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The BEST Men’s Watch is…… The Cartier Rotonde Central Chronograph via [revo-online and perpetuelle.com]

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2009 REVOLUTION AWARDS
Presenting the world’s most outstanding watches by jack forster


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The 2009 REVOLUTION Awards  have a special significance.  Excellence is always a rare commodity, but in 2009, in many ways, it was more than ever the  difficult choice. For the companies and watch-industry persons  selected, perhaps the most  distinctive and distinguishing common trait is the affirmation  evidenced by their work that, for them, excellence is the only choice.
Juried assessments of works of art or design necessarily reveal as much about the prejudices of the jurors as they do about the quality  of the nominees.
The REVOLUTION Awards,  therefore, can’t be taken as a complete representative of the best in watchmaking — rather, it represents a necessary compromise between our objective
judgments, and our individual tastes. For nearly a thousand years, mechanicalhorology has been the point of convergence of the most advanced technology and the most elaborate and sophisticated craftsmanship in the history of civilization. And there is a fascination to watchmaking that goes to the very heart of human curiosity. Mechanical horology, far  from being put to rest either by advances in technology or the vagaries of economics, is now more vital than perhaps at any time in its long history. While it’s customary to refer to the recipients
of awards as honorees, we can’t help but feel that we are the ones who are honored to be able to consider such a feast of horology as presents itself to us every year. And this year, especially, rather than toot our own horn, we’d rather offer up the 2009 REVOLUTION Awards as a gesture of deep thanks and gratitude to the recipients, whose hard work and genius are responsible for the magical little machines that continue to charm us all.
It’s a sign of how strong watchmaking is, and of its enduring appeal, that every year, the number of truly worthy potential nominees vastly outnumbers the actual award winners. That said, we can’t help but feel that our final selections have something special that sets them apart. You, of course, will agree or disagree according to your own disposition. But we’re just as grateful  for differences of opinion as we are for the masterful timepieces we write about. After all, if it weren’t for diversity of taste, those of us who write about it would be out of a job!

The 2009 REVOLUTION Awards  have a special significance.  Excellence is always a rare commodity, but in 2009, in many ways, it was more than ever the  difficult choice. For the companies and watch-industry persons  selected, perhaps the most  distinctive and distinguishing common trait is the affirmation  evidenced by their work that, for them, excellence is the only choice.
Juried assessments of works of art or design necessarily reveal as much about the prejudices of the jurors as they do about the quality  of the nominees.
The REVOLUTION Awards,  therefore, can’t be taken as a complete representative of the best in watchmaking — rather, it represents a necessary compromise between our objective
judgments, and our individual tastes. For nearly a thousand years, mechanicalhorology has been the point of convergence of the most advanced technology and the most elaborate and sophisticated craftsmanship in the history of civilization. And there is a fascination to watchmaking that goes to the very heart of human curiosity. Mechanical horology, far  from being put to rest either by advances in technology or the vagaries of economics, is now more vital than perhaps at any time in its long history. While it’s customary to refer to the recipients
of awards as honorees, we can’t help but feel that we are the ones who are honored to be able to consider such a feast of horology as presents itself to us every year. And this year, especially, rather than toot our own horn, we’d rather offer up the 2009 REVOLUTION Awards as a gesture of deep thanks and gratitude to the recipients, whose hard work and genius are responsible for the magical little machines that continue to charm us all.
It’s a sign of how…

A Closer Look at the Cartier Rotonde Central Chronograph
by Kyle

With its iconic watch collections such as the Tank and the Santos, Cartier has long been a brand whose watches tend to appeal to those more interested in high fashion and social status than to the true fans of fine mechanical watches and high watchmaking. However, at the 2009 SIHH Cartier introduced several exciting new models as well as its own in-house movements – all in an attempt to garner greater respect for itself in the world of “haute horlogerie“.

One of my favorites that Cartier introduced was the Cartier Rotonde Central Chronographe.  The distinguishing feature of this watch, as its name implies, is its innovative central chronograph function.  The clever design elements of this watch are subtle, but if you take a moment to understand them you will likely be impressed.

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier central chronograph

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Rotonde de Cartier 9907 MC calibre

If you look closely at the dial you can see that the hours and minutes use blued hands which are invisible save for the tips.  This is unlike almost any “normal” watch in which the hands extend all the way to the center of the dial.  As for the chronograph function, a slim blued seconds hand begins to track the time when the push-piece is pressed, while the large counter in the form of an arc records each of its revolutions up to thirty minutes. The simple genius here being that the hands indicating the time never obscure those of the chronograph!

Perpetuelle.com partner TheTimeTV recently released a video which covers the 2009 Cartier Collection.  If you watch the video here you will get a “real world” look at the Cartier Rotonde Central Chronograph watch – among several neat watches that Cartier introduced this year!


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Survival of The Chic: Using the Timeless Currency of Luxury Watches Abroad, via [revo-online]

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The Watch As Currency

Paper, plastic or Patek? Luxury watches may very well be the
most stable currency in the world By Lyn Yip   Do you remember the
first time you heard the name Rolex? Neither do I. Rolex has become
such a household name that its incorporation into our vocabulary is
almost as vague as our memory of learning our mother tongue. We
remember the occasion of our first profanities with much more dramatic
recall. (But of course, it’s considerably safe to assume no one ever
threatened to wash anyone’s mouth out with Monkey Brand soap for
uttering “Rolex Submariner”.)     Not only has Rolex mysteriously
seeped into our consciousness/subconscious, it is also pinned beside
its bosom buddies Giant Wad of Cash, Gold Bars, and Limitless Credit
Cards. The thing is, Rolex exists in the top drawer of our minds along
with all the other things we associate with high economic value, like
Ferraris, Porsches and beachfront property. And here’s the interesting
thing: while Rolex does produce top-drawer luxury timepieces affordable
only to a minor percentage of the world’s population, in reality, the
pieces usually cost less than a luxury sports car or beach house. The
Rolex brand never fails to ring with an echoing “ka-ching” of perceived
cash value, often in proportions that far exceed its actual market
price. How’s that for some kick-ass branding?   It doesn’t end at cash
value either — apparently, if you find yourself lost and hungry in the
Kalahari Desert, your Rolex could be the only thing that could score
you a nice long drink from a Bushman’s ostrich eggshell (the Bushmen
are widely known to be hunters and gatherers, so the value of cash and
gold is pretty much lost on them). This connection between Rolex and
the Bushmen probably came about because of a South African conservation
scientist named Louis…


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Top 7 Luxury Flash Websites via [FlashMintBlog]

Flash Websites In The Luxury World

It is not a secret that Flash has invaded all possible aspects of our life enhancing any issue it touches upon. Whether you pursue personal or commercial goals are concerned about business or education – Flash is a solution that will always satisfy your requirements beyond doubt offering constantly improved technologies and techniques. It is considered to be prestigious for a company to own a high grade interactive website for representing the products and services in the most efficient way within live and dynamic web pages developed in compliance with contemporary web design trends. To make it obvious and let you estimate the importance and prestige of Flash web pages we want to offer you a compilation of luxury  Jewelry websites owned by the worldwide known jewel brands.

Rolex

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Rolex is a Sweden world famous name in luxury watches distinguished by unchallenged prestige and quality. Loading the web pages of its official website you won’t be surprised – the unmatched style and elegance are present even here. Pompous design, smooth navigation and incredible beauty of exclusive watches amaze and make an astounding impression.

Favero

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This is a website of an Italian jewelry brand Favero which strikes by clean and beautiful design with prevalent white color. It possesses easy and friendly browsing which allows you to have a detailed look at every gem as if it is in your hands.

Van Cleef & Arpels

jewelry flash site

The flying butterflies which you can see while loading Van Cleef & Arpels website evoke a pleasant atmosphere of something beautiful to follow. And its true – every page you turn is filled with bewitching elegance of fabulous French jewels.

Graff Diamonds

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Graff Diamonds is an English jewelry brand which website possesses simple but very usable Flash design allowing you to browse its pages with simple clicks.

Piaget

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Loading the Piaget interactive web pages you appear in the luxury world of flashing splendor. Its black background highlights the delicate style and makes any item look more vivid and magnificent.

Chopard

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Sweden famous manufacturer of high-jewelry and watches, Chopard, welcomes you to enter its unmatched web pages to make sure Chopard stays second to none in every way. The irreproachable design and stunning visual presentation will astound you from the first click.

Damiani

Top 7 Luxury Flash Websites

A website of Italian jewelry brand Damiani stands out against a background of others by rich interactive design which amazes by professionalism and premium quality just like every gem created by Damiani.

We hope you made sure once again that Flash is not only a modern and popular technology but also a luxurious solution which can satisfy your any web design needs. If you have some thoughts to share we will be glad to hear your opinion!


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Garden Variety Gems via [More]

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Bright and Beautiful Accessories

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Catch these turn-of-the-season blooms,
done up in glittering jewels, flirty flowers and pops of the best
spring shades.

Desert Roses with Luxury Appeal

Want to get your hands on one of these beauties? Read on!



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Lovely Thou Art Nouveau Jewelry… Inspired by Nature. via [Trend de La Trend]


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Peacock Nouveau

Art Nouveau Peacock Mirror

 

My obsession with all things Art Nouveau is the likely culprit behind my love of peacocks. From the 1880’s to the 1901’s, Art Nouvveau was an attempt to redefine the meaning and nature of art (making the duty of art not to overlook any everyday object, no matter how utilitarian it might be). The result was a merging of fact and fiction, overlayed with impeccable attention to detail.

Art Nouveau Peacock Maiden Ring

 

Jewelry of the Art Nouveau period revitalized the jeweler’s art, with nature as the principal source of inspiration, complemented by new levels of virtuosity in enameling and the introduction of new materials, such as opals and semi-precious stones. Principal subjects were lavish birds and flowers, insects and polyformic femme fatale. But, it’s the peacock that keeps my coming back for more.

Peacock Collection Ring by Barbara Bixby ~ Silver Peacock Branch Ring

Craftsman Topaz Peacock Ring ~ Multi-Gemstone Peacock Ring

Peacock Ring by Mars & Valentine ~ Peridot Peacock Ring by Pade Vavra

Labrodite Peacock Ring by Pippa Small ~ Wind River Headdress Ring by Pade Vavra

Peacock Ring by Hot Cakes ~ Art Nouveau Peacock Ring at missmisa.com

Majestic Turquoise Peacock Ring ~ Onyx Peacock Ring by Amy Kahn Russell

Luck Be a Ladybug

If there was ever a bug that didn’t send my hands into a heightened state of panic, it would have to be the ladybug. In the springtime, they devote themselves to several days of eating and frenzied mating (the females sometimes feeding and breeding at the same time) only to die from exhaustion. Not until after they lay their eggs, of course (which would totally defeat the purpose of crazed sexual encounters). Who knew these delicate creatures were such little sluts?

Ladybug Watch by Zadora

Funny thing is, the ladybug got it’s name from it’s divine association with the Virgin Mary. During the Middle Ages, when swarms of insects were destroying entire crops, the farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon thereafter the Ladybugs came, devouring the plant-destroying pests and saving the crops. The farmers called these beautiful insects “The Beetles of Our Lady,” and over time, they eventually became known as Ladybugs.

White Gold & Sapphire Ladybug Pendant by Forzieri

Pink Sapphire and Diamond Ladybug Ring

Enamel Ladybug Charm by Thomas Sabo

Silver & Peridot Ladybug Ring by Zoli Jewelry

Les Nereides Green Ladybug Ring

Ladybug Ring by Sevan Bicakci

Ladybug Ring by April Higashi

Currently Obsessed With: Claw Couture

Victorian “Raj Era” Tiger Claw Earrings circa 1880

 

Contrary to popular belief, Crocodile Dundee did not usher in the “claw as jewelry” trend. Tiger claw jewelry came into vogue with the British colonization of India from 1858 to 1947. This period, known as the British Raj (Hindi for ‘rule’), was a time when clever [scumbag] entrepreneurs created a market which catered to the tastes of souvenir collecting British Victorians. This style of jewelry, now referred to as “Raj” died out in the early 1900’s (and with it thousands of unsuspecting lions, tigers, and a myriad of other clawed creatures).

The claw is now experiencing a resurgence in popularity, with designers pushing the aesthetic of sophisticated savagery into uncharted territory. Thankfully, no animals were harmed in the making of these new pieces. (For those of you partial to birds, click here for last month’s bird claw feature.)

Pretty Young Thing Rings by Arlene Guerra

Ester Ventura Puente Ring at thenomadeye.com
Pippa Small Labrodite Claw Ring at brownsfashion.com

Alkemie Claw and Skull Necklace at econsciousmarket.com



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Haute Joallierie: PIAGET Limelight Watches via [Luxist]

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Piaget Limelight Twice Reversible Diamond Watches


Sort of like getting two expensive watches for the price of one very expensive watch right? No, not quite, but you do get a “day” and “night” side for both the evening and daytime character of the timepiece. Piaget always like to play around with luxury designs when it comes to the Limelight series. Not being particularly en vogue right now among women’s watches, I found it interesting for them to release a reversible watch. The timepiece has two complete dials, each with its own Piaget 56P quartz movement that is independently adjustable. Theoretically you have a watch with two timezones as well.

The watch case is in 18k white gold with a “hidden” time adjuster for each movement. There are three versions of the watch. Two with a black satin strap, and the cream of the crop model with the white gold and diamonds chains (six vertical ones that connect on each of the two ends) bracelet (total of 680 brilliant cut diamonds for this Haute Joaillerie version of the Limelight Twice watch). Both dials are off-centered and about as easy to read and Piaget could have made them (meaning bring you phone as a back up clock). The dauphine hands help though while looking stately, and the “night” side with the Roman numerals is probably the easier to read, but both sides quite pretty to look at. This watch just might be the cure for that “I can’t spend big during the recession” problem you’ve been having lately. It is about now during mention of possible economic upswings after a long recession when big spenders get tired of not spending cause it was politically incorrect to do so.

Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch review site aBlogtoRead.com


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Opuluxe Rentals is a listing service consortium that brings together owners of luxury assets like mansions, yachts, aircraft, automobiles and personal services with global clients who want to rent these assets.

Our job at Opuluxe Rentals is to do whatever it takes to satisfy your needs. We have been turning first class service into an art for more than 10 years.

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Time is a precious commodity and we recognize it’s value to you. When planning your next extravagant event, luxurious vacation, or renting an exotic car, rely on our professional staff at Opuluxe Rentals to make it happen. The services that we provide are tailor made to meet the needs of the elite clientele that we serve.

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Opuluxe Rentals offers you an extensive selection of luxury cars to get you from your house to the airport, the airport to your hotel or villa, from your home to your favorite places, or for your business trips. Your rental, with or without a chauffeur, comes with a range of services that set the standard for excellence.

Have you ever felt the thrill of slipping in behind the wheel of a brand new Rolls Royce or gassing a shiny new Porsche Boxster down Ocean Drive? If you have grown accustomed to this feeling, you know that nothing else will do. And if you have never enjoyed the experience, there is no time to lose.

For many people, the thrill of driving an high-end, exotic car – a Lotus, a Rolls, a Lamborghini, a Porsche, a Mercedes – is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that just has to be felt. And you can feel it with one of our exotic car rentals. We feature an impressive range of listings from around the world, particularly in Florida, New York, Georgia and Switzerland.

Wherever you are, find the perfect exotic car rental for your taste. So this is how the rich and famous live!

Luxury home rentals – the thrill of sleeping in a luxury home

Have you ever woken up on satin sheets in a room adorned in antiques and felt like you were living in the lap of luxury. An increasing number of people live that way every day, and you can capture that uptown feeling in a luxury home rental.

There is something special about meandering down a curved stairway and passing through a great hall on your way to breakfast. Luxury homes and mansions are ideal for weddings (don’t forget to book an in-home hair stylist and makeup artist), special celebrations or even just a once-in-a-lifetime pool party.

A mansion can also make a great luxury vacation home rental…

Luxury villa rentals – the thrill of luxury vacation rentals

Is there any moment in the year when you crave luxury, when you yearn to be pampered, more than while on vacation? Of course not. That is why cruises and vacation rentals are growing in demand.

So why not book one of our luxury villas rentals and discover how it feels when the limousine pulls up to the door. One thing you are guaranteed is that a Luxury villa rental is quiet, private, roomy and comfortable…not like some run-of-the-mill hotel. While you are at it, why not book a nanny to get a little adult peace. And how about a personal massage therapist to come right to “your” mansion. Call in the hair stylist while you are t it. Go ahead and spoil yourself; order in tonight…with a personal chef. And if all this pampering gets to be just too much for you, why not call in a personal trainer?

There’s nothing like a little pampering on vacation or over the weekend, treating yourself to some of life’s little luxuries that you might not always have access to during the working week. So try one of our luxury villas. Rental fees are less than you might think, and we list them in high-end neighborhoods from Florida to Hawaii, from California to New York, from the Caribbean to France.

So go ahead and take the ultimate retreat. Join us and visit some of the world’s most luxurious locales which reveal enchanting landscapes with lavish villas shrouded in luxurious discretion by splendid flora. You just have to say the word and one of these gardens, one of these seaside pools, one of these peaceful havens is yours for a change of pace away from the troubles of the world.

Luxury yacht rentals – the thrill of sailing a luxury boat

May we introduce you to some of the most private luxury yachts found anywhere in the world? You’ll have the option of staying on board in style and comfort; or to set off to jet ski, snorkel, or visit remote beaches.

Imagine cruising through the Cayman Islands in a brand new 4-foot yacht that comfortably accommodates ten people. Sound like a dream? It’s not…not with our luxury yacht rental listings. Rental yachts are amazingly affordable, because you pay for only a portion of the upkeep. And who doesn’t like a great vacation escape on an exclusive boat.

The Bahamas and Florida are particularly popular locations for exclusive luxury yacht rentals, as are France and the Virgin Islands.

Opuluxe Rentals provides you with a yacht and a crew for a day, a weekend, or longer. From every port, a fleet of luxurious yachts sets the scene for prestige; With first class service for an escapade at sea or a destination cruise you’ve always dreamt of.

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Introducing you to the world’s most extensive network of private luxury jets. Whether traveling domestically or crossing international borders; You’ll travel in style and in comfort. But, most importantly… you’ll travel securely and safely. With access to more than 5,500 aircraft, globally; We will provide you with our 24-hour service.

From turbo props to mid-size aircrafts to Boeing Business Jets, We are a premier air charter broker who promises you extraordinary care and safety.

Enjoy the privilege of getting from one capital to another quickly, from one continent to the next. This service brings together simplicity, security, and trust. Opuluxe Rental’s experience in private aviation allows us to meet even the least of your demands. We choose for you only the best aircraft with regularly trained professional aircrews. We also take care of all of the formalities.

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If you still have empty seats on your private rental jet, come right back to this website and book a nanny, personal chef and personal trainer on board. We also list, for your convenience, chauffeurs (you won’t need them on the aircraft, but they come in handy when you land), barbers, hairstylists, massage therapists, makeup artists, private photographers, personal assistants, babysitting and nanny services, private tour services, location scouts, event planners, tutors, high-end spas, professional artists, upscale landscapers, personal shoppers, high-end plastic surgeons, limousine service and even private detectives.

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