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Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, do not forget Tuesday 14th February, so the hunt to find the ‘perfect’ present is officially on!
Time and time again, you find yourself stuck in this weird scenario where the pressure to find the ultimate gift for your loved one is ridiculously high. You might want to pick a gift that is thoughtful, unique, not so flashy etc… Our suggestion?
Honestly, if there’s one thing, we feel many of us have learnt in the past few years, is that time is truly precious. This Valentine’s Day, celebrate time by gifting your special someone with a wonderful timepiece. Trust us, it is the perfect gift for making any moment more special.
Most of the time, finding gifts for men on special occasions can be a task, particularly when he seems to have everything. Chocolates do not make for great gifting ideas on the day of love. And you may want to go extra special. We say, surprise him with a gorgeous and functional timepiece.
A luxury watch is precious, aesthetic and functional, everything he will truly and genuinely value for many years and, in most cases, a lifetime.
Whether you’d want to pick a dress, sporty or casual style watch, we have rounded up some of our season’s favorites to make it easy for you.
Rolex is hands-down the most celebrated luxury watch brand and a gift he will cherish forever. The Rolex Sky-Dweller Ref. 326935 is a distinctive timepiece with a rotating Ring Command fluted bezel, unique to Rolex. The combination of fine aesthetics and high functionality makes this Rolex a standout within the collection.
The 42mm Everose Gold watch with the classic Oyster bracelet is nothing short of a wrist candy. The model’s most prominent feature is the chocolate dial highlighting the second time zone display on an off-centre dial disc that adds to its strong appeal. This exemplary timepiece is a collector’s favourite and can never be a mismatch for any man.
Crafted entirely from 18ct yellow gold, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 14790BA.OO.0789BA.01 is one of the most glamorous-looking timepieces from the brand’s wide catalogue. Since its foundation, the Royal Oak has caused waves in the industry with its unconventional design and continues to count itself as one of the most prestigious.
The Ref. 14790BA.OO.0789BA.01 is an attention-grabber for its all-gold look. Classic in design, the watch has an octagonal bezel with exposed screws and looks extremely elegant with the gold dial featuring matching hands and hour markers. Loaded with versatile functionalities, this extravagant timepiece makes an extraordinary Valentine’s gift.
The word ‘eclectic’ comes to mind when you first see the IWC Big Ingenieur Ref. IW500503. Sitting comfortably in a 45.7mm 18ct 5N Gold case surrounded by a gold bezel, the generous proportion of the Big Ingenieur ensures he can wear the watch on any given occasion.
The silver dial pairs well with the gold case, especially its symmetry and stylish way of telling the time. Moreover, the red indicator on the power reserve display makes the Ref. IW500503 instantly recognisable. This model is set on a brown crocodile skin strap, adding enormous grace to the timepiece. If he’s someone who likes to make a big impact with simple things, this is the watch for him.
The stainless steel Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea Ref. 116660 is one of the most-loved Rolex releases. As a watch that explores unimaginable depths, it embraces robust qualities with inherent strength. Rolex has only released black dial versions for the Ref. 116660, and it is the only dive watch with no Cyclops lens over the 3 o’clock date window. This feature lends a pleasing symmetry to the dial look.
The 44mm timepiece works faultlessly at 4000M underwater, making it perfect for diving enthusiasts. Someone with a dynamic personality will immediately fall in love with this magnificent timepiece.
Since launching the famous Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre has rewritten the rulebook for watchmaking, embracing innovation at every step. The JLC Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar is another perfect example of the brand’s definition of high-performing and aesthetic timepieces. The Ref. 1308470 offers a perpetual calendar in an ultra-thin surrounding shrouded in deep colours.
The 39mm stainless steel case makes the watch light enough to wear during the office, play, leisure, or robust outside activities. However, the most fascinating part is the black dial featuring index hour markers, three black sub-dials, a 4-digit year window between 7 & 8 o’clock and a hemispherical-coloured moon phase at 12 o’clock. Let this be his ultimate go-to timepiece for any occasion.
When choosing a gift for her, the first thing you consider is that it must be precious enough to make her feel special. A timepiece can leave a big impression. It may seem simple but can be one of the most looked over gifts.
A luxury watch is a stylish reminder of time and your love for her. You can pick a casual watch, a timeless piece, or something gem-studded to woo her completely. We have listed watches of all types for you to choose from.
Take the gift of flowers a notch higher with Vacheron Constantin’s Harmony Dual Time timepiece, and thank us later, for it will make your girl the happiest. The Ref. 7805S/000R-B140 looks resplendent in an 18ct rose gold body with bright diamonds shining all over the case. Vacheron Constantin offers watches dedicated to contemporary women, and this model asserts its supremacy elegantly.
The 37mm rose gold cushion-shaped case is reminiscent of a fine piece of jewellery and looks beautiful on the wrist, with the glistening row of diamonds grabbing immediate attention. The unconventional case shape, clean silver dial with day/night indicator and warm grey alligator strap make it the perfect Valentine’s Day present for the chic dresser. Classic yet contemporary, this Vacheron Constantin timepiece is sure to impress your lady.
A timeless, beautiful watch, the Cartier Tank Solo fuses a classic design with elegant aesthetics to become one of the most in-demand timepieces of all time. The small and chic 28mm bi-metal watch has a stainless steel and 18ct yellow gold case surrounded by an 18ct yellow gold bezel. The white dial features black Roman numeral numerals, blued-steel sword-shaped hands and the famous blue cabochon synthetic spinel. The black leather strap pairs well with everything, making it a fantastic regular-wear timepiece.
Even though the Cartier Tank Solo Ref. 2742 is a unisex watch piece, but has proved hugely popular amongst the free-spirited, elegant female clientele. This is one of the major reasons why Cartier has preserved its distinctive identity over the years. The love of your life can take a quick glance at it and feel your love whenever she’s missing you too much.
If the lady in your life loves gold, the Rolex Datejust Ref. 116231 is what you should present her. The 36mm bi-metal timepiece features a stainless steel and 18ct Everose gold case with 18ct Everose gold fluted bezel. The pink watch dial gleams fantastically when light hits the ten-diamond dot hour markers. She will not just fall in love with you but also with this wonderful timepiece.
Not just with its looks, but the Rolex stands out with its incredible functionalities, including the date aperture at 3 o’clock, a power reserve of 48 hours and a water resistance of 10ATM. That’s not all. The bi-metal jubilee bracelet ensures she can wear it for both business and leisure travels.
Nothing’s more certain to delight her than this stunning Chopard timepiece on Valentine’s Day presented on a shiny 18ct white gold case dazzling with rows of diamonds on the case side. The elegant white gold iteration will surely leave her mesmerised while you allow this watch to express your true feelings for her effortlessly.
Featuring a 32mm x 36mm white gold case with 282 diamonds set on the bezel, the watch is nothing short of a beauty in white. The white textured dial looks neat and balances the appeal with large Arabic numerals positioned at 3/6/9 o’clock. Overall, the Ref. 137184 is a symbol of unmistakable good taste, and the combination of the white gold case with genuine Chopard strap makes it refined.
It’s commonly said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but if your special lady shies away from such glitz and glamour, give her a little bling-free glimmer with the elegant Cartier Ballon Bleu. While the round shape in Cartier immediately seals the deal, there are other fascinating elements in this watch that hooks you immediately. The 28mm steel piece has a white dial with prominent black Roman numerals and sword-shaped blue steel hands.
Ladies greatly prefer Cartier for their dedication to creating the most versatile ladies’ timepieces, and the Ballon Bleu is one of its hot sellers. The watch can be a subtle reminder of your love that hugs her wrist seamlessly.
The greatest gift you could give your loved one this Valentine’s Day is a promise to spend more time together. And a luxurious watch could serve as a daily reminder of spending some fabulous time with each other.
Choosing any of the above timepieces for your loved one this Valentine’s Day is equivalent to expressing your love. So, go ahead and indulge in lavish gifting this season. View our collections or give us a call to pick the perfect piece.
There was a lot to watch at this year’s first award ceremony, the 80th Golden Globes. While big names like Jennifer Coolidge, Colin Farrell and Austin Butler took home some worthy awards, the night was rightfully claimed by what the stars were wearing on their wrists!
The Golden Globes 2023 was a watch connoisseur’s paradise. Celebrities like Andrew Garfield, Eddie Redmayne, Jay Ellis and Sebastian Stan sported some of the most standout timepieces in style.
Here’s a bunch of the best watches from the big night.
Nominated for the Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For TV, Sebastian Stan walked the carpet wearing a modern and neat black tuxedo. However, the watch peeping under the velvet sleeves surpassed this hot look to gain notice. He was wearing a marvellous Tag Heuer underneath.
Crediting to its racecar-driving past, the Tag Heuer Carrera Date has the soul of a sports watch, and when paired with the velvet tuxedo, it won the red carpet and millions of hearts. The watch finely complimented his appearance and is definitely one of our favourites from the night.
There were many great menswear looks from this year’s Golden Globes Awards. Another man to make it to our top list is Jay Ellis. The Maverick star looked sharp in a tailored black suede jacket and matching trousers, lending a classic red carpet appearance. Adding a bit more shine and sophistication was the Cartier Tank Americaine on his wrist that proved classics are always a sure-shot way to turn heads on any major event.
The Cartier Tank Americaine has a well-built and sleek frame inspired by the new Renault tanks. When you’re wearing something as indisputable as this Cartier masterpiece, there’s absolutely nothing that could go wrong.
Best known for his childhood roles in Indiana Jones and The Goonies, Ke Huy Quan made a strong impression past year with his critically acclaimed role in Everywhere Everything All at Once. The actor took home the award for Best Supporting Actor. But what caught the attention was his small but mighty timepiece.
Quan chose to wear an Omega DeVille Prestige timepiece with his tuxedo, proving that big things do come in small packages. The stainless steel and 18ct yellow gold case of this relatively small 34mm watch gave some notable flashes on his wrist as the actor celebrated his career’s biggest win that night.
Jeremy Allen White’s critically acclaimed role in The Bear has earned him a Golden Globe honour. In the movie, Jeremy portrayed a chef returning home to run his family-owned sandwich shop. The thing that gained the actor smooth approval from his fans and also from us is the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony in rose gold.
The 40mm timepiece draws inspiration from a 1957 Vacheron Constantin watch and has a round, ultra-thin case. Not to mention, it is what many watch fans dream of. The piece looked particularly chic and elegant on ‘The Bear’ star wearing a Dior tux.
Everyone is talking about him, and why not? Andrew Garfield was hands-down one of the best-dressed men at the Golden Globes 2023. Everything about him was a show-stopper, whether it was his charming orange Zegna suit or his decision to match it with the dial of his Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra. His energy in the terracotta suit with a black shirt and tieless tie was lethal.
However, it was the Omega wristwatch that accentuated his look tenfold. The 38mm Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial timepiece has a robust stainless steel case and bracelet, and the saffron dial beautifully coordinates his attire. The stunning Spider-Man actor definitely knows how to dress like a stunner.
Eddie Redmayne never disappoints when making stylish appearances on the red carpet. The actor gracefully joined the best-dressed men list as he sported a fantastic flower on his tuxedo suit. The Fantastic Beasts actor is a known Omega ambassador, so it’s only expected of him to pick a stunning Omega for the event.
He wore a 40mm Omega DeVille Tresor Co-Axial Chronometer on his wrist that we just couldn’t ignore. The rose gold case against the dark blue dial offers a rich and nice contrast, resulting in a ‘modern-meets-vintage’ fit.
Another man who made it visible that he was having the best night of his life was Barry Keoghan. Even though the actor did not win the Best Supporting Actor award, his baby blue LV suit and an Omega Speedmaster ’57 watch with a blue dial featuring ‘Broad Arrow’ hands gained him all the praise and attention.
The Irish actor certainly knows how to dress like a winner. We must acknowledge that the ‘Eternals’ actor’s stylist did a great job matching his icy eyes to the colour of his outfit and the blue dial Omega timepiece, making him stand out even more!
And that’s a wrap to the 2023 Golden Globes’ most talked-about wristwatches. The red carpet just revealed how diverse it could be in terms of its horology offerings-both in style and colour. If you haven’t checked it already, it’s time you do.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 witnessed some of the most nail-biting moments, with upsets, joy, drama and surprises at every turn. This was one of the most anticipated football tournaments, with Lionel Messi taking his retirement. Fans took their sides, and for the watch enthusiasts, not only was the field game interesting but also what happened off-field.
As most eyes were glued to their feet, we had our eyes on the wrists of the top players. We spotted some excellent timepieces on the wrists of the star players starting Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, and others.
Here are the top watches we saw!
While appearing for one of his press conferences, Cristiano Ronaldo wore a new Jacob & Co. Epic X ‘Flight of CR7’ in 18ct rose gold. The New York brand teamed with the football superstar to inaugurate a new collection to mark their 20th year of ongoing collaboration. It is a limited edition of 100 pieces featuring a 44mm case with striking X-shaped lugs. The bezel looks luxurious with 24 baguette-cut diamonds.
However, what catches the attention is the skeleton movement featuring two vertical pillars. The left pillar demonstrates Cristiano Ronaldo himself, and the right one bears the footballer’s signature and the famous CR7 logo, both engraved in bold.
That’s not all. The limited edition timepiece exhibits another printed image of Cristiano Ronaldo wearing his 7-number jersey on the case back.
Shortly after Ronaldo received the watch, the superstar wore it while boarding a flight to Qatar.
Apart from the collective belief that Messi is arguably football’s King, we all can agree on another most interesting thing about him. We mean his love for luxurious watches. On numerous occasions, Lionel Messi has been wearing some of the most coveted timepieces. And this World Cup was his last chance to bring home the trophy that has forever dodged him during his illustrious career.
He won the FIFA trophy and made heads turn with what was on his wrist. One of the two watches worn by Messi was the Rolex Day-Date Ref. 228206. The 40mm platinum case houses a lustrous ice-blue dial featuring Roman numeral hour markers. It has a smooth bezel and integrates into the prestigious President bracelet. If not anything else, the watch most certainly reminds us of the national team colour.
The second watch worn by Lionel Messi was the stunning Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5740 in 18ct white gold. This rare timepiece is extremely sought-after and is the first watch with grand complication in the Nautilus catalogue. The Nautilus presents a unique look and casts a nice impression on the wrist. The 40mm polished case and bracelet of 18ct white gold sits comfortably surrounding the sunburst blue dial. The gold-applied hour markers bring the perfect elegance.
Making it yet again to the list is Neymar with his Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona Ref. 116518LN. The Cosmograph Daytona is one of the most prestigious timepieces worldwide in 18ct yellow gold. The watch features a 40mm case with a stunning black dial featuring champagne-coloured sub-dials making it a true icon. The traditional dial colourway makes the watch one of the most sought-after.
During his arrival at the FIFA World Cup 2022 held in Qatar, star Brazilian football player Neymar Jr. wore what we call the international symbol of success -the striking Rolex Day-Date ‘Rainbow’ Ref. 128348RBR crafted in solid 18ct yellow gold. The most attention-grabbing element of the Day-Date is the dial set with a series of brilliant-cut diamonds and 12 rainbow-colour sapphires as hour markers. The bezel also flaunts a row of diamonds.
At just 23, Kylian Mbappe is already filling the space between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi with many spectacular wins under his name. The list includes lifting the World Cup trophy four years ago. After his match against Australia, the French team footballer wore the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang King Gold Ref. 642.OX.0180.RX. Hublot watches are popular for their urban aesthetics and sporty designs, making them popular among athletes.
Mbappe’s Hublot timepiece came in a 42mm 18ct King gold case, a sapphire dial and a spectacular skeletonized movement. The bezel is polished and micro-blasted with 18ct King gold featuring 6H-shaped titanium screws.
England captain Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world. But apart from his ‘goals’, another thing that strikes hard is his remarkable watch stock. Recently, the captain wore one of the most coveted timepieces in the world –the Rolex Daytona ‘Rainbow’ Ref. 116595RBOW made of 18ct rose gold. The watch is a bold, stylish and colourful statement, and the nearly 100 sparkling gemstones make it a truly vibrant luxury timepiece.
To start with, the bezel has 36 baguette-cut rainbow sapphires. Next, the case has 56 sparkling brilliant-cut diamonds set on it. The dial is fully paved with diamonds featuring 11 baguette-cut rainbow-coloured sapphires as the hour markers.
Kane’s Rainbow Rolex stirred quite a rumour in the tournament, as many believed he wore it as a sign of protest. Qatar strongly opposes homosexuality and told the teams not to wear OneLove armbands that support the LGBTQ+ communities. In such a scenario, wearing the Rainbow Daytona resembling the ‘Pride Flag’ could possibly qualify as a sign of protest.
Another stunning watch worn by Harry Kane was the Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5968G in khaki green. The captain wore this on his wrist during the big match. The Patek Aquanaut’s casual-chic appearance is purpose-built to suit an active lifestyle. The colour scheme is one of the most novel aspects of this Aquanaut Chronograph.
Measuring 42.2mm in diameter, the 18ct white gold octagonal case watch is the ultimate expression of sports luxe design. It’s a real stunner! The embossed dial has applied numerals as hour markers, a 60-minute sub-dial at 6 o’clock and a date window at 3 o’clock.
FYI: Another player to sport this khaki-green beauty was Argentina’s striker Lautaro Martinez.
Netherland’s star player Virgil van Dijk has one of the most eye-catchy timepieces of the year- the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Ref. 26579CS in blue ceramic. The watch can accurately tell the date, time, day, month, leap year, moon phase and week. It needs no adjustment for a century! Plus, the electric blue ceramic case makes it one of the most statement timepieces.
The blue dial features the Grande Tapisserie pattern with a blue inner bezel and blue counters. The octagonal bezel has matching octagonal screws distributed evenly on it. It’s a fine-balancing act that AP is incredibly good at. Lastly, the bracelet made of blue ceramic is equally iconic.
When star athletes talk to the press or go to the field for a pre-game stroll, they walk their own fashion show. Then there are moments when the coach screams at his team while pointing at the field. You can see a watch playing peek-a-boo from under his cuff. Well, whatever the reason, we love them for such shows!
Now you know it’s not only the match that hooked everyone during the World Cup 2022. The players made sure that their watch game was A-class too! Everyone turned heads with their picky timepieces, from Messi to Ronaldo, Neymar to Kane. In short, this year’s FIFA was truly one-of-a-kind in every sense.
Vacheron Constantin launches a fresh new line of wristwatches dedicated to women. The new ‘Égérie’ collection is a fine blend of contemporary and classic aesthetics and features amazing techniques making it all the more attractive. It’s always in extremes for the brand. Either, it creates the most complicated timepieces or designs decorative wristwatches that take years to make.
The latest results beautifully articulate the depth of Vacheron Constantin’s legendary watchmaking skills and prowess. The Maison creates no unremarkable watches, and the latest series deeply intertwines its history and daring aesthetics to create something inexplicably exquisite. Though every offering by the brand is worthy of celebration, the new luxurious watches exude a nearly magical aura to impress at once.
Vacheron Constantin has released the new ÉGÉRIE’ collection inspired by and devoted to women. The watches come in 37mm cases and impactfully define the essence of feminine beauty.
The new ‘Égérie’ ladies’ Moon Phase timepieces have diamonds set all over that sparkle on the wrist. The watches further stand out with engraving, enamelling and a special ‘tapisserie’ technique making each watch a piece of art. Vacheron refers to this gold filigree technique as Belle Haute Horlogerie.
All the Égérie timepieces are beautiful and practical, making them perfect for office and after-dark parties. The gorgeously feminine collection dives into a new dimension with diamonds that further accentuate feminine grace.
‘Égéria’ is a famous nymph from Roman mythology who has inspired numerous designers, artists and creative talents. Vacheron has inculcated similar aesthetics to express pleasingly harmonious geometry and fabric in each timepiece. The entire collection draws its inspiration from Haute Couture.
There are diamonds, and then there are too many diamonds. Presenting the new Égérie ‘Moon Phase Jewellery’ timepiece Ref. 8016F/127R-B977, Vacheron Constantin has surpassed all illuminating designs with this one. The timepiece is a vision with 1377 diamonds dazzling throughout the gold case, bezel, dial, and bracelet. VC is amongst the world’s finest watchmakers, and this timepiece is one of its finest. The watch sits in a 37mm 18ct 5N gold case with diamonds intricately gracing every inch of this timepiece.
Furthermore, the moon phase sub-dial at 1.30 enhances the glory tenfold. The two Mother-Of-Pearl moons remain tucked behind the sapphire crystal clouds creating a dreamy starry night affair. Through the crystal case, you can visually experience the calibre of the self-winding 1088 L moon phase.
Decorated with no less than 845 sparkling round-cut diamonds, this fine timepiece looks splendid with the 18ct 5N pink gold case and bezel. The 37mm pink gold case flaunts a dazzling diamond-set bezel surrounding a fully diamond-paved dial. Between 1 and 2 o’clock, the moon disc has two Mother-Of-Pearl moons hiding behind the translucent sapphire crystal clouds.
The Ref. 8006F/000R-B976 recalls the starry sky, and the midnight blue alligator leather strap with a gem-set buckle perfectly complements the dial. The coming together of master horology with excellent beauty makes it priceless.
A new model with intricate pink gold detailing is the Égérie ‘Moon Phase’ Ref. 8005F/120R-H002. Looking fantastic in a 37mm 18ct 5N pink gold case rimmed with 58 shiny diamonds, the watch features an exotic-looking dial. The dial flaunts intertwined circles, and its aesthetic resembles the subtle pleating of silk obtained using the famous Tapisserie technique. The moon phase sub-dial sits between 1 and 2 o’clock surrounded by 36 round-cut diamonds. The two gold moons stand out amidst the starry sky and remain hidden behind the magnificent Mother-Of-Pearl clouds.
This 18ct 5N pink gold timepiece integrates with a pink gold mesh-style bracelet to contour the women’s wrist seamlessly. Vacheron’s diligent commitment to fine watchmaking remains impeccably highlighted in the creation.
Like the lace-makers craft the most artistic creations with their needles, Vacheron Constantin has combined its watchmaking expertise and precious materials to create this one-of-a-kind timepiece. The special watch piece draws inspiration from Burano Lace. The watch flaunts diamonds set into a floral-themed ornamental overlay. And that’s just one of the five delicate dial layers. The pattern looks exotic and dramatic, contrasting the black enamel background. Over 4 carats of diamonds adorn the unique watch.
The master artisans have employed engraving, enamelling, gem-setting, and Tapisserie to curate this precious timepiece. It sits comfortably on a 37mm 18ct white gold case complemented by a black calf-skin strap featuring a buckle set with 21 diamonds. You can interchange the strap with a Missisippiensis alligator-leather strap in black.
Feminity has multiple facets, and Vacheron Constantin has most beautifully upheld the essence with the newly launched ‘Égérie’ collection. The superlative timepieces reveal the character beautifully and offer a truly dazzling sight. The fervent dedication to design, precision and quality is just a reflection of VC’s unparalleled mastery and passion that shows in every detail of the wristwatches.
The reputable brand has successfully delighted its long list of faithful connoisseurs with the latest surprising timepieces that are sure to cast a spell in the world of dress watches. Make each moment precious and memorable with Égérie.
The holiday bells are ringing, and it’s time you start thinking about what gift you will give your loved ones. How about a trophy watch? We’re talking about the prestigious crown brand –Rolex. Special occasions call for special gifts, and what better than Rolex to mark the year-end celebration? This ideal gift reflects nothing short of luxury, class and prestige, which the recipient will be pleased to receive!
Now that we’ve said why Rolex watches are the perfect gifts this holiday let’s help you out with the best ones. Whether you want a chic, contemporary, or diamond-studded Rolex timepiece, we have covered it all so that the watches appeal to you immediately.
The Oyster Perpetual Daytona is the ultimate working man’s watch featuring exotic functions and qualities. Initially designed for professional racing drivers, the Daytona is a cult favourite for its stunning techniques that any watch fanatic will love and admire. The watch sits in a precious 40mm 18ct rose gold case and houses a stunning sun-burst diamond-set dial that makes it all dressed up while maintaining reliability and robustness.
However, the most attention-grabbing characteristic is the tachymetric bezel featuring a scale that reads the average speed over a given distance based on the elapsed time. It is usually crafted in high-tech ceramic or other precious metals, offering high legibility. The 18ct Everose gold bracelet with an Oysterlock safety clasp fits perfectly on the wrist.
Overall, the Daytona is an iconic sports chronograph that anyone would wear proudly. For anyone who shares a passion for speed and driving, the Daytona is the ultimate benchmark.
Did you talk anything about class and elegance? Worn by eminent figures, the new Day-Date is a visual wonder. Rolex crafts the watch from the finest materials with meticulous attention to detail. The aesthetic and technical feat of this timepiece is unmatched. The Day-Date is Rolex’s signature timepiece worn by presidential figures. Hence, commonly referred to as the ‘President’s watch’. Looking, you can understand that the new Day-Date stands out for a good reason.
The Day-Date presents itself in a 950-platinum body with a polished platinum fluted bezel. The exceptional watch shines from all angles and highlights Rolex’s exceptional craftsmanship. However, what’s unique is the eye-soothing icy blue dial displaying the day of the week in an arc-shaped window at 12 o’clock.
Rolex has showcased unprecedented innovation on countless occasions, and the mystique appearance of this Day-Date is yet another reminder of its exemplary sophistication. The wearer can wear it to work with a crisp ironed shirt or to an evening party for impeccable social standing.
Rolex has taken good care of the female fans too. The Datejust is an iconic timepiece characterised by gentle curves and smooth edges. The bi-metal Datejust in steel and 18ct rose gold is ideal if you want to gift something unconventional and attention-grabbing. It is a beautiful display of contrasts, glistening with diamonds. The two-tone timepiece has a 36mm steel and gold case with a gold fluted bezel and a stunning diamond-dotted black dial that adds to its glamour.
The Datejust is suited for the wrists of every woman presenting a refined identity with technical performance. It is the perfect dress timepiece you can gift. Explore varied combinations to choose whatever you think would look best on the recipient. Rolex has something for everyone!
Another very blingy watch is the Rolex Yacht-Master, explicitly designed for skippers and navigators. Imagine a nice sport watch glowing bright with multi-colour diamonds. The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master, crafted in 18ct white gold, casts a grand statement of Rolex’s superior innovation. The watch rightfully embodies its origin’s essence and finely integrates nautical style with standout functionality.
The new Yacht-Master is quite blingy that comes based on a 40mm 18ct white gold case with a striking gem-set bezel of 46 brilliant diamonds and trapeze-cut precious stones. The bezel has precious stones harmoniously set, presenting five exotic hues that offer a playful appearance of the wrist. Moreover, the chromalight display offers great legibility in the dark hours, making it an all-rounder.
Irrespective of the wearer’s gender, this Rolex Yacht-Master will be a crowd-turner on all wrists and occasions.
Here come the most famous sports watches of all time, the Submariner. Moreover, gifting someone a piece of the mighty Rolex Submariner means you’re investing in their future. This is because the watch is an excellent investment timepiece which fetches a great deal of value when you sell Rolex. It is an admirable regular-use timepiece that is elegant and practically built to last for many generations.
We suggest the Submariner Ref. 16800., a robust tool watch with a 40mm stainless steel case, a black unidirectional rotating bezel, a pitch black dial with luminous baton indexes, and a date calendar at 3 o’clock. Being one of the first dive watches, this Submariner hosts a water resistance of up to 300 meters. Some early examples of the Sub 16800 featured gloss dials with white gold outlined hour markers.
Choosing to gift a Rolex Submariner is a great deal in itself. The legendary dive watch will retain its exclusivity for many years from now.
Enliven your year-end festivities by gifting the Rolex Day-Date 36, the ultimate prestige watch. The Day-Date has been a recognised status symbol since 1956. The fact that makes this collection so iconic is that it displays both the day and date of the week. You can browse through numerous options to choose your favourite.
Gift some sparkle with the Day-Date Ref. M128238-0069. The watch flaunts a shiny 36mm 18ct yellow gold case and a lustrous green dial that echoes the essence of festivity. The green dial has beautiful diamond dots and baguette-shaped hour markers. The watch comes fitted to the prestigious President bracelet in solid 18ct yellow gold, making it almost impossible not to stand and appreciate its exclusivity.
This Day-Date is simply a stunning presentation of Rolex’s watchmaking skills and goes perfectly for the most glamorous events.
Whether you wish to keep it simple and sober or go overboard with the sparkle, there’s a Rolex to suit every style and mood. Mark the year’s end with the right Rolex that puts a broad smile on the receiver’s face and a bright shine on the wrist.
Check out The Luxury Hut’s exclusive Christmas collection featuring a variety of pre-owned Rolex watches for both men and women. Buy the best of style at an unmatched value. So go and gift in style!
Rolex is a choice for almost every genre of people, be it adventurers, pilots, astronauts, scientists, and of course, divers. The luxury Swiss watch brand imagines the most extreme conditions and creates watches with unrivalled specifications. Over 60 years ago, Rolex created history by sending its Deep Sea special timepiece to the deepest ocean point, the Mariana Trench, located approximately 35,814 feet below the sea.
After all these years, it has once again recreated history by crafting a timepiece rated waterproof to 36,090 feet, which is 200+ feet deeper than the previous Deep Sea edition! Not just that, the new Deep Sea Challenge watch is entirely made of titanium, which is also Rolex’s first-ever! With so many significant attributes packed into a watch, it is fair to say that only Rolex can surpass its record.
So, there are two striking stories here. Let’s start with the shocking water-resistance quality.
We’ve always known that Rolex has a thing for creating luxurious and robust dive watches. It all started with the signature Submariner in 1953, followed by the Sea-Dweller in 1967, then the Deepsea in 2008, and finally, the Deep Sea Challenge. In 2012, Rolex, for the first time, created a sample Deepsea watch for James Cameron for his solo dive down to the Mariana Trench, proving it could withstand the pressure at the ocean’s bottom, and the watch survived. However, the watch wasn’t ready for mass production then.
After almost a decade, Rolex has decided to launch the commercial presentation of the ‘Deep Sea’ prototype with the ‘Deep Sea Challenge’. The timepiece pays homage to filmmaker James Cameron, US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh, and oceanographer Jacques Piccard. They visited the same spot in 1960 with a different Rolex prototype.
The new Deep Sea Challenge timepiece hence bears the engraving “Mariana Trench’ along with the dates “26/03/2012” and “23/01/1960”.
The watch is 23mm thick, measures 50mm in diameter, and has a 9.5mm sapphire crystal. Even if the new iteration is quite a beast with such enormous dimensions, it is quite wearable. The previous Rolex Deep Sea offered a water resistance of up to 3900 meters, and the new Deep Sea Challenge Ref. 126067 offers a record-breaking water resistance of 11,000 meters. Like its predecessors, the watch uses a Ringlock system and helium escape valve that allows the helium molecules to escape safely instead of popping out the crystal.
Another interesting difference is the absence of a date on the Deep Sea Challenge. Since the watch boasts the quality for short-time diving, there’s no need for a date specification. Rolex dedicates the design to testing humankind’s extremities for a few hours.
It has a matte black dial with a Chromalight display, making it highly legible under the sea. The watch also includes the signature Triplock crown with three sealed zones.
The Deep Sea Challenge runs on Calibre 3230 with Superlative Chronometer certification and offers a power reserve of 70 hours.
Heading to the next big news: Rolex creates the all-new Deep Sea Challenge with titanium, the brand’s first-ever! Rolex uses Grade 5 Titanium, an alloy of vanadium and aluminium, to create this magnificent timepiece. The reason for this was quite practical. A watch as big as this, needs a metal that makes it much more wearable. Hence, the Crown brand has used titanium instead of stainless steel, which is almost 40% lighter than the latter.
Thanks to its low modulus of elasticity, Titanium flexes and deforms easily and is even more difficult to machine than steel. As per reports, Rolex took three years to develop the Deep Sea Challenge as it has been experimenting with titanium for a very long time.
After all considerations, the latest Rolex creation makes total sense per innovation. Visually, the watch might appear really big, but it is not unbearably heavy when you wear it. Smaller wrists might find it overwhelming, but the diameter and thickness sit just fine.
The finishing of the watch is excellent, and the titanium does make the watch stand out. The polished chamfers and other details look perfect, and the matte black dial offers a stunning real tool-watch vibe. Additionally, the Fliplock and Glidelock system allows easy adjustments so the watch can stretch seamlessly on the wrist.
The Deep Sea Challenge is a serious treat for watch enthusiasts, doubling the depth rating. So far, the brand has only produced prototypes to go to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, but now it will mass-produce it! And, to mass produce, such a technically and functionally capable timepiece is no easy feat. Rolex has always pushed boundaries and surpassed people’s expectations to deliver the best. And we love the Deep Sea Challenge!
It’s not very far before you find this exotic new diver’s favourite on the secondary market. Almost every Rolex creation is a blockbuster, and the Deep Sea Challenge is one of its record-breaking timepieces. Therefore, grab one before it storms out of the stores and get ready to sell your Rolex at roughly double or maybe triple the price on the pre-owned market.
The French luxury watch brand Cartier has made its name since 1847 by creating watches and jewellery for royalty. The brand is historic and renowned around the globe for its unmatched elegance and class. The watchmakers ensure consistent qualities and other design characteristics that make them stand out.
Fantastic guilloche, screwed bezel, cabochon, the flawless movement- aren’t these the most stunning hallmarks of a luxurious Cartier timepiece making them so popular. But with popularity comes the risk of imitability. Due to the iconic design, Cartier watches are always at risk of high forgeries. Several counterfeit Cartier watches are circulating in the global market, so it’s important to use strict caution while purchasing a Cartier.
Keeping that in mind, discerning a fake from a real Cartier is easy once you know what to look for in the Cartier watches. Hence, this guide will help you understand how to identify a fake Cartier easily.
One of Cartier’s most prominent design characteristics is the flat head screws attached to the case. The screws hold together the back and front of a Cartier case. The brand never uses ‘x-shaped/cross-shaped’ screws on their timepieces; hence, you can easily identify if it’s a counterfeit model. When looking at a fake Cartier model, you can spot imprints of the screws, not the real ones on the case.
One of the telltale signs of a Cartier timepiece is the ornate guilloche dial which is a precise decorative pattern, almost impossible for the fraudsters to duplicate. A Cartier watch always has a high-quality dial finish, and many models feature silver-colour dials with surface texture.
Look for missing markings, unruly dial lines, a splash of paint on the dial, rough lines on the hour markers, and irregular fonts. You might have a replica on your hands if you notice any of them.
Cartier puts a secret signature on most of its dials. You can spot it on the 7 or 10 o’clock markers, which often seems like a thin line to the bare eyes. This is Cartier’s ‘Secret Signature,’ and you can see the brand’s name spelt in full.
Moreover, you’ll often find the words ‘Swiss Made’, ‘Swiss’, and ‘Paris’ spelt out in full below 6 o’clock. Even though they are hardly visible, the incredible small details ensure the authenticity of a Cartier timepiece, which the forgers often miss.
Other important markings like ‘750’ or ‘18K’ distinguish whether a Cartier features 18ct gold or low-quality metal.
Turn your Cartier timepiece and look for the following imprints:
These inscriptions on the case back of a Cartier watch check its genuinity. Moreover, depending on the model, you may find the texts ‘Stainless Steel’ and ‘Automatic’ engraved. The most important thing to notice is ‘how’ the words are engraved and not ‘what’ is engraved. Each inscription should be precisely defined and etched deeply onto the case back.
There should be no light lettering or curved placement, as both are signs of counterfeit.
The Santos, Ballon Bleu, Panthere, Tank, and Ronde are some of the most popular Cartier models featuring significant blue details. For instance, the blued steel hands, the blue sapphire or blue spinel and the circular-grained crown make a remarkable statement. Also, many models with diamonds have a diamond set in the crown. The gemstones must be attached to the metal and not glued.
A genuine Cartier timepiece has the serial number engraved and not just etched on the case back. The serial number is 8 characters long and consists of 6 numbers and 2 letters. Modern Cartier timepieces also come with a 4-digit case reference number. A fake Cartier will often have the serial number etched onto the back. And, since there’s no online tool to check if the serial number is genuine, you have to take it to a Cartier service department.
However, all Cartier watches come with a certificate mentioning the serial number. Therefore, check and match the serial number on the certificate and the watch before spending money on it.
Cartier produces watches made from high-quality materials, including precious gemstones and quality metals. So, it’s only normal if the watches are heavy. You should at least feel the weight of such a prestigious timepiece on your wrist. However, if you feel that the watch is too hollow or light in weight, there’s a high chance that it is fake, as forgers use low-quality materials to make them.
Cartier makes many watches with a luminous substance called LumiNova, which makes them glow in the dark. The fakes have tried their best to reproduce similar effects at a lesser cost. Hence, you may find the fake Cartier watches glowing in the dark for a while but never as brightly as a true Cartier.
Finally, you have something you cannot find on any fake Cartier model- scratch-proof glass. The best way to test whether or not your Cartier has scratch-resistant glass is to drop some water on it. If you see the water droplet roll off, it is genuine, and if the water smears on the glass face, then, unfortunately, you’ve been tricked with a fake watch.
A Cartier watch can cost £2300 to £370,000. So, if you find someone selling a high-end Cartier model for £500, you know what to do. When it comes to Cartier, the brand uses the finest materials to create one timepiece, hence the cost.
It is advisable to always shop with a trusted watch seller, whether you’re buying a new or pre-owned Cartier watch. This ensures a genuine Cartier timepiece, and you can ensure complete peace of mind. Moreover, should you ever choose to sell your Cartier, you can get the best value for your genuine Cartier timepiece.
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Cartier, the French luxury brand, has created a lasting legacy over the ages, from creating the first wrist timepiece to making the most famous diamonds in the world. Famously celebrated as the ‘Jeweller of Kings’, the brand has continuously pushed boundaries and enchanted the world with its sophisticated and unique creations. So, it’s not hard to think that each popular design has an interesting story.
Whether it is associated with Cartier’s heritage, watchmaking or style, the brand is a mega-design house creating things that eventually become the next object of desire. Looking over Cartier’s most iconic creations, here are some of the most exciting origin stories enthusiasts will admire.
Read through the series of stunning stories.
The story starts with a specific problem. In 1904, Alberto Santos-Dumont, a Brazilian aviator complained to his friend Louis Cartier about the inconvenience of a pocket watch to check the time while flying. Soon enough, Cartier designed the first wristwatch with a stunning square bezel. Santos-Dumont became the first to wear a Cartier wristwatch in November 1906 when he took a flight.
Cartier officially launched the Santos in 1911 with style resembling the original 1904 creation. During the initial years, the Santos had a 25mm x 35mm square case in platinum or yellow gold. The dial design was highly legible with an Art Deco style, and the exposed bezel screws looked adventurous. The early Santos watches usually had black or brown leather straps with a gold folding buckle.
The current-day Cartier Santos is available in various metals, including steel, pink gold or white gold, with multiple bracelet options, such as the Smartlink gold bracelet and interchangeable straps. You can even select a Santos added with sparkling brilliant-cut diamonds.
Introduced by Cartier in 2007, the Ballon Bleu collection aesthetically combines the brand’s superior watchmaking with fine jewellery sensibility. It is also one of Cartier’s most iconic models. If you see the catalogue of Cartier’s watches, you can find most of them made of rectangular, square, tonneau and cushion-shaped cases. So, when the Ballon Bleu debuted in the mid-2000s, it quickly gained attention for its round shape and extraordinary versatility. It was a matter of great excitement for the brand.
The shape of the famous Ballon Bleu resembles a hot air balloon. Cartier envisioned a large circle held by slender threads to curate this creation. The manufacturers wanted to give more volume to the simple round case and made it doubly convex so that the shape would strike immediately. Every aspect of this watch is perfectly balanced, much like a reminiscence of a pebble.
It is round on the top and the bottom and sits elegantly on the wrist. The dial has dignified Roman numerals, and the enclosed blue cabochon crown makes it instantly recognisable. You can always turn it over to see the full profile, as it is curved the same way on the back. The watch is fundamentally unisex and is available in various styles and diameters. You can find it in white, pink or yellow gold, steel and with or without diamonds fitted to multiple bracelet options.
The Panthere de Cartier is undoubtedly one of Cartier’s most indomitable icons. It symbolised free spirit and was a powerful role model of the 20th century. The story begins with a woman named Jeanne Toussaint, a style icon in Paris. When this famous lady became acquainted with Louis Cartier, a new inspiration for Cartier jewellery was born. Toussaint wore a full-length panther coat and had her apartment beautifully adorned with leopard skin. The lady’s fierce determination and elegance earned her the nickname ‘La Panthere’ from her then-lover Louis Cartier.
What started as a nickname soon prowled into Cartier’s one of the most recognised collections- The Cartier Panthere wristwatch. It came sculpted in black enamel and yellow gold, a combination that gave more dimensions to the animal. In 1914, the panther appeared on a Cartier wrist piece with stones adorning it for the first time. But it was in 1983 when the Maison finally unveiled its Panthere de Cartier catalogue of quartz jewellery timepieces. The motif has since become an icon.
It all lies in the symmetry and balance between the black and white and the alternating onyx and diamonds. Their shapes, number, spots, and dome determine the spirit of each Panthere de Cartier creation. And the third colour adds pigment to the appeal. The exclusive animal motif appears on various Cartier accessories, watches and jewellery.
This year, the Cartier Tank turns 105, and there’s hardly any Cartier collection as enduring, elegant, and famous as the Cartier Tank. Beloved by both men and women, the story of the famous Tank goes back to 1917 when Louis Cartier was inspired to create this one-of-a-kind timepiece. He made this iconic dress timepiece by drawing inspiration from the newspaper images of the Renault FT-17 tanks used on the Western Front during World War 1. The Renault tank was a mechanical hero of the Great War.
As goes with the name, the Tank design pays homage to the French tanks and looks square and rectangular with a seamlessly integrated leather strap. Clean Roman numerals grace the dial, and the crown features a single blue sapphire. In 1918 Cartier gifted one of its first Tank models to US General John Pershing. The first Cartier Tank model made its debut to the public in 1919, and by the early 1920s, its popularity was sky-high.
Today, the Cartier Tank watches are available in various metals, with or without diamonds, fitted to different bracelet options. The watch has a huge celebrity following who adore its sophisticated appearance. Some of the most popular Tank models created are Tank Anglaise, Tank Americaine, Tank Louis Cartier, Tank Francaise, Tank MC, and Tank Solo.
A real-life heartbreak inspired Cartier’s most heartfelt collection – The ‘LOVE’ collection. And the love bracelet is its most loved jewellery. It finely captured the spirit of an era when sexual liberation was coming to the fore. But the start to this wasn’t all lovey-dovey. The story of Cartier’s most desirable Love bracelet started in 1959 when a young man named Aldo Cipullo from Rome immigrated to New York. He had a rough fate in love.
Cipullo was heartbroken when one night; his relationship came to an end. He went to his studio at 3 am and came up with a bracelet design that changed the fate of Cartier forever. The bracelet’s design symbolised the permanence of love. Sounds ironic, doesn’t it? The man fused technicality with jewellery to create a masterpiece that one couldn’t just slip off the wrist easily. It had screw heads installed on the bracelet, making it extremely difficult to take it off.
For the oval-shaped bracelet design, Cipullo drew inspiration from the chastity belt prevalent during the medieval ages as a symbol of loyalty and purity. He designed the bracelet to show a couple’s love and fidelity towards each other. It required a special miniature screwdriver to secure and remove the bracelet. After all, symbols of love must be everlasting.
At this point in history, Aldo worked for Tiffany and wore one of these unique versions on his wrist. And, despite much enthusiasm from his colleagues and friends, the brand didn’t pick up the design. A few months later, in 1969, Cipullo went to Cartier and pitched the idea to them. Cartier got him on board.
The birth and launch of the Cartier ‘Love’ bracelet was a triumph! Originally, the love bracelets came as a set for couples. One couldn’t just randomly walk in to buy a love bangle for themselves. It had to be purchased as a gift or as a couple who surrendered the screwdrivers to one another. The bangles were chic and innovative and symbolised the permanence of love. However, today anyone can wear and lock themselves into the adored Love bracelets.
Now, more than ever, the Cartier love bracelet has increased in popularity and value, making them a popular investment option where you can sell your Cartier at a high price.
By now, you must have realised that there’s no brand as dramatic as Cartier. And, thanks to the interesting stories that add so much more meaning and value to each Cartier item. Each creation by Cartier is nothing less than magical, leaving buyers enCchanted since the dawn of the 20th century.
Over the years, the French Maison has created some of the most iconic watch and jewellery designs which now have become steady investment pieces. Whether it is a Cartier Tank or Panthere, or the beloved Love bracelet, you can rest assured to draw a good return when you sell Cartier items. Hence, proved it never was or will be only timekeeping for Cartier.
Recently, many watch brands have warmed up to the fact that gemstones are one of the best ways to add beauty and value to luxury watches. It enhances the design dimension and incorporates great value into a watch, making it an investment timepiece which will fetch good returns when you sell your luxury watch.
When a brand plans to design a watch adorned with precious gemstones, they usually design a new gemstone-set watch or outfit an existing design with precious stones that create an elevated version of an already celebrated timepiece.
Over the years, several brands have eventually mastered the art of designing timepieces that combine exotic complications with noble metals and beautiful gemstones. While one of the biggest stars on the list is Rolex, other significant brands are crafting watches with excellent gem-setting.
Here’s a list of the top luxury watches that use the highest quality gemstones and look extravagant on the wrist.
The Patek Philippe Calatrava Moonphase Ref. 7121/ 200G-001 is a much-loved ladies’ watch that hooks attention with its ethereal beauty and moon-phase indication. Patek Philippe equips the watch with a 33mm white gold case opposite an elegant blue dial hosting elements that sparkle like stars in the night sky. The sunburst dial looks playful with subtle light effects, and what illuminates the jewellery watch is the double row of 132 brilliant-cut diamonds adorned exclusively on the bezel.
The manufacturer has set the sparkling diamonds in the Dentelle style and mesmerises you when you look at the passing of time. You can also see the ticking of the smallest complicated movement, the 215 PS LU calibre, through the sapphire case back. The Pate Philippe Ref. 7121/ 200G-001 hosts the excellence of elegance and mechanics together.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Ref. Q364247J combines a mysterious and romantic expression of the 2022 Rendez-Vous Dazzling Shooting Star theme. This watch literally comes to life on the wearer’s wrist, and the owner activates the complication by simply moving the wrist. The shooting star appears on the soothing blue dial randomly, almost by magic. The secret to this spectacle is the three superimposed discs in the dial centre that make the shooting star disappear and appear at a whim.
The JLC, Ref. Q364247J’s design is an ode to Reverie. The diamond-set bezel of the timepiece, combined with the sparkle of the deep blue dial, provides the perfect backdrop for the shooting star display. The Maison has done the unthinkable by randomly capturing the unpredictable and rare celestial phenomenon across the middle of the dial. And the best part is that everything gets activated by the mere movement of the wrist! The Rendez-Vous Dazzling Star is truly fascinating.
Since its inception, Cartier has favoured the ladies and designed watches that cater to their tastes, needs, and style. Equipping all these attributes and much more, the Cartier Ref. WJPA0012 is a unique timepiece exuding elegance and power through its watch design. The Pasha stands out with its distinctive size of 35mm, which sits perfectly on women’s smaller wrists. Coming in a glamorous 35mm rose gold case, the watch hosts the next step in aesthetic evolution with a clean silvered flinque dial and a bezel full of diamonds.
Forty-eight brilliant cut diamonds surround the bezel, and the fluted crown cap and sapphire-set crown enrich the appeal. All these elements are nicely held together with a vibrant purple/navy strap that the wearer can easily switch with Cartier’s easy ‘QuickSwitch’ interchangeability system.
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Concerning feminine aesthetics, the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Ref. 4305T/000G-B948 exudes an unmistakable charm. Watch enthusiasts appreciate the timepiece for the manufacturer’s ability and skill to demonstrate grand horological complications through notably ultra-thin versions. The watch’s 36.5mm white gold case, astonishing Mother of Pearl dial and bezel graced with shimmering diamonds look luxurious.
The Calibre 1120 QP displays the years, months, days, and dates on a four-year cycle, including a leap-year indicator. A moon-phase indicator at 6 o’clock perfects the calendar display. The Vacheron Constantin Ref. 4305T/000G-B948 upholds the brand’s prominent standard of watchmaking and finishing and enrols itself as one of the most prestigious complications enclosed in a compact form. Regardless of a big or small wrist, this watch is flat-out wearable.
For someone who loves clean lines and sophisticated architecture, the Audemars Piguet Ref. 15210OR.ZZ.D300VE.01 is the one. The brand expanded its Code 11.59 series with 2 stunning two-tone watches beautifully adorned with diamonds. Our pick is the Ref.15210OR.ZZ.D300VE.01 which flaunts a 41mm pink gold case paved entirely with 1.85 brilliant-cut diamonds. The continuous setting of the gemstones adds a classic feminine touch.
The 18ct pink gold dial features 6 different stone diameters, involving the smallest to the largest gemstones while moving from the centre towards the periphery. Additionally, the double-curved sapphire crystal creates a unique optical experience by magnifying the shine of the diamonds. The delicate pink gold-applied hour markers and hands are meticulously placed between the diamonds on the dial, making the timepiece more alive. Not to forget the elegant alligator strap in a pearly beige hue that completes the look.
Rolex entails a different fan base in the watch world, the credit for which goes to its highly innovative and elegant watches. The brand has been a pioneer in crafting the most standout timepieces since its foundation, and the Datejust reflects its mastery. Aesthetically, the Datejust Ref. 126284RBR pleases immediately with its catchy olive-green palm motif and diamond-set dial. The complementing jubilee bracelet rightly amplifies the look and feel.
The Rolex Datejust Ref. 126284RBR fits in a 36mm white gold and steel body with the bezel uniformly decorated with dazzling diamonds. The distinctive olive-green dial has diamond-dot hour markers and gold hands. Coming fitted to an easily recognisable jubilee bracelet, this Datejust looks simple, uncluttered and exotic. It is easy to match this timepiece with any attire, and you can rest assured of making a statement.
Gem-setting is not new, and several watch brands have widely used this technique for decades. All the brands mentioned above have a masterful understanding of watch design and jewellery settings. This makes the timepieces even more compelling.
All diamond-set luxury watches are works of art. They are not just beautiful and luxurious but count as great investments as well. Many investors buy them intending to sell luxury watches at a higher value, which is true. The watch’s value, coupled with the gemstones, will always secure a good price.
If you’re looking for one such exotic-looking timepiece, our selection of watches will surely appeal to you!
Achieving limits and setting new ones has become a staple for the watchmakers at Audemars Piguet. Just when everyone was trying to settle down with the complicated watches, they dropped five more models with new horological stuff! And, it’s nothing like the usual, but like highly complicated watches with tourbillons, chronographs, calendars, and GMTs. Any guesses about which collection AP chose to experiment and innovate?
Picking the Royal Oak and Code 11.59 catalogue, Audemars Piguet has embarked on building a new territory of highly complex timepieces. that highlight the endless creative possibility of the brand. The watches embrace contemporary and stylish ceramic designs as watchmakers merge age-old caricatures with cutting-edge technology to amaze them.
Take a breath as we dive in to explore the brand’s uncompromising approach toward fine watchmaking.
The moment you look at it, you realise that AP couldn’t have done any better with the CODE 11.59 collection. After its debut in 2019, this is perhaps the coolest iteration of the collection, where you can see a highly sophisticated flying tourbillon balanced perfectly with an understated dial and case.
The Ref. 26396NB.OO.D002KB.01 encompasses a two-tone case combining black ceramic with 18ct white gold. The black lacquered inner bezel has a fine printed pink gold-toned minute track styling it.
The new timepiece has a chic dial of black onyx enhanced with subtle pink gold accents and hands. What caters to the eye is the absence of the conventional hour markers. To play with the elegance, the manufacturer has created a contemporary double curved sapphire crystal whose deep and arched profile gives a unique optic experience. While the watch is internally domed, it appears vertical from 6 to 12 o’clock.
Right at the top of the dial face, you could see the pink gold ‘Audemars Piguet’ signature engraved with a laser cut. This, alongside the tourbillon case showcasing the pulsating balance wheel, makes a statement in itself. The black rubber-coated strap with an 18ct white gold clasp effortlessly pulls off the complete look while sitting comfortably on the wrists. The watch offers a power reserve of 65 hours and is run by an automatic Calibre 2950.
Audemars Piguet brings back the classic alliance of gold and ceramic theme with the Ref. 26399NR.OO.D002KB.01. The watch sports a beautiful black ceramic and pink gold automatic chronograph with a tourbillon.
The two-tone case of 41mm interlaces black ceramic with 18ct pink gold and allows the viewer to fully admire the architectural movement in pink gold and black-toned hues. The skeletonised dial is a visual wonder in itself. There is a black outer-minute track, a tourbillon at 6 o’clock, and a dual-register chronograph with 12-hour and 30-minute totalisers finely complementing it.
The watch houses an automatic Calibre 2952 with 40 jewels and 479 other components that collectively look like a thing of stunning beauty while boasting flyback functionality and a pink gold oscillating weight. If this wasn’t enough, the contrasting white gold hands rightfully maintain the harmony.
Outlining the case are pink gold push-pieces and a crown that truthfully serves the purpose. The black rubber-coated strap with an 18ct pink gold clasp gives the final nod to this epic chronograph. Available in a limited count of only 50 pieces, this new AP model is definitely going to face some crazy run.
Do you prefer something a little more inventive and experimental in the tourbillons? Well, the new Flying Tourbillon Openworked by AP will to cater to your taste with its stunning bright blue and white gold case housing an amazing hand-wound skeletonised movement.
Cool or hot? The Ref. 26600NB.OO.D346KB.01 features a 41mm case combining blue ceramic with 18ct white gold. It has a blue ceramic mid-case, a blue minute track, and a blue rubber-coated strap lined with calfskin leather that gives the watch a cool appearance.
However, what steals the show is the Calibre 2948, showcasing blue open-worked bridges, 196 elements, and the main dial plate, which remains visible on both sides and echoes AP’s astonishing craftsmanship. The dial has a blue CVD inner bezel with 18ct pink gold hands, which stands out amidst the blue & white combination.
Limited to just 50 timepieces, this new timepiece shows off what it means to embody an architecture that is nothing less than a piece of groundbreaking art.
Audemars Piguet celebrates Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary with this celebratory timepiece Ref. 26660ST.OO.1356ST.01 that visibly asserts AP’s iconic status. The new offering will take the revolutionary Royal Oak to new limits.
The 50th-anniversary celebration gets better with the first-ever AP Royal Oak self-winding flying tourbillon featuring a 37mm extra-thin ‘Jumbo’ case. The challenge was to fit the new ultra-thin Calibre 2968 in the Jumbo case without modifying the proportions. AP impressively pushed the envelope with this model.
The 37mm stainless steel model embodies the brand’s first-ever self-winding flying tourbillon in a 37mm case diameter. Additionally, it flaunts a new Plum Petite Tapisserie dial with a creative escapement mechanism. There are contrasting white gold applied hour markers and hands, which, along with the stainless steel bracelet, will appeal to anybody.
The new sizing and dial colour make it evident that this fantastic timepiece blends meticulous aesthetics with brilliant technicalities. Rest assured that the watches will go off the shelf very soon!
In 2021, AP collaborated with Marvel to design the Black Panther edition of the tourbillon timepiece. Now, it is out with another super heroic model, the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT that only AP dares to pull off!
The Ref 26589IO.OO.D056CA.01 features a classic green ceramic bezel, a green rubber strap, a green ceramic push piece and a screw-locked crown. All these features subtly qualifies it as Royal Oak Concept’s Superhero watch. The watch has a 44mm sandblasted titanium case with a green ceramic bezel, the first in the catalogue.
The fine contrast between the black architectural movement and the featuring green CVD-coloured elements offers a stunning sight. The dial has a highly faceted design where the black hand-wound Calibre 2954 provides a tourbillon, GMT complication, a function selector, and a 10-day power reserve.
Additionally, there’s a second-time zone indicator at 3 o’clock, a crown position indicator at 6 o’clock, a black inner bezel, and contrasting pink gold hands. We won’t be surprised if you consider it a futuristic military watch. The Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon GMT is indeed a masterwork of complications that looks contemporary and ahead of time.
Audemars Piguet rightfully bears the title of designing the best-complicated timepieces in the world. The watches are not mere timekeeping tools but classic art pieces that deserve appreciation and respect. It’s not the first time the brand has left enthusiasts spellbound with its charismatic watchmaking abilities. However, it sure does go a few extra steps with the fresh lot.
The 5 new references from the Royal Oak and Code 11.59 collection have already stirred a storm in the watch fraternity. So, it’s only a matter of time before the watches are no longer available for you to get a glimpse. Good luck!
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There is a certain enigma around the British Royal family, reminding us of prestige, power and wealth. As the Royal family is always in the spotlight, the media follows them everywhere, from what they’re wearing to where they’re heading. We know that the blue blood dress to perfection, and like their sartorial choices, they pay great attention to their timepieces.
Given the watches the Royalties wear on numerous occasions, it is safe to assume they’re passionate watch collectors. From Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, and Omega to Cartier and Breguet, many iconic watch brands have graced the wrists of the affluent.
So, who’s wearing what? From Duke & Duchess of Cambridge to Duke & Duchess of Sussex to Prince Charles and the Queen herself, let’s take a closer look at some of the most iconic timepieces the Royalties love to wear.
The Queen is quite a watch aficionado known to collect elegant and feminine timepieces. As per some reports, she has at least 14 most sought-after watches in her collection that she has famously worn on multiple occasions. One of the most memorable instances was during The Queen’s Coronation in 1953, where she was wearing the Jaeger LeCoultre 101. With all eyes glued on her, the Queen could subtly check the time while maintaining the etiquette, thanks to the watch’s smallest watch movement.
In celebration of her diamond jubilee, former CEO of JLC, Jerome Lambert, gifted her with a stunning white gold version of the Calibre 101. The watch is bejewelled with precious stones and continues to be one of the smallest and oldest movements in production today, though in small quantities. When it comes to watches, The Queen has unbeatable taste, which reflects her Royal stardom.
Other watches in The Queen’s collection include:
Following Her Majesty’s footsteps, Prince Charles is also a passionate watch collector who sticks to the classics. He likes his Jaeger-LeCoultre, Cartier and Patek Philippe but also prefers Parmigiani, Hamilton, and Breguet. As you can think, Parmigiani is quite the sapling in respect to the other influential Swiss manufacturers. However, its rare Fleurier Toric with a gold case and classy black leather strap has been Prince Charle’s absolute favourite for many years.
Most recently, he wore the Toric with a well-tailored grey suit at the Royal Ascot, an annual high-society horse racing event. The classic yellow gold watch in 39mm is appropriately majestic, which the Prince discreetly tucks underneath his cuff.
In the 1980s, Charles switched between the JLC Reverso and Cartier Santos and during his training as a jet pilot and in the 70s; he wore a Hamilton RAF Pilot’s Chronograph.
Other watches in Prince Charles’ collection include:
Like her charming personality, Princess Diana held an impressive watch collection representing her unique and bold style. She was a style icon for many for her well-curated wardrobe and aesthetic clothing sense. If you are lucky to witness Princess Diana’s legendary wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, you must remember the iconic Vacheron Constantin model 4481. Her Majesty gifted the timepiece to her newlywed daughter-in-law as a wedding present. She also wore a gold Patek Philippe gifted to her by Charles.
Being the trendsetter she was, Diana wore both her Patek (Ref. 3618) and that of her husband (Ref. 3445) on the same wrist during the latter’s polo matches in the 1980s to bring good luck. Apart from the royal family, Diana was gifted many watches by others. For instance, the Arabian Royal family gave her a decorated Asprey watch. The princess later modified it into her famous choker necklace.
Following her legal separation, the Princess of Wales wore her two Cartier timepieces. One is the Tank Louis Cartier with a yellow gold case & a black alligator strap, and the other is a yellow gold Tank Francaise. Following Diana’s death, Prince William inherited the Cartier Tank Francaise.
If you haven’t already noticed, the Duke of Cambridge sticks to his Omega Seamaster Professional Quartz 300M timepiece. While it’s easy for everyone to assume that the Royal family’s younger generation doesn’t hold much interest in watch collecting, the truth is that the watch was a gift to William from his late mother, Princess Diana, before she passed.
The Omega timepiece features a chronometer, a uni-directional rotating bezel, a screw-in crown and a helium escape valve. The Duke of Cambridge even wore the Omega during his wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011.
Serving elegant looks with every public appearance, the Duchess of Cambridge well knows how to keep it simple yet classy. She flaunts the lustrous Cartier Ballon Bleu with a 33mm steel case, white dial, and shining bracelet gifted to her by her husband, Prince William. The Cartier Ballon Bleu looks perfect next to the oval sapphire engagement ring that belonged to Princess Diana. Kate Middleton’s choice is anything but sophisticated that well goes with her image.
Prince Harry’s watch taste is similar to his other choices, which are slightly different from the rest. Having served in the military for over 10 years, Harry’s taste in watches remains faithful to functionality and reliability. Given that he was once a part of the Apache helicopter regiment, he has a limited-edition Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570 built only in 48 examples for the members of the Apache attack.
Apart from this, he also owns a special version of Breitling Aerospace Avantage, awarded to pilots who have accomplished combat missions. It is a unique-looking special-edition timepiece featuring an illustration of an Apache helicopter at 3 o’clock and the Army Air Corps Wings at the 9 o’clock position.
Harry is a defense personnel, so it is easy to see his watch choices that well-portray his interests.
Other watches in Prince Harry’s collection include:
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, keeps things elegant, simple and stylish. Before she was married to the Royal family, Meghan was an actress who gifted herself a two-tone Cartier Tank engraved with ‘To M.M. From M.M.’, which she plans to give to her daughter. She wore the same watch in the Suits TV show as Rachel Zane.
However, after marrying Prince Harry, Meghan has been spotted wearing a Cartier Tank Francaise on many occasions, which Prince William inherited from late Princess Diana but exchanged with Harry for Kate’s engagement ring.
The British Royal Family sets an example with their style and preferences in timekeeping. And with all the famous watches in their collection, it is safe to say that the Royal family has the most diverse yet striking collection. These timeless pieces are some of the most sought-after in the world and also embrace an interesting story which draws our attention.
Usually, you can see luxury watches on the wrists of casual wearers more than travel seekers. Why? Come to think about it, people believe a luxury watch is not sturdy enough to go hiking or snorkelling. The very thought of your beloved watch dismantling after jumping off the mountain cliff is just enough to dissuade you.
But, not all watches are the same. There are a few brands that recognise the travel bug in you and design watches that you don’t have to leave back at home during all those off-beat adventures. Not to mention that these watches are excellent investments too! In case you were wondering about that aspect, or did we overshare?
Apart from being a trustworthy travel companion, you can fetch great value when you sell your luxury watch.
Let’s find those timepieces ready to handle the most challenging environments without further ado.
8 watches you’ll love to wear during any adventure!
One of the most rugged watches today is the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller. If travel is your calling, this watch is your ideal pick for any occasion. Apart from offering maximum durability and stunning water resistance of 3900 meters, the Sea-Dweller Deepsea will humbly cling to your wrist while you explore the darkest and deepest ocean depths.
With a 44mm stainless steel case and a black dial with highly legible markers, it is one of Rolex’s most versatile creations that leave no doubt about its abilities. Moreover, the iconic design makes you take it on all of your adventures.
Do you wish to fly high to the moon? Well, you can quite literally do that if you wish to. The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch chronograph is the certified ‘Moonwatch’, having been the first watch to land on the moon’s surface. Many believe it to be the ultimate timepiece for adventurers, which not just proved its efficiency on Earth but beyond.
With a 42mm stainless steel case, black bezel with tachymetric scale, black dial graced by a small second sub-dial and a central chronograph hand, and matching bracelet, it’s not hard to fall in love with this impressive representation of Omega’s pioneering spirit.
We all have a distinct idea of how the Marvel Avengers are, bold & tough, isn’t it? What if we say that Breitling’s Super Avenger timepiece incorporates all those special attributes and gives it an amazing design? As a true avenger, the special Breitling watch offers unrivalled durability and reliability during any airborne adventure. The credit goes to its rugged bezel, chronograph pushers and special grip pattern on the crown, for which you can easily operate the watch while wearing gloves.
The Super Avenger has a massive 48mm stainless steel case that instantly meets the eye. On its body, you can see a black dial with 3 well-placed sub-dials for maximum readability & a date display, and a stainless steel bracelet or black military leather strap that holds the look together.
The mighty Explorer is a timepiece born in 1953 from the first successful climb of Mt. Everest. Given its origin, it is a no-brainer that the watch can withstand extreme conditions. The Explorer embodies everything you’d want to find in a reliable timepiece. After all, collectors hail it as one of the essential instruments for flying and climbing the mountain.
The Rolex Explorer has a timeless style, and the makers have kept the design sleek & simple to let it serve its true purpose effortlessly. With a 36mm Oyster case, black dial with characteristic 3/6/9 numerals and chromalight display, the watch lets you see the time whenever & wherever. Once you’re back exploring, you can also wear this impressive timepiece to your office.
At the start, we mentioned the investment aspect of the watches. The Explorer is a fantastic option to secure a good price when you sell your Rolex.
Defying all odds to become the highlight of AP’s magnanimous watchmaking skills, The Royal Oak Offshore collection ticks off both aesthetic and functionality codes. The bold and beefy look of the watch convinces it as an ideal adventure watch, while its characteristics lay the foundation. Only a few watches are as instantly recognisable as the Royal Oak Offshore, and you’ll be glad to know that the watch nurtures an incredible reputation in the secondary market.
The generous 44mm black ceramic case with a blue ceramic bezel, a smoked blue dial with a ‘Mega Tapisserie’ pattern, a screw-locked crown, and the blue rubber strap with textile decoration adds to its resilience and versatility. It is fit for underwater exploration and also for any above-the-ground adventures. The hunt for the all-rounder adventure timepiece ends with this gem from Audemars Piguet.
Another delight for the water-loving souls is the JLC Polaris Memovox Limited Edition timepiece that is ever-reliable and super sporty. However, it’s the quirky appearance of this watch that gets you the first time. During the Memovox’s debut in 1968, it was a game changer for its amazing underwater alarm function that notified the users when it was time to come up. Years later, the watch continues to stun with its varied attributes.
The watch comes in a nice 42mm stainless steel case with a three-finish dial, applied hour markers filled with faux aged lume, an inner rotating bezel, and the iconic alarm function. All these features lend themselves nicely to anyone looking to set off on a water expedition in style.
What do you think when you see a Bell and Ross watch openly displaying the brand’s rich history in the military? The answer is simple- a great companion for any adventure. The Swiss-made beauties flaunt a GMT function and are perfect for professional pilots and divers. While underlining the brand’s core exceptional values, the watches stand for reliability and have become benchmarks for their technical mastery & mechanical sophistication.
If you look at the Bell and Ross BR01-93 GMT watch, you can understand how perfect it is for making a statement. The watch comes with a striking square-shaped 46mm black PVD coated stainless steel case, a classic black dial with white photo-luminescent indexes, numerals, hands, a date display at 4 o’clock, and a black rubber strap. The logo on the crown completes the iconic design.
No matter how often we have said this, we’ll repeat it -this is a watch of unparalleled sturdiness! The Breitling Colt Automatic 44 offers the ultimate reliability during any expedition with its unbeatable accuracy and robust architecture. As built from a pilot’s perspective, the watch sits perfectly with its fantastic blend of engineering and aesthetics, making it even more appealing.
The ‘Colt’ is capable of handling the worst. With a nice 44mm stainless steel case, a sophisticated black dial with a date aperture at 3 o’clock, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass, and a stainless steel bracelet, it gives you all the reasons to wish for it. If that’s not enough, do you remember Clint Eastwood wearing a Colt 44 in his thrilling adventure movie?
There’s no fixed definition of adventure and discovery as it could mean different things to different people. For some, it could be climbing the harshest terrains; for some, it could be diving deep into the unknown. But one need remains the same for all these adventure lovers – a reliable companion during all these quests. This includes a reliable and robust timepiece that can withstand all weather conditions.
We have listed the best of the lot and are confident that the watches will serve the purpose on the land, water or sky. Also, not to forget you will gain a nice return when you sell luxury watches in the secondary market. Well, this gives you another concrete reason to consider them. So, pack your backpack and go off on your next adventure!
Collectors admire German watchmakers A. Lange & Sohne for the timepieces’ incredible beauty and impeccable craftsmanship. Many consider the brand one of the finest investments, as you can sell an A. Lange & Sohne watch at a good value.
But the road to success was never easy or straight. Throughout its history, the brand, which now enjoys a celebratory status, has faced many challenges. Moreover, at some points in history, it was dormant.
Today, we know where it stands in the luxury watch industry and proudly refer to it as a brand of true watch connoisseurs. However, there are many untold truths.
If you’re eager to discover the lesser-known facts about A. Lange & Sohne, you have come to the right place.
Adolph Lange founded company A. Lange & Sohne in 1845 in the town of Glashutte in Germany. But it all started differently. Lange worked as a novice under J.C. Friedrich Gutkaes, making watches for prestigious clients while refining his watchmaking skills.
After completing his apprenticeship in 1835, Lange continued his learning with a chronometer maker, and after some time, he returned to Glashutte to start his workshop. On December 7th, 1845, A. Lange & Sohne, the company, was born!
Seeing that none of his seven sons was joining him in the company, he didn’t launch the name we know today. After all, ‘& Sohne’ means ‘Sons’. In 1868, when Adolph’s elder son Richard joined him in the company, the name A. Lange & Sohne was established.
Following Adolph’s death in 1875 at 60 due to heart failure, his sons took over the company to continue the legacy. The company continued to grow, and it needed a new premise. In 1873, they moved to Stammhaus, the company’s headquarters today.
Both the sons, Emily and Richard, were involved in the business. While Emil was interested in business, Richard shared his father’s knack and made stunning inventions. For instance, he created chronographs, a pocket watch with a minute counter, quarter repeaters, and more.
Apart from being an astounding watchmaker, Adolph Lange was the Mayor of Glashutte, his hometown, for 18 years. He was even awarded honourary citizenship after his retirement. During his appointment as Mayor, he helped rebuild the town into an industrial centre for watch manufacturing and made the town prosper.
A.Lange had the vision to create the world’s finest watches and started innovating early. In 1846, he introduced the three-quarter plate. Following that, he replaced the traditional watchmaking measuring Parisian lignes system with a metric system, which placed him much ahead of his time. The millimetre made its debut, which is still in use.
Glashutte is the hometown of A. Lange & Sohne, and to honour the legacy, the company is in the same town. Unlike its Swiss peers that moved to the capital of watchmaking, A. Lange & Sohne has remained true to its roots. Moreover, as said earlier, the company has had its headquarters at Stammhaus since 1873.
The Second World War brought huge challenges, and A. Lange & Sohne, including Glashutte, was not outside this league. During the war, the company manufactured oversized pilot watches known as Luftwaffe for the German Airforce. Unfortunately, on the last night of the war in 1945, the Lange workshops were destroyed during a bombing raid, temporarily shutting down the production.
Following WWII in 1948, the Soviets seized the Lange family and nationalised the company’s property, including every other watch company in Glashutte. During this time, the company was manufacturing the new Calibre 28.
In 1951 all the seized watch companies were merged, leading to the disappearance of A. Lange & Sohne’s name from the dials, but not forever.
After almost 45 years of living a dead life, Walter Lange (Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s great-grandson) revived the company with a little help from other Swiss watch brands, including Jaeger-LeCoultre & IWC. In 1990, he re-registered A. Lange & Sohne’s trademark, and after four years, the company produced its first watches. The first collection, which featured an oversized date window, laid the foundation of Lange’s watches.
To make it even more memorable, A. Lange & Sohne was re-established on the same day Adolph Lange had originally founded it, after 145 years!
After a stable resurrection, Richemont’s watch group acquired the company in 2000. Since then, A. Lange & Sohne has been a subsidiary.
The finesse and exclusivity of the Lange watch captured the attention of several notable individuals, including Alexander II of Russia, German Emperor Wilhelm II, and others. But what revolutionised the brand’s image during the early years was the Grand Complication Number 42500. The one-of-a-kind timepiece was created in 1902 and comprised 833 parts, including some astonishing complications. Some of them are:
Although this watch is extremely complicated, this isn’t the only complex timepiece in A.Lange & Sohne’s modern history.
In 2013, A. Lange & Sohne was out with what is known as the brand’s most complicated timepiece so far, an upgraded version of the Grande Complication Number 42500. Some of the key complications adorning this watch include:
The complexity of this timepiece is so hard to decode that A. Lange & Sohne produces only one piece per year. To date, the brand has curated only 6 of these outstanding watches.
Anthony de Haas, the brand’s product development director, once said that it takes almost 4-5 years to develop a timepiece with a new calibre. Moreover, this also depends on the movement’s complexity.
Compared to renowned watch brands like Audemars Piguet, which produces almost 40,000 watches annually, A. Lange & Sohne produces only 5000! The brand puts great focus on detailing and craftsmanship. After all, it is not about mass production but capturing the fine essence of classic watchmaking in each timepiece.
A.Lange & Sohne produces most of the watches in precious metals like gold (yellow, white, honey and rose) or platinum. However, it doesn’t mean that the brand neglects stainless steel. The A. Lange & Sohne designs the Odysseus models in stainless steel.
In January 2018, A. Lange & Sohne created the world’s first chronograph with a triple-split mechanism, allowing multi-hour comparative time measurement. The wearers could get an accuracy of up to one-sixth of a second. Furthermore, the movement features an isolator mechanism that helps secure the balance wheel’s amplitude.
The very fact that A. Lange & Sohne exists today is because of Walter Lange’s unequivocal courage and pioneering effort. The brand continues to live by Walter’s motto: ‘Never Stand Still’, reminding the watchmakers to keep up with the industry pace.
Since 1845, A. Lange & Sohne has delivered timeless mechanical beauties by successfully living through various challenges. Each timepiece reminds collectors about the brand’s elaborate history and advanced performance, ensuring a lifetime of timekeeping.
Browse through The Luxury Hut’s exclusive collection of pre-owned A. Lange & Sohne watches at the best prices in the UK. You can also part exchange your watch for any A. Lange & Sohne timepiece from our collection. We’ll be happy to assist you with the best trade!
And, if you’re looking to sell A. Lange & Sohne watches, we can offer you the best possible price in the market. You can fill in our online form to get a quick valuation or call us on 0207 242 9160 for a detailed discussion.
From reputation, recognition and prestige to celebrating the highest sales number, there’s hardly any watch brand close to ROLEX. Therefore, the fact that the Crown always sits on the top is not a surprising thing. Whether it is a long-time watch enthusiast or a curious newbie wishing to purchase a luxury timepiece, Rolex will always be their first consideration above others.
However, the problem arises when you look at the options and find it challenging to pick just one. All Rolex watches are excellent and durable as ever! While the modern variants are impressive, the vintage Rolex watches have their own charm. They are unsurprisingly popular with every Rolex lover, which is why the watches could fetch you a great price if you ever sell a vintage Rolex in the pre-owned market.
Rolex has left a significant imprint on the watch industry from its beginning with numerous innovations. But, it was mainly during the 1950s and the 1980s that the Swiss watchmaker was at its peak!
During that span, Rolex created some of the most groundbreaking and creative timepieces that continue laying the foundation for this Maison.
Some of the best models created by Rolex during this era include:
So, to cherish and celebrate Rolex’s vintage creation, we’ve explored and compiled the best vintage models that definitely should be on your watch-out list!
Is there anyone who hasn’t heard of the ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona? One of the greatest watches created by Rolex so far is the Daytona which impressively came into the spotlight after famous actor Paul Newman gave it thumbs up by sporting it on numerous occasions.
The dial is the factor that differentiates a ‘Newman’ from the other regular Daytona models. The former has Exotic-looking dials, coming in panda or reverse panda combinations. In Paul Newman, whatever the predominant dial colour, the second chapter ring sports the opposite colour. For instance, if the dial colour is black, the chapter ring will be cream-coloured.
They further have square markings and Art Deco numerals on the sub-dials. All these attributes make it worth noticing. Due to the similar visual identity of the regular Daytona and the Newman Daytona models, except for the dials, purchasing one from an authorised dealer is recommended to ensure originality.
Rolex has always been an innovator, and the Explorer is a fine example of its creative excellence. The Explorer II made its debut in 1971 as a sequel to the Explorer and quickly gathered a fan base of its own. Rolex created the watch to help the cave explorers and those who worked in the darkness, allowing them to distinguish day from night.
The Explorer II Ref. 1655, relatively unpopular during its release, is now a hot commodity. Even though the watch’s association with the cool actor Steve McQueen continues to be a long discussion, the nickname is definitely giving the watch a shout-out now!
Rolex made the Explorer II 1655 in stainless steel with a black dial. The bright Orange GMT hand against the black background makes the watch easily distinguishable and highly legible for the cave explorers. Additionally, it has a fixed 24-hour bezel with lume at all 24 hours.
Even though Steve McQueen never really wore an Explorer, the watch is definitely garnering all the limelight for the moniker!
Many talk about how simple and basic the Rolex Explorer is. Well, we ask, what’s the problem with that? Don’t we all love a classic utilitarian timepiece with significant features that clearly tells the time? Those unaware of the history, the Explorer became a legitimate ‘legend’ after Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir Tenzing Norway conquered Mount Everest in 1953 while sporting this ‘simple’ timepiece. Does it still sound so basic?
Rolex launched the Explorer in 1953 with Ref. 6350 and Ref. 6150, but the most popular Explorer is the Ref. 1016, which made its debut in 1960. You can find this achiever in various movements, dials, and other attributes.
Thanks to its not-so-overwhelming price, it’s one of the best buys amongst the vintage Rolex watches. You can easily recognise one when you see the 3/6/9 black dial with Mercedes’ hands. The 34mm model is sporty yet dressy and goes well with almost anything!
Rolex always has extended support to people of all sectors, including scientists, pilots, explorers, divers and others. In the early 1950s, the Pan AM pilots called out various Swiss watchmakers to design a timepiece that the pilots could wear during flying and track the time in two places.
Rolex came out with the GMT-Master in 1955 with the famous GMT complication. The Ref. 6542 had a red and blue ‘Pepsi’ bezel made of bakelite with a layer of luminous material underneath. This plastic material was not just prone to cracking but also gave cancer to an owner. Soon, Rolex changed the dramatic bakelite with non-luminous aluminium elements.
The reliable pilot’s wristwatch had a rotatable 24-hour bezel and an extra hour hand making it easy for the flyers to read the local and home time. The fine contrast of the Pepsi colour against the black dial secures the watch as an incredibly special timepiece.
Today, you’ll hardly find any bakelite GMT-Master models in the market. If you do, those are the ‘Pussy Galore’ GMT models. The watch became an icon after its feature in the James Bond movie Goldfinger.
After the drama created by Ref. 6542, Rolex released Ref. 1675 with a Pepsi bezel in 1959. It was one of the longest-running references, from 1959-1980. One of the first things we notice in a watch is the colour combination, and the GMT-Master featuring a colourful rotating bezel is an absolute classic.
The Ref. 1675 came with an aluminium insert and crown guards and was available in different attractive variants, like the two-tone ‘Root Beer’, the ‘Concorde’ with a brown bezel, and many others. In short, there’s a GMT Ref. 1675 for everyone!
All the variants are extremely popular amongst collectors and buyers because of their unique characteristics. Two of the most desirable ones are the early gilt-dial samples and the later radial dial options. The indices move towards the dial centre because of the chapter ring.
The abundance of variation secures the Ref. 1675 a highly respectable place in the world of vintage luxury watches.
The Submariner, as we all know, is the cult favourite diver watch. But the Sea-Dweller is the brand’s best dive watch, honouring its various standout characteristics from a diving perspective. The model came out in 1967 with a helium escape valve (the first-ever watch to have it), making it suitable for deep sea divers to wear. The valve allowed the helium atoms to escape without popping the crystal.
The Ref. 1665, nicknamed ‘Double Red’, came with two lines of red text on the dial. The watch has a larger case and a thicker crystal, and the additional RED lettering that states ‘Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000’ presents standout recognition.
Moreover, the usual Cyclops lens over the date window is absent. The Double-Red Sea-Dweller has thick-domed plexiglass designed to withstand the underwater pressure during deep-sea diving.
You must agree that Rolex presents some of the best nicknames in the industry. Another one presented with a catchy title is the Rolex Ref. 16760, famously named the ‘Fat Lady’ or the ‘Sofia Loren’. The body shaming nickname for the GMT-Master II model credits the thick and elegant curves that housed the new Calibre 3085.
The all-new movement and the separation of the hour hand from the GMT hand, made Ref. 16760 the ultimate traveller’s watch. Moreover, the 24-hour hand with an arrow tip could move back and forth independently. Apart from being the first original GMT-Master II model, the watch hosted alluring features like the red and black ‘Coke’ bezel, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and white gold surroundings around the hour markers.
With all these attention-grabbing specifications, the GMT-Master II Ref. 16760 is truly a watch to remember!
You were waiting for this, weren’t you? Well, finally, the Submariner is here. The Sub never fails to amaze, be it a new model or a charming vintage piece. Even though all Sub models are exceedingly popular amongst fans, some enjoy considerably more interest, like Ref. 6538.
The ‘James Bond’ Submariner got its name when it first appeared on the wrist of James Bond in 1962’s Dr.No. The watch held a mid-century charm and instantly attracted attention as a ‘cool’ accessory to wear. Apart from its famous movie reference, the watch had a large (really large) 8mm crown with no crown guards. There are no minute markers on the bezel between 0 and 15, and you can see a large triangle at 12 o’clock.
With a short production span running from 1956-1959, the Submariner Ref. 6538 is one of the most desirable Rolex creations and the most expensive.
To the unknown and untrained, the MILSUB might appear like just another variant of the Submariner. But it’s so much more! ‘MILSUB’ is a combination of the words ‘Military’ and ‘Submariner’ and was only sold to the British armed forces and never to the general public. Rolex manufactured only 1200 pieces of this model (Ref. 5513/5517) during the early 1970s.
A few easily recognisable characteristics of the MilSub include stainless steel bezel with 60-minute graduations, Sword hands, T with a circle on the dial, fixed bars between the lugs, and a second hand with an arrow-shaped tip.
As the original owners of the Milsub modified the watches, it is difficult to find one in its original state. If you find yourself lucky enough to find one, don’t miss the opportunity to add it to your collection.
The Air-King collection has always fascinated Rolex lovers with its simplicity. After its release in 1945, the watch remained in production for over 30 years, making it another model with a long run. The Ref. 5500 comes in a sleek 34mm case and boasts qualities that qualify it as timeless elegance. The minimalist good looks of the 5500 featuring a silver dial, sharply applied indices, small lume plots and baton hands make the watch perfect for daily wear.
It’s a clean-looking vintage Rolex creation available in numerous dial colours. The most incredible ones are in the shades of black and blue. Many consider the Air-King an entry-level timepiece, making it all the more fascinating.
Picking the top vintage Rolex watches is a challenging task. You have to leave many models out. The watches in our list are the timeless presentation of Rolex’s excellence in watchmaking. They will not disappoint you if you ever want to sell your vintage Rolex in the pre-owned market.
When life throws unplanned hurdles and unexpected expenses, we often sell our precious assets to get money. Pawning could be a convenient alternative to selling off your item outright. Asset loans are given against various items, including gold, jewellery, luxury watches, and other high-end items.
While it’s very common for some people, many are unaware of how the pawnbroking process works. So, it is time that you know your options to make an informed decision.
Let’s give an example. Say you have big plans for some occasion, but as life is vulnerable, there arises a situation when you need immediate cash. What would you do?
Due to lack of information, many of us sell our gold, jewellery and other assets to incur money. Instead, you can take a loan against gold, jewellery, diamonds, and even luxury watches from reliable pawnbrokers in London.
They provide a speedy, secure and easy way to get hold of a loan against your valuable. If you need a quick inflow of cash, the solution can be pawning your asset. This gives you the flexibility to get the cash on time, give pawnbrokers the asset to hold for a while and get it back after repaying the loan amount with interest.
And, the best part is you can retrieve your belonging anytime!
The Luxury Hut pawnbrokers in London should be your first place to consider if you’re looking for quick money. We will instantly pay you if you take a loan against watches, gold jewellery, gold ornaments, diamonds or other valuables.
Many people wonder whether it’s safe to visit a pawnshop. At The Luxury Hut, our experts bring over 40 years of combined experience to give you the best competitive value for your asset. We carefully evaluate your item by considering the various factors to offer the best loan amount.
Offering nothing but the best pawnbroking service in the UK, The Luxury Hut has an in-house team of expert pawnbrokers who offer loan against Rolex, Cartier, AP, Patek Philippe, and many other luxury watch brands.
As professionals, we know and understand the worth of your belonging and hence aim to pay a fair and competitive loan amount.
Borrowing cash against your jewellery is a no-brainer as most of us have always considered that. But whom did you visit to get that loan? Is it a bank or any other traditional setup?
When you take a loan from the bank, the officials will check your credit score and financial stature to quote the loan amount.
Alternatively, you can skip all the hassle with a London pawnbroker where the security of your item does not depend on your financial account. You can rest assured that your item is safe in a secured vault which you can get back at any moment after repaying the loan amount with interest.
The Luxury Hut will give you an instant loan for your diamond jewellery, engagement ring, or any other precious jewellery piece after accurately evaluating your belonging. We do not carry out any credit checks before making the loan offer.
Wondering if I should ‘pawn my gold’? Our professionals are ready to make an INSTANT payment if you want to take a loan against your gold. We will weigh and evaluate the gold items you want to pawn and swiftly calculate the loan amount based on the current market value.
You can visit us in person to witness the process right before your eyes and ensure 100% satisfaction. As trusted pawnbrokers, our officials keep the process straightforward and hassle-free. There’s no obligation, and you can withdraw from progressing anytime you want.
We’re experienced in dealing with various gold items and nurture a strong reputation for excellence.
Start by filling in an online form by providing as many details as possible.
The experts will offer a FREE loan quote for your item.
Get a Contact-Free Home collection and a pre-paid shipping label to send us your valuable for a complete evaluation.
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The qualified experts at The Luxury Hut ensure a speedy process and take no time to give you the most competitive value for your belonging. The offer you get on the phone is the amount you get in your hands. This is why we have a demonstrable record of a satisfied clientele base.
Those who have never visited a pawn shop before can trust our expertise and experience to pawn their items. Remember, you do not lose ownership of your item when you pawn it.
When looking for a pawnbroker in London, you must work with the very best. At The Luxury Hut, we understand that pawning an item that holds emotional or sentimental value for you can be stressful. Hence, we aim to enhance the pawnshop experience with our strictly professional and absolutely secure service.
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The Ref. 16202 takes over the beloved reference 15202, which for the first time replaces Calibre 2121 for Calibre 7121. There are four models in 18ct pink gold, yellow gold, stainless steel and platinum. You get two new smoked Petite Taipisserie dials for the yellow gold and pink gold models.
The new Ref. 16204 houses the new Calibre 7124 and is available in 18ct pink gold or stainless steel. It is the openwork version of the extra-thin movement, Calibre 7121 powering the Ref. 16202. The watches have a cutting-edge look, with the openwork architecture amplifying its appeal.
The new 41mm Ref. 26730 is available in 18ct pink gold, titanium and stainless steel. The models house Calibre 2950, AP’s latest generation self-winding movement, combining a flying tourbillon and a central rotor. Moreover, the cases and bracelets have wider bevels.
AP just released the Calibre 2950, and you can already see the openwork version with the new41mm stainless steel Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon Ref. 26735. The watch runs with Calibre 2972, which remains visible, offering a stunning monochromatic view. It’s a total visual delight!
AP introduces 11 models featuring a second and date movement, the Calibre 5900, and a self-winding hour. This new mechanism ensures a higher frequency and guarantees self-sufficiency of around 60 hours. Buyers can splurge on various dial colours along with diamond stud bezels.
The new 41mm Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph houses the Calibre 4401, first seen in the 2021 Gold variants. This in-house chronograph facilitates an instant date-change mechanism along with the flyback function. The watch makes its mark as the first Chronograph in stainless steel.
Another new introduction is the 38mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Ref. 26715 in a stainless steel case with a Grande Tapisserie dial boasting the iconic ‘Bleu Nuit Nuage 50’ hue. The watches maintain the old Calibre 2385, and are available in other dial colours like grey, silver, cool light blue, black and even khaki green.
Have you heard the saying, ‘What goes up must come down’? Well, we are currently experiencing such a graph in the watch market, which is beyond anything anyone had expected. One thing that everyone can finally agree on is the volatility in the watch market.
The year started with a boom in the industry where the prices of expensive luxury watch brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and others rose unimaginably. However, in recent months everything appears to have had a splash of cold water where the prices are steadily swinging down. Even faster than it went up!
If you’re an avid watch lover, you must have heard the story of artificial shortages and the grey watch market. Given the current circumstances, it is safe to presume that a perfect storm is brewing between external factors like inflation in the global market with internal factors like artificial scarcity and secondary watch market investors. We shall discuss this in the later section.
At a glance, everything might sound bad and devastating. This is because many had invested in luxury watches like Rolex, which are now down by approximately 5%. But amidst all the chaos, there is one segment that is benefitting.
Collectors who were patient for 3-4 years are finally benefiting from this unprecedented fall. They are in the best position to buy watches like Rolex, AP and Patek Philippe, which otherwise seemed farfetched.
An average watch collector can now visit authorised watch shops or purchase pre-owned luxury watches at a feasible price.
Isn’t it funny how history repeats itself? As always, everything eventually corrects itself after a certain time.
The craze in the watch market was at its peak at the beginning of 2022. Some of the popular stainless steel Rolex timepieces were selling almost triple or double the retail. As for Patek Philippe, buyers were willing to offer 5/3 times the retail value to buy the stainless steel models.
Hence, the price fall indeed makes it a good time for enthusiasts and collectors to buy their favourite models.
Now, let’s explore the various reasons that have contributed to such an impact on the watch market.
The combination of various External & Internal forces led to this situation. Here we’ve summed up both.
In our opinion, the following are the external forces contributing to the fall of the 2022 watch market:
The confidence to buy an expensive Rolex or Patek Philippe comes only when you are secure about your financial situation. When the value of portfolios is severely declining for most people in the stock market, deciding to buy a stainless steel Rolex with a large sum of money becomes pretty impossible.
So, we believe that the condition of the Stock Market is playing a big external reason in the downfall of the watch industry.
During the pandemic, the government imposed strict restrictions across all nations. People couldn’t travel for vacations which meant that all the extra money was accumulating in their bank accounts. Hence, they evidently spent money on purchasing luxury goods.
However, now that the government restrictions are no longer applicable, people are travelling again. This is resulting in a decrease in the demand for luxury watches.
A person’s ability or power to spend plays a role when choosing between needs and wants. As inflation goes out of hand, currency’s value is less worthy. So, the choice between need and want becomes quite clear. In today’s watch market, inflation is playing a big role.
The various monetary relief programs gave away free money to many people who weren’t really in need. This portion doesn’t include those who desperately needed it but that larger segment of people who received the relief funds unnecessarily.
All that free extra cash resulted in inflation, including in the watch market.
Here’s a list of the Internal Factors that caused the 2022 Watch Market to fall:
Since the start of 2022, you must have heard about big brands creating artificial shortages. Watch shops, jewellery stores, and other outside investors were doing the same that is restricting the supply of several popular watches. This must get you thinking about why someone would do that intentionally?
The reason is to maintain the watch demand by restricting their supplies. If a model is restricted, the prices will rise with the hope that the watch is now rare and can be considered an investment timepiece.
However, in reality, watch dealers were doing it to increase the prices. As a result, the prices of stainless steel watches increased threefold in various authorised watch shops. Now that the prices are decreasing, the dealers are trying to release their inventory.
So, naturally, the prices are getting low.
During the lockdown and pandemic situation of 2020, several investors were looking out for alternative places to gain a stable return on investment. As people weren’t allowed to spend money in other ways, the luxury goods market became a lucrative sector. Many outside investors who so far didn’t care about the watch fraternity invested in it, hoping to draw some profitable return.
Now that the market has fallen, the outside investors face a serious drawback and may have to give up on their inventories to minimise the losses or tackle the upcoming obligations. This typical economic behaviour is leading to the falling prices of the watch inventory.
After having said the factors leading to this steep fall, it’s time to conclude. Do you think this is a bad or a good thing? Let’s find out.
Yes! Not every fall is bad, and the steady fall of the watch scenario is good because the increasing prices were not sustainable. Collecting luxury watches turned into investing, which in turn escalated the prices. All this made it further difficult for an average collector or enthusiast to buy the watches they wanted without waitlists and an inflated price.
Therefore, from their perspective, they much needed this crash. We can all go back to collecting and purchasing luxury watches smoothly.
Honestly, seeing the graph and how things are heading, you can expect a fall in watch prices in the next few months. However, in the long term, you can expect brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet to resume their depreciated value, even if it is slower.
So, hold on until things get a little better if you want to sell your investment timepiece.
The resale market of luxury watches has been on fire since early 2022. The market required drastic correction, which finally happened with the sharp price fall. Various factors have contributed to this outcome. We have mentioned them all above.
Even though the collapse takes a toll on the investors, it is a great period for collectors and enthusiasts to buy the watch they love at a reasonable price. This is our prediction and our take on the situation. However, there will always be a market for used luxury watches, and the secondary market will always help buyers get their desired models!
You can check out The Luxury Hut’s vast collection of pre-owned luxury watches, including brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and others, available at great prices. Maybe you will end up finding your dream watch at an unmissable price!
Luxury watches and especially Patek Philippe can never go light on the pocket. But how expensive can they get? We were equally curious as you are and decided to dig into the details. We went back through time to find the most expensive and rare Patek Philippe watches that helped the luxury brand make history!
Patek made its debut in 1839 in Geneva and became known for its outstanding wristwatch caricature that delivers an amazing return on investment. You can sell luxury watches at an unimaginable value.
Simply put, Patek owners are well aware that they have one of the best timepieces in the world that stand out in heritage, craftsmanship, innovation, and design. The brand offers nine exclusive watch collections in the following ranges:
But which are the oh-so-expensive models that captivate everyone’s attention?
Patek Philippe defeats all other luxury watch brands in high-value auctions. Find out the models that secure the tag of achieving record-setting prices.
Making its debut in 1947, the Ref. 1563 Split-Second Chronograph is one of three references 1563 to exist. The watch is a chronograph with two sub-dials and has a waterproof screw-in case back like 1436. The only difference is the split-seconds chronograph mechanism that is most difficult to produce and assemble.
The luminous Breguet numerals and sword hands make this reference so unique. Another most astonishing feature is that the watch has the stamp of 1436 on the inside of the case back. The reason for this is still unknown in Patek’s documents.
We feel that the watch’s beautiful dial layout, balanced complication and timeless appeal, which is sportier, make the timepiece highly desirable.
The Calatrava Ref. 570 that came out in 1942 is an extraordinary Patek timepiece most popularly known as the ‘Calatravone’. The watch has a very well-preserved case of 37mm, offering a modern outlook. The real catch is that it is one of only two Ref. 570 models with a two-tone dial. Additionally, the railway track and the Breguet numerals enhance its appeal.
Even after being almost 80 years old, the watch looks great, and the dial nearly retains its original condition. Patek sold the Ref. 570 at a whopping price at the Geneva Watch Auction, which broke the world record for the reference and other stainless steel watches.
Over the centuries, Patek has manufactured a wide array of fantastic timepieces. The Ref. 1591 is yet another watch that encompasses various special characteristics. It was on the cover of Wrist Watches Catalog and Christie’s Geneva Pocket watches.
The Ref. 1591 flaunts a special blend of complex inner workings with stunning aesthetics that immediately makes it desirable. If that’s not enough to grab your attention, remember that Patek made only two of these amazing watches.
According to Patek’s reports, the brand sold the watch to an Indian Maharaja who took great pleasure in wearing the robust timepiece while playing polo. Today, you can glimpse this astonishing piece at the Patek Philippe Museum.
There are numerous things for which Patek enjoys its fame and popularity. One of them is the First-Ever Grand Complication watch, the brand’s first recorded grand complication. It was made in 1898 and sold in 1900 to one of the greatest business leaders, Mr Stephen S. Palmer.
Some of the most notable features of this pocket watch include the perpetual calendar, minute repeating, split-seconds chronograph, moon phase and petite sonnerie. It is one of the finest examples of Patek’s brilliant craftsmanship and is in the most stellar condition.
Also, the price at which the Grand Complication Patek was sold by Christie’s proves that someone literally cracked one hell of a deal!
So far, we have opened you to complicated Patek Philippe watches. However, this one stands out from the rest with its unique characteristics. The Ref. 2523 World Time watch came out in 1955 and received no flattering importance on making its debut. 2523 was quite an odd piece with the world-time disc system invented by Louis Cottier in 1931.
Over the years (or centuries), the world time Patek Ref. 2523 has become one of the most desirable timepieces popular amongst collectors. The dial shows a hand-painted map of North America that was again sold by Christie’s at an alarming price!
This is it! The most expensive watch ever sold at an auction is the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime with Ref. 6300A-010 at the Only Watch Auction in 2019. Patek Philippe created the watch specifically for charity purposes, and it is the first and the only Grandmaster Chime in stainless steel. Steel is a material that the luxury brand rarely uses.
The spectacular watch piece features 20 astounding complications. Apart from the striking stainless steel case, the Ref. 6300A-010 watch makes the heads turn with its golden opaline and ebony black dial. The dial has the words ‘The Only One’ written to live up to its hype.
The Patek Ref. 1415 ‘Heures Universelles’ model in a 31mm platinum case is another wonder from 1946 that reflects the brand’s exquisite watchmaking skills. The stunning tool indicates 41 cities, regions, and countries. Louis Cottier introduced the unique ‘World Time’ mechanism in 1931, which Patek and other notable brands soon adopted.
The Ref. 1415HU features a three-part case with brushed finishing and has a hand-engraved bezel that revolves bearing the names of cities. You literally need to see it with your eyes to embrace its exclusivity.
This was our favourite list of the rarest and most costly Patek Philippe timepieces that we hope you found interesting and useful. These iconic watches are difficult to get your hands on but are definitely worth the value.
All the watches are unique creations by the watchmaker that sets the brand apart from others. Patek Philippe has soared to the top of the list of every investor’s watch list with their stunning designs.
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Just when everyone was starting to settle happily with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding model thinking it couldn’t get any better or hotter, the legendary Swiss company hits back with a stunning new design! To celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary, AP joined hands with the famous jewellery designer Carolina Bucci to create a unique timepiece. The watch finely blends Bucci’s effortless elegance with AP’s grandeur to design a genderless Royal Oak.
In 1972, Audemars Piguet requested Gerald Genta to design a watch to save the brand’s bankruptcy status. The later quickly came out with a revolutionary watch design overnight, ‘The Royal Oak’. The Genta-designed timepiece changed the watch industry forever and also created a new wristwatch lineage. This innovation inspired other brands to include at least one ‘lavish sports’ watch in their catalogue.
Over the years, AP has released several notable collections. But the Royal Oak continues to be the brand’s most sought-after release. After years, the Swiss legend celebrates the golden anniversary of the significant watch with a hot new release.
Carolina Bucci, the famous jewellery designer, integrates sophisticated touches to the celebratory Royal Oak. The result is something beyond what AP could ever imagine. It’s a beautiful concoction of colours that appears black from afar but is iridescent when you look closer.
Italian jeweller Bucci is not a new inclusion into the AP family. She has already designed two watches and one jewellery collection for the brand. However, things didn’t just happen overnight. In 2016, AP CEO François-Henry Bennahmias challenged Bucci to redesign the Royal Oak 40th anniversary women’s collection.
Over lunch, Bennahmias saw Bucci wearing a 1980s men’s Royal Oak timepiece. He asked her why she wasn’t wearing any from the women’s collection. The designer said that none of the women’s models worked for her. It was then that Bennahmias urged her to go ahead and create something that she would like to wear.
The partnership of the famous watchmaker and the jeweller resulted in the best designs. But like every good thing that comes with perseverance, this collaboration was not without problems too. For Bucci, her creative process starts with a fully finalised watch image in her head. On the other hand, the AP technicians work to bring the ultimate precision to every design.
A few examples of AP & Bucci’s successful partnership include:
Each new step proved successful, making the collaboration stronger than before.
The latest Limited Edition Royal Oak serves the perfect ‘Bucci’ dose with a 34mm case and black ceramic dial. The dial changes its colour depending on the light, but the movement reveals a multi-coloured rainbow design. Creating the iridescent dial pattern involves micro-structuring the top of the dial’s brass plate. There’s a golden metallic treatment done on the back of the sapphire plate that further creates a mirror-like effect. The result is a gorgeous AP timepiece that deserves all the applause. It also proves that a simple change in the dial’s colour can revolutionise the entire look!
Bucci finds beauty in the simplest yet unexpected places, which she fantastically tries to portray in her creativity. She has played well with colours and prefers to use ‘Iridescent’ instead of ‘Rainbow’ for a more urban context.
The play of all-black and multiple colours creates a mystical illusion. However, the process is laborious, and AP rejected numerous dial prototypes before finally settling with this hot beauty. The watch has a universal and unisex appeal. And Bucci emphasises that the design of the AP timepiece is an extension of the whole womanhood.
The Limited Edition Royal Oak in black ceramic and the iridescent dial perfectly represents the model’s 50th anniversary. Also, no one better than Carolina Bucci could have given it the surprising touch! It uses various masculine and sporty features while staying innovative through techniques and materials, giving it a fine contemporary feel. The colourful, multi-dimensional dial is the best way to bring together the past, present, and future!
The all-black Royal Oak version is already seeing a crashing demand in the secondary market, with the prices doubling! If in case, you get hold of one, selling AP watches will definitely fetch you a mind-boggling price. Available in only 300 pieces, the new Carolina Bucci Edition is a colourful masterpiece available in AP boutiques and houses.
It’s not a false alarm anymore, but rather an unpleasant sight around the globe where the retail counters for one of the most prestigious luxury watch brands sit empty. Where are the Rolex watches gone? Even though we already know that it’s a weird world we live in, the world of luxury watches is getting surreal. All you can see are long Rolex waitlists, empty display areas, exploding prices, and record-breaking auctions.
But why is this happening? The roots go back to the supply, demand, want, and need cycle. But there’s more to the story, we believe. Some collectors even call it the ‘perfect storm’ of various co-related factors that is literally driving the watch world crazy!
Before we jump into the story’s core, a little lingering around the topic is necessary.
No matter how tricky it sounds, this is happening for real. But whether it is natural or artificial is still a debate. For in the world of horology, Rolex sits comfortably as the Crown-wearing brand that constantly raises the bar for the other brands to surpass. For instance, the iconic Submariner or the Rolex Daytona remains in high demand throughout the year. People say that the demand has only increased.
But if you visit a retail shop to get hold of one, it’s almost impossible to get it. The reason is the shortage. Few of the most desirable Rolex models are no longer available on the shelves.
While there is no official start to this scarcity, experts, buyers, and collectors believe that it is since Rolex’s early origin to Baselworld 2016 and also after the release of the Daytona Ref. 116500LN. The Reference quickly garnered a lot of attention and praise amongst the watch enthusiasts. The particular model with a ceramic bezel, a white/ black dial, and the brand’s signature Oystersteel bracelet and case soon became a must-have Rolex watch.
The curiosity for this particular variant went up so high that collectors couldn’t manage to score one from the nearest dealer or store and stood in a long queue. Naturally, this raised the hype and demand for this watch.
What started with the Daytona Ref. 116500LN eventually spread to the other popular variants like the Explorer, Submariner, GMT-Master II, Sea-Dweller, and others. Whether it was the innate desire to buy one, the social media hype or the fear of missing out on the trending Rolex, more and more people found themselves getting part of a long waiting list. The problem was that the production count remained the same or less.
Now, this is where things get a little complicated. To be honest, Rolex did experience a disturbance in their supply chain during the pandemic for obvious reasons. Their factory was closed down for months. However, some reports say that the scarcity scene was already underway before the lockdown began. So, after conducting research, we have compiled a few factors that could have possibly led to this scenario.
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There can be two narrations to this story. One where the production count of the Rolex watches is genuinely low without the involvement of any conspiracy. Next is where Rolex has created an illusion of scarcity to generate an unexplainable hype around the popular models. As we know, the fear of losing out on something important makes people gravitate towards it more. Rolex has somehow tapped into this idea to retain the popularity of some of its most desirable watches.
This boosts the sales and keeps the model in demand always! The brand manufactures fewer of the most desirable variants to maintain the shortage in the market.
As said above, it can be a smart response to a natural phenomenon. Some Rolex dealers claim that the brand is sending the same count of Rolex watches every year. However, it is the demand that has increased over the past few years. In that case, it is natural for the Rolex watches to sell out faster than before, creating a shortage in the market. However, the brand manufactures some of its most desirable models at the same or lower rate, but not more, necessary to meet the demand.
Who doesn’t want to get a Submariner or a Daytona these days? Also, the rising prices of the Rolex models have made Rolex a popular investment option. People are getting crazy about purchasing a Sub, Daytona, Explorer, or GMT-Master II model. The watches will fetch a lucrative value when you sell Rolex watches to reputed watch buyers in London.
Also, if you think of it, people love Rolex, don’t they? Rolex qualifies to celebrate any occasion or achievement. The watches are an epitome of prestige, power, and luxury, all the qualities which you want to flaunt.
Fans value Rolex timepieces because of their exceptional craftsmanship, design, and quality. Each watch piece is handmade and goes through several tests before leaving the manufacturing unit to attest to premium quality and robustness. Creating each watch involves a lot of time and effort, and Rolex is a brand that will never compromise on the quality standard. As a result of this strict adherence to the rule, Rolex produces only a limited quantity of pieces of the most popular models like the Submariner or the GMT-Master II to maintain elegance.
Market value refers to a particular product’s value in the investment community. The market value of Rolex watches has skyrocketed in the past couple of years due to various reasons like scarce availability, etc. This phenomenon leads to an increase in the value of Rolex watches in the secondary market.
As buyers cannot grab a popular Rolex variant from the retail, they quickly turn to the secondary market to buy one. The most sought-after status of the Rolex watches makes it even more difficult for the buyers and collectors to find one.
After this entire riot, buying a Rolex or Rolex investment might seem like a far-stretched dream. But if you carefully look around, Rolex watches are ‘everywhere’. Well, of course, there’s a catch. If you manage to get over the mentality of buying an all-new Rolex at an inflammatory price, you can opt for the pre-owned Rolex models.
Buying pre-owned Rolex models is the trend of the season. You can go to a reliable and reputed pre-owned Rolex watch dealer and simply pick the Rolex model of your choice. For instance, at The Luxury Hut, you can explore a vast selection of vintage, rare, and recent Rolex models in various case, bezel, dial, and bracelet options that is most certain to meet your taste. You can even find hundreds of the same reference numbers!
The professionals have over 40 years of combined experience in the field and are among the most trustworthy Rolex watch sellers in London. The specialists attest to the authenticity of Rolex watches and assure that each timepiece is in its best condition to ensure 100% customer satisfaction.
You can buy the pre-owned Rolex watches from their official website. Alternatively, call them on 0207 242 9160 or book an appointment at their Hatton Garden Office to visit in person. Not to worry, as the pre-owned Rolex watches come with The Luxury Hut’s Certificate of Authenticity and 12 months Comprehensive Guarantee for added security.
As long as the demand and popularity for certain Rolex models remain high, the shortage is most likely to remain the same. Moreover, Rolex shows no sign or intention to increase the production rate. They also do not update the authorised dealers on which watch they will send at any given point in time.
Meanwhile, the buyers go the extra mile to buy the less popular Rolex models just to be in the good books of the authorised dealers. Considering all the given scenarios, it seems that the leading watch brand is playing the cards just right by limiting the production and keeping a minimal point of contact.
However, nothing absolutely can deny that Rolex watches are indeed the best! Also, you can always buy a pre-owned Rolex watch from The Luxury Hut. The officials are running an Exclusive Sale on luxury watches, including popular Rolex timepieces, at up to 40% off!! Go and check it out!
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