P. Diddy Slams Richard Mille

A big shout out to Kanye West for enacting the formerly tongue-in-cheek show biz adage “For my next act, I will set myself on fire.” Meanwhile, P. Diddy is not impressed with Mr. West’s $2m Richard Mille ACJ RM 50-02 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph X 2 (above). In fact, Sean John Combs (a.k.a., Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy and Diddy) has nothing nice to say about Richard Mille’s ham sandwich-thick timepieces. The rapper positively slams the watchmaker. . .

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Nazi Rolex For Sale in NZ

“When Rolex became aware [that] the watches were meant for the Nazi forces, they removed all Rolex hallmarks and signatures,” Webb’s auction house writes. “Rolex didn’t want to be associated with the Nazi regime but they kept sending watches to Florence in order to protect Giuseppe Panerai, his family, and his employees from harm.” There’s no evidence that the Nazi Rolex for sale reflects Hans Wilsdorf’s humanitarian instincts. And yet . . .

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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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Swiss Watchmakers – China Syndrome?

When France sneezes, Europe catches a cold. So said Klemens von Metternich on the occasion of the year of 1848 where revolution rocked Europe. Old Klemens was exaggerating a little – there were a lot of factors behind the 50 democratic revolutions across the Continent. Still, I was reminded of this phrase when reading about the $70b knocked off the market capitalization of four of Europe’s biggest luxury retailers – mooting the prospect of Swiss watchmakers’ China Syndrome. All because of a speech by one man. Not just any man . . .

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