There is jewelry and then there is jewelry. Let’s face it, we are all taken by diamonds and gemstones, but sometimes a special design or concept captures our eyes and our hearts. Such is the case with the new jewelry unveiled by the new brand, Paul Forrest Co. The jewelry, which in its first rendition focuses on the heart motif, offers an unusual surprise: it moves. We are not talking about swaying with each movement of the wrist or neck; we are talking about actual mechanical movement. The Paul Forrest Heart’s Passion collection of jewelry features a patented “Magnificent Motion” complication that enables the small heart motif to actually beat in an open-and-close motion.
Paul Forrest Heart’s Passion Jewelry is Powered by a Patented Watch Complication
The Heart’s Passion collection marks the first time a brand had incorporated an actual watch movement with jewelry. Like a music box or old-world watch, each Paul Forrest pendant is wound by a tiny key. The patented “Magnificent Motion” complication enables Paul Forrest to create stunning jewelry unlike anything else on the market.
Designed in New York and engineered and constructed in Switzerland, each Paul Forrest piece of jewelry is meticulously crafted both inside and out. The small village of Val de Travers in Fleurier, Switzerland, is known for its haute horlogerie history. It is here that the exceptionally small mechanical movement, Caliber PF-00, that powers the motion of the hearts, is crafted. Also built there is the patented complication that offers the beating heart movement. The integrated winding key (found inside the clasp of the pendant) winds the mechanical movement via a hidden opening on the back of the pendant. While the movement is a work of fine mechanics, so, too is the key, which is comprised of multiple components and features a one-way ratcheting system for easy winding.
The initial collection offers a choice of two types of pendants: either a heart-shaped motif or a round medallion motif — both with a center stylized heart on it created in gold or gemstones. The Swiss-made pendants are created using the finest materials, such as 18-karat gold in yellow, white or rose, and feature a key and heart motif — all reinforced by the brand’s tag line: Key to your Heart. Each pendant features a double curved, anti-reflective sapphire crystal aperture, which is the window to the mesmerizing beating heart.
Details about the new Paul Forrest Co. and Heart’s Passion Jewelry
Founded by Paul Forrest Hartzband, the Paul Forrest Co. jewelry brand successful blends fine jewelry and Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship for an innovative concept. “I wanted to bring jewelry to life,” says Hartzband, whose goal was to be the vanguard of the future of jewelry. “I wanted to give jewelry a soul, to give it a pulse and heart.”
Hartzband has a long history in watchmaking and jewelry manufacturing and design. He has developed and registered many patents in the field over the course of his career. As a second-generation entrepreneur in the business, Hartzband uniquely combined his vast knowledge of mechanics and engineering to create a mechanism small enough to animate his innovative designs.
In the creation of the new brand, Hartzband has paid strict attention to the sourcing of the diamonds and gemstones. Paul Forrest Co. is dedicated to sourcing high-quality diamonds and monitors its suppliers with every shipment to ensure that all diamonds are ethically sourced and mined only from countries that participate in the Kimberly Process. This process requires participating countries to control the import and export of rough diamonds.
Technical Details of the Movement within Paul Forrest Heart’s Passion Jewelry
Manual winding through the back via an integrated Key/Clasp
Torque limited winding system
Number of parts (without cadran, diamonds, or heart elements with diamonds): 145. This includes 85 movement parts and 64 complication parts
Movement offers a Power Reserve of 8 -10 hours
316L stainless steel, high-grade aircraft quality aluminum, Durnico, Brass, Maillechort, Steel, CuBe (Copper-Beryllium), Titanium.
40 rubies (20 for movement – 20 for the complication)
Guidance and support arms are constructed from aluminum to limit the weight of the moving elements.
Pin in contact with the cam drive has ruby to limit friction.
Specially coated Teflon Cam wheel.
Movement rigorously tested by a laboratory in Switzerland for durability
Details of the Paul Forrest Heart’s Passion Jewelry
18-karat (750 pure gold) Gold in White, Yellow, Rose
Double curved Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
5 Atm water resistant
Hand engraved with signature Paul Forrest key pattern
Winding integrated Key/Clasp constructed in 18K Gold. Clasp is deployed by a push button. The key has a built in “Breguet” type ratchet system constructed in 316L for ease of winding.
Heart shaped pendant comprised of 36 pieces (not including decorative gemstones of diamonds, rubies or sapphires.)
Medallion shaped pendant comprised of 35 pieces (not including diamonds/ rubies/sapphires).
The international warranty is valid for a period of twenty-four (24) months from the purchase date. It takes effect only if the warranty certificate has been correctly dated and completed. An approved Paul Forrest Co retailer must stamp it.