It is no secret that Patek Philippe is one of my favorite brands and one that I am proud to wear frequently. In the last two years, we've seen the secondary market prices for Patek Philippe timepieces skyrocket like never before and it looks like this trend is not going anywhere. While Patek Philippe makes incredibly well made timepieces and most of their references are living icons of fine watchmaking, the current prices in the secondary market for the Nautilus ref. 5711/1A are just way out of control and have finally reached an unrealistic level. No matter how bad I want a watch, it is a matter of principle for me to not pay above retail.
Earlier this year on my 'Letter from the Editor' published in the third issue of Watch Collecting Lifestyle print magazine, I talked about Baselworld 2018 and its future. Back on March 22, 2018, Swatch Group was already sending alarming signals about pulling out of Baselworld and so did Breitling. Right after Baselworld 2018 was over, Georges Kern CEO of Breitling sent out a statement confirming their participation in Baselworld's 2019 edition; however, Swatch Group didn't confirm participating or not, until this weekend Nick Hayek CEO of the Swatch Group announced on a statement via the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung that his group of watch and jewelry companies would no longer be at Baselworld from 2019 onwards.
Four years ago, I never thought that today I would be writing this announcement for the first issue of Watch Collecting Lifestyle Magazine. Turning from watch collector to journalist and becoming a leading voice in the watch industry has been one helluva journey. Never in my wildest dreams, I would’ve imagined that in only four years, WatchCollectingLifestyle.com would’ve become one of the top luxury watch digital content destinations worldwide and that today, I would be bringing our readers our first print copy.
From the Editor: Presenting the Armin Strom Gravity Date Watch Collecting Lifestyle Edition Unique Piece. A Milestone in My Watch Life.
Today, I am humbled and honored to bring you this special feature. If you are an avid reader of WCL, you know that only a handful of times I've written stuff this personal. Well, just as promised throughout our Instragram and other social media accounts, here's the special feature on the Armin Strom Gravity Date Watch Collecting Lifestyle Edition Unique Piece that arrived this Tuesday after almost five months of wait.
From the Editor: How Swiss is Your 'Swiss Made' Watch? Explaining What 'Swiss Made' Really Entails and What it will Mean as of January 1, 2017.
The label 'Swiss Made' is perceived as one of the top deciding factors for one looking to buy a reputable reliable timepiece —unless you are fan of A. Lange & Söhne and 'Made in Germany' is the deciding factor. Since 1971, the designation ‘Swiss Made’ has protected and promoted the Swiss watchmaking industry and has been a synonym for certain level of perceived quality and reliability in the watch industry worldwide.