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Jaeger LeCoultre & the novelties of the 101 Joaillerie collection

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A starring turn that is sure to turn heads. The 101 Joaillerie collection is particularly evocative for women. A never-ending story, one where watchmaking expertise meets jewellery perfection. A unique story, dating back to 1929 with the creation of the smallest mechanical movement in the world, entirely made and manufactured at the Grande Maison of the Vallée de Joux. A match made in heaven: Fine Watchmaking and High Jewellery. Ancestral expertise lies hidden under the diamonds of these two original models, holding the secrets of the infinitely small. Available today in pink gold, the 101 Reine and the 101 Feuille offer women of the world a starring role: heroines by day and by night.

A miniature movement at the heart of two jewellery watches

Since 1929, the Jaeger‑LeCoultre Calibre 101 has stood out in terms of the mastery of absolute miniaturisation. At the time, pocket watches were giving way to wristwatches, which were particularly prized by women who dreamed of wearing a jewel on their wrist that brought together the precision of mechanical operations and a refined aesthetic. This calibre took its inspiration from the famous Duoplan movement, characterised by its division into two horizontal planes, one on top of the other. Now almost one hundred years old, and having benefited from all those years of expertise, it remains the smallest mechanical movement in the world. Contained in a volume of 0.2 cm3 and measuring 14 mm x 4.8 mm, with a thickness of 3.4 mm, each Jaeger‑LeCoultre Calibre 101 is unique. Each of its components is custom manufactured and adjusted. Weighing barely a gramme, this micromechanical masterpiece contains 98 components assembled by hand by only a handful of watchmakers, since there are only a rare few who have mastered the painstaking assembly of something so small and precise. As a reminder, its balance wheel oscillates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, a remarkable technical challenge in terms of precision.

From the height of mechanical complexity to pure jewellery

The iconic Jaeger‑LeCoultre Calibre 101 has stood the test of time and fashion, always lending itself well to women’s desires, which can sometimes change a little, sometimes a lot, and often passionately. As these two new versions in pink gold can attest. To best reflect the glamorous world of the Venice International Film Festival, the 101 Reine and the 101 Feuille are each adorned with 110 pavé diamonds (11 carats) for the Reine, and 167 pavé diamonds for the Feuille (10.3 carats), nestled against one another and arranged by hand at the Manufacture’s workshops. On the silvered opaline dial, two discreet Baton hands reflect eternal femininity. And could anything better enhance the union of mechanical perfection and jewellery excellence than pink gold? Sensuous, exquisitely feminine, and timeless, this precious metal is perfectly suited to its new starring role.

Where the 101 Reine is immediately recognisable as regal, the 101 Feuille is more mysterious, more secretive. Echoing a leaf’s delicacy, its lid, which takes the shape of a headdress, can be raised or closed at will, thanks to a secret mechanism, revealing or concealing the passage of time. Under the curves of its organic lines, adorned with brilliant-cut and baguette-cut diamonds, the dial of the watch is either hidden from the eyes or revealed to the light of day. An enchanting costume for this star of watchmaking mechanisms.

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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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