Baume et Mercier Support Love146 with Charity Benefit

Swiss watchmaker Baume et Mercier continued their support of the Love146 Foundation’s mission to end human trafficking with a charity benefit on Dec. 1 in New York City.

Baume et Mercier has long-standing ties to Love146. Rudy Chavez, President of Baume et Mercier North America, also serves as chairman of the board of Love146. He served as a representative of both organizations at the event. Love146 was founded in 2002 to end sex trafficking and child exploitation around the world. Since then, they have been instrumental in raising awareness, educating children and supporting survivors.

Emmanuelle Chriqui, Baume & Mercier CEO Alain Zimmerman and Rudy Chavez at the Love146 Benefit

Baume et Mercier’s 2011 Winter Seaside Celebration was held at the luxury watch emporium Tourneau Time Machine in Manhattan on Dec, 1, 2011. Watches were displayed from several prominent luxury brands, including Rolex, Cartier and Patek Philippe. Special edition Baume et Mercier watches, emblazoned with the Love146 logo on the reverse side of the case, were auctioned to benefit the foundation and its efforts.

In partnership with the Love146 foundation, Baume et Mercier commissioned a feature by Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Carolyn Cole, currently of the Los Angeles Times. Baume et Mercier sent Cole into Southeast Asia to complete a piece to raise awareness for child trafficking. Her powerful photographs shed light on the crisis of sex trafficking and give fresh importance to the mission of Love146 and other international organizations working to end human exploitation. Cole’s 2008 “Into the Light” photojournalist exhibit was displayed at the Tourneau Time Machine for a limited time following the event.

Tourneau Time Machine in New York City

In attendence at the private event were Baume et Mercier CEO Alain Zimmermann, Tourneau CEO James Seuss and Canadian actress and Love146 supporter Emmanuelle Chriqui. Guests at the Winter Seaside Celebration were entertained with musical performances by The Broadway Dolls, British singer Abigail Zsiga and Love146 co-founder Lamont Hiebert.

At the event, Zimmermann and Seuss presented Love146 with a donation check for $25,000 as a pledge of their ongoing support. “For Baume et Mercier, life is about moments and we’re honored to support Love146’s mission to restore hope to those in a time of need, ” Rudy Chavez said, “I look forward to continuing to shed light on this worthwhile cause.”

Baume et Mercier has a strong bond with Love146 and has hosted several different charity events to benefit the foundation’s efforts. Among them, the 2010 Baume et Mercier charity shopping event offered discounted watches for Valentine’s Day with proceeds going to Love146’s Aftercare Program in the Philippines.

Invicta Care Foundation donates funds to charitable causes

With the help of the Invicta Watch Group, the non-profit Invicta Care Foundation strives to aid overlooked areas and charitable causes by providing financial support.

The mission of the Invicta Care Foundation is to improve the life of less fortunate, overlooked and otherwise neglected areas by donating funds to pioneering organizations that work to help charitable causes. The Invicta Watch Group fully supports the efforts made by the foundation, enabling Invicta Care to donate 100 percent of all donations and sales to the organizations that aim to help areas in need. The Invicta Watch Group also pays for the foundation’s operational, marketing, production and managerial costs.

The Invicta Care Foundation has financially supported numerous multinational causes in recent years.

When Hurricane Katrina – one of the most deadly and destructive hurricanes in the history of the U.S. – hit the Gulf Coast, the Invicta Care Foundation raised $127,846 to support disaster relief causes. The donation was given to the Red Cross to help those in need after the hurricane wreaked havoc in several areas.

The foundation has also partnered up with Red Wing Shoes and the Nashville-based Soles4Souls, donating tens of thousands of pairs of shoes to those who were in need of them. The footwear was sent overseas to multiple countries.

Emmaus Medical Mission
The Invicta Care Foundation financially supported the Emmaus Medical Mission in helping the poverty stricken community of Mindo, Ecuador.

In 2010, the Invicta Care Foundation donated $15,000 in one day – during Invicta’s Sunday Run – to the Emmaus Medical Mission, an organization that serves to provide medical care and supplies to those people in need of urgent help and attention in the impoverished community of Mindo, Ecuador. The organization provides care to treat conditions and diseases such as malnutrition, diabetes and asthma. Supplies, including toothbrushes and vitamins, are also given to the community to help control personal hygiene and prevent further medical measures.

During the Sunday Run, subscribers to “The Movement” newsletter get the chance – for 24 hours – to purchase a featured luxury watch model from the Invicta collections. Since the Invicta Watch Group fully supports the foundation, 100 percent of sales from that one particular Sunday was donated to the Emmaus Medical Mission.

In another instance, the Invicta Care Foundation was able to raise $30,000 during a one day run event. 100 percent of those proceeds was donated to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, a New York City based non-profit organization that serves to provide social support and programming for at-risk youth. The organization particularly focuses on the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning youth.

The Invicta Care Foundation continually seeks to support charity-based causes.

Zenith Supports Womanity Foundation at Benefit Gala

Zenith Watches lent its generous support to the Womanity Foundation last week at a benefit gala in Bellevue, Switzerland by auctioning its currently unreleased Type 20 Pilot’s watch.

On Feb, 2, Jean-Frédéric Dufour, President and CEO of Swiss watch manufacturer Zenith, attended the fourth charity gala for, what is now, the Womanity Foundatition. Known previously as the Smiling Children’s Association and founded in 2005, the Womanity Foundation announced its new name at the Feb 2. gala to draw focus to their mission: to empower women and girls to become active members of their societies through education, entrepreneurship and social programs. Zenith watches has a long-standing commitment to charity; they recently served as the presenting sponsor for the Norman Mailer Center benefit gala in November 2011.

Zenith CEO Jean-Frédéric du Four and French-Malian rapper Mokobé with Zenith Watches
Zenith CEO Jean-Frédéric du Four and French-Malian rapper Mokobé at the Womanity Foundation benefit gala on Feb. 2 wearing Zenith watches. Du Four wears the new Zenith Type 20 Pilot’s watch.

Held at the beautiful Geneva Country Club in Bellevue, Switzerland, the Womanity benefit gala featured international celebrities, performances and games for those who came out to support the foundation. Among the celebrities present were French-Malian rapper Mokobé, French solo singer and loop artist Anaïs Croze, 1999 Victoires de la Musique female artist of the year Axelle Red of Belgium, French singer and actress Arielle Dombasle, American actress Rosanna Arquette and French house group The Supermen Lovers. In appreciation of their support for the Womanity Foundation, Dufour presented each with a Zenith timepiece.

The charity auction was presided over by Swiss art auctioneer and collector Simon de Pury, chairman and chief auctionner of Phillips de Pury & Company. Called by BBC “the man with the golden gavel”, De Pury was the perfect candidate to auction the evening’s unique items, among them Zenith’s Type 20 Pilot’s watch.

Program for Womanity Gala charity auction 2012
The Womanity Foundation’s charity auction was moderated by Simon de Pury and raised over $1.5 million.

The Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 watch is a one-of-a-kind timepiece with the engineering sophistication expected from Zenith. The watch is part of Zenith’s tribute to military history and affords the highly-legible functionality of a military pilot’s watch. In fact, the case measures 57.7 mm!  Larger by far than most wristwatches, the Pilot Type 20 actually contains a movement originally designed for pocket watches and dashboard clocks. The watch features a classically styled black face, large white arabic numerals in all positions (except where the nine is partially obscured), prominent hands and a brown genuine leather strap with a titanium pin buckle. Zenith will only produce 250 of the limited edition timepieces, so motivated collectors will have to act fast to secure one.

The Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 with black face and brown strap
The Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 was featured in the auction and will be officially released in March.

Zenith’s contribution to the charity auction was a record-breaking sucess. The Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 sold for nearly five times its retail price of €7,800 ($10,300). Overall the gala was very successful, raising over 1,400,000 Swiss francs ($1.5 million) for the Womanity Foundation’s efforts. The Zenith Type 20 Pilot’s watch will be officially presented at the Baselworld exhibit in March.

Puma Sponsors Ping Pong Tournament for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of NYC

Written by: Holly Troupe

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC Tournament of Champions Pong Event
Puma is sponsoring Big Brothers And Big Sisters of New York City Pong Tournament of Champions on January 26th.

Puma–elite manufacturer of high quality sportswear, shoes and watches–will be apparel sponsor of the New York Big Brothers and Big Sisters Pong Tournament of Champions on Thursday, January 26th from 12-6pm. All event proceeds will go to Big Brothers and Big Sisters mentoring programs.

The Puma brand has a long track record of partnering with philanthropic organizations, including UNITED FOR AFRICA (which donated 10 Euros from the sales of all watches sold in its Concept Stores), Soles4Souls, Project Pink and the Puma employee founded Charity Cat projects. Puma’s high profile dedication to global humanitarian causes has generated millions of dollars in charitable contributions all over the world. Puma recently created Project Pink Collection Gear, including a special pink timepiece, with the proceeds going to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, an institute dedicated to the eradication of breast cancer. Additionally, Puma pledged to become one of world’s greenest businesses and eliminate all issuance of toxic chemicals from the manufacturing of its products by 2020.

Puma's Project Pink watch
Puma’s Project Pink Watch, from the line of Project Pink gear.

The Big Brothers and Big Sisters program began in 1912 as a resource for urban youth who lacked strong adult moral guidance. Today, it is the world’s largest youth mentoring organization, with the program assisting more than 3000 young people yearly, including children with developmental disabilities, teenaged mothers and children with incarcerated parents. The Pong Tournament of Champions was conceived four years ago with the goal of uniting table tennis enthusiasts from all social and economic backgrounds—from Wall street to 125th street—to engage in their common recreation while simultaneously raising funds and awareness. According to event founder, Andy Lipman, “Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC matches at-risk children with mentors who can keep them from turning to gangs or crime, boost their self-esteem, improve their school performance and help them reach their potential. It’s more than just a meaningful, life-changing friendship between a child and a mentor – it’s an investment in the future of our city.”

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Tournament of Champions Pong charity Tournament will be held at Vanderbilt Hall At Grand Central Station in New York. The events kick off at noon on January 26th until 6pm. The competition will consist of 32 two player teams from various hedge fund and financial organizations. All proceeds will be going to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization.

Jaeger LeCoultre Unveils “Proto Zero” at Heritage 1881 Boutique in Hong Kong

Written by: Holly Troupe

Proto Zero Master Grande Tradition a Repetition Minutes
The “Proto Zero” of Jaeger LeCoultre’s limited edition Master Grande Tradition a Repetition Minutes

Jaeger LeCoultre recently unveiled its “Proto Zero” watches, to be sold exclusively at Hong Kong’s recently opened Jaeger LeCoultre Boutique at Heritage 1881. Jaeger LeCoultre is working in conjunction with the Hong Kong charity End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation (ECSAF), which will receive 10 percent of all the proceeds from the sale of the watch.

“Proto Zero” watches are essentially the hand crafted prototypes of a select number of limited edition watches in the Jaeger LeCoultre collection. They have been refurbished, tested for quality control and meet the exacting standards of Jaeger LeCoultre. The scarcity of these models combined with their historical significance make them coveted pieces for any serious collector. Typically, prototypes have been stored at the Jaeger-LeCoultre watch factory in Vallée de Joux, Switzerland, and are not sold.

The End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation is a non-governmental philanthropic organization initiated in 1998 by actress and clinical psychologist Josephine Siao. Says Jaeger LeCoultre CEO Jerome Lambert: “Jaeger-LeCoultre is proud to present the unique ‘Proto Zero’ to the connoisseurs of Hong Kong. We are particularly proud to support the charitable cause of End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation with these one-of-a-kind creations. We perceive this project as a meaningful collaboration between our brand and our supporters to join hands in contributing to a good cause.”

The “Proto Zero” watches available at the Heritage 1881 Boutique are:

  • Master Grande Tradition a Répétition Minutes: A hand-wound 44mm titanium, it features a sapphire case back and an alligator strap. It has a power reserve of 15 days and is water resistant to 50 meters.
  • Master Grande Tradition à Tourbillon 43: An automatic 43mm watch displayed in a platinum case.
  • Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2: Equipped as Jaeger LeCoultre’s pioneering reversible model, this piece’s case flips around so that the back can be displayed. A 36 mm x 55 mm x 15.8 mm with hand-winding mechanism.
Heritage 1881 Boutique Gallery
The gallery of Hong Kong’s Jaeger LeCoultre Heritage 1881 Boutique

The Heritage 1881 Boutique is the third Jaeger LeCoultre boutique in Hong Kong, and the first outside of the Vallee de Joux factory to feature the unique and aesthetically stunning “Wall of Movements.” The wall is an approximately 15 foot transparent display that exhibits the evolution of nearly two centuries of Jaeger LeCoultre’s collection of watch calipers. This formidable installation is just one of the many features that makes the Heritage 1881 Boutique such a point of pride for the Jaeger LeCoultre organization, and the perfect milieu for the “Proto Zero.”