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Tips for Buying a New Watch

There are several things to consider when buying a new watch, and we're taking a look at some of the most important factors for you to remember when you're out shopping. The first thing to keep in mind when purchasing a new watch is that it is unwise to purchase a non-branded watch. There are a number of reasons for this, the main one being that the quality of build is often considerably lower for a non-branded watch so you are unlikely to get the years of service that you should expect. Before you buy your watch you really need to think about the reason why you are buying the watch. Obviously a construction worker will need a different type of watch than the businessman who is looking for a watch to wear when he is attending business lunches. There are watches designed for all applications, and these factors need to be considered before purchasing. Is the watch going to be for recreational purposes, casual, dress, sports, or active wear, or are you looking for a watch simply to make a statement? With so many good brands of watch on the market, there is a lot to choose from and with prices ranging from relatively cheap to out of this world it is wise to explore all the options before parting with your money. Don't just look at the brands that you are familiar with, as there are many excellent brands that might offer more features for your money. A good watch dealer will be able to help you make a good decision by explaining the differences in the brands and tailoring your purchase to your requirements. Many of the brands that have been respected for quality also offer cheaper quality watches so you can't assume that a watch is good just because of the brand name. Once again a good dealer will be able to help you decide. There are also a few good watch forums on the internet where people will share their opinions and experiences. Do not be too concerned with the technical details when buying a watch as most quality watches have the same basic functions. It shouldn't matter to you whether the watch is a quartz, a certified mechanical (chronometer), or a non-certified mechanical, provided it is capable of keeping time with accuracy and maintain that accuracy for many years. Most expensive watches are mass-produced to a very high level of quality thanks to modern techniques so it is unlikely that you will be buying a watch that has been handmade by craftsmen who has had generations in the trade. While price is one consideration that needs to be taken into account when making your purchase, it is more important that you get exactly what is needed for your requirements even if that involves paying a little more money for your purchase. If you choose wisely, a watch can last a lifetime with good care.

 


A Look at the La Dona de Cartier Watch

The Cartier La Dona de Cartier watch is a stunningly designed luxury timepiece that illuminates the exotic preferences of a luminous film star as well as the mastery of luxurious design and superb craftsmanship - two facets virtually synonymous with the house of Cartier. A tribute to the sensual Mexican actress and Cartier patron Maria Felix, the La Dona de Cartier watch is modeled after the magnificent necklace which the star commissioned from Cartier after a visit to the Paris boutique in 1975 -- accompanying her on this trip was a live baby crocodile, which the flamboyant actress requested be a model for a stunningly original piece of luxury jewelry. The result was a singular masterpiece of the jeweler's art and a uniquely personal homage to a luminous celebrity. Like the original Cartier necklace made famous by Maria Felix, the La Dona de Cartier watch evokes a sensuality which is inspired by the exotic form and untamed reptilian savagery of the crocodile. Supple, fluid, and unique, the interlocking bracelet links display superlative finish and flow harmoniously to offer an exceptional comfort on the wrist, as well as a strikingly stylish presence. The trapeze-shaped case excites with its asymmetric form, counterbalancing the classical details of the elegant Roman numeral dial, with its silver sun-pattern decoration, and blued steel sword hands. The Cartier La Dona de Cartier watch is presented in both small and large sizes, and is available in 18K yellow, white, or pink gold, as well as stainless steel. Magnificent diamond-set versions, including those with full pave setting reveal the enviable skill of Cartier's master jewelers. Versions with alligator straps and finely crafted deployant clasps are ideal for those who desire the mystique of this luxury watch, but prefer maximal subtlety. The singular, exotic elegance of this modern Cartier classic is thus tailored to the widest array of expressive preferences. Fitted with a highly precise, battery-operated quartz movement, each Cartier La Dona de Cartier timepiece is a superbly reliable timekeeper. As is the case with every Cartier watch, the La Dona de Cartier is fitted with an extremely hard crystal crafted from synthetic sapphire. All models are water resistant to 30 meters.

 


The Wristwatch - A Brief History

Over the centuries clocks have been used as a status symbol by those who wear them. Their precision, elegance and convenience are just some of the attributes that clocks and watches represent. Often they are bought purely for their aesthetic looks. and at other times they are bought because of their technical attributes like being precise to the last second or even millisecond. This is what makes clocks and watches so collectible and in some cases they can command high sums of money. Whether you collect new high precision watches or ones that come from a past era, the fact is that over the years this hobby has become a high turnover business. Collecting watches is regarded as a wise form of investing in a lot of circles. At the start of the last century the clocks that were available for men or women were pocket clocks, and then clocks that were held by a pendant attached to the lining of jackets or corsets. The advent of war, industrialization, and the development of sport activities brought over new trends which extended not only to the way we dressed, but also how we carried our clocks. It is said that it was a nanny who invented wrist watches at around the end of the 19th century, who fixed a clock around her wrist by using a silk band. The first watches to be made were in fact smaller models of pocket clocks that were fitted with a leather strap. Once this product hit the market newer designs started to be produced based around this same concept. It was Louis Cartier who first made the kind of watches we see today when he created a watch for a flying pioneer hero by the name Santos Dumont. By 1911 this same type of watch was for general sale. That same type of watch became the blueprint of what wrist watches look like to this day. Soon after the design of wrist "clocks" began to diversify away from the classical round shape that had been in vogue up until that time. From the Cartier classical wrist watch other makes of watch started to emerge which were characterized by their shape. Movado is the perfect example of these new designs when it came out with the "Polyplan" shaped watch. Then came the famously and cryptically named "clock reference n. 1593" by Patek Philippe, which was a rectangular shaped watch. From 1913 onwards more and more watches started to be developed in all shapes and styles. From the "gondola" watch of Patek Phillipe to Louis Cartiers' "Tank"; named so because it was inspired by the shape of English armored cars of the time. These are watches which are very much sought after. There were numerous other watch makers like Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin who along with Patek Philippe and Cartier came out with many other designs which added other features to the watches like lunar phases, month and day most of which are found in modern watches now. Of course, we could not mention wrist watches without mentioning the most famous of them all: the Rolex watch. In the 1920s Rolex debuted in the world of wrist watches with the elegant Rolex Prince and its revolutionary "dual time" feature made famous for having the "seconds sector" larger than that of the minutes. At the same time Jaeger Le Coultre produced an even more advanced piece called the "Reverse", also very revolutionary in that it could be turned 180 degrees within its case, thus protecting the crystal and dial. It became incredibly popular and was only prevented from achieving even greater success by the recession of the 1930s and the advent of world war 2. These early watches of the 1910s to 1930s are what define all the makes of watches that we see and wear today. This short article has only scratched the surface of what is a very vast subject with many more watch makers with diverse and revolutionary designs. However it is makers like Rolex, Cartier, Jaeger Le Coultre and the others mentioned that are amongst the most valuable and collectible, and should you ever be so lucky to get one then make sure you hang on to it - preferably on your wrist.

 


Kid’s Love Watches

When it comes to making a choice or liking something, children have a mind of their own. Hence, watch manufacturers regularly come up with new innovative designs that are sure to captivate young hearts and minds. They zero in on the latest development that is popular amongst children and come out with watches on those particular themes. So today, you have a plethora of choices to choose from. If your child loves a particular cartoon character then you might select a watch that has a picture of that character on its strap or dial. At times, you might come across a watch that is actually shaped like a cartoon character. Moreover, today children love gizmos. More and more children are taking an interest in having fun using a mobile or an electronic gadget. Children usually have a practical bent of mind and are keen to discover new things. There are watches available that integrate the very best features with some fun elements to make them a great option when it comes to children’s watches. There are various brands available in the market that cater to the preferences of children. You not only have a choice of the more up-market brands but you also have the choice of going for affordable versions that are as pleasing to the eye and as practical and reliable. A Part of Movie Merchandise There are quite a large number of movies that are released every year that specifically target children. Film makers have also explored a novel way to promote their movies. They do this by the sale of movie merchandise that is based on the various characters that are a part of their movies. Kids love such merchandise and love to sport watches, whose designs resemble the characters in the latest movie. More often than not, in such cases, it's a case of my friends have got it, so I want one to. You must be well aware that many of the kid's choices are also based on peer pressure. This is why children’s watches that are a part of movie merchandise are so popular these days. Usage We all know that the most practical use of a watch is to help know the time. However, other than this they do have a few abstract uses that are innately beneficial to the person. From an early age, the watch is a reflection of the character and personality of the wearer. Children only choose a particular watch that caters to their interest at that particular point of time. More importantly, you will come to realize that as they grow older, the choices of children also speak of maturity. It is evident from the selection of their watches. Choosing Children’s Watches If you are not taking your child along with you for the process of selection then you must be well aware of the interests of your child and what the latest trends are in terms of watch designs. Children usually appreciate only those items that not only they would like but which would also be appreciated by their friends. If you think that your child won’t be able to take good care of the watch then there is no point in you getting an expensive piece. You can choose amongst a large number of affordable options available in the market. Moreover, your choice can be based on the parameters of durability and strength of the children’s watch. Moreover, you must also take care as to the requirements when it comes to the gender of your child. Girls would love an effeminate watch, but most boys wouldn’t wear such a watch. All in all buying a children’s watch is not that difficult a task. All you need to do is go around to a few shops, look at a few choices and then make your decision.

 


Picking a Perfect Sports Watch

For some reason, sports or fitness watches are usually large and have a rugged appearance. Even a woman's sports watch is typically more utilitarian in appearance than a more formal dress style timepiece. Probably the first and foremost consideration when selecting a sports watch is understanding what the purpose of the watch is. You may say that the purpose of choosing a sports watch is because you participate in sports, but that doesn't necessarily mandate a particular type of watch. In fact, those who participate in the sport of tennis may prefer a watch that appears more like a bracelet than a utilitarian timepiece. Size A sports watch will usually be somewhat larger than watches intended for more formal occasions, however, watches in general have grown larger over the past few years. Choosing a sport watch that is not large enough on the face of the watch to easily place and read all the features is a waste of money. At the same time, choosing a large bulky watch can interfere with playing some sports, and can even be dangerous to the player in others. Catching parts of the watch on other objects is hard on the watch and may cause injury to the wearer as well. Dial The dial should be large enough to easily read the numbers and view the placement of the hands. A luminous dial is helpful in some situations. Placement of the hands or the digital readout should be done with readability in mind. If there are other features on the face of the watch, they should be intuitively placed and easily seen. Hands versus display are a matter of personal preference. Water resistance Obviously divers, swimmers or those who work in moist weather conditions will want to review the water resistance level in the watch options they are considering. If you are a diver, keep in mind that most sports watches are water resistant to some degree, but you shouldn't assume that a 50 meter depth watch will be okay at 49 meters. Materials Almost all sports watches are made of either stainless steel or titanium. Hardened titanium is beautiful and durable as is stainless steel and much less expensive than watches made of precious metals such as gold or platinum. Gold is easily scratched so would be less desirable for a sports watch. Stainless steel is the preferred choice for most sports watches. Band composition The composition of the band typically is metal, leather or synthetic material of some type, such as plastic. You should look for a band that fits your wrist correctly, no matter what the style of the sports watch is or what the composition is. Any watch that is too lose will tend to catch on objects while the wearer is active. A watch band that is too snug will never be comfortable to wear and will tend to rub or chafe the skin of an active wearer. Crystals The watch crystal is generally not an option on a sports watch or any other. You will find the harder the substance the better quality the crystal. Synthetic sapphire is the typical choice, as they are next to diamonds in the hardness scale. Less expensive watches will typically use mineral glass or even plastic. Mineral glass is coated so as to make it more resistant to scratching. Weight The weight of a watch for an active sports enthusiast can become critical. If you are wearing a watch that weighs above 100 grams you will begin to feel the weight of the watch on your wrist. Unfortunately, not all watch manufacturers provide information on the weight of the watch in the specifications. Quartz vs Mechanical The decision about whether a quartz or mechanical watch is preferable to you is going to be linked to the price you are prepared to spend on the watch. Lower priced and lower quality watches typically will have a quartz movement while higher quality and higher priced watches will nearly always have mechanical movements. The exception may be where the case of the watch is made of a precious metal. Extras Some add ons include a stop watch, a calendar and clocks from other time zones or alarms for example, but these items are simply personal preference items. In summary, finding the perfect sports or fitness watch is a matter of determining how the watch will be used and how it will look and feel on your wrist. Checking the quality level of the watch will be critical unless you are planning to replace the watch periodically. Finally, price of the watch will be an important factor in choosing the ideal sports watch.

 




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