Archive for February 21st, 2011

Watch History: A. Lange & Sohne- Watch Repair

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A. Lange & Sohne is a German company that manufactures watches that are among the finest in the world. A. Lange & Sohne watches are said to be one of the top three watch brands in the world, competing only against the Swiss brands Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. The typical Lange movement consists of a combination of intricate, delicate gears and pieces that move as one to produce a work of art that can be worn on the wrist. One of the company’s greatest innovations was the development of the first mechanical wristwatch to have a power reserve lasting 31 days. Watch Repair.

A. Lange & Sohne was fist established in 1845 in Glashutte, Germany by Ferdinand Adolph Lange. Ferdinand Lange started his apprenticeship in his mid teens and completed it in 1935 with honors. It was under his apprenticeship that he gained the expertise to match his pure passion for watch-making. Lange was so skilled that he completely threw out the old complicated Parisian system of lignes and replaced it with the metric system. He also introduced the millimeter as the primary unit of measurement in watch-making. To say A. Lange single-handedly altered the history of the watch industry would be an understatement.

Adolph Lange died suddenly and his two sons Richard and Emil took over the running of the company which led to the new branding of A. Lange & Sohne in 1868. Under their direction the company began to produce an amazing array of quality pocket watches. Both World War I and II brought enormous growth to the company; German airman especially relied on A. Lange & Sohne’s pocket watches during the Second World War.

Amazingly in 1948 the post-war Soviet administration took over the company’s property, effectively ending the Lange brand. In 1990 Walter Lange the great-grandson of the founder, restored the company after the collapse of the East German government. Today Lange & Sohne has reestablished its reputation as one of the finest watch makers in the world. A. Lange & Sohne only produces watches made of precious metals and develops all of the movements used in their watches in house. Another one of the company’s notable innovations was the double split chronograph, which allows two events to be timed simultaneously up to 30 minutes each.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Angelina Jolie’s Watch From SALT: Florida Jewelry

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Florida Jewelry

In real life Angelina Jolie is known to wear classic and feminine timepieces such as the Cartier Tank Louis (click here to read more about Ms. Jolie and her watch). In her latest movie, SALT, where she plays a CIA agent that is on the run after being accused of being a spy, Jolie is wearing a much more rugged watch. The watch featured in the film is the Omega Constellation Double Eagle Chrono World Cup Special Edition.

While SALT may have not amassed such positive reviews, the Omega Constellation Double Eagle Chrono on the other hand has. Its amazing 3313 self-winding movement has received widespread praise and recognition. This movement features a column wheel mechanism and co-axial escapement that allows for greater precision, stability and durability. One fact that I find truly outstanding is that this watch has a power reserve of 52 hours which for this mid-priced watch is quite exceptional. Florida Jewelry.

Many of Omega’s watches tend to be on the larger size with the average case measuring 45mm, the Double Eagle Chrono breaks from the norm at a slightly smaller size of 41mm. This watch would look perfect for those of you with smaller wrists who have a hard time to finding a watch that makes its presence known without having a large case. The ladies version has a case measuring 35mm and looks great on any woman’s wrist.
The watch is available in steel, titanium and red gold, the one featured in the movie is titanium. The special edition is slightly different from the regular version as it has two outlined subdials, engraved roman numerals in the black bezel, the titanium case with black buttons and the black rubber strap. The price for this watch is around $4,800.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Panerai’s Hottest New Watch: Marina Militare PAM 339- Watch Sell

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Watch Sell

The popularity of the Panerai brand of luxury watches has exploded over the last decade; which may have to do with the fact that Sylvester Stallone has been pushing Panerai on all his pals in Hollywood. Panerai’s newest watch, the Marina Militare Pam 339,  needs no help from Rocky to garner and hold the attention of watch enthusiasts. This sleek new watch has been heating up the watch industry this past year and has become one of Panerai’s top-selling timepieces.

The Militare Pam 339 does not stray too far from the traditional Panerai style that we have grown accustom to. The Marina Militare features state-of-the-art technological innovation and a familiar yet distinctive look that allows it to differentiate itself  from the rest of the 2010 collection. This watch is definitely a statement piece with its 47 mm case and unique composite case material; it is no wonder they are flying off the shelves. Watch Sell.

The composite case is the main attraction of this watch, a first for any Paneria watch, this futuristic material is the result from the ceramization of aluminum through an electrochemical process. This new coating is stronger and lighter than steel and titanium. This composite process was commonly used in the aeronautic, car and motorcycle industries due to its superb capabilities. You can be sure this watch wont be getting any dents or dings while on your wrist.

The Militare Pam 339 has rich bronze matte look that gives the watch an either brown or black color depending on the lighting source. The dial and crown also have this same look which contrasts nicely with the milky brown color of the vintage leather strap. The strap has exquisite stitching that is reminiscent of the ecru color of Paneria’s Super-LumiNova. This is a very limited run with only 1,500 watches being released and with a price tag of $26,000. Paneria is slowly releasing this batch so be sure to keep you eyes open if you’re in the market for one as they are going fast. Raymond Lee Jewelers has plenty of Paneria watches on sale well below retail, make us your number one previously owned watch retailer.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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