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A Lange & Sohne Sponsors Concours Show at Windsor Castle

Actual real life shows – remember them? Yes, the glory days are coming back this summer…and in the autumn too.

The Concours of Elegance, presented by prestige watch brand A. Lange & Söhne, has announced the first of its many spectacular features for 2021; a line-up of 95 of the finest British cars celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday. The event was first established in 2012 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with a collection of 60 of the rarest cars in the world in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle.

Since then the Concours of Elegance has evolved into a world-renowned celebration of craftsmanship, design and innovation, hosted since 2017 at Hampton Court Palace. In 2021, it returns to Henry VIII’s former home. It is scheduled to take place from Friday 3rd to Sunday5th September 2021.

Cars from names like Bentley, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Audi, MG, Jaguar, Morgan and many more are on display, plus exotica such as the McClaren Senna, This is agreat day out at Windsor Castle and as such it isn’t cheap with half day tickets starting at £30. The VIP day price is £80 by the way. Good day to wear your luxury Swiss watch we think – and celebrate some of the greatest cars ever made.

Outside of the automotive displays, Concours of Elegance remains an occasion of pure luxury, with champagne provided by Charles Heidsieck, picnics by Fortnum & Mason, live stage interviews with Chubb Insurance, hosted by Jodie Kidd, and a collection of art, jewellery and fashion displays. Presenting Partner, A. Lange & Söhne, recently confirmed to support the event for a further three years, will continue to showcase some of its most intricate timepieces.

Book tickets here. 

 

OK, It’s Not a Watch, But The Moke is Cooler Than an 007 Omega

Remember the Mini Moke? Maybe not, as you’d have to be aged 50 plus most likely to recall the days when the Moke could be seen buzzing about British holiday resorts, or in re-runs of cult TV show The Prisoner. But if you love the Moke’s 60s vibe, then good news – MOKE International Limited announces the return of one of Britain’s great automotive icons. Here’s the press info and we look forward to the official Bremont, Tribus, Newmark or Christopher Ward watch!

From today, UK customers will be able to order one of 56 limited edition MOKEs, an allocation selected to signify the number of years since the Mini MOKE first appeared in Britain in 1964. Order books also open for MOKEs in standard configuration, conforiming the permanent return of the brand.

MOKE International revives a quintessentially British design that has charmed for more than half a century. Brigitte Bardot epitomised Riviera chic in her MOKE. The brand has since been enjoyed and championed by fun-seekers including Kate Moss and DJ Khalid. To date the car has also appeared in four James Bond films.

The original MOKE  was designed in the 1960s by Sir Alec Issigonis, the architect of the Austin Mini. It was first specified as a military vehicle engineered to be robust enough for deployment behind enemy lines by aeroplane. The original shared components including suspension and chassis with the Mini. The MOKE soon became one of the best-loved symbols of the 1960s. Becoming the mode of travel for the inhabitants of the most exclusive coastal resorts in Europe, the Caribbean, US and Asia. To this day it remains the beachhouse-to-waterfront shuttle of choice.

56 CARS FOR 56 YEARS

MOKE will mark its homecoming with a strictly limited run of 56 cars, built for sale exclusively in the United Kingdom. Each is available in 14 colour options and the Limited Edition ‘MOKE 56’ comes with chrome front grille and windscreen rails, a discrete union jack badge and a numbered plaque on the bonnet.

Waiting lists are filling fast with resorts and private buyers in English coastal hotspots taking particular interest.

REDESIGNED AND REBORN 

The original MOKE trademark was acquired in 2015 and is now owned by MOKE International Limited. The initial focus has been on meeting demand in the Caribbean market where MOKE is popular with both private buyers and luxury resorts and hotels. Following UK regulatory approval, MOKEs are now available to purchase across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Additional models will be launched across Europe, the USA and beyond in 2021.

In reviving the brand, MOKE International has gathered a team from some of the most celebrated names in the industry. Isobel Dando, leads the board of management with an automotive career that spans two decades. This includes senior commercial and product leadership roles at Jaguar Land Rover and the BMW Group.

ENGINEERING AND PERFORMANCE

MOKE International will stay true to its British and Continental roots through its strategic approach to manufacturing and engineering. All MOKE bodies will be engineered and sub-assembled in the centre of Britain’s globally renowned specialist automotive manufacturing industry in the Midlands before being shipped to Cerizay, France for final assembly.

Mark Truman leads MOKE’s engineering and production functions having held senior technical roles at Aston Martin, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover.

“My role at MOKE is to preserve the integrity and spirit of the original MOKE whilst incorporating the very best of today’s technologies that match the requirements of a new generation.” 

Mark Truman, Engineering Lead comments;

Today’s MOKEs remain true to the look and feel of the original, with a particular focus on maintaining the sense of fun and freedom that has endeared the car to so many. Updates include a new 4 cylinder, fuel injection engine, uprated suspension, braking and the option for either automatic transmission or manual.

The vehicle is also slightly larger to provide more cabin space. Features previously viewed as a luxury like power steering and heated windscreen now, of course, come as standard.

From today, UK buyers will be invited to order either the limited edition ’MOKE 56’ or the standard MOKE Classic, full production of MOKEs in standard configuration also start today.  Indicative pricing starts at £20,000 excluding local taxes and delivery.

Interested buyers should register interest at https://mokeinternational.com/customise

Classics: Breguet Supports London Concours Show This August

Just in from the London Concours show press office, this event looks like a great way to re-boot your classic car social life this summer. With the theme being convertibles, let’s hope the UK weather gods play ball 😉

The London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet, will gather a collection of the most beautiful and innovative soft-tops ever, paying special attention to the 1960s. Showcasing the likes of the Jaguar E-Type, Ferrari 330 GTS, Alfa Romeo Junior Spider and Aston Martin DB2, it’s no wonder this class is known as Convertibles: The Golden Era.

Taking place from 19-20 August, the London Concours –  set to be the UK’s first major automotive event since February – will gather these elegant cars and nearly 100 others into the Honourable Artillery Company HQ –  a five-acre oasis of green nestled among the tall buildings of the City of London.

Below are a few of the highlights that will be on the lawn:

Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé

With an advanced twin overhead-cam 2.6-litre straight-six and a lightweight tubular chassis, the DB2 was the latest in a lineage of sporting Aston Martins. Designed initially as a coupé, Aston Martin did produce just six DB2 DHCs in the First Sanction run. The First Sanction cars are those with three-piece front grilles, bumper strips and side extractor grilles. The example at London Concours was bought in 1950 by Prince Bertil of Sweden, a good personal friend of David Brown, then owner of Aston Martin.

Ferrari 330 GTS

The replacement to the 275 GTS, the 330 GTS was designed to be an elegant, open-top, V-12 grand tourer for Ferrari’s best customers. In short, it was designed to be the finest open-top automotive experience money could buy. While 598 330 GTCs (the coupé variant) were built in total, only 99 of the 330 GTSs would leave the factory gates by the time GTS production concluded in 1968, making the convertible a real rarity.

Jaguar E-Type Roadster 3.8

The E-Type’s looks were sensational, and it quickly became a symbol of the 1960s. Thanks to its unbeatable combination of price and performance, offering a top speed of close to 150mph (241km/h) at little more than £2000, it was an instant success, particularly in the vital American market. The early example on display at London Concours is powered by the 3.8-litre XK engine.

FiatDinoSpider london concours

Fiat Dino Spider

Known as a Ferrari in disguise, the Fiat Dino Spider was powered by the same engine as Ferrari’s Dino. It was a way of homologating the new all-alloy V6 Dino engine to make it eligible for Formula 2 – with Ferrari’s limited production numbers they couldn’t do it alone. This early car was 415th out of the 500 cars needed for homologation and – as all Spiders were – features an elegant body designed by Pininfarina. Acceleration from 0-60mph took just seven seconds and the top speed stood at 130mph.

In total seven curated classes will be on display at the London Concours, including ‘The Pursuit of Speed’, ‘Lancia Legends’, ‘Era of the Supercar’, ‘The Speed of Sand’ and ‘The Lost Marques. A special celebration display of the Ferrari Dino will see 10 examples gathered, each in a different factory-original colour.

The automotive displays will be complemented by pop-up stands from some of the world’s finest luxury brands and motoring retailers. Presenting partner, Montres Breguet, will be showcasing its fine hand-crafted timepieces, Anthony Sinclair – original tailor to Sean Connery’s James Bond – will be displaying some of its latest pieces, while one of Britain’s top hat-makers Yvette Jelfs brings her collection of natural hats, made with traditional millinery techniques.

Specialist automotive businesses like Alpine, Jaguar Classic, Bell Sport & Classic, Foskers, Jensen International Automotive, Footman James and Moss Automotive will be on-hand for all car-buying or owning needs – should the mood strike you.

The London Concours 2020 takes place from 19-20 August. Tickets are available to buy now from www.londonconcours.co.uk/tickets

Auctions: Gardiner Houlgate Watch Sale 15.07.2020

Latest from Gardiner Houlgate, who have another watch and jewellery auction coming up very soon. We spottted some interesting pocket watches if you are building a collection, plus a TAG Cal 5 automatic, set on a two-tone bracelet, a ladies Patek Philipe 24 complete with box and papers, Oris 65 Diver, and a ladies rose gold vintage Rolex. Here’s the word from Gardiner H;

We are pleased to announce the next sale is now online to view with over 300 lots on offer including some lovely pieces. 

The sale will be online for bidding with live video coverage, we are now also pleased to welcome back the public to the saleroom for viewing and also to attend the auction, should you prefer to attend in person.

Register HERE to join us live on the day by video and participate in the auction, if you are unable to bid live on the day then this platform also offers the facility to leave ‘absentee bids’, so don’t miss out on a gem! 

Supercar Classics On Show in London, August 19th-20th

We love classic cars just as much as Swiss watches here at The Northern Watch Co, so if you fancy a trip out in August, this Concours display is definitely one for the petrolheads.

The London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet, has announced its The Pursuit of Speed display; gathering the cars designed not just to be fast on the road, but to be the fastest. From the all-conquering Jaguar XK120 to the beautifully iconic Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’ and on to the latest Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, ‘The Pursuit of Speed’ is a visual journey through humanity’s quest for ever higher speeds, and the evolving technology that accompanies it.

Taking place from 19-20 August, the London Concours will gather these speed machines and nearly 100 others into the Honourable Artillery Company HQ –  a five-acre oasis of green nestled among the tall buildings of the City of London. Classes are dedicated to elegance, or to innovation, design and – in this case – speed.

From naturally aspirated six-cylinder engines to quad-turbocharged W16 engines, the fastest cars on the road have quickly shifted gears from 100mph to just over 300mph in less than 100 years, and The Pursuit of Speed will chart each quantum leap. Below are a few of the highlights that will be on the lawn:

1950s Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
Arguably one of the most beautiful cars ever created, the Mercedes 300SL kickstarted a model line –  the SL – that continues in the Mercedes range to this day. At the time, it wasn’t just a stunning and innovative piece of design (including those iconic gullwing doors), it was actually the fastest car in the world, capable of hitting over 160mph with the right gearing.

1970s Lamborghini Countach LP400 (Periscopio)
The unmistakable, aggressive wedge-shaped Lamborghini Countach was built on a tubular space-frame chassis with dramatic alloy bodywork draped over it. But never one to skimp on drama, Lamborghini also equipped the Countach with a pair of magnificent scissor doors. Fitted with a longitudinal 4.0-litre V12, the early LP400 ‘Periscopio’ was capable of reaching around 180mph, but the pièce de résistance of these 150 early models is the periscope rear-view mirror which was replaced shortly afterwards.

1980s Ferrari F40
The final car that got Enzo Ferrari’s personal sign off was to be an absolute powerhouse. Celebrating 40 years of Ferrari, the powerful twin-turbo V8 was fitted to a lightweight Kevlar, carbon fibre and aluminium body meaning it was the fastest, most powerful and most expensive car for sale at the time. The amount of weight saving was made apparent in the spartan interior – no door handles, no glove box, carpets or trim. Even today, the Ferrari F40 will keep modern supercars honest with a top speed over 200mph.

classic car show London artillery company august

2000s Bugatti Veyron
As the first car to officially break the 250mph barrier, the Bugatti Veyron was a seminal moment in automotive history. It’s 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine generated 1001PS, with Super Sport versions boasting 1,200PS. In 2005, it set an average top speed record of 253.81mph, before the later ‘World Record Edition’ model hit a blistering 268mph.

The London Concours 2020 takes place from 19-20 August, and the venue is the Honourable Artillery Company HQ . Tickets are available to buy now from www.londonconcours.co.uk/tickets

The full list of cars in ‘The Pursuit of Speed’ is:

1940s: Jaguar XK120
1950s: Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’
1960s: Lamborghini Miura
1970s: Lamborghini Countach
1980s: Ferrari F40
1990s: McLaren F1
2000s: Bugatti Veyron
2010s: Bugatti Chiron

Auctions: Watches of Knightsbridge July 18th

The Watches of Knightsbridge 18th July 2020 auction catalogue has now been published and can be viewed on our website or by clicking on the links below.

There is a physical venue: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6RD, but viewing is by prior appointment of course.T

This sale happens on Saturday 18th July ~ Starts at 1pm BST and is wholly online – This auction will be conducted with live online bidding alongside telephone & absentee bids. Buyers premium is a hefty 25% by the way, which is a substantial icing on the cake when buying a Rolex for 10K.

breitling top time 1969

We spotted a pair of very nice Breitling Top Time models, estimate at 2K-3K, 1964 model, running, some light wear and a 1969 Top Time in excellent condition with hardly a mark on it – must be worth 3K, maybe a bit more.

Rolex your thing? The Pepsi bezel 1979 Oyster Cal 1570 looks a good investment, even at 10K. Submariner from ’83 with a big font dial has some scratches on the bezel, but original hands too with some light patina.

Something different? Maybe a late 80s Domino’s Pizza Air King, presented to a hot sales frnachise holder as a prize is certainly unique. Maybe not wear to your wedding, but at £2500-ish it makes a collectable watch.

air king dominos

 

 

 

 

What’s On: Watch It Fair Re-Scheduled for November

UPDATE: This show has been postponed until 2021 due to the ongoing local lockdowns and general restrictions on gatherings.

The Watch It fair, originally scheduled for late June, has been pushed back to 14th November, due to the lasting effects of Covid-19 and the restrictions on having too many people in one place.

The show features independent UK watch brands, watch dealers, plus watch repair specialists too. Pinion, Farer, Christopher Ward and Hamtun are amongst some of the brands exhibiting at this laidback event.

The location will be at the stunningly beautiful and brand-spanking new marquee at Brownsover Hall Hotel, Rugby, Warwickshire (https://www.brownsoverhall.co.uk/) – just minutes from junction 1 of the M6 and junction 18/19 of the M1.

The event is on Saturday 14th November, between 13:00 – 18:00.

Watch Auctions Get Going Again: UK News & Sale Dates

Gardiner Houlgate are reporting that they saw record levels of interest in their last watch auction, which took place last week. The next sale is due on 24th June and the deadline for entries is the 5th of May.

As well as Swiss watches from well known names like Omega, Rolex, Breitling, TAG, IWC and more, GH also have job lots of spare parts, watchmakers tools, pocket watches, accessories, books etc.

Register to bid online, find out more at the GH website.

Fellows has their next watch auction lined up for 22nd June, with a varied range of classic watches on offer. We spotted a very nice Tudor Grantour auto, 42mm, black dial model by the way.

McTears has their next watch auction on 28th June. Ewbanks down in Surrey have their next watch event on 22nd July.

Interestingly, at the top end of the auction market Sotheby’s has reported that they’ve been taking over $1 million a week at their specialised luxury watch auctions. Some record prices have been set, but things may well be different at the lower end of the collector market, especially when the free furlough and business grant cash begins to run out in the UK.

Gardiner Houlgate Kickstarts Watch Auctions After Coronavirus

Gardiner Houlgate is re-starting its watch auctions soon, and inviting entries by 5th June, for the Sale which takes place on the 24th June 2020. Here’s the statement from GH;

We are now inviting quality entries for our forthcoming Watch Auction

To include vintage & modern brand wristwatches, antique pocket watches and watchmaker’s accessories

The final entry deadline will be on the 5th June

We are offering competitive selling rates with prompt payment
Whether a single watch or collection, if you are considering selling then please contact David Hare 

Due to the current situation we have been receiving entries via the Royal Mail Special Delivery service. Appointment from around mid-May can be booked subject to further notice.

Give David a call to discuss on 01225 812912

The sale will be a live physical auction with online bidding via two platforms to ensure maximum coverage.

IWC watch vintage model steel gents

MAY SALE

GH also have a mini Sale due on May 20th, with some interesting watches listed in the Catalogue. We like the Swiss Regulatuer in 18ct gold, which is estimated to make about £1200. There’s an IWC stainless steel Gents mechanical, with some visible wear – starting bid is £240, quite tempting.

Couple of Omega automatics too, one with a classic 1970s TV dial style case. Again low starting bids on those. Worth a look.

Covid-19 Cancellations Hit Watch Shows & Fairs – What’s On in 2020?

OK, Baselworld and Watches & Wonders have both been scratched from the calendar, with all the losses to manufacturers, stand builders, hotels, caterers, media outlets, security staff etc. Quite a lot of jobs are going to be lost this year in the luxury watch industry if the media panic over CoronaVirus continues.

Yes it’s serious, people have died. But the truth is more people die of regular flu every winter, and that doesn’t stop us going about our everyday business. This is a huge blow to the Swiss industry, albeit that Swatch Group and some other brands gave up on Baselworld a few years ago.

sicura chrono valjoux 7734

Assuming the hype subsides in a month or so, will we see any watch shows later in 2020?

Well the London Watch Show is scheduled to go ahead on Friday 3rd April – Sat April 4th at the Intercontinental Hotel, near the 02 Arena. Even if the government passes temporary laws banning large gatherings of say 5000 plus people, this is unlikely to affect a smaller, ticket only show like this one.

The Midland Watch and Clock Fair is scheduled to go ahead this Sunday 8th March, at the National Motorcycle Museum, which is located just south of Birmingham, quite well signed from the M42/M6. Having attended this fair a few times to buy vintage watches, I can say it is good for picking up project watches, straps and tools, books etc. The really nice watches tend to be priced high, but you can always make an offer – traders can always harrumph and retire behind their Sunday Express.

phantom-caleuche watch specs prices

The Watch It fair on June 27th, held at Brownsover Hall Rugby looks like something very different indeed. There are lots of small scale manufactuers popping up all over USA and Europe, all sourcing Seiko/Citizen and Swiss movements, then finding cases, hands, straps etc from the thousands of parts suppliers worldwide. Hey presto – you’re a watchmaker!

OK, some of these new brands look very well assembled, such as Farer for example, others slightly less so. But if you’re in the market for a chunky divers style, or classic aviator, dress or field watch, with £200-£2000 to spend, then you’ll find something at this fair. There are also some beautiful vintage watches from traders such as Watches of Lancashire, plus things like framed prints of famous watch dials and movements to feed your passion.

The only downside is that this event is on for just five hours, so it probably will be a bit hectic around the stands. Great to see something unique in watch shows however, with a mix of new start-ups, accessories, vintage and modern Swiss all in the mix.