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!

Diver Watches: Timepieces of the Sea

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Last week, we highlighted the fascinating aviation watch, admiring its durability, style, and multi-functionality. This week, we’re moving from sky to sea, and exploring the design of the lesser-known dive watch, or diver’s watch. These watches are primarily used by professional scuba divers for a variety of purposes: to, obviously, tell time, as well as measure water depth, temperature, and salinity.

The first time dive watches really came into the light was in 1926, when Rolex created the “Oyster” watch. This watch featured a hermetically sealed case, making it the one of the first watches that could be exposed to water for lengthy periods of time. The “Oyster” truly rose to fame when Mercedes Gleitze wore it around his neck while swimming the English Channel. The watch spent over 10 hours in chilly water, but remained functional throughout.

In the professional scuba diving world, there are certain requirements a dive watch must meet before being taken into the water. To name a few:

1-The watch must have VERY visible minute markings on the face

Reason: This ensures that divers remain aware of how long they’ve spent beneath the surface.

2- Adequate readability at at least 9.8 inches in complete darkness

Reason: Most dives don’t take place right at the surface. Divers venture to depths where almost no sunlight penetrates.

3- The watch must have magnetic resistance

Reason: This is to ensure the watch remains accurate despite varying magnetic pulls beneath the water.

4-The timepiece must be shock and chemical resistant.

Reason: Intense conditions at extreme water depths cannot interfere with the accuracy of the piece.

5- An EOL (End of Life) Indicator.

Reason: To ensure that the user never dives with a faulty watch, which can be disastrous and sometimes, fatal.

While these features make dive watches sound inaccessible and intimidating to laymen, these timepieces are actually readily available for purchase and are quite popular. Their multi-functionality appeals to everyone, and their intricate design makes these watches a standout. Browse our collection now and admire the craftsmanship and durability of these fascinating timepieces.

What is the Function of an Aviation Watch?

Aviator (or aviation) watches are universally recognized as the classiest, most high-end timepieces in the world. These watches are infinitely functional, timelessly beautiful, and are often preserved as priceless heirlooms for g46737685 - chronograph dial, wristwatch macroenerations. But, navigating the face of these watches can be daunting. What are the functions of those numerous dials,notches, and numbers?

Aviator watches were first created specifically for pilots who needed to keep track of an immense amount of atmospheric information at any given time. The ideal place for this information was on their wrists, so when in flight, the pilot could access important stats at a glance. The watch face is large, clear, and in some cases, sport luminous dials that are visitble in the dark.They often sport the time zones for several cities, as pilots would need to be aware of the time in both the departure and arrival city when crossing time zone lines. Most aviator watches also contain a chronograph, or in layman’s terms, a stop watch. This was also an imperative tool when timing flights.

Another attractive feature of aviator watches is their intense durability. Remember, these pieces were used by airplane pilots as early as 1904, when most pilots flew in unenclosed cockpits. These watches would be exposed to extreme atmospheric pressure, moisture, heat, cold, wind, and other intense conditions. In order to withstand these extremes, aviation timepieces were crafted from incredibly tough materials like pure steel and teflon.

While most aviation watches sold today bear little resemblance to the rugged timepieces of old, these watches still carry many of the impressive features used in the originals. There is a wide range of aviation watches on the market,from high-end and hand-crafted, to less delicate, everyday timepieces. These watches are functional yet beautiful, bold but classy, and truly make a statement with every glance at the time.

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.