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Antoine de Macedo, owner of two watch boutiques in Paris.
Culture
Pre-owned watches, Antoine de Macedo’s way

Last year Richemont announced its acquisition of Watchfinder.com, sealing its entry into the pre-owned market. More recently, the multi-brand Bucherer store in Geneva opened a fourth-floor Gallery dedicated to the buying and selling of vintage watches. And Antoine de Macedo in Paris? He has been buying, selling and servicing high-end pre-owned watches for 33 years.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Victoria Townsend
5 min read
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Watch Live app
Culture
FHH Academy, the bridge to understanding Fine Watches

FHH Academy at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie is the only organisation in the watch industry to deliver training that leads to industry-recognised certification. Initially targeting sales staff, it now also addresses the general public through digital tools.

Thursday, 26 September 2019
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Rolex GMT-Master, Ref. 6542, manufactured in 1959 © Christie's
Culture
400 lots under the hammer at Christie's Geneva

The auction house will doubtless live up to its reputation for record watch sales this May 16th.  The lots on the block include enamel pocket watches and a few "stars" from Rolex, Longines and, of course, Patek Philippe.

Friday, 11 March 2011
Danièle Chambas
2 min read
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Christie’s Geneva 2010 - Patek Philippe Ref. 1527, 1943. Estimate CHF 1.5-2.5 m, sold CHF 6.2 m (€ 4,8 mios/USD 6,6 mios) © Christie’s
Culture
Christie's pulverises records for Fine Watches in 2010

With eight sales of timepieces totalling USD 91.2 million in Geneva, Hong Kong, New York and Dubai, 2010 was a record year for Christie's.

Friday, 11 March 2011
Danièle Chambas
3 min read
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Seiko Quartz Astron wristwatch from 1969 © Seiko
History & Masterpieces
Putting paid to the quartz crisis legend

In an article published in Swiss daily Le Temps, Pierre-Yves Donzé, a research fellow at Osaka University, demonstrates that the 1975-1985 crisis in the watch industry had nothing to do with the advent of Japanese quartz watches. Rather, since the end of the war, Switzerland had been "resting on its laurels."

Monday, 07 March 2011
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Acting in a consultancy role, Osvaldo Patrizzi recently supervised a number of auctions in China, including one in Beijing last December © Patrizzi & Co Auctioneers
Culture
Auctions in China are still very much a Chinese affair!

After setting up Antiquorum 36 years ago, and more recently Patrizzi & Co Auctioneers with a unique concept of zero buyer's commission, Osvaldo Patrizzi, who is internationally acknowledged as a foremost expert in antique timepieces, has set himself a new challenge: China.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Danièle Chambas
4 min read
Panerai diver's wristwatch from 1943 Ref. 3646 (lot 305), estimated at USD/CHF 70-90,000 (EUR 53-68,000) © Christie's
Culture
420 important watches under the hammer at Christie's New York

A well-balanced sale in the eyes of Aurel Bacs, who on December 14th will preside over this auction of vintage and modern wristwatches. On offer will be several extremely rare timepieces by Patek Philippe, Rolex, Breguet, Piaget, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin and Panerai, alongside a fine selection of pocket watches and desk clocks. Total estimate: USD/CHF 5 to 7 million (EUR 3.8 to 5.3 million).

Thursday, 09 December 2010
Danièle Chambas
4 min read
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Lot 2276: an extremely rare Rolex Oyster Chronograph ''Jean-Claude Killy'' in rose gold, estimated between CHF 100,000 and 150,0000 (€74,770-112,150) © Koller Auctions
Culture
Osvaldo Patrizzi sells part of his stock at Koller in Zurich

On Tuesday November 30th at 2pm, 129 timepieces (wristwatches, pocket watches and some clocks) will be proposed for auction by Koller. What makes this sale especially noteworthy is that 85% of the lots are from the collection of Osvaldo Patrizzi and, for the most part, are being offered at 30% under their low estimate.

Thursday, 25 November 2010
Danièle Chambas
2 min read
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The Nomos building in the old railway station
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Glashütte, the German miracle

Wednesday, 07 March 2018
Written By Christophe Roulet
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