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Audemars Piguet Releases 5 ‘NEW’ Tourbillon Watches

September 22nd, 2022

Achieving limits and setting new ones has become a staple for the watchmakers at Audemars Piguet. Just when everyone was trying to settle down with the complicated watches, they dropped five more models with new horological stuff! And, it’s nothing like the usual, but like highly complicated watches with tourbillons, chronographs, calendars, and GMTs. Any guesses about which collection AP chose to experiment and innovate?

Picking the Royal Oak and Code 11.59 catalogue, Audemars Piguet has embarked on building a new territory of highly complex timepieces.  that highlight the endless creative possibility of the brand. The watches embrace contemporary and stylish ceramic designs as watchmakers merge age-old caricatures with cutting-edge technology to amaze them.

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Take a breath as we dive in to explore the brand’s uncompromising approach toward fine watchmaking.

5 ‘FRESH’ MODELS DROPPED BY AUDEMARS PIGUET

1. Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon

The moment you look at it, you realise that AP couldn’t have done any better with the CODE 11.59 collection. After its debut in 2019, this is perhaps the coolest iteration of the collection, where you can see a highly sophisticated flying tourbillon balanced perfectly with an understated dial and case.

How it looks:

The Ref. 26396NB.OO.D002KB.01 encompasses a two-tone case combining black ceramic with 18ct white gold. The black lacquered inner bezel has a fine printed pink gold-toned minute track styling it.

The new timepiece has a chic dial of black onyx enhanced with subtle pink gold accents and hands. What caters to the eye is the absence of the conventional hour markers. To play with the elegance, the manufacturer has created a contemporary double curved sapphire crystal whose deep and arched profile gives a unique optic experience. While the watch is internally domed, it appears vertical from 6 to 12 o’clock.

Right at the top of the dial face, you could see the pink gold ‘Audemars Piguet’ signature engraved with a laser cut. This, alongside the tourbillon case showcasing the pulsating balance wheel, makes a statement in itself. The black rubber-coated strap with an 18ct white gold clasp effortlessly pulls off the complete look while sitting comfortably on the wrists. The watch offers a power reserve of 65 hours and is run by an automatic Calibre 2950.

2. Code 11.59 Self-Winding Tourbillon Chronograph

Audemars Piguet brings back the classic alliance of gold and ceramic theme with the Ref. 26399NR.OO.D002KB.01. The watch sports a beautiful black ceramic and pink gold automatic chronograph with a tourbillon.

How it looks:

The two-tone case of 41mm interlaces black ceramic with 18ct pink gold and allows the viewer to fully admire the architectural movement in pink gold and black-toned hues. The skeletonised dial is a visual wonder in itself. There is a black outer-minute track, a tourbillon at 6 o’clock, and a dual-register chronograph with 12-hour and 30-minute totalisers finely complementing it.

The watch houses an automatic Calibre 2952 with 40 jewels and 479 other components that collectively look like a thing of stunning beauty while boasting flyback functionality and a pink gold oscillating weight. If this wasn’t enough, the contrasting white gold hands rightfully maintain the harmony.

Outlining the case are pink gold push-pieces and a crown that truthfully serves the purpose. The black rubber-coated strap with an 18ct pink gold clasp gives the final nod to this epic chronograph. Available in a limited count of only 50 pieces, this new AP model is definitely going to face some crazy run.

3. Code 11.59 Tourbillon Openworked

Do you prefer something a little more inventive and experimental in the tourbillons? Well, the new Flying Tourbillon Openworked by AP will to cater to your taste with its stunning bright blue and white gold case housing an amazing hand-wound skeletonised movement.

How it looks:

Cool or hot? The Ref. 26600NB.OO.D346KB.01 features a 41mm case combining blue ceramic with 18ct white gold. It has a blue ceramic mid-case, a blue minute track, and a blue rubber-coated strap lined with calfskin leather that gives the watch a cool appearance.

However, what steals the show is the Calibre 2948, showcasing blue open-worked bridges, 196 elements, and the main dial plate, which remains visible on both sides and echoes AP’s astonishing craftsmanship. The dial has a blue CVD inner bezel with 18ct pink gold hands, which stands out amidst the blue & white combination.

Limited to just 50 timepieces, this new timepiece shows off what it means to embody an architecture that is nothing less than a piece of groundbreaking art.

4. Royal Oak Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin 50th Anniversary (Rd#3)

Audemars Piguet celebrates Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary with this celebratory timepiece Ref. 26660ST.OO.1356ST.01 that visibly asserts AP’s iconic status. The new offering will take the revolutionary Royal Oak to new limits.

How it looks:

The 50th-anniversary celebration gets better with the first-ever AP Royal Oak self-winding flying tourbillon featuring a 37mm extra-thin ‘Jumbo’ case. The challenge was to fit the new ultra-thin Calibre 2968 in the Jumbo case without modifying the proportions. AP impressively pushed the envelope with this model.

The 37mm stainless steel model embodies the brand’s first-ever self-winding flying tourbillon in a 37mm case diameter. Additionally, it flaunts a new Plum Petite Tapisserie dial with a creative escapement mechanism. There are contrasting white gold applied hour markers and hands, which, along with the stainless steel bracelet, will appeal to anybody.

The new sizing and dial colour make it evident that this fantastic timepiece blends meticulous aesthetics with  brilliant technicalities. Rest assured that the watches will go off the shelf very soon!

5. Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT

In 2021, AP collaborated with Marvel to design the Black Panther edition of the tourbillon timepiece. Now, it is out with another super heroic model, the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT that only AP dares to pull off!

How it looks:

The Ref 26589IO.OO.D056CA.01 features a classic green ceramic bezel, a green rubber strap, a green ceramic push piece and a screw-locked crown. All these features subtly qualifies it as Royal Oak Concept’s Superhero watch. The watch has a 44mm sandblasted titanium case with a green ceramic bezel, the first in the catalogue.

The fine contrast between the black architectural movement and the featuring green CVD-coloured elements offers a stunning sight. The dial has a highly faceted design where the black hand-wound Calibre 2954 provides a tourbillon, GMT complication, a function selector, and a 10-day power reserve.

Additionally, there’s a second-time zone indicator at 3 o’clock, a crown position indicator at 6 o’clock, a black inner bezel, and contrasting pink gold hands. We won’t be surprised if you consider it a futuristic military watch. The Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon GMT is indeed a masterwork of complications that looks contemporary and ahead of time.

FINAL WORD

Audemars Piguet rightfully bears the title of designing the best-complicated timepieces in the world. The watches are not mere timekeeping tools but classic art pieces that deserve appreciation and respect. It’s not the first time the brand has left enthusiasts spellbound with its charismatic watchmaking abilities. However, it sure does go a few extra steps with the fresh lot.

The 5 new references from the Royal Oak and Code 11.59 collection have already stirred a storm in the watch fraternity. So, it’s only a matter of time before the watches are no longer available for you to get a glimpse. Good luck!

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Watches of the British Royal Family: Omega, Cartier, Rolex & More!

September 13th, 2022

There is a certain enigma around the British Royal family, reminding us of prestige, power and wealth. As the Royal family is always in the spotlight, the media follows them everywhere, from what they’re wearing to where they’re heading. We know that the blue blood dress to perfection, and like their sartorial choices, they pay great attention to their timepieces.

Given the watches the Royalties wear on numerous occasions, it is safe to assume they’re passionate watch collectors. From Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, and Omega to Cartier and Breguet, many iconic watch brands have graced the wrists of the affluent.

Watches of the British Royal Family

So, who’s wearing what? From Duke & Duchess of Cambridge to Duke & Duchess of Sussex to Prince Charles and the Queen herself, let’s take a closer look at some of the most iconic timepieces the Royalties love to wear.

WATCHES OF THE ROYALS

1. Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen is quite a watch aficionado known to collect elegant and feminine timepieces. As per some reports, she has at least 14 most sought-after watches in her collection that she has famously worn on multiple occasions. One of the most memorable instances was during The Queen’s Coronation in 1953, where she was wearing the Jaeger LeCoultre 101. With all eyes glued on her, the Queen could subtly check the time while maintaining the etiquette, thanks to the watch’s smallest watch movement.

In celebration of her diamond jubilee, former CEO of JLC, Jerome Lambert, gifted her with a stunning white gold version of the Calibre 101. The watch is bejewelled with precious stones and continues to be one of the smallest and oldest movements in production today, though in small quantities. When it comes to watches, The Queen has unbeatable taste, which reflects her Royal stardom.

Other watches in The Queen’s collection include:

  • Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars
  • Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse
  • Contemporary Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101
  • Patek Philippe 4975/1G
  • Vacheron Constantin
  • Omega Ladymatic
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

2. Prince Charles

Following Her Majesty’s footsteps, Prince Charles is also a passionate watch collector who sticks to the classics. He likes his Jaeger-LeCoultre, Cartier and Patek Philippe but also prefers Parmigiani, Hamilton, and Breguet. As you can think, Parmigiani is quite the sapling in respect to the other influential Swiss manufacturers. However, its rare Fleurier Toric with a gold case and classy black leather strap has been Prince Charle’s absolute favourite for many years.

Most recently, he wore the Toric with a well-tailored grey suit at the Royal Ascot, an annual high-society horse racing event. The classic yellow gold watch in 39mm is appropriately majestic, which the Prince discreetly tucks underneath his cuff.

In the 1980s, Charles switched between the JLC Reverso and Cartier Santos and during his training as a jet pilot and in the 70s; he wore a Hamilton RAF Pilot’s Chronograph.

Other watches in Prince Charles’ collection include:

  • Patek Philippe 3445 Calatrava
  • Patek Philippe Disco Volante 255
  • Patek Philippe 2503

3. Princess Diana

Like her charming personality, Princess Diana held an impressive watch collection representing her unique and bold style. She was a style icon for many for her well-curated wardrobe and aesthetic clothing sense. If you are lucky to witness Princess Diana’s legendary wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, you must remember the iconic Vacheron Constantin model 4481. Her Majesty gifted the timepiece to her newlywed daughter-in-law as a wedding present. She also wore a gold Patek Philippe gifted to her by Charles.

Being the trendsetter she was, Diana wore both her Patek (Ref. 3618) and that of her husband (Ref. 3445) on the same wrist during the latter’s polo matches in the 1980s to bring good luck. Apart from the royal family, Diana was gifted many watches by others. For instance, the Arabian Royal family gave her a decorated Asprey watch. The princess later modified it into her famous choker necklace.

Following her legal separation, the Princess of Wales wore her two Cartier timepieces. One is the Tank Louis Cartier with a yellow gold case & a black alligator strap, and the other is a yellow gold Tank Francaise. Following Diana’s death, Prince William inherited the Cartier Tank Francaise.

4. Duke of Cambridge: Prince William

If you haven’t already noticed, the Duke of Cambridge sticks to his Omega Seamaster Professional Quartz 300M timepiece. While it’s easy for everyone to assume that the Royal family’s younger generation doesn’t hold much interest in watch collecting, the truth is that the watch was a gift to William from his late mother, Princess Diana, before she passed.

The Omega timepiece features a chronometer, a uni-directional rotating bezel, a screw-in crown and a helium escape valve. The Duke of Cambridge even wore the Omega during his wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011.

5. Duchess of Cambridge: Kate Middleton

Serving elegant looks with every public appearance, the Duchess of Cambridge well knows how to keep it simple yet classy. She flaunts the lustrous Cartier Ballon Bleu with a 33mm steel case, white dial, and shining bracelet gifted to her by her husband, Prince William. The Cartier Ballon Bleu looks perfect next to the oval sapphire engagement ring that belonged to Princess Diana. Kate Middleton’s choice is anything but sophisticated that well goes with her image.

6. Duke of Sussex: Prince Harry

Prince Harry’s watch taste is similar to his other choices, which are slightly different from the rest. Having served in the military for over 10 years, Harry’s taste in watches remains faithful to functionality and reliability. Given that he was once a part of the Apache helicopter regiment, he has a limited-edition Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570 built only in 48 examples for the members of the Apache attack.

Apart from this, he also owns a special version of Breitling Aerospace Avantage, awarded to pilots who have accomplished combat missions. It is a unique-looking special-edition timepiece featuring an illustration of an Apache helicopter at 3 o’clock and the Army Air Corps Wings at the 9 o’clock position.

Harry is a defense personnel, so it is easy to see his watch choices that well-portray his interests.

Other watches in Prince Harry’s collection include:

  • Casio G-Shock
  • Pulsar G10

7. Duchess of Sussex: Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, keeps things elegant, simple and stylish. Before she was married to the Royal family, Meghan was an actress who gifted herself a two-tone Cartier Tank engraved with ‘To M.M. From M.M.’, which she plans to give to her daughter. She wore the same watch in the Suits TV show as Rachel Zane.

However, after marrying Prince Harry, Meghan has been spotted wearing a Cartier Tank Francaise on many occasions, which Prince William inherited from late Princess Diana but exchanged with Harry for Kate’s engagement ring.

FINAL WORD

The British Royal Family sets an example with their style and preferences in timekeeping. And with all the famous watches in their collection, it is safe to say that the Royal family has the most diverse yet striking collection. These timeless pieces are some of the most sought-after in the world and also embrace an interesting story which draws our attention.

Top 8 Luxury Watches For Your Next Adventure

September 7th, 2022

Usually, you can see luxury watches on the wrists of casual wearers more than travel seekers. Why? Come to think about it, people believe a luxury watch is not sturdy enough to go hiking or snorkelling. The very thought of your beloved watch dismantling after jumping off the mountain cliff is just enough to dissuade you.

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But, not all watches are the same. There are a few brands that recognise the travel bug in you and design watches that you don’t have to leave back at home during all those off-beat adventures. Not to mention that these watches are excellent investments too! In case you were wondering about that aspect, or did we overshare?

Apart from being a trustworthy travel companion, you can fetch great value when you sell your luxury watch.

Let’s find those timepieces ready to handle the most challenging environments without further ado.

8 watches you’ll love to wear during any adventure!

1. Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea

One of the most rugged watches today is the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller. If travel is your calling, this watch is your ideal pick for any occasion. Apart from offering maximum durability and stunning water resistance of 3900 meters, the Sea-Dweller Deepsea will humbly cling to your wrist while you explore the darkest and deepest ocean depths.

With a 44mm stainless steel case and a black dial with highly legible markers, it is one of Rolex’s most versatile creations that leave no doubt about its abilities. Moreover, the iconic design makes you take it on all of your adventures.

2. Omega Speedmaster moonwatch chronograph

Do you wish to fly high to the moon? Well, you can quite literally do that if you wish to. The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch chronograph is the certified ‘Moonwatch’, having been the first watch to land on the moon’s surface. Many believe it to be the ultimate timepiece for adventurers, which not just proved its efficiency on Earth but beyond.

With a 42mm stainless steel case, black bezel with tachymetric scale, black dial graced by a small second sub-dial and a central chronograph hand, and matching bracelet, it’s not hard to fall in love with this impressive representation of Omega’s pioneering spirit.

3. Breitling Super Avenger

We all have a distinct idea of how the Marvel Avengers are, bold & tough, isn’t it? What if we say that Breitling’s Super Avenger timepiece incorporates all those special attributes and gives it an amazing design? As a true avenger, the special Breitling watch offers unrivalled durability and reliability during any airborne adventure. The credit goes to its rugged bezel, chronograph pushers and special grip pattern on the crown, for which you can easily operate the watch while wearing gloves.

The Super Avenger has a massive 48mm stainless steel case that instantly meets the eye. On its body, you can see a black dial with 3 well-placed sub-dials for maximum readability & a date display, and a stainless steel bracelet or black military leather strap that holds the look together.

4. Rolex Explorer

The mighty Explorer is a timepiece born in 1953 from the first successful climb of Mt. Everest. Given its origin, it is a no-brainer that the watch can withstand extreme conditions. The Explorer embodies everything you’d want to find in a reliable timepiece. After all, collectors hail it as one of the essential instruments for flying and climbing the mountain.

The Rolex Explorer has a timeless style, and the makers have kept the design sleek & simple to let it serve its true purpose effortlessly. With a 36mm Oyster case, black dial with characteristic 3/6/9 numerals and chromalight display, the watch lets you see the time whenever & wherever. Once you’re back exploring, you can also wear this impressive timepiece to your office.

At the start, we mentioned the investment aspect of the watches. The Explorer is a fantastic option to secure a good price when you sell your Rolex.

5. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

Defying all odds to become the highlight of AP’s magnanimous watchmaking skills, The Royal Oak Offshore collection ticks off both aesthetic and functionality codes. The bold and beefy look of the watch convinces it as an ideal adventure watch, while its characteristics lay the foundation. Only a few watches are as instantly recognisable as the Royal Oak Offshore, and you’ll be glad to know that the watch nurtures an incredible reputation in the secondary market.

The generous 44mm black ceramic case with a blue ceramic bezel, a smoked blue dial with a ‘Mega Tapisserie’ pattern, a screw-locked crown, and the blue rubber strap with textile decoration adds to its resilience and versatility. It is fit for underwater exploration and also for any above-the-ground adventures. The hunt for the all-rounder adventure timepiece ends with this gem from Audemars Piguet.

6. Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox Limited Edition

Another delight for the water-loving souls is the JLC Polaris Memovox Limited Edition timepiece that is ever-reliable and super sporty. However, it’s the quirky appearance of this watch that gets you the first time. During the Memovox’s debut in 1968, it was a game changer for its amazing underwater alarm function that notified the users when it was time to come up. Years later, the watch continues to stun with its varied attributes.

The watch comes in a nice 42mm stainless steel case with a three-finish dial, applied hour markers filled with faux aged lume, an inner rotating bezel, and the iconic alarm function. All these features lend themselves nicely to anyone looking to set off on a water expedition in style.

7. Bell and Ross BR01-93

What do you think when you see a Bell and Ross watch openly displaying the brand’s rich history in the military? The answer is simple- a great companion for any adventure. The Swiss-made beauties flaunt a GMT function and are perfect for professional pilots and divers. While underlining the brand’s core exceptional values, the watches stand for reliability and have become benchmarks for their technical mastery & mechanical sophistication.

If you look at the Bell and Ross BR01-93 GMT watch, you can understand how perfect it is for making a statement. The watch comes with a striking square-shaped 46mm black PVD coated stainless steel case, a classic black dial with white photo-luminescent indexes, numerals, hands, a date display at 4 o’clock, and a black rubber strap. The logo on the crown completes the iconic design.

8. Breitling Colt Automatic 44

No matter how often we have said this, we’ll repeat it -this is a watch of unparalleled sturdiness! The Breitling Colt Automatic 44 offers the ultimate reliability during any expedition with its unbeatable accuracy and robust architecture. As built from a pilot’s perspective, the watch sits perfectly with its fantastic blend of engineering and aesthetics, making it even more appealing.

The ‘Colt’ is capable of handling the worst. With a nice 44mm stainless steel case, a sophisticated black dial with a date aperture at 3 o’clock, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass, and a stainless steel bracelet, it gives you all the reasons to wish for it. If that’s not enough, do you remember Clint Eastwood wearing a Colt 44 in his thrilling adventure movie?

FINAL WORDS

There’s no fixed definition of adventure and discovery as it could mean different things to different people. For some, it could be climbing the harshest terrains; for some, it could be diving deep into the unknown. But one need remains the same for all these adventure lovers – a reliable companion during all these quests. This includes a reliable and robust timepiece that can withstand all weather conditions.

We have listed the best of the lot and are confident that the watches will serve the purpose on the land, water or sky. Also, not to forget you will gain a nice return when you sell luxury watches in the secondary market. Well, this gives you another concrete reason to consider them. So, pack your backpack and go off on your next adventure!

17 Unknown Facts to Know About A.Lange & Sohne Today

August 26th, 2022

Collectors admire German watchmakers A. Lange & Sohne for the timepieces’ incredible beauty and impeccable craftsmanship. Many consider the brand one of the finest investments, as you can sell an A. Lange & Sohne watch at a good value.

But the road to success was never easy or straight. Throughout its history, the brand, which now enjoys a celebratory status, has faced many challenges. Moreover, at some points in history, it was dormant.

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Today, we know where it stands in the luxury watch industry and proudly refer to it as a brand of true watch connoisseurs. However, there are many untold truths.

If you’re eager to discover the lesser-known facts about A. Lange & Sohne, you have come to the right place.

1. A.Lange & Sohne was founded by Adolph Lange

Adolph Lange founded company A. Lange & Sohne in 1845 in the town of Glashutte in Germany. But it all started differently. Lange worked as a novice under J.C. Friedrich Gutkaes, making watches for prestigious clients while refining his watchmaking skills.

After completing his apprenticeship in 1835, Lange continued his learning with a chronometer maker, and after some time, he returned to Glashutte to start his workshop. On December 7th, 1845, A. Lange & Sohne, the company, was born!

2. The Company started with a different moniker

Seeing that none of his seven sons was joining him in the company, he didn’t launch the name we know today. After all, ‘& Sohne’ means ‘Sons’. In 1868, when Adolph’s elder son Richard joined him in the company, the name A. Lange & Sohne was established.

3. The legacy continued after Adolph’s death in 1875

Following Adolph’s death in 1875 at 60 due to heart failure, his sons took over the company to continue the legacy. The company continued to grow, and it needed a new premise. In 1873, they moved to Stammhaus, the company’s headquarters today.

Both the sons, Emily and Richard, were involved in the business. While Emil was interested in business, Richard shared his father’s knack and made stunning inventions. For instance, he created chronographs, a pocket watch with a minute counter, quarter repeaters, and more.

4. Lange was a Mayor of Glashutte

Apart from being an astounding watchmaker, Adolph Lange was the Mayor of Glashutte, his hometown, for 18 years. He was even awarded honourary citizenship after his retirement. During his appointment as Mayor, he helped rebuild the town into an industrial centre for watch manufacturing and made the town prosper.

5. A.Lange was an exceptional innovator

A.Lange had the vision to create the world’s finest watches and started innovating early. In 1846, he introduced the three-quarter plate. Following that, he replaced the traditional watchmaking measuring Parisian lignes system with a metric system, which placed him much ahead of his time. The millimetre made its debut, which is still in use.

6. The Company is still attached to its roots

Glashutte is the hometown of A. Lange & Sohne, and to honour the legacy, the company is in the same town. Unlike its Swiss peers that moved to the capital of watchmaking, A. Lange & Sohne has remained true to its roots. Moreover, as said earlier, the company has had its headquarters at Stammhaus since 1873.

7. WWII was devastating for Lange

The Second World War brought huge challenges, and A. Lange & Sohne, including Glashutte, was not outside this league. During the war, the company manufactured oversized pilot watches known as Luftwaffe for the German Airforce. Unfortunately, on the last night of the war in 1945, the Lange workshops were destroyed during a bombing raid, temporarily shutting down the production.

8. Soviets seized the Lange family in 1948

Following WWII in 1948, the Soviets seized the Lange family and nationalised the company’s property, including every other watch company in Glashutte. During this time, the company was manufacturing the new Calibre 28.

In 1951 all the seized watch companies were merged, leading to the disappearance of A. Lange & Sohne’s name from the dials, but not forever.

9. A.Lange & Sohne was reborn in 1990

After almost 45 years of living a dead life, Walter Lange (Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s great-grandson) revived the company with a little help from other Swiss watch brands, including Jaeger-LeCoultre & IWC. In 1990, he re-registered A. Lange & Sohne’s trademark, and after four years, the company produced its first watches. The first collection, which featured an oversized date window, laid the foundation of Lange’s watches.

To make it even more memorable, A. Lange & Sohne was re-established on the same day Adolph Lange had originally founded it, after 145 years!

10. The Richemont Group acquired A. Lange & Sohne in 2000

After a stable resurrection, Richemont’s watch group acquired the company in 2000. Since then, A. Lange & Sohne has been a subsidiary.

11. Grand Complication No. 42500 -The most complicated watch during the early years

The finesse and exclusivity of the Lange watch captured the attention of several notable individuals, including Alexander II of Russia, German Emperor Wilhelm II, and others. But what revolutionised the brand’s image during the early years was the Grand Complication Number 42500. The one-of-a-kind timepiece was created in 1902 and comprised 833 parts, including some astonishing complications. Some of them are:

  • Split-seconds chronograph with minute counter
  • Grand and petite sonnerie
  • Perpetual calendar with moon phase
  • Minute repeater
  • Flying seconds

Although this watch is extremely complicated, this isn’t the only complex timepiece in A.Lange & Sohne’s modern history.

12. Another Master Complication debuted in 2013

In 2013, A. Lange & Sohne was out with what is known as the brand’s most complicated timepiece so far, an upgraded version of the Grande Complication Number 42500. Some of the key complications adorning this watch include:

  • Minute repeater
  • Perpetual calendar
  • Rattrapante-chronograph with flying seconds
  • Grand & Small strike

The complexity of this timepiece is so hard to decode that A. Lange & Sohne produces only one piece per year. To date, the brand has curated only 6 of these outstanding watches.

13. A.Lange & Sohne takes 4-5years to design a new Calibre

Anthony de Haas, the brand’s product development director, once said that it takes almost 4-5 years to develop a timepiece with a new calibre. Moreover, this also depends on the movement’s complexity.

14. A.Lange & Sohne produces only 5000 watches every year

Compared to renowned watch brands like Audemars Piguet, which produces almost 40,000 watches annually, A. Lange & Sohne produces only 5000! The brand puts great focus on detailing and craftsmanship. After all, it is not about mass production but capturing the fine essence of classic watchmaking in each timepiece.

15. Lange crafts the watches in precious metal

A.Lange & Sohne produces most of the watches in precious metals like gold (yellow, white, honey and rose) or platinum. However, it doesn’t mean that the brand neglects stainless steel. The A. Lange & Sohne designs the Odysseus models in stainless steel.

16. A.Lange & Sohne produced the world’s first triple-split chronograph in 2018

In January 2018, A. Lange & Sohne created the world’s first chronograph with a triple-split mechanism, allowing multi-hour comparative time measurement. The wearers could get an accuracy of up to one-sixth of a second. Furthermore, the movement features an isolator mechanism that helps secure the balance wheel’s amplitude.

17. The Company’s motto: ‘Never Stand Still’

The very fact that A. Lange & Sohne exists today is because of Walter Lange’s unequivocal courage and pioneering effort. The brand continues to live by Walter’s motto: ‘Never Stand Still’, reminding the watchmakers to keep up with the industry pace.

CONCLUSION

Since 1845, A. Lange & Sohne has delivered timeless mechanical beauties by successfully living through various challenges. Each timepiece reminds collectors about the brand’s elaborate history and advanced performance, ensuring a lifetime of timekeeping.

Browse through The Luxury Hut’s exclusive collection of pre-owned A. Lange & Sohne watches at the best prices in the UK. You can also part exchange your watch for any A. Lange & Sohne timepiece from our collection. We’ll be happy to assist you with the best trade!

And, if you’re looking to sell A. Lange & Sohne watches, we can offer you the best possible price in the market. You can fill in our online form to get a quick valuation or call us on 0207 242 9160 for a detailed discussion.

Also Read: How To Check The Authenticity of A. Lange & Sohne Watch?

10 Iconic Vintage Rolex Watches Popular With Collectors

August 1st, 2022

From reputation, recognition and prestige to celebrating the highest sales number, there’s hardly any watch brand close to ROLEX. Therefore, the fact that the Crown always sits on the top is not a surprising thing. Whether it is a long-time watch enthusiast or a curious newbie wishing to purchase a luxury timepiece, Rolex will always be their first consideration above others.

10 iconic vintage rolex watches

However, the problem arises when you look at the options and find it challenging to pick just one. All Rolex watches are excellent and durable as ever! While the modern variants are impressive, the vintage Rolex watches have their own charm. They are unsurprisingly popular with every Rolex lover, which is why the watches could fetch you a great price if you ever sell a vintage Rolex in the pre-owned market.

Why is Vintage Rolex so desirable?

Rolex has left a significant imprint on the watch industry from its beginning with numerous innovations. But, it was mainly during the 1950s and the 1980s that the Swiss watchmaker was at its peak!

During that span, Rolex created some of the most groundbreaking and creative timepieces that continue laying the foundation for this Maison.

Some of the best models created by Rolex during this era include:

  • Daytona
  • Submariner
  • Explorer
  • GMT-Master

So, to cherish and celebrate Rolex’s vintage creation, we’ve explored and compiled the best vintage models that definitely should be on your watch-out list!

Top 10 iconic vintage Rolex watches of all time

1. Vintage Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ‘Paul Newman’

Is there anyone who hasn’t heard of the ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona? One of the greatest watches created by Rolex so far is the Daytona which impressively came into the spotlight after famous actor Paul Newman gave it thumbs up by sporting it on numerous occasions.

The dial is the factor that differentiates a ‘Newman’ from the other regular Daytona models. The former has Exotic-looking dials, coming in panda or reverse panda combinations. In Paul Newman, whatever the predominant dial colour, the second chapter ring sports the opposite colour. For instance, if the dial colour is black, the chapter ring will be cream-coloured.

They further have square markings and Art Deco numerals on the sub-dials. All these attributes make it worth noticing. Due to the similar visual identity of the regular Daytona and the Newman Daytona models, except for the dials, purchasing one from an authorised dealer is recommended to ensure originality.

2. Vintage Rolex Explorer Ii Ref. 1655 ‘Steve Mcqueen’

Rolex has always been an innovator, and the Explorer is a fine example of its creative excellence. The Explorer II made its debut in 1971 as a sequel to the Explorer and quickly gathered a fan base of its own. Rolex created the watch to help the cave explorers and those who worked in the darkness, allowing them to distinguish day from night.

The Explorer II Ref. 1655, relatively unpopular during its release, is now a hot commodity. Even though the watch’s association with the cool actor Steve McQueen continues to be a long discussion, the nickname is definitely giving the watch a shout-out now!

Rolex made the Explorer II 1655 in stainless steel with a black dial. The bright Orange GMT hand against the black background makes the watch easily distinguishable and highly legible for the cave explorers. Additionally, it has a fixed 24-hour bezel with lume at all 24 hours.

Even though Steve McQueen never really wore an Explorer, the watch is definitely garnering all the limelight for the moniker!

3. Vintage Rolex Explorer Ref. 1016 ‘Frog Foot’

Many talk about how simple and basic the Rolex Explorer is. Well, we ask, what’s the problem with that? Don’t we all love a classic utilitarian timepiece with significant features that clearly tells the time? Those unaware of the history, the Explorer became a legitimate ‘legend’ after Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir Tenzing Norway conquered Mount Everest in 1953 while sporting this ‘simple’ timepiece. Does it still sound so basic?

Rolex launched the Explorer in 1953 with Ref. 6350 and Ref. 6150, but the most popular Explorer is the Ref. 1016, which made its debut in 1960. You can find this achiever in various movements, dials, and other attributes.

Thanks to its not-so-overwhelming price, it’s one of the best buys amongst the vintage Rolex watches. You can easily recognise one when you see the 3/6/9 black dial with Mercedes’ hands. The 34mm model is sporty yet dressy and goes well with almost anything!

4. Vintage Rolex Gmt-Master Ref: 6542 ‘Pussy Galore’

Rolex always has extended support to people of all sectors, including scientists, pilots, explorers, divers and others. In the early 1950s, the Pan AM pilots called out various Swiss watchmakers to design a timepiece that the pilots could wear during flying and track the time in two places.

Rolex came out with the GMT-Master in 1955 with the famous GMT complication. The Ref. 6542 had a red and blue ‘Pepsi’ bezel made of bakelite with a layer of luminous material underneath. This plastic material was not just prone to cracking but also gave cancer to an owner. Soon, Rolex changed the dramatic bakelite with non-luminous aluminium elements.

The reliable pilot’s wristwatch had a rotatable 24-hour bezel and an extra hour hand making it easy for the flyers to read the local and home time. The fine contrast of the Pepsi colour against the black dial secures the watch as an incredibly special timepiece.

Today, you’ll hardly find any bakelite GMT-Master models in the market. If you do, those are the ‘Pussy Galore’ GMT models. The watch became an icon after its feature in the James Bond movie Goldfinger.

Also Read: 3 Best Vintage Rolex Watches that Won’t Break the Bank

5. Vintage Gmt-Master Ref. 1675 ‘Pepsi’

After the drama created by Ref. 6542, Rolex released Ref. 1675 with a Pepsi bezel in 1959. It was one of the longest-running references, from 1959-1980. One of the first things we notice in a watch is the colour combination, and the GMT-Master featuring a colourful rotating bezel is an absolute classic.

The Ref. 1675 came with an aluminium insert and crown guards and was available in different attractive variants, like the two-tone ‘Root Beer’, the ‘Concorde’ with a brown bezel, and many others. In short, there’s a GMT Ref. 1675 for everyone!

All the variants are extremely popular amongst collectors and buyers because of their unique characteristics. Two of the most desirable ones are the early gilt-dial samples and the later radial dial options. The indices move towards the dial centre because of the chapter ring.

The abundance of variation secures the Ref. 1675 a highly respectable place in the world of vintage luxury watches.

6. Vintage Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 ‘Double Red’

The Submariner, as we all know, is the cult favourite diver watch. But the Sea-Dweller is the brand’s best dive watch, honouring its various standout characteristics from a diving perspective. The model came out in 1967 with a helium escape valve (the first-ever watch to have it), making it suitable for deep sea divers to wear. The valve allowed the helium atoms to escape without popping the crystal.

The Ref. 1665, nicknamed ‘Double Red’, came with two lines of red text on the dial. The watch has a larger case and a thicker crystal, and the additional RED lettering that states ‘Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000’ presents standout recognition.

Moreover, the usual Cyclops lens over the date window is absent. The Double-Red Sea-Dweller has thick-domed plexiglass designed to withstand the underwater pressure during deep-sea diving.

7. Vintage Rolex Ref: 16760 ‘Fat Lady’

You must agree that Rolex presents some of the best nicknames in the industry. Another one presented with a catchy title is the Rolex Ref. 16760, famously named the ‘Fat Lady’ or the ‘Sofia Loren’. The body shaming nickname for the GMT-Master II model credits the thick and elegant curves that housed the new Calibre 3085.

The all-new movement and the separation of the hour hand from the GMT hand, made Ref. 16760 the ultimate traveller’s watch. Moreover, the 24-hour hand with an arrow tip could move back and forth independently. Apart from being the first original GMT-Master II model, the watch hosted alluring features like the red and black ‘Coke’ bezel, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and white gold surroundings around the hour markers.

With all these attention-grabbing specifications, the GMT-Master II Ref. 16760 is truly a watch to remember!

8. Vintage Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538 ‘James Bond’

You were waiting for this, weren’t you? Well, finally, the Submariner is here. The Sub never fails to amaze, be it a new model or a charming vintage piece. Even though all Sub models are exceedingly popular amongst fans, some enjoy considerably more interest, like Ref. 6538.

The ‘James Bond’ Submariner got its name when it first appeared on the wrist of James Bond in 1962’s Dr.No. The watch held a mid-century charm and instantly attracted attention as a ‘cool’ accessory to wear. Apart from its famous movie reference, the watch had a large (really large) 8mm crown with no crown guards. There are no minute markers on the bezel between 0 and 15, and you can see a large triangle at 12 o’clock.

With a short production span running from 1956-1959, the Submariner Ref. 6538 is one of the most desirable Rolex creations and the most expensive.

9. Vintage Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 ‘Milsub’

To the unknown and untrained, the MILSUB might appear like just another variant of the Submariner. But it’s so much more! ‘MILSUB’ is a combination of the words ‘Military’ and ‘Submariner’ and was only sold to the British armed forces and never to the general public. Rolex manufactured only 1200 pieces of this model (Ref. 5513/5517) during the early 1970s.

A few easily recognisable characteristics of the MilSub include stainless steel bezel with 60-minute graduations, Sword hands, T with a circle on the dial, fixed bars between the lugs, and a second hand with an arrow-shaped tip.

As the original owners of the Milsub modified the watches, it is difficult to find one in its original state. If you find yourself lucky enough to find one, don’t miss the opportunity to add it to your collection.

10 Vintage Rolex Air-King Ref. 5500 ‘The Forgotten King’

The Air-King collection has always fascinated Rolex lovers with its simplicity. After its release in 1945, the watch remained in production for over 30 years, making it another model with a long run. The Ref. 5500 comes in a sleek 34mm case and boasts qualities that qualify it as timeless elegance. The minimalist good looks of the 5500 featuring a silver dial, sharply applied indices, small lume plots and baton hands make the watch perfect for daily wear.

It’s a clean-looking vintage Rolex creation available in numerous dial colours. The most incredible ones are in the shades of black and blue. Many consider the Air-King an entry-level timepiece, making it all the more fascinating.

Conclusion

Picking the top vintage Rolex watches is a challenging task. You have to leave many models out. The watches in our list are the timeless presentation of Rolex’s excellence in watchmaking. They will not disappoint you if you ever want to sell your vintage Rolex in the pre-owned market.

Also Read: 4 Reasons Why the Vintage Watch Industry Is Booming Today

Pick the Luxury Hut Pawnbrokers London to Pawn Your Valuable Assets

July 14th, 2022

When life throws unplanned hurdles and unexpected expenses, we often sell our precious assets to get money. Pawning could be a convenient alternative to selling off your item outright. Asset loans are given against various items, including gold, jewellery, luxury watches, and other high-end items.

While it’s very common for some people, many are unaware of how the pawnbroking process works. So, it is time that you know your options to make an informed decision.

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When Should You Pawn Your Assets?

Let’s give an example. Say you have big plans for some occasion, but as life is vulnerable, there arises a situation when you need immediate cash. What would you do?

Due to lack of information, many of us sell our gold, jewellery and other assets to incur money. Instead, you can take a loan against gold, jewellery, diamonds, and even luxury watches from reliable pawnbrokers in London.

They provide a speedy, secure and easy way to get hold of a loan against your valuable. If you need a quick inflow of cash, the solution can be pawning your asset. This gives you the flexibility to get the cash on time, give pawnbrokers the asset to hold for a while and get it back after repaying the loan amount with interest.

And, the best part is you can retrieve your belonging anytime!

PAWNBROKERS LONDON

The Luxury Hut pawnbrokers in London should be your first place to consider if you’re looking for quick money. We will instantly pay you if you take a loan against watches, gold jewellery, gold ornaments, diamonds or other valuables.

Many people wonder whether it’s safe to visit a pawnshop. At The Luxury Hut, our experts bring over 40 years of combined experience to give you the best competitive value for your asset. We carefully evaluate your item by considering the various factors to offer the best loan amount.

  • For Watches: We check the model, brand, condition, age and documents.
  • For Jewellery: We check the condition, rarity, weight and market value.

Do You Want To Pawn Your Luxury Watch?

Offering nothing but the best pawnbroking service in the UK, The Luxury Hut has an in-house team of expert pawnbrokers who offer loan against Rolex, Cartier, AP, Patek Philippe, and many other luxury watch brands.

As professionals, we know and understand the worth of your belonging and hence aim to pay a fair and competitive loan amount.

Get a Quick Loan against Your Jewellery in the UK

Borrowing cash against your jewellery is a no-brainer as most of us have always considered that. But whom did you visit to get that loan? Is it a bank or any other traditional setup?

When you take a loan from the bank, the officials will check your credit score and financial stature to quote the loan amount.

Alternatively, you can skip all the hassle with a London pawnbroker where the security of your item does not depend on your financial account. You can rest assured that your item is safe in a secured vault which you can get back at any moment after repaying the loan amount with interest.

The Luxury Hut will give you an instant loan for your diamond jewellery, engagement ring, or any other precious jewellery piece after accurately evaluating your belonging. We do not carry out any credit checks before making the loan offer.

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Get a Loan against Your Gold

Wondering if I should ‘pawn my gold’? Our professionals are ready to make an INSTANT payment if you want to take a loan against your gold. We will weigh and evaluate the gold items you want to pawn and swiftly calculate the loan amount based on the current market value.

You can visit us in person to witness the process right before your eyes and ensure 100% satisfaction. As trusted pawnbrokers, our officials keep the process straightforward and hassle-free. There’s no obligation, and you can withdraw from progressing anytime you want.

We’re experienced in dealing with various gold items and nurture a strong reputation for excellence.

Here’s a list of the gold items you can use to borrow money from us:

  • Rings
  • Earrings
  • Necklaces
  • Bangles
  • Bracelets
  • Coins
  • Chains
  • Scrap Gold
  • Gold Jewellery

Also Read: Which luxury watches secure the highest pawn value in 2022?

Pawn your Watch, Jewellery & Gold in 4 Steps:

1. Fill Form

Start by filling in an online form by providing as many details as possible.

2. Get a FREE Loan Quote

The experts will offer a FREE loan quote for your item.

3. Send Your Assets

Get a Contact-Free Home collection and a pre-paid shipping label to send us your valuable for a complete evaluation.

You can also call 0207 242 9160 to book an appointment at our Hatton Garden office.

4. Accept Offer & Get Paid!

If you’re happy with the final loan offer, we will pay you immediately via your preferred payment method.

The qualified experts at The Luxury Hut ensure a speedy process and take no time to give you the most competitive value for your belonging. The offer you get on the phone is the amount you get in your hands. This is why we have a demonstrable record of a satisfied clientele base.

Those who have never visited a pawn shop before can trust our expertise and experience to pawn their items. Remember, you do not lose ownership of your item when you pawn it.

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What Makes The Luxury Hut The Best London Pawnbrokers?

When looking for a pawnbroker in London, you must work with the very best. At The Luxury Hut, we understand that pawning an item that holds emotional or sentimental value for you can be stressful. Hence, we aim to enhance the pawnshop experience with our strictly professional and absolutely secure service.

Borrowing against your valuable couldn’t be any easier or quicker!

Below are the various additional benefits that make us a top choice amongst people who want to take a loan in the UK.

Reasons to choose us:

  • Immediate Asset Valuation (Watch, Gold & Jewellery)
  • INSTANT loan Offer
  • No hidden/monthly charges
  • No early redemption fees
  • No Obligation
  • No Credit checks
  • Complete safety of the collateral within the contract tenure
  • Quick & Transparent loan process
  • Contact-Free home collection
  • Payment via cash/ Preferred mode

Other key things to remember:

  • Maximum Loan Period: 6-7 months
  • You can pawn multiple assets at a time
  • Pay interest at the end of every month only during the loan months
  • Pay back the loan anytime during the loan period, including the interest, to get your asset
  • Bring your ID proof & sign a pledge receipt to enter a deal

CONCLUSION

Taking a loan is something that you must carefully consider. It is not just about the money you get but the peace of mind that follows. While there are numerous pawnbrokers in London, The Luxury Hut is an established, trustworthy and reliable pawnbroker with over 40 years of combined experience. We have a proven track record of offering the best loan value for watches and jewellery.

Whatever your reasons for seeking a loan against your watch or jewellery, you need to feel assured that you have put your trust in a reliable pawnbroker.

You can consider us the right option for you and get in touch with us to pawn your valuable by filling in the form or calling 0207 242 9160 to book an appointment.

Also Read: A Comprehensive Guide To ‘Rolex Finance’

Latest Collections of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

July 7th, 2022

1. Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-Thin Ref. 16202

The Ref. 16202 takes over the beloved reference 15202, which for the first time replaces Calibre 2121 for Calibre 7121. There are four models in 18ct pink gold, yellow gold, stainless steel and platinum. You get two new smoked Petite Taipisserie dials for the yellow gold and pink gold models.

2. Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-Thin Openwork Ref. 16204

The new Ref. 16204 houses the new Calibre 7124 and is available in 18ct pink gold or stainless steel. It is the openwork version of the extra-thin movement, Calibre 7121 powering the Ref. 16202. The watches have a cutting-edge look, with the openwork architecture amplifying its appeal.

3. Royal Oak Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon Ref. 26730

The new 41mm Ref. 26730 is available in 18ct pink gold, titanium and stainless steel. The models house Calibre 2950, AP’s latest generation self-winding movement, combining a flying tourbillon and a central rotor. Moreover, the cases and bracelets have wider bevels.

4. Royal Oak Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon Open-Worked Ref. 26735

AP just released the Calibre 2950, and you can already see the openwork version with the new41mm stainless steel Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon Ref. 26735. The watch runs with Calibre 2972, which remains visible, offering a stunning monochromatic view. It’s a total visual delight!

5. Royal Oak Self-Winding Ref. 15550

AP introduces 11 models featuring a second and date movement, the Calibre 5900, and a self-winding hour. This new mechanism ensures a higher frequency and guarantees self-sufficiency of around 60 hours. Buyers can splurge on various dial colours along with diamond stud bezels.

6. Royal Oak Chronograph Ref. 26240

The new 41mm Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph houses the Calibre 4401, first seen in the 2021 Gold variants. This in-house chronograph facilitates an instant date-change mechanism along with the flyback function. The watch makes its mark as the first Chronograph in stainless steel.

7. Royal Oak Chronograph Ref. 26715

Another new introduction is the 38mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Ref. 26715 in a stainless steel case with a Grande Tapisserie dial boasting the iconic ‘Bleu Nuit Nuage 50’ hue. The watches maintain the old Calibre 2385, and are available in other dial colours like grey, silver, cool light blue, black and even khaki green.

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Also Read: Audemars Piguet Launches A Hot New Black Royal Oak With Iridescent Dial

Is The 2022 Watch Market Unsustainable? Find Out.

July 1st, 2022

Have you heard the saying, ‘What goes up must come down’? Well, we are currently experiencing such a graph in the watch market, which is beyond anything anyone had expected. One thing that everyone can finally agree on is the volatility in the watch market.

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The year started with a boom in the industry where the prices of expensive luxury watch brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and others rose unimaginably. However, in recent months everything appears to have had a splash of cold water where the prices are steadily swinging down. Even faster than it went up!

If you’re an avid watch lover, you must have heard the story of artificial shortages and the grey watch market. Given the current circumstances, it is safe to presume that a perfect storm is brewing between external factors like inflation in the global market with internal factors like artificial scarcity and secondary watch market investors. We shall discuss this in the later section.

At a glance, everything might sound bad and devastating. This is because many had invested in luxury watches like Rolex, which are now down by approximately 5%. But amidst all the chaos, there is one segment that is benefitting.

Who is drawing benefits from the current fall in the watch market?

Collectors who were patient for 3-4 years are finally benefiting from this unprecedented fall. They are in the best position to buy watches like Rolex, AP and Patek Philippe, which otherwise seemed farfetched.

An average watch collector can now visit authorised watch shops or purchase pre-owned luxury watches at a feasible price.

Isn’t it funny how history repeats itself? As always, everything eventually corrects itself after a certain time.

The craze in the watch market was at its peak at the beginning of 2022. Some of the popular stainless steel Rolex timepieces were selling almost triple or double the retail. As for Patek Philippe, buyers were willing to offer 5/3 times the retail value to buy the stainless steel models.

Hence, the price fall indeed makes it a good time for enthusiasts and collectors to buy their favourite models.

Now, let’s explore the various reasons that have contributed to such an impact on the watch market.

What factors led to the fall of the watch market in 2022?

The combination of various External & Internal forces led to this situation. Here we’ve summed up both.

EXTERNAL FORCES

In our opinion, the following are the external forces contributing to the fall of the 2022 watch market:

1. STOCK MARKET

The confidence to buy an expensive Rolex or Patek Philippe comes only when you are secure about your financial situation. When the value of portfolios is severely declining for most people in the stock market, deciding to buy a stainless steel Rolex with a large sum of money becomes pretty impossible.

So, we believe that the condition of the Stock Market is playing a big external reason in the downfall of the watch industry.

2. GOVERNMENT RULES

During the pandemic, the government imposed strict restrictions across all nations. People couldn’t travel for vacations which meant that all the extra money was accumulating in their bank accounts. Hence, they evidently spent money on purchasing luxury goods.
However, now that the government restrictions are no longer applicable, people are travelling again. This is resulting in a decrease in the demand for luxury watches.

3. INFLATION

A person’s ability or power to spend plays a role when choosing between needs and wants. As inflation goes out of hand, currency’s value is less worthy. So, the choice between need and want becomes quite clear. In today’s watch market, inflation is playing a big role.

4. FINANCIAL RELIEF PROGRAMS

The various monetary relief programs gave away free money to many people who weren’t really in need. This portion doesn’t include those who desperately needed it but that larger segment of people who received the relief funds unnecessarily.

All that free extra cash resulted in inflation, including in the watch market.

INTERNAL FACTORS

Here’s a list of the Internal Factors that caused the 2022 Watch Market to fall:

1. STAGNANT SUPPLY

Since the start of 2022, you must have heard about big brands creating artificial shortages. Watch shops, jewellery stores, and other outside investors were doing the same that is restricting the supply of several popular watches. This must get you thinking about why someone would do that intentionally?

The reason is to maintain the watch demand by restricting their supplies. If a model is restricted, the prices will rise with the hope that the watch is now rare and can be considered an investment timepiece.

However, in reality, watch dealers were doing it to increase the prices. As a result, the prices of stainless steel watches increased threefold in various authorised watch shops. Now that the prices are decreasing, the dealers are trying to release their inventory.

So, naturally, the prices are getting low.

2. OUTSIDE INVESTORS

During the lockdown and pandemic situation of 2020, several investors were looking out for alternative places to gain a stable return on investment. As people weren’t allowed to spend money in other ways, the luxury goods market became a lucrative sector. Many outside investors who so far didn’t care about the watch fraternity invested in it, hoping to draw some profitable return.

Now that the market has fallen, the outside investors face a serious drawback and may have to give up on their inventories to minimise the losses or tackle the upcoming obligations. This typical economic behaviour is leading to the falling prices of the watch inventory.

After having said the factors leading to this steep fall, it’s time to conclude. Do you think this is a bad or a good thing? Let’s find out.

Why the crash of the watch market in 2022 is a ‘GOOD’ thing?

Yes! Not every fall is bad, and the steady fall of the watch scenario is good because the increasing prices were not sustainable. Collecting luxury watches turned into investing, which in turn escalated the prices. All this made it further difficult for an average collector or enthusiast to buy the watches they wanted without waitlists and an inflated price.

Therefore, from their perspective, they much needed this crash. We can all go back to collecting and purchasing luxury watches smoothly.

Will the watch prices continue to fall?

Honestly, seeing the graph and how things are heading, you can expect a fall in watch prices in the next few months. However, in the long term, you can expect brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet to resume their depreciated value, even if it is slower.

So, hold on until things get a little better if you want to sell your investment timepiece.

CONCLUSION

The resale market of luxury watches has been on fire since early 2022. The market required drastic correction, which finally happened with the sharp price fall. Various factors have contributed to this outcome. We have mentioned them all above.

Even though the collapse takes a toll on the investors, it is a great period for collectors and enthusiasts to buy the watch they love at a reasonable price. This is our prediction and our take on the situation. However, there will always be a market for used luxury watches, and the secondary market will always help buyers get their desired models!

You can check out The Luxury Hut’s vast collection of pre-owned luxury watches, including brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and others, available at great prices. Maybe you will end up finding your dream watch at an unmissable price!

Also Read: Rolex Watches Go Missing From Shelves, What Is The Reason?

7 Most Expensive and Rare Patek Philippe Watches to Collect

June 20th, 2022

Luxury watches and especially Patek Philippe can never go light on the pocket. But how expensive can they get? We were equally curious as you are and decided to dig into the details. We went back through time to find the most expensive and rare Patek Philippe watches that helped the luxury brand make history!

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Patek made its debut in 1839 in Geneva and became known for its outstanding wristwatch caricature that delivers an amazing return on investment. You can sell luxury watches at an unimaginable value.

Simply put, Patek owners are well aware that they have one of the best timepieces in the world that stand out in heritage, craftsmanship, innovation, and design. The brand offers nine exclusive watch collections in the following ranges:

  • Complications
  • Grand Complications
  • Golden Ellipse
  • Calatrava
  • Aquanaut
  • Gondolo
  • Nautilus
  • Twenty~4
  • Pocket Watches

But which are the oh-so-expensive models that captivate everyone’s attention?

Patek Philippe defeats all other luxury watch brands in high-value auctions. Find out the models that secure the tag of achieving record-setting prices.

7 Most Expensive Patek Philippe Models

1. Patek Philippe Split-Second Chronograph

Making its debut in 1947, the Ref. 1563 Split-Second Chronograph is one of three references 1563 to exist. The watch is a chronograph with two sub-dials and has a waterproof screw-in case back like 1436. The only difference is the split-seconds chronograph mechanism that is most difficult to produce and assemble.

The luminous Breguet numerals and sword hands make this reference so unique. Another most astonishing feature is that the watch has the stamp of 1436 on the inside of the case back. The reason for this is still unknown in Patek’s documents.

We feel that the watch’s beautiful dial layout, balanced complication and timeless appeal, which is sportier, make the timepiece highly desirable.

2. Calatrava

The Calatrava Ref. 570 that came out in 1942 is an extraordinary Patek timepiece most popularly known as the ‘Calatravone’. The watch has a very well-preserved case of 37mm, offering a modern outlook. The real catch is that it is one of only two Ref. 570 models with a two-tone dial. Additionally, the railway track and the Breguet numerals enhance its appeal.

Even after being almost 80 years old, the watch looks great, and the dial nearly retains its original condition. Patek sold the Ref. 570 at a whopping price at the Geneva Watch Auction, which broke the world record for the reference and other stainless steel watches.

3. Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar

Over the centuries, Patek has manufactured a wide array of fantastic timepieces. The Ref. 1591 is yet another watch that encompasses various special characteristics. It was on the cover of Wrist Watches Catalog and Christie’s Geneva Pocket watches.

The Ref. 1591 flaunts a special blend of complex inner workings with stunning aesthetics that immediately makes it desirable. If that’s not enough to grab your attention, remember that Patek made only two of these amazing watches.

According to Patek’s reports, the brand sold the watch to an Indian Maharaja who took great pleasure in wearing the robust timepiece while playing polo. Today, you can glimpse this astonishing piece at the Patek Philippe Museum.

4. Grand Complication Patek Philippe

There are numerous things for which Patek enjoys its fame and popularity. One of them is the First-Ever Grand Complication watch, the brand’s first recorded grand complication. It was made in 1898 and sold in 1900 to one of the greatest business leaders, Mr Stephen S. Palmer.

Some of the most notable features of this pocket watch include the perpetual calendar, minute repeating, split-seconds chronograph, moon phase and petite sonnerie. It is one of the finest examples of Patek’s brilliant craftsmanship and is in the most stellar condition.

Also, the price at which the Grand Complication Patek was sold by Christie’s proves that someone literally cracked one hell of a deal!

5. Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 2523

So far, we have opened you to complicated Patek Philippe watches. However, this one stands out from the rest with its unique characteristics. The Ref. 2523 World Time watch came out in 1955 and received no flattering importance on making its debut. 2523 was quite an odd piece with the world-time disc system invented by Louis Cottier in 1931.

Over the years (or centuries), the world time Patek Ref. 2523 has become one of the most desirable timepieces popular amongst collectors. The dial shows a hand-painted map of North America that was again sold by Christie’s at an alarming price!

6. Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010

This is it! The most expensive watch ever sold at an auction is the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime with Ref. 6300A-010 at the Only Watch Auction in 2019. Patek Philippe created the watch specifically for charity purposes, and it is the first and the only Grandmaster Chime in stainless steel. Steel is a material that the luxury brand rarely uses.

The spectacular watch piece features 20 astounding complications. Apart from the striking stainless steel case, the Ref. 6300A-010 watch makes the heads turn with its golden opaline and ebony black dial. The dial has the words ‘The Only One’ written to live up to its hype.

7. Patek Philippe ‘Heures Universelles’

The Patek Ref. 1415 ‘Heures Universelles’ model in a 31mm platinum case is another wonder from 1946 that reflects the brand’s exquisite watchmaking skills. The stunning tool indicates 41 cities, regions, and countries. Louis Cottier introduced the unique ‘World Time’ mechanism in 1931, which Patek and other notable brands soon adopted.

The Ref. 1415HU features a three-part case with brushed finishing and has a hand-engraved bezel that revolves bearing the names of cities. You literally need to see it with your eyes to embrace its exclusivity.

CONCLUSION

This was our favourite list of the rarest and most costly Patek Philippe timepieces that we hope you found interesting and useful. These iconic watches are difficult to get your hands on but are definitely worth the value.

All the watches are unique creations by the watchmaker that sets the brand apart from others. Patek Philippe has soared to the top of the list of every investor’s watch list with their stunning designs.

If you are interested in selling your luxury watch, get in touch with the experts at The Luxury Hut to get the best price. The in-house expert team holds over 40 years of combined experience in the field and has valued numerous rare and exquisite luxury watch models to quote the best competitive price.

Start by filling in their easy online form to get an INSTANT QUOTE!

Audemars Piguet Launches A Hot New Black Royal Oak With Iridescent Dial

June 3rd, 2022

Just when everyone was starting to settle happily with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding model thinking it couldn’t get any better or hotter, the legendary Swiss company hits back with a stunning new design! To celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary, AP joined hands with the famous jewellery designer Carolina Bucci to create a unique timepiece. The watch finely blends Bucci’s effortless elegance with AP’s grandeur to design a genderless Royal Oak.

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Few Steps Into The History

In 1972, Audemars Piguet requested Gerald Genta to design a watch to save the brand’s bankruptcy status. The later quickly came out with a revolutionary watch design overnight, ‘The Royal Oak’. The Genta-designed timepiece changed the watch industry forever and also created a new wristwatch lineage. This innovation inspired other brands to include at least one ‘lavish sports’ watch in their catalogue.

Over the years, AP has released several notable collections. But the Royal Oak continues to be the brand’s most sought-after release. After years, the Swiss legend celebrates the golden anniversary of the significant watch with a hot new release.

AP’s Collaboration With Carolina Bucci

Carolina Bucci, the famous jewellery designer, integrates sophisticated touches to the celebratory Royal Oak. The result is something beyond what AP could ever imagine. It’s a beautiful concoction of colours that appears black from afar but is iridescent when you look closer.

Italian jeweller Bucci is not a new inclusion into the AP family. She has already designed two watches and one jewellery collection for the brand. However, things didn’t just happen overnight. In 2016, AP CEO François-Henry Bennahmias challenged Bucci to redesign the Royal Oak 40th anniversary women’s collection.

Over lunch, Bennahmias saw Bucci wearing a 1980s men’s Royal Oak timepiece. He asked her why she wasn’t wearing any from the women’s collection. The designer said that none of the women’s models worked for her. It was then that Bennahmias urged her to go ahead and create something that she would like to wear.

The partnership of the famous watchmaker and the jeweller resulted in the best designs. But like every good thing that comes with perseverance, this collaboration was not without problems too. For Bucci, her creative process starts with a fully finalised watch image in her head. On the other hand, the AP technicians work to bring the ultimate precision to every design.

A few examples of AP & Bucci’s successful partnership include:

  • The Frosted Gold timepiece with the hammered Florentine finish on the bezel and the bracelet
  • The 2018 Carolina Bucci Limited Edition. The designer wanted a mirrored dial without the tapisserie pattern.

Each new step proved successful, making the collaboration stronger than before.

Latest Audemars Piguet Royal Oak With Iridescent Dial

The latest Limited Edition Royal Oak serves the perfect ‘Bucci’ dose with a 34mm case and black ceramic dial. The dial changes its colour depending on the light, but the movement reveals a multi-coloured rainbow design. Creating the iridescent dial pattern involves micro-structuring the top of the dial’s brass plate. There’s a golden metallic treatment done on the back of the sapphire plate that further creates a mirror-like effect. The result is a gorgeous AP timepiece that deserves all the applause. It also proves that a simple change in the dial’s colour can revolutionise the entire look!

Bucci finds beauty in the simplest yet unexpected places, which she fantastically tries to portray in her creativity. She has played well with colours and prefers to use ‘Iridescent’ instead of ‘Rainbow’ for a more urban context.

The play of all-black and multiple colours creates a mystical illusion. However, the process is laborious, and AP rejected numerous dial prototypes before finally settling with this hot beauty. The watch has a universal and unisex appeal. And Bucci emphasises that the design of the AP timepiece is an extension of the whole womanhood.

FINAL REMARK

The Limited Edition Royal Oak in black ceramic and the iridescent dial perfectly represents the model’s 50th anniversary. Also, no one better than Carolina Bucci could have given it the surprising touch! It uses various masculine and sporty features while staying innovative through techniques and materials, giving it a fine contemporary feel. The colourful, multi-dimensional dial is the best way to bring together the past, present, and future!

The all-black Royal Oak version is already seeing a crashing demand in the secondary market, with the prices doubling! If in case, you get hold of one, selling AP watches will definitely fetch you a mind-boggling price. Available in only 300 pieces, the new Carolina Bucci Edition is a colourful masterpiece available in AP boutiques and houses.

Also Read: 5 of the Best Audemars Piguet Watches for Avid Watch Collectors

Rolex Watches Go Missing From Shelves, What Is The Reason?

May 26th, 2022

It’s not a false alarm anymore, but rather an unpleasant sight around the globe where the retail counters for one of the most prestigious luxury watch brands sit empty. Where are the Rolex watches gone? Even though we already know that it’s a weird world we live in, the world of luxury watches is getting surreal. All you can see are long Rolex waitlists, empty display areas, exploding prices, and record-breaking auctions.

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But why is this happening? The roots go back to the supply, demand, want, and need cycle. But there’s more to the story, we believe. Some collectors even call it the ‘perfect storm’ of various co-related factors that is literally driving the watch world crazy!

Before we jump into the story’s core, a little lingering around the topic is necessary.

What is the Rolex Scarcity?

No matter how tricky it sounds, this is happening for real. But whether it is natural or artificial is still a debate. For in the world of horology, Rolex sits comfortably as the Crown-wearing brand that constantly raises the bar for the other brands to surpass. For instance, the iconic Submariner or the Rolex Daytona remains in high demand throughout the year. People say that the demand has only increased.

But if you visit a retail shop to get hold of one, it’s almost impossible to get it. The reason is the shortage. Few of the most desirable Rolex models are no longer available on the shelves.

When did the Rolex shortage begin?

While there is no official start to this scarcity, experts, buyers, and collectors believe that it is since Rolex’s early origin to Baselworld 2016 and also after the release of the Daytona Ref. 116500LN. The Reference quickly garnered a lot of attention and praise amongst the watch enthusiasts. The particular model with a ceramic bezel, a white/ black dial, and the brand’s signature Oystersteel bracelet and case soon became a must-have Rolex watch.

The curiosity for this particular variant went up so high that collectors couldn’t manage to score one from the nearest dealer or store and stood in a long queue. Naturally, this raised the hype and demand for this watch.

What started with the Daytona Ref. 116500LN eventually spread to the other popular variants like the Explorer, Submariner, GMT-Master II, Sea-Dweller, and others. Whether it was the innate desire to buy one, the social media hype or the fear of missing out on the trending Rolex, more and more people found themselves getting part of a long waiting list. The problem was that the production count remained the same or less.

What factors are causing the Rolex Shortage?

Now, this is where things get a little complicated. To be honest, Rolex did experience a disturbance in their supply chain during the pandemic for obvious reasons. Their factory was closed down for months. However, some reports say that the scarcity scene was already underway before the lockdown began. So, after conducting research, we have compiled a few factors that could have possibly led to this scenario.

Also Read: A Comprehensive Guide To ‘Rolex Finance’

5 Most Popular Reasons For The Rolex Shortage Are:

  • Artificial Scarcity

There can be two narrations to this story. One where the production count of the Rolex watches is genuinely low without the involvement of any conspiracy. Next is where Rolex has created an illusion of scarcity to generate an unexplainable hype around the popular models. As we know, the fear of losing out on something important makes people gravitate towards it more. Rolex has somehow tapped into this idea to retain the popularity of some of its most desirable watches.

This boosts the sales and keeps the model in demand always! The brand manufactures fewer of the most desirable variants to maintain the shortage in the market.

  • Natural Phenomenon

As said above, it can be a smart response to a natural phenomenon. Some Rolex dealers claim that the brand is sending the same count of Rolex watches every year. However, it is the demand that has increased over the past few years. In that case, it is natural for the Rolex watches to sell out faster than before, creating a shortage in the market. However, the brand manufactures some of its most desirable models at the same or lower rate, but not more, necessary to meet the demand.

  • Love for Rolex

Who doesn’t want to get a Submariner or a Daytona these days? Also, the rising prices of the Rolex models have made Rolex a popular investment option. People are getting crazy about purchasing a Sub, Daytona, Explorer, or GMT-Master II model. The watches will fetch a lucrative value when you sell Rolex watches to reputed watch buyers in London.

Also, if you think of it, people love Rolex, don’t they? Rolex qualifies to celebrate any occasion or achievement. The watches are an epitome of prestige, power, and luxury, all the qualities which you want to flaunt.

  • High Standard

Fans value Rolex timepieces because of their exceptional craftsmanship, design, and quality. Each watch piece is handmade and goes through several tests before leaving the manufacturing unit to attest to premium quality and robustness. Creating each watch involves a lot of time and effort, and Rolex is a brand that will never compromise on the quality standard. As a result of this strict adherence to the rule, Rolex produces only a limited quantity of pieces of the most popular models like the Submariner or the GMT-Master II to maintain elegance.

  • Increased Market Value

Market value refers to a particular product’s value in the investment community. The market value of Rolex watches has skyrocketed in the past couple of years due to various reasons like scarce availability, etc. This phenomenon leads to an increase in the value of Rolex watches in the secondary market.

As buyers cannot grab a popular Rolex variant from the retail, they quickly turn to the secondary market to buy one. The most sought-after status of the Rolex watches makes it even more difficult for the buyers and collectors to find one.

Can you still buy Rolex?

After this entire riot, buying a Rolex or Rolex investment might seem like a far-stretched dream. But if you carefully look around, Rolex watches are ‘everywhere’. Well, of course, there’s a catch. If you manage to get over the mentality of buying an all-new Rolex at an inflammatory price, you can opt for the pre-owned Rolex models.

Buying pre-owned Rolex models is the trend of the season. You can go to a reliable and reputed pre-owned Rolex watch dealer and simply pick the Rolex model of your choice. For instance, at The Luxury Hut, you can explore a vast selection of vintage, rare, and recent Rolex models in various case, bezel, dial, and bracelet options that is most certain to meet your taste. You can even find hundreds of the same reference numbers!

Also Read: 10 Unknown Rolex Facts That Need Your Attention

Some of the most popular Rolex models you can shop from The Luxury Hut are:

  • Submariner
  • President Day-Date
  • Explorer
  • Cosmograph Daytona
  • GMT-Master II Pepsi
  • Submariner HULK
  • Oyster Perpetual
  • Sea-Dweller
  • Datejust II

The professionals have over 40 years of combined experience in the field and are among the most trustworthy Rolex watch sellers in London. The specialists attest to the authenticity of Rolex watches and assure that each timepiece is in its best condition to ensure 100% customer satisfaction.

You can buy the pre-owned Rolex watches from their official website. Alternatively, call them on 0207 242 9160 or book an appointment at their Hatton Garden Office to visit in person. Not to worry, as the pre-owned Rolex watches come with The Luxury Hut’s Certificate of Authenticity and 12 months Comprehensive Guarantee for added security.

Will the Rolex Shortage Reverse?

As long as the demand and popularity for certain Rolex models remain high, the shortage is most likely to remain the same. Moreover, Rolex shows no sign or intention to increase the production rate. They also do not update the authorised dealers on which watch they will send at any given point in time.

Meanwhile, the buyers go the extra mile to buy the less popular Rolex models just to be in the good books of the authorised dealers. Considering all the given scenarios, it seems that the leading watch brand is playing the cards just right by limiting the production and keeping a minimal point of contact.

However, nothing absolutely can deny that Rolex watches are indeed the best! Also, you can always buy a pre-owned Rolex watch from The Luxury Hut. The officials are running an Exclusive Sale on luxury watches, including popular Rolex timepieces, at up to 40% off!! Go and check it out!

Also Read: Top 7 Rolex Investments For 2022

Which luxury watches secure the highest pawn value in 2022?

May 12th, 2022

Luxury watches are primarily for flaunting on your wrist. Yet, recently there has been a steady increase in people who want to buy luxury watches as investments and make a profit later. The world of luxury watches has indeed proved to be beneficial when it comes to investment returns. This option is quite lucrative if you know which models to buy.

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As the development of the watch industry is on the rise, you can easily expect a hike in your investment return by spending on a variety of luxury watch models. Moreover, the watches can also help you during an unprecedented cash crisis by allowing you to take a quick loan against luxury watches from a reputed pawnbroker.

Are you aware of the watches that can be a valuable asset against a cash loan?

Let’s look at some of the most popular watch brands and models that will secure you financially.

1. ROLEX

Without a doubt, Rolex makes it a point to secure the top position in any investment list. The luxury watch brand has been titled the best investment watch brand in 2022 with rising market demand and appreciating value. We suggest investing in the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41, which comes with a stunning ‘Stella’ dial to secure a higher pawn value. If you’re a minimalist by heart yet want your wristwatch to make a statement, the Stella Rolex will help you achieve that with its beautiful range of dial colours.

The Oyster Perpetual 41 watches come in yellow, coral red, green, and turquoise and have become a true hype model that will fetch you a satisfactory pawn value when you pawn watches.

Rolex has smashed all traditional notions of following stereotypes by including the Stella range’s colourful accents that perfectly fit today’s watch trend while ensuring an increasing market value.

Also Read: A Comprehensive Guide To ‘Rolex Finance’

2. PATEK PHILIPPE

The Patek Philippe 5711/1A most certainly needs no introduction as we are aware that they are longer in production. Following this news, the demand and exclusivity of this watch have increased tenfold. The Patek Philippe Nautilus, 5711/1A in Green, is a trending model that immediately reacts to its unique design, especially the thinness. Coming in a 40mm case, the green version is one of the most sought-after, with a horizontally imprinted sunburst olive-green dial. The luminous gold hour markers make for a fine contrast against the green hue, which, combined with the steel bracelet, makes the watch undeniably alluring.

The price of the Nautilus will only continue to rise, most specifically because of its unavailability. In such a case, if you manage to get hold of one, the pawnbrokers in London would be more than happy to offer you a loan against the watch.

3. AUDEMARS PIGUET

In a stainless steel version, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo is a no-brainer and is an absolute classic timepiece that the brand has ever created. The past couple of years has only seen increased demand for this particular timepiece. We are talking about the Royal Oak Jumbo Ref. 15202ST, whose price has only exploded. It is one of the best luxury sports watches which you can quickly look and feel in the watch’s well-built design without even wearing it. The octagonal bezel with the distinctive screws is perfectly aligned, and the 39mm case makes it super comfortable to wear.

One of the biggest highlights is the Blue dial with Petite Tapisserie pattern and luminous white gold-applied markers that looks eye-catching. The watch goes with everything and presents an elegant outlook.

4. CARTIER

Over the years, Cartier has released numerous high-end watches that have earned the brand a long trail of admirers and collectors. The Cartier Santos lineup has been in construction for over 100 years and is instantly recognisable for its standout square shape case design. The Santos De Cartier Large variant made of stainless steel is distinctive in the Santos catalogue. The watch has a fairly sleek profile with a skeleton dial, blue sword-shaped steel hands and Roman numerals in black. You can get an exceptional view of the movement with an open case back.

Collectors have always chosen the Santos watch because it greatly upholds the brand’s history, success, and determination to curate the best jewellery watch designs. You can pick from both the quartz and automatic versions based on your preference.

5. VACHERON CONSTANTIN

Vacheron Constantin is a readily available alternative to the AP and Patek Philippe models. The VC Overseas Ref. 4500V is only increasing in popularity for its proximity to the other two watch brands. The Ref. 4500V steel watch is ideally suited for active lifestyles, and VC constructed the watch design as a tribute to the spirit of travel. It is slim, and the unique tonneau-shaped case makes the timepiece easily recognisable. The clean dial with baton hour markers and a notched round bezel makes it look sporty yet considerably stylish.

One of the most striking features of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ref. 4500V is the complex bracelet design with unusual hexagonal centre links that fit comfortably on the wrist. You can get the design in a 37mm, 25mm, and 34mm case.

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas watch is a slightly unconventional model in demand. With its long-standing successful graph, it is safe to assume that the popularity of this watch will only increase in the future.

6. JAEGER-LECOULTRE

Jaeger-LeCoultre is a venerable watchmaker of complicated movements. In 2020, the brand released a clever timepiece that hosts interesting technical complications. Ref. Q4138420 is the first JLC model to combine a full calendar (month, day, date) with a moon phase indicator. To enable this functionality, the brand developed a new movement, JLC759. The stylish and classic Master Control Chronograph has a 40mm round case, rectangular pushers at 2 & 4 o’clock, 4 correctors on the case band, and numerous other functionalities controlled via the crown.

Additionally, with its slim bezel and silver, sunray-finished dial, the JLC Ref. Q4138420 combines true yet understated elegance, showing deep respect for tradition while exploring the latest watch innovations.

7. OMEGA SPEEDMASTER

The Omega Speedmaster always holds its value well, and in this case, the basic is the best. The Speedmaster Professional is the flagship Omega model, commonly known as the ‘Moonwatch’. The Ref. 311.92.44.51.01.003 has a sleek, all-black sporty look that signifies the Moon’s ‘Dark Side’. Furthermore, it reflects the brand’s bold style and forward-thinking watchmaking.

The black zirconium oxide ceramic dial with two sub-dials at 3 & 9 o’clock, striking white gold Moonwatch-style hands, and a polished ceramic bezel look unique.

One of the most easily identifiable features of the Ref. Ref. 311.92.44.51.01.003 is the chromium nitride tachymeter scale that immediately captivates attention. The deep black material looks lustrous. Such intense use of ceramics with other extraordinary features makes the watch a standout.

Every watch enthusiast who knows about the industry is keen on collecting this remarkable timepiece, making it an even better bet to invest in.

8. BREITLING

There’s hardly any watch fanatic who hasn’t taken an interest in the Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition, a limited edition timepiece. The model comes in a 41mm case and looks much similar to the Navitimer in 1952 with a steel case. The watch blends practical convenience with aesthetic case-making to give a fantastic result. The watch has an excellent design with three chronograph sub-dials, a slide-rule mobile scale and dial rings, and a bi-directional bezel. The scale of the Navitimer allows the pilots to calculate the fuel consumption and the airspeed. All these features make the iconic Breitling timepiece one of the best pilots watches made with a 70-hour power reserve.

The Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition watch is an exact recreation of the original. The only difference is that the brand has used Super-LumiNova instead of radium. The all-black dial is highly legible and looks unequivocally attractive while displaying a lot of information. Only 1959 pieces of this timepiece are available, making it even more worth investing in. The watch will surely secure a high value in the coming years.

CONCLUSION

Above, we have presented the watches that will secure you a high loan value. While the hype on the common brands continues, many collectors and enthusiasts will opt for the other unconventional brand names listed above. All the watches mentioned above qualify aesthetically and will be worth it when you need some financial help. Instead of outright selling, you can take loans on fine watches to generate quick cash.

At The Luxury Hut, the watch specialists offer INSTANT cash loans for any watch brands mentioned above. Start by filling in the online form to get a FREE quote and an immediate cash loan. The process is safe, secure, quick, and convenient to ensure 100% customer satisfaction. As one of the leading pawnbrokers in London, the experts aim to offer your luxury watch the best possible loan value at the earliest.

Also Read: Top 5 Watches with the Greatest Pawn Value

A Comprehensive Guide To ‘Rolex Finance’

May 4th, 2022

Owning a Rolex is a dream for many. But it doesn’t necessarily have to work that way forever. Whether you are a first-time buyer or a collector, saving up to buy your dream Rolex, we understand that it involves a lot of time and effort. Unfortunately, many people do not know that they can easily skip to the good part by taking quick Rolex finance.

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Yes! It is very prevalent in the UK, where you can take Rolex watch finance from a reputable source to fulfil your long-standing dream! To everyone who thinks it is a complex and head-scratching process, buying Rolex on finance is much easier than financing a car. All you need is some knowledge and the right place to get it from.

Hence, we have decided to address the questions that can possibly come to one’s mind when they look for ‘Can I buy Rolex on finance?’

Let’s start with the basic question.

Why must you consider buying a Rolex on Finance?

For most of us, buying a luxury watch, especially Rolex, is a big deal as it can often involve huge expenditures. The decision making process is indeed confusing and, honestly, a bit of a headache. Especially when you have to spend a lump sum amount in one go. So, should you use your saving or credit card or leave it for the next time?

We can help you take an easy decision by stating the best option in this scenario. Why not take Rolex watch finance online?

4 solid reasons to do so are:

1. NO Wait

You can get your hands on a brand new Rolex immediately by buying it on finance, as it allows you to spread the payments over a longer period evenly. This way, you can easily keep track and manage the payments at your own pace. So, even if you haven’t saved up for it, you can still own your dream Rolex!

2. Watch Inflation

Certain Rolex models like the Submariner, GMT-Master, Daytona, and Sea-Dweller will increase in value in the next couple of years. So, if you plan to take Rolex Submariner Finance today, the watch’s price will be worth more when you finish paying for it. So it’s a win-win for you.

3. Keep the Cash

We do not want to spend all the cash at once most of the time. Buying a Rolex on finance will allow you to retain most of the sum while paying off the required balance monthly.

4. A Better Watch

You have saved up for a particular Rolex, but maybe you want something better. Why not use the saved amount to make an initial deposit and take finance for the additional amount you have to pay for that perfect watch?

How to buy a Rolex on Finance?

If you look online, ‘where can you buy a Rolex for finance?’ Google will expose you to thousands of options. But what is most important is to find a trustworthy source that will make the process quick, safe, and convenient.

With over 40 years of combined experience in the watch industry, we at The Luxury Hut understand that buying a pre-owned Rolex is an achievement in itself. We are delighted to host one of the largest selections of Rolex watches, including both men and women, to let you pick your desirable timepiece. We offer used Rolex finance via Novuna Personal Finance, whether vintage or contemporary. Each of our exquisite pre-owned Rolex timepieces comes with The Luxury Hut’s Certificate Of Authenticity.

Novuna is a leading financial service provider whose parent company, Mitsubishi HC Capital UK PLC, is one of the world’s largest financial groups. They offer truly unique and feasible propositions that allow the customers to avail of the finance satisfactorily.

Who is eligible to apply for finance?

Customers, who want to apply for the finance, must meet the following criteria:

  • Age over 18+ years
  • Works for at least 16 hours a week or is retired with an income
  • Must be a resident of the UK or have lived in the UK for the past 12 months or more
  • Homemakers can avail the of finance by stating the employment details of their partners/ spouse

What is the interest fee to take Rolex Finance with The Luxury Hut?

We offer our customers the option to buy any pre-owned Rolex watch with 9.9% APR finance for over 60 months. This will let you distribute the cost of your purchase in a hassle-free way.

You can also take finance for 12, 24, 36, 48, and 60 months at your convenience. Generally speaking, the longer the term, the lower the initial deposit.

All you need to do is:

  • Spend a minimum of £280 & above
  • Pay a minimum 10% deposit
  • The minimum finance amount after the deposit is £250 & above

How to apply for finance?

You can apply for finance in three main ways:

  • Book an appointment & visit us in store
  • Via Email or Call
  • Through our website (Select the ‘Finance’ option on checkout)

The finance option is available on all Rolex watches. You can initiate the process in 5 simple steps:

  • Choose your desired Rolex model and Click ‘Add To Basket.’
  • Select the ‘Calculate Finance’ option
  • Choose your Deposit (10%, 20%, etc.)
  • Proceed to checkout & fill in the billing details
  • Place the order

What are the benefits of pre-owned Rolex finance from The Luxury Hut?

At The Luxury Hut, the satisfaction and convenience of our valuable clients are paramount, and we aim to help them obtain their dream Rolex watch with minimal or zero fuss. Over the years, we have helped clients own their favourite timepiece while nurturing a strong reputation for our service quality.

Top Reasons To Choose Us

  • 0% APR Representative Interest Free Finance
  • No arrangement/ hidden fees
  • Next day UK delivery via Royal Mail Insured
  • The monthly repayment will start one month after you receive your purchase
  • Credit is authorised & regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

Other Important Questions

1. What happens when your online finance application is approved?

When you apply online for the finance, you will receive 2 options:

  • E-sign

You will get a PDF of the agreement. Read carefully before agreeing the relevant term sections. Once you agree to the terms of the finance agreement, The Luxury Hut officials will receive a notification on the same. That’s all!

  • Print and return the finance agreement

If you choose to print and return the agreement, that’s fine. You have to print it and read the terms carefully before signing the document (read the instructions on the cover letter). Post the signed agreement to the address written on the finance agreement’s covering letter.

Note: We will not allocate the products related to your order until the signed agreement is returned and received by Novuna Personal Finance. The shipment process will start immediately after you do the needful.

2. Is there any Credit Score?

Yes, your credit score applies to your application for online finance. It is the technique employed by financial services companies to determine the credit risk of a new customer. The process works by awarding points for each answer given on the application form (income, age, occupation) and also the reference obtained from other agencies.

This ensures that all applicants receive fair treatment.

3. Can the application be declined? If yes, why?

Novuna considers the following details, which might cancel your finance application if you fail to meet. It can be either one or a combination of the following factors:

  • Credit Score
  • Identity details
  • If you’re over-committed
  • Age under 18
  • Contrary information from a credit agency
  • Existing account performance

4. Can you re-apply for Finance?

Yes! Just because your application got rejected the first time, it doesn’t mean that you cannot place another request. However, we suggest keeping a gap of about 6 months before your next application.

FINAL WORDS

Getting Rolex finance in the UK couldn’t be easier. When you purchase your watch from The Luxury Hut, the entire process is simple. We offer 0% APR Representative Finance over 6 months on Rolex watches to help you spread the cost of your purchase. You can apply online or call us on 0207 242 9160 for further details.

Alternatively, please book an appointment at our Hatton Garden office to find the details in person.

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Exclusive Guide To Buying Audemars Piguet In 2022

April 20th, 2022

Some brands have well-marked their territory in the buyer’s mind whenever you think of buying a luxury watch. One of them is Audemars Piguet. The company is most popular for creating innovative, exquisite and highly functional mechanical watches that make them highly desirable in the world of luxury watches. However, many still fail to recognise the exclusivity of the AP watches. Hence, it is time to end the speculation once and for all.

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If you’re looking to invest in Audemars Piguet in 2022, this blog is your ultimate guide as we plan to answer some of the most asked questions to make your buying process relatively easy.

FYI: AP watches are at an all-time high demand in the market, and investing in any of the popular models will fetch you a high value when you sell AP watches.

So, before it gets too late, let’s start with the basics.

Brief History of Audemars Piguet Watches

Making its debut in 1875, Audemars Piguet is known as one of the top luxury watch brands, with its headquarters in Switzerland. It is an independent and family-owned business that came into existence when two young watchmakers, Edward Auguste Piguet and Jules Louis Audemars, collaborated to demonstrate the very best of chronograph and astronomical complications.

Traditional and unconventional are the two terms that intertwine to make the AP watches desirable and unique. Together, they have curated some of the best timepieces globally, including the ultra-thin automatic tourbillon in 1986. Moreover, they were the ones to create the first automatic ‘Grande Complication’ in 1995. They recently created the first watch piece with a carbon movement and carbon case in 2007.

The biggest achievement in the history of Audemars Piguet is –The Royal Oak, which came out in 1972. The watch had a unique design with exposed screws and a classic Octagonal design. The popularity of the Royal Oak changed the market for AP forever. If you look at today’s Audemars Piguet watch price, you’ll be stunned by the value. The value of Audemars Piguet is skyrocketing in the watch world, with each timepiece sold at an exceptional price in the secondary market.

This begs the question, ‘why’ and ‘what’ makes the Audemars Piguet watches so prestigious and unique?

5 Unknown Facts about AP Watches That Make Them So Worthwhile

1. Expensive Production Process

Making a luxury timepiece is way more challenging than you could possibly think of. The team at Audemars Piguet would spend hours and days solving a problem. In a world driven by computers and technology, the skilled artisans at AP do it with bare hands to give each AP timepiece that special touch.

The movement of each watch not just involves a lot of time but also millions and billions. The brand uses only high-quality materials to manufacture the watches with careful manual attention. A typical AP watch can take a few days to months, and even years to produce. So, it is only obvious if the Audemars Piguet price is high in the market.

2. Premium Quality Materials

It is not only the patterns, designs, and complications that make the AP watches stand out in the crowd. The manufacturer uses the best quality materials and high-end techniques to curate each timepiece, reflecting the AP watch price.

For instance, they use black ceramic instead of stainless steel, use white gold screws to attest finesse, and employ machine and hand-made tactics to attain the best finish.

3. Fewer Production Count

The cost of an item disrupts when a company manufactures thousands or millions of it. However, that is not the case with Audemars Piguet, where the brand only produces a small number of watches, further adding to its exclusivity.

4. Expensive Movements

Audemars Piguet watches have complicated movements that can cost thousands of dollars. This is why AP creates watches in limited quantities only to meet the requirements or needs of a selected group of wealthy customers.

5. Innovation at its Peak!

Over the years, Audemars Piguet has always made it a point to keep the collectors and buyers on their toes with their long list of innovative designs. For instance, AP launched the first skeleton watch that gives a glimpse of the watch’s inside through a looking glass. The brand’s commitment to innovation drives its reputation amongst buyers and enthusiasts alike.

Is AP worth the price?

AP watches have always been associated with rich, powerful and famous personalities as the brand exudes exclusivity, tradition, and expertise. The price bracket for a typical Audemars Piguet watch can indeed be quite high, leading to many people questioning whether or not it is worth the price. But, given the above points, it is only obvious if the Audemars Piguet watch price is high. Also, there are times when people want to purchase the brand just for its name’s sake.

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What Are The Various AP Watch Variations?

If you’re looking to purchase an Audemars Piguet, we must well inform you about all the collections and variations to make a wise decision. AP sells its most popular Royal Oak models for both men and women, with the most common models in 33mm, 41mm and 44mm.

Top 7 Audemars Piguet Watch Collections

  • Classic Royal Oak

The Classic Royal Oak AP timepiece features the brand’s traditional octagonal bezel with exposed screws, an octagonal crown on the right, a date display at 3 o’clock and index dial markers. You can get the model in various materials, including stainless steel, which is the most challenging to find. Alternatively, you can also opt for white gold, rose gold, yellow gold, platinum, titanium, and ceramic options. The AP watch royal oak self-winding price varies depending on the material.

  • Royal Oak Chronograph

Opt for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph if you want an easily recognisable chronograph. In addition to the crown on the right side, the watch features two other buttons placed above and below it. It is most similar to a stopwatch but exudes greater elegance. The dial flaunts three sub-dials with the date display between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.

  • Royal Oak ‘Skeleton’

Audemars Piguet is a brand that masters the art of complicated watchmaking, and the AP Openwork Skeleton gives a clear idea of that. The AP skeleton watches allow seeing the delicate inner workings. Therefore, if you wish to check out the brand’s technical supremacy, this surely makes a great choice in AP!

  • Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

Displaying the date and day is one of the most common features of almost all modern luxury watches. But as AP likes to take things a little bit further, the Perpetual Calendar model proudly flaunts the date, day, month, and moon phase in a beautiful pattern. Additionally, an outer ring offers the week display and 52 dial markers that indicate the current week of the year. Not just that, the date display also highlights the leap year. You can avail of the AP Perpetual Calendar models in various materials, including rose gold, stainless steel, ceramic and yellow gold.

  • Tourbillon AP Watches

A tourbillon is a mechanical complication that AP initially created to improve the accuracy of the pocket timepieces. It is mostly found in high-end luxury watches and uses a rotating cage to mount the balance and escapement wheel safely. Even though the need for a tourbillon has lessened, the model still enjoys much attention in the luxury watch market.

  • Royal Oak Offshore

Coming out in 1992, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore marked the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak catalogue. Since then, the watches have become one of the most desirable in the entire AP lineup. The Royal Oak Offshore collection models flaunt some of the brands’ key features like the octagonal shape but are far more bulky and sporty at the core. You can also benefit from the watch’s stopwatch functionality.

  • Audemars Piguet 11.59

So far, we have suggested AP models with a masculine look and feel. The Audemars Piguet 11.59 collection sports a series of classic dress watches that flaunt a more unconventional appearance. You can break free from the usual restrictive design and opt for the 11.59 collection that exhibits minimalist features, including date display windows, tourbillon, chronograph and even open-worked designs.

Which AP Model To Buy First?

With so many design options, it is obvious to feel intimidated to choosing one. We suggest getting an entry into the world of AP with The Royal Oak. Not that it is less expensive, but every brand has to start somewhere, isn’t it?

Royal Oak Selfwinding 34mm Ref. 77350ST.OO.1261ST.01

The 34mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Ceramic watch makes for a dynamic fashion statement and is one of the best watches to start your journey into the world of Audemars Piguet. The Ref. 77350ST.OO.1261ST.01 is a new addition to the Royal Oak catalogue and comes in four variations. This includes two variations with diamond-set bezels, a ceramic version with gold accents and two-tone models.

The stainless steel case and the Grande Tapisserie dial look great. Under the roof, the watch has a Calibre 5800 movement, and the dial displays the minutes, hours, seconds and date. It has a power reserve of 50 hours, and even though the would-be masculine buyers might want to call it a women’s timepiece, the hype market doesn’t cater to that!

These watches are pure, date and time models made in stainless steel that command attention and have long waiting lists. It even holds great value over time. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned collector, the AP Royal Oak collection has something for all!

Do you want to explore the other top Audemars Piguet models for 2022? Well, we have a list for that too!

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Best AP Watches To Look For In 2022

To mark Audemars Piguet’s 50th Anniversary, the brand has unveiled a series of new models in 2022, which should definitely be on your wish list if you intend to purchase one this year. Although the watches mostly retain the aesthetics of the original Royal Oak collection, you can spot significant changes in the watch design, bevels, case back, and also the bracelet design.

Audemars Piguet 2022 Collection

1. Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-Thin Ref. 16202

Coming out as the much-beloved Ref. 15202’s sibling, the Ref. 16202 introduces the Calibre 7121 on the original Royal Oak. You can avail of the 16202 models in four variants: yellow gold, platinum, steel and pink gold.

2. Royal Oak Selfwinding Tourbillon Ref. 26730

The three 41mm models are available in 18ct pink gold, steel and titanium, each equipped with the Calibre 2950. This is the brand’s latest self-winding movement that combines a flying tourbillon with a central rotor.

3. Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Openworked Ref. 16204

Coming in a 39mm case, the new Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Openworked model with Ref. 16204 is a visual delight available in either 18ct pink gold or stainless steel. The watch is run by the Calibre 7121, which also powers the Ref. 16202.

4. Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon Openworked Ref. 26735

Do you want to see Audemars Piguet’s high level of craftsmanship? The new Royal Oak Selfwinding, Flying Tourbillon Openworked with Ref. 26735, gives a premium view of the Calibre 2972. The watch has an elegant monochromatic outlook.

5. Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Ref. 26240

All the Audemars Piguet models with a 41mm case are now run by the Calibre 4401. With a flyback function, this particular movement type includes a date-change mechanism and upgraded chronometry.

6. Royal Oak Selfwinding Ref. 15550

AP has released 11 models with a self-winding minute, hour, second, date, and the Calibre 5900. The mechanism is comparatively thinner and also guarantees self-sufficiency of 60 hours.

7. Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Ref. 26715

These are the smaller 38mm chronograph models that revamp the new line while still incorporating the old Calibre 2385.

Will AP Watches Hold Their Value?

If you want to buy an Audemars Piguet watch as an investment, you’ll be glad to know that AP watches indeed hold their value. Investing in any of the models listed above will secure a high value when you sell Audemars Piguet watches to some reliable watch buyer in London.

How Do You Know If Your Audemars Piguet Is Real?

Have you decided on your Audemars Piguet model already? If yes, you must remember that Audemars Piguet watches are a high investment. So, the last thing you can expect is to get scammed. With the rising popularity of the watches, the count of counterfeiters has also doubled. Therefore, it is very important to carefully evaluate the authenticity of your AP watch before buying one.

But, how do you recognise or differentiate between a fake and real Audemars Piguet watch as a newbie?

Here’s a list of things that must look out for in an authentic AP timepiece.

  • Check & Compare the Price
  • Study about the Seller
  • Check the Watch Quality ( Dial, Movement, Rotor, Screws, Spelling, Weight, Stamp & Tapisserie Pattern)
  • Consult a Trusted Watch Expert
  • Box & Papers (If it is a pre-owned Audemars Piguet watch)
  • Serial Number
FINAL WORDS

Audemars Piguet should be your pick if you enjoy complications in a high-end mechanical watch. It is the ‘Holy Trinity’ of all luxury watch brands and attests to the highest quality timepieces. We suggest investing in a model that draws all the attention and appreciates in value.

Check out the full list above to shop your preference.

Also Read: 5 of the Best Audemars Piguet Watches for Avid Watch Collectors

Top 5 Cartier Jewellery Investment Pieces 2022

April 13th, 2022

We know that luxury watches are a good idea if you’re looking for investment. But can you say the same for jewellery? One of the most asked questions is ‘Can you buy luxury jewellery with the hope that it will appreciate and become a great investment option?’ It does happen for the King of Jewellers, ‘Cartier’.

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Since its inception in 1847, people have cherished Cartier for its fierce and innovative jewellery designs. Over the years, the brand has offered a plethora of playful and classic options for the buyers to rejoice. Investing is what you do with the hope that one day it will yield you a good profit or even help you during your times of crisis. Cartier is a brand that is often considered one of the best investment forms.

You can easily pawn jewellery with a reliable jeweller to meet your immediate financial needs or sell your Cartier jewellery to get a good return.

However, when looking for an investment, it is essential to note that not all Cartier jewellery pieces attract the same priority in the market. For instance, if you have a Cartier ring and want to take a cash loan against jewellery, you will undoubtedly fetch a different value than a Cartier Love Bracelet.

So, before you jump to any conclusion, find out the top Cartier investment pieces that will secure you financially and please you aesthetically.

5 Best Cartier Jewellery Investment Pieces

1. LOVE Bracelet

When you think of Cartier, one of the first names that strike your mind is the ‘LOVE’ bracelet. Aldo Cipullo created the iconic bracelet in 1969, and since then, the bracelet has been a significant reflection of Cartier’s creativity and a fine eye for details. The signature Love Bracelet drew its inspiration from the chastity belt, and Cartier made the design with the idea that love symbols must put forward an everlasting quality.

The bracelet has a screw head motif and two removable screws. Instead of simply slipping on the wearer’s wrist, the wearer must open the bracelet with a screwdriver which further splits the bracelet into two halves.

The screwdrivers must be kept with the wearer’s partner so that only they can operate them. Rumours have it that Cartier only allowed the couple to purchase the Love bracelets as it associates its meaning with an everlasting love. The demand for Cartier Love bracelets is always high. If you ever need some urgent cash, visit reliable jewellery pawnbrokers in London to get an instant cash loan for your Cartier Love bracelet.

2. Juste un Clou Bracelet

Another significant creation by Cartier is the Juste un Clou bracelet which made its debut in 1971. Today, it sits firmly amongst the top 5 Cartier Jewellery investment pieces for its exceptional design and market value. Aldo Cipullo was a master in creating all things incredible, and the Juste un Clou bracelet is yet another reflection of his excellent craft.

Cipullo reimagined a simple nail to design the masterpiece. The bracelet’s design resembles a bent nail that beautifully wraps around the wearer’s wrist and looks incredibly gorgeous. The Juste un Clou bracelet not just looks sleek and elegant but is highly functional too!

The wearer can easily wear the bracelet 24 hours a day without facing any problem or irritation. Cipullo drew his creativeness from New York’s wild spirit during the 1970s, which led to this magnificent bracelet style.

3. Trinity de Cartier Ring

Perhaps, this is one of the boldest and most playful creations by Louis Cartier. The Trinity de Cartier ring consists of three interconnected bands, where each band is of a different gold type. Cartier made the ring design in 1924, and each band denotes the various stages of a romantic relationship with yellow gold for fidelity, white for friendship, and rose gold for true love.

Over the years, Cartier has introduced variations on the Trinity ring design by including thin bands, diamond-encrusted bands, and bands precisely fused. They not just look contemporary but also represent the brand’s far-stretched thinking.

This is one of the main reasons why the Trinity de Cartier rings are one of the most beloved in the entire Cartier catalogue.

4. Panthere de Cartier Ring

Well, if there’s anything that Cartier should be proud of creating is the Panthere de Cartier ring which is the brand’s most fierce and fun take on panther. The design originated in 1914 when Louis Cartier commissioned a portrait of a woman with a panther at her feet. Louis loved the painting so much that he used it in his advertisements, and soon enough, the image became a Cartier symbol.

Big cats and beasts were the best expressions of femininity, and hence, the Panther design became so popular. The first panther-based Cartier jewellery made its debut in 1935. The design of the Panthere rings resembled the head of the Panther. The designs included panther spots, and Cartier used emeralds for denoting the Panther’s sharp eyes.

With such a fierce collection, it is only obvious for Carrier to rank as the best investment piece.

5. Diamants Legers Necklace

The Diamants Legers necklace has all things luxurious, like diamonds that are set delicately on an 18ct gold chain. It looks gorgeous and rightfully wraps the list of Cartier’s most loved investment pieces. A bright and brilliant diamond sits at the centre surrounded by a bezel. The bezel has two rows of inner circles that look fantastic and sync with the centre diamond piece.

The Diamond Legers Necklace can sport a solitaire diamond to multiple stones, everything gracefully spaced out on the chain. The necklace celebrates simplicity, and Cartier’s expert jewellers select exquisite diamonds that offer an inevitable charm and shine.

These are the top Cartier jewellery investment pieces that deserve a spot on your bucket list. But when buying expensive jewellery, will you invest just because we are saying or believe the reports?

We know the answer to that and have decided to answer some of your queries.

Does Cartier Jewellery Hold Value?

Yes! Cartier jewellery indeed holds its value, and in some cases, the value even appreciates. If you decide to take your Cartier ornament to a jewellery pawn shop, you’ll be amazed at the loan price!

Why does Cartier Jewellery Hold Its Value?

Rich History

In the 1990s, King Edward VII declared Cartier as the ‘Jeweller of Kings’ and the ‘King of Jewellers’. Since then, the luxury brand has retained its fame and prestige whilst offering some of the best innovative jewellery designs.

Craftsmanship

You must agree that the kind of craftsmanship Cartier has showcased over the years is simply irreplaceable. From the quality of their jewellery to excellent craftsmanship, Cartier retains its value for a reason.

Prestige

With a long-standing rich history, Cartier retains a high level of prestige and is popular as a brand that fits the royalty. Whether it is the brand’s luxury watch designs or the wide jewellery collection, Cartier pieces reflect grandeur, richness, and luxuriousness.

Moreover, it is not just the high-end pricing that reflects Cartier’s prestige. It also shows in the kind of treatment it receives in the pre-owned market and amongst the top jewellery pawnbrokers in London.

Rarity

Cartier pieces grow rarer by the day. This is because the luxury brand manufactures each piece in limited numbers, increasing its demand and popularity. They never really flood the market with their exquisite creations. So, no matter if you own an older or a newer piece, Cartier will always retain its value.

Innovative Designs

If you want to see innovation at its peak, check out Cartier’s Panthere collection. The collection shows the brand’s excellent level of finishing, creativity, and eye for finesse. The brand has always secured its name as a top-tier innovative jewellery designer and offers a wide range of options for buyers to choose from.

CONCLUSION

If you’re looking for a long-term investment option, you must consider choosing Cartier Jewellery. It will fetch you a good return while you flaunt them with your regular outfit. Invest in the right pieces to reap the rewards later.

The Cartier jewellery pieces listed above will always get you a good resale value, and alternatively, you can get cash loans against jewellery from reliable jewellery pawnbrokers in London.

Instead of searching pawn jewellery online, visit the experts at The Luxury Hut. The professionals offer instant cash loans and the best possible loan amount for your beloved Cartier jewellery.

Explore Rolex’s Big Move in 2022

April 7th, 2022

Guessing which models Rolex will launch in 2022 was a ritual for us. Now, the wait is finally over! Rolex has burst the bubble of anticipation with the new launches that are bold, unpredictable and certainly impressive. Rolex started the year on a high note where several owners sold Rolex models for almost double the retail price due to sheer market scarcity. And, people couldn’t help but only anticipate the new releases. It is perhaps the best time to invest in Rolex due to numerous factors, and the launch of new Rolex models will only fuel that decision.

rolex big move in 2022

Anyone who chooses to invest in the new charming Rolex models can easily sell Rolex watches at a much higher rate. So, what do you think Rolex has done with the new collection? Do they have the same design or similar specifications, or something completely out-of-the-box?

Well, in 2022, Rolex has taken a plunge!

1. Go Bold- GMT-Master II

Rolex has taken enough risks and went bold with green in the iconic GMT-Master II. The newest variant holds up to Rolex’s reputation of creating the most charming colour combinations. The Rolex GMT-Master II is most popular for its two-tone bezel.

The new GMT-Master II sports a fantastic combination of the green and black bezel, and it is a left-handed timepiece. The watch comes with a green GMT hand and a date display and crown at the 9 o’clock position. This is quite a speed breaker to what the brand has been creating for a very long time. Finally, there’s a watch in the catalogue dedicated to the left-handers. But why didn’t Rolex release anything for the right-handers? Guess we have to wait a little longer to figure that out.

Nevertheless, the green and black new GMT-Master II will be a highly coveted watch piece due to its unusual features. So, better keep your eyes on one already!

2. Not So Bold- Air-King

There’s a slight revamp of the Air-King model, but what disappointments many is the dial design that remains the same with only slight alterations. But, visually, it remains the same. The existing dial of the watch drew its inspiration from the onboard instruments of a rocket car project that no longer seems to have a future. Keeping aside the dial, the new Rolex Air-King comes with a new movement and case design that features a crown guard.

Rolex wants to play it safe with models like the Daytona and Submariner. But, the Air-King is a model where Rolex could flaunt its skill to take challenges. Overall, if you like everything minimal, the new Air-King is perfect for you.

The dial strikes the perfect balance of numerals with a 0 added before the 5-minute marker. Now, it reads as 05. Maybe collectors and watch lovers would love this slight dial change and might even obsess over it!

3. Gaudy or Classy? – Day-Date

Rolex has always believed the Day-Date 40 is the epitome of prestige. And the brand’s new take on the model has only left the collectors’ wondering is it gaudy or truly classy? Well, decide for yourself. The new Rolex Day-Date 40 is in platinum with a blue dial and fluted bezel. Isn’t everything dreamy?

The watch represents true innovation and shows the brand’s ultimate focus on precision. The platinum version is the most distinguishable, and the ice-blue dial certainly comes across as a game-changer.

The new Rolex Day-Date 40 in platinum is the highlight of this season and has all eyes hooked on it. It seems the wait is finally over with this one.

4. Fun Play – Yacht-Master

Rolex has played with the colours too! The new Rolex Yacht-Master breaks all barriers and brings a gleaming rainbow to the bezel. Honestly, it looks like a cosmic wonder! The series of silver, blue, and pink sapphires finely set on the bezel is a view to behold and makes the Yacht-Master the best fit for the Yacht.

Not just that. Hold your breath as Rolex is gearing up for another new Yacht-Master in yellow gold. Keeping fingers crossed!

5. Colour Streaks – Datejust

Blooming flowers, vibrant colours, diamonds, and everything stylish, Rolex dedicates the new Datejusts to women. The luxury watch manufacturer extends its trail of patterned dials with 2022’s new watch with blooming flowers on the dial and diamonds on the pistils. The navy-blue coloured dial looks exotic, and the standard fluted bezel subtly enhances the overall outlook.

Rolex goes over the top with the other two silver and olive-green models with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds set on the bezel to stretch it more. A dazzling affair, isn’t it?

CONCLUSION

What do you think of Rolex’s hyped new 2022 releases? Is it worth the wait or something that you always guessed coming? It seems Rolex has tried to make the extremities meet at some point. The new floral design on the Datejust or the bold move on GMT-Master II with the black & green bezel, or the platinum Day-Date 40.

Everything seems to be extreme but beautiful. However, one thing that you cannot deny is that the brand certainly knows how to keep the watch world on its toes. We survived almost half of the year predicting this lot, and here we are!

However, rest assured that the new 2022 releases will enjoy great attention in the watch forum. After all, any slight abnormality or alterations drives the watch fanatics crazy! And given the current wave of Rolex madness, it is advisable to invest in one to draw a hefty amount when you sell Rolex to reliable watch buyers in London.

So go ahead and try your luck picking up one as per your taste.

How & When You Should Service Your Rolex Watch?

March 31st, 2022

Rolex is a name known for its prestige, durability, and exemplary performance. However, this is also the same point that puts everyone into thinking about whether or not it is essential to carry out a servicing for the Rolex. The answer to this is a big YES!

a guide to rolex servicing

Rolex watches require care to keep them in pristine condition like every other tangible thing. Servicing your Rolex will prevent it from any unforeseen damages and increase its value if ever you intend to sell Rolex watch in the secondary market.

According to Rolex: A typical Rolex timepiece needs servicing every ten years!

So, coming from the luxury brand itself, you now know how important this is, bringing us to our ‘most-asked’ set of questions.

1. When Should You Service Your Rolex?

As said, Rolex recommends servicing each modern timepiece after every 10 years. Even though many Rolex watches can run a little longer before, they cannot report the time. It is advisable to get your Rolex serviced to ensure that it remains in the best possible condition.

Speaking of the Vintage Rolex models and a few older models, the watches require more frequent servicing than the others. This ensures that the vintage Rolex timepieces run properly. However, one must remember that the value of a few collectable vintage Rolex watches is greatly dependent on their original components. So, servicing such watch pieces may not be a good proposal.

2. Why do Rolex Watches Need Servicing?

One of the key reasons Rolex needs servicing is that the lubricants break down over time. The key objective is to reduce friction. Several specialised lubricants are applied throughout the watch’s movement to ensure that the watch runs smoothly with little or no friction.

As the lubricants can fall off over time, it can cause an increase in friction which puts additional pressure on the other components, ultimately disrupting the optimal performance of the watch.

With time, the quality and the lubricant technology have improved. Hence, the time for which a mechanical watch functions properly has increased. Previously, the Rolex watches needed servicing every year or two. Today, the interval has increased significantly.

With contemporary movement designs and modern lubricants, the servicing tenure for a typical Rolex timepiece has increased to 10 years to assure optimum performance.

3. What Is The Process For Servicing A Rolex?

Servicing a Rolex is something that one should not try to do at home. The watches feature fine mechanical movements that require expertise and equipment to service the watch properly. Therefore, it is always advisable to service your Rolex from a professional.

For instance, if your car breaks down and needs to change. Will you do it yourself or take it to a service centre? That’s precisely the case. A mechanical timepiece also needs modern lubricants to run properly and have the components changed timely to guarantee the best performance.

Also Read: How to Verify the Authenticity of a Rolex watch?

7 Steps For Servicing A Rolex Watch Are:

  • Disassembly

The first step in servicing a Rolex involves disassembling the watch and its internal movement. Depending on the Rolex model and its Calibre, an average mechanical watch consists of numerous components, and a few complex ones can even have thousands of pieces. Therefore, you need specialised tools to disassemble the watch or else it might get damaged.

  • Cleaning

Once the professionals disassemble the watch and its movement, they must thoroughly clean each component before applying the new lubricant. This particular stage of the servicing process involves ultrasonic cleaning. The experts use specifically formulated solutions that can help remove dirt and old lubricants.

  • Parts Replacement

A reputed watchmaker will then carefully inspect the watch’s individual components to check the regular wear and tear and remove the damaged parts. It is imperative that the professionals only use genuine Rolex parts. Certain elements in a Rolex are consumable throughout their lifecycle and need to be replaced at a certain point to extend their longevity.

  • Reassemble & Reapplication

After cleaning and replacing the dirty and damaged watch parts, the next step is reassembling the watch. The reapplication of all the lubricants follows this. The lubricants play a crucial role in ensuring Rolex’s overall function. The professionals accurately apply a lot of specialised lubricants to the watch, which is one of the most crucial.

  • Time Calibration & Regulations

After reassembling the movement, adjusting the dial at the correct time is necessary to confirm it functions as per the manufacturer’s specifications. This process also requires various specialised tools and other high-end equipment that the professionals have to carry out the process with utmost patience and expertise.

  • Refurbishing & Polishing

So far, we have discussed how important it is to clean the various inner parts of the watch. But, the bracelet and the case require equal care. Hence, it is essential to polish and refurbish these parts to retain their beauty and functionality.

The focus lies on cleaning the external surfaces at this particular stage, including the bracelet and the case. Each has its gloss or surface finish restored by removing the scuffs and scratches accumulated over the years.

However, it is better to leave the collectable vintage timepieces with their original polish as it significantly contributes to their overall value. These watch pieces fetch a hefty amount when you sell Rolex watches in the pre-owned market.

  • Final Tests

After completing the service process, a few important post-service tests help ensure that the watch is functioning accurately as it should. Few tests are related to verifying the seal of the timepieces so that it doesn’t accumulate dirt and moisture. While the other tests help to testify to the movement’s performance after the casing.

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4. Who Should Service A Rolex Watch?

Servicing a Rolex watch involves various precise steps in which you need to tear down each part to clean it. Only the professionals can carefully remove the dirt to reassemble the watch.

However, not all watchmakers can service the Rolex watches properly. Many will use fake parts because of their inability to purchase genuine watch parts from Rolex. Therefore, conduct proper research before you take to service your beloved Rolex timepiece.

5. Should You Visit An Independent Watchmaker Or Rolex Service Center?

Now that you know that you must service your Rolex professionally, there are two main options you get to choose from:

  • Independent Watchmaker
  • Rolex Service Center

While both of them can help you restore your Rolex to its correct functionality, the decision greatly depends on your watch type.

  • Modern Rolex

If you own a modern Rolex timepiece, it is better to send them directly to Rolex. This is because the watch parts are not very rare or collectable, and even if Rolex replaces some of the parts, rest assured to get back your timepiece in the identical state.

Moreover, in some of the new Rolex watches, the brand doesn’t sell the parts to independent watchmakers, making it suitable to send the watch to Rolex for servicing.

  • Older Rolex

In this case, take your Rolex to a reputed independent watchmaker as you will have a better say in the service process. You can easily instruct them not to replace a specific part.

  • Vintage Rolex

The popularity and desirability of a vintage Rolex are related to its components’ originality. When Rolex services a watch, they aim to restore the timepiece’s functionality. This process often involves replacing the hands, dial, bezel insert, and other parts. All these components in a vintage Rolex can greatly impact its overall charm and value.

6. Should You Service A Rolex Before You Sell It?

Are you looking to sell your Rolex? Honestly, servicing is an inherent part of a typical Rolex watch. Depending on your Rolex’s model, the price can vary significantly as your watch may require numerous or minor changes or replacements to restore back its proper functionality.

If you choose to sell Rolex to an online dealer, do not take the burden to service the watch at a cost. The dealers might already have their in-house watchmakers who can easily service the Rolex at a lesser price than what you’ll pay.

But, it is always advisable to take very good care of your Rolex to retain its value.

Tips for cleaning your Rolex include:

  • Clean the external surface of a Rolex using a microfiber cloth
  • Clean Rolex with an Oyster case using soap and water
  • Check your Rolex’s watch gaskets to ensure the seal of the case
  • Remove the watch strap before cleaning to prevent damage
  • If you wear your Rolex in water, rinse it off later

CONCLUSION

Rolex watches last a lifetime and beyond. But to ensure that the watch retains its charm and proper functionality even after years, make sure that you service it frequently. Servicing a Rolex is an integral part of the possession, and hence, one must not neglect it. Please take it to a renowned watchmaker or a Rolex service centre to maintain the watch in its best condition.

Also Read: Rolex Price Guide: Find the Price of Your Rolex

Timeless Story Of The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

March 25th, 2022

Let’s just say that everything the brand Jaeger-LeCoultre is today, owes it to the ‘Reverso’. The Reverso is one of the most popular and iconic creations by Jaeger-LeCoultre that sports an inventive and exciting watch design. Collectors and enthusiasts highly regard the watch as a great investment piece that can fetch a hefty amount when you sell Jaeger-LeCoultre watches in the pre-owned market.

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But before we tell you how good and grand the ‘Reverso’ really is, let’s start with a brief history.

History Of The Jaeger-LeCoultre ‘REVERSO’

It all started back in the 1930s when the British Army officers residing in India faced problems with their broken wristwatches during the polo tournaments. To avoid breaking the watches while playing the game, the Army officers went to a watch trader named Cesar De Trey and asked him to create a watch that would be safe while playing polo.

Trey discussed the event with Jacques-David Coultre (former owner of the LeCoultre manufacture) and teamed up with Jaeger S.A. to develop the world’s first sports timepiece – The REVERSO!

The result of the collaboration was exceedingly impressive as the masterminds used a reversible case instead of a protective grill that made history. The case showcases the case back. This innovative feature allowed the polo players to use the reversible while playing polo, safeguarding the watch dial and the delicate crystal.

Spectacular & Innovative Design Of The ‘REVERSO’

Elegant yet sporty, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso combines the best of both worlds (dress + sporty) to impress a vast audience base. The typical rectangular shape of the watch makes the Reverso easily recognisable and has become synonymous with the luxury watch brand. You can wear it with both a tuxedo and casual shirts.

In 1931, LeCoultre designed a watch with approximately 30 parts that were flexible enough to completely turn around using the pins, grooves, and a locking mechanism. This feature allowed the case’s central part to rotate almost 180 degrees. The original Reverso model came with a case diameter of 38mm by 24mm by 6mm, and the dial featured dart-type indices, baton hands, and Arabic numerals.

All these features collectively made the Reverso a hit in the watch market.

Additionally, you can also customise the watch with engraving and lacquer, making it even more appealing.

Even though the watch’s design meant practical usability, Reverso’s classic aesthetic and JLC’s excellent craftsmanship made it stand out for its exceptional creativity, originality, and other extraordinary features. Whether it has engravings, lacquer, miniature paintings, gemstones, or enamel, the Reverso indeed stuns the audience with its unique qualities that represent the very best of Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Rising Popularity Of The ‘REVERSO’

The popularity of the Reverso went increasing far and wide. To acknowledge this fact, LeCoultre developed a new movement for the watch after two years, the Calibre 410.

Two very significant Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watches designed during this time was:

  • The Maharani Reverso in 1936
  • The Reverso from 1935 made to honour Amelia Earhart’s flight from Mexico to New York

Soon enough, World War II struck the world. As a result, the growing popularity of the JLC Reverso watches came to a halt. And then came a time when round shaped watches outclassed the loved square-shaped Reverso watches.

By the 1970s, the model even fell out of production, and the following two decades witnessed immense popularity of the Japanese Quartz watches.

But things changed in 1982 when the JLC Reverso made a hitting comeback with the Quartz Calibre 601. Things took a positive turn, and in 1985, the brand produced its first water-resistant Reverso case. Soon the Reverso gained momentum to attain its position as a strong contender in the 1990s.

In 1991, JLC launched a new edition of Reverso to celebrate its 60th-Anniversary. The watches featured new movements, bigger case sizes, and complex complications. The list of the ‘Firsts’ includes:

  • Tourbillon watch in 1993
  • Minute-repeater watch in 1994
  • Retrograde Chronograph in 1996
  • Perpetual Calendar in 2000

Jaeger-LeCoultre ‘REVERSO’ In The Modern Era

Jaeger-LeCoultre is a brand of multiple innovations, and it continues to introduce new collections with innovations even in the new millennium. For example, in 2009, the brand was the owner of two notable awards in the 21st era’s first chronometry competition.

Over the years, Jaeger-LeCoultre has showcased its masterwork with several timepieces, including:

  • Gyrotourbillon 2-2008
  • Tryptique- 2006
  • Quadriptyque-2021

Additionally, JLC is the proud innovator of some of the most stunning watch pieces like the Ultra-Thin Tribute & the Duoface. Both of which retain the essence of the original.

Jaeger-LeCoultre ‘REVERSO’ Watches For Investment

Even simple Reverso watches look gorgeous. Additionally, after 90 years of their existence, the watches receive the same love from enthusiasts and collectors alike. If you intend to buy one from an investment perspective, below is our list of all the Reverso watches that will gain you an impressive amount when you sell Jaeger-LeCoultre watches to reliable watch buyers in London.

Top 4 JLC ‘Reverso’ Watches To Invest Are:

1. Reverso Classique Ref. 250.8.10 (Year: 1931)

A slim and sleek watch with neat and distinctive lines differentiates the Reverso Classique from the rest. The watch appears pretty uncomplicated. This is one of the main reasons the watch has undergone constant refinement for 85 years. The Reverso Classique is also the only watch from the entire JLC catalogue to offer an option with the Quartz movement.

If you intend to purchase a JLC in a fairly moderate price range, this is the one! After all, one must hang on to the ‘Classiques’ for as long as possible.

2. Reverso Sun & Moon Ref. Q2753470/ 270.3.63 (Year: 1999)

Do you want a watch that quite literally turns all heads? The Reverso Sun And Moon, featuring a scratch-resistant sapphire dial featuring the moon’s various phases as a clear indicator of day/ night, is a watch to behold. The Sun and Moon come with a case of either pink or yellow gold or stainless steel. If you aren’t a huge fan of metal bracelets, you can also opt for the leather strap.

3. Reverso Squadra Chronograph Q7018120/230.8.45 (Year: 2006)

A little wider than it’s fellow mates, the Squadra holds more space for incorporating more complications. To your surprise, the Reverso Squadra was the first watch to sport a square dial, but unfortunately, its patent got rejected. Moving forward, Rene-Alfred Chauvot designed the Reverso case in 1931.

4. Reverso Duo Face Day Night GMT Ref. 270.1.54 (Year: 1994)

The Duo face comes with a second dial that shows a different time zone, allowing the wearer to adjust it easily. On the other hand, the traditional plain black option enables you to include engraving. This is the kind of watch you can both during a polo watch and any formal gathering.

FINAL WORDS

Despite its vast range of complications and changing functionalities, the JLC Reverso has always maintained its perfect symmetry of form and practicality. This gives the watches a timeless appeal. As the name suggests, the’ Reverso’ allows reversal of the case to present the best form of functionality. It is one of the most iconic and innovative watches in history. It even makes for a great investment timepiece that will secure a good amount when you sell Jaeger-LeCoultre watches in the secondary market.

Deal with London trusted watch buyers, The Luxury Hut, to secure the best competitive price for your JLC watch. Call them on 0207 242 9160 for more details.

Also Read: ‘Jaeger Lecoultre’- All About The Revolutionary Watchmaker

Why Are Luxury Watch Brands Growing In Demand?

March 17th, 2022

The demand for luxury watches is at an all-time high! For some, the craze for luxury watch brands like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, and Patek Philippe started during the COVID-19 pandemic when the young generation couldn’t travel abroad.

According to watch specialist Vincent Wong, there has been a steady rise in demand for such luxurious timepieces since the first lockdown in 2020. Due to the global pandemic, foreign currencies have become unstable. As a result, the young ones are now investing in luxury watches with the saved money.

luxury watch brands

Wong added that the value of luxury watch brands like Rolex, AP, and Patek has significantly increased in the past few years. The watches make for a more secure expenditure than any other overseas travel. Moreover, the value of the watch brands like Rolex and others is recognised globally. This means, if ever a person intends to sell Rolex watches in the future, they can easily expect to fetch an increased resale value!

Depending on the Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet models, the resale value of the watches can go up to 50%-120%. Moreover, some buyers are willing to offer almost double the retail price for a Rolex. Hence, it is only wise to invest in luxury watch brands in such a scenario.

But why are the prices rising so rapidly?

1. Brand Value

First and foremost, luxury watches like Rolex, Patek Philippe, or Audemars Piguet symbolise success. All three watch brands are famous for their quality, prestige, and reliability. Moreover, in recent times, luxury watches have become synonymous with class. As a result, more and more people are interested in owning one from the retail or the pre-owned market.

2. Supply & Demand

The value of a commodity greatly depends on its demand and supply chain. When you own a luxury watch, your ability to sell the luxury watch is greatly dependent on its market value. Few watches are more in demand than the others. This could be due to several factors.

So, depending on the watch model you own or plan to buy, the resale value will fluctuate. Rolex is very attractive and popular in the watch market. It is also the best luxury watch brand regarding resale value.

Patek and AP are great choices too! If you own a rare model or the production numbers for a specific model are low, then there are high chances that its value will steadily increase.

Few such watches are

» Rolex Models:

  • Submariner
  • Daytona

» Patek Philippe Models:

  • Nautilus
  • Calatrava

» Audemars Piguet Models:

  • Royal Oak
  • Royal Oak Offshores

You must be thinking: Should I buy a Rolex, Patek Philippe or Audemars Piguet Watch?

Going with the current trend, investing in any three brands will yield you a higher resale value.

6 factors that will make it easier for you to choose are:

1. Budget

All the 3 brands are expensive. To simplify it, Rolex has a lower entry point than the rest but enjoys a higher resale value in the pre-owned market. You can always sell Rolex watches at a handsome value to some reliable watch buyers in London.

2. Resale Value

Many people like to buy a luxury watch, only to sell it for the same or a slightly higher price. If you want to do that too, you must invest in a watch with a good resale value (names mentioned above). While AP & Patek are good investment watches, Rolex is the best!

In 2022, the prices of Rolex have escalated, making it even more profitable for the people planning to sell Rolex in the pre-owned market.

3. Brand Recognition

We all can agree that the three watch brands are equally prestigious. But for an average man, Rolex is the king! Everyone knows and loves Rolex, don’t they? On the other hand, AP and Patek could command respect.

4. Craftsmanship

Rolex, AP, and Patek Philippe are all horology greats. If you want a watch that sports some of the best complications and movements, AP & Patek would be your choice. Rolex emphasises creating watches that have specific purposes.

5. History

All three watch brands have a great history. Rolex, came out in 1905, Patek Philippe in 1839, and Audemars Piguet in 1875. However, when you look at the watch history, Rolex has made the most significant impact, which the other two brands cannot compete with.

6. Target Market

AP and Patek Philippe watches target the elites of the society. On the other hand, Rolex is for the high-income, working individuals of any age. You can achieve a Rolex at some point, and it is also a worthwhile investment choice, and you can avail of them in a variety of styles.

But, AP & Patek lack this kind of variety and are exceptionally high priced.

CONCLUSION

As the passion for luxury watches increases globally, more and more people are inclined to invest in luxury watches than ever before. With supply so low at retail, it is unlikely that brands will offer any discount. Brands like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, and Patek Philippe are now selling on the pre-owned market for over their retail values.

Thankfully, this situation isn’t likely to end anytime soon. So, if you plan to invest now in Rolex, for instance, expect to fetch a whooping amount when you sell your Rolex watches in the pre-owned market.

This holds true for the other two brands as well.

How To Check The Authenticity of A. Lange & Sohne Watch?

March 4th, 2022

From the start, A. Lange & Sohne positioned itself as a reputed brand with its watches and pricing directed to the highest class of people. This included selected retailers globally, increasing the brand’s recognition immensely.

As one of the top-shelf watch manufacturers, famed for their exquisite watch finishing and architecture, A. Lange & Sohne proudly counts itself as one of the best chronographs in the world, offering a high resale value in the secondary market. The pre-owned market is getting stronger, and if you happen to own one already, perhaps it is the best time to earn a fortune by selling A. Lange & Sohne watches.

But one must remember that with fame comes the fear of counterfeit!

verify the authenticity of a lange and sohne watch

Even though the brand creates impressively complex watches, many fake timepieces are circulating in the market. So, if you intend to purchase one or already possess one, we suggest verifying its authenticity to spare disappointment.

9 quick tips to spot a ‘FAKE’ A. Lange & Sohne Watch

  1. Quality Check!

As said, A. Lange & Sohne maintains a strict standard for manufacturing their timepieces. The brand uses premium and high-quality materials to curate its watches, making it difficult for counterfeiters to copy.

After several inspection stages, the watches leave the manufacturing unit; therefore, a forger’s simple mistakes and shortcuts stand vividly against a genuine A. Lange & Sohne watch. You can easily differentiate between a real & a fake one by only looking at the design specifications.

  1. Feels Heavy?

Firstly, a genuine A. Lange & Sohne watch will feel heavy on your wrist. As the brand uses only expensive metals and high-quality materials to create the timepieces, the watch feels heavy due to its weight.

Meanwhile, a fake one that comprises inexpensive metals and lightweight elements will feel lightly weighted on your hand.

Also Read: How to Verify the Authenticity of a Patek Philippe Watch?

  1. Do Some Spelling Check

A luxury watch brand like A. Lange & Sohne will surely not make careless mistakes on their watches. Hence, inspect all the minor engravings on the watch and check for messy texts or spelling errors. If you see either, be assured that it’s a fake!

  1. Is it glued?

Remember, A. Lange & Sohne never use adhesive or glue on their watches. So, if you spot any such residue on your watch, it’s surely a forged one.

  1. What’s the Shape?

In case you’re shopping online, check the details carefully. Go through all the images and check if the watch’s hands and minute markers are similar or different. A fake A. Lange & Sohne watch’s design will be different from an authentic one.

  1. Luminosity

Most of the A. Lange & Sohne timepieces use a material called Luminova that makes the hands and dial glow, further allowing the wearer to see the time in the darkness better. On the other hand, the replica A. Lange & Sohne watches use a poor quality luminous material. Hence, the forged watches won’t glow as brightly as the genuine ones.

It is also possible that the fake A. Lange & Sohne watches do not have any luminous material at all!

Quick Tip: Use a flashlight to charge your watch and check the dial’s brightness in the dark.

  1. Stop at the RED Flags

Before you purchase from a random seller’s site, you must conduct some research about the online seller. Check the following points to make an informed decision.

  • Confirm the seller’s location
  • Check the ‘About Us’ page
  • What are the Terms & Conditions?
  • Does it have Error 404/ Dead pages?
  • Check the seller reviews across various forums
  1. Check the Prices

You may be all delighted to get a brand like A. Lange & Sohne at a lesser cost. But wait a minute! Did you just grab a fake watch? Sometimes you may come across a seller website that appears legitimate with jaw-dropping prices for an A. Lange & Sohne watch.

Replica models are indeed lower in price. So, avoid running into low-money deals to repent later. One of the best ways to avoid getting tricked is to hold good knowledge about A. Lange & Sohne’s market value and the model you intend to purchase.

This way, you can avoid any forgers trying to quote an incorrect price to sell fake A. Lange & Sohne watches.

  1. Ask an Expert!

Well, the best way to know if your A. Lange & Sohne timepiece is fake or genuine is to visit an expert. A professional watch dealer can give you a detailed sneak-peek into your watch’s configuration. They will carefully assess every small detail about the watch to reassure its genuinity.

Those who want to sell A. Lange & Sohne watches, how do you know the resale value of your watch? We suggest visiting a reliable watch buyer in London to find out your A. Lange & Sohne watch’s accurate value.

The experts at The Luxury Hut bring over 40 years of combined experience in the niche field to offer the best competitive price for your A. Lange & Sohne timepiece. Rely on their expertise and wealth of knowledge to sell your A. Lange & Sohne watch for the best price!

Start by getting an INSTANT free quote for your watch today!

Also Read: How to Verify The Authenticity of An Audemars Piguet Watch?

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