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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.

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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 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!

 

 

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!

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.

 

 

A Helpful Guide to Father’s Day Gift Giving

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Father’s Day is fast approaching and, as much as we love them, dads can be a real challenge to shop for. Watches and Beyond has compiled this guide to make gift giving for dads painless and fun this year.

  • Golf Lessons. The ability to play golf–and play well–is both a hobby and a business skill across a variety of professions. Whether he’s a rookie or a seasoned golfer, it’s never a bad idea to brush up one’s skills on the green.
  • Cufflinks. These versatile accessories aren’t just for formal occasions. In fact, cufflinks are being worn more and more frequently as an accent to an otherwise casual ensemble. Browse our selection of discounted designer cufflinks for the fashionable father in your life.
  • Cologne. Do you know his special brand? Men tend to stick to one cologne–and use a lot of it–so this is one gift that won’t go to waste. Dads will be sure to appreciate this practical and thoughtful present.
  • Grill Tools. Father’s Day is conveniently situated at the peak of barbecue season, and dads can’t wait to fire up the grill. This gift might be put to use as soon as it’s opened if a poolside barbecue is part of your Father’s Day tradition.
  • Novelty Gifts. Engraved coffee mugs and picture frames may seem overdone, but their unique and personal touch never gets old. Give a gift with a message that will let him know just how much you care.
  • Watches. A tried and true staple of every man’s wardrobe, you can’t go wrong gifting a watch for a dad of any age. Watches and Beyond offers a vast selection of discount luxury watches. Browse our selection today!

Whatever the style of the father you’re shopping for this month, something on this list is sure to please! Secure the perfect gift so you can focus on letting your husband, father, grandfather, and any other dads in your life know how valued they are.

The Meaning of a Gold Watch

Did you know that the color gold is associated with success, achievement and triumph? It sounds pretty accurate considering the feeling you may get from wearing a gold watch. There’s a luxurious feeling about it that gives an air of sophistication.

In some circles, people believe that wearing gold in itself brings about increased power, good health and success, but we know that it’s really how you feel that brings about these “superpowers.” Imagine how fashion has the ability to change us in that way. Just wearing something unique and beautiful can transform our mental image of how we feel about ourselves.

Watches and Beyond sells plenty of gold watches in a ton of different price ranges, but here are some that especially bring about that feeling of power.

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This Longines watch features a gold tone dial with gold tone hand indicators and black index hour markers with a surrounding set of diamonds. Not only does it give a sense of success, it also has a feel of elegance.

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This masculine Ulysse Nardin features a black dial that stands out perfectly against the gold. This is a bold watch.

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Finally, this Cartier Ballon Bleu is a blend of masculinity and femininity, bold and soft. The black roman numerals give it a very business-like feel.

Watch Out – Steep Discounts!

New stuff is always exciting. Shopping for new clothing, furniture, electronics.. it’s inherently exciting in the novelty it brings. But the excitement of a good buy? Unbeatable.

There’s nothing better than the feeling that you got waaaaay more than you paid for. And it’s a feeling that doesn’t come our way often in a world where basics like bottled water come at a costly 2 bucks.

Watches & Beyond doesn’t play by those rules. All year round, our watches go at steeply discounted prices. Say no to retail and check out some of the amazing deals available. You don’t have to wait until Black Friday to get a steal!

Here’s our selection of women’s watches at deeply discounted prices:

Movado Eliro Stainless Steel Womens Watch
Movado Eliro Stainless Steel Watch | $1,895.00 $795.00
Baume & Mercier Hampton Watch
Baume & Mercier Hampton Watch | $4,990.00 $1,899.00
Tiffany & Co. Tesoro Stainless Steel Womens Watch
Tiffany & Co. Tesoro Womens Watch | $5,020.00 $1,995.00
Frederique Constant Slim Line  Womens Watch
Frederique Constant Womens Watch | $2,395.00 $799.00

And a selection of amazing deals for men:

Edox Grand Ocean Mens Luxury Sport Watch | $3,275.00 $739.00
Clous de Paris Chrono Automatic Steel Mens Watch
Clous de Paris Chrono Mens Watch $1,750.00 | $549.00
Kriegs Marine Uhren Manual Wind Black PVD Mens Watch
Kriegs Marine Uhren Manual Wind Black PVD Mens Watch | $1,825.00 $625.00
Rado Ceramica XL Jubile Black Ceramic Mens Dress Watch Black Diamond Dial Calendar
Rado Ceramica XL Jubile Black Ceramic Mens Dress Watch Black Diamond Dial Calendar | $24,250.00 $8,995.00

Gucci Watches

Looking for a unique designer watch to add to your collection? Gucci makes absolutely beautiful timepieces that are definitely worth the investment. Gucci is a fashion house famous for its timeless class and has retained its high-end luxury status since its inception. In fact, according to Forbes, Gucci is the 38th most valuable brand in the world.

Watches and Beyond has an extensive collection of discount ladies’ Gucci timepieces. Know of a woman in your life who could use a fashion pick-me-up? A Gucci watch will be sure to light up her life. Here are some of our top picks:

Gucci G-Rectangle 100 Steel & Diamond Womens Fashion Strap Watch
Gucci G-Rectangle 100 Steel & Diamond Womens Fashion Strap Watch
Gucci Signoria 116 Stainless Steel & Diamond Womens Watch
Gucci Signoria 116 Stainless Steel & Diamond Womens Watch
Gucci Horsebit 103 Steel & Diamond Womens Fashion Bangle Watch MOP Floral Dial
Gucci Horsebit 103 Steel & Diamond Womens Fashion Bangle Watch MOP Floral Dial
Gucci 1500 L Stainless Steel Womens Fashion Bangle Watch
Gucci 1500 L Stainless Steel Womens Fashion Bangle Watch
Gucci 104 Stainless Steel Womens Fashion Watch White/Stone Strap Black Dial
Gucci 104 Stainless Steel Women’s Fashion Watch White/Stone Strap Black Dial