From 15-18 August, during four action- packed days, California celebrated the legacy and the future of the automobile, paying homage to its on-going influence on the modern world. Attracting an array of international manufacturers, competitors and spectators, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering and the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance® presented by Rolex, showcased beautiful, pioneering and innovative vehicles. As part of its almost 85- year association with motor sport, Rolex has supported classic car events since 1997, highlighting the Swiss watch brand’s continued commitment to ground- breaking engineering.

Mark Webber, Rolex Testimonee and multiple Formula 1® race winner, described his visit to the Pacific Coast: “California is synonymous with extraordinary cars and style. Coming here for the first time, I’ve been amazed by the variety of motoring activity. We’ve seen unbelievable cars from all around the world at The Quail and at the Concours, while at the race track it was great to see the cars being pushed to the limit.” Emphasizing the level of excellence on display, Webber continued: “It has been staggering to see the passion, the patience and the painstaking love that the owners put into getting these cars to this extraordinary level. Both Rolex and classic car events reflect the meticulous precision it takes to make something elegant and robust – something that is timeless and forever.”

PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE®
SUNDAY 18 AUGUST
As the sun set on this week of motoring activities, it was the 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Gurney Nutting Sports Tourer that was crowned ‘Best of Show’ at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. Embodying style and authenticity, it was only fitting that in Bentley’s centenary year one of the brand’s cars took top honours. Following the prize giving ceremony, owner Sir Michael Kadoorie said: “I feel very privileged to be the recipient of the ‘Best of Show’ and it is extra special as Bentley is celebrating 100 years. Reaching such a milestone says a lot about the people who have put in a great deal of effort to enrich the Bentley name. To win a Rolex watch, thanks to this wonderful car, is a great pleasure.”

The event began when the cars rolled onto the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links® during Dawn Patrol. As the fog lifted, the cars on show, all of varying provenances, eras and designers, were judged in their respective classes by over 100 technical judges, before the ‘Best in Class’ winners and subsequently the ‘Best of Show’ were announced. Away from the 18th hole, leading car manufacturers revealed highly anticipated new models while the concept lawn exhibited pioneering inventions.

ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION
THURSDAY 15 – SUNDAY 18 AUGUST
The acclaimed WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca played host to the four-day Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion as racing cars spanning a century – from 1910 to 2013 – took to the track across 14 categories. Spectators were enthralled by the sights and sounds as these vintage automobiles re-enacted motor sport history. In the paddock, prominent constructors showcased cars from a variety of motor racing disciplines while the visiting public had the chance to meet the drivers and witness the mechanics fine-tune the vehicles. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), the featured marque of this year’s event, proudly displayed over 100 of its most successful cars to commemorate the organization’s 50th anniversary. The event encapsulates the spirit of motor racing and Rolex’s enduring support of the sport, as cars from across the decades compete like they were originally built to, around a challenging 11-turn, 3.602 km (2.238 mile) circuit.

THE QUAIL, A MOTORSPORTS GATHERING
FRIDAY 16 AUGUST
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering hosted 6,000 guests as automobiles and motorcycles competed to reach the Rolex Circle of Champions. The garden party atmosphere, showcasing vintage and futuristic cars, global cuisine and fashion, takes place annually on the greens of The Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel. This year, the launch of the Bugatti Centodieci, the debut of the Acura Type S Concept and the US reveal of the Lotus Evija, made headlines as manufacturers looked to the future. As the day drew to a close, the 1931 Stutz DV 32 Convertible Victoria by Le Baron was honoured as the 2019 ‘Rolex Best of Show’. Gracing the stage with her family to collect the award was Caroline Cassini who reflected on the significance of this week of motoring events: “These festivities promote lots of camaraderie but really it is all about these wonderful works of art – the cars at The Quail are rolling sculptures. This Stutz has been in our family for a while now, and it is definitely a very special car.”

PEBBLE BEACH TOUR D’ELEGANCE® PRESENTED BY ROLEX
THURSDAY 15 AUGUST
As the sun shone down on Portola Road, a remarkable collection of cars from across the ages lined up for the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance® presented by Rolex. Bringing to life the history of the automobile, this exquisite motorcade travelled along portions of the famous 17-Mile Drive and down Highway 1, crossing Bixby Bridge, before returning to Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea for lunch. The diverse line-up of vehicles provided aficionados with a preview of the spectacular field to be shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, and was a fitting way to start Rolex’s long weekend of automotive activities in California.

Rolex’s commitment to motoring excellence and timeless style dates back to the 1930s, when Sir Malcolm Campbell broke land speed records with a Rolex timepiece on his wrist. To this day, the Swiss watch brand continues to honour the influential role of the automobile, paying respect to the designs of the past while appreciating the cutting-edge cars of the present and future.

Hublot Continues To Celebrate Summer In Mykonos With The 8Th Edition

Following the success of the Classic Fusion Mykonos over the last seven years (2012 to 2018), Hublot and its local partner GOFAS Jewellery are unveiling a new Mykonos timepiece for summer 2019. Inspired by the Aegean Sea and the Cyclades Archipelago the watch is innovative for the first time featuring a sky blue ceramic bezel and unique rotating windmill, the iconic symbol of Mykonos, “waving” at 3 o’clock. The watch evokes without question the most archetypical of the Greek islands.

Hublot Continues To Celebrate Summer In Mykonos With The 8Th Edition

 

To celebrate summer, Hublot is dedicating its Classic Fusion Chronograph Mykonos model to the island and its iconic symbol: the discreet and elegant rotating windmill. Crowned with sky blue ceramic bezel, the 45-mm case encloses a skeleton self-winding chronograph movement, held on a bi-material strap in black rubber and sky blue alligator leather. The sapphire dial showcases the Hublot logo engraved at the crown in either polished king gold or titanium.

Hublot Continues To Celebrate Summer In Mykonos With The 8Th Edition

 

The trend Hublot perpetuates, where the mechanical microcosm is not hidden but fully revealed continues to be even more impressive in this collection, available only in Mykonos.

Hublot Continues To Celebrate Summer In Mykonos With The 8Th Edition

The limited editions of 50 pieces each of the titanium and king gold version represent the combination between the sky and the sea. A true fusion of the elements, born by the international collaboration “filled” with Greek color.

 

Graff’s new flagship store

Graff’s new flagship store is open in the heart of Paris’s luxury shopping district. With an exclusive address at 237 Rue Saint-Honoré, the beautifully appointed 370sq m boutique will boost Graff’s presence in Paris and provide exclusive spaces, including a Bridal Room, High Jewellery Room, VIP Salon and the Treasury – the first of its kind for Graff in which clients can fully immerse themselves in the Graff experience.

The façade respectfully pays homage to the existing classical architecture of Rue Saint- Honoré whilst incorporating delightful new features, including hand-brushed, warm silver metal cladding and patinated accent mullions with innovative lava drop textures. Interspersed along the window bays are Graff’s signature illuminated icon elements.

Graff’s new flagship store

Inside the salon

Approximately 7m high, the sumptuous interiors of the double-height salon have been envisaged by the celebrated American architect Peter Marino. Known for his “couture” sensibility and use of noble natural materials, Marino has given a twist of modernity to the classic architecture of the salon by playing with unique finishes, such as contemporary green scagliola pilasters.

The salon is flooded with light, which reflects off the Roland Mellan mirrors and bespoke bronze and rock crystal Thaddeus Wolfe chandeliers, complemented by gilded, hand-embossed velvet walls. Striking antique bronze André Dubreuil pedestals in limestone and glittery green Vals stone line the walls and grace the marble floors, shaped like the facets of a diamond.

A sculpture by Jean Arp a founding member of the Dadaism art movement – dominates the anteroom. Titled Torse gerbe, the biomorphic masterpiece features the sinuous form of a torso in bronze and is from Laurence Graff’s personal art collection.

Glamorous gilded mirror panels inlaid with palladium leaves and sparkling glitter, alongside white scagliola trompe l’oeil pilasters, line the walls. Accents include a stunning chandelier by the glass artist Nathalie Pasqua Ziegler formed of myriad white opalescent and mirrored flowers, and lamps by Roberto Giulio Rida in gold brass and semi- precious stones.

The High Jewellery Room

A majestic silver double door at the rear of the Bridal Room leads to the spectacular High Jewellery Room, where Graff’s finest one of a kind creations are showcased.

A colour palette of muted pastels creates an atmosphere of complete serenity, inspired
by the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet’s iconic lily pads. Walls are lined with hand-painted parchment, with crystal and silvered brass chandeliers by J&L Lobmyer and a stainless steel cocktail table by Juan and Paloma Garrido.

The Bridal Room

Illuminating the feminine, poetic Bridal Room is a magnificent, unexpected geodesic ceiling dome. Evoking the shape of a diamond, each facet was individually designed by Peter Marino to suffuse the room with light. Below, a round gold vitrine – also faceted like a diamond – displays Graff’s most exceptional bridal jewellery and solitaire diamond rings.

The Treasury

For the first time in Graff’s history, the House will also be unveiling a spectacular Treasury filled with its most imaginative and emotive creations. When guests step inside they will be transported to another world in which wonder abounds, with walls crafted from iridescent, petroleum green peacock feathers, each of which has been applied by hand. Hidden amongst the feathers are three spectacular showcases that, when opened, reveal exclusive treasures from Laurence Graff’s private safe.

The VIP Salon

The exquisite attention to detail continues in the VIP Salon. The cool aquatic hues of the custom crackled lacquered canvas walls are accompanied by discerning furnishings, including an opulent silvered cast brass and Murano glass cocktail table by Vincenzo de Cotiis, a platinum Barnaby Barford anamorphic mirror and a sculpted “Tall Dragon Scale Box”, designed by Peter Marino.

Graff’s new flagship store

IWC Schaffhausen has teamed up with new brand ambassadors,

IWC Schaffhausen has teamed up with new brand ambassadors, model Josephine Skriver and actress Ning Chang, to unveil the new Portofino 34mm line. The beautiful campaign was shot entirely on location in the idyllic Italian village, which inspired the collection’s name.

The bright and breezy shoot follows Skriver and Chang as they immerse themselves in a relaxed day on the Mediterranean coast. Authentic and spontaneous, it is imbued with a laid-back sense of style, reflecting the same easy-going elegance the Swiss watchmaker instils within the Portofino line. Photographed dipping toes in the sea, taking a boat and a classic car out for a spin, and tasting gelato on the quayside, the campaign depicts a glamorous pair of friends enjoying a picture-perfect day.

IWC Schaffhausen has teamed up with new brand ambassadors,

In a nod to the watches being launched, every shot is framed with a stunning Portofino backdrop, full of vibrant colour and timeless charm. This year’s new editions each feature an inventive easy-to-use strap change system, which allows the wearer to customise their own watch with up to 13 different strap options. Crafted by the Italian leather goods maker Santoni, hand-coloured shades include grey, light grey, black, blue, dark brown, bronze, orange, burgundy, raspberry pink, aubergine, green and indigo blue. A Milanese stainless steel mesh bracelet is available too. The new watches also have a feminine 34mm dial size – the smallest in IWC’s current collection.

Skriver, who has modelled for countless fashion houses around the globe, and Chang, who has appeared in over 40 films and television series in Asia, were both delighted to be asked to become the faces of the Portofino campaign, and wear the new designs.

“I couldn’t imagine beginning my relationship with IWC in a more perfect place,” said Skriver. “Portofino is a magical

location, and I have had such a great time with Ning Chang. One of the true joys of being a model is that I can encourage people to be bold in their fashion choices, and the new Portofino designs really represent this philosophy, as they can be adapted to fit your look or your mood.”

IWC Schaffhausen has teamed up with new brand ambassadors,

Chang added: “Exploring Portofino with Josephine has been such a wonderful experience. I was so happy to be asked to become part of the IWC family, and to start in this beautiful place has been incredible. It is so exciting to work with such a creative brand. A Portofino watch is chic and elegant; it is the perfect addition to any outfit.”

The new watches remain loyal to the signature Portofino codes, with their sleek style and uncluttered dials, but IWC has also sought to introduce a dash more colour, and a more feminine spirit into the line.

“We wanted the new campaign to be light-hearted and fresh,” said Franziska Gsell, CMO of IWC Schaffhausen. “The watches are elegant and modern as ever, and Josephine and Ning Chang are great representatives for this ethos. We are pleased to have them both on board as brand ambassadors. Just like IWC, passion and creativity are present in everything they do, and the photoshoot really highlights their natural beauty and energy.”

All the new Portofino models are now available in IWC boutiques and authorised IWC retailers in China and Hong Kong, arriving in the rest of the world throughout October 2019.

Flying pioneer and new ZENITH friend of the brand Franky Zapata reaches his star

Personifying the key ZENITH values of determination and perseverance against all odds, Franky Zapata has successfully completed his second attempt at a unique solo flight from France to England. At the joystick of his legendary jet-propelled Flyboard Air, and with a Zenith Type 20 Chronograph Adventure watch strapped to his wrist, the super flying man and new ZENITH friend of the brand thereby vividly commemorated the 110th anniversary of Louis Bleriot’s historic 1909 flight across the English Channel.

Flying pioneer and new ZENITH friend of the brand Franky Zapata reaches his star

ZENITH stands for pushing the limits of feasibility and inspiring one and all to reach for their star, whatever the difficulties or obstacles encountered. Zapata’s impressive athleticism, trailblazing attitude reflect these intrinsic qualities, as does his ability to remain undaunted by challenges and learn from each new experience. While Bleriot’s repeated previous failures had led him to be dubbed “the king of wrecks” until he finally crossed the Channel in 1909, Zapata required just two attempts to achieve this particular dream. Fittingly, he was wearing the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Adventure, a watch symbolising the unswerving determination that propels Zenith and its followers towards their very own star.

Flying pioneer and new ZENITH friend of the brand Franky Zapata reaches his star

Indomitable character and determination

The sturdy Zenith Pilot Type 20 Adventure with its signature user-friendly wide ratcheted crown is driven by an automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph movement and delivers a 50-hour power reserve. Its highly legible grained khaki green dial features oversized Arabic numerals entirely made of Super-LumiNova®, while its bronze 45 mm case is secured to the wrist by a khaki matrix calfskin leather strap or a fully-interchangeable camouflage fabric alternative. All of which made it an indomitable partner for this new technological and intensely human accomplishment.

Flying pioneer and new ZENITH friend of the brand Franky Zapata reaches his star

ZENITH: the future of Swiss watchmaking

With innovation as its guiding star, Zenith features exceptional in-house developed and manufactured movements in all its watches, such as the DEFY Inventor with its monolithic oscillator of exceptional precision, and the DEFY El Primero 21 with its high-frequency 1/100th of a second chronograph. Since its establishment in 1865, Zenith has consistently redefined the notions of precision and innovation, including the first “Pilot Watch” at the dawn of aviation and the first serially produced “El Primero” automatic chronograph calibre. Always one step ahead, Zenith is writing a new chapter in its unique legacy by setting new standards of performance and inspired design. Zenith is here to shape the future of Swiss watchmaking, accompanying those who dare to challenge time itself and reach for the stars.

 

The Moonwatch: A history-making watch

The 50th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing: Chrono24 Looks Back at the Omega Speedmaster

As Buzz Aldrin descended the ladder of the lunar module Eagle and stepped onto the dusty lunar surface on July 20, 1969, he became the second person to ever set foot on the Moon. His colleague, Neil Armstrong, had already claimed the title of the first man on the Moon only 19 minutes earlier. However, Aldrin had his own first: With the legendary Omega Speedmaster Professional – today often referred to as the “Moonwatch” – on his wrist, he was wearing the first watch on the Moon.

However, the journey to get to the Moon was long and hard for both the astronauts and their timepieces. The Apollo 11 mission was the peak of a mountainous NASA project, which consisted of three consecutive programs: Mercury, Gemini, and finally, Apollo. Each program benefited from the experience collected by those that came before. In 1962, astronaut Willy Schirra wore his personal Omega CK2998, an early version of the Omega Speedmaster, while participating in the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission. The watch passed the tests posed by weightlessness and the extreme conditions experienced during lift-off and re-entry with flying colors. Despite the watch’s fantastic performance, it was never made part of NASA’s official equipment. Instead, NASA performed their due diligence and began looking for a robust watch with a stopwatch function for their Gemini and Apollo missions in 1964.

NASA put watches from Omega, Rolex, and Longines-Wittnauer through 11 rigorous tests, such as extreme temperatures, pressure, and vibrations. In the end, the Omega Speedmaster emerged victorious. This model has been part of NASA’s official equipment for manned space flight since June 1965.

Omega has since released numerous versions of the beloved “Moonwatch,” including many anniversary editions as well as subtle redesigns. Chrono24 has selected five such timepieces that best represent the Speedmaster’s evolution over the last decades:

Omega Speedmaster Professional (105.012), 1964:

The Legend. It was the first watch worn on the Moon, houses the robust manual caliber 321, and uses plexiglass that’s shatterproof under low pressure. Chrono24‘s estimated price: approx. $13,500 (depending on its condition).

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz (ST 145.0022), 1976:

This special edition was created in honor of the mission that saw an American Apollo capsule dock with a Soviet Soyuz capsule. It bears the red and blue mission logo on its dial and an engraving of a Saturn rocket above the earth on the case back. Chrono24‘s estimated price: approx. $44,500 (depending on its condition).

Omega Speedmaster Professional Japan Racing (ST 145.0022), 2004:

This limited edition was produced for the Japanese market. Its orange stop seconds hand and the dial’s other orange elements make it easier to determine how much time has elapsed and are a nod to the Speedmaster’s origins in motorsport. Chrono24‘s estimated price: approx. $12,500 (depending on its condition).

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award (311.32.42.30.04.003), 2015:

Charlie Brown’s dog, Snoopy, was the mascot and good luck charm of the Apollo missions. This model pays tribute to the Apollo 13 mission and its near-catastrophic failure. The Speedmaster played an integral role while timing the controlled fuel burn used to get the damaged capsule back on track. What’s more, this watch features the quote that best summarizes the crew and mission control’s unshakeable spirit: “Failure is not an option!” Chrono24‘s estimated price: approx. $22,500 (depending on its condition).

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Omega Speedmaster Professional (311.30.42.30.01.005), today:

This is the closest Omega has ever come to recreating the original Moonwatch. It comes with plexiglass and a manual movement, albeit the more advanced caliber 1861. This watch exudes the pioneering spirit of the 1960s. Chrono24‘s estimated price: approx. $3,300 (depending on its condition).

Many Omega Speedmasters have become sound investments over this collection’s long history, including the original Moonwatch worn by Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface in 1969. Back in 1964, this model sold for the equivalent of around $1,100 today. Now, the reference 105.012 sells for up to $13,500 depending on its condition. Prices for especially well-maintained models can go well above and beyond that price point. Chrono24, the leading online marketplace for luxury watches, is home to numerous listings of this and other Speedmasters.

How was it that Buzz Aldrin was the first person on the Moon with an Omega Speedmaster on his wrist when Neil Armstrong exited the “Eagle” before him? After all, Armstrong was also equipped with a Speedmaster. As it turns out, the onboard clock of the lunar module Eagle failed during the landing procedure on July 20, 1969. Armstrong, therefore, decided to leave his Speedmaster in the lunar module as a backup so that they could safely return to the command module and, ultimately, Earth. As they say, the rest is history.

Timeless Design And Heritage To Be Celebrated In California

Many of the world’s most acclaimed automobiles will be on display next month as the Californian coast becomes a hub of motoring activity. The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance® presented by Rolex, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, held between 15-18 August, will honour the heritage and style of vehicles from yesteryear together with the cutting-edge models of the future. Committed to pioneering design and continuous innovation, Rolex began supporting the illustrious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® in 1997 as part of its long-standing partnership with motor sport that dates back to the 1930s, when Sir Malcolm Campbell broke World Land Speed Records at the wheel of his car Bluebird.

Mark Webber

The Rolex Testimonee and multiple Formula 1® race winner who will be attending the annual celebrations for the first time, considers the significance of the past: “We all like to look forward but it is equally important to reflect on what has been achieved and to appreciate the remarkable stories and legends of sport. Look at Mercedes Gleitze swimming across the English Channel in 1927 and Sir Malcolm Campbell breaking land speed records in the 1930s – Rolex was a part of these amazing feats. That’s why it is so important to celebrate events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Rolex has such an authentic relationship with these events because of its long history and strong links to pioneering moments of the past.”

Timeless Design And Heritage To Be Celebrated In California

Pebble Beach Golf Links®, which staged golf’s 2019 U.S. Open last month, hosts the most prestigious event of the week, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® on Sunday 18 August. Automobiles are driven onto the picturesque 18th hole during the legendary Dawn Patrol, and throughout the day, expert judges assess the vehicles on style, technical merit and accuracy. The winner of the Best of Show Award is declared during the closing ceremony, in recognition of the exceptional show of passion and desire to preserve the past. This year, Bentley cars are set to make up almost a quarter of the entrants and will feature across six classes as the manufacturer marks its centennial year. Italian design house Zagato, which also celebrates its 100th anniversary, has a dedicated category. Away from the golf greens, the concept lawn will continue to showcase innovative designs as state-of- the-art automobiles are revealed to the visiting public.

Timeless Design And Heritage To Be Celebrated In California

The Concours is preceded by the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance® presented by Rolex on Thursday 15 August, when spectators catch their first glimpse of these classic automobiles. A delight for the senses, this parade roars to life as the cars depart Portola Road, heading south down the coast via Bixby Bridge, before circling back to Carmel-by-the-Sea where they are displayed on Ocean Avenue for the afternoon.

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, a cornerstone of California’s automotive festivities, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). Announced as this year’s featured marque, it will be the first time that an American racing organization has received this honour at the event. From Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 August, more than 550 authentic and period-correct automobiles – spanning 103 years of motor sport history – will compete in 14 categories around the challenging 11-corner, 3.602 km (2.238 mile) WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca circuit. The open paddock, bustling with activity, provides enthusiasts with an opportunity to interact with drivers and admire the racing cars as they pay homage to motor racing and recognize its influence in the USA and across the globe.

Timeless Design And Heritage To Be Celebrated In California

On Friday 16 August, against the backdrop of the Santa Lucia Mountains, an array of eclectic cars and motorcycles will assemble for The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. In its 17th year, this distinguished event will present the ‘25th Anniversary of the McLaren F1’ and ‘A Tribute to the Electric Car Movement’ among its featured themes. Alongside this premier vintage automotive display, international cuisine and style are celebrated on the rolling greens of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club. Judged by fellow entrants, car collectors compete to reach the Rolex Circle of Champions, where the vehicle of the highest calibre is awarded the Rolex Best of Show to reflect the Swiss watch brand’s ongoing commitment to excellence in both design and production.

Timeless Design And Heritage To Be Celebrated In California

Rolex’s partnerships with Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® and these Californian events celebrate ground-breaking craftsmanship and iconic style, values which continue to shape both the automotive and watchmaking industries. Sir Jackie Stewart, Rolex Testimonee and three-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion, says: “It is a wonderful relationship because passionate car and watch aficionados understand the great privilege of owning something very special, with a long history and timeless elegance. The Concours, Reunion and The Quail celebrate the heritage of the automobile, featuring the most beautiful cars ever built. Rolex always aligns itself with excellence in every endeavour it supports and it continues to lead the world in that respect.”

 

Richard Mille Boutique London

Richard Mille is delighted to announce the relocation of their London flagship boutique to exquisite new premises in London’s iconic Old Bond Street. This legendary neighbourhood, situated only a few steps away from the Royal Academy of Arts and the most famous of London’s five-star hotels, is host to several of the world’s most exclusive luxury brands. The new boutique, spanning over 300 square metres, makes it three times larger than the previous location, and is sure to make the hearts of Richard Mille clients and collectors beat faster when they visit the metropolis.

Richard Mille Boutique London

Peter Harrison, CEO of Richard Mille Europe, Middle East and Africa comments: “London is a pivotal city for Richard Mille’s local clientele, in addition to its status as a global city that welcomes high numbers of international visitors. For us, the relocation to such a famed area that showcases London’s premiere eminence in the world of luxury is truly a milestone. With our goal of providing clients an ultimate luxury experience, the new premises allow us to increase the boutique’s capacity, thereby offering clientele an increased number of timepieces to choose from”.

Richard Mille Boutique London

Occupying two floors, the new Bond Street location is a perfect showcase for several of Richard Mille’s emblematic boutique features such as Wenge wood parquet, Sophie Mallebranche’s cream wallpaper, and walls in black leather or fractured glass. Immediately as they set foot through the door, visitors will be immersed in a Richard Mille boutique experience with a larger than life RM 008 Tourbillon Chronograph etched into three laser engraved, triple glass panels weighing more than 1,000 pounds in total.

Richard Mille Boutique London

On the ground floor, guests are able to view the on-site watchmaker at work in a glass enclosed, dust free work area. A tonneau shape atrium opens on the lower storey with a view of the VIP lounge, created to offer our clients the ultimately pleasurable and relaxing boutique experience with its well-stocked walk-in wine cellar and cigar cabinet. Other classic cues of the brand include a library containing selected art books by Éditions Cercle d’Art, the Parisian publishing house of Picasso and Braque, under the ownership of the Richard Mille Group.

Richard Mille Boutique London

Passionate Richard Mille owners, collectors and everyone desiring to learn more about the brand will be able to experience a selection of the brand’s finest timepieces, from Ladies’ and Gents’ automatic and complicated timepieces, to sports watches developed specifically in close collaboration with friends of the brand from almost every sport imaginable.

Richard Mille Boutique London

The Richard Mille boutique is located at 4-5 Old Bond Street in Mayfair and is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00.

The Season Open On The Enchanting Island Of Ibiza!

Classic Fusion Chronograph Ibiza

After Mykonos, Capri and Porto Cervo, Hublot conquered another Mediterranean jewel yesterday, inaugurating a pop-up boutique on Ibiza for the summer. Guests enjoyed a taster of the holidays on the Marina in the presence of Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of the House, and Noemi de Miguel, a TV host for Formula 1. It was also an opportunity to unveil the Classic Fusion Chronograph Ibiza, an innovative watch in blue ceramic that draws its creative inspiration from the island, its festive nature and its symbolism. A horological dedication to the enchantment of Ibiza, and a way to treat yourself to celebrate the summer.

The Season Open On The Enchanting Island Of Ibiza! The Season Open On The Enchanting Island Of Ibiza! The Season Open On The Enchanting Island Of Ibiza!

Modern and authentic, traditional and cosmopolitan, bohemian and chic; Ibiza is alluring and overflowing with dualities. These dichotomies inspired us to make a chronograph that is at once very simple and very refined, thanks to its rubber and alligator strap. A way of celebrating the summer, which is synonymous with fun and freedom.

Ibiza the white island; like its immaculate traditional fincas, stands out against the pure azure sky and overlooks the crystal-clear blue sea. This Mediterranean pearl, imbued with bohemian nonchalance, harbours elegant, intimate places and radiates the festive atmosphere of the season. Hublot has set up shop here for summer 2019, dedicating its blue-and-white Classic Fusion Chronograph Ibiza model to the island. Crowned with a blue ceramic bezel, the 45-mm case encloses a chronograph movement, held on a bi-material strap in blue rubber and white alligator. As a nod to the hippy spirit that is part of Ibiza’s charm, the Peace and Love symbol features on the seconds counter drawn at 3 o’clock on the dial.

Hublot_Classic Fusion Ibiza

 

Saxon watchmaker has opened it’s first boutique in Switzerland

Exclusive timepieces from Saxony have been available at Bahnhofstrasse 25 in Zurich since 19 June 2019. The new boutique has been inaugurated on 11 July 2019 in the presence of Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid.

A brand boutique in Switzerland for A. Lange & Söhne’s watchmakers, this inauguration has “special meaning,” explains Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid, “because when Swiss connoisseurs of haute horlogerie choose a watch made in Germany that is a great compliment.”

The choice of location attests to the company’s strategy to enhance the brand experience for customers in key markets with a representative collection and the ultimate in competent counsel. The rooms in the Zurich outlet showcase the new corporate design. Wilhelm Schmid says: “Our objective was to create spaces that reflect the personality of the A. Lange & Söhne brand in every detail. Together with our architects, we chose an approach that follows the Bauhaus principle by melding artistry, artisanship and technology, just like our timepieces do.” The result is an atmosphere in which people feel at ease and can explore every facet of the refined watches.

A. Lange & Söhne moves to Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse

Lange watches have been available in Switzerland since 1995. In Zurich, the company now collaborates with Embassy, a dealership of long standing. Established in 1970, the maison ranks among the most prestigious players in the Swiss timepiece market, with locations in Lucerne and St Moritz. “We are delighted to have Embassy as a partner with a successful track record spanning many years in Lucerne. The name matches our goal of having – in the land of watch- makers, no less – an emissary that reflects our profound involvement with the métier,” noted Wilhelm Schmid.

With this newly opened location, the company now has eleven points of sale in Switzerland. The number of Lange boutiques worldwide has grown to 27.

Pioneer Centre Seconds Funky Blue Black Edition_

Pioneer by name, Pioneer by nature, the Pioneer Centre Seconds Funky Blue Black Edition is a watch with wanderlust. Sapphire to the wrist, oceanic Funky Blue fumé to the sky, its technical specifications make it a worldly travel companion. Packed like a pro in a slick yet sturdy case of jet black DLC (Diamond-Like-Carbon) steel, this adventurous beauty is ‘gearing up’ to accompany real-life Pioneers around the world for a whole year.

A very special launch for a very special watch:

The Pioneer Tour For the launch of one of their boldest watches yet, H. Moser & Cie. has gone a little bit wild. To understand the marvel that is the Pioneer Centre Seconds Funky Blue Black Edition, they want real pioneers to experience it. There’s no replacement for the thrill of putting this beauty on the wrist. So, this month, H. Moser & Cie. is lending the Pioneer Centre Seconds Funky Blue Black Edition to lucky guardians, who will accompany it on an adventure around the globe for one year – with no route planned whatsoever. Because a real adventure demands that spontaneous bit of magic.

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One year. One epic odyssey. Countless destinations.

H. Moser & Cie. will start the adventure by lending the Pioneer to a friend and fellow watch-lover. And from then on, the rest is up to chance. The friend will hand it over to someone of their choice, after which it will be passed from watchlover to watchlover… destination (and connoisseur) unknown. Each person will keep the watch for a week, photographing the Pioneer on their wrist against a captivating view of their location, and sharing them with the world. And then the Pioneer will be set free to roam once again never resting long in one place, always on the road (or in the air…or underwater…). The community will be able to track the journey of the Pioneer Centre Seconds Funky Blue Black Edition on a dedicated landing page, as well as on Instagram @moserwatches under the hashtag #PioneerTour. Subscribers will receive H. Moser & Cie. newsletters with a recap of all the Pioneers’ adventures, and insider information about watchmaking and special product features.

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A closer look at the Pioneer Centre Seconds Funky Blue Black Edition

H. Moser & Cie. has encased their all-terrain model, the Pioneer, with a layer of DLC (Diamond-Like-Carbon) in pitch black. Under the domed sapphire crystal sits an iconic Moser fumé dial in stunning Funky Blue – a first for the Pioneer collection. The hour markers and hands, in luminescent Superluminova®, glimmer like stars in the night sky. But looks aren’t everything. Behind its midnight-hued exterior, the Pioneer Centre Seconds Funky Blue Black Edition boasts an HMC 200 movement – an in-house caliber with a Straumann® Hairspring, beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour. Equipped with a bi-directional pawl winding system, and a power reserve of more than three days, this newest member of the Pioneer family is ready for everyday adventures or world-wide odysseys. Water resistant up to 120 metres with a versatile black rubber strap, it’s even fit to sail the seven seas.

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Follow the journey: • www.pioneerchronicles.com/pioneertour

@moserwatches / #pioneertour

Tom Kristensen at 24 Heures du Mans Race

After 24 hours of competition at the 13.626 km Circuit de la Sarthe, it was the No. 8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing that took victory this afternoon at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019. The record-breaking 61-car field that started the 87th edition of this historic endurance challenge, demonstrated the durability and robustness of the modern sports car. Rolex has championed 24-hour racing since the 1960s, recognizing the on-going quest for engineering excellence and precision. The Swiss watch brand has been the Official Timepiece of the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2001.

Completing 385 laps, the No. 8, driven by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso, took the lead with just under an hour to go when the sister No. 7 car suffered a puncture in a dramatic final act of the race. The No. 7 had been fastest all week, taking pole position on Thursday and, through record-breaking pace in the early stages of the race, secured a healthy gap, before being forced to pit for new tyres twice in quick succession, forfeiting the win to finish second. With victory, the No. 8 secured back-to-back 24 Hours of Le Mans titles and the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance LMP Drivers’ Championship.

Closely-fought racing continued down the field. The Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) category teams proved reliable as 16 of the 20 starters crossed the finish line, with the No. 36 Signatech Alpine Matmut at the head of the pack, one lap ahead of its nearest rival. In an epic contest of endurance, that often felt more like a sprint race, the Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance Pro (LMGTE Pro) class had wheel-to-wheel racing from start to finish, with manufacturers separated by seconds for much of the 24-hour marathon. The result was ultimately decided when the No. 63 Corvette Racing spun off the track, allowing the No. 51 AF Corse to take the LMGTE Pro win in the year that Ferrari marks 70 years since its maiden 24 Hours of Le Mans victory. The No. 85 Keating Motorsports built an unassailable lead in the LMGTE Am class, completing a total of 334 laps to stand atop the podium.

This edition marked the first time the 24 Hours of Le Mans hosted the season finale of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Over the course of 86 hours of driving across six countries and 14 months, the WEC witnessed incredible technical developments across the field as the teams continuously closed the competitive gap to one another.

Rolex Testimonee and record nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Tom Kristensen remarks: “This weekend has illustrated the rollercoaster of emotions at Le Mans – we have experienced the thrill of close racing, as well as the anguish of untimely reliability issues. The race demands absolute perseverance and durability from both human and machine in their shared pursuit of the ultimate performance.”

Presented to the overall winners of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a specially engraved Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, acknowledging the legendary status of the contest and the achievements of those who continue to take on this definitive race against time.

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