With the vintage trend showing no signs of abating, now is the time to pay tribute to the iconic watches worn by late, great celebrities. Brands happily revisit legends from the past while at auction, watches with celebrity provenance are achieving record amounts.
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Bucherer's newly-opened Gallery in Geneva is entirely focused on pre-owned watches. As well as buying and selling, this lounge space will host events aimed at renewing the purchasing experience for a new generation of watch enthusiasts, through a concept Bucherer plans to roll out to other locations.
The Air Command chronograph belongs to that small circle of rare watches whose legend takes root in the mystery surrounding their creation. Blancpain is reissuing this legend as a 500-piece limited edition with vintage appeal.
Six months after setting up a branch in Neuchâtel, the biggest online marketplace for certified pre-owned luxury watches piqued collectors' interest during Geneva Auction Week with an exhibition of 80 remarkable timepieces. A reminder that not every vintage gem crosses the block...
Patrick Dempsey is rated for his acting talent and as a racing driver at the head of his own team. As a TAG Heuer ambassador since 2014 and watch collector, he has worn the cream of the Swiss brand's timepieces. A diehard fan of James Dean, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, he explains how watches and race cars have a lot in common.
In honour of the partnership between Jacques-Barthélémy Vacheron and François Constantin, initiated 200 years ago, the Manufacture is celebrating the many collaborations that have marked these two centuries of history. This tribute, in the form of a travelling exhibition, is joined by "Les Collectionneurs", a curated selection of vintage watches by the brand.
Brands continue to mine the vintage tool watch seam. TAG Heuer is making the iconic 1960s Autavia a new pillar of the brand. Breitling, meanwhile, is extending the scope of the Premier line, introduced last year with inspiration from a 1940s model.
While the big brands continue to command high prices, the emergence of other names proves that the vintage market is never short on surprises. We look back at 2018 in the company of Heuer, Rolex, Breitling and Omega, along with Longines, Tissot, Seiko, Citizen and Orient.