Panerai Gets Its Due: Meet the Luminor Due Series

 |  May 23rd, 2016

Last week in Florence, Panerai — with roots in that city — unveiled the all-new Luminor Due.The line features an  all-new case that, while  inspired by the classic Luminor of the 1950’s, offers updated appeal. Details such as thickness of case were changed — making the case slimmer and lighter in weight. Additionally, all of the models are powered by either a hand-wound  P1000 movement or by an automatic caliber with three days of power reserve. The Due series is not a dive watch line; instead, the watches are water resistant to 30 meters.  Among the timepieces making their debut:  the 42mm hand-wind Luminor Due 3 Days Acciaio, measuring 10.5mm thin and offered in steel or rose gold and retailing for $10,700 in steel…

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Breitling Opens New NYC Boutique with Astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly, John Travolta, Boomer Esiason and Others

 |  May 21st, 2016

  Say it with me, there is no place like home, no place like home, no place like the new home of the Breitling US Flagship store on the corner of 57th and Madison in NYC. On May 19, Breitling held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the unveiling of its new two-story, 7,000 square-foot location, and it was grand. To kick off events, Breitling called in its star-studded array of brand friends. For the celebration Boomer Esiason, John Travolta, astronaut brothers, Mark and Scott Kelly, as well as members of the Breitling Jet Team were in attendance. John Travolta and Breitling USA President, Thierry Prissert, cut the ribbon and opened the store to guests and VIPs. Inside, the visual styling of…

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1962 Wittnauer Watch, Owned by Major League Baseball Star, Sells for $10,000

 |  May 20th, 2016

Last week, our friends over at Analog/Shift — buyers and sellers of fine vintage watches — partnered with former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani  to auction off a very special timepiece. The watch – up for auction for one week- sold as of 5 PM tonight for $10,000. Bidding had started at $500.  The watch, which Giuliani had been seeking for some time, was finally located by Analog/Shift. It was a special Yankees Edition Wittnauer Electro-Chron that had been gifted to Major League Baseball shortstop, “Rowdy” Richard Bartell during an Old-Timers Day at Yankee Stadium in 1962. Bartell had started his baseball career in 1927 and played with a host of teams including the  Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and Detroit Tigers.…

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1600-Year Old Coins, Metal Statues and More Found at Sea

 |  May 17th, 2016

According to Israel’s Antiquities Authority, salvage has been recovered from a merchant ship that sank more than 1,600 years ago. The find includes unusual metal statues and lamps – some in the shape of sun and moon gods and goddesses, as well as animal shapes such as a whale, a wild boar and more. It is thought that the ship, found by divers last month, dates back to the late Roman period, and left the Mediterranean port of Caesarea before most likely being crushed into the rocks during a storm. According to a press release issued by IAA, the organization’s director of Marine Archeology Unit, Jacob Sharvit says, “These are extremely exciting finds, which apart from their extraordinary beauty, are of…

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TimeCrafters Watch Exhibit Open to the Public in New York this Weekend

 |  May 12th, 2016

Beginning on Friday morning and running through Sunday at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, the  fourth annual TimeCrafters show opens to the public.  TimeCrafters showcases 15 top luxury brands and their newest watches — some of which have never been seen in the US market. Additionally, some brands are bringing in celebrities, watchmakers, race cars and more to add to the excitement. The event’s mission is to give US watch enthusiasts an opportunity to continue learning about the craftsmanship of the best timepieces. Throughout the weekend a host of events are planned that include panel discussions on art and craftsmanship, the history of horology, with an emphasis on aviation, a close-up look at the chronograph, and there are watchmaking workshops…

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