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Regnier - Yepa, Cadrage Aloki & Cadrage Apala

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High in the Jura mountains, close to the border with Switzerland, lies the small village of Charquemont. Here in 1920, the vision of two families gave birth to the house of REGNIER.

The brand endures today thanks to the men and women who have participated in its evolution, sharing their passion for tradition through experience, excellence and precision. The collection is a perfect balance of these ideals, technical knowledge and creative flair form the basis for a marriage of our deepest desires and the eternal spirit of true craftsmen. Regnier introduces: Yepa, Cadrage Aloki & Cadrage Apala. Yepa Delicately feminine, "Yepa" comes in a steel case set with 14 gems, waterproof to 5 atm. and fitted with a crown protection...

Franc Vila Tourbillon Chronograph SuperLigero

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A year after the appearance of the FVa N 6 SuperLigero Concept, Franc Vila now introduces a flying chronograph tourbillon based on nanotechnology.

The new movement, like last year's, is made of Lightnium, but the design of the bridges has been inspired by the molecular structure of Graphene, a recently discovered material. While its density is very low, with a thickness equivalent to an atom, it is 10 to 100 times more resistant than steel and much harder than diamond. Movement is the hand-wound FV N 4 caliber, hand-decorated, with 33 jewels, beating at 28,800 bph with a pierced flying tourbillon with differential gear and inertia control mechanism. The mono-pusher chronograph is a...

Basel: Greubel Forsey's Four Tourbillon

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To debut at BASELWORLD 2009, the 2nd Fundamental Invention by Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey features four tourbillons which contribute independently to its exceptional time-keeping performance.

This is made possible by the asynchronous position of each of the four tourbillons, which are connected to two autonomous regulating organs. These organs, each housed in a tourbillon cage, and are coupled to the spherical differential which ensures transmission to the display system. The movement is a patented hand-wound caliber, comprising 531 components, with 63 jewels, beating at 21,600 bph and with a power reserve of 50 hours. The two interior tourbillons at a 30 angle rotate every 60 seconds, the two exterior tourbillons rotate every 4...

Omega Seamaster Diver Vancouver 2010

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The Omega Seamaster Diver "Vancouver 2010" Limited Edition is being produced in the 41mm and 36mm versions, each in a release of 2,010 numbered pieces and featuring the Omega Co-Axial caliber 2500.

The watches feature white lacquered dials and red-anodised aluminium bezel rings. These contrasting colors recall the Canadian flag with its red maple leaf against a stark white background. The white dials are also reminiscent of the snow and ice which will play such an important role in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The watches' connection to the Games in Vancouver is further reinforced by the colored Olympic rings on the counterweight of the red-tipped, rhodium-plated chronograph seconds hand. Their hands and indexes are coated wit...

TAG Heuer Monaco, 40 Years of Legend

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After its scene-stealing debut on Steve McQueen's wrist in Le Mans, the TAG Heuer Monaco, the square-cased icon of sporting glamour that captured the spirit of an era and changed forever the face of luxury Swiss watchmaking, remains as cool and cutting-edge as ever.

Launched simultaneously in Geneva and New York on March 3rd, 1969, the Monaco caught the watchmaking world by storm. The provocative look of the timepiece, with its fire-red chronograph hand, metallic blue dial, domed crystal, and big, squared-off case represented a complete break with the conventional codes of watch design aesthetics. Equally radical was the engineering required to ensure the chronograph's perfect water-resistance - a world first for a square-shaped timepiece. But what was ticking inside was even more revolutionary: the famous...

Leonardo DiCaprio and TAG Heuer Partner to Help the Environment

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TAG Heuer recently introduced actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio as its newest ambassador. The three-year agreement is a unique one for TAG Heuer and DiCaprio, with the royalties generated from the deal going to support the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Green Cross International. In addition, a multi-million dollar commitment from Mr. DiCaprio will go to support environmental charities.

"TAG Heuer is a strong brand with a proven commitment to doing good," said DiCaprio. "It is a great day when a company as respected as TAG Heuer explores a different way to do business-selling products and giving back at the same time. I'm very excited to start this new partnership." DiCaprio's willingness to push limits has made him one of the most exciting actors in Hollywood. This same quality fuels his passion for the environment. A deeply engaged activist, DiCaprio has a long history of environmental philanthropy. Co-writer, co-producer...

Jaeger-LeCoultre auctioned for World Heritage Preservation

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On February 16th, jaeger-lecoultre.com will begin an online auction of the prototype Number 1 of the model Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm Tides of Time, from its SIHH 2009 collection.

Symbolising the "Tides of Time" partnership between Jaeger-LeCoultre, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the International Herald Tribune, this timepiece associates two of the Manufacture's emblematic complications: an alarm and the simultaneous display of the time in 24 time zones. Three of the cities on its outer dial ring have been replaced by three natural sites appearing on the World Heritage list benefiting from a dedicated preservation programme supported by Jaeger-LeCoultre. The timepiece is a "Tides of Time" edition of the fascina...

President Kennedy's watch to be sold at auction

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Antiquorum Auctioneers announces a special spring watch auction at its US headquarters in New York City on March 4 and 5 that will include a collection of over 400 important timepieces from across the globe. Of particular interest for collectors include: a watch that belonged to President John F. Kennedy and later Aristotle Onassis; a pocket watch that belonged to Mahatma Gandhi; and a superb selection of Patek Philippe wristwatches -- including a unique piece made for Henry Graves. Previews for the sale will be held in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and New York City.

The Nastrix watch that belonged to President John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the US, and later to Aristotle Onassis, the Greek shipping magnate, is expected to draw international attention. It is a waterproof 14K gold wristwatch with 57 jewels and original brown alligator strap. The watch was given to JFK in January 1963 by Evangeline and David Bruce, at the time, well-known socialites in Washington D.C. They were great supporters of JFK and instrumental in his election. Mr. Bruce was later appointed by JFK as US Ambassador to Great Brit...

500 Fathoms beneath the sea

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On the eve of the Baselworld 2009 watch show, Blancpain presents the "big sister" of its now famous Fifty Fathoms watch: the brand-new 500 Fathoms. More high-performance and high-tech than ever, the brand's latest diver's watch displays an uncompromisingly sporting design. Waterresistant to 1000 metres, it is equipped with a helium decompression valve that is vital when diving in a closed environment. The ultra-virile 500 Fathoms is fitted with a 48 mm-diameter titanium case - an unusual size for Blancpain.

Presented as the ultimate sports watch, the 500 Fathoms is making a striking entrance into the collection of Blancpain diver's watches. Endowed with a new face, a new size and new performances, the 500 Fathoms is water-resistant to 1000 metres. It features a brushed titanium case measuring 48 mm in diameter, equipped with a crown guard. Placed inside the case at 10 o'clock, a self-winding decompression valve guarantees the security and the reliability of the watch, without requiring any handling on the part of the wearer. To enhance readabil...

Hublot Big Bang King Power

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A Big Bang with an even stronger, more powerful and further evolved design: this is the King Power - a timepiece with a complex dial made of several layers in a sober and powerful aesthetic concept, housing a split-seconds foudroyante chronograph movement.

King Power, a watch with an extreme and robust design. Its strength lies both in its tradition and faithfulness to the design of the Big Bang, as well as in its avant-garde modernism. All its components have been redesigned: the case has been shaped with sharp angles and straight sides, and features raised end pieces and screws. On the case edge, the push pieces stand out more, with the decorative tubes inserted in the black composite resin. The bezel has acquired a new look thanks to the rubber moulding around the ceramic. The dial is made of...

Hublot Big Bang St-Valentin

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Like a gem, a bouquet of flowers in full bloom, a delicate scent, or a romantic story. This is a Big Bang that combines the full range of pink tones: the gold case and the vivid pink of the alligator strap are illuminated by the translucent sparkle of the sapphires set on the bezel. An elegant and feminine chronograph, radiant and even mischievous.

TECHNICAL DATA SHEET Case "Big Bang" 41 mm diameter in 5N gold Bezel 5N gold with 6 titanium H-shaped screws, sunken, polished and blocked, set with 48 pink sapphire baguettes (approx. 2.23 cts) Crystal Sapphire crystal with anti-reflection interior treatment Bezel lug Pink composite resin Lateral inserts Pink composite resin Back 5N gold with sapphire crystal, anti-reflection interior treatment Crown 5N gold with pink rubber insert Push-pieces 5N gold, rectangular with pink rubber insert Screws Titanium Water-resistance 100 m or 10...

Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon à Quantième Perpetuel

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This exceptional model enriches the horological heritage of the Grande Maison with a double-complication movement.

The technical characteristics of its automatic calibre - including a titanium tourbillon carriage, high-inertia and high-frequency balance and an oscillating weight mounted on ceramic ball-bearings - enable it to achieve remarkable levels of performance. Entirely decorated by hand, it testifies to the mastery of rare crafts cultivated within the Grande Maison. Its refined aesthetics and exceptional finishes are a tribute paid by Jaeger-LeCoultre to traditional fine watchmaking. Watch tested for 1000 hours and water-resistant to 5 ATM Also...

Blancpain, the watchmaker of gourmet cuisine

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As official timekeeper of the Bocuse d'Or 2009 competition in Lyon, Blancpain is honoured to be associating its name with the best-known international cuisine contest in the international gourmet world. The quest for excellence, inimitable know-how, precise gestures and meticulous hand-crafted work are a set of values that the Manufacture in Le Brassus proudly shares with the art of gastronomy. Blancpain thereby brilliantly celebrates its passion for this world imbued with noble distinction.

The Bocuse d'Or 2009 is held as part of the 14th world hotel, catering and food trade show (SIRHA) at the Lyon Euroexpo exhibition centre on January 27th and 28th 2009. 24 up-andcoming chefs from around the world will be defending their national colours in front of rows of avid fans. They are rising to the challenge of cooking to perfection a set of dishes that are submitted to the demanding taste-buds of 24 famous chefs. Competitors have exactly five and a half hours to vie with each other on the themes of Aberdeen Angus Scottish Beef and Norw...

Blancpain rewards Geir SKEIE

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24 contestants, a single champion: Geir SKEIE, of the Restaurant Mathuset Solvold, in Sandefjord (Norway), wins the most coveted international gastronomy award. As the icing on the cake, Blancpain, official timekeeper of the Bocuse d'Or 2009, presents the French laureate with a watchmaking gem: its famous Flyback Chronograph Grande Date. During the two intense days of competition on January 27th and 28th, the mural replicas of the Blancpain chronograph have faithfully measured off the five hours and thirty-five minutes allotted to contestants.

Finalists in the 21st Bocuse d'Or, organised as part of the World Hotel, Catering and Food Trade Show (SIRHA) in Lyon, found themselves engaged in a daunting trial of their talent and skills. In carrying off the Bocuse d'Or 2009, Geir SKEIE, of the Restaurant Mathuset Solvold, in Sandefjord, notches up a 4th win for Norway since the creation of the Bocuse d'Or in 1987. Beneath the attentive gaze of a large audience, 24 experienced cooks have done their utmost to appeal to the expert taste-buds of an international jury composed of the world's...

Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in 2009

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Well, here we are, it's 2009 and we thought it would be a great idea for us, the watch enthusiasts, to try to give an answer to a simple question: Which are the world's most expensive watches in 2009? So, we decided to take all the luxury watchmakers' catalogues that we have received and browse them in order to find the most expensive timepieces that you can buy today.

In compiling the top 10 most expensive watches of 2009 list, our team had a pretty hard job. Since we are more fascinated with mechanical men's watches than with the ladies' watches dripping with jewels, we decided to give the priority to the timepieces that represent unique masterpieces in the watchmaking industry. Most of you agree that a watch is a watch. It's purpose is just to tell time. But, for some people a watch is much more. It symbolises one's social and financial status. Most of these watches are more expensive than a car or eve...

World launch of a new Fifty Fathoms

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Blancpain presents a world-first preview of its new Fifty Fathoms watch in a special limited series of 50. This exclusive edition is clad in a deep blue colour celebrating the inseparable ties binding the Manufacture in Le Brassus to the splendours of the ocean depths.

It plays the starring role in an exhibition that is unique in Switzerland and is on show in the Cite du Temps in Geneva from January 19th to February 28th 2009. For the first time ever, the most significant models of this legendary diver's watch - from 1953 to the present day - are united under one roof. Faithful to its immediately recognisable design, this new Fifty Fathoms is adorned in subtle shades evoking underwater mysteries. The contrasting numerals, hour-markers and hands coated with a luminescent substance stand out beautifully agai...

New TAG Heuer boutique in the heart of Europe

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TAG Heuer's honorary chairman Mr. Jack W. Heuer has inaugurated the new-style boutique in Budapest. 50 VIP guests have been present at the event.

A new luxury boutique has been opened in Budapest on 2. Andrassy Street. The 68 sq. m. Shop is the first in Continental Europe and also unique in showing the whole range of products TAG Heuer offers, including eye-wear products (optical frames and sunglasses), fashion accessories and the avant-garde communication range in addition to watches. Mr. Heuer explained in his speech in front of 50 VIP guests, how pleased he is to open the TAG Heuer boutique in the "Paris of the East" as Budapest is referred to. During its almost 150 years of histo...

New watch models in the IWC Aquatimer family

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IWC Aquatimer family will include the following watches from 2009 onwards: Aquatimer Deep Two, Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Galapagos Islands, Aquatimer Chronograph, Aquatimer Chronograph in red gold, Aquatimer Automatic 2000.

All have the following features in common: the case dimensions have increased slightly to 44 mm, and in one particular instance even to 46 mm. Another immediately obvious feature shared by the revised family is the rotating diving bezel, now located externally once again. IWC has always incorporated two possibilities for measuring dive times in its diver's watches. The first Aquatimer was equipped initially with a rotating inner bezel, which was operated via the second crown. The system is particularly secure as far as unintentional adjustment...

Extra second added to 2008

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The world's official timekeepers have added a "leap second" to the last day of the year on Wednesday, to help match clocks to the Earth's slowing spin on its axis, which takes place at ever-changing rates affected by tides and other factors, Reuters reports.

The U.S. Naval Observatory, keeper of the Pentagon's master clock, said it would add the extra second on Wednesday in coordination with the world's atomic clocks at 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds Coordinated Universal Time, or UTC. That corresponds to 6:59:59 p.m. EST (23:59:59 GMT), when an extra second will tick by -- the 24th to be added to UTC since 1972, when the practice began. UTC is the time scale kept by highly precise atomic clocks around the world, accurate to about a billionth of a second per day, the Naval Observatory sa...

Ulysse Nardin Imperial St. Petersburg

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Ulysse Nardin has produced a Limited Edition timepiece - The Imperial St. Petersburg. This timepiece from the Ulysse Nardin Marine Collection features a genuine hand-crafted oven-cured enamel dial, with an applied gold double-headed Eagle which is emblematic of St. Petersburg.

The Maxi Marine Chronometer is available in a Limited Edition of 30 pieces in platinum. The exhibition case back reveals the spectacular movement equipped with a 22 ct gold rotor. The officially certified self-winding movement (C.O.S.C) features the legendary oversized small seconds register and a large date display at 6 o'clock. Each elegant 43 mm case is individually numbered and equipped with a screw-crown and sapphire crystals. Water-resistant to 100 meters. The Imperial St. Petersburg is presented in an elaborate multi-layer white...

Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos 80 Anniversary

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In 2008, the <a href="http://www.luxois.com/watches/jaeger-lecoultre/atmos-classique">Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos</a> clock is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a serenity matched only by its extraordinary longevity. With no batteries, no electric current and no winding, the clock has steadily found its way through the months, years and decades.

To mark the event, limited editions of Atmos have been created: Atmos Astronomique Limited Edition of 48 Inside a spectacular glass cabinet adorned with reproductions of sky charts inspired by the

Hublot one million dollar Black Caviar Bang

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Swiss manufacturer of luxury watches Hublot has introduced one million dollar watch Black Caviar. The watch is manufactured in limited edition of one piece.

Hublot has presented the quintessence of "invisible visibility" in a uniform range of black tones. The watchmaking brand and the setting workshop Bunter SA have together developed a World Première with a completely invisible setting, using only black diamonds. It's a world "first", and a technological and artistic achievement. The dream of combining key Hublot concepts - invisible visibility, "All Black", watchmaking tradition and state-ofthe-art technology - has become reality thanks to the creativity, the ingenuity and a touch of the "cra...

Vacheron Constantin organised classical concert for Pope Benedict XVI

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It was on December 10th, 1948, that the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To commemorate this historic event, on Wednesday, December 10th, 2008, Vacheron Constantin

Also in attendance were Mr. Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic, Dr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Organisation, Mr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, and HRH The Grand Duke of Luxembourg. On this occasion and after the concert, Mr. Cornelio Sommaruga, Swiss humanitarian, diplomat and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross from 1987 to 1999 was awarded the Cardinal Van Thuam Prize 2008 in acknowledgement of his outs...

Blancpain rewards the owner of an exceptional horse

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Inspired by a shared love of beauty and the tireless pursuit of perfection, Blancpain is partnering the World Arabian Horse Championship held in Paris (France), from December 12th to 14th 2008, on the occasion of the "Salon du Cheval de Paris".

In awarding the Official Blancpain Prize to the Polish Stadnina Koni Yanow Podlaski, owner of Pianissima, born on January 13th 2003 and which earned the highest marks in various trials, the world's oldest watchmaking brand celebrates a discipline that combines beauty with elegance, qualities that also distinguish fine luxury watchmaking. The Official Blancpain Prize rewards an exceptional purebred Arabian horse and highlights the constant search for perfection and the philosophy of excellence binding the equestrian world to that of the Manuf...

Barack Obama's watches

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Most people are less interested in Barack Obama's selection of watches than in his political believes and moves. But for us enthusiasts, who watch movies to see the various selection of watches that Hollywood stars and celebrities wear, it is very exciting to explore the President-elect's watches selection.

During the 2008 US Election campaign and after winning the Election, Barack Obama, now the President-elect of the United States, was the most photographed person in the U.S. It was a chance for watch enthusiasts to study, explore and try to give an answer to a simple question: Which watch does Barack Obama wear? When it comes to men's fashion in the world of politics, Obama has his own style. He's always in a dark, two-button suit and a white dress shirt. Many fashion experts will tell you that the only jewellery a man should wear is a wa...

Piaget Emperador coussin large moon

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The moon phase is one of the most symbolic and most fascinating complications of all, to which the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget now pays tribute by introducing the Piaget Emperador coussin large moon.

This model is a paragon of purity and understatement, featuring a generous 46.5 mm-diameter case with an original and attractive moon-phase display at 6 o'clock. With its broad opening measuring 12 mm in diameter, this large moon reveals a wealth of subtle craftsmanship exercised on a heated gold plate featuring reflections symbolising moon craters. The moon-phase indication is provided by a mobile mask that gradually uncovers the white gold moon disc, before covering it up again. This display principle reproduces the natural interplay of the s...

Ladies' Watch of the Year 2008

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Girard-Perregaux ww.tc 24 Hour Shopping was awarded "Ladies' watch of the year 2008".

The Museum Jacquemart-Andre, located besides the Champs-Elys'es, Paris, welcomed on November 26th, 2008, the 9th Edition of the "Prix officiel de la Revue des Montres 2008" organized by "Les Editions Jalou". The prize for "Ladies' watch of the year 2008" has been awarded to the ww.tc 24 Hour Shopping of Girard-Perregaux. Stefano Macaluso, Vice-President of the Brand, received the prize by Mr Stephan Ciejka, President of the Jury. Technical data The case, in stainless steel, measures 41mm. It has a sapphire crystal and display back,...

Hublot Bing Bang Senna Foudroyante

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Today, in Japan, the second Big Bang with the motor-racing champion's signature was launched. Within the framework of an exhibition of previously unpublished photos featuring Ayrton Senna, taken by his photographer friend Norio Koike, Hublot confirmed its support for the Instituto Ayrton Senna, founded by Viviane Senna, the sister of the late racing driver. By her side, Jean-Claude Biver presented to the media and the public the second version of the watch, called "Big Bang Senna Foudroyante", part of the sales revenues of which will be donated to the Instituto Ayrton Senna.

Hublot is also honoured by the presence in Tokyo of its ambassador, Bruno Senna, Viviane's son, a talented young motor-racing driver, who has already made a name for himself on the circuit when he achieved second place in the GP2 championship this season. Whereas the first Big Bang had been launched during the F1 Grand Prix in Sao Paulo in 2007, today Hublot and the Instituto Ayrton Senna chose to unveil another side of Ayrton's life never previously seen. The doors are open to an exhibition of photographs of Ayrton taken in his private and...

Malte Tourbillon Regulator wins the "Best Tourbillon of the Year"

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Vacheron Constantin was delighted to receive the prestigious Best Tourbillon of the Year award for its Malte Tourbillon Regulator at the 2008 Premier Middle East Watches, Jewellery & Pens Awards held at the Ritz Carlton in Bahrain on 25 November.

Such an honour was further recognition of the ancestral savoir-faire, innovative tradition and pursuit of excellence passionately cultivated over 250 years by all Vacheron Constantin's employees. The awards are divided into five different categories, for which two votes are cast: one by the jury comprising independent members from the industrial sector, the other by the public. Vacheron Constantin's Malte Tourbillon Regulator, which was presented in 2008, comes in two versions, platinum 950 or 18K 5N pink gold. It houses a tonneau-shaped 179...

Officine Panerai for the Ferrari California

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To celebrate the launching of Ferraris' latest iconic model, the California, Officine Panerai for Ferrari has created this limited edition (400 pieces) flyback chronograph.

The case, in stainless steel, measures 45mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 100 meters. MSRP is $12,600.

Blancpain women "Saint-Valentin 2009"

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At Blancpain, the annual lovers' day is a celebration. Each year, the Manufacture in Le Brassus makes it a point of honour to conceive and create a limited series of ladies' timepieces dedicated to love. Watchmaking tradition mingles with the boundless creativity of the brand's designers, who are never at a loss for inspiration when it comes to sublimating the feminine and romantic spirit of slender mechanical timepieces.

The 2009 edition is a special treat for women with a taste for sporty-looking watches. The Manufacture in Le Brassus offers a modern horological interpretation of romance: an exclusive edition of 99 Flyback Chronographs, a timeless gift beating to the rhythm of tender hearts. Valentine's Day is a powerful symbol and an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Blancpain. In its honour, the Manufacture in Le Brassus presents an exclusive edition of the Flyback Chronograph, combining a daring design with the elegance of mother-of-pearl and rubie...

Amazing new ad campaign for Audemars Piguet watches

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The Manufacture in Le Brassus is adopting a new angle: exit the muses, and pride of place to watches and jewellery. The era when the language used for men was deemed unsuitable forwomen is clearly over. Entirely in tune with the masculine campaign that has been runningsince 2003, the new ladies' campaign is bound to attract attention due to its sheer originality. It is now appearing worldwide since October 2008.

Audemars Piguet has decided to talk to women differently. Rather than showing them a figure reflecting themselves, or offering them a role model that they would necessarily wish to resemble, it has opted to make the watch and jewellery creations the stars of the show. The Manufacture in LeBrassus also bucks the trend in watchmaking communication, which generally addresses men and women in a different way, choosing instead to adopt a unified mode of expression. Thus, conveying a sense of continuity with the masculine campaign launched in 2003...

The Golden Ellipse by Patek Philippe, 40th Anniversary

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Enduring collections are among the venerable traditions upheld by Patek Philippe: the Geneva-based manufacture is now celebrating the 40th birthday of its legendary Golden Ellipse family with a first platinum version and an exclusive two-watch set with matching jewelry for people who cherish timeless elegance.

In 1868, Patek Philippe crafted the very first Swiss wristwatch. It was a delicate jeweled timepiece. One hundred years later, wristwatches were ubiquitous, and there was hardly any shape that designers had not yet tried out. The spectrum of case styles ranged from classic round to rectangular and square as well as to triangular for Masonic watches. It almost seemed as if the creatives had reached their wits

Inauguration of the Vacheron Constantin Mansion in Shanghai

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Vacheron Constantin has recently opened a large Vacheron Constantin Mansion in China, right in the heart of Shanghai. Its official inauguration took place on October attended by Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO, Marc Guten, International Director, Yann Bouillonnec, Managing Director of Asia Pacific, and Charlie Lai, Managing Director Hong Kong China of Vacheron Constantin.

Also present and this was a first were the heirs and direct descendants of the Constantin family, Jean and Odette Constantin, who, at the brandэs invitation, travelled from Geneva to cut the symbolic ribbon at this important event. In his speech, Juan-Carlos Torres said: "Customer expectation has risen considerably in terms of both service and product quality. Our Chinese clients, in particular, display a very sophisticated level of taste as well as a strong attachment to the importance of history and the mastery of high quality craftsmans...

Lennox Lewis at the opening of the Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique

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Jaeger-LeCoultre and Les Bijoux celebrated the first Jaeger-LeCoultre American boutique with the boxing champion Lennox Lewis. Lewis, a Jaeger-LeCoultre fan. He joined International Director of Sales Nicolas Baretzki and North American President Gina Misrach in welcoming guests at the newly owned Boca Raton boutique. Also on hand were Les Bijoux's Simon Dahan and Greg Osipov.

Lennox Lewis arrived in an DB9 Volante Aston Martin, a partner of Jaeger-LeCoultre, and donned his very own Rose Gold Reverso Squadra Hometime for the event. Guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers along with a wide array of coffee drinks supplied by Nespresso. The Boca Raton boutique opened June 2008 and has become a favorite spot for fine watch connoisseurs. This is the first of two newly opened boutiques for Jaeger-LeCoultre in the United States. The second opened mid October in Beverly Hills.

IWC Schaffhausen auctions Pilot's Watch UTC Edition Antoine de Saint Exupery

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It's exactly ten years since IWC turned a wonderful idea into a tradition. On 1 December 1998 the first auction was held on the manufactory's website. On that occasion, the model Mark 11, a veteran from the company's own collection, changed hands for the benefit of the Red Cross. Every year since then our auction has been an eagerly awaited event.

Between 8 and 14 December 2008, IWC Schaffhausen will be auctioning a watch that will never be available again - the Pilot's Watch UTC Edition Antoine de Saint Exupery in platinum. This tribute to the French pilot, author and adventurer will be presented together with a copy of the English edition of his novel "Terre des Hommes" ("Wind, Sand and Stars"), hand-signed by the author. The proceeds of the charity auction will go to the SIPAR organization, which works in Cambodia to fight illiteracy by publishing children's books and setting up schoo...

Winner of the 2008 "Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie de Geneve"

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Presented at BaselWorld 2008 as the TAG Heuer Concept Watch of the year, the Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS Caliper Chronograph fascinated watch collectors around the world. On November 13th, 2008, it captured the heart of the discerning jury of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, in the Sports category. From concept to reality, TAG Heuer is also proud to announce the dream has come true: the Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS has reached top selected boutiques since September 2008.

The Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie de Genève is the most prestigious award won by this stunning timepiece epitomizing the spirit of Grand Carrera and TAG Heuer motor racing heritage: It also was crowned in China by The Most Successful Design Award 2008 and in Mexico during the Salon Internacional de Alta Relojeria 2008. Jean-Christophe BABIN, President and CEO said: "It is the fifth time TAG Heuer is awarded the Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie... but every time is the first time! This is a great achievement for the people at TAG Heuer. We never stand st...

Two Audemars Piguet watches win awards at Geneva's 2008 Grand Prix

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For the second year running, Audemars Piguet has won two awards at Geneva's Watchmaking Grand Prix, held at the city's Grand Theatre on 13 November 2008. The Manufacture received awards in the categories of Jewellery Watch and Complete Calendar Watch for its diamond-set Millenary Pianoforte chronograph and Jules Audemars Equation of Time skeleton watch.

For the second year running, Audemars Piguet has won two awards at Geneva�s Watchmaking Grand Prix, held at the city's Grand Theatre on 13 November 2008. The Manufacture received awards in the categories of Jewellery Watch and Complete Calendar Watch for its diamond-set Millenary Pianoforte chronograph and Jules Audemars Equation of Time skeleton watch. Geneva's eighth Watchmaking Grand Prix was one of the city's finest. The ceremony opened to the strains of tango music and continued apace, unveiling some of the most beautiful timepieces cre...

Louis Moinet Magistralis, 1 million CHF watch with real pieces of the moon

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A hundred-year-old movement, an authentic 2000-year-old piece of the moon, a box that works like a musical instrument, the famous 1848 Traite d'Horlogerie (Watchmaking Treatise) - dreams are ever present in the history of this watch.

Magistralis is an extraordinary watch representing the expert craftsmanship of the time-honoured art of Haute Horlogerie. It is one of a kind, unlike any other, and will never be repeated. The movement The movement was created a hundred years ago. Designed in the Vallee de Joux, it was made in Geneva and bears the Poincon de Genève quality hallmark. It beats at 18,000 vibrations per hour and features a (double-bladed) self-compensating balance and a flame-blued Breguet balance spring. Its flat-polished moustache lever escapement is hand cha...

Spectacular watches highlight Antiquorum's december sale

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Antiquorum Auctioneers is preparing for its largest annual US auction that will be held on December 10th and 11th at its offices on Madison Avenue in New York City. Over 500 lots will be offered in the sale of Important Collectors' Wristwatches, Pocket Watches & Clocks with a significant number to be sold at no reserve. Worldwide previews will be held in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Los Angeles and New York.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for watch aficionados to bid on a remarkable collection of both modern and vintage watches, particularly rare Patek Philippe timepieces," said Robert Maron, Chairman, Antiquorum."As demonstrated by the success of our recent sales, fine watches continue to have significant growth potential." Patek Philippe Ref. 5020 (Estimate: $ 140,000 - $ 180,000.) The connoisseur horologist will be excited to note that the first Patek Philippe Ref. 5020 ever produced, No. 3045000, will be offered in the December auction....

Longines official timekeeper for 2008-2009 Alpine Skiing WC

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For the third consecutive year, the world-renowned Swiss watch manufacturer will be using its timing skills on the glistening mountain slopes, namely as the official timekeeper for the 2008-2009 Alpine Skiing World Cup competitions organised by the International Skiing Federation (FIS).

The start of the 2008-2009 skiing season also marks the return of the world champion downhill skier Aksel Lund Svindal from Norway. Aksel has been one of Longines' ambassadors of elegance since 2007 and was unfortunately injured in Beaver Creek the same year. The prodigy from the far north is back on form and will be competing again this winter. Longines is proud to be the timekeeper for the first World Cup race in Levi and would like to take this opportunity to wish him every success during the season. Longines is looking forward to its par...

TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS Caliper Chronograph Prize Winner

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Presented at BaselWorld 2008 as the TAG Heuer Concept Watch of the year, the Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS Caliper Chronograph fascinated watch collectors around the world.

On November 13th, 2008, it captured the heart of the discerning jury of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, in the Sports category. From concept to reality, TAG Heuer is also proud to announce the dream has come true: the Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS has reached top selected boutiques since September 2008. The Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie de Genève is the most prestigious award won by this stunning timepiece epitomizing the spirit of Grand Carrera and TAG Heuer motor racing heritage: It also was crowned in China by The Most Successful Design...

Ballon bleu de Cartier Flying Tourbillon

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The first Cartier watchmaking creation to bear the Geneva Seal hallmark, the Ballon bleu de Cartier Flying Tourbillon watch reflects its time with modernity and strength.

It complies with the criteria of excellence demanded for the issuing of the Geneva Seal in terms of precision, reliability and beauty of its movement. The Ballon bleu de Cartier Flying Tourbillon watch is truly an instrument of High Watchmaking, a large timepiece with a diameter of 46mm and for which the opening, the outstanding cabochon, and profiled refinement make this and unmistakable Cartier creation. A manufacture-crafted mechanical movement with manual winding, the 9452 MC calibre is comprised of 142 parts and 19 jewels. Measuri...

Omega Quantum of Solace Limited Edition Watch

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Although James Bond originally wears Rolex in Ian Felming books, 007 has been loyal to Omega in the latest movies. This trend begun with Goldeneye in 1995, and the latest masterpiece by Omega for the handsome secret agent is limited edition Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m "Quantum of Solace".

The black textured surface of its dial - reminiscent of the grip of 007's trademark Walther PPK - distinguishes OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m "Quantum of Solace" from ever other James Bond limited edition watch. The blood red tip of the seconds hand rotates in stark contrast to the black dial. The "Quantum of Solace" watch is a dream for serious divers: water resistant to a depth of 600m (2000 feet) with both helium escape valve and a unidirectional rotating bezel. Unmistakably OMEGA, undeniably Bond: a logo is engraved on the buckle...

Maurice Lacroix Momoire 1

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Can a mechanism remember? From now on, the answer is "yes"! Maurice Lacroix developed the first memory function for a mechanical watch. This completely new Grande Complication, which will find its initial application in the exclusive Mmoire 1 chronograph, limited to 20 pieces, is a new milestone in the history of the art of Swiss watchmaking.

This watch has only two hands: one for the minutes and one for the seconds, along with a disc to indicate the hours. And yet, Maurice Lacroix is presenting at Baselworld 2008 with the Mmoire 1 one of the most complicated watches ever developed. The reason is that a revolutionary design sits inside this chronograph, limited to 20 pieces, the first memory function for a mechanical timepiece. An indication at 3 o'clock reveals the secret: By pressing the button integrated into the crown, the mode changes from Time to Chrono. The hands and the...

Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921

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The Les Historiques line was born out of the desire to highlight the richness of Vacheron Constantin's heritage by reviving emblematic legendary models conveying the brand's spirit and savoir-faire in contemporary reinterpretations.

So, following last year's presentation of the reinterpretation of the Chronomètre Royal 1907 to celebrate that watch's 100th anniversary, Vacheron Constantin is now presenting the Historiques American 1921. This timepiece is inspired by an avant-garde cushion-shaped wristwatch featuring a crown at one o'clock and produced in very limited numbers by the Geneva-based manufacture specifically for the American market during the Roaring Twenties. Respecting the spirit of that era, Vacheron Constantin has once again returned to basics by combinin...

Royal Oak Carbon Concept Tourbillon and Chronograph

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A pioneer in the use of new materials, the Manufacture Audemars Piguet once again blazes a new trail with its Royal Oak Carbon Concept Tourbillon and Chronograph.

Already the first and only watch company to master forged carbon technology, the Manufacture in Le Brassus is taking a further step by presenting the first watch equipped with both a case and movement in carbon. Lightness and sturdiness are the keynotes of this exceptional timepiece, since along with carbon, forged carbon and the amorphous carbon coating, its materials also include ceramics, titanium and eloxed aluminium. In terms of its display, this model features an entirely original linear chronograph minute counter. The Royal Oak Carbon Co...

Girard-Perregaux Cat's Eye Annual and Zodiac Calendars

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Girard-Perregaux's tribute to the fascinating dance of the stars, the Cat's Eye Annual and Zodiac Calendars presents an attractive version of time passing by. In the heart of this watch made of mother of pearl, gold and diamonds, a movement crafted by Girard-Perregaux allows to unite civil time, the lunar cycle and the zodiac cycle.

The concept of this new model draws its inspiration from traditions passed down from Antiquity: the observation and interpretation of celestial phenomena. The Cat's Eye Annual and Zodiac Calendars combines with the precision of its movement the part of mystery involved in querying the constellations. Its windows open onto distant worlds. Guided by a lucky star, the signs of the zodiac glide by alongside the months of the year. In the centre of the dial, the moon shows its various faces. At 2 o'clock, the date completes the annual calendar, by a...

Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Automatic Chronograph

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Audemars Piguet has introduced Jules Audemars Automatic Chronograph.

The case, in 18kt rose or white gold, measures 41mm x 13mm and has double sapphire crystals. It is water resistant to 20 meters. Movement is the automatic AP in-house caliber 3124/3841 with 59 jewels (400 total parts) that beats at 21,600 bph and with a power reserve of 60 hours.

TAG Heuer opens boutique in Westfield

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TAG Heuer inaugurates a new-style boutique in Westfield, one of Europe's largest shopping centres.

The atmosphere is soft and gentle but the message is avant-garde. Luxury here can be savoured as a unique experience in the TAG Heuer way, where visitors immerse themselves in a world in which tradition is maintained but reinterpreted in the light of futuristic technology. The new concept will be used next in Singapore, and then in several other world cities where the brand has a presence. To date, there are 73 TAG Heuer boutiques in 23 countries. Following its landmark design of the TAG Heuer 360 Museum in Switzerland, the Swiss watchmaking...