Archive for January, 2015

Congratulations!

Monday, January 5th, 2015

to our members who recently passed the CW21 exam

Joseph Daley

Brandon Dark

John DeBoom

Cecilia Dunn

Miraslov Dvorak

Pete Evans

Ryan Harrington

James Hochmuth

Michael Laskoski

Trevor Reis

Mort Robinson

Toran Sheftick

Miguel Sherlock

Lorena Wilkinson

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Welcome to Our Newest AWCI Members (Oct-Dec 2014)

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Karson Barnes

Christian Bolling

Luke Boysen

Hayden Brown

Josiah Butterfield

David Cohen

Jeff Cohen

Michael Craig

Tyler Daniel

Matthew Demert

Karin Dickinson

Lee Dowell

Chase Duquette

Erik Dyrdal

John C. Figlar

Gary Flatt

David Glasser

Katharine M. Harris

Joseph Hefferon

Ross Hudson

Buddy Huguley

Josh Joyce

Reza Khalaj

Trevor Kilpatrick

Richard Legnani

Nicholas Manousos

Dalfret Martin

Michael McDonell

Gregg G. Metzler

Seth Mueller

Derek Niles

Ariel Ochoa

Michael Oransky

Luis Orozco Jr.

Chris Paoliello

Kevin R. Peavey

Robert Peterman

Christopher Pilant

Edward Popiel

Alfred Ptasznik Jr.

Cody Rieff

Justin C. Rogers

Marcin Ruszczyk

Jeremy Salewsky

Anthony Scatena

Alec Sessa

Kenneth Settles

Ben Shankland

Steve Shimonov Sr.

Douglas Smith

Kevin Smith

Robert E. Smith

William R. Stiles

Eric Storlie

Grace To

Dalton Toledo

Jose Vega

Jacob M. Weaver-Spidel

James J. Wienandt

Sabastian Wilkinson

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A Message from Our AWCI President, December 2014

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry is one of the best-loved stories. I would like to share it with you as my president’s message for December.

Fred T. White, CMW21, AWCI President
Mr. James Dillingham Young and his wife Della lived in a furnished flat at $8 a week that in its former glory would fetch $30 per week, but the property had fallen from grace. The Dillingham’s were living on $20 per week. In other words, times were hard.
     Tomorrow was Christmas, and all Della had to buy Jim a present with was $1.87. That was all, and a lot of it was in pennies she had saved from the grocery money. She wanted to buy Jim something really nice, but what could you buy that was really nice for $1.87?
     The only things that Jim and Della had of value was Jim’s gold pocket watch that had been his father’s and his grandfather’s, and Della had beautiful hair that was the envy of most women. Her beautiful hair fell down in ripples and cascades like brown water. It reached below her knees and made a garment for her.
     What could Della get for Jim for $1.87 for Christmas? She put on her coat and walked into the street and stopped when she saw a sign that read: “Hair Goods of All Kinds.” She asked the owner, Madame Sofronie, “Will you buy my hair?” “I buy hair,” said Madame. Take your hat off and let me look.” Down fell the brown cascades. “Twenty dollars,” said Madame, lifting the brown rippling hair. “Give it to me quick,” said Della. With the $20, she went shopping for Jim’s present.
     She searched the stores for that perfect gift, and there it was—a platinum watch fob chain that was worthy to be attached to such a beautiful watch as Jim’s was. The fob cost $21, leaving Della eighty cents to buy chops.
     Della had been admiring three combs in a store on Broadway. Jim knew just what he had to do—sell the watch and buy the combs for his lovely wife for her beautiful hair. The beautiful combs were made of pure tortoise shell with jeweled rims, just the right shade for Della’s hair. Home he went with the three combs in his possession.
     He opened the door and to his dismay there stood his beautiful Della with her hair all in short curls. “Jim, I hope you don’t kill me or hate me. I sold my hair to buy you the most beautiful Christmas gift,” said Della. Then she showed him the wonderful watch fob. “My hair will grow back,” said Della.
     “Dell,” he said “let’s put our Christmas presents away and keep ‘em a while. They’re too nice to use at present. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs. And now, suppose you put the chops on.”
     So this is what Christmas giving should be about—being willing to give our most valuable possession to the one we love. But greatest of these is LOVE.
    
From the White house, here’s wishing you and yours the most joyful and blessed holiday season, filled with all the things that make you happy.

 

 

Industry News, December 2014

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Stuller
Becomes a Distributor of Renata Batteries
By Donna Hardy

Swiss-made Renata BatteriesNSY Kessler Sales, Inc., the North American headquarters for the Swiss-made Renata Batteries, is pleased to announce that Stuller has become authorized as a Strategic-Key Renata Battery Distributor. According to Darrell Warren, Stuller’s Vice President of Tools, Equipment, and Supplies, the addition of the Renata product line was well timed. “Our customers demand top quality and great service, and Renata is a good fit for us.” 

To learn more about Renata, please contact Stuller at www.stuller.com, 800-877-7777, or Sy Kessler Sales, Inc., moc.relssekysnull@selas, 800-527-0719, renatausa.com.Escapement

 

 

 

 

 

The Henry Graves
Supercomplication Watch
The Henry Graves Supercomplication Watch
Sold for $24 Million
By Donna Hardy

The Henry Graves Supercomplication watch, a marvel of early 20th-century watchmaking, sold for $24 million on November 11. It is the most expensive watch ever to sell at auction. The watch was commissioned by New York banker Henry Graves in 1925, made by Patek Phillipe, and delivered in 1933. It boasts 24 complications, including grande and petite sonnerie that emulate the bells of Westminster; a record of the phases and age of the moon; sunrise and sunset indications; a perpetual calendar; and a celestial map of the New York sky. According to Sotheby’s, it is the most advanced timepiece ever made without the assistance of computers.

According to CNN’s website, “The Supercomplication was made as the result of a friendly competition between Graves, a member of a well-known banking family, and James Ward Packard, the luxury automobile manufacturer, to see who could produce the most impressive timepiece. Packard’s attempt was a pioneering feat. It was the first ever watch to feature a sky chart, which included 500 golden stars and was centered above his home in Ohio. However, it contained just 10 complications, making Graves’ timepiece the undisputed winner with 24.”

The buyer of the watch is undisclosed.Escapement

Sources
CCN.com
Mercedsunstar.com

 

TAG Heuer 
Plans to Produce a Smartwatch
By Donna Hardy

LVMH’s biggest watch brand, TAG Heuer, plans to release a smartwatch at Baselworld, March 10, 2015, but they have divulged little else about the watch. This release is timed to align closely with the release of the Apple Watch in spring 2015.
     Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer’s parent company Hublot, has been quoted as saying that TAG Heuer’s smartwatch “must not copy the Apple Watch.” Biver also said, “Communications is not the business of the Swiss watch industry. We don’t have the technology. And if you don’t have the technology, you have to buy it. If you have to buy it, you’re always late.”
     Last year TAG Heuer made a one-off smartwatch for members of the Oracle sailing team.
     Citigroup Inc. analysts have forecast that the smartwatch market will probably expand to about $10 billion in 2018 from as much as $1.8 billion this year, funneling customers away from traditional products.
     TAG Heuer also makes the luxury smartphone, Meridiist. Escapement

Sources
swissinfo.ch
digitaltrends.com