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From October 21st to October 24th, for its 47th edition, FIAC brings together over 160 galleries from 25 countries at the Grand Palais Ephémère and the Galerie Eiffel, which has been specifically installed for FIAC as an extension of the structure on the Champ-de-Mars. The selection will include modern art, contemporary art, and design galleries, as well as editions, from France and other European countries, Great Britain, North and South America, Asia, Africa as well...

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WatchTime New York will make its triumphant return to live in-person events this autumn, integrating collectors, enthusiasts, and 27 registered watch brands under Gotham Hall’s famed rotunda in Midtown Manhattan after a year’s hiatus due to COVID-19 issues. The sixth edition of the show, produced by WatchTime and presented in partnership with the cocktail party sponsor Tourneau | Bucherer and BMW, expands from two days to three and will be open to the public by...

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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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