Weekend Brunch Report is back and kicking and this time around, we bring you several pieces we've scouted from the market, with very special value propositions (hint: our Unicorn Find of this episode is actually very affordable, relatively speaking). Ready? Let's check them out!
People dress for the occasion. If you're going to a job interview, you'd usually show up in a business suit. Whereas if you're travelling to Okinawa for a weekend getaway in summer with your family, you'd probably pack your favourite summer t-shirts or even a swimwear or two.
It really should be the same case when it comes to watches. There's a place and time for your fancy Royal Oak Offshore or that busy-looking Navitimer, yet occasions such as a black-tie event or an important business meeting isn't one. In formal situations like these, you're strongly encouraged to pick your timepiece very wisely, preferably one that doesn't take people's attention away from you. A formal, subtle-looking yet well made dress watch serves as exactly that purpose. And today, we break down for your several factors that define a quality dress watch by taking a close look at, in our opinions, two top of the line, standard-bearing dress watches: a Lange Saxonia and a Patek Calatrava.
Let's check them out!
Auction Coverage: Top Picks from Christie's "Rare Watches & Exceptional Complications" Auction in New York on 7th June
Having showcased the lovely lineup of watches in a Hong Kong preview session last week, auction powerhouse Christie's will be auctioning off these amazing timepieces in its "Rare Watches & Exceptional Complications" to be held on 7th June in New York City. Having enjoyed a consistent track record in attracting discerning collectors from around the world, this Christie's auction is expected to continue doing exactly that, enticing watch lovers with tastefully curated timepieces.
And here are the top lots that caught our attention (in lot order). Read on and find out more.
Previewed by us just now, "Hong Kong Watch Auction: Two" hosted by auction house Phillips, has set new world record by selling a Patek Philippe for HK$19,720,000/ US$2,537,964/ €2,277,660, making it the highest price ever paid for a wristwatch at auction in Asia. Overall, the Hong Kong auction raked in HK$150,669,500/ US$19,391,164/ €17,402,327.
Notable sales include:
- A world record price for a Patek Philippe (Reference 2499) Third Series, achieving HK$19,720,000 – the highest price ever for a watch sold at auction in Asia
- A world record price for a Patek Philippe (Reference 2523/1) World Time wristwatch, achieving HK$19,496,000
- HK$1,900,000 for an extraordinary, oversized time-only Rolex ref. 8382 in pink gold with blue enamel dial – a world record price for the reference.
- HK$1,900,000 for a unique Patek Philippe brass and enamel solar clock from 1962.
Contemporary watches also saw extraordinary results, including the sale of a unique, titanium Patek Philippe ref. 5180 that achieved HK$4,240,000 and the blue-dialed Patek Philippe ref. 5004 perpetual with split seconds chronograph, originally made for Eric Clapton selling for HK$6,280,000.
For full results, go here.
Auction Coverage: A Morning with the Mega Timepieces by Phillips Hong Kong Watch Auction Two. And a LOT of Pictures.
Some mornings are just better than others. They just are. This morning is one such morning.
After wrapping up a massively successful watch auction in Geneve and saw some of the most valuable vintage timepieces change hands not long ago, renowned auction house Phillips has no plan to slow down and comes back with their second Hong Kong-based watch auction aptly named "Hong Kong Watch Auction: Two", to be held in Mandarin Oriental, Central, Hong Kong on 31st May. When Phillips is involved, you can bet there will be no shortage of absolutely mega timepieces to go under the hammer and here in Lengbeau we are so glad that notion is as valid as ever. While Phillips is doing what it does best curating amazing timepieces, Lengbeau does what it does best too: getting up close and personal with these "one day, maybe" watches for our readers. Ready? Read on to find out our top topics of the auction and enjoy our high definition pictures.
Analysis: Twelve Legendary Watch Families that Defined Modern Horology (and What Makes Them Awesome)(Part 1)
When Lengbeau was first founded some eight months ago, there was a specific feature we were particularly excited to do: to introduce to our readers what we believe are the twelve most iconic, important mechanical watch models from twelve different watch manufacturers, and hopefully in the process of doing so, quickly familiarise you with the quintessential timepieces and watch brands that you cannot afford to not know.
Started off as an idea in which we'd wish to produce a full-length coverage of each of the twelve pieces (in fact, we did manage to do one, for the Rolex Submariner), we quickly realised this might not be the most efficient way to go about this. As a result, we are coming back with this very feature to introduce all these legendary watches to you in two parts, so you could have a quick, good sense of what they are and what make them great. And at the end of this feature, you should be able to at least name ONE signature watch from the likes of Rolex, Audemars Piguet or Heuer.
Ready? Let's meet the legends.
Analysis: A Quick Guide to Key Watch Complications (and What Angelina Jolie Has to Do with One of Them)
We guarantee the Angelina Jolie part will appear somewhere in this article. Read on.
We all know what a watch fundamentally does: it tells time, either to the accuracy of a minute (for two-hand watches) or a second (for three-hand ones). However, a good amount of mechanical watches, especially in the realm of Haute Horlogerie, were created to do so much more than just telling you what time it is. Some give you extra information such as date and day of the week. A chronograph watch allows you to measure the lapse of time. While an annual calendar watch saves you the hassle of having to adjust for the date at the turn of a month for at least a year. These features are what we call "Complications". And they are totally awesome.
A Complication is essentially any extra feature a watch possesses beyond simple time-telling. And in this episode of Analysis, we will break down for you several popular and significant Complications to give you a good sense of the matter so next time when that watch sales is trying to promote a complicated watch to you, you'd know exactly what he/she's talking about.
Introduction - It's Time for a Change
Weekend Brunch Report has been one of the more popular features of this humble little blog and because of that, there really is no reason to stop doing it. But we believe there are always ways to create better and more exciting content for our readers and as a blog, we could only succeed by keeping things interesting for YOU.
It is in this spirit we've decided to make some adjustments and additions to the column, beginning this episode. Let us walk you through the changes and we're more than happy to hear from you what you think of it!
It's weekend again and in this instalment of our very own Weekend Brunch Report, we're again presenting a diverse lineup of very interesting watches, each with their own uniqueness and could be purchased at different price points. Some are rare, some are innovative, and on top of that, they're all awesome. Let's check it out!
In this episode of Weekend Brunch Report we are bringing you a strong lineup of interesting dress watches (one of which the thinnest mechanical wristwatch) plus two very special sporty references. Weekend Brunch Report is LIVE! Let's check it out.
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