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Greubel Forsey Wins International Chronometry Competition

Congratulations to the boys and girls at Greubel Forsey for this award.

A fantastic piece and well deserved *claps*.

[Press Release] October 2011–Greubel Forsey’s Double Tourbillon 30° Technique (DT30T) has won the 2011 International Chronometry Competition held at the Museum of Horology in Le Locle, Switzerland.

The DT30T, featuring a 60-second tourbillon cage inclined at 30° rotating inside a second four-minute tourbillon cage, scored 915 points from a possible 1,000 to claim first place both in the tourbillon category and the overall competition.

This latest accolade completes a remarkable hat-trick of major prizes for Greubel Forsey. They now have the distinction of being the only brand to have won the Prix Gaïa for “Entrepreneurship” (2009); the Aiguille d’Or – best overall watch – at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (2010), and now the International Chronometry Competition.

Eighteen pieces were entered into the precision competition in three categories: “Tourbillon Category,” “Classic Category” for standard escapements, and a “School Category” for the watchmakers of tomorrow.

This year marked the second edition of the International Chronometry Competition since its introduction in 2009 when Greubel Forsey entered the Quadruple Tourbillon.

The fully-cased timepieces are first subjected to 15 days of tests at the Observatory in Besançon, France, then 15 days tests at the COSC laboratory in Bienne, Switzerland, followed by exposure to a magnetic field and subjected to repeated shocks before undergoing yet another 15 days tests at COSC laboratory in Bienne.

The Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique DT30T in 5N gold entered into this year’s competition is a standard timepiece fully representative of those created for collectors.

Company co-founder Stephen Forsey believes that winning the International Chronometry Competition is fine recognition for Greubel Forsey’s constant quest for innovation and perfection, and that superlative precision can now be officially added to the qualities of excellent finishing and the innovative horological architecture for which Greubel Forsey timepieces have become renowned. “We are delighted to have achieved the fine distinction of creating the most accurate timepiece as evaluated at this year’s International Chronometry Competition,” said Stephen Forsey. “I’d like to thank everyone at Greubel Forsey for their extremely hard work and for making this achievement possible.”

Company co-founder Robert Greubel added: “This is a joyous moment for Greubel Forsey. All of our complications are conceived, created and tested with the aim of improving timekeeping precision. Entering for the second time is not only a measure of our support for the competition, but also serves as an independent validation of our inventions. Collectors can now choose a Greubel Forsey timepiece with the certain knowledge that they are acquiring the best of reliability and accuracy.”



Al Pacino To Receive Jaeger-LeCoultre ‘Glory To The Filmmaker’ Award

[Press Release] Legendary American actor and director Al Pacino is the recipient of the Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2011 Award, a prize of the Venice International Film Festival (organized by the Biennale di Venezia), created in collaboration with Jaeger-Le Coultre, and dedicated to an artist who has left an original mark on contemporary cinema. The prize has previously been awarded to some of the greatest figures in film including: Takeshi Kitano (2007), Abbas Kiarostami (2008), Agnès Varda (2008), Sylvester Stallone (2009) and Mani Ratnam (2010).

This year, the award will celebrate Al Pacino and his achievements as a filmmaker. The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday September 4th during the 68th Venice International Film Festival (August 31st – September 10th 2011) directed by Marco Mueller and organized by the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. Festival Director, Marco Mueller, describes Pacino as, “An amazing director, whose experience is precious and original, and enriches the world of contemporary film.” The award ceremony will precede the world premiere of Pacino’s third feature-length directorial picture, Wilde Salome.

Referred to as his “most personal project ever,” the unconventional feature documentary invites audiences into Pacino’s private world, as he explores the complexities of Oscar Wilde’s acclaimed play Salome, Wilde himself and the birth of a rising star, in actress Jessica Chastain.

Al Pacino has become a lasting and iconic figure in the world of American cinema. Pacino started on the stage in the mid 1960s and his heart still remains there today. In 1969 he broke through on screen with the film, Me, Natalie. With the role of Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s Award winning The Godfather, Pacino launched a career that has cemented him not only as an acting legend but as a cultural icon, with roles in such films as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and Scarface. Pacino has never lost his dedication to the theatre, most recently receiving a Tony Award Nomination for the critically acclaimed Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice. In Looking for Richard he examined Shakespeare’s cultural relevance with Richard III and won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. He has provided audiences with indelible performances in films such as Glengarry Glen Ross, Carlito’s Way, Heat, The Devil’s Advocate, The Insider and Scent of a Woman, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, after receiving seven previous nominations. He has won the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award and is currently the co-President of The Actors Studio in New York. Pacino’s commitment to acting and directing as a profession has established him as one of cinema’s true legends.

Wilde Salome offers an unprecedented behind the scenes look at Pacino’s odyssey: a master class of insight into this cultural icon. Pacino’s raw exploration of Salome is one of obsession, determination, commitment and above all, passion. Wilde Salome is unlike any other documentary, a profound vision of religion, literature, politics, violence and sexuality from one of the greatest artists of our time.

Wilde Salome will be released this fall and stars Al Pacino (Herod), Jessica Chastain (Salomé), and Kevin Anderson (John the Baptist), and is produced by Barry Navidi and Robert Fox, with Salome Productions.

Jaeger-Le Coultre is now in its seventh year as a sponsor of the Venice International Film Festival, and in its fifth year as the sponsor of the Glory to the Filmmaker award.



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