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Friday 11 September, 2009 - 11:40 AM EDT

President's Watches

Nicolas Sarkozy's Rolex Collection.

Nicolas Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa was born on 28 January 1955. He is the 23rd President of the French Republic. He assumed the office on 16 May 2007 after defeating Socialist Party candidate Ségolène Royal 10 days earlier.

Before his presidency, he was leader of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP). Under Jacques Chirac's presidency, he served as Minister of the Interior in Jean-Pierre Raffarin's (UMP) first two governments (from May 2002 to March 2004), then was appointed Minister of Finances in Raffarin's last government (March 2004 to May 2005), and again Minister of the Interior in Dominique de Villepin's government (2005-2007).

Sarkozy was also president of the General council of the Hauts-de-Seine department from 2004 to 2007 and mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, one of the wealthiest communes of France from 1983 to 2002. He was also Minister of the Budget in the government of Édouard Balladur (RPR, predecessor of the UMP) during François Mitterrand's last term.

Nicolas Sarkozy is a true Rolex collector, with a particular appreciation for the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, which was made famous by the late American acting icon Paul Newman. He has been pictured many times wearing the classic white faced Daytona, but he seems to prefer the rarer black faced Daytona. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is easily recognized for its stainless steel case and an oysterlock bracelet. Rolex Cosmograph features an intricately fashioned dial, whether white or black, and a synthetic sapphire case. It is also water resistant to 100 meters.

Probably one of the rarest and most expensive vintage Rolex watches on the market today, the anti-magnetic Rolex Datocompax Oyster Chronograph has always gone by the adopted name of the “Jean-Claude Killy” Rolex. Popular as the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona identified with Paul Newman or the Rolex Explorer II connected to Steve McQueen, the “Jean-Claude Killy” Rolex was only ever produced infrequently from the late 1950s to the late 1960s. Never reaching mass popularity during its production, this Rolex watch has become incredibly rare and valuable, selling at recent auctions for over $80,000.

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Rolex's Official Web Site ]


Rolex Watches at Interwatches!

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Thursday 10 September, 2009 - 12:00 PM EDT

What is the RK3DE?

Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event


Because horse and rider combinations compete in World Championships and Olympic Games at the Four Star level, the ability to train and test themselves at this level on an annual basis is critical to developing strong individuals and teams for those contests.
While not every combination that competes at the Four Star level will be chosen to represent the U.S. or, in the case of foreign riders, their own country, the Rolex Four Star Championship, $200,000 in prize money and a Rolex Watch make the competition important in its own right. Additionally for U.S. riders, the USET Foundation CCI**** Championship for the Pinnacle Cup marks the high point of any U.S. rider's career.
To win Rolex Kentucky sets a horse and rider apart and they become members of that upper echelon who are winners of a CCI****. Simply to finish also puts them in select company.


The Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing awards $250,000 to the Rider who can win the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in England the first weekend in May and the Burghley Land Rover Horse Trials in England the first of September in succession. In its 5th year in 2003, Pippa Funnell of Great Britain became the first Grand Slam winner with wins at Kentucky on Primmore's Pride, Badminton on Supreme Rock, and Burghley on Primmore's Pride, taking the $250,000 prize that most had thought impossible to win. When the next Grand Slam winner will burst onto the Eventing scene is anyone's guess.

In 2010, the RK3DE (Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event) will be set on April 22-25, at the Kentucky Horse Park.

[Source: ROLEX RK3DE website.]

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Rolex's Official Web Site ]


Rolex's Watches at Interwatches!

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Wednesday 09 September, 2009 - 09:30 AM EDT

New York: Golfer Sergio Garcia visited Omega's Flagship Store

Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

Golfer Sergio Garcia and Omega

New York-PGA Tour golfer Sergio Garcia visited Omega's flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Monday. He had watchmaking lessons and, also, he offered a golf course to a group of local children.

Garcia, who became ambassador for the wristwatch company since 2003, donated his personal Omega "Mission Hills Double Eagle Chronograph Constellation" timepiece, the latest addition to the store's "Ambassador Collection Series" of autographed watches, which already includes watches by two fellow Omega ambassadors: Olympic swimming champ Michael Phelps and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Although he's a fan of Omega and its watches and a proud ambassador, Garcia told National Jeweler that he doesn't like to wear a watch while playing golf because it places extra weight on his hand. He said; “"This one, the Constellation, is a great watch and it's very light."

Garcia said he has been proud to be an Omega ambassador and also that he owns probably 10 or 12 of the brand's watches. He added: “They've been very generous".

Sergio Garcia was born in Castello, Spain and started playing golf when he was three. He reached a career high ranking of two after winning the HSBC Champions Tournament and spent much of his career in the top 10 in Official World Golf Rankings. He advises: “The main thing I would say is to enjoy the game and try to be happy with life".

Garcia is scheduled to represent Spain at the 2009 Omega Mission Hills World Cup, the 55th World Cup of Golf, which will take place from Nov. 26-29 at the Mission Hills Olazabal Course in Shenzhen, China.

Possible Related Links:

[ Omega's Official Web Site ]


Omega's Watches at Interwatches!

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Wednesday 09 September, 2009 - 08:40 AM EDT

King of Denmark's Omega's Watch

Omega Centenary - Automatic , Chronomètre

Frederick IX, Christian Frederick Franz Michael Carl Valdemar Georg, was born on 11 March 1899 and was King of Denmark from the 20 April 1947 till his death on 14th January 1972. Born from King Christian X of Denmark and Queen Alexandrine (Duchess of Mecklenburg).

Frederick was educated at the Royal Danish Naval Academy (breaking Danish royal tradition by choosing a naval instead of an army career) and the University of Copenhagen. Before he became king, he had acquired the rank of Rear Admiral and he had had several senior commands on active service. In addition, with his great love of music, the king was an able piano player and conductor.

King Frederick IX waring the Omga Centenary - Automatic, Chronometre Watch while making his New Year's Eve Speech to nation on Danish National Radio in 1956.

In 1922, Frederick was engaged to Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark, his cousin and the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark; however they never wed. Instead, he married Princess Ingrid of Sweden (1910–2000), daughter of Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf, later King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, in Stockholm on 24 May 1935.

This Omega Centenary - Automatic , Chronomètre had, according to Antiquorum's auctions, an estimated price of $1.600 - $2.500. Technical data: movement: No. 10760553, case no. 10725323, Ref. 2500. The movement was made in 1947 and the watch was delivered on October 15, 1948 to the Danish Ambassy in Bern.

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Omega's Official Web Site ]


Omega's Watches at Interwatches!

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Tuesday 08 September, 2009 - 10:00 AM EDT

Chopard L.U.C Calibre

Quattro, Quattro Tourbillon, Tech Régulateur, Lunar One, Chrono One, Tourbillon Titan and Lunar Big

In 1996, Chopard set up a high technology manufacturer centre in Fleurier (Val-de-Travers), Switzerland. As the main objective of this opening was the development of Chopard’s own calibre, L.U.C. 1/19 was born carrying the wristwatch company’s founder’s name: Louis – Ulysse Chopard.

Buying mechanisms to wristwatch producing companies like Piaget or Jaeger LeCoultre was not as rentable as producing them, so the company organize a qualified group lead by Jean Frédéric Dufour.

The first L.U.C. was developed and Chopard’s history changed.

L.U.C. Quattro: L.U.C. Calibre 1.98 with a power reserve of 216 hours, 9 days. It was presented in white, yellow and pink gold and also in platinum.

L.U.C. Quattro Tourbillon: L.U.C. Calibre 1.02 featuring the regulateur tourbillon.

L.U.C. Tech Régulateur: L.U.C. Calibre 4RT featuring a power reserve indicator, a second time zone of 24 hours placed at 9 o’clock and the day and night indicator.

L.U.C. Lunar One: L.U.C1. Calibre 85 QP incorporates the perpetual calendar, the moon phase and leap year indicators and also a second time zone function.

Ten years later from the first mechanism launching, in 2006, Chopard gave birth to the L.U.C. Chrono One incorporating the chronograph function according to high Swiss technology.

Two years later, Chopard presented the L.U.C. Tourbillon Titan SL with hours, minutes and seconds hands. Its calibre: L.U.C. 4TSL with mechanical and manual tourbillon. COSC certificate. Power reserve: 216 hours.

Two more models were presented:

The L.U.C. Tourbillon Tech Twist: L.U.C. Calibre 4TBST (Quattro Tourbillon Black Superlight Twist Silicium), the first Chopard movement that incorporated escape valve and a silence lever. Main Characteristics: Antimagnetic, 33 rubies, certified by COSC, 9 power reserve days, W.A.S dispositive (Winding Assistance System)

L.U.C. Lunar Big Date is the last one of Chopard’s L.U.C. calibre models. Calibre: L.U.C 96 LD, with 33 rubies and a 65 power reserve.

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Chopard's Official Web Site ]


Chopard's Watches at Interwatches!


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