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From tiny plankton to large whales, plastic impacts more than 700 species in our oceans. You’ve no doubt seen countless pictures of turtles with plastic straws embedded in their nostrils. 

With sustainability and the need to go plastic-free on everyone’s radar at present, consumers are constantly on the hunt for the latest way to protect the planet.

And for big watch brands, it’s a great opportunity to team up with marine charities to take action. 

Breitling

The brand set up a commitment to maintain clean seas and beaches, and to encourage it along it created a ‘surfers squad’ – including American pro Kelly Slater and Australians Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons – to reflect its action, purpose and pioneering values.

Breitling has also partnered up with Outerknown, a sustainable apparel manufacturer co-founded by 11 times world champion Slater, and as a result has come up with a brand new collection of Superocean Automatic watches. 

The stunning Superocean Heritage Chronograph 44 timepiece celebrates this collaboration.

The watch, available from £4,950, features a Nato strap crafted from ECONYL® yarn – an innovative material created from nylon waste. With its black DLC-coated stainless steel case, blue dial and unique blue strap, it makes a dramatic style statement about saving the oceans.

IWC

IWC has also made a big push to protect the planet. Focused on reducing its manufacturing energy consumption, it has placed photovoltaic cells on the roof of its buildings and even utilises hydroelectric power.

The luxury brand, favoured by actor Bradley Cooper, also supports the Charles Darwin Foundation, Cousteau Society and the Forest Stewardship Council.

The collaboration with the Cousteau Society, a not-for-profit-organisation, has inspired a series of special edition watches.

Proceeds from the Aquatimer Automatic Edition “Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau” go to the restoration of a research vessel for future expeditions, while the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau, supports the setting up marine conservation zones and protects marine wildlife from overfishing and habitat threats. 

Timepieces supporting the Charles Darwin Foundation’s work in protecting wildlife on the Galapagos Islands. The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks”, of which only 500 were ever made, was created in 2016 to preserve the shark population in the Galapagos Marine Reserve.

Omega

Since bringing out its first divers watch back in the 30s, Omega has endlessly supported the preservation of our oceans. Together with Good Planet, the brand funded an award-winning documentary called Planet Ocean and established two projects to help restore the Indonesian coast and support local enterprises.

Audemars Piguet

Another brand keen to preserve and conserve forests is Audemars Piguet through its foundation. 

The Swiss charity educates young people about the effects of deforestation and shows them how they can make small changes to look after the environment. 

It is funded by Audemars Piguet with a donation given for every watch sold, making the average amount gifted to charitable causes, around £805,000 annually. Since its inception, the foundation has funded 100 projects including tree-planting initiatives, in more than 40 countries.

In Brazil, the foundation is currently financing the creation of family nurseries and a training cycle for young farmers, as part of the Entraide Protestante Suisse programme. (EPER – Swiss Interchurch Aid) It is designed to help families recreate the biodiversity of their lands and escape from poverty.

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Here at Luxe Watches, we can sell your existing watch and offer a range of part exchange deals to help you finance your next timepiece. Contact us today or visit us at our Essex boutique to view our extensive range of branded new and pre-worn luxury watches.

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What makes a fabulous dress watch is not as clear-cut as a diving or chronograph timepiece. But with catwalks around the globe starring tuxedos with trainers and knitted waistcoats with suit trousers, almost anything goes.

With everyone’s favourite secret agent opting for the anything-but-traditional Omega Seamaster with his tuxedo and Bradley Cooper wearing an IWC Big Pilot at the Oscars, there could be a fair bit of rule-breaking going on.

Choosing the perfect timepiece to help you look your best shouldn’t be the stuff of nightmares. There’s a luxury watch out there with your name on it, so check out our suggestions for some slick wristwear that will peek perfectly out from under a shirt cuff.

Cartier Tank Solo XL

If you’re after the ultimate suave look, it’s got to be one of the most iconic watches of all time – the Cartier Tank. With all the sophistication of a debonair supersleuth, the Tank Solo XL is our favourite here at Luxe Watches.

With an automatic Cartier 1847MC movement inside, it’s surprisingly one of the brand’s most affordable mechanical watches for fellas. This watch, despite the ‘XL’ tag is 31mm wide and 7.7mm thick.

There are a few variations of this timepiece available including case in 18k pink gold and steel. We like this black grained calfskin leather strap – the perfect companion for any sharp suit teamed with matching leather belt and shoes.

A Lange & Sohne Saxonia Thin

Known for the fantastic fit of their watches, the Saxonia collection is on many a bucket list – and it’s clear to see why. The Saxonia Thin watch case, available in rose or white gold, is unimaginably thin and features a minimal dial and an exquisite exhibition case back to show off the incredible movement inside.

There are a few versions of this watch, but the Saxonia Thin was introduced in 2016 and remains one of our favourites. The dial is crafted from solid silver and graced with solid-gold appliques, while the hands look impressive in rhodium gold.

Patek Philippe 5212A Calatrava Weekly Calendar

This timepiece, new for 2019, debuts a new calendar function that displays the week number as well as the day of the week. Its steel case measures 40mm wide and 11.8mm thick. The typography is what makes this watch, as it is based on the handwriting of a designer from the manufacturer.

Water resistant to 30 metres and with a handstitched brown calfskin strap, the latest offering from Patek is a great choice for many occasions.

IWC Automatic Chronograph IW371480

Based on the original 1930s design, this updated classic is the most coveted of the collection for a reason: its effortlessly elegant style and the precision of its 79350 calibre self-winding movement complete with 31 jewels.

With 44 hours power reserve and brown alligator leather strap, this IWC is one to do business with.

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If you’re in the market for a new or pre-loved luxury watch, we’re here to help. Here at our Essex boutique we stock a range of world-renowned brands and can assist you in purchasing your dream timepiece – and if you want us to sell your watch or track down something specific, we do that too.

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Fifty unique watch lots to be auctioned off at a major charity event have been unveiled.

Only Watch takes place on Saturday, November 9 at Geneva’s Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues.

It’s the 8th edition of the biennnial bidding that will raise vital funds into researching Duchenne muscular dystrophy – a devastating genetic disorder characterised by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness.

But prior to the great sale, the luxury timepieces under the hammer including those from renowned brands such as Audemars Piguet, Briguet, Hublot, Patek Philippe and Richard Mille will be on show around the world.

From 25 September until 9 November 2019, the public can enjoy the display in 10 different cities including New York, Dubai and Paris, with the tour starting in Monaco at its Yacht Show.

52 watch brands will offer unique watches that can be accessed nowhere else with Christie’s the auctioneer of choice.

Among the 50 showpieces are these beauties:

Hublot

With a 45 mm classic fusion case, this dazzling Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Sapphire Orlinski timepiece boasts a white gold bezel, set with 54 baguette-cut topazes. Entirely transparent, it reveals open work to show off the intricate gears, tourbillon cage and power reserve.

Richard Mille

This black and orange RM 11-03 McLaren Prototype will be on the wishlist of every Grand Prix fan.

The titanium pushers fitted to the Carbon TPT® case echo the design of the distinctive headlights of the McLaren 720S. Titanium inserts, similar in shape to the iconic McLaren F1’s air-intake snorkel and bearing the famous logo, adorn the bezel. Barrel winding is ensured by a variable geometry rotor that enables personalised winding adjusted to the wearer’s activity level, further evidence of Richard Mille’s characteristic attentiveness.

Patek Philippe

The 6300A Grandmaster Chime Steel is set to be the most expensive watch ever auctioned at Only Watch. The most complicated offering ever from Patek is a direct descendant of the Grandmaster Chime but with a stainless steel case and a pink dial – and is expected to attract multi-million pound bids.

With only a couple of watches in this collection produced each year, costing around £1.7 million in white gold, there is expected to be a frenzy amongst collectors.

Other watches up for auction include:

  • Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked two-tone
  • Frederique Constant Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture Meteorite
  • Louis Vuitton x Anita Porchet – Escale Spin Time Only Watch
  • Speake-Marin London 92 Only Watch

Luc Pettavino, president of the Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies, who lost his own son Paul to the disease, said: “I am grateful to all the watchmaking groups and independent brands participating in this 2019 Only Watch edition demonstrating dedication and heart through their creativity and craftmanship for this year’s auction which promises to be, once again, record-breaking”,

“With Only Watch everyone creates beauty to do good, meaning in this case supporting the work of dozens of researchers around the world, financing studies, purchasing material, creating biotech companies in the chemistry and biology sector… to bring this science to the clinic and one day maybe to find a cure.” 

If our experts can help you find a particular new or preworn watch, contact us at our Essex boutique on 0203 397 1596 and we will do our utmost to track it down for you.

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It’s that time of year again: Strawberries and cream, celebrity spotting and random grunts and groans are all part of the world’s favourite tennis tournament.

Monday (July 1) sees the first day of Wimbledon commence and spectators, who have tried in vain to clinch tickets to watch their heroes grace Centre Court, are more than ready for the competition.

But it’s not all about amazing aces and vicious volleys as the sports event has seen its fair share of fashion faux pas – as well as some true suave and sophistication.

Here we take a look what the stars love to wear on their wrists.

Rafa Nadal

The Spaniard, who ranks No.2 in the world, loves a manual winding Richard Mille 27-03 and was spotted wearing it as he collected the French Open trophy. The striking red and yellow timepiece pays homage to Rafa’s homeland while the upper bridge depicts a bull – the symbol of Spain.

A great choice for the sportsman, the main innovation of this watch is the ability of the tourbillion calibre to withstand shock of up to 10,000g’s. And there’s a power reserve of 70 hours means it’s reliable for those endless set battles.

But fans of the star and his wrist wear will struggle to get their hands on one of these as there were only 50 ever made available.

Novak Djokovic Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 27, 2019. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with his trophy after winning the match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Djokovic’s partnership with Seiko has been running since 2014 when the talented tennis ace switched from Audemars  Piguet to the Japanese giant. Since then he managed to cling onto the top world ranking for 28 consecutive months and claimed nine Grand Slams.

Seiko helps assist the Novak Djokovic Foundation and released a collection of watches with young people in mind, carrying the foundation name and message. Novak is often seen on and off the court wearing a few varieties of Seiko, including his Premier Kinetic Perpetual and Sportura chronographs.

He tends not to wear it on court but is likely to be spotted wearing the newest version – the Novak Djokovic Premier Astron Limited Edition 2018 watch.

Serena Williams

The mighty American powerhouse tends to admire Audemar Piguet watches. The star, who has been the brand ambassador since 2014, has worn many variations of the classic Royal Oak Offshore including rose gold and stainless steel versions both on and off court.

The 37-year-old mum caught the attention of style gurus everywhere when, along with her husband, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, wore his and hers watches at the 2019 Met Gala – hers a diamond-encrusted Royal Oak while he opted for the CODE 11:59 Automatic Chronograph.

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If you fancy taking to the seas this summer, you’ll want to check out the best nautical watches on offer.

Whether you’re going to be speeding round a regatta or casually lingering at the bar with a cocktail in hand, you’ll want to be seen with one of the best sailing watches round your wrist. Here we reveal the best companions to accompany every yacht lover out on the waves.

Rolex Yacht Master 42

The waterproof qualities of this model make it the ideal watch for sailing as its Oysterflex bracelet offers a great alternative to metal, which could suffer in the rain and water. Easily attachable to the watch case, safety is guaranteed via an Oysterlock safety clasp by a flexible titanium and nickel alloy metal blade.

Offering brilliant accuracy, its functional bezel allows the wearer to calculate the sailing time between two buoys – crucial in the timepiece’s distinctive identity. Its blade is incredibly resistant to environmental effects.

One of the most attractive aspects of the watch is the distinctive dial, characterised by 18ct gold hour markers. Like every Rolex, the dial has been created by hand by its in-house team to ensure perfection.

Tag Heuer Aquaracer

One of the most popular timepieces in regatta circles is this trusty favourite from 1982. The Tag  Heuer Aquaracer offers an understated but pleasing black or dark blue dial without  unnecessary complications.

The Aquaracer chronograph boasts high-tech pressure-resistant casing to protect your watch during an intense ocean voyage and if you really fancied it, the ability to time your deep-sea diving down to the last 1/100th of a second.

With several sports watch functions including faceted hour and minute hands with green and blue luminescent markers, you can enjoy adventuring into the night.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta

Meticulously designed kinematics ensure the next offering is incredibly precise. In many watches, a sailor will stop a countdown at the crossing line and then start the chronograph. The Swiss Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta watch is designed to automatically flick from countdown to chronograph.

Making its debut at SIHH 2017, the watch even had two professional yachtsmen (Loïck Peyron and Iain Percy from the Swedish Artemis Racing team) to help design it.

With a bi-directional chronograph counter, the watch automatically begins timing a race once the countdown is complete, thereby eliminating the need to hit the restart button exactly when the race begins.

Having made marine chronometers since 1846, Ulysse Nardin is the name you need when it comes to practicality.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Chronograph

When it comes to the watch most loved by Britain’s favourite secret agent, the Omega Seamaster Diver is up there with the best. Relied upon by divers for its precision timing in and out of the water, the first edition of this model was launched in the late 1940s for the French Navy Seals.

Since then, the watch has seen upgrades and it now features bold colours and new functions to offer suave style.

Last year saw a revised version of the James Bond watch released with a larger case, ceramic dial and engraved wave patterns made available in several distinct shades. This year Omega is expanding the collection with a stunning white ceramic dial.

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Whether you require basic functions or more high-tech capabilities, every sailor has a perfect watch in mind, with water resistance, clear display and ease of use making the top three in most buyers’ lists. If you need help to find the perfect timepiece to keep you safe at sea, contact our sales team today. We sell new and pre-worn luxury watches online and from our Essex boutique.

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A controversial, flawed, genius… the legend of Diego Maradona has followed him from the streets of Buenos Aires to the heights of the World Cup trophy.

The Argentinean master is still regarded by many a certain generation as the greatest footballer to ever play the beautiful game despite countryman Lionel Messi’s attempts to usurp the squat maestro.

While modern Messi nets with either foot regularly, Diego was unusually, truly a one-footed technician; his left boot as smooth as the sweeping minute hand of a luxury timepiece.

With the release of a new film on June 14, ‘Diego Maradona’ directed by Asif Kapadia of ‘Senna’ and ‘Amy’ fame, the man who broke English hearts with his Hand of God goal in 1986 is back in the spotlight.

But many won’t appreciate that as well as the cracking strikes, cocaine and controversy, Maradona is a lover of a classic piece of wristwear.

Hublot

You may have noticed that wherever he goes, Maradona can be spotted wearing a watch on both wrists. Why? He likes to know the local time, as well as the time in his homeland, Argentina, wherever he may be in the world. Kind of sweet, hey?

Maradona, who last played for his home country in 1994, has been wearing two identical watches at the same time, since 2004.

To celebrate the impending start of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, Swiss watchmaker Hublot asked what makes a champion and picked its 13 ambassadors to answer.

“To become a champion, you must never give up or stop practicing,” Diego Maradona’s portrait reads. “The most important thing: respect your parents, as they are your best advisors.”

The Hublot King Power Maradona Limited Edition is a stunning piece and comes in two versions The case is 48mm wide and the matte black ceramic case looks slick against the skeleton-style dial. But the best feature is Maradona’s signature and number 10 on the dial, while his famous victory pose is on the rear.

Rolex

Maradona is also a fan of Rolex and has been spotted wearing two stainless steel Daytonas on many an occasion.

He’s also been spotted wearing a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner watch.

And with such terrific taste, it means that the Italian tax men have enjoyed recouping some of almost $40 million that he owes in taxes from when he played for Napoli. Amongst the haul of goods they seized, including his signature diamond earring, they took two Rolex watches worth around 11,000 Euros.  

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He may not have cherished your milk bottle top necklace enough to wear it to work but your dad is certain to take a shine to a luxury watch this Father’s Day. (June 16) With lots of fabulous new offerings out there, especially since Swatch Group (including Omega, Blancpain and more) pulled out of Baselworld and instead held a Time to Move exhibition, you’re bound to find the perfect watch to suit your old man. Here are a few of our favourites…

Omega Speedmaster

If you love him to the moon and back, you’re in luck as this year marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s lunar landing and with it comes a beautiful, limited edition Omega Speedmaster. However you might have to do a little more than cross your fingers to get hold of one as the latest model is limited to just 6,969 timepieces. But with its 42mm steel case and black ceramic bezel, it’s sure to be in demand.

Rolex Submariner

If dad sees himself as a bit of a smooth operator, he’ll love a version of the watch donned by Britain’s favourite secret agent.

Having been around since the 1950s and with loads of improvements over the years, such as the depth you can dive to whilst wearing it, the Rolex Submariner is definitely to be relied upon, especially if you don’t want to mess about with batteries.  And if it’s durability, reliability and sell-on value he’d want, this is a sure bet.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M watch

If Dad likes to think he’s a trendsetter he’ll love the return of the bright orange bezel featured on an Omega watch 14 years ago. With a 43.5mm steel case and crisp white dial, the new Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M is certainly attractive wristwear.

With a helium escape valve at 10 o’clock and vivid numbers 6, 9 and 12, this watch is a great shout for a more vivacious personality.

Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 41

A new take on a timeless classic from Breitling, this is a contemporary watch for a sophisticated old man. Fitted with Breitling’s famous circular slide rule, a distinctive beaded bezel, and a three-hand charcoal dial with a 6 o’clock window, it is set off perfectly by a striking 18k red gold case. And for the dad who likes to get around, the hands are coated with Super-LumiNova®, a luminescent material that allows for super legibility in all light conditions. This watch comes with a stylish black strap or the stainless steel Navitimer.

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If you simply can’t choose the best timepiece for your dad, then let our time-served experts here at Luxe Watches help. We sell world-renowned new and pre-worn watches and will even try our hardest to track down the perfect model if we don’t have it here in stock at our Essex boutique.

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Lambs are leaping, flowers are flourishing and the warm weather has finally made its way to the British isles. Yes, Spring has sprung. And with it comes the urge for a good old clear out. It’s time to organise your watches and decide what can be cleaned, swapped out and sold to refresh your collection.

Clean your watches

Aside from going diving or popping into the swimming pool on holiday, when was the last time your watch saw water? Timepieces do need to be properly maintained to keep them looking smart and that means a good clean.

 All you need is some warm soapy water and a soft cloth to get your bracelet looking new. A cotton bud will easily remove any tiny particles of sand or other bits of dust that got trapped.

You can take your watch to most jewellers and they will clean it for you but be sure to tell them if you don’t want the case to be polished.

Re-organise

With everything nice and clean you should consider if your watches are stored in the best place they can be. Timepieces do not like to be stored in bright sunlight or humid conditions so it’s best to keep them in the dark to keep them in good nick.

Your watches should also be sorted by their type so that you can easily lay your hands on that trusty Rolex Daytona. Watches could be organised by occasion to make things easier.

Swap or sell

It could be that you’ve got a neglected Omega Seamaster lurking at the back of your wardrobe but like clothes, have you got watches you haven’t worn for some time? If you haven’t worn a watch in six months, you should move it to the front of your collection to give yourself the chance to pick it. By rotating your watches you can wear ones you had forgotten all about.

If you can’t see yourself wearing a watch again and have simply kept it because it was gifted or seemed a bargain at the time, it may be time to part-exchange it here at Luxe Watches.

Missing items

Now everything is clean and you’ve decided what to keep or sell, it’ll be clear to see which watches you wear most, what you used to like and what you’d really love but are missing from your collection. A spring clean is the best opportunity to make an inventory and decide which watches need to go.

If you have a black tie event and a swish Rolex Submariner would really set off your suit, this will be immediately apparent after your clean up. Maybe you need a yellow gold bracelet to match your wedding band? Now you know what to look for next time there’s an auction coming up or you get the chance to do a spot of luxury shopping.

Consider selling

We all know it can be hard to let go. But all the cleaning and organising may be exactly what you need to do to finance your dream dial. Watches are meant to be worn and loved – and if they’re not, it’s time to make some cash and let them find a new home.

Contact us If you’d like us to sell an existing watch on your behalf our team is more than happy to help. We also offer part-exchange deal and can offer brilliant finance deals to help you on your way. You’re sure to find a treasured new or preworn timepiece in our vast collection of the world’s favourite luxury brands.

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Whether you own a rare Rolex Daytona or a vintage Tank Louis Cartier, keeping your timepiece in good condition is paramount if you hope to hand it down to a family member or sell it on. Light, water and dust are among the many enemies of watches, so read on for some top tips for keeping your timepiece in a prime state.

Avoid bright light, humidity and dust

Humidity is the ultimate saboteur when it comes to watches. Dampness that gets into watches can create rusty movements and damaged dials. Not all watches are waterproof but even the ones that are, should not be exposed to these conditions for long periods of time.

Bright light is another condition that should be avoided especially where dials are black as these can fade to chocolate brown shades. However it should be noted that in some cases these dials can become more valuable as unusual ageing can increase value.

Wear valuable watches with caution

After spending potentially thousands on a luxury watch you’ll want to ensure it is worn under the right conditions. Generally speaking, the older the watch the more sensitive it is to humidity. Screw-down case backs are more resistant to keeping out water, oil and dust. Vintage chronographs with square pushers are more prone to humidity.

Maintain original finish

It’s essential to maintain a watch’s original finish. Watchmakers may be tempted to polish a watch but this can alter the metal’s surface, remove metal and alter the original bevels, which can damage a watch’s value and reduce interest of collectors. Repeat polishing can cause the lugs to become uneven which can be unpleasant on the eye.

It’s crucial that dials remain original where possible. It’s likely that watches from the 1930s or 40s were painted with radium to improve the luminosity. Removing this can reduce the value and the same goes for dials and bezels.

Keep original bracelets

Original bracelets are of increasing value to collectors as they are extremely rare. Sometimes they provide important aesthetic features, such as those made for Rolex and Patek Philippe. Moisture can affect the appearance of a leather strap, so make sure that it does not come into contact with water, fragrance or oil.

Look after movements

Movements need to be kept in excellent working order. Only skilled technicians should be trusted with your precious timepiece as they are able to properly disassemble a watch, as well as clean re-lubricate the parts and adjust the timing.

Service regularly

You should have your watch serviced every few years by a reputable specialist. Watches worn regularly should be serviced at least every three years. Chronographs, which are more complex, need more detailed attention if used frequently.

Many manufacturers provide in-house services and here at Luxe Watches, we specialise in servicing. It is always a good idea to seek out a watchmaker who is endorsed by the brand.

Read online reviews to ensure you find a reliable one. Prior to a service you should inform the watchmaker if you don’t want parts replaced or the watch polished. These types of changes can drastically alter the watch value and are often irreversible.

Insure valuables

Watches should always be insured as they make excellent targets for house burglars and pickpockets. Storing these items in a safe is a good option.

When buying your watch you should keep a note of the serial number so it can be traced if stolen. You should also take close-up photos of your watch – especially any small scratches or marks that would make it easily identifiable.

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The British royal family is worth half a billion dollars and bring in countless tourists to the country. With that amount of money jingling round you might expect to see a glimpse of some of the rarest or most expensive timepieces in the world, however, it’s actually rare to see one of the royals wearing a watch.

Whether that’s because they don’t want to be seen squandering taxpayers’ money on luxury items or they don’t want to be papped checking out the time at a dull event is unknown.

But with new baby Archie Harrison on the scene, we take a look at some of the watches he might be in line to inherit.

Dad Harry’s Breitling Aerospace

Archie’s dad, Prince Harry, was spotted wearing this smart timepiece at the Invictus Games. The watch, which features a titanium bracelet, black dial and superquartz movement, is water resistant to 100m and has a unidirectional rotating bezel. Available at around £2000, this Breitling is a fairly modest purchase for the royal but is suitable for pilots, which could be the attraction.

Mum Meghan’s Cartier Tank Francaise

If you’ve often wondered what watch Meghan Markle wears, we have the answer. From the Tank Francaise collection, the newest royal wife has been spotted wearing this Cartier timepiece which features a breathtaking array of brilliant-cut diamond hour markers, on a number of occasions. She bought the £3,400 watch after learning she would be appearing in the third series of Suits and even had it engraved with a message to pass onto her children.

An elegant Swiss piece for the latest royal bride, it also features a synthetic blue cabochon spinel at the crown and smooth bezel, making it the perfect accompaniment for any royal outfit.

Uncle Wills’ Omega Seamaster

It’s believed that Prince William’s Omega Seamaster quartz 300m was a gift from his late mother, Princess Diana. A classic vintage timepiece which will appreciate well, the timepiece looks impressive with any suit and is suitable for any occasion.  It was also the watch he wore when he married Kate Middleton in 2011.

His watch, favoured by James Bond, features a date dial, a chronometer, a screw-in crown, a unidirectional rotating bezel, and a helium-escape valve. The dial is covered with sapphire crystal and is scratch-resistant, while the wristband is made from stainless steel.

Aunty Kate’s Cartier Ballon Bleu

Like her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton is also a fan of Cartier and is frequently spotted sporting her medium-sized Cartier Ballon Bleu in public.

Cartier produces the watch in a range of sizes and different movements including quartz and mechanical versions. Her version is made of steel and sized at 36mm wide.

Grandad Charles’ Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Chronograph

Parmigiani Fleurier is the future king’s watch house of choice. His smart chronograph is often tucked discreetly beneath his shirt cuff.  The watch boasts a chronograph that can more than keep up with the royal’s days out as hidden away inside the 39mm, 18k rose gold case is the ever-reliable Zenith El Primero Automatic Caliber.

Crowning glory

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