Hot to­day,

Esquire (Singapore) - - Style -

It doesn’t take an ex­pert to know that Rolex and Patek Philippe claim the lion’s share of the mar­ket. Blue-chip watches, like the Daytona and GMT-Master II, sim­ply do not sit around in stores wait­ing to be picked up. Rolex is no­to­ri­ously tight-fisted with th­ese mod­els, dol­ing them out only to the best re­tail­ers who then place di­rect calls to their best clients. It is said that the wait for some mod­els lasts years.

Like­wise, Patek Philippe’s sport mod­els, like the Nau­tilus Ref 5711, its minute re­peaters and grand com­pli­ca­tions, are watches that money alone can­not buy. Th­ese are known as ap­pli­ca­tion watches and they’re strictly re­served for Patek VIPs.

Thank­fully there is a world beyond Rolex and Patek Philippe. Go­ing by the lat­est auc­tion re­sults—be­cause auc­tions are the best barom­e­ters of true mar­ket de­mand— col­lec­tors are flock­ing to Tu­dor for its trendy Black Bay mod­els, par­tic­u­larly the spe­cial edi­tions made in col­lab­o­ra­tion with re­tail­ers such as Har­rods and Bucherer. Need more proof of Tu­dor’s red-hot pop­u­lar­ity? A unique piece made for the Only Watch auc­tion in 2017 closed for a record-break­ing SGD478,120, oblit­er­at­ing its high es­ti­mate of SGD7,513.

Other hot favourites in­clude the Blanc­pain Fifty Fath­oms, which re­turned to the lime­light af­ter a suc­cess­ful run with the 2017 Fifty Fath­oms MIL-SPEC. Hublot too is mak­ing waves with ex­cit­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions and lim­ited edi­tions. Spe­cial edi­tions done right al­most al­ways do well—re­mem­ber the Omega Speed­mas­ter Apollo 13 Sil­ver Snoopy Award? It’s go­ing for more than dou­ble its MSRP on the re­sale mar­ket now.

Of­fer­ing a bal­ance of good value propo­si­tion and ex­clu­siv­ity, th­ese are the ris­ing stars of haute hor­logerie that are worth in­vest­ing in right now.

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