Thursday, December 30, 2010

The beauty of Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe is a timeless Swiss luxury watch manufacturer that draws its origins as early as 1839. With age comes sophistication, and Patek Philippe has been commissioned by high-profiled royalty such as British Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Now men and women of class can exude that same sophistication and royalty by buying Patek Philippe timepieces from Chong Hing Jewelers. Chong Hing Jewelers has an elegant collection of Pateck Philippe watch for both men and women. Our collection of Patek Philippe watches include square-faced and round-faced watches; gold up to 18 karat and white gold with diamonds, and durable stainless steel.

Patek Philippe also set the standard for complicated timepieces and pioneered split-seconds hand, minute repeater, and the perpetual calendar. And here at Chong Hing Jewelers, our Patek Philippe collection delivers the same timepieces built to perfection. Our Patek Philippe collection has essential functions such as the annual calendar chronograph, and also purveys complicated watches by Patek Philippe.

Wristwatches by Patek Philippe are known for their class and sophistication, and therefore make great presents for extra special occasions such as for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and career promotions. Who could turn down such a present of great elegance?

Chong Hing Jewelers is a purveyor of high-class, luxury jewelry, and an authorized dealer of Patek Philippe wristwatches. Having been in business for up to 40 years, Chong Hing Jewelers have an excellent record in quality customer service and keen expertise in high-end jewelry pieces. Visit Chong Hing Jewelers’ website for our full collection of Patek Philippe wristwatches and other luxury jewelry.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

More Patek Philippe Men’s Watches (Part II)

Last month, we gave you four of the top men’s watches in the Patek Philippe collection. The Calatrava, Complicated Watches, Gondolo, and Aquanaut are just a few of the best-selling Patek Philippe luxury timepieces that watch lovers have grown to love over the years. This month, we present four more Patek Philippe men’s watches to give watch lovers alternatives that are equally exceptional as the aforementioned models last time.

1. The Nautilus – Known as the classic and elegant sports watch, the Patek Philippe Nautilus watch was introduced in 1976 and modeled after the universal shape of a porthole found in most maritime vessels. It entered the watchmaking industry back when steel luxury watches started to become popular. The Nautilus symbolizes a strong design with unmatched personality and has become one of the most sought-after pieces in the Patek Philippe collection. The Nautilus collection features new Patek Philippe watches showcasing the flattering redesign of Patek Philippe while maintaining the original spirit of what made the Swiss watchmaker celebrated in the first place.
2. Golden Ellipse Watches – The birth of Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Watches in 1968 inspired one of the best chapters of horological history. The unique blend of simplicity and purity with boldness and formality has made Golden Ellipse Watches of the most instantly recognized creations of Patek Philippe. The elliptical design was inspired by the golden number, a ratio discovered more than 2,000 years ago. Perfectly balanced and visually agreeable, the features of the Golden Ellipse Watches have made it a flagship of the Patek Philippe collection and are certainly perfect for all kinds of occasions.
3. Grand Complication Watches – As stated earlier, complications are features that go beyond just telling the time and date. Complicated watchmaking is therefore the supreme test of watchmaking skills and expertise. Patek Philippe Grand Complication Watches are the result of masterful horological dedication and work, and are one of the world’s most complicated timepieces.
4. Exceptional Watches – Included in Patek Philippe’s collection of Exceptional Watches are the
5002P-Platinum and the Star Caliber 2000G. The Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref.5002 is considered the most complicated watch ever produced by Patek Philippe. It is the first double-face wristwatch consisting of 686 parts, some of which cannot be seen by the naked eye. It features a minute repeater with tourbillon escapement, a front side perpetual calendar, a reverse side sidereal time, and a case diameter of 42.8mm, just to name a few. The Star Caliber 2000G, on the other hand, is an enchanting pocket watch that results from eight years of painstaking research and development. Patek Philippe takes pride in the Star Caliber 2000G as pushing the limits of horological firmament. Six patents have been filed with the creation of this extraordinary mechanism, making it one of the most complicated pocket watches in history.

Patek Philippe watches are probably one of the most expensive timepieces in the world but the
complexities of the movements patented by the Swiss watchmaker make every penny worth it. Chong Hing Jewelers is an authorized Patek Philippe distributor, and also carries other well-known Swiss watchmakers such as IWC, Jaeger-Lecoultre, Omega, Panerai, and more.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Patek Philippe Men’s Watches (Part I)

In this blog, we always talk about Patek Philippe luxury watches and how every guy and girl would love to own one. We’ve also mentioned the different pieces of Patek Philippe watches that have made the brand so well-known over the globe, but we’ve never done so in much detail. So to give you some ideas about the top-selling Patek Philippe watches, we’ve compiled a list of the Men’s Collection of Patek Philippe luxury watches:

1. Patek Philippe Calatrava – The Calatrava watches from Patek Philippe are made of hobnail patterns or polished bezels showcasing the original Patek Philippe trademark. Watches from the Calatrava family are created out of the desire to showcase the avant-garde philosophy of aesthetics with sleek lines and subtle elegance. Introduced in 1932, Calatrava watches are considered as the flagship model of the Patek Philippe line. The Calatrava watches may be smaller or larger, which reflects the brand’s eagerness to adapt to the trends of luxury watches today.

2. Complicated Watches – Patek Philippe Complicated Watches have an additional set of functions that go beyond telling you the time. Annual calendars, dual time zones, and world time displays are just a few of the features Patek Philippe offers in its Complicated Watch series. Complicated as they may sound, these luxury watches that belong to this family have many features that are useful in everyday situations.

3. Gondolo – Launched in 1993, this line of Patek Philippe men’s watches is a contemporary interpretation of the Art Deco style. The name is actually derived from the “Chronometro Gondolo” watches manufactured by Patek Philippe for world-famous Brazilian retailer Gondolo & Labouriau between the years 1902 and 1930.

4. Aquanaut – Born in 1997, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut is the perfect luxury watch that combines casual elegance with technical perfection and uncompromising performance. The creativity that comes in the design arises from its modern form sporting a rounded octagonal shape. The strap reflects the surface of the elegant and attractive dial and the complexity of the case offers extra wrist protection for active Patek Philippe watch wearers.

These are just four (4) of the top men’s watches in the Patek Philippe collection. The brand also boasts the Nautilus, Golden Ellipse, Grand Complications, and Exceptional Watches. Chong Hing Jewelers, an authorized Patek Philippe retailer, promises to deliver the complete line of Patek Philippe watches both for men and women.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Legacy, the Look, and the Lifestyle of Patek Philippe Watches

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but elegant watches such as the Patek Philippe luxury watches are everything men also need to boost their image to a whole new level. But what makes men (nowadays, women too) purchase Patek Philippe watches despite the high price they command in the watch market? Premium watches include accuracy, aesthetic appeal, reliability, quality, and comfort as their basic traits. The manufacturing process, the materials, and the movement are also important to real watch lovers and collectors who realize that luxury watches are more than just a timekeeping device.

Car aficionados understand that cars are more than just a transportation method; they increase in value as time passes by. Patek Philippe luxury watches work the same way. At auctions, Patek Philippe watches are often one of the most expensive watches sold. Additionally, Patek Philippe watches are heirloom pieces that a father can pass on to his son and grandson, making Patek Philippe watches a great way to start or to continue a family tradition.

Watches can make or break your look. With the appropriate watch, men can either look casual or professional depending on the style of Patek Philippe watch he chooses to wear. A Patek Philippe watch is not only sophisticated and elegant, but it gives its wearer power and prestige in its most subtle form. One needs not flash his Patek Philippe watch to show the world he can afford it; the watch speaks for itself. In an understated fashion, men instantly turn sleek and stylish with a simple accessory such as a Patek Philippe watch.

A Patek Philippe watch is speaks to a lifestyle few can afford. Tchaikovsky and Albert Einstein were some of the proud owners of a Patek Philippe watch, and with its limited annual production (sometimes only around 30,000 per year), people are bound to notice it on your wrist. Those who do can surely appreciate the finer things in life.

Classic Patek Philippe watches include the Calatrava, Nautilus, and the Golden Ellipse, to name a few. Patek Philippe also manufactures luxury timepieces for the ladies and some of the favorites are the Twenty~4 Ladies Watch, Complicated Watches, and Haute Joaillerie.

Advantages of Buying Patek Philippe Watch from an Authorized Dealer

When it comes to buying, customers like getting discounts and bargains. That is why there are flea markets, bazaars, direct sellers, online entrepreneurs and a whole gamut of other dealers outside of the original manufacturer. But when it comes to buying luxury items, buying from somewhere other than the original manufacturer can be a tricky prospect. Sure, it may be cheaper and possibly even easier, but are you really getting your money’s worth?

Luxury items, like Patek Philippe watches, are sold through limited and select dealers because of their value. If you are interested in purchasing a Patek Philippe watch, then you are investing a substantial amount of money for a premium item. Some shady dealer might tempt you with a “bargain” deal, but beware! Premium brands like Patek Philippe are expensive for good reason. If you are truly after value, then here are some reasons why you should only buy your Patek Philippe watch from an authorized dealer.

1. An authorized dealer can order special parts or accessories for your Patek Philippe watch. This is extremely important since each Patek Philippe watch is made individually and not as a product of a factory line.

2. An authorized dealer can add a one or even two year warranty extension on top of the manufacturer’s warranty. Additionally, the manufacturer’s warranty may also be honored by other authorized dealers.

3. If you buy your Patek Philippe watch from an authorized dealer and you encounter a problem, you can ask the manufacturer to intervene on your behalf whereas if you buy from an unauthorized manufacturer, you’re stuck with whatever service they offer you.

4. An authorized dealer can be trusted to provide you with top notch customer service. For example, take a look at authorized dealer Chong Hing Jewelers. Chong Hing Jewelers has been in the business since 1970 and is a trusted supplier of luxury brands like Patek Philippe, Chopard, Tag Heuer, and more, so you know you’re in good hands.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

What Guys Look For in Patek Philippe and Other Luxury Watches

Women are often at a loss when trying to pick the perfect gift for men. While there are certain luxury items men appreciate such as men’s jewelry, cuff links, and neckties, Patek Philippe and other luxury watches are gifts men will treasure for a lifetime. Women have a few advantages over men when it comes to fashion. Let’s face it: Women understand fashion better, they know their jewelry, and they certainly can accessorize smartly. Still, there are still certain concerns that men have when looking for the perfect Patek Philippe watch. For women who are thinking of buying just the right Patek Philippe gift for their men, here are a few helpful tips that you need to know.
Men are concerned about how big their Patek Philippe watch would look on their wrist. Some big guys will be surprised to know that there are some very large watches around that can suit him. While there are men who prefer larger Patek Philippe or other luxury watches, most would prefer a more conservative style. Knowing the personality of the guy you are giving the Patek Philippe watch to will certainly be helpful.
Men are particular about the colors of their Patek Philippe watches. While some luxury watches sport red, gray, blue, and black, most men will go for muted colors such as earth tones – the blues, blacks, and browns. Some guys are bold enough to try many bold-colored watches though. The deep blues will always be a favorite among men.
Most men won’t worry about the price of the Patek Philippe or luxury watch you will give him. Remember, it’s the thought that counts. As long as you put your heart and soul in picking the perfect Patek Philippe watch for your guy, he will definitely appreciate it. With this in mind, it is alright to buy luxury watches that are on sale. Who knows? Guys might appreciate your frugality after all. As a last note, keep in mind that the price may send a message to your guy, so spend the right amount for your guy and your relationship.
These are helpful tips to help you decide what type of Patek Philippe watch to buy for your man. However, the most important factor in buying a luxury watch is your guy’s own personality. He may be open to something different in the end. Ask around and search for the perfect Patek Philippe gift for your loved ones.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What Makes Patek Philippe Watches Worth the Price

Luxury watches such as those manufactured by Patek Philippe and other Swiss brands are very expensive, which is why collectors make these Patek Philippe watches their ultimate investments. Suggested retail prices are usually higher than what customers actually have to pay for. Deals and steals on Patek Philippe luxury watches are still available but buyers should be wary of fakes and scams. For the curious collector, here are some factors that make Patek Philippe watches truly a collector’s item.

1. Movement – The Patek Philippe brand is well-known for pioneering such movements as the perpetual calendar, split-second hands, chronograph, and minute repeater. These movements are often the most expensive luxury watches and when these features are combined, they will certainly cost more. Minute repeaters almost always command a 6-figure price while tourbillions usually start at $80,000.

2. Materials – Swiss watches are among the best watches in the world. Patek Philippe luxury watches offer luxury watches made from a variety of materials. The materials from which Patek Philippe watches are made of affect the price of the watches. Patek Philippe lovers can choose from stainless steel, gold plating, gold, yellow or rose, white gold, and platinum luxury watches. For example, Patek Philippe’s Annual Calendar Chronograph featuring a sapphire crystal caseback also has a platinum case, increasing its price in the watch market. Other watches use materials such as base metals, plastics, resins, and other synthetic materials which consumers will not likely find in a luxury Swiss watch.

3. Production scale – Some Patek Philippe watches are handmade, which increases their value. The smaller the number of production, the more expensive the Patek Philippe watch will be. There are series produced in limited number and especially expensive are custom-made luxury watches.

4. Diamonds and jewels – An increasing trend in luxury watch design nowadays is the use of diamonds and other jewels for aesthetic purposes. The bigger jewels and higher karats will definitely command a higher price in Patek Philippe watches. The Patek Philippe Twenty~4 is a ladies watch that boasts a case and a strap made of 18kt white gold set with diamonds as well as a pave-set diamond dial.

5. Brand – We’ve all heard that the name itself makes the luxury watch expensive. This is especially true with Patek Philippe watches as they are known for being at the apex of the Swiss watch industry. With over 90 patents to its name, Patek Philippe commands the highest place in watchmaking.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Why Luxury Watches Make Perfect Wedding Day Gifts

Giving gifts to your soon-to-be lifetime partner on the biggest event of your lives go as far back as the Victorian era. It is a custom practiced by many and unlike any other occasion, this gift has to be utterly perfect. Why? Because it is a gift to commemorate your wedding day, a gift that when seen or worn, would whisk you both back to that special day you decided to swap I do’s.
Luxury watches such as Patek Philippe, IWC, Tag Heuer, and the like make a perfect wedding day gift. Here’s why: 
A wedding is an investment – an investment on your feelings. You choose to wholeheartedly cherish and love one another until your dying days. Similarly, a luxury watch like a Patek Philippe, Omega, etc. is well worth the investment. These timepieces boast of impeccable quality. The skill and horological expertise combined with its history are what makes luxury watches above the rest.
A wedding is a momentous event that when remembered, it brings you back to the day in your life where you felt extreme joy. You always want you keep those memories close to your heart. A Patek Philippe watch or any similar luxury watch is something personal. You wear it with you all the time, constantly very close to you. Every time you see this perfection in a timepiece on your wrist, you are instantly reminded of that one perfect day in your life.
A wedding is only the beginning of a journey towards marital bliss. As the years pass by, your companionship only goes deeper and deeper, adding irreplaceable value into your marriage. Luxury watches, similarly, do not grow old. A Patek Philippe watch, for example, increases in value as time passes by. The real value of these luxury watches is its lasting value, making it a perfect symbolical gift for your better half.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Collecting Patek Philippe and Other Luxury Watches? Here’s What You Need to Know

Luxury watches from brands such as Patek Philippe, Omega, and Breguet are not inexpensive. The process of buying one can take weeks, or sometimes even months, because of the planning that goes into making a purchase of one. If you’re planning to collect timepieces from Patek Philippe or other luxury brands, here are some tips to get you started:

1. When in search of contemporary watches, look for those with complicated models in limited production numbers. Watchmakers such as Patek Philippe are known for pioneering a number of innovations such as the perpetual calendar, split-second hands, and the chronograph. Breguet made their mark with the tourbillon movement and A. Lange & Söhne is known for producing the first timepiece with a wearable 31-day power reserve, while Omega was the first to successfully incorporate the co-axial escapement.
2. Just like jewelry, vintage watches are scarce, which makes them that much more expensive and worth the investment. Patek Philippe and Rolex watches are known to increase in value as time passes. Patek Philippe luxury watches have long been worn by royalty and political leaders, and have consequently become a status symbol for most watch collectors. Among the most popular timepieces are the Annual Calendar Chronograph, Calatrava, Nautilus, and Aquanaut.
3. According to Michael Ashton, a Patek Philippe and Rolex specialist, Patek Philippe timepieces from the 1940s and 1950s are good investments because, ironically, they weren’t popular during that time and thus had very limited production runs. For example, the 1943 J Chronograph features a hand sewn Patek Philippe crocodile and engravings on the crown.
4. Keep all paperwork, especially the original documentation of your luxury watch. Accessories should be intact and well taken care of. Replacing or restoring them will bring down the value of your watch.
5. Buy what your heart wants and not what the fashion world dictates. Because these luxury watches are expensive, it’s best to check out what’s available and choose what kind of movement and brand best fits your style, personality, and lifestyle. For men, watches are just one of the two or three accessories worn on a daily basis, so they should be the perfect one for you.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bloomberg BusinessWeek Lists Most Expensive Watches of 2010

2010 means that more diamonds, gold, platinum, chronographs and tourbillions are set to make their mark in the world of chronology. Combine them and you have the elements that make up the most expensive watches of 2010. The world’s most prestigious and renowned watchmakers have submitted their picks for the most expensive watches of the year, based on aesthetics and technical functions. Here’s a few that made the list:

Tag Heuer’s Monaco V4 is priced at $80,000, but despite that relatively exorbitant price tag, it’s probably one of the cheaper ones on this list. The world’s first and only belt-driven timepiece was inspired by maker Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s (LVMH) love for cars. Though only 150 pieces were manufactured, the Monaco V4 is highly durable and requires less maintenance because of the belts and micro ball bearings.

• The L'Astronomo Luminor Tourbillion 1950 Equation of Time pays tribute to Galileo Galilei, as each piece is engraved with the client’s hometown, located on the back near the rotating sky chart of the city. Cast in rose gold and priced $235,000 each, only 30 of these limited edition luxury watches will be produced.

• Although Swiss watchmaker IWC’s Grande Complication was first launched 20 years ago, it continues to makes its mark in the world of watchmaking. Featuring a perpetual calendar with a moon phase, minute repeater, and chronograph with automatic movement, only about 50 pieces are manufactured annually. The platinum version is priced at $318,000 while the Portuguese-style case costs $220, 567.

• With a price of $508,000, Chopard’s Secret luxury watch features a pave-set diamond dial and a frame adorned with 19 carat diamonds in brilliant, baguette, and square cuts. Only two Secret watches have been produced so far.

• From Breguet comes the Classique 5349 Grande Complication at the price of $755,000. With twin tourbillons rotating in a platinum case lined with diamonds, this piece has more than 570 parts and is protected by three patents for its “superior precision and technological mastery”.

• For approximately $1,091,869, watch collectors can own Patek Philippe’s Sky Moon Tourbillon. The first double-faced watch has a nocturnal sky with the stars, moon, moon phases and sidereal time. The ultimate luxury watch also has a perpetual calendar, tourbillon, and a minute repeater.

• The title of most expensive watch belongs to Louis Moinet’s Meteoris, priced at an astonishing $4,599,487. With a set of four tourbillon watches, each made from a different material such as a meteorite from Mars, the moon, an asteroid, and the “Rosetta Stone”, the Meteoris comes with a planetarium that makes its price worth paying for.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Patek Philippe Luxury Watch Tip: How to Extend the Life of Fine Watches

Patek Philippe watches are luxurious accessories, and any watch lover would feel honored to wear one of these classy timepieces on his or her wrist. On the other hand, for collectors these watches are more than just an accessory because each Patek Philippe piece is a precious addition to their life’s assemblage. Below are a few tips to help extend the life of these valuable collectables.

•The first thing everyone should know when purchasing and caring for a Patek Philippe luxury watch is that each piece is different. When it comes to manufacturing techniques, most luxury watches are hand-crafted to perfection, which is what helps these timeless pieces grow in value.

•Each Patek Philippe watch should be cared for differently. Manufacturers know that customers expect quality in the production of their luxury watches, which is why these timepieces come with instruction manuals on how to properly care for each individual watch. It’s important to pay attention to all the details of your Patek Philippe timepiece.

•All luxury watchmakers make timepieces and models that are water resistant. The manufacturers do this because they understand the needs of watch lovers, and they want to satisfy their customers’ desires. On the other hand, if you have no intention of wearing your watch in the water, water resistant Patek Philippe watches are probably not the best match for your collection. However, with these watches, you can prevent damage if you ever accidently take a dip into water and forget to remove your timepiece. Additionally, keep in mind that salt water causes corrosion so try to avoid using water resistant watches in the ocean.

•Avoid leaving Patek Philippe, or any other luxury watch, in extremely high or low temperatures for an extended period of time. When you expose luxury watches to extreme heat, the battery life shortens, and if these pieces are exposed to extremely cold weather, this can cause the watch to stop.

•Keep Patek Philippe watches away from any chemicals, solvents or gasses. If you expose your piece to harmful chemicals, your watch can become discolored or deteriorate. Similarly, static electricity can also damage your watch so you might want to keep them away from certain household appliances.

These tips don’t cost a thing and there’s nothing to lose by following them. Your luxury Patek Philippe watch is a substantial investment, so it deserves the best care possible.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2010 Annual Watch Trade Shows Reveal the Top 10 Designer Watches of the Year

From Patek Philippe and Chopard to Breitling and Audemars Piguet, it’s usually important for most watch enthusiasts to have one of these popular brands of luxury designer watches. Luxury watch fanatics everywhere should know that the Swiss watch shows in Basel and Geneva, Switzerland revealed the top 10 luxury watches of 2010. The rankings are based on the following criteria: technological advances, timepiece designs and new collections. Here is the list of the 2010 top 10 designer watches of the year…

1. Audemars Piguet – With only 500 pieces released, the Audemars Piguet Quincy Jones Limited Edition watch features a 45 x 40mm oval blackened stainless steel case, automatic movement, an engraved Quincy Jones signature on the caseback, and an off-center inner oblong black circle, which is typical for the series. If that’s not enough, the Quincy Jones Limited Edition watch comes with an alligator strap and a stainless steel folding clasp.

2. Breitling – Breitling’s high-end diving watch, Superocean, has in-house Calibre 17 automatic movement and a unidirectional ratcheted diver's bezel. Additionally, the dials are available in Abyss Black, Abyss Silver, Abyss Blue, Abyss Red and Abyss Yellow.

3. Cartier – Cartier’s first luxury timepiece dedicated to men, the Calibre de Cartier, has new in-house 1904-PS MC self-winding movement and a crown featuring a synthetic spinel cabochon. This watch is available in two-tone stainless steel and 18K rose gold, and also has an alligator strap with a stainless steel folding clasp.

4. Chanel – Chanel’s sporty J12 White Ceramic women's watch is perfect for diving. This durable and reliable luxury watch sports a white ceramic case and a stainless steel bezel with blue indicators. It also has a white dial with blue hands, and a white rubber strap.

5. Chopard – Boasting a robust design with a sophisticated stainless steel case, automatic chronograph movement, and a black rubber strap, Chopard’s Superfast Chrono racing watch is one of the hottest items in today’s market. It has a black dial with date display and black rubber pushers and crown.

6. Omega – The 09 Collection of Omega features quartz precision movement with a rhodium plated finish, a 32-month power reserve, and a brown mother-of-pearl dial with an embossed 'Supernova' pattern. Also with diamond bezel and hour markers, Omega’s 09 Collection has an 18K red gold and stainless steel bracelet.

7. Panerai – The Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Military 8 Day has an aluminum-based composite case, Manifattura movements, a rugged brown dial and a vintage leather strap.

8. Patek Philippe – The Swiss maker’s Annual Calendar watch, which was first introduced in 2006, now has a larger 19k white gold case in 40mm, self-winding movement and a two-tone rhodium/silver gray dial with 18k white gold hour markers.

9. Tag Heuer – The Tag Heuer Silverstone Chronograph Limited Edition watch was re-issued to celebrate Tag Heuer’s 150th anniversary. There are only 1500 pieces released. Featuring in-house Calibre 11 automatic movement and a perforated alligator strap, each Silverstone piece is numbered and engraved with “150th Anniversary 1860-2010”.

10. TW Steel – TW Steel’s large and elegant CEO TECH has a 48mm rose gold PVD case and a black tachymeter chronograph dial with a black rubber strap.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Patek Philippe for the Ladies

There are countless of luxury watches that suit any man’s lifestyle – from business to sports – and a man’s decision on a timepiece is dependent on his way of life.

For a woman, it is an entirely different story. Luxury watches are not dependent on her lifestyle. They are as precious and as valuable as her diamonds. For her, luxury watches are accessories that instantly add class and elegance to her style.

Though much has been said and written about Patek Philippe men’s watches, this world-renowned watchmaker from the apex of Swiss watch making industry has never forgotten all about the ladies.
Take for example the Patek Philippe Twenty~4 ladies watch. It is a watch meticulously designed for the active yet refined contemporary woman. The Patek Philippe Twenty~4 watch accompanies a woman through every style and occasion – from high-fashion daywear to an elegant evening dress. From the case, bezel, and/or bracelet adorned with the fiery magnificence of Top Wesselton diamonds, down to the crown studded with an onyx or diamond solitaire, the Patek Philippe Twenty~4 watch is a work of art embodied in a timepiece. The subtly curved silhouette of the case embraces the delicate feminine wrist tenderly, reflecting perfection in its craftsmanship.
Patek Philippe has done it again – outdoing itself in every meticulously created timepiece. A Patek Philippe watch becomes an extension of the lady herself, instantaneously adding charisma and grace to her already elegant style. For whatever gender, Patek Philippe always carries with it a commemorative and lasting value.
True luxury begins online. Chong Hing Jewelers carries the Patek Philippe Twenty~4 ladies watch, other Patek classics, as well as other luxury watch brands.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Patek Philippe Through History

Although they can admittedly be a bit lavish and extravagant, those same qualities are part of what make up the glamour of a Patek Philippe watch. Each Patek Philippe watch is a masterpiece; a legendary craft enlightened by a rich history and advanced watch-making technology. Because of the unique charisma a Patek Philippe carries, they have been and still are the timepiece of choice for many of history’s most notable figures.
As far back as 1851, the Patek Philippe Company held a close relationship with Queen Victoria and began to supply luxury watches to both her and the royal court. This gesture set ablaze the fervor for Patek Philippe timepieces in European roylty. Since then, the exquisite timepieces from this Geneva-based manufacturer have been a symbol of dignity and royalty, making a Patek Philippe watch almost a necessity.
Other notable people in history whose wrists have been adorned by a Patek Philippe watch include Pope Pius IX, the King and Queen Christian IX and Louise of Denmark, the king of Italy, the Duke of Savoy Victor-Emanuel III, and the Sultan of Egypt Hussein Kamel.
Today, a Patek Philippe watch is the top choice for collectors, luxury watch enthusiasts, and remains so for many prominent figures. Among the famous people who have been spotted with a discriminating Patek Philippe timepiece are Vladimir Putin of Russia, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Prince Charles of Wales, and Hollywood celebrities like Michael Douglas and Nicholas Cage.
A Patek Philippe watch is truly in a league of its own. Valuable because of their lasting value, they are remarkable timepieces that provide extreme loyalty, not only from past owners to present ones, but to future owners as well. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Luxury Timepieces 101: The Basics of Patek Philippe, Omega, and Other Fine Watches

Watch lovers are more than willing to invest in the wristwatch of their choice. Swiss watchmakers such as Patek Philippe, IWC, and Breguet are top choices for luxury watches because of the movement, techniques, and aesthetic value they offer. From diamonds to chronographs, Patek Philippe watches and other luxury timekeeping accessory makers ensure that they manufacture only the best for their satisfied customers.

For those who are just beginning to indulge themselves in luxury watches like Patek Philippe, a few basics have to be covered. First, internet purchases have become a trend in owning luxury timepieces. Because of the prices of these timepieces, customers may have doubts on buying online. However, Swiss watchmakers often authorize reputable luxury watch retailers that customers can browse to from their website. This helps build reputation, and as a result, more future customers for luxury watch retailers.

Secondly, because Patek Philippe luxury timepieces are more intricate than mass-produced watches, they require care than only a licensed jeweler can give. It is never safe to try fixing broken watches on your own, as the movement can be potentially ruined. Licensed jewelers will only charge a few dollars for fixing your fine watch, a price well worth it especially considering the alternative of ruining a perfectly made watch.

Thirdly, watch batteries on luxury watches like Patek Philippe last for approximately 2-5 years. This is an approximation for fine watches with basic features only. Watches that are more complicated are bound to use more battery quickly because of their sizes, functions, and extra functions.

Finally, water-resistant luxury timepieces sometimes do not indicate water depth or high pressure. However, they must still meet the needs NIHS 92-10 standard which corresponds to international standard, ISO 2281. They are designed for everyday usage but cannot be used for deep sea diving. Patek Philippe, Gucci, Longines, and Maurice Lacroix offer water-resistant fine watches for the everyday man.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Elle Magazine Names Top Eight Diamond Watches for 2010

Diamond watches are predicted to be huge this year. Patek Philippe, Montblanc, and Piaget are just some of the well-known Swiss manufacturers of luxury watches that offer fine timepieces encased in diamonds. The more shine and sparkle they have, the more value these Patek Philippe luxury watches hold. Recently, top fashion magazine Elle named the top eight picks diamond watches horologists and watchlovers should look out for during 2010.

  • Montblanc’s stainless steel watch with diamond markers is Elle’s top choice and costs $2,055. Available from Montblanc, the Star Mini Automatic Diamonds features a white mother-of-pearl dial set with 10 diamonds and a black alligator-skin strap with triple-folding clasp.
  • Patek Philippe’s white gold watch with diamonds comes second. Featuring diamonds in a pave setting, this women’s watch boasts of a white gold strap encrusted with 18k diamonds.
  • Van Cleef and Arpels places third with their white gold watch with diamonds. The Cadenas S luxury watch for women presents a non-traditional way of viewing time with the clasp and case, both in steel, embodying the twin notions of Buckle and Playful Functionality.
  • Cartier’s white gold watch in diamond bezel comes in fourth place while Audemars Piguet’s diamond encrusted watch in white gold comes fifth.
  • Swiss manufacturer Piaget’s Miss Protocole XL white gold and diamond watch comes in sixth while the Happy Sport stainless steel watch with white gold and diamond bezel and floating diamonds from Chopard rank in seventh.
  • Finally, the $2500 stainless steel watch with diamond dial from Dior Timepieces clocks in at the 8th place.

Diamonds are perfect embellishments to any timekeeping device. Not only do they add glamour and shine, but also diamonds exude elegance no other gemstone can compare to. With these top picks to help you decide on the perfect diamond luxury watch for you, Patek Philippe, Montblanc, Piaget, and Chopard timepieces will definitely be the latest luxury watch you can add to your watch collection.

Friday, March 5, 2010

The lure of a Patek Philippe

Everybody wants one, but not everybody can have one. That’s the allure of a Patek Philippe timepiece. After all, who wouldn’t want to be part of an elite company of people composed of royalty, world-class professionals, athletes, and celebrities?

Patek Philippe is the ultimate symbol of luxury. You don’t just wear a Patek Philippe so you’ll know what time it is. You own and wear a Patek Philippe because you know you deserve nothing but the best there is.

What is it about this iconic Swiss timepiece that draws people to it? Is it the meticulous way each watch is made to near perfection? Is it the classic elegance that is associated with each Patek Philippe? Or could it be its elusiveness and exclusivity?

The allure of a Patek Philippe lies in all of those things. More than anything else, they are a product of their rich and glorious history of carefully maintained and impeccable watch making tradition. Each watch undergoes tedious work and inspection before landing on the wrists of their owners. Patek Philippe is the product of a marriage between tradition and technology. The product is more than just a luxury item coveted by many. The product is a Patek Philippe – an icon and the apex of Swiss watch making technology.

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Top Trends in Patek Philippe and Other Luxury Watches for 2010

In the world of horology, trends come and go when it comes to luxury timepieces such as Patek Philippe, Harry Winston, Hearts on Fire, and Gucci. Luxury watches are fashion accessories worn by the rich and famous. Annually, Swiss watchmakers start a trend that watchlovers follow. For the year of 2010, the top trends for Patek Philippe timepieces and other luxury watches are the following:

  • Rose gold as a new source of material and design for fine watches. Patek Philippe and IWC are recognized as pioneers in this trend when they launched rose gold fine watches in 2009. Timepieces in rose gold are more elegant and the quality is tougher than yellow gold. Watch lovers sporting luxury watches in rose gold exude a feeling of warmth and playfulness. Additionally, watches in rose gold are more charming and magnificent looking.
  • Technique is more important than anything else. Beauty is a plus, but this year, technique seems to place more value on the luxury watch than its aesthetic worth. Movements with complicated functions such as the Patek Philippe perpetual calendar and tourbillion are legends in the world of watchmaking. Function and movement decorations are greatly improving and these increase the prices of luxury timepieces.
  • Diamonds, diamonds, and more diamonds. What timepiece would be complete without luxurious diamonds that add shine and sparkle to Patek Philippe brand pieces and other fine watches? The more diamonds encased in watches, the more value they will add to your timepiece.

Trends may come and go but it’s also important to note that luxury timepieces by Patek Philippe, Omega, Panerai, and other world-renowned watchmakers accumulate value over time. Take great care of your watch to guarantee that its value grows over the years.

The Different Styles of Luxury Watches Based on Function

Luxury timepieces can be categorized according to movement and function. Patek Philippe watches and other fine wristwatches can either be chronograph, quartz, mechanical, automatic, jewel, or perpetual – all differentiated by their distinct movements. Because men lead an active lifestyle, they should factor this in when choosing luxury watches. Fortunately, fine watches such as Patek Philippe, Omega, and Tag Heuer also manufacture watches for divers, military men, pilots, and sailors specifically.

Military watches should be durable, sturdy, and reliable because of the range of activities a man in the army participates in. Military watches often feature a 24-hour dial and 3 symbols which represent the strength of the military over land, sea, and air. It’s important that military watches have a chronograph because of its usefulness – a built-in timer with a long-lasting backlight.

The birth of diving watches was paved with the invention of water-proof watches. Diving watches require extra protection from water and moisture. This is made possible with gaskets or O-rings between the glass and bezel, the bezel and the case, and the case back and the case. The Swiss industry requires certification to guarantee the water-resistance of these Patek Philippe and other luxury watches, which manufacturers rely on to confirm the warranty of their watches.

Pilot watches have a number of features and functions that makes their expensive prices well worth it. Pilot watches keep time, have a countdown timer with an alarm, an elapsed time chronometer, and at least two time zones. Time zones are important in pilot watches because pilots often cross different time zones when in flight. Additionally, pilot watches are expensive because they are targeted for pilots – a profession that pays extremely well.

Swiss watchmakers such as Patek Philippe, IWC, Panerai, and Chopard are among a wide range of luxury watches to choose from. Just because these specialty watches cater to specific watch lovers, it doesn’t mean that other watch lovers can’t purchase them. Luxury timepieces are for everybody, as long as you know what you want then everything should be just fine.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Patek Philippe and Other Luxury Brands are Well Worth the Investment

For a lot of people, owning a Patek Philippe or other luxury watch brand of the same caliber is an extravagance. How can a timekeeping device fetch thousands of dollars when a simple watch can serve the same purpose? It’s generally understood that a Patek Philippe or similar watch is not for everyone. These luxury brands cater only to the upper echelons of society.
A snobbish and lavish commodity, indeed; but are watches such as Patek Philippe, Omega watch, IWC, etc. worth the investment? The answer is yes.
Here’s why…
The reason why Patek Philippe and other luxury watch brands cost as much as thousands of dollars is because of their impeccable quality. The skill and the mastery that go into the production of luxury timepieces are what put them above the rest. Take for example the Geneva Seal, which is a certification bearing the highest standards by which a watch is judged. It is a mark of distinction, of extreme excellence, of pinpoint accuracy, and horological expertise. A Patek Philippe bears the Geneva Seal, boasting of perfection in a timepiece.
It’s been shown time and again that luxury watches are legacies – they become family heirlooms, something passed on from generation to generation. As the famous Patek Philippe tagline goes, “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely take care of it for the next generation.” And as time passes by, these luxury watches actually increase in value. 
Luxury watches also carry with them a deep-rooted history. Switzerland is known to be the producer of the world’s finest watches. For many years and generations, the finest horologists have been outdoing themselves to deliver more complicated timepieces, emanating extreme elegance and style. Owning a Patek Philippe watch or other similar watch brand gives you a sense of pride, knowing that you are wearing a piece of this proud history.
Of course, one must not forget that a Patek Philippe watch and other luxury watches are in a league of its own. Wearing one instantly marks your status in society. It commands respect, denoting great taste, class, and sophistication. To own a luxury watch requires a discerning eye in addition to having flair and style. Only a real connoisseur can truly grasp the quality, history, precision, status, and value a luxury timepiece offers.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Caring for your Patek Philippe

Purchasing a Patek Philippe is a major investment and one that should last you for years, or even generations. But just because it is made from the finest and most innovative Swiss watchmaking technology doesn’t mean that your Patek Philippe will automatically withstand the test of time. Like any other accessory, a Patek Philippe requires special care befitting its unique style and quality.

Patek Philippe owners need to take care to remember the golden rule: maintenance. Whatever style your Patek Philippe may be, always remember to bring it in for a routine maintenance check. A good and reasonable timeframe would be every three to five years. However, don’t just bring your Patek Philippe to any watch store. Go to your authorized Patek Philippe service staff to ensure that only expert hands will take care of your precious timepiece.

Water-resistant Patek Philippes require additional care. It is advisable for owners to bring them in for an annual water-resistance test. This is a simple procedure that takes no more than a few minutes. A little time spent on caring for your Patek Philippe is sure to go a long way.

As with the maintenance of any other luxury watch, expect your Patek Philippe to undergo some dismantling, polishing and oiling. The check-up should also be the perfect opportunity for your Patek Philippe to have some crucial parts replaced, if necessary.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Luxury Watches Make Perfect Gifts: Patek Philippe, Omega, and more

To celebrate special occasions with the one you love, you’d want nothing but the best gift possible. Consider the gift of a luxury watch from Patek Philippe, Omega, or IWC for a timeless investment. A luxury watch, such as a Patek Philippe, is passed on from one generation to the next and appreciates in value over time. Just like your feelings for that special person, a luxury watch becomes more valuable with the passing of time.
Aside from being timeless investments, luxury watches are also practical. A Patek Philippe watch that is handcrafted to perfection is unbeatable in precision and accuracy. Patek Philippe and other luxury watch brands serve a multitude of purposes, such as a date tracker, a stopwatch, an alarm, etc. Practical and timeless, a luxury watch is a possession that will be cherished for a long, long time.
A Patek Philippe watch, an Omega watch, Chopard, Panerai, etc. also serve as s stylish investment. With many fine pieces to choose from, luxury watches meet and match anyone’s lifestyle. For example, Patek Philippe or Tag Heuer sports watches offer many options for different sporting needs. If your better half is a businessperson or a socialite, luxury watches come in a range of colors and embellishments to match any business suit or evening gown.
Given as a gift, Patek Philippe and other luxury watches carry a sentiment that is unmatchable by any flower, wine, greeting card, clothing, or a fancy dinner.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

On Becoming a Luxury Watch Collector…

Part of the appeal of collecting something stems from our childhoods spent hoarding comic books, stamps, stickers, sports cards, coins, etc. The thrill of seeking out something to add to a collection brings an inexplicable joy. Collecting luxury watches such as a Patek Philippe, Omega, Tag Heuer, and the like are no exception to the fascination and satisfaction brought about by being a collector. Seeing the endless array of Patek Philippe watches, Rolex watches, and other cutting edge timepieces created by the finest watchmakers is just as exhilarating to a watch collector as vintage cars are to automobile enthusiasts. The fascination that watch collectors have with the latest styles, mechanisms, movements, and precision of luxury timepieces makes them want to collect more and more Patek Philippe watches, among other luxury watches.

Thinking of becoming a luxury watch collector? Here’s how:
While seeing the many styles of Patek Philippe, Omega, IWC, Panerai and others stimulate your passion to start collecting luxury watches, the hobby doesn’t allow you to instantly pick out a luxury watch simply because it looks appealing. If you are serious about becoming a watch collector, it is best to develop your collection slowly. Try and gain insight on the luxury watch making industry as the more information your have, the more likely it is that your Patek Philippe or other similar brand watch becomes an integral and lasting addition to your collection.
With the many Patek Philippe, Longines, Chopard, etc. styles to choose from, where should one start in luxury watch collecting?  As a newbie luxury watch collector, start by choosing a Patek Philippe watch for work, a Tag Heuer watch for sporting activities, a jeweled Chopard or Bvlgari watch for dressing up, and perhaps another Patek Philippe or Omega watch for casual events. As you gain more insight on luxury watches, your collection can be expanded to different types or styles of watches. For example, you might consider collecting the different types of movement watches, which involves the engineering of a luxury watch. Or you might consider a collection on complication timepieces or even watches with perpetual calendars such as the ones offered by Patek Philippe and other brands. The possibilities are endless and the choices are almost infinite.
Lastly, seek out publications that focus on the ins and outs of Patek Philippe and other luxury watch brands. Join social groups who are into luxury watch collecting. Watch collectors have a wealth of information they are eager to share to help you become successful in your luxury watch collecting efforts.

Monday, January 25, 2010

How to Determine Authenticity of Patek Philippe Luxury Watches

While everyone would like to strike for a great deal in purchasing a luxury watch such as a Patek Philippe, one must be wary of replica luxury watches. To be sure that your luxury watch is authentic, a number of things must be considered to ensure that money is not wasted on scams or replica timepieces.

Purchase from Authorized Dealers
Buyers of luxury watches believe that the best place from which you can guarantee an authentic luxury watch is purchasing from the manufacturer itself. While a trip to Geneva and knocking on the Patek Philippe factory sounds enticing, this method of purchasing a luxury watch is the most expensive and the most difficult to do. The best option is to purchase from an authorized dealer or reseller. Some luxury watch companies only allow certain resellers to sell their products in order to control the instances of replica watches. To narrow your search for an authorized dealer of Patek Philippe and other luxury watch brands, you may contact the watch manufacturer and ask who their authorized reseller is in your specific area.

Get in touch with the Authorized Dealer
It becomes of utmost importance to contact the authorized watch dealer and ask them questions on your Patek Philippe luxury watch of choice to ensure that they are legitimate sellers. They should be able to guide you in purchasing your luxury watch and be extremely knowledgeable on the features and functionality of the watch.

Look for Special Authentication Markings
A specific marking or signature on a Patek Philippe luxury watch proves its authenticity. Research and know the specific marking of the manufacturer of the luxury watch of your choice. Oftentimes, these markings are engraved to prove its legitimacy. Double check serial numbers and ensure that these are not scratched off.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Guide on Basic Luxury Watch Movements and Features

What sets a Patek Philippe and other luxury brand watches apart is not just their design, but also the skill necessary to produce this work of art. The true beauty of an Omega or Patek Philippe watch stems from its precision in movement and artistry.

To help you appreciate the magnificence of luxury watches, below is a guide on the different classifications of a precision timepiece.

Quartz Technology
Over the years, quartz technology has gained popularity due to its efficiency in timekeeping. The Swiss Quartz movements are known for its accuracy and reliability. It also has the greatest advantage when it comes to the price.

Mechanical Movement
Mechanical watches are created around an older technology that has been in existence for centuries. The movement uses the energy from a wound spring and keeps time through a greatly regulated release of that energy on a set of wheels, gears, and other mechanisms. These types of watches last for decades and do not need a battery. The more mechanical a watch is, the more it increases in value.
Automatic/Self Winding
Automatic luxury timepieces are the most sought after as they are mechanical, but driven by human movement. These luxury watches wind themselves by the motion of the wearer and remains wound as long as there is movement.

Jewel Movement
This involves the use of jewels that have been drilled and polished to act as bearings for its components as these gems resist temperature better than metal, hold its lubrication much longer, and reduce the friction of mechanical parts against each other.  Most luxury watches will have 19 jewels and above, representing the number of gems used in creating the masterpiece.
A chronograph luxury watch breaks down time into hours, minutes and seconds. Other chronograph watches show moon phases and calendars broken down into dates and years. These are very interesting complications that can be placed in a watch as it produces sporty image.

Perpetual Calendar
A perpetual calendar changes the date automatically on the simple date window of a luxury watch, keeping track of the date, day of the week, year, month, leap year, and even centuries.  Only an experienced watchmaker such as a Patek Philippe watch can produce such complex timepieces.