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Wempe makes cameo on "Billions"

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This past Sunday, on Episode 4 of Season 3 of Showtime’s hit show Billions, high-end New York City jewelry store, Wempe, made a pretty significant cameo. The aggressive CIO, Taylor Amber Mason, of fictional hedge fund firm Axe Capital, who is played by Asia Kate Dillon, walks into Wempe on Fifth Avenue and purchases a $164,000 Patek Philippe Reference 5270R Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in rose gold, for full price – without even trying it on! Then in the next scene at a meeting with the primary star of the show, the founder of Axe Capital, Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), sees the 5270R on Taylor’s wrist, to which he says “nice piece!”

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TAG Heuer Museum in Motion

Starting earlier this month in Miami, TAG Heuer began the first leg of their “Museum in Motion” tour which will travel to 8 cities with important historical timepieces from the company’s museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and some on loan from collectors’ personal collections. “Key timepieces include an original 1965 Carrera, made specifically for drivers and sports enthusiasts alike and the 1970 Calibre 12 Carrera featuring a bead-of-rice steel bracelet. Other notable pieces include the 1968, 1970 and 1974 Autavia models, the 1968 Camaro, the 1970 and 1975 Monaco, the 1977 Manhattan and the 1974 Calculator, among many more. Special editions include a 1979 Kentucky, which features a horseshoe-shaped case designed as a tribute to the Kentucky Derby, a 1972 Montreal, which was named as a tribute to the Formula 1 Montreal circuit, and a 1968 ‘Easy Rider’ also known

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Royal Oak Extra-Thin

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A watch that was first sold in 1972 is still the masterpiece of the brand 46 years later. Not to mention more desirable and collectible than ever on both the new and pre-owned market. With a case and bracelet designed by the late Gerald Genta, the Royal Oak is, in my opinion, visually one of the greatest watch designs of all time. The rarer A-Series models (Ref. 5402) in the best condition are naturally the most desirable vintage buy. I don’t know about you but this is one of my holy grails and has been for many years. Really any Royal Oak for that matter. I like the old ones, the new ones (Ref. 15202ST), and even the non-Jumbos (Ref. 15400). Any would do for me. No other watch is like it. The way the light reflects off the perfectly

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Only Watch 2017 Charity Watch Auction Results

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Only Watch is a biennial charity auction that works very simply. A company produces a unique one-off watch to be auctioned to the highest bidder, all the proceeds go to support Muscular Dystrophy research. From a charity point of view – in the watch auction world – there is nothing else like it. This year, for the first time, some of the lots included unique experiences such as a manufacture tour, VIP tickets to an F1 race, and so on. Check the description underneath each lot on the Only Watch page at the link below for more details. Additionally, we covered a number of pieces at the NYC Christie’s preview here, here, here, here, and here. Only Watch 2017 took place at Christie’s Geneva Saturday, November 11th, 2017. The following prices include the buyer’s premium. Lot 1 - Agenhor Carpe

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Kari Voutilainen 28S Only Watch 2017

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Only Watch 2017 takes place today at (8:30 am EST) with 50 one-of-a-kind timepieces being auctioned for charity and 99% of the proceeds going to support research into curing muscular dystrophy. All lots are unique and go for a good cause. My personal favorite timepiece is the Kari Voutilainen 28S which has a unique solid silver dial with a matte slate-gray color and a sandwich construction with white luminous material underneath the cut-outs for the hour markers. The look is completed by signature Voutilainen open-tipped Observatory hands that are blue and white with luminous tips for the hour and minutes. Crafted from titanium that has been fully polished that case measures 39 mm x 11.50 mm. This Voutilainen basic three-hand watch is anything but basic with a proprietary free sprung balance wheel with a hairspring that has a Breguet overcoil

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Two Only Watch unique timepieces powered by F.P. Journe

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F.P. Journe’s Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Only Watch (Lot 32) has been the timepiece we’ve heard the most positive comments on in the lead up to the auction. Just take one glance at the 18K rose gold split-second chronograph movement and you will know why. Interestingly, Barbier-Mueller, which is the name of a Genevan museum that was founded in 1977, has donated this timepiece which “pays homage to fine Genevan watchmaking and to the decorative arts.” The Mosaique by Barbier-Muelle – as you can see below – is also powered by an 18K rose gold movement produced at the Geneva-based watch manufacture F.P. Journe. Learn more at Only Watch.

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Armin Strom Manual Hunt Slonem Edition for Only Watch

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For Armin Strom’s contribution to Only Watch 2017, they partnered with Brooklyn-based artist, Hunt Slonem, and one of his famous rabbit paintings has been transferred to the dial of this unique timepiece. In addition to the one-of-a-kind watch, Lot 49 comes with a hand-signed original which mimics the pattern and colors from the dial in a 46 cm x 31 cm (18” x 12”) format. The Armin Strom Manual Hunt Slonem Edition for Only Watch is presented in a brushed titanium case measuring 43.40 mm x 13 mm and housing the manually wound in-house caliber AMW11. While the dial art is awesome, the movement is equally impressive. Beating at a frequency of 2.5Hz (18,000 kph), the AMW11 has 112 components, 20 jewels, and a 5-day power reserve (120-hours). A traversing bridge secures the free-sprung balance wheel in place. Visible through

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Only Watch 2017: Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Chronograph

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As you may already know, Only Watch is a biennial charity auction of unique timepieces (one-off) donated by watch companies with 99% of the proceeds going to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. It takes place at Christie’s in Geneva this Saturday, at 2:30 pm Geneva time. Today we will begin previewing a select number of pieces we photographed at Christie’s in New York last week. The Only Watch 2017 Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Chronograph (Lot 17) represents the first time the Aikon – which was inspired by the brand’s “Calypso” watch from the 1990s – comes with an automatic movement. This one-of-kind timepiece comes in a 44 mm x 14 mm black and dark gray stainless steel case, with bright yellow highlights in reference to the colors of Only Watch. The surfaces have alternating matte and polished finishes. The dial and

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A pocket watch that first sold in 1809 and was purchased by Breguet at auction for almost a million dollars

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Boasting a natural escapement, double subsidiary seconds, power reserve indicator, stop-seconds, fusee and chain tourbillon, and an absolutely scintillating gold guilloche regulator dial – this horologically magnificent Breguet pocket watch was sold to adventurer and writer Count Potocki in 1809 for 4,600 Francs. Fast forward to 2014, and Breguet bought the No. 1176 Montre garde-temps à tourbillon pocketwatch at auction from Christie’s in Geneva with the highest bid of 812,000 Swiss Francs (over $930,000 at 2014 exchange rates), plus fees. (The pocket watch is part of the permanent display at the Breguet Museum of Paris, located at Place Vendôme 75001). This is a truly historic piece as it was Abraham-Louis Breguet’s third tourbillon. Also making it the third tourbillon ever made, and possibly the second tourbillon Breguet ever finished, according to Eric Wind of Christie’s. It’s also worth noting that

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Is Paul Newman's Daytona really worth all the hype?

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This is the actual Rolex Daytona gifted to Paul Newman by his wife, engraved with “DRIVE CAREFULLY ME,” and worn by the actor for many years. It’s a Rolex Daytona Ref. 6239 with an exotic “Paul Newman” panda dial made by Singer, which means it has a white dial with black registers, red graduations on a black chapter ring, and distinctive squares on the end of the hash marks within subdials. A reference 6239, with Paul Newman dial, could fetch anywhere from $40,000 to as high as $90,000 according to James Lamdin of AnalogShift. However, due to the condition of this Daytona, the selling price would likely be towards the lower end of that range ($40,000 to $50,000). This Daytona, however, is the one worn by Paul Newman himself, and which actually led to the nickname “Paul Newman” Rolex Daytona.

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