The Michel Herbelin Gift Guide: Christmas Watches Under £500

A beautiful watch is the perfect present which is not only practical but a long lasting possession to be admired for decades. A watch is an appropriate gift for all occasions from Christmas, to milestone birthdays and anniversaries and if chosen well, will never go out of style.

With an extensive range of styles, coming in all shapes and sizes and a wide variety in the choice of precious metals or stylish leather straps it can be difficult to make an informed decision. Where you may have a passion or interest in a distinct style or brand, it is always vital to consider the preferences of those receiving the gift. Remember that where men admire the intricacies of mechanical watches, many ladies would be happier with a no nonsense top quality quartz.

To make the process easier for you we’ve picked out a selection of watches suitable for everyone’s tastes, from simple and refined to bold and bright.

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5 ways our ancestors learnt how to calculate time

When the alarm clock rings on a Monday morning, it is fair to say that this is an instance where we’d prefer that time didn’t exist- but without it life as we know it would most likely cease to exist.

A life without time management and structure would be a very different and a much less productive world- it is hard to imagine a life without rushing to be on time, never mind living without the style credentials a favourite watch can bring.

Journey back in time about 6,000 years when our ancestors began to build civilisations and this was the dilemma they faced. No longer was the division of day and night sufficient- a more unified system of time keeping was required.

Before the clocks and watches we have come to know and love today became so highly integrated into our everyday lives, techniques with varying levels of accuracy were used.

Here are some of the more commonly known methods from the past which enabled man to calculate time.

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Three Ways to Maintain The Life of Your Watch at Home

A good watch requires regular care in order to run to the best of its abilities. There are different processes of care as well as standard maintenance for all time pieces, and adhering to these various steps will help to keep your watch working with precision and accuracy.

What’s more, much of these maintenance requirements can be done in the home, which allows you to keep on top of your watch care with ease and simplicity.

Let’s take a look at proper watch care and how you can look after yours.

1. Keeping it clean

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5 Must Have Apps for the Watch Enthusiast

If you love watches but equally love your smartphone, combining the two naturally makes sense. Where many choose to double up and rely on their phone leaving their watch at home, a true watch lover will always continue to wear their watch with pride.

Catering for their needs, there has been a recent influx of apps available for those who like to keep on top of the latest trends, be the first to see the latest models on the market and keep their knowledge up to scratch.

We’ve picked out five of the best apps currently available for download to make your smartphone a watch lover’s paradise.

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From Chronometers to Chronographs, Here’s 15 Watch Terms and Meanings You Need To Know

If you are new to the world of watches knowing the difference between your chronometers and chronographs can be confusing. With a variety of specific terms out there, although your jeweller or favourite watch stockist will be able to advise you on the most suitable watch for your needs and requirements, knowing a thing or two will help you make an informed choice of your own accord.

Taking the mystery out of the decision making process, we’ve explained 15 commonly used terms- take these on board and you’ll look like the most educated of wrist watch experts.

 

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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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Watch Etiquette: Six Tips on How and When to Wear a Watch

With so many stylish choices available from bold, modern models with a technical twist to the more classic and refined option, it can be confusing how to match your favourite time piece to the right occasion.

Today, it is mostly acceptable to wear a watch in almost any social occasion as part of a sophisticated ensemble. However, like any kind of dress code, there is a considered etiquette associated with wearing a wrist watch.

Here are the main things to keep in mind to make sure that your watch meets all style requirements:

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