For many collectors, and this is especially true of watch collectors, the search for a better, rarer, and more perfect example of a certain type of watch will always be on-going. It would be very challenging to find a better preserved example of a stainless steel reference 8171 "padellone" with the rare feature of diamond-set numerals. At first sight the eye notices the diamond-set numerals, but next one cannot help but notice the pristine appearance of the two-toned dial, which enhances the overall appearance of this watch. It is important to mention that the apertures for the month and weekday indication are sharp and angular, a feature which is often regrettably lost when such a dial is refinished. The case lugs retain such sharp facets that one can conclude it has never been polished, although it has been "baptised" with a few surface marks. The owner clearly cherished the watch and wanted to keep the case proportions strong and crisp. This is further indicated by the clear Rolex coronet and numbers engraved on the case back, which are visible without the aid of a loupe. Even the untrained eye can appreciate the beauty radiating from this "padellone". Examples of this trophy model with such an interesting and sought-after dial combination and full and crisp case proportions are dreams for even the most educated Rolex collectors in the world and constitutes an opportunity not to be missed. Reference 8171 Rolex has produced only two different models of moonphase wristwatches, references 8171 and 6062. Both models are automatic, however reference 8171 has a snap on case back, while the reference 6062, the Oyster version, has a water-resistant-type screw back. The 8171 was affectionately nicknamed "Padellone", or "Big Frying Pan" by Italian collectors, because the size (38mm. diameter) was so large for it's time - as big as a frying pan! Reference 8171 was made in a small series between 1949 and 1952, mostly in yellow gold. Examples in pink gold or stainless steel are very rare.Read more about this Rolex watch on Christie's site
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In 2009 the vendor Morace Park bought a battered cinema reel tin from an online auction site. Once he eventually opened the tin it revealed a roll of film entitled 'Charlie Chaplin in Zepped'. Having been unable to find any record or mention of the film during his subsequent research, Mr Park began a worldwide investigation to find out if he had discovered the last copy of a forgotten Charlie Chaplin film. On extremely fragile 35mm nitrate film and almost 7 minutes long, the movie features some of the earliest known animation in film history. The reel shows scenes of a Zeppelin raid over London whilst Chaplin acts in his trademark comic style. During the First World War Zeppelins were used in bombing raids over England and France. They were referred to at this time as 'baby killers' and 'terrors of the sky' and it is believed 'Zepped', was designed as propaganda to defuse the terror inspired by these attacks, using Chaplin's world famous comedy. Professor Paul Wells, Director of The Animation Academy Research Group at Loughborough University believes that "the zeppelin is possibly real, but could also be a premature form of puppetry." If the image of the Zeppelin in the film is genuine then it would be the only known live footage showing a zeppelin over London at that time. Alternatively, if the Zeppelin footage is animation then it is an extremely rare and early example of this type of animation...More info on Bonhams websiteBonhams lot#172, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/20/06 First supplied to Turin-based Scuderia Subalpina, who ran it in the 1935 Mille Miglia. Likely to have gained the current 1500-cc motor for the 1938 race. Uniquely rebodied without cycle fenders and with a wider body before 1969, when Briggs Cunningham acquired it. Restored at some time, then static in the Rosso Bianco Collection for years; full re-commissioning is required. Various paint marks, drab interior, and disappointing engine bay presentation. Despite its completely changed appearance, the car's long-ago race history is sufficiently gilt-edged to justify the bid, a figure at least one other person was also nearly prepared to match on sale day. Will the new owner leave this car as it is today... or want to be a time traveller and re-enact its 1935 Mille Miglia appearance as recorded in period race photos? Either way, more money is due to make it go properly.
We found a cool real estate for sale on JamesList today: a XVII century, fully restored ancient guard palace is for sale for € 1,000,000 ($1,446,000). It is located in Umbria, Italy and is advertised as best used for an accomodation business, but who knows, maybe you just want to dress up in medival costumes every now and then and use it as your private escape from your present time. More photos and details on JamesList