Tag Heur’s Formula One, racing-inspired timepiece, is truly a designer watch made for racing enthusiasts. When originally launched, the Formula 1 was a more primitive quartz watch with blunt lines, yet still captured the attention of luxury watch and racing fans. More than 15 years later, the Formula 1 line by Tag Heuer has evolved into one of the most successful in Swiss watch-manufacturing history.
The F1 Tag is available in many styles, dial colors, and special commemorative editions. The quartz movement is available in regular and chronograph versions. The most popular dial colors are red, black and silver. The Formula one can be worn in casual and formal attire as it is available in both rubber strap and stainless steel bracelet versions.
The Tag Raikkonen edition features a Formula one dash board-inspired dial. The sub dials have 0 set at 8 O’clock like speed gauges on a racing car’s dashboard. Raikkonen, an F1 legend was brought to Tag Heuer’s head quarters in Switzerland for a special seminar that would allow him to be a Tag Heuer specialist. Alongside Tag Heuer’s talented watch-makers, the racing icon helped design the timepiece’s sleek design.
The new Tag formula 1 timepiece, released this year features designs by Fernando Alonso, a two-time Formula 1 champion. The recently launched F1 features new sub dials in the chronograph version. The seconds sub dial was moved to 9 O’ clock. Also unveiled this year are the TagF1 Indy 500 and F1 chronometer. These new variations of the classic F1 are inspired by the Indy 500 American racing circuit and feature C.O.S.C certified movements.
Omega watches are spectacular works of horologic art. Their most popular collection called the “Planet Ocean” has been featured in a variety of movies as well as on many celebrities’ wrists. The Planet Ocean is a diving watch that professionals use when scuba diving. It has an impressive water resistance up to 600 meters below sea-level. The rotating bezel allows divers to keep track of the amount of oxygen available to them at any given moment.
Omega also manufactures a mechanical watch designed for NASA space flight. The Omega Professional Moon Watch has a variety of features that distinguish it from any other timepiece. The mechanical movement does not feature a pendulum like ordinary automatic Omega watches. Scientists did not know how an automatic movement with a pendulum would respond to 0 gravity conditions. The special Hesalite crystal provides extreme protection for the most extreme conditions. After undergoing rigorous testing alongside competitor timepieces from Bulova, Rolex and Tag Heuer, Omega was bestowed with the privilege of being the first and only watch ever taken to the moon
Omega is also regarded highly by the official Olympic Committee. For this reason they the brand is the official time keeper for the Olympic Games. Omega has developed high-tech ways of measuring time for the special event. They have cameras that are synchronized to digital chronograph watches. By capturing high speed images of any event, omega can prove the precision of their time keeping instruments.
Whether is 600 meters below sea level, or on the moon, Omega Watches are incredible precision time-keeping instruments.
Luxury watches are typically seen as very closed-doors, esoteric items that are known only to a rich and knowledgeable few. That’s not really true, especially once you consider all the times that a designer watch has appeared on the silver screen. Expensive wristwatches might not exactly stir the same interest as the lead characters, but they’re still celebrities in their own right.
It’s All in the Wrist
Countless contemporary movies are just full of these premium timepieces, and there are even a number of groups that like to keep tabs on all of them. 2008 blockbuster Street Kings, for example,featured star Keanu Reeves wearing a Rolex GMT II quite prominently in the movie poster. Blood Diamond, another big movie from the same year, showed lead Leonardo DiCaprio with a Breitling Chrono Avenger.
Other notable silver screen watches include
George Clooney spotted with a Luminox watch in Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
007 agent James Bond (played by Daniel Craig), who wore an Omega Seamaster to the opening scene of Casino Royale (2006)
Ben Affleck, who fought crime as the title character in Daredevil (2003) wearing red tights and a Hamilton Linwood Daredevil Automatic
An Omega Speedster watch worn by Tom Cruise as Chief John Anderton in the futuristic Minority Report (2002)
A Long History
This whole trend of wearing expensive premium timepieces, however, is hardly a new thing in Hollywood. In fact, it’s been a recurring theme in the James Bond movies, one of the oldest establishments of the silver screen. Through the years, exclusive watches have topbilled in movies like
Dr. No (1962), where James Bond (played by Sean Connery) used a Rolex Submariner to test a Geiger counter
Goldfinger (1964), where Sean Connery reprised his role wearing the same watch from Dr. No
The Predator (1987), where Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Dutch wore a Seiko H558-5000
The Abyss (1989), where Ed Harris wore a Seiko 6309-7049 as Bud Brigman
If you have a free afternoon, try going through your DVD collection and checking through the blockbusters for any watches you didn’t spot before. You never know, your favorite actor might just wear the very same watch that you do.
Despite its proximity to the bustling metropolis that is New York, the Hamptons is an area that prides itself on being elegantly laid back. As a playground for the elite of the East Coast, it’s a place that’s frequented by people who could definitely afford to take it slow and easy. That’s the kind of spirit that Baume & Mercier tried to capture with its Hampton collection, which debuted at the Salon International de la Haute Horologie (SIHH) 2009.
The Hampton collection itself made quite a statement, even for a designer watch, in the first few years after its birth in 1994. Its original rectangular case in steel was nothing short of revolutionary for the watchmaking industry and, for its 15th birthday, a whole new line of three Baume & Mercier watches was released to build on this groundbreaking aesthetic.
Most faithful to the original design is the Hampton Classic which combines the initial shape with more modern contours. It comes in several different flavors for men and women ranging from an open balance watch to a chronograph and even to designs with diamond-set bezels. But though only the finest materials were used in the production of these watches, the effort to remain classic and elegant is clearly visible.
The Hampton Manchette, meanwhile, is a little less classic and a lot more feminine. Its contemporary art shape gives one the impression that the design is strictly for the modern, more powerful woman who – as the diamonds on the bezel suggest – loves her luxury.
Weekend warriors will love the Hampton Magnum which gives an image that’s a little more casual but no less refined. The Magnum XXL for men looks rugged and powerful with the color combination provided by the black steel and red gold, while the alligator strap gives the idea of the tough outdoorsman. Ladies, meanwhile, will be attracted to the diamond-set bezel of the Magnum XL, which strikes a stark contrast against its tough-as-nails strap made of vulcanized rubber.
If there’s anything that the Hampton collection has in abundance (aside from diamonds and precious metals, of course), it’s personality. Each one of these luxury watches makes a clear yet careful statement about the person seen in it – just like the real Hamptons.