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2018-07-18

It was a great day for tennis and women in the sport when The Championships at Wimbledon gave Serena Williams — barely back from maternity leave — 25th seeding. While she made it all the way to the finals, she didn't have what she needed when she came up against Angelique Kerber, a former world number one player. Kerber took the win during their women's singles final match. Kerber — like many other tennis stars playing the courts at Wimbledon last week — is a Rolex brand ambassador. She wears a Rolex Daytona Datejust 36mm watch made with Rolesor gold and featuring a mother-of-pearl dial and diamond markers.

Other Rolex brand ambassador tennis stars include Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov and others.

2018-07-11

One of the key questions we get from novice collectors when they read about watches and the technical specifications of the movement is, "Are the rubies inside the watch real?"

In fact, unless a new watch utilizes high-tech ceramic ball bearings in certain parts of a watch movement, all mechanical movements utilize synthetic gemstones as bearings instead of metal bearings that need oiling.

The synthetic gems — typically rubies, but sometimes sapphires — eliminate the need for oiling and significantly reduce friction and wear and tear on the movement parts,  enhancing the life of the movement. Sometimes, those rubies are visible via a transparent sapphire caseback, or via a skeleton movement where so much of the metal is pared away to allow viewing of the superb mechanisms.

Rubies have other added benefits to watchmakers, as well. Because they can withstand temperature changes without any reaction (unlike metal bearings) they offer higher stability. Synthetic rubies are generally created using aluminum and chromium oxide that are heated, fused and crystalized. They are not as valuable as genuine rubies, making them more affordable to use. This is especially important because a watch can have anywhere from a few rubies to dozens inside the movement.

Setting these minuscule jewels into their designated spots is no easy feat and watchmakers use microscopes and tweezers to accomplish the job.  In the end, the look is beautiful and the purpose is practical.

2018-07-06

To celebrate Independence Day, you might want to don a watch that has a superb red, white or blue dial. Additionally, if you are celebrating at the beach, the lake or on the water, you may want a great water watch. With the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Deepsea watch — you can have both. Rolex has long been associated with deep-water research, having gone to the depths of the Mariana's Trench strapped to the hull of the bathyscaphe Trieste, and having joined James Cameron in his Deep Sea Challenge expeditions.

To those in the know, Rolex is all about precision and performance and for the unveiling this year of its newest Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea watch, the brand pulls out all the stops adding significant features that make this watch water resistant to more than 12,000 feet and able to go the distance with its wearer. The 44 mm Oystersteel case features redesigned lugs, a broader Oyster bracelet, Oysterlock folding safety clasp, high-tech materials and more.

Carrying the Superlative Chronometer certification, the new timepieces is fitted with the brand's proprietary patented Ringlock system that consists of three elements: a domed 5.5 mm-thick sapphire crystal, a high-performance nitrogen-alloyed stainless steel ring inside the case middle, and a case back in Oystersteel and grade 5 titanium. It is also fitted with the brand's Trip-Lock winding crown and a helium escape valve that was developed and patented by Rolex back in 1967. Each piece is tested in a specially developed Hyperbaric chamber.

The unidirectional rotatable bezel of the Rolex Deepsea is fitted with a patented 60-minute  Cerachrom insert in black ceramic, which is corrosion resistant and scratch resistant. The Rolex Deepsea is powered for the first time by the new caliber 3235 self-winding mechanical movement that is resistant to shocks and magnetism. The movement incorporates the brand's patented Chronergy escapement that offers high energy efficiency and dependability. The rotor and hairspring are made of an exclusive paramagnetic alloy. In short, the movement is 10 times more precise than those with traditional hairsprings.  So, if you want to be able to brag about your watch, this is the timepiece for you.

2018-07-04

This year, with the Fourth of July falling smack in the middle of the week, American's are celebrating Independence Day on both weekends flanking the holiday. The Fourth of July is the time to pull out the red, white and blue clothing and accessories to honor our freedom. Some people also celebrate America and patriotism every day of the year. For them, there is the stunning new Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Stars & Stripes watch.

Made exclusively for the U.S. market, the watch features a miniature hand-painted movement that reflects the American flag, with 13 red and white stripes and 50 white stars on a rich blue background — painted with a single-hair brush.  It's a little known fact that Ulysse Nardin was  a supplier of marine chronometers to the US Navy — dating all the way back to 1902. So this American watch celebrates that relationship, as well.

In typical Ulysse Nardin style, the watch is made according to the strictest standards of quality and precision. It houses the Manufacture made UN-171 mechanical movement with tourbillon escapement and seven days of power reserve. The skeletonize caliber reveals the intricate  finishing of the components. Crafted in titanium, the 45mm watch is ultra-lightweight and pays further homage to America thanks to its blue ceramic bezel, blue crown and blue carbon like leather strap. It is water resistant to 30 meters. Just 50 pieces will be made.

2018-06-27

It is official: summer is here, and with it comes short sleeves, more casual attire and a host of wonderful outdoor activities — many including water. As such, this is a good time to offer a little insight into the right watch strap to wear during the summer, as we often get questions about rubber straps, bracelets and leather.  If you are thinking of switching a strap, or even buying a new watch for summer, here are a few pros and cons to know about the variety of straps on the market for both men and women.

Rubber Straps

Pros: Rubber straps generally offer a sporty look and can withstand many of the outdoor elements, including sun, rain, water and rough activities. The fact that rubber can weather the elements makes this material great for water sports, kayaking, boating, swimming and more. Generally, it dries quickly, as well, and it shouldn't lose its color or fade.

Cons: Perhaps the only drawback to a rubber strap is that if you live in a hot climate, and are not indulging in water sports, the inside of the strap could get a little sticky in humid weather.

Leather Straps

Pros: Very comfortable, leather straps come in innumerable colors, leather types and textures. From calfskin to exotics, such as snake, stingray, iguana, alligator and more, leather straps can be thin or thick and can look brand new or have a distressed, vintage appeal. Variety is a great plus here, because you can pretty much find the look you want with no problem at all. Because leather straps are relatively easy to take care of, and can be cleaned with just a wipe of a damp cloth and dish detergent, they are a good choice for anytime wear. The look is not as casual as a rubber strap, and can easily go from  weekend to work.

Cons: However, like rubber straps. In severe heat and humidity, certain leather straps also tend to get a bit sticky on the wrist.

Fabric Straps

Pros: Fabric straps are a great alternative for summer. Also available in a variety of types, fabrics and colors, the most prevalent fabric is canvas or nylon because they are rugged and durable. Fabric straps do not get sticky with heat or humidity and dry quickly once out of the water.  Many people prefer a fabric NATO-style strap because the system of attaching the strap acts as extra security, because there are no spring bars.

Cons: Sometimes NATO straps can be a bit confusing to change. The strap usually slips through the top lugs, passes over the case back and then loops though the bottom lugs. However, until you have changed them a few times, it can be tricky.

Metal or Ceramic Bracelets

Pros: These bracelets can go the distance with you, especially if the they are made of titanium, high-tech ceramic or stainless steel.

Cons: Gold bracelets generally scratch easily, so we don't recommend taking the gold watch bracelet mountain climbing with you. Additionally, the heavier material will feel heavier on the wrist and could induce perspiration.

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.

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