August 14, 2015
by Kenny Yeo
Headlining this time’s round-up is an article that answers a question that we get asked very often: “What watch should I buy?” In an attempt to answer this question, Ariel has compiled a list of 10 watches that he loves and thinks can be recommended to anyone.
In addition to this, we visit the home of a collector whose collection can be best described as stupendous. Apart from checking out his collection of extremely rare and beautiful watches, we also find out the story of how he got into watch collecting, what drives him and how he decides which watches to collect.
To round things off, we take a look at the global watch phenomenon that is Daniel Wellington. In a short span of just a few years, Daniel Wellington is now a $200 million business, and they sold over a million watches in the past year. Find out what gave birth to the brand and how they did it.
1. 10 Watches Recommended For Anyone According To Ariel Adams
As watch journalists, a question that we are often asked by other friends is what watch should I buy. It is a tricky and difficult question to answer because, even budget aside, a watch is a very personal object and the purchasing decision should belong to the wearer alone. However, let it not be said that we at aBlogtoWatch do not try. Here is a list of 10 watches that our Editor-in-Chief, Ariel, thinks can be recommended to everyone and anyone.
2. 18k Gold Apple Watch Edition In The Real World & Its Predecessors
Before the Apple Watch was finally announced, there were rumors that Apple’s first smartwatch would come in a gold case, which would also mean that it could cost upwards of thousands of dollars. Now that we know that the rumors were spot on, how does the gold Apple Watch Edition fare in the real world? And how would hardcore Swiss luxury watch folks view it? But more than that, we also take a look back at the the gold Apple Watch Edition’s spiritual predecessors – earlier digital and quartz watches that were also offered in gold.
3. Squale 50 Atmos Ocean Blasted 1521-026 Diver’s Watch Review
Revived in 2010, Squale’s history actually goes all the way back to the late 40s, where they specialized in making watch cases for brands like Heuer, Blancpain, and DOXA. Today, the brand makes dive watches exclusively, and with affordability being one of their key tenets. To prove the point, here is a detailed look at the Squale 50 Atmos Ocean Blasted 1521-026 watch. Water resistant to 500 meters and powered by a Swiss ETA 2824 movement, the watch also features a highly faceted and uniquely designed case known as the “von Buren” case that lets it stand out amongst other dive watches at this keenly contested price point.
4. What Makes The Watch Collector Tick
Watches. You either get it or you don’t. I guess the same can be said for all collectors, whether they be collecting cars, stamps, coins or action figurines. But this being a watch blog, we are all about watches, and this post is the story of a prominent collector and the wonderful and astonishing watches in his collection. Some examples include the last piece (#35) of George Daniels’ 35th Anniversary watch, Thomas Prescher’s Single Axis Tourbillon, and many more. Of course, the story behind the watches and of his journey in watch collecting is just as interesting as the watches themselves. Well worth a read to remind ourselves why we got into watches in the first place.
5. Chopard L.U.C Quattro Watch Review
Mention Chopard, and readers will probably think of their Superfast or maybe their Happy Diamonds collections. While it is true that these two collections are arguably the most iconic from the brand, Chopard’s high-end L.U.C collection deserves considerable praise and mention too. To begin, all watches from the L.U.C collection feature in-house designed movements that are chronometer certified. These watches are also assembled, finished, and tested to the highest standard, and many meet the criteria for either the “Poinçon de Genève” or the Fleurier Quality Foundation. And from the L.U.C. collection, here is a review of the L.U.C Quattro, a watch that boasts a power reserve of 216 hours, or 9 days.
6. Vacheron Constantin Harmony Dual Time Watch Hands-On
Vacheron Constantin has been relatively quiet for the past couple of years. As part of the Richemont stable, the brand seems keen to sit back while A. Lange & Söhne, another high-end brand from Richemont, soaks up the limelight and accolades. This year, however, Vacheron Constantin seemed to have stirred back to life. At SIHH earlier this year, they launched their all new Harmony collection to mark the manufacture’s 260th anniversary. One of my favorite pieces from this new collection is the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Dual Time, a superbly classy yet functional dual time watch.