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Geared towards introducing new models and future trends within the watch industry, Baselworld keeps its crown as the key event for timepiece aficionados. This year’s show—which is now in its 101st edition—proved that the watchmaking industry is showing signs of improvement. In terms of attendance, it saw around eight percent more visitors over the first few days compared to last year. As is the case every year, Baselworld was yet again the epicentre of the...

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Every year, Christie’s gathers horology experts and connoisseurs from far and wide to marvel at the stunning collectables at their watch auction in Dubai. It has been confirmed that Christie’s will auction King Farouk’s watch as part of the ostentatious event: the Patek Philippe Reference 1518 wristwatch. The British auction house will offer the personalised timepiece, formerly owned by King Farouk of Egypt and Sudan—who was also the great grandson of Muhammed Ali of Egypt—in...

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Sotheby’s London sells the ‘Space Travellers’ watch for £3.2 million, making George Daniels’ legendary timepiece the most valuable English watch in history. After 10 suspenseful minutes of competition between four bidders, the masterpiece of horology went to an anonymous bidder. Attendees at the Sotheby’s London auction were wowed by the showstopper as it beat its previous sale record of £1.3 million from back in 2012. George Daniels (1926–2011) was undoubtedly the most important horologist of the...

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The idea to make a watch for space travellers was the brain-child of George Daniels—a watch that wouldn’t just record the time according to the sun, but also the time reckoned from the motion of the earth in relation to the distant stars. He called it the Space Traveller Watch, named in honour of the American moon landing in 1969. This watch is being sold at auction by Sotheby’s on 19 September. It represents the...

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For centuries clocks and watches have become exquisite works of art—not only for their complex mechanical ingenuity but also for the beauty of their design and craftsmanship. Of all the fine objects that we treasure and collect, clocks, timpieces and watches are amongst the most collected. It was once considered a luxury to have a mechanical means of telling the time, but this soon changed as the quality timepieces themselves became the luxury items—treasured as objects...

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To the collector, quality watches are highly desirable for very compelling reasons—there is the craftsmanship and design of the piece itself, the precious metals that can make a wristwatch or pocket watch a jewel-like accessory, the complications of the mechanism, the date and provenance of the watch, and of course the attraction of the maker’s name or specific brand. However, experts in watch collecting have many words of warning for newcomers. Such warnings are timely,...

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Watch collectors and dealers from around the world descended on London for the SalonQP Fine Watch Exhibition (November 6-8), which took place at the Saatchi Gallery. This was the fifth year of the event, which is now under the ownership of the British newspaper group, Telegraph Media Group. Giles English, Founder, Bremont Watch Company, says, ‘SalonQP has become an internationally renowned watch fair which Bremont is thrilled to be a part of yet again in 2014....

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From Sotheby’s comes the sale of Important Watches, known as ‘The Titanium Collection’, in New York on June 10, 2014. ‘The Titanium Collection’ is composed of ten bespoke and incredible Patek Philippe wristwatches, highlighted by several unique references and including the first ever split-second chronograph wristwatch to be completed by any manufacturer. Lot 175 was started in 1903 and eventually sold in 1923 and features an extraordinary extra quality split-second movement in a small 12-in. size...

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NOMOS Glashütte, the boutique watchmaking company from Glashütte, Germany, is producing limited-editions of classic mechanical watches to support Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and their relief operations worldwide.  What if they were our neighbours, our friends, or our relatives? Whether they are in Syria, Afghanistan, Haiti, or a host of other nations; whether they are fleeing conflict or an epidemic, or dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster or a complicated pregnancy—millions of...

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A great watchmaker explores the measurement of time with a unique sense of creativity and innovation. Here, Glenda McCauley profiles two of the leading Swiss watchmakers, both with long histories of ingenious design and superb craftsmanship. Inspired by what he still views as a ‘golden age of watchmaking’ (the eighteenth century), a young François-Paul Journe was compelled by Abraham-Louis Breguet, and Antide Janvier among others, who triggered his first deep-felt horological emotions. Fascinated by what...

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