PRODUCT REVIEW: LUXURY WATCHES Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tuxedo Audemars Piguet have included diamond-set

creations for 2009 in its exclusive and well-known Royal Oak collection. His and Hers versions of the Tuxedo Timepiece are available and is sure to meet even the most discriminating of tastes from its male and female clientele. With all its inherent characterisitics, from its exact timekeeping, use of white gold, and luxury design, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tuxedo is just a masterpiece in beauty and function. This work of art uses Caliber 2120, a famed and celebrated technology first used in 1967. This precision movement, is a mechanism finished to the highest standard and is an original mechanism owned by only one brand. It can wind itself using the slimmest self-winding calibers in the world, to have a power reserve good enough for 4 hours. Don't be fooled by this functional feature though, as this is also a sight to behold in terms of design. The buff and elaborate black dial is as black as the ebony found in classical instruments like the grand piano. The hour marker is reminiscent of a conductor's baton decked with beautiful and radiant diamonds. Audemars Piguet is a great accessory in any chic event, as it is both tasteful and aristocratic, yet practical and utile at the same time, very much like its clientele. It boasts of distinctive and appetizing details which make it fit for a king. It can be counted upon that the His and Hers version will differ in weight, with the men's at 4.65 carats while the ladies' at 3.80 carats. Audemars Piguet Tradition Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeater Audemars Piguet comprehensively tie up the two prodigious features of this one-of-a-kind engineering marvel - the minute repeater and the perpetual calendar, as inspired by the 1923 pocket watch. The timepece uses hand-wound Caliber 2855, its movement admired through its sapphire crystal. At an 18,000/hour frequency, it produces enough power reserve for 30 hours. Audemars Piguet's dexterity in superior social status design can be seen in the most minute details of this timepiece. At 39 mm, though not imposing in size, its beauty is an accomplishment in itself and can alone overshadow even those of the bigger timepieces. Aficionados can choose between 18k gold or platinum for the clamp and the case. Anyone who has seen an Audemars Piguet Tradition Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeater can attest that this watch will take your breath away. Its brushed broad bezel creates a stark contrast against the case flanks and lugs and its dial boasts of a satin-brushed smooth finish exalted by Breguet-style Arabic figures. It also comes adorned with sloping screws, jewels, and its superior quality movements are embellished with undulating lines. The repeater hammer is likewise polished to perfection. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Ladies Chronograph Watch When you see the artfully designed and regal Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Ladies Chronograph Forged Carbon Watch, one cannot help but give it a second glance. It is created from lightweight and stable carbon, gratifying and lavish to the touch, while still versatile enough to be attuned to the many cutting-edge variations added to it.

Its case cunningly uses a ceramic octagonal bezel, and the case diameter is 37 mm. The back of the timepiece's case is black, etched with the Royal Oaks Offshore emblem, with the steel insert adorned with 32 round sparkling and scintillating diamonds and hexagonal screw. The "Mega Tapisserie" theme available exclusively from Audemars Piguet is designed and fabricated on the black dial. It is typified 12-hour and also by black 30-minute counters at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock position. Red highlights are conspicuous on the chronograph hand. Brilliant white Arabic numerals in white gold consummate the dial. Just when you think you couldn't ask for anything more, this timepiece weds function and elegance. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Ladies Chronograph Forged Carbon Watch is also driven by a selfwinding, high-end 2385 calibre which is a testament to its best traditions in the highest standards of mechanism. All these timeless qualities make this ladies' watch a fitting part of the Royal Oak collection. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Pride of China Watch The legendary and whimsical East has greatly influenced the luxury found in the West. True to this tradition is Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Pride of China Watch, where they once again prove their creative genius with a design inspired by the Emperor of the Great Wall himself. This timepiece comes furnished with 18k pink gold, together with the make's artful conception and technological prominence. At 39 mm in diameter, an octagonal bezel distinctive of the Royal Oak collection flanks the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Pride of China Watch. The dial of the watch, together with the winding crown found on the bezel and rows of vertical links are conspicuous and exceptional. Painstakingly preserved by sapphire crystal, the theme is clearly seen, with the upper portion detailing the reserve gauge and the moon phases. To keep with the highest standards of precision, this timepiece comes with 3123 calibre, has a 60-hour power reserve, and is water resistant up to an extreme depth of 50-meters. Of all its impressive details and attributes, the magnificent factor in this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak timepiece is its case back, as it arrays a chic depiction of the Great Wall with an inscription that says "Audemars Piguet Pride of China Limited Edition.” Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Gstaad Classic 2009 Limited Edition In commemoration of the company's 2009 sponsorship of the Gstaad Classic Rally, Audemars Piguet does it again by introducing and adding the Gstaad Classic 2009 Limited Edition to its prestigious Royal Oak Offshore line of high-quality watches. From looking at the exterior alone any aficionado will know that they're in for a thrill. At a 42 mm diameter and forged from titanium alloy, this looks impressive just like its cousins, with whom it share certain similarities like the octagonal bezel, hexagonal screws, and is water resistant at an extreme depth of 100m. Despite the similarities, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Gstaad Classic 2009 Limited Edition is unique from other offshore models as well. The cleft leather strap gives testament of the designer's diligence to detail with its red stitching, and the chronograph push-piece created from red rubber instantly commands attention. Most importantly, this being a commemorative watch for the Gstaad Classic rally, it will be a much sought-after item for timepiece aficionados because it is the only of its kind whose case-back is engraved with "Gstaad Classic 2009"

Breitling Chronomat B01 The Chronomat line's long tradition of success has been continued by the B01 watch. With its durable features like water and shock resistance plus a solid structure, this watch is easy to fall in love with. The dial demonstrates impressive clarity while the unidirectional rotating bezel is designed for readability. From its name, the Breitling Chronomat B01 is powered by the B01 calibre, the pioneer mechanism exclusively made by Breitling in-house. Its frequency of 28,800 vibrations an hour yielding to a 70-hour power reserve and remarkable functionality and precision at the same time earns the B01 a COSCchronometer certificate. The case uses both safety push-pieces and a screw-down crown to lock it all in. With crocodile leather or Barenia leather to boot, the Breitling Chronomat B01 is both awe-inspiring and arresting to watch connoisseurs the world over. Though it retains characteristics from its Chronomat model predecessors, significant changes are evident also, from the 43.5mm case diameter, to the steel/gold combination which is water resistant at an extreme depth of 500m. An 18k pink gold variety is also available and is resistant up to 100m. Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph The Breitling design house its 125th anniversary launched a limited number of Superocean Heritage, dubbed as one of the greatest classics in history. The Superocean Heritage Chronograph showcases the Breitling emblem with its stylized B, crafted from 18k gold on the top, just like its predecessor. For effortless visibility underwater, it uses luminescent hands. The case is 46mm in diameter, similar to what is popular in the market. Using Breitling Calibre 23, a distinguished chronometer certified by the COSC, it is water resistant up to 200m. Subdials are also located and set horizontally at 9am and 3am, available in various colors including Silver, Gun Stratus Blue, and Black Volcano. Breitling announced it will only make 1,000 pieces for each color. Although it is not as limited as other timepieces of its class, stocks are sure to run out pretty quickly as watch aficionados would definitely want to get their hands on the Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph as part of their collection. This model's bracelet, the Ocean Classic, is also very special as the exclusive twisted steel design is reminiscent of the Ocean Racer rubber used in many Breitling timepieces. Breitling Bentley Motor Speed Chronograph Breitling's Bentley collection paved the way for its solid following. To expand this line further, Breitling launched the Bentley Motor Speed Chronograph, a mixture of functionality and refinement associated with British lifestyle which is sure to captivate watch connoisseurs everywhere. At 47.8mm across, this timepiece evokes masculinity. At a limited quantity of 500 pieces and available in either 18k red gold or steel, you better be ready to handle the attention you will get with this watch as you are sure to get a lot of it. The bezel features a knurled finishing reminiscent of the control panel in classy cars. With cutting edge technology focused in the creation of the Breitling Bentley Motor Speed Chronograph, aside from the Breitling 25B calibre, an automatic movement available exclusively from this brand, it has been integrated as well with variable tachometer, 6-hour and 15-min totalizes, and a 30-second chronograph.

The dial is just as remarkable, as it is available in varying hues like Bronze, Silver Storm, or Black Velvet. The Bentley Motor Speed Chronograph lives up to its name for just like its Bentley automobile counterparts, it is both majestic and functional at the same time. Bell & Ross Commando Watches The Bell & Ross Commando Watches lives up to its fitting name "Commando" with its domineering, timeless, and confident appeal. It has an irresistible "tacticool" and self-assured aura. This timepiece has zero reflectivity, making it an excellent sports watch, while emphasizing covertness with its grey features on a solid steel case. At a 46mm diameter, this watch would appear quite huge if not for its gray color scheme which make it clandestine for its size. To give more choices to watch aficionados, Bell & Ross released this creation in two versions, both only available at a limited quantity of 500 pieces. Bell & Ross Commando BR 01-96 - alongside the date display,the sweep seconds, minutes, and hours are set and is directed by the watch's winding crown Bell & Ross Commando BR 01-97 - has conventional date display and power reserve indicator integrated within to inform the wearer about available operating power still in the spring barrel. Although the two have external and design differences, both maintain the functionality expected from the Bell & Ross Commando Watches, which are brought about by its ETA base calibers, 42-hour power reserve, and and is water resistant at an extreme depth of 100 meters Officine Panerai New Radiomir Egiziano Watch Anyone looking for a high-tech timepiece would certainly have Panerai among the brands at the top of their list. It has been known as a maker of watches at the forefront of the latest technologies and this same innovation is what enables it to cater to the specialized needs of mariners from worlds apart, from the Italian Navy to the Egyptian Navy. One of its newer models, the Panerai Radiomir Egiziano, is a living prrof to this legacy of remarkable devices. Any watch aficionado will be taken with awe by the visage of this timepiece. This watch originally designed and inspired by the Egyptian Navy, is the modern version of the original made in the 1950s which was made in limited quantity (around 50) and thus became the connoisseurs' favorite. With this new modern version, now more can enjoy the impervious features of the Panerai Radiomir Egiziano Watch. With a 60mm in diameter brushed titanium case, a bi-directional rotating bezel for the case as well, and the Panerai crown device from its original, this watch is immediately remarkable and imposing. Although the original Panerai Radiomir Egiziano Watch had the best technology of its time, the Panerai Radiomir Egiziano timepiece of today have adapted to the technological innovations made available recently by integrating the Officine Panerai in-house P.2002 caliber which makes 28,000 vibrations an hour giving it an 8-day power reserve and is water-resistant at a maximum depth of 300m. Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight Titanium Classical and modern blend in very tastefully with the Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight Titanium. Its design originates from the Luminor collection but the technology and material behind it is nothing but

modern. Like its predecessor, the Chrono Daylight Titanium has very strong and durable design making it a good watch during the morning or for everyday use, yet it has the versatility and sophistication and can also be worn in formal events at night. This timepiece can be intimidating as it looks quite heavy because of its solid structure but in reality, it is quite the contrary as the strap all the way to the case is made from heavy duty but lightweight titanium. It has technologically advance features overall as the integration of the Panerai OP XII Calibre makes it possible for the watch to have its date indicator, time indicator, and the chronograph. This watch is inevitably worth getting a second look as it has a character all its own, with its accented hour markers and its blue dial, while a lever bridge protects the crown. Anyone, connoisseur or not, cannot go wrong with this watch as it has both style and substance.

Panerai Scuderia Chrono World-class watchmaker Panerai have given a lot of investment and though to the Scuderia collection, and true to the form and tradition in excellence from Panerai, Ferrari Scuderia Chrono 1/8 second, has captured the attention of watch aficionados the world over with its 45mm across stainless steel case, yellow hands, yellow shields, brushed edges, Tachymeter scale, and polished finish. This partnership of Panerai with Ferrari led to the Ferrari horse emblem engraving of the rotor and the Ferrari shield appearing at the 12 o'clock position of the black dial. The minute counter appearing at the 3 o'clock position and the 1/8 dial at the 9 o'clock position are all shielded with anti-reflection treated sapphire crystal. Among the things that made this partnership possible is the two companies' commitment to innovation. With respect to this, the Panerai Scuderia Chrono is not only impressive to look at but also it is functional and equipped with the latest high-tech features as it comes with Panerai calibre OP XXI (performing 28,000 alternations an hour, giving it a 42-hour power reserve), anti-shock features, and water resistance at an extreme depth of 100-meters. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA A lot of things can be expected from the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA which is developed specifically for hard-core divers. With an ability to function even at crushing pressures in extreme depths of 3,900 meters, this makes it among the most technologically-advanced and top-of-theline timepieces today. This one-of-a-kind feature was only made possible by cutting-edge engineering. The watch is based on the Ringclock system, a patented Rolex case structure that can resist water pressure at extreme depths, involving a high-performance ring made from nitrogen-alloyed stainless steel between the case back and the crystal (known as the middle case). The middle case, produced from 904L steel, plays a big part in helping the watch resist crushing pressure underwater. This patented system is also remarkable for incorporating synthetic sapphire crystal in its design. Though crystals of other Oyster watches are thick already as it is, it will not measure up when compared to he Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA as the slightly-domed crystal placed on it is even thicker. The back case is made from titanium alloy held in place by the earlier-mentioned steel ring. For durability, power, and chronometric precision, this Oyster watch uses the caliber 3135. At any rate, extreme performance is guaranteed in the form of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA.

Rolex Datejust II The Rolex Datejust is a certified classic after being first launched in 1945. It exemplifies the brand's Oyster Perpetual concept with its robust and appealing features. Although it is the franchises' flagship, it has since seen better days as its relative small size of 36mm across is small compared to the bigger watches of today. With this realization, Rolex came up with a cunning innovation in the form of the Datejust II. It has kept up with the times while keeping the distinct characteristics that made it a classic. The Datejust II at 41mm in diameter is often compared to the Day-Date II released in 2008 however as similar as they are at a glance, the two are actually very different since the Day-Date II is available exclusively in 18K gold or platinum. The Rolex Datejust is no longer just an "old man's watch" with its reincarnation in Datejust II. By making the necessary adjustments to the needs of today, 5mm was all it took to revive a classic. As they say, you can never go wrong with a classic. Rolex Explorer II - Celebrity Collector's Favorite Watch If you emulate the taste of your idol, that most likely makes you a fan as well of the Rolex Explorer II. Many world-renowned figures and celebrities have been seen with this Rolex timepiece. From Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Orlando Bloom, these watch aficionados can attest to the fact that the Rolex Explorer II is the best of the best. Orlando Bloom's taste is impeccable, and it stands out because his favorite vintage model is also one of the coolest vintage devices: the Ref. 1655 Explorer II, also known as the "Steve McQueen Explorer II" or the "Freccione." The Rolex Ref. 1655 becomes even more valued and wanted every year, with its 24-hour hand that is unique from other Oyster watches, right credentions, and a quirky dial. The price of this particular piece has skyrocketed because of the huge demand among connoisseurs, and also because of the fact that most watch aficionados will not let their Rolex Explorer II watches go that easy. At the NYC Antiquorum auction held last June 2009 to support UNICEF's initiative, it comes as no surprise when valuable timepieces were hoarded as actors such as Bloom put their precious timepieces on auction. It is highly probable that though he felt a sense of regret over the sale, after fully knowing the Rolex Explorer II, in time he will regain his love for watches and it won't be the last watch he falls in love with. Cartier Roadster Chronograph Cartier's Roadster is impressive for most because of its majestic design, high-tech features, and utility. The Cartier Roadster Chronograph captures that heart of this collection. Its contrasting design from its elegance to its versatility makes it a favorite to both the most picky aficionado and the regular watch buyer. At first glance, you'll know exactly where the Roadster derived its name. This cartier watch is inspired by the cutting-edge design and technology only found in race cars. The precision in measurement and speed indicator found in cars is where the the chronograph attributes its appeal to. Racing legends will surely find pride in being associated with this timepiece. The Cartier Roadster Chronograph is simply magnificent and beautiful, from the the chronograph push pieces, three subdials, as well as its winding crown, which makes it such a marvel to look at. All this without sacrificing functionality, as this device has the best of both worlds in both design and function.

Even after competing brands copied its concepts and created cheaper alternatives to the Cartier Roadster Chronograph, all these great features still make it one of the top choices for many from racers to connoisseurs alike. Cartier Baignoire Grand Modele Watch The Baignoire collection from Cartier is the franchise image of the brand for lady's watches. Originally unveiled in the 1920's, its name was taken from the bathtub as the case is similar to that of the bathroom fixture. Cartier has recently put into action its appealing plans for this collection, with the Cartier Baignoire Grand Modele Watch as the result of their painstaking efforts. The Cartier Baignoire Grand Modele Watch, although bigger, uses the same design of its predecessor and also integrates the Piaget 430C - an ultra-thin manually wound movement. Aside from this notable feature, the design of this timepiece is also very remarkable as it has wed function with the wearer's comfort in mind. The whole watch, from the buckle to the strap, is easy on the wrists and even includes an inner lining on the strap for comfort and added durability. Only high end materials can be found in the Cartier Baignoire Grand Modele Watch, from the 18-karat gold for the case, solid silver for the dial, and beige satin strap. The Cartier Baignoire Grand Modele Watch is among the best ways of telling a woman how beautiful she is - intricate, appealing, and beautiful. Coupled with diamonds, this creation becomes a masterpiece. IWC Schaffhausen Aquatimer Collection - Part I IWC Schaffhausen immortalized its name n the world of diver's watches with the launch of more timepieces in its Aquatimer collection. The Aquatimer Collection, already well-renowned for both its sophistication in design and technical functionality, takes it to a whole new level with its new and improved watches. Among its remarkable and formidable new features include: · 44mm in diameter (with the exception of the Aquatimer Deep Two) · Unidirectional, externally-located bezel that can be rotated; it is comfortable to wear even with gloves · Unique color combinations for the indicators, hands, and dial · Functional bracelet-replacement design that doesn't require any tool IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Watch This watch is made for deep sea divers, as impressive water-resistance can be expected from this timepiece. As evident from its name, this watch has an extreme feature of being able to withstand pressure at an extreme depth of 2000 meters. The design is quite visionary as well, with its dial dial confined by a black rotating bezel that has a glowing 15-minute section in yellow. IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Watch The Aquatimer Chronograph watch comes powered by the 79320 calibre movement and is water resistant at an extreme depth of 120 meters. It can keep track of accumulated time for 12-hours, available in black/yellow and blue/coral red. IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Watch

Also water resistant at an extreme depth of 120 meters, this timepiece can display both the dive depth and the maximum depth that the owner achieved during the dive. Its best features include the pressure measurement system and the real maximum dive indicator.

IWC Big Ingenieur - A Watch "Engineered for Men" IWC's Big Ingenieur is just the right timepiece for you if you're looking for a watch with serious masculine appeal. You can be sure that IWC used breakthrough technology, advanced materials, and cunning engineering to make this creation appealing to the male gender with its tagline "Engineered for Men." Only a number of watches can have this effect on the male species, and from its name alone, everything about the IWC Big Ingenieur is huge and imposing, including its 45.5mm diameter casing. However before you assume this watch is all muscle, you have to step back and you will instantly realize this is not all size as it has substance and functionality as well. The huge diameter is needed for the IWC 51112 calibre, its 7-day automatic movement popularized by IWC's Big Pilot. In the heat of the competition from other brands, IWC calibres still remains among the most appealing and interesting. Even the most discriminating watch aficionado will definitely be captivated by its intricate mechanisms. With all its hunky dimensions, brushed stainless steel, and use of straightforward dial indications - a design distinctively male - that makes IWC Big Ingenieur the exact and perfect counterpart of a "ladies watch." IWC Spitfire UTC Watch -Fit for Travel For many pepople around the globe, watch connoisseurs or not, travel is essential and is an inherent part of life. Whether its business or pleasure (or both), having the right timepiece to accurately tell time is of utmost importance. With the IWC Spitfire UTC Watch, journeys are much better and easier because with this watch, travelers can easily see two timezones at a glance. The cunningly-engineered timpepiece can tell your home time in a 24-hour format with its reliable RTA 2892. Also, the other hour hand of this timepiece can be manipulated using the crown in one-hour leaps depending on where you're going, with the minutes and seconds automatically following suit making it very convenient for time-conscious travelers. Aside from its technical and practical elegance, he IWC Spitfire UTC Watch is also majestically designed with brushed stainless steel and rhodium-plated dial. It is both utile and classy, which makes it a perfect companion for both everyday and gala events, from morning till night, in any season at all. Everyone, even the most avid and discriminating watch aficionados will definitely love this watch. It belongs to the elite group of timepieces that are elegant without sacrificing functionality.

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