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Pre-Owned Spotlight with Govberg Jewelers

Govberg Jewelers is back for iW’s weekly Pre-Owned Spotlight series. Check out 10 more pre-owned timepieces from the Leading Watch Retailer’s ever-rotating complete inventory. Stop by next Saturday for the latest in pre-owned shopping. For direct assistance with any of the watches listed call their Concierge department directly at: 888-885-7552. read more


Experiencing the Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco is an ultra-exclusive and picturesque destination that is perfectly perched along the cliffs above the Mediterranean Sea and an excellent summer holiday spot, though during the Monaco Grand Prix there is a certain air of excitement that is exhilarating and unique.

The principality is filled with gorgeous people, extraordinary luxury and is topped off with an insane amount of fast and exotic cars on every corner. The Prince’s Palace of Monaco, where Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene reside, overlooks a the harbor full of luxurious super yachts with a prized front row vantage point to cheer on their favorite Formula 1® speed demon. If a weekend of fast cars, breathtaking views and extravagance sparks your interest then add the most prestigious Formula 1® race, the Monaco Grand Prix, to your bucket list. read more


Audemars Piguet Unveils ‘Synchronicity’ at Art Basel 2015

Audemars Piguet last week marked its inaugural Art Commission by featuring Swiss artist and composer Robin Meier during Art Basel, where Audemars Piguet is a co-sponsor. François-Henry Bennahmias, Audemars Piguet CEO, introduced Meier’s work, Synchronicity, a live art installation that syncs nature’s sounds and sights to evoke memories. read more


Breguet Exhibits Historic Collection in San Francisco

Breguet will display the largest collection of its timepieces ever seen in the Americas this Sept. through Jan. at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Set for display starting this September 19 through January 10, 2016, at the special exhibition galleries, Rosekrans Court at the Legion of Honor, “Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking” will explore the history of watch and clock maker Abraham-Louis Breguet. Breguet’s innovations transformed the nature of personal timekeeping, and the exhibition will include displays describing the technology that earned him the title “father of modern horology.” read more


Sotheby’s Important Watches Sale

On June 11, in New York, timepieces spanning the years from 1760 to 2015 garnered Sotheby’s its highest-ever total for a “various-owner” sale of Important Watches, achieving $12.5 million. An admirable 88.8% of the lots were sold, and the sale estimate was $6.5 to $10 million.

Twenty-two Swiss enameled automata from a private collection formed the centerpiece of the auction, together bringing $6.1 million. These exquisite examples of fine craftsmanship at the hands of noted makers like Jaquet-Droz and Piguet and Maylan, from the golden age of Swiss watchmaking during the Industrial Revolution, brought to life the marriage of technology and artistry that was a hallmark of that era. read more


Breitling Emergency II Reaches Stores in July

Astronaut Mark Kelly re-introduced the Breitling Emergency II underneath the Space Shuttle Enterprise on the aircraft carrier/museum Intrepid yesterday in Manhattan. The 51mm titanium analog-digital watch is the first and only timepiece with a personal locator beacon built in. Kelly noted that he wore the first Breitling Emergency model as a pilot prior to his Breitling affiliation as a brand ambassador and added his own appreciation of the watch’s unique ability to serve as a personal-size back-up beacon to aircraft on-board locator technology. read more


Dior VIII Grand Bal Collection

With its mechanical couture for your wrist, Dior pays spectacular tribute to the eminent French designer, Monsieur Christian Dior. Its most evident nod to the couture world is expressed on the oscillating weight, which is exposed on the dial side of Dior’s watches. As the decorated oscillating weight swirls around the dial, one can image a haute couture gown flowing as it moves across the dance floor at the most elegant ball. read more


Inside The Horological Smartwatch

Frédérique Constant and Alpina have each launched an analog-dialed Horological Smartwatch that offers wearers the ability to monitor sleep and activity by connecting it to a mobile device.

As the watch is worn, the data accumulated in a specially developed module is synced to the owner’s app on a handheld device via Bluetooth technology. The watch will not require charging as its quartz movement operates via a two-year watch battery. The timepiece will operate independently from the handheld device and store data for approximately thirty days. The wearer activates the activity or sleep modes via the crown, and the function is then indicated in the subdial at 6 o’clock. read more


Ralph Lauren’s Auto Collection Inspires Timepieces

When one thinks of Ralph Lauren, fashion immediately leaps to mind—as in clothing, accessories and yes, watches. Perhaps less known is that the award-winning designer is also a passionate car aficionado, with a collection of rare automobiles that number more than seventy. And while the autos surely effect pride and pleasure—Lauren’s cars have won “Best in Show” numerous times at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance—they also influence his fashion aesthetic. read more


Happy Tourbillon Day

In case you missed the opportunity last year, today is another chance to help Breguet celebrate the tourbillon, since on this day in 1801, Abraham-Louis Breguet patented the device and thereby changed mechanical watchmaking forever. Now, over two centuries later, the tourbillon, which takes its name from the French word for “whirlwind,” is still revered as a one of watchmaking’s most useful and best-loved inventions. And just in case you’re in the vicinity, parties will be held at Breguet watch boutiques around the globe on this special day. read more