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  2. The Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Casio Watch

    The Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Casio Watch

    Casio is a leading manufacturer of calculators, digital cameras, electronic musical instruments, projectors, label printers, cash registers, hand-held terminals and wristwatches. Casio embarked on its journey in 1946 in Mitaka, Tokyo. Initially, the company used to produce electric calculators. In 1965, it started manufacturing electronic calculators. The first electronic personal calculator by Casio was introduced in 1972. The Japanese firm ventured into watchmaking in 1974 by launching Casiotron, an electronic wristwatch. In 1982, it launched a timepiece with both analogue and digital display. The best-selling G-Shock series was introduced in 1983. In 1994, Baby-G (G-shock for women) was released. During the initial years of the 21st century, Casio unveiled innovative products like the world’s first wristwatch with MP3 Player, the world’s first wristwatch with a digital camera and OCEANS, a radio-controlled wristwatch powered by a solar battery. The brand has also introduced high-tech watches endowed with modern technologies like GPS, Bluetooth, Radio Time Signal Reception and the Android Wear operating system. In 2016, the company launched the Casio smart outdoor watch WSD-F10. Equipped with the Android Wear operating system, it was the first smartwatch with a built-in microphone and 50m water resistance.  In 2019, the company unveiled a Casio gold watch from its G-Shock collection. Limited to 35 pieces, the 18K Gold G-SHOCK (G-D5000-9) is equipped with a solar-powered radio-controlled movement.   Casio produces quartz timepieces with analogue, digital or ana-digi displays, as well as clocks, stopwatches and smart-watches. However, it does not manufacture mechanical timepieces. Presently, the brand is offering wristwatches from its flagship collections like G-Shock, Baby-G, Edifice, Enticer, Outdoor, Pro Trek, Sheen, Vintage and Youth Series. Casio G-Shock G-Shock Sky Cockpit GW-A1100FC-1AJF G-Shock, the most popular wristwatch collection from Casio, has been renowned for its excellent durability, shock resistance, toughness and waterproofness. G-Shock is a great wrist companion for assisting you in various activities like adventures, explorations, outdoor sports and military operations. The notable watch models from the G-Shock collection are Gravitymaster, Mudmaster, Gulfmaster, Professional, MT-G, MR-G, G-Steel, Origin, G-Squad, Full Metal, G-Glide, G’MIX, Metal Covered, Standard Digital, Standard Analog-Digital and S series. Introduced in 1983, G-Shock has evolved into a bestseller collection acclaimed by millions of customers all around the world. It offers solid timepieces to suit various environments. They are water-resistant to 200 meters. Casio uses tough and highly durable resin material for manufacturing cases and straps of G-shock watches. Some models come with steel bezels or bracelets. G-shocks are also available with fabric straps. Depending upon the version, G-Shock watches feature quartz or Tough Solar movements. Some of the Casio smartwatch models feature Mobile link technology, allowing wireless connectivity to smartphones using Bluetooth. The G-shock series also offers radio-controlled timepieces that automatically adjust time settings based on the reception of calibration signals and GPS navigation enabled models. The selling price range of this collection is HK$500 to HK$7,500. Casio Baby-G Baby-G BGD140 Baby-G is a feminine counterpart of the popular G-shock watches. These timepieces juxtapose cute, feminine designs with toughness. The Baby-G collection is comprised of models like ATHLEISURE, G-MS, G-LIDE, Neon Illuminator, Round, Special Colors, Sports, Standard Digital, Standard Analog-Digital and Tandem Series. Depending upon the model, they feature regular quartz, solar-powered or Tough Solar movements. The type of dial display can be analogue, digital or hybrid (analogue and digital). The timepieces from MSG-B100 and BSA-B100 lines are provided with a Mobile link function. The case and wristband of Baby-G watches are usually made of resin. Indeed, this ladies watch collection offers a comprehensive range of colorful resin straps to delight fashion-conscious women. Depending upon the model, they offer water resistance up to 200m. The approximate selling price range of the Casio Baby-G series is HK$500 to HK$1,500. Casio Edifice Edifice EQW-T650DB-1AJF Edifice is a collection of quartz wristwatches inspired by the motor-sports. It offers various types of sports watches ranging from the basic analogue three-hand timekeepers to solar-powered chronographs and from multi-functional analogue-digital timepieces to Mobile link (wireless linking using Bluetooth) enabled high-tech models. Edifice watches are usually made of stainless steel. Depending upon the model, the case is also available with ion-plated, gold-plated or dual-tone finishing. They come with stainless steel bracelets, leather straps or resin wristbands. The water resistance rating of Casio Edifice is 100 meters. Casio Sheen SHE-3061PG-2ADedicated to women, Casio Sheen offers elegant, smart and stylish wristwatches. This analogue quartz watch collection includes Three-hand and Multi-hand models, Sapphire crystal range and Color Series. Fitted on a steel bracelet or colored leather strap, Casio Sheen watches are available in steel, gold-toned, ion-plated and dual-toned versions. The series also offers a wide range of dial colors and designs. They have water-resistant to 50 meters. The approximate retail price range of the Sheen Casio watch for women is HK$600 to HK$1,400. Casio Pro Trek  Pro Trek PRW-60-7AJF Pro Trek is an extreme outdoor watch loaded with multiple features like Altimeter, Alarms, Auto-calendar, Barometer, Countdown timer, Digital Compass, Stop-watch, Thermometer and World time. The notable models from this series are Climber Line PRT-B50, Camper Line PRG-30, PRT-B70, PRG-600, PRG-240 and PRG-270. Casio Pro Trek models feature resin case, resin or metal bezel and mineral glass. The water resistance ratings range from 100m to 200m. These watches come with analog-digital or digital display. They are available with the option of metal (steel, ion-plated steel, titanium), silicone, resin and fabric straps. The majority of Pro Trek wristwatches are equipped with Casio’s Tough Solar quartz movement. The PRT-B50 & PRT-B70 models are equipped with Mobile link technology. The retail price range of this Casio watch collection is HK$1,500 to HK$2,500. Casio Vintage Vintage A168WG This collection is comprised of modern re-editions of digital/analog-digital watches produced by Casio in the 1970s and 80s. Equipped with quartz movements they feature LCD displays just like their ancestors. The Casio vintage watch series models come in steel, gold-toned and resin versions. They are available with the choice of stainless-steel bracelets, mesh bracelets and resin bands. The retail price range is HK$120 to HK$750.    Casio Outdoor  Smart Outdoor WSD-F10  As the name suggests, this collection offers wristwatches suitable for outdoor activities like fishing and sports. They feature resin cases with 100-meter water resistance, resin or aluminium bezels, resin glass and easy-to-read dials with digital or ana-digi display. These watches are equipped with multifunctional quartz movements, offering additional functions like Alarms, Auto Calendar, Countdown Timer, Digital Compass, Stop-watch, Thermometer and World Time. The popular fishing gear watches are WSC-1250H and WSC-1200H. They offer special utilities like fishing time and moon data. These details are useful for both amateurs and professionals involved in catching fish. The average Casio HK selling price range of the outdoor series is HK$250 to HK$700. Casio Enticer Enticer MTP1374L1AV Enticer is a collection of quartz wristwatches for men and women. This series is comprised of analogue and ana-digi timepieces, ranging from minimalist time-only dress watches to multi-function models. Casio Enticer offers a wide selection of designs, case finishing and dial colors. The strap choices include metal bracelet (links or mesh), leather and resin. These timepieces usually feature mineral glass. Some models are equipped with Tough Solar movements. Depending upon the model, the water-resistance ratings vary from splash-resistant to 100 meters. The retail price range is HK$150 to HK$500. Casio Classic Casio Men’s MQ24-7B2 This collection offers various kinds of ladies and gents wristwatches, including analog, digital and analog-digital models. The Casio classic watch series includes dress, sports and diving categories. They feature quartz or solar-powered movements and available in different case shapes, materials, functionalities and designs. Among them, a popular model is MDV106, an affordable Casio dive watch with a water resistance of 200 meters. The series also offer diver-style watch models like MRW200, which has a water resistance of 100 meters. This reasonably priced collection has a retail price range from HK$150 to HK$1,100. Casio Oceanus  Oceanus OCW-T150-2AJF Oceanus is a line of premium wristwatches that merges the latest technology with style. They are made with innovative materials like titanium and incorporate tough-solar movements. These luxurious Casio solar watches stand out with high-quality finishing, thin design and graceful forms. They feature sapphire crystal glass and 100-meter water resistance. Its retail price range is HK$14,000 to HK$20,000.

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  3. Inspired By Architecture: A Closer Look at Mido Watches

    Inspired By Architecture: A Closer Look at Mido Watches

    Mido is one of the best-selling mid-price luxury Swiss watch brands. It was founded by Georges Schaeren in 1918. In the 1970s, Mido joined ASUAG, one of the principal founding entities of today’s Swatch group. The brand is now popular for its architecture-inspired wristwatch collections like All Dial, Baroncelli, Ocean Star, Multifort, Commander and Rainflower. In 2018, the Le Locle based watchmaker celebrated its 100th anniversary. The first architecture-inspired Mido timepiece was born in 2002. A short time ago, the company has announced the release of commemorative timepieces to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this alliance. Mido Ocean Star M026.629.22.051.00 The Ocean Star range derives its inspiration from the Europa Point Lighthouse, located on the southeastern tip of the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. As the name suggests, this series is comprised of water-sports watches. The notable models are the Ocean Star 200, the Mido Ocean Star GMT, the Ocean Star 600 Diver, the Ocean Star 600 Chronometer, the Ocean Star Chronograph and the Mido Ocean Star Tribute. Just like the iconic lighthouse, these nautical sports/tool watches are robust and powerful to handle the challenges of maritime adventures. The dominant hour-markers filled with Super-LumiNova® offer exceptional dial readability like the powerful beam of the Europa Point Lighthouse. Depending upon the model, the water-resistance ratings vary from 200m to 600m. Equipped with high-performance Swiss automatic movements, Mido Ocean Star watches are available in several material choices: stainless steel, black DLC steel, titanium, gold PVD and dual-tone. All contemporary models are fitted with unidirectional rotating bezels and ceramic-bezel inserts. This collection also offers COSC certified chronometers. The estimated retail price range of Mido Ocean Star in Hong Kong is HK$6,000 to HK$20,000. Mido Commander M021.431.11.061.00 The source of inspiration of Mido Commander is the Eiffel Tower. The round-shaped case with a slender bezel evokes the graceful arches of this Parisian monument. The rectangular indexes and hands are designed after the iron lattice of the iconic tower. This dress watch collection for men offers Date, Day-Date, Big Date and Chronograph versions. This series offers automatic watches in stainless steel or PVD (anthracite, black or gold) coated steel. The popular case sizes are 37mm, 40mm and 42mm. The water resistance rating of these Mido watches is 5 atm (50 meters). The modern generation of self-winding movements like Mido Caliber 80 offers an enhanced power reserve of up to 80 hours. The approximate retail price range is HK$5,000 to HK$16,000. Mido All Dial M8340.4.B3.11 (Source From: midowatches.com) The Colosseum in Rome is one of the most iconic architectural wonders from ancient times. Introduced in 2002, the Mido All Dial collection has drawn its design inspiration from this historic Roman monument. The multi-level dial design evokes various levels and shapes of the awe-inspiring amphitheater. Mido has recently revived this series to mark its 20th anniversary. The present generation of All Dial watch features a 42mm diameter stainless steel case and chronometer-certified automatic movement. The Mido HK retail price range of this contemporary dress watch for men is from HK$10,500 to HK$11,500. Mido Multifort M005.614.37.051.01 The Mido Multifort is an outstanding collection of automatic wristwatches inspired by the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Opened in 1932, this legendary architectural wonder stands out with its unique style, functionality, eternal design and impressive aesthetics. With its origins dating back to the 1930s, Multifort is one of the most established watch collections from Mido. The Geneva pattern dials of the modern Multifort watches recall the suspension cables of the bridge. The prominent models from the collection are the Multifort Skeleton Vertigo, the Multifort Power Reserve and the Multifort Day Date. These timepieces are equipped with state-of-the-art mechanical self-winding movements developed by ETA. The brand is presently offering 42mm watches in the collection. Depending upon the version, the case is available in stainless steel, or PVD (in black or gold) coated steel. Earlier, the company also produced a Mido Multifort titanium watch in limited editions. The selling price range is HK$7,000 to HK$17,000. Mido Belluna M024.507.16.041.00 Introduced in 2008, Mido Belluna was designed after the London’s Royal Albert Hall. Opened in 1871, this concert hall is one of the most distinctive and treasured architectural monuments in the United Kingdom. The meticulously crafted, sun-ray guilloche dials of Belluna watches are inspired by the beautiful glass dome of the Royal Albert Hall. Blending harmonious forms with classic elegance, the collection offers ladies and gents wristwatches. The present line-up includes automatic models with date or day-date function. Gent’s Belluna versions feature a 42.5mm diameter round case whereas the Belluna Royal Lady automatic watch comes with a 33.4mm cushion-shaped case. The new generation Belluna watches are equipped with the Mido Caliber 80 series movements. The collection includes stainless steel, PVD (in gold or black) and dual-toned versions. The water resistance is 50 meters. The approximate selling price range of Mido Belluna is HK$7,300 to HK$8,500. Mido Baroncelli M027.407.11.010.00 This Mido watch collection has drawn its design inspiration the magnificent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II of Milan. For the Baroncelli timepiece, Mido has utilized the Italian architectural style. The line-up proudly reflects the timeless style and the refined rounded forms of this splendid neoclassical building. This extensive range includes offers models like Big Date, Chronometer, Donna, Heritage, Lady Diamonds, Lady Day, Lady Mini, Power Reserve, Signature, Smiling Moon, Tradition, Tonneau and Wild Stone. Available in various case sizes, finishing and dial styles, All Baroncelli watches are equipped with automatic movements. The retail price range is HK$6,000 to HK$12,000. Mido Rainflower  M043.207.36.011.00 (Pic Source From: midowatches.com) Launched in 2019, this glamorous ladies’ wristwatch series pays tribute to the eye-catching ArtScience Museum in Singapore. Opened in 2017, this architectural marvel was designed after the lotus flower. The Rainflower watch evokes the sublime beauty of this iconic building. The interlaced petal pattern on the dial and case sides proudly reflect the beauty of the ArtScience Museum. Just like its source of inspiration, this timepiece spotlights delicate lines, gentle curves and grandeur. Mido Rainflower watch is equipped with Caliber 80 (base ETA C07.611). Displaying the hour, minutes, seconds and date (at 6 o’clock), it has a power reserve of 80 hours. Inspired by the pillars at the heart of the ArtScience Museum, the oscillating weight of the movement is engraved with the rainflower pattern. Available in steel and gold PVD iterations, the case measures 34mm diameter. Depending upon the version, the dial features gem-set indexes or Roman numerals. In some models, gem-set markers in combination with the baton or Roman indices are used. These feminine timekeepers are water-resistant up to 30 meters. The suggested retail price range of Mido Rainflower is HK$7,500 to HK$11,000.

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  4. 5 Things You Should Know Before Owning A Piaget Watch

    5 Things You Should Know Before Owning A Piaget Watch

    Piaget is one of the most prestigious Maisons with a time-honored tradition of producing luxury watches and jewellery. The company was founded by Georges-Édouard Piaget in 1874 in La Côte-aux-Fées, a small village in the Swiss Jura Mountains. Initially, the firm manufactured high-precision watch movements and components. It has gradually evolved to become globally acclaimed luxury watchmaking and jewellery atelier. In 1943, the trademark “Piaget” was registered by the founding family. This prestigious company had been managed by the Piaget family until the late 1980s. In 1988, the luxury Vendôme group acquired the Manufacture. Presently, Piaget is a subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont group. Presently, the brand has two fully integrated production facilities at Plan-Les-Ouates near Geneva (for manufacturing jewellery and case manufacturing) and La Côte-aux-Fées (for manufacturing movements). The Maison unites more than one hundred crafts to achieve the highest standards in the fine watchmaking and jewellery-crafting sectors. As a prominent watchmaker-jeweler label, Piaget has been closely associated with the luxurious and glamorous lifestyle. It is a major sponsor of various red-carpet events and film shows. Five Exceptional Attributes of Piaget  (1) Dual expertise Piaget has a glorious heritage and technical know-how in two prestigious fields: fine watchmaking and jewellery. Only a few Maisons in the world have succeeded in such a tremendous accomplishment. This dual persona allows the brand to create an extensive range of timepieces in the jewellery and high-jewellery categories. Thanks to its immense expertise in both sectors, Piaget is able to maintain a diverse portfolio of luxury watches and jewellery creations. (2) Master of Ultrathin Watches G0A45123 (Pic Source From: piaget.com) Piaget is a leading producer of ultra-thin mechanical wristwatches. This segment demands daring and intense watchmaking skills. In 1957, the company introduced Calibre 9P, an extremely thin mechanical hand-wound movement with a thickness of only 2mm. It heralded a new era in the ultra-thin watch segment. The Calibre 12P – ultra-thin self-winding movement with 2.3mm thickness – was released in 1960. In addition to these basic calibers, the brand has developed several mechanical ultra-thin movements with additional complications, gem-setting or open-working. Introduced in 2018, the Altiplano Ultimate Concept was the world’s thinnest mechanical watch (2mm) until the launch of the new record holder, the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Ultra. The Altiplano series offers a wide range of ultra-thin Piaget watches featuring hand-wound or self-winding mechanical movements. (3) Master of artistic dials Piaget offers a wide selection of timepieces with artistically crafted dials. It is a leader in stone dial watches made of natural stones like Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, Jade, Jasper, Malachite, Opal, Ruby or Turquoise. For manufacturing the dials of various Piaget watch models, the Maison also utilizes rare traditional artistic methods like Marquetry, Miniature Painting, Micro Mosaic, Sculpting, Embroidery, Guilloché, Enameling and Engraving. Piaget additionally offers fully or partially set dials featuring diamond or other ornamental stones. The brand also creates dials using exotic materials like aventurine glass, meteorite and mother-of-pearl. (4) Expertise in Skeleton watches G0A40041 (Pic Source From: piaget.com) Piaget is a key producer of mechanical skeleton watches. It has mastered the art of open-working since the 1970s. Presently, the brand is offering an impressive line-up of skeleton watches from its Altiplano, Polo and Emperador collections. In some variants, the Maison has united two extremely complex art crafts: skeleton-working and gem-setting. In the Skeleton segment, Piaget is also offering high-complication watches like the tourbillon. (5) Leader in Jewellery Watches G0A40212 (Pic Source From: piaget.com) Piaget is a world leader in the jewellery watches sector thanks to its immense expertise in fine horology, gold work, diamonds and other gem tones. The notable collections are Limelight, Extremely Lady, Possession, Treasures and Vintage Inspiration. These Piaget ladies’ watches usually feature precious metal cases with or without gem-setting. The brand also offers jewellery and high-jewelry watch models from Altiplano, Polo and Emperador collections. The Piaget diamond watch models are available with various gem-setting techniques like brilliant, marquise or baguette-cut. Some versions combine the sparkle of diamonds with the splendor of other gemstones. A Quick Glance on Piaget Watch Collections Piaget makes quartz, automatic and manual-winding watches for men and women. The brand offers an impressive selection of luxury wristwatches from its flagship collections like Altiplano, Polo, Emperador, Limelight and Possession. Piaget Altiplano  G0A45401 (Pic Source From: piaget.com) Named after the Andean Plateau located in west-central South America, the Piaget Altiplano is a best-selling collection. Inspired by this iconic plateau, each timepiece from this series combines purity and elegance. The line-up offers exceptional timekeepers, ranging from time-only watches to high-complications, and from extremely thin models to diamond-set versions. Altiplano offers both ladies and gents wristwatches, featuring various case sizes ranging from 24mm to 42mm. Piaget Polo Polo S G0A42005 Polo is a luxury sports watch series. Its origins trace back to 1979. Made of steel or 18K gold, the distinct case of this Piaget mens watch is an amalgamation of round and cushion shapes. In 2016, the brand introduced Piaget Polo S watch featuring 42mm diameter case, automatic movement and an integrated steel bracelet or rubber strap. Presently, the collection also includes skeleton versions, models with leather straps and diamond-set variations. Among them, the Piaget Polo S green is a highly sought-after timepiece. Produced in a limited series, this stainless-steel model has a green dial with a horizontal pattern and a matching alligator strap. Piaget Possession G0A44292 (Pic Source From: piaget.com) Possession is a ladies collection, offering petite-sized wristwatches with case sizes ranging from 29mm to 34mm. Available in steel, gold and diamond-set versions, the Piaget Possession watch usually displays two hands operated by a quartz movement. Piaget Limelight G0A45361 (Pic Source From: piaget.com) Limelight is a family of glamorous and ultra-luxurious Piaget women watches. It offers quartz, automatic and manual-winding timepieces made of precious materials. These highly sophisticated and beautiful timepieces blend art, design, jewellery and fine watchmaking. Notable sub-categories are Aura, City, Gala, Garden Party, Paradise, Stella and Tonneau. The Piaget Limelight Gala watches stand out with their asymmetrical lugs, exceptional gem settings and curvaceous profiles. The Limelight Stella comes with an eye-catching moon-phase display. Conclusion Piaget’s wristwatch line-up is typically comprised of time-only, Date, Chronographs and dual-time watches. In the high-complication segment, the brand offers Perpetual Calendar, Tourbillon, Minute Repeater and Flyback Chronograph models. In addition to the classic rounded-case timepieces, Piaget also offers Oval, Cushion, Tonneau and Reverse-Tonneau shaped watches. The approximate Piaget HK retail price range is HK$ 38,000 to HK$800,000.

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  5. Consumption Voucher Usage Tips: 10 Best Automatic Watches under HKD10,000

    Consumption Voucher Usage Tips: 10 Best Automatic Watches under HKD10,000

    On 7 April 2022, Hong Kong residents will receive the first HK$5,000 installment of the HK$10,000 consumption voucher from the government. Many of us are already discussing the way to do an amusing shopping once it is rolled out.  As a watch enthusiast and collector, it must take quite a toll on your pocket, but fortunately, there are still a certain number of brands that are offering affordable timepieces with supreme quality as well. Today we are going to introduce 5 exceptional brands you should know and their best automatic watches under HKD10,000. If you are thinking of taking up a nice watch with your consumption voucher, these watches are definitely some of the best choices for you.  Citizen Being one of the most renowned Japanese watch brands, Citizen produces good quality and affordable watches with a huge range of pieces for you to choose from. The Citizen Watch Company has been known for their highly technical tool watches for over a hundred years. It is one of the pioneers in the industry in terms of watchmaking that has been inventing numerous groundbreaking innovations.  The brand has delivered countless practical watches in several configurations such as Citizen automatic watches, quartz watches, and its famous solar-powered watches for different professional fields.  The Citizen watches are well crafted with its exceptional technologies and are offered at a very unexpected budget-friendly price range. Many of their classic models can be bought for under HKD10,000 including the Citizen Promaster and the Citizen Super Titanium Collection.  Citizen Promaster NB6004-08E The Citizen Promaster is the brand’s famous professional tool watch series that houses amazing pieces for categories such as Air, Land, and Sea. Equipping with reliable features for your adventures, you can easily get the standard models in the range from HKD2,000 to HKS5,000.  In 2021, Citizen NB6004-08E was released. The 46 mm watch features a 42-hour power reserve and is equipped by a contemporary 4Hz frequency movement. Its Calibre 9051 movement is also highly magnetic-resistant, placing this Citizen automatic watch in the same league as other prominent Swiss-made watches that can endure magnetic fields of 16,000 A/m. The timepiece contains a date display and is water-resistant to a depth of 200 meters. Citizen Super Titanium nh9120-88a Titanium is a lightweight substance that can withstand seawater, sunshine, and even changes in human chemistry. In 1970, Citizen’s X-8 Chronometer was paired with the corrosion-resistant material to create an immortal wristwatch that wowed watch enthusiasts all around the world. Previous years have gone by since then, and the Citizen Super Titanium collection has evolved from many Citizen models that followed the same concept. Depending upon variations, watches in this collection are equipped with quartz, eco-drive and automatic movement. Seiko Seiko is another one of Japan’s biggest watchmakers. For over 140 years, Seiko has been striving for achieving the best quality and innovation in the world. Seiko watch family consists of numerous masterpieces including its signature collections such as Seiko Astron, Seiko Prospex and Seiko Presage collection. All of these watches are robust, precise, innovative and most importantly, reasonably priced.  Seiko Presage  SARF005 The Presage family has given pride of place to two fundamental components of Seiko’s identity, the brand’s appreciation for traditional Japanese heritage and its long-established expertise in mechanical horology since it was first exhibited to the public in 2016. In all of these areas, each Seiko watch in the Presage collection demonstrates Seiko’s ability to explore new paths of progression. While some premium models in this series are over HKD10,000, the standard models are still available within your budget.  Seiko Prospex SPB143J1 On the other hand, being the brand’s flagship dive watch, Seiko Prospex is providing more choices within your budget for you. It is a house of reliable watches for sports enthusiasts and adventure lovers. The Seiko Prospex Automatic is a timeless diver’s timepiece. A 40.5mm diameter black stainless-steel casing appears uninspiring and utilitarian. It is powered by an in-house automatic caliber 6R35 movement, which provides a 70-hour power reserve. An hour, minute, second, and date window at 3 o’clock, as well as 200-meter water resistance, are among the other features. Thanks to its utilitarian and classic design, the Seiko men’s watch fits any occasion. Hamilton The Hamilton watches are known as mid-priced Swiss-made timepieces that offer both superior quality and distinctive design as compared to other brands’ watches at the same price range. Even though Hamilton watches aren’t luxury, they insist on maintaining the product quality with its well-crafted Swiss ETA automatic movements, which won’t be found in other watches at such price range.  Hamilton Khaki Field  H69449961 The Hamilton Khaki Field automatic lineup is one of the brand’s signature watches that pay tribute to its military heritage during the two world wars. This Hamilton watch is proudly crafted with a 38mm robust stainless-steel case and pairing NATO straps, calf leather straps or stainless-steel bracelets.  Hamilton watches have been long loved by many celebrities and Hollywood stars for decades. The Hamilton Khaki field series is also one of those which are often spotted in the mainstream media. And guess what, you can just get one or even two of these celebrity watches within HKD10,000. Hamilton Ventura H24555381 Speaking of the relationship between Hamilton and the Hollywood stars, we should mention the legendary Hamilton Ventura. This futuristic, triangular timepiece is even nicknamed The Elvis Watch even since its presence on his wrist in the 1961’s movie. Over the years the edgy beauty has become a brand icon with its appearance in the huge Hollywood movie Men in Black and the recent Spider-Man: Homecoming. The most amazing point is that the standard men’s models of the watch which Robert Downey Jr. had worn are just around HKD8,000 to HKD10,000. Victorinox  With a watching history of over a century, Victorinox is a Swiss brand comprising a variety of remarkable watches – both mechanical and quartz, at an affordable range. The Victorinox watch family are more focused on their military and sports watch collections, while some exceptional dress watches are available. These watches are mostly powered by the brand’s Swiss-made ETA movements. As a brand that holds a respected reputation, it is a house of entry-level Swiss watches at a superior value.  Victorinox Alliance 241752 Victorinox Alliance is an excellent collection that houses a range of durable dress watches. It is one of the brand’s trademark collections. The design components in this series are reminiscent of timepieces from the early 1950s and late 1940s. Victorinox had never applied these components into any of their previous watch collections. The Alliance watches distinguish out because they are a little lighter, possibly dressier, than their other timepieces while yet featuring contemporary and military elements. This series combines the finest of Victorinox design, technology, and craftsmanship in the most beautiful way possible. It is available in models with self-winding or quartz movements. It ranges in price from HKD2,500 to HKD5,500, depending upon variations. Victorinox Maverick 241788 Victorinox Maverick Collection embodies the risk-taking attitude of the deep-sea diver, for whom precise timing is a matter of life and death. The unidirectional bezel on these attractive timepieces was originally designed for divers to record accurate underwater timings, but it has since become a symbol of the explorer and pioneer, calibrating everyday problems and chores. The Maverick automatic segment is available in variants with case diameter from 34 to 43 mm, which are suitable for ladies and men. Tissot Tissot is one of the well-respected watch manufacturers originating from Switzerland. You can always be guaranteed of the reliability and performance of a Tissot watch. The current Tissot watch family is categorized into versatile ranges including its famous sports watches, digital watches and dress watches. The retail price of Tissot HK for automatic timepieces starts at HKD2,500. Tissot PRX T137.407.21.031.00 The Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 is considered as one of the best offerings of the brand at a pocket-friendly price point. The quality and design have been on par with a higher luxury watch. Carry the brand’s heritage and quality, the Tissot PRX automatic watches showcase an ultimate performance of an entry-level luxury watch. The self-winding mechanical movement of the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 may give an 80-hour power reserve. Furthermore, the watch is waterproof to a depth of 100 meters. It has eight different color case dials, ranging in price from $4,000 to $5,500. It is suitable for men who would like to purchase their first automatic watch. Tissot T-Sport T092.417.27.057.00 T-sport is the brand’s stunning watch collection that comprises Tissot dive watches, race watches and more. Stylish, precise, and robust, the Tissot T-Sport watches have won the heart of athletes and sports watch lovers. The remarkable pieces of the collection including T-Race and Tissot Seastar are also regarded as perfect companions for different sports activities. 

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  6. Suunto Review: 5 Key Features To Know!

    Suunto Review: 5 Key Features To Know!

    Based in Finland, Suunto is a world leader in adventure-oriented products like connected sports watches, diving instruments, compasses and other accessories. The brand offers exceptional gadgets for various activities, starting from the exploration of ocean depths to mountaineering. The Finnish company’s wristwatches are known for their features like extreme robustness, exceptional battery life, extensive functionality, versatility and weather-resistance. All these qualities are ideal for the most challenging outside sports and adventures. (1) Robustness Image Source: encuentroguionistas.com Made in Finland, Suunto watches are exceptionally robust in the comparison with similar products available in the market. The brand uses high-quality and durable materials like Stainless Steel, Titanium Grade 5, Polyamide, Composite, Aluminium and Glass Fiber Reinforced Polyamide to ensure the robustness of its instruments. Depending upon the model, the dial side glass is made of gorilla glass, mineral crystal, polyamide or sapphire. These are sturdy and scratch-proof, ensuring better protection to the display.  (2) Battery life A connected outdoor watch should have an excellent energy source for providing long and uninterrupted functional features. Suunto offers exceptional battery life for its sports watches. Depending upon the model and functions, the power reserve varies. In time mode, the energy consumption is low, and it will become high when you activate GPS or smartwatch facilities. For example, Suunto 7 model offers 40 days of battery life in Time mode, 12 hours with GPS and up to 2 days under smartwatch connectivity. The non-GPS watches like Suunto Core has an outstanding battery life of 12 months in time mode. (3) Functionality Suunto sports watches come loaded with various functions, starting from fitness tracking to health monitoring and from measuring altitude to alerting you about the climate conditions. They feature multiple applications to assist in sports events like athletics and games, swimming, diving, cycling and etc. If you are an outdoor adventurous enthusiast, they offer functionalities like altimeter, barometer, digital compass watch, GPS tracking and navigation, temperature display, sunrise/sunset times and weather information. These details are useful in various outdoor activities like fishing/hunting, hiking/trekking, mountaineering and skiing. For fitness and wellness enthusiasts, Suunto watch provides monitoring of blood-oxygen level, heart rate, physical activity, sleep and stress levels. It assists the wearer to accomplish personal fitness/wellness goals confidently and safely. Depending upon the models, availability of these functions may vary. Some versions come with additional features. For example, Suunto 7 additionally offers online and offline music functions. The Suunto Core Alpha watch comes with a depth meter for snorkeling (10 meters). (4) Versatility Suunto sports watches are known for their remarkable versatility, enabling the owner to efficiently utilize them for diverse activities and purposes. They are equally suitable for your everyday wear and extreme outdoor adventures. These instruments are compact, light-weight and ergonomic for ensuring optimum comfort. The straps – textile, elastomer or silicone – are flexible, comfortable and ideal for external use. The brand also offers quickly swappable additional straps so that you can easily customize the look of the watch according to your needs. (5) Weatherproof Suunto’s outdoor sports watches boast excellent weather resistance features. Each of them undergoes extreme testing. They offer better resistance against moisture, atmospheric pressure, shocks and temperature variations. The water resistance usually ranges from 30 to 100 meters depending upon the model.   The Best-selling Suunto watches (1) Suunto 3 Suunto 3 ZH Moss Grey SS050494000 Suunto 3 is a lightweight yet durable connected GPS sports outdoor watch featuring ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) case, stainless steel bezel, polyamide glass and microfiber textile or silicone strap. It is available in colorways like All Black, Copper Grey, Granite Red, Light Gold, Moss Grey, Pebble White, and Slate Grey. It comes loaded with Suunto App and compatible with online sports communities like Strava, TrainingPeaks and etc. The Suunto 3 watch can be paired with a Smartphone via Blue tooth technology. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides power reserve up to 10 days in time mode, 5 days with 24/7 tracking and mobile notifications, and 30 hours in the Training mode with GPS connectivity. It has 30-meter water resistance. Its retail price in Hong Kong is HK $1,800. (2) Suunto 5 Suunto 5 SS050305000 Suunto 5 is an outdoor adventure/sports watch with GPS connectivity and exceptional battery life. It features glass fiber reinforced polycarbonate case, stainless steel bezel, mineral crystal glass and silicone strap. Winner of “iF Design Award” in 2020, Suunto 5 features a slim, comfortable yet robust structure. It has a water resistance of 50 meters. The watch offers up to 12 days battery life in the time mode, 7 days with 24/7 tracking and mobile notifications, and 40 hours in the training mode with GPS. Powered by Suunto App and equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, this GPS watch is compatible with Strava, TrainingPeaks and other online sports communities. Suunto 5 is available in versions like All Black, Burgundy Copper, Graphite Copper, Graphite Steel, White and White Black. It has a retail price of HK $2,500. (3) Suunto 7 Suunto 7 Black Lime SS050379000 Suunto 7 is the first watch from the Finnish company to be provided with the Wear OS by Google™ operating system. This purpose-built GPS smart watch is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 3100. Made for extreme adventures, it incorporates the most advanced wearable technology. Thanks to the powerful Wear OS and its streamlined interface, Suunto 7 offers a great user experience while seamlessly providing various applications related to sports and everyday life. It can be connected to the internet using Wi-Fi technology. With blue tooth function, this watch can be paired with a Smartphone. The Suunto 7 watch is compatible with most of the Android and iOS based phones. It is also compatible with Suunto App, Strava, TrainingPeaks and more. The watch features shock-proof, water-proof and dirt-proof structure comprised of glass fibre reinforced polyamide case, stainless steel bezel, gorilla glass and silicone strap. It has a water resistance of 50 meters. This Suunto smart watch is available in versions like Black, Black Lime, Graphite Copper, Sandstone Rose Gold and White Burgundy. Its retail price is HK $3,400. (4) Suunto 9 Suunto 9 G1 ZH Baro Lime SS050450000 Designed and built to meet the demands of professional athletes, Suunto 9 is an all-round outdoor sports watch. It features GPS for tracking and navigational purposes. It also supports other satellite systems like GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS and BEIDOU for the same. Suunto 9 has five intelligent battery modes: Performance, Endurance, Ultra, Tour and Custom. In the time mode, the watch offers 14 days of battery life, seven days with 24/7 tracking and mobile notifications, and up to 170 hours in the training mode with GPS. It comes with more than 80 pre-installed sport modes. It also supports Suunto App and Bluetooth connectivity. This GPS sport watch features a robust case made of glass fiber reinforced polyamide. Tested for a water resistance of 100 meters, this watch features stainless steel bezel, mineral glass and silicone strap. Measuring 50mm diameter and 16.5mm thickness, Suunto 9 is available in black and white color versions. Its retail price is approximately HK $4,000. The brand is also offering two enhanced variants from this series: Suunto 9 Baro and Suunto 9 Peak. Suunto 9 Baro has the same dimensions of the initial model. It features Glass fibre reinforced polyamide case with titanium or stainless-steel bezel. Depending upon the version, each timepiece comes fitted with a nylon textile, silicone or leather strap. The retail price range is HK $4,800 to HK $8,500. Suunto 9 Peak, which is the smallest, thinnest and toughest watch made by Suunto, features a case made of glass fiber reinforced polyamide with grade 5 titanium or stainless-steel parts. It measures 43mm diameter and 10.6mm thickness. Depending upon the model, it comes with titanium or stainless-steel bezel, sapphire crystal glass and silicone strap. The retail prices range from HK $5,700 to HK $7,000.

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  7. Own a Chanel Watch Is Every Woman’s Dream

    Own a Chanel Watch Is Every Woman’s Dream

    Introduction Chanel, enough said, is undeniably one of the most famous women’s Luxury brands. The history of fashion house dates back to 1910 when Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel established her first boutique in Deauville, France. Throughout the decades, Chanel strives for elegancy and grace, and it has now become one of the largest leading fashion brands.  Chanel is actually more than its famous haute couture, tweed jackets and handbags. It has, in fact, been producing luxury jewelry pieces and accessories from the 1980s, and among them Chanel watches for women were also produced. Image Source: chanel.com Chanel Première is the brand’s first ever watch collection produced and launched in 1987. In 1993 CHANEL acquired Manufacture G&F Châtelain in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Today, all the Chanel watches are entirely Swiss-made. Chanel watches wear out the elegant sense of French style timelessly with the intricate Swiss watchmaking techniques. This is the reason why owning a Chanel watch is just every woman’s dream. Chanel Premiere Vintage CHANEL Premiere Watch Image Source: truefacet.com As Chanel’s very first ladies watch, Chanel Premiere watch collection is famous for its octagonal case which is after the No.5 perfume bottle stopper and the shape of the Place Vendôme in Paris.  The first generation of the Chanel Premiere Watch is made from gold-plated stainless steel and measures 20mm diameter. It has a touch of glamor assembling with the classy look thanks to its free of hour marker black dial.  Furthermore, the Chanel Premiere watches mark the beginning of all Chanel watches. The collection is also the epitome of fashion marrying watch functionality.  The collection is designed to sit delicately through on a feminine’s wrist and to last a lifetime.  Chanel Boyfriend Boyfriend Watch Image Source: chanel.com Launched in 2015, the Chanel Boyfriend watches caught every woman’s eyes. Having an octagonal shape, it recalls the brand’s iconic Chanel Première watch. The creation of the collection blurs the line between masculinity and femininity. All watches from the Chanel Boyfriend collection are equipped with high precision quartz movement and a water-resistance up to 30 meters. The watch comes in 3 sizes, small, medium, and large. Medium measures 34.6 x 26.7 x 7.3 mm with a small date window at 6 o’clock. Large measures 37 x 28.6 x 7.7 mm, insteading of a date window, it has a second indicator at 6 o’clock.  The Chanel Boyfriend watch H6955 is a small version which measures 27.9 x 21.5 x 6.2 mm with an elegant classic Opaline guilloché dial. The splendid round-cut diamonds (about 0.37 carat) around the bezel show a touch of femininity. Chanel J12 J12 Phantom Ladies Watch H6185 In 2000, the first black model of Chanel J12 was introduced. It is also Chanel’s first sports watch. It came as a shock to the world as the collection was a chic watch with a sporty twist.  The watch effortfully took 7 years to develop. Jacques Helleu, the brand’s artistic director, described it as “timeless, indestructible’. The white Chanel J12 watch was released in 2003 making the collection combine day and night in an elegant, mysterious way. This Chanel watch J12 H6185 is 38 mm and is made of ceramic and steel, with silver-tone hands and Arabic numeral hour markers with minute markers around the outer rim on a black lacquered dial. This timepiece gives out a sporty vibe while it perfectly goes well with elegant pieces too. The Chanel J12 watches simply represent today’s modern women. Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Mademoiselle Privé Watch Image Source: chanel.com The Mademoiselle Privé collection is not just quite the watch you may expect as it is showcasing the best of the best craftsmanship in watchmaking with its intricate details.  The collection was launched in 2012. Since then, watches from the Mademoiselle Privé collection are all masterpieces.  The Mademoiselle Privé watch (ref. H3567) has a black lacquer dial adorned with yellow gold camellia motifs. The case is made of a yellow gold case set with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds (about 1 carat). This dreamy watch marries luxury and class. Watches in Mademoiselle Privé segment are indulgence and art on the wrist.   Chanel Mademoiselle Vintage Mademoiselle Women’s Watch H0007Image Source: watchmaxx.com This Chanel vintage watch offers you a luxurious ride with a class twist.  Manufactured in 1989, the 23cm square timepiece is the epitome of Chanel’s watchmaking craftsmanship.   The classic square watch case perfectly combines with the 18K gold and Pearl strap, where you will also find the bold design of the collection.  The neat white dial with black Roman markers contrasts with the gold minute and hour hands, resulting in an easy way for its users to tell time. The watch is also powered by a quartz movement. This vintage Chanel Mademoiselle is beautifully made with a design that lasts a lifetime. Though it has been more than 30 years since its release, the watch still prices high on the second-hand market. Chanel Code Coco Code Coco Leather Watch Image Source: chanel.com Inspired by its signature 2.55 purse, Chanel Code Coco was launched in 1997. The timepiece is, at the same time, both a watch and a piece of jewelry. You may also surely describe it as a playful bracelet with an exquisite watch function.  The Chanel Code Coco collection comes in various versions and material combinations, such as Stainless steel/Titanium, Beige gold, White gold, and Ceramic.  The H6208 model has a rectangular steel bezel, black lacquer dial, and 52 round-cut diamonds (about 0.58 carat), the black quilted pattern calfskin strap is a tribute to the brand’s symbolic 2.55 purse.  Additionally, this beautiful watch is powered by a high functionality quartz movement with water-resistant up to 30 meters.  Chanel Jewelry Watches Camelia Jewellery WatchImage Source: chanel.com Inspired by the six emblematic icons of the house of Chanel, the Camellia, the ribbon, the feather, the combat, the sun, and the lion, the Chanel jewellery watch is a mixture of functionality with an expression of luxury and elegance.  Each timepiece from the collection is when the world’s finest jewelry meets sophisticated watchmaking expertise and is true “The one and Only”. This Chanel Jewelry J11460 watch’s case is made of diamond and white gold with a black satin strap. The watch is inspired by the camellia motif, Gabrielle Chanel’s favorite flower.   The diamond-filled camellia petals case opens up to reveal time. It is equipped with a quartz movement with a 15 mm diameter.  This Chanel women watch collection is created to make reading time a precious and delicate moment. 

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  8. Franck Muller: An Overview of the World-famous Watch Brand

    Franck Muller: An Overview of the World-famous Watch Brand

    Introduction Named after its co-founder, Franck Muller is one of the most admired luxury watch brands in the world. The company was established in the early 1990s by the talented Swiss master watchmaker in partnership with Vartan Sirmakes, a passionate Swiss-Armenian entrepreneur. Because of his immense expertise in the extremely complex horological mechanisms, Franck Muller has been known as the “Master of Complications.” Before establishing his eponymous brand, he had been working as an independent watchmaker and restorer. He was the first horologer to produce a watch with a tourbillon visible from the dial side. Vartan Sirmakes, the visionary businessman specialized in the manufacturing of watchcases, signed a partnership with Franck Muller in 1991 to set-up a new Swiss luxury watch brand. To establish the headquarters of the Manufacture Franck Muller (Watchland), they selected Genthod, a village near Geneva. In addition to this major site, the company has production facilities in the Swiss Jura Region. The brand produces all components in-house, like movements, cases and dials. In addition to the mastery of high-complication timepieces, the company is equally known for its expertise in the manufacture of shaped watch cases. Its Cintrée Curvex is the most aerodynamic watch case ever created. It has instantly become a signature feature of the Franck Muller brand. The Manufacture produces curved dials for its Cintrée Curvex watches. It is also one of the first luxury brands to introduce vibrantly colored and uniquely shaped numerals on the dials. Franck Muller is renowned worldwide for its original designs, technical know-how and brilliant innovations in high-end watchmaking. The notable world premiers from the luxury brand are: the Crazy Hours, the Revolution 3 (the first tri-axial tourbillon watch in the world), and the Aeternitas Mega and the Giga Tourbillon. Franck Muller is also a leading producer of diamond-set wristwatches. The iconic brand creates bezel-set and full-set variants of most of its timepieces. It also offers fully paved tourbillon watches that are highly sought-after by high-profile celebrities like Cristiano Ronaldo. Franck Muller Watch Collections In addition to the signature tonneau-shaped watches, the Maison also produces rectangular, round, pebble, oval and square timepieces. The brand offers luxury wristwatches made of high-quality materials like stainless steel, 18K gold, titanium, platinum and carbon fiber. The Franck Muller HK retail price range typically starts from HKD40,000.  (1) Cintrée Curvex Cintree Curvex Grand Date 8083 CC GD FO AC The Cintrée Curvex line is comprised of Franck Muller watches with emblematic curved (tonneau) case. The brand has developed various horological mechanisms to explore the beauty of this aerodynamic design. It includes skeleton models, time-only watches, chronographs, perpetual calendars, tourbillons, multi-complications like tourbillon perpetual calendar and Grand Date. The Cintrée Curvex case design is also used in Casablanca, Crazy Hour, Color Dream, Croco, Double Mystery, Mariner, Master Banker, Master Date, Remember and Secret Hours watch models. (2) Vanguard Vanguard Ladies Watch V32 SC AT FO AC RS The Vanguard line represents the modern, athletic evolution of the brand’s signature tonneau case. This sporty-elegant wristwatch collection features integrated strap system to ensure harmonious appearance and seamless fitting. The Franck Muller Vanguard line-up offers classic iterations with date or chronograph display, Tourbillon, Grande Date, Skeleton, Yachting series, Camouflage, Crazy Hours, Golf, Gravity and Master Banker. The series also includes multi-complication models like the Tourbillon Minute Repeater and the Worldtimer GMT. Vanguard collection offers timepieces for ladies and gentlemen. Various case sizes are available. For example, the Franck Muller V45 model represents men’s models with large Vanguard cases. V32 and V38 are smaller cases and used for ladies’ watches. The Vanguard Ladies Series offers Classic, Crazy Hours, Moonphase, Skeleton, Heart Skeleton and Golf displays. (3) Long Island Image Source: franckmuller.com The Long Island collection is typically comprised of ladies and gent’s watches with rectangular case. Deriving inspiration from the Art-Deco designs, these timepieces boast rectilinear and arched numerals. The Franck Muller Long Island series includes quartz and mechanical watches with or without date display as well as high-complication models featuring chronograph, perpetual calendar or tourbillon. (4) Crazy Hours Vanguard Crazy Hours V45 CH TT BR VR The Crazy Hours is a signature creation from the luxury watch manufacture. This timepiece can be clearly distinguished from the unorthodox arrangement of numerals on the dial. In this dial configuration, it is impossible to display the correct time with a regular watchmaking movement. So, the Manufacture developed a special mechanical caliber, in which the hour-hand instantly jumps to the corresponding numeral whenever the minute-hand completes its 60-minute journey. The Franck Muller Crazy Hours watch is highly sought-after because of its atypical and playful horological ballet. It is available in Cintrée Curvex, Long Island and Vanguard case versions. (5) Secret Hours Image Source: franckmuller.com Just like the Crazy Hours watch, this Franck Muller masterpiece houses a playful horological mechanism named Secret Hours. This self-winding mechanical watch displays the time only when the owner desire to see it. In normal conditions, both the hour and the minute hands remain at 12 o’clock. Whenever the owner operates a push-button, an ingenious mechanism quickly activates both hands for displaying the exact hours and minutes. The hands then automatically retract to 12 o’clock as the push-piece is released. (6) Casablanca Casablanca 6850CASA Popularly known for its sober refinement and enchanting style, the Franck Muller Casablanca is one of the best-selling classic luxury watches of the modern era. This sporty-elegant automatic timepiece boasts an eternal outlook with its refined case profile and large numeral hour markers. (7) Master Banker Image Source: franckmuller.com This timepiece is dedicated to global businessmen and world travelers. It features three-time zones, and all of them can be precisely adjusted with the same crown. This brilliant functionally is very useful in everyday life of ambitious entrepreneurs. This Franck Muller watch is available in Cintrée Curvex, Long Island and Vanguard case versions. Equipped with an automatic movement, the Master Banker offers a power reserve of 42 hours. Some models feature additional complications like moon phase or tourbillon. (8) Master Square Image Source: franckmuller.com This remarkable series is traditionally comprised of wristwatches featuring Art-Deco inspired square cases. Equipped with self-winding mechanical movements, they boast perfectly harmonized design with elongated Roman numeral hour markers. (9) Skafander Image Source: franckmuller.com Skafander is a distinct water-sports watch from Franck Muller. This sporty and innovative model comes with a modern tonneau-case. Boasting a 100-meter water resistance and equipped with a unidirectional inner-rotating dive bezel, this self-winding wristwatch is suitable for recreational diving activities. (10) Mariner Image Source: franckmuller.com This outstanding series is inspired by the maritime world. These automatic watches feature Cintrée Curvex case design. Their dials boast large Arabic numerals and seafaring symbols like blue wind rose and compass. The Franck Muller Mariner is available in three-hand with date and chronograph versions. (11) Round Image Source: franckmuller.com This collection offers round-shaped wristwatches generously endowed with classic-elegant characteristics. Boasting pure and sober design, these Franck Muller timepieces are available in skeleton and tourbillon versions. Depending upon the model, they feature manual-wound or self-winding movements. (12) Grand Complications Image Source: franckmuller.com In this exclusive segment, the brand offers high-complication timepieces like the Aeternitas Mega, the Revolution 3, the Fast Tourbillon, the Giga Tourbillon, the Tourbillon with Perpetual Calendar, and the Tourbillon Minute Repeater Skeleton.

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  9. Why Must Every Collector Own an AP Royal Oak Watch

    Why Must Every Collector Own an AP Royal Oak Watch

    Audemars Piguet (“AP”) Royal Oak is one of most revered fine watchmaking masterpieces ever created. Designed by Gerald Genta and launched in the 1970s, it is the forbearer of now popular “luxury sports watch” segment. It is also the best in its category with diverse possibilities ranging from the simple time-only configuration to extremely complex grand complications. Founded in 1875, the Le Brassus (Vallée de Joux) based Maison belongs to the most-revered “Holy Trinity” Club along with Patel Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch was initially introduced in 1972 as a suitable timekeeper for affluent individuals with a passion for active lifestyle. First Royal Oak 5402ST Image Source: audemarspiguet.com The very first timepiece from this series featured a 39mm diameter stainless steel case topped with the emblematic octagonal bezel. Its case was large in size compared to the standards prevailed in the 1970s. Because of this reason, the debut reference has been known as “Royal Oak Jumbo.” Presently, Audemars Piguet is offering an extensive range of Royal Oak watch models for men and women. In addition to stainless steel, the collection now includes more luxurious material choices: ceramic, forged carbon, gold, platinum, tantalum and titanium. In this acclaimed series, the brand has also included a superb line-up of chronographs, minute repeaters, perpetual calendars, tourbillons, grand complications and striking watches.  Royal Oak – A Holy Grail Watch AP Royal Oak is a Holy Grail for aficionados and passionate collectors. It represents a compendium of innovations, design ethos and various art-crafts involved in the high-end horology. Let us explore the special attributes that make this AP watch a collector’s delight:- The original Royal Oak watch model was designed by Gerald Genta, the creative genius behind several horological masterpieces. This iconic timepiece is known for its pioneering features like octagonal bezel with eight hexagonal screws, integrated bracelet and Tapisserie pattern dial. Every timepiece from the collection seamlessly blends these distinctive characteristics. This timeless design is a key element in elevating Royal Oak as an ultimate collector’s piece. Minute Repeater Supersonnerie 26591TI.OO.1252TI.03 Image Source: audemarspiguet.com The AP Royal Oak timepieces usually feature compact dimensions. The standard case sizes are 33mm, 34mm, 37mm, 38mm, 39mm and 41mm. Only a few models – like Grand Complication and Minute Repeater Supersonnerie – have large cases with diameters 42mm and above. Along with the iconic design, connoisseurs will be delighted with the elegant proportions of Royal Oak. Moreover, integrated metal bracelets offer better fitment and optimum comfort for your wrists. Another desirable attribute is the impeccable finishing of exterior parts. Firstly, the hand-polished and satin-finished surfaces of the case and bracelet generously provide each Audemars Piguet Royal Oak an eternal charm. The collection also includes new models with the captivating “Frosted Gold” finishing. Royal Oak Blue Dial 15202ST.OO.1240ST.01 Majority of AP watch Royal Oak timepieces feature the signature Tapisserie dials. Depending upon the version, the brand uses Grande, Petite or Evolutive pattern. Apart from this emblematic guilloche pattern, the brand is also offering dial choices like fume, sun-brushed and open-worked. These original dial designs always catch the attention of haute-horlogerie enthusiasts. A key characteristic for deciding the collector’s value is the presence of a micro-mechanical heart with an eternal nature. For Royal Oak, AP uses in-house calibers that represent the pinnacle of uncompromising craftsmanship. These meticulously crafted horological engines are known for their exceptional reliability, endurance, superb finishing and outstanding chronometric precision. Another aspect attracting collectors to AP Royal Oak is its great investment potential. It usually sells higher than the estimates during the auctions. And in the secondary market, its selling price is skyrocketing. So, it is worth to acquire a Royal Oak watch as an investment with good returns. The functional independence of a brand is always a significant factor when it comes to collecting fine watches. At the present time, only a few watchmaking companies remain free from the influences of corporate groups. Audemars Piguet is an independent brand and the most important is that it is still in the hands of the members of founding families. Being one of the most admired wristwatch collections from the long-established Maison, AP Royal Oak is a highly desirable timepiece in every fine watch collector’s wish list. Finding a Royal Oak that suits your budget Image Source: audemarspiguet.comBefore concluding this article, let us unearth a Royal Oak that ideally suits your budget and preferences. First of all, it is one of most expensive wrist watch collections in the market. The least expensive men’s watch from this valuable collection is the stainless steel 37mm Royal Oak selfwinding model with the date. Available with a Grande Tapisserie dial, this timepiece costs around HKD 187,000. Its 41mm variant in steel retails at HKD197,000. Audemars Piguet is offering the 39mm stainless steel Royal Oak Jumbo Ultra-thin gent’s wristwatch with a price of HKD257,000. The 18K gold versions of 37mm, 39mm and 41mm automatic date models usually sell above HKD300,000. Royal Oak Chronograph 26331ST.OO.1220ST.02 In the chronograph segment for men, the brand has included self-winding models with 38mm and 41mm sizes. The 38mm stainless steel of AP Royal Oak chronograph watch costs about HKD253,000 while its 41 variant retails at HKD263,000. Their 18K gold models usually sell above HKD500,000. If you choose a leather strap instead of a metal bracelet, the prices will be more accessible. However, this option is not available with all models. The Double Balance Wheel Open-worked model is a prominent member of the Royal Oak collection. As the name suggests, it spotlights a complex mechanical skeleton movement with two balances. This 41mm timepiece comes with a steel, gold, frosted gold or ceramic case. The retail price range starts at HKD547,000 for steel models. The ceramic version costs about HKD715,000 and the AP Royal Oak rose gold model sells around HKD 725,000. Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 26574BA.OO.1220BA.01 Image Source: audemarspiguet.com Available in steel, ceramic, gold and titanium versions, Self-winding Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watches usually sell above HKD 650,000. They feature one of the most practical horological complications and offer an enduring display of day, date, month and leap years. Impeccably dressed in a 41mm diameter case, this timepiece is highly sought-after by experienced collectors. Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon 26532IC.EE.1220TI.01 Image Source: audemarspiguet.com Tourbillon is the most enchanting watchmaking mechanism. The Royal Oak collection includes an outstanding selection of self-winding flying tourbillon watches. They are available in gold, platinum, steel and titanium versions. The Audemars Piguet HK retail price range is above HKD1,000,000. The other timepieces like the Flying Tourbillon Chronograph, the Grand Complication and the Minute Repeater Supersonnerie usually cost above HKD2,000,000. Royal Oak Silver Ladies 67651SR.ZZ.1261SR.01 For women, the Royal Oak collection has included 34mm & 37mm self-winding models as well as a 33mm quartz series. Available in gold, steel and titanium versions, they usually sell above HKD 125,000. The selling price of the Royal Oak diamond-set timepieces can fetch up to multi-million dollars.

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  10. 8 Panerai Watches Often Seen on Celebrities

    8 Panerai Watches Often Seen on Celebrities

    Officine Panerai, which is also simply known as Panerai, was founded by watchmaker Giovanni Panerai in 1860 in Florence. It was not only the watch shop but also the first watchmaking school in the city. Since 1936, this watchmaking company became official supplier of the Italian Royal Navy. The brand was associated with and only manufactured timepieces for the Navy throughout war times. Symbolically, in 1993, Panerai watches jumped into the civil market and were finally able for its enthusiastic fans to purchase. Panerai filed numerours patents in its history. The first innovation is making use of Radiomir, a radium-based powder, to provide brighter dials of instruments and sightseeing devices in 1916. Since then the brand has worked to create watches with maximum practicality. Today, well-known Penerai watch collections such as Radiomir, Luminor, Luminor 1950, Luminor Due are available. Panerai Watches And Celebrities It all started in 1995, actor Sylvester Stallone discovered this Italian timepiece at a boutique when he was filming the movie Daynight in Rome and wore a Panerai Luminor watch on the set. With its history of producing timepieces for the military, Panerai watches are well-known to be intertwined with Hollywood action movie scenes. Famous action stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Rock Dwayne Johnson have shown their love for Panerai watches. Besides, Panerai watches have been seen worn and beloved by singers, CEOs, and former presidents. In 2021, the brand named Chinese actress Dilraba as its first female global brand ambassador for Panerai Piccolo Due, that is also the first watch collection for ladies.  Here, we have summarized 8 Panerai watches that are oftern worn by celebrities. 1. Panerai Luminor Logo Pre Vendome Luminor Logo Pre Vendome 5218-201A Image Source: panerai.com1993 was an iconic year for Panerai. In that year, their signature watch, Panerai Luminor, was finally introduced to the public. Since then, the collection has received enormous success.  The 5218-201/a was the first Luminor watch out in the market. With the black dial of 44 mm and 3.5 mm thickness of sapphire crystal, this watch has a classic look and is the first generation of Panerai Luminor. Besides, 5218-201/a is also nicknamed “Logo” as it has the brand’s “OP” (Officine Panerai) logo right above the number “6” on its dial.  This Luminor masterpiece that was worn by Sylvester Stallone in Daynight was auctioned off in December 2020 with a total of about HKD1,671,000, marking it as one of the highest prices of the brand in vintage market.  2. Panerai Luminor 1950 GMT Luminor GMT Automatic PAM01321 The Panerai Luminor 1950 was initially produced to enhance the night vision accuracy of viewing time for the Italian Navy. The Panerai Luminor 1950 series is historic with elegance. Star Dwayne Johnson was spotted with what appears to be the PAM01321 from the Luminor 1950 line when being a guest speaker at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in 2016. The Luminor 1950 GMT ref. PAM01321 automatic watch features a 44mm stainless steel case surrounding a black dial on a black alligator leather strap. 3. Panerai Luminor Due Luminor Due Automatic PAM00674 The Panerai Luminor Due series is a reinterpretation of the Luminor 1950. It kept the design of the Luminor 1950 but reduced the thickness of the case making it thinner for its line.  Besides, the robust cushion case, the large dial surrounded by the bezel, the strongly integrated lugs, and the bridge-shaped device which seals the crown with a lever, all the elements come from the signature Luminor 1950. As seen on American actor Justin Hartley on Golden Globes 2018 Red Carpet, the PAM00674 is a classic one from the range. This watch has a diameter of 45 mm. It has a sun-brushed black dial with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers, a small second sub-dial at 9 o’clock. It is also powered by Panerai Caliber P.4000 which offers 3-day power reserve plus the function of water-resistant up to 30 meters. 4.  Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Oro Rosso Luminor Marina PAM00511 Image Source: panerai.com One of the iconic spin-off models from the Panerai Luminor collection is the Panerai Luminor Marina. Luminor Marina watch has a small seconds indicator on the left at 9 o’clock. It is a distinguishing feature of several Panerai watches, particularly the Luminor Marina. The Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom has been spotted out wearing a Luminor Marina 8 Days Oro Rosso (PAM00511) from the range. This wristwatch has 44 mm diameter and water resistance up to 300 meters. Equipped with a manual winding movement, this watch has an impressive 8-day power reserve. The stylish Panerai Luminor Marina is a great option for your everyday lifestyle. 5. Panerai Submersible Carbotech™ Submersible Carbotech™ PAM01616 The masculine Panerai Submersible segment originated from Luminor collection. It was first introduced in 1998 and was created as a professional diving watch. Each timepiece from the range provides water-resistant functionality up to 300 meters.  Spotted on English star Jason Statham in production of Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, the Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM01616 is 47 mm in diameter, black dial with bright bold blue luminous coating skeleton hands in which it provides a clear reading in time in the dark. The PAM01616 is powered by the brand’s in-house caliber P.9010 with 3-day power reserve. 6. Panerai Luminor Submersible Luminor Submersible Automatic PAM01305 Apart from his love for Panerai watches in private, Dwayne Johnson wore this Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM01305 on a scene in San Andreas.   This wristwatch features a large black case (47 mm in diameter) with illuminated hour markers and dots. There is date window at 3 o’clock, and small seconds at 9 o’clock. With its lightweight titanium case, it can be worn comfortably for a long period of time.  7. Panerai Radiomir L’Egiziano L’Egiziano PAM00341 Image Source: panerai.com The Panerai Radiomir watches are luminous, bold, and functional.  Today’s Panerai Radiomir watches followed the creation of the Panerai Radiomir PAM03646. It retains many elements from the Panerai watch PAM03646, for example, a 47 mm diameter case with large cushion-shaped, luminous numerals and indexes, and the leather strap. Radiomir was firstly created in 1916 and is the brand’s first patent.  The “Egiziano” (Egyptian) PAM00341, for instance, is a limited edition of the Panerai Radiomir collection and is often worn by the Hollywood legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger. The watch has a huge diameter of 60 mm, a black dial with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers, and a second sub-dial at 9 o’clock. The bidirectional rotating bezel is made of brushed titanium.  8. Panerai Radiomir 1940 10 DAYS GMT AUTOMATIC ORO ROSSO Radiomir 1940 PAM00625 Image Source: panerai.com When the Italian Navy requested a timepiece with longer durability in water, the brand reworked the Radiomir in 1940 and created Radiomir 1940.  The Rock Dwayne Johnson is spotted wearing Radiomir 1940 10 Days GMT Automatic Oro Rosso (PAM00625). Panerai’s famous sandwich dial is featured on the PAM00625 with a GMT function and an incredible 10-day power reserve. It also includes a skeletonized movement and a nice display caseback. The Rock’s huge wrist is well complemented by this big 47mm timepiece. The strap is made of a basic yet robust black alligator strap that lends the watch strength while remaining flexible. It may be dressed up with a suit. The wristwatch is also extremely rare as it is only limited to 150 pieces.

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