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The Professional

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic, $2,750

Beautiful Wrist Presence

Interchangeable Black Alligator Band 

Transparent Crystal Back

5-Day Power Reserve

The Professional Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic, $2,750 Beautiful Wrist Presence Interchangeable Black Alligator Band Transparent Crystal Back 5-Day Power Reserve )

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The Traditionalist

Baume & Mercier Classima, $5,750

18K Red Gold Case

Roman Numerals

Self-Winding

The Traditionalist Baume & Mercier Classima, $5,750 18K Red Gold Case Roman Numerals Self-Winding )

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The Trendsetter

Baume & Mercier Linea, $1,950

Calfskin Wrap Around Band

Stainless Steel Case

Quartz Movement

The Trendsetter Baume & Mercier Linea, $1,950 Calfskin Wrap Around Band Stainless Steel Case Quartz Movement )

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The Elegant Everywoman

Michele Signature Deco, $995

Rectangular Case

Mother of Pearl Dial

Quartz Movement

The Elegant Everywoman Michele Signature Deco, $995 Rectangular Case Mother of Pearl Dial Quartz Movement )

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The Show Stopper

Michele Sidney Diamond Two-Tone, $2,495

Round Diamond Dial

Date, Chronograph, Central 60 Second Hand

Interchangeable Two-Tone Bracelet

The Show Stopper Michele Sidney Diamond Two-Tone, $2,495 Round Diamond Dial Date, Chronograph, Central 60 Second Hand Interchangeable Two-Tone Bracelet )

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The Crossover

Michele Hybrid Smartwatch, $495

White Alligator Band, Blue Silicon Face

Built-In Fitness Tracker

Smartwatch Features – Photos, Music

The Crossover Michele Hybrid Smartwatch, $495 White Alligator Band, Blue Silicon Face Built-In Fitness Tracker Smartwatch Features – Photos, Music )

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The Sportsman

Citizens Ecoshpere, $415

Black Polyurethane Strap and Blue Dial

1/5 second chronograph measuring up to 60 minutes

Water Resistant

The Sportsman Citizens Ecoshpere, $415 Black Polyurethane Strap and Blue Dial 1/5 second chronograph measuring up to 60 minutes Water Resistant )

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The Traveler

Citizens Promaster Navihawk GPS, $1,395

Satellite GPS Timekeeping Technology

Pilot’s Rotating Slide Rule Bezel

Perpetual Calendar

Alarm

The Traveler Citizens Promaster Navihawk GPS, $1,395 Satellite GPS Timekeeping Technology Pilot’s Rotating Slide Rule Bezel Perpetual Calendar Alarm )

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The Straight Shooter

Citizens BTW, $225

Affordable

Clean, Simple Design

Eco-Drive Technology – powered by light

The Straight Shooter Citizens BTW, $225 Affordable Clean, Simple Design Eco-Drive Technology – powered by light )

Taking Back Time

Published Dec 06, 2018 • Last Updated 01:57 pm, December 06, 2018

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Sometimes it seems Apple is poised to take over the world, dominating every market they choose to enter: music, phones, and now, watches? With industry experts projecting the Apple iWatch to outsell the entire Swiss watch industry in 2018, is there still a market for traditional timepieces?

Steve Rumanoff, owner of Rumanoff's Fine Jewelry and Design in Hamden, says yes.

"Smartwatches and traditional watches fulfill very different consumer needs and can co-exist in the marketplace and in our lives."

The smartwatch fulfills our seemingly insatiable desire for data about ourselves, each other, and the world around us. In addition to telling time, making phone calls, and sending emails, these mini-computers can track how many steps you've taken in a day, pay for coffee, provide directions — even alert you to an irregular heart pattern before you are aware of it! The range of functions a smartwatch straps to your wrist is truly remarkable.

Conversely, traditional watches fulfill our desire to surround ourselves with beautiful things. Like a pair of diamond earrings, a sports car, or a good bottle of wine, mechanical watches appeal to our appreciation of care, precision, and provenance. If smartwatches help us keep up with the pack, then traditional watches help set us apart.

Traditional watches come in an impressive array of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials – each making a unique statement about the wearer. Perhaps that is why actresses, politicians, and reality stars still sport traditional watches.

Former President Barack Obama wore a Rolex Cellini at the unveiling of his national portrait, not an iWatch. Jordan Peele made a statement when he wore an understated Montblanc Star Classique to accept his award for Best Director, and Kate Middleton dons her Ballon Blue Cartier, a gift from her husband, almost every day.

In our increasingly frenetic, screen-centered world, a traditional watch projects calm sophistication. It will never interrupt with a phone call or an email alert. It does not blink or buzz. It has no sync issues, no loading spinner, no tap targets. It won't require recharging, and it won't become obsolete when the newest upgrade hits the market. For these reasons, traditional watches are likely to continue to elegantly adorn our wrists for decades to come.

All offerings seen here can be purchased at Rumanoff's Fine Jewelry and Design in Hamden, Connecticut. Pricing is not guaranteed and is subject to change.









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