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Memorial for Nicolas Hayek – Saturday

The Swatch Group will hold a public, commemorative ceremony in honor of Nicolas Hayek on Saturday, July 3 at the Kursaal Arena, located at Kornhausstrasse 3, 3013 in Bern. The general public is welcomed to attend.

Instead of flowers, the firm ask those persons who wish to commemorate Mr. Hayek to make a donation to “Médecins sans frontières” in Geneva, postal check 12-100-2 or bank account UBS 1211 Geneva 2, SWIFT CODE UBSWCHZH80A, IBAN CH18 0024 0240 3760 6600Q (“in commemoration of Nicolas G. Hayek”).


Written by kevin

June 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Concepto Watch Factory Caliber 2000

One Movement, 70 Variants

Inspired by the evergreen Valjoux 7750, Concepto’s vision of the Caliber 2000 is as a platform for various calibers.

The firm was created in 2006 by Valerien Jaquet and is based in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The firm employs 90 people and has the capacity to create five movement families, including a tourbillon, the Concepto C8000, which was much lauded when it was launched a few years ago.

The caliber 2000 family is comprised of both a cam and a column-wheel chronograph, either in a tri-compax or bi-compax version. It can also be done stand-alone as a retrograde display, a split-seconds chronograph, a power reserve indicator, as a moonphase, or as a GMT, with various complications depending on the client’s request.

Written by kevin

June 30, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Hermes Carre H

Limited Edition of 173 Pieces

Designed by noted French architect and designer Marc Berthier, who has worked with Lexon and Cassina, the new Carre H watch is an avant-garde addition to Hermes’ watch collection.

The case, in titanium, measures 36.5mm x 36.5mm. The crystal is an AR-coated sapphire (as is the display back) and it is water resistant to 30 meters.

Movement is the Swiss automatic Sowind/Girard-Perregaux caliber GP3200 with 32 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 44 hours.

MSRP is $15,000.

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June 30, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Audemars Piguet Golf Ambassador Cristie Kerr Wins Again

LPGA Championship Victory Makes Kerr the 1st American to Rank #1 on LPGA Tour

Another exciting victory for an Audemars Piguet golf ambassador with yesterday’s victory by Cristie Kerr at the LPGA Championship (the second major championship of the year) at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, NY. With this win she is adding a second Grand Slam title to her tally, after winning the US Women’s Open three years ago.

Kerr started the final day of the tournament with an 8-stroke lead and won by an incredible 12-strokes. Just two weeks ago, Kerr was victorious at the LPGA State Farm Classic. Kerr now becomes the first American to be No. 1 in the world rankings with this latest victory as well as only the fifth player to hold the No. 1 spot since the rankings were introduced in 2006.

“With Cristie’s win today, no other watch brand can say they have had as many tournament victories this year as Audemars Piguet. Cristie as well as our other golf ambassadors Anthony Kim, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, and Lee Westwood truly exemplify the brand’s core value of excellence. We are incredibly honored to support such remarkable talent.” says Philippe Merk, CEO of Audemars Piguet.

In addition to Cristie Kerr, the AP Golf Ambassador Team represents the company’s commitment to golf by gathering an array of exceptional players for the brand. The manufacturer’s illustrious pro-golfer roster includes Lam Chih Bing, Darren Clarke, Nick Faldo, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Shiv Kapur, Shingo Katayama, Anthony Kim, Thomas Levet, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Rocco Mediate, Morgan Pressel, Vijay Singh, DJ Trahan, and Lee Westwood.

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June 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Pierre DeRoche GrandCliff Milady Chronograph

The case, in stailess steel, measures 42.5mm. The bezel can be had with up to 64 diamonds. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 100 meters. The dial is done in a silvered sunray pattern with 4 sapphires and blued hands.

Movement is a Swiss automatic Dubois Depraz chronograph caliber with big date complication.

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June 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm

TX TechnoLuxury 650 GT Fly-Back Chronograph

The case, in stainless steel black PVD, with gold PVD accents, measures 47mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 100 meters.

Movement is a German quartz, of proprietary design by Timex, with 4 hour retrograde chronograph and second timezone.

MSRP starts at $650 to $775.

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June 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Nicolas G. Hayek 1928–2010 – R.I.P.

Biel/Bienne, 28 June 2010 – With deep sadness and regret we inform you that Mr. Nicolas G. Hayek, Chairman and Delegate of the Board of Directors of The Swatch Group Ltd. unexpectedly passed away today due to heart failure during work at his beloved Swatch Group.

Mr. Nicolas G. Hayek’s greatest merit was his enormous contribution to the saving of the Swiss watch industry and the foundation and the commercial development of the Swatch Group. Mr. Nicolas G. Hayek’s extraordinary vision enabled him to realize and ensure the sustainability of a strong watchmaking enterprise with high Swiss added value. He is rightly recognized as a leading entrepreneur in this country.

With the right personnel decisions, Mr. Nicolas G. Hayek also ensured that his ideas and beliefs will live on and that continuity is guaranteed in regard of shareholders, Board of Directors and the Group Management Board.


Source: Swatch Group

Written by kevin

June 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm

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