Oris and Road & Track have teamed up to send one lucky winner and their guest to the 3rd annual Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, TX. The event will take place at the beautiful Circuit of the Americas racetrack from October 31 – November 2, 2014. This extraordinary VIP experience will include:
• Two 3-Day Grandstand Seat Tickets
• Round trip airfare for two
• Hotel accommodations for three nights
• Transportation to and from the event
• $1,000 food stipend
• Tech talk and tour with the Oris team at the paddock
• Photo opportunities with the team and car
Enter to win at www.orisenthusiastsweepstakes.com for your chance to win the trip of a lifetime!!
Horology Trader, a new platform for buying and selling watches recently launched. Horology Trader is a portal to connect buyers and sellers (it does not otherwise take part in the sale of a watch) with ambitions to serve the international market. Horology Trader is UK-based and owned by Swiss WOSTEP trained and BHI watchmakers, you can read more about Founder Paul Brady (who introduced himself to me) and the other owner/operators here.
The website puts forth as one of its selling points that “there aren’t any hidden charges, commission or final selling fees EVER when listing a watch.” Of course this is not a new concept, but for a seller of a watch it can certainly be an enticing one. This applies only to individual Sellers — the site is also open to watch dealers/traders, with various subscription packages ranging from “Bronze” aka free (up to 5 listings at any one time) up to “Platinum” which allows for up to 200 watches to be listed at any one time.
This is similar to the model employed by Chrono24 and others who have buy/sell platforms — this is no surprise to founder Paul Brady who himself is a pre-owned watch dealer whom became frustrated with available options and decided to “build a better mousetrap” with Horology Trader.
As with any new venture of this sort, the challenge is customer acquisition and scaling up. Horology Trader just launched this month and they are trying to get the word out about the site. Right now the site is just starting to build up its listing inventory so if you are interested why not take a look. For buyers, there are already some interesting pieces on offer, for example this Ermenegildo Zegna-branded Girard-Perregaux caught my eye. I wish everyone at Horology Trader well in their new endeavour.
by Kyle Stults on April 29, 2014
Perpetuelle Special Report…
It began almost five years ago, when I discovered a titanium Patek Ref 5180T and titanium Patek Ref 6000T. The first and only titanium-cased Patek Philippe’s I had ever heard of, noted also by its reference number with the “T” at the end. After doing some quick background work, I profiled these two pieces for Perpetuelle readers in my article “Two Titanium Patek Philippe’s You Didn’t Know Existed” (November 19, 2009).
It got me to wondering — just how many pieces has Patek Philippe cased in titanium? Turns out it’s a good question. After researching the matter a bit I still do not know the precise answer. However, I have compiled what I believe is the only comprehensive list of titanium Patek Philippe wristwatches known to exist today — and there are ten of them, including the Patek Philippe “The Flawless Officer” (Ref 3928T) with a 9.44 carat D-flawless diamond-set caseback (!!). Further, each of these ten pieces I believe to be a unique piece. But there could be more. And so to this question of how many titanium Patek Philippe’s exist, the one answer that I can state as undoubtedly accurate today is this: very few. Likely only Patek Philippe knows the true number. Let’s take a closer look at our exclusive list of Titanium Patek Philippe watches you’ve likely never seen, until now…
by Kyle Stults on February 05, 2014
*** Update – now available for download!! ***
The Times of My Life, the autobiography of Jack Heuer. In 10 chapters and 290 pages, watch industry pioneer and modern day father of the TAG Heuer brand Jack Heuer recounts his 50 plus year journey with the now iconic sports watch brand (he retired last year). Origins of the Carrera. Story of the Autavia. Steve McQueen, Le Mans and the Monaco watch. Jo Siffert and Formula 1. And more.
Good luck getting a HARD copy, this will be a closely-held/private title (I.e. it’s not for sale).
And yes, this is a bit frustrating for all you TAG fans out there…why TAG Heuer chose to issue a rather extensive press release on the book is a bit puzzling.
THANKS TO THE COMMENTER WHO BROUGHT THIS TO OUR ATTENTION!!