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Betteridge & the Creation of the “Million Dollar Belt”

by on December 3rd, 2010

In 1989, the WWE approached Betteridge with an exciting request: to design and manufacture a championship wrestling belt for Ted Dibiase, the Million Dollar Man. We just found this wonderful clip of the WWE’s footage surrounding the creation of the “Million Dollar Belt.”

The New Betteridge @ Solaris Opens in Vail this Month

by on November 5th, 2010

On November 26, 2010 Betteridge will be opening the doors to its new fine watch and jewelry store, at the landmark residential and retail development Solaris, in Vail, Colorado.

Solaris, a development destined to change the way people live and vacation in Vail, will combine effortless mountain living, metropolitan convenience, unsurpassed quality and service, in a way that enhances Vail’s pristine beauty, according to Peter Knobel, lead developer.

Betteridge Solaris will add new excitement and dimension to the Betteridge offering in Vail – complementing the existing shop, which will continue to operate at Gore Creek Drive. Meaningful new enhancements include the addition of Rolex to the brand repertoire (to date, Rolex has only been available at the Greenwich, CT store), an expanded collection from Van Cleef & Arpels, and an inviting Patek Philippe ‘watch bar’, where customers can explore the many wonders of the Patek brand, at their leisure. Betteridge will also continue to offer many of the finest watch and jewelry brands in the world including Bvlgari, Paul Morelli and Audemars Piguet.

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Tom Brady & Betteridge Sell Watches for Charity

by on November 4th, 2010

Movado Tom Brady Limited Edition Chronograph, 18k Rose Gold, $17,500

Movado Tom Brady Limited Edition Chronograph, 18k Rose Gold, $17,500, comes with handwritten note from Tom about the watch

Over the last few years, it has been my privilege to get to know Tom Brady. He is an extraordinarily talented athlete for sure, but something many people may not know about him is just how wonderfully generous he is as well.

Best Buddies

A few days ago, Tom, an avid watch aficionado, asked me if I would help him sell two of his most treasured possessions to benefit one of his beloved charities:

Best Buddies is a non-profit organization “dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).”

All of Betteridge’s proceeds from these sales will go to this fine charity.

If you are interested in purchasing either of these spectacular timepieces, please call me at (203)869-0124, e-mail me at scott@betteridge.com, or come visit Betteridge at 117 Greenwich Avenue.

IWC Chronograph Rattrapante, Stainless Steel, $12,500, comes with handwritten note from Tom describing his experience with the watch

IWC Chronograph Rattrapante, Stainless Steel, $12,500, comes with handwritten note from Tom about the watch

National Fish & Wildlife Chairman’s Award Winner, Terry Betteridge

by on September 30th, 2010

Our very own Terry Betteridge was honored with the Chairman’s Award of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation on Saturday night. In his presentation of the important award, Board Member, Paul Tudor Jones acknowledged Terry’s unwavering commitment to the conservation efforts of this preeminent organization.

Terry and Katie Couric, the evening's host

Better by Design: The New Betteridge Collection

by on September 7th, 2010

Better by design is as much a process as it is an attitude. Every aspect of the design process, from overall concept to the smallest detail, contributes to the unified expression of the whole.

Widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern design, German/American architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rhohe established the foundation for a design vocabulary based on his famous dictum, “less is more.” Every aspect of his design process was focused on achieving this philosophical goal.

It is with much the same deliberation and attention to design perfection that we have approached the development and creation of our new Betteridge Collection products. Every aspect of the product development process results from the desire to achieve design perfection while staying true to our core values.

The goal is to provide an easy, natural and emotional connection between the wearer and the product. Only then is a finished piece worthy of the Betteridge Collection hallmark.

Happy 1st Birthday, Betteridge.com

by on June 28th, 2010

Betteridge Home Page

Just over 365 days ago, we launched the first iteration of Betteridge.com. It’s amazing how much can change in a year.

Today, you can browse over 2,000 products on our site. Every time we acquire a vintage watch or piece of estate jewelry, you can view it on Betteridge.com before it hits the sales floor. Moreover, from Patek Philippe to A. Lange & Sohne and from Seaman Schepps to Verdura, we have partnered with the finest watch and jewelry brands in the world to build an exceptional online catalog of new watches and jewelry.

Betteridge Earrings Browse page

We are not displaying these products just to generate sales. We created Betteridge.com first and foremost to enhance our customer service. We believe that there are times when our customers want to receive the same level of care that they do in our stores from the comfort of their living rooms.

We’re building this service to be one that we want to use- full of products that are curated by experts from the finest jewelry and watch collections and managed by sales professionals who care more about making customers happy than padding a quarterly report.

This is just the beginning. Betteridge.com is evolving every day, as we add more products and functionality. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to improve this service for you.

Steven Grotell: Our New Product Designer

by on May 1st, 2010

Steven Grotell, Director of Product Development

We’ve been lucky over the years to be able to hire some really talented people here and our latest is that, but exceptional for his history of great designing for the great designers: Steven Grotell brings his experience from Tiffany’s and Ralph Lauren and his degrees in art and architecture to the shop; his great eye and hand will be shaping designs for our future.

Steven is first nursing our new St. Christopher watch from cradle to wrists, developing the new big date movement and case details that will make the watch better in every way, then directing manufacture of new, in house jewels.

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Doubling Down in Vail

by on April 1st, 2010

Solaris: Betteridge's New Home in Vail

Tripling plus, actually… Betteridge Vail will be moving to get much more room, build the world’s first “Watch Bar” and make a “Customer’s Club” in the English sense of the word. Massive displays for Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, IWC and Cartier will fill much of the new space; of course, Van Cleef will keep a special place in our plans, as will the rest of our jewelry designers.

Our new digs will be in a friend’s new place, the Solaris building, the most creative and best built structure in town, looking right up the main lift slope, ready for business by Thanksgiving.

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John Reardon: A Legend in the Watch World Joins Betteridge

by on April 1st, 2010

John Reardon, Director of Vintage & Estate Watches

I am delighted to welcome a great friend and longstanding business colleague, John Reardon, to Betteridge. John joins us in a newly created capacity as Director of Vintage & Estate Watches – a role dedicated to assisting customers as their ‘personal curator’ in the assessment and creation of outstanding watch collections.

John’s early passion for all things horological brought him to Sotheby’s New York where he became a noted expert in watches and clocks. After five years in the auction world, he joined Patek Philippe and represented the brand for almost a decade. During this time, he completed writing the first book wholly dedicated to the venerated watchmaker: Patek Philippe in America, published by Cefari Publishing in 2008. It has become an international bestseller in the watch community.

Betteridge.com: Technology Meets Tradition

by on October 1st, 2009

We are old fashioned. We like knowing customers’ names and trading stories with them on Saturday afternoons. We like writing out repair slips by hand and working on sales cases that were built by my granddad before World War II. Technology often makes companies impersonal, and that’s the antithesis of who we are.

Six months ago, fresh from a Bay Area Internet company, Dad tasked me with finding a manner to incorporate leading technologies into our business without losing what makes us special.

To this end, we just launched a new and greatly improved Betteridge.com. The online jewelry and watch industry is riddled with forgeries, poor customer service and shoddy products. Through our website, we will do our best to extend the Betteridge experience- our talented sales staff, our access to nearly impossible to find products, and most importantly, our personality- to people who may not always find it convenient to visit us.

Today, Betteridge.com displays exemplary pieces for each of our different jewelry and watch designers. Eventually we plan to load the nearly 10,000 products that we carry onto our website in an elegant and searchable manner. For instance, in the near future, we are launching new sections that showcase our leading estate jewelry and pre-owned watch collections, so that you will be able to view our newest finds, even if you can’t come into a store.

The goal of the website is not to replace interaction in our stores with e-commerce, but rather to make it easier for customers to figure out what they want and how we can really help them.