Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Chronograph vs. Chronometer

Its very common to hear someone ask us "What's the difference between Chronograph and Chronometer? So we thought it would be a good idea to break it down for all our readers. To make this easier for everyone, we will break it down into 2 simple definitions: A chronograph is a watch with a built in stopwatch feature. A chronometer is a very accurate mechanical watch. 

A chronograph is a watch that was made with a built-in stopwatch feature- Its common to have one or more sub-dials or small liquid crystal display panel to monitor elapsed time. In addition, chronographs have extra pushers to the crown for the start, stop, and reset functions. 

A chronometer is a very accurate mechanical watch- A chronometer is a very accurate mechanical watch that comes with high grade movement. The movement on a chronometer is finely adjusted to work properly in different physical and temperature environments. Also, it is usually accredited by a watch manufacturer or laboratories including the Swiss based COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres). 

We hope this summary helps you understand the difference between chronograph and chronometer a lot better now. For more information pertaining to horology and watches, make sure to stay posted for our blog and also visit our glossary page here - Gray & Sons Jewelers

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Watch President Obama

It is safe to say that President Obama enjoys wearing all types of watches. Whether it be for a casual outing or just another important conference meeting in the oval office, you will probably find President Obama flashing one of his watches around his wrist. From an early age, we know Obama enjoyed wearing watches. 

Throughout his life, photographs have captured Obama in his early childhood days all the way to law school and Commander in Chief, wearing many beautiful timepieces. It seems as if President Obama really enjoys wearing his Tag Heuer watch because of the many times the media has caught him wearing it. 

Who would of thought the President is a Vintage watch collector? For the past 15 years, Obama has been known to be the owner of a Vintage Tag Heur Aquarecer 500 amongst many others. Watch owners know a watch can reflect your lifestyle, sense of taste, but most importantly- who you are. Have you noticed President Obama's most recent watch? We have. 

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Roger Dubuis- A Legacy

Roger Dubuis has established itself amongst the top-tier watch brands of all time. The company was formed in 1995 as a partnership between Carlos Dias and Roger Dubuis. With a Doctorate in Political Science and an extensive background in Furniture design, Carlos Dias' passion for watches was what made him choose this career path. From an early age, Dias had a keen interest in watches, particularly pocket watches. After purchasing his very first watch at the young age of 18, Dias quickly grew a sincere passion for horology. It was only a short time after Dias traveled from Paris to Italy and then Geneva to start his apparel company. Amidst Dias' fascination for horology and his frequent visits to the Galerie d' Horlogerie, he met a gentleman by the name of Roger Dubuis in 1980. Dubuis had been restoring watches for Patek Philippe well over 15 years and there was no better time for both of these individuals to meet. After a long and healthy relationship, Dias contacted Dubuis in 1994 in hopes of working together and establishing a new company. In honor of a man he respected, befriended and admired as an individual- Carlos Dias decided to name his brand "Roger Dubuis".  It has been nearly two decades since the company's inception in 1995. Roger Dubuis watches have become one of the world's most renowned names in horology despite its young age. Best of wishes to Carlos Dias, Roger Dubuis and their future endeavors-- Gray & Sons.