A Personal Blog

Trust me: after thirty plus years breathing vintage watches all day, every day, I have stories to tell and some solid opinions based on personal experience, not hearsay.  Like all personal opinions, these reflect my ideas, my passion, my education  and my occasionally pretty radical points of view. Prepare yourself to learn some things that many out there don’t want anyone to know, others don’t want you to know and that maybe even you wouldn’t have wanted to know yourself! Everyone’s welcome and I appreciate all feedback: however, you best come with an open mind, a respectful attitude towards views possibly different from your own and an impartial interest for the opinion of others. Should this not be the case, this is probably not the right place for you.

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Alessandro Ciani’s View

My Take

Use caution when reading. These are the opinions and takes of Alessandro Ciani. 

That Question, Again!

That Question, Again!

One question that prospect clients invariably ask me nowadays, whilst going through the process of assessing if a watch is worth buying or not, is: “is the case polished”? This question is legitimate, since the market demands higher prices for untouched watches so...

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Article from OM November 2019

Article from OM November 2019

When Francesca and Fabiana asked me to write something for this issue, they also mentioned that the magazine’s cover would feature Phillips in association with Bacs and Russo. So, the first thing I could think of was to share a couple of thoughts regarding auction...

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A Man’s Cave

A Man’s Cave

Looking at vintage watches from his very personal perspective, Alessandro Ciani focuses mainly on the “perfect balance” of their components in terms of aging, patina, preservation and even at the accessories that complement them, in order to come up with a...

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