Move Over Men: This Weekend Sojourn is for Women but Be Warned, the Newest Fine Jewelry Is Not for the Faint of Heart

 |  August 2nd, 2015

By Nancy Pier Sindt New York’s hot, steamy weather didn’t wilt the dazzle of the fine jewelry and accessories shown at recent trade fairs. Headlining the offerings at the Jewelers of America show were pearls and diamonds of every shape and size, colored gemstones in the season’s most-wanted colors — plus everything in between –and precious metals with an emphasis on white, and accents of yellow, pink and black. Generally, jewelry weights were light, both for price considerations and comfort of wear, but shapes were dramatic: earrings that climbed up the outside of the ear, rings that cover two and three fingers, bold collars and cuff bracelets. The styles were enough to bring out the Warrior Woman in everyone. The…

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Experience Watchmaking for a Weekend in Zurich

 |  July 31st, 2015

Always dream of going to Switzerland? Of seeing how watches are made? Well now you have your chance. The Dolder Grand hotel in Zurich is offering a “Luxurious Watchmaking Experience”  this summer and running through September 30, 2015. Operated as a special package by the iconic hillside-nesteld hotel, the event is designed to offer guests a unique watchmaking experience. Run by top Zurich retailer, Bucherer, the watchmaking class enables participants to gain a rare look inside the fascinating world of watchmaking. A  trained watchmaker will teach the art of beautiful timepieces via a once-in-a-lifetime look inside the best Swiss timepieces.  The package includes a two-night stay at the hotel, which also boasts an award-winning spa, and other amenities. Packages start at just about $3,000 per person.

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Rare Swiss Watches Stolen from Museum

 |  July 30th, 2015

The historic town of La Chaux-de-Fonds and nearby Le Locle – where Swiss watchmaking got its start – are sleepy towns with rich heritage and significant architecture that has garnered UNESCO World Heritage status. Recently, though, the towns were anything but sleepy. In fact, Monday night, thieves broke through window bars at the well-known Musee’ d’ Horlogerie du Locle and stole approximately 15 timepieces. The loot they made off with included antitque pocket watches, antique travel clocks and some more modern wristwatches – all stolen within minutes. The thieves have not yet been found. This break in comes just two months on the heels of the burglary at Musée International d’Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds back in May, where thieves broke down the front…

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Vroom, Vroom …. Five Watches Inspired by Cars

 |  July 30th, 2015

  Summer. …  Time to take the tops down on those convertibles, visit the local racetracks, and basically enjoy the mechanics of great automobiles. For those who love the fine tuning of a car, the precision of its engine and the sleek beauty of its profile — it may please you to know that these are also the defining factors of several key timepieces from watch brands that have closely aligned themselves with the world of automobiles. Seen in the photo above: Sleek, sophisticated automotive design inspired this Bovet Pininfarina Sergio Split-Second Chronograph. It is powered by a self-winding mechanical moment and is crafted in shot-blasted stainless steel in the brand’s much-loved 45mm Amadeo® Convertible case (which can transform from…

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Baume & Mercier’s Clifton Complete Calendar: A Moon for Every Man

 |  July 29th, 2015

Baume & Mercier has been making quality Swiss-made timepieces for the past 184 years and is well poised for another couple of centuries. The brand makes a constant effort to combine traditional styles with modern approaches, which has resulted in an amazing line up of watches. Among them: the Clifton Complete Calendar with its Anthracite dial and moon phase. The piece itself features a Swiss-made self-winding Dubois Depraz 9000 movement, which handles quite a few technical functions.The Dubois Depraz caliber (with 25 jewels) boasts a 42-hour power reserve. The moon phase, day, month and central hand date functions are displayed in a very classic, yet contemporary manner. At 43mm, the polished/satin-finished steel casing contains a sapphire crystal both on the front as well…

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