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Unique Autavia to be Sold in “Watch & Act” Auction (ending Jan 30 / 31)

On January 21, 2019, leading Australian watch blog, Time & Tide, announced its “Watch & Act” World Watch Auction, in aid of the Australian brush fire crisis.  Watch brands and other industry players have created or donated special watches, with all auction proceeds going to Australian charities.  There is an interesting range of watches included in the auction,

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Spotted – Chief Justice Roberts Wearing Patek Philippe Annual Calendar at Senate Impeachment Trial

Well, that didn’t take long.

Yesterday, the Senate commenced the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and this morning I received the first message from a watch collecting buddy asking the most important question one could ask about the trial — “Which watch is Chief Justice Roberts wearing?”  This particular friend had little interest in the Senate proceedings,

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Introducing the Heuer Carrera 160th Anniversary Silver Limited Edition

The inaugural LVMH Watch Week is being currently being held in Dubai, with the four LVMH watch brands introducing their first new watches of 2020.  Today, January 15, TAG Heuer took the spotlight, introducing a new Carrera chronograph, to celebrate the 160th year of the Heuer / TAG Heuer brand.  The newest Carrera is called the “TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition”,

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The (Vintage Heuer) Year in Review — 2019

Back in the old days, before the emergence of Facebook and Instagram, participants in the watch discussion forums would often post “Year in Review” messages. Key topics might include matters such as watches that arrived or departed during the year, changes in collecting objectives, meetings with other collectors, and news in research and writing. I’m not sure when I posted my last one,

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Which Watch? How to Select the Perfect Watch.

This posting first appeared in Issue Number 3 of AboutTime magazine (August / September 2013).  Six years later, we believe that the process of selecting the perfect watch remains fundamentally the same.  Accordingly, we are republishing this posting here, with substantially the same content as in the original publication. 

One of the burdens of being known as a “watch guy” is that friends and family members regularly ask me for recommendations when they are buying new watches.

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Watching John Glenn — An Overview and Bibliography Covering of the Watches of John Glenn

On December 10, 2019, Phillips will sell two watches previously owned by Colonel John Glenn, in its “Game Changers” auction.  The sale of these two watches has generated considerable interest in the watches owned by Glenn.  Here are Phillips catalog entries for the two watches being sold in the Game Changers auction — LeCoultre “Lucky 13”

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Watch Spotting — Heuer Chronographs in “Ford v Ferrari”

With the release of each new racing movie, from “Grand Prix” and “Le Mans” in the golden age of motor sports to the more modern “Days of Thunder” (1990) and “Rush” (2013), there comes the challenge of identifying the watches worn by the racers.  In these contests, the Heuer brand has taken more than its share of the podiums. 

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Monaco 50th Anniversary — Celebrating the Five Decades of the Monaco

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of Monaco chronograph, in March 1969, over the months from May to October 2019, TAG Heuer offered five Limited Edition models of new Monaco chronographs.  Each model was limited to 169 pieces, and incorporated the design codes of one of the five decades in the life of the Monaco. 

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Breaking News – Phillips Selling Two of John Glenn’s Watches

During the summer, Phillips announced its “Game Changers” auction, to be held in New York City, on December 10, 2019. The two watches highlighted in the press release announcing the auction were the Rolex GMT Master worn by Marlon Brando in “Apocalypse Now” and the Rolex Day-Date worn by Jack Nicklaus on a daily basis for many years.

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Quick Look — 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Monaco for the 2000s

I will be writing more about this watch, when the fifth (and final) 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Monaco is released, but in the meanwhile, this posting will provide at least a quick look at the fourth 50th Anniversary LE Monaco.  Released today, this fourth Limited Edition Monaco pays tribute to the fourth decade of the Monaco,

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A Noteworthy Watch — Breitling’s “Scott Carpenter” Cosmonaute

In our “Noteworthy Watch” postings, we cover some watches that may be particularly interesting to collectors.  In today’s posting, we cover a watch that I have just added to my collection, the Breitling Cosmonaute, Reference 809, as worn by Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter.  Carpenter flew the Mercury-Atlas 7 flight, on May 24, 1962, becoming the second American to orbit the earth. 

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50th Anniversary Limited Edition Monaco for the 1990s

TAG Heuer has just introduced the third of the five Limited Edition chronographs that will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Heuer Monaco.  Each of these five models represents the themes, styles and trends of a particular decade in the life of the Monaco, with this third model representing the style of the 1990s.  (For our thoughts on TAG Heuer’s approach to these Special Editions,

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