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Come Meet the TUDOR North Flag Watches

Tudor, a brand we are pleased to carry in our stores, has a rich history in diving, exploration and 20th century expeditions. The brand’s North Flag collection recalls those activities thanks to its rugged style and new movement.

The watches in this collection are 40mm timepieces crafted of a monobloc stainless steel middle case and sapphire crystal and caseback. The watch features a screw-down crown to offer water resistance to 100 meters. There are two versions in the line, one with a solid steel bracelet (with satin-finished link surfaces) and the other with a matte black leather strap with yellow stitching and lining.

A technical advancement, the Manufacture movement MT5621 was developed in house. Visible via a sapphire caseback, the movement of this watch instrument depicts a finished caliber with sand blasting and sunray details. We invite you in any time to see the North Flag line and the other distinguished Tudor collections.

Cars, Watches and the Daytona 500

This past weekend, the Daytona 500 took place in Daytona Beach, FL, though certain favorites didn’t make it to the final run, including Kyle Busch, who broke a leg and foot in a hard crash during the Xfinity Series race on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Nonetheless, the race was exciting – with Joey Logano speeding to victory in the 57th Great American Race. Logano is the youngest winner in the history of the Daytona 500 at just 24 years old.

All of the excitement with this race, and others coming into the season, reminds us of the precision mechanics it requires to build these performance engines and the patience and fortitude of the drivers. It is a field not unlike the world of precision mechanics under the hood of a watchcase.

In fact, as more watch brands recognize the synergy between precision mechanics of timepieces and automobiles, they are getting more involved in the world of motorsports. From actually taking title roles as Official Timer of certain races to sponsoring teams, drivers and rallies around the world, watch brands are on top of the fast-paced world of automobiles.

Rolex, for instance, has been intimately involved in auto racing since 1935, and solidified its position in the sport in 1959 when it began its association with the Daytona International Speedway. The brand continues to sponsor the Rolex Daytona races, as well as the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion every year in August, among other automotive activities. The brand’s iconic Daytona watch is the one most associated with automotive sports.

Similarly, Tudor is the Entitlement Sponsor of Tudor United Sportscar Championship races. This series combines two previously separate races — the American Le Mans Series and Grand Am Road Racing — under one umbrella managed by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). The TUDOR Grantour Chrono Fly-Back watch has a strong tie with the world of auto racing, as it allows consecutive time intervals to be measured rapidly via the on-the-fly chronograph reset and instant restart function.

TAG Heuer has long been involved in the world of auto racing – dating back to the Pan-American races. The brand is actively involved in the fully electric FIA Formula E Championship, World Rally (with Sebastien Ogier joining as a brand ambassador), is the Official Watch Partner of Nissan NISMO, and sponsors the TAG Heuer Premier Motor Racing Exhibition, which kicked off in Kuala Lumpur in January. The brand creates both the Monaco and Carrera watch lines that honor this sport and that have become renowned around the world for their race-inspired design and top-quality craftsmanship.

We are proud to carry these brands and others with auto-inspired themes. Stop in any time to see them.

Hermes Redefines Elegance

Today’s top designer brands are refining their signature looks with sleeker silhouettes and alluring colors via slight refinements that add updated appeal. Such is the case with the newest watches from Hermes, which are offered in sleeker silhouettes and in a host of alluring fashion-forward colors.

The Cape Cod line — a pillar of the brand’s watch collections for nearly 25 years — is being slightly redesigned this year, while preserving its distinctive look. Certain Cape Cod watches are also now being offered with newly developed Silver cases. Indeed, the new silver alloy, which is 97 percent silver, is designed to hold the radiance of the metal longer than conventional 925 silver.

The alloy has been created exclusively for Hermes and represents the brand’s efforts to renew its ties with precious metals. It will be used for the Nantucket and Tonneau pieces. New versions include opaline silvered dials that complement the 97 percent silver cases. Additionally, interchangeable straps are now coming into play for all of the Tonneau and Nantucket Silver pieces. Straps are being offered in stunning hues of Malta blue, raspberry, orange, taupe and natural.

Award-Winning Shinola Brings American Watchmaking Back Into Vogue

Just a little over a week ago, the jewelry industry celebrated its annual GEM Awards in New York City. Among the many awards given out at this once-a-year event, one brand is honored for its outstanding marketing achievements. This year, we are proud to carry the watches made by the brand that won: Shinola.

It had been approximately half a century since any full-production watchmaking had been done in America when a group of watch-industry veterans and friends thought they could change that by bringing American-made products back to the forefront. A couple of years ago, they formed their new company, Shinola, in Detroit, and set their sights on making watches, bicycles (made with custom-level USA-made frames), leather goods (made of leather from American tanneries), and more. Today, the company is growing stronger and garnering international attention.

The original Shinola Company from which the brand derived its name was Shinola-Bixby, a small-scale shoeshine manufacturer started in 1907. During the World Wars, when shining boots was required, Shinola’s business boomed. (Yes, this is the company around which the pop-culture saying “You don’t know sh-- from Shinola” was formed in the early 1940s. The name made sense and the brand adopted it to represent its American-made products. In a 30,000-square-foot factory in Detroit, on the College for Creative Studies campus in the ex-General Motors plant, workers assemble quartz movements consisting of Swiss-made components, and finished timepieces in a host of collections. With a lightning bolt logo that reads “Built in Detroit,” Shinola continues to unveil new lines.

Among the stars in the watch lineup: Runwell (its first collection) and the Runwell Chronograph. Available on a PVD gunmetal bracelet or on a rubber or fabric strap, the Runwell Chronograph has a vintage allure. Versions of the 47mm Runwell Chronograph include a model with a grey/brown dials and heather grey strap, one with a blue dial and PVD gunmetal bracelet, and other renditions with black or white dials and a variety of nylon strap or bracelet options. We are proud to carry Shinola made-in-America watches.

Tudor, Rolex's Younger Sibling, Makes Big Impact

Those who know and love the Rolex brand, may already be well aware of the brand’s younger sibling, Tudor. If you don’t know about Tudor, you may want to stop in and take a look because this brand is making a big splash since its re-emergence on the U.S. market just a couple of years ago.

Tudor has all the markings of the finest watch brands: great aesthetics, sporty functions, attention to detail and more. Additionally, the brand takes an active role in a host of sports that underscore its collections – from yacht racing to automobile racing.

In fact, thanks to its role as the title sponsor of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and because of its involvement with motor sports, the Swiss watch brand offers stand-out timepieces in the auto-inspired Gran Tour collection, which includes date watches, chronograph watches and more.

One particularly appealing piece is the Tudor GranTour Chrono Flyback. The 42mm steel watch features a black lacquer fixed graduated bezel, and houses a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement with 42 hours of power reserve. The chronograph subdials are designed to resemble dashboard gauges and feature red and black accents.

It offers a small seconds hand at 3:00, date at 6:00, and 60-minute totalizer at 9:00. It is water resistant to 500 feet and sold with either a steel bracelet or a leather strap with perforations. There is also an 18-karat rose gold version. What makes the Tudor watches even better? Their affordable price point. Stop in. This is one watch you want to see up close and personal. It may have your heart racing.