TAKE a walk down New Bond Street and you’ll tend to see people gawping at the window displays at number 170. “Is that a watch?” they’ll be asking. “What the hell are these?”
What they are are some of the rarest, most remarkable and most perfectly made watches on Earth, mostly from independent brands specialising in spectacularly complicated watches for collectors willing to lay down tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of pounds.
It’s a decade since Marcus Margulies, whose company also owns the maker of low-end watches Sekonda, opened his boutique and labour of love, simply called Marcus. To celebrate, the shop is hosting an open-to-all exhibition of rare wonders that’s running throughout the summer. Special pieces have been created for the exhibition by connoisseur brands like Greubel Forsey (watch pictured left), Urwerk and Franck Muller.
Also on display is Marcus’s personal collection of vintage, pre-1972 Audemars Piguet watches, one of the finest such collections in the world.
Marcus himself is lionised by the Swiss industry for his encouragement and influence as it emerged from the doldrums of the 1970s and 1980s.
“We want to show people what’s possible with watches, stretching the boundaries of horology,” he says.
Marcus, 170 New Bond St, W1S 4NG. www.marcuswatches.co.uk