Jaeger LeCoultre watches are hot items among celebrities

Celebrities, models and fashion icons throughout the world are choosing to accessorize themselves with trendy watches from the high-end luxury watch and clock manufacturer Jaeger LeCoultre.

The top ranking British Formula One driver Jenson Button was also spotted wearing a Jaeger LeCoultre timepiece – the Master Compressor Extreme LAB.

Unlike many traditional watches, the Master Compressor Extreme LAB is powered by Jaeger LeCoultre Calibre 988C and is also the first completely lubricant-free timepiece. The watch is guaranteed to provide full performance for several years and features the ability to resist extreme temperatures. The timepiece also has two time zones, black-diamond pallet stones and a carbon and titanium design.

French fashion model and actress Elisa Sednaoui was seen wearing the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Duetto Duo watch in pink gold.

“Reverso to me is the perfect combination of elegance, minimalism and modernity,” said Sednaoui. It’s the effortless class, the true jewel, that makes you feel ultimately chic and strong. It has been a perfect companion, from day to day life till Venice’s red carpet…. And I believe it brought me lots of luck!”

The elegant timepiece features a stainless steel case, sapphire anti-reflective crystal material, 45-hour power reserve, mechanical manual winding movement and is available in a variety of different designs.

American actor Ezra Miller was seen sporting the Jaeger LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon With Perpetual Calendar watch.

This particular timepiece made for gentlemen features automatic calibre 987 movement, an alligator leather strap, perpetual calendar with moon phases, and is available in a variety of different cases.

Jaeger LeCoultre watches have also been spotted on actors Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner, German actress and former fashion model Diane Kruger, Italian model and actress Margareth Made, British model and actress Kaya Scodelario and American singer, songwriter and actress Kelly Clarkson.

The Swiss luxury watchmaker originated in 1833 when Antoine LeCoultre founded a small workshop in Le Sentier, Switzerland where he crafted and manufactured high-quality timepieces. LeCoultre’s invention of the millionometer established the metric system as the standardized measurement for watches, and in 1847, the company produced the first movement with a crown winding system, which replaced the necessity for the use of keys to set the time.

The workshop soon turned into a manufacture, and within 30 years, LeCoultre had crafted over 350 different timepieces with chronograph functions and repeater mechanisms. The Jaeger LeCoultre brand was coined in 1937 when Edmond Jaegar challenged Antoine LeCoultre’s grandson to manufacture a timepiece from his own design.

Since the partnership began, Jaeger LeCoultre has produced high-quality, high-end luxury timepieces.

Hermes watches spotted on celebrities

Crafted from a quality French brand that specializes in leather, perfumery and luxury goods, Hermes watches are a popular accessory in the wardrobes of some of the world’s most notable names and fashion icons.

Chiara Ferragni, an Italian fashion blogger who has built an international fan base and caught attention from some of the industry’s most prominent designers through her fashion advice, was seen modeling the Hermes Kelly watch.

Heidi Montag, American media personality and singer, was also spotted wearing the Hermes Kelly watch while walking with her husband Spencer Pratt.

Hermes Kelly watch
Hermes Kelly watch

The Swiss luxury timepiece – inspired by and created as a tribute to the handbag that shares its name – features quartz movement, a gold-plated case with a white dial and a natural Epsom calfskin strap with white stitching. The watch is also available in a stainless steel case with a silvered or white dial and either a natural barenia double tour leather trap, smooth orange calfskin strap or Epsom calfskin strap in natural or black colors.

The Hermes Code Cod watch has also been seen on the wrist of several notable and well-known figures.

Isla Fisher, actress and star of Confessions of a Shopaholic, wore the elegant timepiece as an accessory to her character’s style in the film.

“It’s an orange Hermes watch and it sums up Becky Bloomwood – it’s playful, young and hip,” said Fisher.

The timepiece has also been worn by fashion stylist and designer Nini Nguyen, actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow, actress Kelly Rutherford and actors Ashton Kutcher and Wentworth Miller.

Inspired by the anchor-shaped peninsula of Cape Cod, the Swiss-made Hermes Cape Cod luxury watch was created in 1991. The timepiece features quartz movement, a stainless steel case with a silvered dial and is available with a steel bracelet or variety of different colored straps.

Hermes is one of the world’s most famed luxury brands. Since 1837 when the brand was born as a Parisian saddle shop, Hermes products have been renowned for quality and innovation.

The French company first began creating clothing in the early 20th century and followed with the production of handbags shortly after. The luxury brand began rolling out men’s and women’s watches in the 1950s, including art deco and classic leather styles. During this time, vintage watch bracelets from Hermes were seen as some of the most fashionable women’s wristwatches to wear. In the contemporary world today, antique Hermes timepieces are valuable collector’s items.

Just as the quality luxury brand always has, Hermes continues to create fashionable, elegant and chic watches with a timeless design.

Celebs and guests at launch of IWC Pilot’s Watch collection

Written by: Shauna Bannan

IWC Schaffhausen invited around 1,000 guests, including a number of celebrities, to the launch of the new Pilot’s Watch collection in Geneva this January, as part of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH).

Under the motto “Top Gun,” guests entered a backdrop simulation of the replica aircraft carrier IWC 12, which virtually set the tone for the event’s theme. About 1,000 guests came out to join IWC in the launching of its most recent Pilot’s Watch collection. Among the invitees were celebrities Cate Blanchett, Luis Figo, Rosamund Pike, Aloe Blacc, film director Marc Forster, sporting legends Boris Becker, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and top model Adriana Lima. Bryan Ferry, English singer, musician and songwriter, provided entertainment for the event.

“Our aim this evening was to create an emotional experience for our guests, based on the story of our Pilot’s Watches: a story that started in 1936 with the Special Pilot’s Watch and has been part of IWC Schaffhausen’s DNA ever since,” said IWC CEO and host of the evening Georges Kern.

The entire atmosphere of the evening was dedicated to IWC’s Pilot theme. Coordinating personnel geared up in flight-deck wear for the event, dinner was served from high-rise trolleys and a full-scale cockpit section of a modern naval jet containing a flight simulator took center stage, allowing guests to experience an artificial aircraft flight. Displayed in a walk-in control tower was the evening’s most prominent feature: the new collection of Pilot’s Watches from IWC.

The Top Gun formations, consisting of five models within the Pilot’s Watch family, were the primary focus of the evening.

IWC presented a film committed to the engineering and craftsmanship of the Top Gun watches, laying inspiration of the making of the collection from the Top Gun elite flying school.

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar and Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun are among the family of timepieces.

IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar features a military-style design with metallic tones and traditional military colors and an external chapter ring and inner hour circle that symbolize deck watches of the 1930s and 40s. A flyback function, 68-hour power reserve and protection against magnetic fields are also integrated in the timepiece.

Known as one of the most complex of Pilot’s Watches ever built, the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun model features Pellaton automatic winding, 7-day power reserve, a perpetual calendar with four-digit year display and moon phase display in the northern and southern hemispheres, ceramic case and titanium crown.

As a leading brand in the world of luxury watches, IWC Schaffhausen continually creates timepieces inspired by technology and innovation.

Chopard an Offical Partner to the Cannes Film Festival

Written by: Catherine Wolinski

 

Cannes Film Festival red carpet
The Cannes Film Festival red carpet

Since its conception, Chopard has expressed its artisanship in ways other than their premiere fashion design. For the last 15 years, the brand has proven their aesthetic prowess in a way that is rather atypical of companies of its caliber, and that is by partnering with the Cannes Film Festival. The Swiss luxury watch and jewelry manufacturer began its alliance with the festival in 1997, and will be marking its twelfth year as a partner this May.

For those who are not familiar with the festival, a brief history:

Officially titled Le Festival International du Film de Cannes, the Cannes International Film Festival, as one might guess, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France. The event is notable on account of its previews of upcoming films from around the world, introducing new works for the year in genres such as drama, comedy, and documentary. It is one of the most valued and elite festivals in the world, attracting invitation-only audiences of film makers, critics, and stars.

Each year, an elite member of this film community is chosen to be “president” of the festival. Last May, the chosen President of the Jury was Robert De Nero, the famed American actor/director/producer. Announced recently on Jan. 20, 2012, this year’s President of the Jury will be Nanni Moretti, Italian director and actor, who will be presiding over the 65th Cannes Festival.

Albeit  unusual, the Chopard alliance with the Cannes Film Festival is not inappropriate. The fusion occurred upon the meeting of Pierre Viot, president of the festival, Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, and Co-President of Chopard. Viot requested Gruosi-Scheufele and her craftsmen redesign the Golden Palm Award, the highest prize awarded at the festival presented to the director of the best feature film. The Chopard-designed Golden Palm, or Palme d’Or, was unveiled in May of 1998. Subsequently, in 2001 Chopard introduced a new award to the festival, a self-titled trophy for creativity. Each year, the Chopard trophy is awarded to two actors, one man and one woman, for being Male and Female Revelation of the Year.

Chopard Palm d'Or
The newly Chopard-designed Palm d’Or

Not surprisingly, the partnership also opens up opportunities for Chopard to dress red carpet walkers in its signature pieces. In fact, the company even developed a Red Carpet Collection in 2007 for the 60thanniversary opening ceremony. Inspired by the stars themselves, the appropriately numbered 60 new jewelry pieces were introduced, 10 of which created with the purpose of being paired with 10 Valentino gowns also made specially for the occasion.

The upcoming Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 16 to 27, 2012.  Film and fashion fans alike should be on the lookout for some impressive art, both on the screens and on the wrists of audience members.

Omega celebrates the launch of the Westfield Stratford Boutique

A host of celebrities joined Omega, Official Timekeeper of this summer’s London 2012 Olympic Games, in the launching of the new Westfield Stratford Boutique located near the Olympic Park gateway on Dec. 8.

The event was a celebration not only of the launch of the largest boutique in Europe, but also of East London, the Olympic Games and British talent from the world of music, television, fashion, sport and film.

Olympian Jessica Ennis, the current world indoor pentathlon and hopeful gold-medalist for this summer’s London 2012 Olympic Games, hosted the event with Omega President Stephen Urquhart.

Olympic Ambassador Jessica Ennis and Omega President Stephen Urquhart
Olympic Ambassador Jessica Ennis and Omega President Stephen Urquhart hosted the event.

Last year, Jessica Ennis joined the roster of Omega brand ambassadors.

“I am very proud to be joining the Omega family, and am honoured to have the chance to work closely with them as we all continue our journey towards London 2012,” said Ennis. “Timekeeping is everything in sport. A 1/100th of a second can be the difference between a gold and silver medal, so Omega really is at the service of athletes all over the world.”

The Swiss watchmaker chooses its ambassadors from the worlds of fashion, entertainment, sport and adventure. The list includes stars like actor George Clooney, actress Nicole Kidman, secret agent James Bond, American model Cindy Crawford and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

“We are delighted that Jessica has joined our family of brand ambassadors,” said Stephen Urquhart, Omega President. “Her accomplishments as a multi-event athlete are so remarkable that it’s hard to believe that she is only 25 years old.”

A slew of other prominent names made their way to the event, including English actress Tamzin Merchant, actor Freddie Fox, burlesque performer Immodesty Blaize, party promoter and fashion journalist Henry Conway, Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, former British sprinter Linford Christie, popular television presenter George Lamb and rugby union players Rob Webber and Ollie Phillips.

Professor Green and DJ IQ provided the event with music and entertainment.

The Omega Westfield Stratford Boutique – located at the gateway to the Olympic Park – is the largest yet in Europe. With a wide, open interior, Omega is able to showcase some of the world’s most prominent range of Swiss luxury watches, from classical and limited edition models to jewel-encrusted collections.

Omega will serve as the Official Timekeeper for the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games, assuming its role for the 25th time. The Swiss luxury watch brand first served as Official Timekeeper at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games. This year’s event will mark the 80th anniversary of the watchmaker’s first Olympic Games.