Founded in 1839 Patek Philippe is a bastion of independence, tradition and innovation, creating some of the world’s most desirable timepieces.

RECOMMENDED READING: An interview with one of the world's foremost vintage Patek Philippe collectors

John Reardon is one of the world's foremost experts on collectible vintage watches, having recently left his position as Christie's International Head of Watches, and one of the areas he is most passionate about is vintage Patek Philippe. So what better way to express that passion and put his wealth of knowledge to good use than start his own dealership of vintage Patek Philippe? He launched Collectability to guide interested members of the watch world on their Patek Philippe collecting…

3 things you never knew about the Patek Philippe Nautilus

The Patek Philippe Nautilus forms the basis of this historic brand's sports collection, which rivals the very best in the business. And the genesis of this iconic model shares its history with another legendary sports watch, further cementing the status of the man behind both pieces. Designed by Gérald Genta, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak hit the market four years before he followed up with the Nautilus, which debuted in 1976. Being responsible for two of the industry's most recognisable…

How to justify your watch purchases to your partner, a new series, starting with 'The Heirloom Defence'

MEET THE ENABLER: Defending the indefensible is a tiresome but necessary business. Obviously, we understand that you've found a new must-have watch to add to your collection (congratulations!). But the next step, making it happen, may not always fly with non-believers whose reactions will likely range from horror to derision to divorce. That's where The Enabler comes in … Use his advanced levels of sophistry to validate your latest, or next, acquisition. The problem is that, to your wife, it's…

RECOMMENDED READING: 14 lessons from Christies' watch auction expert

To work at one of the largest international auction houses in the world, you need to know your stuff, which makes you very good at evaluating the world's rarest watches and also passing that knowledge onto collectors and enthusiasts. One such watch auction expert is Dr Andrew Hildreth, who is responsible for presenting and writing Christie's online course, "History of Watches: 1700 to Now", a comprehensive overview of just about everything you might need to know about the last 300…

Steeling the show … Jason Statham's love affair with Rolex

What is it about leading actors and their affinity for Rolex's range of stainless steel sports watches? It almost seems like it's a rite of passage – become a famous thespian and then immediately adorn one's wrist with a steel 6263. Whether it's Steve McQueen, Paul Newman (obviously), Daniel Craig … the list just goes on and on. And then there's Hollywood's current "hard man", Jason Statham. Statham loves a vintage steel Rolex, as evidenced by the countless paparazzi photos…

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