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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With an uninterrupted legacy of 178 years of creating the finest watches in the world, Patek Philippe knows a thing or two about how to excite connoisseurs of fine watchmaking. Each March, as the world’s preeminent watch brands assemble at Baselworld to unveil their brilliant new creations, we can’t help but get giddy with excitement over each new announcement. With so many fascinating debuts, it’s hard to choose… but here are a few of our favorite releases from Patek at Baselworld 2017.
Calatrava – Ref. 6006G
One of the unique Baselworld releases from Patek Philippe was their Calatrava Ref. 6006 which will replace the Ref. 6000 series that were originally released at Baselworld in 2005. This new debut retains many of the beloved features of the Ref. 6000 while incorporating some updated aesthetic elements.
The classic white gold case was enlarged from 37mm to a 39mm case, creating a more prominent stature on the wrist with its larger dial. The dial incorporates a fresh look in ebony black with skeletonized baton-style hands and a new analog date hand with a red arrow pointing directly to the date. Powered by a caliber 240 PS C movement, the Calatrava Ref. 6006G pays homage to the 40th anniversary of Patek Philippe’s acclaimed caliber 240 movement. With its design components subtly reworked, the Ref. 6006G breathes new life into the Calatrava collection with its sleek and striking elegance.
Patek Philippe also released a visual update of their Ladies’ World Time Ref. 7130, with a bright and beautiful color. The new 7130G features a captivating peacock blue dial and is completed with a matching alligator strap. Accentuated with over a carat of diamonds, the striking color of this timepiece is wonderfully complimented by the sparkle of perfectly set diamonds in the bezel and buckle.
Not only is this timepiece absolutely stunning, it is also incredibly functional. The world time function displays the time around the world at a glance by simultaneously displaying a 24-hour indication of the current time in each time zone. Fitted with a caliber 240 HU, the Ref. 7130G is powered by the same automatic movement that is behind most of Patek Philippe’s world time watches. Illuminated by diamonds, the delicate guilloche dial paired with soft peacock blue makes this timepiece unapologetically feminine.
Paying tribute to the 20th anniversary of the Aquanaut, Patek Philippe released a bold new look for the collection: the Aquanaut Ref. 5168G. Fitted with a 40mm steel case and a black dial, the original Aquanaut was the archetype of a sports watch. The Ref. 5168G is the first Aquanaut in 18k white gold and, with a 42.2mm case, it boasts the largest case size ever seen in the line. Its warmer hue clearly sets itself apart from stainless steel and although the case was enlarged, the proportions and iconic styling elements remain intact.
This is also the first time that an Aquanaut has been available with a blue dial or strap option. Playing off of the Aquanaut’s classic black dial, the new Ref. 5168G features an embossed dial that graduates in color from night blue to black along the edges. This new release is sure to be a hit amongst fans and collectors and is a fitting tribute as we celebrate 20 years of the exceptionally successful and sporty Aquanaut collection.
One of the big surprises at Baselworld this year was the unveiling of Patek Philippe’s popular annual calendar chronograph, Ref. 5960, with a white gold case on a leather strap. The 5960 collection has seen several visual iterations over the years including the 5960P in platinum, the 5960/1A in steel, and now is available for the first time in white gold.
Borrowing some styling cues from the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524G, the new Ref. 5960/01G has a much sportier vibe with a textured blue dial and a brown calf leather strap. White and red hands provide a wonderful contrast against the underscored blue dial, which really rounds out the sporty look of this timepiece. A more subtle difference is the updated chronograph control, which now feature guilloche pushers that were inspired by vintage Patek models. The Ref. 5960/01G combines a sporty look with a slight vintage feel to create a fascinating new introduction from Patak Philippe.
Another beautiful offering from Baselworld was a new version of Patek Philippe’s classic men’s Chronograph Ref. 5170, which is now available in platinum for the first time. Fitted with a 39.4mm platinum case, the Ref. 5170P was clearly made to be a dress watch first with the added benefit of a chronograph function.
Its blue sunburst dial graduates in color from blue to black, offering a bold new vision for the classic chronograph. The elegance of the timepiece is undeniable with its platinum case and the incorporation of baguette diamond hour markers to replace the Breguet numerals on the dial. The latest in a legacy of great manually wound, two-register chronograph timepieces, the Ref. 5170P is a powerful combination of functionality and elegance.
Baselworld brought a flurry of excitement for Patek Philippe’s newest creations but there was also a lot of hype surrounding their massive upcoming public exhibition. The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition will take place from July 13-23, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. The 10-day event will showcase Patek Philippe’s tradition of high-precision watch manufacturing, an insight into the company’s 178-year history as well as its heritage in the domain of Haute Horologerie. Encompassing over 13,000 square feet, The Art of Watches grants visitors access to exceptional collections of pocket and wrist watches dating back to 1530. The best part of all… the exhibition is free and open to the general public! Visit The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition for more information and event details.
Held in Geneva, Switzerland each January, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is the first of the two major world exhibitions for the Swiss watch industry. Thousands of media personnel, collectors and retailers storm Switzerland for the first glimpse at the latest innovations in watchmaking. The event creates a flurry of excitement for watch enthusiasts eager to see what their favorite brands will announce and what will be the hot, new watches for the coming year.
While Baselworld retains claim as the largest event each year, don’t let the unassuming exterior of Geneva’s Palexpo fool you… what lies inside is an oasis of haute horology. Explore this recap to discover some of our favorite pieces from SIHH 2017 that represent the newest releases in modern watchmaking.
The Clifton Club is an entirely new collection for Baume & Mercier that features a classic style blended with sporty aesthetics and a pop of color. This sporty collection is a great compliment to Baume & Mercier’s existing offerings of more classically traditional designs. Available in five versions, the Clifton Club is a great option for men looking for a multipurpose, stylish sports watch.
Baume & Mercier continues their relationship with Shelby in 2017 with a new limited edition collection of Shelby-themed timepieces—the Clifton Club Shelby Cobra. This new collection features an entirely new case design and two new movement options. The Clifton Club Shelby Cobra is available in two versions, fitted with either a self-winding chronograph or a flyback chronograph movement.
Following the release of the Geophysic Universal Time in 2015, Jaeger LeCoultre has upped the ante this year by adding a flying tourbillon. The Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time is the first timepiece to feature both a flying tourbillon and a world time function. Cased in platinum, this impressive timepiece is visually captivating and limited to 100 pieces.
The Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time wasn’t the only announcement from the brand at SIHH regarding their Geophysic collection. Jaeger LeCoultre also announced that the Geophysic True Second and Geophysic Universal Travel Timewill now be available on a new interchangeable bracelet. The size of the bracelet can be quickly adjusted and it features a patent-pending lever system that allows the bracelet to be swapped for a strap quickly and easily without the use of a tool.
Celebrating the Master Control collection’s 25th anniversary, Jaeger LeCoultre released special edition timepieces of the Master Control Date, Chronograph and Geographic models. The existing versions are enriched with vintage inspiration including a two-tone sector dial, light blue accents and skeletonized baton hands. These design elements are sure to appeal to those who enjoy a vintage touch in their timepieces.
One of Jaeger LeCoultre’s most complex collections, the Duométre collection, is receiving a fresh look. The Sphérotourbillon, Quantième Lunaire and Chronographe models now feature magnetite grey dials framed in a 42mm pink gold case. This new interpretation further enhances the Duométre’s appeal with its masterful complications, unique style and exceptional movement design.
Jaeger LeCoultre’s elegant and refined Rendez-Vous collection of ladies watches is getting larger! In addition to the ever-popular 34mm case size, the Rendez-Vous Night & Day will now be available in a larger 38.5mm case. The collection is available in steel or yellow gold, with or without diamond accents.
At SIHH this year, Panerai announced their newest and most advanced timepiece to date, the LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days (PAM700). Centered around a 49mm Carbotech case, this impressive timepiece is crafted from high-tech materials and boasts a 50-year guarantee. The use of these innovative materials has reduced friction to a minimum, enabling the movement to require no oil or lubrication of any kind. To create an extremely dark black appearance, the dial is coated with carbon nanotubes which practically absorb all light that hits the dial.
Another unique innovation was announced by Panerai at SIHH 2017, a new revolutionary material called BMG-TECH. The name stands for Bulk Metallic Glass which is a material made from a special glass-like alloy that is very light, high strength and has an extreme resistance to wear. While BMG-TECH doesn’t seem drastically different in appearance, the material is harder and lighter than steel, and is incredibly resistant to external shocks and magnetic fields. Panerai’s Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-TECH 3 Days (PAM692) will be the first mechanical watch created with this revolutionary material.
Previously only offered in precious metals, Parmigiani Fleurier’s Tonda 1950 collection will now be available with a stainless steel case. At 40mm, the steel version is slightly larger than the precious metal versions and is available with a black or white dial. The timepiece features a PF702 automatic movement with a 48-hour power reserve which can be admired through the sapphire case-back.
Parmigiani Fleurier’s Toric collection has always been synonymous with high-complication timepieces, with these models historically possessing minute repeater functions. At SIHH, Parmigiani unveiled the Toric Chronometre, a COSC-certified chronometer with date. While it retains the signature style of the collection, the aesthetic of the Toric Chronometre is more understated and streamlined. The Toric Chronometre is available in four different versions—a white or red gold case paired with either a black or white dial.
Parmigiani unveiled a new version of their popular Bugatti Aerolithe timepiece with some exciting aesthetic updates. Designed to pay homage to the 1935 Bugatti Aerolithe Coupe, this timepiece is filled with beautiful details that are reminiscent of the design of the car. Equipped with a flyback chronograph, the Bugatti Aerolithe Performance uses the same PF335 automatic movement as the previous version. There is a nod to the world of high-speed pursuits in the double tachometer, which has km/h indications in red and mph in blue in reference to Bugatti’s signature colors.
1. Which Rolex offers a second time zone function?
A. Rolex Explorer II
B. Rolex Sky-Dweller
C. Rolex GMT-Master II
D. All of the above
2. The Patek Philippe Henry Graves Jr Supercomplication sold at auction by Sotheby’s on November 12th, 2014 for what amount?
A. $4 million
B. $6 million
C. $8 million
D. $28 million
3. The leather and alligator watch straps for Parmigiani Fleurier are produced by which company?
D. Christian Louboutin
4. TUDOR was started by the founder of what other watch brand?
C. Patek Philippe
5. Panerai’s use of “Black Seal” is in historic reference to what?
A. Italian Frogmen who wore black uniforms during WWII
B. Type of leather used for watch straps
C. Sticker that held the watch box closed in the 1930’s
D. Pet seal that lived in the factory warehouse
6. The Atmos clock by Jaeger LeCoultre is powered by a highly sensitive gas blend, Ethyl Chloride. A single degree of temperature variation will supply enough energy to power the Atmos for approximately how long?
A. 30 minutes
B. 1 hour
C. 12 hours
D. 48 hours
7. What is the current motto for Baume and Mercier?
A. The best a man can get
B. Because you’re worth it
C. Life is about moments
D. Betcha can’t eat just one
The 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!
For over 180 years, Jaeger LeCoultre has been creating visionary timepieces.
What is fine watchmaking if not the art of transforming small pieces of metal into mechanical marvels? While fairly prosaic, this definition is nonetheless revealing of the fact that the value of timepieces lies mostly in the many skills involved in their creation. That being said, Jaeger LeCoultre’s greatest treasure is immaterial. It is composed of the immense sum of technical knowledge, experience and skills shared by more than 1,000 people working within the manufacture.
Since 1833, watchmakers, artisans, engineers, technicians, artists, mechanics and other specialists at Jaeger LeCoultre have combined their talent, intelligence and creativity to create some of the finest and most complicated watches in the world. Each of their creations represents a concentrated blend of expertise and a powerful cultural symbol. Jaeger LeCoultre has fostered a heritage of invention, creativity and technical skill while continuing to push the envelope of horological prowess.
Their dedication to creativity was a major factor in the creation of the Reverso in 1931. While at a polo match at a British Officer’s club in India, Jacques David LeCoultre was challenged to create a watch that could withstand the rigors of the sport without the crystal breaking during play. Subsequently, he developed a rectangular case that could be flipped over to protect the crystal. Producing the simplest Reverso calls for 1,434 different operations. The case alone has 55 parts, making it the most complicated watch case available. If you have never seen one in action, this iconic Art Deco watch is a must see.
One of the most impressive and sought after complications in current production is the perpetual calendar. Jaeger LeCoultre took their passion for innovation and sought to create a movement that not only featured a perpetual calendar, but also fit in an extremely thin case. The result is the remarkably slender Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar. This incredible timepiece allows the wearer to keep track of the time, day, date, week, month and year. Once set, the automatic watch will not need any adjustment until the year 2100. The perpetual calendar mechanism takes into account the length of each month and even accounts for leap years. Even with all the incredible features in this complicated movement, the Caliber 868 is thin enough to fit within a case that is just 9.22mm thick.
The Duomètre a Chronographe is a true work of art and it was made with watch lovers in mind. The partially skeletonized dial allows the wearer to truly enjoy the beauty of the inner workings viewable behind two separate power reserve indicators. Jaeger LeCoultre developed a Dual Wing system in which the movement separates the power going to the complications from the power that goes to indicating the time. What is most impressive and amusing to watch is the foudroyant function (also known as a split-second counter) at the six o’clock position on the dial. This function can count down time to 1/6th of a second, making a full revolution every second. The movement is completed in German Silver which allows the watch to take on a beautiful patina over time.
Overall, Jaeger LeCoultre is a brand that deserves far more recognition than they receive. It’s clear to see why Jaeger LeCoultre remains a favorite brand of watch enthusiasts. Whether you’re new to the world of haute horlogerie or an avid collector, Jaeger LeCoultre is the perfect mix of luxury and value.
Fostering the Future
Perpetuating their grand tradition, Jaeger LeCoultre promotes the passing on of knowledge. The manufacture also serves as a school, an academy of rare professions that is a breeding ground for fresh talents and a crucible of new innovations. Their training center and its many workshops welcome a number of apprentice watchmakers, as well as technicians seeking to hone their knowledge or to learn new special skills.
With an exceptional body of developmental resources, production facilities and expertise, Jaeger LeCoultre is able to give life to the wildest projects. They seek to rediscover all but extinct skills such as miniature enameling while implementing new technologies. Jaeger LeCoultre proudly builds on the past in shaping its future.
Jaeger LeCoultre has been delighting connoisseurs of fine watchmaking since its founding in 1833. The inventive spirit of the founder, Antoine LeCoultre, lives on through the talent and inspiration of the artisans at Jaeger LeCoultre whom create collections that are as surprising as they are sophisticated. A testament to this creative passion is the Master Grande Tradition à Répétition Minutes, which exemplifies the powerful ties cultivated by the manufacture’s rare and exceptional skills. This remarkable creation combines the genius of Van Gogh with the richness of the minute repeater function.
The inherent appeal of the Master Grande Tradition à Répétition Minutes is magnificently enhanced by the presence of a miniature enamel painting on its dial paying an eloquent tribute to Van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhône. Stroke by stroke, a master enamellist reproduced the heart of this iconic masterpiece and the magic of Van Gogh’s night sky in minute detail onto the dial. Each color is applied with painstaking detail and must be fired in a kiln and cooled before proceeding. After countless hours of meticulous work, the timeless intensity of the deep, dark colors is sealed by Grand Feu enamel. This time-honored decorative art captures the depth and allure of the full-scale painting on a miniature scale with intense hues. Since each dial is painted by hand, every single dial is unique. By slightly tilting the timepiece under any source of light, a range of color variations and unsuspected nuances are revealed.
Wielding brushes as thin as a needles, enamellists embody the artistry of an expert painter with the precision of a Swiss watchmaker.
SPECTACLE OF SOUND
The intricate dial and impressive movement are housed in a 39mm pink gold case. An optimal choice for case material, pink gold resonates acoustics better than any other metal. The case and bezel have been delicately worked to allow the beauty of the sound and the visual spectacle to develop to its fullest without disturbance. Endowed with major innovations including trebuchet hammers and crystal gongs, the minute repeater produces a pure, rich sound with great intensity. The steady, lingering notes are a delight to the ears. The model is suited for lovers of art and music, and presented in a limited series of 18 pieces.
A 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.
It takes three to five years of research to develop a new model. Exceptional pieces like the Caliber 89 require up to nine years.
9 of 10 Timepieces
Of the top ten most expensive watches ever sold at auction, nine of the ten are Patek Philippes. This impressive list includes the Ref. 1527 which sold for $5,708,883 at Christie’s in 2010.
Patek Philippe has received over 80 patents for its inventions, many of which have inspired the horological community.
Founded in 1839, Patek Philippe is the last remaining family-owned independent watch manufacturer. They recently celebrated their 175th anniversary in grand fashion.
(Pictured: Philippe and Thierry Stern)
The number of Patek employees involved in the production of one timepiece.
On average, each timepiece runs for 1,200 hours while it is tested and inspected before leaving the workshop. It is not delivered until it thoroughly fulfills what are agreed to be the most stringent requirements in the entire industry.
The selling price of the Supercomplication Pocket Watch at Sothebys in 2014, breaking Patek’s own previous world record as the most expensive timepiece ever sold.
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.
Considered 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.
Available 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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