Time and Tides: Celebrate Earth Day with Jaeger-LeCoultre and UNESCO New Video of Glacier Bay National Park (video)

 |  April 22nd, 2015

Today we celebrate the 45th Earth Day.  As such, in New York, Jaeger-LeCoultre and UNESCO also celebrate in a big way, and if you are in New York this week for Madison Avenue Watch Week, you will want to pay a visit to the Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique (801 Maidens Ave (near 62nd Street) for a first-hand look at that celebration.  In honor of Earth Day, and of its extensive involvement with the Marine Heritage sites of UNESCO,  Jaeger-LeCoultre has established a superb exhibit of photographs by renowned, award-winning nature photographer Mark Kelley. In fact, today, Jaeger-LeCoultre held a press conference with UNESCO at the boutique about the brand’s work with UNESCO.  Jaeger-LeCoultre, which produces some of the finest Swiss-made watches, has been working…

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Omega Speedster Professional Watch Owned by Astronaut Alan Bean Sells for $50,000

 |  April 21st, 2015

Earlier today, the seventh annual Space History auction from Bonhams took place — on the very same date that marks the 50th anniversary of America’s first spacewalk. Among the many rare and coveted items up for auction was astronaut Alan Bean’s 18-karat gold Omega Speedmaster Professional watch.  The timepiece fetched $50,000. During the Apollo 12 mission, Captain Bean acted as the lunar module pilot, alongside Commander Pete Conrad. Apollo 12 was the second mission wherein man walked on the moon and Bean was the fourth man to walk on the moon.  Bean’s 18-karat rose gold Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph wristwatch  (Ref. BA 145.022) houses the caliber 861 with 17 jewels and an inscribed casebook that reads:  “—Astronaut Alan Bean— to mark man’s conquest of space with time, through…

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Be Among the First Consumers to See this Year’s Top Watches — Don’t Miss Madison Avenue Watch Week this Week in NY

 |  April 19th, 2015

This week in New York City, you can be among the first consumers ever to see, touch and try on some of the hottest watches of the new year. All week long, top Madison Avenue watch boutiques are showcasing new products that are just arriving in stores this spring and summer. Additionally, some brands are offering watchmaking demonstrations, and a few other notable special events — all to please the watch lover in you.  Indeed, this year’s Madison Avenue Watch Week boasts an impressive roster of watch brands on a 12-block stretch of Madison Ave that runs from 57th street to 69th street. Who’s involved in the haute horology line up?   A. Lange & Söhne, Chopard, David Yurman, de Grisogono, Fabergé, F.P. Journe,…

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SmartWatch Week — Day 1: Can Traditional Watch Brands Compete in the Smart Watch World?

 |  April 13th, 2015

As we have said before, BaselWorld is a beast waiting to be tamed. Much like the watch version of an auto show, hundreds upon hundreds of brands introduce the newest models that are set to come out in the months to follow. This year’s BaselWorld Fair in Switzerland brought us an array of new designs and concepts. However, most notable — and talked about — at the fair was the trend towards watches that integrated with smart technology. And while Apple brought the hype of a connected and intelligent watch to the public’s attention, their absence at the 2015 BaselWorld Fair symbolically tells us that the effect of the smart-watch on the horological industry is not clear cut. April 2015 marks…

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Zenith Celebrates 150 Years and Classic Racing with the El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition

 |  April 9th, 2015

By Ryan Walsh The concept of “Pushing the limits” applies to many different things. In some aspects it’s racing a car at full tilt, pushing your skills to the absolute limit, or taking all your creative skills, and building a masterpiece of innovation. That is what Zenith has been doing – time and again – in its watchmaking efforts: pushing is limits and creating timepieces of exception that cross may realms. During its 150 years, Zenith has produced watches for exploration and adventure. In recent years, the brand has delved into sea, land and air – even all the way to the heights of the stratosphere (on the wrist of adventurer Felix Baumgartner as he performed a free-fall jump from…

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