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Thursday, September 29, 2011


And the best is yet to come: Master watchmaker Christophe Claret

Haute horology manufacture Christophe Claret have opened their scrap book to give us all a greater understanding of the remarkable man and his exceptional watch brand.

Christophe Claret is part of a small select circle of master watchmakers, so recherché, so high on the haute horology pecking order that it was only two years ago that he actually launched his own exclusive brand. Until that time he was designing specially commissioned watches of ominous awesomeness for the yacht and mansion owning set.

Christophe Claret, a stubborn, taciturn youth, was not yet 20 when he graduated from the Geneva Watchmaking School. He found in this field a source of fulfilment and scope for creative expression that have remained undiminished to this day. Insatiably curious and thirsty for knowledge, he trained for an additional year with the master-watchmaker Roger Dubuis who, in taking him under his wing, passed on the secrets of restoration and the mysteries of complex horological mechanisms.

Buys first tools from flea markets

Upon returning to his native city, he set up his first real horology workshop in the family home. His equipment and his tools had been patiently acquired at flea markets in Geneva. He decided to specialise in restoring antique models, perfecting his finishing techniques and also crafting openworked or “skeleton” watches.

Meets with Ulysee Nardin CEO, Rolf Schnyder

In 1987, Christophe Claret was 25 years old. His first ever trip to the Basel Watch Fair led to an encounter with the late Rolf Schnyder, a Swiss industrialist who had just acquired the Ulysse Nardin brand. He changed young Christophe’s life forever when he placed an order with him for 20 minute repeater movements with jacks. After creating a first company in La Chaux-de-Fonds, he officially set up the Manufacture Claret.

Within a decade, his name became a watchword in the field of complication movements. Prestigious clients included Ulysse Nardin, Franck Muller, de Grisogono, Jean Dunand and Harry Winston. They all came to Christophe to develop their most complex timepieces.

Acquires Manoir du Soleil d-Or

Christophe Claret decided to install his company within a setting worthy of its reputation and its ambitions. In 1999, just 11 years after securing his first significant commission, he acquired the Manoir du Soleil d’Or, a mansion perched on the heights above the nearby town of Le Locle, just a few steps from the Musée d’Horlogerie des Monts.

Here he set up his workshops giving a new lease on life to an already magnificent residence that formerly belonged to the legendary watchmaker Urban Jürgensen. It was spacious to begin with but then Christophe added more and more workspace so that his Premier league artisans can work and create in an atmosphere of harmony and serenity aided by state of the art machinery all cosily nestled within the exclusive enclaves of nearby Le Locle in the Neuchâtel mountains.

Develops signature brand

While continuing to create exceptional movements for the most prestigious brands, Christophe Claret also made his own signature, one-of-a-kind creations ordered by collectors. This took on a more significance in 2009 when, in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Manufacture, he launched the DualTow, a mechanical compendium of his considerable range of competencies. This first piece naturally led to another, Adagio, and a third, the 21 Blackjack.

All watches made entirely in house

The Christophe Claret brand now belongs to the extremely exclusive circle of independent Haute Horlogerie manufactures that conceive, develop and produce their watches entirely in-house – placing Christophe Claret firmly on the cutting edge of horological creation.

The most famous watches to date


Christophe Claret works to a credo:

“In watchmaking, everything has already been done, and everything has yet to be invented.”

Following this belief he has developed some of the most complex and awe inspiring watches in recent times. One such watch was the Dragon watch inspired by a silver samurai belt engraved with two dragons and acquired at auction.

Tradition line: Adagio


Unveiled this year, Adagio is equipped with a calibre entirely conceived, developed and produced in-house. The movement is composed of 455 parts, it drives central hour and minute hands, small seconds at 9 o’clock - either in a subdial or through an aperture, depending on the version – as well as a large date at 6 o’clock and a second time zone display (in hours and minutes), complete with day/night indication in a subdial at 2 o’clock.

Innovation line: Dualtow NightEagle



2010 saw the introduction of the DualTow NightEagle. Its sophisticated face appears to fade into the background in order to reveal the extraordinary mechanism below. It is distinguished by a “stealth-type” design embodying references including the ultra-secret world of stealth aircraft such as the American F-117.

Innovation line: 21 Blackjack




 It would be hard to exaggerate how much of a buzz this watch caused at Baselworld this year, and many pristine acres of watch related blogosphere were earnestly dedicated to honour its highest of haute horlogerie achievements.

21 Blackjack constitutes an authentic miniature casino combining mechanical precision with the world of gaming and thereby heralding a new watchmaking concept: the interactive watch.  21 Blackjack provides for its wealthy wearer an unprecedented upmarket interactive “gaming” experience, as well as a watch at the very pinnacle of Haute Horlogerie.

Of course, being a stubborn, determined and immensely talented watchmaker who refuses to settle for ordinary or even extraordinary, we can look forward in the knowledge that as far as Christophe Claret is concerned, the best is yet to come.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Poker face: Perrelet Turbine Poker watch


 Although there is no shortage of casino inspired watches such as the Bell & Ross BR 01 and surely the runaway winner in terms of casino themed watches, the Christophe Claret masterpiece 21 Blackjack, you can still drain everyone's pockets with an endless stream of bets using the Perrelet Turbine Poker watch.

12-blade wheel

The cards spread around the dial play hide and seek beneath the 12-blade wheel. As it rotates constantly due to the wrist movement, it is hard to view the deal.

This model thus offers a chance to reinvent poker by getting friends and family to guess, or bet, and keeping them in suspense until it stops completely.

A couple of clever flicks of the wrist will serve to call players’ bluff! Upper hand, lesser hand or hand in the middle? How much and what colour?


Perrelet P-181 movement

The watch runs on a Swiss automatic Perrelet calibre P-181 movement with double rotor which is exclusive to the Perrelet brand.

3 dial combinations

The Perrelet Turbine Casino watch comes in 3 dial combinations of cards behind the black Turbine, hour-markers in red and white:

Version 1 - A pair of sevens.
Version 2 - A pair of sevens, two royal flushes, one with spades, one with hearts.
Version 3 - Two full suits, three of a kind and a pair of sevens as well as a triple of kings and a pair of sevens.

Original Turbine case

Specifications include a 44.5mm x 12.5mm DLC-coated steel case – the original Turbine case, with double-rotor mechanical movement. Retail price for the watch starts at $6,000

Monday, September 26, 2011


Sold: Patek Philippe reaches three times wish price at Only Watch 2011


Only Watch 2011 proved to be a highly successful evening. The event was held in Monaco at the Heritage Hotel in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II on the evening of September 23rd.
All 40 watches sold, 22 watches reached their wish price, while18 failed to reach their minimum. But the auction still managed to raise well over €4.563 million (US6.1m) for its muscular dystrophy charity – easily improving on 2009's Only Watch which brought in just over €2m.

The auction room was full and the sale generated intense internet and telephone bidding from around the world. Among several celebrities Ronnie Woods from the Rolling Stones was present throughout the proceedings to support the auction.

Julien Schaerer, Managing Director and Auctioneer at Antiquorum Geneva commented:

“The amazing outcome achieved today is the result of a perfect combination of the involvement of 40 of the world’s greatest watchmakers that have come together to offer a collection of exceptional and unique timepieces, an impressive and intense world tour with previews in the right locations to reach out to watch aficionados and connoisseurs, as well as our continuous and considerable efforts in raising awareness among the collectors.”
 
The top 5 watches

Lot 30: Patek Philippe Minute Repeater Ref 3939
Even the high expectations of Maison Patek Philippe, well seasoned to astronomical sums being attained for their auctions, must have been stunned at the sum reached for their Ref 3939 Minute Repeater. 

The wish price was a relatively modest €450k to €650k. By the time the hammer fell for the final time the price was 1.4m euros ($1.9m) – three times the wish price. It makes this elegant black dial minute repeater one of the world’s most expensive watches.




Lot 32: Richard Mille RM 027 Tourbillon
There was plenty of interest attached to this lot because it’s the very same RM 027 Tourbillon worn by Rafael Nadal when he won the 2011 Monte Carlo championships for the seventh year running. 

Fine and unique, very light, tonneau shaped and curved, prototype carbon, titanium and Lital wristwatch with visible one-minute tourbillon regulator. Wish price was €400k to €600k. It sold for €510k. ($685k).




Lot 15: DeWitt Concept Watch No. 3 – X-Watch
DeWitt Concept Watch No. 3 – X-Watch. A unique reversible, titanium and steel automatic wristwatch with double bi-retrograde hours and minutes, visible one-minute tourbillon and power reserve on the front side, chronograph on the reverse. This timepiece brought in €410k ($550k).







Lot 4: BLU Gagarin Platinum Flying Tourbillon
BLU Gagarin Platinum Flying Tourbillon. A unique platinum wristwatch celebrating the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight in space with 108-minute orbiting one-minute flying tourbillon, integral rotating magnifying glass, and 18K gold hand-engraved map of the world dial. This watch fetched €300k ($402k).

Lot 38: Van Cleef & Arpels, Poetic Complication “From the Earth to the Moon”
A stunning one of its kind 18K white gold retrograde wristwatch with champlevé enamel dial. The timepiece raised €215k ($288k)

The auction proceeds will hopefully work wonders for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Friday, September 23, 2011


TAG Heuer unveils Japan Limited Edition Carrera Ringmasters: Button, Hamilton and Prost.

Earlier this year, TAG Heuer announced that four-time World Champion Alain Prost is to re-join the prestigious dream team of TAG Heuer Brand Ambassadors. The French motor-racing legend is set to play a prominent role alongside Vodafone McLaren Mercedes stars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button for the Swiss watch brand’s “150 Years of Motor-Racing” celebrations in 2011.

Now three new limited edition watches have been released by TAG Heuer: the Japan Limited Edition TAG Heuer Carrera Ring Master series.


Each flange on the watches bears a different colour to represent the three superb drivers:
    Alain Prost (Red) - 350 pieces

    Lewis Hamilton (Yellow) - 500 pieces

    Jenson Button (Blue) - 500 pieces

    Hamilton and Button are still burning up the track and need little introduction to contemporary F1 fans, but as Alain Prost declared:  

    “It is great to be back!” I’ve been a friend of TAG Heuer since my earliest days in F1 and we have worked very closely when I drove for McLaren. It’s a privilege and an honour to be back by being associated with Lewis and Jenson to commemorate their 150 year-long contribution to motor-sports”

    Alain Prost was wearing TAG Heuer colours and chronographs when he won three of his four FIA Formula One World championships for McLaren in the late 80s. The second most prolific winner in F1 history, Prost took a total of 51 victories, 33 pole positions, 41 best laps and 106 podiums in 199 races between 1980 and 1993.

    Not to be outdone, Lewis Hamilton was World Champion in 2008 and Jenson Button was World Champion in 2009.

    The three new Carrera Ringmasters are expected to retail at around $5,500. We’ll provide more details on the watches as soon as we get it.



    Thursday, September 22, 2011


    Tahiti heat: Surfer watches for the average urban male



    Have you ever had the urge to give it all up and just emigrate to Tahiti? The painter Paul Gauguin did so 120 years ago and it didn’t do his career any harm. But since that time it’s become a millionaire’s paradise, and a hotel club sandwich is equal to the price of just about any of these cool surfer watches.

    So this trip is likely to always remain a dream for most. Besides, even if you did make it to the big surf, your ageing office-bound body couldn’t handle the intense battering of ten thousand ton waves bearing down upon it. But that doesn’t stop you from being an urban surfer dude, and these watches will certainly put you in the mood to seek out a beach and dream of catching a wave.



    Animal Zepher Watch

    Animal make some of the coolest surfer gear available, and that extends to watches. Surprisingly the brand originates from Poole in Dorset, not a place noted for being cool or having big surf, but head back to the M5 and there is Cornwall where you can reliably freeze your nuts off surfing the grey high rollers any time of the year. This watch comes in a stainless steel case with a Velcro strap.  It has a screw down crown for great water protection and it’s water resistant to 200m. The indices and hour and minute hands are coated in Luminova for ease of visibility when the wave comes crashing down and you don’t know which way is up. Comes with a two year international guarantee $92.00.

    Ripcurl Bronx Leather Watch

    Victoria Australia is where this well known surfer gear brand was founded in 1969. The Ripcurl Bronx has a jewelled movement and is water resistant to 100 metres, but the engraved leatherwork on the strap might take a severe punishment in the surf. Very cool for the beach though if you don't mind the mother of all watch strap tan marks. $92.00





    Quiksilver Random Watch

    Quiksilver is a hugely popular surfer brand from Huntington Beach in California. The Random watch is made of stainless steel and has an expandable bracelet.  It tells the time, gives you the date, has a countdown timer for your ride through the surf, an alarm to catch the early wave and dual time so you know what time it is back in the real world, and of course water resistant, in this instance to 5atm. $139.99

     



    Nixon The Outsider Tide Digital Watch - Indigo

    A great digital watch for any water sportsman, enabling the tracking of tides alongside the benefits of digital dual time, chrono and timer display. Nixon is another cool American brand which combines world-class design with creative individuality. $139.99





    Billabong Maverick

    Billabong is yet another funky and well established surfer brand, this time from the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. But you can’t give up your day job just yet. This stainless steel chronograph, which includes full stopwatch capabilities from seconds to minutes to hours and splits, date, luminous hands, screw down crown, and tachymetre is going to set you back $600.00




    TechnoMarine Ceramic Chrono
    This is how the currently cool and suave take to the surf. TechnoMarine is a South of France brand that oozes confidence and style in a wide variety of sleek and cool looking watches. This 45mm Ceramic Chrono runs on a Swiss (probably ETA) automatic movement with a two tone titanium bezel. It’s water resistant to 200m and before it touches so much as a drop of the salty stuff, it’s going to set you back over $1,500.00.





    Reef Leather Fanning Flip Flops
    These Mick Fanning signature sandals were developed in association with the big Australian champion surfer dude himself. Features include a hidden bottle opener and a huge heel airbag. This is an incredibly comfortable sandal for the active layabout and a must have for your imaginary surfer sojourn. $75.00

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011


    Phone bids: Celsius X VI II for Only Watch 2011


    It looks a little like something an extra terrestrial would pull out of his pocket during an FBI shakedown. Unlike other watches that will be auctioned at the 2011 Only Watch charity event in Monaco on September 23rd, the Celsius X VI II cannot be worn on the wrist. It will however fit comfortably in your pocket.

    The timepiece combines the retro chic of a pocketwatch with a 21st century must have, a cell phone.

    The Celsius X VI II watch phone was released earlier in the year (priced at approximately – gasp! - $300,000) but the one that will be presented at the charity event is a one-off with a unique date feature.

    Numbers emerge as if from nowhere

    A first glance of the date display on the edge of the “watch” flap creates an instant, all-pervasive sense of mystery. The date numbers appears on a small screen, as if emerging from nowhere. They are in fact inscribed on a rotating cylinder nestled at the heart of the micromechanical movement, and they are projected thanks to the properties of optical fibres that conduct light.

    The glass used to display magnifies the top part of the date wheel gives the illusion that there is no wheel.

    Conceived by Celsius X VI II and developed by Chronode, the watch movement is based on a high-performance calibre powering the hours, minutes and pointer-type 50-hour power-reserve display functions, as well as the innovative date and dual timezone indications.

    Ahead of its time voice transfer technology

    The Celsius X VI II is equipped with a top-quality and durable French electronic communications platform. It incorporates a form of voice transfer technology that is regarded as fully mature, with no risk of obsolescence for decades to come.

    The watch/cellphone is extremely user-friendly thanks to an interface pared down to essentials. Crafted from PVD-treated titanium, quartz fibre and rubber, its creation was a major challenge for the designers whose task it was to resolve the various interference issues caused by such materials.

    A range of exclusive accessories

    The flowing lines are said to be inspired by the world of Formula 1 motor-racing, and the For Only Watch version echoes the colours of Monaco.  The Only Watch model also comes with a bunch of exclusive accessories created by the brand: LaBase (docking station), LeKit, the no-hands kit secured by a tie-pin style clip, LeFourreau, LaChaîne and LeHolster – all neatly presented in the ebony wood presentation box called LeCoffret and composed of three mechanically opening compartments.

    Some lucky playboy is going to have a fascinating new toy to play with in a couple of days time.

    Friday, September 16, 2011


    Only 5 made: GoS Vile Watch and Oden Knife set



    It’s not usually our habit to show weapons on Watchuseek, but in the case of the stunning new Gustaffson and Sjögren (GoS) matching  watch and knife set we decided to make an exception. The watch and knife share a new Damascus steel pattern that has been invented and developed by master bladesmith Johan Gustafsson.



     
    The Vile Watch and Oden Knife set

    The knife and watch are named Oden and Vile, after two brothers in Nordic mythology.

    The Vile watch case has lug screws in Damascus steel that match the trademark GoS oversized Damascus steel crown.

    Damascus steel is an ancient technique of forging steel, originally used to create blades for swords which are legendary for their sharpness and strength.

    The process of hand forging Damascus steel results in every forged piece containing patterns with a different character and personality. This means that every GoS watch is a one of a kind work of art.

    Prehistoric Baltic coral has similar patterns to the new damascus steel pattern and is the material that Johan chose for the knife handle. The pattern is called Wildflower, the characteristics of which are especially prominent in the watch dial.

    The Vile and Oden watch and knife set will be produced on order and limited to just 5 pieces. Johan's skills in steel colouring to the Damascus steel can allow for customisation where possible.

    The presentation box

    The Vile and Oden set comes in a beautiful GoS wooden presentation box. The boxes are individually crafted by Sture Nyberg, a local woodcraft artisan.

    The box is made using an ancient technique called "svepask" in Swedish and is so specific to the Baltic region that it does not even have an English name.

    The box is made of thin birch wood that is moisturised and bent over a round template. Birch root is then used to lock the shape with a seam. The box receives a darker tone by adding colour pigments to linseed oil. An additional wax coating is then added after the oil has dried. Hopefully you've been saving your pennies because to get your hands on one of these unique sets it's going to cost around $20,000.


    Specifications

    Watch - GoS Vile

    ● Case: 42mmx10mm
    ● Lug width: 22mm
    ● Glass: Flat sapphire glass
    ● Movement: Swiss manual ETA 6498
    ● Movement refinement: Refinished and improved by the swiss company Soprod.
    ● Dial: Handforged wildflower Damascus steel
    ● Index ring/rehaut: Handshaped and polished grade 5 titanium
    ● Hands: Polished silver finish
    ● Crown: 8mm in finegrained Damascus stainless steel
    ● Case finishing: All highgloss polished with Gustafsson & Sjögren logo on case side.
    ● Strap: Handcrafted in black reindeer leather with traditional Sami tinthread decorations


    Knife - GoS Oden

    ● Bladesize: 100 mm, 3.93 inches
    ● Style:Damascus folder
    ● Blade thickness: 3 mm, 0.12 inches
    ● Total size: 230 mm, 9.05 inches
    ● Blade: Wildflower damascus
    ● Bolsters: Wildflower damascus
    ● Handle: Prehistoric baltic coral
    ● Liners: Fileworked grade 5 titanium

    Presentation Box Watch and Knife set

    ● Individually crafted box in svepask technique of birch wood
    ● Colored with natural pigments mized in linseed oil
    ● covered with high grade natural wax and polished to a deep finish

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011


    Steel yourself: Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantième

    The Grande Seconde dial has been linked to the Jaquet Droz name since it was first created in 1785. The hours and minutes are positioned at 12 o’clock with a large seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, the two interlock to form the highly auspicious number 8. The dial has not changed in 300 years.

    New steel case


    New for 2011 is the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantième. This is the first time that the brand has offered a steel watchcase with which to encase the Grande Seconde dial and is the launch of two stunning black dials. One of features fine-brushed finishing on the indications. An extremely subtle red varnished tip on the pointer hand of the date indication contrasts with these new black dials.

    Perfect black coating

    Applied to watchmaking for the very first time, this process involves crafting all of the dial components from solid metal, then dipping them in a chemical bath to obtain a perfect black coating. This extremely painstaking operation brings out the beauty of the indicators, which can have a fine-brushed finish, creating a unique interplay of light and textures.







    Silvery -white dial

    Also available is an opaline dial, silvery white with contrasting blued steel hands. Inside these remarkable pieces is the Jaquet Droz 266OQZ, a self-winding calibre with two barrels providing a power reserve of 68 hours. The pieces are each presented on a hand crafted black alligator leather strap.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011


    HAUTLENCE finds a new home in La Chaux-de-Fonds

    In a move designed to ensure that all its production and creative facilities are housed under one roof, HAUTLENCE, the Neuchâtel watchmaking brand, is moving to the heart of the Swiss watch making metropolis: La Chaux-de-Fonds.

    The move means HAUTLENCE’S craftsmen will be able to challenge still further traditional watchmaking traditions and the reinterpretation of the mechanics of time.




    The new address

    If visiting top Swiss watch manufactures is your all consuming interest, enter this new address in your Blackberry:

    HAUTLENCE, Atelier D’Horlogerie Contemporaine, 150 Rue Numa Droz, La Chaux-De-Fonds.

    The name, an anagram of Neuchâtel, was founded in 2004 earning the approval of collectors and watch-lovers around the world.

    The brand draws its inspiration from the past, combining this with innovative mechanics to create new approaches to reading time. 11 specialists led by Guillaume Tetu, one of the brand's founders and its current CEO, are now working in departments which include Research and Design, Production, Assembly, Quality Control and after sales service.





    Talent at their fingertips

    The move to La Chaux-de-Fonds, ensures HAUTLENCE is now closer to a number of talented partners, including profile-turners, case-makers and dial-makers, as well as craftsmen in the arts of finishing and decoration such as hand-bevelling, guillochage and engraving.




    We will feature the new HAUTLENCE HL 2.0 collection in a future article.

    Monday, September 12, 2011


    Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro hands on



    In August we reported on the new colourways available for the Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro. Now, just a little over two weeks later, we are delighted to show you the watch hands on.

    Ernie Romers has thoroughly test driven the watch for you to judge how good it looks, and he’s so happy with it we might have a problem in getting it back off him!




    E
    xcellent design

    Having worn the watch for a couple of days, Ernie reports that he loves the hour hands and especially the clever second hand with the trident design. Talking of design and exciting new colourways, Ernie’s shirt is a design classic all of its own!







    Excellent strap

    Thanks to an excellent strap, available in rubber or as a steel bracelet, the watch fits comfortably on the wrist and is comfortable to wear throughout the day. Ernie proclaims it as more than a mere Rolex homage, it has a style all of its own. His only niggle was the crown which he felt is rather on the small side.





    Excellent quality


    Of course one of the key selling points of a Christopher Ward watch is the superb quality versus cost ratio. With the C60 Trident Pro you’re getting a quality Swiss-made watch inspired by the legendary 1954 Rolex GMT Master and yet the asking price is just US$676.

    The Trident Pro is powered by the ETA 2824 -2 Sellita SW200-1 movement and is water resistant to 300m. Just click on the pictures to view them in high res.

    CW C60 Trident Pro: key points




    Smart, functional presentation box

    Ernie feels the crown could be larger


    Comfortable strap, watch is just the right weight


    Secure clasp on strap


    Comes in two new colourways, charcoal and khaki, note cool trident shaped second hand


    Friday, September 9, 2011


    The essential reference: Collecting Rolex Milgauss, Yacht-Master,Turn-O-Graph, Explorer I, Explorer II

    The Rolex models no one has explored in such depth

    Rolex and its many benchmark models continue to be a passion for thousands of collectors and connoisseurs around the world. And few, if any experts know the intricacies of Rolex models better than Italian publisher Guido Mondani.

    To add to the comprehensive study of the world renowned brand, Guido Mondani Editore has just launched a new special limited edition dedicated to: “Collecting Rolex Milgauss, Yacht-Master, Turn-O-Graph, Explorer I, Explorer II”.

    Together with the “Rolex Submariner Story”, published by Guido Mondani Editore, this impressive publication represents the world’s largest book on Rolex watches, with a format of 31 x 41 cm.

    Intricate details on each model

    Guido Mondani’s relentless eye for detail ensures that all references are described right down to the smallest of features – important features often misunderstood and mistaken - which determine big price differences on the market, such as: the graphics and evolution of all types of dials, the hands, bezels, case back, different winding crowns, bracelets, calibres and the historical aspect of all models.

    The Milgauss, Yacht-Master, Turn-O-Graph, Explorer I and Explorer II watches have never before been described in such detail, but due to their increasing importance on the market, and following years of research and study, Guido Mondani Editore has decided to publish this comprehensive luxury guide. It’s destined to become the ultimate reference for Rolex collectors and enthusiasts the world over.

    L
    imited edition

    The limited edition of 2,000 copies makes this work even more rare and prestigious and is sure to become a hard-to-find collector’s item.

    Collecting Rolex Milgauss, Yacht-Master, Turn-O-Graph, Explorer I, Explorer II” is a fascinating and informative journey to discover the correct facts about some of the most desirable and sought after watches in the entire Rolex collection.

    About Guido Mondani Editore

    Founded in 1979, Guido Mondani Editore is a publishing house which specialises in haute horlogerie and has published several books which have become reference guides for dealers and collectors all over the world.

    Thanks to the experience and knowledge of its founder, Mondani Editore has carved a niche among collectors and enthusiasts who, year after year, follow the evolution of one the most famous brands in the world.



    Guido Mondani is one of the most knowledgeable Rolex collectors in the world - he has sold more Rolex watches from his private collection than most people will ever own.

    Editions tend to focus on Rolex and Patek Philippe. Each reference provides high quality images, detailed information and updated valuations. They are essential guides for anyone who wants to be or to become a watch expert.

    You can order your copy here

    Packed with dazzling high resolution photographs across 276 pages, “Collecting Rolex Milgauss, Yacht-Master, Turn-O-Graph, Explorer I, Explorer II” from Guido Mondani Editore will retail at around US$862.

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