4/21 – BEL -$2.5M Spent on Watches in One Auction Last Week Demonstrates the Power of Timepieces as Investments

It is auction season again and the most recent results are proof positive that investing in timepieces has its just rewards. In fact, at last week’s Antiquorum Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces auction in New York, more than $2.5 million was spent on watches.

“Watches continue to be a smart investment, as so many of the top timepieces sold today hold their value, and some even go up in value over time,” says Roberta Naas, 30-year veteran journalist on the subject of watches.

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There is no steadfast rule on which watches will be most coveted by watch collectors years down the road when you may be ready to sell your watch, but the best rule of thumb is to buy what you are going to wear first and foremost. Then, keep your eye on auctions around the world to see the brands and styles that continue to sell. Pilot, dive and military watches are all desirable, as are complications, calendars and astronomical watches.

For instance, the top seller at last week’s auction was Lot 272, a rare astronomical watch from Patek Philippe (Ref. 5102) with night sky chart of the Northern Hemisphere. That watch, which was made nine years ago in 2006, is a self-winding watch in 18-karat white gold with stunning enamel dial. It sold for $231,750.

lot 163 –  A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Merite

Lot 163 – A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Merite

In the complicated watch realm, Lot 163 – an A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Merite (Ref. 7604) — was auctioned for $159,750. The watch is a tourbillon that had been made just two years ago in 2013.

While these watches garnered a lot of competitive bidding, a host of other pieces from a variety of top-name brands also sold — and continue to sell — for very strong auction prices. Will your next purchase be the quarter-million-dollar watch in years to come? If you have questions, don’t hesitate to come in and talk to us.

4/21 – Mark, Ca, SS — $2.5M Spent on Watches in One Auction Last Week Demonstrates the Power of Timepieces as Investments

It is auction season again and the most recent results are proof positive that investing in timepieces has its just rewards. In fact, at last week’s Antiquorum Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces auction in New York, more than $2.5 million was spent on watches.

“Watches continue to be a smart investment, as so many of the top timepieces sold today hold their value, and some even go up in value over time,” says Roberta Naas, 30-year veteran journalist on the subject of watches.

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There is no steadfast rule on which watches will be most coveted by watch collectors years down the road when you may be ready to sell your watch, but the best rule of thumb is to buy what you are going to wear first and foremost. Then, keep your eye on auctions around the world to see the brands and styles that continue to sell. Pilot, dive and military watches are all desirable, as are complications, calendars and astronomical watches.

For instance, the top seller at last week’s auction was Lot 272, a rare astronomical watch from Patek Philippe (Ref. 5102) with night sky chart of the Northern Hemisphere. That watch, which was made nine years ago in 2006, is a self-winding watch in 18-karat white gold with stunning enamel dial. It sold for $231,750. In the complicated watch realm, Lot 163 – an A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Merite (Ref. 7604) was auctioned for $159,750. The watch is a tourbillon that had been made just two years ago in 2013.

 Lot 272, a rare astronomical watch from Patek Philippe (Ref. 5102)

Lot 272, a rare astronomical watch from Patek Philippe (Ref. 5102)

Demonstrating a continued interest in watches with a “car related” history, Rolex also made a strong showing. Among the 272 pieces up for auction was a vintage Rolex Ref. 6239 Paul Newman Daytona (Lot 262). That watch raked in an incredible $111,750, and a Honeycomb Tropical Milgauss sold for $99,750.

While these watches garnered a lot of competitive bidding, a host of other pieces from a variety of top-name brands also sold — and continue to sell — for very strong auction prices. Will your next purchase be the quarter-million-dollar watch in years to come? If you have questions, don’t hesitate to come in and talk to us.

4/21- Mann, Si — $2.5M Spent on Watches in One Auction Last Week Demonstrates the Power of Timepieces as Investments

It is auction season again and the most recent results are proof positive that investing in timepieces has its just rewards. In fact, at last week’s Antiquorum Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces auction in New York, more than $2.5 million was spent on watches.

“Watches continue to be a smart investment, as so many of the top timepieces sold today hold their value, and some even go up in value over time,” says Roberta Naas, 30-year veteran journalist on the subject of watches.

Rolex Paul Newman watch

Rolex Paul Newman watch

There is no steadfast rule on which watches will be most coveted by watch collectors years down the road when you may be ready to sell your watch, but the best rule of thumb is to buy what you are going to wear first and foremost. Then, keep your eye on auctions around the world to see the brands and styles that continue to sell. Pilot, dive and military watches are all desirable, as are complications, calendars and astronomical watches.

Demonstrating a continued interest in watches with a “car related” history, Rolex also made a strong showing. Among the 272 pieces up for auction was a vintage Rolex Ref. 6239 Paul Newman Daytona (Lot 262). That watch raked in an incredible $111,750, and a Honeycomb Tropical Milgauss sold for $99,750.

While these watches garnered a lot of competitive bidding, a host of other pieces from a variety of top-name brands also sold — and continue to sell — for very strong auction prices. Will your next purchase be the quarter-million-dollar watch in years to come? If you have questions, don’t hesitate to come in and talk to us.

4/21 – Ham, CDP, RN, W –$2.5M Spent on Watches in One Auction Last Week Demonstrates the Power of Timepieces as Investments

It is auction season again and the most recent results are proof positive that investing in timepieces has its just rewards. In fact, at last week’s Antiquorum Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces auction in New York, more than $2.5 million was spent on watches.

“Watches continue to be a smart investment, as so many of the top timepieces sold today hold their value, and some even go up in value over time,” says Roberta Naas, 30-year veteran journalist on the subject of watches.

 Lot 272, a rare astronomical watch from Patek Philippe (Ref. 5102)

Lot 272, a rare astronomical watch from Patek Philippe (Ref. 5102)

There is no steadfast rule on which watches will be most coveted by watch collectors years down the road when you may be ready to sell your watch, but the best rule of thumb is to buy what you are going to wear first and foremost. Then, keep your eye on auctions around the world to see the brands and styles that continue to sell. Pilot, dive and military watches are all desirable, as are complications, calendars and astronomical watches.

For instance, the top seller at last week’s auction was Lot 272, a rare astronomical watch from Patek Philippe (Ref. 5102) with night sky chart of the Northern Hemisphere. That watch, which was made nine years ago in 2006, is a self-winding watch in 18-karat white gold with a stunning enamel dial. It sold for $231,750.

In the complicated watch realm, Lot 163 – an A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Merite (Ref. 7604) was auctioned for $159,750. The watch is a tourbillon that had been made just two years ago in 2013.

Further underscoring the demand for tourbillons on the auction market, a Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges (Lot 80) sold for $63,500. This watch was made about eight yeas ago in 2007 and is an 18-karat pink gold rendition.

Rolex Paul Newman watch

Rolex Paul Newman watch

Demonstrating a continued interest in watches with a “car related” history, Rolex also made a strong showing. Among the 272 pieces up for auction was a vintage Rolex Ref. 6239 Paul Newman Daytona (Lot 262). That watch raked in an incredible $111,750, and a Honeycomb Tropical Milgauss sold for $99,750.

While these watches garnered a lot of competitive bidding, a host of other pieces from a variety of top-name brands also sold — and continue to sell — for very strong auction prices. Will your next purchase be the quarter-million-dollar watch in years to come?  If you have questions, don’t hesitate to come in and talk to us.

Tues Feb 3 — ALL — 3 Simple Tips for Taking Care of Your New Mechanical Watch

Purchasing a luxury watch can be an exciting time — whether it’s your first watch or your fifth watch. Once home, however, you will need to properly take care of your watch to give it a longer and healthier lifespan. While all watches need regular professional servicing, following these few tips can help you get the most from your new investment.

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1. Clean It. Everything you do while wearing your watch causes it to come into contact with dirt, dust, perspiration and even a few splashes of water while washing your hands or doing the dishes. The best thing you can do for your watch is a simple cleaning. When you take it off at the end of each day, wipe it down using a soft cloth to remove grime. If your watch has a metal bracelet, you can use a soft cloth and warm water to clean it, but be careful not to get too much water near the case. Even if you have a water-resistant watch, it’s best to clean it after swimming, as chlorine and salt can be abrasive. Also note that leather straps may require special care and cleaning.

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2. Know the Basics of Winding. If you own a mechanical watch it is important to follow the brand’s instructions about when and when not to wind it, and in which direction. Some complex watches cannot be wound at certain hours, when the mechanics inside are making their own calculations and adjustments. It is also important to remember when setting the watch to move the hands in a clockwise direction instead of counter clockwise.

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3. Have it Serviced. As mentioned above, mechanical watches require regular servicing — just like a car. The gears and wheels must be oiled, and that oil can dry out over time. The watch needs to be carefully opened, examined, re-oiled, cleaned, have new gaskets put in to replace old gaskets and be retested for water resistance. Most brands suggest this be done every five to seven years.

11/18- Mann, Manf, HOR — Bell & Ross Soars to New Heights

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Bell & Ross, which is highly identified as an aviation, military and sport watch brand, continues in its path — but with a slight twist. The most recently unveiled BR-X1 watch — just shown to the world in Paris last month — represents a new price and complexity dimension for the brand. The highly technical BR-X1 is a Skeleton Chronograph watch in a titanium case. Based on the brand’s iconic BR-1 watch model, the new timepiece goes further — adding ceramic and rubber elements to the 45mm case and pushers. Additionally, the watch is powered by a mechanical skeletonize chronograph movement that was developed in cooperation with Dubois Depraz.

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The timepiece gets its name from the Bell X-1 aircraft, which pilot Chuck Yeager flew when he became the first pilot to break the speed of sound. The watch – created in a limited edition of 250 pieces — reaches a new higher-priced retail for the brand, coming in at approximately $19,000. While this model is not out in stores yet, we have an incredible assortment of powerful Bell & Ross timepieces for you to peruse.

hamilton count down 2 Brooklyn Nets’ Basketball Player Alan Anderson Shares Thoughts on G-Shock (Video)

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Alan Anderson has had in interesting basketball career. Before joining the Brooklyn Nets team, Anderson  spent  nine years playing for professional clubs around the world, including in Italy, Russia, Croatia, Spain and Israel, as well as with several teams in the NBA d-league and the NBA  (including Toronto). With so much travel under his belt, and with his fancy footwork on the courts, Anderson is all about perfect timing.

So, what watch does he wear? G-Shock. This is a vast brand with multiple top collections, including pieces like this G-Aviation – equipped with Twin Sensor capabilities that offers compass, temperature, back-light illumination and more. We invite you to see our selection – but before you do that – you may want to watch this video where Anderson shares his thoughts on his G-Shock watch.

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