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A timepiece does more than tell the time. It says something about you, about your personal style and about who you are. A timepiece also tells a story – whether it be because it is an heirloom passed down from one generation to another, because it is a gift from someone special representing a milestone or perhaps because it is a holiday souvenir and reminder of your travels.

The personal timepiece itself came about in the 17th century after the larger clock was adapted to a smaller size. The first wristwatch was originally a women’s timepiece named the ‘wristlet’, and the concept didn’t became popular among men until the 1920s, after the battlefields of World War I introduced wearers to the practicalities of having the time in such a convenient location (the pocket watch had been favoured prior to this).

The next big innovation to the wristwatch came in 1970, when the first digital watch changed the face of timekeeping. Since then other technological advancements include incorporating the stopwatch (chronograph), perpetual calendars, minute repeaters (tourbillon), alarms, GPS (global positioning systems) and even heart rate monitors.

Because of their grand appeal, there is much variation when it comes to wristwatches; for example, men and women’s watches tend to differ in terms of size and capability. If not opting for a classic design, men tend to choose their timepieces based on added functions, such as water resistance or an alarm; whereas women are more likely to base their watch purchase on appearance or as an adornment.

With so much choice out there, it may be hard to know where to start when looking for the right timepiece for you. Choosing a brand that specialises in what you are looking for, however, can be a step in the right direction.

Nevertheless, no matter what your personal timepiece style is – something classic that reflects a bygone era and won’t date or something a little more contemporary that can be tailored to be a little more individual – buying a timepiece is like purchasing a piece of art. It is subjective and, once you’ve made your decision, if you look after your purchase, it may even grow in value.

But whatever it is that you do find, if you’ve chosen well, you can be assured that your timepiece will be timeless.

Patek Philippe

Calatrava ‘Timeless White’ Reference 7122

The ‘blanc de blanc’ of feminine elegance…
This modern, all-white diamond-set mechanical ladies’ timepiece showcases a highly innovative design, which even decades from now will retain its feminine grace when it is handed down to a granddaughter some day.
It expresses the Patek Philippe philosophy, which since 1839 has focused on indicating the time, not just as accurately as possible, but also in a timelessly beautiful way.
Available from:
J Farren-Price 80 Castlereagh Street, Sydney 2000
Tel: +6102 9231 3299
www.jfarrenprice.com.au

Annual Calendar Reference 5396G

Elegance evolved…
Patek Philippe has unveiled an anniversary edition of its celebrated Annual Calendar wristwatch. Reference 5396G incorporates subtle design features from the catalogue of its 21 iconic predecessors, while remaining true to its inimitable Calatrava personality, which stretches back to the early 1930s when the Bauhaus movement influenced horology.
This archetype of classic round watches is available from:
J Farren-Price 80 Castlereagh Street, Sydney 2000
Tel: +6102 9231 3299
www.jfarrenprice.com.au

 

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