Category Archives: Events

49 Brands Donate Unique Timepieces for ‘Only Watch’ Charity Auction

In November, the seventh annual "Only Watch" auction will take place in Geneva with 49 luxury watch brands (thus far) donating a one-off watch for the charity auction. Only Watch is organized by the Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and the auction is led by Christie’s auction house. Proceeds go to the fight for a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. For the first time, in addition to individual participating brands, there are also some partnerships and even a watch school donation from WOSTEP. Some brands are even kicking in special events or brand ambassador meetings to up the ante on the bidding. Some of the watch brands we carry are donating timepieces, as you can see on this ... [Read More]

Gangster Al Capone’s Diamond-and-Platinum Watch Sells at Auction for $84,375

We say it time and again, a good watch holds its value — not just for a few years, but easily for a century or longer. Recent auctions are a prime example. One auction that was held by Boston-based RR Auction witnessed the sale of items owned by notorious gangster Al Capone. A diamond-studded, unusually shaped pocket watch that had belonged to Prohibition-era mob boss sold for an impressive $84,375. The timepiece was a triangular platinum-cased watch with cushioned corners. It was made by Illinois Watch Company and the bezel was set with 72 diamonds. The case back reveals the movement within and has the initials AC engraved on it. The watch was sold with its original 12-inch watch chain made in ... [Read More]

Don’t Miss the Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition in NYC

In what may be one of the largest-ever Patek Philippe exhibitions, and most likely the largest-ever watch brand presentation in New York, Patek Philippe brings 450 historic, legendary and current-day timepieces to the forefront. Beginning July 13 and running until July 23, the Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition is free and open to the public. For this amazing showcase of time and innovation, Patek Philippe has taken over the entire space of Cipriani 42nd Street — and has even built a second floor in the historic space. The brand has divided the space into 10 different rooms to showcase its innovation, its watchmaking prowess and its watches. From a theater room and a U.S. historic room ... [Read More]

Jackie Kennedy Onassis Watch and Painting Up for Bids at Christie’s New York

Christie's Auction House has announced that at its upcoming June 21 New York Rare Watches and American Icons Sale it will put up for auction a watch owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The Cartier Tank watch, which the former First Lady wore for years and can be seen in many photos of her, is estimated to sell for between $60,000 and $120,000. Jackie Kennedy © Getty Images courtesy of Christie's Auction House Apparently the watch was a gift from her brother-in-law Prince Stanislaw “Stas” Radziwill in 1963 and has an engraving on the caseback: "Stas to Jackie 23 Feb. 63 2:05 AM to 9:35 PM.” The 2:05 a.m. to 9:35 p.m. engraving references the beginning and end times of the 50-mile hike that took ... [Read More]

Racing and Timepieces | Exclusive with Scott Dixon

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The world of racing has forever been directly tied to time, counting down to the millisecond. With a long, rich history in racing, Swiss watch brands have developed precise timing devices, including the chronograph, and partnered with race car drivers over the decades, since auto racing first began. Timepieces hold a special significance for many drivers, and for New Zealand native Scott Dixon, it’s no different. He’s a 4-time IndyCar Champion and 2-time winner of the Rolex Daytona 24 Hour, among countless other accolades. For him, not only is it all about the function of time, but fashion & style, too. He has always been drawn to Rolex and TAG Heuer watches with their racing ties. Over the ... [Read More]

Visiting New York? Check Out Madison Avenue Watch Week

Planning to visit New York next week? If so, you may want to arrange your schedule so you can participate in the popular Madison Avenue Watch Week, May 8 - 13. This year, the 7th annual event offers watch lovers an in-depth look at the timepieces launched at the 27th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie and the Baselworld 2017 World Watch and Jewelry Show. This marks the first time many of these watches will be shown in the USA. The impressive roster of participating watch brands include the following: A. Lange & Söhne, Chopard, David Yurman, F.P. Journe, Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai and Vacheron Constantin. Each of these brands will be hosting a variety of events, ... [Read More]

Auction Season Is Here: Three Things You Need to Know Before You Bid

Well, auction season is in full swing, with the top watch auction houses putting some of their most recent finds up on the block. More now than ever before, the concept of buying vintage watches at auction has taken off. For young first-time collectors as well as seasoned veteran collectors, the vintage watch market, in general, and auctions, in particular, are a great way to find that one rare piece. The best auction houses include Christie's, Sotheby's, Antiquorum and Phillips by Bacs and Russo. There are also smaller auction houses to keep an eye on, as well. We believe in investing in vintage timepieces, as typically many of these watches hold their value. Vintage watches also often make a great ... [Read More]

National Watch and Clock Museum Spotlights the Photography of Atom Moore

If you love watches and art, you may be interested in making a trip to the National Watch & Clock Museum. Beginning on April 30 and running through the end of the year, the museum will host an exhibit featuring the work of watch photographer Atom Moore, whose creative take on time portrays watches in new and unusual ways. Just about a year ago, Moore's photography was on display in New York and, subsequently, he published a book: Watch Portraits, with dozens of color photos of his work. The exhibit at the NAWCC in Columbia, Pa., is also called "Watch Portraits," and is open to the public. Photo by Atom Moore. From May 20-22, the NAWCC will be offering a three-day course on how to ... [Read More]

Baselworld Trends: Stainless Steel Comes Together With Rose Gold in a Revival of Mixed Metals

Well, the Baselworld 2017 watch and jewelry exhibition has come to a close and we can sit back and reflect on the Baselworld trends we believe will make their way to wrists around the world this year. Top among the Baselworld trends was a revival of mixed metals. In fact, two-tone watches — with stainless steel and 18-karat rose gold coming together in one timepiece — were all the rage. In some instances two-tone watches made their appearance in an effort to usher in less expensive prices than all-gold, but in other instances, it was all about the look. A sleek rose gold bezel against a steel case has impressive appeal. However, gold isn't stepping aside to let the two-tone looks dominate — gold is ... [Read More]

Breitling Unveils Avenger Hurricane

  It was a wild and wonderful Baselworld, with a host of new introductions. One of our favorites is the Breitling Avenger Hurricane with an ultra-light case made of the proprietary Breitlight®. The material is not only super lightweight, but also incredibly durable and scratch resistant. This is the first time the brand has used Breitlight® for an Avenger Hurricane watch. The properties of the material make it corrosive resistant and thermally stable. It's also anti-magnetic and non-allergen. The new 50mm extra-large diameter watch is offered with either a yellow or black dial and is water resistant to 100 meters like the previous watch. However the new watch is now powered by the ... [Read More]