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Rado to Collaborate with Malan Breton for Fashion Week

With Mercedes Benz Fashion Week just around the corner, editors, bloggers and fashion fiends alike are gearing up for a whirlwind of fabulous shows. Designers will exhibit their creations solo and collaborate for high profile shows, and one that we’re very excited about is the partnership between Rado and Malan Breton.

Breton, also a columnist for OK! Magazine and contributor to the New York Times, will feature the Swiss watchmaker’s designs with each of the 33 looks he sends down the runway on September 13th.

Breton's Spring 2009 Show

Models from Rado’s classic collections like Sintra, Integral, D-Star and Ceramica will be paired with the designs, along with styles from Rado’s newest line, Rado True Thinline.

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Rado's new Thinline collection

 According to Matthias Breschan, brand president of Rado, “Breton understands the importance of using materials and techniques in new and different ways in order to create something uniquely beautiful. We are very excited about this partnership and to present our watches alongside Malan’s brilliant collections.”

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your trusted source for pre-owned luxury watches.

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WHERE TO WATCH YOUR WATCH AND POLISH YOUR DIAMONDS

On August 21 st and 22nd, Los Anglees, CA

… will be host to the world of watch and jewelery dealers! Asia, South America, even your favorite retailer, Raymond Lee Jewelers!  So wish I could be there also! Nothing I love more than fun in the sun AND beautiful works of art in watches and jewelery design.

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The Hilton Hotel at Universal City will be the main focus of all watch and jewelery dealers and resellers everywhere!  Many trends are discovered and “inspired” by these shows, and LA promises nothing less! Glamour in LA, where else can the center of the world bring everyone in to show off their very best!

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Maybe we will also see the some great pieces from the “New Boy on the Block”, Antione Martin.  His first watch with his own design of Swiss club-tooth escapement movement has finally hit the market and is all the rave among the exclusive watch enthusiasts! What a piece of art this new watch is!  There are so many new and innovative designs to keep the younger generation interested in buying and wearing a watch vs using the phone for their main time keeper.  Look at these ladies watches from Mira in the Celestial Collection.  AMAZING!

 

The Watches of “Two And A Half Men”

Can Two and Half Men go on without Charlie Sheen?

Is Ashton Kutcher dynamic and crazy enough to replace Charlie Sheen? Does he just have too much style?

 How are the writers of Two and Half Men kill off Sheen? Will the show still be entertaining?

Patek Philippe & Co. watch

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I’ve been following Ashton’s passion for fine time pieces and now, if he hits my favorite show, he’ll have my whole heart! I think many of us felt like we were watching the real Sheen, and felt more like his reality show vs a “character” he was “acting” to be! It will be interesting to see what Ashton does for the show.

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The Two Men producers have refused to comment on the many rumors, but seems Ashton will have a permanent spot in the new era.  After eight years, could a major change be a breath of fresh air, or the kiss of death?

Guess we will all find out on September 19th on CB S.

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What would be the perfect revenge for Lorre?  Being to actually daydream of the funniest, most “Un-Charlie Sheen” way to die? Getting sober? Haha, being killed by healthy living! Or maybe because he jumped a cliff chasing after his beloved watch? You know, the one he destroyed a hotel room in NY?  In his defense, the Patek Philippe is worth $165K!  Don’t think the Swiss family wants their watch to be known for the owner strangling an “escort” and accusing her of stealing it! Oh well, the price of fame and exclusivity.
By MK, writer for Raymond Lee Jewelers, Boca Raton’s premier Jewelry Store and Luxury Watch Store!

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

A History: Baume & Mercier- Florida Gold Store

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Baume & Mercier has always been known for its elegance as much as for its precision. Created over 170 years ago by Louis Victor and Pierre-Joseph-Celestin Baume in the small Swiss mountain village of Les Bois; it has since grown into one of the leading luxury watch brands on the market. Even after over a century and a half of innovative watch making, Baume & Mercier continues to release a plethora of ground breaking timepieces.

Baume & Mercier was originally a family run watch making business that would not become the company we have come to know until much later. In was not until 1844 when Joseph Celestin Baume traveled to England to create new business opportunities that this small family operation started to truly make a name for it self. There was an explosion of interest for their watches in England which allowed them to open more shops throughout Europe. With this new found interest in their watches Victor and Baume started to create less traditional timepieces and focus more on originality, an aspect that would come to greatly define this growing company in the future.

Over the next seventy years the company was successfully run by Victor and Baume’s descendents and had amassed a reputation for exquisite and precise watches throughout Europe. Yet compared to other luxury Swiss brands, Baume’s family run watch company was still relatively small scale. The year 1912 would be a turning point for the company. It was in this year that William Baume happened to meet the jeweler Paul Mercier. Six years later these two men would join together and create the luxury Swiss brand, Baume & Mercier.

These two men would use their ingenuity and business acumen to sky rocket to the top. Baume & Mercier has since become one of the leading luxury watch brands on the market. They have released such amazing models such as the Riviera, the Malibu, the Hampton Classic and the Classima. Raymond Lee Jewelers always has a great selection of Baume & Mercier watches on hand at great prices.

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-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers not only sells Baume & Mercier watches we are also one of the largest Florida Gold Store.

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Bedat & Co. No 8 Limited Edition Watch- Watch Repair

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Earlier today I wrote an article describing the growing trend towards more classic and slimmed down watches. In the past we have written countless articles on larger and thick cased timepieces, today instead I wanted to shine a light on a magnificent midsized watch. Bedat & Company have  released a limited edition watch called the No. 8 model number878.410.313.

This is truly a beautiful watch it has an 18 carat rose gold case, a unique black sunburst patterned dial, and rose gold markers. Like many classic midsized timepieces the dial has only a few features; there is the name of the brand on top with the, “Geneve” underneath it. The dial also has a seconds sub dial with the words, “limited edition” in the middle. My favorite feature of this wristwatch is the hand-woven alligator strap which you rarely see anymore and makes this watch really stand out.

Bedat & Company is a relative newcomer on the Swiss watch market that specializes in feminine luxury timepieces. Bedat & Co. is well known for mixing a contemporary modern look with a traditional art deco spirit. Many of their watches are crafted from stainless steel and feature diamonds set in the bezel. Founded in 1996 by Simone Bédat and her son Christian Bédat, Bedat & Co. has had a roller coaster story of success. Watch Repair.

Simone Bedat started her career at Lang SA a watch case manufacture in Switzerland; it is here that she gathered the majority of her expertise and experience that would eventually lead her to open her own company. Simone Bedat was head clerk at the age of 18 and worked for Lang SA for ten years until she moved on to Camy Watch Company in Geneva.

While working for Camy Simone Bedat worked closely with fellow entrepreneur Raymond Weil, they eventually both left Camy to create Raymond Weil watches in 1975. In 1996 Ms. Bedat decided it was her time to branch off on her own and created Bedat & Co. with her son, Christian. Their first collection featured classic timepieces that were made with Swiss precision and parts.

The models N°3, N°7.Ref. 304 and Ref. 314 were big hits and solidified Bedat & Co. place in the Swiss watch market. They only grew over the next four years attracting the attention of Gucci who acquired 85% of the business in 2000. Today Bedat & Co. is owned by a Malaysian based company called LuxuryConcepts Timepieces and continues to release beautiful watches with Swiss parts at a reasonable price.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Boca Raton, Home to Ulysse Nardin’s first US Store!- Florida Gold Store

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Astrolabium Galileo Galilei

Ulysse Nardin is a Swiss watch manufacture that has been producing high-end watches since the mid 1800s and is historically known for creating some of the highest quality marine chronometers (a device that allowed ships in the 1800s to determine longitude by means of celestial navigation). Ulysse Nardin did not truly enter the watch industry until 1983 when it was bought out by businessman Rolf Schnyder who reshaped the entire company’s structure and focus. The new owners decided that Ulysse Nardin would start to create complicated timepieces using modern materials and manufacturing techniques.

Some of their top watches have been the Astrolabium Galileo Galilei released in 1985. This watch had a great sophisticated style and displayed local and solar time, the orbits and eclipses of the sun and the moon and the positions of several major stars. Another amazing watch was released in 1992, the Tellurium Johannes Kepler, which enjoyed a significant amount of sales. Florida Gold Store.

Ulysse Nardin has enjoyed a high volume of sales in Europe and abroad. They have many stores in the old world but none in the new, that is until December of last year when Ulysse Nardin opened its first store in Boca Raton, Florida! This is the same city where you will find the equally impressive Raymond Lee Jewelers; Boca is known for its prosperous community and is a great fit for this luxury watch maker. Ulysse Nardin also opened their head office in Boca Raton as well which allows them to better meet the needs of their clients. This office will house ten Swiss trained watchmakers who can repair all watches in a timely manner.

-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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Our CW21 Watchmaker in the News!- Watch Repair

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I have written blogs in the past extolling the virtues of our amazing watchmaker, Igor Polotsky. A man who through his extraordinary skills and quality of work has greatly expanded Raymond Lee Jewelers’ reputation as one of the best watch repair sites in Florida. His skills as a fully certified CW21 watchmaker have become so well known that one of Florida’s largest newspaper has written an article detailing the career of our watchmaker, Igor Polotsky.

On Friday the 4th of February, The Orlando Sentinel wrote a terrific piece on Raymond Lee Jewelers’ own watchmaker entitled, Watchmaker Builds on Time-Honored Craft. The article tells of his rise from a 17 year old watch apprentice in Russia to the one of the most skilled and heavily certified watchmakers in the United States. Mr. Polotsky honed his skills in Moscow’s first watch factory and then in the late 80’s started to work for Tiffany & Co. Watch Repair.

Raymond Lee Jewelers’ was lucky enough to have Mr. Polotsky join our team in 2009. Since his arrival at our store he has amassed a dedicated following of customers who only choose him for their watch repairs. Raymond Lee Jewelers is proud to have a staff that is truly the best of the best; we have two exceptional full time jewelers, a very experienced gemologist, a sales staff with decades of combined experience, highly trusted jewelry buyers and even one of the top buyers of luxury hand bags. Come into Raymond Lee Jewelers to see what all of South Florida AND Orlando has been raving about!

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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The New Brand on the Block: TechnoMarine- Watch Repair

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Working at a jewelry store that specializes in luxury watches at great prices, I tend to focus on the watches people wear. Lately I have seen many people sporting TechnoMarine brand watches on their wrist; TechnoMarine was launched in 1997 in St. Tropez, France by entrepreneur Franck Dubarry. TechnoMarine became widely popular with release of their first watch the Raft. The Raft had a really fresh look due to its adventurous and modern design. The watch featured a stainless steel case that had a unique rubber cover and a large distinctive unidirectional bezel. One reason for this watch’s popularity was its colorful dial and matching bracelet. The band and case cover could be easily changed so it was common for owners to swap bands to match their outfit.

The Raft went on to sell over 50,000 in its first year of production, quite a spectacular feat for such a new watch brand. Franck Dubarry moved their headquarters to Los Angeles, California in order to gain an even larger portion of the market. It was in LA were TechnoMarine really started producing the watches that would mark their legacy. A  full collection of diving watches were released in the late 90’s, this initial collection consisted of a combination of PU and stainless steel chronographs – combining chic French design with unmatched Swiss technology. TechnoMarine learned from the popularity of its first line of watches and continued to produce watches with a variety of bright colors with interchangeable colored bands. Watch Repair.

TechnoMarine continued it success with the release of the TechnoDiamond in 1999. The TechnoDiamond has the same look of the Raft with many of its features but has diamonds in the bezel. This allowed TechnoMarine to attract customers who were looking for a more luxurious watch. You really have to admire TechnoMarine for reaching such great heights in a market that is inundate with well established and trusted watch brands. TechnoMarine crafts beautiful watches and one I have been seeing them coming into our store more and more. These type of watches are great for those looking to establish a distictive watch collection without having to spend thousands. Typically these watches run from$200 to $400 and the popular Raft is only $190.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Preowned Luxury Watches: IWC Aquatimer

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Preowned Luxury Watches: IWC Aquatimer

The International Watch Co. (IWC) is one of the most well respected luxury Swiss watch companies in the world.  IWC is listed with such appreciated

companies as Rolex, Cartier, and Breitling.

Located in Schaffhausen, Switzerland IWC is one of the only luxury Swiss watch companies to be located in eastern Switzerland.

IWC was founded in 1868 and continues to sell thousands of watches all around the world.  One preowned luxury watches that is popular is the Aquatimer chronograph.

This Aquatimer has a very desirable 44mm stainless steel case.   It’s bracelet is blue and made of rubber.  It’s functional bezel is blue and orange with every five minute markers.  It’s scratch resistant sapphire crystal protects the watch from normal wear and tear.

This preowned luxury watches functions include a chronograph that can keep elapsed time.  It also has a day and date function at 3 O’clock.

This IWC Aquatimer retails for $5,300.  However, you can buy this gorgeous preowned luxury watches for only $3,995 at Raymondleewatches.com

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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The Rise of Digital in Swiss Watches- Watch Repair

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The reign of the digital watch started in the early 80’s, after technology improved and lowered the cost for a digital display watch. These low priced LED or LCD watches became so popular that many luxury Swiss timepiece brands saw sales decline dramatically and even a few brands went out of business. It was not until the late 80’s that digital watches lost much of their popularity and Swiss retook the throne. It is no wonder many Swiss brands have shunned digital and rarely incorporate digital display into their watches. (It is important to note that these high end luxury brands will likely not have full digital displays, instead they will only have small digital displays with classic displays.) Watch Repair.

Lately it seems some Swiss brands have buried the hatchet and are starting to warm to digital displays. Breitling one of the top Swiss brands has really embraced digital and has many models that incorporate some form of digital into their displays. Some of Breitling’s most popular collections feature watches with digital dials such as: Breitling Aerospace Avantage, Breitling Airwolf, Breitling Emergency and Breitling Co-pilot.

TAG Heuer also has partial digital displays and even has one watch collection that has an all digital dial (TAG Heuer Microtimer). Having an all digital dial may not seem like such a big deal but it is quite rare for a high end Swiss watchmaker to have a watch with a full digital dial. TAG Heuer has quite a few partially digital dial watches: TAG Heuer F1 Chronotimer, TAG Heuer Monaco Sixty Nine and the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Chronotimer. My favorite would have to be the TAG Heuer Monaco Sixty Nine that has a really unique look with its large rectangle swivel case, mechanical and quartz movement.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

manufactures the following watch collections where watches have digital dials: TAG Heuer F1

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Chronotimer, TAG Heuer Microtimer, TAG Heuer Monaco Sixty Nine and TAG Heuer Aquaracer Chronotimer

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