Standing The Test of Time: The Five Most Beautiful Clocks in the World

No matter where you go, you always need to keep track of time. Before watches became an everyday essential, the clock tower situated in the heart of a town or settlement was where people would come together and be informed of upcoming events in the community.

Today with the increasing reliance on watches and smartphones as our time telling devices of choice, attitudes towards these impressive clocks have changed. Built with amazing architecture, beautiful lines and materials of the highest quality, instead of being purely practical, clocks have become recognised works of arts and landmarks worldwide.

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Watches as Collectors’ Items: Five Things to Look For

The market for collectible watches has been increasing in recent years with classic styles and watch brands lasting the test of time to offer a valuable mode of investment for the passionate watch lover. Prices have been soaring on rare, awe-inspiring and expertly crafted timepieces from the most famous and respected watch makers around.

If you are a watch enthusiast and wish to purchase a watch as an heirloom or investment piece rather than for everyday use it is a decision which requires a great deal of consideration. But with so many brands and models around, how do you know what to look for?

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Here are five tips on what to look for when purchasing wrist wear as a collectors’ item.

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Revealed: Movie Stars’ Must Have Wrist Watches

Lavish Hollywood blockbusters are an opportunity to experience the biggest and best of everything; from haute couture clothing to the finest sports cars available on the market. Another essential on the must have list of the rich and the famous is of course the luxury wrist watch- an important part of A- list attire both on and off screen.

Hollywood movie stars rely on complicated models or extremely accurate quartz timepieces with digital displays loaded with a variety of functions to help them to safety in even the stickiest of situations. More than decorative functions, wristwatches also reveal more about a character’s personality and social status.

Here’s what your favourite on screen spy, hero and not to be messed with leading lady favour to wear on their wrist.

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Times Have Changed: How Women’s Wrist Watches Have Evolved

Wrist watches have always been designed with the fairer sex in mind. Historically the first wrist watch was predominantly worn by women having found a pocket watch impractical. In fact it wasn’t until 1904 that the first wrist watch was designed by Louis Cartier for men, with attitudes still widely considering the watch as a timepiece solely for women.

Changing lifestyles and ever evolving fashion trends have shaped women’s watch making to dramatically evolve since the first models were widely available. Join us as we look how ladies’ watches have journeyed through the decades to today’s modern trends.

The Birth of the Wristwatch

Wrist watches grew in popularity from the 1850s, especially amongst the ladies of the French elite. These watches were limited in functionality and would be considered distinctively primitive to the intuitive models available today. The watches of this time period were often inaccurate, but their main draw was their impressive bright and glittering design. Women paid great attention to the design of a watch which is why there are many antique bejewelled masterpieces of the era.

British women took a more practical approach, wanting a simple, reliable time piece to use when hunting on horseback. These models were presented on simple leather straps, which were ideal for their required purpose. A bracelet style was the watch of choice for more formal occasions.

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