Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Look at the new Cartier Roadster S Watch

I was so tempted to add S Class at the end of the new Cartier Roadster S. The name actually demands it like a pregnant pause, but of course the term "class" is distinctly reserved for automobiles, and although the Cartier Roadster is mighty machine, it doesn't exactly fit under the transportation category. In regard to the spanking new Cartier Roadster (I absolutely love the collection), the S stands for Sports. With the introduction of Roadster S, you will notice a couple of changes. Compare this watch with a typical Cartier Roadster and you will notice a couple differences.
a) The bullet shape crystal sapphire lens above the date has been scrapped in favor of a more simpler bullet shape indentation in the at the 3 'o'clock position.
b) The screws on the case have been removed creating a softer look. I must admit, with the removal of the screws, a certain rugged appeal is missing.

Still the Roadster S, is very much a Roadster with the iconic Roadster case shape, Roman Numerals, Unchanged Sword shaped dial hands and concentric dial markings on silvered Opaline white dial which reinforces the case shape. Two styles are available - stainless steel depicted above and a rubber and stainless steel combination. The latter model (inset) has a fresh young look combining traditional materials with a more modern take.
The Roadster S does have a certain mass appeal, which I am sure in the current economic uncertainty, mass appeal is just what Cartier wants. At a going rate of $4,600 for the steel version and $4,600 for the combo, this watch is much cheaper than the original Roadsters thereby enabling young aspiring individuals to own a watch worn by millionaires and noticed by all.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

FIFA 2009 World Player of the Year, Lionel MESSI, joins Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet nominates FC Barcelona Attacker Lionel Messi to represent Audemars Piguet.
Audemars Piguet recognized Lionel Messi's strength of character. Strength to persue his dreams. As a child in Rosaria, Argentina, Lionel spent his time playing ball and he was good. His family realised a champion in him. At ten it seemed his dreams would come to a grinding halt when he was diagnosed with a hormonal disease that potentially could effect his growth. However, this would not deter his family ,who after doing much research into the various Argentinian Clubs, finally enrolled him into the recruitment testing at FC Barcelona in Spain. As a result of his football skills, he was admitted to the Masia. the Barcia training center who covered not only his football training, but also his various medical expenses.
Lionel’s family left Argentina and moved to Catalonia in order to witness Lionel Messi’s first steps on the Camp Nou football pitch. From those first steps Lionel Messi’s talent has grown in leaps and bounds. He is fast, creative and can dribble with mind boggling ease. His skill has bought him a well deserved position as a striker for the legendary FC Barcelona and for his national team. Like many of the world’s greatest soccer players, Lionel Messi dons the N° 10 shirt. His mastery of the game has earned him quite a number of titles: FIFA 2009 Player of the Year, the 2009 Golden Bell Award and Player of the Spanish League.
It is little wonder why Audemars Piguet chose Lionel Messi to join its team. As Phillipe Merk, CEO of Audemars Piguet said,
“ Lionel Messi is an exceptional man, the greatest player of his generation. This young and talented athlete not only embodies pure sporting genius, but also the courage and determination of a man who fights against all odds to pursue his dreams. Above and beyond his intrinsic value, we are welcoming a big-hearted man with valuable human qualities into the Audemars Piguet family.”
Audemars Piguet has had its own obstacles in its past 135 years, some of which were cleared only through raw determination and foresight. Both Lionel Messi and Audemars Piguet will join together and strive to pass this will to achieve and conquer obstacles to the next generation. Messi with his foundation, “Fundacion Leo Messi” created in 2009 uses his fame to gain public awareness to the plight of woman and children around the world.
He says, “ You have to believe in yourself and never lose sight of your dreams … but sometimes our dreams need a little helping hand.”
This year, Lionel Messi became a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.
Audemars Piguet has chosen well, and as per its three main virtues - tradition, daring and excellence – Lionel Messi lives up to all of them.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hublot Unveils Official FIFA World Cup 2010 Watch

The watch is a beauty isn't it and unveiled not a moment to soon. The Fifa World Cup Games in South Africa begin in just 18 days (I checked the official Hublot counter on FIFA.Com). First match is between South Africa and Mexico. Hublot is on hand as the Official Timekeeper.
The Official FIFA World Cup 2010 Watch is an exquisite combination of rose gold and rubber and alligator strap. The coveted World Cup Trophy is emblazoned at the 6 'o'clock position as well as the case back. The Classic Fusion Hublot Timepiece evokes a sense of elegant luxury and serious sports. This watch does well to honor the prestige of the FIFA World Cup and the importance of achieving the ultimate victory - winning the World Cup. Limited to 100 pieces.

Since the World Cup is just days away, I'd thought I'd post a music video entitled BAFANA BAFANA produced by famous South African Comedian Leon Schuster, to get you in the FIFA World Cup spirit. Trust me it does the job.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Chopard turns A Century and A Half

To commemorate its 150th anniversary, Chopard unveils a new addition to its Happy Sport Collection - the Happy Sports Star Diamond Watch. The refreshing blue hue of the dial serves as the perfect midnight sky backdrop for five stars shimmering with diamonds. In line with the original Happy Diamond Collection ,introduced in 1976, the stars glide across the dial between two sheets of sapphire crystal to evoke the illusion of gems mysteriously suspended above the time.
Company History
Louis-Ulysse Chopard founded his company in 1860, fueled by a vision to create pocket watches and chronometers of superior quality. His vision created an empire and 150 years later, Chopard is one of the most sought after watch brands today. Chopard has consistently produced masterpieces. Still owned by the Scheufele family, purchased in 1963 by Karl Scheufele, Chopard is dedicated to precision, refinement, elegance, performance, design and technology.
Chopard Current News
Chopard's 150th anniversary was celebrated with gusto. On the eve of March 20th, Chopard gave a huge bash at the Musical Theatre Basel where a longtime friend of the Scheufele family, José Carreras performed with Spanish flamenco dancer Sara Baras to benefit his foundation against leukaemia. After the concert, the maestro joined all the friends of Chopard, for a cocktail dinner followed by an after party which took place in the back stage of the theatre.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Luxury Watches Are So In!

Just in case you hadn't noticed, luxury watches are so in. Picture this! Business suit, greased back hair, charcoal shirt, Ray Bans, lavender tie, behind the wheel of a a 2011 Merc; tinted window rolls down and arm rests on the door displaying a plastic digital watch - WAIT!! That's not right! Let's try again - window rolls down and arm rests on the door displaying a Daniel Roth Ellipsocurvex. Yes! This guy has taste, because Daniel Roth Ellipsocurvex luxury watches are a hot item. Real hot, and this watch works. Works in more ways than you know it. It works with your wardrobe, and it works for you.

This particular model is especially unique as Daniel Roth utilizes its Ellipsocurvex shape to utilize jumping hours and retrograde minutes time display.
Jumping hours means the hours in the aperture at the usual 12 'o'clock position jumps from one hour to the next. Retrograde minutes start at 00 and end at 60. The central second hand utilizes the traditional time display.

The Barrel Tonneau Polished 18K Rose Gold Case protects a mechanical Automatic Self-Winding Movement with a Daniel Roth 115 Calibre. The movement is visible via a screw-in sapphire crystal case back. A power reserve of 45 hours adds to the many exceptional qualities of this Daniel Roth Luxury Watch.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Corum Sponsers Bol d'Or Mirabaud Inland Sailing Regatta

Corum Admiral's Cup Chronograph 48 Bol d'Or Mirabaud

This shimmering beauty sports a dial so vivid blue, it is as though an entire miniature ocean washes against the bezel making soft foamy splashes. Of course its all in the mind, but doesn't our mind interpret what it perceives. A 48mm titanium and rubber case protects a COSC certified Corum automatic movement. A COSC certified movement is tested individually for 15 days, in 5 different positions at 3 different temperatures ensuring the watch can withstand varying conditions like those experienced in a regatta.
The Corum Admiral's Cup Chronograph 48 Bol d'Or Mirabaud is fusing its name to the world’s most important regatta on an inland lake by becoming Presenting Sponsor of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, commencing on June 12 thus Corum is expanding its presence in the sailing sponsorship arena.
The Bol d’Or Mirabaud, is in its 72nd year. This prestigious race is a place where sailing stars are mixed with non-professional sailors, and the event is the pride of the Lake Geneva region and delights sailing enthusiasts.
However, there is another regatta linked to Corum - The Admiral's Cup. You are probably wondering what happened to that. Year after year, Corum has unveiled new additions to Admiral's Cup collection; the collection growing in popularity and the races future uncertain. To understand this one must understand a bit about the race.
The Admiral's Cup is an international yachting regatta. It was organized in 1957 by the Royal Ocean Racing Club based at Cowes, on the Isle of Wright in England. It was a biennial event, happening every odd-numbered years. From 1957 to 1999 the cup was competed between national teams, each having three boats. In the beginning only USA and Great Britain took part, but later other countries competed. The race was highly regarded and in 1971, British Prime Minister ,Edward Heath, captained one of the winning boats. The Admiral's Cup watches are being introduced year after year, growing in popularity. But what happened to the actual Admiral's Cup race? The race has not taken place in five years. It was canceled in 2001, 2005 ,2007, 2009.
In 2003 the competition was moved from Ireland to Australia for unknown reasons, and instead of being between different countries, it was watered down to a competition between different yacht clubs.
Yet, in 2011, the Admiral's Cup Regatta may be racing again. The Royal Ocean Racing Club is consulting with yacht clubs, boat owners and sailors from around the globe to to get their perspectives of holding the race, once again, in the summer of 2011. The RORC has secured support from Skandia, a UK leader of long-term investments and long time sponsorship of yachting, to research the feasibility of reviving the Admiral's Cup and restoring the the Admiral's Cup to prominence.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Run With It: Asics Active Running Watches

ASICS Watches are meant for runners who take their work outs seriously. Asics Active Running Watches are specifically designed to memorize 10 Training Sessions up to 80 Lap. The watch comes with a comfortable rubber straps ensuring the watch
stays put during vigorous training excessive. The dial is a handy elliptical shape enabling the runner to check the time without slowing him down.

The Asics Active Running Watches are inexpensive. Choose from a wide range of sporty colors including black and yellow, white and blue, red,black and white
- and many more.

Company Information

ASICS, is an acronym of the Latin phrase, Anima Sana In Corpore Sano - a sound mind in a sound body. ASICS strives to create products designed for sports enthusiasts who fuse mind and body to stretch the limits of their capabilities.
The company was founded back in 1949 by Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka who started an athletic footwear company (Onitsuka Co., Ltd.) in his living room in Kobe, Japan where he walked tirelessly manufacturing basketball shoes. Mr. Kihachiro, Onitsuka believed fervently that the best way to create a healthy and happy lifestyle is to promote total health and fitness.In 1977, ASICS products came to the United States where the company has proved its impeccable quality manufacturing sports products in fields of sports such as running, volleyball, tennis and even catering to kids who have mighty aspirations.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mom Must See This Watch

Now Breguet has another take on giving mom flowers for Mother's Day. Well just one flower actually, resting on a black satin strap. The Breguet Crazy Flower Haute Jewelry Watch . The watch has a kind of spunky flare to it, which makes it not as weighted as other diamond encrusted watches. The flower design is quite refreshing. The three layers of diamond petals (not really a bezel at all) consist of baguette cut stones, while smaller stones decorate the face like pollen. The entire watch looks as though it is in motion - a flower under clear blue skies on some remote mountaintop rippling in a soft breeze. Approximately 300 diamonds, amounting to 36 carats, cluster around a white gold case barely noticeable under all the razzle dazzle. The blued steel pomme style hands display the time which elegantly occupies the 6 'o'clock position.

Within the case lies a mechanical Breguet caliber 586 automatic movement providing optimal time tracking precision. This watch is definitely an eye catcher and meant to be the center of attention.