Gaddafi Orders $7.5 Million Worth of Chopard Watches5

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When the going gets rough, the tough get going. Chopard, Swiss maker of luxury watches, has made the controversial move to create and sell $7.5 million dollars worth of watches to long time Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi.chopard

Chopard has been around since 1860 and has always been known for their innovative designs in both watches and jewelry. In 1976, they released the first Happy Diamonds Watch, a watch that features free falling diamonds that slide and spin all around the watch face. This watch and the subsequent Happy Sport Collection put Chopard on the “watch map” forever.

Now, Chopard is back in the news as the company has just taken an order from Gaddafi, the controversial leader of  Libya.

To mark his 40 years in office, Gaddafi has ordered 250 limited edition Chopard watches. It is rumored that each watch will bear the likeness of the Colonel, as he is known. Colonel Gaddafi took power through a coup in Libya in 1969 and has not budged one inch since then.

250 limited edition, make to order, special watches run a price tag of $7.5 million dollars, a substantial amount for any company, who has surely seen a drop off in sales.

The question is, will Chopard’s acceptance of Gaddafi’s order give them a bad rap. I mean, Gaddafi isn’t the nicest human being to ever exist; one doesn’t have to be an international politics major to know that his name is most commonly associated with repressive tactics, abuse of human rights and all sorts of other lovely things.

Aniston Wearing Rolex Given to Her by Ex

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Is it okay to still wear a watch or ring that a boyfriend gave you if you’ve broken up? This question is especially sensitive when it comes to engagement rings and broken engagements. Should the woman give the ring back? Or should she keep it? Does it depend on who broke the engagement? I think the state of Florida actually has a law about this that says the ring should be returned to its rightful owner, who in this case would be the guy: the one that paid for it.rolex

Watches, especially costly, luxury watches can easily cost as much or more than an engagement ring and watches are given all the time by those who have the funds to give them as a birthday gift, a get well gift, or for any ol’ reason.

For some reason, celebrities, maybe because they have so much money and half the time don’t know what to do with it, buy each other watches. Rolex seems to be the preferred brand among the rich and famous and it doesn’t seem to matter whether you’ve been going out for a week or a year, it’s common for celebs to give fancy watches.

Jennifer Aniston has all the money in the world and she’s a classy lady. She’s been known to wear vintage Cartier watches but lately has been seen wearing the Rolex that was given to her by then “boy- toy” John Mayer before they broke up. They had an on again, off again romance (for a whole, big four months), but throughout the ups and downs, Aniston had that gold Rolex on her wrist. And now, all of a sudden, it’s back on… the watch that is.  As for the romance, who knows?

The gossip world is wondering if and what this means. A possible reunion? Is she sending Mayer a message? Some say it’s her way of flirting with him. Mayer himself is a collector of Rolex watches, so perhaps she’s trying to show him that they have something in common? A reason to re-connect?

The gossip world would like to think that there’s something brewing.

DJ AM Was a Fan of Rolex Watches

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This past weekend a tragic thing happened; 36 year old DJ AM, Adam Goldstein, passed away. He was found dead in his apartment in New York.  DJ AM was a talented figure in the world of music and will be missed by many.

Almost exactly a year ago, on September 19, 2008, DJ AM survived an intense plane crash that killed four other people. During his many years of spinning records he always wore a Rolex and on that fateful day he had a vintage Rolex on. Pictures of the burned Rolex surfaced on the Internet, some thought DJ AM was making a statement that he no longer wanted to wear Rolex watches of which he had become a fan. But that wasn’t the case; what he was trying to do, was show the public how bad the crash had been and if anything, this was a major testament to the durability of Rolex watches.

Less than a month after the plane crash, on October 16, 2008, DJ AM gave a “comeback” performance at the Hollywood Palladium. He was miraculously back on stage, spinning records and seen wearing a Rolex Datejust. Although during the time of the crash DJ AM had broken up with then girlfriend Mandy Moore, it was rumored that she had given him this new Datejust to replace the vintage one that was ruined.rolex-datejust-watch

As we now mourn the passing of another young, talented life gone too quickly, a DJ AM Memorial Tribute Round Italian Charm watch that features a picture of him, is already circulating around the Internet.

In addition to collecting Rolex watches, DJ AM was a serious fan of Nike sneakers. He had over 600 pairs, including a pair of Nike Air Force 1 shoes that were created just for him and which featured his DJ AM logo on the shoe.

Perhaps both Rolex and Nike should make a luxury watch and special pair of sneakers to honor the life of this young man, who had overcome so many personal obstacles.

Actress Amanda Bynes Chooses Cartier

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Amanda Bynes has been acting since she was 7 years old. She’s also a singer and fashion designer. She’s been named one of Teen People’s “25 Hottest Stars under 25” and two years ago was ranked by Forbes as the fifth highest paid celebrity under 21 years of age.Amanda

So young and so rich. Must be nice.

In a recent interview she talks about her own personal sense of style, including the luxury watch she can’t live without. In addition to jeans Christian Louboiton pumps, she chooses a classic Cartier watch to compliment her daily look. Her fashion advice?  “I’ve learned to really wear what looks best on me not necessarily what’s the newest ‘hottest’ trend.” Smart. Stick with the classics and you’ll always be fashionable.

Some of the other best dressed leading ladies who wear Cartier women’s watches are Jennifer Aniston and Michelle Obama.

Cartier has been dressing celebrities and royalty all over the world for years and years. From the red carpet in Hollywood to Windsor Palace, Cartier watches are spotted on the wrists of those men and women who are considered some of the most beautiful, elegant and important figures of our time.

Marlon Brando’s Vacheron Constantin Watch Up for Grabs

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Back in the day Marlon Brando made women swoon. He was handsome, talented, and charismatic and surely, these qualities led to him having many women in his life. Some of these women, whether friends or lovers wanted to him to remember them, think of them throughout the day, so what better gift to give than a watch? Something that literally, every time he looked at it, he would also think of the special woman that gave it to him.Brando

Zsa Zsa Gabor gave Marlon Brando a 1954 Vacheron Constantin watch that she had engraved on the back to say “To Marlon, Love Zsa Zsa June 14, 1954”. This luxury timepiece is up for bidding during Antiquorum’s nest “Important Collectors’ Wristwatches” auction, set to take place in New York on September 17, 2009.

The 18k gold cased, manually wound watch was given to Brando during the 1954 release of “On The Waterfront”, a movie that won eight awards including Best Actor for Brando and Best Picture. The movie was written by Budd Schulburg, who recently passed away.

The great Marlon Brando passed away in 2004 and with his passing went one of the greatest actors in American cinema history. Given that he was so revered and that this watch was personally engraved for him and worn by him, it has become a cherished piece of Hollywood memorabilia. Which is why it seems somewhat surprising that the estimated value of this Vacheron is between $3,000 and $5,000.

That seems like quite a deal.

Double Fisted: Danica & Tissot Watches

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All companies, no matter what they sell, are all thinking of new ways to sell their product. With sales of everything down, except perhaps the most basic of necessities, like toilet paper, companies, especially those that sell luxury goods, need to be smart and spend wisely in advertising their goods.danica

Tissot Watches has done it. Sometimes you have to spend money to make money and that’s the risk sporty watch company has taken with its sexy, new print ads. With tag lines like “She’s Got the Touch” and “Touch Go”, and images showing hottie brand spokeswoman Danica Patrick wearing Tissot watches, these ads are sure to catch your attention.  What’s brilliant is that Danica wears one watch on each wrist; maximizing the attention to the watch.

Tissot must be banking on Danica and her appeal to sell watches because the company is paying for not one full page ad, not 2 or 3 full pages, but FOUR full, color pages all featuring Danica in provocative positions, that of course also highlight their men’s sports watches. Tissot has a widely popular collection called the T-Touch, which feature many models and styles and are made to perform during the roughest of athletic play. The tag lines “She’s Got the Touch” and “Touch Go” are in reference to the T-Touch collection.

The sultry new spread is set to appear in the September issue of GQ magazine.

If Tissot sees an increase in sales as a result of these ads, maybe next time, they’ll have watches wrapped around more than just Danica’s wrist.

Celeb Tries to Sell Breitling on Twitter

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Lily Allen, the English pop star, has put her Breitling watch up for sale by sending a Twitter out to all her fans. She wrote: ”Does anyone want to buy a brand new Breitling. It’s too big for me.” Complaining that the watch didn’t fit… hello? Did she try it on?… she offered it to the public for a reduced price. Having bought it in English pounds for £3,800, she was selling it for £3,200.Breitling

In dollars, that comes out to about $5,295, reduced from $6,288.

She then tweeted “God, I’m an idiot.”

We won’t answer that.

Don’t know who she is? She’s young, hip and likes to party. Lily Allen was born in 1985 and has already made a name for herself in the music biz. Along with Amy Winehouse, Allen’s break out onto the music scene, led to 2009 being named by the media as “year of the women”, when five female artists were nominated for the Mercury Prize. In 2006, Allen’s first single, “Smile”, hit #1 on the UK Singles Chart, in December of that year her debut album Alright, Still came out. In 2008, the album was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award in the category of “Best Alternative Music Album.”