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5 Affordable Timepieces to Start Your Gents Watch Collection

In this article we’ll show you a range of excellent ‘collection-starter’ watches which are currently for sale here at Est1897; watches which may help inspire your first (or next!) luxury watch purchase. 

Oscars: Luxury Watches on Show at the 2018 Academy Awards

The Oscars is arguably the biggest and most prestigious awards ceremony in the world of show business. With its roots in real old Hollywood glamour, those lucky enough to walk the Oscars red carpet are dressed in the most luxurious and sought-after clothing and accessories. This year, more than $30million worth of jewellery and watches were worn by guests, who are usually loaned clothing, jewellery and watches for the night by the high-end brands that create them. 

The History of Mother’s Day

Traditionally known as Mothering Sunday, Mother’s Day in the UK falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent 3 weeks before Easter Sunday.   Most of us celebrate Mother’s Day but very few people know it’s origins.  It is believed to have started as the day people would visit their “mother” church, for a speci...

Luxury Watch Brands: Trade in Your Watch & Spread the Cost

Watches began as a practical way to tell the time on-the-go, and would have originally been attached to a chain and kept in a pocket. The wristwatch was invented later, and was initially incorporated into decorative jewellery and worn primarily by women. 

Princess Eugenie’s Engagement Ring – What’s All The Fuss About?

Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, (and, of course, granddaughter of the Queen) has just revealed her engagement to long-term partner, wine merchant Jack Brooksbank. 

How to Find the Perfect Ethical Engagement Ring

If you’re planning to propose this Valentine’s Day, it’s likely that you’re on the hunt for THE ring. Searching for an engagement ring for your partner is one of the most exciting shopping experiences you’ll have, even if finding the perfect one can be a bit of a challenge. Most would consider it very important to find a ring which not only suits your partner’s tastes, but their moral values too. 

What is a Watch Movement? Quartz vs Automatic vs Manual vs Kinetic

All watches — regardless of style, design, or brand — are powered by a mechanism called a movement, which is essentially the engine that drives the watch. Sometimes known as a calibre, the movement refers to all the moving parts of a watch that allow it to keep time. 

Planning to Propose on Valentine’s Day? How to Buy the Perfect Ring

The engagement ring is a key part of any proposal, and finding the perfect one can be difficult when it has to be kept a secret. Making the big decision to ask for your partner’s hand in marriage may have felt like the biggest hurdle of the process, but many find that choosing the ideal ring is trickier still! If you’re planning to propose on Valentine’s Day it’s wise to begin your search as soon as possible, to ensure you have enough time to seek out a ring that your partner will adore.

Omega serial numbers: How old is your Omega watch?

Omega is a classic Swiss brand of watch that carries a lot of history. They have been making watches since 1848, and carry a lot of prestige within the luxury watch industry.

Like many watch manufacturers, Omega uses a serial number system to keep track of when a timepiece was made and to mark its authenticity. If you own an Omega watch, it's possible to find its year of production based on the serial number etched into it. 

TAG Heuer serial numbers: How to identify a real watch

Because TAG Heuer is one of the premier Swiss luxury watch brands on the market, they are also one of the most counterfeited.

With a rich heritage that stretches all the way back to 1860, they are highly desirable. There is a global industry that specialises in producing fake TAG timepieces and, if you don't know what to look for, you could end up in possession of one of these replicas.