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Simon de Burton

Nine out of the top ten prices paid at auction so far this year have been for Patek Philippe watches.
GQ and Vanity Fair contributor Simon de Burton recalls halcyon days cruising a windswept seafront in the icy northeast of England; sparking up a doobie, perhaps, using a Cartier lighter and cocooned in a Cartier edition Lincoln Continental.
The top end of the market for classic cars is narrow, shallow, and prone to dramatic price crashes as well as spikes. Could the vintage watch market go the same way? Simon de Burton investigates.