Speedmaster is notable for being the first and only timepiece ever on the moon. The models were acquired for the price 30 times more than their present-day retail price.Omegamania organized by Antiquorum has proved that the Omega company enters the top list of watch brand highly demanded by collectors. The event, appreciated as a highlight in the brand's history, revealed everyone interested the richest Omega heritage.Moreover, 48,500 people from different parts of the world could watch the auction through internet. In fact, one third of all the lots were sold on-line.The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, the most recent 'James Bond watch' was the last item sold at the auction. The bidders interested in the timepiece came through intense bidding through room, phone and on-line. The watch was finally acquired by an anonymous UK buyer for the amazing price - CHF 250,250.A ring watch, once worn by actress Ursula Andress, the original 'Bond girl', was also in the center of attention. The timepiece was designed by Andrew Grima back in 1972. It was acquired by a bidder at the Baselworld fair for the remarkable sum of money - CHF 261,750.The auction presented two original Omega Speedmaster models.
Antiquorum, the leading horological auction sale, set a remarkable record - an Omega watch sold at auction for the highest price ever. The record-breaking timepiece was the brand's Platinum Constellation Grand Luxe produced in 1953. A Swiss bidder became the watch's owner, having offered over 413 thousand Swiss francs.The auction was broadcast to the Basel watch and jewelery fair. Bidders could take part in the auction via a satellite link provided for the first time at a public auction.More than 300 vintage Omega watches were auctioned at Antiquorum's 'Omegamania' held on 14-15 April 2007. Among the auctioned items there was the Planet Ocean watch 'staring' in Casino Royale, the latest James Bond movie. The timepiece was featured on the wrist of James Bond performed by Daniel Craig. The exclusive event took place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel du Rhone in Geneva, Switzerland.The sale reached remarkable results - a total of about $ 5.4 million - that is three times more it was initially estimated.
The Link Calibre 7 GMT has been inspired by Tiger Woods who is a busy traveler according to his professional schedule. It features the golf-player's signature. Being 39 mm in diameter, the timepiece is stylishly slim. It provides a 24-hour function, while the date counter is placed at 6 o'clock. There is an over-sized hand with a red tip for indicating the time in the second time zone moving around the 24-hour scale on the fixed bezel. The watch is equipped with an automatic movement. Its scratch-resistant sapphire crystal is slightly curved. The watch offers 200-meter water-resistance.Today a professional golfer can enjoy wearing a watch in complete comfort. The rule of taking off a timepiece before stepping up to the tee may sink into oblivion due to the appearance of TAG Heuer Professional Golf Watch.In 2007 the brand has launched the new Link Calibre 6 Tiger Woods Limited Edition 2006. The watch is characterized by slim lines and supreme elegance. The dial features a big-sized small seconds counter and a date aperture at 6 o'clock. The timepiece's sapphire crystal case back reveals Tiger Woods' signature. It is powered by an automatic movement. The special edition Link watch is aimed at collectors and Tiger Woods' fans in particular.Tag Heuer has also developed its new Link Calibre 7 GMT. This timepiece is in high demand among travelers who often visit other countries on business or just for pleasure.
In addition, the sportsman tested the Professional Golf Watch patterns and wore the pro-series in golf tournaments. To develop the right timepiece for professional golfers was a really complicated task. Golfers avoid wearing a watch for certain reasons - the wrist of a golfer is always under extra loading but a watch implies the additional weight on the wrist and discomfort of a loose or tight strap. However, Tag Heuer's experienced team of watchmakers and designers managed to overcome all the obstacles.TAG Heuer and the iconic golf-player Tiger Woods have maintained a continuous partnership. TAG Heuer-Tiger Woods successful cooperation started in 2003 - the sportsmen became the brand's Global Ambassador. Tiger Woods has played a significant role in designing and developing of TAG Heuer timepieces, including the Link Tiger Woods Special Edition. In April, 2005 TAG Heuer developed a watch for professional golf-players - the first ever in the world. The TAG Heuer Professional Golf Watch appeared in a limited-edition of just 8000 pieces. Tiger Woods personally took part in the development of the timepiece's design, using his profound experience in the field of professional golf.
I'm obviously a big fan of the GW400J-1. I would definitely say that it's one of the top five most interesting G-Shocks out there. For a thorough rundown, check out my review of the GW400J. Or better yet, pick one up yourself and get to know it firsthand.Update and Warning: I've received a few emails from people who have purchased the GW400 in the US, and they have not been able to figure out how to change the temperature units over to fahrenheit. It's possible Casio did not modify the watch before releasing it in the US. Shame on them.Over a year ago, I came across the Casio G-Shock GW400-J vibrating watch, and was so enraptured by the prospect of having an atomic solar G-Shock with a vibrating alarm that I ordered one immediately. Unfortunately, they were only available in Japan, so I had to buy it "gray market" and pay top dollar. I reviewed the GW400J as soon as I received it, and the story got so much traffic that I got an email from Casio asking me to make it very clear in the article that the watch was only available in Japan because they were getting so many calls from people in the US trying to buy one. Of course I agreed to make the change, but I also used the opportunity to encourage Casio to try releasing the GW400J (and other cool new G-Shocks) to us poor Yanks who I believe are starting to love geeky wrist gadgets as much as the Japanese. I never heard back directly, but while doing a routine scrub of Casio's online watch selection the other day, I was pleased to find the G-Shock GW400J-1 available for sale on the US site.I gave Casio a call, and was told that the only difference between the GW400J (the Japanese version) and the GW400J-1 (the US version) is that the temperature (yes, the watch has a thermometer, as well) on the US version can be displayed in both fahrenheit and in celsius whereas the Japanese version only supports celsius. Keep in mind that I have not confirmed this for myself, so if you buy one, and you absolutely need the temperature to be in fahrenheit, save your receipt.So now I'm faced with a difficult decision. Do I spend $200 replacing my GW400J with a GW400J-1 just to get the temperature in fahrenheit, or do I stick with my gray market Japanese version? I'll probably save my $200 for whatever vibrating solar atomic contraption Casio releases next, however if I happen to come face to face with one in a store, I reserve the right to change my mind and buy it on the spot.