Watches as Collectors’ Items: Five Things to Look For

The market for collectible watches has been increasing in recent years with classic styles and watch brands lasting the test of time to offer a valuable mode of investment for the passionate watch lover. Prices have been soaring on rare, awe-inspiring and expertly crafted timepieces from the most famous and respected watch makers around.

If you are a watch enthusiast and wish to purchase a watch as an heirloom or investment piece rather than for everyday use it is a decision which requires a great deal of consideration. But with so many brands and models around, how do you know what to look for?


Here are five tips on what to look for when purchasing wrist wear as a collectors’ item.

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Revealed: Movie Stars’ Must Have Wrist Watches

Lavish Hollywood blockbusters are an opportunity to experience the biggest and best of everything; from haute couture clothing to the finest sports cars available on the market. Another essential on the must have list of the rich and the famous is of course the luxury wrist watch- an important part of A- list attire both on and off screen.

Hollywood movie stars rely on complicated models or extremely accurate quartz timepieces with digital displays loaded with a variety of functions to help them to safety in even the stickiest of situations. More than decorative functions, wristwatches also reveal more about a character’s personality and social status.

Here’s what your favourite on screen spy, hero and not to be messed with leading lady favour to wear on their wrist.

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Times Have Changed: How Women’s Wrist Watches Have Evolved

Wrist watches have always been designed with the fairer sex in mind. Historically the first wrist watch was predominantly worn by women having found a pocket watch impractical. In fact it wasn’t until 1904 that the first wrist watch was designed by Louis Cartier for men, with attitudes still widely considering the watch as a timepiece solely for women.

Changing lifestyles and ever evolving fashion trends have shaped women’s watch making to dramatically evolve since the first models were widely available. Join us as we look how ladies’ watches have journeyed through the decades to today’s modern trends.

The Birth of the Wristwatch

Wrist watches grew in popularity from the 1850s, especially amongst the ladies of the French elite. These watches were limited in functionality and would be considered distinctively primitive to the intuitive models available today. The watches of this time period were often inaccurate, but their main draw was their impressive bright and glittering design. Women paid great attention to the design of a watch which is why there are many antique bejewelled masterpieces of the era.

British women took a more practical approach, wanting a simple, reliable time piece to use when hunting on horseback. These models were presented on simple leather straps, which were ideal for their required purpose. A bracelet style was the watch of choice for more formal occasions.

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Watch Etiquette: Six Tips on How and When to Wear a Watch

With so many stylish choices available from bold, modern models with a technical twist to the more classic and refined option, it can be confusing how to match your favourite time piece to the right occasion.

Today, it is mostly acceptable to wear a watch in almost any social occasion as part of a sophisticated ensemble. However, like any kind of dress code, there is a considered etiquette associated with wearing a wrist watch.

Here are the main things to keep in mind to make sure that your watch meets all style requirements:

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Top Five Watch Blogs- Our Pick of the Bunch

A classic watch is the perfect accessory to any outfit and adds a sophisticated, elegant touch in a world saturated with high tech gadgets. Whether you are a wrist watch enthusiast or a first time buyer looking for an investment piece, it can be difficult to make a decision on your next purchase with such an abundance of brands and models to choose from.

Luckily, those passionate about all things wrist watch related have create places for discussion, advice and news online, providing instant access to information allowing you to make informed choices.

We’ve picked out our top five watch blogs for you to enjoy:

A Blog To Watch


Claiming to be the “world’s most popular watch blog with watch reviews, industry information and buying guides”, A Blog To Watch is a go to source to answer anything watch related. The watch buying guide is particularly useful for those who are looking for their first watch, and it is conveniently broken down into price ranges to suit all budgets. You can even add to your collection for free if you are lucky enough to win the monthly competition!

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Importance of a Watch Service: Your Questions Answered

Like any investment you may make, a commitment doesn’t end once you’ve handed over the money for a new prized possession. Just like a car or the latest technology, an expertly crafted timepiece will have been finely engineered and to maximise its performance regular maintenance is required.

Some assume that if their watch is still ticking that everything is how it should be, however, this is not necessarily true. The day to day movement of parts can cause friction, leading to a deterioration in performance and a breakdown in the oil required for the smooth running of interior functions.

In order to safeguard the longevity of your investment, an interest and obligation is required from a watch owner in terms of regular maintenance, meaning that your watch stays dependable and enjoyable for not only you but generations to come. This is where a watch service is instrumental to the correct running of your time piece.

Watch Servicing

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Flying Through Time: The Future of The Watch

With an increasing reliance on smartphones from all generations as the principle method of time management, some have made predictions that the wrist watch may become obsolete in the future. When compared to other technological devices such as the camera or computer, the watch has been left behind. It is hard to deny that many modern watches do not look considerably different from their original models.


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Meet Some of France’s Greatest Timekeepers

The process of how we have come to recognise and record time has rapidly evolved from the tradition, precision and modernity of skilled French craftsmanship. In fact, France has been hailed as the land of the clock and watch makers for over seven centuries.

Historically, revolutionary and exquisitely designed time pieces were developed for the Kings’ Court, which grew to France becoming the key birthplace of the European watch and clock industry. Interestingly, the word ‘clock’ originally comes from the French word “cloche” meaning bell.

As Michel Herbelin is proud to be founded upon this rich heritage, we look back at some of the greatest names in French timekeeping.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)


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Newport at 25 – The Evolution of Michel Herbelin’s Flagship Line

When Jean-Claude Herbelin took over the reins of his father’s company in the early 1980s, one of his key objectives was to launch a new line which would embody the company’s core values and watchmaking heritage.  The line was to become the company’s most enduring and identifiable collection.Drawing on his own love of sailing, Jean-Claude Herbelin created NEWPORT, a range of timepieces that took its inspiration from the America’s Cup and the race to Newport, Rhode Island. NEWPORT stood for a love of the outdoors, a spirit of adventure, freedom and ultimately the pursuit of happiness.

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