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What are my clients saying about working with me?

by amitdevhanda

Hey Gang!

I am very excited to share with you all what my clients are saying about working with me. For those of you who are looking to purchase a watch and haven’t worked with me before, hopefully this video will clarify any questions you may have. Please click the video link below to watch the video. I would love to hear from you. Please submit any questions you have for me by filling out the contact form below the video.

Thank you

Amit Dev Handa

 

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Are watches good investments for the future?

by amitdevhanda

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Panerai PAM00203

 

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As the fluctuations in the economy and the market are getting increasingly more unpredictable and unsecure, more and more people are putting their money in tangible things like gold, silver, wine, art and watches? That’s right watches! If you think about it, watches are very transportable, you can take anywhere and some are extremely exclusive and rare and hold or increase in value. Don’t get me wrong, cars are still being purchased for luxury and status, but you can’t take that exotic expensive car with you into the board room like you can with a watch. In my opinion, watches are the ultimate luxury product that you can buy, wear, collect and five to ten years from now make money depending on what you buy and who you listen to.

A great example of this would be the Special Edition Panerai PAM00203 ,which made it’s  worldwide debut in 2005. I remember when this watch came out, I was in shock that Panerai made a special edition watch in stainless steel for the retail price of $19,900. I was blown away with how expensive that seemed at the time. They only made 150 pieces for the world. I researched it more and realized they had found 150 old 8 Day Angelus movements from the 1950’s, which Panerai refinished to modern-day specs to create this incredible Special Edition. This watch exudes Panerais DNA from the 47 mm 1950 stainless steel case, to the 8 Day original Angelus movement, to the incredible dial which has all four original Panerai Arabic Numerals,  a sub second hand next to the nine o’clock, and in Italian is written 8 days, making this completely iconic and distinctive from any other 1950 watch Panerai has ever made till today.

At it’s pinnacle, this watch has achieved record breaking numbers at auction of close to $200,000. Should you be so lucky to find one used in decent shape, your still looking at about $100,000. Talk about an amazing investment! Believe you me, if I had $20,000 lying around at that time, I totally would have done it. This goes to show you that watches are the new investment for the future, and before making that watch purchase, please consider what you are buying and who you are consulting. I am always here and will let you know my thoughts, if I can ever be of service. I feel it’s important to buy a watch because you like the way it looks and feels, but it’s equally important to buy something that holds or increases its value that you can pass down from generation to generation.

Please feel free to contact me with your questions and ideas by filling out the contact form below.

The new Alpina 300 meters Extreme Diver Orange on a rubber strap is a great value under $1500

by amitdevhanda

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Alpina Extreme 300 meter Diver Orange

In the last couple of years, Alpina has been making watches I have totally been taking notice of. They have evolved and gotten better in design, quality and size. Those of you unaware of this brand, it was founded by Gottlieb Hauser in 1883 and more than any other watchmaker, Gottlieb Hauser was responsible for the concept of the sports watch as we know it today.

The brand today comprises of 5 different collections of Aviation, Diving, Sailing, Adventure and Racing. Their newest watch known as the Alpina 300 meters Extreme Divers orange, combines the world of sailing/diving and aviation. Traditionally, divers watches are round, this is a 44 mm stainless steel cushion shaped case that is available on a stainless steel bracelet or a rubber strap.

The dial is a bold black divers dial with luminous dots and indices for the numbers while the contrasting luminous orange piped minute hand is a nice touch. The date aperture is reminiscent of a pilots watch date window.  I am not quite sure how I feel about that particular design, as I am a purest and prefer a cleaner aesthetic, but to each their own.  Personally, I like the watch on the rubber strap better than the version on a bracelet The best part is, this watch retails for $1,450 which to me is the best pure valued divers watch in the market.  Should you want a sportier,chunky more monocromatic look, you can buy this watch on a stainless steel bracelet for a few hundred dollars more. You also get the exhibition sapphire crystal case back which displays the beautiful self winding movement and if you want to swim or dive, the watch is water resistant to 300 meters, has a screw down crown and a uni-directional diving bezel.

Alpina is a small family owned company, even though these watches aren’t numbered, they are limited production, so you won’t just see them anywhere, which makes them more exclusive and reliable.

Technical Specs of the Alpina 300 meters Extreme Diver Orange ref#AL-525LBO4V26

Materials
Stainless Steel
Crystal
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Dial
Black
Crown
Screw-in
Water resistance
30 ATM
Diameter
44 mm
Strap or Bracelet Width
22/22 mm
Strap
Rubber

Daniel Riedo is the newest CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre

by amitdevhanda

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Daniel Riedo new CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre

Now that newly appointed CEO of Montblanc, Jerome Lambert, is no longer running sister brand Jaeger-LeCoultre, it leaves the question, Who will take his place? As of July 1 ,2013 Daniel Riedo became the newest CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre worldwide. Mr Riedo will have some pretty big shoes to fill, but I am sure he can accomplish this with sophistication, style and grace.

Daniel Riedo joined Jaeger-LeCoutlre in January of 2011 as an Industrial Director.  He is no stranger to taking on big projects and new challenges. Before he joined Jaeger-LeCoultre, he spent over twelve years with the Rolex Group, where he headed up production at Rolex Geneva and at the same time executed Marketing Development for Tudor.

Mr Riedos experience with the biggest brand in the world combined with his education where he graduated from the University of Geneva in corporate management and of the Geneva School of Engineering, will give this brand a broader prospective and catapult them to a different level globally.

a close look at the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph 44mm

by amitdevhanda

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Since 1994, Omega has been a proud sponsor of the Americas Cup Racing Challenge. In support and sponsor of Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) for the 2013, Omega have released a very special watch known as the Seamaster 300M Co-Axial Chronograph ETZN Limited Edition

I recently had the privilege to play with this watch and I was blown away. Generally speaking, I like really clean and simple watches without a lot of complication, but this watch proved to be a rare exception. From the impressive stainless steel 44mm case, to the grey/black ceramic bezel, to the countdown timer and chronograph functions on the dial, this watch boasts quality, durability and heart all at the same time. The colors of red and black are used throughout the watch dominantly to reinforce Omegas brand identity as well as tie in the colors of ETZN Team Boats.

What makes this watch so easy to read is that the chronograph sub-dials are recessed, which makes the bold and classic Omega white hands and matte black dial pop, while the accents of red are a nice contrast bringing the entire theme of the watch together completely organically. The 44 mm stainless steel case is nice and thick, making it look much more substantial and sporty, while the integrated black rubber strap is comfortable and wearable in any situation.  I even like the way Omega is written on the strap in red.

Even though the movement is not completely in-house, it has a very reliable and well made 3330 movement, which is ETA based combined with a column wheel chronograph and co-axial escapement with silicon parts. The watch is also C.O.S.C. certified for accuracy.

On the underside of the watch, there is  an engraving of the ETNZ team logo and a mark that the watch is to help celebrate the 34th anniversary of the games. This watch is limited to 2013 pieces for the world which is also engraved on the case back. Finally, I am very impressed because you would think  a watch like this would easily be in the $10,000 price range, but it’s very well priced at $6,600 for a limited edition sports watch. To complete the story, Omega has included an addition stainless steel bracelet for versatility which comes packaged in the specialty box.

Technical Specs for the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph 44mm ref# 212.32.44.50.01.001

Features

technical data

  • CrystalDomed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
  • CaseSteel
  • DialBlack
  • Water resistance300 m (1000 feet)
  • SizeCase Diameter: 44 mm
  • Retail $6,600

I want to thank you all!

by amitdevhanda

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I am so grateful to all my fans and followers of this blog, Twitter and Facebook for your support and comments and helping me achieve over 150,000 views on YouTube for the video underneath entitled “How to buy your first Panerai watch?”I couldn’t have done it without your loyal commitment and interest and everyday I am striving to write newer and better content to educate you all with passion and conviction.

Thank you

Amit Dev Handa

Drake wears Rolex on the July 2013 cover of GQ

by amitdevhanda

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Rolex Day/Date II Yellow Gold champagne diamond dial diamond bezel

I can’t really say I am a huge fan of hip-hop or R&B music unless I am at a club shaking my thing after many liquor drinks, yeah right! This month, Canadian rap super star Drake is featured on the July 2013 cover of GQ wearing an 18k yellow gold Rolex Day/Date II with champagne diamond dial, diamond bezel. Rolex has always been a symbol of wealth and status that has been embraced by the hip hop community in videos and style shoots. Usually, this sort of medium can give Rolex a bad name because it can cheapen their image due to a certain type environment or person it’s placed on.

The Rolex Yellow Gold Day/Date II is hardly a watch I  would personally wear because its a bit too flashy for my liking, but in this particular situation, Drake wears this watch with style and confidence, making this style shoot look even more effortless and natural. This is a great example of the right style choice between the product and celebrity wearing it. I like the fact the the Rolex Day/Date II doesn’t look inappropriate or ghetto on Drake. He pulls it of with ease because he is masculine calm and confident and happens to be wearing the right clothes. Even though he is only 26, Drake appears more as a man than a boy. In style shoots like this, if the watch is not paired with the right celebrity, it can totally throw of the aesthetic of the entire shoot and detract from the goal. In this case, the watch is a nice accessory that compliments the overall theme. Also, the consumer looking at this photo gets a better idea of the true size and scale of the watch, giving him/her a point of reference.

Specs on the Rolex Day/Date II Yellow Gold Champagne diamond dial diamond bezel

Case- 41 mm yellow gold oyster

Dial -Champagne with ten diamonds

Bezel- set with 42 diamonds

Bracelet-  18k yellow gold President, semi-circular three-piece link

Movement
Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Calibre
3156, Manufacture Rolex
Functions
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date and day in windows on the dial with rapid setting. Stop seconds for precise time setting
Precision
Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC)
Oscillator
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Winding
Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Retail- $56,200

Audemars Piguet celebrates LeBron James 2nd NBA Championship

by amitdevhanda

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Audemars Piguet stainless steel Millenary ref# 4101

Arguably, Lebron James is one of the most accomplished, talented, and influential Basketball players of all time. He recently became Two-Time NBA Champion, where he lead his Miami Heat to victory and was also crowned MVP of the NBA Finals for the second year in a row, which makes him become the third player in league history after Michael Jordan and Bill Russell to win back-to-back Finals MVP and regular-season MVP awards

According to LeBron James “I came here to win championships and to be able to go back to back, two championships in three years, so far, it’s the ultimate.”  Not only is his coach proud of his work ethic, commitment and talent to victory, but watch brand Audemars Piguet, who LeBron James is the ambassador for, congratulates their iconic ambassador and embraces this momentous victory.

LeBron James is the embodiment of Audemars Piguet Brand philosophy “to break the rules, you must first master them”. As a perfectionist and love for the game, LeBron James constantly reinvents himself and pushes his limits. Being a passionate watch enthusiast and ambassador of the brand, LeBron James proudly wears the Audemars Piguet  Millenary 4101 watch in stainless steel.

Technical Specs for the Audemars Piguet Millenary ref#4101 in stainless steel

 47mm x 13mm stainless steel case,

sapphire crystal back, glareproofed sapphire crystal, black and anthracite dial with black off-centred disc,

black small seconds counter, pink gold applied Roman numerals, and pink gold hands,

automatic-winding Audemars Piguet Calibre 4101 movement with small seconds, approximately 60 hours of power reserve,

hand-stitched large square scale black crocodile strap with stainless steel folding buckle. Water resistant to 20 meters.

Retail $ $24,100

How to buy the right watch?

by amitdevhanda

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As a luxury timepiece concierge, I keep hearing that buying a watch is not only stressful, but can be a downright daunting task! I have had many questions about exactly what I do? I wanted to clarify for all of you out there who may be wondering the same. Aside from being a journalist,  I am your personal watch consultant. This means I take the guess work out of buying a watch and will go to bat for you and help you every step of the way in purchasing the right timepiece. From style, complications, size, history, mechanics and competitive price points, I got it all covered, and the best part is, I don’t charge you the client for this luxury service.

I have great relationships and work with the most reputable dealers and boutiques all over the world to ensure that you get the best watches at the most competitive prices. Since I don’t stock any inventory or have a sales staff, this gives me the opportunity and freedom to travel the world and do what I love, help you! Please don’t hesitate to call me at 702.608.0251 and I will be happy to be of service.

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IWC launches their newest boutique on a cruise ship

by amitdevhanda

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Typically, when I think of a cruise ship, I don’t think about being able to purchase a fine timepiece like IWC on it . It’s official, IWC has launched their latest boutique on the Mariner of the Seas cruise ship. This is a first for IWC and quite a pioneering and bold on their part. According to IWC CEO George Kern, “We are pleased to announce the first IWC boutique to launch on a cruise ship and we look forward to welcoming guests from around the globe to experience this exciting milestone along with IWC.”

This new boutique will house all six families that IWC has in it’s collection and will combine all  the elements of dark and white wood, glass, leather and polished stainless steel, to reinforce their brand Identity, with their core values of technical ingenuity and engineering.

I would like to sincerely congratulate IWC for this amazing new venture.  Having a boutique on sea will open many opportunities for the brand to expand their market and tell their incredible story. This ship has already set sail in Asia, servicing cruises out of Singapore and Shanghai, China.

I would love to hear from you. Please fill out the contact form  below with any questions or comments