February 14, 2014
by Kenny Yeo
1. Bold Ladies Watches at SIHH 2014
Luxury watches have, for the most part, been a male-oriented and dominated industry. However, brands have since recognized the largely untapped ladies market and are quickly trying to address that. It was therefore not surprising to see more than a handful of ladies watches at this year’s SIHH. Here are some of the best.
2. Reference Points: Understanding The Entire Lineage Of Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronographs
If you keep up with auctions, you might notice that Patek Philippe’s perpetual calendar watches are very sought after and often perform very well. In fact, the author of the article goes as far as to call the Reference 5970 to be “as good as (if not better than) gold”. Learn more about the history of these watches and why there so sought after here.
3. Timekeeping 101: How to Read a Bezel
Before we had digital watches and smartphones, watches were used to perform many important task apart from keeping track of time. It could be used to measure speed, heart rate, distance and even find your orientation. Obviously, specially designed watches were required for the job but these functions often go unused in this day and age. Find out how you can maximize your watch’s capabilities by learning to read the various kinds of bezels.
Source: Gear Patrol
4. Rolex Submariner 6200 – The Review
Although it is widely debated and argued as to which is the first Rolex Submariner, it is widely accepted that the Reference 6200 is one of the earliest Subs. Easily recognized by its large “Brevet” crown, it has become one of the most sought after and iconic of all vintage Subs. Find out more about this legendary watch here.
5. SPOTTED: Prototype AP Royal Oak 40th Anniversary Skeleton Tourbillon in Stainless Steel
In the world of high-end watches, it is sometimes the stainless steel pieces that are most sought after. Why? Usually it is because they are produced in extremely limited numbers or only for very special customers. Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak 40th Anniversary Tourbillon is by itself a very rare and exclusive watch – only 40 were made in platinum and despite the $300,000 plus asking price, all have been accounted for. Although not for sale, AP collectors should take note that a one-of-a-kind stainless steel piece exists.
6. An Interview with IWC’s Chief Marketing Officer – Goris Verburg
Although IWC’s history and pedigree cannot be refuted, there are those who believe that they have lost their way, relying more on celebrity endorsements and past glories to sell watches instead of innovation and remaining true to its heritage. Here’s an interview with IWC’s Chief Marketing Officer to find out more about the new Aquatimer collection that was just released at SIHH 2014 and what we can expect from the brand in in the future.