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Luxury Watch Dial Made By Flower Petals: Cartier's Floral Marquetry Parrot


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Chanel wages watch war against Cartier and Tourneau


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Inside Rolex: Understanding The World's Most Impressive Watch Maker


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Christie's Rolex Daytona Auction Rakes In $13 Million


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Franck Muller Giga Gong Tourbillon Watch: Big, Loud


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Jay Z Partners With Hublot For Shawn Carter Wrist Watch


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Omega Speedmaster '57 Celebrates Birth Of The Iconic Watch


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Watch industry bosses more optimistic about 2013 - poll

*65 pct of watch executives optimistic about 2013-Deloitte


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A Rolex in rewind

After a nearly 20-year decade Rolex brings back its Tudor timepieces, with the sporty vibe intact. http://www.latimes.com/fashion/la-ig-tudor-20130901,0,842501.story


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How Silicon Became A Luxury Wrist Watch Movement Material

Mechanical watches are little machines with moving parts made traditionally of mostly metal. While electronic watches are cheaper, mechanical watches are typically of a much higher-quality, and preferred by collectors and aficionados. While more interesting than most electronic watches, mechanical watches do not perform as well as electronic watches in many situations. Over a decade ago some high-end watch makers began to experiment with alternative materials in an effort to increase the perform


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Hey, is that a Rolex you’re wearing? How to spot a corrupt pol

In the exquisite French film The Earrings of Madame De … (1953), the passage of a single pair of expensive diamond earrings through a succession of aristocratic hands is made to represent human folly, vanity, infidelity, and hypocrisy. If Hollywood were to remake the film, substituting corrupt American politicians for corrupt French nobles, the item of jewelry would have to be a Rolex watch.


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Gandolfini's prized Rolex 'swiped from Rome hotel room' hours after death (nypost.com)


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Jay-Z Gets a Box of Rolex Watches Backstage at Wireless Festival


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Time is Money

The Economist: An industry ripe for a shake-up No one buys a Swiss watch to find out what time it is. The allure is intangible: precise engineering, beautifully displayed. The art of fine watchmaking has all but died out elsewhere, but it thrives in Switzerland. “Swiss-made” has become one of the world’s most valuable brands.


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ACO and Rolex renew partnership for Le Mans 24H

The 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious automobile races, is pleased to announce a multi-year extension to its privileged partnership with Rolex that first began in 2001.


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Swiss Weighs Geneva-Beijing Route as Rolex Draws Tourists

Bloomberg By Jennifer M. Freedman and Richard Weiss - Feb 7, 2013 Swiss Weighs Geneva-Beijing Route As Rolex Draws Tourists


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The Funniest Story You’ll Ever Hear About A Rolex

JALOPNIK | on Fri, Feb 1, 2:20 PM Dr. Jim Norman, One Hot Lap (Dr. Jim Norman, driver of the Napleton Racing #16 Porsche Cayman team that just won the GX class of the 2013 Rolex 24, has the funniest Rolex story you'll ever hear! In his own words — OHL)


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Rolex watches: The Global Brand where Elegance and Durability Mesh

The FINANCIAL, 18/01/2013 There are a few names instantly recognizable with quality. For fine automobiles, Audi and Cadillac ring true. When it comes to premier sunglasses, Gucci and Oakley are the brands everyone knows and when it comes to fine precision watches, the discerning eye knows the Rolex name stands alone.


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Swiss watch sellers gear up for Chinese New Year

Demand from Asian consumers is easing the Swiss watch industry's reliance on Christmas and December. December 24, 2012|Bloomberg News


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Patek Philippe Collector Tops S&P With 18% Gain in Fund: Retail

By Dermot Doherty Sept. 25 (Bloomberg) -- As Alfredo Paramico pulls up in a blue Audi at the 178-year-old neoclassical Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva, the staff snaps into action.


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Cancer survivor Abidal gives Rolex to sick boy

It's not all about bling and branding in the watch world, some good people are members of our little club, here is one of them. Yahoo Sport's Martin Rogers writes the following.


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SIHH 2012 Preview – Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Annual Calendar Watch

Parmigiani to introduce Annual Calendar at SIHH 2012


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Engravings from A Lange & Sohne in Boutiques

Did you know that Lange does "in boutique" engraving? Each engraver has a signature handwriting and you can find out who hand engraved your watch through that trace. A Lange & Sohne will assist in the process and this article makes mention and provides contact as to how. http://www.alange-soehne.com/cms/en/contact-service/news/2011_1110_EngravingWeekDresden From the A Lange website.


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IN-DEPTH: A Look At The Wristwatches Of Elizabeth Taylor by Hodinkee's Kate Winick

Hodinkee, the fabulous watch blog presented an article exploring their favorites from Elizabeth Taylor's collection of watches. Christie's will be presenting her one of kind pieces next to some of her most notable jewels in an exhibit set to end on December 12. http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/2011/12/5/in-depth-a-look-at-the-wristwatches-of-elizabeth-taylor.html Author of article is Kate Winick.


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Tick, Tick, Tick, Chic

We might be a generation that checks the time on our cell phones, but that doesn't mean that it isn't fashionable to strap a timepiece to our wrist each morning. Article found in the NY Times, July 7: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/07/fashion/watches-are-rediscovered-by-the-cellphone-generation.html?pagewanted=all


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Swiss Pledge Unlimited Currency Purchases

Do you think we need another price increase from manufacturers this year? The Swiss central bank doesn't think so. Find out what the bank is doing to lower costs for us wanting to be part of the watch market in this article found on Bloomberg written by Klaus Wille - Sep 6, 2011. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-06/swiss-national-bank-sets-minimum-exchange-rate-of-1-20-against-the-euro.html


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The Rise Of The Independents

Hannah Elliot for Forbes Magazine informs us as to how a small group of independent watchmakers are revitalizing the dying art and work that is watchmaking. Read how at http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2011/0912/life-watches-timepieces-roger-smith-watchmakers-independents.html


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ONLYWATCH Exceptional Charity Auction Monaco

PRESS RELEASE – July 29, 2011 ONLY WATCH 2011 THE FOURTH EDITION OF THE WORLD’S FIRST LUXURY WATCH CHARITY AUCTION 40 Unique Timepieces Created Specifically For Auction


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Timeless Treasures

Vintage watches are the latest craze for collectors favoring understated elegance over ''logo'' luxury.


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Collectible Color

Jane Wullbrandt, an award-winning designer from Atlanta, knows that today’s busy multi-tasking women of style want colorful jewelry that can be mixed and matched effortlessly to create their own signature style. Collectors have the ability to create their own distinctive looks with Jane’s designs because they evoke signature harmony in their architectural inspirations and broad use of color. While her designs answer the latest style trends, they also embrace a classic chic that will keep them as


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Cartier brings salon culture to bridal business

Bridezillas across North America can settle down-at least when it comes to jewelry. Cartier North America is simplifying wedding jewelry preparations for brides- and grooms-to-be by building bridal salons, staffed with bridal specialists, in its boutiques.


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Ebay wins big in Tiffany fakes suit

Bridezillas across North America can settle down-at least when it comes to jewelry. Cartier North America is simplifying wedding jewelry preparations for brides- and grooms-to-be by building bridal salons, staffed with bridal specialists, in its boutiques.


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New Trend in Purchasing Fine Jewelry

According to Topasio.com, in the old days, folks went down to the local jewelry shop to purchase diamond engagement rings, wedding sets, or other pieces of fine jewelry. And many still do, as they prefer to see the actual physical pieces before making a purchase. But more and more people are turning to online jewelry retailers nowadays, for many different reasons.


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Wedding Rings

We know you'd be happy with a twist tie as long as you're married to Mr. Right, but if your engagement ring isn't the fairy-tale bauble you've always dreamed of, consider trading up. Trading in your rock has become more popular than ever-from stone swapping to adding more bling to your existing ring. 'The trend with young adults is that they'll get a $10,000 ring, and a few years later, they'll want it to be larger,' explains Debi Wexler of WhiteFlash.


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