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Horology is the science of time, timekeeping, and timekeepers. Knowing how to wind and set your watch is important for anyone interested in this science.

A timepiece can be a big investment, so it is imperative that you know how to keep them in top condition. It’s always a good time for a primer on setting and winding a watch—whether the timepiece is powered by a battery, requires near-daily winding, or winds itself when worn on the wrist.

Check out this informative video from David Lee, the Vice President of Certified Pre-Owned at Tourneau, as he offers an easy-to-understand guide to the fundamentals of horology: How To Wind and Set Your Watch

We hope this helps you understand how to keep your timepiece in great working condition!

Though many fine timepieces are built to last more than a lifetime, watches are subject to everyday stresses like dings, magnetization, and contact with rain or perspiration.

A general rule of thumb? Visit your local repair shop for a quick look  every year or two—as well as a full service approximately every five years.

Here are a few reliable indicators that it’s a good idea to have an expert take a look at your prized timepiece:

1. Moisture in the case

2. The second hand skips several seconds

3. You hear a rattle inside the case, or the hands on the dial seem ‘loose.’

4. The watch is fast or slow (4-6 seconds) throughout the day

If your timepieces are experiencing any of these indicators, get it checked out immediately!

New from Rolex, the Deepsea D-Blue Dial is perfect for the water lover! It is waterproof to the extreme depth of 3,900 metres!

It has a 44 mm Oyster case that is reinforced with the patented Ringlock System, which was designed to withstand water pressure equivalent to the weight of 3-tons on the crystal. The Oyster case and monobloc case middle are made in 904L stainless steel and the solid case back is made in G5 titanium. It is very practical and wearable. 

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As a tribute to the partnership between Rolex and filmmaker-explorer James Cameron, the “DEEPSEA” marking on the D-blue dial is the same green colour as Cameron’s submersible as perceived underwater. 

The timepiece is fitted with a 904L stainless steel Oyster bracelet with flat three-piece solid links, an Oysterlock safety clasp and the patented Glidelock and Fliplock diving extension systems. 

It is a remarkable watch!

Sometimes, less is more. That  seems to be the current trend in the higher echelons of horology.

Despite the world being enthralled by technological advances, the finest watchmakers stick to relatively simple designs. They believe that their costumers are not looking to be flashy. The US President of Patek Philippe, Larry Pettinelli, says “Our customers aren’t usually trying to show the world that they’ve made it, most people don’t recognize our watches from 10 feet away unless they’re collectors.”

Here are some examples of Patek Philippe’s latest timepieces:

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These pieces are beautiful and amazingly built– everything you have come to expect from Patek. They are not over the top  and people enjoy that. Even complicated-watch fans are starting to acknowledge the absurdity of certain gizmos.

It seems that simple is the new way to go.

Jaegar-Lecoultre was by no means disappointing at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva , but after months of anticipation, potential clients were left wanting more. There were rumours of a completely new collection, but the watches were no where in sight.

However, it was all worth the wait! Jaegar-Lecoultre introduced the Hybris Artistica Collection. The collection includes 12 watches and they are all spectacular! Each model represents an unprecedented blend of design, technical construction, watchmaking art and exquisite craftsmanship to achieve the point of equilibrium that dramatically expresses the Manufacture’s mastery and style.

Here are a couple of the models from the Hybris Artistica Collection:

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Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Celeste

 

 

These are only 2 of the 12 models in the Hybris Artistica Collection. They are all amazing, so check them out today!

Have you ever wondered what goes into making one of the most expensive timepieces in the world? This video is a great inside look into how Patek Phillipe constructs their amazing watches.

At a Hong Kong auction for the sale of Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces, Patek Philippe was a big winner.

The Patek Philippe 3979 was the highest selling watch at the auction. The intense bidding war for not only this timepiece, but all of the Patek Philippe watches at auction “demonstrated global collectors’ passion for Patek Philippe wristwatches.”

The 3979 wound up selling for $468,000. It is a minute repeating watch that features an enamel dial.

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The Patek Philippe 5029 and 2438-1 were the second and third highest selling timepieces at the auction.

Once again, we see Patek Philippe showing its international pedigree as the finest of timepieces.

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The stainless steel case measures 41mm. It has a screw-down crown with a domed sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 150 meters.

The Movement is the Swiss automatic Tudor caliber 2824 with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 38 hours.

It comes on a steel bracelet, leather strap or a bund strap with folding clasp and safety catch. An additional camouflage fabric strap with buckle is supplied as well.

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The Rolex Ref. 6200 is “known as one of the holy grails for Rolex collectors.” It has an “Explorer” dial and sold for $209,735, double its pre-sale value, at a recent Geneva auction.

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Made in 1954, the self-winding stainless steel Submariner features center seconds and is water resistant with a bi-directional revolving black bezel, winding crown and stainless steel Rolex Oyster riveted bracelet.

Bell & Ross has always been passionate about military history and values. To go even further in its quest for excellence, Bell & Ross has made aviation, especially aeronautical instruments, a main source of inspiration.

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Many of its present collections pay tribute to the timekeepers that the military have used throughout history on land, sea or in the air, including First World War pocket watches, Second World War flight instruments with special functions and 1960s instrument panels.

Sharing the army’s values of performance and excellence, Bell & Ross regularly supports elite units by designing watches that perform particular functions or celebrate special occasions. Reliability, performance and resistance are essential for these special timekeeping instruments. Military watches are the finest examples of the successful combination of readability and functionality.

The armed forces have always been the most demanding users of watches.Their requirements and specific demands pushed manufacturers to go even further regarding reliability, accuracy and functionality.

Each parameter —case diameter, special functions, water- resistance, day and night readability, luminous indexes, oversized numerals, precision, autonomy, shock and temperature resistance, anti-magnetic cases, rotating bezels— becomes a key factor when a military institution chooses a watch. The professional instruments that Bell & Ross has designed for the Special Forces prove its ability to meet very specific needs.

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Bell & Ross, which has always blazed its trail in the light of military history, is proud to see members of the fighting forces and cutting-edge institutions wearing its watches today.

 

 

Celebrating the 10 Years Anniversary Tourbillon, F.P. Journe presents an exclusive series that is limited to only 10 pieces. Such a combination of numbers could not go unnoticed, combining the 10th Anniversary of the first F.P. Journe Boutique in Tokyo, jointly with the inauguration of the 10th Boutique in Beirut.

In 2003, the first F.P. Journe Boutique of Tokyo opened. It is located in Omotesando, the St Germain des Prés of Tokyo, and is settled in one of the most beautiful architectural realisation of spirituality by Tadao Ando. The boutique has become a place of reference for the admirer of contemporary chronometry, as well as all other F.P. Journe Boutiques around the world.

François-Paul Journe proposed a unique solution for the delegation of these 10 exclusive timepieces: ‘Our ten Boutiques have each proposed us candidates among our faithful collectors. Their name will be randomly selected by draw during our annual fair in January 2014.’

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the First F.P. Journe Boutique, the Anniversary Tourbillon in Platinum presents an identical movement to the original Tourbillon of 1983, but is manufactured with 18kt rose gold which is visible through the sapphire display back. The dial is in grained in silver with a blackened hour display that is even rarer than the dial of the Black Label edition reserved for the Boutique. It is maintained by a screwed steel polished circle. The hours are indicated by the classic Breguet hands.

The platinum case measures 40mm x 9.5mm and has double sapphire crystals.

The movement is the Swiss manual-wind F.P. Journe in-house caliber 1412 with 19 jewels, 21,600 v/h and a power reserve of 56 hours. It has a grained base plate of 18kt rose gold with grained bridges of 18kt rose gold.

The escapement has 15 teeth, a 90° anchor fork and a balance that comes with 4 inertia weights. Some of the features include: a flat Anachron balance spring with Breguet overcoil, fixed stud holder that is free-sprung with a spring pinned to collet, a pinned GE stud, and 2 parallel barrels. The screw heads are polished and beveled with chamfered slots, blued screws, and pegs with polished and rounded ends.

The dial is grained in silver with the hours displayed in blackened engraved silver that is fixed by a steel polished circle (patented system) with white steel Breguet hands.

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Jean-François Bautte, found of Girard-Perregaux, was one of the first watchmakers to successfully use the color blue. At the end of the 18th century, this was seen as a revolutionary development. Since then, it has been a regular feature of Girard-Perregaux watches. Now, the Girard-Perregaux flagship 1966 and Vintage 1945 collections feature dials clad exclusively in blue.

 

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Girard-Perregaux 1966
The case is 18kt rose gold measuring 38mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal with a sapphire display back and is water resistant up to 30 meters.

 

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The movement is the Swiss automatic Girard-Perregaux in-house caliber GP03300-0030 which has 27 jewels, 28,800 v/h, and a power reserve of 46 hours.

The strap is blue alligator with an 18kt rose gold pin buckle.
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Vintage 1945 XXL
The case is stainless steel measuring 36.2mm x 35.2mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal with a sapphire display back and is water resistant up to 30 meters.

 

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The movement is the Swiss automatic Girard-Perregaux in-house caliber GP03300-0051 which has 32 jewels, 28,800 v/h, and a power reserve of 46 hours.

The strap is navy blue alligator with a steel folding buckle or a stainless steel bracelet.