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  2. Watches Spotted in Top Gun 2

    Watches Spotted in Top Gun 2

    Have you watched the new TOP GUN movie yet? I wonder who will not fall in love with those pilots who flew cool in this 2022 blockbuster. In this Top Gun 2 movie, most of people are fascinated by its exciting flight scenes. I am sure watch enthusiasts indeed would check out the wrists of the pilots.  After more than 30 years since its original release, the new TOP GUN: Maverick was released earlier in 2022. The ageless Tom Cruise, also known as “Maverick” in the movie, is assigned back to the Top Gun flight school to train a team of school graduates for a special mission. Except Tom Cruise himself, who wears the same Orfina Porsche Chronograph as the initial release from 1986, every young crew of his team wear a IWC pilot watch. These watches we can see ain’t just some product placements, but there are also stories behind. Porsche Porsche Design Orfina Chronograph Image Source: monochrome-watches.com During the movie, Tom Cruise was always accompanied by his Orfina x Porsche Design Chronograph which was the same model from the first Top Gun release in 1986. Tracing back to the early 1970s, Porsche Design introduced its first watch model from the inspiration of the Porsche 911 luxury car. The watch was an all-black chronograph which was very rare at the era and it began a PVD watches trend in the watchmaking industry.  For decades, Porsche Design watches were basically sharing similar case and dial designs and fitted with Valjoux movements. They also had collaborations with a few other brands, such as Heuer and LeJour, and released and shared similar case, dial, and overall styling with a few other brands during those decades. Their watches used to be made by Orfina, then by IWC. Today they are producing on their own.  Some of the most famous models are the Valjoux 7750 and the Lemania 5100 models. These are said to be the same watch that were found in both Top Gun 1 and Top Gun 2 releases on Tom Cruise’s, a.k.a Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, wrist.  IWC Pilot Watches in Top Gun 2 Image Source: iwc.com In the Top Gun Maverick movie, the young and elite fighter pilots in Tom Cruise’s team, can be seen wearing IWC watches. These watches were spotted on at least 3 characters: Robert “Bob” Floyd portrayed by Lewis Pullman, Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw portrayed by Miles Teller, and the female aviator Natasha “Phoenix” Trace portrayed by Monica Barbaro. In the movie, these aviators are introduced as highly competitive, capable, being in the top 1% of Navy pilots. So why would these elites pick a IWC watch instead of others?  In the real world, IWC has a deep relationship with the US Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program. With a long heritage in producing reliable tool watches, IWC has been an honored partner with Top Gun flight school and supplies its pilot watches to the aviators and instructors. The brand named this series the IWC Top Gun SFTI models. This has resulted in confidential models only available to real pilots, yet the brand has also released a number of SFTI models to the general public.  IWC has kept releasing updated models for this special collection. For instance, in 2018, IWC added two special editions to the collection in honor of the US Navy Naval Aviation community. These watches were inspired by the “Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor” models which are only available for Top Gun graduates. One is the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition SFTI IW324705 and then is the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition SFTI IW389004. They are both black ceramic models with an eye-catching Navy Fighter Weapons School patch on the dial at 9 o’clock.  With no surprises, these watches are the ones that can be seen on the flight recruits in Top Gun 2. These are almost the same watches that the real-life aviators from the “Top Gun” Navy Fighter Weapons School would actually wear. In 2017, the Top Gun IWC line became a part of the brand’s Pilot’s Watch collection, so if you want to taste a bit of how it’d look like to be a Top Gun aviator, here are a few exceptional choices and latest models for you.  IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Edition SFTI IW324705 IWC Mark XVIIIImage Source: iwc.com The IWC Mark Series is considered as one of the best military watches in history. This ever-lasting watch lineup has been through many evolutions and now it comes in the Mark XVIII version. The latest IWC Mark XVIII edition embodies all the advanced design elements and innovative functionality needed for a larger pilot watch. The 40 mm case is made from automotive titanium 5N, to enhance its durability, light-weight, and skin-friendliness for comfortability. Just like other Top Gun editions, the Navy Fighter Weapons School patch is placed at 9 o’clock on the dial. IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition SFTI IW389004 Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Image Source: iwc.com As the chronograph version of the IWC Top Gun SFTI models, the reference IW389004 features a remarkable IWC in-house movement 89361 Caliber. The IWC Pilot chronograph features the hours and minutes indicators elapsed in its sub-dial at 12 o’clock. It also includes a flyback function. And the most important thing is, the iconic patch of the Navy Fighter Weapons School is displayed on the dial’s 9 o’clock position.  IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Top Gun Ceratanium IW371815 IWC Pilot’s watch TOP GUN Ceratanium Image Source: iwc.com This model is the first IWC pilot watch made of Ceratanium® material. Featuring a black dial, hands and a black rubber strap, the watch is presented with a full black profile while the dial and hands are coated using luminescent material in gray color. This stylish and cool timepiece portrays a distinctive monochrome look during the day and at the same time performs perfectly with full luminescent functionality at night. IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun 50th Anniversary Edition IW387813 IWC Pilot’s Watch “TOP GUN 50th Anniversary” Image Source: iwc.com To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first Top Gun model, this chronograph was developed together with the instructors based in Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. It features a classic blue dial and black hands coated with highly luminescent material. Indeed, this model also showcases the Navy Fighter Weapons School logo at 9 o’clock on the dial. Besides, since they are available only to the Top Gun instructors, each watch has an individual engraving of its owner’s name and class on the case back. Fighter jets, vintage Porsche cars, heavy motorbikes, and pilot watches, the Top Gun 2 has provided all fancy cinema experiences to all of us. Although we may not have them all, these amazing pilot watches are probably a slightly approachable choice for us to enjoy more a bit of the aftertaste of this iconic movie. 

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  4. Cartier Santos – The First Modern Men’s Wristwatch

    Cartier Santos – The First Modern Men’s Wristwatch

    Cartier, a prestigious name in the world of jewelry and watches, should be no stranger to everyone. Countless internationally famed celebrities and political figures have been spotted with a Cartier watch on important events. Yet sometimes overshadowed by its most renowned Cartier Tank watch, there is a slight chance that you may not be too familiar with another popular collection, the Cartier Santos.  Originally born in 1904, the Santos de Cartier watch, that also named Cartier Santos, is considered as the first wristwatch for men in watchmaking history. With several updates and refinements, this fully developed line has again introduced a breathtaking piece earlier this year, a new Cartier Santos Blue model. This release has again brought Cartier Santos back to the chart of hottest watches in the market. Today let us check out more about its story and its models in this modern day.  Brief History of Cartier Santos Watches Initially produced in 1904, the Cartier Santos is already more than 110 years old. Its first watch was created by the brand’s founder Louis Cartier for his friend and also a dapper Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, so you can obviously understand their relationship right away from the names.  Alberto Santos-Dumont was the first aviator to fly around the Eiffel Tower with a dirigible built by himself. In order to control the flying without taking a hand off to look at his pocket watch, Santos-Dumont came to Louis Cartier for a solution. The prototype of the Cartier Santos was then developed for Alberto Santos-Dumont, as one of the first men’s wristwatches. The Cartier Santos was then named after the aviator and officially released to the mass market in 1911 with a similar style as the 1904 prototype. Undergoing several updates throughout the years, the Cartier Santos had then developed its most iconic timepiece in 1978, with the Cartier Santos Dumont model.  In 1978, the newly onboard Marketing Manager of Cartier, Dominique Perrin took the inspiration of the first Santos Dumont watch and came up with the idea of launching a Cartier sports watch at a more affordable price. To appeal to the younger audiences while keeping the sense of Cartier’s luxury, Dominique Perrin’s team had come up with the model in steel and gold two-tone. On the stainless-steel case and bracelet structure, the bezel and the screws on the watch’s bracelet were made with gold. This new Cartier Santos Dumont watch was a daring piece and one of the pioneers in the market since the two-tone watches were still not common at that time.  With such groundbreaking design, the look of this Cartier Santos watch was also revised to be more curved and smoother. It was relaunched as the Santos Galbée model and had become one of the most emblematic Cartier watches for many years.  Cartier Santos Watches in the Modern Days For years, even though it was dropped out of the catalog for a while, Cartier has never given up on this significant model and keeps on putting effort on its upgrade. Today, the Santos de Cartier watches are available in various versions with different case materials and bracelet styles to choose from. There must be a perfect timepiece that suits your collection.  The Cartier Santos 100 Santos 100 watch W20106X8 In 2004, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the collection, the brand released the Cartier Santos 100 models. Incorporating a completely modern aesthetic, this new Santos 100 watch is the modern interpretation of the original timepiece, while retaining the beauty of its vintage touch with its leather strap just like the 1978 Santos Dumont models.  The modified size and shape are beautifully presented and on the other time have ensured the comfortability of wearing it on the wrist. For some chronograph versions and skeletonised versions of thie model, they are fitted with the brand’s in-house mechanical movements which are considered some of the most notable movements of Cartier.  The Cartier Santos 100 watch remained one of the hottest models of the collection over the years, so you would see just how contented the Cartier collectors were with this Cartier men watch. Cartier Santos Galbée XL Cartier Santos Galbée XL watch Image Source: Jomashop To cater to the strong demand for larger watches, the Cartier Santos Galbée XL watch was introduced in 2005. Carrying the design of upgraded models Santos Galbée released after 1987, the Santos XL watch is well balanced and refined with a larger size in dimension of 32 x 45.5mm. This Cartier Santos XL is an automatic watch equipped with an improved ETA 049 movement. Besides, this version has made a visual improvement on the dial – the date display window is placed between the hour marker 4 and 5 o’clock. The date window does not occupy any hour marker such as the usual position at 3 o’clock or 6 o’clock.  Santos de Cartier Midsize 2018 Image Source: watchesbysjx.comWithout any significant update for over ten years, the brand decided to give a grand revival for this well-respected model at SIHH 2018, just exactly forty years after the introduction of the iconic 1978 Santos Dumont model. The Santos de Cartier model is presented as the modern version of its classic Cartier Santos watch.  Also, to address the needs of its female audiences, the Cartier Santos 2018 series offered medium size versions in dimensions of 35.1mm x 41.9mm. They come with options of full steel, all gold and two-tone cases. There are also much larger sizes at 39.8mm x 47.5mm for men who have thicker wrists. The larger model features a date window display at 6 o’clock position but the medium ones didn’t include a date display.  Cartier Santos Blue 2022 Cartier Santos Blue watch WSSA0048 At the Watches and Wonders 2022 event in Geneva, Switzerland, the brand’s pillar collection released two new Santos de Cartier models with brand new features. Following the size of its large models, these watches are equipped with a case in dimensions of 39.8mm x 47.5mm, and 9.37mm in thickness.  Both the silver dial version and the deep blue dial version feature an alluring deep blue bezel. On top of a fully well-polished profile, the patterned bezel is stunningly coated with blue PVD with horizontal grooves for a more eye-catching contrast.  Within the collection both Cartier Santos Dumont and Santos de Cartier watches are amongst the most sought-after models of the brand’s catalog today. From the past as the first men’s wristwatch, to today being the brand’s pillar collection, a Cartier Santos watch is definitely an ideal pick that you can be proud of owning. 

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  5. The high-end MR-G and MT-G collection from Casio G Shock

    The high-end MR-G and MT-G collection from Casio G Shock

    Being regarded as “the toughest watch on the planet”, the Casio G-Shock is actually much more than that. In recent years, the brand has been proofing it to us with more groundbreaking pieces including its more premium MT-G and MR-G series. On top of the use of premium materials, the G-Shock MTG and G-Shock MRG watches are equipped with the brand’s complete set of top-notch technical specifications crafted with Japanese watchmaking traditions.  Early this year, the new releases of G-Shock MTG and MRG lines have again exceeded people’s expectations. Here we are going to introduce you to these two breathtaking collections and their new models.  What is G-Shock MTG and G-Shock MRG?  MTG-B1000B-1AJF As of today, G-Shock’s name is so huge that it almost overshadows its belonging brand name Casio. First released in 1981, G-Shock has already built its name widely over the globe with superb robustness and accessible price range. Being loved by numerous international celebrities like Eminam and Justin Bieber, the Casio G-Shock is undoubtedly one of the worldwide leaders in functional tool timepieces. Both MT-G and MR-G are premium lines from G Shock. However, if you are not very familiar with G-Shocks, the Casio G Shock MT-G and MR-G are probably not what you would expect from a standard G-Shock model. The models from MT-G and MR-G series are nothing like the classic G-Shocks you have known since they’re nigh-indestructible. Premium materials are used for the watches in these two collections, such as superb quality titanium, high-tech carbon fiber and fluoro-elastomer rubber.  In addition to materials, the parts inside are all sophisticatedly made with the brand’s most advanced technologies. Actually, these MTG and MRG watches are still powered by quartz movements, yet the quartz movements used on them are equipped with the brand’s Multi-Band 6 timekeeping mechanism that precisely receives signals from atomic radio towers over the world. These G-Shock watches offer Bluetooth to connect the user’s smartphone through the brand’s Connected app, and also be able to connect to GPS to track your path anytime.  Now let us take a deeper look at the difference between MTG and MRG watches.  The Casio G-Shock MT-G Collection MTG-B1000BD-1AJF Referring to “Metal Twisted”, the G-Shock MTG collection was grand released in 1999. This line was introduced as a house of supreme watches with hybrid case constructions. Its early models were mostly made from stainless steel and resin combinations.  Presented as one of G-Shock‘s high-end watches, the MT-G features all of the brand’s most advanced features, including Bluetooth connectivity to the G-Shock smartphone app, the brand’s famous Tough Solar charging, as well as the latest Multi-Band 6 atomic timekeeping.  So as we can see from the name, the G-Shock MTG is mainly playing on innovative and robust materials and further improves to the ultimate quality.  G-Shock MTG-B3000 Pic From: gshock.casio.com In March this year, the new MTG-B3000 was released as the slimmest G-shock solar model of the brand. Its total dimensions are 51.9 x 50.9 x 12.1 mm, which is significantly slimmer than its previous models MTG-B1000 which is 14.4 mm and MTG-B2000 which is 15.9 mm in thickness. Featuring innovative exterior design with impressive slimline construction, the slim MT-G has followed the original design concept more of the MTG-B1000 than that of MTG-B2000. It resembles the B1000 models with a thinner and lighter reinforced resin case. Its case back has extended into an intricate 3D module, which is well protected by the brand’s more advanced Dual Core Guard structure.  Preserving the refined look and texture of the resin metal, there are several options that make an eye-catching contrast in colors, including the full gray version with soft urethane band reference MTG-B3000B-1A, the red version MTG-B3000BD-1A, and the green MTG-B3000BD-1A2. The G-SHOCK MR-G Collection MRG-7600D-1BJF Debuted in 1996, a few years before the MTG collection, the G-Shock MR-G collection is the most technically advanced member of the G-Shock watch family. Holding the name of G Shock MRG which stands for “Majesty” and “Reality”, every MR-G watch carries the brand’s best technical and material innovations. Over these years, we can see that it has taken the lead to push G-Shock further to the direction of prestige watchmaking.  Being considered G-Shock’s most prestigious lineup, the G-Shock MRG watches are presented with premium titanium and resin builds and a digital display. There were two models released in the line in March 2022 and received overwhelming responses from the world.  G-Shock MRG-B2000B MRG-B2000B-1A4Pic From: gshock.casio.com From the collection’s most luxurious line, this watch was designed with the traditional Japanese kachi-iro color which is dark navy blue with a rich history in Japan. In the old days, this color described the combination of red and gold which was favored as a “winning color” by the Japanese samurais and were used on their armor and helmets.   Based on the MRG-B2000 model, the B2000B G-Shock watch added a touch of Japan motif on the dial for some extra traditional beauty and strength. The indices were presented as the curvature of a Japanese sword with rendered edges. Besides, some details on the bezel, inner dial, and logo are colored with kachi-iro to create a strong samurai feeling. This watch is definitely a lovely pick for those who are fond of Japanese culture.  G-Shock MRG-B5000 Pic From: gshock.casio.com The new MRG-B5000 is the collection’s first full digital display model after the MRG-1100-2 Frogman model released in 1999. It is also a MR-G model which took inspiration from the G-Shock DW-5000C origin model of 1983. It has adopted the original square case and other classic features such as the brick background pattern and further modified it with the contemporary style.  This model is one of the most sophisticated watches to enjoy the exceptional robustness and reliability of G-Shock with formal or business attire. Maintaining a clear stand and authentic approach on function-focus watchmaking, G-Shock has built a prominent reputation and status solely in the market. For these years, it has successfully developed and enhanced the value of its watches with more impressive innovations and technical attributes. Expanding to the more luxury segment, the Casio G-Shock MT-G and MR-G lines will continue to grow and break new ground for G-Shock. As a watch admirer, we are looking forward to see more exciting new releases from these prestigious lineups. 

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  6. The New Launch of Omega Swatch Collaboration Sparks Shopping Frenzy

    The New Launch of Omega Swatch Collaboration Sparks Shopping Frenzy

    Earlier in March this year, the unexpected cooperation of Omega and Swatch broke the internet and had all the watch lovers in the world over the moon. Actually, it was not something new about watch brands joining hands with other brands, but from the overwhelming responses, it seems that this “OmegaxSwatch” collaboration has taken the brands to the next level.  Ever since its launch, the new models, named MoonSwatch, have stirred the shopping craze over the globe and right now it is very rare to get one at its original price. But why are people so crazy for this collaboration?  Why is this Omega x Swatch Collaboration?  (Source From: swatch.com) You might have already known that Omega and Swatch are sibling brands under the Swatch Group. Yet it’s still surprising to see something like the prestigious Omega listing with the mass brand Swatch and even releasing its iconic model Speedmaster legitimately at just HKD2,100 stated on the official website. Some critics said that the release of the product is a kind of devaluing the Omega’s brand and the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch’s name, but some watch enthusiasts also think that Omega has taken a good attempt to draw in a younger crowd, including many of us who can’t currently afford a Speedmaster, are cheering for this unsurreal collaboration.  But why such an unexpected collaboration? To be realistic, overseeing 17 brands including Omega and Swatch, The Swatch Group had been struggling in the past few years with global sales of the watches and fine jewelry industries heavily damaged due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions. However, eCommerce has been a buffer for the company’s survival to cover its sale reductions at stores. The new models from such collaboration is a great way to garner short-term sales for the Swatch Group and a decent introduction to the mass consumer segment for Omega. According to the CEO of Swatch Group Nick Hayek, the Group has an iconic luxury brand Omega and its signature Speedmaster while at the same time having that innovative mass watch brand Swatch. As both are worthy partners with the watch legacy for the other, this joint mission turned out to be a massive success and set a milestone to contemporary watch history.  Features of The MoonSwatch Mission to the Sun (Image Source: swatch.com) Omega and Swatch are both among the world’s largest watch brands. Their collaboration to create the Omega Swatch MoonSwatch has made so much a hot topic in the market. There are  totally 11 models in the theme of the solar system. Each watch in the collection is named after the known planets inside our solar system as well as the moon. Amongst these models, the Moon version resembles the original Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch the most while featuring the emblematic tachymeter scale and white hands. The rest models are named under other planets; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. There is also a model named after the sun. The Omega MoonSwatch features a 42mm case, that is the same size as the legendary Speedmaster with all the details resembling, from the case and bezel details to the subdials. Nevertheless, there are a few differences distinguishable from Omega Speedmaster. Right at the center of the dial, you can clearly find the mark of “Swatch” and “MoonSwatch”. Besides, the setting of the subdials is also different from the original due to the use of quartz movement. The MoonSwatch subdials are evenly placed while the Speedmaster presents the subdials toward the lower half on the dial.  Mission to Mercury (Image Source: swatch.com)As for the case material, instead of the classic stainless steel, the watch is made from Swatch’s patented bioceramic material. This forward-looking new material is light and environmentally friendly, and at the same time assures the comfortability on your wrist. The bioceramic MoonSwatch collection is equipped with a VELCRO® strap. Moreover, the Super-LumiNova material used on indexes and hands is the same type of that also used on Omega Speedmasters, which ensure high visibility in dark conditions.  What is so Good About The Omega x Swatch MoonSwatch?  Budget-Friendly Actually, before listing other merits, how does a Speedmaster for HKD2,100 sound? The Omega Speedmaster is an absolute classic piece for every watch collector, but a standard model already costs over HKD20,000. It is a chance of getting a Speedmaster at such an unbelievable price thus to excite a bunch of people from all over the world. Vibrant Color Combinations Amongst the 11 MoonSwatch models, each watch is themed on a specific celestial planet in our solar system. The model for the Moon mostly resembles the actual Omega Speedmaster, and other versions are offering all kinds of vibrant cases and designs, just as the iconic Swatch style. Each model is presented with their unique color combinations. The “Mission to the Sun” version is in golden yellow, “Mission to Venus” version is in fancy pink, Our Earth’s version is in green and blue, and the “Mission to Mars” is in fiery red which was inspired by the prototype that Omega made in 1972 for NASA.  Mission to Venus (Image Source: swatch.com) Omega’s Promising Quality These MoonSwatch timepieces are not limited edition or numbered, that you can purchase anytime at their selected store. (Although they are now all sold out…) What makes the Omega lovers excited the most is their faithful adaptation to the true Speedmaster’s form.  The case size of the watch is 42mm with the thickness of 13mm, and the MoonSwatch also shares the same crystal cover for the case. Besides, using the same Super-LumiNova material, the readability of its chronograph display reaches the level of Omega Speedmaster. On the caseback of each version, there is an engraved specific image of the respective planet, provided directly from NASA.  Carrying the classic Speedmaster features including the emblematic tachymeter scale with dot over 90 design, this Omega x Swatch collaboration brings this legendary Omega chronograph into a more accessible level for the new collectors.  Mission to the Moon (Image Source: swatch.com) Innovative Bioceramic Material Although the MoonSwatch is not made from robust stainless steel, it is well crafted by Swatch’s patented material called bioceramic. This innovative material is a combination of high-tech ceramic and bio-sourced plastic which is light, scratch resistant and silky to offer comfortability to the wearer. Thus, the bioceramic moonswatch’s cost can be cut down to offer scope for a wider audience who are interested to start their watch collecting journey with an Omega watch. 

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  7. Top 8 Orient Star Watches for New Collectors

    Top 8 Orient Star Watches for New Collectors

    When speaking of Japanese watches, their groundbreaking timepieces must be one of those that would come to your mind. The gigantic brands like Seiko and Casio have continued to innovate on watchmaking advancements and technologies. Another huge Japanese watchmaker, the Orient Watch, is no exception.  Orient and Orient Star Managing two different lines, the Orient and Orient Star, the Orient Watch company has delivered a number of exceptional mechanical watches that have built its name widely. Lately, the brand has constantly released a few new Orient Star watch models that impressed watch enthusiasts over the globe. If you are new to this Japanese watch brand, we are here to brief you with its story and some of its best watches.  For people who are not very familiar with the Orient watch families, you might get confused about the difference between Orient and Orient Star. In short, Orient is the entry-level lineup and Orient Star is a more premium lineup of the brand. As said, the Orient series consists of more standard models at an affordable price range, while the Orient Star is offering more complicated and premium watches at a slightly higher price package. Compared to other luxury watches in the same quality, the Orient Star includes still exceptional timepieces at an affordable package. Featuring high-quality materials and advanced functions in terms of design and specifications, Orient Star is considered as one of the most notable Japanese watch lines amongst watch collectors from all over the globe.  The first Orient Star watch was released in the 1950s. Without surprise, its design inspiration is from the image of stars just as its name stated. As of today, the Orient star line has already developed into a versatile house of a series of highly desired watches. There are three main collections categorized by different styles: Orient Star Classic, Orient Star Contemporary, and Orient Star Sports. The Best Orient Star Watches for You “Pleasure to Wear”, “Delight to See ” and “Joy of Connections”, every Orient Star watch is well crafted under these core values of the brand. With the legacy and pride, Orient has been dedicating itself to watchmaking advancements and innovations. Its famous 46 series mechanical movement has kept evolving since its debut in the early 70s. This movement is still powering many popular Orient Star watches today.  Over these years, Orient Star has been exploring new watchmaking technologies and from time to time releases new types of models for the brand. Following the quartz watch crisis of the 1970s to 1980s, Orient Star launched its first mechanical watch with a standard power reserve in 1996. And in the following years, it was followed by the brand’s first World Time models, GMT models, and the later-renowned Orient Star Skeleton models.  Seeing the success of its skeleton models, Orient Star released more updated models in recent years, such as a complete skeleton display model in 2016 and a semi-skeleton model with a mechanical moon phase in 2017. Now let us pick up some of the most popular Orient Star models for you.  Orient Star 70th Anniversary Moonphase  RE-AY0107N Being the brand’s flagship model, moon phase versions should be the must-have item for Orient Star’s 70th Anniversary in 2021. The brand introduced both the limited version RE-AY0111A and the available new model RE-AY0107N. The most distinguishing difference between them should be the “shining star” coated dial background. Except that, both mechanical Moon Phase models feature the same power reserve indicator and moon phase indicator, together with a semi-skeleton open-heart dial design that reveals a part of the exquisite mechanical movement.  These new Orient Star Moonphase models are fitted with the brand’s in-house automatic mechanical caliber F7M62 movement. The highly-respected Orient Star movement offers a power reserve of up to 50 hours while providing stable precision and reliability.  Orient Star 70th Anniversary Modern Skeleton Limited Version RE-AV0118L For such an important event, Orient Star Skeleton models must also present at its 70th anniversary indeed. The Modern Skeleton model from the brand’s Contemporary Collection is another highlight of the event. Just like other limited versions, the golden-colored highlights and sparkling accents on the dark sky dial background have beautifully portrayed the shimmering starry sky in the universe. Coming up with the latest in-house mechanical movement, this Orient Star Skeleton watch is an ideal piece for collection especially since it is very rare, limited to 900 pieces worldwide. Orient Star 70th Anniversary Semi Skeleton Limited Version The last limited-edition model for its 70th anniversary is the Classic Semi Skeleton version. It features a fresh new design with a dial of color gradation from navy blue to green. Together with glittering accents, it is reminiscent of starry outer space. There are both models for men and women while are also limited to a few hundred pieces worldwide.  Orient Star Layered Skeleton Also released for the celebration of its 70th anniversary, the Orient Star Layered Skeleton was designed as a turning head everyday watch for men. As its name suggests, the watch is presented in a two-layer dial design that subtly incorporates formal menswear patterns on the top layer. It is a contemporary and interesting timepiece that suits every formal and work occasion.   Orient Star Avant-Garde Skeleton RE-AV0A02S00B Inspired by the mechanical design elements of motorsports and automobiles, the Orient Star Avant-Garde was presented as the brand’s sporty series in a large 43.2 mm dial. The dial of the Orient Star sports watch features a power reserve indicator that resembles a car’s speedometer while offering an impressive 50-hour power reserve with the powerful in-house caliber F6F44 movement. Orient Star Moonphase Open Heart RK-HJ0002L RK-HJ0002L The reference RK-HJ0002L with SAR was released in 2018 only at the Japanese market which is not in European distribution. Less fancy but timeless, this 41 mm Orient Star watch was presented in a classic Orient Star style. Under the name of Slim Skeleton, the case has a thickness of only 10.6mm that could lay comfortably on the wearer’s wrist.  It is powered by the brand’s proudful Orient F7F62 in-house automatic movement with an impressive power reserve of 50 hours.  Orient Star Classic Skeleton WZ0041DX WZ0041DX Same with RK-HJ0002L, this Orient Star Classic Skeleton watch is also being sold only at the Japanese market. It features a 39mm stainless steel case with an elegant crocodile leather strap. The full skeleton display of its golden color-plated movement has beautifully contrasted with the silver dial background. It gives out a touch of luxury without being too flashy. While appreciating the movements of the caliber, this watch is a mechanical masterpiece for anyone who enjoys watchmaking mechanisms.  Orient Star Diver 1964  RE-AU0501B Lastly, we would like to introduce something different. Sometimes being overshadowed by the moonphase and skeleton models, the brand actually houses a few nice sports watches as well. Originally released in 1964, the first Orient Star Diver has been revived with a greatly updated version in reference RE-AU0501B. This new Diver 1964 release is a faithful adaptation of the original Orient Olympia Calendar Diver, which stays true to the origin design, while having several technological updates on the features and movement. This is a perfect pick-up for every collector who wants to “own” a piece of memorable history of Orient Star.  Offering exceptional, beautiful and yet affordable watches, if you are a new collector, you should take a much harder look at the Orient Star watches. Numerous models are actually showing Orient’s finest craftsmanship and here are some of those.

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  8. Bulova: The Underrated American Watch Brand

    Bulova: The Underrated American Watch Brand

    Bulova traces its roots to 1875 when visionary entrepreneur Joseph Bulova opened a small watchmaking shop in downtown New York City. One of the greatest American watch brands in history, this innovative company has been known for several world firsts. It was a pioneer in the standardized production of timepieces. Its historical achievements range from the first fully electronic watch with proprietary tuning-fork-based technology to the world’s first curved chronograph movement. The other innovative creations from Bulova include the Accutron timing mechanism developed for NASA, the first clock radio, the first electronic clock, and the high-precision quartz watch with an extraordinary accuracy of 10 seconds a year (Precisionist), and the Accutron Calibrator. Although known for its illustrious history and brilliant innovations, Bulova is often considered as an underrated brand. In 2008, the company became a subsidiary of the Citizen Group. In 2015, Bulova evoked its origins by establishing its headquarters in New York. It still maintains its enduring popularity as a prominent manufacturer of reasonably priced high-quality timepieces. The nominal Bulova HK retail price range is HK$1,000 to HK$10,000. The brand offers an extensive selection of both quartz and mechanical watches, ranging from the classic dress category to the professional-grade segment. Its notable flagship collections are Archive Series, Classic, CURV, Chronograph C, Crystal, Military, Gemini, Futuro, Lunar Pilot, Marine Star, Oceanographer and Precisionist. In this page, we invite your attention to some popular Bulova watch models of contemporary times. Bulova Lunar Pilot Chronograph Moon Apollo Lunar Pilot Special EditionPic Source From: bulova.jp Inspired by the original Bulova moon watch worn by Apollo 15’s mission commander in the 1971 NASA lunar mission, this timepiece is driven by the proprietary, high-performance quartz movement with a frequency of 262 kHz. It belongs to the brand’s Archive series. The stainless-steel chronograph features a black dial with three counters and a tachymeter outer dial-ring. Depending upon the version, it comes with a stainless-steel bracelet or leather strap. In 2021, Bulova launched a limited-edition version to mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 15 and the moon landing. Limited to 5,000 pieces worldwide, the 50th Anniversary Lunar Pilot Limited-edition model features a grade 5 titanium case enhanced with gold-toned steel details and an attractive light gray dial. Bulova MIL-SHIPS-W-2181 Bulova 98A265 MIL-SHIPS-W-2181 This exemplary timepiece from the Bulova Archives range is based on a prototype diving watch for the U.S. Navy in the late 1950s. In 2021, the brand launched a commercial variant of the iconic diver in a limited 1,000 pieces. The new “homage piece” features a solid stainless-steel case measuring 41mm in diameter, double-domed sapphire crystal glass, and black dial with vintage-themed luminescent coating on the hands and indexes. It also has a “press to rotate” exterior diving bezel. The Bulova Mil-Ships-W-2181 watch houses an automatic Miyota 82S0 movement for operating the hour, minute and seconds hands. It typically offers a power reserve of 42 hours. A stand-out aspect of this model is a unique paper-strap indicator on the dial to alert the presence of moisture inside the watch. The solid steel case-back spotlights the Diver Helmet engraving. Worn on a trendy nylon Nato-style strap, this diving instrument is rated for water resistance of 200 meters. Two strap colors are offered. The 98A265 Bulova Mil-Ships model features a black band whereas the Bulova 98A266 comes with a slate blue strap. Bulova Classic Automatic Day Date  Bulova 97C106Pic Source From: bulova.jp Bulova Classic is a remarkable collection of dress watches for men and women. It comprises both quartz and self-winding mechanical watches. The series offers variously typed of models ranging from quartz-movement powered chronographs to automatic skeleton timepieces. You can discover a fine selection of Bulova Day-Date watches in steel or gold-toned case in the automatic segment. Boasting a new American Clipper style case design, these 42mm classic dress models are fitted with mineral crystal glasses on the top. Available in black, silver-toned and white dial versions, they feature day and date windows at 3 o’clock. Depending upon the version, this self-winding wristwatch comes with a smooth grain leather strap, croco-embossed leather strap or stainless-steel bracelet. Visible through the exhibition case back, the automatic calibre delivers a power reserve of 42 hours. Bulova Classic Automatic Skeleton Bulova 96A208Pic Source From: bulova.jp Bulova offers a series of automatic skeleton wristwatches from its Classic collection. These sophisticated timepieces feature skeletonized dials revealing the inner mechanisms of the self-winding movement beating inside. They are available in steel cases, fitted with sapphire or mineral glass on the top. The case is offered in silver-toned, gold-toned and black IP versions. For example, the Bulova 98A283 “Sutton” model comes with a 43mm diameter black IP steel case secured on a matching color alligator leather strap. These mechanical timekeepers are also provided with exhibition case-back for viewing the rotor side of the self-winding movement. Bulova Oceanographer  Bulova Oceanographer 98B320Pic Source From: bulova.jp This collection from the Bulova Archives series is inspired by the iconic Oceanographer automatic diving watch introduced in 1972. Water-resistant to about 200 meters, this historic model is known as Devil Diver. The brand is presently offering a re-edition of the 1970s timepiece. The reproduction model features a 44m diameter cushion-shaped case with a dual-toned, unidirectional rotating bezel, screw-in case-back, screw-down crown and a self-winding movement with a power reserve of 42 hours. As of now, four bezel themes are offered: black with green (96B322), black with orange (96B350), blue with orange (96B321) and black with red (98B320). Bulova Military  Military 98A255Pic Source From: bulova.jp This series of Bulova Mens watches pays tribute to the American brand’s rich military heritage. A popular model from the collection is the Hack Watch. Equipped with the Miyota 8S20-43A automatic movement, this field watch has been dedicated to Veteran’s Watchmaker Initiative, a nonprofit organization that supports disabled war veterans. Mounted with mineral crystal glass, this stainless-steel timepiece is available in black and ivory dial versions. In addition to the 1 to 12 numeral hour markers, the dial features a 13 to 24 marking to quickly calculate the corresponding military time format. These watches come with Nato-style straps in nylon or leather. The brand contributes 10% of the proceedings of this series to support the Veteran’s Watchmaker Initiative. Bulova Precisionist Precisionist Chronograph 96b175Pic Source From: bulova.jp Precisionist is one of the most precise quartz watches ever made. Driven by a proprietary calibre beating at the rate of 262 kHz, this watch is eight times more accurate than standard timepieces. This line-up offers chronographs and three-hand models with date display. These high-performance Bulova watches are available in stainless steel with silver-toned, gold-toned or IP-coated finish. Depending upon the version, water resistance can be 100m or 300m. The other features are mineral crystal glass, screwed-in case back, screw-down crown, and availability of various straps (leather, metal bracelet, rubber and polyurethane).

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  9. Getting to Know The Zenith El Primero Movement

    Getting to Know The Zenith El Primero Movement

    Introduction Zenith is iconic watch manufacture based in Le Locle, Switzerland. It was founded by Georges Favre-Jacot in 1865. The first Swiss firm to introduce vertically-integrated watch manufacturing, Zenith is also known for its long-established expertise in developing and producing precise and reliable mechanical movements. Among them, El Primero is the most admired calibre family. In Spanish language ‘El Primero’ means the very first. As its name indicates, the Zenith El Primero is a prominent pioneer in the evolution of ultra-precision mechanical chronograph technology. History and Evolution of El Primero 03.A384.400/21.C815 At the end of the 1960s, several watch companies joined race to develop the first self-winding chronograph. Zenith, then operating under MZM (Mondia Zenith Movado) Holding Company, succeeded in developing a high-frequency automatic chronograph. On 10th January 1969, the Zenith S.A. watch factory launched El Primero, the world’s first automatic chronograph movement capable of displaying 1/10th of a second. During the 1970s quartz crisis, Zenith ceased the production of its mechanical movements. It the mid-1980s, the company resumed the manufacturing mechanical calibers thanks to Charles Vermot, who protected the production equipment and necessary documents. In 1988, Zenith started delivering El Primero chronograph movements for automatic versions of the iconic Rolex Daytona. Simultaneously, it launched new chronograph models from the company’s flagship lines: Academy and Cosmopolitan. Inspired by the successful re-launch of El Primero, Zenith introduced De Luca, a new collection entirely dedicated to chronographs. In 1991, the Le Locle based Manufacture marked the 700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation by launching two exclusive models equipped with the two variations of the revived El Primero movement family. In the 1990s, the brand progressively expanded its chronograph line-up by introducing the popular Chronomaster series. Thanks to strategic partnerships and new product launches, Zenith succeeded to revive its legacy as a full-fledged Manufacture with a production facility capable of creating its own movements. In 2001, LVMH acquired the great watchmaking company and its trademarks. Under the aegis of the LVMH group, Zenith began creating new El Primero calibers featuring complex horological mechanisms like Tourbillon, Perpetual Calendar, Minute Repeater and etc. Introduced in 2004, the Grande Chronomaster XXT Tourbillon was the first high frequency tourbillon in the market. In 2007, the brand unveiled a Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon model. Launched in 2010, the El Primero Striking 10th is able to display tenths of a second. In 2017, Zenith presented the Defy El Primero 21, which was able to measure and display one-hundredth of a second. In 2019, Zenith enthusiastically celebrated the 50th anniversary of its El Primero movement family. Popular Zenith Watches with El Primero Movement Presently, the Swiss brand is offering a superb selection of chronographs equipped with the calibers from the iconic El Primero range. Let us have a quick glance on these contemporary Zenith watches.  (1) Zenith Chronomaster Original Chronomaster Original El Primero 03.3200.3600/69.M3200 This series derives inspiration from A-386, an early generation El Primero-powered steel chronograph appeared in 1969. Available in stainless steel and 18k rose gold versions, the new Zenith El Primero 38mm Chronomaster Original retains the aesthetic features and dimensions of the historical model. It houses the self-winding El Primero 3600 chronograph movement endowed with a high frequency of 5Hz and the ability to display 1/10th of a second. It has a power reserve rating of 60 hours. Chronomaster Original boasts a classic tri-compax dial layout featuring three sub-dials: 60-minute counter at 6 o’clock, 60-second counter at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock. It also features a date window at 4.30H and an outer dial-ring with 1/10th of a second scale. Its centrally positioned chronograph hand makes one turn in 10 seconds. In some variants, the three sub-dials come with different colors. Depending upon the version, this Zenith watch is available with a metal bracelet or leather strap. (2) Zenith Chronomaster Sport Representing a modern and sportier evolution of the Zenith Chronomaster watch, this model comes with a large size case measuring 41mm diameter. Its houses the El Primero 3600 1/10th of a second automatic calibre, the same movement that powers the Chronomaster Original models. The Zenith El primero Chronomaster Sport can be distinguished by its bold case design featuring an external 1/10th of a second bezel, pump style pushers, modern proportions and tri-color sub-dials. This model exists in various material combinations: 18K gold case & bezel, steel case with rose gold bezel, steel case with ceramic bezel, and rose gold case with ceramic bezel. This sport-chic chronograph comes with a black or silver-toned dial, with the emblematic tri-color counters. With Chronomaster Sport, Zenith is offering the options of three-link metal bracelet in monotone or dual-tone finish, rubber strap and calfskin leather strap. (3) Zenith Chronomaster Revival Chronomaster Revival A385 El Primero 03.A384.400/385.C855 The Chronomaster Revival series is comprised of the faithful reproductions of the iconic Zenith chronographs produced in the 1960s and 1970s. Aesthetically, this collection sticks to the designs of the historical references such as A3817, A3818, A384, A385, A386 and G383. This collection also brings back historical ladder bracelet designs. The brand is also offering other strap choices like Alligator, Calfskin, Cordura effect rubber and Hybrid (combination of leather and rubber). Presently, the collection includes chronographs with two case diameters: 37mm and 38mm. They feature tonneau or classical-round shape cases. Depending upon the model, the case material can be steel or titanium (with brushed or micro-blasted finish). For example, the Zenith El Primero A384 model has a tonneau-shaped case measuring 37mm diameter. All the watches from the Chronomaster Revival series are driven by high-frequency El Primero automatic movements. (4) Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Open This series includes automatic chronographs with an eye-catching open-heart dial design allowing the owner to admire the regulating organ. Available in steel, rose gold and bi-metal versions, Zenith El Primero open models are driven by Cal. EP4061. A modernized version of the original El Primero automatic high-frequency chronograph calibre, this movement is equipped with a silicon escape wheel and pallet lever that typically require no lubrication. These timepieces come with classic-round shaped cases with 42mm diameter. A number of strap options are also offered: Alligator, Perforated Rubber, Stripped Fabric and Metal Bracelet. (5) Zenith Defy  Defy El Primero 2195.9002.9004/78.M9000 Defy is an ultra-modern series that fuses cutting-edge designs with the most recent advancements in mechanical watchmaking. The brand has utilized various types of El Primero movements to power these timepieces. A best-selling model of the collection is Zenith Defy El Primero 21, an automatic chronograph capable of measuring 1/100th of second. Powering these high-precision watches is Caliber El Primero 9004, which features two escapements: one for the watch (5Hz) and one for the chronograph (50Hz). Dressed in a massive 44m diameter case, this Zenith El Primero 21 watch is available in materials like carbon, ceramic, gold and titanium. The brand is also providing an extensive selection of straps: Rubber (HNBR), Rubber with leather coating or “Cordura Effect” and bracelets in Ceramic, Titanium or Rose gold. The other Defy watch models with El Primero movements are Skyline, Extreme, CHROMA, Zero G, Fusee Tourbillon and Double Tourbillon. Among them, the recently released DEFY Skyline houses the EP 3620 high-frequency automatic manufacture calibre with the innovative 1/10 of a second indicator. The Double Tourbillon is driven by the EP 9020 movement whereas the Fusee Tourbillon model houses the El Primero 4805 SK mechanism. Summary Known as Master of Chronographs, Zenith is grand watchmaking manufacture with a rich legacy that dates back to 1865. It is one of the most award-winning Swiss watch companies. The brand enjoys unmatched expertise in the manufacturing of high-precision mechanical chronographs. Its timepieces are highly sought-after by collectors and fine watchmaking aficionados. The typical Zenith HK retail price range is HK$50,000 to HK$300,000.

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  10. 8 Affordable Alternatives to Patek Philippe HK

    8 Affordable Alternatives to Patek Philippe HK

    Patek Philippe is considered the most prestigious among the traditional luxury watch maisons. It is also the most preferred brand of seasoned collectors and investors. Meticulously hand-crafted by utilizing the well-regarded horological traditions and technical know-how, Patek Philippe’s timepieces are not only expensive but also reserved for a few pieces only. Because of the Geneva-based company’s limited production policy despite the high demand, its watches are difficult to purchase. Even its esteemed clients have to wait for years to clear the waiting list. Because of this, consumers are willing to pay hefty amounts for acquiring cult models like Nautilus. The retail price range for the minimalistic and classic models like Patek Philippe Calatrava typically starts at HK$100,000. The average Patek Philippe HK costs for watches from Aquanaut and Nautilus collections are also exceedingly higher, mostly going above HK$200,000 for one. In the secondary market, these models are sold in very high prices due to soaring demand and limited availability. In this article, we want to highlight eight affordable alternatives to Patek Philippe watches. Manufactured by renowned brands, these exemplary models belong to the luxury sports category like the Nautilus, AP Royal Oak and Vacheron Constantin Overseas. (1) Bvlgari Octo Finissimo 102713 Known for its record-breaking ultra-thin mechanical timepieces, the Octo Finissimo is a best-selling Bvlgari watch collection. This elegant luxury sports watch is available in various material choices like carbon, ceramic, 18 carat gold, platinum, stainless steel and titanium. The sand-out features are the octagonal bezel and ultra-thin case construction. Fusing Italian design with Swiss know-how, the award-winning series offers a number of extremely thin mechanical watches. For example, the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Ultra is the thinnest hand-wound watch in the world. Made of sand-blasted titanium, it has a thickness of just 1.80mm. The collection also holds several other world records in the ultra-thin category, ranging from the thinnest automatic time-only watch to the thinnest tourbillon chronograph skeleton. The Octo Finissimo series offers automatic and manual-wound models. The line-up includes solo tempo (time only) models, skeleton timepieces, and complication watches featuring additional functions like chronograph, GMT, minute repeater, perpetual calendar and tourbillon. The approximate retail price range of this collection is HK$60,000 – HK$400,000. (2) Girard Perregaux Laureato 81020-11-631-11A Laureato traces its origins back to the mid 1970s, when Girard Perregaux introduced a sleek luxury sports watch featuring octagonal bezel, integrated bracelet and high-precision quartz movement. In 2016, the iconic Swiss Manufacture re-launched this collection by introducing an automatic three-hand with date model with a 41mm diameter stainless steel case and “Clous de Paris” pattern dial. Presently, this Girard Perregaux collection offers timepieces for both men and women. The series is presently comprised of watches featuring 34mm, 38mm, 42mm and 44mm diameter cases. The material choices include stainless steel, 18K gold, dual-metal (steel & gold), ceramic, titanium and carbon. The major aesthetic features are the satin-brushed and polished case with octagonal bezel and the integrated bracelet that offers optimum wearer comfort. In addition to the models with date function, the collection includes skeleton watches, chronographs, perpetual calendars and flying tourbillons. Among the present generation Laureato watches, the 34mm variant is equipped with a quartz calibre. Other models typically feature mechanical self-winding movements. Additionally, the brand is offering Laureato Absolute editions with cases made of new-age materials like sapphire, carbon composite and titanium (with or without black PVD coating). The retail price range of the Girard Perregaux Laureato series is from HK$60,000 to HK $1,230,000. (3) Piaget Polo S G0A41006 Introduced in 1979, Polo is a series of casually elegant luxury sports watches from the House of Piaget. It was revived in 2016 with the new generation Piaget Polo S series featuring some design enhancements, while maintaining the spirit of the original collection. Inspired by the sports of polo, the collection offers stainless steel and 18k rose gold watches. They are available in black, blue, grey, silvered, white, skeleton and gem-set dials. The major highlights of this series are the large 42mm diameter case with a unique bezel design that blends oblong and round shapes, and the cushion-shaped dial. This Piaget watch collection is primarily comprised of self-winding wristwatches with horizontal pattern dial with a date display at 6 o’clock and three centre hands. These luxury sports models are equipped with the caliber 1110P automatic movement with a power reserve of 50 hours. The series also offers chronographs featuring similar design characteristics. Additionally, the collection includes skeleton timepieces, diamond-set versions and high-complication variants featuring mechanisms like minute repeater, tourbillon and etc. The approximate selling price of this series starts at HK$80,000. (4) Grand Seiko Sport SBGA461 Grand Seiko, the most-loved Japanese premium watch brand, has been associated with classic designs, superb precision and perfect finishing. The brand also offers various casually elegant wristwatches from its Sport collection. These represent Grand Seiko’s answer to the ever-growing popularity of luxury sports category led by cult watches like Royal Oak and Nautilus. The luxury sports Grand Seiko watch collection includes Mechanical, Spring-drive and Quartz timepieces. A best-selling model in this category is the High-Beat GMT (with Caliber 9S86), which is available in stainless steel and high-intensity titanium versions. The GS Sport collection also offers other GMT models, chronographs and diving watches. The quartz-powered GS sports watches are available in an accessible price range starting at HK$29,000. Both mechanical and spring drive sports models usually cost above HK$40,000. (5) Zenith Defy 95.9005.9004/01.R582 Defy is a best-selling sports watch family from Zenith. It is an excellent alternative to casually elegant icons such as Patek Philippe Nautilus. This extensive collection is comprised of several models like Defy 21, Classic, Midnight, Zero G, Skyline, Night Surfer, Double Tourbillon, Fusee Tourbillon, Revival, Chroma, Extreme and Extreme Desert. The Defy collection offers various material choices like ceramic, brushed or micro-blasted titanium, 18k rose gold, carbon, platinum 950, stainless steel and sapphire. The prominent characteristics include geometric inspired designs, revolutionary mechanical movements, and advanced forms and materials. These superb Zenith timepieces are equipped with iconic in-house movements like El Primero and Elite. The line-up ranges from the basic models featuring date display to extremely complicated timepieces featuring complex horological mechanisms like double tourbillon, 1/100th chronograph, fusee tourbillon and Gyroscopic Gravity Control module. This Zenith watch collection also offers several skeleton variants. You can also go for interchangeable strap choices like rubber, alligator and integrated bracelet. The Hong Kong retail price range of Defy starts at HK$50,000. (6) Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Q9028170 Jaeger-LeCoultre is universally known for its long-established expertise in the traditional watchmaking industry. The Swiss Manufacture graciously offers a diverse product portfolio, ranging from the iconic Reverso to the grand complication line Hybris Mechanica. Polaris is a luxury sport JLC watch series. It is an affordable option to insanely expensive Patek Philippe timepieces like Nautilus and Aquanaut. This collection includes automatic wristwatches featuring 42mm diameter cases made of stainless steel or 18 carat gold. The Polaris family is comprised of “Three-hand” models with or without date display, Perpetual Calendar, Chronograph, Mariner Date and Mariner Memovox. Powerful yet aesthetically pleasing, each Polaris watch fuses modern style with iconic design features. Made for adventures, it comes with features like inner rotating bezel, off-centre crowns, streamline case and sharp lugs. These timepieces are equipped with in-house self-winding mechanical movements. Moreover, this Jaeger Lecoultre collection offers interchangeable straps such as the emblematic metal bracelet with polished and brushed finishing, calf leather strap and rubber strap with Clous de Paris pattern. The retail price range of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris watch in Hong Kong starts at HK $50,000. (7) Montblanc 1858 117836 In addition to its prestigious writing instrument collections, Montblanc offers a fantastic selection of Swiss-made luxury watches. Presently it has five flagship collections: 1858, Heritage, Boheme, Star Legacy and Tradition. The brand’s most sophisticated collection, 1858 offers various creations that can be considered affordable alternatives to Patek Philippe timepieces. Available in stainless steel and bronze versions, these Montblanc watch models are inspired by the rich heritage of the iconic Minerva manufacture. Notable creations from the 1858 series are Automatic 40mm, Automatic Chronograph, Geosphere, Iced Team Automatic Date and Mono-pusher Chronograph. The retail price range typically starts at HK$22,000. (8) Frederique Constant Highlife  FC303N4NH6B Frederique Constant is a pioneer of affordable luxury watches. The Swiss brand’s popular watch collections are Manufacture, Classics, Highlife, Slimline, Ladies Automatic, Runabout and Vintage Rally Healey. Highlife is a casual-elegant wristwatch collection dedicated to cosmopolitans and urban adventures. This accessible luxury sports line-up is ideal for customers who cannot afford high-premium watch brands like Patek. The prominent members of this successful series are Automatic COSC, Heart Beat, Perpetual Calendar Manufacture, Skeleton Automatic and Worldtimer Manufacture. Suitable for the urban lifestyle, these Frederique Constant watch models come with integrated bracelets, a hornless case design with an innovative quick-change strap system, elegantly furnished dials and supplementary straps. They are primarily available in stainless steel, with some versions featuring gold-plated or PVD-coated cases. The price range of the Highlife series starts modestly at HK$15,000.

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  11. Best 5 Chronograph Watches to Gift Your Father

    Best 5 Chronograph Watches to Gift Your Father

    Every year on the third Sunday of June, people across the world enthusiastically celebrate Father’s Day. Honoring fatherhood and parental bonds, this holiday is an ideal occasion to express your enduring love to your beloved father by offering him precious gifts. The Father’s Day 2022 falls on 19th June, and now it is the time to finalize various gift options available in the market. Made in 1816, the compteur de tierces instrument by Louis Moinet is considered as the first modern chronograph. In 1821, Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec invented the Chronograph with Seconds Indicator. In the early 1910s, the first wrist-worn chronograph watches appeared in the market. In 1969, the first automatic chronograph watch was introduced. The primary function of a chronograph is to record the elapsed time, with the help of dedicated push button (s). They are eminently useful in various activities like athletics, games, automobile racing, flying operations and etc. It offers a great number of functionalities. Along with a tachymeter scale, it can be utilized to measure the speed of a moving object (for example, a vehicle) over a know distance. Moreover, the stopwatch function can be pared with other features like a telemeter and pulsometer. Thanks to its convenient functional features, the chronograph undoubtedly remains a best-selling segment in the wristwatch market. Further on, you will find our suggestions of five chronograph watches as this year’s Father’s Day gifts.     (1) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 26315ST.OO.1256ST.02 The Royal Oak watch collection from the prestigious Swiss Manufacture Audemars Piguet represents the pinnacle of opulence. This iconic timepiece is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. To mark the jubilee year, the brand has recently introduced the new generation Royal Oak chronograph models featuring a 41mm case with redesigned exteriors and the newly inducted self-winding caliber 4401. A highly collectible timepiece, this self-winding chronograph comes in stainless steel and 18ct gold with brushed or frosted (hammered) finish versions. The dial highlighting the emblematic “Grande Tapisserie” pattern is available in colors like black, blue, brown, green, grey, purple, silver-toned and yellow gold-toned. The options also include diamond-set dials and bezels. These new Royal Oak timepieces also feature transparent sapphire crystal backs, graciously allowing the view of the mechanical automatic movement beating inside. For smaller wrists, the AP Royal Oak chronograph also exists in a version featuring a 38mm case in stainless steel or 18K gold, the manufacture self-winding movement Cal. 2385 and “Grande Tapisserie” pattern dial. Royal Oaks usually come with an integrated metal bracelet. Some variations are available with alligator leather straps, with color harmonizing with that of the dial. It is one of the most expensive chronograph watches presently available in the market. Its retail price range in Hong Kong starts from HK$150,000.  (2) IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377717 Based at Schaffhausen in Switzerland, IWC is a leading producer of premium-quality pilot watches. If your father is an aircrew or an aviation enthusiast, an IWC Pilot chronograph will be a perfect token of love for him. The brand is offering a wide range of choices in the chronograph segment, including various case sizes (41mm, 43mm, 44.5mm and 46mm), dial colors and materials. The brand offers highly durable aviation timepieces in Stainless Steel, 18K Gold, 18K Armour Gold, Platinum, Bronze, Ceramic and Ceratanium. All of them are equipped with state-of-the-art mechanical self-winding movements, providing extended autonomy and remarkable precision. IWC watches are recognized for the exceptional readability of this dials. The dial is usually available in colors like black, blue, green and grey. In addition to the regular production IWC Pilot chronographs, the brand is also offering special variants like AMG, Spitfire, Top Gun, Le Petit Prince and Antoine De Saint Exupéry as well as exclusive models named after combat squadrons such as Royal Maces, Top Hatters and Blue Angels. The extensive choice of high-quality aviator timepieces makes the collection well-suited for both civilian and military pilots. In Hong Kong, the approximate retail price range of IWC Pilot Chronograph series is HK$45,000 to HK$300,000. (3) Breitling Navitimer AB0139211L1P1 Navitimer is one of the most recognizable wristwatches ever made. Worn by aviator, prominent celebrities, flying enthusiasts and space travelers, this iconic creation from Breitling enjoys a rich history of more than 70 years. A stand-out feature of this well-known Breitling watch is the circular side rule functionality, a useful utility preferred by aircrew. It was introduced in 1952 by Willy Breitling. The Navitimer collection is presently comprised of various types of watches, including chronographs and three-hand variants with or without date display. Available in various case sizes, dial colors and material choices, they spotlight circular side rule scale and the emblematic bi-directional beaded bezel. For this Father’s Day, we suggest the Navitimer B01 Chronograph 41. This model merges the style and functionality of a high-precision aviation timekeeper with the compact size and elegance of a luxury dress watch. Measuring a 41mm diameter, its case houses the Cal. B-01 manufacture self-winding movement endowed with a “weekend-proof” power reserve of about 70 hours. This Breitling chronograph watch is available in stainless steel and 18ct gold versions. Its approximate retail price range in Hong Kong is from HK$67,000 to HK$140,000. (4) Tudor Black Bay Chrono 79360N-0001 The Black Bay is a popular collection from Tudor. This series offers professional diving timepieces, chronographs, GMT watches and the minimalistic “Time Only” versions in various case sizes and material choices. Among them, Tudor Black Bay Chrono is a best-selling model. Boasting an eternal design and endowed with high-quality features, it is an ideal gift for this Father’s Day. This watch is presently available in 41mm diameter case, in stainless steel or S&G (combination of steel and gold). Each of them is equipped with a COSC-certified self-winding chronometer movement (MT5813), which offer exceptional precision timekeeping with an extended power reserve of 72 hours. The tachymeter scale is a signature feature of Tudor Black Bay chronograph watches. Made of matt black anodised aluminium, the tachometric scale is useful for measuring speed. Spotlighting the classic bi-compax layout with a date-widow at 6 o’clock, the dial is available in color schemes line Champagne, Black and White Opaline. The notable features include 200 meters water resistance, domed sapphire crystal and screw-down crown and pushers. For the Black Bay Chrono, Tudor is proposing three types of bracelets: Riveted bracelet in steel (combination of steel and yellow gold in case of S&G models), Leather strap with removable bund and Jacquard fabric strap. The selling price range of this automatic chronograph is HK $38,000 to HK $60,000. (5) Seiko Speedtimer Chronograph SSC819 (Pic From: Seiko.com) Seiko is one of the largest watchmaking companies in the world. Mastered in almost all sectors in the watchmaking industry, it offers high-quality timepieces. Seiko was in the forefront in the late 1960s in developing automatic chronograph watches. In that historic mission, the Japanese company succeeded brilliantly by developing an in-house self-winding movement Caliber 6139. The 1960s also witnessed the brand’s emergence as a leader in the international sports timing arena. To honor both of these outstanding achievements, Seiko launched the new Prospex Speedtimer Series in 2021. For Father’s Day, we suggest the automatic Seiko chronograph model SRQ037 as the most affordable option of this list. Equipped with Caliber 8R46, this 42.5mm watch comes with super-hard coated stainless-steel case and bracelet. Its self-winding movement features the remarkably efficient column wheel and vertical clutch system. It has a power reserve of 45 hours. This superb timepiece is magnetic proof up to 4,800 A/m. Fitted with dual-curved sapphire crystal glass and an exhibition case back, this superb Seiko watch has a water resistance of 100 meters. The retail price range is near about HK$23,500.

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