By Roberta Naas Photography by Jeff Crawford Styling by Terry Lewis| January 1, 2015 |
Watches & Jewelry
As Miami Beach prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary, watch collectors are donning timepieces that, too, have withstood the test of time.
With centennial celebrations kicking off in Miami Beach in 2015, many are looking to the past to inspire the future. Such is the case with a number of watch brands that are also celebrating a century or more of excellence. From Hamilton to Tourneau, each of them continues to build on its long-standing tradition of crafting fine timepieces for the modern day that are inspired by the brand’s heritage.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: 1. Hamilton, a brand started more than 100 years ago in the rich farmland of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was instrumental in offering functional precision watches to American workers. This 42mm Hamilton Railroad Small Second watch ($1,295) is inspired by the railroad that made Miami Beach and American expansion possible. It is crafted in steel and powered by an H-22 movement. Watch Time, 139 E. Flagler St., Miami, 305-539-0515
2. From Ball Watch Company, a brand famous for railroad watches during the heyday of train travel in America, this 44mm Engineer Master II GCT watch ($3,999) is inspired by the company’s extensive history with trains. It is a two-time-zone watch powered by the Ball Caliber 651 movement and is crafted in stainless steel. Maurice’s Jewelers, 11865 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami, 305-253-5740
3. Tourneau, which started as a small family watch purveyor in Europe in 1900 before relocating and launching a store in New York City in 1925, is today a leading retailer in Miami and beyond. The company also creates its own Tourneau brand timepieces, such as this TNY Series 40 Chrono Automatic ($6,400), which offers sleek, urban, architectural appeal. Aventura Mall, 19575 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-2280