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Friday 28 August, 2009 - 08:40 AM EDT

Vacheron Constantin: A King's Watch

King Alexander I of Yugoslavia's Wristwatch





Alexander I Karagjordgevic of the Royal House of Karagjordgevic, was the first king of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1929 – 1934) as well as the last king of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (1921–29).

Alexander was born in Cetinje in Montenegro in December 1988 as the second son of Prince Pietro Karagjordgevic , the later to become King Peter I of Serbia and also of Zorka of Montenegro.

Even though he was not the first in line for the throne, his elder brother, Crown Prince George, was considered unstable by most political forces in Serbia and after two notable scandals (one of which occurred in 1909 when he kicked his servant, who consequently died), Prince George was forced to renounce his claim to the throne. So, Alexander, became heir to the throne in 1909. On 8 June 1922, he married to Princess Mary of Romania, the daughter of King Ferdinand of Romania.


Alexander I Karagjordgevic
Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, No. 412770, case No 256398. Made in 1931.



Three members of his family died on a Tuesday, so Alexander refused to undertake any public functions on that day, But, on Tuesday 9 October 1934 having no choice while arriving in Marseille for a state visit to the Third French Republic, together with the French Foreign Minister Louis Barthou, a man in the crowd shot the King, the Minister and the chauffeur. This was the first assassination captured on film.

After Alexander’s assassination, as his son Peter II was still a minor, Peter’s uncle Pavle Karagjoordgevic took the regency of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia until Peter reached adulthood. Peter was to become the last King of Yugoslavia, fleeing to London in 1941 when the Nazis attacked and occupied his country.




Alexander I Karagjordgevic
Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, No. 412770, case No 256398. Made in 1931.

18K white and yellow gold jump hour, wandering minute keyless Art Deco presentation dress watch with enamel coat of arms for Alexander I Karagjordgevic.












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Thursday 27 August, 2009 - 08:45 AM EDT

Audemars Piguet and sports

Golf, basketball, cricket or sky.



Even though when having to relate Audemars Piguet to ssport we would usually think about it Royal Oak Offshore and its connection to the ocean, the luxurious wristwatch company is also related to other sports such as: golf, basketball, cricket or sky.


According to basketball, the company has honoured the dominating championship Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal with its Royal Oak Offshore Shaquille O’Neal edition.


(Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal)


Audemars Piguet's legendary Royal Oak Offshore proves that this design is one of the greatest in high luxury sports watches. Introduced more than twelve years ago as a variation to their already successful Royal Oak watch collection, Audemars Piguet produced a watch which further expanded boundaries in both luxury and size, paving the way for much of todays current celebration of boldly dimensioned watches, as well as the enthusiastic acceptance of unconventional materials such as carbon fibre or rubber for luxury timepieces. The Offshore watch collection from Audemars Piguet encompasses everything from an automatic chronograph with date, to an automatic chronograph with full perpetual calendar and moonphases. Stunning limited editions such as the Offshore Alinghi Polaris or the Offshore Rubens Barrichello series incorporate innovative materials or technical solutions that are refreshingly unconventional, yet perfectly in tune with the ethic of perfection that Audemars Piguet has pursued as a manufacturer of haute horlogerie since its founding in 1875.


Regarding to cricket, Sachin “Little Master” Tendulkar was Audermars Piguet’s ambassador for years because of its exceptional punch style of hitting the ball.



(Sachin “Little Master” Tendulkar)


According to golf, more than ten ambassadors represent the company like the open champion Cristie Kerr, Nick Faldo, Vijay Singh or Morgan Pressel




(Cristie Kerr)



The Royal Oak Offshore watch line fromAudemars Piguet demonstrates Audemars Piguet's ability to cultivate classic designs which continue to captivate watch lovers. Offered in a variety of metals, including steel, titanium, gold, and platinum, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watch collection shows off the immaculate finish work that has long distinguished the Royal Oak watch line.











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Wednesday 26 August, 2009 - 10:10 AM EDT

Omega's 40th Lunar Landing Anniversary

Buzz Aldrin and the Omega Speedmaster Chronograph.



Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin was born on January 20, 1930. Buzz is an engineer, retired United States Air Force pilot and astronaut who was the Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 11, the first lunar landing. He was the second person to set foot on the Moon, following his mission commander Neil Armstrong.

Aldrin was selected as part of the third group of NASA astronauts in October 1963 being promoted to back-up crew for the mission. According to different NASA accounts, he had originally been proposed as the first to step onto the Moon's surface, but due to the physical positioning of the astronauts inside the compact Lunar Landing Module, it was easier for the commander, Neil Armstrong, to be the first to exit the spacecraft.



Aldrin is a Presbyterian and an active freemason. After landing on the moon, Aldrin radioed earth: "I'd like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours, and to give thanks in his or her own way." He received Communion on the surface of the Moon, but kept it secret because of a lawsuit brought by atheist activist Madalyn Murray O'Hair over the reading of Genesis on Apollo 8.

Buzz Aldrin joined Omega CEO Stephen Urquhart at Omega’s Flagship Boutique in New York last June in order to mark the anniversary of the lunar landing. He spoke about the importance of keeping and active speace tourism programm and, of course, lunar exploration, including artists and writers so that thet can reflect on the experience.

Omega has been an active participant on NASA’s programs and, because of being moonlanding’s 40th anniversary, the wristwatch company focuses on its iconic Speedmaster Chronograph along with President John F. Kennedy (the one who promoted United States’ lunar landing.




Omega Speedmaster Chronograph















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Friday 21 August, 2009 - 11:40 AM EDT

Bulgari-Bulgari Collection

The New Sotirio 2009 and The First Bulgari-Bulgari Moon Phase Ladies Watch


The New Sotirio 2009 collection comes in three versions: an annual calendar, a perpetual calendar and a Tourbillon. In all of them, tradition and modern design, get to be the unified elements for an elegant look. The new Bulgari Sotirio watches are new versions of formal watches, in this collection, particularly without the double Bulgari logo. They emerge like unique pieces featuring manufacture movements, dials finished with exclusive treatments and a distinctive design of their cases. On its 125th anniversary, Bulgari dedicated this collection to Bulgari’s founder, a multicultural pioneer businessman called Sotirio Bulgari.

One of these three special models is the Sotirio Bulgari Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel. This Bulagari model merges the functions of an automatic Tourbillon function with a perpetual calendar and an innovative display that features double coaxial retrograde hands. It also features a BVL 465 Caliber movement. This movement can be appreciated through its transparent case-back. This sophisticated Sotirio Bulgari Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel watch is offered in a limited edition of 30 pieces.



Another watch coming from this new Bulgari collection is the Sotirio Bulgari Quantième Annuel model. This wristwatch is equipped with the Bulgari 360 Caliber movement and enriched with by an annual calendar function with 225° retrograde date. It is available in a limited edition of 250 pieces for the 18Kt pink gold case version or 125 limited pieces for the version in 18Kt white gold, both with elegant crocodile leather straps.

Finally, the last of the three new models is the Sotirio Bulgari Date Retrograde, which 150° retrograde module, has been developed and produced by Bulgari. Made for commemorate the Bulgari’s 125th Anniversary, this special tiempiece carries the Sotirio Bulagari’s signature on its flip-over back case studied to reveal the movement. This model is offered in three limited editions of 125 pieces each one: in 18k pink gold, yellow gold and white gold, all equipped with the Bulgari 250 Caliber.







Bulfari 2009: The First Bulgari-Bulgari Moon Phase Ladies Watch.

The new 2009 Bulgari collection resumes the brand's philosophy: exquisite craftsmanship, original design details and technical excellence. This year the Bulgari-Bulgari collection, the icon of the Bulgari watch line, was updated with a new ladies model: the Bulgari-Bulgari Moon Phase. This watch has a unique rotating indicator that depicts the phases of the moon. This complication continuously tracks the movement of the moon and also appears against a background of shimmering mother of pearl.

In this exclusive version, the 38 mm case has the characteristically linear and contemporary design of the Bulgari-Bulgari collection. The white mother-of-pearl dial is decorated with diamond pave and hand-applied markers. This Bulgari timepiece is water resistant up to a depth of 30 meters and it features an automatic B77 Calibre mechanical movement with a 42-hour power reserve. It also marks the phases of the moon and is decorated by Cote de Geneve and Perlage treatments. A white alligator strap with folding steel buckle completes the ultra-feminine appeal of the watch.



The Bulgari-Bulgari line, characterized by the famous double signature on bezel, has been expanded in 2009 with this luxurious model that unites the glamour of diamonds and of mother of pearl with the prestigious watchmaking complication of the Moon Phase. Moreover, this is the first time that Bulgari creates a Ladies model with this complication.














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Wednesday 19 August, 2009 - 10:40 AM EDT

TAG Heuer Meridiist

Technical Information




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TAG Heuer Meridiist)


This exclusive design features several functions, such as reversible clock, 1/100 of a second chronograph and incoming call identification. A special OLED technology (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) protected by a sapphire crystal glass offering to its user a new level of refinement in their manner of viewing the time and addressing incoming calls. It also features an exceptional autonomy up to 28 days standby time and 7 hours talk time will providing comfort of use.
The Meridiist features a dual-function: a TAG Heuer switch, which with a touch a polite call rejection process is issued and switches the direction from which the time can be viewed or launches a 1/100th of a second chronograph.
Buyers will be able to choose between a great choice of rubber, calfskin leather and genuine alligator is proposed. The TAG Heuer Meridiist includes high quality (CMOS low noise) digital camera which links human gesture to technology through mechanical refinement. A software maximizing the image quality & colour rendering has been specifically developed. MERIDIIST has a 2 mega pixel camera sensor (1 200 * 1 600 pixels) for standard photo size 10x15cm quality print and 2GB memory which enables to store more than 5000 pictures. A mechanical camera sliding shutter triggers automatically the preview mode.





Technical Data:
Design and finishing
• 316L stainless steel case with hand brushed and polished finishing
• Black PVD - Titanium carbide coating on 316L stainless steel
• Backlit mechanical stainless steel keypad
• Multi function TAG Heuer switch
• 60.5 carats of sapphire crystal glass on dual display screens
• High quality rubber, calfskin leather and genuine alligator back plates
• Dimensions: 112mm x 46mm x 15.5mm
• Weight: 155g

Performance
• Autonomy: 28 days stand-by time, 7 hours talk time
• Imaging: 2 mega pixel high-quality camera sensor
(CMOS low noise) digital camera: 1,200 x 1,600 pixels
• Image quality-maximising and colour rendering software
• Mechanical, automatic preview-triggering sliding camera shutter
• Image formats supported: JPEG, GIF, BMP
• Audio: Music playback (MP3, AAC, AAC )
• Video: Video recording and playback
• End-user memory: 2GB
• USB 1.0 with mass storage for easy multimedia objects
exchange with PC
Network
• Worldwide GSM/GPRS network-compatible for best performance
• Quad-band: covers all GSM countries

Hardware
2 LCD screens
• Front screen: LCD, 240 x 320 pixels, 260k colours, TFT – 1.9’’
• Top screen: OLED, 96 x 16 pixels
• Acoustics: separate earpiece for call mode, loudspeaker for handsfree, ringtones and music playback
• Long duration battery: Li-lon 950mAh

Applications
• Phonebook: up to 1,000 contacts
(multi-entries, Lotus Notes and Outlook synchronisation)
• Messaging: SMS, MMS
• Browsing: WAP 2.0
• PC synchronisation: contacts, messaging, multimedia
• Apps: World clock, alarm, agenda, calendar, currency converter, chronometer, calculator
• Voice recorder
• Client e-mail

Connectivity
• Bluetooth: headset, car kit and data exchange profiles
• Single I/O connector for charging, data exchange
and wired stereo headset via standard mini-USB
• Stereo Bluetooth for audio with compatible devices
• USB connection
• Built-in modem
• Compatible with any operator/SIM card








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