Most watchmakers consider minute repeaters as the ultimate single complication in watchmaking. Everything must be absolutely perfect to deliver the precise striking of the gong and an immaculate sound.
Patek Philippe offers the largest collection of minute repeater wristwatches with twelve men’s models and one ladies’ model in its Read more
Patek Philippe ca. 1914. According to the appraiser, “The finest watch I have ever held in my hand.” Hour and minute hand and a second hand. Split chronograph. Minute register for chronograph. Slide for chiming the watch, a minute repeater. Day, date, month, along with moon phase. Perpetual Read more
Fiona Bruce introduces some more memorable moments from three decades of the Antiques Roadshow. Specialist Judith Miller relives her antiques-mad youth in Edinburgh and Hilary Kay takes to the dance floor with a very ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ Roadshow visitor.
This little pot is made from bamboo and is a brush pot.
It is one of the objects from ‘the scholar’s table’. If you were a Chinese scholar in the middle of the 18th Century – or even the 19th Century – you would have a table, and on it Read more
This screen printer poster shows Rudolph Valentino in his 1926 film ‘The Eagle’.
It was won by the owner’s grandmother in a newspaper competition that year. It likely to be the original artwork for the film poster and would therefore be unique. It would appeal to collectors of film memorabilia.
Did Read more
The First Telephone Call
March 10, 1876
What were the first words ever spoken on the telephone? They were spoken by Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, when he made the first call on March 10, 1876, to his assistant, Thomas Watson: “Mr. Watson–come here–I want to see Read more
The play was “The Queen’s Messenger”, a melodramatic piece by London-born J. Hartley Manners. Arguably it was a more adventuresome production in that it used three cameras. Director, Mortimer Stewart, mixed the feeds in a control box. However, only four Octagonal GE receivers were tuned in.
For the first Read more
When television broadcasts over the BBC finally launched on 30 September 1929, a problem remained. There was only one transmitter available. For six months, the Baird studios were forced to broadcast video and sound alternately at two minute intervals. After the activation of a new Marconi transmitter at the Read more