This Week In Watches: Biver, Farer & A Blue Speedy

Nov 09, 2018

This Week In Watches is a quick rundown of our reactions to some current conversations circulating around the watch world.

Revolution went deep with Jean-Claude Biver

Jean-Claude Biver
Source: Revolution

Jean-Claude Biver just might be the most interesting man in the watch world and now – he’s retired. With his health as his top priority, the Audemars, Blancpain, Hublot and Tag Heuer veteran has chosen to try the industry from the sidelines. While I’m skeptical as to whether he’ll actually be able to stay retired, especially once he regains his health, it’s the truth for now. I highly recommend you take the time to read this one.

Christian Zeron

Check out A Blog To Watch’s review of the new Farer Segrave Chronograph

Farer Segrave Chronograph
Source: ABTW

As watch brands go, Farer is trying something daring, or perhaps not daring at all. Why not produce a well designed (3 unique dial configurations), well proportioned (39mm) watch with an excellently modified workhorse of a movement (ETA 2824-2) and charge a reasonable price (starting at $1,950)? Too frequently, brands seem unable to get out of their own way and end up making cost cutting decisions to increase their profit margins while sacrificing quality. Aaron Shapiro shows us it does not have to be this way with the new Farer lineup of chronographs. Check out why!

Jonathan Sacks

A Blue Mexican Speedmaster

Speedmaster in blue
Source: Fratello Watches

A foggy origin, a great rarity and a frightening market. This oddball 60’s Speedmaster is fitted with a slate blue dial, something that’s both obvious and extremely rare – a perfect storm for a bidding war. That said, I’d be careful. The Speedmaster craze, while impossible to ignore and not at its end, is creating a volatile, dangerous market. The estimate on this example is between $60-120k USD and I wouldn’t be surprised if it broke $150k. But I also wouldn’t be surprised if its a $40k watch in 4 years!

Christian Zeron