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Is Eleven James the Netflix of Luxury Watch Rental? Nope.

Word on the gold-paved street is that there’s a new luxury for less player in town, and the buzz has just begun. Eleven James, dubbed as the Netflix or NetJets of luxury watches, is here to help you live beyond your means for a modest fee. The premise: pay a monthly membership fee for access to a collection of luxury watches that they’ll lend you for two month periods before you can swap it for another luxury watch. Membership starts at $249 for three watches per year ($449 for six) and grants you access to collections “The Afficionado” (IWC, Panerai, Read More →

Best Luxury Watches for Men 2013

Time Will Tell When it Comes to Luxury The concept of wearing a timepiece on the arm began to gain in popularity among the upper classes by the end of the 19th century. Although slow to replace the reliable and ubiquitous pocket watch, luxury watches such as those pioneered by Breguet were already beginning to catch the attention of a growing group of discriminating buyers. While the category of haute horlogerie for these items was still in the future, a solid foundation was in place by the early 1900s. Today, the demand is truly global, with the United States consumption Read More →

A History of Watch Complications

To some, the first watch “complication” was the seconds hand. Of course, over the centuries of watchmaking, the complications have only compounded, growing more and more advanced. With skilled artisans still creating the majority of luxury watch movements, the feats of modern watchmaking are even more amazing. While technology races ahead at the speed of light, it’s important to remember that many of the fine Swiss manufactures employ human hands to craft the most elegant and complicated of movements. So that makes modern watch complications even more impressive – or not, depending on how you look at it. After all, Read More →

Antiquorum’s Used Watch Sale Makes Over $3 Million

Bidders bid on over 450 watches in Antiquorum New York’s September auction for Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces last week. These sales totaled over $3.6 million. The bids were made via commission, telephone and internet and they were from the UK, Asia and the Middle East. There were modern limited edition time pieces in excellent condition that were purchased for amazing prices. The highest paid item was sold for $255,750. It was a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillion 2, No. 04/75. This time piece is a limited edition reversible pink gold watch. The visible Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 174 with inclined 2 cage multi-axis Read More →

Watch of the Week: Breitling Chronomat Evolution K13356

It’s our favorite time of the week! Well, it’s our favorite time of Monday, at least, when we celebrate the end of day one of the work week with a fabulous featured watch. We’ve been stocking up on plenty of super high-end luxury watches lately, with appearances from the usual suspects. More second hand Patek Philippe watches than you can shake a stick at, our usual abundance of pre owned Rolex watches, and even a completely iced out Audemars Piguet we’re saving for a special occasion (like next Monday, perhaps.) But with Patek Philippes stealing the show left and right, Read More →