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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.

2018-05-08

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 first-hand account by Roberta Naas first appeared there.

Justify, ridden by jockey Mike Smith, wins the 144th Kentucky Derby, the wettest in history, on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Longines, the Swiss watch manufacturer known for its luxury timepieces, is the Official Watch and Timekeeper of the 144th annual Kentucky Derby. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Longines/AP Images)

This past weekend I had the wonderful fortune of being invited by Longines to the famed Kentucky Derby. In the middle of America – Louisville, Kentucky, to be exact – I would get to sport grand fascinators and hats, drink mint juleps (the official cocktail of the Derby) made with Woodford Reserve bourbon (one of my favorites), and wear a Longines Conquest V.H. P. watch for a couple of days. I would get to hobnob with celebrities that included Miss America, Aaron Rodgers and his Packers football teammates, Anthony Anderson and others, and to sample cuisine by renowned chefs as I relaxed between races in the six-story “Mansion” at Churchill Downs — where Longines reserved a portion of one of the six floors as its luxurious and comfortable home base. Naturally, I jumped at the invitation and am glad I did because it was everything I expected and more.

The Official Watch of this year’s Kentucky Derby is the Longines Conquest V.H.P. (Photo: R. Naas)

Churchill Downs

First of all, Churchill Downs is huge. Think of a football stadium… and then think of three football stadiums put together … the space is expansive. The grounds include the original construction with the famed twin Spires atop the equally as famed original jockey club and the forbidden Speakeasy, several newer buildings including one just finished a week before the Derby that houses hundreds of private suites for viewing the races, as well as hundreds of tables in windowed rooms throughout the three-story building.

The famous twin spires of Churchill Downs served as a beacon for early derby goers in the late 1800s.

And then there is the Mansion – a six-story building that has a different decor and theme on each level. One floor of this building plays home to the TurfClub — where most of the celebrities hang out. The top floor is reserved for guests of the main Derby sponsors and partners. Created with a trackside view and a huge balcony, this floor resembles a true mansion living room, complete with fine progressive dining all day long and a huge bar where, of course, Woodford Reserve is served non stop from morning until night. The full name of the Run for the Roses is actually the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, and the official drink of the Derby is the Mint Julep – made with bourbon and fresh sprigs of mint (farmed locally) and Woodford Reserve (see recipe below). There is also a Spires drink that is pretty refreshing and is made with bourbon, cranberry juice and citrus. Yes, I sampled each of these drinks (more than once).

The 144th Kentucky Derby was run at Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky on May 5, 2018.

Outside of the these buildings, the grounds range from the famed Millionaire’s Row — where all of the owners sit outside to watch the races — to the paddocks, where the horses are brought before the races, the barns where the horses are groomed and cared for with incredible love and adoration, and the fair grounds — complete with food stands, alcohol stands, gift shops and more. In fact, the entire weekend is a huge festival (this year nearly 160,000 people attended the event) where just about $200 million is bet on the ponies, where hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on food and drink (a Mint Julep on the fairgrounds costs about $11, and the very special limited edition Woodford Reserve mint bourbon sells for $1,000 a glass — until it is sold out) and where fashion and hats are all the rage.

Hats, Fascinators and Fashion

Hats at the Kentucky Derby: the bigger, the better.

Famed around the world for the style and fashion, the Kentucky Derby — also known as the “fastest two minutes in sports” — may be the only outdoor sporting event where women wear dresses and huge hats or fascinators (a smaller but fancy bow, feathers, plume or cap attached to the head via a clip or a headband), and men dress in dapper style. This year’s Derby day was wrought with rain — sometimes light and sometimes pounding — that drenched everyone who didn’t cover up with a plastic overcoat — but that didn’t stop race-goers from dressing up — they just wore clear plastic over their clothes. For the owners and the people in the infield, heels came off and the women walked barefoot in the mud. The rain will not deter this crowd. In fact, since its inception in 1875, the Kentucky Derby has never been canceled due to inclement weather — making it the single oldest continuously run sporting event in North America.

Miss America was one of the judges of the Longines Prize for Elegance fashion show at Churchill Downs.

On Friday, the Longines Kentucky Oaks racing day, Longines was the title sponsor of the Prize for Elegance fashion show. This year, 200 entrants walked the pink carpet, where four judges — including Miss America and Pascal Savoy, head of Longines in America — selected the most elegant fashion of the day. Men and women, old and young, showed off their styles, colors and hats for a chance to win a Longines watch. The show is designed to underscore the elegance displayed at the Kentucky Derby, and to reinforce Longines’ famed tag line: “Elegance is an attitude.”

Pascal Savoy, Longines US Brand President, presents Meghana Rajadhyaksha, of Miami, with a Longines Master Collection timepiece following her win of the Longines Kentucky Oaks Day Prize for Elegance fashion contest, Friday, May 4, 2018 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Longines, the Swiss watch manufacturer known for its luxury timepieces, is the Official Watch and Timekeeper of the 144th annual Kentucky Derby. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Longines/AP Images)

Justify Wins

With all of this excitement going on, we can’t lose sight of the reason we are there; the races. The Kentucky Derby, also lovingly referred to as “The Run for the Roses” because of the huge blanket of 400 red roses sewn together into a blanket and given to the winner, is all about the incredible horses that are born and bred for racing. Throughout the two-days that comprise Derby weekend — which is the largest sporting event in America — nearly two dozen different races take place. The culmination is the Kentucky Derby race.

This year, 20 horses entered to win the 144th Kentucky Derby. Thanks to the rain, the dirt track was a muddy track that had thrown off the “easy picks” of earlier races — with some long shots who had a bit of mud racing experience coming in first. However, there were several favorites for the Kentucky Derby and Justify, the winning horse, was one of them.

Jockey Mike Smith smiles after riding Justify to win the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, the wettest in history, Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Longines, the Swiss watch manufacturer known for its luxury timepieces, is the Official Watch and Timekeeper of the 144th annual Kentucky Derby. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Longines/AP Images)

Justify is a three-year-old colt who had not run the Derby at the age of two. He is only the second horse to have won a Kentucky Derby that he did not run when he was two years old. Meaning — he was new to the one-and-a-quarter-mile track. He was ridden by a 52-year-old jockey named Mike Smith and is owned by Baffert — no newcomer to the ponies. The purse: $2 million. Longines, which timed the race, clocked Justify at the finish line at 2 minutes and 4 and 1/5th seconds.

In addition to the aforementioned 40-pound blanket of roses, and the $2 million purse, the owners of Justify also received the nearly two-foot tall solid gold Kentucky Derby Trophy. Made by a company in New England, the 14-karat gold trophy features an 18-karat gold horse and rider atop it. With a base made of jade, the trophy is said to be worth about $200,000. Additionally, the owners, trainer and jockey all received a Longines Conquest V.H.P watch.

It takes nearly 2,000 hours to make the Kentucky Derby gold trophy.

Longines and the Kentucky Derby

Longines has been the Official Timekeeper of the Kentucky Derby and the Official Watch of the Kentucky Derby since 2011. It is also the title sponsor, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the Kentucky Oaks race. The brand peppers the Churchill Downs grounds with about a dozen clocks, including a triple-faced clock nearby the Paddocks. A specially made Longines chronometer times each race.

It was a muddy track on the day of the Kentucky Derby 2018, where for the seventh year in a row Longines is the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch.

This year, the Official Watch of the Kentucky Derby — the one awarded to the winner — is the Longines Conquest V.H.P. quartz watch with a blue dial and red accents. The 43mm men’s version is crafted in steel and retails for $1,050. There is also a women’s automatic watch that is an Official Watch of the Derby — also crafted in steel with blue dial and diamond markers.

Longines Official Watches of the Kentucky Derby 2018. (Photo: R. Naas)

I have written extensively about Longines’ involvement in equestrian events on my Forbes.com "Perfect Timing" column, about the 10 most interesting facts relating to the Kentucky Derby and Longines on TrueFacet, where I am the Executive Editor, and about Longines timing and the Conquest V.H.P. watch that is the Official Watch of the Kentucky Derby on World Tempus. You can visit each of those sites for details. Here, we opted to bring readers this behind-the-scenes look at the fun, crazy and incredible moments with Longines.

The watch that started the love affair between Longines and the Equestrian world. Made by Longines in 1878.

More than a dozen Longines clocks keep time at Churchill Downs.

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.

2018-04-25

This past Sunday, April 22, was Earth Day, a day we dedicate to celebrating this world's splendor and natural resources. We were reminded of how we all need to do our share to  preserve nature's riches. The watch industry, in particular, has risen to the challenge.

Some brands have gone all out to support important causes that include saving our oceans, replanting our forests, providing clean water, fighting for animal rights and much more. While these efforts are usually highly visible, some brands have been embarking on endeavors that many will never even notice.

In fact, we have witnessed three key accomplishments many brands are able to lay claim to that demonstrate a commitment to our environment.

Responsible Sourcing. A number of brands are making a concerted effort to responsibly source precious metals and gemstones adornments for their timepieces. In some instances, brands are turning to ethically sourced (and traceable) gems, and to noble metals that are fairly mined and wherein the mining companies help to sustain the local environment.

Alternative leathers and vegan tanning. In some instances, watch brands are developing alternatives to leather straps that include using Alcantara leather (a leather lookalike that does not use animal hides, but rather a synthetic material), ethically sourcing alternate types of materials (such as trout skin or similar as taken from fish raised for food and using the skins). Additionally, some brands are providing leather straps that have been vegetable tanned, cutting back on harmful tanning elements that could seep into the environment.

Creating clean and sustainable work places. Many of the watch brands that are updating and refurbishing their Manufactures and workspaces, particularly those in Switzerland, are engaging in important environmental practices. Some are turning to air and water re-purification systems, geo-thermal heating systems, solar windows and power, and more — all in an effort to protect our Earth.

It should be noted that this year's key effort on behalf of Earthday.org is to educate people about the damaging effects of plastics on the environment and to end plastic pollution on land and at sea. They have ideas on how anyone can help, from individuals to organizations and more. Check it out at this link https://www.earthday.org.

2018-04-23

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.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph as unveiled at Baselworld 2018 and on the fourth episode of this season’s Showtime series “Billions” — shot at Wempe Jewelers.

For those who are avid television watches, and more importantly followers of the Showtime favorite Billions, if you were watching closely a couple of nights ago, you saw that one of the newest Patek Philippe watches unveiled at Baselworld 2018 — the Ref. 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph with stunning salmon-colored dial — had a starring role in the show. What you may not have realized is that the character who was asked to plunk down approximately $187,000 for the highly sought-after timepiece was visiting the Fifth Avenue flagship location of Wempe Jewelers.

Indeed, in episode 4 (entitled “Hell of a Ride“), one of the show’s stars, who plays a CIO at Axe Capital, visits the vast Wempe boutique — which in real life has its own Patek Philippe built-in boutique — and specifically asks to see — and ultimately buy — this newest Patek watch. Of course, the omnipresent salesman obliges because, let’s face it, Wempe has everything.

The newest Patek Philippe Ref. 5720 is crafted in platinum with a salmon colored dial.

Of course, the scene was shot not too long ago, and the watch was there as a courtesy prior to its official Baselworld release. It won’t actually be available for sale until later this year. Of course, if you are interested in knowing more details, we have them for you here.

The newest Patek Philippe Ref. 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is offered in a 41mm (a new size for this timepiece) platinum (the first time used for this watch) case with faceted lugs and a vintage-inspired highly alluring salmon colored dial with black hands, Arabic numerals and markers.

Powered by the in-house made Patek Philippe Caliber CH 29-535 PS Q, the watch offers a leap year indicator and a day/night display via windows, as well as a moon phase display and, typical of a perpetual calendar, also indicates day, date and month. It also offers chronograph totalizers. In all, it is a beautiful rendition worthy of Billions' attention — as is Wempe’s Fifth Avenue boutique.

Wempe Fifth Avenue, the place where “Billions” shot its fourth episode this season.

2018-04-18

An exciting exhibit about telling time in Medieval days is on display until April 29 at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, and if you are in town, you won't want to miss it. Entitled Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time, the exhibit portrays how difficult it was to tell time — and the myths about time — in the Middle Ages.

The exhibit is a comprehensive look at pieces and manuscripts owned by the Morgan that date back from the 11th century and through the 16th century. Most pieces hail from major countries in Europe. Highlights include paintings of farming fields (done according to the projected season), or of sacred feasts (of time and of religion) to celebrate certain anticipated dates. Other items include a long scroll work that explores the mysteries of Golden Numbers, a medieval calendar and a study of how Julius Caesar's Roman Calendar finally came into being. A particularly unusual aspect of the exhibit revolves around how people of the time were obsessed with whether or not time beyond the grave existed.

Wall hangings include ancient wooden astrolabes and an entire 60-foot-long scroll manuscript depicting history as they knew it. In all, it is a fascinating walk through five centuries when time was viewed as seasons and as moons rather than as days, hours or even minutes. If you are in New York any time in the next 10 days, we recommend stopping in to the exhibit.

All images courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum. August: Reaping Wheat, “Da Costa Hours,” Belgium, Ghent, ca. 1515, illuminated by Simon Bening, The Morgan Library & Museum, MS M.399, fol. 9v, purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910. Image courtesy of Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz/Austria.

2018-04-11

Last week we discussed some of the biggest watch trends emerging from Baselworld. One of those trends revolves around diving watches, as more and more people get involved in active sports. Understanding what constitutes a great diver's watch is important, as most high-precision diver's watches offer a series of functions that could prove useful. With summer approaching, one may want to consider a new purchase to accompany that deep dive.

To be a true dive watch, a timepiece needs to adhere to certain ISO standards. These standards vary depending on whether one is snorkeling, scuba diving or deep sea diving. For diving, the absolute minimum should be 300 meters of water resistance. Some people may choose 200-meter water-resistant watches, but those will really only let you dive to within 100 meters of the surface. Currently, some of the ISO standards are being reevaluated, and new standards will be issued later this year. Depending on the anticipated depth, having a watch that is equipped with a helium escape valve can also be useful.

Additionally, a good diver's watch should be equipped with a ratcheted, one-way rotating bezel. That bezel helps measure elapsed dive times and can help to indicate when one must begin to resurface. Having a one-way rotating bezel instead of a bi-directional bezel ensures that the bezel will not be accidentally pushed in the wrong direction — leading divers to believe they have more time left underwater than they actually have.

Underwater reading of time is also an important factor, and so most dive watches should have anti-glare crystals and Super-LumiNova hands and markers. These will ensure that even when very little light is reaching the watch, the time indications are still visible.

While case materials for dive watches have come a long way, the preferred case is typically titanium. The metal is light weight, highly scratch resistant and extremely corrosion resistant. Following titanium, dive watches crafted in steel or carbon are the best alternatives. Most dive watches are equipped with metal bracelets or rubber straps, but it is best if you can find a strap with an expansion bracelet to fit over wetsuits. Double-locking bracelet clasps are also a great idea for underwater adventure.

Depending on the brand, some of today's dive watches also offer other important features. These can include double- or triple-locked winding crowns and/or additional gaskets for added water resistance. Just a handful of brands also offer dive watches with an alarm function, wherein the alarm can be sounded under water.

Most dive watches are also COSC-certified chronometers. Chronometers are watches that have undergone rigorous testing by the Controle Official Suisse des Chronometres (COSC) observatory — or by a similar observatory in France, Germany or Japan — over a period of time. The watches are monitored in various positions and under different conditions of pressure, temperature, depth and gravity.

If diving is on your bucket list and you are planning a spring or summer excursion, we invite you to swim on in to our store anytime to check out our seaworthy timepieces.

2018-04-09

Last week in our New York boutique, we honored 65-year-old Captain Istvan Kopar, who is embarking on the Gold Globe Race to solo-circumnavigate the world. He accomplished this circumnavigation 27 years ago and now is about to try to repeat history in the upcoming race. The Golden Globe Race recalls the golden days of sailing, and requires that each of the 30 sailors participating have no electronic equipment on board. As such, we provided Kopar with a mechanical in-house-made Wempe ship's chronometer and barometer (for indication atmospheric pressure) and with a Wempe chronometer wrist watch for his journey.

That journey, around the five capes, begins in France on July 1 and takes him 30,000 miles around the world in a non-stop sail that ends where it began — but approximately 300 days later. Each of the 30 participating sailors have similar yachts and equipment to what was available in the first race 50 years ago, won by Sir Robin, who had only a wind-up chronometer and a barograph to face the oceans alone.

In this anniversary edition of the race, Kopar will sail a Tradewind 35 Cutter, "Puffin," that was built in 1986 and modified for the race according to standards. The boat includes a water-tight bulkhead space for fresh water and reinforced fiberglass inside and out. For a more comprehensive story, please visit ATimelyPerspective.com.

We are happy to accompany Kopar on his adventures around the world, and wish him safe travels. In the meantime, if you are interested in seeing our ship's chronometers, barometers and marine watches, we invite you to stop in any time.

Photo of Itsvan Kopar, courtesy of KoparSailing.com.

2018-04-04

It is the biggest luxury jewelry and watch show of the year: Baselworld. The show recently closed its doors after a six-day event that proved highly successful. Retailers, consumer and journalists from around the world converged on Baselworld to see the newest, latest and greatest timepieces make their debuts. In most cases, these watches were years in the design, development and research stages. While they are hot off the presses, so to speak, the newest watches won't make their way to stores for at least another month or so, but that doesn't stop us from doing some trend spotting. Here are three key takeaways from Baselworld 2018.

Vintage, Vintage, Vintage

We can't say it enough. The biggest trend this year revolves around recalling our past. Many watch brands dug into their archives and developed watches based on an earlier, mid-20th-century watch that held some special meaning or appeal. While some brands re-interpreted designs of yesteryear by updating materials, colors, or dials, others unveiled almost literal reproductions of an early iconic watch. Some brands are even celebrating key anniversaries (50th, 60th, 75th) and releasing models in celebration.

Key vintage trends revolve around dial colors, with parchment, silver and lacquered white dials for many classic timepieces. However, also rearing their retro heads are blue and black dials — especially when combined with taupe numerals — as well as salmon or pink-hued dials. Another vintage trend has to do with numerals, markers and hands, with many brands adding Super-LumiNova and returning to classic fonts and hand styles. Lastly, elongated lugs are reappearing on the market — demonstrating a retro look and an ergonomic fit.

GMT Timing

While some key luxury brands continue to unveil high complications and complex novelties, many of the big-name brands favored more useful complexities this year. Such functions include dive watches, calendar watches and even chronographs. However, the most important function, it seems, is the GMT watch. Simply put, a GMT watch features  a 24-hour format hand that indicates a second time zone in very easy terms.  This year's favorite GMT watches are in chocolate brown, forest green, slate gray and ivory dial colors, in addition to the beloved blue.

Sports Watches 

As always, sport watches are an important category this year from both an aesthetic and function perspective. Classic sport watches and rugged sport watches dominate the scene, always with an eye toward design. On the classic sport side, many brands are inspired by the automobile racing world, with elements of the watch reminiscent of steering wheels, engines and grills. Even straps recall the sport, thanks to perforated holes that resemble leather driving gloves.

On the rugged and durable sport watch side, the sky  — or the sea — is the limit. Most popular this year are the dive watches, with many brands unveiling timepieces ready to weather the saltwater and harsh temperatures and depths inherent in diving. Some pilot watches emerge, as well, but these are taking a slight backseat to the more active sports, such as diving and mountain climbing. Key features in the newest sport watches include the use of a wide variety of materials for the case, ranging from high-tech ceramic and carbon fiber to the much-coveted alternative metals, such as bronze and even tantalum.

As mentioned, each of these trends is important in today's active lifestyles, where form and function come together to deliver a timepiece that does much more than just tell the time. We will have the newest watches of 2018 arriving in stores beginning next month, and invite you to stop in any time to see them.

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