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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.
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.
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.
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…
- 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.
- 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).
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.
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.
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.
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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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!
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!
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.
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!
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 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!
As in fashion, jewelry also has its seasonal trends. For Summer 2014, there is a huge movement toward “organic”. This nature inspired trend leads to jewelry that is made out of natural materials, using shapes that are softened and less structural. As you can see with especially men’s jewelry this season, a great amount of mixing of leather and metals is going on. The leather gives jewelry a rugged, natural look, while the metals like silver, brass, and gold give the jewelry life with an earthy glow.
The one place I have in mind that has a selection of men’s jewelry fits right in with the organic trend can be found at the uno de 50 store. One of my favorite pieces is this Aura brown leather and silver bracelet. It has the intertwined strands of dark brown leather to wrap around the wrist and attach to the asymmetrically curved silver bar in the front. The bold toggle clasp balances the front nicely and it gives it strength and dimension. It is a virtual bargain for $99 with the amount of silver alone.
Another men’s jewelry accessory that is great for summer, but also can be season-less, is the Pero Sin Pausa black leather strap watch with the white dial and organically shaped numerals and subdials. The white face contrasts nicely with the richness of the black leather and makes a great backdrop for showcasing the unusually numerals and subdials. It is a little pricey at $349, but it is a fun take on a classic style of watch.
To complete you summer jewelry look from the wrist down, is the Aprietame Uno de 50 silver hexagonal ring for $99. The shape is unusual with the six sides and the slightly concaved sections and will be more of an attention-grabber that your average silver ring. Also, the “screw-like” imprints along the edges and sides give it a nice industrial feel. Notably, some similar but more “feminine” pieces are available in uno’s online woman’s jewelry store.
Last, but not least, if you want to add a little something to your summer look, but are more of a minimalist at heart, then the Comete Un Rosco silver and brown leather necklace with the adjustable neck and the hammered coin medallion for $65 may be just what you are looking for. Its thinner leather necklace can be worn bare-chested at the beach or with a great t-shirt and cargo shorts, http://www.asestilostore.com/2012/05/cargo-shorts-for-men-spring-summer-2012.html. Also, the organically shaped, hammered silver coin medallion makes an interesting conversation piece.
The media is constantly bombarding men and women with very different messages as to their fashion and beauty needs, but the truth is, men and women aren’t really all that different. In fact, the top five fashion and beauty essentials every man should have are surprisingly similar to the top five fashion and beauty essentials every woman should have! A few wardrobe essentials, a great watch, some anti aging moisturizer and a scent you love are really all a man or a woman needs to step out in style.
A simple, crisp white shirt will never go out of style and goes with virtually everything. Men can pair theirs with jeans or dress pants, while women can wear theirs tucked into high waisted skirts, over skinny jeans or even with denim shorts. Dressed up or down, a white shirt or blouse will never fail you and can last for years if well taken care of.
I recently came across an online quiz about taste in watches as I was looking into Crown & Caliber, a company that has modernized consignment of high end watches through the use of technology. I thought that it might be lighthearted and ego-stroking, but actually it was neither! I did learn something though…
First, I took the quiz on buying a brand new watch and had to answer questions like “If you were stranded on a desert island, which watch would you wear?” and “Which watch would you be buried in?” Thinking of myself as a person with fairly good taste, I made my selections on the look of the watch, in respect to what situation they posed. My selections determined that I was a Fatalist, which meant that I didn’t care about anything related to watches and it told me that I should “Perhaps entertain a new hobby like Bridge.” Burn!