As lovers of antique pocket watches and vintage timepieces in general we decided to take a look into the past to discover the etymology, otherwise known as the word history, of the word ‘antique’.
It has been announced that Leeds University have recently launched two resources that will be used in conjunction with the study and research into the British art and antiques market.
We’re taking a slice of our day to appreciate this magnificent timepiece, by British jeweller Graff, which is one of the finest pieces you’re ever likely to see, which is reflected in its price tag of $40 million (£27 million).
(Image credit: Graff)
Baroness Kramer, the UK minister of state for transport, learnt something new recently after admitting that she had regretted giving a watch to Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, learning that it might not have been appropriate in Chinese culture and that Ko seemed to disparage it.
When starting an antique collection, it can be easy to get carried away, buying the first item that you see. But if you do not choose your antiques carefully, you could end up with a collection which has gained little value over the years, and also one where the pieces have little cohesion together as a complete collection. We’ve written a list of golden rules of antique collecting to help get you started and on track with your new collection:
Those of you who are currently interested in buying watches and time-pieces will be delighted to know that records have been breaking all week long during the watch sales in Geneva. Both Christie’s and Sotheby’s sales exceeded all expectations. The climax last night of a world record price for any vintage time piece. The Graves watch which sold for in excess of 20m SF + Commission. The last time this watch was sold at auction was…
To celebrate watchmaker Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary, Christie’s is hosting a thematic auction on November 9th at Geneva’s Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. The celebratory event will see sales include a total of 100 lots, including everything from 19th-century enamel pocket watches to 1980s complicated wristwatches. So if you’re in the market and antique watches for sale in this exclusive auction appeals to you then take a look at this historic auction:
We are giving you an insight into the different ways in which a valuation is considered when looking a movement, from a UK pocket watch to Swiss and other European antique watches they are almost always valuated using these methods. In part 1 we will be looking at how to identify your watch, how to define the age and how to establish the quality.