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  2. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Introduction of The Beatles Watch Collection

    Introduction of The Beatles Watch Collection

    Formed in 1960, the iconic English rock group The Beatles are the best selling music band of all the time. Its key members were by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Among them, Paul and Ringo survive today. It is still a mystery whether they had amazed luxury watches in large scale or not. The only high-luxury brand that often pops up when we discuss about The Beatles’ watches is Patek Philippe, the historical Geneva manufacture known for its superior horology tradition. John Lennon Photo Credit : sothebys.com John Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980), the co-founder, vocalist and guitarist of the legendary band, owned a Yellow Gold Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (reference 2499/100) , probably gifted by his wife Yoko Ono on his 40th birthday in October 1980. Introduced in the early 1950s, the Reference 2499 displays day and month via two apertures, date and moon-phase on a miniature dial at 6 o’clock, a sub-dial at 3‘o clock featuring 30-minutes counter and leap year indication, and a sub-dial at 9 o’ clock with small seconds and 12-hour chronograph hand. It is a rare and one of the most sought-after Patek complications watches. Made with 18-carat yellow gold, the Ref. 2499/100 belongs to the fourth series of this iconic model and also featured a sapphire crystal glass. It has a 37mm diameter case. The current whereabouts of this wristwatch remains unknown. He additionally had a mechanical pocket watch made by E. Howard Watch Co., a clock and watch company formed by Edward Howard and Charles Rice in 1858, after the closure of the Boston Watch Company. Ringo Starr Photo Credit : sothebys.com Ringo Starr (Real name: Sir Richard Starkey), who joined the band as the leading drummer in 1962, used to own a rare Patek Philippe yellow gold watch. This timepiece subsequently became a part of the collection of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach. Best known for her role as the Bond girl in the James Bond Movies The Spy Who Loved Me, Barbara Bach wed Ringo Starr in 1981. Both Ringo and Barbara jointly own a vast treasure of paintings, art-crafts and other collectibles. Fifteen years ago, they auctioned a considerable fraction of this valuable collection for charity purposes. This private collection also had a Yellow Gold Patek Philippe Ref. 3448, the first automatic perpetual calendar made by the prestigious Geneva watch house. In December 2015, the United States based Julien’s Auctions sold this Patek wristwatch used to own by Ringo Starr for a premium price of $179,200. Made with 18 carats yellow gold, this watch was produced in 1971. This timepiece houses a Calibre 27/460Q self-winding movement with 37 jewels. Its white dial displays day and month with two apertures below 12 o’clock, centre hour & minutes. The watch additionally has a subdial at six o’ clock with moon phase and date indication. Introduced in the early 1960s, Ref. 3448 was the first serially produced self-winding perpetual calendar watch from Patek Philippe. Around 600 pieces of this reference were produced, predominantly in yellow gold. This watch also exists in white gold and rose gold versions. Another noteworthy timepiece owned by Ringo Starr is an Aquanaut Ref. 5065A watch, also from Patek Philippe. This reference features a 38mm diameter stainless steel case with an automatic movement and the characteristic embossed dial. Paul McCartney Photo Credit : horoguides.com Paul McCartney was the co-lead vocalist and bassist for the Beatles, until the disbanding of the influential music band in 1970. One of his favourite timepieces is Patek Philippe Aquanaut, including references 5165A and 5167A. Introduced in 1997, the magnificent Aquanaut collection heralded a new era in the Geneva’s luxury watchmaker’s illustrious heritage. It took its design inspiration from the premium brand’s iconic Nautilus watch, launched in 1976. The Reference 5165A was introduced in 2007 on the memorable occasion of the 10th anniversary of Aquanaut. This automatic watch featuring a 38mm diameter stainless steel case displays hour, minute, centre seconds and date. Equally made with stainless steel, the Reference 5167A has a 40mm case. The movement used with these versions is the calibre 324 SC automatic-winding. Featuring Patek Philippe’s signature ‘embossed’ dials, both references have sapphire crystal front glass and transparent case-back. Typically known for their luxury-sports appeal, all Aquanaut watches are water resistant to 120 meters. George Harrison George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was the lead guitarist of The Beatles until the breakup. There is no much information obtainable regarding his personal watch collection. According to Epstein family, the British Music entrepreneur Brian Epstein brought a Cartier tank watch for George Harrison. Brian efficiently managed the Beatles band from 1962 until his death in 1967. Accurist and The Beatles The British watch brand Accurist mentions The Beatles as one of the loyal customers of their popular Old England wristwatches, released in the mid 1960s. Apple Corps Ltd To commercialize their success in the Music industry, the members of The Beatles band jointly established a venture named Apple Corps Ltd in 1968. This company invested in the production of music records, film-production, publishing, electronics, recording studios and retailing. The Beatles music troupe was disbanded in 1970, and its members pursued their carrier separately. However, the company remained active and it still releases music-records and other merchandises bearing iconic The Beatles name. Presently, the share holders of Apple Corps are Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono (the widow of John Lennon) and the estate of George Harrison. RAYMOND WEIL and The Beatles Collection Photo Credit : raymond-weil.com In 2016, Swiss watch maker RAYMOND WEIL signed an exclusive partnership with Apple Corps Company and introduced the maestro Beatles limited edition. In 2017, the family-owned, music-inspired watch brand unveiled the maestro The Beatles “Abbey Road” limited edition, celebrating the Abbey Road, the final album recorded by the Fab Four. In 2019, the Swiss brand launched Sergeant Pepper maestro The Beatles limited edition inspired by the legendary Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. These remarkable collections belong to flagship line maestro of the independent Swiss watch company, which often releases timepieces inspired by the legendary musicians. Read More : Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  7. 10 Best Smartwatches for Men 2020

    10 Best Smartwatches for Men 2020

    Extending the Smartphone functions to your wrist, Smartwatch is a popular tech-gadget nowadays. Progressively, its popularity has been increasing. Smart-watches represent a lucrative multi-million dollar business with enormous potential in the upcoming years. This highly competitive market offers thousands of distinct best smartwatches models manufactured by tech-companies and watch brands.  Each of them offers diverse functionalities and aesthetic styles. Majority of smart-watch models typically have unisex aesthetic, which does not satisfy the customers who love to wear masculine timepieces. To assist such clientele, we have prepared an exclusive list of ten best smart watches that are masculine in nature and specially created for men. The list starts with the most expensive smartwatch and concluded with the affordable one. 1. HUBLOT Big Bang e  Photo Credit : hublot.com HUBLOT Big Bang e is a high-luxury smartwatch that blends bold designs, cutting-edge materials and the latest wearable technology. Hublot has selected its popular HUBLOT Big Bang line as the launch pad to create this technological marvel. In its technical side, the timepiece incorporates the Qualcomm® snapdragon wear™ 3100 platform powered by Wear OS by Google™, which offers multitude of functions useful for daily life. The smart-watch supports both Android (6.0+ and above) and iOS (12.0+ and above). It is also compatible with wireless connectivity technologies like NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 with BLE and WLAN 2.4 GHz 802.11.  It features a scratch-proof sapphire crystal with AMOLED HD touch-screen with a resolution of 390×390 pixels. And if you are a keen admirer of classic watch complications, Big Bang e offers analogue displays on its digital screen, with choices like Time-only, Chronograph, GMT/Second Timezone and Perpetual Calendar with Moonphase. This smart-watch features a rotating crown with an integrated pusher for activating the specific functions while the touch-screen typically allows the user to view and operate Smart-functions. This smart-watch watch follows all design codes of the Hublot Big Bang series for ensuring built-quality, bold-design and masculine appeal. Made from Titanium or Black Ceramic, its 42mm diameter case paired with solid rubber strap maintains a bold and masculine nature. The hour-markers placed under the sapphire crystal reminds us the bezels of Hublot watches. It also maintains an impressive water resistance of 30 meters. The watch also features a patented One Click system that allows the user to instantly switch-over the straps. Priced above S$ 6500, HUBLOT Big Bang e is one of the expensive smart-watches specially created for men. 2. Tag Heuer Connected Watch, Third Generation Tag Heuer introduced its first smartwatch in 2015 in partnership with Intel Corporation and Google. In June 2020, the Swiss avant-garde luxury watch brand unveiled the third-generation of its Connected Watch. This new version is equipped with the Qualcomm® snapdragon wear™ 3100 Smartphone technology and the powerful Wear OS by Google operating system. It supports wireless connectivity technologies like Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and WiFi. This modern smartwatch features a masculine 45mm diameter case inspired by the distinct designs of the luxury brand’s chronograph watches. The third-generation connected watch features some distinct aspects of Tag Heuer chronographs: facetted lugs, case with polished and brushed finishing, graduated ceramic bezel, central rotating crown, pushers and screwed case-back. Seamlessly incorporating the updated wearable technology with an iconic watch design, this Swiss made smartwatch is available with stainless steel and titanium versions. The third-generation Tag Heuer Connected Watch features a 454×454 pixels OLED touch-screen protected with a scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass. Its smartwatch functions can be operated with touch-screen, crown and pushers. With the top pusher, the user can launch Sports app while the lower pusher is used for the stopwatch function.  The smartwatch also features in built sensors like heart rate, compass, accelerometer, microphone and gyroscope. In addition to the numerous functions offered by Google’s Smartwatch operating system, this new version incorporates custom-built apps like Watchface app, Sports watch app, stopwatch, timer, alarm and Companion App. Its sports-oriented smartwatch apps are useful for athletes and adventurers. It also features a built-in GPS system for navigation and tracking. The user can also edit and customise watch faces using a custom built app. Made with highly reliable materials, this masculine model incorporates all the distinctive characteristics of a reliable sports watch. Moreover, it has a water resistance up to 50 meters. This sports-oriented luxury smartwatch can be paired with a solid stainless steel bracelet or rubber strap featuring push-button folding clasp. The quick-change system for straps enhances its versatility. Tag Heuer Connected Watch has a price range starting at S$ 2000. 3. Garmin MARQ  Photo Credit : garmin.co.jp Garmin has been renowned worldwide for their GPS based navigational systems, portable communicators and all-weather wearable technology devices. Recently, the company has expanded the impressive MARQ collection of smart-tool watches by adding new Performance Editions. Paired with most recent wearable technologies, Garmin MARQ is masculine smartwatch collection specially created for athletes, explorers, aviators and drivers. The extensive collection offers models like Athlete, Adventurer, Aviator and Driver; each of them has its own custom features. The MARQ smartwatch models are currently available in Performance Editions also.  For example the aviator model offers custom functions like Direct-to-navigation key, Moving map, HSI course needle, Weather reports, Flight plans and Flight logging. The driver version offers Lap time repeatability, Virtual pit wall, Last race summary and Track timer. Like this, Athlete and Adventurer models feature customized apps and functions, useful for sportspersons and adventurers respectively.  Powered by Garmin Connect™ App, these watches are compatible with Android (6.0 and above) and iOS (12 or higher). Display resolution is 240 x 240 pixels. Type of the display is sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP). The Garmin MARQ watch offers a battery-life of up to 12 days in Smartwatch mode. MARQ features most smart-device functions like notifications, music apps, Garmin payment app and many other applications. This smart-device also supports MULTI-GNSS system for tracking the positions for navigational purposes. In addition to GPS, it can utilise the services provided by the other global navigation satellite systems like GLONASS and Galileo. Its user can also send and receive messages remotely when paired with Garmin’s inReach satellite communicators. The watch also offers fitness and wellness tracking apps for monitoring heart-rate, stress-score, body oxygen levels, respiration performance and hydration level. Moreover, all MARQ watches incorporate most reliable materials, like titanium, ceramic, DLC, sapphire crystal and silicone rubber. The case measures 46mm diameter and the thickness can vary depends upon the model. The MARQ watches feature titanium or DLC-coated titanium case.  Made with titanium with or without DLC, its bezel feature ceramic insert with tachymeter scale or 24-H GMT marking depends upon the model. Fitted with a domed sapphire crystal glass, all models are water resistant up to 100 meters. These watches are fitted with high-performance silicone rubber straps. Price range of highly professional smart-tool watch starts at S$ 2000. 4. Montblanc Summit 2+ Smartwatch Photo Credit : montblanc.com Summit 2+ is the most recent edition of Montblanc’s smartwatch collection. Montblanc Summit 2+ is the first luxury smartwatch that can directly activate cellular connectivity right in the Wear OS by Google app on Android smartphones. This gadget is most suitable for the business lifestyle. The watch features an AMOLED display protected with the sapphire crystal glass. Its built-in Watchface configurator offers more than thousand dial themes by customizing indicators, background, hands and complications. The watch faces remain visible at all times with the always-on colour ambient mode. Powered with Wear OS H-MR1 by Google, the watch supports Bluetooth, WIFI, GPS, NFC, LTE and 3G.  It also incorporates Sensors like Heart Rate, Barometer, Compass, Accelerometer, Gyro and Ambient Light Sensor. Other useful functions are GPS, Google Assistant, Timeshifter® app, Montblanc Travel Info app, Google Pay, fitness apps like VO2max (smart virtual fitness assistant) and health monitoring. With a built-in speaker, Summit 2+ allows the owner to access services like phone calls or the Google Assistant. Summit 2+ takes its design inspiration from the Montblanc 1858 collection. Montblanc Summit 2+ Smartwatch features a 43.5mm steel case, with additional options of black DLC, stainless steel and rose gold or bronze coloured steel finish. The watch also features a rotating crown and two programmable pushers. Price range is above S$ 1300. 5. Alpina Seastrong Horological Smartwatch Photo Credit : alpinawatches.com This new-generation smartwatch incorporates the designs of the traditional Swiss watch brand’s diving line, Seastrong. Endowed with ‘Smart’ functions, this rugged sports watch was created in collaboration with Swiss tech-company MMT.  Its smart functions prominently include Notifications of mail and calls, Activity Tracking, Sleep Monitoring, Automatic Time & Date update irrespective of time zones, Sleep Cycle Alarm, Get-Active Alerts, Dynamic Coaching, Cloud back-up and restore and Worldtimer 24 time zones. Compatible with both iOS and Android systems, the MMT-365 app establishes the connectivity with Smartphone using Bluetooth. The Seastrong Horological Smartwatch takes its design inspiration from the historical Alpina diving watches. Made with fiber glass and stainless steel, its 44m diameter is topped with a uni-directional rotating bezel.  Fitted with a sapphire crystal glass, the watch offers a water resistance of 100 meters. The dial features applied white luminous indexes and hands. This water-sports inspired Smartwatch is available with different bezel colors like black, green, orange and navy blue. Fitted with an all-purpose rubber strap, this smartwatch will be a great companion during your adventures, out-door sports and recreational water-sports activities. Price range is above S$ 950. 6. Samsung Galaxy Watch3 Titanium Mystic Black Photo Credit : samsung.com The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 Titanium is a masculine smartwatch that seamlessly combines luxury with excellent durability. Spotlighting a distinct design, it features a 45mm diameter case topped with a characteristic rotating bezel.  Powered with the Tizen Based Wearable OS 5.5 operating system, the watch is compatible with Android (5.0 and above) and iOS (9.0 and above). It also supports LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC. It is compatible with multiple satellite positioning systems like GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo. The watch features functions like Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Light Sensor, Optical Heart Rate Sensor and Electrical Heart Sensor. The watch can be used for measuring blood pressure and ECG monitoring with an in-bulit Heath app. Other fitness/wellness capabilities of this watch are: blood oxygen tracking, home training programs and sleep management.  Made with titanium, the timepiece boasts a Mystic Black color theme. It is also fitted with a premium-quality metal strap of the same color. The Super AMOLED 360 x 360 pixels screen is amply protected with a durable Corning Gorilla glass. Water resistant to 50 meters, it is a great out-door smart watch for active men. Price range is above S$ 650. 7. SUUNTO 7 Graphite Limited Edition SUUNTO 7 Graphite is a versatile smart-watch designed and developed in Finland. Specially designed for adventurers and outdoor sports enthusiasts, SUUNTO 7 can track sports-activities accurately. It features 70 sport modes and with Suunto app, the user can connect to sports services like Strava, Endomondo, TrainingPeaks and more. Its route navigation app and GPS are useful for outdoor activities. It also incorporates free offline outdoor-route maps.  Powered with Wear OS by Google, the SUUNTO 7 watch is compatible with Android (6.0 and above) and iOS (10.0 and above). The smartwatch graciously offers plenty of functions typically provided by Wear OS by Google. It also supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC. The watch incorporates a multiple satellite-based position tracking feature supported by GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and BEIDOU. Its health monitoring functions also include wrist heart rate. Measuring 50mm diameter, its case is made with glass fibre reinforced polyimide. Bezel is made with stainless steel. It features an AMOLED screen with 454X454 pixels resolution. Fitted with a durable Gorilla glass, the watch is water resistant to 50 meters. It comes fitted with a 24mm wide, micro-fibre textile strap. A spare silicone strap is also available. The watch has an excellent battery life of 2 days with smart-watch function and up to 40 days with Time Mode. The retail price is just above S$ 530. 8. TicWatch Pro 3 GPS Smart Watch Photo Credit : amazon.co.jp Developed by the Chinese technology company Mobvoi, the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS is the first Wear OS by Google smartwatch to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platform. This modern platform offers compact design, extended battery life, more indelible performance and advanced health and fitness tracking features. This energy efficient smartwatch incorporates a Dual-layer Display 2.0 system featuring a Retina AMOLED 454 x 454 screen and FSTN display.  The watch face can be customized by using Mobvoi app. It boasts an enhanced battery life of 72 hours in Smartwatch model and up to 45 days in essential mode. This smartwatch supports multiple satellite positioning networks like GPS, Beidou, Glonass, Galileo and QZSS. The TicWatch Pro 3 GPS also incorporates Built-in Mic and Speaker, Heart Rate, Accelerator, Gyroscope, Ambient Light and Barometer. Inspired by the exterior design of a modern chronograph, it features a round case made with steel and plastic. With a case diameter of 47mm and 12.2mm thickness, the watch has excellent water-proof and dust resistance properties. Perfectly suitable for active lifestyle, this model features a 22mm width solid silicone strap, which is also comfortable to wear. With a padded leather appearance and orange stitching, this interchangeable strap enhances the sporty nature of the smartwatch. The retail price is just above $400. 9. Fossil GEN 5E Smartwatch Carlyle HR Black Silicone Photo Credit : fossil.com This new Fossil GEN 5E Smartwatch model is compatible with Android (6.0+ excluding Go edition) and iOS (12.0+) Smartphone operating systems. It has an AMOLED 390 x 390 pixels screen with always on display. The display can be customized as desired by the user. This model supports Bluetooth, NFC and WiFi. The watch can be operated by home button, touch-screen and voice. The sensors incorporated with this smartwatch are Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Off-body IR and PPG Heart Rate.  Supported by Wear OS by Google, the GEN 5E Smartwatch boasts hundreds of pre-loaded apps useful for daily life, health, fitness, notifications, activity tracking, music, answer the calls and many more. It can be charged quickly and offers a battery life of more than 24 hours. Dressed in a 44mm diameter black stainless steel case, it offers a water resistance of 30 meters. This Fossil smartwatch comes fitted with a 22mm wide black silicone strap. The retail price is just above S$ 390. 10. Skagen Smartwatch HR – Falster 3 X by KYGO Black Silicone Boasting a minimalistic design like all Danish products, this smartwatch from Skagen features a 42mm diameter blackened steel case. This budget-friendly smartwatch for men all powered with Wear OS by Google including: heart-rate monitoring, Google Assistant, notifications, activity tracking, Google Pay, GPS and more.  Compatible with Android (6.0+ excluding Go edition) and iOS (10.0+) , the watch also incorporates features and sensors like Accelerometer, Altimeter, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Microphone, NFC and Untethered GPS. With full charge, its battery offers autonomy of more than 24-hous. The watch supports Bluetooth® Smart Enabled 4.2 LE connectivities. Water resistant to 30 meters, the watch also boasts a chronograph like appearance. The Skagen Smartwatch HR – Falster 3 comes with a 22mm wide, interchangeable black silicone strap featuring prong buckle. This special edition was released in collaboration with X by Kygo. The retail price is just above S$ 260. Read More : Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  8. 11 on-trend watches for your wedding day

    11 on-trend watches for your wedding day

    Wedding day is one of the most memorable occasions in every one’s life. During wedding ceremonies, everyone wear their best dresses. Typically, the style used for wedding suits and other accessories is traditional, and sometimes with a contemporary touch.  To complement the elegant and well-tailored wedding dresses, we have prepared a list of eleven on-trend watches. Traditionally, gold occupies a significant role in marriage ceremonies. Along with the elegant and sophisticated design features, we equally considered the importance of this precious metal before finalising our list. Moreover, the case of a wedding watch should be classic-sized, smooth and thin. Additionally, watches with simple dial design are more preferable. For men 1. Ballon Bleu De Cartier Watch Automatic Gold 42mm Photo Credit : cartier.hk Our preferred choice from the high-luxury range is an 18-carat pink gold version of Cartier Ballon Bleu De Cartier automatic model, known for its timeless elegance and unique design. Cartier’s Ballon Bleu De watch inherited its name from the integrated blue-cabochon crown, which floats like balloon. Perfectly suitable as a wedding watch for men, the 18-carat pink gold automatic version measures 42mm diameter and 13mm thickness. It is outfitted on an 18-carat pink gold bracelet featuring polished and satin-finished links. Along with the curved case design, this smoothly finished bracelet offers comfortable fitting.  Also made from pink gold, the fluted crown is topped with a blue cabochon-shaped sapphire. Perfectly contrasting the golden theme of the watch, the silvered guilloche dial features a lacquered opaline dial-ring. It hosts large Roman numerals and a miniature date-window adjacent to the distinct crown. The watch displays hour, minute and second with their blued hands. Its automatic movement typically provides 42 hours power reserve. Ideally fitted with sapphire crystal glasses, this watch is water-resistant to 30 meters. Also available in yellow gold, this model costs just above S$ 42000. The Ballon Bleu De Cartier watches with same design are also available in stainless and bi-color versions, in a lesser price range. 2. Rolex Datejust 41 Rolesor Photo Credit : rolex.com The Rolex Datejust 41 Rolesor watch boasts an everlasting design with the popular bi-color combination: oyster steel with 18-carat yellow gold or Everose gold. One of the most admired wristwatches ever produced, the Datejust 41 never went out of fashion since it was launched in 1945. In its Rolesor versions, the bezel, the crown, and the centre bracelet links are made of 18-carat yellow gold or Everose gold. The middle case and the outer links of the bracelet are made of oyster steel.  The new generation Datejust 41 models house a state-of-the-art mechanical self-winding movement endowed with high-energy efficiency and ultimate precision. A great wedding day timepiece for men, it can be paired with an Oyster or Jubilee bracelet. This certified Superlative Chronometer boasts an impressive power reserve of 70 hours. Its price is just above S$ 15000. 3. Omega De Ville Trésor Sedna™ gold 40mm Photo Credit : omegawatches.com This fine wristwatch from Omega’s iconic Trésor line is made with the brand’s proprietary gold. The inimitable radiance of 18-carat Sedna™ gold generously provides an alluring appeal to this classic timepiece with slender proportions. It boasts an elegant silvery opaline dial adorned with vintage styled clous de Paris decoration.  The watch houses an Omega Master Co-Axial manual winding movement endowed with meticulous finishing and superior anti-magnetic features. It typically provides a power reserve of 60 hours. A certified chronometer, the De Ville Trésor Sedna™ gold watch is paired with an elegant brown leather strap with an 18-carat Sedna™ gold buckle. Available in the same price range as the Rolex Datejust 41 Rolesor, it is a brilliant choice as a wedding day watch. 4. Longines Presence Automatic 40mm Bi-color Photo Credit : longines.com From the mid price range, our first selection is a charming Presence Automatic model from the Longines Classic collection. The watch is a true representative of the Swiss brand’s classic elegance style. Made from stainless steel, this watch highlights an intriguing two-tone theme. Its case, crown, lugs and outer-links of the bracelet are enhanced with yellow or red gold PVD coating. Fitted with sapphire crystal glass, this 40mm diameter watch has a thickness of just 8.90mm. It displays the hour, minute, seconds and date. Its automatic movement provides a power reserve of 64 hours. Its White matte dial feature painted Roman numeral hour-markers and black-colored hands for hour and minutes. The golden winged-hour glass logo and gold seconds hand enhance the luxurious appeal. The bracelet is equipped with triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism. Price range is just above S$ 2000. 5. Oris Classic Date Automatic Bi-color Photo Credit : oris.ch Typically featuring a 42mm diameter case, the Oris Classic Date is a slender watch with an irresistible appeal. The version we have shortlisted in this list features an eye-catching blue guilloche dial with bi-color case and bracelet. This stainless steel timepiece is topped with a rose gold PVD bezel. To harmonize the two-tone theme, the stainless steel bracelet features rose gold PVD links in two inner layers.  The watch displays hour, minute, seconds and date. The gold-color indexes and hands perfectly complement the two-tone shade of the watch. Its hour and minute hands feature Superluminova C3 for better visibility in the dark. The Swiss automatic movement typically delivers a power reserve of 38 hours. Its price is just above S$ 2000. This Classic Date watch model is also available with a black leather strap. For women 1. Omega De Ville Ladymatic Co‑Axial Chronometer 34mm, Sedna™ gold Photo Credit : omegawatches.com Introduced in 1995, Ladymatic is an impressive watch collection dedicated to fashionable women. Suitable as a wedding watch for fashion conscious women, this De Ville Ladymatic watch features 18-carat Sedna™ gold case, bezel and bracelet. This slender 34mm case houses an ultra-feminine white, mother-of-pearl dial featuring 18K Sedna™ hands and a date-window 3 o ‘clock. Also made from 18K Sedna™ gold, the circle-shaped hour-markers are set with diamonds.  This chronometer-certified watch is equipped with the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 8521, which can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back. The movement features 18 carat red gold oscillating mass and balance bridge. Finished with an exclusive Geneva waves decoration, this self-winding movement promptly delivers 50 hours power reserve. Fitted with a domed sapphire crystal glass and screw-in crown, this Ladymatic watch has a water resistance of 100 metres. Price range is above S$ 42000. 2. TUDOR Glamour Date Automatic Two Tone Photo Credit : berrysjewellers.co.uk TUDOR’s Glamour is an extensive collection comprising of both ladies’ and gent’s timepieces that seamlessly combine the retro-chic style with elegance and sophistication. The collection offers timepieces with various configurations, with case sizes starting from 26mm.  For the women’s wedding watch list, we have shortlisted a particular bi-color model from the Glamour Date family. Highlighting an elegant two-tone theme, this 31mm watch features a polished steel case adorned with a steel and yellow-gold double bezel.  Adequately protected with a scratch-proof sapphire crystal, the champagne-colour dial features 11 diamond hour-markers and a small date window at 3 o’clock. Its self-winding mechanical movement (Calibre T201) typically provides approximately 38 hours power reserve. Made from yellow gold, the screw-down winding crown is embossed with the Tudor logo. The two-tone theme is harmonized with a steel and yellow gold bracelet with folding clasp. The watch is waterproof to a depth of 100 metres. The Glamour Date Automatic Two Tone watch is also available in 26mm and 36mm case sizes; and with other dial colors. Price range is above S$ 5000. 3. La Grande Classique de Longines, Two tone  Photo Credit : longines.com Introduced in 1992, La Grande Classique de Longines collection perfectly embodies the Swiss brand’s classic elegance and timeless sophistication. This remarkable series offers extensive selection of timepieces with case diameters ranging from 24mm to 37mm, making it a suitable collection for both men and women. Available in quartz and automatic versions, these timepieces feature slender profile. Attached with screws, the case-back of the watch doubles as lugs for fixing the bracelet and straps.  The model included in this list features a bi-color case and bracelet. Its sunray-brown or black-lacquered dial hosts 12 diamond hour-markers and two slender pink hands for indicating hours and minutes. Longines also offers other dial variants of this two-tone watch. The golden shade in this two-tone watch was created by red PVD coating. The case measures 24mm diameter and 4.50mm thickness. Topped with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal, this quartz watch provides a water resistance of 30 meters. Price range is above S$ 2000. 4. Gucci Diamantissima 32mm Photo Credit : gucci.com The Gucci Diamantissima collection offers stylish ladies’ watches featuring refined exterior design and minimalistic dial. This medium size timepiece features 32mm diameter polished pink gold PVD case. This watch boasts the iconic diamante pattern on the black lacquered dial. The same pattern is also visible on the black PVD coated case side. The minimalist dial has two gold-toned hands for displaying the time. The watch is topped with a scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass with Gucci logo and “Swiss made” printing inside. Equipped with a Swiss made Ronda quartz movement, Diamantissima is also available with a 27mm case. The watch is worn on a black shiny calf leather strap with pink gold PVD ardillon buckle. It is water resistant to 50 meters. Price range is above S$ 1200. 5. Tissot Le Locle Automatic Small Lady Photo Credit : tissotwatches.com The Le Locle collection pays tribute the glorious heritage of Tissot. This vintage-inspired classic chic line offers elegant mechanical watch models for both men and women.From the Le Locle collection, we have selected the two-tone Automatic Small Lady model as a wedding day watch for women. Equipped with the ETA 2671 Swiss automatic movement, this timepiece features a yellow or rose gold PVD coated case measuring just 25.30mm diameter and 8.4mm thickness. Topped with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the watch also features a mineral glass case-back for viewing the mechanical movement. This automatic watch displays hour, minute, seconds and date. Its silver dial features gold-toned hands and hour-markers. The self-winding movement provides a power reserve of 38 hours. The bi-color steel strap is equipped with a butterfly clasp. Price range is above S$ 900. 6. Citizen L Ambiluna, Ref. EG7073-16Y Photo Credit : citizen.com.hk Citizen L is an impressive collection of ultra-feminine wristwatches, driven by the innovative Eco-drive technology. This collection has been dedicated to style conscious modern women. The model included in our list is an Ambiluna watch in a titanium case, enhanced with Sakura pink gold plating.  This extremely lightweight watch measures 31mm diameter and 6mm thickness. It boasts a beautiful mother-of-pearl dial hosting two slender, gold-toned hands for time display. Its 12-hour marker is a lab-grown diamond. Ideally fitted with a sapphire crystal glass, the watch provides water resistance of 50 meters. It is presented on an extremely fine Synthetic Leather Strap. Price range is just above S$ 650. Read More : Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  9. Watches with Lights! 5 Best Luminous Watches to Tell Time in the Dark

    Watches with Lights! 5 Best Luminous Watches to Tell Time in the Dark

    In watchmaking, the illumination technology was initially introduced in tool-watches, specially created for military personals. The primary aim was to illuminate the dial of the watch for ensuring optimum visibility around the clock and in any light conditions. Initially, Radium-based luminescent material was employed for illuminating the hands and indexes on the dial. However, due to its radiation hazards, the watchmakers switched over to other modern technologies.  At present, watch brands make use of various methods to illuminate the dials of their timepieces. Two prominent examples are luminescent paint and tritium micro-gas tube. In this article, we highlight five top luminous watches currently available in the market. 1. Panerai Luminor Marina Fibratech™ 44mm (PAM01119) Source: Panerai Official Panerai has been known for the company’s rich heritage in the luminescence technology that provides optimum readability of the dial indications. The company has been utilizing luminescent features since the 1950s for its military watches. The Luminor family follows this tradition. The most recent addition to this collection is the Luminor Marina Fibratech™ 44mm limited edition watch.  The watch case is made with a unique material called Fibratech™, developed by Panerai. Equipped with twin spring barrels, the in-house automatic movement provides a power reserve of three days. Its anthracite dial with sunray finish and sandwich structure features large-hour markers and Arabic numerals. The dial hosts center hour & minute hands, small-seconds at 9H and date at 3H. Its outer-dial ring, hour markers, numerals and hands are embedded with Super-LumiNova with green luminescence.  The watch also employs Super-LumiNova on its crown, protective-bridge, locking-liver and strap. Made of Panerai SportechTM, the black strap features luminescent stitching. Water-resistant to a depth of 300 meters and endowed with superb luminescence, the Luminor Marina Fibratech™ 44mm is a perfect tool-watch for diving and night-missions. 2. Bell & Ross BR 03-92 FULL LUM  Source: Bell & Ross Official Bell & Ross has been renowned for its professional timepieces. One of the founding principles of this Swiss watch brand is optimum readability. The BR 03-92 FULL LUM watch proudly reflects this incredible legacy, but in a unique way by reversing the customary principles of luminescence. Instead of applying the luminescent materials to the hands and markers, Bell & Ross painted the entire dial with Superluminova®.  Now, the so-called graphic dial features non-luminescent hands and makers. In the absence of visible light, the watch-dial glows brilliantly and generously provides ultimate legibility. The BR 03-92 FULL LUM has a luminescent rubber bracelet. The BR 03-92 FULL LUM model has a matt-black ceramic case, which perfectly offsets the graphic dial. Fitted with a sapphire crystal glass, this 42 mm watch houses an automatic movement for operating the hours, minutes, seconds and date function. With its great luminescence and rugged exterior, this typical Bell & Ross Instruments watch is ideally suitable for night adventures and missions. 3. BALL Roadmaster Marine GMT Source: Instagram The BALL Roadmaster collection offers exceptional tool-watches incorporating the Swiss watch brand’s characteristic luminescence technology. Developed in Switzerland, the innovative and self-powered Micro Gas Tubes (H₃) are superior and brighter than luminescent paintings. The Roadmaster Marine GMT timepiece incorporates 28 self-powered micro gas tubes on its indicators (the hour, minute and GMT hands) and hour-markers. All the hands and 6, 9 and 12 numerals on the dial feature green radiance and the hour-index has an orange glow. This arrangement ensures exceptional readability of the dial around the clock. As a multiple time-zone watch, this model also incorporates a Bi-directional rotating ceramic bezel with a 24-hour scale illuminated with Super LumiNova. The watch displays hours, minutes, and sweep second, calendar and three time-zones with the patented quick set mechanism. The Swiss-made timepiece is equipped with a chronometer-certified automatic movement. It comes with a 42mm diameter, and a light-weight case made from titanium.  The Roadmaster Marine GMT also incorporates all other characteristics of a premium tool-watch, like scratch-proof sapphire crystals, screwed-in crowns and transparent case back. The watch is fitted with tapered titanium and stainless steel bracelet, which ensures comfortable wearing. Water-resistant to 200 meters and endowed with superb antimagnetic (4,800A/m) and shock-resistance (5,000Gs) features, the BALL Roadmaster Marine GMT is a great tool-watch. Added with superb luminescence technology and multiple time-zone functions, it would be most suitable for professionals who frequently travel across the world. 4. Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic Source: Traser Official Exclusively designed for modern explorers, the Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic watch incorporates the trigalight® self-powered technology, which doesn’t require any external light or energy sources. This 46mm wristwatch features a black PVD coated stainless steel case with two screw-down crowns and anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass. In addition to the time and date display, the P68 Pathfinder Automatic watch features an inner compass-ring to correctly determine the wearer’s current position and the cardinal directions. It can be operated with the crown at 8 o’clock.  The watch is equipped with a Swiss-made automatic movement, which provides a power reserve of 38 hours. Fitted with a top-quality NATO strap, this Swiss-made watch is all-weather compatible and has a water resistance of 100 meters. All Traser watches use the proprietary luminescent technology developed by its parent company mb-microtec, based in Switzerland. For illumination, the P68 Pathfinder Automatic model incorporates both trigalight® and Super-LumiNova. It has trigalight® self-powered technology for the hour-indexes and hands. It assures perfect visibility even in the most demanding environments. The watch uses Super-LumiNova for the direction indicator on the compass ring, external numerals on the dial and luminescent glass seal. Featuring great luminescence and compass functions, this all-terrain-watch is suitable for adventurers, outdoor-sports enthusiasts and hikers. 5. Victorinox Swiss Army Night Vision  Source: Victorinox The Night Vision watch by Victorinox Swiss Army incorporates a novel technology for illuminating its dial. It also offers some auxiliary light functions. Driven by a Ronda quartz movement, this Swiss-made timekeeping instrument features a 42mm diameter stainless steel case. The ingenious LED lighting system of this watch offers six functions, which can be activated by pressing the push button on the case.  The six light modes are Time Vision, Night Vision, Strobe, SOS, Locator and Battery end-of-life. These functions are managed by a Swiss-made electronic module exclusively designed for this timepiece. It has its own battery and runs on a circuit independent of the watch movement.  Gently pressing the dedicated button once will activate a blue LED light that illuminates the dial, allowing the wearer to read the time and date in all conditions. Interestingly, the hands and hour-markers are embedded with traditional luminescent materials. With the push-button, you can activate other functions like Night Vision, Strobe, SOS and Locator.  Lastly, a red LED flashes three times every 10 seconds to indicate that the battery needs to be replaced. Fitted with a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, the watch is water-resistant to 50 meters. Equipped with a unique lighting technology, which also provides some other useful functions in addition to illuminating the dial, this timepiece is a great daily beater watch. Read More : Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  10. Top 10 Most Stylish Diamond Watches

    Top 10 Most Stylish Diamond Watches

    Popularised by the high-profile celebrities from the entertainment industry and sports field, diamond watches typically represent glamorous lifestyle. The most stylish diamond watches are born from the perfect alliance between two highly respected art-crafts: horology and high-jewelry. Diamond is extremely rare and it is the most challenging material to be work with. Lots of effort and man-hours are required to process each diamond stone before positioning it into a jewelry piece or a watch. Because of the complexity involved in manufacturing, only a limited number of brands offer diamond-set watches.  The following list consists of 10 most stylish diamond watches introduced in recent years: four for men and six for women.  For men 1. Piaget Polo Emperador Tourbillon High Jewellery This exceptionally stylish diamond-set watch certifies the extensive expertise of House of Piaget’s Gem-setting craftsmen and the technical ingenuity of the manufacture’s extremely talented watchmakers. This timepiece features a cushion-shaped case measuring 49mm diameter. Inside the watch beats a skeletonized, ultra-thin mechanical hand-wound movement featuring tourbillon. This watch features gem-setting in its every part, including the movement. Made with 18 carat white-gold, its case and bracelet are adorned with blue sapphires and sparkling, brilliant and baguette cut diamonds. Even the parts of skeletonized movement are carefully set with glittering diamonds, and its platinum micro-rotor is adorned with blue sapphires.  Measuring just 6mm thickness, the ultrathin self-winding movement typically delivers 40 hours power reserve. The rear-side of the complex mechanical calibre is also set with splendid diamonds, and this magnificent view can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back. The watch boasts a flying tourbillon complication at 1 o’clock and an off-centered dial at 5 o’clock with the hour and minute hands. In addition to the gem-setting, this high-end movement also incorporates fine horology finishing techniques like hand-bevelling, hand-polishing and sunburst-brushing. 2. Pasha de Cartier Diamond-Set Tourbillon Watch, Ref. HPI01435 Photo Credit : cartier.hk Pasha de Cartier is a flagship collection from the House of Cartier. A quintessential example of the Maison’s watchmaking tradition, It offers exceptional timepieces, including some diamond-set watch models. Exclusively created for distinguished men, the watch featured in this exclusive list is set with 180 brilliant-cut diamonds.  Made with 18-carat gold, the 41mm diameter case houses a skeletonized manual-wound mechanical movement with tourbillon. Its bezel, crown, buckle and movement are adorned with precious diamonds. The gem-set skeleton calibre endowed with gem-setting, blued-steel diamond-shaped hands, distinct hour-markers and tourbillon offers this brilliant timepiece a unique appeal. The hand-wound calibre typically offers a power reserve of 50 hours. A salient feature of this diamond set watch for men is its easily interchangeable straps system. 3. Grand Seiko Masterpiece Spring Drive 8 Days Jewelry Watch Photo Credit : grand-seiko.com It is rather an unusual entry into this specific list as Grand Seiko rarely makes diamond set-watches. This particular diamond-set watch for men was launched to mark the iconic brand’s 60th anniversary in 2020. Painstakingly crafted at the Shinshu Watch Studio, it is one of the most beautiful diamond set watches ever made in the Land of the Rising Sun. This platinum wristwatch has a diamond-set 18 carat white gold dial inspired by the winter mornings in Shinshu. The center portion of the dial features an extremely beautiful and sparkling “diamond dust” texture inspired by the minuscule ice crystals. This serene background faithfully depicts the shimmering winter mornings in the Shinshu region. Circled around this center-part is a large dial ring, which set with 48 baguette diamonds as minute markers and 12 blue sapphires as hour-markers.  Additionally, the dial also features an outer track, set with 48 small-sized diamonds and 12 miniature blue sapphires. In total, the watch features 96 baguette diamonds and 25 sapphires, including one that is placed on the crown. Its 43mm diameter case is meticulously finished with a Zaratsu polishing technique especially used for platinum models. Beating inside this magnificent timepiece is a hand-made mechanical manual-winding Spring Drive movement that offers an outstanding autonomy of 8 days.  4. Hublot Spirit of Big Bang High Jewellery Do you like Hublot Spirit of Big Bang? This timepiece is itself a rare creation in our list of stylish diamond-set watches. Featuring prominently a distinct tonneau shaped exterior, this high-end timepiece merges sophisticated gem-setting with the extremely complex chronograph skeleton movement. Made from 18-carat white gold, the case is set with 118 baguette-cut diamonds. In addition, a dazzling array of 60 baguette-cut diamonds adorns the bezel.  Its dial boasts a complex design incorporating white gold and sapphire crystal, which amply provides the mesmerizing views of self-winding skeleton chronograph movement. Total 113 baguette-cut diamonds were used to adorn the flange, indices and the three sub-dials. Beating at a high frequency of 5Hz, the automatic movement provides a power reserve of 50 hours. The watch is available with a rubber or alligator strap. The 18-carat white gold clasp is also set with 55 baguette-cut diamonds. For women 1. Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Haute Joaillerie The Patek Philippe Twenty~4 collection traditionally offers some elegant and stylistic ladies’ watches. Introduced in 1999, this line also includes some dramatic diamond-set wristwatches, including the Twenty~4 Automatic Rose Gold Haute Joaillerie watch unveiled in 2019. The superbly crafted 18-carat rose gold version boasts 3,238 sparkling diamonds! This 36mm high-jewelry wristwatch for women is fully paved with Top Wesselton diamonds using the extremely difficult Random setting. Its rose gold case is set with 351 diamonds. Adorned with 384 glittering diamonds, the dial features golden numerals and hands. The watch displays hour, minutes and seconds. Its hour and minute hands feature high-quality luminescent coating for ensuring optimum dial visibility in the dark. Its time-setting crown is set with 13 diamonds. The watch houses a highly decorated self-winding movement with a solid rose gold rotor. The rose gold bracelet of the watch is adorned with 2,490 magnificent diamonds. 2. Bvlgari Serpenti Incantati Tourbillon Lumière, White Gold, diamond set watch (Ref. 102541) Photo Credit : bulgari.com This extremely beautiful diamond-set watch undoubtedly represents the pinnacle of luxury watchmaking by merging high-jewelry craftsmanship. This diamond-set Bvlgari watch for men boasts a high-end mechanical movement, endowed with a tourbillon complication and skeletonized architecture.  The Serpenti line wristwatches are known for their seducing designs inspired by the mythological world of serpents. In this sparkling creation, a mesmerizing serpent structure assumes the shape of round watch case. This design harks back to a beautiful brooch produced by the iconic Roman Jewellery in the 1930s.  The 18-carat white gold case of the Serpenti Incantati Tourbillon Lumière watch is set with 237 brilliant cut diamonds and two tanzanites. The complex skeleton tourbillon movement is crafted with 18-carat gold and steel. The open-worked dial incorporates two hands surrounded by an 18-carat white gold segment with purple PVD coating. The wearer can admire a spectacular tourbillon complication at 6 o’clock. Providing an impressive power reserve of 64 hours, this manual-wound mechanical movement incorporates brilliant finishing techniques. The 18-carat white gold buckle of the alligator strap is set with 28 brilliant-cut diamonds.  3.  Rolex Pearlmaster 39 (Ref. 86409RBR) Photo Credit : orientalwatch.com This dazzling ladies’ timepiece is an ultimate compendium of Rolex’s extensive expertise in two sectors: precision watchmaking and gem-setting. This 18-carat white gold timepiece is adorned with glittering diamonds all over, including the case, the dial, lugs and the bracelet. It is equipped with a high-precision manufacture self-winding movement, which typically provides an impressive 72 hours power reserve. The sparkling gem-set watch has a 39mm diameter case. Although conceived as a sophisticated diamond-set timepiece, it steadfastly maintains all the typical features of a Rolex Datejust watch: Superlative Chronometer certification, Cyclops lens for the date window and 100 meters water resistance. All the diamonds are certified by Rolex’s own gemological laboratory. Also available with 18-carat yellow gold or the proprietary Everose gold, the Pearlmaster 39 watch is provided with a comfortable bracelet featuring the concealed crown clasp. 4. Winston Kaleidoscope High Jewelry Watch by Harry Winston Photo Credit : harrywinston.com Harry Winston is traditionally known for its extremely beautiful and diamond-set high-jewelry watches. In 2020, Harry Winston introduced five sparkling diamond-set watches inspired by the magical aesthetics of Kaleidoscope. Among them, two versions boast a beautiful spiral shaped exterior adorned with splendid diamonds and colorful gemstones.  On its enticing and magical spiral structure, the first model features 42 tsavorites, 29 blue sapphires, 28 orange spessartites, 14 diamonds and 14 yellow sapphires. The second version hosts 36 blue sapphires, 28 diamonds, 21 aquamarines, 21 pink sapphires, 14 rubies and seven tsavorites.  Made from platinum, the 36mm diameter case houses a high-end quartz calibre, which drives hour and minute hands. The 18-carat gold dial is fully set with 71 brilliant-cut diamonds. The satin strap features a platinum buckle, which is adorned with 29 brilliant-cut diamonds. Both watch models are topped with sapphire crystal glasses. 5. Chopard L’Heure du Diamant Rose Gold Automatic Diamond Set watch Photo Credit : chopard.com Chopard‘s L’Heure du Diamant collection has been dedicated to beautiful diamond-set, high-jewelry watches for women. All timepieces from this line feature gem-set cases. This line graciously offers some of the most beautiful dials with exquisite materials like Opal, Lapis Lazuli, malachite, turquoise, Onyx, Tiger’s eye and mother-of-pearl. The collection also includes a number of models featuring diamond set dials. The timepieces may be equipped with automatic or manual wound or quartz movements. The case can be small or medium sized, with choices of oval or round shapes.  The specific model in our list is a medium size, round case, rose-gold automatic watch set with magnificent diamonds. Its case is adorned with 40 diamonds using Prong-setting technique. Its dial is semi-paved with diamonds and features a mother-of-pearl guilloche center. This timepiece indicates the hour and minute with two sword-shaped golden hands. The hour-markers are beautifully placed on the diamond-set dial-ring. The crown is topped with a diamond briolette. Through the sapphire crystal case-back, you can admire the automatic movement, which typically delivers 40 hours power reserve. This watch is fitted with an 18-carat rose gold bracelet featuring folding buckle. 6. Maillon de Cartier Diamond set watch Photo Credit : cartier.hk The Maillon de Cartier is an exclusive watch collection dedicated to modern women. These watches stand out with their atypical features like hexagonal dial, facetted case design and chain-link bracelet. Made from 18-carat pink or white gold these timepieces house quartz movements. The miniature case of each Maillon de Cartier watch is secured with a stylish chain-link bracelet designed in-house. This gleaming and extremely smooth bracelet is also comfortable for wearing. The Maillon de Cartier offers some lovely diamond set wristwatches.  The specific model featured in this list is a white gold watch, entirely set with a delightful combination of sparkling diamonds, gem-stones and lacquer decorations. The luxury Maison’s expert gem-setters used 300 brilliant-cut diamonds and 96 tsavorites to adorn the case, the dial and the bracelet of this extremely beautiful watch. The beautiful lacquer decorations and gem-setting provide the timepiece an extremely stylish appearance. Its crown is set with a brilliant-cut diamond. It however maintains a minimalist dial display using two sword-shaped hands. Read More : Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  11. 11 Fashion Watch Brands Best Known For Style

    11 Fashion Watch Brands Best Known For Style

    Introduction Wristwatches can be grouped into several categories based on their functions, performance, price range, quality and styles. One such category is ‘Fashion Watches.’ In the market, you will typically come across hundreds of fashion watch brands. From this crowded spectrum, we have shortlisted 11 brands, known for their distinct styles. This list covers from high-fashion to casual fashion categories.  1. Louis Vuitton watches Photo Credit : louisvuitton.com Louis Vuitton is one of the most revered names in the global luxury industry. This iconic French luxury-fashion house was established in 1854 by Louis Vuitton (1821–1892), with an ambitious aim to produce stylish and superior quality trunk boxes. With an illustrious history of more than 165 years, Louis Vuitton is known for its high-fashion clothing lines and opulent goods. The brand offers expensive bags, small leather goods, footwear, fragrances, luxury watches, jewelry and travel accessories inspired by their iconic designs. The brand’s symbolic Damier and Monogram Canvas patterns can be seen in most of the luxury products from Louis Vuitton. In 2002, Louis Vuitton introduced their first watch collection, the Tambour. All LV watches, including its high-complication timepieces, are produced in-house by the company’s own manufacture in Switzerland. Endowed with the prestigious Swiss-made certification, all Louis Vuitton watches capture their artistic inspiration from the brand’s iconic designs and patterns. 2. Hermès watches Photo Credit : hermes.com A prominent high-fashion house established in Paris, Hermès enjoys a distinguished history of more than 180 years. This iconic premium brand was founded by French businessman Thierry Hermès in 1837. Initially focused on saddlery and leather-goods manufacturing, his business venture has grown to a world-renowned high-fashion apparel and luxury products company. In addition to their Ready-to-wear clothing lines, the Parisian luxury brand offers equestrian goods, fragrances, footwear, jewelry, leather bags and accessories, make-up products and timepieces. Bearing the Swiss-made quality label, All Hermès watches are produced in-house, by the company’s own subsidiary in Switzerland. La Montre Hermès also manufactures mechanical movements, dials, cases and leather straps. These capabilities ensure the company’s absolute functional independence in the field of watchmaking. Dreamed up by the most talented fashion designers, Hermès watches derive their aesthetic inspiration from the brand’s iconic products, motifs and designs. 3. Gucci watches The iconic Italian luxury fashion house Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in 1921. A subsidiary of France based international luxury group Kering, Gucci is one of the most successful Italian fashion brands. The house offers ready-to-wear collections, luxury bags, foot-wear, lifestyle goods, jewelry and watches. Proudly reflecting the most distinguished traditions of Italian fashion designing and Florentine craftsmanship, the brand’s products are known for their eclectic, modern and whimsical styles. Designed by the best creative talents in the fashion industry, Gucci watches are manufactured by the company’s own production facilities in Switzerland. Inspired by the luxury Maison’s design ethos, Gucci timepieces feature a distinct style incorporating the brand’s iconic symbols and distinctive patterns. All timepieces are Swiss Made.  4. Balmain watches Photo Credit : balmainwatches.com Balmain is a Paris based fashion house founded by Pierre Balmain (1914 – 1982), who was popularly known as the ‘King of French Fashion’. Pierre was an expert in designing distinctive and marvelous dresses for renowned movie actresses and noblewomen.  Since its establishment in 1945, the award-winning haute couture and the ready-to-wear label have been renowned for their elegant and refined designs. The brand’s primary focus has been on women’s high fashion clothing, highlighting the Jolie Madame aesthetic. The high-fashion house is still continuing its founder’s legacy and offers haute couture dresses, ready-to-wear clothing, accessories, perfumes and jewelry creations.  From 1987 to 1995, Balmain timepieces were manufactured by the Swatch group under the licensing agreement. In December 1995, Swatch acquired the Balmain watch brand and created Montres Balmain in Saint Imier. This new company manufactures high-quality, Swiss-made fashion timepieces inspired by the iconic designs of Pierre Balmain.  Balmain timepieces accurately reflect the artistic vigor of the Parisian haute couture label, enhanced with the best watchmaking expertise of a major Swiss watch company. 5. Emporio Armani watches Emporio Armani is a brand of the prestigious Italian Fashion House Armani. This fashion empire was founded by the Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani in 1975.  Giorgio has been renowned for his contributions in the red-carpet fashion arena. His company has been involved in a comprehensive range of business activities starting from haute couture to lifestyle accessories and from home-furnishing to luxury hotels.  Introduced in 1981 and designed by Giorgio, Emporio Armani label is known for its trendy and modern clothing lines, especially suited for the style-conscious young generation. Perfectly reflecting the fashion label’s design principles, the Emporio Armani watch collection offers youthful yet elegantly styled contemporary wristwatches for both men and women. Emporio Armani watches are manufactured by Fossil Group under a licensing agreement signed in 1997. 6. Versace watches Photo Credit : versace.com A prominent business empire in the fashion world, the House of Versace was founded by Giovanni Maria Versace (1946 – 1997) in 1978. Boasting flamboyant colors, daring patterns and sensual cuts, Versace high-fashion dresses were popular among high-profile celebrities. His ardent love for the Greek mythological figure Medusa can be seen in the brand logo. His label’s creations also highlight this lifelong devotion to the ancient Greek culture. Giovanni was also known as a rock n roll designer due to his constant relationships with renowned music personalities.  Presently owned by Capri Holdings Limited, Versace typically creates high-fashion dresses and wedding collections, ready-to-wear fashion clothing lines, street-wear, kids-wear, bags, footwear and accessories. The brand additionally offers eyewear, fragrances, fine-jewelry and fashion-watches.  Since 2004, Switzerland-based Timex Group Luxury Division has been designing, producing and distributing Versace watches. All these timekeepers bear the prestigious Swiss Made label. Versace watch collections reflect the so-called rock and roll style of the fashion house; and highlight the brand’s characteristic icons like Medusa’s Head, Greek key motifs and baroque ornamental patterns. 7. Hugo Boss watches Founded by German businessman Hugo Ferdinand Boss in 1924, Hugo Boss is a globally recognized premium-fashion house. The brand offers clothing lines including business-wear, casual-dresses, luxury-sportswear and evening-wear. It is the number one fashion clothing company in Germany. Hugo Boss also offers shoes and other lifestyle accessories. It has licensed out the production of fragrances, eyewear and watches to other established companies. Hugo Boss watches are manufactured and distributed by Movado Group under a licensing agreement signed in 2005. All Hugo Boss products are known for their elegant designs, continuous innovation, quality craftsmanship and ecological sustainability. Genuinely made with environment-friendly and high-quality materials, the much-acclaimed clothing lines of the brand combine modern and sophisticated design features. With their contemporary appeal and refined style, Hugo Boss watches perfectly faithfully reflect the design ethos of the iconic luxury fashion house. 8. Michael Kors watches Michael Kors is a fashion brand founded by an American fashion designer and entrepreneur of the same name. Incorporated in 1981, his company Capri Holdings (formerly Michael Kors Holdings Limited) also owns Jimmy Choo and Versace brands. Michael Kors fashion label offers ready-to-wear clothing lines, bags, lifestyle accessories, shoes, wallets and watches. The brand’s watches are manufactured by Fossil Group under a license agreement. Michael Kors’s clothing lines are known for their modern style incorporating cool, sporty and sophisticated design features. Michael Kors watches proudly reflect this aesthetic spirit. 9. Marc Jacobs watches Photo Credit: marcjacobs.com Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer who founded his eponymous label 1984. Marc Jacobs’s clothing lines are popularly known for their distinctive designs mixed with preppie, grunge and high-fashion elements. In addition to fashion-clothing collections, Marc Jacobs also offers bags, beauty-care products, fragrances, footwear, timepieces and other lifestyle accessories.  For a long time, Marc Jacobs branded watches had been produced by Fossil Group. In 2019, the designer fashion house signed a licensing agreement with Bedrock Manufacturing for designing and producing Marc Jacobs brand watches. Based in the USA, Bedrock is the parent company of notable American brands Filson and Shinola. Marc Jacobs watches perfectly reflect the streetwise aesthetics of the fashion house’s clothing lines. These timepieces are available with various case-shapes and styles. 10. Guess watches Photo Credit : guess.com Based in Los Angeles in USA, Guess (Guess?) is a global apparel brand known for its casual-fashion lines. Founded by the Marciano brothers in 1981, Guess is also a global leader in Denim-wear. The brand also offers bags, jewelry, perfumes, shoes and watches. Guess watches are manufactured by Timex Group. Guess is known for their bold, sexy and trendsetting fashion clothing lines dedicated to young and stylish clients. Inspired by this distinctive style, Guess offers an extensive collection of audacious, flamboyant and sensual timekeepers. 11. Diesel watches Diesel is an Italian fashion-clothing and accessories company founded by Renzo Rosso in 1978. Diesel is prominently a denim-wear brand. It additionally offers other ready-to-wear apparel, fashion accessories, shoes and watches. Diesel branded watches are manufactured by the Fossil group. A true alternative casual-wear brand, Diesel’s clothing lines are traditionally known for their assertive, audacious and provocative design features. Instead of going after the latest trends in fashion, Guess diligently follows its own principles. With their over-sized dimensions and bold design features, Diesel watches reflect the similar aesthetic spirit of the brand. Read More : Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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