Friday, October 30, 2009
What is the most frightening thing about Halloween this year? It is THE WATCHERY's low low prices.
As ghosts and ghouls thunder around, you best purchase your watch. The best choice at this time of year is ,without a doubt, Corum. Corum is known for making creepy watches - check out a hand picked selection mentioned in my Halloween tale. Yet Corum does not only keep to the dark side. Corum crafts watches of an ethereal nature too, such as the one above. This Admiral Cup Beauty is a reflection of a blue peaceful sky, and since it is Halloween and I can extend my imagination just a tad, I would say the glittering diamond encrusted star is a sprite hovering above the dial.
The 164 diamonds ,totaling 1.2 carrots, lend an exquisite, fresh look to the watch. I love the fact that although it is a ladies watch, it is not quartz. The movement is a self winding (automatic) movement, which, to me, is important. The timepiece requires no batteries to power its movement, rather it pulls energy from the gentle motion of the wearers hand. The hour hand points to a 30 minute and 60 minute mark instead of a 12 and 6. This adds an interesting touch to the dial.
The nautical flags are evident on the inner rim of the bezel, a signature mark on all Corum's admiral cup watches. This collection is currently more popular than its namesake - the admiral cup an international yachting regatta- which last raced in 2003, and has been put off indefinitely.
Check out our collection of Corum's Admiral Cup Competition 40 ladies luxury watches, including "the deal of the day" .
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Collectible Luxury Watches from highly reputable watch manufacturers like Blancpain, Vacheron Constantin and Pateck Phillipe, are being regarded by collectors as a worthy investment. Due to the recession, the luxury watch market has been effected significantly. Swiss Luxury Watch Exports fell by 25% since February, especially for high end watches crafted from gold and platinum. Many companies have had to downsize their production. However, collectible watches play by a whole different set of rules, and this the collectible luxury watch market have more or less remained unchanged. New investors rethink their investment strategy's, after being hurt by the stock market, rushed to invest in a collectible luxury watches. Auction houses such as Antiquorium, Sothebys and Christies brought in 90 million francs with the auctioning off of luxury collectible timepieces.
The return on your investment, when it comes to collectible luxury watches, is by no means immediate ,like many solid investments one has to be in it for the long term. A collectible luxury watch, especially limited edition, increases in value as time goes on.
Many watch companies such as Vacheron Constantin, Corum, Audemars Piuget, Tag Heuer create collectibles by producing limited edition watches; linking watches to famous movie or sport stars; sponsoring companies, movies or sporting events; becoming official timekeepers.
If you are interested in purchasing a "collectible" timepiece there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Make sure you purchase your timepiece from a reputable seller. Private sales need to be thoroughly researched including any papers regarding the timepiece.
- Authenticity must be established.
- Research the watches and watch companies. To become a collector requires some knowledge of watch companies and the watch industry.
- Antique masterpieces; especially those with multiple complications such as tourbillons, sonneries, minute repeaters, moon phases and perpetual calenders can up the value of the timepiece significantly.
- Watches belonging to historical people are also of great value, even in less than perfect condition.
Finally, investing in a collectible luxury watch provides one with the knowledge that they possess a slice of history, the mark of perfection and an instrument that tracks time, but is unaffected by it.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Cindy Crawford, an Omega spokesperson since 1995, and a long time promoter of the Omega Constellation was in London with the OMEGA president Stephen Urquhart, to promote the new Constellation Collection. She visited the OMEGA Boutique at London Westfield, and autographed a box containing a new Constellation watch. The box and its contents were placed in a transparent safe which was locked and placed on display.
Later that evening, Stephen Urquhart and Cindy Crawford hosted an exclusive VIP party at The Almada, a member’s-only club in London’s Mayfair district, to celebrate the new Constellation line. Olympic Gold Medalists shared company with renowned actors and popular singers. The evening was accompanied by a tinge of excitement when it became known that the Constellation ,locked in a safe at the Westfield OMEGA Boutique, would soon be the property of one lucky guest. Guests were given a key in an Omega Constellation Pouch as they left the party. Only one key opened the safe autographed by Cindy Crawford.
The Constellation Timepiece is a stylishly elegant women's timepiece. The new collection has added a lot of dazzle and intense color. Diamonds glitter on the bezel which bares the signature Constellation claws. Diamonds mark the hours amidst a delicate falling satin pattern on the dial. The purple timepiece depicted here lusciously appeals to all senses; it seems to smell of violets; sound like the wind breezing through a chandelier; taste like moist grapes and feel like the brush of silk curtains on bare skin.
The watch is also available in pristine white. The price is still shrouded in mystery as are the constellations of the universe.
Monday, October 26, 2009
The Sonnerie is likened to a minute repeater; however, a minute repeater is set to chimes at the will of the wearer, on the other hand a Sonnerie (or sometimes known as a clockwatch) chime automatically. "Sonnerie" is French for "making sound" or "ring". The Sonnerie is like a tower clock which chimes on the hour (petit sonnerie) or quarter hour (grande sonnerie).
Both movements are extremely complex to create, and incorporate a large number of intricate parts. In the early nineties Gerald Genta created its first Sonnerie. The Arena Metasonic has utilized metallurgy to enhance the sounds emitted during chiming. The 46mm wide case is specially designed to carry the sounds. This timepiece is manually wound to power the extremely complex movement which includes a tourbillon escapement, and sonnerie. The face of the watch resembles a clock suspended on a building chiming the time to all the residents on the streets below. The hammers are visible on the lower left hand side.
The watches which will be available in limited edition, will arrive in a box worthy of mention. A light will illuminate the watch in the box, but to get at it you will have to place your hand on a bimometric reader. A wonderful playful edition.
Sonnerie's are quite rare compared with the prolific market of repeaters and minute repeaters. The Sonnerie requires a continuous power supply by the mainspring as it chimes automatically on the hour. The Repeaters are powered by a repeater slide and a spring mechanism, the Sonnerie requires a single strike train. In the past the watchclocks that striked at the hours and quarter required separate strike trains for each (the hour strike train and the quarter), the end-product being a "triple train: clockwatch with three mainsprings.Although these watches are quite rare, albeit rather pricey, they can be quite annoying striking on the quarter of an hour. However the watches are equipped with a rather clever "strike-silent, or Silence mode. Choosing to use the sonnerie complications means sliding the slide bolt on the case. The watch enters the sonnerie mode and chimes, clear and delicate, at the next hour or quarter. Some clockwatches are crafted with a repeater as well. The repetition function is powered by the second mainspring, and usually is operated by a button rather than the slide. The only setback in this case would be the use of the repeater will deplete the power reserve required by the sonnerie.
Gerald Genta timepieces are available at The Watchery for a whopping 75% off the List Prices
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
This one has an OLED screen, and it is slightly more reserved. Sigh! Modern Technology sure is something turning a watch into a your very own cinema.
How far we have come from the times where moving black and white films were only available in vast ornate movie theatres. Where the thrill of the crowd was palpable as dramatic scenes lit up the wonder struck upturned faces.
Gizmos and Gadgets are being produced at a furious pace, and I must admit their is a definite Wow factor to them, not in reverence to the way they have been crafted, but merely as a gadget to fasten the pace of life.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
My feeling is those fellows on Wall Street and all the millions of businesses and families effected by its rise and fall, are suffering from spending deprivation. The sale of luxury items have fallen dramatically, but at the expense of the psyche of the unspendor. That much needed regular yearly trip to the Bahamas- cancelled; the Holiday office party- scrapped; large birthday bash- a tiny muted affair around a pool table; slightly over the top birthday present for a loved one- ungiven but not forgotten. All those things cancelled, and what is left is a slightly depressed, slightly wrinkled unhappy individual. Now there is a glimmer on the horizon - hope, and with hope comes a hesitant feeling of elation.
Stock portfolio's begin to unsag, and the tired person slowly shakes off the ashes of despair and awakens.
That Bahama vacation so terribly needed becomes a reality, and that shamefully belated gift for that someone special is within reach.
And it is on this vein I may add that a luxury watch is the perfect gift to give. A luxury watch provides a longevity that surpasses most other gifts. Electronics become so yesterday within the blink of eye; clothes - risky; jewelry- real pretty, but so much more with the function of a luxury watch.
It will take some time before the economy rights itself, and thus when you feel the desperate need to splurge just a little, splurge on a luxury watch.
inset - Cartier WA5048W8 Tortue Silver Dial Yellow Gold Manual Women's Watch - 29% savings
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Only thing is 20,000 Feet is a long way off from the exploration of man, where pressure at this depth is 5 tons on one inch. The deepest dive was performed in 2005 by French diver Pascal Bernabé who dove into the Guiness Book of Records at 1,083 feet. (Deep dives are no longer recognized by the Guiness Book of Records as a result of Health and Safety concerns.) I am sure those weird little fishes swimming near ocean trenches may like a mechanical companion.
However, this timepiece is as tough as nails, and if diving is not your thing, "The 20,000 Feet" can endure a whole lot above sea level. This watch survived being shot at; being submerged by an airport fire engine (of all things); driven over by a truck and being exposed to 100 grams of explosives with a detonation velocity of 5,000 meters per second -enough to destroy a two ton vehicle.
This latter experiment was particularly interesting. Gamsit (the powerful explosive) was placed in a quarry. Two watches were placed on either side at 10cm from the explosive. One watch was "The 20,000 Feet" Watch, and the other a sturdy enough watch of another brand. With cameras in place; the fuse was lit and 120 seconds later, the explosion was heard. After the explosion, the men on the scene rushed forward and find unbelievably "The 20,000 feet was in full working conditions and suffered only minor scratches on its side; the other watch was completely destroyed and only a piece of the buckle and a bit of bracelet was salvaged.
The CX Military Watch has been recognized by the Guiness Book of Records for the timepiece with the deepest water resistance, but the tests for this watch has just begun.
The chronograph timepiece was subjected to three Real Life Tests:
1)Fired at by a Winchester rifle from a distance of just eight metres2) Placed on an explosive charge blasting at a speed of 5,000 metres/second3) Submerged by water spurting at 6,000 litres/minute.
The 20,000 Feet passed with flying colors, but its ultimate test is still undecided. At Basel World 2009, journalists and readers were asked to come up with their own real life tests for this indestructible timepiece. All ideas, no matter how ludicrous shall be considered. I wonder if it will last in a classroom full of three year olds or used as an ice hockey puck in a particularly rowdy ice hockey game. Anyway the ultimate test shall be performed at the end of 2009, so keep your eyes open and possibly your hands clamped tightly over your ears.
Friday, October 9, 2009
A skull wearing a hat, emerges from the fire.
"It is time to buy a really scary watch from THE WATCHERY," you repeat in a trance like voice, and select the watch you wish to purchase. The Corum Bubble Watch with the skull Pirate. As you add the Watch to Your Cart, the light flickers on. As you proceed to Checkout, the wind abates, and as you make the Purchase, the house is at peace.
You have bought your really scary watch from THE WATCHERY.
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BY R. Van Halem
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Richard Mille has developed its own unique approach to watch-making thereby increasing its strength in the highly competitive watch-making industry. Many watch manufacturers order standard parts from mass suppliers to build a watch and many reinvent old watch concepts from previous models. Richard Mille is a young company and thus has completely fresh ideas, in addition no parts come standard and every part down to the last screw is designed with precise dimensions. Each piece has an individual requirement which will be crafted to the minutest detail. Richard Mille requires of its watchmakers many years of specialized watchmaking experience, materials are chosen with care.
The drive to create the image of perfection is displayed with incredible clarity in every Richard Mille Watch.
The watch above is one of Richard Mille's latest: The RM 016. It has the same movement as the RM 010, with a baseplate, bridges and balance cock of PVD-coated titanium. This watch has an astounding 55 hours of power reserve and its rotor is fitted with ceramic rotor ball bearings.
The RM007 is available from simple elegant precious metals, to completely covered in diamonds or diamonds and other precious gems in various colors and designs.
Richard Mille has many firsts in the watchmaking industry which just goes to show his incredible ability to blend old-world watchmaking traditions with futuristic materials and high-end technology for performance watches.
By R. Van Halem
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Richard Mille went to great depths to bring us the latest Diver's Watch, the RM 028 (as seen above.) But wait a minute, this watch is round, a far cry from Richard Mille's signature elongated watch cases, as round as a submarine's porthole. Round, round, round,round! However, the roundness of the watch is by no means to enter the realms of ordinary, but to increase the watches integrity as a diver's watch; to maximise the water resistancy of up to 300 meters. Any other shape may jeopardize the efficiency of the water resistance.
Richard Mille unveiled its first diver's watch, the RM 025 Tourbillon Chronograph, back in January 2009. I am not sure what good a tourbillon may do under water, but it makes for a nice additional complication. The RM 025 is something to behold at 50.7mm in diameter and comprised of a clever composite of 18ct red or white gold and titanium case with luminous markers for exploring underground watery caves (if you wish). The complex inner workings are clearly visible, including all the screws, which, in itself, is an incredible technological breakthrough based on its 300 meter water resistancy. The chronograph has a column wheel of titanium, and the entire movement is based on the RM 008 carbon nanofibre calibre.
The new RM 028 is slightly smaller with a diameter of 47mm and boasts a skeletonized automatic movement utilizing a rotor. As always Richard Mille adds a unique touch to its watches. In the RM028 the level of automatic winding can be adjusted, via the setting of two 18ct white gold wings, to the users preference based on his habits. Richard Mille has created a new depth in diving watches. It is always a pleasurable surprise to see what Richard Mille comes up with next.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
18K gold adorns this Ebel Beluga, my personal favorite, and you don't have to dig deep in your pockets. The Watchery has slashed its price to $7,995 that is 61% off the List Price. This elegant timepiece is a perfect engagement, wedding or anniversary gift. Show your love and purchase an Ebel Beluga for your loved one.Concord Delirium Ladies' Watch 18K Rose Gold Mother-of-Pearl Diamond Dial Diamond Bezel Diamond Bracelet 0311382
Gold, gold and more gold at THE WATCHERY for unbeatable prices. Here is a price you got to see it to believe it. This Concord Delirium Ladies Watch is crafted from 18K rose gold and sprinkled with diamonds; not to mention the mesmerizing mother of pearl dial. A beauty of a watch for ...72% off the list price. This watch can be yours for only $8,495.00.Breitling Cockpit Men's Limited Edition Watch Automatic 18K Rose Gold Steel Champagne Dial H4935011-H519-361H
You got to be the man to wear this watch. I assure you everyone will notice a timepiece of this calibre, but what they cannot know is how much you spent. This Breitling Cockpit Limited Edition of only 500 pieces, can be yours for 41% off the List Price. This watch can be yours for $16,995, bit small change compared to the glances and respect you will receive. Purchasing this watch will enhance your image.
Buy your gold watches at THE WATCHERY for new low prices. Gold is up, but I prices are down.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Romaine Jerome was captivated by the Cebeston Winch Tourbillon and in 2008 incorporated the movement in a set of six "The Romaine Jerome Cabestan Titanic DNA Tourbillon watch" combining innovative haute horlogerie and artistic design. The Romain Jerome Cabestan Titanic DNA Tourbillon watch's case is contains actual oxidized material obtained from the Titanic shipwreck, fused to steel obtained from the Harland & Wolff shipyards, the area where the Titanic was built in the early 20th century.
The Cabestan 2 is already in the works. It is at the 3D conceptualisation stage, crucial to watch development. The Cabestan 2 ,with a chronograph, will utilize a hydraulic column wheel. The pushers will force liquid through pipes that run across bridges and thus under pressure will trigger the chronograph command. As if one tourbillon is not enough, the newer model will boast two vertical tourbillons. Unfortunately you will have to have a little patience to see the actual timepiece; the Cabestan 2 is scheduled for release in 2012.
By R. Van Halem
Thursday, October 1, 2009
(inset)Longines Dolce Vita Ladies' Watch 18K Yellow Gold White Dial Diamond Bezel