Bellusso Jewelers Blog

Bellusso Jewelers Blog
2017-12-27

As you enjoy the festive season and anticipate your New Year's celebrations, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all Happy Holidays. May the new year ring in good health, success and happiness for each and every one of you and for those you love.

We look forward to a new and exciting year, as well. For those who are lovers of watches like we are, rest assured that in the new year, we will be bringing you a host of exciting new watches from all the brands we carry. Some of those pieces have been years in the making and are highly technical, while others are all about style and design. From the sporty to the chic, the new year will a very special time.

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Joyful New Year!

2017-12-21

Earlier this week, we brought you a few great last-minute holiday gift ideas for women. Now, we present some fantastic watches for him that are sure to make him swoon.

For men who love technology and sophistication, you can't go wrong with a stunning A. Lange & Sohne timepiece. This German watch brand is the benchmark when it comes to fine German craftsmanship. While the brand offers so many incredible timepieces, we especially like the Lange 1 Time Zone watch with a rotating city ring showing the 24 main timezone cities. Versatile, useful and classically elegant.

If the man in your life likes things a little sportier, don't miss the new IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition 50th Anniversary of Mercedes AMG watch. The brand has been a partner with Mercedes-AMG since 2004. When the auto brand got involved with F1 racing a few years ago, IWC was right there. The new 44mm watch is a titanium case for light weight and durability. The flyback chronograph watch is powered by the IWC 89361 movement with soft inner iron case to protect against magnetic fields.

Want more ideas? Stop by our store anytime (but soon) and let our staff help you find just the right gift.

2017-12-19

We know many of you are still trying to decide on that special gift for that certain someone. Don't worry — we are here to help. Nothing is as special as a watch, and today we take a look at some top watch picks for women that are guaranteed to put a smile on her face.

For the woman who loves to take to the seas, to sail the world and enjoy the water, take a good look at the Corum Admiral's Cup collection. Designed with the nautical pennants on the dial, this series of watches, including the Admiral Legend 38, is sure to win her heart.

For the woman who loves romance, why not try the stunning Blancpain Quantieme Retrograde watch. With a self-winding caliber, the shimmering piece offers moon phase indication — one of the most romantic functions on any watch. Besides, she will appreciate the fact that this watch has brains as well as beauty.

Looking for more options? We invite you to stop in any time (but soon) and let our knowledgable staff help find the perfect gift for the woman in your life.

2017-12-14

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.

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.

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.

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.

2017-12-12
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If you are searching for a watch as a self-purchase or as a gift, one of the key things to consider is whether you want a quartz or mechanical watch. Both have their advantages. Essentially, while a mechanical watch is a tiny engine of individual components that power the watch mechanically, a quartz watch is powered by a battery and a piece of quartz, and features a tiny circuit board.

In a quartz watch, a tiny, low-frequency piece of quartz crystal acts as an oscillator. The battery sends electricity to that crystal through an electronic circuit. The quartz oscillator, which is typically placed in an integrated circuit, vibrates quickly and with precise frequency (32,768 times/second) in response to the electronic charge. The circuit counts the vibrations and generates regular electric pulses (one per second) that drive the small motor that moves the watch’s hands – offering accurate time measurement (until the battery runs out of energy).

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Quartz watches were developed in the late 1960s, and the new technology took the world by storm. The first quartz watch put into production was the Astron by Seiko (1969) and the Japanese came out as leaders in the quartz "revolution." The Swiss were slow to adapt over the ensuing decade, but eventually unveiled quartz powered watches in the 1980s to supplement their core mechanical watch business. Today, we have a wealth of mechanical and quartz watches being made around the world.

The advantages of quartz watches include the fact that they don't not need to be wound. The owner can put the watch down for a few days, a week or longer and come back and it will still be working (unless it is at the end of its battery life). Generally, batteries in quartz watches will last between two and five years. Another advantage to quartz watches is that they are usually more affordable than a mechanical piece that has hundreds of tiny parts inside. In the end, though, it is always a personal preference.

2017-12-07

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.

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.

2017-12-05

While we are all for buying new watches, sometimes owning a little piece of Americana can be thrilling. If you are so inclined, this Thursday at Christie’s “An Evening of Exceptional Watches” auction in New York City, an array of pretty impressive watches are going up for sale. The auction has a segment devoted to American icons, and among the featured items are watches belonging to legendary baseball player Joe DiMaggio and to pioneer female flyer, Amelia Earhart. There is also a watch up for sale that once belonged to jazz musician Billie Holiday.

The Joe DiMaggio watch is a Patek Philippe (Reference 130) timepiece that the baseball player bought in 1948. It is an 18-karat yellow gold chronograph, Lot 5 in the auction. The watch is signed “Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, Ref. 130, Movement No. 867’276, Case No. 653’346, Manufactured in 1947." It is accompanied by an original strap, a confirmation from the brand’s archives of the purchase date (December 12, 1948), and a receipt from the last time the watch was sold at auction (May 2006). The estimates on this manual-wind watch: $150,000 to $300,000.

For slightly less, one may want to look at Lot 9. This is an unusual Cresarrow Watch Co. silver travel watch that belonged to Amelia Earhart. Documentation says the manual-wind watch that can double as a small table clock was created circa 1932 and sold by Tiffany & Co. The outer case is silver and the back is engraved: “To Amelia, In Sincere Admiration, Amy.” It is being offered with the original presentation box and three original photos of Earhart. The lot is expected to fetch between $60,000 and $120,000.

Alternatively, stop in our store anytime to invest in a new timepiece and start a legacy of your own.