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Richard Mille to Design Official Bracelet for “Big One for One Drop” Tournament

Written by Debbie. Posted in bracelets, More News, News, tournaments

At the beginning of 2012 the World Series of Poker announced that it would hold a tournament later on in the year. They eventually announced the “Big One for One Drop” tournament that was to be held from July 1st-3rd in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

This would be the world’s biggest charitable tournament and the most well known. The prize winnings and the donations are some of the highest ever in charity and tournament history.

Of course excluding the lottery, but that’s neither charity nor a tournament. The entry into the tournament had a minimum fee of one-million dollars.

The tournaments profits will go to the One Drop foundation founded by the creator of Cirque de Soleil, Guy Laliberte. The foundation works to provide water to those desperately in need of it.

Richard Mille a French businessman and owner of a Swiss watch company under his own name had been chosen to design a trophy bracelet to be given to the winner of the tournament.

The design of the bracelet took the form of the Tonneau shape. The goal of the bracelet was to symbolize the foundation and the event.

To do this Mille took two sapphire crystals and superimposed them into the middle of the case to give the bracelet depth and a picture frame appearance. On the first crystal a water droplet shaped diamond of 0.78k was imbedded within. Behind both crystals is the logo of the Big One for One Drop foundation. The item is super polished and made of platinum, which gives it a sleek and luxurious quality.

Richard Mille’s name is detailed on top of the watch face and World Series of Poker is abbreviated under the foundations name. The water droplet shaped diamond perfectly symbolizes the event and as its set smack in the middle of the bracelet, anyone who looks at it will instantly be intrigued by what it is supposed to represent. When people want to know what the item is meant to represent then you know you have designed an item perfectly towards its intended cause.

Richard Mille is a friend of guy Laliberte. Their friendship helped established the tournament. With the tournament over last week the total charitable earnings equaled out to $5.3 million, a huge sum which will go along way for those in need of the foundations services. Both Mille and Laliberte will be pleased at the success of both the event and the bracelet.

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Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic Chronograph Goes Where Few Chronographs Dare

Written by Debbie. Posted in Men's Watches, Richard Mille

Richard Mille could have very well released the Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic

The Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Chronograph

The Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Chronograph

Chronograph at the bottom of the sea. Well, maybe not the bottom of the sea, but certainly deeper than most other chronograph diving watches are capable. To be more precise, Richard Mille boasts water-resistance to depths of up to 300 meters. This easily exceeds the depth requirements for a diving watch (as outlined by the International Organization for Standardization in ISO 6425). Achieving a water-resistance rating at this level of depth is an impressive feat for a chronograph watch since enough water pressure on the crown and pushers could accidentally activate the chronograph. So how did Richard Mille create a chronograph watch that has a water-resistance of up to 300 meters?

The solution Richard Mille used was to create a locking crown that prevents any effects from external pressure or any accidental manipulations by securing the pushers. This is also attains a greater water-resistance capability in the timepiece and is easily activated by turning the ring on the crown. This seems like a fairly simple design implement and will undoubtedly help more chronographs achieve depths reserved for other types of watches. An appealing feature, and the design of the watch should be just as appealing to divers and non-divers alike.

RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic ChronographThe Limited Edition RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic Chronograph features the characteristic curve, that is in all Richard Mille models, in the design of the 50mm tripartite titanium case. The distinctive dark coloring of the design, undoubtedly from which the Dark Diver name is derived, is achieved in part by the DLC (Diamond-Like-Carbon) coating on the case and buckle. This coating also helps prevent scuffs and scratches so the watch is sure to maintain its structural and visual integrity for the duration of its lifespan (assuming a modicum of care is taken, of course). The black rubber strap, bezel indicators and pushers finish the distinctive black look of the watch. Actually, aside from some minor red accents, this watch is completely black and its appearance seems like it would more fittingly belong on Darth Vader’s wrist than a diver’s. But regardless of whose wrist it is on, it is still a visually stunning piece.

The Dark Diver has Superluminova elements in the hands, running indicator disk and hour markers ensure optimal visibility regardless of the light available, an ideal feature for use in the depths of the sea. The Dark Diver features a Sapphire crystal dial and case back to help protect the Caliber RMAC2 automatic winding movement. It also has a power reserve of about 50 hours or 45 hours, if the chronograph is running. It has functions for hours, minutes, date, month, a flyback chronograph with minutes and seconds counter, an hour counter, a running indicator and an adjustable rotor geometry.

The Richard Mille RM 032 Dark Diver Automatic Chronograph is a stellar timepiece and would make anyone, fortunate enough to get their hands on one, very pleased by its functionality and unique design. Unfortunately Richard Mille has only produced 30 of these units and they are only being offered through the Richard Mille Boutique Beverly Hills, California; so these pieces will be hard to come by.

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Top Ten Sports-Watches You Can Actually Use While Playing Sports

Written by Debbie. Posted in Men's Watches

There are many directions one can consider when trying to form a basis for a list of the best watches to wear while playing sports. Do you put a greater emphasis on style, functionality or durability? Does price matter? Should which sport a watch applies to be relative for this consideration? With those thoughts in mind I compiled the following list of watches, in no particular order:

Ebel 1911 Tekton Automatic Chronograph FC Bayern Munich

Ebel 1911 Tekton Automatic Chronograph FC Bayern Munich– Ebel has partnerships with many professional soccer clubs in Europe and has produced limited edition models for other clubs, like Premier League club Arsenal, but the limited edition model Ebel crafted for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich is my favorite from a visual standpoint and also figures to be the most durable. But probably the feature that appeals most to soccer fans lies in the watch’s movement, the Ebel Caliber 245 which the company claims is the first movement specifically designed for soccer. The Caliber 245 is designed to measure match-half times and even indicates extra time when needed.

Suunto X6-HRM

Suunto X6-HRM– Finnish watchmaker Suunto was probably aiming to appeal more to the outdoorsmen than the athlete (as evident by the inclusion of altimeter, clinometer, thermometer, barometer and compass) but the heart-rate monitor and the ability to record information from the watch directly to your computer is a useful aspect for any athlete. The aluminum case and black rubber bands should make this watch effectively durable for most sports, at least not the overtly physical ones.

Richard Mille RM 053 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough

Richard Mille RM 053 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough– Designed in conjunction with the world’s top ranked polo player, Pablo Mac Donough, this watch was made to survive the physicality of polo matches and therefore should be more than capable of being durable enough to survive in any sport. Throw in the fact that it is a unique and elegant piece and it was a lock to make this list.

Traser H3 P6600 Type 6 Mil-G–  Any watch worn by the United States Navy SEALs and the British SAS is probably durable enough to handle any sport. This simple black watch prides itself in its readability and is more than durable enough to accommodate sports of all kinds.

G-Shock Classic GA200BW-1A

G-Shock Classic GA200BW-1A– The Casio-owned G-Shock brand is designed to be ultra-shock resistant and this watch is no different. Which makes it a good watch for athletes in more physical sports.Hublot King Power UEFA Euro 2012 Ukraine

Hublot King Power UEFA Euro 2012 Ukraine– This limited edition watch was made to commemorate the Euro Cup 2012 soccer tournament and is one of two designs based after the host-nations, the other model being Poland. It features a 45-minute counter at 9 o’clock, the same length as a half of soccer; a feature sure to please soccer fans.Nike+ Sportswatch GPS

Nike+ Sportswatch GPS– With a TomTom powered GPS, and all of the interfacing capabilities of the Nike+ brand this is likely to be a favorite among runners but at a weight of a mere 2.33 ounces it should also appeal to athletes in different sports as well.

IWC Ingeniur Automatic Mission Earth

IWC Ingeniur Automatic Mission Earth– A watch designed to master extreme conditions, like the top of Mt. Everest or the deserts of Africa, this watch could do well for any athlete, especially with its integrated shock absorber softening the blows to this ultra-durable and stylish timepiece.TAG-Heuer Professional Sports Watch Golf Watch

TAG-Heuer Professional Sports Watch Golf Watch– This stylish timepiece is exceptionally lightweight and promises to offer comfort and ease of movement; characteristics all athletes would enjoy.Timex Ironman Shock Resistant Steel 30-Lap

Timex Ironman Shock Resistant Steel 30-Lap– Definitely one of the least expensive watches on this list, this is a great watch for runners. The 30-lap Memory Recall, 99-lap counter and 24-hour countdown timer are all features sure to please runners while its durability should help it appeal to athletes in other sports as well.

Well, that completes my list and, as you can see, I decided to focus more on durability and functionality than on price or design. While I’ve included watches in a wide range of prices I think the right watch is entirely dependent on which sport it is being used for, not how expensive it is. These are just the watches I felt best fit my parameters and you’re more than welcome to disagree as long as you admit that never has there been a more motley assembly of watches on a top ten list than this one.

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