Talking watches With Alton Brown courtesy of Benjamin Clymer part of the talking watching series a video interview from some of the worlds esteemed collectors great eye candy!! Tudor, Rolex, Omega content not surprised all collectors should have all three Swiss brands in their vintage collection. All unique to themselves but great pieces.
Patek Philippe Exhibition Arts and watches in New York 2017 take a look inside. Hodinkee as done a video of the watches in the exhibition. Some truly great pieces that will go for sale. The collectors place to be, wish I would have made the trip, watches becoming more collectible than ever these days markets pulling high premiums for the sort after watches with provenance especially ones with famous celebrity attachment.
Patek Philippe Market pulls in the big hitters Patek Philippe still holds the record for the most expensive watch sold at auction the Henry graves super complication for a staggering $24,000,000 dollars but the pocket watch was way a head of its time. I feel you would need a degree in watchmaking to use the watch super complication, but doubt it was bought to use more an invest piece also one of a kind piece.
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Hands on With Tag Heuer Grand Carrera Wav511A, the grand Carrera’s are the higher end of the Tag Carrera range. I had a few grand Carrera’s in the past and they can be very pricey watches indeed. This watch model WAV511A is the simpler version of grand carrera calibre 6 movement with second counter at 6 o clock. case size is 41mm, water resistant to 100m so not a dive watch, the date window at 3 o clock, the glass is anti -glare sapphire crystal to stop sun reflection when reading the time of sunny days, a overall blend of polished and brushed stainless steel.
The bracelet is stainless steel with a clasp style closer with Tag Logo, this is the updated version bracelet for the carrera range. I always prefer brushed steel watches they wear well over time and seem to pick up less marks on the bracelet.
The carrera has a nice see through caseback so you can have a peek at the movement. The watch is chronometer tested for time keeping as most Swiss watches are to be fair. The Tag is a great bit of kit always great value for money plus loads of racing heritage to boot, all most everyone has had a Tag Heuer for a first watch or owned one at some point. I moved on fast from Tag Heuer once I found the love for the Rolex brand!!
Here a up and coming auction possibly the largest Vintage Patek Philippe collection of watches for auction, Christie’s auctioneers hosting the event on 11th July for 11 days. If your around in New York looking for a vintage Patek that is the place to be. The auction is named Arts of watches grand exhibition, the theme is both past and present and Patek history of horology. I think it is an exhibition that in turn becomes a auction for you to spend plenty of money.
Christie’s will be offering two ways to own your Patek Philippe Grand horological history. Firstly 85 pieces ranging from $5000 to $250,000 in a special online auction this starts on the 13th July. The second part is a special private sale where the stakes are much higher price ranging from $5000 to $5,000,000 where the buyer can buy some exotic vintage pieces from some famous owners from the past. The auction seems to cater for all types of buyers from the rich to not so rich and still get a museum quality history piece. Christie’s have arranged a private selling exhibition for the pieces that can bought on the day and viewed prior the main event at 20 Rockefeller plaza
They will also be a series of tours, watch making classes, lectures will support the sale and exhibition. So sounds like the place to be New York!!
The URWERK UR-110 latest design and enovation from Urwerk in Rose Gold. The star Robert Downey JR has been seen on the red carpet wearing the watch Robert is a renowned watch collector and loves his timepieces. The URWERK watch brand is very different to the normal run of the mill Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe etc… I doubt they will be cheaply priced. The watch was also seen in the Spiderman film “Homecoming” I suppose Tony Starks Aka Ironman is cool enough for the URWERK watch!!
The Spiderman trailer below wearing the URWERK:
In iron man he wore a Bulgari Diagono Retrograde Moonphase Rose Gold Watch which was rather nice for Bulgari not been a brand I love to be honest I had one a while back Bulgari scb 38S chronograph which did sell in the end. The URWERK watch is definitely a watch for a chap who likes to stand out from the crowd style, unique, ingenious design I suppose only other thing you should know, is how to tell the time on the watch?
The main selling feature is orbiting satellite complications URWERK,s radical way the tell the time. The Website tells you more in depth on how the watch works? doubt I will ever own one I like simplicity and vintage and price tag of 100k plus ouch that is me out! Great watch you wont see everyday and stand out in the crowd.
As the title says a video by Hodinkee a week on the wrist with a Rolex Sea Dweller 126600 this was the big big launch from Rolex this year at Basel 2017. Its the 50th Anniversary of the Sea Dweller so hence the Basel launch, the new Dweller has “SEA -DWELLER” in red writing as a homage to the original had 50 years ago.
The new Sea Dweller Ref 126600 discontinued the previous model Rolex 116600 which was in production for 3 / 4 years which was one of the shortest produced sports watch. Not sure why it was such a short run possibly due to the model sat in the shop windows of Rolex Dealers for a long while was always the last one standing at the price. The new one is bigger and better Rolex put a lot of thought in to this model with a cyclops at 3 o clock which was a shock for the Sea Dweller range, a new bracelet slightly wider etc… Watch and Enjoy the video !!
Casio G Shock Watches Tough as hell this is a video courtesy of Deployment testing the GA700. Casio G shock watches have been around a long time the watches are worn by police, firemen etc…. as they are so tough and very practical watch to use. The video demonstrates how tough they really are, I have had them in the past great everyday watch if you not working in a office environment. This watch is not normally something I would post about but they must sell plenty Casio so must be worth a shout out! May be Casio could team up with Rolex for a super tough luxury watch.
Christie’s Rare Watches and American Icons Auction 21st June brought in over 10,000,000 dollars when the hammer fell, the auction was held in New York, at Rockefeller Center with 250 timepieces on the day not bad for a days work. The watch theme for the auction was based on watches from American icons such as President Lyndon B, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and so on.
They was a couple of nice Paul Newman Daytona’s that always fetch good money but after the news of Paul Newman’s own personal watch coming up for sale soon by Philips Auctioneers and being the first auction after the news it failed to drive the Daytona’s prices up much. This may change after the ultimate Daytona goes for sale later this year 26th October.
The top performers of the day was the Richard Mille prototype RM 056 = $1,207,500
Second: 14K Gold Paul Newman Daytona with “Lemon Dial” ref. 6264 = $871,500
Third : Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank 14K Gold = $379,500
Forth : Paul Newman Daytona Tiffany Dial ref. 6239 = $271,500
Fifth : Heuer Autavia ref. 3646 with Indianapolis Motor Speedway Logo Dial = $199,500
The buyer of the Cartier Tank was no other than Kim kardashian West that paid the whopping $379,500 the most expensive Cartier more than likely. Vintage watches do not seem to be cooling off any time soon. You can check out some of the up and coming auctions with Christie’s
Cartier Tank Sells For $379,500 at Auction “Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” staggering amount of money for a Cartier Tank. The watch was estimated at $60,000 to $120,000 and tripled the higher estimate when the hammer went down. Collectors are snapping up pieces like this with history to well established figures, this Tank was giving to Jacqueline ex wife to J F Kennedy by her brother in-law Prince Stanislaw Radziwill who was married to Jacqueline’s sister. The Tank was given to commemorate the family finishing a 50 mile walk in palm beach although Jacqueline and J.F. Kennedy did not finish the full distance but did participate.
The 50-mile walk message was promoted by J.F. Kennedy in his presidency before his assassinated, the watch inscription on the caseback is “Stas to Jackie 23 Feb. 63 2:05 AM to 9:35 PM,” The Cartier itself was 20mm by 28mm long and is full of character case made of solid 14k gold with cabochon sapphire crown and manual wind movement. The dial is silver with roman numerals with blue hands, this classic design is still manufactured today but in 18k gold and still has all the charm of the vintage Cartier Tanks.
A timeless classic by Cartier be great to see what other watches at auction are fetching with such a great province and history attached to famous person.
Here is a interesting watch the Rolex Daytona 6263 after the recent post of mine regarding Paul Newman Daytona 6239 found and is going up for auction later on this year by Christie’s auction house. This particular watch the 6239 was given to his daughter’s boy friend in the 1980’s which was a iconic watch in itself worn and loved by the main man. I recently read a article that shed light on the Daytona Paul wore after the 6239 this the Rolex Daytona 6263 with engraving on the caseback drive slowly Joanne. This one was also given to Paul by his wife.
Paul had a long history with racing driving one of his true passions there is a picture below with Paul on the podium after a race. As you can see in the picture the Daytona was being used in the races as probably one of the reasons Paul loved the Daytona so much. The tachymeter measures miles per hour over a distance of a mile most chronographs have this feature but the Daytona was the watch to have on the track.
Paul Newman played a big part in vintage watches probably was one of the biggest factors the Daytona become so successful also with the watches being so beautiful helped. The Vintage Daytona will always be the watch to buy now and in 50 years but prices seem to be soaring every day all the big collectors want a vintage Daytona. Christie’s Auctioneers have plenty vintage watch auctions some of the rarest of the rare.