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Tubular Tuesdays: Timepieces in the Shop

Welcome back from the long weekend readers! Today’s post has been taken over by yellow gold fever with a few of the current timepieces in the shop. Yellow gold is making a comeback with its arm tones and luxe look, and these 5 watches are our top tick-picks for your wrists.

Patek Philippe 3671 18K Yellow Gold Square Watch

In 1845 Antoni Patek joined with the French watchmaker Adrien Philippe and Patek Philippe & Co was founded in 1851.Credited with inventing the watch as we know it, this brand invented the perpetual calendar, split-seconds hand, chronograph, and minute repeater in watches. This 18kt rare gold stunner makes an interesting and classic addition to a watch collection.

Cartier Tank Francaise 18kt Men’s Full Size Watch

 

In 1917, Cartier debuted its Tank watch, inspired by the Renault tanks that Cartier observed during World War I. The Tank Francaise’ s smooth, rounded edges and clean lines set a standard for elegance, while the flawless integration of the bracelet into the watch’s case itself create a unified and uninterrupted tableau of sophistication. The Cartier Tank Francaise is an icon, and a necessity for any complete watch wardrobe.

Rolex Daytona 16528 18kt Mens Watch

This chronograph is named for the famous Rolex 24 at Daytona, and is prized for its accuracy. The Zenith movement featured in the seconds series is considered the best and most accurate of the Chronograph series to date. This increasingly rare yellow gold Daytona is masculine, sporty, precise and above all – elite.

Rolex Day-Date 18038 Presidential White Diamond Dial

Given to President Eisenhower by Rolex, the Day Date model (named so for its day and date display windows at 12 and 3, respectively) earned its nickname the “President.” To this day, several subsequent Commanders-in-Chief have also worn this Presidential model. This specific timepiece stands out with a beautiful white diamond and Roman numeral dial.

Rolex Presidential 179158 18kt

Last, but certainly not least, the Pièce de résistance of Tubular Tuesday is this 2001 Oyster Perpetual Datejust with Tahitian Mother of Pearl and diamond dial and a diamond bezel with diamond accents on the case. This elegant, stunning watch is sure to stand out.

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your source for preowned Rolex, Cartier, Patek Phillipe and other and luxury watches.

 

 

 

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Patek Philippe: A History

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Antoni Norbert Patek and Adrien Philippe founded Patek Philippe & Co.  in 1851.  Patek was already an established pocket watch maker and Philippe was the inventor of the keyless winding mechanism.  This unique combination of skill sets led to the creation of a company that makes exquisite timepieces.

Patek Philippe, like most luxury watch companies, manufacture mostly automatic and manual winding watches.  There watches are some of the most expensive on the market.  Their value is so high because of the incredible craftsmanship that goes in to each piece.  With some watches having incredibly complicated chronograph movements the utmost precision must take place.  Patek Philippe watches are also known for lasting from generation to generation.

Unlike most luxury watch companies, Patek Philippe manufactures its own movements.  A lot of times luxury watch companies get their movements from an outside company instead of making it themselves.  Patek Philippe believes in making their own.

Timeline:

1889 – patent for “Perpetual Calender Mechanism” for pocket watches

1902 – patent for “Split-Seconds Chronograph”

1916 – first complicated ladies wristwatch

1925 – first watch produced with a perpetual calander

1932 – Patek Philippe is sold to Jean and Charles Stern.  Also the first watch from the Calatrava collection is produced

1941 – regular production of perpetual calendar watches

1953-1956 – patents for self-winding mechanisms

1959-1962 – patents for time-zone watches

1968 – introduction of the Ellipse collection

1976 – introduction of the Nautilus sport watch collection

1993 – introduction of the Gondolo collection

1996 – patent for “annual calendar” mechanism

1999 – introduction of the ladies twenty-4 collection

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers, a watch repairs and watch sellers.

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