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Patina

'Patina' means an oxidation layer on metal objects. Think, for example, of the gray-green layer that you often see on copper and bronze objects. The formation of a beautiful natural patina layer can take decades.

Patina

Patina layers can be formed naturally, but metal objects can also be artificially patina coated by the use of chemicals. This is called with ‘Patination’. For example, this technique is often used in bronze sculptures, where artists use patina layers mainly because of the beautiful shiny structure. Various colors can be obtained by using different chemicals. For example, ‘liver of Sulphur’ or ‘potassium-polysulphide’ is used for a gray to jetty black color, iron nitrate for brown and copper nitrate for green, but numerous applications of chemicals and colors are possible. This technique can also be used for 'discoloration' of, for example, a dial.

5 unpopular Patek Philippe models

Today, Patek Philippe is one of the most respected watch brands. They have a rich, interesting history, and they keep delivering the most interesting and innovating timepieces. Their vintage watches keep breaking records at auctions. But still, this seemingly ‘untouchable’ brand has made some weird looking timepieces. Today, we will focus on the 5 ‘ugliest’ Patek Philippe watches. Of course, these are just opinions.

Neptune 5080 & 5085

Patek Philippe has 3 nautical/sea inspired sports watches. The Nautilus, the Aquanaut, and.... the almost forgotten Neptune The Neptune line has always been an odd ball in the Patek line up. It was never really popular, and still stays under the radar today. Maybe one day, collectors will hype it up? Who knows!


5524G Calatrava pilot travel time

The Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is one of those ‘you love it or you hate it’ watches. To me personally, it feels off. The Calatrava line is all about elegance, so a pilot watch with big travel time pushers just feels weird.


5520P travel time alarm

To me, this watch has exactly the same issues as the 5524G, plus one extra pusher. Don’t get me wrong, the movement and complications in this watch are amazing. I have had the chance to hear the alarm in real life, and it’s one of the most clear ‘dings’ I have ever heard. But still, it doesn’t feel like a classy watch.  If I had to spend 200.000 on a grand complication, this one wouldn’t be it.


5720/1G-001

Even though the price of this watch stays really stable (and high), it’s the strange cousin in the Nautilus family. While Patek wants to be known for making elegant watches that can be handed down from generation to generation, this is the exact opposite. Full diamond set with a colourful dragon screaming on the dial and bezel isn’t really Patek-ish. 

Vintage inspired watches – Reissues are trending

Vintage inspired watches are hot. The prices of vintage watches are rising quickly, and most brands want to jump on the hype. Sadly, most vintage inspired watches look nothing like their grandfathers. Today, we are going to focus on 3 popular, modern watches that were inspired on vintage. 

Tudor Black Bay 58

The Black Bay 58 was a huge hit at Baselworld 2018. The release was a bit overshadowed by the release of the Tudor Pepsi, but it still was a big win.  The 58 is based Tudor Submariners from the fifties. This can be seen in the smaller case, the gilt dial and the rivet bracelet. 

Breitling Navitimer 806

The Breitling Navitimer reissue based on the 806 was just released this year at Baselworld. Breitling did their best to make it look as much as possible like the original, and it worked!

Omega Trilogy collection

This collection was introduced at Baselworld 2018, and was sold out in a hartbeat. It features three watches: a ... Seamaster, Railmaster and Speedmaster  All 3 models were based on their ‘parents’ from 1957

4 Reasons why men wear a watch

1. Multifunctional Where women often have multiple options when it comes to wearing jewelry, it is limited for men. Many men only wear a watch, because this is often the only accessory that is right for them. Fortunately, there are many different types of watches. You can, for example, wear one that is specifically designed for sports, for work or simply to make an impression. The watch is therefore suitable for several situations. 2. Piece of Art Every luxury watch brand pays a lot of attention to the design, the main characteristics and the materials of their timepieces. It’s important to create the perfect watch that everyone can enjoy for generations. 3. Distinctive A watch can also distinct you from other people. As discussed, each watch can have its own purpose and each has its own design. For most people it is more than just an article that only indicates the time. They really see the watch as a part of their human being. Often, the type of watch says something about someone's appearance and the type of person. 4. Collection A fourth reason why watches can be so popular is because it’s a good collector's item. Where women often collect shoes, earrings or handbags, a man can decide to start collecting watches. Since so many different types exist, it is quite a challenge to collect as many unique and special watches as possible.

Complication watches

If a mechanical watch offers more functions than just the time (hours, minutes, seconds), then it is considered a 'complicated' timepiece. Each 'extra' function next to hours and minutes is then called a complication. Some complications are: - Moonphase - Perpetual Calendar - Flyback - Date - Alarm - Panorama Date - Power Reserve

Automatic Watches

One of the beautiful things about a mechanical watch is that is requires interaction with its owner to function. That coiled mainspring will only provide power for a day or two (or sometimes longer) if you don’t keep it wound. The automatic, or self-winding, watch, functions as its name suggests. As long as you’re wearing it, the mainspring maintains tension thanks to the weighted rotor in the movement that oscillates with your arm’s movements. A slipping clutch prevents the spring from getting overwound. Unless you don’t wear your watch daily or you’re an extremely inactive person, you won’t have to wind your automatic. But if you do, just give the crown 20 or 30 spins until the seconds hand starts moving, set the time and then strap it on. 

Omega Planet Ocean

With its history on the world's oceans in mind, OMEGA introduced the Seamaster Planet Ocean series in 2005 - a tribute to the heritage of OMEGA in the field of diving watches. Equipped with very advanced technology and a contemporary design, Omega created an entirely new divers watch which became a modern classic. The Planet Ocean models are also ‘Master Chronometer’ timepieces. They all meet the highest standards in accuracy, performance and magnetic resistance.

Blue Dial Watches

Blue dials are extremely popular these days. For example; blue dial models from Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe are extremely desirable and the results are very long waiting lists. But why are people seeking for that one particular color? The color blue brings us a lot of joy when we see it around us. For some the color refers to a beautiful blue sky and for others a mysterious blue ocean. The color also occurs in our wardrobes, think about your favorite pair of jeans or that blue jacket. Blue is considered as the warmest color as well. It can be easily worn in combination with several other colors. Fashion experts recommend wearing a blue dial watch for important interviews because it symbolizes a sense of loyalty, cleanliness and understanding.

DLC Coating

Sometimes, luxury watches are coated with DLC.

DLC Coating

DLC stands for: ‘Diamond-like carbon’. As the name implies, DLC possesses some of the valuable properties of diamonds. DLC can be applied to almost any material. If DLC in pure form is applied, it is just as hard as natural diamonds. A watch case that is equipped with DLC coating offers exceptional protection against wear and exposure to moisture.

PVD Coating

PVD stands for ‘Physical Vapor Deposition’. It is a modern technology in which condensation of atoms or molecules from a gas or vapor form thin, but very hard layers of coating (1 to 3 micrometers) when they are applied to a metal carrier, for example the watch case or other metal parts. This process takes place under vacuum. 

PVD Coating

PVD is often used within watchmaking by giving stainless steel or titanium a colored coating, usually yellow (gold), but other colors also occur. PVD coating has the advantage of being very scratch-resistant, resistant to corrosion and makes it possible to choose in many different colors.