from Zenith were a priced possession for many eminent personalities in the twentieth century. Many reasons account for this popularity. Among the most prominent are the compact size of the watches despite a complicated alarm mechanism, durability, and of course, the legendary precision. In the long list of eminent people owning Zeniths, perhaps the most significant was Mahatma Gandhi’s name. It comes as a shock, especially since Gandhi is known for his austere lifestyle and renunciation of material wealth. So how did the watch end up in Gandhi’s hands? Zenith watches made their way into India in 1914. It was the time when the seeds of the Indian freedom movements were being planted. At this time, the would-be Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, gifted Mahatma Gandhi a Zenith Pocketwatch. What was rather unexpected for Indira Gandhi was the fact that Mahatma Gandhi actually grew fond of the watch and reportedly used it regularly. It is among the few pieces of material possession that Gandhi had with him till the end of his life. On the 5th of March 2009, Gandhi’s Zenith pocket watch was auctioned off in New York. With some of his other possessions, the auction generated a total cost of $2,096,000.  What many people do not is that Gandhi’s Zenith watch was once stolen during a journey. We can find evidence of this in Gandhi’s personal notebooks. Interestingly enough, the thief’s conscience was pricked by the fact that he had stolen from the person who was fighting for his own freedom. Overcome with guilt, the thief returned the watch to Gandhi. Gandhi famously forgave the thief and blessed him.  photo from: Hautetime.com 5.Zenith watches have been to space While the honor of being the first watch to make it to the moon will go to the Omega Moonwatch, Zenith actually has the first watch to have survived a jump from space. This extraordinary feat was accomplished by Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian skydiver. It all started with the Red Bull Stratos mission. It was a mission to take a person to the edge of the earth, into space. From there, a diver would be launched through a pressurized capsule. Baumgartner was the first person to attempt a freefall from the edge of the earth. It was quite literally a jump from the sky. While executing this superhuman feat at a height of 128,000 feet from the earth’s surface, he was wearing a Zenith Stratos Flyback Striking 10th. At no point in time had any watch lived through such extreme conditions. Successfully surviving the fall guaranteed the Zenith Stratos Flyback Striking 10th’s position as among the best adventure watches ever. Baumgartner’s watch was exactly like any other Zenith Stratos Flyback watch, with the exception of a modified case back. The back of the case of this edition comes with Baumgartner’s engraving and an honorary text around the edge. STRATOS FLYBACK STRIKING 10TH Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  9. The history of Omega Speedmaster with NASA astronauts

    The history of Omega Speedmaster with NASA astronauts

    The Omega Speedmaster is a watch with an iconic design and a storied history, one that is inextricably linked to the period of human spaceflight. The Speedmaster can brag about being the first watch an astronaut donned before stepping on the moon’s surface. It’s also rumored that it’ll be the only watch capable of being worn on Mars when a manned expedition is undertaken safely. The Speedmaster is still as popular among novice collectors and dedicated aficionados as it was when the watch originally debuted. Omega Speedmaster watches are not automated. They need to be wound manually. Note that any automatic watch is powered by the force of gravity, rendering it worthless in a zero-gravity (or low gravity) setting. The Birth of Omega Speedmaster The Omega Speedmaster was not created with astronautics in mind. In 1957, it was debuted as a professional and motorsport chronograph, joining the ranks of the classic chronographs of 1920s and 1930s. The Omega 28.9 chronograph from the collection was Omega’s debut compact wrist chronograph. Omega‘s status as the exclusive timekeeper for the prestigious Olympic Games was cemented by these watches. The natural question to come to mind is that how did a motorsport chronograph make its way to space and the moon? Let’s find out how this chronograph made its way to the moon. The Apollo Mission and Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch The Apollo mission was intended as a successor to Project Mercury, the project that launched the first Americans in space during President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s tenure. In addition, Apollo 8 offered the very first nationally streamed photographs of the celestial bodies to an estimated 50 million spectators across the United States. This expedition, like Apollo 10, orbited the Moon and assessed numerous spaceship parts and components. With the launch of the Apollo mission, NASA began looking for a trustworthy wristwatch to function as the space program’s authorized wristwatch. They started by sending out tender documents to a small handful of companies. Companies that received the opportunity were Elgin, Benrus, Hamilton, Mido, Lucien Piccard, Omega, Bulova, Rolex, Longines-Wittnauer, and Gruen. Only four of the 10 brands responded to the request. Omega, Longines-Wittnauer, Rolex, and Hamilton were among them. Why a chronograph? The explorers would gear up on the moon’s surface and activate the wristwatch a little before putting on their headgear. They were able to see a small digital screen. Since it didn’t always work, they had to rely on that wristwatch as a fall back. It explains the immediate ruling out of Hamilton. Hamilton was rejected for presenting a pocket watch, which did not meet NASA’s requirements. The Rolex 6238, the Longines-Wittnauer 242T, and the Omega Speedmaster were the other eligible watches. These were subjected to an array of testing. Temperature cycling in near-vacuum, linear acceleration, and high and low temperature was among the issues tested. Mechanical hand-wound chronographs were used in all of the tests. The very first quartz watch and the first automated chronograph would not be released until 1969. The NASA space program had already begun by that time.  The victory of Omega Speedmaster The findings were ultimately released on 1st March 1965. In some of the extreme tests, the Rolex model ceased to function twice and even failed in a temperature test. Longines-Wittnauer also failed two tests. Overall, both watches performed unsatisfactorily. The Omega Speedmaster, on the other hand: performed great. It was ahead of the other two in almost all the tests. In one of the tests, the illuminating coating on the dial was smashed, but the Omega chronograph operated admirably overall. It was a resounding victory for the Speedmaster. NASA, on the other hand, offered a few tweaks, including a 24-hour turning bezel and bright indications over elapsed time displays. Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial 311.63.44.51.06.001 Omega Speedmaster: Professional, Practical, and Tough Having survived NASA’s brutal tests was in itself enough to push Omega Speedmaster to the list of the greatest watches ever. Its journey to the moon is marked with innovation, creativity, and the human endeavour to achieve new heights. The Speedmaster already underwent a few more alterations by 1969, and at this point, the model begins to take over the form of the iconic Speedmaster we currently know. With a sturdier and bigger 42mm case design, the reference ST105.021 was designed to be more durable. It’s the same model that Neil Armstrong wore during the Apollo 11 flight. The 145.012, which had even significantly wider pushers, was worn by Michael Collins. The famed Omega Caliber 321 movement was utilized in both versions.  Buzz Aldrin wore the Speedmaster ST 105.012. In effect, it is the only watch actually worn on the surface of the moon. Buzz Aldrin’s watch inspired the legendary name Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch, from which the later Omega Speedmaster Moonphase and other collections would be later inspired. In a sad turn of events, Aldrin’s Omega chronograph was stolen while in transit to a museum in the 1970s. The watch is reportedly one of the most expensive collectors watches anywhere on earth.  Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Tokyo 2020 Limited Edition 522.30.42.30.06.001 The legacy of Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch The journey from Omega Speedmaster Racing to Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch was far from over with the Apollo 11 mission. Even now, the watch is a useful piece of equipment in spaceflight. However, one well-known instance merits mention: the Speedmaster’s contribution in the intense Apollo 13 mission. Apollo 13 was abandoned in orbit after a fuel tank explosion 200,000 miles from Earth. In such circumstances, a Speedmaster was employed to synchronize the critical 14-second engine ignition that insured the spacecraft’s safe entry to the earth. Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial 311.92.44.51.01.003 Since 1957, the Speedmaster family has developed tremendously. It didn’t merely entail the advancement of the fundamental concept or the inclusion of appealing versions such as the Racing Dial and the Ultraman. To enhance the Speedmaster into a more functional professional watch, completely fresh variants were released, showcasing the newest and finest technology.The house of Omega watches has maintained its integrity and craftsmanship to the present day. The Latest lines like the Omega Speedmaster Reduced have continued the tradition of highly functional, professional watches from the house of Omega. Omega has periodically released limited edition recreated versions of the original Omega Moonwatch, including the Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Award 50th Anniversary and the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. Moonwatch Anniversary Limited Series Apollo 11 310.60.42.50.99.001 Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  10. What You Need to Know About Buying A Seiko in Singapore

    What You Need to Know About Buying A Seiko in Singapore

    With its origins dating back to 1881, Seiko is the only watch manufacture with an all-round experience in various timekeeping technologies like Mechanical, Kinetic, Quartz, Spring drive, Digital, Solar, Radio-controlled and GPS. One of the largest watchmaking companies in the world, it makes all types timepieces, stretching from utilitarian quartz models to premium ranges like Credor and Grand Seiko. At present, the Seiko flagship collection for the global market is comprised of Astron, Lukia, Premier, Presage, Prospex and Seiko 5 Sports. Appeared in the international market in 2010, the premium label ‘Grand Seiko’ has been evolved into an independent brand. The other notable creations from the company under the Seiko brand are Brightz, Conceptuals, Coutura, Criteria, Diamonds, Dolce & Exceline, Lord, Quartz, Selection, Solar, Spirit, Sportura and Vivace. It is to be noted that some of these outstanding collections are available in selected regions only. Seiko in Singapore One of the prominent commercial hubs in the modern world, Singapore is a leading market of luxury watches after China, USA, Hong Kong and Japan. The country is also a premier destination for buying wristwatches. During its gradual emergence as an international trade centre in the 1960s and 1970s, Singapore became a major retail hub of lifestyle products and watches from all over the world. Since then, the Japanese watchmaker has been enjoying a good market presence here. Today, Singapore hosts several boutiques in the esteemed shopping centers and online stores that sell Seiko watches along with other international brands. As a global corporation, Seiko’s profound connection with the affluent nation is not only limited to the brand’s commercial activities; it also maintains a manufacturing facility there. Founded in 1973, Singapore Time Pte Ltd was the first overseas subsidiary of Seiko. Since 2020, the Seiko Singapore branch has been known as Seiko Manufacturing (Singapore) private limited. It manufactures some of the brand’s timepieces along with its subsidiaries in Malaysia. Buying a Seiko in Singapore Although Seiko rose to fame in the international market with the advent of quartz technology in the 1970s, the company is a major player in mechanical watchmaking. In recent years, the Japanese conglomerate has undertaken several steps to develop its presence in the production of mechanical wristwatches. The most important among them was the successful development of Grand Seiko as an independent and premium brand. The subsequent step was the regrouping of other collections under the Seiko brand to cater various categories of customers. A leading centre for international trade, Singapore offers the opportunity to purchase most of the Seiko watches, including the models that are not yet officially launched in the other global markets like Europe and the Americas. Each collection from the brand has its own distinctiveness. For beginners, it is the best brand to explore various timekeeping technologies within an accessible price range.  Seiko offers timepieces for all types of customers, like adventurous enthusiasts, fashionistas, professionals, sports persons, technology geeks, traditional horology lovers and etc… Popular Seiko Collections  (1) Seiko Prospex The Prospex range is comprised of various professional sports models. Based on the latest grouping, the Prospex line includes three core families: SEA, Land and Sky.  This specialised collection offers best-selling diving timepieces with nicknames like Monster, Turtle, Tuna, Samurai, Shogun, Sumo, Willard as well as special watches such as PADI and ‘Save the Ocean’ editions. The Seiko Prospex Dive watches come under two groups: Diver Scuba (with 200m water resistance) and Marine Master Professional (with 300m, 600m or 1000m water resistance). The selling price of the Prospex diving watches usually starts at S$ 500 for entry-level models. Prospex SRPG19K1 In the Seiko automatic diver category, the cost of versions equipped with 6R series movements is higher than those with 4R calibers. For example, a Prospex 200m watch with a calibre 4R35 or 4R36 comes within the retail price range from S$ 500 to S$ 1,000, whereas a similar model with 6R15 or 6R35 costs above S$ 1,000. The Seiko automatic divers with water-resistance of 300 meters and above come in a retail price range of S$ 1,000 – 5,000. In the diving watch segment, the value of the anniversary and special edition models could reach up to S$ 7,500. Seiko Prospex spring-drive divers usually retail above S$ 4,000. If you are searching for less expensive Seiko Prospex Dive watches, the brand offers a number of models fitted with Kinetic, Quartz or Solar movements. Usually, these timepieces are available for purchase in the price range from S$ 350 to S$ 1,000.  Prospex 200M Diver SBDC105 In the ‘SEA’ category, the series also includes some Seiko chronograph watches. Among them, the Solar movement models typically sell in S$ 450 – S$ 700 range, whereas automatic versions cost above S$ 3,000.  The ‘Land’ segment of Prospex is comprised of precise wristwatches that are reliable and robust enough to wear while performing adventurous activities or military operations. Notable models are the Landmaster, the Fieldmaster and the best-selling Seiko Alpinist. Equipped with automatic or solar movements, these watches are available in the price range of S$350 – S$ 1,000. Prospex Island Green Limited Edition SSC807J1 (2) Seiko 5 Sports Recently revamped, the Seiko 5 Sports collection is comprised of modern and trendsetting automatic wristwatches. These entry level mechanical timepieces highlight designs inspired by the brand’s iconic diving and military (field) watches. This best-selling range offers five distinct styles: Sports, Suits, Specialist, Street and Sense. 5 Sports Automatic SRPD71K2 Driven by 4R series automatic movements, Seiko 5 Sports watches are available in an affordable price range starting from S$ 300 to S$ 700. In this successful series, the brand is also offering various collaborative editions like Guccimaze, Naruto & Boruto, Street Fighter and Brian May’s Red Special. Seiko 5 Sports is an ideal daily-beater watch for a budget conscious consumer. 5 Sports Street Fighter Limited Edition SRPF24K1 (3) Seiko Presage This exceptional range artfully combines the traditional techniques with the technical advancements brought in by Seiko in the field of mechanical watchmaking. The iconic Japanese brand has been renowned for its innovations like Magic Lever, highly durable Spron alloy springs and the Diashock protection system. Proudly boasting a watchmaking legacy of more than a century, Presage watches are driven by Seiko’s in-house developed movements endowed with the proprietary features mentioned above. Equipped with 4R, 6R or 8R series automatic movements, these exemplary mechanical timekeepers are available an impressive range of dials, including enamel, textured and porcelain. The entry-level Seiko Presage watches are available within an attractive price range of S$ 500 – 1,000. The models with complications (power reserve, GMT or chronograph) usually retail above S$ 1,000. Presage Automatic SRQ025J1 (4) Seiko Astron When Seiko launched the world’s first quartz wristwatch in 1969, it revolutionized the global watch industry. In 2010, the company launched the world’s first GPS Solar watch. Driven by a proprietory technology with superior features, it has heralded a new era in the precision timekeeping.  Named after the iconic quartz watch, Astron GPS watch synchronizes its time according to the Coordinated Universal Time signals transmitted via the network of Global Positioning Satellites. These timepieces also offer a multitude of practical functions like chronograph, perpetual calendar and world time. It is an ideal multifunction watch for professionals, sophisticated travelers and tech-savvy customers. In Singapore, the retail price range of Seiko Astron GPS collection is approximately S$ 1,600 – S$ 4,000. Astron GPS Satellite Radio Time Signal SBXB155 (5) Seiko Brightz The Brightz range is comprised of radio-controlled wristwatches that seamlessly combine contemporary designs and luxurious details. Available in stainless steel and titanium versions, these exceptionally accurate timepieces synchronize with reference signals from terrestrial radio stations. These watches are available in certain regions only. The retail price range of Seiko Brightz in Singapore is S$ 650 – S$ 2,000. Brightz Solar Radio Fix SAGZ079 (6) Seiko Lukia Launched in 1995, Lukia is a stylish watch collection dedicated to fashionable women. Initially restricted to the regional market, these magnificent ladies’ wristwatches are now available worldwide. Endowed with luxurious details and ultra-feminine features, these timepieces are equipped with Automatic, Quartz or Solar movements. The collection offers various case shapes, dial designs, straps and metal bracelets. The retail price range of regular models is S$ 600 – S$ 900. Its gem-set variants typically cost higher than S$ 1,000. Lukia Solar Electric Wave SSQV048 (7) Seiko Dolce & Exceline Dolce and Exceline are two interlinked collections that offer elegant dress watches for men and women respectively. For each Seiko Dolce model you will find a similar feminine variant in the Exceline series. These Seiko watch models can be purchased as a pair or single piece. Depending upon the model, the movement can be Quartz, Solar or Radio sync solar. The approximate retail price range is S$ 650 – S$ 1,500. Exceline Solar Dia-shield SWCP009 (8) Seiko Premier An elegant dress watch collection from Seiko, this series offers Kinetic drive, mechanical, quartz and solar wristwatches. It is comprised of both gents and ladies timepieces. A popular watch in the Kinetic drive segment is Kinetic Perpetual, which usually retails in the price range of S$ 1,000 to S$ 1,200. The Premier line also offers mechanical watches equipped with 4R series movement. Among these, the open-heart model with the 4R39 movement costs around S$ 800. Both quartz and solar models are available within the S$ 500 – S$ 800 range. Premier Perpetual Quartz SNP149P2 Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  11. 6 Facts You Should Know Before Owning An Orient Watch

    6 Facts You Should Know Before Owning An Orient Watch

    The Orient Watch has been a recognized and respected watchmaking brand in the industry. The company is best known for its exceptional mechanical watches. It has been producing well-crafted automatic watches with its own in-house movements. Today, many watch companies are still trying to reach the success and the benchmark that Orient Watch has set for their watches.  Being one of the top three watch brands in Japan along with Seiko and Citizen, Orient Watch is known all over the globe today. The brand is now offering a wide range of watches with manufacturing facilities in different countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, and of course Japan. On top of its renowned mechanical watches, Orient Watch has been delivering watches in quartz and solar power as well at very affordable prices.  If you are looking for a high-quality and affordable watch, an Orient Watch will be a perfect choice for you. Before getting an Orient watch on hand, you may need to know a few things more about Orient watches:  What You Should Know About Orient Watches Its Origin Can Be Traced Back to Over 100 Years Ago The Orient Watch Company was officially established in 1951, yet the origin of Orient Watch Company can be dated back to 1901 when its founder Shogoro Yoshida started his first watch store Yoshida Watch Shop in Tokyo, Japan. At the beginning of its business, the Yoshida Watch Shop was selling imported pocketwatches and gained its first success.  In 1920, Toyo Tokei Manufacturing was established by Yoshida and started to produce table clocks and gauges. Seeing the growing popularity of its products, Toyo Tokei Manufacturing expanded its business and started the production of wristwatches in 1934. In the following years, its business boomed and its watches became popular all over Japan. However, due to the poor economy after World War II in Japan, the company was closed in 1949.  One year after Toyo Tokei Manufacturing was shut down, the watch business of Yoshida returned very quickly in 1950, under a new name Tama Keiki Company. In 1951, the company changed its name to Orient Watch Company as we know it today. In the same year, the brand released the first Orient Star series and instantly attracted massive attention from many watch lovers and collectors.  Since then Orient Watch has grown and expanded their business overseas at a horrifying speed. Its watches are particularly popular in many Asian countries, for example, Orient Watch Singapore ADs. The Orient watches gained such high recognition due to its rich history and watchmaking expertise that had been acquired since 1901.   Classic Limited RN-KA0004L Seiko Does Not Own Orient Many people might have been confused that Orient is the subordinate of Seiko. However, Orient Watch Co. actually operates totally independently from Seiko Watches. We can consider that they are more like sister companies as both of their parent companies are owned by The Seiko Group.  The Seiko Group is a corporate group of 3 chief companies, Seiko Instruments, Seiko Holding Corporation and Seiko Epson Corporation. Although they are under the same group, these 3 companies operate independently without much interaction with each other.  Whilst the Orient Watch Company is owned by Seiko Epson and the Seiko Watch company is under Seiko Holdings Group. Since 2001, Seiko Epson had already become the majority shareholder (52%) of the Orient Watch company. Few years later in 2009 Orient Watch became wholly owned by Seiko Epson.  Therefore, the Seiko Watch Company does not own Orient Watch and they do not share movements as some people say. Star Contemporary Collection Slim Date RK-HK0001S Japanese Quality and Craftsmanship It is well known that Japanese-made products represent high quality and excellent craftsmanship. From electronics to automobiles, especially these technical products are known to be durable and advanced.  As one of the most famed Japanese watch brands, Orient watch company solely designs, creates and manufactures the watch entirely under the strict Japanese quality and standards.  The Orient Watch Japan company takes quality and craftsmanship very seriously when producing their watches. It can ensure that you will be able to have years of reliable service from the Orient watch you are going to buy. It would be an affordable yet amazing choice to be one of the watches for you to pass down to your family or loved ones. The brand is offering notable watches for both men and women. An Orient ladies watch must be a perfect anniversary gift for your loved one.  Star RK-AM0001SRK Orient Produces In-house Movements  As mentioned, Orient and Seiko do not share any watch parts including movements. Similar to Seiko, Orient Watch has been manufacturing their own in-house mechanical movements for years. To many Orient watch reviews, the brand is considered as a pure and real watchmaker for creating movements in house. The Orient in-house calibers 46 series is one of its popular movements and has been housed in many of its entry-level models like the popular Orient Mako I and Ray I for many years. Although being entry-level movements, they still keep up a high standard in quality and reliability as Orient in-house movements. Orient has been continuously upgrading the designs and functionalities for their own movements. Many current Orient watch models are upgraded from the Cal. 46 series into the advanced Cal. F6 series, including the renowned Orient Ocean watch Mako II and Ray II. These watches are equipped with more functions like hacking and hand winding. Orient Watch Are Economic Friendly Similar to how top watch brands would manage their models and lineup, Orient has also created collections and models in different levels to suit every budget for everyone. This is a common business move in order to attract potential audiences and captivate the maximum amount of its target markets. In general, the Orient watch family consists of an entry level lineup Orient and a higher level lineup Orient Star. There was a high-end lineup Royal Orient to cater the needs of high luxury watches but it was discontinued in 2016.  Their entry level watches have already attracted a global following as high-quality yet affordable mechanical timepieces.  Star Contemporary Collection Slim Skelton RK-HJ0001S Difference of Orient And Orient Star Some people would get confused about the difference between Orient and Orient Star. As stated earlier, Orient is the brand’s entry-level while Orient Star is its higher-level series.  Orient collections focus on classic, standard pieces that are more affordable. On the other hand the Orient Star consists of a range of more complex watches at higher prices. The Orient Star watches are mainly equipped with more advanced complications and features.  Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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