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Newsletter In the midst of the auction season

Previews, live updates and reviews of the Geneva auctions, interviews and product focuses this week on WorldTempus.

The Geneva watch auctions started this weekend and WorldTempus had already previewed all four of the sales and completed its coverage with interviews with Aurel Bacs, who presided over yesterday’s Phillips Auction One and Edward Dolman, CEO of Phillips Auctioneers. The auction week concludes this Wednesday with the Sotheby’s sale. Patek Philippe and Rolex are still the star lots but insiders are now talking about growing interest for 1950s and 1960s jewellery-styled timepieces from the likes of Piaget and any military or aviation watches, regardless of the brand, that house the Valjoux 72 movement (see my editorial from last week).

“Jean-Claude Biver is a genius of the industry who rightly merits a biography”

Paul O'Neil

On Thursday the Swiss watch industry enjoys a national holiday with the celebration of Ascension. Don’t expect a blank homepage on WorldTempus, though, since we will be publishing Brice Lechevalier’s interview with Nicola Andreatta, the Vice-President and General Manager of Tiffany Watches. It will be one of three interviews to be published on the site this week, following today’s interview with Marzio Villa of Cuervo y Sobrinos and Keith Strandberg’s interview with Bovet’s owner Pascal Raffy, which will be published on Friday.

David Chokron continues his series of focus articles this week with a closer look at the Richard Mille RM39, while Olivier Müller celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Bell & Ross BR01 by revealing 10 secrets about the brand’s iconic model.

Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page for the chance to win prizes in our numerous competitions. After giving away prizes for Mothers Day and in our auction estimate competition, this week we start offering some Swiss Kubik watch winders that will delight any watch fan.

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