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Breitling Releases Reno Air Races Game For Android and Updates Apple Version

Breitling Reno Game

Just in time for the 2011 Reno Air Races (which run September 14-18), Breitling is launching its free “Breitling Reno Air Races” game for Android, and updating the Apple version that has already been downloaded almost one million times. Find links to download both versions and to race information inside.

Download the Apple version from iTunes here, and the Android version from the Android Market here.

Breitling is the main sponsor of the National Championship Air Races and Air Show. Learn more about the event here.

Breitling Reno Air Races game.

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WatchTime’s October Print and iPad Editions Now Available!

WatchTime October

WatchTime’s October issue is available now. In it, we test Omega’s new Planet Ocean chronograph and Breitling’s new Navitimer 01, both with new in-house chronograph movements. How do they measure up? Swiss and German retro-inspired chronographs go head to head: Zenith’s El Primero New Vintage 1969 versus Glashütte Original’s Senator Sixties. Which one comes out on top?

We find out if Sinn’s EZM 7, designed for professional firefighters, can take the heat.

Norma Buchanan profiles the King of Vintage, Aurel Bacs of Christie’s, the world’s biggest watch auction house. The iPad edition includes an 8:30 audio clip of Bacs describing what it is like to be an auctioneer at the highest level, plus video from the auction room as a $2 million-plus Patek Philippe goes under the hammer.

In Classical Revival, we explore more than 20 classically simple watches.

We take an in-depth look at Montblanc’s Tourbillon Bi-Cylindrique with two concentric, cylindrical hairsprings.

In Tutima Goes Home, we look at the brand’s triumphant return to Glashütte and the launch of the Hommage Caliber 800, a minute repeater with more than 550 components.

History buffs will enjoy Voltaire, Watch Baron, a look at how the most famous writer of his age became a watchmaking mogul.

As always, you can test your wits with our Watch Quiz, and our lifestyle writers look at the Cadillac CTS Coupe, the Delta Gallery Piston Fill fountain pen, Tennessee whiskey, and personal blends from the cigar world’s unsung heros.

And there’s much more!

The iPad edition is packed with bonus content: 69 image galleries, 54 web links, and 5 videos, plus the Aurel Bacs audio clip.

Look for the print edition at Barnes & Nobel, Hudson News, and other leading magazine and book retailers.

Click here to subscribe the WatchTime and receive our Caliber Guide as your free gift.

Click here to download our app for the iPad.

WatchTime: The #1 selling watch magazine in the US, per Barnes & Nobel sales data.

WatchTime October 2011

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World #1 Novak Djokovic is Newest Audemars Piguet Ambassador

Novak Djokovic Joins AP

As the U.S. Open gets under way in Flushing Meadows, Audemars Piguet has announced that the world’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, has joined the brand as its latest Ambassador. Seeded number 1 at the U.S. Open, Djokovic has enjoyed an exceptional 2011 season, running his record to 57-2, including five wins over former #1 Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic joins AP ambassadors including LeBron James, F1 superstar Michael Schumacher, and golfers Lee Westwood and Rory Mcllroy, among others.

According to Audemars Piguet, the relationship began several months ago when Djokovic paid a discreet visit. After visiting the workshops in La Brussus, Djokovic expressed his admiration for the brand’s watches, and especially for the movements. Djokovic said “I have discovered a new passion for fine watchmaking and I truly admire both the traditional and modern aspects of the work accomplished by Audemars Piguet”.

Beyond Djokovic’s supurb tennis skills, Audemars Piguet appreciates his generosity and altruism. In 2007, he founded the Novak Humanitarian Fund that operated on various fronts, including providing access to tennis courts and scholarships for young Serbians, donating ambulances to hospitals in Kosovska Mitrovica and Brus, and making a donation to the Gracanica monastery for the redemption of land parcels in Padaliste. The fund has recently narrowed its scope of activities and operates to provide emotional and programmatic support to children who have lost a parent. In Serbia, the foundation also seeks to promote access to education as well as educational development for all children. To aid these efforts, Djokovic has partnered with UNICEF Serbia.

Djokovic also takes part in fundraising exhibition matches whenever he can to support the reconstruction efforts for Haiti, Japan, as well as his home country of Serbia (the cities Loznica and Kraljevo.)

All of which makes it entirely natural for this bighearted individual and accomplished sportsman to join the Audemars Piguet family. Brand CEO Philippe Merk stated, “We are particularly honored by the friendship we enjoy with this great champion who expresses through his sport our own values of excellence and audacity. We wish him a warm welcome and the best of luck for the rest of the season, which he has dominated so far, but the battle with his rivals isn’t over yet.”

Novak Djokovic Joins Audemars Piguet

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Marc Michel-Amadry Appointed Managing Director of Sotheby’s Switzerland

Marc Michel-Amadry

Marc Michel-Amadry has been named as managing director of Sotheby’s Switzerland. Mr Michel-Amadry will divide his time between Sotheby’s Zurich and Geneva. Sotheby’s said the re-establishment of a pan-Swiss management structure reflects the growing importance of the company’s business in Switzerland and will enhance its ability to provide client services.

Michel-Amadry joins Sotheby’s from his position as President and Creative Director of Ebel and Concord, two brands at Movado Group Inc. He began his career at TAG Heuer, where he gained international experience working in Singapore managing the marketing of the brand for the Southeast Asia region. He was then appointed to his first senior leadership role at age 31 as General Manager of LVMH Watch & Jewellery, also based in Singapore. Michel-Amadry joined Ebel in 2003 as director of international marketing in charge of international media strategy, advertising, public relations, retail marketing and high-end jewellery business. He served as vice president of marketing from 2006-2009, before being named president and creative director.

Speaking of the appointment, Patrick van Maris, managing director of Sotheby’s Europe and the Middle East, said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Marc Michel-Amadry as Managing Director of Sotheby’s Switzerland. Marc brings to Sotheby’s outstanding managerial skills as well as a thorough understanding of the luxury business from a global perspective and an appreciation of the cultural/regional complexities in the Swiss marketplace. Through his valuable expertise Marc will strengthen Sotheby’s existing service to Swiss clients, buyers and sellers.”

Marc Michel-Amadry

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Only Watch USA Previews Just Days Away

Only Watch 2011

The U.S. previews of the unique pieces to be auctioned at Only Watch in Monaco later this month will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 9 at Westime Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, and during the same hours on Monday, September 12 at Antiquorum Auctioneers at 595 Madison Ave. in New York City. Find helpful links inside.

The Only Watch auction will take place on Friday, September 23 at 4 p.m. in the Salle Belle Epoque of the Hermitage Hotel. Attending will be H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, who has supported the event since its creation.

Forty of the world’s leading luxury wristwatch manufacturers are donating unique and one-of-a-kind timepieces for the event, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to combat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The auction will be conducted by Antiquorum. Here are some helpful links:

View the virtual catalog (requires Flash)

View the online catalog

Register to bid online

Learn more about Only Watch

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Vacheron Constantin American Heritage Exhibit Open Now

Vacheron Constantin Exhibit

Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest watch manufacture in continuous operation, today unveiled The American Heritage of Vacheron Constantin Exhibit, a display of historical timepieces at the first-ever U.S. boutique on Madison Avenue in New York City. The exhibit will be open to the public and on display through October 30, 2011.

The exhibit coincides with an interactive online event, The American Heritage of Vacheron Constantin, launched on August 15th. The exhibit and online event represent the intersection of American history with the company’s 256-year history and the rich stories of its American collectors.

The American Heritage of Vacheron Constantin Exhibit will showcase timepieces never before seen in the United States. Several interesting and rare timepieces have been taken directly from the Vacheron Constantin museum in Geneva, Switzerland, including the original American 1921, the classic driving watch first conceived during The Roaring Twenties. A pocket watch owned by automotive magnate James Ward Packard, repurchased by the Maison for $1.8 million at Christie’s June auction, will also be shown.

In addition to the pieces from the Vacheron Constantin archives, the exhibit will include a number of exquisite timepieces from the personal archives of Vacheron Constantin U.S. collectors. Two unique timepieces that have never before been seen in public will be on display, including a timepiece created in 1935 for King Farouk of Egypt. When created, the piece was one of the most complex pocket watches ever produced. Another extraordinary addition to the exhibit includes an 18K yellow gold and enameled open-faced watch from 1910 previously owned by the railroad tycoon Diamond Jim Brady, a privately owned piece loaned courtesy of Sotheby’s.

The exhibit will be on display at the new boutique located at 729 Madison Avenue – Vacheron Constantin’s first U.S. boutique.

Vacheron Constantin Exhibit

Vacheron Constantin for Packard at Christie's

Vacheron Constantin for Packard at Christie's

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Alpina and Cessna Hold Collaboration Event

Alpina-Cessna Event

To celebrate their collaboration, Alpina and Cessna recently held an event at Cessna Aircraft’s headquarters in Wichita, Kansas. Selected VIP customers attended a presentation and viewed over 30 airplanes in different stages of production. Following the presentation, several Cessna planes were inspected in the main showroom, including a brand new Cessna Citation Mustang.

Alpina joined forces with Cessna Aircraft and PrivatAir to support the introduction of Alpina’s Startimer Pilot collection. Featured at the event was the Alpina Startimer Automatic with in-house developed and produced automatic caliber AL-710 with minute and hour indication and off-center date hand, combining historic pilot watch design features with a modern layout.

“We both rely on precision, hand-crafted products to please our customers,” said Alpina Managing Director Peter Stas. “Since Cessna and Alpina are essentially talking to the same people, cooperating through events like this benefit both companies.”

These images from the event may be enlarged with a click.

Alpina-Cessna Event

Alpina-Cessna Event

Alpina-Cessna Event

Alpina-Cessna Startimer Set

Alpina-Cessna Event

Alpina-Cessna Event

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