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Helpful Tips for Buying a Watch on a Budget

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A luxury watch is exactly what someone needs to stand out and look top-notch in daily life and on special occasions. And you know you need one, which means it’s to jump into the world of high-end horologics and have your own real timepiece. The only thing is that you’re on a budget, which can be tricky. To help you out, we’ve laid out a few tips as your purchase your watch:

 

1. Don’t sacrifice Quality

Make quality your first priority when choosing the right watch to buy. Just because you’re on a low budget doesn’t mean you need to settle for less. Why waste one on a cheap trinket when you deserve a watch that could last a lifetime in both beauty and function?

 

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2.Don’t go for trendy styles

Often you’ll see fashion designer come out with the latest designs for watches at a lower prices. However, you shouldn’t be tempted by the price tag. If you want something to last year to year, a trendy watch isn’t what you need. Soon enough, it’ll go out of style. Always consider more classic watches that have lasting style.

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3. Save up some cash if you need to

When you have the urge to buy a luxury watch right away, waiting for the right time can be hard. Still, it’s better to wait until you have the finances you need in order to purchase a watch you’ll truly love. Rushing may lead you to get something of lower quality. Taking your time to save the money you need will ensure that you get a timepiece that is satisfying and worth your while.

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4. Remember that it’s worth it

These watches aren’t called “luxury” for nothing. Though they carry a hefty price tag, all luxury watches have a reason for their cost. Made meticulously from hundreds of intricate parts, it can take months —if not years— to craft a timepiece from start to finish by hand. They are built to last and designed to show prestige for the wearer. Even when you’re tempted to settle for less, remember why a luxury timepiece is what you need.

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Watch Review: Audemars Piguet Diamond Lady Offshore

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Looking for a watch for the lady in your life can be tricky.

 

But there’s a few luxury timepiece options that you simply cannot go wrong with —one of them being the AP Lady Offshore with a diamond bezel.

 

Stunning, classy, and extravagant, you should really expect nothing less from AP’s Offshore collection. Here’s a few more thing we love about this watch:

 

Materials

With a stainless steel case, glare proof sapphire crystal, and a diamond-set bezel, this watch is not only gorgeous; it’s highly durable. AP famously uses only the finest materials to construct their watches, and they didn’t hold back with this Lady Offshore. And to keep things casual alongside the diamond encrusted bezel, this timepiece sports a black rubber strap to match the screwdown crown and push pieces.

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Design

This watch is designed for a lady of luxury who enjoys an adventurous lifestyle. The signature “Mega Tapisserie” patterned, black face makes this immediately recognized as an Audemars Piguet. It’s beautifully contrasted by white gold Royal Oak luminescent hands. The black rubber accents and stainless steel framing gives this watch an edgy look. Yet the 32 brilliant cut diamonds keep this piece uniquely feminine.

 

Features

  • Selfwinding chronograph
  • date display
  • small seconds window

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CASE: 37 mm. Stainless steel case, glareproofed sapphire crystal, diamond-set bezel, black rubber-clad screw-locked crown and pushpieces

DIAL: Black dial with “Méga Tapisserie” pattern, Arabic numerals with luminescent coating, white gold Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

SETTING: 32 brilliant-cut diamonds; ~1.296 carats (bezel).

BRACELET: Black rubber strap with stainless steel AP folding clasp

Functions: Chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds, date

Total diameter:26.2 mm

Total diameter: 11½ lignes

Type of balance: Annular

Frequency of balance wheel: 3,00 (=21’600 alternances/hour) Hz

Type of balance-spring stud-holder: Mobile stud

Balance-spring type: Flat

Direction of automatic winding: Unidirectional

Type of oscillating weight: Monobloc in 18-carat gold

Number of jewels: 37

Power reserve: 40 h

Number of parts: 304

Water resistance: 50 meters

SPECIFICITIES

  • Integrated Chronograph movement
  • Column wheel Chronograph mechanism

 

Think this is the perfect watch for you or your lady? Contact us today to get this AP Lady Offshore at info@timepieceperfection.com.

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Tips for Choosing a Diving Watch

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Dive watches are equipped with specialized features to withstand an adventurous life at sea.

 

The funny thing is, most dive watches don’t get much action in the ocean. Instead, they bought and sold as collector’s pieces. Or they’re worn on a wrist, seeing only an office instead of an ocean view. In fact, the only time they get a splash is in the rain or the shower.

 

So if you’re looking for a dive watch that you’ll give some real action, you’ve come to the right place. True diving watches are in a league of their own when it comes to luxury.

 

What makes a Diving Watch a Diving Watch?

According to the ISO 6425 Diver’s Watch Standards, every diving watch must meet a set of specific standards. They must possess certain features and pass tests to prove that they and thrive in a depth of at least 330 meters.

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What Should I Look for in a Diving Watch?

Every diving watch has these features:

 

  1. A screw-down crown to keep water from water from entering the timepiece
  2. Constructed from water resistant materials to withstand water damage, corrosion, and rusting.
  3. A rotating bezel that keeps track of the time spent under water during a diving session.
  4. A strong crystal face to ensure resistance to high amounts of pressure.
  5. A luminescent coating for numerals and dial for readability in dark lighting under water.

(you can learn more about these watch terms that are explained in our article.)

 

What Kind of Dive Watch Should I Get?

 

Honestly, it all comes down to preference. Here’s a few types of watches that we recommend considering:

 

Analog Dive Watch

At Timepiece Perfection, we always recommend wearing an analog watch over a digital display —especially for diving. It usually have at least three hands to display the time and a unidirectional bezel that’s crucial for divers.

 

Automatic

For those who appreciate the craftsmanship of a true luxury watch, an automatic movement is the way to go. It’s a self-winding watch that never needs a battery replacement. The mainspring keeps the watch wound due to your natural movements when worn on a daily basis, which comes in handy for diving.

 

Chronograph

A chronograph diving watch will usually have 2 to 4 smaller dials set in the watch face as extra features beyond timekeeping. The most important feature is a stopwatch inset to time different events while diving.

 

Ready to get your own diving watch? Check out our extensive collection at Timepiece Perfection!

 

4 Reasons Why You Should Always Wear a Luxury Watch

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Though some would argue that the necessity of a timepiece is fading away, we say differently. There is something about an artisan watch that is timeless, classic, and undeniably desirable. To convince you  further, here’s a few more reason why you should always be wearing a high-class watch:
 

1. Symbol of Success

When you have a luxury timepiece on your wrist, you are making a statement about yourself for everyone to see. Now, prestige may not be the most important reason to own a watch, but it’s definitely the most compelling. If you’re a man who wears a fine suit to parties and events, then you need a high-class timepiece to complete your outfit. It makes you stand out amongst the crowd, and people who appreciate craftsmanship take notice.

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2. Shows you Have Taste

Having a stunning luxury watch — like this Zenith, for example — shows that you have fine taste. Believe or not, your timepiece says a lot about you. When you strive to present yourself with confidence and a sense of style, you don’t buy a $20 watch. Instead, you invest in a timepiece that has high-performance, quality craftsmanship, and impressive design.

3. Classier than a Phone

It’s as simple as this: an Iphone doesn’t add a thing to your look. Plus, a phone uncomfortably bulks up your pant pocket. If you’re a gentleman, you need to keep time like a gentleman — with a luxury timepiece. Being able to check the time with a simple look to your wrist keeps you composed, collected, and cool in any and every situation.

4. Perfect for Sports and Parties

The best part about wearing a luxury sports watch is that you can literally wear it all the time — for both the party and the adventure afterwards. Because high-quality, brand name watches are crafted by some of the most skilled watchmakers in the world,they are designed and built to endure even the toughest conditions. That way, you can always look like a man of luxury, whether you’re dressed to impress or diving into an ocean with this Jaeger Lecoultre diving chronograph.

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Obviously, the necessity of owning a luxury timepiece isn’t going away. In fact, it’s growing due to both the investment returns and sentimental value of a priceless timepiece. Sure, anyone can buy a cheap watch. Only those who have taste and an appreciation for the craftsmanship behind the complications and designs of name brand timepieces will wear them, but everyone will take notice.

 

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A Simple Guide to Watch Straps

 

A luxury watch is defined not only by its timepiece but also the bracelet that carries it.

As timepieces evolved from high class pocket watches to state-of-the-art wristwatches, the strap became the key element that impacted and advanced horological history. Due to the need for convenient and crucial timekeeping for military men during World War I, wristwatches have since then evolved into the modern sports watch.

 

So, a watch strap has become a completely indispensable yet often overlooked accessory.

 

To help you find the perfect strap for you timepiece, here’s a simple guide describing the best wristwatch straps:

 

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Leather

Leather straps are known for being comfortable, durable, and beautiful wrist straps. But it’s important to make sure that you get quality for quantity — cheap, poorly tanned leather will fade with daily wear and exposure to the elements. On the other hand (or wrist, I should say), high quality leather will actually soften and age beautifully over time.
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Leather comes in a variety of styles and skins. All the way from cowhide to crocodile skin, you can find a texture and tone to suit your style. For example, going with Chopard’s classic black leather strap and timepiece is perfect for both casual and formal wear.


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Rubber

Rubber straps are perfect for those who live an active lifestyle. Great for diving and extreme sports, the material is durable, and long lasting under the toughest elements. Plus, of all the watch straps on the markets, rubber tends to be the most comfortable.

 

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When thinking about rubber wristwatch straps, casual wear and sports attire may come to mind. But there’s actually a lot of high-performance luxury sports watches that have sports watch durability with looks and designs fit for formal wear. Just take a look at the Ulysse Nardin Chronograph. With such a sleek design, it’s obvious that it should be worn for more than just diving, don’t you think?

 

 

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Metal

A metal strap is the most luxurious and most expensive option for high-end watch straps. Generally, the bracelet is formed in stainless steel or other precious metal links that clamp together with a secure, adjustable clasp. Because they are durable, nonabsorbent, and comfortable, metal bracelet straps are the most popular option for luxury watches today.

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As sports watches, metal straps are highly resistant to just about any element. Still, they have a high end look that gives any outfit a touch of class. The latest trend has watch straps using mixed metals as an artistic feature, like this stunning Omega.

 

When choosing a strap for your luxury timepiece, you need to find something that best suits your style and performance needs. Check out more tips for buying the perfect watch and read more watch reviews to help you decide.

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6 Reasons Why You Need to Invest in a Luxury Timepiece

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What is it exactly that makes people willing to spend thousands of hard-earned dollars on a luxury watch? If you find yourself torn between the cost of a name brand timepiece and the desire to own one, here are 6 reasons that explain why it’s worth the investment:

1. Unique Innovation

Luxury timepiece manufacturers like IWC and Hublot are dedicated and competitive when it comes to creating the unique, intricate, and innovative designs and movements for a watch. Mainstream brands may be more affordable, but you have to consider what you’re paying for. The process it takes to create luxury brand watches is backed by time and money, whereas cookie-cutter designs are flawed and cheaply made.

 

2. Reliable Timekeeping

If you’re investing $10,000 into a watch, you’ll want it to be reliable, accurate, and long lasting. Instead of buying a cheap watch every 5 years, you can invest in a top-level luxury timepiece that only needs a small tune up every few years. Buying a brand name watch means that you’re giving yourself a timepiece that is durable and precise in its functions.

 

3. Long-term Investment

On top of being functional throughout the lifetime of the buyer, high quality watches are investments that retain value over time. Timepieces that are composed of precious metals have a much higher resale value than those made of plated alloys and plastics. In fact, brand name vintage watches tend to increase in value as the years go on thanks to watch collectors.

 

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4. Quality Craftsmanship

Crafting a high-quality, luxury timepiece can take 10 months or even a couple of years before it’s complete. These highly-skilled, artisan watchmakers like Patek Philippe use top quality materials and painstaking precision craftsmanship to create each individual luxury watch. A brand name timepiece manufacturer has high standards that ensure every watch keeps time reliably and functions flawlessly throughout its lifetime. Though that makes the price of a luxury timepiece higher than a standard mass-produced watch, the quality of the craftsmanship is worth the investment.

 

5. Show Prestige

A luxury timepiece is a display of confidence and prestige for the wearer. It shows that the owner has style sense and an appreciation for high quality craftwork. Found on the wrists of the most powerful people on the planet, the luxury timepiece is identified with people who are strong and successful. A high quality watch is bold enough to draw the attention of those who appreciate it’s quality, yet subtle enough that it isn’t showy or an overstatement of your wealth.

 

6. Sentimental Inheritance

A luxury timepiece is more than just a monetary investment — it’s a sentimental heirloom that can be given from parent to child for generations. A personal, brand name watch leaves a meaningful and comforting impression of yourself to your family after you leave, and that kind of impact is something that a monetary sum could never do. Investing in a timepiece today means that you’re starting a tradition that will continue to be something that you, your children, and your grandchildren treasure for generations to come.


So, are you ready to buy the most important accessory you’ll ever own? Do some research on the brands and styles you like and consider investing in a luxury timepiece here.

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Build Your Watch Collection: Royal Oak Offshore by Audemars Piguet


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The Royal Oak Offshore Timepiece Collection was born through Audemars Piguet’s desire to destroy the barriers between luxury and sport watches. This collection of meticulously crafted timepieces has both exceptional aesthetic quality and high-end functionality, making it essential to completing the ultimate watch collection.

Materials:

Royal Oak Offshore timepieces found in the Audemars Piguet collection have cases that are made out of high quality materials such as titanium, platinum, stainless steel, gold, and other precious metals.

One of the newest and most innovative materials found in this particular collection is forged carbon. The Audemars Piguet craftsmen were the first watchmakers to make a significant investment in forged carbon steel. After looking into the forging method employed in aeronautics, the company modified the technique to create a light, aesthetically pleasing material. Head of the Audemars Piguet forged carbon department, Yves Leuba, explains that the process they use makes each watch unique because the carbon fibers evolve and are distributed randomly throughout the mold.

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Design:

Featuring their signature hexagonal design bezel, the Royal Oak Offshore collection by Audemars Piguet is characterized by dramatic proportions and high-tech components and materials that are obvious in the elemental design features. This watch is crowned by its unique “Mega Tapisserie” motif.

The model shown here features black sub-dials rimmed with a thin, rose-gold border. The “waffle” textured face displays 4 functional apertures with each window displaying the a magnified date, 30 minute counter, 12 hour counter, and the small seconds sub-dial. The lightweight, high quality materials and distinctive design make a watch from this collection both functional as a sports watch but still praised as a luxury timepiece.

Various Features:

Chronograph

  • Since 1875, Audemars Piguet has been crafting watches featuring the chronograph. Used to time the duration of events, this featured complication is what makes this luxury watch go beyond its demand and adds to its functionality as a sports watch.

Perpetual Calendar

  • The intricate, perpetual calendars display the date, day, month, moon phases, and leap years.

Tourbillon

  • These watches have a visual splendor that draws attention to the tourbillon, which is displayed on the front of the face so that it is visible when looking at one’s watch. These models are the finest display of luxury found in the Royal Oaks Offshore Collection.

Grand Complication

  • The timepiece from the Royal Oak Offshore Collection has virile design with powerful features and generous lines. It houses a rare complication called a minute repeater mechanism, which serves to chime on the hours, quarter, and minutes on demand.

Self Winding

  • Each timepiece in the Royal Oak Offshore Collections is self winding so that you get the most out of your luxury watch.

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Specs:

  • Clasp: Deployment
  • Movement: Automatic Chronograph
  • Display: Charcoal tapestry dial with solid black sub-dials.
  • Rose gold hands with luminous fill.
  • Rubber clad bezel, crown & chronograph push-pieces.
  • Large luminous Arabic Numeral Hour Markers.
  • Tachymeter scale on inner bezel ring.
  • AP caliber 2326/2840 beats at 28,800 vph
  • Number of parts: 335
  • Power Reserve: 40+ hours.

Build your watch collection by finding your Royal Oak Offshore timepiece by Audemars Piguet here.

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