Spring Trends: Top Luxury Watches to Wear this Season

As the weather warms up, it’s natural for us to trade in heavy coats and bulky boots for lighter jackets and brighter shoes. However, there’s another wardrobe staple that could benefit from switching as the seasons change—the wristwatch. From Rolex to Breitling and Cartier to Omega, here are some of our favorite luxury watches for both him and her to wear for spring.

 

Rolex Explorer II 16570

While the white dial version of the Rolex Explorer 16570 is nicknamed the “Polar,” its crisp face is perfect for the spring season. This particular version is an older generation of the Explorer II—produced from 1989 until 2011—so it sports a slightly smaller 40mm case rather than the current Explorer II’s 42mm case.

Along with the white dial, there’s the full stainless steel case, bezel, and bracelet, which all come together in an appealing monochromatic sporty style. The steel bezel is engraved with large numerals to be used in conjunction with the red 24-hour hand on the dial to indicate a second time zone. Coupled with the two time zones, there’s also the familiar date window at 3 o’clock on the dial, magnified by the Cyclops lens on the sapphire crystal. Depending on the production date, the Explorer ref. 16750 runs on either the Caliber 3185 or the Caliber 3186—both automatic movements, of course.

Pair your spring outfits with the Explorer II 16570 “Polar” for some much-needed freshness.

Breitling Avenger II Seawolf A17331

Say goodbye to the dark days of winter and welcome spring by sporting some sunshine on your wrist with the yellow dial Breitling Avenger II Seawolf ref. A17331. The bright watch face is encased in a large 45mm stainless steel case and for additional flair, the dial also includes flashes of red accents.

Furthermore, the Breitling Avenger II Seawolf A17331 also features a date window at 3 o’clock for added practicality and plenty of luminescent details for clear legibility in low light. Plus, as a super-diver model, the watch’s impressive water resistance to 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) can certainly withstand some springtime showers! The automatic Caliber Breitling 17 offers a 40-hour power reserve and like all Breitling watches, it is COSC-certified.

A robust dive watch with plenty of presence, step into spring with the vibrant yellow Breitling Avenger II Seawolf in hand.

Omega Seamaster 300M Chronometer 2255.80.00

The wave pattern on the electric blue dial of the Omega Seamaster 300M Chronometer 2255.80.00 signals plenty of sunny days ahead. If you’ve booked a well-deserved spring break with some plans for some fun in the sun, this is the ideal companion to have on your wrist.

 

A solid Omega dive watch, the Seamaster 300M Chronometer has all the functionality you’d expect from a watch built to explore marine environments. From its stainless steel construction to its 300-meter (1,000 feet) water resistance to its helium escape valve to its unidirectional rotating dive bezel to its highly luminescent dial, this is the Omega you want for water-based adventures. Moreover, the automatic Omega 1120 Caliber provides a practical 44-hour of power reserve.

Cartier Ballon Bleu W69010Z4

Although the Ballon Bleu is one of Cartier’s newest watch collections, it’s already established itself as a modern classic. This particular Cartier Ballon Bleu ref. W69010Z4 is just what a ladies’ springtime wardrobe needs. Seductively curvy thanks to its round convex shape and ideally sized at 28mm, this is one watch that’s easy to wear. Even Kate Middleton wears one!

 

This modern Cartier ladies’ watch flaunts all the traditional design hallmarks of the French Maison, including the black Roman numerals on the fresh white dial, the bright blue stone on the winding crown, and the blue sword-shaped hands. Furthermore, the quartz caliber means that the watch will keep running on or off the wrist.

 

The Ballon Bleu ref. W69010Z4’s stainless steel case and bracelet is a top choice for a contemporary everyday luxury ladies’ watch.

 

 

Omega Constellation Mini 1465.71.00

It may be discreet in size at just 22.5mm but the Omega Constellation Mini ref. 1465.71.00 shines bright with its diamond-set bezel. With its integrated bracelet and four griffes (claws) on the case, the Omega Constellation watch is immediately recognizable.

The clean white dial offers just the right amount of space for the center hands and faceted hour markers. A time-only watch that runs on a quartz caliber, the Omega Constellation Mini has everything you need and nothing you don’t.

Part precious jewelry and part wristwatch, the Omega Constellation Mini is a delicious piece of arm candy to sport during spring days.

 

As you refresh your wardrobe for the season, don’t forget your watch box. Browse our collection of fine timepieces to find the right watch to wear this spring and beyond.

 

Watch Hunt: Top 5 Breitling Watches to Own Right Now

A watch brand that needs no introduction, Breitling produces some of the best aviation-inspired chronograph watches out there. Founded in 1884, Breitling has grown from a company that produced aviation instruments for aircrafts and professional grade watches for pilots to one of the leading luxury watch manufactures today.

 

Known for their sporty, technical, and masculine timepieces, Swiss made Breitling watches offer superb design backed by mechanical mastery. A favorite among pilots, military personnel, and watch enthusiasts, the appeal of a Breitling watch is broad. Plus, Breitling watches are often found on the wrist of celebrities. John Travolta, Brad Pitt, Usher, David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jerry Seinfield, Justin Timberlake, Idris Elba, and Gordon Ramsay are just a few of the celebs that we’ve spotted wearing a Breitling watch.

 

Today we take a closer look at some of our favorite men’s models from the brand. Join us as we delve into the top 5 Breitling watches to own right now.

 

1. Breitling Cockpit Chrono A13358

 

Produced in the early 2000s, the Breitling Cockpit Chrono model bridges the gap between a technical chronograph watch and an everyday elegant sports watch. With a restrained 39mm stainless steel case paired with a tasteful brown leather strap, this Breitling Cockpit Chrono ref. A13358 watch can easily transition from relaxed office wear to active weekend gear.

 

The engine under the hood of the Cockpit Chrono ref. A13358 is the Breitling Caliber 13 automatic movement with 42 hours of power reserve. This mechanism furnishes the watch with time, date, and chronograph functionality, all beautifully laid out on the balanced dial. There’s the trio of subdials at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock that sits alongside silver Roman numerals and a date window at 3 o’clock.

 

The bronze hue of the dial matches the brown strap handsomely, while the oversized onion-style winding crown and four rider tabs on the bezel are famous Breitling design hallmarks.

 

2. Breitling Chronomat A13050.1

 

As Breitling’s flagship model, the Chronomat is, in fact, one of the brand’s top-selling and longest-running collections. This particular version, the Breitling Chronomat ref. A13050.1, dates to the late 1990s and features everything you would want from a high-end chronograph.

The 40mm stainless steel case is topped with a steel unidirectional rotating bezel marked to 60 units via the characteristic rider tabs. What sets this particular Chronomat apart from other versions is its brushed steel finish rather than the more common polished steel finish. Breitling dubbed this look “stealth mode.”

 

The sleek black dial sets the stage for the three registers positioned at 6/9/12 o’clock, along with the date window at 3 o’clock. There are also the oversized Arabic numerals and tachymeter scale running around the dial, completing the dynamic face of this Breitling chronograph.

 

To emphasize the sporty appeal of the Breitling Chronomat ref. A13050.1, the watch is outfitted with a steel link bracelet. Powering the model is the reliable COSC-certified Caliber 13 automatic movement.

 

3. Breitling Chrono Avenger E13360

 

A robust instrument, the Breitling Chrono Avenger ref. E13360 was built to withstand extreme environments and extensive use. While the Chrono Avenger sports a generous 44mm case, the watch is still lightweight thanks to the use of titanium for both the case and the bracelet.

The black dial includes the familiar chronograph layout with the trio of registers at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock, in addition to the date at 3 o’clock. The dial also offers plenty of lume to ensure optimal visibility in low light. Driving this heavy-duty Breitling chronograph is the ever-dependable Caliber 13 automatic movement.

 

If you’re looking for a luxurious yet tough chronograph, then the Breitling Chrono Avenger is right up your alley.

 

4. Breitling SuperOcean Heritage II A13320

 

Along with pilot watches, Breitling also builds fantastic dive watches. Take for instance the Breitling SuperOcean Heritage II ref. A13320 diver’s watch. This stainless steel model boasts a hefty 46mm case furnished with a blue unidirectional diver’s bezel. As its name suggests, the SuperOcean Heritage II is a subtle tribute to vintage Breitling dive watches from the late 1950s.

While the watch may draw design inspiration from Breitling watches of yesteryear—such as the retro steel mesh bracelet similar to the original design—this expansive chronograph is built with modern expectations in mind. From its 200-meter water resistance to its chronometer certified Caliber 13 automatic movement to its scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protecting the dial, the SuperOcean Heritage II ref. A13320 is perfectly at home on the modern man’s wrist.

 

The color combination on this particular Breitling SuperOcean Heritage II ref. A13320 is especially appealing with the white dial, steel construction, and blue bezel.

 

5. Breitling Navitimer AB0127

 

No top five Breitling watches list would be complete without the famous Navitimer watch! Breitling debuted the Navitimer watch in 1952, equipped with a circular aviation slide rule to allow pilots to compute complex calculations while in flight. Since then, the Breitling Navitimer has remained a favorite chronograph watch among professional pilots and the general population. Characterized by a highly technical dial, the Navitimer is one of Breitling’s most recognizable timepieces.

The Breitling Navitimer ref. AB0127 is a modern iteration of the legendary pilot’s chronograph. It dons a 46mm stainless steel case, black dial, and contrasting silver registers. Unlike the other chronograph models listed above, the subdials on the Navitimer are positioned in the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock layout. There’s also a date window discreetly tucked away in between 4 and 5 o’clock.

 

At the heart of the Navitimer ref. AB0127 chronograph is the in-house Breitling 01 Manufacture automatic chronograph movement with an impressive 70 hours of power reserve Underlining the sporty elegance of the Navitimer watch is the classic black leather strap.

 

Iconic in both design and technical skill, the Navitimer is most certainly one of the best Breitling watches to own right now.

 

 

 

Whether you’re on the hunt for a vintage inspired chronograph, a sleek modern chronograph, or a legendary chronograph flaunting plenty of history, Breitling is the master of luxury chronograph watches.

March Watch of the Month: Rolex Submariner No-Date 14060

There are your standard popular luxury watches and then there’s the Rolex Submariner—a watch that is truly in a league of its own. Born in the 1950s as a tool watch for scuba divers to take with them underwater, the Rolex Submariner has long since graduated to the ultimate status sports watch.

While there are endless options to choose from within the Rolex Submariner collection, from gold to steel to two-tone to bejeweled to ceramic models, we love the simplicity of the stainless steel Rolex Submariner No-Date watch. Join us as we highlight our March Watch of the Month, the classic Rolex Submariner No-Date ref. 14060.

 

The Design of the Rolex Submariner No-Date 14060

Introduced in the 1990s and no longer in production, the stainless steel Rolex Submariner ref. 14060 is one of the last classically styled Submariner watches that sport an aluminum bezel rather than the new style Cerachrom ceramic bezel. As a dive watch, that bezel, marked to 60 units, is, of course, unidirectional rather than bidirectional. This is to prevent divers from overestimating how long they’ve been in the water for. If the watch gets knocked, the bezel will only turn in one direction to add more minutes rather than reduce them.

Furthermore, to withstand underwater exploration, the Rolex Submariner ref. 14060 is water resistant to 300 meters (1,000 feet) thanks to the Oyster case construction, screw-down winding crown, and fluted caseback. Like all modern Rolex Submariner, the Sub ref. 14060 has a 40mm case.

Housed within the case is the familiar black Submariner dial with lume plots and luminescent Mercedes-style hands. These details allow for clear legibility even in the murkiest of waters. Another thing you’ll notice on the Submariner ref. 14060 is the lack of a date window, hence its Submariner No-Date label.

Finally, rounding out the look of the Submariner No-Date ref. 14060 is its matching stainless steel Oyster bracelet. This particular model has hollow center and end links on the bracelet rather than solid ones, which makes it more lightweight than its modern counterparts. Again, keeping with dive watch functionality, there’s an extension mechanism in the clasp that allows to wearer to extend the bracelet to fit it over a dive suit.

 

The Appeal of the Rolex Submariner No-Date 14060

Fans of the Submariner No Date ref. 14060 love the watch for its fantastic symmetric. The absence of the ubiquitous dial window at 3 o’clock and accompanying Cyclops lens on the crystal allows for a beautifully balanced and uncluttered dial. Remember, when the Rolex Submariner first made its debut in 1953, it did not have a date window. So a no-date Submariner is more like the original Sub than ones with a date window.

Moreover, the Submariner ref. 14060 is a bridge between vintage Submariners and the ultra-modern ones. It boasts contemporary features such as a sapphire crystal and a 300-meter water resistance, yet it maintains the more traditional case shape and smaller details on the dial compared to the new “super case” and “maxi dial” of the latest Submariner watches.

Plus, if you look at the sides of the case, you’ll notice lug holes—something that today’s Rolex watches don’t have. This means that it’s easy to switch out the steel Oyster bracelet for different straps. The Submariner ref. 14060 looks great on a leather strap or NATO-style nylon strap. One awesome sports watch, endless ways to wear it.

Another big attraction of the Submariner No-Date 14060 is its price point. Coming in as one of the most affordable Submariner watches, the ref. 14060 can be picked up for less than $6,000 in the secondary market.

 

Submariner No-Date 14060 vs. 14060M vs. 14060M COSC

As with all things Rolex, it’s all about the small details. When Rolex first introduced the ref. 14060 in 1990, it came equipped with the Caliber 3000 automatic movement. Then in 1999, Rolex furnished the no date Submariner with the Caliber 3135 automatic movement, thus the 14060M was born where “M” stands for “modified.” Yet, the style of the watch remained the same.

However, around 2007, the no date Submariner took a drastic design change when Rolex sought COSC-approval for the watch. The Submariner ref. 14060M COSC is notably different from its two older siblings since it includes the “SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED” text on the dial. So the Submariner No Date went from a two-liner Submariner to a four-liner Submariner. The Sub ref. 14060M COSC was discontinued to make way for the new Submariner ref. 114060 in 2012.

 

The Last Classic Submariner

If like us you appreciate traditional Submariner design, then you’ll love the Submariner ref. 14060. With its minimal dial, lightweight bracelet, lug holes, and aluminum bezel, this is the last generation of the classic Submariner.

Watch Care: 5 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Rolex

It’s no secret that owning a Rolex watch is not an inexpensive endeavor. And once you’ve spent the thousands of dollars it costs to own one, you’ll naturally want to take good care of it so you can enjoy it for years.

On the one hand, these are not delicate timepieces (for the most part) to be hidden away in a safe. Rolex watches are built to dive deep into oceans, climb to the highest mountaintops, speed through the fastest races, and fly across continents. So it’s safe to say they can withstand the daily knocks of desk diving, shuttling the kids to school, and vacationing in the Caribbean. However, a little extra care will keep your Rolex watch in tiptop shape. If properly tended to, your future grandkid can happily wear it once you’re long gone. Read on for our recommendations on how to extend the life of your Rolex watch.

 

1. Wearing Your Rolex

While Rolex watches are famous for their durability and robustness it’s inevitable that your Rolex will gain scratches and dings during wear. In fact, some many Rolex enthusiasts are proud of these scratches since they illustrate a life well lived!

However, damage to the bezel and sapphire crystal will cost you should you need to replace them. Older Rolex watches come with acrylic crystals protecting the dial and older Rolex sports models have aluminum bezels. Conversely, newer Rolex watches have sapphire crystals and the sports watches typically have ceramic bezels. Note that on Rolex watches, sapphire and ceramic is much more expensive to replace than acrylic and aluminum.

It’s vital to ensure that the winding crown is screwed down into the case when you wear your Rolex. This will help keep water, dust, and dirt out of your watch. And don’t forget about the screw-down pushers on the Rolex Daytona too.

Since the majority of Rolex watches run on automatic movements, wearing it literally brings your Rolex watch to life! As long as you wear your Rolex, it’ll continue to run. If you do however store it away for a while, you’ll need to hand-wind by turning your (unscrewed) winding crown a few times it to get the movement going again.

 

2. Storing Your Rolex

When you’re not wearing your Rolex, it’s a good idea to store it properly. If your Rolex came with a box, that’s a great place to put it away. Alternatively, a watch box with multiple watches works well too. Just make sure that they’re not piled on top of each other because this will most certainly cause some unwanted scratches!

When stashed away, keep your Rolex out of direct sunlight and away from moisture. Think cool dark place—like a safe. Also, it’s better to have your Rolex stored far from electronics to avoid exposing the movement to magnetic fields. You may also consider investing in a watch winder to keep your Rolex watch running even when it’s off your wrist.

 

3. Cleaning Your Rolex

Depending on how often you wear your Rolex watch, keep it fresh with regular cleaning. For instance, if you wear it every day, we would recommend a weekly wash. Not only will built-up dirt and grime dull the look of your Rolex, it can also cause bracelet stretching over time.

To clean a full metal Rolex watch, simply wash it using warm water and a mild soap (Dr. Bonner’s Castile Soap is a great choice). You can also use a soft brush to clean harder-to-reach areas, particularly around the lugs and in between bracelet links. Once you’ve washed off all the soap, dry your Rolex watch with a soft cloth and you’re ready to go.

Remember these are water-resistant watches so water is completely fine—but again, make sure the winding crown is screwed in properly!

 

4. Up Keeping your Rolex

If the scratches on your Rolex bracelet, case, and crystal are bothering you and it’s still a while until your next servicing, there are some ways to remove scratches at home.

While there are some Rolex wearers who are adamantly against at-home techniques for restoring the look of a Rolex watch, others are completely fine with using store-bought products and simple methods. There are plenty of products including polishing pastes, clothes, and solutions out there to get the job done at home—just find the one that suits you best if you’re up for it.

 

5. Servicing Your Rolex

Every couple of years, it’s advisable to send your Rolex in for a service. Some people prefer having an official Rolex service center do the job while others have a relationship with an independent watchmaker they trust. When deciding on which route to take, consider the costs, value, length of time, and dependability of each party.

A full service means that your Rolex will be cleaned, polished, and buffed to look as new as possible. Damaged parts—such as the crystal, bezel, crown, or dial—may be replaced if needed. On the inside, the movement will be removed, disassembled, checked for performance, lubricated for friction, and parts will be replaced as necessary. Lastly, the gasket will be replaced and the watch will also be pressure proofed for water resistance.

There is a caveat to this however. For vintage Rolex models, collectors typically like to have as many original parts as possible on their timepiece, in addition to unpolished condition. Rolex will replace parts, machine polish, and bring the watch up to modern standards as much as possible when servicing. So if this is not what you want for your Rolex, then do not send it in for servicing.

Did you know that Phigora provides watch repair and maintenance services? Email customerservice@phigora.com to inquire and learn more about this new service!

If you notice any condensation on your Rolex dial underneath the crystal, have it looked at by a certified watchmaker as soon as possible. Water may have gotten into your watch and without immediate attention, it may cause expensive damage to your Rolex.

With a little bit of care, consideration, and maintenance, your Rolex watch will be your trusty companion for a long time to come. But never be scared to wear your watch for fear of damaging it or get too bent out of shape about little scratches—sport your lived-in Rolex watch with pride!

Trend Watch: The Oscars & Luxury Watches

March is here, which means that Hollywood is gearing up for the biggest and most glamorous night in the industry—the Oscars! Slated to take place this Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the iconic Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel will host the Academy Awards for his second consecutive year.

Before we tune into the 90th edition of the Academy Awards, we take a look back at the watches that made an appearance in this year’s Oscar-nominated films or on the wrists of Oscar-nominees. Have a walk down our red carpet.

 

Daniel Kaluuya and IWC

Nominated in the Best Actor category for his work in the film Get Out, British actor Daniel Kaluuya has had a busy award season leading up to the Oscars—not to mention all the attention he’s currently receiving his role in the blockbuster Marvel movie, Black Panther. He just recently nabbed the BAFTA Rising Star Award, which acknowledges new talents in the acting industry, voted on by the public.

Daniel Kaluuya wears an IWC Portofino Chronograph. To get a similar look, here’s a IWC GST Chronograph.
On the red carpet at the BAFTA awards, the 29-year-old Daniel Kaluuya was spotted wearing an elegant IWC Portofino Chronograph to match his dapper Burberry suit. Rather than opting to wear the chronograph on a more traditional leather strap, Daniel Kaluuya chose to wear his IWC on a striking steel Milanese bracelet, which suits him perfectly.

 

Meryl Streep and Cartier

It wouldn’t be an Oscars night without Meryl Streep up for yet another Best Actress award! This time, the prolific actress is nominated for her portrayal of Katharine Graham in The Post. In the movie, we see the Kay Graham, the publisher of The Washington Post, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper don a yellow gold Cartier watch.

In The Post, Meryl Streep’s character wears a yellow gold Cartier with a Panthere bracelet
What’s interesting about this particular yellow gold square woman’s Cartier watch is that it’s equipped with the famous brick-lay Panthere bracelet. Yet, the Panthere watch only came out in the 1980s while the movie is set in the 1970s.

 

Molly’s Game and Piaget

Nominated for an award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Molly’s Game tells the story of Molly Bloom’s underground poker empire for celebs, wealthy athletes, and business magnates and her eventual downfall at the hands of the FBI.

Jessica Chastain’s character in Molly’s Game wear a rose gold Piaget watch. Get a similar look with this piece.
Jessica Chastain plays Molly in the movie and in real life the actress has served as a Piaget ambassador for years. Perhaps Jessica Chastain’s partnership with Piaget carried over into the movie since Molly wears a rose gold Piaget Traditional watch with a diamond bezel and diamond indexes, along with matching Piaget bracelets on screen.

 

Dunkirk and Omega

One of the most compelling movies of the year and rightly nominated for a Best Movie Oscar, Dunkirk recounts the harrowing evacuation of Allied soldiers during World War II. In the movie, Tom Hardy stars as Farrier, an RAF fighter pilot providing aerial support during the military operation. When Farrier’s plane fuel gauge breaks, the pilot has to rely on his wristwatch to keep track of how much time he has until he runs out of fuel. The watch is, in fact, an Omega CK2129—the same model the Swiss watch company supplied to the RAF during the war.

Off the camera, Tom Hardy often wears an Omega Planet Ocean
Off camera, Tom Hardy is often photographed with an Omega Planet Ocean, Rolex Submariner, or Rolex Explorer II Polar” on his wrist.

 

While we’re excited to see who will win Oscars at the 90th Academy Awards, as watch enthusiasts, we’ll also be keeping a close eye on the red carpet to spot what kind of watches all the A-list celebrities, mega movie stars, and Hollywood personalities will be wearing.