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Grenon & Cie Rosie watch

The complex and beautiful new eponymous brand unveiled by Rhode Island retailer,  Grenon ‘s of Newport, is the first in a series that brings the company full circle. Owner of Grenon’s, Ray Grenon, has long been a collector of watches in addition to operating the very special retail store. Now, after 35 years of collecting,…

Around the World: Breitling Unveils 50th Anniversary Navitimer Cosmonaute Limited Edition Watch

In New York City last week, Breitling celebrated the 50th anniversary of Scott Carpenter’s three-orbit space flight aboard the Aurora 7 capsule (see yesterday’s “A Moment in Time” with Scott Carpenter).  To celebrate, the brand also brought in esteemed astronaut Mark Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov.  Sergey is the only second-generation cosmonaut in the…

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Around the World: Omega Set to Time the London Olympics

Standing on the field of the Olympic Stadium. photo credit: R.Naas A couple of weeks ago we got an amazing behind-the-scenes tour of the new London Olympic Stadium and Park where, in just 35 days a host of amazing events in the London Summer Olympic Games will begin.  This was a rare and exclusive opportunity…

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Around the World: Richard Mille Welcomes Natalie Portman in NYC

Last week, at an incredibly over-the-top setting at the rooftop dining room of New York’s St. Regis Hotel, we had the opportunity to join watchmaking brilliant Richard Mille and his newest association: Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman. The dining room was lavishly set and Portman was a gracious guest, as Richard Mille announced her…

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Around the World: Jaeger-LeCoultre Works with Casa Fagliano for second special Reverso strap

Yesterday we brought you the story of what most likely is the world’s best bespoke polo boot maker. Now, we bring you a new side of Casa Fagliano, as the family-run company that builds its reputation on centuries-old techniques craftsmanship joins forces with Jaeger-LeCoultre—one of the finest watch brands in the world. For those who…

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A Moment in Time: Octavio Garcia Brings Audemars Piguet Full Circle

Born and raised in the South Side of Chicago, Octavio Garcia is one of Switzerland’s foremost watch designers today. In fact, the 43-year-old designer holds the position of Chief Artistic Officer at Audemars Piguet, one of the world’s finest privately owned  Swiss luxury watch brands, and has spearheaded the design of the brand’s 40th anniversary…

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Around the World: Jaeger-LeCoultre Brings Hand Made Straps to New Level in Fine Watchmaking

It isn’t every day – or maybe it isn’t any day – until now – -that a haute horlogerie watch brand goes as far as creating a hand-made cordovan (horse leather) strap for just its USA followers. But then, Jaeger-LeCoultre isn’t just any brand. Last week, I had the amazing privilege of flying to Argentina…

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A Moment in Time: Diving with an Everyday Guy

Jason Heaton is passionate about diving and has even achieved Rescue Diver Certification. Heaton, who lives in Minneapolis, grew up around Lake Michigan, where there are pristine ship wrecks thanks to the cold water. He has spent years diving in top spots around the world  – in water ranging from Lake Michigan to the Honduras,…

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Around the World: Audemars Piguet Celebrates Premiere of Royal Oak Exhibition

Last night, I had the distinct pleasure of joining Audemars Piguet in New York at the Park Avenue Armory as the brand celebrated the premiere of an exhibition of 4 decades of the famed Royal Oak. From 60-foot-long dinner tables, to celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady, the 300-plus people party was a…

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Around the World: Video — Cartier Unveils L’Odyssee de Cartier – a Film like Nothing Else!

Embracing the panther – Cartier’s long-time legendary icon – the House of Cartier brings superb luxury, imagination and sublime beauty to the forefront in a creative new three-and-a-half minute film that magically brings together its history, its global presence and its amazing craftsmanship. This is a MUST SEE VIDEO. Absolutely enchanting! It is one you…

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A Moment in Time: Steven Grotell, Orchestrator, Designer of a New Artistic Watch Brand

We can never know it all. At the recent party for my book launch, Jewels of Time, I had the good fortune of meeting Steven Grotell – watch designer extraordinaire. Steven Grotell, a veteran designer in the watch industry, has shelved  his “designing for others”  work as he embraces his own concept of time in…

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