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OFFICINE PANERAI 2010 ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP OF THE BRITISH CLASSIC YACHT CLUB COWES REGATTA

The ninth British Classic Yacht Club (BCYC) Cowes Regatta (Isle of Wight, UK) will join the prestigious Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Circuit (PCYC) from 2010 as part of a three-year sponsorship deal signed this month.

The BCYC Cowes Regatta whichwill take place from Sunday 18th to Saturday 24th July 2010 will be the first UK event to join the Panerai Circuit. 2010 will be the sixth edition of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge and marks the largest and most renowned classic yacht race in the world. Each year the Challenge draws yachting enthusiasts from around the globe and the most highly regarded Classic Yachts sailing today, in 2009 over 350 yachts and 1,500 crews competed overall in the Circuit.

The event will now be known as The British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta – The BCYC Panerai Cowes Regatta is held in the tidal waters of the Solent, a stretch of sea separating the Isle of Wight from the mainland of England. The highlight of the week’s racing is the Classic Round the Island Race, starting on the Royal Yacht Squadron line before racing the 60 mile course either East or West around the Isle of Wight. The 2010 Round the Island race will be held on Tuesday 20th July.
The BCYC and Officine Panerai envisage that the 2010 event will be the largest Classic Yacht Regatta in the UK since the Americas Cup Jubilee Regatta in 2001, and are predicting that over 65 yachts will compete.



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[ Officine Panerai Official Web Site ]



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Tag Heuer Re-release: TAG Heuer Precious Silverstone Watch

According to what Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer revealed, it will retail for about $6,500.

Admired and claimed by Heuer fans and watch fans alike, the TAG Heuer Silverstone Wristwatch is getting re-released this month, February 2010, in a limited edition of 1,500 models of each color. The new Silverstones will be released in brown or blue versions, with perforated alligator straps and an updated Caliber 11 movement with a Dubois-Depraz module.

TAG Heuer Silverstone Wristwatch was first introduced in 1974 so as a way of emulating the curvature of the famous English racing track, with a design inspired by the distinctive square case of its predecessor, well known TAG Heuer Monaco Watch. Back in ’74, the Silverstone timepiece featured the Chronomatic Calibre 11, the first automatic self-winding chronograph ever made.

For its re-issue, Silverstone is now powered by an updated version of the Calibre 11 with Dubois-Depraz module. In order to celebrate TAG Heuer‘s history, it houses the brand’s original Heuer logo, which is flanked on the dial by two silver counters at 3 and 9 o’clock. Stainless steel pushbuttons at 2 and 4 o’clock, a hand-applied date window at 6 o’clock and curved, sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment complete the watch’s look.


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Australian Open: Roger Federer, 16 times Grand Slam Winner.

Roger Federer was born on August 8th, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. Since he turned a pro player in 1998, he has won 681 matches and lost only 162. Only in 2010, he has won 4 matches at Melbourne Park, reson for which he became -on February 1st- the Grands Slam Champion, price he has achived sixteen times.

The Australian Open tournament is the first of four Grand Slams. It establishes a rhythm of victory with every hard-fought point in which the bar of success is always high and so champions must leave all of it on the court.

Roger Federer is Rolex’s Ambassador for the Day Date Wristwatch, a leader timepiece. The Oyster Perpetual Day Date watch is the ultime –according to Rolex Official Web Site– piece chosen by the world’s elite. It gets to be the very essence of luxury.

Roger Federer was chosen as the Day Date Ambassador because que represents the spirit of this luxurius timepiece. As a number one and dedicated player, he was the first to reach 16 Grand Slams titles.

Model of inspiration, a non finished icon, he is called the greatest player of all times. According to Roger’s Official Web Site, “his 16th grand slam titles has secured him some space at the top of the ATP world ranking. Quite a few changes have occurred directly behind him, though: Novak Djokovic (2) and Andy Murray (3) have moved up, Rafael Nadal has fallen to fourth place”.

It is well known that Roger reached 268 weeks as number one of the ATP ranking. And our champ certainly is on track to breaking much more records too!

1. Pete Sampras (USA) : 286
2. Ivan Lendl (CZE/USA) : 270
3. Jimmy Connors (USA) and Roger Federer (SUI) : 268
5. John McEnroe (USA) : 170
6. Björn Borg (SWE) : 109
7. Andre Agassi (USA) : 101
8. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) : 80
9. Stefan Edberg (SWE) : 72
10. Jim Courier (USA) : 58

The exquisitely brilliant Rolex Day-Date belongs to the Oyster Perpetual collection of the Rolex line. This perfect wristwatch is well known for being as perfect as it looks, not only for its aesthetic but also for the way it works.

The Rolex President or Day-Date, as it name suggests, not only displays the date of the month but also the day of the week in 26 different languages. This wristwatch comes fitted with a certified chronometer and the 36 mm radial that add to its charm. The self-wound watch is also waterproof to 100 meters leaving its other contemporaries far behind. Nothing takes the heart and the soul of the wearer the way the platinum and diamond finish of this watch does.

Rolex President or Rolex Day Date, it is the one chosen by many celebrities. Stars like: actress Katherine Kelly Lang, the actor Benjamin Bratt, Liv Tyler, theatre actor Sam Shepard, filmmaker Martin Scorsese, actress Clea DuVall, actress Dana Elaine Owens Queen Latifah, Carmen Electra and Andy García, between many many others.

Sources:

[ Rolex Official Web Site ]

[ Roger Federer’s Official Web Site ]

[ Autralian Open Official Web Site ]

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[ Rolex Watches Gallery at Interwatches.com ]

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Veronica Verekova, ambassador for Hublot and the African Wildlife Foundation.

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Hublot proudly presented, in New York, Veronica Varekova as the ambassador for the African Wildlife Foundation in order to embody the feminine expression of Hublot’s spirit as the top model and the watch brand share the same values and also their passion for extraordinary adventures, as well as a huge concern for our environment.

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Unique, sporting, committed and vibrant, Veronica Varekova is now the ambassador for a watch brand that symblises fusion, innovation, vitality and creativity. Great lover of art, deeply involved with the African Wildlife Foundation after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the “roof of Africa”, she developed a profund appreciation for extreme environments and their wildlife, getting in contact with the urgent need of protecting and preserving them.

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The foundation, now active for 50 years, chose her as it’s ambassador in order to promote and help to support their initiatives which aim to protect communities, wildlife, species and landscapes of Africa.


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[ Hublot Official Web Site ]

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Hublot’s Gallerie at Interwatches.com

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TAG Heuer Ambassadors: Brad Pitt, Uma Thurman, Tiger Woods, Maria Sharapova, Jeff Gordon, Kimi Raikkonen, Yao Ming, Shah Rukh Khan and Juan Pablo Montoya.

For decades, wristwatches have been endorsed by celebrities of the stage, screen and sports world. Ambassadors chosen for their qualities and abilities, as a retribution to their efforts and commitment towards their objectives.

Some of TAG Heuer’s ambassadors for ‘What are you made of campaign are: Brad Pitt, Uma Thurman, Tiger Woods, Maria Sharapova, Jeff Gordon, Kimi Raikkonen, Yao Ming, Shah Rukh Khan and Juan Pablo Montoya.

(Brad Pitt wearing a Tag Heuer Carerra Tachymetre)

William Bradley “Brad” Pitt was born on December 18, 1963. He is an American actor and film producer, also cited as one of the world’s most attractive men and received two Academy Award nominations and four Golden Globe Award nominations, winning one.

(Uma Thurman wearing a Tag Heuer Link Diamonds)

Uma Karuna Thurman was born on April 29, 1970. She is an American actress that has performed leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action thrillers. She is best known for her work under the direction of Quentin Tarantino. Her most popular films include Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Pulp Fiction (1994), Gattaca (1997) and Kill Bill (2003–04).

(Tiger Woods)

Eldrick Tont Woods was born on December 30, 1975. Better known as Tiger Woods, he is an American professional golfer whose achievements to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time. Currently the World No. 1, he was the highest-paid professional athlete in 2008, having earned an estimated $110 million from winnings and endorsements.

(Maria Sharapova)

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova, was born on April 19, 1987. Sheis a former World No. 1 Russian professional tennis player and three times Grand Slam singles champion.

(Jeff Gordon)

Jeffery Michael “Jeff” Gordon was born on August 4, 1971. He is a professional American race car driver born in Vallejo, California, and raised in Pittsboro, Indiana. He currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a four-time NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) Series champion, three-time Daytona 500 winner, and driver of the #24 DuPont / Pepsi /United States National Guard Chevrolet Impala. He, along with Rick Hendrick, are the co-owners of the #48 Lowe’s sponsored team, driven by Jimmie Johnson, who won the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Sprint Cup series championships. Gordon also has an equity stake in his own # 24 team. He also became the first driver to reach $100 Million in winnings for the Cup series in 2009.

(Kimi Raikkonen)

Kimi-Matias Räikkönen was born on October 17, 1979 in Espoo. Nicknamed Iceman, is a Finnish racing and rally driver. After nine seasons racing in Formula One, in which he took the 2007 Formula One World Drivers’ Championship, he will now take part in the World Rally Championship for the Citroën Junior Team in 2010.

(Yao Ming)

Yao Ming was born on September 12, 1980 in Shanghai, China. He is a professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently the tallest player in the NBA, at 2.29 m (7 ft 6 in)

(Shah Rukh Khan)

Shahrukh Khan was born on 2 November, 1965. Sometimes credited as Shah Rukh Khan, he is an Indian actor and a prominent Bollywood figure, as well as a film producer and television host.

(Juan Pablo Montoya)

Juan Pablo Montoya Roldán was born on September 20, 1975. He is a race car driver in NASCAR and a former Formula One and CART driver. He currently drives the #42 Target Chevrolet Impala for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in the Sprint Cup Series.

[TAG Heuer Home Page]

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Ulysse-Nardin Genghis Khan Complication

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The visible one minute Tourbillon is integrated into the Aventurine dial. Opaque or translucent, containing crystals that were engendered by fire in molten glass, Aventurine scintillates, subtly flecked with all possible shades of red, yellow and grey. Forged by human hands, often compared to the philosopher’s stone, Aventurine contains the secrets of the master jeweller’s alchemy.
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This last edition limited Ulysse-Nardin Genghis Khan minute repeater in platinum features a 42mm case, Aventurine dial, and a crocodile strap with deployment buckle. The Ulysse Nardin Genghis Khan minute repeater watch also features a manually wound tourbillon movement with a Westminster chime carillon minute repeater and animated battle scene figures. This is the last limited edition 30 piece series. The previous two were in rose and white gold.
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The Genghis Khan will be produced over the next 6-8 years in a limited edition of 30 pieces each in white and pink gold 18 ct.
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Ref. Nr. 789-80
Diameter 42 mm
Case Platinum case
Dial Aventurine dial with gold Automatons
Power-reserve Approx. 80 hours
Winding Manual Wind
Water-resistant 30 meters
Crystal Sapphire Crystals
Strap Leather strap
Buckle type Folding clasp
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[Source: Ulysse Nardin Home Page]

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Hamilton together with Conservation International and Harrison Ford gave birth to the “Khaki Conservation” Edition

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Hamilton recently teamed up with Conservation International and Harrison Ford in order to create the “Khaki Conservation” edition. Created as an “eco-friendly” version of the Khaki Navy GMT, this unique timepiece features special design elements. It is a limited edition of recycled material for the packaging, Hamilton pledged to donate the proceeds to Conservation International.
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Harrison Ford is an American film actor and producer. Ford is best known for his performances as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy and as the title character of the Indiana Jones film series. He is also known for his roles as Rick Deckard in Blade Runner, John Book in Witness and Jack Ryan in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. His four-decade career also includes roles in several other Hollywood blockbusters, including Apocalypse Now, Presumed Innocent, The Fugitive, Air Force One, and What Lies Beneath. At one point, three of the top four box-office hits of all time included one of his roles. Five of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry.

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Khaki Conservation Automatic GMT: Harrison Ford & Conservation International Special Edition – Diving watch, Swiss-made automatic movement featuring Greenwich Mean Time 2nd time zone, Main dial warm khaki hour/minute hands with luminous accents and khaki sweep seconds, 2nd time zone displayed by black/khaki-tipped hand, Main dial tan/yellow luminescent Arabic numbers, Interior rotating 2nd time zone marked by white 24-hour display, Tan/yellow numbers reveal quarter seconds and inner/outer minute track, Analog date display at 3, Brushed silver-tone stainless steel round bezel and case with polished steel brown accents, 2 polished screw-in logo crowns for time setting, Polished screw-in crown at 9 selects Conservation International ‘focus locations’, Stainless steel screw-in skeleton caseback marked with Mr. Harrison Ford’s signature and ‘Conservation International’ logo, Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, 200 meters/660 feet water resistant
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[Hamilton Home Page]

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Watches in Movies: Anthony Zimmer, Body of Lies, I Am Legend, Get Smart and Iron Man.

Anthony Zimmer (2005)

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(Chiara, Sophie Marceau, is wearing an IWC Portugese Wristwatch)

In Paris, the international police force and the Russian mafia are chasing Anthony Zimmer, who had an extensive plastic surgery, making not only his face, but also his voice, completely unknown. The means of reaching Zimmer is through his beloved mistress Chiara. While travelling François Taillandier is select by Chiara as if he were Zimmer and used as a bait to lure those that are pursuing her.

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Body of Lies (2008)

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(Ed Hoffman, Russell Crowe, is wearing a Breitling Emergency Wristwatch)

United State’s Central Intelligence Agency’s Middle East Representative, Roger Ferris, is based in Amman, Jordan, keeping a watch on a ‘safe house’ and believes it to be frequented by young Muslim males. He has information that Al Saleem may be behind terrorist attacks, but lacks any evidence to apprehend him or any of his associates.

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I Am Legend (2007)

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(Robert Neville, Will Smith, is wearing a Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Wristwatch)
It is the year 2012. In the ruins of New York city. Robert Neville, who is a military scientist lone survivor of a biochemical disease -which was supposed to cure cancer 3 years previous-. Robert is trying to discover a cure for this disease and to find out any other people who might have also survived.
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Get Smart (2008)

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(Maxwell Smart, Steve Carell, is wearing Hamilton Field Multi-Touch Wristwatch)
American Maxwell Smart works for a Government spy agency in an administrative capacity. The Chief decides to assign Maxwell as a spy and partners him with sexy Agent 99, much to her chagrin. The duo, handicapped by Maxwell’s antics, will eventually have their identities compromised, and may be chalked up as casualties while back in America their attackers have already planted a bomb that is set-up to explode in a concert.
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Iron Man (2008)

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Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr., is wearing a Bvlgari Diagono Chronograph Wristwatch.

Tony Stark is a playboy and also an engineering genius. While in Afghanistan demonstrating a new missile he’s captured and wounded in order to assemble a missile, but instead, he creates an armoured suit and a means to prevent his death from the shrapnel left in his chest by the attack.

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Vacheron Constantin: The ultra-thin heritage

Vacheron Constantin has chosen today to revive some of the finest moments in the quest for ultra-thinness. The brand is enriching its “Historiques” collection with two new creations directly inspired by its heritage, each lending a new and distinctively modern touch to one of two legendary calibres.

“Historique Ultra-fine 1955”

currently the world’s thinnest mechanical hand-wound watch
measuring just 4.10 mm thick

It is equipped with the mechanical hand-wound 1003 movement
the thinnest in the world at just 1.64 mm thick
rebuilt in 2010 – for its 55th anniversary – in 18-carat gold, and bearing the Hallmark of Geneva

“Historique Ultra-fine 1968”
equipped with the ultra-thin mechanical self-winding 1120 movement
featuring a new decorated oscillating weight, and bearing the Hallmark of Geneva

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“Historiques” collection

Calibre 1003 for the “Historique Ultra-fine 1955” watch

For Vacheron Constantin, celebrating the 55th anniversary of the birth of the ultra-thin Calibre 1003 provides an opportunity to revisit its heritage.

Considered to be one of the most beautiful and refined ultra-thin movements on the market, Calibre 1003 has been defying mechanical laws for over 50 years. It is extremely complex to produce and its adjustment calls upon the full measure of expertise cultivated by a fine watch manufacturer.

The decoration is extremely meticulous: Côtes de Genève, bevelling and chamfering, and drawing the steel parts with a file are all performed by hand. This exceptional degree of finishing earns the new version of Calibre 1003 the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, an independent and sovereign certification awarded by the State of Geneva which thereby guarantees the origin, precision, durability and fine craftsmanship of models from a handful of Geneva-based watch companies.

For its 2010 re-edition, Calibre 1003 is presented in a round watch in 4N 18-carat pink gold measuring 36 mm in diameter, inspired by one of the three historical models introduced in 1955, reference 6099. The latter has been selected because of a design that already embodied a decidedly modern touch at the time of its launch.

Reference
Historique Ultra-fine 1955
33155/000R-9588

The World’s thinnest mechanical hand-wound watch
measuring just 4.10 mm thick to date

Movement
1003
Rebuilt in 18-carat gold for its 55th anniversary in 2010
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva
Mechanical, manual-winding
The thinnest in the world at just 1.64 mm thick

Thickness of movement
1.64 mm

Diameter of movement
20.80 mm

Jewels
18 jewels

Frequency
18’000 vibrations/hour

Indications
Hours, minutes

Power reserve
More than 30 hours

Case
18 carat 4N rose gold
Diameter: 36.00 mm. Thickness: 4.1 mm

Water resistance
3 bar, equivalent to 30 meters

Dial    18 carat gold, silvered opaline
Mirror-polished Maltese Cross and indexes

Strap
Black hand-stitched, saddle-finished
Square-shape scales alligator leather.

Clasp
Buckle in 18 carat 4N rose gold, polished half Maltese Cross

“ Historiques” collection

The “Historique Ultra-fine 1968” watch and Calibre 1120

Vacheron Constantin has chosen to make 2010 a tribute year to its ultra-thin timepieces by reissuing, again within its “Historiques” collection, a square-shaped model dating from 1968 and equipped with the famous ultra-thin self-winding Calibre 1120.

In revisiting this watch, the Manufacture has adopted an extremely distinctive style: that of the 1960s. This 4N 18-carat rose gold timepiece creates a striking contrast between the strict square dial opening and the slightly curving case flanks.

Compared to the original 1968 watch (reference 7614), the watch now presented features updated technical characteristics in tune with modern times: water resistance to 3 bar, equivalent to around 30 metres; a sapphire crystal, and a clipped-down solid case-back exactly like the original model.

Despite such improvements, which generally tend to increase bulk, this watch measuring 35.2 mm along its sides is even thinner than its historical predecessor: 5.5 mm compared with 6.52 mm, making it one of the thinnest watches in its category.

Like the 1968 model, the contemporary version is equipped with the ultra-thin self-winding Calibre 1120. This exceptional movement driving hour and minute hands has powered some of the most prestigious ultra-thin self-winding watches in horological history.

Vacheron Constantin has chosen in 2010 re-issue two ultra-thin watches that have made their mark on its history, duly christened “Historique Ultra-fine 1955” and “Historique Ultra-fine 1968”.

Reference
Historique Ultra-fine 1968
43043/000R-9592

Movement
1120, Vacheron Constantin
Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva
Energy    Mechanical, self-winding

Height of movement
2.45 mm

Diameter of movement
28.00 mm

Jewels
36 jewels

Frequency
19’800 vibrations/hour

Indications
Hours, minutes

Power reserve
More than 40 hours

Case
18 carat 4N rose gold
Square-shaped 35.2 x 35.2 mm, thickness: 5.5 mm

Water resistance
3 bar, equivalent to 30 meters

Dial
Silvered, 18 carat black finished indexes
Mirror-polished Maltese Cross

Strap
Black hand-stitched, saddle-finished
Square-shape scales alligator leather.

Clasp
Buckle in 18 carat 4N rose gold
Polished half Maltese Cross

[Vacheron Constantin Press Release]

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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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Associated Press’ Athlete of the decade: TIGER WOODS

(Tiger Woods – TAG Heuer)

The Associated Press, an American news agency, has named Tiger Woods its athlete of the decade.
AP is a cooperative owned by its contributing newspapers, radio and television stations in the United States, which both contribute stories to the AP and use material written by its staff journalists.

Tiger Woods is the first golfer to win four consecutive major championships. He is the youngest placer to have won 3 green jackets, he won the US Open in 2000 by an incredible 15 shots, and he has a total of 9 major championships to his name.

In 2001 he became the first golfer in history to hold all four major titles at once. Outside of golf, Tiger is one of the greatest sports champions in history. With his personality and his results, he is a perfect example of prestige and performance which are so important to TAG Heuer [Complete Post].

[AP]
[TAG Heuer]

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Vladimir Putin’s $60,000 Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch

(Putin wearing his Patek Philippe)

Vladimir Putin is not only a Russian politician. He is the current Prime Minister as well as chairman of United Russia, and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Union of Russia and Belarus. He became acting President on 31 December 1999, when President Boris Yeltsin resigned in a surprising move, and then Putin won the 2000 presidential election. In 2004, he was re-elected for a second term lasting until 7 May 2008.
Putin is not only the Prime Minister, he is also passionate according to action activities. Apart from being a judo black belt, a fervent explorer of volcanoes, dips in Siberian rivers and plummets deep down lakes in mini submarines, he is a luxury Swiss watches looms large lover. Among the Russian politicians, Putin wears the most expensive watches, such as a $60,000 Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar watch and, also, he owns a Patek Philippe Calatrava.

(Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar watch)
Price Realized $60,000
PLATINUM AUTOMATIC PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON-PHASE DISPLAY

Calibre 240 Q, 27 jewels, Gyromax balance, 22k gold minirotor, opaline-white dial with white gold applied hour markers and pearled minute divisions, two bevelled engine-turned subdials for the month with leap year and day with 24-hour indication, analogue date with integrated moon-phase display, two-part case, snap-on case back, platinum PP buckle, case, dial and movement signed.


Patek Philippe‘s calibre 240 Q is the most splendid illustration of the manufacturer’s confident style and technical skills. It features 275 miniscule parts in a compact marvel incredibly thin due in part to the integrated off-centred 22k gold minirotor.

[Source: Patek Philippe]
Putin’s picture: AFP

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Morgan Freeman and Breitling: Thick as Thieves 2009

Morgan Porterfield Freeman, Jr. was born in June 1, 1937. He is an American actor, film director and also a narrator. He is noted for his reserved behaviour and authoritative speaking voice.
Freeman received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, and The Shawshank Redemption before winning in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby. He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Freeman appeared in many other box office hits, including Unforgiven, Glory, Seven, Deep Impact, The Sum of All Fears, Bruce Almighty, Batman Begins, The Bucket List, Evan Almighty, Wanted, and The Dark Knight.

Thick as Thieves

In New York, the experienced art thief Keith Ripley invites the bold thief from Miami Gabriel Martin to team up with him. He plans to steal two valuable mysterious antiques Faberge eggs, located in a well protected Russian jewellery Romanov. Each egg is worth twenty million dollars on the black market, and Ripley needs his cut to free himself from his debt to a powerful mobster, known as Nicky. The reluctant Gabriel agrees to participate, after having a one night stand with Ripley’s goddaughter Alexandra Karolin. Meanwhile, the persistent Lieutenant Weber, who has unsuccessfully tried to put Ripley in jail for twenty years, figures out how to anticipate the movements of the criminal in order to catch him.

Breitling, the wristwatch manufacturer of the world’s finest men’s timepieces, was formed in 1884 by Leon Breitling, who set up the company at the tender age of 24 in Switzerland. Together with The First World War, when aviation combat machine took off, Breitling turned its attention to the aviation field, to being able to time keep it. Then, as the Second World War came, they introduced the famous “Chronomat” watch which was the first in the world to be fitted with a circular slide rule to aid with navigation. The peak of Breitling’s success came in 1962, when astronaut Scott Carpenter wore one of their watches in space – this watch became known as the “Cosmonaute” and is a very highly sought after timepiece today.
Breitling wristwatches remain the first choice of most of today’s commercial and professional aviators and new models such as the Breitling Emergency which sends out a radio distress signal if the wearer becomes lost, continue to keep the brand at the forefront of technology as well as style.

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Audemars piguet Genève, “Jules Audemars –Grande Sonnerie Carillon” 2002 limited edition

Audemars Piguet Jules Grande Sonnerie Watch.

The minute repeater carillon is a mechanism of great complexity that strikes the hours, quarters and minutes on request. These indications are obtained by 3 hammer strokes on different gongs: a low pitched one for the hours; a high pitched one for the minutes and one intermediate pitch (the one that allows for a carillon effect on the quarter hours). Striking power is calculated to achieve subtle balance and, if this balance gets to be too strong, it would muffle the sound. But in case of being too weak, the sound would be inaudible. Audemars Piguet developed the first minute repeating mechanism for a wristwatch in 1985.
Repeater movements consist of tiny parts manufactured to extremely fine tolerances. During movement assembly, the watchmaker has to hand-finish many of these components to arrive at the desired result.
While minute repeaters chime hours, quarters and minutes on 2 gongs with 2 hammers, the present watch, part of  “Jules Audemars” series, will chime the quarters with 3 hammers on 3 gongs, adding a further tone to the “dingdong” enchanted connoisseurs are so familiar with.

[Source: Audemars Piguet and Antiquorum’s Magazine]

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Tiger Woods: TAG Heuer Link Quartz Chronograph 1/10th CJ1110.BA0576

Tiger Woods is the first golfer to win four consecutive major championships. He is the youngest placer to have won 3 green jackets, he won the US Open in 2000 by an incredible 15 shots, and he has a total of 9 major championships to his name.
In 2001 he became the first golfer in history to hold all four major titles at once. Outside of golf, Tiger is one of the greatest sports champions in history. With his personality and his results, he is a perfect example of prestige and performance which are so important to TAG Heuer.
His personal obsession with results and perfection, his ability to withstand pressure, to meet expectations and exceed them, but also his love of discipline – all this makes him a natural partner for the brand. Tiger Woods has been closely involved with the development of a completely new watch, the first professional golf watch specifically designed to meet the unique ergonomic requirements of the game.

GOLF
Ranked number one worldwide with 19,570 points (June 2007), he has 77 victories, including 12 Grand Slams, 44 PGA Tours, 5 European Tours and 16 other tournaments.

Movement: Quartz movement/ Elapsed and total time chronograph functions with split-seconds and close consecutive times register
Water resistance: 200 m
Crystal: Curved scratch resistant sapphire crystal
Case: Cut from a block of solid Steel/ Shaped push-buttons
Bezel: Fixed or unidirectional turning bezel according to models/ set with diamonds according to models
Dial: Hand applied faceted indexes in Steel or Diamonds according to models. Luminescent hour-markers and hands.
When applicable: Top Wesselton (VVS) diamonds. A certificate featuring the quality, size and carat of the diamonds is delivered with each timepiece set with diamonds.
Crown: Screw in
Bracelet: Steel or enamel calf leather strap according to models
Clasp: Double safety clasp with folding buckle
Specifications may depend on the model.

[Sources: TAG Heuer Home Page // Tiger Woods Home Page]

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