图片来源：图虫创意 爱马仕铂金包和劳力士手表这类高档商品通常被视作奢侈品行业的指标。然而，在这次疫情危机期间，大家对这两者的看法却完全不同。High-ticket items like Birkin bags and Rolex watches are often seen as barometers for the luxury business. However, how each is being perceived during this crisis couldn’t be different. 在COVID-19爆发期间，报道显示，铂金包的次级市场价格有所上升，而劳力士手表的价格则下降了。Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, reports have shown that the secondary-market prices for Birkin bags have gone up, while the values of Rolex watches have dropped. 在经济衰退时期，出现在二手市场的铂金包数量通常会上升，因为在市场衰退期间，交易高价物品换取现金流是很普遍的做法。The amount of Birkins that appear on the resale market during a recession usually goes up, as trading a high-value item for cash flow is common during a market downturn. 但铂金包令人惊讶的地方是，它的价格仍然见涨，即使是在过度供应时期（供需的基本经济准则似乎不适用于这个包的价格）。But what is surprising about the Birkin bag is how its price remains strong, even in times of oversupply (the basic economic principle of supply and demand doesn’t seem to apply when it comes to the price of this bag). 根据金融出版集团日本经济新闻社（Nikkei）的消息，香港最古老的二手奢侈品商店之一米兰站（Milan Station）称，过去两月中铂金包的交易量增长了30%。According to the financial publication Nikkei, one of the oldest second-hand luxury shops in Hong Kong, Milan Station, reported a 30-percent increase in transactions of Birkin bags over the past two months. 虽然这位法国奢侈品巨头也受到了COVID-19危机的影响，但比与其竞争的奢侈品集团情况好很多。While the French luxury titan has not been unaffected by the COVID-19 crisis, it fared much better than its competing luxury groups. According to its most recent financial report, Hermès reported first-quarter sales of $1.64 billion — down from $1.74 billion a year earlier — and revenue at a constant exchange rate dropped by 7.7 percent. 销量的下滑没有路易威登（LVMH）和开云集团（Kering）这样的奢侈品集团竞争对手那么严重，这两家公司都报告2020年第一季度销量下滑了15%或者更多。This drop was less dramatic than those of rival luxury groups like LVMH and Kering, who both posted a sales decline of 15 percent or more for the first three months of 2020. 正如COVID-19显示的那样，拥有一个铂金包不仅仅是身份的象征，还成为了一笔在经济衰退时期保值的投资。As COVID-19 has shown, owning a Birkin bag is not just a token of status, but it has also become an investment that holds its value during the economic downturn.