A Gentleman’s Watch in a Gentleman’s Game

David Lynn Becomes Ambassador of Ritmo Mundo

Ritmo Mundo watches bear a name literally translating to “rhythm of the earth” in Italian, and between their three iconic lines has proudly provided watches for any modern lifestyle.  An especial favorite among celebrities, this brand has held the title of official watch for the Indy Car Series, Ocean’s 12 & 13 movie franchise as well as HBO’s “Entourage” and “Sex & the City” series.  2012 television featured the pieces in shows like ABC’s “Bachelor and MTV’s “Caged”.  Between the high caliber of these watches and the irresistible style, Ritmo Mundo watches have never been far from the public eye.

Now they have found the perfect icon with both famous and professional status to best represent their brand.  Stepping out to proudly ambassador their timepieces is British professional golfer David Lynn.  Lynn has been a professional golfer since 1995 at the age of 25 and made his mark on the golf world by making The European Tour’s Top 90 list for 13 consecutive years.  After finishing as runner-up in the 2012 U.S. PGA Championship, only his second career Major appearance, Lynn decided to compete in the PGA Tour in 2013.  Now he will take his rising career and the perfect watch to play in all four Major Championship tournaments.

Featuring a page on their main site devoted to pictures of celebrities wearing Ritmo Mundo watches, there were likely no shortage of fans willing to bear this brand.  The final selection of golfer Lynn demonstrates a desire to invest in a serious level of skill and sportsmanship.  More than just a public figure, shows a depth of expertise in his field that can be admired and aspired to, along with a clear appreciation for quality design and fashion.

The Facebook page of Ritmo Mundo proudly announced this partnership made on the course, with a statement from President of Ritmo Mundo Time Group, Ali Soltani.  “I’ve always wanted to expose the Ritmo Mundo brand to the world of golf.”  There is perhaps no better place for this gentleman’s watch than

a prime position in the gentleman’s game.  Lynn responds his excitement at working with the team, and quotes, “With Ritmo in my corner, I can rest assured that I will never miss my tee time.”

The brand with the perfect blend of Italian style and classic Swiss artistry has only furthered and deepened its merit by linking their timeless timekeepers to David Lynn’s suave British charm, classy professionalism and determination.

Written by Lindsey K. Cook

Antiquorum and ‘Celebrate New York’ Charity Event

Jewelers for Children was well supported during their Celebrate New York auction that took place February 25, 2013. Thrown at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Pier, Antiquorum was one of the organizations biggest sponsors. The evening consisted of food, beverages, a silent and live auction.

Many brands came together to donate jewelry and other gifts that Jeweler’s for Children was able to auction off. The items available for the silent auction were from brands Antiquorum, Andy Castillo Art, RSP Media, Mia Sorelli Jewelry Design, International Gemological Institute and Jeweler’s Resource Bureau. Not only did Antiquorum offer a fabulous gift package, but their director, Michael Friedman, also hosted the live auction.

Friedman’s love for charity and talent as an auctioneer helped him sell products from a slew of companies. The live auction brands included John Hardy, Judith Ripka, Honora, Ashley & Emily, Scott Key and Michael Dawkins. All in all, Celebrate New York was a successful event that Antiquorum was happy to be involved in. Antiquorum stated that they were more than happy to help and will continue to support worthy causes.

The event allowed attendees to feel good about their purchases because all the money went to help children in need through different organizations. The funds received were split between St. Judes Children’s Hospital, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Make-A-Wish and CASA. And thanks to brands such as Antiquorum, the attendees left with high quality, luxury items. That makes this event a win-win for everyone involved.

Written by: Stacy McCullough

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Watch Tags: Antiquorum, Auction, charity, Fundraising, jewelers for children, news

Peek at the Monaco Full Black-ACM Calibre 12

If you like your chronographs square and your watches full of flair, the Monaco Full Black- ACM Calibre 12, by TAG Heuer, should be at the top of your list for the most anticipated finds of 2013.

The second in the ACM Monaco line, the Monaco Full Black follows closely on the heels of its predecessor, introduced in 2012.  Sleek angled and gleaming from a standard stainless steel case, silvered dashes reach beyond the dial to suggest a broader and bolder feel, not contained by its physical state, perhaps mirrored in the abstract that it measures: time.

Taking the orange highlighted in the first edition and muting it to a single dash on the seconds hand, the Monaco Full Black ACM Calibre 12 appears as slightly more grand and sophisticated model.  Pulling silver, black and white together in a classicly updated design, this timepiece easily portrays itself and its wearer as on the cutting edge of not just fashion, but of life.  The shining hands streak across the face in a slash of lightning like allure, bringing an intensity and urgency to the immovable march of time.

Dashing Entry of TAG Heuer New Favorite Chonograph
Dashing Entry of TAG Heuer New Favorite Chonograph

TAG Heuer has ensured in the soft alligator strap an added dash of texture needed in this otherwise smooth surfaced masterpiece.   This functions as well to provide extraordinary comfort even in the height of fashion.  Resistant to water, extreme temperature and external environment, the sturdiness of this piece is incomparable.   The robustness, precision and integrity of all TAG Heuer watches undergo thorough testing under extreme conditions to obtain a guarantee that they are both safe to wear and to be worn when out and about.

Not set to be officially introduced until May at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, there is plenty of time to anticipate this outstanding Swiss creation, and to decide how best to debut your very own at the peak of the season.  A beautiful looking watch, the Monaco Full Black will surely exceed expectations of chronographs and rises to a class all its own.

Written by Lindsey K. Cook

Obama Makes Trend of Classic Affordable Watch from Jorg Gray

When President Barack Obama received a Jorg Gray 6500 Chronograph watch for his birthday a few years ago, it quickly became the most popular and sought-after watch of his early presidency. Given as a gift for his 46th birthday by the Secret Service, the case back is sealed with the Secret Service logo. President Obama has been seen wearing the Jorg Gray on many occasions, whether conducting state business or just relaxing with his family. For a previously obscure brand of corporate gift watches, this endorsement by the president had launched Jorg Gray into a major watch brand. The company has even released a commemorative edition line of 6500 Chronographs stamped with “The 44th President of the United States Barack H. Obama January 20th 2009” on the case back.  For $325 the average Joe can own a commemorative edition of the president’s watch, surely an irresistible addition to any watch collector’s compilation.

 

Jorg Gray 6500
Jorg Gray 6500

 

The 6500 Chronograph is styled after vintage aviation/pilot watches, as can be seen by the contrasting black and white colors on the hands, hour markers, and other features. The case is measured at 41mm with a 14.1mm thickness. The case and bezel are stainless steel, while the dial face is black against the luminant-coated white hour markers and hands. The 12 o’clock marker is a triangle, that of a typical pilot’s watch. The watch lens is made from a scratch-resistance high impact mineral crystal and the piece is water resistant to 100 meters. An interesting aspect  of the mineral crystal is the style in which it is slightly domed, which allows for a mild lens affect. The lens is also coated with an anti-reflective agent the sometimes makes light reflect blue off the crystal; this ensures the dial always remains clear and crisp.

The chronograph for the Jorg Gray 6500 is a high precision Japanese Mioyota chronograph quartz movement. Manufactured by Citizen Watch Co. in Japan, the chronograph is quick to use and measures in one-second increments. Both the pushers and the crown are designed for maximum comfort and ease of use. The crown itself has the letters “JG” for the Jorg Gray logo embossed on it. There are three sub-dials on the piece; the left sub-dial tracks minutes, the low center sub-dial tracks seconds, and the right dial is a 24-hour clock that has been designed for international travel. Lastly, the date window rests at an angle in between the 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock markers.

Commemorative case etching
Commemorative case etching

It is also interesting to note that each piece of this series comes with a serial number, a rarity to find in watches of this price range that have been largely produced. Aside from being the Commander in Chief’s watch, this is another nice touch that will encourage collectors. The Jorg Gray 6500 is also designed for comfort; the case is meant to sit well on the wrist and the sides are done in a sleek satin finish. The black strap is Italian buffalo leather that features a distressed look and has contrast stitching, which is popular among the aviation style watches. The buckle is in stainless steel and includes the Jorg Gray logo in laser etching.

Written by Amani Liggett

Watch Tags: commemorative, jorg gray, obama, president, secret service

Jacques Lemans at the top with Milano Collection


Written by: Jason Garoutte
Jacques Lemans, which is headquartered in St.Veit an der Glan/Carinthia, Austria is one of the leading watch producers worldwide. Although the company has been around for less than 50 years, they have made a name for themselves in the watchmaking market.

The Austrian company was founded in 1975 by Alfred and Norbert Riedl and has been standing for innovation in technique and design ever since. Their unique sports collection and the new Milano collection represent the quality and fashion that is Jacques Lemans.

 

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In 2009, Jacques Lemans made headlines as the company obtained the license of the “UEFA Champions League,” one of the world’s largest brands of international sports.

 

With more modern techniques, Jacques Lemans is able to produce quality watches with unique style, flair, and precision. Jacques Lemans uses only high quality materials like Japanese or Swiss automatic and quartz movements, specially hardened crystal or sapphire glass, high grade leather and solid stainless steel straps, as well as high-grade ceramic.

 

With the release of the new Milano series, it is easy to see that Jacques Lemans will forever be a competitor in the watch industry. With its bold new models, colors, and design variations, Milano offers a taste of true Jacques Lemans craftsmanship and quality.

 

Our Milano series, mainly featuring models for the Jacques Lemans Sports Collection, is the perfect mix of lifestyle and sportiness combined with classic elements,” says Alfred Riedl, CEO and owner of Jacques Lemans.

With our Milano series we offer a wide range of models, chronographs, multifunctional alarm-chronographs or the classic 3-hands models. Stunning details as a colored push-button matching the color of the watch or an elegant, slim watch-band top turn the timepieces into special accessories for ladies and gents.”

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The Milano series features designs for men and women that come in a variety of colors like pink, purple, and red for her and blue, green, or black for him.

 

By mixing style, elegance and sportiness Jacques Lemans watches prove to be a favorite around the world. They aren’t overpriced by any stretch of the imagination, and the modern technology used to craft such fine pieces allow Jacques Lemans to maintain a standard of professionalism and fortitude against many competitors, especially in the European market where Swiss watchmaking is the gold standard. In order for Jacques Lemans to compete against such formidable opponents, they only need continue producing quality watches like the Milano.

Hublot Takes on the Lakers

That’s right, luxury watchmaker Hublot is making its move with the LA Lakers. Both brands are popular in their own rights, famous for pursuing and achieving excellence. The high standards of the Lakers is what brought Hublot to add them to their repertoire.

 

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Elegance and fierceness

Hublot is already a presence in the world of sports. Some of their athletic partners include Manchester United, Usain Bolt and FIFA. It is no doubt that they should start making themselves known to the world of basketball. This will help widen their sales by promoting to a new audience, which is first seen as a wall clock was handed to LA Lakers EVP Jeanie Buss. She opted to show the beautiful clock off with Laker Kobe Bryant and local Hublot Boutique owner Greg Simonian.

 

The Lakers have sixteen titles to their name thus far and Hublot can now say they are the first to become an official timekeeper for the team. Hublot loves to blend tradition with the modern and by making this deal with the Lakers they do just that. So get ready to get your game on because with their precise timing, you’ll know that game will start and finish right on time.

 

Written by Stacy McCullough

http://iwmagazine.com/2013/01/30/hublot-becomes-first-official-timekeeper-of-los-angeles-lakers/

Watch Tags: Celebrity, Hublot, Hublot boutique, Hublot watch collection, LA Lakers, Luxury Watches, Watches

Celebrities Talk Love of Raymond Weil

Raymond Weil Luxe Creations
Raymond Weil’s  Luxe Creations

On January 15, 2013, Raymond Weil and Labyrinth Theater came together to celebrate their annual Celebrity Charades night. Celebrities gathered to form four teams that would help gain support for the Labyrinth. The celebrities also celebrated Raymond Weil, a brand extremely supportive of the arts.

 

There are two phrases that every celebrity had to say about their new Raymond Weil watch: beautiful and love it! The watches could be seen on the likes of Sam Rockwell, Sasha Cohen, S. Epatha Merkerson, Richard Kind and Rosie Perez.

 

The women loved the watches, not only for their beauty, but because of how they were made. Actress Elizabeth Rodriguez noted how the rose gold complimented her skin tone perfectly while Callie Thorn wanted to marry hers. Raymond Weil’s women’s watches had diamonds, warm tones and had a feminine – dainty – quality. In fact, Daphne Rubin Vega was happy to be able to tell time ‘in a pretty way.’

 

While the celebrity men also admired the look of Raymond Weil’s watches, they were drawn to other qualities. Athlete Eddie George knew enough about the brand to state that it is a Swiss watch with each piece individually handcrafted. Josh Charles and Bobby Cannavale both noted that their watches had a sporty appeal, which they both appreciated. Two more actors who were humbled and made speechless by the quality of Raymond Weil were David Zavas and Billy Crudup. Perhaps one of the best reviews of the night was made by Michael Shannon. Shannon loved the machinery and symmetry of his watch, stating it made him feel like “a dapper man about town.”

 

Raymond Weil not only promotes art, but inspiration. The brand states in their motto that it is inspired by precision. The Labyrinth Theater and celebrities involved all need inspiration much like Raymond Weil to do their artform, so Weil asked each what their inspiration was. Answers included: excellence, great stories, dark chocolate and passion among others. These pieces of inspiration are all things that Raymond Weil can stand behind, which is why these celebrities have no problem wearing – and loving- the brand.

 

Written by: Stacy McCullough

 

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Movado’s Ambassadors


Written by: Jason Garoutte

Movado watches represent style, simplicity, luxury, and sophistication. It’s no wonder their brand ambassadors are also stylish and sophisticated.

Some of the most successful people in today’s generation, having climbed the ladder of success (and then some), are representatives of the brand. These names include the likes of Derek Jeter, Lily Collins, and Wynton Marsalis.

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Lily Collins was born in England and is most famously known for her acting career in films such as “The Blind Side,” “Priest,” and “Mirror Mirror.” What most people don’t know is that she is the daughter of legendary musician Sir Phil Collins.

 

Lily Collins was chosen at a young age by Chanel to wear one of their gowns at the 2007 Bal des Debutantes (a charity ball.) Her style, grace, and exquisite beauty radiate the style that is Movado.

 

Derek Jeter is quite possibly the most recognizable name in baseball, if not all of sports. He brings an entire new level of play to baseball and his awards prove that. He has played 18 seasons- all with the New York Yankees. In that time, he has won five World Series, been selected as an All-Star 13 times, received five Golden Glove awards, received five Silver Slugger awards, received two Hank Aaron awards, and has grasped the coveted Roberto Clemente award.

 

He is the all-time Yankees career leader in hits (3,304), games played (2,585), stolen bases (348), and at bats (10,551). He is also the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to accumulate 3,000 hits.

 

His accolades alone prove success and it’s no wonder Movado has sought after him to reflect their own level of success.

 

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Wynton Marsalis is a celebrated Movado brand ambassador. He is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, and bandleader. Wynston has nine Grammy Awards and is the only artist to have won a Grammy in five consecutive years. In 1997 Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his epic oratorio “Blood on the Fields.”

 

In 1987 Wynton Marsalis co-founded a jazz program at Lincoln Center and in July 1996, due to its remarkable success, Jazz at Lincoln Center was installed as a new constituent of Lincoln Center, the renowned arts organization of which Movado is a long standing sponsor and proud supporter.

 

Movado brings a new class of elegance and success to its fine watchmaking which is understandably why these ambassadors and few others can only be represented by such a remarkable company.

Vintage Watches at Miami Antique Show

Written by: K. Amanuel

 

The Original Miami Beach Antique Show, which is the world’s largest indoor antique show returned to the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach on January 31st 2013 and lasted until February 4th. The appraisal day was held in the afternoon on Saturday, February 4th from noon to 6:00 p.m. This show is one of the biggest antique and art shows in the country and known across the globe. The event gathers hundreds of established dealers and vintage watch collectors from different countries with various items, which include exquisite and timeless watches. During the most recent show, each show attendee was allowed to bring one item for valuation by a Worthologist – a WorthPoint subject-matter expert, who gave verbal appraisals of each item’s fair market value for free. Using the latest technology, the Worthologist gave participants insight in to the value of their antiques and gave them tips on how to best buy and sell antiques.

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The show is a great avenue for watch lovers to see and purchase some really rare and cool watches. Both modern and vintage watches are abundant at the show. Vintage watches ranging from brands like Omega to Rolex could be seen. The show even attracted celebrity John MayerTwo featured exhibitors at the show are Matthew Bain and Bob Maron. Bob Maron had several Daytonas and Day-Dates. The Red Daytona 6241 is one of the vintage watches at the show. Daytona Ref. 6241 watches are known for their exotic dials and unique design and style. One watch on display was the Ultra black gold Rolex Oyster chronograph (ref 6034). This fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch has luminous hands and hour and minute markers with outer telemeter and tachymeter scales and three subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers. Several other vintage watches could be seen at the show, including a beautiful Monobloc 3525. The rare stainless steel chronograph with circular case had a striking dial with two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 30 minutes register. Another watch was a rare Rolex Milgauss with flat bezel (US only). This Rolex sports model (ref 6541) in unique in design and the movement was specially made for this reference with antimagnetic cover on top to protect it.

 

Other collector watches seen at the show include a Hans Wilsdorf Geneva, Rolex chronograph with perforated vintage racing straps, Blue Prototype Rolex Cosmograph and vintage AP triple date + the 3970P on canvas strap. There were many timepieces from major vintage dealers with rare dial and reference configurations. As in the previous year, this year’s show seems to have been a hit as people continue to hunt for rare and beautiful treasures.

 

For more information on Miami Antique Show, please visit http://www.originalmiamibeachantiqueshow.com/

Sparkling Valentine’s Day Gift for Her

Written by Kidist Amanuel

 

Valentine’s Day 2013 is fast approaching and some of you might be scrambling for last minute gift ideas for the special lady in your life. Well, Movado’s modern ceramic watch might just be what you are looking for. The Movado Cerena comes in a beautiful sleek white or a smoky lilac ceramic and stainless steel with sparkling diamond hour markers, and either one will make the perfect gift.

 

Movado is a renowned watch company whose name denotes “always in motion” and started back in 1881 in La Chaux-de-faunds, Switzerland. Movado Digital Watch was later introduced in 1930. The innovative spirit of the brand has kept it as one of the top names in the world and it continues to produce beautiful watches to this day. Currently, Movado watches use both quartz and mechanical movements in their timepieces and market other luxury watch brands like Coach, Tommy Hilfiger and Lacoste.

 

There are four different models in the Cerena collection, two (diamond versions) retail for $1295, while the ones without the gemstone retail for $995. Below is the four versions of the Cerena collection.

 

Women’s Cerena watch

  1. SKU: 0606553: Case – 36 mm diameter; Case material – smoky lilac ceramic and stainless steel; Dial – smoky lilac 3-hand with matching flat dot/applied markers/ silver-toned skeleton dauphine hands/minute track/round date display; Strap – smoky lilac ceramic/ stainless steel link bracelet with deployment clasp; Crystal Material – Sapphire; Movement – Swiss quartz movement; Water resistant to 3 ATM; Price – $995
  2. SKU: 0606554: Case – 36 mm diameter; Case material – smoky lilac
  3. 1310680_fpxceramic and stainless steel; Dial – smoky lilac 3-hand dial with matching flat dot, 10 diamond markers (0.065 t.c.w.)/silver-toned skeleton dauphine hands, minute track, round date display; Strap – smoky lilac ceramic, stainless steel link bracelet with deployment clasp; Crystal Material – Sapphire; Movement – Swiss quartz; Water resistant to 3 ATM; Price – $1295
  4. SKU: 060539: Case – 36 mm diameter; Case material – white ceramic and stainless steel case; Dial – white 3-hand dial with matching flat dot and applied markers, silver-toned skeleton dauphine hands, minute track and round date display; Strap – white ceramic, stainless steel link bracelet with deployment clasp; Crystal Material – Sapphire; Movement – Swiss quartz; Water resistant to 3 ATM; Price – $995
  5. SKU: 0606540: Case – 36 mm diameter; Case material – white ceramic and stainless steel case; Dial – white 3-hand dial with matching flat dot,10 diamond markers (0.065 t.c.w.), silver-toned skeleton dauphine hands, minute track and round date display; Strap – white ceramic, stainless steel link bracelet with deployment clasp; Crystal Material – Sapphire; Movement – Swiss quartz; Water resistant to 3 ATM; Price – $1295