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Despite the rise of the mobile phone and smartwatch, traditional wristwatches are by no means obsolete. In fact, driven by the passion of many small, individual designers, there’s a powerful movement to bring back the wristwatch as a statement of style, personality and individuality. One of the most striking stories is that of Atelier Wen, a young brand formed by a team of French and Chinese designers with the aims of taking high-quality Chinese mechanical watches into the mainstream. It’s an open secret that even in a...

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While investment in stocks, shares and bonds remains an uncertain option, alternative investments, such as art, cars, coins and stamps, have become increasingly attractive. The rate of return can be spectacular, and this is true nowhere more than in the world of wine bottles. Between 2012 and 2017, for instance, the Petit Mouton 2011 vintage appreciated from £690 per case to £1,831, an increase of 165 percent.  Last year, two of just 600 surviving bottles...

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The Philatelic Traders’ Society International reports a successful Stampex 2019 in February, with over 12,000 visitors over the four days of the show at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London. This year the show had over 1900 guests queuing to get in on the opening morning, and the Royal Mail’s Stampex show exclusive of a limited run of 6000 was a sell-out success. This time, Stampex International celebrated two leading female philatelists within the show’s...

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Over 200 works from the private art collection of George Michael are to be auctioned by Christie’s in London this March. The proceeds will help to continue the singer-songwriter’s philanthropic work.  The late George Michael, who died suddenly on Christmas Day in 2016, was a keen visitor to galleries and artist’s studios, where he developed friendships with many of the Young British Art Movement (YBA) artists whose work he admired deeply. His impressive collection represents...

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With over 250 photographs, all printed by McCullin in his own darkroom, the Tate Britain’s latest exhibition offers up room after room of great and terrible images by the legendary British photographer. McCullin is renowned as one of Britain’s greatest living photographers for his work as a photojournalist and war correspondent. His 60-year photographic career can be examined in this full retrospective, exhibiting from 5 February to 6 May 2019. Here, images of conflict from...

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Watches by Patek Philippe dominated sales at GWS Auctions’ Luxury Timepieces and Master Jewelry Pieces auction in January. Top of the auction list at the California event was a Gubelin Travel Time Limited Edition 150th Anniversary 18K Yellow Gold watch, one of only 50 made. This ultra-rare wrist watch features a solid 18k yellow gold 38mm case with large crown and push buttons, see-through sapphire exhibition case back, Swiss handmade manual wind movement with two...

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An eye for quality and patience are crucial for high net worth individuals looking to start investing in art. Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev thought he grossly overpaid when he purchased Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (c.1490) from Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier for $127.5 million in 2013—Bouvier reportedly ‘only’ paid around $75 million for it. However, at one of the most publicised auctions to date, da Vinci’s masterpiece fetched in excess of $450 million at...

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Opening on 12 October, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s new Photography Centre is set to display the world’s first photographic experiments, pictures by Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen, acquisitions by Linda McCartney and commissioned works by Thomas Ruff. The world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design has collected photographs since it was founded in 1852. Following the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society collection, the V&A’s expanding amalgamation of world-class photography collections has inspired...

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Collecting fine art can be a life-long pursuit of happiness. Owning rare and unique items comes with its own risks, however, as a standard household policy usually does not cover these prized possessions. We caught up with Suzi Rackley of Aston Lark to discuss fine art insurance and how to navigate the market. Arts & Collections: Why do I need art insurance? Suzi Rackley: Art is often a prized possession or carries great sentimental value,...

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Until now, travelling by yacht has been known to be one of the least ecological ways to get around—thanks to brand-new eco-friendly yachts, that could be about to change. Charming, luxurious and extravagant. Globetrotting on a yacht can be neatly summed up with these three words. However, what about the effect it has on the planet? With conversations about pollution and global warming getting increasingly louder and harder to ignore, taking care of the marine...

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