Photo Report: RedBar Chicago

If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for reminiscing and documenting backstories. The pictures in this post do just that. They were taken by various members of the Commonwealth Crew over the past (almost) two years. Some were shot with cameras, but most with just a cameraphone. But what they all have in common is they were all shot in the presence of friends and all “for the love of Horology.”

Full Set: Steel Laurent Ferrier No. 1

Daniel showed me a particular Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor – pointing out its steel case. This particular watch represents the first time Ferrier put together a steel case and red gold dial. That’s why the caseback is engraved “No. 1” to signify the first rendition of this combo – for Swiss FineTiming.

Winning Bid: Leslie Hindman Fine Timepieces

Over the past three years Leslie Hindman has grown the fine timepieces arm of their business by separating watches from their jewelry sales. Traditionally they hold two Fine Timepiece auctions a year. The response to timepieces-only auctions, from both existing and new clients, has been overwhelming. So much so that this year they’re having a third sale, which is happening next week, on Monday December 7th.

Hard Work Paid Off: Andrew’s JLC

The feature you’re about to read wasn’t written by me (Nick). The words are by new contributor Andrew Lim, a budding fine timepiece collector who hails from Down Under, but now lives in Chicago. As the inaugural year of Watch Patina winds down, and I anticipate what’s in store for 2016, l’m excited at the possibility of having…

On His “A” Game: Bill’s Royal Oak 5402

If you’re a regular Watch Patina reader, then you remember last month’s story about Josh’s 40th Anniversary Royal Oak. Up this week is Bill, and he’s brought along the original Royal Oak “Jumbo,” arguably one of the Seven Wonders of the Watch World. And, as if that wasn’t enough, Bill’s also sharing three Universal Genève Compaxes…

Impeccable Timing: Josh’s Royal Oak

Is one of the first things you notice about people the watch on their wrist? Do you get as excited for a new episode of HODINKEE’s “Talking Watches” as you do about a three-day weekend? These are some telltale symptoms of “watch fever.” And believe me…once diagnosed with a case, it’s impossible to shake it. Josh — better…

Time Keeper: John & F.P. Journe

Most people would agree that a collector has some degree of emotional attachment to the objects they amass – sometimes even a deep-psychological reason for accumulating things. Unfortunately, when we hear about a collector or see their prized possessions, we tend to focus on the rarity and value of the items. The reasons for collecting…

In Patek He Trusts: Alex’s Nautilus

Any true watch lover would agree that along with death and taxes, the only other certainty in life is that a Patek Philippe will appreciate in value. For this reason – and countless others – owning a timepiece from this esteemed brand is an aspiration for most, if not all, watch collectors. A Patek Philippe can enter…