A Look Into the Captivating World of Jewelry Watches

The common wristwatch has become so much more than simply information time devices, as they are carried around with us practically everywhere that we go and at times run our lives as well. The majority of us own at a minimum two watches, first since they’re affordable (some start with a price as low as $10) and second due to the fact that there are so many various occasions which demand a suitable watch a match.

Why Invest in a Jewelry Watch?

For men the only consistent piece of jewelry that they own is a watch, and it is very reasonable that they would invest in various types to be prepared for the different occasions that come up. This is kind of similar to what women do with their jewelry.

There are numerous occasions that call for a jewelry watch, such as an anniversary, a wedding, or perhaps a formal dinner. A jewelry watch doesn’t have to be made out of a pure precious gem, though it is fairly safe to say that the majority of women would not object to that. In the majority of cases the jewelry is very elegant and subtle. For instance, there are designer jewelry watches made for men such as Rolex, that utilize full cut, high-grade diamonds on the dial instead of numerals.

Of course there are numerous jewelry watches that are available that are fully covered with gemstones. Even the strap can be made of precious metals such as platinum or gold. The primary purpose of jewelry such as these is hardly for keeping track of time. Most of the time these are used simply as an additional piece of jewelry in itself.

One of the primary reasons you should invest in a jewelry watch is that it is a piece of jewelry first and foremost. Hence, the majority of the time it doesn’t lose its value on the market. If anything it tends to become more valuable as time goes by.

Maintaining a Jewelry Watch

It is a critical step for you to insure your jewelry watch when you buy it for any eventuality that may happen. Depending on the designer brand of the watch that you purchase, you will need to follow strict service directions that are provided with it. You’ll only be able to take it for servicing to an authorized dealer of the brand or back to the same store if at all possible.

Extra care will be required if your watch has actual gemstones on or inside of it, particularly if they are located on the outside of the watch. You will need to take into consideration the information that is given to you on how resistant to gemstones are (their hardness factor), as this information will likely restrict your activity in a considerable way with the watch you bought.

For instance, a diamond has the highest hardness on the Moh’s scale (a total 10 out of 10) and only the use of another diamond has the ability to scratch it. Nevertheless, an emerald on the other hand is very brittle, and if it gets hit you may cause internal fractures of the stone itself.

Cleaning of these gemstones is yet another maintenance that has to be done on a regular basis to keep your watch a sparkling as it is meant to be. After all in the end it is a jewelry watch and it should show its beauty with every change.

When to Wear Jewelry Watches

Occassions

A jewelry watch simply should not be worn to the beach, at the tennis courts, or at the unified school district where you’re scheduled to hand your donation. Jewelry watches are reserved for cocktail parties, charity balls, and at Christie’s auctions.

This is because jewelry watches are a statement of style and taste, and part of that is knowing when to accessorize appropriately. If your jewelry watch is minimally studded with precious stones, the more versatile it becomes, and you can even wear it to the boardroom.

Prices

Jewelry watches are understandably expensive (from $5,000 to upwards of $20,000) because it takes time to find and match precious stones for your timepiece – these stones have to perfectly fit the design, need to be of the same clarity, color, and size, and are painstakingly handcrafted by artisans onto the watch.

How to Choose?

If you’re on the lookout for jewelry watches, your best bets would be the classics from the more popular name brands such as Rolex and Omega. If you aren’t looking to spend too much on your first jewelry watch, at least look for either a vintage model, which may give the impression that you’re a collector and that you chose that particular model because you searched far and wide for it, or find a piece that is freshly out in the market.

Pre-Owned Watches

Another alternative would be to purchase a pre-owned jewelry watch that is classified as a “classic.” A few examples of these jewelry watches are: models from the Christian Dior Mother-of-Pearl series or the Raymond Weil Parsifal for ladies, and the Breguet Classique for men. The Piaget Citea for ladies is also a good choice. It evokes understated elegance with its round yellow gold case, gold strap, and a simple yet stunning diamond-studded bezel.

White Gold

White gold is also an attractive alternative, such as the models in the Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Series. Its hands are set with a luminous coating to enable the owner to read the time in the dark. It is diamond-studded at the sides and a single-faceted diamond, approximately 0.05 carats, is set on the crown for a low-key but stylish effect.

A rose gold version of this model comes in a new dial color – Chocolate Dream – a warm and classy brown dial that enhances the case’s soft tone. The dials of both the rose gold and white gold editions are also set with diamonds that mark the hours, while gold roman numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock complete the look. The cases have a magnificent curved profile set onto hefty, solid bracelets whose clasps are decorated with the trademark Calatrava cross.

This attractive jewelry watch can set you back about $15,000 to $18,000, which is perhaps a good figure to start with when looking for a serious jewelry watch. However, the jewelry watch you choose doesn’t have to be ostentatious to be impressive. Choose a style that you’ll feel comfortable with. For jewelry watches, more may not necessarily be better.