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authorized dealer

If you’re in the market for a high-end timepiece, it’s important to make your purchase from a reputable authorized dealer. Buying from a manufacturer-authorized retailer ensures that the timepiece you buy is new, genuine and covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, and that all the information you’re given about the timepiece is accurate.

You may be tempted to purchase a discounted watch on what’s called the “gray market” — a store (either online or brick and mortar) that is not an authorized retailer of that particular watch brand. When you buy from an unauthorized dealer, you have no way of knowing when the watch was made and what may have happened to it before it made its way to you.

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An authorized retail channel, on the other hand, works like this: A brand manufactures watches, which are sold to official distributors throughout the world. The distributor then sells the watches to authorized retailers, which sell the watches to retail customers.

When you purchase a luxury timepiece from an authorized dealer, you can trust that you are purchasing a new watch — one that has not been stolen, has a serviceable warranty and runs no risk of being repossessed.

An authorized agent provides:

  • Physical interaction with the timepiece — you can handle and try on the watch before you buy it
  • Easily comparable models/brands
  • Superior customer service and quick answers to questions
  • Coverage of a manufacturer’s warranty
  • Immediate gratification
  • Complementary sizing done correctly with watch purchase
  • Faster after-sales service
  • A personalized buying experience and a relationship with the agent
  • Access to manufacturer-authorized servicing. If you bring a watch purchased from an unauthorized dealer to be serviced by an authorized dealer, they will be unable to service the watch.

How can you tell if you’re working with an authorized dealer? 

authorized dealerThe majority of online dealers are offering grey market pieces. If a watch is offered at a discount you are most likely looking at a grey market timepiece.

The bottom line is: If you’re going to invest in an expensive timepiece, you should do so from a reputable, authorized dealer, like Eiseman Jewels.

To shop our incredible selection of authorized luxury timepieces, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

timepiece servicing

Luxury timepieces aren’t rendered obsolete when newer models are introduced. High-end watches are meant to be worn and treasured for decades. When they’re well cared for and serviced regularly, today’s watches will become tomorrow’s vintage classics.

Eiseman Jewels offers factory-authorized service either by our on-site watchmaker, our offsite workshop or through the manufacturer’s service centers in the USA or Switzerland.

No matter which of these avenues your watch takes to be serviced, the process is essentially the same. The watchmaker begins servicing your timepiece by disassembling the entire movement, inspecting each component and cleaning each piece thoroughly. Under magnification, each piece is inspected for damage, broken teeth on gears or bent parts, and damaged pieces are replaced as necessary. The case is checked for water resistance through the crystal and crown.

The movement is then reassembled, lubricated and tested for accuracy. While the movement is being tested, the outer parts will be cleaned and prepped for refinishing.

The case and bracelet are taped off to block the polishing wheel if it is not the proper wheel for a particular finish. This takes accuracy, skill and focus to ensure the edges and variations in finishing are just right.

The case is then sealed and water pressure-tested to ensure water resistance. This is carried out while the case is empty without a movement, just in case the resistance fails.

The timepiece is then carefully reassembled, with particular attention being paid to the reattachment of the hands to ensure proper calendar jumping. After full reassembly, the timepiece is rechecked for accuracy and cleaned by hand to remove any fingerprints or oils.

The timepiece is then ready to be returned to the client, beautifully serviced and refinished.

The brands we service include (but are not limited to):

To peruse our exquisite collection of timepieces or to set up a timepiece servicing appointment, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

significant timepieces

This year, watchmakers have pulled out all the stops to create timepieces showcasing both contemporary styling and enduring appeal. No matter the technology employed, however, well-made watches aren’t rendered obsolete upon the introduction of newer models. As these exceptional luxury timepieces prove, today’s in-demand accessories are tomorrow’s cherished classics. 

Rolex Pearlmaster 34

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The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 34 is one of Rolex’s crowning jewelry watches. Its diamond-paved dial is a work of art in itself, and Rolex’s gem-setters have painstakingly worked to achieve the precise alignment and orientation of these stones. Moreover, like sculptors, they’ve expertly carved the dial’s precious metal — an exclusive 18-karat pink gold alloy patented by Rolex and cast in its own foundry — to hand-shape the seat in which each gem is perfectly lodged.

The Pearlmaster 34 is also Rolex‘s first model to be equipped their new Syloxi hairspring. It delivers the supremely precise, self-winding caliber 2236 movement you expect from a certified Swiss chronometer. And we can’t forget that this remarkable timepiece features one of Rolex’s most distinctive and recognizable enhancements: their date-magnifying Cyclops lens.

Specifications:

  • Bezel: Set with diamonds.
  • Bracelet: Diamond-set Pearlmaster, rounded five-piece links.
  • Caliber: 2236, manufactured by Rolex.
  • Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date.
  • Functions: Center hour, minute and second hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting.
  • Model Case: Oyster, 34 mm, Everose gold and diamonds.
  • Movement: Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding.
  • Power Reserve: 55 hours (approximately).
  • Water-resistance: Waterproof to 100 meters / 330 feet.
  • Winding: Bidirectional self-winding via perpetual rotor.
  • Winding Crown: Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system.

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time

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Anyone who loves fine watchmaking will be captivated by the platinum Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time from Jaeger-LeCoultre. Its Gyrolab balance wheel-driven orbital flying tourbillon animates a map of the world with subtle, sophisticated and scientifically accurate movement.

The watch’s carriage performs a complete rotation each minute, and the orbital flying tourbillon makes one complete turn of the dial every 24 hours, taking the entire dial with it on its diurnal journey. Yet, despite its many intricacies, the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time could not be easier to adjust. In fact, all its functions are controlled by a single crown.

Of course, the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time is also an object of great beauty. The dial’s silvered continents feature satin-brushed and sunray finishes, while the map’s waters are embellished with a fine, deep blue guilloché motif evocative of ocean waves.

 Specifications:

  • Bracelet: Leather.
  • Caliber: 948.
  • Case: Platinum.
  • Dial: Blue.
  • Functions: Hour and minute, map of the world, tourbillon with ellipse isometer escapement, 24 time-zones, world time.
  • Movement: Automatic, self-winding. Components: 375. Vibrations per hour: 28800. Jewels: 42.
  • Recto Hands: Bâton à facette.
  • Water-resistance: 5 bar.

 

The Panthère de Cartier

 

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In 1914, Louis Cartier commissioned a watercolor from painter George Barbier. The resulting “Woman With A Panther” enthralled its new owner. That same year, Cartier produced its first timepiece to feature panther motif — a bracelet watch, set with diamonds and onyx. In the years since, the panther has become synonymous with the timeless elegance of Cartier’s designs.

The Panthère de Cartier is an exquisite timepiece that also happens to be a stunning piece of jewelry. Its white gold case, bracelet and crown sparkle with 497 brilliant-cut diamonds. Sword-shaped hands of blued steel sweep its petite square face, and it measures a slim 6 mm in thickness. Arnaud Carrez, Global Marketing Director of Cartier, suggests that women will like to wear the Panthère loose like a bracelet or with a stack of Cartier bracelets.

Specifications:

  • Bracelet, Case and Crown: Rhodiumized 18-karat white gold and diamonds totaling 4.12 carats.
  • Functions: Hour and minute.
  • Movement: Quartz.
  • Water-resistance: 3 bar.

 

Discover our luxury Swiss timepiece collection on your next visit to Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

mb&f

After spending decades learning the rules of watchmaking at legacy manufacturers like Jaeger LeCoultre and Harry Winston Rare Timepieces, Maximilian Büsser broke away in 2005 to start his own company.

MB&F (Maximilian Büsser & Friends) is an artistic concept laboratory based on a simple idea: assembling collectives of independent watchmaking professionals to develop radical horological masterpieces.

Eiseman Jewels sat down with Büsser to talk entrepreneurial spirit, high-end horology and what it means to join the MB&F Tribe.

Tell us a little about how MB&F came to be. Was there one pivotal event thatpushed you to start the company? 

For me, MB&F was a life decision, not a business decision. Watchmaking saved my life. It’s given me a purpose and a surrogate family. I did not create MB&F thinking it would flourish. I created it to be proud of something, even if it wasn’t successful. The company started with just me working alone in my flat for two years without a salary, having poured every cent I had into it.

Today, it’s a small manufacturer made up of 23 people. Over the last 12 years, MB&F has been an incredible entrepreneurial and creative adventure. During that time, we have created 14 fully new calibers and changed our industry.  

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For us, watchmaking is an art that demands experimentation and pushes us out of our creative comfort zone. We deconstruct stunning traditional watchmaking and reconstruct it into pieces of kinetic art, which also happen to give time. Giving time is not the purpose — the sculpture and the story that gave it life is.

MB&F is not a company — it is a philosophy. The machines we create are only the result, not the objective.

What is one thing we may not know about you or MB&F?

I was a kid who didn’t fit in, and I suffered a lot because of it. Many years later, I not only discovered that it is OK to not fit in, but I actually made a life out of it. There’s also the fact that we try to help all the artists we curate at our M.A.D. Galleries.

What is one word you would use to describe MB&F’s creations?

Soulful.

How would you describe the difference between the Horological Machines and Legacy Machines?

mb&fThe creative processes behind both lines are totally different. Horological Machines are a free-thinking exploration of my childhood and what made me emotional along my fifty years. They are creatively raw, and come from the gut.

Legacy Machines, on the other hand, derive from a completely intellectual process. They are a tribute to the great master watchmakers who, between 1720 and 1870, created virtually every “complication” we know today. They were the giants, the real icons. With Legacy, I wanted to revisit the elegance and subtlety of their genius with a 3-D, 21st-century twist.

What makes MB&F different from other manufacturers?

I feel like just about everything makes us different, from concept to philosophy to business model. The results are creations like no other.

Any favorite pieces in the current collection?

mb&fAs I create for myself, every piece is my ideal piece — at the time of creation. And then I move on to the next. The next one is always what gives me an adrenaline rush. Watchmaking is a very frustrating world in that every new movement takes between three and four years to come to completion, and so we are working at any given time on four to five completely different concepts and calibers, going from one to another on a daily basis.  

When designing pieces, who do you envision wearing them? Do they have a certain style or life?

I create solely for myself. And more often than not, I am terrified that no one will like, buy, or want to wear what we have spent years and millions of dollars creating! I like to think that anguish is an important part of the creative process. 

When a customer purchases an MB&F machine, they don’t just get a new horological masterpiece — they join a tribe. What is the significance behind MB&F owners joining the Tribe?

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Our creations are extremely polarizing. Over the years, we’ve noticed that our clients all over the world — whatever their culture, language, religion or upbringing — actually resemble each other quite a lot.

By registering their new timepiece on the MB&F website, our clients become part of the Tribe. Not only do they benefit from an extra two-year warranty, but they get all of the insider news we share only with our clients and opportunities to meet up with other Tribe members, if they wish. This includes invitations to our events including Baselworld and Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH).

You can now peruse a stunning selection of MB&F creations at Eiseman Jewels in NorthPark Center in Dallas, the manufacturers’ only Texas retailer.

 

Baume blog

As part of its Clifton Collection, Baume & Mercier is expanding its offerings with a new series of timepieces, the Clifton Club, for men who want a multipurpose, stylish sports watch. Contemporary, refined and athletic, the Clifton Club boasts a distinctive, elegant design that offers style, functionality and comfort.

Attractive and modern, the Clifton Club was designed for adventure. Water resistant to 100 meters and ideal for watersports and boating, the Clifton Club is the watch you’ll never want to take off.

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Powered by a Swiss-made mechanical self-winding movement with date function, the Clifton Club is available in several elegant and sporty versions:

  • Polished/satin-finished stainless steel case with a black or white dial and the “All Road” calfskin strap
  • Polished/satin-finished stainless steel case with a blue or black dial and a steel bracelet.
  • All-black version with a black dial and a stainless steel case with a black sandblasted ADLC finish.

All the finishes are done by hand in line with the watchmaking traditions of Geneva. The beveled edge is polished and the top is vertically satin-brushed, along with the case band on the all-steel versions. These contrasting polished and satin finishes highlight the elegant bevel that runs around the case. The black version in sand-blasted ADLC steel gives this timepiece a modern matte look.

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With the double finish, polished edges and sand-blasted center, the bezel of the Clifton Club is a standout. The numerals are filled by hand with long-lasting lacquer in orange, or in black for the all-steel and leather versions. A steel ADLC ring is integrated to the black version and a steel/aluminum ring for the blue version.

Baume & Mercier Corporate Gifts

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Baume & Mercier, the seventh-oldest watchmaking house in the world, makes watches to mark memories. It’s the perfect timepiece with which to commemorate your business’s most important moments.

  • Reward your employees for outstanding work or loyalty.
  • Celebrate the retirement of your employees.
  • Motivate your team.
  • Celebrate the signing of an important contract.
  • Thank a client and strengthen customer loyalty.
  • Celebrate a key date in the life of your company.

Baume & Mercier lets you create a personalized watch from more than 20 choices, including model, strap, dial and case back personalization. Even the dial can be personalized with your company’s logo.

Five Reasons to Choose Baume & Mercier for Your Corporate Gifts

  1. Classical, elegant watches with contemporary, timeless design.
  2. Diverse offerings for men and women with Swiss-made quartz and automatic movements.
  3. Quality Swiss-made watches at competitive prices.
  4. Responsive, flexible service adapted to your requests and needs.
  5. 24-month guarantee worldwide.

To browse an exquisite collection of Baume & Mercier timepieces, visit Eiseman at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

luxury watch brands

You know the old saying, “A chain is only as good as its weakest link”? The same principle holds true for watches. The choice of materials is an essential link in the long chain of processes that go into creating an exceptional timepiece.

Here’s a look at some of the extraordinary materials that go into the making of today’s luxury watches.

Breightlight

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The Avenger Hurricane is a new chronograph from Breitling that pushes many technological boundaries. The watch case is made of Breitlight®, which is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel, but significantly harder.

This exclusive high-tech material boasts a number of qualities — exceptional resistance to scratches, traction and corrosion, anti-magnetism, thermal stability and anti-allergic properties — as well as a touch that is warmer than metal.

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Amorphous Diamond-Like Carbon

Amorphous diamond-like carbon, or ADLC, is a highly elastic coating developed by Cartier that exhibits some of the basic properties of a diamond; it is extremely hard and smooth, almost scratch-free and fingerprint-proof. This coating creates a layer that is self-lubricating, shock-resistant and unaffected by constant wear.

In 2014, Cartier shocked the watch world by introducing an ISO-certified dive watch: The Calibre De Cartier Diver. The following year, it introduced an update to that diver in black ADLC with a black rotating bezel offsetting the dial that mimics the Chronograph.

Baume & Mercier has a new collection of sports watches called The Clifton Club. One of the five versions available at launch features a black ADLC-coated steel case with a black dial and matching black bezel and rubber strap.

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Ceramics

The high-tech materials on watches are ceramics. Ceramics are extremely hard — usually more than three or four times harder than stainless steel. This gives them incredible resistance to wear, which is the loss of materials that are in moving contact for long periods of time.

Thanks to ceramics, mechanical watches can run for years, and their usage on watch cases means less scratches. Swiss luxury watchmakers Audemars Piguet and Jaeger-LeCoultre both feature ceramics heavily in their watches.

To learn more about the materials in your favorite luxury timepieces, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.