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2018-05-30

College graduations are in full swing and Father's Day is around the corner, so it’s time to give thought to the perfect gift for your brilliant son, top-notch father or wonderful husband. We have the answer: a gift of time in the form of a watch on the wrist.

Today, time is omnipresent on our cell phones, dashboards, computers and more, but that is precisely what makes a watch so special.  Every time he glances at his wrist he will be reminded of the fact that you cared enough to give him a statement that offers time and distinction. The cell phone just can't make the individual and personal statement that a watch can make. A timeless gift, a watch also shows that you took the time to consider his likes, hobbies and interests. Not sure what type of watch to get? Here, we bring you four important factors to consider when buying a watch.

Consider Your Budget. It is important to note that there is a watch to fit every wallet size. From affordable to over the top, there is great variety on the market. Before you even consider which watch, though, have a budget in mind. It's OK to deviate from that budget a little, but starting with a  budget puts you at ease with the process of selection. Have an opening price in mind, and a cap off price, and don't be afraid to tell the sales associate helping you in the store where your budget lies.

Buy from a reputable, authorized retailer. This will bring you peace of mind that the watch is covered under warranty or guarantee, and that if the recipient wants to exchange it, that won't be a problem.

Think about the person you are buying for. What are his hobbies or interests? Is he a sports enthusiast who may like a chronograph, a car lover who may like a watch with auto-inspired detailing. Does he dive, or swim, or sail? There is a watch genre for every type of sport, even camping, hiking and running. Also, think about the person's age or career path.  If you're buying for a graduate, a nice clean stylish watch with a sporty, chic appeal that can go from work to weekend is a great choice. Buying for the father of your children? He may want something more sophisticated or complex, especially if he already owns some watches.

Think about where the person lives. Some watches may be better suited to certain climates than others, thanks to the strap or bracelet. For instance, warmer climates are great for bracelets so the strap doesn’t get clammy or sticky on the wrist. Cooler climates are great for leather straps, where metal could feel cold. Water lovers may want a rubber strap that can easily get wet time and again.

Still not sure? No problem. Stop in any time and let our knowledgeable staff help you work out the answers and find the perfect gift of time for the grad or dad in your life.

2018-05-23

Did you know that something as simple as using a cell phone (especially with a rechargeable cell phone cover), going through airport security and even flying can affect the accuracy of your mechanical watch? Microwaves, handbags with magnetic closures, certain electrical instruments and some medical testing equipment can also have a negative impact on your mechanical timepiece.

Essentially, when a watch that is not deemed "anti-magnetic" comes into contact with a magnetic force field, the inner escapement of the watch can stutter, causing a slight-to-moderate impact on timing accuracy. Some people have reported that in certain instances, their timepiece just stops working. This is why certain watch brands take steps to ensure that their watches — especially pilot watches that are exposed to magnetic fields when flying — are anti-magnetic.

The concept of anti-magnetism in watches was first developed back in the 1930s when military pilots had issues with their watches stopping or becoming inaccurate. Generally, IWC Schaffhausen is credited with developing the first-ever anti-magnetic watch, and it did so by building a soft iron inner case that could reside within the outside case, but cover and protect the movement parts that were made of metals affected by magnetism. For decades, that inner iron case was the only way watch brands could find to protect the movements, and certain brands developed their own inner anti-magnetic iron cases — predominantly for pilot watches.

In recent decades, though, the use of high-tech alloys in watch movements have helped to render these watches anti-magnetic. These alloys include silicon, Glucydur, Elinvar and more. When mainsprings, escapements and hairsprings inside the watch are made of these materials, the watch becomes anti-magnetic without needing an iron inner case to protect it.

Essentially, an anti-magnetic watch can run with minimal deviation in time tracking when exposed to magnetic fields. The International Organization for Standardization has issued a standard for magnetic resistant watches: ISO 764 Horology - Magnetic. It states that a watch must keep its accuracy to +/- 30 seconds a day to be deemed magnetic resistant.

If you are continually exposed to magnetic fields, and have not experienced any timing issues with your mechanical watch, bravo. If you have had some issues, stop in any time to let us help you find the right watch for your wrist that is anti-magnetic and still suits your personal tastes.

2018-05-21

We are pleased to partner with ATimelyPerspective.com, the most authoritative source for watch reviews and news, to bring even more in-depth content to our blog. This article first appeared there.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Indian(R) Legend watches kick it up a notch.

Avid watch lovers familiar with our blog know that we have a special affinity for Swiss watch brand Baume & Mercier. Perhaps it stems from the fact that this brand has such a wonderfully inspiring roots story — founded by a husband/wife team more than a century and a half ago – and dedicated to creating innovative product with good value. Perhaps it is because over the past three decades, we have formed a strong relationship with the brand and its leaders, who seem spot-on in terms of direction. Or, perhaps it is the products and the projects that this brand takes on – and executes brilliantly – that draws us in.

For whichever reason — or a culmination of all of these influencing factors — Baume & Mercier is near and dear to our hearts. What’s more, the brand may well be near and dear to the hearts of many around the world, and especially in America, thanks to its very focused course of partnerships and product unveilings over the past half a decade. From partnering with Shelby American about four years ago to revive the beloved Carroll Shelby and Shelby Cobra names in Capeland watches, to the recent partnership with “America’s first motorcycle company” Indian Motorcycle, Baume & Mercier is striking a chord that goes to core of America and of motorsport enthusiasts globally.

Baume & Mercier Teams with Indian Motorcycle for new Clifton Club Indian Legend watches.

One has to admire the vision of Baume & Mercier CEO Alain Zimmermann, who not only engineered the first partnership for the Capeland Cobra, but also had the foresight last year to unveil a new collection of “sport watches for gentlemen” – the Clifton Club – to offer quality and value. Did he know then that the next partnership – the one unveiled last year with Indian – would need a watch collection to call home? I’m pretty certain of it. Zimmermann has always had a long-term look toward the future.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Indian Legend Tribute Scout watch.

In fact, Zimmermann has his fingers on the pulse of changing times, embraces the digital world and does his best to understand today’s millennial customers and their spirit for adventure and for stories. As such, the very first Indian watch unveiled by the brands – whose synergies are many – revolved around a man who dedicated his life to breaking speed barriers with his Indian motorcycle: Clifton Club Indian® Burt Munro Tribute 1967 watch. While that story resonated amongst motorcycle and auto enthusiasts, it also translated a genuine feeling in the timepiece. With designs codes from Burt Munro’s racing accomplishments at the Bonneville Salt Flats built into the timepiece (from colors, to numbers, leathers and more), the watch was an immediate hit.

The case back of the Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Indian Legend Scout watch -- with Indian chief logo. (Photo: R. Naas)

Speeding Forward With Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Indian® Legend Tribute Watches

Now, rounding out the first collection, Baume & Mercier unveils the new Indian Chief and Scout chronograph watches – inspired by Indian motorcycle engines and accents – that are guaranteed to turn heads. The two limited-edition watches embody both Baume & Mercier’s commitment to top Swiss craftsmanship and Indian® Motorcycle’s 117-year commitment to adventure and top-notch American quality.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Indian Legend Tribute Scout watch takes its design cues from the motorcycle.

Baume & Mercier’s Design Director Alexandre Peraldi and Indian’s Industrial Design team in Minnesota worked tirelessly together to capture the DNA of both companies. Peraldi, who has been with Baume & Mercier for years, is another shining star. His uncanny ability to embrace and adapt the environs of the partner brand, and incorporate them into harmonious designs that are at once symbiotic and individualistic is his strong point. Add to that his passion for design and his view for the future generations of a collection, and you have a winning result… as with the Indian® Legend series of watches.

Baume & Mercier's Alexandre Peraldi with Indian mood board. (Photo: R. Naas)

Both of the new watches that complement the earlier-released Burt Munro Indian version, are inspired by Indian® motorcycle designs and features. Both feature the Indian Motorcycle “Indian head” logo meticulously etched into the case backs.

The new Clifton Club Indian chronograph watches include the Clifton Club Indian Legend Tribute Chief® Limited Edition, inspired by the Chief® motorcycle powered by Indian’s ThunderStroke 111 V-twin engine, and the Indian Scout® model reflecting the lighter-weight motorcycle. Easily one of the more intriguing marks on the watch — and a look that seems to be a signature now with Baume & Mercier’s auto-inspired watches – is the fact that the chronograph’s center seconds hand features a stylized Indian® logo “I” as the counterweight. (In the Cobra series, the famed “Cobra” logo was the counterweight.)

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Indian Legend Tribute Scout watch

The back of the Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Indian Legend Tribute watches feature the Indian head logo inscribed on it and the numbered edition.

The Clifton Club Indian Legend Tribute Scout watch – with a brown leather strap made by Horween, which also makes the Indian® leather seats – is an automatic chronograph with tachymeter for measuring speed, and date indication. It is crafted in stainless steel with a fixed bezel in ADLC black for a true stealth appeal. The watch features an open-worked opaline gray dial (the livery shade of the Scout motorbike models) and black subdial chronograph counters designed to recall the motorcycle’s speedometer.

The Indian spirit shines through in a host of additional accents that include riveted indexes and hands that are coated with SuperLuminova C1 that exudes a green emission, a beige chronograph seconds hand (with aforementioned counterweight in stylized script “I”), and a date disk with “1901” on the 19th day of the month to indicate the year Indian® was founded. This 44mm watch is powered by a self-winding Valjoux 7750 caliber that beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers 48 hours of power reserve.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Indian Legend Tribute Chief watch.

Clifton Club Indian® Legend Tribute Chief® Limited Edition watch

While the Scout exudes super sporty appeal, so, too, does the Chief, but with a bit more finesse – after all, it is the Chief. Also equipped with an automatic movement with 48 hours of power reserve, and with the black ADLC coated fixed bezel with tachymeter scale, this chronograph — with vertically placed subdials — features an opaline black dial with silvered subdials and bold red central seconds hand and stylized “I.” Instead of a leather strap that will develop its own patina over time, the Chief is offered with a three-row stainless steel bracelet with matte and polished links.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Indian Legend Scout watch -- with strap made by Horween, who makes the motorcycle seats. (Photo: R. Naas)

Each of these Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Indian® Legend Tribute watches is created in a limited edition of 1,901 pieces and each retails for $3,900.

2018-05-16

Over the past few days, a host of important auctions by top houses, such as Christie's, Phillips and Sotheby's, took place in Geneva. The results were nothing short of stellar – proving that buying new watches today could lead to great profits tomorrow.

In fact, with these watch auctions as the ticking point — or pulse of the vintage and resale market — we can bet that there is a very healthy watch collecting world poised for even more excitement as the auction season continues. If the most recent sales are any indication, top lots still in high demand are from brands such as Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet, among others.

Significant sales included a white gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Reference 6265 “Unicorn” selling for $5.9 million at the Phillips Auction entitled “Daytona Ultimatum.” The "Unicorn" is the second-most-expensive Rolex Daytona sold at auction – second to Paul Newman’s own Paul Newman Daytona that fetched $17.5 million last year at Phillips. That watch’s incredible value was due in large part to the fact that it belonged to and was worn by the famed Paul Newman, who made the “Paul Newman Daytona” reference famous.

Another important watch sold this past weekend was an Omega owned by Elvis Presley. The somewhat feminine looking watch with diamond bezel and Tiffany dial sold for $1.8 million – making it the most expensive Omega watch sold at auction. Of course, the watch had belonged to The King and that also is an important provenance.

Additionally, a host of historically interesting pocket watches sold well, as did a number of pilot and aviation watches from various brands, including IWC and Breguet, dating back to the late 20th century. While the big-ticket, flashy-provenance watches get the most press attention, a host of other timepieces went up for auction and sold without so much fanfare.

Also at the upcoming Sotheby's auction next week, some very significant watches by Cartier, Richard Mille and Greubel Forsey, among others, will be making their marks in auction history.

As mentioned, these important results are just another demonstration that buying a watch today can yield increased value down the road. Of course, you need to know which watches to buy. That, or you need to become somewhat famous to ensure your watch (or watches) will have a provenance to promote in the press and at the auctions. In the coming weeks we will present a series of articles about how to find the right new watch that may increase in value over time.

2018-05-09

This upcoming Sunday is Mother's Day, the very special day to celebrate your mom or the mother of your children. We know you are considering a lovely brunch or dinner out somewhere, because, let's face it, everyone wants to pamper mom. However, the crowds and long lines can be horrendous, and the meal won't last forever. That's why we suggest giving mom something much more personal and long lasting: time — in the form of a watch. Flowers die, candy gets eaten, but a watch will last for years or even generations.

According to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation, Mother's Day spending is expected total more than $23 billion. Jewelry and watches are a top category for those looking for a nice gift, and we have watches in all price ranges to fit any budget. Mom won't care how much you spend. She will care that you took time to look for something special instead of running by the local grocery store at the last minute for flowers or candy.

Selecting a watch shows her that you took the time to think about her — about what colors she likes, or what hobbies or interests she has. Is she a runner or jogger? Maybe a chronograph will help her time those runs. Is she a swimmer? Try a great water-resistant watch that can weather the elements. Is she all about fashion and style? A nice colored strap watch or even a link bracelet watch could be right. Maybe you have a bigger budget and know that mom or the mother of your children loves diamonds.

In the end, you will be giving her something that will last a lifetime and that will remind her of you every time she looks at her wrist. We invite you to visit over the next few days. Our knowledgeable staff will help you find the perfect Mother's Day watch.

2018-05-07

Blancpain Villeret Complet Calendar GMT Watch

Swiss watch brand Blancpain has been known for its prowess in technical, complicated watches. In fact, since its launch, this brand has been billed as one that will always only build mechanical watches — a creed to which it has stayed true time and again. This year, among its exceptional introductions of dive watches and complexities, we were particularly drawn to the brand’s reinterpretation of its Villeret Quantième Complet GMT, which has now been enhanced with an updated movement and the brand’s patented under lug correctors, among other things.

From the 1980s Blancpain has been known for the design aesthetic found in its calendar moonphase pieces. Just under the 12 o’clock position, windows displaying the day of the week and month can be found. The date is indicated via the supplemental blued serpentine shaped hand that reads the date of the month along the chapter ring around the edge of the dial. The moonphase complication is placed at the 6 o'clock position and the additional GMT function adds a travel friendliness to an already high-end piece. The travel time is read via the short silver hand that indicates to a 24-hour ring on the internal of the dial. This makes the home time incredibly legible via the red tipped hand that indicates to Roman Numerals.

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet GMT is offered in white or rose gold.

The combinations of complications in the Villeret Collection have been outfitted with innovations the manufacture developed after the launch of the original Quantième Complet GMT in 2002. The in-house movement has been updated to include a silicium balance spring that boasts antimagnetic properties, as well as timing and precision enhancements. Setting the calendar and moonphase functions is done with the press of a finger rather than tools found in other similar pieces with the same complications. This is made possible via the exclusive patented under-lug correctors. An additional benefit of the correctors is the smooth case flanks unmarked by minuscule corrector dimples that allow access for corrections via tools for their complications. Adjustments for the home time are made in one hour increments via the crown.

The piece will be made in two versions: 18-karat 5N rose gold with an opaline dial and applied gold markers/numerals; 18-karat white gold. Both variants will be housed in a 40 mm case with the traditional Villeret double-stepped bezel. Alligator straps or metal bracelets are available for each version.

The movement has been updated in the Blancpain Complet Calendar GMT watch.

2018-05-02

With Meadowlark Yellow and Ultra Violet leading the color trends for 2018, according to the Pantone Color Institute, we have seen an interesting resurgence of yellow and blue/purple this year on the runways and on the wrists.

Each season, we strive to introduce the emerging colors so watch lovers — especially those who have watches with interchangeable strap systems — can be on the mark when they spice up their timepieces and clothing.

With summer not too far off, though, we are struggling because the season's colors are — frankly — all across the board. Black remains part of the palette, used mostly as an accent color, and white is almost a staple (no surprises there). As for the hues of the season, they range from taupes, tans and dusty olives, to the bolder and more vibrant Blueberry, Poppy Red and Jolly Green. Festive shades of purple, yellow and blue also play an important role, as do the muted pale versions of the bolder siblings, with Pastel Yellow, Baby Blue and Florida Keys teal making a strong appearance.

When it comes to how this translates into your wardrobe, our best advice is to add a little color — any color — to spice up your days and nights. If you own a white strapped watch, put it on. Similarly, if you are one of those who own today's great blue, green or brown dial colors — don't be afraid to wear it. Don't think you have to wear a blue suit with a blue dial watch. Miix it up a bit and try that blue watch with a brown suit — or vice versa. This summer is going to be all about sporting contrasting colors.

Credits: Images courtesy of Pantone.