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June 2008

Jacob the Jeweler sentenced to 30 Months in Jail

Jacob Arabov, aka "Jacob the Jeweler," (pictured above) just got sentenced to 30 months in jail according to Women's Wear Daily.

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TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS Caliper Concept

The TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS Caliper Concept is quite an impressive concept. Featuring a world's first, the Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS is the only automatic chronograph capable of measuring and displaying 1/10ths of a second. A COSC-certified movement oscillates at an ultra high 36,000 vibrations per hour (vph), allowing the watch to measure 1/10th of a second intervals. The Calibre 36 RS is housed in a 43 mm in diameter case which has a black titanium carbide coating. There are "black gold" accents all over the dial of the watch including the indexes, TAG Heuer logo and the hands. The two rotating systems indicating the chronograph minutes at 3 o'clock and the chronograph hours at 6 o'clock systems also use black gold. The watch also features a Linear seconds display a 9 o'clock. Another innovative design

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NEWS: PPR (Gucci) to buy 23 pct of Swiss watchmaker Sowind (Girard-Perregaux/Jean Richard)

PARIS, June 9 (Reuters) - French retail group PPR (PRTP.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is buying a 23 percent stake in Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Sowind Group, which includes the Girard-Perregaux brand, PPR said on Monday. PPR (PRTP.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which owns fashion house Gucci, could increase its stake in Sowind as part of a long-term partnership which aims to help Gucci establish itself in the high-end watch segment. It gave no financial details. Sowind Chairman Luigi Macaluso will retain control of the group and will join Gucci's management committee. "We are convinced that this agreement will create a number of important synergies for our watch brands and their further development," Robert Polet, Gucci Group CEO, said in a press statement. The deal comes weeks after PPR rival LVMH (LVMH.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) agreed

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JEANRICHARD MV Agusta Chronoscope Brutale

JeanRichard and MV Agusta partnered together to produce two limited edition Chronoscope "Brutale" chronographs and a limited edition Jean Richard Brutale naked sports bike. The JeanRichard MV Agusta Chronoscope Brutale chronographs come in a choice of either steel/titanium and rubber or steel/rose gold and rubber. The case is 43mm in diameter and is water resistant to 30m/100ft. The dial uses carbon fiber, which highlights the three, motorcycle gauge inspired, counters. Red accents, a red "Brutale" logo and a red "MV Agusta" logo give the watch the finishing touch and a very aggressive look. A very precise self-winding mechanical in-house movement is used the JR 1000. A vintage black calfskin strap comes on both versions with a folding buckle made with either titanium or gold.

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White Casio Classic G-Shock

A Casio G-Shock Classic White DW6900FS-8 I ordered came in the mail last week and have had some time to wear it around and get a basic impression. As usual, I will make it very short. The adjustable buckle on the strap is very easy to use, although the material is not quite "natural rubber" quality, it is comfortable enough. The stopwatch function is easy to use as are all other functions. This is a very basic "Classic" so it does not have Atomic timekeeping, Altimeter, Barometer or any of the other high-tech G-Shock features. What it does have is a very unique and recognizable style that is hard not to like. Almost every time I wear it out I receive a compliment on the style or the color. People, including myself, really like the white color. It goes better

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N.O.A. (None of the Above)

N.O.A. (None of the Above) is a watch company that was founded in 2002 by 35-year old Nicola Andreatta. N.O.A. sells watches at the $3,000+ price point. The watches have very unique lines and are easy to distinguish as N.O.A. watches. I took these watch pictures during a meeting with the Owner and the President of the company during Baselworld. I like the quality and look of N.O.A. watches and I hope they continue to do well. Please hit the read link for five more original images.

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