Today is known to some as “Leap Day” and to others as “Perpetual Calendar Day!” In honor of “Perpetual Calendar Day,” a complication seen in several timepieces at de Boulle, let’s take a look back at this fascinating piece of horlogerie.
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de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry is proud to be an Authorized Dealer for ROLEX timepieces. The fine Swiss watch brand just doubled down with confidence in their impressive timepieces’ performance by adding on years to every timepieces warranty.

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On May 6, 1954 Roger Bannister finally smashed the four-minute mark for mile times. The runner’s record breaking laps were recorded by this watch as well as just a few more to confirm the record-setting pace in history books.

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It has been well recorded throughout history Tudor Submariners involvements as the official timepiece of the French Marine Nationale, it has been much less clear the involvement in the United States Navy. It has been recorded the Tudor Submariners were used by certain units in the 1950’s and 1960’s but recently a relic from the past has been uncovered shedding more light on the watches history. What makes this find so special is that it has both issue number as well as case back engravings.

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Last year the Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection grabbed our attention as a very functional and wearable offering. Furthermore the 1966 Limited Edition in enamel was a simply incredible piece due to the intricate miniature detailing and cloisonné work. A year later, Girard-Perregaux has revealed the 1966 with a guilloché dial.

 

The technique ‘Guilloché’ refers to engraving a dial in hollowed, concentric patterns utilizing a large hand-turned rose-engine lathe. The new model employs this process to give the flinqué dial a webbed appearance, with each arabesque section beginning at the center and ending at the hour markers.

 

Along with the ‘Guilloché’ engraving, a raised bezel gives the 1966 further depth. The watch features a wonderful balance between the engravings, black printing, pink gold batons and feuille hands. Additionally the date window is carved out, and the effect of matting creates a highly inclusive design.

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One of the outstanding features of the Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 watches is their face size. Typically we have seen dress watches at 40-41mm range, but the 1966 has ever so slightly downsized to 38 mm. Those few mm make a world of difference for many wrist sizes out there along with simple design cues.

 

Within the new 1966, the caliber GP03300 beats at 4 Hz. It is a self-winding manufacture movement that is finished with circular graining, Geneva stripes and an 18k gold rotor. The power reserve measures in at approximately 46 hours. Along with the mens watch, the 1966 is offered as a 30 mm ladies’ model with a bezel set with 60 diamonds. The men’s and ladies’ models are both offered with black alligator straps, curved to follow the contours of the case.

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The Girard-Perregaux 1966 with guilloche offers a number of wonderful features. The combination of pure design with classic artisanal work and reserves its size to a formal 38 mm.

In the world of watch making, specifically high complications the grande sonnerie lives on its own pedestal. Both the grande sonnerie and petite sonnerie hold an elevated place, far above even split-second chronographs, perpetual calendars and above even the once considered untouchable tourbillion. While the first complications emerged in the 1940s the first grand sonnerie wasn’t born until1992 at the capable hands of no one other than Philippe Dufour. Only recently did Patek Philippe unveil their first grande sonnerie timepiece. In the world of watchmaking it is a very small fraternity who is capable of producing such a piece. They are in fact that special, and François-Paul Journe unveiled his Sonnerie Souveraine in 2006, on his own.

Defined a sonnerie is a watch which features an active striking mechanism that chimes the quarters and hours without activation from the user. A grande sonnerie strikes the hours and the quarters each quarter. For example, at 2:15, with a grande sonnerie, the watch would create two chimes (dongs) for the hours, and then one strike (ding dong) for the first quarter. At 2:30, the watch would emit two chimes for the hours, followed by two strikes for the two quarters. A petite sonnerie watch would strike only the quarters, at 2:14 you would hear just one chime for the first quarter. In comparison, a minute repeater, strikes the hours, quarters, and minutes, but it is activated by the wearer.

The trick behind the grand sonnerie is the power consumption, whereby a minute repeater is not faced with this issue making it an easier to construct. In a repeater, the chime mechanism is recharged by a slide prior to sounding. On the other hand, a sonnerie, siphons away power from the timekeeping mechanism throughout the day. The Sonnerie Souveraine by F.P. Journe is a grande and petite sonnerie as well as a minute repeater.

Take into account that F.P. Journe’s first wristwatch, wasn’t a simple watch, it was a tourbillion – the very first wrist-bound tourbillion with remontour d’egalite, ever. This watch was revealed in 1999, and just one year later, Mr Jorne would begin work on his sonnerie. It took six years before the Sonnerie Souveraine would be revealed to the public. Keep in mind F.P. Journe watches are developed by one man, François-Paul Journe. This project took six years to develop, however it should also be taken into consideration Journe released a number of other pieces during this time.

 

You might expect the Sonnerie Souveraine to be highly complicated to wear by the user but this is perhaps its most impressive characteristic, it is in fact, extraordinarily straight forward. Technically speaking however, the watch itself is highly complicated, requiring six years of development and during the creation of the watch F.P. Journe received ten patents for the new design required for its construction. During this build process the Sonnerie Souveraine was actually the first timepiece to be made in its entirety within the Journe downtown Geneva manufacture.

The idea however behind this watch isn’t to be a halo piece that lives inside a safe, rather it was designed to be a functional real world wristwatch. Even the case was designed with functionality in mind, made with steel construction, which as it turns out has the best resonance traits. The Sonnerie Souveraine is however sensationally complicated to produce and takes a single watchmaker over three months to assemble all 582 pieces. Despite the complexity in building the watch, the use couldn’t be more straightforward. The button at two o-clock activates the minute repeater. The button residing at four o’clock alters the watch from grande to petite mode, or switches the watch into silent mode. The time is read on the right hand side of the face while a power reserve dial can been seen at 11:30. That is all there is to it.

After taking the first prize in the 2006 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, it received ten patents during its development and only four are built per year and it is the prized watch of one of todays greatest watchmakers, few would argue over the watches value.

Upon purchase the Sonnerie Souveraine is not labeled with a series number, but the owner’s name on the case and the movement. According to Journe this gives the watch its own soul and own identity. To ensure your watch may be serviced for years to come each timepieces comes delivered with extra internal components.

 

 

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DALLAS – (February 11, 2015) – deBoulle Diamond and Jewelry hosted the fourth annual Sweethearts for Sweeney gala on February 11, in support of Camp Sweeney a summer camp for children with Type I diabetes.

 

Over 170 patrons attended the event at deBoulle, helping raise more than $253,000 to fund special scholarships for children with extraordinary financial needs.

 

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 continues to grow 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.

 

Donors funded camper scholarships, and purchased raffle tickets for high-end raffle items including a Men’s Rolex Watch provided by deBoulle, Mavericks Game Suite provided by B29 Investments, $2,500 Shopping Spree from Elements Clothing Boutique and Chef’s dinner for 10 with wine pairing from Abacus.

 

“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.”

 

After the economic recession in 2009 Camp Sweeney’s special scholarship fund was at a staggering low. In 2012, the Sweethearts for Sweeney gala began as collaboration with Denis and Karen Boulle when close friend David Genever-Watling identified the need to replenish the special scholarships for underprivileged children to attend Camp Sweeney.

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Doug and Holly Deason chaired Sweethearts for Sweeney with honorary chairs Brint and Amanda Ryan, past chairs Karen and Mark Carney and Connie and Marc Sigel. The Food Company and Pogo’s Wine catered the event.

 

The Sweethearts for Sweeney host committee was comprised of:

Lisa & David Besserer, Karen & Denis Boulle, Megan Boyd, Mary Ann & Jeff Bryant, Christian & Rebecca Cullum, Kelly & Cameron Doan, Diane Foshee, Susie & T. Hardie, Libby & David Hunt, Michelle & Carter Hunt, Shelley & John Koeijmans, Sharon & Mike McCullough, Jeanne & Ross McDonald, Maureen & Greg Redish, Gay & Rich Roever, Kim & David Roosevelt, Margot & Darin Ruebel, Marty V. Rumble, Edwin Sigel, Mersina & Phin Stubbs, Tricia & Randy Touchstone, Cindy & Gary Turner, Hillary 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 65 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 De Boulle:

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.

Join Hodinkee as they delve inside the F.P. Journe Factory to learn more about the making of their grande sonnerie. The first ever grande sonnerie & petite sonnerie complication watches were created in 1992 by, none other than, Philippe Dufour. The complication is so special that François-Paul Journe launched his Sonnerie Souveraine timepiece in 2006, by himself.

Take this into account as you watch the making of F.P. Journe’s most impressive complication – The F.P. Journe Grande et Petite Sonnerie.

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Simply put, Patek Philippe’s Grandmaster Chime is a masterpiece. The idea for the watch came into play for more than 10 years ago and it took more than 100,000 hours to take this beautiful timepiece from an idea to a art & watchmaking marvel.

Take a closer look at the beautiful watch in this video produce by Hodinkee… Enjoy!

Up Close With The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime from HODINKEE on Vimeo.