Breguet Birthday Bash: Exhibit Celebrates Bicentennial of the Wristwatch

Breguet boutique exhibit-window display

The discussion about what was the first timepiece for the wrist, and what watchmaker produced it, has typically involved a handful of well-known contenders, chiefly Cartier, with its Santos-Dumont from 1904, and Patek Philippe, with its Countess Koscowicz watch from 1868. Breguet, however, has the historical documents to make a compelling case for the honor. The brand's namesake, legendary … [Read more...]

IWC Auctions Off Unique Muhammad Ali Watch at Celebrity Fight Night Gala

Muhammad Ali and Lionel Richie

A unique timepiece by IWC Schaffhausen went under the hammer at the 18th annual Celebrity Fight Night gala last Saturday, held in Phoenix, Arizona. The star-studded event was established to raise funds for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, founded by the legendary boxing champ. The watch, a special Big Pilot's model in white gold made to commemorate Ali's 70th birthday, fetched $60,000. Click … [Read more...]

Celebrity Wrist Watch: Oscar Weekend 2012

Jean Dujardin Jaeger-LeCoultre Fitting

The 84th Annual Academy Awards, the film industry's biggest spectacle, took place last night in Hollywood. Like every year, many of your favorite watch brands were represented on the wrists of the celebrity nominees and guests, and some brands even sponsored lavish movie-industry events prior to the awards ceremony. Here's a compilation of horological highlights from Tinseltown's most star-studded … [Read more...]

Jennifer Hudson and Gucci Introduce New Grammy Museum Watch at L.A. Event

On February 11, on the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, Gucci Timepieces presented the third in its limited-edition Grammy collection of limited-production watches at a special event at the Grammy museum in Los Angeles — an event that also featured a live performance by Oscar and Grammy winner (and Gucci fan) Jennifer Hudson. … [Read more...]

Scenes from SIHH

SIHH 2012 opened today and the initial buzz from collectors is positive. Depending on which booth you entered, you might be greeted by a fighter jet and aircraft carrier, or enormous timepiece and a 3.5 ton piece of Germany. Here are a few quick snaps to set the scene for SIHH 2012. … [Read more...]

Giant of Time: Eli Manning Gets His Own Citizen Watch

New York Giants fans hoping their team goes deep into the NFL playoffs this year can only sit on the sidelines (or couch, or recliner, or high-priced stadium seat) and cheer their star quarterback Eli Manning to victory. However, a lucky few of them can do so while wearing a Citizen watch made specifically for Manning himself. … [Read more...]

Yves “Jetman” Rossy Flies With Breitling Jet Team

After flying across the English Channel, soaring alongside two Boeing Stearman biplanes carrying the Breitling Wingwalkers, looping the loop around a hot-air balloon and hurtling across the sky over the Grand Canyon, Yves "Jetman" Rossy did some formation flying alongside two jets from the Breitling Jet Team. Find a link to the video inside. … [Read more...]

Greubel Forsey Wins the 2011 International Chronometry Competition

Greubel Forsey’s Double Tourbillon 30° Technique (DT30T) has won the 2011 International Chronometry Competition held at the Museum of Horology in Le Locle, Switzerland. The DT30T, featuring a 60-second tourbillon cage inclined at 30° rotating inside a second four-minute tourbillon cage, scored 915 points out of a possible 1,000 to claim first place both in the tourbillon category and the … [Read more...]

Vacheron Constantin Celebrates the Opening of its First US Boutique With Black-Tie Dinners

Vacheron Constantin, the world's oldest watch manufacture in continuous operation, celebrated the grand opening of its first-ever US boutique. Over three evenings, Juan Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin and Hugues de Pins, President of Vacheron Constantin North America welcomed invited guests to three black tie dinners featuring world-class chefs Eric Ripert, Thomas Keller and Sergi Arola. … [Read more...]

Hublot and Usain Bolt Raise Money for Kids

Hublot partnered with its living-legend ambassador Usain Bolt to celebrate its new Beverly Hills boutique and raise funds for a worthy cause through the “Hublot Race Challenge” and soiree. The Jamaican sprint star is not only an outstanding sportsman, but he shares Hublot's dedication to the value of sharing to support those who are less fortunate. … [Read more...]

Bell & Ross WW1 Collection Launch Party

Bell & Ross recently presented its new WW1 collection at the historic Hôtel National des Invalides whose famed Eglise du Dome houses Emperor Napoleon I’s tomb. This new collection, which includes a pocket watch (the PW1) as well as the WW1 wristwatch, traces the evolution of timepieces from the pocket to the wrist. … [Read more...]

Frédérique Constant Stars at Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance

More than 100 classic and antique boats and over 5,000 visitors gathered at one of the world’s best known clear mountain lakes for the 39th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance. The event showcases the best vintage wood boats from North America, which compete for top honors in 13 classes. … [Read more...]

Antiquorum & The Consulate of Monaco Host Only Watch Reception in New York

Watch Collectors, VIP guests, philanthropists, members of the press and representatives from the leading watch brands filled Antiquorum’s auction room on September 12 in New York City to get a closer look at the extraordinary timepieces offered in the upcoming “Only Watch” auction benefitting research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Find a link to over 100 images of the evening inside. … [Read more...]

Al Pacino Receives the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at Venice Film Festival

Al Pacino is the recipient of the Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2011 Award, a prize of the Venice International Film Festival dedicated to an artist who has left an original mark on contemporary cinema. The prize has previously been awarded to some of the greatest figures in film including: Takeshi Kitano (2007), Abbas Kiarostami (2008), Agnès Varda (2008), Sylvester Stallone (2009) … [Read more...]

Alpina and Cessna Hold Collaboration 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. … [Read more...]

Panerai Regatta Winner Awarded Timepiece

Officine Panerai kicked off its title sponsorship of the 2011 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge in North America on August 12 with the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta at Marblehead, Massachusetts. The race attracted 65 classic and vintage boats. On Saturday night, the captains and crews enjoyed an elegant dinner with honored guest and speaker, the legendary yachtsman Ted Hood. … [Read more...]

Awards Presented in Patek Philippe Artisanship and Precision Competition

On April 14 and 15 this year, 18 students from six Swiss watchmaking schools took part in the second Patek Philippe Artisanship and Precision Competition. The winners were honored on May 28, 2011, during a celebration at the Patek Philippe Museum in the presence of Patek Philippe President Thierry Stern as well as Robert Anguenot and Daniel Rochat. … [Read more...]

Richard Mille Forms Polo Team

Richard Mille enters the world of polo with the introduction of the first Richard Mille Polo Team. The team’s four players are Argentinean Pablo MacDonough, who ranked number one on the 2010 World Polo Tour; fellow Argentinean Alejandro Muzzio; Prince Bahar from Brunei; and the UK-born Max Routledge. … [Read more...]

The Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces of the Ralph Lauren Collection

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre in Paris is exhibiting a curated selection of 17 classic sports cars from the Ralph Lauren collection. These beautifully designed European automobiles were created between the 1920s and the 1990s. The collection includes the iconic 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupé which inspired the Ralph Lauren Sporting Watch. Find stunning wallpaper images from the … [Read more...]

Bubba and Rafa Test Richard Mille and Win

Unlike most athletic brand ambassadors who don their watches after their events have ended, golf's longest hitter Bubba Watson and World #1 tennis star Rafael Nadal wear their Richard Mille timepieces while they compete, demonstrating that Mille's ultra-complicated movements can handle tough duty. Bubba and Rafa also win. … [Read more...]