Betteridge: a quick guide to buying vintage watches… with better knowledge

Would you describe an old-looking timepiece as being “vintage”? In the very first place, what does “vintage” mean? Having consulted our trusted Oxford English Dictionary, we discovered that contrary to what many may perceive, “vintage” does not only mean “old”. Two main definitions are listed if used as a noun: firstly, “vintage” refers to “the year or place in which … More

The Wristwatch Handbook: An important reference

When I first thumbed through The Wristwatch Handbook and looked at the images, my initial fear was that it was going to be another cut-and-paste job. However, such a fear was totally unfounded. Once you begin reading what Ryan Schmidt has to share, the content value of what this book has to offer multiplies exponentially. For example, did you know … More

Patek Philippe stainless steel Reference 1518: Steel Rare

Launched in 1941, Patek Philippe’s Reference 1518 became the world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch produced in series. Between 1941 and 1954, only 281 pieces of this Reference 1518 were made, the majority of which were in yellow gold. What came after the Reference 1518 is the Reference 2499 and it is housed in a wider case with fluted lugs. … More

Singapore and the watch markets of South-East Asia

In the Far East, namely South-East Asia in particular, it comes as no surprise that Singapore is often the first choice when it comes to the establishment of a watch brand’s boutique in this region. German watch brand and Manufacture Glashütte Original for instance, opened its first South-East Asian boutique in Singapore towards the end of 2015. This is the … More

The importance of Asia for Swiss Watch Exports

How large is the market in Asia for Swiss watch brands? Well, there is no doubting Asia’s importance as it is the biggest market for Swiss watch exporters, accounting for half of such exports in terms of value. In 2015, the total value of Swiss watch exports worldwide was CHF21.5 billion, representing a decline of 3.3%, according to the Federation … More

Patek Philippe dome clocks – the Ref. 1665M “Peranakan Culture”, Ref. 1675M “Farquhar Collection” and the Ref.1677M “The Esplanade – Singapore”: The William Farquhar Connection

In 2015, Patek Philippe created three one-of-a-kind dome table clocks to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence (1965 to 2015). One of the dome clocks is the Ref. 1675M “Farquhar Collection” which takes its inspiration from the famed William Farquhar Collection of natural history drawings, as its name implies. William Farquhar (1774 to 1839) was the first British Resident … More