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Best Valentine’s Day Watch Gift Guide For Him & Her 2023

January 27th, 2023

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?

watch gifts for him and her

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.

For Him

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 Sky-Dweller

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.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

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.

IWC Big Ingenieur

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.

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea

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.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar

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.

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For Her

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.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Dual Time

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.

Cartier Tank Solo

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.

Rolex Datejust

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.

Chopard in White Gold

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.

Cartier Ballon Bleu

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.

CONCLUSION

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.

Also Read: 7 Watches That Stood Out At the 2023 Golden Globes

7 Watches That Stood Out At the 2023 Golden Globes

January 19th, 2023

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!

7 Watches That Stood Out At the 2023

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.

7 Impressive Watches That Stole the Show on 11th Jan 2023

1. Tag Heuer Carrera Date – Sebastian Stan

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.

Tag Heuer Carrera Date – Sebastian Stan

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.

2. Cartier Tank Americaine – Jay Ellis

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.

Cartier Tank Americaine – Jay Ellis

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.

3. Omega DeVille Prestige – Ke Huy Quan

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.

Omega DeVille Prestige – Ke Huy Quan

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.

4. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony – Jeremy Allen White

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.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony – Jeremy Allen White

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.

5. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra – Andrew Garfield

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.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra – Andrew Garfield

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.

6. Omega DeVille Tresor – Eddie Redmayne

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.

Omega DeVille Tresor – Eddie Redmayne

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.

7. Omega Speedmaster ’57 – Barry Keoghan

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.

Omega Speedmaster ’57 – Barry Keoghan

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!

CONCLUSION

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.

Also Read: Top Luxury Watches Seen At the FIFA World Cup 2022

Top Luxury Watches Seen At the FIFA World Cup 2022

December 22nd, 2022

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.

top luxury watches seen at the fIfa world cup 2022

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!

Top watches seen at the Football World Cup 2022

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Jacob & Co

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Jacob & Co

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.

2. Lionel Messi- Rolex Day-Date

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.

Lionel Messi- Rolex Day-Date

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.

3. Lionel Messi- Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar

Lionel Messi- Patek Philippe Nautilus

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.

4. Neymar – Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona

neymar – rolex paul newman daytona

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.

5. Neymar – Rolex Day Date ‘Rainbow’

Neymar – Rolex Day Date ‘Rainbow’

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.

6. Kylian Mbappe – Hublot

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.

Kylian Mbappe – Hublot

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.

7. Harry Kane – Rolex Daytona ‘Rainbow’

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.

Harry Kane – Rolex Daytona ‘Rainbow’

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.

8. Harry Kane – Patek Philippe Aquanaut

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.

Harry Kane – Patek Philippe Aquanaut

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.

9. Virgil van Dijk – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

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.

Virgil van Dijk – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

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.

CONCLUSION

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.

If you also want to roll into the football fever, shop the best-quality pre-owned luxury watches, starting with Rolex, Patek Philippe, and others from The Luxury Hut’s extensive collection.

Vacheron Constantin’s 4 New Égérie Timepieces Dazzle With More Diamonds

November 21st, 2022

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.

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Picture Courtesy: Vacheron Constantin

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 ‘NEW’ ÉGÉRIE Ladies’ Collection

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.

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

How they look: 4 ‘New’ ÉGÉRIE Moon Phase References

1. Égérie ‘Moon Phase Jewellery’ Ref. 8016F/127R-B977

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.

Specifications:

  • Total Diamond Setting: 1377 diamonds totalling 12.35ct
  • Case: 18ct 5N pink gold case
  • Case Diameter: 37mm
  • Thickness: 10.53mm
  • Dial: Diamond set with pink gold rings
  • Indication: hours, centre seconds, minutes & moon phases
  • Bracelet: 18ct 5N pink gold diamond-set bracelet
  • Buckle: 18ct 5N pink gold folding clasp
  • Movement: 1088L

2. Égérie ‘Moon Phase’ diamond paved Ref. 8006F/000R-B976

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.

Specifications:

  • Total Diamond Setting: 845 diamonds totalling 5.45ct
  • Case: 18ct 5N pink gold case
  • Case Diameter: 37mm
  • Thickness: 10.53mm
  • Dial: Diamond set with pink gold rings
  • Indication: hours, centre seconds, minutes & moon phases
  • Bracelet: Blue satin-effect Mississippiensis alligator leather strap/ comes with two interchangeable straps
  • Buckle: 18ct 5N pink gold buckles set with diamonds
  • Movement: 1088L

3. Égérie ‘Moon Phase’ Ref. 8005F/120R-H002

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.

Specifications:

  • Total Diamond Setting: 94 diamonds totalling 1.10ct
  • Case: 18ct 5N pink gold case
  • Case Diameter: 37mm
  • Thickness: 10.53mm
  • Dial: Silvered-opaline dial Tapisserie ‘pleat’ pattern dial with a pink gold ring
  • Indication: hours, centre seconds, minutes & moon phases
  • Bracelet: 18ct 5N pink gold bracelet
  • Buckle: 18ct 5N pink gold triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces
  • Movement: 1088L

4. Égérie ‘ Creative Edition’ Ref. 8006F/000G-B942

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.

Specifications:

  • Total Diamond Setting: 585 diamonds totalling 4.46ct
  • Case: 18ct white gold case
  • Case Diameter: 37mm
  • Thickness: 10.53mm
  • Dial: Burano-lace inspired dial set with diamonds and hand-engraved patterns, white gold with black translucid enamel pleats, MOP moons
  • Indication: hours, centre seconds, minutes & moon phases
  • Bracelet: calfskin-leather & Missisippiensis alligator leather in black
  • Buckle: 18ct white gold buckle set with diamonds
  • Movement: 1088L

FINAL NOTE

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.

Also Read: The New Vacheron Constantin Overseas Self-Winding Blue Dial in Full Rose Gold

The Rolex Festive Edition: 6 Best Holiday Watches

November 10th, 2022

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!

rolex watches for festive edition

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.

6 best Rolex watches to gift this festive season

1. Oyster Perpetual Daytona

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.

2. Oyster Perpetual Day-Date

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.

3. Rolex Datejust

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!

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4. Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master

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.

5. Rolex Submariner

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.

6. Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36

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.

CONCLUSION

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!

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How To Verify The Authenticity Of Cartier Watches?

October 26th, 2022

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.

verify the authenticity of cartier watch

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.

10 key points that help identify a ‘fake’ Cartier

1. Screws

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.

2. Dial

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.

3. The secret signature

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.

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4. Case back

Turn your Cartier timepiece and look for the following imprints:

  • Cartier logo
  • 4-digit model number
  • 8 character Serial number with two letters & 4-6 digits
  • Words ‘Swiss Made’ & ‘Water Resistant’

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.

5. The ‘BLUE’ elements

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.

6. Serial Number

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.

7. Weight

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.

8. Luminosity

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.

9. Scratch-resistant glass

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.

10. Cost

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.

CONCLUSION

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.

If you’re looking to sell Cartier today, The Luxury Hut can offer you the best value for your stunning watch. We have over 40 years of combined experience in the industry, and our experts will be happy to assist. Get instant payment in a hassle-free way. Start by filling in the online form or call us on 0207 242 9160 for more details.

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6 Luxury Watches Endowed With the Magic of Gemstones

October 10th, 2022

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.

Luxury Watches with the gemstones

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.

6 Best Luxury Watches Adorned With Sparkling Gemstones

1. Patek Philippe Ref. 7121/ 200G-001

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.

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2. Jaeger-LeCoultre Ref. Q364247J

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.

3. Cartier Ref. WJPA0012

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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4. Vacheron Constantin Ref. 4305T/000G-B948

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.

5. Audemars Piguet Ref. 15210OR.ZZ.D300VE.01

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.

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6. Rolex Datejust Ref. 126284RBR

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.

CONCLUSION

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!

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

September 13th, 2022

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

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

Watches of the British Royal Family

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

WATCHES OF THE ROYALS

1. Queen Elizabeth II

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

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

Other watches in The Queen’s collection include:

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

2. Prince Charles

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

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

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

Other watches in Prince Charles’ collection include:

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

3. Princess Diana

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

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

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

4. Duke of Cambridge: Prince William

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

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

5. Duchess of Cambridge: Kate Middleton

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

6. Duke of Sussex: Prince Harry

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

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

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

Other watches in Prince Harry’s collection include:

  • Casio G-Shock
  • Pulsar G10

7. Duchess of Sussex: Meghan Markle

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

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

FINAL WORD

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

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Top 8 Luxury Watches For Your Next Adventure

September 7th, 2022

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

top 8 luxury watches

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

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

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

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

1. Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea

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

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

2. Omega Speedmaster moonwatch chronograph

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

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

3. Breitling Super Avenger

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

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

4. Rolex Explorer

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

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

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

5. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

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

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

6. Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox Limited Edition

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

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

7. Bell and Ross BR01-93

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

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

8. Breitling Colt Automatic 44

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

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

FINAL WORDS

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

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

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

August 26th, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. The Company started with a different moniker

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

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

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

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

4. Lange was a Mayor of Glashutte

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

5. A.Lange was an exceptional innovator

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

6. The Company is still attached to its roots

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

7. WWII was devastating for Lange

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

8. Soviets seized the Lange family in 1948

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

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

9. A.Lange & Sohne was reborn in 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. Another Master Complication debuted in 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. Lange crafts the watches in precious metal

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

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

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

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

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

CONCLUSION

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

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

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

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

Latest Collections of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

July 7th, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Royal Oak Self-Winding Ref. 15550

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

6. Royal Oak Chronograph Ref. 26240

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

7. Royal Oak Chronograph Ref. 26715

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

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

Is The 2022 Watch Market Unsustainable? Find Out.

July 1st, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EXTERNAL FORCES

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

1. STOCK MARKET

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

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

2. GOVERNMENT RULES

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

3. INFLATION

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

4. FINANCIAL RELIEF PROGRAMS

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

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

INTERNAL FACTORS

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

1. STAGNANT SUPPLY

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

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

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

So, naturally, the prices are getting low.

2. OUTSIDE INVESTORS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will the watch prices continue to fall?

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

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

CONCLUSION

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

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

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

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

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

May 26th, 2022

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

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

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

What is the Rolex Scarcity?

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

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

When did the Rolex shortage begin?

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

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

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

What factors are causing the Rolex Shortage?

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

Also Read: A Comprehensive Guide To ‘Rolex Finance’

5 Most Popular Reasons For The Rolex Shortage Are:

  • Artificial Scarcity

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

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

  • Natural Phenomenon

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

  • Love for Rolex

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

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

  • High Standard

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

  • Increased Market Value

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

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

Can you still buy Rolex?

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

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

Also Read: 10 Unknown Rolex Facts That Need Your Attention

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

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

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

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

Will the Rolex Shortage Reverse?

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

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

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

Also Read: Top 7 Rolex Investments For 2022

A Comprehensive Guide To ‘Rolex Finance’

May 4th, 2022

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

rolex finance

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

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

Let’s start with the basic question.

Why must you consider buying a Rolex on Finance?

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

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

4 solid reasons to do so are:

1. NO Wait

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

2. Watch Inflation

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

3. Keep the Cash

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

4. A Better Watch

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

How to buy a Rolex on Finance?

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

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

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

Who is eligible to apply for finance?

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

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

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

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

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

All you need to do is:

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

How to apply for finance?

You can apply for finance in three main ways:

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

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

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

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

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

Top Reasons To Choose Us

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

Other Important Questions

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

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

  • E-sign

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

  • Print and return the finance agreement

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

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

2. Is there any Credit Score?

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

This ensures that all applicants receive fair treatment.

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

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

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

4. Can you re-apply for Finance?

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

FINAL WORDS

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

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

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Exclusive Guide To Buying Audemars Piguet In 2022

April 20th, 2022

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

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

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

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

Brief History of Audemars Piguet Watches

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

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

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

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

5 Unknown Facts about AP Watches That Make Them So Worthwhile

1. Expensive Production Process

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

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

2. Premium Quality Materials

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

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

3. Fewer Production Count

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

4. Expensive Movements

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

5. Innovation at its Peak!

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

Is AP worth the price?

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

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What Are The Various AP Watch Variations?

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

Top 7 Audemars Piguet Watch Collections

  • Classic Royal Oak

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

  • Royal Oak Chronograph

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

  • Royal Oak ‘Skeleton’

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

  • Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

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

  • Tourbillon AP Watches

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

  • Royal Oak Offshore

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

  • Audemars Piguet 11.59

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

Which AP Model To Buy First?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Best AP Watches To Look For In 2022

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

Audemars Piguet 2022 Collection

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

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

2. Royal Oak Selfwinding Tourbillon Ref. 26730

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

3. Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Openworked Ref. 16204

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

4. Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon Openworked Ref. 26735

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

5. Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Ref. 26240

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

6. Royal Oak Selfwinding Ref. 15550

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

7. Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Ref. 26715

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

Will AP Watches Hold Their Value?

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

How Do You Know If Your Audemars Piguet Is Real?

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

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

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

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

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

Check out the full list above to shop your preference.

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

Why Are Luxury Watch Brands Growing In Demand?

March 17th, 2022

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

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

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

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

But why are the prices rising so rapidly?

1. Brand Value

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

2. Supply & Demand

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

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

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

Few such watches are

» Rolex Models:

  • Submariner
  • Daytona

» Patek Philippe Models:

  • Nautilus
  • Calatrava

» Audemars Piguet Models:

  • Royal Oak
  • Royal Oak Offshores

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

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

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

1. Budget

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

2. Resale Value

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

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

3. Brand Recognition

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

4. Craftsmanship

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

5. History

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

6. Target Market

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

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

CONCLUSION

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

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

This holds true for the other two brands as well.

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

March 4th, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Quality Check!

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

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

  1. Feels Heavy?

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

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

  1. Do Some Spelling Check

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

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

  1. Is it glued?

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

  1. What’s the Shape?

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

  1. Luminosity

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

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

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

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

  1. Stop at the RED Flags

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Ask an Expert!

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

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

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

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

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

Audemars Piguet celebrates ‘Royal Oak’s’ 50th Birthday!

February 11th, 2022

The year 2022 has just started, and it seems that renowned Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet has already got big plans! And, why not, it’s the famous Royal Oak’s 50th Birthday this year. To begin with, AP has given a king-like treatment to the Royal Oak collection by launching a slew of Royal Oak models that look hotter than ever!

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So, if you were planning to get a new fancy timepiece for the New Year, we believe that the time has come. Sell your Audemars Piguet or simply upgrade it to get hold of one of these latest dynamic timepieces that are sure to captivate your attention at once!

The latest collection reflects the company’s vision for the years to come, and it’s indeed very appealing and refreshing. But before we jump to discuss the how and what of the New Royal Oak models, let’s state a few highlights.

5 Key 2022 Highlights from Audemars Piguet

  • The heat in the watch market is increasing, and the only way to keep up with the pace is to be present in the market. Reportedly, AP had sold just 45000 watches in 2021. In 2022, the company is gearing up to increase the count to 50000 and has already employed 2500 workers.
  • The bigger news is that the watchmaker plans to set aside a big chunk of the new Royal Oak collection for those new to the brand. One of the key ways the newcomers can set themselves aside from the existing population is by developing a relationship with the brand and its officials.
  • The brand currently focuses on making the timepiece slimmer and more comfortable on the wrists. They intend to simplify the readability of the watches with new mechanisms.
  • There is a revision of minor elements and touch-points without hampering the original essence. This will enhance the look and feel of the wristwatches for both men and women.
  • In 2023, AP plans to launch something very new and refreshing to the Royal Oak Concept case.

NEW TRAIL OF WATCHES TO CELEBRATE ROYAL OAK’S 50TH BIRTHDAY

1. ‘JUMBO’ Extra-Thin Ref.16202

The Next Gen Royal Oak Ref. 16202 has replaced the Royal Oak Ref.15202. The new model comes in a 36mm case and roofs a new self-winding Calibre 7121 (extra-thin). AP has tweaked the years-old mechanism and flaunts a new date & minute movement along with a new self-winding hour for the first time.

It also has a larger barrel that offers more power for timekeeping. In short, the watch provides a power reserve of around 55 hours. Some other fascinating additions include:

  • A Balance wheel that comes fit with inertia blocks to prevent needless friction
  • Bi-directional winding
  • An extra-thin, low-energy date-setting structure
  • The watches abide by high-horology standards

The Extra-Thin Ref. 16202 comes in 4 models:

  • 18ct Pink Gold with Petite Tapisserie dials
  • Stainless Steel
  • 18ct Yellow Gold with Petite Tapisserie dials
  • Platinum

2. Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic

At a glance, you might feel that you’re looking back at the same AP Royal Oak model that was released last year. But the luxury watch brand has done some incredible magic which deserves appreciation. If you find it hard to decipher, let’s do it for you:

  • The Logo is spelt out and replaces the previous ‘AP’ style
  • Minute links that link the letters measure the size of a hair strand that is almost invisible to the eye
  • The Signature is crafted in 24ct Pink Gold & set through a 3D printing process
  • The Numerals in the Date Window is Gold
  • The Pins connecting the bracelet links aren’t visible on the side
  • The Length & size of the hour markers have undergone modification for better legibility

3. Extra-Thin ‘JUMBO’ Open-worked Ref. 16204

Measuring 39mm, the ‘JUMBO’ extra-thin Open-worked Ref. 16204 is available in 2 models:

  • 18ct Pink Gold
  • Stainless Steel

The Ref. 16204 roofs the new self-winding, open-worked Calibre 7124, almost similar to the Calibre 7121 mentioned above. The features that make the Calibre 7124 different are the open-worked structure with the bridge and main late cut via CNC mechanism. After that the electric discharge mechanism makes them seamless.

You can vividly see the 324 hand-polished V angles on the dial and the case back. The stainless steel version of the watch comes with a rhodium-toned movement, and the pink-gold variant comes with a slate grey bridge with a distinct grey barrel at 11 o’clock.

4. Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon

Three new 41mm Royal Oak Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon variants are released in stainless steel, titanium, and 18ct pink gold. All the three latest iterations come with bracelets and cases with wider bevels. Moreover, the thickness of the first link is decreased to fits the wrists seamlessly.

Additionally, the case back has been fitted on the middle of the case to offer a more relaxed fit. Some of the other subtle features include:

  • Improvement of the hands and hour markers
  • The Signature of AP comes applied in 24-carat gold.
  • Addition of new tones to the Grand Tappisserie dial
  • You can also see the fine Cotes de Geneve movement finishing through the case back

5. Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon Open-Worked

The open-work watches emit a class of their own, and who better than Audemars Piguet to execute them in the finest possible way. Coming in 41mm, the iconic open-worked version of the Flying Tourbillon, the timepiece hosts a Calibre 2950 movement and the architecture of the model surpasses anything you’ve seen so far from the luxury watch brand.

The finely finished vertical and horizontal bridges create a stunning 3D effect. Surprisingly, the company intends to generate only 125 pieces this year, 80 pieces in 2023 and 45 in 2024. This will thereby result in a steep increase in its demand.

Therefore, if you want to invest in any worthy timepiece, reach out for the AP Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon. You’ll not just be blown away with its appearance but also with the kind of value it would fetch when you sell AP watches in the future.

6. Royal Oak & Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Watches

AP released 28 variants on its 37mm Royal Oaks and 38 & 41mm from Self-Winding Chronograph models collectively. Not just that. The company plans to launch other models in 34 & 41mm in the latter half of 2022.

What’s new in the latest trail of releases?

  • Enlargement of the bevels present on the bottom & top
  • The case back is faintly joined into the middle of the case for a better fit
  • The bracelet’s links are lighter & slimmer
  • The minute track is printed directly on the Tapisserie dial
  • The Logo of AP is Audemars Piguet at the 12 o’clock position
  • The collection also sees a Night Blue dial colour or ‘Blue Nuit’ & a Baby Blue Dubbed Cloud 50

7. Royal Oak Offshore Diamond Pave

Nothing new or innovative; it’s just that the Royal Oak Offshore is getting all decked up in diamond to celebrate its brother’s Birthday! AP has launched four new diamond-set variants. Out of which, two come with Round Brilliant Cut diamonds over the case, dial, and in one particular model, the bracelet. The other two models flaunt Baguette diamonds adorned in the case or the bezel.

In the Round Brilliant Variants- The diamonds are particularly juxtaposed against the rich AP black coloured sub-dials.

Even the pusher guards & crown come set with diamonds. A fully sparkling affair it is!

What’s special about the 50th Birthday Royal Oak Collection?

As stated in the details above, all the watch models are exclusive and fascinating. Not to forget the brilliant technicalities and functionality they bring to the forefront. But another major aspect that tags the collection as unique is the oscillating mass visible from the case back and comes with an engraved cut-out that says ’50 Years’.

Isn’t that amazing? Moreover, after 31st December 2022, all the watches will come equipped with the standard oscillating mass.

CONCLUSION

So, that’s all for the first half of 2022. Now, let’s wait till the second half of the year to find out what more exciting new features AP has got for its fans. Meanwhile, if you’re gearing to find some of the best investment watches, don’t forget to walk through the New Royal Oak collection.

It’s worth every penny! Remember that you can always sell AP watches at an impressive value in the pre-owned market.

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

Deal with the Leading Watch Shop in London to Buy, Sell & Pawn Luxury Watches

February 4th, 2022

Dealing with luxury watches involves a lot of wandering between multiple jewellers, only to get more confused and frustrated by the numerous options. Thanks to our sedentary lifestyle, we all are glued to our mobile phones and end up tapping on the large buttons to search ‘the best watch shop’ near me or whatever.

watch shop in London

But does it really work out? Also, how do you know that you’re signing on the best deal for your most-loved luxury watch? This is a point to pause and wonder, isn’t it? But, what if we tell you that we have the perfect solution for this: A watch shop in London that will buy, sell, and pawn your luxury watch. Sounds too good, to be true?

The Luxury Hut, a renowned watch shop in London, is your go-to destination when you want to avail any of the three services mentioned above in the most effortless manner.

With more than 40 years of combined experience, the company offers a straightforward and trustworthy service to all the customers such that they can avail the best watch-selling or watch-buying service in London.

Let’s discuss in-depth, shall we?

Selling Luxury Watches at The Luxury Hut Watch Shop

Finding a rightful watch buyer in London who will offer the best value for your luxury timepiece is challenging. With the increasing count of counterfeit, it is most difficult to find a trustworthy watch buyer.

But not anymore!

Do you have any of the watch brands named below?

  • Rolex
  • Audemars Piguet
  • Cartier
  • Patek Philippe

The experts at The Luxury Hut will buy your watch piece and offer you the best possible value in the watch market. The watch shop has garnered a firm reputation in the niche for its INSTANT PAYMENT and fully transparent service, which generates trust in the watch sellers.

Sell your pre-owned watches to us in 4 easy steps:

  • Fill in an online form

Start by filling in their easy online form.

  • Get INSTANT FREE Quote

Provide as many details as possible about your second-hand watches. For instance, if you want to sell your Rolex, provide the age, condition, model, and other details to get a FREE instant quote.

  • Send your Watch

If you’re happy with the quote, send your luxury watch to the reputed watch shop in London. They offer a Contact-Free Home collection along with a pre-paid shipping label.

  • Get Paid

Once the professionals receive your watch, they will carefully assess it to quote you the final offer. Accept and get paid instantly!

No hassle and absolute transparency. Sell your watch simply and securely in London or anywhere in the UK to fetch the best competitive price.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Selling Your Luxury Watch to Trusted Watch Buyers

Buying Luxury Watches For Men & Women at The Luxury Hut Watch Shop

Bringing you a wide range of quality luxury watches from various luxury watch brands, The Luxury Hut goes above and beyond the usual to provide elite customer service to all its customers.

Contrary to the prevailing notion, which states that pre-owned watches are unworthy, visit The Luxury Hut’s website to check it for yourself. Also, the reports have it that the secondary watch market is booming.

If there’s any particular watch you’ve been looking out for but couldn’t fetch it in the retail, we suggest checking out the ‘SHOP’ section of the popular watch shop.

Are you wondering what brands you can find?

Watch brands available at The Luxury Hut Watch Shop

  • Rolex
  • Audemars Piguet
  • Cartier
  • Patek Philippe
  • Jaeger LeCoultre
  • Omega
  • Vacheron Constantin
  • Breitling
  • Tudor
  • Bvlgari

Just so that you know, this is the best time to shop! The Luxury Hut is offering up to a 50% discount on selected Rolex watches for men and on Rolex watches for women.

Who knows that the timepiece you’ve been eyeing for a long time is available on sale! You’ll be glad to know that the experts offer free next day online delivery in the UK via Royal Mail and worldwide shipping through FedEx.

Also, if you pick a timepiece that looks heavy on your budget, you can always avail of their Finance On Luxury Watch option.

Get Loan Against Luxury Watches at The Luxury Hut Watch Pawn Shop

There may come the point when you need urgent cash to meet your financial needs. Instead of putting your trust in any random jeweller who will quote a loan amount as per their benefit, why not visit a pawn shop?

As reliable pawnbrokers in London, The Luxury Hut will not just offer you a fair loan amount but pay you ‘ON-SPOT’!

There’s no long waiting or unnecessary rush; you can easily and quickly get cash for your luxury watch under the expert guidance of the pawnbrokers.

5 Best Reasons to Pawn with us

  • No Credit Check
  • Get Instant Cash
  • No Hidden Charges
  • Complete Transparency
  • Free Obligation Quote

With years of experience in the field, the professionals can determine an accurate price for the luxury watch you want to pawn. They will consider the age, condition, brand, and metal to make a competitive cash loan offer based on your watch’s current market value.

They are fully versed with the in-and-out of the pawnbroking process and hence, ensure to offer the loan quickly and securely.

Also, don’t worry; they will completely secure your asset during the loan tenure.

Pawn your watch with us in 4 easy steps:

  • Fill in the Online Form

Start by filling in the online form to get an INSTANT Loan quote

  • Send Your Watch

Get a Contact-Free Home collection along with a pre-paid shipping label to send your asset to the experts. They will carefully assess the watch to offer a final offer.

  • Visit Them

Call 0207 242 9160 to book an appointment at their office in Hatton Garden, London.

  • Get your CASH!

The experts will offer you a final loan offer. Accept, sign the pledge receipt, and take home your CASH within minutes. It’s that simple!

6 ‘LOAN TERMS’ To Remember

  • Customers have to provide a valid ID proof for every agreement they make
  • The maximum loan tenure is six-seven months
  • No monthly charges until the loan term ends
  • Pay interest only for the months you borrow
  • Customers can retrieve their asset at any point of time during the loan tenure
  • Having the original box and papers of your luxury watch will increase the loan value

No matter what service you’re looking for, relying on a watch shop that offers you the best experience is always advisable.

At The Luxury Hut, the watch specialists are passionate about what they do and deliver the best customer experience at every step. Visit the website to find out more details.

Related: How can I Pawn My Watch to a Trusted Pawnbrokers in London?

‘Patek Philippe Nautilus’: All You Need to Know!

December 30th, 2021

When we speak of Patek Philippe, there’s always more than what meets the eye. For instance, on the surface, the brand endorses to be simple where technically advanced complications regulate most of the timepieces. But as said, there’s more to it which is lesser known to all. Many Patek Philippe watches remain excellent investment options. Here we talk about the wildly famous- ‘Patek Philippe Nautilus’.

all about patek philippe nautilus

History of the Mythical ‘Nautilus’

Surprisingly, the Patek Philippe Nautilus history is closely related to another iconic watch, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. The latter’s creation brought a revolution in stainless steel luxury watches.

Patek Philippe soon developed a premium sports watch with the finest quality finish, seeing the Royal Oak embrace success. And, here comes the story. Who do you think designed Patek Philippe’s fresh new launch?

The father of Royal Oak himself, Gerald Genta, designed the famous ‘Nautilus’.

In a 2009 interview, Gerald Genta stated that he had designed the master design of the watch while sitting in a restaurant where some people from Patek Philippe were seated in the other corner of the dining hall. While sitting alone, he told the waiter to fetch him a piece of paper as he wanted to design something. And, in no time, the Nautilus was born as Genta designed the image while observing the people from Patek eating!

Eventually, the sketch that he completed in 5 minutes changed the history of Patek Philippe.

Initial ‘Nautilus’ Design

The design resembled that of a porthole. A solid, patent back case, a monobloc middle case and four lateral screws secured the notable octagonal bezel to ensure water resistance. Each of the eight sides of the bezel formed a perfect arc of a circle. This refined detail adds a lot of edge to the overall watch design.

Original Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref.3700/1

  • 1976

The original Patek Philippe Nautilus came out in 1976 with a black dial boldly characterised by horizontal marked bars with tones of blue. The dial had luminous hands and a date window at 3 o’clock. A cohesive bracelet with a folding clasp enhanced the personality of the timepiece. Even though the watch’s design did not boast a high water resistance, the wide lugs with lateral ears ensured that.

Thanks to its generous size of 42mm, the Nautilus Ref.3700/1 in stainless steel was also known as ‘Jumbo’. Moreover, the watch was significantly thin, with a height of approximately 7.60mm. It was powered by Calibre 28-255 C Automatic.

FYI: Gerald Genta does not hold the credit as the inventor of the Swiss Patent of the Nautilus!

  • 1978

In 1978, Patek Philippe came out with a similar model, but this time with a ribbed white dial; however, in 2012, the luxury brand added the white dial Nautilus to its catalogue.

  • 1980

Good news for the ladies as Patek Philippe finally launched the Nautilus Ref.4700 for women. After one year, an alternative to the huge Ref.3700/1 was born with the Ref.3800/1A having a smaller diameter of 37.5mm. The watch enthusiasts well-accepted the Ref.3800/1A as it featured central seconds and the all-new Calibre 335 SC.

  • 1998

Ref.3710/1A came out in 1998 where Patek Philippe added a slight complication to the small date. Roman numerals boldly characterised the black dial with a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock. Powered by Calibre 330 SC, the watch came in a 42mm case with a thickness of 8mm.

  • 2005

The next Ref.3712 was out in 2005, featuring an analogue date, moon phases, and a power reserve indicator. A gold micro-rotor with the Automatic 240 PS movement ran it, and the sapphire crystal offered a beautiful display of the calibre. Unfortunately, after only one year, the model was put down from the shelves.

  • 2006

After 30 long years, Patek Philippe treated fans with a new, revamped model, Ref.5711/1A with a 43mm case, and Calibre 324 SC ran it. Perhaps, the Ref.5711/1A is the most celebrated catalogue by Patek Philippe that flaunts a three-part case, and the sapphire crystal gives a clear view of the roofed movement.

The Ref.5711/1A had a refined curvature to better synchronise with the bezel. It additionally amplified the size of the screw-down crown. The model accentuated the striking blue tones on the black dial, and Patek Philippe printed its logo near the indices at 12 o’clock with new fonts.

2006 also welcomed three new Patek Philippe models. They are as follows:

  • First, Ref.5712 (successor of 3712) introduced several changes on the dial, including the enhancement of the blue tone, change in the direction of the date numbers from 9-23, larger date and moon phase counter, slim hands, and four small red dots to indicate the power reserve.
  • Second, Ref.5980 with a new chronograph automatic movement roofed in a 44mm case.
  • Thirdly, Ref.5800 is a thinner version of the Nautilus with a 38.4mm width.
  •  2010

The Nautilus Ref.5726 is another remarkable model launched in 2010 that features an annual calendar complication. It is the first-ever Patek Philippe stainless steel model to sport such a complication and is run by Calibre 324 S QA LU 24H.

  • 2014

At BaselWorld 2014, Patek Philippe launched the Nautilus Ref.5990/1A, also known as the Travel Time Chronograph, featuring dual time functionality and a column-wheel flyback chronograph. The design of this model has undergone a distinct change with two pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock respectively and two more push correctors at 9 o’clock.

The dial retains the typical Nautilus appearance and comes with a horizontal print. At 3 and 9 o’clock there are day and night indicators for local and home time. There are 2 sub-dials on the dial’s surface, and the watch looks gorgeous with the gold hands and applied hour markers.

  • 2016

To mark its 40th anniversary, Patek Philippe dropped two new references:

1. Three-hand Ref.5711/1P in Platinum

Patek released only 700 watch pieces of the Ref.5711/1P 40th Anniversary limited edition, crafted from Platinum 950. The model came with a width of 44mm, two times larger than the original with a 40mm diameter and a height of 8.3mm.

The dial of the Ref.5711/1P is a special anniversary version that yet again features the typical Nautilus horizontal embossing. It features a dark blue hue, and there’s a gradual gradation of colour from the inside to the outside that pleasingly complements the platinum tone.

2. Flyback chronograph Ref.5796/1G in White Gold

The Ref.5796/1G is the second anniversary model with a self-winding flyback chronograph. Patek Philippe released only 1300 pieces of this limited edition watch which comes in a large case with a 44mm diameter and a height of 12.16mm.

The larger design of the timepiece offers a greater display of the chronograph mono-counter at 6 o’clock. The three concentric scales of the mono-counter have minute counters 31-60 (inside), 1-30 (middle), and 12-hour counter (outside).

Overall, both the models sport a blue-toned dial with 12 applied batons marked in white gold and diamonds used as hour markers and anniversary quotes.

  • 2018

In 2018, Patek Philippe released one of its most prestigious models, Ref.5740/1G-001 featuring a Perpetual Calendar Complication. The model is popularly known as the Nautilus Perpetual Calendar. As Patek Philippe’s slimmest creation, the watch boasts an 8.42mm high case. The architecture flaunts polished edges and bridges, and the sapphire crystal display allows the wearer to admire the beauty vividly.

The vertically satin-touched surfaces refine the design of the bezel that further makes a pleasing contrast against the polished chamfers. The slightly raised dial features the same rich blue hue from Nautilus’s 40th-anniversary edition with a horizontal imprint (typical Nautilus).

The three sub-dials integrated perfectly in the faintly rounded octagon of the dial showcase:

  • Day of the week & 24-hour dial at 9 o’clock
  • Month & Leap year cycle at 3 o’clock
  • Date & Moon phases at 6 o’clock displaying the moon phase (slightly larger than the others)
  • 2019

Enough of the white and black dials, Patek Philippe finally launched the Nautilus Ref.5726/1A Annual Calendar with a striking blue dial in BaselWorld 2019. The watch enthusiasts consider the horizontal embossing and the subtle colour graduation from blue to black as the perfect contrast for the steel case. The watch is sporty yet stylish with a 40.5mm case.

The dial displays date, day, month, moon phases, and 24-hour. Thanks to the broad minute and hour hands with luminous coating, the dial’s legibility is excellent during both day and night.

  • 2021

Beginning:

After all the hype and craze, in 2021, Patek Philippe decided to discontinue its most desirable model- the Nautilus Ref.5711/1A steel model. But the watch certainly deserved a proper farewell, and Patek Philippe ensured that. The Swiss brand launched the Nautilus Ref.5711/1A-014 with an Olive Green Sunburst dial.

The new olive green hue never existed in Patek Philippe’s catalogue, and the dial emphasised a distinct sunburst finish that immediately fascinated the watch fanatics! The fresh green colour offers the perfect contrast against the luminescent hour and hand markers in white gold. The model sports a 40mm*8.3mm case, is run by Calibre 26-330 S C movement, and the sapphire crystal offers a clear display of the beautiful movement roofed inside.

End:

To the delight of all the watch collectors, Patek Philippe launched the Nautilus Ref.5711/1A-018 towards the end of 2021. They produced the only 170-piece limited edition to celebrate the 170th anniversary of Patek’s and Tiffany & Co’s partnership.

Referred to as Ref.5711/1A-018, the unique model comes in stainless steel, and the main defining point is the Tiffany-signed dial in its striking blue colour. A few days after its launch, Patek sold all the 170-pieces at 100% in a New York Watch Auction held by Phillips watches.

So, now you know little more about Patek Philippe, don’t you? If you go through the history (mentioned above), you can see that the Nautilus Ref.5711/1A has enjoyed the spotlight throughout. Well, there are solid reasons to back that.

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

7 factors that make Ref.5711/1A so valuable are:

1. Quality

Needless to say that Patek Philippe’s creations reflect prestige and quality, both in design and functionality. As said, that the experts spend months and years to curate a typical Patek Philippe timepiece. The brand adheres to strict standard protocol, such that every watch is precious.

2. Prestige

The very name ‘Patek Philippe’ reflects sophistication, class, and refinement. Given the rich history and the stand out watch designs, it is almost impossible not to recognise the watch from a distance.

3. Scarcity

Patek Philippe’s production count is severely regulated. The brand reportedly manufactures approximately 50000-70000 watches at a given period (75% mechanical and 25% quartz). No particular model comes in bulk quantity. As a result, there is an absolute scarcity in the market, with people willing to wait for years to grab one.

4. Versatility

You would probably agree that if there’s any luxury brand that defines versatility in the proper sense, it is Patek Philippe, and especially Ref.5711/1A. Wear it with a suit, polo, or shorts to the beach it’s just perfect! Even though the watch has started its journey as a luxury sports watch, it is now diversified.

5. Notable

The Ref.5711/1A has indeed given birth to an entire collection and also to the one model that is perhaps Patek’s most delightful creation so far (you know who). This will always be a notable watch to the brand, watch enthusiasts, and watchmaking history.

6. Hype

The kind of hype the Ref.5711/1A enjoys in the watch landscape is simply maddening! Not a Rolex or any other brand, but reports have it that the Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref.5711 is indeed the most-hyped watch. Guess this is another reason to keep your eye on it!

7. Investment Worth

No, it’s not a term to shush about because it’s true! You indeed buy a watch because you love it and want it. But you also cannot ignore the investment value. Only two watch brands enjoy high demand in the pre-owned market; Rolex and Patek Philippe. So, in case if you ever decide to sell your Patek Philippe, expect to fetch a lucrative amount.

CONCLUSION

Over four decades since its launch, the Patek Philippe continues to shine bright as one of the most influential and prestigious luxury watch brands of all time. You agree or not, the demand these watches have in the marketplace is commendable and will only rise in the future. So, whether to invest in one or not, the choice is all yours!

Related: An Unexpected Move: Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711 Discontinued

 

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