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What is the tourbillon, and how is it significant in watch design? We look at one of the most ingenious ‘complications’ ever invented The tourbillon, now over 200 years old, is one of the most exquisite and complex mechanisms ever conceived. Intended to solve a problem in time-keeping by the application of physics, it became an engineering challenge which still absorbs watchmakers – and fascinates collectors. It was on June 26th in 1801, or as...

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Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo is offering the earliest made and previously unknown Patek Philippe yellow gold reference 2523 with cloisonné enamel dial, representing the Eurasian landmass. with an estimate in excess of CHF 3.5 million (£2.7m). The watch is a leading highlight of The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII on May 8th and 9th, 2021. Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant Bacs & Russo and Alex Ghotbi, Head of Watches, Continental Europe and Middle East,...

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John Crabbie Unveils Limited Edition Rare 50 Year Old Single Malt. John Crabbie was one of the pioneers of Scottish whisky. His passion for high quality whisky took him to the best distilleries in Scotland, to purchase single malt whisky for his renowned Crabbie brand. Today, more than 200 years on, John Crabbie & Co are proud to present their 50 Year Old single malt whisky from the iconic Bunnahabhain distillery on the northern shores...

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British war plane history could be lost forever if a man who’s amassed a ‘museum-ready’ collection of rare V-bomber cockpits can’t find someone to pilot his lifetime’s work to a new destination. Nigel Towler, 65, has dedicated 40 years of his life to salvaging and restoring the largest array of V-Bomber cockpits in one private collection. The strategic bombers first flew 70 years ago courtesy starting with the Vickers Valiant in 1951. It entered service...

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Following his pioneering work to create the first ever replica of John Harrison’s oldest clock (circa 1713), antiques specialist Matthew King has now recreated the unique and iconic barometer built by the esteemed 18th century London clockmaker, Daniel Delander. The Delander barometer combines science with decorative art, an instrument for measuring atmospheric pressure to help predict weather conditions, in a spectacular and opulent case. The replica that Matthew has created is an authentic representation of...

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Running a gallery in these uncertain times is a challenge – even more so opening a new one. Arts & Collections talked to Serena Dunn of Grove Square Galleries about the gallery’s approach (Image top of page – Marc Standing, Primordial Instinct) Opening in October 2020 with an inaugural show of work by painter Christopher Kieling, Grove Square Galleries in London’s exclusive Fitzrovia offers emerging and established collectors an avenue for exploration and discovery. Merging...

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UK-based piano maker Edelweiss has created a majestic masterpiece with the launch of the Solis. While the evenings are drawing closer and colder in the UK you may ask where the sun has disappeared to. The answer is the United States, in particular a new home in California. A Los Angeles based home has just taken delivery of the eagerly awaited Solis, a breath-taking new piano from UK manufacturers Edelweiss. The Solis is the more...

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Although Ian Fleming did not provide James Bond with a birth date, John Pearson’s official fictional biography of the agent does, and it turns out that 007 would have turned 100 on November 11th, 2020. Coinciding with the centenary and the passing of Sean Connery aged 90 is Ewbank’s Auctions’ James Bond memorabilia sale, aptly titled A Time To Buy, on November 20. Ewbank’s have been holding dedicated Bond auctions for some time, with additional...

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Lyon & Turnbull’s Decorative Arts: Design since 1860 auction on November 2nd-3rd includes important works by both Archibald Knox (1864-1933) and Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). The Live Online auction will be on view in the company’s historic Edinburgh saleroom. Archibald Knox’s designs for Liberty & Co. are very well documented, especially his designs for their Tudric and Cymric ranges (top of page). They enjoy a global reputation. Famously, Hollywood actor Brad Pitt is a fan...

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Celebrating the best of European design from pottery by Hans Coper to jewellery by Henning Koppel and furniture by John Makepeace, Lyon & Turnbull’s Modern Made auction on October 23rd brings to market important works from across the European design canon. (All images courtesy of Lyon & Turnbull) Works by Modern British artists are headlined by The Red Curtain, a key Camden Town school oil by William Ratcliffe (1870-1955). Dated to c.1916 (it was included...

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