How to Transform Your Watch into a Sporty Look in a Snap with a NATO Strap

 |  September 22nd, 2016

Want to take your watch from nice to “wow” when it comes to sporty appeal? Try on a NATO strap and you may never go back. Essentially, a NATO strap is a military-style strap that can be slipped through the watch lugs, looped under the caseback and out the other lug to attachto the wrist as a single piece of fabric or leather instead of the traditional watch strap that has two sides and closes with a buckle. Today’s NATO straps are most often made of nylon, canvas or leather (sometimes other materials, as well) that is rugged and can be removed from the watchcase easily, and be cleaned or replaced. These straps close via traditional hole-and-pin style buckles, so there is no…

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Inside the Manufacture: A Close-UP Look at Bulgari Watchmaking

 |  September 14th, 2016

Earlier this year, we had the unique opportunity to go where few have ever gone before: inside the Bulgari Manufacture.  I wrote about that experience in IW Magazine, and now, we bring some of that insight to our faithful readers at ATimelyPerspective. This Italian-born Bulgari (founded in Rome in 1884) has been bringing exceptional watches to the forefront in recent years, with  some world-record setting timepieces joining the high-jeweled and haute horology ranks.  Much of that growth and development is the result of strong leadership — after all the brand is under the vigilant eye of veteran watch industry executive Jean-Christophe Babin, whose keen knowledge of the industry, eye for product and lust for cutting-edge technology has brought the brand to all new…

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4 Things to Look for when Buying a Dive Watch

 |  August 27th, 2016

Planning your last hurrah of the summer? Maybe a Labor-Day-Weekend Dive trip? If so, you may want to think about having the right watch to accompany you on your dive into the deep blue seas. Today’s watch brands have pulled out all the stops, offering highly technical precision timepieces that easily withstand the elements. Here we bring you four important things to look for in a dive watch. 1) Water resistance Dive watches are not a new category, though they have gained in popularity for wear both in and out of the water. Often watch brands seek outside help from experts in the dive world as they build their professional timepieces. Dive watches have to meet certain diving standards to be considered true dive…

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5 Things You Need to Know about Water Watches for Sailing, Diving and Swimming

 |  August 24th, 2016

Summer isn’t over yet! There is still plenty of time for diving, swimming, yacht racing and more. As such,  we bring you five things you may want to know about a variety of water watches before donning them for your dive, sail, or other activity. Q: Why do true dive watches have bezels that turn in only one direction? A: The uni-directional bezel found on top-notch dive watches is there as a safety feature. The one-way bezels turn counterclockwise only so that if the watch is accidentally banged in a dive, the bezel will not move clockwise, which would mean that elapsed dive time indicated on the watch would be less than the actual elapsed time  — which could cause…

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Four (well, really five) Swiss Watch Museums to Visit this Summer

 |  June 30th, 2016

Watch lovers who travel to Switzerland need to know that in addition to great chocolate and exquisite timepieces, the country offers one of the richest histories in watchmaking — and boasts some enviable museums.  Planning a trip over this summer? Don’t miss out on these four great museums — but keep in mind, there are many more than these, as this is the  cradle of mechanical watchmaking. Top on the list is the Geneva-based Patek Philippe Museum. Prepare yourself, thought, a visit here will take at least half a day or longer as it is rich with everything from automatons to repeaters, tourbillons and so much more. You can read a detailed article about the museum here, but suffice it to know that…

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