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Simon De Burton is witnessing the global auction business burst back into life with world records likely to tumble at the autumn sales in New York, London, Dubai and Hong Kong. But all eyes will be inexorably drawn to Geneva for the blockbuster deals this season as unique lots go under the hammer from the likes of Patek Philippe, F. P. Journe and Philippe Dufour.
Having been postponed twice since its original release date of April 2020, the 25th James Bond movie, No Time To Die, was finally released at the end of September. Simon de Burton revisits the watches that have become as much a part of Bond's essential operational equipment as an Aston Martin and a dry martini.
Nine out of the top ten prices paid at auction so far this year have been for Patek Philippe watches.
Simon de Burton takes a look under the hood of the McLaren’s Speedtail hypercar and its timekeeping sibling the RM40-01.
Simon de Burton recalls halcyon days cruising a windswept Scarborough seafront; sparking up a doobie, perhaps, using a Cartier lighter AND cocooned in a Cartier edition Lincoln Continental.
Too many in the prestige watch industry have forgotten that scarcity and exclusivity increase desirability and outright lust among collectors, which is why, as Simon de Burton reports, marques like Philippe Dufour and F. P. Journe are challenging established giants for premium prices at auction. 
We all know that cars and watches go together like a horse and carriage, and that many car people are watch people too, but how similar to the classic car market is the vintage/pre-owned watch market becoming? Financial Times...


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