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Between the hours of - interview with Stephen Bayley

Between the hours of - interview with Stephen Bayley

Stephen Bayley is a very highly regarded author, critic, columnist, broadcaster, consultant, debater and curator. Perhaps his most influential achievement was the opening of the Boilerhouse Project with Terence Conran in the basement of the Victoria & Albert Museum in...

Jack's Legacy - The Autavia Years

During the early 1960s, the watch industry had its own arms race to create the worlds first automatic chronograph; the contenders were Breitling, Heuer, Buren-Hamilton, Seiko and Zenith. All succeeded, but who was first? According to Jeff Stein in Project...

WATCH LIFE - AN INTERVIEW WITH PHILIPPE DUFOUR

Early in April, we took a trip to a famous valley in the Jura mountains, synonymous with the great and the good of Swiss watchmaking. We had an appointment to see a famous watchmaker, with a story or two to tell... The beating...

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Universal Genève Tri-Compax - As Good As It Gets

Watch two of Universal Genève's stunning Tri-Compaxes in action, the steel case ref. 22261 and the rose gold ref. 12264 It’s appropriate, if perhaps a little cliché, to begin by mentioning the meteoric resurgence, vintage Universal Genève has experienced in...

The Red Star - A Story of War-Time Humanity, Told Through A Rolex Made, Panerai Radiomir 3646 Type D "Kampfschwimmer"

Watch our video of this historic Panerai Radiomir 3646 Type D watch It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Fresh from my first article writing about British military-issued watches, I found out that WATCH XCHANGE had consigned a very special watch associated...

The Story of the "Dirty Dozen" - The First Wristwatches Specially Commissioned for the British Army.


A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual - Jack Of All Trades, Master Of All!

It’s hard to imagine that A. Lange & Söhne in its current iteration, has only been around for just over two decades. Closing down when their property was expropriated by the East German government, the once great company went dormant...

Prototype Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller - Pièce Unique

The steel Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller prototype Laurent Ferrier the watchmaker, Laurent Ferrier the manufacture. While independent brands such as Kari Voutilainen and Philippe Dufour revolve around their eponymous watchmakers, Laurent Ferrier took a different stance when starting his project...

Celebrating the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso's 85th Birthday

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso with black dial The Reverso is so synonymous with the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture, that is has throughout the years, become a direct embodiment and integral part of the brand’s identity. With approximately 40 percent of all Jaeger-LeCoultre watches coming...

Universal Genève Tri-Compax - As Good As It Gets

Watch two of Universal Genève's stunning Tri-Compaxes in action, the steel case ref. 22261 and the rose gold ref. 12264 It’s appropriate, if perhaps a little cliché, to begin by mentioning the meteoric resurgence, vintage Universal Genève has experienced in...

The Gold Dress Watch

The gold dress watch has always had a special place in any gentleman’s collection, yet it is often ignored or under-appreciated. That being said, there is a certain quiet confidence when one wears, for instance, a yellow-gold Patek Philippe Ref....

Salon QP 2015 - Highlights

Held once a year in London, Salon QP is perhaps the world’s pre-eminent exhibition for fine watches. A curated showcase of the most notable watch brands, it is always a great opportunity to get up close to some special timepieces....

The Red Star - A Story of War-Time Humanity, Told Through A Rolex Made, Panerai Radiomir 3646 Type D "Kampfschwimmer"

Watch our video of this historic Panerai Radiomir 3646 Type D watch It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Fresh from my first article writing about British military-issued watches, I found out that WATCH XCHANGE had consigned a very special watch associated...

The Story of the "Dirty Dozen" - The First Wristwatches Specially Commissioned for the British Army.

Watch Life - An Interview with Roger Smith

Watch Life - An Interview with Kari Voutilainen

Watch Story - A Passion For Heuer

Watch Story - Fighting On

"A watch has to have a story" - listen to Dr Stephen Weiss Dr Stephen Weiss served as a scout with the US infantry during World War II and fought behind enemy lines, with both the French Resistance and the Office...

Watch Story - A Long Journey

Watch our interview about collecting luxury timepieces - learn from Sid Vasili Sid Vasili is the founder and CEO of Invapay, an international business-to-business payment network and a very well-known watch-collector. He’s spoken on the subject to the Financial Times, at...

Watch Story - A King's Gift

Read about a rare vintage Longines watch, presented by King Hussein of Jordan It was late one July afternoon, that I first noticed Yawar’s watch. Enjoying a cool drink in the last of the day’s sun, there was an unexpected flash...

Note from the Editor

Welcome to WATCH LIFE, a Lifestyle Journal dedicated to vintage and contemporary luxury watches.  I hope you enjoy its wide-breadth of interest-pieces, a curated selection of articles, touching on all aspects of the pleasures of fine watch-ownership. 

Welcome to our new home.

Driven by a passion for horology and the pursuit of beautiful things, A Collected Man, is a platform, for those who love and seek, rare, mechanical watches.

We believe that there’s an art to collecting and want to offer a curated selection of important watches – whether new, vintage or preowned, in an aesthetic, intuitive and transparent way.

Being a London-born business, our sensibilities are imbued with a very British respect for tradition, but globally minded and ready to offer a modern and bespoke service which every collector deserves - whether buying or selling.

We hope that you’ll enjoy the new website and grow with us.

Sincerely yours,

Silas Walton
— Founder, A Collected Man