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Audemars Piguet: The Royal Oak Carbon Concept

Audemars_Piguet The Royal Oak Carbon Concept
Carbon fibre has been the preferred material for high-performance applications that demand sturdiness. Formula 1 race cars, America’s Cup yachts and, even aerospace vehicles, have fully leveraged the material’s technical properties: strength and lightness.
Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet is a pioneer according to the use of carbon fibre for function as well as form. The Royal Oak Carbon Concept is surprisingly light thanks to materials such as forged carbon, amorphous carbon coatings, ceramics, titanium, and anodized aluminium, which forms the watch’s green central bridge. The absence of a dial provides a full view of the hand-wound Caliber 2895 movement’s key components: the tourbillon carriage—comprising more than 70 parts yet weighing a mere 0.45 grams—and the column wheel, which is the chronograph’s nerve centre. Audemars presents a novel twist on the 30-minute chronograph with a linear minute counter consisting of two columnar scales, with tens of minutes on the left and single minutes on the right. Tiny windows that correspond to each numeral mark elapsed time by changing from white to black. The wearer shifts from winding to time-setting by adjusting the stem.

Technical data:
Movement
Calibre: 2895, hand-wound with tourbillion
Total diameter: 151/3 lignes (34.60 mm)
Casing-diameter: 33.80 mm
Thickness: 12.01 mm
34 jewels
384 parts
Power reserve: 237 hours
Cadence of the balance:
21,600 vibrations per hour
Finishing: hand-polished bevelling, sides hand-drawn with a file, matt surface, sapphire-blasted
Carbon mainplate, eloxed aluminium bridges
Case
Forged carbon
Ceramic bezel
Caseback ring in black PVD-coated titanium
Diameter: 44 mm
Total thickness: 15.85 mm
Sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance: 100 m
Display
Integrated onto the movement
Graduated dial ring with luminescent hour-markers and white minute markers
Openworked luminescent hour and minute hands
Strap
Hand-sewn alligator leather with large square scales,
AP folding clasp in titanium
Functions
Hours and minutes
Linear chronograph minute counter with central sweep seconds hand
Power-reserve indication
Selection indicator

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NEW 8C Spider Alfa Romeo LIMITED EDITION

(8C Spider Alfa Romeo)
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Production of the 8C Spider began in 2009, in Modena, with Maserati in charge of building the cars. As previously announced, 500 cars will be built, each priced at €175,000 (US$241,000) excluding taxes. The production version was unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. 35 of 500 Spiders are going to United States.

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Alfa Romeo claims that the 8C Spider’s top speed is 290 kilometres per hour (180 mph), which makes it slightly slower than the coupe version. The brakes on the Spider are Brembo carbon-ceramic units. The Spider has a two-layer electrically operated fabric roof. The windshield frame is made of carbon fiber to try to maintain a 50/50 weight distribution.

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The Spider version of the super sports car, designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Center, and derived from the Alfa 8C Competizione, the Gran Turismo model that has been so successful throughout the world.
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This new car highlights the excellence of the brand in this sector, in the same way that several of its Spiders from the past are acknowledged as being some of the most beautiful cars in the world, cars such as the Giulietta Spider from the 1950s or the legendary Duetto, made famous by the 1967 film ‘The Graduate’, starring a young Dustin Hoffman.
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The distinctive feature of the 8C Spide is its fold.away roof, available in a choice of colours and fitted with an electrohydraulic system activated with the simple push of a button on the dashboard. The roof consists of two overlapping fabrics: a weather-proof multi-layer outer fabric and an inner layer ensuring total acoustic comfort in the cabin. The result is the last word in style, aerodynamics, practicality and comfort.
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Its engine: Type V8 -90º / Displacement (cc) 4691 / Location Front Longitudinal / Max. power (bph) at (rpm) 450 (7000) / Max. Torque (Nm) at (rpm) 480 (4750) / Specific output (bhp/l) 96 / Maximum revs per minut 7500.
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Its gearbox and transmission: Architecture transaxle / driver wheels – torque splitrear / gearbox MTA / Numero of speed 6 / Limited slip differentia.
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Its chassis and body: Chassis architecture steel frame/ body material carbon / dashboard carbon / front suspension double wishbone / rear suspension double wishbone / front brakes (mm) 380×32 / rear brakes (mm) 360×32 / standard front wheels 245-35R20 / standard rear wheels 285-35R20.
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Dimension and Weight: Overall length (mm) 4381 / Overall with (mm) 1894 / Wheelsbase (mm) 2645 / Fuel tank capacity (lit) 88 / Weight distribution 49%-51%

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Maximum speed: (km/h) 290
Acceleration 0-100 km/h(s) 4.4
Braking 100-0 km/h (m) 33[Source: Alfa Romeo Web Page

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New York: Golfer Sergio Garcia visited Omega’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

Sergio García and Omega
Golfer Sergio Garcia and Omega

New York-PGA Tour golfer Sergio Garcia visited Omega’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Monday. He had watchmaking lessons and, also, he offered a golf course to a group of local children.

Garcia, who became ambassador for the wristwatch company since 2003, donated his personal Omega “Mission Hills Double Eagle Chronograph Constellation” timepiece, the latest addition to the store’s “Ambassador Collection Series” of autographed watches, which already includes watches by two fellow Omega ambassadors: Olympic swimming champ Michael Phelps and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Although he’s a fan of Omega and its watches and a proud ambassador, Garcia told National Jeweler that he doesn’t like to wear a watch while playing golf because it places extra weight on his hand. He said; “”This one, the Constellation, is a great watch and it’s very light.”

Garcia said he has been proud to be an Omega ambassador and also that he owns probably 10 or 12 of the brand’s watches. He added: “They’ve been very generous”.

Sergio Garcia was born in Castello, Spain and started playing golf when he was three. He reached a career high ranking of two after winning the HSBC Champions Tournament and spent much of his career in the top 10 in Official World Golf Rankings. He advises: “The main thing I would say is to enjoy the game and try to be happy with life”.

Garcia is scheduled to represent Spain at the 2009 Omega Mission Hills World Cup, the 55th World Cup of Golf, which will take place from Nov. 26-29 at the Mission Hills Olazabal Course in Shenzhen, China.

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ROLEX AMBASSADORS

Among its long path, Rolex has been represented by many figures of many kinds. Ambassadors coming from the arts such as Cecilia Bartoli, Michael Bublé or Plácido Domingo; equestrians like Meredith Michael – Beerbaum or Rodrigo Pessoa; golfers such as Luke Donald, Retief Goosen or Trevor Immelman to tennis players like Roger Federer or Ana Ivanovic.

Yachting

Paul Cayard

Paul Pierre Cayard was born May 19, 1959. Rolex Ambassador’s Cayard is an American yachtsman who has participated in a wide range of world championship sailing events including the America’s Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race and the Olympic Games, between many others. In 1998 he was selected as the Rolex Yachtsmen of the Year. Cayard has twice participated in the Olympic Games and five times in the America’s Cup, in addition to winning seven world championships.

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Tennis

Roger Federer

Roger Federer was born on the 8 August, 1981. Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), having previously held the number one position for a record 237 consecutive weeks. Many sports analysts, tennis critics, former and current players consider Federer to be the greatest tennis player of all time

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Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanović was born in November 6, 1987, in Belgrade, Serbia. Ivanovic is a former World No. 1 Serbian tennis player ranked as World No. 11 by the Women’s Tennis Association. She won the 2008 French Open and was the runner-up in singles at the 2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open.

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Skiing

Hermann Maier

Hermann Maier was born on December 7, 1972, in Altenmarkt im Pongau. Maier is an Austrian alpine ski racer that won four overall World Cup titles (1998, 2000, 2001, 2004), two Olympic gold medals (both in 1998), three World Championship titles (1999: 2, and 2005) and 54 races on the World Cup circuit.

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Golf

Luke Donald

Luke Campbell Donald was born on 7 December, 1977. Campbell Donald is an English golfer who plays mainly on the U.S. based PGA Tour but, is also a member of the European Tour. In 2006 he reached the top ten in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career. In January 2007, he reached a career high ranking of 7 and was briefly the highest ranked European golfer. He has spent over 50 weeks in the top-10.

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Retief Goosen

Retief Goosen was born 3 February 1969. Goosen is a South African professional golfer who has been in the top ten in the Official World Golf Rankings for over 250 weeks between 2001 and 2007. His main achievements have been two U.S. Open wins (in 2001 and 2004) and also heading the European Tour Order of Merit (money list) in 2001 and 2002.

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Omega Reference 3210.51.00 / Omega and MIchael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher was born 3 January 1969, in Hürth-Hermülheim, Germany. He is a former Formula One driver and also a seven-time Formula One world drivers’ champion. Nowadays, he is a current advisor and also an occasional test driver for Ferrari. He is the only German that won the Formula One World Championship. In a 2006 FIA survey, Michael Schumacher was voted the most popular driver of the season among Formula One fans.

Omega Ref. 32105100

Steel on steel
Reference: 3210.51.00

MOVEMENT

Caliber: Omega 1164
Self-winding chronograph, chronometer movement with rhodium-plated finish
Power Reserve: 44 hours

CRYSTAL

Domed anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

CASE & DIAL

Stainless steel case
Black dial

WATER RESISTANCE

Down to: 100 meters
330 feet

Size
Gents
Case Diameter: 40 mm
Features:

Date
Chronograph
Chronometer
Small seconds
Tachymeter

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Omega Reference 3222.80.00 / Michael Schumacher and Omega

Michael Schumacher was born 3 January 1969, in Hürth-Hermülheim, Germany. He is a former Formula One driver and also a seven-time Formula One world drivers’ champion. Nowadays, he is a current advisor and also an occasional test driver for Ferrari. He is the only German that won the Formula One World Championship. In a 2006 FIA survey, Michael Schumacher was voted the most popular driver of the season among Formula One fans.

Steel on steel
Reference: 3222.80.00

MOVEMENT
Caliber: Omega 3606
Self-winding chronograph movement with day, date and month indications.
Power Reserve: 44 hours

CRYSTAL
Domed anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

CASE & DIAL
Stainless steel case
Blue dial

WATER RESISTANCE
Down to: 100 meters
330 feet

Size
Gents
Case Diameter: 40 mm

Features
Date
Chronograph
Chronometer
Small seconds
Tachymeter

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Omega Speedmaster Legend & Michael Schumacher

Omega Schumacher I
Omega Speedmaster Legend

Ref.: 321.32.44.50.01.001


Michael Schumacher was born 3 January 1969, in Hürth-Hermülheim, Germany. He is a former Formula One driver and also a seven-time Formula One world drivers’ champion. Nowadays, he is a current advisor and also an occasional test driver for Ferrari. He is the only German that won the Formula One World Championship. In a 2006 FIA survey, Michael Schumacher was voted the most popular driver of the season among Formula One fans.

After winning two championships with Benetton, Michael Schumacher moved to Scuderia Ferrari in 1996 and won five consecutive drivers’ titles with them from 2000–2004. Schumacher holds many records in Formula One, including most drivers’ championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season. Schumacher is the only Formula One driver to have an entire season of podium finishes, a feat he accomplished in 2002. After the 2006 Formula One season Schumacher retired from race driving.

Schumacher is an ambassador for UNESCO and a spokesman for driver safety. He has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts throughout his life and donated tens of millions of dollars to charity. He is the elder brother of former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher, currently racing in Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM). They stand as the only brothers in F1 history to have both won races and scoring the first ever 1-2 finish in Formula One.

Michael Schumacher has been OMEGA’s ambassador since 1997.

Omega Speedmaster Legend Technical Specifications:

Ref.: 321.32.44.50.01.001

Steel on rubber strap
Reference: 321.32.44.50.01.001

MOVEMENT

Caliber: Omega 3313
Self-winding chronograph movement with column wheel mechanism and Co-Axial Escapement for greater precision stability and durability of the movement. Free sprung balance, with date, hour, minute and continuous small seconds hands, central chronograph hand.
Power Reserve: 52 hours

CRYSTAL

Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment inside

CASE & DIAL

Stainless steel case
Black dial

WATER RESISTANCE

Down to: 100 meters
Case Diameter: 44.25 mm

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NEW: Graham Big Silverstone Stowe Racing Watch 2009

Graham Big Silverstone Stowe Racing
Graham Big Silverstone Stowe Racing Watch

The Graham Big Silverstone Stowe Racing is a very unique timepiece, with its name suggested by the Stowe Corner, this gets to be the return into the Silverstone Circuit. The timepiece, meant to conquer the hearts of passionate drivers, features a 48-mm-in-diameter high-grade stainless steel case.

Its case is fitted with a black concave carbon fibre bezel, creating a huge contrast within the turquoise blue ring and the 24 hour graduation in order to indicate a second time zone.

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Graham Big Silverstone Stowe Racing II
Graham Big Silverstone Stowe Racing


Model No. 2BLBH.B02A.K45B
Size Gents Movement Mechanical – Automatic
Water Resistant 50m/165ft
Case Size 48mm
Clasp Hidden Folding Clasp
Case Steel Black PVD Dial
Black Bezel Fixed Bracelet/Strap Rubber
Functions Date, GMT

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Wimbledon’s Championships History

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The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the club responsible for staging the world’s leading tennis tournament, was founded in 1868, originally as ‘The All England Croquet Club’ private club first situated off Worple Road, Wimbledon.

wimbledon II1875 was the year in which, Sphairistike, the game just introduced by major Walter Clopton Wingfield, was added to the activities of the Club. As a consequence, during the spring of 1877 the Club was re-titled ‘The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club’ and so, in order to celebrate the change, it instituted the first Lawn Tennis Championship. A new code of laws, up till now administered by the Marylebone Cricket Club, was drawn up for the meeting and never changed except for details such as the height of the net and posts and the distance of the service line from the net.

By 1882 activity at the Club was almost exclusively confined to lawn tennis and that year the word ‘croquet’ was dropped from the title (restored in 1899 and known as ‘The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club’ ever since).

In 1884 the Ladies’ Singles was inaugurated and that same year, the Gentlemen’s Doubles was started, with the trophy donated by the Oxford University Lawn Tennis Club after the end of their doubles championship, played from 1879 to 1883.

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Prior to the First World War the facilities at Worple Road were moved to larger premises in 1922: the foresight of building the present stadium, designed to hold 14,000 people, did more to popularise the game worldwide than anything that had happened to date.

The new ground, which many thought would turn out to be a ‘white elephant’, was financed partly from the accumulated reserves of the Club and partly by the issue of Debentures. Misgivings about the future popularity of The Championships were dispelled when applications for tickets in the first year were such that they had to be issued by a ballot — a system that has been adopted for every Championship since.

Open Tennis
The expansion of air travel in the 1950s meant more and more overseas players were competing at Wimbledon and other tournaments throughout the world, but with this new era came an epidemic of what had become known as ‘shamateurism — the receiving of financial assistance in excess of amounts permitted by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the authority in charge of the rules of lawn tennis and the governing body of the game worldwide.

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The need for reform was evident. The initiative for reform came from the then Chairman Herman David who in late 1959 put forward a proposal to the Lawn Tennis Association that The Championships be made open to all players. The following July the ITF rejected this move and several years followed in which argument persisted at all levels of the game. In 1964 the Club tried to persuade the LTA unilaterally to declare The Championships ‘open’ but support was not forthcoming.

Records Broken
In recent years long-standing records have been broken. In 1980 Bjorn Borg of Sweden became the first player to win the Gentlemen’s Singles five times in the post-challenge round era; a feat replicated by Roger Federer between 2003 and 2007. In 1985 Boris Becker, aged 17, became the youngest player, the first unseeded player and the first German to win the Gentlemen’s Singles. In 1987 Martina Navratilova of the United States became the first player to win the Ladies’ Singles six times in succession and in 1990 she attained the all-time record of nine victories in the event. Pete Sampras of the United States registered his seventh win in 2000 and in 2001, Goran Ivanisevic became the first wildcard to win the Gentlemen’s Singles.

The 100th Championships in 1986 were celebrated in a variety of ways, including a special dinner party for those who had made significant contributions over the years, and the formation of the Last 8 Club. 1993 marked the 100th Ladies’ Championships and the occasion was suitably commemorated.

The occasion of the Millennium was celebrated on the first Saturday when 64 Singles Champions, Doubles Champions four or more times, and Singles Finalists at least twice, paraded on Centre Court.

Wimbledon in the 21st Century
Wimbledon is acknowledge to be the premier tennis tournament in the world and the priority of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, which hosts The Championships, is to maintain its leadership into the twenty-first century. To that end a Long Term Plan was unveiled in 1993, which will improve the quality of the event for spectators, players, officials and neighbours.

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Stage one of the Plan was completed for the 1997 Championships and involved building in Aorangi Park the new No. 1 Court, a Broadcast Centre, two extra grass courts and a tunnel under the hill linking Church Road and Somerset Road.

Stage two involved the removal of the old No.1 Court complex to make way for the new Millennium Building, providing extensive facilities for the players, press, officials and Members, and the extension of the West Stand of the Centre Court with 728 extra seats.

Stage three continues. The construction of a new Championships entrance building, housing Club staff, museum, bank and ticket office at Gate 3 has left the Centre Court east side empty and will allow development to provide better facitilies for the public, increase the seating capacity from 13,800 to 15,000 and erect a retractable roof.

[Source: Wimbledon’s Web Site]

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