The Cartier Manufacture has created a new timepiece that is a true symbol of horological innovation.
The oversized Cartier Santos Triple 100 watch delivers a great surprise due to the first-ever rotating-dial mechanism united with a skeleton movement : Turn the crown, and you can select between three unique identities! The three different dial faces of the Cartier Santos Triple 100 watch appear in succession: from a classic face featuring 12 Roman numerals, to a face completely paved with round diamonds and black sapphires in a marvellous jewellerâ€™s chessboard, followed finally by a face engraved with a tigerâ€™s head, which required over 40 hoursâ€™ work.
The team of watchmakers developed mobile prisms in 18K white gold. The prisms get activated simultaneously with help of the crown. They are operated by a miniature-gear-trains system that makes them swivel gradually in one direction or the other, thus allowing the Cartier watch reveal three different dial faces.
Moreover, the timepiece with the case crafted in 18K white gold is entirely set with precious stones. It will be available to most avid watch connoisseurs in a numbered limited edition of only 20 pieces.
The Daily (Australia) has reported that an Australian jeweler recently unveiled what he says are the world’s most expensive champagne glasses, valued at $400,000 and blinged out with 1700 white and pink diamonds.
Designer John Calleija said five jewellers spent more than three months finishing the two glasses, which were chiselled from huit kilogram blocks of crystal.
Each glass stands 15cm tall, weighs 250g, and together encrusted with 15 carats of white diamonds and six carats of rare argyle pink diamonds. They are finished with platinum 18 carat white and rose gold.
Mr Calleija said he was experimenting with his designs when he came up with the idea, but it just as easily could have been a pair of diamond-encrusted chopsticks. Continue reading →
A diamond necklace that used to belong to Christina Onassis, daughter of Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis, sold at auction on Wednesday for $7.1 million.
The necklace, with a 38-carat pear-shaped diamond, was the highlight of the Onassis jewelery auction at Christie’s in London. It is a reminder of the glamour associated with the Onassis family and a fitting example of the great jewelry and art the Onassis family was known for collecting
Christina Onassis was the only daughter of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, who went on to marry JF Kennedy’s widow Jacqueline. She lived a life of luxury, but there was tragedy too, as she lost both her parents and a brother within the space of two years. Christina died in 1987 of a heart attack. She was just 37 years old. Her jewelery collection was put on sale by her daughter Athina.
The auction also included the so-called Faberge Buddha which sold for $2.5 million : This was a jade-colored Buddha by Peter Carl Faberge, renowned for creating ornamental eggs for Russia’s imperial family.
First unveiled in Tokyo during a fashion show in June 2007, the diamond-encrusted platinum handbag will go on display at jewellery shops around London to mark the inaugural London Jewellery Week which runs from 11-15 June, celebrating the work of established designers as well as new talent.
Valued at Â£1m ($2 million dollar) and created by Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka, the bag has been set with more than 2,182 diamonds totaling 208 carats.
The organisers of the event say the handbag will be available for sale. Continue reading →
These $2 Million dollar Shoes from Stuart Weitzman were unveiled at Le Vian party in Las Vegas last week. The silver leather heels feature over 185 carats of tanzanite and 28 carats of diamonds.
The front strap features a slim strap of diamonds but the heavy gemstones are designed to curve around the ankle with a 16 carat pear-shaped tanzanite drop surrounded by diamonds that dangles down over the top of the foot.
The shoes are balanced with a delicate diamond front strap that perfectly complements Stuart Weitzmanâ€™s timeless, elegant shoe design. Continue reading →
Boucheron , the well known place Vendome Jeweler, is organizing a literary contest called “Quatre” . The contest invites one to write about precious moments of lives. Unforgettable moments or memories or simply dreams.
Here is the concept of the contest in a few words : – Write a text where you reveal a moment of intimacy that you consider to be precious – Any form is accepted (song, poem; dialogue, short story, simple prose, haiku…) – Your text is limited to 2 500 characters (spaces included) – You can write in French, English or Japanese – Duration of the contest : from may the 15th to the30th of June 2008
The most beautiful texts will be published on the website www.boucheron.com/preciousmoments as well as interviews of well known French luxury celebrities such as InÃ¨s de la Fressange, AÃ¯ssa MaÃ¯ga, Isild Le Besco… The jury will select the most beautiful testimony (one for each language)of precious moment and the winners will receive the precious ring from the Quatre ors collection.
Source : Sophie Briquet / French on-line advertising agency heaven
Designed by Pharrell Williams in collaboration with Camille Miceli (the Vuitton creative consultant who now designs jewelry for the brand and handles Marc Jacobs’s personal public relations), this new Louis Vuitton collection is a variation on four themes, in which the rhythm and energy of the new continent harmonize with the spirit of historic Europe. Blason originates from French Heraldry and is the symbol of a dynasty, synonymous with a coat of arms, and for centuries has conveyed aristocratic heritage from one generation to another. Williams, a longtime collector of Louis Vuitton luggage who, along with friend and A Bathing Ape founder Nigo designed and launched the house’s first sunglass collection in April 2005, has emblazoned the history of Louis Vuitton with this special collection of edgy, avant-garde pieces inspired by the music universe and featuring combinations that include, but are not limited to, white gold with diamonds and yellow gold with diamonds.
The collection will be available in Louis Vuitton Shops this spring. The pieces range in price from 1,400 to 420,000 Euros, or approximately $2,070 to $621,000.
From Piagetâ€™s new Limelight Paris-New York collection, this ring was unveiled at SIHH 2008, and is part of the New York Couture inspired part of the line.
The collection shows contrasts between the two fashion capitals of the world and their diverse fashion and architecture influences.
Loaded with 528 brilliant cut diamonds of approximately 7.17 total carats, this ring a shiner! Add to that 35 baguette cut diamonds totaling around 3.8 carats and luscious blue sapphires â€“ about 2.64 total carats over 116 pieces. Continue reading →
Christie’s will auction a collection of jewellery belonging to Christina Onassis, the daughter of Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis who struggled to find happiness despite her family’s wealth.
More than 40 pieces of jewellery from her collection will go under the hammer in London on June 11, the highlight of which is a pear-shaped, 38-carat D colour potentially flawless diamond which Onassis wore on a diamond pendant necklace.
Versace is branding Luxury. At a recent Watch Fair in Baselworld, the Donatella unveiled the Versace â€œnot like a watchâ€ watch.
Available on order only, itâ€™s a gold timepiece with a dial covered in more than 122 white diamonds. Given that three of this overprecious Destiny watch have already been sold, seems like The Versace lady makes sense:
â€œWomen donâ€™t really need a watch to tell time today â€” they have their cell phones and BlackBerrys. This is a jewelry watch.â€
So? What else is there unnecessary in your daily routine? So weâ€™d know what Versaceâ€™s up to next! (after helicopters and watches not meant to be worn as watches)
(not to mention I look at this ultra expensive watch and I donâ€™t see the beauty of it at all! Looks like a fish in a can!)
Irene Neuwirth is a Los Angeles based jewelry designer, who combines high fashion sophisticated style with the finest gems available. Jennifer Anniston, Jessica Alba and Kate Beckinsale are among Irene’s many celebrity clients.
This exquisite bangle bracelet features shimmering pave diamonds atop 18 kt gold, accentuated with 11mm rainbow moonstones. In India moonstone is believed to bring good fortune and help people foretell their future. The Diamond & Moonstone Bangle is available at Barneys and costs $35,840.
Your jewelry box shouldn’t cost more than the jewelry it keeps so this one should be reserved for your most expensive pieces. It is made from dark wenge wood and is supported by four glowering golden gargoyles on the bottom with a fifth tiny gargoyle poised above the keyhole. It sells for a wallet-burning $4,000.
GIORGIO ARMANI is among the designers who will be launching limited edition watches to celebrate the opening of Heathrow’s Terminal 5 later this month. Designed exclusively for the launch, the designer is unveiling three new designs that will be sold at the terminal’s World Duty Free store.
The designs, which include an Emporio Armani Gentlemanâ€™s stainless steel watch and two Emporio Armani ladies watches, will sit alongside five new watches from Burberry Endurance and Michael Kors, as well as designsfrom Breil, Sekonda, Toy Watch and Casio G-shock.