September 05, 2023
Men's watches with coloured dials are hugely popular and a larger range of colours seem to appear in even the most classic and conservative looking watches.
Watches in gorgeous colours don't have to be on casual styled watches, but are used on all styles.
Colourful watches for men are a big thing and have been for quite some time. There is something nice about seeing a pop of colour from the sleeve of a watch in even the most conservative dress and it's quite a statement.
Whilst it always seemed to be blue dials that were the go-to colour after the usual white, black or silver dials, it seems that a full range of colours are becoming available.
Green has been the colour for 2023 and we've seen plenty of men's watches with either green dials or straps or both, come and quickly go again in the shop.
As you can see, coloured watches are available in all styles, even the more classic-looking watch looks good in a vibrant colour.
Storm have always been known for their amazing coloured glass. Their "lazer blue" glass is almost iconic, but they do a whole range of colours including red, green and yellow. All are hugely popular.
Many of their watches have irridescant glass which have an amazing effect as you turn them the glass changes colour in a lovely, subtle way.
What do you think about brightly coloured watches?
August 15, 2023
We are frequently asked if we stock any automatic watches by customers who love the feel and freedom of wearing one.
For those who love their watches, an automatic watch not only looks good but has the added convenience of not needing battery replacements.
We always have some automatic watches in store and make a point of keeping a number in stock to give our customers a nice choice to select from.
If you want a full description of what an automatic watch is you can read this article here. But, in a nutshell, an automatic watch is a mechanical watch which does not need winding by hand but is powered by the movement of the watch as you move your wrist throughout the day, ie it is self-winding.
Watches are either powered by a battery (a quartz watch) or mechanical. Mechanical watches are powered by a mainspring which store energy to keep the coils and wheels moving in the watch movement.
Some mechanical watches need to be wound by hand to power/transfer energy to the mainspring, where automatic watches use an oscillating weight to transfer energy to the mainspring.
In other words, just wearing your watch will keep it wound up and working!
Many automatic watches feature a window where you can see the movement working. Its quite a fascinating thing to see - it really makes you appreciate the ingenuity that goes into a mechanical watch.
It is something we are sure you never tire of watching (excuse the pun!).
An automatic watch makes a perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person who loves watches. They may even own a small collection of watches.
Automatic watches come in many styles - from a more classical look like the automatic watch below or a sportier version like some of the Festina's we stock. There is something for all tastes.
For those who have a collection of automatic watches, or even with just one automatic, you buy Watch Winder Boxes which will keep your watch running whilst you are not wearing it by "turning" the watch, mimicking the movement of your wrist.
Run by battery and/or mains electricity, a Watch Winder consists of a box with a cuff inside to which you strap your watch. Switch the box on and it will gently rotate and turn the watch, ensuring the movement is working, ready for when you next want to wear it.
If you are a watch enthusiast or not, an automatic watch watch is a beautiful feat of engineering and something that is a joy to look at and wear. If you haven't already got one, an automatic is a worthy addition to anyones watch collection.
And if you have already got an automatic watch, there's always room for more ... or so my husband tells me!
July 24, 2023
We are an authorised stockist for Radley watches. This British ladies fashion accessories brand was started in 1998 by a lady called Lowell Harder who held a stall in Camden Market, London. She started to make her own label of bags as she wanted to create a range with more interesting colours than the usual tan, brown or black.
The iconic Scottish Terrier dog emblem was used to represent the fun aspect of the brand and it is now instantly recognisable.
Radley watches were introduced by the brand in 2011 and use pretty colours and many of the watches include floral designs on the dial. The affordable price tag means many ladies who love the brand own more than one Radley watch and some have a little collection!
We have stocked Radley watches at Carathea & Jools since 2021 and many of our customers love them.
We offer a free watch bracelet link removal on watches purchased from us so you can rest assured your watch will fit perfectly.
When a watch is retired from the collection they can often be purchased for half price so there are plenty of bargains to be had.
Radley have introduced a very popular range of Smart watches which combine the Smart watch capabilities with the iconic Radley design. It is easy to connect the Smart watch to the Radley app which you can download onto your phone from the App store.
Depending on which Smart watch you purchase most can alert you to call or text messages. Your watch will track your activity such as steps and sleep, it has a heart rate monitor, will track the number of calories you have used and it has a phone locater. You can even control your phone camera and music from your watch.
All-in-all Radley are a lovely elegant watch brand with pretty watches that won't break the bank. A Radley watch makes a lovely gift for the fashion aware lady who likes a nice quality watch without it being too precious that she needs to worry about it.
May 27, 2023
Bering watches was founded by an adventurer and businessman, Rene Kaerskov, in 2008 after a trip to the North Pole where he was bowled over the the beautiful simplicity of the Artic.
He and his two business partners wanted to create a watch brand that exemplified the qualities of the Artic - being long lasting by using the best materials and with a simple elegance and beauty.
The brand was named Bering after Vitus Bering, the adventurer who founded the Bering Strait in 1728 and the first European to discover Alaska.
In 2011 Bering watches were introduced in the UK - previously having only been sold in Denmark and Germany.
Bering use Sapphire crystal glass in all of their watches. Sapphire crystal is a much higher quality glass than the mineral glass that is used in most other watches. Sapphire crystal is stronger and scratch resistant glass.
This is important in slimline watches, such as Bering. Their watches are ultra slim and therefore so is the glass - you need this thin glass to be strong.
We sadly have to carry out of a lot of watch glass replacements for customers on other watch brands that have slimline watch designs but use mineral glass in their watches. To date, our repairer has never had to replace a Bering watch glass.
Bering use 316L Stainless Steel which is used in medical technology both for its strength and durability and for its inertness - perfect for those with allergies to other metals.
Lightweight yet extremely strong, titanium is a wonderful metal to use in a watch design. Bering have a number of titanium watches in the collection, included some nice ion-plated coloured watches, veering away from the traditional titanium gunmetal grey colour.
Many of Bering watches are embellished with natural minerals or precious stones, such as mother or pearl, malachite, tiger's eye and sodalite. This means that no two watches will look the same.
Bering rose in popularity in the UK massively after introducing a ceramic range of watches. Beautiful to look at, extremely tactile, strong, lightweight and hypoallergenic ceramic is a fantastic material and feels wonderful to wear. From full ceramic designs to ceramic bezels, Bering liked using this material. They don't have any full ceramics in the collection at the moment but a fair few of their watches have ceramic bezels.
Bering watch design is distinctive and very elegant.
Their watches are very slim. Even the automatics they make, which need a much bigger movement, are slim in comparison to other brands. Their slimmest watch is 4.8mm deep. That's slim!
The mesh bracelet that most of their watches come with (they also have leather and ceramic straps on other designs) are so comfortable to wear and long-lasting.
The clasp is a three-way design - hook over the bar, clip the clasp in place and secure by clicking the safety catch down - an absolute doddle once you've done it once or twice.
As well as the white ceramic watches they were famous, and much-loved, for Bering have brought out some fantastic coloured watches - some with coloured dials or coloured mesh straps or both. From the ever-popular blue, to purple, pink and green.
Bering make a range of movements - quartz (battery), automatics and solar powered.
Bering use Japanese Myota movements in their quartz watches. These are good quality, reliable and used in most good quality quartz watches. But they don't just make quartz (battery) movements.
They have a growing range of Solar watches - where the movement is powered by battery which gets its charge from light (it doesn't need to be full sunlight, ordinary daylight or even artificial light is fine) which will charge the battery for 6-12 months before needing recharging again. A solar battery will eventually expire and need replacing but only after roughly 10-15 years. This means fewer battery changes - keeping the watch sealed - and little upkeep. It's also kinder to the planet.
We have more and more customers asking for automatic watches and Bering have a lovely range of automatics all with their slimline, minimalist design. They use Seiko automatic movements.
Most of their automatics have an "open heart" skeleton window in the dial, so you can see the movement moving as you wear it but all have clear glass back so you can be mesmerised by that fabulous movement ticking away.
With 40 hours power reserve these are fabulous automatic watches.
We love Bering watches and have stocked them since their introduction into the UK. Customers also love their Bering watches as they tell us when they return for their battery replacements.
You get a lot of watch for your money with Bering and they come with an 3-year manufacturer's warranty on manufacturing faults.
They come in a beautiful presentation box and also make a perfect gift.