October 9, 2014

How Luxury Watches Became A Style Statement

How The Luxury Watch Became A True Style Statement

The wristwatch is a true statement of style and innovation, but it wasn’t always that way. Fending off its classic timepiece opponents, stylistic challenges and technological advances; the luxury wristwatch has come a long way to be the treasured adornment we now know today.

Accuracy Over Aesthetics

Early production of wristwatches dates back to the 16th Century, but they were not automatically accepted by watch lovers. Pocket timepieces were all the rage long ago. While they now seem less practical, they were much more accurate than early models of the wristwatch. Accuracy far out-weighed the stylistic values of a sleek wristwatch and the very idea of wearing a chronograph on your wrist was originally mocked.

During the 17th Century, pocket watches reigned supreme again. The staple of many men’s wardrobes was the waistcoat, which featured a handy pocket for fashion conscious men to store their precious timepieces. The accuracy of the wristwatch was continuously questioned and each gentle ticking simply wasn’t as precise as that of a pocket watch.

Brands such as Rolex championed the idea of the wristwatch as both a practical tool and a stylistic statement. The company prevailed throughout the pitfalls of history and fought for the reputation of wristwatches worldwide.

It wasn’t really until the mid-19th Century that wristwatches began to surface as a fashionable and practical choice. It was originally women who wore them up until the very end of the 19th Century, when wristwatches were considered as a practical piece of equipment for the military.

The Rise In Popularity

By the end of the First World War, wristwatches were the preferred mode of timekeeping. They began to be associated with affluence, sporting heroes and esteemed members of society. However, due to their new popularity, companies that put price before quality began to mass produce timepieces that did not offer the same luxury of original wristwatches.

The charm and character of a watch comes from the way it has been crafted. A hand-crafted Swiss watch holds much more stylistic value than a high street bargain, as it has been lovingly created by experts from the finest materials, instead of in a factory with less durable materials.

The Great Divide

One underestimated element of the market was the amount of watch collectors who stayed loyal to their preferred brand. New brands producing watches for the masses didn’t bargain for this. As such, while you may think such a huge change in the market would have a negative impact, some would argue that it had the opposite effect.

Fine designer wristwatches began to be seen as exclusive. They were considered as luxury, and rightly so. New brands didn’t have the same heritage, reputation for excellence, and simply didn’t meet the benchmark.

The divide in the market only highlighted the luxury wristwatch as a true fashion statement.  A beholder of such adornments understood the craftsmanship behind each turning cog and showed appreciation for the work that went into the piece.

Tucked away under a crisp, suave suit, or perhaps a smart blazer; a man or woman who wears a luxury wristwatch makes a timeless style statement that tells the tale of years of innovation and conflicting fashion ideals. Each resilient watch now lets its simple design and heritage do the talking. 
As time ticks by, these accessories don’t become outdated, but simply mature, building character and extending the line of history for the classic wristwatch we know and love today.

September 25, 2014

Top 4 Questions Apple Watch Buyers Should Ask

Guest Opinion Piece by:
Mustafa Khalifa
Founder of Boxer Watches
23 Sep 2014

Top 4 questions Apple Watch buyers should ask

Is a smartwatch a watch or really a digital lifestyle enabler, crammed with a range of apps? Should it even be called a watch when telling the time – the sole, simple and elegant task of any timepiece – seems to be a forgotten, almost token function? This article raises questions on the appeal of smartwatches.

Do we have time for Apple smartwatches?
The countdown for the release of the next big thing – the smartwatch – has already begun, and a lot of people are marking time until they can get their hands on an Apple or Android watch in the new year. There’s been plenty of debate about the design, the range of apps the device will have, the affordability etc., but do we actually need smartwatches? Questioning the point of what is undoubtedly a smart device can make you sound like a Luddite, especially to early adopters, but consider the case against smartwatches.

Do we need more technology?
Smartphones already rule our lives and, although they have many benefits, they undoubtedly are also a major distraction. They’re greedy with our time too, always telling us we’ve got emails to attend to, texts to read or send – they’re always telling us something. Do we really need a slimmer version strapped to our wrist telling us more of the same stuff, every second of the day?

Do we need to be more connected?
Disconnecting for a while each day is not only smart, it’s necessary for our wellbeing. For the sake of our health, our peace of mind, and our blood pressure, we need to disconnect ourselves from the job and our responsibilities at some point in the day. At least you can switch off a smartphone, no matter how hard it is to do for some people, but it’ll be too easy to forget that smartwatch on your wrist is keeping you connected until it reminds you that you are!

Do we need to reinvent the wheel?
So far, the main developers, including Apple, seem to be placing more emphasis on the design of the new device, rather than the technology. Committed early adopters will care less about aesthetics – they just want a smartwatch – but to have wider appeal, the device has to look good. The technology already exists, but the challenge is to make the smartwatch look like a conventional watch, which sounds a bit like trying to reinvent the wheel. We already have watches that look like watches, because that’s what they are and have been for over two centuries. Perfect just as they are, our watches already tell us everything we need to know – what the time is.
Mustafa Khalifa Founder of Boxer Watches 23 Sep 2014

Signature Numeric Studio photo 360° Press Release

Signature Numeric Studio photo 360° Press Release
Signature Numeric Studio photo 360° Press Release
Press Release:
Signature Numeric combines high standards of quality, related to the fields of luxury, with the know-how required to achieve 360 ° animations.
Discover an exemple of 360° animation
A unique presentation of products
Without visible support, open or closed straps, the 360° animation allows you to discover the product from every angle. A dynamic and realistic presentation of the product that perfectly matches to its image in shop.
Enrich web and mobile contents
Boost contents, distinguish products presentation, make them attractive and create an interaction with the internet user are the guarantee of increased visiting time and conversion rate.
Compatible with all supports
The 360° animations are in HTML5 format and are composed of between 24 and 72 images. They are compatible with all current devices (PC, tablet and smartphone). On black, white or personalised backgrounds, 360° visuals of Signature Numeric perfectly match to the graphic design and format of all medias. The optimization of files permits an easy integration and a fast display.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Hemispheres

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Hemispheres Press Release
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Hemispheres Press Release
Parmigiani Fleurier would like to present a new version of its top selling Tonda Hemispheres updated with a Super-LumiNova glowing dial.

The Tonda Hemispheres is popular for its dual-time zone feature making it popular amongst international travelers. The new additional of the glowing dial makes this a clear choice for pilots, sailors, racecar drivers and those who work at night.

The piece owes its aesthetic quality and originality to the use of Super-LumiNova. Set within the midnight dial, two counters leap out, encircled by this luminescent material highlighting the contour of the second time zone at 12 o’clock and of the small second at 6 o’clock.

Viewed in complete darkness, the Tonda Hemispheres takes on a completely different appearance. The two counters stand out in the form of a figure 8 – a symbol of infinity and harmony. A very fine layer of Super-LumiNova highlights each index with elegant discretion. Finally, the main time indicating hands are lit, as is customary for Parmigiani Fleurier watches, ensuring that the time dominates the dial unobscured.

GRAHAM Chronofighter Oversize Superlight Carbon

GRAHAM Chronofighter Oversize Superlight Carbon Review
GRAHAM Chronofighter Oversize Superlight Carbon

Press Release:
Beyond Technology
It always starts with the lever, then the idea begins to gain momentum. A first technological challenge, then a second. GRAHAM achieved a remarkable technological timepiece which brings Superlight technology to its peak and to high-end watch making. The Chronofighter Superlight Carbon is the first Chronofighter carbon-fibre-made watch combining complex and unprecedented machining processes.
The superlight black carbon nanotube composite case is enhanced by a carbon trigger, bezel, dial and buckle. Light, soft and comfortable to wear, the Chronofighter Oversize Superlight Carbon will survive rough treatment and the passage of time.
Only a high-level of ambition and extensive research enabled the creation of the impactful and reliable Superlight carbon watch. Perhaps, the easiest way to understand the technical feat is to think of the various carbon properties. Convenient, malleable and lightweight, carbon is the preferred material in aeronautics, car racing, aerospace, sports and other domains that require lightweight, strength and performance. By combining carbon fibre and a strong polymer matrix, carbon fibre composites are simply reshaping the world of high performances.
All the conditions are there to create the most resistant and lightest time machine.
The Chronofighter Oversize Superlight Carbon complete watch weighs lighter than 100g
GRAHAM has developed a case, made of carbon nanotube speckled composite.
The start and stop lever on the left of the case, the renowned GRAHAM signature, is made of plain carbon fibre –multi layers- and results from a very specific machining process. This means that the lever is a unique piece of carbon which provides the watch with more stiffness and enhanced usability.
Thanks to the instinctive and precise use of the carbon fibre trigger, the chronograph facilitates the measurement of speed thanks to a tachymeter scale and a reversed minute’s counter with a white painted indicator to show the starting point. The function emphasizes the intuitive use of the chronograph and immediate reading
The shiny carbon bezel and dial perfectly finish the watch design and enable an optimum lightweight and shockproof use in all situations. Dedicated to adrenaline and advanced technology, the watch is held by a red integrated “Clous de Paris” strap and plain carbon fibre buckle made of different parts and resulting froman inventive assembly process.
No doubt you will create a fused relationship with The Chronofighter Oversize Superlight Carbon.
Main features also include: 47 mm superlight black carbon nanotube composite case (total weight of the watch is lighter than 100g), calibre G1747 automatic chronograph, date at 8 o’clock, 25 jewels, 28’800 A/H (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 48 hours power reserve, black carbon fibre trigger, dial and bezel, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces, smoked sapphire crystal case back, integrated red rubber strap with “Clous de Paris” and black carbon fibre buckle.

Parmigiani Fleurier x Bugatti Ten Year Anniversary

Parmigiani Fleurier x Bugatti Ten Year Anniversary Watch
We are excited to announce the first of three watches celebrating the 10 Year anniversary of Parmigiani Fleurier’s partnership with Bugatti.
The Bugatti Mythe is the latest in a long line of limited-edition timepieces inspired by the automobiles.
Partners since 2004; the Mythe joins a lineup that includes the 370, Super Sport, Atalante, Vitesse and Aerolithe watch models.
Once again, Parmigiani spared no expense or innovation in creating a unique watch that speaks to the Bugatti’s recognizable lines.
The Mythe is being debuted at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance this coming weekend.
Two additional anniversary limited edition watch models will be debuted later this year.

February 28, 2014

Around The Corner

BaselWorld 2014 is almost upon us. Stay tuned as the biggest names in the watch industry will releasing their latest and greatest towards the end of March. Be sure to check back here at W&R for the exciting press releases and photos!

February 8, 2014

Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Titanium Red

Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Titanium Red
Press Release:
  SpidoLite Titanium Red is produced individually with superb precision engineering in multiple layers characterised by a striking red and black dial, adding depth to a 3-dimensional skeletonised experience. It comes with a bespoke black calfskin strap with matching red stitching. Inspired by racing cars' weight reduction technology, Linde Werdelin's signature fully skeletonised case and dial structure reveals a beautiful custom-made automatic movement through the clear sapphire crystal case back. As usual it is a limtied run, this time only 75 pieces.

Entirely crafted in titanium
Microbillé and satin finish on outer case
DLC treated inner case
Constructed with 19 components
2.2mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal
See-through sapphire crystal in back case
DLC treated screw in crown
Spido icon and sub-dial engravings
44mm(w) by 46mm (l) by 15mm (h)
LW 04 custom-made upscale mechanical automatic movement by Concepto
42 hours power reserve
Balance frequency: 28800vph, 4Hz
Skeleton oscillator with ceramic bearings to increase strength
Strengthened escapement
Two-part skeletonised red and black upper dial with Côtes de Genève lower dial
Red and luminova indexes
Skeletonised date wheel
Hours, minutes, and sub-dial for seconds
Diamond-cut galvanic treated hands
Water Resistance
100 m

January 3, 2014

Vintage Tudor Snowflake Submariner Review

Vintage Tudor Snowflake Submariner
Vintage Tudor Snowflake Submariner
   A Diamond In The Rough - Vintage Tudor Snowflake Submariner
  When searching for a Rolex Submariner there are many models you might come across, which are similar in design.  There is one, however, that is much more similar than the rest:  The Tudor Submariner.
  For those who don’t know much about the Tudor Sub there are actually little differences between the design of the Tudor and Rolex models.  The most obvious difference is the snowflake hour hand.  Less obvious might be the ETA movements that were used instead of the in-house Rolex movements.
  The Tudor Snowflake Submariner is arguably one of the most stylish of vintage Tudors.  It definitely makes my list of top vintage watches.  For anyone who likes the Submariner, you might have to do a double take on this vintage.  With the exception of the in-house Rolex movement, this vintage Tudor Submariner shares a number of features with the Rolex Submariner.

The History behind the Tudor Submariner
  When you look at the history behind this classic timepiece it is no wonder why the Rolex and Tudor submariner models are so similar.  Tudor’s parent company, Rolex, contributed to the case, bracelet and overall design of the watch.  This Snowflake Submariner has the original dial and snowflake hour hand.  The case has some slight signs of wear but nothing major.   The black dial and bezel give a desired look that fits just about any style.
  For those who like the look of a Submariner but want something more unique this is a great contender.  For anyone searching for a Rolex Submariner watch you can get great values by purchasing a pre-owned Rolex Submariner by visiting a trusted online dealer. You can visit Bob's Watches to see their extensive collection. 

January 1, 2014

Bell and Ross Vintage WW1 Chronograph Monopoussoir

Bell and Ross Vintage WW1 Chronograph Monopoussoir
Bell & Ross Vintage WW1 Chronograph Monopoussoir
  Bell & Ross Vintage collection is doing quite well for them. This is a very cool and unique chronograph watch, called the Vintage WW1 Chronograph Monopoussoir. The watch is a throwback to the look of the chronographs used by aviators back in the 1920's only using one button for the chrono operation.
  Available in ivory or a deep brown dial, W&R likes the ivory dial for this version. Though, no lume to speak of on this dial, the blued hands in combination with the ivory dial is awesome. Comes standard with a matching blue alligator strap. Wish Bell & Ross would of found a way to sneak some lume into this version. The larger crown with the single function monopusher located in the center is well integrated and an eye catcher. The crown adds a final masculine touch that is well received on the WW1 Monopoussoir. There are two subdials located at the 9 and 3 o'clock positions. No date feature on the watch, which keeps the dial less busy, but is a feature many prefer. 
  The Vintage WW1 Chronograph comes in at 45mm. Considering the watch has no real external bezel, it will wear smaller than 45mm. One of our favorite aspects is the domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. The water resistance is 50m, many online sites have it listed as 100m. It is not, 50m is straight from B&R's data. This Vintage WW1 from Bell & Ross list at $7,600 USD. There are a lot of other watches to take into consideration when you are talking this kind of money. Of course, it can be found for much less with a little bit of research.

Pros - nice vintage vibe, cool chrono function
Considerations - price point, no date function, water resistance

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 45mm
Bezel: fixed 
Crystal: AR Sapphire
Dial: Ivory or Brown
Bracelet: Blue Alligator
Movement: La Joux-Perret
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Water Resistant: 50m
Lug Width: Fitted with 18mm strap