With some vintage watches fetching incredible prices at auctions, there’s a lot of talk about watches as a form of investment. Generally speaking, we would say seeing watches as a financial “investment” is a bad idea. This is not to say that there aren’t patterns associated with watches that end up being collector’s items. That said, looking at recent trends, we can safely say that there are some pretty good guidelines to spotting future collectibles and we will be sharing them in this round-up.
Next, we’ll take a look at the trend of black or blacked-out watches, and also learn more about the various processes, finishes and materials that watch brands use to achieve the all-black look.
Finally, we’ll take a look at a couple of new watches, including the Breitling Avenger Hurricane, Ulysses Nardin FreakWing Artemis Racing Edition, and one of the watches that I have been most eagerly looking forward to all year, the limited-edition Seiko Prospex Padi “Turtle” watch.
1. Top 10 Watch Alternatives To The Rolex Submariner
If there’s someone keeping score, the Rolex Submariner could very well be among the most popular luxury watches in the world. It has a lot going for it, so it’s not hard to see why. It’s a great watch with classic looks, everyday usability, and it’s made impeccably. Furthermore, it’s a Rolex – and that counts for a lot to some people. But before you run out to your nearest Rolex dealer, or if you already own one and like the genre but are looking for something else, here are some other watches to consider alongside the Rolex Submariner.
2. How To Spot Future Collectible Watches
Generally speaking, watches are like cars, they are usually lousy investments. There are some watches that do buck this trend and appreciate in value, but that’s really rare. It takes a real expert or someone who’s extremely lucky, to be able to tell which watches will and which won’t. That said, there are some trends that we have noticed about watches that have gained in value and have turned into collectibles, and we have presented them here.
3. Breitling Avenger Hurricane Watch Hands-On
I like watches that you either love or hate. Divisive watches are, in my opinion, usually more interesting and cool. And one of the most divisive watch brands is Breitling. Breitling watches are unabashedly big, bold, and brash, and one of their boldest watches yet is the new Avenger Hurricane. It’s 50mm large and features a new proprietary carbon polymer that Breitling calls “Breitlight.” Alongside the unique material, it also features Breitling’s own in-house caliber B12 movement, and one of its special features is that it displays time in the less commonly seen 24-hour format. If you want to stand out and be different, this watch can help you do so.
4. Sinn Dual Strap System Allows Apple Watch & Sinn Watch On The Same Wrist
Swiss watch brands must take smartwatches seriously or they run the risk of looking way too out of touch. For some brands like TAG Heuer, that means creating their own smartwatch to compete against the likes of the Apple Watch and the Moto 360. For some other brands, like Sinn, that means coming up with accessories that will complement smartwatches, and we have one fine example here. The Sinn Dual Strap System does exactly what it says, it’s a strap that will allow owners to wear their Sinn watch and their Apple Watch at the same time. Nifty or silly? Read to find out.
5. Ulysse Nardin FreakWing Artemis Racing Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
There have been numerous limited-edition versions of Ulysses Nardin’s Freak watches in the past, and I don’t blame them – as far as contemporary horological icons go, it’s hard to beat the Freak for technical prowess and sheer all-around visual drama. The latest limited-edition Freak watch is the FreakWing Artemis Racing, a collaboration between Ulysses Nardin and the Artemis Racing sailing team. It’s unique because the minute hand/movement features a design inspired by the mainsail of Artemis Racing’s sailboats. If you are into sail racing, then this watch could be right up your alley.
6. Snyper One Watch Review
Watch lovers are spoilt for choice these days when it comes to sports watches. You have your usual suspects from the likes of Rolex, Omega, IWC, and Panerai; and if you really want to get funky, there’s a myriad of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshores and Hublot Big Bangs to choose from. Another watch to consider would be the Snyper One. Like the Royal Oak Offshore and Big Bang, the Snyper One is big and brash. But it has got an extra thing going for it, and that is its attachable modules. See the thing sticking out from the side? Find out what it does by hitting the link below.
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