Here’s an Insider’s Look at Mother-of-Pearl Dials

Many watches today feature mother-of-pearl dials that are shimmering with light and different hues. Generally used on women's watches, mother-of-pearl has become a favorite for men's watches, as well, especially in darker hues. Not all mother-of-pearl dials are natural in color. Dials can be enhanced with color by painting a lacquer or varnish on the back. The making of a mother-of-pearl dial is not easy. It begins with ultra-thin sheets of mother-of-pearl that are often brittle and can break easily. Those sheets are then cut into orbs, squares or rectangles, depending on the shape of the watch case. The precise and painstaking task requires expert craftsmen and specialty tools. Often, the job is ... [Read More]

Designer Spotlight | TAG Heuer Ambassadors Here to up Your Wrist Game

TAG Heuer has continuously revolutionized watchmaking since its creating back in 1860 with reliable and robust watches. There have been major technological advances that set TAG apart as an exceptional, high-quality watchmakers, but what really forms this watch brands as part of our everyday lives is bringing us legendary ambassadors such as Juan Manuel Fangio. They are athletes and actors, models and surfers, divers and drivers. And they have come from all corners of the earth to up your wrist game with their favorite watches. Tim Howard Fearless competitor, steadfast goalkeeper for club and country Limited Edition US Soccer Aquaracer Calibre 5 Automatic Watch Time is a true team player – the Limited ... [Read More]

Grand Prix of Watchmaking Awards Announces Nominees

This year marks the 17th edition of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve — a top watch awards event. An expert jury has pre-selected 72 watches that will vie for the winning prize in each category. The winners will be announced at a gala affair in Geneva on November 8, 2017. Earlier this year, the jury, consisting of 28 multi-disciplinary experts from around the world, selected six watches to compete in each of the 12 categories. Categories include Ladies watches, Ladies High-Mech, Men's, Chronographs, Calendars, Artistic Crafts and more. In addition to the categories, there are some other prizes being offered — for a total of 15 — including the prestigious “Aiguille d’Or” Grand ... [Read More]

What Makes Your Watch Glow in the Dark?

Today, so many watch brands offer timepieces with hands or numerals that glow in the dark, but did you ever wonder how they bring luminescence to the dial? Over the years, the materials used to make dials easy to read at night or underwater have evolved, from dangerous and life-threatening substances, such as radium in the early 1900s, to today's safer and  brighter methods. Easily the most common product used today to make the hands and markers luminous is a material that was developed in the early 1990s: Super-LumiNova. The patented product comes in a variety of glowing colors, ranging from blue to green and even orange. It is made from a mix of materials, predominantly strontium aluminate, and is ... [Read More]

Designer Spotlight | Making Your David Yurman Wish List

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Fall is just around the corner and while some might be looking forward to the leaves changing colors or pumpkin-spice EVERYTHING, we know this means that Christmas is only 108 days away! It's never too early to start writing that wish list to Santa, right? Our David Yurman styling expert, Nicole, has already started picking out pieces that are a must when making your David Yurman Wish List. 1. Initial Charm Necklaces 2. Large Yellow Gold Cable Hoops 3. Pure Form Collection 4. Silver Continuous Earrings 5. Stax Bracelet paired with Stax Necklace 6. The Chatelaine Collection 7. Nicole's Watch 8. Crossover Ring 9. Link Bracelet 10. Men's Hex ... [Read More]

Today We Shine the Spotlight on Watch Brand Ambassadors at the US Open

Those of you who love tennis are surely watching the events taking place at the US Open Tennis Championships — an exciting tournament that will crown its champions in New York this weekend. We are paying attention, as well, because certain players are also brand ambassadors for watch brands we carry in our store. Such is the case with Roger Federer — a brand ambassador for Rolex. Rolex has been involved in tennis for nearly 40 years. It was in 1978 that the brand became the Official Timekeeper of the Championships at Wimbledon, and since then, Rolex continues to support the sport and its players, with a host of brand ambassadors on its roster. Rolex brand ambassador Federer has been seen ... [Read More]

TAG Heuer Unveils Special Edition Monaco Watch

Car and watch lovers take note, TAG Heuer has unveiled the new Special Edition Monaco watch that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the famed Gulf Racing stripes. The square-shaped chronograph features the Gulf Racing stripes in all their colorful blue and orange appeal, along with the Gulf logo on the watch dial. The first Monaco watch was unveiled to the world in 1969 and is the first Swiss-made automatic chronograph that was both square and waterproof. It was released in honor of Heuer's long-standing relationship with the Monaco Brand Prix. That first watch featured a metallic blue dial, domed crystal and a crown positioned on the left side of the case. It was powered by the Caliber 11 — the ... [Read More]

Watch Battery Charity Program | American Red Cross – Hurricane Harvey Relief

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In the light of the recent, horrific flooding devastation that has Texas and Louisiana has been experiencing from Hurricane Harvey, all watch battery donations will be given to the American Red Cross to help support the victims. Did you know that if you need a simple watch battery replacement, there is never a charge for this service at Reis-Nichols Jewelers? Instead, we just ask for a small donation, of which 100% of all funds collected go to benefit charities. Most of the charitable organizations we contribute to are right here in Indiana, but we believe it will take every American lending support to help with the catastrophe that Hurricane Harvey has left in his wake. During the next two ... [Read More]

1929 Mercedes Benz Wins Rolex Best of Show Award at Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance

If you are a car lover as well as a watch lover, then you know that this past week was filled with exciting motorsports events, including the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and all of the gatherings, tours, races and exhibitions that take place around it. Easily one of the most prestigious auto events in the world, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance takes place on the 18th Fairway of the famed Pebble Beach Links Golf course — with a rich Pacific blue ocean backdrop. For the event, Rolex — a brand we are proud to carry — is the Official Timepiece and is also the title brand for the Rolex Best of Show award, which is given to only one car out of a couple of hundred on display at the Pebble Beach ... [Read More]

Time, Astronomy and the Upcoming Solar Eclipse

  Time and astronomy have long been linked. Since the dawn of man, we have planted and harvested according to the moon. Many an ancient ritual was performed to honor the sun, and our first abilities to measure time came with the advent of sundials and similar structures. Over the centuries, we learned to better measure time — moving from tracking seasons to tracking months, then days, hours, minutes, seconds and fractions of a second. Additionally, today, many watch brands track the moon and its phases, along with a host of other information, in astronomical timepieces that are a true wonder. Because time and astronomy are inextricably linked, we want to bring your attention to the fact that ... [Read More]