Jaeger-LeCoultre Is The Watchmaker’s Watchmaker

From Esquire

When Catherine Rénier took over as CEO at Jaeger-LeCoultre just over two years ago, she had a straightforward plan: “To get our voice heard. To shed light on the fact we had been a little too quiet over previous years. What was very important,” she says, “was to give visibility to the maison.”

Not that J-LC, the 187-year-old bastion of luxury watchmaking, was in much danger of falling by the wayside. Even non-watch fans will recognise its Reverso, the rectangular watch that flips over to reveal an engravable back (or a second face), an icon of 20th-century design. Meanwhile connoisseurs will tell you few companies can match it for watchmaking prowess, that J-LC has a history of making high-quality movements, parts and tools for brands such as Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe. It’s the watchmaker’s watchmaker.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre customer, meanwhile, is one of taste and

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‘They certainly booed, I’ll tell you that’

Bob Dylan performs at Rhode Island's Newport Folk Festival in July 1965: Getty
Bob Dylan performs at Rhode Island’s Newport Folk Festival in July 1965: Getty

The poet in black struck an angry chord and told his people how it feels. “I got a head full of ideas that are drivin’ me insane,” Bob Dylan barked over a skiffle rock clatter called “Maggie’s Farm”, a servant-class metaphor for breaking free of the oppressive, conformist shackles of 1960s America. The song ended in a flurry of bluesy discord, and a roar went up unlike any heard in popular music before. Half shock and excitement, half dissent and betrayal, a torrid clash of howls and boos. At the side of the stage, organiser Pete Seeger reportedly demanded an axe to cut the microphone cord.

Fifty-five years ago today, the traditionalists of 1965’s Newport Folk Festival, Rhode Island, had watched Dylan walk onstage with an unannounced band, plug in a guitar and play his first ever

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Brazilian Phenom Anitta Signs With Warner Records

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Brazilian music phenomenon Anitta has signed a recording contract with Warner Records and is eyeing the release of a multilingual debut produced by Ryan Tedder in the U.S. later this year. The singer brings together elements of reggaetón, bossa nova, R&B, hip-hop, EDM and funk carioca in her own unique musical blend. She has recently collaborated with the likes of Miley Cyrus, J Balvin, Katy Perry, David Guetta and P. Diddy.

Already a star in her home country — where Anitta is the most streamed artist —  and beyond, Anitta’s digital profile includes 47 million Instagram followers, nearly 5 billion YouTube views, in addition to more than 14 million YouTube subscribers, and 6.5 billion cumulative Spotify streams. She has been nominated for five Latin Grammy Award and has won 6 MTV EMAs. She was set to o both the Coachella and Rock In

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‘I’ll Be Gone In The Dark’ And The Psychological Ramifications Of A True Crime Obsession

"I'll Be Gone In The Dark" tells the story of Michelle McNamara, who died before finishing her book on the Golden State killer. (Photo: Robyn Von Swank/HBO)
“I’ll Be Gone In The Dark” tells the story of Michelle McNamara, who died before finishing her book on the Golden State killer. (Photo: Robyn Von Swank/HBO)

In a passage from “I’ll Be Gone In The Dark,” true crime author Michelle McNamara comes out with it: She’s fixated on tragedy. 

“Violent men unknown to me have occupied my mind all my adult life — long before 2007, when I first learned of the offender I would eventually dub the Golden State Killer,” McNamara writes in the 2018 book, released posthumously following her death in April 2016.

“The part of the brain reserved for sports statistics or dessert recipes or Shakespeare quotes is, for me, a gallery of harrowing aftermaths: a boy’s BMX bike, its wheels still spinning, abandoned in a ditch along a country road; a tuft of microscopic green fibers collected from the small of a dead girl’s

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