How To Estimate Time Using Your Hand

Picture this. You’ve forgotten to wear your watch and you find yourself in a remote location where battery life and an internet connection are completely alien concepts. Time is still very much of the essence; you need to head back before sunset. Luckily sophisticated gadgets don’t need to be your saviour, we all have something which can help us in a situation such as this- our hand.

Get back to basics by using your hand as a time telling device- here’s how.

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The 3 Most Important Horologists in History

Without horologists there would be no next generation of time pieces, a lack of knowledge on influential milestones and no experts on hand to make and repair time pieces of all shapes and sizes, be it clocks, watches or chronometers.

Requiring a great deal of patience and skill, this line of work is demanding and only for those who are committed to becoming an expert in the field. After all, what would man do without the ability to record time?

Some have managed to push the boundaries to become pioneers in their field, being truly influential in how most timepieces operate today. We take a look at the leading horologists who can be described as the biggest and best in history.

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Classic Valentine’s Watches for The Loved up Lady and Gentleman

14Th February is the perfect day to show the loved one in your life how much you care, but this doesn’t mean it has to be all about off the shelf chocolates and flowers. Despite being obvious choices, they are options which won’t last the test of time or in some cases, even to the end of the week.

Instead, a more practical and timeless gift such as a watch is something which can be treasured every day of the year. After all, when would an expertly handcrafted watch not be appreciated? Although Valentine’s Day is about showing your love to others, there is no reason why you shouldn’t indulge yourself at the same time.

This is why Michel Herbelin is spoiling you this Valentine’s Day by offering you a 50% discount when you purchase any pair of watches from the specially selected His and Hers collection.

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How to clean your watch at home

Well-loved watches can easily lose their shine with every day wear and tear. Dirt and oils transferred from the skin combined with residue left from products can cause an unpleasant build-up on the band of your trusty wrist watch. Keeping your watch clean is good not only for the aesthetic appeal but to keep it in good working order- after all, don’t you think your favourite watch requires some TLC?

How you clean your watch depends on the make and model, but all watches benefit from regular attention.

Here’s what Michel Herbelin’s expert watch maker recommends.

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Choosing a statement watch in 5 easy steps

What you wear on your wrist can say a lot about you. Like the car you drive or the brand of shoes you wear, there is greater significance to these coveted items than functionality. Of course prestigious brands are renowned for their quality and high levels of craftsmanship, but image plays equal importance when attracting new customers.

Today when watches are no longer considered an essential by everyone, they have taken on more importance in terms of a coveted and fashionable item of jewellery. Keeping in mind that a watch is most likely to be the focal or only piece of jewellery worn by a man, this is the perfect opportunity to make a statement.

With making a statement, often comes the significant price tag- a decision not to rush into. Here’s what to consider when looking for that special item of wrist wear.

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How to use an analogue watch as a compass to find direction

If you ever lose your way and need a helping hand, forget sat navs and smart phones, you can easily get back on track with the help of your trusty wrist watch. If you have an analogue watch, no matter how basic, it can be transformed as a make shift compass if you need pointing in the right direction during daylight hours.

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 To put this Boy Scout trick into action, you first of all need to consider which Hemisphere you are in as the method varies for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

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Six of The Most Expensive Watches Ever Sold

Watches are hot property. Older chronograph style watches continue to be a highly sought after collector’s item and flourishing technology companies such as Google and Samsung are chasing the younger end of the market with their state of the art futuristic gadget come timepieces.

From extremely rare models with distinguishing features to watches which due to their famous owners have reached a hefty price tag, we look at some of the most expensive watches which have ever been sold. Complicated, bejewelled and most certainly sought after, if any of these watches take your fancy, you’d better get saving!

1.       £1.2 million pocket watch owned by Gandhi

Antique, well-loved and now historic, this pocket watch once owned by freedom fighter Gandhi and represents much more than a means of time keeping.

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The Michel Herbelin Gift Guide: Christmas Watches Under £500

A beautiful watch is the perfect present which is not only practical but a long lasting possession to be admired for decades. A watch is an appropriate gift for all occasions from Christmas, to milestone birthdays and anniversaries and if chosen well, will never go out of style.

With an extensive range of styles, coming in all shapes and sizes and a wide variety in the choice of precious metals or stylish leather straps it can be difficult to make an informed decision. Where you may have a passion or interest in a distinct style or brand, it is always vital to consider the preferences of those receiving the gift. Remember that where men admire the intricacies of mechanical watches, many ladies would be happier with a no nonsense top quality quartz.

To make the process easier for you we’ve picked out a selection of watches suitable for everyone’s tastes, from simple and refined to bold and bright.

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5 ways our ancestors learnt how to calculate time

When the alarm clock rings on a Monday morning, it is fair to say that this is an instance where we’d prefer that time didn’t exist- but without it life as we know it would most likely cease to exist.

A life without time management and structure would be a very different and a much less productive world- it is hard to imagine a life without rushing to be on time, never mind living without the style credentials a favourite watch can bring.

Journey back in time about 6,000 years when our ancestors began to build civilisations and this was the dilemma they faced. No longer was the division of day and night sufficient- a more unified system of time keeping was required.

Before the clocks and watches we have come to know and love today became so highly integrated into our everyday lives, techniques with varying levels of accuracy were used.

Here are some of the more commonly known methods from the past which enabled man to calculate time.

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