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A roundup of the recent Hong Kong watch auctions

The first auction season of the year took place in Hong Kong just after the last weekend of May, with both Christie’s and Phillips selling over US$25m of watches between them, all fees included. The offers were typical of Hong Kong: broad and encompassing everything from high-end vintage sport watches to avant-garde modern complications. While … Continued

Rolex “Paul Newman Panda” Daytona ref. 6263 Mark 1.5

Hublot, Ultra Singapore, and the Art of Fusion

For Hublot, the phrase “The Art of Fusion” is a catch-all that encompasses the various types of alchemy it dabbles in. There’s Magic Gold used in its watch cases, for example – a practically scratchproof “alloy” of boron carbide and gold that retains the industry standard of 18K fineness, yet has a hardness of 1,000 … Continued

Big Bang Sang Bleu Steel Diamonds

A complete rundown of Girard-Perregaux’s new Laureato collection

Girard-Perregaux reintroduced its historic Laureato line as a fully-fledged collection at Baselworld this year, with over 30 references across four models of the watch. Prescient observers might have seen this coming when the manufacture released a limited edition Laureato to mark the brand’s 225th anniversary last year, but the sheer number of options offered this … Continued

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 42mm blue dial leather strap

Breaking news: Paul Newman’s Daytona has surfaced, to go on sale

Within the category of vintage Rolexes, there exists an especially exalted subset of watches that routinely fetch over US$150,000, with specific pieces going under the hammer for over US$1 million at auctions. These are the “Paul Newman” Daytonas; the eponymous Newman was an American actor who first shot into fame in Hollywood in the late … Continued

Paul Newman

What To Look For In A Retro-Reissue Watch

Nostalgia and romance are often what vintage watch lovers are really looking for. The idea they can have something designed in the past for a particular purpose, as is the case with sports or complicated watches, is very appealing. The romance arises from being able to imagine being in that time, doing those things, having … Continued

Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7
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