Accessories Five watch cases to house a collection
To store, protect and even carry away one's watch collection, a case is needed. One or even two depending on one's needs. Here are the options.
There are as many ways to store your watches as there are to wear them. So many things to factor in. The size of the collection, its owner's personal style combined with his actual needs, whether they are for static or mobile storage.
For the first steps in collecting, or for the compact collections, a watch case is absolutely necessary. Such a case, upholstered in leather outside and velvet inside, protects the watches from scratches and prying eyes. It is best to choose a box because they store watches with straps as well as with bracelets, which cannot always be stored flat. Cases like the Wolf Blake are also shockproof.
That last point is paramount when it comes to travel cases. Pouches are too soft and only protect from scratches. A roll is the best solution because it is rigid and protects against shocks, even though it is not the more compact option.
For advanced collectors (and professionals), a large storage capacity is necessary. The problem then shifts to the size of the container. Storing more than fifteen timepieces without ending up with a trunk demands a carry case like the 16 B Oversize XXL from Scatola Del Tempo. And it can also be used at home.
Storing is not the only thing. Maintenance is another. Automatic watches are better served with a watch winder. These rotary instruments allow timepieces to stay wound, on time and at the right date. It is of importance to choose one that matches the quality level of the watch it contains. For high-end watches, RDI's Horizon watch winder is perfect, leather upholstered and meticulously finished. But for the seriously precious items, one needs to go upmarket with an RDI Prestige K10-5. Opaque glass panels, metal pillars, 16 winding programs, they are up to the task for the most collectible watches.