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Alex Lee

Alex Lee

The Surprise of the Show

Alex Lee

With all the news circulating over the past couple of years regarding the weakness of the watch industry, there were certainly many doubts going into this Baselworld 2017. In true form, the “big-box” brands like Rolex, Omega, Breitling and more still managed to woo quite the audience with their new watches of 2017, but even more impressive and surprising at the same time were this year’s independents. One in particular that caught my undivided attention was H. Moser & Cie. Ever since their revival many years ago by the Meylan family, H. Moser & Cie under the direction of outspoken maverick CEO Edouard Meylan (one of the youngest CEOs in the industry) has impressed many watch collectors of all types with their perfectly understated watches that do not reveal too much unless you look close enough. To be fair, I

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Alex Lee

Czapek - Past, Present and Future

Alex Lee

In case there are some out there that are not familiar with the name Czapek & Cie, you might want to sit down and take a quick read at least of the first couple of parts of this. Most collectors and experts agree that Patek Philippe is the gold standard when it comes to the highest end of watchmaking. Not only do Patek Philippe timepieces continuously sell for incredible record-breaking prices in the auction markets, but collectors keep clamoring over their watches with good reason. However, contrary to what some may think about Patek Philippe’s origins, the company was started in Switzerland, but by Polish immigrants, Antoine Norbert de Patek, and his partner Franciszek Czapek (of Czech origin). Although it’s not exactly clear whether Mr. Patek was actually a watchmaker himself, he certainly did have a good eye for quality

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SIHH 2017: IWC Revives The Long Awaited Da Vinci

Alex Lee

Here we are once again. It’s that time of the year where watch lovers have plenty to be excited about with the New Year coming closer which simply means new and exciting watches to come. In true form, many manufacturers have already begun showing off some hardware and based on what has already been revealed, it doesn’t seem like the widespread speculation about the weakening watch industry has affected anything at least from a release standpoint, especially with IWC. For the IWC faithful, it was definitely a long time coming. In case you might haven’t the slightest idea of what I mean, I’m happy to report that Da Vinci is the focus of 2017 which was actually a last minute game time decision according to IWC insiders. Maybe it has something to do with Georges Kern stepping down as CEO

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