Designer Watch – How to Choose One
While you can obtain the time from a variety of sources, including the ubiquitous cellphone, lots of people still enjoy wearing a wristwatch. There are many reasons for that, including styling, function and convenience. While anything that will accurately tell the time will do, many consumers enjoy buying designer watches, made by famous manufacturers. Some are famous for their timepieces, and others are well known because of their styling, perhaps even in another area of fashion. When you make the decision to buy a designer watch, you need to consider a variety of criteria before you make your purchase. After all, you want to make sure that the timepiece you purchase suits you in terms of function, style, and most of all, price. By deciding ahead of time what sort of designer watch will be best for you, the process of actually shopping and making the purchase will be a lot easier for you.
Designer Watch Brands
The term “designer watch” is pretty broad, and while it initially had to do with fashion, today it pretty much refers to any company known for making high quality timepieces. This may refer to a company known for solid, reliable products, such as Citizen, or a company known for luxury, such as Rolex, or a company primarily known for fashion, such as Gucci. While your choice of brand when purchasing a designer watch shouldn’t necessarily be your first consideration, it should be in the back of your mind as you ask yourself, “What am I looking for in a watch?” Branding in a designer watch goes hand in hand with style and function, as we’ll explain below.
Rip Curl Watches Review
Some people just want the time. Others want elaborate features. Others want a stylish fashion accessory. And still others want a useful sports watch.
Rip Curl watches offer the latter; the company was founded 50 years ago by a pair of Australian surfers who still own the company. The company has become quite successful, and Rip Curl watches are now regarded, along with Quiksilver and Billabong, as one of the “big three” companies in the surf equipment industry.
While the company is not primarily a watch brand, they do offer quite a variety of timepieces in a fairly broad price range.
While they’re not watches you’d likely want to wear to a corporate meeting, Rip Curl watches do offer decent styling and features as sports watches to. They’re also fairly rugged, and will likely take a good beating in the outdoors.
Read on for the full Rip Curl watches review.
Reef Tiger Watches Review
There has been an explosion in watch manufacturing in China in recent years, and there now seem to be hundreds of manufacturers there, all of whom are trying to establish their position in the Western market.
It’s a tough nut to crack, especially when the new Chinese manufacturers are trying to compete with decades of Japanese design and more than a century of Swiss watchmaking.
Reef Tiger is one company that is making an effort to stand out in a crowded field, and they’re doing so by offering an incredible selection of models, good features, decent build quality and an affordable price point.
That’s a lot to put in one package, but you’ll see that there’s a lot to like about Reef Tiger watches.
Read on for the full Reef Tiger watches review.
Quiksilver Watches Review
There are lots of sports watches on the market, and for good reason – people want to buy them. Some like the style, others like the fact that they’re generally pretty durable, and others have actual uses for the features that sports watches offer.
Quiksilver watches fit the bill rather nicely, offering a good selection of models in a relatively affordable price range. They’re fairly well built, have reliable movements and offer a good range of features and colors.
Quiksilver is a company that was originally founded in Australia to sell accessories to surfers. They’ve since expanded a bit, and they’ve moved their headquarters to Huntington Beach, California.
Along with shirts, shorts, and other accessories that any surfer needs, they also offer a good selection of sports watches.
Read on for the full Quiksilver watches review.
Projects Watches Review
The materials used may vary, and the technology that’s “under the hood” that makes the watch run may vary, but in the end, most brands of wristwatch offer a product that looks very similar in overall appearance to just about everything else that’s on the market.
Projects watches, on the other hand, defy that logic. Some of their models are rather ordinary in appearance, but most of the timepieces from this Massachusetts-based company feature styling and designs that are truly “out there.”
A few of them are so odd that it may take you a minute or two to figure out how to tell the time.
That’s a feature, not a bug; the company was created in 1992 to create timepieces with some truly incredible styling.
If you’re wearing Projects watches, people will notice. Even better – they’re quite affordable.
Read on for the full Projects watches review.
Porsamo Bleu Watches Review
That’s odd; as watches are often sold in jewelry stores. For whatever reason, there aren’t a lot of companies that specialize in jewelry that also make and/or sell watches.
That makes Porsamo Bleu watches an interesting exception. The company was founded in Los Angeles via a partnership of two longtime jewelers.
Porsamo Bleu watches is a partnership between third generation jeweler Moe Afshar and his creative partner Krisztina Csupo. They strive to make attractive jewelry that’s unique in styling while affordable in price.
They make and sell bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and watches, with attractive styling and affordable pricing.
Read on for our full Porsamo Bleu watches review.
Pono Woodworks Watches Review
If you’re looking for a watch that will definitely stand out, and not in a plastic or gold and diamonds sort of way, you might want to consider the timepieces from Pono Woodworks.
Pono Woodworks watches all feature Koa wood in their construction, and this element not only gives them beauty, but makes them stand out in a way that other watches do not.
Read on for the full Pono Woodworks watches review.
Police Watches Review
Some want to practice the art of watchmaking as art, pushing the limits of what mechanical devices can do. Others offer simple timepieces, and nothing more.
The third group, and perhaps the fastest-growing one, is the group of manufacturers offering wristwatches as a fashion accessory.
That’s where Police watches come in. Police is an Italian fashion brand that got their start in 1983 making sunglasses. Their glasses became popular, so they’ve since expanded their product line into a variety of fashion accessories, and starting in 2003, they added wristwatches to the lineup.
Over the years, the company has employed such well-known celebrities as George Clooney, Bruce Willis, and David Beckham to promote their brand.
As with most fashion watches, Police watches are design-first, so you’re looking at interesting timepieces that will look good, but which likely won’t offer any new innovations “under the hood.”
Still, Police watches are interesting to see, and they’re reasonably well built and they’re offered at a good price.
Read on for the full Police watches review.
Pierre Lannier Watches Review
While a lot of the world’s watches come from Europe, most of them come from Switzerland, or perhaps Germany. There are a few watchmaking companies located elsewhere on the continent, but there are relatively few of them from France.
That’s where Pierre Lannier watches are made, however. Officially, their Website calls them Pierre Lannier Paris, and that’s where the company is located.
Pierre Lannier watches have been on the market since 1977, and while the company is well known throughout France, their watches are not all that familiar to watch buyers or collectors in other parts of the world.
The company makes attractive, affordable watches in a wide variety of styles that should appeal to most everyone.
Read on for the full Pierre Lannier watches review.
Parmigiani Fleurier Watches Review
When it comes to watch brands, some names are simple ones (“Timex”) and others are a handful (“Vacheron Constantin.”) In that vein, Parmigiani Fleurier watches definitely fall into the latter camp; that name is a mouthful, and if you’re an American, it’s not a name that you’ll pronounce easily.
You will definitely want to remember it, however, as these watches are innovative, well-crafted, loaded with precious metals and gemstones, come with a generous assortment of complications and are uniquely attractive.
That said, they’re also quite expensive, but that’s to be expected. Parmigiani Fleurier watches first came to market in 1996, in the Swiss valley of Val-de-Travers, and the founder of the company wanted to build high quality, attractive watches that were inspired by models crafted years ago by other companies.
All of the company’s watches are built by hand, and feature hundreds of parts and require dozens of hours of labor to assemble.
While the brand is not yet a household name, you’ll find that once you’ve seen a few Parmigiani Fleurier watches, you won’t forget them.
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Nautica Watches Review
There are plenty of Italian watchmaking companies, though they’re fewer than Swiss or German brands. Still, nautical-themed watches, especially diving models and chronographs, are quite popular among watch buyers.
Some like the additional features, others like the large case sizes, and others just like a watch that looks busy. If you fall into any of those categories, you’ll likely find something in the line that suits you.
Women aren’t left out, however, as there are plenty of women’s models, too. They’re more colorful than the men’s models, but less feature-laden.
You’ll also find a warranty that is considerably better than the industry average.
Read on for the full Nautica watches review.