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Omega Releases New Seamaster Watches for London 2012 Olympic Games

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www.watchtime.com | watches wristwatch industry news  | Omega Releases New Seamaster Watches for London 2012 Olympic Games | Omega SM AT LondonChrono 150This year’s Olympic games in London are significant for Omega for several reasons. One is that 2012 marks the 80th anniversary of the first Olympic games for which Omega was official timekeeper. Another is the last games held in the city of London, in 1948, saw the introduction of several sports timekeeping innovations pioneered by the brand. Finally, this year will be Omega’s 25th Olympic Games as official timekeeper. And in keeping with recent tradition, the brand will introduce a trio of special timepieces to celebrate.

All three are Seamaster models — appropriate, since the Seamaster made its debut in the last London Olympics year of 1948. Two are three-hand watches with dates and the third is a chronograph. All have the “London 2012″ Olympic emblem stamped on the caseback to identify them as special editions.

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph “London 2012″ makes a great impression with its hefty 44-mm case and blue-PVD-coated dial, which sports the Aqua Terra line’s characteristic vertical striped teak pattern. One version has a combination rose-gold/steel case and a blue leather strap that matches the dial; the other is an in all-stainless-steel case with matching bracelet. The chronograph records up to 30 minutes (on a subdial at 3 o’clock) and up to 12 hours (on the one at 6 o’clock). The small seconds counter is at 9 o’clock and the date is in a window at 4:30. The hands for hours, minutes, and chronograph seconds are made of 18k gold, polished, brushed and faceted; they are also treated with white Super-LumiNova for readability in the dark. The sapphire crystal is domed, scratch-resistant and nonreflective on both sides. The model with rose-gold-and-steel case retails for $10,500; the stainless-steel model is $7,600.

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The other Aqua Terra watch, the Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial “London 2012,” is intended for ladies and is also available in two executions, one with a bicolor yellow gold/stainless steel case with a blue leather strap and the other in stainless steel with steel bracelet. This model also has a blue PVD dial, with white Super-LumiNova on the hands as well as on the applied indices (both in 18k gold). Here, the date window is at 3 o’clock. The watch has a smaller case than the chronograph — 34 mm in diameter — and contains Omega’s in-house caliber 8520, equipped with the brand’s trademark co-axial escapement and and antimagnetic, shock-resistant silicon balance spring. Prices are $7,000 for the bicolor edition and $5,700 for the stainless steel.

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The third piece in the collection, the Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012″ Limited Edition, directly commemorates the London games of 1948. Its design is based on the very first Seamaster with an automatic movement. The stainless steel case is 39 mm in diameter, with brushed and polished finishing, and has a polished bezel and lugs. The crown is embossed with the Greek letter “Omega,” which once served as the brand’s emblem. The caseback is topped off by a yellow-gold medallion sporting the London 2012 Olympic logo. The dial is opaline silver, with a small seconds subdial at 6 0′clock. The vintage-style, applied “Omega” logo on the dial is of 18k white gold; white gold is also used for the Arabic numerals and hour markers. The hour and minute hands are diamond-polished and the small seconds hand is blued. The movement is Omega’s Caliber 2202, an officially certified chronometer with co-axial escapement and free-sprung balance. The watch, which has a black leather strap with polished, stainless steel buckle, is being produced in a limited production of 1,948 pieces (price: $6,800) and comes in a special London 2012 games presentation box.

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The casebacks feature the embossed logo of the 2012 London Olympics.

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    Watch Wallpaper: Limited-Edition Sports Chronographs

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    www.watchtime.com | watch wallpaper wristwatch industry news  | Watch Wallpaper: Limited Edition Sports Chronographs | AP RoyalOak Alinghi 150Limited editions aren’t just the prerogative of tourbillons, minute repeaters and other high-complication watches. Sports chronographs also come in special limited series, like the ones in this photo feature from the WatchTime archives, with original photos by Nik Schölzel. Now all these stunning shots are available as wallpaper for your desktop. Just click the photos for larger images.

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      Breguet Unveils Historical Pilots’ Watch Exhibit on U.S.S. Intrepid

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      www.watchtime.com | scene wristwatch industry news  | Breguet Unveils Historical Pilots Watch Exhibit on U.S.S. Intrepid | Breguet Intrepid 150Last week, under a starlit Manhattan sky and against the backdrop of a fleet of fighter planes, Breguet inaugurated an exhibit of historic and modern pilots’ watches at a party on the deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, New York’s most spectacular venue devoted to aviation.

      Entitled “Breguet: Watchmaker, Aviator, Innovator,” the exhibit, which will be open for viewing at the Breguet Boutique on New York’s Fifth Avenue from June 19th to July 8th, celebrates Breguet’s history in the development and manufacture of aviation-inspired timepieces. The cocktail reception on the Intrepid was held on Flag Day, June 14th, and hosted by the Board of Montres Breguet represented by Rodolphe Schulthess, VP of Global Sales, Jean-Charles Zufferey, Head of Marketing and Michael Nelson, Breguet U.S.A. brand president. More than 300 guests were offered a private viewing of the exhibit and a sneak peak at the Intrepid museum’s newest acquisition, the Space Shuttle Enterprise. VIP guests included former “Top Chef Masters” winner Floyd Cardoz, and the evening’s entertainment was a performance by the “classically trained garage band” musical trio, Time for Three.

      The exhibit itself consists of 26 Breguet watches, including 10 vintage timepieces on display for the first time in the United States. It traces the history of Breguet timepieces in the development of long-distance transportation, starting with the marine chronometer developed by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1815, which helped usher in a more efficient age of ship and sea travel. The invention was adopted by the French Navy, and Breguet was appointed “Horloger de la Marine Royal” (watchmaker to the Royal Navy). In 1918, as the demand for aircraft began to overtake that for seagoing vessels, the Breguet watch company first began producing watches for aviators and also developed chronograph mechanisms that were mounted in cockpit instrument panels. Breguet’s ties to the French Navy grew as the need for military aircraft at sea became evident soon after the first planes took flight. The French ministry of war formed the French Naval Air Arm (“Aéronavale”) in 1910 and by 1913 was using Breguet planes in its fleet. For the next 60 years, Breguet planes were the primary aircraft used by the Aéronavale.

      Aviation, as well as watchmaking, seems to be in the DNA of the Breguet family: Abraham-Louis Breguet’s great-great grandson, Louis-Charles Breguet, became a pioneering designer and builder of aircraft in the days when aviation was still a new industry. His contributions to the field are also honored in the exhibit, which includes an original Breguet Type XX watch and examples of Breguet’s “10Hz” technology, which is integrated into today’s updated version, the Type XXII.

      After its initial run in the New York boutique, “Breguet: Watchmaker, Aviator, Innovator” will be on display at the Breguet Boutique in Bal Harbour from  July 12th to  July 29th, and complete its tour at the Breguet Boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills from August 2nd to August 19th. Below you’ll find a clickable slideshow of images from the opening-night launch aboard the Intrepid.

      (l-r:) Michael Nelson, Jean-Charles Zufferey, and Rodolphe Schulthess cut the ribbon to inaugurate the exhibit

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        Hamilton Celebrates 120 Years With Exhibit at New York’s Tourneau Time Machine

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        www.watchtime.com | wristwatch industry news lifestyle  | Hamilton Celebrates 120 Years With Exhibit at New Yorks Tourneau Time Machine | Hamilton exhibit 150Hamilton Watch Company, founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892, marks its 120th anniversary this year. To commemorate the milestone, Hamilton has collaborated with the National Watch & Clock Museum (NAWCC) , one of the world’s largest museums devoted to the art, science and history of timepieces and timekeeping, to curate a month-long public exhibit of Hamilton archives at New York City’s Tourneau Time Machine.

        The exhibit, which opened on June 4, takes a look back at Hamilton through the years, and is chock-full of interesting items for watch lovers and history buffs, including photos of the original Hamilton factory and past employees, several vintage timepieces (including a marine chronometer from the 1940s, an original Hamilton Pulsar, and the Ventura model that Elvis Presley wore in Blue Hawaii), dozens of old advertisements, original company newsletters and video testimonials from former employees. All items are either from Hamilton’s archives or on loan from the NAWCC Museum. There is also a virtual museum on the brand’s website (www.hamiltonwatch.com/museum), compiled with the help of the NAWCC and its rich archives.

        Also on display during the exhibit is Hamilton’s VOTEC 221 Mock-Up Airplane, which was built using components certified for aircraft construction. With a Wingspan of 20.7ft, a length of over 19.5 feet and a weight of approximately 1,000 lbs, the plane is a one-to-one replica of the plane Hamilton pilots fly. Click the images below for a slideshow of the exhibit, including scenes from the opening-night event attended by VIPs from Hamilton, Tourneau, the NAWCC, and the press.

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        The Hamilton Pulsar, the world's first LED digital watch, from 1970

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          Quiz: Hollywood Watches

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          www.watchtime.com | quizzes wristwatch industry news  | Quiz: Hollywood Watches | quiz graphic 21Do you fancy yourself a watch-spotting savant, particularly in identifying timepieces worn by Hollywood actors and actresses on the silver screen? Well, here’s your chance to prove it. We’ve compiled a dozen questions about watches in the movies for you to test your horological eye. Click here to take the quiz. Answers are at the bottom of the page.

           

           

           

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            New Moons: Ulysse Nardin Introduces Classico Luna Collection

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            www.watchtime.com | wristwatch industry news industry  | New Moons: Ulysse Nardin Introduces Classico Luna Collection | UN ClassicoLuna gold 150Ulysse Nardin has once again teamed up with watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin — the creative mind behind the brand’s groundbreaking Trilogy of Time astronomical timepieces —  to launch an entirely new family of watches with innovative moon-phase complications called Classico Luna.

            The movement Oechslin and UN developed for the Classico Luna, Caliber UN-829, draws its inspiration from that of the Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck limited edition, whose hallmark was its realistic depiction of the moon’s rotation. The Classico Luna has a more streamlined, traditional look than the Moonstruck, with a slim case (in stainless steel or rose gold) and a silver or black dial with three Roman numerals (at 12, 3, and 9 o’clock) and simple, thin indices at the other hour positions. The date is in a small, round window at 6 o’clock.

            The watch’s most interesting feature is, of course, the moon-phase complication, which is displayed in a small, circular aperture that rotates around the center of the dial, once every 12 hours, depicting the angle of illumination of the moon as it does so. As it makes its entire 29 1/2-day moon-phase cycle, the moon disk in the aperture changes, increasing or decreasing in size as the moon waxes or wanes. The moon-phase is set by means of a pusher located between 5 o’clock and 6 o’clock on the side of the case.

            With its understated, elegant dial and ingenious yet subtle moon-phase complication, the Classico Luna is among Ulysse Nardin’s dressier models for gentlemen. The feminine version, the Classico Lady Luna, is also available in steel or gold cases, with or without diamonds set into the bezel and lugs. The Lady Luna also offers, in one of its models, a mother-of-pearl dial. Prices range from $8,500 to $15,400 for the stainless steel models and from $18,900 to $45,000 for rose gold; Lady Luna models with mother-of-pearl dials and diamonds range from $8,900 (stainless steel case) to $17,800 (rose gold case). Click on the watch photos for larger images.

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            Technical characteristics:

            Movement: Caliber UN-829, automatic; 42-hour power reserve

            Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, moon-phase

            Case: Steel or 18k rose gold, nonreflective sapphire crystal, sapphire exhibition caseback affixed with screws, water-resistant to 50 meters; on alligator strap with buckle or stainless steel or rose-gold bracelet with deployant clasp

            Dial and hands: Silver or black dial with Roman numerals; mother-of-pearl dial on the Lady Luna

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              Elvis Presley’s Omega Fetches King’s Ransom at Antiquorum Auction

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              www.watchtime.com | wristwatch industry news auctions  | Elvis Presleys Omega Fetches Kings Ransom at Antiquorum Auction | ElvisPresley Omega 150“Thank you, thank you very much!”

              That’s what the folks at Antiquorum Auctioneers might be saying today to the private collector who acquired the showcase piece at this week’s auction in New York, an Omega Constellation once owned by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley. The watch sold for an astounding $52,500, five times its pre-sale estimate and a world record for that reference.

              Elvis’s Omega, a rare, black-dialed Constellation Calendar produced around 1960, was the most high-profile of 269 timepieces on the block at Antiquorum’s “Important Vintage and Modern Timepieces” auction, held at its Manhattan headquarters on June 12. The watch has an automatic chronometer movement with center seconds and date and a steel case with rose-gold plating. Antiquorum put the pre-sale estimate at $10,000 to $20,000, but bids for the coveted piece of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia quickly escalated to a final hammer price of $52,500. The winning bidder received, in addition to the watch, a letter of attestation from Charlie Hodge, the watch’s onetime owner, a longtime friend and confidant of Presley and a member of the so-called “Memphis Mafia.”

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              Lot 192: Elvis Presley’s Omega Constellation. Inset photos, left to right: the watch’s caseback; Private Elvis Presley wearing the watch; Charlie Hodge (on the left) with Elvis and an unidentified sailor

              Antiquorum watch expert Nathaniel Borgelt told WatchTime about the Omega’s provenance. “Elvis gave the watch to Hodge while in the army after Hodge expressed his admiration of the piece,” Borgelt said. “To quote Charlie, ‘Several times I told Elvis how beautiful his watch was, and I said, “One of these days I’m going to buy one of those.” Elvis said, “Charlie, you don’t have to wait any longer,” and he took it off his wrist and gave it to me.’”

              “We are exceptionally pleased with the result for Elvis Presley’s Omega Constellation in today’s sale,” said Evan Zimmermann, president and CEO of Antiquorum Auctioneers. “Antiquorum is proud to add to its growing list of world records for timepieces with important provenance that includes Gandhi’s Zenith pocket watch, Steve McQueen’s Rolex and Einstein’s Longines.”

              While the King’s watch garnered much of the attention, other watches in the sale dwarfed it in terms of dollars, with the highest prices achieved, as per usual, by Patek Philippe.

              The top lot by value was a very rare Patek Philippe Ref. 5016, in a yellow-gold case with custom grey dial never before used on that reference, made in 2001. It contains a one-minute tourbillon, retrograde perpetual calendar, moon-phase indicator and minute repeater. This piece was the object of a furious bidding war between two phone bidders, ultimately selling to one of them, a Chinese collector, for an impressive $542,500.

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              Lot 269: Patek Philippe Ref. 5016 in yellow gold

              Another standout from Patek Philippe was a Ref. 3974 in yellow gold, produced in 1992. This watch has a minute repeater, perpetual calendar, leap-year indicator, and moon-phases.  Accompanied by its original mahogany box and a certificate of origin, it sold for a breathtaking $380,500. Among the other highest-earning Pateks were discontinued models like the Ref. 5885, the Ref. 5098 “Gondolo,” and the Ref. 5036.

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              Lot 268: Patek Philippe Ref. 3974 in yellow gold

              Rounding out the top three in value is Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Gyrotourbillon 1, made in a limited edition of 75 pieces in platinum. This highly complicated  wristwatch, sold in 2008, contains JLC Caliber 177, with an inclined, lightweight, two-cage, multi-axis spherical tourbillon; two barrels with sapphire covers; an eight-day power reserve; equation of time, perpetual calendar, retrograde month, and leap-year indication; and a patented, instant date display by means of two retrograde hands. Accompanied by its original box, its final sale price was $314,500.

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              Lot 88: Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 1 in platinum

              Other noteworthy timepieces included an A. Lange & Söhne “Pour le Merite” tourbillon watch in yellow gold, which sold for $188,500; Ulysse Nardin’s “Trilogy of Time,” a set of three platinum astronomical watches, which went for $164,500, nearly twice its low pre-sale estimate; and Bovet’s “The Elephant and the Snake,” an enamel-and-pearl set pocketwatch from the 19th century, which fielded a winning bid of $74,500.

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