High-end online marketplaces for vintage collectables are strengthening in number, and one with a growing reputation among a discerning clientele is TrueFacet. Launched in 2014, the site buys and sells pre-owned luxury watches and jewellery, and currently carries some 30,000 pieces by brands including Bulgari, Cartier and Chanel.
Items listed undergo rigorous authentication by industry experts, and pieces can be refurbished, from fixing watch mechanisms to re-setting stones. A real-time concierge service is available so that customers can call, text or email a request – for a certain hard-to-find Hermès cuff, for example, or for a pair of iconic Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra earrings – and an expert will source them, with successful requests delivered anywhere in the world, usually within three to seven business days. Valuation reports accompany every purchase, verifying provenance, carat weight and condition.
Browsing can be by brand or category, but it’s also possible to search by colour, metal, movement, condition and price. Recent highlights (though stock changes with swift regularity) have included an 18ct yellow-gold Moon Phase watch by A Lange & Söhne ($25,995), a brushed stainless-steel Seadweller men’s watch ($5,850) and an 18ct rose-gold, diamond-encrusted DateJust Pearlmaster ($58,995), both by Rolex.
Recent Chanel offerings have included faux-pearl clip-on earrings with interlocking Cs ($460), pearl necklaces (from $845) and a chunky, celestial-themed pearl and diamond 1pk yellow-gold cocktail ring ($3,249). Lovers of Bulgari will delight in the site’s signature Band rings in rose-gold, bronze and ceramic finishes ($1,295), Serpenti watches (from $4,250) and 18ct pink-gold pavé-diamond pendants ($6,800).
If it’s hard to wrap your head around buying a $90,000 Patek Philippe online, you might want to begin with just a small trinket. Tiffany padlock charms (from $125) and pairs of David Yurman cufflinks (from $320) will whet the appetite.