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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
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
Talking Watches: Howard Kendrick
Watch collector site Hodinkee’s popular Talking Watches feature lets readers spend time with serious collectors as they show off their favorite watches. The latest installment presents Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Howard Kendrick's collection, oriented to “tool...  more
The world's top art consultants
Brave new world or money jungle, the contemporary art market is no place to visit without a guide. Alec Baldwin's tale of being sold a copy of a painting shows that it can happen to anyone. To keep something like that from happening to you, consider one of the new...  more
Edgy, contemporary baroque pearl jewelry
Pearls have had a reputation for being lovely but somewhat staid. Black pearls have seen an increase in demand recently, and now baroque pearls have attracted the attention of jewelry designers. The pieces they create are “edgier with a touch of elegance,” jewelry...  more
A detailed survey of the split-seconds chronograph
To a wristwatch collector, the more features a watch has, the better. For chronographs, the most difficult watch to make, the most desirable feature—or complication, to use the watchmaker’s term—is the split-seconds. In essence, the split-seconds complication is the...  more
Inspiration: Ancient Egypt
Beyond pyramids and pharaohs, the imagery of ancient Egypt has a strong appeal. Now, jewelry designers are finding new ways to employ Egyptian motifs in what Cheryl Kremkow calls the “Egyptian Revival Revival.” Compared to the Egyptian Revival of the 1920s, inspired...  more
Why you should start collecting African art
African art and artists are on the rise, with adventurous collectors paying more attention in just the past few years to the many talented artists from the continent. Art shows and auction houses are promoting African art, including Art Basel Miami, the leading art...  more
The best cities for watch collectors
Planning a trip around a collecting passion may be one way to separate the serious collectors from the dilettantes. Hands-on contact with the objects is the only way to fully appreciate them, even in a time when the Internet has taken over so many interactions....  more
High jewellery with millennial attitude
Even in the seemingly stable world of jewels and gems, hints of a new approach to jewelry can be discerned. “[T]oday, jewellers find themselves at a pivotal moment, facing changes fuelled principally by the need to appeal to a new and very different generation of...  more
Commissioning classical music
Los Angeles’ classical music community is relatively new compared to those of East Coast cities, but it is active and growing. New music is especially prominent, with performing groups sponsoring programs that link composers and patrons. “You have this very strong...  more