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Eric Clapton’s ultra-rare Patek Philippe 2499 wristwatch is up for auction

By Gerald Lynch on October 30th, 2012

The Patek Philippe 2499 is like the Holy Grail of wristwatches, the sort of timepiece enthusiasts would happily dive in-front of marauding boulder, Indiana Jones style, in order to acquire. Perhaps the rarest wristwatch in the world, and also regarded by many experts as the finest ever made too, it’s about to go up for sale at Christies in Geneva on November 12th, something few believed would ever happen.

Like all great antiquities, the story of the Patek Philippe 2499 is an intriguing one. One of only a pair ever made back in 1989 at the personal request of Patek owner and former brand president Philipe Stern (the other sits in the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva), it was never intended to be sold, but fell into the hands of an unknown-private collector, thought never to be seen again.

But that collector is now parting with his ultra-valuable wristwatch. And that collector happens to be rock ‘n’ roll legend Eric Clapton, adding a priceless element of mystique to an already exquisite item.

This is before you even consider the quality of the watch itself. A Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph (Reference 2499) cased in platinum, the most valuable metal in the world, it’s considered the finest watch from the world’s best wristwatch manufacturer at the height of their powers.

It’s therefore a watch sale quite unlike any other.

So what should you expect to pay for a unique slice of design history? Somewhere between  £1.5 million and £3 million are the current conservative estimates.

Accessories, Watches

Burberry combines British design with Swiss craftsmanship in new collection The Britain

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 10th, 2012

Here at Brandish we’re always debating ‘what makes the man’. Of course we don’t expect the men of Britain to be dressed like James Bond all day every day (OK we do a little…), but we’re great believers that accessories is a great way to stay stylish even on the odd off day.

One of our favourite new additions to the world of accessories comes from British heritage label Burberry which has just released its new watch collection: The Britain. Offering ‘a powerful balance of modernity and tradition, mixing strong attitude and innovative design with elegant craftsmanship’ The Britain has been designed in (you guessed it!) Britain and hand-finished by master artisans in Biel, Switzerland. This collection truly captures the spirit of Burberry, celebrating its heritage and culture – it takes inspiration from the iconic trench coat – yet fitting perfectly in with the lifestyle of the modern man. We think even Bond would like to get his hands on one of these…

Take a look at the complete collection here and below are images that gives us a glimpse into how The Britain was made.

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