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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Omega Aqua Terra: The Best Aquatic Sports Watches with a Classic Style

    Omega Aqua Terra: The Best Aquatic Sports Watches with a Classic Style

    The Omega Seamaster was introduced in 1948 as a collection of rugged wristwatches capable of performing in various environments, starting from mighty oceans to boundless skies. In the 1970s, the brand expanded this series by launching diving watches for professional use. In general, people consider Seamaster as a diving watch collection due to the popularity of Diver 300M and Planet Ocean 600M models. In fact, the famed collection also includes Omega Aqua Terra and various Heritage models. Aqua Terra is one of the best selling Omega watches. The name itself is a nod to its duality: “Aqua” refers to water and “Terra” means Land. The impressive 150 meter water resistance certifies the aquatic attributing to this brilliant timekeeping instrument. Moreover, it boasts characterises of a luxury dress wristwatch. In simple words, Aqua Terra is the best aquatic sports watch with a classic style. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Collection Image Source: omegawatches.comThe Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M is an extensive collection with timepieces for men and women. They are available in steel, gold, bi-metal (steel & gold) and titanium versions. The line-up includes simplistic time-only models as well as multifunction watches featuring complications like Annual Calendar, Chronograph, GMT and World-Time. Men’s Omega Aqua Terra watches are available with case sizes like 38mm, 38.5mm, 41mm, 41.5mm and 43mm. For women, the brand is offering 28mm, 30mm, 34mm, 38mm and 38.5mm models. In this article, you will discover some of the popular watch models from the series. Before that, let us examine some general features of this best-selling omega series. Firstly, all automatic models from the modern Aqua Terra collection are certified-chronometers, and equipped with Co-axial movements. Before purchasing a modern Omega watch, you should know the differences between Chronometer and Master Chronometer models. Omega’s Chronometer watches are certified by Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (“COSC”). Introduced in 2015, Master Chronometers come with certifications from two organizations: COSC and the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (“METAS”). Since 2017, the brand started offering Master Chronometer versions from the Aqua Terra collection. In addition to the emblematic teak-pattern dial (with vertical or horizontal stripes), Aqua Terra watches are also available with dial designs like sun-brushed, ocean wave-texture, mother-of-pearl and diamond-paved. For each timepiece, the brand offers either a matching metal bracelet or a strap made of leather, rubber or nylon. (1) Omega Aqua Terra 150M Co-axial Master Chronometer 41mm Aqua Terra 150M 41mm 220.10.41.21.06.001 This 41mm Omega watch for gentlemen boasts a clean, simple and balanced design. Its energy source is calibre 8900, an outstanding automatic co-axial movement with Master Chronometer certification. It is capable of handling various environments ranging from corporate offices to huge industrial complexes; and activities starting from daily casual wear to water sports. Each Aqua Terra 150M watch’s movement has an impressive magnetic resistance up to 15,000 gauss, that is ideal for places where high magnetic fields present. It also has an outstanding power reserve of 60 hours. The Gent’s 41mm timepiece is usually available with dial colours like black, blue, white, brown and grey.  Adorned with teak pattern inspired by the wooden decks of yachts, the dial features a simple and easy to read design. It hosts three hands on the centre and a date window at 6 o’clock. The minute hand maintains the arrow-shape, an emblematic attribute of Aqua Terra 150M. All the indexes and hands are topped up with white Super-LumiNova so that they remain visible even in the darkness. In the 41mm segment, the brand is offering steel, dual-metal (steel with gold) and gold watches. They come with steel, leather, rubber or fabric straps. The Aqua Terra 150M incorporates top-notch features like screwed-down crown, scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass and exhibition case back. Its movement is embellished with special luxury finishes, for example rhodium-plated rotor and bridges with Geneva waves in the arabesque style. The men’s Co-axial Master Chronometer 41mm steel Seamaster Aqua Terra watches usually sell in the price range of HKD40,000 – 45,000. Both solid gold and bi-metal versions cost above HKD60,000. The most expensive model, which features a solid 18K gold case and bracelet, retails above HKD250,000. (2) Omega Aqua Terra 150M Co-axial Master Chronometer 38mm Aqua Terra 150M 38mm 220.13.38.20.02.001 In addition to the 41mm model, Omega is offering a 38mm version of the Aqua Terra 150M Co-axial Master Chronometer for gents who prefer medium-size wristwatches. Like its big brother, this timepiece comes with all signature features of the range, including material options and strap choices. It’s movement is Cal.8800, which is smaller than Cal.8900. Certified as a master chronometer, this self-winding co-axial calibre has a power reserve of 55 hours. The retail price of the 38mm Aqua Terra Omega watch for men is almost similar to that of 41mm series. (3) Omega Aqua Terra 150M Co-axial Chronometer GMT 43mm Aqua Terra 150M GMT 43mm 231.10.43.22.03.001 GMT watches are highly sought-after by frequent travellers and those who regularly maintain international relations because of their personal or professional commitments. The Aqua Terra 150M Co-axial Chronometer GMT 43mm is one of the most practical and simplest dual-time zone wristwatches presently available in the market. It is equipped with the COSC-certified automatic Co-Axial calibre 8605 with a power reserve of 60 hours. Adorned with fine watchmaking finishes, this movement can be admired through the exhibition case-back. The dial features a vertical teak-deck pattern to highlight the maritime legacy of the Omega Seamaster family. Along with indexes, 12 Arabic numerals (odd numbers from 1 to 23) form a 24-hour scale. A centrally positioned hand tracks this scale and provides the GMT/second time zone display. The dial also indicates date via a window at 6 o’clock. All the four hands and indexes are provided with luminescent painting for enhanced visibility around the clock. Measuring 43mm, the case is available in stainless steel, bi-metal or 18K gold. This Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra watch is suitable for gents with large wrist sizes. The selling price range of Aqua Terra 150M GMT is HKD 60,000 to HKD 280,000. (4) Omega Aqua Terra 150M Co-axial Chronometer GMT Worldtimer Aqua Terra 150M GMT Worldtimer 220.53.43.22.02.001 Worldtime is one of the most revered watch complications. Only a few manufactures offer wristwatches with this functionality. The Aqua Terra 150M series also includes a multiple time-zone watch that combines the brand’s proven coaxial movement technology with an innovative dial design. Dressed in a 43mm diameter case in polished steel or Sedna™ gold, the Omega Aqua Terra Worldtimer watch houses a Master Chronometer certified movement. Driving a complex mechanism to provide a realistic dial display, this calibre has a power reserve of 60 hours. The two-level outer-dial ring is inscribed with the names of 24 cities around the world. The centre of the dial features a realistic representation of the Earth created on a titanium plate with a 24-hour glass ring around it. Adorned with a captivating blue shade representing the oceans, the miniature depiction of the globe is a prominent aesthetic feature of the Aqua Terra Worldtimer watch. Visible through the sapphire crystal case-back is the brilliantly finished calibre, with its plates and oscillating weight highlighting an arabesque Geneva wave decoration. The selling price range of the Aqua Terra GMT Worldtimer watch is from HKD69,000 to HKD314,000. (5) Omega Aqua Terra 150M Co-axial Master Chronometer Ladies 34mm/38mm Aqua Terra Ladies 220.10.34.20.60.001 For women, the collection offers excellent choices of case sizes, materials, dial color palette and straps. The ladies Aqua Terra watches are mainly available in two sizes: 34mm and 38mm. Both ranges feature co-axial master chronometer movements. These feminine timepieces boast more diverse design choices in place of the emblematic teak-deck dial pattern. For instance, they offer a variety of dial choices like gem-set, mother of pearl and wave pattern. Depending upon the dial design, Aqua Terra Ladies watch comes with sail-boat hull shaped indexes or diamond hour markers. The Omega Aqua Terra 38mm ladies version is equipped with the OMEGA Master Chronometer Calibre 8800. It has a power reserve of 55 hours. The 34mm model also houses the same movement. These stylish aquatic watches are available in steel, bi-metal and gold versions – with or without gem-setting. Depending upon the case material and gem-setting, the selling price of a women’s Aqua Terra watch can vary from HKD44,000 to HKD400,000.

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  7. An In-Depth Review of Top 10 Breitling Watches

    An In-Depth Review of Top 10 Breitling Watches

    Breitling is a leading manufacturer of outstanding timepieces dedicated to aviation professionals and enthusiasts, sports persons, globetrotters and adventurers. A prominent producer of Swiss made chronometers for men and women, the Grenchen-based brand dates back its origins to 1884. It is also the world’s first watch brand to have a jet aerobatics team named after it. Breitling’s present flagship collections are Avenger, Chronomat, Classic AVI, Navitimer, Premier, Professional, Superocean, Superocean Heritage and Top Time. Available for men and women, these well-built precision timekeepers combine utility and style. In this article, we are showcasing ten most popular Breitling watches. (1) Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 UB0121211F1P1 Introduced in 1952, Navitimer is a favourite watch for pilots and aviation enthusiasts. This instantly recognizable series blends original design features with technical know-how. Among various Navitimer models, the 43mm chronograph is a best-selling timepiece. Available in steel, steel & gold and 18K gold versions, this Breitling B01 watch houses the in-house self-winding movement. The signature features are the bi-directional rotating ratcheted bezel with aviation slide rule function and the tri-compax dial with tachymeter scale. An ideal instrument for pilots and aircrew, this reliable and high-performance aviation chronograph comes with black, blue or white dials. It is presented on a leather strap or metal bracelet. Furthermore, Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 is available in special edition variants like TWA (Trans World Airlines), SWISSAIR and Pan Am. The retail price range is HK$63,000-166,000. The brand additionally proposes a more compact Navitimer Chronograph model featuring 41mm diameter case and the chronometer-certified Breitling 13 automatic calibre.  (2) Breitling Chronomat B01 42 Chronomat B01 42 AB0134101G1A1 Introduced in 1984, Chronomat is an all rounder sports-watch collection that seamlessly combines the attributes and styles of aviation and diving. This remarkable series was revamped in 2020. The signature features of the new generation models are the rotating bezel with rider tabs, the in-house self-winding movement and the integrated Rouleaux bracelet. Among them, the Breitling Chronomat B01 42 is a well-liked men’s wristwatch. This modern sports chronograph timepiece is available in stainless steel, dual-metal (steel and gold) and 18K gold versions.  An ideal example of a luxury tool watch, it typically exhibits all the essential qualities to capture the attention of adventurous urban young men. Powering this Breitling Chronomat watch is the manufacture calibre 01, that is a versatile self-winding column-wheel chronograph movement. The impressive power reserve of 70 hours makes the timepiece “weekend proof.” Certifying its all-round capability, this model boasts a water resistance rating of 200 meters. Depending upon the version, the watch features anthracite, black, blue, copper, green or silver colored dials. The approximate retail price range is HKD 57,000 to HKD 170,000.  (3) Breitling Chronomat 32/36 Chronomat Automatic 36 Image Source: breitling.com Watches are not just for men. In 2020, Breitling released the first ever Chronomat for ladies. Available in 32mm and 36mm case sizes, these stylish sport watches are dedicated to adventurous, fashionable and self-reliant women. Same as men’s Chronomat models, they are available in stainless steel, bi-metal and 18K gold versions. Equipped with Breitling automatic Caliber 10, these “three-hand with the date” wristwatches boast the Chronomat collections’ signature features like unidirectional, ratcheted bezel and the Rouleaux bracelet. Interestingly, this line-up additionally includes some sparkling variants endowed with diamond-set bezels and hour-markers. Presently, the brand is offering dial versions in white, blue, ice blue, copper, green, mint green and mother-of-pearl. Both 32mm and 36mm models are now extremely popular. The Breitling HK retail price range of this versatile, sporty chic watch is about 28K to 200K Hong Kong dollars.  (4) Breitling Endurance Pro Endurance Pro – Breitlight® X82310A41B1S1 Image Source: breitling.com Robust yet fashionable, this timepiece belongs to Breitling’s “Professional” collection. In spite of its bold dimensions, this modern quartz chronograph watch is extremely light-weight. An ideal timekeeper for you sports activities and everyday casual wear, Endurance Pro features an ultra-light yet robust case made of Breitlight®, an innovative material that is lighter than titanium and stainless steel. Many people appreciate the reliability and precision of quartz watches. For such customers, Breitling Endurance Pro is an excellent choice. In this timepiece, you will find a COSC- certified SuperQuartz™ chronograph movement. Fitted with a flexible rubber strap, this sports watch is water resistant to 100 meters. Breitlight® is hypoallergenic, non-magnetic, thermally stable, and highly resistant to scratches, traction and corrosion. Its approximate price is HK$23,800.  (5) Breitling Superocean Automatic 42 Superocean Automatic 42 A17366D81C1A1 As the name suggests, this bestselling series is comprised of outstanding wristwatches capable of plunging into ocean depths. For men, the Breitling Superocean collection offers 42mm, 44mm, 46mm and 48mm versions. Depending upon the model, they feature 500m, 1,000m or 2,000m water resistance. Among these outstanding underwater timekeepers, the version with 42mm case size is the most popular by virtue of its compact dimensions. Water-proof up to 500 meters, this timepiece is an ideal accessory for diving and other aquatics activities. Contemporarily styled, this high-performance diver is available with a solid stainless steel case. It comes equipped with unidirectional rotating bezel, screw-locked crown with crown-guards, cambered sapphire crystal and screwed-in case-back. The Breitling Superocean Automatic watch houses calibre 17 (base ETA-2824-2). It has a power reserve of 38 hours. Displaying hour, minute, seconds and date, this diving instrument is available with dial colors like black, blue, orange and white. It can be paired with a stainless steel bracelet or a matching rubber strap. The approximate selling price range of this model is HK$27,500-31,500.  (6) Breitling Superocean Automatic 36 Superocean Automatic 36 A17316D71O1S1 Image Source: breitling.com There has been growing interest among women to participate in challenging aquatic activities like diving, snorkelling, swimming, surfing etc. For such daring actions, Breitling has created a 36mm stainless steel watch with a water resistance of 200 meters. Its movement and dial layout are same as that of gent’s Superocean Automatic 42 model.  This ladies’ diver is available with white, light blue or orange dial, with matching rubber straps. In Hong Kong it prices around HK$27,600.  (7) Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT Avenger Automatic GMT 45 V32395101B1X1 Image Source: breitling.com Avenger is an extraordinary series of bold, extremely tough and shock-resistant Breitling watches that are capable of handling intense situations related to airborne operations. Made of stainless steel or titanium, they are available in 43mm, 45mm and 48mm case size. The series offers Date, Chronograph and GMT versions. The prominent features of this professional-grade collection are the ratcheted unidirectional rotating bezel, crown-guards and the special grip-pattern on the crown & chronograph pushers. A robust timekeeper with dual time-zone function is a must for every world traveller. The Avenger Automatic GMT watch is an ideal accessory for them. It is also capable of assisting daring military pilots who perform intercontinental missions. Available in two case sizes (43mm and 45mm), it utilizes the Caliber 32 self-winding mechanical movement. They also offer an impressive water resistance of 300 meters. The Breitling Avenger GMT watch comes with a metal bracelet or military leather strap. The approximate retail price range is HK$30,000-35,000.  (8) Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic 42 Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic 42 AB2010121L1S1 Image Source: breitling.com The Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic 42 combines the essence of Breitling’s historic diving watches with modern materials and style. This elegant looking wristwatch offers a water resistance of 200 meters. The characteristic traits of the model are the unidirectional bezel with polished ceramic bezel-insert and the triangle-shaped hour-hand. This 42mm Breitling watch is equipped with self-winding Cal.B20, which is a manufactured movement based on the Tudor Caliber MT5612. It has a “central three-hand” layout, with a date display at 6 o’clock. The available dial colors are black, blue and green. The brand is presently offering steel, bi-metal and 18K gold versions of this recreational diver. Each timepiece is provided with a metal mesh bracelet or mesh-pattern rubber strap. Its retail price range is HK$36,500-147,000.  (9) Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph Premier B01 Chronograph AB0118371B1P1 The Premier collection takes inspiration from an iconic Breitling watch of the 1940s. The most notable features of the B01 Chronograph are the classic bi-compax dial layout, rectangular push-buttons and the unique groove decoration on the case side. It houses the outstanding in-house self-winding movement, Cal. B01. It drives time (hour, minute and small seconds), date and chronograph functions. The dial also features a tachymeter scale. Fused with both modern and retro details, this classic timepiece is available with a 42mm diameter case made of stainless steel or 18K red gold. The regular models come with dial choices like anthracite, black, blue and silver. With this Breitling chronograph model, the Swiss brand is offering various strap choices like metal bracelet, alligator leather and nubuck calfskin. Its water resistance is 100 meters. The Premier B01 Automatic Chronograph 42 is also available in special edition versions created in collaboration with Wheels & Waves, Bentley and Norton. The retail price range is near about HK$60,000-216,000.  (10) Breitling Navitimer Automatic 41 Navitimer Automatic A17326161C1P1 This elegant, modern wristwatch for men seamlessly combines the emblematic attributes of the brand’s most iconic timepiece with sophisticated styling. Available in stainless steel and 18K rose gold, this 41mm model spotlights a beaded bezel with side rule function. It displays the hour, minute, seconds and date. The dial also features a tachymeter scale. Available with elegantly styled black, anthracite, blue or silver dials, this automatic Breitling Navitimer watch can be paired with a matching color leather strap or a metal bracelet. The self-winding Cal.17 typically provides a power reserve of 38 hours. The watch has a water resistance of 30 meters. The selling price range is HK$34,000 – 106,000.

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  8. Best 5 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches Worth Checking Out

    Best 5 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches Worth Checking Out

    Being the quintessential example of a simple luxury wristwatch, Rolex Oyster Perpetual (“OP”) is the most accessible timekeeper in the present product line-up. It is the purest representation of the prominent Swiss brand’s unmatched fine watchmaking expertise, rich heritage and inimitable prestige. This entry-level Rolex watch accurately represents a pure yet perfect amalgamation of the famed Oyster concept and “Perpetual” self-winding movement technology. The Oyster Perpetual line-up proudly claims a rich legacy that dates back to the 1920s. Hans Wilsdorf, the brand’s founder, introduced this highly acclaimed water-proof technology for timepieces in 1926. His hermetically sealed case design paved the way for a new category of water resistant wristwatches, known as Oyster. In 1931, Rolex launched the innovative self-winding mechanism known as “Perpetual” rotor. It has turned out to be a major milestone in the evolution of automatic wristwatches. By combining these two key technologies, the company laid the foundations for the Oyster Perpetual watches in the 1930s. This perfect synthesis of two great watchmaking inventions has been effectively incorporated into the brand’s all modern timepieces, except the Cellini series. The “Oyster Perpetual” concept provides not only impressive water-resistivity but also superior chronometric precision. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Collection Rolex Oyster Perpetual collection belongs to Rolex’s Classic range, which offers the brand’s luxury dress watches. The other families in this range are Cellini, Datejust, Day-Date, Lady Datejust and Pearlmaster. Among the classic Rolex watches, Oyster Perpetual is the most affordable. In spite of an illustrious history, it remains free from hype. These timepieces stand out with their minimalist yet robust design and fine finishing. Presently, the brand is offering this emblematic timepiece with five case sizes: 28mm, 31mm, 34mm, 36mm and 41mm. The production of 26mm and 39mm Oyster Perpetual models has been discontinued. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 2020 line-up introduced new movements with the patented Chronergy escapement. Among the current production models, 36mm and 41mm Oyster Perpetual Rolex watches for men are equipped with Calibre 3230, a state of the art in-house self-winding mechanical movement launched in 2020. Similarly, the new ladies 31mm Oyster Perpetual model houses the latest 2232 calibre. Both calibres offer better power reserve than their ancestors. The emblematic Oyster design includes a solid middle-case, a screw-down case-back and a screw-in winding crown. In the Oyster Perpetual watches, all these parts are made of 904L stainless steel (now known as Oystersteel). The middle case spotlights satin finishing with polished sides. Endowed with a fine fluting, the case-back is hermetically sealed with a special tool. The screw-down winding crown is provisioned with the Twinlock waterproofness system. Oystersteel is well-known for its rigidness and corrosion resistance. Once polished, it graciously offers an unmatched sheen. The other noteworthy features are domed bezel, scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass and 100m water resistance. The timepieces from this series are traditionally provisioned with the famous Oyster bracelet with the folding Oysterclasp. It also has the Easylink comfort extension link for adjusting the length for a comfortable fitting. Oyster Perpetual watches are equipped with the superlative chronometer certified self-winding movements, ensuring excellent timekeeping accuracy and reliability. Driving the centre hour, minute and seconds hands, all of them are tested for a precision of -2/+2 seconds/day. Representing the brand’s absolute proficiency in the in-house manufacturing, these calibres incorporate several Rolex innovations. Popular Oyster Perpetual Watches In this section, we invite you to explore five best-selling Oyster Perpetual Rolex references. These are considered as icons within this distinguished timepiece collection. (1) Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference 277200 Oyster Perpetual 31 Automatic Watch 277200-0009 This reference represents the Oyster Perpetual variant with a 31mm diameter case. This Rolex watch for women is equipped with the modern generation self-winding Calibre 2232. Provisioned with a Syloxi hairspring in silicon and Paraflex shock absorbers, the new in-house self-winding movement has a power reserve of 55 hours.  Presently, Rolex 277200 is available in nine dial colors: silver, black, coral red, green, pink, candy pink, yellow, bright blue and turquoise blue. This model features single stick hour-markers. (2) Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference 126000 Oyster Perpetual Automatic Watch 126000-0003 Offering new generation Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 models, this reference efficiently utilizes the manufacture Rolex Calibre 3230. Introduced in 2020, this self-winding mechanical movement incorporates groundbreaking innovations like Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring, Paraflex shock absorbers and the Chronergy escapement. It has an enhanced power reserve up to 70 hours. As on date, Rolex 126000 comes with eight dial color choices: silver, black, coral red, green, candy pink, yellow, bright blue and turquoise blue. The 36mm Oyster Perpetual model has double stick markers for 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. The remaining hour markers are single stick type. (3) Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference 124300 Oyster Perpetual 41 124300-0005 The newly introduced Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 model is presently available in seven dial colors: silver, black, coral red, green, yellow, bright blue and turquoise blue. As the name indicated, this self-winding timepiece features a 41mm diameter Oystersteel case. Launched in 2020, Rolex 124300 houses Calibre 3230, which is the same movement of the aforesaid Oyster Perpetual 36mm watch. It is the replacement of the 39mm Oyster Perpetual variant, which was introduced in 2015. It is the largest model in the modern Oyster Perpetual family. The same dial design has been offered for 36mm variant. (4) Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference 177200 Lady Oyster Perpetual 177200-0018 The Rolex 177200 is the direct predecessor of the present generation OP 31. This OP watch is equipped with Cal. 2231 where as the new production series (Reference No. 277200) houses Cal. 2232.  The old generation of Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 models exist in a wide range of dial colours and styles featuring with stick indexes, Arabic numbers or Roman numerals. Before discontinuing its production in 2020, the brand expanded this series by adding eye-catching dial versions like red grape, azure blue and white lacquer. (5) Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference 116000 Oyster Perpetual 36 116000-0012 This reference represents the range of OP 36mm models produced before the induction of the current generation in 2020. Introduced in 2008, the Rolex 116000 Oyster Perpetual watch is equipped with Calibre 3130. This automatic movement has a power reserve of 48 hours.  In 2020, it was replaced with new series 126000, endowed with the advanced self-winding Cal. 3230. This model exists in various dial colors and styles. Summary The direct descendent of the world’s first water-proof watch launched in 1926, Rolex Oyster Perpetual stands out with its simple designs. It also features a trustworthy self-winding movement and a highly legible dial. It is equally robust and versatile. The Oyster case design with hermetically sealed case-back not only provides exceptional water resistance but also protects the inner mechanisms from shocks, dust and other invasive elements. Proudly displaying the word “SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED” on its dial, each timepiece from the collection undergoes rigorous quality tests conducted by COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres). Because of its remarkable versatility to handle various situations, Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch is considered as an ideal accessory for every event in private and social life. Oyster Perpetual‘s Rolex HK retail price range usually starts from HK$40K. The cost of some highly sought-after OP models fetch above HK$100,000 in the secondary/pre-owned markets.

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  9. Buy A Gucci Watch for Your Her This Valentine’s Day

    Buy A Gucci Watch for Your Her This Valentine’s Day

    Introduction St Valentine’s Day has been joyfully celebrated as a grand festival of love and romance all over the world. Many people choose this festive occasion to impress his or her lover with marvelous and unforgettable gifts. Some popular options are chocolates, flowers, fragrances, jewellery, toys and wristwatches. Gifting a wristwatch to your romantic partner is a grand way of expressing the enduring love. In this regards, a Gucci watch is an ideal choice. Thanks to the iconic Italian luxury brand’s eclectic, contemporary and romantic outlook, its timepieces are ideally suitable as valentine gifts. In this article, we have highlighted eight Gucci watch models as perfect Valentine’s Day gift choices for your girlfriend or wife. Each of these magnificent creations has its own characteristics to match with the personal preferences of the intended recipient of your love token. (1) Gucci G-Timeless with animal motifs Gucci G-timeless Quartz YA1264083 Being the most extensive watch collection from the house of Gucci, this series offers innumerable choices of designs, dial patterns and straps. The timepieces with the animal or insect motifs would be the perfect valentine gift choices if your girlfriend or spouse loves the Mother Nature and all living things. The Gucci G timeless watch models usually feature stainless steel with silvery or gold-toned finishing. Depending upon the model, they come with automatic or quartz movements. The dial spotlights the emblematic motifs like the bee, butterfly, snake and tiger. In some versions, the strap reproduces the dial background. Available case sizes in the ladies segment are 27mm, 29mm, 36mm and 38mm. The approximate selling price range of is HK$4,000-10,000. (2) Gucci Grip Gucci Grip Ladies Watch YA157406 This unisex timepiece series is inspired by the world of skateboarding. Interestingly, there is a fashion segment Skater style, inspired by the dresses typically worn by skateboarders. This aesthetic taste reflects the casual and relaxed lifestyle, which is popular among young urban generation. The Gucci Grip is an excellent gift for your partner who loves skater girl fashion. Available in automatic and quartz versions, this wristwatch highlights clean profile, sleek design and distinctive case. For ladies, the brand offers 27mm, 35mm and 38mm versions. Instead of the regular dial, it features a metal face with apertures for displaying the hour, minute and date. The petite variant (27mm) does not feature the date window. Made of stainless steel, the Gucci Grip watch is available in silvered or gold PVD finishing. It spotlights the interlocking GG engraving on the case and bracelet. It is also presented with a leather strap. The retail price range of this collection is HK$11,300-15,000. (3) Gucci G-Frame Gucci G-Frame Mother of Pearl YA147407 G-Frame is a collection of stylish Gucci watches for women. These quartz timepieces highlight a minimalistic two-hand display. Depending upon the model, the dial features mirrored, decorated, web-pattern or diamond-set design. They are available with web-pattern straps that mimic the dial design or matching metal bracelets with links or mesh pattern. Its rectangular or square shaped stainless-steel case spotlights silver or gold finish. The G-Frame is a perfect present for your valentine if she loves elegant yet refined fashion style. The retail price might range from HK$4,000 to HK$11,000. (4) Gucci Diamantissima Gucci Diamantissima Quartz YA141404 The Diamantissima watch is known for its understated allure. This sophisticated Gucci watch women series is distinguished by the iconic Diamante pattern on the case. Some models feature this particular texture on their dials as well. The series additionally offers mother-of-pearl and sun-brushed dials. These luxurious quartz wristwatches typically come with silvered or gold PVD coated steel cases. Featuring a simple two hand layout, these creations merge contemporary jewellery designs with classic dress watch style. The available case sizes are 22mm, 27mm and 32mm. Diamantissima is an ideal valentine gift for your lover, if she is keen on wearing luxurious jewellery and timepieces. The estimated Gucci HK price range of these time-displaying jewels is HK$4,500-8,500. (5) Gucci Interlocking Gucci Interlocking G Quartz YA133307 This series includes a number of fashionable wristwatches with round-shaped cases after the famous GG Interlocking emblem. These timepieces boast a casual appeal. Representing an ideal union of functionality and modern design, these time-only watches highlight clean dials without indexes or decorative motifs. For women, this collection offers glamorous Gucci watches with 29mm, 32mm or 42mm steel cases. Equipped with automatic or quartz movements, they come with silvered finish or PVD coating in black, brown or gold. The Interlocking collection is comprised various models featuring lacquered, sun-brushed or mother-of-pearl dials. This highly emblematic timepiece is the best gift for your fashion-savvy lover is an ardent fan of Gucci’s illustrious heritage and the brand’s Italian elegance. The retail price range is HK$5,500-6,500. (6) Gucci Horsebit Gucci Horsebit Diamonds YA139504 As the name indicates, this series is inspired by the world of horse racing. Horsebit is one of the most recognized design patterns used by Gucci. Introduced in the 1950s, this motif takes inspiration from the world of equestrian. This collection offers elegant ladies’ quartz watches with a distinct case shaped after horse bits. Horsebit watches come with a bangle-style wristlet or leather strap. Dressed in a 28mm, 30mm or 34mm case, these timepieces are available with sun-brushed, lacquered or mother-of-pearl dials. Diamond-set variants are also offered. In the Horse-riding events, it is usual to see a large number of women spectators who show off fashionable clothing styles. If she is interested in the equestrian world and the glam associated with it, this Gucci watch is a perfect valentine gift idea for her. The selling price range of this timepiece is HK$5,000-10,000. (7) Gucci Vintage Web Gucci Vintage Web YA143525 This timepiece evokes the iconic stripe motif introduced by Gucci in the 1950s. Boasting an atypical design, the Gucci Vintage watch web model features – a rectangular case and a bangle-style wristlet – made of transparent resin. It is equipped with a quartz movement. Depending upon the version, it comes with a visible movement face or a shimmering mother of pearl dial. The most used color theme is the emblematic green and red web pattern. A perfect valentine present for ladies who love unusual fashion styles, this timepiece has a retail price range of HK$3,500-5,500. (8) Gucci Le Marché Des Merveilles Gucci Le Marché Des Merveilles YA1264061 Gucci’s Le Marché Des Merveilles collection has been renowned for its rich palette of materials and generous utilization of emblematic animal motifs like the tiger, bee and snake. In this series, the brand is offering several artistic dial iterations featuring embroidery work or made of beautiful natural stones. Equipped with quartz movement, the Le Marché Des Merveilles watch comes with medium-size case in stainless steel or gold PVD. This 38mm timepiece is an ultimate valentine gift, if your feminine partner loves artistic fashion designs. They usually retail in the HK$4,000-5,000 range.

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  10. Cartier Tank: The Most Popular Collection of Cartier Watches

    Cartier Tank: The Most Popular Collection of Cartier Watches

    Introduction Popularly known as the jeweller of kings or the king of jewelers, Cartier is a leading player in the global luxury watch industry. Proudly representing a fusion of modernistic designs and classicism, Cartier Tank is an emblematic horological creation from the world-renowned French luxury Maison.  Among its flagship watch collections, Tank is one of the best-selling series in Cartier. The distinct shape of this timepiece was inspired by the battle tanks of the First World War. Designed by Louis-François Cartier, the charismatic founder of the brand, Tank’s distinguishing characteristics are the two parallel brancards (case sides), a cabochon set crown, and a dial with a chemin de fer chapter ring, large Roman numeral hour markers and sword-shaped blued steel hands. Presently, this watch series is comprised of sub-collections like Tank Américaine, Tank Asymétrique, Tank Cintrée, Tank Française, Tank Louis Cartier, Tank MC, Tank Must and Tank Solo. Known for its understated elegance, the Cartier Tank collection offers a comprehensive range of timepieces for men and women. It is comprised of several types of automatic, manual-winding and quartz watches. It offers steel, 18K gold (pink, white or yellow), two-tone and platinum wristwatches. Cartier proposes five size categories in the series: Mini, Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. Three case shapes are available: rectangular, square and asymmetric. To harmonize the overall design, the case attachments are precisely aligned with the strap. The Tank watch is available with or without diamond setting. History Cartier was founded in 1847 in Paris by Louis-François Cartier. One of the most prestigious Jewelry houses in the world, the company began manufacturing wristwatches in the 1910s. In 1917, the Maison created the iconic Tank watch inspired by the shape of WW I military tanks. In 1921, the Tank cintrée watch was launched. This model stands out with a curved, ergonomic design. Cartier introduced the Tank Louis Cartier and Tank Chinoise watches in 1922. The other notable evolutions of the Cartier Tank watch series are the Tank à guichets, the Tank basculante, the Tank Asymétrique, the Must de Cartier Tank, the Tank Américaine, the Tank Française, the Tank Divan and the Tank Anglaise, the Tank Solo and the Tank MC. Since its launch, Cartier Tank has been intimately associated with fame and wealth. Its notable patrons prominently include affluent entrepreneurs, royals and film stars.  Cartier Tank Collections (1) Tank Louis Cartier Tank Louis W1529756 The Tank Louis Cartier watch has been renowned for its simple, yet elegant design. It is the most traditionalist model among the Cartier tank watches. Proudly boasting the emblematic characteristics of the iconic series, this timeless icon is available in precious metals only. Elegantly dressed in a rectangular or square case, it always features a cabochon set crown. Presently, Cartier Tank Louis timepieces are available with hand-wound mechanical or quartz movements. The retail price range of this series starts around HK $75,000. The most expensive model in the current lineup is the Tank LC Skeleton Sapphire watch. This 18-carat gold diamond-set, extra-large (30 mm x 39.2 mm) model is equipped with the 9616 MC to manufacture mechanical manual-winding movement. Its selling price is approximately HK $770,000.  (2) Tank Américaine Introduced in 1989, the Tank Américaine watch features a stretched out rectangular case with a more evident curve than the original Tank model. The current line-up includes medium-sized automatic wristwatches for men and quartz Cartier watch women models in mini or small size. These timekeepers usually come with an 18-carat gold or steel case.  Medium-size automatic Tank Américaine watches come with case size of 41.60 mm x 22.60 mm. In the quartz category, small models measure 34.8 mm x 19 mm and mini versions feature 27 mm x 15.2 mm dimensions. Cartier’s Tank Américaine watches are available with armor pattern metal bracelets or alligator leather straps. The current Cartier retail price range of this series in HK is HK $34,000 to HK $414,000.  (3) Tank Asymétrique Tank Asymétrique The Tank Asymétrique watch was launched in 1936. This revolutionary creation from the iconic Cartier Tank collection spotlights asymmetrically designed case and dial. It stands out in the family with its innovative case shape, unique lug design and unconventional arrangement of hour-markers. Presently, this Cartier watch Tank model is available in limited editions in precious metals like Gold and Platinum. Its case measures 47.15 mm x 26.10 mm. They usually feature alligator skin straps. Cartier Tank Asymétrique features a hand-wound mechanical movement. It is available with two types of dials.  The first option features a minimalistic design with Arabic numeral hour markers (even numbers). Depending upon the case material, the dial color varies. The yellow gold model has a champagne dial, the rose gold version comes with a grey dial and the platinum variant houses a silvered dial. The movement used with these models is the 1917 MC in-house mechanical manual-wound caliber. The second option is the skeleton dial. Cartier is presently offering open-worked Tank Asymétrique watches in gold and platinum. These skeleton timepieces are driven by the caliber 9623 MC manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding. This model is available with a diamond-set case. The selling price of the Tank Asymétrique watch starts around HK $257,000.  (4) Tank Cintrée Tank Cintrée The Tank Cintrée was introduced in 1921 as an evolution of the original tank watch. Distinguished by a curved case, this iconic wristwatch celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2021. To mark this milestone, Cartier launched a limited edition Tank Cintrée Skeleton watch. The diamond-set, platinum watch incorporates the manual winding 9917 MC manufacture mechanical movement. Driving the hour and minute hands, the skeletonized and curved calibre follows the distinctive shape of the case. It is provided with a mineral crystal and a sapphire case back. This Tank Cartier watch typically costs about HK $830,000.  (5) Tank Française Tank Francaise W4TA0008 The Tank Française was introduced in 1996. It is the first Tank watch with an integrated chain bracelet. Presently, this timepiece is available in gold, steel and bi-metal (gold and steel) versions. It has a curved case, and its bracelet is designed after the tread of a First World War military tank. This remarkable series offers automatic and quartz watches. The large-size automatic watch has a 36.5 mm x 28.15 mm case. In the quartz segment, the medium model measures 30 mm x 25 mm whereas small versions come with 25 mm x 20 mm case. The retail price range is HK $27,000 to HK $240,000.  (6) Tank Must Cartier Tank Must De Cartier WSTA0054 The Tank Must De Cartier was introduced in the late 1970s as a budget-friendly quartz model. It was designed after the iconic Tank Louis Cartier watch. This collection was a huge success. The brand has recently revived the series by introducing new models in stainless steel. Presently, these quartz-powered rectangular watches are available in small (29.5 mm x 22 mm) and large (33.7 mm x 25.5 m) versions. They have a thickness of 6.6 mm. The Cartier Tank Must watch is currently available with a silvered dial. It boasts signature features like roman numerals, blued-steel sword-shaped hands and a beaded crown set with a synthetic cabochon-shaped spinel. The timepiece is available with a grained calfskin strap or stainless-steel bracelet. The retail price range of this successful series is about HK $20,000 to HK $50,000.  (7) Tank Solo Tank Solo Quartz W5200014 The Cartier Tank Solo shares almost the same design features of the Tank Louis Cartier. It is however less expensive. This watch is available in steel and bi-metal versions. This series is comprised of automatic and quartz watches. The Cartier Tank Solo automatic model has an extra-large case measuring 31 mm x 40.85 mm. Instead of the characteristic two-hand time-only dial layout, this timepiece incorporates three centre hands (hour, minute and seconds) and displays a date at 6 o’ clock. Highlighting the emblematic two hands display, quartz models are available in small (31 mm x 24.4 mm) and large (34.8 mm x 27.4 mm) versions. Bi-metal versions of the Cartier Tank Solo watch feature 18-carat gold case and stainless-steel case-back. The selling price range of this series is approximately HK $23,000 to HK $80,000.  (8) Tank MC Tank MC Automatic WSTA0010 This exclusive series is traditionally comprised of high-end mechanical tank watches equipped with Cartier’s manufacture movements. They are usually expensive in comparison with the other Tank families. It offers automatic and hand-wound timepieces in 18-carat gold or steel. A notable example is the Tank MC automatic large model with small seconds and date functions. It houses the self-winding caliber 1904-PS MC. This collection also includes a Cartier watch men skeleton model equipped with the hand-wound caliber 9619 MC and a fully paved white gold model with the 1904-AU MC automatic movement. The retail price range of the Tank MC collection starts around HK $65,000. The most expensive watch in the current lineup is the automatic high jewelry baguette diamond-set white gold model, which costs about HK $2,663,800. Summary Cartier Tank is one of the most admired watch collections ever made. It enjoys a rich heritage of more than 100 years. Since its launch in 1919, this highlight sought-after wristwatch family has been expanding continuously with new evolutions and versions. To summarize, let us explore some established features of the Tank Cartier watch. Although the collection offers various case styles, it still preserves the essence of the historic timepiece. All new generation tank watches share most of the signature features of the family: two parallel brancards, the crown with cabochon, Roman numerals and etc. Depending upon the model, the cabochon stone of the crown can be a sapphire, synthetic spinel or diamond. A large number of Cartier Tank watches come with a silvered dial with Roman numerals and blued-steel sword-shaped hands. Depending upon the model, the dial has a plain or flinqué (grained) surface. The other dial color choices found in this series are champagne, grey and blue. The brand also offers interesting dial options like open-worked, mother-of-pearl and fully paved. Cartier tank watches come with mineral glass or sapphire crystal. Mechanical versions typically feature sapphire crystal case backs. These timepieces are available with metal bracelets or alligator leather straps. The water resistance rating of Cartier tank series is 3 atm (30 meters).

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