Omega – Top 5 Reasons to Own One

Now, let’s see, if “James Bond” and George Clooney are wearing an Omega watch, it must mean something significant, right? It means Omega is the brand to wear! There are many reasons to wear an Omega watch, but we are going to narrow it down to the top five. Did you know that Omega has been in the watchmaking business since 1848! Can you imagine? The Omega watch has even been to the moon! It was the first divers’ watch and is the world’s only certified marine chronometer wristwatch. Omega has an amazing history of participation in historical events and has evolved into a famous world-class watch.

Omega Watches
A few beautiful Omega watches

So what type of Omega watch is for you? Omega has a Ladies Collection and a Gents Collection. Each gender has quite a few different “Collections” within it and several different watch types within each “Collection.” The watch selections host a full array of designs. Just a few include the:

  • Brushed Quartz
  • Polished Quartz
  • Chronometer
  • Luxury Edition
  • Moon Watch
  • Olympic Edition
  • De Ville

This list barely touches the surface! Oh, and don’t forget whether you want a leather strap, brushed metal strap, or jeweled wrist bracelet. You must visit the Omega Watches website to view all the beautiful selections! Omega also carries a fine jewelry collection. It includes an amazing selection of rings, several pendants, and numerous cufflinks. Leather products, such as wallets and purses, are also a part of their product line.

But don’t forget about the quality of Omega! Omega watches are known for their precision. They have been used in many, many timed events around the globe. And the introduction of their exclusive Co-Axial calibres in 2007 has delivered better chronometric performance than any other series-produced watch movement in the world.

So, do you think you might find an Omega watch that not only works well but looks great too? The answer should be a definite “yes.” First, you need to figure out what type of look you like – plain, sharp, dressy, diamonds, business-class, or fun? Omega’s technology and design has manufactured a look for every occasion. The Omega brand is so famous their “ambassadors” have included well-known stars such as:

  • Nicole Kidman
  • Cindy Crawford
  • Greg Norman
  • Michael Phelps
  • Michelle Wei
  • Daniel Craig

Omega’s reputation is so respected that they have been responsible for the timekeeping in 24 Olympic Games!

As you may have noticed, there are many reasons to own an Omega watch, but let’s narrow it down some. Here are the top 5 reasons to own an Omega:

  1. Quality
  2. Precision
  3. Design
  4. Beauty
  5. Variety

So, if you are looking for a watch that will stand the test of time, look no further. These top 5 reasons will only get you started down the right path to owning an Omega. You will find that not only will an Omega watch enhance your reputation, you will have a long-lasting, accurate timepiece that will keep on ticking for many, many years to come.

Baume and Mercier Releases Additions to Linea Collection

The Linea 10017 Watch by Baume & Mercier
View of the Linea 10017 by Baume & Mercier

As the new year commences, Baume & Mercier decided to bring out a few new additions to their successful Linea Collection.

The woman’s luxury watchmaker is excited to showcase these new watches and add them to an already delightful line of fine timepieces. The Linea Collection is renowned for its high fashion and applicable watches. There is a watch in this collection that will fit any ensemble.

Baume & Mercier has become synonymous with quality since the company was founded in the small Swiss village of Les Bois in 1830. They have been pursuing the height of perfection with their watches.

The new additions to the Linea collection are no different. The Linea Collection line has some interesting aspects to it as well as the desirable quality of craftsmanship. No longer will someone have to choose between a watch dial because of how the strap looks. The Linea lines come equipped with interchangeable straps so the watch can match any occasion. This is a revelation for those who do not wish to purchase multiple watches just to match the outfit they will be wearing. The interchangeable strap is another great feature on an already magnificent line of watches.

The new addition to the Linea Collection line is similar to the original Linea watches, with a few new elements that are sure to inspire anyone who has followed the Linea Collection since its inception.

The newest Linea watches have a diameter of 32 mm for easy viewing of the dial. They also feature automatic movements and sapphire case backings so the owner can gaze into the beautiful watch and see how the components work together perfectly and keep time as well as being a stunning piece of jewelry. The dial is comprised of Gilt hands and Gilt riveted indexes. Its finish is a sun silk satin and snailed silver-colored. It is water resistant up to 50 meters just in case a late night swim because a part of the evening. All the interchangeable straps are polished or satin-finished two-tone accompanied by a triple folding clasp to keep this wonderful timepiece elegantly attached to the wrist.

Watch from Baume & Mercier Linea Collection
Baume & Mercier Linea 10015 watch.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Linea Collection line and these new watches are a welcome addition to an already stellar series of timepieces. Baume & Mercier has once again produced beautiful pieces of art which just so happen to also tell time.

 

 

The Online Vintage Watch Market

by: Amani Liggett

Over the past decade, the Internet has made collecting and selling vintage and antiques easy and popular. This is especially true for the vintage watch market. The costs associated with selling vintage watches online are much less compared to selling at a physical location, where one would need to rent a space and pay employees and security.

antique pocketwatch
Antique Pocket Watch

One the website FinerTimes.com, their watch market reports that, “Traditional auction houses such as Sotheby’s regularly conduct sales in New York, Geneva and Hong Kong which generate millions of dollars in revenue and are attended by the world’s most prominent dealers and collectors. Indeed, it was at a Sotheby’s auction in December of 1999 that an ultra-complicated Patek Philippe pocket watch commissioned by American businessman Henry Graves in 1933 sold for an astonishing $11 million – a new world record.”

Recent television shows such as Pawn Stars and Hardcore Pawn have also skyrocketed the general market for vintage goods, encouraging collectors to surface. For example, in the Pawn Stars episode “Pocket Watch Pick ‘Em” shows viewers how to estimate the greater value between two gold-plated antique pocket watches.

Despite television’s success, the Internet allows for websites such as the seller giant eBay to participate in the multimillion dollar business of vintage watches. In the last business year alone, over $37 million worth of antique watches were auctioned and sold online, rather than at an auction house.

Sites such as Antiquevintagewatches.com, Dalor Vintage, and others are create areas for watch collectors to convene in discussion forums, write product reviews, and look for signs of fraud. FineTimes.com further explains “the wealth of information offered by these sites has allowed collectors to gain a horological education much faster than ever before and has resulted in a new breed of watch buyer – sophisticated, educated, focused and market-savvy.”

The Internet has certainly changed the rules by allowing collectors and buyers from around the world communicate more freely. The technology of our time allows for vintage watch dealers to post HD pictures of their products and have offers to buy in as little as a few hours. Pre-owned antique wristwatches and pocket watches have undeniably grown to be one of the biggest collectible areas of the past twenty years. Many are growing to realize that a proper vintage watch makes a great family heirloom for future generations.

Vintage watch
Vintage Wristwatch

 

However, potential buyers should care to remember that the vintage market is also a magnet for criminals and frauds. Serious research should be put into finding a legitimate and reputable dealer, as well as certificates of authenticity.

 

 

Breitling Jet Team Finishes Tour of East Mediterranean

The Breitling Jet Team in Formation
The Breitling Jet Team preparing for their aerial maneuvers .

At the end of 2011, luxury watchmaker Breitling and its Jet Team just finished a tour around the East Mediterranean. The group of jet pilots were in the air around eastern Europe to promote Breitling and show off their skills in the skies.

The jets representing Breitling are the biggest contingent of a professional civilian jet aerobatic team. They finished their tour in which they flew over five countries in Dijon, France. The team consisted of seven jets with this tour lasting just over 18 days.

The Jet Team was flying over scenic areas around the Southern and Eastern region of the Mediterranean. In two countries, Beirut and Amman, entire airfields were shut down for the aerial displays by the gymnasts of the sky. Regardless of country or time of day, citizens came out in full force to see the Breitling Jet Team, even crowding rooftops and city streets to watch the jets perform.

There were many highlights on the tour for the Breitling Jet Team. They flew 1000 feet below sea level in Jordan over the dead sea. In Greece, the jets took a quick fly over the Acropolis. Later, in Turkey, the team put on a show over the Golden Horn. The Breitling Jet Team took their time, savoring the flights over the iconic places of the Eastern Mediterranean.

The team flies in L-390 Albatros jet air crafts. They finished their tour of the East Mediterranean on December 6, 2012 and are set to have maintenance on their jets during the rest of the winter to prepare for the upcoming 2012 season.

Of course, Breitling is not only in the Jet aerobatics business. Their main draw is their absolutely astonishing watches. The watch manufacturer has been around since 1884 and have been dubbed the unofficial inventor of the modern chronograph. Leon Breitling, the founder of Breitling watches, wanted to devote himself to an industry that was just about to expand into the American mainstream. In 1915, Breitling came out with the first independent chronograph pushpiece.

The Breitling Chrono Bentley Watch
Picture of the Chrono Bentley Watch from Breitling

The line of Breitling watches has evolved into an international success. The watch manufacturer also prides itself on its close ties with the aviation industry. As seen above, the correlation between aviation and Breitling is as stark as ever. The Jet Team represents Breitling’s passion for the skies as well and spectacular luxury watches.

Bell and Ross Present Watch Collection and Harley at Automobile Festival

The International Automotive Festival at Hotel del Invalides
Hotel del Invalides from above

PARIS – Bell & Ross Time Instruments was on hand for year number 27 of the International Automobile Festival in Paris, France on January 25. The watch maker was there to present the Palme d’Or award and show off its exclusive watch collection.

This year the Festival was held at the luxurious Hotel des Invalides, near the famous Dome of the church right next door. The Festival is held to show off new concept cars from different manufacturers and to celebrate automotive innovation. Bell & Ross were there to strut their stuff along side auto manufacturers with their new exclusive line of watches.

The watch company also unveiled something that France had never seen; a new kind of item thatBell & Ross is not know for, a Harley Davidson. Bell & Ross teamed up with Shaw Harley Davidson and created the Nascafe Harley Davidson bike. The motorcycle has won many Custom Harley Davidson championships in the US and was well received by everyone at the International Automobile Festival.

Custom Harley built in collaboration with Bell & Ross
Award winning Bell & Ross Harley on display at Automotive Festival

The Festival also bring out an exclusive watch collection from Bell & Ross each year. This year the watches were on display and available for purchase to anyone with the inclination to own such a luxurious timepiece.

Of course Bell & Ross was not only there to have fun and show off their award winning Harley, they had an award to present. CEO of Bell & Ross, Carlos A. Rosillo, presented the Palme d’Or to the Red Bull Racing F1 team who took the 2011 Championship title won by German driver Sebastien Vettle. The team’s owner, Dieter Mateschitz met Rosillo on stage to accept the award for his team.

French driver for the Citroën World Rally Team Sebastien Loeb was also presented with an award. Loeb has won the World Rally Championship (WRC) a record eight times in a row.

Rosillo is also a member of the jury which decided on 14 prizes championing the work of companies and people including the Palme d’Or were handed out at the Festival. A little more than 600 people attended the event in Paris.

The event celebrated 2011s innovators in the automotive field. The new years concept cars are unveiled and any new idea that involves automobiles will be brought to the floor. It has become a place where the future of the industry is born each year anew.