5 Timepieces To Start Your Watch Collection, As Told By An Expert
1/5 IWC Schaffhausen's Big Pilot in rose gold
Now discontinued, the notorious Big Pilot's watch in rose gold comes with a blue Arabic dial and seven-day power reserve. It's a strong timepiece with which to start your collection. Initially produced as a highly-legible timepiece for pilots and navigators in the air force, it has become a modern classic crafted using precious metals. This limited edition is a collection definer and will surely catch the eye of any nearby horologist. Insider tip: Be sure to check the warranty guarantee when purchasing limited editions.
2/5 Tudor's Heritage Black Bay Ref 79230R
If you’re thinking about dipping a toe into the world of luxury watch collecting, the Tudor Black Bay is a classic timepiece you won't regret. Tudor takes inspiration from parent company Rolex for this diver's watch, which comes with a new in-house movement that's housed in a contemporary case size. This is a highly-respected brand, and subsequently the Black Bay is an easy piece to part exchange as your collection matures and expands.
3/5 Patek Philippe's Grand Complications Ref 5270G Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
No serious collection is complete without one of these beauties––but you need to find one first! Since 1941, Patek's perpetual calendar chronographs have been regarded by collectors as watchmaking's crown jewels. Produced in famously small numbers, a grand complication combines multiple complications into one watch. In this case, a chronograph, perpetual calendar and moonphase are all housed together. It’s a sophisticated choice for any watch connoisseur, and would be considered a champion piece in anybody's collection.
4/5 Vacheron Constantin's Vintage Ref 44005
Tracking down an eye-catching vintage timepiece is an adrenaline rush for many. And as you dive deeper and deeper into the world of collecting, you start to go back in time when researching the story of each watch. This lavish vintage Vacheron Constantin comes in yellow gold, which was a trend in the 1970s and 80s. Watchmakers including Rolex and Patek Philippe started making beautifully complicated bracelets using brushed gold, which echoed jewellery designs from the Roman period. This timepiece was produced in 1981, and will ensure all eyes are on your wrist at Hong Kong's next gala event. Make sure that whenever you're buying a vintage piece, the seller gives you access to authentication papers, as well as a brand-accredited service centre.
5/5 Rolex's Cosmograph Daytona
According to our data research at Watchfinder & Co, the single most sought-after watch in Hong Kong is the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. Introduced in 1963, Rolex designed the watch in the hopes that it could compete with the already popular Omega Speedmaster, which ended up becoming the first watch worn on the moon. Although the Cosmograph Daytona was sadly passed over, it's since secured itself as the go-to watch for celebrities and sportspeople, including Paul Newman and Fernando Alonso. This has helped maintain the model's financial value, making it an attractive choice for your new collection.
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