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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…

Top 3 most expensive watches sold at Only Watch 2019, also featuring Audemars Piguet and F.P. Journe

Patek Philippe's entry into Only Watch 2019, the one-of-a-kind stainless steel Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime ref. 6300A, has just smashed, in fact obliterated, the record for the most expensive watch ever sold at auction. But it wasn't just the Patek that stretched into the seven-figure stratosphere at the charitable auction last night, as two other pièce unique watches garnered tremendous amounts of attention and, more importantly, bids. Keep in mind, if like us at times, you feel despair at the…

High Rollers – 3 of the most expensive timepieces at Only Watch 2019

With Only Watch 2019 now just a few short days away, there's a veritable smorgasbord of gorgeous piece-unique watches and timekeeping devices heading to the auction block. In fact, there are 50 watches in total taking part in this year's charity auction, with all funds raised going to the research of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. And while all the timepieces are gorgeous and inimitable, the price from one watch to the next can vary greatly in terms of their estimated value.…

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