What it's Worth
A tour of the public galleries at Sotheby's New York is not a heartening endeavor for the weak of wallet. The anterooms of this Manhattan institution -- rooms that are free and open to all visitors -- must make up one of the world's most extraordinary museums, by measure of the sheer volume of antiques, paintings, memorabilia, furniture and jewelry that passes through each week en route to the...
Surfing on the Internet, one can land in any part of the world to grab a great piece of art. The Internet proves to be big business for artists and gallery owners who are handy with HTML codes. Unfortunately, in any great ocean of information there are always the sharks circling for a bite.
In late July Financire Richemont, a holding company for costly Swiss watch brands, paid $1.86 billion to acquire Les Manufactures Horlogres, another Swiss watchmaker. The price works out to nearly nine times sales. Was it fancy technology that Richemont got?
Jeffrey Hess knew he was onto something last month when a "picker" - a sort of scout for antiques dealers - called to report he had found a fountain pen with snakes on it. "He (the picker) had found it in Orlando," Hess said. "I told him, `You offer him $12,500, and I'll give you a $2,000 finder's fee.' "
Sotheby's is building a network of dealers for its Internet auctions that will include Hess Fine Art on Fourth Street. Hess Fine Art on Fourth Street is a charter member of a dealer network that Sotheby's, the world-renowned auction house, is building for its Internet auctions.
In the current world of horology - or rather what passes for horology in this modern day world of what is more often closer to branding than science - Mr. Kiu Tai Yu stands out in a most unusual fashion....
Michael Harer has a vision. His brand, J. Chevalier, has been around for over 20 years and started, as many watch companies before his, by producing watches for "everyman."
All men have a bit of "Explorer" in them. I guess that is why, in a modern world, a man feels so comfortable wearing a Rolex! But why does the "Explorer" retain its popularity even now as we enter the 6th decade of its existence?
As a watch collector, I am always on the lookout for small watch brands that have an unusual look, a feel that is substantial and a bit of flair for the dramatic. As a small retailer - always looking to improve my watch lines - I look for up-and-coming brands that produce watches that are very saleable and that in telling their story actually help me to sell that brand.
It seems as if just about every watch company in the world wants to stake a bit of claim for the invention of the automatic wristwatch. The reason they all want to do so is quite simple. Our grandfathers (and for many of us baby boomers, our fathers) had little or no access to automatic wristwatches.