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Spoltlight On: Igor Polotsky, Raymond Lee Jeweler’s Master Watchmaker

This month’s Boca Magazine features Raymond lee Jewelers; own master watchmaker Igor Polotsky in its Slice of Life segment.

Igor, who is certified by the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute as a 21st century master of his craft, has been a part of the Raymond Lee Jewelers family for the past 2 years of his three decade career.

Igor is an indispensable asset to Raymond Lee Jewelers, as he is one of the 9 U.S. watchmakers authorized by Cartier to repair its watches; he also is adept at servicing the other luxury watch brands of Raymond Lee Jewelers, like Rolex, Patek Phillipe, and  Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Boca Magazine gets the inside scoop from the master himself on what inspired his career path (it has to do with some surprisingly heavy salt), why he left his life in native Russia behind, and the laugh-out-loud reason that Igor’s talents proved too much to handle for his employer at Tiffany & Co.’s 5th avenue showroom.

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Igor's Profile in Boca Magazine

Visit BocaMag.com to read Igor’s full profile on page 201 of the September/October 2011 issue.

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Rolex Unveils The Ladies Datejust Special Edition- Watch Repair

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The Rolex ladies Datejust has seen many irritations over the years and has become one of Rolex’s most sought after watches. Its sleek design, elegantly petite case and classic femininity ascetics have aspired women all over the world to adorn their wrists with this stunning wristwatch. The Rolex ladies Datejust’s radiance is only matched by its near perfect time keeping abilities. This model could never have garnered such a following by relying on its resplendent looks alone; Rolex ensured that every Rolex Datejust was created with one of the most sophisticated and precise self-winding movements on the market.

Due to its popularity ever few years Rolex will release a special edition of this watch, these special editions tend to forgo elegant simplicity for an provocative intricacy. And this year is no different! Rolex has released the 2011 Ladies Datejust Special Edition encased for the first time ever in 18ct Everose gold. This bold new edition features a brand new dial design and materiel, creating an extraordinary one of a kind look.

One of the first new design change that really caught my eye was the 18ct Everose gold case, bezel and bracelet. The Datejust traditionally is found in 18ct yellow gold and stainless steel which is a very timeless air to it but does not stand out as much as the Everose gold. This seductive gold gives this watch a personality all its own; mixing serenity and vitality it is no wonder the special edition has watch enthusiasts clamoring for more.

The most significant change is the Datejust’s dial which has been transformed into truly outstanding piece of art. The regular dial was replaced with a Gold dust dream dial which is a mixture of mother-of-pearl and gold dust. The gold dust sparkles and releases stunning iridescent reflections that allow the mother-of-pearl to shimmer with every ray of light.  The dial design has also been updated with an angelic display of gold vines and leaves; the new dial is a complete departure from the customary Rolex models which normally have very stark and simple dials.

The Rolex ladies Datejust special edition has a 34 mm case set with 12 brilliant cut diamonds and is water resistant up to 100 meters. It also features bidirectional self-winding movement and a oyster five piece link band.

At Raymond Lee Jewelers, we offer luxury Watch Repair, as well as a wide selection of both ladies and mens Datejust Rolex wristwatch models.

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-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

Corum: A History- Watch Repair

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Corum Coin Watch

Like many of the luxury watch brands, Corum traces its roots to La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. It is no wonder Corum chose this small city to open their first store in 1955, as it has one of the richest history in regards to watch making. The two original founders, Simone Ries and Rene Bannwart decided to join with established watchmaker, Gaston Ries. These three great minds combined to create a company that relied on traditional craftsmanship but did not adhere to traditional watch design, which led to amazingly creative collections.

One example of Corums wonderfully refreshing innovation is its unique Liberty Eagle Watch. This watch featured a real $20 United States gold coin that was cut in half, a luxury movement was inserted and all three were inserted into a watch case. These watches tended to have an open case back so one could see and feel the gold coin in the back. This watch became an international best seller and established Corum as a true contender in the luxury watch market. Watch Repair.

As the decades wore on, Corum did not sit idly by they instead started to create a legacy of great watches. The Golden Bridge, Limelight, Romulus and the very popular Admiral’s Cup collections were all released and afforded Curom the ability to grow. Corums owed much of its success to its open minded attitude which is rarely seen in the luxury watch making industry; many established brands would baulk at trying something drastically different. Corum also has the unique ability to be flexible, which allows it to better respond to market trends.

In 1998 a majority interest in the company was acquired by successful businessman Severin Wunderman. Mr. Wunderman has personally taken part in the business aspects of the company but has worked hard on continuing Corum’s progressive attitude. In the meantime, the master watchmakers at La-Chaux-de-Fonds continue to produce the magnificent timepieces – including such masterpieces as the Minute Repeater and Minute Repeater/Tourbillon – which has garnered world wide recognition. Some of their most sought after pieces are the Admiral’s Cup, Golden Bridge, Ti-Bridge Titanium and the Padlock watch.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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

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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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George Clooney’s Watch in The American: Watch Sell

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Last week when I was watching George Clooney‘s latest movie, The American, I was struck at how beautifully this movie was shot. Throughout this suspenseful thriller, the viewer is treated to amazing panoramic wide shots of George Clooney driving down twisted mountain side roads that stretch deep into the Italian countryside. The director really went out his way to have the cinematography tell the story as much as possible; there are many moments in the movie where there is no talking or soundtrack playing, there is only the great camera work and the real world silence we all experience everyday. Watch Sell.

It is in these silent moments that this movie truly shines. In one scene we see George Clooney quietly crafting a custom rifle in his workshop with the only noise coming from his tools and the beating of metal. I was so focused on this scene that I happened to notice the watch that was on Clooney was wearing. With the excellent camera work it was easy to identify that the watch was a Omega Speedmaster Professional with black leather strap most likely model number 3870.50.31.

It is no surprise that Clooney is wearing an Omega as he is one of their brand ambassadors and has worn an Omega brand watch in other recent movies. The Speedmaster Professional with the black leather strap has an amazing classic look. It features a powerful chronograph, which offers 12-hour, 30 minute and 1/10 second subdials. Distinctively masculine in design, it features a large, round silver stainless steel watch case with a tachymeter bezel in black with silver markings, and it measures 39.8mm wide.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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The Most Wanted Rolex Presidents- Watch Repair

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Rolex Super President

Rolex is one of the top brands in the luxury watch market and is known for their exceptional quality.  One of Rolex’s most popular models is the President or Day-Date; popularized by both politicians and movie stars, the President has become a symbol of wealth and power. The President has undergone only slight changed over the years. The  hack feature was introduced which allowed the second hand to be stopped instantly. Another feature that was added over the years was the “Quickset” feature, this allowed the wearer to change the date by pulling the button out half way and turning it. A great improvement over the old method where the crown would have to be turned round and round in order to manipulate the date.  Besides these internal changes the President is still holds the classic beauty that originally made it a hit among consumers. Watch Repair.

Raymond Lee Jewelers has always had a hard time keeping our Rolex President in stock especially since our Rolexs on sale are far below their retail value. Here are the top five most popular Rolex President models:

1. Men’s silver dial beadset bezel Rolex Datejust Super President
2. Men’s champagne dial Rolex Day Date President
3. Men’s champagne stick dial Rolex Day Date President
4. Ladies champagne dial Rolex Super President
5. Ladies mother-of-pearl dial Rolex Super President

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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