Monday, 24 March 2014

Vintage Modes shop - we are taking a short break from our blog ...

Hello dear Readers,

We are taking a short break from our blog as we are rather busy setting up our shop, which opens at 10am on Tuesday 1st April!

We will still be doing vintage events, our next date is Sunday 6th April. For a great list of vintage events around the UK keep an eye on Vintagexplorer

Our shop is located within Vintage Modes at Grays Mews, 1-7 Davies Mews, London W1K 5AB. If you are in the West End please pop by, we would love to see you!

More news when we return to our blog soon!

Monday, 10 March 2014

Arabella Bianco, London vintage shop announcement!

We're very excited to announce that we are opening a small shop in the heart of London at the Vintage Modes emporium within Grays Antiques from 1st April. 

Vintage Modes is synonymous with vintage fashion, the perfect place for our shop! Watch this space for more details.

Vintage Modes is situated at Grays Mews, 1-7 Davies Mews, London W1K 5AB.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Vintage Watches, a guest blog from The Cheshire Watch Company

How Historical Events can Affect the Value of a Watch

When purchasing a high quality timepiece, you get more than just reliability and style; many watches from renowned brands will actually gain value as time ticks on. A variety of factors determine whether a watch will appreciate or depreciate in sale value. Things such as brand name and quality are unsurprisingly amongst these key factors. Historical significance can also play a huge part; the added value can be huge.  

Some of the most expensive watches ever sold at auction have come with a story attached. Here are some of things in a timepiece's history which can set it apart from others:

Celebrity connection

A watch worn by a celebrity can be highly coveted by dealers and fans alike. The popularity of the star in question and whether they are alive or dead can have a huge impact. Elvis’s Omega watch was sold for £320,000, a huge increase on its retail price. Watches worn in films are also massively popular. The watch worn by Steve McQueen on screen in the film Le Mans was sold at auction for more than half a million Pounds.

Event connection

Watches which were worn during a certain period are often worth more money when sold. A good example of this are watches worn by soldiers during the First and Second World War. In practice, stories such as these have been seen to double a watch’s value.

Company prestige

The history of the company the watch was made by can be as important as the history of the watch itself. Patek Philippe watches consistently sell for some of the highest prices. This is because the company has been producing timepieces since 1868. They have built up a reputation for quality. Small production numbers do not hurt their values either.

Limited or first editions

Many manufacturers produce their watches in very small numbers. This scarcity often pushes prices up as time passes. Over time, some watches will break, some will be lost or forgotten about. This increases the value of those that remain in circulation. The first examples of features such as minute repeaters or chronographs will also add value.

Wear and tear 

Despite what you may hear, wear and tear can actually add to a watch’s value. It can add a unique aspect to the watch and increase its vintage feel. The replacement of leather straps will also not hurt the value as they are not expected to last a long time. Even damaged or broken watches can command a high price if their historical significance is high enough.

Would you pay more for a timepiece with history? Have you come across any watches with an interesting past yourself? Leave a comment below and let us know; we would love to hear from you.

This piece was written by Jennifer Smith, a writer for The Cheshire Watch Company, retailers of high quality watches.