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Wednesday, 03 November 2021 09:46

Introducing SwatchPAY!

Swatch PAY launchesThe payment function of SwatchPAY! is hidden; it has never been so easy to impress friends when it’s time to pay for a round of drinks.

How does it work? Hidden inside each model with the SwatchPAY! feature is a Near Field  Communication (NFC) chip that works in the same way as the ones in bank cards to enable contactless payments. The added benefit is that the NFC chip doesn’t drain the watch battery. Simply move the watch close to the payment terminal at the checkout counter, the terminal reader exchanges payment information with the chip, and that’s all there is to it!  Lost the watch? Don’t panic. Wearers can suspend or reactivate the payment function of the watch with a single tap on a smartphone or tablet using the SwatchPAY! app at any time. Like all other Swatch models, watches with SwatchPAY! are water-resistant to a depth of 30 metres.

"Never has contactless payment been this popular! We are all excited to launch SwatchPAY! in the UK," says Bernardo Tribolet, Swatch Head of Trendscouting. "Setting up your SwatchPAY! is simple, fast and does not come at any extra cost. Introducing this cool tokenised payment method, makes contactless secure and easier than ever. No need to activate the payment function separately or keep the watch within range of your connected smartphone. Activate your Swatch, swipe it and you’re done. SwatchPAY! is simple, stylish, safe and very Swatchy”.

The cool payment innovation is powered by Curve in the UK. "Curve is all about making money work on your terms and is delighted to be able to offer the convenience of watch payments to customers who want to wear traditional watches that fit 21st century expectations. Nothing could be a better pairing than Swatch's stylish designs and Curve's seamless technology," says Shachar Bialick, Founder and CEO of Curve.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021 13:05

Citizen X Star Wars Collection

Citizen star wars watchesCitizen's new range of watches inspired by the vast Star Wars galaxy has landed. A retro-futuristic appeal, the ANA-DIGI TEMP model was first popularised by Citizen in the 1980s in the Japanese market and globally.

The multifunctional face features analogue and digital time displays, a celsius temperature sensor, themed sub-dials and an alarm, which all integrate iconic character design. Extras include Star Wars character illustrations engraved on the case back.

Left - Citizen X Star Wars Collection - From £269

TheChicGeek says, "Even without the Star Wars tie-up they are a great re-edition. These are super cool Japanese designs from the 80s which never get old. I particularly like the blue and orange ones."

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Josh O'Connor Bulgari watches ambassadorBvlgari is proud to announce a new partnership with the Golden Globe award-winning actor, Josh O’Connor. Josh represents the best and brightest of young British actors and joins the Bvlgari family as an ambassador for watches.

Josh O'Connor Bulgari watches ambassador Octo Finissimo Automatic watch

For his virtual attendance at this year’s ceremony and his win in the Best Actor in a Drama Series category, Josh O’Connor opted for a BVLGARI Octo Finissimo S watch in steel with black dial.
Octo Finissimo Automatic watch with mechanical manufacture movement, automatic winding, platinum micro rotor, small seconds, extra-thin satin-polished stainless steel case and bracelet, transparent case back and black matte dial. Water-resistant up to 100 metres.

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Below - BVLGARI - Octo Finissimo S Watch - £9950

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Wednesday, 17 February 2021 17:36

Label To Know William Wood Watches

new menswear labels to know william wood watchesWilliam Wood is a British luxury watch brand up-cycling firefighting materials into unique luxury watches. Founder Jonny Garrett was inspired to create William Wood Watches in memory of his heroic firefighting grandfather and a percentage of sales are donated to firefighting charities.

Each watch contains a piece of firefighting heritage - part of a 1920s London Fire Brigade brass helmet is melted into every crown and the straps for each collection are made from hand-cut British fire hose that has served and protected the UK Fire and Rescue Service for over a decade, and you can still smell the rich smokiness in the red, yellow, blue or cargo green rubber.

Founded in 2016, William Wood has plans afoot to convert a closed British fire station into their showroom and flagship store. There are three limited-edition watch collections and a fourth - Triumph - due to be launched in March this year.

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TheChicGeek says, “This is a fun and strong concept. I love the coloured rubber watch straps and where they all come from; London Fire Brigade Red, West Midlands Fire Service Yellow, Tyne & Wear Fire Service Blue and British Armed Forces Fire Unit Green.”

Below - William Wood - Triumph Collection - £2,150

From 1st March 2021

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Wednesday, 03 February 2021 14:32

Bremont Rugby Union 150th Watch

Bremont RFU 150 Rugby Union WatchAs Official Timing Partner to both England Rugby and Twickenham Stadium, Bremont commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) with the release of its Limited Edition RFU 150 watch. Limited to only 150 pieces, the new timepiece honours this veritable milestone in British sporting history.

Bremont was honoured to have announced its partnership with the RFU in 2020, a partnership which has seen the British watch company delivering all of Twickenham stadium’s official time-related match day content, including branded match clocks around the stadium.

The Bremont RFU 150 features a chronometer rated movement with 24h GMT hand as well as the Bremont patented protective anti-shock movement mount. The 43mm satin and polished stainless steel case is fitted with a uni-directional rotating blueBremont RFU 150 Rugby Union Watchceramic bezel and features an automatic helium escape valve and crown protector. The bezel also allows keen timekeepers to keep an eye on the match playing time with indicators showing the approach of half/full time in red and any extra-time added on in white.

The dial is inspired by the blue tone of the England rugby team alternative kit and the inner dial ring is proudly stamped ‘Twickenham’. The closed case back features the RFU’s new, specially designed, Heritage Rose emblem celebrating the anniversary, taking inspiration from the first rose that featured on the players’ caps from 1871 (and
still does today).
 
Left & Above - Bremont - RFU 150 - £3995
 
 
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Monday, 21 September 2020 13:50

Omega 2020 Releases

Even though a lot of things have been put on hold in 2020, there are some brands that are always ready to tackle more challenges. With that in mind, Omega has released a few new watches in 2020 that will intrigue anyone interested in precious timepieces, no matter if you’re a collector of precious watches or getting ready for an important event. With a brand new watch on your wrist, you’ll feel as the red carpet has been rolled down under you.

Join us on a ride through the new eye-catching portfolio of exquisite watches and you might just find a piece that meets your needs. We’ll present our top three picks from this year’s releases, focusing on the ones with a fascinating background.

Omega Moonwatch

Omega has decided to recreate their legendary Omega 321 calibre watches that have been worn by the Apollo 11 crew 51 years ago. For the July anniversary of the moon landing, the watch giant came out with the Omega Moonwatch — the second generation of the 321 calibres. The original watch is known as the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel, and it holds a special place in the prestigious family of Omega watches.

The timepiece is not a limited edition, meaning that you can get the true connection to space history it offers anytime. The Apollo 11 mission holds a special place in the hearts of many space enthusiasts, meaning that the second generation of the Moonwatch is a cherished timepiece around the world.

Seamaster Diver 300m

Another significant timepiece in Omega’s collection is the Seamaster Diver 300m. The new edition of the Seamaster Diver 300m has been advertised along with the latest James Bond film that is set to be released in November 2020. Although we got a sneak peek of the watch when it was showcased during the 50th anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, we’re surely looking forward to seeing it on Daniel Craig’s wrist.

Omega watches have been a part of the James Bond franchise since 1995, especially the Seamaster collection, as Bond is portrayed as a Royal Navy commander. Until the film hits the theatres, you can enjoy both the gold and the platinum edition of the Seamaster Diver 300m.

Seamaster Planet Ocean America’s Cup

We wouldn’t want to leave out an outstanding new timepiece available around the world — Seamaster Planet Ocean 36th America’s Cup Limited Edition. The latest edition of the timepiece first raced in 1851 is ready to continue the tradition as a source of rivalry and fantastic sailing duels. In March 2020, the 36th edition of the watch was presented in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.

The newest edition of the Seamaster Planet Ocean America’s Cup is manufactured from 2,021 pieces of the finest materials and quality. The polished white ceramic dial is positioned above an Omega Master Chronometer 8900 movement. The red, blue, and white design perfectly embodies the patriotic spirit, as you can see red and white liquid ceramic inserts perfected for the regatta countdown. The brand’s capabilities are impeccably illustrated in the engineering of this timepiece.

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Monday, 05 August 2019 15:17

#OOTD 124 Can't See The Wood For The Dries

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Dries Van Noten Shirt Grenson Falke socks sandals American Vintage Kronaby Verner PantonWhen you can't see the wood for the Dries... it's probably time to step back, remember it's only August and just chill. We still have weeks of summer left.

For summer evening wear, team a nice shirt - this has a classic 1970s Verner Panton print - with a smart pair of loose trousers and sandals with socks. Who gives a French tuck?!

Credits - #Gifted Shirt - Dries Van Noten from Harrods, Trousers - American Vintage, Sandals - Grenson, Socks - Falke, Watch - Kronaby

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Dries Van Noten Shirt Grenson Falke socks sandals American Vintage Kronaby Verner Panton

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Dries Van Noten Shirt Grenson Falke socks sandals American Vintage Kronaby Verner Panton

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Dries Van Noten Shirt Grenson Falke socks sandals American Vintage Kronaby Verner Panton

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Dries Van Noten Shirt Grenson Falke socks sandals American Vintage Kronaby Verner Panton

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Monday, 05 June 2017 15:09

#OOTD 103 Thomas Sabo Watches #Sponsored

Thomas Sabo WatchesTheChicGeek teams up with Thomas Sabo in this special OOTD to highlight their new mesh watch collection. Strong and stylish, this collection of watches feature stainless steel-coloured mesh bracelets and sunray finish dials with coordinated silver-coloured indices and hands.

The monotone colour palette and striped detailing inspired the rest of TheChicGeek's outfit while on his way to catch TheChicGeek Express. The clean lines and striking two-tone colourway are as timeless as black and white itself. It made TheChicGeek think if only everything in life was this clean cut?! 

Left - TheChicGeek is wearing Thomas Sabo ‘Rebel Spirit’ Watch - £180

Find out more about the new Thomas Sabo collection here

Credits - Watch - Thomas Sabo, Cardigan - Pretty Green X John Smedley, T-Shirt - Sunspel, Trousers - Raf Simons X Fred Perry, Shoes - Sperry, Socks - adidas, Spectacles - Neubau, Fragrance - Azzaro Pure Chrome - Read TheChicGeek Fragrance Review here, After Shave Balm & Shaving Cream - Frederic Malle, Face Cream - Buly

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 15:01

ChicGeek Comment The Future of Luxury Watches

The Future of Luxury WatchesSomething occurred to me the other day with regards to the watch business. Much like the oil industry which continues to pump out millions of barrels of oil, despite the price falling, in order to fend off or weaken the burgeoning fracking industry, (it’s a lost cause, btw, but what other options are there?) the watch industry is doing much the same thing: pumping out large volumes of product at all different price levels trying to keep themselves desirable and relevant.

Left - Are luxury watches sinking for good?

The smartwatch was a catalyst, and while it hasn’t really dented the traditional watch market, it was already under threat from people using their phones to tell the time and the slightly old-fashioned, pompous and alienating approach many Swiss brands/makers have.

Global Blue’s latest data for the third quarter of 2016 show global spending on watches is down -32%. The UK aside, which is experiencing a blip due to the weakness of the pound, Global Blue’s latest year-to-date data shows that the W&J (Watches & Jewellery) category has been hardest hit by the global luxury spending slowdown. 

The reasons they give are: Chinese are buying fewer watches due to the conspicuous consumption crackdown, higher import duties are a major deterrent, as is the dual effect of less attractive product and lack of price differentials. Plus the landscape is dramatically different now that global shoppers are deterred from visiting Europe due to the persistent perception of reduced safety and threat of terrorism.

Like all industries that experience rapid growth it will inevitably lose momentum and stall. They are trying to offer something special, but in volume, which is an oxymoron. They are also not very transparent at helping consumers know what they are buying and paying big bucks for.

They’ve opened huge flagships to showcase their brands in insulation, so as not to be contaminated by any others, but it’s not sustainable. Recently, Mike France, co-founder of internet watch retailer Christopher Ward, said, when talking about mono-brand watch stores, the “Regent Street model cannot be economically viable”. He said: “Ultimately they will die. Some of them will remain, but most of them will die. At the moment stores are flags for the brands; most of them lose a fortune.”

The volumes the industry are churning out are unsustainable too and has taken the 'luxury' halo off the industry. They are in a damned if they do and damned if they don’t situation. 

Lots of consumers are turned off by the prices and are turning towards the ‘pre owned watches’ or 'second hand watches' market for something different or if they still want a status symbol-type brand at a price that they can afford and justify.

I’ve also heard branded/licensed watches in the mid-market are struggling and many brands and fashion companies which don’t specialise in this area are leaving the category all together.

Luxury watches are at a crossroads. Will we look back in a few years and find it funny that people used to wear lumps of mechanical metal on their wrists? Only time will tell.

 

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Monday, 05 September 2016 15:21

Label To Know Instrmnt

label to know men's watch Instrmnt‘Minimal’ men’s watches have continued their rise in popularity over the last few years with many brands offering different styles at price points to suit nearly all budgets. Simplicity and design are the key to the male modernists who fill their Instagram accounts with Brutalist concrete and tiled floors.

It’s difficult to find a perfectly balanced minimal watch, some are either too simple or not elegant enough. I think two young Glaswegian guys, Pete Sunderland and Ross Baynham, who met while studying at Glasgow Caledonian University, have found the perfect solution.

Their company, Instrmnt, make the best minimal watches I’ve seen. They have just the right amount of design, detail and movement. They also have the feel of a good quality watch, that gets better the more you use it, at a price that, while not cheap, is definitely something we can all afford. 

You get to assemble the watch yourself - perfect for all those watch geeks - see below. The calf leather straps are crafted in the valleys of the Bavarian Forest, Germany and Instrmnt has their own store located on Glasgow’s Parnie street in the city's Trongate area selling other niche labels alongside their watches.

Left & Below - Instrmnt - 01-C - £180

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Instrument has their own store located on Glasgow’s Parnie street in the city's Trongate areaLeft - Instrmnt has their own store located on Glasgow’s Parnie street in the city's Trongate area

 

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