What to consider when buying a luxury watch.
Thinking of purchasing a luxury watch? Buying the right watch should never be a rushed decision, especially since it’s usually an expensive purchase. Research, exploration and consultation should all factor into the equation.
Take the time to identify the exact watch that you want as after all, it will define your relationship with it for years to come! With so many different complications, characteristics and qualities to consider, there’s sure to be something out there for everyone, your time to research and find the perfect match for you. That's why we're here to help you every step of the way!
Consider first what function you want the watch to serve. Are you trying to find something to go with your dress that will stand out? Or perhaps something to wear while working out? Think about the features that would best meet your needs. A sports watch and a dress watch both have their unique features that set them apart from each other.
Sports watches are typically more robust and have features like stopwatches, countdown timers, and a more rugged build for activities like running and other outdoor activities.
Dress watches, on the other hand, tend to be sleeker and have features more suitable for everyday wear like water resistance, stone settings, MOP dial, precious metal and sometimes even gold accents.
Buying a watch is an important decision, as the type of watch you buy reflects your personal style and interests. It can also be a big financial investment. A brand is important when making your choice, because it gives you a guarantee of quality and consistency in your watch.
Many brands use superior materials, watchmaking techniques, and precision movement to create their watches. This results in watches that are more accurate, last longer, and offer more features.
A branded watch can also come with greater longevity and potential resale value should you choose to upgrade to another watch in the future. Moreover, some of the most iconic watches are associated with a level of craftsmanship and innovation that set them apart from the competition. Ultimately, when buying a watch, choosing the right brand will depend on your individual needs and style.
Before anything else, pay attention to its movement. The watch's calibre refers to the central mechanism that powers it. There are three main types of watch movements - quartz, manual, and automatic.
An automatic watch is a type of mechanical watch that does not need manual winding in order to run. The watch is powered by a self-winding movement, which winds the watch by using energy created from your natural motion.
However, when you aren’t wearing your watch for an extended period of time, it’s important to manually wind it from time to time to prevent it from stopping completely. If in doubt, read through your manual and guides that have come with your watch.
A quartz watch is a type of watch that uses quartz crystal to keep time and provide power to the watch's mechanisms. This type of watch has become very popular in recent years due to its precision and accuracy.
A manual watch, or hand wound watch, is a mechanical watch that needs to be wound manually by turning the crown on the watch. When the crown is wound, a spring is tensioned which powers the movement of the watch. Unlike quartz or digital watches which are powered by a battery, a manual watch is powered solely by the energy that is produced from winding the crown.
It's important to consider water resistance when buying a watch for several reasons.Water resistance is essential if you plan on engaging in activities like swimming or snorkeling, as the watch needs to be able to withstand the pressure and water exposure without being damaged.
Most "water-resistant" watches use gaskets to keep water from getting into the watch and are designed to tolerate moisture in common places like showers, swimming pools, and spills.It is recommended to change the gaskets every two to three years as they gradually deteriorate.
Do not forget to consider your budget when selecting a luxury watch. Set a limit for how much you are willing to spend, so you are sure to get the best watch for the right price. Buying a luxury watch can be a daunting task, but with a little research and thoughtful consideration of your needs and wants, you are sure to find the perfect one for you!
Taking the time to research, look at costs of repairs, ask questions and compare prices. This will help you find the perfect luxury watch for your lifestyle.
Be sure to get the right watch for your budget.
Luxury watches require service in order to ensure their continued accuracy and reliability. Over time, tiny pieces of the internal mechanisms can degrade, resulting in the watch's accuracy decreasing or the movement slowing down. Professional servicing of a watch, typically by an brand accredited watchmaker, is required to properly assess, clean, repair and replace any of these parts as needed. This will help ensure that the watch maintains its original performance and value.
For any help regarding the repair or service of your damaged watch or any other enquiries you may have, please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Service team on (+44) 0207 404 3366 Monday to Friday between 10:00-17:00.
Watches can be dropped off at either 88-90 Hatton Garden, EC1N 8PN or Canary Wharf Underground Station at E14 4HJ. If you’re based in Manchester then Harvey Nichols, located on 21 New Cathedral Street at M1 1AN will take care of all your repair needs.
Alternatively, your watch can be sent for free by Royal Mail Special Delivery via our Free, Secure, Post service, using our pre paid postage pack which is fully tracked and insured to the value of £25,000. This can be ordered from our head office by calling 0207 404 3366 or directly via our website.