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How to Select the Best Sports Watches for Men

 

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.

Water

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.

Legibility

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.

Features

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.

Materials

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.

Movement

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!

Divers Watches Signal a Man of Style

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.

From Luxury Sports Watches to Big Face Watches: The trends in feminine watch styles

 

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.

Groovy, baby

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.

Matchy, matchy

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.

Takeaway

Consider the styles throughout the decades and make them your own.

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.

Ancient Egypt

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.

Tudor

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.

Soldiers

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.

Gift givers

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.

Takeaway

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 Right Watch is Always in Style

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.

Personal luxury

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.

Takeaway

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.

Watch Term Glossary

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

 

Takeaway

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.

Your Watch Reflects your Passions from Racing to Diving and All Other Sports

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.

Other sports

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.

Takeaway

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.

24 Hour Watch: Is it for you?

Watches are a personal statement worn by the wearer. They can suggest status, sporting attitudes, or a sense of singular style. Most of the designs are variations, but there is one watch that will capture the attention of a jaded horologist. These watches are gaining popularity with Millennials as they are always seeking new ways to standout with mass-produced timepieces.

Description

A simple watch, also known as a twenty-four hours watch, focuses on simplicity and quality design. The dial marks all hours of the day. Each index divides the hour into four quarters. Fifteen times four equals sixty. Therefore, you can read watches with only one hand as some slow watches are constructed to be as simple as possible. While it may be hard to read at first glance, the watch makes more sense to account for every hour of the day rather than make it a twice-daily event. This may be a new concept, but the rich history of the slow watch goes back hundreds of years.

Context

Ancient Babylonians divided the sky into twelve parts and the year into twelve months. Sundials were precursors to the standardized clock, and they counted the hours in twenty-four increments. Europe did not have a set way of telling time. Italians preferred the twenty-four hour time telling while the French and Germans did not. For decades, Italian hours meant that traveling to that region required one to be cautious when keeping time. The popularity of the Italian timepieces was lost when the Swiss and Germans began dominating the clockwork trade. Given the once rare nature of these watches, one can easily stand out with one.

Mechanics

A slow watch counts from midnight to midnight or twenty-four hours per revolution. There are no indicators of antes meridian or post meridian. The wearer counts the minutes with the four indexes present between the hours. This can take some adjustment, but it can make travel easier and is more accurate in the exact hour than standardized watches.

Pro

A twenty-four-hour watch harkens back to older times when it was used in churches and records were kept in Italian hours. Those that want a grand sense of history on their wrists will love the way this timepiece strikes up conversations. Not for wallflowers, this watch will captivate enough to see across a room and will inspire questions. Notable men like those in the military use the watch which is why it is sometimes called nautical or military time. Imagine you are on an adventure and keeping time with one of your luxury sports watches. You can confuse your competitors with the watch and use those seconds to gain an advantage.

Con

Telling time in twelve hours is called civilian time by those in the military. Those that are used to keeping tabs on the minutes and hours this way will be confused at first. One only has to understand the minutes are counted via the four intervals between the hours. With a bit of practice, it may be hard to go back to the “old” way despite the timekeeping being more aged. Consider researching big face watches, at first, to help with any adjustments.

Takeaway

Get the conversation flowing with a twenty-four-hour watch. Italian hours can be kept with four fifteen minute intervals between the larger numbers. Conduct some research to discover which band and face will be right for your conversation starter.

What your timepiece says about you

Every woman wants an alpha male. They want a man who has confidence and who may slay a few proverbial dragons on their behalf. True masculinity is communicated via the details of a man’s appearance. A watch is the crown jewel or finishing piece in their non-verbal dominance. Let the world know with your timepiece that you are a man’s man and a knight in shining armor.

 

Confidence, not arrogance

In the age of YouTube and Snap Chat, it is easy to be overt with a sense of pride as well as displayed masculinity, which reads more as beta in desperation than a true alpha. Most men today do not realize arrogance and confidence are not the same concept. A real man allows himself to have exquisite taste in quality timepieces. Men do not need the attention of the masses; they want attention to detail. A watch conveys the quality a man expects out of life.

 

Stylish functionality

Watches balance practicality and style. Luxury sports watches announce that you are a man who conquers the boardroom and the outdoors. Big face watches suggest that while climbing mountains, you look down to check you are beating your personal record. Women also choose this style rather than having a weightier timepiece, which may be too heavy on their smaller wrists. A watch should be practical, but that your ordinary is above everyone else’s as well.

 

Status

Good manners dictate that it is gauche to discuss money. Status is seen in the cut of a suit, the color of a tie, and the timepiece one has chosen to wear. Fashion houses have joined forces with jewelry houses to design statement pieces. The blend of techniques and aesthetics gives the wearer the opportunity to command any room. Thankfully, more affordable options are available that can have the same impact.

 

Class

Men of a certain class will be particular about the color, style, and materials of their timepieces. They may have grown up with a watch passed down from generations or have a hobby in horology. As a result, they value the history of a classic watch’s design and the country in which it was cultivated. These men are determined and may judge a person on the texture of their clothes.

 

Individuality

Some men try to stand out and be unique, more so than anyone else. They eschew the push towards status and forge a singular style path. An analog yells defiant and lets those around him know the ordinary is not for him. This trailblazing man may judge you for your mass-produced shoes.

 

 

Digital

A man with a digital watch may thrive in front of a screen and feels comforted by the futuristic things in life. Digital watch wearers look more towards what is to come than what has happened. They want to stay current with technology trends and want a watch that shares some of the same features on their phone. He may prefer looking at your phone than making eye contact.

 

 

Takeaway

A watch is a portal into the wearer’s personality. As an accessory that is worn daily, choose your timepiece with care. Blend practicality with a representation of your preferred aesthetics; your status may depend on it.

Quartz, Mechanical, and Automatic: The 3 types of watch movement

There are many types of watches but only three kinds of movement. Quartz, mechanical, and automatic motions are at the core of what powers a timepiece. Each variety has been around for quite some time, but only one can claim to be the most accurate while the others focus on traditional design. Quartz watches are durable, powered by quartz crystals and electricity; they are also the most accurate. Mechanical watches run on the energy generated from a wound mainspring, whereas an automatic watch functions via kinetic energy. 

Quartz - Always on time

A quartz watch is the most accurate watch in the world. It is always right and never requires the maintenance of winding. This watch is so popular and durable it almost forced the Swiss watch industry into oblivion in the 1960s. As the name suggests, this watch runs on a quartz crystal. Every watch has an oscillator, or a directing source, and this type of watch has one with a synthetic quartz crystal that vibrates when it receives an electrical charge generated by the battery. All movement is battery operated and the design can be streamlined as a result of the pared down mechanics, meaning you can choose from big face watches or sleeker selections. A quartz watch is durable and can withstand physical challenges without breaking, unlike an automatic or mechanical watch.

Mechanical – Wind up tightly

The watch industry pivots on the popularity of this skillfully designed timepiece. There are numerous components to create the movement of time calculations. Some of the parts include main springs, crowns, and the balance wheel as an oscillator. The mainspring, wound up via the crown, powers movement while the escapement and balance wheel act as an oscillator. Movement is fueled by the winding spring, which turns the gears. A quartz watch does not require any upkeep, but a mechanical one requires maintenance. One must oil and clean it to keep the timepiece functioning well.

Automatic – For daily use

An automatic watch has more similarities to a mechanical watch than a durable quartz timepiece. First, it has a rotator, which acts as an oscillator. The movement is generated from the physical movement, or kinetic energy, of the wearer. As a result, if it’s not worn in a while, this watch will need to be wound to keep accurate time. An automatic timepiece is ideal for daily use since it runs on kinetic motion generated from the knob and/or body movement. Unlike the mechanical watch, an automatic watch cannot be overwound, which impairs the rotator and impacts proper time calculation.

Takeaway

A quartz watch allows the wearer to do away with maintenance and care. A warrior athlete can race boats, climb mountains, and seize the day with durable racing watches that play an essential role in time calculations. Quartz movement loses very little energy throughout the year and is large preferred by women, as it requires no upkeep other than a battery change every three to five years. Ninety-five percent of luxury sports watches have quartz movement for its liberating accuracy.