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History & Philosophy

Bernhard H. Mayer® was founded more than a century ago and has since been built on the principles of excellence in design and quality in standards.

Established in 1871 in Pforzheim, Germany’s City of Gold, Bernhard H. Mayer® has steadily grown in the luxury industry and has provided premium items that are products of more than a hundred years of knowledge and experience in the crafting and manufacturing of precious metals.

Inspired by a vision to enrich the eternal value of precious metals and gemstones and render quality jewellery and timepieces for discerning customers, we commit to offering an exclusive variety of products created with the exceptional skills and passion of our specialised designers and craftsmen.

Our collections range from classic to contemporary styles, presenting exquisite sparkle, colour and design.

Manufacturing Excellence
The exclusive timepieces and jewellery designed by Bernhard H. Mayer® uphold the highest standards of product quality and craftsmanship.

Established traditions are respected in the creation, design and production of all Bernhard H. Mayer® products. Brilliant timepieces are manufactured in accordance with Swiss watchmaking traditions and standards, whilst gems and precious metals are chosen and crafted into jewellery based on guidelines set by premier jewellery institutions.

Authenticity in the quality of Bernhard H. Mayer® products is part of a continuing commitment to product excellence.


What is Swiss Made?

If you are new to the world of horology and want a quality timepiece, just look for the words ‘Swiss Made’ stamped on the dial. According to a European law that regulates the use of the name ‘Swiss’ for watches, a Swiss Made timepiece is one that has been assembled, adjusted and subjected to official tests in Switzerland. In addition, at least 50% of the components of the movement should be manufactured in Switzerland.

What does the Swiss Made label mean for you?

The words ‘Swiss Made’ guarantee the highest standards of quality and assurance. It includes the technical quality of watches (accuracy, reliability, water-resistance and shock-resistance), as well as their aesthetic quality (elegance and originality of design). The guarantee covers both traditional manufacturing and new technologies.

What lies behind this reputation?

The fundamental values of the Swiss Made label not only represent high-quality timepieces, but they also maintain their high standards, giving consumers the best of assurance. The Swiss Made name faces strong competition, however, thanks to the unique infrastructure, know-how, and spirit of innovation, it has succeeded in maintaining its leading position.

How is ‘Swiss Made’ defined by law?

A watch is defined as Swiss Made only when it carry the indications ‘Swiss Made’ or ‘Swiss’, or any other expression containing the word ‘Swiss’ or its translation. According to Swiss law, a watch is considered Swiss if:
Its movement is Swiss
Its movement is cased up in Switzerland
The manufacturer carries out the final inspection in Switzerland

A Swiss Watch Movement is considered Swiss, if:
It has been assembled in Switzerland
It has been inspected by the manufacturer in Switzerland
The components of Swiss manufacture account for at least 50 percent of the total value, without taking into account the cost of assembly

Bernhard H. Mayer® watches are manufactured in accordance with Swiss watchmaking traditions and follow the highest standards of product quality and craftsmanship. That means the standard and quality of our watches are more than assured.


Watch Glossary

Alarm
A watch feature that sounds an alarm at a pre-set time, or at regular intervals.

Analogue Digital
A watch that has both a digital display and the hands of a conventional watch. Usually common among sports-style watches.

Analogue Quartz
Most commonly-used term for any analogue timepiece that operates on battery or solar power and which is regulated by a quartz crystal.

Analogue Watch
A watch with a dial, hands, and numbers or markers that display a 12-hour time span.

Atmosphere (ATM)
Unit of pressure used to indicate water-resistance. One ATM is equivalent to 33 feet.

Band
The strap, band, or bracelet that holds your watch to your wrist. A watch band can be made of leather, plastic, metal or fabric.

Bezel
The surface ring on the watch face that surrounds and holds the crystal in place. Many watches have a uni- or multi-directional bezel that can twist clockwise or anticlockwise. This type of bezel can assist in calculations for elapsed time.

Cabochon Crown
A rounded semi-precious stone of synthetic material, usually black, fitted into the watch’s crown as an ornament.

Case
The metal encasing the bezel and face. Stainless steel is the most typical metal used, but titanium, gold, silver, and platinum are also common.

Chronograph
A multi-functional sports watch with a stopwatch function. Most chronographs have two or three sub-dials (or mini-dials) for measuring fractions of seconds, minutes in increments other than 60, and hours in larger increments.

Chronometer
Precision watch set in various temperatures and positions and with accuracy so exact that it has met time standards set by an official watch institute in Switzerland.

Clasp
The latching mechanism that connects the two ends of the watch bracelet around the wrist. There are different types of watch clasps, such as the Deployment Buckle, Bracelet Clasp, Folding Clasp, Hook Buckle, Hidden Watch Clasp, and the Push-Button Hidden Clasp.

Crown
A knob that is usually found on the middle-right side of a watch that is used to set the time, date, etc. Most pull out to set the time. In water resistant styles, the crowns should screw down.

Day/Date Window
A window on the watch face that displays the day or date of the month.

Dial
The watch face. The numerals, indices, and surface design are usually set, though some are printed on.

Digital Watch
A mechanical or solid state watch in which time is shown through changing digits rather than with hands and a dial.

End of Life (EOL)
The end of life of a battery in a quartz movement watch is indicated by the second hand jumping every four seconds, or by a flashing digital display.

Face
This refers to the visible area of the watch within the watch bezel where the dial is contained.

Guilloch
A type of dial with intricate engraving, usually very thin lines interwoven to create a surface texture.

Hands
The pointing devices anchored at the centre of the dial and circling around to indicate hours, minutes, seconds, and any other special feature of the watch.

Horology
The science of time measurement, including the art of designing and constructing timepieces.

Jewels
Synthetic sapphires or rubies that are used as bearings for gears of a mechanical watch. A quality hand-wound or automatic mechanical watch contains at least 17 jewels.

Kinetic
A revolutionary movement of micro-electronics that runs on energy generated from the natural movement of the wrist. Does not require batteries.

Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD)
A digital watch display that shows the time electronically by means of liquid held in a thin layer between two transparent plates.

Lugs
Extensions on either side of the bezel where the bracelet or strap is attached.

Mother-of-Pearl
The iridescent, milky interior shell of a fresh water mollusk that is sliced thin and used in watch dials. Mother-of-Pearl dials usually come in a milky white lustre, but can also come in colours such as silvery gray, gray blue, pink, and salmon.

Moon Phase
An indicator window in the watch that keeps track of the phases of the moon.

Polished
Shiny, stainless steel used in many fashion timepieces.

Power Reserve
A feature of a mechanical watch that shows how much longer the watch will operate before it must be wound again.

Quartz Crystal Movement
A movement that allows a watch to be worn without being wound. It is powered by a quartz crystal that vibrates to maintain accuracy. Digital quartz has no mechanical parts but is powered by a battery.

Sapphire Crystal
A crystal (the cover that protects the watch’s face) made of synthetic sapphire with a hardness second only to a diamond. It is transparent and scratch-resistant.

Screw-Lock Crown
A crown that can be screwed into the case to make the watch watertight.

Skeleton Case
A transparent front or back that permits one to view the inner workings of the watch.

Solar-Powered
A watch that uses solar energy derived from any light source to power the quartz movement. The batteries are recharged by solar panels on the watch’s face, and a power reserve function allows the watch to run in the dark.

Water Resistant

Ability to resist damage caused by exposure to water.


QVI Club Memberships

The driving passion and motivation has always been to help QVI Club members uncover an exciting world of travel choices. QVI Club opens the door for you to explore the world and experience first-hand the beauty of different cultures, traditions and ways of life – and always at affordable prices.

With QVI Club, discover the immeasurable satisfaction of owning your vacation. QVI Club offers a selection of vacation products that includes holiday memberships for up to 30 years, access to XchangeWorld with a list of nearly 3,000 resorts worldwide, and special holiday packages. All our products aim to bring you unforgettable travel memories from a variety of resorts throughout your membership. You can choose to make your vacation as adventurous or as relaxing as you want it to be. QVI Club can take you there without worries. This is what vacation ownership is really all about: fun, flexibility and long-term value.

What do you get?
Great vacations for up to 30 years at today’s prices
The ability to transfer ownership to children, grandchildren and loved ones
The option to share or loan your vacation membership to family, friends and associates
An exclusive selection of QVI Club Home Resorts and Limited Collection Resorts
An exclusive membership to XchangeWorld that will take you to exciting destinations worldwide



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QVI Club Memberships

The driving passion and motivation has always been to help QVI Club members uncover an exciting world of travel choices. QVI Club opens the door for you to explore the world and experience first-hand the beauty of different cultures, traditions and ways of life – and always at affordable prices.

With QVI Club, discover the immeasurable satisfaction of owning your vacation. QVI Club offers a selection of vacation products that includes holiday memberships for up to 30 years, access to XchangeWorld with a list of nearly 3,000 resorts worldwide, and special holiday packages. All our products aim to bring you unforgettable travel memories from a variety of resorts throughout your membership. You can choose to make your vacation as adventurous or as relaxing as you want it to be. QVI Club can take you there without worries. This is what vacation ownership is really all about: fun, flexibility and long-term value.

What do you get?
Great vacations for up to 30 years at today’s prices
The ability to transfer ownership to children, grandchildren and loved ones
The option to share or loan your vacation membership to family, friends and associates
An exclusive selection of QVI Club Home Resorts and Limited Collection Resorts
An exclusive membership to XchangeWorld that will take you to exciting destinations worldwide














XchangeWorld

About XchangeWorld

XchangeWorld is an international holiday exchange network featuring direct partnerships with meticulously selected quality clubs and resorts – exclusively for QVI Club members.

What makes XchangeWorld different from other exchange companies?
No annual membership fees!
Flat Xchange fee of USD 99* per week of 8 days / 7 nights throughout the world
XchangeWorld Xtra – a benefit that gives you the added advantage of taking extra vacations at rock bottom prices! This is an XTRA vacation week at various destinations worldwide, offered at competitive prices to all fully paid QVI Club members. All QVI Club members are eligible to enjoy this benefit over and above their yearly membership entitlement with no additional Xchange fee or usage fee!

XchangeWorld offers availability at various hotels and resorts at drastically discounted prices and members can purchase as many as they wish. What’s more? You can even give XchangeWorld to your family, friends and loved ones simply by obtaining a Guest Certificate.

* Xchange fee may be revised without prior notice

In-Voice
Today, it is so simple to stay in touch with loved ones and so cheap to stay connected to your business partners… But it is also easy to be confused by all the technology, rate plan options, and high-tech gadgets that are on the market, leaving you baffled as to how to find a solution that best fits you, your lifestyle, and your needs. Not to mention all those hidden costs that start to show up on your bill after you’ve already signed the contract.


In-Voice is your effective solution to take the confusion and risk out of the telecommunications equation and makes your choice simple, easy, and personal. In addition to In-Voice’s exclusive and innovative hardware, software and capabilities, In-Voice also carefully selects from leading communication devices and technology that are on the market. This creates a product offering and range of services that can cater to individual needs, preferences and even circumstances.


Gathered together in one online place for your ease of shopping comfort, In-Voice also offers top-rate customer support and after-sales service, inexpensive variety, and simple, easy-to-understand explanations of innovative technology… meaning you can talk all day, everyday, and you won’t have to dread the bill!

In-Voice. Bringing people closer.

Key Benefits

Communication Without Borders

Stay conveniently connected anytime and anywhere with In-Voice. The revolutionary telecommunications solutions provided by In-Voice mean getting in touch with your loved ones and business partners has never been cheaper or easier from anywhere in the world.

Cost Saving

The convergence of technologies and services allows you to save up to 80% on your telecommunication expenses. There are even ways to stay connected for FREE*!

Flexibility, Mobility, Convenience

In-Voice provides you with all-in-one telecommunication solutions, tailored to your needs. Use your landline, mobile, personal computer, In-Voice exclusive hardware, and even pay phones… anywhere and anytime. The choice is yours.

You are in Control

Manage your account, track your usage, never miss any new opportunities. Everything can be done and monitored online through your personal Account Manager portal.

Continuous Upgrade and Support

In-Voice delivers nothing but the best. Backed by our own telecommunications service provider in the UK, we continuously search for new technologies for better quality of service and new features; the more, the better. Our technical team is always available, our support is completely yours.

*OnNet calls within the In-Voice network are free of charge.


Notice:
Products are subject to the availability and applicable laws of the country in which they are to be marketed and sent. Some products may not be available or suitable for sale or distribution in your country and QNet reserves the right at its discretion to change such products or make such alternative products available as necessary in replacement thereof. Disclaimers, terms and conditions apply as necessary and applicable.


What is VoIP?

Voice over Internet Protocol
The Future of Telecommunication

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) can simply be defined as making calls through the Internet. It captures analog audio signals voice and transforms them into digital data to be passed through the Internet. VoIP usage has become more widespread and is expected to grow further, with users ranging from domestic use to multinational corporations.

Common applications

PC to PC
It is the cheapest and most popular way to use VoIP, as the calls are normally free. Simply download and install the application, generally known as softphone, and use it through the computer. Nowadays, you can also make PC to PSTN (normal telephone numbers) calls offered in all In-Voice’s packages for a certain cost.

Analogue Telephone Adaptor (ATA)
The adaptor, such as In-Voice’s Mobile Intelligent Gateway System (MIGs) converts analog audio signals to digital and transmits it though the Internet. Users simply have to connect to their home internet source and an analog phone into the adaptor.

IP Phones
IP phones are phones with additional adaptors to facilitate VoIP calls through the Internet. In-Voice offers the Shark phone, which is more than just an IP phone. It is a dual phone which accommodates both VoIP line and a local landline.

Wi-Fi Phones
Wi-Fi phones facilitate VoIP calls with a wireless Internet source and accommodate normal mobile phone calls with the capability to seamlessly swap between VoIP and mobile phone networks. In-Voice’s Pirelli Mobile Phone offers these capabilities, with an added advantage of being one of the most user- friendly hybrid phones in the market.

Advantages

Cost Saving
VoIP providers normally offer free VoIP calls within the same network as well as other promotions. You are recommended to keep an eye on the VoIP provider’s latest offer and additional features for optimal savings.

Location liberty
VoIP is portable and mobile. You can bring and use your devices whenever you travel as long as there is Internet connection with sufficient bandwidth.

Virtual numbers
Some VoIP providers offer virtual numbers from certain countries, such as the US, UK, or Australia. Callers benefit from virtual numbers the most. For example, if you are in India and you have a UK virtual number, your friends in UK can call your virtual number instead of the Indian number so that they only pay local UK to UK call rates.

Tips
Listed below are some practical tips which might be helpful for you.

Sufficient bandwidth
Most VoIP devices are intended to work with broadband Internet connection of at least 128kbps although modifications can be done to facilitate VoIP usage with lower bandwidth or dial up Internet connection. In-Voice’s skilled technical engineers are ready to assist you anytime.

Alternative features
Look for providers which offer a total solution, e.g. stable Internet connection, protection against power failures etc. You may opt to use other features. In-Voice provides callback and local access features for its users for maximum flexibility.

Usage Tracking
Small VoIP providers generally do not provide a detailed call report (CDR). You may find CDR useful as you can trace your VoIP usage. Thus, it is best to find a VoIP provider who offers this service.

Security concerns
Steer clear of VoIP providers with unsecured lines or peer-to-peer programmes. Or you may be exposed to viruses, privacy violations, and hackers.



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