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The Many Shapes & Sides of Bell & Ross Watches

A watch brand that draws its inspiration from aviation and military fields, Bell & Ross is a well-established name in the luxury watch space—regardless of its relatively young age. At just over 25-years old, Bell & Ross boasts a host of watches that are instantly recognizable due to their strong design codes. While there are many different types of Bell & Ross models, today we break down their range by highlighting three popular collections that speak most to the spirit of the brand.

The Bell & Ross BR Watches

The most famous and popular watches from Bell & Ross are the BR watches from their “Instruments” range. Bell & Ross BR watches sport a distinctive silhouette that incorporates a round dial into a square case, which is actually inspired by aeronautical control panels.

Most of these cases are coated in black, although the company has more recently ventured into bare stainless steel and other metals too. Another signature design touch of the Bell & Ross BR watches are the dials which typically mix large Arabic numerals at 3/6/9/12 o’clock along with simple stick markers.

There are three main categories of the Bell & Ross BR collection to consider. There’s the BR 01 with 46mm cases, BR 03 with 44mm cases, and BR S with 39mm cases. Within these collections, there are plenty of different materials and functions to choose from.

The Bell & Ross BRV Watches

The Bell & Ross BRV watches are part of the brand’s “Vintage” range, which as its name suggests, are inspired by vintage timepieces. As such, rather than square cases, this particular collection features round cases crafted in stainless steel.

Models in the Bell & Ross BRV collection run the gamut from simple time-only versions to more complex editions with functions like GMT and chronograph. Again, many of the dials in the BRV lineup include the characteristic numerals and sticks combination layout, but there are other options too.

Particularly elegant watches within this collection are the Bell & Ross Vintage 123 models based on Flieger watches—flight watches—used during WWII. The highly legible dials include oversized indices, center hour and minute hands, a running seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, along with a date window.

The Bell & Ross WWI Watches

Also a part of the “Vintage” range, the Bell & Ross WWI watches offer a style that are reminiscent of wristwatches worn by soldiers during the Great War. Remember, during the early 1900s, it still wasn’t fashionable for men to wear wristwatches—they had pocket watches instead and left wristwatches to the ladies. However, soldiers found that pocket watches were much too cumbersome to handle during battle, so they would add straps to their pocket watches and tie it around their wrists. This was the beginning of the acceptance of wristwatches for men.

As a result, the Bell & Ross WWI watches are a tribute to that design, with large pocket watch style cases, expansive dials, wire lugs, and leather straps. Dial options range from aviation type dials with minute markers to oversized numeral indexes in a vintage font.

Regardless of what type of Bell & Ross watch you opt for, these are robust, durable, and stylish timepieces that all have a story to tell.

Vacation Mode: Top Timepieces to Travel With

It’s summer vacation time, which for many of you means plenty of travel this season. And the most practical watch to have on hand when traveling is one that indicates more than just the local time but additional time zones too. Let’s check out some of our favorite Dual Time, GMT, UTC, and World Time watches right now.

Graham Silverstone GMT

If you’re into robust sporty watches, then the Graham Silverstone GMT may be right up your alley. Flaunting a large 42mm stainless steel case, extra 24-hour hand on the black carbon fiber dial, a fixed 24-hour bezel, and an automatic movement, you can easily track home time and local time while on the road.

Just set the red 24-hour hand to point at whatever time it is at home, and use the center hands to display local time. Plus, there’s even a date window at 7 o’clock in case you forget what day it in while enjoying lazy summer moments.

Ball Trainmaster Worldtime Day/Date

If the world is your oyster and you’re planning on some serious globetrotting this summer, then a World Time timepiece may be just what you need. For instance, the automatic Ball Trainmaster Worldtime Day/Date allows the wearer to easily see what time it is in all 24 time zones simultaneously.

While the dial housed within the 41mm stainless steel case offers plenty of information, it’s simple to read once you know how. The center hands indicate the local time, along with the local date via the window at 3 o’clock and the local day with the aperture at 6 o’clock. The outer discs on the dial include 24 major cities representing different time zones, paired with another disc with 24 hours—white background for day hours and black background for night hours. So, as long as you sync the watch to have your current city positioned at the top 12 o’clock spot, then you easily read what time it is in other cities around the world using the 24-hour disc.

Ulysse Nardin Michelangelo UTC Dual Time

Elegance is the name of the game with this particular automatic Ulysse Nardin Michelangelo UTC Dual Time watch. Set within the stainless steel tonneau case is a dial that manages to provide plenty of useful data without too much fussiness. Again, the center hands are used to tell local time, while the round UTC window at 9 o’clock displays the hour in another time zone.

The best way to use the watch would be to sync up the center hands with the UTC window so that they display the same time. Then, when you travel, simply push the buttons located on the left side of the case—top one to move forward and bottom one to move backward—to adjust the local time. Now you can see what time it is where you are and what time it is back home. There’s also an oversized double date window at 2 o’clock for added practicality.

Piaget Altiplano Men’s Chronograph 

For an ultra luxurious take on a dual timepiece, there’s the manual-wound Piaget Altiplano Men’s Chronograph, which combines two complications in one handsome timepiece. Encased within the 41mm rose gold round case is a clean silver dial, minimally adorned in typical Piaget style.

The long thin central hour and minute hands point to long thing stick indexes for local time, while the second time zone is shown on the 24-hour subdial at 9 o’clock. There are also the two remaining subdials—the minutes counter at 3 o’clock and the small seconds at 6 o’clock—as well as the central chronograph hand used in conjunction with the two pushers on the case flanking the winding crown.

Whether you’re headed for a beach vacation with plenty of fun in the sun or off to a new city to discover the local food and scenery, there’s a suitable travel watch for you out there. Our inventory of Dual time, GMT, UTC, and World Timer watches boast plenty of options to suit a range of budgets and tastes.

Father’s Day Gifts: Luxury Watches for under $1,500

Mark your calendars because Father’s Day this year is on Sunday, June 17. While there are plenty of gifts out there to choose from, by far the best choice for a Father’s Day gift is a fine timepiece. Luxurious yet functional, attractive and meaningful, a luxury watch will always make dad happy.

Of course, high-end watches are by nature expensive. However, at ShopWorn we boast a collection of top timepieces with price tags well below retail. How, you ask? We source display-model watches that have never left the stores. Therefore, what we offer at ShopWorn are next-to-new watches at prices up to 65% off retail. A win for you, a win for dad. Discover some of our current favorite luxury watches for under $1,500 that would make the perfect Father’s Day gift.

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Autodate

Based in Lucerne, Switzerland, watch brand Carl F. Bucherer has been creating Swiss-made luxury watches since 1888. With that history comes expert skill and knowledge in the realm of watchmaking design and mechanics.

Take for example the Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Autodate. Rendered down to the essentials, this minimal take on fine timekeeping is a timeless classic. From its full stainless steel construction to its ideally-sized 38mm case to its minimal silver dial to its automatic movement, this low maintenance timepiece is a great daily watch for dad.

Alpina Alpiner Chronograph

For a sportier approach, we look to Alpina—a Swiss watch brand first established in 1883 that now specializes in high-performance sports watches and pilot style timepieces. The Alpina Alpiner Chronograph mergers both those elements to give us an awesome men’s watch that’s both sporty and aviation-inspired.

Featuring a generous 41mm stainless steel case that wears even bigger thanks to its oversized chronograph pushers flanking the winding crown, this version of the Alpiner Chronograph includes a sleek black dial and black leather strap combination. Robust, technical, and powered by an automatic movement, this watch is a fantastic option for the dad who loves a sporty look.

Ball Trainmaster Worldtime

While Ball Watch Company was first founded in Ohio in 1981 and inextricably linked to the history of the American railway system, the brand is now headquartered in Switzerland to produce their fine Swiss-made watches. Many of the watches produced by Ball today still give a nod to their railway heritage with collection names such as Trainmaster, Conductor, and Engineer.

For the dad that travels often or has business in different parts of the globe, the Ball Trainmaster Worldtime is an absolute treat. Equipped with a complex worldtimer function that seamlessly displays the time in 24 time zones—in addition to a pair of windows that indicates the date and the day—the dial housed within the 41mm steel case is surprisingly balanced and easy to read. Priced just below $1,500, this is a men’s luxury mechanical watch that is brimming with value.

Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto Chrono

Yet another watch brand with American roots, Hamilton produces a range of Swiss-made watches infused with inspiration from military, aviation, and entertainment fields. If dad likes to stand out with his style choices, then the rose gold colored Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto Chrono is a striking option for a Father’s Day gift.

Donning a large 42mm steel case plated in rose gold and equipped with a rich brown dial and handsome brown leather strap, this dressy chronograph is both sporty and stylish. Plus, flip the watch around and you’ll get a view of the automatic movement working away within to power the watch.

This Father’s Day, take advantage of ShopWorn’s value-driven prices and get dad that luxury watch he deserves. Whether you go for one of the awesome timepieces we’ve listed here or opt for another one of our men’s watches from our large inventory, you’ll always get a great deal with us.

This Mother’s Day, Brighten Her Day with These Colorful Luxury Gifts

Since Mother’s Day is celebrated in springtime, it’s the perfect season to give mom a gift that’s both colorful and luxurious. Here are some of our favorite vibrant luxury watches, jewelry, and handbags that’ll surely bring a smile to mom’s face.

Dior VIII Montaigne Watch

Bringing together fun shades and precious diamonds, this ladies’ Dior VIII Montaigne watch is a lively statement watch to wear. Housed within the 32mm stainless steel case is a bright raspberry dial, which sets the background for the diamond center ring, hands, and indexes. There’s also the sole gold VIII Roman numeral on the dial in reference to the collection’s name. Contrasting with the pinkish dial is the vivid Aquamarine leather strap and the exciting color combo is simply delightful.

Fendi Crazy Carats Watch

Featuring a clever mechanism, the Fendi Crazy Carats woman’s watch allows mom to rotate the gem-set indexes to match her mood with a simple push of a button at 10 o’clock. There’s the rainbow pattern with 11 colorful topaz stones, the pink topaz stone option, and the blue topaz stone option. Essentially, this is like giving mom three different Mother’s Day gifts! The gem dial sits within a 38mm stainless steel case, paired with an intricate stainless steel bracelet.

Ippolita Rock Candy Rivera Sky Earrings

A great jewelry style to wear through spring and summer, these Ippolita Rock Candy Rivera Sky earrings are an effortless way to add a pop of color to any outfit. Marrying red, green, turquoise, and white polished stones set into 18k yellow gold, mom will look fabulous with these fun and flirty earrings cascading down from her ears.

Gurhan One-of-a-Kind Beaded Bracelet

You already know that mom is one of a kind, so give her a Mother’s Day gift that’s as unique as her. As its name implies, there is only one of this Gurhan One-of-a-Kind Beaded Bracelet, featuring an enchanting mix of large hammered 24k yellow gold beads and large flat turquoise beads. Whether worn alone or combined with other bangles for a stacked bracelet look, this exclusive jewelry piece will show mom just how precious she is.

Chopard Icon Mini Handbag

If purses are more mom’s thing, then here’s a stunner to add to her collection. The leather Chopard Icon Mini Handbag is elegant thanks to its chic shape, yet beautifully fresh due to its vivid orange shade. Accented with yellow gold hardware, mom will wear this bag all year as tangerine is set to be a must-have hue for the next few seasons. Big enough to store all her daily essentials, yet petite enough to carry anywhere, this cheerful purse can’t help but make happy.

Don’t forget Mother’s Day this year is on Sunday, May 13, which gives you just enough time to pick her present. Browse our sumptuous collection of luxury goods, from women’s watches to fine jewelry, designer handbags to silk scarves, and select a Mother’s Day gift that’s worthy to celebrate the most important lady in your life.

Top Watch Trends from Baselworld 2018

Every year, the Swiss city of Basel hosts Baselworld, the world’s largest watch and jewelry fair with hundreds of exhibitors and well over 100,000 visitors. As the ShopWorn team roamed the vast halls and gazed into the glass displays, we couldn’t help but notice some general themes that stood out amongst the vast assortment of new watches. Here is our take on the top watch trends from Baselworld 2018.

Bold New Versions of Iconic Luxury Watches

The GMT-Master, the Nautilus, and the Seamaster. These iconic luxury watches need no introduction to watch enthusiasts since they are almost as famous as the brands that make them. During Baselworld 2018, Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Omega unveiled new modern versions of some of their most popular long-standing models.

First there was the new Rolex GMT-Master II with the instantly recognizable blue and red “Pepsi” bezel. This contemporary edition of the inaugural GMT-Master pilot watch is crafted in stainless steel, outfitted with a Jubilee bracelet, and equipped with a new movement.

Then there was the Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar, which marries the brand’s famed luxury sports watch with a signature Patek complication—the perpetual calendar. The 18k white gold model boasts a range of practical functions including time, date, day, month, leap year, 24-hour, and moon phase displays, all set within the familiar porthole-shaped case and blue grooved dial.

Omega added some solid updates to their range of Seamaster Professional Diver 300M watches this year. The new Seamaster dive watches now sport 42mm cases, include ceramic details, feature the wave patterned dial, run on Omega’s Master Chronometer Caliber 8800 automatic movements, and come in a range of metal options including steel, gold, and two-tone.

Vintage Inspiration Remains Strong

For the last few years, leading watch brands have been looking back into their archives to take inspiration from vintage models. And 2018 is no different with the retro trend still going strong with plenty of vintage-inspired watches released at Baselworld.

An homage to the brand’s dive watches from the 1950s, Tudor’s Black Bay Fifty-Eight was a big hit at the show with its restrained 39mm case size, black domed dial with gilt details, in-house manufacture movement, and a choice of three straps.

The new Longines Heritage Military Watch looks like it could be purchased from a vintage store rather than a new boutique. Essentially a reissue of pilot’s watches supplied to the British RAF during WWII, the Military Watch has a 38.5mm steel case, an off-white dial with faux patina, and is powered by an automatic movement.

Oris debuted their Divers Sixty-Five collection back in 2015 as a tribute to the brand’s dive watches from the 1960s and for 2018, we saw two new models added to the lineup. With a choice between a 40mm case or a 36mm case, the new Divers Sixy-Five include steel cases, bronze bezels, domed sapphire crystals, and black and gold dials.

Unisex Watches

Speaking of sizes, there was a notable trend at Baselworld 2018 of the reduction of watch case sizes and the advent of the unisex watch. Traditionally, many high-end watchmakers have been focused on making mechanical timepieces for the men while depending on bejeweled quartz watches for the ladies. However, times are a changing and gender-neutral style is now also spreading to the luxury watch world.

Breitling unveiled a pared down version of their famous Navitimer watch with the Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 by reducing the size of the watch to 38mm and foregoing the chronograph function. The result is a beautiful pilot’s watch with the fundamental Navi aesthetic suited for either his or her wrist.

To celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary, Mido released a pair of commemorative Commander Shade watches. Flaunting a funky 1970s design, sized at just 37mm, fitted with a mesh bracelet, and available in either steel or PVD gold, this is one watch that certainly blurs the lines between gender specific watches.

Finally, Chanel presented their latest unisex Boy.Friend Skeleton Calibre 3 timepiece with the signature case inspired by the bottle cap of the renowned Chanel No. 5 perfume. In an effort to highlight the Maison’s focus on haute horology, this new version of the Chanel Boy.Friend watch is fitted with the company’s third in-house movement, which can be seen via the skeletonized dial.

Overall, Baselworld 2018 gave way to plenty of “safe bets” with reiterations of popular models, vintage inspired products, and crafting watches suited for either him or her. And we welcome the strategy of watch brands focusing on new watches that people actually want to wear!