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Holy bat lugs, Batman.
But then he won't get the benefit of a VAT reduction. Buying from Europe is key.
Yeah, that was a circus. I don't begrudge them for being the first two in the U.S. to get the watch and for getting special treatment; they are important brand ambassadors, after all. But the "article" lacked any substance. There was no meaningful review or report on the watch. Just gushing back-and-forth on how awesome it feels to be first in line and how awesome Rolex as a company is.
I had the same reaction as you. It's a tasteless, poorly executed retro pastiche. Even if I could get behind the idea of faking a vintage, military-spec Sub, there's no excuse for not aging the lume on the hands to match the dial markers and not narrowing down and beveling the lugs to achieve a vintage-correct profile. The circled B is just stupid. The "Swiss T Jack Forster's articles are gems though. And the video interviews are awesome--wish they did more of them.
Swiss watch sales sharply down, -16% in 1H 2016 versus prior year: https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/mid-year-swiss-watch-sales-results-show-industry-beset-by-perfect-storm http://www.fhs.ch/file/59/comm_160606_a.pdf Market is oversaturated--too many brands, too many models, too much volume. Meanwhile price increases in recent years have too aggressively chased Chinese demand, which has fallen off a cliff. Industry is in for a shake-up. I expect the handful of blue chips...
Customs on watches coming into the U.S. is minimal (2 or 4% I believe), and that's when they charge it at all. The last few times I've had watches shipped to me from authorized dealers in Europe, I've paid no customs duty even though the full values were always declared.Have you tried connecting with an authorized dealer in Europe? On a Glashuette Original, you should be able to get an easy 20 percent off retail price just for asking, then another 16-20% off for VAT,...
There are all the brand boutiques and the big ADs (Wempe, Cellini, etc.), but I assume you don't need to be told about those. In my opinion, much more interesting are the vintage / independent shops.Michael Ashton and Madison Time offer two extremely well-renowned Patek collections--perhaps two of the best in the country if not the world. Prices can be steep compared to less well-known dealers, but they have a lot a rare and hard-to-get pieces in original, unpolished...
Can highly recommend that Tank. It was a joy.
Other simple gold dress watches for ~$15K retail: Reverso Grand Taille ($15,800) Geophysic True Second ($17,500) Cartier Tank Louis Cartier Extra Flat (~$18,000) Vacheron Patrimony Traditionelle Small Seconds ($19,500) IWC Portuguese Handwound 8-Days ($20,000)
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