Nicolas Vanhootegem Assigned as Audemars Piguet's Ambassador

May 16, 2008
Talented Belgian golfer Nicolas Vanhootegem has become a new brand ambassador of Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet, having strengthened the manufacture's continuous association with the sport of golf.

Vanhootegem will represent Audemars Piguet will with other most famous golf players, with Nick Faldo, Vijay Singh, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Lee Westwood, Darren Clarcke, Thomas Levet, and Nora Angehrn on the list.

Nicolas Vanhootegem has been photographed wearing an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph. Since 1972, the Royal Oak watch collection has symbolized sporty haute horlogerie, having won the hearts of many watch lovers. Today, it holds the place of one of Audemars Piguet's best-sellers.
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New Tissot Michael Owen Watch

May 15, 2008
In 2008, Tissot and Michael Owen celebrate their 10 years of successful collaboration. On the occasion of an exciting match between Newcastle United and Chelsea in Newcastle, Tissot President, Mr. Francois Thiebaud, presented the world-famous footballer with the Number 10 of the Limited Edition watch developed in his honor. '10' is also Michael's national team number.

The watch, to be launched in a limited edition of 4,999 pieces, mixes classic design with sophisticated chronograph functionality and 200-meter water resistance. The 10 o'clock digit features one of the chronograph counters accommodated in the zero. A lucky red team stripe also cuts down the side of the silver dial. The color red is echoed around the bezel to be used for measuring the time remaining in the match. The case back displays an image of one of Michael's boots, his engraved signature and the limited edition number.
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Flavio Marazzi - Co-Designer of New Atlantic Watch

May 14, 2008
Atlantic Watch SA is considered to be the pioneer in the sphere of water-resistant timepieces. Atlantic chose Flavio Marazzi, the world sailing champion in the 5.5-m class and European champion in the Star class, as the brand's ambassador and invited the champion to become a co-designer of a watch for sailing enthusiasts.

The Flavio Marazzi watch has been created in two versions: Seashark Blueflag and Seashark Blackrace. The timepiece houses a Swiss-made ETA quartz chronograph movement. The crown, the signed case-back, and the pushers are screwed to guarantee 300-meter water-resistance. The case construction is completed with scratch-resistant, antireflection-coated sapphire crystal.

The Atlantic watch goes on a rugged anchor-pattern stainless steel bracelet fitted with a double safety clasp.
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Audemars Piguet Watch to Honor Rubens Barrichello

May 14, 2008
Audemars Piguet presented its first Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello chronograph in 2006 to pay tribute to the achievements of the famous Brazilian racing driver.

Now the brand is unveiling a new exclusive timepiece made especially to honor the Brazilian champion. The watch has inherited the key features of the Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello collection.

The unique design, inspired by the world of motor racing, reflects F1 finesse and fine watchmaking. The bezel of the Audemars Piguet watch is adorned with 8 screws reminding engine screws. The bezel joint is in the image of a ventilated disc brake, while the strap attachments feature the shape of pedals. The crown makes one think of a gear cog and push-pieces are shaped as an air extractor.

The pink-gold case is blended with titanium studs, push-pieces and crown protector. The watch back features the inscription 'R. Barrichello – 257 – New Grand Prix Record', the Rubens Barrichello logo and name of the timepiece.
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TechnoMarine BlackSnow

May 14, 2008
After the remarkable success of the round and square Ceramic watch collection, TechnoMarine is launching new models to join the BlackSnow range.

The BlackSnow watch with a 32mm x 28 mm rectangular case is crafted in black or white high-tech ceramic. It features a half-pave or full-pave white or black 'sun ray' dial and diamond-set strap. The timepieces may be rightfully compared to gorgeous jewels that will beautifully embrace any lady's wrist.

The new TechnoMarine watch is equipped with Swiss RONDA 1062 movement. It is 50-meter water resistant.
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Ballon bleu de Cartier Flying Tourbillon with the Geneva Seal

May 14, 2008
The Ballon bleu de Cartier Flying Tourbillon watch has become the first timekeeping creation of the brand crowned by the prestigious Geneva Seal hallmark.

The watch, a true instrument of High Watchmaking, features a 46 mm 18K pink gold case with the outstanding cabochon and profiled refinement.

The heart of the Cartier watch is 9452 MC caliber, an exceptional manufacture-crafted mechanical tourbillon movement with manual winding. The tourbillon on the Ballon bleu de Cartier watch has been designed with irresistible aesthetic appeal. The tourbillon carriage seems to 'fly' over the bridges and to float freely above the dial.

The slate-colored guilloche dial reveals a sun-ray open-worked grid with Roman numerals. It is completed with sword-shaped, blued-steel hands. The watch embraces the wrist with a brown alligator strap fitted with dual adjustment folding clasp.
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Rolex Day-Date II

May 14, 2008
Rolex has recently introduced its Day-Date II. The watch is crafted in 18K yellow, white or Everose gold. It is also available in platinum.

The new Rolex watch features a 41-mm case with a fluted or polished bezel. The case, 100-meter water-resistant, houses the new calibre 3156, a movement with a PARACHROM hairspring of great resistance to shocks and magnetic fields. It is fitted with new PARAFLEX shock absorbers. These features enhance the watch's chronometric precision and remarkable reliability.

The Day-Date II boasts a new range of dials featuring either contemporary or traditional designs.

The Rolex watch goes on a comfortable Super-President bracelet with a Crownclasp.
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Louis Moinet Timekeeping Values

May 13, 2008
The Ateliers Louis Moinet brand is established in Auvernier in the Swiss Jura Mountains. The independent company is managed by Jean-Marie Schaller and Micaela Bartolucci. It manufactures personalized watches in Limited Editions and unique mechanical timepieces. Louis Moinet watches reflect four principles: a unique spirit of creation; design; watchmaking and exclusivity.

The Variograph is a fine reflection of the Louis Moinet's creative vision of traditional horology. Stainless steel tonneau-shaped case houses an automatic chronograph movement. The watch displays hour, minute, 60-second and 30-minute counters, day, month and date indications.

The zest of the watch is Full Moon indicator and stylized world map spinning on its axis every 24 hours.
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Sophisticated Variograph from Louis Moinet

May 13, 2008
The Variograph is a remarkable watch from Louis Moinet. The sophisticated timepiece is equipped with an automatic chronograph movement. The watch has incorporated two innovations, a full moon indicator providing the precise indication of the full moon day. The second innovation is the World Map found at 9 o'clock and spinning once on its axis every 24 hours. The ring surrounding the map allows to read the time around the world according to Greenwich Mean Time. The watch also features 60-second, 30-minute chronograph counters and day, month and date indicators. The Variograph is available in a choice of three dial colors - charcoal, old rose and silver, each in a limited edition of 60 pieces.
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New IWC Ingenieur to Support the Climate Group

May 12, 2008
The IWC Ingenieur Automatic Edition 'Climate Action' has been created to support The Climate Group, an independent nonprofit organization established in 2004. IWC is donating part of the sales' proceeds for the projects of the internationally active organization, cooperating with governments and business leaders from different countries of the world to reach the rapid establishment of a low-carbon economy.

The watch is crafted in stainless steel and ceramic. The limited special edition features a silvered dial with yellow 5-minute indices and a back engraving. The color theme is echoed in the backstitching of the strap and the engraving 'IWC supports voluntary action on climate change'.
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Formex Fast Track Racing-Inspired Watch

May 08, 2008
The Formex Fast Track is created in the spirit of automobile racing. The Formex watch provides the following functions: hours, minutes, small seconds, date, day, chronograph, and tachometer scale. It is equipped with ETA Cal.7750 automatic chronograph, offering 46-hour power reserve.

The 48-mm case is crafted in 316L steel and black PVD-treated titanium. The rubber or leather strap or black PVD-treated steel bracelet of the watch is integrated with the screw-down titanium bezel and, having incorporated the Formex patented active case suspension system, provides great comfort and excellent performance. The dial completed with luminescent hands and hour-markers offers perfect readability.

The case construction, 100-meter water-resistant, features sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides and screw-down transparent back.
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Exclusive JeanRichard Watch on Patrick Dempsey's Wrist

May 07, 2008
To mark the world premiere of the much-awaited-for movie starring Patrick Dempsey – Made of Honor – JeanRichard invited journalists to the movie's North American premiere held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City to meet Patrick Dempsey, who was sported wearing a JeanRichard Grand TV Screen Tourbillon in the film.

Patrick Dempsey, the Golden Globe-nominated actor has always shown his admiration not only for the contemporary design of JeanRichard timepieces but also for the brand's in-house movements.

The JeanRichard Grand TV Screen Tourbillon watch has a solid 18K white gold case accompanied by a hand-made alligator strap. The watch reveals a hand-made guilloche dial with Tourbillon at 6 o'clock. The watch houses an in-house manufactured movement.
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JeanRichard Watches Inspired by MV Agusta Motorcycles

May 06, 2008
The successful partnership the JeanRichard Watch Manufacture and the MV Agusta motorcycle make have inspired the Chronoscope 'Brutale' collection. 'Brutale', meaning extreme virility and power in Italian, is the name of the two emblematic lines of MV Agusta motorbikes.

The JeanRichard 'Chronoscope' collection has inherited the distinctive features of the Brutale motorcycle. The new considerably sized 43mm case is clothed in a highly resistant rubber. The dial clad in carbon fibre shows off three counters suggested by the motorcycle dashboard. Red accents match the classic colours of MV Agusta motorbikes.

The masculine models in the collection accommodate the famous hand-decorated JR1000 proprietary movement that visible through the tinted glass exhibition back decorated with the MV Agusta logo.
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IWC Vintage Portofino Hand-Wound watch

May 06, 2008
The Vintage Portofino Hand-Wound watch pays tribute to the brand's famous Ref. 5251 watch, produced in limited numbers in the late 1990s. The Ref. 5251 Portofino watch was equipped with an old IWC pocket watch movement, the Caliber 9521. The original IWC Ref. 5251 represented an impressively large, yet deliciously flat watch. The timepiece revealed an amazing horizontal moonphase and small second display, with the beauty enhanced due to its idiosyncratic design.

The new Vintage Portofino Hand-Wound watch features the gorgeous vertical layout. The IWC watch houses a manually-wound pocket watch-type caliber with the elongated IWC 'Jones Index'.
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Formex Grand Prix GP 997

May 02, 2008
Formex introduces a new distinctively designed watch for racing car enthusiasts - the Grand Prix GP 997. The angled case has the winding-mechanism placed at 12 o'clock.

Constructors of planes and racing cars were the first to discover the properties of the titanium alloy and to use it for constructing highly stressed but light parts. Formex has constructed a 49mm titanium and steel case, which also features 18K rose gold.

The Grand Prix GP 997 provides the following functions: date, chronograph, second time zone, tachometer scale, luminescent hands and hour-markers and 100m water resistance.

All Formex watches have a patented active suspension for greater shock resistantance and greater comfort on the wrist.
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New RGM Watch for Professional Divers

May 02, 2008
American luxury watchmaking brand RGM has launched its Professional Diver Model 300/Series 1 watch in a limited edition of just 100 pieces for 2008. The RGM sports watch is created to correspond to the demanding criteria of a true diving instrument.

The 43.2mm stainless steel case of the RGM watch has incorporated a screw-down winding crown, and a screw-locked case-back, as well as extremely strong 5mm-thick sapphire crystal, to allow the watch to safely descend to a depth of 2,500 feet.

The black dial, either matte or glossy, features bold luminous hour markers and hands for perfect readability. A counter-clockwise rotating bezel with 240 ratcheted clicks is developed to provide safe calculation of diving times. Bold knurling on the bezel edge allows a firm grasp with slippery hands or when wearing dive gloves.

The RGM sports watch is equipped with an ETA 2892-A2, a self-winding automatic movement, assuring excellent performance and reliability.
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Hublot Big Bang EURO 2008

May 01, 2008
Hublot introduced its luxury watches into the world of football in 2007, having signed a partnership with EURO 2008. Today, the watchmaker has designed the timepiece to celebrate this competition.

The new Big Bang EURO 2008 is equipped with a special 'half time' movement, with a 45-minute chronograph. The watch has been designed to time the football match periods and the 15 minutes of extra time shown on the counter. It will be available in limited series of 2008 pieces.

The watch is crafted in black ceramic and rubber. The inside of the strap reveals a red strip stamped 'UEFA EURO 2008'. The Euro trophy is engraved on the back.
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Amazing Cell Phone Watch

May 01, 2008
This new cell phone watch is the best gadget ever. It looks like a common wristwatch. It is small and very convenient to use. All you have to do is to put the sim card in.

The cell phone watch rings just like a regular cell phone and has 40 ring tones stored in its memory, so you can set it to ring ny ring tone that you like.

The gadget also has the Bluetooth technology built in, so you can use any accessories that you might need. One more advantage is the memory for storing up to 99 phone numbers.

They say you can even send SMS messages with this gadget phone.
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Wristwatch Made of Electronic Paper

May 01, 2008
This gadget watch appeared as a result of cooperation of the Seiko Watch Company, the Seiko Epson and the E Ink Company. It has a display made of electronic paper. The creators of the watch managed to unite in one gadget electronic paper and a watch mechanism.

The watch looks like a bracelet about 3.5 cm wide. The paper itself is 9 cm x 3 cm - a pretty big screen showing the time. On the bottom of the paper screen there are cool equalizer-like puzzles flashing and changing the shape. It looks really cool when you look at it.
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Most Unusual Gadget Watches

May 01, 2008
The gadget watch is the Abacus Wrist PDA. This fully functional PDA on your wrist offers an address book, calendar, and a list of things to do. It has also incorporated some standard features that most of the PDAs have.

The gadget watch's screen is black-lit with a resolution of 160 x 160. The display is a touch-screen, so it is even easier to navigate the menu using a special stylus. This means you do not need many buttons so the watch has four of them. The PDA uses the 4.1.2 version of Palm OS. This OS has some standard applications and it is possible to download any applications you need to make it even more functional. The Abacus Wrist PDA is an ultimate personal digital assistant as downloading software is possible from any other device with Bluetooth.
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