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!

 

 

An Autumn Fashion Wishlist

I have a confession to make, I recently started to bet on the lottery again. After years of not bothering with the UK National Lottery, due to the amount of numbers being increased making the chance of winning even more remote, and then the ever increasing price, I suddenly realised that the slogan was right all along, you do have to be ‘in it to win it.’ So I have started to have a little flutter each week, in the hope that ‘it could be me.’

I no longer bother with the UK lottery however, but instead stick to the Euro Millions, which seems to have bigger jackpots. I also no longer buy an actual ticket, instead taking part through Lottoland which allows you to bet on the results of official drawers. The jackpots and prizes for matching numbers are all the same, but the cost of the actual ticket is just £2, making it 50p cheaper than if it was purchased through a store. Lottoland gives you the opportunity to bet on the results of lotteries and draws all across the world, so you are not just restricted to the UK competitions.

So I’m now playing the Euro Millions lottery every week, and have been building up a virtual shopping list of the fashion items I would spend my money on if I was to land a big money win. With the Christmas collections already in stores and online, this is truly the best time to be developing any sort of wish list, but especially a ‘money is no object one.’ So I’ve been looking at those amazing ‘crisp packet bags from Anya Hindmarch, Jimmy Choo glittering heels, stunning pieces of jewellery that leave no change from £10,000 and personalised perfume from Burberry (is there anything more decadent than your own, personalised scent?).

If money was no object – what would you buy yourself this Autumn?

 ANYA HINDMARCH Crisp packet glitter clutch £1,495.00 Click to visit Selfridges

ANYA HINDMARCH Crisp packet glitter clutch £1,495.00
Click to visit Selfridges

 JIMMY CHOO Romy 100 coarse glitter courts £450.00 Click to visit Selfridges

JIMMY CHOO Romy 100 coarse glitter courts £450.00
Click to visit Selfridges

 ANNOUSHKA Flamenco 18ct white-gold, diamond and Mother of Pearl ring £9,500.00 Click to visit Selfridges

ANNOUSHKA
Flamenco 18ct white-gold, diamond and Mother of Pearl ring
£9,500.00 Click to visit Selfridges

 BURBERRY My Burberry Festive eau de parfum 90ml £92.00 Click to visit Selfridges (Personalisation available)

BURBERRY
My Burberry Festive eau de parfum 90ml
£92.00 Click to visit Selfridges (Personalisation available)

 CHARLOTTE TILBURY World of Legendary Parties advent calendar £150.00 Click to visit Selfridges

CHARLOTTE TILBURY World of Legendary Parties advent calendar
£150.00 Click to visit Selfridges

 VICTORIA BECKHAM Wrapped quilted dress £1,720.00 Click to visit Selfridges

VICTORIA BECKHAM Wrapped quilted dress
£1,720.00 Click to visit Selfridges

 ROLAND MOURET Anerley wool-crepe dress £1,395.00 Click to visit Selfridges

ROLAND MOURET Anerley wool-crepe dress £1,395.00
Click to visit Selfridges

 MAX MARA Funnel-neck wool and cashmere-blend coat £1,270.00 Click to visit Selfridges

MAX MARA
Funnel-neck wool and cashmere-blend coat
£1,270.00
Click to visit Selfridges

 

 

Landon Tyler – Perfect gifts for Christmas

As we reach the end of October, the time has come to start thinking about Christmas gifts. If you are thinking of buying a gift for a couple or a family, a good solution could be a candle or a diffuser set. Landon Tyler is a new brand of home fragrances that includes beautiful scented candles, diffusers and fragrance sets that have the look of a luxury brand, but at a fraction of the cost.  The range has 12 fragrance choices, and comes in very elegant smoked glass bottles that will look beautiful whether they are on display in a living room, bathroom or bedroom.

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Landon Tyler say-

“…ALL 12 FRAGRANCES HAVE BEEN EXCLUSIVELY DEVELOPED USING THE FINEST INGREDIENTS AND FEATURE HIGH DOSAGES OF THEIR SCENTS TO ENSURE THEIR AROMAS FULLY INFUSE ROOMS THROUGHOUT, CREATING MOMENTS AND MEMORIES FOR EVERY SEASON…”

I was recently sent some of the beautiful products from Landon Tyler to test out in my home. The fragrance I chose was Pink Cashmere, as I loved the name of this product, and was sure that this would be a more perfumed fragrance that would be perfect for using in my living room. I received a truly beautiful single filled candle in a smoked glass jar, and a diffuser in a matching jar with a selection of reeds.

Landon Tyler fragrance range

Landon Tyler fragrance range

Pink Cashmere range

Pink Cashmere range

The first thing you notice about the products is the classy packaging. Beautifully boxed, these are ready to gift to someone special – you don’t even need to wrap these up as they already look amazing. The candle is substantial, it feels quite heavy and promises up to 40 hours burning time, a pretty good return when you realise the candle only cost £8. The diffuser is also a great touch, offering the same scent so that you do not lose the smell even when the candle is not burning.

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The Pink Cashmere scent is described as ‘a sensual fine fragrance combining jasmine, amber, patchouli, musk and muguet.’ I found this to be a soft, pretty fragrance, not overly cloying or overpowering, but more like a beautiful perfume. You can instantly smell it when you enter a room, but not in a strong way that would lead you to opening windows, but more like the smell of a beautiful perfume as someone walks past you and leaves a lovely lingering scent. I think this makes it perfect for a living room or bedroom, I don’t think this would be strong enough for kitchen smells.

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Landon Tyler are a really affordable piece of luxury that will look and smell beautiful in any home. You can find the range at Clintons stores nationwide and can also find out more about the range on the website.