High-Tech Rado Time

In the world of fashion and horology, numerous watchmakers have held claims of starting a fashion or a trend. For example, the popularity of large oversized wristwatches and chronographs is greatly attributed to designer Michael Kors introduction of oversized women’s timepieces and chronographs in the late 2000’s.

Yet,  TechnoMarine was one of the very first watchmakers to introduce women’s chronographs and  oversized timepieces almost a decade earlier in 2000.

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Rado DiaStar

The J12 Ceramic watch introduced by renowned French fashion house Chanel in 2000  started the ceramic fashion watch trend, which continues to remain popular sixteen years later. Chanel however was not the first watchmaker to utilize ceramic in its watch cases and bracelet. Since 1986, Rado watches have been featuring high-tech ceramic material in their men’s and women’s watches.

Founded in 1917 in Lengnau, Switzerland as the Schlup & Co. Watch Factory, the brand originally produced watch movements for other watchmakers. In the 1950’s the company began to produce and sell their own watches under the Rado name.

In 1960 Rado introduced the DiaStar, the world’s first scratchproof watch featuring a blend of sapphire crystal and hard metal on the case and bracelet. The Rado Integral introduced in 1986, revolutionized the industry becoming the first watch to feature a high-ceramic bracelet.

The brand’s Sintra watch introduced in 1993 was the first timepiece to feature cermet, a titanium and ceramic material, while in 1998 Rado introduced the Ceramica collection, featuring cases and bracelets crafted in high-tech ceramic and featuring metallic colored finishes without the use of metal.

In addition to introducing ceramic material timepieces, Rado has also been in instrumental in the development of using tungsten carbide and titanium carbide watches in their collection.

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Rado D-Star Automatic

You’ll find many innovative Rado Watches for men and women at luxury retailer TheWatchery.com, including styles from the brand’s updated DiaStar, Sintra, R5.5 , D-Star,  True and HyperChrome collections.

The Rado D-Star Automatic watch is a real stand-out. Impressive in design, this 40mm diameter, 11mm thick unisex black ceramic watch is ideal for both men and women. The lustrous, high-tech black ceramic case and matching triple-link bracelet are durable, scratch-resistant and hypoallergenic.

The highly attractive textured black dial shines with gold- tone outlined luminous hands and hour markers. A window at the 3 o’clock hour reveals the automatic date calendar. The premium Swiss-made automatic movement inside will never require a new battery.

Additional features include a double locking butterfly clasp on the bracelet, scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial along with water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet.

Complimentary delivery and returns are included on all domestic watch purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

Corum Time Classics

Corum watches, founded in 1955 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland by watchmakers Gaston Ries and Renee Bannwart is renowned for its innovative design and impeccable craftsmanship. Although the brand is relatively young, compared to watch brands with greater longevity, Corum is one of the most highly regarded and respected Swiss watchmakers in the world today.

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Corum Treapeze Watch

The brand immediately rose to fame and popularity with the introduction of the $20 Coin Watch in the early 1960’s, which featured a genuine $20 gold coin on the dial, encased in an 18K gold with a precision Swiss-made automatic movement inside. Newer models of the Coin Watch are still being produced today,  however with silver dollar coin dials along with premium Swiss-made automatic or quartz movements.

In the early 1960’s, Corum became the official watchmaker of the Admiral’s Cup International Annual Yachting Regatta, an affiliation which still continues today. Although the original Corum Admiral’s Cup timepieces with square-shaped models have transformed through the years to rounded contoured cases with 12-sided, dodecagonal bezels, the timepiece’s stature and quality have remained the same.

The brand’s innovative, cutting-edge designs and superlative craftsmanship are also leading factors of its widespread appeal. The Bridge automatic complication introduced in 1980, featuring a linear baguette movement is still being featured today in the brand’s Gerard Sene and Bridge series.

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Corum Admiral’s Cup Chronogrpah

Both the Corum Trapeze and Bubble watch collections introduced in the early 2000’s are highly regarded for their bold and captivating designs. Featuring a dramatic trapezoid shaped case in lustrous 18K gold or polished steel and presented on attractive multi-link bracelet of colorful exotic-skin leather strap, the Corum Trapeze watch was a popular choice for men and women.

With a dramatic bubble-shaped convex sapphire crystal, colorful dial and matching exotic-skin strap, the Corum Bubble Watch was the watch to wear and be seen in during the 2000’s. Impressive in size with a case measuring 45mm in diameter and 15mm, the Corum Bubble watch was a leader in today’s bold oversized watch movement and is expected to be making a return to the watch market this year.

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Corum Gerard Sene Limited Edition

You’ll find many Corum men’s and women’s watches at luxury retailer TheWatchery.com including styles from both the Admiral’s Cup and Gerard Sene series.  The Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One Automatic men’s watch is expertly crafted inside and out with a Tonneau shaped case in lightweight, yet durable titanium and handsome black alligator leather strap.

The twelve-sized 18K rose gold bezel surrounds the textured gunmetal dial with three subdials, rose gold-tone luminous hands and hour markers. An exhibition case back lets you see the intricate automatic movement inside.

The Gerard Sene Limited Edition automatic men’s watch makes a statement with a bold 43mm wide Tonneau shaped case in durable, lightweight titanium and a genuine black alligator strap.  The dark gray skeleton dial and semi exhibition case back lets you see the patented Corum bridge automatic movement inside.

Both watches have sapphire crystals above the dials and costly deployment clasps on the straps for added convenience.

Complimentary delivery and returns are included on all domestic purchases within the continental United States at The Watchery.com.

Business Casual Time Essentials

The office place is a constantly changing environment, especially when you consider today’s office interiors and office workers’ apparel. Most workplaces today have evolved into more casual, relaxed environments…from the work-at-home settings many workers now experience to the informal and open cubicle workplaces that shape a good number of today’s offices.

LP-12550-01-BKIt is no wonder office apparel has changed as well. Business suits and blazers, dress shirts and ties, jackets and skirts are no longer the norm for good a number of today’s office workers. The dress-down “Casual Friday” looks of previous time periods have now evolved into being worn the entire week.

Khaki pants, dress jeans, polos, sport and button down shirts are now the everyday norm for many office workers. Shoes and accessories have also become more relaxed as well with casual loafers, flats, sandals and sneakers being worn in the workplace.

Wristwatches have also taken a more relaxed look in the workplace too with sporty fashion styles taking the place of dressier styles.  This week luxury retailer TheWatchery.com focuses on The New Business Casual with their Dress For Success event.

DANIELWELLINGTON-0107DWOver 80 men’s watches are featured in the week-long promotion, including popular styles from Daniel Wellington, Swiss Legend, Bulova, Lucien Piccard, Invicta, Citizen, Luminox, Michael Kors, TechnoMarine and TW Steel.

The Lucien Piccard 90th Anniversary timepiece, Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield watch, Invicta I-Force and Swiss Legend Pioneer chronographs are all excellent business casual watch choices. The Lucien Piccard 90th Anniversary automatic timepiece for men features the precision excellence the brand is renowned for along with a streamlined contemporary lines ideal for every workplace.

INVICTA-20129SYBThe 44mm diameter case in stainless steel is presented on a sleek black silicone strap. The attractive black dial has a small-second sub-dial, luminous hands and hour markers.

With a rose gold-tone stainless steel case that measures 41mm diameter and 7mm thick, The Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield men’s watch fits perfectly in any workplace environment with a handsome black leather strap and attractive white dial with rose gold-tone baton hands and hour markers.

The Invicta I-Force men’s chronograph is sure to make an impression in the office with a 46mm diameter case in stainless steel and pebble textured black leather strap. The fluted crown and push-piece on the left facing side of the case add distinction. The textured black dial features three subdials, a date calendar, luminous sword hands and hour markers.

SL-30332-BB-01-WAThe Swiss Legend Pioneer chronograph is designed for today’s well-dressed man in workplace. The 47mm diameter case in black-ion plated steel is presented on a supple black leather strap with distinctive stitched detail. The black dial features three white sub-dials, luminous sword hands and Arabic numeral hour markers.

The Daniel Wellington, Invicta and Swiss Legend men’s watches each feature quality quartz movement inside for time-keeping accuracy.

Complimentary delivery and returns are included on all domestic purchases within the continental United States at The Watchery.com.

Oris Swiss-Made Excellence

In today’s digital age, the old-world precision and craftsmanship of an Oris Swiss-made timepiece stands above the rest. Founded in 1904 by watchmakers Paul Cattin and Georges Christian in Hölstein, Switzerland, Oris Watches are renowned for their meticulous mechanical and automatic watch movements, which are still produced in-house at their Hölstein production facilities.

In fact every aspect of an Oris timepiece from the intricate movements inside… to the case, crystal and band on the outside is assembled at their Hölstein facilities, which has grown to make Oris one of the largest watch producers in Switzerland.

In 1966, Oris introduced it’s highly regarded Caliber 645 automatic movement, featuring a 25-jewel lever escapement that is still being used in many timepieces today. The brand’s Caliber 581 complication automatic movement was one of the first watch movements to offer moon phase display, date, day of the week and an independent second time zone as well. Introduced in 1991, the Caliber 581 is also being used today as well.ORIS-0167775777054-701000-SD

Although Oris is privately owned and operated today, it was briefly owned by ASUAG holdings during the 1970’s until 1982, a time when inexpensive quartz watches were introduced to disappointing results.

The 1982 buyout was led by Ulrich Herzog, who transitioned Oris into the global watch leader it is today.  The brand’s Jazz series timepieces introduced in 2000, featuring tributes to music legends Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra, Thelonious Monk and Bob Dylan furthered the brand’s global recognition and prominence.

In addition to cultural timepieces, Oris also focuses on racing chronographs, aviation timepieces and diver’s watches. Oris has been the sole watch supplier to the BMW Formula One racing team since 2003. The brand’s Big Crown pilot watches are highly regarded and revered by pilots, while the Oris Prodiver model delivers water-resistance to 1,000 meters.

You’ll find many premium Oris timepieces for men and women at luxury retailer TheWatchery.com, including the Limited Edition Williams F1 Team GMT Chronograph. This muscular and virile men’s racing watch features a lightweight, comfortable titanium case presented on a rugged rubber strap with engraved tire-tread detail and costly deployment clasp.

The skeleton exhibition caseback lets you see the intricate Swiss automatic movement inside. The left-facing crown and push-pieces add distinction. A tachymeter bezel surrounds the carbon fiber dial with three sub-dials, a GMT hand, luminous hands and hour markers.

Features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, an automatic date calendar, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour subdials. Chronograph is 45mm in diameter, 14mm thick and is water-resistant to 50 meters.

Complimentary delivery and returns are included on all domestic purchases within the continental United States at The Watchery.com.

Presidential Time…

cosTiming is everything for today’s top executives, especially when you’re one of the leaders of the free world. Today is Presidents Day across the United States. Although much attention has been paid to the moderately priced Timex and Jorg Gray wristwatches worn by recent Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton respectively, many of their predecessors knew a thing or two regarding time-keeping excellence.

A Tiffany & Co. timepiece was seen on the wrist of 32nd President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his three terms in office as President from 1933 to 1945. Roosevelt also wore a Frankfeld Repeater Skeleton pocket watch as well.

VULCAIN-210550.280LBK (1)Harry S. Truman, who followed Roosevelt in office, wore a Universal Genève Tri-Complex chronograph watch during his years in office as well as a Vulcain Cricket Alarm watch. Truman was the first US president to start the tradition of receiving a Vulcain Swiss timepiece to commemorate his first years in office. Each President who followed Truman into office has also received a Vulcain Cricket watch from the Swiss watchmaker in honor of their presidency. Presidents Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush have been seen wearing their Vulcain Cricket watches while in office, while many of the others have chosen not to wear them.

Prestigious watchmaker Rolex has certainly been the watch of choice for Presidents Dwight David Eisenhower,  Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan. A solid gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch was gifted to Eisenhower Rolex in 1951 to thank Eisenhower for saving Europe from the Nazi occupation, during  his stand as a US General in World War II.ROLEX-16253-PO

Kennedy was more of an admirer of Omega watches and wore a rectangular 18K gold strap model to his 1961 Inauguration. He also had Bulova and Cartier timepieces in his collection. Kennedy also received an 18K gold Rolex Date-Just in 1962 from Marilyn Monroe, with the words “Jack With Love Always From Marilyn, May 29th 1962” engraved on the back, but apparently never wore the watch.

Lyndon Johnson, the nation’s 36th President was a true watch aficionado and had premium Patek Philippe, Hamilton, Vulcain Cricket, Jaeger-LeCoulte and Rolex timepieces in his esteemed collection. The Rolex Date-Just watch Johnson wore during his years in office from 1963 -1969, was named the Rolex President’s Watch by Rolex, while the triple-link bracelet on the watch was name the Presidential bracelet as well.

ROLEX-19018-PORichard M. Nixon, who followed Johnson into office wore a Vulcain Cricket watch he gifted by the brand while Vice President under Eisenhower. Gerald R. Ford, the nation’s 38th President helped make the Pulsar Digital watch popular when he wore it in 1974. In fact, Jewelry stores were featuring pictures of Ford wearing the watch in their holiday windows during the 1974 Christmas season.

Ronald Reagan was also an admirer of Rolex watches and was seen sporting a Rolex Date-Just on a Jubilee bracelet her the two terms of his presidency from 1981-1989.

There are many prestigious Rolex timepieces to discover at luxury online retailer TheWatchery.com, including the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date  Watch in 18K yellow gold. This outstanding men’s Swiss-made automatic watch features highly prized chronometer certification by the COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Test Institute).

The handsome Tonneau shaped case in brushed and polished 18K yellow gold is presented on the triple-link President bracelet in 18K gold. The signature fluted bezel encircles the yellow gold colored dial with baton hands and hour markers. Features include an automatic date calendar and sapphire crystal above the dial.

Complimentary delivery and returns are included on all domestic purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

 

Procrastinators Rejoice! There’s Still Time To Shop For Valentine’s Day…

Whether it’s waiting the final day to file income taxes, making a bill payment or shopping for gifts, we are a nation of procrastinators. No matter if it is deciding upon a gift for a birthday, anniversary or special holiday we all like to wait until the very last few days.

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and there is less than a week left to find the special someone in your like a Valentine’s Day present. Luxury online retailer TheWatchery.com makes it easy this week with their Last Chance Valentine’s Day Sale.

Hundreds of popular men’s and women’s watches are featured in the promotion, including styles from Michael Kors, Maurice Lacroix, Movado, Rolex, Gucci, Bulova, Corum, Invicta, Cartier, Chanel, Swiss Legend, Breitling, Daniel Wellington and Raymond Weil… all at exceptional prices.

SL-20032DSM-02-WHTDiamonds are considered to be “a girl’s best friend” and you can certainly not go wrong this Valentine’s Day than giving the special lady in your life a dazzling diamond wristwatch she’ll love always. Captivating styles for every taste are featured including the Swiss Legend South Beach Diamond Watch priced well under $100.

This glamorous timepiece is ultra-chic and sporty with a lustrous 35mm diameter stainless steel case, presented on an attractive white silicone strap. Shimmering round-cut diamonds accent the lustrous steel bezel that surrounds the iridescent Mother-of-Pearl dial with silver tone hands and Roman numeral hour markers. Quality Swiss-made quartz movement inside assures you of time keeping accuracy.CIT-EW2130-51D

The  Citizen Silhouette Eco-Drive diamond watch priced under $300 is an absolute stand-out. This exquisite women’s dress watch has a shimmering bezel with twenty inlaid diamonds and a Mother-of-Pearl dial with eleven diamond hour markers. The 26mm diameter stainless steel case and matching bracelet are polished to a lustrous mirror-bright glow. The solar powered Eco-Drive quartz movement inside is powered by sunlight or any other light source and will never require a new battery.

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Beset with radiance and glamour the Gucci 5505 women’s watch in stainless steel and diamonds is sure to win her heart. Priced under $800, this sleek Swiss-made timepiece features twenty-four pave-set diamonds on the lustrous 27mm, diameter stainless steel case and an additional eleven inlaid diamond hour markers on the captivating Mother-of-Pearl dial with polished silver tone hands. The attractive multi-link bracelet in brushed and polished steel has a push-button butterfly clasp for convenience.

ETERNA-2410-48-66-1199She is certain to be enthralled with the Eterna Contessa Diamond watch in lustrous stainless steel and priced under well $1,110. Thirty-six premium-grade, round-cut diamonds are pave-set to glowing perfection on the two ends on the rectangular shaped case in highly polished stainless steel. The exquisite black alligator strap adds to the impressive design. The iridescent Mother-of-Pearl dials shines with silver colored sword hands and baton hour markers. Premium Swiss-made watch is 23mm wide and features a sapphire crystal above the dial and quality quartz movement inside.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com. It’s best recommended to place your Valentine’s Day order by 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday February 10th to ensure prompt delivery by Saturday February 13th.

Rolex Watches: Destined For Greatness

For generations Rolex Watches have been amongst the most highly sought-after timepieces in the world. These premium Swiss-made wristwatches are known to hold their value far better than watches from brands of similar caliber and excellence.

Rolex  dates back to 1905 in London, England where Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis started importing premium movements from Switzerland and housed them in high-quality cases that they sold to jewelers, who imprinted their own names and brands on the dials. Three years later Wilsdorf and Davis opened a production facility in Le Chaux-de Fonds, Switzerland and registered the Rolex trademark name.

Legend has it the Rolex name is derived from the French phrase for exquisite clockwork: horlogerie exquise. The brand immediately gained prominence and was the very first watchmaker to earn chronometer certification in 1910 by the highly esteemed COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Test Institute).ROLEX-16253-PO

Rolex has achieved many other horological milestones in its 111-year history, including producing the very first water-resistant wristwatch the Oyster in 1926, followed by the very first watch water-resistant to 100 meters, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner in 1953.

In addition, the Rolex Datejust introduced in 1945 was the first watch with an automatic changing date calendar on the dial and the Rolex GMT Master is the first timepiece to display two time zones at once on the dial.

After the death of his wife in 1944, Wilsdorf set up the Hans Wilsforf Foundation, a family trust to insure that a portion of the company’s income would go to charity. All of Wilsdorf’s company shares were left to the trust upon his death in 1960.

Rolex remains the pre-eminent watchmaker in the world today and the brand still holds the distinction of being owned by a private family trust,

You are certain to find an impressive collection of Pre-owned Rolex watches for men and women at luxury retailer TheWatchery.com, including styles from the popular Datejust, Oyster, King Air, Yacht Master, Explorer and Submariner collections.

Your wrist is destined for greatness wearing a Rolex Datejust Automatic watch in 18K yellow gold and stainless. This impeccably crafted, pre-owned chronometer has an oyster case in premium grade stainless steel presented on the signature jubilee bracelet in brushed stainless steel with polished 18K yellow gold center links.

The rotating bezel in 18K yellow gold with raised markers encircles the champagne colored dial with an automatic date window, baton hands and hour makers. Features include a locking screw-down crown and case back. Watch is 36mm in diameter and 10mm thick.

Each pre-owned Rolex timepiece at TheWatchery.com is expertly refurbished and restored with the original manufacturer parts and each also passes a comprehensive 30-point inspection.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

Love Is In The Air…

Valentine’s Day by far is the most romantic of holidays. Numerous couple celebrate their engagements, weddings and anniversaries on this day. For centuries, romantic lovers have expressed have expressed their adoration for each other bestowing gifts of flower, candy and fine jewelry.

While flowers and candy are always popular choices, a premium high-end timepiece is a Valentines’ Day gift they will treasure now and for always. This week luxury retailer TheWatchery.com is presenting an Estate Timepieces For Your Love Event featuring luxurious pre-owned timepieces for men and women at exceptional sale prices.

Prestigious high-end estate and store display timepieces from Cartier, Rolex, Baume & Mercier, Corum, Zenith, Gucci, MontBlanc, Tudor, Oris, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Blacnpain, Chanel, Eterna, Omega, Luminox, Bell & Ross, TAG Heuer, Raymond Weil and Zenith are featured in the week-long promotion.CHANEL-H2565-SD

Each pristine  pre-owned timepiece at TheWatchery.com is expertly restored with the original manufacturer parts and passes a comprehensive 30-point inspection.

You do not have to look any further than luxurious Chanel and Zenith wristwatches for the special woman or man in your life, respectively.

Beset with glamour and brilliance the Chanel J-12 Chromatic Diamond watch for women glistens in gray titanium colored ceramic and diamonds. The contoured round case and matching triple-link bracelet are crafted to perfection in premium high-tech ceramic for high-gloss drama.

Shimmering round-cut diamonds create a dramatic circle of intrigue on the perfectly round stainless steel bezel with v-notched edge detail. A gray cabochon-cut stone tops the stainless steel bezel with fluted detail.

ZENITH-03-0550-400-01-SDThe attractive gray dial shines with titanium colored baton hands, polished Arabic numeral quarter hour markers and eight inlaid diamond hour markers. Features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, water-resistance to 50 meters and premium Swiss made quartz movement. Women’s watch is 33mm in diameter and 10mm thick.

The Zenith El Primero Automatic Men’s Chronograph offers triumphant precision and design. The elongated rectangular-shaped case in polished, premium grade stainless steel is presented on a matching link bracelet in satin finished steel with polished steel trim.

The patterned silver-colored dial has three sub-dials, skeleton hands, a tachymeter outer dial, an automatic date window and raised, polished silver tone Arabic numeral hour markers.  An exhibition skeleton caseback lets you see the intricate automatic Swiss-made movement inside.

Features include small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers along with sapphire crystal above the dial. Men’s automatic watch is 36mm wide, 13mm thick and is water-resistant to 50 meters.

Complimentary delivery and returns are included on all domestic purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.