As the sands of time slip by, one place in the capital exudes elegance and sophistication beyond its years. Burlington Arcade in the heart of London town stretches back to the Victorian period. Opened in 1819, it runs through both Piccadilly and Bond Street.
Shoes by Thomas Lyte and Pickett not to mention Penhaligon’s and the House of Cashmere, this exclusive Aladdin’s cave of items will satisfy even the most discerning client.
However, Burlington Arcade is also the location where you will find an array of stunning timepieces dotting the runway of exquisite craftsmanship and innovation.
As vintage as the Great Gatsby, why not explore one of Britain’s first shopping arcades and take a look at some of the incredible antique watches adorning some of the windows.
So what lies in store? The Vintage Watch Company is one not to miss on your horological adventure. It is home to the biggest collection of vintage Rolex pieces in the world. Be inspired by more than 800 individual models that date back as far as the beginning of the 20th Century.
Time as they say is certainly precious and you can expect to pay upwards of £2,800 as a starting point! With each watch being carefully restored in house by their own Rolex experts, it is a price worthy of its engineering prowess.
All this watch appreciation is thirsty work. If you have some time of your own then don’t miss out on the magnificent Ladurée tearoom which offer a range of the most delicate macaroons you may ever sample.
This is aside from the variety of delicate viennoiseries, patisseries and tea blends that will ensure you keep a steady pace.
Feeling refreshed? Then take a stroll to Somlo Antiques which can be found at Number 35-36. Operating since the turn of the 1970’s, it is considered to be one of the leading sites when it comes to not only vintage watches but stunning antique pocket watches.
It is also the place to find several vintage Omega pieces – a real feast for the eyes! Meanwhile a hop and a skip away lies David Duggan. Situated at number 62-63 Burlington Arcade, this is one of the standout stores across this runway of retail therapy.
Inside you will have the chance to admire an exclusive range of incredible timepieces. This includes the likes of numerous watches across several brands such as Audemars Piguet as well as Breguet and Panerai.
Finally to round off your session, check out Armour Winston. This is definitely a family affair as he has a background with watches that stretches back three generations.
He has been in Burlington Arcade for the best part of half a century and has seen a few superb pieces in his time. Yet his speciality is on vintage watches that take in a range of luxury brands from Patek Philippe to Cartier. Beauty as they say is the eye of the beholder.
Burlington Arcade is easily accessible from either Green Park or Piccadilly Circus tube stations and is located opposite the prestigious Royal Academy.
Which watch will you want? Now say that ten times.
Written by Simon Lazarus