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Wednesday 23 September, 2009 - 11:30 AM EDT

Henry Graves' Platinum Minute-Repeater

Patek Philippe's Wristwatch.

(Platinum Minute-Repeater - Patek Philippe)

Henry Graves was an American banker descended from John Graves of Concord, Massachusetts born in March 11, 1868 in Orange (New Jersey) and died March 21, 1953 in New York City. He married Florence Isabel Preston on January 21, 1896.

Born into a prominent banking family, Mr. Graves was a very passionate watch collector; Graves was a patron of Patek Philippe, competing with James Ward Packard, the famed automobile manufacturer, for ownership of the most complicated watch in the world. In 1927, Packard commissioned the world's most complicated watch but not to be outdone, Henry Graves surpassed his rival in 1933 to become the owner of the most complicated watch ever made, spending 60,000 SF, nearly five times the price paid by Mr. Packard. It took over three years, and the most advanced horological technique, to engineer this truly one-of-a-kind timepiece; only one watch was ever built. Called "the Supercomplication", this pocket watch was held in the Museum of Time near Chicago, IL for years until it was sold for a record-breaking $11,002,500 to a secretive anonymous bidder at a Sotheby's auction held in New York City on December 2, 1999. The watch currently resides in the Patek Phillippe Museum in Geneva, Switzerland, and is the most expensive single piece on display.

One of the timepieces commissioned by Henry Graves Jr is the Patek Philippe Platinum Minute-Repeater that was made for Henry Graves, Jr. in 1927 and sold on August 16, 1928. It has been kept in private collection for over 50 years.

The 1927 platinum minute repeater is the second-most important Graves wristwatch ever offered at auction, following the Graves tortoise-shaped minute-repeater sold in an Antiquorum sale in 1989. This magnificent timepiece is a very fine and extremely rare cushion-shaped, minute-repeating, platinum wristwatch. Which estimated price was between $250,000–$ 350,000.

Henry Graves’ wristwatch was of a great significance during the sale. It was the Patek Philippe Henry Graves' unique platinum minute repeater sold for an impressive $630,000.

Platinum Minute-Repeater Sold to Henry Graves Jr. Patek Philippe, Genève, No. 198095. Made for Henry Graves Jr. in 1927. Very fine and extremely rare wristwatch. It featured a tonneau-shaped, a minute-repeating system. Platinum wristwatch.

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Patek Philippe's Official Web Site ]


Patek Philippe's Watches at Interwatches!

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Monday 21 September, 2009 - 11:00 AM EDT

Watches in Movies

Daylight, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, Superman Returns, Pulp Fiction and Ronin.

Daylight (1996)

A runaway car hits a truck full of toxic waste causing an explosion that seals both exit of an underground tunnel between Manhattan and New Jersey. It's up to Kit Latura (Sylvester Stallone), disgraced ex-chief of the city's Emergency Medical Services, to find a way in and bring out the survivors before air runs out or the Hudson River runs in.

Kit Latura (Sylvester Stallone) wears a Panerai Luminor Marina.

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton (2004)

This is a story about a young girl who lives in west Virginia named Rosalie Futch. She is a huge fan of Hollywood’s bad-boy Tad Hamilton. When a contest called "win a date with tad hamilton!" is set up, Rosalie enters and wins. When Tad meets her, he falls in love with her. At the same time, her best guy friend, Pete Monash (who is in love with Rosalie and confesses his love for her). Poor Rosalie finds herself in the middle of a love triangle having to choose between her best friend and the Hollywood hunk whose pictures and posters are hanging from the walls of all American girls bedrooms?

Tad Hamilton (Josh Duhamel) wears a TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph.

Superman Returns (2006)

After a long period in the space looking for the remains of planet Krypton, Superman returns to Earth. He misses Lois Lane, who lives with Richard White and has a son. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor has plotted an evil plan, using crystals he stole from the Fortress of Solitude, to create a new land and submerge the USA.

Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) wears a TAG Heuer Autavia

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of humorous, bizarre and unprovoked incidents.

Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel) sports an 18k gold plated Gucci '3000' with integrated bracelet in Pulp Fiction.

Ronin (1998)

A woman assembles a team of professional killers from all over the world to get a hold on a certain case with some mysterious content. The case is in the hands of some ex-KGB spies and there are many people and organizations that will do anything to get it

Sam (Robert De Niro) wears what might be an Omega Museuem Chrongraph re-issued

Possible Related Links:

Panerai's Official Web Site ]

TAG Heuer's Official Web Site ]

Gucci's Official Web Site ]

Omega's Official Web Site ]


Panerai's Watches at Interwatches!

TAG Heuer's Watches at Interwatches!

Gucci's Watches at Interwatches!

Omega's Watches at Interwatches!

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Wednesday 16 September, 2009 - 10:50 AM EDT

Watches in Series

Numbers, Scrubs, The Shield, Survivorman and Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip

Numb3rs (2005)

In the Los Angeles office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Special Agent Don Eppes and team work investigating critical crimes with a special edge: Don's brother, Charlies Eppes, became a brilliant mathematician who uses numbers so that through its complex equations be able to ferret out the most tricky criminals.

IWC Flieger Chronograph 3717
Don Epps (Rob Morrow) wears an IWC Flieger Chronograph 3717.

Scrubs (2001-2008)

Is an American comedy-drama that premiered on October 2, 2001, on NBC. Created by Bill Lawrence and produced by ABC Studios. The show follows the lives of several employees of Sacred Heart, a teaching hospital featuring fast-paced dialogue and surreal vignettes presented as the daydreams of the central character, Dr. John "J.D." Dorian.

Hamilton Khaki Automatic
Dr. Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins) uses his Hamilton Khaki automatic to show to Nurse Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes) how late she is arriving work.

The Shield (2002)

The Shield plays out in a tough, morally ambiguous world in which the line between good and bad is crossed ever day focusing on the tension between a group of corrupt but effective cops and a captain torn between bringing them down and advancing his own political ambitions. The Shield stars Michael Chiklis (The Commish) as rogue cop "Det. Vic Mackey," leader of the elite Strike Team unit, who is effective at eliminating crime but who operates under his own set of rules.

Cartier Must 21 Chronoscaph quartz chronograph
Detective Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) wears a Cartier Must 21 Chronoscaph.

Survivorman (2004)

Survivalist Les Stroud places himself in unique survival situations. In each challenge he demonstrates how one might survive alone in a remote location with minimal supplies until being rescued. Finding food, water, and materials to make fire and shelter pose the main challenge of each episode.

Tissot T-Touch Trek
In season 3 of Survivorman Les Stroud wears a yellow Tissot T-Touch Trek.

Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip (2006-2007)

American dramedy television series created and written by Aaron Sorkin which takes place behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy show (also called Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip or Studio 60) on the fictional television network NBS (National Broadcasting System), whose format is similar to NBC's Saturday Night Live. The fictional show-within-a-show is run by head writer and executive producer Matt Albie (Matthew Perry) and executive producer Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford).

IWC Big Pilot
Simon Stiles (D.L. Hughley) wears an IWC Big Pilot.

Possible Related Links:

IWC's Official Web Site ]

Hamilton's Official Web Site ]

Cartier's Official Web Site ]

Tissot's Official Web Site ]


IWC's Watches at Interwatches!

Hamilton's Watches at Interwatches!

Carier's Watches at Interwatches!

Tissot's Watches at Interwatches!

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Tuesday 15 September, 2009 - 09:30 AM EDT

Blancpain and Yachting

Privileged Partnership

For the fifth consecutive year, Blancpain is dropping anchor in the Old Port of Cannes. A partner of the 32nd edition of the International Boat Show, Blancpain is marking the occasion by announcing the worldwide launch of its brand-new 500 Fathoms diver’s watch. And as the icing on the cake, the Manufacture from Le Brassus is presenting a world first on the Blancpain booth: a 500 Fathoms Cannes 2009 limited series of 50 dedicated to sea-lovers.

The Blancpain story is written in “navy” blue since 1953, the debut year of the first modern diver’s watch, the Fifty Fathoms. Blancpain regularly celebrates its historical ties with the maritime world. In 2007, Blancpain naturally chose the Cannes International Boat Show to launch its “new wave” Fifty Fathoms watch. This year, to mark its fifth participation in the prestigious yachting event, Blancpain is announcing the launch of its brand-new 500 Fathoms and presenting a special edition of this model, issued in a limited series of 50.

The resolutely sporting 500 Fathoms is making a noteworthy entrance into the collection of Blancpain diver’s watches. Endowed with a new face, new dimensions and new performances, the 500 Fathoms may in some ways be considered the “big sister” (size-wise) of the famous Fifty Fathoms*. Measuring an impressive 48 mm in diameter, the new 500 Fathoms is water-resistant to 1000 metres. An automatic decompression valve, placed inside the brushed titanium case, guarantees the security and reliability of the watch without requiring any handling on the part of the wearer.

To enhance legibility, Blancpain has designed large phosphorescent Arabic numerals engraved into sunbrushed metal appliques. The luminescent coating applied to the hour-markers, bezel markings and hands, as well as the red tip of the central seconds hand, ensures ideally convenient read-off in all circumstances. The black luminescent base of the dial reveals its fluorescence only in the dark. The oneway rotating bezel made from titanium and scratch-proof sapphire crystal is notched to facilitate handling and slightly cambered to reduce the risk of impacts.

The sapphire crystal back enables one to admire the entirely hand-decorated self-winding Calibre 1315 with its propeller-shaped oscillating weight. The 500 Fathoms Cannes 2009 model comes fitted with a black rubber-lined sail canvas strap, while an additional rubber strap and a dedicated tool to secure it lend the finishing touch to this set delivered in an ultra-sturdy watertight presentation box designed to withstand extreme conditions.


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*Born in 1953 from Blancpain’s encounter with two French naval officers – Captain Robert “Bob” Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud, who were entrusted by the French Ministry of Defence with creating an elite “Combat Divers” unit – the Fifty Fathoms proved its worth by displaying an ability to withstand the extreme conditions characteristic of underwater military operations. Named after the water resistance of the original model, guaranteed to a depth of 50 fathoms (91.45 metres), this mechanical masterpiece soon earned a reputation for reliability and sturdiness, thereby asserting itself as the archetypal modern diver’s watch.

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Monday 14 September, 2009 - 12:00 PM EDT

Omega and Sports

Its conexion to the Swimming, Polo and Athletics World.

Omega was the first company to be entrusted with the official timekeeping of all disciplines at the Los Angeles Games in 1932 using chronographs and stop-watches developed by its subsidiary Lémania. Omega's association with the Olympic Games led to well over half a century of pioneering developments in the field of sports timekeeping.

Omega and the Swimming World

(Michael Phelps - Omega's Swimmer)

The association between Omega and swimming dates back to 1932 when the brand was first entrusted with the official timekeeping of all disciplines at the Olympic Games including swimming.

The watchmaker symbolized by the Greek letter for perfection has had a decades-long partnership with the swimming world. In addition to its role as official FINA partner, it is also the Official Timekeeper of LEN (European Aquatics) and has served in many internationally renowned swimming competitions, among them the Pan Pacific Championships and, of course, the Olympic Games. This relationship has led to a long list of innovations in the field including the world's first semi-automatic swimming timer, the Swim Eight-O-Matic Timer, first used at the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956, and the famous "touch pads" placed at each end of the pool for timekeeping at swimming events, first used at the Pan-American games in Winnipeg in 1967.

Omega and Golf

(Michelle Wie - Golfer)

Omega is one of the few watch brands in the world with a history and tradition in golf. Founded in 1848, 12 years before the first-ever British Open took place at Prestwick golf course near Glasgow, Omega’s involvement in international golf today includes tour and tournament sponsorship as well as official timekeeping.

In 2007 Omega became the title sponsor of the World Cup of Golf. Founded in 1953, the World Cup is the oldest and most prestigious global golf team event, which invites two-man teams from 28 leading golfing nations to compete for the title. Under Omega’s sponsorship, the World Cup will be played at Mission Hills in China, the world’s largest golf complex, until at least 2018.

In order to commemorate its connection to the world of golf, Omega introduced a unique model to its popular and distinctive Constellation watch line. The OMEGA Constellation Double Eagle blends technical innovation with design excellence in a wristwatch which is at once elegant and sporty.

Omega and Athletics

OMEGA has always been committed to athletics timing and continuously develops its timing technology. Thanks to OMEGAtiming, Lausanne's Athletissima meet on July 6, 1994 marked a milestone in sports history: at exactly 8:20pm, Omega timed the 1/100 second which made the American Leroy Burrell the new king of the 100 metres, in just 9.85 seconds! Precision to 1/100 second - how crucial timekeeping had become!

The brand is particularly proud to be associated with the Golden League Meetings in Berlin, Brussels, Monaco, Oslo, Paris, Rome and Zurich - where Omega is the official timekeeper.

Possible Related Links:

Omega's Official Web Site ]

Michael Phelps' Official Web Site ]

[ Michael Phelps' Official Facebook ]

[ MIchael Phelps Foundation ]

Michelle Wie's Official Web Site ]

Michelle Wie's MySpace ]


Omega's Watches at Interwatches!

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