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High-End Watch Market — Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Rolex — Cratering?

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“Under bursts of rain and occasional rumbles of thunder, protesters packed the streets in several areas of Hong Kong on Saturday,” The New York Times reports, “days after both the demonstrators and the police came under criticism for taking violence and mayhem to new levels.” Not a great time or place to sell a luxury watch then. And that has major repercussions for the international watch business . . .

Timex Waterbury Automatics

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Timex Waterbury model rangeTimex makes some of the best-looking three-hand watches three-martini lunch money can buy. Their designers have an uncanny ability channel the brand’s “takes a licking and keeps on ticking” DNA into modern yet classic designs. The new-for-fall Timex Waterbury Automatics are no exception . . .

Atelier Jalaper Watch Made from Aston Martin DB5 Hood

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I recently posted on the “controversial” Bremont Wright Flyer, a limited edition watch that contains a bit of fabric from the Wright Brother’s first-in-flight airplane. It’s not the first watch to incorporate a piece of something else in its construction. Here’s one from a slightly faster and definitely meaner airplane . . .

Hamilton Electrics Pacer Ventura

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Elvis Presley wearing his Hamilton Electrics "Pacer Ventura"The watch above is a 1960 gold Hamilton Electrics Pacer Ventura wristwatch. It’s not known which watch The King of Rock and Roll was wearing when constipation claimed his life. Elvis Presley had a few truly tasty timepieces, including a Gerald Genta-designed Rolex King Midas.

The RealReal is Really Bullish on Luxury Watches

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The RealReal is an online luxury consignment company. You send them your unwanted luxury goods, they inspect them, price them, sell them and take a cut. Like so many disruptive tech firms, TRR isn’t making money. But they are selling a lot of pre-owned watches. And generating some interesting if potentially misleading data points. For example . . .