7 Of the World’s Most Famous Clocks

Before clocks, sundials were used to show the time through the positioning of a shadow on a flat surface, but clocks as we know them have now been around for a while now. Throughout their time, some of them have become incredibly famous throughout the world and some has become huge tourist attractions as well. Here are some of the world’s most famous clocks:

Big Ben – London

Officially called Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell clock tower at the Palace of Westminster. It was completed in 1858, with the tower holding the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world; the Big Ben is also the third tallest free-standing clock tower. This is the most famous landmark in London, England, and one of the most famous monuments in Europe.

Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia

From 1901 until 1908, the Philadelphia City Hall held the title of the tallest building in the world, with its height of 548 ft (167 metres). This famous tower has four clocks, one on each side, with each clock being 26 ft (8 metres) in diameter. Read more

925 Silver- How to Identify if your Silver Jewellery is Real Silver

Silver is an incredibly popular material for use in the jewellery industry and it’s not hard to see why. But how can you tell if your jewellery is made from real sterling silver, or simply silver plated costume jewellery?

As you are likely to want to spend your money on a piece of jewellery that will last for a very long time, it’s important to know the difference between genuine sterling silver jewellery and fake silver pieces.

As we carry out jewellery repairs here at Martins of Glasgow, we’ve come across many pieces which have turned out to be nothing more than costume jewellery and the owner had no idea that their jewellery wasn’t real silver. In order to prevent this from happening to you, take a look at our short guide on how to spot real sterling silver jewellery!

What Is 925 Sterling Silver?

925 Sterling silver contains 92.5% pure silver which is mixed with some sort of alloy material such as copper.

This differs from silver plated pieced in which a coat of silver is used over the top of another metal. Because silver is a soft metal, this coating can be scratched off and tarnished easily, eventually exposing the metal or alloy underneath when the coating is removed. Read more

Will Smart Watches Become the Apple of Apple’s Eye?

Apple… go back half a century and it was simply a healthy snack, now though the times have changed… drastically. Mention the word Apple now and it conjures up an entirely different image, one of polished aluminium and colourful user interfaces.

Apple is now the most powerful brand… in the world! Want to guess their net worth? Well if you said over $120 billion then well done as you were correct!

Apple products are literally taking over the world, they are in every pocket, backpack, briefcase and satchel in the land but Apple doesn’t think this is enough, they want Apple products on every wrist in the world in the form of their latest smart watch. But how achievable is this with a £500 (roughly) price tag?

In this blog we thought that we would take a look at exactly what this watch offers and see if it is a stroke of genius or one step too far for Apple. Read more

Iconic Watches: True Vintage Classics (part one)

The last decade has ushered in a new era of innovative design and technologies in the watch market. With the dawn of the smart watch fast approaching it is important to remember some of the truly iconic watches that have gone before and which remain timeless classics.

The Omega Flightmaster 1969 is a true vintage classic and one of the iconic watches of its era. An original aviator watch, production of the Flightmaster began in 1969 and unfortunately proved to be short-lived, finally coming to a halt in the mid 70’s. The original Flightmaster had a total of 7 working colour-coded hands, and a notable feature of this iconic watch is the fact that it was markedly larger than other watches of its era. Recent years have seen an increase in the popularity of cult classics such as the original Omega Flightmaster and you can expect to pay around £3,000 to get your hands on one. Read more

Google Wearables: Android Watches

On their official blog, Google recently announced that they were launching Android Wear, a project that extends Android smartphone technology to ‘wearables’ (wearable technology).

Google stated that they’re starting their wearable line with the most familiar and accessible wearable accessory—watches. The Android Wear watch will tell you more than just the time, as it will feature Android apps (applications) like a smartphone. This means you will receive notifications from your favourite social media apps such as Facebook and Twitter. Read more

Men’s Jewellery: Timeless Trends and What Not to Wear

Men’s jewellery is a divisive topic. On the one hand, there are clear questions being raised about the very idea of men’s jewellery. On the other hand, there are more and more men moving towards the idea of making jewellery a part of their outfits; there are even guides popping up. Here at Martin’s of Glasgow, we offer a wide range of services relating to jewellery, including repairs and restringing, so we’ve seen all sorts come through our doors over the years. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the timeless trends regarding men’s jewellery, as well as a few things to be avoided at all costs. Read more

Rolex: A Watch of Luxury

Rolex is truly a watch of luxury; the brand is famous for outstanding performance, innovative watch engineering and exquisite design. The brand was founded in London in 1905 by Hans Wildorf and Alfred Davis, however moved its head quarters to the luxury watch capital of the world, Switzerland in 1919. Every watch manufactured by the brand is certainly a masterpiece in design and watch technology.

Rolex Submariner-Date model 16610, with a water resistance of 300 meters. This model was first produced in 1989. Read more

Tag Heuer: A Triumph in Design

Since 1860 Tag Heuer have been creating luxury watches famous for precision engineering, superior quality and distinctive design; it is this that makes this famous Swiss watch brand a first class leader in the world of watches. Tag Heuer have a long standing relationship with F1, having worked with both Ferrari and Mclaren, thanks to their unique aesthetic qualities, innovative technology and impeccable performance. The brand has an undeniable passion for excellence and elegance that leads to stunning luxury timepieces; every single watch is truly a masterpiece. Read more