DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT: Dimensions:
- 300mm wide x 511mm long x 168mm high. Total weight: approx. 8kg
As Patek Philippe celebrates their 175th anniversary, the major auction houses are celebrating too. Auction houses have done very well over the last few years, thanks to the brand's popularity among collectors, when it comes to their rarest and most exclusive timepieces. On November 9, 2014, in Geneva, Christie's will hold its "Patek Philippe 175" watch auction in celebration of the brand's anniversary. This will be an exciting time, as Patek Philippe themselves will hold various celebrations, along with the unveiling of a new ultra-complicated timepiece, and fellow auctioneer Sotheby's will be auctioning off the famed Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication pocket watch, that is expected to fetch around million.
Perpetual calendar chronographs are something of a Patek Philippe specialty, and nearly each one of their perpetual calendar chronographs is a bit special. The reference 5270 was launched in 2011 to great expectations, and it duly delivered, as it was the first Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph to use a 100% in-house manufactured movement. This watch could very well be a future classic.
I'll state right here that in my opinion, the Calibre (the entire collection) is the Cartier men's watch to get right now. It offers the most modern design of the others, an in-house made movement, great size, and appeal of a Cartier with a sportiness that many people are looking for today. Of course, with my love of dive-style watches, I am inclined to say that the Cartier Calibre Diver is the best choice, but let's look at the details a bit more.
Whenever I would rush through the ground floor to meet with some brand or another, I could see guests looking at the watch – and again, the reason why SalonQP is in a rather unique position is that the watch did leave its glass sarcophagus and was shown to anyone who requested it. Getting to personally see and experience such extremely rare watches is a special opportunity, and I feel that as long as the exhibition sticks to its open and welcoming nature, it will have new and returning guests year after year. Needless to say, this kind of "openness" also helps bring the particular brand in question much closer to the visitors.
In the age of vintage watches that rival the value of real estate, professional vintage counterfeiters, and breathless real-time hype of marquee auction results, it’s easy to feel alienated by the mainstream of the watch collectors’ movement. Many who love watches for every reason except money are left ruing missed opportunities and wondering where to find value in the current market for collector watches.
Looking at the Torgoen T32, you can very much see what is considered a vintage aviation look – though, these days, this re-modernized style is clearly living its renaissance with its bold indices and high-contrast dials. In some ways, it almost had a bit of a Lum-Tec look and feel to it in my opinion (a good association, in my book). With the flat dial and case finish, the lumed numerals and indices stand out sharply, making the watch easily legible both during the day or night.
There are interesting design elements on the case, which are primarily seen in the lug structures as well as the crown. The crown is shaped like a bowl and inside of it is a Swiss cross symbol. This is perhaps the first "bowl-style" crown that I've seen, and it isn't anymore or less comfortable to use than any other crown. It does look interesting though, as though some type of robot ear is sticking out from the side of the case.
Halfway through the book and it has been said countless times: the effort that goes into creating such a work of art as a timepiece made by an independent watchmaker necessitates so much more than a well-equipped workshop. "The Creation," goes the title of the fourth chapter, discusses in great detail that magic, the actual work that goes into conceiving, designing, manufacturing, assembling and decorating such a watch.
In New York City, Victorinox Swiss Army held an event in collaboration with the New York Fire Department (FDNY) designed to subject its I.N.O.X. (INOX) collection timepieces to a battery of stress tests. Victorinox Swiss Army's goal was to assert its slogan of "Made To Last" for the new for 2014 collection of durable sport watches. See the I.N.O.X. movie here.
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Welcome back to an aBlogtoWatch original series, where we discuss important stores that sell watches all over the world. Each store we profile has an interesting story to tell about where they operate and who they sell to. Whether you buy watches from brick and mortar retailers or prefer to buy watches online, these are the stores that help shape our watch culture around the globe. There is a long list of stores to cover, but if there is a retail location in your favorite city that we simply can’t miss, let us know in the comments below.
While movement only offers the time, it is artistically very appealing. The entire watch is said to be extremely thin at just 5.7mm thick, and yet the dial has an impressive amount of depth to it. If the final watches look as good as the renders, the dials of the Roshan Martin Légende Tourbillon pieces will look very nice.