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For over 15 years, connoisseurs of beautiful engineering have honoured the union of automobiles and watchmaking with the limited Vintage Rally series, created by Frederique Constant in tribute to the legendary Austin-Healey. Contributing to this legacy are three new models in retro styles that are every bit as sleek as they are stylish.
It’s become something of a ritual that fans of the Geneva-based Maison have come to expect like clockwork; this year, Frederique Constant is offering new versions of its iconic Vintage Rally collection, the only one it has ever designed for car collectors.
The similarities with watchmaking include: an appreciation of beautiful engineering, precision, timeless design, the combination of leather and metal, comfort, and above all, a certain ‘art de vivre’. The Vintage Rally by Frederique Constant represents all that… and plenty more besides.
This collection is based on a close collaboration with Austin-Healey, the two brands having joined forces back in 2004. Counting 17 years of fellowship geared around sport and watchmaking, theirs is one of the most enduring associations in the industry, reflective of the unbreakable bond the two maisons share in drawing on tradition to create thoroughly modern designs, especially for those who truly appreciate craftsmanship and elegance.
Good company on the road
If the Vintage Rally collection has seen many wonderful breakaways in its time, 2021 is one of the few years to produce not just one, but three editions of the same vintage. Authenticated by the original “Healey” logo marked on the dial, these Vintage Rally Healey Automatic Small Seconds are in fittingly short supply, with only 888 pieces of each one available.
The green version is probably the most iconic of all. Extending across the whole dial, this particular shade of British racing green alludes to the legendary colour of the Austin-Healey company. A study in contrast and a return to the roots of one of the most iconic rally car colours, ‘British racing green’ has long been associated with the vintage Austin Healeys that are especially desirable among collectors now. For this model, Frederique Constant has opted for luminescent silvered applique hour markers with the 6 and the 12 being more generously proportioned – one of the distinguishing features of the Vintage Rally collection.
The piece has an off-centre small seconds hand at 9 o’clock. Its very traditional complication has only surfaced once in almost 20 years. It is counterbalanced at 3 o’clock by a date window. Running around the dial is the flange complete with 60 minute scale, all set within a 40 mm diameter case, a favourite with collectors on account of its timeless quality.
Finally, the perforated strap has received particular attention; on this ‘racing green’ model, it comes in brown leather. Not found anywhere else on the watch, this colour also recalls the upholstery of the beautiful cars from the 1940s to the 1970s, as well as the gloves worn by gentlemen drivers in their element.
The extra kilometre…
The second version of the new Vintage Rally Healey Automatic Small Seconds has gone the opposite way aesthetically, in all grey. Modern and understated, the dial and strap are both mid-grey. The piece is characterised by 50 shades of grey, its steel case, leather strap, dial, index hour markers and hands included. Every aspect of its exterior takes on a reflection of its own, as you’ll discover on making your own way along winding roads on a sunny day…
Finally, the last version is supposed to be the most classic, aligned as it is with the fine watchmaking that Frederique Constant has always championed in Geneva. The case is rose gold plated, as are the hour markers, hands and crown. This sunny shade of gold really sets off the midnight blue dial, picked up on the leather strap. Day and night, the classic and classy elegance of the latest Vintage Rally Healey Automatic Small Seconds shines through.
The case backs of these three new models have been engraved with a Healey being driven at full throttle; the famous Healey 100S NOJ393 was purchased by a collector for £155 in 1969 and sold for nearly €1 million in December 2011. Each piece comes in a collector’s gift set, complete with miniature replica of the NOJ393.
Philippe Lebru launches a series of unprecedented collaborations beginning with the watch designer Alain Silberstein and the “KB2” clock
Two nonconformist artistic designers with mischievous imaginations
For more than 30 years, Philippe Lebru and Alain Silberstein have been two of the not-to-be-missed figures of French mechanical watchmaking. Philippe, founder and director of the UTINAM Besançon clock manufacture, is an artist and multi-award-winning inventor whose subversive, unbridled creativity brought forth three icons of contemporary pendulum clockmaking: “Hortence”, “Lala” and “Pop Up”. Alain, an internationally renowned watch designer, was one of the founding fathers of nouvelle horlogerie in the ‘80s and ‘90s. His emblematic leading models, such as Krono Bauhaus and his tourbillons, are gaining value among connoisseurs and collectors. The two men met a few years ago at a trade salon in Geneva. They share the same enthusiasm and the same determination to shift the lines, to such a point that the collaboration of these two free-thinkers has become a must.
The project: code name “KB2”
In March 2021, they joined forces to launch the “KB2” clock (short for Kontwaz Bauhaus 2); a fun, refreshing co-creation. Its dial and hands play on primary colours and geometrical shapes, sufficient on their own to assert the inimitable style that brought Alain Silberstein his international success. Inspired by the iconic Pop Up, it is equipped with the famous UTINAM movement designed by Philippe Lebru, who received the Grand Prix at the Lépine competition of Paris, as well as a Gold Medal in clockmaking at the Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions in 2005.
Just 88 “KB2” clocks will be released, exhibited and brought to sale, in the springtime at UTINAM gallery in Besançon, at the M.A.D. mechanical art galleries in Geneva, Dubai, Hong Kong and Taipei and via their e-shops. The M.A.D. galleries were founded in 2011 by Max Büsser, another forerunner in independent watchmaking who pioneered collaborations in the 2000s. These venues are by far the best showcases for this peerless clock, part clock sculpture and part kinetic art work. Moreover, other collaborations are announced for 2021.
The “KB2”, a project that carries forth the values of the nouvelle horlogerie with a “French Touch”
The “KB2” comes from Besançon in Franche-Comté (France), in the Franco-Swiss territory of which the mechanical watchmaking and mechanical art heritage was registered in 2020 as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. Fully developed and crafted by the UTINAM manufacture, at the heart of the French watchmaking capital, this distinguished contemporary clock is one of the foremost standard-bearers for this prestigious international label. Historic.
Prices inc. VAT: KB2 Tall Clock € 27’400 – CHF 26’900 / KB2 Wall Clock € 22’000 – CHF 21’500
- 82% SOLD BY LOT | 100% SOLD BY VALUE
- 112% HAMMER ABOVE LOW ESTIMATE
Christie’s Watches Online: The New York Edition (8 – 22 June) achieved a total of $2,372,125 with 82% sold by lot, 100% sold by value, and 112% hammer above low estimate. There was global participation with bidders from 30 countries and over 33% new registrants.
Leading the sale were contemporary Patek references featuring the celebrated combination of perpetual calendar and chronograph complications, including a reference 3990EP in platinum set with diamonds that realized $200,000; and a reference 5970J in yellow gold, which sold for $175,000. Also highlighting the auction was the Patek Philippe Calatrava, ref 570, 18k yellow gold wristwatch, retailed by Hausmann & Co, and owned by the pop art icon and watch collector Andy Warhol, which sold for over three times its estimate achieving $150,000.
Additionally, strong prices were achieved for design icons including a very rare and highly craved Cartier Crash in Pink Gold that sold for $137,500; a highly attractive iconic Patek Philippe Nautilus, reference 3800, steel with blue dial and diamonds indexes, designed by legendary Gerald Genta, which realized $52,500; and a very rare Rolex reference 6036, steel triple calendar, oyster chronograph, anti-magnetic wristwatch, part of the celebrated ‘Dato-Compax’ or ‘Jean-Claude Killy’ family, that sold for $187,500.
Rémi Guillemin, Christie’s Watches Specialist, remarks, “We are extremely pleased with the results of the New York online sale as it closes out the exceptional season of watches at Christie’s. The online auction presented a selection geared to every type of client – from experienced collectors to those looking for their first timepiece. This sale reinforces the continued strength of our online sales platform and the strong appetite of our collectors from around the world.”
Breguet invites fans, enthusiasts, and collectors to celebrate Tourbillon Day on June 26. On this day, Breguet boutiques across the globe offer the chance to discover the collections and learn more about this unique complication.
Abraham-Louis Breguet obtained the patent for the Tourbillon on June 26, 1801. For more than two centuries, his masterpiece of ingenuity has continued to evolve and develop, refined by generations of watchmakers and engineers. As heir to this history, and custodian of this unparalleled invention in the world of watchmaking, the House of Breguet continues to meet daring challenges by creating timepieces that emerge from the junction between art, beauty, and technology. A mission that attracts regular investment, whether in ultra-modern control equipment or Research and Development. A large number of patents have been filed along the way, to perpetuate the most famous invention in watchmaking. Numerous Tourbillon models in the current collection attest to the desire of Breguet to perfect the invention of 1801. Here are seven of them, all of which have added to the fame and glory of this mechanical masterpiece over the years.
2008 – HÉRITAGE TOURBILLON 5497
This barrel-shaped model has a Tourbillon powered by a manual winding movement. The contours of this caliber are identical to those of the case. Breguet’s watchmakers had to overcome a series of significant challenges to create a movement that perfectly fits the tonneau shape. The architecture of the piece puts the Tourbillon in perspective, accentuating the technical skills that went into making it. A unique element, the Tourbillon bridge, acts as the 6 o’clock marker on the dial.
2010 – TRADITION TOURBILLON FUSÉE 7047
The Tourbillon carriage of this piece adopts a geometry directly inspired by the first sketches of A.-L. Breguet. A patented mechanism provides anti-shock protection. A veritable feat – the balance spring with the famous raised terminal curve called the Breguet overcoil is made of silicon, a material insensitive to magnetic fields, according to a patented process.
2017 – MARINE TOURBILLON ÉQUATION MARCHANTE 5887
At the heart of its movement, incorporating a perpetual calendar and the running equation of time, is a cam placed on a sapphire disk. It performs one revolution per year and faithfully reproduces the cycle of the equation of time. This patented transparent disk, which indicates the 12 months of the year on the periphery, offers a glimpse of the Tourbillon below. The indication of the equation of time is provided by the finger-piece, which follows the shape of the cam.
2018 – CLASSIQUE TOURBILLON EXTRA-THIN AUTOMATIC 5367
Modern technologies have played a key role in the design of this ultra-thin Tourbillon with a movement only 3 millimeters thick, thanks to a titanium carriage, a silicon balance spring and escape wheel. As the construction of the movement has been redesigned, the rotation of the carriage is propelled by a peripheral toothed wheel.
2019 – CLASSIQUE TOURBILLON EXTRA-THIN SQUELETTE 5395
The extra-thin caliber of this timepiece features a balance wheel oscillating at a high frequency of 4 hertz, while maintaining a comfortable power reserve of 80 hours. This is made possible by the high energy barrel, the design of which is patented. The caliber is fully skeletonized. The gold plate and bridges have been hollowed out and hand-decorated so as to display the mechanical anatomy of the movement.
2020 – CLASSIQUE DOUBLE TOURBILLON 5345 QUAI DE L’HORLOGE
The astute construction of this movement has been covered by several patents. The two mechanical hearts beat independently from one another, each driven by their own barrel. Like a delicately chased sculpture, the entire movement pivots around its axis to the rhythm of one revolution every 12 hours. The various calibrations are done manually, such as the poising and balancing of the Tourbillon carriages.
Patented on June 26, 1801, the Tourbillon underwent more than 10 years of development. When he finally released the results of his research to the public, Abraham-Louis Breguet did not write just one page on watchmaking. No, in fact, he started a book that even 220 years later, is not finished yet – far from it.
It’s All Go at Hublot in Geneva This Summer!
Summer is a time for renewal and new horizons; Hublot is confirming its close ties with the Bol d’Or Mirabaud as official timekeeper for the eighth consecutive season, and will take the opportunity to present its new collaboration with Chef Jean-Edern Hurstel.
The Bol d’Or Mirabaud allows Hublot to proudly demonstrate its attachment to its roots in Geneva and its love of sailing. What could be more natural than for Hublot to associate itself with this essential event for the region: it is the world’s biggest inland lake regatta, running between the two ends of Lake Geneva, from Geneva to Le Bouveret. Around 500 boats will be on the start line for the 123 kilometre route with its changing winds and sometimes troubled waters. The gleaming hulls of the yachts cutting through the blue water of Lake Geneva have inspired the new Classic Fusion Chronograph Bol d’Or Mirabaud. A tricolour watch that is made exquisite by the combination of gloss grey steel, matt black and deep navy blue.
Both sporty and elegant, with its 45-mm black satin-effect ceramic case and its topstitched technical fabric strap, the Classic Fusion Chronograph Bol d’Or Mirabaud is well-suited to nautical life or to wear around town.
Stepping away from the tumultuous Lake Geneva, we head up the bank through the city of Geneva, where the boutique has enjoyed a makeover for the summer season. The boutique at 86 Rue du Rhône has undergone refurbishment and is thrilled to welcome its customers in a new ambiance.
Hublot is continuing its summer renewal by celebrating the reopening of Le Floris, a restaurant that has been an institution in Geneva for more than 50 years. The new Le Floris by Jean-Edern Hurstel sets out to be a place that adapts to different times of the day, offering gastronomic-fusion food, a lounge bar and an elegant bistro area called “La Pinte” serving local delicacies.
The manufacture is thrilled to associate itself with this iconic establishment and with the talented Chef Jean-Edern Hurstel, who, like the watchmaking house, loves shaking up tradition and creating the unexpected while striving for excellence in all his creations. Jean-Edern Hurstel is a chef who has built his reputation through his career and also his unforgettable time on the French TV show “Top Chef”.
After working at four Michelin-starred restaurants under great chefs of French gastronomy such as Alain Ducasse and Alain Passard, he decided to broaden his horizons to Dubai, where he worked in several five-star hotels. Hurstel then returned to Paris, where he managed the opening of The Peninsula and become the youngest Executive Chef of a luxury hotel in France. He opened his own restaurant on the Champs-Elysées, Edern, before taking over Le Floris on the banks of Lake Geneva. And the adventure at Le Floris by Jean-Edern Hurstel has only just begun!
The Swiss luxury watchmaker FRANCK MULLER unveiled its brand-new concept boutique in Hong Kong. Located on Queen’s Road Central, where bustling business and leisure activities reign supreme, the new 1,600-square-foot boutique is adjacent to prestigious institutions, top-notch international luxury brands and hospitality. Upholding the brand’s pioneering design aesthetics and exquisite watchmaking philosophy, the concept boutique strives to lead guests to delve deeper into the world of Haute Horlogerie.
Iconic elements interpreting the enchantment of time
FRANCK MULLER’s iconic design elements prevail in the new concept boutique to lend a touch of elegance brimming with comfort and luxury. The golden gate is decked with the symbolic Arabic numeral “8”, inviting guests to embark on a journey into the realm of time.
As stepping inside, you will be greeted with FRANCK MULLER’s ground-breaking tourbillon chandelier, which is inspired by the Giga Tourbillon with a gigantic tourbillon structure accounting for the overwhelming part of the dial.
The eye-catching marble wall is characterized by the index design drawn from the Vanguard collection in highlighting the brand’s unfettered avant-garde spirit. Based on its novel concept, the bar counter provides each guest with a casual, sophisticated open space to ensconce themselves on bar stools, thereby allowing them to experience the enchantment of FRANCK MULLER timepieces at close range.
The VIP lounge manifests a graceful blend of classics and modernity, with a blue-green color palette and embraced by wooden parapets, guests can immerse themselves in the time art of FRANCK MULLER with tranquillity in their own private space.
On the occasion of this year’s ADAC 24 Hours of Nürburgring race, IWC Schaffhausen welcomes professional racing driver Laura Kraihamer to the IWC racing family. Kraihamer will be behind the wheel during this weekend’s legendary event at the German circuit, competing for her team.
Born in Salzburg, Austria, in 1991, Kraihamer caught the racing bug at a young age from her older brother Dominik, who used to drive in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Beginning her career in the typical style, Kraihamer spent four years racing karts professionally before moving to the internal KTM series in 2012. Winning the KTM X-BOW Battle Endurance Championship in her first two seasons, she also landed a Rijeka test run.
In 2016, she was named vice-champion in her rookie drive in the GT4 European Series in Reiter Young Stars before securing a further two podiums in 2017. A third season of GT4 combined with appearances at several of 2018’s 24-hour events, including those at the Nordschleife and Barcelona’s CREVENTIC series, in which she finished second in her class.
In 2019, Kraihamer switched to ADAC GT4 Germany, claiming a win and two further podiums from 12 races. Last season, she competed in five different international series for KTM, including DTM Trophy races, Nürburgring 24 Hours races and Nürburgring Long Distance Series events, where she secured a podium. Alongside driving in a second DTM Trophy season this year, the 29-year-old is also part of KTM’s car development and engineering team, playing a pivotal role in developing 2021’s new KTM X-BOW GTX.
“I am thrilled to be joining the IWC Racing family. From my first lap in a racing car, I knew it was what I wanted to do professionally, and I’ve worked hard ever since to overcome every challenge to fulfil my dreams. To now be associated with a brand which is as passionate as I am about racing is an absolute honour,” explained Kraihamer.
“Motorsport is an integral part of IWC’s story, and we are very proud to be adding a new chapter to that story by welcoming Laura into our much-loved racing family. She gives 100 per cent every day, driving with determination and skill to make her dream a reality,” added Christoph Grainger-Herr, IWC CEO.
As a new Friend of the Brand for IWC, Kraihamer joins IWC brand ambassador and Mercedes-AMG factory driver Maro Engel and Mercedes-AMG GT3 driver Maximilian Götz as members of IWC’s family of racers. Like Kraihamer, Engel and Götz are competing at the Nürburgring event for their respective teams this weekend.
Christie’s ‘Watches Online – New York’ (8 – 22 June, 2021) Concludes a Phenomenal Spring Watch 2021 Season Leaving Its Mark on the History of Watch Auctions
Christie’s New York online auction will feature an attractive and lively offering of timepieces with unique designs, icons and complications. Amongst the highlights, the sale will propose unmissable Patek Philippe pieces, including Andy Warhol’s Calatrava.
The Patek Philippe Calatrava, ref 570, 18k yellow gold wristwatch, retailed by Hausmann & Co, and owned by the pop art icon and watch collector Andy Warhol is a lead lot of this online sale, alongside a very rare and highly craved Cartier Crash, made famous by its curved asymmetrical case; a highly attractive iconic Patek Philippe Nautilus, reference 3800, steel with blue dial and diamonds indexes, designed by legendary Gerald Genta; and contemporary Patek Philippe references such as the references 5970J and 3990E, featuring the celebrated combination of perpetual calendar and chronograph complications.
Rich in quality Rolex timepieces, the auction will feature attractive Daytona chronographs as well as the Submariner or GMT-Master models, and a very rare reference 6036, steel triple calendar, oyster chronograph, anti-magnetic wristwatch, part of the celebrated ‘Dato-Compax’ or ‘Jean-Claude Killy’ family.
Rémi Guillemin, Christie’s Watches Specialist, says, ‘We are thrilled to conclude this series of fantastic Spring 2021 auctions with New York online sale featuring pieces that perfectly match what customers expect and come to Christie’s for: rare watches that reveal a unique history and narrative. Lively pieces such as the Cartier Crash and the Patek Philippe reference 570 formerly owned by Andy Warhol will certainly excite our audience and the most demanding of collectors’.
One of Cartier’s most original and creative designs, this very rare Cartier Crash, 18K pink gold (circa 2003), property of an elegant lady, is a quintessential piece. Despite having a strong resemblance to distorted watch in Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, the design of the Cartier Crash has no connection to the surreal work. The idea for the Crash came when a client of Cartier brought in his damaged Baignoire from an automobile accident to the London maison in 1967. The famed jeweller repaired the watch, while Jean-Jacques Cartier was so taken with the shape of the case that he decided to reproduce it. Symbolizing non-conformist creative freedom, the Crash watch was Cartier’s way of overturning conventions and introducing a touch of humor to the elegant world of watchmaking. It became legendary and was produced in very limited numbers, soon becoming a collector’s piece. Christie’s set the record for a Cartier Crash in yellow gold in December 2020 that sold for USD 225,000, over three times its initial estimate. Lot number: 12. Est. USD 40,000-60,000 | €33,000-49,000
Another highlight, a fine and highly attractive Rolex reference 6036, stainless steel triple calendar chronograph wristwatch from 1963. Reference 6036 was the part of the celebrated Dato-Compax or Jean-Claude Killy family of complete calendar chronograph models from Rolex. It incorporates one of the most sophisticated movements ever used by the company: the Valjoux 72C. Reference 6036 carries the ‘Oyster’ designation as it has a water-resistant-type screw-down case back, as opposed to the reference 4768 that has a snap-on case back. These Dato-Compax watches (references 4768, 5036, 6036, and 6236) are linked to the legendary Olympic gold medalist Jean-Claude Killy. A champion skier and man of refined taste, the name of Mr. Killy has been associated with Rolex for 40 years since he became an official Rolex Ambassador and began serving on the Rolex Board of Directors. Circa 1963. Lot number: 92. Est. USD 80,000-120,000 | €66,000-99,000
This highly attractive 3800 Patek Philippe Nautilus in steel, is from the 90’s, as indicated by the white date display. This watch comes with the original tritium dial with diamonds. This blue dial, known as the Sigma Dial, is highly sought after and can be identified by the two circles that are next to swiss at six o’clock. From the early ‘80s onwards, the Nautilus collection was built on three fundamental pillars: the original 3700, the mid-size 3800 and the quartz-powered 4700. The 3800 was meant to bring the Nautilus design penned by Gerald Genta to a wider audience, who at the time preferred more modestly-sized pieces. Lot number: 72. Est. USD 30,000-50,000 | €25,000-41,000
Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph, yellow gold, doubled sealed, widely acknowledged as one of Patek Philippe’s greatest watches since the venerable 2499, the reference 5970J is one of those very rare ‘perfect watches’. The elegant case size, sculpted lugs, perfectly balanced dial that marries complexity with legibility is very hard to beat. Of the 4 metals produced, the yellow gold is the rarest with only around 450 examples being made. Increasingly sought after by savvy collectors this example is complete with its original box, papers, additional case back and setting stylus. Lot number: 68. Est. USD 100,000-150,000 | €83,000-120,000
This Patek Philippe reference 3990 is an extremely rare platinum perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, 24-hour and leap year indication. In production from approx. 1995 to 2005, reference 3990 is virtually identical to the celebrated reference 3970E, with the addition of a diamond-set bezel and matching luxurious dial, and the first perpetual calendar chronograph to feature a diamond-set bezel. Reference 3990 was cased in yellow, pink and white gold, and more exclusively in platinum. The present example is cased in platinum, circa 1994. The black dial contrasts superbly against the diamond markers and white tones of the platinum case. Lot number: 67. Est. USD 150,000-250,000 | €130,000-210,000
Cartier announces the laureates of the 2021 edition of the Cartier Women’s Initiative
The names of the 8 laureates of the Cartier Women’s Initiative were announced today during a digital ceremony, which concluded three days of virtual gathering on the theme of “the Ripple Effect”. For its 2021 edition, the Cartier Women’s Initiative program aims to explore how to create and sustain the ripple effect ignited by these women changemakers, thus paving the way for a better world for future generations.
Hosted by Cyrille Vigneron, Cartier President and CEO, the virtual gathering brought together a diverse group of global thinkers and doers ranging from prominent leaders such as entrepreneur and author Jacqueline Novogratz, award-winning journalist, author, and founder of Shriver Media and The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Maria Shriver or scholar Nassim Nicholas Taleb to friends of Cartier such as actor, producer and change agent Yara Shahidi, to collectively discuss the challenges of our time and to shine a light on the opportunities they provide to foster antifragility, build new alliances and uplift women impact entrepreneurs.
The 8 laureates were selected by an independent international jury committee amongst 876 applicants from over 142 countries. The winners of the 2021 edition all share an unwavering commitment to generating positive change in the world by answering to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of promoting good health & well-being, reducing inequalities and encouraging climate actions as well as responsible consumption and production.
“For the past fifteen years, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has celebrated women impact entrepreneurs. It has long been our belief that to thrive, they need an enabling environment, a supportive ecosystem and an empowering culture. During the Virtual Gathering, like-minded individuals and organizations from all horizons have joined us to explore how we can collectively uplift these outstanding change-makers. We look to the future with confidence by their side, as we witness them building up a tide of change, thus making the world a better place for generations to come.”
- Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier International
“Together with our partner, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dubai (AGMC), we are delighted to introduce our new Apiary – an initiative close to the hearts of everyone in the Rolls-Royce family. Translating the amazing work done over the past four years at the Home of Rolls-Royce to our region is the perfect way to mark World Bee Day. We are committed to continuously raising awareness of the real, present threats facing all types of bees, on whom we all depend to produce much of our food, and safeguard and enhance the biodiversity of our planet.
We would like to thank the Beekeepers Foundation in Dubai for their invaluable supervision and support, and a special thank you to Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority for supplying the six ‘Emirati Queen’ bees who will be at the heart of our new population.”
César Habib, Regional Director Middle East & Africa, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Middle East & Africa and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dubai (AGMC) have announced the launch of ‘The Rolls-Royce Apiary’ in Dubai to mark World Bee Day.
The project is modelled on the highly successful Apiary established at the Home of Rolls‑Royce at Goodwood in 2017. The Apiary comprises six beehives, made from cedar and painted white to withstand Dubai’s high temperatures and humidity levels. Five of the beehives are named after current Rolls-Royce models – ‘Phantom’, ‘Wraith’, ‘Ghost’, ‘Dawn’ and ‘Cullinan’ – while the sixth, ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’, celebrates the marque’s illustrious mascot.
Each hive is home to some 60,000 honeybees, headed by an ‘Emirati Queen’ bee provided by the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) and carefully tended by experts from The Beekeepers Foundation, UAE.
The ADAFSA Honeybee R&D Programme seeks to improve the management and sustainability of honeybees in the UAE. Its ‘Emirati Bee’ breeding programme has produced a line of honeybees, developed from the indigenous Apis mellifera jemenitica bee, that is perfectly adapted to the harsh local environment.
The launch has been timed to coincide with World Bee Day on 20th May 2021. This United Nations initiative aims to strengthen measures to protect bees, which are vital pollinators for almost 90% of the world’s wild flowering plants and more than 75% of global food crops. Bees are under significant threat worldwide from intensive and monocultural farming practices, land‑use change, habitat loss, pesticides and rising temperatures linked to climate change.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has been actively involved in helping to safeguard these essential, remarkable and highly vulnerable creatures since 2017.
Ayhan Olcer, CEO, Arabian Gulf Mechanical Centre (AGMC), said, “At AGMC, we are committed to enhancing our community and protecting our ecosystem. We are delighted to welcome this initiative to Dubai and continue our efforts to promote sustainability in our business practices.”
Mr. Habib added: “With the Rolls-Royce Apiary, we will create a ‘buzz’ of activity in support of bee conservation. Our Rolls-Royce bees and their Emirati Queens illustrate our commitment and contribution to maintaining the UAE’s vital bee population. This project is about highlighting the importance and heritage of the bees in the region and raising public awareness about the role of these exceptional insects in our lives.”
To celebrate the shared history of the global watchmaker and the famous American space agency, OMEGA is honouring its unrivalled legacy of space exploration with a range of new Velcro® straps with astronaut-friendly fixtures and bold branding. Nicknamed the ”meatball”, NASA’s famous planet-shaped insignia in red, white and blue, released in 1959, stylishly captures the space-age optimism of the mid-20th century. There are three 20 mm straps in all – and to show them at their best, we’ve fixed them to a timepiece that couldn’t be more appropriate – OMEGA’s Master Chronometer certified Moonwatch.
Bracelets with a Space Suit? Never!
An OMEGA Speedmaster is an essential piece of space kit. That said, an astronaut would never opt to wear a metal bracelet during an extravehicular activity (EVA) or spacewalk. Space suits add bulk and weight and a Velcro® strap is the only fixture versatile enough to adjust on the go and expand and contract with the conditions. For this reason, our new designs are a fitting tribute in every sense.
The Significance of the Three Colours
OMEGA’s Velcro® straps are available in three colours: black, white and silver.
Black represents the darkness of space and the actual straps worn on the lunar surface. The shade is also a perfect match for the Moonwatch dial. It’s also worth noting that black is classic – and cool.
White is a nod to the Apollo-era spacesuits and the evocative title of OMEGA’s historic mission to create the perfect space watch – the Alaska Project.
Silver pays tribute to the shiny suits worn on the pre-Apollo missions : Gemini and Mercury. It is also a suitable bracelet replacement for wearers who like the versatility of Velcro® and the look of metal.
Space Travel Is Optional
With their bold embroidered logos and space-age aesthetics, OMEGA’s Velcro® straps are well suited to the Moonwatch, but you can pair them with any watch – and you don’t have to be an astronaut to benefit from their adjustability. They make excellent straps for sport and work, as they are comfortable, easy to adjust and can be fine-tuned to fit the wrist when it swells in high temperatures or during exercise.