World’s Gratitude Week

World’s Gratitude Week

World Gratitude day falls on September 21st and was started in 1977 by the United Nations Meditation Group. It’s a time to celebrate your hero’s, relatives, friends, customers and all the little things that bring joy into your everyday life. There is no better way to express your gratitude to others, than sending them a thoughtful gift.

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Top 3 Ways to Protect Your Investment in Luxury Watches

1.) Automatic Watch Winder

Like precious metals, cars, and electronics, luxury watches are becoming an increasingly attractive investment to many. The downside is that like other luxury items, they lose some value as soon as you walk out of the store. The upside? There are ways to maintain value over the years and protect your investment. Moving forward, we will look at what these ways are and why they are not just helpful but necessary to holding your watch collections value.

The best way to protect your collection is to purchase a top quality automatic watch winder. Automatic watch winders are used to keep automatic (also known as self winding) watches running when they are not being worn. If you’re a collector, it’s not likely that you’re wearing all of your collection at the same time, thus an automatic watch winder is essential to keep your collection running. While virtually all automatic watches can be manually wound, this is not usually convenient.

2.) Top Quality Watch Case

Aside from keeping your collection organized and ascetically pleasing to those who may get to see your pride and joy, watch cases are essential to reduce dust particles from entering your collection. Additionally, the pillows in a top quality case help to keep your watch bands shape.

3.) Cleaning

It may seem obvious, but some collectors get so caught up in the excitement of adding a new watch to their collection, that they completely forget to upkeep the older ones. Like anything else, developing a routine cleaning ritual will always help to protect your investment.

These are the top three ways you can protect your collection. Each of the items listed about come at a price, but obviously the price you pay for these items will add to your ROI in the future. After all, you wouldn’t buy a BMW without expecting scheduled maintenance, nor would you buy an iPhone without expecting to have to update its software from time to time.

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JAEGER-LECOULTRE – Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire This new Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètres à Quantième Lunaire displays hours, minutes, seconds, jumping stop seconds with zero-reset system, date, age and phase of the moon for both hemispheres and power reserve – all in an elegant and well-proportioned design. Artistic and Design Director Janek Deleskiewicz said, “We take traditional designs, colours and materials from historically successful collections and make them contemporary again, but the real innovation lies in the movement.” You only need one crown to wind the watch and adjust the hours and minutes, only one push piece to correct the date and one corrector to change the moon phase. The jumping seconds hand even measures a sixth of a second. It’s precision at its best.

JAEGER-LECOULTRE – Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire
This new Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètres à Quantième Lunaire displays hours, minutes, seconds, jumping stop seconds with zero-reset system, date, age and phase of the moon for both hemispheres and power reserve – all in an elegant and well-proportioned design. Artistic and Design Director Janek Deleskiewicz said, “We take traditional designs, colours and materials from historically successful collections and make them contemporary again, but the real innovation lies in the movement.” You only need one crown to wind the watch and adjust the hours and minutes, only one push piece to correct the date and one corrector to change the moon phase. The jumping seconds hand even measures a sixth of a second. It’s precision at its best.

A. LANGE & SÖHNE - Grand Lange 1 Lange 1 has been A. Lange & Söhne's most iconic collection since its launch in 1994. Director of Press and Public Relations Arnd Einhord said, “With only 18 years on the market, Lange 1 is one of the youngest icon in the long history of watmaking.” Grand Lange 1 debuts as a larger model with the new Calibre L095.1. It displays the hours, minutes and seconds, as well as the outsize date (even larger than the classic Lange 1) and 72-hour power reserve without any overlap, offering greater legibility. Grand Lange 1 is only 8.8 millimetres thick. The time can be set with just the crown, where one push will also let you correct the date.

A. LANGE & SÖHNE - Grand Lange 1
Lange 1 has been A. Lange & Söhne's most iconic collection since its launch in 1994. Director of Press and Public Relations Arnd Einhord said, “With only 18 years on the market, Lange 1 is one of the youngest icon in the long history of watmaking.” Grand Lange 1 debuts as a larger model with the new Calibre L095.1. It displays the hours, minutes and seconds, as well as the outsize date (even larger than the classic Lange 1) and 72-hour power reserve without any overlap, offering greater legibility. Grand Lange 1 is only 8.8 millimetres thick. The time can be set with just the crown, where one push will also let you correct the date.

NASA astronaut Thomas P. Stafford’s Omega Speedmaster, which was used during the Apollo 10 and Gemini 9 missions.



The gold square Omega that John F. Kennedy received from a friend. He wore it during several official occasions.



An Omega Seamaster prototype watch for divers.

Omega dedicated 1,014 gold Speedmaster Professional watches in 1969 to commemorate the moon landing in that year. Forty of them were given to astronauts and members of the White House. Here is No. 1, offered to Richard Nixon, who didn’t want to accept such an expensive gift. Go figure.



Omega Watch Museum

NASA astronaut Richard F. Gordon’s Speedmaster Professional, which was used during the Apollo XII mission.

Omega Watch Museum

The Omega Museum in Bienne was founded in 1984 and was the first museum dedicated to a single watch brand. Omega was founded by Louis Brandt in 1848 and has over 160 years of fine watchmaking history to put on display. The result is a museum packed with pocketwatches, wristwatches, movements, and attributes used by watchmakers, including the very first work bench that Louis Brandt used when he started this company when he was just 23 years old.

As you probably know, Omega was the first watch manufacturer that put a watch on the moon, with the Speedmaster. Inside the museum, there are watches worn by astronauts and cosmonauts, NASA equipment and prototypes that Omega developed for the various space programs. Since 1932, Omega has timed the Olympic Games with devices specifically designed for sports events. The museum holds an impressive number of ones used for the swimming and running competitions.

Pictured here: 
This is the Omega Marine watch, the first real water-resistant sports watch, which Omega introduced in the 1930s.