Geneva Watch Days 2020 – Cynical, Stupid, Deadly and Doomed

Geneva Watch Days 2020

Coronageddon claimed Watches and Wonders and Baselworld. Both held off on deep-sixing their events as long as they could. Shortly after they pulled the plug – and not-so-coincidentally – the Swiss government banned all large-scale public gatherings. So that’s that. And then a conglomerate of Swiss watchmakers decided to create a new event with limited-size groups: Geneva Watch Days. Here’s part of their press release . . .

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Affordable Royal Oak Alternatives

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

My man Franz did an excellent job tracing the genesis of the deeply desirable Audemars Piguet Royal Oak (click here for the 411). Securing an example for your collection isn’t a lot of laughs – especially if there isn’t a money tree in your back yard. Luckily, there are less expensive, easily obtainable Royal Oak alternatives. But first, a quick word about the criteria…

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Patek Philippe Nautilus: History

Introduced in 1976, the Nautilus was Patek Philippe’s response to arch-rival Audemars Pigeut’s hugely successful Royal Oak. The Oak was the first luxury steel sports watch. It’s 3mm bigger than the Nautilus and more expensive by around $15k. The connection between the two watches couldn’t be clearer . . .

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Hamilton Electrics Pacer Ventura

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.

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