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How to Travel With Your Luxury Watches

By Natasha Tang
10 Mar 2023
3 min read

Jetting around the globe with your precious timepieces can be a daunting task. Here a few tips to help you pack and travel safe with your watches

There has been much debate on whether traveling with a luxury watch is safe, but with some precaution and the right equipment, we believe there is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy your precious purchase outside your home country. Of course, which watch to bring will depend on where you are going, how familiar you are with the city, and what you plan on doing there. A good general rule of thumb while traveling is to bring one or two watches at most. Picking ones that are versatile and stylish but can also fly under the radar will make life much easier for you as you vagabond around the world.

Versatility Is Key

First, think about the types of activities you will be doing. Will you be going on adventures that may require scratch-resistant or water-resistant timepieces? Are you going on a business trip and need to keep track of a second time zone with a 12-hour bezel? Will you be going from more casual settings to more formal ones, in which case a change of straps might be necessary? Generally, bringing one or two watches that are well-suited to multiple occasions is the best way to go.

Under The Radar

While it may be tempting to bring your most expensive watch, it is safer to opt for a more low-key option that won't attract unwanted attention. This not only helps to keep your watch safe from theft, but also ensures that it won't stand out as a target for customs officials. Watches are extremely eye-catching and once stolen are very hard to trace and unfortunately very easy to sell.

Special Coverage

It is extremely important to get an insurance policy after you buy a watch. Watches all carry a sentimental value but they also have an investment value. An insurance policy will ensure that you are covered in case of theft, loss, or damage during your travels and give you peace of mind. Make sure to take detailed photos of your watches and keep receipts and appraisals handy, in case you need to file a claim.

Next, be sure to bring all relevant documents for your watches, including warranty certificates and purchase receipts. These documents not only serve as proof of ownership, but can also be useful in the event of a claim.

Compact And Secure

When it comes to protecting your watches while traveling, it is best to pack them into a travel case or a travel roll. Consider a case made of high-quality materials, such as leather, and one that has ample padding to keep your watches secure during transit. You can find flat and light-weight cases on the market. Another good option is the travel roll, which will keep your watches organized, secure and easily accessible while on the go. The more compact ones easily roll up and can be tucked into your suitcase without taking up much space but the ones with a harder outer shell will protect your watches from any external shock and ensure that the bracelet links won’t rub against one another.

Never Out Of Sight

Safety is key when traveling with watches. Be sure to pack your watches in your carry-on luggage rather than your checked bags, as this will provide an added layer of protection. Always keep an eye on your luggage and never leave your watches unattended.

Packing and traveling with luxury watches requires a bit of planning and consideration. By choosing one or two versatile pieces and taking the time to protect your timepieces with insurance, choosing the right travel case or roll, and prioritizing safety, you can rest assured that your valuable watches will arrive at your destination in top condition.

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