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Fabulous and Fashionable Balmain Watches for Ladies

Balmain watches are the perfect blend of French haute couture imagination and Swiss watchmaking traditions. Creativity and flair matched with precision and practicality. If you are looking for a new ladies’ watch, add some glamour to your wardrobe with one of these gorgeous Balmain timepieces for her.

Balmain Elysées Arabesques Ladies’ Watch

When Pierre Balmain was at the helm of his illustrious French fashion house, he was famous for embellishing his creations with intricate embroidery—and this tradition continues on today with modern Balmain clothes. Using this ornamental treatment as inspiration, many Balmain watches feature the “Arabesque” motif.

Take for example this sumptuous Balmain Elysées Arabesques ladies’ watch, which includes elaborate Arabesque metalwork framing the top and bottom of the rectangular case. Emphasizing the dressiness of the watch is the mother-of-pearl dial decorated with ten diamond hour markers, along with an elegant black satin strap fitted with a steel deployant clasp.

Balmain Classica Ladies’ Watch

Although Balmain offers plenty of “shaped watches” (i.e. non-round watches) with charming silhouettes, the brand does make some traditional round watches within their Classica collection.

It is hard to deny the appeal of a full gold ladies’ watch and this Balmain Classica Lady is a beautiful version. It sports a 35mm steel case and steel link bracelet, all coated in yellow gold for a luxurious style. On the silver dial, which includes the time and date, we see the signature Arabesque design at the center, also fashioned in yellow gold. While the dial includes baton indexes, the bezel features Roman numeral hour makers too as an extra touch.

Balmain Orithia Oval Ladies’ Watch

If you like circular watches but want something a little different than a classic round shape, then an oval timepiece may just be what you need.

In an appealing play of contrasts, this Balmain Orithia Oval ladies wristwatch marries warm rose gold and cool and crisp white. The 30mm x 41mm oval steel case is coated in rose gold, which perfectly matches the oversized rose gold Arabic numerals and rose gold center hands placed on the silver dial. The case is fitted with a graceful white strap, finished off with a coordinating rose gold deployant clasp.

Balmain Arabesques RC Ladies’ Watch

Highlighting yet again the delicate arabesque pattern integral to the Balmain aesthetic, the Balmain Arabesques RC collection takes a regular rectangular watch case and adds interest with curvy and ornate borders.

This stainless steel Balmain Arabesques RC ladies’ watch pairs the decorative case with a full steel link bracelet and white mother-of-pearl dial. Elegant to wear as an everyday watch yet captivatingly different in style.

Fun, fashionable, and alluring, Balmain offers a wonderful selection of stylish women’s watches at prices that won’t break the bank—especially at Shopworn where you can find luxury goods at up to 80% off retail prices. Whether you are searching for a watch for yourself or as a thoughtful gift to give to someone you love, browse our selection of Swiss-Made Balmain watches to find the right one for the occasion.





The Modern Baume & Mercier Watch Collections

Proudly offering affordable luxury, Baume & Mercier watches blend high quality with accessible price points. Founded by two brothers, Louis-Victor and Célestin Baume, in 1830 in the Swiss Jura, the Frères Baume company eventually became Baume & Mercier almost a century later in 1918, when Paul Mercier joined the family business.

Adhering to the founders’ motto, “Accept only perfection; only manufacture watches of the highest quality,” Baume & Mercier was not only behind a large number of watchmaking patents but also received the coveted and prestigious “Poinçon de Genève” or Geneva Hallmark in 1919.

Today, the modern Baume & Mercier collection of watches present a range of contemporary timepieces steeped in rich Swiss watchmaking heritage, yet approachable to a wider audience. Let’s find out more about Baume & Mercier’s main collections—Classima, Clifton, Capeland, Linea, and Promesse.

Baume & Mercier Classima

The Classima collection is Baume & Mercier’s line of understated watches for men and women. In fact, matching his and hers Classima watches are great gifts to give to either a couple celebrating a special occasion or to your significant other (complete with one for yourself too!).

With classically-proportioned round cases, slim bezels, clean expansive dials, and practical functions, the Baume & Mercier Classima is a fantastic everyday watch. From steel and leather Classima watches and elegant Classima chronographs for men to rose gold automatic Classima watches and chic two-tone Classima timepieces for women, there’s a little something for almost anyone within this collection. Plus, the value-driven prices of the Baume & Mercier Classima watches are a refreshing change of pace in the luxury Swiss watch arena.

Baume & Mercier Clifton

Drawing inspiration from 1950’s style, the modern Baume & Mercier Clifton watches seamlessly merge vintage touches, such as retro Arabic numerals and faceted center hands, with contemporary sensibilities like larger-than-40mm sized cases (for men). What’s more, throw in the option of respected watch functions such as chronographs, moonphases, and day-date features, and you’ve got a wide array of well-made affordable Swiss watches to select from.

And not forgetting the ladies, the women’s Clifton watches may be smaller in proportion but include popular details like diamond dials and beautiful link bracelets.

Baume & Mercier Capeland

Yet again we see Baume & Mercier marrying a little bit of old-school charm with current appeal with their line of Capeland sports watches.

Mostly comprising of chronographs, the Capeline collection houses watches with brilliantly technical dials, retro-style chronograph pump pushers, and elegant leather straps. Think 1940’s leather bomber jackets but translated into awesome wristwear.

Baume & Mercier Promesse and Linea

The Promesse and Linea watches from Baume & Mercier are exclusively for the ladies. While the Baume & Mercier Promesse is a direct descendent from a 1970’s watch from the company’s archives, the Baume & Mercier Linea made its debut in the late 1980s.

The focal design point of the Promesse is the unique pairing of an oval bezel placed within a round case along with a broad link bracelet. On the other hand, the Linea stands out for its uninterrupted silhouette thanks to the bracelet integrated into the case, in addition to the hour markers boldly set into the bezel rather than the dial.

Regardless of which Baume & Mercier watch you choose, they all come with the promise of quality, value, and good taste. And that’s something many of us are happy to get on board with.

 





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.