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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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

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.

Celebrities Talk Love of Raymond Weil

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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

 

http://www.raymond-weil.com/EN/Press-News/2013-01-30/Raymond-Weil-Sponsors-2013-Labyrinth-Theater-s-Celebrity-Charades.html

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.

 

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  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

Raymond Weil & Facebook


The current Raymond Weil website proudly features a watch from their current selection, the Maestro Masterpiece Collection.  Complete with swirling sheets of music, consumers can nearly hear the time sing from the pictures alone.
That is not, however, what visitors to this site would have seen on February 4th.  In a salute to Facebook, the watch company redirected all those who entered their site to their brand’s Facebook page instead. This unusual move was in celebration of Facebook’s 9th birthday, and honored the marketing partnership Raymond Weil has forged with this social media company.

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Raymond Weil and Facebook have worked together to create a brand marketing tool that revisits and rejuvenates all assumptions surrounding usual uses for social media.  Complete with photos, a Valentine’s Day contest and store locator, these two companies took the page one step further with the Watch Finder.  On a site all about customization and creating a space that is a reflection of one’s self, Raymond Weil’s Facebook page now offers the ability to find your own perfect watch without ever leaving that favorite social site.  Dozens of their finest timepieces lay on display, waiting for visitors to select and specify to find a watch–or two–to exactly match their individual style.  And if anyone should wish to delve even deeper into the options offered by these luxury watch makers, they are a mere click away from the usual glory of the Raymond Weil site.
This bold and brilliant marketing move hoped to inspire watch lovers to engage with the brand in a new and different way, exploring their options in a fresh setting with a unique backdrop.  Although today visiting Raymond Weil’s site will return visitors to the dazzle of the watches separate from Facebook blue, there still lies a page with exciting things to see from one of the top luxury watch brands of the day.  Happy Birthday to Facebook and three cheers to Raymond Weil.

 

For more info:

http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=96d252a0f6fc18633278d8c8a&id=5353eb6701&e=1ec6148040

Written by Lindsey K. Cook

A Perfect Piece for Your Valentine: Charms Extraordinaire Collection by Van Cleef & Arpels

To help you warm up for the arrival of Spring, Van Cleef and Arpels has created the breathtaking and fantastical Charms Extraordinaire Collection. This collection of four watches gives you the opportunity to pick the perfect piece that will adorn your partner’s wrist this Valentine’s Day. Every watch in this collection is completed by hand through engraving, painting or enameling. And each one is also finished off by three rows of jewels – namely diamonds – on the bezel. There is no better way to tell your Valentine how beautiful she is than a watch from the Charms Extraordinaire Collection.

 

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The first watch is the ‘Muguet,’ a fairy with a butterfly sitting on her fingertips. The dial she is painted onto is made of Mother of Pearl, the iridescence playing nicely off the white gold case. The Fairy wears a skirt of diamonds and is surrounded by Lily of the Valley. The 38mm case is circled by diamonds and yellow sapphires with a white gold and diamond butterfly charm gently dangling from the side. Muguet has a bold green band that will compliment any skin tone.

 

RTEmagicC_13_0125_VCA_08.jpgVan Cleef and Arpels’ second watch in this collection is the Feerie Dandelion. As the name states, it is composed of a fairy sitting in a field of gold and diamond dandelions. The fairy has a diamond face with beautifully enameled wings. Another 38mm white gold case, the face is surrounded by diamonds and sapphire with a pink leather band. Another dandelion composed of diamonds and gold hangs from the right side of the case.

 

 

 

 

 

Another flower of spring is the Lotus, which is the third watch in the Charms Extraordinaire Collection. The Lotus flower is created by champlevé: an extremely intricate form of enameling that includes hand painting as well. The effect is that of stained glass. The colors are immaculate and are well complimented by the pink band, diamonds, sapphires and tourmalines. The Lotus watch is a bit smaller with a 32mm case and has a lovely Lotus diamond charm with white gold.

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The last watch in this collection is the Hirondelles. This watch represents spring more than the rest with two swallows on the face. One swallow sits on a branch while another is flying in the sky. Diamonds adorn the chest. There is a field of light orange and pink flowers beneath them. The watch almost begins to look like a beautiful sunset with the 32mm pink gold case surrounded by purple and pink sapphires and diamonds. There is a leather purple band to buckle around your wrist and a pink gold flower charm with diamonds.

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The Charms Extraordinaire Collection was first released in 2008 and these four watches only add to its brilliance. Each watch has standard Swiss Quartz Movement, so there will be no need to worry about winding the watch.  The quality of the watch, along with the appearance, make it  a piece any woman would love to wear. The Muguet, Feerie Dandelion, Lotus and Hirondelles are, in fact, beautiful workmanships of art that will only compliment the beauty of your date this Valentine’s.

 

 

 

 

 

Written By: Stacy McCullough

 

 

SIHH Standouts This Year and Last

Written by Kidist Amanuel

 

The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2013 was held last week in Geneva.

The event  is indeed a landmark for the Fine Watch sector and a place where brands premiere their latest watches- which have often taken years of research. Watchmakers and designers get to share and exchange ideas and are the first to get new industry information. Last year, they introduced some fabulous watches worth remembering again:

The Velvet by Roger Dubois, featuring graphic split-level dials

The Jules Audemars by Audemars Piguet that features a super-slim movement (2.45 mm)

The Linea 10114 Automatique by Baume & Mercier, complete with an interchangeable bracelet

and Last but not least, the feminine Star Classique Lady Automatique by Montblanc 

 

The collections this year were equally impressive and left a lasting impression on many. Here’s the breakdown on some of this year’s most notable watches presented-jaeger-lecoultre-reverso-ultra-thin-duoface-1

Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces made quite an impression at SIHH this year. One of theie standouts is the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface. This elegant and dressed-up watch is a great addition to their Reverso line. The watch contrasts a beautiful silver dial with black hands and markers in a steel case. A second time zone can be set on the black face on the backside. Also of note is their Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique a Quantieme Perpetuel Jubilee. This perpetual calendar timepiece houses the JLC in-house caliber 985, with moonphase and tourbillon functions. The 22 karat pink gold oscillator can be seen through the sapphire case back. The wristwatch comes in a 42 millimeter platinum case and a black alligator strap. The dial- which has three subdials- is quite striking, not overly busy or complicated.

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The Piaget Emperador Coussin XL is another fascinating watched shown this year. This “World’s Thinnest Mechanical Automatic Repeater Movement” watch has a round pink gold case. The case measures 48 millimeter in diameter and 9.4 millimeter thick. The sapphire crystals in the front and back allow one to observe at the mechanism that powers this watch, including the repeater mechanism and skeletonized top plate.

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Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronographe was also a display of note. This watch introduced the first in-house chronograph movement, the 1904-CH MC. The self-winding vertical-clutch column wheel motor is based on Calibre de Cartier movement. This piece boasts an especially appealing aesthetic, while also being sporty. It has twin sub-dials and a date window that nicely compliment the brushed and polished surfaces, sword hands, and over-sized Roman numerals.

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