Experience the Heart of Watchmaking: The Audemars Piguet Foundation Reforests the World

 |  April 10th, 2014

The heart and soul of watchmaking is not just about building beautiful, technically advanced machines that will last for centuries. It is also about giving back to the world that supports you – for causes that need assistance. Audemars Piguet does exactly that. With the sale of each Audemars Piguet watch, a designated amount of money goes to fund the Audemars Piguet Foundation, which, since its creation in 1992, has safeguarded forests and related environments around the world. Recently, Chairman of the Board of the Audemars Piguet Foundation, Jasmine Audemars, daughter of Jacques-Louis Audemars who started the foundation in 1992, talked exclusively with ATimelyPerspective about the foundation and its newest cause: support of a farming project in the Cerrado region…

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A Moment in Time: Actor/Screenwriter Nadir Hasan Refuses to be a Prisoner of Time

 |  March 13th, 2014

Ever sit back with a beer to watch some TV and relax? Maybe you were taking time out from your busy day with an episode of The Black Box, Law & Order or the Michael J. Fox Show? If so, you’ve seen actor Nadir Hasan. He has done substantial television work with these shows and more (look for him on The Good Wife this week or next), and recently, he was tapped to direct his first independent film, which begins production this month. Hasan, also an accomplished screenwriter with four screenplays behind him and two in pre-production, recently took time to talk with ATimelyPerspective about how time plays a role in his busy New York-based life. The roles that interest…

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Today’s Best Watchmakers: Exclusive Interview with APRP’s Giulio Papi

 |  December 20th, 2013

We have written about Giulio Papi before here, but recently – on his first trip to New York City – we had the chance for another exclusive interview with this master watchmaker. A brain ahead of his time, Papi is the founder Renaud & Papi — one of the world’s finest complicated movement manufactures. Today the company is known as APRP, as the majority-share ownership is now with Audemars Piguet. Papi is the brains behind the much-coveted Audemars Piguet lubricant-free escapement and behind a host of other “firsts.” Indeed, Papi never tires of doing what he does best – invent. “It’s a long process to make a watch. No one realizes. Every watch has its own challenge,” says Papi. “We…

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Exclusive Interview: Vincent Calabrese, Creator of the Corum Golden Bridge

 |  December 13th, 2013

A foremost watchmaker of our times, Vincent Calabrese – inventor of the Corum Golden Bridge — is a self-taught watchmaker. Expelled from school in Italy when he was just 12 years old, Calabrese found work in a watchmaker’s shop where he acquired a few skills before  working as a street watchmaker for almost five years.  In 1961, at the age of 17,  he left Italy for Switzerland, where he worked for a host of different watch brands  developing many superb timepieces before striking out on his own ventures in the late 1970s. Recently at Wempe in New York, we spent an enjoyable few hours with the very passionate Calabrese, and bring you some highlights of that exclusive interview here. “When…

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William Shatner and Egard Watch Company Launch New Enterprise: Passages Watch Line

 |  December 6th, 2013

Star Trek cult members well remember the phrase, spoken on the intro of the show by Captain James T. Kirk, “Space: the final frontier.”  But is it?   William Shatner, the man who played the famed and beloved captain, has embarked on a new voyage – exploring the strange new world of time. Working together with US-based Egard Watch Company, William Shatner unveils a collaborative watch collection called “Passages” by Egard. Shatner is deeply involved in the concept of the Passages line, which will be out in Spring 2014. “All things become one eventually, that is the passages of time,” says Shatner. “Every decade, more or less, has a passage and it is those passages that I   named the watch for.”…

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