Thursday, August 22, 2019

Press Release: "Silver Spitfire - The Longest Flight" Lands In Iceland

Photo Credit: IWC

"Silver Spitfire - The Longest Flight" Lands in Iceland, with singer JJ Julius Son from rock band Kaleo welcoming the pilots to his home country

“We couldn’t have wished for a better send-off for the Silver Spitfire from Goodwood. Although it had poured with rain during the morning, we had great weather for the afternoon take-off. A quick stop at the Faroe Islands was followed by a smooth journey to our first layover - Iceland. As well as being stunned by the remarkable landscape, we had the pleasure to catch up with JJ Julius Son, from the Icelandic band Kaleo, who we had already met at the SIHH gala dinner in January. JJ was kind enough to show us the sights of Reykjavik and even found time to take us out for some drinks. It was a great city and we felt really welcome. We even ended up being featured on the frontpage of the Icelandic newspaper Fréttablaðið, which was a great honour. ”

“Adverse weather meant we had to stay a little longer than originally scheduled, but it gave us the chance to enjoy even more of the beautiful scenery, before we eventually bid farewell to that captivating country. With improved conditions, we reached Greenland; flying over the polar cap is something we’ll never forget. We’re currently on the go again and we aim to land at New York’s Teterboro Airport by August 15th.”

NEXT SCHEDULED STOPS: Canada, then New York.

Stay updated and follow the journey live on a dedicated flight tracker: here

Press Release: Chopard & The Hour Glass 40th Anniversary Special Edition

Chopard & The Hour Glass 40th Anniversary Special Edition

In celebration of The Hour Glass 40th Anniversary, Chopard has collaborated with The Hour Glass to produce a special Happy Sport. Available in 50-piece limited edition and numbered, this 36mm watch in stainless steel celebrates the essence of the collection translating the message of joy and free spirit.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Event Report: The Watch Club Asia Facebook Group GTG

The Watch Club Asia (Facebook group) hosted members of the group to a preview of the Bell & Ross 2019 Novelties. The event was well attended and members had a great time checking out the latest timepieces from Bell & Ross. Thanks for the invite, TWCA!

Following are the highlights of the event...

Albert Neo, one of the Club founders, shared the Club's mission statement with the group. 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Press Release by Omega: The Speedmaster Apollo 11, 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

There were many world-changing moments that defined the first lunar landing in 1969. From famous words to dusty footprints, it was a mission that remains unforgettable in so many ways. On the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, OMEGA is proud to unveil a new Speedmaster Limited Edition that pays tribute to those iconic hours. Now, you can wear the first watch worn on the moon and also relive its journey.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Press Release by Rado: Rado Captain Cook Automatic Limited Edition With Travel Case

A vintage look for modern time travellers

All Photographs supplied by Rado

(Lengnau, Switzerland – 2019) We are living in a world of contradictions. In our constantly connected lives, we sometimes find ourselves dreaming of simpler times even as we appreciate the convenience of modern technology. If only we could have one foot in the past and one in the present.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Press Release by Glashütte Original : “Talking About Trees” wins Glashütte Original – Documentary Award 2019

 Director Suhaib Gasmelbari and producer Marie Balducchi with the award trophy
Photo Copyright: Cecile Mella

 Glashütte Original supported the 69th Berlinale as Partner and Award sponsor. 

Glashütte Original offers heartfelt congratulations to Suhaib Gasmelbari, who has won the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. The Sudanese filmmaker was honored for his film, “Talking About Trees”, a documentary on the history of the Sudanese cinema. The award, donated by the Saxon watch manufactory and endowed with 50,000 euros, was presented Saturday evening during the official award ceremonies at the Berlinale Palace. Glashütte Original also supported the 69th Berlinale as a sponsor this year.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Press Release: SWATCH Group Key Figures 2018

SWATCH Group Key Figures 2018

• Group net sales increased by 6.1% to CHF 8 475 million at current exchange rates (+5.7% at constant rates).

• Operating result increased by 15.2% to CHF 1 154 million. Operating margin increased from 12.5% in the previous year to 13.6%.

• Net income increased by 14.8% to CHF 867 million, with a net margin of 10.2% (previous year: 9.5%).

• Dividend proposal: increase of 6.7% to CHF 8.00 per bearer share and CHF 1.60 per registered share.

• Business slowed in the last three months of the year under review. The month of December in particular was slow, due in part to the very high comparison basis.

• Production companies in the Habillage sector (cases, dials, watch hands, etc.) worked at or even above capacity limits, which led to significant delivery delays, mainly for products for Omega and Longines.

• Record number of 212 new patent applications in 2018.

• Creation of over 1,700 new jobs, mainly in Switzerland.

• January 2019 started with solid growth, even in comparison with the very strong January in the previous year. The Swatch Group expects a positive trend in 2019, both in demand and in elimination of capacity bottlenecks.

Friday, February 15, 2019

IWC 2019 SIHH models

IWC Schaffhausen presented the new Spitfire Pilot’s collection this year.  Following are some of the watches that caught my attention. The Spitfire watches feature IWC's manufactured calibres with designs inspired by the Mark 11.

Photo Credit: IWC

Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire (Ref. IW326801)