Exotic materials: love them or hate them? And where are you in regard to plastics, which are ever-increasingly appearing in wristwatch cases and movements?
The 2017 Prix Gaïa awards, the Nobel Prizes of the watch industry, have gone to Agenhor founder Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, Richard Mille, and Laurence Marti.
The Watches TV founder Marc-André Deschoux shares his own thoughts on brand ambassadors, starting with the Tudor/David Beckham association, which he personally felt was counterproductive: so much so that the announcement pushed him to not make a Tudor purchase he was leaning toward.
The quintessential sports tourbillon, the Richard Mille RM 027 RN, officially debuted at the 2010 French Open on the wrist of that year’s champion, Rafael Nadal. It was specifically created to stand up to the punishment of the tennis court. Now Richard Mille introduces the RM 27-02, which is even more high-tech, mechanically resistant, and expensive than the first edition. Read on to find out why.
I am fascinated not only by the difficult technology involved in creating sapphire crystal cases; even more, I love the fact that a transparent case allows me to look right into the depths of the watch’s mechanics. And the Richard Mille RM 07-02 Pink Lady Sapphire has it all – and more!
Despite the fact that this particular sale contained a handful of Paul Newman Rolex Daytonas, it was the Richard Mille RM 056 Prototype No. 2 that stole the thunder at Christie’s June 21, 2017 “Watches And American Icons” sale in New York City, hammering for more than $1 million.
Sotheby’s June 2017 Important Watches sale in New York City took in $7.4 million. That’s not a sum to be sneezing at for 310 lots sold, with a sell-through rate of 84.2 percent. I was pleased to see that the top ten list of performers at this auction included Richard Mille and Greubel Forsey in addition to Patek Philippe.
The Phillips Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR particularly interested us due to the presence of a subset of 43 watches for sale called “43 Watches & Encounters: The Laurent Picciotto Collection of Contemporary Watches.” Please enjoy our commentary of the auction results for these timepieces.
The Phillips/Bacs & Russo Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR takes place on May 30, 2017. While it includes a large number of Rolex and Patek Philippe models as well as a disarmingly beautiful array of bejeweled timepieces by Cartier and Piaget, most important for me is the 43-piece subset of watches belonging to Chronopassion watch retailer Laurent Picciotto.
When it comes to collaborations between watch brands and brands in other industries, you could easily say that McLaren and Richard Mille form the epitome thanks to their respective cutting-edge products. Simon Cudd witnessed this first-hand on a visit to McLaren’s Woking headquarters.