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Carry ‘the brains of a genius’

09 October 2023

The British scientific author David Salomons (1851-1925) – one-time owner of the world’s largest private collection of Breguet watches and clocks – said “to carry a fine Breguet watch is to feel that you have the brains of a genius in your pocket”.

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News in brief including an auction record for any British timepiece

19 June 2023

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the auction of a Roger Smith pocket watch.

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Time to consider pocket watches as a collecting option

19 June 2023

Recent auction results in Germany and Switzerland give a snapshot of the market beyond wristwatches

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Pocket watches that pack a punch

05 June 2023

Portable timekeepers full of collectable appeal need not be just those worn on the wrist

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Pocket watch expert’s exceptional collection catches the eye at Bonhams

15 May 2023

Some exceptional pocket watches were offered for sale at Bonhams in Knightsbridge on May 11.

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Exceptional 18th century pocket watch is among five lots to watch

08 May 2023

With estimates from £400, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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By Markwick Markham… or not

16 January 2023

English names from a defunct clock manufactory were used for familiarity in an export market

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The web shop window: An early watch dating from c.1640

28 November 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Time waits for no-one at French auction

05 September 2022

'Une histoire du temps' (a history of time) is the title of the sale to be held by Aguttes in Neuilly on September 28.

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Why pocket watches sit in a tricky space in horological collecting

06 December 2021

In contrast to the red-hot trade in vintage and modern wristwatches, the market for antique pocket watches appears very low key. However, as demand for the better-quality pieces remains robust, not all are destined for the scrapheap. Richard Fox reports

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Pocket watch and chain mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses comes to Bonhams

26 October 2021

A 18ct gold hunter case pocket watch and chain referred to in James Joyce’s masterpiece as the action takes place across a single day is up for sale at Bonhams in Paris on November 4.

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Valuable watches stolen in ‘brazen theft’ at Cheshire antiques centre

19 August 2021

Cheshire Police has issued CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with a theft at an antiques centre in Northwich.

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Watchmaker to the royal family

10 May 2021

Little is known about the biography of the German watchmaker Sigismund Rentzsch, who came to London in the early 19th century, where he set up a workshop.

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Plea to help track down stolen Daniel Quare pocket watch

20 March 2021

A Daniel Quare pocket watch has gone missing in transit and its owner hopes the trade may help locate it.

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Collectors vie for Breguet gold watch which belonged to a Tolstoy

01 March 2021

Abraham Louis Breguet is generally considered to be the greatest watchmaker of all times, responsible for numerous inventions, which revolutionised the art.

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It’s Tompion time in Birmingham

01 March 2021

Although Thomas Tompion (1639-1713) is often referred to as the Father of English Clockmaking, his talents were not just limited to clocks.

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Pocket watches demand rockets

08 February 2021

Dealers’ online retail site reveals the pocket watches collecting market has become one of the biggest growers.

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Rare George III watch barred from leaving country in hope it can be bought by a UK buyer

03 February 2021

A £2m pocket watch once owned by George III has been temporarily blocked from export to give a UK institution the chance to purchase it.

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Plea to help find presidential pocket watch stolen from London dealer

17 December 2020

The trade has been asked to look out for a 14ct gold pocket watch that was stolen on December 12 from a gallery in Camden Passage in Islington, London.

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Mudge and Dutton cased pocket watch ticks boxes at Golding Young & Mawer

16 November 2020

A George III gold pair cased pocket watch gave a strong start to the Golding Young & Mawer (20% buyer’s premium) November 4 sale (brought forward a day to avoid lockdown restrictions).