1. Japan January 2018
Japan alone is a fantastic place to visit. The country is super clean and orderly, the people are courteous and helpful, and the food is amazing. But if you are a big Seiko nut like I am, then Japan becomes even more special as it is the home country of Seiko. For Seiko fans, no trip to Japan would be complete without visiting the Wako Store in Ginza and the Seiko Museum in Sumida. But of course, Japan is more than just these two places, and if you really want to get deep into watches in Japan, this is a post you don’t want to miss as it covers worthwhile flea markets and watch shops to visit within and outside of Tokyo.
2. Collection of watches worth over $10 million seized from detained Sakhalin ex-governor
What is it about politicians and luxury watches? Last month, there was news about a Thai general with watches worth $1.2 million. This month, Alexander Khoroshavin, the ex-governor of the Sakhalin region in Russia, has been arrested and sentenced to 13 years in prison for bribery. Khoroshavin’s collection is even more amazing as it is said to be worth roughly $10 million. The collection is said to include the usual suspects of Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and more. What’s more incredible is that he had ordered another watch worth over $600,000 just shortly before being arrested.
Source: TASS Russian News Agency
3. Breitling CEO Georges Kern Explains its “Legendary Future”
There were a couple of shocking developments in the watch industry last year. In April, it was announced that Breitling was sold to CVC Capital Partners for $870 million. Months later, Georges Kern, suddenly quit his job at Richemont to take the role of CEO at Breitling. This was surprising because, prior to his resignation, he was promoted from CEO of IWC to Head of Watchmaking at Richemont. Find out why he made the switch and what his thoughts and plans are for Breitling in this interview.
Source: Watches by SJX
4. Ross Povey in Conversation with the One & Only, Eric Ku
Readers deep into the watch game will probably be familiar with the name Eric Ku. For those who aren’t, Eric is widely regarded as one of the world’s top dealers of vintage Rolex watches. His knowledge of vintage Rolexes is only surpassed by his passion. In fact, Eric acquired the Vintage Rolex Forum six years ago with the goal of keeping it around so that the knowledge accumulated there could be shared and kept around for everyone to use. Find out what else he has to say about collecting vintage Rolexes as well as his other passions.
5. Vintage Breitling: The Expert Interviews
Unprecedented interest in vintage watches has driven prices of vintage Rolexes and Pateks to a record high. As a result, vintage watch enthusiasts and collectors have steadily turned to other brands to cover gems. One brand that has many vintage watch lovers taking a hard look is Breitling. Following the acquisition of Breitling and with ex-IWC CEO Georges Kern at the helm, interest in vintage Breitling is at an all-time high. In this article, two experts on vintage Breitling watches talk about their passion for Breitling and why vintage Breitling watches matter.