Your unique timepiece collection deserves an equally unique case
For the modern gentleman, a watch isn’t just a time-telling instrument used to accessorize one’s wardrobe. It’s a status symbol. A trophy piece so to speak. So with every expensive piece of jewelry comes the need for a storage box. In this case, it’s a watch case that preserves the quality and value of your expensive timepiece collection. You've already copped that watch winder — now it's high time to pick up a case to keep everything protected.
The best watch cases are made to protect, store, and showcase every wrist-worn timer in your stockpile. Something designed to prevent nasty spills, occasional dust and extreme temperatures from destroying an everyday style necessity. Let’s not forget it’s also the most attractive way of exhibiting your premium collection.
Pricing always plays the biggest factor when investing in a storage system for prized possessions. The market for watch cases can be an expensive one. But with the right research, you can score a variety of deluxe storage boxes on the cheap.
If you are considering treating yourself or a loved one, a watch should definitely be at the top of your list. Watches, once a utilitarian instrument to tell time, have now evolved into an item that reflects the individual’s sense of style, and most importantly perhaps, they are being used to make a fashion statement. Even in this era of electronics and high-tech gadgets, watches continue to dominate as one of the most coveted accessories. With so many brands, styles and designs available today, there is no doubt you will find something that would fulfill the expectations of that special person receiving it.
The perfect collection for gifting:
Lapizta watches offer some interesting and unique models that are ideal not only for personal use, but also for the purpose of gifting. Whether the present is meant for a father or a sister, a sports watch is a great option. For instance, the L20 Addax is an amazing model from this brand. Featuring a quartz movement, the watch is designed to be water-resistant for up to 100m/330ft. Inspired by professional speedcars, this timepiece is armed with a carbon fiber dial and a black rubber strap evocative of the tires used in high-performance races. In sum, the Addax L20 is the undisputed champion on and off the racetrack.
Watches for women:
When it comes to women, fashion and style come at the forefront of the selection process. The sophisticated L26 Amur watch is a unique piece of machinery. Its mother of pearl face gracefully accentuates the refined design of the unidirectional turning bezel. This is complemented by a rose gold case studded with white zirconia, a true expression of elegance and simplicity that can be worn, and shown off, on a daily basis.
Peak performance can be augmented with the right tools. A runner could not train for a marathon without the right shoes just as a golfer needs a caddie. The same concept applies when selecting the best sports watch. Fractions of a second can be the difference between gold and silver, or even placing at all. Below are a few guidelines to help in the decision of purchasing luxury sports watches.
A diving watch is not just worn by those who conquer the watery realms of the blue planet. Sweat, snow, and ice can also damage a watch that is not designed to be water resistant. Consider a watch of this design if you live in colder climates in which training under snowy conditions cannot be a deterrent.
The best watch in the world will be rendered useless if it cannot be read. While a watch should also stay as dry as a diving watch, it should also be easy to read. Big numerals will be complemented by a high-contrast display, and a watch face that glows in the dark is best for early morning or late night training sessions. Dials should not be so cluttered that a quick glance will lead to a distraction. Less is more when simplicity matters the most.
Watches were made for adventure. Some features of sports watches for men include stopwatches, barometric pressure gauges and altitude readings. A few also offer GPS tracking when getting in the zone can get a bit off course. When measurement is the key to training, select a watch that has the features you need.
A watch that is worn to commandeer a boardroom will not work, even under the best circumstances, on a rugged expedition. The strap should be comfortable, but also resilient. A leather strap may help you get noticed in a job interview, but it won’t work as well as a rubber strap when you’re working up a sweat. Polymer or rubber work best for outdoor conditions, as they are tough yet lightweight. Choose materials that can absorb shock if needed or be elastic to any degree. Stainless steel may also work given its anti-corrosive properties and resistance to the elements.
Watches with a solar powered backup can be worth their weight in gold. However, a quartz movement may be a top choice for athletics given for its sportier perception and powerful resistance. Mechanical watches can be nearly immortal with the right maintenance. They may have delicate elements, but can work well in high temperatures. Both types of movement can be effective in a sports watch.
Do the research, see which features matter the most to your training needs and go big!
2016 may be the year of creating personal standards of a signature style. A wristwatch is how gentlemen and mortals are separated. In today’s times when there seems to be a stigma against following rules, below are some guidelines to define luxury without hassle and to offer a timeless solution. While not every man can be a style icon, one can at least look the part on some level, especially with the right divers watch.
Size does matter
After three piece suits were traded for t-shirts in sizes that seem to drown the wearer, paired with even baggier pants, a return to fitted styles has thankfully re-emerged as a staple. Being professional means that clothes should fit and enhance the wearer as a man of style. This also applies to his watch. Size is relative to a man’s frame, but can be slightly modified. A man who plays professional football will differ in structure from a sponsored golfer. One sport calls for strength while the other requires strategy, so body types differ to adapt to the chosen athletics. Watches should complement the wearer at all times. A wrist is not just a wrist, and how a man prefers his watch to fit is relative. One may prefer a tight fit of a face or bandwidth, while another may desire some space. The only true guideline is that the lugs should not be so overpowering that they become a distraction from the design. Smaller watches are making a roaring comeback after years of big face watches overpowering the wrists. Select a size that works for your lifestyle and review an earlier post on this exact topic. Diving watches come in a multitude of sizes that can balance the outdoors with the indoors.
Be appropriate with color
Every woman has a little black dress in her closet. It goes with everything and fits any occasion. Black serves any social engagement and most outfits. A black men’s watch can be perfect in any situation. A watch strap should fit the occasion, from a day at the office to making a toast. A general guideline is the more pronounced the design, the simpler the strap should be. Black leather is a classic choice because it allows the design to be the timepiece’s focal point. Blue is also a classic color, but may not go well with a black suit. For those who are more adventurous in their color schemes, a blue strap with pair well with a white or orange suit. Play around with color, but keep the intricacy of the design top of mind to prevent a perception of overkill.
Select a style that matters
Diving watches are the perfect every day watch. They have formal elements, but can be worn on errands and to command the boardroom. This style has been around since the 1950s and remains timeless. Diving watches are on the larger end, but can beselected to fit any wrist. There are able to handle the pressure below the water’s surface with a moveable bezel as a signature component.
Let your style be your true north star and create a collection that starts the conversation every time.
Trends always seem to be cyclical. Decades seem to pattern themselves as reactions to one another. When one decade loves color, the following can prefer starkness. A popular design can be demonstrative while another can be sleek a few years later. Throughout the decades, styles can change, but the classics endure to be reimagined by a new generation.
The beginning of style
Women were not socially permitted to wear pocket watches. They were seen as impractical for impending domestic duties and therefore too masculine in nature. Women’s wrists were decorated in utilitarian designs that could best be described as delicate. That is until the Great War and up to the 1960s. French women began embellishing their wristwatches with elaborate designs that were inspired by the uncovering of King Tut’s tomb. The straps and face were incredibly ornate and more geared towards balls that an evening indoors washing dishes. British women, within the same decade, started the trend of sleeker watches that were perfect for horseback riding and the outdoor life.
Today women’s watches take their inspiration from the century old gold standard of style. Feminine watches are either heavily decorated in rhinestones or similar eye catchers or minimalist in an homage to utilitarian purposes.
The 1960s was when the world started revolutions both personally and for the good of humanity. Protests and the shifting of societal norms seemed to turn watches into armor. Designs went from the 1950s ultra-feminine sleek design to a bulkier design. Faces were more compact as were the designs.
The brighter, the better
Seventies designs show what was revolutionary at the time- straps came out to play. Bright color and bold patterns were en vogue. Mustard yellow and vibrant neutrals were showcased on delicate wrists all over the world. Simple black or standard metal were seen as stuffy. This trend became the oversized trends of the 1980s.
Women in the 1980s had a fixation on matching. Socks had to accessorize with the loudest color in the ubiquitous floral patterns. As a result, watch companies widened straps to be bigger than the faces. This encouraged women to buy watches that had removable straps that could be switched out for a matching color.
Back to the 1960s
The wave of new technology signaled a digital revolution and the search for what had been comforting. Just as with other fashions, watches cycled back to the earlier decade of the 1960s with anti-government protests in the updated fight against consumerism. Watches were as sleek as possible. Basic metals worked best.
The bigger, the better
Watch trends dictated that women’s watches had to be blinged out and highly visible just as they were in 1900s France. Diamonds and rhinestones displayed the wealth of newly independent women. Designers got in on the trend as logos grew quite popular. Having a strap with logos and a face encased in diamonds was the height of style.
Consider the styles throughout the decades and make them your own.
Watch sizes fluctuate throughout the decade. Present day watches have enlarged faces and compact ones have fallen out of favor, save a select few. Todays’ watches have been bigger than they ever have been in history. The 00s saw a trend in the oversized, but present timepieces are more sizable in terms of the diameter of the watch case in millimeters as well as the thickness of the case in the same measurement.
Big vs compact
Traditionally watches were 35-37mm, but now they can measure up to 41-44mm. There is, however, no proper watch size. The debate is ongoing and passionate. Too big and the piece may appear to be perceived as too much. Conversely, too small in the present world may make the watch appear for smaller hands or retro.
Hard and fast rules
Regardless of the size face you wear. Watches should not overpower your wrist. It is akin to wearing a shirt four sizes too big or too small. If lugs stick out to accommodate the face, it is too big. If the face does not cover your wrist, consider going up a bit. The face should sit comfortable on your wrist from top to bottom. The crown should also be accounted for by not digging in to the skin for smaller sizes or moves around too much for an expanded space.
The celebrity factor
Celebrities truly make styles popular. A favorite actor or pop singer can herald in a new sense of fashion. In a bid to appear more masculine, actors have seemed to invest in large sports watches for men over the last twelve years. The fact that many blockbusters have been action series with the possibility of future sequels means celebrities must appear to be the alpha male to their core base audience, which mostly consists of teenage boys looking for a role model. The public warmed up to the larger sizes in the 2000s as body types began to favor a bulkier frame. This era also brought in the evolution of more visual personality features. Men have throughout history only been able to wear a watch as their singular piece of jewelry. As the metrosexual replaced the lumberjack and now vice versa, men have used the faces of their watch to communicate their personality. They may be bold or sleek given credence to the popularity of the quiet man.
A watch is more than the ability to tell time
Watch faces have now developed into being a symbol of power. As a status symbol, the bigger the better for watches. Women have also adopted men’s trends such as the larger face to signal that they too are bosses and capable of gaining their own positions outside of marriage. Women may either choose a feminine version of a watch with a large face or a smaller version of a man’s timepiece.
A watch face that fits the size of your wrist is the only style rule that matters.
Watches are one of the best gifts to give yourself or someone else. They can be selected for function or style, and most watch owners are not even aware of the rich history they wear around their wrists. These pieces of history were initially created to mark the passage of time and help grow crops. Modern watches have evolved from the sundials of the Egyptians and the pocket watches of Tudor England, but they are directly linked. Gift givers and marketers have always created their mark via the historical culture of telling time. The basic design has been improved for centuries as a record of humankind’s innovation.
Civilization arose once crops could be grown to feed burgeoning communities. A watch represents the civilization of humanity and the desire to be organized. Ancient Egyptians began tinkering with telling time circa 1500 BC via sundials. Talk about big face watches! An area was marked and time was measured by the shadows falling across the sections. Italian monks improved upon the design three millennia later, when time was kept not for agricultural reasons, by as a means of uniformly holding mass and praying.
The Italian monks eventually moved their watches indoors and by the 16th century, they were fashionably worn at the neck. Time keeping was mostly in the male domain at this time. Watches were so sizable that they were worn on a chain around the neck. King Henry VIII had a portrait commissioned in which he proudly displayed a watch hanging from a chain in his pocket rather than one around the neck. This was in vogue until World War I.
Military men may have sparked the camo rage and the chicness of caplets, but their biggest claim to shaping style is the wristwatch. A pocket watch was not manageable when in service. Chains could get tangled in machinery and create liabilities so watches were moved to the wrist, where men could easily check the time without moving their hands. The design eventually evolved into the subgenre of sports watches for men.
The most popular color for watches is black. A black leather strap or bracelet allows the wearer to match their outfit to everything, making it a safe choice for the gift giver, regardless of gender. This unisex color selection is so widely gifted that there’s a high probability that men and women will own at least one black watch in their lifetime.
Watches were not always worn on the wrist, but kept around the neck as demonstrated by Henry VIII in his famous portrait. They gravitated to the wrist as a convenience for soldiers in World War I. You can find most watches today in a multitude of styles happily displayed at 10:10.
The classic wristwatch will never go out of style, even though times and fashions change. It was once considered the height of style to have a polyester leisure suit enhanced by a giant gold medallion while a few decades later tastes changed to favor jeans so wide they could cause the wearer to trip; this aesthetic did not survive to the following decade. What has remained steadfast is the traditional wristwatch. With the advent of smartwatches, some have predicted that watchmakers would go the way of shoemakers and travel agents. This assumption is simply not the case.
History supports watches
Wristwatches have been around since World War I for men, and even longer for women, dating back 500 years to a time when a pocket watches were perceived as too masculine. The standard wristwatch has survived wars and advances in technology so significant that our ancestors would be amazed at our modern conveniences. These strides in technology have advanced designs to include sports watches for men and luxury racing watches. Google, Apple, and Samsung may be patenting their digital offerings, but companies such as ours are still going strong.
A man of style
The potential competition from smartwatches has been squashed, given that men of style understand the right wristwatch can change their lives by altering how others perceive their personal presentation. Consumers love innovation, but they demand classic style. A wristwatch suggests refinement and the status it affords the wearer. Be a hero
Heroes such as James Bond wear classic wristwatches. It connotes a strong sense of stylish masculinity. Celebrities know they have arrived when they are asked to be the spokesperson for a watch brand. Consumers are drawn to the aspirational lifestyle they hope to achieve by wearing the wristwatch.
New phones and digital devices are released every year, and they are not expected to last more than two years. A classic watch, however, can last the wearer a lifetime and be gifted to future generations. Timepieces can also be collectibles. No one lays out his or her old phones or first generation devices for display. A watch from a grandfather or a special edition watch can be the crowning piece in a collection, or worn on a daily basis.
The Power of Nostalgia
A hipster in Brooklyn may prefer to use a flip phone rather than the latest device. He may be making a style statement or the communication piece may harken back to a simpler time when people could pass the day without taking a single picture. Watches also evoke nostalgia for the wearer. Their great-great-
great grandfather may have smuggled the timepiece when they came to a new country or a relative may have provided an example in which to have a valuable life and the watch could serve as a reminder. People associate watches with loved ones or a particular look they would like to emulate, and they also appreciate the artisanship of their fellow men rather than the cookie cutter designs of technology.
Tradition can trump convenience. Humans have been creating time management devices since ancient Egyptians began experimenting with sundials. History can be reframed to exist as a chronology of horology, the study and measurement of time. The right watch demonstrates that the wearer has a refined taste that others can aspire to emulate. A man of style understands that nostalgia and history provide a timeless style that allows him to attain personal luxury.
Horologists thrive on discussing the manufacturing and repair of timepieces. Watches or clocks are keepers of time and they should be understood for the art that they are. Watch enthusiasts may seem to be talking in a type of code, but you will be able to decipher their language by knowing some of the words below. From luxury racing watches to luxury divers watches, the internal mechanisms of prized timepieces are open to discussion. When you step into a retail space, make sure you have some knowledge to talk shop. You do not need to make flashcards, but know enough so you know what you want and can communicate your watch fluency.
Analog-hands and dial with a twelve-hour number or a marker display
Automatic-a watch that requires a daily winding via the wearer’s kinetic movements
Barrel- cylindrical and thin box holding the mainspring of a watch
Bezel- ring located on the upper part of the watch body, outside the crystal makes timekeeping easier
Chronograph- measures and shows time, long or short, via mechanisms
Crown – metal cap that is round in shape used to wind and set the time/calendar of a watch
Dial- disk that serves as the watch face consisting of numerals and indicators
Dimaskeening- etchings marking some watch movements in a decorative manner
Ebauche- components of a watch that will be assembled elsewhere
Escapement- energy distributing unit
Face- the visible side portion of a watch, also called a dial
Fob- the chain of a watch
Gasket- a rubber that ensures a water-resistant seal
Gilt- gold plated
Horology- manufacturing or repairing watch with the understanding that it is an art form
Isochronism- a watch that runs smoothly whether or not it is wound
Jewel- bearings for the gear trains
Karat- a measurement of gold alloy purity
Lugs- what the band/bracelet is attached to
Luminous – a type of paint that allows a wearer to tell the time off the face of the watch despite lighting situations
Mainspring- a coiled strip of metal with a cross-section that is rectangular
Moon phase- window that shows the phases of the moon
O-ring- another name for a gasket
Pendant- neck of a pocket watch
Platinum- metal that is resists wear and tarnish thus classifying it as precious
Quartz- watch movement generated by a battery and maintains time accuracy via the vibrations generated by a miniscule quartz crystal
Rotor- a swinging weight that is home in automatic watches
Staff- part of the watch that balances the axle component of a watch
Strap- material that encases a watch wear’s wrist to keep the timepiece in place
Learn the basics of watch terminology and the world expands. Despite the digital advancements, watches are still valued for their connection to history and mankind. Stop and appreciate the timepieces that are carried throughout the day. Be able to hold your own at a cocktail party or simple on a boat or mountainside appreciate the finer things in life like your timepiece. Time stand still when you understand the timelessness of a watch.
The average global citizen does not get enough fresh air and exercise. If one were to tell our ancestors from twenty to even fifty years ago how much time we spend indoors facing screens, there might be concern for our well-being. Life does not have to happen before us on a big or small screen or documented for social media approval; it is an adventure of the best kind.
Seek your thrill
Wind rushing against or faces and our pulse rushing in our ears are the ultimate thrill rides. Men and women sick of sitting in a desk chair for eight hours a day and being turned into couch potatoes after long commutes fight back via outlets such as racing and driving to harness the rush of being alive. With so many sports available, you can pick almost any physical activity and thrive. Start with lighter activities and work your way up to physical challenge like racing or diving.
Start your engines
One of the most popular sports of all time involves a man and his car. These events harken back to chariot races. One only has to watch a movie from the 1950s onwards to see a checkered flag drop before two cars speed to a determined finish line. Vehicles are a part of American culture from drag races to drive-ins and the passion endures with international races. Competition is fierce and thrilling. Capture the essence of the checkered flag with racing watches. When at speedway, these watches must countdown, indicate elapsed time, and reset quickly.
Under the waves
In today’s world people talk not to understand, but to shout. Few places are as calming as being at the beach or on a dive. Diving watches measure depth, remaining air pressure, and bottom time. These watches must be detailed and work properly to prevent injury. Nitrogen is absorbed into tissues when under the water and time must be calculated properly to ensure that there is time to decompress before surfacing or the dreaded bends may occur. A solid watch allows the diver to calculate time to enjoy maximum enjoyment form this activity. Diving watches have a reputation for engineering prowess, being water resistant, and to carefully track time.
Sports thrive on competition and beating personal records. Your timepiece announces that you may be a person of leisure, but you also challenge the sedentary lifestyle one activity at a time. Weekend warriors and professional athletes share the common goal of fighting back the ordinary. Be one of them. A watch displays your passions and can initiate conversations with like-minded adventurers.
Life continues to be sedentary. The great outdoors are forgotten for iPhones and desktops. Be part of the revolution and enjoy undocumented life with a watch that can be part of your adventure. Whether it be calculating bottom time or lap times, wear your adventurous spirit on your wrist and challenge the status quo. Your watch will thank you.