Friday, 26 October 2012

Girard-Perregaux & Million Dollar Listing’s Ryan Serhant Host Exclusive Le Corbusier Trilogy Preview

Girard-Perregaux, iconic luxury Swiss watch brand, was proud to partner up with Ryan Serhant, luxury real estate power player from Bravo TV’s hit show Million Dollar Listing New York, at the brand’s Madison Avenue Boutique. Serhant hosted a select group of architecture and real estate aficionados for the exclusive preview of the Girard-Perregaux Le Corbusier Trilogy of timepieces in the U.S.
Courtesy of Girard-Perregaux
Le Corbusier, a native to the brand’s home in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, is one of the greatest names in modern architecture and design, a perfect fit for Serhant’s clientele whom appreciate the finest in New York City’s real estate.

“Girard-Perregaux and Le Corbusier are both iconic names in today’s world”, said Serhant, who was seen wearing a Girard-Perregaux 1966 Equation of Time watch. “It is a rare opportunity to be able to see first hand the result of such expert design collaboration”.
Courtesy of Girard-Perregaux
The Le Corbusier Trilogy, in cooperation with Foundation Le Corbusier, employs gold, sapphire crystal, steel and even concrete to reinterpret the work of the great Modernist in a series of exceptional timepieces. It reflects the three places that most embodied the concept of home to the man himself.

“Le Corbusier once said that the home should be the treasure chest of living”, said Michele Sofisti, CEO of the Sowind Group (Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard). “I can’t think of anyone else better than Ryan to preview this collection, considering he constantly strives to find each person’s own treasure within this city”.

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Meridian Watches - Made in England!

What's that you say?  Who is Meridian? 

In just a few weeks' time, Salon QP will convene and with it, the introduction of Meridian's range of timekeepers.  Meridian is a new brand, based in England.  And by that I don't mean a P.O. box or bunch of offices.  These watches are all made by hand in England!  

I don't want to steal their thunder - so here is a preliminary sketch to give you a flavor.  What I can tell you is that these are truly HAND MADE watches.  No mass stamping, outsourcing from third-party suppliers - no compromising.  This is the real deal.

This will be a watch that you not only want to have now, but for a lifetime.   Folks, as you can imagine, I see and handle a LOT of watches - this is something that is truly going to take your breath away.  It is not a show pony, to be locked up in your safe - this is a watch that demands to be worn!
Courtesy of Meridian

Here's the news - straight from the source -

In rural Norfolk, The Meridian Watch Company are hand-making watches that remind the world of England’s proud watchmaking heritage.

As proclaimed by their slogan, 'Made in England', Meridian manufactures the components and sources the materials from the home of Byron and Blake. From the case and back, machined as a pair to fit perfectly, to the leather or webbing strap, hand- stitched in Surrey, every element is carefully hand-worked to their exacting standards and English sensibilities – understated, enduring and purposeful. Lastly, the base Swiss movement is hand-finished in Meridian's style – with added complications improving accuracy – and the watch is assembled in the workshop.

Meridian watches are intended to be worn, knocked about and enjoyed: the straps grow to the individual contours of your wrist, the sapphire crystal is coated on both sides by a British military contractor for unsurpassed clarity and toughness, and the case has been designed to handle a lifetime's exposure to the elements, both in England and abroad. To facilitate this, the packaging includes a complimentary passport holder from SmythsonTM of Bond Street. Handmade tools also accompany every Meridian timepiece. 

You can watch the countdown to release here -

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

OMEGA and James Bond "SKYFALL" Limited Edition Watch

This just in from OMEGA -

Celebrating the new James Bond film:the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M”SKYFALL” Limited Edition
Courtesy of OMEGA
In SKYFALL, to be released in autumn of 2012, James Bond will take to the screen for the 23rdtime with Daniel Craig again assuming the role of the world’s favourite secret agent. And once again, 007 will wear an OMEGA Seamaster.

To celebrate its seventh performance in a supporting role in a Bond film, OMEGA is launching the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M”SKYFALL” Limited Edition watch.
Courtesy of OMEGA

Like every Planet Ocean, the new watch is ready for underwater adventure. Equipped with a unidirectional rotating diving bezel and a helium escape valve, the watch is water resistant 60 bar / 600 metres / 2000 feet. 

The watch has a 42 mm brushed and polished stainless steel case and a matching patented screw-and-pin bracelet whose divers’ clasp is engraved with “007”. The rotating diving bezel is distinguished by its matt black ceramic ring with a chromium nitride diving scale.  
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The applied indexes on the matt structured black dial are coated with white Super-LumiNova emitting a blue light as are the polished, facetted rhodium-plated hands. The exception is the minute hand which emits a green light, as does the dot on the diving bezel. This feature makes it easy for divers to keep track of their time at a glance. At the 7 o’clock position is a 007 logo and at 3 o’clock, there is a date window.

The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M SKYFALL Limited Edition is powered by OMEGA's exclusive new Co-Axial calibre 8507. SKYFALL 007 is on its rotor in black-varnished engraving. The movement is visible through sapphire crystal in the brushed screw-in caseback. 

Along with OMEGA’s industry-changing Co-Axial technology, the watch is equipped with an "Si14" silicon balance spring. The combination is so stable and reliable that the Planet Ocean comes with a full four-year warranty. 

The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M SKYFALL wristwatch is being produced in an edition limited to 5,007 pieces and is delivered in a special presentation box.

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