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A Week on the Wrist: The Panthère de Cartier
It is a risky business, recreating a brand icon. Comparisons are inevitable and not always flattering. In the case of the Panthère de Cartier, though, revived after almost 15 years, the company may have satisfied fans and new customers alike. That is what Hodinkee...  more
What to see at the Venice Biennale
“At the 57th Venice Art Biennale next month, expect Nigerian performance art, Welsh poetic audio-collage and a Chilean installation of 1,500 Mapuche masks,” Billionaire.com says in this guide to the venerable art show. “The art fair will feature 85 international...  more
Three new pens, perfect for summer writing from Aurora, Montegrappa, and Faber-Castell
New collections from three of the world’s top pen companies are smart choices to take along on business trips or vacations. Nancy Olson calls them a “pen wardrobe” for the summer, a complement for cruisewear, perhaps. Fountain pens are part of each range, with...  more
How to buy luxury watches for less
It seems to be an open secret that fewer people are paying retail prices for high-end watches. The growth of the gray market, as it is known, comes from too many watches and too few buyers, Stacy Perman says. “Websites like Jomashop.com advertise Omega Speedmasters at...  more
A Week on the Wrist: the Greubel Forsey GMT
Looking very little like a conventional watch, Greubel Forsey's GMT is a conversation piece for your wrist. Hodinkee editor Jack Forster had the opportunity to try one out for a week and reports that it wasn’t what he expected. “The funny thing about wearing the GMT...  more
The ultimate egg hunt
Fabergé Imperial Easter eggs—just 50 were made—are among the most coveted products of the pre-Revolutionary jeweler, valued in the multimillions of any currency. Less well known, but stunningly beautiful, are Fabergé’s Easter Egg pendants, highlighted by Sophie...  more
The smarter way to invest in art
Collecting art is not the best way to invest, unless you think that art is an alternative asset. For a layperson, there are too many ways to lose money on an illiquid item. That being said, Bloomberg art editor James Tarmy has some suggestions for taking a contrarian...  more
Photography: A gateway to collecting
Photography was late to be validated by art historians and the art market, and still lags behind painting in auction results. For a collector, this means that a significant collection of the best examples can be assembled for a fraction of a comparable painting or...  more
Editors’ Picks: The best everyday watches of Baselworld 2017
“The Baselworld dust is starting to settle and the show is officially over,” Hodinkee editor Stephen Pulvirent says, no doubt with some relief to be back in the office. “Thousands of new watches were shown, in basically every size, color, shape, and price, and they’ll...  more
Revisiting three modern perfume classics
The perfume business is founded on novelty—close to one thousand perfumes are introduced each year—but consumers can set their own pace and return to enduring scents of the past. One of the best known is Chanel No. 5, which has taken on iconic status since it was...  more
Hands On: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold
Attendees at the recent Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva saw dozens of new watches from 30 exhibitors, including several from Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak line. Of all the watches she saw, inspected, and tried on, the Royal Oak Frosted Gold...  more
Preservation of your art collection
Whether you think of the art you own as an investment or as a collection of beloved objects—or both—they should be protected. Adequate insurance is essential but every collector should know basic conservation practices. Beyond minimizing direct sunlight and...  more
The Patek Philippe 1518 in steel: video, photos, history, and thoughts
An auction record doesn’t happen often, even with auctions taking place every day all over the world. For watch auction records, Philipps In Association With Bacs and Russo has become the house associated with the best items, and at its most recent Geneva auction a...  more
Patek Philippe’s two new Nautilus models
It is a Back to the Future moment for Patek Philippe, as the luxury Swiss watchmaker releases two Nautilus sports models to mark the line’s 40th anniversary. One of the new watches is inspired by a large-for-the-time watch, nicknamed Jumbo, while the other is a...  more
Hands-On: The Fiona Krüger Celebration Skull Black
Just in time for Halloween, the Celebration Skull Black watch makes a statement like no other. LIke no other, that is, except for Fiona Krüger's other watches. The designer creates watches based on the images of the Mexican Day of the Dead, all in the shape of a skull...  more
My quest for the ultimate fountain pen: Part 2, the Italian period
Fountain pens are a fascinating anachronism in a digital age, though they are used around the world. Ballpoints, roller balls, and gel pens are all easier to use, and convenience rules the mass market, but for the fountain pen fan nothing else will do. From the myriad...  more
Four jewelers who added sparkle to the Biennale des Antiquaires
Jewelry used to be a significant attraction of the Biennalle des Antiquaires antique show in Paris. This year, however, the international jewelers opted out and were replaced by four somewhat less well known names who nevertheless impressed fairgoers. The four...  more
A snob’s guide to the world's flea markets
Thanks to the Internet, you can find nearly any sort of collectible you want without leaving home, even antiques and works of art. Convenience is appealing, but for adventurous collectors, clicking on a link will never replace the thrill of discovering that perfect...  more
Trending: Kaleidoscope gems
They’re bold, seemingly random mixtures of precious and semiprecious stones, bringing together every color of the spectrum. Inspired by the view into a kaleidoscope, designers are using new combinations of gems and settings to great effect. “It’s a joyful take on the...  more
New IRS Rule opens tax saving strategy to art collectors
Collectors like to see the value of their collections grow. It is an endorsement of their taste and acumen. But they should be careful about what they wish for: Any increase in value will be accompanied by a hefty tax bill when the time comes to sell. The numbers are...  more
12 mistakes new watch guys make, and how to avoid them (from someone who's been there)
Experience is the great teacher, and of course learning from someone else’s experiences is the best way to get a head start. For watch collectors, Hodinkee founder and editor in chief Benjamin Clymer offers the benefits of his immersion in the field in what he calls a...  more
Women’s watches with fashion-house flair
Women have worn wristwatches for more than a century, yet the fashion houses have been relatively late to the ball. Not that they haven’t produced watches, but their watches weren’t regarded as equal to the offerings from the top watch manufacturers. Thirty years...  more
Collectors Guide: 5 things to know about Himalayan bronzes
Tibet, Bhutan, and Nepal were once virtually inaccessible, closed to the outside world by their remoteness. Now, they are visited by more Westerners than ever, but the devotional artwork each country produced is still not widely collected. A recent auction of...  more
How to buy a Rolex and how to spot a fake
As popular as they are with collectors, Rolex watches have also inspired hosts of counterfeiters. Apparently new or purportedly collectible, fakes abound. “In fact,” J. A. Shapira says, “the fake Rolex watch industry’s earnings far exceed the sales of authentic Rolex...  more
Does hand finishing matter? A collector’s view of movement decoration
For many collectors a watch’s outer appearance and its performance are all that interest them. Gary G was such a collector, recalling, “when I first started buying watches, the whole concept of finishing was completely unknown to me.” In this article for Quill and Pad...  more