Q1. Hello Gonzo! The reason I write to you is simple. Christmas is near and besides the other couple of gifts I’ve got for my grandson (who is about to enter his corporate, professional life), I am looking for a watch that will make him very proud wearing it now and in the coming days.
Watch gifting basics Not every watch gifted needs to be the Breguet No. 160 Grand Complication from the Swedish count Axel von Fersen the Younger to Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France (wife of Louis XVI). Or – the Ladies Oyster Datejust from John Meyer to Jessica Simpson! Only to remember while gifting a nice watch is the other
Among the least understood of all synthetic materials used in making watches, ceramics and porcelain are perhaps discussed about the least. Not just expensive brands like Rolex, Omega, IWC or Hublot have opted for it; ceramics are opted by affordable luxury brands too! Earlier, we held a brief discussion on ceramics as watch materials but
Soviet watches are not collector’s items in general but frankly, that’s part of their charm. It’s the Russian watch under discussion which, despite their list of tech specs making them look like many-an-other sub-$1000 dive watches, they feel much more unique. Were Russians successful in making watches? Or are they, now? Success – as it
“Since when did logic invade the realms of luxury; may I ask you back?” Disclaimer It’s not an attempt in evading the very question hurled; it’s rather an attempt to draw a parameter around which, an answer to an equation we perhaps could attempt finding out for a clear answer at the end. For, why
Back to where we parted Three days back, we spoke about the movements that find way into the Hamilton watches (here, have a quick look at our earlier discussion to catch up); now, it’s time we focus upon the other aspects of the Hamilton watches that the world thinks to be their bests! We start
Hamilton: An account of excellence There’s no denial that a lot among us bought a Hamilton as our first nice – even real – watch and as the days passed, many got hooked onto the brand and started procuring every model that appealed to them. Sure, such collectors argue, appreciate and discriminate one model from
Invicta: Regeneration Invicta wasn’t a name very popular among high-end-horology-hobbyists who almost always had frowned upon Pro-Diver; which, ironically, is the largest range from Invicta. They were Submariner-influenced; in reality, there was too much of it present in them and to collectors preferring purely European (Swiss, German, French, English, Czech Republic, some Italian and Russian),
Grand Seiko, undoubtedly, stands as the most accurate watches from Seiko, either mechanical or quartz or Spring Drive. Unfortunately, most think Citizen maxes out with their GPS watches or the Campanola; they probably haven’t yet heard about the very impressive Citizen Caliber 0100. It’s the world’s most accurate, self-contained, quartz movement. One might well argue
Forewords SevenFriday, from Zurich and founded by a watch industry veteran, has become popular in just a few years. They are a uniquely positioned Swiss watch brand offering large and unique mechanical timepieces at a price few do. And still, those others; don’t break the norms like SevenFriday does. They have created their own market
Linking passions together From past references, it’s very much evident that both similarities and influences from the automobile industry are noticed aplenty among watch designs. Often, the same materials also adorn a watch and this pairing – we hope sincerely – shall be endless. Both sides of the industry are passionate about keeping up the
Luxury, ideally, shouldn’t let you consider economies. At times, therefore; luxury is wasteful. Luxury is also different for different immediate surroundings; luxury depends upon what role you play. The world of wasteful luxury has its various imitations whereas sensible luxury doesn’t! It is a very interesting realm! There are many more options to it than
An expensive automatic is not always a GREAT automatic. Gonzo tells us why. Like most of other readers who drop in here every now and then, I too enjoy and I’m glad that I have been well educated, often, by the information they provide from time to time, in forms of both queries and contradictions.
This can’t be answered in binary. For affordability, here, doesn’t cut down their value for money. Let’s start with the similarities these affordable watches share. The common points All are quality products, providing excellent values. They all use in-house movements or stock movements manufactured by renowned movement manufacturers. E.g. ETA from the Swatch Group supplying
A watch might be about its entire package, still, some hold the aesthetics most important while others probe deep inside, to every component that makes it work. A watch with its own movement is always held in high regards. With a proper dress-up, things come alive virtually without any effort. An automatic that endured Citizen