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Betteridge Watch Fair – 2017

by on April 18th, 2017

The Betteridge Watch Fair brings the excitement of SIHH- the iconic Swiss watch exhibition- to the US.

On April 27th, it is our privilege to host many of the leading brands in fine watchmaking, including Cartier, A. Lange & Söhne, Panerai, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Baume Mercier. Exhibitors are completely transforming areas of our flagship store to showcase many of their latest and greatest 2017 watch introductions.

This is an exclusive opportunity for watch collectors to interact with leaders in the watchmaking world on a personal level, as well as try on the best of the best from SIHH.

Other highlights include three branded bar areas, featuring Cartier champagne, German beers from A. Lange & Söhne, and a Scotch tasting.

Betteridge Watch Fair
April 27, 6-8pm
239 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, Connecticut

If you plan to attend, please email rsvp@betteridge.com.

Lausanne, from the Dust up at the Foundation of Haute Horologie

by on November 18th, 2015

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This week, I’ve had the privilege of attending the 7th Forum de la Haute Horlogerie held in Lausanne, as an expert for the Americas to the Cultural Council. One of the main topics of discussion: What it means to be High (“Haute”)?

In the millenarian arts, it’s an atelier painstakingly hand-embroidering, stitching and crafting one of a handful of dresses for only the greatest of fashion’s well-heeled followers. Is a Richard Mille, made of space age stuff, its hundred case parts quickly carved by CNC and innovative programming, high? All the complications achieved, but the hand of a craftsman pretty much ignored?

So then, how high? As a myopic, high is close. Look at a Patek Phillipe watch from 1900 where the hands alone, have more real handwork than a million dollars of Richard Milles; a dial of fired, hand painted numerals whose flare was the signature of an individual immediately known for his seraph like no other; as clear a statement of his achievement as it was of his own style. Does the watch with simply stamped or cut hands even belong in the same conversation? I believe it doesn’t.

The difference in this step higher, is finish and finish is just that; taking something to its end. To deliver rough machinery is fine for John Deere and Caterpillar, but not for Haute Horologie. It is in fact, nothing but a profit with the loss of honesty. When timekeeping can be a cellphone and complication is conquered with a key stroke, then doesn’t “finish” and art, become the Height that is excellence?

In my own shops, the finish is the “table stakes”, the non-negotiable. Design and complication are the customers choices. Finish, the beauty of the hand that crafts, will always be the Haute in what we make.

Never forget, that for watchmaker or jeweler, real art is where craft and love join.

In an Overburdened World of “Luxury”

by on November 3rd, 2015

I find the title, “luxury,” given out at every turn, something of an insult. It’s demeaning to the buyer who obviously must rely on another’s taste and knowledge to get something good; it implies he’s nouveau or simply “posing”. For the folks who look and care about the way things are designed and made, it’s just unnecessary and trying too hard.

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Some great things simply stand out for their staking out of new ground; for performing better or simply being the best of what they can be and to me, that’s luxurious.

Patek Phillipe owns the realm of beautifully made, perfectly functioning men’s dress watches, where you really do expect your family to treasure one forever. This Annual Calendar (Ref. 5205G) is everything in elegance and functional investment that a watch could offer.

A fabulous glass to drink from: Whether you have a fine Bordeaux or simply iced tea, there is something wonderful about slowing the moment down and going to a favorite vessel.

I have very old crystal: some hand-engraved with political or religious declarations, sometimes a sailing ship or royal stag. Anything has to taste better held in history and beauty.

Luxury isn’t a magazine telling you something, it’s reveling in the accomplishment and skills of craftsmen and artists and honestly, toasting them: It’s all about them.

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Oktoberfest, Hosted by A. Lange & Söhne & Betteridge – October, 20th

by on October 10th, 2015

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The Rolex Explorer: 60 Year Anniversary

by on February 8th, 2013

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With the sixtieth birthday of the Rolex Explorer around the corner, the iconic and robust look of the original Rolex Explorer has changed very little since its premier in 1953. Dedicated to the first explorers to climb to the summit of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, the Explorer has been a pivotal part of Rolex heritage.

The combination of the brushed steel case and bracelet, along with the smooth bezel and luminous black dial represent the iconic DNA of the Explorer. This look is a very strong but classic approach to watch design that has stood the test of time. The Explorer is powered by a mechanical self-winding movement with Paraflex shock absorbers, a Parachrom hairspring, and a bidirectional self-winding perpetual rotor for efficiency and durability.

As the May anniversary of the Everest climb approaches, this piece will continue to represent the desire for exploration- new experiences and overcoming obstacles.

It is the perfect fit for the graduate with the world ahead of him, or the trailblazer with an unmarked route.

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Mario Buccellati 1952-2012 Tribute Watch

by on October 13th, 2012


In 2012, Buccellati is commemorating its 60th anniversary in the United States. It’s a great moment for Buccellati and one that we are particularly excited to celebrate together. This year, Betteridge is celebrating its own 60th anniversary- in 1952, we opened up our headquarters in Greenwich.

In honor of Buccellati’s storied history and our longstanding partnership, we are proud to announce the Mario Buccellati 1952-2012 Tribute Watch.

Only 33 pieces will be produced for a few friends in the cities where Buccellati’s history has been written: New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Aspen and Greenwich.

For Greenwich, the watch is a limited, numbered edition of three (Buccellati’s US President is wearing number 2, but 1 and 3 are available, if you are looking for a truly special holiday present).

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Exclusive Cartier Precious Timepiece Collection Preview

by on August 16th, 2012

An Elegant Tribute to a Visionary Watchmaker

by on May 1st, 2012

Last year, A. Lange & Sohne announced the production of an extremely limited series of watches, commemorating the 165th anniversary of Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s founding of his Glashutte manufacture. We just received one of the first to hit US shores: the “Homage to F. A. Lange” Lange 1 Tourbillon.

The tourbillon incorporates remarkable features that you will not find in any other watch. The case is in 18k honey-colored gold- a proprietary alloy that Lange created for this watch series. The honey gold has an unparalleled warmth to it, almost resembling the elegant patina taken on by Lange movements (in German silver) in the years following their production. Moreover, the solid silver dial is stunning with its exposed tourbillon mechanism and hand-guillochéd hour & minute sub-dial.

Finally, the Homage version of the Lange 1 Tourbillon incorporates a movement so innovative it would have made F. A. Lange proud. This is the first tourbillon movement that can actually be stopped, even when the watch is fully wound. This enables for time to be set to the second and to allow better viewing of the exquisitely finished tourbillon escapement.

Limited to 150 pieces worldwide, this watch is a collector’s dream come true.

Highlights from Baselworld 2012

by on April 10th, 2012

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Baselworld 2012 was the most exciting and upbeat watch fair in the last five years. Incredible demand from Asia, alongside a strengthening US market, has stoked demand for luxury watches to record levels. Most manufacturers have now recovered from the global crisis and are again expanding in-house offerings, as well as developing increasingly complicated models.

Rolex and Patek Philippe dominated this year’s show. While traditionally conservative, Rolex raised the bar, showcasing the new Sky-Dweller, which features an impressive dual time zone annual calendar. Although it’s a brand new complication for the manufacture, it retains the DNA we expect from a Rolex. This is one of the most innovative and easy-to-use annual calendar movements you will ever see.

Rolex also introduced the long awaited Datejust II with a smooth bezel and a version of the new Submariner without the date display.

On the other hand, Patek Philippe made 2012 the year of the bracelet. Patek added a bracelet to the ever-popular 5396 in both white gold with a blue dial and rose gold with a brown dial. The 5130 World Timer also received a bracelet in rose gold, while the white gold version added a spectacular black center disk- the finishing touches on two truly spectacular watches! Lastly, the 5726 Nautilus Annual Calendar now features a bracelet on both the black version and a new white dial model.

The highlight of Patek’s 2012 collection is the 5204 split-second chronograph perpetual calendar. The 5204 is the much anticipated replacement of the iconic ref. 5004, which many enthusiasts think of as the ultimate collector’s watch. For now simply in platinum, the 5204 features a traditional case design that has been beefed up to 40mm; a clean, easy to read dial; and, spectacular new in-house caliber. This is an exceptional evolution of a venerated classic and will be the new collector’s dream for years to come!

Patek Philippe Ref. 725 Perpetual Calendar Pocket Watch

by on July 22nd, 2011

Patek Philippe Ref. 725 Perpetual Calendar Astronomical Pocket Watch

While big timepieces are the style today, some watches capture the hearts of generation after generation of collectors.

Our Patek Philippe astronomical, perpetual calendar is a “best of best”: where you’ve surpassed the end of the scale to measure greatness. In a format this grand, all the months of the leap year cycle are bold; the enamel night sky and golden moon vivid.

In pristine condition from 1951, one of Patek’s best is ready to be engraved for the first time ever.

Seen at right: Patek Philippe perpetual calendar keyless, open-faced pocket watch (ref. 725), featuring a m. 17”’-170, rhodium-plated with “fausses-côtes” decoration, 18 jewels, straight line lever escapement, adjusted for heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, blued steel Breguet balance spring with swan neck regulator; three-body, “variée carrure plate” with a concave bezel; silver dial with applied gold Arabic numerals and gold “feuille” hands; perpetual calendar complication with sub-dials for days-of-the-week, month with leap year indication, date and seconds with moon-phase display aperture; and 46mm, 18k yellow gold case with a polished gold case back.