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Swiss Watches That Tell A Romantic Story In Oman

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BBC.COM     ARTICLE    4/24/15

Muscat: Women in Oman who want a watch that doesn't just tell time but tells a story will be delighted with Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen's Portofino Midsize collection which has been launched through local retailer Mistal, says the company's regional brand director.


The elegant ladies watches bring a touch of class and romance, explained Karoline Huber, IWC Schaffhausen Brand Director for the Middle East & India, in an interview with Times of Oman. Inspired by the Italian Riviera of the 1960s, the line can be worn casually or for a glamorous night out, Huber said.


Karoline Huber, IWC Schaffhausen Brand Director


"For me it's something that's iconic. It was meant to be a watch that was easy to wear, not very complicated in terms of mechanical functionalities, and inspired by the 'dolce vita,' by the 'savoir faire' of the Italian Riviera," Huber said of the line, adding that stars like Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon would spend their holidays there at the time.






You know something is going to be talked about when it’s made of gold and worn by Beyoncé. And as with any other Apple product, the brand’s new smartwatch is not short of hype. According to CEO Tim Cook, the Apple Watch “will redefine what people expect from a watch”.


“The Apple Watch could be a turning point not just in wrist watches but in wearable technology,” says the editor of watch-enthusiast website Hodinkee (and ‘the high priest of horology’), Benjamin Clymer. “It’s the first piece of mass adapted wearable technology ever. For Google Glass, the functionality wasn’t there (it simply didn’t do what it was supposed to do), it wasn’t attractive as a design object, and it actually had a negative impact on the perception of its wearer, which is all counter to what the Apple Watch will do.”




Apple Watch (Credit: Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

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A New Location for Chelsea Clock Company and a

Second Edition of Its History


The last of the old-time American clock companies, the Chelsea Clock Company of Chelsea, Massachusetts—a heavily industrialized little city just across the Mystic River from Boston—is moving. Its new home is well within walking distance of what soon will be its former address—a three-story brick factory at 284 Everett Avenue that was built by Joseph H. Eastman in the mid-1890s—but the move still feels momentous to those who take pride in the long history of the firm.



Perhaps no one has followed that history more closely than Andrew and David Demeter. In fact, they wrote it. Their definitive book, Chelsea Clock Company: The First Hundred Years, was self-published in 2003 in an edition of 1000. It was sold out in less than three years and now sells on eBay for an average price of $250.



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