Audemars Piguet Marvel Watch

I’ve taken Grand Seiko to task for their Godzilla and GT-R watches. “After years of building timepieces far superior to their Swiss rivals without proper recognition or sales,” I wrote, “Seiko’s marketing mavens lost their minds.” So what are we to make of the $160k 42mm Limited Edition Royal Oak Concept Black Panther Flying Tourbillon? A watch that isn’t powered by Vibranium, because Vibranium doesn’t actually exist . . .

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Audemars Piguet 15202ST Royal Oak RIP

“The 15202, aka ‘Jumbo,’ is the clearest contemporary connection back to the original Royal Oak in steel as conceived by watch design virtuoso Gérald Genta,” HoDinkee asserts, correctly. And now the Audemars Piguet 15202ST is gone. Speaking on AP’s Social Club video feed (41:50), CEO Francois Bennahmias dropped the bomb . . .

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Watch Dealer Markups – A Proposal

We’re in the middle of the greatest watch shortage in modern memory. It’s basically impossible to get any almost any current Rolex (and many OMEGAs, Pateks, Vacherons, etc.) from an Authorized Dealer (AD). The cupboards are bare. We can argue about why that’s happening, but the fact remains: there’s a massive mismatch between supply and demand. And there is an answer: watch dealer markups . . .

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Who Killed the Nautilus 5711?

  The Gerald Genta-designed stainless steel blue dial Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 5711 is an icon. A Grail Watch. And now, it’s DOA. Discontinued. Gone. Although rumors about its demise have been circulating for weeks, the news still comes as a shock. Why would one of the world’s best watchmakers, the ranking member of the watch industry’s Holy Trinity, kill its most iconic model on a Friday news dump? (FYI, Robb Report, it’s spelled Nautilus, not Nautlius.) We can only guess what triggered the move . . .

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