By Roberta Naas On the last day (August 21) of this year’s Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Jamaican-born sprinter Usain Bolt will turn 30. No matter how he fares during the Games, the 6’5” soft-spoken, incredibly relaxed young man will still have a legend of accomplishments to boast. Nicknamed “Lightning Bolt,” he is regarded as the fastest person ever timed and holds world records for the 100-metter and 200-meter events. Additionally, among so many other accolades, he has won six gold medals in sprinting at the Olympic Games, is an 11-time world champion, and has been awarded the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year three times. A Hublot brand ambassador, Bolt is ready to take to the track at Rio 2016, but before he left for Brazil, he shared some thoughts on sports and time in an exclusive interview READ MORE
Blancpain and its president and CEO, Marc A. Hayek, invited their friends and partners to join them in Cap d’Antibes for an evening devoted to Blancpain’s Ocean Commitment. READ MORE
While the eyes of the world were focused on the intense matches and grand celebrations of the 2014 World Cup matches, Hublot was quietly bringing soccer to Brazil’s most impoverished. The manufacture, which was the Official Timekeeper of the Brazil World Cup, honored the spirit of “The Beautiful Game” by opening a new soccer field in the heart of the Jacarezinho favela in Rio de Janeiro.
Hublot worked hand-in-hand with Brazil’s Department of Social Assistance and Human Rights to refurbish a rundown field in Jacarezinho, which is one of the densest favelas in Rio de Janeiro. READ MORE
Empress Joséphine of France was so passionate about roses, she made it her life’s work to cultivate as many different varieties as possible in her garden. On Joséphine’s behalf, her husband Napoleon ordered his warship commanders to search all seized vessels for plants that could be sent to Malmaison, the couple’s country home near Paris. Shipments from an English nursery, one of Joséphine’s major suppliers, were even allowed to cross a naval blockade when England and France were at war. From 1803 until her death in 1814, Joséphine cultivated nearly 250 different species and varieties of roses, many of them READ MORE
Although you never need a reason, beyond the obvious, to buy an Audemars Piguet watch, it is good to know that when you do, you are helping to preserve the world’s rainforests. The Audemars Piguet Foundation was established out of the love of trees, a respect kindled in its own back yard. The brand’s headquarters, the Manufacture des Forges, is surrounded by the Grand Risoux forest nestled in a valley of the Jura Mountains in the village of Le Brassus, the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry. It is an old-world forest, with trees nearly as tall as the mountains, READ MORE
This summer luxury watchmaker Officine Panerai dominated the regatta season. The Italian manufacture hosted the annual Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge (PCYC) 2013, an international circuit for classic and vintage sails. The North American Circuit of the PCYC brought the Florentine brand’s passion for sailing from Marblehead to Nantucket and Newport. Along the way, Officine Panerai hit the high seas in style, from its Sailing Heals charity to celebrations with friends like Daniel Boulud. While the Mediterranean Circuit kicked off in Antigua, on this side of the Atlantic the summer regatta season began in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Officine Panerai welcomed nearly 60 READ MORE
Rolex ranks among the world’s top 10 most valuable luxury brands – as recognizable as Dom Perignon and Gulfstream. But most would be surprised to know that Rolex is as much a charitable foundation as it is a watch brand, dedicated to supporting projects that make the world a better place. READ MORE