Antiquorum Auctions Unique IWC Pilot’s Watch Spitfire Chronograph Edition “Tribeca Flilm Festival 2014” for $55K

Antiquorum New York Auctioned a unique IWC Pilot’s Watch Spitfire Chronograph Edition especially made for “Tribeca Flilm Festival 2014”. The unique timepiece was auctioned April 9th at the Antiquorum’s Madison Avenue Showroom where it received a winning bid of $55,000.

The winning bidder will receive not only the amazing IWC Pilot’s Spitfire Chronograph Edition Tribeca Film Festival 2014 timepiece but also:

  • VIP access to the Tribeca Film Festival,
  • Accommodation at a luxury hotel, and
  • An invitation to IWC’s “For the Love of Cinema” private dinner

The Pilot’s Spitfire Chronograph Edition Tribeca Film Festival 2014 (Ref. IW387811) is a one of one timepiece valued at $25,000. Its unique features presented in a 43mm 18k red gold case complimented by a slate-colored dial which is contrasted by two bordeaux colored subdials, said to evoke the inspired images of the legendary red carpet of Hollywood.  It houses IWC’s in-house self-winding Calibre 89365 movement and has a power reserve of 68 hours.

Unique Piece Tribeca 2014-front-and-back

IWC Pilot’s Watch Spitfire Chronograph Edition “Tribeca Flilm Festival 2014” has the same color scheme that was found on the dial of last year’s IWC Portuguese Tribeca watch which fetched a winning bid of  $60,000, again double its value.

The proceeds of the watch will be donated to the Tribeca Film Institute and the IWC Filmmaker Award, a grant dedicated to the next upcoming generation of filmmakers. Last year’s inspiring film winner was Jeff Malmberg for his documentary “Teatro”. Malberg will be present at this year’s “For the Love of Cinema” private dinner where he will share the progress of his documentary “Teatro”.

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Baselworld 2014 Opens its Massive Halls to Worldwide Guests

Baselworld 2014, Basel, Switzerland, opened its massive halls March 27 filled with the world’s leading luxury watchmakers and jewelry designers, welcoming a host of journalists and visitors from around the world.

Baselworld ceremony was opened by Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer, Christoph Brutschin, Member of the Cantonal Council of Basel-Stadt, and distinguished representatives from the jewelry and watchmaking industry whom welcomed guests to an amazing site of constructed pavilions showcasing some of the most elaborate watches and jewelry designs to grace the halls of Baselworld.

Baselworld has become the world’s largest open forum where industry watchmakers and jewelry designers come to present their latest products and innovations anticipating worldwide market sales and lucrative profit margins. It is also where many independent watchmakers have launched their brand identity and where new hopefuls anticipate gaining recognition and interest in their unique watch creations for an opportunity to launch their brand identity and/or acquire financial backing to launch their brand.

Among the over 1400 exhibitors with pavilions or booths at Baselworld, the Hong Kong Pavilion, organized by HKTDC (Hong Kong Trade Development Council ), has the largest national pavilion at Baselword this year. HKTDC promotes goods and services worldwide having a global network of more than 40 offices, of which 13 are on mainland China. Despite news of declining sales for luxury goods in Asia, the demand for luxury watches increased by +5.7 percent according to a World Watch Report released March 26th. Chinese consumers are highly interested in acquiring luxury watches from brands Omega, Cartier and Rolex, a fact based on data shared by Baidu (China’s leading search engine) of mobile phone searches. The watch models that Chinese consumers performed searches for and are also available for viewing at Baselworld are:

Omega Constellation Pluma

Omega Constellation (depending on model variant)

Omega DeVille

Omega De Ville (depending on model variant)

Cartier Ballon Bleu Tourbillon

Cartier Ballon Bleu Tourbillon

Baselworld runs from March 27 to April 3, 2014 and anticipates a host of celebrities, fashion designers, architects, along with watch collectors and aficionados from around the world to take in the trend of lifestyle watches, jewelry and architected pavilions of the over 30 kilometers of walkways within the great halls of Baselworld.

Baselworlds 2014 Countdowns for its Debut of Amazing Watches

Baselworld 2014 is merely hours away before opening its vast exhibition halls to international watchmakers and jewelry makers from over 40 countries which includes journalists from 70 countries along with anticipated visitors of 122,000 from 100 countries.

Baselworld is the largest global trade show where some of the most luxuriously designed watches and jewelry are exhibited annually. It is also grants an opportunity for independent watchmakers to showcase their unique novelties possessing elaborate complications and/or mechanical features. One such independent is Russian watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin.

Konstnatin Chaykin Carpe Diem

This year Konstantin Chaykin unveils Carpe Diem, Latin for “seize the day,” another one of his amazing novelties having a timely twist – a mechanical hourglass that actually works! Carpe Diem’s dial artistically captures the philosophical interpretation of time displaying the Greek god of time, aka the Father of Time, Chronos poised on top of an hour sub-dial amid a night sky of stars (11 diamonds). Chronos right hand rests upon an hourglass (symbolic for the sands of time) with a scull positioned below it, symbolic of death and man’s mortality which is further illustrated by a scythe held in Chronos left hand.  A week day aperture positioned at 3 o’clock reveals the days of the week represented by astrological/zodiac signs.

Konstantin Chaykin Carpe Diem caseback

Carp Diem is by far one of the most visually stunning and complicated timepieces Chaykin and his team of artists have ever designed featuring hand-engraved images in silver and gold, housing Konstantin Chaykin caliber K 01-4 manually wound movement. It is strictly a novelty timepiece in contrast to being one of precision. Case in point, the lower chamber of the hourglass displays six white dots each representing 10 minute intervals; minute/seconds are determined as sand fills the lower chamber and settles near the dots.

Carpe Diem has a substantial 45 mm 18k rose gold case which is hand-engraved and is accentuated with a beautiful black leather strap. It has bridges that are decorated with “Côtes de Genève,” and an escapement wheel made in gold with the work of the balance being visible through a sapphire glass caseback. Carpe Diem is a limited edition timepiece of only 5 pieces priced at $51,150 Euros, approximately $70,686 USD. An absolute must see at in Hall O.F. / Palace 4D.

Rolex as a norm annually unveils its new timepieces, which are kept secret, at Baselworld. There is much speculation as to which of its watch collections will potentially be unveiled this year, but many watch aficionados and collectors are guessing that re-inspired versions of Sea Dweller, Pepsi GMT-Master, Daytona Reference 116263 and/or Sky-Dweller will be among the Rolex collections to make their debut on  March 26 in Hall 1.0, booth A11.

We are only able to share this Rolex video teaser, which provides a view of an elaborate reflecting pool cascaded by a gleaming full moon. Certainly a hint that possibly a divers watch and/or a watch with a moonphase complication could possibly be unveiled. Yes? No? All will be revealed March 26th – for now take a look at the video.

Hermès will present its new Faubourg watch collection boasting a petite watch with massive appeal. The Faubourg collection presents watches with a case diameter of only 15.5 mm, making it the smallest feminine watch collection ever to be produced by the French luxury watchmaker. The Faubourg collection is available in rose, yellow or white gold, with the option of a diamond-set bezel. The watches feature a white lacquered dial with a diamond located at 12 o’clock. The Faubourg collection houses a quartz movement and is available in a choice of a gold bracelet, satin or leather strap.  The Faubourg collection will be available for viewing in Hall 1.1, booth B55

Hermes Faubourg - Rose Gold

Independent watchmaker Christophe Claret appeals to the ladies with his new high complication timepiece Margot. Margot takes women on a reminiscent journey of playing the romantic game “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not.” Margot will be available for viewing in Palace Hall, booth 1B, for now enjoy the experience of Margot in the video below.

Luxury Watchmakers Maneuver to the Emerging Market of Brazil

Luxury watchmakers are piloting their financial sights towards South America to target one of the largest emerging markets – Brazil.

According to a report released February 2008 by Citigroup Analyst Geoffrey Dennis, he predicted Brazil was gaining headway as one of the world’s largest emerging markets per a measured leading index of its state-run oil companies. So what exactly is drawing watchmakers to setup marketplaces in Brazil, while the country steadily pole vaults into emerging market status? The 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Hublot Big Bang FIFA - Dial View

Hublot Big Bang FIFA - Caseback View

The FIFA World Cup is a major soccer sporting event scheduled to be hosted by Brazil from June 12 to July 13, it is expected to attract television advertisers and billions of viewers from around the world. Another drawing factor for watchmakers is the 2016 Olympic Games slated to be in Rio de Janeiro. These highly publicized events are expected to heighten Brazil’s local economy as well as attract a plethora of worldwide visitors and sport fans, raising the stakes for watchmakers to capitalize on watch sales.

Major watch brands have been announcing new store openings or expansion projects in the country, which is known for its shopping enthusiasts. At the forefront of this inbound migration of watchmakers is Hublot, who is also the Official Timekeeper of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Hublot is opening a new store in Rio de Janeiro and just announced its release of the Official Watch of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil – Big Bang UNICO Bi-Retrograde Chrono watch. It is Hublot’s first production of a bi-retrograde function watch with a central chrono and a movement with patent pending. Hublot also just welcomed Brazilian native Gustavo Kuerten, aka Guga, to their family of brand ambassadors last year.

Luxury watchmakers IWC, Omega, Piaget and Vacheron Constantin are brands that have opened or are moving to open new stores in Brazil, all of whom are banking on the prospect that local consumers and event visitors will help increase their profit margins, provided that the country’s rising taxes takes a downward spiral over the next few years. Despite the country’s high taxes Stephen Urquhart, Omega CEO, views a store opening as a profitable opportunity that it plans to carefully gauge while anticipating lower than usual sales margins. Juan-Carlos, head of Vacheron Constantin Geneva Manufacture, chimes in on the same note indicating that its Sao Paulo store’s goal is to offer first-class after-sales service that leads to loyal established customers.

Jean-Marc Jacot CEO Parmigiani Fleurier and Ricardo Teixeira Pres of Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol

Watchmakers with vested partnerships contributing to Brazilian heritage and culture include Parmigiani Fleurier, who introduced a Fine Watch creation just last year, partnered with the Confederaçao Brasileira de Futebol (the Brazilian football federation) organization. Jaeger-LeCoultre also partnered last year with UNESCO and the International Herald Tribune to help manage the country’s Fernando de Noronha Nature Reserve with a generous donation of $20,000.

Fernando de Noronha Nature Reserve

For the moment it appears that the stakes are high with major watchmakers wagering an “all in” approach for the gradual promise of profit margins, margins that will ultimately contribute to the rise of Brazil’s emerging market status.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra Tunes Up for Inaugural Season with Movado as Lead Sponsor

Movado has partnered to serve as the lead sponsor for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra Inaugural Season which includes two performances at world-renowned Carnegie Hall March 23, 2014.

To celebrate their mutual collaboration Movado hosted a private affair at the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City January 14, where the talented Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra, a 17-member big band consisting of high school students, made their initial debut performance with Movado’s brand ambassador Wynton Marsalis.

Wynton Marsalis performing on stage with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra.

Mary Leach, Movado Group, Inc. Chief Marketing Officer expressed excitement about the sponsored initiative with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis involvement in support of the arts and his active role supporting the musical performance of the talented youth orchestra.

Wynton Marsalis is serving as the Managing and Artistic Director overseeing the youth orchestra’s musical education along with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Vincent Gardner, Director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra. This dynamic trio is working with the students in rehearsals familiarizing them with big band repertoire and performance techniques in time for five additional concerts in their first season, including their two performances at Carnegie Hall where the youth orchestra will perform Duke Ellington’s music.

Movado is known for its association with the performing arts and innovative Modernism designs, an integral part of its established branding for 132 years. Movado has been a key supporter of the Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the New York City Ballet. Other supported performing arts on Movado’s vitae include Ballet Pacifica, the Cooper Hewitt, The Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Miami International Film Festival, and the National Design Museum.

Movado Group, Inc. manufactures design brands HUGO BOSS, Coach, Concord, Ebel, ESQ Movado, Tommy Hilfiger, Juicy Couture, Lacoste, Movado, and Scuderia Ferrari brand watches worldwide.

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