Bulgari explores futuristic materials and explores e-technology

 

One of the most exciting things about the revolution in mechanical timepieces is the explosion of new materials being used in timepiece engineering. During the first golden age of mechanical watchmaking, from the 1940s until the 1970s, almost all watches were made of gold. Since the resurgence of mechanical timekeeping that began in the 1990s, manufacturers have popularized the use of stainless steel, titanium, ceramic and other space age materials. The result is a whole new generation of heirloom timepieces that are built to stand the test of time.

Bulgari has been at the forefront of this exploration of new materials. In 1998, it introduced the Diagono Aluminum. “It’s cool design and casual appeal made it a must have,”

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Raymond Weil - Family Time

 

Raymond Weil is a third-generation family watch business that counts music and aviation among its passions.

Geneva-based watch company Raymond Weil is one of the few Swiss watch brands that remains family owned. Founded in 1976 by Raymond Weil, it was managed for 18 years by his son-in-law, Olivier Bernheim, and is now under the leadership of Weil’s grandson, Elie Bernheim. The brand is known for its accessible, high-quality Swiss-made watches and creative designs.

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MOVADO - The Movado TC Chronograph proves that bulky sports watches are a thing of the past

The chronograph is the most popular complication in watchmaking.

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A successful 53rd running of the Rolex 24 @ Daytona

The overall winning team along with its principal owner, Chip Ganassi gets a ride into Victory Circle to begin their celebration and enjoy the fruits of their win, each receiving a Rolex Daytona Chronograph watch.
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Van Gogh at The Clark

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890), A Wheatfield, with Cypresses, 1889. Oil on canvas, The National Gallery, London, bought Courtauld Fund, 1923 Image © The National Gallery, London 2014
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With Citizen, "Better starts now"

Citizen’s new brand statement, “Better Starts Now,” reflects the simple belief that, no matter who you are or what you do, it is always possible to make something better – and now is the time to start doing it. The philosophy is that better and now are both infinite, and that there is always a next ‘better’ and a new ‘now’ in which to start pursuing it.

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Baselworld attracts aficionados and buyers from around the world

From everyday watches to limited-edition collectors’ pieces, the Basel fair has it all, and several trends are always visible at the show.

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Le Vian® - Sexy women’s jeweled diamond timepieces complement today’s women

Le Vian has been designing timepieces for 18 years, creating unique limited-edition watches that reflect the company’s innovations in trend-setting designs, as well as its specialty in diamond jewelry, particularly natural fancy color Chocolate Diamonds®. This year, Le Vian® is offering new time-pieces that are sexy and sleek in both design and color and coordinate with the company’s best-selling jewelry. The collection exhibits Le Vian’s commitment to be defined as the world’s newest lifestyle brand.

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Best of SIHH 2015 - A few stars of the 2015 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva

At the 2015 SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva in January, each of the 16 elite brands exhibiting at the invite-only fair present their new creations. As an introduction to the presentation by Van Cleef & Arpels, company CEO Nicolas Bos remarked: Van Cleef & Arpels has a very positive vision of life. We need dreams. Beauty will save the world. That is our mission.”

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Paiget - From ultra-thin movements to skeleton watches

Piaget’s illustrious heritage as a developer of ultra-thin watch movements extends naturally to the art of skeletonization. The company has created 27 ultra-thin calibers over the years, 15 of which have set world records for being the slimmest in their category. This art of refining movements to their basic format extends to the artistry of the skeletonized movement, in which all but the most essential components are cut out and then finished, decorated and sometimes gem-set, resulting in a spectacular view into the heart of mechanical watchmaking.

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Corning Museum of Glass - Home to Glass Art and Glass Making

For over half a century the town of Corning has been home to one of western New York’s most engaging, dazzling museums: the Corning Museum of Glass. An institution “dedicated to telling the story of one material: glass,” the museum offers visitors the widest possible range of opportunities to learn about, work with, and experience glass. In addition to classic museum galleries displaying the world’s finest collection of decorative and art glass items spanning over 3,500 years of innovation and inspiration, the Corning Museum of Glass also offers workshops, live demonstrations, research opportunities, and more.

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Chopard L.U.C Regulator

The L.U.C Regulator commemorates the tradition of regulator clocks, which were used as a reference time by watchmakers to set the time when regulating wristwatches. There is a central minute hand but no central minute hour hand. Instead, the hours are indicated in a subdial at the 3 o’clock position. Seconds and a second time zone are recorded on two more subdials. A power reserve indicator is located at 12 o’clock. It contains the Caliber L.U.C 98.02-L, with a nine-day power reserve.

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Ebel Wave Lady

The bracelet of the Wave Lady reinterprets the brand’s classic wave motif. The case is made in a combination of stainless steel and 18k yellow gold, while the bracelet is stainless steel and yellow gold
PVD. The case is 30 mm in diameter and 8.30 mm thick.

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Piaget Altiplano Chronograph

The Altiplano Chronograph is the world’s thinnest hand-wound chronograph. The hand-wound caliber 883P measures 4.65 mm thick. In the case, it measures only 8.24 mm thick. Both measurements represent world records of thinness.

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will.i.am and Gucci launch luxury tech-savvy smart band at Baselworld2015

A new force in luxury smart technology partnerships was unveiled recently to a packed house at Baselworld 2015 in Basel, Switzerland when Black Eyes Peas front man will.i.am and legendary fashion house Gucci Timepieces launched their range of “iam+ with Gucci” design-led, luxury wearable technology that won’t require to be tethered to a phone to deliver smart functionality.

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Tudor Series 6 Hours at Watkins Glen International

A group of cars race downhill into the heel of the boot.
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Movado Honors Jeter

Derek Jeter Captain Series Museum Sport Watch, with 42 mm black PVD-finished stainless steel case and bezel with stainless steel commemorative caseback, matte black three-hand Museum dial with thin gray vertical stripes, polished black dot, numeral 2 and blue-filled hour/minute hands, blue minute reflector ring and seconds hand, and date display. It has a black perforated rubber strap with black PVD-finished stainless steel and a classic tongue buckle, sapphire crystal and Swiss quartz movement. It is water resistant to 30 meters.
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Scotland: Taking the High Road with David Eustace

Human beings are visual creatures. We respond to images and the stories they tell, and many of us are photography enthusiasts keen to capture those important moments and seminal experiences that serve to define our lives. The unsurpassed joy surrounding the birth of a child, the exhilaration of graduation day, the emotional release at the safe return of a family member serving in the armed forces in one of our contemporary world’s many conflict zones.

And then there are those who are blessed with a rare and remarkable gift for seeing the world in a special way, in all its myriad textures and complexities, who succeed in capturing such nuanced images that they resonate deeply, reminding us of our shared humanity in such a visceral and powerful manner that we cannot help but respond.

Scottish photographer David Eustace is one such artist. A master of his craft whose exquisite images immediately grab our attention with each, in its way, conveying the warmth, compassion and intelligence of the man himself. David holds no truck with the ubiquitous practice of retouching images in post production – with him, what he sees is what you get in all its breathtaking glory. Whether he is photographing the rugged Scottish landscape he so loves, or immortalizing one of the many international celebrities who have sat for him including Sophia Loren, Sir Paul McCartney, Dame Judi Dench, John Hurt and Ewan McGregor. So striking are the portraits that one can understand why First Nations people initially feared having their likeness captured in case the image should spirit away their very essence.

In February 2015 a major international exhibition of David Eustace’s work, with accompanying book, is being staged at The Scottish Gallery: the oldest privately-owned fine art gallery in Scotland. David Eustace is the only photographer ever to have gained representation with them. www.scottish-gallery.co.uk.

Challenging, however, to arrive at the optimum blend of images from a 25-year career which has already been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts from his alma mater, Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Work that has found a home in the collections of The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the UK’s National Portrait Gallery in London. David has himself been the subject of a number of documentaries including one by the BBC profiling his exhibition at London’s Cork Street Gallery. His portraits have featured in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue and The Sunday Times to name but a few.

Vanity Fair’s Photography Director Susan White provided the foreword for the book accompanying the exhibition, both entitled “I write to tell you of a boy born only yesterday……:

“I first met David more than 10 years ago and he struck me then as a man on a quest. He seemed a seeker, of sorts, out to answer his life’s questions by turning his lens on others. … I remember thinking that I was meeting a man and a photographer not quite content with the making of beautiful imagery, a photographer who might be looking for something beyond the world of commercial photography….. He brings our gaze deep into the horizon, reminding us how difficult it is to see the end from the beginning ..”

With such a wealth of creative talent, one might reasonably expect a somewhat aloof personality. Nothing could be further from the truth. In person, David Eustace is warm and engaging, a natural raconteur with a seemingly endless stream of wonderfully entertaining anecdotes, Scottish to his core. Perhaps it stems from his former careers in the Royal Navy and the prison service that he should appear so down-to-earth, with a sharp intellect, warmth and affability that let him immediately connect with his subjects. Skills that he clearly honed working for seven years with Scotland’s most notorious criminals.

Though he has worked with some of the world’s most successful power companies and retail operations, David maintains he is not a commercial photographer. Rather his work is art-based yet has a commercial value. He occupies the space inbetween, caring passionately about his work, which is consistenly authentic and able to communicate on a deeply human level.

Commenting on his forthcoming exhibition, David said: “I am truly honored to have Scotland’s oldest private gallery representing me and staging this exhibition. In common with every aspect of my work, the show’s title - I write to tell you of a boy born only yesterday - is extremely personal. It’s the opening line of the letter sent to my parents from the adoption agency in November 1961 advising them of my arrival in this world.”

David’s much-loved adoptive parents died when the artist was in his twenties and – a decade later – he was reunited with his birth mother. Though he doesn’t put much store by coincidences, David learned that his mother – a young single girl from the Scottish Highlands – held him for the last time, tightly wrapped in a shawl as the snow fell gently in Scotland’s beautiful capital city, hoping that he would find a good home with loving parents. In a remarkable recent twist of fate, on first visiting the new family home in Edinburgh, she exclaimed with surprise and heartfelt emotion that the view from the window was precisely the same as on that snowy day 51 years previously.

David has travelled extensively, internationally, and these globetrotting trips have resulted in remarkable bodies of work including an Anthropologie-commissioned project “In search of Eustace (Texas)” to document America, passing through Death Valley and Monument Valley. His 16 year-old daughter Rachael accompanied David on the dream road trip, which proved immensely popular with young girls keen to embark on their own adventure with their fathers. NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw then approached David before replicating the journey for a documentary titled “American Character: Along Highway 50”.

A separate exhibition – Highland Heart – commissioned by the Scottish Government and Napier University for New York’s Tartan Week 2013 was opened by Scotland’s then First Minister, Alex Salmond. The show ran to universal acclaim at the Hudson Gallery in midtown Manhattan. A selection of those images are reproduced here. Alex Salmond remains a powerful political influence and was the powerhouse behind the recent referendum in which 45 per cent of Scottish voters opted for independence.

David continues: “Trust and creative control are essential and allow me to produce my best work. Both were true of Highland Heart. I’m particularly drawn to Scotland’s Western Highlands and the islands of the inner and outer Hebrides. There is something so special about those places. The light is incredible, and it often genuinely feels as if you’re standing at the edge of the world.”

David’s love of his native land also extends to a love of another Scottish specialty: fine Scotch whisky, and he has become a collector since his natural mother gave him the hipflask owned by his maternal grandfather who worked for 40 years in the scotch whisky industry. Within three weeks of receiving the gift, he was commissioned by the Scottish Malt Whisky Association which has since asked him to become one of their international Ambassadors, regularly sending him bottles to taste before spreading the word. The Wall Street Journal cemented matters by commissioning a portrait of master whisky blender Rachel Barrie.

David photographed celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s first ever cookery book. The like-minded friends agree that scotch is far more than simply a drink. Instead it should be savored, like fine wine, since anything that takes 40 years to mature deserves our respect. Jamie Oliver has a myriad of wonderful suggestions for incorporating scotch into delicious recipes – for example, succulent Highland mussels with fresh smoked haddock in a creamy sauce subtly imbued with a smooth scotch such as Talisker from the isle of Skye. His update
of Cranachan, a traditional Scottish dessert, features layers of summer berries, oatmeal and cream with a healthy dash
of scotch. And for those who prefer their tipple to maintain a little distance from their sweet indulgence, try pairing a
25 year-old Speyside single malt to perfectly complement sticky toffee pudding.

Like David himself, Scots over the centuries have travelled to the four corners of the earth, and many of us go on discover a connection with Scotland when tracing our family tree. Hopefully, in the not so distant future, you too will have the chance to experience this magnificent land with its extraordinary landscapes. Discover for yourself the warmth of its people, the richness of its culture and be introduced to the delights of uisge beatha (the water of life) as the Scots call their amber nectar. This small land has a remarkable ability to reach into the soul to make such adventures simply unforgettable.

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Patek Philipe's 175th Anniversary: The Brand's Most Complicated Watch

The Grandmaster Chime is delivered in a case of Makassar ebony and inlaid wood of 17 other species.
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Ralph Lauren Safari

A timepiece collection built for adventure.

Ralph Lauren timepiece collections are a reflection of the company’s unique sensibility, which is divided into four iconic lifestyle design themes: automotive, equestrian, Art Deco and safari. The philosophy behind each of these unique aesthetic categories is to allow customers to imagine Ralph Lauren’s creations in the context of an adventurous lifestyle, exploring themes that are personally meaningful to the designer himself.

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A Premier Collection of Cubist Art Debuts at the Met

Anchored by works by Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, and Picasso, Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection provides the first opportunity to experience the breadth of works in the renown art collector’s recent gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exhibition, the most important exhibition of cubists in more than 30 years, traces the invention and development of Cubism using iconic examples from the collection, with its unparalleled holdings in this foundational modernist movement. Pledged to the museum in April 2013, the collection includes 79 paintings, works on paper, and sculpture, including the Lauder’s most recent addition, Léger’s The Village. In all, it will include 17 works by Braque, 14 by Gris, 15 by Léger, and 33 by Picasso. Rich in modernist pictures by Picasso and Braque, the exhibition will also include an unprecedented number of papiers collé by Juan Gris and a stunning array of Léger’s most famous series, Contrasts of Forms.

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The Schlumpf Affair

The Alfa Romeo 8C was designed to compete in sports car races, specifically the Mille Miglia. Only ten 8Cs were built, five in 1935 and five, including this car, in 1936. Power is provided by an inline 8-cylinder 2.9 litre engine equipped with two superchargers. © C. Recoura
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Eli Wallach: An enthusiastic watch collector

Chronos Editor, Bert Kalisher, and Eli Wallach.
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BaselWorld 2014: March 28th Watch Update

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BaselWorld 2014: March 27th Watch Update

Yesterday was the first full day of BaselWorld 2014 and it was filled with exciting updates in the watch world.

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