Dress chronograph is an acquired taste, a love that takes time to develop. I have never seen somebody who initiated his/her collection with a dress chronograph. A "normal" chronograph (I'm looking at you, Daytona)? Sure, that's common. But, say, a Patek Ref. 5170? No, that's never a "first serious watch" candidate. Nothing to do with affordability here but rather, people only tend to slowly, if they ever do, gravitate towards the more delicate, sophisticated pieces after spending some time with their more versatile counterparts as they mature as collectors. And for many, to own a serious dress chronograph is to gain an instant badge of approval in the eyes of fellow aficionados. They're some of the most elegant and romantic timepieces one could possess. And there's nothing quite like the experience of looking at a well finished chronograph movement (if the watch comes with a display case back). For all these reasons, dress chronographs from across eras are categorically going up in value. Well, except perhaps one. The sole subject of today's article, from none other than one of the Swiss "Holy Trinity" manufactures - Vacheron Constantin. And today, we go deep on the Vacheron Constantin Les Historiques Chronograph Ref. 47101/47111.
First of all, Happy New Year! Lengbeau would like to wish you all a very successful year ahead. And of course, happy watch hunting!
2016 has been a bittersweet year for the watchmaking scene, to say the least. Sales figures were subdued. Cost cutting a key theme for the better part of the industry. People sacked. And China spending much less on watches compared to before, thanks to the government's anti-graft campaign. Let's just say the industry has seen better days.
Yet, despite the numerous reasons that could theoratically cause the industy to go under, luxuy watches are still being made and companies are still up and running. Barely, perhaps, but they are here to stay. And it's during difficult time that the industry demonstrates its creativity and wit best. And 2016 has proven to be the perfect testament to that.
With 2016 squarely behind us, we reckon this is a good time to do some stocktaking and recount the key trends that largely defined the year - memorable no matter how you look at it - for the watch industry and more importantly, to look to the future and offer our estimate as to which of these currents are likely to carry over into the 2017.
Let's check them out.
Auction Preview: Our (Less Predictable) Picks from Important Watches by Christie's on 28 November 2016 in Hong Kong
The last couple of months in a calendar year are in general quite an enjoyable period of time for watch collectors of all sort, for this is the time when most of the major auction houses would be staging their season finale watch auctions, bringing to the market rare and collectible pieces. Christie's, being one of the handful of traditional auction powerhouses, is certainly not going to run short of amazing timepieces to go under the hammer at this time of the year.
With their "Important Watches Including NAUTILUS 40 Part III" auction - to be held on 28 November 2016 here in Hong Kong - around the corner, we did a little catalog flipping and pondered over the lots and picked 6 lots from 6 manufacturers which are, hopefully, less predictable. By doing so we wish to show you exactly how diverse a watch auction usually is, and how it's not always (just) about vintage Rolex Subs and (or) Patek perpetual calendars, for instance. Don't get me wrong, these are great. Nonetheless there are other gems that deserve some love, too. So let's get right down to it.
In this episode of Weekend Brunch Report we are back with a good variety of market finds, ranging from a bad ass diver to some dress watches in precious metal and of course, our seldom affordable, always jaw-droppingly beautiful Unicorn Find.
Yes, you know what I'm gonna say next: 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.
Weekend Brunch Report Vol.4: From a Cool Seiko Chronograph to an Early Sample of Rolex Milgauss in Great Condition
It's the weekend again and what does that mean? You guess it right, Weekend Brunch Report is LIVE! This week we have some truly interesting and outstanding timepieces to share with you ranging from a cool Seiko chronograph to an insanely mint Rolex Milgauss. Let's check it out.
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