Welcome back to our regular Saturday post, Watching the Web, where we look in on watch-related articles on other sites, and take a look back at our own most popular recent posts. This week we have luxury watches that caused a stir, watches that you might see on Wall Street, and how you might spot a fake watch no matter where you see it. From our own pages, we have the Van Speyk Dutch Diver, the Straton Driver, and the moVas Bronze Officer.
First up, let’s talk luxury watches. While we certainly focus in more on the affordable end of the spectrum here at WWR, if you are in to watches, you are likely aware of some of what is dwelling in the higher end stuff (and if you’re not, you can always get a good dose of that over at ABTW). Generally, these watches do not incite much in the way of an outcry, other than perhaps some head-shaking at the prices being commanded. As it turns out, when you pair those price tags with people in the public eye who really should not normally be able to afford such luxuries, then things get a bit more heated. In this article from BBC, they run down some of the more infamous luxury watch wearers.
Then again, there definitely are groups of people that you expect to have the wealth (good, bad, or otherwise) to pick up these sorts of watches, and those would be the folks who are working on Wall Street. In this piece over at Business Insider by Jon LeFevre, it starts off with a bit of the culture that leads to these watch purchases, and then give a tongue-in-cheek rundown of the top 10 options seen on the wrists of Wall Street Bankers.
As that last article pointed out, sometimes a fake watch can get into the mix. How might you be able to spot a fake, even if you do not know what you are specifically looking for in the brand or model? Well, to that end, the folks over at Quill & Pad have you covered, with this article. Some of it is, dare I say it, common sense, but when it comes to finding deals, sometimes out senses can be overwhelmed. In that case, articles like these can certainly be a helpful reminder of what we should be on the lookout for when we’re searching for a new watch, especially when it comes to the higher-end pieces.
Now, let’s come down out of the luxury stratosphere, and take a look at some popular articles from our own pages. Sitting at the top of our charts, we have the second Dutch diving watch that we are aware of (and have written about; the first was here), the Van Speyk Dutch Diver. This is a nice freshman outing from the brand (from what we can see of the specs, renders, and photos), and we are working to get a sample in for a hands-on review.
Next, let’s change gears from divers to drivers. And yes, they are different, though Matt points out in the article that there can definitely be some similarities between the two. We are also at similar pricing structures to that diver up above, so if you are deciding between the two, you are really just getting into a matter of style preference. Either way, it’s a win-win.
Last, but very definitely not least, we have one of the most interesting case shapes I have run across made from bronze – the moVas Bronze Officer. As this one is a limited edition, it may be harder to come across, but we believe we will see the case shape showing up in something a bit less limited (more news on that once we can confirm).
Did you know that John Biggs’ latest book, Marie Antionette’s Watch, is available as an ebook for purchase through the net, or you can buy a paperback from Amazon.
With a brand-new month, that means we have a brand new giveaway – this time around, it’s for a Titan EdgeTitan Edge. This one is a bit different, as you need to get your entries in via the widget (head here) as well as get a comment in on the original post (here) that announced the giveaway. If you do not comment on that post, your entry will not be valid!
We also want to put the call out for wrist shots of our reader’s favorite (or at least favorite of the moment) watches. Put together an email of your wrist shot and tell us a little about the watch and why you love it. If you happened to be introduced to it through our site (or won it through a give-away), even better. Just make sure the image is a JPEG and at least 800 pixels wide.
With that, I will wrap up this edition of Watching the Web. As always, if there’s something you think we should be covering, feel free to drop us a line. If you bring something up that we end up writing about, we’ll be sure to tip our hats (electronically, if not literally) in your general direction.
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