Top Five Time Management Tips

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Some people seem to naturally arrive at every appointment five minutes early, cool and collected, impressive gold watch casually on display. Others can’t seem to arrive within a half hour of the appointed time and always look as though they’ve been running with the bulls. What are some of the secrets of those early arrivers?

  1. Always Know the Time. This may sound flippant, but for those who don’t have an innate sense of time passing, it’s vital to either wear a timepiece or have clocks visible in every work and living space.
  2. Count Backwards from Arrival. This trick has helped so many, and it’s so simple. Start with the time you wish to arrive at a location or do a task. Subtract the amount of time it takes you to travel there (with a generous overage to account for traffic etc). Then continue subtracting how much time it requires for each task you need to do prior to departure until you arrive at the time you need to begin preparing.
  3. Spend Time to Save Time. The most common complaint about keeping a planner or even a digital organizer is that entering tasks takes too long. However, since most routines recur, an hour spent planning the week will ultimately save time once the routine has been established.  
  4. Eliminate the Noise. Both literal noise and metaphorical noise-like distractions reduce your efficiency at completing tasks. When each task takes extra time to complete, your entire schedule can be disrupted. That’s not to say you have to work in silence; just that distractions need to be minimized.
  5. Learn to Say ‘No’: Some find themselves overwhelmed and perpetually behind schedule simply because they have taken on too many obligations. Declining new tasks allows you complete what’s on hand, prioritizing quality over quantity.

The transition to a new way of thinking about and handling your time can take some adjustment. One way to smooth this, or create an incentive for yourself is to invest in a new watch, one you’ll enjoy wearing, even if the cost isn’t substantive. Discount luxury watches are a way to say to the world that you value your time and the time of others. Visit our website to find the watch you want.

Minimalist Watch Styles for Modern Sophistication

The popularity of minimalist fashion tells us that an article of clothing or accessory does not need to be ornate or flashy to be stylish. Minimalist fashion emphasizes nominal decoration and patterning, sparing use of color, and simple design. While that may, at first, sound boring, minimalist styles are often quite striking in their austerity. Take a look at some of our favorites.

w1The Longines La Grande Classique 18kt White Gold Mens Luxury Swiss Watch is a departure from the typical, ornate fashion of Longine Watches. The simplicity of this elegant watch lies in the thin lines of the hands and face. The crocodile leather strap adds a bit of flare to this otherwise minimalist timepiece.

 

 

w2This Rado Ceramica XL Jubilee Black Ceramic Men’s Dress Watch brings an ultra modern edge to minimalism with its blocky design. The face of the watch itself is tiny, almost an afterthought to the dominant black wrist strap. The black diamond face adds an element of sophistication, making this watch suitable for both casual and business attire.

 

 

w3The Frederique Constant Slim Line Automatic 18kt Rose Gold Mens Luxury Strap Watch, similar to the Longines La Grande, presents with a classic look that has been updated with a minimalist style. The thin and simple hand indicators and hour markers modernize this elegant piece.

 

 

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And, for the ladies, this Tiffany and Co. Tesoro Stainless Steel Women’s Watch is a major simplification of typical, ornate women’s watches. No bling or jewels here, the simple but stylish wristband frames the trimmed down face and hand indicators, creating a chic look for women. This timepiece looks great as an accessory to business or semi-formal attire.

 

Though simple in design, minimalist watch styles exude elegance and sophistication. These timepieces match well with many types of attire and are popular for both men and women. Find your minimalist watch style today!

Understanding How Watches Keep Time

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The mechanics of watches boasts a history of sophistication. Even the most primitive timekeeping technology–the sundial–was an ingenious invention for its time, requiring clever application of astronomy and mathematics. Today’s wristwatches are a vast departure from the sundial; they are personal, portable, and as much a fashion statement as a functional time keeper.

Understanding the design and mechanics behind a watch’s movements brings a deeper appreciation for its elegance. There are several designs for watch mechanics, and some of the most common are described below.

  • Digital. One of the most straightforward watch designs, digital watches typically run on battery power and project–in numerals–the current time based on input from an internal “counter” mechanism.
  • Mechanical. In mechanical watches, energy is derived from the physical winding of a lever on the watch itself. This energy is dispersed through a series of interconnected wheels and channeled through a controlling mechanism to move the second, minute, and hour hands according to a preset pattern.
  • Automatic Mechanical. This is similar to the original mechanical design, except the watch’s energy is gathered from natural movements by the wearer of the watch that result from walking and moving one’s hand, instead of from deliberately cranking a lever.
  • Quartz. This design harnesses the natural low-current electrical impulse that results when pressure is applied to crystal quartz. The movements of the small crystal quartz within the watch trigger the hands to move according to a preset pattern.

Most luxury watch brands, such as Cartier and Longine watches, utilize the automatic mechanical technology. When shopping for your next timepiece, consider the mechanics of its design, as this is an integral component of your watch’s character.

A Guide to Watch Straps

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While the face of a watch may, on first appearance, be its defining feature, its strap is equally important, if not more so. Watch straps dictate the comfort and durability of the timepiece and are integral to its overall style and presentation. Watch straps are primarily distinguished by two characteristics–the material the strap it is made of and the style of the watch strap. Here are some of the most common.

Strap Materials

  • Rubber. Though not especially formal, rubber watch straps are durable and, typically, water resistant. This material is great for sports, boating, and casual wear.
  • Leather. A timeless favorite, leather watches are incredibly versatile and can be worn formally or with casual attire. They do require regular cleaning with specialty products to maintain their appearance.
  • Gold and Silver. Nothing says “elegance” quite like silver and gold watches. The choice between the two will depend upon personal preference, skin tone, and attire. Both gold and silver watch straps require regular polishing to maintain their shine.
  • Stainless Steel. One of the most durable watch strap materials, stainless steel is commonly used in all parts of a watch. Like gold and silver, stainless steel should be cleaned regularly to stay shiny.

Strap Styles

  • Oyster. One of the most popular styles of watch strap, the oyster is distinguished by its three thick chain links. The style has been a favorite for decades since it was debuted by Rolex in the 1930’s.
  • Jubilee. Another classic Rolex premier, the jubilee style features three smaller chain links embedded between two larger links.
  • Aviator/Pilot. Originally fashioned by World War II-era pilots, these straps are typically leather and are designed for durability with multiple large rivets on the sides of the face.
  • NATO. These military-inspired straps are among the easiest to remove and replace as they are made of one continuous piece of fabric. NATO watches are a typically inexpensive but classic style.
  • Rally. This style features several perforations on the sides of the watch strap, a nod to the style of classic race car drivers who lightened the load of their cars with similar perforations in the body of the vehicle.

When it comes to watch straps, there are many styles and materials available, and these lists are by no means exhaustive. Visit Watches and Beyond to browse our extensive inventory of watch styles to find your perfect match.

Spotlight on Valentino Watches

Valentino brand watches boast a heritage of class and sophistication as a product of one of the most celebrated Italian fashion designers, Valentino Garavani. The Valentino brand is well known for its perfumes, apparel, handbags, and other accessories–in addition to its designer watches for men and women. Valentino has been a favorite among timeless fashion icons such as Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as modern celebrities from Anne Hathaway to Jennifer Lopez.

With its headquarters in Milan, Valentino watches add a modern flare to the Italian watchmaking tradition. Here are two of our favorites:

V41SBQ6709-SSA09The Valentino Rose PVD Steel Women’s Strap Watch with black diamonds is both edgy and elegant. The black diamond “embroidered” rose design on the face of the watch is simple and feminine, but makes a bold statement. The genuine crocodile leather strap is striking and makes for a chic overall presentation.

 

V38SBQ9102-S800The V-Valentino Women’s Strap Watch captures the timeless class of the Valentino tradition. The silver textured dial set is framed with a dazzling diamond set bezel. The elegant silver face is contrasted by the sharp, sophisticated burgundy genuine lizard leather strap. Perfect with casual or business attire, the V-Valentino Women’s Strap Watch is a functional addition to any collection.

 

 

Valentino watches are more than an accessory; they are an emblem of the work of one of the most iconic fashion artists to bridge the 20th and 21st centuries. Whether clothing, handbag, perfume, or watch, the fashions of Valentino Garavani are symbols of decades of haute couture. Browse our selection of discount luxury watches today at Watches and Beyond.

The Thrill of a Racing Watch

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At the time of the Roman Empire, people would gather in stadiums to watch Gladiators fight. The thrill of the competition drove the charge of the spectators. Today, spectators still look for that same sort of excitement, only in more civilized ways. We now have a new charge, and that is the thrill of sports games and for many, the car race.

A special type of harmony exists between watches and car races. One driver in particular who set off this relationship was racecar driver and actor Paul Newman who would sport the Rolex Daytona alongside his cars. His influence set off the popularity of the racing watch, a men’s watch trend that remains dominant today.

If you’ve never considered a racing watch before due to lack of knowledge, one thing you must know is its core purpose, which may even be obvious by now. Racing watches feature an elapsed time indicator or  stopwatch that gives a user faster access to timing activity than having to take out a phone or loose timer. Some of the higher end models feature tides, compass headings and GPS position. A watch like this will also serve as an alarm, also making it a useful bed-side watch, when the rush of the day has ended.

There are many racing watches on the market, but one that we love is our Chopard Classic Racing Watch, featured above. The watch includes a large central seconds counter, a 30 minute counter, 12 hour counter, a small seconds subdial, and a date display so the wearer never loses track of time.

Racing watches are the perfect timepiece for a racer, sailor or even a chef who has to time cooking. They are a favorite amongst men and can be a perfect gift for someone looking to add a masculine touch to their style.

2016 Watch Trends to Continue Looking Out For

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With more than half of the year over, it’s good to get a refresher on what was top of mind at the start- especially if you’re a late bloomer. Fortunately, you still have time to get in on this year’s watch trends by tuning in to our suggestions below. Some of them you may have already taken note of, but now is the time to go for it.

Think Simple

It seems that the deeper we get into the technological era, the more we prefer minimal styles. Gone are the days of bulky, oversized watches. Think smaller watches with a classic dial, traditional batons, a slim case and leather strap. Some of these smaller watches will even take on a modern design that is both effortless and classic.

White Gold

This masculine style is currently beating out rose gold as the new trend in men’s wrist wear. This polished style has continued from a trend that started rising in 2015. If you are wondering what makes white gold so precious, it is its mixture of gold and some white metals such as silver and palladium. Its purity is given in karats and its properties depend on the metals and proportions that are used. It is this uniqueness that sets white gold apart from other alloys, making it perfect for the watch wearer.

Geneve Watches

Geneve watches are currently inspiring other watch brands with their antique styles from the 60’s and 70’s. A Swiss luxury watch company, Geneve has produced watches with in house movements since its beginnings in 1894. Indeed this company has been around long enough to know how to make a stunning watch that could capture the masses today.

Corum Watches

Corum watches are especially trending in the UK currently as they are capturing an overseas market. The Swiss watchmaker is well known for its limited edition watches known as their “world premiers.” Their current statement pieces are what sets them apart from competitors and puts them in the trending category.
You can find many of these watches discounted on our site so you can pay less while continuing to keep up with the trends.

Taking Care of Your Watch

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When you buy a watch, you are beginning a relationship with a brand new addition to your collection of valuables. Not simply a timepiece, a watch is defines your unique style and becomes an extension of you that can last over an entire lifespan. This is why it is important to take care of your watch and maintain it well over the years.

One thing you must know about keeping your watch in good shape is that you have to clean it often. Give it a good wipe down every night to prevent rust build up from sweat and dirt that has accumulated during an entire day of wear. Aside from a daily cleaning, be sure to give your watch a full yearly cleaning at a jewelry store to get all the spots you would miss from a cleaning that you’ve done on your own. A professional jeweler will have the ability to take out smaller, harder to reach pieces of the watch that we wouldn’t advise you to take out on your own.

If you own a mechanical watch, another thing you can do to maintain your watch is to wind it daily. This is done to ensure that your watch is running smoothly. Turn the crown back and forth a few times until you feel a tightness or resistance. When your watch is fully wound, it will have a power reserve of 38 to 48 hours.

One thing to note about your watch is that it doesn’t do well in tropical, icy, or damp weather. When faced with these conditions, you may see condensation build up in the watch. One tip to remove this is to open the watch and lightly use a hairdryer to dry the works and the case. While the watch is open, you may even notice some dirt or debris inside. To clean this up, you can take an air can and quickly pump it over the watch.

With a stunning piece like a Longines watch or Raymond Weil Tango, you’ll want to make sure that you get the most out of your investment. Like all things in life, a watch is only as good as the care you put into it, so make your time piece look and feel as special as it was the day you bought it. You’ll be thanking yourself years later.

ToyWatch: A Go to Brand for Work and Play

If you’re looking for a watch with a pop of color or eccentricity, while still luxurious and elegant, look no further than ToyWatch. The brand holds true to its Italian watchmaking heritage while incorporating playful, sometimes bizarre themes that truly make a statement. Each ToyWatch encourages its wearer to stay classy, but not to take him or herself too seriously. Here are some of our favorites for men and women from ToyWatch.

The ToyCU10BKWatch Cuff Black Stainless Steel Men’s Bangle watch is a sleek and sophisticated timepiece built from durable material. The blue numbers and hand indicators add a pop of color to the otherwise all black watch. The bangle band sports circular cutouts, which provide a unique look.This versatile timepiece can be worn for sport, business, and casually.

 

 

PE03PSFor an elegant, effeminate timepiece, look no further than the ToyWatch Sartorial Pink Velvet Touch Women’s watch. The band and face are a bright and bold shade of pink that might otherwise be deemed tacky. Yet, the elegance of the design of the watch and its velvet touch finish makes the overall presentation luxurious and sophisticated. For pink lovers of all ages, this timepiece is a must have. Also available in purple and black.

JY17MTThe ToyWatch Jelly Watch Teal Blue Plasteramic Men’s watch incorporates a bold, nautical theme with its large, compass-like face and teal blue band and face color. The silicone “jelly” wristband is especially comfortable for the wearer. Perfect for sports and casual attire, this timepiece is sure to make a statement among friends and teammates.

 

 

S04WHPGThe ToyWatch Skull Plastic & Rose Gold Tone Stainless Steel Unisex watch embodies the best of ToyWatch’s eccentric style. With a gold hued, bedazzled skull and crossbones dominating the face, the watch combines loud with luxury. The elegant white band and rose gold tone bezel give this timepiece the versatility to be worn both casually and with more formal attire.

 

Visit Watches and Beyond to browse our full inventory of ToyWatch and other discount luxury watches to find the perfect timepiece to match your unique style!

 

Keeping Track of Celebrity Timepieces

Celebrities are trendsetters and, love it or hate it, most of us find ourselves turning to the stars for guidance on what to wear now. When it comes to designer watches, celebrities certainly set the dial for what is in and what is out. Watches and Beyond gives you the rundown of which stars have been wearing our top brands.

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This French brand has been a leader in the watchmaking world since the late 19th century and has continued to set the standard for simple but elegant luxury watches. The brand is a favorite among celebrities and has been spotted on Hollywood headliners such as Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, and Jennifer Aniston.

 

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With a devotion to precision and class, this Swiss watchmaking brand is an official supplier to world aviation and popular among celebrities worldwide. Breitling has been spotted on numerous celebrities, including style aficionados such as Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and brand ambassador David Beckham.

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This French brand launched soon after the second World War with its luxurious “New Look” and soon became a leading designer of fine fragrances, clothing, jewelry, and–of course–timepieces. The brand receives mention in countless hit songs, such as Kanye West’s early single, “Stronger,” and is frequently sported by celebrity trendsetters including Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Lawrence, and brand ambassador Charlize Theron.

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Longines.

This Swiss watchmaking brand boasts a long tradition of elegant and functional watchmaking, especially popular among international sports players and federations. Longines has been a popular brand amongst the stars for decades, endorsed by the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. A brand ambassador since 2010, Titanic star Kate Winslet is rarely seen without a Longines watch on her wrist.

Find all of these brands and more at unbeatable prices by browsing the selection at Watches and Beyond.