Wempe Watch Blog

Wempe Watch Blog
2016-12-29

It is that time of year when we all reflect back on what 2016 brought our way. We want to thank our loyal customers and our new customers for your continued interest in the products that we select and curate specifically with you in mind. This has been an historic year filled with many memorable moments for us — and hopefully for you.

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We've had a lot of fun presenting the informative articles that ran on our blog and our other social media channels. Among the strongest pieces were auction reports that demonstrated how watches keep their value, and educational pieces that described breakthrough technology and amazing functions. We love to share our passion about watches and time.

As we close out 2016 and look to ring in 2017, we look forward to bringing you more exciting watches, incredible techniques in the watchmaking process, and great behind-the-scenes looks at the brands that bring us time... day in and day out.

The year begins with the world's most exclusive luxury watch exhibition, the by-invitation-only Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. Our reporting will start in January.  Then, the subsequent months will bring us Baselworld and a host of exciting wristwatch events wherein we will see the newest, latest and greatest watches making their debuts. These will be the watches that will mark the trends for 2017 and we look forward to bringing them to you.

Meanwhile, we wish you a very Happy New Year!

2016-12-22
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In a holiday pinch? Unsure what to get your mom, dad, son, daughter, husband, wife, girlfriend, etc.? We have the answer and it is all about time. Watches are the perfect gift because they show you took time to think about what the recipient likes and to go in person to find the timepiece that matches his or her personality and lifestyle. It also shows you know time is important and with every glance at their wrist, they will think of you.

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Finding the perfect watch doesn't mean you have to break the bank. Great watches can be had at all prices, from entry level to uber-lush for both him and her. Stop in and let us help steer you in the right direction to find a watch that's in your budget and will definitely put a smile on your loved one's face.

2016-12-20

As we come down to the wire on holiday shopping days left in the season, there is always a temptation to rush and do some purchasing in places you may not necessarily be familiar with, including online. However, according to The Counterfeit Report, this is the season when shoppers are moving too quickly and not paying close enough attention — leaving the door wide open to those who trade in counterfeit merchandise.

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According to The Counterfeit Report, a counterfeit awareness and consumer advocate, more than 90% of holiday shoppers plan to go online to buy gifts at bargain prices.

"Consider the economic and personal risk of buying counterfeit goods, and be very skeptical of any online product, unless purchased from authorized retailers," advises The Counterfeit Report.

Consumers are easily deceived and unknowingly purchase counterfeit products that can go undetected until after the holidays when the product fails to continue working or is returned. Last year alone, counterfeiting became a $1.7 trillion global criminal enterprise.

While consumers can compare the authentic items and potential counterfeit counterparts on The Counterfeit Report's website, if you are shopping for watches or jewelry, we suggest you shop with a jeweler you trust.

Protect your hard-earned dollars by following these tips from The Counterfeit Report:
• Buy jewelry and watches only from an authorized retailer and, if possible, make the purchase in the store, with face-to-face interaction.
• If you buy online, look for sellers with clear return policies and good ratings.
• Always buy with a credit card, and never with 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 wonderful, fully-backed shopping experience when it comes to watches and jewelry. Stop in any time, even last minute, and shop with confidence.

2016-12-15
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Recently, Tudor — the sister brand to Rolex — unveiled an all-new left-handed version of its Pelagos diver's watch. The watch features the winding stem on the left side of the case as opposed to the traditional right side of the case to make it easier for left-handed wearers to use.

The watch is equipped with a manufacture calibre MT5612-LHD (Left Hand Drive) movement with silicon balance spring. The watch case and bracelet are crafted in titanium and there is a black ceramic bezel that complements the black dial. Water resistant to 500 meters, the watch is equipped with a helium escape valve. The Tudor bracelet is also fitted with an inner folding clasp mounted on a floating spring carriage so it can adjust automatically to the wrist. Also included with the watch is a rubber strap.

Of course, whether or not the crown is on the left side of the case is a purely personal choice, as left-handed users have found great ways to cope with a right-sided crown.

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Nevertheless, we invite you in any time to see our collection of Tudor Pelages, Black Bay and Fast Rider watches.

2016-12-13

It's a great time to take a look at the best-selling watches of the year and maybe put one or two of them on your holiday shopping list. Today, we shine the spotlight on three of the most coveted Cartier watches of 2016. While some of these were introduced back in January in Geneva at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, they didn't make their way to retail stores until the fall — so they are still super fresh and sought after.

Drive de Cartier Date Watch

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This year Cartier stepped up its offerings and unveiled an exciting, all-new collection: Drive de Cartier. The watch line features a cushion-shaped retro-inspired case, and there are several versions of the watch, including a three-hands with date, a dual time zone retrograde watch and, at the high end, a tourbillon. The watches are created in stainless steel or in 18-karat rose gold, and each houses one of three in-house-made calibers. At the simple, classic end of the spectrum, we like the Drive de Cartier Three Hands Date watch, with small seconds subdial at 6:00. Powered by a mechanical movement, the 18-karat rose gold version with a white dial and calf leather strap is simple yet alluring.

Clé de Cartier Skeleton Caliber 9612MC

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Crafted in palladium, the new Clé de Cartier Skeleton watch is a superb blend of art and technical prowess. Skeletonizing a watch is no easy task and master artisans work tirelessly to find the perfect balance of open-worked metal and enduring strength. The beauty, however, is proof that the work is worth the wait, as a skeletonized watch offers stunning views of the movement. Such is the case with this year's newest watch. The Clé de Cartier Skeleton Caliber 9612 MC is the brand's first automatic skeleton 165-part movement. Cartier has skeletonized the rotor and gave the bridges a purpose: they form the Roman numerals.

Crash Skeleton

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Another grand example of skeletonization is the Cartier Crash watch with mechanical  manual-wind movement in 18-karat rose gold. The unusually shaped Crash was originally developed in 1967 and has remained a coveted icon ever since. Now, with the skeletonized version housing the 138-part manual wind Caliber 9618 movement, Cartier brings breathtaking beauty and watchmaking prowess. Like the Clé de Cartier Skeleton, the bridges in this watch form the Roman numerals and offer a dramatic view inside.

2016-12-09
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If you take a look at your watch collection, you will most likely find steel and gold, but what about platinum? Platinum timepieces occupy a special niche in the upper echelon of watchmaking. They're beautiful, rare and coveted.

Recognized as the rarest and most precious metal on earth, platinum is intensely rich in hue. In fact, platinum is so rare that it is estimated that all of the platinum mined from the earth to date could fit inside a large living room. This shimmering white material has been used in watch designs for more than a century and if one owns a white metal watch passed down from a grandfather or great grandfather, chances are it is made of platinum.

Because platinum in its purest form is particularly difficult to work, it is sometimes alloyed with a tiny amount of copper to attain the flexibility needed to create a watch case. For this reason, platinum used in watch fabrication is usually 90 to 95 percent pure. A case made of 18-karat gold, by comparison, contains 75 percent pure gold. Platinum's high purity is reflected in prices a bit higher than the other noble metals, but there is a great deal of personal satisfaction from owning something crafted in platinum. So if you are looking for something truly special in this winter white season, platinum may shine brightly for you.

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2016-12-07

With the holidays here, you are most likely contemplating the perfect gift — or maybe even a self purchase. We know that a watch is a great, timeless investment — one that can hold its value for years to come.

While our customers often have varying degrees of passion about watches, some have gotten hooked on the singular statement a watch can make, and have purchased multiple timepieces — making him or her a "collector" of sorts. We are often asked how many watches one needs to have to be considered a collector, or to have a true watch wardrobe. The thing is, it is less about the number of watches you own and more about what types of watches you own that help in building a watch wardrobe.

Generally, most people opt for either a classic work-type watch as their first timepiece, or a sportier watch. These are often the most versatile, and can go from day to night to weekend without a hiccup. It is safe to say that everyone building a wardrobe should have at least one classic dress watch perfect for work, and one sportier, rugged watch that can go out hiking or skiing on weekends.

From there, you build up. Women may want a diamond or gemstone watch for elegant evenings, especially if they do a lot of socializing. They also may want to add a fashion-forward watch — one that makes a color or artistic statement. Other genres of watches also appeal to both sexes, but men often find themselves attracted to pilot or military-inspired watches and there is an entire segment of brands that offer such timepieces. This is where a person's real likes or dislikes, interests or hobbies come into play. There are car-inspired watches, colorful watches, three-dimensional space-age looking watches and so much more.

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We advise you, if searching for a watch as a self-purchase or a gift, to consider what styles you already own, what is missing from your collection (or that of the person you are buying for) and what excites you in terms of look and style. The key to having a watch wardrobe is wearing the watches, and if you don't love them, you won't wear them. So buy what you like. We invite you to stop in any time to take a long look at what we have to offer in all watch genres.

2016-12-02
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It's been a wild and wonderful ride at auction this year for timepieces. As the month of December sees several final auctions, we are already getting great results — results that bode well for the argument that a watch is a fine investment in your future.

Just this week, Phillips Auction House sold, among others, several watches previously owned by watch lover and musician Eric Clapton. The auction, which concluded on Tuesday, November 29, along with a Rolex Milestones auction the House held the evening before, achieved almost $25.5 million in sales.

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In its sale a couple of weeks ago, Phillips, in association with Bacs & Russo, sold a Patek Philippe watch that achieved a world record — selling for $11 million. The watch had been made in 1943 and a was a stainless steel Reference 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph with moon phase. In that auction, a total of nearly 180 watches from more than a dozen different brands sold — to the tune of $27.8 million.

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According to Aurel Bacs, senior consultant with Phillips, the world record accomplishment "is a strong testimony that the watch market is universally accepted as an important pillar of the international art collector community."

2016-12-01

This year, IWC Schaffhausen put a strong renewed emphasis on its entire Pilot’s Watch collection, releasing some pretty impressive pieces, including the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph that incorporates important functions and technology that are well worth a close-up look.

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The combined chronograph and world-time automatic watch is the first that enables the user to set a new time zone time and date with just the twist of the bezel. Additionally, the black and red 24-hour hand indicates day or night on the inner 24-hour ring. The watch holds two patents for its technology.

At the risk of getting a bit techy, let us outline a few key features: The watch incorporates a sprung rotating bezel concept that was developed in the 1980s when IWC was creating the Porsche Design watches, and that has been used in IWC’s Aquatimer watches. The bezel is linked to a  gear train that rotates the city ring bezel (with 24 cities listed) and transmits to the hour wheel, the 24-hour hand and the date advance wheel that all three displays should move back or forth by one-hour increments. That same city ring features a small "s" to indicate the cities that are in Daylight Saving Time.

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An inner 24-hour ring indicates day or night in the other time zone, and the watch takes into account when the wearer crosses the International Date Line, advancing or returning the date by one day. In addition to time functions and world time zone functions, the watch is a chronograph for recording events, and can make calculations of speed or fuel consumption. It offers 68 hours of power reserve. We invite you in any time to see our great selection of IWC Pilot's watches.

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