A classic piece of jewelry, yet a very functional accessory.

Evolving from the 15th century spring driven clocks in Europe, the watch has progressed over centuries, and now is a staple in ones day-to-day life.  Initially worn as pendants, then moving to pocket watches, the wristwatch now is the most common time piece.  With Vacheron Constaintine and Breguet leading the way in the 1800’s, the watch began being mass-produced with increased technology and improvements in movement mechanics.  Patek Phillipe created the first wristwatch in 1868, which were made for German naval officers representing the first commercialization of wristwatches for men.  Until the end of the First World War, men wore pocket watches and women donned the wristwatch.  In 1904, Brazilian aviator, Dumont asked friend Cartier to come up with a hands free way of telling time while in flight.  Cartier and Jaeger came up with the first prototype called the Santos wristwatch for men.  As time progressed, new improvements surfaced.  In 1969 with the introduction of the quartz movement, numerous developers entered the market place.  Today there are hundreds of brands for sale, notably the early inventors remain classics, such as Patek Phillipe, Vacheron Constantine, Breguet, Cartier, and Jaeger LeCoultre.  Other fine brands such as Rolex, Paneri, Girard Perregaux, and Audemars Piguet have entered the market place as well, making quite an impact.  Whether looking for luxury, and making a statement with your timepiece, or looking for practicality, the wristwatch is a classic piece of jewelry.

Please come visit our Denver Jewelry location, in cherry creek, to look at fine watches.