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2018-06-20

Ever wish you could start your own watch collection? Maybe join one of those watch groups out there? You can. Many people, both men and women, enjoy buying, wearing and collecting watches. There are just a few things to keep in mind as you start building a watch wardrobe.

Number of watches

There is no set number as to how many watches constitutes a collection. But if you can’t count the watches you own on more than one hand, then you probably aren’t there yet.

Types of watches

Generally, your basic watch collection should include the following:
• One everyday watch for work (Women, remember that a watch with discreet diamonds on the dial or bezel can do double duty for work and evening.);
• One bracelet watch in either white metal, or the much more versatile two-tones that are currently enjoying a renaissance. If you have the budget for gold – go for it. Gold on a brown, black, or neutral colored strap can also do double duty for work or evening. Additionally, rose gold looks great on both men and women and on all skin tones.
• One sporty, comfortable weekend watch that can reflect your hobbies or interests (chronographs, divers, and the like);

• One cool watch that offers either bold and daring design or some color to infuse your style with a little fun;
• One dress watch for elegant evening wear if you are the type that enjoys socializing;
• One complicated watch. It doesn’t have to be a high complication like a tourbillon or perpetual calendar (unless your budget permits), but a simple moon phase or dual time zone can go a long way.

Budgets

We always advise our customers starting a collection to have a budget in mind for every watch purchase. Sure, we know that sometimes you will go over budget for the right watch, but having a budget in mind helps keep the wallet in check. This is important because we also know that once you start your watch collection, you will get hooked on watches and they will become a passion.

Stop in anytime to talk with us about the benefits of building a watch wardrobe and how we can help.

2018-06-13

Still searching for the perfect Father's Day gift? Ditch those shirts, stop searching and visit us. With life being so busy, and there never being enough time, we suggest you give dad, or the father of your children, the gift of time — in the form of a wristwatch. Don't stop reading here because you think this is going to break the bank. It isn't. There is a watch out there for every budget. There's still time to stop in and take a look at our vast selection of watches for the dad in your life.

Sport watches make a great gift because they are versatile and can be a great weekender or an everyday watch. In fact, one of the hottest trends in the watch world right now is the sport watch with a car-inspired design. Often these have bold looks with a masculine overtone. Also important are sport watches equipped with functions. There are dive watches, pilot watches, watches with altimeters, chronographs and even a compass — in case dad gets lost easily.

Another important trend for men this year is the shift to colorful watches. No longer does the watch on his wrist need to be basic black or brown. This year, watch brands have introduced a host of great watches in both sporty and classic designs, but with bold colors including green, burgundy, rich royal blue and slate gray. Color is a great way to add a pop of fun and fashion into dad's life.

For those living in warm climates, you may want to get dad a bracelet watch, and this year many of the brands are stepping up the design of their watch bracelets. Easily one of the more classic looks is the Milanese mesh bracelet, which also takes on a sporty look when done in stainless steel. Two-tone bracelets are also making strong headway, as they offer more versatility and hit a more popular price point than solid gold. This is a great year to buy a bracelet watch because watch brands are not only focusing on aesthetics, but also on comfort, offering more supple links that won't tug on the hairs of the wrist.

This is the year to give dad the gift of time. It is a gift that will have him remembering you every time he glances at his wrist.

2018-06-06
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Many of you will be participating in wonderful water activities this summer. But, before you jump in, please make sure that the watch you are wearing is water resistant enough to keep up with you.

You can see the water resistance rating of your watch by taking a look at the dial or case back. If your watch is water resistant, it will be stamped water resistant to a certain depth. Beware, if it doesn't say "water resistant" somewhere on the watch, don't take that timepiece in the shower let alone swimming.

Additionally, if the watch says it is water resistant it helps to know the most commonly used depth measures: Meters, Bars and ATMs.

Depth Guide:
1 Meter = 3 feet rounded (actual is 3.28 feet)
1 Bar = 33 feet rounded (33.455 feet)
1 ATM = 1 Bar or 33 feet rounded

If a watch is water resistant, it will most likely be rated to 30 meters or more.

Be cautioned that even if a watch stamped with a water resistance of 30 meters it may not be suited for ocean activities for a host of reasons, including exposing the watch to different angles of water spray. Generally, experts suggest that if a watch isn't water resistant to at least 50 feet it shouldn't go into the water, as it most likely is not equipped with the proper gaskets, screw-in crowns and more, and water could get inside, leading to condensation under the crystal and even corrosion.

If the watch says it's water resistant to 50 meters, it is most likely properly equipped to take a dive in the pool or a swim in the ocean. If you are planning a snorkel trip, though, you may want to look for a watch that is water resistant to 100 meters for better protection.

If you are diving, we suggest a watch that is water resistant to 200 or 300 meters, even if you are not going that deep. This is because watches with deeper dive water resistance are equipped with a host of extra protection that runs the gamut from screw-in crowns, screw-down case backs, extra gaskets and lock protection. The very best even have helium escape valves. Planning a water trip? Stop in any time to find the right wrist companion.

2018-05-30

College graduations are in full swing and Father's Day is around the corner, so it’s time to give thought to the perfect gift for your brilliant son, top-notch father or wonderful husband. We have the answer: a gift of time in the form of a watch on the wrist.

Today, time is omnipresent on our cell phones, dashboards, computers and more, but that is precisely what makes a watch so special.  Every time he glances at his wrist he will be reminded of the fact that you cared enough to give him a statement that offers time and distinction. The cell phone just can't make the individual and personal statement that a watch can make. A timeless gift, a watch also shows that you took the time to consider his likes, hobbies and interests. Not sure what type of watch to get? Here, we bring you four important factors to consider when buying a watch.

Consider Your Budget. It is important to note that there is a watch to fit every wallet size. From affordable to over the top, there is great variety on the market. Before you even consider which watch, though, have a budget in mind. It's OK to deviate from that budget a little, but starting with a  budget puts you at ease with the process of selection. Have an opening price in mind, and a cap off price, and don't be afraid to tell the sales associate helping you in the store where your budget lies.

Buy from a reputable, authorized retailer. This will bring you peace of mind that the watch is covered under warranty or guarantee, and that if the recipient wants to exchange it, that won't be a problem.

Think about the person you are buying for. What are his hobbies or interests? Is he a sports enthusiast who may like a chronograph, a car lover who may like a watch with auto-inspired detailing. Does he dive, or swim, or sail? There is a watch genre for every type of sport, even camping, hiking and running. Also, think about the person's age or career path.  If you're buying for a graduate, a nice clean stylish watch with a sporty, chic appeal that can go from work to weekend is a great choice. Buying for the father of your children? He may want something more sophisticated or complex, especially if he already owns some watches.

Think about where the person lives. Some watches may be better suited to certain climates than others, thanks to the strap or bracelet. For instance, warmer climates are great for bracelets so the strap doesn’t get clammy or sticky on the wrist. Cooler climates are great for leather straps, where metal could feel cold. Water lovers may want a rubber strap that can easily get wet time and again.

Still not sure? No problem. Stop in any time and let our knowledgeable staff help you work out the answers and find the perfect gift of time for the grad or dad in your life.

2018-05-23

Did you know that something as simple as using a cell phone (especially with a rechargeable cell phone cover), going through airport security and even flying can affect the accuracy of your mechanical watch? Microwaves, handbags with magnetic closures, certain electrical instruments and some medical testing equipment can also have a negative impact on your mechanical timepiece.

Essentially, when a watch that is not deemed "anti-magnetic" comes into contact with a magnetic force field, the inner escapement of the watch can stutter, causing a slight-to-moderate impact on timing accuracy. Some people have reported that in certain instances, their timepiece just stops working. This is why certain watch brands take steps to ensure that their watches — especially pilot watches that are exposed to magnetic fields when flying — are anti-magnetic.

The concept of anti-magnetism in watches was first developed back in the 1930s when military pilots had issues with their watches stopping or becoming inaccurate. Generally, IWC Schaffhausen is credited with developing the first-ever anti-magnetic watch, and it did so by building a soft iron inner case that could reside within the outside case, but cover and protect the movement parts that were made of metals affected by magnetism. For decades, that inner iron case was the only way watch brands could find to protect the movements, and certain brands developed their own inner anti-magnetic iron cases — predominantly for pilot watches.

In recent decades, though, the use of high-tech alloys in watch movements have helped to render these watches anti-magnetic. These alloys include silicon, Glucydur, Elinvar and more. When mainsprings, escapements and hairsprings inside the watch are made of these materials, the watch becomes anti-magnetic without needing an iron inner case to protect it.

Essentially, an anti-magnetic watch can run with minimal deviation in time tracking when exposed to magnetic fields. The International Organization for Standardization has issued a standard for magnetic resistant watches: ISO 764 Horology - Magnetic. It states that a watch must keep its accuracy to +/- 30 seconds a day to be deemed magnetic resistant.

If you are continually exposed to magnetic fields, and have not experienced any timing issues with your mechanical watch, bravo. If you have had some issues, stop in any time to let us help you find the right watch for your wrist that is anti-magnetic and still suits your personal tastes.

2018-05-21

We are pleased to partner with ATimelyPerspective.com, the most authoritative source for watch reviews and news, to bring even more in-depth content to our blog. This article first appeared there.

Corum unveils Heritage Hobo Coin with artist Aleksey Saburov.

Almost 50 years after being the first brand in the world to turn the famous $20 US Double Eagle coin into a cult timepiece, Corum unveils the newest generation: The Heritage “Hobo Coin.” Designed by artist Aleksey Saburov, the new Hobo Coin watch is based on what was once the poor man’s coin, a nickel piece made of nickel and issued before the Depression.

Today, hobo coins are rare, but Saburov is trying to raise awareness of them. A Russian engraver living in New York, he produces 21st-century hobo coins as unique works of art, micro-engraved on authentic early 20th-century five-cent pieces. For Corum, a relationship made sense. Each hand-engraved Hobo Coin watch is made of a $1 coin and each is unique because each is individually hand made. Suburov has created several designs for Corum’s 43mm watch, which is powered by an automatic movement. Each watch is finished with a denim strap in tones of blue/gray. The watch will retail for about $21,000.

Corum Heritage Hobo Coin made of a sterling silver $1 dollar coin.

“Popular art never dies; it changes over the centuries,” explains Jérôme Biard, CEO of Corum. “Our role is to be its witnesses, its conveyors. Creativity lies in transposing this art into the modern age. The Hobo Coin embodies this desire. It captures a fragment of forgotten history and revives it through unique contemporary talent.”

2018-05-16

Over the past few days, a host of important auctions by top houses, such as Christie's, Phillips and Sotheby's, took place in Geneva. The results were nothing short of stellar – proving that buying new watches today could lead to great profits tomorrow.

In fact, with these watch auctions as the ticking point — or pulse of the vintage and resale market — we can bet that there is a very healthy watch collecting world poised for even more excitement as the auction season continues. If the most recent sales are any indication, top lots still in high demand are from brands such as Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet, among others.

Significant sales included a white gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Reference 6265 “Unicorn” selling for $5.9 million at the Phillips Auction entitled “Daytona Ultimatum.” The "Unicorn" is the second-most-expensive Rolex Daytona sold at auction – second to Paul Newman’s own Paul Newman Daytona that fetched $17.5 million last year at Phillips. That watch’s incredible value was due in large part to the fact that it belonged to and was worn by the famed Paul Newman, who made the “Paul Newman Daytona” reference famous.

Another important watch sold this past weekend was an Omega owned by Elvis Presley. The somewhat feminine looking watch with diamond bezel and Tiffany dial sold for $1.8 million – making it the most expensive Omega watch sold at auction. Of course, the watch had belonged to The King and that also is an important provenance.

Additionally, a host of historically interesting pocket watches sold well, as did a number of pilot and aviation watches from various brands, including IWC and Breguet, dating back to the late 20th century. While the big-ticket, flashy-provenance watches get the most press attention, a host of other timepieces went up for auction and sold without so much fanfare.

Also at the upcoming Sotheby's auction next week, some very significant watches by Cartier, Richard Mille and Greubel Forsey, among others, will be making their marks in auction history.

As mentioned, these important results are just another demonstration that buying a watch today can yield increased value down the road. Of course, you need to know which watches to buy. That, or you need to become somewhat famous to ensure your watch (or watches) will have a provenance to promote in the press and at the auctions. In the coming weeks we will present a series of articles about how to find the right new watch that may increase in value over time.

2018-05-09

This upcoming Sunday is Mother's Day, the very special day to celebrate your mom or the mother of your children. We know you are considering a lovely brunch or dinner out somewhere, because, let's face it, everyone wants to pamper mom. However, the crowds and long lines can be horrendous, and the meal won't last forever. That's why we suggest giving mom something much more personal and long lasting: time — in the form of a watch. Flowers die, candy gets eaten, but a watch will last for years or even generations.

According to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation, Mother's Day spending is expected total more than $23 billion. Jewelry and watches are a top category for those looking for a nice gift, and we have watches in all price ranges to fit any budget. Mom won't care how much you spend. She will care that you took time to look for something special instead of running by the local grocery store at the last minute for flowers or candy.

Selecting a watch shows her that you took the time to think about her — about what colors she likes, or what hobbies or interests she has. Is she a runner or jogger? Maybe a chronograph will help her time those runs. Is she a swimmer? Try a great water-resistant watch that can weather the elements. Is she all about fashion and style? A nice colored strap watch or even a link bracelet watch could be right. Maybe you have a bigger budget and know that mom or the mother of your children loves diamonds.

In the end, you will be giving her something that will last a lifetime and that will remind her of you every time she looks at her wrist. We invite you to visit over the next few days. Our knowledgeable staff will help you find the perfect Mother's Day watch.

2018-05-07

Blancpain Villeret Complet Calendar GMT Watch

Swiss watch brand Blancpain has been known for its prowess in technical, complicated watches. In fact, since its launch, this brand has been billed as one that will always only build mechanical watches — a creed to which it has stayed true time and again. This year, among its exceptional introductions of dive watches and complexities, we were particularly drawn to the brand’s reinterpretation of its Villeret Quantième Complet GMT, which has now been enhanced with an updated movement and the brand’s patented under lug correctors, among other things.

From the 1980s Blancpain has been known for the design aesthetic found in its calendar moonphase pieces. Just under the 12 o’clock position, windows displaying the day of the week and month can be found. The date is indicated via the supplemental blued serpentine shaped hand that reads the date of the month along the chapter ring around the edge of the dial. The moonphase complication is placed at the 6 o'clock position and the additional GMT function adds a travel friendliness to an already high-end piece. The travel time is read via the short silver hand that indicates to a 24-hour ring on the internal of the dial. This makes the home time incredibly legible via the red tipped hand that indicates to Roman Numerals.

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet GMT is offered in white or rose gold.

The combinations of complications in the Villeret Collection have been outfitted with innovations the manufacture developed after the launch of the original Quantième Complet GMT in 2002. The in-house movement has been updated to include a silicium balance spring that boasts antimagnetic properties, as well as timing and precision enhancements. Setting the calendar and moonphase functions is done with the press of a finger rather than tools found in other similar pieces with the same complications. This is made possible via the exclusive patented under-lug correctors. An additional benefit of the correctors is the smooth case flanks unmarked by minuscule corrector dimples that allow access for corrections via tools for their complications. Adjustments for the home time are made in one hour increments via the crown.

The piece will be made in two versions: 18-karat 5N rose gold with an opaline dial and applied gold markers/numerals; 18-karat white gold. Both variants will be housed in a 40 mm case with the traditional Villeret double-stepped bezel. Alligator straps or metal bracelets are available for each version.

The movement has been updated in the Blancpain Complet Calendar GMT watch.

2018-05-02

With Meadowlark Yellow and Ultra Violet leading the color trends for 2018, according to the Pantone Color Institute, we have seen an interesting resurgence of yellow and blue/purple this year on the runways and on the wrists.

Each season, we strive to introduce the emerging colors so watch lovers — especially those who have watches with interchangeable strap systems — can be on the mark when they spice up their timepieces and clothing.

With summer not too far off, though, we are struggling because the season's colors are — frankly — all across the board. Black remains part of the palette, used mostly as an accent color, and white is almost a staple (no surprises there). As for the hues of the season, they range from taupes, tans and dusty olives, to the bolder and more vibrant Blueberry, Poppy Red and Jolly Green. Festive shades of purple, yellow and blue also play an important role, as do the muted pale versions of the bolder siblings, with Pastel Yellow, Baby Blue and Florida Keys teal making a strong appearance.

When it comes to how this translates into your wardrobe, our best advice is to add a little color — any color — to spice up your days and nights. If you own a white strapped watch, put it on. Similarly, if you are one of those who own today's great blue, green or brown dial colors — don't be afraid to wear it. Don't think you have to wear a blue suit with a blue dial watch. Miix it up a bit and try that blue watch with a brown suit — or vice versa. This summer is going to be all about sporting contrasting colors.

Credits: Images courtesy of Pantone.

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