Category Archives: Watches

Hallmarks: A Litmus Test to Tell if Your Watch is Real

Saint Bernard Swiss Hallmark

High quality jewelry consists of a certain fineness and quality of gold, platinum, palladium or silver. Crooks smell money in precious metals and that’s why there’s the risk of counterfeits. As protection for consumers, hallmarks were developed. That’s what those little indentations are on a watchcase. A mark struck ... Read more

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Dive Watches for Ladies of Land and Sea

Ulysse Nardin Lady Diver

 I already showed you some great dive watches for men, but dive watches aren’t just a popular model choice for men. Brands recognized that women also enjoy the genre as an expression of their style and to add some pizzazz to an outfit. And, if they want to be carefree ... Read more

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An Unsurpassed Horological Treat: Time for Everyone Symposium

Two-train grande sonnerie table clock, circa 1682.  Believed to have once belonged to the Duke of Sussex, Augustus Frederick, the 6th son of King George III, this timekeeper is commonly known as the "Sussex" Tompion

Time is one of the most defining factors of our lives. From the moment we are born until we leave this earth we are in time’s grasp while simultaneously attempting to capture and tame it with timekeeping devices. This year marks the 300th anniversary of the death of Thomas Tompion, ... Read more

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Christie’s First Shanghai Auction Features Specially Curated Watches

Patek Philippe 5159 Prototype

For the first time, Christie’s is holding an auction in Shanghai on Thursday, September 26, 2013. It’s a mixed-theme auction of 42 items including artwork, wine, jewelry, and, you got it, watches. The Hong Kong team has curated a very special selection of 12 watches for the occasion. They all ... Read more

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By Land and Sea: 5 Top Dive Watches

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

The dive watch was originally designed as a tool to assist military divers on their underwater maneuvers. Companies such as Panerai, Blancpain and Rolex were tasked with creating legible waterproof watches that could also time the length of a dive. You might not know that Omega was the first company ... Read more

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A Giraffe, a King and Christophe Claret’s Soprano

Soprano_Front

In 1826 after more than 350 years, the first giraffe stepped off the boat into Paris, a gift to Charles X from the Viceroy of Egypt. The giraffe became a phenomenon in Europe with people traveling far and wide and paying large sums to witness this towering but graceful animal. ... Read more

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Conrad Shawcross Takes a Trip in Metaphysical Time

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The earth is itself one big time clock. Though we have divided the day into 24 hours, the earth moving around the sun determines the duration. The sundial was one of the first timekeepers to capture this rotation, showing the passing hours of the day with a raised pointer that ... Read more

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Something From the Files of the Weird and Wonderful

“Malizia” by Angelo Brotto

Christie’s London is having what they’re calling an “Out of the Ordinary” sale and the 155 items going up on the block certainly qualify for the category. In fact thumbing through the catalogue is like roaming through the tents of an old time circus. The curators have put together a ... Read more

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Vacheron Constantin 1972 Prestige: When Watchmaking and Bellbottoms Converge

Vacheron Constantin 1972

In the last few years, it’s been a trend for brands to dip into their archives and re-release models. After all, heritage plays a big part in marketing. If you’ve been around for over a century and have innovations and icons along the way, why not brag about it?  Sometimes  ... Read more

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Heavy Metal: The Rock-and-Roll of Watch Cases

Gold hallmark-on-swiss-pocket-watch

What exactly does it mean when you see a watchcase hallmarked with 22k, 18k, 14k or 10k, besides a difference in price? Karats (k) are not to be confused with carats (c), which are a unit of weight for gemstones. Used for precious metals, karats represent the purity of gold ... Read more

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