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2018-02-14

Happy Chinese New Year! This Friday, February 16, marks the start of the Year of the Dog, the 11th sign in the Chinese Zodiac. To mark this momentous occasion, the master artisans at Ulysse Nardin and Graham have created limited-edition dog-themed watches.

The dog embodies certain important traits that include loyalty, bravery, honesty and devoted attention. The dog is smart and incredibly lively. These are the features that Ulysse Nardin strives to depict in the dial of this exquisite watch. Created in Grand Feu enamel in a Champlevé technique, the dial of the watch shows a long-haired pup, ears erect, playing in the forefront of a midnight blue dial.

The dial is made in the Donze Cadrans manufacture, owned by Ulysse Nardin, where all of the brand's dials are created. This one is done by chiseling the dial and then filling in the chiseled areas with enamel that is then fired in a kiln. The delicate and time-consuming process ensures that each dial is unique. The 18-karat rose gold watch is powered by the COSC-certified self-winding UN-815 mechanical moment with 42 hours of power reserve. Just 88 pieces will be made.

Graham also offers a very playful take on the Year of the Dog, adding to its much-loved Nose Art collection. The Graham Eastern Promise Nose Art Chronofighter limited-edition watch celebrates the pin-up girls that fighter planes of World War II would have painted on their tails. The newest watch features Kelly, dressed in traditional Asian garb, and, by her side, a faithful friend. Just 100 pieces will be made.

2018-02-07

OK, men, Valentine's Day is just around the corner and you want to be on top of your game for that special woman in your life, be it a wife, a girlfriend or mom. While flowers are beautiful, they are so cliché — besides they die in a few days. Chocolates are sweet, too, but who isn't trying to watch their weight these days? Dinner — yes, romantic for a night. However, we suggest you look to give her something much more meaningful and long lasting: give the gift of time.

A watch makes a perfect gift. It says you care and that you took time to find the right timepiece for her. What's' more, it will last so much longer than all those other things — and as long as your love (Well, some watches might need a new battery if they are quartz, but you can stay on top of that five years down the road). Additionally, there is a watch for any budget. Here we bring you three tips for buying the right gift this year:

1- Think about the colors she loves. Watches come with all sorts of stunning straps, with vibrant hues, pastels and neutrals. Unsure of her favorite color? You can't go wrong with red or pink on Valentine's Day.

2- Think about those flowers you were considering. Certain watches have stunning floral motifs on their dial that let you give both concepts at once. Others also have heart motifs. You may want to look at those, or even better, just a beautiful swirl or hand-guilloché pattern on the dial that adds depth and dimension (much like that woman in your life has).

3- Think about her hobbies. Is she active and sports involved? A chronograph might be the right watch. Is she a business woman, busy traveling the world? Perhaps a dual timer or world timer watch would be a good pick. Does she like things simple and uncomplicated? Maybe a three-hands watch with date? Is she a hopeless romantic? Then you have to go with a moon phase watch.

Still not sure? Stop into our store any time in the coming week and we would be happy to help you find the watch that suits your message, your budget and your loved one. We can even send you on your way with a gift-wrapped box.

2018-01-31

International watch brands seem to have their attention focused squarely on the American market. This year, for the first time ever, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) is bringing its "Watches & Wonders" exhibition to the USA. Previously held in Asia, the Watches & Wonders show will be held in conjunction with the Miami Design District and is open to the public.

More than 21 brands will be exhibiting at the Miami Design Center over the President's Day weekend (February 16-19), and visitors will be marveling at some of the recently unveiled timepieces seen at the Geneva Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) earlier this month. Mind you, the watches previewed at SIHH are not yet available in the US market, and when they are, they will be featured in our showcases. For now, visitors to Watches & Wonders may be able to see and touch some of them.

In addition to showcasing the newest trends, the Watches & Wonders show is also promoting a host of exciting programs, events and speakers, who will offer interesting takes on watches, jewelry and design, in general. Expect to see pop-up structures, too, from independent brands, such as Armin Strom, Romain Jerome, Roman Gauthier, Kari Voutilainen, F.P. Journe and Ralph Lauren.

Organized in partnership with Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the Miami Design District, this four-day event will run concurrently with the 30th annual Miami Yacht Show and the Miami Design District Concours exotic car show.

2018-01-24

Ulysse Nardin has been almost synonymous with the maritime world since its inception in 1846, when merchant captains around the world sought out the brand's pocket chronometers for use at sea. As such, building marine chronometers in its workshops in Le Locle, Switzerland, is something this brand is particularly good at. So naturally we expected to see some new pieces at SIHH and the brand did not disappoint us.

The new Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military is one of our new favorites. This modern Marine chronometer is a bold descendant of the pocket chronometers prized by the sea captains of 19th century, but it has been redesigned for a resolutely modern appeal. The watch is equipped with the Ulysse Nardin UN-118 in-house movement with silicium anchor escapement, and offers hours, minutes and subsidiary seconds indications. There are two versions of this new piece, one with an eggshell white dial displaying Arabic numerals, and one with chic black dial with orange Arabic numerals and superluminova-coated hands. Even the black strap on this watch features orange stitching.

Both watches measure 44mm in case diameter and both are crafted in steel and water resistant to 50 meters. The Marine Torpilleur Military boasts both COSC certification and the Ulysse Nardin certificate, attesting to its highest performance standards. Each watch features a red serial number, showing the timepiece’s status as one of only 300 in a limited edition. The initials C.W. indicate that it is a Chronometer Watch.

We would be remiss if we didn't mention that Ulysse Nardin also "freaked" us out at SIHH with some exceptional new pieces in its other lines, but that is another story. Check back soon for details.

2018-01-17

As we mentioned last week, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is taking place in Geneva this week — with more than 30 brands showing at this spectacular by-invitation-only exhibition. The show opened officially on Monday, and is in full swing, but here we bring you an insider's look at three key trends stealing the limelight thus far, and that we can expect to see coming into the market later this summer.

Chronographs and chic, sporty watches. There is a renewed interest in split-second timing this year, and many brands are unveiling sporty, chic chronographs that can measure distances or speeds related to one or multiple events. Generally, chronographs have two pushers to operate their time-tracking functions, but we are seeing some wonderful new Monopusher (single pusher) chronographs coming to fruition that are sure to offer a sleeker appeal in a nice contrast to the bulkier, bolder sport watch.

Vintage inspirations and anniversary collections. You just can't get away from the retro styling and vintage inspirations we are seeing at this exhibition — nor would you want to. In fact, the vintage accents run the gamut from 20th century hands and stylized numerals, to silver and parchment dial colors that recall the early 1900s. Some brands are even implementing historic logos on their dials as a nod to their rich past. This year also seems to be an important one for many watch brands, some celebrating 10 years, and other celebrating centuries. Additionally, some brands are paying homage to particular lines or collections that have anniversaries in 2018.

Women's watches. We have been talking about the women's watch market as a growing segment for at least a decade now. Every year, we witness more brands unveiling timepieces geared for women — and often including automatic and mechanical movements, as well as coveted complications. Moonphase and calendar watches remain a favorite for women, but this year we are witnessing a few more complexities, including tourbillons and repeaters. Make no mistake, though, there are still a grand number of women's decorative watches — sporting three-hands and diamonds or other designs — making their way to the forefront.  And, for women, color will be key this year.

We will bring you more in-depth news and product reports from the brands after the show concludes.

2018-01-10

With the new year upon us, we breathlessly anticipate a series of world-class watch exhibitions, including what promises to be one of the best shows of 2018: Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH). Opening on Monday, January 15, and running through Friday, January 19, this by-invitation-only Geneva watch exhibition is always packed with surprises.

This year, 30+ brands will showcase their newest timepieces at the Geneva Pal Expo space. This includes all of the Richemont brands, as well as Hermes, Audemars Piguet, Parmigiani Fleurier and a host of 17 independent watch brands. Each of these companies will unveil watches that they have spent years working on. For a fine watch to get from concept and design to development can take anywhere from a couple of years to 10, depending on the brand and the complexity of the watch. These designs introduced at SIHH are the ones that will grace our wrists for the coming year.

In addition to the brands exhibiting at the SIHH, a host of others will be showing their latest designs at different venues throughout the city of Geneva, with some independents up in the watchmaking cantons also opening their doors. A veritable Geneva watch week, this promises to be an exciting time, and we look forward to bringing you news of the latest watches from the brands we carry. Stay tuned.

2018-01-03

Welcome to the new year. We expect it to be an exciting one in the world of watches, so this is a good time to get started planning your newest watch wardrobe. Yes, that's right, a watch wardrobe. If you haven't already begun paying close attention to the watch you wear, this is a good time. Watches make a great statement about you and your interests. Lucky for us, this year promises to be a good one — especially since we see so many watch brands jumping on the best colors of the season. Let's face it, color is the ultimate expression of creativity and attitude.

The Pantone Color Institute recently issued its color trends for the winter season — which began late in December and runs through the next few months. The most prominent color on the list — not just for winter but for all of 2018 — is the divine Ultra Violet, Pantone Color number 18-3838. According to the execs at Pantone, this is an optimistic and empowering color — with a hint of rebellion in it.

Additionally, light, bright and intense colors — often with a pearlized or translucent look — come into play. These include celery or leafy greens (an extension of Pantone's Greenery color of 2017), bright yellow, rose, pink and berry hues, and a bit of blue. Black and gold continue to be strong and metallics are still important, but in a more neutral tone (taupe, almond, white) this winter.

So, when planning your watch wardrobe, take a look at the many different colored straps, dial accent colors and even yellow gold-and-black combinations on the market. We are sure you will find the right look to help you battle the winter doldrums.

Credits: PHOTOS COURTESY OF PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE.

2017-12-27

As you enjoy the festive season and anticipate your New Year's celebrations, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all Happy Holidays. May the new year ring in good health, success and happiness for each and every one of you and for those you love.

We look forward to a new and exciting year, as well. For those who are lovers of watches like we are, rest assured that in the new year, we will be bringing you a host of exciting new watches from all the brands we carry. Some of those pieces have been years in the making and are highly technical, while others are all about style and design. From the sporty to the chic, the new year will a very special time.

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Joyful New Year!

2017-12-21

Earlier this week, we brought you a few great last-minute holiday gift ideas for women. Now, we present some fantastic watches for him that are sure to make him swoon.

For the active man who travels the world on business, you may want to take a good look at a Breitling, especially the new Chronoliner B04. Nicknamed the “flight captain’s chronograph,” this certified chronometer allows the user to measure flight times while juggling timezones around the world. The Chronoliner features a Breitling Caliber B04 self-winding movement with 28,800 vibrations per hour and a 70-hour power reserve. It also offers a second timezone on the dial when in 24-hour mode, and a third timezone on the bezel. Additionally, it offers 1/4 of a second chronograph, as well as a 30-minute totalizer, a 12-hour totalizer and a calendar.

If the guy in your life is more about sophistication... and maybe even loves the water, take a look at Ulysse Nardin's Marine Chronometer collection. We especially like the Marine Chronometer Annual Calendar watches with self-winding movements and COSC-certification.

Want more ideas? Stop by our store anytime (but soon) and let our staff help you find just the right gift.

2017-12-19

If you have been following the watch auctions, which we cover here on our site regularly, you know that special edition-watches and limited-edition pieces hold their value for years to come. It is for this reason, and because we like to offer true exclusivity to our customers, that we work with certain brands to create exclusive, limited-edition watches that are only available though our boutiques. Recently, we teamed with the bold and brilliant Breitling for an exclusive aviation chronograph: Chronomat 44 Blacksteel Las Vegas Edition II watch.

Limited to just 25 pieces, this COSC-certified chronometer is designed with bright orange accents that recall the lights and nightlife of Las Vegas. The black-clad watch features a unidirectional rotating bezel with black rubber-inlaid numerals. It also has a high-tech carbon fiber dial wherein the orange accents are actually designed to recall instrument panels in cockpits — but it doubles as a bold Vegas hue. The watch is powered by the Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01 movement with black oscillating weight visible through the transparent sapphire caseback. This special-edition model is exclusively available with an orange and black rubber crocodile strap.

What makes the watch even more special is the engraved caseback, which features a drawing of the world-famous landmark “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. Each watch is inscribed with “Las Vegas Edition II 2017” and each is individually numbered from one to 25. The Breitling Chronomat 44 Blacksteel Las Vegas Edition II chronometer is almost sold out. The remaining pieces can only be found at Horologio Fine Watch boutique in the Grand Canal Shoppes of the Venetian Hotel. Visit soon if you want to get in on owning a piece of history in the making. Store hours: Sunday through Thursday: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm; Friday and Saturday we are open until midnight.

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