Wempe Watch Blog

Wempe Watch Blog
2015-11-27

OK, we know it is that time of year again: Black Friday. Hopefully, you have already been giving a lot of thought to the gifts you will be buying for your loved ones. We would like to remind you that nothing is as timeless as a timepiece. Giving a gift of time — something that is glanced at every day on the wrist — shows you care about how they spend their time and how they look while doing what they do. In reality, a watch is a statement of taste, interests and personality.

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So, if you are considering a watch purchase, you may want to take a few things into consideration when looking.

First and foremost, you should set your budget and stick to it. There are timepieces out there for all types of people and all types of budgets.

Next, consider the person or persons you are buying for. What are their hobbies and interests? Are they active outdoors people? Lovers of art? Do they run, hike, swim or participate in a sport? By being familiar with what the person's interests are, you can steer your watch choices to sporty or business, to casual or chic, to high-tech materials or shimmering gold.

Additionally, considering the person's career and age can help you determine whether you want to look at something cutting edge in style and design, or more classic and elegant. Teens and young adults most likely want a blend of trendy and functional, while those already in the height of their career may want something fun or weekend wear, or something a little more daring for work wear.

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If the person you are buying for lives in a warm climate, look to bracelet watches instead of leather straps that can get sticky on the wrist in hot, humid weather. In cold climates, leather is a warm and comfortable alternative. Of course, a sporty rubber strap straddles all climates and is great for active, outdoor wear.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you need to love the choice you make. Nothing says more when giving a gift than the excitement you convey about the selection you have made. Don't worry, though, if you are unsure, we are here to help you and guide you through the selection of the perfect watch. Stop in on Black Friday or any other time.

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Featuring Italian styling and Swiss craftsmanship, the Panerai 1940 Radiomir watch recalls the brand's rich roots with updated appeal. This distinctive timepiece is offered in several versions, both automatic and hand wound, but today we want to bring you a close-up look at the automatic watches. The automatic 3 Days watches are created in Acciaio, Titanio and Oro Rosso (steel, titanium and rose gold). The steel version features a black dial, while the others sport a rich chocolate brown dial.

The watches are powered by the P.4000 calibre — the first automatic movement with an off-center micro-rotor completely developed and created in house at the Officine Panerai manufacture at Neuchâtel. The off-center rotor is smaller in diameter than the calibre itself, enabling the movement to be substantially reduced because the small oscillating weight is inserted within the movement rather than superimposed upon it. The final thickness is just 3.95 mm.

In terms of looks, the dial offers bold beauty. It features a sandwich construction, wherein two superimposed plates are used. One comprises the top dial, while the second one is sandwiched beneath it, offering optimum luminescence of numerals and apertures via Swiss Grade A Super-LumiNova®. We invite you in any time to view our collection of Panerai watches.

2015-11-23
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Audemars Piguet unveils the new 18-karat yellow gold (case and bracelet) Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch — just in time for the holidays. Yes, it had recently released the timepiece in rose and white gold, but this 18-karat yellow gold version is an eye catcher.

This 41mm rendition is a work of art, balance and technology. It offers astronomical moon indication so precise that it will not need an adjustment for 125 years and 317 days. The 374-part caliber 5134 is also ultra-flat with a 4.31mm thickness – making it ideal for wearing with a suit. In addition to the days, date, months and leap years, it tracks and displays the weeks of the year — indicated on an outer chapter ring for those who need to refer to week numbers instead of dates. The watch is a nod to the original 1984 Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar collection, of which 229 of the 279 pieces made were cased in yellow gold.

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2015-11-19
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According to TheCounterfeitReport.com, more than 90% of holiday shoppers plan to go online to buy gifts this holiday season. The problem: The web is a haven for scam artists selling counterfeit merchandise, especially on "Black Friday" when consumers are eager to get the first deals.

The Counterfeit Report, a consumer protection website, cautioned that “you just can't identify a counterfeit product from a stock photo.” So, whether you are looking for designer clothing, fashion accessories or electronics use the utmost caution when making an online purchase.

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The Counterfeit Report noted that it received more than 2,000 counterfeit products from test purchases on Alibaba subsidiary AliExpress, Amazon and eBay. Alarmingly, the sellers and many of the fake products often remained, and sales continued to unsuspecting consumers. In fact, counterfeiting is a $1.7 trillion global criminal enterprise, and consumers are easily duped into losing their hard-earned dollars.

We suggest the following:

  • Buy jewelry and watches only from an authorized retailer and it is best if you can buy in the store, with face-to-face interaction.

The Counterfeit Report suggests:

  • If you buy online, look for sellers with clear return policies and good ratings.
  • Always buy with a credit card, never cash, PayPal withdrawals or wire transfers.
  • Always retain the disputed product; it is your only proof of receiving a counterfeit.
  • If a refund is denied; notify your credit card company that you have retained the counterfeit product and are disputing the charge.

We know we can provide a worry-free shopping experience when it comes to watches and jewelry, and we offer you top-notch product information via our website. Shop with care.

2015-11-18
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IWC Schaffhausen is a brand with a long and very storied past. With a factory built near the Rhine Falls to harness the power of the river back in 1868, IWC has created many an iconic timepiece over the years, ranging from its famed Mark series of pilot watches to the oversized Portuguieser, DaVinci and Portofino.  Long known as a brand “Engineered for Men,” IWC made a bold and daring move just over a year ago when it unveiled its Portofino Midsize watch — dedicated to thinner wrists. While they didn't come out and call the line a woman's watch, it is, in fact, perfect for the feminine wrist at 37mm in diameter and with top-notch mechanics inside.

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This year, to further underscore the devotion to women with the Portofino 37, IWC has aligned with the chic design team (Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne) of Public School, also originally known for its menswear collections and recently launched lines for women, too.

IWC watches have been spotted on Public School’s runways for several seasons. Now, to celebrate the new Portofino 37 collection, these two top-name brands have even created a series of three videos that depict modern looks (from sporty to professional and nighttime) for today’s women. We invite you in to check out our collection of IWC 37 watches.

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Last week in New York, TAG Heuer unveiled its new Connected watch. The brand had announced earlier in the year — at Baselworld 2015 — that it would have a new "smartwatch" out by the end of the year. True to form, the Connected watch — created in cooperation with Google and Intel — has arrived.

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According to TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver, who introduced the much-anticipated TAG Heuer Connected watch along with top executives from Intel and Google, the watch celebrates a grand marriage of connecting America and Switzerland, and the Silicon Valley with the Swiss Watch Valley.

The TAG Heuer Connected watch has a 46mm Grade 2 titanium case made in Switzerland and is powered by a computerized movement with Google Operating System. Compatible with Droid and other phones, the watch can also operate without a phone nearby, thanks to its wi-fi connectivity abilities.

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Offered in several different versions, it is a 46mm watch that looks like the much-loved Carrera, but is connected. The watch is offered with rubber strap in black or in an array of seven different colors. The dial offers a choice of three different TAG Heuer dials: a chronograph, three-hands or GMT. The chronograph is a working function operated via a tap on the screen to start it and stop it. Tap the screen twice and it resets. All other operations are implemented via the crown, which acts as the Connected watch’s main control.

The watch uses Bluetooth LE technology or Wi-Fi connectivity to connect to the smartphone. With 4GB of onboard storage for apps and media, it offers fitness data and notifications via a vibration (there is no speaker). The TAG Heuer Connected watch offers 30 hours of battery life with normal use, and is sold with a USB charging dock. Purchasers of the watch can also gain access to other specially made features and apps.

The watch retails for $1,500, with a unique option. After the two-year plan is up, the owner can trade the watch in at an authorized TAG Heuer retailer and, along with paying another $1,500, receive a mechanical Carrera.

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2015-11-12
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Jean-Claude Biver, President of the LVMH Group Watch Division and CEO of TAG Heuer, has increased the brand's influence in American sports, naming New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as its new brand ambassador. Brady will not only wear the new Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 watch — finally out and in stores now — but also will be featured in the company's "Don't Crack Under Pressure" campaign.

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Brady made an appearance at a swanky New York hotel to be present for the announcement, and — after being welcomed by cheers from the crowd — admitted that he hadn't expected such a warm welcome from rival city New York. He threw some signed footballs through a target that resembled the new watch, with proceeds going to charity. The first of a new collection — the  Carrera Calibre Heuer 01— is a manufacture-made chronograph with new 12-part case and named in honor of founder Edouard Heuer.

The “01” connotation of the watch reflects the first new movement development based off of the caliber 1887 (that was introduced to the world about five years ago and is an in-house made chronograph). The 45mm chronograph features a clean design with open-worked dial to reveal the column-wheel chronograph controls and to show the date disc. The bezel is anthracite with a tachymeter scale. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters.

2015-11-10
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Recently, Tudor announced the unveiling of the all-new Heritage Black Bay Black, joining the Black Bay line that was first started in 2012 and that won the Revival prize at the 2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve. The initial burgundy Black Bay version was followed by a navy blue Black Bay and now the brand adds the much-coveted black model.

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The Black Bay draws inspiration from a number of Tudor’s vintage submariners, in general, and from Tudor’s very first dive watch, Ref. 7922 released in 1954, in particular. The watch features a big winding crown and the iconic "snowflake" hands that were the hallmark of the Tudor submariners released from 1969 through the early 1980s.

The vintage design elements are combined with modern-day features, such as the 41mm case, colored anodized aluminum crown tube and strap/bracelet options. As with the other Black Bay releases, purchasers will have two strap options, brushed stainless steel or distressed leather with folding clasp.

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An additional black woven strap is included in all purchases, as well. Stop in and check it out.

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This Saturday, November 7, the Only Watch auction takes place in Geneva. Held every other year, the Only Watch auction is a unique event in the watch industry. Top watch brands unite — with each creating one special piece to be auctioned, with all proceeds going to benefit research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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This marks the 6th edition of the Only Watch charity auction. This year, a collection of 44 exceptional timepieces will be offered for sale by the finest watchmakers. The event is organized by Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies, the Monaco Yacht Show and Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo.

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The watches showcased at this sale are grand combinations of talent, excellence, innovation and passion. You can register to bid online up to 24 hours before the auction, by visiting www.onlywatch.com and submitting a bidding application. The cause is well worth it and the result — in addition to doing good if you are the top bidder — is a one-of-a-kind superb watch that is only for sale at Only Watch.

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Participating brands this year include Armin Strom, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Boucheron, Bovet Fleurier, Breguet, Carl F.Bucherer, Chanel, Chopard, Christophe Claret, Chronoswiss, De Bethune, de Grisogono, Dewitt, François-Paul Journe, Frédérique Constant, Girard-Perregaux, H.Moser & Cie, Harry Winston, Hermès, Hublot, IWC, Jacob & Co, Jaquet Droz, L. Leroy, Laurent Ferrier, Louis Vuitton, Maurice Lacroix, MB&F, Patek Philippe, Perrelet, Piaget, Rebellion, Richard Mille, Speake Marin, Thomas Mercer, Tudor, Ulysse Nardin, Urwerk, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Voutilainen, Vulcain and Zenith. The images here represent some highlighted pieces.

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2015-11-03

Last Thursday, the 2015 Grand Prix d’ Horlogerie Genève (GPGH) awards took place in Geneva. These awards constitute the largest watch competition in the world and are the watch industry's equivalent to the motion picture industry’s Oscars.

Held annually, GPHG receives about 200 watch submissions for the contest, which are then pared down by a panel of judges to the final 72 that compete for a winning spot in more than a dozen different categories.  Here, we bring you a rundown of the 2015 GPHG winning watches — some of which we are proud to carry.

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Jury Prize: Micke Pintus, Yannick Pintus, Jean-Luc Perrin — the three Vacheron Constantin watchmakers, who spent eight years together building the World’s Most Complicated Watch, Ref. 57260

Aiguille D’Or Grand Prix:  Greubel Forsey, Tourbillon 24Secondes Inclined Vision

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Technical Innovation: Preziouso Tourbillon of Tourbillons, which also won the Public Award.

Mechanical Exception: Jaquet Droz Charming Bird

Striking Watches: Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater Tourbillon with Gold Bridges

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Tourbillon: Ulysse Nardin, Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon

Calendars: Hermes Slim Calibre Perpetual Calendar

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Ladies’ Category: Hublot Big Bang

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Ladies High Mechanicals: Faberge Peacock

Jewelry: Audemars Piguet Diamond Punk

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Revival Category: Piaget Manchette Diamond Cuff watch

Artistic Category: Blancpain Villeret Cadran Shakudo

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Sports Watch: Tudor Pelagos

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Men’s Category: Voutilainen GMR

Chronographs: Piaget Altiplano

Revelation: Awarded to a brand 10 years or younger: Laurent Ferrier, Galet Square