Trend Watch 2017: This year’s best timepieces

One of the greatest gifts you can buy someone – or yourself for that matter, is a luxury watch, both as an investment and a point of pride. For their fashion connotations, for their beauty and for their practicality – a watch makes a terrific present for men and women. 2016 witnessed watch buyers become more interested in simple, uncomplicated designs and technology.  But what do YOU select and why?

Here are three ideas for timeless timepieces you can buy for that special someone in your life. Or, of course, you can always treat yourself. But one point, make sure you take care of a purchase like this with watch insurance,these are beautiful pieces that need to be protected against both theft and accidental damage.

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The Minimalist Choice – Longines Master Collection L2.718.4.70.3

A dress watch that is sleek, sophisticated and designed to effortlessly mimic the design sensibilities of the 1940’s era with its crocodile strap details, this is a beautiful example of a minimalist timepiece.

The Longines Master Collection 38mm has a 21 jewel automatic movement and is water resistant to 30m with a 38mm sapphire glass case. This is a watch that has as much sensibility as it does dress appeal. The silver elements contrast with the brown strap, creating a watch great for winter formal occasions like the office party.

Priced at an affordable £2,200 and up, visit the Longines site for more information.

 

The Diver’s Choice – Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black

While this watch will not suit everyone’s budget, it’s a beautiful piece of engineering that will be appreciated by anyone who dives. It’s new for October 2016 too, so you’ll be one of the few sporting such a beautiful design.

It’s a bold, all-black watch that can take on 600 metre dives thanks to its ceramic construction. Inspired by the dark side of the moon, these watches are out of this world when it comes to durability and technical achievement. However, with prices starting from £7,000, this is for serious divers only.

The Trendy Luxury Choice – Breitling Navitimer in blue

Breitling is synonymous with quality, and nothing has changed over the years. However, many watch trends in 2016 seem to have prized blue faces – with little surprise, as blue is a versatile colour that matches virtually any outfit.

The Navitimer men’s watch is a delightful instrument that looks absolutely spell-binding on any man’s wrist. It captures attention immediately and is a favoured timepiece for pilots and aeronautical experts alike. The mechanical chronograph is crafted in Breitling’s workshop and is a true technical marvel. Available from £5,999.

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The Minimalist Choice – Montblanc Tradition

The Montblanc Tradition is a masterpiece in 36mm. It’s a simplistic piece that features a classic guilloche dial with Roman numerals and a small date function. Uncluttered and unassuming, but engineered to offer the finest level of quality. The watch also has 30 metres of water resistance and comes with a beautiful strap. While it’s unisex, this is a piece that will suit a businesswomen looking for a clean, elegant dress watch. Prices start at £930.

The Diver’s Choice – Oris Diving

Oris Diving watches perfectly capture the sleek trends of 2017, with a bold black face on a sturdy metallic strap. Built for diving first and foremost, the watch offers 300 metres of water resistance and is engineered specifically to fit a women’s wrists. The model has an immaculate display with a sapphire crystal watch face. Swiss-made movement completes the watch – a truly dependable diving model that does not compromise on quality.

The Trendy Luxury Model – Chanel Boy.Friend

In the fashion world, Chanel reigns supreme. One of the most instantly recognisable, sought-after brands on the planet, Chanel speaks of quality in a way many watches can never hope to.

This Boy.Friend model features a diamond bezel and a sleek black strap that complements the simplistic face. It’s a modern watch for a modern woman – but is adorned with the type of luxury you’d expect from a fashion leader.

Prices start from £3,200 for the non-diamond version and £5,700 for the one pictured.

Sleek, sophisticated and low-key is the name of the game for 2017. Even if you don’t have the money to afford these luxury brands, learning from the styles and features they offer can guarantee you make a good purchase on whatever brand you choose.

Top 10 Best Selling Wrist Watch Brands under £500 in 2016

Men know that a great-looking watch is more than just a utilitarian addition to the wardrobe. That’s why many of you have several watches. Sports enthusiasts will want waterproof, dirtproof, and shockproof timepieces, while an executive who spends much of his time in “the corner office” is more likely to wear a model of understated class. Balancing budget considerations and functionality, here are 10 of the best watches you can find for under £500.

1. The Classic Slim Wrist Watch from Brathwait

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This beautiful and elegant wrist watch is at ease in any situation, dressy or casual. Its classic good looks combine melano Italian leather, rugged stainless steel construction, and a Swiss quartz precision movement for dependable timekeeping, year in and year out. Water-resistant up to 328 feet, it’s also easily “transformable” with the interchangeable straps Brathwait offers in a variety of colors and finishes, from stainless steel bracelets to cloth and different leather finishes.

2. “Takes a Licking and Keeps On Ticking”

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Timex has long been known for its endurance — witness the old commercial line — but there’s more to Timex than digital watches for athletes. This particular part of the Intelligent Quartz line, the Flyback, has a bi-retrograde quartz movement, using microprocessors to power the main dial and subdials, for accuracy that’s unbeatable. Backlighting, a sleek black case, and a brown leather strap give it a touch of panache.

3. Need a Windfall? Think Swatch

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When you think of “Swatch,” do you think of neon plastic? Well, that’s only half the story: recently, Swatch has added both class and sophistication to their timepiece lines. One great example is the Windfall, with its 39mm diameter, chronometer subdials and pushers, and legendary Swiss quartz accuracy and reliability. Put this Swatch to work and leave retro behind!

4. From Seashore to Trading Floor: the Orient Automatic Dive Watch

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You may have heard it said that every man should own one terrific dive watch — but what if you’re not a diver? Never fear: this watch will take you a long way, even on dry land. One of many Orient understated dive watches, the Raven, has a fully automatic movement and unidirectional bezel. Add the black ion plating and you’ve got all the suave charm of a “spy” piece at a great price.

5. Choose Your Weapon

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Love the ambience of Samurai steel? Here it is, right on your wrist!  Japanese quartz movement, stainless steel backing, and heavy-duty construction give the Komono Winston Print Bumblebee an ideal combination of elegance, aesthetics, and durability. A breathable fabric band equips it — and you — to feel just as at home with it in the gym as the boardroom.

6. Feeling as Light as Air

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An optical illusion that tells magnificent time, the Skagen Hald Leather Multifunction Watch appears to float just above the wrist…and provide you with a great look at any altitude. With inset faces that allow 24-hour timekeeping in suave blue, gray, or white, this watch supplies priceless elegance for even a tight budget.

7. German Engineering with Great Looks

image04When it comes to myriad machines, large and small, Germans know how to make meticulous detail beautiful; these Braun watches are no exception. You could exhibit the white-face chronograph in an art museum — but we’ll bet you’d rather wear it! Its counterpart, the full-function black-faced chronograph model, has a neat yellow stopwatch hand for sporty contrast. High fashion or high impact…they’ve got you covered.

8. Budget-Friendly Bling

image07Wear this classy Seiko chronograph and smile — your friends need never know how thrifty you’ve been! The multi-layered dial with flight tachymeter is a show-stopper; solar quartz ensures that its faithful timekeeping doesn’t stop, even when normal batteries have long given up the ghost. With a 43mm-diameter stainless steel case, it’s ready for tough duty; with the classic white-stitched leather band, it’s ready for a night on the town…all at a great price that lets you splurge on dessert.

 

  1. The “Boss” of Great Fashion

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In his usual inimitable style, Hugo Boss gives you this white-faced dress watch crafted with simple elegance that bespeaks great taste. Outstanding style details such as slender silver hands, markers, and case bezel pair effortlessly with a croc print leather strap, and Swiss quartz movement makes sure you’re always on time for the next great event — an unbeatable combination from a name known for excellence!

10. Look like a Million without Spending It

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Masculine and sophisticated in any language: that’s Michael Kors’ Jetmaster. A 45mm case makes it large enough to stand out in just the right way, and quartz movement keeps you going without having to stop for batteries. And, if you’re one of those guys who loves to see “how stuff works,” this is the timepiece for you: you can see through the mechanicals from both front and back!

These are just a few of the top choices out there; look around and you’ll find tons of options for just the right timepiece to harmonize with YOUR taste, budget, and “real life.” Happy hunting!

 

 

How To Invest In Vintage Timepieces

Many people don’t purchase a watch, they invest in one. Even if they end up spending a lot on a vintage piece, there’s one thing that they keep in mind and that is appreciation.

Here are some important qualities to look out for when starting your collection and  or you are looking for vintage wrist watches for sale at Kalmarantiques.com.au.

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The Manufacturer

The stamp found on the watch’s dial can affect its importance. Rolex, Patek, Omega, and Vacheron are the most recognized pieces for their high returns in auctions. Smaller manufacturers have also enjoyed heightened interest, but they are occasional exceptions. The high end brands are best the majority of the time, but don’t neglect the smaller brands, you can never predict what they could be worth later on.

Case Metal

When buying a classic sports watch, be it an AP Royal Oak or a Rolex Sub, stay away from two-tone, it’s simply a terrible investment. However, it can also be a good investment when it comes to Vacheron and Patek where there is a rare metal combination.

You Don’t Have to Invest in What Everyone Else Likes

Did you know that the Daytona used to be Rolex’s least popular sports watch? Today, it’s one of the most collected timepieces in the market. How come? During that time, consumers and industry figures liked the other watches better, leaving the Daytona sales to fail. Many years later, it had started getting acknowledgment for its scarcity as well as its one-of-a-kind aesthetics. It was also used by a famous actor and racer, Paul Newman, so that helped its appreciation, too. So you really don’t always have to get what everyone else loves.

Where To Buy

Starting your collection may seem easy at first, but purchasing vintage wrist watches isn’t really a walk in the park. Time and money are essential, as is knowing what you want and finding the top antique jewellery provider from Sydney.

Anyone can go online or walk into a shop and buy a Rolex Date just for £3000. But, what if the watch is only worth half that amount? That’s why auctions can be the way to go. Sotheby’s, Christies, Antiquorum and Bonham’s are some world premier destinations for purchasing and selling antique watches. Prices are usually well below retail and all the pieces are authenticated by renowned experts as well as graded based on their condition.

If you much prefer to purchase your watches for a set price and minus any additional fees, online at Kalmar Antiques is the way to go. Besides getting antique watches from an auction, transacting with highly reputable and respected dealers is also a recommended option.

Looking Ahead

We all know that there are rewards and risks associated with any kind of investment we tend to make. But it’s important to realise the importance of horological knowledge when it comes to investing in vintage wrist watches. Speculation tends to play a major role in buying the “right” watch and one that will yield substantial returns in the future.

Of course, you may have decided to begin a vintage watch collection just because you love the watches. That’s okay, so long as you stick to investing in items you really like!