Worcester Welcomes the Newest Fraser Hart Store

Saturday 28th March saw our brand new store open up in Worcester High Street. The buzz of excitement was palpable, with clusters of shoppers peeking through our windows from as early as 7.30am. Our dedicated Rolex window appeared to evoke genuine enthusiasm with a constant stream of veteran watch enthusiasts seen discussing and comparing the different models.

Worcester Store Opening

Inside the store our dedicated Worcester sales team, having spent the previous weeks planning, prepping and finalising the store, added the final touches to their windows. Champagne flutes were filled, ties were straightened and the ladies took a few moments to perfect the bows on their neck ties before the shutters were raised. Store Manager, Dean Hinchliffe, flanked by his wonderful new team cut the purple ribbon and the Worcester store was officially open.

Worcester Store OpeningEager shoppers flooded into the store, admiring our stunning diamond lounge area complete with complimentary coffee and tea (and the additional flute of champagne). Also seen inside were the dedicated boutique areas for our prestigious watch brands, Tudor, Longines, Tag Heuer and Rolex and a specialised shop-in-shop for Gucci jewellery.

Worcester Store OpeningThe day sped by with a constant stream of excitable customers, esteemed watch enthusiasts and curious by-standers wandering in to catch a glimpse of this charming new arrival. With many others brands including Rado, Citizen, Micheal Kors and Emporio Armani now available in the heart of Worcester, why not pop in and visit us?

Worcester, Fraser Hart | 45 High Street, Worcester, WR1 2QB | 01905 729536

Opening hours and additional information can be found here – http://www.fraserhart.co.uk/store/Worcester/

 

 

 

Baselworld 2015 Roundup

Baselworld, the annual tradeshow held in Basel, Switzerland, has just come to a close. Every year, hundreds of the world’s best watch brands descend on the huge Messe Basel convention centre to unveil their new models for the next year. There is always competition between the different brands for who can create the most visually stunning stand – the huge fishtanks on the Breitling stand have been a big pull historically! I’m going to take you through what I consider to be the most important releases of this year, whetting your appetites for the next batch of timepieces to come from Switzerland

 Rolex Stand Baselworld 2015

Baselworld wouldn’t be Baselworld without the focus on Rolex’s releases – if you’re involved with any watch fora, you’ll know that the Thursday launch day is the most talked about event of the year. The big news this year is the introduction of the 40mm Day-Date, slightly smaller than the current 41mm Day-Date, with different proportions and a new dial selection. Seems a little odd to make a watch range a mere 1mm smaller, and, indeed, it’s inside the watch we have to look. This year, Rolex have unveiled their next generation movement, dubbed the cal. 3255. Designed with Rolex’s typical attention to detail, it claims it will be twice as chronometrically precise (it’ll keep better time, down to -2/+2 seconds per day from -4/+6), 15% more efficient due to a new “Chronergy” escapement, and with 30 hours additional power reserve (up to 70 hours). Solid, robust engineering is at the core of the new movement, and this new family of movements will serve Rolex for the foreseeable future. This new 40mm Day-Date will replace the current Day-Date II, and will underline its position as the flagship watch of the range.

Rolex Day Date 40mm from Baselworld 2015

[The Rolex Day Date 40mm shown in platinum. Click here for more details – http://www.rolex.com/watches/baselworld-2015/new-day-date-40/m228206-0004.html]

 Elsewhere with Rolex comes a new Yacht-Master in 18ct Rose Gold with ceramic bezel and, for the first time ever on a Rolex, a rubber “Oysterflex” bracelet. Using a titanium alloy core, it’s designed to be as strong as a metal bracelet with the comfort of a standard rubber. This could well be the ultimate summer sports watch! It’s available in two sizes, a 40mm case and a 37mm case. The core Oyster Perpetual range has been expanded to include a 39mm size, perfect for a man’s wrist. In addition, new dials are available in all sizes of the Oyster Perpetual. At the top end, Rolex also introduced a new version of the Pearlmaster in a 39mm size, and also introduced a 28mm size Lady-Datejust in precious metals (up from the previous 26mm size).

 Rolex Yacht Master 18ct rose

[The Rolex Yacht-Master in 18ct Rose Gold. Click here for more information – http://www.rolex.com/watches/baselworld-2015/new-yacht-master/m116655-0001.html]

Rolex’s sister brand Tudor were also busy, and introduced an in-house movement of their own for the very first time. The launch model for this movement was the new North Flag model, an understated and industrial looking watch designed for use in extreme conditions. There’s more than a hint of the angular design language of Gerald Genta in the watch, and reminds this writer of the Rolex Oysterquartz. Not wanting to hide away their hard work, Tudor are shipping the North Flag with a display caseback. The brilliant Pelagos diving watch, about which I have written before, has also had an update. Tudor have added a blue dial, as well as a version of the new in-house movement I mentioned above. I already thought the Pelagos was one of the best value diver’s watches on the market, this new update puts it in a league of its own. Tudor have expanded their Fastrider collection as part of their partnership with Ducati, with a series of new dials inspired by Ducati’s classic scrambler bikes. New leather straps and a ceramic bezel round off the youthful look of the watch.

Tudor North Face[The TUDOR North Flag model. Click here for more information – http://www.tudorwatch.com/]

We love Breitling here at Fraser Hart, and once again they have been pushing boundaries with the B55 Connected. Smartwatches and connected watches have been a big theme in the watch industry, and Breitling have embraced this new technology wholeheartedly. Connected to your phone via Bluetooth, the provided app allows you to control the watch, use the stopwatch function, set up countdowns and download stored flight data. It’s a seriously impressive piece of technology, and allows a greater level of interaction with your watch than has been possible from a luxury brand before. For lovers of more traditional watches, Breitling have introduced the Galactic Worldtimer Sleek T, featuring a new in-house movement offering a Worldtime complication without a chronograph for the first time. The Superocean family has also received a facelift, with a new design language for the dials.

Breitling B55 Connected

[The Breitling B55 Connected smart watch. Click here for more information – http://www.breitling.com/en/campaigns/b55-connected/]

Omega had a busy year, with expansions to existing models and the introduction of all new pieces. The Speedmaster family has been experimenting with ceramic, and, in addition to the existing Dark Side of the Moon and Grey Side of the Moon models comes a new White Side of the Moon. There are no marks for guessing what colour ceramic Omega has chosen for this one! We think this would work really well on a lady’s wrist, again, a good summer option. A new limited edition Speedmaster Professional has been introduced to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Apollo 13. For those wondering why Snoopy is depicted on the dial, this is a nod to the Snoopy Award awarded to Omega for its role in preventing complete disaster on the ill-fated mission. For more on this, read my “Icons” blog on the Speedmaster. The final big launch was the resurrection of a classic name – the Globemaster. This vintage styled piece is no old timer, though – it is the first Omega to gain the full Master Chronometer certification, an enhanced version of traditional chronometer testing that also certifies the watch functions when exposed to magnetic fields of 15000 Gauss. This is available in steel, bicolour steel and gold, 18ct yellow gold, and 18ct Sedna gold.

Omega White Side Of The Moon

[The Omega White Side of The Moon. Click here for more information – http://www.omegawatches.com/baselworld-2015/en#!white-side-of-the-moon]

Elsewhere, Zenith have introduced a new version of its super thin Elite family, going for an ultra-clean design, and backing it up with an impressive 100 hour power reserve. Raymond Weil have expanded their connections to the music industry, and I particularly liked the special edition watch designed in partnership with Gibson Guitars, perfect for any self-respecting rocker out there! TAG Heuer have expanded their Formula One and Carrera families, and made a massive announcement that they are developing a smart watch with Intel and Google – indeed, smart watches have been a big theme at this year’s Baselworld, TAG Heuer and Breitling are leading the way in the luxury sector.

Raymond Weil & Zenith[The Tag Heuer Gibson & The Zenith super thing Elite]

For any additional information, contact your local Fraser Hart watch specialist (Click here for store listing – http://www.fraserhart.co.uk/ustorelocator/location/map/). Most models launched here at Basel will become available in Q3 to Q4 2015

 

 

 

 

New Wedding Collection Launches in Fraser Hart

The swish of a veil, the clip of a cufflink or the splash of champagne cascading into your glass. Sometimes it’s the smallest of memories that bring you right back to the happiest day of your life, your wedding day. Whilst months of planning go into ensuring that this one special day is everything you and your partner have hoped for, the lasting memories are always the most cherished.

Fraser Hart Wedding

[View our beautiful wedding collection here – http://www.fraserhart.co.uk/weddings-landing/]

A symbol of eternity with no beginning or end, your wedding rings will act as a constant reminder of this most special of days and also, your everlasting and unbreakable love for one another. So choosing the perfect ring for both of you should always be done with in-depth consideration and understanding.

As the ‘Ying’ to your ‘Yang’, matching wedding bands can be the perfect reminder of the intimate promise you have both made to each other. This year’s wedding ring collection features these beautiful 9ct white and yellow gold matching bands, detailed with a sparkle cut design around the edges. With the gents measuring a width of 6mm and the ladies at 4mm, this eye-catching design becomes both masculine and feminine enough for to suit the modern couple.

9ct two colour gold 6mm sparkle cut wedding ring

[image – 9ct two colour gold 6mm sparkle cut wedding ring]

The jewellery word has been taken a storm by rose gold as of late with everyone from couture to high street utilising the warm tones of this beautiful metal. With an extreme versatility that allows it to sit comfortably next to a number of different metals, a rose gold wedding band is the perfect choice for the most versatile of couples. Our particular favourites from our new wedding range included this eye-catching palladium and rose gold wave band, this detailed 0.20 carat diamond ladies ring and this delicate 9ct white and rose gold band.

Rose Gold Wedding Rings

[image – [L2R] – Men’s palladium 950 and 9ct rose gold wave wedding ring – £825, Ladies’ 9ct rose gold 0.20 carat diamond wedding ring  – £575, 9ct rose gold and white gold 4mm flat wedding ring – £350]

 Enchantingly beautiful wedding dresses continue to capture our eye and choosing the perfect dress for you can be one of the most exciting stages of planning your wedding. Equally important, the jewellery you choose to make your special day, should captivate your heart and symbolise your love. Our personal favourite is this shimmering pearl and cubic zirconia ‘Y’ drop chain with tiny flower clusters and effortless glamour paired with these adorable cluster studs.

Bridal Jewellery

[image – Silver freshwater cultured pearl and cubic zirconia drop necklace – £135, Silver freshwater cultured pearl and cubic zirconia cluster stud earrings – £45]

Our beautiful wedding collection is now available in-store and online and needs to be seen to be appreciated. Take a quick browse through the range here -> http://www.fraserhart.co.uk/weddings-landing/

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mothers Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day 2015 Gift Guide – 1. 9ct rose gold cubic zirconia heart pendant – 0234106 – £89 | 2. Gucci Flora sterling silver heart bracelet – 0064102 – £160 | 3. Guess Allure Stainless Steel CZ ladies watch – 0725013 (in-store only) – £149 | 4. Emporio Armani Logo silver drop earrings – 0753093 – £115 | 5. Mi Moneda rose gold plated carrier (large) – 1373039 -£110, Mi Moneda Spike gold-plated necklace – 03340980 – £125, Mi Moneda Cascada peach Swarovski coin (large) 1304062 – £67.50 | 6. Apassionata silver CZ cluster stud earrings – 0753079 – £59 |  7. Mi Moneda Dalia hot pink Swarovski crystal coin (large) – 1304041 – £72.50 | 8. Mi Moneda Verano stainless steel pink bracelet – 0064129 – £55 |9. Fossil Chelsey ladies’ gold-plated watch – 0724405 – £135

It’s time to spoil the number one woman in your life, Mum. Here’s to these amazing women who rear us from cot to college, who wipe our tears when life feels blue, who cover the house in papiermâché on warm spring afternoons and cook up our favourite comfort food without a second thought. Sunday 15th of March is Mother’s Day and our chance to say ‘Thank You’ for everything they’ve done so here are our favourite ‘Thank-You-Mum’ gifts guaranteed to bring a smile to her face.

Looking for something different this Mother’s Day? – http://www.fraserhart.co.uk/mothers-day.html

 

Breitling Professional Emergency II

Imagine, if you will, yourself trekking in the Andes. Your companion has taken a nasty tumble and is injured. You’re isolated, alone, with no mobile signal – you need help urgently, what do you do? If you were wise enough to purchase a Breitling Emergency, help would be soon on its way. The Emergency is a one of a kind watch – there simply isn’t another manufacturer who makes a watch with an integrated Personal Locator Beam (PLB).

Breitling Emergency Dual-Transmitter Watch

[The Breitling Professional Emergency II watch is a revolutionary safety and survival instrument for professionals and adventurers alike]

 You might already be familiar with the original Emergency, a watch first launched in 1995, which transmitted on the analogue 121.5MHz international distress frequency. A lot changes in 20 years, and technology has moved on significantly. Now the Emergency also uses the 406MHz frequency which works through the Cospas-Sarsat system, using a series of satellites to track distress signals. Indeed, this system is used to rescue 5 people per day on average. Breitling, therefore, went back to the drawing board for the new Emergency, and the revised version has been thoroughly reworked to bring it up to modern standards.

Breitling Professional Emergency Dual Transmitter

[The Emergency is equipped with a microtransmitter alternately operating on two separate frequencies]

 Visually, the new Emergency is not dissimilar to the original Emergency, the dual LCD readouts on the dial and the transmitter housing at six o’clock remain. It is, however, a much more imposing watch, with the case diameter now measuring 51mm. This is to house the new transmitter and battery system, which I will come back to shortly. Despite looking like a heavyweight with its muscular case, it feels like a featherweight. Titanium has been used for the case and bracelet, providing superior strength compared to stainless steel, whilst being a third lighter. Perfect, I’m sure you’ll agree, for the intrepid explorer. The watch comes in three dial variants (black, orange and yellow), has the option of the titanium bracelet I’ve already mentioned, and a rubber strap. One of my personal favourites is the “Night Mission”, a version of the watch in black titanium, which really adds a military look and feel. Timekeeping is provided by Breitling’s impossibly accurate SuperQuartz movement, and you’ll have a plethora of features (including a stopwatch and dual timezone function) to keep you on track

Emergency Professional Emergency II

[The Breitling Emergency is distinguished by numerous microelectronic and microtechnical innovations]

 Let’s focus on the really clever bit of the Emergency, the PLB. Typically, a PLB will be a handheld piece of equipment – Breitling have been able to miniaturise this to a point where it can be worn on the wrist. Although it is housed in the same case, it is entirely independent of the timekeeping portion of the watch. The transmitter now transmits on two frequencies: the 406MHz frequency to contact Cospas-Sarsat, and a homing beacon transmitting on the 121.5MHz frequency. Powering this is a high-tech rechargeable battery, the first time a Breitling has used one. As long as you recharge this at least once every two months (with the included cradle charger), Breitling will guarantee a continuous transmission of the PLB for 18 hours, which, if the watch is set up correctly, should be enough time for the emergency services to rescue you. This really could make the difference between life and death – indeed, 20 civilian lives have been saved by using a Breitling Emergency, not to mention multiple undocumented military rescues using the watch.

Breitling Professional Emergency II

[Breitling have managed to minimise the PLB to enable it to be worn on the wrist]

 So, you’re back in the Andes, and you need to get rescued. In order to activate the PLB, you need to take the watch off your wrist, and mount it on a non-conductive surface, with the antenna in a vertical position. It should also be placed in an area with as much of the sky visible as possible. You unscrew the antenna cap to the point it releases, then pull the antenna out on both sides until the caps break off – this activates the beacon and it will start transmitting on both frequencies. Keep the antennae clear from the ground and from water, and the PLB will work at its optimum level. This video will show you more about how this works – http://www.breitling.com/en/emergency/presentation/

As the Emergency is a PLB, each one has a Unique Identifying Number (found on the back of the watch) which will, upon registration, be linked to the owner of the watch. The details that you provide will be the first port of call for the rescue teams, so it is absolutely imperative that these are complete and accurate – it may just make the difference between life and death! By the same token, the watch is not a toy, and any misuse of the beacon will result in the owner being fined and billed for the use of the emergency services – the owner is solely responsible.

Breitling Professional Emergency II

[Each Breitling Emergency timepiece has a Unique Identifying Number engraved on the case back]

 Going back to our earlier scenario, the Emergency has done its job and you have been successfully rescued and you’re on your way back to civilisation. To deactivate the beacon, either cut the antennae off or wrap them around the case of the watch. The PLB is designed for a single use only, but if the Emergency is used in a real distress situation, Breitling will refurbish the watch free of charge. The Emergency is recommended for almost every kind of exploration, with the exception of deep sea divers (the beacon does not work underwater), or cave explorers (the beacon doesn’t work underground).

 The Emergency, quite simply, is in a league of its own in terms of what it can do. For the modern adventurer, it is an essential tool. It’s the kind of watch we hope you never have to use, but should the situation arise, it may just save your life. If you’re interested in seeing this watch in the flesh, speak to one of our Emergency trained members of staff at one of our Breitling stockists. Prices start from £12040