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Pure & Simple: Patek Philippe Calatrava vs. Lange Saxonia

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Two plain-faced beauties, the Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia, go head to head in this comparison test originally published in our April 2008 issue. Jens Koch gets in depth with the two timepieces and Nik Schölzel provides the gorgeous original photography. … [Read more...]

8 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

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Few factors can increases the value of a vintage watch quite like its once having belonged to a celebrity. Whenever a watch owned by a famous or historic figure goes on the block at auction houses like Antiquorum and Christie's, bidding can be expected to go well beyond the estimated value. Below we look at notable "celebrity" watches, once owned by iconic entertainment and sports stars, sold at auction within the past few years. … [Read more...]

Patek Philippe’s Henry Graves Watch Goes Back on the Auction Block at Sotheby’s

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The world's most expensive watch ever sold at auction will be offered again this November at Sotheby’s in an auction that will coincide with the 175th anniversary celebration of its maker, Patek Philippe. … [Read more...]

The 5 Top Patek Philippe Watches in Antiquorum’s June Watch Auction

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Antiquorum's next "Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces" auction will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong on June 28. More than 532 watches will be on the block and highlighted, as per usual, by several important models from Patek Philippe. Here are the five Patek Philippe watches expected to draw the most attention (and, perhaps, the biggest bucks) at the auction. … [Read more...]

The Watches of James Bond

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He doesn’t just have a license to kill; he also has a license to tell time. Bond’s creator Ian Fleming made sure to give the world’s most famous secret agent a wristwatch in his novels. In the eleventh volume (there are a total of 14 original editions), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which was published in 1963, Fleming offers the reader a very precise description of this watch. James sees a “heavy Rolex Oyster Perpetual on a metal watch bracelet as he awakes in the middle of the … [Read more...]

Two Vintage Breguet Pocketwatches Added to the Brand’s Collection of Historic Timepieces

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Montres Breguet added to its private collection of historically significant watches on Monday, May 12, 2014, when brand president and CEO Marc A. Hayek acquired two important lots at Christie's Geneva auction: the Breguet no. 4039, a half-quarter repeating watch with an off-centered hour dial and date indication, and the extremely rare Breguet Tourbillon no. 1176. … [Read more...]

Around the Web: Babe Ruth’s Watch, Erotic Timepieces in Demand, CIA Watches, and More

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Welcome to this week’s installment of “Around the Web”. As always, WatchTime social media maven Alan Loren updates watch aficionados with what we thought were some of the most interesting watch-related stories and news tidbits of the past weeks, culled from the websites of your favorite brands as well as popular watch blogs and other media. Here’s what caught our  eye this week. … [Read more...]

The 10 Top Watches From Christie’s December Watch Auction

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Christie's New York closed a very successful season of watch auctions on December 17, with a 365-lot auction of "Important Watches" that achieved a total of $12,926,175, including a new auction record for the highest-selling timepiece, a Rolex reference 8171 "Padellone" in steel. Here are the top 10 sellers in Christie's year-ending watch auction. … [Read more...]

A Record-Breaking Patek Philippe Highlights Top 5 Watches from Only Watch 2013

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The fifth edition of the biennial "Only Watch" auction took place over the weekend at the Hermitage Hotel in Monaco. When the final hammer fell, the auction of unique timepieces had raised 5,066,000 euros for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and a Patek Philippe Ref. 5004T fetched the highest price ever paid for a modern wristwatch at auction. … [Read more...]

Doxa Auctions Limited-Edition Divers’ Watches Worn By Jean-Michel Cousteau

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Doxa, the Swiss watch company that introduced the world to the first orange-dialed divers watch, is auctioning five limited-edition models of its Doxa Sub 1200T, each one personally worn by diving legend Jean-Michel Cousteau. Profits from the auctions, which began this week on eBay, will benefit Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society. … [Read more...]

James Dean’s Elgin Pocketwatch Sells for $42,000 at Auction

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James Dean's lucky pocketwatch was one of the main attractions at Antiquorum's June 22nd Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces auction held in Hong Kong. … [Read more...]

Antiquorum Auctions James Dean’s Lucky Pocketwatch

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At its upcoming June 22nd auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” in Hong Kong, Antiquorum will be auctioning a prized possession and lucky charm of legendary actor James Dean, a pocketwatch made by American watchmaker Standard USA with an American-made Elgin movement. … [Read more...]

Christie’s to Auction Historic Patek Philippe Grand Complication

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At the Important Watches auction on June 11, Christie's will be auctioning the historically significant Stephen S. Palmer Patek Philippe Grand Complication No. 97912. … [Read more...]

Antiquorum April Auction Results

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Last week we reported on Antiquorum's auction of "Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces," held on April 10th in New York City. Today, we have the results of the auction, which featured watches with ties to celebrities and famous athletes. … [Read more...]

Louis Moinet: Rewriting Chronograph History

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The Swiss watch brand Louis Moinet has unveiled an artifact that may change how we look at the history of timekeeping — a timekeeping device from the early 19th century, invented by the brand's namesake, that may be the first chronograph ever created. … [Read more...]

Rare James Bond and Paul Newman Rolexes Up for Auction at Antiquorum

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What do Paul Newman, James Bond, and Jean-Claude Killy have in common? In addition to being pop-culture icons, each is famously associated with a particular model of Rolex watch. And each of these models will be represented this week at Antiquorum's auction of vintage and modern timepieces. … [Read more...]

World Boxing Council Honors Hublot Chairman

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Not long after Hublot and the World Boxing Council (WBC) joined forces in September to auction off 12 watches signed by boxing legends, the WBC Board of Governors voted Hublot chairman Jean-Claude Biver "Man of the Year" at an event celebrating the WBC's 50th anniversary. … [Read more...]

More November Auction Results

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Earlier today, we posted results from recent record-breaking Antiquorum and Christie's watch auctions.  Sotheby's also had strong results for its November watch auctions. … [Read more...]

Records Fall at Antiquorum and Christie’s Watch Auctions in Geneva

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In early November, the watchmaking city of Geneva hosted two auctions of fine timepieces, held one day apart — one by Antiquorum and the other by Christie's — each of which achieved new records for watches at auction. Antiquorum boasted the highest price ever paid for a Rolex sports watch and a Patek Philippe sold at Christie's garnered the highest price ever paid for a non-complicated watch. … [Read more...]

Girard-Perregaux and Hugh Jackman Fight Cancer

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Girard Perregaux has partnered with the Hour Glass Group, sponsor of the Fight Cancer Foundation’s signature annual fundraising event, the Red Ball, held in the Palladium Ballroom at the Crown. The Red Ball is in its 20th year, and had over 1,300 guests. Among the attendees was actor and patron of the Fight Cancer Foundation, Hugh Jackman, wearing a Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 watch. … [Read more...]

Antiquorum October Auction Results

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Two weeks ago, we reported on Antiquroum's October 19th auction at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, with several Patek Philippe watches and a rare Harry Winston among the timepieces up for auction. … [Read more...]

Eric Clapton’s Patek on the Block at Christie’s

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Last week, Christie's auction house held a press preview of jewels and other items from its upcoming auctions. One particular item that caught our eye was this Patek Philippe watch, a very rare Ref. 2499/100 from the personal collection of legendary guitarist Eric Clapton. Manufactured in 1987, the watch has a perpetual calendar, chronograph and moon-phase. Christie's expects this timepiece — one of only two platinum versions of this reference ever made — to fetch 2,500,000 to 4,000,000 … [Read more...]

Patek Philippe and Harry Winston Headline Antiquorum’s October Auction

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Antiquorum, the world's leading auction house devoted to watches, will hold its fall "Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces" auction on October 19th at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. More than 300 timepieces will be up for bid, including several notable Patek Philippe watches and rare models from Harry Winston and Louis Vuitton. … [Read more...]

“Skyfall” Omega Watch Auctioned for $254,273

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The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean worn by Daniel Craig in “Skyfall,” the latest in the James Bond franchise (celebrating its 50th anniversary this year), was sold for $254,273 at Christie's in London on Friday, October 5th, with all proceeds going towards Orbis, a non-profit organization that provides eye care in developing nations. … [Read more...]

Hublot Auctions 12 Unique King Power Watches Signed by Boxing Legends

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On Saturday night, Las Vegas's Bellagio Hotel and Casino  played host to an unprecedented gathering of legendary boxing champions, as they joined the World Boxing Council (WBC) and Swiss watch brand Hublot in auctioning off 12 unique Hublot timepieces to raise funds for boxing's less fortunate. … [Read more...]

Sneak Peek: Hublot’s Limited-Edition Watch for Legendary Boxers

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Tonight, Hublot unveils a series of 12 watches, each a unique piece with the signature of one of 12 legendary boxers, at a gala event at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The watches — King Power models with a rose-gold and green color scheme inspired by the World Championship belt of the World Boxing Council — will be auctioned to raise proceeds for the WBC's pension fund, which helps the less fortunate members of the boxing community. At the press reception yesterday, also attended by Hublot … [Read more...]

Eberhard & Co.’s Gilda in the Garden of Eden

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Eberhard & Co. recently showed support for “Les Pommes du Jardin d’Eden,” an event held in Geneva to raise funds for breast cancer research. The event, held on September 11th, included several brands presenting original creations with an apple as the theme. … [Read more...]

Girard-Perregaux Young Watchmakers Tour in Paris

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Girard-Perregaux's young watchmakers continue their tour, most recently having arrived in Paris, France. The Girard-Perregaux Young Watchmakers Tour launched in New York, showcasing the young talent of the Manufacture. As they did in New York, the watchmakers traveled around the city, showing off their skills at famous locales like Norte Dame and the Arc du Triumph. … [Read more...]

Ulysse Nardin’s Blue Sea

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Ulysse Nardin's new Blue Sea was recently unveiled at a charity event in Canada, which raised $18,000 for Toronto General Hospital’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program. At the event, an auction was held for a limited edition Ulysse Nardin "Blue Sea" Jet Ski created by Kahuna Powersports. … [Read more...]

Christie’s 2012 First-Half Results Shows Boost in Fine and Rare Watch Sales

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Much of the world's economy may still be in the doldrums, but the secondary market for fine timepieces appears to be in good health. Christie’s, the world’s leading auction house, recently reported a boost in global sales for fine, rare and unique watches. Pointing to rare timepieces as a sound investment, Christie’s posted a five percent increase in revenue from watch sales alone, topping off the first half of 2012 at $62.9 million.  … [Read more...]