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September 1, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
Rolex is relaunching its Tudor brand in the U.S. after a 17-year absence, an event that feels a bit like encountering your thrill-seeking first cousin after his long boarding school stint. Priced from $2,500 to $5,000, Tudor timepieces are produced alongside Rolex watches in Switzerland, but they're assembled with more affordable ETA Swiss watch movements rather than the movements made in-house at Rolex. Unveiled in 1946 by Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf, the Tudor collection was originally branded with a shield that contained a decorative rose, a symbol of the English Tudor dynasty.
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January 15, 2014 | By Paresh Dave, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
A home repairman pleaded no contest Wednesday to allegations he stole and pawned an $8,000 Rolex Submariner watch from the Beverly Grove house of actor Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend. The watch belonged to Christina Fulton's son, and prosecutors said it was taken from his bedroom last April on a day when 39-year-old Ricardo Orozco was working there. Orozco is accused of pawning the watch the next day. Los Angeles police matched the watch to the one stolen through receipts and a serial number, prosecutors said.
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BUSINESS
August 3, 2011 | By Sandra M. Jones
Walking into a jewelry store or high-end watch department can be an intimidating experience: The timepieces are under glass. The room is hushed. The security guard is staring at you. No wonder so many Americans these days are shopping for luxury watches at wholesale clubs or on the Internet, where they can avoid stuffy attitudes, compare brands and maybe even find a lower price. Watchmakers have come to terms with the fact that the wristwatch is no longer about telling time.
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September 1, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
Rolex is relaunching its Tudor brand in the U.S. after a 17-year absence, an event that feels a bit like encountering your thrill-seeking first cousin after his long boarding school stint. Priced from $2,500 to $5,000, Tudor timepieces are produced alongside Rolex watches in Switzerland, but they're assembled with more affordable ETA Swiss watch movements rather than the movements made in-house at Rolex. Unveiled in 1946 by Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf, the Tudor collection was originally branded with a shield that contained a decorative rose, a symbol of the English Tudor dynasty.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 1987
"Mistress" executive producer Richard Fischoff describes a mistress as the "intimate accessory" and "young flesh." How enlightening! Prior to reading this article I thought the ultimate accessory might be a Rolex watch and that young flesh was something like a veal chop. ROBERTA KLEIN EPSTEIN West Los Angeles
OPINION
October 6, 2002
Re "We Carried the Torch Far Too Long," Commentary, Oct. 2: I can finally agree with Arianna Huffington on one matter. Her ridiculing of Sen. Robert Torricelli's self-serving, teary-eyed, belated but forced announcement that he was withdrawing from his race to be reelected senator from New Jersey is right on the mark. The most outrageous of his many infamous farewell statements was his pleading, "When did we become such an unforgiving people?" Arianna, it was even before Torricelli slipped that Rolex watch on his wrist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1990
My faith in humanity and in the younger generation has been uplifted. It has been uplifted by a young man by the name of David Lee in the seventh grade at Corona del Mar High School. A week ago my wife and I went to the beach at Pelican Point, between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, and, on leaving, I foolishly left my Rolex watch by the wash basin near the parking lot. David Lee apparently found the watch, took it to a jeweler, who traced the purchase of the watch through Rolex in New York to a store in New Jersey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1996
Re "Complaints About Mexican Police Echo Riverside Case," June 2: Tommy Dwyer, an American, was found writhing in convulsions on the floor of a Tijuana jail by a journalist on Jan. 23, 1995. Despite the heroic actions of the journalist, rushing him to a hospital, Tommy died. The autopsy reports the cause of death as pneumonia. Tommy had been arrested on Christmas Day 1994, for hitting a sign with his vehicle. His bail had been paid on Jan. 13, 1995, but he was never released. The journalist revealed in a Tijuana newspaper the truth of the police ignoring the dying cries of my cousin and the pleas of other inmates who wanted to care for Tommy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1990
As the owner of a fast-food restaurant in Hollywood, I am disturbed by the implications in the article headlined "High Risk, Low Security at Fast-Food Stands." (Metro, Sept. 26.) I believe it is wrong to single out fast-food restaurants as particular targets of armed robbers. This is a problem that pervades our entire society, whether it be at liquor stores or mom-and-pop groceries, follow-home robbers in posh suburbs or Rolex grabbers on the street in broad daylight. Any business that deals in cash or valuable merchandise must take reasonable precautions to prevent criminal assault.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- Former KPMG senior auditor Scott London leaked confidential information on five companies, illegal tips that won him $50,000 in bags of cash as well as other perks, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged. Previous reports of the insider-trading scheme involving London and his friend Bryan Shaw focused on confidential information related to nutritional supplement maker Herbalife and footwear company Skechers, two firms whose audits London oversaw.  The SEC's complaint, released Thursday, alleges London also passed information about Deckers Outdoor Corp., a company for which London served as the account executive.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- Former KPMG senior auditor Scott London leaked confidential information on five companies, illegal tips that won him $50,000 in bags of cash as well as other perks, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged. Previous reports of the insider-trading scheme involving London and his friend Bryan Shaw focused on confidential information related to nutritional supplement maker Herbalife and footwear company Skechers, two firms whose audits London oversaw.  The SEC's complaint, released Thursday, alleges London also passed information about Deckers Outdoor Corp., a company for which London served as the account executive.
SPORTS
January 28, 2013 | Wire reports
Scott Pruett tied Hurley Haywood's record of five Rolex 24 at Daytona victories, helping Chip Ganassi Racing return to Victory Lane in the prestigious sports car race at Daytona Beach, Fla. A slight lineup change and a dominating performance in the twice-around-the-clock race earned the No. 01 team another celebratory Rolex watch. Three-time defending Grand-Am champions Pruett and Memo Rojas, along with NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya and IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball teamed to beat the VelocityWW team by almost 22 seconds.
BUSINESS
August 3, 2011 | By Sandra M. Jones
Walking into a jewelry store or high-end watch department can be an intimidating experience: The timepieces are under glass. The room is hushed. The security guard is staring at you. No wonder so many Americans these days are shopping for luxury watches at wholesale clubs or on the Internet, where they can avoid stuffy attitudes, compare brands and maybe even find a lower price. Watchmakers have come to terms with the fact that the wristwatch is no longer about telling time.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
EBay Inc. won a German court ruling in a case brought by Rolex Group over sales of counterfeit watches on EBay's website. The decision in Dusseldorf found that Rolex couldn't show that any similar counterfeit goods were offered on EBay after the company had been alerted to the sales. EBay faces a hearing next month in London on similar claims by L'Oreal. EBay has had mixed success in cases over counterfeits, winning last year against Tiffany & Co. and L'Oreal. It lost to LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Hermes International.
SPORTS
February 10, 2009 | T.J. SIMERS
Caught a glimpse of Patty Hearst at the Westminster Dog Show but didn't know exactly what to say. "So how's your dog? Oh, and did you ever think 35 years ago this week after being kidnapped you'd be here one day showing a Symbionese?" Also ran into Uno, the Best in Show last year, the stuffed-looking beagle touring ever since -- adorable and lovable as officials here insist on saying, but taken aback when someone from L.A. breaks the PR spell and asks if the hound has snapped at anyone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein
The sneaker- and tuxedo-clad thief was all dressed up with somewhere to go. Fast. Los Angeles police said a clean-cut man walked into a Koreatown watch store Saturday afternoon under the pretense of shopping for an engagement ring. While browsing, the thief asked a clerk to show him a set of his and hers Rolex watches worth more than $60,000, authorities said.
NEWS
March 14, 1988 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, Times Staff Writer
In the late 1950s, Jimmy Swaggart was roaming around the back roads of Louisiana in a broken-down Chevrolet, earning about $40 a week from his preaching and gospel singing. He has come a long way since then. The controversial evangelist now heads a tax-exempt enterprise that ranks, by almost any measure, as one of the most successful of its kind. Jimmy Swaggart World Ministries and its Bible college boasted revenues of $150 million in 1987--more than $500,000 each working day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1992 | LESLIE KNOWLTON
On May 17, 1987, Gene Ackley was carried by friends from a sea of wine bottles in a Gardena motel room to the safe harbor of a Costa Mesa white clapboard house. There--with the help of fellow alcoholics at Charlie Street, a free 10-day program run entirely by volunteers--he came off a three-week blackout bender into the beginning of a new life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
The Goldman family thought it had reached a turning point earlier this week in its decade-long battle to collect a $33.5-million civil judgment from O.J. Simpson. A Santa Monica judge ordered the former football star to turn over his gold Rolex Submariner watch -- estimated to be worth $12,000 to $22,000 -- to the family. But the Hall of Fame running back hit them with a fake -- literally -- when it was discovered that the luxury timepiece was a knockoff made in China, worth about $125.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2006 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
The auction regulars arrive early in the morning, prepared for a day of bidding mostly on stuff they cannot see. Some carry cups of coffee. One woman snuggles her pet Chihuahua under her coat. Today could be the day they find treasure. Bidders have been known to snag diamonds. Rolex watches. Even the diaries of Paris Hilton. But this is far from the rarefied formalities of Sotheby's or Christie's.
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