Category Archives: Fine Watches

Our Favorite Watches the Power Woman

We all have that one woman in our life.

She’s running from meeting to meeting, a Starbucks grande in one hand and her iPhone in the other, lipstick still startlingly red, not a hair out of place.

Whether you love them, hate them, or are one of them, there’s one thing we know you’ve got: style. Whether it’s the perfect bag, sharp sunglasses, or a bullet-proof phone case every workaholic has got that one accessory they don’t leave home without.

Allow us to introduce your next such accessory: the women’s power watch. Here’s our top five, but we’ve got plenty more discount luxury watches where that comes from!

  1. Cartier Ballon Blue: this unisex watch projects control, elegance, and utility. We see this on the wrist of a brilliant criminal lawyer.cartier
  2. Chopard Happy Sport: hello, color! Add this bright pop of bubble-gum pink while staying tasteful and composed. This is definitely for the editor of Vogue.chopard
  3. Patek Philippe Twenty-4: no-nonsense past this point. For the real corporate executive who doesn’t have time for frills, you’ve got the Twenty-4.patek
  4. Valentino Rose Black: this breathtakingly unique timepiece stuns in sharp, unrelenting black steel and leather. The delicate feminine rose helps soften the blow. CEO, no doubt.valentino
  5. Frederique Constant Classics: This is timeless. This is elegant. This is the power-woman’s go-to bling. From teachers to moms to accountants to everything in between, this timepiece is a sure crowd pleaser.frederique

So what are you waiting for? Ladies, it’s time to treat yourselves: you deserve these and more! And guys: you know she’s looking out for these. Why not get a head start?

Keep ruling the world, girls.

Which of these stunners catches your fancy? Own any of these timepieces and care to share your thoughts?

Watches and Beyond Presents: A Case for the Wristwatch

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We’re only a few days away from 2017!

So much is about to change… new president, new movies, new technologies…we can’t wait to see what the year will bring!

As we move further into this digital age, we couldn’t help but wonder: what with all these new developments, would people still cherish the “Good Ol Days?” Will they still wax nostalgic about gathering ‘round the TV to watch “Full House” when its sequel, “Fuller House”, is available to stream from the machine in your pocket, just 10 years later?

And then, of course, we thought about our magnificent watches.

Would our customers still marvel over an expertly crafted bezel? Gasp in delight at the bold, strong face of a Raymond Weil watch? Lovingly cherish a Patek Philippe for the next generation when they can just as easily glance at their phone for the admittedly easier-to-read analog time?

And then we unanimously decided: Yes. Yes they will.

Timepieces are more than just a simple convenience. They are an embellishment, a statement, the gentleman’s accessory. They allow us to indulge in the simple joy of owning something magnificent, tangible, and all our own. To many, timepieces are as essential as shoes and socks, and you’ll never catch them without a sparkling Longines or Ulysse Nardin gold watch, because they enjoy the simple pleasure of that telltale glimmer on their wrist.

And those are who we’re proud to serve. The men and women who fully appreciate the delicate craftsmanship, the thoughtful design, the mysterious mechanics that lie within each of our timepieces. In other words, you.  18801830 - businessman checking time on his watch

So we’re only a few days away from 2017! And we know it’s going to be a great year. Because we’ll make it one.

Happy New Year from Watches and Beyond.

 

Happy Holidays! Here’s A Gift For Your Whole List

With Watches and Beyond, it is indeed the most wonderful time of the year! Our holiday sales on discount luxury watches need to be seen to be believed. When in doubt, a classy watch is always a perfect gift. Couple our awesome deals with incredibly fast, 24-hour shipping, and you’ve got a holiday deal worth caroling about!

We’ve also taken the liberty of simplifying your holiday shopping even FURTHER with a cultivated list of the perfect gift for everyone on your list. It’s our holiday gift to you!

So feast your eyes on the merriest deals, most joyful selections, and festive offerings of the season with our Holiday Gift Guide:

For the real classy gent in your life, the Longines Conquest Classic Chronograph.

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For the timelessly elegant queen of style, the Rado Sintra Jubile

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For the strapping young lad who has got it all, the Limited Edition Fortis B-42 Black Mars.

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For your teenage daughter who is, like, literally the hardest to please, the Swiss Army Classic Alliance Sport.

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For your boss, who already owns a Breitling (or two or three), a thoughtful, practical Montegrappa Micra Pen.

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For your best bud, who never had typical taste anyway, the Welder by UBoat K32 Oversize Triple Time Zone.

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For stocking stuffers, random relatives, or anyone really, because who’s going to say no to a Chopard Classic Racing Gold Plated Luxury Mechanical Pencil?

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Thanks for welcoming us into your holiday!  We can’t wait to show you what 2017 has in store…

Happy Holidays from Watches and Beyond!

Which of these magical offerings just made it onto your list?

 

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.

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!

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?

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.