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Watch news: Bremont, Hublot, TW Steel

Posted on 2013-01-05, By A-Best Staff

 

Bremont’s “Wingman” Gary Connery is the one who dressed up as the queen and posed as her parachuting into the stadium to kick off the Olympic Games last month in London.


New York--While Swatch Group brand Omega was the official timekeeper at the recent Olympics in London, it was not the only watch brand involved in the Summer Games.
 

In what many regard as the most entertaining part of the Games’ opening ceremony on July 27, Gary Connery parachuted into Olympic stadium dressed as Queen Elizabeth. Connery is the “Wingman” for British watch brand Bremont. Earlier this year, the United Kingdom-based stuntman became the first man to jump out of a helicopter wearing a wingsuit--emblazoned with the Bremont logo--and land without a parachute. He wears a Bremont MBII.


 
During the Games, American swimmer Matt Grevers donned a Charles Bernard “Aquarider” chronograph (below). The Aquarider is a Swiss-made watch with a quartz movement that is water resistant to 720 feet. It is made in two styles, a diver’s watch with a unidirectional rotating bezel and a pilot-style design with a tachymeter.

 

 

 


Grevers (above), who is known as the “Gentle Giant,” won gold in the 100-meter backstroke, gold in the 400-meter relay and silver in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.
 


After the Games Hublot brand ambassador Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter dubbed “the fastest man in the world,” celebrated his 26th birthday at the home of Hublot Chairman Jean-Claude Biver in Switzerland.

 

 

The trip included a helicopter ride over the Swiss Alps (above), a special cake made by Swiss chef Benoit Viollier and a “King Power Unico All Carbon” with a customized caseback as a gift for his victories at the Games. Bolt won three gold medals in London, in the men’s 100- and 200-meter races and as part of the 4x100-meter relay team.


Bolt was not the only Olympian and Hublot brand ambassador to drop in on Biver at his home in Switzerland. In mid-August, basketball star Dwayne Wade, captain of the NBA champion Miami Heat and a gold medalist at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing (he missed the London Games because of knee surgery, according to reports), made his first visit to Switzerland.

 

 

Wade also did a helicopter tour of the mountains, and visited the Hublot workshops in Nyon, Switzerland (above) with Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe. The “King Power Dwyane Wade” special series in ceramic was made specifically for the basketball star.


 
Outside of the Olympics, on July 31, TW Steel hosted a party at New York City’s The Standard hotel to welcome its new brand ambassador, singer Kelly Rowland.

 

 

Rowland, pictured above, with TW Steel CEO Jordy Cobelens, was announced as an ambassador for the brand in December. During the party, the brand unveiled the two “Kelly Rowland CEO Tech” special-edition timepieces the songstress designed for the brand. Both watches are 44 mm ladies’ watches with 56 zirconia baguettes, a chronograph movement and PVD rose-gold plating. The Kelly Rowland watch is available in both pink and blue, with her signature on the caseback.


 
In August, IWC Schaffhausen hit the big screen with a turn in The Bourne Legacy, the latest installment in Tony Gilroy’s Bourne film series.

 

 

The movie stars Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross. During the movie, he wears an IWC “Top Gun” pilot’s watch double chronograph edition (above). The 46 mm watch is powered by the 79230-caliber chronograph movement and is made of black ceramic, with the crown, push buttons and back cover in matte gray titanium.

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