Somlo Antiques specialises in pocket watches and vintage wristwatches, and is one of the best places to see 400 years' worth of watch history.
When in London, Burlington Arcade is a must on the shopping route of any lover of luxury goods. From exquisite cashmere coats to the finest silk scarves and rare jewels, the mid-19th century Burlington Arcade is a haven for the sybarite and those wishing to escape the famous London drizzle. Stroll through the glass-roofed arcade that runs parallel to Bond Street between Piccadilly and Burlington Gardens and, at the northern end, you are likely to see a crowd clustered around the handsome wood-panelled exterior of Somlo Antiques.
Watch lovers from around the world flock here like moths to a flame. Somlo is a tantalising gathering of timekeeping history, from ornate 16th century pocket watches that only indicate the hour, to funky cuff watches by Piaget from the 1970s, all in one sliver of a boutique. Omega Vintage is a section entirely dedicated to this brand with cult favourites such as the Omega Speedmaster chronograph, known as the Moon Watch, or smart Constellations for wearing with a suit.
Somlo Antiques is a must for watch lovers and those interested in the history of watchmaking. The range and quality of the watches for sale is impressive and most can be seen through the window - all this in a particularly charming corner of London.