Big Ben is 156 years old, having run non-stop since 1859 – that’s somewhere around 1,266,000 hours in total. It is the largest four faced chiming clock in the world and a signature trademark of London. The clock is synonymous with events such as New Year, showing coverage all over the world of the significant London monument.
After being voted in the top five global shopping destinations last year, it has been announced that Dubai will be hosting their very own watch week, the first horology event of this scale in the region.
Anyone worth their salt will be aware of the fact that Abraham Louis Breguet is regularly referred to as the father of watchmaking. Breguet, being such a powerful name both historically and in modern society in the context of mechanical watch making means that many people are keen to experience some of his works in the flesh if they hadn’t had the good fortune to as of yet.
It’s been reported that UK imports of Swiss watches saw a spike of almost 30% in the first half of 2015 due to the fact that Chinese shoppers have discovered the European market for luxury watches is cheaper than their own.
Harry Peverill from Banbury was overjoyed when his extensive collection of 115 pocket watches were returned home.
The watches has been stolen 17 months previously from his home in Banbury. Peverill says that he had lost all hope of ever being reunited with his treasures.
Watch collectors holding onto their treasured pieces may be securing their financial future. With the ever growing value of antique watches, they are considered a smart investment. If you have been considering whether a watch collection is really the right move for you here is some information on the recent market state:
Wu Xiuying is a 70 year old Chinese woman who has built an incredible timepiece collection in her own home in Jilin. This impressive collection is so extensive that it has been called a museum.
The Only Watch auction unites the world’s finest manufacturers to create 44 unique designs to raise money for charity. These items are limited edition and exclusively designed for the event.
The watches will be sold to raise money for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy at The Only Watch auction on 7th November 2015 in Geneva. This auction has run every two years since 2005 and has attracted the attention of hundreds of collectors and connoisseurs keeping an eye out for their favourite pieces in a bid to add them to their treasured collections.
For those who weren’t in attendance, Chiswick Auctions’ latest specialist sale of jewellery and watches has rather pleasingly been heralded as a real success by the auction house.