Tutorials and educational guides and information about watches and how they work, or about what you need to know about a watch.

Differentiating Between an Automatic Watch and a Hand-Wound Watch

We get a lot of questions from readers asking the difference between a hand-wound (manual-wind) watch and an automatic (self-wind) watch. While we took a look at this subject before, it may be a good time to revisit it for novice watch lovers. As most know,  a mechanical watch is a watch powered by the…

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Chopard Opens Miami Service Center, Vows 10-Day Turnarounds

Everyone familiar with luxury timepieces knows that service is an integral part of the purchase. (In fact, we covered that subject recently here.) Chopard, however, has taken the concept of service to an all-new level by building an 11,000-square-foot state-of-the-art service center the Miami suburb of Coral Gables.   We had the distinct pleasure of…

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Watch Education in Napa Valley with A. Lange & Sohne

Recently, we   had the distinct privilege of joining A. Lange & Sohne in Napa Valley for the Akademie of watchmaking – wonderful and enlightening experience. To begin with, the event was chocked with watch education and hands-on work on important elements of the luxury watchmaking world. The Akademie, started in 2007, is a watchmaking event…

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Watch Collector Report from LGI Network Indicates Serious Collectors Own up to 19 Watches

Throughout the end of last year and the beginning of this year, we asked you – our watch collector readers – to participate in the 2013 Watch Collector Report.  Thank you for doing so. Now, LGI Network — the leading provider of retail measurement services to the Jewelry and Watch Industry – has brought us…

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We Don’t Have Enough Watchmakers !?!

Article Courtesy of WorldTempus.com, Watch Culture By Keith Strandberg WorldTempus Rant #8  — Service Event Horizon — The watch industry doesn’t have enough watchmakers to do the servicing. Be afraid…Be very afraid. Back when quartz ruled the world, there wasn’t much worry about service. After all, when your battery ran out, the watch store replaced…

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How Mother-of-Pearl Dials are Made

Many brands today use mother of pearl for dials on both women’s and men’s watches. Shimmering and intriguing, mother of pearl is not an easy substance to work with. It is quite brittle and ultra thin when used as a dial and breakage can easily occur. Depending on the complexity of the dial, the entire…

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