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Elvis Presley’s OMEGA sells for a world record CHF 1,500,000 at auction

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An OMEGA timepiece belonging to the legendary performer Elvis Presley has been sold for CHF 1,500,000 at the Geneva Watch Auction: Seven, by Phillips.

After a lengthy and competitive round of bidding, the OMEGA Museum in Biel/Bienne became the proud new owner, not only attaining the watch for their significant collection, but also paying a new world record for any OMEGA watch ever purchased.

Described as the “most historically significant Elvis Presley-owned watch to ever appear on the market”, the 18K white gold wristwatch was presented to Elvis by RCA Records in February 1961, at a charity luncheon and concert to celebrate his 75 million records sold worldwide.

The 33 mm timepiece houses a manually-wound OMEGA calibre 510, and features 44 brilliant cut diamonds surrounding the bezel, as well as an elegant silvered ivory dial with a small-seconds subdial. On the caseback, the engravings include the words: “To Elvis, 75 Million Records, RCA Victor, 12-25-60.”

The incredible provenance of this one-of-a-kind timepiece was further confirmed by photos of Presley wearing the watch, as well as a certificate of authenticity from Jimmy Velvet, the Founder/CEO of the Elvis Presley Museum.

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OMEGA watches land on-screen in Universal Pictures’ new film First Man

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Watch fans, space enthusiasts and astonished audiences alike can now spot OMEGA timepieces playing a true-life role within the story of Universal Pictures’ First Man.

The film tells the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight.

For the production of the film, OMEGA supplied period-correct Speedmasters and other watches of that era, adding a touch of authenticity to a truly incredible story.

Since 1965, OMEGA has been the only supplier of watches for NASA’s Human Space Flight Program. And, of course, as part of that history, the OMEGA Speedmaster became the first watch worn on the moon in 1969.

Now is your chance to relive the journey!

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Tahitian Black Pearls

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The Tahitian black pearl is a symbol of exotic luxury and decadence, renowned the world over. Known as poerava (black pearl) in French Polynesia, these prized jewels are a favorite keepsake of visitors to Bora Bora.

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora gain exclusive insight and access to these lustrous pearls at TAHIA. The Resort’s pearl boutique offers an incredible array of Tahitian black pearl jewelry, including loose pearls, which can be placed into custom creations.

Guests can also learn about the long and meticulous process of farming these pearls, from implantation through extraction, as well as the various grades of colour and lustre. Whether just for fun, or to purchase a gift to last a lifetime, guests will enjoy visiting TAHIA and unveiling the mystery of Tahiti’s most famous export.

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Hublot Unveils New Limited Edition with Best Buddies International

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Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot unveiled its second limited-edition timepiece in partnership with Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event also served as a kick-off to the annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle cycling race taking place this weekend on Saturday, September 8.

To celebrate the new watch, President of Hublot North America, Jean-François Sberro and Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Best Buddies International, Anthony K. Shriver hosted an intimate launch event at the private home of Robert and Trina Dean. The Deans are long-time supporters of Best Buddies, having participated in the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle for many years and maintaining close ties to the organization in the Bay Area.

Media, friends of both brands, and Bay Area-socials enjoyed cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and music by DJ Chris Clouse before taking their seats for a dinner al fresco. Award-winning cyclists and Best Buddies International ambassadors George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde arrived with Best Buddies program participants BJ White and Larry Larkin to present the new timepiece to the guests.  Other notable attendees included All-Star baseball legend Barry Bonds, former NBA point guard Beno Udrih, and philanthropist Steve Hearst.

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