The Aesthetic Appeal of Moon Phase Watches

Moon-phase watches are among the most popular luxury watches. A moon-phase watch displays the phases of the moon on its dial. You get more than just the time of day when you wear one of these stylish pieces that bring back memories of yesteryear when watches were the height of fashion and elegance.

A moon phase watch is a watch that will display the actual “moon phases”. So it will tell you when the moon is new or full and all the phases in between. This is usually a feature in higher end watches. Yes, the moon-phase is a complication that I find totally useless, from a practical standpoint. However, from an aesthetic standpoint, it is also one of the nicest complications a wristwatch can have, in my humble opinion. The main reason that a person will have a moon phase watch is for show. It makes an interesting feature on a watch, and may be seen as a mark of an expensive or elaborate time piece.

Most of the luxury watch moonphase complications feature either a “bosom” moonphase (so named for the shape of its aperture) or a radial moonphase with indicator hand. When the last crescent sliver of the waning moon disappears from view, the first sliver of the waxing moon is preparing to emerge from the opposite side of the window. Among watches featuring a moonphase display, the bosom style is most common. “Radial” moonphase displays feature a conventional hand that traces the roughly 29.5 full lunar cycle. Due to the inverse relationship of moon age in the northern and southern hemispheres, the radial moonphase easily can be configured with a double-sized hand that indicates the phase and age of the moon in both hemispheres.

The beautiful display of the moon phase cycle will differ in various best replica watches uk. Often times we see the moon phase display in bright and vibrant colors, adding bursts of color to the dial of the timepiece, but not always. Some Swiss watch brands take a more subtle approach, with the moon phase indicator blending in with the dial color. Today, Moon phase complications are considered more of an aesthetic choice than a complication of intrinsic utility, and watch brands are getting more and more creative at replacing the classic yellow gold moon set against a starry blue night sky with colourful, lively renditions of our satellite.

Watch Case Materials Explained:  Titanium vs. Stainless Steel Watches

When you go to buy a watch, you have many choices in designs, styles, and materials to choose from. Watch lovers today have more case materials than ever to choose from, next we will focus on two very common materials that watches are made of.

Most best replica watches are manufactured with stainless steel, though there is a growing movement toward titanium, particularly in sports-style watches marketed for wear in the water. We will be looking at the pros and cons of titanium vs stainless steel watches, so you can choose which material best suits your needs.

Titanium is about 30 percent stronger than steel but weighs about half as much. It’s a silver-gray material that is excavated from sand deposits and igneous rocks. Titanium is used in NASA space and aircraft construction as well as in jewelry. Titanium doesn’t corrode or rust. Titanium watches are booming in the market right now, especially for higher end watches. This is because they have proven to be a cheaper option than traditionally used higher end materials such as gold or platinum. However, titanium is still has a higher market value than stainless steel, making it slightly more expensive. Stainless steel is also used as a cheaper substitute though, since it is affordable and can imitate the look of platinum for those who don’t have or don’t want to spend the money on a more expensive watch.

The obvious distinction between titanium and stainless steel is that stainless steel-cased watches are heavier than titanium watches. So Stainless steel gives you a heavy wear and titanium offers a lighter wear. It is important to note that stainless steel can have traces of nickel in it while titanium doesn’t, so if you have an allergy to nickel, you should probably consider a titanium watch.

Although titanium watches are more durable than stainless steel watches, they can crack under extreme abuse or pressure. Stainless steel cases can be repaired and any scratches to the casing can be buffed out easily. Titanium cases cannot be repaired at all, and it is difficult to buff out scratches. Titanium is hypoallergenic. Stainless steel can be uncomfortable to wear if the skin perspires. Additionally, if there is any future desire to plate the casing in gold, the task can be performed with stainless steel, but not with titanium.

Watches Are Never Go Out Of Style

Phones don’t keep you punctual. Watches do. A wrist watch is the most convenient way to tell the time. A watch is and will be a necessity, something men and women put on their wrists every morning and took off only at night before bed. A quick glance towards your wrist is the most classy way to keep your time during a date or a meeting. It is rude to your companions if you pulled out your phone during a conversation. No matter where you are- like the beach, a funeral, a wedding, a watch is a much more subtle and convenient way to check time.

A watch is the only accessory that a man can truly wear every day.  You can build a collection, swap them out for different outfits, change straps to suit the occasion, and find one that’s perfectly suited to you and your lifestyle. Few things say more about a man than his watch. Its character, look and style can give others a peek into a man’s background without having to ask a single question. That is why purchasing a watch is such an important decision.

A good watch can add dimension to any clothing item you own and gives your work attire instant sophistication. With your nice wristwatch, people are going to understand that you yourself respect time so much so that you want to read with a so nice timepiece. There are some very nice watches that aren’t inconspicuous or easily ignored, for example, Rolex replica watches UK are the kinds of watches that will catch everyone’s attention.

Most of us, we buy and choose certain watches to wear for a reason. And most of these reasons are more complicated than“I like it”. It could be practical. It could be emotional. We all have our reasons. If you are an active person you will choose to wear a sports watch. If you are a unique person you will find a unique watch that fits your personality. If you are a person who enjoys diving, you will opt for a diving watch. If you want more functions from a watch, you will choose a complicated watch- called a complication. No matter which reasons you choose a watch, you always can find a good watch which is suitable for you. Watches are functional and never go out of style.

Hermès Cape Cod Watches

Hermès Cape Cod Watches


Hermès Cape Cod Watches Watch Releases


Since the introduction of its first in-house mechanical movements in 2012, French luxury goods manufacturer Hermès has progressively moved to improve upon some of their most established designs while serving up interesting new products. For Baselworld 2017, which is much closer than you think, the brand is introducing a new line of four Hermès Cape Cod watches for men featuring an assortment of dial and strap combinations that deliver a variety of visual updates to choose from. While the Cape Cod design has endured for over 25 years, these new models offer a chance to explore some of these visual updates, while briefly considering where high fashion brands like Hermès fall within the watchmaking spectrum.


Hermès Cape Cod Watches Watch Releases


While the debate over fashion house legitimacy in the world of horology rages on, pieces like the Hermès Slim D’Hermès Quantième Perpétuel Platine demonstrate the brand can easily hold its own. When taking a look at the most recent in-house Hermès Cape Cod TGM models, I also can’t help but compare it to another fashion-centric favorite of mine – the Cartier Tank. Still, the new Hermès Cape Cod watches for men bring something a little more youthful and creative to the mix with their “square inside a rectangle” designs and the kind of versatility that centers around some of the best straps and leatherwork in the business.


Hermès Cape Cod Watches Watch Releases


The flagship model of the collection is the Hermès Cape Cod TGM Manufacture. It features a mechanical self-winding movement, and it’s also the most visually conservative out of the bunch. The Hermès H1912 is an in-house 28-jewel automatic caliber that operates at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz), offers 50 hours of power reserve, and delivers a simple time-only display with a date. There’s a range of finishing that Hermès carries out and this includes circular graining and snail patterns on the mainplate along with the brand’s signature “H” engravings on the bridges and the rotor.

It’s a thin movement coming in at just 3.7mm thick and 23.9mm in diameter, and it’s fitting for a watch of this size. Like some of the other movements used in Hermès watches, it was developed by movement supplier Vaucher, which is 25% owned by Hermes and 75% owned by the Sandoz family (who own Parmigiani). On the other hand, the Hermès Cape Cod TGM Bicolore, Hermès Cape Cod TGM Cadran laque, and Hermès Cape Cod TGM Bracelet de force models all feature basic Swiss-made quartz movements in place of the in-house mechanical caliber.


Hermès Cape Cod Watches Watch Releases


All of the Hermès Cape Cod models feature rectangular stainless steel cases that measure 33mm in diameter. Dial options are plentiful and the Hermès Cape Cod TGM Manufacture is available in blue, black, anthracite, or opaline silvered configurations. Carrying on with its minimal theme, the layout delivers a clean look with rhodium-coated hands, a textured center seconds display, and playful rhodium-coated Arabic numerals that are raised and portray a design that isn’t typical with most watches in this genre. While it’s true that the Hermès Cape Cod TGM Manufacture is the most mechanically interesting in the group, the quartz models bring their own unique flavor to the mix. The Cape Cod TGM Cadran laque, for example, offers a beautifully lacquered dial option (cadran laqué = “lacquered dial” in French) in two graded shades of brown and deep red.


Hermès Cape Cod Watches Watch Releases


The sportiest of the quartz versions is definitely the Hermès Cape Cod TGM Bracelet de force. Like the TGM Manufacture, it features an opaline silvered dial but it comes on a more aggressive and burly bund strap that’s chock full of the meticulous saddle stitching Hermès is known for. This detailed approach to leatherwork is also present in the Hermès Cape Cod TGM Bicolore, which features a two-tone smooth calfskin strap combining “Malta blue” with “Hermès red” or “étoupe.”


Hermès Cape Cod Watches Watch Releases


While it can be difficult to move past the deeply rooted discrimination against fashion brands, the latest efforts from Hermès are indicative of a company that is truly pursuing advancements in their own watchmaking story. In 2012, the brand even purchased Natéber S.A., a Swiss dial maker and a large stake in case maker Joseph Erard. These Hermès Cape Cod models offer everything from casual variety to elegant in-house manufacturing thanks to the TGM Manufacture version. Although pricing for the quartz models varies between $3,175-$4,000 depending on strap and dial options, all dial variants of the Hermès Cape Cod TGM Manufacture retail for $6,200 when paired with the alligator leather strap, but the opaline silvered dial version with natural Barenia calf leather is an exception, priced at $5,950. hermes.com

Blancpain Tribute To Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec Watch

Blancpain Tribute To Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec Watch


Blancpain Tribute To Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec Watch Watch Releases


With Blancpain’s handsome Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe spending the last few release cycles in the limelight, it was only time that the brand’s original combat diver get its due. This year, for Baselworld 2017, Blancpain is paying tribute to the Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec 1 Watch, the original UDT-issued dive watch specially designed with a working “watertightness,” or humidity, indicator directly on the dial.


Blancpain Tribute To Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec Watch Watch Releases


Due to their hard service life, surviving vintage examples of issued Mil-Spec Blancpain divers are extremely rare, and thus highly coveted amongst vintage collectors. It should thus come as no surprise that Blancpain revisit this interesting series of watches from time to time, especially with the vintage craze (still) seemingly at an all-time high. And while we have yet to see the iconic “Tornek-Rayville” TR-900 pulled from the archives, it’s indeed been a hot minute since Blancpain has paid tribute to a Mil-Spec – all the way back to 2010, to be specific, when we were presented with the limited “No Radiation” edition.

However, this mid-century Blancpain Mil-Spec 1 with the watertightness indicator predates both those examples and is the earliest combat-issued diver from Blancpain when it was introduced in 1957. As a pioneer in pressure-sealing and dive timing through the acrylic unidirectional bezel, the Blancpain Mil-Spec watches would later serve as a reference point for dive watch development, ultimately paving the way for many other significant innovations through the brand’s relationship with the United States Navy.


Blancpain Tribute To Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec Watch Watch Releases


One such innovation on the original Blancpain Mil-Spec (a signature that would later become a standard feature for many military-issued watches) that has been faithfully re-created on the Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec is the fully-functional humidity indicator at 6:00. Just like the vintage version, in the event of moisture ingress, the upper half-circle of the indicator changes from white to orange, thereby matching the lower half and letting the wearer know the watch had been compromised. Granted, dive watches used to be much more susceptible to fogging or outright flooding – and even though the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms was considered a leader in watertightness at the time, the indicator was still a handy barometer for displaying the overall health of the watch’s seals. Now, the odds of this indicator ever seeing action on a fully modern, 300-meter resistant dive watch seems pretty unlikely, but it’s still great to see Blancpain staying true to a key feature on the original.


Blancpain Tribute To Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec Watch Watch Releases


Blancpain has wisely opted to spec this Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec with a 40mm case and the brand’s in-house manufactured Caliber 1150 – an ultra-slim, twin-barreled automatic movement with a four-day power reserve, and a silicon hairspring which grants superior anti-shock and anti-magnetic advantages. It’s an interesting choice, particularly because other Blancpain Fifty Fathoms and Bathyscaphe variants have traditionally used the larger 1315 with its 120-hour reserve, but given the real estate restrictions of the smaller case, it does make perfect sense – the 1150 is, after all, the same movement selected for the recently announced 38mm Blancpain Bathyscaphe Oceans Commitment. Size notwithstanding, the movement and its beautiful platinum alloy-coated gold rotor are still visible through the exhibition caseback – a far cry from the purpose-built utilitarian roots of the watch it’s paying tribute to, but the 1150 is too nice of a movement to not show off whenever possible.

The Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec watch will be limited to 500 pieces, and will be sold on either a NATO strap, rubber-backed sailcloth as pictured, or Blancplain’s stainless steel bracelet. The price starts at $14,100. blancpain.com