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Thursday 30 July, 2009 - 12:50 PM EDT

NEW: Vacheron Constantin ONLY WATCH 2009

On behalf of the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy

On the occasion of ONLY WATCH 2009, organised on behalf of the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy, Vacheron Constantin makes its first-ever introduction of a watch made from tantalum.

This one-of-kind Quai de l’Ile model, testifying to the latest technological breakthroughs from the Geneva-based manufacturer, will be presented at the charity auction to be held in Monaco on September 24th 2009.

In a fascinating new sequel to the official launch of the new Quai de l’Ile collection in Geneva at the April 2008 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, Vacheron Constantin now presents the first-ever one-of-a-kind Quai de l’Ile model. Dedicated to the ONLY WATCH 2009 charity auction that will take place in Monaco on September 24th, this unique watch features a tantalum case also representing a major first in the history of the Geneva-based manufacturer.

Technical Information:

Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile
Only Watch 2009 one-of-a-kind creation
Date: self-winding
Reference: 86050/000M9560

Material: tantalum, 950 palladium
Dimensions: 41.00 x 50.50 mm, 12.90 mm thick
Strap width: 23.00 mm
Shape and construction: cambered rectangle, modular construction
Back: transparent, sapphire crystal, screwed-down
Finishing: satin-brushed
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating on under side, convex
Water resistance: 3 Atm, equivalent to a depth of 30 meters

Dial material: sapphire crystal
Finishing: sapphire crystal; galvanic growth of nickel, metallization, laser engraving and inking
Hours : 3,6,9 and 12: galvanic growth of nickel, rhodium layer
1,2,4,5,7,8,10 and 11: engraving and black or white engraving
Material and type of hands: hours and minutes: satin-finished 18K white gold with white luminescent material;
seconds: satin-brushed pfinodal

Reference 2460H410QH, Hallmark of Geneva
Rhodiumed snail-shaped outer ring
Energy: mechanical, self-winding
Diameter and thickness: 25.60 mm , 5.70 mm
Number of jewels: 27
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations / hour (4Hz)
Power reserve: approximately 43 hours
Indications: central hour, minute and seconds hands
Additional functions: date disc featuring optimal readability

Strap: black hand-stitched, saddle-finish, square-scaled, ultra-shiny alligator leather
Delivered with an additional strap in black vulcanised rubber
Clasp: palladium triple-blade folding clasp with polished half Maltese cross.

Possible Related Links:

Vacheron Constantin's Official Web Site ]


Vacheron Constantin's Watches at Interwatches!

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Wednesday 29 July, 2009 - 09:20 AM EDT

NEW: Vacheron Constantin Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve

83080/000G-9408 et 83080/000R-9407

Five different finishes for an ultra-sophisticated new dial: the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin once again demonstrates its superlative mastery of the watchmaking art with its new Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve model.

The Malte Moon Phase and Power-Reserve is available with a case in 18-carat white gold or 5N pink gold. The satin-brushed case-back is secured by screws. The dial is protected by a glareproofed cambered sapphire crystal. Naturally guaranteed water-resistant to a depth of 30 metres, this timepiece is fitted with a square-scale alligator-leather strap in black for the white gold model and chestnut brown for the rose gold model – both equipped with a gold folding clasp matching the case colour.

Technical Data

References Malte moon phase and power-reserve

83080/000G-9408 et 83080/000R-9407

Movement 1410, developed and produced Vacheron Constantin
Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva

Energy Mechanical, manual-winding

Height of movement 4.2 mm

Diameter of movement 26.00 mm

Jewels 22 rubies

Frequency 28'800 vibrations/hours

Indications Hours, minutes

Small seconds at 6 o’clock

Precision moon phase


Power-reserve Approx. 40 hours

Case 18 K white or 5N pink gold

39 mm x 49 mm tonneau shape

Water-resistance 3 bar, equivalent to 30 meters

Dial 18 K white or 5N pink gold

Silvered, « Clou de Paris » hand-guilloché interior zone

Vertical satin finished exterior zone

Applied Maltese cross in 18K white gold or 5N pink gold

Strap Black or brown hand-stitched, saddle-finish, square-scaled alligator leather

Clasp 18K white or 5N pink gold folding clasp, polished half Maltese cross

Possible Related Link:

Vacheron Constantin's Official Website ]

Vacheron Constantin's Watches at Interwatches!

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Monday 27 July, 2009 - 08:50 AM EDT

Watches in Movies

Apollo 13, The Bone Collector, Casino Royale, Constantine and Elizabethtown

Apollo 13 (1995)

The film Apollo 13 was based on the real events of the worst NASA’s tragedy. Back in 1971 when NASA planed to send out people to the Moon for a lunar mission, they had chosen astronauts Jim Lovell, Frad Haise and Jack Swigert. Even they launched into outer space successfully; a slight fault from inside space module caused an explosion that turned the exploration into a survival test the whole crew of Apollo 13. While Loveel, Haise, and Swigert were trying to survive in space, the workers at NASA were trying to figure out a way of getting the astronauts home safely.

Many Omega Speedmaster watches are seen during this movie as many of the characters wore one, including Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon).

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadriplegic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some psycho was kidnapping people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly atrocious ways.

The chosen brand this time was TAG Heuer, the Kirium model. Detective Paulie Sellitto (Ed O’Neil) wore a TAG Heuer Kirium quartz watch.

Casino Royale (2006)

James Bond goes on his first ever mission as a 00. Le Chiffre is a banker to the world's terrorists that is participating in a poker game at Montenegro, where he must win back his money, in order to stay safe among the terrorist market. The boss of MI6, known simply as M sends Bond, along with Vesper Lynd to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. Bond, using help from Felix Leiter, Mathis and having Vesper pose as his wife, enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career.

James Bond wears an Omega Seamaster Professional Watch and, after achieving "00" status, Bond switched to the blue-dialled Seamaster Professional.

Constantine (2005)

John Constantine is the exorcist who has been to Hell and back and whose soul was sentenced to hell. After the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, detective Angela Dodson goes out in search of the truth. Together, Constantine and Angela battle the demons on Earth.

Constantine wore an Oris Modern Classic Watch

Elizabethtown (2005)

After causing a loss of almost one billion dollars in his company, the shoe designer Drew Baylor decides to commit suicide. However, he receives a phone call from his sister telling him that his beloved father had just died in Elizabethtown, and he should bring him back since his mother had problem with the relatives of his father. He travels in an empty red eye flight and meets the attendant Claire Colburn, who changes his view and perspective of life.

Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) wears a Panerai 1950.

Possible Related links:

[ Omega's Official Website ]

[ TAG Heuer's Official Website ]

[ Oris's Official Website ]

[ Panerai's Official Website ]


Omega's Watches at Interwatches!

TAG Heuer's Watches at Interwatches!

Panerai's Watches at Interwatches!

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Friday 24 July, 2009 - 13:10 PM EDT

The Blancpain Carrousel Volant Une Minute

(The Blancpain Carrousel Volant Une Minute)

The Blancpain Carrousel Volant Une Minute watch is a new complicated watch from Blancpain that confirms the passion for inventive haute horlogerie that made the brand a untouchable reference among collectors. This watch's remarkable movement was inspired by the carrousel, an invention of Danish watchmaker Bahne Bonniksen. Created in its original form in 1892, the carrousel was to count the effects of gravity upon the escapement of a timepiece. The carrousel has been meticulously engineered to complete a single revolution each minute, another factor that makes it remarkable; traditional carrousels completed a single rotation at an unspecified rate that could vary between 27 and 42 minutes.

The Blancpain Carrousel Volant Une Minute Technical Information:

(The Blancpain Carrousel Volant Une Minute)

Item number: 00225-3434-63B
Brand: Blancpain
Style Number: 00225-3434-63B
Also Called: Blancpain 00225-3434-63B, 00225343463B, 225343463B, 00225 3434 63B
Series: Carrousel volant une minute
Style: Mens
Case: Platinum
Dial Color: Black
Watch Bracelet / Strap: Leather - Black Crocodile
Watch Clasp: Platinum Deployant Buckle, engraved
Movement: Automatic
Engine: Blancpain Caliber 225 (36 jewels, 262 components, 21,600vph)
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date, Flying Carrousel
Crystal: Sapphire - Anti Reflective
Case Diameter: 43.5 mm
Caseback: Sapphire Crystal Display Back
Bezel Material: Platinum
Bezel Function: Fixed
Water Resistance: 100m / 330ft (suitable for swimming and shallow snorkeling; unsuitable for diving)
Crown: Platinum, Fluted
Calendar: Automatic Day, Double-window Date
Power Reserve: 100-hours

Possible Related Link:

Blancpain's Official Website ]


Blancpain's Watches at Interwatches!

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Thursday 23 July, 2009 - 13:20 PM EDT

Star Wars Pod Racer Turbine

1977 Wristwatch

Star Wars Pod Racer Turbine Watch 1977

Star Wars is an epic space opera franchise initially conceived by George Lucas. The first film in the franchise was originally released on May 25, 1977 by 20th Century Fox and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, spawning two immediate sequels, released at three-year intervals. Sixteen years after the release of the trilogy's final film, the first in a new prequel trilogy of films was released, again released at three-year intervals, with the final film released on May 19, 2005.

Star Wars Pod Racer Turbine Watch 1977

Condition: New Old Stock
Movement: Quartz
Finish: Silver
Bracelet: Leather
Measure Width: 40mm
Measure Height: 45mm
Measure Thick: 14mm
Water Resistant: Yes
Swiss Made: Yes

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