The first Richard Mille Racing Team is an all-female crew that will be on the starting grid for the next 24 Hours of Le Mans. Confirmation that women are very much part of the "family".
Luxury and music have always gone together, from the clothes artists wear to the cars they drive or the watches that shine on their wrists. We look at which brands get the most namechecks and the trendsetters behind them.
The spring session of sales, though rather lacklustre, still managed to establish five record prices: three Patek Philippe, one Panerai and a Rolex whose dial, in cloisonné enamel, raised serious doubts as to its authenticity.
A museum quality marine chronometer, a Patek Philippe minute repeater from 1927, commissioned by Henry Graves, and two Rolex equipped with a Beta 21 quartz movement are expected to be the highlights of the four auctions, beginning May 10th.
Sotheby's and Antiquorum held sessions in Hong Kong for one, New York for the other, with mixed fortunes. While the former realised a more than satisfactory total, the latter can rank this among its least memorable sales… some might even say flops, given the numerous lots that went unsold.
Japan's first encounter with mechanical timekeeping came in the sixteenth century, as it did in Geneva. But whereas Calvin's Protestant doctrine had been the vector in Switzerland, it was Catholicism that brought horology to Japan.
From the end of the nineteenth century, Japan developed an important clock and watch industry. The 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations which Switzerland and Japan are celebrating this year is an opportunity to look back at this rapid rise and see how it crossed paths with Swiss production.
Rolex took two of the top three spots. Historic items failed to spark enthusiasm. Only 69% of lots found buyers.