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Seoul: Yongjung Collection, a boutique dedicated to the vintage watches

Publicado en 12 Abril 2014

In the middle of the most touristy street of Seoul, in Insadonggil, you will find on the right up to the North of the city, an adorable little shop dedicated to the vintage watches. Patek Philippe, Rolex, Omega, Longines, etc. A place for all lovers of timepieces of the 1950s-60s and 70s.

Seoul: Yongjung Collection, a boutique dedicated to the vintage watches

The Insadong Street, which starts at the corner of Tapgol Park, is 'the' tourist street in the Korean capital...

This is where the traveller will have to pass during his stay in Seoul to fulfill his suitcases of memories and gifts... Culinary specialities, silk cushions, wooden Theater masks painted, porcelain, boxes, etc.

In the middle of these countless shops and restaurants, «vintage» watches enthusiasts must make a stop at Yongjung Collection: a store held by a woman, in the delightfully "retro» decoration In this landmark dedicated to the time since 1965, which looks more like the Library lounge of a woman elegant and class to a store, you can admire many timepieces of the finest Swiss brands: Patek Philippe, Rolex, Omega, Longines, Jaeger-LeCoultre, etc. Note also a nice collection of clocks and a repair shop. In short, an essential stopover Korean guests.

Seoul: Yongjung Collection, a boutique dedicated to the vintage watches

Leaving at Yongjung Collection, head to downtown Tonui Dong (which you can reach via Tapgol Park): «the» District of the watchmakers and jewellers of opportunity.

This whole area is an uninterrupted series of garish others specialised in the purchase and sale gold, diamonds, pearls, and watches.

Here, nothing luxurious: rings, bracelets, earrings, cufflinks and timepieces are aligned with each side by side as consumer products in a supermarket. No sense of aesthetics; on the other hand, it is the ideal place if you are looking for a Rolex Oyster Datejust or Oyster Daydate yellow gold.

Indeed, Asians are very fond of these models, found so heavily on the second-hand market. Beyond the mechanical aspect (already check that your future Oyster works!) also very pay attention to the State of (often "the Chairman") bracelet which must above all, do not be too loose.

Among the multitude of signs, particularly stress Topwatch.co.kr shop that sells only watches (unlike others who also market jewelry). The owner speaks a little English, which allows to communicate a minimum (know the price of the watch, i.e. If it is sold with papers, etc.). For example, for a Rolex Oyster DayDate in good condition, sapphire glass, paperless, count in the 10 million won (about 6,600 euros). Non-negotiated price...

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