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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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The official website of The British Monarchy has posted an open position for Horological Conservator and is now accepting applications until October 13th. While some sources may belittle the position by labeling it the royal “clock winder,” the job appears to be much more complicated than that. Details of the listing are below.

 

There are over 1000 clocks and instruments (barometers, thermometers, etc.) that must be maintained, set, and repaired at Buckingham Palace and other Royal residences. The Horological Conservator must have a combination of historical knowledge and mechanical skill with the ability to fabricate parts for centuries-old clocks that require repairs.

 

The position pays 31,200 GBP, which is $50,163 at the time of publishing. Apparently, this same position was posted on the website around this time last year, so whoever took the position previously did not stay very long. You can find the official listing here.

 

 

 

 

Recently, an extremely rare 5.30-carat, fancy deep-blue diamond was sold in London for $9.5 million (GPB 6.2 million) or $1.8 million per carat . According to the auction house, bids from all over the world came through just 25 telephone lines as well as those from a packed sales room.

 

The ring went to bid with a high presale estimate of $2.3 million. Made by Bulgari in 1965, the ring is a cushion-shaped blue diamond, set horizontally with a mount pave-set with brilliant-cut diamonds and course of baguette-cut diamonds in a Trombino ring.

 

The seller stated, “We are delighted with the price it has made. It was a sensational stone which charmed everyone who viewed it prior to the sale. Blue diamonds, especially those over 5.00 carats, are extremely rare to see on the market and continue to be highly sought-after. We are honored to have handled the sale of such a unique gem.”

 

En route to Basel 2013, we stopped at the Holland & Holland factory outside London. We took photos where we could and placed them below so that everyone could enjoy the experience. The fine craftsmanship is unlike any other in the industry. If you ever get the opportunity to see the factory where Holland & Holland rifles & Holland & Holland shotguns are made, take it! Seeing the art and craftsmanship that goes into making a single Holland & Holland gun is breathtaking… Enjoy the photos!