Following years of patiently waiting for just the ideal place, Seiko have finally opened their first UK-based boutique in London, and its grand opening showed it not only houses a selection of Seiko and Grand Seiko bits, but contains some horological masterpieces to show also. Getting to attend its grand opening was a fun time and a chance to see and learn about a few interesting Seiko watches.Many globally recognised watch brands take a degree of prestige. That stature, while supporting the desirability of their timepieces, renders their purchase a remote goal for most. Seiko, nevertheless, traverses the minefield of price tags and offers a variety of watches cheap for persons of varying means, and yet they have increasingly also achieved that elusive prestige. Famous for its iconic Harrods, Brompton Road houses a type of “watch row” along precisely the exact same side of the street as the luxury department store. Each window that you pass is another open chocolate box full of artisan horology and this is, therefore, the perfect place for Seiko to open their sole UK boutique. The first European boutique for Seiko was started in Paris in 2004, and while they had the dream to open another in London, they patiently waited for the land that best suited the company’s 136-year heritage and importance from the opinion world.Regarding the location, Seiko UK Managing Director, Kinya Iwami noted: “To have a Seiko London boutique was a key focus for us for some time, and we’re thrilled to have found the ideal place situated in the heart of Knightsbridge.” The boutique is narrow, and while there is not a massive selection, I was struck by the above range of pieces, rather than only with respect to budget. From apparel watches to diving, a spread is set out across numerous glass enclosures. It was pleasing to observe the iconic Grand Seiko Snowflake ever present as well as a few more outlandish and newer designs such as the Astron range, championed by brand ambassador Novak Djokovic. Whatever sort of Seiko you are after, there is very likely to be something to suit your requirements.
A very happy New Year! We have come to the end of a month and here’s a look back at the most popular articles of the past month here at aBlogtoWatch as well as some other interesting articles from around the web. This month, Japanese watches continue to feature strongly as the Seiko Presage Blue Enamel SPB069 Limited Edition and the Epson Trume were two of the most read articles. In addition, there was also a lot of interest with regards to watch brands selling directly to customers on the Internet.
From around the web, we take a closer look at watches that rely on the theory of resonance to improve their chronometric performance. This is a rare and often misunderstood breed of watches that deserves greater appreciation. Finally, we check in with six watch experts and ask them what watch under $1,000 they would recommend.
1. 12 Luxury Watches You Can Buy Online Now Direct From The Brand
This month, readers are clearly interested to learn more about how watch brands do business, and we think that there’s going to be some major changes ahead in the next few years. For a while now, watch brands have been looking for ways to control their distribution and many of them are finally warming up to the idea of selling online directly to customers. In this article, we explain why watch brands might want to sell online as opposed to the traditional way of through a third-party retailer. Also, we show you 12 watches that you can buy online right now directly from the brand.
2. Ten Watches To Wear While Actually Being Active
Let’s be completely honest, how many owners of Submariners actually go diving and how many owners of the Big Pilot are actually certified pilots? My guess is not many. There’s nothing wrong with buying these kinds of watches even if you are not diver or pilot, and the point I’m trying to get at is that many watches are designed to be tools. They were designed so people could use them to get things done. So if you are the active sort, here are ten watches that we think will make great companions for whatever activity you may be doing.
3. Epson Trume: The Most Advanced Analog Watch Ever Comes With An External Sensor
Unless you are really into Japanese watches, you probably won’t know that Epson and Seiko Watches Good are related. In fact, the two are actually part of a larger company called the Seiko Group, which consists of Seiko Holdings Corporation, Seiko Instruments Inc., and Seiko Epson Corporation. In any case, this is the Epson Trume (True + Me), a super complicated analog quartz watch that comes with an external sensor module. This unusual configuration allows it to track and measure a multitude of things including time via GPS location, altitude, UV radiation, temperature, compass, and even your step count and calorie count. For me, this is proof that while mechanical watches are more beautiful and romantic, if you want a real tool watch that can track and monitor a ton of stuff, you can’t beat digital watches.
4. Seven Awesome Field Watches For Every Budget
There was a lot of interest in field watches this month, which is curious since field watches are nowhere near as popular as dive watches or pilot watches. Some of you might even be wondering what exactly a field watch is. There’s no hard and fast rule here, but since a field watch is a tool that is used for activities like hiking, it should be simple, legible, and most of all, rugged. If you are considering one, here are seven for just about every budget.
5. Seiko Z22 Watch Strap Presage Blue Enamel SPB069 Limited Edition Watch
Seiko continues to be one of the most popular watch brands among our readers and one of the most talked about watches in December was the Seiko Presage Blue Enamel SPB069 Limited Edition watch. Limited to 1,500 pieces, the Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition watch features a brilliant blue enamel dial that is made in the same fashion as the grand feu enamel dials found on high-end Swiss watches. Most incredible of all is that it is priced at just $1,100, which, considering the prices of Swiss made watches with grand feu enamel dials, makes it a real bargain.
6. Omega Seamaster 300M Co-Axial Chronograph 41.5mm Watch Review
The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M is one of Omega’s most popular collections so it wasn’t surprising to see that the review of the Seamaster 300M Co-Axial Chronograph was one of our most read articles this month. This is an appealing watch for anyone shopping for an interesting chronograph that won’t burn too big of a hole in your pocket. It has a lot of things going for it, such as an attractive and functional design; a heavily modified movement with a column wheel, silicon balance spring, and co-axial escapement; and COSC certification. If you are considering a chronograph as your next purchase, be sure to check this one out.
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