Audemars Piguet was founded by Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet in the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland in 1875 and would later take the name Audemars Piguet & Cie in 1881. Since its founding in 1875, the company has remained family owned. Both founders came from a strong family lineage of watchmakers. Jules and … Continue reading How was Audemars Piguet founded?
Pawnshops are often associated with coins and bullion, in addition to gold and diamond jewelry. But luxury watches are another category that pawnshops like Jewelry-N-Loan in Costa Mesa, CA buy, sell and lend against daily. Fine watchmakers like Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe set impeccably high standards for design and style and continue to … Continue reading Do Pawnshops Buy Watches?
The world of fine timepieces can seem very daunting, full of fancy functions and jargon. One of the most common complications found in high-end watches in the modern era is the chronograph, a word that sounds familiar even to novices. But what exactly is a chronograph? Simply put, a chronograph is a stopwatch. Modern chronographs … Continue reading What Is a Chronograph?
At their core, watches are complex, incredible machines whose main purpose is to keep track of time. The minute and second hands take their daily revolutions and with one quick glance, the wearer can know if they are early, late or right on time. Van Cleef & Arpels, the famed jewelry brand, have taken this … Continue reading The Beautiful and Intricate Watches of Van Cleef & Arpels
A decade after the Cartier Tank’s first iteration, its style and elegance remains wholly intact. To celebrate the noteworthy anniversary, the high jewelry house has released six new timepieces to highlight the simplicity and history of the design and the brand. Released in 1917, the watch was inspired by avant-garde art movements like Bauhaus and … Continue reading The Cartier Tank: 100 Years Later
While the originators of many remarkable inventions are now lost to time, ironically, the watchmakers of today know exactly whom to credit with many remarkable innovations still in use. Abraham-Louis Breguet, founder of his namesake luxury watch company, was an incredibly prolific genius of horology whose work is the foundation of the most sophisticated timepieces … Continue reading Abraham-Louis Breguet: The Wizard of Watchmaking
If you are looking to pawn your watch, the loan officers at Chicago Loan Company, the leading collateral lending institution in the Midwest, are experienced with all fine watch brands, from Rolex to Patek Philippe to Panerai. When assessing a watch, we understand that even the minutest details can command a premium; rarity, complications, precious metals … Continue reading How-To Guide: Pawning a Watch