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Philip Stein 12VBW Prestige Men’s Watch: Originality And Artistry

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If you want originality and artistry in your wristwatch, you want a Philip Stein. Take the Prestige 12VBW men’s watch for starters. It has a shape you will not see elsewhere, a color scheme that works well while bucking tradition and off kilter designing that does not interfere with utilitarianism. And of course it has the leading technology and quality of Philip Stein time keeping.

The 12VBW Prestige men’s watch has a stainless steel case in the oblong shape that Philip Stein is known for. Inside is a black, vertical textured background set with two silver colored dials, for multiple time zone efficiency. The dials alone are enough to set this watch apart. They are concentric circles of steel; the outer is smooth and the inner is textured. The hour markers are a combination of Arabic and Roman numerals. The top dial uses Roman numerals at 3, 7 and 10 o’clock, bucking custom again. There is also a 6 o’clock date window in the top dial. The watch’s movement is 1 RONDA and it is 5 ATM water resistant. The dial window is double curved sapphire with an anti-glare surface. The primary strap is the brown alligator 12-ABRD.

The Philip Stein 12VBW Prestige men’s watch sells for $1,660 at authorize sellers.

The Philip Stein Modern 9-CRBS Men’s Watch Holds Nothing Back

Spare nothing

Philip Stein held nothing back when creating its Modern 9-CRBS men’s watch. Starting with a super sized watch face, this time piece combines numerous features with innovative technology and visual elements that demand to be appreciated. Put it all together and you have a masterpiece of wrist watches that will not be outdone for decades, if ever.

The round, stainless steel, oversized case is nearly two inches in diameter. Under the full sapphire crystal that covers the watch face, there are two main dials to keep track of two different time zones. Within the top main dial there are three sub-dials – one for 24-hour time, one for minutes, and a chronograph stopwatch. There is also a date window at six o’clock. On this top dial, there the space is maximized by using different elements as hour markers. The date window, as mentioned, is six o’clock. Three, nine and noon are marked by Arabic numerals, ten and two are the edges of sub-dials and 11, 1, 4, 5, 7 and eight are denoted by white dots. The two black main dials are pasted atop a gray, wavy background that helps make the Philip Stein Modern 9-CRBS men’s watch as much are as time piece.

The Philip Stein Modern 9-CRBS men’s watch retails for $1,695.

Philip Stein Signature 3-T-CRCS Men’s Watch: The Future Down To Earth

Earthy futuristic

Philip Stein brings one of its characteristically futuristic watches down out of the clouds a little bit with some earth tone accenting on its Signature 3-T-CRCS men’s watch. Earthy or not, it is still one of the most advanced watches you will find, with modern designing that raises the bar for the rest of the industry and features and quality that won’t be outdone.

The Signature 3-T-CRCS men’s watch has Philip Stein’s oblong shaped watch face with two main dials and three sub-dials, ensuring you will never be stuck in boredom without anything to look at. The case is stainless steel and the main dials are silver colored on a background of what Philip Stein calls “taupe crystal.” There is a wavy textured look on that background to set it off ever so slightly from the dials. Among the sub dial features are military time and a chronograph stopwatch. The top main dial also includes a date window at 6 o’clock. A curved mineral crystal with a sapphire coating covers the dial and the watch is 5 ATM water resistant. The primary strap is calf leather Riva brown with red stitching, SKU# 3-CRVBR.

The Signature 3-T-CRCS Men’s Watch retails for $1,220 at Philip Stein and authorized sellers.

To Race Or To Fly: Philip Stein Signature Sport Chronograph 5-CF-CRWS-NRB Men’s Watch

Race or fly?

The Philip Stein Signature Sport Chronograph 5-CF-CRWS-NRB is perhaps the busiest men’s watch ever. I can’t decide whether it is more evocative of NASCAR or jet planes. It has the checkers of a finish line, the circular gauges of a dashboard and the knobs, instrumentation and materials of an aircraft.

The oblong watch case is carbon fiber and black rubber and the strap is black rubber, making the Signature Sport Chronograph 5-CF-CRWS-NRB men’s watch one of Philip Stein’s most sporty. The watch face, protected by a sapphire coated curved mineral crystal, includes two white main dials on a black and grey checkered background and three black sub dials within the top main dial, plus a date window at 4 o’clock. The sub dials measure military time, minutes and seconds. There are a total of four knobs to control the dials, making the side of the watch about as busy as the inside. In addition to black, white, grey and gunmetal colors, there are red accents  on the second hands, sub dial rims and at 12, 3, 6 and 9. The watch has Swiss quartz movement and it is 15 ATM water resistant.

The Philip Stein Signature Sport Chronograph 5-CF-CRWS-NRB men’s watch retails for $1,695 at authorized sellers.

Pea Green With Design Envy: The Philip Stein Prestige 12LW Men’s Watch

No holds barred designing

Like all the watches in the Philip Stein’s Prestige collection, the 12LW men’s watch is replete with features and flair that must make other watch designers pea green with envy. It has the subtlety of pastel in its background, splashes of color in the foreground, earth tone versatility on the straps, engineering creativity in its dial and calendar configuration, and a whole that is more than the sum.

The color scheme of the Prestige 12LW dial face consists of a white background with stripes in a light bluish gray gradient, silver gray numerals and hands, and splashes of forest green in the form of the second hands and some numbers. The primary strap is what Philip Stein calls Trieste green, which is kind of a light pea green. It has two time zone dials, the top dial has the calendar, which includes rotating numbers suppressed under the minute markers; except for the correct date, which shows up clearly in a window at 6 o’clock. The face is covered by a double curved sapphire crystal window with an anti-gloss coating. The men’s watch, which is 5 ATM water resistant, has 1 Ronda movement. The case is stainless steel, with two small sapphire windows on the back.

The Philip Stein Prestige 12LW men’s watch sells for $1,590 at authorized sellers.

Texture: The Philip Stein Modern 7EB Men’s Watch

Can you feel it?

Philip Stein’s designers have once again outdone themselves on the Modern collection 7EB large round men’s watch. This time their originality comes through chiefly by way of texture. From the background of the dial face to the strap, this watch makes it seem as though it is possible to have a sense of touch not with your fingers or skin, but with your eyeballs. Despite the class of the watch, or the impressive technology and precision of Philip Stein, it is the unending stream of design elements that keep surprising us. This watch continues that string of successes.

The Philip Stein Modern 7EB men’s watch features two time zone dials, the primary marked with Roman numerals and the secondary with Arabic numbers. Both dials are stainless steel on a black background of tiny, fine points, giving it the aforementioned texture. The case is also stainless steel. The strap is a silk leather with its own texture that epitomizes modern style. While the strap is interchangeable, this one — the 2-IB — fits the design seamlessly. The dial face is protected with a full sapphire crystal window and the watch is 3-ATM water resistant.

The Philip Stein Modern 7EB large round men’s watch sells for $800 at the Philip Stein website and authorized sellers.

Philip Stein Prestige 12A SKBL Men’s Watch: Watching precision

The mechanics of time

Watches are a wonder. The complexities of their inner workings are a marvel and it’s almost unbelievable that people mastered this ridiculously involved engineering feat so long ago. Philip Stein’s watch designs are also a wonder, technically and visually. In the Philip Stein Large Automatic Prestige 12A SKBL men’s watch, the two wonders are brought together. The famed watch mechanics are featured as a complementing visual element in yet another of Philip Stein’s routinely magnificent designs. In this timepiece, you can actually view precision in action, if you can focus through looking at one of the more original watch faces you’ll see.

The Philip Stein Large Automatic Prestige 12A SKBL men’s watch features two time zones, one with Roman numerals, the other with numbers. Each of the dials are ivory on a textured navy background. The primary dial includes a date window at 6 o’clock and the hands are what Philip Stein calls “skeleton blue,” providing a glinting accent to the watch face, which is protected by a double curved sapphire crystal. The back of the case features two small sapphire crystal “bull eye” windows. The watch’s movement mechanism is 1 RONDA and the watch is 5 ATM water resistant. The alligator navy 12-AN is the primary strap.

The Philip Stein Large Automatic Prestige 12A SKBL men’s watch retails for $2,455 at the Philip Stein website or other authorized sellers.

The Chocolicious Philip Stein Modern 7CH Men’s Watch

Chocolicious

Chocolate in virtually any form is delicious. So is the Philip Stein 7-CH men’s watch, from the watchmaker’s Modern Collection. The dial face on this watch makes me think of delicately made truffles, with layers folded over a dozen times. The wrist band that goes perfectly with the timepiece reminds me of a fresh baked brownie, the crust cracking just perfectly to reveal the tender insides. Taken as a whole, the watch puts out the same essence of finely crafted chocolate: smoothness. It is a smooth watch with a smooth color scheme evoking a smooth response.

Within the stainless steel, round case, the Philip Stein Modern 7-CH men’s watch boasts two dials in silver on a background of an almost swirl designed chocolate brown. The dial face is covered by a full sapphire window. It is 3 ATM water resistant. The primary band, which can be changed, is the Alligator Chocolate 2-ACH.

The Philip Stein Modern 7-CH men’s watch may give you a hankering for truffles. It may make people that shake your hand suddenly desirous of brownies. It may do any number of subliminal things. One thing it will do is convey an air of the smooth onto its wearer. The watch retails for $990 at the Philip Stein website and authorized sellers.

Wrist art: The Philip Stein Prestige 13-LBG Men’s Watch

Wristwatch or art?

Ever see a modernist painting you could just stare at forever and feel like you never quite got around to appreciating everything about it? That’s kind of how I feel looking at the Philip Stein Prestige 13-LBG men’s watch. There’s so much here, I don’t know where to begin … and it’s all good. With a watch like this, you will not only never miss an appointment, but you won’t have to get a tattoo in order to wear some fine art work, either.

The dial face, in the iconic Philip Stein oblong shape, is set on a background of black on black gradient stripes. It includes two time zones and the date, as well as minute, second and tenths of a second features. All of these time and day keeping features are displayed in the most innovative way I’ve ever seen. The primary band recommended for this watch, the 13-MMBD is fabric with a subtle black on black checkered design. The Prestige 13-LBG men’s watch case is polished steel and 5-ATM water resistant. Its movement mechanism is 1 RONDA and chronograph with the calendar. The dial window is double curved sapphire with an anti-glare coating.

The Philip Stein Prestige 13-LBG men’s watch retails for $2,370 on the Philip Stein website and at authorized sellers.

Philip Stein Signature 2GCB Men’s Watch: Stylized

Stylized

Watches don’t get much more stylized than the unique designs of Philip Stein. The watch maker’s Signature collection 2GCB men’s watch is one of the more understated pieces of artistry in this manufacturers catalog, although this much style can’t rightly be called understated. The distinctive case shape of Philip Stein on the 2GCB is perfectly accentuated by the black and white two-stripe band recommended for the watch, and the ensemble together simultaneously evokes precision and pep.

The iconic Philip Stein case is gunmetal crystal with two black dials that sport steel colored hands and Roman numerals. The Signature collection 2GCB dial window is a sapphire coated curved mineral crystal and the watch is 3-ATM water resistant. The watch has two quartz movements and Teslar technology. While changeable, the primary strap on this men’s watch is the 2-CCB 20mm triple cut calf leather in liberty black. This watch carries with it whirlwind a blend of craftsmanship, style, artistry, precision, modernism and performance. There isn’t a whole lot that can be said about it that wouldn’t be evident with just a simple glance. Its look says it all.

The Philip Stein Signature 2GCB men’s watch retails for $625 on the Philip Stein website and authorized resellers.