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Friday, February 22, 2019

Bradley Cooper to Wear Unique IWC Watch at Oscars Being Auctioned for Charity by Sotheby’s

Bradley Cooper in an IWC advertisement. Photo credit: IWC

IWC Ambassador Bradley Cooper will wear a unique IWC Big Pilot’s Watch to the Oscars ceremony on Sunday with a special engraving. The watch is being offered by Sotheby’s in an exclusive online auction with all proceeds going to benefit the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation. Bidding opened $16,000 Friday and will run till March 4

A personal letter from Cooper to the new owner will accompany the watch. IWC is donating all proceeds from the sale to the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation with all funds going to "Arrimage," a charitable organization that focuses on teaching visually impaired children how to read drawings using their sense of touch.

Big Pilot’s Watch single piece with a special engraving (Ref. IW500923), Bidding for the watch will open at $16,000. Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s and IWC

The IWC watch Cooper will be wearing at The Oscars is a Big Pilot’s Watch single piece with a special engraving (Ref. IW500923). The timepiece features a midnight blue dial and is housed in a case made of 18k 5N gold. It is powered by the IWC-manufactured 51111-caliber movement. On the caseback there is an engraving of an iconic quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s The Little Prince: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly."

A triple Oscar-nominee in 2019, Cooper co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in A Star is Born. The film has received eight Oscar nominations: “Best Actor in a Leading Role,” “Best Actress in a Leading Role.” “Best Picture,” “Best Adapted Screenplay,” “Best Actor in a Supporting Role,” “Best Original Song,” “Best Cinematography” and “Best Sound Mixing.” He previously earned Oscar nominations for his performances in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and American Sniper. Bradley Cooper became a brand ambassador for IWC in 2018. 

The unique IWC Pilot's Watch with special engraving: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly." Courtesy of Sotheby’s and IWC

“The support of disabled children and adolescents is one of the cornerstones of our CSR effort,” said Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen. 

“IWC Schaffhausen’s master watch-makers have produced a complex and beautifully crafted symbol of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s pioneering spirit. After witnessing dreams come true on the stage of the Oscars this Sunday, it will be a privilege for us to offer this one-of-a-kind watch in our upcoming sale and to support the important work of the foundation,” added Mikael Wallhagen, head of the Watch Division for Sotheby’s in Geneva.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Celebrate The Year Of The Pig In Style With These Six Watches

By Tiziana Agnati
Accredited journalist and influencer specializing in luxury jewelry 

Usher in the Lunar New Year with these six watches in red. In Chinese culture, red is considered auspicious, which is why the color is so popular every Chinese New Year, adorning everything, from the lanterns that you hang in the patio to the clothes that you wear.

With the festive season being celebrated right now, look toward these six timepieces in this striking hue in order to attract more of that positive energy.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Celestial
If you fancy having the entire constellation on your wrist, this Rendez-Vous delivers an irresistible feminine expression of it. Dressed up in red with the different constellations enameled on the dial, the pink gold case also matches a bezel set with pink sapphires.

Breguet Marie-Antoinette “Dentelle”
The Dentelle watch evokes elegance with its distinctive lacework set with 89 diamonds around the 18K white gold case. A red ruby weighting about 1.3 carat and a red satin strap add fire to an otherwise icy mien that includes a white mother-of-pearl dial.

Franck Muller Watchland SA Long Island Peony
Known as the flower of riches and honour, the peony comes in a variety of soft pastel colours. Its loveliness - 8 of them in fact - now decorates the svelte rectangular profile of the Long Island with a rose gold case and a diamond-set bezel.

Cartier Tank Louis Cartier
The timeless Art Deco shape of the Tank get an uplift with a pink gold case, diamond-set bars on either side of the dial, the 8971 MC movement and, of course, a chic red leather strap.

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 01 Manchester United
This special edition chronograph celebrates TAG Heuer’s third season as Manchester United’s Official Timekeeper. Naturally the club’s color stands out from the logo positioned prominently at ‘9’ and the flange of the 60-second scale, to the hour, minute and chronograph central second hands. Paired with a perforated rubber strap in, what else, red.

GRAHAM Chronofighter Oversize Superlight Carbon
The red of the rubber strap decorated with Clous de Paris pattern makes an eye-catching contrast against the shiny black of the carbon composite case, a material that makes the watch extremely light despite its large 47 mm diameter. Red also appears on the central seconds hand and chronograph counters’ hands as well as the “Superlight Carbon” print.

Tiziana Agnati is a journalist and influencer specializing in luxury jewelry with digital expertise. Learn more about her on her Linkedin profile where she communicates regularly with 100,000 followers.