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Auction of Panerai prototypes could elevate brand to investment class status

Auction of Panerai prototypes could elevate brand to investment class status

Soaring prices for luxury watches selling at auction is fuelling demand for Rolex, Patek Philippe and other brands as customers increasingly see prestige timepieces as assets that hold or even increase in value over time. Panerai could pull off the same trick this week with an auction of three unique prototype watches that cannot be

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Carl F. Bucherer burnishes its watchmaking credentials by joining Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Carl F. Bucherer, the watchmaking business owned by global retail group Bucherer, has joined the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) as its 44th partner-brand. FHH was established in 2005 by Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux and the Richemont Group. Its objective is to promote Fine Watchmaking worldwide. Carl F. Bucherer’s history dates all the way back

Bell & Ross releases capsule collection as part of BAPE anniversary celebrations

Bell & Ross has released a new collection as part of its team up with Japanese lifestyle brand, BAPE. The capsule collection features the French-based watchmaker’s iconic square shape case design. The two minimalist BR03-92 42mm watches come in black matte ceramic cases and are water resistant to 100m. Powered by the caliber BR-CAL.302 automatic

2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève winners revealed

Winning watches of the 18th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) were unveiled on Friday in addition to a Special Jury Prize presented to Jean-Claude Biver, non executive president of the LVMH Watch division, and chairman of Hublot & Zenith for 45 years service to the Swiss watch industry. The grand prize for watchmaking, knows

Rare Patek Philippe perpetual calendar goes under the hammer at Christie’s today

Christie’s Rare Watch Auction takes place in Geneva and online today, with 234 timepieces going under the hammer. Watches range from late 18th century pieces right through to modern, but rare models at prices ranging from CHF 2000 up to CHF 2.5 million. The star lot is an 18ct gold perpetual calendar Patek Philippe reference 2499

Watchfinder and Yoox Net-A-Porter add over $1 billion in six months to Richemont sales

Global sales for Richemont rose by 21% to €6.8 billion for the six months ended September 30. Yoox Net-A-Porter and Watchfinder, which have been included as wholly owned for the first time by the luxury conglomerate for the reporting period, contributed €959 ($1.1bn) million to coffers. Without the contribution from the new division that Richemont

Bonhams auctions timepiece for military charity associated with Mount Everest disaster

The Gurkha regiment is a famous military force made up of recruits from Nepal and the Indian sub-continent that have an illustrious history fighting under the British flag over the past 200 years. The Nepal connection has also instilled Gurkhas with incredible mountaineering skills, which were put to the test in 2015 when they led

Fellows auction house sells limited edition ‘Rum’ watches for big bucks

Birmingham auctioneers Fellows has sold a limited edition 18ct rose gold ‘Rum’ watch for £16,588. Made by Speake-Marin, the watch was one of two ‘Rum’ watches sold at Fellows’ 30 October Watch Sale, the other being a titanium version for £14,674. This meant that, combined, the ‘Rum’ watches sold for a total of £31,262. The

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