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Perfect Bvlgari Men’s Watches for Father’s Day 2018

Father’s Day, which is celebrated this year on June 17, is just a perfect occasion to mark the contribution that our fathers have made to our lives. It is also a great opportunity to give the father or father-like figure something very special and memorable. While most common Father’s Day gifts include various electronic gadgets, clothing, different sports items, tools for household maintenance, and outdoor cooking supplies, some people choose more luxurious items to celebrate this important day. In such a case, what can be better than high-end watches produced by the world’s leading manufacturers? For example, each of the following Bvlgari men’s watches is an ideal choice for Father’s Day 2018!

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Sandblasted

The Octo Finissimo Automatic Sandblasted is the latest version of the iconic Bvlgari model that won the prestigious Men’s Watch Prize at the 2017 edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve. This innovative and timeless example of the best Bvlgari men’s watches now comes in an extra-thin sandblasted stainless steel case with a cool stainless steel dial.

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Sandblasted Ref. 103035

Bvlgari Bvlgari Carbon Gold

Enclosed in a carbon resin-coated case with gold elements and the legendary double logo on the bezel, the Bvlgari Carbon Gold is definitely one of the coolest Bvlgari men’s watches available for sale today. Besides, it is equipped with a powerful automatic movement visible through the transparent back.

Bvlgari Bvlgari Carbon Gold Ref. 102632

Bvlgari Diagono Magnesium Chronograph

The Bvlgari Diagono Magnesium Chronograph is just an ideal choice for those who love modern sports high-end watches. Besides, this exceptional piece of the renowned Bvlgari Diagono series is all about innovative materials. The fact is that it comes in a cool magnesium and PolyEtherEtherKetone (PEEK) case that is additionally complemented by a ceramic bezel and a stylish rubber strap.

Bvlgari Diagono Magnesium Chronograph Ref. 102305

Bvlgari Bvlgari Solotempo

Combining bold Italian design with a Swiss-made automatic mechanical movement, the Bvlgari Solotempo is another excellent example of the best Bvlgari men’s watches for Father’s Day. This timeless model comes in a stainless steel case and features a beautiful blue dial surrounded by the iconic bezel with double Bvlgari inscription.

Bvlgari Bvlgari Solotempo Ref. 102396

Bvlgari Octo Roma

One more perfect luxury watch to celebrate Father’s Day is the Bvlgari Octo Roma. Enclosed in a distinctive stainless steel case with a silver dial and equipped with an in-house automatic mechanical movement, it is both highly contemporary and classic to meet any taste and style.

Bvlgari Octo Roma Ref. 102779

These were the best Bvlgari men’s watches for Father’s Day 2018! Wishing you a perfect day with lots of good memories!

Top 5 Best Skeleton Watches

Some people prefer classic timepieces. Some people love high-end designer watches. Some people opt for stylish and bold sports models to match their active lifestyle. However, when it comes to dedicated connoisseurs of Haute Horlogerie, there is nothing better than luxury skeleton watches revealing the inner works of the complicated mechanism as much as possible. Luckily, a variety of skeletonized timepieces is truly impressive, with a sophisticated model to match any taste and budget. In this blog post, let’s look at some of the best skeleton watches introduced by the leading watchmakers in recent years!

1. Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’Art Mecaniques Ajourees

Inspired by the 19th-century European railroad stations with their distinctive railway clocks, airy vaults, and Gothic arches, the Metiers d’Art Mecaniques Ajourees is, without a doubt, one of the best skeleton watches by Vacheron Constantin. This model comes in an 18k white gold case and features a hand-winding mechanical movement stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva.

Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’Art Mecaniques Ajourees Ref. 82020/000G-9925

2. Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon

The Executive Skeleton Tourbillon by Ulysse Nardin is another excellent example of the best skeleton watches introduced in recent years. Available in different materials and colors, this horological masterpiece is distinguished by its innovative hand-winding flying tourbillon movement visible through the completely transparent dial.

Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon Ref. 1712-139

3. Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero Double Flying Tourbillon

Combining exclusive design with the recognizable color codes of Pirelli and incredible mechanical movement with two flying tourbillons, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero Double Flying Tourbillon is definitely one of the best skeleton watches ever. This exclusive titanium model is limited to only 8 pieces worldwide.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero Double Flying Tourbillon Ref. RDDBEX0643

4. Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition

Created with love for detail, the Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition by Glashütte Original is also among the best skeleton watches. The fact is that this 18k rose gold mechanical masterpiece features an exquisitely finished movement visible through the galvanized silver skeletonized dial.

Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition Ref. 1-49-18-01-05-30

5. Blancpain Villeret Squelette 8 Jours

The Blancpain Villeret Squelette 8 Jours is one more example of highly technical and aesthetically accomplished luxury skeleton watches released in recent years. Enclosed in an 18k white gold case, this amazing timepiece is equipped with a beautifully executed skeleton mechanical movement that can be easily seen through two sapphire crystals.

Blancpain Villeret Squelette 8 Jours Ref. 6633-1500-55B

These were some of the best skeleton watches created by the world’s leading watchmakers. Each of them is unique and definitely deserves to be on this list!

Iconic Longines Legend Diver Old Style Watches in Black

These days, high-end luxury watches are available in all possible styles and colors. Whether you love classic timepieces or prefer colorful designer watches, you are sure to find something special to your liking. However, while your options are almost endless, there are several color solutions that have become iconic in the luxury watch design, and all-black models are among the most popular. Such timepieces are stylish and timeless at the same time, which makes them an ideal choice for many. This is especially true for modern old style watches that perfectly combine classic style with bold black-on-black design, like the latest version of the Longines Legend Diver introduced at Baselworld 2018.

Longines Legend Diver Black Ref. L3.774.2.50.9

Case

The Legend Diver Black (Ref. L3.774.2.50.9) is a reimagination of an iconic diving timepiece produced by Longines in the 1960s. However, while preserving the lines of the original model, this new piece of branded old style watches comes in a 42mm stainless steel case coated in black PVD for a resolutely modern design. The water resistance of the novelty is up to a depth of 300 meters. Plus, its case back is decorated with the engraved illustration of a diver.

Dial

Like many other Longines Legend Diver old style watches, the new version has a black lacquered dial with Super LumiNova numerals, indexes, and hands. Besides, it features a date aperture at 3 o’clock and an internal bidirectional turning diving bezel serving as a somewhat reminder of certain technical limitations of the era. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.

Movement

Longines Legend Diver Black old style watches are not only beautiful and stylish but also technically superb. The fact is that this model is equipped with the Calibre L888.2, an exclusive self-winding mechanical movement based on ETA A31.L01. It is built on 21 jewels and operates at the frequency of 25,200 vph. Its power reserve is 64 hours.

Strap

The Longines Legend Diver Black comes with a cool Milanese-style black rubber strap closed by a double security folding clasp in black PVD titanium. Plus, it features an integrated diving extension that perfectly completes the timepiece.

It is also worth noting that Longines Legend Diver Black old style watches are pretty affordable timepieces, with the retail price of only €2,300 (approximately $2,700). So if you are looking for a classic and elegant luxury watch with an all-black design at a reasonable price, this model is definitely a very good option!

Top 5 Luxury Diamond Watches 2018

From discreet watches with diamonds for men to one-of-a-kind gem-set models for women, all luxury diamond watches are amazing. Combining fine watchmaking with jewelry art, they are perfect statement accessories able to underline any style. Moreover, luxury diamond watches are available in a variety of designs, giving everyone an opportunity to find something special to his or her liking. However, there are always models that stand out from the crowd, and in this blog post, we are going to tell you about some of them. So what are the best luxury diamond watches this year?

1. Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Planetarium

Entirely made of 18k white gold and decorated with round diamonds, the Lady Arpels Planetarium from the celebrated Poetic Complications collection by Van Cleef & Arpels is, without a doubt, one of the best luxury diamond watches presented this year. Moreover, it features a truly gorgeous aventurine dial with the moving Sun, the Moon, and planets, all made of precious materials.

Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Planetarium Ref. VCARO8R600

2. Chanel Mademoiselle Prive Camelia Skeleton

With its beautiful diamond-paved dial and innovative openwork movement made in the shape of a Camellia flower, the Mademoiselle Prive Camelia Skeleton by Chanel is another excellent example of the best diamond watches introduced in 2018. The model itself comes in 18k white gold and features an exquisite black satin strap.

Chanel Mademoiselle Prive Camelia Skeleton Ref. H5945

3. Chopard L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru

As for luxury diamond watches for men, it is impossible not to mention the Chopard L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru. This elegant and stylish automatic chronometer enclosed in a barrel-shaped 18k white gold case features a precious bezel set with 40 baguette-cut diamonds.

Chopard L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru Ref. 172296-1001

4. Cartier Tortue Regard de Panthere

When it comes to exceptional designer diamond watches, the latest series of Cartier Panthere models inspired by the company’s iconic animal is the most eye-catching. This is especially true for the Tortue Regard de Panthere, an 18k yellow gold watch featuring very distinctive case and dial with diamonds, yellow sapphires, and black enamel spots.

Cartier Tortue Regard de Panthere Ref. HPI01190

5. Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski Titanium Alternative Pave

Finally, this list won’t be complete without one of the latest Hublot luxury diamond watches. We have chosen the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski Titanium Alternative Pave due to its stylish faceted design of the titanium diamond case.

Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski Titanium Alternative Pave Ref. 525.NX.0170.RX.1804.ORL18

There are certainly many other beautiful luxury diamond watches introduced by the world’s leading manufacturers this year. However, these five indeed stand out from the crowd and not only because of their amazing design, but also because of their precise movements hidden inside.

The Best Metier d’Arts Designer Watches for 2018

Metier d’arts has long been part of fine watchmaking, with new limited edition timepieces introduced by the leading luxury watch brands each year. Designer watches of this type are distinguished by their amazing decorative dials created with the use of hand engraving, marquetry, enameling, and other artistic techniques. In one of our previous blog posts, we wrote about some of the best metier d’arts designer watches created by Cartier, but this time, we want to highlight several models introduced by other renowned brands this year. Enjoy!

Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’Art Les Aerostiers

This year, Vacheron Constantin has introduced a whole new series of 18k white gold designer watches, released under the name Metiers d’Art Les Aerostiers. Inspired by the early history of hot air ballooning, it represents a set of five luxury watch models in different colors, each distinguished by a unique dial with the depiction of the air balloon, made using plique-a-jour enameling and relief engraving.

Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’Art Les Aerostiers – Versailles 1783 Ref. 7610U/000G-B244

Piaget Altiplano Malachite Marquetry Tourbillon

Combining the most exacting and rarest artistic crafts with fine watchmaking, the Altiplano Malachite Marquetry Tourbillon by Piaget is another perfect example of metier d’arts designer watches presented this year. The novelty comes in an 18k rose gold case and features a stunning dial crafted from malachite marquetry by Herve Obligi, a talented sculptor and one of the last specialists of hard stone marquetry in Europe.

Piaget Altiplano Malachite Marquetry Tourbillon Ref. G0A43030

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Tiger

Available in 18k white gold and 18k rose gold, the Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Tiger is one of the latest designer watches created by Jaquet Droz. This beautiful model is distinguished by its gold plique-a-jour Grand Feu enamel dial with a white mother-of-pearl sub-dial for hours and minutes. Besides, it is decorated with 100 diamonds weighing 0.89 carats.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Tiger Ref. J005504500

Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony

It is impossible not to include on this list the Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony, an elegant and refine 18k rose gold watch with a Grand Feu enamel dial depicting a fragile peony flower created using a traditional Swiss method of cutting paper. Moreover, it is equipped with an in-house automatic movement hand-engraved with the Fleurisanne technique, not to mention its diamond-set case and lugs.

Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony Ref. 131944-5003

There are certainly many other metier d’arts designer watches introduced by the world’s leading manufacturers this year. However, these four are indeed unique, and they definitely stand out from the crowd!

Introducing Franck Muller New Luxury Watches

Officially founded by Franck Muller and Vartan Sirmakes in 1991, Franck Muller is a young Geneva-based brand that is already considered one of the most significant in the world of Haute Horlogerie. Moreover, Franck Muller produces some of the finest and most complicated high-end watches for men and women, many of which are made only for exclusive clientele. Among company’s clients are 50 Cent, Elton John, Demi Moore, and many other celebrities known for having a unique yet comfortable style. It is needless to say that Franck Muller designer watches can tell much about their owners, which makes them even more special. However, do not take our word for it – just look at these amazing new luxury watches by this reputable Swiss brand!

Franck Muller Vanguard Tourbillon Minute Repeater

Featuring a minute repeater complication, this Vanguard model is, without a doubt, one of the best and most spectacular Franck Muller new luxury watches with tourbillon. The novelty comes in an 18k white gold case with a powerful skeleton mechanical movement visible through the open-face dial. It is presented on a classic black alligator leather strap.

Franck Muller Vanguard Tourbillon Minute Repeater Ref. V50 L RMT SQT

Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Gravity Skeleton

The Vanguard Yachting Gravity Skeleton is another perfect example of complicated new luxury watches introduced by Franck Muller this year. This incredible avant-garde model inspired by the sea world is available in stainless steel and 18k rose gold, each variation with a beautiful mechanical tourbillon movement. The Yachting Gravity Skeleton comes with a blue alligator leather and rubber strap.

Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Gravity Skeleton Ref. V45 T GR YACHT SQT

Franck Muller Vanguard World Timer GMT

If you love prestigious world time zone watches, the Franck Muller Vanguard World Timer GMT is right for you! This two-tone horological masterpiece equipped with an automatic movement displays the 24 official time zones, which makes it a perfect choice for any traveler. The novelty comes in a stainless steel and 18k rose gold case fitted with an alligator leather strap with rubber inner.

Franck Muller Vanguard World Timer GMT Ref. V45 HU GMT

Franck Muller Skafander

It is impossible not to mention the Skafander, one more perfect example of new luxury watches by Franck Muller. Enclosed in the iconic and easily recognizable tonneau-shaped stainless steel case, this automatic timepiece was created specifically for divers. Its overall modern design is complemented by a stylish blue rubber strap.

Franck Muller Skafander Ref. SKF 46 DV SC DT

Hopefully, you like these Franck Muller new luxury watches as much as we like them at King Watch Buyers! This Swiss brand is indeed a special one, so it is no wonder that it is highly popular these days.

Who Buys Old Watches?

Who buys old watches? This question is quite common these days, and if you are looking for the answer, you have come to the right place! At King Watch Buyers, we buy used watches, as well as we buy old watches for cash. Moreover, selling your watch with King Watch Buyers is as straightforward and simple as never before. Our team of luxury watch experts provides unparalleled expertise in the industry, giving our clients only the best offers while ensuring they have an excellent experience. In other words, we provide both outstanding customer service and competitive quotes that help people get the best value when selling old watches for any reason.

Now that you know who buys old watches, the next question is what kind of timepieces you can actually sell. At King Watch Buyers, we buy authentic luxury watches created by the leading manufacturers. For example, you can get cash for old watches produced by Rolex, Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Chopard, Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Omega, Zenith, Ulysse Nardin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and many other reputable luxury watch brands. Moreover, this applies to both expensive old vintage watches and timepieces created for an average customer. Besides, we also buy used watches produced in recent years. In fact, you can sell any luxury watch you have, provided it is authentic and in good condition.

The condition of your old watch is actually one of the most important factors determining its value. So even if you know who buys old watches and have a timepiece from a well-known manufacturer, do not think that you will get top dollar just for the brand name. Pay attention to the condition of your watch. Is it working or not? Are there any scratches, cracks, dents, or dings? Is the movement inside original? Is there any water damage? What is the overall condition of the luxury watch you are going to sell? All these questions are very important if you want to get cash for old watches, so check everything carefully before selling anything.

If you have any questions regarding selling old watches, do not hesitate to contact King Watch Buyers! Besides, you can always fill in our free appraisal form and get a preliminary estimate from our experts on the attainable price range for your timepiece.

So, who buys old watches? King Watch Buyers does! And we are going to offer you a win-win deal you are sure to like!

Top 5 Fine Watches Sold by Sotheby’s in April

On April 17, Sotheby’s held this year’s first Fine Timepieces auction in London. Featuring a diverse selection of both modern and old vintage watches by the most prestigious manufacturers, this luxury watch sale was a great success. The top lot was a very rare 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph ref. 5004J-012 produced in 1999. It was sold for $170,500, almost doubling its low estimate. However, in this blog post, we want to tell you about several other exquisite fine watches sold at Sotheby’s London on April 17. Each of them is exceptional and definitely worthy of your attention!

1. Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5089G-061 Azulejos “The Porter” (2017)

Patek Philippe is known for its many fine watches produced in limited editions for serious collectors, and “The Porter” is one of them. This amazing 18k white gold luxury watch with a very beautiful enamel dial in Azulejos style was sold for $152,600 while being estimated at only $71,800 – 114,900.

Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5089G-061 Azulejos “The Porter” (2017)

2. Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 with Explorer Dial (c. 1964)

The Submariner Ref. 5513 with the original Explorer dial is one of the most collectible Rolex fine watches ever. It is no wonder that this stainless steel automatic model went under the hammer for an impressive $107,700.

Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 with Explorer Dial (c. 1964)

3. Josiah Emery Half Quarter Repeating Pocket Watch (c. 1788) 

As for old vintage watches, it is impossible not to include on this list the 18th-century Josiah Emery half quarter repeating lever pocket watch enclosed in an 18k yellow gold consular case with a white enamel dial. It was hammered for almost $89,800.

Josiah Emery Half Quarter Repeating Lever Pocket Watch (c. 1788)

4. Breguet 8-day Perpetual Calendar Desk Watch (1931)

One more exceptional example of vintage fine watches is the 8-day perpetual calendar silver desk timepiece created by Breguet in 1931. There are only several of similar watches are known to exist, which makes this stunning horological creation truly unique. It was sold for $57,500.

Breguet 8-day Perpetual Calendar Desk Watch (1931)

5. Tudor Chronautic Ref. 79380P Chronograph (c. 2004)

This stainless steel Tudor Chronautic watch with chronograph is distinguished by a rare engraving on its case back, depicting the crest of the Sultanate of Oman. There are only a few pieces with such an engraving in the world, making each of them a true find for any luxury watch collector. It went under the hammer for almost $9,000.

Tudor Chronautic Ref. 79380P Chronograph (c. 2004)

Sotheby’s London Fine Timepieces sale raised a total of $3.8 million, with only 18 lots remained unsold, which is undoubtedly a great result for the season’s first auction of high-end timepieces.

Photo credit: Sotheby’s/sothebys.com

Introducing Hublot Brand New Watches 2018

One of the best selling luxury watch brands 2017, Hublot is sure to be a trendsetter in 2018 too. This renowned Swiss watchmaker has already introduced an array of high-end watches for men and women, all distinguished by their stylish designs and innovative movements. Here are our favorite brand new watches presented by Hublot at Baselworld 2018!

Hublot Big Bang Unico TMT Carbon Gold

Limited to only 100 pieces, the Hublot Big Bang Unico TMT Carbon Gold is, without a doubt, one of the most stylish brand new watches introduced this year. Designed in collaboration with the superstar of boxing, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, and inspired by the champion’s lifestyle brand, the novelty comes in a carbon fiber case with 18k gold occlusions. The overall luxurious design is complemented by a black leather and rubber strap decorated with python and gold colored studs.

Hublot Big Bang Unico TMT Carbon Gold Ref. 411.QX.1180.PR.TMT18

Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Power Reserve 14 Days Sapphire

Another cool example of Hublot brand new watches presented at Baselworld 2018 is the Big Bang MP-11 Power Reserve 14 Days Sapphire. As the name suggests, this luxury watch features an innovative sapphire crystal case that houses a mechanical skeleton movement with 7 series-coupled barrels and an impressive power reserve of 14 days, which is shown on a special display roll. It is limited to 200 pieces worldwide.

Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Power Reserve 14 Days Sapphire Ref. 911.JX.0102.RW

Hublot Big Bang One Click Italia Independent Dark Green Velvet

If you love green watches, you will definitely love the latest Hublot Big Bang One Click Italia Independent designed in this beautiful color. The novelty features a polished green ceramic case, a genuine green velvet dial, and also a green velvet strap with black rubber lining. Plus, it is additionally decorated with diamonds, making it as luxurious as it is stylish. This ladies model is limited to only 100 copies.

Hublot Big Bang One Click Italia Independent Dark Green Velvet Ref. 465.GX.277G.NR.1204.ITI18

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Titanium Blue

One more exceptional example of Hublot brand new watches introduced at Baselworld 2018 is the Spirit of Big Bang Titanium Blue. Enclosed in a lightweight titanium case, this cool Swiss watch is distinguished by its amazing sapphire crystal dial showing the in-house automatic chronograph movement in action. The stylish design is complemented by a blue alligator leather and rubber strap.

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Titanium Blue Ref. 601.NX.7170.LR

It is needless to say that there are many other brand new watches that have already been presented by Hublot. Each of them is unique and definitely worthy of your attention, so take your time to visit the company’s site and learn more about them.

Top 5 Reasons to Sell Old Watches

We are now living in a ‘smart’ world full of smart systems and devices that ‘talk’ to each other. And yes, almost all of them can tell time, from your smartphone to your microwave oven. However, it is not the reason to sell old watches for cash. After all, a mechanical luxury watch has long been not only a time-telling tool but also a statement accessory and a clear indicator of good taste. Moreover, this applies to both brand new watches and vintage timepieces that have been in your family for years. So why might you want to sell old watches? Here are five simple reasons for that!

sell old watches

1. Money

If you have an authentic Rolex or any other luxury watch that you do not actually wear, selling it is the fastest and most reliable way to get really good money. After all, such timepieces are always in demand among passionate collectors and connoisseurs of fine watchmaking.

2. Exchange

Another good reason to sell old watches is your desire to buy something new. For example, at King Watch Buyers, we offer a unique trade-in service that allows putting the value of your old luxury watch toward the purchase of a new one, thus giving you an amazing chance to buy a timepiece you have always been dreaming of at a much lower price.

3. Style

What if your collection of high-end watches consists of only sports models, but now you want to add something more classic to your style? In such a case, to sell old watches that you do not need anymore is always the right decision.

4. More room

If you are a dedicated collector, you may simply need more room for your luxury watches. As practice shows, there are always timepieces that are simply collecting dust on the shelves. So why not sell them in order to make way for something new?

5. Painful memories

It so happens that a luxury watch can be associated with painful memories or certain situations that people would prefer to forget (e.g., divorce or break-up). It is needless to say that to sell old watches in such a case is a wise solution that will additionally bring you some money.

Whatever your own reason to sell old watches, you won’t find a better place to do that than King Watch Buyers. Just fill in our free appraisal form, and you will see for yourself!