LIST: 9 hot vintage Heuers from the upcoming Phillips Crosthwaite & Gavin auction

Earlier this year I found myself in London sitting in the office of Paul David Maudsley, in the Phillips Office at Berkeley Square, discussing the finer things in life. Now, when you pop in for tea with the international specialist of the London Watches department at Phillips auction house your expectations in regards to what’s in the safe sitting by his desk are pretty damn high. And, let me just say right away — they were most definitely met. At the time, March 2017, Paul was still finalising the catalogue for an upcoming auction, which the world now knows as the Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection. For those of you outside of the vintage Heuer world, Richard Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin are distinguished collectors, authors, and respected vintage Heuer authorities. For both Crosthwaite and Gavin, collecting watches is a passion, driven by two core values — condition and rarity. The pieces I handled all truly were world class, in both condition and rarity. Aside from this, this particular auction focuses on the period between 1962 and 1982, otherwise known as the ‘Jack Heuer Era’. I’m by no means an expert on vintage Heuer, but fundamentally this was the period when Jack…

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EVENT: Never mind the bollards, this is the Bremont ‘English Tour’ of America

Bremont have relied on old-fashioned techniques to build their business. Firstly, they made a pretty great product. Anyone who’s held a Bremont in their hands will attest to that. They put their watch in a movie. They make watches for the military. And when it came to spreading the word in America, co-founders of Bremont, Nick and Giles English, literally hit the road on an ‘English Tour’ of the country. Starting on the 12th September this year, Nick drove a 1970 E-Type Series 2 Jaguar, restored by their late father, while Giles was at the wheel of a 1973 Porsche 911T, over 5300km from New York to San Antonio. The ‘English Tour’ took in some of Bremont’s Authorised Dealers, watch clubs and iconic landmarks. And who was the better driver out of the two brothers? “I am not sure either one of us is any good,” says Giles, “so I would say equally bad, but very enthusiastic.” Look out bollards, look out road-hogging SUVs, look out crazy American wildlife (I’m looking at you, huge bear), here come the Bremont brothers with their two cars that have a combined age of 90 years. I emailed Giles midway through the tour and asked how it was going, and in the…

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INTRODUCING: Coming of age – the Patek Philippe 20th Anniversary Aquanaut Ref. 5168G

The year was 1997, the Spice Girls were busy spicing up life, and Leo was king of the world. It was a great time to be alive, and not just if you were a 13-year-old-girl. Because if you were a fan of stainless steel sports watches, it was also the year Patek Philippe introduced the Aquanaut. Taking its design cues from the casually elegant Nautilus, it was initially released as a slightly more accessible alternative, and aimed at an active and younger generation of watch lovers. But it quickly stepped out of big brother’s shadow, and has since become an important (if sometimes polarising) pillar of the brand’s sports watches. To celebrate its 20th birthday, Patek have this year released the Aquanaut ref. 5168G. For the first time, the Aquanaut is available in an 18k white gold case, and has been given Jumbo status with its 120m water resistant case upsized from 40mm to 42.2mm. The dimensions may have changed, but the three-part design retains the same lines and curves, and the distinctive rounded octagonal bezel keeps its mix of polished edges and vertical satin-brushed finishing on top. Measuring only 8.25mm thick, it’s also still decidedly slim. Its slender profile…

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15.10.2017  |  Andy Green

WHO TO FOLLOW: @gazman70k

In this extra long edition of Who to Follow, Andy speaks to the exceptionally well-dressed Gary about life, work, finding the right watch, and how to dress your best. NAME:                                   Gary Tok OCCUPATION:                    Travelling salesman and part-time author HANDLE:                               @gazman70k FOLLOWERS:                     5.1k LOCATION:                         Hong Kong, Sydney and up in the air … So Gary, tell me about yourself By day, I’m a travelling salesman, making promises my colleagues get to keep. I work for an international consulting firm and help clients identify, quantify and mitigate people risk, a collective term for all the bad things that can happen to employees. My work requires me to travel across Asia and occasionally to Europe and the US. After hours, I moonlight as an author, photographer and micro-publisher of books focused on bespoke menswear – clothing, footwear and accessories. In November 2016, I published my first book, Master Shoemakers: The Art and Soul of Bespoke Shoes. I am currently working on two other book projects. I love discovering new things and appreciating the work of artisans and craftspeople, in particular watchmakers, tailors and shoemakers. I am curious about the method and the…

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