Friday, December 31, 2010
10,9,8, 7 flashes above, and the ball slides gently down the pole. Every second the ball moves lower and lower until it is 2011. A New Year. A New Decade filled with hopes and dreams.
Thinking about the ball dropping, it seems quite odd that dropping ball should mark such a momentous occasion. I know the ball has been dropping since 1907, when a 700 pound, 5 feet diameter New Year's Eve Ball crafted from iron and wood by immigrant metalworker named Jacob Starr, and glowing with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs, made its descent. But why a ball? After all, other big cities mark the entrance to the New Year with fantastical displays of fireworks and light shows. In Paris sparks fly from the Eiffel Tower in a dizzying shower of fireworks. In London fireworks surround Big Ben, which makes sense since Big Ben sounds the passage of time, and bongs in the New Year. In Australia multi-colored star bursts and gigantic sparklers light up Sydney Harbor.
The ball dropping in New York City is a tradition, which is fused to the very foundation in which man began to precisely track the time. The Chronometer, (not to be confused with today's chronometer which is a COSC certification - click here to learn more) was a vital instrument used by seamen to determine their longitude at sea by the precise tracking of time.
To know ones Longitude at sea, one must know the time at home port and at the same time knowing the time on ship. Once the time difference is known, the difference by degrees is known and thus the crucial longitude. The world spins on it axis 360 degrees in a 24 hour period thus in one hour it turns 15 degrees. If the navigator resets his ship's clock local at high noon, and refers to his clock representing time at the home port, every hour difference translates to 15 degrees from the home port. A precise watch was required to know the ships course and save it from potential destruction. On October 22, 1707, four British Men 'O War sank just off the Cornish Coast. 2000 men were lost. In 1714, The British Parliament , aggravated by this obviously needless catastrophe, passed the Longitude Act: A huge sum of money would be awarded to anyone who could invent a way to determine the precise longitude of a ship's location to within less than one degree.
Click here to learn more about John Harrison and his quest for precision
By the 1800's, the chronometer was an essential sea vessel navigational instrument. To ensure the chronometer kept perfect time, a "time-ball", the first of many, was installed on top of England's Royal Observatory at Greenwich in 1833. The ball would drop at one o'clock every afternoon, enabling captains of nearby ships to precisely set their chronometers (a vital navigational instrument). The "time-ball" was an instant success and an additional 150 public "time-balls" were installed around the world. In fact, a "time-ball" is still dropped at United States Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, where, since 1845, a time-ball drops from a flagpole at noon each day.
Tonight 10 seconds before the stroke of midnight, 400 feet above Times Square , New York's "time ball" weighing 11,875 pounds and glittering with 288 new "Let There Be Love" Waterford Crystal triangles and 1,152 "Let There Be Joy" triangles, and the original 960 "Let There Be Light" crystals will slowly descend down the pole, marking the entrance of 2011.
Happy New Year!
R. Van Halem
Thursday, December 30, 2010
I am talking Time Management.
Time Management is essential, if one wants to make good on personal promises. Time Management goes hand in hand with taking control. Instead of time marching off leaving one scrambling to keep up or merely being hurled along like a pebble in a current, one can capture and utilize time in a way which solidifies that moment forever. That moment you have captured becomes the first stepping stone to reach the next level.
For instance, set your alarm clock for 6am, get out of bed (no easy feat) and hop on the treadmill. By doing this you have taken control of that moment and laid down the foundation for the next day and the next, each time getting closer to reaching your goal - each moment in time marked for the next. New Years Resolutions ,if taken seriously, can be achieved with taking control of your Time.
At THE WATCHERY, we understand the importance of Time Management, and that is why we provide the ultimate tool for your journey. A Watch. Not any watch. A watch you can count on. A watch which is adapted to your needs, your style, your sense of purpose. A watch which embodies you, and becomes you. A Luxury Watch.
At THE WATCHERY, we sell top name brands, such as Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Concord, Breitlign, Tag Heuer, IWC, Baume & Mercier, JeanRichard, Ebel, Zenith, Hublot, Chopard, Blancpain and many many more, at hugely discounted prices. All watches are genuine, for the passage of time does not lie.
Take the first step in taking control of your time, of your life and purchase a Luxury Watch at THE WATCHERY.
Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Cartier ,as well, opted for utilizing cheaper materials such as steel and rubber for its Roadster Collection. The Roadster S is much more affordable with a definite mass appeal, which is exactly what the high end luxury watch companies need to survive. Mass appeal, that is, without damaging the integrity and quality of the watch brand. At a going rate of $4,600 for the steel version and $4,600 for the combo, this watch is much cheaper than the original Roadsters thereby enabling young aspiring individuals to own a watch worn by millionaires and noticed by all.
Luxury Watch Companies are looking to 2011 with a renewed vigor and hope, and just like the recovery from the Quartz Scare of the 1970's, they have survived.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Grande Complication Perpetual Calendar IW927020
THE WATCHERY PRICE $238,500 Save 25%
A moon phase complication depicts the varying phases of the moon: New Moon, first quarter, full moon and last quarter. A lovely example of a moon phase is at the 12 'o' clock position of the IWC Grande Complication Perpetual Calender. The case and bracelet of this luxury timepiece is crafted from platinum.
Below I will briefly describe the basics of the watch components of the moon phase. The phases of the moon are usually displayed on a disc visible via an aperture, or more rarely by a hand. A typical moon phase watch a disc portraying two moons is driven by a wheel with 59 teeth. Every 24 hours a finger turns the wheel by one notch. In reality a lunation lasts 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds or 29.53 days; however, the lunation displayed by an ordinary moon phase watch lasts 29.5 days thus the moon phase depicted on the watch is out one day every 2 years, 7 months and approximately 20 days. Astronomical moon phase watches compensate for this difference by utilizing a wheel with 135 teeth, thus achieving a lunation of 29 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes. This reduces the difference to just one day every 122 years.
Many watch companies invent new ways of depicting the moon phase. The De Buthune DB25 Moon Phase Watch reveals a spherical moon phase below the 12 'o' clock. Consisting of two hemispheres, one in steel and the other in platinum, rotates on its own axis.
You may have noticed most moon phase complications adorn the dials of men's watches; however, true to Girard-Perregaux's Cat's Eye Movement Collection which adds complications to women's watches, a gorgeous moon phase luxury watch accompanied by the signs of the zodiac mark the waxing and waning of the moon. (Click here for more info about Girard-Perregaux's Cat's Eye Movement Collection)
Moon phase Watches are available at THE WATCHERY
Monday, December 20, 2010
Tank Americaine WB707331
Tank Francaise WE10456H
My personal favourite is the Tank Francaise Collection. This luxury Cartier Watch is a perfect gift. This watch calls to become part of the wearer, to be worn every day. Perfect for every occassion and complementing every attire, the Cartier Tank Francaise becomes part of ones image. Get your Cartier Tank Francaise at THE WATCHERY for 25% off the MSRP.
Cartier Luxury Watches need no introduction. See your loved ones eyes fill with intense wonder and immeasurable pleasure, as she opens her gift. See her place the Cartier Watch on her wrist, close the clasp and know you have done well. Very well indeed.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Baume & Mercier Hampton City MOA08339 (above inset)
Purchase an elegant Baume & Mercier Ladies Hampton Watch for 70% off the Retail Price. (inset) Thrill the women in your life with a watch worth $4,990, but you only pay $1,495.00. Pink leather strap, mother-of-pearl diamond, glittering diamond bezel, scratch resistant sapphire crystal- you simply cannot do better than this.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Eterna's logo hints at a certain technological improvement to a certain watch movement. Read more and you will find out.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Blowout Sale Price: $4,590
Diamond Flower Ladies Wristwatch A3015/C
Perrelet's Diamond Flower Collection, unveiled in 2008, turns decoration into rotation. The exquisite lotus flower adorning the dial doubles as a roter which,together with rotor on the back of the watch, winds the mainspring. This union of jewellery and function is made possible by Perrelet's Double Rotor Calibre. The Diamond Collection is a collection designed by a woman for women. One of Perrelet's young woman designers,Carmen Voegeli, isolated herself for many months working tirelessly to fine-tune the Diamond Flower Collection. Perrelet, inventor of the automatic watch movement, was confident in her abilities to produce a luxury watch where beauty and function intertwined. Carmen Voegeli effort and creativity proved brilliant and prolific initially unveiling a total of 27 different designs in steel, rose gold, or two-tone. Some are studded with diamonds on the bezel and on the lotus rotor; some bare a leather strap, some a rubber strap. Chocolate mother-of-pearl dials or rich cream colored dials, whatever your choice, the result will be utter perfection.
A Perrelet Diamond Flower Collection Watch is an excellent gift for the Holidays. Save 55% on Perrelet Watches at THE WATCHERY. This is your time to buy a Luxury Watch as a gift for the holidays.
Friday, December 10, 2010
The safe is not just a safe named after a mob boss, it is also a watch winder.
Watch Winders are quite useful when one has two or more automatic watches which require the constant motion of the wearers arm to wind the watch. Invented by the Luxury Watch Company, Perrelet, the automatic watch does not require regular winding of the crown, but has a semi-circular rotor disc which winds the watch with the swinging motion of the wearers wrist. Most mechanical watches nowadays are automatic. An automatic watch requires regular arm swinging motion to keep the watch movement operating; however, if not worn for a long period of time the watch will stop.
In addition, watches with complications such as the perpetual calender or moon phase take some time to readjust after the watch has stopped, thus for watch collectors a watch winder is a worthy investment. (5 reasons you need a watch winder)
The Colosimo as compact as it is, is a lovely gift for a person who has it all and is in need of something out of the ordinary which won't just take up space but will be useful too. My only concern is that the safe and not the contents may be the object of interest to a would be thief. What would early 20th century robber James Colosimo do? Would he try pick this cute little safe or would he simply pocket it?
Crafted with utmost perfection by the well known German safe maker Döttling, the Colosimo is a work of art.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
In addition, Ebel watches are extremely affordable while still being recognized as a distinguished watch brand of exceptional high quality. Ebel watches are held in high regard and Ebel watches are the luxury watch for that special occasion. The Ebel Beluga and Ebel Brasilia are a favourite among brides. Available in stunning hues of gold and attractive dials, these luxury watches can cater to a vast range of style preferences. The contours of the Ebel Beluga Watch accentuate the femininity and elegance of the timepiece. Give an Ebel Beluga to your bride for the Holidays.
The Brasilia is a gorgeous watch with gracious curves and gentle contours. Two Roman Numerals at the 12 'o clock and 6 o' clock position balance the look. So utterly perfect is the Ebel Brasilia, it can be the creation of an architect: An Architect of Time.
The Ebel Brasilia is also available in styles for men. The Ebel Brasilia Automatic Chronograph is elegant and sleek with a subtle and perfectly balanced. . Ebel has implemented the curved lines into this powerful timepiece creating a masterpiece of extraordinary equilibrium.
Ebel's Mens Sports Watches are elegant yet sporty. Water resistance to 200m with luminous hand and hour markers make this watch the ideal exercises companion. The movement is automatic thus no batteries are required and the watch is wound by the gentle swinging motion of ones arm. In addition the Scratch resistant sapphire crystal is anti-reflective thus when you are pounding the pavement and the sun is bright in the clear blue sky, you won't miss a moment trying to discern the time.
After reading the features, I am sure you have someone in mind who would just love this watch, perhaps a husband, son, grandson, co-worker.
You may be thinking that with all these amazing features , this watch is most definitely far beyond my budget.
Guess again, this watch will cost you only $1,218.00. (a 42% savings)
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Harry Winston Luxury Watches are timepieces dreams are made of. Glittering with diamonds, sporting gorgeous curvaceous lugs, Harry Winston watches embody pure unrestrained luxury.
Harry Winston, the founder of the legendary company was born in Los Angelos. His father was a small retail jeweler stemming from many generations of jewelers. At 16, Harry Winston helped his father in the shop, and then at 21 he felt he was ready for New York City. He started with $2,000 and quickly built a reputation for himself buying historic diamonds such as the famed Vargas Diamond and the Jonkers Diamond (stay tuned). He was full of courage, determination and high intellect. He sold diamonds to royalty and movie stars. Marylon Monroe referenced Harry Winston in "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend".
He recognized his fortune in his smaller customers who bought small engagement rings with hard earned money. "But most of our business is in the lower-price field." he said in a1949 interview " We have stones for as little as $2 . The average engagement ring in the country is a quarter-carat, retailing between $100 and $15o. That's the biggest part of our trade"
An interesting occurrence happened when a journalist was interviewing him regarding the Hope Diamond (which in itself has a long and interesting history - click here for the Hope Diamond Story). Harry Winston was seated at a long velvet-topped table. Before him lay four trays containing the jewel collection of the late Evelyn Walsh McLean. Nearby on a stand hung the 44 and a half carat Hope Diamond and the famed Star of the East Diamond. Suddenly, Harry Winston's demeanor changed ever so slightly; although still quite relaxed. he said,
" There's a diamond missing, the little five-carat one"
Harry Winston searched through the gems as the journalist shuddered.
"Ah, here it is" Harry Winston said as he plucked the five carat diamond from under an elaborate ring setting, "Funny," he continued seemingly unaware of the journalists relief, "I can tell in a second when one's missing. Works unconsciously."
The journalist still troubled by the almost disappearance of the diamond inquired as to what would happen if the diamond would have vanished,
"Well for one thing," he said, "I might press this little button near my table . The police would surround the building in just a few minutes."
Then Harry Winston recalled the harrowing day when his elbow inadvertently knocked a $125,000 diamond into the waste paper basket near his desk. The entire staff had to search through all trash receptacles and about 1500 paper packages. It was like searching for a needle in a hay stack and the staff all very nearly had nervous breakdowns. Finally, after 3 days, the diamond was discovered in a trash can outside the building waiting for the garbage truck to come haul it away. Since that day, Harry Winston made a rule that all garbage must be kept in the building, just in case.
Harry Winston inspires generations of luxury lovers.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Fortis Watches are bold time tellers surrounded by an air of adventure - an adventure into space. Fortis is looking to the future when one day man will voyage to the Red Planet and discover a world beyond the scope of our wildest imagination. Fortis Watches are preparing for the day when man will step onto Mars. An unprecedented expedition is currently underway in a Research facility near Moscow. The objective is to simulate the voyage to the Red Planet. The expedition is called Mars 500, which entails 520 days of complete isolation in an artificial habitat constructed according the the real dimensions of the actual space ship. In addition, the facility contains storage rooms, a green house, lab and a stimulation of the surface of Mars.
This experiment is a joined effort with the European Space Agency ESA and the Russian Space Agency ROSCOSMOS.
Fortis is the official supplier of timepieces for MARS 500. The crew members are given a MARS 500 timepiece as their official timekeeper of this mission. Since the 1990's, Fortis automatic timepieces have proved their reliability in weightlessness by accompanying many astronauts on space missions. As the hatchway of Project MARS 500 closes, and the crew is locked from the outside world in complete isolation, a Fortis automatic timepiece tracks the time with extreme reliability and precision. To commemorate this monumental project, Fortis has issued a limited edition of 2012 FORTIS B-42 BLACK MARS 500 watches.
Purchase your FORTIS B-42 BLACK MARS 500 and be part of history in the making.
Friday, December 3, 2010
The Watchery has a large selection of great watch buys for the holidays with rock bottom prices.
A personal favorite of mine is Corum's Admiral Cup Collection. Back in 2008, I blogged about the remarkable popularity of this particular collection - see post; and since then Corum's Admiral Cup popularity has soared even higher. I am sure you may wonder from whence came the name?
The Admiral's Cup is an international yachting regatta occurring every odd year. It was organized in 1957 by the Royal Ocean Racing Club based at Cowes, on the Isle of Wright in England. In 2003 the Reggatta was held in Australia between different yacht clubs. 2003 was the last race; although, there is some talk in the works for 2011.
Corum's name is derived from the word “quorum” which means “the minimum number of persons present, required to enable a meeting, to hold discussions and take valid decisions”.
Looking at the dial of a Admiral Cup Luxury Watch, visible are 12 nautical flags just beyond the bezel and above minute indexes. Admiral Cup Luxury Watch have no hour markers, baring rather minutes scaled in 5 minute increments. Corum's signature key on the seconds hand counter-weight unlocks the future with each passing second.
Corum Admiral Cup Luxury Watches are a great pick for the Holidays. Buy a Luxury Watch at The Watchery for Unbeatable Low Prices.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The crocodile is part of the history of Cartier associated with a certain diva, Maria Felix. Maria Felix was a highly popular Mexican actress in the 1940's. It is well known that she adored crocodiles. As legend has it, she strode into a Cartier's Boutique one day and ordered a necklace in the likeness of a crocodile, and if by chance Cartier had difficulty visualizing a crocodile, she had one right ... here. And then much to everyones horrified amazement, she hauled a lively baby croc from her things. Since then she became a creative ally with the house of Cartier. In 2006, four years after her death, she was 87, Cartier created a watch line in her honor - The La Dona Collection.
- Maria Felix wearing her crocodile necklace.
The Crocodile on the black dial is curled around, almost protecting, a flying tourbillon. Sharing the dial with the croc, are two lotus flower resting at the 6 'o'clock position. Cartier's distinctive blued steel hands display the time above Cartier's in house mechanical manually wound movement Calibre 9458 MC which is placed off center to make space for the croc.
If Maria Felix were here today, she would greatly approve of this watch.