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WATCH SUPPLEMENT TO JOBURG STYLE MAGAZINE

MILLE MIGLIA

THE JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH A FINE TIMEPIECE


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Favre-Leuba celebrates 280 years of watchmaking with the Bivouac 9000.

Ferdinand Adolph Lange - a watchmaking pioneer whose inventions built one of the best watch brands in the world.

Chopard celebrates the 30th anniversary of its sponsorship of this legendary 90 year-old Italian car rally.

PAST A. Lange & Söhne

BRAND NEW Peak Performer

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THE PRESENT Showpieces

The latest release out of Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève and more.

COVER STORY The Mille Miglia

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Hublot and Depeche Mode have managed to raise the sum of $1.7 million for a water charity.

An OMEGA belonging to Elvis Presley is auctioned for a record figure.

THE FUTURE Clean Mode

I often ask myself what I would buy if I had R50k to spend on a watch. After running through the list I repeat the exercise on a R100k budget and up it goes further and further away into the fantasy land of a watch enthusiast. We all know we no longer need watches to tell the time or date, and the days of timing myself running 50m sprints are also long gone. So what is it then that we pay these large amounts of money for? There are amazing products out there but I feel myself gravitating more towards amazing brands, the stories behind which are what resonate with each of us differently. Is it Steve McQueen, the world of aviation or innovation, David

EDITORIAL BOARD Editor & Publisher ERIC BORNMAN eric@ballyhoomedia.co.za Creative Direction & Design STEVE MACBETH Copy Editing SHARON PRESTON sharon@ballyhoomedia.co.za Proofreading LYNNE YATES | LOREN SHIRLEY-CARR Distribution ON THE DOT Printed by CREDA

FINAL MOMENT One for the money

Beckham or racing, space – it all depends on which flavour you like. What a wonderful personal experience and in building up a little collection (like a closet full of shoes), an experience you can enjoy time and time again. The product pages feature something for every budget this issue, starting at unbelievable value for R15k up to half a million rand. The prices fetched on auction for collector items (back page and the 1815 Homage to Walter Lange) are gobsmacking. But that dear friends is the world of fine watches and I absolutely love it. I hope you enjoy the issue, Eric

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On the cover Mille Miglia 2018 Race Edition by Chopard

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he groundbreaking The Bivouac 9000 also displays Bivouac 9000 is the any changes in air pressure at the first mechanical same altitude. Should the air wristwatch capable of measuring pressure drop during the night, altitudes of up to 9,000 metres the central hand will turn above sea level. clockwise and the small airIn 1962, Favre-Leuba pressure hand will be pointing to launched the world’s first a lower value the next morning. mechanical wristwatch capable This means the weather has of measuring air pressure and worsened. However, if the central altitudes of up to 3,000 metres hand has turned anticlockwise above sea level. It became a and the small air-pressure hand is favoured brand for mountain pointing to a higher value than it climbers, pilots, explorers and was the previous evening, this pioneers. The Bivouac 9000 pays indicates an area of high pressure homage to its legendary 1962 with improved weather namesake. conditions. Climbers can FAVRE-LEUBA CELEBRATES 280 YEARS OF The altitude is measured with therefore decide whether or not WATCHMAKING IN 2017, MAKING IT THE an aneroid barometer, the red they should attempt dangerous SECOND OLDEST SWISS WATCH BRAND WITH central hand indicates the ascents or not. THE GROUNDBREAKING BIVOUAC 9000 altitude on the bidirectional Together with the altimeter rotating bezel, which carries a and air-pressure display, the dial scale divided into 50-metre steps, up to 3,000 metres. One full also features a power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock. The case measures clockwise rotation of the red central hand thus indicates a climb in 48 millimetres in diameter and is constructed from lightweight altitude of 3,000 metres. The bezel is held securely in place by a two- titanium, which makes the watch comfortable to wear despite its size. way ratchet mechanism that prevents it from being unintentionally There is no point on earth at which the altitude is too high to be moved to a different position. accurately displayed.

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“The entire pursuit of a watchmaker should be the perfection of each and every watch” FERDINAND ADOLPH LANGE – A WATCHMAKING PIONEER


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he Dresden born watchmaker introduced the metric system in horology. He invented measuring instruments, devised new tools and different constructions following just one aim: to build the best watches in the world. His innovative concepts created the foundation on which the A. Lange & Söhne brand gained international fame. In summer 1851 Ferdinand Adolph Lange introduced his watches (made in Glashütte) in London at the World Exhibition, hoping to delight an international audience. It was his first exhibition, but nevertheless became a huge success. The watches were cheaper and more precise than his competitors and he received first prize. In a letter to the Saxon Ministry of the Interior, he reflected about his accomplishments: “My first and decisive step was to design a gauge for executing with the greatest accuracy any calculated ratio in the smallest of scales. This was followed by my work on the ratios of pinions and pieces as well as the respective machines, and I finally established the principles to be observed when building watches and designing escapements in accordance with scientific fundamentals, and introduced methodologies and reliable processes where previously arbitrariness, prejudice and disaccord had reigned. These are the fruits of 20 years of painstaking deliberation and labour, parts of which have found practical application in our factory and make our watches good, but many others, whose time has come, remain unexecuted.”

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Ferdinand A. Lange introduced the division of labour where each of his watchmakers was specialised and made responsible for a specific step in the watchmaking process; The 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” model; Walter Lange turning a balance (1941); Historic watch; Glashuette in 1879.


Decorating the watch By implementing high quality standards for any watch he made, Lange was following the motto of his teacher, Gutkaes: a watch must be perfect – from each individual component to the case. Fine engraving, guilloché work, finishing and polishing of his pocket watches still bear witness to this today.

The introduction of the metric system This picture shows Lange’s journey and workbook, in which he recorded detailed calculations for each individual gear-wheel size, using French lignes as units. On returning from his travels, he started to use the metric system instead of the French ligne units that had previously been the norm.

Three-quarter plate Lange developed the three-quarter plate over a period of many years. It improved the stability of the movement. This distinctive component became one of the characteristic features of his pocket watches. Today it still forms a major component of the watches made by A. Lange & Söhne.

Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s Most Important Innovations

Glashütter lever escapement Langes aim to make his watches more precise also led to the construction of an escapement system, the so-called ‘free lever escapement’. Each pallet was made from one piece and the contoured pallet-stones were set blanketed.

Precise measuring instruments Tools like this dixième gauge invented by Lange made it possible to determine depth, length and external diameter with even more precision – to an accuracy of a tenth of a millimetre. The measuring results are shown on an arc-shaped scale by a metal arm.

Dial micrometer This dial gauge was used to measure filigreed components that required particular precision, such as arbors and pivots. The component to be measured is clamped between the two jaws of the dial micrometer, which then measures with an accuracy of one hundredth of a millimetre.

Lathe Lange introduced the watchmaker’s lathe to replace the traditional rotating arc. A pedal could be used to turn circular parts such as pins, pinions, wheels and discs at a constant speed – ensuring high-precision manufacturing.


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The design of wheels and pinions To reduce friction and thereby minimise abrasion, Lange calculated and designed the form of the teeth on gear-wheels and pinions to optimise their interaction.

Crown winding This innovative technology replaced winding by means of a key, making it much easier to wind up the watch. An example is this early pocket watch (No. 1340), which Lange and his brother-in-law, Bernhard Gutkaes, produced in around 1850.

WALTER LANGE (1924–2017)

The jumping second The ‘seconde morte’ mechanism makes the seconds hand easier to read. Lange developed a mechanism that makes an independent big seconds hand jump every second from the middle. His sons further developed this idea and a patent application was filed in 1877.

9-metre pendulum In the new build manufactory of 1873 Lange realised a house clock with a 9-metre pendulum that oscillated uniformly. He personally designed the lever escapement of the movement and relied on his son Richard for calculating the pendulum.

When Ferdinand Adolph Lange, a Dresden watchmaker, established his watch manufactory in 1845, he laid the cornerstone of Saxony’s precision watchmaking. His precious pocket watches remain highly coveted among collectors all over the world. The company was expropriated after World War II, and the name A. Lange & Söhne nearly fell into oblivion. In 1990, Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s greatgrandson Walter Lange had the courage to relaunch the brand. Today, Lange crafts only a few thousand wristwatches in gold or platinum per year. They are endowed exclusively with proprietary movements that are lavishly decorated and assembled by hand. www.alange-soehne.com

At an age when most people are retiring, Walter Lange took it upon himself to found a company. He was 66 years old when the reunification of Germany in 1990 gave him the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to revitalise the manufactory of his forefathers. Within a period of only four years, he succeeded in bringing Germany’s most famous watch brand back to life. With a small, committed team of ingenious engineers and watchmakers, Walter Lange and his partner, Günter Blümlein, were able to answer the question of what an A. Lange & Söhne watch should look like at the end of the 20th century. Together, they understood how to win over the people around them to achieve their ambitious goal of once again making the world’s best watches in his hometown of Glashütte. With his unerring feel for style and quality, Walter Lange advocated for both the preservation of traditional craftsmanship and the development of technical innovations. As such, distinctive timepieces were created that held to a classic, artisan ideal, yet also featured state-of-the-art technology. They captured the zeitgeist of a time that had just rediscovered its fascination with mechanical watches. The best example of this is the Lange 1, which has been the face of the brand since its release in the first collection. Both the outsize date

and the decentralised dial arrangement were revolutionary at the time of their introduction. Following a long series of watchmaking successes, A. Lange & Söhne has established itself as one of the most exclusive watch brands in more than 60 countries. The small pioneering team has grown into an internationally operating company with 770 employees. Since the presentation of the first collection, A. Lange & Söhne has launched a total of 62 manufacture calibres, including some of the most sophisticated complications. The extraordinary achievements of A. Lange & Söhne have been recognised with more than 250 international awards. None of this would have been possible without Walter Lange’s pioneering spirit and impressive work ethic, for which he was justly awarded the Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony in 1998 and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2015. Walter Lange remained involved in the company he founded as a brand ambassador and consultant long after he withdrew from company management. Thanks to his courage, vision, critical spirit and his love for his ABOVE: Walter fellow human Lange in front of beings, he was a the bust of his role model for greathis employees grandfather, and the entire Ferdinand world of Adolph Lange. watchmaking.


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THE LEGENDARY CAR RALLY, BORN 90 YEARS AGO, ONCE AGAIN SAW HUNDREDS OF TEAMS COVER A DISTANCE OF ONE THOUSAND MILES (APPROXIMATELY 1,600 KM) THIS PAST MAY ENROUTE FROM BRESCIA TO ROME AND BACK THROUGH MORE THAN 200 TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ITALY

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1 The Mille Miglia cars arriving in Brescia – 1988. 2 Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and Jean Alesi ready for the 1992 Mille Miglia. 3 The Mille Miglia, the endurance race going through the most beautiful landscapes of Italy (2001). 4 Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and Jacky Ickx waiting for the departure of the 1989 Mille Miglia. 5 Karl-Friedrich and Christine Scheufele in the race – Mille Miglia 2004. 6 KarlFriedrich Scheufele and Carla Bruni in the Porsche 550 Spyder at the Mille Miglia 1997. 7 Karl-Scheufele and Caroline Scheufele taking part in the 1992 Mille Miglia race. 8 Famous Formula 1 pilot David Coulthard on the way to the ramp at the Mille Miglia 2013.


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he competition is reserved for historical models having taken part in one of the Mille Miglia editions held between 1927 and 1956. Chopard celebrated its 30th anniversary this year having been the main sponsor of the race since 1988, one of the first brands to associate with the automobile world. For Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, President of Chopard, who himself takes part in the race, the ties are obvious: “Lovers of fine cars often have a weakness for precious timepieces, and vice versa. Extreme precision and sporting elegance are important in both fields.” The Mille Miglia is a family story of passion for the Scheufeles, the passion transmitted from one generation to the next. All the members of the family have taken part or attended the Mille Miglia under the Maison Chopard flag. While the actual route of the Mille Miglia varies from year to year, there are two specific features that make it unique: the thousand-mile distance covered, and the Italian art of living inseparably bound up with the race. The world’s finest drivers come for the pleasure of competing in the extraordinary cars that collectors and museums agree to part with for the duration of the race.

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9 Eva Herzigová signing the guest board in the Chopard pavilion at Mille Miglia 2006. 10 Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and Karl Scheufele driving their car to the car sealing of the Mille Miglia 2011. 11 Formula one legend Jackie Stewart at the Mille Miglia 2010. 12 The Mille Miglia, a race throughout Italy from Brescia to Roma. 13 Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and Eva Herzigova in the Mille Miglia parade before the Mille Miglia 2006. 14 ‘Mr Bean’, Rowan Atkinson attending the Mille Miglia 2011 as co-pilot. 15 Pilot Mika Häkkinen giving autographs at the Mille Miglia 2009. 16 Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and Jacky Ickx in the race – Mille Miglia 2001. 17 Mille Miglia 2004 race.


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MILLE MIGLIA 2018 RACE EDITION This long-standing partnership has given rise to a limited, numbered series of Mille Miglia watches. The 2018 Race Edition features an engine-turned dial and counters inspired by the historical car dashboards. Endowed with a 42-hour power reserve and high-performance mechanism, it is housed in a 42mm case with an exhibition back reading “Chopard & Mille Miglia – 30 anni de passionne”. One thousand of these watches wil be issued in steel and 100 in steel and 18-carat rose gold.

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18 Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and Christine Scheufele in the race – Mille Miglia 2012. 19 Jacky Ickx signing the Chopard wall at the Mille Miglia 1998. 20 The 2018 route map. 21 Watch and fashion journalist Marie Charlotte Vananty with her partner Claudio Roddaro, Porsche car collector and pilot, attending the Mille Miglia 2017 with the Chopard team. 22 Despite the rain, pilots are looking forward to race the Mille Miglia 2016. 23 A driver wearing his Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition created by Chopard. 24 Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and Jack Ickx in the centre of Brescia for the last technical checks during the 1998 edition of Mille Miglia.


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Showpieces Rolex GMT-Master II Rolex has extended its GMT-Master II range – a black-dialed version in Oystersteel with a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a 24-hour graduated two-colour insert in red and blue ceramic. The watch is fitted on a five-link Jubilee bracelet. Two other versions feature 18-carat Everose gold to the range for the first time: the first entirely in this alloy and the second in an Everose Rolesor combination with Oystersteel. The bezels are fitted with two-colour inserts in black and a newly developed brown ceramic. Originally designed to aid airline navigation, the GMT-Master’s signature feature is the bezel that has been presented in various colours (single and two-tone combinations). The date, shown at 3 o’clock, is synchronised with local time, one of two readable time zones. The Oyster case is guaranteed waterproof to 100 metres and includes a new-generation movement with 10 new patent applications. The power reserve is 70 hours. www.rolex.com


Panerai GREEN DIAL Officine Panerai presents three new creations that share an original combination of colours: dark green dial, luminous beige markers and gilded hands, steel or titanium case and a strap of natural brown leather. The three historic Panerai cases – Radiomir, Radiomir 1940 and Luminor 1950 - feature an impressive combination of different functions for each model. Available exclusively at Panerai boutiques: the Radiomir 8 Days Titanio – 45mm (192h power reserve), the Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio – 47mm (72h power reserve) and the Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio – 44mm (192h power reserve). All three models feature the emblematic Arabic numerals and are water resistant to 100 metres. www.panerai.com


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Zenith Defy El Primero 21 In 1969, Zenith launched El Primero, the first chronograph movement able to measure 1/10th of a second precision – the most accurate chronograph the world had ever seen. Fifty years later the same model has led the way into the world of 1/100th of a second accuracy with the DEFY EL PRIMERO 21.The newly upgraded movement boasts a frequency 10 times that of its predecessor. Available in either open-worked or closed dial options, the Defy collection offers a variety of contemporary iterations and materials in the 44mm case. Pictured here are the midnightblack ceramic, rose gold, brushed titanium closed dial models and a diamond encrusted bezel for a bit of additional shine. All models have a 50-hour power reserve and are waterresistant to 100 metres. www.zenith-watches.com


La Grande Classique de Longines Longines introduced its now signature blue dials and straps long before blue was in vogue. The La Grande Classique collection debuted in 1992 with both male and female iterations. The 2018 models come in four stainless steel case sizes (24mm, 29mm, 36mm and 37mm) and are available with inlaid stone, inlaid diamond or Roman numeral hour markers, with either a blue alligator strap that matches the dial or a stainless steel bracelet. There is a power reserve of 40 hours and water-resistant to 30 metres. www.longines.com


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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight The Black Bay Fifty-Eight is named after the year in which the first TUDOR divers’ watch (waterproof to 200 metres), dubbed the “Big Crown” was introduced. Among other aesthetic references, this model has a 39mm diameter steel case, characteristic of the 1950s proportions. It is suitable to slim wrists, a compact preference and among vintage enthusiasts. The new colour combination is a subtle variation on the Black Bay look. The 70-hour power reserve means that you can take off the watch on a Friday evening and put it back on again on Monday morning without having to re-set and wind it. Available in a steel bracelet or brown leather strap with folding clasp. Waterproof to 200 metres. www.tudorwatch.com


TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf 2018 Special Edition The 1969 Heuer Monaco was the first square, water-resistant automatic chronograph in the history of Swiss watchmaking, a break with traditional aesthetic codes. The large square case with straight angles, the metallic blue dial and especially the crown positioned on the left, indicating that the watch was wound automatically. The famous Calibre 11 was the first commercialised automatic chronograph movement. The watch shared the spotlight with Steve McQueen, who insisted on wearing it throughout filming of the film Le Mans in 1971 when he drove the famous Gulf-Porsche 917K. The ‘McQueen Monaco’ has become a much-coveted watch at auctions and in collections. The steel case is 39mm in diameter with a date window at 6 o’clock, decorated in Gulf’s renowned racing colours. Water-resistant to 100 metres www.tagheuer.com


Rado Tradition 1965 Auto The Manhattan skyline originally inspired this 1965 sports watch. Its unique geometric design incorporates rectangular hour and minute markers, squared day-date complication window and the Rado red anchor at 9 o’clock denoting an automatic movement. This modern version retains its original look but integrates innovative materials typical of the brand. The case is now crafted from PVD coated titanium which is 40 percent lighter than the original stainless steel. Limited to 1,965 pieces, which includes two M-sized versions with stainless steel cases. Two other iterations are available: a silver dial with cognac leather strap also limited to 1,965 pieces and a diamond encrusted case and dial limited to just 65 pieces. www.rado.com


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Victorinox I.N.O.X. Carbon Limited Edition We all know and love the knives; the watches are as cool if not cooler. The I.N.O.X. Carbon Limited Edition is 50 percent lighter and five times more resistant than its traditional steel variation. The 43mm matt carbon case (which houses the Swiss-made quartz movement), khaki dial, military time and orange paracord strap gives it a distinct high-performance adventure look complete with built-in flashlight. The strap can unravel into rope or to replace a shoelace and is limited to a 1 000 piece collection complete with an additional khaki rubber strap. Water resistant to 200 metres with a date calendar at 4:30. www.victorinox.com


CLEAN MODE

HUBLOT AND DEPECHE MODE HAVE MANAGED TO RAISE THE SUM OF $1.7 MILLION FOR CHARITY: WATER, AN ORGANISATION THAT BRINGS DRINKING WATER TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. FUNDS WILL BRING CLEAN WATER TO MORE THAN 50,000 PEOPLE

ince the start of this partnership in 2010, the two partners have always endeavored to support associations in need. They first raised funds for The Teenage Cancer Trust with a charity concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall followed by an auction. The collaboration then continued in 2013 when they launched a larger-scale partnership to raise money for charity: water. The following year a special sales event was held at the Hublot boutique on Place Vendôme, coinciding with the band’s Paris concerts. Ten exceptional box sets were presented, each containing a signed guitar and a unique watch engraved with the name of one of the 10 cities with a special significance for Depeche Mode: Paris, New York, Basildon, Los Angeles, Milan, Warsaw, Moscow, Zurich, Berlin and Hamburg. In November of the same year, various items were sold at auction in Moscow, during which a check for $1.4 million was presented to charity: water. The various campaigns carried out by Hublot and Depeche Mode have funded 239 charity: water projects in Nepal and Ethiopia, giving over 30,000 people access to clean drinking water. The funds raised thanks to Hublot and Depeche Mode various partnerships have helped charity: water to give access to clean water to more than 80,000 people. It is currently estimated that there are still 663 million people worldwide (almost 1 out of 10) who do not have access to clean drinking water, encouraging the spread of diseases, compromising safety, preventing access to education and financial autonomy. Since it was founded 11 years ago, charity: water has helped 8.2 million people through 28,389 projects in 26 countries, including Central African Republic, India, Nepal, Uganda, Mozambique, Malawi, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Mali and Niger.

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BIG BANG DEPECHE MODE ‘THE SINGLES’ LIMITED EDITION • • • • • •

Diameter 45mm Thickness 16.30 mm Water resistance 10 ATM (100m) Black ceramic case and bezel Skeletonised matt black dial Self-windingchronographflyback movement with column wheel • Date window at 3 o’clock • Power reserve 72 hours • Strapblackrubberandcuffincoloured calfskin with black-plated studs


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One for the money ELVIS PRESLEY’S OMEGA SELLS FOR A RECORD CHF (SWISS FRANCS) 1,500,000

n OMEGA belonging to Elvis Presley was sold for CHF 1,500,000 at the Geneva Watch Auction. After lengthy and competitive bidding, the OMEGA Museum acquired the watch for their collection, in the process paying a world record for any OMEGA watch ever purchased. Dubbed the “most historically significant Elvis Presley-owned watch to ever appear on the market”, the 18-carat white gold wristwatch was presented to Elvis by RCA Records in February 1961 to celebrate his 75 million records sold worldwide. The 33mm timepiece features 44 brilliant cut diamonds surrounding the bezel, an ivory dial and a small-seconds sub-dial. The caseback reads: “To Elvis, 75 Million Records, RCA Victor, 12-25-60.” Watch photographs courtesy of Phillips from phillips.com

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24H Issue 11  

Watch Supplement to Joburg Style Magazine. July - August 2018.

24H Issue 11  

Watch Supplement to Joburg Style Magazine. July - August 2018.