The Pros and Cons of Leather Vs. Rubber Vs. Fabric Straps

With summer around the corner and more short sleeves and bathing suits being worn, it is a good time to address the issue of leather vs. rubber vs. fabric watch straps. While the decision about what type of strap to wear is typically a matter of personal preference, there are some factors that may influence your decision. These include climate, temperature, exposure to water and activity. Leather Leather straps are comfortable to wear and can be found in a variety of colors and textures. Leather ranges from calfskin, ostrich and stingray to crocodile, alligator, snake and more. Generally, leather straps are relatively easy to take care of in the right temperatures — often with just a wipe of a ... [Read More]

Jackie Kennedy Onassis Watch and Painting Up for Bids at Christie’s New York

Christie's Auction House has announced that at its upcoming June 21 New York Rare Watches and American Icons Sale it will put up for auction a watch owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The Cartier Tank watch, which the former First Lady wore for years and can be seen in many photos of her, is estimated to sell for between $60,000 and $120,000. Jackie Kennedy © Getty Images courtesy of Christie's Auction House Apparently the watch was a gift from her brother-in-law Prince Stanislaw “Stas” Radziwill in 1963 and has an engraving on the caseback: "Stas to Jackie 23 Feb. 63 2:05 AM to 9:35 PM.” The 2:05 a.m. to 9:35 p.m. engraving references the beginning and end times of the 50-mile hike that took ... [Read More]

Swiss Watch Organization Sets New Standards to Define Fine Watchmaking

After a long investigation into the world of Haute Horlogerie (fine watchmaking), the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) in Switzerland announces that it has created a guide book to define what really constitutes fine watchmaking.  The White Paper on Fine Watchmaking — a detailed guide of criteria and brands — is the result of three years of work by the Foundation's Cultural Council. The FHH tapped its Cultural Council of 46 independent, international experts from across all areas of the watch industry, each of whom worked pro-bono to give their input into what defines fine watchmaking and to bring it together into one document that informs and sets forth the defining values inherent in fine ... [Read More]

This Mother’s Day, Give Her the Special Gift of Time

Earlier in the week, we posted an item about how time — specifically a watch — is the best Mother's Day gift. A watch shows you took the time to think about her likes, her hobbies or interests, or her favorite colors or styles. Even better, a watch is something she will glance at every day she wears it — and be reminded of you. And, let's face it, a watch is all about showing that you recognize her time is important to her and that you respect that. With these ideas in mind, we invite you come in and take a look at the wonderful selection of women's watches we have in the store, any of which will make the perfect Mother's Day gift. Styles abound at all price points. And, if you aren't sure what to ... [Read More]

Great Mother’s Day Gifts: Time Will Be a Hit This Year

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14. So what are your plans for your mom or your wife, the mother of your children? We have some ideas. Sure, going out to brunch or dinner is delightful (if you can stand the crowds), and candy is wonderful (though, when it's gone... it's gone). Flowers are beautiful (even though they will wilt and die). We suggest you give the gift of time. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, which recently conducted an annual survey with Prosper Insights & Analytics about the holiday, total spending for Mother's Day this year is expected to reach $23.6 billion. Even more important is the fact that $5 billion of that is expected to be in the jewelry and watch ... [Read More]

Racing and Timepieces | Exclusive with Scott Dixon

scott dixon racing and timepieces
The world of racing has forever been directly tied to time, counting down to the millisecond. With a long, rich history in racing, Swiss watch brands have developed precise timing devices, including the chronograph, and partnered with race car drivers over the decades, since auto racing first began. Timepieces hold a special significance for many drivers, and for New Zealand native Scott Dixon, it’s no different. He’s a 4-time IndyCar Champion and 2-time winner of the Rolex Daytona 24 Hour, among countless other accolades. For him, not only is it all about the function of time, but fashion & style, too. He has always been drawn to Rolex and TAG Heuer watches with their racing ties. Over the ... [Read More]

Pantone’s Newest Color Palette Already Reflected in Watch Dials, Accents and Straps

Earlier this year, we announced that Greenery was the high-point color for spring as announced by Pantone. Additionally, the experts on color pronounced that reds would be hot for fall. Now, the Pantone Color Institute reminds us that for spring and summer (and even into early fall), a new palette of important colors is coming our way. Interestingly enough, we are already seeing these colors surfacing at many watch brands in the form of dials, accents, and straps. Key colors that are great for the wrist include the following: Primrose Yellow, a warmer rather than brighter yellow; Pale Dogwood, a super soft and muted blush pink; Island Paradise, a tropical turquoise; Kale, the vegetable color green; ... [Read More]

Visiting New York? Check Out Madison Avenue Watch Week

Planning to visit New York next week? If so, you may want to arrange your schedule so you can participate in the popular Madison Avenue Watch Week, May 8 - 13. This year, the 7th annual event offers watch lovers an in-depth look at the timepieces launched at the 27th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie and the Baselworld 2017 World Watch and Jewelry Show. This marks the first time many of these watches will be shown in the USA. The impressive roster of participating watch brands include the following: A. Lange & Söhne, Chopard, David Yurman, F.P. Journe, Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai and Vacheron Constantin. Each of these brands will be hosting a variety of events, ... [Read More]

Centuries-Old Watch Industry Embraces 3D Printing

We hear about all sorts of items being made via three-dimensional printing… but watches? Absolutely. In fact, over the past few years, more and more watch brands have been using 3D printing in creating prototypes of watches that are in the research and development stages. It considerably helps to speed up the process. By three-dimensionally printing cases and bracelets, designers and watchmakers can study the ergonomics of the pieces, the sizes, the curves and the fit. In the past, a watch brand would create a mold and then have samples made for them to see, touch and feel. This process would easily take a few weeks each time something would be altered in the prototype. However, three-dimensional ... [Read More]

The Watchstars Awards Honor the World’s Best Timepieces

Recently during the Baselworld 2017 watch exhibition, The Watchstars Awards were presented. A pinnacle in the watch industry, the international watch awards are given out annually by an international committee of experts. Watchstars honors “the best watches of the world” in five different categories. The judging is based on the previous year’s innovations. The 2017 awards were given for timepieces unveiled in 2016 – and that are in stores now. We are proud to carry timepieces by one of the winners. Representatives of the honored brands were presented with beautiful star statues. Here are the winners in the five categories: Classic Stars: Rolex Perpetual Air King Technical Stars: Audemars Piguet ... [Read More]