Category Archives: Time

49 Brands Donate Unique Timepieces for ‘Only Watch’ Charity Auction

In November, the seventh annual "Only Watch" auction will take place in Geneva with 49 luxury watch brands (thus far) donating a one-off watch for the charity auction. Only Watch is organized by the Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and the auction is led by Christie’s auction house. Proceeds go to the fight for a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. For the first time, in addition to individual participating brands, there are also some partnerships and even a watch school donation from WOSTEP. Some brands are even kicking in special events or brand ambassador meetings to up the ante on the bidding. Some of the watch brands we carry are donating timepieces, as you can see on this ... [Read More]

Gangster Al Capone’s Diamond-and-Platinum Watch Sells at Auction for $84,375

We say it time and again, a good watch holds its value — not just for a few years, but easily for a century or longer. Recent auctions are a prime example. One auction that was held by Boston-based RR Auction witnessed the sale of items owned by notorious gangster Al Capone. A diamond-studded, unusually shaped pocket watch that had belonged to Prohibition-era mob boss sold for an impressive $84,375. The timepiece was a triangular platinum-cased watch with cushioned corners. It was made by Illinois Watch Company and the bezel was set with 72 diamonds. The case back reveals the movement within and has the initials AC engraved on it. The watch was sold with its original 12-inch watch chain made in ... [Read More]

Don’t Miss the Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition in NYC

In what may be one of the largest-ever Patek Philippe exhibitions, and most likely the largest-ever watch brand presentation in New York, Patek Philippe brings 450 historic, legendary and current-day timepieces to the forefront. Beginning July 13 and running until July 23, the Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition is free and open to the public. For this amazing showcase of time and innovation, Patek Philippe has taken over the entire space of Cipriani 42nd Street — and has even built a second floor in the historic space. The brand has divided the space into 10 different rooms to showcase its innovation, its watchmaking prowess and its watches. From a theater room and a U.S. historic room ... [Read More]

Independence Day Inspired Us to Show Off Timepieces in Red, White or Blue

After celebrating the 4th of July – Independence Day — which honors America’s hard-won independence from Great Britain, and our adoption of the Declaration of Independence — with dazzling fireworks and sumptuous picnics we were inspired to show off some beautiful timepieces in red, white or blue. These colors are beautiful on watches and can be worn throughout the year. In fact, blue is one of the hottest colors trending this season for watches, especially for men. For women, red is proving to be a popular color, especially in straps. Red is also a great sports-watch color. White is simply timeless. This is a great time to show off your patriotic spirit, so stop in and our superb staff will help you ... [Read More]

Watch Lovers, Have You Considered a Career in Watchmaking?

If you are a watch lover, you may want to consider switching professions. A career in watchmaking can have a hefty payoff. While watchmaking as a profession may sound a bit boring, at first, it actually is quite the contrary. Watchmakers have to be patient and disciplined, yes. But they also have to be creative and curious. To be a master watchmaker, one needs to think outside the box and envision the future of this 500-year-old profession. The number of professional watchmakers has dwindled over the past decades, especially in America. The upside is that skilled watchmakers are now in high demand. Most watchmaking schools offer comprehensive courses developed with one of two guiding programs ... [Read More]

What You Need to Know About Magnetism and Your Mechanical Watch

If you own a mechanical watch, you need to be aware that magnetism can affect its accuracy. Mobile phones, microwaves and certain electrical instruments can have an effect on the accuracy of a mechanical timepiece, depending on the proximity and duration of exposure. Additionally, certain medical testing equipment can have an adverse effect, which is why patients are often advised to leave their watch at home or in a locker during testing. Of course, there are watches on the market that are designed to be anti-magnetic. Essentially, an anti-magnetic watch can run with minimal deviation in time tracking when exposed to magnetic fields. The International Organization for Standardization has issued a ... [Read More]

Watch Battery Charity Program – June – Habitat for Humanity

Did you know that if you need a simple watch battery replacement, there is never a charge for this service at Reis-Nichols Jewelers? Instead, we just ask for a small donation, of which 100% of all funds collected go to benefit charities. Most of the charitable organizations we contribute to are right here in Indiana. The month of June's charitable donations will be given to the Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope in order to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity unites our community with people in need to provide the life-changing opportunity to purchase and own simple, ... [Read More]

Jackie Kennedy Onassis Watch and Painting Up for Bids at Christie’s New York

Christie's Auction House has announced that at its upcoming June 21 New York Rare Watches and American Icons Sale it will put up for auction a watch owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The Cartier Tank watch, which the former First Lady wore for years and can be seen in many photos of her, is estimated to sell for between $60,000 and $120,000. Jackie Kennedy © Getty Images courtesy of Christie's Auction House Apparently the watch was a gift from her brother-in-law Prince Stanislaw “Stas” Radziwill in 1963 and has an engraving on the caseback: "Stas to Jackie 23 Feb. 63 2:05 AM to 9:35 PM.” The 2:05 a.m. to 9:35 p.m. engraving references the beginning and end times of the 50-mile hike that took ... [Read More]

This Mother’s Day, Give Her the Special Gift of Time

Earlier in the week, we posted an item about how time — specifically a watch — is the best Mother's Day gift. A watch shows you took the time to think about her likes, her hobbies or interests, or her favorite colors or styles. Even better, a watch is something she will glance at every day she wears it — and be reminded of you. And, let's face it, a watch is all about showing that you recognize her time is important to her and that you respect that. With these ideas in mind, we invite you come in and take a look at the wonderful selection of women's watches we have in the store, any of which will make the perfect Mother's Day gift. Styles abound at all price points. And, if you aren't sure what to ... [Read More]

Racing and Timepieces | Exclusive with Scott Dixon

scott dixon racing and timepieces
The world of racing has forever been directly tied to time, counting down to the millisecond. With a long, rich history in racing, Swiss watch brands have developed precise timing devices, including the chronograph, and partnered with race car drivers over the decades, since auto racing first began. Timepieces hold a special significance for many drivers, and for New Zealand native Scott Dixon, it’s no different. He’s a 4-time IndyCar Champion and 2-time winner of the Rolex Daytona 24 Hour, among countless other accolades. For him, not only is it all about the function of time, but fashion & style, too. He has always been drawn to Rolex and TAG Heuer watches with their racing ties. Over the ... [Read More]