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Win a Vierra watch!

It’s time again for another contest, ladies and gents! This time we’re giving away a watch of your choice from Vierra Watches. Here are some examples from their awesome unisex collection:

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Entering this time is wicked easy: Use the Rafflecopter widget below to follow @Vierra on Twitter and that’s that! Open to US and Canada, one entry per person. Best of luck, everyone!

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Vierra White Sports Watch

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The story of Vierra watches begins with two college friends, Eric and Jeremy, who live their lives inspired by the phrase, “Time is always ticking, so do what excites you.” The brand that they created was meant to inspire others to live a more adventurous existence and enjoy all that life has to offer. This particular line of watches that Eric and Jeremy started is meant to be the perfect accessory for whatever road you travel.

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The White/Gold Vierra silicone watch is the epitome of both trend and durability. White watches were originally thought to be only for Spring and Summer wear, but in today’s fashion scene they are a color for all year round. The crisp white silicone will give you a contrast to any outfit that you own and be a durable companion on your life’s adventures. The gold-tone bezel and linear numeral markers are simplistic and modern enough to be able to cross over the “completely casual” line to be worn with a dressier look. It also contains a quality Miyota Japanese movement with a low-drain battery and is safe to wear while swimming and surfing.

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Silicone watches have been an ongoing trend and is popular with both women and men alike. The Vierra White/Gold watch is substantial enough in size to be able to be worn by a man, but is not so overwhelming that it cannot be worn by a woman and with the price of $59, a very popular range to be afforded by all. However, if white is not your style, then they also have a black/yellow and black/blue version for the same price.

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Shopping for Luxury Watches from Online Watch Stores

So much of today’s shopping is done online, and there are several reasons, convenience being at the top of the list. Being able to compare items, as well as compare prices are two more big reasons. Since online shopping has become so big, many online watch stores have begun to come into existence, making shopping for luxury watches a little bit easier.

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Luxury Watches vs. Average Watches
Luxury watches are centuries old and have widely become known as a status symbol. The difference between these watches and an average watch are the craftsmanship, materials used, the movement and the style.

These beautiful timepieces are handcrafted. Because of this, the number of watches produced is much lower than that of a regular watch available at an online luxury watch store. This is one of the many things that add to the value of a luxury watch.

The type of movement used by the watch is another indicator of a luxury watch. Jeweled movement uses polished and drilled jewels to keep time. And the more jewels on the mechanism, the more expensive the watch. Automatic, self-winding, watches are powered by the movement of the person wearing it. Quartz movement, the most common type of movement employed by watches in general, but the least common used in luxury watches, mechanical movement, and chronograph movement are also used in these time pieces.
Just like all timepieces, luxury watches come in different styles. Vintage is the most popular because of its classical look. Among more active individuals, diving or sports styles are most often chosen. Limited edition luxury watches are another style available, and usually the most expensive due to its exclusivity.

What really set apart luxury and regular watches are the materials used. While luxury watches are sometimes made of simple stainless steel, most often they are made from more expensive metals, such as gold and sometimes even platinum. They also usually have diamonds or other precious stones, such as rubies or emeralds, in them.

Shopping at an Online Watch Store
Now that the differences between the average watch and a luxury watch are clear, you need to know what to look for in an online watch store. A perfect place to buy luxury watches is Chronostore.com and here’s the reason why.

When shopping online, you should always check for customer feedback and reviews. The Chronostore.com online watch store has their reviews listed right on their website, along with feedback they have received from their sales on both eBay and Amazon. And, it is evident that all customers are very satisfied with their purchases.

Another thing to look for is contact information. Many websites simply give you an email address. An online watch store, which gives you the option to call, write or even chat online with a customer service representative, is going to respond faster than sites that simply give an email address.

You also want to check the brands of luxury watches available when shopping online. A reputable online watch store will carry the most popular brands, such as Rolex, Ulysse Nardin, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Girard-Perregaux. All of these brands, as well as many others, are available at Chronostore.com.

Purchasing a luxury watch is an investment and shopping for one, whether from an online watch store or a local one, should be treated the same as any other expensive purchase. Do your homework, know exactly what you are looking for, set a price range and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

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Spotlight: Patek Philippe Watches

The luxury watchmaker Patek Philippe celebrated 175 years this year. From supplying Queen Victoria’s court to the most expensive watch ever sold at auction, Patek Philippe is one of the most sought after watch and timepiece brands the world has to offer.

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So, Polish watchmaker Anthoni Patek making started watches in 1839 with assistant Franciszek Czapek. They separated in 1844. The same year, at the Paris Exhibition of the Products of Industry, watchmaker Adriene Philippe presented his latest invention, the first keyless winding and setting system that would stand up to industrial production. Until then timepieces had to be wound and set with a separate key, which could be lost or used incorrrectly.

Patek was one of the only other watchmakers interested in this invention, and in 1945 Patek joined with French watchmaker Philippe. After six years of working together, Patek agreed to change the name of the company to Patek Philippe.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were supplied with Patek Philippe watches, including a key wound pendant style watch and a watch suspended from a diamond and enamel brooch.

In the 1920s, the wristwatch became more fashionable, and Patek Philippe produced their first perpetual calendar wristwatch in 1925. It indicates the day, date and month, taking into account the number of days in the month, as well as leap years, it displays the ages and phases of the moon.

Patek Philippe watches and timepieces have recorded some of the highest prices in auctions. The Henry Graves Supercomplication timepiece, for example, is one of the most expensive watches ever sold. In November 2014, it was sold for 23.2 million Swiss francs or $24 million, a new world record for a timepiece sold at auction. Originally, it took three years to design, and five to manufacture and was eventually sold to Henry Graves in 1933 for 60,000 Swiss francs on it, which equals $15,000. It was the most advanced technical watch of its time.

To celebrate 175 years of Patek Philippe, the company have released a range of limited edition commemorative watches. The main piece, the Grandmaster Chime watch, has 20 complications, making it the most complicated Patek Philippe watch they have ever made. They have even invented a couple of new complications: a date repeater that chimes the date on demand, and an alarm that strikes minute repeater style.

From reinventing heritage styles like ladies’ Twenty-4 to limited edition commemorative 175th anniversary watches, the brand continues to produce the world’s most coveted watches today.

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Best Affordable Men’s Watches of 2014

In October 2013, GQ was ahead of the game and released a divulging directory of the Best Watches for Men in 2014, giving the industry’s most anticipated luxury watch brands a timely prologue to their new product stories. Included in the exclusive index were the likes of the Heritage Pilot Chronograph for Alpina’s 130th anniversary (over $4,000), the new Diver Watch by Audemars Piguet (over $25,000), and the striking all-black Fathoms Bathyscaphe by Blancpain (over $11,000).

Key watch trends seen within this hotlist included trending colors such as all black, blue hues and greens, and the use of chronograph faces, nano straps and vintage revivals.

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Whilst these releases were much celebrated at international trade shows such as Baselworld 2014, the hefty price tags don’t articulate as smoothly with the general public. Luckily, The Telegraph released its own, more affordable, much more accessible version of a 2014 Affordable Watches list. Here are some key pieces to look out for in 2014/15…

  1. Braun Chronograph All Black Watch

The slick and stylish Braun All Black Chronograph brings together the contemporary look of the ‘Complete Blackout’ trend, whilst still empowering a sporty and masculine look. It features a leather strap and an on-trend chronograph watch face, as well as being water resistant for the outdoor man. Under $300, it’s an absolute steal. To view this watch and to discover all of its features, visit Watches 2 U.

  1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Danny Watch

This classically stylish watch is available in various finishes, including stainless steel or black/brown leather strap. Retailing at around $200, Marc Jacob fans can have a different watch for every occasion. This watch series is nothing short of a timeless classic; aptly named the “Danny” Watch, this 2014 frontrunner is easily styled and is accessible to men from all walks of life. The Danny series can also be viewed over on the Watches2U website.

3. Casio Digital Bracelet Watch

Vintage revival has been a big trend in the luxury watch industry, with Rolex leading the way in bringing back the famous Pepsi GMT Watch, a design which became an iconic collection piece in the mid 50s. At over $41,000, it’s something that the majority of us can only admire from a distance. For something more affordable, try Casio’s Gold Digital Bracelet watch, which has a fantastic retro look to it (and also listed in the Telegraph’s 2014 list).

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The I.N.O.X Watch by Victorinox: The “Superman” of the Watch World

When it comes to the company Victorinox, you may not realize that they are not only one of the well known luxury watch manufacturers in the industry, but also the original developer of the Swiss Army Knife. That multi-tool, compact knife was a solution to a soldier’s need about one-hundred and thirty years ago. With that legacy, it is not surprising that Victorinox has developed a watch that is the “Superman” of the watch world.

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The I.N.O.X starts out with an impressive list of features like: Being Swiss made; with a 43mm stainless steel case; a quartz movement; a scratch resistant, triple coated, anti-reflective sapphire crystal; luminescent hands and indexes; a date and end of life calendar; water resistance to 200m; and a genuine rubber strap.

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However, Victorinox went well beyond the average watch in that it has been fortified to withstand conditions that would crush the competition. The I.N.O.X. is capable of withstanding a fall from 3 stories, being run over several times by a 64-ton tank, and spending two hours in a washing machine with the temperature of 194 degrees. These were the actual tests that Victorinox put the I.N.O.X. through before its launch on August 27th in NYC.

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The “Superman” features of the I.N.O.X. are what sets it apart, but Victorinox has not forgotten that luxury sports watches also need style. The I.N.O.X.’s band is a textured true rubber and comes in black, olive green, and navy. It has a stainless steel casing that is sleek, with a face that matches the band and number markers are clean and easy to read. Even though the I.N.O.X is categorized as a sporty watch it has a luxury look that will cross over from casual wear to a dressier style with ease.

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A Street Style Guide to Accessories

When it comes to accessories, there are a million different ways to go – however there are a certain few items that you need in order to keep your style looking cool and fresh! Here is your perfect guide to accessories – all year round!

Sunglasses

If you think you don’t need sunglasses, you’re wrong. Doesn’t matter if you’re a girl or guy, old or young, or whether it’s summer or winter – you need a pair of shades! Your sunglasses should reflect your personality; if you’re a girly girl, typical big white sunglasses suit you – if you’re a bit of a hipster, the rounded 70s style will do you some good. Get with it – get a pair of shades!

Scarf

It might sound crazy but it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, you always need a good scarf – or ten! Even in summer, keep a couple of really light material scarves in your wardrobe – a good scarf can take any outfit from drab to fab! And once again, it doesn’t matter if you’re a boy or girl – guys can pull of scarves too.

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Anklets

Anklets are coming back in a big way and you better get on the bandwagon before it’s too late. Unlike in previous years, we’re not talking silver charmed anklets, we’re talking cute ‘boho’ style material anklets! Don’t take it too far though, 20 anklets on the one foot might be a bit of overkill. The key here is to go for simplicity, to spice up that cute beach outfit – or anytime you wear thongs or sandals really!

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Sun Hats

Sun hats are really in right now – it seems like every time you go to the beach or even the park, there are girls every where in hats the size of UFO’s! While it’s good to be sun-safe, sometimes this look can be taken overboard. Solution: Get a sunhat, but an understated one – a hat that’s big enough to still be on trend, but not so big that people will be wondering if you’re harbouring aliens inside your head!

Watches

Watches are practical, useful and always cute. The right watch can really set off an outfit – if you’ve got a top that comes to the elbow, and a dainty bracelet on one wrist, a watch will perfectly finish off your look. The trick with watches is the colour you go for – it sounds silly but it’s just like with any outfit; the colour of the watch needs to go with your skin tone!

There you have it – a street style guide to accessories! Accessories can be so much fun and quite often, you’ll have an outfit that looks unfinished until you add the right watch or scarf! Keep your options open – stock up on all the accessories you’ll ever need and then you’ll never be without! And if you’ve seen an accessory in this list that you don’t have, be sure to head to Universal Store – whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it there!

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