LIST: Sick of waiting for that Patek? Here are 5 watches you could get instead

You don’t need to sell us on Patek’s 5711/1A. It’s the Nautilus. In fact, you might go so far as to say it’s the steel sports watch. The case, the dial — that bracelet. Heck, even the date. It all works. The only bad thing about it? Unless you’re seriously connected, you can’t just walk into your local AD, drop the $32,300 AUD and walk out with it on your wrist. You need to wait. And, I think we can all agree that waiting sucks. So don’t. Here are five excellent options to scratch that itch a whole lot quicker. Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar   It might not be a Genta-designed icon, but Glashütte’s latest is a traditionally styled perpetual calendar with a thoroughly modern movement and an excellent price. Yes, please. $30,200 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in yellow gold on Oysterflex The steel Daytona is even harder to score than the Nautilus, but the latest yellow gold version on a sporty Oysterflex? Far more achievable. Plus it’s an awesomely fresh take on an old favourite. $34,900 A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin 40mm Look. We know it’s kind of the polar opposite to the Patek, looks wise, but it…

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FRIDAY WIND DOWN: 18th August, 2017 – the watches you chose for the end of the world, inc. Seiko, Rolex, UTS and Citizen

Like many story ideas we brainstorm together on a Monday morning, ‘end-of-the-world watches’ seemed to be a winner at the time. But now that we’re at the end-of-the-week, that mushroom cloud image makes us cringe. It’s all just become a tad too real. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought a lot about our Guam followers this week. And, for that matter, our Seoul buddies, not to mention the northern reaches of Australia that could also be affected by nuclear fallout. Not comedic at all, really. The good news story though is that while about 10% of commenters on the question – what would you wear on your wrist at the end of days? – made the fairly reasonable point that they would have other things on their mind, the rest were happy to play along and list their apocalypse-ready wrist wear. So, in a themed Friday Wind Down, we’re picking out the lightest, most lol-worthy responses to a post that was never intended to cause any kind of existential malaise. No matter where you are, please charge your glass and hug your loved ones a little tighter. Right after you’ve enjoyed these stirling suggestions, all pulled from our Instagram. To see and join the conversation still raging…

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VIDEO: Access all areas in the Franck Muller Tourbillon Department

There have been big changes at the Franck Muller manufacture over the last couple of years. The once homely property on a hillside looking out over Lake Geneva has been thoroughly expanded and modernised – Baroque and Romanesque flourishes inside and out have been updated to the more spacious proportions created by exposed beams and vaulted ceilings, all befitting of a luxurious ski lodge. Somewhere in a light-filled room appointed with watchmaker’s benches in this village of multi-storey buildings is the Franck Muller ‘Tourbillon Department’. The warmest thing in this room, no matter the time of year, is Patrice Couston’s smile. He is the head of the Department and his passion for what he does is unmistakeable. To the extent that, after a tour and his explanation of some of the challenges faced in by one attempting to assemble a tourbillon, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a watch he had assembled in his spare time at home, also a tourbillon. “I’m crazy for the tourbillon so I said ok, I will transform this movement into a tourbillon. So I did.”

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20.08.2017  |  Andy Green

WHO TO FOLLOW: @MySafari

Nathan tells us his IG feed is shoes, cameras and watches — but honestly, it’s mostly watches. We’re absolutely fine with that, and suspect you will be too. NAME: Nathan Liusvia OCCUPATION: Photographer HANDLE:  @MySafari FOLLOWERS: 2.6k LOCATION: Kuala Lumpur Who are you? My name is Nathan Liusvia, but on social media, I’m known as @MySafari. During the day I work in a bank, in a regional role which involves quite a bit of travelling. How do you unwind? My responsibilities at work keep me rather busy, sometimes even on the weekends, but when I do get some time to relax, I make the most of it. I love to watch movies, go for a relaxing massage with my wife, or catch up on new episodes of my favourite shows on Netflix. I also love scrolling through my Instagram feed to interact with fellow vintage watch-lovers around the world and hunting down the next watch to purchase and add to my growing collection. What’s your daily watch and why? Over the years, a number of watches have been added to or sold off from my collection. But right now, I have gorgeous timepieces from Gallet, Movado, Lemania, Rolex, Longines, Universal…

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