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Omega Nato Flag Straps

As the official timekeeper of the Olympics, Omega has announced a new line of nylon Nato straps that are inspired by flags of the nations competing. There are 18 countries available, plus six straps in the colors of the Olympic rings.

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Jason Pitsch

Bucherer Acquires Tourneau

Jason Pitsch

As recently as last week, I was hearing rumors that suggested Bucherer would soon acquire Tourneau. Today, those rumors came true, and Bucherer, Europe’s largest watch retailer, with 33 stores (16 in Switzerland, 10 in Germany, 1 in Vienna, 1 in Paris, and 4 in London), adds Tourneau’s 28 stores (all in the US) to their portfolio. Tourneau has been around since 1900 and similar to Bucherer was the largest watch retailer in their respective market, the United States. However, in recent years, as the business model has shifted, Tourneau has declined and so they had been looking for a suitor, presumably, for a long time. The acquisition makes sense, depending on the price of the deal, as the watch business is going through a serious period of changes right now (namely the adaptation of Ecommerce, the threat of smartwatches,

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IWC Opens Pilot's Bar "Les Aviateurs" in Geneva

Earlier this month, IWC opened the Les Aviateurs bar next to its newly opened (summer 2017) boutique on Rue du Rhône in Geneva. The decor has been designed to look like what IWC refers to as an “exclusive gentlemen’s club” with the same Pilot theme seen around the world at the Schaffhausen-based watchamker’s boutiques. The bar features IWC Pilot’s watch themed cocktails created by high-end department store Globus that has partnered with IWC for this unique retail/bar concept. “The bar was designed by IWC and gastronomy partner Globus in the hopes that it will become established as a meeting place for style-conscious gourmets from around the world. Characterized by dark wood and leather, the interior is reminiscent of the legendary gentlemen’s clubs from the 1920s and 1930s, where pilots spoke of their experiences in the air. The carefully designed furnishings

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Omega announces E-Commerce plans ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Jason Pitsch

The inevitable roll-out of official online sales by luxury watchmakers continues. Just last Monday, likely in anticipation of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the entire weekend of condensed online selling, Omega announced their intentions to move into E-Commerce (exclusively in the United States at launch). Tourneau had actually made the announcement that they were selling Omega watches online a few days before. In addition to Tourneau, at least one other retailer, Manfredi Jewels, in Connecticut, already has Omega watches available for direct purchase online. And all authorized Omega retailers in the US are now allowed to sell online at their discretion. This is very similar to what TAG Heuer has already been doing for years – that is selling on their own site plus allowing authorized retailers to choose if they want to also sell online. With giants such as

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Black Friday: 10 Affordable Gift Ideas

Stefano Bemer Handmade Italian Watch Straps (pictured above), 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 $85 Hestra Gloves

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Stefano Bemer Bespoke Italian Shoes, Belts, and Watch Straps

Jason Pitsch

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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Cartier's newly renovated 653 Fifth Avenue Mansion

Jason Pitsch

Cartier’s three premiere worldwide flagships boutiques are in Paris, London, and New York, respectively. Following a massive storewide renovation that required closing the New York flagship 653 Fifth Avenue location, which began in 2014 – as of September 7th, 2016 – the Cartier Mansion is now open for business again. To put it in further perspective, during the renovation, Cartier built-out a temporary store at 767 5th Avenue (just behind the 5th Avenue Apple Store) to sustain sales and service their elite clientele during the renovation. Interestingly, that store did so well, that they are keeping it open, along with the flagship Mansion, even though the locations are only 7 blocks apart. After almost a century at 653 Fifth Avenue, Cartier will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017. Below are interior shots, provided by Cartier, of each of the unique

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The story behind the historic Cartier Fifth Avenue mansion

Jason Pitsch

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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Photo Report: Seiko opens Miami Design District boutique

Jason Pitsch

Last week, Seiko Corporation of America held the grand opening of its second United States boutique – which is also Seiko’s 71st boutique worldwide – in Miami’s Design District. The opening event was held at Michael’s Genuine in Miami, hosted by Seiko Corporation of America Chairman Akio Naito, and attended by over 100 guests. The Design District is known for its destination shopping that includes the world’s most prestigious brands and fittingly the new store primarily focuses on Seiko’s prestigious collections, including Grand Seiko, Astron, and Credor. It will also showcase collections never before sold in the US, including Presage, and various boutique exclusives within the US, including the Prospex collection. “The opening of our Miami Seiko Boutique truly signifies the beginnings of Seiko’s position as a permanent global leader in the timepiece industry. This boutique is a showcase of

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Josh Shanks

Hamilton Jeweler’s Watch Fair in Princeton, NJ

Josh Shanks

Since their founding in 1912, Hamilton Jewelers has been selling the finest jewelry and timepieces to clients from all walks of life. Their main store in Princeton, New Jersey is a local landmark, steps away from the esteemed halls of Princeton. Hamilton started their watch fairs over a decade ago in an effort to open their doors to casual and serious watch collectors. The fair at their Princeton location is an experience that you don’t want to miss. Last year, I had the pleasure of attending the watch fair at their Princeton location. Hamilton rolled out the red carpet (literally) for our group of collectors and social media influencers. We spent the day talking to brand representatives from around the world that flew in to work alongside Hamilton’s sales staff. Hamilton provided refreshments and special financing for the many people

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