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Saturday 25 September 2021   

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SPECIAL REPORT: State of independents
Tired of mass-produced Swiss watches, collectors are increasingly turning to the independent sector to find watches that are rarer, more complex, handmade and exquisitely artistic. Rob Corder investigates how effective digital marketing and tiny production quantities are combining to help many independent watchmakers, and the retailers that sell them, achieve record sales.
THE BIG INTERVIEW: WatchPro meets A Collected Man
Silas Walton, still in his mid-twenties at the time, spotted an opportunity seven years ago to become a de-facto authorized dealer for super-scarce pre-owned watches from the likes of Roger Smith, Kari Voutilainen and Philippe Dufour. His company, A Collected Man, now generates annual sales of around $20 million trading these watches with collectors all over the world.
THE BIG INTERVIEW: New York’s Cellini sees independent watchmakers boom
WatchPro’s Rob Corder speaks to Cellini’s owner Leon Adams to see what the wider watch industry can learn from the rise of independent watchmakers.
Why Philippe Dufour and F. P. Journe watches are soaring in value
Too many in the prestige watch industry have forgotten that scarcity and exclusivity increase desirability and outright lust among collectors, which is why, as Simon de Burton reports, marques like Philippe Dufour and F. P. Journe are challenging established giants for premium prices at auction. 
THE BIG INTERVIEW: Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry president Jared Silver on the rising fortunes of independent watchmakers
Silicon Valley jeweler says independents are increasingly in demand, thanks in part to changing behavior during the pandemic.
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