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Top Watches of This Year’s 2017 SIHH

This year’s SIHH displayed watches from manufacturers such as A. Lange & Sohne, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, IWC, Audemars Piguet, Officine Panerai, Richard Mille and Ulysse Nardin to name a few.  The public wandered among a sea of watches from some of the top watch manufacturers in the world.  For watch enthusiast and collectors, some of the watches out for 2017 have exceeded expectations.  

 

Some of the highlights from this year’s SIHH are the new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar: A powerful combination of modern aesthetics and prestigious traditional complication.  The Royal Oak Chronograph is celebrating its 20 year anniversary with a new model certain to catch your attention.  

 

Officine Panerai did not disappoint either.  The new LAB-ID, a watch which uses advanced technology previously unknown to the world of watches, showcases unique solutions that have revolutionized its design and mechanics, making use of the infinite potentials of Carbon.  The BMG-TECH™ is both harder and lighter than steel, and iis the first watch made from this innovative technology.  BMG-TECH™ is a bulk metallic glass with a disordered atomic structure, obtained through a high-tech process, so that the atoms do not have enough time to become arranged in an ordered, regular structure.  This technology also makes the watch 100% corrosion resistant.LABID

 

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4 Top Tips When Shopping for a Vintage Watch

Getting ready to buy a vintage watch?  Here’s what you need to know before making your big investment.

Whether you’re getting ready to buy a new watch for your father, your husband, or you’re treating yourself for all your hard work, you need to know what you’re looking for in a watch.  Buying a vintage watch is a huge investment and you should be educated about the process.  Vintage watches are masterpieces and a collector’s dream.  Many people struggle to make the right decision when buying a vintage watch, so today we’ll show you helpful guidelines to buying a vintage watch.

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1 – Do a Thorough Investigation

It might be tempting to make an impulse decision when buying a vintage watch, especially if you see it on sale.  Antique dealers use many different tricks to lure customers in.  However, you need to do a thorough investigation before buying your vintage watch.  You need to do your homework on the vintage watch you’re buying and become an expert on that style of watch.  For some people, risking a few hundred dollars might not seem like a big deal, but if you’re on the market for something more expensive, like a vintage Rolex, then you need to know what you’re buying.  Therefore, you must do your research ahead of time so you can make an informed decision.

You can learn about watches online, read brochures, and get familiar with the model any way you can.  There are many books written on vintage watches, so make sure you get familiar.  Try to compare prices online and pay attention to the details.  Try to train your eye to have the vision of an eagle when it comes to vintage watches.

2 – Read Forums

If you want to learn more about vintage watches you need to go where vintage watch collectors go, which is to online watch forums.  You can check out the major watch forums and get familiar with the specific watch you’re searching for.  Do not be afraid to ask questions, especially since you’re making such a big investment.  If you are looking for an exotic watch and don’t see much about it, post a thread in the forum and someone will reply to you.  If you have already spotted a watch you love, post a picture in the forum and let the experts tell you what they think about it.

3 – Get in Touch with the Manufacturer

A number of luxury brand watches have rich archives of their watch collection.  Some might even have a history of the watch you’re buying.  Of course this might cost you a little bit more.  However, if you’re making a big investment, it’s something you ought to do.

4 – Find the Perfect Watch at the Right Price

For some people, this is the most interesting part about shopping for a vintage watch.  Prices for vintage watches vary according to the style and year they were made.  The most important thing is to compare the watch to others that are similar.  When it comes to buying a luxury vintage watch, there is nothing wrong with overpaying; after all, it might be one-of-a-kind.  Having said that, make sure you shop on a reputable watch collection website, like Timepiece Perfection.  You want to find a place that carries all types of vintage watches from the high-end brands on the market.

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3 Crucial Tips to Care for Your Rolex

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We all know that a Rolex isn’t just any old watch. Any timepiece that boasts this brand’s name carries renowned prestige and craftsmanship, old and new models alike. Thus, a Rolex should not be treated like any old watch. Once you invest in a luxury timepiece, you should be continually investing time into cleaning and maintaining your Rolex.

 

Here are the best ways to care for your Rolex:

 

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1-Washing Your Rolex

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wearing your Rolex on a daily basis (after all, who wouldn’t want to?). But even though a Rolex is composed of fine and durable materials, it can still dull and get dirty over time. To keep your watch looking and functioning flawlessly, you should wash your Rolex every few months.

 

Obviously, it’s best to avoid water contact unless you’re cleaning the watch or wearing a water-resistant model (like a Rolex Oyster, for example). Here are some steps to take before you begin washing your Rolex:

 

  • Wash your hands to remove excess oil and dirt.
  • Ensure that the winding crown is completely and tightly screwed into the case to prevent water from entering the interior of the case.

 

Steps to wash your Rolex:

  • Using lukewarm water, gently rinse off any loose particles.
  • Apply ammonia free soap to your hands and gently wash the watch exterior.
  • Use a small and gentle tool like a toothbrush to clean into crevices, especially between the bracket links.
  • After you’re done scrubbing, submerge the watch in lukewarm water in short intervals to rinse away the remaining soap and dirt.
  • Gently pat the watch dry with a clean, soft cloth.

 

NOTE:

  • If you see condensation or water entering under the crystal, you should take it in for repairs immediately.

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Get your Rolex Serviced

In order to keep your Rolex in prime condition, it should be professionally serviced every 5 years. Certified Rolex dealers are trained to keep the movements precise and can advise you on how to keep your Rolex in the best working condition. If your Rolex needs to be polished, to not attempt to do it yourself. To fix the damage, it should be taken to a certified repair center.

 

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Properly Wind Your Watch

To wind your watch properly, you should place it on a flat, soft surface (not while you wear it). Begin winding by unscrewing the crown to position 2 and wind it about 35 times (give or take). Because Rolex watches are built to prevent over-winding, you can be generous with your winding motions. After the winding is complete, screw the crown back into its original position. If the movement doesn’t begin right away, you can very gently rock the watch to start it.

 

If you have self-winding or perpetual movement watch, it will wind itself as you wear it. Wearing it often will keep up the functioning of the movements and mechanism over time.


A Rolex deserves the utmost care in order to keep it working well for a lifetime. Following these tips can keep your Rolex in prime condition.

Watch Review: Why You'll Love the Panerai Tuttonero

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If you’re a fan of Panerai, this is definitely a watch you have to see. Sleek, striking, and strong, the Tuttonero Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Ceramica exemplifies Panerai’s history of creating seriously superb timepieces.

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Materials

The Tuttonero’s 44mm classic Luminor 1950 case boasts of Panerai’s Florentine heritage. It uses 29 jewels, 229 components, and a GMT hand all in the Panerai P.9001/B caliber. And its automatic movement has a three day power reserve and seconds reset function. But what is most astounding about this watch is its strength —which happens to be 5 times stronger than steel. Both the black bracelet and case are coated in zirconium oxide powder. After a series of finishing processes, it creates the incredibly hard finish and gorgeous matte look famous on the Tuttonero. The ceramic is impressively resistant to damage from corrosion, scratches, and extreme temperature.

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Design

“Tuttonero” is Italian for “all black”; a perfect description for this sleek and handsome timepiece. Everything from the case, to the bracelet, to the very movements visible from the back, are colored black for stunning, seamless blend of matte black. The dial is styled after Panerai’s famous “sandwich” construction. The small seconds hand and markers, in a subdial at the 9 o’clock, and the date in an aperture at 3 o’clock, are all treated with Super-LumiNova. Along with the numerals and hands also coated in the luminous material, the Tuttonero allows for easy nighttime visibility.


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Movement

Automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9001/B calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 29 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 229 components.

Functions

Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, second time zone, power reserve indicator on the back, seconds reset

Case: 44mm, Black ceramic

Bezel: Black ceramic

Back: See through sapphire crystal

Device: protecting the crown (Protected as a trademark) Black Ceramic

Dial: Black dial with luminous Arabic numerals. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock.

Crystal: Sapphire crystal formed of corundum

Water Resistance: 10 bar (~100 metres)


Think that the Panerai Tuttonero is the watch for you? Contact us at info@timepieceperfection.com to get one on your wrist!

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You’ll Never Guess What Watches These Celebrities Wear

In a world wear crazes begin in Hollywood, it’s impossible to miss those flashy and impressive watches worn on the wrists of the rich and famous. It comes to no surprise that celebrities wear some of the most luxurious watches money can buy. Sure, some celebrities are endorsed by big brand names to wear their best watches. But most celebrities can be seen wearing luxury brand name timepieces because of personal preference and appreciation for artisan horologix.

 

Want to know what some of the biggest celebrities have adorned on their wrists? Below we’ve listed a few famous individuals who wear some seriously stunning watches:

 

 

Robert Downey Jr.

Of course, you should expect nothing less than a Jaeger LeCoultre timepiece on Tony Stark’s wrists. While promoting the second and third Iron Man films, actor Robert Downey Jr. was seen wearing several watches of this brand. Here he’s wearing the Jaeger LeCoultre Amvox 3.

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Beyonce

Obviously, Beyonce needs a watch that’s as “flawless” as she is. A Hublot Big Bang is impressive; we all know that. But her husband Jay-Z knew that she’d want something more than amazing, which is why her gave her a $5 million diamond encrusted Big Bang.

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Daniel Craig

The more recent James Bond films have actor Daniel Craig wearing an iconic Omega watch. Here he’s showing wearing the timepiece from his latest movie, the Omega Spectre. (You can check out an in-depth review of the Omega Spectre here.)

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Brad Pitt and Angelina

Patek Phillippe is a brand that didn’t have to endorse this celebrity couple to get their name out there. Brad Pitt is seen on many occasions sporting his Patek Philippe Nautilus. He enjoys the brand so much that he got his beloved Angelina Jolie a Patek Philippe Minute Repeater for $390,000. If that ain’t love, I don’t know what is.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

This superstar has had an amazing career in the film industry, starring in dozens of blockbusters of the years. So, that makes him a prime candidate for showing off some powerful timepieces. The brand that has captured his appreciation is none other than Tag Heuer. He often wears the Carrera Chronograph, which is shown below.

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What do you think of these celebrity watches? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Watch Review: Pilot's Watch IWC Top Gun Miramar

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IWC is one of those brands that pushes forward and takes risks in watch designs. Although creating unique watches can sometimes be hit or miss, IWC hit the mark when they developed the Top Gun Miramar Chronograph. Casually stylish, durable, and intricate, this is one timepiece perfect for completing your watch collection.

 

Materials

The titanium, ceramic finished case echos the military styles inspired by the 1930-1940s era. The beige hands, chapter ring, and green textile strap were also influenced by a military and Miramar pilot design (hence the name). And what we find most impressive is the inside of this timepiece: the 51111 calibre is made entirely in-house and is the largest movement developed by IWC. The soft iron inner case keeps the chronograph’s precision movement protected.

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Design

Although this watch isn’t exactly button-up friendly, it has a casual aesthetic that is necessary for completing a watch collection. First off, the color scheme is divinely matched: iridescent black, olive, cream chocolate brown and red all work together perfectly. Interestingly, the date window is widened by a day in either direction giving the appearance of an airplane altimeter (that’s where you can really see the WWII pilot influence.). In the dark, the dial reveals a wonderfully minimalist appearance. Everything is topped off with a Top Gun engraving embellishing the case back.

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Something else to note: this thing is kind of huge.

 

With a 46mm face, it’s hard to miss. Plus, a large face means an equally large strap to take up more room on the wrist. It may take some getting used to if you’re not used to wearing larger watches, but the style and IWC craft make it worth it.

 

Specs

  • Mechanical chronograph movement
  • Self-winding
  • IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre (89000-calibre family)
  • 68-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Date display
  • Stopwatch function with minutes and seconds
  • Flyback function
  • Small hacking seconds
  • Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
  • Screw-in crown
  • Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
  • Water-resistant 6 bar
  • Case height 16.5 mm
  • Diameter 46 mm


Like what you see? Contact us at info@timepieceperfection.com for more info about the IWC Top Gun Miramar, and take a look at more watches from IWC.

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Guide to Finding Your Watch Model Number

Sure, luxury watches come with the paperwork for authenticity. But what do the variety of numbers mean, and which ones are important? The watch model number is a key part of your watch, and it’s location is found on a specific and unique location depending on the watch. To help you find your watch’s model number, we’ve laid explained how to find it based on your watch brand:

 

Jaeger Le-Coultre:

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Jaeger Le-Coultre can be a little complicated, but your best bet with them is the “Q” number or case back number. Interestingly, there are three models that can identify one Jaeger LeCoultre watch. Some watches are referred to by all three, whereas some are more commonly identified by just one of these numbers. There more popular models are usually in the form XXX.X.XX or a similar format. Jaeger Le-Coultre watches also have what is known as a “Q” model number. This “Q” model number (ex. QXXXXXXX) and a case back number XXX.X.XX are searchable and should be found on the paperwork, tag, and caseback.

 

 

Rolex:

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Having paperwork on hand is key if you need to find your Rolex watch number. Otherwise, finding it directly on your watch can be tricky. Usually, the model number is located between the watch lugs under the bracelet. So, that means that you must remove the bracelet or band. One set of links or lugs will display the watch model number, and the other will display the serial number. If you absolutely need to do this, we recommend having the bracelet removed professionally to avoid scratches.

 

 

Patek Philippe:

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Patek Philippe makes things a little tricky too. On the case back, you’ll see a number, but it only has the serial number. The watch model number is actually located on the inside of the case back. Again, we recommend having the case removed professionally if you absolutely need to find this number.

 

 

Cartier:

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If you’re looking for the model number on your Cartier watch, you’ll find the 4 digit code on the case back and on the paperwork. This particular number serves as a unique identifier that will designate the specific type of model. Others with the same number will have identical size and dimension, but they may differ in materials. When looking for the number on the paperwork, it will typically start with the letter “W” followed by the 4 digit number. Also, if you can’t find the number on the case, don’t worry: some earlier models or quartz models don’t have a model number on the case.

 

 

Breitling:

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If you’re looking for your Breitling model number, you’re in luck: they’re simple and easy to find. Every watch of theirs is marked on the case back with the model number. And on the paperwork, you’ll find the same model number with additional numbers relating to the specific design of the timepiece. There, you may also find another code with a letter followed by five digits indicating the chronometer certificate. However, that doesn’t come standard with every Breitling model.

 

 

Tag Heuer:

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Thankfully, Tag Heuer created a clear and simple system for finding and identifying the watch model. On the case back, their watch will have a serial number and a model number matching that on its paperwork. The watch model number is the one the is number on top, beginning with a letter. In some cases the watch model number can be standing alone, or right above the displayed movement on an exhibition case.

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How Much is Your Watch Worth?

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What’s the value of my watch?

To answer that question, we’ve laid out some crucial aspects used to determine the value of your luxury timepiece:

 

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1. Brand

Every true luxury watch brand has a reputation that plays an influential role in the value of a watch.  Brands that are widely recognized for their prestige tend to have greater perceived and retained values when it comes to their timepieces. Some watchmakers that come to mind are Rolex, known for their long-lasting and intricately produced watches. Others such as Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe are praised for their successful histories as leaders in the watch industry. So, a lot of your watches value will depend in its brand name and that brand’s qualities.

 

 

 

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2. Condition

Like with any other pre-owned product, the worth of your watch will depend on its current condition. Great watch owners have their watches regularly cleaned and maintained to ensure its value for the future. Still, having it cleaned only occasionally from dirt, dust, and other particles makes a big difference in the long run. It’s especially important to keep these particles from affecting the movement of the watch. Though some brands like Patek Philippe and Rolex feature highly protected and sealed crowns, other brands may have cases that are more prone to exposure. Thus, that could potentially reduce the worth of your watch over time.

 

 

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3. Material

Obviously, material plays a huge role in the value of your watch. Though it seems as though gold and silver would be worth more than steel in most instances, the price will vary from brand to brand. For example, Rolex famously uses a steel known as 904L, one that is difficult to manufacture and extremely durable and valuable for a timepiece.

 

 

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4. Rarity

Most luxury watch brands release special edition timepieces for special anniversaries, persons, or occasions. These kinds of models are usually limited to just a few hundred pieces or so, adding the th rarity and increasing the value of an individual watch. Because the supply is low and the demand is high for these rare watches, the value of your limited edition watch can be great in comparison to others of the same brand.

 

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5. Movement

In the world of luxury timepieces, the value of a watch always comes down to the movement. It’s one of the greatest factors to be considered when determining a watch’s value because it’s where the real artistry comes in. A Swiss made mechanical watch movement is always valued more over a quartz movement due to the amount of time and intricacies involved in creating a mechanical movement. That’s because it’s made out of hundreds of tiny parts (often made in-house with high-end brands), whereas quartz movements are powered by a simple battery.

 

Though we’ve listed the most important factors to finding the value of your watch, there are still others to consider such as the year, papers, and even the color when it comes to the pre-owned price.

 

Looking to replace your watch with an even better one? Check out our latest selection of luxury timepieces here.

 

4 Legit Reasons Why You Need a Hublot

Thinking about buying a Hublot, but not sure if you’re ready to commit? To help you make the right choice, we’ve laid out 4 legit reasons as to why you need to a get yourself one:

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Signature Design

Hublot Timepieces don’t represent the “Art of Fusion” among watch brands for nothing. Since they first started in the 1980s, men and women have been desiring these luxury watches for their unique style and class. The name Hublot (which means “porthole” in French) represents their signature port hole shape. The founder Carlo Crocco wanted to create watches that were durable, adaptable, and stylish at at once. Thus, the signature look of the Hublot was born.

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Intricate Manufacturing

When he first launched the company, Hublot became the first brand to combine both gold and rubber in a single watch. Their style is one that was created to fit comfortably on anyone’s wrist.  They’re also known for their combinations of polished and brushed gold and use of natural rubber straps that compliment and contrast the minimalist face. Crafted by hand with serious attention to detail, Hublot watches are durable yet comfortably weightless for the wearer. There most famous watches, such as the Unico, are known for their specialized functions and complications, a world-time GMT, and a patented bi-retrograde chronograph for timing football matches.

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Special Collections

Every year, Hublot manufactures a variety of special collection watches. They have collections all the way from your favorite futbol team to the latest special edition Ferrari inspired Classic Fusion Ultra Thin. Plus, they’re limited edition models are nothing short of spectacular. Each one of the special collection timepieces is not only prestigious; they’re designed with cutting-edge style and materials that make them some of the most coveted watches on the market.

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Customer Service

Something many watch lovers don’t think of is how a brand’s customer service is. What makes Hublot stand out from almost all other watch brands is their unbeatable and extremely helpful worldwide service. This company goes out of their way to please their customers from the time they receive the watch to any other concerns or needs they have as they wear it.


So now you know the truth: getting a Hublot is totally worth it. Check our latest collection of Hublot timepieces here!

Helpful Tips for Buying a Watch on a Budget

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A luxury watch is exactly what someone needs to stand out and look top-notch in daily life and on special occasions. And you know you need one, which means it’s to jump into the world of high-end horologics and have your own real timepiece. The only thing is that you’re on a budget, which can be tricky. To help you out, we’ve laid out a few tips as your purchase your watch:

 

1. Don’t sacrifice Quality

Make quality your first priority when choosing the right watch to buy. Just because you’re on a low budget doesn’t mean you need to settle for less. Why waste one on a cheap trinket when you deserve a watch that could last a lifetime in both beauty and function?

 

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2.Don’t go for trendy styles

Often you’ll see fashion designer come out with the latest designs for watches at a lower prices. However, you shouldn’t be tempted by the price tag. If you want something to last year to year, a trendy watch isn’t what you need. Soon enough, it’ll go out of style. Always consider more classic watches that have lasting style.

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3. Save up some cash if you need to

When you have the urge to buy a luxury watch right away, waiting for the right time can be hard. Still, it’s better to wait until you have the finances you need in order to purchase a watch you’ll truly love. Rushing may lead you to get something of lower quality. Taking your time to save the money you need will ensure that you get a timepiece that is satisfying and worth your while.

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4. Remember that it’s worth it

These watches aren’t called “luxury” for nothing. Though they carry a hefty price tag, all luxury watches have a reason for their cost. Made meticulously from hundreds of intricate parts, it can take months —if not years— to craft a timepiece from start to finish by hand. They are built to last and designed to show prestige for the wearer. Even when you’re tempted to settle for less, remember why a luxury timepiece is what you need.

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