Two very rare Patek Philippe timepieces set new records for their reference numbers. The Fall sales took place in Hong Kong.

The auction, titled: “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces”, was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong hotel. There were 246 watches to go to the auction block that totaled more than $5,000,000 in value. Almost 80% of these watches by lot were sold and went for prices over their previously thought values by 16%.

 

 

The most extraordinary sale of the evening was the ULTRA rare Patek Philippe Ref 5104P platinum. The Patek Philippe platinum minute repeater perpetual retrograde skeleton watch, as many call it, sold for JUST under $800,000 ($799,655) after a very tense battle for this timepiece. This sale set a world record for the Patek Philippe 5104P.

 

Another Patek Philippe up for sale was the Patek Philippe 3939 tourbillon minute repeater. This particular watch had a special dial that was in pink gold. This watch is highly sought after by collectors and so it was originally slated to be the auction’s highest seller. This watch sold for a final price of $722,268. This was a fantastic new world record for the Patek Philippe 3939 tourbillon minute repeater with pink gold dial.

 

 

The third highest item going for sale was another stunning Patek timepiece – the Patek Philippe Ref. 6104G celestial diamond in 18K white gold with date, mean time indication, nocturnal sky chart of the Northern Hemisphere, moon phase & orbit indication, and finally, the time of the meridian passage of Sirius and moon. This beautiful watch sold for $422,622.

We look forward to seeing these beautiful Patek Philippe timepieces continue to break records as their values consistently rise as time passes. Maybe your next investment will be something you get to enjoy?

On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, deBoulle Diamond and Jewelry hosted a VIP Cocktail Reception honoring major sponsors, event chairs, honorary chairs and event committee for the TexProtects 7th Annual Fundraiser. Guests were entertained in deBoulle’s beautiful, sophisticated 13,600 sq. ft. salon with a historical flair in the style of a two-story French villa located at 6821 Preston Rd. The evening’s amenities included a private showing of their collection of fine diamonds, jewelry and timepieces, light hors d’oeuvres, wine and valet parking. The event showcased a beautiful, platinum vintage diamond drop pendant necklace Circa 1920 from deBoulle will be auctioned off at the fundraiser on October 15th.

 

 

TexProtects’, The Texas Association for the Protection of Children, 7th Annual Fundraiser will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15th at the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum. This year, TexProtects will honor the Meadows Foundation with the 2013 Children’s Hero Award for their extraordinary support over the past nine years. The Meadows Foundation has played an invaluable role in aiding efforts by TexProtects and other organizations to prevent child abuse and promote educated, mentally healthy, and successful families. The 2013 Children’s Champion Award recipient is Senator Royce West for his leadership and legislative support of TexProtects in promoting public policy and funding for child abuse prevention and supporting the safety, health and successful development of foster children.

Proceeds from this event will support TexProtects’ mission to reduce and prevent child abuse by educating and organizing its members to advocate for child protection to government officials. TexProtects creates broad-scale change via major public policy innovations in child protection systems and leverages private funds with public funds to bring high-impact prevention solutions to scale. TexProtects is the only autonomous, nonpartisan, statewide membership organization advocating for reforms and funding by taking a holistic approach to child abuse on a prevention continuum. For over nine years, TexProtects has led passage of more than 37 pieces of legislation and raised $71 million in state funding for home visiting programs, including the Texas Nurse-Family Partnership program.

In 2012, Texas led the nation in total child maltreatment fatalities; 212 Texas children died from abuse or neglect – more than four children on average each week – many at the hands of their caregivers. Furthermore, an average of 176 Texas children were abused or neglected every day, and seven children were maltreated every hour.

The Honorable Florence Shapiro is Chairperson; Carol and Don Glendenning and Mike Modano are Honorary Chairs. Major underwriters (not including anonymous donations) include: Serena Simmons Connelly, Carol and Don Glendenning/Locke Lord LLP, Madeline and Jim McClure, Annette and Harold Simmons, Lisa Simmons, Mary and Steve Watson, Bob and Brenda Barkley, Jean and James Barrow, Capital One, John and Helen Carona, John and Dorothy Castle, H-E-B, Denise and Bill Lindquist, Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge, Debra and Michael Decker, John and Pat Harloe, Hunt Consolidated, Inc./Hunt Oil Company, Ray Nixon, Jr., The Honorable Florence Shapiro and Southwestern Medical Foundation, Naomi Aberly on behalf of the Lebowitz Aberly Foundation, Ebby Halliday Acers, Anthony Family Foundation, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Dallas Mavericks, Fluor Corporation, Foundation for Community Empowerment – J. McDonald Williams Fund, Jane Gilday, Ann and Fred Margolin, Chris and Dick Rogoff, Greg Swalwell and Terry Connor, and The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work.

Help give Texas’ children a voice, build awareness and honor the Meadows Foundation and Senator Royce West by signing up for alerts on the TexProtects website, by “liking” TexProtects on Facebook, and by “Tweeting” to your followers on Twitter.


Bell & Ross recently paid tribute to the Aeronautica Militare with an iconic commemorative watch in order to mark the 30th anniversary of the illustrious TORNADO combat aircraft.

A World of Inspiration

Directly inspired by aircraft cockpit clocks, Bell & Ross instrument watches are based on four fundamental principles: readability, functionality, precision and water-resistance. Known as the benchmark for luxury watchmaking, Bell & Ross watches meet the demands of the most extreme conditions.

The latest prestige reference for the Bell & Ross brand are Tornado pilots. Rafale pilots and combat divers are all synonymous to quality and reliability for professionals working in extreme conditions.

A Tribute to the Aeronautica Militare

Fighter planes are known to be the masters of the skies because they are sleek, stylish and powerful. In the 1980s, fighter aviation in Europe was prolific. A perfect example of this is the Panavia Tornado .

During the 1970s, the MRCA 75 (Multi-Role Combat Aircraft 1975), soon to be known as the Tornado, was jointly developed by the UK, Germany and Italy. It was designed to be at the forefront of high-performance navigation and extreme precision.

These “Warriors of the Skies” can reach Mach 2.34 (2,417 km/h) and have a range of 1,400 km. The Tornado has been described as a genuine masterpiece of technology and a legendary aircraft capable of supersonic acceleration.

These multi-purpose combat aircrafts are based in Ghedi and Piacenza and carry out recognition, defense, and attack missions for the 6th and 50th squadrons. They are an integral part of the Comando della Squadra Aerea

Inspired by the values of this exceptional aircraft, Bell & Ross is greatly honored to spotlight this aeronautic model.


BR03-94 TORNADO: A Watch with Character

Based on an unchanging principle, form follows function, Bell & Ross has always designed watches for professionals.

The Instrument BR collection, which have become the brand’s iconic models, are characterized by its clean lines. This collection authentically echoes the design of a plane’s cockpit clock, with extreme readability and reliability. It is designed for men of action looking for precision and robustness.

In order to commemorate 30 years of the eponymous aircraft, Bell & Ross has designed the Instrument BR03-94 TORNADO special edition. A limited edition of 50 watches have been released worldwide for sale to the general public.

With 42 mm in diameter, the BR 03-94 TORNADO is a functional watch par excellence. This piece is ideal for professionals for whom every second count. It is perfectly readable day or night, due to its matte black dial, anti-glare sapphire crystal and imposing photoluminescent hands.

The BR 03-94 is also water-resistant to 100 m and powered by a high-precision Swiss mechanical movement with a two-counter chronograph and a power reserve of 40 hours. It is fitted with a black rubber or heavy-duty synthetic canvas strap, guaranteeing durability and comfort, with a simple and discreet design.

The Instrument BR 03-94 TORNADO elegantly displays a logo specifically designed for this anniversary and the colors of the Squadra Aerea Tornado. It has perfect functionality.

The Instrument BR 03-94 TORNADO is currently available from authorized retailers in Italy and in Bell & Ross boutiques.