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The Most Expensive House in the World: $122.2 million dollars.

The main characteristics of the most expensive houses around the globe could be how opulent they are. The most expensive house in the world is the one known as Updown Court, in Surrey (England), which is 50 million dollars more expensive than the priciest one in United States.

Most expensive houses $122

This incredible house features:

– 103 rooms

– Five swimming pools

– 24-carat gold leafing on the study’s mosaic floor

– Squash court

– Bowling alley

– Tennis court

– 50-seat screening room

– Heated marble driveway

– Helipad.

It also has eight spaces for limousines able to fit in the underground garage.

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Korea officially launched Vacheron Constantine’s Q uai de I’lle Collection

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On May 20, 2009, the Korean market officially launched Quai de l’ile collection in Cine de Chef. The collection was launched through a selective press conference and launcheon in which guests were specially attended during a gala dinner where the Quai de l’ile was introduced as a symbol of the ultimate luxury.

Hosts were welcomed in the main hall where they could encounter Quai de I’ile watches for the first time. They were next guided to the theatre right next door moved by the mystic dial and dynamic design of the Quai de I’ile collection. Mr, Yann Bouilonnec, Asia Pacific managing director made a speech to announce the launching of this new collection in Korea market and then all the guests could go through the revolutionary technology. The stunning animation, the understanding of the respected values, the personalization and security made, from the Quai de l’ile collection laucheon, a very fine one in which guests were specially attended.

During dinner glamorous and dazzling models showed the watches walking around tables and letting the guests appreciate the close look of the timepieces being able to try them on as well as configuring their own personalized watches by the simulating programs in the tablet PC.

[Source: Vacheron Constantine Press Release]

Filed under: Brands Launching, luxury watches, Mens, Vacheron Constantin, Vacheron Constantin Watches, Watch, Watches, Womens

Breitling news: NEW Raven Edition

Breitling has launched a very special collection: the redesign of the Airwold and the Skyracer Chronographs, two instruments easy to identify as they feature a rubber-molded push pieces and bezel.

The “Raven” timepieces, its coded name, feature a resolutely high-tech black and steel look. Both models, the electronic and the mechanical one, boast peerless functionality. The Airwolf features an exclusive SuperQuartz™ movement giving to this ultra-accurate instrument the full range of functions required by professional pilots: 1/100th of a second chronograph, alarm, countdown, 2nd timezone, UTC. It also has an NVG-compatible display backlighting system that enables night-time read-off, while a turbine-shaped construction on the caseback serves as a resonance chamber for the alarm and other audible indications.

On the other hand, the Skyracer was designed to be the most efficient self-winding chronograph in its category. Breitling has equipped the Skyracer with a Caliber 27, an exclusive mechanism that enables dual visualization of measured times. The 60-minute counter, with a central hand, guarantees peerless readability of any measurement under one hour. For longer durations, a single two-hand counter shows both, the hours and also the minutes. The rack-and-pinion mounted slide rule underscores the aviation-oriented vocation of both the Airwolf Raven and Skyracer Raven models.

[Source: Breitling press release]

Filed under: Brands Launching, breitling, Breitling History, Breitling Raven, Breitling Raven Edition, Breitling Watches, luxury watches, Mens, Raven Watch, Raven watches, Watch, Watches, Womens

Chronograph Bentley Motors T

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Starting with the wisdom acquired with the Bentley Motors chronograph produced before, it then created a sportive design: Bentley Motors T. Its case features the figure of the three most emblematic Bentley automobiles, the Speed 6, the Continental R-Type and the Continental GT, engraved. The Bentley Motors T features a 25B Calibre and also the variable tachymeter allowing the owner accurate speed measurements.

The Chronograph Bentley Motors T is available in stainless steel and also in a limited edition of 500 timepieces produced in pink gold.

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Breitling Bentley Motors Mens Watch

Bentley Motors BENT - 1

(Bentley Motors – BENT 1)

As a consequence of the fusion between Breitling and Bentley Motors, Breitling started dedicating watches to the automobile world while Bentley became the perfect and natural partner of the watchmaking company.

Their passion and combination of prestige and excellence according to their performance, was amalgamated by their union symbol: a winged B signature.

The Bentley Motors Chronograph was inspired in the aesthetic elements, in the aesthetic pillars, of the British partner. Its mechanism is a unique one among the others around the world; it features a central hand that is capable of reaching the whole sphere rotation in thirty seconds instead of sixty, comparing to the habitual ones. This particular configuration gives to this unique timepiece a really precise lecture of the second fraction.

It’s case has a 48.7 mm diameter making of this watch the biggest case chronograph from Breitling models.

The Bentley Motors Chronograph is also equipped with a variable tachymeter that allows the measurement of a media speed more than accurate.

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Confirmed Legend: Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch was Opened, it had been truly inscribed.

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Abraham Lincoln
(President Abraham Lincoln)

When Abraham Lincoln consigned his pocket watch to Jonathan Dillon in 1861, the immigrant watchmaker, while repairing it, inscribed a massage inside the watch. Then, he close it up and gave it back to the President, who died without knowing about this fact.

“Jonathan Dillon April 13-1861. Fort Sumper was attacked by rebels on the above date. Thank God we have a government”, was the secret message. The one unknown till when the pocket and now mysterious watch was donated to the Smithsonian in 1958. As it was never opened, the secret remain through the years as a legend.

USA LINCOLN ENGRAVING(Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch)

Rumours of the hidden message have existed for more than 150 years, but they were never taken really serious and so they remained more as a legend than a fact.

It was then, this past February that Douglas Stiles, Dillon’s great-great grandson, found a New York Times article in which this story was written and so he told the Smithsonian.
On March 10th, Smithsonian officials and media members met to prove if it was a legend or a real fact.

Thomas of the Towson Watch
(Watchmaker Thomas (Towson Watch Company) )

Watchmaker Thomas (Towson Watch Company) was the chosen one to open Lincoln’s pocket watch. The watch was truly inscribed in three different sections. Not a legend but a fact. Jonathan Dillon really wrote inside Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch.

Thomas of the Towson Watch Company opens the inscribed Lincoln Watch 1(Watchmaker Thomas (Towson Watch Company) )

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Filed under: A little bit of history, Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln Pocket watch, inscribed watch, luxury watches, President Watch, Watchmaker Thomas (Towson Watch Company)

The Bvlgari Ring: Save the Children Rewrite their Future Campaign.

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Save the children, rewrite their future campaign.
The Bvlgari Ring.

Bvlgari has decided to celebrate its 125th anniversary by taking active part in the Save the children’s rewrite their future campaign through which education and thus a better furue is provided to millions of children suffering the consequences of war life and conflicts.
Bvulgari supports the campaign by raising 10 million euros by the end of 2009. One million has already been donated.
The ring Bvulgari has created is a special silver one engraved on the outside with S. Bulgari, the founder and, on the inside, with the save the children logo. It is available for sale since februari till December 31st, 2009. It is available in all Bvulgari’s stores all around the world. Its price: 290 euros, 50 of which will go to save the children.

Vittoria Puccini and
Ben Stiller wearing the Bvlgari Ring.

[Source: Bvlgari’s press release]

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2009 The Piaget Polo Watch: 30th Anniversary

For the last 30 years, Piaget has been associated with the polo universe. Thirty years ago, the watchmaker brand produced the first polo watch.

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The Piaget Polo watch, with its unique style and design, was launched in 1979 and soon became one of the brand’s iconic models. Inspired by the characteristic elegance of the polo clubs and their associates, the Piaget Polo Watch was adopted not only by the polo circle but also by stars as a luxurious object. It was a symbol of its time as it became a new way of wearing entirely gold timepieces.

It was then during the 80s that Piaget, under the lead of Yves G. Piaget, associated the watch brand to polo sport as it was an activity that clearly reflected the brand’s values: boldness, rigour and precision.

In order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this emblematic collection, Piaget gave birth to five new versions in 2009 with a remaining faith to the 1979s design, the historical dials reveal their precious character without ostentation. Piaget’s anniversary models pay tribute to the characteristic design of the collection. But the landmark above all is represented by the new sporting chic model that opens up a whole new phase for the watchmaker company.
1979-2009: the Piaget Polo collection has made its mark on 30 years of watchmaking history. A brand icon, Piaget Polo is more timeless than ever.

Filed under: luxury watches, Mens, Piaget, Piaget Polo Watch, Piaget Watch, Piaget Watches, Womens

The importance of Divers’ watches precision.

The quality of the equipment while diving turns to be more than an important issue before descending into deep ocean. Diver’s watches are specially designed for deep depths and equipped with its special case, as protecting the case is the main goal.
In order to be considered a diving one, a watch must be qualified as suitable for up to 150 metres / 450 feet, even though most of the watches considered to be suitable for diving are appropriate for more than 200 meters.
The “O” rings, usually made of nylon, are a very important part of submersible watches as it works as a protection sealing for the case and also for the crown. In order to avoid case deformations caused by the pressured of depth, most of the cases are produced with extra thick walls.
Even though, because of the potential risks, divers do not usually reach such deep profundities, watches show such depth capabilities because of the way their hermetecism is tested. This procedure is done in a static way and pressure in real life is much more, as the watch is being moved attached to a diver’s arm. As a direct consequence of this fact, a watch that is just used to swim must be at least submersible up to 50 meters at least.
The unidirectional bezel is what gives divers’ watches their most popular characteristic, as each immersion has a limit of elapsed time. That’s why it is more than important to have precise elements as divers life is in constant risk.
Just by rotating the bezel till the minute hand at the moment in which the immersion starts, the diver will perfectly know for how long he has remain in depth. The reason of featuring a unidirectional rotating bezel is that if by accident it moves on its own, it would only short time remaining instead of extending it, keeping the diver’s life safe.
Another important part of the watch related to keeping diver’s life safe is the seconds hand which when ascending it marks how fast the diver is ascending as one feet per second is recommended.
Some of the well-known diver’s watches are:

Omega the first wristwatch brand to produce a diver’s watch, the Marine. (1932)
Officine Panerai (1938)
From LIP and Blancpain, the Fifty Fathoms (1953)
Rolex Submariner (1956) revolution.
Rolex Dweller (1967)


Omega Seamaster Professional 600m, known as Omega PloProf between the circle of collectors.

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Patrizzi & Co New York: Important Pocket Watches, Vintage and Modern Wristwatches on June 4, 2009.

Two sessions offer outstanding pocket watches, vintage and modern wristwatch, with NO buyer’s commission and simultaneos Internet bidding.


Gerald Genta (Lot 292)
Estimate: $ 400,000 – $ 500,000

On June 4 in New York, Patrizzi & Co Auctioneers will present “Important Pocket Watches, Vintage and Modern Wristwatches” comprised of some 290 timepieces of outstanding quality, provenance and rarity. The auction follows two highly successful Patrizzi & Co auctions in Europe — the Davide Blei Vintage Rolex Collection, which was held March 22 in Milan and totaled more than $3.7 million with 114 timepieces, and the April 19 auction in Geneva with sales totaling over $6.7 million with 80% of the 263 lots sold.


Patek Philippe (Lot 196)
Estimate: $ 80,000 – $ 100,000

Patrizzi & Co was founded last year by Osvaldo Patrizzi with the purpose of bringing transparency at an auction. He also achieved fully integrating online communications with the traditional auction format and, most importantly for Patrizzi & Co’s clients, eliminated fees and simplified the auction process.

Rolex (Lot 291)
Estimate: $ 40,000 – $ 60,000


NO buyer’s commission: This represents the saving to buyers of between 20–25% of the hammer price, which most other major auction houses currently charge.

Vacheron Constantin (Lot 247) Estimate: $ 3,000 – $ 4,000

Five-year guarantee of authenticity: This guarantee eliminates what is often perceived to be the “risk factor” in buying important pieces via the Internet and includes an accurate and very detailed description of the quality of the piece(s) being purchased.

Patek Philippe (Lot 208)
Estimate: $ 100,000 to $ 150,000

A choice of catalogs: Clients have a choice of purchasing a special commemorative catalog or a digitally printed color catalog or downloading their own personalized version of the online catalog onto their personal computer or new generation e-Book.

Vacheron Constantin (Lot 249)
Estimate: $ 1,500 – $ 2,200

Auction
Thursday, 4 June 2009, 10:30 a.m. (lots 1 – 100) and 2 p.m. (lots 101 – 293)
Patrizzi & Co,
595 Madison Avenue, 6th floor, New York

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Nobel Prize in Physics Albert Einstein Longines’

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Albert Einstein:


Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg in the German Empire. Son of Hermann Einstein and Pauline Einstein, he attended a Catholic elementary school as his parents were not observant of Jewish religious practices, even though their ancestors were Jewish .


Despite the fact that he had early speech difficulties (though wihich he had a failure to develop language abilities on the usual developmental timetable), he was a top student in elementary school and soon, at the age of ten, Maz Talmud (family friend) introduced him to key science, mathematics and philosophy texts.


As a consequence of the failure of the family business, the Einstein’s moved to Itlaly. First, they lived in Milan and then they moved to Pavia. It was during those yearsthat he wrote his first scientific work: The Investigation of the State of Aether in Magnetic Fields.

He then decided to apply directly to the Eidgenössische Polytechnische Schule (later Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH)) in Zurich, Switzerland without having completed high school. As he didn’t had a school certificate, he was then required to give an entrance examination, which he failed even though he had achieved exceptional marks in mathematics and physics. He finished high school in Aarau, Switzerland and renounced his citizenship in German Kingdom of Wurtemberg to avoid military service.

In 1896, he enrolled in the mathematics and physics program at the Polytechnic in Zurich where Marie Winteler, his future wife, also studied (being the only woman in the group). Albert graduated from the Polytechnic with a diploma in mathematics and physics.

With an outstanding work, mostly known for the general relativity law, special relativity, photoelectric effect, Brownian motion, mass-energy equivalence, field equations (between many others), he was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 (at the age of 42), he was also awarded by the Royal Society of London with the Copley Medal for “outstanding achievements” in 1925. He also received the the Max Planck Medal (1929) and, last but not least, the Person of the Century prize (1999) created by Time magazine in order to honour the most important people of the last century.

He died on April, 17th, 1955 at the age of 76 after experiencing an internal bleeding caused by the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (previously been diagnosed and reinforced). He died in Princeton Hospital early the next morning having continued to work until near the end.

Before the cremation, Princeton Hospital pathologist Thomas Stoltz Harvey removed Einstein’s brain for preservation, without the permission of his family, in hope that the neuroscience of the future would be able to discover what made Einstein so intelligent.

A Longines wristwatch was given to Albert Einstein in the 1930s as a present,
And it has been sold at auction by Antiquorum, where it fetched the princely sum of $596,000. Apparently this is 2000% more than the auctioneer expected after belonging to one of the greatest thinkers that the world has ever seen.

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The Most Cheapest Watches from TOP BRANDS

Between the cheapest luxurious watches, there’s a wide range of styles and brands that, without paying a large amount of money can please us with the satisfaction of wearing a high quality and esteemed watch.

Each brand has its cheapest watch, not meaning it is not a qualified one, of course. So, according to the cheapest watches of the most important watchmakers, there are some models that must be re-introduced:

Rolex Datejust Mid-Size Ref. 178240 $4.140.00

Gender: Mid-Size

Movement: Automatic.

Dial: Blue with applied roman numeral hour markers and bar-shaped hands.

Case: Stainless Steel, Diameter: 31 mm; thickness: 11 mm. Smooth bezel. Screw-down back and screw-down crown. Water resistant to 100 meters or 300 feet.

Function: Hours, minutes, sweep seconds and quick set d

ate.

Band: Oyster Style Bracelet in Stainless Steel with Flip Lock clasp; 7.25 inches.

Reference Number: 178240

Indications: Date aperture at 3.

Omega Constellation Ladies Ref. 1566.56.00 $1.780.00

Gender:Ladies

Movement: Quartz precision movement with rhodium plated finish. Caliber Omega: 1456

Dial: Black with applied Diamond

s hour markers and bar shaped hands.

Case: Stainless Steel and Diamond

s on Bezel, round shape. Diameter: 22 mm. Thickness: 8 mm. Bezel engraved with roman numerals and diamonds. Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal with anti reflective treatment. Water resistant to 30 meters or 100 feet.

Function: Hours and minutes.

Band: Stainless Steel Bracelet with Folding Clasp; 6 inches.

Reference Number: 1566.56.00

Panerai Luminor -Historic Collection- Mens Ref. PAM00113 $4.190.00

Movement: Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai Luminor Marina (Officine Panerai Watches) OP XI calibre with swan’s neck regu lator, 16½ lignes, 17 jewels, Côtes de Genève decoration on the bridges. Glucydur® balanc e with Nivarox® I spring, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incab.

Dial: White with arabic numeral hour markers. Luminescent overlapped by tritium points and bar-shaped hands.

Case: AISI 316L Polished Steel, round shape. Diameter: 44 mm

. Polished steel bezel. Back: see-through sapphire crystal. Brushed

Steel device protecting the crown: registered Trade Mark. Scratch resitant sapphire crystal (formed of c

orundum, 3.5 mm thick). Anti-reflective coating. Water resistant to 300 meters or 990 feet.

Function: Hour, minutes and subsidiary seconds.

Band: Brown Leather Strap with PANERAI personalised buckle. Supplied with a steel screwdriver and a second interchangeable Strap.

Reference Number: PAM00113

Indications: Subsidiary seconds at 9.

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Quartz Ref. WAH1111.BT0714 $560.00

Movement:Quartz movement.

Dial: White with luminescent applied stick hour markers and bar shaped hands. Arrow head on second hands.

Case: Stainless Steel, round shaped. Diameter: 41 mm. Scratch-resistant titanium carbide coated unidirectional turning bezel with 60-minute scale. Scratch Resistant Sapphire crystal. Screw-in crown. Water resistant to 200 meters or 660 fee

t. Case back with special “checker flag” decoration.

Function: Hours, minutes, sweep seconds and quick set date.

Band: Black Rubber Strap with steel tang buckle; 7 inches.

Reference Number: WAH1111.BT0714

Indications

Date aperture at 3.

Signatures: Dial, Case and Band.

Longines DolceVita Quartz Date Ref. L5.503.4.98.6 $960.00

Movement:Quartz movement. Caliber L2

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Dial: Blue with applied Arabic numerals and stick hour markers. Daunphin shaped hands.

Case: Stainless Steel, rectangula

r shape. Case Measures: 34 mm. x 25

mm. Double-curved scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Water resistant to 30 meters or 100 feet.

Function: Hours, minutes and date.

Band: Stainless Steel Bracelet with triple folding clasp.

Reference Number: L5.503.4.98.6

Indications: Date aperture between 4 and 5.

IWC Aquatimer Mens Automatic Ref. IW354807 $3.140.00

Gender:Mens

Movement: Mechanical with automatic winding; Caliber 30110; 23 jewels; 28,800 v.p.h.; Power Reserve: 42 hours.

Dial: Black with luminescent applied stick hour markers and bar shaped hands.

Case: Stainless Steel, round shape. Diameter: 42 mm. Thickness: 12,8 mm. Uni-directional rotating inner bezel. Anti-reflective convex sapphire crystal. Push-button release safety clasp. Water resistant to 1000 meters or 3000 feet.

Function: Hours, minutes, central seconds with stop function and date.

Band: Black Rubber Strap with tang buckle.

Reference Number: IW354807

Indications: Date aperture at 3.

Chopard Mille Miglia Mens GMT Chronometer Automatic Ref. 16/8992 $3.740.00

Gender:Mens

Movement: CHOPARD Automatic; Certified Chronometer (COSC); 25 jewels; Power reserve approx. 48 hours.

Dial: Black with luminescent sticks markers an

d luminescent sword-shaped hands, red arrow-tip second hand. Luminescent GMT hand.

Case: Stainless Steel, round shaped. Diameter: 42.5 mm. Bezel engraved with 24 hour indication. Glare proofed Sapphire crystal. Transparent case-back. Water resistant to 50 meters or 165 feet.

Function: Hours, minutes, sweep seconds, subsidiary seconds, date, 3 chrono registers, GMT and Tachometer from 240 to 60 km/h.

Band: Black Perforated Leather Strap with Steel deployment clasp, 8 inches (adjustable).

Reference Number: 16/8992

Indications: Magnified date displays at 3. 12 hours chrono register at 6, subsidiary seconds at 9 and 30 seconds chrono register at 12. Tachometer’s scale on inner bezel.

Baume & Mercier Capeland Ladies Quartz Ref. MOA08169 $530.00

Gender:Ladies

Movement: Swiss Quartz movement.

Dial: Silver with applied steel roman numerals and dots hour markers. Alpha shaped hands.

Case: Stainless Steel, square shape. Diameter: 2

0 mm. Thickness: 7 mm. Smooth bezel. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Water resistant to 30 meters or 100 feet.

Function: Hours, minutes and sweep seconds

Band Grey Satin Microfibres Strap with pin buckle.

Reference Number: MOA08169

[Source: Interwatches.com watches gallery]

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The Clock Tower, mostly known as Big Ben, anniversary: 150 years on Parliament’s grounds.

BIG BEN

The Clock Tower seen today is not the first tower to be built in Parliament’s grounds. The original tower was built in 1288-90, during the reign of King Edward I, and located on the north side of New Palace Yard containing a bell and clock. The bell was first named ‘Great Edward’ and later ‘Great Tom’; it then struck on the hour. A second tower replaced the original one in 1367. This was the first public chiming clock in England. By 1707, this tower had fallen into disrepair and was demolished. A sundial was put up in its place.
A terrible fire destroyed most of the Palace of Westminster in 1834. Architects were invited to submit their designs for the new Palace and a commission was set up to select the best. Out of 97 designs submitted, the architect Sir Charles Barry’s was successful. However, his winning design did not feature a clock tower. He added this to his design in 1836.
The construction of the Clock Tower began in September 1843. This is the iconic tower which stands today in the Houses of Parliament. The Clock Tower was built from the inside outwards, meaning that no scaffolding was visible to the outside world. Materials were transported by river. A winch lifted materials to the masons and bricklayers.
Officially, the Clock Tower’s bell is called the Great Bell though it is better known by the name ‘Big Ben’. The name ‘Big Ben’ is often associated with the Clock Tower and the Great Clock as well as the Great Bell. It was to the Great Bell that the name originally was given.
Big Ben rang out on 11 July 1859 but its success was short-lived. In September 1859, the new bell also cracked and Big Ben was silent for four years. During this time, the hour was struck on the fourth quarter bell.

Dimensions

Dimensions: over 96 metres and 12 metres square
Steps to belfry: 334
Steps to lantern (the Ayrton Light): 393

Amount of stone used: 850 cubic metres
Amount of bricks used: 2600 cubic metres

Number of floors: 11

Locations of building materials:
Anston, Yorkshire
Caen, Normandy, France
Clipsham, Rutland (for restoration work in 1983-5)

Clock dials

Number of clock dials: 4
Clock dials diameter: 7m
Length of hour figures: 60cm
Clock dial frames: cast iron
Glass in each clock dial: 312 pieces of pot opal glass
Illumination of each dial: 28 energy efficient bulbs at 85 watt each
Lifetime of each energy efficient bulb: 60,000 hours

Minute hands

Material: copper sheet
Weight: 100kg, including counterweights
Length: 4.2m
Distance travelled by minute hands per year: equivalent of 190km

Hour hands

Material: gun metal
Weight: 300kg including counterweights
Length: 2.7m
The hour figure of 4 o’clock is shown by the Roman numeral IV, rather than the usual IIII on other clocks.

The pendulum bob

Pendulum bob weight: 203kg
Material: concentric tubes of steel and zinc

[Source: Parliament’s Big Ben‘s Web]

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Watches in Movies: War of the Worlds, The Transporter II, The Bourne Identity, Minority Report, Vanilla Sky and Titanic.

War of the Worlds (2005)

(Tom Cruise wears a vintage Omega Chronograph)

A movie from Paramount Pictures and Dream Works Pictures, directed by Steven Spielberg and starred by Tom Cruise, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin and Dakota Fanning.

The Transporter II (2005)
(Jason Statham wears a Panerai Luminor Daylight Chronograph)

Frank Martin is the best in the business. The ex-Special Forces operative hires himself out as a mercenary “transporter”. He delivers, no questions asked. Frank has unexpectedly bonded with Jack, age 6, who he drives to and from school. But when Jack is kidnapped, Frank must use his battle-tested combat skills to retrieve the boy and thwart the kidnappers’ master plan.

The Bourne Identity (2002)
(Mat Damon wears a TAG Heuer Link Chronograph)

On a stormy night, a young man is pulled out of the Mediterranean Sea by the crew of a fishing boat. Thinking the young man is dead; a curious fisherman with a scalpel finds two bullets in his back and a miniature laser device in his hip. In the bank vault the young man discovers his name, Jason Bourne and also a baffling pile of different passports, all with his picture, and a huge pile of cash. In the U.S. Embassy, Jason Bourne discovers his love interest and travel partner, Marie, along with the fact that someone wants to kill him.

Minority Report (2002)

(Tom Cruise worn an Omega Speedmaster X – 33 at the begging of the film)

It is the year 2054 – Washington D.C. – dreams can be recreated through computers, computer monitors and displays are transformed into holograms, and identification is done through eye-scanning. John Anderton lost his son and, to prevent horrible events from occurring to other individuals, he joins a unit known as “Pre-Crime” that works through 3 people known as “precogs”. Through advanced technology, Pre-Crime officers are able to see what the precogs see and they analyze the data, identify the perpetrator and victim, and try their best to stop the murder from occurring.

Vanilla Sky (2001)

(Tom Cruise wears a IWC Mark XV)

David Aames takes all he has for granted, especially his relationships. It catches up to him when a friend/sometimes sex-partner can’t see their relationship the way he sees it. From that point, the movie takes a Lynchian twist that ultimately and literally pulls us into Aames’ tortured psyche.

Titanic (1997)
(Bill Paxton wears a Rolex Submariner)

84 years later a 100-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukator tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic. A drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning.

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