wrist ro­ta­tion

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“While the big-ticket items are im­pres­sive, there are out­stand­ing Swiss watches with in-house move­ments in the $5000 to $10,000 range,” says Julian Far­ren-price, di­rec­tor of J Far­renPrice. “If you’re seek­ing a big and au­then­tic ‘look’ with­out the price tag of a large 18kt rose or yel­low gold watch, there are a num­ber of watches be­ing re­leased in bronze. Bronze has a nat­u­ral patina that de­vel­ops with ex­po­sure to air and con­tact with the skin, so each watch will have a slightly dif­fer­ent hue, but they com­mand the at­ten­tion of a pre­cious metal watch.”

“Every watch col­lec­tion should fea­ture at least some clas­sics, be it dress or sport,” says Patti Sedg­wick, head of jewellery at Moss­green auc­tions. “Iconic pieces such as the Rolex ‘Sub­mariner’, Omega ‘Speedmaster’, Patek Philippe ‘Cala­trava’ and Jaeger-lecoul­tre ‘Rev­erso’ cover a wide range of tastes and make for ex­cel­lent corner­stone pieces.”

“If you’re the out­doorsy type, con­tem­plate a ro­bust wa­ter­proof ref­er­ence for your first se­ri­ous watch,” says Far­ren-price. “Tu­dor has re­leased some re­mark­able sports watches in the past few years, which tick a lot of boxes for a first ma­jor pur­chase. “If you are more of a board­room kind of guy, there’s the ‘Por­tugieser’ by IWC, Rolex ‘DayDate’ or ‘Cellini’ ref­er­ences, a ‘Mas­ter Ul­traThin’ by Jaeger-lecoul­tre or, if your bud­get al­lows, a classic ‘Cala­trava’ by Patek Philippe.”

“There are en­dear­ing ti­tles given to col­lec­tors who fix­ate on one brand,” says Far­ren-price. “For Pan­erai, we re­fer to this un­of­fi­cial club as the ‘Paner­isti’. The niche brands are more likely to de­velop their own cult fol­low­ing, thanks to a strong mes­sage and dis­tinct styling. Hublot is an­other great ex­am­ple where buy­ers will as­pire to own more than one ref­er­ence, ei­ther within a range or across the col­lec­tion.”

“In an ideal world, one would own at least one dive/sports watch, one hand-wound watch, some­thing in pre­cious metal (per­haps au­to­matic with a date func­tion) and a chrono­graph – al­ways a great ad­di­tion to any col­lec­tion,” says Far­renPrice. “A se­lec­tion of classic or ven­er­a­ble pieces from well-es­tab­lished brands el­e­vates the stand­ing of any watch col­lec­tion – it’s these pieces that form the ‘tro­phy case.’”

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