Wempe Watch Blog

Wempe Watch Blog
2017-08-24

If you are a car lover as well as a watch lover, then you know that this past week was filled with exciting motorsports events, including the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and all of the gatherings, tours, races and exhibitions that take place around it. Easily one of the most prestigious auto events in the world, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance takes place on the 18th Fairway of the famed Pebble Beach Links Golf course — with a rich Pacific blue ocean backdrop.

For the event, Rolex — a brand we are proud to carry — is the Official Timepiece and is also the title brand for the Rolex Best of Show award, which is given to only one car out of a couple of hundred on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance event. While there are awards given for best of each category, only one car — the one judged to be restored with the most authenticity and style — can win Best of Show. The winner this year was the 1929 Mercedes Benz S Barker Tourer in blue and silver owned by Bruce McGaw. McGaw also received a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 watch in gold and stainless steel for the win.

Additionally, during the week, Rolex sponsored the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at the 11-turn Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where more than 400 cars converged for four days of ultimate racing on a challenging course with hairpin turns and bold changes in elevation. In fact, that raceway celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. A few famous drivers — also Rolex brand ambassadors — were on hand for that classic car racing event, as well. Sir Jackie Stewart, a three-time Formula One World Champion, attended and Tom Kristensen, nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, was a featured speaker.

Rolex also had a grand presence at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering and at the Tour d'Elegance. Rolex's relationship with the world of automotive sports is a long and storied one that reaches back to the Daytona races more than half a century ago. We invite you to stop in any time to see our collection of Rolex watches and maybe even talk about cars.

All photos Courtesy of Rolex.

2017-03-21

We all know Rolex has a pristine reputation, but that fact has been proven by the Global RepTrak 100 rankings. According to the Reputation Institute that publishes the list on corporate reputations, Rolex topped the ranking — for the second year in a row.

Interestingly, Rolex was the only watch brand listed on the Top 100 ranking. It scored high for such factors as “offering high-quality products and services” to “stands behind its products and services."

Rolex's position at the top is key, as the brand beat out names like Amazon, eBay, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren. The company that ranked second was Lego Group, with Walt Disney coming in third and Canon in fourth.

We invite you into our store anytime to see our grand collection of Rolex timepieces — from the most highly reputable company in the world.

2016-08-22
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This past week in California was Monterey Classic Car Week, and at almost every turn, visitors saw Rolex. Our friends over at the online watch magazine, ATimelyPerspective.com, wrote about the various events of the week, and you can review their coverage here.

Meanwhile, we are pleased to say that Rolex — a brand we carry — was also a highlight gift for the "Best of Show" winner at the prestigious 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance, where the brand is the Official Timepiece. This year, the winning auto was a pre-war 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet owned by Richard Mattei of Arizona.

In addition to this storied recognition, Mattei takes home a host of gifts, including a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date — one of just 41 crafted in Everose and Steel with the new in-house-made Caliber 3235 self-winding movement that holds 14 patents and carries the brand’s Superlative Chronometer certification. Stop in any time to see our winning selection of Rolex watches.

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.

2016-04-12
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Rolex lovers are in for a treat. Unveiled at Baselworld last month, the new Rolex Air-King will be making its way to stores soon. The watch is a re-introduction of a classic aviation-inspired piece created by the brand and paying homage to the golden age of exploration and aviation firsts. The new Air-King 40mm watch is crafted in 904L stainless steel and sports a black dial that is quite alluring.

The dial has three large numerals at the 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 positions. The rest of the numbers are indicated via a bold minute scale that displays 5, 10, 20, etc. Additionally, the dial features a Rolex green Air-King logo on it — written in the original 1950s typeface.

The watch is a COSC-certified chronometer that has also undergone stringent Rolex testing and carries the brand's Superlative Chronometer status. Housing the self-winding mechanical Caliber 3131, the watch is equipped with a patented Parachrom hairspring for added stability when exposed to temperature variations, shocks and more. The case is a monobloc with screw-down case back and crown, and the watch is fitted with an Oyster bracelet. It offers a high degree of anti-magnetism (thanks to an escape wheel made of a nickel-phosphorous alloy) and 100 meters of water resistance.

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2015-08-06
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Watch collectors and watch lovers alike all have a grand affinity for Rolex. This brand has been on the cutting edge of time since its inception. After all, Rolex did introduce the first water resistant watch, the Oyster, back in the 1920s and made headlines around with world with it when Mercedes Gleitz swam the English Channel wearing the watch, which still worked when she emerged from the water.

Then, in 1956, the brand unveiled the Rolex Day-Date watch – created by founder Hans Wilsdorf. The watch is also often referred to as the President’s watch because of the great number of important presidents and socialites who have worn it.

Now, Rolex brings its famed Day-Date model to new heights consistent with the 21st century. The brand has built the all-new Caliber 3255 mechanical movement that further underscores the dial description of “Superlative Chronometer.”

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The caliber, which was years in the making, surpasses the criteria developed by the COSC for certified chronometers thanks to a new chronometrically precise mechanical system. In fact, the technology in this timepiece holds 14 individual patents. The bidirectional self-winding Caliber 3255 beats at 4 Hz (or 28,800 vibrations per hour), and consists of several cool new inventions that are typical of Rolex’s innovative and advanced spirit. Among them are the following: the blue Parachrom hairspring, large balance wheel with variable inertia weights, state-of-the-art Chronergy escapement with Paramagnetic nickel-phosphorus pallet fork and escape wheel. For rugged functionality, the movement also is equipped with high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers. All of these inventions together make this timepiece both more accurate and more efficient – with 70 hours of power reserve.

The new Day-Date watches are offered with either a top-quality leather strap or with the much-loved President’s bracelet, which has also been improved and updated with features such as ceramic inserts inside the link, and a concealed attachment to the case – both for added wear and durability. The watch will be created in a 40mm version that will complement the existing 36mm version, and will be offered in yellow gold and platinum.

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Underscoring its confidence in its timepieces, Rolex has announced that the international warranty on all watches sold after July 1, 2015, will be an impressive five years.

2014-08-19

This past weekend was all about celebrating precision instruments and vintage luxury with the world-renowned Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week. It’s the time of year when lovers of vintage motor sports gather together in California for events such as the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion — a cornerstone of the week – and the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance.

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Indeed, events include road rallies, long treks along the California coast line and more – all in a blend of showing off the finest period cars perfectly restored to their former glory. Even the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca features vintage car racing.

Rolex, which has been intimately involved in auto racing since 1935, and solidified its position in the sport in 1959 when it began its association with the Daytona International Speedway, actively supports the majority of events for the week – wherein hundreds of top vehicles show what they are made of. For the Rolex Monterey Motor Sports Reunion, approximately 550 vehicles from 27 countries were invited to compete and are accepted based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness.

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This amazing race is known as one of the most iconic of its type, with touring and racing cars that are almost unrivaled in their categories. Held at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track – with its legendary corkscrew turn (with five-story elevation and 11 turns) — the multi-day races are a blend of nostalgia and classicism, of roaring engines and whirring hums. The gentlemen racers and owners who line the paddocks include many top celebrities. At the end of the event, the Spirit of Monterey award goes to a top candidate – who also wins a stainless steel and gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. The winner this year was Mike Eddy, the owner of a 1964 Ford Falcon, driven it in Group 7A (for 1966-1972 Trans Ams). The Cosmograph Daytona, introduced in 1963, was designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers. The chronograph watch features a bezel with tachometric scale that allows drivers to perfectly measure speed.

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This year also ushered in some important celebrations: the 100th anniversary of Italian automaker Maserati; the unveiling of the new Jaguar prototype Continuation Lightweight E-Type (six will be built by Jaguar Heritage, part of Jaguar Land Rover’s new special division). All of the festivities culminated yesterday at the highlight event: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where the finest cars in the world were on display at the famed 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Here, unlike the technical precision of racing at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, cars are put to a different test – that of being historically accurate in technical merit and style. More than 700 cars applied to be at the Concours, but only a couple of hundred were granted admittance. The stakes are high, the cars judged in precise categories such as Early Steam Cars or Pre-War.  So, in the end, the winner of the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours Best of Show was a perfectly presented ’54 Ferrari 375 MM owned by Jon Shirley.