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The wonderful world of watches - stories behind the brands

Time is one of the most important components in our lives, so it’s only right we keep it tightly strapped around our wrists. Much more than a timekeeper, a watch encompasses not only style and convenience, but often luxury and status too. It can even be a family heirloom, passed down through generations and never losing its timeless appeal. A watchmaker’s world is influenced by some of the most powerful brands that take style and originality to another level. We know the names of these brands, but what’s the history and story behind the extraordinary and iconic watches that they create? Rolex The mighty Rolex delivers luxury, style, and above all impeccable craftsmanship. Which leads you to wonder, how did the world's most recognisable watch brand first start out? Rolex was founded by 24 year old German, Hans Wisdorf in 1905, London. At a time when wristwatches weren’t hugely accurate, Hans Wisdorf had a vision for change. He not only dreamt of elegance, but also reliability. By providing people with convenience and style, the famous Rolex was born. Rolex made history by inventing the first waterproof wristwatch (Rolex Oyster), the first watch to display two time zones (Rolex GMT Master), and the first watch to automatically change date (Rolex Datejust). Described as a timeless classic, the simplicity of the design hasn’t waivered much over the years. [caption id="attachment_315" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Rolex Oyster Perpetual Rolex Oyster Perpetual[/caption] [caption id="attachment_317" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Rolex Datejust Rolex Datejust[/caption] [caption id="attachment_316" align="aligncenter" width="180"]Rolex GMT Master Rolex GMT Master[/caption]   Omega Omega, otherwise known as the creme de la creme of the watch world, has a heritage dating back more than 160 years; carrying numerous precision records, inspired designs and a commitment to innovation. This story started inside a workshop with Louis Brandt in the Jura Mountains, 1849. Over time, the Omega has become world famous for its voyages from the depths of the ocean to the heights of the moon. These striking designs can be recognised throughout history on the wrists of world leaders, celebrities, explorers and even royalty. Omega has been the official timekeeper for more than twenty Olympic Games, as well as being chosen to be the official chronometer for NASA and worn on the moon. Omega Speedmaster The Omega Speedmaster The Omega Speedmaster   TAG Heuer TAG Heuer can trace its roots back to 1860. In the remote mountain village of Saint Imier, Edouard Heuer opened a small watchmaking workshop. Heuer created his first chronograph in 1882, and just 5 years later patented an oscillating pinion - a function still used by major watchmakers in mechanical chronographs. Yet this was only the start. TAG Heuer's technological innovation led to the first Swiss timepiece to go into space, and continues to be especially renowned for its association with the sporting world. Over the years it has provided timekeeping services for the Olympic Games, FIA Formula 1 World Championship, FIS Ski World Cup, and many more. [caption id="attachment_319" align="aligncenter" width="300"]The drawing from the oscillating pinion The drawing from the oscillating pinion[/caption] [caption id="attachment_320" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Heuer 2915A - The first Swiss watch in space Heuer 2915A - The first Swiss watch in space[/caption] Breitling Since 1884, the watchmaker wunderkind Leon Breitling dedicated his time to creating chronographs and timers with the ultimate performance and precision. The rise of Breitling coincided perfectly with the boom in automobiles, competitive sports and aircrafts. Breitling’s innovative ideas took watches to great heights, soon asserting itself as the benchmark for pilots worldwide and sharing the finest hours of aviation. The famous Navitimer featured a built-in slide rule, able to handle all operations related to airborne navigation. When the wristwatch emerged, Breitling was one of the pioneers. In 1915 they became the first brand to create an independent chronograph push piece at two o'clock, followed by the second in 1934. [caption id="attachment_321" align="aligncenter" width="300"]The Navitimer The Navitimer[/caption] The Navitimer There’s no time like the present to invest in a watch that’s articulately built for style and precision. Take a look at our range of brands to see which watch suits your taste, or give us a call for a spot of advice on 0800 802 1772.     Image 1, 2:http://www.ablogtowatch.com/rolex-oyster-professional-watches-history/ Image 3: https://monochrome-watches.com/watchtime-wednesday-history-rolex-datejust/ Image 4,5 https://monochrome-watches.com/exclusive-truth-real-armstrong-aldrin-speedmaster-references-how-omega-speedmaster-became-moonwatch/ Image 6,7: http://www.watchtime.com/featured/10-things-to-know-about-tag-heuer/ Image 8: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breitling_SA