Thursday, 26 March 2009

Luminox Watches

These are seriously cool watches. They are completely solid so no amount of bashing them is likely to cause them any harm or damage and they use an incredible system of illumination that allows you to tell the time in the pitch black without even needing to push a button. This illumination system works by using micro gas lights that glow continuously in the dark. It is a system developed by the world leader in the luminous compound industry so you know it is not going to let you down. They don’t need an external light source to charge unlike traditional luminous watches so they are perfect if you are out at night and they glow 100 times brighter than the traditional variety too.

In fact so effective and tough are these particular watches that they are the preferred choice of US Navy Seals, S.W.A.T, Canadian Special Forces, Secret Service, US Air Force, FBI, L.A.P.D and N.Y.P.D! That is quite a list!

They have a very good but tough looking design - you get the impression you could run a tank over these and then simply put it back on your wrist! This coupled with the fact the illumination system will continue working for 25 years means this watch has some serious staying power.

We supply a whole range of Luminox watches at ZG and would be happy to offer further information about them if you require. The price of these watches vary from £100 to £500 depending on the model you would like. Please feel free to contact our staff for more information and advice. Have any of you got a Luminox watch? Has the tough design stood the test of time with you? Send in your comments below.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Kenneth Cole Watches

Kenneth Cole made his name selling shoes over 20 years ago and has since then become a dominant player in the world of fashion across the entire world.

Wanting to showcase his line of shoes at Market Week in New York back in the 80’s when he was just starting out, he did not have the money for a hotel room or showroom to display his items. Not one for quitting he looked to hiring a trailer and parking it close by to the action. Unfortunately for Cole however, permits for a trailer were only granted to production companies. Still determined to press on, Cole simply renamed his company “Kenneth Cole Productions” and got a license to film the production “The Birth of a Shoe Company.” As the subsequent film can testify to, his shoes proved a massive hit with thousands flying off the shelves literally overnight.

It comes of very little surprise that the innovative and entrepreneurial businessman has since branched into watches and now has a range of designs that are both sleek and elegant alongside the rest of his fashion wear.

The watches, much like his shoes, have been an instant hit and it is easy to see why. The simple clean lines and elegant faces define his range of timepieces, all of which we stock at ZG and are proud to do so. Unlike many other ranges of designer watches, the Kenneth Cole designs we have start at around £80. If you are looking for a snappy watch that will not break the bank, a Kenneth Cole is definitely a viable way to go. The range has both metal and leather strapped watches as well as digital and analogue designs. Contact us here at ZG watches if you would like to know more about Kenneth Cole watches.

EX Watches

EX watches are considered by many to be the ultimate watch for extreme sport junkies. They are branded as the watch for those with a thirst for adventure and life, the accompanying hard core attitude to match but who are also fairly fashion conscious. We supply a number of EX watches that are all very sexy to look at, but extremely tough and durable. You really could put these watches through their paces and they would come up trumps each time.

There are some EX watches that even come with an attached carabiner that can be clipped on to anything, so if you find yourself half up a rock face or some other extreme situation, you can clip your watch to anything available. Pretty cool?

If you are one of these people who love adventure and action but want a snappy watch that won’t look out of place when worn to work or out to a restaurant, then an EX watch may be suitable for you. They are very funky looking and we just love them here at ZG. Rock climbers, kite surfers, snowboarders....whatever sports you are into, if you want a durable watch that doubles as a good looking fashion accessory give an EX watch a try.

There are a range of styles available and prices range from £50 to £100. There are both digital and analogue watches within the collection. If you have one of these watches, send in your comments below. Do you find them to stand up against extreme conditions or have you had other watches that have been better for this. We would as always love to hear your comments.

Monday, 23 March 2009

LED Watches

There was a trend away from the LED watch for many years, however with some new offerings from various watchmakers, they are beginning to make a comeback all across Britain.

01 The One watches are extremely nice too look at and have a very funky and futuristic look to them. We are very big fans at ZG watches and in fact stock so many that we are within reach of becoming the company with the largest selection online in the whole of the UK.

LED watches aren’t really a new concept and they have in fact been around for a while, however, being accompanied by large price tags meant that they were not generally a viable option for that many people. This has all changed however as you can now buy an LED watch similar to one from the 01 The One range for under £100.

We particularly like the brand new Ibiza Ride LED watch that has a unique system for telling the time - you look for the numbers that are lit up on the display! This is quite a large watch which may or may not be an advantage. It all depends on whether you want your watch to stand out in a crowd; The Ibiza Ride will certainly do that.

Part of the same range, there are quite a few binary watches. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to use this method for telling time, they all come with instructions so it won’t take long to pick it up. The very futuristic styles of all the LED watches make them really stand out. We think they are super funky, but others think that they are a bit bulky and too non-traditional.

Who thinks that futuristic LED watches are an exciting twist on a classic time piece, or who thinks they are just clunky and a step too far? Send in your thoughts and comments below.

GPS Wrist Watches?

2009 seems to be signaling the arrival of a wrist watch with a built in GPS. A wrist watch with GPS is an excellent idea for hikers, climbers and sailors as it is lightweight and very portable. But this new invention is just a start for future watches.

Watch manufacturers have traditionally had no difficulty selling their models and brands of traditional watches, however with the advent of iPods, laptops, mobile phones and every other piece of gadgetry that is on the market, the wrist watch is finding itself surplus to requirement - why buy a watch to tell the time when you could buy a PDA that does that and allows you surf the web?

Being aware of this, watch makers are looking for new ways to entice consumers to purchase wrist watches, and one way of doing so is to combine state of the art technology with the time pieces. At first, watches were given the additions of thermometers, barometers, stop watches and timers, but now they are moving into a more ‘high-tech’ arena. Global positioning satellites within watches are one move that producers are taking, but there is no reason to think it will stop there. How about watches that you can play music through, or even watch videos? I doubt it will be long before these are common place and available to buy at reasonable prices.

With consumer buying behaviour changing, watch makers are having to change alongside them or risk diminishing sales and loss of profits. If anyone has any good ideas as to what elements should be combined with watches, post your suggestions here.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Danish Design Watches

Danish Design Watches are not seen that often in shops in the UK. This is surprising as they are well made, affordable and extremely stylish. They are very popular in Europe however and it probably won’t take long before the UK starts catching up.

They are all well designed and have a clean and elegant look to them. I am a particular fan of the selection of diving watches amongst the collection which I find to be just as a diving watch should be- chunky, masculine and impressive. With a price tag of between £85 and £130, they are reasonably priced and will last for a long time. I would definitely recommend these diving watches if you are looking for an impressive and classic design.

For those not looking for a sports watch, there are a variety of other watches amongst the collection. They cover the spectrum of designs with not only classic looking, elegant timepieces, but also several designs with a more edgy and minimalist feel, even perhaps with a slightly futuristic feel to them. The Danish Design Leather Strap Watch is a very nice watch that has that minimalist feel to it.

ZG Watches is an authorised dealer of this delightful brand of Danish Design Watches. Visit our collection to see if there is something there that catches your eye. You will receive the watch in its original presentation case along with an instruction booklet and warranty.

Do any of you have Danish Design watches. What do you like about them, or dislike about them? Leave all your comments below.

Solar Powered Watches

Casio amongst other watch makers have got a range of eco-friendly watches. Powered by converting light (both natural from the sun and even artificial from light bulbs) into energy, these Casio watches never need a battery to work and hence are better and safer for the environment.

Each watch has a small solar panel contained within it that is very effective and will keep your watch running for a long time. When fully charged, a solar powered watch could last for up to 5 months without ever seeing the light of day again. They run very efficiently and if their energy does start to fade there is a mechanism that provides a warning. Rather than simply losing time, the watches will shut off various functions if running low on energy and will just turn off altogether if completely out.

Even the Casio G Shock range work using this form of solar technology. With all the additional functions a G Shock watch has such as thermometers, barometers and stop watches to name but a few, the solar panel would have to work effectively to keep it going. You can therefore be reassured that it is a safe and effective method.

Whilst of course a solar powered watch won’t exactly stop the melting of the polar ice caps in their tracks, particularly when you think of the energy used in order to make the watch in the first place, it must be said that having a watch that doesn’t require a battery or winding is a benefit and a real time and hassle saver!