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At the closing spring auction of Christie’s New York , Cartier Crash-es through the estimate ceiling to outshine Andy Warhol..

The Christie’s New York auction ended yesterday with their final event of the spring season representing an important touchstone for the market. The predicted top lot, Andy Warhol’s chic Patek Philippe Calatrava surprisingly didn’t turn out to be the star of the show with Cartier instead making the headlines with their quirky Crash. While the Cartier was one of the favoured lots, it managed to outshine even Warhol’s Patek for desirability, with bidding reaching fever pitch (well, as much as…

Unscrupulous retailers, unattainable watches: An open letter of despair about the watch world

Editor’s note: We got this letter from a Time+Tide reader in Germany who was wracked with frustration and despair. He was writing in response to this article we ran last week about the negative impact of hype and high prices on watch collecting. Alessandro’s anguish was particularly directed at certain brands who, he feels, seem complicit in making it virtually impossible for the average enthusiast to buy some of the most in-demand watches. Now, we appreciate that the notion of…

EDITOR’S PICK: Hype and high prices are killing it for watch collectors

Editor’s note:  Recently I spoke to a former salesman at a high-end Australian watch retailer. He told me that his store didn’t have a “passive waiting list” where you’re rewarded for patiently queuing up. In fact, to disoblige customers of that notion, the shop preferred a more pointedly ambiguous term: “the expression of interest list”. Walk into the store with the hope of buying, say, a new Daytona, and you’d obviously have zero luck. After rolling their eyes at your…

Inside a $140,000 watch scam (& how to avoid getting conned yourself)

The buyer seemed totally legit. He’d contacted Gautaman Senivasan, a Singapore watch collector/trader (@Calibre65.SG) to express interest in buying an F.P. Journe Chronomètre Bleu. As always, Gau did a mini reference check, scoping the man’s posts on a popular watch forum. What he unearthed was reassuring. The prospective buyer had got solid reviews and talked about selling a Richard Mille and a Patek Philippe – watches that, on face value at least, established him as a serious proposition. The pair…

Watches & Wonders: People’s Choice Awards – The Darkest Horse

Just to recap: in the wake of Watches & Wonders, watch channel founders Wei Koh of Revolution, Robert-Jan Broer of Fratello, Frank Geelen of Monochrome, and our very own Andrew McUtchen of Time+Tide came together to talk watches. They selected their top watches in four different categories and then asked viewers to choose their pick in the comments. Yesterday, we covered the Best Watch Under $10k here. The next category, The Four Hertzmen tackled was the “Darkest Horse” – effectively,…