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A Chinese city just auctioned Rolex watches, underwear, and Walmart gift cards turned in by civil servants – Quartz

The anti-corruption campaign initiated by China’s president Xi Jinping in late 2012 has generated arrests, trials, at least one novel, and a slew of television dramas, as well as prompted civil servants to turn in the expensive gifts showered upon them to curry favor. A major recent auction of the spoils—possibly one of the last big ones due to the crackdown on gifting—showed the strange range of these presents: Rolex…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Seven pillars of wisdom: the new Rolex watches for 2017 – The Jewellery Editor

The one thing you can expect from Rolex is continuity. While less established watch brands pursue shock-and-awe tactics and change design direction at the speed of light to dazzle potential watch buyers, things at Rolex move at a stately pace. Classic models from the 1950s and 1960s, like the Oyster Perpetual, the Submariner, the Explorer, the GMT-Master and Daytona are very present in Rolex’ core collections and can trace their…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

More than $100000 in cocaine, cash and Rolex watches seized by Calgary police – CBC.ca

Calgary police have charged three people after discovering cocaine, cash and several expensive watches following two separate investigations. One person was charged with drug trafficking after an investigation in May in which police stopped a woman seen driving around the city carrying out suspicious activity, said police in a news release. Police seized from the vehicle 956 grams of powder cocaine, saying it had an approximate value of $95,600, and…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hundreds of PSNI officers seize luxury items including Rolex watches and a diamond – Belfast Live

Hundreds of PSNI officers involved in a large scale operation against organised crime have seized luxury items including Rolex watches and a diamond. Detectives from the Reactive and Organised Crime Branch carried out 20 searches across Northern Ireland over the past two days in connection with a “major investigation into organised crime” which they say is probing “the supply of drugs and money laundering”. The police say more than 400…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Four in court over police raids on organised crime – BBC News

Image caption Three of the four appeared at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court on Thursday Four people have appeared in court after a major police investigation into organised crime. It follows raids at 20 properties across Northern Ireland – more than half of which were in Derry – that involved about 400 officers. The charges relate to assets worth more than £1m that include property, cash, drugs and high value jewellery –…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Panerai Launches E-Commerce with Limited-Edition Luminor Submersible – Watchtime.com

Officine Panerai may trace its roots way back to the 1860s — and its modern collection, to the iconic pieces it developed for the Italian Navy in the 1930s — but the Florence-based, Swiss-made watch brand has officially embraced the digital age, announcing this week its first “e-commerce first” watch — the new Panerai Luminor Submersible Automatic Acciaio – 44mm, limited to 100 pieces and offered to online customers in Panerai’s e-boutique….

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Vacheron Constantin Opens First Canadian Boutique in Toronto – PR Newswire (press release)

NEW YORK, June 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Vacheron Constantin, the luxury Swiss timepiece Maison with over two hundred and sixty years of heritage, announces the opening of its first Canadian boutique in Toronto, Ontario, at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The best-in-class retail destination offers an unparalleled luxury shopping experience, in keeping with Vacheron Constantin’s high level of sophistication and commitment to outstanding customer service. Vacheron Constantin was founded in 1755…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

What it’s like to fly in the 77-year-old Breitling DC-3 as it circles the globe – GeekWire

The Breitling DC-3 plane is setting a new world record to become the oldest plane to fly around the world. (Photo courtesy of Breitling) The Breitling DC-3 airplane is on track to make history as the oldest plane to fly around the world — and after taking a ride, I can report that it still gets around pretty well for a 77-year-old. The plane is scheduled to make 50 stops…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Breitling’s DC-3 Is on Track to Become the Oldest Airplane to Circle the Globe – Robb Report

Over the next two months, this beautiful Breitling-backed Douglas DC-3 airliner will be making 12 more pit stops throughout the United States and Canada as it inches its way closer to being the world’s oldest plane to circumnavigate the globe. The plane touched down in Seattle this past week after completing its passage over eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The plane and its support team is scheduled to…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Breitling’s Avenger Hurricane 45 watch uses dense composites to stay light – TechCrunch

According to horological legend the first luxury watch made of steel – the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak caused great consternation when it launched in 1972. Up until then there were timekeepers – small, cheap watches like Timex and Seiko – and expensive pieces that you handed out at retirements from brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe. To build a luxury watch in steel was an outrage but eventually steel surpassed…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Simply the breast! Karlie Kloss goes braless under a tailored white pantsuit as she poses in a new set of sizzling … – Daily Mail

<!– By Ryan Smith for MailOnline Published: 14:26 BST, 23 June 2017 | Updated: 16:36 BST, 23 June 2017 e-mail 26 View comments She’s a supermodel who has branched out into the apparel world, starting a clothing line – Karlie Kloss x Express Collection – with US fashion giant Express. And Karlie Kloss has unveiled her latest sartorial efforts in a new set of scintillating snapshots – including one on…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bar Refaeli Quizzed Over Alleged Million-Dollar Tax ‘Evasion’ – Forward

Israeli authorities questioned Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli over what the Tax Authority is investigating as a massive case of tax evasion. The Tax Authority “determined that she had hidden tens of millions of shekels of income in several cases of tax evasion, including falsely claiming to not have lived in Israel in 2009–2010,” according to a report in The Times of Israel. Refaeli says that she was living abroad with…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Karlie Kloss Says She’s Been Called ‘Too Fat’ and ‘Too Skinny’ by Casting Agents on the Same Day – PEOPLE.com

Karlie Kloss is one of the world’s top supermodels, but even she has dealt with criticism about her body. “I was called both too fat and too thin by a casting agent on the same day,” Kloss, 24, said at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, reports the New York Post. But Kloss says she doesn’t worry about her weight, and instead focuses on her health and strength: “I…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

This Critique About Karlie Kloss’s Weight Proves There’s No “Perfect” Body Out There – Delish.com

As a model, Karlie Kloss has gotten used to people scrutinizing every aspect of her appearance. And, in the midst of some of her harshest criticism, she’s learned a pretty freeing fact: There is no “perfect” body, no matter what anybody tells you. “I was called both too fat and too thin by a casting agent in the same day,” she told Hearst chief content officer Joanna Coles during a…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer of fun! Alessandra Ambrosio playfully poses in tiny cutoffs and skintight tank top on Malibu beach – Daily Mail

Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio was photographed arcing her knockout legs as she lounged on a beach in Malibu this Monday. The 36-year-old had slid on a dark pair of high-waisted denim cutoffs with frayed hems at her upper thigh and tiny slits going up each side. Tucked into the shorts was a pale pink backless tank top with a cleavage that dipped to offer a generous view of the…

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

You can now bid on Rolex watches on ‘the stock market of things’ – Business Insider

StockX If you’ve ever wanted to monitor the market for Rolex watches like a stock ticker, we have good news. StockX, an online retailer that calls itself the “stock market of things,” just added two more categories: watches and handbags. Anyone looking to buy can list a price they’re willing to pay for an item, while those looking to sell can list what they’re looking to get for the item….

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Comparison of prison sentences raises questions about justice (2 letters) – The Denver Post

Marquis DeShawn McDonald, left, was sentenced to 96 years in prison for his role in a jewelry store robbery. Joel Mary Felix was sentenced to 25 years for shooting a man without provocation. Re: “Man who used sledgehammer to break into jewelry store gets 96 years,” May 17 news story; and “Aurora woman sentenced to 25 years after shooting man in driveway without provocation,” May 17 news story; I was shocked…

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Get up close with 30 rare Rolex watches at this travelling horological art exhibition – The Peak Singapore

For over half a century now, the Rolex Daytona has been one of the world’s most recognisable and coveted sports chronographs. Even its latest iteration, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona (reference 116500LN) with its distinctive Cerachrom bezel, remains elusive despite being available for sale for about a year now. Thinking of buying one? Tough luck as demand continues to outstrip supply and the wait list at authorised dealers can stretch…

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ex-boxing bigshot Barry Hughes appeals proceeds of crime rap forcing him to surrender £53k luxury goods haul – Scottish Daily Record

Convicted fraudster Barry Hughes is appealing against a £53,000 order forcing him to surrender a cache of luxury items. The shamed former boxing promoter wants to keep his hands on goods including Rolex watches and a mobile phone worth £5600. Hughes was slapped with the confiscation order by a sheriff as part of a dirty money probe. The 39-year-old appeared at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh today to…

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Braylin Scott arrested for allegedly stealing teammate Hunter Donnelly’s jewelry – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Teammates on the Colorado State University football team appear to be at odds in a theft case involving valuable jewelry. CSU safety Braylin Scott was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing Rolex watches and diamond bracelets from a teammate’s dorm room, according to an affidavit for…

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017