Since the first Grand Seiko watch was released in 1960, the premium Japanese brand has continued to delight with their exceptionally sharp lines and clean designs. Today there are more Grand Seiko fans than ever before thanks to concerted efforts to make it a truly global brand.

Five of the best watches that exude “robust elegance”

robust elegance

Last week I touched upon the idea of robust elegance after spotting fitness model Jen Selter wearing her Rolex Datejust 36 in a variety of scenarios, from performing intense workouts to going out for dinner. A watch that can transition in this way is crucial for most collectors who don’t have an unlimited budget and therefore need a watch to be highly versatile. A watch meets my criteria of “robust elegance” if it offers the characteristics of a sportier timepiece in a way that can also translate to more formal settings. In short, it’s a watch that ticks multiple boxes. So, I wanted to take a moment to highlight five of the best watches that exude “robust elegance” and prove themselves to be incredibly balanced in both form and function. Grand Seiko Snowflake SBGA211 Grand Seiko’s grammar of design creates a high standard for the brand’s timepieces, effectively a set of criteria each piece must have in order to make the grade. While the majority of you will be familiar with their presence of “light” and “shadow” dynamics through mixed finished surfaces, the other half of the equation, aside from killer aesthetics, is a robust build. This is why watches… Read More

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What does the “fit and finish” of a watch actually mean and should I even care?

“Fit and Finish”. If you search watch forums enough or eyeball videos on Youtube, you will undoubtedly run into this term. Initially, I had an inkling as to what it was referencing, but I hadn’t grasped its importance or whether I should even care. But as I started to dig deeper, I began to get a better handle on what fit and finish really means to a collector and when it should matter. This is what I’ve found. Fit Here is an assignment. Take your favourite watch that is on its stock bracelet. Spread it open between both hands and place it between a light source and your eyes. Focus in on where the bracelet meets the lugs. Do you see that light shining through? That’s an example of fit. Fit on a watch directly correlates to the tolerances a brand is willing to accept during manufacturing. The smaller the tolerances are, the better the fit. Other examples of fit on a watch can be found in the amount of stretch you see in the bracelet or the amount of play when rotating the timing bezel (if you have one). Is there too large of a gap between the bezel… Read More

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Knowledge is power: 5 things we wish all watch brands told us

A picture might be able to tell a thousand words, but there’s still no substitute for evaluating a watch in the metal. Increasingly, however, many of us buy our watches online, so trying on a watch is often not an option prior to purchase. That’s why at Time+Tide we believe that brands need to start offering certain info to help a consumer buy with great confidence. Here, we asked the editorial team for 5 things we wish all watch brands told us. Thickness Believe it or not, some press releases and brand e-commerce do not always disclose this pillar measurement. It is really quite astounding because the dominant duo of measurements everyone expects is diameter and thickness, and many of us are even looking to see the full holy trinity of measurements: diameter, thickness, and lug-to-lug. The thickness of a watch is a highly desirable measurement for buyers to know, as it not only determines whether or not the watch will slide under the cuff, but also how the watch situates itself on the wrist. Especially for those who prefer the watches to have a looser fit, a thicker watch typically translates to a heavier watch and its greater mass… Read More

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Five of the best watches that exude “robust elegance”

robust elegance

Last week I touched upon the idea of robust elegance after spotting fitness model Jen Selter wearing her Rolex Datejust 36 in a variety of scenarios, from performing intense workouts to going out for dinner. A watch that can transition in this way is crucial for most collectors who don’t have an unlimited budget and therefore need a watch to be highly versatile. A watch meets my criteria of “robust elegance” if it offers the characteristics of a sportier timepiece in a way that can also translate to more formal settings. In short, it’s a watch that ticks multiple boxes. So, I wanted to take a moment to highlight five of the best watches that exude “robust elegance” and prove themselves to be incredibly balanced in both form and function. Grand Seiko Snowflake SBGA211 Grand Seiko’s grammar of design creates a high standard for the brand’s timepieces, effectively a set of criteria each piece must have in order to make the grade. While the majority of you will be familiar with their presence of “light” and “shadow” dynamics through mixed finished surfaces, the other half of the equation, aside from killer aesthetics, is a robust build. This is why watches… Read More

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The best 21st birthday watches for every budget

21st birthday watches

Twenty-first birthdays mean different things around the world. It could mean your first legal drink in America, graduating college, or even starting a new job or internship. The common thread is that you are full on adulting now, and at Time+Tide we believe part of being a grown-up is having a trusted wristwatch strapped to your wrist. We get it: watches are not something that anyone absolutely needs in the era of the modern pocket watch – the smartphone. But we also know that many of you still want one anyway, as they stir up a practical and emotional connection with their wearer – an artistic utility that serves as a form of expression on your wrist. At the age of 21, however, I believe the best avenue to travel down is what I call the “robust elegance” category. Sporty watches that have a bit or formal flair, which means they can be highly versatile and survive both foam and formal parties. Therefore we have assembled a list of 21st birthday watches that fit the bill, from least to most expensive, whether you want to gift one to a loved one or even gift one to yourself. Hamilton Khaki Field… Read More

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VIDEO: The mesmerising dial of the icy blue Grand Seiko SBGY007

Seiko SBGY007

Grand Seiko has continually dazzled us this past year with a variety of strong releases. Each reference upholds the brand’s grammar of design, a winning formula to produce highly technical and aesthetic timepieces. One of the most well-known designs is the Grand Seiko SBGA211 Snowflake, a modern classic within the catalogue. But while revered, some purists felt the dial was too complicated with a date window and power reserve indicator on the dial – leaving some imagining what a clean Snowflake dial would look like. Grand Seiko has now introduced something of an answer to that query, the new Grand Seiko SBGY007 – a slender stainless-steel Elegance Collection watch equally inspired by Japan and its surrounding nature. The classic but modern specifications will appeal to a broad audience of wrists, with a diameter of 38.5mm, thickness of 10.2mm, and compact lug-to-lug measurement of 43.4mm. The rounded stainless-steel case features Zaratsu distortion-free mirror finishing to the front facing elements of the case, its sides finished with a rich satin brush. The outer lug shoulders have a hairline polished bevel to add vintage sensibilities to its geometry. At a rushed first glance you might assume the Snowflake has finally arrived in a… Read More

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If you could only bring one: The 6 best watches to take on holiday for every budget

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Let’s clarify this at the outset. Best is obviously subjective, and if you read my story on how the DOXA SUB 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US Divers Limited Edition was the perfect vacation watch for my recent trip to Aruba you may already be familiar with my personal criteria. To recap, I try to only take one watch with me when I travel, which means that it has to tick multiple boxes. The watch needs to offer versatile looks, robustness, water resistance as well as being sufficiently under-the-radar that I don’t have to worry about being targeted. Here, I’ve assembled a list of six watches from least to most expensive (under $100 – $7000 USD) that I believe fit the bill as ideal options to take on your next holiday. Under $100 USD: G-Shock ref. GMAS2100-7A I challenge anyone reading this to pick a better watch under $100 USD. At this price tier it is hard to top G-Shock, and in particular the incredibly hot and in-demand line of “Casioaks”. These inexpensive robust watches earned their nickname due to their octagonal, Royal Oak-like profile. The GMAS2100-7A is a great option for all to consider not just because it is currently in… Read More

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