AP Black Panther Auction -$650k Flip?

“Christie’s Hong Kong is claiming to be the first auctioneer in the world to sell an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept ‘Black Panther’ Flying Tourbillon at what it is calling its Marvel(ous) online sale running from August 24 until September 7,” watchpro.com reports. As our headline portends, Christie’s reckons the Black Panther auction will be a 400 percent flip on a $165k watch. So many questions . . .

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Swatch Bioceramic: Shallow Wade

You got ceramic on my bio! You got bio on my ceramic! Serendipity at the Swatch Group’s Swatch brand laboratories comes a new material and line called BioCeramic. The CamelCase term may evoke animated tableware or surgical implant materials. It’s even more exciting than that. Join TheTruthAboutWatches.com in a shallow wade into Swatch’s stupendous new BioCeramic stuff . . .

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Co-Branded Watches – What’s The Point?

“Why would Bentley need a watch partner?” commentator Sammy Toledo asks underneath yesterday’s post Breitling Bentley Partnership RIP. “If you can afford a Bentley, you should be able to afford one of those watches whose maker would never deign to co-brand, right?” Right! As a Bentley owner, I own a few tasty timepieces and precisely no Breitling Bentley watches. Looking at the selection at chrono24.com, I can see no reason to indulge. But Mr. Toledo’s comment raises some interesting questions about co-branded watches . . .

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Breitling Bentley Partnership RIP

“We’re proud of what we have accomplished together and after 19 years,” Breitling CEO Georges Kern told the world, announcing the watchmaker’s break-up with Bentley. “Breitling and Bentley are embarking on their own new journeys,” the official presser proclaimed. In case you didn’t know it, that’s corporate speak for FOAD. No great loss. Breitling Bentley watches never really gelled. In other words . . .

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Patek Nautilus Green Dial – SOLD!

“As yet more proof of this insane situation, Antiquorum has just auctioned a Green Nautilus 5711, reaching a price of EUR 320,000 (before fees).” monochrome-watches.com reckons the fact that a Patek Philippe Nautilus Green Dial sold for $378k represents a trend that’s “killing the market.” A situation that restricts sales to “flippers and so-called investors with zero interest in what this watch actually represents in terms of watchmaking and history.” Nonsense . . .

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