Watch Stops 2011: BaselWorld – Rolex Releases New Explorer II

Here at BaselWorld, Rolex unveils the new Oyster Perpetual Explorer II, enlarged from 40 to 42mm and housing the new   calibre 3187 designed and manufactured by Rolex. Crafted in a 904L stainless steel superalloy, polished and satin finished, the watch features a fixed bezel, winding crown, TWINLOCK double waterproof system,  sapphire crystal with a scratch-resistant…

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Time Capsules: News – Omega, Panerai and Rolex Finally in Your Budget; Antiquorum Also Offers Affordable Lots

 Omega Lot 206A few days ago, we talked here about the upcoming March 10 NYC Antiquorum auction and all the great headliner watches coming up for bid. But thanks to some feedback we got, we recognize that some of our readers are newcomers to the world of collecting and buying at auction and so are…

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Time Capsules: News — Vintage watches: Antiquorum Offers up Patek, GP Opera

Patek Philippe Ref. 2419Yes, if you are the consummate watch collector, the upcoming March 10th Antiquorum New York auction is for you. A couple of really amazing timepieces are coming up for grabs – but beware- these babies are pricey and are certain to fetch global interest. In fact, I know a certain Kuwait collector…

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A Moment in Time: Hautlence SA’s Co-Founder and managing director, Guillaume Tetu

Not even 40 yet, the very humble, genuine and likeable Guillaume Tetu has already accomplished a wealth of interesting feats in watchmaking.  Having spent two years as a Consultant  CAO (Construction Assisted by Computer) for the Rolex Supplier of Metal Bracelets, Gay Frères, and seven years with  the LVMH Group and TAG Heuer’s Product Development…

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Time Capsules: News – Christies New York Auction to Bring Big Names

Patek Henry Graves 1913 watchA custom-engraved Patek Philippe pocket-watch from the collection of American business titan Henry Graves Jr., or a superb collection of watches from award-winning “Without A Trace” actor Anthony LaPaglia are among the exciting watches coming up at the Christies December 14 sale of Important Watches in New York. The upcoming auction…

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Time Capsules: News — A Testament in Time: Rolex USA’s Allen Brill Dies

Last night I learned of the passing of one of the more special men in our industry. Allen Brill, President and CEO of Rolex USA, passed away over the weekend after a short battle with lung cancer.  I was quite saddened by the news.  Not just because the watch industry has lost a great leader…

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