OMEGA SPEEDMASTER

Few watches have the power to inspire like the Omega Speedmaster. The first watch ever worn on the moon, it has become an enduring symbol of the ingenuity and skill that took us into space. On the sixtieth anniversary of the Speedmaster’s release, we look back with space-enthusiast and brand ambassador, George Clooney, at the heady days of the Apollo program and reflect on why the Speedmaster was able to go where it did.

 While he’s played an astronaut more than once, few people know about George Clooney’s love affair with space exploration. Clooney grew up in the sixties and was eight years old when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the moon. Like most children of his generation, astronauts were his heroes and going into space was his dream.

Thinking back to that moment in his life, Clooney says, “It was the most exciting time to be a kid. We knew all the astronaut’s names. We even ate the food that the astronauts ate… During one of our vacations, we drove through Neil Armstrong’s hometown, simply because we wanted to drive through his hometown. The astronauts were that big a deal to us.”

In 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy set a bold challenge for the American people. He stated, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.”

According to Clooney, this challenge felt almost impossible at the time, but it did create a new level of optimism that reflected itself in everything that was happening around him.

“In just 60 years, we’d gone from inventing cars to [talking about] landing a man on the moon,” says Clooney, “It felt like the ultimate in optimism, the ultimate in forward thinking. It made us feel like anything could be done.”

When Apollo 11 touched down on the moon on July 20th, 1969, and Kennedy’s challenge was answered, the young Clooney watched from his suburban backyard. Standing with his father, looking up at the moon, he felt a special connection with his heroes as they took their first steps into a new world. Like the astronauts they were straining to see, Clooney’s father also wore an Omega.

In fact, Clooney still has the same watch today. When Clooney Senior heard that his son was working with Omega, he presented him with his old Omega as a gift.

“He brought it down from the attic, after putting it away for 20 years,” says Clooney, “and he wound it and it started running again. It was a special moment. I grew up with that watch on his arm.”

According to Clooney, all the kids knew that the astronauts were wearing Omega watches. He remembers that “Omega was absolutely part of the space program when I was growing up. Omega was about precision time… and it seemed like the space program was a natural progression.”

What Clooney didn’t know then, however, was that the Speedmaster was originally envisioned for a completely different purpose. As the name suggests, it was built for speed, and when first released 60 years ago, it was intended not for rocket ships, but for racing cars.

Upon release, the Speedmaster was an instant hit with professional drivers. Its rugged construction meant that it could withstand intense vibrations and shocks while keeping perfect time. And thanks to the tachymetric scale on its bezel, drivers could time their laps more easily than ever before. It was the first watch with these features, and at the time, revolutionized the design, durability and functionality of wristwatches.

Ultimately, it was these two features that would make the Speedmaster so suitable for space exploration, and would lead to its place on the wrist of every astronaut in the Apollo program from 1965 onwards.

It was in 1964 that NASA began hunting for a chronograph to use on its manned space missions. They chose watches from a number of different brands and put them through the same series of tests that were used for every piece of hardware that was intended for space. Only one watch survived the extreme temperatures, vibrations, hard shocks, and unforgiving vacuums of the testing process – the Omega Speedmaster.

Today, six decades on, the Speedmaster is still qualified for all manned space missions and is a permanent piece of equipment on the International Space Station. In testament to the forward-thinking design of the original, the Moonwatch made now is essentially the same as the one released by Omega in the pre-space age.

For Clooney, this makes the Speedmaster a true classic, like a vintage wine. He explains it like this, “Some things are classic, and when they’re classic, you will always want them. You’d be really upset if they changed. We want modern technology – like our cell phones – but there is something about having certain classic things, that if they changed, it would break your heart.”

On the inside, the calibre is also unmodified and manufacturing the Moonwatch remains a complex exercise, as it has always been. It takes a staggering 14 months to prepare all the separate component parts prior to assembly, and 80 manual operations are needed to assemble the base plate alone. Like when it was first released, the human hand is an essential part of the process.

It is ironic that the Omega Speedmaster has required no modification, considering that the NASA space program can be credited with technical innovations spanning from mobile telecommunications to SMS messaging, and from solar panels to water purification. As Clooney says, the Speedmaster may well be the true definition of a classic: a design that need never be altered.

Further proof of the enduring quality of the Speedmaster’s design can be found closer to home, as a navigational tool for terrestrial explorers. In 1968, Ralph Plaisted used his Speedmaster and sextant to determine the exact location of the geographical North Pole for the first time. Likewise in 1985, explorer Wong How Man used his Speedmaster to help discover and map the elusive source of the mighty Yangtze River.

When asked about the legacy of the Speedmaster and the space program that it was a part of, Clooney responds, “[They are symbols] …of a time that our world was looking forward to challenges. When we thought we could do better, and when we thought that we could reach for the stars and actually get to them. It was without question, us at our finest and our bravest, and the astronauts were in the lead.”

Looking back on that fertile period of discovery and exploration, it is clear that Kennedy’s challenge was essential to the achievements that followed. For Clooney, now is a moment when we need more great challenges to lead us into a new period of optimism and technical progress.

“I don’t worry that it won’t happen again,” he says, “I only hope that next time it’s as productive and exciting as it was then.”

While it is impossible to know which frontier we will cross next, we can be sure, as is Clooney, that we will continue reaching for the stars. And if there is one thing that we can take from the 60th anniversary of the Omega Speedmaster, it is that with the right tools, achieving any challenge is possible.

Omega is proud to have played a role in one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century – the moon landing – and looks forward to the many great accomplishments humans will make in the next 60 years and beyond.

“It felt like the ultimate in optimism, the ultimate in forward thinking.”

“…we thought that we could reach for the stars and actually get to them.”

“It was without question, us at our finest and our bravest…”

 

 

Tiffany Annual Gala Celebrates the 2017 Blue Book Collection

A showcase of the world’s most magnificent high jewelry
From Left to Right:Claire Danes, Jennifer Hudson, Ruth Negga, ReeseWitherspoon, Haley Bennett

Tiffany & Co. hosted its annual gala to celebrate the 2017 Blue Book Collection with a special performance by Jennifer Hudson. The star-studded event was held at the historic St. Ann’s Warehouse, which was transformed to reflect this year’s Blue Book theme celebrating the natural wonders of wild. Hosted by Michael J. Kowalski, chairman and interim chief executive officer at Tiffany & Co., the evening featured Hollywood luminaries and fashion influencers including Imaan Hammam and Doutzen Kroes.

Actresses Reese Witherspoon, Ni Ni, Ruth Negga, Haley Bennett and Claire Danes were the epitome of elegance wearing Blue Book Collection jewels. Actor Dominic West wore a Tiffany CT60® Chronograph 42 mm watch at the gala event. The evening culminated when guests moved to the dance floor to the sounds of DJ Kiss.

On Nini:

Tiffany Victoria® alternating graduated necklace in platinum with diamonds. HKD 663,000

Tiffany & Co.  mixed cut diamond bracelet. HKD 1,066,000

Tiffany & Co. Drop earrings in platinum with diamonds. HKD 1,662,000

On Reese Witherspoon:

Tiffany & Co. Earrings in platinum with tourmalines, yellow diamonds and white diamonds.

HKD 353,000

Tiffany & Co. Bracelet in platinum with tourmaline and diamonds. HKD  2,131,000

Tiffany Jazz™ Three-Row Diamond Ring. HKD 86,000

On Jennifer Hudson:

Tiffany & Co. Pave Diamond Cuff. HKD 2,344,000

Tiffany Victoria® alternating bracelet in platinum with diamonds. HKD  353,000

Tiffany & Co.  8.05 carat Solitaire diamond earrings in platinum. HKD 4,817,000

On Ruth Negga:

Tiffany & Co. Mixed Cut diamond necklace. HKD 9,591,000

On Hikari Mori:

Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger flame diamond earclips in platinum and 18k gold. HKD 102,000

On Claire Danes:

Necklace in platinum and rose gold with pink and white diamonds. Price info upon reques

On Haley Bennett:

Tiffany & Co. Mixed Cut Diamond Bracelet.  HKD 3,410,000

Tiffany & Co.  Mixed Diamond Earrings. Price info upon request

On Dominic West:

Tiffany & Co. CT60™ Chronograph in 18K Rose Gold. HKD 128,000

 

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre is pleased to present two exquisite ladies’ watches on this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, why not take this opportunity to express your sincere gratitude to your mother and/or wife?

On this special occasion, Jaeger-LeCoultre is pleased to present two exquisite ladies’ watches – Rendez-Vous Moon Medium and Rendez-Vous Moon


Rendez-Vous Moon Medium

 

An iconic timekeeping function, interpreted for women

Available in steel or rose gold, the Rendez-Vous Moon Medium includes a moon phase,

with its finely worked elliptical guilloché appearing both on the dial and on the disk that bears the moon phase itself.

With a time lag of only one day every 972 years, the moon phase function boasts the ultimate precision.

The glistening moon has a sandy finish, lending it a surprising sense of depth.

An inspired way for the Manufacture’s craftspeople to faithfully reproduce the varying faces of the moon with its reflections and changing colours as the hours pass.

Rendez-Vous Moon

A dramatic entrance for rose gold

The first appearance of rose gold in this exceptional 36mm timepiece is enhanced with one of the signatures of the Métiers Rares™ of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture – the gem setting.

Its golden dial, burning with the brightness of a thousand fires, is the backdrop for a tender pearl moon and a watch that is feminine in the extreme,

its hue reminiscent of a dawning day, as the sun rises in a cloudless sky.

On this elaborate timepiece, the ultimate in femininity down to every last detail, both the bezel and the rim of the case are entirely set with brilliant cut diamonds.

With only a one day time lag every 972 years, the moon phase is a timekeeping function of rare precision.

On the edge of the dial, the star, a signature of the Rendez-Vous line, offers a discreet reminder of the time of a future rendez-vous.

 

LES ÉTERNELLES DE CHANEL

For the third consecutive year, CHANEL presents new models for its collection of Fine Jewellery watches, Les Éternelles de CHANEL.

Conceived as a capsule collection, these secret watches, which embody all the creativity and savoir-faire of CHANEL Fine Jewellery and Watches, are enriched year by year.

In 2017, the Fine Jewellery Studio of Creation at CHANEL reinterprets the lace and ribbons so dear to Mademoiselle Chanel with three unique pieces.


The Ruban watch evolves with absolute liberty, wrapping around the wrist like a jewel- encrusted ribbon. This delicate, 18-carat white gold lace with 1,369 diamonds – including 7 Fancy-cut diamonds – hides on one side a secret watch, and, on the other, a 5-carat pear- cut diamond.

The Médaillon Watch:
On the back of this engraved rock-crystal medallion, pearls and diamonds – including a pear-cut Fancy Light Yellow 5.32-carat diamond – hide a watch paved with diamonds. The medallion is set on an 18-carat white-gold chain, set with 587 diamonds.

The Camélia Watch:
At the heart of a pearl necklace, which can be transformed into a bracelet, a watch is concealed by a bouquet of 18-carat white-gold camellias and 503 diamonds, including a 10- carat Fancy Brown Yellow diamond.

Les Éternelles de CHANEL are inspired by the fundamentals of CHANEL style and reflect the ever-renewing creative spirit at the heart of CHANEL Fine Jewellery.

Cartier’s New Additions of Juste un Clou and Ecrou de Cartier Collection

The JUSTE UN CLOU gold torque, set close to the neck for maximum impact, flaunts its radical credentials with a powerful statement of allegiance to a bold attitude.


The first nail bracelet was created by ALDO CIPULLO for CARTIER NEW YORK in the 1970s. His radical appropriation of a utilitarian object as a jewelry echoed the anti-conformist state of mind of the era.


A humble piece of hardware! A basic nail re-purposed today by Cartier into a necklace of palpable energy and sheer, unadulterated chic.


The JUSTE UN CLOU torque brings the finishing touch to a well-rounded collection that features the necklace in a choice of 18K yellow gold, 18K pink gold, 18K white gold or paved with diamonds, as well as an oversized bracelet. The pieces magnify the precious qualities of everyday objects in a sublime take on the ordinary.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time

An eloquent expression of Geneva’s most demanding Fine Watchmaking traditions, the Traditionnelle collection welcomes an exclusive version of the famous Vacheron Constantin world time model presented in 2011. Simultaneously displaying 37 of the world’s time zones, this travel watch with a three-part dial is adorned with a hand-enamelled gold world map. Depicted in subtly graded shades of blue, the seas and continents composed a miniature work resulting from patient and meticulous craftsmanship and brimming with graphic details and depth effects. A blend of artisanal refinement and perfect technical mastery, the new Traditionnelle world time is distinguished by its user friendliness enhanced by the crown-operated activation of all functions. This Hallmark of Geneva certified model appears attired in precious platinum for a 10-piece limited edition.

World Time Traditionnelle
Enamelling expertise

 This remarkable edition is joining the Traditionnelle collection by Vacheron Constantin, an eloquent expression of Geneva’s Fine Watchmaking traditions inherited from the 18th century. Crafted in opaque enamel and grisaille enamel, its dial highlights the horological expertise of the Manufacture, conveyed through traditional decorative crafts perpetuated across the centuries. The distinctive and sophisticated world time display, composed of three superimposed discs, is enhanced by a miniature enamelled gold world map.

The seas, portrayed in an opaque blue shade of enamel, accentuate every detail of the continents they surround. The strikingly realistic coastal and land reliefs take on subtle shades of blue and white, achieved using the grisaille enamel technique. This delicate paint, composed of Limoges white – an extremely rare and fine powder mixed with oils – is applied to the dark enamel in tiny touches and meticulously drawn out using needles and brushes. This material is particularly difficult to work with and calls for dexterity, experience and extreme precision in adjusting the firing times – to the nearest second – for each layer applied. Opaque enamel calls for equally painstaking care and can tolerate no flaws, since the light directly strikes even the slightest bump or rough patch, instead of being absorbed by the translucent nature of a traditional enamel. This technique used for the world map is picked up on the 24-hour disc bearing gold hour-markers and the 37 city names painted on dark blue opaque enamel. They appear in white for those representing time zones with a full-hour time difference and in sky blue for those with half-hour or quarter-hour time differences, all swept over by 18-carat gold hands and rimmed by a minute ring. After 20 hours of decorative craftsmanship and ten firings, the tableau springs to life, graced with a wealth of fine details and fascinating light effects.

 Elegance and convenience

The Traditionnelle world time model frames this exceptional dial with a precious 42.5 mm-diameter case, water-resistant to 30 metres and housing Caliber 2460 WT, developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. In addition to central hours, minutes and seconds hands, this mechanical self-winding movement also drives a combination of original functions: simultaneous reading of 37 world time zones – including those offset by a half-hour or quarter-hour compared with Coordinated Universal Time – along with a day/night indication and simplified adjustment of all these indications via the crown. Its rating precision is further ensured by a stop-seconds system. Set to winter time in the Northern hemisphere, 225-part Caliber 2460 WT features a 22-carat gold oscillating weight, a balance wheel beating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour) and a 40-hour power reserve.

The limited edition – available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques – consists of ten individually numbered watches bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva and fitted with an elegant blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with large square scales and a platinum triple folding clasp.

TECHNICAL DATA

 

                                                         Traditionnelle world time

 

Reference                                      86060/000P-9772

Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Piece only available through the Vacheron Constantin

Calibre                                            2460 WT

Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin

Mechanical, self-winding

36.6 mm (11’’’ ¼) diameter, 7.55 mm thick

Approximately 40 hours of power reserve

4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

255 components

27 jewels

 

Indications                                     Hours, minutes, center seconds

World time indication (37 cities)

Day/night indication

 

Case                                               Platinum 950

42.5 mm diameter, 11.62 mm thick

Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

 

Dial                                                  Superposition of 3 dials:

  • Gold disc with enamelled map and cities names
  • 24-hour disc with day/night indication (18:30 to 6:30 indications highlighted with a dark blue background)
  • External ring with painted minute-track

 

Strap                                               Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

 

Buckle                                            Platinum 950 folding clasp                                                          Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

 

LONGINES unveils the new TV spot featuring Eddie Peng

Asian movie star Eddie Peng is a LONGINES Ambassador of Elegance since 2014. His innate class, his presence and his charisma are the perfect incarnation of LONGINES’ values. A while ago, Eddie travelled to Paris with a shooting crew to film the latest TV spot for LONGINES.

The new LONGINES TV spot was filmed at Chantilly Racecourse, home of the Prix de Diane LONGINES race. The whole setting in the TVC highlights LONGINES’ passion for equestrian sports and racing culture in France. In the campaign, Eddie made an elegant appearance at Chantilly racecourse and the LONGINES Master Collection Moon Phases timepiece on Eddie’s wrist adds refinement to the scene. He is enjoying the race and looking around the crowd through his binoculars in the grandstand. At some point, he set his gaze on an elegant lady who is supporting her favourite horse. Eddie Peng is the epitome of elegance in the new LONGINES advertising campaign.

Eddie and the crew worked in perfect harmony. During filming, he exuded LONGINES’ signature elegance through his professional performance. Eddie Peng, on the campaign: “It was my pleasure to work on a new TV shot with LONGINES and to meet elegant people at the beautiful race track of Chantilly. It was a very pleasant atmosphere to work in and I felt at home with the LONGINES family.”

Retail Price: HKD 26,100

As a traditional watchmaking company, LONGINES has been producing exceptional timepieces since the very beginning. The LONGINES Master Collection is the perfect illustration of this corporate ethos, as can be seen from the success enjoyed by this range since it was launched in 2005. With a diameter of 40 mm, this steel chronograph houses a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement. Its silvered stamped barleycorn dial and its handsome blued-steel hands make an elegantly contrasting background to the moonphase display. The case is mounted on a brown alligator leather strap.

“Meet Mercedes”

The motto was “Meet Mercedes”: Journalists already had the opportunity to discover the product innovations of Mercedes-Benz Cars on the day before the 87th Geneva Motor Show in a relaxed atmosphere, and exchange views with the company’s experts during this casual event. A total of eleven production and concept vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach and smart were on show at “Meet Mercedes”. The main focus was on the new E-Class Cabriolet.

“The passion for extraordinary vehicles, which we share with our customers, is reflected in our new E-Class Cabriolet in a special way. It is a car that lets people enjoy comfort and luxury in the open air”, says Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. The open-top four seater is the latest member of the successful model series.

A sneak preview of the new extraordinary variant of the legendary G-Class off-road icon was also on display as part of “Meet Mercedes”: the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet (combined fuel consumption: 17.0 l/100 km. CO2 emissions (combined): 397 g/km). With the Concept X- CLASS, Mercedes-Benz Vans is providing an outlook on its new pickup, the X-Class. The “Aesthetics A” sculpture points even further into the future. With it, the design team surrounding Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Daimler AG, is showcasing a vision of a saloon car in the compact vehicle segment that has been radically reduced to its basic structure.

Omar Khan Rugs

Omar Khan reinvents the rug for seekers of exquisitely crafted statement pieces. Whether spirited or subtle in composition, each design is a foundational flourish, able both to unite the various elements of an interior and to provide a distinctive final touch. Artfully layered motifs and captivating color palettes are combined with the finest materials and artisanal techniques to create beautifully textured designs for living.

Omar Khan rugs can be found in residential developments and commercial projects worldwide, including Norman Foster’s The Troika (Kuala Lumpur), Lane Crawford (Chengdu), On Pedder/Joyce (Hong Kong), and Biyan Living (Jakarta). The collection has been exhibited at fairs such as Maison & Objet and featured in Tasting Kitchen, among other publications.

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Chaumet reveals new additions to their signature Liens and Plume Collection

A proclamation of love and devotion

An embodiment of unity and promise, Chaumet’s signature Liens collection is heralded as a vivid narrative for moments of enchantment, while its signature Plume collection, inspired by the lightness of a feather, reflects the most intricate of feelings. This Valentine’s Day, Chaumet brings forth new Jeux de Liens additions, incorporating new hard stones in Pink Opal and Chrysoprase – along with their Plume engagement rings and wedding bands, with both collections transmitting a subtle imagery, perfect for the celebration of love.

Combining hard stones into the Jeux de Liens creations contrasts Chaumet’s revered ability to reflect light with shadows and colour, adding a dimension of aesthetic intrigue – making these thought-provoking pieces instantly distinctive. The signature crossed ribbon symbolizes the bond between two people, and is undoubtedly fitting this Valentine’s Day, expressing sentimental values transcending beyond the boundaries of time and fashion.

The chrysoprase stone is a stone of joy and is often regarded as an attracting force for love and prosperity. Incorporating this precious stone into their newest Jeux de Liens creation provides an element of hope this Valentine’s Day, perfect for every couple in their journey together.

Believed by many as a stone of healing, the Pink Opal stone represents peace and tranquility, and is apropos this Valentine’s Day not only for its colour, but also in its symbolism of harmony. The Jeux de Liens with Pink Opal will celebrate each couple this Valentine’s Day as they continue to share new magical moments with each other.

Inspired by the lightness of a feather, the Plume collection perfectly reflects Chaumet’s subtle yet elegant grandeur – a timeless and classic bridal choice. The Plume wedding bands and engagement rings are designed with a feather inspired blueprint, sleek and light in its aesthetic, and reflect enduring love and passion – an eternal promise.

The Liens theme has been a part of Chaumet since the earliest era of the Parisian jeweller and has seen numerous interpretations over Chaumet’s enduring history. Embodying a timeless style and design, the Plume collection protects each couple’s promise of love. Both icons of the jeweller’s many signature pieces, this Valentine’s Day sees the birth of new renditions of two eternal motifs.

 

Image Description Price (HKD)
  Chaumet Jeux de Liens pendant in pink gold, diamonds and pink opal

 

$14,000
  Chaumet Jeux de Liens pendant in pink gold, diamonds and chrysoprase

 

$14,000
Chaumet Jeux de Liens bracelet in pink gold, diamonds and pink opal

 

$13,000
  Chaumet Jeux de Liens bracelet in pink gold, diamonds and chrysoprase

 

$13,000
Chaumet Plume ring in platinum and diamonds, set with a brilliant-cut diamond

 

Individual price
  Chaumet Plume ring in platinum and diamonds

 

$33,000
  Chaumet Plume ring in platinum

 

$17,000

 

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