What Are YOU Thankful For?

‘Tis the season of thankfulness!

2016 has been a rough year: with a tempestuous election, unrest in the Middle East, a slew of hate crimes and unfortunately more, it’s time for us to take a step back. This Thanksgiving, we’re celebrating all the incredible things we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy in 2016! Here’s our list of things we’re grateful for this lovely Thanksgiving day:

  1. Coffee’s magic powers
  2. Our loving families
  3. Our  supportive friends
  4. The United States of America
  5. The Bezel on this Timepiece

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  1. The beauty that is rose gold
  2. Subtle cologne
  3.  Memes
  4. Good deals
  5. The Mannequin Challenge?
  6. Standout cufflinks

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  1. Our dedicated Police force
  2. Cool, crisp weather
  3. Highways
  4. Highways without traffic
  5. The flawless designs of Ulysse Nardin

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  1. Coldplay
  2. Free shipping
  3. Game of Thrones

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  2. Sunsets
  3. Bedtime
  4. Long, hot showers
  5. This timeless Calatrava

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  1. Fahrenheit 451
  2. Dapper suits

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  1.  Weekends
  2. This gold watch

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  1. Thanksgiving
  2. Our loyal, amazing, incredible customers!

What are YOU thankful for? Tell us your list in the comments below!

Want to Start a Watch Collection?

 

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Watch collecting has long been regarded as a hobby for the rich and famous-exclusively. Many of us believe that due to the high price point of collector-worthy watches, this pastime is one we’ll have to enjoy from afar. But we’re here to tell you that this is NOT the case. Anyone can gain the illustrious title of a true watch connoisseur. By purchasing the right timepieces to suit your taste and budget, you can slowly begin to amass a collection of truly memorable watches that serve as both a pleasurable hobby and investment!

Again, the key to curating your collection is to choose your timepieces wisely. Do plenty of research before purchasing ANY watch- the includes vintage timepieces from online marketplaces, as well as new timepieces straight from the manufacturer. The three most important criteria are: does it suit my taste? Does it fit my budgetary limitations? Will this watch still excite me 10 years from now?

Some say that unless your spending upwards of $5,000, your watch will not be investment-grade. This is not strictly true: if you do your research, you’ll find that many timepieces, such as this Longines Chronograph, are way below that price point and still qualify as investment grade! By looking into each timepiece individually, you’ll begin to discover that many of these pieces can fit the bill of what you’re looking for.  Doing all this homework before purchasing should be easy for you- after all, only true horologists would put in the effort to curate the perfect collection!

Let’s say you’d like to start out small, with about a $500 price range. Try a Raymond Weil Tradition, a classy piece that will never go out of style. If you’re looking for something bolder, how about the Philip Stein Harmony? While these pieces are modestly priced, they’re a great springboard for what’s to come. Another great option to look into are vintage watches. They’re unique, nostalgic, and a great talking point. You can browse discount luxury watches and vintage timepieces here.

Remember, curating your watch collection should be a challenging-but enjoyable-experience. Find the timepieces you just can’t let slip away, and begin amassing a collection that will bring a sense of pride and accomplishment to you with every glance at your wrist.

You Can Become a “Morning Person”

 

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Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Like you’ve been running non-stop from morning ‘till night but still couldn’t accomplish your to-do list? What if we told you there IS a way to attain  more usable, productive hours every day? Sounds incredible, right? But be warned: you may not like the answer.

Most of us do not identify as a “morning person”. Sure, we’ll wake up early enough to brush our teeth, get dressed, and run out to work, but we’ll keep hitting that snooze button as long as we’re responsibly able to. Waking up early is an incredible way to create more YOU time for your schedule. Think about it: if you were given 1-2 extra hours every day, what would you do with that time? Binge watch another season on Netflix? Doubtful. You’d spend more time with the kids, exercise, eat a healthful meal, read a newspaper, meditate…the list goes on and on.

YOU have the power to create that time! But tacking on hours at the start of your day, you can finally do all the things you used to dismiss as luxuries. You CAN train your body to wake up earlier by following these 5 simple steps. Remember: simple doesn’t mean EASY. It’ll probably take about 2 weeks to get into the early-rising rhythm, but once you do, you can’t go back!

1: Take it Slow. On Day 1, wake up 15 minutes earlier. Day 3, 20 minutes. Day 5, a half hour. Do this as gradually as you need to by cutting back about 5 minutes at a time until you reach your goal wake-up time.

2: Get to Sleep Earlier! This may sound counter intuitive: I want to CREATE time, not LOSE it! But as you’ll soon see, early morning hours are usually far more productive than evening hours. Let’s be honest: that time is usually spent watching on your tablet or lazily swiping on your phone. Once you know you’ve woken up early just to utilize this time, you’ll be more motivated to fill those hours with productive activities.

3: Put your Alarm Clock Far from your Bed: If it isn’t at arm’s reach, you can’t snooze it. Simple as that.

4: Wake Up as soon as your Alarm Rings: DON’T rationalize. DON’T let your head fall back on the pillow. Jump up, wash your face, and get your morning going!

5: Reward yourself for Waking up Early. Buy a special coffee brew to sip exclusively on early mornings. Set aside a book you can only read before 8 AM. Make a large breakfast and watch the sunrise while you eat.

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Taking advantage of the early morning hours will transform your entire day. You’ll feel more relaxed, accomplished, and motivated throughout the rest of your day. By training yourself gradually to rise earlier, it’ll soon become second nature. CONGRATS! You now have the bragging rights to call yourself a morning person. We have the perfect gift to treat yourself with: a discount luxury watch to keep track of all the hours you now have at your disposal!

Are you a morning person or a night owl? What other tips to become an early riser  can you share? Let us know in the comments below!

Top 5 Affordable Luxury Watches

 

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Never gaze wistfully at a  Raymond Weil ever again! You can have it all- beautifully crafted timepieces come in all ranges of styles, mechanics, and price ranges, so no matter your budget, there’s a luxury watch just waiting to make your wrist its new home. Want a watch to impress in the boardroom? We’ve got you covered. A casual, every day piece you can rock from the gym to the bar? Look no further.
Here are our top 5 most-affordable discount luxury watches.

Raymond Weil Tradition Stainless Steel

This Raymond Weil piece is the perfect power watch to boast while owning your next meeting. With the dramatic face, streamlined steel body, and a scratch-resistant crystal, we can easily picture this timepiece on the wrist of a true professional.

Lucien Piccard SS

If the Raymond Weil tradition is strictly business, this Lucien Piccard is all pleasure. This watch belongs at dinner parties, elegant events, and the golf club.

Hugo Boss Jet Quartz Chronograph TwoTone

The Two-Tone Chronograph’s  unique color and design elevate it to “stand-out status” in our book. This watch strikes a great balance: understated enough for the workplace, but bold enough to enjoy on a casual Sunday with the boys. Additionally, this watch is the most reasonably priced of the lot.

Longines Hydroconquest Chronograph

Longines watches are the ultimate in luxury, taste, and durability. This timepiece makes a bold style statement, while sporting features like water resistancy, a scratch-repelling crystal face, and a fierce, red aluminum uni-directional rotating bezel. This watch reaches into a higher price range than the rest, but as you know, it’s always worth it with Longines!

Gucci G-Class 5505 Two-Tone Stainless Steel

This timepiece exudes complexity while keeping it simple. The watch face in uncrowded, uncluttered, and streamlined. The two-toned steel body is majestic and masculine, making it the ideal watch to gift to mentors and role models. Treat yourself to one as well!

Browse our site for hundreds of great deals on luxury watches, including brands like Breitling, Movado, and Ulysse Nardin!

Our Top 10 Bestsellers


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Now, now, don’t say we’re biased because of our Guilty Pleasures post! Our Top-Ten Best-selling watches list is based on hard, cold facts. These timepieces are simply the most eye-catching, classic, and in some cases, financially appealing of our curated collection. Some choices are obvious, like the Ulysse Nardin, while others, such as the Valentino, surprised even us here at Watches and Beyond. But that’s the beauty of classic timepieces: there’s a watch to suit every taste, style, and preference. So discover our Top Ten Bestsellers, then let us know which watch strikes your fancy-and which timepiece you’ve already added to your collection!- in the comments below!

1:Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Chronometer.

This one’s a no-brainer. With timeless design, renowned durability, and come on-look at this color!

2:Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

This watch is magnificent to behold and exudes class and luxury.

3:Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporary

The ultimate Gentleman’s watch. Check out the masculine design and smooth leather strap.

4:Raymond Weil Freelancer Automatic Chronograph

With fun touches of color on the dials and stitching, this timepiece shows off your fun side.

5:Valentino Rose Black PVD Steel

This wild card is actually not a surprising choice, once you see the beautiful, inlaid details and feminine glamour of the watch.

6:Cartier Tank Francaise

To learn more about this stunning classic, read our blog here! This watch is a piece of history on your wrist.

7:Movado Eliro Stainless Steel

Movado is known for producing streamlined designs with bold, sharp details. A solid timepiece with universal appeal.

 

8:Breitling Chronomat 41 Steel

It’s better when it’s Breitling. This watch is detailed, functional, and artfully designed. A great start to your watch collection.

 

9:Frederique Constant Slim Line Automatic

For a more conservative taste, the Slim Line adds a touch of class to your wrist game.

10:Patek Philippe Calatrava

This watch also nabbed its own feature on our blog-check it out! A multi-generational masterpiece you and your family will enjoy for year to come.

Sometimes, you want to stand out. But you can always place your trust in the tastes of the masses. With our dazzling collection of discount luxury watches, these crowdpleasers can be yours in no time. After all, hundreds of satisfied customers can’t be wrong, right?

Which of these top 10 is on your wish list? Share this blog with your friends and family and hope they get the hint…

Our Favorite “Guilty Pleasure” Watches

 

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We all have our guilty pleasures: little indulgences we treat ourselves to when we just want to embrace life and surround ourselves with comfort and class. While we truly value and stand behind every watch we sell, we will admit to nursing a soft spot for a few select watches. These timepieces are standouts both aesthetically and mechanically, proving you CAN have the best of both worlds! A “guilty pleasure” watch doesn’t necessarily translate into “utterly out of your price range”. In fact, some watches are a guilty pleasure simply because they don’t fit the mold of traditional haute horology. Take the ToyWatch Jelly Looped Blue Plasteramic watch- we adore the playfulness of the silicone body and the understated but eye-catching color of the relatively cheap timepiece, despite its obvious exclusion from the luxury watch circuit. Here’s a few more of our not-so-secret favorites:

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Ulysse Nardin GMT +/- Perpetual 18k Mens

This timepiece exudes authority, class, and impeccable taste.

Notable Features: Hardy solid white gold body, automatic movement with perpetual calendar, Swiss Automatic dial movement, and water resistancy.

What makes the pleasure “guilty”:  The price tag. A watch for the avid collector.

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Patek Philippe Twenty-4 18kt White Gold and Diamond Womens

This timepiece holds true to the Patek Philippe promise of a multi-generational watch.

Notable Features: Solid White Gold Case and Bracelet, Luminous Hand indicators, Dazzling Diamonds on case and on bezel (totalling approx. 1.10 carat), Scratch Resistant sapphire crystal, Water resistant to 25 meters/80 feet.

What makes the pleasure “guilty”: White gold and 1.10 carats total in diamonds? We plead guilty as charged.

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Raymond Weil Tradition Steel Watch Mens

Though lower priced than the latter, the simple, easy-to-read, open face of this timepiece have made it a long-time favorite in our company.

Notable Features: Date display at the 3 o’clock position, Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal, Crown engraved with RW Logo, Swiss Quartz movement, Water Resistant.

What makes the pleasure “guilty”: Though some may raise their noses at a simpler watch, we still think you can’t beat the “Tradition” in simplistic elegance.

And here’s the best news: these timepieces (as well as many other discount luxury watches) can be yours before the weekend! Browse our collection now and find your next guilty pleasure!

Let us know in the comments below which timepiece makes your heart beat faster!

 

 

Making Time for Quality Time

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We all wish we had more time to spend with our loved ones. But after a harried 9 to 5 day at the office, we find ourselves crashing, either into bed or in front of the TV, instead of spending quality moments with our kids, spouses, partners, and friends. We rationalize that we’re better off not sharing our cranky, stressed, and often sleep-deprived selves with our families, and mentally commit to make up for lost time on weekends or holidays.

But while we wait for those “opportune moments” to show up, we miss out countless opportunities to forge real connections with the people around us. How do we find that perfect balance of “me time” and “we time?”.

First of all, cut the guilt when it comes to your kids. Studies conducted on the relationship between child-parent bonding time and children’s success levels (both socially and scholastically) have shown that the relationship is not direct. Kids growing up with hovering, constantly available stay-at-home moms or dads don’t necessarily feel closer or more positively toward their parent. The conclusion of these studies show that quality trumps quantity when it comes to familial bonding. So that quick trip to the ice cream store after school can mean more to your child than a three-hour homework session, if you truly communicate, engage with, and take interest in your child’s observations and opinions all the way through.

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Secondly, set aside time on your calendar, ideally once a week, to go out with some friends. It’s been consistently proven that social interaction on a constant basis leads to decreased stress levels, lower risk of depression, and overall better health. And again, quality over quantity. You don’t have to hit up fifteen bars with Steve in order to reap the benefits of social time. A quick bite to eat, phone call, or even online game of cards can really deepen your relationship without cutting into your busy schedule.

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Keeping track of time is an underratedly difficult task in our modern era. While our attention is constantly being pulled away from the things that matter, it’s up to us to make meaningful use of our limited free time. Why not treat yourself to a discount luxury watch to celebrate these precious moments with your loved ones?

The Patek Philippe Calatrava

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“You never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely hold it for the next generation.”  The iconic tagline for Patek Philippe captures perfectly the essence of their Calatrava watch, famously known as “the most handsome watch ever made”. The Calatrava is a treasured heirloom in many families, passed down to future generations with pride. A true dress watch, the Calatrava is perfectly suited for life’s most important events. What is it about the Calatrava, other than its timeless beauty, that propelled the timepiece to this pedestal above its peers?

The Calatrava’s design is streamlined and simple. Its key characteristics are the sharp dials, wide, flat, rounded face, and firm leather wristband. The watch is most commonly purchased in yellow gold. Additionally, the timepiece is worn by both men and women, a novelty amongst fine watches. This is a key factor in the watches’ success: because the piece can be passed down from father to daughter, or from mother to son, you’ll often find Calatravas  passed down as family heirlooms.  

Created in 1932, the Calatrava was quite ahead of its time. The watch featured a sleeker, more subtle design than the chunky, heavy watches popular in its time. But the roots of the name “Calatrava” go much farther back. 1887 was the year the Calatrava became the official symbol of the Genevan manufacturer. The cross was the emblem of the Order of the Calatrava, a military order that received papal approval after saving a Spanish castle from Arabic invasion. This had great significance to the watchmaker, a devout Catholic. When the watch debuted in 1932, Patek Philippe christened this most famous watch model with the name of the cross. As any true horologist knows, the small symbol is often found on the watch case and/or dial.

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This luxury watch is a favorite amongst the rich and famous, and is often featured on prominent wrists. Russian president Vladimir Putin and GE CEO Jack Welch both favor the Calatrava above any other timepiece. We are incredibly proud to offer the Calatrava amongst our collection of discount luxury watches.

The Patek Philippe Calatrava is truly a timepiece for the generations. The time is now to create a family heirloom while enjoying the height of workmanship, class, and impeccable design.

 

History of the Cartier Tank


6a010536a2d0d1970b0147e2b40317970b-600wiThe Cartier Tank has long been regarded as one of the most iconic watches of all time. Production of Tanks first began in 1917, making this coming year the 100th anniversary of this classic timepiece! The beautifully unique shape and workmanship of the watch was a novelty at its inception, laying the groundwork for the popularity and timelessness of the piece for decades to come.

The Cartier Tank was, in fact, the pioneer of wristwatches. Most personal watches produced at the time were pocket watches that were occasionally outfitted as wristwatches. Cartier instigated the wristwatch revolution by creating aseamless, integrated wristband and watchface. The square face of the watch was also groundbreaking in a time where round watch faces were not only the norm, but the only option available to consumers.

Where did the Tank get its unique name? Army tanks were first used on the battlefields of World War 1 (known then as the Great War) and helped bring victory for the American and British troops. The shape of the Tank bears a strong resemblance to the British Mark IV tanks used on the winning side, and thus appealed to the general patriotic consumer.

The Tank had it fair share of promotion from the rich and famous as well. Famous actors such as Clark Gable (‘Gone With the Wind’), Gary Cooper (‘The Pride of the Yankees’), and Rudolph Valentino (‘The Son of the Shiek’) sported the Tank while filming various roles, and iconic artist Andy Warhol wore the iconic piece as well.

Cartier released three new editions of the Tank in 2012. Only one of those designs featured a significant change- The Tank Louis Cartier XL. This watch is super-thin at just over 5mm, making it noticeably slimmer than the 1920’s editions.

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Indeed, the Cartier Tank is a true historical standout in the world of modern wristwatches. Fortunately, this watch is still in production as sales are going strong. Why not own this magnificent piece of history that truly shaped watchmaking today?

Wristband Materials- A Guide

 

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 In today’s modern market, there are an infinite number of materials used to craft wristbands, ranging from cheap plastic to thousands-per-ounce platinum. While the face of a watch is usually the selling point, the wristband is, after all, what’s in contact with your skin all day, so it’s beneficial to be an educated consumer when shopping for your ideal timepiece. Read this quick guide to the top five most popular wristband materials, then check out our personal favorite watches that feature each medium.

1-Platinum. It is widely marketed as the most high-end, exclusive, and beautiful metals used in wristbands. Platinum is 95% pure metal, so it doesn’t tarnish easily. It is also highly durable, extremely versatile, and hypoallergenic.

Our pick: Rado Sintra Jubile Ceramic & Blue Sapphire 

2-Gold. Ever the classic, gold has been used in watch production since the dawn of the timepiece. Gold has myriads of color gradients, from  loud yellow to dainty rose to stark white. It is also quite durable, doesn’t tarnish easily, and is simply majestic.

Our pick: Ulysse Nardin GMT +/- Perpetual 18k Solid Gold 

3-Steel. Steel is an alloy of several metals, making it super malleable and therefore very versatile. Used in most watches, steel is known for its incredible, polished finish. Some issues to be aware of are denting/scratching, and, in cases of extreme heat, warping of the metal.

Our pick: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Stainless Steel 

4-Leather. Leather wristbands have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, and it’s no surprise why. Leather is fashionable, flexible, and practical, and comes in thousands of shades, textures, and styles. Downside: it can get uncomfortable when worn for long periods of time.

Our pick: Patek Philippe Calatrava 18k Solid Gold 

5-Plastic. Don’t discount the humblest of materials! Plastic bands can be soft and flexible, or rigid and linked. Plastic bands are easily personalized and cost-effective, while staying fun and playful. Many high-end watch companies use plastic in even their most luxurious watches. And because they’re so cheap, you can buy a watch for every ensemble!

Our pick: ToyWatch Jelly Watch Teal Blue Plasteramic 

Now that you’re “armed” with this knowledge, it’s time to find your dream watch. Let us know which wristband speaks to you in the comments below!