AP’s Royal Oak Las Vegas Strip Mens Watch

Written by Debbie. Posted in Fashion Watches

Boys, it just got better to go to Vegas… Las Vegas, otherwise known as Sin City, a playground for the rich and famous.AudemarsLasVegasStrip

Audemars Piguet has just upped the ante when it comes to men’s watches. They have come out with a new, limited edition, “bad boy” watch called the Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph, of which only 35 pieces have been made. This watch features large red numbers and white hands set against a black dial. The colors are reminiscent of a black jack table and the numbers are large enough that you will still be able to see what time it is even in the wee hours of the morning, or in more formal terms: the hands are crafted from polished white gold and coated with Superluminova that make for easier reading in dim lights.

The Royal Oak Las Vegas Strip maintains the signature octagonal case and bezel which made the Royal Oak collection famous when it hit the scene in 1972. The brushed and polished stainless steel case and surfaces have been treated with a black coloring that makes for a bold contrast with the red hour figures, red chronograph subdial and the beveled red tourbillon bridge. The watch also has Audemars Piguet’s famous “Mega Tapisserie” waffle pattern.

The watch runs on Audemars Piguet 2889 movement, a thin, complex caliber that brings together about 335 hand-finished parts and operates via column wheel. Fully wound, this caliber has a power reserve of 70 hours.

As with all AP watches, the finishing and final presentation of the watch is nothing short of spectacular. Finishings for the mainplate, steel chronograpgh levers, jewel and screw settings are all taken into account and done meticulously.

The strap is made from black crocodile and features red stitching. A blackened stainless steel folding clasp shaped in the form of the Audemars Piguet initials secures the watch to the wearer’s wrist.

Fashion-wise, you can’t find a hotter men’s watch to wear as you’re playing the casinos, taking in a show or simply cruising the Strip.

It’s not only the men that go to Vegas to be bad, women do as well, which is why Audemars Piguet, also made a version of this new “Las Vegas Strip” watch for women.

Remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas and with this new Royal Oak Las Vegas Strip Tourbillon Chronograph, you have a new partner in crime.

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Breitling Releases New Cosmonaute Mens Watch

Written by Debbie. Posted in Breitling

To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Breitling is launching a new, limited edition chronograph called the Cosmonaute. This version is based on the original Cosmonaute which was created in 1962 to accompany astronauts going to space.breitling Cosmonaute

On May 24, 1962 this watch made its first trip to space when worn by Scott Carpenter. In space there can be confusion between day and night, so the Cosmonaute was created to be able to indicate all 24 hours of the day in a single sweep of the dial. Both Carpenter and his Breitling watch were successful in their mission.

Only 1,000 of these new Cosmonaute watches will be produced. The collection maintains the original 24 hour dial feature as well as the design from the 1960’s. The bracelet is an Air Racer.

Breitling watches are known as “instruments for professionals” because they were originally created for aviation pilots. However, as their chronograph features became envied, the watches achieved a certain status symbol among the general public.

Many celebrities have become fans of Breitling watches, the Navitimer being the most favored by John Travolta (himself a licensed pilot), comedian Dave Chapelle, TV host Simon Cowell, musician Miles Davis, and actors Tommy Lee Jones and John Lovitz. Rapper Ludacris prefers the Breitling Super Avenger.


Using their capability to produce precise and elegant timepieces Breitling entered into a partnership with the Bentley Motors and born from that are four collections: the Bentley, the Bentley Flying B, the Bentley GMT and the Bentley Mark VI, all of which have some of the most exclusively crafted and luxurious watches ever produced.

Almost all Breitling watches are men’s watches yet there is a small collection of women’s watches called the Windrider Starliner.

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The TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Watch is Coming

Written by Debbie. Posted in News

For those who are fans of TAG watches get ready because the long awaited TAG Heuer Monaco V4 watch is coming … in November 2009.

TAG is timing the release of this watch to coincide with the company’s 150 year anniversary. The Monaco V4 will be the world’s first mechanical watch with a “belt-driven movement and linear winding mass.” This watch, which will be produced in a very limited edition of only 150 pieces, has been in the making for five years.TAG Heuer Monaco V4

It’s taken this long for the concept to become a functioning reality. No watch company has ever yet to do what TAG does with the Monaco V4, which is a complete replacement of the usual gears and pinions used in mechanical movements, and replacing them with belt drives and ball bearings. The winding system too has seen a total make-over, replacing the typical centralized circular rotor with a linear winding mass.

The Monaco V4 brings new technical and design elements to the forefront of watchmaking. TAG Heuer employed 3D design experts, automotive engineers, chemists, mathematicians and others in the development process and while doing so, received two global patents for the Monaco V4. To give you an idea of how complex the inner workings of this watch are, take the belts used in the movement; each belt, of which there are five, are about as big as a human hair, making the integration of them seemingly impossible.

These watches, all of which are cased in platinum, take their name from the shape of the movement’s central plate, which is similar to the cylinders in a car. To highlight this amazing new movement, TAG created an equally cool and innovative case that measures 40.5mm.

Of course, the name Monaco has been used by TAG watches before, when it created the watch worn by Steve McQueen in the classic race car film “Le Mans.”

Each of these 150 limited edition Monaco V4 watches are assembled by genius TAG Heuer watchmaker Denis Badin. According to TAG Heuer, the Monaco V4 will retail for the princely sum of about $97,614.56.

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New Piaget Limelight Jewelry Watches for 09

Written by Debbie. Posted in News

Georges Edouard Piaget set up his first workshop in 1874 on his family’s farm in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland creating mechanical movements for already established luxury watch companies. In 1911 Piaget’s son took over the business and finally in 1943, the brand Piaget was created and the company started designing and producing its own watches. It didn’t take long for Piaget watches to become highly desired luxury timepieces, especially and specifically in the field of jewelry watches.Piaget Limelight

In 1988 Piaget fell under what is now known as the Richemont Group and in 1990 released its first jewelry line called Possession. Then came the Limelight collection which was all about Hollywood glitz and glamour and which just had three new “secret” watches added to it. These new additions have some serious sparkle and are a perfect example of what jewelry watches are. Made from 18 karat white gold, with a bracelet crafted from five gold ribbons, and over 400 hundred different shaped diamonds, like pear, baguette and round cut, these women’s watches will take your breath away.

The Piaget Limelight Exceptional Pieces watch, model number G0A34133, is called “secret” because the dial is revealed when the center of the cover is pressed. Another 78 diamonds surround the dial. From start to finish, this haute joaillerie jewelry watch takes over 870 hours to create, with 200 of these hours being dedicated to setting the approximately 57 carats of diamonds that adorn just the case and bracelet.

In business for over 130 years, Piaget knows what those who seek high-end luxury watches and jewelry want. There are now eight collections of men’s watches and women’s watches, which represent the evolution and continued creativity that Piaget was founded on. Any of these collections are the perfect example of what a jewelry watch is.

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Platinum Jewelry and Mens Watches Rule the Red Carpet

Written by Debbie. Posted in Fashion Watches

During this year’s 61st Primetime Emmy Awards Ceremony platinum jewelry in all its shapes and forms, ruled the red carpet. Platinum earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rare men’s watches and cufflinks, all dazzling in diamonds, wear draped on all the celebrities who attended.chris

Previous to the awards ceremony, there was an exclusive event hosted by the Platinum Guild International where celebrities were invited to view and select jewelry to wear for the Emmy’s and to the after parties. From items like a 100 carat diamond and platinum necklace, to earrings, bangles, rings and men’s jewelry watches, the selection of platinum jewelry was truly amazing.

Platinum is a great metal that is often used in high end jewelry and luxury watches because its natural white color enhances the radiance of precious stones. Not to mention that there is simply nothing more glamorous and reminiscent of old Hollywood than platinum and diamonds, as explained by style expert Michael O’Connor: “Classic Hollywood glamour is the hottest trend on the red carpet this year. Celebrities are choosing to make a statement with their jewelry by highlighting their neck, wrists or ears with bold pieces.”

Chris Harrison, host of TV shows like Antiques Roadshow and The Bachelor was seen wearing a men’s jewelry watch in the form of a Platinum Rolex watch with diamonds and mother of pearl dial.

Check out the quick list of who else wore what:

Alyson Hannigan selected platinum and 28-carat diamond earrings, a platinum and 70-carat diamond bracelet, and a platinum and 11-carat diamond ring by Chopard. Patricia Arquette chose platinum and diamond earrings, ring and bracelet. Glenn Close went for platinum and diamond earrings designed by Fred Leighton, while Jessica Lange glowed in a platinum and diamond bracelet.

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Hot Womens Watches and The Babes That Wear Them

Written by Debbie. Posted in Women's Watches

Yeah, yeah, we know that the new “it” trend for women and watches is for women to wear men’s watches, but in the past and even still today, on the streets of Hollywood, you’ll see female celebrities wearing women’s watches.charlize1

Check the list:

It may be that Brit and K-Fed get back together (anyone know the latest?) but when they were married, she was seen switching between wearing women’s watches by Roger Dubuis, Chopard and Breitling. 

Posh Spice, aka Victoria Beckham, whose sense of style is always being commented on, sometimes goes for a diamond studded Piaget.

Other hot babes with large personal watch collections include Lindsay Lohan, who likes Chanel watches and Jennifer Aniston who likes vintage Cartier women’s watches, although lately the word has been that she’s back to wearing the Rolex given to her by ex John Mayer.

Speaking of him, he apparently likes to give all his girlfriends a Rolex, because Jessica Simpson has also been seen wearing a gold President.

Another way that celebrities get to wear watches without having to buy them is if they become “ambassadors” for certain brands. SEE Charlize Theron; she was once an Ambassador for Raymond Weil watches and got to wear lots of different styles of women’s watches, including pieces from the gorgeous Shine collection by Raymond Weil.

 

A spokeswoman for Omega watches, Nicole Kidman just did an ad campaign for the new Seamaster Planet Ocean Jewelry collection.

So, yes, hot babes like to wear men’s watches, but hot babes are also still wearing women’s watches. The question is, have you ever seen a hot dude wearing a woman’s watch?

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The Eligible English Bachelor Digs the G Shock

Written by Debbie. Posted in Cartier

At the young age of 25, Prince Harry is undoubtedly one of the world’s most eligible bachelors. He’s cute, he’s got class, he’s a bit of a bad boy and now, he’s got money and lots of it. Upon turning 25 years old on September 15, Prince Harry gained access to part of his late mother’s, Princess Diana’s, inheritance.prince harry

Harry and his brother Prince William were left equal shares from Princess Diana’s estate following her death in a 1997 car crash in Paris. At that time, the shares were estimated to be about $10.6 million each, which has now been estimated to be about $46 million each.

However, even with all this money and fame and constant media attention, Harry is as normal as they come. He dates, he makes mistakes, he voluntarily joined the British Army where he has become a lieutenant, and he wears a watch that any “ol bloke” could afford: the G Shock by Casio.

The G Shock was designed to be an outdoor sports watch. It’s a tough watch, one that is shock resistant and can sustain the bumps and bruises of physical contact. All G-Shock watches have some kind of stopwatch feature, countdown timer, light and water resistance. As they’ve gained a somewhat celeb following, there are now some fancier styles.

Other fans of the G Shock include musicians / producers Usher, Kayne West (who also likes Rolex watches), Pharrell Williams and football fav Brett Favre.

The G Shock has done well in Hollywood flicks as well, appearing on the wrist of Brad Pitt in “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and on Steve Carell in the “The 40 Year Old Virgin”.

Speaking of inheritance; Harry’s ability and desire to be “normal” very much comes from his mother. What people loved about Princess Diana was her ability to connect to people, which is why she was known as the “People’s Princess.” Her classic sense of style was much admired, and when it came to watches, she didn’t disappoint; she wore a Cartier Tank yellow gold watch with full bracelet, among other luxury watches that could only be fit for a Princess.

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Rolex to Honor Patrick Swayze

Written by Debbie. Posted in More News

Pop culture icon Patrick Swayze passed away on September 14, 2009 at the age of 57. For almost two years he had been battling pancreatic cancer and all the while kept his head up and continued acting.patrick-swayze

Swayze was an actor and singer-songwriter, but more than anything else, a dancer. His dance moves became immortalized in 1987 when the movie “Dirty Dancing” came out. I saw this movie at least fifteen times and couldn’t get enough of this smooth operator on the dance floor. The movie became an international hit and forever placed Swayze in the category of “heartthrob”. In real life his heart belonged to his long time wife, Lisa Niemi Swayze. They met when he was 19 and she was 15 and taking dance lessons from Swayze’s mom. They married in 1975 and remained together through thick and thin, an unlikely reality in Hollywood.

What most people don’t know is that Swayze had always been a fabulous and much trained dancer. He studied with the Harkness Ballet Company, then the world renowned Joffrey Ballet School, before joining the Eliot Feld Ballet as a principal dancer. His first professional job was as a dancer for Disney on Parade!

This past May, the President and CEO of Rolex Watch USA announced that Patrick Swayze would be the recipient of the 2009 Rolex Dance Award. Swayze will be honored posthumously with the award on November 2 Career Transition For Dancers 24th Anniversary Jubilee Gala in New York City.

Career Transition For Dancers is an organization that has helped over 4,100 professional dancers establish new careers when dancing is no longer an option.

It is known that Swayze was passionate about horses and nature conservation. We can only guess that a gentleman of his stature would have also worn a Rolex watch, something classic that did not draw too much attention, but that would make a good match with all the roles, both onscreen and off screen, that Swayze played during his lifetime.

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Kayne West Gets a Bad Rap… Will Rolex Also?

Written by Debbie. Posted in More News

If you haven’t by now heard about or seen a clip of Kayne’s ridiculous and rude outburst last night at MTV’s 2009 Video Music Awards, you will soon enough. Who does he think he is? His interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for “Best Female Video”, to say that Beyonce had (and deserved) the best female video, was super rude and definitely had racial overtones to it (Taylor is a white girl that sings country music).kanye

It may have been a pathetic attempt to get attention for himself or simply to humiliate Taylor Swift; whatever the reason was, he deserves to be trampled by the press, which he is. Some are saying he was drunk, as he was seen chugging a bottle of Hennessey prior to his rude outburst.

Kayne, a self-proclaimed fashionista, is a fan of Rolex watches. Last night he had on a gold watch, most likely a Rolex. This past summer Kayne made the comment that Rolex would be his signature watch brand.

One of the Rolex watches that he prefers is a customized Rolex Submariner known as the “Black Out” version, saying “It’s a new take on a classic watch.”

The “Black Out” concept is applied to other luxury goods as well as watches. Founded in 2007 by Fabrice Letellier, the idea was born this collector of luxury watches, cars and more, gave some of his “hot wheels”   and his Rolex watch matte black treatments:  blacking them out (as seen here in the photograph). The trend caught on and Letellier started contracting out with high-end watch brands like Rolex, Panerai, Bell & Ross and Audemars Piguet.  He uses PVD and DLC (diamond-like carbon, two low-friction, scratch-proof finishes to coat the watches.

Now, back to Kayne. Even his apology to Taylor Swift and her family (through his blog) was fake; he write” I’m soooo sorry.” Nothing more than a drunken ramble if you ask me. Even though he said Taylor was “talented”, he still said that Beyonce’s video was “the best video of the decade” and basically said that he had every right to express himself, proclaiming “I’m real.”

Ugh. Enough. Let him drag himself down. I’m sure that Rolex, who seems to be the preferred luxury watch brand by most celebrities (see our post about the well-behaved and very polite Jay Z and his Rolex Masterpiece) and gets much free press from those who love and wear the watches, is crossing its fingers hoping that Kayne’s association with the brand doesn’t give it a bad rap.

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Jay Z Rocks a Rolex Masterpiece

Written by Debbie. Posted in More News

Jay Z is known for many things: talented rapper, husband of the beautiful and equally talented Beyoncé Knowles, clothing designer, record label guru, Rolex watch fan, and good citizen.jayz

Today, September 11, 2009, in remembrance of the tragedy that struck our nation eight years ago, Jay Z is giving a charity concert, called “Answer the Call” at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Tickets are going for $50 and Jay Z has said that he will donate all proceeds to the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. The concert is expected to raise between $750,000 and $1 million dollars.

On a personal level, today is also an important day for the rapper as he is set to release his 11th album, this one titled “The Blueprint 3.” Ironically, it was eight years ago today that Jay Z released his first “Blueprint” CD, when he nor anyone else would have any idea how tragic that day would turn out to be.

We can expect that during today’s concert Jay Z will rock his Rolex Masterpiece. Throughout his career, Jay Z has been a loyal fan of Rolex watches. He’s sported an all stainless steel Rolex Day Date, a Rolex Masterpiece and other styles over the years. When asked about the Rolex Masterpiece a few years ago in an interview with New York Magazine, Jay Z said the following: “It’s a Masterpiece Rolex,” Jay-Z said demurely, allowing an inspection of the diamond-studded watch twinkling on his wrist. “I was, like, the first one in the country with it. I try to stay on top of things. It’s a little hobby, know what I’m saying? I read the Robb Report, the duPont Registry, things like that. I tend not toward expensive — more toward exclusive.”

This point is made in a line from one if his new songs titled “30 Something” (he’s 39), that says “I don’t got the bright watch, I got the right watch.”

And that about sums it up. With a fortune estimated at who knows how much, a hundred million dollars maybe, Jay Z can afford to wear any watch of his liking. Like most celebrities, he chooses Rolex.

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