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New York has a new watch shopping mecca on Fifth Avenue. Wempe has reopened its doors in New York, marking a months-long renovation, and an expansion of its luxurious and inviting interior. Now occupying 5,500 feet at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th street, the store’s selection of top brands is displayed in elegant cases. Two shop-in-shops, one dedicated to Rolex and the other Patek Philippe, are set at either side of the sprawling yet intimate store. “We have close ties with the company headquarters in Hamburg. We’ve taken the values we are taught there and brought them with us across the sea,” said Rüdiger Albers, President of American Wempe Corps.
All in the Family
The family-run business dates back to the 19th century. Gerhard D. Wempe opened his first store in 1894 is the town of Oldenburg, Germany. The business, still family-run, is now in its fourth generation. The personal level of attention to customers is a testament to the family’s dedication.
The store offers a wide selection of top brands, including A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Breitling, Cartier, Chopard, Glashütte Original, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Junghans, Longines, Montblanc, Nomos, Panerai, Patek Philippe, Rolex, TAG Heuer, Tudor, Vacheron Constantin, and Wempe Glashütte I/SA. A service department employing four watchmakers can do everything from change a strap to cleaning to extensive repairs.
Jewelry Collection By Kim
The store is definitely worth a visit, whether you are in the market for a new timepiece or jewelry. Kim-Eva Wempe’s collection of original designs are available in Wempe boutiques only. The aptly named By Kim jewelry includes a range of pieces from band rings to sapphire and diamond necklaces, all crafted in precious metals and using the finest gemstones.
New York Exclusive
Wempe created a special limited edition watch to commemorate the grand reopening of the store. The 5th Avenue Limited Edition Wempe Zeitmeister Large-format Date features a dual time zone display and large date. The individually-numbered automatic-winding watches are crafted of stainless steel. With just 55 available with a silvered dial, and 55 in the black dial, they are destined to be coveted by collectors. The full technical details provided by Wempe are below.The Wempe Zeitmeister 5th Avenue Limited Edition watch with black dial
Movement: Caliber TT 651.00 (base: ETA 2892-A2 automatic movement), stop-seconds function and central second hand, display of date and second time zone (New York) with separate hour and minute hands
Oscillation system: Balance frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour
Movement dimensions: Round, 26.2 mm diameter, 111⁄2’’’, height 5.25 mm
Escapement: Swiss lever escapement
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Chronometry: German chronometer officially tested according to the DIN 8319 standard
Functions: Hour, minute, second, and large-format date display, second time zone
Control Elements: Crown for adjusting hands, quick-set date mechanism, adjustment mechanism for second time zone
Case: Stainless steel, 42 mm diameter, screwed case back with high-relief engraving of the Peninsula building, water-resistant to 5 bar, 13.65 mm height
Sapphire crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Dial: Silver-plated dial with hour markers, black dial with hour markers
Hands: Dauphine hands of stainless steel, red second hand
Strap: Full-cut crocodile-skin wristband with a stainless- steel pin clasp, stainless-steel wristband with a butterfly folding clasp