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Rolex Daytona Wristwatch at LOST

Lost is the American serial drama television series that follows the lives of plane crash survivors on a mysterious tropical island, after a commercial passenger jet flying between Sydney and Los Angeles crashes somewhere in the South Pacific.

Season 6 premiered on February 2, 2010, at its new timeslot of Tuesdays at 9:00 pm in the US and Canada and will feature 18 episodes. The sixth season follows two timelines, each an outcome of the detonation of a hydrogen bomb in the previous season finale.

Jin and Sun (Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim) on Lost

One of the series’ main characters, Jin-Soo Kwon, was given, at the beginning of the series, two identical Rolex Wristwatches; two Rolex Daytona.

Two identical gold Rolex watches were given to Jin by Mr. Paik to deliver to business associates in Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, California. Jin delivered the first one, but crashed on the Island before he could deliver the second one.

Michael found the remaining watch on the beach and decided to wear it. When Jin saw this, he attacked Michael. After Sun explained to Michael why Jin acted the way he did, Michael gave the watch back to him. After the second raft was launched, Jin returned the watch to Michael.

After returning to New York, Michael pawned the watch at Gus’ Pawn Shop in exchange for a revolver in an attempt to take his life. Gus noticed the watch’s Korean inscription: “Congratulations… mutual cooperation… business development… Mr. Paik”

Rolex watches are popularly regarded as status symbols and BusinessWeek magazine ranks Rolex #71 on its 2007 annual list of the 100 most valuable global brands. Rolex is also the largest single luxury watch brand by far, producing about 2,000 watches per day

There are two series of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. The original series, produced in small quantities from the early 1960s to the later 1980s, has a four-digits model or reference number, for example the reference 6263. This original series eventually became iconic[vague] but in very short supply in the early 1990s, which led to a second series to meet demand. The second series has a six-digit reference number, for example reference 116520. The new six-digit Daytonas are certified, self-winding chronometers with chronograph functions. Rolex was, and remains today, a sponsor of the 24 Hours of Daytona race at the time, and named its chronograph watch after that famous race.

Due to its limited production and iconic status, the four digit series Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is considered a rare watch to own.

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Breitling News – AVENGER SEAWOLF CHRONO BLACKSTEEL LIMITED EDITION

A special version of the Avenger Seawolf Chrono – the only chronograph that is watertight and fully operational at a depth of 1,000 meters (3,300 ft) – the new Blacksteel limited edition is distinguished by its unconventional look matching its exceptional performances.

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Black is the keynote here, variously interpreted in the steel case subjected to an ultra-resistant carbon-based treatment; the unidirectional rotating bezel; the large screw-locked crown and non-slip pushpieces; and on the dial base creating a striking backdrop for the white luminescent hands, hour markers and red-rimmed counters. Its original, technical and powerful appearance makes the Avenger Seawolf Chrono Blacksteel limited edition an unmistakable standout model among diver’s watches. But its greatest feat is hidden inside its case, thanks to its magnetic pushpiece system. This exclusive Breitling patented device serves to activate the controls through the metal of the case, without any direct mechanical contact. This means that whereas most chronographs cannot be used when diving, the Avenger Seawolf Chrono is the only instrument of this type to be watertight and fully operational at a record depth of 1,000 meters (3,300 ft). To accompany professionals to great depths in complete security, this extreme chronograph has been equipped with a decompression valve and a glareproofed sapphire crystal guaranteeing optimal readability in all circumstances. Its SuperQuartz™ caliber – also exclusive to Breitling – ensures a level of accuracy ten times superior to that of standard quartz movements, enabling it to measure times to within 1/10th of a second complete with split-time indications. The Avenger Seawolf Chrono Blacksteel, issued in a 2,000-piece worldwide limited edition, is available on a – naturally black – Diver Pro rubber strap or on a perforated Ocean Racer strap. In a nod to Breitling’s special ties with aviation, its inner bezel ring is adorned with a windrose serving to memorize a course – both underwater or in the air.

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[http://www.breitling.com/]

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Cartier Must 21 Ref. W10110T2

Cartier Must 21 collection features more than unique and outstanding watches, it is also an icon of perfection highly distinctive as a ”modern classic” in Cartier’s world.

(Cartier Must 21, Ref. W10110T2)

Between the many models under Cartier Must 21 name, we can find the Ref. W10110T2. This Cartier Must 21 Ref. W10110T2 has a silver grained dial with a stainless steel minuterie on its inner bezel and Roman numerals with silver grained hour markers outside on its fixed bezel. This Ref. W10110T2 also has sword shaped blued steel hands combining with a blue sapphire cabochon. This combination, of steel and silver, makes a very sleek and stylish modern day watch.

Cartier Must 21 for Mens
Cartier Must 21 Ref. W10110T2 is one of the most peculiar and interesting designed watches. It equilibrates sophistication with contemporary style all blended in one. Since their creation until present, Cartier collections have remained through the centuries because of their magic. This Must 21 Ref. W10110T2 combines this historical Cartier design with an updated modern style.

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The Australian Open 2010 starts on Monday 18th and ends on Sunday 31st.

The Australian Open 2010 is scheduled to start on Monday 18 January. The full schedule will be available on www.australianopen.com on Sunday 17 January.
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Grand Slam Oval construction efforts are in full swing to prepare Melbourne Park’s extravagant new entertainment precinct for operation by Monday.
The 11,000 square-metre space, located between Rod Laver and Hisense Arenas, will more than double the area available to spectators during Australian Open 2010.
Grand Slam Oval will feature two giant screens, the Heineken Beer Garden, the Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Moscato Bar, daily live entertainment including bands and DJs, and areas for relaxing, shopping and pampering.
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(Rafael Nadal, Spain, practices on centre court ahead of the main draw on Monday)
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Big-name acts include Jessica Mauboy, Rogue Traders, Daryl Braithwaite, Mark Seymour, James Reyne, Kisschasy, Kate Miller-Heidke and Ladyhawke.
Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley says Grand Slam Oval will give fans even more opportunities to relax and enjoy the carnival atmosphere that characterises the tournament.
“The Australian Open has attracted record crowds for the past nine years, and with the increased numbers we recognised that we needed to reconfigure our space to ensure the best possible spectator experience,” he says.

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(Roger Federer, Switzerland, in a practice session three days before the tournament starts)
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“At Australian Open 2010 we have something for everyone – from the diehard tennis fans keen to snare a spot on a show court, young adults who enjoy the live entertainment, and families who come for a great day out.”
Visitors to Grand Slam Oval have endless options when it comes to activities. They can:
* Win a Kia Soul car by entering the competition at the Kia Live @ the Open marquee
* Enjoy a pampering session or relax under the trees in the upstairs orchard at the Cussons Pure Oasis, a rainforest retreat for Grand Slam Oval visitors
* Receive an ice cube massage at the Evian Spa

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The Australian Open’s FM radio partner Nova 100 will broadcast live from Grand Slam Oval each day during the Open.
Garden Square, previously the venue for entertainment at Melbourne Park, will now be a more family-friendly venue featuring tennis on the large screen, Kia face painting, MLC’s Tennis Hot Shots, Fan Zone and Autograph Island, the Wilson International Stringers and roving entertainment.

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(Tennis legend John McEnroe at the official draw for the Australian Open 2010)
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According to the fist five matches, they will be played by:

Roger Federer vs. Igor Andreev RND 1
Rafael Nadal vs. Peter Luczak RND 1
Novak Djokovic vs. Daniel Gimeno-Traver RND 1
Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Michael Russell RND 1
Andy Murray vs. Qualifier RND 1
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(Maria Sharapova practises on Rod Laver Arena ahead of Australian Open 2010)

Virgin Blue services an extensive network covering metropolitan and regional ports within Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and the Pacific with schedules arranged to minimise your ground time – getting you to where you need to be, efficiently.
Search for and book your flights to Melbourne for the Australian Open by using the Virgin Blue fare finder.
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(The World’s Biggets Stage covering the Australian Open in Melbourne Park, Australia)
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All tickets to Australian Open 2010 are now on sale!
Download the 2010 Ticket Brochure
Sign up to Slice newsletter to receive ticket updates and the latest tennis news.
Become an Australian Open member to get priority booking for tickets to next year’s tournament.
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Online
http://www.ticketek.com
Phone
1300 888 104 (International +61 2 8736 2711)
Agency
Bookings can be made at
Ticketek agencies across
Australia and New Zealand

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Sponsors for this event:
Mayor Sponsor:
Kia Motors

Associate Sponsors:
Anz
Jacob’s Creek
Rolex

Oficial Partners:

Lacoste, IBM, ‘yes’ Optus, MLC;Victoria, the place to be.

Official Sponsors:
Powerade, Post, Evian, Panasonic, Vaustralia, Heineken, Wilson, Pure

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[Source: Australian Open 2010 Home Page]

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Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, King of Holland, and his Breguet, No. 1717

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Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, Prince Français, King of Holland, Comte de Saint-Leu was born on September 2, 1778 and died on July 25, 1846. He was the fifth surviving child and the fourth surviving son of Carlo Buonaparte and Letizia Ramolino. His brother and third son were the first and last emperors of France, Napoleon I, and Napoleon III.

Napoleon made him the King of Holland on June 5, 1806. Though the older brother, Napoleon, had intended for the younger brother to be little more than a French governor of Holland, Louis took his duties as the King seriously, calling himself Koning Lodewijk I, attempting to learn the Dutch language and trying hard to be a responsible, independent ruler of Holland. His attempt at speaking the Dutch language earned him some respect from his subjects. Louis also forced his court and ministers to speak only Dutch, and also to renounce their French Citizenships.

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Two major tragedies occurred during the reign of Louis Bonaparte: the explosion of a cargo ship loadeded with gunpowder in the heart of the city of Leiden in 1807, and a major flood in Holland in 1809. In both instances, Louis personally and effectively oversaw local relief efforts, which helped earn him the moniker of Louis the Good.
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(This Breguet, No. 1717, was sold to the King of Holland on June 7, 1808 for 2.400 francs).

Louis Bonaparte’s reign of The Netherlands was short-lived, however, which was due to two factors. The first was that Napoleon wanted to reduce the value of French loans from Dutch investors by two-thirds, meaning a serious economic blow to the Netherlands. The second factor was the one that became the pretext for Napoleon’s demand of Louis’s abdication. As Napoleon was preparing an army for his invasion of Russia, he wanted troops from the entire region under his control, the allied border countries. Unfortunately for Louis, the English landed an army of 40,000 in 1808 in an attempt to capture Antwerp and Flushing. With Louis unable to defend his realm, France sent 80,000 militiamen and successfully repelled the invasion. Napoleon then suggested that Louis should abdicate, citing Louis’s inability to protect Holland as a reason. Louis refused. Napoleon finally forcibly removed Louis from the Dutch throne and annexed the entire Kingdom of Holland on 1 July 1810.
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(It is an extremely fine and important Breguet 18K gold dumb quarter repeating pocket watch with duplex escapement built on the principles of the garde temps with Breguet gold chain and ratchet key)

[Breguet Home Page]

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Peugeot 200th anniversary: The SR1 Concept Car

French company Peugeot is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. It’s the world’s second oldest car manufacturer, the tenth largest car manufacturer, and with trucks, cars, motorcycles and bicycles, has the broadest range of mobility products in the world. It was in 1810 that Jean-Pierre and Jean-Frédéric Peugeot turned their father’s cereal mill into a steel foundry and took the Peugeot family into the industrial era.
Since then, Peugeot has associated its name and later its Lion emblem, to hand-saws, tools, steel crinoline stays, coffee grinders, salt and pepper grinders, bicycles, motorcycles, scooters, cars and light commercial vehicles.

Today, 200 years later, a new chapter in the Peugeot story is about to open with a further evolution of the brand; a new styling direction, a new corporate Lion badge and the launch of Mu by Peugeot, a new service aimed as much at those who don’t drive a Peugeot as those that do.
The SR1 Concept Car
The SR1 embodies, according to Peugeot, a new stronger, more extreme and pure expression of the Peugeot Style of tomorrow. The SR1 incorporates HYbrid4 technology: a front-mounted 160 kW (218 bhp) 1.6 litre THP petrol engine combines with a rear electric motor developing 70 kW (95 bhp). In electric-only mode, the car becomes a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV), with a combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.9 litres/100 km (57.7 mpg) and just 119 g/km of CO2. When both petrol and electric power is used simultaneously, the four-wheel-drive SR1 develops 230 kW (313 bhp).
The vehicle houses three people with the third rear seat in the middle, behind the two front seats. Entry to this seat is facilitated by the centre console, which slides forward.
The interior ambience blends colours and materials, with strong references to “a past motoring era” combined with “the latest advanced technology”. The construction of the fascia panel, optimised to perfection, gives a visual prominence to certain mechanical components such as the steering column and a number of peripheral controls. Similarly, the instrumentation combines analogue and digital read-outs, giving clear emphasis to every item of information conveyed to the driver. This is the case for instantaneous fuel consumption and vehicle range, displayed on two glass crystal gauges directly in front of the driver.

Another technological innovation is the creation of an exclusive wristwatch, designed in partnership with Bell&Ross®. This timepiece, with milled inserts of solid aluminium, slots perfectly into a dedicated housing on the fascia panel.
Full details of the SR1 will be released at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, in March.

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Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante 44 mm in DLC steel.


Panerai celebrated on 2009 being for the fifth time the sponsor of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, an event that not only includes regattas in the Mediterranean, but also in the Caribbean and the Atlantic ocean in which, ninety percent of the vessels are wooden boats. 2009 season saw 350 classic yachts in all, requiring 1.500 crewmembers.
Not another brand would be as appropriate as Panerai as the brand stands on class and savoir pillars, as the luxurious watchmaking brad it is.
In order to commemorate de sponsorship of the Classic Yacht Challenge, Panerai each year crafts a limited edition of mechanical timepieces. In 2009, Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante 44 mm in DLC steel, a C.OS.C. rated chronometer was the star of the sponsorship.

Model: Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante
Production Years: 2007
Movement: Calibre OP XVIII
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Water Resistance: 100m
Dial Color: Black Clou de Paris
Bezel: Polished Steel
Case: Brushed Steel
Caseback: Exhibition

Crown Protector: Yes
Crystal: 2mm Sapphire
Diameter: 44mm
Strap/Bracelet: Rubber Lug
Width: 24mm
Reference Number: PAM286 PAM00286.

[Panerai Home Page]

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Hublot Big Bang Black Lemon Ceramic Watch

The summer Big Bang came in a bright acid yellow, adorned with baguette sapphires around the black dial, the tone on tone of which evokes invisible visibility.

The alligator strap gives it a refined look, but remains flexible and comfortable thanks to its rubber inner surface.

Hublot offers up some lemon refreshment in the form of this Big Bang Black Lemon. 48 yellow sapphire baguettes weighing 2.2 carats surround the black dial. The bright yellow alligator strap is lined with rubber. The ceramic case measures 41mm and offers 100 meter water resistance. Complete specs appear below.

Case: “Big Bang” diameter 41 mm, in black ceramic
Bezel: PVD white gold with 6 titanium H-shaped countersunk, polished & locked screws, set with 48 yellow baguette sapphires (appr. total 2.23 ct)
Crystal: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Lateral Inserts: Yellow composite resin
Case-back: Titanium with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Titanium with yellow rubber insert
Push-pieces: Titanium, rectangular with yellow rubber insert
Screws: Titanium
Water resistance: 100 m or 10 ATM
Dial: Matt black with black numerals and appliques
Hands: Faceted & diamond polished, black nickel without luminescent coating
Movement: Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding, Hublot Calibre HUB4300
No. of components: 278
Jewels: 37
Bridges: Satin-finished, bevelled & polished
Screws: Black PVD
Date: Trapezoid window at 4.30
Oscillating Weight: Tungsten carbide with black PVD treated dimpled surface
Main plate: Sand-blasted & rhodium-plated
Barrel With reinforced spring
Escapement: Glucydur hairspring
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Strap: Adjustable, in yellow alligator skin with rubber inner
Clasp: Black PVD steel, with black PVD deployant buckle

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Maritime News: Rolex, Hublot and Corum

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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in Porto Cervo, Sardinia
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Even though more than thirty racing sailboats participated in this year’s Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Barking Mad, owned by north American Jim Richardson, was the one that took the trophy home. The yachts were identical according to their design, they featured a four professional crew with five to six amateur sailors mans each.
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Corum and Hawaii
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Aboard the Alpha Romeo II (Neville Crichton’s Reich Pugh 100) with a crew of sixteen, Ainslie (known as Godensailor), sailed 2.255 nautical miles during five days, fourteen hours, thirty minutes and 20 seconds braking the Transpacific Yacht Race record by a day.. Ainsle sported Corum’s Admiral’s Cup Tides watch to cross the finish line so as to become Corum ambassador and America’s Cup helmsman.
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Hublot and the Mediterranean circuit
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Hublot sponsored the Real Club Nautico regattas in the Mediterranean that, for the first time, featured a variety of boat classes. Palma Vela saw, this year, two houndred sailboats in all participated in the events named after Hublot timepieces (King Power, Big Bang or Classic Fusion). The winners in each category received a Hublot wristwatch engraved “Hublot Palma Vela 2009”

[Rolex Web Page]

[Corum Web Page]

[Hublot Web Page]

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Christmas Box Tradition

Traditionally, 26 December was the day to open the Christmas Box to share the contents with the poor. The Christmas box was a wooden or clay container where people placed gifts. Christmas Boxes were used in different ways:

To protect ships
During the Age of Exploration, when great sailing ships were setting off to discover new land, Christmas Boxes were used as a good luck device. It was a small container placed (by a priest and those who wanted to ensure the ship safety) on each ship while it was still in port. When the ship came home safely, the box was handed over to the priest who would keep the box sealed until Christmas when he would open it to share the contents with the poor.

To help the poor
An ‘Alms Box’ was placed in every church on Christmas Day, into which worshippers placed a gift for the poor of the parish. These boxes were always opened the day after Christmas, which is why that day became know as Boxing Day.

A present for the workers
Many poorly paid workers were required to work on Christmas Day and took the following day off to visit their families and, before doing so, their employers would present them with Christmas boxes.

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NEW 2009 RELEASE: Patek Philippe Nautilus Dame

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(Patek Philippe Nautilus Dame Pink Gold)
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Three years after the successful launch of the new men’s Nautilus collection that marked the 30-year anniversary of this cult watch, Patek Philippe created Nautilus Dame Line. Its about a sportive concept that continues with the previous one, but adding the characteristic feminine touch according to its dimensions and aesthetic details. The feminine Nautilus features a E 23 SC calibre with a case that can be white or pink, gold.
The latest interpretation of the feminine Nautilus comes in white or rose gold with a silvery white or charcoal grey dial. The exclusive dial design of the original Nautilus, the archetype of the casually elegant watch for go-getting people with active lifestyles, has been refined for even greater feminine appeal. The new case with the slightly enlarged diameter (32 mm instead of 28.5 mm of the original Ref. 4700 model) radiates contemporary elegance.
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Quartz movement with date
Center sweep second hand
Caliber E 23 S C
Silvery white or charcoal gray dial, applied gold hour markers with luminescent coating
Gold bracelet with Nautilus fold-over clasp
Rose gold
Water resistant to 60 m
Case diameter (10-4 o’clock): 32 mm.

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Wristwatch Refferences:
White Gold / Black Dial:          Ref. 7010/1G
White Gold / White Dial:          Ref. 7010/1G
Pink Gold / White Dial:            Ref. 7010/1R
Pink Gold / Black Dial:            Ref. 7010/1R
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[Patek Philippe Home Page]

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BLANCPAIN “SAINT-VALENTIN 2010”: An authentic jewellery creation.

For the first time in its history, Blancpain has created a special-shaped watch*. The Manufacture in Le Brassus is presenting an authentic jeweller creation set with over 500 diamonds and pink sapphires, and housing the world’s smallest self-winding movement, Calibre 615. This extraordinary timepiece is to be issued in a symbolically limited edition of 14 to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2010.

This exceptional creation is an anthem to Love and to Femininity, starting with the white and pink mother-of-pearl dial forming a heart and framed by a bezel set with over 500 diamonds and pink sapphires. A heart-cut diamond also appears at 12 o’clock, while the pin buckle is set with a pearshaped pink sapphire.

The exquisite beauty of this exceptional two-hand watch also lies in the slenderness of its movement. Blancpain is proudly reintroducing the famous “Lady Bird” Calibre 615, still regarded as the world’s smallest self-winding movement and which can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back.

This shaped watch is delivered with two genuine satin straps – one black and the other white. It comes in an extremely elegant presentation box featuring a design reflecting the pure lines of this dainty Valentine’s Day model crafted in a strictly limited edition of 14.

[Blancpain’s Press Release]

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Michelle Obama’s Cartier Tank Francaise Watch

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama was born in January 17, 1964. Michelle is wife of the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama, and she is also the first African-American First Lady of the United States.

Michelle Robinson was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago. She graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. After completing her formal education, she returned to Chicago and accepted a position with the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center. Throughout 2007 and 2008, she helped campaign for her husband’s presidential bid and delivered a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She is the mother of two daughters, Malia and Sasha, and is the sister of Craig Robinson, men’s basketball coach at Oregon State University.

Michelle Obama chose her steel Cartier Tank Francaise. A very popular Cartier Tank watch tasteful and also luxurious. It comes in both male and female models with various levels of gilding.

The Cartier Tank Francaise watch, introduced in 1917 during the First World War, was Cartier’s most famous collection. Louis Cartier was inspired by the tough new war-machine, which was introduced to the fighting in Europe, and designed a rugged yet beautiful watch that became a classic. The Cartier Tank watch is manufactured in stainless steel, all types of gold or combined, and is available in three sizes: Cartier lady watches, with a 25mm x 20mm case; mid-size with a 31mm x 25mm case; and Cartier man watches with a 35mm x 29mm case. The case is rectangular, may be decorated with diamonds and has a cabochon crown; the dial is very easy-to-read and has bold roman numerals; the bracelet has rectangular links combined in a particular pattern-design that is similar to the tank’s track. Though the Cartier Tank watch is a classic formal watch, it is very reliable, and is also water-resistant.

[Cartier Homepage]

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Origins of Friday the 13th

For the superstitious people , there is no single day of the year more terrifying than Friday the 13th. Popular superstition, bad luck is sure to befall a person on this day. Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute assures that up to 21 million people in the United States today suffer from a morbid and irrational fear of Friday the 13th.
For paraskevidekatriaphobics (people intensely afraid of Friday the 13th), 2009 was an especially dreadful year, sporting three: one in February, March, and November as it contains three thirteen’s dates.

It may be surprising to most people that the Friday the 13th superstition is a relatively new one, originating in the early 20th century. Friday the 13th superstition is thought to have started at the Knights Templar, a military order established in 1118 to defend the Christian city of Jerusalem. After the First Crusade and the capture of Jerusalem from the Muslims, protection of Jerusalem and the outlying Kingdom of Outremer was left to the knights. When the city was recaptured by Saladin’s Muslim forces in 1187 and all subsequent attempts by Christian Crusades to retake the city failed, the Knights Templar found themselves out of work. However, they had become extremely wealthy and powerful from their military conquests, and they never disbanded their organization or changed the clandestine ways their meetings were held. Their power and secrecy attracted the attention and distrust of King Philip IV of France. On Friday, October 13, 1307, the king sent out an order to arrest all the Knights Templar in France, accusing them of blasphemy and witchcraft. Many were burned alive, including the group’s Grand Master, Jacques de Molay.

Another superstition, the one in which if 13 people sit together at a table, one will die within a year. This version has been documented as far back as late 17th century Europe in the memoirs of John Wilmot, the earl of Rochester. Many variations on this superstition abound, including that if the 13 sit together, the first to rise from the table will die, the group can avert death by joining hands and rising as one, and if someone sneezes, the oldest or youngest will die within a year.

The 13 at a table superstition is generally thought to have originated from the Last Supper, where Jesus and his 12 disciples sat down for one last Passover meal, and Judas, one of the 13, betrayed Jesus to his death.

Before this superstition however, ancient cultures considered the number 13 by itself to be unlucky. Native Americans, Mayans, Ancient Egyptians, and even Neanderthals also considered this number as a bad luck one. Today, we carry on this tradition by omitting the 13th floor from most skyscrapers and the 13th row from many airplanes.

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