C.D. Peacock Blog
2017-04-27

Earlier this year, we announced that Greenery was the high-point color for spring as announced by Pantone. Additionally, the experts on color pronounced that reds would be hot for fall. Now, the Pantone Color Institute reminds us that for spring and summer (and even into early fall), a new palette of important colors is coming our way. Interestingly enough, we are already seeing these colors surfacing at many watch brands in the form of dials, accents and straps.

Key colors that are great for the wrist include the following: Primrose Yellow, a warmer rather than brighter yellow; Pale Dogwood, a super soft and muted blush pink; Island Paradise, a tropical turquoise; Kale, the vegetable color green; and six others shown below.

Stop in any time to see the watches we have that sport these tones so that you can be right on trend.

2017-04-25

We hear about all sorts of items being made via three-dimensional printing… but watches? Absolutely. In fact, over the past few years, more and more watch brands have been using 3D printing in creating prototypes of watches that are in the research and development stages. It considerably helps to speed up the process.

By three-dimensionally printing cases and bracelets, designers and watchmakers can study the ergonomics of the pieces, the sizes, the curves and the fit. In the past, a watch brand would create a mold and then have samples made for them to see, touch and feel. This process would easily take a few weeks each time something would be altered in the prototype. However, three-dimensional printing takes almost no time in comparison.

In a recent survey, more than 60 percent of watch executives said they already use 3D printing for prototypes of cases, dials, bracelets, buckles and crowns. The benefits of moving more quickly also equal a labor and time reduction, which may help influence eventual prices. Additionally, because objects are designed on a computer for 3D printing, it is very precise, giving watch brands an excellent representation of how the piece will turn out when finally made for real.

Thus far, none of the top luxury watch brands are actually making 3D-printed watches, however, several of the finest haute horlogerie companies are secretly investigating new production methods in laboratories and universities. We can’t wait to find out more, and when we do, we will keep you posted.

2017-04-13

Well, auction season is in full swing, with the top watch auction houses putting some of their most recent finds up on the block. More now than ever before, the concept of buying vintage watches at auction has taken off. For young first-time collectors as well as seasoned veteran collectors, the vintage watch market, in general, and auctions, in particular, are a great way to find that one rare piece. The best auction houses include Christie's, Sotheby's, Antiquorum and Phillips by Bacs and Russo. There are also smaller auction houses to keep an eye on, as well.

We believe in investing in vintage timepieces, as typically many of these watches hold their value. Vintage watches also often make a great sentimental gift. However, before you dive in, here are three important things to know...

1 — Read up. Sometimes if you see something going up for auction that you really want it is difficult to resist. However, investigate the watch, its provenance and its rarity before you bid. Recently, the head of one top watch auction house said that most buyers of vintage pieces at auction make their biggest mistakes in the first year of auction buying. It’s important to know the authenticity of the watch, as well, to ensure the dial, hands or markers haven't been changed, as this significantly affects the value of the watch. You can read books and blogs, such as www.ATimelyPerspective.com and Hodinkee.com to learn more about hot watches.

2 — Ask for help. In addition to reading books, blogs and doing your homework, you shouldn't hesitate to ask the experts — ourselves included. Don’t be afraid to take some pictures of the watch you are considering buying at auction or in a store where pre-owned is a category. While most of the info you are seeking will be readily available if the watch is being sold by a top auction house, that may not be the case if you are buying vintage at retail stores. The one thing you will quickly learn about the watch community is that people are eager to talk about this passion and to give advice, so go to the watch forums, ask the experts and talk up the watch. Also, as an aside, if you are buying from a retailer, ask about your options for returns and refunds right up front.

3 — Have a budget and stick to it. It is easy to break the bank, but if you are not in a position to do so, don't. Other good deals will come along. If you've done your homework, you know what that value is based on sales of similar watches of that genre, make, model, dial color, etc. Happy hunting, and stop in any time to talk about pre-owned and vintage watches.

2017-04-11

If you love watches and art, you may be interested in making a trip to the National Watch & Clock Museum. Beginning on April 30 and running through the end of the year, the museum will host an exhibit featuring the work of watch photographer Atom Moore, whose creative take on time portrays watches in new and unusual ways.

Just about a year ago, Moore's photography was on display in New York and, subsequently, he published a book: Watch Portraits, with dozens of color photos of his work. The exhibit at the NAWCC in Columbia, Pa., is also called "Watch Portraits," and is open to the public.

Photo by Atom Moore.

From May 20-22, the NAWCC will be offering a three-day course on how to evaluate watches and recognizing genuine pieces vs. fakes. More information is available on the NAWCC website at this link...

2017-04-06

TAG Heuer officially unveiled its newest smart watch at Baselworld. It's called the Connected Modular 45 and it is Made in Switzerland (thanks to a clever move to assemble parts of the electronic module in that country). The new watch is offered in a modular format so customers can select various aspects of the watch to suit their needs — with thousands of different combinations of straps, dials, bezels and more.

The 45mm watch is powered by Intel and utilizes the Google Android Wear 2 operating system.The watch is offered with a digital head, but customers can also choose to buy a mechanical watch head so they can switch between having a smart watch or a mechanical watch, or to keep the timepiece intact as a watch once the OS becomes outdated.

The electronic watch head is powered by the Intel Atom processor Z34XX series (smaller and more energy efficient) and offers Android Pay, as well as a host of other features. The watch has in improved screen, which features a bright, colorful AMOLED display. Additionally, the watch uses a rotating command crown to scroll through menus and messages. It houses a new generation lithium battery for 24 hours of active power.

2017-04-04

Well, the Baselworld 2017 watch and jewelry exhibition has come to a close and we can sit back and reflect on the trends we believe will make their way to wrists around the world this year.

Top among the trends was a revival of mixed metals. In fact, two-tone watches — with stainless steel and 18-karat rose gold coming together in one timepiece — were all the rage. In some instances two-tone watches made their appearance in an effort to usher in less expensive prices than all-gold, but in other instances, it was all about the look. A sleek rose gold bezel against a steel case has impressive appeal. However, gold isn't stepping aside to let the two-tone looks dominate — gold is still going strong. We saw a little yellow gold emerging, but rose gold is still in vogue.

Color also gains attention this year, with beautiful dials in pale shades of pink, blue and green. Chocolate and slate gray also reign as top dial choices for both men and women. Straps emerge strongly in all hues, including bright white, orange, red, yellow and rich fall colors.

As predicted, we saw a lot of sport watches, especially chronographs, making their appearance, as well. Many of those sport watches follow a theme, such as dive watches, pilot or aviation-inspired watches and auto-inspired pieces — all with rugged, yet refined, appeal.

Finally, women's watches are stealing the limelight as more and more brands unveiled pieces dedicated to ladies. Crafted in steel, gold and other materials, the newest women's watches are either highly classic in look, sporty chic or over-the-top with diamonds.

All of these trends will be flowing our way with new product in our cases throughout the year, so we invite you in any time to see the latest and greatest timepieces.

2017-03-30

This year, Tudor celebrates 60 years of diver's watches, and with that the brand unveils the new Heritage Black Bay diver in stainless steel. Powered by the Manufacture Caliber MT5612, this watch marks the first time that a date function has been added to the Black Bay family.

The 41mm case of the watch is built in stainless steel, and the rotating bezel is machined from steel and then given a circular matte-brushed finish. The bezel features a red triangle, as does the winding crown. In addition to a domed dial, the watch is fitted with angular snowflake hands, typical of the watches of the 1970s.

The movement offers 70 hours of power reserve and beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). A  COSC-certified chronometer, the watch is water resistant to 200 meters and is offered with either a riveted bracelet, aged leather strap or green fabric strap.

2017-03-23

Every year since we can remember, the world's largest and, perhaps, most important watch exhibition, BaselWorld, has taken place in Basel, Switzerland, in March. This year, the exhibition runs from March 23 until March 30. This is a huge affair, with hundreds of watch brands unveiling their newest timepieces — watches that are sure to set wrist trends for another year.

BaselWorld is a meeting of minds, of technology and craftsmanship. Here, in five separate buildings, as well as off-site, some of the best brands in the world unveil the watches that they have been secretly working on for years.

While we will bring you specific watch brand information after the show, here are five trends we expect to be prevalent this year:

Affordability. As global economics have a huge effect on watch lineups, we expect this year to see some more affordable timepieces with quality movements and great design. These will appeal more to the younger audiences and those being a bit more frugal this year.

Over the Top.  We also still expect to see some truly over-the-top watches: timepieces with astronomical complications, musical features, and top-of-the-line complexities. Along with that, we expect that diamond- and gemstone-set watches will be strong.

Color. This is the year for brands to make a color statement. From blue to red and from pale pink to white, color should abound this year. Along with colorful dials and straps, we may find some interesting new interchangeable straps.

Sporty Appeal. Chronograph watches, pilot watches, dive watches and watches inspired by the world of automotive racing will continue to steal the spotlight. We look forward to seeing the newest affiliations and iterations from the brands we carry.

Connectivity. Smart watches in the "traditional" watch world continue. Let's see what is unveiled this week.

2017-03-21

We all know Rolex has a pristine reputation, but that fact has been proven by the Global RepTrak 100 rankings. According to the Reputation Institute that publishes the list on corporate reputations, Rolex topped the ranking — for the second year in a row.

Interestingly, Rolex was the only watch brand listed on the Top 100 ranking. It scored high for such factors as “offering high-quality products and services” to “stands behind its products and services."

Rolex's position at the top is key, as the brand beat out names like Amazon, eBay, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren. The company that ranked second was Lego Group, with Walt Disney coming in third and Canon in fourth.

We invite you into our store anytime to see our grand collection of Rolex timepieces — from the most highly reputable company in the world.

2017-03-16

If you love clocks and their history, you may well be interested in the upcoming webinar being offered by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC). The webinar is entitled "Hidden History: Clock and Watch Records in the Riggs Archive at Winterthur."

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Taking place on Sunday, March 19, at 7 p.m. EST, the presentation will be made by Bob Frishman, a full-time restorer of antique clocks since 1992. He regularly lectures on the history, science and culture of timekeeping. The webinar is free. You can register for it at NAWCC.org. If you are interested but not available on March 19, you can view a recording of the session as long as you have registered.

Winterthur's clocks number more than 100 and include chiming shelf clocks made in America more than a century ago. The Riggs Archives at Winterthur are part of the Winterthur Garden and Museum in Delaware. Winterthur was opened to the public almost 60 years ago by collector Henry Francis du Pont. It is considered one of the premier museums of decorative arts with nearly 90,000 objects on display. Winterthur is set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands in the town of the same name, about 7 miles northwest of Wilmington.

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