Tourbillon watches have, since the end of the 18th century, represented the absolute pinnacle of horological ingenuity and craftsmanship. Invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1795, the tourbillon was designed to counteract the effects of gravity on the delicate parts of the mechanical movement. With the introduction of new materials and watchmaking methods however, the tourbillon is not as necessary for accuracy as it once was. Despite this though, they are still highly sought after by collectors and are widely produced by prestigious Swiss brands. Many new innovations for the tourbillon have arisen in recent decades, including watches with multiple tourbillons.
True Swiss tourbillon watches commonly sell for over $100,000 today and are still considered to be among the most beautiful watch complications available
Don’t be fooled by cheap alternatives or Chinese models, they lack the craftsmanship and integrity of the handmade Swiss pieces
BaselWorld is the world’s premier watch and jewelry trade show. Each spring, more than two thousand exhibitors descend on Basel, Switzerland to cater to and impress the nearly one hundred thousand visitors that attend annually. It is here where the top watch makers and manufactures debut their new pieces and show off new innovations to their competitors and the public. Open to everyone, this show represents the best of the best- where the newest pieces are displayed for the first time all under one roof.
What to know and expect:
This year’s show is April 25th- May 2nd
104,000 visitors from 100 countries and nearly 2,000 exhibitors from 45 countries
The pieces by the world’s most renowned brands are revealed here, and nowhere else in the world
For complete updates and news from Basel, watch blogs such as ablogtowatch.com will provide in depth coverage to all things Basel
With the advancement and omnipresent nature of the internet in today’s society one can find nearly any type of product or service desired, and in most cases these can be obtained at a discounted price. Watches are no stranger to this trend. If you are considering the purchase of a fine timepiece it is absolutely imperative that you research from whom you are purchasing your new watch. Although there are many reputable and trustworthy dealers online, there are many more businesses operating in a manner which can be politely deemed as much less professional. Consider the following when purchasing a timepiece online:
Do your research. If you find predominantly negative, or even no reviews about the business in which you are considering, you probably should not deal with them.
Genuine Swiss timepieces are true works of art, and like any other product of quality they will most likely be very expensive. If you happen to find the watch of your dreams for a price that is too good to be true, it probably is.
A new, genuine Rolex for less than a few thousand dollars is in fact not a new, genuine Rolex. This principle stands true for nearly every brand of Swiss timepieces. Don’t ever forget this advice.
The movements of automatic watches possess a metal pendulum, or rotor, that spins as the wearer’s wrist moves throughout the day. The rotor, which is connected to a winding mechanism and main spring, generates power when in motion. Unlike other types of watch movements, automatic timepieces can maintain power solely from the movement of the wearer’s wrist. Here are some tips to ensure to the longevity of your automatic watch:
For the daily wearer: Even though your watch will continue to run if you wear it every day, it is still good to wind it once every two weeks with the crown in order to keep the oil fluid and the wheels in motion.
For the occasional wearer: It is a good idea to wind your watch at least once a week to ensure the best running order of your watch’s movement. By winding your watch you are preventing the gears from sticking as well as keeping the oils from drying out.
If you haven’t worn your watch in a while: it is best to wind the stopped watch before putting it on. Winding the crown several times will provide the movement with enough power to begin running. Unlike mechanical movements, automatic watches can never be overwound!
The most commonly found watch movements available today include mechanical, automatic, and quartz movements. When shopping for a new watch it is important to know the difference between them in order to make the purchase best suited for your lifestyle and preferences.
Automatic: Automatic movements work similarly to mechanical movements, differing only in the way in which they gain their power. Instead of being hand wound, the movements of automatic watches possess a metal pendulum, or rotor, that spins as the wearer’s wrist moves throughout the day. The rotor, which is connected to a winding mechanism and main spring, generates power when in motion.
Quartz: Introduced to the wristwatch in 1969, quartz movements are the most accurate type of watch available today. Unlike mechanical or automatic movements, quartz watches operate by means of a battery that does not require frequent changing in order to maintain power. Despite their high level of reliability and accuracy, these watches are generally not as highly sought after by collectors. Be sure to have your old battery replaced as soon as possible!
Water damage can cause pricey watch repair issues. Follow these tips to keep your watch high and dry:
The most obvious tip is to keep your watch away from water if it is not water resistant!
Do not shower with your watch on, even if it is water resistant. The soap and shampoo may damage the watch case and strap or bracelet.
If you wear a watch to swim in the pool or ocean, be sure to rinse the watch off afterwards to avoid damage from the chlorine and/or salt.
Pay attention to the instructions provided by your watch manufacturer about how much water pressure your watch was designed to handle. If you like to dive with your watch, it is a good idea to have the watch pressure tested every few years to make sure that the watch has maintained its water resistance.
NEVER pull the crown of your watch out while under water, even if it is a diver watch. While the buttons are designed to be used under water, pulling out the crown may cause the watch case to be flooded with water.
Have your watch serviced as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Over time the gaskets will dry out and crack, compromising the water resistance. Fine watches need servicing every five years and if you use the watch to dive, you probably should have the watch pressure tested every few years to avoid expensive water damage.
Our most popular watch repair service is a complete overhaul. Your watch is a complicated piece of machinery, and like any precision instrument, needs periodic maintenance to keep working to factory specifications. Think of an overhaul like an oil change and tune up for your watch. Most Swiss watch brands recommend a complete overhaul every five years to keep the watch in perfect working condition, though the period of time between overhauls will vary depending on how the watch is used and the conditions under which it operates. If you are frequently exposing your watch to dust, dirt, liquid, etc. you might want to service your watch more frequently than if your watch is operated in more pristine conditions.
During an overhaul, your watch is completely disassembled and every part is meticulously checked and repaired/replaced when necessary. The watch is demagnetized and all functions of the watch are tested and repaired. All components are cleaned and lubricated, the gaskets are checked and replaced, and the watch is reassembled. Then the watch is adjusted for accuracy and pressure tested to ensure water resistance. See the video below for an overview of a Breitling overhaul.
An overhaul is a very complex and manual process that should only be performed by highly trained watchmakers that are certified by your watch’s manufacturer. The process takes many hours to complete and typically costs several hundred dollars, reflecting the cost of both manufacturer approved parts and the specialized labor of a certified watch maker. At Govberg Watch Repair, we utilize only the best trained technicians that have been certified to work on your watch brand. We offer authorized overhaul service on the top luxury brands including Rolex, Breitling, Omega, Patek Philippe, TAG Heuer, IWC, and many, many more. All Govberg Watch Repair overhauls are backed by our 1 year warranty on all parts replaced as part of the overhaul service.
You probably don’t give much thought to when you set your watch –if you notice that your watch is not showing the proper time or date, you set right away. However changing the date when your watch is showing between 9pm and 3am can cause damage to the watch – the date should never be changed during this time period. The reason for this is simple. The day/date gear for most watches begins to engage at 9pm and does not fully disengage until 3am, well after the date has changed. If you use the crown to change the date during the 9pm-3am “danger zone”, you can damage the day-date gear or dial and earn your watch an all-expenses-paid trip to Govberg for repair ;-).
Even if you put your watch on in the morning, you need to be aware of this potential problem in the event your watch stopped while in the “danger zone”. Always make sure to advance the time first to sometime in the “safe zone” (say, 7am) and then advance the date setting. If the date is only off by one or two days, it is always safe to manually advance the time past midnight until the correct date is shown.
Of course, the best way to avoid this problem is to keep your manual watch fully wound and to use a winder to store your automatic watch so that it is always showing the correct date! If you do notice that the date function has stopped working, just contact us and we can provide a free estimate to get your watch back in working order in no time!
Keeping your watch in a safe place when it is off your wrist is crucial to ensuring safety and ability to maintain a precise and accurate ability to properly keep time. When not wearing your timepiece it is important to consider the following:
Do not store your watch near speakers, televisions, refrigerators, or other electronic devices. These products generate magnetic fields that can affect the functioning of your watch and can ultimately affecting its ability to properly keep the time. If you find that your watch does not keep time after being stored near electronic items, you can have the movement regulated by an authorized repair center to return your watch to its original specifications.
Keep your watch safe from contact with solvents, harsh oils and detergents, perfumes, cosmetics, alcohols, or any petroleum passed products. These products can and will cause the gaskets, case, bracelets, and/or straps to wear down more quickly.
A cool, dry environment is the optimal place to store your timepiece.
If you have an automatic watch, consider purchasing a winder to keep your watch(es) functioning when they are off of your wrist for long periods of time. Automatic watches will maintain their movement for several hours when removed from your wrist. If you have multiple watches, you should keep the watches you are not wearing on a winder so that they do not stop or become idle before you wear them again. Besides eliminating the need to set your watch again, keeping the watches moving will also optimize its performance over the long term.
Do you have any other tips or questions about watch storage? Put them in the comments below.
Most watches today offer some level of water resistance. Although no watch is truly water proof, some are capable of being submerged in water to various depths. To ensure that your watch will continue to perform as it should while still maintaining its water resistance, you should consider the following tips:
Make sure that your watch’s crown and stem are fully secured and completely screwed down to prevent any water, moisture, or even dust from making its way into your watch’s movement. Be careful not to over tighten the crown, which can strip the screws and allow moisture to enter the case.
If you subject your watch to water regularly, be sure to have it checked by an authorized service center periodically to ensure that all gaskets (which wear down naturally over time) are working properly. Periodic inexpensive maintenance can prevent future expensive problems.
Make sure that your watch is pressure tested every time the case is opened to perform any inspection or service to test for potential leaks and its ability to maintain the manufacturer’s original pressure standards. If you have your battery changed at an inexpensive mall location, they will not usually pressure test the watch or make sure that it is sealed.
Today’s watches can maintain their water resistance for generations if you take proper care of the watch and make sure to complete some periodic preventive maintenance. Just like changing the oil and filter in your car, your watch requires periodic maintenance to maintain water resistance to its original manufacturer’s specifications.
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