Brains and Beauty: Smart Mirrors for Your Bathroom
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Brains and Beauty: Smart Mirrors for Your Bathroom

Illuminating, informative and entertaining, these mirrors add an entirely new dimension to your vanity.

By John Elliot
Thu, Sep 2, 2021 11:32amGrey Clock 3 min

Want to make the most of your morning routine? Take a look in the mirror.

Reflective glass has not been immune from the integration of smart-home technology and the latest high-tech mirrors can keep you up to date and well lit while your hands are occupied with the important tasks of primping and polishing.

Here are a few smart mirrors worth hanging in your bathroom.

Kohler Verdera

Kohler

Available in three sizes and with or without a medicine cabinet, the Verdera series from Kohler features vertical lighting strips integrated into the surface of the mirror, which can be activated by the user via voice control. That means effortless, instant and adjustable hands-free lighting at the drop of a phrase that frees users to focus on teeth brushing, hair combing and other beauty regimens—and that’s just the start. Kohler Verdera mirrors feature embedded speakers, allowing users to listen to music, check the weather or catch up on news. Plus, Kohler Konnect technology allows Verdera owners can use their mirror to control other Kohler devices in their home, like their shower.

Kohler Verdera Mirrors are available for approx. $1488  to $2500, depending on size and features.

Hilo Light

Hilo

Round and robust, the Hilo smart mirror provides a ring of light (think of your favourite online content creators) available in a variety of modes, including a clean white light for skincare and makeup application. And speaking of applications, this mirror has all of them. Hilo owners can download their favourite apps directly onto their mirror, enabling them to watch YouTube, check stocks, send Tweets and more by using the Hilo’s touchscreen. Lest you be worried you’ll end up staring at a bunch of smudges, fear not—the Hilo Light is fingerprint resistant, fog resistant and waterproof.

The Hilo Light smart mirror is available for approx. $1628

Seura Vanity TV Mirrors

Seura

If you’re someone who wants an information download while you get made up, consider a Vanity TV Mirror from Seura. Seura Vanity TV mirrors seamlessly integrate—you guessed it—a TV mirror directly into your bathroom mirror. Seura offers an array of customization options, including screen size, screen placement and audio output, and when users are down catching up on traffic, weather, the latest news (or the latest episode of “White Lotus”), they can simply turn off the TV and the mirror reverts to a stylish reflective surface.

Seura Vanity TV Mirrors are available for approx. $4209 to $4750, depending on size.

HiMirror Slide

HiMirror

Lightweight and compact, the endlessly portable HiMirror Slide lets you bring your bathroom mirror with you wherever you go. But make no mistake—this is no simple surface. Half mirror, half tablet, the Wi-Fi equipped slide allows users to follow along with their favorite YouTube tutorials as they apply makeup or stream tunes from Spotify as they tackle tangles. And if you want lighting options, the Slide has got them. With two LED ambient light strips, Slide users can adjust color temperature and brightness to their exact liking—or choose from five presets to match the lighting conditions they may encounter throughout the day. The Slide also features Amazon Alexa and Google Duo built-in, allowing your vanity to double as a voice-controlled, video calling device.

The HiMirror Slide is available for $134



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Luxury watch collectors showed ongoing strong demand for Patek Philippe, growing interest in modern watches and a preference for larger case sizes and leather straps at the June watch sales in New York, according to an analysis of the major auctions.

Independent and neo-vintage categories, meanwhile, experienced declines in total sales and average prices, said the report from  EveryWatch, a global online platform for watch information. Overall, the New York auctions achieved total sales of US$52.27 million, a 9.87% increase from the previous year, on the sale of 470 lots, reflecting a 37% increase in volume. Unsold rates ticked down a few points to 5.31%, according to the platform’s analysis.

EveryWatch gathered data from official auction results for sales held in New York from June 5 to 10 at Christie’s, Phillips, and Sotheby’s. Limited to watch sales exclusively, each auction’s data was reviewed and compiled for several categories, including total lots, sales and sold rates, highest prices achieved, performance against estimates, sales trends in case materials and sizes as well as dial colors, and more. The resulting analysis provides a detailed overview of market trends and performance.

The Charles Frodsham Pocket watch sold at Phillips for $433,400.

“We still see a strong thirst for rare, interesting, and exceptional watches, modern and vintage alike, despite a little slow down in the market overall,” says Paul Altieri, founder and CEO of the California-based pre-owned online watch dealer BobsWatches.com, in an email. “The results show that there is still a lot of money floating around out there in the economy looking for quality assets.”

Patek Philippe came out on top with more than US$17.68 million on the sale of 122 lots. It also claimed the top lot: Sylvester Stallone’s Patek Philippe GrandMaster Chime 6300G-010, still in the sealed factory packaging, which sold at Sotheby’s for US$5.4 million, much to the dismay of the brand’s president, Thierry Stern . The London-based industry news website WatchPro estimates the flip made the actor as much as US$2 million in just a few years.

At Christie’s, the top lot was a Richard Mille Limited Edition RM56-02 AO Tourbillon Sapphire
Richard Mille

“As we have seen before and again in the recent Sotheby’s sale, provenance can really drive prices higher than market value with regards to the Sylvester Stallone Panerai watches and his standard Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1a offered,” Altieri says.

Patek Philippe claimed half of the top 10 lots, while Rolex and Richard Mille claimed two each, and Philippe Dufour claimed the No. 3 slot with a 1999 Duality, which sold at Phillips for about US$2.1 million.

“In-line with EveryWatch’s observation of the market’s strong preference for strap watches, the top lot of our auction was a Philippe Dufour Duality,” says Paul Boutros, Phillips’ deputy chairman and head of watches, Americas, in an email. “The only known example with two dials and hand sets, and presented on a leather strap, it achieved a result of over US$2 million—well above its high estimate of US$1.6 million.”

In all, four watches surpassed the US$1 million mark, down from seven in 2023. At Christie’s, the top lot was a Richard Mille Limited Edition RM56-02 AO Tourbillon Sapphire, the most expensive watch sold at Christie’s in New York. That sale also saw a Richard Mille Limited Edition RM52-01 CA-FQ Tourbillon Skull Model go for US$1.26 million to an online buyer.

Rolex expert Altieri was surprised one of the brand’s timepieces did not crack the US$1 million threshold but notes that a rare Rolex Daytona 6239 in yellow gold with a “Paul Newman John Player Special” dial came close at US$952,500 in the Phillips sale.

The Crown did rank second in terms of brand clout, achieving sales of US$8.95 million with 110 lots. However, both Patek Philippe and Rolex experienced a sales decline by 8.55% and 2.46%, respectively. The independent brand Richard Mille, with US$6.71 million in sales, marked a 912% increase from the previous year with 15 lots, up from 5 lots in 2023.

The results underscored recent reports of prices falling on the secondary market for specific coveted models from Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet. The summary points out that five top models produced high sales but with a fall in average prices.

The Rolex Daytona topped the list with 42 appearances, averaging US$132,053, a 41% average price decrease. Patek Philippe’s Nautilus, with two of the top five watches, made 26 appearances with an average price of US$111,198, a 26% average price decrease. Patek Philippe’s Perpetual Calendar followed with 23 appearances and a US$231,877 average price, signifying a fall of 43%, and Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak had 22 appearances and an average price of US$105,673, a 10% decrease. The Rolex Day Date is the only watch in the top five that tracks an increase in average price, which at US$72,459 clocked a 92% increase over last year.

In terms of categories, modern watches (2005 and newer) led the market with US$30 million in total sales from 226 lots, representing a 53.54% increase in sales and a 3.78% increase in average sales price over 2023. Vintage watches (pre-1985) logged a modest 6.22% increase in total sales and an 89.89% increase in total lots to 169.

However, the average price was down across vintage, independent, and neo-vintage (1990-2005) watches. Independent brands saw sales fall 24.10% to US$8.47 million and average prices falling 42.17%, while neo-vintage watches experienced the largest decline in sales and lots, with total sales falling 44.7% to US$8.25 million, and average sales price falling 35.73% to US$111,000.

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