Luxury watch buyers and watch collectors join Tim Mosso for a night of discussion; Rolex, Omega, Audemars Piguet, and Patek Philippe headline our main feature for the evening; rehab for luxury watches. Along with Chopard, these brands have issued a series of well-made but poorly received products; the Rolex Cellini Prince; Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Survivor; Patek Philippe 5091 “Sculpture”; Omega De Ville Hour Vision; Chopard L.U.C. 16/1860. None of these are inferior timepieces, but all carry image and reputational baggage that has discouraged watch buyers from seeking these models. Tonight, Tim evaluates the prospects for these Swiss watch flameouts and which timepieces can expect to rise or ride the pine down the line. We discuss dive watches – specifically, dive watch clasps – and Tim shares his favorites from Tudor watches, Omega watches, and Rolex. The “Time to Run” feature stars two off-key IWC watch listings; one is a bogus IWC Pilot’s Chronograph, and one is a real IWC Aquatimer hilariously overpriced given its damaged condition. Tim responds to a viewer question about why watch collectors don’t seem to respect Panerai; the answer is complicated. First, Panerai touts a combat heritage that seems at odds with its reality of luxury living for the wealthy. Second, Panerai’s claim to be a true movement manufacture is clouded by the involvement of Jaeger-LeCoultre and Richemont’s white-label movement specialist, Valfleurier. Third, Panerai’s public image is associated with action heroes like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Jason Statham; not everyone buys into this lifestyle pitch. Finally, Johann Rupert, Richemont’s controlling shareholder, has spoken of Panerai as his “single greatest” profit-driver; this implies low production costs relative to retail prices of Panerai watches. Is a Panerai Luminor just a fashion watch? Tim acknowledges the criticism and pushes back against Panerai’s critics. The Swatch Group’s withdrawal from Baselworld 2019 has sent shockwaves around the Swiss luxury watch industry. Tim offers his analysis and recommends a superb article on the topic written by Ablotowatch’s Ariel Adam. All of this and watch collector wrist shots will be live this evening on Watches Tonight!
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