Jul 17, 2008
The official website of the watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen invites its visitors to watch the short film of a multimedia performance by the Sydney Theatre Company
The film, starring Oscar winner Cate Blanchett
and famous Hollywood actor Joseph Fiennes
, is an interpretation-story telling about IWC founder Florentine Ariosto Jones
and his wife and his first steps towards watch manufacturing.
The multimedia stage play was premiered to 1,700 guests at a gala night held by IWC at the SIHH watch fair in Geneva. Now everyone interested may view the play as a 20-minute short film on www.iwc.com/thecrossing. It's also worth mentioning that the 'Making-of' section on the site provides interviews with Cate Blanchett, the film director and other actors.
The Sydney Theatre Company has created an exciting cultural project paying tribute to the 140th anniversary of IWC
. The multimedia theatre performance is a creative interpretation of the myth associated with Florentine Ariosto Jones.
In the film, Cate Blanchett is the pregnant wife left behind by the IWC founder, played by Joseph Fiennes. The adventurous watchmaker and engineer, in a bold attempt to realize his dream, comes to Europe trying to establish and develop the manufacture of watch movements and raise it to a new and cheaper level of production.
According to director Nigel Jamieson
, it took him three months to dramatize the myth of the IWC foundation that actually lasts just 20 minutes and is presented as a short film on the site.
Jul 16, 2008
The Rolex Watch Company
has launched a new book to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the brand. The book is entitled "1908-2008: 100 Years of Rolex"
. It will be available worldwide in a limited edition of 4,000 copies
The 320-page book features nice illustrations and covers a variety of topics and trivia that are sure to arouse great interest in avid watch collectors and Rolex fans. The Rolex book includes sections devoted to the origin of the Oyster Perpetual "Milgauss"
, the history of iconic Rolex
watches such as the Daytona, the Submariner, and the GMT-Master
, as well as Rolex James Bond
The book has been written by Rolex expert and collector Guido Mondani
. He is the owner of the world-famous Rolex collection, the subject of a recent record-breaking Antiquorum auction.
The new Rolex book will be available in English or Italian at the price set at 512 Swiss Francs (320 Euros).
Jul 15, 2008
My favorite watch website has just launched a great new feature, a discussion forum. You can simply get a membership ID for it then write about anything you want. It just launched this morning and i'm guessing it will become THE place to talk about vintage watches. Hodinkee is the best vintage watch site around, no question. Keep on supporting them!
Jul 14, 2008
The Timex Ironman Solar Shock watch
with its black and orange case and large screen is one of the all-time bestsellers. This is a sporty-styled, simple and extremely user-friendly digital watch
providing a wide range of features, including a solar-powered quartz movement, shock-resistant case
and Indiglo back light
. The price of the Timex watch is more than affordable (around 80 dollars).
The high contrast screen
of the watch with big numbers allows to read the time at a glance. The date, including a two-letter day, is featured at the top of the display. The great advantage of the Timex watch
is its solar-powered movement. The charge symbol represents a battery right in the center of the screen between the date and the time.
Timex has fitted this model with standard features
provided by the majority of their digital watches: a chronograph, timer, and multiple alarms. All the features are managed with help of five buttons, including one dedicated Indiglo button and one button found below the screen.
The case of the Timex Ironman Solar Shock watch goes on the resin strap
and sits perfectly on the wrist.
Jul 14, 2008
The new Japanese watch
immediately catches imagination due to a face plate with multi-colored light bars that would probably remind you displays used in the first Star Trek series.
The enigmatic display
of the Tokyo Flash Galaxy watch seems to be easy to read. Just touch the upper button once to switch on a programmed animation of light. Then, you will see the watch feature the time. Twelve yellow bars indicate hours in a clock wise direction, while eleven red bars indicate groups of five minutes and four green bars indicate single minutes.
If you want the Galaxy watch show the time at once, it is necessary to press the lower button.
The Galaxy watch is available exclusively from Tokyo Flash
. The price of the original watch is more than affordable - 131 dollars, including worldwide shipping that takes from 3 to 5 days.
Interested in Tokyo Flash watches? View the catalog
Jul 14, 2008
Jaeger-LeCoultre has partnered with Leonardo DiCaprio
, having initiated 'Time to Care' program
to support the Leonardo DiCaprio Fund at the California Community Foundation.
To raise funds for the Foundation, Jaeger-LeCoultre will put on sale two unique watches this Fall. The first timepiece is an exclusive Master Compressor Extreme LAB watch
that embellished the wrist of Leonardo DiCaprio during the premiere of his documentary, 'The 11th Hour.'
The amazing timepiece is estimated at 300,000 US dollars
The second watch to be offered for sale is a unique edition of the Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2
. It is estimated at 400,000 US dollars
. The timepiece incorporates the first-ever spherical tourbillon. It will become the first timepiece in the Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 line to be distributed in world.
All the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Leonardo DiCaprio Fund at the California Community Foundation to support its environmental programs all around the world. The watches will be offered exclusively at the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Boutiques located in Boca Raton and Beverly Hills to be open this Fall.
Jul 08, 2008
At "Red Dot Design Award" Competition 2008 held in Essen, Germany, Porsche Design has proudly received honors for its exceptional products, including the P'6750 Worldtimer watch.
The Porsche Design Worldtimer watch features a matte or black-finished titanium case coupled with a decorated rubber strap. The case construction has incorporated a flat anti-reflective sapphire crystal, and two knurled crowns. The timepiece is 100-meter water resistant.
The watch houses a self-winding movement with a dual-timezone display featuring reference world cities. A special module, elaborated by Eterna exclusively for Porsche Design, allows to adjust the display of the city and hour instantaneously, maintaining the perfect accuracy of the time display.
The flat case back reveals an engraving of a circular reference table, indicating 24 reference cities with corresponding abbreviations.
Jul 04, 2008
Audemars Piguet has proudly announced that Prom Meesawat has taken its invitation to become a new ambassador of the brand. Audemars Piguet highly appreciates its association with the world of golfing. The company has built close cooperation with a whole army of celebrated sportsmen sharing common values with the brand. The list includes Nick Faldo, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Vijay Singh, Miguel Angel Jimenez, and many others.
Universally known as the 'Big Dolphin', Prom Meesawat was born in a family of golf. Already at the age of 3, he joined the world of golfing. In 1997 he won his first Junior World Golf Championship. In his teens, Prom was honored to gain several championship titles, having become the most prospective young golfer. He turned professional immediately at the age of 21. The young golfer made into The Asian Tour and was ranked third in 2006.
Prom Meesawat continuously demonstrates deep passion and strength for golfing, while Audemars Piguet has been passionate about watch-making for over 133 years, striving to create only excellent timepieces.
The company represents the only Manufacture that is still managed by the founding families since 1875, holding an annual production of 27,000 units of watches.
Audemars Piguet has long been actively involved in the world of sports, and yachting, golfing and racing in particular, as these are activities reflecting the lifestyle of many of the brand's customers.
In Asia, the company acts as the official timekeeper of Barclays Singapore Open. The brand has held annual golf tournaments for its guests in a number of countries. The company is planning to host an annual golf tournament in Thailand during the last quarter of the year. The winner of the tournament will be invited to Barclays Singapore Open to play in the Pro-am with the Professional.
Audemars Piguet has been excited to welcome Prom as the first Asian Golfer to the brand's golfing ambassador family.
Jul 03, 2008
Montblanc has proudly announced that it has become one of the few retailers to carry the distribution of the 46664 bangle.
The company is pleased to have a chance to support African craftsmanship and arrange the bangles' selling on some of the most prestigious shopping streets of the world, including Montblanc boutiques located on Bond Street in London, Madison Avenue in New York and Champs-Elysees in Paris.
The 46664 bangles are produced while using precious metals of South Africa. They are finished by hand by gifted and experienced craftsmen, infected or affected by HIV or Aids.
The first 46664 bangle edition is crafted in platinum, 18K gold or silver, having been developed in two different sizes. All bangles bear an individual number and an engraving of Nelson Mandela's historic prison number he had when imprisoned on Robben Island.
The introduction of the first edition of the 46664 bangle coincided in time with Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday celebrations. All proceeds from the sale of the 46664 bangle will be donated to the Mandela Foundation and the 46664 charity, offering support to those suffering from Aids and HIV throughout Africa.
Jul 01, 2008
Having united contemporary spirit with timeless appeal of classic, Ebel unveils its 'Ray of Light.' Having joined the Brasilia Fashion Line, the luminous lady's watch is an ideal timekeeping companion for summer time.
The dial of the Ebel Brasilia warms your glance with beams of light. The white mother-of-pearl face is completed with 10 diamond hour markers framed by a sunburst guilloche pattern. You will also notice the hand-applied skeleton Roman numerals and skeleton hour and minute hands provided with white Superluminova.
The stainless steel case of the Ebel Brasilia 'Ray of Light' goes on an elegant white rubber strap, accentuating the purity of the white ceramic inserts on the case sides and the ceramic cabochon crown. The timepiece will be available for 5,950 dollars.
Jun 30, 2008
The Boucheron Bestiary Tourbillon is a new stunning collection presented in two different variations and in a very limited edition of only 8 pieces. Each timepiece is handmade in white gold and features an animal crimped by hand by the master jewelers of the Maison Boucheron. The animal is smartly attached to the case, drawing attention to the technical jewel of the watch.
Your gaze will be also captured by a tourbillon with the mobile carriage that looks like a trellis with precious foliage growing, set with diamonds. The most amazing thing about this majestic construction is that nature, revealed in a bejeweled instant, is presented as though frozen in time before the butterfly created by the hour and minute hands is swallowed up by the guarding animal.
The watch incorporates a mechanical manually-wound caliber visible through the transparent bottom. At the center of the tourbillon you can see a balance. Moreover, the movement shows off bridges designed in the way that the picture of the animal sculpted in the round on the bezel, is reproduced as a silhouette on the metal.
The ticking to be heard from the heart of the watch gives a one-of-a-kind dimension to this wrist-worn shadow, as though breathing with life.
Jun 27, 2008
Nowadays, the World of Horology witnesses the growing demand for luxurious and very expensive watches. To meet this demand, most prestigious watchmaking companies create remarkable timepieces with unforeseen design and functionality.
Watch connoisseurs are amazed to discover watches for divers with the tourbillon complication created by Alain Silberstein, a really oversized men's watch paved with diamonds and featuring 6 dials by IceLink, sports chronographs coupled with rubber straps, as well as watches featuring pink gold cases with carbonic insertions introduced by Hublot and Cvstos.
Last year saw the appearance of many great timepieces created in the bling-bling style, generously decorated with precious stones. Wealthy customers from the USA, Asia and oil-supplying countries are ready to pay great sums of money for watches fascinating by their top quality and jewellery art.
This year diamonds has started conquering sports models. Real sports watches of the 21-st century are electronic chronographs packed with a great variety of functions. The wearers of these timepieces can easily calculate calories and change their training schedule according to medical indexes.
Yet you will find other sports timepieces that greatly attract people not only due to their functionality, but also due to their exclusive nature, powerful appeal and distinctive style.
TAG Heuer is one of the greatest producers of exclusive sports timepieces. The legendary chronographs Carrera and Monaco developed specially for golf players have long enjoyed high demand. Women love the company for its elegant yet sporty ladies' watches decorated with diamonds and pearl, making one feel their sports spirit and desire to win.
TAG Heuer has invited most famous artists and sportsmen to become the brand's ambassadors. Brad Pitt and Uma Thurman, Kimi Raikkonen and Tiger Woods are just a few world-famous names you will see on the list. The tennis star Maria Sharapova acts as an official ambassador of the TAG Heuer ladies' series of quartz watches Aquaracer and Formula 1 Lady Glamour Diamonds, having taken part in the creation of the latter.
Jun 25, 2008
The Omega Seamaster 300M GMT watch is a highly durable and functional timepiece providing a multiple time zone function. The watch incorporates an independently adjustable 12-hour hand. All you have to do to change the local time is to unscrew the crown, and turn it forwards or backwards, thus moving the hand as many hours backwards or forwards as it is necessary.
The red 24-hour hand and the 24-hour rotatable bezel are responsible for featuring the time in the second time zone. In case you badly need a temporary third time zone, you can rotate the bezel to get this done.
The Omega Seamaster watch offers a supreme readability of the dial in the dark, as hour figures and hands feature bold Superluminova applications.
The handsome Omega Seamaster 300M GMT watch accommodates an Omega's modified ETA calibre, a COSC-certified chronometer. The watch boasts 300-meter water-resistance, the same as the Seamaster Diver Chronometer.
The timepiece is destined for adventurers who need an all-around top-quality watch characterized by distinctive style and supreme performance.
Jun 23, 2008
Thirty years ago Audemars Piguet unveiled the first ever ultra-thin self-winding perpetual calendar watch.
In 2008, the Swiss watch company created its special anniversary edition Jules Audemars 30th Anniversary Perpetual Calendar. The timepiece will be available in a limited edition of only 90 pieces. The watch accommodates a movement that is merely 4 millimetres thick.
The Kaliber 2120/2802 is an ultra-thin, self-winding movement comprising 355 parts. The mechanism features the day, date, month, moon-phases and leap-year cycle complications. The perpetual calendar of the watch will not need any correction before March 1st, 2100.
Jun 19, 2008
The latest auction of Heritage Auction Galleries took place on May 20, in Dallas. 'Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Signature Auction' accumulated 1.4 million dollars on 667 lots. Among the most amazing lots was an extremely rare "James Bond" Submariner Rolex watch that was acquired for 107,550 dollars.
It is interesting to mention that the auction also sold other remarkable lots: a platinum and yellow-diamond ring for 131,450 dollars and a Patek Philippe Men's Gold Ref. 1579 Chronograph Watch with Register circa 1950 for 65,725 , the.
According to auction director Jill Burgum, the auction house received the notable Rolex watch at an Appraisal Day event organized in San Antonio, Texas. They expected the timepiece to bring in between 500-1,000 dollars. Having held some research, they found out that the Rolex watch, a 5510 model circa 1958, represented a very rare piece. In fact, the 5510 model is believed to be the rarest of the Rolex Submariner models.
Author Ian Fleming's James Bond character was wearing the Rolex watch in Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball.
Jun 17, 2008
The Citizen Eco-Drive Men's Black Skyhawk Watch first of all impresses by its boldly masculine look. This highly precise timekeeping instrument has been developed to provide advanced timing functions based on the latest technology.
The Citizen Skyhawk watch is equipped with a unique Eco-Drive system absorbing sunlight and any artificial light through the crystal and dial, thus continuously recharging the watch.
The timepiece provides a wide range of useful functions, including the following: time and calendar in twenty-two time zones, thirty cities, three world time alarms, a 99-minute countdown timer, one-touch interchangeable analog/digital time, and 1/100-second chronograph measuring up to 24 hours.
The 44mm black ion-plated stainless steel case of the Citizen Eco-Drive Men's Black Skyhawk Watch is topped by a bi-directional rotating slide rule. The case construction has incorporated a scratch-resistant, non-reflective mineral crystal and guarantees 100-meter water-resistance.
The black dial of the watch is completed with large white hands with luminous tips and luminous square dial markers.
The Citizen watch embraces the wrist with a black-plated stainless steel bracelet. This timepiece is a really cool choice for frequent travellers and pilots. To put it short, it's comfortable, strong, highly functional and looks great.
Jun 13, 2008
The Tissot Men's PRS 516 Quartz Watch stainless steel men's chronograph quartz watch is created for fans of traditional four-wheel motor sports, including Formula 1 and World Rally Championships.
The large, round silver stainless steel case of the Tissot watch measures 40 mm in diameter. The bezel featuring tachymeter markings can be used for measuring time over distance. The face of the timepiece is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The case of the watch accommodates a precise Swiss quartz movement. It boasts 50-meter water-resistance.
The blue dial of the Tissot PRS 516 shows off three square sub-dials with white outlining and white and red hands, large white luminous hands with a red seconds hand and luminous stick markers. The date function is presented via a tiny window at 4 o'clock.
The bold look of the a one-of-a-kind pierced-hole stainless steel bracelet that will remind you of the steering wheels of the elite sports cars of the 1960s. You will also discover a steering wheel on the case back as an additional design enhancing the overall design.
The chronograph function of the Tissot watch allows to time events up to 30 minutes, featuring results to 1/10th of a second. It provides standard start/stop functionality together with split (intermediate) and add (partial) functions.
The Tissot Men's PRS 516 Quartz Watch is a fine timepiece reflecting more-than-150-years heritage of the prestigious Swiss brand, the symbol of innovation and tradition of Swiss watchmaking.
Tissot watches are highly appreciated for incorporating the best movement, top quality materials, such as 316L steel, 18K gold, titanium, and scratchproof sapphire crystal. The timepieces of the brand serve as official timekeepers for world championships in motorcycling, cycling, fencing and ice hockey.
Jun 11, 2008
Century has created a new variation of the Prime Time Egos GMT Chronograph destined for men and women who would like to wear a timepiece of exclusive beauty and functionality designed specially for summer time. The 18K red gold case features an eye-pleasing white dial and strap.
The twelve-sided sapphire case of the Century watch measures 42 mm in diameter. The transparent cade-back is framed in 18K red gold allowing to admire the watch movement ticking inside. The watch provides the COSC-certified chronograph and GMT functions. You will find the date aperture at 3 o'clock. The largest sub-dial displays the seconds, while the smaller two feature the hour and the minutes respectively.
The elegant timepiece is secured to the wrist on a white alligator strap fitted with 18K red gold deployment clasp.
Thanks to its body, the hardest substance after diamond, a CENTURY timepiece easily stands the test of time and retains its distinctive beauty day after day, year after year.
It is interesting to mention that Century watch cases are entirely crafted from indestructible Century sapphire. The Century watchmakers developed an exclusive process that allows to permanently bond the sapphire case middle to the sapphire crystal resulting in a single unit called a monolith. Then, the monolith is meticulously cut and polished by hand. Due to the unique process, Century watches boast cases revealing original and elegant shapes with multiple facets.
Jun 11, 2008
The Tissot T-Touch watches are highly appreciated by modern men due to their remarkable functionality, distinctive design and reasonable price. The timepieces from the line are the best choice for energetic men who need a masculine watch to accompany them for all ultimate adventures.
The Tissot T-Touch Compass Watch is a highly functional wristwatch. The sharp, black dial of the watch is protected by a tactile sapphire crystal. It is completed with luminous hands, white and red Arabic indexes and white minute markers, offering perfect readability.
The lightweight titanium case, measuring 41.5 mm in diameter, is fitted with comfortable selector buttons and screw-down case-back. The bezel of the Tissot watch is responsible for a compass and a tachymeter function. The digital sub-dial provides easy control of such useful features as an altimeter, chronometer, date, alarm and thermometer.
The T-Touch Compass Watch goes on a stylish rubber band enhancing the overall powerful impression produced by the watch. The timepiece equipped with a Swiss quartz movement boasts 30-meter water-resistance.
Those who prefer to wear a Tissot watch, get the finest in Swiss technology and craftsmanship.
Jun 11, 2008
The Cartier Cirque Animalier watch collection unveils majestic jewelry creations depicting various animals crafted in precious metal, and set with gemstones.
The Cartier Cirque Animalier 'Elephant' watch shown reveals an a 18K pink gold case, and an eye-fascinating elephant design in 18K white gold, with emerald eyes. Almost the entire creation is paved with round brilliant diamonds.
The unique timepiece goes on a fabric strap fitted with an 18K pink gold diamond-set buckle. Diamond total weight is about 7.2 carats. The Cartier watch accommodates a Swiss quartz movement, and is fitted with a sapphire crystal.