Rolex Import Restrictions for U.S. Lifted

Rolex Daytona 6263 Paul Newman Coffee Dial

Thought this was interesting, in an email I received (in late May — yes I’m clearly late to this story!) from the folks over at Crown & Caliber:

…After speaking with two different U.S. Customs officials, we have received confirmation that Rolex watches, both new and pre-owned, can now be shipped into the United States and the company no longer possesses “Gray Market Patent Protections.” The lift of these Rolex importation restrictions can also be confirmed on the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol website. Notice that the page says “NO” to “Gray Market Importations Restricted.” While the officials offered no details and did not elaborate on the matter, it is clear that the restrictions are no longer in place, which means that Rolex watches can now be imported into the United States. We will continue to update this post as more information is presented to us.

You can read their entire article — “How Do You Import a Rolex Watch Into the United States?” — right here>>>

A Look at Govberg OnTime, a New App for Watch Enthusiasts

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With the massive proliferation of watch bloggers in recent years, along with the fragmentation of content distribution (i.e. in addition to a web URL, now we have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, etc. etc.) it’s no surprise to see content aggregation apps making their way into the market to try and enhance the content consumption experience for watch enthusiasts.  You are all familiar with Watchville, an app I wrote about six months ago, but here’s another watch app you should try out:  Govberg OnTime.  And here’s why you should try it out:  Govberg OnTime is more than just a content aggregation app, so there are some additional features like a digital “watch box” and buy/sell functions built into that app might resonate with (or otherwise entertain) you.

If you are not familiar with the name, Govberg is among the larger and most prominent watch retailers in the United States (Philly area), but the parent company and its owner (Mr Danny Govberg) also has a strong media connection as well, namely it’s ownership of iW magazine.  And now of course this app.  So unlike Watchville, what I see here is a (very clever) effort to use this app to help grow awareness for the Govberg brand, and perhaps more importantly, generate incremental business across the spectrum.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to spend much more time on the business motivations behind the app, but I am going to take you through its features and give you — as a watch collector or enthusiast — a few good reasons to give OnTime a try.   And no, this is not a paid advertorial, just me doing what I do i.e. bringing new and interesting watches and related news to my audience.  So let’s take a closer look at Govberg OnTime, shall we?

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Titanium Patek Philippe Watches: A Compendium

Patek 5004T titanium

Patek Philippe does not make watches in titanium – or do they?   YES, they do.  But titanium Patek Philippe references are rare specimens, their existence generally known to very few, their production only for very exclusive clients or to support charitable causes. 

This is official compendium, a Perpetuelle exclusive report, is an update to my May 2015 article “Titanium Patek Philippe Watches You Never Knew Existed”, itself an update to my November 2009 article Two Titanium Patek Philippe’s You Didn’t Know Existed.  That’s where it all began for me, and here is where my research on the topic of titanium Patek Philippe’s has brought me today.

For reference, here is my working list of titanium Patek Philippe’s — I’ve now documented 10 models — (updated as new references are discovered):

  • Patek Philippe Ref 5396T Annual Calendar (2015, for Children Action)
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5004T (2013, for Only Watch)
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5180/1T (2009, for Children Action)
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5712T  (2007, for Only Watch)
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 6000T (2007, for Children Action)
  • Patek Philippe Ref 5001T Sky Moon Tourbillon
  • Patek Philippe Ref 3928T “The Flawless Officer” (with 9.44 carat, D color diamond)
  • Patek Philippe Ref 5033T
  • Patek Philippe Ref 5102T celestial
  • Patek Philippe Ref 3998T

 

Patek Philippe Ref 5396T Annual Calendar

2015, for Children Action

Titanium Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396T - Perpetuelle

Patek Philippe Ref. 5004T

2013, for Only Watch

Patek 5004T titanium watch

Patek Philippe 5180/1T

2009, for Children Action

Patek 5180T titanium case

 

Patek Philippe Ref. 5712T

2007, for Only Watch

Patek 5712T titanium case

Patek Philippe Ref. 6000T

2007, for Children Action

Patek 6000T titanium case

Patek Philippe Ref 5001T Sky Moon Tourbillon

Titanium Patek Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref 5001T

Patek Philippe Ref 3928T “The Flawless Officer” (with 9.44 carat, D color diamond in the caseback)

Titanium Patek Philippe The Flawless Officer Ref 3928T front bac

Patek Philippe Ref 5102T celestial

Titanium Patek Philippe Celestial Ref 5102T

Titanium Patek Philippe Celestial Ref 5102T case engravings

Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref 5033T

Titanium Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref 5033T

Titanium Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref 5033T caseback engravings

Patek Philippe Ref 3998T

Titanium Patek Philippe Hieroglyph Ref 3998T

Titanium Patek Philippe Hieroglyph Ref 3998T caseback

Making of: Tudor Fabric Straps (Video and Pictorial)

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In this special “Making of”, we take a look at the colorful, patterned fabric watch straps made by Tudor.  Woven in Eastern France using the traditional “Jacquard” process (first demonstrated in 1801), Tudor’s fabric straps are one of the brand’s defining features.  The term “Jacquard” is not specific or limited to any particular loom, but rather refers to the added control mechanism that automates the patterning.  Unlike Rolex, Tudor’s staid older sibling, Tudor has well embraced the use of fabric straps to further distinguish its Swiss made timepieces.   Please enjoy this (far more romantic than technical) behind-the-scenes look at the making of a Tudor fabric watch strap.

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