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From Ashes to Diamonds – A Cremation Diamond Really Does Exist

Based on a diamond survey conducted earlier this year, some interesting observations and trends were identified. One example, is the awareness of a cremation diamond.

A cremation diamond is an incredibly powerful tool that people can use to help navigate through both grieving process and speed up healing. Unfortunately, this touchy topic rarely is discussed. Asa result, there are many common misconceptions about the unique gemstones. In fact, most people do not even know cremation diamonds actually exist.

Diamonds have a long-standing reputation of being a luxury purchase exclusively for special occasions. But a surprising number of people buy diamond jewelry each year. Why is that? Well, it is because the beauty and allure of owning a piece of diamond jewelry is so desirable. In fact, over five million people in the U.S. spend over $2,000 on diamond jewelry per year.

The diamond survey revealed that 31% of adults in the United States have purchased diamond jewelry at least once over the past five years. Interestingly, most people spent under $1,000 (15% of everyone surveyed). The $1,001-$10,000 category represents 14% of everyone surveyed. However, 2% of those surveyed went all out. As a result, they spent greater than $10,000 on diamond jewelry over the past five years.

77% of Survey Respondents Don’t Know That Ashes Can Be Turned into Real Diamonds

Turning diamonds into ashes is something of a taboo subject. Hence, very few people actually know it is even possible. As a result, the survey results discovered only 23% of people are aware of the existence of a cremation diamond.

Almost Six Million Americans Believe Lab-Grown Diamonds are superior to Mined Diamonds

As lab-grown diamonds become ever more popular, views about them are changing for the better. 11% of people surveyed believe lab-grown diamonds are more sustainable, compared to mined diamonds. Also, 13% believe lab-grown diamonds are a more affordable option.

Continuing, greater than half the people surveyed (57%) didn’t believe there was any difference in price or quality between the two types of gemstone. This shows that lab-grown and mined diamonds are essentially identical. I’m sure that is quite surprising for most readers.

Almost 25% of Respondents Think Lab-Grown Diamonds Will Take Over Mined Diamonds

As people learn more about lab-grown diamonds, a high percentage of shoppers will choose them as the cheaper option. In addition, they will be considered more sustainable and more ethical. This will depend if buyers will ultimately view them superior to mined diamonds.

Nearly 1 in Every 3 Respondents Think Diamonds from Human Ashes are “Creepy”

Since diamonds made from ashes aren’t common knowledge, they are not openly spoken about. Therefore, many people simply have the wrong idea about the unique type of memorial jewelry. Many do view a diamond made from the ashes of a loved one, as a precious and beautiful thing. Alternatively a large number of people find the topic both dark and creepy. Not a surprise at all.

About 33% feel the notion of a cremation diamond was gross and weird. However, 22% of people thought that ashes made from diamonds were a good idea. In fact, people will indeed purchase one if it was cheaper. Another factor if they are more sustainable. Last, there is the comfort factor and whether a buyer can be certain it is a true diamond.

Are you interested in learning more or even buying a cremation diamond? Please contact us today. We work with many, luxury diamond jewelry companies and can assist with your purchase.



Eight-Day Watch Collection by Arnold & Son – A Perfect Gift Anytime

Luxury watch brand, Arnold & Son presents an updated version of one of its essential watch models. The popular Eight-Day watch collection by Arnold & Son now features a new steel bracelet. In addition, the Eight-Day watch collection pays tribute to John Arnold’s historic marine chronometers.

The luxury watch collection comes with an impressive eight-day power reserve. Hence, the name of the collection. Plus it’s rich yet subtly sophisticated details make this an iconic creation by the most British of Swiss brands. Therefore, it’s the perfect gift idea for that special someone in your life.

The high-end watch brand is named after John Arnold. As an English watchmaker of the 18th century, his is widley renowned for his ingenuity and work on marine chronometers. Arnold & Son continues to flourish and continue his legacy to this day. As a result, the company strives to explore contemporary ways to interpret, traditional watch craftsmanship.

Sophisticated Case Attachments:
For the first time, Arnold & Son includes a steel bracelet. It is 43 mm-diameter. Every element of its understated, three-link design bears a high-quality finish. The watch’s side links are each carefully polished. Plus, the center links all feature a vertical satin-brushed finish to create a dynamic line. In an essential detail, the first two outer links present the same length and curvature as the lugs. Ultimately, this design decision heightens the unity between the case and the bracelet for a more harmonious whole.

More Than a Week:
This watch case houses the A&S1016 caliber. Also included are numerous sophisticated details. Like all the calibers used by Arnold & Son, it is entirely developed, produced, decorated, assembled, adjusted and finished in the brand’s manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Plus, this fine caliber is based on a double series-mounted barrel. Yet, when combined with its oscillation frequency of 3 Hz, this allows for an exceptional autonomy of 192 hours – or eight days

Furthermore, the skeletonized case-back side of the A&S1016 caliber reveals the spaces above the barrels, gear train, and escapement. Each surface is decorated with Côtes de Genève decorative patterns radiating out from the movement’s nerve center, the balance staff. Lastly, all the skeletonized movement’s edges have been lowered and polished.

Case Details:
There is much more than the new stainless steel bracelet. First, the collection retains its distinctive creative details, An example is the guilloché dial and its fine, domed bezel. It beautifully reveals as much of the dial as possible. The Eight-Day watch piece also maintains its complex profile.

Case sides are meticulously polished with a “bassiné” construction. This process incorporates the Arnold & Son signature tiers and overhangs. Collectively, they contribute to the slimmer lines of the watch, which measures only 10.70 mm thick. Moreover, the contour of the curved lugs presents a polished recess that highlights the raised satin-finished central section.

Inner Life:
To conclude, the luxurious Eight-Day watch collection encompasses countless details. Thus, it makes this fine watch as elegant as it is easy to wear. You will find an array of colors and textures animate all its surfaces. From the bracelet, to the case and all components within. Yet, the result is stunning and features a slim profile. Lastly, the new steel bracelet makes this model ideally suited for daily wear.

The new Eight-Day watch from Arnold & Son makes the perfect luxury gift. Be sure to return again soon and follow our popular luxury blog.

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VinScént – Van Gogh Themed Luxury Aromatherapy Jewelry Company Created by Kira Madallo Sesay

The Life of Luxury is proud to announce the exclusive, world-wide launch of VinScént. To honor the legendary artist Vincent Van Gogh, film producer/writer and Van Gogh historian Kira Madallo Sesay, created VinScént – a luxury aromatherapy jewelry company. Kira is an experienced film producer, writer and member of the prestigious Producers Guild of America, Producers Council.

Kira Madallo Sesay founded the company to honor Vincent’s charitable and humanitarian legacy. His effort was exemplified during his time as a missionary and continued throughout his life. In addition, Kira is the writer and producer of the upcoming Vincent Van Gogh biopic film – “Van Gogh“. Plus, she is the author of a forthcoming book about the amazing life of artist Vincent Van Gogh.

Writer - Director Kira Madallo Sesay and Steven Spielberg
(Kira Madallo Sesay and Steven Spielberg)

Kira states, “I founded VinScént to honor Van Gogh’s body of work and his humanitarian legacy. Vincent’s empathy for the downtrodden and those forgotten by society, was exemplified during his time as a missionary and continued throughout his life. This is why it was imperative for me when I started this luxury jewelry house, that the core mission would be not only to create jeweled objets d’art, but to make the world a better place while doing it. Therefore, suicide prevention and African gold and diamond mining charity collaborations have been woven deeply into the fabric of VinScént.”

Writer - Director Kira Madallo Sesay on the Red Carpet - VinScent

Not only is the company’s mission to create aromatherapy jewelry in honor of the artist Vincent Van Gogh, but to also prevent suicides and promote mental health awareness. As a result, the Van Gogh themed line of luxury aromatherapy jewelry is created to save lives.

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VinScént Suicide Prevention Charity Collaboration:

“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me.” – Vincent Van Gogh

In December 1888, Dutch painter Van Gogh’s infamous ear cutting incident took place, after an argument with fellow artist Paul Gauguin. During this time period while living in Arles, France, he suffered from severe depression.

Vincent Van Gogh self portrait bandaged ear- VinScent

Sadly, due to the legendary artist’s struggle with Bipolar disorder, Vincent Van Gogh passed away after committing suicide on July 29, 1890. Van Gogh’s birthday is on March 30th, which also is World Bipolar Day. In honor of Vincent’s legacy, VinScént will work in conjunction with suicide prevention charities. The goal is to both save lives and spread mental health awareness. Also, a portion of the profits will be donated to suicide prevention charities, as well as African diamond mining community charities.

Vincent Van Gogh self portrait - VinScent
“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh

The impetus of Kira’s journey into the world of Van Gogh was the passing of her Dutch friend.  He committed suicide after battling with bipolar disorder. She decided to honor his life by embarking on a journey to better understand the struggles of people suffering from mental illness. As a result, Kira started to study Vincent Van Gogh’s letters.

“What is done in love, is done well.” – Vincent Van Gogh

This ultimate quest for understanding led Kira to spend over seven years analyzing and studying thousands of documents related to Van Gogh. She traveled to every location where Vincent lived, worked or visited, in an effort to truly walk in his footsteps. Lastly, during this process she uncovered fascinating new information about Van Gogh, which will be unveiled in her book and film.

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Suicide Prevention Charity - Vincent Van Gogh - VinScent

About The Current Suicide Crisis:

The Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent financial devastation created by it has led to a substantial increase in suicide rates among all age groups. Prior to COVID 19, suicide had actually reached epidemic proportions within the younger generation. Interestingly, suicide is currently one of the biggest killers of youth in both the UK and U.S.

Scientists have found that this generation’s psyche is deeply affected by the impact of social media. Suicide rate among girls aged 15-19 has recently hit a record high in the UK. Young people in the U.S. are dying from suicide at record rates. Per the CDC, there’s a 56% increase among Gen Z. Also, suicide attempt rates for black youths in the U.S. have increased by a staggering 73%.

More information can be found here: https://vinscentvangogh.com/suicide-prevention

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Sierra Leone Charity - Vincent Van Gogh - VinScent

VinScént African Educational Charity Collaboration:

The VinScént African mining charity collaboration is a natural fit because of Van Gogh’s time spent as a missionary in the Belgian coal mines.

Kira states, “The West African country Sierra Leone, has a long history of providing the luxurious diamonds and gold worn by people around the world. Meanwhile, schools in Sierra Leone lack the basic educational tools for children to succeed. Items that many of us take for granted like paper, pencils, desks, chairs and books are missing from these impoverished classrooms. Consequently, these children lose the life changing opportunity for upward mobility that education provides. Without intervention, the cycle of poverty continues.”

As the Leonardo DiCaprio film “Blood Diamond” portrayed, Sierra Leone has a long history of providing the luxurious diamonds worn by brides around the world.

Kira continues, “VinScént is committed to raising awareness of this timely issue. A portion of the proceeds from our jewelry sales will be donated to support educational charities in the African regions where jewelry materials are sourced.”

For additional information, please visit: https://vinscentvangogh.com/african-charity

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Vet Suicide Prevention Charity - Vincent Van Gogh - VinScent

Military Veteran Suicide Crisis:​

“To do our part to fight the suicide crisis affecting our brave veterans, VinScént is working in collaboration with military suicide prevention charities. To raise awareness and honor our fallen heroes, I have designed Van Gogh themed aromatherapy military tags in sophisticated gold with diamond accents. Anxiety easing essential oils such as calming lavender, can be placed inside of the military tags. The armed forces theme is quite fitting due to the fact that Van Gogh once dreamed of becoming a soldier.” – says VinScént Founder, Kira Madallo Sesay.

“Enlisting for 5 years in the Foreign Legion, I think I’d prefer that… But will they want to take me on as a soldier? … I myself advised Bernard to do his military service, so is it so astonishing that I should think of going to Arabia myself as a soldier?” – Vincent Van Gogh

Please visit for additional information: https://vinscentvangogh.com/military-charity

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Aromatherapy oils - VinScent

About Aromatherapy Jewelry:

Healers have used aromatherapy jewelry since ancient times in Egypt, Greece and Rome. Essential oils were worn to treat anxiety, depression, nausea, insomnia and various other mental and physical ailments. Hence, during the Victorian era in which Van Gogh lived, essential oils were applied to small pieces of velvet and inserted into jewelry pieces.

Aromatherapy jewelry is a wonderful way to enjoy the health benefits of essential oils. Simply apply the essential oil of your choice to the small piece of material placed inside of the aromatherapy pendant. Next, enjoy the delightful and calming fragrance which is with you all day long.

All diamonds used in their designs will be certified, conflict free diamonds. Additionally, VinScént is working together with African charities to uplift and empower African diamond mining communities, which provide the Western world with these beloved jewels.

Gold Bars - Vincent Van Gogh - VinScent

Works of Art in Gold

In honor of Van Gogh’s favorite color, yellow, VinScént’s luxurious jewelry designs are all created in opulent gold.

How wonderful yellow is! It stands for the sun!” – Vincent Van Gogh

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Starry Night painting by Vincent Van Gogh - VinScent

“At present, I absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly coloured than the day.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Dutch painter Van Gogh’s most famous painting is the iconic “The Starry Night.” He created it in 1889, while staying in an asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France. This stunning, oil on canvas painting is one of the most famous images in the world. It represents his view from the east-facing window of his asylum room.

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Experience the Splendor and Magnificence of the Starry Night Luxury Collection, by Kira Madallo Sesay

“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Kira stated, “The Starry Night luxury collection is a celestial symphony of exquisitely crafted objets d’art in gold, sprinkled with diamonds and kissed by stardust. Each VinScént art piece is presented in an opulent golden box tied with a sumptuous silk ribbon. The VinScént creations are envisioned at our artist atelier in Provence, France, where Van Gogh painted his masterpiece Starry Night.”

View the Starry Night luxury collection here:  https://vinscentvangogh.com/starry-night-collection

The new Van Gogh themed, luxury aromatherapy jewelry is the perfect gift for that special person in your life. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, engagement or a holiday, VinScént is ideal for any occasion.

To learn more about VinScént and Kira Madallo Sesay, please go to: http://www.vinscentvangogh.com

You can also contact one of our The Life of Luxury shopping specialists about acquiring a VinScént jeweled objet d’art.




Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry – Mother’s and Father’s Day Gift Guide

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. It’s a special holiday celebrated around the world. The day honors mothers, who offer unconditional love and support. For this Mother’s Day and next month’s Father’s Day, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry presents a special selection of timely and appropriate gifts. Each luxury jewelry gift will honor and impress parents on their special days.

In a challenging season, mothers and fathers have done so much during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than ever before, every parent deserves to be celebrated with a very special gift (or two!). Therefore, make their day a special one.

For this Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry presents a special selection of timely and appropriate gifts. As a result, they will each honor and impress parents on their special days. For example, they include house-made jewelry designs and the latest timepiece novelties from leading independent watchmakers.

Spring Greens and Tourmalines

Mother’s Day offers the perfect opportunity to add some color to her jewelry box. Consider a right hand ring, colorful bracelet, or statement necklace.
A mint tourmaline bracelet was years in the making. Thus requiring Stephen Silver’s expert eye to painstakingly source, match, graduate, and set these cushion-cut mint green stones. Together it weighs 57.59 total carats.

The mint tourmaline yellow gold halo ring by Stephen Silver is sure to be a conversation starter. Thanks to its striking mint green cushion-cut center stone, it weighs 1.93 carats. In addition, a halo of round brilliant cut diamonds and a diamond-set band (totaling 0.72 carats) complete the elegant, artisan-made piece.

This striking Afghanistan emerald and diamond necklace is the regal Mother’s Day gift of a lifetime. For example, there are over 24 carats of Afghani cushion-cut emeralds alternate between Asscher cut diamonds (17.10 total carats). Amazingly, each stone appears to float on the platinum knife’s edge.

Moody Blues

Stephen Silver explores the mysterious, moody quality of moonstones paired with vibrant sapphires. The finished product makes each a colorful Mother’s Day gifting option that is sure to delight.

This classic moonstone and sapphire ring exudes cool elegance. The 38.95 carat round cabochon moonstone center stone is gorgeous. In addition, the round brilliant cut blue sapphires (1.58 carats total) is brilliant. Each is set in 18 karat white gold.

Stephen Silver moonstone and multicolored sapphire ring

Stephen Silver’s Moonstone and Multicolored Sapphire Ring presents a playful pairing of rainbow-hued fancy sapphires (0.60 total carats). Plus, a 2.26-carat marquise cut moonstone set in an 18 karat yellow gold mounting.

Sapphire halo stud earrings by Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry offer the ideal complement to these moonstone and sapphire ring styles. The 18 karat white gold earrings feature 4.00 total carats of round brilliant-cut sapphires surrounded by 0.20 total carats of round brilliant cut diamonds.
Pretty in pink and yellow gold

These Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry designs offer fun and feminine Mother’s Day gifting options. They perfectly pair pink and purple hues with warm yellow gold.

Classic pearls get a fresh and versatile new look with Stephen Silver’s Peacock Tahitian and Kasumiga Pearl Earrings. The double-sided 18 karat yellow gold stud earrings can be reversed. As a result, they show off the 14mm purple Kasumiga pearls on one side or the 9.5mm peacock Tahitian pearls on the other.

Whether worn as an accent piece or alone, this yellow gold bezel set diamond bracelet is destined to become her hardest-working jewelry staple. The bezel settings offer a clean look that will appeal to minimalists. Hence the strongly secured round brilliant cut diamond is incredible. This makes this a beautiful and practical Mother’s Day gift that can be enjoyed every day.

New timekeepers for Father’s Day

Time is a precious thing. Therefore, the gift of a new wristwatch has always made a meaningful gift for dads. The Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry timepiece boutique offers the latest and rarest in-demand timepieces. You can choose from some of the world’s most storied watch brands and fascinating independent watchmakers.

The Ressence Type 3X titanium luxury watch is currently available, but likely not sure long. Ressence has risen to the forefront on a groundswell of collector interest. As result, the demand for each Ressence novelty launch has proven to outstrip supply.

Greubel Forsey has long been a grail watch brand for die-hard horologists. Given the brand’s technical prowess, minute attention to detail, and groundbreaking innovation. The brand’s first-ever sports timepiece is the the Greubel Forsey Balancier S. It offers all this and much more.

The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Skeleton Titanium is the latest timepiece to join Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry’s extensive BVLGARI timepiece collection. The 40mm octagonal titanium timepiece features a skeletonized dial and black strap. As a result, it makes an unforgettable Father’s Day gift for the man who cherishes design and horology in equal measure.

We wish all the moms and dads a wonderful Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We hope you enjoyed the gift ideas from Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry.

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Celebrate Star Wars Day with the Death Star Ultimate Collector Set

Tuesday, May 4 is Star Wars Day. Celebrate fandom on Star Wars Day with a Death Star-inspired, Ultimate Collector Set from Kross Studio. The company honors the iconic, Star Wars space saga. As a result, this one-of-a-kind Death Star Ultimate Collector Set is crafted for those who savor Star Wars history.

The larger-than-life collector sets are limited in quantity, with only 10 being created. This Star Wars Day set is crafted to the finest standards of Swiss design and engineering. Thus, it is the perfect companion for ultimate collectors. For example, each set contains a Death Star inspired Tourbillon watch, an authentic kyber crystal movie prop from the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Last, it’s delivered in a richly detailed Imperial kyber crystal container that measures over three feet long.

Own a piece of cinematic history

Kross Studio brings the emblematic power of the Death Star to life. The imposing design details of the mobile space station and planet-destroying superweapon form the cornerstone of this new collection.

Each collectible set contains an official screen-used kyber crystal – the power source of the Death Star’s superlaser. It is featured in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Interestingly, this marks the first time that authentic kyber crystal props will be released to the public. Thus here is an opportunity for die-hard fans to own a piece of the fascinating Star Wars galaxy.

Inspired by the Death Star legacy

Kross Studio took up the challenge of the central tourbillon. Develop a mechanical complication honoring the prominent Death Star. For example, it is featured in a 45 mm black DLC coated grade 5 titanium case. Continuing, the captivating Death Star-inspired Tourbillon cage makes one revolution per minute. On the surface of the Death Star-inspired Tourbillon, a green superlaser cannon stands reminiscent of the space station’s kyber crystal enabled power.

The watch itself tells us a great story of passion, craftsmanship and advanced technology. Features include the house-developed manual-winding mechanical movement that delivers a robust 5-day power reserve. Plus, the hands have been affixed to a peripheral display that orbits 360 degrees around the tourbillon. A traditional crown system has been replaced by an ingenious, inset push-button system.

Kross Studio developed a D-ring shaped crown on the case back for winding the watch. It is out of sight to help maintain the timepiece’s sleek, space-age styling. These clean lines are also preserved by cleverly hiding quick-release buttons on the underside of the case. This practical feature will doubtless be welcomed by collectors. As a result, it allows a quick change of the straps from the included calfskin leather strap to either of the two other included rubber straps.

An eminent design object with an immersive visual experience

The powerful and precious nature of the kyber crystals in the Star Wars galaxy, required them to be stored in armored crates for transport. Faithful to the film storytelling, Kross Studio conceived an official reproduction of those containers, made of wood and aluminum.

More than 700 parts were necessary to produce each container. It’s scaled to half the original film dimensions of 3.94 feet long (1.20 meters). Fully hand-assembled and hand-painted, the containers embody the iconic saga story down to the smallest detail. Every aspect of these substantial art objects, like fine sculptures, have been thoroughly conceptualized and executed. The details take the viewer into the Star Wars galaxy. As an example, the backlit manifest panel inscribed in Aurebesh script – one of the most widely used alphabets in the Star Wars galaxy.

Celebrate in our own galaxy

Star Wars iconography is subtly inserted to sublimate the whole. Thus, the esthetic Galactic Empire emblem and the push-button feature an engraving in Aurebesh script. Moreover, the hour hand takes the shape of an Imperial-Class Star Destroyer. While the minute hand appears as a Super-Class Star Destroyer. It carries no less than 38,000 stormtroopers. At last, the fixed hours wheel, filled with white superluminova “blue emission”, is inspired by the lighting halls embedded in the Imperial vessels.

This Star Wars Day collection is extremely rare. Remember, only 10 of these Death Star Collector Sets will ever be produced. But the launch is just the first of more exciting Star Wars-inspired products to come from Kross Studio. The company looks forward to bringing the most breathtaking and immersive experiences to their fans and customers.

May the 4th Be With You!

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New Ultrathin Tourbillon Dragon & Phoenix Timepieces from Arnold & Son

The Ultrathin Tourbillon Dragon & Phoenix merges ancient mythology with ancient minerals. Luxury watch brand Arnold & Son added new dimension to its thinnest tourbillon line. Each of the five versions are limited to just five pieces each, Plus, they present a different hardstone dial. In addition, the unique structure, color, and richness of these minerals serve as a dramatic backdrop for the two legendary creatures. Hence the dragon and phoenix. Each are beautifully depicted dancing around a prized pearl.

Arnold & Son are composed of expert Swiss artisans. They have professionally decorated the series of 25 pieces with iconic figures of Chinese mythology. They are found nestled below the off-centered dial. Since the 18th century, Arnold & Son has often employed this dial composition to accommodate its manufacture calibres. including the famed marine chronometers developed by John Arnold. As a result, the dial format allows ample room not only for the Maison’s mechanical movements but also for artistic expression.

Named after John Arnold, English watchmaker of the 18th century is widely renowned, for his ingenuity and work on marine chronometers. Therefore, Arnold & Son perpetuates its legacy today. They continue to explore contemporary ways to interpret traditional watch craftsmanship. The luxury watchmaker is based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, cradle of the Swiss watchmaking industry. Also, Arnold & Son develops its timepieces in-house including its complicated calibers.

Miniature works of art

Arnold & Son references the myth of the Dragon and the Phoenix, expressed in the highest horological art. Interesting to note, Chinese myth holds that these fantastic creatures were neighbors who decided to make a pearl together. One using its talons while the other using its teeth. The jewel became the extraordinary product of their equally impressive magic powers. Stolen by the mother of the Jade Emperor, the pearl fell down from the heavens and the creatures rushed to catch it in mid-air. As a result, this pearl of wisdom and fertility is the essence of the Ultrathin Tourbillon Dragon & Phoenix tale.

The two beasts are depicted by two expressive, precious, and finely worked miniature sculptures. They hug the dial on both sides. Complete with scales, feathers, spurs, teeth, beaks, and manes, they have been entirely crafted from solid rose gold and engraved by hand. In the dragon’s claws is the mythological pearl, here crafted in strong and lustrous mother-of-pearl. Despite their diminutive size, measuring only 2 cm long, these two creatures exhibit an extraordinary level of detail. Notice in the background, Arnold & Son introduces color, substance, and texture with five distinct hardstones.

New Ultrathin Tourbillon Dragon & Phoenix Timepieces from Arnold & Son

Products of geology

Each of the five Ultrathin Tourbillon Dragon & Phoenix models features a dial, made from a different hardstone. The five colored minerals employed (Bronzite, Eudialyte, Marcasite, Pietersite, and Verdite) were chosen for their evocative properties. In addition, they are richly textured, visually complex surfaces.

Bronzite features pearlescent, red, and black inclusions that stand out against predominantly beige tones. Black and grey Marcasite appears scattered with outgrowths, like stones emerging from a flat landscape. Next, deep blue-grey Pietersite offers cloud-like iridescence. Lastly, Verdite, meanwhile, reveals a bright, shifting green, and within the intense field of Eudialyte, white veins ripple and mottle its purplish, gradient surface.

Proportions

Each of these versions comes with a large-scaled alligator skin strap that coordinates with the dial. It is topstitched with 18-carat gold thread. Plus, the strap attaches to a 5N red gold case that measures 42 mm in diameter. Astonishingly, the thin profile incorporates the tourbillon calibre of the Ultrathin Tourbillon Dragon & Phoenix.

Each timepiece simultaneously offers accurate timekeeping. Featuring a refined skeletonized structure, mechanical nobility and symmetrical architecture. The symmetry of the pieces even extends to the domed sections. Hence, the skeletonized tourbillon bridge slightly protrudes from the dial. It is level with the off-centered dial, which is also domed.

Mechanical lacework

Under each rare stone dial lies the A&S8200 calibre. Measuring 2.97 mm thick, it is one of the thinnest ever to be regulated by a tourbillon. The A&S8200 calibre was entirely developed, produced, decorated, assembled, adjusted, and finished within the walls of the brand’s manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

This calibre is based on a large barrel with an oscillation frequency of 3 Hz. Hence providing a 90-hour power reserve that is extremely rare for a tourbillon, especially given its thinness. In addition, the structure is refined further still by the skeletonized tourbillon bridge. Also notice the unique, hand engraving on the rear tourbillon bridge. Fascinating to see, the light passes through the Ultrathin Tourbillon Dragon & Phoenix. As a result, it illuminates the mythological scene and brings the mechanical lacework into the mineral landscape.

Make a gift for that special person in your life a memorable one. For a birthday, anniversary, graduation or job promotion, giving a luxury watch is an ideal gift. Plus, it will last a lifetime. The Life of Luxury can help you locate and purchase that perfect luxury watch

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Perpetual Moon “Year of the Ox” Luxury Watch by Arnold & Son

To honor the Chinese zodiac calendar’s year of the Metal Buffalo, luxury watch brand Arnold & Son introduced a stunning new 8-piece production of the Perpetual Moon “Year of the Ox.” The watch’s glittering hematite dial features a majestic golden buffalo. It is perfectly stationed beneath an oversized mother-of-pearl moon.

Golden and glittering by day, the luminous, hand-painted scene truly comes alive at night. Therefore, the refined timepiece series by Arnold & Son beautifully perfectly expresses the expertise and artistry of the famous Swiss watchmaker. Also, it confirms their ongoing drive to explore rare minerals.

Arnold & Son installs their large moon in the night-sky. Hence, this placement forms the dial of this exceptional, luxury timepiece. In a large aperture, a disc turns to show us the various phases of the heavenly body. As a result, the appearance showcases its crescent and light.

The shadows of this mother-of-pearl moon have been hand-painted and coated with Super-LumiNova. By day, it appears almost pure white. Alas in the dark, it appears lit from within and new details appear to emerge. Plus, the constellations on the disc also receives this hand-painted, luminous treatment.

The majestic ox proudly stands posed at the 6 o’clock position, under the celestial light of the immense moon. The ox traditionally symbolizes conciliation, dialogue, and fertile abundance. As a result, these qualities are ideally expressed in this stoic, yet serene animal figure.

Arnold & Son continues to make the most of the unlimited textures and materials found in the natural world. As a result, following the obsidian and aventurine Perpetual Moon editions, spectacular hematite has been chosen for this dial. For this reason, it’s laminated in successive layers. The result produces a brilliant surface that is naturally smooth and shiny.

Due to their iron composition, the silvery flakes of all hematites bring variety to its otherwise totally black appearance. These gorgeous, glittering specks have also been incorporated into the double-faced alligator-skin strap. Lastly, the black outer face has been flake-speckled and embellished with genuine platinum (Pt950) thread stitching.

In the background, a storytelling scene unfolds. For example, each hand-painted Pagodas with gold powder, stands in the distance. Hence, they appear in the dark as if lit from within. Here too, hand painted Super-LumiNova brings life to these windows. The end result is making the Perpetual Moon appear to be inhabited.

Arnold & Son is named after John Arnold, English watchmaker of the 18th century. Armold is renowned for his ingenuity and work on marine chronometers. Arnold & Son perpetuates today his legacy, exploring contemporary ways to interpret traditional watch craftsmanship. Arnold & Son develops its timepieces in-house, including its complicated calibers.

Similar to all the movements by Arnold & Son, all stages of the watch development occurred at the brand’s Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Manufacture based in La Chaux-de-Fonds is the cradle of the Swiss watchmaking industry. The hand-wound mechanical caliber A&S1512 was entirely developed, produced, assembled, decorated, adjusted, and fully assembled there. This caliber is housed within a 42mm 18 karat red gold case.

In addition, the caliber is based on a large barrel with an oscillation frequency of 3 Hz. Thus it offers a 90-hour power reserve. The moon-phase display of this movement will remain accurate for 122 years. Then the deviation becomes only one day from the actual appearance of the moon in the night-sky. Amazing!

The House established iconic collections such as the Time Pyramid with its unique architecture and the Nebula featuring a fully skeletonized movement. Continuing, the HM Perpetual Moon displays one of the biggest moon phases on the market. Plus, the Globetrotter features an impressive three-dimensional worldtimer.

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Jaquet Droz – New Luxury Watches to Honor the 2021 Chinese New Year

Popular, luxury brand Jaquet Droz has introduced new, luxury watches to honor the upcoming 2021 Chinese New Year. These Jaquet Droz watches are a result of art meeting tradition. The limited series watch collection honors the 2021 Chinese New Year – the year of the Ox.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in VIP style. Let’s leave the frustration of 2020 behind. As a result, let’s forward to new beginnings in 2021. Hence, start the new year by making a fashion statement with these new Jaquet Droz watches. They are named the Petite Heure Minute Buffalo watch collection.

Jaquet Droz has integrated two artisanal techniques for these four watch models. They are miniature painting and relief engraving. The miniature painting variation, on Ivory Grand Feu enamel dials, depicts a pastoral scene with a peaceful ox surrounded by misty mountains. Also, this painted dial is housed in two 18kt red gold cases, one in 35mm with diamonds (1.23 carats) and a 41mm without. On the caseback, both watches also feature hand-engraved 18kt red gold oscillating weights which take the form of an ox.

The two models in relief engraving, depict an ox which appears to be leaping out of the dial. As a result, the ox seamlessly moves across the pitch-black onyx background towards the 18kt gold plum tree. The tree includes twenty seven red ruby blossoms. Plentiful symbolism can be seen here. For example, the plum tree symbolizes the harmony between humans and nature, the earth and the sky. Continuing, the rubies represent bravery and victory, which are values close to the ox’s heart.

One watch model is crafted in red gold and the other in white gold. You will notice a gem-set bezel and lugs, both 41mm in diameter. Like on the dials, the Ateliers d’Art also engraved the oscillating weights with the head of an ox on an onyx background.

Jaquet Droz truly believes gold is the only metal worthy of the ox. Therefore, three pieces come in red gold and one in white gold. The Maison selected two distinctive artisanal techniques to represent the new zodiac sign. First, a miniature painting appears on two 35 mm x 41 mm timepieces. It features a majestically peaceful ox against a background of mist-covered mountains. A handpainted and softly serene pastoral scene.

This pair of Petite Heure Minute watches provide an ample canvas for micro-painting. First is a 35 mm ladies’ version with a gem-set bezel and lugs. Second is a 41 mm version without gems. As for the case-back, the first one’s oscillating weight is personalized with a red gold appliqué. The second one has an 18-karat open-worked rotor that is hand-engraved.

Each of these four handcrafted compositions of the new Petite Heure Minute Buffalo watch collection are exclusively being released in a series of eight.

As previously mentioned, these new compositions ring in the New Year under the Chinese zodiac sign of the Ox. Legend has it that the Jade Emperor chose the animals in the 12-year zodiac cycle based on a race. The ox is portrayed carrying a rat on its back, which is ultimately how the rat won the race.

Each of these four handcrafted compositions are exclusively being released in a series of eight. A continuation of the age-old Sino-Swiss friendship and the Art of Astonishment that has lasted over 250 years.

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Latest Jaquet Droz Luxury Watch – The Impressive SW Steel-Ceramic

Popular Swiss watchmaker Jaquet Droz has done it again. They just introduced the impressive SW Steel-Ceramic luxury watch. The new SW Steel-Ceramic watch combines modern materials and a sophisticated design. In addition, this stylish new timepiece highlights Jaquet Droz’s watchmaking expertise. The result is a powerful and versatile watch.

As the holidays approaches, wives, girlfriends, mothers and friends will be trying to buy that special man in their life, the perfect luxury gift. Therefore, the new SW Steel-Ceramic from Jaquet Droz would be a perfect choice.

The SW by Jaquet Droz is an original, sporty and edgy creation. But one bold color easily stands out before you even get to the details of the watch. That is color is red. As a result, this is the first time red has played such a prominent role on a brand’s watch. In fact, part of any Jaquet Droz creation. We just love the stunning red color and how it complements the black. Combined with its stylish look, and this watch will definitely turn heads in any social gathering.

The hand-edged fabric strap of the SW Steel-Ceramic ties in with the Grande Seconde’s stroke at 6 o’clock. In addition, you’ll notice the link to the tip of the hour and minute hands and the quarter hour marks they sweep over. All aspects are coated with Super-LumiNova.

The watch’s impressive 45mm steel case is covered with a black ceramic fluted bezel. It is inalterable and also scratch-proof. In addition, the rubber cast, screw down crown at the 3 o’clock makes the piece water-resistant to 50 meters (5 bar). Also, you will find claws on each side to safeguard it from shocks. To increase mass and generate a sportier feel, the lugs have been hollowed. Lastly, the luxury timepiece’s hands received the same treatment to increase legibility.

Fact: each Jaquet Droz creation showcases the painstaking work that goes into every finish. For example, the lugs were hollowed to increase both mass and thus create a sportier feel. Plus, they are professionally polished to provide a mirror image of the SW collection’s signature fluted bezel.

The new SW Steel-Ceramic features a 18-karat white gold appliqués. It is brilliantly affixed at the middle of the black lacquered dial. There is a satin finish with vertical lines. Furthermore, the timepiece hands are hollowed to make it easier to read the hours and minutes.

The last point is the JD2663A-S self-winding mechanical movement has a ruthenium treatment. Additional watch features include a 18-karat white gold double barrel and oscillating weight. Another point to note is the power reserve provides nearly three days (68 hours).

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Eight Unique Angelus Tourbillon Timepieces Inspired by Cocktails

This holiday season, raise a toast to exceptional design with the gift of a unique U23 luxury timepiece by Angelus. The Swiss watchmaker introduces a limited series of 8 unique skeletonized flying, tourbillon timepieces. As a result, they will satiate both watch enthusiasts and spirits lovers with their potency and iconic character.

Founded in 1891 in Switzerland, Angelus is widely hailed by watchmaking connoisseurs. Hence, they are recognized as one of the most influential horological manufactures of tourbillon timepieces in the 20th century. Angelus’ pioneering, house-made movements and vintage timepieces continue to be coveted by collectors all over the world.

Packing a visual punch with powerful materials

Each sporty, technical, and finely honed U23 timepiece suspends the Angelus A-250 caliber within an ultra-light yet super-strong, scratch-resistant titanium and CTP (Carbon Thin Ply) composite case. The case measures a comfortable 42 mm in diameter and 10.3 mm thick. The interplay between the solid metal and textured carbon fiber infuses the U23 with visual energy.

The colorful skeletonized PVD-treated titanium bridges of the Angelus U23 series, recall the vivid hues of a classic cocktail in eight distinct shades. These coordinate with the minute circle. Each shade identifies a unique piece named after a cocktail. These eight tourbillon timepieces combinations – strong, sour, creamy, light, bitter or sweet – are the ingredients that make the U23 luxury watch models so unique.

The eclectic menu offers classics and rarities that cater to a range of tastes. U23 Negroni is orange, like the blend of Gin and Vermouth. The U23 Cosmopolitan adopts the shade of blueberry Vodka.  Next, the U23 Ocean View startles in Curaçao blue. Lastly, the U23 Tequila Sunrise recreates the orange, pink and blue layers formed by citrus fruit juice and grenadine with the idyllic sea in the background.

Tasteful design crafted with structural strength

The strength of each cocktail-inspired timepiece lies in its superior materials. They feature a unique cocktail of titanium and the highest quality Carbon Thin Ply (CTP) material. The colored bridges are screwed into the main plate, which is also made from CTP. To create the CTP, hundreds of layers of carbon are piled into successive layers in alternating orientations. Plus, they are and fused together with a highly technical resin. that is pressurized at a very high temperature. The resulting carbon fiber material is extremely hard and incredibly dense. Yet remains ultra-light, providing optimal structural integrity and additional beneficial properties. CTP is also soft to the touch, non-magnetic, and hypo-allergenic.

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With its clean vertical structure, the Angelus A-250 caliber at the heart of the U23 is the visual backbone of the piece. An open-worked barrel at 12 o’clock offers a 90-hour power reserve, making this both a beautiful and practical timepiece for everyday wear. Plus, a flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock offers enhanced timekeeping, offsetting the effects of gravity, while the gear train ensures optimal transmission. These functional organs are anchored to three titanium bridges, giving the U23 its unique personality. Thanks to these bridges, the movement floats above the CTP main plate as if suspended on stilts.

The high-flying theme carries on to the tourbillon of the Angelus A-250 caliber. It’s a flying tourbillon, with no upper bridge. As a result, the tourbillon appears to float freely with a large window cut away from the main plate in the background. Hence, this allows light to enter and to illuminate the rotating regulating organ. Next, the arms of the tourbillon carriage mirror the bridges and all the wheels of the movement. Lastly, each component has been open-worked to promote lightness of material as well as aesthetic.

With the eight-piece U23 series, luxury watchmaker Angelus offers a menu of satisfying horological cocktails. These luxury tourbillon timepieces offer exclusive holiday gifting options for lovers of fine watchmaking.

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Luxury Watches from Angelus – Legendary Swiss Watch Manufacturer

Angelus is a legendary Swiss watch manufacturer and was founded in 1891. They are highly recognized as one of the 20th century’s most influential watchmakers. In addition, collectors still prize vintage Angelus chronograph watches made, from the 1930s through 1960s.

After the 1960s, the brand went dormant. But now in the 21st century, the luxury watchmaker has reemerged. Now revitalized, Angelus has clearly embraced the best of the brand’s early legacy.

Watch collectors love their prized watches. Some find the current luxury watch style appealing, while others prefer classic designs. Owning a showing off your luxury watch has long been the “in Thing” to do. Whether making a fashion statement or just showing a flash of your wealthy lifestyle. As a result, the luxury timepiece industry is still going strong.

Now using their 1930s era logo, it signifies the innovation and manufacturing excellence of the Angelus name. While now setting a new course, the watch brand has become a modern, vertically-integrated watch manufacture. Other luxury timepiece makers better take note.

The Angelus product catalog now includes five distinctive all-tourbillon timepiece collections. The pieces each range from $35,000 to $100,000 in price. Industry insiders clearly understand the significance of this feat. As a result, the tourbillon watch definitely remains one of the key horological complications watchmakers desire to master and produce at scale.

Amazingly, the history of the Tourbillon goes back over 200 years. The word tourbillon is a French word that means “whirlwind.” First developed by icon watch brand Breguet. The tourbillon was developed in 1795. But it took 6 years to receive a patent, in 1801.

The Combine both athletic aesthetics and high-performance advanced engineering. Hence, modern Angelus delivers a stunning collection of all-tourbillon timepieces. The new president of Angelus is Bertrand Savary. His goal is to leverage the brand’s strengths and unique value proposition. As a result, the desired outcome is delivering a new golden age of Angelus timepieces.

Bertrand Savary states, “In all my years in the industry, I have never encountered a brand that can tick every box for a collector the way that Angelus can in terms of value, style, and quality. I was proud to join this brand to help build on the storied history of Angelus while writing a new chapter as an integrated, modern manufacture for a new era. We are proud to design and produce iconic modern luxury timepieces crafted to the highest standard for today’s clientele.”

The entire watch collection is designed and produced in-house. That is rare in today’s mass production world.

The initial sighting of one of their watches, showcases the design as dynamic yet cohesive. They feature bold forms, technological materials, plus a strategic use of color. Along with superior Swiss engineering, the company delivers an incredible value proposition. As a leading contender in the crowded luxury watch industry, Angelus is positioned as a brand to watch, poised for robust expansion.

To improve long term wear and performance, Angelus utilizes alternative materials. For example, sapphire, titanium, ceramic, and carbon fiber are regularly incorporated. As a result, the collection incorporates unique properties of both lightness and strength

Their watches offer beam-shaped bridges and interchangeable lugs and straps. Cleverly designed, the watch movements are built like athletes. They’re lean, powerful, efficient and adaptable. Plus, Angelus timepieces are fully skeletonized. Truly a winning combination.

Giving a luxury watch has long been a tradition. Birthdays, graduations, job promotions and major holidays are a few events to give the ultimate gift. Show your love or appreciation and make that special person in your life feel really special!

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