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The ABCs of PORTERO – Part 2

N is for Nick Marmol, our Creative Director

Nick Marmol, Creative Director of

Born in London, Nick is a second-generation antiques specialist; a field the English take very seriously. A lover of historic landmarks and an avid traveler, Nick has been all over the world, but his favorite place to visit is India. Nick enjoys playing tennis and fishing, and his favorite restaurant is The Inn at Pound Ridge, where he enjoys the Maine Lobster pan roasted in the shell with oregano and chili. Although he’s British, he doesn’t drink tea.

Nick’s favorite item on the site is a 1940′s Cartier Lighter Watch, engraved “For each year is just an hour.”

O is for Omega

Omega Speedmaster Watch available on PORTERO.comOmega Speedmaster Moonwatch $12,425


Since 1848, Omega has created high quality, luxurious watches. PORTERO has an array of contemporary and vintage Omega watches, including the Seamaster, Speedmaster, DeVille, and Constellation. President John F. Kennedy, Prince William, and many other public figures have worn Omega watches.

P is for PORTERO Promise

It’s our mission to help you get the most out of luxury. PORTERO respects the brands we serve, and we guarantee the authenticity and condition of all merchandise, and we ensure the highest level of service and security. That’s our promise. And we don’t take it lightly. We guarantee our products are 100% authentic, or your money back. We carefully and accurately describe all items and conditions, and all photos are of the actual item up for sale, no stock photos. We also provide the highest level of security for the safest buying experience. In addition, we vet every single one of our vendors, and work with knowledgeable curators who are passionate about customer service. We pride ourselves in making the buying, selling or finding of luxury as seamless as possible.

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The Five Brands with Staying Power in the Secondary Luxury Market

Here at PORTERO we don’t want to just help you find the best luxury items, but we want to educate you on the secondary market, on what makes a great purchase, and which luxury accessories will hold their value over time.

“The secondary marketplace is very much like a commodity. Brands and their collections gain and lose value based on specific factors,” says Alexis Clarbour, the director of For example, you may pay full retail price on a certain bag, only to sell it a few years later and find out it has lost more than half of its retail value. The demand for certain brands and items varies over time, but there are five brands that have staying power in the secondary luxury market; meaning they are always in demand, and, should you wish to resell your items, will always get you a good profit.

Brands with Staying Power


  1. Bulgari. We have noticed an increase of interest in Bulgari, especially the Serpenti and Tubogas collections. The brand is also known for their colored gemstones, like these 18K yellow gold and pink tourmaline earrings.
  2. Cartier. Cartier is known for its fine jewelry and watches. The Cartier LOVE Bracelet, an iconic symbol of love, is a highly coveted piece that is in huge demand in the secondary market.
  3. Rolex. One of the brand’s most popular model; the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, is one of the most sought after timepieces by luxury watch lovers. It’s a great collector’s item that will undoubtedly hold its value over time.
  4. Chanel. As Chanel retail prices continue to rise, Chanel handbags and accessories, like this still Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag, can be found at excellent price points in the secondary marketplace.
  5. Birkin bag. It’s very hard to purchase a Birkin bag directly from Hermès, due to the high demand and low supply. However, you can find many Birkin bags in the secondary marketplace (here at PORTERO we have more than one hundred), which you can buy immediately; without having to get on a wait list. “If [a Birkin bag] is in excellent or pristine condition…one can receive a high premium to retail for that bag,” says our director, Alexis Clarbour. To find out more, see our feature on

An Interview with Creative Director Nick Marmol: His Love for Watches

Nick Marmol Creative Director of PORTERO

When did you first start admiring vintage watches?

I started admiring watches while visiting antique auctions in England at the age of seven. My father used to be an antiques dealer. I often stopped to check out the vitrines of jewelry and watches and was fascinated by pocket watches.

How has your knowledge of antiques influenced your passion for vintage watches?

I like design and how things are made. Same as with antiques, watches are made by skilled craftsmen.


What qualities should buyers look for when purchasing a vintage timepiece?

Buy something with a good quality movement. If it’s your first, or one of your first watches- an entry level watch, as we’d say- go for a vintage Omega. Or if you can spend a bit more, go for a nice vintage Rolex Oyster.  Try to get something with its original papers and box. And lastly, buy something you love.

What are some of the brands that hold their value over time? In other words, what watch makes for a great investment?

Rolex always seems to hold some value, as does Patek Philippe. Both brands are highly collectible.

Why should one buy a vintage watch?

My reasons for buying a vintage watch are that I love the history attached to it. I always wonder who wore it before me and what that watch has seen! A vintage watch can also make  you stand out from the crowd, as it adds just a little je ne sais quoi to a business suit or casual outfit.

Vintage Rolex Oyster

What is your most treasured watch in your collection?

I just love my 1966 Rolex Oyster, and I have all its original paperwork. It was purchased at the Raffles hotel in Singapore, and had one previous owner before me. Everything, including the metal strap, are original. You can check this by matching the serial numbers on the strap to the ones on the back of the case.

What is your favorite watch on

My favorite watch currently on PORTERO is a Vintage Rolex Cosmography Daytona, found here. I love that is a pretty rare Daytona model from 1962. I love the large face, and the whole style of it. You’d be a fool not to buy it!

vintage Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Essential Retro Watches

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Think the retro styling a la Mad Men is wearing off? Think again. The latest cover of GQ Australia shows Taylor Lautner carrying off the mid-century vibe beautifully, wearing tailored suits, slicked-back hair and dapper timepieces.

A vintage watch is a great way to embrace the look without an insanely high price tag. Elegant models by Rolex, Omega and Breitling can be found as low as $1,000 – a relative bargain compared to their contemporary counterparts. Plus, the use of simple, stately dials and always-in-style leather bands means that these accessories will stay in your collection forever.

We put together a set of our favorite essential retro watches – featuring a round face and leather straps – for easy shopping. Our pick for best value is Omega, the Swiss brand that is the official timekeeper of the Olympics.

Good for you Gold?

Apparently gold facials have gone mainstream. Who knew? Equinox spas are now offering signature treatments containing 24-karat gold flakes said to ‘moisturize, hydrate and reduce signs of aging’. I dug around a bit and found that the idea is far from new. Cleopatra herself was said to sleep wearing a gold mask, and ancient Chinese empresses had gold rollers for facial massage.

Gold flakes have been put in consumer products ranging from liquor to paint to desserts–mostly for aesthetic value. But it’s interesting to think about whether it can have a healing effect on the human body. (Totally reserving my judgement on this ridiculous product that might, however, make you laugh.)

I will say that certain gold accessories can automatically put me in a great mood (like this, this and this); maybe that’s enough?


Dapper Dials

Zac Efron might still be working on being taken seriously as a leading man, but he is definitely is emerging as a style icon for men. Whether or not you’re a fan of the beard, you can’t deny that his gray suit and Cartier Calibre watch look pretty dapper.

There’s a lot to like about this watch, but I’m particularly fond of the oversized black dial and the sophisticated (but unusual) Ruman Numeral markers. Like the look of a black dial? Here are some of our favorites:

Jaeger-LeCoultre Aston Martin Memovox SS Automatic

Chronoswiss Kairos SS Automatic

Rolex Cellini Cestello 18K white gold Manual

Win This ROLEX!

We are so excited to announce our just-launched sweepstakes, and it’s our biggest ever! If you thought the Hermes Birkin we gave away this past January was incredible, take a look at our newest obsession: a 42mm pre-owned 18-karat gold Rolex President!

To buy this watch new, you’d have to fork over around $24,000. Want to try to win it for free? All you have to do is head over to Portero and sign up on the pop-up and you’re entered for your chance to bring home the gold. You’ll also get a special promotional code that will save you 10% off your next purchase on Portero. Good luck!

Now or Never–Rolex and Cartier sale today!


Hopefully you’ve checked out the sale preview on Facebook because our first Now or Never watch sale is about to begin! Use promo code NNRC at checkout and you’ll get an extra 20% off already reduced Cartier & Rolex watch prices.

Don’t forget: The first shopper to checkout gets the watch, so don’t waste time if you see something you love. Click here to start browsing, but don’t forget, the promo code won’t be active until noon so you’ll need to wait until then to get the extra discount!