"Power of Love" Watches from Alexora

Nov 30, 2009
Founded in the Joux Valley in 1876, the Alexora brand is delighted to introduce its novel watch collection “Power of Love”. The pieces from this line demonstrate a variety of colors, typical for the 80s, as well as an appealing triangle shape, which is considered to be a symbol of femininity in many countries.

Besides the ultimate elegance of design, this timepiece also stands out due to the noble materials, employed in its manufacturing: genuine stingray, mother-of-pearl and sapphire crystal.

Every item from the “Power of Love” collection is animated by a quartz movement, which features the basic functions of indicating the hours and minutes.

The new Alexora watch is proposed with a triangular-shaped case, rendered in 316 L stainless steel, with or without gold-plating, yellow or pink gold. It houses a mother-of-pearl dial, protected by a sapphire crystal, which features an anti-reflective treatment on both sides.

The Power of Love watches provide 50-meter water-resistance. Every model is secured to the wearer’s wrist on a genuine stingray or crocodile leather strap or on a metal bracelet, finished with a folding clasp.

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Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon at Poker Tournament

Nov 27, 2009
On November 22, the Eurosport channel retransmitted in live the final of the poker tournament, the Partouche Poker Tour, which was held at the Palm Beach Casino in Cannes, France.

In the course of the game, the French player Jean-Paul Pasqualini exposed on his wrist the Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon watch from Girard-Perregaux. Eventually the Frenchman became the winner of the tournament and was awarded a cheque for 1.000.000 Euro.

The spectacular Girard-Perregaux watch, which showed up on the wrist Jean-Paul Pasqualini, is available with a pink gold case, which features the dimensions of 43.00 mm x 43.95 mm. The watch dial is protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The case-back is also fitted with a sapphire crystal, affixed by four screws.

The functionality of the Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon watch includes a tourbillon, hours, minutes, a slot machine with a chime mechanism and small seconds on the tourbillon. Animating these functions is the hand-wound GPFAY08 movement, set with 38 jewels. The movement features a balance wheel, which beats at the rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour.

The Girard-Perregaux watch boasts a 96-hour power reserve and is 30-meter water-resistant.

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Cartier Introduces its "Captive" Watch

Nov 26, 2009
The famous watchmaker Cartier is delighted to present its novel “Captive” watch at the SIHH exhibition, which is scheduled for 2010.

The “Captive” watch from Cartier features an oversized case, measuring 35 mm in diameter. It is sculptured in 18 carat rhodium-plated white gold.

The timepiece exposes a rhodium-plated white gold dial, studded with round diamonds and protected by a sapphire crystal. The case of the model is fitted with a bezel, also adorned with round diamonds. The total weight of the diamonds, the “Captive” model is embellished with, constitutes 3 carats.

The timekeeper focuses on the essential: displaying the hours and minutes. Animating these functions is a quartz movement. The watch boasts 30-meter water-resistance.

The new Cartier watch is mounted on a light grey brushed canvas strap. It is equipped with an adjustable folding clasp, done in 18 carat rhodium-plated white gold.

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Bruno Senna - a New Ambassador for Hublot

Nov 24, 2009
Bruno Senna, a young talented driver, has recently been appointed an ambassador for the Hublot brand. In 2010, the sportsman will join the Campos Meta team to take part in the F1 motor racing competition. Bruno earned his fame, conquering the GP2 circuits in 2008: he was ultimately conferred a title of the 2nd place winner.

Hublot made the acquaintance with the outstanding driver two years ago, when entering into a close partnership with the Ayrton Senna Institute, a foundation created and headed by his mother Viviane, who happened to be a sister of the late Ayrton Senna. At that time Bruno was already a very active sportsman, willing to reach new heights in motor racing. Since then, Hublot and Bruno Sienna have been enjoying a close bond of trust and friendship.

The gifted driver’s ambitions pushed him to participate in racing the F1 circuits. Therefore, he has become a member of the Spanish Campos Meta team. A worthy representative of the brand, Bruno embodies high standards, dynamism and excellence – the values deeply cherished by Hublot.

For his part, Bruno Senna is extremely honored to be an ambassador for this universally-famous Hublot watch company.

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Montblanc Wins Third Prize at Montre de L’annee

Nov 06, 2009
Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph Automatic from Montblanc has become a third Prize winner in the 16th edition of the “Montre de l’annee” watch competition. This distinction was bestowed on Lutz Bethe, CEO Montblanc International GmbH at the awards ceremony, which was held in Geneva, on October 28th, 2009.

A distinguished jury, which brought together major specialists from the watch industry, has chosen the best watches of the year. After evaluating a large number of timekeepers, unveiled in the course of the event, the judges declared the Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph Automatic model one of the three best watches of 2009.

Animated by the first Montblanc proprietary calibre movement and featuring an enviable degree of manual craftsmanship, this Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph watch opens a new chapter in the already rich history of the company.

The Montblanc watch has been released this October. With its exceptional features and unrivalled design, this marvelous model delivers everything what connoisseurs of fine timepieces inevitably expect.

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Dive Master 500 Mecha Watch From Victorinox

Nov 04, 2009
The watchmaking house Victorinox is proud to unveil its new mechanical collection, which includes the spectacular Dive Master 500 Mecha watch.

The novel Dive Master Mecha watch comes in a PVD-treated stainless steel case, 43 mm in diameter. The watch case is assembled with a sapphire crystal, which protects the dial.

The latter exposes the hands and markers, treated with a luminous compound to ensure a good level of darkness visibility. The rear side of the watch is protected by a see-through case back. The model is fitted with a screw-down crown.

This Victorinox novelty is animated by an automatic mechanical movement with ETA 2892-A2 used as its base. It indicates the hours, minutes, seconds and the date.

The Victorinox Dive Master Mecha watch boasts 500-meter water-resistance.

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Instinct 5456 Big Tourbillon from Rodolphe

Oct 30, 2009
The horological company Rodolphe has introduced its progressive concept watch, which represents a union of the best traditions of luxury watch-making and innovative design. Entitled the Instinct 5456 Big Tourbillon, this model demonstrates daring design, typical for the brand.

Inspired by the greatest complications, this novelty has recently enriched the Instinct collection. It happens to be a clever blend of sophisticated technology and ultimate elegance of design.

The watch company Rodolphe has chosen to house the tourbillon in the well-known case of the Instinct collection. A true surprise for the watch lovers has become, however, its impressive dimensions.

The watch face exposes rollers, which serve to indicate hours, minutes and power reserve. The perfectly balanced dial, which demonstrates a contrasting design, opens the view to the movement. Beating to the rhythm of the second, the tourbillon accomplishes one rotation per minute.

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Ladoire Introduces First Collection at Sotheby’s

Oct 29, 2009
Ladoire Geneve’s chairman founder and managing director, Lionel Ladoire and Richard Piras respectively, have introduced the brand’s first collection, Roller Guardian Time, in the presence of more than 200 distinguished guests. This remarkable event was arranged in cooperation with Sotheby’s. Representing the oldest fine art auctioneers, Sotheby’s happens to be the leader in this very field in Paris.

The elegant models from the Roller Guardian Time assemblage have been offered in the flagship boutique Chronopassion since August. In September, 2009, the aforementioned event was conducted to present watches across the entire spectrum of the Roller Guardian Time assemblage. A particular attention was captured by the Sur-Mesure line, which consisted of 3 exceptional and totally tailor-made pieces Black & Black.

The festive evening saw the attendance of the brand’s clients, VIPs, collectors, watch enthusiasts and connoisseurs. The event took place at the renowned Charpentier Gallery, to accentuate the importance of the French market to the Ladoire’s brand.

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Champion Peter Solberg Receives a Watch from Edox

Oct 28, 2009
Alexandre Strambini, the managing director of the Edox watch company, which happens to be an official timing partner of the World Rally Championship (WRC), met Peter Solberg at Rally of Spain.

Petter Solberg, who was a winner of the World Championship, expressed his admiration for the innovative Edox Grand Ocean GMT watch, distinguished by spectacular design and sophisticated technology. Petter instantly treated his wrist to this exceptional timekeeper. The famous Norwegian pilot was especially attracted to the function, displaying the second time zone, which is of great importance to such a global traveler as he is.

According to Alexandre Strambini, an ardent fan of the World Rally Championship, Petter Solberg, with his professionalism and records, truly deserves to be awarded with one of the brand’s watches.

The Edox Grand Ocean Automatic GMT watch, ref. 93004 357N NIN, comes in a black PVD-treated case, measuring 45 mm in diameter. The watch is powered by the Edox 93 self-winding caliber movement. The timepiece functionality includes the second time zone, hours, minutes, seconds and date display.

The model provides 100-meter water-resistance. It is accompanied by a rubber strap.
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Sarpaneva Presents Korona K1 Watch

Oct 27, 2009
The watch company Sarpaneva has launched the second edition of its Korona K1 watch.

Available either in stainless steel, 18K red or white gold, the watch case features the dimensions of 42mm x 10.2mm, diameter and thickness indicated respectively. It is fitted with a double secured water-resistant brand’s proprietary crown, also manufactured from stainless steel.

The timepiece dial is offered in three interpretations: black diamond coated, imperial blue or rust brown. It exposes rhodium-finished, red gold-finished or black hands, which are micro-blasted or polished. The dial is protected by a 1.5 mm thick sapphire crystal with its inside, exposing a multi anti-reflective treatment.

The model accommodates a mechanical self-winding modified Soprod A10 calibre movement, with 25 jewels. It incorporates a balance wheel, which beats at the rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The movement exhibits rhodium-plated, perlaged surface. The watch offers a 42-hour power reserve and is water-resistant to 5 ATM.

The Sarpaneva watchmaker presents its Korona K1 watch on a leather strap, proposed in various colors.
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Freida Pinto – Hostess of New York Collection’s Celebration

Oct 22, 2009
The top Swiss watchmaker Harry Winston has recently launched its new collection of jewelry and timepieces, encouraged by the glamorous city of New York. To mark the occasion there was arranged an exclusive cocktail party with the actress Freida Pinto as its hostess. The celebration took place on Sunday, September 13th, 2009.

This festive event saw the attendance of such celebrities as Gerard Butler, actor; Jennifer Esposito, actress; Jason Wu, designer; Astrid Munos, model; Oluchi Onweagba, model and Ryan Lochte, Olympic swimmer. Harry Winston CEO, Thomas J. O’Neill and the brand’s Creative Director, Sandrine de Laage were also present at the party.

The guests of the evening were treated to champagne and caviar in Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue salon. The shopping venue was especially redesigned for the event.

The watches from Harry Winston’s New York collection truly reflect the beauties of the New York City. Thus, romantic Sunsets are mirrored in the rarest padparadscha sapphires; the spectacular spiral of the Guggenheim is emulated in handcrafted diamonds; the city Nightlife, glittering with fascination, is reinterpreted in dazzling diamonds as well as the flowing Rivers echo in deep blue sapphires.

According to Sandrine de Laage, Creative Director of Harry Winston, the city of New York with its energy, architecture, movement and life, has always been a source of inspiration for the brand.

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Montblanc Supports Breeder’s Cup Horse Races

Oct 21, 2009
The cooperation between the famous watchmaker Montblanc and a horse racing event represents nothing but a perfect union. The ancestor of the brand’s up-to-date timepieces was a special device, intentionally developed for measuring horse racing times.

This year, the Montblanc watch company will render its support to the extremely important horse racing event, the 26th Breeder’s Cup World Championship. The audience will be offered a chance to admire professional riders as well as thoroughbred horses.

It is Montblanc Star, Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph watch, that happens to be a true incarnation of the elite horse racing’s spirit. This timepiece is proposed in several skeletonized and non-skeletonized interpretations. It is definitely a highlight within the brand’s lineup.

The Montblanc watch is powered by the in-house manufactured chronograph movement, measuring up to 30 minutes. The chronograph counters demonstrate rotating discs, which substitute for hands and the date indicator. The mono-pusher, located at 8 o’clock, serves to control start, stop, and rest functions.

Entirely sculptured in gold, these watches are to be presented to the best riders, both male and female, in the Winner’s Circle.

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De Grisogono Presents Watches Paved with Brown Diamonds

Oct 19, 2009
The watch-making house de Grisogono is delighted to present two novel watches, studded with brown diamonds. These models are included into the brand’s autumn collection.

The brown diamonds are presented in a wide variety of overtones, ranging from light to dark brown. Every gem is thoroughly chosen to match other precious stones.

The Piccolina S04 watch has a case sculptured in polished 18 carats pink gold, and paved with 38 brown diamonds with a total weight of 1.44 carats. The case exposes a crown, studded with a black diamond.

Protected by a sapphire glass, the timepiece’s silver dial is illuminated by a play of 20 sparkling white diamonds, totaling to 0.13 carats.

The watch accommodates a quartz movement, which offers 30-meter water-resistance. Fitting this model is a chocolate galuchat strap.

The Instrumento Grande S12/A watch features a case, rendered in polished 18 carats pink gold and paved with 146 brown diamonds, which total to 2.61 carats. The case is fitted with a crown, featuring de Grisogono signature crest.

The champagne guilloche dial of the watch is embellished with 14 brown diamonds with an overall weight of 0.25 carats. The oversized date is displayed in a large exhibition window.

Inside this model is an automatic movement. It provides 30-meter water-resistance.
The de Grisogono watch comes with a light brown galuchat strap, finished with a de Grisogono butterfly buckle, crafted from polished 18 carats pink gold.

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Premier Kinetic Rose Gold Chronograph from Seiko

Oct 16, 2009
The well-known watch manufacturer Seiko has recently launched its novel luxury dress timepiece, the Premier Kinetic Chronograph. The steel case, measuring 42 mm in diameter, demonstrates its shiny rose gold PVD-treated surface.

The model case houses a dial, which reveals steel Roman numerals. The counters, hands and indices are all accented with subtle touches of rose gold. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal.

This Premier Kinetic Chronograph watch is animated by 7L22 Kinetic Chronograph calibre movement, which possesses 1/5th-second timing capabilities. Executed entirely by the Seiko brand, the movement incorporates a rotor, generating a kinetic power, which is delivered afterwards to a quartz crystal oscillator. Distinguished by its quartz precision and cost, this special construction requires no battery to function.

An instant flyback mechanism enables the wearer to record the total elapsed time up to 12 hours.

The Seiko Premier Kinetic Chronograph watch boasts 100-meter water-resistance.

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Noramis Collection from Union Glashutte

Oct 15, 2009
The German watch manufacturer Union Glashutte is pleased to presents its first Noramis collection, which embraces watches for both men and women.

Simple and iconic in their design, these timepieces offer the basic function of indicating the hours and minutes. Perfect elegance, which is attainable due to a time-tested design and an impeccable prowess, is also inherent in the watch interior.

The Noramis watch case houses a dial, which exposes crisp digits, tapered indices and pointed hands. With all the features mentioned, this model is suggestive of those iconic timepieces that successfully go through time.

This timepiece case is distinguished by the retro-themed exterior, which is accentuated by convex sapphire crystal with double-sided anti-reflective treatment. The watch’s curved dial perfectly emphasizes the enchanting glitter of the sunburst finish.

The models from the Noramis line are offered in different color combinations. For instance, silvery indices and hands are presented against the black and anthracite dial. The interpretation, accented with subtle touches of rose gold, is a true embodiment of gracefulness.

The watches feature unadorned bezels and nicely rounded stainless steel strap lugs. Fitting these timepieces is a graceful brown or black leather strap with crocodile grain or a screwed stainless steel strap. These timekeepers are offered with a case diameter of 34 mm or 40 mm.

The Noramis women's watch exposes a 34 mm case. It is characterized by the same conventional, yet a bit more extravagant design. The black dial is embellished with ten diamonds, which produce discreet highlights between two numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock. Completing the noble image of this model is a black leather strap with crocodile grains.

A screwed-on sapphire crystal case back opens the view to the automatic movement, which is finished with unique Union Glashutte components. The movement incorporates the rotor, marked with the skeletonized brand lettering and embellished with the Glashutte stripe finish.

This watch offers a 42-hour power reserve and is 100-meter water-resistant.
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Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Welcomes New Partakers

Oct 12, 2009
The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, organization in charge of all phases inherent in the planning of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), to be conducted from January 18th through 22nd, 2010, is delighted to welcome two new exhibitors.

As defined by the SIHH Exhibitor Committee, Greubel Forsey and Richard Mille will take part in the event alongside with 17 brands. The latter include A.Lange & Sohne, Alfred Dunhill, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, JeanRichard, Girard Perregaux, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Piaget, Ralph Lauren Watch & Jewelery Co, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels.

All participants of the exhibition affirm the core values, the SIHH has been promoting in its respect for Fine Watchmaking.

The aforementioned project has been experiencing a continuous growth for more than twenty years. In 1991, the exhibition occupied an area of 4,500 sq m, while in 2010, it will sprawl out to cover 30,000 sq m. The number of participants has also increased: from 5 brands in 1991 to 19 in 2010. The upcoming exhibition will be attended by exceptional retail customers as well as all ambassadors for Fine Watchmaking.

All 19 companies to be exhibited at the 20th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, aspire to promote their masterful traditions, novelties and professions, which are a true basis for Fine Watchmaking.

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Catherine Deneuve Prefers Dior Jewels

Oct 10, 2009
While making presentation for her movie Meres et filles in the course of 8 pm TV news on TF1, the actress Catherine Deneuve was wearing Dior Fine Jewellery earrings and a Dior Horlogerie watch.

The famous actress exposed the Gourmandes Pastel earrings, rendered in white gold and set with diamonds, aquamarines and pink sapphires. This amazing beauty was complemented by the white mother-of-pearl.

The watch, Catherine Deneuve treated her wrist to, was La Mini D de Dior watch. This watch case, measuring 19 mm in diameter, was sculptured in steel. Featuring the diamond- paved bezel, it was assembled with a mother-of-pearl dial. Animating this extremely alluring timekeeper’s functions was the quartz ETA movement.

Distinguished by the quiet understatement, this watch came with a black satin strap.

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Vincent Berard SA Establishes New Watchmaking Atelier

Oct 08, 2009
Vincent Berard’s recent moving into a new atelier has definitely laid a foundation for the brand’s successful future in the world of horology. Painstakingly restored within a period of three years, a 300-year old farmhouse, located in Neuchatel, has heartily welcomed its new host - the young Swiss watchmaker.

The festive event, arranged on this special occasion, took place on September 23rd and 24th. To crown the celebration, the special visitors, including the acclaimed watchmakers, international timepiece collectors, Vincent Berard’s major retail agents, as well as the horological press’ representatives, were invited to the refined dinner.

The guests were also offered a perfect opportunity not just to admire the novel workshops, but also to get a personal perspective of some unique Vincent Berard watches.

These horological masterpieces embraced the models, which had already experienced their world premiere, such as Luvorene I, as well as the brand’s new releases, such as the "Quatre Saison Carrosse". The latter represents a collection of four ladies’ timepieces, featuring day and moon phase indication. The color of gold and the type of precious stones setting in every model echo the spirit of each season.

Established three years ago, the Vincent Berard manufacture is aimed at creating artistic high luxury timepieces to be issued in limited edition.

The company’s activity is based on the principle of conventional individual manufacture, which is a demonstration of respect for traditions carried on during the 18th century in the area of Neuchatel.

Committed to the iconic watch-making philosophy, Vincent Berard SA also focuses on the growth, the company should continuously experience.
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Vacheron Constantin Arranges Training Seminars For Retailers

Oct 07, 2009
Uninformed retailers represent a huge problem for watch manufacturers. It is explainable by the fact, that luxury timepieces are extremely complicated not only in terms of their functionality, but also with regard to knowledge of the brand, the way of construction, as well as all little details, which are vital in the personality of the watch.

Additionally, the problem is aggravated by the cultural and language barriers, which draw apart people at the timepiece manufacture as well as those employees, who are in charge of selling products in different parts of the world.

To improve the situation, the acclaimed watch-making houses arrange special training sessions, aimed not only at delivering information about the brand’s latest releases to retailers, but also at familiarization of the retail staff with the manufacture itself.

The Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin has recently conducted two training seminars, in US and Europe, to keep its select retail partners informed on all the new steps the company made.

A thriving watch company with the rich history, Vacheron Constantin gives a professional review of the changes, which occurred in the world of horology, and those things, which remained permanent.

Personal training, provided to the retailers by the brand, happens to be the most effective instrument of education. It assures the high level of proficiency among the retailers as well as enables them to introduce the luxury timepieces in the best possible manner.
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Supports “Fellini, La Grande Parade” Exhibition

Oct 06, 2009
This autumn and winter a special exhibition, devoted to the film work by Italian filmmaker Fegedrico Felini, is welcoming visitors at the Jeu de Paume, in Paris.

The exhibition is aimed at revealing the inner world of the illustrious filmmaker and demonstrating the refined art in his theatrical performances as well as his creative process.

It is the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand, which happens to be the official sponsor of the event. This watchmaker has been involved in cooperation with the artistic community for the last several years. Alongside with supporting the film exhibition in Paris, Jaeger-LeCoultre has recently supported the Venice International Film Festival.

The renowned luxury brand finds it vital to be a part of the up-to-date artistic culture and of that which belongs to the past. In the attempt to conquer its place at the pinnacle of timelessness, Jaeger-LeCoultre willingly invests in artistic events and festivals, thus, associating itself with time-tested masterworks, presented in visual and written forms.

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