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AK: With a brand new limited edition book release from Mondani Editore, is Rolex Story a result of Rolex Steel's success from 2013?Giorgia:  The worldwide market of books is changing a lot in the last period and our strategy is to provide very high quality books, prestigious limited edition and expensive items to a high quality range of watch collectors and enthusiasts. These customers still appreciate the "paper" of the books, the smell, the touch. They also like our assistance and services we provide. Every year we produce for...

Christie's maiden voyage to the pearl of the orient officially sets sail in Shanghai on 26th September 2013 at 6pm. According to NY Times, "Last year revenue in China’s auction market was estimated at more than $4 billion, down sharply from $9 billion in 2011, when the market was blistering hot. Auction revenue in the United States market was estimated at more than $3 billion in 2012." Still, residents of China are gradually exploring valued objects of desire which auction houses are capable of keeping in their arsenal....

7 months ago, an extremely rare prototype Rolex 'Single Red' Sea-Dweller was sold for approximately US $ 517,610 by Antiquorum auction house. This astronomical figure is possibly the highest recorded for a Rolex sports model under the reference 1665.On 10th June 2013, yet another Single Red Sea-Dweller surfaced at Sotheby's auction in New York, USA closing at US $ 383,000. The estimates by the auction house are between US $ 60,000 - US $ 80,000. While this example appears to be in less ideal condition with a missing...

The Oman coat of arms national emblem has been imprinted on many variations of vintage Rolex sport models such as the Sea-Dweller 1665, and Submariner 1680/8 documented by Stefano Mazzariol. In the world of vintage Rolex, it is a known reality of an exclusive tag aligned with Rolex Oman models. Rare, desirable and intriguing. From the Netherlands, Philipp Stahl wrote on the Oman dial at RolexPassionReport.com - entitled The Rolex Oman Story of Special Rolex Watch Deliveries to the Sultan of Oman. ...

A research on the Rolex Submariner square crown guard, and little pointed crown guard of production year 1959 is critical to understanding vintage Rolex watches of the 1950s era. Originally posted by Stefano Mazzariol in October 2012 with contributing support from respected collector (in his own right), Mr. Marco Di Falco, this visual study outlines key differences such as dial, case, and serial numbers specific to the 1959 Submariner in the midst of Rolex's transitional periods.May 2013 is especially significant to me, as one year has passed after...

The Rolex Steel book is a current publication in progress, authored by Guido and Giorgia Mondani. As announced on CollectingWatches.com a few weeks ago, this brand new visual referencing guide will be printed in only 599 copies - signaling a hardcover-exclusivity by Mondani Editore. With delivery dates set for September 2013, the steeler anticipation is officially in full swing.As much as we are routinal creatures, there will come a time when disruptive changes can shake up the perspectives hidden from sight. Mondani Editore is a publishing firm based...

6 March 1946. It was on this fateful day that Tudor was officially announced by Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf - as a watch manufacturing company producing moderately priced mechanical timepieces encompassing aesthetic, technical and functional characteristics in the progressively growing market.
The success of Rolex through its branding and communications strategies was rippling across continents worldwide, and the birth of the Tudor brand signified a dawn of a new era - a vision and commitment held deeply by Wilsdorf.67 years later since its inauguration into the world...

Baselworld 2013 is opening its doors to visitors a little late than usual this spring. Renowned as the epicenter of watch & jewellery trade shows, Basel has been attracting more than 100,000 visitors annually with the latest in horology innovations and technical feats since its inauguration in 1917.Native Basel architects, Herzog & Meuron has ushered a new era for Baselworld in 2013 with a brand new main exhibition hall - a 430 million Swiss francs (CHF) project with a 95,000 square metres coverage. The theme of this year's...

A Submariner Wish Come True Back in November 2012, in my published exclusive interview with Giorgia Mondani, I concluded with these statements: Just when you think you know, you might be in for a reversed surprise. My wish for Christmas 2012 – a digital format of The Submariner Story for sure. Maybe in time… 2nd April 2013 marks the official launch of The Submariner Story HD app on iTunes store by Mondani Editore. The wait is finally over! The Mondani team is setting the standards for the future of vintage Rolex references, with every release of a...

Every year in the month of May, vintage Rolex watch collectors congregate in Geneva, Switzerland for one of the most important auctions held by Christie's - a renowned establishment with a tradition of offering rare and exotic timepieces via a bidding proxy channel.Here is the preview of the vintage Rolex timepieces by Christie's to be held on 13th May 2013 in Geneva. Much thanks to long time collector, jatucka (rob) for posting this preview on VRF. Credits of below information and images go to Nathalie Monbaron.  Rolex. A very fine...

Rolex has inaugurated a new building at its watch movement production facility in Bienne, Switzerland, the product of one of the largest industrial construction projects in recent years in the country. The new building enables the luxury watch maker to rationlize production of its watch movements, which has been brought together on a single, ultra-modern 400,000 cubic metre site - of which the new building occupies 230,000 cubic metres - over a total area of 92,000 sq-m.The building's architecture provides vast space and good natural daylight thanks to...

In its past Blancpain has created a number of iconic dial variations we now have become appreciative of and allowed collectors a reason to chase. Separated mainly into several categories including the early RI, 3/6/9/12, No Radiation, and Milspecs. And within each category, there are numerous variations, each with minimal differences in dial contrast. Rolex collectors have long debated the reason behind Rolex's meaning of SWISS and Double SWISS and for them it intertwines with the underline dial and year 1963. Although there are no hard facts explaining...

The Rolex Explorer is a current wrist watch sports model that has been in production (and continuing) since 1953. Let’s take a trip back to the month of October 1953 when Rolex officially produced Rolex Explorer 1. On the caseback dating back to the first Explorer reference 6150 in a cream or black dial variations and stainless with stainless steel cases, it is often seen and recognized by the alphanumeric imprint “IV 53″ with a “Geneva, Swiss” layered by “Montres Rolex S.A” engravings. In the very same year,...

 As celebrations throughout the globe sequenced in domino effects, (due to time differences from GMT Cartesian grid meters - a categorization of time zones technique), VintageHour would like to wish all our readers a very Happy New Year 2013. We aspire to bring more transitory knowledge as we quest on forth in the vintage Rolex and move into other historical brands of heritage such as Blancpain, Officine Panerai and much more. New discoveries will continue to uncover, with new records being set at auction houses, and innovative measurements...

Not often or even very rarely do you ever come across a true and honest vintage Blancpain Fifty Fathoms for sale from a collector, let alone one direct from its original owner with documented military history. Unlike other brands which have pieces get traded publicly, many Blancpains simply hide deep in collector's private stash or trade hands very privately. Because so few are known, they rarely get traded and price is never a publicly reviewed question.Well that is where the story of this very special piece came in....

8 days to another new year of 2013, and with 2 to Christmas 2012, VintageHour would like to extend cordial greetings of these seasonal celebrations to all our readers. Whether you gift thoughts or receives someone's word, keep in mind the equilibrium that comes along with it. Nothing says it better than the good old fashioned way of sending out printed cards.Yet, most of us have already been 'inboxed + spammed' with several of these digitally-made ones. I get it, trending. Personally, I prefer printed. How about...

I have recently been given the honor and opportunity to become a contributor to Vintage Hour. To get you all on board, I would like to introduce and briefly share my journey of how I got into collecting vintage watches on my first post here. Consensus would agree that we all pursue after things in life all due to passion and the stronger the passion, the stronger the pursuit. Passion is simply the heart of the pursuit. And in my case, that is absolutely true....

12 December 2012 marks a new beginning as VintageHourWatches.com (VHW) is finally ONLINE. After months of work, and inevitable delays on this new platform for vintage Rolex watches and accessories is officially completed and revealed. This is definitely one of the longest project for us so far, and with every step and measure taken, VintageHour.com will be fully focused on articles, research studies of comparisons, and exclusive interviews from this moment on....

Loops & Things, Pair of Dices. See the alluring connection of the progressive state of the vintage Rolex scene. It is really all a toss and turn on what lands on your wrists one fine day - with a connection of destiny especially in this day of FaceBook and Twitter. Every moment is passing by fast. The certainty of the numerous number of vintage Rolex watches being traded, barter traded or better yet a full gold watch being placed as a deposit for a supercar, is in effect....

As of September 2012, VintageHour is the official sole distributor of Mondani Editore publications and books in the Asia-Pacific. Without a doubt, knowledge is power - when applied. Since our first contact with the Submariner Story, this instantaneous referencing guide; comprehensive to say the least, has certainly opened up more doors to the vintage Rolex world of watches. ...