To kick off October, we check out the biggest winners and losers of the Only Watch 2013 charity auction. We also check out new watches from MB&F, Hublot and Panerai and also listen to what John Mayer has to say about watch collecting.
Topic | Vintage Watches
Major auctioneer Christie’s is currently running their first ever “online-only auction,” “The Essential Watch Collection” These days, we’re all accustomed to researching watches online, and then, very likely also buying them online. Major auctioneers have for a long time been trying to get a piece of the “eBay pie,” and the plan is to approach the sale of vintage watches online by offering a curated, safe environment where watches are vetted by professionals and available through a trusted source…
…contributed by legendary watchmaker, Peter Roberts, of England: It is 1969 and the streets of London are still swinging. As a young horology student, at Hackney Technical College, I am wondering where I will be able to get my hands on some top quality watches for practice. Surprisingly, owners of fine watches are not willing to risk their precious timepieces to an impecunious, novice watchmaker like myself…
While I’m far from the first to say it, Grand Seiko remains a true oasis of watchnerdery, a special arm within Seiko that seems to exist just to pose the question “is this the best we can do?” Grand Seiko is more than just the Lexus to Seiko’s Toyota.
In the fifth edition of our bi-weekly roundup, we check out Patek Philippe’s new Sky Moon tourbillon watch, the latest Vianney Halter masterpiece, learn about Rolex’s history, find out the truth of replica watches, take a look at Seiko high beat movements and take a lesson on the care and feeding about mechanical watches.
The trend of buying vintage watches has exploded in recent years with record prices realized for many vintage pieces. Yet buying and collecting vintage watches can be intimidating to novices. Rolex especially, has performed very well, and really it’s quite easy to hazard a guess as to why this has been the case…
Recently Corum formally announced their limited edition Chargé d’Affaires set of watches as the newest piece in their Heritage collection. This is a piece perfect for vintage lovers.
With the 2013 movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby book being released shortly, we wanted to take a look at some of the best wrist watches from the roaring 20s. The 1920s, in a sense, was the first real decade of the wrist watch. It was when both men and women started to adapt wrist watches over pocket watches. Some of the best brands that make watches today were around back then…
We recently featured an exclusive hands-on look at the new for 2013 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual calendar watch. We were excited both by the price and aesthetics of that sexy and slim perpetual calendar with its classic design. That watch represented one of the three pillars which we consider to be the strengths of Jaeger-LeCoultre as a brand.
To read the reports from SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horologerie) or the latest auction headlines, you would think that watch collecting is the preserve of the super-rich. Prices with four, five or even six zeros seem to be the norm and those non-millionaires amongst us can feel reduced to observer status only.
I recently had the pleasure of being invited to look at a rare collection of vintage Breguet aviator watches and was treated to an uncommonly good time with old timepieces. While vintage watch love is deep amongst this (watch enthusiasts) crowd, it is the rare historic and interesting timepiece that really excites me on a tactile basis.
Someday I’d like to hear the real story of Franck Muller’s history as a watch brand. As a timepiece maker it is a fascinating company that has done a lot and gained a laudable amount of popularity for a high-end exclusive watch maker.
Sponsored Post 1973 was the year that Omega’s marketing department realized that the brand name contained the word ‘Mega’. The Basel fair of that year saw the launch of both the ‘Megasonic’ and the ‘Megaquartz’- an example of each watch is pictured above. The MegaSonic 720Hz is a movement unique to Omega and at the […]
…this is the great looking Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Chronograph – and you already know how I feel about the name. Therefore, I am going to remove the “Vintage” part of the name for the rest of this article. It isn’t actually “XXL” in size either either, but I don’t feel like going on another rant. I am however OK with the “Chronograph” part of that name.
I am very much a “watch guy”. If you’re reading aBlogtoWatch, then chances are high that you’d consider yourself to be a member of the same club. But it’s worth noting that within our niche group of horologically inclined individuals, there are several sub-categories of watch enthusiasts.
According to Girard-Perregaux, the brand’s beginnings started in the late 18th century. I believe the Girard-Perregaux name began being used during the 19th century. Clearly one of the older watch brands, Girard-Perregaux has an interesting history and collection of vintage pieces with its name on them.
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