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Accessories for watch lovers

The ultimate watch owners accessory; courtesy of Bennett Winch

Renowned for their studied and uncompromising approach to refining their products beyond expectation, Bennett Winch has turned their attention to the world of horology, with the launch of their unmissable watch roll.

Watch lovers have typically struggled to find a travel companion worthy of housing their treasured timepieces, but, with a unique design and innovative materials, the Bennett Winch watch roll provides the perfect solution, bringing their DNA of function, craftsmanship and timeless style to a new arena.

Accessories for watch lovers
Accessories for watch lovers, watch roll.

Watch guru Wei Koh, an unmistakable voice in the horology world, and founder of one of its biggest publications, Revolution magazine, has been involved in every stage of the watch roll’s development. Along with the brand’s Design Director, Rupert Shreeve, it’s taken over a year to perfect everything from the watch roll’s distinctive design to its size and the materials used.“We were determined to make the ultimate watch roll. Something genuinely unique and made by hand in London from the very finest materials we could source.” Says Robin Bennett, Co-Founder of Bennett Winch. “Wei was incredibly detailed about what the pain-points were with other watch storage solutions, which provided some great design cues allowing us to create something that would set a new standard for anyone traveling with watches.”

Featuring a Kevlar layer, which is impervious to water, the Bennett Winch Watch Roll has been hand made in London and is lined in Alcantara – a fabric befitting the interior of an Aston Martin – as well as a collection of treasured wristwatches. The outer is constructed from the finest Italian leather, making it as pleasing on the eye as it is practical.

Featuring a hexagonal design, and available in black and brown, there’s room inside for three watches, placed on a removable roll with partitions: “The hexagon shape makes sure that it stands upright as well as on its side, which is important as you don’t want your pride and joy hitting the deck as you load it onto the roll. When unraveled, each edge of the hexagon forms a totally flat watch ‘staging area’ or ‘preparation deck’ – this also helps protect the watches from scratches and bumps when loading onto the cylinder, thanks to the Alcantara lining.” Says Rupert Shreeve, Design Director of Bennett Winch.

Accessories for watch lovers
Accessories for watch lovers

ABOUT BENNETT WINCH Established in 2014, Bennett Winch designs and manufactures timeless pieces inspired by the many and varied demands of modern life. The brand’s commitment to a design-led approach combines functionality with an uncompromised aesthetic. This singular vision brings together classic design cues with the finest of materials that are carefully selected for an understated yet luxurious appearance. Exclusively handcrafted in England, Bennett Winch accessories are created using traditional methods and meticulous attention to detail to ensure your bag never lets you down.

Source: BENNETT WINCH https://www.bennettwinch.com/

Things to Keep in Mind before Buying in Gemstones

Things to Keep in Mind before Investing in Gemstones
Things to Keep in Mind before Investing in Gemstones

Things to Keep in Mind before Investing in Gemstones

Investing in gems is a big decision that you want to be serious about right from the start. Since it is unlikely for a buyer to recover from a bad investment of this kind, it is important to go prepared. Learning more about the gemstones you have in mind, talking to friends, coworkers, and others who might have valuable advice, reading online, etc., are a good way to start. But time is of the essence and that’s what makes the business of buying gemstones all the more challenging. So, here is a definitive guide for people out there who are looking to invest in gemstones.

This article aims to cover a lot of grounds and is most likely to prepare you well for the job. So, don’t rush through. Just take a moment to glance through this page to get a hang of the affair.  

What Should Be My Priorities?

When buying diamonds (Read more: https://www.gsdiamonds.com.au/diamonds/) or any gemstones you should have a set of priorities, and you must not stop until they are fully checked. Here they are:

  • One of the many things that should be a priority on a gemstone buyer’s list is the source. Selecting the right source is about as important as the product you are purchasing. Never make the purchase without confirming that it’s a certified seller.
  • The second is controlling your cost. Never let the cost go out of control. If you have to downgrade your picks for that, do it but staying in control of the cost is paramount to good investment.  
  • No one deal is equally good for all gemstones. What’s a good deal on sapphire could be an even better deal on ruby? So, always look into the deal and the kind of difference it makes to the price of the concerned stone before grabbing it.
  • Buy investment-grade gemstones if you do not want to see the price fall anytime in the future. Gems value often rises, but many times they fall it, and the lower the quality is, the lesser you get on reselling.
Things to Keep in Mind before Buying in Gemstones
Things to Keep in Mind before Buying in Gemstones

Anything to Bear in Mind?

Depending on what gems you are interested in, there are some facts that you need to have in mind while purchasing.

In colored gemstones, flawless is rarer than in diamonds. So, if you have picked up a colored gem from the flawless grade, know that it is going to pinch quite a bit. So, unless you are ready for it, it’s best to avoid that section altogether.

While going for diamonds, know that the premium is where clarity is. A clear diamond is what holds all the value. But in colored gems, that’s not the case. In fact, in colored gemstones, clarity does not carry any extra value. So, if a seller is trying to push a gemstone for its clarity, know that you are in for a scam.

Inclusions are not always a bad thing. Inclusions in moderation have never hurt anybody. In fact, they are evidence that can lead you to the origin of the gemstone, its date, etc. Making an unnecessary fuss about inclusions will only push you further towards the high-end section where prices are predatory. An eye-clear stone is a fair medium between flawless and clouded.

Buyers often confuse clarity with flawlessness. While flawless is the ultimate clarity grade, it may not be what you want for your stone. In fact, the most practical way of measuring clarity is to judge against the gemstone’s normal standard. So, depending on the stone you have in mind, the standard clarity can be high or low. Prices would vary depending on that.

What Are the Common Pitfalls Down This Road?

When you are thinking of investing in gemstones, you also want to get familiar with the roadblocks along the way. Even a seemingly innocent misstep along the way can nudge you in the wrong direction. So, here are the mistakes that you want to avoid at all costs when buying gemstones. They are pretty common and have led many before you to ruinous results. So, pay attention.

No Set Budget

It’s a serious misstep to go with an open budget. It can turn the whole endeavor on its head. You can easily skid out of the boundaries inside which you’d be comfortable. On the flip side, it is quite difficult to set a budget when you don’t have a specific gemstone in mind. Regardless, you want to go with a budget in mind or be prepared to end up making an unwisely expensive purchase. It is always in the interest of the salesmen to push for a bigger sale, and a buyer without a budget restriction is more likely to give in to that than one with.

Skipping Examination

No matter the amount of research you put into it, never miss the part where you take the stone in your hand and examine it. For those buying online, you have to wait till the stone is delivered and then you can inspect it up close. This is important even if you don’t know anything about diamonds or don’t have any sophisticated tools at hand because you never know what might come to your attention.

Missing Research Work

The above point is interlinked with this one. Just as you can’t afford to miss inspecting your gemstone, much the same you can’t skip doing the research work. The research work should take place at the beginning when you have just started looking out. The research work can bring you critical information that gives you an edge over other buyers. Information is key, and every buyer should have enough to make an educated decision.

Buying with No Purpose in Mind

Last but not least, always set a purpose before buying your stones. Whether it’s for putting it on a piece of jewelry or for collection or for upgrading a piece of jewelry, you have to know what you are buying stone for. That streamlines the search and gives the buyer a purpose to go after.

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Timepiece inhabited by an exclusive Pilo & Co mechanical caliber

Pilo & Co Genève: Oustanding Pièce d’Exception PW01
an exclusive Pilo & Co mechanical caliber

“Manufacture PW01 Caliber exclusively developed for Pilo & Co Genève”

Pilo & Co Genève: Pièce d’Exception PW01: an exclusive Pilo & Co mechanical caliber | Calibre Manufacture

Focused on the segment of Swiss-made watchmaking accessibility made up of aesthetic, micromechanical variations and an ever preceding trend, Pilo & Co Genève has named its latest model Pièce d’Exception. Manufacture Caliber.

Pilo & Co Genève: Outstanding Pièce d’Exception PW01 Timepiece inhabited by an exclusive Pilo & Co mechanical caliber

Inhabited by the PW01 Caliber exclusively developed for Pilo & Co Genève, a 27 jewels mechanical self-winding movement oscillating at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hertz), this new Pilo & Co Genève Pièce d’Exception PW01 reinterprets in “watchmaking of the fundamentals” mode a micromechanical bouquet of simple complications: Day-Date (day and date indication), GMT (second-time zone) and a 40-hour power reserve indicator.

The great gap

Pilo & Co Genève is renowned for its flair for an aesthetic that defines the trend and is available in 15 collections. In spite of a special series of enameled pieces and an increasing demand for precious or semi-precious gemstones, the brand is resolutely assuming its place in the affordable market territories.

Pilo & Co mechanical caliber
Pilo & Co mechanical caliber

Humbly but masterfully, the new “Pièce d’Exception PW01” reflects Pilo & Co Genève’s know-how in pure chronometry. Powered by a deep black oscillating mass housed in a 44 mm diameter case waterproof to 5 atmospheres (50 meters), this new timepiece is now available in several dial versions. A total of 7 combinations proposed on stitched leather straps with ardillon buckle, lined with silicone for a sportier touch, matching the dial tones, as well as 3 variants available on stainless steel wristbands. A milestone timepiece that delights enthusiasts of a Swiss watchmaking tradition of excellence.

Pilo & Co Genève, a Swiss watch brand with roots in the Saint-Gervais district of Geneva, the birthplace of the Cabinotiers.

A brand constantly renewed, open to customizations and special requests

Driven by its continuing tendency to precede the trend, Pilo & Co Genève since its creation in 2001 stands out for its art of combining identities. 15 collections dedicated to affordableness, design and the capture of the moment. Among the recognized brands of swiss made, the brand does not experience the breathlessness. Its history combines the power of a strong start and controlled expansion. The brand covers all segments, it knows how to be mechanical or manufacturing without ever giving up its confidence in a successful aesthetic. Pilo & Co Geneva thus satisfies the growing expectations of buyers wishing to stand out. More and more frequently, it positively replies to requests for coherent customizations that are often based on desires for stones (precious stones, semi-precious stones, diamonds) or specific gem-setting wishes. One of Pilo & Co Genève’s specificities is to remain highly attractive in its price segment…

Pilo & Co in brief 2 own-name boutiques // 31 points of sale in Switzerland // distributed in 18 countries // Around 152 models classified into 15 collections // 20% of gem-setting timepieces by hand on request // 80% of affordable watches (between CHF 300.00 and CHF 4’200.00)

4 Important Tips for Choosing the Best Gold Buyers and Dealers

Choosing the Best Gold Buyers and Dealers
Choosing the Best Gold Buyers and Dealers

The number of people making investments in gold coins and jewelry has been increasing day by day. Also, the ladies like to buy gold jewelry on many occasions. There could be many online websites and offline stores for you to buy gold from. But finding reliable gold buyers and dealers in your area is a challenging task. In the case of precious metals, you should never take a risk of trusting dealer blindly without exploring his credentials, experience, brand value, and reputations. There are various things that you have to consider while you are buying gold. The price of the metal keeps on fluctuating every now and then. However, you should not consider price as the only factor in making the decision. The dealer plays a vital role in buying the gold as well.

Look at the important tips that you should never forget while choosing gold buyers and dealers:

Check the Reviews:

If you are buying gold from an offline store or online store, the reviews posted by the past customers are very important. The offline store owners also have a dependable and trustable page on the internet. This page will provide almost all the information about them which will of value to regular shoppers. When you explore the contents you can find names, addresses, the exact location and other useful information about those reputed stores. The past clients post their reviews about their experience with gold buyers and dealers and you should check those reviews before taking the next step. There are many online websites where people post reviews about the particular gold dealer. You can check that website too.

4 Important Tips for Choosing the Best Gold Buyers and Dealers
4 Important Tips for Choosing the Best Gold Buyers and Dealers

Check the Current Gold Rate:

The gold rate all over the world keeps on fluctuating every day. At times it is very high and at times it is low. So, when you are planning to visit the gold buyers and dealers you should check the gold rate on that particular day. It is also possible that different dealers may have a different rate for gold. Hence you should check with all the dealers in your area. Then you should choose the dealer that gives you the most affordable rate. However, you should not fall in a trap and always believe in reliable and honest offers that might be beneficial to you in all respects. The dealers may try to cheat you by fixing higher prices. So check the price as well as the purity of gold.

Check for The Credentials:

Quality and quantity certification from government authority is very important. You should explore gold dealers’ quality certifications, license, awards and recognitions before buying products from them. These documents will make sure that the dealer only deals in the best and the purest gold. The chances of him cheating you are lesser when he is government certified dealer. This is because of the strict laws and regulations that govern these sellers. There are certificates for gold authentication which is given to a dealer when they pass strict checks. So if he has all these time-tested certificates you can choose to buy from him.   

Check for references:

Buying gold is not a simple task since it involves lots of time and money. Hence you should buy gold and ornaments only when you are fully satisfied with the dealer. The trust factor also plays an important role. Trusting the gold buyers and dealers through whom you purchase from is important. It will be easier for you to trust a gold dealer when your friend or family has purchased golden ornaments from him in the past. You should ask them about his services and gold quality. You can also ask for references from your business group about the dealer with whom you are handling. If you know a person dealing with gold you should always take his advice first.

These are the tips you should keep in mind while looking for gold buyers and dealers. You should never make this decision in haste.

Chronometry 2019 competition, let’s go!

Watches of the Watchmaking School
Chronometry 2019 competition, let's go!

Chronometry 2019 competition, let’s go!

Deposit of the competing watches, two surprise guests

One by one and with the strictest discretion, the competing timepieces have arrived at the Le Locle Watchmaking Museum. Two watches from the Le Locle watchmaking school have joined the competition.

The 2019 edition of the Chronometry Contest, here we go! Embarked in an “80-day precision tour” in the most Swiss of discretions, the competing timepieces will see the public light again on 16 December 2019 when the results will be announced. In the meantime, and this is a premiere, two surprise guests, out of the competition and therefore openly, will make the different stages of this exciting competition visible and public. These are two school watches made by ET-CIFOM students from the watchmaking school in Le Locle.

Chronometry 2019 competition
Philippe Fischer, President of the Competition

Two school timepieces? One of them has a mechanism of innovation that should increase its accuracy. What better way to evaluate the potential benefits of such an invention than through the 2019 Chronometry Competition, which includes several precision controls (COSC and ISO 3159 standards) and is interspersed with attacks in the form of shocks (Laboratoire Dubois) or exposure to magnetic fields (Timelab)? Because, by comparing the scores of the two pieces, academic leaders and students, all passionate about this challenge, can identify concrete conclusions.

The introduction on the competition of these two timepieces based on values such as the transmission of knowledge and the training of tomorrow’s watchmakers also offers a major advantage to the organizers: it is finally possible for them to communicate, with images in support, on the different phases of the Contest. Since these two “squatters”, unlike the officially participating pieces that come from the brands, will not have to be treated in the greatest secrecy. They will be able to become sensors, witnesses of the tests they have undergone.

Mystery suitcase, the competition is launched On Friday, August 30, 2019, the deadline for the registration of the listed timepieces, the manufacturers’ representatives personally brought their “racing creature” to the Château des Monts, the Le Locle Watchmaking Museum. There, under the age-old light of the museum chandeliers of this sumptuous historical display, they signed the official acknowledgment of receipt received from Philippe Fischer, President of the Competition. The watches were then stored in the Competition Suitcase, secured and duly insured while awaiting their departure on the roads of the chronometric feat.

Chronometry 2019, in a quick overview
Deadline for timepieces to be deposited Friday, August 30, 2019.
80 days of testing, 4 Institutes accredited by the Swiss Confederation: METAS, COSC, Timelab Foundation, Dubois Laboratory (Chronofiable@) Download the regulations, Official website www.concourschronometrie.org

Precision and reliability, the power of History
Under the motto “precision and reliability”, the Chronometry Awards remain the most objective competition in the entire watchmaking galaxy. Indeed, it is impossible to insert any human judgment or subjective appreciation into the results. It is all about measures controlled by a Notary Public and conducted in a strictly fair manner. Relaunched in 2009 by the City of Le Locle in tribute to the most prestigious and high profile historical pages in watchmaking history, this competition is supported by a host of partners, such as the FHH, Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. This competition is to watchmaking what Formula 1 is to the automotive world. The simple fact of being on the starting line is already a consecration in itself.

Chronometry 2019 competition, let's go!
Le Locle Watchmaking Museum

Watches of the Watchmaking School
Since 1902, it has been Technicum, alias “Le Tech” for the Neuchatel population. Today, the Le Locle School of Watchmaking, founded in 1868 under the initiative of the watchmaker and politician Henri Grandjean, is part of the ET-CIFOM, the Technical School. In 2018, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this institution, teachers and students had launched a challenge: to conceive and produce 150 numbered school watches. Special finishings, ETA caliber 6498, assembly at school. Almost half of the pieces are still on sale for CHF 1’150.00, a reference to this anniversary. Inspired by this exciting experience, the school’s students and their teachers offered two specifically prepared watches to the 2019 Chronometry Competition. In one of them, an innovative mechanism has been developed to prevent any over-tension in the barrel spring. This is a prototype type modification. In the other one, it is the part devoted to the accuracy adjustment that has been modified. And the colors of their dials, blue and anthracite, attest to their origin since these are the colors reserved for tomorrow’s watchmakers as part of their training.

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Pomander collection: The legendary apple of scents celebrated by the Charles Zuber brand

Pomander collection Geneva High Jewellery
Pomander collection Geneva High Jewellery

Launched in the heart of summer during the Bellerive 2019 Festival, the Haute-joaillerie Pomander collection by the Geneva brand Charles Zuber transcends the memory of an exceptional craftsman. Precious stones Festival, magical harmonies.

Geneva High Jewellery: Pomander collection The legendary apple of scents celebrated by the Charles Zuber brand

Charles Zuber

Loyal to the spirit of this performer of the unreachable, this master jeweler who gave it his name and values, the Charles Zuber brand is installing the Pomander in the heart of contemporaneity. It revitalizes this mythical accessory by using its mastery of jewelry skills, its constant quest for the most inhabited stones as well as its sense of combinations of materials. An inspired line is born.

The Pomander, spider claws and magic of materials Today as in the past, this jewel will be worn as a pendant, at the extremity of a scarf necklace and an endless chain of two meters long, in earrings or even studs, in open-ended bracelets. “Its shape of a high-value warhead, finely enclosed by a protective net with threads so fine that they can be erased, offers all the light to precious and semi-precious stones as well as their multiplicity of colors and heats” explains Vincent Perego, a high jewelry gemstone setter at the origin of this brand that puts Geneva back at the heart of the international jewelry tradition.

Offering the precious or semi-precious stone dome and its powerful design in a puristic case, without a maximum of material, allows the Charles Zuber Pomander to be declined in an infinite series of variations” highlights this entrepreneur who is fascinated by quartz with rutile, a material rarely used in high jewelry but whose inclusions play on transparencies and tiny opacities to the point of creating crystal hairs, which are virtually organic.

History tells that this spherical shape, also known as the amber apple, was filled with fabrics soaked in prophylactic essences such as ambergris, civet or musk. From the Renaissance onwards, these adornments were transformed into pieces of goldsmith’s work created from carved precious metals. Often, their small spherical cage would use to be opened at the equator by a discreet hinge or spring system.

Pomander collection Geneva High Jewellery
Pomander collection Geneva High Jewellery

Experiential music scores. Bellerive Festival Launched in the middle of summer as part of the enchanting Bellerive Festival, the Pomander line met purists and lovers of breathtaking views, fine music, and rare locations. Founded by Lesley de Senger in 1985, this event was initially a piano tribute. Gradually, the festival became a must-attend event for six evenings and one matinee. It moved to the Ferme de Saint-Maurice Estate in 1999, has since then devoted itself to Chamber Music and favors numbered seats (450 only) in a setting with breathtaking lake views. The Charles Zuber brand had made this very Geneva-based event the launchpad for its 2019 Pomander collection.

Pomander collection Geneva High Jewellery
Pomander collection Geneva High Jewellery – Earring

Key data for Charles Zuber A high jewelry brand based on the values and know-how of a late master jeweler, Charles Zuber brand has restored Geneva and its historic jewelry tradition at the heart of current events and on the world’s markets. During his lifetime, recognized by his peers, Charles Zuber managed to produce legendary jewelry watches for the most prestigious watch brands, the ultimate in high-jewelry timepieces. Swiss Made, ethical in the careful choice and traceability of the materials used, precious and semi-precious gemstones, Charles Zuber also has a high-level watchmaking dimension. To be discovered soon.



Slate grey faces for the six new models joining the Traditionnelle...

Slate grey faces for the six new models joining the Traditionnelle collection • Pink gold cases and slate grey dials • Manufacture mechanical movements, manual-winding and...