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    Default is tudor better than rolex?

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    first, tudor and rolex was targeted at different segment markets. hence there is no comparison.

    in the article, i agree with the comment that tudor is value for money but i don't agree with author using specifications to compare.



    • the power reserve is higher for a tudor compared to rolex hence value for money.




    • the author then mentions about helium escape valve with 500m depth rating and compared it with submariner? yes depth rating with 500m for a tudor is deeper compared with submariner at 300m. it fails to mention that the submariner does not have a helium escape valve. if the author wants to compare pelagos with helium escape valve then it should be compared against the sea dweller (3900m)at the least as it has helium escape valve as well. but the depth rating between pelagos and sea dweller is a big gap of 3400m.




    • it then mentions about adventurous spirit citing that tudor has a dive watch with chronograph. since tudor and rolex are under the same company, it makes no sense to have "duplicates". it then uses case material like PVD case and bronze as examples. there are PVD/DLC cases of rolex watches but what is the take up rate? did some of the other brands like panerai coming up with bronze cases become a mainstream? bronze cases are novelty. it last for awhile when everyone is interested. some are interested to get one bronze case watch but the stock availability is near zero in sg AD. by the time the AD has stock of the watch, are those interested to buy initially still have the interest?




    • it then move on to combining old with new. did rolex not do something similar with the ever popular pepsi GMT? rolex introduced the ceramic pepsi dial on a different case material - white gold. look at what has happen to the resale value and cult status of panerai vintage models such as pam 2B after they start re-make their vintage?
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    Tx for the article. Think I'll have to agree.

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    Instagram watch craze

    Instagram posts of vintage and classic watches are turbocharging the collector's market

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    On Thursday, it was a stylishly retro 1962 Bulova Super Compressor on @analogshift that won my heart. On Wednesday, it had been an elegantly understated 1970 Rolex Submariner, courtesy of @jasonheaton, that quickened the pulse. Tuesday had brought its own obsession, a vintage Heuer 3647 Carrera chronograph, regrammed on @hodinkee.

    D***you, Instagram.

    Daily, if not hourly, my social-media addiction causes flare-ups of a second, closely related, malady: vintage watch deficit disorder, a chronic form of watch envy that inspires thoughts of raiding my retirement savings.

    I am hardly alone. Among watch obsessives, the impact of Instagram can hardly be overstated. Facebook's explosively popular photo-sharing app not only serves to unite members of this fusty, long-obscure subculture the world over, but it has also helped spread watch obsession among the digital generation, turbocharging the vintage market in the process, several prominent dealers said.

    "Istagram is absolutely driving the enthusiasm for watches," said Mr Paul Altieri, who runs Bob's Watches, an online retailer of vintage Rolexes, in Huntington Beach, California, a company I have purchased from before.

    "It's a major thrust in our business."

    In the last three years, his company's Instagram following has surged to over 71,000, from fewer than 5,000. And business has boomed right along with it, with revenue up some 30 per cent this year.

    To Mr Altieri, the twin spikes seem like more than a coincidence.

    "We'll post a new green Rolex anniversary model Submariner from 2004, complete with box and papers, and, usually within minutes, people will message me and say: 'Hey, let me know the price."

    It's a big change for a hobby long associated with panelled studies, elbow patches and discretion. Indeed, until recently, watch enthusiasts had few opportunities to show off prized pieces aside from dinner parties with friends or geeks-only online forums such as TimeZone or WatchUSeek.

    Instagram, by contrast, is everything that traditional watch collecting was not: young, colourful, brazenly digital and populist. (The app has some 700 million users worldwide.)

    And showing off? It is the lingua franca of the medium, a wellspring of covetousness that inspires FOMO (fear of missing out) and a gotta-have-it hunger among users regarding seemingly any and all Instagram subjects: travel, food, fashion and, lately, watches.

    "Watch collecting is a very tactile hobby and if it can't be tactile, it is visual," said Mr James Lamdin, the 33-year-old founder of Analog/Shift, a high-end Manhattan vintage watch boutique with more than 72,000 Instagram followers.

    Those visuals were once limited on old-school online forums, where "uploading images of watches basically required a degree in coding", he said.

    Not so with Instagram, where lovingly styled "wrist shots" of vintage Omega Speedmasters or Heuer Autavias can be enhanced, sharpened and uploaded within seconds for all the world to see. Images of rare collector pieces on Instagram can create a feeding frenzy among collectors.

    Last year, for example, after Hodinkee, the watch site with more than 378,000 Instagram followers, posted a photograph of the coveted 1969 Rolex "Paul Newman" Daytona reference 6241 available for sale on its online shop at around 9am one day, messages were pouring in within seconds. Five minutes later, a buyer in his 30s snapped up the treasured Rolex for US$175,000 (S$235,600), a record price for the site, said Ms Ashley Kinder, who manages Hodinkee's retail operation.

    she added: "Before that, the buyer had only ordered with us once to purchase a $150 watch strap."

    Certainly, marketing fine timepieces on Instagram has its limits. Because most use the app as a forum for sharing photos among friends, many users chafe at overt salesmanship by retailers, said Mr Yoni Ben-Yehuda of Material Good, a New York seller of luxury goods known for its salon-like retail space in SoHo.

    That is why his company tends to emphasise arty photos celebrating the lifestyle associated with fine timepieces (say, street shots of fashionably dressed New Yorkers), rather than catalogue-style shots of specific timepieces for sale, he added.

    But the landscape could change quickly.

    Thousands of apparel, jewellery and beauty retailers, including the likes of Kate Spade, have begun to experiment with Instagram's recently introduced shoppable photo tag, which allows users to buy directly through the app without interrupting their scrolling.

    Mr Altieri reckoned things will get interesting when watch retailers start using this technology.

    "It's going to be like a tidal wave that hits the shore."


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    Default In Life!, The Straits Times on Thursday, Dec 14, 2017

    Luxury at a lower price

    Many watchmakers are launching entry-level offerings to keep sales up

    It is probably inevitable in a difficult market, but value is the new name of the game in the watch industry these days. That is hardly surprising. For the last three years, luxury mechanical timepieces have been plagued by back-to-back slumps for reasons ranging from the strong Swiss franc to China's crackdown on corruption.

    Although recent spikes in Swiss watch exports indicate the market may finally be clambering out of a rut, industry players are under no illusions that they will soon be scaling dizzying heights again.

    According to the Swiss watch federation, prices of luxury watches climbed by 53 per cent between 2005 and 2015. But in a gloomy economic climate, sky high prices are unrealistic and no longer tenable. Demand has not kept up. Bad times demand smart responses and many watchmakers are hoping to keep sales up with entry-level offerings.

    They opt for steel instead of precious metals, pare down the bling and complicated features, and simplify movements without compromising on their brand's character, style and reputation.

    About three years ago, Montblanc released the Heritage Perpetual Calendar which, at $16,800 in steel, is the most affordable perpetual calendar from a big name. Last year, Tag Heuer did the same with a tourbillon chronograph: the Carrera Heuer-02T, which retails for $21,800 in steel.

    Other watchmakers are going for cheaper iterations of classic models. Earlier this year, Cartier came out with a whole range of Panthere de Cartier. The steel model starts at $5,500.

    Here are a few entry-level offerings from major brands.

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    Default what is the right term for multiple rolex watches

    when you have more than 1 rolex watch, is it called many rolex watches or rolexes or ....

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    Default some good practice to adopt for using your mechanical watches

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    Quote Originally Posted by triton View Post
    do read this article to prevent accidental damage to your mechanical watch
    Good read, especially beneficial for a newbie like me

    Tx!

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    Default Straits Times, Life! - January 12, 2018

    Watch club founder on the best of 2017

    Watch releases of recent years have been offering value for money, says the founder of Singapore Watch Club

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    Mr Tom Chng (above), founder of the Singapore Watch Club, believes the luxury watch industry is in an interesting phase right now. It is struggling to come to grips with a downturn that has plagued it for the last couple of years. Before that, he says, the industry was booming, with fortunes spent on research, development and design.

    "But now, we're looking at a lot less innovation. Watchmakers are becoming more conservative: producing in steel, scaling back production and going for facelifts and brighter colours as opposed to completely new horological designs," says the 29-year-old finance professional.

    Other coping strategies include reissuing vintage pieces, lowering price points and introducing entry-level models. It is not necessarily a bad state of affairs, says Mr Chng, whose two-year-old club boasts about 70 members. They meet once a month to talk passionately about watches over beer and coffee at The Fullerton Hotel.

    New watch releases in the last couple of years may not have been as horologically significant, but he says they offer, for example, value for money. "And a few of them are still quite groundbreaking, boasting R&D elements which have trickled down from earlier and better years," says the watch aficionado, who has been collecting watches for the past five years.

    Here are his picks for the best watch releases last year:

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    Ulysse Nardin Classico Enamel for Singapore Watch Club
    "This is a special limited-edition piece commissioned by the Singapore Watch Club for its second anniversary last year. It features flinque - engraving done by hand or machine using a rose engine - enamel, a feature usually reserved for higher-end pieces. It also boasts a unique black dial as Ulysse Nardin enamel dials are typically white or blue. The watch has interesting lugs and also an in-house movement: the self-winding UN320."
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    Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Ceramic
    "I believe Aumedars Piguet has the best bracelet in the business because it is so beautifully finished. Unfortunately, it also tends to be a scratch magnet. But with this model, AP has licked the problem by fashioning the bracelet from ceramic which, while scratch-resistant, is a very difficult material to work with. I also love this model because I think it has one of the most beautiful moon phases I've seen."

    Singer Track1 Chronograph
    "This watch, by a small independent watchmaker, reinvented the chronograph layout and did a grand job. It boasts a vintage vibe, inspired by elements of vintage dashboards. The time display is now peripheral; the chrono now commands centre stage. The radical change, however, has not comprised time telling. The styling works well, with the back case featuring the intricate movement that powers this watch."

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    Lange 1 Moonphase in white gold (black dial)
    "This is one of the strongest staples in the Lange collection. It boasts a black dial and a white gold case and comes updated with a new Lange 1 movement with a new day/night indication incorporated into the moonphase indication. The design is brilliant, with different hues of blue to signify different times of the day and a moon which almost looks three-dimensional."

    Patek Philippe 5320 Perpetual Calendar
    "This is inspired by the Ref 1591, a unique steel perpetual calendar which now resides in the Patek Philippe Museum in Switzerland. I love the 5320's Art Deco design, vintage vibes and solid construction. The layout is beautiful and extremely clean. The case is striking and the lugs, intricate. It also boasts unusual 'syringe' hands filled with luminous material."
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    Romain Gauthier Insight Micro Rotor
    "This is by one of the most talented watchmakers in the realm of artisanal watchmaking. Beautifully finished with a wonderfully designed movement, it boasts a micro rotor which is visible from both front and back. I'm a bit of a purist and like manual winding, but Romain Gauthier has don the micro rotor so beautifully that I find this superior to many manual winding pieces."

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    Omega speedmaster 60th anniversary 1957 reissue
    "A reissue of the 1957 classic, this is faithfully true to the original, down to its 38.6mm case. I think that's a good and smart way to commemorate one of the most important timepieces ever. The Speedmaster - the only watch approved by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for manned space flights - was used by the crew of Apollo 13 to time a 14-second manoeuvre to put the craft on a safe trajectory back to Earth after it experienced a host of technical failures. It's like a runway winner. It will pull in new fans and allow them to subscribe to Omega's rich history."


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