Watch Glossary

  • Index Stick Markers

    The foundation of a watch dial is its hour markers that define the character of the timepiece. They are an important part or the dial aesthetic. Luxury watch brands use three main styles that you can find in high-end watches: Roman numerals, Arabic numerals and index stick markers. Such markers, also known as plain batons, are straight-line markers located in place of numerals on a designer watch dial. They are used to indicate hours. This style is an elegant compromise between traditions and innovations. It is commonly used by such luxury watch brands as Omega, Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Girard-Perregaux and many others. Quite often high-end watch manufacturers combine baton markers with Roman or Arabic numerals. As an example let’s take Malte collection by Vacheron Constantin. Designers used Roman numerals at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions and index stick markers for the other hours. As a result, it brought technical excellence and unique individuality to each of the fine watches. Another example is Radomir collection by Panerai. Watchmakers mixed Arabic numerals with baton markers. Most of the items of this collection have numbers at the 12, 3, 6 or 9 o’clock positions and stick markers at others. Thus, such a style made this new product line stylish and elegant in the same time. So, choosing a designer watch with index stick markers you will always be in trend anywhere and anytime.

  • Inlay

    Inlay is a one of the fabrication method for jewelry, in particular for the luxury watches. It means that stones or colored materials have been set into the surface, usually at the same level, to form a design. Materials for this process include valuable metals, for example, gold or silver, and different kinds of stones. Luxury watch brands often use very precious gemstones, such as diamonds, sapphires, rubies or emeralds. But sometimes they can also use semi-precious stones like citrines, turquoises, topazes, pearls, coral, lapis and others. To create inlaid designer watch, the watchmakers cut and fit the gemstones into the metallic channels, voids, shapes or holes of the case or bracelet. The shape of these channels matches the form of the gemstones. It requires great precision of cutting and design to avoid gaps. The main thing is to ensure that the stones are set for all time and safely. Polishing completes this process. As a result, all jewels are at the same level as the metal. To the touch, the item's surface is one and the same. It is flat, smooth and seamless. An ideal inlay demonstrates no distinguishable textural difference at the interface of the fine watch. Luxury watch manufacturers demonstrate a great mastery of stone inlay work. So such designer watches are real work of art.

  • Integrated Bracelet

    Luxury watch brands produce their exclusive items with different kinds of bands that are divided into bracelets and straps. Bracelet is a watch band consisted of assembled metal links, and strap is a band made from non-metal material, such as leather or rubber. Often a bracelet can be changed to a strap. But not always. Some high-end watches have so-called integrated bracelets. So what does integrated bracelet mean? It is a band that is incorporated into the design of the case and does not include a standard strap connection. Thus, the bracelet and the case create a single piece of art. Such bands are designed to focus the attention directly on the luxury watch and not to detract from it. Moreover, these bracelets enhance the aesthetic character of a fine watch. They are really quite comfy on the wrist. Integrated bracelets of the high-end watches can be made of stainless steel, sterling silver, gold, platinum or a combination of these metals. They can also be decorated with diamonds and other gems. Such bracelets are more common on ladies watches, but they also can be found on timepieces for men. For example, this kind of a band is used in Constellation collection by Omega, Nautilus collection by Patek Philippe, Royal Oak collection by Audemars Piguet and so on.

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