The Audemars Piguet Survivor was launched in 2008 and sold out almost immediately. With only 1,000 pieces produced, this limited edition AP was hard to attain, which made spotting one in a crowd, an infrequent phenomenon.
The design of the Survivor is sleek and classy, but does not lack edge and virility. It’s innovative architecture set the bar high within the offshore family, inside and out. The chunky masculinity of the case and the massive chronographs create a sense of indestructability, making it the go to watch to sport when surviving the apocalypse.
When I first learned about the AP Survivor in 2009 and registered its bold presence, I thought it was huge! To be honest, I thought it was a little too big! Now it’s 2016 and the Survivor is a socially desired size, because we’re living in a time of big chunky watches, making the Survivor even more desirable than when it sold out in 2008, if that’s even possible. Looking at it now, it somehow seems smaller than I remember it back in 2009. I guess it’s true that your perception could alter and be influenced over time.
What I love most about this timepiece is how much the name fits the true style and look of this watch. The functional crown guards are designed to prevent any accidental impact from your daily office activity or even during your next adrenalin packed adventure, while still maintaining its stealth and stylish image. It’s truly constructed to Survive anything! Regardless of what this watch was intended to be worn for, it looks like the Swiss went a little Mad Max on its design, and the world of watch collectors and admirers loved it!
Like many watches, the Audemars Piguet “End Of Days” Royal Oak Offshore gets its name from a famous icon. This AP in specific was named after the thriller “End of Days” staring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie was about Satan, Schwarzenegger, returning to earth and walking the streets of New York City, while also rocking an AP on his devilish wrists. This paved the way towards the watches popularity and it soon became the most demanded watch on the market. Its movie cameo and Schwarzenegger’s impeccable taste for luxury watches set this AP on the map.
After the movie released in 1999, the AP “End of Days” became the hottest, pun intended, of all the limited edition Royal Oaks, and has yet to loose its sizzle. Although it’s highly in demand and obtained or admired by watch collectors worldwide, there is a limited supply of 500 ever made, making this AP, not only desired, but also rare. It’s true that the AP End Of Days gets its fame from fame itself, but this limited edition timepiece has a lot more to offer than being on Schwarzenegger’s wrist while on set. On its own, the AP End Of Days is an innovation. It has spearheaded the art of making luxury watches by being the first Royal Oak to be darkened by a PVD treatment. The watch is sexy and masculine. It has a black waffle dial with three chronographs. The numerals and hands on the dial are luminescent, helping you read time in the darkest of corners.
The strap is black Kevlar and Velcro, giving off the strong and rugged look so that even the smallest man can feel like the Governator. You wouldn’t expect it to look good on a thinner wrist, but this AP sits comfortably on all wrist sizes, and the kevlar strap helps form the fit. Personally, I prefer the Kevlar, which they used to fit their tang buckle onto the strap as shown, although some tend to vote against it. Though the body of the watch is big, its not overpowering. I love its low key stealth-ness but the right amount of yellow marks also makes it pop, flirting with your enemy, while still establishing your dominance. A couple things that aren’t ideal about this watch are how the double Velcro strap can make it difficult to wear because it gives it a very clunky feel. When it comes to the design, I would have blacked out the screws on the bezel as well as the steel crown cover. Other than that this is a badass watch. I am a huge AP lover, and it doesn’t hurt to feel indestructible like Schwarzenegger tends to be in his movies.
The AP “End Of Days” is not just a watch; it’s a collector’s timepiece and investment, because like hell, it will never freeze over.
The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Galápagos Islands, with a black rubber coated case and strap, plays tribute to the International Watch Company’s partnership with the Charles Darwin Foundation. The CDF is an international non-profit scientific organization, working in the Galápagos Islands since 1959 under an agreement with the Government of Ecuador. Their mission is to work closely with government institutions, providing scientific knowledge and assistance to ensure the conservation of the Galápagos.
The Galápagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, in Ecuador. It is considered the world’s supreme destination for wild life viewing because its isolation is home to a diversity of plant and animal species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Its prominence derives from Charles Darwin’s visit n 1835. It is said that the island, and the species that call it home, were what inspired his theories of evolution, therefore its conservation is extremely significant to our civilization.
The matte black rubber that coats the stainless steel case is special to the Galápagos Edition because it is applied through an intricate vulcanization process, creating a connection between the watch and the island. Its case back also pays tribute to the Galápagos Islands and the species that inhabit it. What I love most about this watch, besides its unique storyline, is its practicality. It’s aesthetically slick while also being thin and easy to slip under a dress sleeve, for when you decide to go on your very own Galapagos adventure and then inconspicuously morph into James Bond for the evening. From air to sea, this watch will work for anything that life plans to throw your way!
The highlighted white accents on the dial make it very legible and easy to read, even when time gets away from us. The fit is
extremely comfortable and lightweight and the body is durable. My only concern is that I’m not sure how the case will wear over the years. Since it has the black rubber casing, I’m not sure what it will do to the look of said rubber after exposure to salt, sun and body acidity, but only time, and experience with this beauty, will tell.
Part of the proceeds from the sales of the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Galápagos Edition has gone to the Charles Darwin Foundation, essentially this IWC is commemorating the study of evolution and, at the same time, contributing to it. Safe to say that the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Galápagos Islands is an evolutionary timepiece.
This watch is Previously Enjoyed and was last retailed for $6,900, but you can own it for just $4,250 today through Beverly Hills Watch Company.
This Audemars Piguet is where the world of luxury watches and luxury race cars come together as one. Starting with its carbon fiber construction, which is also the omnipresent material in Formula One race cars and the material used in motorsports across the world, and ending with the mechanical and aesthetic resemblance.
Michael Schumacher, known as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time, believes that the process of making a watch is much like the process of working on a race car. The most intricate details are significant because even the smallest functions have a cause, a connection and an effect.
The AP Grand Prix itself works like a race car, which is how it received its name. The dial reads like the instruments that are on the dashboard, the crown is the gear, and the bezel is the break disk. The rotor that controls the resilience of the race car is much like the rotors that are found within the AP, and the lug nuts on the wheels are much like the screws holding the watch together. When you pop open the hood of a race car and ogle the high performance engine, think of popping open the Audemars Piguet Grand Prix and admiring the movement of the chronograph.
The AP Grand Prix gets its name from the open-wheel race held on a street circuit in downtown Long Beach, California. It was the first race during each year of the World Series starting in 2004, but it was the premier circuit in Champ Car starting in 1996. Till this day, the Long Beach Grand Prix is the longest running major street race in North America, highlighting this AP’s technique, resilience and flair.
The forged carbon is extremely light. Originally made for aeronautics, the forging method had to be altered by AP to cater to molding smaller pieces. Over time, they have adjusted the technique of heating and cooling the molds to be able to create this beautiful luxury timepiece. In result the case has a glistening effect, a silky feel, and although large, chunky and masculine, the forged carbon allows the watch to stay nice and light.
The strap of the watch stays true to its motorsport origins. It’s made of Alcantara which is the same leather used inside race cars. Alcantara is made of 68% polyesters and 32% polyurethane, which mean that it is extremely durable and stain resistant. The look of the strap and its tactile feel is similar to that of suede, which people commonly misinterpret it as.
The look of the watch is sexy and sleek with its red and black carbon case. The characteristics of the dial flirt with the idea of speed and thrill seeking. The only downside of having a carbon fiber watch is that the carbon is very brittle and when banged around, the edges may start to wear down, and eventually crumble. If that does end up happening keep in mind that having to replace the case or bezel of this watch can be expensive, so wear it with care.
You can purchase the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix in either titanium, 18K rose gold or platinum. All three are limited edition and have a limited supply of 1,750 pieces, 650 pieces, and 75 pieces, respectively.
At the end of the day, if you are a luxury watch and a motorsport lover, this is the watch for you. Its core works like the core of a race car. Its body is made out of the same materials as a race car. Therefore, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix Limited Edition Carbon is essentially, the race car of watches.
In 1965, the Rolex Daytona, which was named after the world capital of speed, brought on a new exotic style that introduced a distinctive dial to Rolex enthusiasts. Unlike other watches like Hublot, the Rolex Daytona has kept its classic style over the past five decades. Although the movement of the watch improves each year, when buying a Daytona, you can always depend on its consistency and its iconic look that is effortlessly recognized worldwide.
Last week, I took in a Rolex White Gold Daytona on trade, which was originally purchased new in December of 2014. Its 40mm case fits perfectly on a wide variety of wrists for both men and women. Although it has a versatile body, its ideal companion would be about a 6 to 7 and a half-inch wrist. The absence of the date window on this Daytona and the iconic magnifier that looms over it, also known as the Cyclops, gives the dial a cleaner and less cluttered look. Without the Cyclopes, the dial allows the watch to be used solely for what it’s made for; reading time. I always say that if you own a Daytona you don’t need to know the date.
If a man were to acquire only one luxury watch in his entire lifetime, it should be a Rolex Daytona. Its versatility goes beyond other luxury timepieces, being the perfect piece to pair with flip-flops one day and dress shoes the next. It will also fit under most French cuffs and sleeves without giving you any unnecessary issues.
All luxury watches should be made with precious metals to signify their value and adoration, which this Daytona does. It’s made with 18K solid white gold. I love the slate white gold dial with Arabic numerals, but what highlight the Daytona perfectly are the red accents within the subdials. Also, the Arabic dial is not available in stainless steel, making it exclusive to white gold. It’s also produced in very small quantities, so although the demand for the white gold Arabic dial is high, the production of this beautiful watch is low, making it rare.
You have the option to wear this watch with a strap or a bracelet. In this case, the Daytona is on a strap, but personally I like it best that way because I find it allows me to wear it with different looks. Above, I have changed up the straps and photographed them so that you can see the way the Daytona refashions itself to what works best for you and your style.
What’s incredible about this Daytona is that it’s Previously Enjoyed, which means that, although it may be a unique and extravagant piece, you can purchase it for under $17,000!
It’s 1995 and Sylvester Stallone is walking through the streets of Rome when he spots his first Panerai sitting in the window of a small jewelry store. The watch that was initially designed for the Italian Marina Militare had been available to the civilian market for only two years before Stallone bought one for himself.
His Panerai became his companion during the filming of Daylight and his love for the watch only grew more over time. In fact, he loved it so much that he ordered a couple more for his friends, but this time he had his signature engraved in the case back, creating a special series based on the enterprise of Stallone. The series was called Slytech. Stallone’s love for Panerai hugely influenced the way the public saw the brand and so, he played a part in resurrecting it from the ashes. Stallone asked Panerai to create a limited edition watch called the Daylight, named after his film, followed by a personalized series of the Mare Nostrum. Today Panerai is a luxurious and respected watch that has flooded into watch stores and watch collector’s diverse collections.
If you are looking for a watch with character and a masculine and solid spirit, then like Stallone, the Panerai Luminor Daylight Chronograph is the watch for you!
If I were to compare the Luminor Daylight to any other luxury watch, it would be the Rolex Deepsea, which is not surprising since Panerai was designed and manufactured by Rolex, who also played a part in assisting the scuba diving tactical teams from the Decima Flottiglia MAS operation during World War II. The Luminor Daylight doesn’t go down to advanced depths the way the Rolex Deepsea does, but unless you’re a frogman in the middle of a war or dive beyond 100 feet for pleasure, I don’t think it should be a problem.
As far as aesthetics, I find the wide bracelet and matt finish cool and practical. I like the matted dial because it eliminates any glare, making the face crisp and easier to read. To be completely honest, I don’t believe that the Panerai is really a chronograph brand. Its look and style is more classic and traditional, as apposed to the complexity a chronograph usually offers.
The great thing about the Panerai Luminor Daylight Chronograph is that it’s not ridiculously expensive for such a beautiful and respected watch. The brand and the look of the watch will still strike admiration in the eyes of watch lovers and collectors worldwide. So, being able to buy a Previously Enjoyed Panerai Luminor Daylight Chronograph that will cost you under $7,000 is practically a steal!
One of my personal favorites and truly my dream watch. The opportunity has finally come and I think I will be keeping it. We originally sold this watch new in April of 2014, well after Pateks introduction of the 5270g-001 in 2011. Patek Philippe introduced this masterpiece as their first chronograph perpetual with their fully designed and produced in-house movement. All her predecessors housed the Lemania. It was time Patek released their own and this is what did. The case size, dial clarity, coloring, simplicity and comfort of wear makes this truly a watch to wear often.
Its amazing how many times a day I gaze at the 5270g, not to tell time but appreciate all that has gone into bringing imagination to life. Here’s a little overview of what this masterpiece does and how to read the functions properly. Sub-dial at the nine o’clock position is the second hand for the watch. The Sub-dial at the three o’clock position is the minute counter for the chronograph. The two windows at the top display the day and month. The little round window between the four and five o’clock indicates which year after leap year we are in, keeping in mind leap year happens every four years. The last little sub-dial between the seven and eight o’clock indicates day and night, white indicating day and blue indicating night, thus helping the user with two key points.
Setting calenders on mechanical watches are tricky and if set between the wrong hours of the day will damage the watch. for example the Patek 5270g-001 should never be set between the hours of 8pm through 2AM. What happens is at 8PM the gears in movement will engage the calender to start the transition which will take it through to the following day and release from 2AM on. Well that little window will help you with determining if you are in the AM or PM part of the day eliminating the process of rotating the hour hand past the 12 o’clock to determine which part of the day you are in.
Also by knowing if its AM or PM will obviously help you with setting the time for the right half of the day and thus the your date will set correctly at 12AM. One more thing I forgot to add, the moon dial! Setting the moon dial will keep track of the positioning of the moon to the earth daily as long as the watch is consistently operating daily.
The introduction of the 2014 updated dial for the 5270g-013 & blue dial 014 are gorgeous buy after comparing the two they look to cluttered. The picture bellow of the 5270g-013 shows that they have added the tachometer track which helps one determine speed and distance conversion.
Price tags on these lovelies sticker for just shy of $180K my 5270g-001 realistically will fetch $135K if it were to go to market. This is a must have for the portfolio!
We are adding more and more inventory to our website everyday we have so many excellent live pictures of watches that we figured we should start making Watch picture galleries on our blog. So many time you go to a website selling watches and you get copy and paste photos from the manufacturers. First of all this is not right second it is copywriting material but you really dont get a good sense of what the physical watch looks like. Unless the watch is shipped direct from Switzerland to you (which will never happen) there may be light scratches and or case wear that you cannot see from a stock picture. Thats what makes Beverly Hills Watch Company stand out from all of the other watch retailers.