Imagine if you could give your loved ones the gift of time. Well, if not time, how about a customized luxury watch that tells time? While watches as an accessory are timeless, watches as a piece of jewelry are a luxury. Now add an element of customization and you’ve got the perfect gift. Since there are several different ways to personalize a luxury watch, you need to know exactly what it is that you are looking for. The best part about personalizing a luxury watch is that you can ask a custom watch specialist to do something simple like changing the strap or something a little more extravagant like revamping the entire watch.
Circle Of Time
The topmost ring on the watch that surrounds the crystal and looks purely decorative is called a bezel. Practically all watches have a bezel. Bezels add to the look of a watch and come in different forms. There are technical bezels, including rotating ones, which when set can be used as navigational instruments. If your significant other owns a boat, you can choose to treat them to a bezel with a yacht-timer. Bezel scales on dive watches, for example, offer both count-up and countdown functions and are able to rotate unidirectionally or bidirectionally in order to provide accurate calculations.
On the other hand, chronograph watches can be equipped with a tachymeter scale that can measure speed or distance. Additionally, if your Valentine’s is a doctor, opt for the pulsometer scale that can aid with reading your heart rate in beats per minute. For a globe-trotting traveller, opt for the GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) function that operates outside the crystal with a 24-hour ring. You can rest assured though that time zones will never be a problem again.
There’s even an option for those in the aviation profession. A bezel scale referred to as the slide rule includes metrics to standard conversions and can help calculate fuel consumption, air speed, and distance. These little beauties are proud to offer all this while still looking really good.
Watch That Caseback
Watch collectors won’t blink an eye when you mention the word caseback but for the rest of us, we need a little background. Even though the word is self-explanatory and literally means the back of a watch, there’s a lot more at play here. In cases where minimalism is key, it can list the watch properties and other important details such as the serial number, material mark, and even the certification number. The complete opposite of this is when the caseback is crowded with an overabundance of information including images and letters. However, if this is what you’re looking for, go for it. Just ensure that you are able to distinguish one detail from the other. Otherwise, it might end up looking like one big, beautiful abstract mess.
The alternative to this is adding a personalized note to the caseback. An ode to a cherished memory or a poetic reflection of your innermost feelings can be transferred to a simple silver case and make for the gift of a lifetime. If you want to go a step further, a 3D caseback is right up your alley. These sculptural shapes are not only visually appealing but can also end up adding a quality of depth to the entire piece. Then there are the true watch aficionados who want a clear picture of everything inside out and for them, it’s either exhibition casebooks or nothing. What these immensely technical contraptions consist of is replacing the opaque caseback with a sapphire crystal “window”, which focuses on the movement itself.
Strap It Up
Since straps are one of the biggest parts of a timepiece, they’re the first to catch your eye. Also, the options to transform it are limitless. When it comes to leather, there is calf, crocodile, alligator, lizard, and python to name a few. Besides these, you can also decide to go for a straight or tapered cut. And while ruggedness comes to mind when you think of a leather strap, it’s clearly not the case. In addition to providing a casual appearance, it can also be used as a dressy accessory or to complete a sporty look. Of course, if you are a serious athlete, maybe rubber straps that are waterproof and lightweight may be your best bet. Metal and ceramic bracelets can offer a timeless look to any watch and come in options of steel, titanium, and various types of gold. So let’s rephrase. When requesting a custom watch strap, you can ask for a single or two-tone finishing, decide on your links construction, put a spin on your clasp look, add a safety catch, and even flaunt some bling if that’s how you like it.
A Movement To Remember
What makes a watch tick? It may sound like the beginning of a bad joke but there is an actual right answer to this and it is the watch’s movement. This intricate mechanism is what drives the hands of a watch while simultaneously enabling all the other functions such as calendar, chronograph, and dual time zone to work efficiently.
To a watchmaker, working on the movement is like giving a watch its soul. There are 3 basic types of movements. The quartz is powered by a battery that sends an electrical signal through a piece of crystal quartz, causing the second hand to move in individual ticks. For those who want the old-school feeling of manually winding their movement, choose the mechanical watch type, which enables the second hand to move in a sweeping manner. Then there is the automatic watch, which true to its name, drives the mechanism inside the watch by using kinetic energy from the wearer’s wrist. All you have to do is decide what is important to you in terms of movement specifications, and a qualified custom watch company can set your choice in motion right away.
With the arrival of Valentine’s Day, head towards a luxurious gift route. One way to leave your significant other spellbound is to gift a custom luxury watch. The right custom watch specialist can use a variety of modifications from subtle enhancements to a complete transformation delivering exceptional and unique creations each time. Whether you are looking to add a little bling to the bezel, transform a regular caseback into a conversation piece, change a simple strap into something note-worthy or dabble with the movement a little, adding a personalized touch will make your loved ones feel extra special.