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Photo Report: WatchAnish NYC Calling x Roger Dubuis

This month, Swiss haute horology manufacture Roger Dubuis celebrates the one-year anniversary of the opening of its first US boutique, which is located on Madison Avenue in New York. To commemorate this, Roger Dubuis hired famous watch/lifestyle Instagrammer, Watch Anish, and his social media team, to produce a visual campaign showing off some of their uber-expensive wristwatches, in various lifestyle scenes around New York City.

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Black Friday: 10 Affordable Gift Ideas

Stefano Bemer Handmade Italian Watch Straps (pictured above), are available HERE starting at $290. The quality of the straps is on par with the shoes of the same name that can cost upwards of $2500. No machine stitching, everything is made by hand in Italy. Only the best leathers are used – exotic materials such as sharkskin, kudu, elephant, and horse leather are available as an option. If you prefer contrast stitching, quick release spring bars, special sizes, just ask – everything is possible. These are truly bespoke watch straps of the highest quality. We hope you enjoy this curated selection of affordable gift items even if not all are discounted or watch related! Valextra Pebble-Grain Leather Watch Roll $595 Stefano Bemer Brogue Hole Pattern Card Wallets $168 Topo Designs Daypack $169 Frederique Constant Analytics Clip $99 The Wristwatch Handbook

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Stefano Bemer Bespoke Italian Shoes, Belts, and Watch Straps

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Florentine shoemaker, Stefano Bemer, started his company in 1983 “with a goal no less ambitious than creating the perfect Italian shoe.” Starting by repairing shoes, he eventually taught himself – along with workshops and shoemaking courses – the many techniques required to make fine handmade shoes, and ultimately mastered his own signature technique. After his unfortunate passing in 2012, Tommaso Melani, whose family has owned a leather handbag business, in Florence, Italy (Firenze), based in a Monastery of Santa Croce since 1950, purchased Stefano Bemer, with a goal of maintaining what the founder had built, and further expanding the business around the world. Over the summer, I had a chance to meet with Melani, at his company’s New York City flagship, located in a penthouse showroom in one of the most prestigious sections of the Upper East Side. During our

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Wempe expands 5th Avenue flagship boutique

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Following a two-year, eight-million-dollar renovation Wempe recently reopened their New York City Flagship boutique, located at the corner of 55th Street and Fifth Avenue. Expanding from 2,500 to 5,500 square feet provides more space for and comfort for customers, a larger service area, and room for additional watches. Wempe Jewelers has been located on Fifth Avenue since 1980 when the German-based watch and jewelry retailer decided to expand to the US. It has been located in the famous Penisula building, across the street from the original location, since 1990. Interestingly, the store has load bearing pillars from the Penisula hotel, that are part of its architecture. According to Wempe, “The new interior concept was motivated by the desire to provide more open space for Wempe customers. Fine materials such as granite from the quarries around Verona have been used for

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The story behind the historic Cartier Fifth Avenue mansion

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Cartier was founded in Paris, France in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier. In over a century of operation, the company has acquired a long list of famous clients, from celebrities to royal families, many with interesting back stories. However, the sale of a pearl necklace to a businessman named Morton F. Plant in 1917 is one of the most important in the company’s history. Pierre Cartier 1910 In 1912, Pierre Cartier, the grandson of the Cartier founder, began searching for a location in New York City on par with Cartier’s rue de la Paix flagship in Paris and New Bond Street in London. He spent five years searching, and finally, in 1917 he found a neo-Renaissance style mansion situated in a prime Manhattan location that was exactly what he had envisioned. At the time, according to Cartier, “Pierre proposed the legendary

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Zenith El Primero Range Rover Hands-On

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Last Thursday, Zenith announced a special edition co-branded timepiece with Range Rover, available in two versions, one with a beige strap and the other with a dark blue strap, which we reported on here. And this past Monday, Jean-Claude Biver, (who is the Head of LVMH’s watch division, the interim-CEO of TAG Heuer, and an LVMH board member), travelled from Switzerland, along with Land Rover head of design, Gerry McGovern, to officially launch the new timepiece to New York press. As part of the event, which took place at the New York Edition Hotel, artist, Carlito Dalceggio, painted a number of Range Rover body parts that had been flown in from the London. Gerry McGovern and Jean-Claude Biver unveiling the new El Primero Range Rover Special Edition During the unveiling, Biver and McGovern, made it clear that this is a

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Zenith El Primero Range Rover

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Yesterday, Swiss watch manufacturer Zenith and British car manufacturer Land Rover announced a long-term partnership commitment, beginning with a limited edition El Primero Chronograph that features design cues that pay homage to the iconic Range Rover. Why did Zenith and Land Rover form a brand partnership? First, the two company’s most famous product lines, respectively, the El Primero and Range Rover, were created the same year: 1969. Furthermore, three years after, according to Zenith, “explorer John Blashford-Snell crossed the Darién Gap – an inhospitable marshland and virgin forest area on the border between Colombia and Panama – at the wheel of an early Range Rover and with an El Primero chronograph on his wrist.” Second, both companies have a similar clientele, and therefore, they decided it was a good strategic investment, especially considering that automobiles and wristwatches are two products

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Photo Report: Oris at the beach

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An Oris Divers 65 is my go to watch for wearing with short sleeves, going to pool parties or the beach. I really like vintage Tudor and Rolex Submariners but with old watches, you always worry about water entering the case. Not to mention, they are often in need of costly overhauls and repairs and are really not optimal in regards to durability like a modern Tudor or Rolex. Plus, they cost quite a bit more, especially in good condition. The Oris 65 solves the problem with modern wearability, durability, and they are more affordable to own (retail with the rubber strap is $1850). I continue to put the Oris through the paces. While I am not a diver, I do like to swim with my watch on, play football at the beach with the watch on my wrist, and

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Jonah Hill wears Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 on Tonight Show

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Last week, on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jonah Hill talked about how he accidentally sent Drake his food diary, instead of his doctor, as you can see in the video clip below. More importantly, though, he did so while wearing a stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus (Ref. 5711/1A-010), which is part of the current collection. Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A-010, stainless steel As a celebrity who can virtually afford any watch he wants, it shows excellent taste choosing the Nautilus. You can find countless famous people wearing Rolexes (including Hill), and that is not to say that a Rolex is a bad decision. But the Patek, clearly takes it up another level, and leads me to believe he has is a serious “watch guy.” Notably, Patek Philippe is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its iconic Gerald Genta designed Nautilus

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Frederique Constant launches Runabout watches, in downtown Manhattan, at the North Cove Marina

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Last month, Frederique Constant celebrated its continued partnership with the Riva Historical Society (which started in 2009), with the unveiling of two new limited edition Runabout watches, at the North Cove Marina, at Brookfield Place in Manhattan. The Riva Historical Society is a non-profit organization that was founded by architect Piero Maria Gibellini along with the engineer Carlo Riva and a group of friends with the goal of preserving Riva boats (which date back to as early at the 1920s). As part of this annual partnership, Frederique Constant annually promotes and commemorates the runabout boats with a nautical-inspired limited edition watch. The Runabout collection of watches, according to the manufacture, “fuse the best of classic Italian style with the latest technical innovation.” Both versions of the Runabout watches come in a 43 mm diameter case made of either stainless steel

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