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Tribute Fest at Advisor, As Protege Breaks Cover

Ladies would you like a Cartier Santos watch? Yes, we thought so. But that means forking out a huge amount of cash, plus the risk of being mugged in the street when daring to wear it.

The alternative could be a Protege watch, from Advisor. Here’s the word;

The full steel Protégé timepiece pays tribute to one of the greatest designer in watch history of the 70s. With the squared octagonal shape of its bezel, the angular case integrates seamlessly with the bracelet creates distinction of Protégé’s visual identity.

Its dial appearance is further enhanced with the use of modern material; forged carbon, creating a marble-like surface, making each dial unique in its own way.

This model is on pre-order right now, starting at $370. Here’s the tech specs;


  • Case Design: Squared Octagon Shape (Custom-Made)

  • Case Material: 316L Stainless Stain

  • Case Back: Screwed In, Open Case Back

  • Diameter: 37.5mm

  • Height: 10.5mm

  • Lug Width: 22.5mm

  • Lug to Lug: 46mm

  • Dial: Forged Carbon Dial

  • Date: Date Function at 6

  • Index & Hands: Applied Index

  • Luminous: Swiss Super-LumiNova (C3)

  • Crystal: Sapphire Crystal

  • Movement: Premium Japan-Made Miyota, 9015 Automatic, 28,800 vibrations per hour (VPH)

  • Water Resistance: 100m / 10ATM

  • Straps: Stainless Steel Bracelet + Croc Leather Straps with Links

Watch Shopping: St Anns Square Manchester

St Anns Square in Manchester is one of the best places that watch fans can shop this Christmas. Within a few hundred metres you have nearly all the authorised big name Swiss dealers, plus independent watch shops and pawnbrokers.

Bremont has just set up a shop-within-a-shop franchise with Signet, better known as H Samuel and Ernest Jones to UK shoppers. You can also find official dealers for Duckworth Prestex, Ikepod, Junghans, Norqain and QlockTwo – and that’s just at Mappin & Webb.

If you like the luxury watches then Watches of Switzerland’s amazing shop on the main square is a good starting point. Here you’ll find Patek, Rolex, Omega, IWC, Cartier, Vacheron and Zenith. There is usually a burly security guy on the door by the way, checking people in and out, which is good to know if you have just bought a 40K watch.

If you love Rolex then official dealer David Robinson is across the way on the corner and they also have a wide range of pre-owned Rolex models. Very well trained staff in my experience, which is something worth your time if you like collecting a particular genre of Rolex, such as Subs, Daytonas or Sea Dwellers etc.

Walk towards Deansgate and you’ll see the separate Omega and TAG boutiques, plus a large Goldsmiths, multi-brand store. If you duck down that alleyway you will find Boodles on your left at the end as it joins King Street. Not my cup of tea, but undeniable high end watches and jewellery if that’s your thing.

On the way back along Police Street to St Anns Square, you might want to check out Rockefellers jewellers, which has a selection of pre-owned Rolex, Cartier, Breitling etc. Before you do, check Harrington & Hallworth on the corner of King St/Police St as they sometimes have some vintage pre-owned watches under 2K that are really nice quality. Very strong on knowledge at this shop, they know watch history which is a rare thing.

OK, now cross the square and head to the Exchange Arcade, where you will find Mays Pawnbrokers and Jewellers. This has about 15-20 watches in store but it’s part of a bigger chain of shops so they can search their database for you. All pre-owned stuff, they don’t stock new brands.

Neither does the Swiss Watch Shop opposite Mays, which has a big selection of pre-owned Swiss watches, with Rolex, Omega, TAG, Breitling etc being well represented. They will look at PX watches too.

Further along the arcade you’ll find Jenny Jones, who sometimes has the odd ladies vintage watch in store. They don’t really know much about watches tbh there, so skip it imho.

Hope you enjoyed that little watch heaven tour.





40 Luxury Watches Stolen in London Delivery Driver Heist

It reads like a section of Goofellas script; delivery driver robbed whilst dropping off 40 luxury watches in leafy Primrose Hill, London.

According to a Met Police press release men threatened and restrained the delivery guy before stealing `up to 40′ watches and driving off at speed in a black Audi A3. It’s reported that several Cartier models were amongst the haul.

The incident happened back in March, but the appeal for witness info has only just been released, which is an unfortunate delay. The robbery happened at 6.40pm on March 13th – back in pre-Covid-19 times, if you can recall those heady days.

Det Con Scott Sellars, of the Met’s Central North CID, told the Ham & High news site that he wanted to know if anyone saw the robbery take place or had been offered a large quantity of watches for sale.

He added: “These criminals were calculating and callous, and they used the threat of violence against the delivery driver. It is important that they are caught.”

There have been no arrests and the Audi has not been found. Anyone with information should call 101 or tweet @MetCC using reference number CAD 6386/13Mar.

To remain anonymous, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Don’t post social media pictures of your expensive watches – especially if your smartphone location is turned ON. 

Always laugh and say your Cartier, Rolex or Patek is a cracking fake you bought in Thailand, if anyone ask questions about your watch.

Don’t help people in the street while wearing a nice watch. Walk on. 

A rolled up copy of a hefty magazine, such as Q, Top Gear or Wired can really hurt if you hammer it into someone’s face. It’s not classed as an offensive weapon either.


Richemont Financials Show 34% Drop in Profits

Richemont is one of the big names in the watch industry, owning  brands like Alfred Dunhill, A. Lange & Söhne, Baume & MercierCartier, Chloé,  IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai, Piaget, plus Roger DubuisVacheron Constantin, and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Their latest financials show sales at £12.4 billion for the year to March 31, while net profit fell 34 percent to £813 million. Still pretty decent some might say, although Richemont noted that sales overall fell 18 percent Jan-March 2020, mainly down to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Of course Richemont now have to try and build up sales in person again, via its network of franchised dealers across the world. That could be difficult for the rest of this year, depending on whether Corona returns and causes another lockdown in key markets in November/December.

On the upside, Richemont owns Watchfinder.co.uk, which they bought back in 2018, so the switch to selling luxury watches online should gather speed. The only hurdle for many collectors is getting a fair PX price for their luxury watch online. The process of separating fakes from real Cartier, Breitling, Rolex or Patek models is very tricky, and requires lots of staff training plus a physical examination of the watch and paperwork at some stage.

Challenges ahead for sure. Not just for Richemont either.


Watches of Switzerland Financials Show There’s Life in the High Street. Just.

Watches of Switzerland has shrugged off the effects of Corona and reported a rise in group revenue by 5.9 per cent to £819.3 million in the year to April 26.

Watches of Switzerland owner Jewel Holdco S.A R.L, which also owns Mappin & Webb and Goldsmiths in the UK is one of the big names in prestige watch retailing in the UK, and already well placed to expand its online operations

Watches of Switzerland said it experienced particularly strong trading pre-lockdown during the first 46 weeks to March 15 with UK and US sales rising by 9.4 per cent and 36.4 per cent respectively.

In the final six weeks of the year, Watches of Switzerland was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic as the lockdown resulted in store closures both in the UK and US, says the statement from the Group. However, its ecommerce channels performed well with a 45.8 per cent uplift in sales.

Omega speedmaster limited edition

Watches of Switzerland now expects its full year adjusted pre-IFRS 16 EBITDA to come in at between £75 million and £78 million.

“Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the group had been on track to deliver double-digit sales growth, reflecting our strong brand partnerships, favourable market conditions and accelerating momentum in the US,” Watches of Switzerland chief executive Brian Duffy said.

“Despite the current challenges, demand for luxury watches has remained strong with online sales performance ahead of our expectations.

“Through our longstanding partnerships with the most prestigious Swiss watch brands, we have further enhanced the online customer experience with the introduction of additional brands which we had previously only transacted in our stores.”

It will be interesting to see if some of the Swiss brands follow the lead taken by car manufacturers and sell direct online to the consumer, relegating the authorised dealer to that of distribution role and service centre combined. For now, many Swiss watch retailers stand or fall on their online performance, but as many collectors know exctly which Rolex, Patek or Audemars model they want, the only issue is the price, it’s hard to see how bricks and mortar retailing can remian immune from the Corona effects on the High Street in the longer term.