Top 4 New Year’s Resolutions Made Easy With Watches12:27 pm
Firstly, a Happy New Year from everyone here at Ethos! A new year brings with it an array of hopes, desires, dreams and resolutions. Oh yes, the dreadful resolutions! The end of a year is usually a time to take a quick walk down memory lane and reflect on the changes that we want or need to make. Deciding on making a change is easy. The execution, well, not so much. While one may start off the year with good intentions, there is every possibility of your well-thought out plans turning into major setbacks and utter despair. The fact of the matter is, as research suggests, that just 8% of the people are successful in following and achieving their New Year Goals and Resolutions.
The internet is filled with quick and easy tips that help you in achieving your goals and dreams for 2016. We at The Watch Guide will do the same but with a little help from, yes you guessed it, watches! We have included the Top 4 New Year’s Resolutions made easy with watches. The list includes the most common goals a person sets as their New Year’s Resolutions and how the corresponding watches help in achieving each and every one of them. So this New Year, don’t let your longstanding history of half- accomplished resolutions keep you down. Get up and get moving!
“This year I want to live a healthier life and be fit”
-Frederique Constant Horological Smart Watch
Fitness is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. It requires a certain amount of dedication and discipline to achieve your fitness goals. If living healthier and being fit without strapping on another “fitness band” on your wrist is your main priority, then this watch was made for you.
Frederique Constant has come up with its very own smartwatch, the Horological Smart Watch, that tracks your overall fitness with a step and sleep tracker. Although, one may argue that there are many dedicated smart watches in the market, Frederique Constant beautifully combines state of the art innovation from Silicon Valley and the traditional Swiss watch craftsmanship of Switzerland.
Available in two dial colours (black and silver), the watch sits big on the wrist at 42mm with a case thickness of 13.5mm. It houses an MMT (Manufacture Modules Technologies)-285 connected caliber movement which has a battery life of 2 years and a MotionX sensor.
The dial of the watch looks very simple with a simple design structure all around. The sub-dial at 6 o’clock is where all the action takes place. It not only serves as a date display but also shows you information about your daily activity. The daily activity hand on the outer ring of the sub-dial displays the percentage (the marking starts from 0-100) of your daily goal achievement. The inner ring which displays the date also includes a moon; as the Frederique Constant Horological Smart Watch also tracks your sleep, you can set the watch to sleep mode by pressing the crown which shifts the hand to the moon. The Perfect watch for an avid watch lover and fitness enthusiast.
“This year I want to travel more”
- Breitling Chronomat GMT
Finally, you are ready to take that long-overdue trip you have been meaning to take for over a year. ‘Travel more’ has been a very common New Year’s Resolution amongst the young and the old. Each year people promise their partners or themselves to travel more and take a break. If you are part of the elusive 8% mentioned above, here is the perfect companion, the Breitling Chronomat GMT to help you in your travel adventures and escapades this 2016.
Equipped with a GMT and tachymeter, the watch is a traveller’s dream. While it sits heavy on the wrist with a diameter of 47mm, the size is a welcome addition to the much needed large Chronomat GMT watch. With its easy user-friendly interface and a 24 hour home time display, keeping track of time whilst you travel the world will be easy and hassle-free. With just a pull and turn of the crown, you can adjust the time easily and move between various time zones.
Its exclusive design and style gives ‘travelling in style’ a whole new dimension. Powered by the new and efficient self-winding chronograph, Breitling Caliber 04, the watch has been certified by the highest degree of precision – the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute). The case is made of steel and is water-resistant up to 500 meters. The unidirectional diver’s rotating bezel is engraved with numerals and the dial of the watch looks organised with applied hour-markers. It also includes the 24-hour GMT graduated scale. The hands of the dial are all coated with a luminescent material enhancing the readability of the watch, day and night. If you are looking for high performance in all parts of the world, this watch should definitely top your list.
“This year I want to value time and learn the art of Time Management”
-Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon
What better way to help you in your endeavour to manage and value time than an excellent piece of Haute Horlogerie like the Jacquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon wrapped around your wrist. So every time you look down upon your wrist and see this exquisite piece mindlessly tick-tocking away, it will remind you of the slow and steady passing of time. Elegant designing is Jacquet Droz’s forte and the Grande Seconde Tourbillon does not disappoint! It comes in the usual ‘eight’ shape with the small hour and minute dial and a large second-dial. The famous figure 8 dial design has been used marvellously, enclosing a classy tourbillon in the seconds dial. The use of silicon for the balance spring provides flexibility and renders unaffected by magnetism. Motivation enough to keep up with your New Year’s Resolution!
Apart from the elegant design and the tourbillon complication, the materials used for this particular watch are exemplary. The dial is the focal point which is made of enamel (a rare and difficult-to-manufacture material) which gives the surface of the dial a certain appeal and unique style. Using a special technique called the Grand Feu (which involves several firings in the oven), the dial of the watch gives out a unique depth and dimension to the usually flat surface. Visually astounding, the watch does not compromise on readability.
Powered by a 25JD, self-winding tourbillon movement with an 18-carat red gold oscillating weight, the workings of the tourbillon as seen from the dial are unique and blend in perfectly with the overall style of the watch. Although it sits heavy on the wrist at 43mm as compared to any dress watch, it more than makes up for this by the curved lugs which give the watch enough support. The case back has a see-through sapphire crystal exhibition of the movement. This watch ticks all the boxes of a ‘grande’ watch with a superb dial, complication, movement and a case inclusive of an elegant design and modern features. Setting a very high-standard, this watch definitely defines ‘Haute Horlogerie’.
“This year I want to try new things and get more out of life”
-Corum Bubble Limited
Are you the kind of person who is very sure of who you are and what your likes and dislikes are? You hardly try out a new restaurant or a new route back home after work? If your answer is in the affirmative, then you might just be stuck in a rut. Someone once said, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”, so trying new things and not sticking to your usual routine is the best way to build memories and moments that take your breath away. If you are looking to get out of your rut and try out new things, The Watch Guide helps you with the most basic step; changing your look. You might have been wearing the same old watch for as long as you can remember. The same colour, the same strap, the same design. Why not try a different one? A watch that does not (for the first time) scream YOU! Something unique, something different. The intricately unique Corum Bubble Limited is a great watch to start.
The Corum Heritage Bubble makes a triumphant return after 15 years. Unique and unorthodox in its design, the watch has grown from 45 to 47mm, this time around. Keeping in close approximation to the original Corum Bubble, the thick sapphire crystal that constitutes the “bubble” is itself 8mm thick.
This whopping 18.8mm Bubble watch, much like its predecessor, sits big on the wrist with no option of hiding it under your shirt cuff! The Bubble skeleton is housed in a stainless steel case wherein the dial has been removed revealing the self-winding CO 082 calibre movement. The see-through skeletonised view of the movement through the bubble crystal reveals the uncluttered and magnificent workings of the watch. Add to it, the skeletonised hands which further enhance the style and design of the dial. Fitted with alligator leather straps and curved lugs, the watch although huge, sits perfectly well on all size of wrists, big or small. A win-win for any watch-lover!
Here is a list of watches that make keeping up with New Year’s Resolutions easy. What are your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions? How do you plan to achieve them? We are interested. Let us know in the comments section below.
Features Writer, The Watch Guide
A budding watch enthusiast with an undying love for crime fiction and a soft spot for fantasy too!