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Friday, June 10, 2011

Fear and loving in Las Vegas – Ladoire scoops award at Couture Design Awards

June 6th Las Vegas: Lionel Ladoire accepts the Couture Design Award for 'Best Watch Architecture'

he Ladoire Black Widow, the bewitching temptress of time from the febrile imagination of Lionel Ladoire has hit the headlines once again. On this occasion she is causing a stir in a town well used to people who know how to put on a show.

A panel of judges assembled by Couture Time has fallen victim to the charms of the Black Widow, awarding it the prize for best "Watch Architecture". The inaugural presentation ceremony took place in the fabulous Encore Ballroom at the Wynn Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas.

With its distinctive asymmetrical case, open-dial architecture, discreet time indications and bespoke strap and buckle, it’s not hard to understand why the Black Widow snared the award, which also took into account excellence in case, dial and/or strap design.

Time deconstructed

The green, red and white accents along with the choice of materials and finishes, are the key signature features of the four models in the Black Widow collection (only two of which, Mr Green and Mr Race, have been unleashed upon the world as yet).

The dial structure, open-worked to reveal the movement, is multilayered and delineates three regulator-type offset Hours, Minutes and Seconds zones with patented display complication mounted on ceramic micro ball bearings. Moreover, the watches in the Black Widow collections also feature a GMT function with a central hand adjusted via a fast action pusher at 2 o’clock.

Couture Design Awards

Presented as part of the Couture Design Awards, the June 4th prize-giving ceremony on the in Las Vegas was the culmination of the Couture Time exhibition and is the only contest of its kind in the USA.

Jurors included John Reardon, head of the Watch and Clock Department at Sotheby’s in New York; Keith Strandberg, International Editor at Watch Journal; veteran watch journalist Roberta Naas; watch collector and forum moderator Sam Yukon; and celebrity chef and watch collector Nick Stellino.

Creative Swiss watch brands

Watch Journal publisher Glen Bowen hailed the importance of the unique, all-new American awards program, saying:

“Watch Journal and Couture created the Couture Time Jury Prize to highlight the achievements of today’s top watchmakers and draw attention to the amazing work they are doing. The results of the inaugural competition demonstrate the jury’s appreciation for the extraordinary creativity of young, Swiss watch brands.”

Couture Time presents the world’s top luxury watch brands to America’s top-tier jewellery retailers. Couture Time takes place each year in early June at the Wynn Las Vegas.

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