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New Bikinis for Our Trip

When my husband told me that he was booking us a week long holiday, I asked him where we were going. He refused to tell me, which I figured would happen since he does like to surprise me. I told him I would need at least a couple of hints so I would know what to pack, and he told me that resort wear would be fine. He also told me that we would be spending a lot of time in our swimwear, but that still didn’t give me any clue. We could be going to a tropical island or the coldest place in the world with our own private indoor heated pool.

Regardless, I knew that I wanted to get some new swimwear. Since it was a week long trip, I knew that I was going to get at least two different bikinis or swimsuits, plus a few accessories on top of that. I already knew which website I was going to visit since it is my favorite place to get swimwear. I really like this site because it is so easy to find exactly what I want. Read More

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5 Expensive Watches You Can Gift To Someone You Love

If you are a watch lover, you might have noticed that people can find only three types of watches out there. You can find the ultra-expensive chronograph, the famous dollar store variant, and the important middle-ground. People wearing a low-end watch will do this for utility, but people using middle-ground watches and expensive ones will use them just to reflect class, and that’s important too.

You can find, for example, Invicta watches on the wrists of upper-middle class people, but you will not find a Cartier on their wrists – not even in a million years. However, Invicta produces watches in different price ranges. For instance, you can find an Invicta watch for a couple of hundred dollars, but you can also find an Invicta watch for sale costing thousands of dollars. For instance, the Invicta Bolt Zeus costs a lot of money today.

Now we are going to let you know about some watches that are awesome for any upper-middle-class man out there, so read on to find out more.

1. The Master Control Wristwatch by Jaegar LeCoultre

This watch looks awesome on any wrist, and its Golden-Age look makes it look like a fresh watch. In fact, this timepiece is decades-old. You will see that the Master Control Wristwatch by Jaegar LeCoultre features a gold seal, silver sunburst dial, a 2-day power reserve, and a 1000-hour control. This will allow you to see the perfect time you want even if the watch´s battery runs out of energy – and you have to buy a new battery right away.

2. Omega Seamaster 300

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An Omega Seamaster 300 was seen on Daniel Craig´s wrist. He acted as James Bond, the famous British spy. In fact, any Omega Seamaster 300 is a trendy timepiece, and you will love it. This beautiful watch lands in the precious realm of the upper-middle class due to its price range. The movement of this watch is the famous Co-Axial Caliber 8400, and the Omega Seamaster 300 can also withstand even 1.5 Tesla. Anyway, you can get the Omega Seamaster 300 for around $3,000, and that´s not too expensive.

3. Invicta Watch Bolt

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The Invicta Watch Bolt is just a thunderous, gorgeous chronograph that you should get today. Jason Taylor proudly wore the Invicta Watch Bolt, as he needed a big watch – Jason is quite big and weighs around 260 pounds. You will see the Bolt Zeus in a wide range of combinations and colors, and the watch was named after the famous Lord of Mount Olympus in the awesome Greek mythology.

You will also find out that the stainless steel and gold accents in the Invicta Watch Bolt are just irresistible, and you will adore this fact right away. You will have to set back between $600 and $1000.

4. The Cartier Tank

The Cartier Tank
The Cartier Tank is an old watch, and we mean it. It means that the watch was first introduced in the year 1917. The Cartier Tank is very easy to wear. In fact, you can wear this timepiece all day long, and that´s a lot of time even for an expensive watch. In addition, the Cartier Tank look gorgeous on any wrist out there, and you will love it. You can buy a Cartier Tank for $2,000, and that´s awesome.

5. The Seiko Watch

The Seiko Watch
The Seiko Watch looks like the famous Omega Seamaster 300. This mid-luxury watch will amaze you right away, as the Seiko brand can stand on its own foot when it comes to luxury watches out there. The Seiko Watch just exudes class, and you can wear it in the water too, as it is resistant to water.

Invicta watches are just one style of timepiece available for the upper middle class watch connoisseur. Christina enjoys writing about mens fashion and style in general, and currently pens for various publications on these subjects.

I Have Been Dating a Nice Girl

I started dating this girl a couple of weeks ago and so far it is going pretty well. I have taken her out a couple of times, though I am not really pushing things. She seems like the kind of girl who would make a great long term girlfriend and so I am treating it that way. She has a job at this place that does eyebrow embroidery and to be honest I had no clue what that meant when she told me. From what I gather it might mean a couple of different things, sometimes it is pretty much cosmetic tattooing. However that does not seem to have too much to do with what they do at this place. It does not seem to be very inexpensive regardless. Read More

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How Rolex Watches Stand in a League of Their Own

There is little doubt that the relentless cycles of fashion trends affect us all, no matter if we are ‘fashion conscious’ or not. While some people worship the current tends, trading colours as the seasons progress, noting what hairstyles footballers and celebrities bear so they can mimic them, others claim to have no interest in the passing styles that grip catwalk and pavement alike – yet there is no escape. Whether we like it or not, the clothes, shoes, belts buckles and accessories we wear depend on a select few – those that decide what the shops will sell, and there is no denying that this is a decision based entirely on what is ‘in’ this season.

rolexWatches are no exception to this consumptive force; at the moment a rich, vibrant blue is making a comeback in watch dials right across the market – a pleasant cooling sensation to counter the hot summer perhaps. With so many people influenced by high-profile celebrities that cannot afford to be ‘unfashionable’ (think snide remarks from women’s magazines), fashion is a force to be reckoned with; one that few manufacturers can risk ignoring.

Of the major watch manufacturers, few can safely bypass fashion trends if they wish to survive. Of those that can, the name Rolex instantly springs to mind. Rolex watches are a marvel to look at. Part of the reason that they are so iconic is the fact that the company has found an enormously successful design and stuck with it; a Rolex made thirty or forty years ago is not worlds away from its modern counterpart. The subtle differences in a Rolex’s appearance as it morphs over the years have as much to do with security and technology as to do with aesthetic improvements.

The biggest challenge that Rolex faces is not the endlessly changing (yet, ultimately, endlessly repeating) fashions, but endlessly inventive counterfeiters, desperate to cash in on the golden reputation that Rolex has developed. Over the years, Rolex has tried a number of different security measures, from holograms to laser etched crystal, and as these methods have superseded each other, they have left a minefield of mistakes for counterfeiters to fall into, which can help in their identification. Anyone trying to mimic an older Rolex has to get the security feature correct, as well as the watch’s design.

rolex watchThe subtle design changes that Rolex make every year merely nod in the direction of current trends – the new Submariner has a blue dial and bezel, but an updated model of the classic black version is its counterpoint, and few of the other new models feature much blue at all. The 2009 version of the Cosmograph Daytona is diamond studded, and its only homage to blue are the subtle, tasteful blue numbers around the dial.

While many watch manufactures appear to lead the way in terms of fashions, with new designs that show off technical prowess rather than pure aesthetics, the constant changing designs and appearance of these watches, in size, shape and materials reflects a deeper concern over their image. When a company’s more vintage models look ‘dated’, it is certainly a sign that they have moved with the ebb and flow of fashion, and not, like Rolex, created an utterly timeless fashion of their own.


Basic Care and Maintenance of Rolex Watches

Rolex watches are known for both their precision and elegance. Such a sterling combination of beauty and excellence may be the reason why they command such a high price. Every person who owns a Rolex treats it like a treasured possession. If you own a Rolex and want to cherish it forever, then you have to learn how to take proper care of your watch. A simple care and basic maintenance program will not only keep your Rolex in perfect functioning condition for years to come, but will provide the feel that you are wearing a brand new Rolex every time you wear your watch.


The basic care and maintenance program for Rolex watches includes the following steps:–

1. Wear Your Rolex Regularly
Regular wear and use of your Rolex will keep the watch in perfect running condition. By doing so, you can ensure a constant flow of lubricants in the movement. If not used on a regular basis, these lubricants may harden, causing friction within the movement. Eventually, this friction may damage the functioning of the movement. If you do not wear your Rolex regularly, make sure to wind it at least once a week. This will keep the watch gears moving, thus preventing the lubricants from hardening.

2. Cleaning Your Rolex
Like any other work of intricate artistry and technology, a Rolex requires occasional cleaning and upkeep. There are many places on the watch where dirt, body oils and other greasy particles accumulate, such as between the links on the bracelet, the area joining the case and the bezel, and around the Cyclops lens. On repeated use, you will see clearly such dirt particles on your Rolex. When such particles are seen, the watch will require a thorough cleaning as described below:

–  Before you start cleaning, make sure the winding crown is tightly screwed onto the case.
–  Since you will be using your hands to clean your watch, washing them thoroughly with soap or hand wash so you avoid transferring any dirt or grease.
–  Use lukewarm water to rinse off your watch.
–  Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and ammonia- free mild soap.
–  Apply this soapy water all over your watch using your hands.
–  Now, gently scrub the watch to clean it of all dirt particles. Your old toothbrush can be used as an ideal scrub for this purpose. During scrubbing, submerge the watch and the toothbrush into the soapy water at short intervals.
–  Once you are confident that the Rolex has been cleaned, rinse the watch with lukewarm water.
–  Using a clean and soft cotton cloth, gently pat the watch until dried.
–  Since your cloth may not reach the links on the bracelet, you need to use a blower or hair dryer to remove the excess water from the inner surface of the links.
–  To make your Rolex watch completely dry, you can also use a dry towel to remove any remaining moisture.

3. Removing Scratches from the Bracelet of Your Rolex Watch
The bracelet of your Rolex needs special care, as it is prone to scratches. This is especially true of the Oyster bracelet which features polished center links. By polishing the bracelet once every few months, you can retain the brand new look of your Rolex forever. You easily can remove the scratches from the polished center links with little effort and time expended. All you need is a good quality polishing cloth which can be picked from products designed for removing scratches from polished stainless steel and gold surfaces. Such a cloth comes soaked in a special liquid meant for polishing. These polishing cloths are inexpensive and can be used multiple times. When using the polishing cloth on the surface of your bracelet, there are several things you should keep in mind, including –

–  Make sure you use the cloth only on the polished surface of your bracelet. If you use it on the non-polished surface, it will damage the brushed finish.
–  One way to avoid this error is to use a Q-Tip. You can wrap the cloth around its head and comfortably restrict its movement to the polished surface.
–  Do not exert too much pressure while polishing because only a moderate amount of pressure is needed.
–  Avoid using circular or cross strokes while polishing. Instead, try to follow the flow of the metal. In other words, go with the grain of the surface and not against the grain.
–  A minute of polishing usually is enough to remove the fine scratches that appear like hairlines. You may need to devote more time, however, if the scratches are deeper or more prominent.
–  Finally, avoid polishing surfaces that have no scratches. You will end up removing a fine layer of metal from the surface by way of polishing because the surface has not suffered any indentation in the form of a scratch. Less is more.

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4. Winding Your Rolex
Rolex watches (except Oysterquartz) are perpetual which means they are self winding. On an average, Rolex watches have a power reserve of 48 hours. If not wound after 48 hours, your Rolex will stop running and appear dead. It is not a major issue, however, because you can manually wind your watch. Simply unscrew the crown to position 2 and wind it about 30 to 40 times and once you have done this, screw the crown back down. There are a few points that you should take into account while winding your watch. They include –

–  Winding your Rolex while wearing it on your wrist should be avoided.
–  If found dead or in a non-functioning mode, do not shake your watch.
–  Even after you have wound it, do not shake the watch if it does not start working. Simply, rotate your wrist gently, which will allow the watch to rotate as well and may give the rotor inside the “kick start” it needs.
–  If still the watch does not start, rather than shaking and possibly damaging your Rolex, simply put the watch aside and allow it to start on its own.
–  Never worry about over-winding your watch as every Rolex has a built-in protection mechanism, which does not allow the movement to be over wound.

5. Waterproof Rolex
Most of the Rolex watches come with a tested and guaranteed depth rating of 330 feet. This waterproof nature means that not only can you take a shower wearing your watch, but you also can swim with it. Avoid diving with diving equipment, however, when wearing your watch, because they are not made for deep water. For such aquatic situations, Rolex has created the Submariner and the Sea-Dweller models. When you are diving while wearing these models, however, make sure that the winding crown is tightly screwed down onto the case. Underwater, for any reason, if you have left the winding crown loosely screwed, there is a chance the case may become flooded with water, ultimately damaging your watch. If you choose to purchase a Rolex watch (non-diver’s watches), we suggest the watch should not be worn even while swimming or showering. Treat these watches as only water resistant due to the age and custom work involved with them. Yes, you can wash your hands while wearing your Rolex, but please treat your Rolex with the respect and care that such a great treasure deserves.

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How to Spot a Counterfeit Watch

Whenever you are planning to buy a branded watch, you should make sure that it is a genuine product. It is very important to identify fake watches and to find the ways by which you can be protected from such fraudulent deals. There are a number of counterfeited watch companies that are manufacturing such watches so ingeniously that nobody can easily recognise that it is a fake.

watch for menCounterfeiters are producing imitations of all famous luxury watch brands that are sold worldwide. You can’t get an authentic warranty by getting certificates with same serial numbers in an accurately professional manner. It is very easy to copy boxes, bags, kits, and instruction manuals in an ingenuous manner so that nobody can believe it is a fake product. Rolex is one of the brands suffering at the hands of counterfeiters.

Before buying a genuine watch, you should check whether the materials are genuine, and that the watch comes with a sapphire crystal face and back, without any scratches. The materials used in the manufacturing of the watches will tell you the reality.

If a watch is manufactured with stainless steel or titanium, it will weigh more, while the counterfeit watches are manufactured using aluminum, which is light in weight. You can also estimate the quality of a genuine branded watch by its functioning. If it has a quartz mechanism, it will be a genuine watch.

If you have any doubts while buying a watch that it might be a counterfeit, you shouldn’t buy it, as you will regret it afterward for paying so much. If you want to purchase a Rolex watch, you should know how to spot a fake. You shouldn’t waste your money on counterfeit pieces of jewellery either. According to a Swiss Customer Service survey, approximately 30-40 million counterfeit watches are manufactured per year, so you should be aware of all unscrupulous sellers that are selling fake Rolex watches.

watchIt is estimated that almost 40% of counterfeit watches are manufactured in China, as Chinese manufacturers are using tricks such as presenting the counterfeit watch with a picture of the genuine prestigious watch brand on the boxes. You will also find that the counterfeit version of any latest brand watch reaches the marketplace before the genuine branded version.

There are two kinds of counterfeit watch. The first kind of counterfeited watch are presented with low prices, and have low quality, functionality and design. The second kind of counterfeit watch resembles completely the genuine designer watch, with high price tags. They are manufactured with relatively good quality and materials. Counterfeit Rolex watches are unlawfully sold in the marketplace to gain as much attraction as the original one. This is endemic in Asian countries such as India, Taiwan, China and Korea. These are real counterfeits of European designer watches, as they manufacture replicas of designer watches.

If you buy a Rolex watch, you should check its transparent back case, which has unique features along with a genuine logo design. The weight of the genuine branded Rolex is comparatively heavier than other counterfeit watches. Therefore, you should check and mark the differences between genuine and counterfeit watches before buying them.

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Woman’s Guide to Buying Designer Watches For Men

Buying designer watches for your man, whether it be for your boyfriend or husband, can be frustrating to say the least. Men’s designer watches have come a long way since the first men’s wristwatch was made by Louis Cartier in 1904. Today, there are hundreds if not thousands of different varieties, styles and levels of sophistication of designer watches. This diversity often leaves women confused and overwhelmed at which watch to buy for their man. Do not worry because we are here to help in your decision! By following the simple advice in this guide, you should be able to decide upon which designer watch will suit your man.

Answering just a few simple questions will give you the answer you need!

Classic WatchesWhat type of personality is he – reserved or adventurous?
The more reserved or contemporary man will tend to like the more traditional, classic style watches and maybe even a windup model or pocket watch. Bells and whistles like chronographs and the like will probably mean little to him. Function will be the most important factor in his designer watch. He might prefer more casual brands like Dunhill, Seiko, and Tag Heuer or even the less expensive Casio or Timex.

What is his occupation or what does he like to do for fun?
If he works outdoors or likes to play sports, hike or participate in other outdoor activities, you may want to consider a watch that is more rugged, shock resistant and waterproof. Select a model that has a flexible band that can withstand frequent wrist movement. There are designer watches available for many specific types of activities and occupations such as scuba diving, airplane pilots, military, etc. Most golfers would love to have a Callaway watch.

What are his favorite colors?
Watches are available in almost any color these days and maybe his favorite color would be a deciding factor. One thing to keep in mind is that most men don’t prefer to wear bold, flashy colors and feel more comfortable with darker colors like shades of brown, darker greens and blues. For outdoors men and military minded men, olive green is always a good choice. If your boyfriend or husband is the type that likes maximum exposure then a bright colored watch might be the right choice such as those made popular by Cartier, Patek Philippe and Rolex.

watch for menDoes he have any favorite brands or styles?
Many popular brands such as Kenneth Cole, Oscar de la Renta, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, and Versace have their own watch line, so you probably will not go wrong by choosing one of these. If he likes the brand, in all likelihood he will like their watches.

Is he technology oriented?
The more techie the man, the more he will enjoy any added frills on the watch like chronographs, multiple dials, programming features, pedometers, etc. There are even models that show the position of the planets and the rotation of the earth!

The next time you get your guy out shopping or shopping online, go to the watch section and browse with him. See if anything peaks his interest.

How he dresses on an average day will give you a major clue as to what style of watch he would like. The more casual the dress, the more casual the watch. If he dresses in bright colors, the more flashy the watch. If he typically wears a suit to the office, a more elegant watch will be fitting.

We hope this guide is helpful to women in choosing the best designer watches for the man in their life.

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Classic Watches As an Investment

Watches have been developed many centuries ago. These pieces started only as sundials and later on improved its designs with time. Modern watches are usually worn on the wrist which consists of a bracelet or strap made of leather, metal, alloy or rubber. It also features other useful functions including the date.

There are many types of watches such as digital, mechanical and kinetic. There are also specially designed watches for specific purposes such as for divers, air force and the military. Such specialized pieces consist of added features depending on its purpose and design.

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Digital watches are battery operated and are the most accurate types. Some watches are solar powered, or powered by the movement of the user. Many manufacturers have developed modern watches which consist of small electronic chips and have many features compared to other types of watches.

Classic watches are the most valued type because of its workmanship and design rather than its main function of time keeping. These expensive watches consist of mechanical parts and runs through the power produced by its spring parts. Some of these contain expensive gems. Others are gold plated.

Vintage watches are mostly collected by men because majority of these bear masculine designs. Watches for women are only introduced lately. Besides being a collector’s item, classic watches make perfect gifts which will surely be cherished because its value.

Classic watches not only functions as a timekeeping device but sometimes serve as a symbol of the status of a person’s prestige in the society due to its expensive price. Many of the elite class are number one watch collectors.

Classic watches are considered as a beautiful piece of treasure. However, the authentic pieces are very expensive that it brought rise to many fake counterparts. Fake classic pieces are being sold much cheaper while it copies the image or real watches.

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Collecting classic watches involves a lot of money and is a good investment and needs to be secured and protected. It is important to check the authenticity of the classic watch before purchasing.

There are few things to consider in examining if a timepiece is genuine or fake. The popularity and the condition of the vintage watch is one of the important factors to consider. The history and how many years the watch has existed also increase the value. The condition of the classic watch should also be considered. Some timepieces no longer function properly but are still valued just the same.

As a general rule, a watch can be classified as vintage when it is very rare, limited and exceptional. They can also be classified according to their age. Some of the vintage watches which have been desired and collected by watch collectors include the Gruen Curvex, Cartier Panthere, Rolex Daytona, Vacheron Constantin and Rolex Zephyr.

The hobby of collecting classic watches is rewarding considering that these items are ideal as investments. You can also consider collecting classic watches not in perfect condition and have it fixed to regain its appeal. Some collectors buy malfunctioning pieces, repair and resell them.

Other vintage timepieces are pocket watches. Pocket watches have a high value because these are old designs no longer common nowadays. Pocket watches existed even before wristwatches became a fad. The rarity of this design increases its monetary value.

Most watch collectors do not wear their collections in order to protect it. They usually put it on display and enjoy the privilege of having the rarest watch in their possession.

Among the companies which have created classic watches are Omega, Hamilton, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Rolex, and Vacheron Constantin, to name a few.

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5 Things to Look For When Buying a Rolex

You are a man among men. You command respect. People admire you for the things you do. A man that desires and gets nothing but the best should have the best timepiece ever made.

rolex 1That timepiece would be a Rolex. And you deserve the real thing and not some good lookin’ fake that you picked up for about $700.

With all the hype about Rolex watches, there has been a surge in the replica Rolex industry. In fact, there aren’t many days that go by without a few spam emails in my inbox trying to get me to buy a fake Rolex or other Swiss-made replica luxury watch.

This article was written to help guys like you purchase the Rolex watch that you’ve been wanting and just haven’t had the time to research enough to know you’re not getting scammed. Rolex dealers, master watchmakers, and yes, fake makers, have provided us some helpful tips that could save you both big bucks and big heartaches.

1. Only an authorized dealer can sell a brand new Rolex watch with a factory warrantee. There are no exceptions to this!

2. Straight bands are good bands and kinked bands are bad. First off, if the bracelet doesn’t obviously match the watch, move on down to the next dealer. The bracelet can tell you whether that watch is a real or a fake. Pick up the watch and hold it over a soft surface with the watch facing down. Look at the links in the bracelet. Are they hanging nice and smooth or are they all kinked up? Those bracelet links may stretch a bit over time, but they just don’t kink. If the bracelet is kinked, it’s probably a fake.

3. One of the most telling aspects of Rolex fakes is that the second hand “ticks” second by second around the dial instead of running smoothly as it would on a real Rolex watch.

rolex4. Another notable feature of a genuine Rolex is the bubble-like date window that magnifies the date on the GMT, Submariner and other models. If the date number appearing in that window or the magnifying bubble itself are crooked or a little off center, you are looking at a fake.

5. Genuine Rolex timepieces have a Hologram-encoded sticker on the back of the watch. There is reference number unique to the watch and above is a hologram Rolex crown logo. While fake Rolexes might have stickers on the back, they’re usually not true holograms and don’t change appearance when rotated or viewed from different angles.

If you want to order a used Rolex online; to avoid being swindled, read these tips:

1. Check the Web site’s address and make sure it ends in .com or something else familiar. Also make sure that the website isn’t hosted by a free domain company like Geocities or Tripod.

2. When buying from EBay, always check that sellers rating and read some of their most recent feedback. Send multiple emails with questions about the item. Where did it come from? What is the serial number? When was it last serviced? Is it keeping good time? If they don’t respond, they are not your seller. There will always be another seller with another used Rolex that will work perfectly for you.