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Watches: Fashion Item and Investment

in News | Tuesday, November 10. 2015

A Investment in Style

Many would think that spending so much money on a watch is wasteful but a true watch aficionado knows that it is an investment. Made from precious metals and gems, watches have a value that grows and declines based on a few factors. Despite any factors that cause a fluctuation of price, your watch will always be worth a fair amount. That is why watches are a great piece to invest in. Here is a guide to purchasing the right watch.

Aspects to Look for in a Watch

What makes certain watches collectible over others? That is based on the brand of watch, if it is rare or limited edition, and the style that is currently in fashion. The brand of watch can be a major factor in placing a value on a watch. Brands like Rolex and Patek Phillipe are two of the most well-known watches that will also increase in value. Rolex comes with the name recognition due to it being a favored celebrity brand along with having a great design. Patek Phillipe also has name recognition to an extent but it is more exclusive than Rolex because of its prices. Rare and limited edition watches increase in value, again, because of exclusivity. Limited edition and rare watches means that there are a small amount available to the public which makes them more appealing to collectors. It is simple supply and demand. Do not confuse collectible with limited editions and rare watches. Sometimes a watch toted as collectible is not wanted by the public due to design which only a few people may want. Trends influence every market out there, especially the fashion market. One year may call for watch with thicker bands and the next, thinner bands are all the rage. Be conscious of this when selling as it might be a better strategy to hold onto your watch for another year as the trend might turn back in your favor.

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If you are looking to invest in style but have additional questions or do not know where to start, Finest Watches can help. We are fine watch experts who carry an assortment of high-quality time pieces. For more information, contact us at (888)313-8463.

Why Wrist Watches Won’t Go Away

in News | Friday, July 10. 2015

Always in Style

Our technological prowess has skyrocketed ever since the beginning of the 21st century. The gradual shift from analogue to digital has touched many facets of our society, which in turn allowed improvements and new capabilities. Phone companies capitalized on these capabilities and as cellular technology increased, phones with a display screen were able to tell time, thus lowering one’s requirement for a watch. As years passed, technology advanced until companies developed their own phones, tablets, and mp3 players to tell time. So, although one might think that the classic analogue wristwatch is a thing of the past, it is actually here to stay.

Impressions and Prestige

Everyone loves to make a great impression and one great way to impress someone is to show them that sleek wristwatch on your wrist. All of the luxury brands are known for their superior craftsmanship, good design and cultured past, which presents a status symbol for the regular Joe. Therefore, when we see someone with the brand, we tend to see them as affluent and seek to be affluent as well. Additionally, a lot of people tend to buy a certain brand of a product because of celebrities and actors in movies that use the product. This applies to watches, as well among other products.

Uniqueness

In 2015, we have gained a mentality that our technology has become replaceable and so its value has subconsciously decreased. With classical wristwatches, we get a unique experience because they are strictly analogue, which increases our sentimental value of them in an ever-increasing digital world. Moreover, we know these watches are not made in a factory in China but are painstakingly hand-crafted by master watchmakers to make the intricate designs. This is why collector’s watches cost thousands of dollars, and in them, considered pieces of art.

History

Analogue watches have high durability and so they can span generations while functioning similar to when they were first crafted. This adds history to a watch, as it is passed down from one generation of family to another. But it doesn’t need to family related; being given one from someone famous or heroic instantly adds value to the watch. In fact, passing on a watch has become so popular because we pass the history of the wearer down on the next bearer who understands and appreciates that history.
Wristwatches will probably only go out of style when civilization ends. We place a lot of sentimental value in them as each trail we encounter engrains that memory in the watch for us. It has become a habit for us to carry a watch before we carry a phone and that will never go away. You can purchase a luxurious wristwatch by visiting Finest Watches.

Those Big Watches

Watches today are bigger than they were decades ago, and this doesn’t necessarily mean the watch case diameter, but the extent of its thickness or thinness. Usually, these larger watches would be seen on males rather females. However, women have been sporting big faced watches more and more. Instead of feminine timepieces, they opt for flashier and larger men’s watches. This trend has turned out to be more than just a fad, and perhaps you want to join the party. Well, here are some tips for wearing big-faced watches.

What to Wear

There are only a few things that separate a men’s watch from those of a woman’s. These things include clean lines, subtle designs, and occasionally rhinestones. However, since the oversized men’s watch on female’s wrist has become a classic, the men’s watch tends to look more sensational. What you wear with these watches, though, is just as important as when you wear them. For example, some watches would be better with clean and simple attire; maybe a few thin, delicate bracelets to remind you that you are female.

How to Wear

Though some brands make fantastic women’s watches, there are some companies whose male watches on females add to a streamlined appeal. Some watches can also be accented with different gem stones, especially once there are bracelets worn on the same wrist. There are also men’s watches that can be passed as big-faced women’s watches. The construction will look solid and sturdy, but it would be attractive and eye-catching. 

What Not to Wear

Many men felt less masculine when women started wearing their watches. They complained about women wearing watches that were bigger than the ones they were wearing. However, women felt even more feminine while wearing them. It was like they were stating that they were woman enough to be wearing the big-faced watches. On the other hand, big doesn’t always mean fashionable. Some of the big faced watches are simply tacky. There are also things that you should never wear with them. Avoid things like rubber bracelets, too many bracelets, spiked leather cuffs, two watches on one wrist, and jewel-encrusted watches that are as big as dessert plates.

While men’s watches for women have become the latest trend, be careful to follow the dos and don’ts that accompany them. When shopping for watches, visit Finest Watches to find one you deem fit.

How to Wear a Man’s Watch

in News | Friday, May 22. 2015

The Right Way

If you’ve recently purchased a luxury watch, then no doubt you’ve been researching for hours about things like brands, types, prices, etc. So what’s the next step? Well, showing it off, of course. However, if you don’t wear it properly, then all that research goes to waste. So if you want your watch to be the center of attention, here are some tips to help you wear it the right way.

The Fit

Your watch should be the perfect size for your wrist. Try not to buy one that is too big or too small. If you find that it is not the right size, you can always take it to a local watchmaker to add or remove links from it. Your watch should be able to slide down your wrist one inch, but no more. If it slides more than that, it is too loose. However, if it does not slide around your arm as your arm moves and leaves an imprint on it, then it is too tight.

The Wrist

Which wrist should your watch be worn on? Typically, luxury watches are worn on the hand opposite of your dominate hand. The watch should be place right at the tip of the ulna, which is the bone on your wrist that sticks out. However, some people like to twist the dial of their watch slightly towards them.

The Cuff

When wearing a shirt with cuffs, you may wonder if you should wear it inside or outside the cuff. Well, do not wear it outside or on top of your cuff. When standing with your arms at your side, your watch should be mostly covered by your cuff. If you wear it outside it may appear as though you are trying too hard to show it off. When your arms are folded, or bent perpendicular to the floor, that is when your watch should peak out of your cuff. This is common if you are working at your desk.

The When

When you wear your watch is dependent on the kind you own. A Patek Philippe Calatrava is a dress watch and should be worn at formal events with a suit. Dress watches usually have leather straps and a gold case. The dial is simple and not more than 41mm in diameter. The OMEGA Seamaster is a sports watch and should be worn during deep dives or physical activities. Sports watches have stainless steel or rubber bracelets. A sport watch can also be worn as an everyday watch. Usual everyday watches are stainless steel and can be matched with all casual clothing.

After spending all that money on a luxury watch, be sure to show it off right. To find the watch that’s right for you, check out the stock at Finest Watches.

Women’s Timepieces

Men aren’t the only ones who can wear nice, name brand watches. There are many brands that specialize in women’s watches. While any watch is practical, you should also think about the quality and design of it. You can find some of the most beautiful and durable watches from the following brands.

A. Lange & Sohne

In 1868, in the town of Glashütte, in the Ore Mountains, Adolph Lange established his watch-making industry. As the years went on, this brand is known for its craftsmanship. Since the watches are manufactured and designed in-house and on site, only a small number of them can be produced each year. A two-disc mechanism allows a feature that displays the date up to five times larger than regular watches. 

Cartier

Louis-Francois Cartier founded Cartier in Paris in 1847. This brand was known to make jewelry for kings and world leaders. That was, until 1911; Louis-Francois’s grandson, Louis Cartier, helped in the launching of Cartier’s timepiece collection by introducing The Santos. This started Cartier’s rich history of fashion watch-making.
Apart from The Santos, Cartier introduced other watches that are still classics today, including The Bagnoir, The Tank, and The Pasha.

Chopard

Chopard is known for still being an independent and family-owned business. It is also one of few watch companies that creates and controls its own timepieces and their movements.

Hublot

Carlo Crocco, the creator of Hublot, grew up in an Italian watch-making family. In 1967 he designed his first watch and in 1980, he set up his own company. In that same year, he created the first Hublot watch, the first watch to have a natural black rubber bracelet.

Panerai

Panerai is a Florentine company that was established by Giovanni Panerai in 1860. The initial production of the watches was designed for the Italian Navy, thus guaranteeing the timepiece’s quality was top-tier. However, due to their exclusive contracts with the Italian armed forces, the timepieces were not readily available to the public.

Paiget

Georges Edouard Paiget first opened his business in 1874. In 1957 the company developed a new movement for a watch, which was a thin manual wound. In 1960 the company developed the thinnest self-winding in the world. Moreover, this company who is still in business also sells jewelry.

These are some of the popular brands of women’s watches. If you want to purchase a women’s watch as a gift for that special woman in your life, visit Finest Watches today.

Timepieces for Men

Surely you’ve heard of different luxury brands of men’s watches, but how much do you really know about them? Here is some historical information about the most popular brands.

Rolex

Undoubtedly, this is one of the most well-known brands of all watches. Being founded in 1908 by German perfectionist Hans Wilsdorf, it was originally called Wilsdorf and Davis. Hans worked hard to improve the standards, and he achieved it. It has a consistency in its design over the years, and this is a somewhat of a trademark of a Rolex. Though only 650,000 watches are produced a year, it maintains its high standards. Rolex produced the first waterproof watch, the first watch to display time automatically, and the first watch that displayed two different time zones, among other achievements.

Patek Philipe

This company prides itself in quality and reliability with each watch having to go through 600 hours of quality control and then through testing and observation for 15 days to one month. Due to this, only 30,000 watches are produced every year.  Perhaps among one of the greatest accomplishments, Patek Philipe produced the first ever wrist watch in 1868. The company also created the first watch with a perpetual calendar in 1925.

Audemars Piguet

Jules Audemars and Edward-August Piguet were looking for jobs in the local watch-making industry when they met. Hence, Audemars and Piguet’s start in 1875, and registered trademark in 1889. They were successful from the very beginning and today they are one of the oldest manufactures that are still owned by the founding families.  Among their firsts is the first high-end sports watch in steel, and the first wrist watch with tourbillion and mechanical winding.

Jaeger-LeCoultre

This company hails from the Swiss Jura Mountains, starting in 1833. They have been consistent among the world’s leading manufacturers of timepieces. In 1847, they invented the first crown winding system. The world’s thinnest pocket watch movement was made by them in 1903. In 1953, they invented the world’s first automatic alarm wristwatch.

Breitling

This company was established also in the Swiss Jura Mountains, in 1884. In 1892, they relocated to La Chaux-de-fonds, which is the heart of Swiss watch-making. In 1915 Gaston Breitling created the first wristwatch chronograph, the first independent chronograph push piece in 1932. The year of 1936 was when they became the first official supplier to the Royal Air Force.

Vacheron Constantin

This is the oldest watch manufacture, dating back to 1755. In 1770 they produced their first complication watches. They have strived throughout the years, never letting up on their high standards of quality. They have played an important role in offering innovation and technology to the industry.

Knowing more about your favorite brand of watch can help you to appreciate it more. You can purchase a watch from any of these brands or many others at Finest Watches.

Why Do We Wear Watches?

in News | Wednesday, October 1. 2014

Watches is something worn by one for various reasons. Most people wear them because it is used to tell the time or it symbolizes something special, for example a watch may hold some great meaning. A watch could have been given to them by a loved relative that passed away, or has been passed through generations.

A Source of Expression

A watch also is used simply for fashionable reasons. A pair of earrings or a nice watch can really complete any outfit. It’s also a great source of self-expression. Clothing on a whole can be used by anyone to express themselves. Wearing watches is a way used by many to really let their personalities show.

Choose Finest Watches

So for whatever reason you chose to wear your watch, wear it proudly. At Finest Watches there is something for every occasion guaranteed. We see our clients by appointment only, come on in and get yours today or visit us online and order!

Jaeger-LeCoultre Conquers New Himalayan Peak

in News | Friday, November 20. 2009

Jaeger-LeCoultre has helped to conquer a new himalayan peak. Swiss climber Stephane Schaffter, 19-time Everest veteran Apa Sherpa, and Little Karim an expert climber successfully climbed the challenging 6,589-meter peak. As a tribute to Jaeger-LeCoultre's involvement with the adventure, the mountain has been named "Antoine LeCoultre's Peak". Jaeger-LeCoultre watches were worn by all three of the climbers and gave a flawless performance. The timepieces selected to represent the house came from three different eras. The first a Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Chronometer from 1958, a classic three-handed wristwatch with an anti-magnetic stainless steel case and luminous hour and minute hands. The second was the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB timepiece, introduced in 2007. The third watch used during the ascent of Antoine LeCoultre's Peak has not yet been announced. In a Jaeger-LeCoultre press statement they reveal that it is new model in the final stages of development and will be revealed in January, at the 2010 SIHH industry exhibition in Geneva.

Baselworld 2010 will be held from March 18 to March 25 at the Basel Exhibition Center in Switzerland. More than 2000 companies from the watch, jewelery and precious-stone industries will exhibit their latest innovations to the lucky attendees of Basel which over the years has grown to be over 100,000 visitors a year. The current planning status shows that BASELWORLD is established at the topmost level. Precisely in economically critical times, the World Watch and Jewellery Show is able to operate from a position of strength. An increasing number of exhibitors are concentrating their show participation exclusively on Basel. The event is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. At this years Baselworld a one day pass to the event cost $55.00 US Dollars or 60.00 CHF, the 2010 price has not been announced yet.

Every two years a weekly German business magazine called Wirtschaftswoche puts together an annual ranking of Germany's top luxury brands. This year, A. Lange & Sohne has once again risen above the rest to capture the top spot on this prestigious list as the best luxury brand in Germany, scoring 242 points out of a possible 300. This is the second time in a row for A.lange and Sohne. It should be noted that to be the requirement to be considered for the list the company could be for any luxury item, not just for timepieces. Beating out other popular and highly recognizable brands including some impressive automobile makers - Maybach, Mercedes Benz, and Porsche. fashion designers, and other companies. Such factors as their high score for brand appeal pushed the A. Lange & Sohne brand to the top of the list after data was collected by interviewing more than 150 experts from the respective industries. Beginning in 2005, the luxury league table is drawn up every two years by the Munich based brand rating agency at the instigation of the Wirtschaftswoche magazine among the leading German luxury brands.

Follow Finest Watches on Twitter!

in News | Tuesday, June 9. 2009

Finest Watches is now on Twitter, you can follow us at www.twitter.com/finestwatches - Get updates on our latest inventory, new releases, and other news from the world of luxury timepieces.

The Watch Market is Alive and Kicking

in News | Wednesday, March 18. 2009

If proof was needed that the watch market is still alive and kicking, this months Antiquorum auction should leave no doubt. One particularly amazing sale was that of the Mahatma Gandhi timepiece - That with his sandals, bowl and glasses sold for an unprecedented 2.1 million dollars. The auction had an impressive turn out, with over 500 online bidders as well as room and telephone bidders - The result was 75% of all lots sold at an average of 142% of their low estimate. I find this to be further proof of the inevitable turn around of the economy, and it is a shining example of the smart investments a timepiece collector can make.

One only needs to look at the Antiquorum catalog to see which brands have withstood the test of time. Both vintage and current models from such brands as Patek Philippe, Rolex and Jaeger-LeCoultre have impressive value estimates that are sure to increase as the market rises. And while its not all good news for the watch world as some market values continue to slowly decline, it is a strong argument that collectors and investors need not fret - It is a matter of patience and timing, and frankly the time is now. As I mentioned in my previous article, this is a great time to invest in luxury timepieces. Please give us a call if you would like to find out more about starting or adding to your luxury watch collection.

Sincerely,

The Finest Watches Team
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One phrase comes to mind – Our loss is your gain. As watch dealers from around the globe feel the effects of the worsening economy, the deals for the savvy buyer have become better and better. Unique pieces from such coveted brands as Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet are becoming easier to purchase as market values have fallen over the last 6 months considerably, and dealers rush to unload their inventory. Watch dealers that relied on the fat of the market are failing and all around people are glum. But not you! You know that this is the time to invest!

A lot of us have taken big hits with the current state of the economy, but all is not lost. The market will inevitably turn around, and smart investments now will make all the difference in how quickly you bounce back. That being said – not only is timepiece collecting a fun and fulfilling pastime, if done correctly, it can be quite the profitable past-time as well. One of the greatest investments I’ve found in the world of collectible timepieces is the brand Patek Philippe.

Patek Philippe celebrates its 170th anniversary this year, a lifetime that has seen several cycles of booming and waning economies. This is a brand that has held the interest of elite collectors with their limited production masterpieces such as the 5970 and the 5070. Likely, there is no better time to purchase Patek Philippe watches or other successful brands such as these. Dealers are ready to make a deal - and the values ready to rebound. While it might not be a get rich quick investment, it is undoubtedly a smart long term investment. Please give us a call if you would like to find out more about starting or adding to your luxury watch collection.

Sincerely,

The Finest Watches Team
818.788.5405
888.313.8463 (toll free)

Baselworld 2009 will be held from March 26 to April 2 at the Basel Exhibition Center in Switzerland. More than 2000 companies from the watch, jewelery and precious-stone industries will exhibit their latest innovations to the lucky attendees of Basel which has grown to be over 100,000 visitors a year. Some of the trends expected in the watch industry in 2009 are materials and techniques that are being mixed, merged, combined and varied. The big watches will be seen in an especially wide variety of materials and often minimalist-design dials. The watches will have predominantly round cases, often featuring square components, are both flat and elegant. The event is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm with the exception of the last day from 9 am to 4 pm. A one day pass to the event will set you back about $55.00 US Dollars or 60.00 CHF.

PAM00327Its that time of year again! The time of year we start hearing about what's set to be released at next years SIHH. Looks like Panerai will be introducing the Luminor Chrono Daylight 44mm in Titanium. The new PAM00327 will still be very recognizable as a Luminor but will introduce several new technical features. In addition to the hour and minute indication, the watch will now include a chronograph with date. The traditional steel case has been replaced with titanium, increasing the case hardness and durability while being extremely light. The new Luminor will have a grade 5 alloy which is hypo-allergenic and resistant to temperature and corrosion. Particularly notable is the gorgeous blue dial, in place of the traditional black dial on the Luminor Chrono Daylight.

The titanium case is 44 mm in diameter and has two push-pieces which control the chronograph and a brushed titanium bezel with edges in polished titanium, which has the engraved numbers of the tachymeter scale. The markers and numerals on the blue dial are luminous as well as the hour, minute, and small hands. The bracelet is brushed titanium with a polished finish at the points of contact between the links. The watch features an automatic movement, the Panerai OP XII calibre of 13¼ lignes, and has 27 jewels with decorated oscillating weight and bridges. It is water resistant to 100 meters.font>

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