Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dazzle Them With Diamond Watches for the Holidays

There is definitely truth in the statement, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” That’s why watchmakers offer so many variations on diamond timepieces. The gemstones appear in many forms, from the subtly understated to the fully embellished. Diamond watches can be found at any price range — thanks to the variety of diamonds used in timepieces — and are offered today in gold and platinum lines, as well as those crafted in steel, titanium and high-tech materials.
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For those who like a discreet shimmer, take a look at watches that simply have diamond markers on the dial. These stones are usually set into the dial replacing just the key numbers (12,3,6,9) or all numbers.
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Want something more than a shine on the dial? Many watch brands offer timepieces with diamond bezels, as well, that surround the dial and gleam brightly. These pieces easily go from day to night, without looking overly “decked out” for work. Generally, diamonds set into bezels are round brilliant-cut stone positioned closely together so that no metal shows through. Some higher-end brands also offer bezels with baguette-cut diamonds, but these are always more expensive.
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In fact, there are a host of different types of settings used in watchmaking, and some brands have even created their own settings. The most-used settings, though, are invisible (no metal showing), pavé (a fully pavéd look), channel (perfect rows of square or rectangular gems) and snow setting (where the stones seem to be set randomly, but are actually complex in their arrangements).

Looking to dress to the nines, many luxury timepieces offer dazzling diamond watches that feature complete pavé diamond dials, diamond bezels, even diamond cases and bracelets. Sometimes they mix in a few colored gemstones for added appeal. There is something for everyone, it is just a matter of “glitz” and budget. There are even diamond-adorned watches for men. Stop in any time to see our selection of diamond-adorned watches.



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Don’t Forget Him, Shop Watches for Men this Holiday!

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Friday, December 8, 2017

December Birthstones

Are you a December baby? December birthdays can sometimes lose some of their attention due to the craziness of the holiday season, but we haven’t forgotten you! December babies have three beautiful birthstones to choose from; Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise. Let’s look a little deeper at what’s behind these stones:

Tanzanite:

This bluish-purple stone is one of the newest to be discovered and is only available in one part of the world, Tanzania, making it rare and extremely coveted. The color of tanzanite can range from a pale blue to an intense blue with violet undertones that can rival sapphire.

A softer stone, it is recommended that you wear tanzanite as a necklace or earrings, but with proper care, a tanzanite will look beautiful no matter how you wear it.

Zircon:

A beautiful yet underrated stone, zircon is affordable and comes in a variety colors- spanning red, orange, yellow, green, blue and brown, making it a good choice for many pieces in a collection.

Zircon is the oldest mineral on earth, dating back more than 4.4 billion years. During the Middle Ages, people believed zircon could induce sound sleep, ward off evil and bring prosperity. Blue zircon, in particular was popular during Victorian times and frequently adorned English estate jewelry from the 1880s.

Blue zircon is still the most common among buyers, but if you want to start a collection of beautiful and colorful gemstones, zircon is a great choice.

Turquoise:

Admired since ancient times, turquoise is known for its distinct color, which ranges from powdery blue to a greenish robin’s egg blue.

The earliest evidence of turquoise comes from ancient Egyptian tombs which contain elaborate turquoise jewelry dating back to 3000 BCE. They used turquoise in everything from rings and necklaces, to ornamental pieces and art. It’s no wonder that the Egyptians called the stone mefkat, which meant “joy” and “delight”.

Ancient Persians also decorated extensively with turquoise believing it offered protection. Native Americans used it in sacred ceremonies to communicate with the spirit of the sky and attached it to their bows to improve a hunter’s accuracy.

Now, it is a beautiful stone used in many modern, sleek jewelry designs. When purchasing turquoise jewelry, keep in mind that it is a softer stone and is sensitive to sunlight and solvents like makeup and perfumes.



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Understanding What Power Reserve Means

When we show a mechanical watch to connoisseurs, they often ask, “How much power reserve does it have?”  What we in America call Power Reserve, the Swiss refer to as “Reserve de Marche,” and we want to explain what it means and how a watch is endowed with power.

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Essentially, when a mechanical watch is fully wound, it is chocked with enough power to keep it running for a pre-determined length of time. By winding the watch, gears, teeth, springs and barrels all play a connected role to keep the watch running. In automatic mechanical watches, a “rotor” or oscillating weight moves with the movement of the arm or wrist and “winds” the watch. In a manual-wind watch, the wearer must manually turn the crown to fully power the timepiece.

Both of these methods essentially wind a long main spring that is coiled and placed inside a cylinder or barrel in the movement. This is where the energy is stored. The spring releases the energy, or the tension, in a consistent manner from when the watch is fully wound until it gets closer to the end of the spring’s tension. In other words, the spring is nearly unwound. This is when the watch would need to be re-wound to fully power it up.

The amount of power reserve inside of a watch is determined by the making of the movement. If it is single barrel watch, it has only one spring; if it is a double barrel watch, it has two strings and the power will last longer. Most mechanical watches typically have at least 48 to 72 hours of power reserve so that if you take your watch off at the end of the night on Friday and leave it off for the weekend, it should still be working on Sunday or Monday, when you don it for work again.

So if someone asks about the power reserve of a watch, it is essentially how long the watch will run without needing to be re-wound or shaken (in the case of an automatic). Many watch brands offer a neat little indicator dial that depicts when the power reserve is getting low. Sometimes this is done with an Up/Down indication, or with a plus or minus sign. Sometimes it is indicated via a hand that runs on an arc from blue or black at the top to red (empty) at the bottom. Some watch brands have even developed their own way of indicating when it is time to re-wind.

 



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Monday, November 13, 2017

Citrine: Novemeber’s Birthstone

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November has arrived and while the leaves keep showing off their autumnal hues, this month’s birthstone, citrine, joins in with its yellow and orange colors seeming to compliment the world around us.

The warm, yellow tone of this stone is the perfect addition to a fall wardrobe, not only because it matches the environment, but also because its color has been thought to radiate positive energy.

If you have a business deal coming up, you might want to wear some citrine. Throughout history, it has been known as the ‘success stone’ since it is believed to promote prosperity and abundance, especially in situations involving business. It has also earned the nickname of ‘the merchant’s stone’ owing to the fact that business owners used to keep citrine in cash registers for good fortune.

For those of you not necessarily interested in business success, it is also said that citrine is able to dissipate negative energy, provide stability in life, and relieve depression and self-doubt.

Citrine is very affordable and versatile making it the number one selling yellow-to-orange stone. View our citrine birthstone collection here.



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Friday, October 20, 2017

‘Elite Traveler’ Magazine Publishes Top 50 Watches of 2017

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In its September/October issue, the prestigious Elite Traveler Magazine — authorities on all things luxury — published its “Top 50 Watches of 2017″ list. The 20-page cover feature is a behemoth reportage of the top watches to enter the market in 2017. patekref5320g

The carefully curated selection was made by Elite Traveler contributing editor, Roberta Naas. The 34-year watch-industry journalist is the author of six books on watches and founder of http://ift.tt/1f5hWhs — the online e-zine.

The Top 50 Watches were selected based on a host of important criteria: 1) they had to be new this year; 2) they had to carry a retail price of more than $10,000 (to meet the discerning tastes of the Elite Traveler loyal readers); and 3) the watches could not have received prior print coverage in the magazine.

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Additionally, brands could not have entries in multiple categories. In fact, the 50 top watches fall into one of these nine categories: Astronomical Watches, Chronographs, Calendars, Complications, Innovations, High-Jeweled, Métiers d’ Arts, Skeletons and Sport Watches. Also included were a number of “honorable mentions.” jaeger17

 

 

 

We are happy to say that we carry some of the brands that grace the 20-page special section in Elite Traveler Magazine.  Stop in any time to see the brands we carry that are featured in the Elite Traveler Top 50 Watches of 2017. For more information, click here…

 

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Watch Lovers Rejoice! WatchTime NYC Show This Weekend

 

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If you are a watch lover planning a trip to New York City in mid-October, you won’t want to miss one of the best events/watch shows happening in the Big Apple. On October 13 and 14, the WatchTime New York show takes place at Gotham Hall. Here, approximately 20 top brands are exhibiting their newest watches that were unveiled to the world earlier this year in Switzerland. Additionally, on Saturday the 14th, there are a host of panel discussions going on. watchtime1

There is a pre-show panel to Meet the Watchmaking Stars, which will feature top watchmakers from Switzerland and America discussing how they started their careers in this field. Slated for later in the day is panel of watch experts from the publishing and retail fields, as well as another event called “Meet the Brand Executives.” An historical exhibit will be on location, and there will be a review of all of the James Bond Watches — six decades worth — presented by WatchTime. The full-day event ticket costs $39, and you can register at Watchtimenewyork.com.

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It should be noted that no watches are bought/sold at this show. It is geared for getting a closer look at some of the finest brands, as well as for meeting watch collectors, watch makers and executives in the industry.

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