Rare finds and a full house at ‘Incredible’ London Watch Show 2021
The biggest watch event in the capital has just closed its doors after a hugely successful turnout at Mayfair’s Grosvenor House Hotel – and organiser Charlie Groom is already putting together next year’s show.
London Watch Show 2021 brought together 3,000 customers, retailers and exhibitors for a showcase of incredible, fine, rare and pre-worn watches, jewellery and more over two days. Guests enjoyed live bands, bars, a VIP area and a mega raffle for a Rolex Daytona – with some punters queuing as long as an hour to get into the venue on day one.
There was also a chance to meet some of the well known YouTube channel stars of the watch world including Oisin O’Malley, Paul Thorp, Eric Rivera and Roman Sharf.
Here we take a look at some of our favourite watches from the show:
Jacob & Co ~ Oil Pump
Jacob & Co’s £200,000 watch with a modern twist – the Oil Pump – was up for grabs. The incredible piece of artwork, which was three years at design stage, was inspired and requested by people working in the oil industry who wanted to see something “even cooler”.
And it most definitely is. This 49.5mm 18K rose gold watch features the brand’s double-axis tourbillon with an immense 60-hour power reserve. The first axis makes a full revolution in 60 seconds, while the second axis makes a full revolution in 2.5 minutes.
The craftsmanship is quite incredible, with the pushes at two o’clock starting the two derricks (the oil rig masts) pumping up and down in unison, with the Oil Pump modernising the automaton.There is even an oil reserve on the dial.
Audemars Piguet ~ Royal Oak Offshore Diver
We LOVE the sizzling lime green of this rubber strap and the matching dial on the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver. Featuring a 43mm stainless steel case with glare-proof sapphire crystal and caseback, this timepiece is water resistant to 300 metres. A diving scale and zone from 60 to 15 minutes can be found on the rotating inner bezel.
On the Mega Tapisserie dial there are white gold applied hour markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating for the ultimate visibility under the water.
Rolex ~ Day-Date
This extremely rare and attractive 18k gold, diamond and ruby-set watch, complete with 27 jewels is quite the eye candy. Circa 1986, the 36mm Rolex Day-Date with automatic calendar, diamond dial, ruby numerals and a magnified window for the date was getting a lot of looks from fans of the brand.
With a tonneau-shaped, water-resistant case, ruby-set bezel, screw back, screw down crown and deployant clasp, we’d be surprised if this didn’t go over the weekend.
Rolex ~ Cellini
An immaculate 19k yellow gold case and a beautiful square blue dial, made this Rolex Cellini with hand-wound movement, quite the stand out for us.
With a 26mm case, a weight of 72g and its original ‘stick’-style hands clearly cared for, this was a sensational piece on offer. It had its original and ornate Rolex integral bracelet which was in wonderful condition.
Want something you missed at the show?
If you weren’t able to attend the show or saw something you liked and it was gone for your second viewing, we can help. Our time-served buyers can source watches if we don’t have them here at our Epping boutique. Contact us today for an appointment.