If you were off enjoying the weekend – good for you. We tweeted and posted on facebook a variety of results for the weekend’s Only Watch 2013 auction held in Monaco – in which 33 unique timepieces were donated by brands and offered for sale to bidders around the world in support of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The results seemed a bit disappointing to some of the brands – especially those that got less than the desired amount. For buyers of those timepieces – Congrats on the great buy. Not surprisingly, the one watch that fetched the highest price was a Patek Philippe. Interestingly enough Patek Philippe was the leader in the 2011 auction as well. That year, the brand’s watch sold for nearly $2 million. At this auction the watch sold for 4/5ths of the entire auction total – or approximately $4 million. The Patek Philippe watch was the Ref. 5004T – with the T standing for titanium. The brand produced a special titanium version of this discontinued series watch with a unique dial and an in-house made manually wound mechanical movement that offers split seconds chronograph, perpetual calendar and more. As to the 32 other brands at auction: –…
The moon has been a symbol of romance and eternity for countless generations, which may be why so many watch brands are putting effort into the development of specialty watches that depict the phases of the moon in ever more creative renderings. Moon-phase timepieces operate via a small disk within the mechanics of the watch. The disk, often painted enamel or even lapis lazuli for added allure, rotates slowly, showing the waxing and waning moon cycles in a visually arresting fashion. Often, these watches feature stars and diamonds on the case or bezel for a little extra shimmer. Here, we single out three shining examples combining time and tide. (See gotham-magazine for more.)
It’s official: Antiquorum —which every other year sponsors the Only Watch auction — has a super hot lineup of one-of-a-kind watches to be auctioned off on September 28 at the Only Watch 2013 charity event in Monaco. This year 33 watch brands have donated to the cause, wherein all proceeds from the auction will benefit the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy to help finance research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Participating brands in this important auction: Backes & Strauss, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Chanel, Chopard, Chronoswiss, Christophe Claret, Corum, Cyrus, deLaCour, De Bethune, DeWitt, Frédérique Constant, Girard Perregaux, Harry Winston, Hublot, Ikepod, Jaquet Droz, Julien Coudray, Laurent Ferrier, Louis Vuitton, Maurice Lacroix, Montblanc, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Armin Strom, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Zenith.
Last week we showed you the top 10 best blue dialed watches for men from BaselWorld 2013. That sparked a lot of emails from women about how they love the color blue. As such, we answer the demand for mechanical blues for women. Mechanical watches come in two categories: hand-wound and automatic. With a wind watch, turning the crown transmits energy to the main spring, where it is stored. As the wound spring uncoils, it releases the energy necessary to activate movement in the gear train and causes the watch to tick. An automatic watch is fitted with a rotor that allows the timepiece to wind itself, when the wearer moves her wrist and the rotor or oscillating weight spins. Typically, mechanical calibers are hand-assembled from hundreds of tiny parts to form a horological marvel that keeps time in perfect harmony. Herein are just a couple of top picks.
Blue. It has long been the color associated with royalty and regal beauty. The color of earth’s great sapphires, the oceans and the sky – blue is also a much coveted color when found on watch dials. This year, we found many gorgeous blue dials in an array of hues. Here we bring you 10 of the top choices.