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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

Rolex Sky-Dweller

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!

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.

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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

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Ceramic: Our Favorite Summer Ladies’ Watch

by on July 31st, 2010

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Ceramic with Diamonds, $1,700

This summer, our favorite new introduction is the Tag Heuer Formula 1 ceramic wristwatch.

It is just a great piece and on so many different levels! Sleek and elegant with the combination of either black or white ceramic with stainless steel it is sure to please even the most jaded of fashionistas! Truly pragmatic — water resistant AND by having a screw down crown — there is no need to worry about getting it wet. And the 37mm case size gives the watch just the perfect amount of chunkiness.

$1,200 for the plain, and did we mention the diamond version for $1,700?

Patek Philippe for Father’s Day

by on June 1st, 2010

Patek Philippe Calatrava 5119J, Retail $17,400

As time passes, Father’s Day is the time of year that has evolved and become most poignant to me. Both as a father, and as a son, it has taken on different sentiments over the years.

Patek Philippe 5960P, Retail $78,800

Patek Philippe’s tag line is “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.” Although marketing campaigns seldom resonate with me, this one does, because it demonstrates a respect for the past and fascination for the future, which is at the core of what it means to own a Patek.

The truth is any Patek Philippe is the best watch to give and receive on Father’s Day. From a simple Calatrava 5119 to the complication of the 5960, all pieces embody the affections of generations of children toward their fathers – and vice versa.

A Classic Reborn: The New Rolex Submariner Date

by on April 1st, 2010

Rolex 2010 Submariner Date

Since its birth in 1953, the Rolex Submariner has led a double life. It was designed to be the best water resistant watch ever made, and it was destined to be a sturdy workhorse watch for sportsmen everywhere. In 1962, however, on the wrist of James Bond, the watch started a dual incarnation as a fashion icon that to this day imparts a powerful image of male urbanity and refinement.

Fast forwarding through the years and many upgrades to Basel 2010 – we find that the watch has evolved once again. Still 300 meters water resistant, the case is 40mm and is made of 904L non-corrosive steel. The important visible updates are: a ceramic (or in Rolex parlance, “Cerachrom”) rotating bezel and a dial that now uses luminescent Chromalight for the hour makers & hands for maximum legibility in any condition.

Rolex did not ignore the movement – the new Sub has a Perpetual rotor, and a Parachrom hairspring which will both improve precision and help cut down on the wear of the parts.

Once again, Rolex has shown that the newest incarnation of the Submariner is the quintessential sophisticated divers’ watch of the world.