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Understanding the Difference Between Automatic and Hand-Winding Mechanical Watches

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Often we get questions from customers curious about understanding watch movements. Generally, they'd like to understand the difference between mechanical self-winding watches and hand-winding watches. Here, we explain the difference in simple terms... A mechanical watch is made of hundreds of tiny parts that work together without using batteries (as in quartz watches) or without use of solar power. The mechanical components power the watch and track the time (and often a lot more than just the time). Hand-Winding Mechanicals Essentially, a hand-wound — also sometimes referred to as a manual-wind watch — is a timepiece that has an inner movement that must be wound by the wearer on a regular ... [Read More]

John Hardy Trunk Show 2018 Fall Collection

Please mark your calendars for Friday, August 24th and Saturday, August 25th for an exclusive John Hardy Trunk Show event. We invite you to come experience the world of John Hardy and explore the new Asli link classic chain collection and the new 2018 Fall Collection. We will have the largest selection of new, handmade designs for both men and women, as well as one-of-a-kind pieces from the Cinta collection. This event will be taking place at our Fashion Mall Commons location. TRUNK SHOW Friday, August 24 & Saturday, August 25 Friday 10AM – 7PM Saturday 10AM – 5PM   Shop the John Hardy Collection... [Read More]

Ceramic: The Perfect Watch Material for Summer

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As more and more watch brands delve into the realm of high-tech materials for watch cases and bracelets, we are witnessing a host of wonderful new ceramic watches emerge on the market. However, not all ceramics are the same. High-tech engineered ceramic is one of the hardest and most scratch-resistant materials for watches. The cases and bracelets — as long as the watch is water resistant — can get wet without any impact, as the material is durable. As such, this is a great material for summertime watches because they can weather the elements and go the distance. Additionally, ceramic is a very lightweight material, so the watch doesn't feel heavy on the wrist. It also is temperature-resistant and ... [Read More]

Love Watches? Plan a Trip to NYC for WatchTime NY

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For those who love watches, WatchTime New York is returning to Gotham Hall this fall for the fourth year in a row. On Friday, October 26, and all day Saturday, October 27, dozens of top watch brands will be showcasing their newest timepieces — some of which have never been seen in America. Billed as the largest consumer watch show in America, this public event will also feature panel discussions and informative presentations.   It is a paid admission, and best to sign up online, but it is definitely the place to be if you want access to industry experts, top designers and the watchmaking world. Among the brands currently slated to exhibit are Baume & Mercier, Bell & Ross, Breguet, ... [Read More]

Mechanical Watches | How Often Do They Need to Be Serviced?

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Just like your car needs regular maintenance, so, too, does your fine mechanical watch. Let's face it, it is comprised of hundreds of tiny mechanical parts, as well as lubricants that — if they get old, dry or sticky — can affect the way your watch performs. How often a watch should be serviced is the real question... and the answer varies depending on the age of the watch, the brand and the movement inside. Today's mechanical watches do not necessarily need servicing as often as older watches because today's haute horology watches often have silicon parts inside, or ceramic ball bearings or other components that reduce friction and wear and tear. Generally, we suggest that new watches be serviced ... [Read More]

Are the Rubies Inside Watch Movements Real Gemstones?

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One of the key questions we get from novice collectors when they read about watches and the technical specifications of watch movements is, "Are the rubies inside the watch real?" In fact, unless a new watch utilizes high-tech ceramic ball bearings in certain parts of a watch movement, all mechanical watch movements utilize synthetic gemstones as bearings instead of metal bearings that need oiling. The synthetic gems — typically rubies, but sometimes sapphires — eliminate the need for oiling and significantly reduce friction and wear and tear on the movement parts,  enhancing the life of the movement. Sometimes, those rubies are visible via a transparent sapphire caseback, or via a skeleton movement ... [Read More]

Breitling Navitimer 8 Collection Unveiling Event | July 12, 2018

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On Thursday, July 12th we will be unveiling the new Breitling Navitimer 8 Collection. Be among the first to discover Breitling’s new timepieces now available for the first time in Indianapolis. Breitling friend and professional World Motocross Champion, Ken Roczen, will be in attendance to meet with guests and take photographs. Please mark your calendars for this exclusive event taking place at our Fashion Mall Commons store from 6 to 8 pm. Breitling, famous for its chronographs and its strong link to aviation, has just launched a new pilot’s watch collection: the Navitimer 8. The 8 in its name is a nod to the Huit Aviation Department, which was set up in 1938 to produce cockpit instruments as well as ... [Read More]

Pros and Cons of Watch Strap Types for Summer

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It is official: summer is here, and with it comes short sleeves, more casual attire and a host of wonderful outdoor activities — many including water. As such, this is a good time to offer a little insight into the right watch strap to wear during the summer, as we often get questions about rubber straps, bracelets and leather. If you are thinking of switching a strap, or even buying a new watch for summer, here are a few pros and cons to consider for the variety of straps on the market for both men and women. Rubber Straps Pros: Rubber straps generally offer a sporty look and can withstand many of the outdoor elements, including sun, rain, water and rough activities. The fact that rubber can ... [Read More]

Tips and Hints on Building a Watch Collection

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Ever wish you could start your own watch collection? Maybe join one of those watch groups out there? You can. Many people, both men and women, enjoy buying, wearing and collecting watches. There are just a few things to keep in mind as you start building a watch wardrobe. Number of watches There is no set number as to how many watches constitutes a collection. But if you can’t count the watches you own on more than one hand, then you probably aren’t there yet. Types of watches Generally, your basic watch collection should include the following: • One everyday watch for work (Women, remember that a watch with discreet diamonds on the dial or bezel can do double duty for work and ... [Read More]

Designer Spotlight | John Hardy Men’s Collection

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Established in Bali in 1975, John Hardy is dedicated to the creation of ultimate beauty through artisan handcrafted jewelry. The master artisans honor original craft through the perfection of modern design, creating timeless one-of-a-kind pieces that are brilliantly alive. Each of John Hardy's distinctive collections conveys evocative symbolism and honors the transmission of creative energy from the artist to the wearer. Since inception, the company has been deeply rooted in the essential values of community, artisanship and sustainability. Jewelry is crafted by hand, one piece at a time, through a unique 8-step process starting with a hand-sketched and watercolor design, followed by a wax carving ... [Read More]