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Blog published date: Dec 4, 2015

'Year of the Ruby' Produces Another Record Breaker for Christie's Hong Kong

Record ruby

The Crimson Flame, a 15-carat pigeon's blood Burmese ruby, set a new record on Tuesday when it sold for $18 million at Christie's Magnificent Jewels sale in Hong Kong. The gem established a new per-carat price record for a ruby at $1.2 million.

Proclaiming 2015 as the "Year of the Ruby at Christie's Hong Kong," Vickie Sek, the deputy chairman and director of Christie’s Asia jewelry department, was proud to put another record breaker in the books. Back in June, a 120-carat ruby-and-diamond necklace by Etcetera sold for $13 million, setting a world auction record for a ruby necklace.


Blog published date: Dec 3, 2015

Understanding Titanium Timepieces

titanium watch

As the watch industry reaches out of its own comfort zone and into the worlds of aviation, motorsports and other high-tech realms, a new breed of watches is emerging. That new breed is one where new materials come into play for watch cases, bracelets and even dials.

Among the most frequently used alternative (to steel and the noble metals) materials on the market today are titanium, ceramic, carbon fiber, aluminum (aluminum alloys) and polycarbonate, or resin. Within each of these categories, the materials are not all treated equally. Over the coming weeks, we will delve mor [...]

Blog published date: Dec 1, 2015

This Holiday Season, Remember There's Nothing as Special as Giving the Gift of Time


With Thanksgiving behind us and the holidays upon us, we want to start the busy shopping season with a few messages about taking time this month. We like to reiterate that there is nothing as special as giving or receiving the gift of time – something we all seem to have so little of.

Whether it is a dinner out, a few hours at a spa, or a small vacation — the concept is all about moments, relaxation and reflection. And another delight — and a great self purchase — that reflects how much your appreciate time is... a watch.

Not all watches are created equal. So, this month we will bring [...]

Blog published date: Dec 1, 2015

World's Largest Faceted Blue Topaz Is Named for Spain's Costa del Sol Town of 'Marbella'


Weighing 8,225 carats, the "Marbella" is the world's largest faceted blue topaz and the most extraordinary example of December's official birthstone.

The grapefruit-sized specimen was purchased at the Tucson Gem Shows by the Spanish government in 2000 and added to its Programa Royal Collections museum, home to one of the world’s finest selections of precious stones.

The Marbella was originally called "Topaz Azul" (Blue Topaz, in Spanish), but was renamed "Marbella" in 2010 upon the special request of Marbella's Mayoress and local dignitaries, who believed the gem could help raise the i [...]

Blog published date: Nov 30, 2015

Petra Recovers 23.16-Carat Bubblegum Pink Diamond From Famous Williamson Mine in Tanzania


Since 1940, the Williamson Mine in Tanzania has been one of the world's few sources of gem-quality "bubblegum" pink diamonds. On Friday, the mine's owner, Petra Diamonds, announced that it recovered an extremely rare 23.16-carat pink diamond of exceptional color and clarity.

The mining company described the gem as its most significant recovery from the mine to date and will offer it for sale in Antwerp next month as part of Petra's December tender process. It is said to be of a much better quality than the 16.4-carat diamond recovered at the same mine in September 2014. That stone w [...]

Blog published date: Nov 23, 2015

6,600-Year-Old 24-Karat Gold Pendant May Be the World's Oldest Bling


A 6,600-year-old 24-karat gold pendant found at the archaeological site of Solnitsata in Bulgaria could be the world's oldest bling.

The 2-gram pendant reflects the skill of a complex prehistoric society — possibly one of the first to work out how to process and produce gold goods, according to Professor Vassil Nikolov of the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

"What's interesting regarding the gold jewel... is that it wasn't discovered inside one of the graves but between them, which might testify to some kind of a more special ritu [...]

Blog published date: Nov 20, 2015

Meet the NYC 2(X)IST Architectural Watches


We carry a brand in our store that, let's just say, is not for everyone. Under the name of the men's apparel (swim, t-shirts, pajamas and underwear) brand 2(X)IST, award-winning product and transportation designer, Jason Wilbur, created the NYC 2(X)IST watch, which was unveiled to the world just a couple of years ago.

“New York is three-dimensional, not only in form but spiritually. So for this watch, inspired by rule breakers and pioneers, I wanted to create a product that captures the DNA of NYC and the amazing people that make their statement t [...]

Blog published date: Nov 17, 2015

18K Yellow Gold Makes a Statement in the New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar


Audemars Piguet unveils the new 18-karat yellow gold (case and bracelet) Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch — just in time for the holidays. Yes, it had recently released the timepiece in rose and white gold, but this 18-karat yellow gold version is an eye catcher.

This 41mm rendition is a work of art, balance and technology. It offers astronomical moon indication so precise that it will not need an adjustment for 125 years and 317 days. The 374-part caliber 5134 is also ultra-flat with a 4.31mm thickness – making it ideal for wear [...]

Blog published date: Nov 16, 2015

One-of-a-Kind Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra Flyback Chrono Coming Up for Auction


Baume & Mercier — a brand that builds fine Swiss watches for men and women — unveiled a new collection earlier this year: the Capeland Shelby Cobra line, built in honor of the legendary Carroll Shelby and the Cobra car that won against Ferrari in 1965.

Now, the brand has unveiled a one-of-a-kind rendition that is going up for auction on December 15, 2015, by Antiquorum — with all proceeds of the auction going to the Carroll Shelby Foundation that raises money for families affected by heart disease.

The 44mm one-off Capeland Shelby® Cobra Flyback Chron [...]

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