If, and only if, some watch models are considered artwork, then the bubble will likely never burst. The market may correct itself just like art, but masterpieces will always remain in a museum at an infinite and unobtainable price for people to view and never purchase.
The watch, like a force of nature, is as delicate as it is powerful. It has been clearly designed from an artist’s sensibility, from an artist’s eye.
I honestly believe Rolex should enter the realm of another metal other than platinum, gold in three colours and stainless steel. What other metal could that be? TITANIUM of course.
I should stop searching for the perfect watch. I already own it – the Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167a.
So to all Aquanaut lovers out there who are few and far between, if you are desperately searching for an Aquanaut equivalent purchase a Chronometre Bleu (evil snicker snicker snicker).
I’M TOO OLD AND TIRED OF THIS WATCH WAITING GAME. WHY MY VACHERON CONSTANTIN OVERSEAS PURCHASE WAS A WELCOME RELIEF
Why would I buy a stock I didn’t want like IBM in order to be placed on the waiting list for AAPL??? That is as irrational a thought as the number e.
Mr. Stern, can you grant me any stainless steel Nautilus for being so gutsy leaping forward with untrammelled folly?
I wouldn’t say the book flows like a novel but for Patek collectors and enthusiasts it is a well suited reference when they need factual information about a particular watch.
For the new 5711, I don’t want to be blown away 180 degrees, I want small and perhaps subtle evolutionary improvements. I will harbour resentment if Patek modifies too much too soon.
In this day of information overload, it is so archaic that watch companies mention watchmaker’s specifications that no one really cares about but fail to mention what is important for watch wearers who make up most of the watch community.
I found the company’s hardships and the navigation out the most interesting chapters of the book, however the book does mention the many joyous moments of the company’s journey from the many medals won at horological and world fairs and the purchases from prominent members of royalty including Queen Victoria.
It is whatever one’s heart desires and can be anything from a Timex on your wedding day to a six figure gold watch you may take hiking and you may even decide to plunge it in a brook along the way.
The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the French coast the (OP) light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
The paradox and enigma of Patek Philippe is that they design and manufacture such delicate and intricate watches with crazy complications but yet they are robust enough and intended to be worn everyday.
People who purchase the Tudor Black Bay 58 fall into two categories. One category is those who simply can’t yet afford a Rolex and are looking for an entry level luxury watch to hold them over until the Rolex comes. The other category is those seasoned collectors who have come full circle and have experienced most Rolex models or higher brands and they simply want to wear something as extremely comfortable as the Black Bay 58 for a daily wearer without being ostentatious.
Since the day of purchase, it has become my TALISMAN. It accompanies me wherever I go and brings me good luck.
Let me start by saying that they are great watches. They are robust. They are super accurate. They are elegant and pretty enough. They retain their value and they are iconic. But that is not enough…
The way we view our timepieces has changed forever and there will never be a personally desired mechanical timepiece that won’t beg the primary concern, future price earnings.
The short answer is a definite yes but not the way it is defined in the dictionary.
WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER JUDGE A WATCH UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN AND WORN IT-or until a bona fide watch expert has
My argument is that a watch enthusiast cannot legitimately comment either way, good or bad, on a timepiece unless they have seen it and worn it in the metal.
Little’s Law developed by MIT professor John Little, is a remarkably elementary but profound theorem in Queueing theory, the mathematical study of lines and queue wait times. It is predominantly used to estimate queue times in a retail business but the equation can be generalized to any stationary system, in our case, wait times for desirable watches.
When I say the perfect watch, I don’t mean the so called “grails” that one actively targets looking through crosshairs. While there is no perfect watch that could possibly be manufactured for the masses, with the multitude of models available, there surely must be a perfect watch that should satisfy my aesthetic values and checklist of complications.
The 5740/1g is just such an unattainable watch that I placed it last on my list but only for that reason. Because arguably it deserves more, much more. It is such an exclusive watch, financially and supply wise that I prefer not to even think about obtaining one and I consider it as a virtual watch for me.
The 5320g was introduced by Patek Philippe in 2017 as a melding of numerous Patek vintage designs into a modern size and mechanism. The case is a monobloc of white gold and one can see many various parts of vintage Pateks from the lugs to the case, the hands and dial.
The 5550p advanced research was introduced in 2011 at Baselworld. If the 3940 were Patek’s classical pure perpetual calendars, then the 5550p is the modernized improved version. Patek Philippe’s scientific advanced research wing in collaboration with major Swiss engineering universities are responsible for research and development for the company.
Patek Philippe classifies one of their collections as “Grand Complications” and while they don’t explicitly mention what exact grand complications they are referring to, I automatically assume it is the perpetual calendar (quantième perpétuel).
“You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation” After being blessed with the opportunity to purchase an Aquanaut, I felt extremely fortunate to be able to acquire such a sought after piece. Of course, purchasing one does not make me its rightful owner because “owning” a Patek […]
WATCHES ARE VERY MUCH LIKE BOOKS BACKGROUND When I chase a watch, I usually tend to obsess and research it aggressively. I usually start with YouTube, articles, blogs or forums. I enjoy the YouTube videos as they are easy to view and offer the user’s experience and feel. When I was chasing specific Rolex models, […]
The Aquanaut was only introduced in 1997, the brainchild of Thierry Stern who wanted a more youthful, sportier, more ergonomic, yet cheaper Nautilus. I think he succeeded in creating such a different watch yet retaining a semblance of Gerald Genta’s original iconic Jules Verne porthole.
After having obtained so many Rolexes in 2019, my collection was verging on becoming too one dimensional and monobranded. Too many black dials, too many ceramic bezels and supercases.
Watch collectors alike love labelling watches with affectionate monikers , particularly for the powerful brand that is Rolex. For its Submariner line, labels accepted over the years include the green shimmering “Hulk”
I ALWAYS HOUSED A PASSION FOR WATCHES AND HOROLOGY BUT RECENTLY THE HOBBY HAS BECOME PATHOLOGICAL, BORDERING ON OBSESSIVE IRRATIONALITY AND EXUBERANCE! BUT I MAKE NO APOLOGIES.
I wore my Batman from 2014-2018 and frankly grew bored of the watch so I went searching for other brands and happened upon Grand Seiko. During that time, I also lent my Batman to my cousin in London, England and replaced it with these Grand Seikos.
Retrospectively, for a first Rolex purchase, this one is a heck of an entry. Of course, I didn’t know this at the time but it was available with no waiting list at a local ad in 2014. But back then, stainless steel professional models were quite accessible and desirable pieces now were being displayed in the window cases.
My watch history is typical of any child growing up who was fascinated with their father’s watch. My father wore watches ranging from Seiko to Omegas but never quite made the jump to Rolex. He was not a watch enthusiast and was content with only reliable time keepers and wanted nothing more aesthestically.