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Three Top High Jewelry Watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre

Three Top High Jewelry Watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre

  Love  a little luxury and indulgence? Look no further than your wrist — if you don one of these spectacular high-jeweled watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre that were unveiled this year. Rendez-Vous  Secret A dazzling tribute to femininity is the Rendez-Vous Secret watch. Secret watches hold such a special meaning and date back to the days when women were supposed to be discreet about watching the time. The secret watch enabled them to show off the beauty of a piece of jewelry that only they knew also contained a watch. This new piece from Jaeger-LeCoultre is inspired by a Jaeger-LeCoultre model from the 1960s. The timepiece showcases the Maison’s great skills of dial working and gem setting. Like a flower with white and pink petals, the watch’s cover is abloom in marquise-cut diamonds, pink sapphires, and brilliant-cut rubies. Two rows of brilliant-cut diamonds make up the bracelet that gracefully fits around the wearer’s wrist. The cover gently opens to give a glimpse of the time on the dial, which is further decorated with ivy leaves. In total, the secret watch is set with more than 11 carats of diamonds and gemstones. Rendez-Vous Moon Third, and certainly not least, is the Rendez-Vous Moon watch. The white gold Rendez-Vous Moon is a work of technical mastery and elegance. The moon is revealed in a wide display at 6:00, while the center depicts a starry sky. The Grand Feu and paillonné enamel dial reveals thousands of stars and brilliant-cut diamonds light the bezel, lugs, and crowns. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One High Jewelry watch is powered by the automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 935 with 49 hours of power reserve. Reverso One High Jewelry watch The Reverso is a legend in its own right and so bedecking it in baguette-cut invisibly set diamonds is a true tribute...
Meet the Stunning My Precious Time Secret Watch by Harry Winston

Meet the Stunning My Precious Time Secret Watch by Harry Winston

Recently on our Watch of the Week Column on Departures.com, we talked about Harry Winston and its famed reputation as the King of Diamonds. Here, we bring you that article and a look at one prime example of how Harry Winston deftly blends high jewelry and watchmaking in a new secret brooch watch set with more than 12 carats of diamonds. Just in time for the holidays—and the wonderful black-tie soirees that punctuate the season—Harry Winston celebrates time (it’s the most wonderful of the year) in true style. Turning to its rich roots as a purveyor and designer of diamond jewelry, the house unveils the new Art Deco-styled My Precious Time, a brooch-watch design decked in 368 dazzling diamonds weighing 12.4 carats in all. Inspired by men’s pocket watches, the stunning timepiece is as versatile as it is exquisite, transforming from a jeweled brooch to a quartz-powered watch with the touch of a “button” (a marquise-cut diamond attached to a latch). When released from the 18-karat white-gold pin, the secret octagon-shaped dial—suspended from the pin by a subtle chain—shimmers with 142 brilliant-cut diamonds. Spilling onto both sides of the “case” are 63 brilliant-cut diamonds, 20 baguette-cut diamonds, and six marquise-cut diamonds. A large 1-carat cushion-cut center stone surrounded by a floral motif accents the geometric lines of the brooch, with an additional 136 brilliant-, baguette-, and marquise-cut diamonds adorning the rest of the design, with 70 baguette-cut diamonds invisibly set to form the cylinder shape of the...
Myranmar Miners Unearth 175-Ton Chunk of Jade Valued at $170 Million

Myranmar Miners Unearth 175-Ton Chunk of Jade Valued at $170 Million

It has taken some time to fully unearth it, but a chunk of jade valued at $170,000 has been discovered in Myanmar (formerly Burma). It was recently photographed in the pit where it was unearthed, alongside 14 miners who worked at chiseling away the outer rock that surrounds the jade. The final 175-ton piece, discovered in a remote mine in Kachin State, measures 18 feet wide and stands 9 feet tall. This marks the second largest piece of jade yet to be discovere. The largest piece weighst 260 tons and has been made into a carved statue that lays on its side in the Jade Buddha Palace in China. It is said that Myanmar’s jade industry is a $31 billion source of income -and provides most of the world’s finest greenstone, for which China is the number one buyer....
Understanding the Evolution of Diamond Engagement Rings

Understanding the Evolution of Diamond Engagement Rings

By Suzanne Martinez By Suzanne Martinez Diamond engagement rings have been around a long time; no other piece of jewelry is as steeped in historical sensibility as the engagement ring. Rings have been used since ancient times to symbolize marriage. The ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were symbolic of the “eternal flame of love,” while the ancient Romans placed an engagement ring on the “ring finger” of the betrothed, believing this finger contained a vein that led to the heart. In 1477, the Archduke of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with the first diamond engagement ring ever used in recorded history. This set into motion a trend that continues to this day, as similar minded noblemen and aristocrats began giving rings to their dearly betrothed. Diamond engagement rings increased in popularity as humanity moved through the Renaissance, Baroque, Georgian, and Victorian eras into modern contemporary times. One thing remains true, however. As other jewelry trends fluctuated over time, engagement rings steadily increased in renown and splendor. Unlike other jewelry items that waxed and waned in popularity, diamonds remained popular, in part, due to their strength as a stone. Only a diamond can cut another diamond, making the substance one of the strongest on earth; a perfect representation of a new couple’s life together. In addition, a diamond ring can handle the wear of daily life in a way other stones cannot. This resilient stone is prized by men and women who wish to live a versatile lifestyle. Rich tradition and unbreakable molecular structure notwithstanding, the diamond engagement ring’s most appeal​ ing quality is its​ symbolism. Onlookers who gaze upon an engagement ring on your finger know what it represents. It immediately evokes a sense of tremendous purpose; the ring dazzles like a beacon, symbolizing the wearer is betrothed...
Corum Unveils Admiral’s Cup Legend Watches for Women

Corum Unveils Admiral’s Cup Legend Watches for Women

First unveiled to the world in 1960, the Corum Admiral’s Cup watch collection was an immediate hit. With nautical pennants gracing the dial, the sailing-inspired timepiece has become a legend in its own right. That may be why the brand chose to unveil the new Admiral’s Cup Legend collection — with updated styles perfect for women. The new Corum Admiral Cup Legend timepieces also include four 42mm pieces (including an automatic and a chronograph), as well as more than a dozen 38mm and 32mm watches, which we bring to you here. Among the key features of the new timepieces: Iconic design; perfect sizes; dramatic dials and automatic movements. Crafted in stainless steel, in rose gold, or in a two-tone combination, the 12-sided case is at once immediately identifiable and distinctive.  The watch dials are white and also offered  in mother-of-pearl, with  tropical hues and colorful pennants that bring the famed sailing design to life. Diamond accents are also available. It wouldn’t be Corum’s Admiral’s Cup if it wasn’t powered by an automatic movement bearing the Corum signature key. The Admiral Legend watches offer hour, minutes, seconds and date display (on the 38mm model). The C0-082 movement in the 38mm version offers 42 hours of power reserve, while the CO 400 movement in the 32mm model offers 40 hours of power...