What it's Worth
By Maribeth Keane
Jeff Hess talks about the history, mechanics, and evolution of wristwatches, discussing some of the major manufacturers and designers. Jeff is an online moderator on the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors’ message board, and can be contacted via his website, Hess Fine Art.
Men's Watches For Every Occasion, And Every Budget. Under the impatient eye of our fathers, we learned to tie four-in-hand knots.
A tour of the public galleries at Sotheby's New York is not a heartening endeavor for the weak of wallet. The anterooms of this Manhattan institution -- rooms that are free and open to all visitors -- must make up one of the world's most extraordinary museums, by measure of the sheer volume of antiques, paintings, memorabilia, furniture and jewelry that passes through each week en route to the...
Surfing on the Internet, one can land in any part of the world to grab a great piece of art. The Internet proves to be big business for artists and gallery owners who are handy with HTML codes. Unfortunately, in any great ocean of information there are always the sharks circling for a bite.
In late July Financire Richemont, a holding company for costly Swiss watch brands, paid $1.86 billion to acquire Les Manufactures Horlogres, another Swiss watchmaker. The price works out to nearly nine times sales. Was it fancy technology that Richemont got?
Jeffrey Hess knew he was onto something last month when a "picker" - a sort of scout for antiques dealers - called to report he had found a fountain pen with snakes on it. "He (the picker) had found it in Orlando," Hess said. "I told him, `You offer him $12,500, and I'll give you a $2,000 finder's fee.' "
Sotheby's is building a network of dealers for its Internet auctions that will include Hess Fine Art on Fourth Street. Hess Fine Art on Fourth Street is a charter member of a dealer network that Sotheby's, the world-renowned auction house, is building for its Internet auctions.