Wempe Watch Blog

Wempe Watch Blog
2016-05-31
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It is rare that a watch or jewelry show in America is open to the public, but this weekend in Las Vegas, a first-ever timepiece show, Luxury Suisse and World Watch Market, will open its doors to watch lovers.

This first-ever public show in Las Vegas will be held at the Trump International Hotel from June 4 and 5, and will showcase approximately two dozen top independent watch brands. Visitors can enjoy access to the designers and owners of the brands, as well as get a hands-on look at some of the most creative luxury watches. So if you are thinking of going to Las Vegas and you are a watch lover, this is the time to visit.

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2016-05-24
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May is one of the hottest months when it comes to timepiece auctions, with all of the big Houses — Christie's, Sotheby's, Philipps and Antiquorum — hosting important sales. The results of some of those sales are in and they reconfirm 10-fold the fact that watches are a great investment.

Here are some highlights:

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Christie's, at its Rare Watches sale, set world records with the Charles-Louis Havas Breguet et Fils Pocket watch, which sold for more than $3.3 million (157 percent above its estimate). This sale made the Breguet the most expensive watch of the spring season for Christie's, and also marked the second most expensive Breguet et Fils watch ever sold at auction. At the same auction, a Patek Philippe chronograph (Ref. 530) with a rare stainless steel sector dial, circa 1938, sold for just about $1.2 million.

Over at Phillips Auction House, where several different auctions took place over a three-day period, more than $33 million in merchandise was sold. A highlight for Phillips was the thematic "Start-Stop-Reset" auction of stainless steel chronographs. During this sale, the auction house beat its own world records for Rolex watches sold at auction. Additionally, Phillips sold six watches for more than $1 million each.

The top lot at that sale was a very rare Rolex stainless steel split-seconds chronograph, circa 1942. Reference 4113 is one of just 12 watches ever made by the brand for a select group of racing teams and drivers. That watch fetched triple its estimate and sold for $2.45 million.

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Even some little-known brands took center stage. For instance, at the Antiquorum auction an Urban Jurgensen sold for 12 times its estimate, bringing in approximately $800,000. What are you waiting for? Stop in and see our watch collection.

2016-05-19
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Pantone has named the 10 hottest colors for fall, and we expect to see these hues coming our way in the form of watch straps and maybe even dials. The Pantone Color Institute released its latest Fashion Color Report that predicts the fall palette and says we can expect to see shades of Airy Blue, Sharkskin, Aurora Red, Warm Taupe, Lush Meadow, Spicy Mustard, Potter's Clay, Dusty Cedar, Bodacious and Riverside.

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While many of the above hues are self explanatory, the last two may need a bit of clarification. Both Bodacious and Riverside are new colors that Pantone introduced to its Fashion and Interiors Color System last year. Riverside is a warm, medium blue, while Bodacious has a bright pinkish/fuchsia cast. From blue, to neutral, earthy, gray and red, expect colors to pop on the wrist this fall.

2016-05-17
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Be it white, rose, yellow or some specially made color, gold is enjoying the limelight this month. May is Gold Month, a time when many designers, brands and organizations tout the precious metal to the public. Gold demand has been on the upswing during the first half of 2016.

According to the World Gold Council, gold had a glittering start this year, with the gold price rising by 17% in U.S. dollars in the first quarter — marking the metal’s best performance in nearly 30 years. Additionally, as top-notch jewelry and watch designers utilize gold for more creative and yet timeless products, the demand is on.

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This may be why so many watch brands continue to offer classic and cutting-edge timepieces made in gold. Rose or pink gold continues to be the color of choice for most luxury watch brands, however white gold is not far behind. This year, too, we saw several key brands releasing exciting products in 18-karat yellow gold – a trend we expect will continue. Certain brands are also creating their own special hues of gold in an effort to continually stand out from the rest.

Rolex, for instance, offers its version of rose gold, Everose, that is specially made to be resistant to scratching.

2016-05-12

Have plans to be in New York City this weekend? If so, don't miss the fourth annual TimeCrafters show, which is open to the public beginning tomorrow and running through the entire weekend. It takes place at the Park Avenue Armory.

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TimeCrafters showcases 15 top luxury brands and their newest watches — some never before seen in the U.S. market. The event's mission is to give U.S. watch enthusiasts an opportunity to continue learning about the craftsmanship of the best timepieces.

Throughout the weekend, a host of events are planned that include panel discussions on art and craftsmanship, the history of horology, with an emphasis on aviation and a close-up look at the chronograph. There are also watchmaking workshops. You can learn more about all of the events and offerings, or sign up to take part in the workshops or walking tours by visiting Timecrafters.com.

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2016-05-10
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This past weekend, Nyqvist, ridden by record-setting jockey Mario Gutierrez, won the 142nd Kentucky Derby — racing to the finish line in the home stretch and winning over Exaggerator by 1-1/4 lengths. There to capture the moment with timely precision was Longines, the official timekeeper and a key sponsor of the famed Kentucky Derby, along with the other races on the Triple Crown circuit.

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Just in time for the Triple Crown season, the brand unveils the Longines Conquest Classic Triple Crown Limited Edition watches that commemorate the historic 2015 Triple Crown winner, American Pharaoh, and to celebrate the Triple Crown, in general.

The Longines Triple Crown watches are powered by automatic movements and are offered in three metal types: stainless steel, steel and gold two-tone, or in 18-karat gold. Each watch flaunts a sable brown dial specially made to match American Pharoah's actual coat color. The watch also feature brown alligator straps.

A jockey on the mount replaces the traditional moon phase, and the dial is devoid of indexes, with the exception for the “3,” as a nod to the Triple Crown. The sundial features a yellow highlight at the 12 to signify that American Pharaoh was the 12th horse in history to win the Triple Crown title.

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While American Pharaoh won the Triple Crown in 2015, it continues to be the most difficult feat in horse racing, and this watch honors that horse and jockey, but also pays tribute to the sport. Each watch is numbered. We invite you in to take a look at our Swiss-made Longines watches any time.

2016-05-05
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Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 8, and there is still time to give mom something truly special. While candy, gift cards and dinner are nice, watches are the ultimate gift that show you care. Timepieces offer individual statements of elegance, style, interests and more. What's more, each and every time she glances at the watch on her wrist, she will think of you and know you spent your time looking for a gift that will last forever.

Not every watch for mom has to break the bank or shock the wallet. We have a vast array of choices in all price ranges, and just the right style to go with mom's personality. So stop in and talk to our knowledgeable staff, who can give you key tips and hints on what would be right for that special Mom in your life.

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2016-05-04
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This month is chock-full of exciting adventures for watch lovers — with watch exhibitions, sports events timed by the best of them, and vintage auctions galore. Add to that the fact that Mother's Day is around the corner, and so is Cinco de Mayo... It's a wild month. Here, we bring you a quick rundown of some of this month's exciting events, and throughout the month, we will bring you many more.

This weekend marks two sporting spectaculars. If you are in or visiting New York, this year marks the first time in a long time that the America's Cup sails in Gotham City's waters. There are four different watch brands involved in the America's Cup races — from sponsoring the events to sponsoring the massive catamarans that fly like planes, sailing in and out of the water. Also this weekend marks the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky. It's the first of the Triple Crown events, with one major watch brand timing the wins.

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For those who love watches and want to see the latest and greatest from 15 top brands, consider visiting the TimeCrafters Luxury Watch Show in New York from May 13-15. At the fourth annual event, consumers can spend a couple of days getting up close and personal with watches never before seen in the USA.

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Do you like all things vintage? Check out the same weekend's incredible lot of auctions. From Sotheby's to Phillips Auction House, the weekend is the time to bid online for some of those rare beauties you have had your eye on. In fact, check back soon because we are going to do a review of the Phillips "Star-Stop-Reset" Thematic Auction (chronographs, of course).

Meanwhile, stop in to see our vast array of sports watches and exciting new timepieces.