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The Most Expensive Diamonds In The World That Will Make You Go Crazy

October 11th, 2021

Beautiful, rare and mystified objects have always attracted people since the dawn of times. It may sound pretty dramatic but some of these objects even resulted in wars. However, this is perhaps the reason why people still enquire for the world’s most famous diamonds and also the most expensive diamond in the world. Interestingly, both the lists will be the same.

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There is ideally no one in this world who can take off their eyes from the cosmic sparkle of a diamond. With its beauty, sparkle and rarity, diamonds have mesmerised everyone besides the gemologists over the years. The world of gemstone has seen several diamonds to break old price records and set new records in big auctions globally.

All diamonds are mined from the Earth and they are among the sought-after mining elements in the world. These prized gemstones form at 500km under the Earth’s crust, usually 3 billion years old. When carbon gets exposed to immense heat and pressure, it creates diamonds. The rarest diamonds are enormous in size and have outstanding clarity and colour.

A diamond is one of the most valuable gemstones in the world, considered the ultimate mark of wealth if you own one. Diamond buyers and gemstone specialists know how much worthy an investment diamonds are as they typically increase in prices and fetch premium prices.

So what are the most expensive diamonds in the world? Keep reading to know about them. And yes, you may go crazy over them.

1. The Koh-I-Noor – Priceless

The iconic Koh-I-Noor diamond tops the list of the most expensive diamond in the world. The term ‘Koh-I-Noor’ means ‘Mountain of the light’ in Persia and is also referred to as the ‘Diamond of Babur’. This mesmerizing diamond weighs about 105.6ct and is oval-shaped. The legend says that Koh-I-Noor was extracted in India during the 1300s.

When British defeated the Punjab, the diamond was transferred controversially to Queen Victoria. Then, Prince Albert acquire the diamond in 1852 and had it cut to 105.6ct from 186ct. Eventually, it increased the stone’s sparkle and brilliance. So, this colourless oval-shaped gemstone is today a part of the British Crown.

Millions of people visit the Tower of London ever year to see the Koh-I-Noor, the central gemstone in the Queen Mother’s crown. However, the real worth of the diamond remains unknown as it is astronomically priced.

2. The Cullinan Diamond

The Cullinan Diamond is the biggest rough diamond ever discovered, weighing originally a jaw-dropping 3,106.75ct. This massive gemstone was discovered in 1905 at the Premier No. 2 mine in Cullinan, South Africa. However, it is today a collection of 105 gemstones featuring different cuts.

Interestingly, the diamond got its name after the Premier mine’s chairman, Thomas Cullinan. The diamond was cut into nine key gemstones totaling 1,055.89ct and ninety six minor stones and unpolished components.

Also referred to as the ‘Great Star of Africa’, the Cullinan I is the largest gemstone of 530.4 carats. And it is the world’s biggest clear-cut diamond. Queen Elizabeth II owns this diamond; whereas, the Cullinan II is present at the Imperial State Crown. Both the diamonds are in The Jewel House at the Tower of London.

The recent value of this priceless diamond is not known. However, the rough Cullinan Diamond today would have worth more than £293 million.

3. The Hope Diamond

The third in our list of the most expensive diamonds is the Hope Diamond, weighing about 45.52 carats. This costly gemstone originated in Kollur Mine, India and is recognised for its rare blue colour. However, there is no record when the Hope Diamond was discovered. But its ownership dates back to more than 400 years.

Harry Winston, the American gemstone dealer, bought the diamond in 1949 and offered it to the National Museum of Natural History, United States in 1958. As per the estimate, the value of the diamond is between £146 million and £256 million.

Does the Hope Diamond looks familiar to you? It is likely as The Heart of the Ocean in the legendary Titanic movie was the inspiration for this rare stone.

4. De Beers Centenary Diamond

This is the third largest diamond weighing 273.85 carat that came from the Premier Mine in South Africa. The first two gems are the Cullinan I and II. However, the Centenary Diamond originally was of 599 carats. Later, Gabi Tolkowsky with his team cut the stone into a heart shape keeping in a vibration free chamber.

The diamond has the D colour grade that is the best quality for colourless diamonds. There is no record of the diamond owner and purchase price of this gemstone. However, De Beers insured it for more than £73.35 million.

5. The Pink Star

As per the Gemological Institute of America, the Pink Star is the biggest flawless vivid pink diamond in the world. It was initially known as the ‘Steinmetz Pink’. The diamond fetched an astronomical sum of nearly £52.24 million at Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong. Dr. Henry Cheng Kas-Shun, the chairman of the jeweller Chow Tai Fook, bought the stone and renamed it to CTF Pink Star.

The De Beers South African diamond mines unearthed the diamond in 1999. However, the Steinmetz Group bought the rough stone of 132.5 carats and cut it intricately using eight polishers over 20 months to its current 59.6ct weight.

So the expensive Pink Star has ‘Fancy Vivid Pink’ grade and is internally flawless.

6. The Regent Diamond

Legends say that a slave discovered this magnificent diamond in the Kollur Mine in India in 1698. He hid the stone in his own wound bandages in a leg. However, an English sea captain killed the man and sold the diamond to a merchant from India. Later, the stone went to the hands of the British governor of Madras, Thomas Pitt and named it as the Pitt Diamond.

In 1977, Philippe II Duke of Orleans purchased the gemstone. Moreover, it embellished Louis XV’s crown during his coronation in 1722, followed by Marie Antoinette’s hat. However, the French state is the owner of the Regent Diamond today and has been at the Louvre museum since 1887.

The cushion-shaped Regent Diamond is internally flawless and contains a bluish fluorescence. It tops the list of the world’s most beautiful diamond that worth about £44 million.

7. The Oppenheimer Blue Diamond

The Oppenheimer Blue Diamond made a new world record in 2016, selling for a record-making £42.19 million, including commission and fees at the Christie’s in Geneva. However, the magnificent Pink Star broke this record in 2017. The vivid blue diamond acquired the name from its previous owner – Sir Philip Oppenheimer, a British diamond collector and dealer.

This emerald-cut diamond weighs 14.62 carat and comes in a platinum ring a colourless trapeze-shaped diamond on either side.

8. The Blue Moon of Josephine

Another magnificent extraction at the Cullinan mine in South Africa is the Blue Moon of Josephine. This is a flawless blue diamond of 12.03 carat that sold for £35.52 million at a Sotheby’s auction in 2015 in Geneva.

Interestingly, it was the first time that a diamond ever sold for more than £2.94 million per carat. The Gemological Institute of America graded only four among the 400 blue diamonds as vivid blue.

However, Joseph Lau Luen Hung, a businessman of Hong Kong, purchased the Blue Moon Diamond and renamed it ‘The Blue Moon of Josephine’. His daughter’s name was Josephine.

9. The Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond

The Wittelsbach-Graff diamond originated from the mines of Kollur in Andhra Pradesh, India during the 1600s. This marvelous gemstone has a colour grade of Fancy Deep Blue, weighing 31.06 carats. Billionaire Laurence Graff purchased the diamond for £17.83 million at Christie’s auction in 2008, making a world record.

At that time, the stone had a fancy greyish blue colour and a total weight of 35.56 carats. The new owner decided to apply some retouches to the 360 years old diamond to obtain an ideal brilliance and clarity. During the process, the gem lost about 4.52 carat but attained a higher grade based on the GIA.

The diamond today features the most sought-after ‘fancy deep blue’ colour. Moreover, it now has IF or Internally Flawless rating.

10. The Princie

The Golconda Mines in India extracted The Princie diamond over 300 years ago. This 36.65ct stone has Fancy Intense Pink grading. However, the appealing fact is that the colour becomes orangey-red in ultraviolet light.

The diamond is named after Sayajirao Gaekwad, the son of Sita Devi who is the Maharanee of Baroda. Christie’s auction house presented the gemstone for sale in New York and an anonymous phone bidder bought it for about £28.84 million.

11. The Orange Diamond

Just imagine a diamond with an orange hue, it is an extraordinarily rare combination. The Orange is a pear-shaped diamond of 14.82 carats that gets the orange colour from the nitrogen elements. The Gemological Institute of America graded this rare diamond as the largest ‘Fancy Vivid Orange’. It fetched about £26.06 million at Christie’s 2013 Magnificent Jewels Sale in Geneva.

12. The Winston Blue Diamond

Harry Winston bought this blue diamond in 2014 for £17.47 million at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Sale in Geneva. The original name of the diamond was The Blue but Harry Winston’s CEO, Nayla Hayek renamed it as The Winston Blue.

The diamond weighs 13.22ct and the Geological Institute of Anerica certifies it as Fancy Vivid Blue and Flawless clarity. The pear-shaped Winston Blue is edged by two colourless diamonds.

13. The Perfect Pink

The Perfect Pink was among the 18 pink diamonds to weigh over 10 carat and appear at auction. Moreover, it is the only diamond among these 18 diamonds that the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) graded as Fancy Intense Perfect Pink.

Christie’s auction in Hong Kong sold the Perfect Pink diamond in 2010 for about £17 million to an unknown bidder. However, this gemstone comes mounted on an 18ct rose gold and gold, encircled by two diamonds on either side.

14. Archduke Joseph Diamond

The Archduke Joseph is among the costliest colourless diamonds ever sold at auction. This colourless cushion-shaped elongated diamond is named after Archduke Joseph August of Austria. The stone was in possession of the family for many years. Later, Molina Fine Jewellers of Phoenix bought the diamond.

However, the diamond was recut to 76.45 carats from the original 78.54 carats. In 2002, the stone added more gleam to the appearance of Singer Celine Dion that accompanied her for a television special. Later in 2012, an unknown bidder bought the magnificent Archduke Joseph Diamond for £15.75 million at Christie’s auction in Geneva.

15. The Heart of Eternity

This 27.64-carat gemstone is a Fancy Vivid Blue diamond, unearthed in the Premier Mine in South Africa. The Heart of Eternity is unique because of its heart shape. The Steinmetz Group cut the gemstone and then the De Beers Group purchased it. The London’s Millennium Dome diamond heist’s prime target was this majestic heart shape blue diamond. However, the Metropolitan Police hindered the plot.

No one knows who owns this rare blue diamond today. However, according to the rumours, Floyd Mayweather purchased the Heart of Eternity necklace to present his ex-fiance.

In general, diamonds are among the most precious elements in the world. They will continue to retain their value with time and sell for astronomical prices in the market. It’s not surprising as they are among the most coveted collectables in the world and thus, their prices continue to appreciate.

Want to sell your diamond?

If you are looking to sell your diamond, get in touch with The Luxury Hut today. Fill in our form and get a free competitive valuation instantly. However, if you have an emotional attachment to your precious gem but want access to some fast cash, you can choose to get a loan against your diamond. Call on 0207 242 9160 for any enquiry you have on our pawnbroking or selling services.

Also Read: What Are the Most Expensive Watches in the World?

The Real Facts to know about Pawnshop Loans

October 7th, 2021

Pawnbroking is the oldest form of borrowing cash, and the evidence of its use dates back to more than 3,000 years ago. The process and idea are simple that worked well, and has stood the test of time. The Luxury Hut pawnbrokers London provides a simple, secure and hassle-free way to apply for a pawnshop loan. We always strive to ensure that the process is convenient as possible.

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Are you thinking to apply for a pawn loan? Is it the first time? Then, you will surely have many questions about what a pawnshop loan is, how it works, what you need to have to get it, and more. So we have put together some commonly asked questions on pawnbroking to help you by taking you through all the basics.

What is a pledge?

A ‘pledge’ refers to any item of value that you used as security – also referred to as collateral -against a pawnbroking loan. It can be a luxury watch, gold, diamond jewellery, a car and more.

In pawnbroking, the concept of a pledge is that its value will be enough to cover the loan amount, interest or any cost outstanding in case the customer do not repay the loan for any reason.

When you repay the loan after the loan term ends, you will get back your pledge.

What is a pawnshop loan?

Pawnbroking is a quick, easy and secure way to borrow money against an item of value that you own. At The Luxury Hut, we lend against high-end luxury watches, diamond and gold jewellery or any gold item.

The loan amount you are likely to secure depends solely on the value of your collateral. Pawnbrokers will not check your credit score or how much you earn.

The maximum loan term is usually six to seven months. However, you can pay off the loan any time during your loan tenure and redeem your asset.

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What items can you pawn?

You can pawn virtually any item of value. However, the things accepted as collateral for a pawn loan typically vary from one pawnbroker to another.

At The Luxury Hut, you can secure a loan against luxury watches, diamond jewellery, loose diamonds and gold (jewellery, scrap gold or any gold item).

What are the benefits of pawnbroking?

Opting for a pawn loan is always a better choice than getting a personal loan. Why? Here are some of the significant advantages:

  • Get instant cash

A pawn loan gives you access to cash instantly, unlike other loan types that usually take a couple of weeks to approve. You will only need an item of value to keep as security.

At The Luxury Hut, we will appraise your asset and offer you a cash loan, even if your credit score is poor. Accept our offer and get paid on the spot.

  • Minimal paperwork

Unlike banks or any financial institutions, a pawnshop loan requires minimal paperwork for approval. Here at The Luxury Hut, we only ask for valid proof of identification to get into the agreement. And after you accept our loan offer, you will have to sign a pledge receipt that outlines your loan terms. That’s it.

From visiting our pawn shop in London, getting a quote, to walking out with your cash, the entire pawnbroking process may take as little as an hour to complete.

  • No credit checks

Pawnbrokers do not check credit score or how much you earn before approving a loan. As long as you have a precious item to use as collateral, you can opt for a pawnshop loan.

  • Retain your asset’s ownership

Pawnbroking allows you to retain ownership of your asset, and it significantly matters if you have a strong emotional attachment with the item.

What is the best time to pawn assets?

Whenever you need to secure some fast cash or in short-term financial needs, you can choose to unlock the value of your asset by getting a pawn loan. You can get a pawn loan and cash in your hand within a few minutes.

As we mentioned earlier, pawnbroking allows you to instantly borrow the money you need against a precious item without any credit check.

Moreover, you do not also have to go through a lengthy application process to get the loan. The asset you keep as security will determine the amount you can borrow from the pawnbrokers in London at The Luxury Hut.

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How much does a pawnbroking loan cost?

Our interest rates vary from 4% – 6% per month. Take a look at the representative example given below –

Representative Example 1: Loan of £6000 borrowed for three months

Total interest for three months – £900

  • Total repayment – £6900
  • Monthly interest – 5.0%
  • APR 79.6%

Representative Example 2: Loan of £500 borrowed for one month

  • Total interest for one month – £30
  • Total repayment – £530
  • Monthly interest – 6%
  • APR 101.22%

How much can you borrow against a pledge?

The amount you can borrow and that we are willing to lend will depend on the value of your collateral. However, the minimum amount of cash loan you can borrow from The Luxury Hut pawnbrokers London is £300.

Fill in our online form providing all details on your asset. We will contact you immediately with a loan quote via phone or email. Alternatively, you can call us on 0207 242 9160 now for an instant valuation over the phone.

What is the maximum loan term?

At The Luxury Hut, the maximum term for a pawnbroking loan is seven months.

When can I redeem my asset?

You can retrieve your collateral at any time during your loan term, provided you pay off the entire loan amount and the interest due. We do not charge any early retrieval fees.

Will my item be safe while in pawn?

Yes. We will store your asset securely in our safe until you come back to repay your loan in full and collect it.

What if I cannot afford to redeem my asset? Will it affect my credit score?

If you cannot repay and collect your pledge within the agreed time for any reason, we can offer you a choice to renew your loan. This means we can extend your loan agreement for seven months for another seven months. You only have to pay the interest due at the end of the contract. And this will not affect your credit score.

However, it is recommended to repay and redeem your asset within the agreed loan term.

Are pawnbrokers regulated?

Yes. The Luxury Hut pawnbrokers in London are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Thus, we abide by the applicable rules and guidelines issued by the FCA for pawnbroking. We are also a part of National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA).

For any further questions or concerns, you can contact us on 0207 242 9160.

What Are the Most Expensive Watches in the World?

September 28th, 2021

These days, luxury watches are not only about telling the time. Instead, they serve like a functional piece of jewellery that does more than only look pretty. They aid individuals to manifest their success, achievement or unique personality. Perhaps the fascinating thing you can see today is a mechanical watch; its craftsmanship, complex engineering fit inside tiny cases.

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These timepieces constitute some of the man’s biggest achievements in a small device to fit on the wrist. It’s not surprising that the best iterations are exceedingly sought-after among collectors. Well, luxury watches are synonymous with expensive. The most exclusive and extravagant timepieces in the world are multi-million-pound creations.

In fact, while the watch market is booming right now, the rarest iterations are breaking world records at auctions. However, the most expensive watches have a class of their own. They possess unique aesthetics to capture the eyes of avid collectors, billionaires and millionaires, Hollywood A-listers and more. Now:

When talking about the most expensive watches in the world, the names that strike to mind first include Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Cartier & more. The watches made by the leading watch brands appeal to anyone with their superb styling, classic engineering and exclusivity. Moreover, many of these timepieces are limited editions or one-offs.

So are you wondering what the world’s most expensive watches are? Do you know which the most expensive Rolex watch is?

Keep reading to look at the top most expensive watches ever produced and know why they command astronomical prices.

The Most Expensive Rolex Watches

1. Rolex Paul Newman Daytona

The Paul New Newman Rolex Daytona made a record-breaking sale in 2017, fetching about £13.01 million. This is the most expensive Rolex watch ever sold and the costliest timepiece ever sold globally.

  • In 2016, a Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph from 1943 set a record by selling for nearly £8.04 million.
  • However, Paul Newman’s Rolex watch easily beat Patek’s record.
  • The bidding for this Rolex model began at £0.73 million. Interestingly, the first bidder increased the bid to nearly £7.32 million, leaving the entire Phillips auction room awe.
  • Later, the only two bidders competed with each other for the timepiece. And the price settled at £13.01 million.

So what’s so special about Paul Newman’s Rolex? How did it become the most expensive watch of all time?

The Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona is not specifically a rare model nor embellished with very precious gems. However, it’s the unique story and association that appealed to collectors.

The story dates back to 1968 when Newman’s wife Joanne Woodward gifted a Rolex Daytona to him. While Newman began racing cars recently, her wife engraved the words’ Drive Carefully Me’ on the watch’s back. Later, this Daytona became Paul Newman’s favourite timepiece, wearing it during photo shoots, outdoors and many other places.

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2. Rolex Bao Dai

A gold case and a black dial – this was the rarest configuration available in the Rolex’s catalogue at the time. Thus, the Rolex Bao Dai is among the unique and most instantly recognisable watches among watch enthusiasts.

Rolex initially sold this timepiece to the Nguyen dynasty’s last emperor in 1954 in Vietnam. And it was the costliest watch available in the brand’s catalogue at that time. What makes this Rolex so unique & collectable?

  • The elite Swiss watchmaker produced only three Bao Dai models.
  • The example that fetched more than £3.73 million at Phillips auction in 2017 is one of the three Bao Dai models that feature diamond on the even hour markers.

However, the watch was at auction already before. The Nguyen family sold it first in 2002 for about £171,880. Interestingly, it was the highest price paid ever for a Rolex watch at that time.

3. Rolex Daytona Unicorn

Rolex produced the Daytona Unicorn Reference 6265 between 1970 and 1988. The watch sports a 37mm steel Oyster case and the manual winding Calibre 727 movement. Interestingly, collectors had no severe interest in this watch. However, Reference 6265 was not any ordinary Rolex.

So, why Rolex 6265 is unique? The watch is crafted of white gold, hence, the nickname ‘Unicorn’. The white gold case frames a black sigma dial. Rolex delivered this watch to a German retailer in 1971. However, it is believed to be the only version of Reference 6265 crafted of white gold. Thus, the watch is genuinely unique and highly coveted.

Related: 8 Vintage Rolex Models that Can Fetch a Premium in Pre-owned Market

The Most Expensive Patek Philippe Watches

1. Patek Philippe Reference 1518

Patek Philippe Reference 1518 debuted in 1941 as the first perpetual calendar moon-phase chronograph watch. This in itself made the watch a highly coveted collector’s piece. But the timepiece did not have substantial collectors as Patek Philippe introduced the model at the peak of WWII.

The watchmaker introduced the Reference 1518 in stainless steel, yellow gold and Rose gold cases. Although all three watches are coveted, the steel edition is more desirable among collectors. Phillips Bacs & Russo sold the watch in Geneva, where the bidding started at about £2.20 million. However, the final price settled at £7.10 million, making a record for a wristwatch at that time.

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2. Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Reference 5016A-010

This Patek Philippe Reference 5016A-010 ranks among the list of the most complicated watches ever made. The watch packs the Calibre RT 027 PSQR hand-wound movement featuring a one-minute tourbillon, perpetual calendar and minute repeater. Moreover, it is made of 506 hand-finished parts.

  • The stainless steel Reference 5016A-010 features a blue lacquered dial and an alligator hand-stitched leather strap.
  • However, the watch went up for sale at the charity auction of biannual Only Watch 2015 in Geneva.

Interestingly, the Phillips Auction house billed the timepiece as one of the greatest classics of the Patek Philippe Grand Complications. The estimated price was CHF 700,000 – 900,000. However, the watch finally hammered at a staggering £5.42 million.

3. Patek Philippe Titanium Reference 5208T-010

At the bi-annual Only Watch charity auction, the limelight was on the host of Patek Philippe watches. Following the record-breaking sale of Reference 5016A-010, the watchmaker again came up with another one-of-its-kind model.

  • The Patek Philippe Reference 5028 was indeed unique, thanks to its instantaneous perpetual calendar, minute repeater, and chronograph complication.
  • The timepiece exhibits the unrivalled artistry and expertise of the brand.
  • However, its most exclusive feature was the titanium case.

The fact is that Patek Philippe used titanium very rare. And Reference 5208 is the only titanium edition ever produced. It sold for an astronomical price of £4.61 million – the second-highest sum that bi-annual event ever achieved. However, the auctioned price went to Monaco Association that works for the degenerative muscular disorder, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

4. Patek Philippe Gold Chronograph Reference 1527

Christie’s auction house billed this 18ct Gold Chronograph from Patek Philippe as a historically significant wristwatch. Patek Philippe introduced Reference 1527 in 1943, packing the Calibre 13 into it. And the movement controlled the date, moon phase and perpetual calendar functionality of the timepiece.

Why is this Patek Philippe Chronograph watch special? This is because the watch is the archetype of some of the most iconic watches within Patek’s catalogue. Take, for example the Reference 5270.

However, like most timepieces debuted during WWII, Patek Philippe produced Reference 1527 in low numbers. The watchmaker supposedly made only two of the Reference 1527, and this specific version is considered one of the two models. Another one is a non-chronograph watch.

Thus, when it went to auction in 2010 at Christie’s, the competition was furious. The auctioneers estimated the watch to fetch within £1.15 – £1.93 million. However, the timepiece finally sold for about £4.67 million, becoming the most expensive watch sold at auction at that time.

5. Patek Philippe Calibre 89 in Yellow Gold

The Patek Philippe Calibre 89 enjoyed the recognition of the world’s most complicated watch for over a quarter of a century. However, it lost this tag in 2015 after the release of Vacheron Constantin 57260. But the Calibre 89 is yet the most complicated timepiece in Patek Philippe’s catalogue. And thus, the watch is indeed unique.

Well, Patek Philippe released the Calibre 89 watch to commemorate the brand’s 150th anniversary. They produced only four of these models in platinum, white gold, yellow gold and pink gold, respectively. However, the model that went up for auction in 2009 is the yellow-gold edition.

A famous Japanese Ferrari and Patek Philippe collector named Yoshiho Matsuda bought the timepiece for nearly £3,739,172. He has this exclusive timepiece in his collection to date. The watch came up for auction several times, but it did not reach the price set at about £8.16 million.

Related: 5 Factors that Make Patek Philippe Watches So Expensive

The Most Expensive AP Watches

1. Audemars Piguet Royal Offshore Grande Complication

This Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication is the descendant of the ever-first sports watches, the iconic Royal Oak. It is among the most expensive watches within AP’s catalogue and also in the world. However, the Audemars Piguet Offshore Grande Complication is a waterproof masterpiece with exclusive features. It includes –

  • A minute repeater and perpetual calendar
  • Split-seconds chronograph
  • Week indicator
  • Hour, second and minute hands
  • Fifty-two jewels and power reserve of 45 hours.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication features a 44mm titanium case and a ceramic bezel. However, its skeleton display allows you to see the elegant and detailed finishing that took 860 hours to complete.

Many watch collectors and fans have fallen in love with this iconic, luxurious timepiece that contributes significantly to the brand’s ultra-desirability. However, AP produced only three examples of this timepiece worldwide, making it a rare piece to collect.

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2. Jules Audemars Grande Complication

Audemars Piguet named this watch collection after one of the company’s founders. The Jules Audemars Grande Complication is available in different metals like pink gold and titanium. However, the watch measures 42mm in diameter and features a transparent case back to give you a glimpse of the mesmerising movement.

Moreover, a hand-stitched alligator leather strap boosts the elegance of this self-winding timepiece. The strap is further fitted with titanium or 950platinum or 18ct gold folding clasp. The watches of this collection cost nearly between £471,655 and £571,764.

3. Audemars Piguet Millenary CarbonTourbillon Chronograph

The third model in the list of the most expensive Audemars Piguet watches is the Millenary CarbonTourbillon Chronograph. What contributes to the astronomical price tag of the watch are the materials. The list includes blackened steel and aluminium for the bridges, forged carbon for the watch case. Moreover, AP used black ceramic for the crown, chronograph push-pieces and the bezel.

The brand’s expert craftsmen made the case by processing and moulding separate carbon wire pieces. The result is unique texture and ultra-lightweight. Moreover, the watch features a column-wheel mechanism, tourbillon and twin barrels. AP completed the model’s elegant look with a hand-stitched alligator leather strap.

It takes over two weeks to assemble the watch and is also waterproof. Pairing expert craftsmanship with cutting-edge materials, the Millenary CarbonTourbillon Chronograph cost nearly £301,712.

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

The Most Expensive Cartier Watches

1. Cartier Ballon Bleu Tourbillon Extra Large Diamond Watch

The Cartier Ballon Blue Tourbillon Diamond watch sports a 46mm case size with 13mm thickness and an upgraded movement mechanism. However, what boosts the watch’s glamour is the Baguette diamond-set bracelet. The slate grey dial with sun satin-finished grid and transparent case back adds to the beauty of the watch.

Moreover, the Roman numeral hour markers and sword-shaped hands on the dial ensure increased legibility and beauty. You can see the tourbillon at the 6 o’clock side. The manual wound movement gives 50 hours of power reserve. How much does it cost? It is about £0.79 million.

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2. Cartier Rotonde Tourbillon Chronograph

Cartier introduced the Rotonde Tourbillon Chronograph as a limited edition timepiece. It comes with a 45mm case diameter with a thickness of 15.7mm. Other exclusive features of this limited edition piece include a black alligator strap and a transparent case.

However, the strap builds up to a double adjustable deployant buckle that allows comfortable wearing. The signature Roman numeral markers and blue-coloured sword hands elevate the readability of the elegant grey dial. How much is the watch worth? It is about £176,749.

3. Cartier Tortue High Complication Extra Large Platinum Watch

Cartier produced the Extra Large Tortue High Complication platinum watch only in 15 pieces, making it a rare model to come across. The watch features a platinum case of 10.7mm thickness and a transparent case back. However, what further magnifies the beauty and elegance of the watch is the high-quality black alligator strap.

This Cartier Tortue High Complication Extra Large watch flaunts a silver guilloche dial with Roman numeral markers and apple-shaped blue hands. Other features include a power reserve indicator and calendar functionality. This manual winding, water-resistant watch cost nearly £367,008.

Related: How Cartier Became A Serious Watchmaker?

Other Expensive Watches

1. Jaeger LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Machette

The elite watchmaker Jaeger Lecoultre designed the ultra-luxurious Joaillerie 101 Manchette watch to gift Queen Elizabeth on her reign’s 60th year. The watch is made of white gold and flaunts a series of diamond-set links. Moreover, the exclusive profile houses a tiny movement – Calibre 101. The timepiece is worth nearly £19.07 million.

2. Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260

The Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 is among the most complicated timepiece in the world. It consists of 57 different complications, 242 jewels and 2826 individual elements. Interestingly, ten of these complications were new inventions in the horological industry at their manufacturing time.

The most exceptional features of Reference 57260 include a double retrograde split-seconds chronograph, a night mode and the Judaic calendar. However, the timepiece sports a simplistic case that leaves the centre stage to the unrivalled mechanics.

Vacheron Constantin is known to take nearly eight years to design and produce this watch. So you won’t be surprised to know that the timepiece fetched about £5.87 million.

3. Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire

The BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire showcases the brand’s signature cockpit design. And it is the most expensive watch by far Bell & Ross has ever made, having a price tag of about £363,253. The timepiece features an all-sapphire case with transparent sides that clearly illustrate the mono-pusher chronograph tourbillon movement.

Bell & Ross offered this ultramodern watch, one of the oldest movement constructions in watchmaking. The columns raise the bridges slightly from the main plate. However, the plates have added cutaways that boost the view from the sides. This means you can admire all the functional components from several angles.

So these are some of the most expensive watches for men ever produced or sold at auction. Not everyone can afford them right now, but there is no harm in seeing and dreaming.

However, those who have a luxury watch and want an accurate valuation can contact our expert team today. The Luxury Hut buys all kinds of luxury timepieces from leading watch brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Cartier and more, vintage or modern, for competitive prices. Part-exchange against watches is also available. Fill in our online form or call on 0207 242 9160 for an instant price quote.

Cartier Rings: The Must-Haves in Every Woman Collection

September 24th, 2021

Since its establishment in 1847, Cartier has been one of the top luxury jewellery brands. It’s hard to resist the appeal of the brand’s innovative and dynamic jewellery creations. The Maison continues to receive exceeding love and reverence from fashionistas, celebrities and the affluent of society. Cartier’s demand has been consistent for over 150 years.

Cartier’s portfolio consists of many iconic jewellery collections that have today become household names. It includes the legendary Love collection, Trinity and more. The designs are supremely coveted and represent unrivalled craftsmanship that enables them to stand the test of time.

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Each piece of Cartier jewellery exudes elegance, style and luxury. However, Cartier rings have always been a top choice among jewellery lovers and collectors in the UK and globally. A Cartier ring is particularly a highly valuable jewellery piece, and precious jewellery experts at The Luxury Hut know how much historical and monetary value Cartier rings can hold.

However, Cartier rings have been a mainstay of the brand over the decades. Keep reading to explore the magnificent collection of Cartier rings.

Louis Francoise Cartier founded the company in 1847 in Paris, France. Since then, the brand has been synonymous with luxury and royalty. King Edward VII named Cartier as the ‘king of jewellers’. He commissioned the jeweller to make 27 tiaras in 1904. However, this royal order made Cartier the jeweller for royal families across the world.

The company continued to flourish more and more by releasing innovative designs maintaining the highest jewellery making standards. However, Cartier’s catalogue became more diversified, consisting of bracelets, brooches and rings.

A Brief History of the Iconic Cartier Rings

People usually associate Cartier with their luxurious wristwatches and magnificent necklaces. However, the brand has an exquisite collection of silver and gold rings that are hard to overlook. You will be fascinated to know that Louis-Francois Cartier was expertise in diamond rings. One of the oldest collections of Cartier is the Trinity Ring that traces back to 1924.

However, Cartier’s signature jewellery collections include the Panther ring from the 1930s and the Cartier Love ring from the 1960s. Whether a Cartier wedding band or Cartier men’s rings, every jewellery piece showcases attention to detail and luxury.

5 Most Popular & Iconic Cartier Ring Collection

Cartier has produced many incredible and instantly recognisable designs over the years, from simple Cartier wedding band to the iconic Cartier Love ring. Take a look at some of the most popular ones below –

  • Cartier Love Ring

There is hardly any jewellery lover who has not heard of the Cartier Love bracelet. However, its younger sibling, the beautiful Love ring, showcases a similar instantly recognisable design. Cartier offers the Love ring in different metal options, including yellow gold and white gold. The Love ring is a classic choice for men, used as a wedding band.

However, the Cartier Love ring features the signature screw motifs on the outer edge. Unlike the bracelet, the Love ring does not come with a corresponding miniature screwdriver. But its chastity-style design represents the same symbolism – ever-lasting love and loyalty.

Related: Cartier: The Origin of A Renowned Jewellery Brand

  • Cartier Panther Ring

The panther is symbolic of Cartier. In 1914, Cartier designed an exclusive art piece of a panther and woman. Jeanne Toussaint became a part of the Cartier brand in 1918 and soon acquired the ‘La Panthere’ nickname. Based on her namesake, the Cartier Panthere collection debuted, and its first ring appeared in 1935. It featured appealing dark bright gold enamel offering a highly contrasting finish.

The Panthere is one of the mainstay collections of Cartier, and the Panthere rings are yet available, exhibiting the classic designs of the past.

  • Cartier Trinity Ring

The Trinity is ideally the oldest Cartier collection that dates back to 1924. The 100-year old design makes this collection specifically unique. It features three interlocking rings, and each of them signifies something special –

  • Yellow gold symbolises fidelity
  • Silver signifies friendship
  • And rose gold symbolises love.

So the Trinity ring looks luxurious and meaningful, integrating a gold ring, a silver ring and a gold ring in one design. However, Cartier offers the Trinity rings also embellished in diamonds.

  • Cartier Juste UN Clou Ring

The term ‘Juste UN Clou’ means ‘just a nail’ and such an ingenious design you can possibly only expect from Cartier. The Maison introduced this collection in the early 2010s. However, the nail themed ring design originated from the design of nail bracelet that Aldo Cipullo designed after the milestone achievement of the Love bangle.

Today, this exclusive Cartier collection includes necklaces, cufflinks and earrings and also the classic Cartier band. You will find the Cartier nail ring in different variations, including simple yellow, white and pink gold designs and diamond-set versions.

Nonetheless, the Juste UN Clou Cartier ring will give you a pop-art feel and a contemporary look. These luxurious Cartier nail rings are exceedingly coveted for the unique look and several variations out there.

  • Clash De Cartier Ring

This punk-inspired Cartier collection is the latest one and includes rings, necklaces, bracelets & more. The jeweller introduced the Clash de Cartier line in 2019. But the jewellery designs of this series are reminiscent of the brand’s creations in the 1930s. They also exhibit the boldness for which people recognise Cartier.

Well, the Clash de Cartier might not enjoy the iconic status as the brand’s legendary ring collections. However, it does not signify that Clash de Cartier rings are not valuable. Interestingly, its jewellery designs possess feminine and masculine elements, similar to the Cartier Love ring.

And thus, the chances are high that the Clash de Cartier rings, especially the new diamond ones, can be coveted in coming years.

Four of the Most Expensive Cartier Rings

  • 18ct Yellow Gold Emerald Diamond Panther Ring

This Panther ring flaunts nearly 1.15ct diamonds in total. Moreover, Cartier highlighted the eyes and nose with two marquises cut emerald and one black onyx cabochon, respectively. So the diamond panther ring crafted in 18ct yellow gold is an ideal showstopper for the wealthy who do not hesitate to drop a lot of money.

  • 18ct Pink Gold Juste UN Clou Pave Wrap Diamond Ring

Cartier offered this 18ct pink gold ring a distinctive wrap shape that ensures to make a subtle statement. The ring boasts tiny diamonds with a total weight of 0.59ct, elevating the overall glory and elegance.

  • Platinum You’re Mine Diamond Solitaire Cartier Ring

This solitaire diamond ring represents Cartier’s connection to royalty, delivering royal vibes. Like you already know, King Edward VII of England named Cartier as the official jewellers of the royals. Moreover, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia also wore Cartier.

Cartier is also beloved by today’s royals like the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. You will find the Duchess wearing a beautiful heart-shaped Cartier piece.

  • Cartier Sunrise Ruby Ring

This Cartier Ruby ring sold for a staggering £19.6 million sum in 2019 at an auction. The ring is one-of-a-kind and rare. People crave these types of rubies as their value only increases with time.

  • Cartier Classic Trinity Ring

The classic Trinity ring is among the most valuable jewellery pieces in the latest Cartier catalogue. It is available in 18ct white, yellow and rose gold adorned with 432 diamonds, selling for about £29,100. The ring displays the exceptional design and quality that make Cartier popular.

Also Read: A Comprehensive Guide on How to Sell Cartier Jewellery

 

This Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Watch Creates an Optical Illusion

September 17th, 2021

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon features a disc of rotatable precious gems. A series of stepped blue gold-edged rings surround the disc, thereby creating an optical illusion. It appears like looking down at ripples in a pond or a well. And a frosted gold case encloses the entire thing.

AP teamed up with Carolina Bucci, a jewellery designer of Florentine, in 2016. And since its association, the watchmaker has hardly left any watch surface crystalline. Some of the brand’s most ground-breaking collections today sports Bucci’s micro-hammering technique as trademark shimmer.

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The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept series debuted in 2002 that showcased futuristic, experimental watchmaking. The head of complications at Audemars Piguet, Greubel Forsey, says –

“This was the beginning of 21st-century watchmaking as we know it today before all the experimental indies like Greubel Forsey and Richard Mille came along. The Concept created a new pathway that said high horology can enter the field of experimentation and avant-garde design.”

The 2008’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Carbon collection served as the experimental platform for the watchmaker. The brand has examined materials science and worked to find the perfect way to track consecutive laps to awe Michael Schumacher, the Formula One world champion. Furthermore, with 2016’s Supersonnerie, AP played with correcting acoustics and sound. Keep reading to know more.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon

AP introduced a diamond-coated Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon in 2018, and it was the first Royal Oak Concept watch for women. However, the brand almost eliminated the bling and irregular openings in the latest Concept Flying Tourbillon version. Instead, AP emphasised the surface finish and texture.

Friedman explains it as –

“Celebration of the artistic, aesthetic nature and beauty of the tourbillon itself, over its technical attributes.”

AP tops the flying tourbillon with a rotatable disc of precious stones. It further features stepped blue rings with gold edging. Overall, it produces an effect similar to an optical illusion. However, the watch comes with a frosted gold case that packs the entire thing.

However, the frosted gold acted as a lightning rod for Audemars Piguet. They reimagined the most ancient materials in new, highly contemporary ways.

Interestingly, the Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon features an exclusive dial architecture highlighting the tourbillon. However, it is reminiscent of one of the brand’s most cherished contemporary watches – the Tourbillon Automatique of 1986. This watch is historically significant because it was the world’s first self-winding tourbillon watch and the first tourbillon to have a titanium cage. Moreover, the 1986’s Tourbillon Automatique was also the world’s thinnest self-winding tourbillon for a long time.

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5 of the Best Audemars Piguet Watches for Avid Watch Collectors

September 10th, 2021

Audemars Piguet, a leading Swiss watchmaker, has been revolutionising and upgrading its iconic collections with unique designs since its establishment in 1875. The design of their watches features a mix of modern aesthetic and conventional craftsmanship. The brand has nearly eight collections, including the most popular and iconic Royal Oak.

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Well, let’s take a look at five of the best Audemars Piguet watches, recognised for their unbeaten aesthetic attributes.

1. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Rose Gold Extra-Thin Ref. 152020R

Adding an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Rose Gold model to a collection is like securing the grail of all grails. The Royal Oak Extra-Thin Ref. 152020R comes with a 39mm case, a blue petite tapisserie dial, and a display case back. However, the dial flaunts a matching deep blue calendar wheel, luminous applied baton hour markers and iconic double baton marker at 12-hour marker.

Interestingly, this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Blue Dial watch sports an elegant bracelet construction where the parts are arranged in diminishing order. AP graduated them into seven different sizes with alternating links and studs. Moreover, the versatile 39mm case houses the brand’s legendary Calibre 2121 movement. It offers 40 hours of power reserve and a frequency of 19,800vph.

2. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Ref. 26320OR

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph debuted first nearly 20 years ago. Today, it is available in about twelve references and comes in a bulkier 41mm case size. Nonetheless, this timepiece is yet a fan favourite. AP offers the Royal Oak Chrono in several precious metal options. However, the 18ct pink gold edition of Reference 26320OR takes things to a higher level. It sports a solid gold case and an exquisite brown alligator strap.

The watch flaunts a well-balanced, clean silver Grande Tapisserie dial. And it serves as a perfect base for the 18ct pink gold hands and matching applied baton hour markers. However, the three sub-dials flaunt flat borders and snailed centres. An alligator strap completes the sophisticated look of this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph timepiece. Moreover, it is powered by the in-house Calibre 2385.

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3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton Double Balance Wheel Openworked

The Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked debuted in 2016, retaining the case design of the classic Royal Oak. However, this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak skeleton watch packs a new concept of movement that improves the timekeeping accuracy. The timepiece houses the Calibre 3132 movement. And its one-of-its-kind design features two balance wheels sitting parallel to one another and interconnected through a central component.

The skeleton bridges and plates display exquisite finishing with chamfered edges, dressage, mirror polish screw holes and more. Moreover, the dial is a blend of contrasting colours. For example, the bridges and hands come in pink gold; whereas, the double balance wheel is yellow gold.

4. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver

This Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore is an automatic watch that AP initially designed for divers. People typically categorise the Royal Oak Offshore as fairly pricey Audemars Piguet watches. However, this particular model has outstanding features like a rotating inner diver scale bezel.

AP equipped the watch with the self-winding Calibre 3120 movement that delivers 60 hours of power reserve and six beats per second. Moreover, you can see a ‘Mega Tapisserie’ dial on this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore coupled with luminous white gold hands, hour markers.

The watch is water-resistant to 300m, thanks to the tightly screwed stainless steel case and robust sapphire crystal.

5. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon

The Royal Oak Concept GMT Flying Tourbillon is the first flying tourbillon timepiece within the brand’s catalogue that packs another movement powering the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon for ladies. The watch features the sand-blasted titanium central bridges on the dial side with gold-toned, polished facets. Interestingly, you can see the glimpse of the Calibre 2954 via the openings between the multiple indications.

However, the dial features a disc at the 3 o’clock side that indicates the second time zone. The watch also has a crown guard incorporating the pusher at the 4 o’clock side. It advances the disc of the second time zone that shows 12 hours by an hour.

So which is your favourite Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch? Let’s know in the comments.

And if you are looking to sell an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch, fill in our online form or call us on 0207 242 9160 to get the best price quote instantly.

Related: How Do You Know Your AP Watch is Real or Fake?

Richard Mille: The Most Eccentric Watch Brands of the Modern Era

September 6th, 2021

Richard Mille is today recognised as a leading trendsetter in the world of watchmaking. A Richard Mille watch exhibits the brand’s unique craftsmanship, innovation ability and idiosyncrasy. Every watch enthusiast today adores the watchmaker but cannot get hands on the brand’s timepieces quickly.

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Undoubtedly, the watches are exceedingly impressive, but a Richard Mille watch price also astonishes its fans. You are most likely to have a glimpse of this brand’s timepieces on the internet and on the wrists of your wealthy friends. So let’s explore this luxury watchmaker in detail here.

Who is Richard Mille?

The man behind this innovative watch brand is Richard Mille. So if you want to comprehend the brand, you have to know about this man.

Richard Mille started his career in horology in the 1970s at the French watch company Finhor. However, the jeweller Matra bought Finhor in 1981, and this was when Richard Mille began to shine.

He took on a managerial role in Matra’s chronometer division, controlling the entire watchmaking process. However, he left Matra after nearly a decade and joined a new watch firm Mauboussin to assist it in setting up the luxury watch market. But Richard Mille wanted to push the boundaries of watchmaking beyond anything that persisted at that time. Thus, he decided to build his own brand at the age of fifty bearing a modern approach to horology.

In 1999, he established his eponymous company, Richard Mille SA that awes us today with extravagant creations. Interestingly, Mille started his venture by partnering with Audemars Piguet, a shareholder of Richard Mille.

Richard Mille produced the watch of his dreams in 2001. It featured a tonneau case with unique torque screws and a striking six-digit price tag. Interestingly, this masterpiece placed the nestling brand at its peak, cementing its position as a leading innovator of the luxury watch industry.

Why is Richard Mille Watch So Expensive?

Here are some of the significant factors contributing to the hefty price tags of a Richard Mille watch.

  • Craftsmanship & design

People can instantly recognise Richard Mille watches due to their distinctive design. The watches bear unapologetically unique and bold aesthetics. Moreover, all the timepieces are ergonomic and lightweight, offering sheer comfort.

One of the defining features of Richard Mille watches is the iconic tonneau-shaped case. This sandwich-style case is tough and complicated to make, which reflects the price tag. However, in the case of design, the watchmaker integrates everything in its watches to boost comfort.

All watches are hand-finished and feature functionalities that represent the highest level of technical artistry.

  • Ingenious Materials

Richard Mille makes its watches revolutionary and futuristic using innovative hi-tech components. The brand utilises cutting-edge materials that you will not find in the watch market. Instead, you will see these materials in the aerospace industries, racing yachts and Formula 1 cars. However, these elements are both radical and highly progressive in watchmaking.

Thus, the watchmaker invests millions of Swiss Francs in researching and producing such ingenious materials to create its timepieces. They bear a super solid silhouette but offer a featherweight feel on the wrist.

  • Rarity

Richard Mille produces its watches using a complex process, and it takes time. Nearly everything is done by hand. However, exclusivity is also a factor that plays a significant role in the scarcity of Richard Mille watches.

The watchmaker produces less than 5,000 models each year, ensuring that none of its timepieces loses the classic mystique. However, the demand surpasses the supply every year. The brand manufactures limited-edition models as well that elevate people’s cravings.

Which is the Most Expensive Richard Mille Watch?

Richard Mille watches have been manifesting their uniqueness and status for more than a decade. And they have been the watches of choice of famous athletes, film stars, scholars and business people. The ergonomic design, visually appealing lines and comfort make Richard Mille watches expensive.

Here are two of the most expensive Richard Mille watches.

  • Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 56-02 Sapphire – £1.44 Million

Thanks to the tripartite sapphire case and the brand’s rebellious ‘cabled movement’ design, the RM 56-02 Sapphire is extraordinary. The watch comes with a grade 5 titanium baseplate and anti-glare protection case on the front and back bezels. Moreover, the Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 56-02 Sapphire is water-resistant up to 30m. The timepiece retails for nearly £1.44 Million.

  • Richard Mille RM 65-01 – £1.34 Million

The Richard Mille RM 65-01 watch appeals to collectors with its pared-down purity, an exquisite case and precisely finished movement. According to some critics, the sapphire crystal on the timepiece looks like plastic, destroying the luxury essence. However, the truth is that the transparent look makes the watch extraordinary.

Is a Richard Mille watch a good investment?

The answer is yes. Although it is comparatively a young watch brand, the Richard Mille watch price far surpasses other watchmakers. They retain excellent resale value. It is primarily because of the quality of the materials and technology that the watchmaker uses to produce its timepieces.

Richard Mille manufactures their unique watch materials, including carbon nonfibers, titanium, anticorodal 100, TPT carbon, aluminium-lithium, and more.

Moreover, while the brand produces each model, not more than 200 pieces, their value increases with time. For example, the Richard Mille RM 52-05 is available only in 30 pieces and its value surges by an average of 10% every year.

How to Spot a Fake Richard Mille Watch?

Over the last few years, pre-owned watch sales have skyrocketed. This is because you can get your hands on the references that have a long waitlist. However, it also includes the possibility of buying a Richard Mille replica.

And your untrained eyes might not spot the difference between an authentic Richard Mille and a fake one. So how can you tell if a Richard Mille watch is real?

Here are some valuable tips –

  • Ask for documentation like the warranty card.
  • Check for the serial number that is unique to each Richard Mille timepiece. Serial numbers will begin with RM, and a series of numbers, letters and dashes will follow it.
  • Look at the font, colour, engravings, weight and movement.
  • Be wary of the models that have too low price tags.

Keep in mind –

When it comes to luxury watch brands like Richard Mille, buying from a trusted reseller or a professional dealer will be the best way to ensure you are getting an authentic watch.

Related: The History of Rolex in the Development of Wristwatches

High Street Pawnbrokers: A Trusted Lifeline for Many Borrowers

August 31st, 2021

Pawnbrokers once acted as the only means of support for the helpless or poor people during hard times. However, with years, more and more people recognised the benefits and convenience of the services offered by high street pawnbrokers. And today, individuals from different walks of life turn to pawnbrokers to raise some fast cash during short-term monetary needs.

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High street pawnbrokers are not the relics of days past. They continue to serve as a reliable lifeline for many borrowers, especially those who cannot access mainstream credit lending.

Simple, Secure & Straightforward – The Pawnbrokers Way

Today, more people are turning to pawnbrokers because it is more straightforward to get a pawn loan than other traditional loans. If you want to secure a pawn loan from a pawnbroker, you only have to give any valuable item as collateral to your pawnbroker. However, the collateral or pledged asset can be anything of value. But most people commonly opt for a loan against watches, diamond and gold jewellery.

Now your pawnbroker will evaluate your pledge’s value and offer you a cash loan based on the value over an agreed time. The maximum tenure of a pawn loan is usually six to seven months. However, one of the most significant benefits of pawnbroking is that –

You can retrieve the loan any time within the contract tenure and redeem your pledge item.

What if you fail to repay your loan by the deadline? Your pawnbroker can either help you to renew your contract or sell the pledge. Unlike payday loans, pawnbrokers allow settling their loans quickly without building up impossible debt levels for customers.

The Key Advantages of Pawn Loans

Borrowing credit from a pawnbroker is undoubtedly fast and convenient. Moreover, in terms of interest rates, pawnbrokers provide a much better rate compared to payday lenders. Another significant advantage of pawnbroking is that pawnbrokers do not carry out any credit check before approving a loan. This is because they lend money based on items.

However, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulates the pawnbroking business in the UK. Every pawnbroker has to meet and maintain stringent rules of conduct and solvency. Moreover, customers who have not received fair treatment are left only after a remedy.

Customers entering into a pawn loan agreement are entitled to a 14days cooling off period. This enables you to change your mind and deny the contract with no penalty up to 14 days from signing the agreement.

Interestingly, according to FCA rules, every authorised lender providing unsecured access to money has to carry out a creditworthiness assessment of the consumer. But pawnbrokers do not need to conduct this as their credit depends on a valuable asset.

So if you are looking to raise some fast cash and own anything of value, you can make the best decision by getting in touch with any trusted pawnbrokers in London or any other big city. No matter if you have an emotional attachment to the item you use as collateral, you can get it back once you pay off the loan.

This New Bell & Ross Edition Celebrates the Brand’s Enduring Partnership with Renault F1 Team

August 16th, 2021

The partnership between Bello & Ross and Renault F1 Team, now known as Alpine F1 Team, traces back to 2016. Considering the brand’s sporty creations and its association with France, this partnership will seem like a match made in heaven.

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This year, Bell & Ross introduced three limited edition watches, spanning several collections within the watchmaker’s stockpile. However, the latest edition of 2021 sports some notable differences in comparison to its earlier generations. And ideally, the most striking one is the watch’s interrelation with the new A521 single-seat cars.

Today, let’s look specifically at the new Bell & Ross BR03-94 A521 timepiece that pays tribute to the strong collaboration between the brand and the Renault F1 Team.

The Bell & Ross BR03-94 A521 Alpine F1 Edition

The Case & Dial

The Bell & Ross BR03-94 A521 comes with a 42mm case diameter and is a significant part of the legendary BR03-94 series. The watch features the signature square-shaped case and a round dial that define the collection.

However, the A521 watch differs slightly from its earlier siblings in some unique features. One difference you will find on the bezel. The timepiece comes with a bi-directional rotatable bezel absent in the prior version – BR03-94 R.S. 20).

Interestingly, the watch will remind you of the enduring partnership with some racing features.

  • Perhaps the most significant one is the black chronograph actuators set at the watch’s side.
  • However, it will remind you of the paddle-shifters on the Alpine F1 car’s steering wheel.
  • The watchmaker also equipped the timepiece with a silver tachymeter scale for recording speed and the Alpine emblem at the central chronograph hand.
  • Furthermore, you will see the cut-outs on the sub-dials resembling the spokes on the rim and the italic Arabic numeral luminous markers, boosting the watch’s sporty aesthetics.

Moreover, the BR03-94 A521 flaunts Bell & Ross’s signature Alpine Blue. The watchmaker employed this blue hue in many aspects of the timepiece, like the chronograph hands and chapter ring. The watch nods to the legacy of both brands beautifully, with the French flag engraving at the 6 o’clock side on the dial.

The BR-CAL 301 Movement

The new Bell & Ross BR03-94 runs on the exclusive BR-CAL. 301 movement. The watchmaker designed this movement based on the durable ETA 2894-2, offering an added chronograph module with a column-wheel mechanism. However, the BR-CAL. 301 movement provides a power reserve of 42 hours, beating at 28.800bph.

Besides the chronograph function, the watch also sports a date aperture at the 6 o’clock side on the dial. However, Bell & Ross fitted the timepiece with a solid case back.

The new Bell & Ross BR03-94 A521 Alpine F1 Edition is available in limited numbers of 500 pieces. Overall, it is a fantastic timepiece, flaunting excellent design cues and a handsome look.

Are you looking to sell your luxury watch in London? Get in touch with us today as we can buy your timepiece for the best price possible in the market. Fill in our online form and receive a free valuation instantly. Or call on 0207 242 9160 to book an appointment at our Hatton Garden office in London.

Should You Sell or Trade your Luxury Watch?

August 3rd, 2021

Serious watch collectors usually face the ability to trade or sell a luxury watch in their collection. When it comes to selling a watch, another feasible option that a watch owner can explore is trading. So the universal step in the decision-making process when upgrading a luxury watch collection is asking – Should I trade my watch or sell?

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Well, people who may have swapped comics or coins are familiar with the concept of trading – converting what you possess into what you desire. So trading watches will allure those who want to exchange a timepiece for the desired watch. It usually fascinates owners who prefer to enjoy the variety within a limited budget.

However, if you want to raise fast cash to meet your monetary needs, sell your watch outright. The luxury watch collecting hobby is extending into the mainstream of popular culture. Eventually, more watch owners and collectors are starting to explore the prospects of trading watches.

Is Trading Watches the Right Option for You?

Trading or part-exchanging watches is perfect for the owners or collectors who love to refresh their watch collection occasionally. However, if you own a luxury watch and want to convert it into cash, you should opt for selling your watch. A watch trade will make a little sense in this aspect.

However, when trading, owners always have the choice to change their decision and hold their timepiece or sell watches for cash. Now, the question is – where to part-exchange your watch?

Trading your timepiece with professional pre-owned watch dealers is ideally the most flexible and secure means of turning a current timepiece into your desired watch. With a vast collection of available watches, pre-owned watch specialists always provide higher trade selection and flexibility in payment.

If you are looking to refresh your collection and want to part-exchange a watch that you no longer wish to wear, get in touch with trusted second hand watch dealers at The Luxury Hut. We have over 40 years of combined experience in the luxury watch industry.

With a team of expert evaluators, we always strive to make part-exchanging watches convenient as possible. Moreover, The Luxury Hut has an exclusive collection of pre-owned luxury watches from top brands like Rolex & more. Each timepiece comes with The Luxury Hut certificate of authenticity and 12 months warranty. Thus, explore our watch collection now.

Continue reading to know how our part-exchange process works.

How to Trade/Part-Exchange your Watch?

Our process to part-exchange watches is straightforward, secure and convenient.

  • Submit an online form

You just have to fill in a simple online form with all details of your timepiece that you wish to part-exchange. Also, provide the details of the watch available in our stock against which you want to trade.

  • Receive a free quote

One of our associates will contact you immediately with a free competitive quote for your part exchange via phone or email.

  • Send your watch

Send us your timepiece using our free home collection service. Or you can call on 0207 242 9160 and book an appointment to visit our Hatton Garden office in London.

  • Get your new watch

We will make our final offer on your part exchange after appraising everything precisely. If you accept our final offer, we will ship your new watch instantly to your destination.

Do you want to raise fast cash? – Sell your watch!

The Luxury Hut also offers a quick, secure and hassle-free way to sell watches online or via appointment. Begin the process by filling in our online form and get a free quote. Send us your timepiece using our free home collection service and receive a final offer. Accept it and get paid within minutes via your preferred payment method. Alternatively, call on 0207 242 9160 to book an appointment and complete the process in person at our Hatton Garden office.

The New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Now Redesigned in 43mm

July 28th, 2021

Audemars Piguet introduced a redesigned Royal Oak Offshore for 2021, presented first time in a 43mm case. The watchmaker has always offered the Royal Oak Offshore in a 44mm case. The then younger designer Emmanuel Gueit designed the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. However, it debuted with a 42mm case. While it was then a massive size, the watch acquired the moniker “The Beast”.

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However, AP equipped the Royal Oak Offshore for the first-ever time with a chronograph and a ‘Therban’ rubber detailing. Nonetheless, the new AP Royal Oak Offshore of 2021 debuted in a new case diameter of 43mm. And it also houses the brand’s new integrated Calibre 4401 flyback chronograph. Let’s delve into the details more.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 43mm – Features

The Case & Bezel

The new AP Royal Oak Offshore retains the same classic shape as its older siblings. Moreover, the watch also strongly resembles the original Gueit design. The significant upgrades that AP made to the new Royal Oak Offshore model include –

  • A new case dimension with bigger chamfers on the extremities.
  • Slightly curved chronograph pushers and screw-down crown.
  • The original watch design featured round pushers.
  • However, AP replaced them with oblong-shaped pushers in later models.

Well, the glare-proof sapphire crystal on the new Royal Oak Offshore 2021 curves from the 6 o’clock to 12-hour side. It fits in the bezel curvature and completes the overall watch design. However, the case and bezel further feature satin-brushed finishing and hand-polished chamfers.

Moreover, apart from the all-titanium model, the new Royal Oak Offshore watches sport a ceramic bezel, offering a dual-tone contrast.

Also Read: The New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Toubillon GMT of 2020

The Dial

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore of 2021 flaunts a newly designed ‘Mega Tapisserie’ patterned dial. It offers high-end finishing and more contrast. However, the dial colour options include grey, black, blue and taupe.

  • The Tapisserie pyramids on the dial come with sharpened edges.
  • And a raised cross pattern connects them, adding depth to the classic dial.
  • However, the most noticeable upgrade made on the dial is the rearrangement of the chronograph counters.
  • You can see the minute counter at 9 o’clock and the hour counter at 3 o’clock side.
  • Furthermore, AP shifted the date aperture between 4 and 5 o’clock in the inner bezel.

Moreover, AP has offered the dial a simpler one line applied gold “AP” logo. And the hands appear bolder and rugged.

The Movement

Audemars Piguet equipped the new Royal Oak Offshore with the in-house Calibre 4401 that debuted in Code 11.59 chronograph. This integrated flyback column-wheel timepiece comes with a vertical clutch mechanism. Moreover, the Calibre 4401 movement is water-resistance to 100m and offers a power reserve of 70hours.

Finally, the new AP Royal Oak Offshore comes with a pliable rubber strap that sits comfortably on the wrist. However, the strap has a quick release-and-attach functionality. Undoubtedly, the new Royal Oak Offshore is a robust offering from AP in 2021, bearing the entire DNA of the original model.

Want to sell your Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch? Fill in our online form and receive a free competitive quote. Alternatively, call us on 0207 242 9160 for an instant appraisal or book an appointment at our Hatton Garden office in London.

Scrap Gold: What Is It & How To Sell It For the Best Price?

July 20th, 2021

The term “scrap gold” refers to any gold that you can melt down and recycled. Scrap gold does not stay in its original marketed form. So any item containing gold that a refiner can reprocess is considered scrap gold.

For example –

You may have an old broken ring made of gold, and you decide to sell your gold jewellery. Your gold jewellery dealer will buy your item as scrap gold, and they will later send your scrap gold piece to a refinery.

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What is the Value of Scrap Gold?

Gold is a safe-haven asset, and it is valuable in virtually all forms, be it is broken, tangled or scrap. Moreover, gold makes sound investments as its prices typically skyrocket, especially during an economic downturn.

And considering the current market condition and gold prices, it might be the best time to sell your gold. You are likely to secure the highest possible cash for your gold piece without any hassle.

Regardless, scrap gold’s value depends mainly on two factors – weight and purity. Thus, you can easily calculate the value of gold jewellery as scrap if you know these two things:

  • The carat of a gold jewellery piece,
  • And the price of gold per unit of weight.

For example, you own an 18ct gold jewellery item that weighs 100g. The item’s actual content of gold is 75% or 75 grams of pure gold. Now:

If you multiply 75 grams by the current gold market price, you can estimate the value of your gold jewellery.

However, the best way to know how much your scrap gold is worth or how you can get by selling your scrap gold is by filling in our online form. You will get an accurate quote instantly via email or phone.

How to Sell your Scrap Gold for the Best Price?

If you are ready to sell your scrap gold, make sure that you choose a trusted gold buyer to get the best possible deal. And the best place to sell your gold in London is at The Luxury Hut. We offer a quick, secure and hassle-free way to get cash for gold.

  • Submit Form

Fill in our online form, providing all details of your gold piece.

  • Get a Free Quote

We will determine an accurate price of your asset based on the details provided and the gold’s price on the day of valuation. One of our associates will contact you with a free quote via phone or email.

  • Send your Gold

If you are happy with the quote, send your item to us using our free home collection service.

Or you can call us on 0207 242 9160 to book an appointment at our Hatton Garden office in London.

  • Get Paid within Minutes

After collection, we will appraise your item precisely and confirm our final offer. Accept it, and we will pay you immediately via your preferred payment method.

As trusted gold buyers in London, we continuously keep track of the changing market prices of gold. Thus, we can provide the most accurate quote and, eventually, the highest possible cash for gold. Get in touch with us today to sell your scrap gold for the best price possible.

A Generation Of Iconic Patek Philippe Watches that Remain Excellent Investments

July 16th, 2021

Patek Philippe has been the pioneer in the luxury watchmaking industry for nearly 200 years. This finest watchmaker combines its strict dedication to tradition, technological wonders and craftsmanship to make some of the most iconic watches. Patek Philippe knows what represents an iconic reference.

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Eventually, every timepiece within Patek Philippe’s catalogue has turned to be a status symbol over the years. And they remain excellent investment pieces because of their ability to retain value and price surge in the resale market.

So let’s explore a generation of some iconic Patek Philippe models. They represent the brand’s core ethics and hold excellent resale value, making them sound investments.

Patek Philippe Nautilus

Patek Philippe introduced the Nautilus collection, representing the sports watch industry. However, the first Nautilus watch that made its debut in 1976 was the Reference 3700/1. The story behind the creation of Nautilus is pretty fascinating.

  • It is said that the legendary designer Gerald Genta took inspiration from a porthole while designing the Nautilus.
  • However, the result was a timepiece with a stainless steel framework that met the market demand for steel luxury sports watches.
  • Eventually, when Patek Philippe launched the Nautilus 5711/1 in stainless steel, it became a massive success.

The Nautilus is by far the most cherished and coveted stainless steel sports watch globally. However, the brand upgraded the Nautilus line over the years. The Nautilus is today available in white gold, yellow and also in rose gold.

Moreover, among its several popular versions, the Nautilus with chronograph functionality is more sought-after among collectors. The Nautilus offers many exclusive features that make it an actual sports timepiece.

Also Read: An Unexpected Move: Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711 Discontinued

Patek Philippe Aquanaut

Taking inspiration from the Nautilus, Patek Philippe launched another cornerstone collection in 1997 – the Aquanaut. However, although it appears similar to the Nautilus, the Aquanaut has a personality of its own.

  • For instance, the Aquanaut comes with a less and a more contemporary angular look than its predecessor.
  • However, the most defining feature that makes it stand out from other Patek models is its rounded octagonal shape.

The Aquanaut also sports a tropical strap that offers resistance to water, UV rays and abrasion. Furthermore, Patek equips the watch with many complications that run on a chronograph movement.

Patek Philippe Calatrava

One of the unique and most elegant Patek Philippe collections is the Calatrava, celebrated for its grace and beauty. The Calatrava has been a mainstay series in the brand’s catalogue for nearly 80 years. However, the collection includes watches of varied styles like references with a small seconds sub-dial.

There are also watches with three hands. Moreover, you can also find some Calatrava references featuring date functionality.

Also Read: The Mid-size Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Presents a Bright New Colourway

Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse

Another one-of-a-kind collection in the brand’s portfolio is the Golden Ellipse. Patek Philippe deviated from conventional watch shapes and offered the Golden Ellipse a circular casing. However, the Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse watches exhibit a minimalistic and sophisticated look with a well-proportionate dial.

Interestingly, the inspiration behind the creation of the Golden Ellipse was the discovery of the ancient green mathematicians – “Golden Section”.

Overall, Patek Philippe has always awed its enthusiasts and collectors with its distinctive watch concepts. This watchmaker is undeniably one of the most unrivalled leaders of Swiss luxury watchmaking.

Patek Philippe makes avant-garde watches without ever compromising the quality. And this makes Patek timepieces stand the test of time, holding excellent resale value with time.
Eventually, a Patek Philippe watch serves as a valuable asset to sell in a hard-up situation. However, if you want to sell a Patek Philippe watch, make sure you choose a trusted watch buyer like The Luxury Hut.

Our expert evaluators always keep track of the changing luxury watch market trends and prices. Thus, we can determine an accurate price for any pre-owned Patek Philippe watch. Want to know how much you can get for your Patek Philippe watch?

Fill in our online form with all details of your timepiece and get an instant free competitive quote.

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

Is A Vintage Rolex A Good Investment?

July 7th, 2021

It was pretty surprising to see how the luxury watch industry reacted instantly to the Covid-19 crisis. The leading Swiss giant Rolex saw a dramatic increase in its watch sales amidst the pandemic. And the good news for Rolex watch collectors, fans and owners in 2021 is that the market of vintage Rolex watches is booming.

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Rolex is among the most famous luxury watchmakers in the world. All Rolex models have incredibly high demand in the second hand market. However, vintage Rolex watches have a different fan base, and they are indeed the best investment pieces. One of the significant reasons behind it is the principle of demand and supply.

Factors that Make Vintage Rolex watches Good Investment

Let’s continue with the principle of demand and supply. The Rolex models that are still in production are easy to get. However, in the case of discontinued models, it naturally becomes quite challenging to get the timepiece.

Rolex produces some models in limited numbers, and their demand is comparatively higher than others. They can be difficult to secure from an authorised dealer. Nonetheless, these timepieces are yet possible to get in comparison to the discontinued ones.

The significant factors that influence the price increase and investment potential of a Rolex watch include –

  • Limited production, Low Supply and High demand
  • Specific models like vintage Rolex Submariner, vintage Rolex Datejust and Rolex Daytona vintage have deep, storied history, celebrity association and the public’s fascination.

For example, the Rolex Paul Newman Daytona gained more recognition and desirability after the legendary actor and racer Paul Newman was spotted with one on his wrist. Thus, the watch also became historically significant.

  • Moreover, rare iterations with minute differences also play a significant role.

For example, the Rolex “Red” Submariner stand apart from the standard Submariner models. This is because it has the “Submariner” text inscribed in red rather than white as found in the traditional Sub watches.

The Condition

Another significant factor taken into consideration when it comes to vintage Rolex is the condition. With time, watches get signs of wear and tear (if you wear it regularly). Moreover, they also often break or undergo significant damages. However, in many instances, owners send their watches for repairing and servicing. And often old parts are replaced with new parts.

All these factors influence the value of vintage Rolex watches. However, keep in mind that vintage watch collectors always look for entirely original models – watches with all original parts.

However, due to wear and services, the number of vintage Rolex watches with entirely original parts and in good condition tends to decrease with time. Eventually, they get increasingly difficult to get hold of, and their prices increase as time passes.

Thus, if you buy a vintage Rolex for investment reasons, choosing a model with all original parts is essential. Otherwise, it may have a negative impact resale value of your vintage Rolex.

On the other hand, if you own a Rolex Air-King vintage, a vintage submariner or any vintage Rolex watch, make sure to ascertain its wear and tear before heading out to sell your vintage Rolex.

If you decide to sell your vintage Rolex, make sure to ascertain its wear and tear primarily. Suppose your watch, Rolex Air-King vintage or a vintage Rolex Explorer, retain all its original parts and is in good condition. In that case, it can fetch you a premium from professional Rolex buyers like The Luxury Hut.

Vintage Rolex Watches with All Original Parts Are the Best Investment Pieces

A Rolex watch with exchanged parts like bezel and hands and the same timepiece with original parts usually have a significant price difference. This is because of mainly two reasons –

  • The original vintage Rolex models are usually less in the market, and their number will only decrease over time.
  • Secondly, the non-original parts change the look and feel of a vintage timepiece.

However, the accessories that come with a vintage Rolex timepiece at the time of purchase also affect its value in the second hand market. The accessories include a cardholder or a hand-tag or so. In most instances, owners unwittingly miss or lose these accessories.

Once a watchmaker discontinues a model, it becomes difficult to get the original parts. Thus, getting a vintage Rolex in its original state is challenging. However, they make excellent investments.

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

Hulk or Batman: Which ‘Superhero’ Rolex Sports Watch is Better?

June 30th, 2021

Over the years, many Rolex watches have acquired appealing monikers after debuting in the market. And they are typically more recognised by their nicknames rather than their official names. However, while some Rolex models have been named after athletes or soda companies, others acquired nicknames inspired by superheroes.

And two of the most iconic Rolex watches and nicknames in the luxury watch industry are the “Hulk” and the “Batman”.

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The Rolex Submariner with green bezel and dial acquired the moniker “Hulk”. On the other hand, the Rolex GMT-Master II featuring a black and blue ceramic bezel was nicknamed the “Batman”.

Undoubtedly, both models are top-rated and coveted among collectors globally. If you sell a Rolex Submariner Hulk today or a GMT-Master II Batman, rest assured you will secure a premium price for your Rolex timepiece, especially if it is in excellent condition.

However, the Rolex Hulk and Rolex Batman are also two entirely different models with different functionality. The former is a diver watch, whereas the latter one is a traveller timepiece.

Now, the question is – which superhero Rolex watch is better? Is it the Rolex Hulk or the GMT-Master II Batman? Let’s try to find an answer to this challenging question below.

The Genesis of the Rolex Hulk and Rolex Batman

Rolex turned up with two Submariner models in 2010 – Reference 116610LN and the Reference 116610LV. They featured bulkier 40mm stainless steel cases, broader crown guards and lugs. Moreover, Rolex equipped them with a Maxi dial with bigger luminous plots and hands. Now:

  • While the Submariner Ref. 116610LN flaunted a black dial and bezel, the Reference 116610LV came with a green dial and bezel.
  • However, Reference 116610LV holds a significant position in luxury watchmaking historically.
  • It was the first-ever Submariner featuring a green ceramic bezel and a matching green dial.
  • Thanks to the vibrant green bezel and dial, collectors nicknamed this Submariner as the “Hulk”.

After three years, Rolex launched a new GMT-Master II in stainless steel with a blue-and-black ceramic bezel. And the watch captured collectors’ attention immediately. However, the dual-tone blue-and-black bezel acquired the nickname “Batman”.

Differences in Design & Functionalities

Rolex offered both the Hulk and the Batman a 40mm stainless steel case, a rotatable bezel, a date aperture, luminous hour markers and Mercedes-style hands. However, the difference between the two models is here –

  • The Submariner Hulk is a diver’s watch.
  • Thus, Rolex equipped the timepiece with a bezel that you can rotate only in one direction.
  • Moreover, the bezel flaunts 60 minutes engraved graduations that help to track diving times.
  • On the contrary, while the Rolex Batman is a GMT watch, it comes with a bi-directional rotatable bezel.
  • It features 24-hour markings for depicting the hour of another time zone.

Additionally, the GMT-Master II features an added GMT hand along with three hands. And the Submariner sports the conventional three hands.

Bracelets & Movements

The Rolex Submariner Hulk comes with a three-link, brushed Oyster bracelet and a Glidelock clasp. However, Rolex offered the first Batman Reference 116710BLNR in an Oyster bracelet and later, the Batman Reference 126710BLNR debuted with a five-link Jubilee bracelet. However, the watch has since become available also on the Oyster bracelet.

Naturally, the Hulk and the Submariner are powered by different movements.

  • The Calibre 3135 movement powers the Submariner Hulk.
  • On the other hand, the GMT-Master II Batman 116710BLNR runs on the Calibre 3186 and Ref. 126710BLNR on the Calibre 3285.

However, Rolex equipped both models with Triplock screw-down crown. Nonetheless, the GMT-Master II Batman is water-resistant to 300m, while the Submariner has a 300m depth rating.

So, Which Rolex “Superhero” Watch is Better? – Rolex Hulk or Rolex Batman

The Rolex Hulk and the Batman belong to two different flagship collections from Rolex. Both watches may feature the same frameworks, almost similar materials and bright colours. But they are different in functionalities.

The Hulk is a professional diver watch that can reach up to 300m depth underwater. Reversely, the Batman is a GMT model that can track the time of three time zones simultaneously.

Regardless, both are extremely popular and celebrated Rolex sports watches. It is pretty impossible to state which model is better. Deciding on the right timepiece will depend on your lifestyle or intend of using the watch and your taste of colour.

The Hulk and the Batman are top-notch in quality, design and functionality in their way. Moreover, both models can fetch premium prices in the pre-owned market.

What model do you prefer – Rolex Hulk or Rolex Batman? Want to know how much your Rolex Batman is worth today? Call us on 0207 242 9160 now for an instant appraisal.

However, we buy all Rolex watches for the best possible prices in the resale market. Sell your Rolex online or via appointment. The process is simple, secure and hassle-free. Get paid within minutes.

Also Read: Rolex GMT-Master II Batman 116710BLNR Vs 126710BLNR

Top 10 Facts You Should Know About Rolex

June 21st, 2021

Rolex is unlike any other watch brands. This independently run, privately-held entity today enjoys an unparalleled global recognition and reverence. And this is the result of success in various fields over the years, from the ocean depths, mountain peaks, space explorations to associations with notable personalities like Paul Newman, James Bond, and film appearances.

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The Swiss giant watchmaker has a universe of its own. It hardly permits anyone to enter its honoured walls and do not make their operations public. Rolex only produces watches. However, they work more than a mere timekeeper. The brand has taken the concept and standard of watchmaking to a new level.

Well, while you cannot head into the Rolex’s hallowed halls to see its operations, you can know about some fascinating facts that define the brand by reading this article. So, if you are a watch lover, continue reading below.

1. The Early Days of Inception

The illustrious journey of watchmaking started with the foundation of Wilsdorf & Davis Ltd in 1905 in London by Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis. Later, Hans Wilsdorf opened an office in Switzerland after registering the trademark “ROLEX” in 1908.

However, the company name was officially changed from “Wilsdorf & Davis Ltd.” to Rolex in 1915. Interestingly, there are many stories behind the Rolex name origination. One says that Hans Wilsdorf adhered to George Eastman’s lead. Eastman founded the name “Kodak” for his company, and his success paved the way for short, unique brand names.

According to another story, the name “Rolex” is a type of carry-on of “Horlogerie exquise”, a French phrase. However, Hans Wilsdorf had never confirmed what the inspiration behind the name Rolex is. Nevertheless, Rolex is undoubtedly a success.

2. Watchmaking Patents & Firsts

In 1910, a Rolex watch received the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision. Interestingly, it was the first-ever wristwatch globally to achieve this certificate that the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne granted. Later, Rolex patented the first-ever waterproof Oyster watch in 1926.

Rolex introduced the Datejust in 1945 as the first self-winding watch with a date display on the dial. Another iconic creation from Rolex was the Submariner in 1953. It was the first diver’s timepiece to have a water-resistant ability to reach a 100m depth.

Other Rolex patents include a helium escape valve in 1967, a unique 904L stainless steel in 1985, and the Parachrom hairspring.

3. Rolex uses a Unique, Expensive & Hard-to-make Steel

Rolex uses unique steel that no other watch brands use. Steel is available in several types and grades. However, most steel watches are crafted of 316L steel. But Rolex makes all the steel watches from 904L stainless steel.

Rolex introduced its exclusive 904L steel in 1988. This steel type is more corrosion and rust-resistant and much harder than other steels. Moreover, the 904L steel is pretty harder than other steel types and can also hold polishes exceptionally well.

Now, you may wonder why no other watchmakers use this steel in manufacturing their timepieces. The first significant reason is that the 904L steel is costlier and highly difficult to produce. It requires unique tools and expertise. Rolex is the only brand that has stepped ahead to take advantage of the 904L steel.

4. Rolex has Many Professional Science Labs

It’s actually no surprise to know that the watchmaker who is so particular about its watches’ quality and precision has its Research & Development department. In fact, Rolex has many professional and well-equipped science laboratories at its different facilities. In addition, the watchmaker researches its new watches, innovations, and more effective manufacturing processes.

Moreover, the brand’s laboratories are outstanding, as well as diverse. And the chemistry lab is ideally the most visually fascinating, equipped with tubes and beakers carrying gases and liquids. The highly trained scientists in the chemistry lab develop and research lubricants and oils that are used during the production process.

Furthermore, the Rolex factory has a room consisting of gas spectrometers and electron microscopes. Rolex scientists use these types of machinery to examine the metals and materials closely, maintaining the quality standards they ensure to offer.

However, another exciting room in the brand’s factory is the stress test room. The watchmaker instigates wear and abuse on its watch parts and movements via customised robots and machines.

5. Rolex Watches Receive Hands-on Human Attention

Rolex may have the most sophisticated machines and robots to help in their watch manufacturing process. But all its watches receive hands-on human attention. Rolex uses machines and robots to file, sort, catalogue, and other highly complicated works.

However, from bracelets to movements, every part in a Rolex watch is hand-assembled. Rolex is compulsive regarding quality control. The skilled artisans at the Rolex factory check, re-check and again check everything meticulously. This is also done before and after Rolex sends their movements for COSC certification.

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6. Kew A Certificate

Manufacturers used to send their handmade marine chronometers for testing at astronomical observatories like Geneva and Kew in the days gone by. Although every observatory had its specific standards, Kew was known to have the most stringent of all. Kew Observatory offered an A-class certificate only to the timepieces that performed exceptionally well. Thus, Kew tests were much more demanding than the test conducted by COSC today.

A Rolex watch earned the first Kew A certificate in 1914. However, Kew offered this certificate for the first time to a timepiece of that kind. In the 1940s, the company sent nearly 145 small watch movements for Kew testing. And surprisingly, 136 movements earned the Kew A certificates.

The watchmaker finished all these movements by hands, and its master timer Jean Matile adjusted each of them. They housed most of the movements in 32mm steel watches. In addition, however, Rolex equipped twenty-four of the movements in 34mm gold watch cases. And undoubtedly, these timepieces are among the most desirable in the world.

7. Fort Knox has No Association with Rolex

Rolex utilises several highly diligent security checks, and you will be fascinated to know that they possess a Bond-style safe. And the safe is situated a few floors underground. Everything is first scanned and then catalogued. Moreover, The brand attributes a unique serial number to each of its movements. Finally, they photograph the serial number and matches it with a case that also comes with a unique serial number. Now:

If anyone has to access the brand’s safe, they need to enter a bank vault door and pass an iris scanner that recognises your identity through your eyes. Overall, the watchmaker is very strict and cautious about their security as we all know that Rolex watches are sound investments.

8. They have a Team of Gemologists

This Swiss giant has an extensive gemological department involved in buying, testing, arranging and setting precious stones, including diamonds in several Rolex watches. They meticulously check the gemstones they buy from their suppliers to confirm their authenticity. For example, they ensures the diamonds’ authenticity using x-rays.

Moreover, every batch of diamonds also undergoes testing to ensure premium quality. Thus, their diamonds are of IF clarity and range from D to G in colour grade – the watchmaker hand-choose and handset every diamond on its watches.

9. Rolex Takes Nearly One Year to Produce a Watch

Rolex does not employ any shortcut techniques to manufacture its watches. The brand is very particular about its watches’ efficiency and quality. They only continue seeing how they can improve more and more. You will see that the brand upgrades its collection with a new size, movement or material but keeps the original design and aesthetics the same.

From beginning to shape the case to testing a watch for accuracy, the entire process takes nearly a year. Every model needs many parts, and almost everything is made in-house from the base. After that, expert artisans at the factory hand-assemble and hand-test every watch. Furthermore, they are checked and re-checked again intensely. Taken all these processes together, they takes nearly one year to make a watch.

10. They Produces Almost Everything In-house

Rolex makes virtually every part of its watches in its factory. The brand produces its cases, dials, bezels, bracelets, movements and gold. Besides the complicated machines, Rolex also invests in the techniques and processes. However, while they make almost everything in-house, the brand is genuinely independent.

If you love watches, you love Rolex. They are perhaps the most successful high-end watchmakers and the most successful luxury brands in the globe.

Want to sell a Rolex watch in London? Fill in our online form and get a free competitive quote instantly. Or call on 0207 242 9160 now.

Dive into Deep With The Iconic Rolex Dive Watches

June 17th, 2021

Rolex dive watches are some of the most coveted timepieces in the world. And it’s not surprising as they are backed by an illustrious history, notable collaborations, robust and unique designs and precise movements.

Currently, the Rolex catalogue consists of four dive watch collections – the Submariner Date, the Submariner No-Date, the Sea-Dweller and the Deepsea.

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The Submariner is available in various materials, bezel and dial options. The Submariner No-Date was the first dive timepiece from Rolex, introduced in 1953. However, Rolex also produced the Deepsea to participate in several ocean expeditions. Continue reading to explore more.

The Rolex Submariner

Rolex introduced a new generation of Submariner watches last year in 2020, offering a new 41mm case diameter. The new Submariner Date and Submariner No-Date models are powered by Calibre 3235 and Calibre 3230, respectively. Both the movements are COSC certified. This signifies that the watches will lose or gain more than 2 seconds per day.

The Submariner watches come with metal bracelets and a uni-directional rotatable ceramic bezel. However, Rolex equipped the bracelets with an exclusive Glidelock system. It allows adjusting the bracelet, offering a comfortable fit even over a diving suit.

The Rolex Sea-Dweller

Rolex developed the Sea-Dweller in collaboration with COMEX. The Sea-Dweller accompanied the COMEX divers on their wrist while underwater. In 1972, two COMEX divers survived nearly 50 hours at 610m depth in a pressurized chamber.

  • COMEX divers also worked at over 500m depth in the ocean and 701m depth inside a pressure chamber.
  • The Rolex Sea-Dweller acted as the perfect underwater companion with three times more water-resistant ability and a helium escape valve in all these accomplishments.

The Rolex Sea-Dweller COMEX timepieces are rare and, eventually, expensive. In 1967, Rolex began to mass-produce the Sea-Dweller offering a helium escape valve. The watch could combat water pressure to 610m depth. However, Rolex increased the water-resistant power of the Sea-Dweller to an impressive 1,220m in 1980.

In 2017, Rolex introduced a new Sea-Dweller version to celebrate its 50th anniversary, replacing the 2014’s model. The watch currently measures 43mm in diameter and features red letting on its dial. Other features include the Cyclops lens and diver’s bezel with 60-minute graduations.

The Rolex Deepsea

Rolex developed the Deepsea with an entirely new case design that could complement the tremendous water resistance. The watch featured a grade 5 titanium case back, an inner BioDur 108 steel ring, a 904L steel case and a sapphire crystal of 5.5mm thickness. Rolex designed the watch to withstand 4,900m depth.

  • However, the watchmaker upgraded the Deepsea in 2018 with a new movement and a more balanced case.
  • The movement boasts 70hours of power reserve.
  • The Deepsea bracelet comes with a Fliplock extension system that ensures easy extension up to 26mm.

In 2012, Rolex developed a uniquely designed watch, the “Deepsea Challenge” for James Cameron’s underwater project “Deepsea Challenge”. The watch was fitted outside of Cameron’s submersible vehicle. Moreover, the Rolex Deepsea Challenge watch was water-resistant up to 12,000m depth and featured the Ringlock system.

While all Rolex dive watches are extremely popular and desirable, they retain an excellent resale value. This means that your Rolex Submariner or Sea-Dweller can fetch you top prices from potential watch buyers in the pre-owned market.

Want to know how much your Rolex is worth? Fill in our online form now or call on 0207 242 9160. Sell your Rolex online or via appointment. The process is quick, secure and hassle-free. From getting a quote to getting paid, the process may take as little as an hour to complete. So contact us today.

Also Read: 5 New Rolex Watches for 2021

Why Choose Us as Your Trusted Pawnbrokers in London?

June 1st, 2021

Have you run out of money? Need some fast cash? No worries, you can get the amount of money you need within minutes by getting in touch with the trusted pawnbrokers in London at The Luxury Hut.

In difficult or uncertain times, like the current pandemic situation, you may need some fast cash to pay off your electric bills, medical bills or maybe for any other reasons. And in a financially dire situation, pawning your precious asset is ideally the best choice that you can make.

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The Luxury Hut pawn shop London offers a quick and secure way to pawn luxury assets & get instant cash. We lend against luxury watches, diamond jewellery and gold. With our expert evaluators always on hand, we ensure to make the pawnbroking process more convenient than ever.

So what are the advantages of choosing us as your trusted pawnbrokers? Continue reading below to find it out.

Fast & simple way

With trusted pawnbrokers London at The Luxury Hut, you can obtain a cash loan within a few hours. To begin the process, all you have to do is fill in our simple online form. Provide us with all the details of the item you want to use as collateral for your pawn loan. Or you can call us on 0207 242 9160 straight.

We will evaluate your item based on the details provided and give you a free competitive loan quote. If you are happy with it, send us your asset or visit our office in Hatton Garden London via appointment.

We will make you our final cash loan offer. Accept it, sign a pledge receipt, and we will pay you immediately via bank transfer or any other preferred method of payment. The entire process requires much less paperwork.

Whether you pawn your asset online or via appointment, the process may take as little as a few hours to complete.

No credit checks, no obligations

We do not carry out any credit check before lending money against your collateral, nor we have any other obligations to get a pawn loan.

Get a loan against your Rolex watch or any diamond or gold jewellery without any hassle. We will offer you the highest possible amount of cash loan, based on your collateral’s age, condition, current market price and a few other essential factors.

You may only need to provide us with proof of ID to get into the transaction. However, another significant factor that makes The Luxury Hut the best choice as the most trusted pawnbrokers in London is –

Unlike other pawnbrokers, we do not charge set-up fees for any assets pawned with us.

Get a contact-free home collection

At The Luxury Hut, we always strive to make the pawnbroking process straightforward and hassle-free as much as possible. We provide a contact-free home collection to all our customers.

You can send your asset(s) to us from the comfort of your home or anywhere using our contact-free home collection and a fully insured shipping label.

This means that pawning your luxury watch/jewellery online and securing extra cash is now more convenient than ever.

Retrieve your collateral anytime

The maximum pawn loan tenure is six to seven months. However, you can redeem your item(s) any time before your loan term ends by paying off the original loan amount and the interest due up to that day. We do not charge any early retrieval fees.

Want to know more about our interest rates or how our loan process works? Call us on 0207 242 9160 now, and we will be happy to answer any queries you have on pawning your asset with us.

Or, if you want to get a quote for a loan against watches or jewellery, fill in our simple online form today.

Introducing: Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin

May 19th, 2021

Vacheron Constantin adds the Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin as a 2021 novelty this year to its ultra-exclusive Excellence Platine collection. Almost all parts of this watch are crafted of platinum. And it houses a movement that is a modern interpretation of the classic Rattrapante movement. However, the brand made several enhancements to the movement, including a peripheral winding rotor.

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Being a part of the brand’s Traditionelle family, this Traditionelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin flaunts a more classical design style. The watch manifests Vacheron Constantin’s innovative spirit, backed by an identity that commemorates heritage and delivers the unexpected.

The Key Features are –

  • This watch is a 15-piece limited-edition timepiece
  • It is entirely crafted of 950 platinum
  • The in-house ultra-thin Calibre 3500 movement powers this watch.

The New Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph Ultra-Thin watch is made up of 950 Platinum and comes in a 42.5mm case. The watch flaunts a mirror-grade polishing and sharp edges on curled lugs with a flat platinum bezel on it.

  • With a thickness of only 10.72mm, this new Traditionnelle Split-Seconds chronograph justifies its “Ultra-Thin” name.
  • Moreover, the timepiece comes with crown-set, rectangular pushers on the right side for chronograph functions.
  • What boosts the overall appeal is the contrasting blue alligator leather strap.
  • The bracelet shows silk and platinum stitching and features a platinum buckle in the half-Maltese cross shape.

However, the dial exhibits a traditional-styled chronograph layout and a sapphire crystal topping it. The dial configuration reflects the wartime and post-war-era Vacheron Constantin split-second chronographs. But the watchmaker did not highlight any specific heritage reference taken as inspiration for the new Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Ultra-Thin Chronograph.

  • Like the case, the dial is made of platinum and has a sand-blasted finish and polished-black accents on the surface.
  • Furthermore, the dial flaunts two parallel sub-dials at 3 & 9 o’clock, respectively, for 60 elapsed minutes and for the running seconds.
  • There is another sub-dial at 6 o’clock side to indicate the power reserve.

However, you cannot miss catching a glimpse of the Maltese Cross set at 12-hour side above the brand’s logo. While two slender Dauphine hands show the minutes and hours, the two blued-hands determine the split-seconds chronograph.

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A Closer Look at The Split-Seconds Chronograph Complication

A split-seconds chronograph is a mechanical complication employed for tracking two different elapsed time. In the new Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Chronograph –

  • Once you press the crown, the split-seconds hand and centre sweep-seconds hand start monitoring the time simultaneously, staying super-imposed.
  • However, when you activate the second pusher at 2 o’clock, the split-seconds hand stops measuring.
  • But the sweep-seconds hand continues functioning, enabling you to record the first interval without stopping the chronograph entirely.

The Vacheron Constantin Calibre 3500 movement make this split-seconds chronograph complication possible, powering the new Traditionnelle Ultra-Thin watch. You can see this highly embellished movement through a sapphire exhibition window on the platinum case-back. However, this automatic movement features a 22ct yellow gold peripheral rotor that is just 5.2mm thick. It has a 48-hour power reserve and about 21,600vph frequency.

Overall, the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Split-Seconds Ultra-Thin Chronograph is an exclusive part of the Collection Excellence Platine. This collection consists of watches crafted entirely of 950 Platinum, including case, bezel, dial and buckle.

Do you want to sell a Vacheron Constantin watch? Fill up our online form now and receive a free valuation immediately. Or call on 0207 242 9160. You can also WhatsApp us for an instant valuation.

5 New Rolex Watches for 2021

May 14th, 2021

The new creations that Rolex brought to life using its exclusive watchmaking expertise were ideally the biggest news of 2021. As expected, this year’s novelties did not disappoint and already creating a lot of buzz in the watch world. Rolex introduced its new 2021 watches at the Watches & Wonders Geneva online event, and the list includes …….

1. New Rolex Explorer

Rolex added a new bi-tone ‘Yellow Rolesor’ model to the adventurer Explorer collection. The watch features a versatile 36mm case, yellow gold bezel and yellow gold-edged hour markers and hands.

2. New Rolex Explorer II

The new Rolex Explorer II retains the same striking Polar dial style, black-trimmed hour markers, hands and the vibrant orange arrow hand. However, a bigger 42mm steel case frames the Polar dial.

3. New Rolex Daytona

Rolex boosted the appeal of this iconic collection by adding new, luxurious dial variations made of metallic meteorite and available in yellow, white and Everose gold & with metal or Oysterflex bracelet.

4. New Rolex Datejust

The Datejust collection now offers some additional dial options, some flaunting unique designs. The most striking one is the palm motif dial design, ready to accompany you on your summer holidays.

5. New Rolex Day-Date

One of the most notable new addition to the Day-Date series is a new stone dial with a portion of Eisenkiesel on the surface. The new dial options also include a slate dial and a classic white Roman dial.

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