Weekly Wound Up – 1st August 2020

On this week’s B&J Wound-Up: We (Nearly) Run Out of Ming Jokes, An Update on Oris’s NHS Aquis Auction and a Collaboration between two Japanese Giants: Casio and Honda. Introducing: The Casio Edifice x Honda Racing Limited Edition  This week saw the overall underrated brand Casio Edifice release a watch in collaboration with Honda Racing – the famed suppliers of power units to Redbull Racing and it’s little brother team Toro Rosso (now Alpha Tauri). While the watch won’t be heavily endorsed by either team, Casio Edifice is one of…

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Week on the wrist: MING 17:06

[embedded content] I spent some time with the MING 17:06 copper. In short, this is an odd-looking watch, it’s really not my “style”, but this is a big hit with among watch enthusiasts, watch geeks, and having spent some time with this, I can see why the geek ones like it. MING is a young brand made up of 6 watch enthusiasts lead by Ming Thien. Despite their young age they already have their own style and their watches are very recognisable. I think that’s the most impressive thing about…

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Weekly Wound Up – 24th July 2020

This week on the B&J Wound-Up: Is this a wind-up? Hodinkee launches their new travel clock, a blingy Zenith raising money for a great cause and the future of (what was) the world’s largest watch event. HourUniverse: The New Baselworld? Since 1917, the Basel watch and fine jewellery trade fair has been the annual highlight for many watchmakers, journalists, industry leaders and enthusiasts worldwide. Since becoming known as ‘Baselworld’ in 2003, the event became the Mecca of haute horology and an annual pilgrimage for the lucky few that can secure…

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NEWS: Patek Nautilus for under retail

During the most recent Christie’s Rare Watch auction, on July 20th, 2020, the giant that is Patek Philippe finally gave in. Two examples of the watchmaker’s most recognizable watches, that is the Nautilus, not their World Time or Calatrava, sold for less than RETAIL! Yes, you read that right two stainless steel Nautilus were sold at a Christie’s auction for less than £23,300. More specifically, the two watches reached a hammer price of £21,100 and £23,230, respectively. Both were the 3800/1 reference with the cheaper one is a 1989 watch…

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Hands-On: Glashutte Original SeaQ Panorama Date 2020

I got hands-on with the 2019 Glashutte Original SeaQ Panorama Date in steel and the new 2020 SeaQ Panorama Date bicolour (two-tone gold). The SeaQ range from GO is a luxury diver, they are like a super-refined Oris Divers SixtyFive (65), or a more elegant, more vintage-inspired rival to the Rolex Submariner, or Rolex SeaDweller. If you are thinking about buying a Rolex Submariner or Rolex SeaDweller, especially if you’re buying grey market at a premium, then you should check out this alternative. The value retention won’t be the same…

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Weekly Wound Up – 18th July 2020

On this week’s B&J Wound-Up: A Killer Zodiac GMT, an Affordable Alternative to the Hamilton Khaki Field series and Quantitive Data from Chrono24 Shining a Light on the Mystery that is the Importance of Box and Papers when Buying used Watches. An Enthusiast’s Brand – The Timex Mk1 36mm Mechanical  In recent years Timex have been taking the watch community by storm with mechanical and automatic reissues from their iconic historical catalogues. The Timex Q, Falcon Eye and numerous Marlin models have been well-enjoyed by enthusiasts and collectors at every…

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How easily things can change for the best – Hermès X Hodinkee

Words by M. Troch In the recent Philips auction in Hong Kong, a very interesting watch was sold. Among several rare Patek Philippes, Rolexes and FP Journes, also was a very limited edition Slim d’Hermès GMT For HODINKEE! The hammer came down at the auction with this selling for HK$137,500 (£14,000). Forgetting for a while the fact that this watch is an Hermes x Hodinkee collaboration, there is something perhaps equally interesting about this watch or should I say about its owner? Well, if I haven’t made sense yet let…

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Week on the Wrist: YEMA Superman GMT

In a market saturated with sub £1,500 entry-level luxury ‘microbrand’ watches that all seem to claim their place in the horological history books, brands with a traceable lineage, interesting history and reasonable value are somewhat few and far between. Aside from the obvious choices from Oris, TAG Heuer and the mid-tier brands within the Swatch group, it seems that there is a trade-off when spending £1,500 on a watch that’s not from the aforementioned brands: a lack of heritage that us enthusiasts often factor in so highly as part of…

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Introducing: The Swatch Sistem 51 and Flik Flak Hodinkee Summer Editions

This afternoon saw the launch of a collaboration between Swatch and Hodinkee in the web-based release of two summer-inspired wristwatches for Swatch’s Flik Flak children’s range, as well as their fully automatic Sistem 51 line. Hodinkee are a New York-based watch journalist and e-commerce site selling new and vintage watches. Initially founded in 2008, Hodinkee was named after the Czech and Slovak word for wristwatch: ‘hodinky’. Swatch was the first brand that Hodinkee produced a watch with back in 2017 with today marking the fourth occasion that they have collaborated.…

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3 Watch Genres under £500 likely to hold value.

Today I’m highlighting my three picks for genres of watches that are likely to hold, if not increase in value over the next several years that are currently available inside a £500 budget. I’ll get the disclaimer out there early: there are better things to do with your money if you are purely looking for financial safety or return. Furthermore, value retention and potential for appreciation shouldn’t really be the key drivers behind a watch purchase, however, they do make it easier to part with your cash in the pursuit…

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