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Heritage wonders: Tribute to women

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Looking through the treasures of Jaeger‑LeCoultre’s Heritage Gallery, timepieces designed for women since the 19th century brim with creativity and preciousness. All eyes on some of our Maison’s most iconic feminine watches in this first Heritage chronicle.

The Grande Maison has always devoted considerable attention to ladies’ timepieces, in terms of both their aesthetics and their mechanism. In the 19th century, the Manufacture equipped pendant-watches, brooch-watches or wristwatches with their calibers and embellished them using the finest engravers, enamellers, and gem-setters. This tradition goes back to the first round calibers with extremely small diameters, such as the LeCoultre Calibre 7 HP, created by the Maison in 1880.

From 1903 onwards, the association between the Frenchman Edmond Jaeger and Jacques-David LeCoultre of Switzerland, became one of the most successful examples of the balance between style and technique. These two men quickly grasped the fact that the emergence of the wristwatch would revolutionize the shape of watches. From invisible to dazzling, from secret to open, Jaeger‑LeCoultre has enriched this tradition creating swiveling or pivoting watches, ring and pendant-watches ranging from the pure Art Deco style to the most expressive floral motifs. Every one of these timepieces have always been dominated by one requirement: to offer women a movement that is entirely designed and produced under the roof of the Manufacture and that perfectly fits the shape of its case.

Alll of these creations were made possible thanks to the inventive spirit that has always animated our watchmakers. Pushing boundaries and conventions, placing a crown on the back of a caliber for example, Jaeger‑LeCoultre channels the power of the imagination to achieve outstanding horological feats.

In 1925, the creation of the Duoplan allowed the Manufacture to go one step further as the fashion at that time was for very small watches which dimensions would not allow a precise movement to fit in. The Duoplan was revolutionary in that it was built on two levels, offering women a winning combination of elegance and fine watchmaking while gaining precision and accuracy. This caliber equipped some of the most precious watches designed at the Manufacture.

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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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