A look at the world’s watch brands, their newest timepieces, brand ambassadors, events and news – by brand.

Around the World: Hot Air Ballooning in Gstaad with Parmigiani

When most people think of hot air ballooning, they think of warm weather climates such as New Mexico –where one of the most famous balloon festivals takes place annually. Today, however, I had the distinct pleasure of ballooning over the Alps in Gstaad, Switzerland, with luxury watch brand Parmigiani Fleurier, who is one of the…

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Watch Stops: SIHH 2011 Cartier Bears All

It has always been in Cartier’s nature to create some of the most stunning animal watches in the world. From its early days, this brand gave us the legendary panther watches that we have come to love and identify with the brand. Now, at this year’s SIHH, Cartier pulls out all the stops and brings…

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Watch Stops 2011: SIHH Cartier Gets Control of Gravity with the Astroregulateur

An incredibly original movement that was five years in the making and has four patents pending, the 9800 MC Calibre, housed in the Rotonde de Cartier Astroregulateur watch, was unveiled today in Geneva and is Cartier’s answer to the effects of gravity on the mechanical movement. Heretofore, the only movement that could compensate for the…

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Around the World: Breitling’s World First Boutique Takes Flight

In the posh New York City 57th Street area – just off of Fifth Avenue – Breitling officially opened its first world flagship Boutique last night – amidst great fanfare. On hand  were John Travolta, Wayne Gretzky and Boomer Esaiason, among others. The Boutique, at 5 East 57th Street, is an elongated, 4,500-square-foot, three-story store…

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Time Capsules: Pre-SIHH 2011 News – IWC Focuses on Portofino

Each year IWC focuses heavily on one of its main collections – introducing a powerful wealth of important new pieces in that family. For 2011, it is the Mediterranean-influenced Portofino that receives an infusion of creativity and innovation. This family has been an important part of the IWC line for more than 25 years, since…

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Weekend Sojourn: Exploring the Galapagos Islands

One of the world’s most beautiful and precious places, the Galapagos Islands is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These islands – where Charles Darwin formed his revolutionary theory of evolution  – are an extraordinary ecosystem of life unlike any other in the world. Here, the most incredible array of birds, animals and plants co-exist in a…

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