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Wednesday 24 February, 2010 - 11:10 AM EST

Top Things To Look For In A Luxury Watch

For watches lovers and collectors

Most of the wristwatch buyers and collectors, when being up to buy a new precious timepiece, they already now accurately what to expect from it or what to ask for, which exactly are the “musts-have” of the chosen piece.

In order to evaluate the value of a wristwatch, there are some aspects that should be considered, like the metal construction (between many other important issues).
According to the metal construction, an expensive watch must be constructed from quality materials or inherently valuable. It is not the same a luxury watch that was made from 18k gold than one made from titanium. Metals like gold (in all its colours) as well as platinum (and precious stones) are most commonly used in luxury watches.

(Jaeger LeCoultre Master Tourbillon Mens GMT 18K Rose Gold Ref. Q1652420)

The first thing to look related to the precious stones involved is its origin, whather they are natural (obtained through controversial mining methods) or manufactured (which doesn’t mean they are synthetic, but real ones grown in a lab). It is important to verify the quality and amount of them. A few clear ones with good colour are better that a large amount of cheaper ones.

(Patek Philippe Calatrava Mens 18K Pink Gold Watch Ref. 570)

Even though most of the watch companies do not produce their own movements, there are some companies working specifically towards movement supplying, like ETA (a well known watch movement maker, part of Swatch Group). But, high quality timepiece producers design and construct their own ones according to their need and the complexity needed. An example of in-house manufacture made movements could be Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe or Jaeger LeCoultre, among not so many others.

One very important thing to look for in watch is the seal. Its presence certifies that the timepiece satisfies the rigorous rules applied by Swiss law. It absenses does not strictly mean it is not a valuable watch, but if it does, it is for sure a good sign, as it is very hard to get one.

( Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Mens Gran Sport Chronograph Ref. Q2951120 )

As high end watches are hand made and assembles by master watch makers, it is very important to know how long it took to construct and assemble the timepiece. The watch could have been made by just one watch maker for probably a year or, sometimes, a team is needed so as to fabricate, decorate, assemble and test the unique parts of it. It is not important the fact of being beautiful but complex. A very expensive wristwatch should tell more than just the time. Other common complications like perpetual calendars, rattrapante chronographs, sonneries, fusee and chains, moon phases, and multiple time zones along with world timers, should be included.

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Thursday 18 February, 2010 - 12:00 PM EST

Rolex Daytona Wristwatch at LOST

Rolex plays part at American serial drama television series

Lost is the American serial drama television series that follows the lives of plane crash survivors on a mysterious tropical island, after a commercial passenger jet flying between Sydney and Los Angeles crashes somewhere in the South Pacific.

Season 6 premiered on February 2, 2010, at its new timeslot of Tuesdays at 9:00 pm in the US and Canada and will feature 18 episodes. The sixth season follows two timelines, each an outcome of the detonation of a hydrogen bomb in the previous season finale.

Jin and Sun (Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim) on Lost

One of the series’ main characters, Jin-Soo Kwon, was given, at the beginning of the series, two identical Rolex Wristwatches; two Rolex Daytona.

Two identical gold Rolex watches were given to Jin by Mr. Paik to deliver to business associates in Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, California. Jin delivered the first one, but crashed on the Island before he could deliver the second one.

Michael found the remaining watch on the beach and decided to wear it. When Jin saw this, he attacked Michael. After Sun explained to Michael why Jin acted the way he did, Michael gave the watch back to him. After the second raft was launched, Jin returned the watch to Michael.

After returning to New York, Michael pawned the watch at Gus' Pawn Shop in exchange for a revolver in an attempt to take his life. Gus noticed the watch's Korean inscription: "Congratulations… mutual cooperation… business development… Mr. Paik"

Rolex watches are popularly regarded as status symbols and BusinessWeek magazine ranks Rolex #71 on its 2007 annual list of the 100 most valuable global brands. Rolex is also the largest single luxury watch brand by far, producing about 2,000 watches per day

There are two series of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. The original series, produced in small quantities from the early 1960s to the later 1980s, has a four-digits model or reference number, for example the reference 6263. This original series eventually became iconic[vague] but in very short supply in the early 1990s, which led to a second series to meet demand. The second series has a six-digit reference number, for example reference 116520. The new six-digit Daytonas are certified, self-winding chronometers with chronograph  functions. Rolex was, and remains today, a sponsor of the 24 Hours of Daytona race at the time, and named its chronograph watch after that famous race.

Due to its limited production and iconic status, the four digit series Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is considered a rare watch to own.

Possible Related Links:

Rolex Official Web Site ]

LOST Official Web Site ]


Rolex Watches at Interwatches!

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Monday 15 February, 2010 - 09:10 AM EST

TAG Heuer launches it first iPhone app: Monaco V4

Explore and interact with the heart of the TAG Heuer Monaco V4

After 150 years of innovations that changed the world of watchmaking, TAG Heuer is proud to introduce the Monaco V4, the first watch ever using belt transmission.
Considered as a marketing bluff a few years ago by the experts themselves, this revolutionary time piece has now become an outstanding reality.

With this exclusive app, experience the first watchmaking revolution of the 21st century: Interact with the Monaco V4 through the first 3D interactive animation ever made for the iPhone. Understand its unique mechanism, and recharge the V4 with the revolutionary linear weight. Enjoy fascinating close-up views of the model.

Watch exclusive interviews of the pioneers who made this dream possible, more than 30 minutes of included videos.

[ Download app ]


Tag Heuer’s Official Web Site


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Friday 12 February, 2010 - 14:20 PM EST

Omega and the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games 2010

The giant OMEGA Countdown Clock approaches the fantastic Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games today in Vancouver. OMEGA’s professionals are actively involved in preparations for the competition where, for the 24th time, the Swiss specialists will serve as Official Timekeepers at the Olympic Games and also -on the 12th of March- at the Paralympic Games.

At OMEGA’s first timekeeping assignment for the Olympic Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in 1936, a lone OMEGA technician brought 27 stopwatches which were used to time each event at the Games.
Seventy years later in Turin, the watchmaking company deployed 208 professionals – 127 timekeepers and 81 data handlers – armed with 220 tons of equipment.

At the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games OMEGA mobilises the largest timekeeping contingent in the history of winter sport. The Games will take place over a 17-day period beginning on the 12th of February when, more than 5,500 athletes and officials from more than 80 countries, will make it the largest Olympic Winter Games ever. The Paralympic Winter Games, for which OMEGA is also Official Timekeeper, start on the 12th of March and will continue for ten days. The Games’ organisers anticipate that the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games will attract 1,350 athletes and officials from more than forty countries.

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games will attract an estimated three billion television viewers worldwide. More than 10,000 members of the press are planning to attend and it is projected that the website will be visited 75 million times.

This year, for the Vancouver Olympic Games, Omega has launched a brand new limited Seamaster edition of 2,010 timepieces in order to commemorate the sport event and will also make the colorful attraction of the Canadian’s Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.

      The metallic red bezel pays a tribute to the Canadian flag, and the Olympic Colored Rings attached as counterweight to the seconds hand. As for the specifications, the Omega Seamaster 2010 is powered by a 2500 movement that employs the reliable and high-performance Omega Co-Axial escapement, it is 300 m water-proof. It is also equipped with a helium valve, a screw-down winding crown, and features the robust and stylish “Bond” Seasmaster stainless steel bracelet. The case has the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games logo engraved on its back, the unique series number, and the Ilanaak symbol of the Olympic Games.

Possible Related Links:

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Official Web Site ]

Omega Watches' Official Web Site ]

Omega watches at Interwatches!

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Friday 12 February, 2010 - 12:30 PM EST

Abraham-Louis Breguet

Watchmaking Company's History

Breguet is a manufacturer of luxury watches, founded by Abraham Louis Breguet in Paris  in 1775. Currently part of The Swatch Group, its timepieces are now (since 1976) produced in the Vallée de Joux in Switzerland. Breguet watches are often easily recognized for their coin-edge cases, guilloché  dials and blue pomme hands.
Breguet was founded in 1775 by Abraham-Louis Breguet at the Quai de l'Horloge (Ile de la Cite, Paris) following his marriage to the daughter of a prosperous French bourgeois. Following his introduction to the court, whereupon Queen Marie-Antoinette grew fascinated by Breguet's unique self-winding watch, Louis XVI bought several of his watches. Marie Antoinette commissioned the watch that was to contain every watch function known at that time, including the following: a clock, a perpetual calendar, a repeater, a thermometer, a chronograph, a power-reserve and a pare-chute.

Abraham Louis Breguet is probably greatest genius of watchmaking that ever lived. Inventor of numerous creations like the Breguet Spiral (nowadays used in every quality watch and wristwatch), the tourbillon or the whirlwind (device created to compensate the gravity influences in balance spring in pocket watches). Breguet created the first Grande Complication in the history of horology through the Marie-Antoinette wristwatch, that was commissioned by the French queen's guard Monsieur de la Croizette with the order of being produced containing as much complications known and, them, made of gold. This watch was finished in 1827, meaning that neither the unfortunate queen (who was guillotined in 1793) nor the master watchmaker himself (Breguet died in 1823) ever saw the completed watch. The Marie-Antoinette was a self-winding watch with a perpetual calendar, equation of time indication and a minute repeater. It has disappeared since 1983 when it was stolen from the Jerusalem Institute of Islamic Art.

Possible Related Links:

Breguet Home Page ]


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