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GUCCI LAUNCHES A NEW COLLABORATIVE PROJECT BASED  AROUND THE G-TIMELESS WATCH
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GUCCI LAUNCHES A NEW COLLABORATIVE PROJECT BASED AROUND THE G-TIMELESS WATCH

Watches Gucci has pioneered several collaborative projects, sharing its vision in the digital space. Now, House Creative Director Alessandro Michele has invited a number of visual artists from around the world to bring their personal and idiosyncratic perspectives to bear on the G-Timeless automatic watch.      Alessandro Michele asked different visual artists (illustrators, painters and digital artists) to indulge their imaginations and create artworks featuring various models of G-Timeless automatic watches. All were challenged to creatively interpret the watches in their own way, and to focus in particular on the element that makes the G-Timeless so distinctive: the motif of the bee, first introduced to Gucci in the 1970s,which is the key decorative feature on the stone dials of these timepieces, where it functions as every hour-marking index.     The artists truly represent the global community. While some, like Winnie Chi from China and Kieron Livingstone from the UK, have previously collaborated with Gucci, most are new discoveries for the House: like London-based Oh de Laval and Tishk Barzanji, Balfua from California, David Macho from Spain and Andrey Kasay from Russia. Other artists include the USA’s Margot Ferrick and UK’s Cambo, who have already had their artworks for this project previewed on Gucci’s Instagram as a teaser, together with Winnie Chi, who has presented an animation. Although each artist has brought a deeply personal eye to the project, all the pieces share a dreamy, surreal mood, perfectly in keeping with Gucci’s eclecticism.     The Gucci G-Timeless watch features a stone dial decorated with the House’s famous bees, while the transparent case back gives a glimpse of the automatic movement that powers the timepieces.     There are eight Swiss-made variations of the G-Timeless in all, with a 38mm or a 42mm case. Three models combine an 18kt yellow gold case with a black onyx, brown tiger eye or green malachite stone dial. Five further variants combine a steel case with a blue lapis stone dial or a black onyx stone dial.   #GucciTimepieces Gucci has pioneered several collaborative projects, sharing its vision in the digital space. Now, House Creative Director Alessandro Michele has invited a number of visual artists from around the world to bring their personal and idiosyncratic perspectives to bear on the G-Timeless automatic watch.      Alessandro Michele asked different visual artists (illustrators, painters and digital artists) to indulge their imaginations and create artworks featuring various models of G-Timeless automatic watches. All were challenged to creatively interpret the watches in their own way, and to focus in particular on the element that makes the G-Timeless so distinctive: the motif of the bee, first introduced to Gucci in the 1970s,which is the key decorative feature on the stone dials of these timepieces, where it functions as every hour-marking index.     The artists truly represent the global community. While some, like Winnie Chi from China and Kieron Livingstone from the UK, have previously collaborated with Gucci, most are new discoveries for the House: like London-based Oh de Laval and Tishk Barzanji, Balfua from California, David Macho from Spain and Andrey Kasay from Russia. Other artists include the USA’s Margot Ferrick and UK’s Cambo, who have already had their artworks for this project previewed on Gucci’s Instagram as a teaser, together with Winnie Chi, who has presented an animation. Although each artist has brought a deeply personal eye to the project, all the pieces share a dreamy, surreal mood, perfectly in keeping with Gucci’s eclecticism.     The Gucci G-Timeless watch features a stone dial decorated with the House’s famous bees, while the transparent case back gives a glimpse of the automatic movement that powers the timepieces.     There are eight Swiss-made variations of the G-Timeless in all, with a 38mm or a 42mm case. Three models combine an 18kt yellow gold case with a black onyx, brown tiger eye or green malachite stone dial. Five further variants combine a steel case with a blue lapis stone dial or a black onyx stone dial.   #GucciTimepieces

Cartier introduces their Pasha community
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Cartier introduces their Pasha community

Jewelry Rami Malek, Troye Sivan, Willow Smith, Maisie Williams and Jackson Wang: five authentic journeys, five accomplished talents captured by the New York fashion photographer Craig McDean.     With its distinctive codes and extraordinary design, the Pasha watch has always been for those who take a wider view of the world. This breadth of vision is shared by a new generation of talents who have cultivated their own uniqueness, like Maisie Williams, the English actress involved in various collaborative projects, or actor Rami Malek who is drawn to complex and captivating roles that don’t conform to Hollywood’s traditional standards. Personalities like the artists Troye Sivan or Willow Smith who rely on courage to assert themselves and have faith in their creativity and versatility; or in the desire to unite and connect young people, as shown by the success of the Chinese singer Jackson Wang.     “Since its creation in the 1980s, the Pasha watch has embodied a certain idea of success directly linked to its extroverted design, power and graphic nonconformism. It is as edgy as ever and in tune with today's new generation of creators. These new Pasha ambassadors owe their success to their differences, creativity, connection, multidisciplinary talents and generosity.” Arnaud Carrez, International Marketing and Communications Director of Cartier International     The Pasha de Cartier watch launches in China on 1st July and 4th September around the world. Available in 35 mm and 41 mm in steel, gold, vibrant diamond-set and skeleton movement versions. Rami Malek, Troye Sivan, Willow Smith, Maisie Williams and Jackson Wang: five authentic journeys, five accomplished talents captured by the New York fashion photographer Craig McDean.     With its distinctive codes and extraordinary design, the Pasha watch has always been for those who take a wider view of the world. This breadth of vision is shared by a new generation of talents who have cultivated their own uniqueness, like Maisie Williams, the English actress involved in various collaborative projects, or actor Rami Malek who is drawn to complex and captivating roles that don’t conform to Hollywood’s traditional standards. Personalities like the artists Troye Sivan or Willow Smith who rely on courage to assert themselves and have faith in their creativity and versatility; or in the desire to unite and connect young people, as shown by the success of the Chinese singer Jackson Wang.     “Since its creation in the 1980s, the Pasha watch has embodied a certain idea of success directly linked to its extroverted design, power and graphic nonconformism. It is as edgy as ever and in tune with today's new generation of creators. These new Pasha ambassadors owe their success to their differences, creativity, connection, multidisciplinary talents and generosity.” Arnaud Carrez, International Marketing and Communications Director of Cartier International     The Pasha de Cartier watch launches in China on 1st July and 4th September around the world. Available in 35 mm and 41 mm in steel, gold, vibrant diamond-set and skeleton movement versions.

CHANEL releases the J12·20 digital campaign
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CHANEL releases the J12·20 digital campaign

Watches Tick follows tock, follows tick follows tock; CHANEL counts every decisive second and this year celebrates its 20-year anniversary of the timeless J12 watch with the new limited edition: J12∙20.   For its 20th anniversary, the J12∙20 reinterprets the iconic codes of the House in 20 symbols. Gabrielle, Camélia, Comète & N°5, every reference is alive and embodies the spirit of Gabrielle Chanel: her passion, her audacity, always in movement and ahead of her time. It’s all about seconds.     #J12Turns20 #ItsAllAboutSeconds #CHANELWatches Tick follows tock, follows tick follows tock; CHANEL counts every decisive second and this year celebrates its 20-year anniversary of the timeless J12 watch with the new limited edition: J12∙20.   For its 20th anniversary, the J12∙20 reinterprets the iconic codes of the House in 20 symbols. Gabrielle, Camélia, Comète & N°5, every reference is alive and embodies the spirit of Gabrielle Chanel: her passion, her audacity, always in movement and ahead of her time. It’s all about seconds.     #J12Turns20 #ItsAllAboutSeconds #CHANELWatches

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How to make Montblanc's NATO strap?
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How to make Montblanc's NATO strap?

Watches The Montblanc 1858 collection is inspired by the heritage of Minerva. The design is anchored in the world of mountaineering, with distinctive features referring to the original 1930s chronographs. The vintage look can be finished with a NATO strap. Montblanc has been working together with Julien Faure, a French company specializing in woven straps since 1864, to create the NATO strap.     The collaboration with Julien Faure is a logical choice for Davide Cerrato, Managing Watch Director at Montblanc. Both Houses share the same values: preserving, celebrating and passing on craftsmanship, tradition and know-how. Moreover, they have a rich history and stand for quality, comfort and unique designs.     Julien Faure still works with machines from the 18th century and even has custom made machines so that the traditional methods were not lost, a choice they made in the 1970s as a result of technological innovations in the industry. With the old machines, the company can preserve the richness of the craft and is able to weave with techniques that are no longer possible on new, automatic machines.     The old machines make it possible to design a unique NATO strap for Montblanc. Extra light and flexible, including a blue and white striped design. The woven ribbon becomes a real watch strap by using a specific technique to create two “tunnels” in the strap to which the watch case can be attached.     More on MontBlanc.com The Montblanc 1858 collection is inspired by the heritage of Minerva. The design is anchored in the world of mountaineering, with distinctive features referring to the original 1930s chronographs. The vintage look can be finished with a NATO strap. Montblanc has been working together with Julien Faure, a French company specializing in woven straps since 1864, to create the NATO strap.     The collaboration with Julien Faure is a logical choice for Davide Cerrato, Managing Watch Director at Montblanc. Both Houses share the same values: preserving, celebrating and passing on craftsmanship, tradition and know-how. Moreover, they have a rich history and stand for quality, comfort and unique designs.     Julien Faure still works with machines from the 18th century and even has custom made machines so that the traditional methods were not lost, a choice they made in the 1970s as a result of technological innovations in the industry. With the old machines, the company can preserve the richness of the craft and is able to weave with techniques that are no longer possible on new, automatic machines.     The old machines make it possible to design a unique NATO strap for Montblanc. Extra light and flexible, including a blue and white striped design. The woven ribbon becomes a real watch strap by using a specific technique to create two “tunnels” in the strap to which the watch case can be attached.     More on MontBlanc.com

Bell & Ross releases their new watch
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Bell & Ross releases their new watch

Watches   Bell & Ross, the luxury watch company and ultimate reference for professional aviation timepieces, goes back to its origins in high-performance military instruments with a new interpretation of its iconic watch, the BR 03-92 HUD. Its Instruments collection is directly inspired by the aeronautical essential navigation tools of aircraft cockpits, and highlights Bell & Ross’ four fundamental requirements: legibility, functionality, precision and water-resistance.  Fully in line with this collection, the new BR03-92 HUD gets inspiration from the avionics displays of fighter jets equipped with the most cutting-edge technologies.      FROM THE COCKPIT TO THE WRIST    In 2005, the BR 01 was inspired by the cockpit clocks of 1970s airplanes. This iconic watch was designed using high-tech materials and complicationsreflecting the finest watchmaking craftsmanship.      Pushing its expertise to explore aeronautical navigation instruments further, Bell & Ross develops and innovate year after year with a collection of exclusive watches.  All of these models make up the instrument panel of an aircraft and offer both a completely new way of reading time and an uncompromising legibility – an absolute necessity for a professional use. It all started in 2010 with the BR 01 RADAR, followed by other singular references like the BR01 TURN COORDINATOR or BR 01 HEADING INDICATOR. In 2020, as part of its continuing quest for innovation and performance, the watchmakers at Bell & Ross turned their attention on the Head Up Display.  This new introduction completes this Flight Instruments family.     H.U.D - HEAD UP DISPLAY   The Head Up Display - also known as HUD - is a transparent glass screen that displays all information that are essential to fulfill a mission, in the pilot's visual field. For optimal effectiveness, its primary function is to keep the pilot focused on his target ahead without having to take the eyes off his line of sight.  Considered as both technological and safety equipment, the HUD takes on the augmented reality concept. With HUDs displaying digital data onto the windshield, pilots can be alerted about everything from the horizon line, altitude or speed to navigation aids such as the flight path vector – indicating the direction the jet is taking. As a result, this high-performance tool puts the emphasis on legibility and will guide the way day and night. In case of low visibility for instance or no matter the conditions, the screen will adjust in brightness and contrast to optimize the ambient lighting. Although it was originally used in the military field since the 1950’s, the HUD is now also frequently exploited in civil aviation and automobile industry. The military world has always been a pioneer in numerous fields. It has created an unquestionable expertise in the field of avant-garde technology and its innovations have had various applications in civilian life, such as the Internet, GPS or even the first business jet aircrafts.     Bell & Ross, the luxury watch company and ultimate reference for professional aviation timepieces, goes back to its origins in high-performance military instruments with a new interpretation of its iconic watch, the BR 03-92 HUD. Its Instruments collection is directly inspired by the aeronautical essential navigation tools of aircraft cockpits, and highlights Bell & Ross’ four fundamental requirements: legibility, functionality, precision and water-resistance.  Fully in line with this collection, the new BR03-92 HUD gets inspiration from the avionics displays of fighter jets equipped with the most cutting-edge technologies.      FROM THE COCKPIT TO THE WRIST    In 2005, the BR 01 was inspired by the cockpit clocks of 1970s airplanes. This iconic watch was designed using high-tech materials and complicationsreflecting the finest watchmaking craftsmanship.      Pushing its expertise to explore aeronautical navigation instruments further, Bell & Ross develops and innovate year after year with a collection of exclusive watches.  All of these models make up the instrument panel of an aircraft and offer both a completely new way of reading time and an uncompromising legibility – an absolute necessity for a professional use. It all started in 2010 with the BR 01 RADAR, followed by other singular references like the BR01 TURN COORDINATOR or BR 01 HEADING INDICATOR. In 2020, as part of its continuing quest for innovation and performance, the watchmakers at Bell & Ross turned their attention on the Head Up Display.  This new introduction completes this Flight Instruments family.     H.U.D - HEAD UP DISPLAY   The Head Up Display - also known as HUD - is a transparent glass screen that displays all information that are essential to fulfill a mission, in the pilot's visual field. For optimal effectiveness, its primary function is to keep the pilot focused on his target ahead without having to take the eyes off his line of sight.  Considered as both technological and safety equipment, the HUD takes on the augmented reality concept. With HUDs displaying digital data onto the windshield, pilots can be alerted about everything from the horizon line, altitude or speed to navigation aids such as the flight path vector – indicating the direction the jet is taking. As a result, this high-performance tool puts the emphasis on legibility and will guide the way day and night. In case of low visibility for instance or no matter the conditions, the screen will adjust in brightness and contrast to optimize the ambient lighting. Although it was originally used in the military field since the 1950’s, the HUD is now also frequently exploited in civil aviation and automobile industry. The military world has always been a pioneer in numerous fields. It has created an unquestionable expertise in the field of avant-garde technology and its innovations have had various applications in civilian life, such as the Internet, GPS or even the first business jet aircrafts.  

Cartier launches Cartier Watchmaking Encounters, a digital platform dedicated to its 2020 watchmaking novelties
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Cartier launches Cartier Watchmaking Encounters, a digital platform dedicated to its 2020 watchmaking novelties

Watches   In the absence of a major watchmaking fair this year, the Maison Cartier is launching www.cartierwatchmakingencounters.com, an international consumer website dedicated to this year’s watchmaking novelties, on April 25th, 2020. This edition will be placed under the sign of unexpected encounters between shapes and ideas, nurtured by the Maison and expressed through its watchmaking creations.   A DIGITAL DESTINATION TO DISCOVER THIS YEAR’S WATCHMAKING MASTER PIECES Visitors will be able to first discover, Pasha, the Maison’s cult watch since its inception in 1985, featured in a new interpretation. With its distinctive codes and outstanding design, Pasha pushes the boundaries of traditional watchmaking frameworks. Featuring an extrovert and generous character, Pasha showcases a strong graphic signature, with its square in a circle and its oversized Arabic numerals. A singularity that is reinforced by the “clous” de Paris, giving even more edge to its strap, and the screw-down crown cap attached to the case by a small chain, ensuring maximum visibility. A design highlight of Cartier, Pasha will be this year’s watchmaking statement for the Maison, starting with a launch in China this summer, followed by a worldwide activation early September.   In the absence of a major watchmaking fair this year, the Maison Cartier is launching www.cartierwatchmakingencounters.com, an international consumer website dedicated to this year’s watchmaking novelties, on April 25th, 2020. This edition will be placed under the sign of unexpected encounters between shapes and ideas, nurtured by the Maison and expressed through its watchmaking creations.   A DIGITAL DESTINATION TO DISCOVER THIS YEAR’S WATCHMAKING MASTER PIECES Visitors will be able to first discover, Pasha, the Maison’s cult watch since its inception in 1985, featured in a new interpretation. With its distinctive codes and outstanding design, Pasha pushes the boundaries of traditional watchmaking frameworks. Featuring an extrovert and generous character, Pasha showcases a strong graphic signature, with its square in a circle and its oversized Arabic numerals. A singularity that is reinforced by the “clous” de Paris, giving even more edge to its strap, and the screw-down crown cap attached to the case by a small chain, ensuring maximum visibility. A design highlight of Cartier, Pasha will be this year’s watchmaking statement for the Maison, starting with a launch in China this summer, followed by a worldwide activation early September.

Roger Dubuis releases Excalibur Twofold
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Roger Dubuis releases Excalibur Twofold

Watches Since 1995 Roger Dubuis manufacture is defined by “no limit” innovation, technical prowess, demanding savoir-faire and stylistic audacity.   Its integrated manufacture enables absolute technical mastery and true independence.Visionary designers push the limits together with incredible watchmakers to design non-conformist grand complications. They are given free rein to create and innovate without restraint. Roger Dubuis is constantly breaking codes and conventions to create the most expressive pieces of Haute Horology. Most Roger Dubuis Watches bear the Poinçon de Genève. Vivid proof of its excess in excellence, exclusivity, know-how, and performance. Requiring 40% additional production time, Roger Dubuis watches offer its aficionados 100% excess in excellence and beauty.   Excess in design Distinguished by this unleashed creativity, all timepieces are excessively technical and supremely extravagant. Roger Dubuis continuously places watchmaking technology at the service of aesthetics. Thus, using avant-garde materials inspired by other cutting-edge industries – such as Additive Manufacturing and Composite Material technologies– highlights even further the expressive singularity of the Maison. No limits in the design, no boundaries in the technical prowess. Just excess and beyond with Roger Dubuis.   Extravagance at every step Roger Dubuis embraces its disruptive attitude transcending trends and mass appeal. The undisputable choice for an exclusive tribe of rebellious hedonists who want to enjoy life to the fullest and who know that Roger Dubuis will offer them unforgettable and larger than life experiences. With excess. With insolence. Possessed by the freedom of extravagance.   Excalibur Twofold: a glacial touch of audacity and world premieres Playing with the highest standards of Haute Horlogerie, Roger Dubuis presents a new interpretation of its signature movement, the double flying tourbillon. The Excalibur Twofold is a perfect illustration of its expressive singularity and know-how that is even more striking in the dark. This incredible horological creation represents three world premieres. With a 45mm case, the glacial touch of Excalibur Twofold is enhanced by the bezel and the case created in Mineral Composite Fiber (MCF), an ultra-white composite material made of 99.95% silica and, specifically developed by Roger Dubuis. A never-yet seen prowess in the world of Haute Horlogerie. The Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) process mastered by Roger Dubuis engineers enables the Manufacture to play with this unique Mineral Composite Fiber. For the first time, a patented process was developed to light up every angle of the upper plate of the movement composed of MCF. Luminescent at night and lasting 60% longer than standard luminescent material commonly used. Lastly, the Twofold strap is made from a specific FKM rubber and is also luminescent, based on a world-first technology named “LumiSuperBiwiNova™” that makes part of the strap luminescent glow in the dark like a nocturnal signature. Combining lightness and resistance, this new technical masterpiece demands an extreme watchmaking savoir-faire.   Bearing the Poinçon de Genève, the Excalibur Twofold is a limited edition of eight pieces, an unparalleled proof of excessive rarity. The Maison once again relentlessly asserts its technical independence and radical aesthetic decisions. To excessive joy from its aficionados, Roger Dubuis proves to be the most exciting way to experience Hyper Horology.  Since 1995 Roger Dubuis manufacture is defined by “no limit” innovation, technical prowess, demanding savoir-faire and stylistic audacity.   Its integrated manufacture enables absolute technical mastery and true independence.Visionary designers push the limits together with incredible watchmakers to design non-conformist grand complications. They are given free rein to create and innovate without restraint. Roger Dubuis is constantly breaking codes and conventions to create the most expressive pieces of Haute Horology. Most Roger Dubuis Watches bear the Poinçon de Genève. Vivid proof of its excess in excellence, exclusivity, know-how, and performance. Requiring 40% additional production time, Roger Dubuis watches offer its aficionados 100% excess in excellence and beauty.   Excess in design Distinguished by this unleashed creativity, all timepieces are excessively technical and supremely extravagant. Roger Dubuis continuously places watchmaking technology at the service of aesthetics. Thus, using avant-garde materials inspired by other cutting-edge industries – such as Additive Manufacturing and Composite Material technologies– highlights even further the expressive singularity of the Maison. No limits in the design, no boundaries in the technical prowess. Just excess and beyond with Roger Dubuis.   Extravagance at every step Roger Dubuis embraces its disruptive attitude transcending trends and mass appeal. The undisputable choice for an exclusive tribe of rebellious hedonists who want to enjoy life to the fullest and who know that Roger Dubuis will offer them unforgettable and larger than life experiences. With excess. With insolence. Possessed by the freedom of extravagance.   Excalibur Twofold: a glacial touch of audacity and world premieres Playing with the highest standards of Haute Horlogerie, Roger Dubuis presents a new interpretation of its signature movement, the double flying tourbillon. The Excalibur Twofold is a perfect illustration of its expressive singularity and know-how that is even more striking in the dark. This incredible horological creation represents three world premieres. With a 45mm case, the glacial touch of Excalibur Twofold is enhanced by the bezel and the case created in Mineral Composite Fiber (MCF), an ultra-white composite material made of 99.95% silica and, specifically developed by Roger Dubuis. A never-yet seen prowess in the world of Haute Horlogerie. The Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) process mastered by Roger Dubuis engineers enables the Manufacture to play with this unique Mineral Composite Fiber. For the first time, a patented process was developed to light up every angle of the upper plate of the movement composed of MCF. Luminescent at night and lasting 60% longer than standard luminescent material commonly used. Lastly, the Twofold strap is made from a specific FKM rubber and is also luminescent, based on a world-first technology named “LumiSuperBiwiNova™” that makes part of the strap luminescent glow in the dark like a nocturnal signature. Combining lightness and resistance, this new technical masterpiece demands an extreme watchmaking savoir-faire.   Bearing the Poinçon de Genève, the Excalibur Twofold is a limited edition of eight pieces, an unparalleled proof of excessive rarity. The Maison once again relentlessly asserts its technical independence and radical aesthetic decisions. To excessive joy from its aficionados, Roger Dubuis proves to be the most exciting way to experience Hyper Horology. 

Cartier announces the finalists of the 2020 edition of the Cartier Women's Initiative
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Cartier announces the finalists of the 2020 edition of the Cartier Women's Initiative

Jewelry Since 2006, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has helped these women reach their full potential by shining a light on their achievements and providing them with the necessary financial, social and human capital support to grow their businesses and build their leadership skills. The program is open to women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aim to have a strong and sustainable social and environmental impact as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For the past 14 years, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has accompanied 240 promising female entrepreneurs hailing from 56 different countries and has awarded over US $3 million to support their businesses.   21 finalists – women social impact entrepreneurs running the top 3 businesses per region – were selected amongst 1200 applications from 162 countries.  It is the first time that countries such as Australia, Benin, Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden are represented in the program. The 7 laureates will be announced in early June 2020.     Sofie Blakstad, Denmark, Hiveonline Helps underserved micro-businesses get credit and access markets they couldn’t normally reach by creating a trust history based on facts and business actions. Anna-Sophie Hartvigsen, Denmark, Female Invest Promotes financial gender equality by educating women on investing and personal finances. Dora Palfi, Sweden, ImagiLabs Creating a community and mobile-first tools that make programming fun and relevant for teenage girls.     “Creating opportunities for women and empowering them is not only what we believe is right, it also tells who we are: a Maison both anchored in reality and open to the world, thus perfectly aware of our responsibility. A responsibility all the more important given these uncertain times. At Cartier, we believe it is crucial to support young businesses and start-ups through to a more stable period. And this is what we intend to keep doing, fully aware that these women are making a concrete and durable impact, therefore paving the way for a better future.” - Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier International   The laureate from each region will take home US $100,000 in prize money; whereas the second and third runner-ups will receive US $30,000.  Finally, the 7 laureates and 14 finalists will all benefit from financial advisory services, 1:1 strategy coaching, media visibility and international networking opportunities,  as well as the opportunity to join an INSEAD executive education program.   For more information on the program and footage of the fellows, please visit: www.cartierwomensinitiative.com Since 2006, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has helped these women reach their full potential by shining a light on their achievements and providing them with the necessary financial, social and human capital support to grow their businesses and build their leadership skills. The program is open to women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aim to have a strong and sustainable social and environmental impact as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For the past 14 years, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has accompanied 240 promising female entrepreneurs hailing from 56 different countries and has awarded over US $3 million to support their businesses.   21 finalists – women social impact entrepreneurs running the top 3 businesses per region – were selected amongst 1200 applications from 162 countries.  It is the first time that countries such as Australia, Benin, Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden are represented in the program. The 7 laureates will be announced in early June 2020.     Sofie Blakstad, Denmark, Hiveonline Helps underserved micro-businesses get credit and access markets they couldn’t normally reach by creating a trust history based on facts and business actions. Anna-Sophie Hartvigsen, Denmark, Female Invest Promotes financial gender equality by educating women on investing and personal finances. Dora Palfi, Sweden, ImagiLabs Creating a community and mobile-first tools that make programming fun and relevant for teenage girls.     “Creating opportunities for women and empowering them is not only what we believe is right, it also tells who we are: a Maison both anchored in reality and open to the world, thus perfectly aware of our responsibility. A responsibility all the more important given these uncertain times. At Cartier, we believe it is crucial to support young businesses and start-ups through to a more stable period. And this is what we intend to keep doing, fully aware that these women are making a concrete and durable impact, therefore paving the way for a better future.” - Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier International   The laureate from each region will take home US $100,000 in prize money; whereas the second and third runner-ups will receive US $30,000.  Finally, the 7 laureates and 14 finalists will all benefit from financial advisory services, 1:1 strategy coaching, media visibility and international networking opportunities,  as well as the opportunity to join an INSEAD executive education program.   For more information on the program and footage of the fellows, please visit: www.cartierwomensinitiative.com

The Breitling  launches Top Time Limited Edition
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The Breitling launches Top Time Limited Edition

Watches When the original Breitling Top Time was launched in the 1960's, it was a watch with a clear mission. Willy Breitling announced that his brand’s new watches were “particularly suited to the needs of the young and active professionals. We are designing a superb range of ultramodern chronographs, led by a completely new model, the Top Time.” The sports watch appealed to that demographic but also attracted young women, who were drawn to its bold new lines and its undeniable elegance. And now, Breitling is reintroducing the Top Time, a collectors’ favorite with one of the most recognizable dials in all of watchmaking.   More than half a century after introducing its Top Time watch, Breitling is launching an updated and upgraded model. Like the 1960's model that inspired it, the new Breitling Top Time has an unconventional design that makes a bold style statement. A first glance at the dial, which has long been known to collectors as the Zorro dial, makes it clear that this is a watch that doesn’t take itself too seriously. But that playful face doesn’t disguise the superb chronograph performance, which is pure Breitling.   Breitling CEO Georges Kern commented: “ When it was released more than 50 years ago, it was a watch that appealed to a younger audience committed to enjoying the freedom and the spirit of the 1960's, and, amazingly, after all this time, it continues to stand out. The Top Time is an important but often overlooked part of our heritage, and we know it’s going to resonate with men and women who love this blend of history, design, and great performance.”   Inside the Top Time’s 41-millimeter stainless-steel case is a Breitling Caliber 23 chronograph movement with a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. Its accuracy is confirmed by its status as a COSC-certi ed chronometer. The red hour and minute hands as well as the dot markers for each hour are coated with Super-LumiNova, a luminescent material that ensures legibility in all lighting conditions. Along with the central hour, minute, and chronograph second hands, the dial also features a decimal scale and two subdials – a small second counter at the 9 o’clock position and a 30-minute counter with unique red accents at 3 o’clock. The new Breitling Top Time’s modern retro look is perfectly complemented by its brown nubuck leather strap. This striking watch is limited to 2000 pieces, and its caseback is engraved with “ONE OF 2000.” One of the few features this new chronograph doesn’t have is a Geiger counter, unlike the Top Time handed to James Bond by Q in 1965’s Thunderball. The world’s favorite spy used the watch to avert a nuclear catastrophe by locating stolen missiles that had been hidden underwater. With 007, of course, style is always essen- tial, and owners of the new Breitling Top Time will have it in abundance. The Breitling Top Time Limited Edition will be the brand’s first watch offered with a blockchain-based digital passport, which confirms the authenticity and ownership of the watch with a single click. Owners can access the watch’s digital passport at any time and transfer ownership – if they choose to do so with a simple blockchain transaction. Offered in cooperation with Arianee, the digital passport will also complement Breitling’s innovative digital warranty program by offering the absolute security that can only be provided by a blockchain system. This cutting-edge technology, which makes it possible for customers to engage with the brand anonymously, allows Breitling to add new online services ranging from advanced clienteling to a revolutionary care program. The Breitling Top Time is scheduled for launch on Breitling’s e-commerce channel in March 2020 and will be available upon request from the brand’s global retail network at a later date.   Adding to the excitement surrounding the release of the new Top Time, a highly regarded London based street artist is designing a mural featuring the familiar Zorro dial. It can be seen on the corner of Redchurch Street and Ebor Street in the trendy Shoreditch area of East London from March 25 until May 20, 2020. The new Breitling Top Time: it’s hard to imagine a better way to express your personal style than with a truly great chronograph that will never be confused with any other watch! When the original Breitling Top Time was launched in the 1960's, it was a watch with a clear mission. Willy Breitling announced that his brand’s new watches were “particularly suited to the needs of the young and active professionals. We are designing a superb range of ultramodern chronographs, led by a completely new model, the Top Time.” The sports watch appealed to that demographic but also attracted young women, who were drawn to its bold new lines and its undeniable elegance. And now, Breitling is reintroducing the Top Time, a collectors’ favorite with one of the most recognizable dials in all of watchmaking.   More than half a century after introducing its Top Time watch, Breitling is launching an updated and upgraded model. Like the 1960's model that inspired it, the new Breitling Top Time has an unconventional design that makes a bold style statement. A first glance at the dial, which has long been known to collectors as the Zorro dial, makes it clear that this is a watch that doesn’t take itself too seriously. But that playful face doesn’t disguise the superb chronograph performance, which is pure Breitling.   Breitling CEO Georges Kern commented: “ When it was released more than 50 years ago, it was a watch that appealed to a younger audience committed to enjoying the freedom and the spirit of the 1960's, and, amazingly, after all this time, it continues to stand out. The Top Time is an important but often overlooked part of our heritage, and we know it’s going to resonate with men and women who love this blend of history, design, and great performance.”   Inside the Top Time’s 41-millimeter stainless-steel case is a Breitling Caliber 23 chronograph movement with a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. Its accuracy is confirmed by its status as a COSC-certi ed chronometer. The red hour and minute hands as well as the dot markers for each hour are coated with Super-LumiNova, a luminescent material that ensures legibility in all lighting conditions. Along with the central hour, minute, and chronograph second hands, the dial also features a decimal scale and two subdials – a small second counter at the 9 o’clock position and a 30-minute counter with unique red accents at 3 o’clock. The new Breitling Top Time’s modern retro look is perfectly complemented by its brown nubuck leather strap. This striking watch is limited to 2000 pieces, and its caseback is engraved with “ONE OF 2000.” One of the few features this new chronograph doesn’t have is a Geiger counter, unlike the Top Time handed to James Bond by Q in 1965’s Thunderball. The world’s favorite spy used the watch to avert a nuclear catastrophe by locating stolen missiles that had been hidden underwater. With 007, of course, style is always essen- tial, and owners of the new Breitling Top Time will have it in abundance. The Breitling Top Time Limited Edition will be the brand’s first watch offered with a blockchain-based digital passport, which confirms the authenticity and ownership of the watch with a single click. Owners can access the watch’s digital passport at any time and transfer ownership – if they choose to do so with a simple blockchain transaction. Offered in cooperation with Arianee, the digital passport will also complement Breitling’s innovative digital warranty program by offering the absolute security that can only be provided by a blockchain system. This cutting-edge technology, which makes it possible for customers to engage with the brand anonymously, allows Breitling to add new online services ranging from advanced clienteling to a revolutionary care program. The Breitling Top Time is scheduled for launch on Breitling’s e-commerce channel in March 2020 and will be available upon request from the brand’s global retail network at a later date.   Adding to the excitement surrounding the release of the new Top Time, a highly regarded London based street artist is designing a mural featuring the familiar Zorro dial. It can be seen on the corner of Redchurch Street and Ebor Street in the trendy Shoreditch area of East London from March 25 until May 20, 2020. The new Breitling Top Time: it’s hard to imagine a better way to express your personal style than with a truly great chronograph that will never be confused with any other watch!

New Heritage Watches With Vintage Flair
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New Heritage Watches With Vintage Flair

Watches Inspired by historical Minerva classic wristwatches from the 1940s and 50s and the spirit of neo- dandy style, Montblanc unveils three novelties within its Heritage product line, combining vintage aesthetics with distinctive colour associations and refined watch complications. The trend is for today’s stylish gentleman, fondly called neo-dandies, to be attentive to details that make a difference, whether it is the feel of a certain fabric, the cut of a jacket, the choice of colours, or the finishing touches to the ideal outfit. Genuinely passionate about sartorial details, these men master the art of being well dressed with flair and look for authenticity and aesthetic harmony, which can sometimes be anti-conformist. They embody the spirit of sophisticated elegance and are the essence of the Heritage product line. Paying tribute to historical and classic Minerva wristwatches from the 1940s and 1950s, theHeritage timepieces combine the elegance of watchmaking past with today’s bold design codes. The new models feature fully polished 40 mm and 42 mm cases, curved horns with facets, and are fitted with sapphire crystal glass boxes for an elegant vintage look. Reminiscent of the neo-dandy style, special attention has been paid to dials with distinctive colours, such as salmon, tobacco-brown, British-racing-green and they include technical finishes such as two-tone decoration, a domed-shape, and lacquer coatings that require dexterity and expertise to apply. Other details feature dots as indexes, curved Dauphine hands enhanced with SuperLuminova*, a rack minuterie with SuperLuminova small dots every five minutes, and old- school international payphone indications of 3, 6 and 9 minutes. In line with the collection’s spirit, the timepieces are adorned with Sfumato alligator straps of various colours from British-racing-green, to grey and tobacco-brown that complete the overall design. Like with all the Heritage timepieces, these new wristwatches are water resistant to 50 meters. *SuperLuminova is a registered trademark which does not belong to Montblanc   Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph Limited Edition 100 pieces The highlight of the Maison’s product line is the Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition 100, atimepiece inspired by what collectors call the ‘doctor’s watches’, that were used by doctors in the past to check a patient’s heart rate. Following the launch of the Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition with a salmon-coloured dial, the Maison is now unveiling a brand-new model in an 18 K rose gold 40 mm case with a distinctive smoked tobacco-brown dial and matching Sfumato alligator strap, reinforcing the trendy vintage style. On the case back, the sapphire crystal reveals the high level of hand-finishing of the Montblanc Manufacture monopusher chronograph Calibre MB M13.21. This high-end movement is composed of a large balance wheel with 18 screws that beats at the traditional frequency of 18,000 A/H, a column wheel and horizontal coupling, the iconic V-shaped chronograph bridge whose designed was patented in 1912, and the emblematic hand-decorated Minerva arrow. To match the 18 K rose gold case and the tobacco-brown dial, the calibre MB M13.21 features rose gold-coated plate and bridges. The refined tobacco-brown dial features several vintage design codes from the 1940s and 50s: a domed smoked lacquered dial with “grainé” hour ring and sunray finishes, 18 K rose gold-coated luminescent Arabic numerals and dots for indexes, 18 K rose gold-coated luminescent dauphine hour and minute hands, 18 K rose gold baton-shaped hands for the seconds and the chronograph indications, rack minuterie, and old school international payphone indications of 3, 6 and 9minutes on the chronograph’s minutes counter. The timepiece comes with a matching tobacco-brown Sfumato alligator strap, completing the overall vintage design.   Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph Joining the Heritage product line is this new edition in stainless steel with a salmon-coloured dial. The Heritage Monopusher Chronograph is one of the technical pillars of Minerva savoir-faire, offering an accessibly-priced model at the centre of the collection. This timepiece features the latest chronograph design with a domed, salmon-coloured dial with black rhodium-coated Arabic numerals and dots for indexes. Other features include a blue rack minuterie, black rhodium- coated luminescent dauphine hands for the hours and minutes, and contrasting blued steel baton hands for the seconds and the chronograph indications, providing great visibility. A closer look at the minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock reveals an indicator for 3, 6 and 9 minutes – a vintage touch from the days when we used coin-operated telephones and needed to track the length and cost of a call. This timepiece comes in a 42 mm stainless steel case with polished and satin-finishes, curved horns, a domed sapphire glass box, and the distinctive Minerva Manufacture embossing on the case back. The timepiece is completed with a matching grey Sfumato alligator strap from the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy.   Montblanc Heritage Automatic The new Montblanc Heritage Automatic comes in 18 K yellow gold with a brand-new lacquered British-racing-green dial and matching Sfumato alligator strap for a vintage look. This new colour combination is enhanced by yellow gold details on the dial, including 18 K yellow gold-coated curved Dauphine hands that have been enhanced with SuperLuminova, along with applied Arabic numerals and dots for indexes that are also in yellow gold. Providing great flair, the dial has been lacquered – a technique that requires expertise and dexterity. The 40 mm case is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal and an elegant British-racing-green Sfumato strap from the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy. Like all the Montblanc Heritage Automatic models, the timepiece is powered by the Calibre MB 24.27, an automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve, and is water resistant to 50 metres.   Montblanc - A true watchmaker since 1858 Montblanc watchmaking is built on a unique set-up that brings two manufactures together, based in Le Locle and in Villeret, in the Swiss Jura mountains. The Montblanc watchmaking story began in 1858 when Mr. Charles-Ivan Robert founded a watch workshop in the Saint-Imier valley. This marked the beginning of the historic Minerva era. Already during the end of the 19th century, pocket watches started to gain some fame for their crownwinding system. But the Minerva Manufacture’s most flourishing years brought them to be recognized as one of the 20th ’s century leading specialists in professional watches (stopwatches & chronographs) for measuring small intervals of time with high precision. Today, Montblanc timepieces continue the journey of Minerva’s over 160-year legacy in four fine watchmaking explorations: the Montblanc Star Legacy, the Montblanc 1858, the Montblanc TimeWalker and the Montblanc Heritage product lines, all linking the past and the present through design, style and technical innovation.   available from June 2020 on.   more on: montblanc.com   Inspired by historical Minerva classic wristwatches from the 1940s and 50s and the spirit of neo- dandy style, Montblanc unveils three novelties within its Heritage product line, combining vintage aesthetics with distinctive colour associations and refined watch complications. The trend is for today’s stylish gentleman, fondly called neo-dandies, to be attentive to details that make a difference, whether it is the feel of a certain fabric, the cut of a jacket, the choice of colours, or the finishing touches to the ideal outfit. Genuinely passionate about sartorial details, these men master the art of being well dressed with flair and look for authenticity and aesthetic harmony, which can sometimes be anti-conformist. They embody the spirit of sophisticated elegance and are the essence of the Heritage product line. Paying tribute to historical and classic Minerva wristwatches from the 1940s and 1950s, theHeritage timepieces combine the elegance of watchmaking past with today’s bold design codes. The new models feature fully polished 40 mm and 42 mm cases, curved horns with facets, and are fitted with sapphire crystal glass boxes for an elegant vintage look. Reminiscent of the neo-dandy style, special attention has been paid to dials with distinctive colours, such as salmon, tobacco-brown, British-racing-green and they include technical finishes such as two-tone decoration, a domed-shape, and lacquer coatings that require dexterity and expertise to apply. Other details feature dots as indexes, curved Dauphine hands enhanced with SuperLuminova*, a rack minuterie with SuperLuminova small dots every five minutes, and old- school international payphone indications of 3, 6 and 9 minutes. In line with the collection’s spirit, the timepieces are adorned with Sfumato alligator straps of various colours from British-racing-green, to grey and tobacco-brown that complete the overall design. Like with all the Heritage timepieces, these new wristwatches are water resistant to 50 meters. *SuperLuminova is a registered trademark which does not belong to Montblanc   Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph Limited Edition 100 pieces The highlight of the Maison’s product line is the Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition 100, atimepiece inspired by what collectors call the ‘doctor’s watches’, that were used by doctors in the past to check a patient’s heart rate. Following the launch of the Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition with a salmon-coloured dial, the Maison is now unveiling a brand-new model in an 18 K rose gold 40 mm case with a distinctive smoked tobacco-brown dial and matching Sfumato alligator strap, reinforcing the trendy vintage style. On the case back, the sapphire crystal reveals the high level of hand-finishing of the Montblanc Manufacture monopusher chronograph Calibre MB M13.21. This high-end movement is composed of a large balance wheel with 18 screws that beats at the traditional frequency of 18,000 A/H, a column wheel and horizontal coupling, the iconic V-shaped chronograph bridge whose designed was patented in 1912, and the emblematic hand-decorated Minerva arrow. To match the 18 K rose gold case and the tobacco-brown dial, the calibre MB M13.21 features rose gold-coated plate and bridges. The refined tobacco-brown dial features several vintage design codes from the 1940s and 50s: a domed smoked lacquered dial with “grainé” hour ring and sunray finishes, 18 K rose gold-coated luminescent Arabic numerals and dots for indexes, 18 K rose gold-coated luminescent dauphine hour and minute hands, 18 K rose gold baton-shaped hands for the seconds and the chronograph indications, rack minuterie, and old school international payphone indications of 3, 6 and 9minutes on the chronograph’s minutes counter. The timepiece comes with a matching tobacco-brown Sfumato alligator strap, completing the overall vintage design.   Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph Joining the Heritage product line is this new edition in stainless steel with a salmon-coloured dial. The Heritage Monopusher Chronograph is one of the technical pillars of Minerva savoir-faire, offering an accessibly-priced model at the centre of the collection. This timepiece features the latest chronograph design with a domed, salmon-coloured dial with black rhodium-coated Arabic numerals and dots for indexes. Other features include a blue rack minuterie, black rhodium- coated luminescent dauphine hands for the hours and minutes, and contrasting blued steel baton hands for the seconds and the chronograph indications, providing great visibility. A closer look at the minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock reveals an indicator for 3, 6 and 9 minutes – a vintage touch from the days when we used coin-operated telephones and needed to track the length and cost of a call. This timepiece comes in a 42 mm stainless steel case with polished and satin-finishes, curved horns, a domed sapphire glass box, and the distinctive Minerva Manufacture embossing on the case back. The timepiece is completed with a matching grey Sfumato alligator strap from the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy.   Montblanc Heritage Automatic The new Montblanc Heritage Automatic comes in 18 K yellow gold with a brand-new lacquered British-racing-green dial and matching Sfumato alligator strap for a vintage look. This new colour combination is enhanced by yellow gold details on the dial, including 18 K yellow gold-coated curved Dauphine hands that have been enhanced with SuperLuminova, along with applied Arabic numerals and dots for indexes that are also in yellow gold. Providing great flair, the dial has been lacquered – a technique that requires expertise and dexterity. The 40 mm case is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal and an elegant British-racing-green Sfumato strap from the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy. Like all the Montblanc Heritage Automatic models, the timepiece is powered by the Calibre MB 24.27, an automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve, and is water resistant to 50 metres.   Montblanc - A true watchmaker since 1858 Montblanc watchmaking is built on a unique set-up that brings two manufactures together, based in Le Locle and in Villeret, in the Swiss Jura mountains. The Montblanc watchmaking story began in 1858 when Mr. Charles-Ivan Robert founded a watch workshop in the Saint-Imier valley. This marked the beginning of the historic Minerva era. Already during the end of the 19th century, pocket watches started to gain some fame for their crownwinding system. But the Minerva Manufacture’s most flourishing years brought them to be recognized as one of the 20th ’s century leading specialists in professional watches (stopwatches & chronographs) for measuring small intervals of time with high precision. Today, Montblanc timepieces continue the journey of Minerva’s over 160-year legacy in four fine watchmaking explorations: the Montblanc Star Legacy, the Montblanc 1858, the Montblanc TimeWalker and the Montblanc Heritage product lines, all linking the past and the present through design, style and technical innovation.   available from June 2020 on.   more on: montblanc.com  

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