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Christie’s New York Rare Watches New York: Online

Christie’s New York announces Rare Watches New York: Online. From November 24 to December 10, Christie’s New York will feature a selection of important vintage and modern timepieces celebrating the most renowned manufactures such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Cartier, F.P. Journe, Audemars Piguet and many more.

Curated with passion, the sale comprises incredible rarities, including a magnificent Patek Philippe reference 1463 in pink gold retailed by Serpico Y Laino ($400,000-600,000), an extremely rare Patek Philippe Nautilus reference 3800 in pink gold ($250,000-450,000), and a magnificently preserved Rolex reference 6236 now known as “Jean Claude Killy” ($240,000-440,000), after the celebrated Olympic skier and Rolex ambassador.

The auction will present a great selection of Rolex Daytona chronographs, led by a reference 6263 with Paul Newman “Panda” dial showing attractive signs of tropicalization ($300,000-500,000). An iconic variant, Rolex wristwatches with Paul Newman “Panda” dials are widely sought-after and considered part of the most elegant designs ever created by the Rolex manufacture.

With a Patek Philippe selection of great depth, the sale will include an example of the iconic reference 2499 in yellow gold ($350,000-450,000) and a selection of important pocket watches; two highly attractive minute repeating pocket watches with American calendar, reference 843 ($120,000-180,000) and 699/2 ($100,000-300,000), and the possibly unique reference 947/1 pocket chronometer ($100,000-200,000) with spring detent escapement and minute repeating mechanism.

 “Going into this season, we made the deliberate decision to combine our live and online auction into one comprehensive online sale, which will represent the highest valued online watches sale ever offered at Christie’s. The sale will also be the first Christie’s auction to offer a timepiece valued with an estimate of $400,000-600,000,” said Remi Guillemin, a Specialist at Christie’s Watches.

Throughout this year, we have witnessed an increased comfort level of digital transactions, and with the recent record success of our recent Dubai and Geneva online sales, we felt that this model is best suited to meet our clients’ evolving needs. We have seen incredible engagement from current collectors and new buyers alike. This sale offers timepieces that will appeal to clients looking to begin their collection as well as collectors looking for watches of the utmost rarity; there is truly something for everyone,” continued Guillemin.

Watch photo by Lauren Gnazzo for 360 magazine

Watches of Switzerland and MAYORS X Breitling

Watches of Switzerland and MAYORS is excited to announce its partnership with Breitling to produce a special exclusive timepiece, the Premier B01 Chronograph. With a limited production of 150 pieces, the new watch will be exclusively available starting today at MAYORS and the Watches of Switzerland.

The Breitling Premier Special Edition combines purpose with style, delivering quality, performance, and timeless design in a distinct new color combination, with the Watches of Switzerland Group logo, inscribed onto the transparent case back. This new Special Edition is a chronograph with a commitment to everyday elegance, worthy of the legacies of both companies. 

The partnership is one of a series of unique collaborations the company has rolled out in 2020 aimed at continuing to provide compelling activations for both Watches of Switzerland and MAYORS customers. Pre-orders can be placed online starting from today at the websites of Watches of Switzerland and Mayors.  

Brian Duffy, the Watches of Switzerland Group CEO, said “We are delighted to announce the release of the Watches of Switzerland Group Exclusive Special Edition Premier B01 Chronograph 42 and showcase our strong partnership and collaboration with Breitling. Our collaboration is a badge of honour for our teams and we hope something for our clients to enjoy.”

Watches of Switzerland has been crafting Swiss watches since 1924. Breitling is a Swiss luxury watchmaker based in Grenchen, Switzerland. Together, the two companies are coming together to form an exquisite watch. This release celebrates the partnership the companies have shared for years.

The watch features a sleek blue band made of alligator leather, that meets at a striking silver dial. The subdials compliment the band shining in blue: a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small-second sub-dial at 9 o’clock.

Each watch purchased comes accompanied by an exclusive certificate signed by Georges Kern, Breitling CEO and Brian Duffy, the Watches of Switzerland Group CEO. 

Kern commented, “The long-standing relationship between Breitling and the Watches of Switzer-land Group reflects our shared values and dedication to delivering a first-class luxury experience to our customers. The new Premier B01 Chronograph 42 perfectly embodies these values in a timepiece that is both classic and refined.”

The watch is now available for preorder on the company’s website. Breitling can be followed on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Allison Christensen, 360 Magazine, Vaughn Lowery, illustrations, rado

2020 GREEN GOOD DESIGN

Sustainability award for the Rado True Thinline Leaf

Rarely have the award and the prize winner been better suited to each other: our emerald green Rado True Thinline Leaf was presented with the prestigious GREEN GOOD DESIGN Award by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. Under the motto “Build a better world now”, the coveted award honours outstanding architecture and product designs that leave a lasting impression with their “green” concept.

The Green Good Design Award 2020 went to our True Thinline Leaf. Made from hightech ceramic, this timepiece features a green iridescent mother-of-pearl dial with a delicate leaf structure embossed on the underside. As a result of the creative partnership with Grandi Giardini Italiani, an organisation dedicated to preserving extraordinary Italian gardens, this line celebrates the interplay of design and nature.

The creation of each individual watch is just as unique as its dial. Years of research culminated in the True Thinline’s ground breaking monobloc ceramic case – a neverbefore-seen type of case construction featuring solid ceramic with no need for a stainless steel core. This not only gave the True Thinline its extreme lightness and super slim silhouette, but it also paved the way for new design possibilities.

This year’s edition of the GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD focused on the world’s most important new products, buildings, construction and planning projects, whose sustainable and environmentally friendly design is pioneering. We are therefore particularly pleased that our vision of a “natural” timepiece has been appreciated by such a prestigious organisation.

About Rado

Rado is known as the Master of Materials for the way it has revolutionised traditional watchmaking, leading the industry by introducing high-tech ceramic, ultra-light high-tech ceramic, colourful high-tech ceramic and Ceramos to its design-led collections. An award-winning designer with numerous prestigious international prizes to its name, and considered the most forward-thinking design player in the watch industry today, Rado has always been a pioneer and leader, setting the standard and raising the bar.

About GOOD DESIGN™

GOOD DESIGN™ is a prestigious, recognised, and longstanding design award program organised annually by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. The trademarked awards were founded in Chicago in 1950 by renowned architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.

Rado, Allison Christensen, watches, 360 magazine

Rolex × Monterey Car Week

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Presented by Rolex Fast Facts:

  • 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick claimed the Best In Show Award at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
  • Other finalists for Best In Show were a 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Town Limousine owned by the Lehrman Collection of Palm Beach, Florida; and a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Figoni Fastback Coupé owned by Robert Kudela of Chropyne, Czech Republic.
  • David was awarded a steel and yellow gold Rolex Datejust 41.
  • “This car is one of only five built and it has recently been completely restored, taking a huge amount of effort and dedication from all those involved,” said Sydorick. “It feels great to win at Pebble Beach today and receive a Rolex watch, I look forward to wearing it proudly.”
  • Rolex has been a sponsor of the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance since 1997 and the Tour d’ Elegance in 2007.
  • 234 cars participated in this year’s show.
  • Following the judging, nine-time Le Mans winner and Rolex testimonee Tom Kristensen said: “The collection of historic automobiles and world-renowned concept cars at Pebble Beach creates an event like no other. It has been a privilege to be part of the judging team, and to get so close to these amazing machines and meet their owners. The Best of Show Award represents excellence and timeless elegance – values that I closely identify with Rolex – while recognizing and preserving the greatest cars in the world. This event is an absolute must for all car lovers.”
  • Cars competed in 27 judged classes as well as for four Elegance awards and 22 special awards.
  • Other show highlights included a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Windovers Limousine owned by His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singhji of Marwar-Jodhpur, Jodhpur, India, that won the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy and a 1937 Cadillac Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet owned by Jim Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky, which won its class and the Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible Elegance Award.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Fast Facts:

  • 551 genuine and period-correct competition cars competed.
  • Nissan, and its US predecessor Datsun, was celebrated throughout the event, as the brand became the first Japanese manufacturer to be honored at the Reunion.
  • Since 2001, Rolex has partnered in this cornerstone event during Monterey Car Week, united by values of tradition and innovation that have shaped the watchmaking and automotive worlds.
  • During Picnic in the Paddock, legends of the sport, Sir Jackie Stewart, fellow Rolex Testimonee Tom Kristensen and FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Mika Häkkinen, recounted motoring anecdotes that will live long in the memories of those who attended.
  • Rolex Testimonee Sir Jackie Stewart first competed at Laguna Seca in 1965 and this year celebrates a 50-year partnership with the Swiss watch brand. The Scottish legend said: “It is an honor to witness these incredible motor racing cars compete as they were built to; from the early 20th Century right the way through to the 1990s, they truly tell the story of the heritage and evolution in our sport. The highest standards of precision and engineering on show link Rolex and the Reunion, while underlining Rolex’s commitment to motor sport globally.”
  • Nissan’s long-term involvement in motor sport was exhibited, from the 1971 Datsun 510, to the Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo – the 1994 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA winner – and the 2019 Formula E Nissan racing car.
  • Notable Nissan drivers and team owners were present, including John Morton, Peter Brock and Steve Millen, along with comedian Adam Carolla who drove his 300ZX Turbo formerly owned by Paul Newman.
  • Meanwhile, legendary chassis from Lotus, Lola, McLaren, AAR and Surtees formed part of the 50th anniversary of Formula 5000.

STEPHEN WATSON APPOINTED AS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Surface Media is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephen Watson as Editor-in-Chief of Watch Journal and Watch and Jewelry Editor for Surface Media. Prior to joining Surface Media, Watson served as Hearst Media’s Digital Editor, covering timepieces for TownandCountryMag.com, Esquire.com, MarieClaire.com, HarpersBazaar.com, and ELLE.com. Watson’s accomplished career includes roles as the Fashion Director of Men’s Vogue and Associate Fashion Editor of Vogue, where he worked alongside legendary editors Andre Leon Talley, Candy Pratts Price, Jay Fielden, and Anna Wintour. He was recently nominated for a Gem Award in 2017 for Media Excellence by the Jewelers of America.

“The appointment of Stephen Watson will deliver an unparalleled depth of experience within the timepiece, jewelry, and luxury brand development categories,” says Marc Lotenberg, CEO of Surface Media. “We look forward to having him expand our digital presence while engaging our loyal base of collectors and buyers.”

“Stephen’s experience in bringing luxury to life through digital platforms, transforming media landscapes, and delivering compelling creative is going to revolutionize the way consumers relate to the watch industry and the personalities behind the brands,” says Katie Reed, Executive Director of Sales for Surface Media and Publisher of Watch Journal.

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Stephen Watson

“I’m looking forward to steering Watch Journal at an exciting moment of change,” says Watson. “Watch Journal and Surface Media are ideally suited to focus on the inspiring businesses and people that are redefining the future of watchmaking.”

Watson is a native New Yorker and attended New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, where he studied menswear design and marketing.

Watch Journal is the exclusive timepiece magazine of the private-jet community and the only watch publication distributed to readers with an average net worth of $89.3 million dollars through 250 private air terminals across the United States. Advertising partners have the exclusive advantage of developing in-room hotel distribution channels, private club access, customized VIP events, strategic alliances, and social media programs.

Follow Stephen Watson’s timepiece adventures via @steviewatches. For more information on Surface Media, contact Katie Reed at 917-975-2928kreed@surfacemedia.com.