November 2011 Archives

At the recent Christie's auction on the 24th of November in Paris a bracelet by Suzanne Belperron (1900-1983) set a record for her work with a final gaveled price of 247,000€.  The piece is of yellow gold set with tourmalines, peridots, emeralds, beryls and sapphires, all similar shared of green.
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Coffee!

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DeBethune (previously mentioned) has released the 4th in their "Dream Watch" series, in this case not a wristwatch, but a watch mounted in a carved iPhone case. A limited edition of 12, this takes the basic design of their piece (the DB25) from the 2011 Only Watch auction and mounts it in a carved titanium iPhone case. The dial of the watch, which is removable, is blued Ti, representing the night sky, set with white gold and diamond "stars". The Titanium case is in the shape, vaguely, of a rocket ship.

First photo shows the entire case/watch assembly
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Second one shows the watch in close up. The hours are read from the lower (6 o'clock window) and the minutes from the top, so currently it is 8:19 according to this watch.
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Cartier Masse Secrète

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Sometimes a clever design doesn't need to have anything new or complex, just the proper use of a technique. In this case, Cartier seems to have achieved that by reversing the usual layout of an automatic movement and putting the oscillating weight on the front, decorated with a panther (of course). That allows the cat to run around the dial at will, depending on the motion of the wearer. It's a pitty they went a bit overboard with diamonds on the case, but that does seem to be their MO these days.

Specs are: 42mm diameter 18k white gold case set with 6.8ct of diamonds. The dial is deep-purple mother-of-pearl and the rotor-cat is set with diamonds and black lacquer spots. Movement is the in-house MC 9603, a 16 ligne automatic with 31 jewels and a 48 hour power reserve.

First two pictures are the dial and case of the watch. The right-hand picture shows the thickness of the case needed for the dial-side rotor.

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A series of pictures showing the cat in motion
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The first Viking ship burial on mainland Britian has been found on the Ardnamurchan peninsula on Scotland's west coast. The bulk of the boat has rotted away, but the body was found with a spear, ax, sword and remains of a shield. Archaeologists estimate that the original ship would have been approximately 5 meters long (see reconstruction below)

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As I've been talking about the upcoming auction (here and here), I thought it might be interesting to take a look at some photos Life has collected of them in situ.

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At a party in 1967 she's wearing the Bulgari emerald necklace

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Wearing the 69.42-karat Taylor-Burton Diamond for the first time in public on November 16, 1969.  The occasion was Princess Grace's 40th birthday party in Monaco.

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Nice Aces!

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From Tilmann von dem Knesebeck of the Atelier Knesebeck in Hamburg comes some preview pictures of the forthcoming TK7, a horizontal "Triple Aces" tourbillon desk clock.

TK7Teil.jpg First we have the cutting of the leaves of a pinion, using 2 lathes. The blue lathe is driving a pinion cutter (a 1 toothed saw) and the shiny chrome lathe is using a dividing plate to equally space the leaves.

TK7Werk.jpg Part of the motion works of the clock, showing the double mainspring barrels. On the nearer one you can see a small cut-out near the center for a maltese-cross type stopwork.

TK7roh.jpg Finally the clock in progress!

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