Landing that expensive and elusive limited-edition automatic watch is only half the battle.
The Buben & Zorweg's Phantom winder
It is worth noting that besides “innovation, tradition” and all the other rudimentary watchmaking declarations, Patek Philippe ranks after-sales service as one of the 10 key values it promises to uphold.
Basically, what it tells you is that even the most expensive watches from the most prestigious brands in the business will need maintenance from time to time. And when that happens, it is always good to know that a trusted name has your back.
But here’s the thing. While an occasional tune-up is good, one should never wait for a watch to start acting up before sending it in for repair.
Contrary to popular belief, it is inactivity — more than wear and tear — that causes self-winding watches to break down. When one wears an automatic watch often, its internal mechanisms are kept in constant motion. Leave the watch alone for too long and the movement’s lubricant will start to coagulate and cause damage to the mechanism.
Which brings us to the wonders of watch winders — these automated machines take care of your precious watches while you switch between the various pieces in your collection.
Simply put your automatic watch into a winder, flick on a switch, and leave the winder’s programmable rotations to do the job of mimicking the movement of your wrist.