Designer Watches – the Timeless Gift
make an excellent gift for a wide variety of occasions. One of the reasons
is that other than a wedding
a timepiece is one of the few pieces of jewelry that a man will actually
wear on a regular basis, because it’s not only an adornment, it’s a
practical tool as well. Fortunately, there is a virtually endless and even
mind-boggling variety of designer watches from which to choose.
Selecting the Right
So you’re either a woman looking for the perfect gift for the man in your
life or a man considering choosing one of the many men’s watches on the
market as a gift to a friend, relative, valued employee, etc. You’re
looking at diamond watches and other luxury timepieces, but are clueless
as to just which one to choose. This is an area in which it pays to know
the recipient – what sort of person he is, his personality, likes and
dislikes, interests, hobbies and such.
The “Man’s Man”
For example, a man who enjoys outdoors activities such as mountain
climbing, off-road motorcycling, scuba diving or hang gliding would
appreciate a timepiece such as a dive watch or “navy” watch. These kinds
are exceptionally rugged and designed to
stand up to hard use and extreme conditions. Similarly, “sports watches” –
designed for the athlete – are constructed to endure some measure of
abuse. The difference is that navy watches generally have additional
features and thus tend to be more expensive.
of dive and sports watches include:
• National Geographic
Different Types of Timepieces.
When choosing a
watch, you want to know how to choose one that will last for a long, long
time. However, before making the choice, you should know what makes a
watch tick…no pun intended. The basic timepieces fall under the headings
of mechanical, quartz, automatic and Swiss quartz technology. At this
point, you may be wondering if it’s the accuracy of a watch that has
anything to do with its value. In truth, expensive, collectible watches
are more valuable based on their workmanship and appeal rather than on
their timekeeping abilities. That isn’t to say that a good watch won’t
keep good time, but in general, mechanical movement watches are less
accurate than reasonably priced quartz watches. Generally speaking, the
accuracy of a watch has little to do with its value. Those who have a
passion for watches know that the skill and design that goes into the
production of a watch is what sets it apart.
Mechanical, Quartz or Automatic
To help you
appreciate the beauty of luxury watches as both a fashion statement as
well as the movements used, there are many different types of watches to
consider before choosing the one right for you. Fine watches are usually
created around older mechanical technology and have existed for centuries.
These types of watches last for decades and never need a battery. Usually,
the more mechanical a watch, the more it is going to be worth. In today’s
market, the choices for luxury watches fall under the category of
Chronograph, Quartz, Mechanical, Automatic, Jewel Movement and Perpetual
Calendar. Quartz technology has gained in popularity over the years as it
keeps time efficiently. The way quartz technology works, is that it passes
a constant electric current through a quartz crystal and vibrates at a
steady frequency. Swiss Quartz movements are the most accurate and
reliable timepieces and have the greatest advantage when it comes to
costs. The chronograph watch breaks down time into hours, minutes and
seconds and is often used in competitive sporting activities. Other
watches in this category offer moon phases and calendars complete with
dates and years. (cont.)
The majority of
watches that cost less than $1,000.00 usually use quartz movements, but
the most sought after watches are automatic watches. Automatic watches are
mechanical, but driven by human movement. They work so well that if cared
for properly, automatic watches will last for generations to come.
What Gives a Watch Value?
timekeeping tasks a watch provides and the more complex the degree of
engineering that goes into the watch, the more value there is to the
watch. When you consider that some luxury watches sell for thousands upon
thousands of dollars, and can often cost more than a car, it’s obvious
that their expense is because of the level of complication. The degree of
complication is what gives a watch its greatest value. Since luxury
watches are created from in-depth science and mathematics, complicated
mechanisms are what make a quality timepiece so valuable.
How To Choose The Right Watch.
Before making a
purchase of a luxury watch, it’s best to consider how it’s going to be
used. Is it going to be an every day watch, a dress watch, or a high
activity watch? If you’re planning on using your luxury watch during a
scuba diving excursion, naturally, you would want a watch that will hold
up well under water. Of, if you’re going to be using your watch every day
for work, than you want a watch that fits your day-to-day lifestyle. And
of course, if you want the watch for dressy occasions, than you’ll pick
one that has a unique style. In other words, if you’re seeking a casual
every day watch, choose one that’s going to feel comfortable on the wrist.
If the watch you’re choosing is for a more formal appearance, than
consider a diamond or gemstone watch, as it will go well with the attire
for a special occasion. If your desire is for a watch used for a
heavy-duty activity such as diving or skiing, you want a watch that is
sturdy and has high water resistance making it more durable.
Getting Ready to Shop for a Luxury
As you prepare
to shop for that special new luxury watch, ask yourself a few general
questions that will lead you in the right direction. When do you plan to
wear the watch? Will you be wearing it for active sports, dressy affairs
or for work? And how much do you want to spend? All these questions will
help you in making the right decision for your needs. Remember though,
whatever luxury watch you select, you will be choosing something that will
be with you for a long time to come. So, while there are many watches on
the market and many of them very inexpensive, a luxury watch is just that:
a luxury watch. Luxury equates with opulence, which means a luxury watch
is going to command a higher price.
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