Tourneau Tells How to “Fall Back”
It’s that time of the year that watch collectors dread—the end of Daylight Savings Time. At 2 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, November 1st, we will gain that hour that we lost back in the spring. That’s a good thing, especially for those who stayed up late enjoying Saturday night’s Halloween revelry, but a major chore if you have to bring your large collection of watches up to date.
Fortunately, leading luxury watch retailer Tourneau has some expert advice on correctly resetting all of your valuable timepieces. Tourneau stores will be starting early on Friday, October 30th to update the more than 100,000 watches now in stock in the chain’s locations, so they know what they’re doing.
Tourneau’s VP of Technical Service Terry Irby, known as the “Watch Doctor” due to his expertise in keeping watches running, has some tips to offer on maintenance for this time of year. “Daylight Saving Time provides the perfect opportunity to perform a watch check-up and learn best practices for watch care,” he stated. “While adjusting your watch may seem simple, many valuable pieces require a skilled hand to adjust the time and the more complicated watches require a professional reset to prevent damage.”
Most of us are tempted to make the change over from Daylight Saving Time promptly at 2 a.m. but Irby advises against it. He recommends that owners never reset a watch between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. because the gears of the timepiece are engaged in changing the calendar. Interfering with this process can cause damage to the watch so it’s a good idea to wait until later in the morning to make the update.
Another tip from Irby is never to reset your watch while it’s on your wrist. Doing so could break the stem so you should always take the watch off before resetting.
Don’t forget to “fall back” this weekend!