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Powered By the Sun: Are Solar Watches the Future?

41392817 - cropped shot of woman running and checking her sports watchWe all have a small part to play in the overall health of our planet. We can’t all advocate in Alaska, protest deforestation, and boycott gas companies, but we can make small changes that do have a ripple effect on the overall health of our home planet. Looking to make a small change with big implications? Look no further than your wrist.

Climate change aside, toxic materials being dumped in landfills and oceans, such as old computers, batteries, oils, and plastics, are universally recognized as harmful to wildlife, our atmosphere, and the earth itself. So what did Seiko, the internationally admired watch company, create to help alleviate the side-effects of this global epidemic? Enter the solar-powered watch.

Seiko was pretty ahead of its time when it debuted their invention in 1977. Back then, climate change and environmental issues were just beginning to gain widespread acknowledgment. Seiko introduced the Solar Watch as a unique machine that powered itself through the raw power of the sun, instead of utilizing  a hazardous material-filled battery.

The mechanics of the watch are simple: the face of the watch hides a mini solar panel that absorbs and stores light energy that’s used to power the watch. Never fear rainy days: most watches can hold up to six months charge until exposed to sunlight again.

Solar watches vary in pricing, styles, and brand, but our favorite discount luxury watch is the Seiko Core. This watch is inexpensive, but stylistically holds its own when compared to other luxury watch brands. The timepiece is light on the wrist, but packs a bold punch.

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So are you ready to make the switch to a low-maintenance, eco-friendly timepiece? Make a small change for the future of your planet today. Then go take a jog and recharge yours-and your watches-batteries in the early morning sun.

Do you want to make the switch to a solar watch? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

See Creationwatches.com for some more info!

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!

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?

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!

New Watches for the New Year

So turns out you didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas this year. All you got is a couple of warm sweaters and useful (blech) items, like gloves. We say go ahead and treat yourself! Buy yourself a new watch – you’ve earned it after surviving 2015! Having that gorgeously gleaming new timepiece on your wrist will make you feel like a million bucks and get your year off to a great start. It’s the little things in life that boost your confidence and get you on your A-game.

Below are a few watches we’re highlighting, but feel free to check out the full selection at watchesandbeyond.com

Glycine Incursore Automatic PVD Coated Stainless Steel Mens Strap Watch Black Dial Calendar
Glycine Incursore Automatic PVD Coated Stainless Steel Mens Strap Watch Black Dial Calendar

This watch case is crafted from Sandblasted PVD coated stainless steel 316L and is presented on the black genuine leather strap with white stitching, Black dial set with black hand indicators, Arabic Numeral & index hour markers.

Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Automatic Steel Mens Watch Calendar Silver Dial
Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Automatic Steel Mens Watch Calendar Silver Dial

This Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique timepiece features a polished stainless steel case, brushed & polished stainless steel bracelet with a deployment clasp, Silver dial, Magnified Date display at the 3 o’clock position, silver tone & luminous hand indicators, silver tone index hour markers.

Welder by U-Boat K32 Oversize Triple Time Zone Black Ion-Plated Steel Mens Watch
Welder by U-Boat K32 Oversize Triple Time Zone Black Ion-Plated Steel Mens Watch

This Welder by U-boat K32 Oversize Three Time Zone Unisex Black Stainless Steel Watch will make a statement! The K32 Series models are beautifully crafted with attractive construction. The watch features a matte black ion-plated Stainless Steel case, Black Rubber Strap, Triple Time Zone: 2 on main dial & 3rd on side of case, Black Carbon Fiber Dial with white accents, black hand indicators and white Arabic Numerals, screws on dial, and Pull and Push Crown on both sides of the case.

Checkout our site for hundreds of options! Happy New Year and happy hunting!

October Deals: Luxury for Less

Buying a new luxury watch has been at the top of your list for a while, but sadly, your wallet hasn’t been agreeing with your desires.

Luckily, Watches and Beyond offers a wide variety of discount luxury watches. Furthermore, piping hot deals can be found via our special clearance section.

Let’s take a look at some of our top picks from this coming month below.

Christian Dior Dior VIII White Ceramic & Steel Womens Luxury Diamond Watch Quartz

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Ebel Brasilia Stainless Steel & Diamond Fashion Line Womens Watch

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Longines Flagship Heritage Chronograph 18k Rose Gold Mens Watch 

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Porsche Design Performance Diver Automatic Black PVD Titanium Mens Watch

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Shop these as well as many other designer timepieces online at http://www.watchesandbeyond.com.

Luxurious Getaways: Top 5 Picks

It’s mid-summer and everyone is looking for that perfect paradise to get away to, even if just for a short while. Here at Watches and Beyond, supplier of discount luxury watches, we have a few spots we absolutely love to frequent and feel would be worth your consideration.

The Hamptons (New York, US)

Though we are based in New York, The Hamptons still feel like half a world away. Beautiful beaches, boutiques, gardens and fine dining make The Hamptons one of the most sought out luxury travel destinations on the east coast. Grab your white linens, your bathing suit, and the family–and head out to the very tip of Long Island.

 

Ibiza (Balearic Islands)

Set in the beautiful Mediterranean, Ibiza offers something for everyone. Known most for it’s world class clubbing, the beautiful paradise also features absolutely gorgeous beaches, resorts, castles, and hiking.

 

Dubai (UAE)

Those looking for extreme luxury and hospitality will find what they are looking for by visiting Dubai. Featuring some of the finest dining, shopping, and hotels in the world, it is truly a top-notch luxury vacation destination. Dubai is the most populated city in the United Arab Emirates, and features some of the most modern and diverse styles of architecture in the world. One piece of advice–don’t forget your credit card.

 

 

 

Watches and Beyond: 100% Authentic

Watches and Beyond has been offering discount luxury watches to online users in search of the perfect timepiece, hoping to not break the bank. These efforts have successfully provided thousands of users with the luxury watch of their dreams.

One stigma that comes along with running a discount luxury goods website is the worry of authenticity. In the past the questions have risen, “Is Watches and Beyond real? Is Watches and Beyond trustworthy?” Although these questions receive a firm “no,” we do understand the motive behind them.

Nobody wants to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on a luxury time piece with a lingering negative thought in their head. One should be confident upon a purchase. That being said, we’d like to ensure our users that our site is 100% trustworthy, and we only sell authentic time pieces form some of the best makers in the world.

Below you can find a screenshot from a report ran on our website via scamadvisor.com:

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Though rising a question in trustworthiness is never a positive issue to come upon, it is somewhat flattering that our low pricing on pieces from makers such as Longines watches and Raymond Weil Tango have caused such questioning to take place!

Shop luxury watches online at http://www.watchesandbeyond.com

The Wrist Watch: How Many Should I Own?

When deciding on buying a watch, such as the many discount luxury watches we have via our online store, many factors play a major role in your decision making process. One thing to consider is, when will I wear the watch? When is it appropriate to be worn and how often will I have the opportunity to wear it?

To answer that question, we have broken watches down into two broad categories. Each category holds it’s own characteristics and appropriate settings. Both, while not to be tangled in each other, hold their own place individually and should be considered during the buying process.

The two categories of watches which most people own are as follows:

Formal Watch – A formal watch can be seen as a high end luxury watch. This type of watch will be worn at formal business events, weddings, formal social events, and many occasions in which you find yourself wearing a suit. Makers such as Longines watches and Cartier provide a great number of beautiful formal watches. Having a formal watch will come in handy in many cases throughout a lifetime.


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Sport Watch – The sport watch, usually a bit more rugged and including materials such as rubber and stainless steel is a good choice for the active individual. Many feature water resistance, and a much more casual appearance than any formal watch. These watches can be worn with day-to-day clothes, and are appropriate in any active setting, or informal event.

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Ensuring your casual as well as formal game is covered, you should be good to go!

Shop our entire selection of luxury watches at http://www.watchesandbeyond.com

Embrace The Winter With Ice-Watch

The winter weather has been rolling in as of late. More and more layers will be worn as the temperatures begin to plummet. While many will hide indoors and avoid the cold at all costs, others will embrace the change.

What a better way to embrace the cold then to wear it.

The Ice-Watch is a bold timepiece making strong impressions on the market. Priced far cheaper than our other discount luxury watches, the Ice-Watch makes a perfect gift for anyone on your holiday list. These awesome time keepers feature water resistance up to 164 feet and a bold design. The most admirable and remarkable quality of this line of watches is the colors. Each Ice-Watch features a bold color scheme, perfect for younger folks and others trying to make a statement.

Let’s take a look at some different models below:

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The Ice-Watch Stone Tycoon Purple Polyamide & Steel Unisex Fashion Watch in purple, pictured above, is one of our favorite models. This unisex piece, featuring a bold face and leather strap is one to take note of. (click on photos to be taken to the product page)

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Those looking to truly embrace the spirit of winter should check out the Ice-Watch Ice-Forever Sili Collection Mens Fashion Watch in gray. The cool gray and silver accents are brought out by an orange silver dial.

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Looking to add a little sunshine to your holiday season? Check out the Ice-Watch Ice-Forever Sili Collection Mens Fashion Watch in yellow, pictured above.

In addition to these featured timepieces, Watches And Beyond features a variety of luxury watches such as Longines Watches, Cartier Watches, and more.