Busy with the final details for the Antiquorum sale that took place on November 12 in Geneva, Romain Réa found time to talk about his passion for watches, at his store on Rue du Bac in Paris.
As October reached an end, there was a buzz in the air in New York. Was it pre-Hallowe'en excitement? The mildness of the Indian summer? Or the sale of Paul Newman's actual Rolex Daytona, the ultimate grail watch? What do you think?
Always first off the (auctioneer's) block, Antiquorum opened the season with a sale of 613 lots on Sunday November 11th. Bidders filled the Grand Salon at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel du Rhône for the full seven hours of the sale, with the room emptying slightly only during the last half-hour: regrettably for the Cartier clocks and watches that didn't find a taker. The sale realised a total CHF 8.8 million with 494 lots sold and 19% unsold.
At an exceptional sale this November 6th, Sotheby's London will disperse the 137 pieces in the personal collection of George Daniels, the twentieth century's greatest watchmaker.
Are you familiar with the websites replicahause.com, fakesale.com, replica2u.com or watcheswell.com? No? Allow me to introduce you to them.
To coincide with Swiss Anti-Counterfeiting Day which will take place on 22 March 2013, theorganisers are launching a short film competition open to the public on the theme “United againstPiracy”. The winners of the Jury Prize and Public Prize will be presented with a genuine prestigewatch.
Pierre-Yves Donzé, Associate Professor and Hakubi Scholar at Kyoto University, has examined the reasons behind the collapse of the Swiss watch industry in the 1980s, and how it managed to bounce back.
For the first time, fake Swiss watches of real technical sophistication are coming out of China. Sometimes sold at the same price as the originals, they result in lost earnings and harm the brand image of Swiss watchmaking.