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IWC Portuguese vs. Portugieser

It’s difficult to update anything that already has a great formula for success. In the automotive world, for example, Porsche decided to update the 911 with more gadgetry like electronic steering, and hardcore enthusiasts were outraged.

That same level of outrage sometimes occurs in the horological world. When IWC announced this year at SIHH that the Portuguese, known now as the Portugieser collection, was a core focus this year, I have to admit I was a slightly concerned. read more

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Only Watch 2015 Preview

On Nov. 7, an extraordinary collection of one-of-a-kind watches will be up for auction in Geneva and ready for the highest bidder. It is an incredible opportunity to bid on forty-three unique watches in which the proceeds will benefit the Monaco Association Against Muscular Dystrophy to help fund research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare genetic neuromuscular disease affecting one birth in 3,500. read more

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Pre-Owned Spotlight with Govberg Jewelers

Govberg Jewelers is back for iW’s weekly Pre-Owned Spotlight series. Check out 10 more pre-owned timepieces from the Leading Watch Retailer’s ever-rotating complete inventory. Stop by next Saturday for the latest in pre-owned shopping. For direct assistance with any of the watches listed call their Concierge department directly at: 888-885-7552. read more

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Sotheby’s Important Watches Sale

On June 11, in New York, timepieces spanning the years from 1760 to 2015 garnered Sotheby’s its highest-ever total for a “various-owner” sale of Important Watches, achieving $12.5 million. An admirable 88.8% of the lots were sold, and the sale estimate was $6.5 to $10 million.

Twenty-two Swiss enameled automata from a private collection formed the centerpiece of the auction, together bringing $6.1 million. These exquisite examples of fine craftsmanship at the hands of noted makers like Jaquet-Droz and Piguet and Maylan, from the golden age of Swiss watchmaking during the Industrial Revolution, brought to life the marriage of technology and artistry that was a hallmark of that era. read more

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Ralph Lauren’s Auto Collection Inspires Timepieces

When one thinks of Ralph Lauren, fashion immediately leaps to mind—as in clothing, accessories and yes, watches. Perhaps less known is that the award-winning designer is also a passionate car aficionado, with a collection of rare automobiles that number more than seventy. And while the autos surely effect pride and pleasure—Lauren’s cars have won “Best in Show” numerous times at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance—they also influence his fashion aesthetic. read more