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INDUSTRY WATCH
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and marazzi sailing are well
suited to each other because
they stand for the same values:
innovation, strength of purpose,
pioneer spirit and the typically
swiss characteristics of fairness,
reliability and precision.”
888.894.4255,
arminstrom.com,
marazzi-sailing.ch
FASHION TREND
CAPTURED ON FILM:
Martin Bachmann with
World Press Photo
managing director
Michiel Munneke
convictions. it is their work alone
that allows such an emotionally
charged record of our times to
emerge.” An exhibition of
this year’s prize-winning
photography remains on
display in Amsterdam
through June 19 before
making a 100-stop world
tour. 800.794.7736,
mauricelacroix.com,
worldpressphoto.org
SAILING SAVVY
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maurice Lacroix announced in
march that it had become the
official watch partner of the
World press photo Awards. The
swiss watch brand presented
watches to first-place winners in
each category and established
the follow Your Convictions
grant, worth €20,000, also presented during the ceremony in
Amsterdam on may 7. Maurice
Lacroix CEO Martin Bachmann
comments, “The partnership
with World Press Photo, the
world’s most prestigious photo
contest since 1955, perfectly
encapsulates the message
behind our ‘Follow your convictions’ philosophy. photographs
tell authentic stories, capture true
events or evoke contemporary
themes. The unifying factor is
the ability of photographers
around the world to follow their
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PICTURE PERFECT
Armin strom and swiss sailing
team marazzi sailing have
formed a partnership in the
run up to the 2012 Olympic
games. Armin Strom will develop an exclusive limited edition
collection using its own manufacture movements with bridges
made from the material of the
Star boat. marazzi sailing
founder flavio marazzi—who
took sailor of the Year honors
at the 2010 sUi swiss sailing
Awards—says, “Armin strom
With a view toward raising
awareness of their two brands
on an international level,
swiss watch manufacture
Armin Strom
Regulator Sailing
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Breguet
Beverly Hills–based
watch7027
comTradition
pany Ritmo mundo and fashion
giant phillips-Van Heusen
Corporation have entered into
a licensing agreement, under
which Ritmo Mundo will market and distribute IZOD brand
watches in North America. The
agreement provides an initial
term of five years, with the
potential for a three-year renewal. The new iZOd watch collection of sporty chronographs and
three-hand watches with colorful straps debuted at Baselworld
2011 and will be sold at major
department and specialty stores
throughout the Us, Canada
and mexico. “We are very
excited to partner with
Ritmo mundo,” says Allen
sirkin, president and COO
at phillips-Van Heusen.
“With Ritmo’s extensive global experience,
we believe it is the
right partner to
launch this new
product offering under the
iZOd brand.”
866.RITMO.US,
ritmomundo.com
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Tourbillon boutique.
866.458.7488, breguet.com
WORLD CLASS
Breguet’s Réveil Musical
SOUNDS OF MUSIC
Breguet is partnering with
Henry and elizabeth
segerstrom, the segerstrom
fellowship and The Academy,
a Carnegie Hall partnership, as
part of its continuing support
of the arts. The partnership
was celebrated with a weeklong musical performance
event, called The sound of
Breguet, at south Coast plaza
in Costa mesa, Calif., in late
January. it was there, along
with the segerstroms, that the
watch brand announced a new
pledge of support: a portion of
proceeds from sales of Breguet
timepieces at the Tourbillon
boutique through April 15
will go toward sponsoring a
Segerstrom Fellow for one year.
Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to see one of Breguet’s
newest masterpieces, the
Réveil musical, an automatic
mechanical timepiece that
sounds a melody. The 48-mm
yellow gold watch with guilloché
dial, presented in a resonance
spruce box, was on display at
south Coast plaza’s
Bell & Ross watches and shaw
Harley-davidson—the UK’s
leading dealership and the current world champion maker of
modified Harley-davidsons—
have teamed up to develop a
one-off custom motorcycle: the
Bell & Ross Nascafe Racer.
Performance, precision and
engineering are of top importance to both Bell & Ross and
Shaw, and all are evident in the
new bike, which is based on
the Harley FXSTB Softail
Night Train. The motorcycle
was totally stripped down to the
last nut and bolt in the speed &
Custom workshop of the east
sussex dealership, and every
detail was reconsidered on the
rebuild. shaw’s team mounted
an iconic Bell & Ross BR 01
Carbon watch in the bike’s
handcrafted center console, and
a combination of anodized blue,
carbon and stealthy matte black
paint reflects the design of the
timepiece. The bike was a
crowd pleaser in its debut at the
American motorcycle dealer
(Amd) World Championship in
february. it will appear at various motorcycle shows around
europe before becoming part of
shaw’s bid to defend its world
title in sturgis, south dakota,
this August.
888.307.7887, bellross.com
ON ITS GAME
prestige timepiece maker
deLaCour announced José
Mourinho as its new brand
ambassador in December.
mourinho, the portugueseborn manager of spain’s Real
madrid soccer club, is the
inspiration for the brand’s
mourinho City ego Collection,
which was unveiled in January.
mourinho collaborated on the
limited edition collection, and
his confident and courageous
character, drive and personal
style all influenced the design.
score one for deLaCour.
41.22.731.7280, delacour.ch
The Bell & Ross Nascafe Racer
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adventure watches. And the
watch is the perfect token to
commemorate a successful
summit bid.”
412.722.1277, koboldwatch.com
AROUND THE BLOCK
Kobold’s Nepalese
watchmakers–in–training
in January, Richard mille
announced a partnership with
32-year-old American golfer
Bubba Watson, who claimed his
first pgA win of the year just a
few weeks later at Torrey pines,
beating phil mickelson by one
stroke in the farmers insurance
Open. Watson collaborated on
the production of a golfer’s tourbillon capable of resisting the
shock and acceleration associated with his sport. The result is
the Rm 038, a limited edition of
38 pieces, which Richard mille
revealed in January. since
march, Watson has worn the Rm
038 during tournament play.
310.205.5555, richardmille.com
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DRIVING TECHNOLOGY
pittsburgh facilities, the sherpas
will return to the mount everest
region to assemble Kobold watches destined for the company’s
Kathmandu retail store, opening in August. As unusual as it
is, the connection between the
American brand and the
Nepalese workers is a natural
one. Kobold produces professional-grade wristwatches for
adventurers and elite military
specialists. in 2009 and 2010,
company founder and CeO
michael Kobold scaled everest
in support of the Navy seAL
Warrior fund. He says,
“manufacturing and marketing
watches marked ‘made in Nepal’
is good business for a small
company that specializes in
FOLLOW THROUGH:
Bubba Watson wears
Richard Mille in competition
HIGH-ALTITUDE
ATTITUDE
Kobold
Soarway
Diver SEAL
Tactical
Responding to the shortage of
qualified watchmakers, the
Kobold Watch Company has a
plan to train Nepalese Sherpas
in the art of watchmaking. The
first class of former high-altitude
mountain guides began their
training in pittsburgh in march.
The year-long program teaches
watch assembly and the basics
of business management.
following successful completion of the program at Kobold’s
John Reardon, author of the book
“patek philippe in America,” has
joined sotheby’s in New York as
senior vice president and head of
the Watch & Clock department.
Reardon began his career as a
watch expert at sotheby’s before
going to work at patek philippe
for 10 years. “We are thrilled to
welcome John back to sotheby’s,”
comments daryn schnipper,
John Reardon,
new head of the
Watch & Clock
department,
Sotheby's
New York
chairman of sotheby’s Watch &
Clock department. “The level of
expertise and knowledge he has
gained in the last decade will be
hugely beneficial to our rapidly
expanding business. John is
highly regarded both as a watch
historian and as an expert on
the marketplace, which makes
him a great asset for our global
team.” Reardon describes himself as having a “passion for all
things horological” and says, “i
want sotheby’s watch auctions to be known as the
intersection of the highest levels of scholarship and value
across all collecting
bases. i look forward
to working with the
collecting community
and sharing my personal
passion.” sothebys.com
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TAg Heuer announced a new
partnership with the
Automobile Club de monaco
(ACm) as part of its year-long
commemoration of a century
and a half of professional
motorsports—the watch brand’s
most famous source of inspiration. The agreement names
TAG Heuer as the official timing partner of ACM events,
including the F1 Grand Prix of
Monaco, the Monte Carlo Rally,
the Monte Carlo Historic Rally,
the Monaco Rally of Alternative
Energies and the Monaco Kart
Cup. “We wanted to work with
a prestigious watch brand that
is a reference in international
motorsports,” says ACm president michel Boéri. “TAg
Heuer was the obvious choice.
We are already linked with
them through the monaco, the
iconic watch worn by steve
mcQueen, and we share the
values of prestige and performance.” for its part, TAg
Heuer sees the partnership as
a strategic advantage. CeO
Jean-Christophe Babin says,
“TAg Heuer has established
itself as the key watch brand of
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POLE POSITION
sponsor of the 11th Volvo
Ocean Race, as part of a partnership announced at the end
of January. The nine-month
race begins in Alicante, spain,
and finishes in galway,
ireland, in July 2012. it’s a
demanding team sport that
takes competitors across some
of the globe’s most treacherous
seas on its 39,270–nautical
mile course. iWC will present
ON TRACK:
TAG Heuer sponsors
ACM’s 2011 racing events
the most important events in
motorsports, and the brand is
precisely where it wants to
be—in the pole position.”
866.675.2080, tagheuer.com
GLOBAL EVENT
Beginning this October,
iWC schaffhausen will be the
official timekeeper and race
IWC Portofino Dual Time watches
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a prize for each leg of the race
and a special prize for the
team with the fastest 24-hour
run of the entire race. iWC
CeO georges Kern comments,
“IWC Schaffhausen and the
Volvo Ocean Race share the
same spirit: uniqueness, technical excellence, masculinity
and adventure. The partnership evolved naturally, and
iWC is very proud to participate in this global sports
event. We are looking forward
to an exciting and successful
Volvo Ocean Race 2011–12.”
800.432.9330, iwc.com,
volvooceanrace.com
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CONSTANT (E)MOTION
geneva-based watch manufacture frédérique Constant—
which recently announced
sales growth of 45 percent for
2010—introduces its new
Amour Ladies Automatic
Collection, designed by
Taiwanese-born movie star
and Frédérique Constant
brand ambassador ShuQi.
Already an active supporter of
the brand’s charity campaigns
FRÉDÉRIC
JOUVENOT:
Winner of the GTE
Superwatch Award
watch experts awarded the
inaugural prize to watchmaker frédéric Jouvenot for his
Helios timepiece, which displays the time without traditional hands, numbers or discs.
geneva-time-exhibition.ch
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The second annual Geneva
Time Exhibition welcomed
nearly 6,000 watch professionals, collectors and international
media representatives before
closing its doors on January 21.
exhibition director florence
Noël says the turnout confirmed
gTe’s role as the international
focus of independent watchmaking. “great efforts were
made to help our exhibiting
brands achieve their goals
and meet the requirements of
retailers and distributors from
around the world,” says Noël.
“The number of orders taken by
exhibitors and the number of
sales concluded indicate clearly
that these goals were met.”
Organizers also launched the
gTe superwatch Award this
year, designed to honor the
most accomplished independent
watch, in terms of conception,
design and technical sophistication. A jury of independent
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INDEPENDENT SPIRIT
for every Amour Heart Beat
watch sold, frédérique
Constant donates the cost of
a life-saving heart scan to the
international Children's Heart
foundation. With a gently
rounded 34-mm case in stainless steel or rose-gold plate,
the Amour Heart Beat is classic,
feminine and sophisticated.
The dial, available in three
The Amour
Heart Beat by
Frédérique
Constant
Helios timepiece
in China with the paint a
smile foundation and Beijing
Children’s Hospital, shuQi
hopes to make an even greater
contribution to charitable
projects with the new watches.
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colors, features subtle heartshaped guilloché decoration at
its center and mother-of-pearl
at the perimeter. A diamondset, heart-shaped opening at 12
reveals the beating balance of
the movement.
877.619.2824,
frederique-constant.com
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Jules Verne and an advanced,
patent-pending mobile-lever
mechanism for activating the
chronograph. A porthole in
the caseside at 9 displays an
authentic moon rock. pleased
with the recognition, Louis
moinet announced that the
prize confirms its brand presence and increasing success in
the growing Asian market.
678.827.7900, louismoinet.com
WHAT PRICE PATEK?
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The retail value given for the
patek philippe Ref. 5170 on page
86 of the last issue should have
been $75,300 rather than $33,700,
as printed. WJ regrets the error.
Bell & Ross in Hong Kong
and attracted watch connoisseurs
and Vips from around the globe.
The Jules Verne watch features a
case conceived in the spirit of the
fantastic inventions of author
WHAT’S IN STORE
Continuing its international
development strategy, Bell &
Ross launched a new retail
store in Hong Kong recently,
bringing the brand’s total
number of Asian boutiques to
five. The new Bell & Ross boutique is located at Elements,
one of the most desirable new
commercial centers in Hong
Kong. designed by renowned
UK architecture firm Benoy on
the theme of Chinese symbols
VERNIAN
CONSEQUENCES
Louis moinet was awarded
the Innovative Design
Watch prize for its Jules
Verne Instrument watch
during starhill gallery’s A
Journey Through Time watch
and jewelry showcase event in
Kuala Lumpur in december.
The 10-day affair presented an
impressive selection of more
than 100 distinguished brands
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Bell & Ross
Vintage Original
Carbon
for the five elements of nature,
the center spans more than 1 million square feet. The intimate
boutique reflects the Bell &
Ross identity and the characteristics of the maker’s watches:
pure lines and timeless elegance.
High-gloss black surfaces
combine with precious wood
panels, creating a modern
ambience. find it at space
number 2042 in the center’s metal Zone.
888.307.7887, bellross.com
Louis Moinet Jules Verne
Instrument 1 chronograph
with dual time zones