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With This Watch, I Thee Wed

Engagement

Each gift of jewelry tells a story of love and celebration. For hundreds of years, men have presented their bride-to-be with a ring as a gift to celebrate their engagement. While the tradition of the engagement ring as a token of the man’s affection for his bride dates back to the 13th century, there hasn’t been an established tradition for her to show how much he means to her. Doesn’t the man also deserve something unique, sentimental and timeless? Many brides want to do something special for their beau as a way to celebrate their engagement. This can be a difficult task for brides; often she is as lost in her search as he was when he first started looking for her engagement ring.

Today it’s quite common for the woman to give her husband a token that is as beautiful as her ring and can be cherished forever. Enter the “wedding watch.” The gift of a fine timepiece to celebrate an engagement is a thoughtful, more modern tradition for today’s groom. After all, how many flasks, key chains, and money clips does one guy really need? This is the gift that highlights his personality, and showcases the individuality of the one person you want to spend the rest of your life with. A fine timepiece is something that he will wear every day; a token of your love and affection that will always remind him of you, even in the simplest moments like checking the time.

A Timeless Treasure

The key to selecting the right watch is to ensure that it is versatile enough to last a lifetime, one he can wear casually but can also adorn his wrist on special occasions. As a memorable gift for your husband-to-be, a watch is a handcrafted statement of love that will be a treasured family heirloom. This watch will become something that your husband can pass down to your son or grandson, and be proudly worn for generations.

Imagine capturing the exact second in time that you met, the weekend that you introduced him to your family, or most importantly, the first time he finally picked up the tab. That moment does not need to be fleeting. By engraving the timepiece with a special date, nickname, or message, you can eternalize your love on the back of the watchcase. Engraving a special message is always complimentary with any watch purchase.

A Proper Presentation

Lucky for you, presenting your husband with his watch doesn’t require getting down on one knee like a proposal. Whether it’s a quiet and intimate moment shared between the two of you, or a more public display in front of friends and family, there are several great options for presenting him with this mechanical masterpiece. A popular option is during the rehearsal dinner, where it would not only be a surprise to him, but everyone else involved. Otherwise, you could create a special and private rendezvous between the ceremony and reception, before your grand re-entrance as husband and wife. Another great option would be the following morning just before you’re whisked away to your exotic honeymoon location. The options are endless!

Sophisticated and timeless, a fine timepiece is the perfect engagement present for your husband-to-be. It will be something that will remind him of you every morning as he smiles when he puts it on his wrist. It is a memento that reflects the emotional meaning of your union, a proper symbol of your lives progressing together, and even more, it’s just a really cool gift.


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Watch Fair: Exclusive Sneak Peek

header-wf-eml-sneakpeek-blogThe Watch Fair is your opportunity to shop expanded collections from the top Swiss watch brands with special event pricing. The event also gives you the rare chance to see prototype timepieces and extremely rare, unreleased models. Enjoy this exclusive preview of a few of the specialty timepieces available this weekend only at The Watch Fair!

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Horological Heirlooms

heirlooms2A watch isn’t simply a method of telling time. The tradition of handing down your timepiece is a symbolic rite of passage between generations. He will remember the good times you had every time he looks at his wrist.


Purchasing a watch is never a small decision. Whether it’s your first or fifteenth, selecting the perfect timepiece takes careful consideration. It’s more than just the material or the brand-name; it’s how it looks, how it feels. It’s a reflection of who you are and what you’ve accomplished. It’s an extension of you—both in form and function. Purchasing a watch is always an exciting and emotional event, and the same feelings can be experienced by your son or daughter when you decide to pass it on.

The tradition of handing down jewelry has existed for many centuries. Family matriarchs will often pass down diamonds and jewelry to their sons, daughters and grandchildren for a birthday or milestone. But unlike rings and necklaces, many luxury watches display a classic elegance that is always in style. Pair this with the ability to be easily maintained for many years, and a mechanical watch becomes the perfect future-proof fashion accessory.

You loved the watch enough to make a sizable investment in it, and the same can be said about that young man or woman in your life. Handing down a watch you’ve treasured is so much more than a gift, because it’s a piece of you and a piece of your family’s lineage; a rite of passage to celebrate your child’s graduation, wedding, promotion, or other achievement.

Think about when you first acquired the watch… What made this piece special? What was the occasion? Perhaps it was engraved or worn during a major world event. All these details add to the sentiment of the occasion. A great way to enhance this memory is by including a photo of the watch being worn with a handwritten note. In reciting your experiences while handing it down, the door is opened for you to select your next watch guilt-free.

Special occasions are always appropriate opportunities to give an heirloom to its heir, but there is never a bad time to start this custom. With the right tool, family stories and traditions can live on forever, and that very tool just happens to be up your sleeve.


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All Wound Up

Have you ever noticed how “garage kept” cars retain their value better and sell for higher dollar values? The same is true with watches—think of a watch winder as the garage for your fine timepiece. A winder is an essential tool for owning and maintaining an automatic watch. The winder protects it from everyday elements such as dust and moisture, and extends the overall life of fine automatic watches by keeping parts lubricated and moving.

Double-Watch-Winder_6394Considered a maintenance tool, a watch winder is a mechanical device that keeps your watch in top-notch working condition. These mechanical devices are used to safely store watches while continuously winding them. Starting and stopping as needed, the winder rotates the watch over a set time period to keep your timepiece accurate and fully wound. By advancing the mainspring, it gently and continually winds the watch, yet prevents your watch from ever being “over wound.” Quality watch winders keep your timepiece accurate so whenever you take it out of the winder compartment, it is set and ready to be worn.

SingleWindersAvailable in a variety of sizes and aesthetic options, watch winders can vary greatly in appearance. Some resemble cubes of beautiful polished and inlaid wood, while others have a glass top that acts as a display window while keeping it protected. Watch winders are available in various capacities from a single winder to a winder that holds hundreds of watches! If you own an automatic watch and want it set, ready to wear and safely stored while you are not wearing it, a winder is worthy investment.


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The Allure of Color

AllureOfColor3The magic and beauty of colored gemstones is something we love at Wixon Jewelers. For colored gem enthusiasts, deep passionate red rubies, striking green emeralds, and cool blue lagoon tourmalines are only the starting point into a world of captivating color.

Much like an important statement purse, or your favorite pair of red heels, a signature gemstone speaks volumes. It can perfectly express and represent your true self. After all, how many pairs of diamond studs does one need?

It’s hard to pinpoint what draws someone to a particular colored gem, as one selects the piece based on their personal love affair with it. The options, gems and colors are limitless! Begin by investing in one signature piece of color before building the rest of the collection. This piece may be a ring, necklace or earrings. It’s one striking piece that leaves an indelible impression. Depending on eye, hair and skin color, different gems may look better on different individuals. That being said, choose what speaks to you!

Our passion for colored gems has never waned. Dan and Hope are always finding new, exotic gems as well as extraordinary versions of the classics. Come see for yourself the incredible allure of colored gemstones!


Emerald and Diamond Halo Dangle Earrings

The glistening green emeralds in these free flowing drop earrings move with you and catch the light beautifully.


132819-2_Paraiba-And-Pave-PendantReminiscent of the beautiful ocean waters of the Caribbean, the color of this 3.80 carat Paraiba Tourmaline is absolutely stunning.


custom-ruby-ring_040860_4The star of this ring is a vibrant 3.50 carat Thai Ruby with a sweet cherry red color.


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JESSICA from Wixon Jewelers

Jessica is our resident fashionista-in-chief and more formally our Diamond Department Manager. Helping guide our clients through life’s big milestones by helping them find the perfect piece of jewelry to last a lifetime is what she loves best! She is a Graduate Gemologist who has been infatuated with jewelry since she was a little girl, spending countless hours at her grandmother’s jewelry store. Have questions? Just Ask Jessica!

Father’s Day Gift Guide

FathersDay2016For a man, fatherhood can be one of the most blissful events in his life. So often the joy and the sacrifice of a father goes unnoticed. Don’t let your appreciation for all he does go unnoticed. Father’s Day is the perfect time to thank him for being such a wonderful father, husband, and friend with a Swiss watch from Wixon Jewelers!

We know it’s hard to shop for the man who has everything. You know he wants a fine timepiece but with so many brands, styles, and sizes to choose from, you have NO idea where to start. We’ve put together a simple watch buying guide to help choose the perfect gift.


The Businessman

If dad is a business professional who often wears a suit and tie and travels on business, we suggest you start with Patek Philippe. Their men’s Calatrava collection, such as the Ref. 5196G or Ref. 5296R, are the epitome of Patek Philippe watches and a testament to their continued innovation and perfection. Their timeless and elegant design offer a watch that can be worn for decades without ever going out of style.

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The Gearhead

The need for speed! There are several great options if he is a car or motorcycle enthusiast. Today, top watch brands have broadened their collections by creating unique partnerships with automobile and motorcycle companies. Parmigiani Fleurier partnered with supercar company Bugatti to create some incredible men’s watches which are adorned with the Bugatti logo. The design of the Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Aerolithe was inspired by the 1935 Bugatti Aerolithe and is an amazing timepiece. Just like driving a Bugatti, when you are wearing this watch, you will turn heads.

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The Athlete

For the athletic, sports guy you need to find a timepiece that can be worn both on and off the field. Watches like the TUDOR Pelagos are designed to withstand the rigors of underwater use yet can be worn every day. The Baume & Mercier Capeland retains a sense of vintage inspiration while having a very modern look. One of the standout aesthetic aspects of the Capeland is the classically styled chronograph buttons on the right side of the case, giving you a sporty look with an elegant feel. The Capeland is available in several versions, which help match to their personality.

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Baume & Mercier Capeland 10006 Watch for Men

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The Outdoorsman

If he prefers the great outdoors over an office with-a-view, we recommend a sporty timepiece that features a big bold dial with rugged durability. If your husband is into boating and sailing, the Pershing 002 by Parmigiani Fleurier is the perfect timepiece. It is a sporty timepiece that features a 42mm case with a stunning bold red dial.

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The Traveler

What about the world-traveling dad? He’s constantly on the go so he needs a watch that allows him to keep time in more than one location. Watches with dual time zones have a high utility value by enabling the wearer to independently read two different time zones at a glance. Parmigiani’s Tonda Hemispheres features a small dial to track dual time zones, while the Panerai Radimoir 3 Days GMT utilizes a second hour hand to display the second time zone.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Hemispheres Men's Watch PFC231 Blue Steel DialParmigiani Fleurier – Tonda Hemispheres

Radiomir 3 Days GMTPanerai – Radiomir 3 Days GMT (PAM421)


The Techie

You may think that he’d rather have the latest iPhone than a fine timepiece but you might be mistaken. Fine timepieces contain many moving parts and functions which can be appreciated by techies and engineers of all kinds. A watch that possesses unique features, functions and advanced complications is truly an engineering masterpiece. The Duomètre à Chronographe by Jaeger LeCoultre is a true marvel of modern watchmaking precision. Using a concept nicknamed Dual Wing, the movement utilizes two individual watch devices that have their own supply of power but connected through one regulating mechanism.

Duométre á Quantiéme Lunaire Men's Watch by Jaeger LeCoultre in Yellow GoldJaeger LeCoultre – Duomètre à Chronographe


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The Details Make the Man

DetailsMakeTheManMen often abide by the adage “less is more,” however a few key accessories help distinguish the modern man.

A must have for French-cuffed shirts, CUFF LINKS are both functional and expressive. We feature new innovative designs that are eye catching, yet still very classic.
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A symbol of love and commitment, the WEDDING BAND is a simple and elegant way to express individuality and personal style.
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Whether diamond or gemstone, the RIGHT HAND RING can elevate a look to a whole new standard and is a timeless investment in modern sophistication.

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Whether by a wristwatch or pocket watch, keeping time is gentlemanly and for the businessman, necessary. A great TIMEPIECE is the perfect balance of form and function. A timeless watch is one in which the quality, style and design will withstand the test of time and exude a certain freshness for decades.

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The POCKET WATCH has recently regained popularity due to renewed appreciation for fine timepieces. No longer required simply to tell time, pocket watches today are more of a personal expression of style.

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Amy Meyer HeadshotAmy shares her pearls of wisdom in her column, Ask Amy. Her impeccable taste helps to select beautiful, current yet timeless looks for our clients in harmony with their own personal style. She believes that jewelry should have a story to tell about the person who wears it and is delighted to commemorate life’s celebrations. If you have a question, just Ask Amy!

Mother’s Day Gifts

MothersDay2016Mother’s day is fast approaching…isn’t it time to show her how much you appreciate all the special things she does to make your house a home? We know it can be hard to put into words how much she means to you. This Mother’s Day, let our experts help you find the perfect gift she’ll treasure for a lifetime.

STACKING BANDS

Stacking bands for the left or right hand that feature mixed metals, shapes and styles are all about personality. Whether you’re adding to her collection or just starting one, you can create a stack that is classic or contemporary, big and bold or sleek and sophisticated.

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BIRTHSTONE JEWELRY

Gemstone jewelry adorned with the birthstone of your children adds an extra sentimental touch to an already meaningful gift. She’ll be reminded of cherished family moments every time she wears it. Curious about birthstones? Learn more about them here.

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DIAMOND EARRINGS

Diamond earrings are a must have accessory for every woman’s wardrobe! From classic and casual to dramatic and daring, we offer a variety of diamond earrings to complement her style. No matter the occasion, diamond earrings add the perfect amount of sparkle to every ensemble.

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Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Stud Earrings
Diamond Hoop Earrings

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THE GIFT OF TIME

Moms are always on the go. Help her keep track of her hectic schedule with a fine Swiss timepiece. With many options to choose from, you’re sure to find one that reflects her taste, style and stature.

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Bold Gold

BoldGold4Gold is back and bigger than ever! Designers have responded by creating bolder collections. Superior design and impact are important, but today’s emphasis is on the craftsmanship. It’s all in the details! Treasured for its natural beauty and radiance, many cultures imagine gold to represent the sun.

Picture 26817Inspired by the song, O Sole Mio (My Sun), this bracelet captures the effect of beaming sun rays in various lengths and finishes in 18k yellow gold.


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A re-imagination of an ethereal symbol, this suite of cascading diamond and satin leaves conjures the divine and daring, commanding attention with every move. This 18k yellow gold ensemble is beautifully completed with a satin finish.


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This impressive bangle houses three rows of princess cut diamonds. Each diamond has four delicate prongs which, at a distance, seem to disappear. The result is a silky sheet of concavely set diamonds, shielded by a big bright 18K yellow gold bracelet.


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Patek Philippe created the Nautilus collection of ladies watches with the goal of making a sporty watch with the elegance of the Patek brand. The original design was inspired by a ship’s porthole from and even the newest timepieces retain this character. It is a classic sports watch with a very distinct look.


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One Incredible Piece, Endless Possibilities

Diamond Necklace and BraceletDiamond necklaces have long been a staple of fine jewelry. While a diamond necklace might instantly evoke images of formal gowns and upswept hairdos, the rules for wearing them have gone out the window as women have learned to appreciate the beauty of jewelry on their own terms.

The most creative diamond necklace in our collection can be worn four distinct ways. This beautiful 18k white gold necklace is adorned with 525 round brilliant cut diamonds, totaling 13.92 carats. A true master of metamorphosis, this piece can be broken down into its components, worn together as a set, or on its own.


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Amy Meyer HeadshotAmy shares her pearls of wisdom in her column, Ask Amy. Her impeccable taste helps to select beautiful, current yet timeless looks for our clients in harmony with their own personal style. She believes that jewelry should have a story to tell about the person who wears it and is delighted to commemorate life’s celebrations. If you have a question, just Ask Amy!

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