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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
Phillips announces its next themed sale, this time dedicated to all things Heuer
An upcoming auction has Heuer watch collectors more than a little excited. Because it is organized by Bacs & Russo at Phillips, who were responsible for the record-setting Day-and-Date and Rolex Milestones sales, it is something like a seal of approval for the...  more
It’s not trendy, but this is the best deal in art right now
Bloomberg art editor James Tarmy has some advice for collectors: “The first rule of collecting is that you should like what you get. You’ll be living with it, after all.” The next rule is, “If you’re looking for a return on your art purchase, look for art that is out...  more
My 2017 SIHH highlights
Of the two annual watch trade shows, Baselworld and the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), it is the SIHH a select group of luxury manufacturers. Baselworld, on the other hand, presents more than 1,500 exhibitors, including such top brands as Rolex,...  more
Organic alchemy: Raw, rustic jewelry
“There is a movement, picking up steam, that celebrates jewelry in an organic style,” jewelry designer and blogger Monica Stephenson says. “This is not an old-school ideal of precision and alignment, polish and perfection, down to the inclusion-free gemstones so...  more
Collector’s World: Paul Maudsley
For a watch collector, overseeing the ultimate watch department of a major auction house would be a kid in a candy store situation. Phillips’ International Watch Specialist, Paul Maudsley, is that candy-store dweller, a life-long collector who has “handled over 30...  more
Works produced after artists’ deaths pose challenges for collectors
Just as Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, and Prince make money after they die, many artists produce works posthumously. Oil paintings are out of the question, but prints and sculptures can be issued for decades after their creator left the studio. As Daniel Grant...  more
The quest for my ultimate fountain pen, part 3: The luxury brand period
The world of fountain pens is vast, with scores of manufacturers competing to produce the one pen you cannot live without. No wonder that it can take years for a collector to find his ultimate pen, as Martin Green has chronicled for Quill and Pad. In the last...  more
What it’s like to get your grail watch: The story of my Louis Cartier tank
For dedicated collectors, finding their most wanted item, or grail, would be something like a mountain climber completing an ascent of Mt. Everest. The goal is attainable, but requires years of focused effort. According to Quill & Pad editor Martin Green, these...  more
Fountain pen sales are surging
Along with long-playing records, mechanical watches, and paper checks, fountain pens are analog survivors in what is otherwise the digital age. And as is the case with LPs, sales have risen steadily for the last 10 years, falling only in 2009. Bloomberg Pursuits...  more
Meet the curator of the best watch collection in the world
Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe is proud of its nearly two century-old heritage, and justifiably so. Some of the most valuable watches in the world, and arguably some of the most beautiful, are Patek Philippes. If collectors are just a little jealous of the curator...  more
Talking Watches With: Morgan King
Part of the pleasure in collecting comes from sharing your collection with a fellow collector. Wristwatch website Hodinkee makes that pleasure more social with its “Talking Watches With” feature, one of the most popular it produces. In the current installment,...  more
An engaging e-store of emerging art
Absolut has been involving artists in its advertising campaigns for many years, and now raising that involvement to another level. Absolut Arts launched in Europe last year with more than 100 young artists, and recently made its collection available in the United...  more
Talking scents with perfume pioneer Roja Dove
Roja Parfums is a newcomer to the perfume industry but Roja Dove, its creator, has more than 30 years’ experience working with scents. He began at the top with Guerlain, where he developed a course in perfume for the staff and was named Professeur de Parfum and...  more
Coping with art’s ‘Oops!’ factor
When you’re ready to dip your toe in the art market, be sure you’re prepared. Art doesn’t come with a user’s guide and many contemporary pieces can be challenging to care for properly. “A length of string, 60 tons of scrap metal, flowing water, food, and even dust...  more
Talking Watches: With Spike Feresten
Hodinkee’s “Talking Watches” is an opportunity to visit with watch collectors and hear the stories behind their favorite pieces. Some are unique, some are rare, and some are personal grail items. “Spike” Feresten, subject of the most recent installment, is a comedy...  more
Collector profile: Eleanore and Domenico De Sole
If Eleanore and Domenico De Sole’s names are familiar to art collectors, it is a result of the couple’s suit against Knoedler Gallery for selling them a fake Rothko painting, settled in their favor after three weeks of testimony and extensive media coverage. Perhaps...  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
Talking Watches: With Jeff Stein
Heuer is a historic watch brand with a car racing connection and a host of dedicated collectors around the world. For Heuer and Tag Heuer watch collectors, OnTheDash is the website to visit. It has been online for 15 years, and its creator, Jeff Stein, has a notable...  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 my 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
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
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
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