Chronolytics recently published its list of the Top 10 luxury watch brands – atop the list: Rolex, Omega, and Breitling. No surprises there!
Check out the entire list below. What do you think?
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Today we gleaned some interesting new insights into the watchmaking business thanks to this Forbes.com article we happened to stumble upon. The guru of watches / author of (one of our top watch blogs) A Blog to Watch, Ariel Adams, interviews one of the most prestigious luxury horology brands in the world, A. Lange & Sohne, about the watchmaking process, and the time it takes a team of skilled craftsmen to meticulously build a single timepiece.
How long would YOU guess it takes to build one single watch for A. Lange & Sohne?
The Answer: Between 3 to 18 months depending on the complication of the movement and design.
That’s a LONG time to spend PER watch. Which got us to thinking about the similarities between watchmaking and the world of fine art. The extensive amount of time, painstaking effort, as well as skill and attention to detail required to craft (by hand!) a single luxury watch, or piece of art, is certainly reflected in the price. Then take into consideration what it would cost you for, say, a Pablo Picasso drawing- and suddenly it is not all that surprising to see an A. Lange & Sohne watch that’s priced at $75,000 or more.
At the end of the day, this article is definitely worth the read (it obviously got us thinking!) so to learn more- hop on over to Forbes.com and check out the full thing here!
We LOVE Kerry Washington (almost as much as we love her character of Olivia Pope on ABC’s Scandal… if you’re not watching on Thursday nights, well, you should be) and last night’s Golden Globes red carpet interview with the E! Fashion Police gave us even more reason to love her!
Check out the amazing vintage Movado watch Kerry wore, and couldn’t stop gushing over during her chat with E!’s own Giuliana Rancic. We definitely agree with the starlet and her stylist, that it was the perfect accessory to offset the equally fabulous, beaded Miu Miu gown Washington donned for the awards.
Thanks to E!’s “Mani Cam” (see below), we were able to get a visual close-up of the timepiece… and it’s pretty apparent that this is really more a piece of fine jewelry than a functional watch- which, of course, got us to thinking about the current trend of oversized / men’s style watches on women…
Is the increased appearance of vintage watches on the red carpet indicative of things to come? Are we about to see a major shift back in favor of smaller, lady-like pieces? Or are these petite vintage watches just another fleeting celebrity fashion trend?
(Photos c/o PR Photos // Top: Kerry Washington at the 2013 Golden Globes: Miu Miu dress; Prada clutch & shoes; Fred Leighton bracelet; Vintage Movado watch // Bottom: Diane Kruger at the 2012 Met Gala: Prada gown; Vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre art-deco watch)
We know that many of you would never consider buying a luxury watch on eBay. We get it. There are countless horror stories. Having said that, the vast majority of eBay sellers are legit and offer great products and services. For those of you who do (or would) buy luxury watches on eBay, we’d love to hear your bidding strategy. Please answer our survey question below.
Many of the luxury watches for sale through eBay are Buy-it-Now/Best Offer listings. What is your initial bidding strategy for those listings? (Choose the one option that best describes your strategy)
The Bravo reality series, which now includes affluent women from 7 different US cities, provided us with some of the greatest watch-spotting opportunities of 2012. In the era of Reality Television, just about anyone can reach “celebrity” status (Honey Boo Boo anyone?) but these ladies are the only ones still able to entice us to “watch” on.
Bieber might’ve been snubbed for a 2013 Grammy nomination but that doesn’t mean he didn’t earn high marks with the eRelyx team. We think 2012 saw a lot of growth from the Biebs, including his graduation from a Casio G-Shock to a real man’s watch- this gold Rolex Daytona.
Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrity ambassador Diane Kruger is one of the most diligent representatives of a luxury watch brand out there. We rarely see her walking a red carpet without a JLC timepiece on her wrist, and she’s even got her long-term boyfriend Joshua Jackson wearing Jaeger-LeCoultre as well, making Kruger one of our favorite celebs to watch in 2012.
2012 was a good year for the Supermodel mom who landed a gig hosting NBC’s successful new series, Fashion Star, and was all over our red-carpet radar wearing a gold Rolex Daytona. We were certainly happy to get to see more of the stunning, ageless Elle and her equally timeless, great-looking watch (one of our favorites) out on the town together.
From start to finish, 2012 was pretty much Jay-Z’s year. January saw the birth of Blue Ivy Carter- the hip-hop mogul’s first child with wife, Beyonce, (and one of the most buzzed-about celebrity babies, maybe ever) and in December the self-proclaimed king of hip-hop received this diamond-crusted Hublot as a 43rd birthday gift from his queen. While Jay and B both say they’ll be retiring from the biz (we’ve heard that one before) in 2013- we sure hope they don’t stay away too long.
Just as a holiday treat for those of you reading at home, we’re giving you a special look at some of the best, and most candid, shots from our eRelyx photo shoot this past Monday with our gorgeous spokesmodel, Jen Welsh.
We have to thank the team at Alton Lane- a bespoke men’s clothier- who generously offered us the use of their awesome showroom, located on Boston’s famous Newbury Street (91 Newbury Street, to be exact). Keep them in mind if you’re in Boston area, or- if you’re anything like us and still working on that Christmas shopping- a custom fitting makes a great gift for any guy on your list! For more details, visit Alton Lane’s website here.
Also be sure to check out our favorite eRelyx watches from the shoot (below)- all of which would make a gift that someone special (or you!) is sure to love. Plus, you can still get that gift by Christmas when you order by 2pm (EST) Thursday 12/20!
Very interesting article on online consignment: Click here for the full NYT article on online consignment.
Here’s the summary: Buying and selling pre-owned/used products online is great. It gives buyers access to products that they might not be able to find at their local consignment shops. For sellers, it expands the potential pool of buyers allowing for a quicker sale and/or higher prices.
However, on the buyer side, how do you know that you’re getting what you paid for? Maybe the seller is overstating their item’s condition (as was the case with the Christian Louboutins discussed in the article). Seems like that would be in the seller’s best interest, no? Or worse, what if the item you’re buying is not authentic?
Enter the trusted third party – eRelyx, ThredUp, Hello La Mode, The RealReal, etc.
A few months ago Departure Magazine wrote an article titled The Art of Collecting – Ten to Invest In. Their selections focused on modern watches that are likely to hold their value (or increase in value) over time. The list included everyday wearers like the Rolex Submariner and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak as well as “lock ‘em up in the vault” pieces like the Blancpain Carrousel Volant Une Minute and the Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’Art-Les Univers Infinis.
Here’s the full list. Do you agree? Disagree?
Rolex Submariner No Date – $7,500
Patek Philippe Ref. 5270G – $176,300
Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’Art-Les Univers Infinis – $120,000
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 1931 Rouge – $9,000
Audemars Piguet Extra-Thin Royal Oak – $22,500
Piaget Altiplano Skeleton – $60,000
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Minute Repeater – $270,000
Tag Heuer Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Carrera – $4,900
Blancpain Carrousel Volant Une Minute – $202,000
A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Up-Down – $87,400
If you like the classic stuff, we recommend this amazing and rare Rolex Pre-Daytona Chronograph Ref. 6238 with a Tiffany dial. It’s available on eRelyx at a very reasonable price (that is sure to increase over time). Click here for more details.
We recently discovered while googling “eRelyx Boston” or “eRelyx Reviews” that our company place page, complete with all the positive customer feedback we’ve obtained over our the last 2+ years we’ve been in business, no longer exists!
While we wait for Google to (hopefully) workout whatever bug caused “eRelyx Inc.” to disappear from their local pages- we’re doing the best we can with what is a very unfortunate situation, by directing you here, to this blog post, instead.
So in the meantime, we at least have some screenshots to show that we did, once in fact, have a proper Google Local page and plenty of positive feedback on that page supporting the fact that we are real people, who have, and continue to work hard to provide you with the best in customer service and satisfaction.
We also encourage you to take a look at our website’s testimonials page where we have real feedback from real customers on their experience with eRelyx.