Wempe Watch Blog

Wempe Watch Blog
2018-07-25

Just like your car needs regular maintenance, so, too, does your fine mechanical watch. Let's face it, it is comprised of hundreds of tiny mechanical parts, as well as lubricants that — if they get old, dry or sticky — can affect the way your watch performs.

How often a watch should be serviced is the real question... and the answer varies depending on the age of the watch, the brand and the movement inside. Today's mechanical watches do not necessarily need servicing as often as older watches because today's haute horology watches often have silicon parts inside, or ceramic ball bearings or other components that reduce friction and wear and tear. Generally, we suggest that new watches be serviced at least every five to seven years.

Similarly, if you have a watch you bought more than a decade ago, it should also be serviced every five years at minimum to keep it running smoothly. Other vintage watches (generally watches made before 1985) need more frequent servicing. Our suggestion is once every three or four years.

Essentially, full servicing of a watch entails removing the case back, disassembling the movement, cleaning of the components and then a reassembling of the movement with all new lubricants. All new gaskets are also added to the watch and a final testing is done to ensure it is fully water resistant and in prefect running order.  Because full servicing can be time consuming, we do ask our customers to be patient, but we will keep you apprised every step of the way. If you are unsure if your watch needs to be serviced or not, stop in any time to discuss it with us.

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.