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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.

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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.

The Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication has long been known as the World’s Most Famous Watch.

 

A November 11th auction in Geneva reaffirmed this status. The timepiece sold for a recording breaking $24 million.

The Patek Philippe–designed watch was created as the result of a 1925 “contest” between two watch collectors, New York City banking magnate Henry Graves Jr. and automaker James Ward Packard, to see who could create the most complicated watch.

The $24 million final price smashed its estimate of $17 million, and more than doubled its 1999 hammer price of $11 million, which at the time set a record for a watch purchased at auction.

 

The Henry Graves Jr Supercomplication is a 14k gold watch which comprises 900 individual parts and boasts 24 complications (features other than time), including a perpetual calendar that extends to the year 2100, indications for the time of sunset and sunrise, a stopwatch for hours and minutes, an alarm, a map of the sky over Graves’ New York City apartment, and chimes that sound like Big Ben.

It is an exquisite handcrafted timepiece that may never be matched without a machine!

The Once and Future King… Preowned Patek Philippe Calatrava 5127J Revisited!

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In Patek, luxury watch buyers find a champion of enduring beauty whose commitment to traditional dress watch aesthetics spans generations of bygone design fads.

The Geneva stalwart built its name on formal watches, but amid all of the auction-circuit hype driven by Patek complications, it’s important to note that the company’s modern icon remains the 1932 Calatrava.

A simple three-hand watch, it practically defined the rules for a men’s dress reference.

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The basic Calatrava aesthetic endures with mild refinements in this reference 5127J. Produced from 2005 to 2012, the 5127J exhibits the calling cards of a classic Calatrava.

Whereas most round watches of the era featured a jarring transition from round case to straight lugs, the Calatrava blended the two into a seamless continuity that flowed from lug to lug.

In the 5127, Patek Philippe‘s signature “Calatrava” lugs merge with a case that measures 37mm in diameter. It’s large enough to retain a masculine presence alongside modern watches, but it retains the effortless elegance of the original.

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Critically, the 5127 projects an aura of confidence; because it has survived the trials of time and buried legions of transient vogues, the Calatrava is an ideal match for a man who stands above the self-conscious fashion fray.

The secret we are talking about is Patek Philippe’s 175th Anniversary Grandmaster Chime. This beautiful timepiece has a dazzling white dial inside a glowing circle of rose gold.

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This intricate timepiece required 8 years to create. It is 47 mm in diameter and 16.1 mm thick. The movement has 1,366 components, including three gongs and three hammers, 20 complications and two dials.

The elaborate case has 214 parts including a hand-engraved laurel wreath that recalls pocket-watches of centuries past.

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It has 4 chiming complications. One new complication is an alarm that chimes the time for which it is set. Set the alarm for 7:30 and you will hear seven hour tones and two quarter-hour tones. If set for 1 o’clock—a time that would sound only one easy-to-miss tone—the alarm sounds at 12:58 with 12 hour tones, three quarter-hour tones and 13 minute tones. The other new complication, the date repeater, chimes the date.

This watch is very special. Only seven will be produced—six for clients and one for the Patek Philippe Museum. Its price is 2.5 million Swiss francs, or $2.6 million.

The 1966 line from Girard-Perregaux is easily the purest from this manufacture of haute horlogerie.

What makes the 1966 line so interesting is that it is everything a fine watch should be, but with a dose of real world wearability. They are all sized correctly with traditional aesthetics and a super fine finishing. Most of them are self-winding and feature complications you can actually use, like a dual time.

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The local time is displayed via two luminous gold leaf-shaped hands over a railroad-style minute track, while the home time is shown on a satin-finished 24-hour track on the inner dial.

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On the new dual time timepiece the local time is incredibly easy to set via two pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock. Each pusher is engraved with a plus or minus to let you know which way the hand will move.

This watch has a superb look and is great for everyday wear!

One of the most talked about celebrity couples over the last 10 years finally wed last month after over 9 years together.

Brad and Angelina had a spectacular wedding, but Angelina really outdid herself with her wedding gift to Brad.

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She bought him a 1952 Patek Philippe Platinum Chronometer estimated to be worth about $3.2 million.

Jolie took the watch to a shop to be engraved with “To Roly from Nessa.” This is a reference to their roles in the film they are currently filming, By The Sea.

The name Patek Philippe is among the most powerful in the entire watch industry. It is synonymous with class, conservatism, high auction values, price legitimacy, and some of the best looking traditional watches now or ever made.

Most Patek Philippe watches that yield not-so-small fortunes during auctions as extremely rare, often unique pieces made for special collectors. Most of these bespoke Patek Philippe watches were produced in the first half of the 20th century, during a time when Patek Philippe was much more open to design and product experimentation.

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Sky Moon Tourbillon 6002G
-one of the most widely recognized watches that Patek Philippe has ever made
– intricate engravings adorning its 18k white gold case
-stellar illustration of the northern sky as well as indications for sidereal time on a 24-hour scale, time of meridian passage of Sirius and of the moon, along with the angular progression and the phase of the moon
-$1,500,000

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Reference 3448 Rare Automatic Perpetual Calendar In Pink Gold
– first automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch ever made by any manufacture
-only 586 were produced over nearly two decades and then it was retired
-the only Reference 3448 known to be made in pink gold
-$2,338,219

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Reference 1527 Perpetual Calendar in 18k Rose gold
-most expensive wristwatch by Patek Philippe ever sold on auction
-produced during the second World War
-its elongated and slightly curved lugs, its dial layout and its unusually large diameter for the time of 37.6 mm all preceded other famous Patek references by at least a decade
-$5,708,885

An 18-carat gold timepiece made by Patek Philippe is expected to sell at auction for $16.5 million!

The watch was commissioned in 1925 by New York banker Henry Graves and it is considered to be the most complicated watch ever made. It took 8 years to make by hand.

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Indisputably this is the “Holy Grail” of watches, The Henry Graves Supercomplication combines the Renaissance ideal of the unity of beauty and craftsmanship with the apogee of science.

The 18-carat gold openface watch was the culmination of three years of research and two years of painstaking craftsmanship.

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The watch features a perpetual calendar, moon phases, sidereal time, power reserve, and indications for time of sunset and sunrise and the night sky of New York City.

This is the second time it is being sold at auction, after being bought in 1999 for a record-breaking $11m. It became the most expensive timepiece ever sold at auction, but is now set to enter the record books for a second time.

It will go to auction on November 11.