VIDEO: Our guest host, Miss Universe Australia admits she has a thing for pilots at the IWC 2016 Collection launch in Sydney

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The crowd at last week’s unveiling of IWC’s 2016 Pilot’s collection was a a who’s who of Sydney’s movers and shakers – you could barely order an IWC-themed cocktail (our pick was the Miramar, in case you were wondering) without bumping into a fêted restaurateur, world famous fit-blogger, rugby player, Olympic hopeful or one of the many exquisitely cheekboned/ roughly jowelled models. It was the first time the new IWC Pilot’s collection was on display in Australia, and it was the perfect opportunity to find out what people thought of the latest models like the revamped Big Pilot, the brand new Automatic 36,… Read More

EVENT: IWC’s new Pilot’s collection cleared for takeoff at extravagant event in Sydney

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It was roundly considered the uncontested crowd pleaser of SIHH in Geneva, and now IWC’s revamped new Pilot’s collection is set to impress in Australia. Last Thursday, IWC pulled out all the stops to celebrate the local launch of the 2016 Pilot’s Collection. It was an elegant affair, the room full of memorabilia evoking the golden age of aviation, and the crowd looked the part. But the real sting in the tail of the strict dress code noted on the invitation? “IWC watch or no watch.” Thankfully those with naked wrists didn’t miss out for too long, as after the initial formalities… Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Time+Tide gets champagne showered at the Australian F1 GP thanks to Renault and their new sponsors, Bell & Ross

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There’s an unavoidable sense of enthusiasm in the Renault Sport F1 garage at the Albert Park racetrack in Melbourne, Australia. It’s the lead-up to the first Formula One Grand Prix of 2016, the Australian Grand Prix, and it’s that particular brand of light-heartedness that can only come with this kind of fresh start. It’s not all fun and games, though. You can still feel the pressure among the engineers, drivers and support staff. But it’s underscored by a great sense of community, and of humour. The world of Formula One is characterised by camaraderie as much as rivalry, after all. During the off-season Renault secured the… Read More

EVENT: We celebrate the opening of Australia’s FIRST Seiko boutique with 4 things you need to about Japan’s biggest watch brand

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Last night Seiko cut the ribbon on their brand new Sydney boutique, marking the start of a new chapter for the Japanese brand in Australia. Never before have so many Grand Seiko, Credor and hard-to-find Seiko Prospex models been so easily available, including limited editions intended for the Japanese domestic market. Before we pored over the watches in the boutique and sampled the best sushi we’ve had in a long time we sat down with Mr Hirohiko Umemoto, Seiko’s Chief Operating Officer to get some insight about one of the world’s biggest watch manufactures. These are the four key points we took away. Seiko has… Read More

EVENT: A watchmaking masterclass with Montblanc

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Some months ago, Time+Tide’s Sydney readers were given the opportunity to inspect and learn about Montblanc’s high-end horology, complete with first-hand insights from Monsieur Julien Miribel – head of Montblanc’s Villeret prototype workshop. Well, last night was Melbourne’s turn. Mr Miribel was back, and in fine form. The very first story he told was about his reaction to opening the caseback of a Minerva pocket watch. “It makes you want to cry for two reasons. One, the beauty of the movement. And two, that the watchmakers who crafted this movement did it in a time without electricity.” The whole room… Read More

EVENT: Polo is the new racing, and Time+Tide is saddling up for the season

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Founder’s Note: When the idea of sponsoring the polo was first raised by Janek Gazecki, founder of Polo in the City (and Polo by the Sea), it hit an immediate chord. What better way to introduce Time+Tide to the wider non-watch-obsessed world than on a field of manicured turf next to other publications and media groups with the thundering of hooves and the popping of champagne corks to make it all the more exciting. Believe me, PITC’s bold tagline – “Polo is the new racing” – was more than evident in the glorious sunshine yesterday as a capacity crowd milled… Read More

EVENT: Dinner with A. Lange & Söhne CEO Wilhelm Schmid

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Last week, we had the pleasure of enjoying Germany’s finest watches along with Melbourne’s finest Chinese cuisine, in the form of A. Lange & Söhne at Flower Drum, thanks to Watches of Switzerland. The banquet was delicious and the Pinot Noir perfect, both serving as excellent entrees to the main course – the timepieces. Dotted around the room on wrists and in display cases were Saxonias, Datographs and Zeitwerks, but there was really one watch we were all there for. There on the wrist of Mr Wilhelm Schmid, CEO of A. Lange & Söhne, was the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater –… Read More