Zhang Ziyi Joins Omega as Brand Ambassador

Omega announced that Zhang is joining its select group of brand ambassadors which includes fellow actors George Clooney and Nicole Kidman, sports superstars Michael Phelps, Dame Ellen MacArthur and Michael Schumacher, iconic supermodel Cindy Crawford and Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon.

Zhang Ziyi is an actress of rare beauty and monumental achievement. Following her cinematic début in Zhang Yimou’s The Road Home, which won the Silver Bear Award at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival, she has gone on to appear in 16 more movies including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers and Memoirs of a Geisha.

Zhang’s award-winning performance as the headstrong Jen in the acclaimed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon led to film roles which have spread her fame far beyond the shores of her native China. She is currently starring in “Mei Lan Fang”, the critically acclaimed Chen Kai-Ge biopic which has been selected for competition in the February 2009 Berlin Film Festival.

Omega plans to build a global campaign around its stunning new spokeswoman immediately and will also be arranging an ambitious schedule of personal appearances at strategic locations around the world.

Zhang said that she is particularly looking forward to working with the Swiss watchmaker. “I love Omega’s watchmaking heritage,” she said. “They have a great legacy and history, including their presence in China, of which I am very pleased to be part of it.”

Zhang Ziyi is the highest ranking woman on Forbes’s list of China’s most powerful celebrities and they also rate her as the woman with the greatest amount of social influence in China.

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Annual and Zodiac Calendars

A tribute to the fascinating dance of the stars, the Cat’s Eye Annual and Zodiac Calendars presents an attractive version of time passing by. In the heart of this watch made of mother of pearl, gold and diamonds, a movement crafted by Girard-Perregaux allows to unite civil time, the lunar cycle and the zodiac cycle.

The Cat’s Eye Annual and Zodiac Calendars combines with the precision of its movement the part of mystery involved in querying the constellations. Its windows open onto distant worlds. Guided by a lucky star, the signs of the zodiac glide by alongside the months of the year. In the centre of the dial, the moon shows its various faces. At 2 o'clock, the date completes the annual calendar, by an ingenious device automatically allowing for months of a different length. A single annual correction at most is needed, in February.

Fragments of universe cut out in the mother of pearl, celestial visions moving across the gracious dial: terrestrial, lunar and stellar time is brought together harmoniously in a watch with a remarkable aesthetic power of attraction. Girard-Perregaux demonstrates once again the art of incorporating watch complications as design features in their own right. The combination of precious materials and gentle curves completes the refinement of the Cat’s Eye Annual and Zodiac Calendars. Crafted in gold, the characteristic oval of this collection is here adorned with 68 diamonds (about 0.68 carats) on the bezel. The irresistible sparkle of the precious stones echoes the iridescent reflections of the mother-of-pearl dial, which make each watch unique. The product of painstaking work, in itself it requires about sixty manufacturing steps.

Such sophistication demands perfection in the slightest details. This set of functions is driven by the Girard-Perregaux GP033M0 mechanical movement with automatic winding, which is unveiled through the transparent case-back.

Technical specifications

Pink gold case
Dimensions: 35.25 x 30.25 mm
Case set with 68 diamonds, approx. 0.68 carats
Dial in 18-carat gold and natural mother of pearl
Sapphire crystal
Sapphire case-back secured by 4 screws
Water resistance: 30 metres

Girard-Perregaux movement GP033M0
Mechanical with automatic winding
Calibre: 11 ½ ’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Jewels: 40
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Functions: hour, minute, small seconds, annual calendar, zodiac calendar and moon phase indication

Eva Green’s Montblanc Ad CampaignEva Green - Montblanc Ad Campaign


Bond girl Eva Green, the French actress, who is Montblanc’s Ambassador since 2007, is featured in another ad campaign for the famous brand.

The new campaign was launched November 3. It promotes the jewelry and watches line. The photoshoot was made by photographer Ellen von Unwerth, who succeeds Paolo Roversi.

The pictures were shot in Milan and each photo of this line is followed by the slogan:

“Montblanc. A Story to Tell.”

Eva Green’s looks fascinating retro to present pieces from the La Dame Blanche Collection, the 4810 Collection, a sport watch, all signed Montblanc.

Eva, who is also the face of Dior’s Midnight Poison perfume, told:

It will be a pleasure to work with Montblanc to support its cultural initiatives and, in particular, its work with UNICEF,” said the French actress, who is also the face of Dior’s Midnight Poison fragrance. “Montblanc’s ongoing dedication to cultural achievement and also its constant striving for perfect craftsmanship in all that it created reflects my own private passions.”

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Steven Stamkos - Young Ice Hockey Star and NHL First Overall Draft Pick

Steven Stamkos - Young Ice Hockey Star and NHL First Overall Draft Pick

In a world where precision and timing are key, Steven Stamkos, the rising ice hockey star certainly knows the importance of a split second. As of today, he will have no problem with his timing as he has signed an official agreement with the Swiss watchmaking brand Tissot to become the company’s first Canadian male sporting ambassador. Tissot, which has been the Official Timekeeper of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships since 1996, has partnered with this young, successful and dynamic Canadian sports personality throughout his quest in reaching his professional goals. Tissot will also be launching a special Steven Stamkos limited edition timepiece bearing his number “91”.


For Tissot, Steven Stamkos fits perfectly with the brand’s values of innovation, quest for performance and stretching oneself to the limits as hard work and willingness are just two of the strengths in Stamkos' personality. His work ethic is exceptional; he's grounded, and very mature. On the ice, Stamkos has an obvious sense of what he needs to accomplish. He has explosive speed, and is a natural goal scorer who owns an extraordinary wrist shot with a quick release. Off the ice, the young center displays maturity beyond his years. He's a well-rounded individual and his dynamism and charisma make him a perfect ambassador for Tissot.

Within the three year contract, signed with Tissot President, Mr François Thiébaud, Steven Stamkos agrees to represent the brand on and off the ice. His image will also soon be gracing the windows of Tissot official retail outlets in Canada, the United States and around the world.

2009 will see the launch of a dedicated limited edition Steven Stamkos watch with Ice Hockey design details and the distinctive number “91” engraved on the back.

“We are delighted to welcome Steven into our global Tissot family” said François Thiébaud. “Steven represents the future of our brand as he is ambitious, has a fighting spirit and at the same time is firmly attached to traditional values. We believe that he will be a real asset to our brand and an example to many young people around the world and we are sure that he will become one of the stars of the sport in the future.”

Paul Picot Chrono Lemania Moonphase Watch

Le Noirmont-based Swiss watchmaker Paul Picot has unveiled a limited edition watch that features both a chronograph and a calendar with moonphase indicator. Crafted from 18K gold, the case of the Paul Picot Chrono Lemania watch measures 42mm in diameter, and features screwed strap bars and a engraved bezel. The silver dial is complimented by blued steel hands and Roman numerals. The central portion of the dial displays a fine guilloche pattern which contrasts tastefully with the satin peripheral section.

Movement is the Paul Picot 1680 caliber, which is an execution based upon the classic hand-wound Lemania 1883. A sapphire exhibition window in the caseback reveals the fine finishing, which includes angled steel chronograph levers and bridges with Cotes de Geneve.

Paul Picot will produce 125 pieces of the Chrono Lemania watch. Each timepiece features a hand-stitched strap in alligator leather and an 18K gold buckle. Water resistance is rated for 50 meters.

Vacheron Constantin Collection Excellence Platine Patrimony Double Retrograde

In 2006, the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin decided to invest in its prestige with a limited edition of platinum watches called the Vacheron Constantin Collection Excellence Platine Henceforth, any Vacheron model made of platinum would be introduced in this collection, which is designed for collectors.

The strap is alligator with hand-stitched platinum thread and silk (exclusive to Vacheron) and with a platinum clasp with the Maltese cross.

Limited Series of 100 Pieces

The case, in Platinum, measures 42.5mm. It has a Sapphire crystal with AR-coating and is water resistant to 30 meters.

Movement is the automatic Vacheron in-house caliber 2460R31R7 with 27 jewels, beating at 28,800 bph and with a power reserve of 40 hours. It is stamped with the Geneva Hallmark. It features meticulous chamfering work of the Cotes de Geneva bridges and the circular graining of the plate. Its 22kt yellow gold guilloche rotor is powered by an innovative system of ceramic ball-bearings.

The dial is Platinum with sand-blast finish, a convex exterior zone and a circular-grained exterior minute-track. It has a special marking “PT950” at the 4:30 mark. The hour indices are hand-applied in 18kt white gold.

Carl F. Bucherer Alacria Diva Gothic
The fusion of sparkling dominance and gothic architecture is what Carl F. Bucherer calls its latest addition, the Alacria Diva Gothic.

The case, in 18kt white gold, measures 31mm x 45mm and has a sapphire crystal. It features 211 rubies weighing 6 carats and 82 diamonds weighing 1.3 carats. The dial has 74 diamonds.

Movement is a Swiss quartz with hour and minutes function. The strap is a black ray skin with an underside of red alligator leather, the 18kt white gold buckle has 13 diamonds.

Limited Edition of 25 Pieces
MSRP is $120,000.

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The New Face of Manufacture Bucherer MontresThe New Face of Manufacture Bucherer Montres-2



Passion, authenticity and the thirst for perfection are values, which are central for the independent watch manufacturer Carl F. Bucherer with head office in Lucerne, and are further reflected in its strongly profiled collection. Carl F. Bucherer produces timepieces in the premium segment for people, who like to go their own way, independently, self-assured and with great commitment, converting their dreams into reality.

Nela König, the new protagonist of Carl F. Bucherer has also realized her dream. For years the 37-year-old Berliner has been traveling throughout the world as a much in demand photographer, mostly to make portraits of international stars from the world of films and music. In her sights, she has already captured Sting, Nelly Furtado, Gwen Stefani and Peter Ustinov. For Nela König, the fascination of her profession does not lie in producing touched up, commercial pictures of the glamour world. Her soul work is making pictures which are clearly authentic and coming from a totally personal angle. She attaches great importance to continually looking behind the façade and getting to know and observe the artist as a human being.

Carl F. Bucherer, registered as Bucherer Montres S.A., is an independent company with almost 90 years competency in the production of luxury watches. The Manufacture brand stands for uncompromising quality and esthetical products with stylish design. It combines the finest watchmaking craftsmanship with the highest jewelry competency. The name recognizes the pioneering achievements of the company’s founder of the same name, Carl Friedrich Bucherer.

The Carl F. Bucherer brand was launched in 2001, with the objective of giving more strategic emphasis to its manufacturing expertise, which had already been successfully demonstrated since 1919. As the only watch brand located in Central Switzerland, Carl F. Bucherer produces and markets exclusive ladies and gents watches, thereby building the second arm of the Bucherer Group.

Rolex Daytona Everose- New Models
Rolex Daytona Everose
The case, in 18kt rose gold “Everose”, measures 40mm. It has a sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 100 meters. The Oysterlock bracelet features the Easylink adjustment system.

The movement, an in-house Rolex caliber, is COSC-certified as a chronomenter and has a 72 hour power reserve. It features the Rolex Parachrom spiral, especially designed to withstand shocks and magnetic fields.

Audemars Piguet Carnet de Bal
Audemars Piguet Carnet de Bal Luxury Watches

The Carnet de Bal is a unique jewellery set from the Audemars Piguet Haute Joaillerie workshop.

The watch is done in 18kt white gold, set with diamonds and oval-shaped. The dial features a floral motif engraved on white mother-of-pearl with diamond hour-markers.

Movement is the hand-wound AP caliber 2046 with 18 jewels, beating at 21,600 bph and with a power reserve of 42 hours. All parts are decorated by hand with a circular-grained plate, bridges that are rhodium-plated, bevelled, snailed and adorned with “Cotes de Geneva” finish.

The strap is 18kt white gold, semi-rigid, composed of floral elements and set with 481 brilliant, pear, marquise and baguette-cut diamonds (total weight of 59.5 carats).

Zenith Baby Star Elite - N E W M o d el
Zenith Baby Star Elite

The new model from Zenith “Baby Star Elite” the movemet is a in house calibre Elite 67 with 27 jewels, the watch beats at 28,800 bph and with a large power reserve of 50 hours. The central rotor is set on a ball bearing. The case is made from stainless steel, set with white or black diamonds (1 Carat) and measures 32mm. The crystal is AR-coated, and water resistant to 30 meters.

The dial is available with black or silver guilloche, done in the “Onde” pattern, with hand-applied indices that are set with diamonds. Straps are white or black alligator.

Vacheron Constantin - Metiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers 2008
Vacheron Constantin
Four years after inaugurating its first Explorer series,Vacheron Constantin presents two new models, this time paying tribute to Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus.

In 2004, when Vacheron Constantin inaugurated the limited series of watches created in honour of the great explorers, the Geneva-based brand was displaying a fierce determination to ensure the continuity of one of its most fundamental values: the workmanship traditions involved in fine watchmaking “metiers d’art” – or artistic crafts.

Clearly dedicated to excellence, Vacheron Constantin once again unveils two genuine works of art from both mechanical and aesthetic standpoints, thanks to a patented movement driving an astonishing reading of time and a dial sublimated by the extremely complex and time-honoured art of “grand feu” enamelling.

Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus

After the two first models in the collection dedicated to the Chinese admiral Zheng Hé, the intrepid Ming dynasty explorer and his Indian Ocean discoveries; and to Magellan with his discovery of the strait bearing his name, Vacheron Constantin pays a glowing tribute to two of the most famous world travellers: Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus.

These two exceptional timepieces, entirely hand-crafted with patience and passion, meticulous care and a desire for perfection, are in harmony with the spirit of the Geneva “Cabinotiers” cherished by the brand founders. The demanding nature of the work entailed justifies the limited edition of 60 for each model.

Transposing the voyage of the world’s greatest explorers onto a watch dial was the astounding technical and aesthetic challenge taken up by the Geneva-based watch manufacturer Vacheron Constantin. The “grand feu” polychrome enamelled dial consists of two parts, with one partially overlapping the other. The upper part depicts a portion of the globe by reproducing an historical map relating to the feats of the great explorer. The twelve hour numerals move across a 132° minute scale on the lower part of the dial of this mysterious watch embodying the finest horological traditions and featuring a truly stunning complication.

Limited Series of 60 Pieces for each Explorer

The case is done in 18kt yellow gold and measures 40mm X 12.2mm. The dial is 22kt gold, two-part base - Polychrome “Grand feu” enamelled decoration. Entirely handcrafted in the traditional manner. The crystal is sapphire.

Movement is the automatic Vacheron in-house caliber 1126AT, with 36 jewels, beating at 28,800 bph and with a power reserve of 40 hours. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters.

Edward Norton, the new face of Breil Milano
Edward Norton, the new face of Breil Milano-2
Early June in Los Angeles, photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino shot the new Breil Milano campaign featuring well-known actor and Academy Award nominee Edward Norton. This campaign will come out in magazines worldwide starting from September 2008.
Edward Norton will be the face of the Breil Milano campaign till 2010. In these coming campaigns he will feature Breil Milano watches and jewels. Actress Charlize Theron reconfirmed earlier this year her contract until 2011 for the Breil Milano's women campaign.

Chanel Premiere Collection

This is Chanel’s first foray into “evening” timepieces. The Premiere collection is inspired by Chanel’s Paris location and its iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume bottle
Chanel Premiere Collection-2

The cases are done in 18kt white gold and ceramics. Movements are Swiss quartz.
MSRP starts at 4,000 Euros to 18,000 Euros.

Swiss watch brand Parmigiani
Parmigiani Fleurier (a Swiss Fine Watch brand) which has entered into an ambitious partnership with Pershing, a Ferretti Group brand and builders of prestigious Italian luxury yachts, to develop the first range of Pershing aquatic sports watches.

This partnership - a result of shared entrepreneurial excellence -- made it possible for Parmigiani to launch its innovative aquatic timekeeper. For several years the high-end watch maker had wanted to develop a distinct collection characterised by highly sporty lines and volumes. Thus there could not have been a better route for Parmigiani Fleurier than allying its technical expertise with Pershing.

The Pershing collection is the starting point of a long-term association that may also be manifested in more advanced collaborations in creating timekeepers customised to a yacht or a customer's wishes. Probing the complex world of a perpetually moving watchmaking mechanism or exploring the mysteries of the ocean depths requires an absolute knowledge of one's art. Thus the time manufacturer was destined to meet the naval manufacturer…”

The Pershing collection comprises two different lines: The first one is the limited edition ‘one-one-five’, available in 18 carat rose gold and 950 Palladium comes in two dial versions, tan and silver, each of 115 pieces, incorporating the self-winding chronograph movement Calibre PF 190.

It has been created in honour of the biggest and most prestigious Pershing vessel, measuring 115 feet which can be found engraved on the watch case-back. It is an echo of the finest rare wood varieties or refined leatherwork in a yacht's interior furnishings.

The second line is the Pershing Chronographs collection, available in steel with four dial variants, and is non-limited edition. The special form of the numerals on the dial is in the spirit ofthe Pershing logotype. The models incorporate all the style codes now connected to the brand, thus retaining a classic appearance.

The emblematic curve of its loops, the ‘Delta’ shaped hands, the dial colours and decorations, the refinement of the finishes along with all the components of the chronograph movement. It comes in four dial versions: graphite, silver, blu metal and amaranth.

This steel-only piece is inspired by the silvery reflections of Pershing yacht hulls, an emblematic, instantly recognisable colour of the Italian brand. The steel metal exhibits contrasts between the satin-finished loops and shiny watch middle band.

It incorporates the new Parmigiani ‘house’ self-winding chronograph movement Calibre PF 334, completely developed by the Fleurier manufacture. Available with a rubber strap or steel bracelet, it is also water resistant to 200 metres, and has a rotary bezel and engraved case-back representing one of Pershing's flagship models.

The new collections are now available at Parmigiani Boutique, Dubai, on level one of the New Retail Extension in Wafi Mall.
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Richemont Acquires Controlling Interest in Roger Dubuis
Richemont is pleased to announce that the Group has acquired a controlling interest in the well known Geneva watch company, Manufacture Roger Dubuis SA in a private transaction with Mr Carlos Dias, one of the founding shareholders.

Manufacture Roger Dubuis SA will continue to manufacture and distribute watches under the ‘Roger Dubuis’ name and will operate as an autonomous 'Maison' within Richemont. The company will benefit from broader integration of its distribution into the Richemont structure as a consequence of the transaction.

Commenting on the transaction, Mr Johann Rupert, Executive Chairman of Richemont, said: "Roger Dubuis watches are highly innovative in terms of movements and design. As a young business, it is very different from the more established specialist watchmakers within the Group today; as such it complements our Maisons perfectly. We look forward to developing the Roger Dubuis business internationally." Mr. Carlos Dias is expected to step-down from his day-to-day management of RD.

Ladies’ Jules Audemars Collection

Audemars Piguet introduces the Ladies’ Jules Audemars collection. These white or pink gold models combine a 29 mm case, revamped silver-coloured or white mother-of-pearl dials and moiré satin straps. Each features an hour circle punctuated with Roman numerals, while the centre is graced with either a spiral flinqué or diamond-pavé motif. The small seconds at 6 o’clock adds a majestic touch to the overall visual effect.
Paying splendid tribute to feminine beauty, the Ladies’ Jules Audemars collection is available in several different versions - from the simplest interpretation to the more elaborate models, these watches are fitted with shimmering straps in chocolate brown for pink gold cases and black or midnight blue for white gold.

The first is elegantly understated and the absence of gem-setting accentuates the perfection of the white or pink gold case, as well as the purity of the dial with its unusual design.

Audemars Piguet introduces the Ladies’ Jules Audemars collection

The second is adorned with a gem-set bezel echoing the small seconds dial, itself adorned with diamonds.

Audemars Piguet-Ladies’ Jules Audemars collection
The third extremely chic variation features entirely gem-set cases, a mother-of-pearl dial with a pavé centre and an ultimate touch of refinement in the shape of a crown adorned with a rose-cut diamond.
The diamonds used to set Audemars Piguet watches are all of Top Wesselton IF (Internally Flawless) quality.
Audemars Piguet
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Marc Ecko “The Vice” new model With unique styles and surprising designs, Marc Ecko presents The Vice for those who appreciate watches. Ecko's new model, The Vice, means that men will be sporting jeweled watches this summer.

The watch reflects the Ecko brand convergence of luxury with street culture credibility. A Swiss quartz movement is housed in a 48mm stainless steel case. The multi-layered dial is accented with applied markers and Swarovski crystals. It is available in silver with rose gold accents, yellow gold and black with rose gold accents.

With it Swarovski stones, The Vice is the ideal watch for men who think of watches as one of their most important accessories

Ben Ainslie Climbs Aboard with Corum

The 31 year-old English sailor already has three Olympic medals to his credit. At the height of his career, Ben Ainslie becomes a Corum ambassador and is determined to continue his success winning his fourth medal.

Immersed in the world of sailing since his childhood years, Ben Ainslie began sailing at the age of 8, winning his first World Championship at 16. The sailor and the Swiss watch brand Corum go back quite a way; the company were his first ever sponsor making him the proud owner of a Corum watch when he began his professional sailing career at the age 17.

In Beijing, Ben will be defending his national colours racing the Men’s single-handed heavy weight Finn dinghy a boat he is well acquainted with, having already won five World Championship titles in the Finn. He has also been closely involved with the America’s Cup. After an initial campaign with One World in 2000, he joined Team New Zealand as helmsman in 2004. In 2007, Ben was appointed skipper of Team Origin.
CORUM CO-277
A passionate devotee of sailing and the sea in general, Ben is also a watch connoisseur and collector. He was won over by the Admiral’s Cup Tides from Corum because this model combines both a world-exclusive complication and an indispensable sailing instrument.

For coastal regions with a twice-daily lunar cycle (in which the sea rises and falls every 12 hours and 25 minutes on average), the Admiral’s Cup Tides 48 provides all the key information on tides: the lunar cycles and the strength of the tide, an estimation of water levels, the strength of the currents, and the time of the tides.

The three different mechanisms composing the tides movement called for around three years of development between 1988 and 1991. In cooperation with the Geneva Astronomical Observatory and the SHOM (Hydrographic and Oceanographic Department of the French Navy) in Brest, which confirmed its remarkable precision.

The CORUM CO-277 Tides movement is an exclusive complicated movement endowed with several functions that are visible on the watch dial through three separate counters.

The counter at 12 o’clock indicates the various states of the moon, thereby reproducing its position in relation to the earth and the sun and defining the strengths of the tides that are expressed by coefficients 95-120 and 20-45. When the moon, the earth and the sun are perfectly aligned, the attraction exercised by the earth and the strength of the tides are at their peak. Tides are weaker in other situations. The counter at 6 o’clock indicates the times of low and high tides over a 24-hour period (meaning 2 low tides and 2 high tides per day).
The rising and falling tide indications are displayed at 9 o’clock, as well as the intensity of the current. The intensity of the tide is strongest when the hand is lined up with the red line.

As one of the major complications mastered by Corum, the exclusive Admiral’s Cup Tides movement puts the brand right up among the finest names in the watchmaking world.

Corum is supporting Ben Ainslie and wishes him the best of luck in winning his fourth Olympic medal in the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing, and a chance to distinguish himself in his discipline by going for gold !

George Clooney - Watchmakers wanted - Omega

It started with two professionals doing what they do best: the first, premier photographer Greg Williams, was taking pictures of the second, George Clooney in Tokyo for luxury Swiss watchmaker Omega. George Clooney was . . . being George Clooney.

Greg Williams, who is known both as one of the world’s best behind-the-scenes entertainment photographers and as a photojournalist of exceptional ability, captured the moment on film: the world’s sexiest man, looking slightly less glamorous than usual, wearing a watchmaker’s loupe and lab coat, staring intently at the camera. Along with “movie star” images of George Clooney, Omega was delighted to see their brand ambassador cast convincingly in the role of watchmaker. Slightly tongue-in-cheek recruitment copy was added to the image under the headline, “Watchmakers wanted”, inviting skilled applicants to consider challenging positions at Omega.

Interviewed later about his foray into watchmaking, George Clooney said, “I think that the watchmakers down there felt a little uneasy with my skill. They started off with, ‘Yeah, let’s let George come in and play around’ but after I put three or four of the watches together I think they realized that perhaps they were in for some heavy competition.”
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Omega - Seamaster Aqua Terra Chronograph Limited Editions
This is the third of six timepieces that are being launched to commerorate the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Swiss luxury watchmaker OMEGA presents the third phase of its Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Collection with two Limited Edition Seamaster Aqua Terra Chronographs. The timing of the launch highlights the "lucky number 8” theme of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Collection itself: 2 February 2008 represents “Minus 188” days until the Opening Ceremony. The first Limited Edition watches were presented 8 August 2007, one year prior to the Opening Ceremony. The launch of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Collection continued at Minus 288 days - 25 October 2007 - and reaches its third stage on 2 February 2008, at Minus 188 days.

A further Limited Edition collection will be released at Minus 88 days, and 8 August 2008 will see the initial release of the Seamaster XXIX Limited Edition.

The launch of the Seamaster Aqua Terra Chronograph Limited Editions presents one of OMEGA’s most popular Seamasters in models that combine 18-carat red gold and stainless steel. Limited to 2008 pieces each.

Seamaster Aqua Terra Chronograph Limited Editions
These Beijing Aqua Terra Chronograph models feature a striking black dial with opaline silver totalizers. The 30 minute totalizer at 3 o’clock, 12-hour totalizer and date window at 6 o’clock and the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock. The polished stainless steel caseback is stamped with the Beijing 2008 Olympic logo and engraved with the Limited Edition number (1/2008). The caseback logo and the coloured rings on the chronograph seconds hand highlight OMEGA’s continuing role as Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games.

The heart of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Collection’s Seamaster Aqua Terra Chronograph is the exclusive OMEGA calibre 3301 self-winding chronograph movement. With its 52-hour power reserve, official chronometer certification and column-wheel chronograph mechanism, this calibre is also fitted with OMEGA’s proprietary free sprung-balance, which ensures the stability of the watch’s performance over long periods of use. Both Aqua Terra Chronograph models have a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides and are water-resistant to 150 meters/500 feet.

OMEGA and the Olympic Games
OMEGA has an unparalleled history in sports timekeeping. First named Official Timekeeper at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1932, OMEGA’s expertise in sports timekeeping and ability to deliver precise and reliable results led to the company’s repeated appointment as Official Timekeeper; Beijing 2008 represents the OMEGA Timekeeping team’s 23rd Olympic Games. OMEGA has also been named Official Timekeeper of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Maria Sharapova TAG Heuer Ad Campaign Photoshoot
TAG Heuer new Ad Campaign with Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova TAG Heuer ads
Maria Sharapova Photo Shoot for Tag Heuer
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Paul Ziff, President, Zenith North America and David Arquette


Zenith Swiss Watch Manufacture and Men’s Vogue partnered to celebrate the much anticipated opening of Citrus at Social Hollywood with guest of honor David Arquette.

The intimate, invitation-only affair was attended by an eclectic group including musician Ben Harper and actor Thomas Jane.Guests were given a preview of the brand’s newest designs fresh from worldwide CEO and Chief Designer, Thierry Nataf’s Zenith design studio.


Defy Classic Open watch During this special evening, Paul Ziff, President, Zenith North America presented a DEFY Classic Open watch to David Arquette. An endearing actor and accomplished producer and writer, Mr. Arquette has established himself as a versatile figure in both television and film.
“We are always pleased when exceptional and creative members of the arts show such enthusiasm and appreciation for our products. We are proud to present David Arquette with a Zenith timepiece,” stated Paul Ziff.
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PRE BASELWORD NEWS - Bertolucci Voglia
Bertolucci presents a Baselworld preview of its new VOGLIA Black or Chocolate medium-sized watch creations for Basel 2008.

The evocative profile is enhanced by the glare of 277 full-cut diamonds paving the whole stainless steel case. The shades of 18 carat rose gold and mink colour mix under the sparkle of 116 full cut diamonds. Dial and new varnished strap blend into one another and enhance to the soft and luminous force of a setting evolving in a delicate rhythm. A jewellery piece yet a watch, VOGLIA addresses discreet and elegant women looking for a suggestive and stylish design, a different taste for uniqueness.

TECHNICAL FEATURES
Movement: Swiss Watch Quartz, calibre ETA 5½ x 6¾ 976.001 (battery life » 3 years)

NEW Case
Material: Stainless steel / 18Kt 5N rose gold Full cut diamonds in FGH colour and VVS clarity
Size: Rectangle of 24.00 x 37.00 mm, 8.20 mm thickness
Finishing: Diamonds set with: 277 diamonds (1.91 ct) / 116 diamonds (0.70 ct)
Glass: Curved sapphire crystal, metallized with anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM) – 100 feet
Functions: Hours & Minutes; Time setting crown at 3 o’clock
Case back: Screw-on with 4 screws

NEW Dial
Base: Black / Chocolate lacquered; “BERTOLUCCI” silver / gold printed at 12 o’clock
Index: “B” of Bertolucci applied at 12 o’clock; stick applied at 6 o’clock, rhodium / gold plated

NEW Hands
"Dauphine” skeleton polished, rhodium / gold plated

NEW Bracelet
Black / Chocolate varnished calf strap on stainless steel / 18 carats pin buckle

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Ladies' Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
A new collection by Audemars Piguet will be presented at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, from April 7-12, 2008: the Ladies' Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph and Lady Royal Oak in pink gold.

Audemars Piguet treats its Lady Royal Oak and Ladies' Royal Oak Offshore to the beauty of pink gold. Often used in ancient times to sheathe pyramids and obelisks, gold was considered the flesh of the gods, symbolising radiance and fertility. Stemming from a copper-rich alloy, it takes on shimmering rosy tints. The Lady Royal Oak and Ladies' Royal Oak Offshore watches, from the sportiest to the smartest, now come clothed in these warm, gentle shades, magnifying every moment and each occasion. To borrow the words of the great Edith Piaf song La Vie en Rose (Life in Pink), "worries and sorrows fade away". Each event is imbued with the silent message of precious objects: "a share of happiness", glowing softly on a woman's wrist.

Ladies' Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
The Ladies' Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph combines gem-set pink gold with various subtle shades of white. Its rubber-moulded bezel and pushers echo the white rubber strap, while the magnificent dial is graced with a "Méga Tapisserie" guilloché engraved motif against a white mother-of-pearl background. This delightful visual effect is further enhanced by the collection's famous entirely diamond-pavé "strongbox" case. The splendid result is unmistakably contemporary and irresistibly elegant.
Technical Specifications
Movement: Calibre 2385, selfwinding, 37 jewels, 40-hour power reserve: up to 40 hours, 21,600 vibrations per hourTotal diameter: 11.50 lignes (26.20 mm)
Casing-diameter: 11.25 lignes (25.60 mm)
Total thickness: 5.50 mm
Finishing: all parts meticulously decorated; circular-grained and sandblasted mainplate, countersunk holes; circular-grained bridges adorned with "côtes de Genève" motif
Case: 18-carat pink gold entirely set with 323 brilliant-cut diamonds (~ 5.90 carats), white vulcanised rubber-moulded bezel steel screws, white vulcanised rubber-moulded 18-carat pink gold crown and pushers
Diameter: 37 mm
Caseback engraved with the Royal Oak Offshore logo
Water-resistance: 20 m
Dial: eight diamond hour-markers, white mother-of-pearl counters, 18-carat pink gold hour and minute hands, pink gold counter hands, Black sweep seconds hand
Strap: White vulcanised rubber, AP double-blade folding clasp in 18-carat pink gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds
Functions: Hours and minutes, small seconds, chronograph with sweep seconds hand, 30-minute and 12-hour counters, date


Lady Royal Oak

Lady Royal Oak
This Lady Royal Oak glows with the radiance of pink gold thanks to its strap. In harmony with the design codes of the Royal Oak collection, its first studs are perfectly integrated with the case. They then alternate with links to compose a sophisticated structure featuring a supple yet firm hold that ensures impeccable comfort. This timepiece is driven by a selfwinding movement with central seconds and date display.
Technical Specifications
Movement: Calibre 2140, selfwinding, 31 jewels, 40-hour power reserve, 28,800 vibrations per hour
Total diameter: 9 lignes (20.40 mm)
Casing-diameter: 8.75 lignes (20 mm)
Total thickness: 4 mm
Finishing: all parts meticulously decorated; circular-grained and sandblasted mainplate, countersunk holes; circular-grained bridges adorned with "côtes de Genève" motif
Case: 18-carat pink gold, bezel set with 32 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.65 carats) and white gold screws, polished 18-carat pink gold crown set with a translucent cabochon-cut sapphire (~ 0.42 carats)
Diameter: 33 mm
Caseback stamped with the Lady Royal Oak logo
Water-resistance: 50 m
Dial: Silver-coloured, eleven faceted polished hour-markers, faceted hands in 18-carat pink gold
Strap: Polished and satin-brushed 18-carat pink gold, AP triple-blade folding clasp
Functions: Hours and minutes, central seconds hand, date

Lady Royal Oak-2

Lady Royal Oak
The Lady Royal Oak allies the noble elegance of pink gold with the technological sophistication of rubber in two sporting chic interpretations: one clad in chocolate brown and the other in white. They embody the signature features of the Royal Oak collection: the octagonal case with its eight hexagonal screws and the "Grande Ta[word removed]erie" guilloché motif which is combined with pink gold for the first time ever in the ladies' collection. This exquisite picture is framed by a delicate gem-set bezel.
Technical Specifications:
Movement: Calibre 2712, quartz
Case: 18-carat pink gold, bezel set with 32 brilliant-cut diamonds (~ 0.65 carats), white gold screws, polished 18-carat pink gold crown set with a translucent cabochon-cut sapphire (~ 0.42 carats)
Diameter: 33 mm
Caseback stamped with the Lady Royal Oak logo
Water-resistance: 50 m
Dials: Silver-coloured or chocolate brown "Grande Ta[word removed]erie" guilloché motif, eleven faceted polished hour-markers in 18-carat pink gold, faceted hands in 18-carat pink gold
Straps: White or chocolate brown rubber with AP double-blade folding clasp in polished 18-carat pink gold
Functions: Hours and minutes, date
Lady Royal Oak Jewellery Watch
Lady Royal Oak Jewellery Watch

Elegance and sophistication reign supreme in this precious version of the Lady Royal Oak. The case is entirely paved with diamonds, and, nestling at the heart of this expanse of diamonds, a white mother-of-pearl dial is graced with a "flinqué" engraved motif studded with diamond hour-markers. Its polished pink gold flange creates a spectacular coppery shimmering effect. Finally, an anthracite grey satin strap accentuates this model's curving silhouette and its admirable presence on the wrist.
Technical Specifications
Movement: Calibre 2712, quartz
Case: 18-carat pink gold entirely paved with 699 brilliant-cut diamonds (~ 4.00 carats) and white gold screws, polished 18-carat pink gold crown set with a translucent cabochon-cut sapphire (~ 0.42 carats)
Diameter: 33 mm
Caseback stamped with the Lady Royal Oak logo
Water-resistance: 20 m
Dial: Natural white mother-of-pearl engraved with a "flinqué" motif, eleven diamond hour-markers, polished 18-carat pink gold flange, faceted hands in 18-carat pink gold
Strap: Anthracite frosted satin, AP double-blade folding clasp in 18-carat pink gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds
Functions: Hours and minutes, date
Source

HUBLOT VALENTINE'S DAY BIG BANG
A Big Bang the colour of passion

Red as in emotion, warmth, passion...

Red as in the Valentine's Day Big Bang!

Hublot creates a daring Fusion of fiery tones, bringing them to the point of combustion. Red gold is combined with red rubber and sparkling diamonds in a blend of materials and colours that come ablaze and set the tone for a timepiece dedicated to lovers. The Valentine's Day Big Bang embodies all the symbolism of a love letter - passionate or... deliciously piquant! Hublot predicts a hot February!


Technical Notes:

Case: 41mm crafted in 18k red gold
Bezel: 18k red gold, set with 114 round diamonds (~ 1.22 tcw) or 48 baguette-diamonds (2.28c each) with 6 H-shaped titanium screws, sunken, polished and blocked
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflection treatment
Bezel lug: Red composite resin
Lateral inserts: Red composite resin
Caseback: 18k red gold with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflection treatment
Crown: 18k red gold with red rubber insert
Push-piece: 18k red gold, rectangular with red rubber insert
Water resistance: 100m

Dial: Matte white with 18k red gold applique numerals and indices
Hands: Faceted, rhodium-plated with white luminescent feature, red chronograph hand, H-shaped counterweight

Movement: Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding, Hublot HUB41 calibre developed in conjunction with La Joux-Perret, 278 components, 37 rubies, 42-hour power reserve

Strap: Adjustable lined white rubber with Hublot logo
Clasp: 18k red gold deployant clasp

Source:www.hublot.com

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