Louis-Francois Cartier's eponymous brand, founded over 160 years ago in Paris, is, today, a global luxury phenomenon and trusted purveyor of the good life. Discerning consumers have come to trust Cartier for style and quality and Cartier is able and willing to serve them in all facets of the good life: eyewear, writing instruments, photo frames, wedding gifts and fragrances. Within this impressive product portfolio, one could be forgiven for losing sight of Cartier's twin pillars of strength: watchmaking and jewellery design. Some watch collectors tend to overlook Cartier in favor of brands that focus exclusively on watchmaking. Such a dismissive attitude is a serious mistake, as Cartier has been pioneer in the field of watchmaking. It was Cartier that first helped to popularize the wristwatch in the early 20th century and the brand went from strength-to-strength, conceiving signature timepieces with timeless design and cutting-edge technology. As a result, the secondary market for Cartier watches, both mens and ladies, is very robust.
If you are ever in a tough or even life-threatening position – for example, stranded in the midst of the wilderness the desert or at sea – your life could very well be saved by a Breitling Emergency watch, provided it is strapped to your wrist.
This innovative watch is more than just your average timepiece. The Swiss-designed wristwatch is also a satellite distress signal which, in the original model, put out a 121.5MHz analog signal frequency which could be picked up by emergency services within 100 miles of the person in distress and could be broadcast for up to 24 hours until the watch’s battery failed. Famous most recently for saving a stranded Alaskan hunter who was fighting for his life in the remote heart of the Alaska Range, the Breitling Emergency watch, first brought on to the market in 1995, has since been reinvented to make it even more effective.
Is Cartier the first name that comes to mind when you think about dive watch brands? Prior to the 2014 edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) watch fair, the answer would almost certainly be no. While Cartier's high-end watchmaking division has been making big waves over the past five years, the brand is still best known for its exquisite high-end jewellery and iconic fashion watches. Often underappreciated by watch afficionados, Cartier has traditionally focused on leading the market in design while sourcing its movements form third parties. For this reason, secondhand Cartier mens watches offer excellent value relative to other brands like Rolex and Breitling. That is surely set to change, however, as Cartier now has a strong research and development division and many of their recently-unveiled watches have drawn praise (and awards) from the watchmaking community as well as the usual fashionistas. On the occassion of SIHH 2014, Cartier has unveiled a true game-changer - their first real dive watch, which has been outfitted with a high end manufacture movement!
Breitling is back at it again, recently unveiling a new model featuring the brand's signature carbon-treated case. Although the term 'Blacksteel' is nowhere to be found in the model name, the Avenger Military's case has been blackened using Breitling's high quality carbon treatment. Breitling definitely deserves its hard-earned reputation as a producer of high quality and rugged wristwatches, as they successfully blend fashion with performance and durability. While Breitling is best-known for its ties to aviation, Breitling has many fans in the military too! Soldiers and security contractors have been known to wear Breitling timepieces on tour, and the Super Avenger Military Limited Series has been introduced to celebrate these ties.
Although they have been manufacturing top drawer time pieces since 1875, Audemars Piguet is the youngest member of the 'ultimate Swiss watch triumvirate', which also includes Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. While Rolex is the most widely-known luxury watch brand, it was Audemars Piguet who created the market for ultra-luxury stainless steel sports watches with the Royal Oak. The Royal Oak, a classic Gerald Genta design, was introduced to the market in 1973. Featuring a high grade movement, crisp lines and a bold bezel, the Royal Oak has enjoyed legendary status for the past forty years. Today the Royal Oak is available in many flavours, the most popular of which is the rugged Royal Oak Offshore. The Royal Oak Offshore is beloved by celebrities, sports icons and discerning watch collectors.
With no retailers in my neck of the woods (Canada), having the opportunity to check out the Maîtres du Temps collection in-person is a rare treat. My eyes were drawn to the collection’s lone sporty timepiece, the Chapter Two TCR. Read on for my on-the-wrist impressions.Read more...
In this article, we compare the modern iterations of two iconic watches that tie into the world of motorsports: the Rolex Daytona Cosmograph and the Omega Speedmaster Professional. By virtue of their excellent reputations and strong mainstream brand awareness, Rolex and Omega are natural sparring partners. Although both Rolex and Omega offer dress watches, their reputations are tied to their sport watches. In The Ticking Truth's battle of dive watches, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean narrowly outpointed the Rolex Submariner. That outcome will have no bearing on this competitive match-up, which concerns a different breed of sports watch. As before, we will evaluate both watches on a number of carefully-considered objective and subjective criteria. Read on for the verdict!Read more...
In the Wrist Notes series, we‚Äôll search the lands far and wide for interesting new watch models that are available for sale and we‚Äôll provide you with our initial on-the-wrist impressions. Today we'll look at the F.P. Journe Chronom√®tre Optimum in 18k rose gold. This particular piece is currently available for sale at the Miami F.P. Journe Boutique, which is located on the 2nd floor of the Bal Harbour Shops.
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