TAKE CARE OF YOUR WATCH
2017-11-10

TAKE CARE OF YOUR WATCH



To ensure your watch functions perfectly throughout time, we recommend you take the following precautions.

 

BATTERIES

Battery life

Battery life is generally between two and five years. It depends on the type of watch and the amount of energy required by its various functions.

EOL (End of Life) functions

Most watches have a battery EOL (End of Life) indicator. When the second hand begins to jump in four-second intervals, it is time to have the battery replaced by a certified service center.

Battery replacement  

To avoid the risk of any leakage which could damage the movement, we recommend not leaving a completely discharged battery in your watch. To guarantee work in line with quality standards, it is vital to have the battery replaced by certified watchmaker, who will also be able to check and restore your watch’s water resistance. Any work carried out by a non-authorized third party will void the warranty.

 

IMPACTS

Physical impacts

In the event of a violent impact, we recommend having your watch checked by a certified watchmaker.

Thermal impacts

Avoid exposing your watch to extreme temperatures of above 60° C or below 0° C. Also avoid sudden changes in temperature (e.g. sauna or diving into cold water after exposure to the sun).

 

PRECAUTIONS IN RELATION TO WATER

Do not use pushers in the water

Even if your watch is water resistant, to avoid water penetration which could damage the movement it is imperative not to use pushers when the watch is in contact with water. Also check that the crown is pushed in (and screwed in where relevant) against the case of your watch.

 

Leather straps

To prevent premature ageing of your leather strap, avoid contact with water or sweat.

 

SETTING THE DATE

Avoid manually changing the date between 10pm and 2am. This is when the date automatically changes. Manuel operation during these hours risks damaging the mechanism.

 

MAGNETIC FIELDS

Since most watch components are made of metal, magnetic fields may temporarily disrupt their functioning, or even totally stop the movement. We therefore strongly recommend not placing your watch on an electronic device and not exposing it to powerful magnets (e.g. refrigerator door, hands bag clasp, etc.).

 

SERVICES INTERVALS

Inspection of water resistance

A watch’s water resistance is not permanent. It can be reduced by an impact or by natural wear of the gaskets. After the two-year warranty period, we recommend an inspection once a year, particularly before taking holidays by the sea. This inspection can be carried out by certified service centers, which will also be able to restore your watch’s water resistance if necessary.

Maintenance services

Unlike many mechanical instruments, your watch operates continuously, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To guarantee constant accuracy, the movements’ components need to be oiled and perfectly clean. The quality of the oil declines over time, leading to slight friction and deposits which can affect the watch’s precision. That is why we recommend carrying out a service every four to five years, to clean and replace the oil and worn components. To guarantee work in line with our quality standards, it is vital to have the watch serviced by a certified watchmaker. Any work carried out by a non-authorized third party will void the warranty.

 

CHEMICALS, COSMETICS 

Avoid contact with solvents, detergents, fragrances or cosmetics as they are likely to affect the coating on the bracelet or case, as well as damaging the gaskets that ensure your watch’s is water resistant.

 

POWER RESERVE

Power reserve

For optimum precision, please wind your watch before it reaches the end of its power reserve. Do not deliberately shake a self-winding watch in order to wind it. This is ineffective and could damage the movement.

Mechanical watches with manual winding

Mechanical watches with winding need to be wound daily to give them sufficient power to function properly. To do this, turn the crown clockwise as far as it will go. However, do not force it when it reaches this point in order to avoid damaging the movement.

Self-winding mechanical watches (automatic)

Self-winding mechanical watches have an additional mechanism allowing them to be automatically wound using the natural movement of the wrist. However, if it has been stopped or not worn for several days, it needs, to be rewound using the crown, as for a manual winding model. This ensures its continued functioning during periods of low activity (e.g. when sleeping). Usually, 20 turns of the crown are required to provide enough energy to the watch movement to ensure a sufficient power reserve before putting it on the wrist. Please also note that the power reserve of a self-winding mechanical watch depends on the movement of its wearer’s wrist.

 

CLEANING OF YOUR WATCH

Metal and rubber bracelets and water resistant cases can be using a toothbrush. We recommend using a little bit of soapy water and drying with a soft cloth. After contact with seawater, always rinse your watch with fresh water.