Thursday, 30 August 2012

SLYDE Becomes Official Watch Sponsor of The European Poker Tour Season 9 Main Events

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND August 28th, 2012 Luxury Swiss watch brand SLYDE will be the official watch sponsor for the European Poker Tour Season 9 Main Events and will supply specially-designed watches to EPT Main Event winners.

Each of the six EPT Main Event winners will receive a “Black and Steel” design SLYDE watch worth as part of their prize. In addition, the winner of the and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final will receive a “Black and Rose Gold” design of SLYDE watch. 
Courtesy of SLYDE
Slyde watches are the creation of Swiss watch manufacturer HD3, and represent a revolution in watch making by combining traditional horological craftsmanship with modern design and the latest technology. The innovative sapphire crystal display is equipped with an intuitive touch screen enabling the user to generate an infinite number of personalized interfaces for a customized indication of the time. 

Jorg Hysek, creator of SLYDE welcomed the partnership, saying: “We are very excited about being the Official Watch Sponsor for EPT Season 9, and are pleased to be aligning ourselves with a company with a similar focus on forward thinking and innovation. We are looking forward to awarding the Main Event winners with their watches and congratulating them on their success at the tables”.

Courtesy of SLYDE  Belarus player Mikalai Pobal, winner of the EPT Barcelona with his stunning SLYDE watch    
EPT President Edgar Stuchly added: “The EPT is delighted to be working with Slyde by HD3, and are very pleased to be offering our winners these beautiful watches as part of their prize. We are looking forward to an exciting Season 9, and the fact that we are working with such a prestigious brand of luxury Swiss watches shows the appeal of the European Poker Tour to companies outside of poker.”

Courtesy of SLYDE

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Jaeger-LeCoultre, partner of the 69th Venice International Film Festival

Immortalising time and rendering it unique: such is the obsession governing any cinematographic or watch-making accomplishment.
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From August 29th to September 8th, Jaeger-LeCoultre will be playing a key role in the stellar events
in Venice as a partner of the International Venice Film Festival.
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For the Venice International Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre presents two
Rendez-Vous Art Haute Joaillerie creations spectacularly paved using the snow-setting technique:
one with diamonds and the other with blue sapphires and rubies.
The meticulously hand-crafted gem-setting surrounds the models with an incomparably luminous glow.

Discover the Rendez-Vous Art video on Jaeger-LeCoultre Youtube Channel:


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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

GRAHAM welcomes Steven Finn English Cricketer

Courtesy of Graham

Born on April 4th, 1989, Steve Finn, English cricketer, truly is the future of England's bowling attack. Tall, quick and a proven wicket taker, Steve is the blueprint for the modern day fast bowler and has established himself as a key member of England's pace attack.
Bowling in excess of 90mph, Finn has a high repeatable action and generates extreme bounce from his 6 foot 8 inch frame.

Off the field, Finn is intelligent and articulate and has a particular interest in journalism. Finn's ability and potential is there for all to see and his explosion on the international scene is just reward for the hard work he has put in. 

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GRAHAM fully endorses Steven's tremendous success as one of the best cricket talents worldwide and is proud to count him among its ambassadors. We are very excited about our relationship with the young cricketing star.

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OceanArc Watch to be Available in North America

Series One Divers Watch Specification
Limited Edition: 500 pieces
Movement: ETA 2824-2 Automatic 28.800 vibrations per hour; 4 Hz
25 Jewels
Power-Reserve: approx. 41hr
Case: 14 sided Stainless steel, Matt black DLC coated
Bezel: Uni-directional with Super-Luminova markings
Dial: Etched in Waveform design with Super-Luminova coated hour markers Hands: Coated in Super-Luminova, seconds hand in wavecrest design Dimensions: 42mm
Water-resistance: 50ATM(500m)
Crystal: Anti reflective sapphire crystal
Strap:Black Stingray
$ 3,770.00



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Monday, 13 August 2012

HM3 Poison Dart Frog

HM3 Poison Dart Frog is a limited edition of 10 pieces inspired by the spectacular yellow-banded poison dart frog.

The deadly potential of the poison dart frog is camouflaged in the tropical rainforest by this amphibian’s exotically-patterned black and yellow skin. Similarly, the high-tech zirconium case of Poison Dart Frog is disguised by a sleek, black layer of PVD. The black case contrasts spectacularly with the animated rotor – framed by an over-sized date wheel – on top of the Jean-Marc Wiederrecht-designed complication.

The protruding eyes of real-life, amphibious frogs enable them to see in many directions without having to turn their head. The bulbous hour and minute domes of Poison Dart Frog create a similar effect, though in this case it means the wearer can easily read the time from a variety of angles without having to turn his or her wrist.

Courtesy of MB&F
The hour and minute domes had to be meticulously machined from solid aluminium, chosen for its optimal strength to weight ratio – the domes weigh just over 0.5g. First, they are milled from the outside and then the inside to arrive at a paper-thin wall thickness of just 0.28mm, ensuring their energy requirements are kept to an absolute minimum. 

Protecting the hour and minute domes are two semi-spherical sapphire crystal domes that had to be shaped and polished with utmost precision as the slightest imperfection in the sapphire could produce a disconcerting magnification effect.

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HM3 Poison Dart Frog may portray the time and date playfully, but there is nothing but serious attention to detail regarding the fine hand-finishing of the highly-tuned engine that purrs away inside.

This limited edition is available exclusively at The Hour Glass.

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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Hanhart Arrives in North America!

Hanhart Arrives in North America!

Thomas Morf, Anthony Siragusa, Tobias Bamert 
Hanhart is proud to announce Anthony Siragusa as their North American distribution partner.

With over 14 years of industry experience, Anthony has proven his abilities to not only represent established brands, but to introduce and grow new brands in the North American market as well.

Anthony has launched several brands in the USA, and the groundwork and philosophies that he has developed for those brands continue to contribute to their growth in the market.

His commitment to both the retail partner and the consumer are clear in his belief in identifying and fostering exclusive retail partnerships that ensure success and growth for the brand and the retailer. 

"As an avid watch collector and vintage car enthusiast, I can honestly say that Hanhart combines my two greatest interests.  I look forward to bringing Hanhart to North America."

For all sales and distribution matters, please contact Anthony directly at:

Anthony Siragusa
Hanhart USA
ABS Distributors
22600 Savi Ranch Pky• Suite 274 • Yorba Linda, CA • 92887

For all media and public relations matters, please contact:

James Henderson
Tempus Fugit Media
Santa Barbara, CA USA

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Monday, 6 August 2012

Perrelet Launches In House Caliber - Alternance 10 (A10)

The driving force behind self-sufficiency

August 6, 2012 (New York) - Rising Swiss manufacturing power, Perrelet, a pioneer of mechanical watchmaking, proudly shares the long-awaited launch of their state-of-the-art Alternance 10 (A10) caliber. The Perrelet brand has taken a decisive step on the path towards autonomous production with keen sights to equip their entire range of offerings with in house Manufacture-made movements.

Since the brand's inception in 1777, Perrelet has been best known as the brand attributed with the creation of the self-winding watch. In 2004, Perrelet was  purchased by Spanish entrepreneur Miguel Rodriguez, owner of The Festina Group, the Group to which Perrelet belongs. It's with the Group's dynamic industrial infrastructure (through relationships with sister companies such as Soprod, IMM Ineltec, MHVJ and Astral) that Perrelet has access to exclusive automatic movements of superior quality and thus propels the brand closer to achieving industrial self sufficiency.

"Today more than ever, having in house means of developing and producing horological specialties represents a great opportunity. Production autonomy is an extremely important issue and an aspect that enables us to remain in the avant-garde of our field. Witness the recent acceleration we have undertaken in diversifying the Double Rotor modules. The A10 movement represents a milestone achievement for us; we are well on the way towards complete independence" says CEO Fausto Salvi.

Courtesy of Perrelet
The A10 caliber, produced entirely within The Festina Group, features:

A new escapement featuring optimized efficiency and balance spring.

An automatic 11 ½''' movement, beating at 28,800 vph.  Robust and reliable it has earned Chronofiable* certification and which may, on request, also benefit from COSC chronometer certification.

Several variations - three hands plus date, three hands with visible balance, along with skeletonized models.

A broad range of additional functions which to date includes Large Dates, Dual Time-Zone with day-night indicator, Power Reserve, 24-hour indicator, Chronograph and Small Seconds.
The A10 also incorporates custom-made complications and in particular Perrelet's signature Double Rotor modules.

Among the watches in the collection, the first Perrelet watch equipped with the new A10 movement is the Peripheral Double Rotor, the latest of the Double Rotor models. A series of personalized finishes further enhance the 100% Manufacture-made movement. The upper rotor, which rotates around the periphery of the movement, features three openings providing an opportunity to admire its oscillations. The open worked lower rotor provides a broader view of the brand's distinctive "tapestry" motif adorning the bridges. It is adorned with the P signature and a Côtes de Genève motif. This step heralded the start of what is set to be a fast paced integration process. Alternance 10 will equip all the new models launched in 2012, and will in due course replace all the other calibers used by the House.

Perrelet's Peripheral Double Rotor Featuring In House A10 Caliber Movement
Courtesy of Perrelet
Perrelet is continuing to write new chapters in its own history and in that of watchmaking in general, as the producer of watches with fully Manufacture-made movements, enhanced by dedicated Fine Watchmaking finishes. Caliber A10 brings the assurance of freedom of action that is fundamental in supporting the creativity it consistently demonstrates in its chosen field of automatic movements.

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