DALLAS – (February 12, 2014) – deBoulle Diamond and Jewelry hosted the third annual Sweethearts for Sweeney gala on February 12, in support of Camp Sweeney a summer camp for children with Type I diabetes.

The Sweethearts for Sweeney gala began in 2012 in collaboration with Denis and Karen Boulle when close friend David Genever-Watling identified the need to support scholarships for underprivileged children to attend Camp Sweeney.

Camp Sweeney, owned and operated by the Southwestern Diabetic Foundation, a non-profit organization, runs the only lifestyle development program for children with Type I diabetes in the world.

“At Camp Sweeney, we believe that simply teaching children about diabetes is just not enough. Our goal is that every child who attends our camp will not only learn about his or her condition, but will find the inner strength each day to do what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle,” said Camp Director, Ernie Fernandez.

When a child is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, his or her life is changed forever. Insulin injections, pump site changes, blood-sugar tests, and a diet plan become a part of the daily routine for a child with diabetes.

“As deBoulle celebrates our 30th year in the Dallas community we understand the importance of supporting our community. We proudly support Camp Sweeney and their mission to serve children with Type I diabetes,” said Denis Boulle, founder of deBoulle.

Over 150 patrons attended the event at deBoulle on Wednesday, February 12, helping raise more than $195,000 to fund special scholarships for children with extraordinary financial needs.

Donors funded camper scholarships, and purchased raffle tickets for high-end raffle items including a Men’s Rolex Watch provided by deBoulle, $2,500 Shopping Spree from Elements Botique, Chef’s dinner for 10 with wine pairing from Abacus and Staycation for two from the Joule Hotel.

“Camp Sweeney provides financial assistance to any camper who cannot pay, but sometimes even this is not enough for children to attend camp,” said Dr. Fernandez, “the Sweethearts for Sweeney event at deBoulle allows us to bridge the gap for our families in greatest need.”

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2014 is a special year for both deBoulle and Camp Sweeney. Denis and Karen Boulle celebrate deBoulle’s 30th aniverary and Dr. Ernie Fernandez will be honored for his 30th year of full-time-volunteer service to Camp Sweeney as Camp Director.

Karen and Mark Carney chaired Sweethearts for Sweeney with past chairs Connie & Marc Sigel, and honorary chairs Doug and Holly Deason. The event was catered by the Food Company and wine given in-kind from Pogo’s Wine.

The Sweethearts for Sweeney host committee was comprised of:
April Abney, Mary Ann & Jeff Bryant, David & Janet Genever-Watling, Libby & David Hunt, Olivia & Jeff Kearney, Paige & David Lane, Julie & Steffan Lloyd, Gay & Rich Roever, Diane Duvall Rogers, Kim & David Roosevelt, Margot & Darin Rubel, Marty V. Rumble, Mary Elizabeth & Grady Schleier, Jane Schneider, Edwin Sigel, Amy Simmons. Sunie & Steve Solomon, Leisa Street, Mary & Mike Terry, Amy Turner, Cindy & Gary Turner, Elizabeth Wimpress

About Camp Sweeney:
Southwestern Diabetic Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation, was founded in 1947 with the sole purpose of operating a residential camp for children who have diabetes. Camp Sweeney opened in 1950, under the direction of Dr. J. Shirley Sweeney, a Dallas endocrinologist, and has provided a positive turning point in the lives of more than 30,000 children.

After more than 60 years of operation, Camp Sweeney is regarded as one of the largest and most effective diabetes educational facilities in the world. Camp Sweeney offers the only 3-week residential diabetic life skills training program in the United States. Campers learn to recognize and treat the early warning signs of dangerously high and low blood sugar levels. By coaching the skills necessary to maintain tight control of their diabetes, we are equipping this generation to minimize the complications of diabetes in hopes that they will be good candidates once the cure for diabetes is available.

About deBoulle:
Denis and Karen Boulle established deBoulle Diamond & Jewelry in 1983 with a vision of providing their customers a premier collection of fine jewelry, luxury timepieces of world renowned brands like Blancpain, Breguet, F.P. Journe, and Patek Philippe, impeccable service and a beautiful and friendly environment. Then and now, these elements make up “The deBoulle Experience™.” deBoulle’s collection of fine diamonds, fine jewelry, and timepieces is unsurpassed for elegance, quality, and long-term value. Denis and Karen believe that purchasing fine jewelry and luxury timepieces should be informative, fun and very rewarding. They strive every day to make that mission a reality for their customers.

 

Celebrating the 10 Years Anniversary Tourbillon, F.P. Journe presents an exclusive series that is limited to only 10 pieces. Such a combination of numbers could not go unnoticed, combining the 10th Anniversary of the first F.P. Journe Boutique in Tokyo, jointly with the inauguration of the 10th Boutique in Beirut.

In 2003, the first F.P. Journe Boutique of Tokyo opened. It is located in Omotesando, the St Germain des Prés of Tokyo, and is settled in one of the most beautiful architectural realisation of spirituality by Tadao Ando. The boutique has become a place of reference for the admirer of contemporary chronometry, as well as all other F.P. Journe Boutiques around the world.

François-Paul Journe proposed a unique solution for the delegation of these 10 exclusive timepieces: ‘Our ten Boutiques have each proposed us candidates among our faithful collectors. Their name will be randomly selected by draw during our annual fair in January 2014.’

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the First F.P. Journe Boutique, the Anniversary Tourbillon in Platinum presents an identical movement to the original Tourbillon of 1983, but is manufactured with 18kt rose gold which is visible through the sapphire display back. The dial is in grained in silver with a blackened hour display that is even rarer than the dial of the Black Label edition reserved for the Boutique. It is maintained by a screwed steel polished circle. The hours are indicated by the classic Breguet hands.

The platinum case measures 40mm x 9.5mm and has double sapphire crystals.

The movement is the Swiss manual-wind F.P. Journe in-house caliber 1412 with 19 jewels, 21,600 v/h and a power reserve of 56 hours. It has a grained base plate of 18kt rose gold with grained bridges of 18kt rose gold.

The escapement has 15 teeth, a 90° anchor fork and a balance that comes with 4 inertia weights. Some of the features include: a flat Anachron balance spring with Breguet overcoil, fixed stud holder that is free-sprung with a spring pinned to collet, a pinned GE stud, and 2 parallel barrels. The screw heads are polished and beveled with chamfered slots, blued screws, and pegs with polished and rounded ends.

The dial is grained in silver with the hours displayed in blackened engraved silver that is fixed by a steel polished circle (patented system) with white steel Breguet hands.

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Jean-François Bautte, found of Girard-Perregaux, was one of the first watchmakers to successfully use the color blue. At the end of the 18th century, this was seen as a revolutionary development. Since then, it has been a regular feature of Girard-Perregaux watches. Now, the Girard-Perregaux flagship 1966 and Vintage 1945 collections feature dials clad exclusively in blue.

 

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Girard-Perregaux 1966
The case is 18kt rose gold measuring 38mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal with a sapphire display back and is water resistant up to 30 meters.

 

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The movement is the Swiss automatic Girard-Perregaux in-house caliber GP03300-0030 which has 27 jewels, 28,800 v/h, and a power reserve of 46 hours.

The strap is blue alligator with an 18kt rose gold pin buckle.
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Vintage 1945 XXL
The case is stainless steel measuring 36.2mm x 35.2mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal with a sapphire display back and is water resistant up to 30 meters.

 

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The movement is the Swiss automatic Girard-Perregaux in-house caliber GP03300-0051 which has 32 jewels, 28,800 v/h, and a power reserve of 46 hours.

The strap is navy blue alligator with a steel folding buckle or a stainless steel bracelet.

 

 

From the brilliant minds of Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey comes the new Tourbillon 24 Seconds Contemporain Diamonds. For this watch, Greubel Forsey have used a process known as Bienfacture– the art of supreme finishing which transforms rough parts into brilliant jewelry.

This unique timepiece took Greubel Forsey on a journey for bienfacture. They worked with monarchs of the world of precious gemstones to find the finest quality (clarity IF, colour D-E) baguette cut diamonds to enhance the architecture of the watch. These diamonds bring attention to the 24-second tourbillon because the refraction of a perfectly cut diamond directs its play of light.

 

Because watchmaking standards are higher for precision than the jewelry cut for gemstones, the diamonds set in their timepieces are calibrated within a micron and adjusted like the mechanisms of a timepiece.

The 43.5mm by 16mm in white gold case is also set with baguette diamonds around the bezel and in the lugs. To emphasize the sculptural lines, the stones become part of case structure. The timepiece is set with 272 diamonds totalling 9.71 carats.

For this particular model, Greubel Forsey chose the 24-second tourbillon to be inclined at 25° with a beat of 21,600v/h. The two superimposed, rapid-rotation barrels, have protection against excess tension and deliver a power reserve of 72 hours. They leave space for a large fee-sprung balance and a larger tourbillon cage. The inclined carriage brings the height of the movement to 10.9mm on a diameter of 36.4mm, for 267 components and 40 jewels.

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The big blue is the stone’s name… The 29.6 carat blue diamond was found at the Cullinan mine in South Africa fetched almost $900,000 per carat as it sold for $25.6 million!

This stone has been considered by some to be one of the most important blue diamonds ever discovered. The stone was discovered early in January 2014 and has magnificent clarity , saturation, and tone. The huge vivid blue diamond is truly extraordinary.

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The stone could be cut to rival the resulting polished & cut stone of the “Star of Josephine” (shown below). The “Star of Josephine” diamond started as a 26.6 carat blue rough diamond and resulted in a 7 ct. polished stone that sold for $9,000,000 at an auction in 2009.

A 7.59 carat, internally flawless, fancy vivid blue diamond is displayed at Sotheby's auction house in New York

Time Pieces

 

Greubel Forsey produces some of the most complicated and innovative timepieces in the world. Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey have much to be proud of at the moment… Because of that we’re giving you a quick tour through some of their beautiful works of art & engineering.

 

The Double Tourbillon Technique Black

The Double Tourbillon Technique Black is the first Greubel Forsey timepiece to to utilize a titanium case with a rubber band. The steel bridges are highly polished as they add character against the subdued black chrome of the movement plates and other bridges. The Double Tourbillon 30° has 2 tourbillons. One tourbillon rotates inside the other and they are visible at the 6 o’clock position. A transparent sapphire crystal ring indicates the hours and minutes with a miniature second hand at the 9 o’clock position. The watch also has a power reserve indicator at the 3 o’clock position.

 

The Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain

The Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain is housed in a white gold case. Its signature feature is a “floating” natural titanium movement. The Tourbillong 24 Secondes movement can be seen between 6 & 9 o’clock – it is supported by a transparent sapphire bridge. The dial is mulit-level and features a raised sapphire chapter ring to indicate hours, minutes with the 12 o’clock numerals raised with white gold. The power reserve indicator at 4 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock. Along the caseband at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions, 2 hand-engraved gold plates rest with the philosophy of Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey.

 

The Platinum GMT

The Greubel Forsey Platinum GMT is made with 950 platinum. The dual time zone timepiece displays the global timezones in real time via the North Pole where the time zones meet. The ornate & functional globe is located at the 8 o’clock position where it rotates anti-clockwise to mimic the planet’s rotation over 24 hours. The watch displays the hours & minutes on an off-center dial so that the 24 second tourbillon can still be seen at the 5 o’clock position. The small seconds are indicated at 2 o’clock position on the dial with a sectorial power reserve placed at the 3 o’clock position, and finally the second timezone at the 10 o’clock position. The timepiece’s case back is utilized to display the universal time for 24 time zones through the use of a rotating disk that shows the names of 24 cities around the world! The watch even delineates through lightly colored cartouches to differentiate summer time.

 

The Double Tourbillon Asymétrique 

Greubel Forsey’s Double Tourbillon Asymétrique, housed in a 5N white gold case, is a unique and modern vision of the Double Tourbillon 30°. The timepiece was produced a limited edition of only 11 pieces with the 5N white gold. Another 11 pieces were produced in white gold. The timepiece utilizes an asymmetric case. The Tourbillon Asymmétrique features a curved lateral window showcasing the double tourbillon system at 8 o’clock position with a disk indicating the power reserve at 2 o’clock that utilizes a fixed red triangle. The dial is made black from anthracite and features white gold hour, minute, and small second hands.

 

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BELL & ROSS partnered with the 29th International Automobile Festival as they unveiled a legendary airplane-motorcycle. The combination vehicle is called: The B-Rocket.

The 29th International Automobile Festival has been known to set the world’s standard of design in the autumotive industry. Because of this they took advantage of the sumptuous surroundings at the Hotel des Invalides which was located just beside the convention.

 

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As partner of the official ceremony, their continued work together meant that this year was the 8th consecutive year of partnership for the 2 organizations coming together to celebrate associating designs, trends, and prestigious automobiles.

Bell & Ross allowed, to the benefit of many mechanical & art lovers, attendees to view the B-Rocket concept bike. The B-Rocket combined a neo-vintage look with aerodynamic lines that were inspired by racing motorcycles and experimental US aviation of the 1960’s. The result is a bike that falls somewhere between a motorcyle and a plane. The B-Rocket concept-bike was produced with help from Harley-Davidson. It will be unveiled at Baselworld 2014 – the International Watch & Jewelry Show – from Mach 27th to April 3rd in Basel, Switzerland.

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Nearly 600 attendants ranged in expertise and background from designers to car & motorcycle manufacturers as well as media at the ceremony. Many concept cars – some of them exclusive to the world – were introduced to the delight of those in attendance. 14 Grand Prizes (Grands Prix) were awarded by the Festival’s jury to both individuals and companies celebrating their admirable talents. The most notable prize was for the Palme d’Or.

The CEO of Bell & Ross was also a Member of the jury – Carlos A. Rosillo. Mr. Rosillo rewarded the prestigious Palme d’Or to Vincent Bolloré for his Autolib’ project (self-service electric cars).