Apr 252012
 
Hall-Of-Visions Baselworld

Hall Of Visions at Baselworld 2012

The New Era of  Baselworld takes place in Basel, Switzerland between April 12th and May 2nd 2013.

BASELWORLD 2012 closed its doors after eight highly successful days.

With 104,300 professional visitors from all the different continents, the show recorded a top-notch result once again. The exhibitors declared themselves to be highly satisfied with the course of business and with the media presence: 3,320 journalists (+9%) marks a new record. And now the completely revamped BASELWORLD 2013 World Watch and Jewellery Show next spring is being eagerly awaited.

The biggest and most important show for the watch and jewellery industry, BASELWORLD, has confirmed its leading position worldwide over the past few days. Coming from more than 100 countries, 104,300 specialist buyers streamed into the exhibition halls in Basel, and the 3320 accredited journalists marked a new record for the media presence at any time during the history of BASELWORLD.

At the end of the 40th World Watch and Jewellery Show, the exhibitors declared themselves to be particularly pleased with the level of sales they had achieved. At the same time, the industry is awaiting the next BASELWORLD with great anticipation.

Thanks to the new hall infrastructure, new stands and a new concept, 2013 will be heralding in a new era for this specialist show.

http://www.baselworld.com

 2:37 am  Watches
Feb 062011
 
mira-first-ladies-watch

mira-first-ladies-watch

Mira’s first ladies’ watch collection tells a love story.

Once upon a time, a swan was floating above a mother-of-pearl and black aventurine lake, waiting for its companion. The incarnation of fidelity, the bird invests this elegant and timeless piece with deep significance.

Mira-Celeste-Collection

Mira Celeste Collection

As it is dedicated to women, it sparkles with a setting of no fewer than 166 diamonds.

Combined with pink gold and mother-of-pearl, these accentuate the beauty and purity of the Fée Céleste’s plumage, which seems to skim over the passing time, symbolised here by the off-centre hours at 12 o’clock and the retrograde minutes at 6 o’clock.

A delicate combination of imagery and imagination on the path to dreams.

Technical Specifications

Fée Céleste M107 collection: summary

– Ladies watch collection
– Self-winding mechanical movement
– Off-centered hours and retrograde minutes functions
– Black mother-of-pearl dial, black aventurine and white mother-of-pearl swan motif set with 84 diamonds (0.26 carat)
– 18k pink gold bezel
– 43mm diameter stainless steel case set with 80 diamonds (1 carat)
– Case lugs set with 4 red topazes
– Crown set with solitaire diamond
– Case back with swan pattern engraved on mother-of-pearl
– Crocodile leather strap with folding clasp set with solitaire diamond
– A total of 1.31 carats of diamonds
– Water-resistance 50m
– Swiss made

http://www.mirawatch.ch/en/

 12:49 am  Watches
Dec 312010
 

Hublot-Store-St.Maartens

Hublot Store St.Maartens

The Grand Opening of the Hublot Boutique in St. Maarten was held on the evening of December 9, 2010 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

This inauguration marks the 29th Hublot exclusive boutique worldwide. Located in Phillipsburg on the beautiful Harbour of St. Maarten, this Hublot Flagship store expresses perfectly the brand’s “Art of Fusion” philosophy, with an ingenious combination of steel, carbon fiber, aluminum and singular alloys with wood, leather, rubber and glass. The design as a whole features a contemporary look and atmosphere for a unique retail experience.

Founded in 1976 on the Dutch side of St. Maarten, Little Europe is still a family owned business, which has developed a solid partnership with the Hublot Brand. Charles Taylor, Director of Hublot in the Caribbean mirrored the Hublot philosophy of the opening: “We cannot build the strategy for an enterprise without the durability and equanimity of our long-standing partners. I send our special thanks, in particular to the Directors of Little Europe, as well as to the Hublot team in Miami and Geneva involved for their commitment, and for this magnificent boutique dedicated to Hublot”
Mr. Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot: “Each new opening reflects the great vitality and impressive expansion of HUBLOT, with every month seeing the inauguration of new exclusive locations in the most prestigious settings around the world. With the forthcoming and recent exclusive openings in Aruba, Beverly Hills, Bal Harbour, Boca Raton, and New York, HUBLOT has never been as strong and as dynamic as today. This tremendous success is the result of creativity and innovation, and a long-term loyal relationship with our partners such as Little Europe, which I would like to congratulate and thank for their efforts towards the opening of this Flagship Store and for their long time involvement with Hublot.

http://www.hublot.ch

 7:29 pm  Watches
Dec 092010
 
BaselWorld 2010

Scenes from BaselWorld 2010

The New Eara of  Baselworld takes place in Basel, Switzerland between April 12th and May 2nd 2013.

Once again the world’s most renowned brands release details of their latest creations.

Baselworld is the place to be for a unique overview of everything that the watch and jewellery industry has to offer globally.

Here is a small collection from a handful of the expected 1950 exhibitors.

For further event information visit : http://www.baselworld.com/

Maîtres du Temps - Chapter One

Maîtres du Temps  – Chapter One

Featuring an original combination of complications, the first timepiece from Maîtres du Temps is the work of Christophe Claret and Peter Speake-Marin.

This model boasts a tourbillon, a mono-pushpiece chronograph, a retrograde date, a retrograde second time zone and two distinctive rollers, one at 6 o’clock and the other at 12, indicating respectively the days of the week and the phases of the moon.

Armin Strom - One Week Manufacturer Calibre ARM09

Armin Strom – One Week Manufacturer Calibre ARM09

Presented for the first time last November, the ARM09 calibre is manufactured 100% in-house and is a real mechanical treasure trove. No fewer than 146 components were needed to create this hand-wound movement with its exceptional 7-day power reserve.

The well-informed connoisseur will also appreciate the crown wheels that can be seen turning on the dial side, an innovation that presents a truly captivating spectacle!

Watch enthusiasts, however, will have to wait until Baselworld 2010 before they can admire the models of the new One Week collection that house this sumptuous movement.

 

Cristian Jacques - EOS

Christian Jacques – EOS

A blend of pink gold and chocolate tones, this limited edition of 100 Eos watches from Christian Jacques has been designed with refinement in mind. The combination of an automatic chronograph movement, noble materials – pink gold case and crocodile strap – and highly worked finishing creates a timepiece that is as classic as it is elegant in the purest Swiss tradition.

The movement is Automatic, ETA Valjoux 7750 calibre, 25 jewels, with the case being 18K pink gold, 42 mm Bezel and horns with or without a setting of 128 VS diamonds (1.3 cts), Sapphire crystal and transparent back.
Water-resistant to 30 m

Price Range 5,000-9,999 CHF

 

Ernest Borel’s - Serie Romance

Ernest Borel- Serie Romance

Ernest Borel’s latest creation is an invitation to romanticism. A strong sense of plenitude emanates from the heart of this exceptionally elegant piece, which comes in both men’s and ladies’ versions. The purity of its lines, the softness of its finishing and the faithfulness to Ernest Borel’s tradition of excellence are the perfect ingredients for a beautiful love story

 12:33 pm  Watches
Oct 062010
 

Buzz Aldrin signing Omega watches

Buzz Aldrin wore an Omega watch on the Moon

Omega symbolises accomplishment and perfection – qualities that have been inherent in every Omega watch since the company’s foundation in 1848.

Omega has always been driven by its pioneering spirit: six lunar landings; the first divers’ watch; the world’s only certified marine chronometer wristwatch.

No watch company in the world holds more records for accuracy.

On Tuesday 5th October 2010, OMEGA held an exclusive evening with astronaut and brand Ambassador Dr. Buzz Aldrin for a select group of VIP customers and celebrity guests at the OMEGA Boutique in Castlereagh Street in the heart of Sydney.

Dr. Aldrin has enjoyed a long association with OMEGA: when he stepped on to the lunar surface on the 20th of July 1969, the OMEGA Speedmaster chronograph strapped around his spacesuit became the first watch to be worn on the Moon.  Neil Armstrong had left his own Speedmaster aboard the Lunar Module to serve as a reliable backup to the craft’s electronic timing system.

At the exclusive event VIP customers and celebrity guests were treated to a Q&A session with Dr. Aldrin and well known journalist and TV personality Sarah Wilson.  Dr. Aldrin spoke of his memories of the 1969 mission which made him and Armstrong such an important part of the history of exploration.

Dr. Aldrin also spoke fondly about his partnership with OMEGA which has lasted over 40 years when he wore the OMEGA Speedmaster watch on the moon.  Since then he has worn a large collection of OMEGA watches including the OMEGA Seamaster Diver that he wears on his deep diving trips, which is a favourite past time of his.

http://www.omegawatches.com

 4:15 pm  Fashion, Watches
Oct 042010
 
swatch watches

swatch watches

After nearly 200 million units Swatch is the most successful wristwatch of all time.
The Swatch Group is the largest and most dynamic watch company in the world.

In the mid-seventies, the Swiss watch industry was in the midst of its worst crisis ever.

Technologically speaking, the Japanese competition had been outclassed in 1979 with the launch of the “Delirium,” the world´s thinnest wristwatch with a limited number of components.

But the event that marked the upturn in the industry´s fortunes was the founding of SMH, the Swiss Corporation for Microelectronics and Watchmaking Industries. And its answer to the crisis was Swatch-a slim plastic watch with only 51 components (instead of the usual 91 parts or more) that combined top quality with a highly affordable price.

It first went on sale in 1983. Since this time, it has gone on to become the most successful wristwatch of all time, and The Swatch Group, the parent company, is the largest and most dynamic watch company in the world.

http://www.swatch.com

 4:25 pm  Fashion, Watches
Sep 042010
 

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar

On May 1st, 1839 two Polish immigrants, Antoni Patek (Businessman) and Franciszek Czapek (Watchmaker) joined forces to found “Patek, Czapek & Cie” in Geneva.

In 1844, Mr. Patek met the French watchmaker, Mr. Adrien Philippe in Paris where the latter presented his pioneering  stem winding and setting system by the crown.

In 1845 when Czapek decided to leave the company and to continue his activity on his own, the company name changed to “Patek & Cie”.

Later on, in 1851 when Mr. Philippe officially associated with the company, it  was rebaptised “Patek Philippe & Cie” before changing once more in 1901 for “Ancienne Manufacture d’Horlogerie Patek Philippe & Cie, S.A.”.

In 1932, the company was purchased by Charles and Jean Stern, two brothers owners of a fine dial manufacture in Geneva. Since then, « Patek Philippe S.A. » remains a family owned firm. In 2009 the company presidency was officially transmitted from the 3rd to the 4th generation : Mr. Thierry Stern became president and his father Mr. Philippe Stern, Honorary president.

2010 the year of chronographs for Patek Philippe

With its new in-house chronograph caliber CH 29-535 PS, a long awaited manually wound movement that was introduced last November, Patek Philippe has now three different proprietary calibers which strengthens its technical prowess and watchmaking expertise.

The Ref. 5396 Annual Calendar launched in 2006 has characteristic double in-line aperture displays that reflect the style of the 1940s and 1950s. It is now also available in white gold.

http://www.patek.ch/

 4:19 pm  Fashion, Watches
Sep 042010
 

Hublot Watches

Hublot Watches - fusing metal and art

Hublot made its name 30 years ago when it became the first Swiss watch luxury brand to fuse precious metals with functional rubber, sparking a revolution for material innovation and aesthetics.

In 2004, Mr. Jean-Claude Biver – one of the few men who have genuinely left their mark on Swiss watchmaking – gave Hublot a great new boost and revolutionized watchmaking with the creation of the “Big Bang,” the multiple award-winning chronograph with a contemporary and elegant design, which marked the start of the spectacular success of the brand.

Today, with the new high-tech Hublot watch manufacture, building on the impressive growth of the brand, he continues to write the story of the Art of Fusion with the combination of materials like ceramic, zirconium, carbon, tantalum, tungsten, titanium, rubber… with conventional materials such as gold, platinum, steel, diamonds and precious stones, while remaining true to the Swiss tradition enriched with the visionary creativity of the 21st Century.

Now frequently seen on the wrists of Sylvester Stallone, Celine Dion or Michael Douglas, the Hublot watch has become a true international fashion statement.

http://www.hublot.com

 4:03 pm  Fashion, Watches
Aug 312010
 
CHOPARD Classic Racing Superfast Chrono

CHOPARD Classic Racing Superfast Chrono

For over two decades, Chopard has demonstrated an unfailing attachment to the world of classic cars in general, and to racing cars in particular.

This passion is echoed in a range of classic yet sporty watch collections intended for elegant and sophisticated men with an extremely active lifestyle. Over the years, the Mille Miglia, Jacky Ickx and Grand Prix de Monaco Historique watches have become the brand’s best-sellers.

Chopard Chronograph

Chopard Chronograph

These timepieces are grouped within the Classic Racing collection representing the culmination of all the technical and aesthetic innovations inspired by the field of automobiles. A star model in this new collection, the Classic Racing Superfast Chrono is an ultra-powerful chronograph with an imposing 45 mm-diameter case.

In 1988, Chopard became official timekeeper for the “Corsa più bella del mondo”, the Mille Miglia. Over the 1000-mile (1600 km) distance running from Brescia to Rome and back, enthusiasts from around the world compete with one other at the wheel of collector’s cars. In 1996, Chopard took part as official sponsor in the Mil Millas Sport, a classic car rally that takes place each year in Argentina. In 2002, brand co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, discovered the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique through his friend and former Formula 1 racing driver Jacky Ickx, and immediately Chopard became official timekeeper for this event. From time to time, Chopard also supports the famous Rallye des Pharaons, the British Classic Cars meeting in St Moritz, the Old Timer Rally in Gstaad, or this year’s Schloss Dyck Classic Days.

Over the last 20 years, Chopard has firmly established its credibility in the field of classic car racing. The full measure of sporting elegance and technical performances acquired throughout these two decades are now reflected in the Classic Racing Superfast Chrono in steel. Its “motor”, a mechanical self-winding chronograph movement with a 42-hour power reserve and COSC chronometer certification, drives the hour and minute functions, along with small seconds at 3 o’clock and an instant-jump date display through a window at 6 o’clock. The hour-markers are reminiscent of the markings on classic car dashboard instruments, such as rev counters and speedometers. The chronograph function is operated by two pushbuttons at 2 and 4 o’clock controlling the central second hand, a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock. Finally, a tachometric scale engraved on the screw-down bezel further contributes to making this model the indispensable instrument for all those with a love of high speed and finely tuned mechanisms.

In terms of its bodywork, the imposing 47.80 mm steel case is fitted with the famous rubber strap featuring the 1960s Dunlop Racing tyre-read motif. The rectangular integrated pushers are in black rubber-moulded stainless steel, as is the screw-lock crown reminiscent of a tyre and adorned with a metal appliqué bearing the Classic Racing collection steering-wheel emblem.
The lines engraved in the steel sides of the case evoke the cooling fans found on the engine block of classic cars, and this motif is echoed on the dial.

Case:

– Steel
– Total diameter: 47.80 mm
– Thickness: 15.20 mm
– Water-resistant to 100 metres
– Glare-resistant sapphire crystal
– Rectangular integrated pushers in black rubber-moulded stainless steel
– Screw-lock crown in black rubber-moulded stainless steel
– Solid case-back
– “Classic Racing” inscription engraved on the case-back

Movement:

– Mechanical self-winding: ETA 2894-2
– Number of jewels: 37
– Power reserve: approx. 42 hours
– Frequency: 28,800 vph
– Total diameter: 28.60 mm
– Stop seconds device when setting the time
– Chronometer certification (COSC)

Dial and hands:

– Frosted black dial with black rhodium-plated vertical lines
– Large Arabic 12 o’clock numeral
– Golden hour and minute hands
– Central chronograph seconds hand with a red arrow tip

Functions and displays:

– Hour, minute and second hands at 3 o’clock (60)
– Chronograph equipped with an hour counter at 6 o’clock (12), minute counter at 9 o’clock (30), and a second hand (60) in the centre
– Date window at 6 o’clock
– Tachometric scale engraved on the bezel

Strap and clasp:

– Black rubber strap (with raised 1960s Dunlop racing tyre motif)
– Steel folding clasp

 4:12 pm  Watches
Aug 042010
 
Hampton Classic Baume & Mercier

Hampton Classic Baume & Mercier

Baume and Mercier’s watch making origins date back to 1830 in the heart of Switzerland.

The company’s name dates from the meeting between William Baume and Paul Mercier in 1918.

The contrast of the rigorous and precise Baume with the artistic and free thinking Mercier fused form and function for all time with the distinct Baume & Mercier timepiece.

A one of a kind for all time.

Today the company is owned by giants luxury goods manufacturer Richemont and is known for making sporty wristwatches with a stopwatch function. Along with sister brands Cartier and Piaget they make up the core of the group.

Their watches aim to be sporty, trendsetting and fashionable. One of the company’s most successful watches was the Riviera, launched in 1973.
Today’s watch models include the  Hampton Classic, Hampton City Chronograph and Capeland S Ladies Diamond.
To celebrate the fifth edition of the Baume & Mercier & Me charity campaign, Baume and Mercier is associating with actor Andy Garcia as the new star ambassador of its now famous humanitarian initiative.
Baume Mercier Andy Garcia

Baume Mercier Andy Garcia

Garcia is an  American actor of Cuban origin. 54 year-old Andy Garcia became famous as of 1987 for his film roles, which have since included The Untouchables, Black Rain, The Godfather III as well as the Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen trilogy.

For their campaign, Andy Garcia wears a Baume & Mercier Classima Executives XL MOAO 8688 steel watch.
In September 2009, Andy Garcia was honoured by the American Film Festival in Deauville, which rewarded him for his career achievements. On this occasion, he also presented his latest film, City Island, in which he stars alongside his daughter.
This distinction was added to previous accolades such as his Oscar and Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor nominations in 1991 for his performance in The Godfather III; Golden Globe and Emmy Best Actor nominations in 2000 for his portrayal of Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval in For Love or Country: the Arturo Sandoval Story; and Best Director and Best Film Awards at the 2006 Imagen Awards for The Lost City in 2006.

http://www.baume-et-mercier.com/

 3:27 pm  Fashion, Watches