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Month: May, 2013

Andy Warhol wore a Rolex watch

by amitdevhanda

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Andy Warhol
image courtesy of http://www.rolex.com

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Andy Warhol’s Rolex ref#4021
image courtesy of http://www.hodinkee.com

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snap on case back
image courtesy of http://www.hodinkee.com

Andy Warhol is my favorite artist of all time and has been an obsession of mine for the last 15 years. He was one of the most fascinating people the world ever saw as well as the embodiment of the Ultimate Icon and Pop Artist. I was thrilled to learn recently that Andy Warhol liked to collect watches and actually wore a Rolex Watch.

The watch he wore was a 1940’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual in rose gold. Andy Warhol was not the original owner, he purchased it from a man named Russell Brown, that’s why that name is engraved on the case back and not Andy Warhol’s.

This watch is quite handsome and clean. I must say Andy Warhol had very good taste. I am not sure about the bracelet though. The characteristics of this watch include: an 18k 33 mm rose gold case, fitted with an early “bubble back” automatic movement,  a stainless steel and rose gold “bypass” bracelet that he purchased after he purchased the watch. The rose gold in the bracelet resembles the rose gold in the case, but is not an exact match as this is not the original bracelet. The dial reeks simple, elegant, sophisticated and timeless as it is silver with rose gold Arabic numerals and steel blued hour and minute hands for contrast. The sub-second hand was perfectly placed above the six o’clock position between the hour and minute hands to complete the entire aesthetic.

In 1988, Andy Warhol’s Rolex was auctioned off by Southeby’s for $1,800. This watch has been in private possession ever since and only resurfaced 6 months ago where it sold for an estimated $35,000 by firstdibs.com

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Did you know that Elvis Presley wore a Rolex King Midas watch?

by amitdevhanda

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Rolex King Midas Watch
pic courtesy of Jakes Rolex World

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The engraved case back of Elvis Presley’s Rolex King Midas Watch
pic courtesy of Jakes Rolex World

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In 1970, The King of Rock n Roll, Elvis Presley was given a Rolex King Midas Watch. This watch was given to The King by concert promoters in Houston Texas as a thank you for playing six sold out shows at the Houston Astrodome Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The Rolex King Midas was a solid gold watch made by Rolex in the early 1960’s and was the heaviest watch at that time in the industry, until Piaget introduced the Polo much later. This limited edition King Midas Rolex watch worn by Elvis Presley was extremely exclusive with only 1,000 pieces made. Elvis wore #343 which happened to be a left handed special piece for South Paws.

Not only was the piece unique in that it was left handed, it was rare and unique because it wasn’t a Rolex Day/Date or a Cellini, it was it’s own model, The King Midas.  The distinguishing features of this rare watch, were that it was manual wind, the crown was in the shape of the sun, it was it’s own unique shape and style, the side of the case was engraved King Midas, and on the case back of the watch is was engraved ” To Elvis Presley From The Houston Livestock Show Officers 1970″

What inspired me to write this article was, I am a fan of Rolex on Facebook, they posted a video about it to commemorate this watch and I wanted to share it with all you Elvis Presley and Rolex Fans alike.

I would also like to thank Jakes Rolex World for providing all the technical information about this watch.

Please click the play button to watch the video

The Rolex price increase for 2013 is coming

by amitdevhanda

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The Rolex price increase for 2013 is on its way. There have been rumors going around that it’s meant to happen the day after this Memorial Day, but nothing has been confirmed yet. I think there is a good chance if the price increase doesn’t happen next week, then it will happen by June 1, 2013.

Those of you who are in the market to buy a Rolex Watch, should totally pull the trigger now, because there is nothing worse than holding out to buy something you want, and then it goes up by $500-$1000 because you were scared to make the plunge.

Manfredi Jewels sponsors annual ring day at Yankees Stadium to support The Wounded Warrior Project

by amitdevhanda

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The Wounded Warrior Project is a great cause that started in 2003, to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

On Sunday,  May 7, 2013 , Manfredi Jewels sponsored annual ring day at Yankees Stadium to support the Wounded Warrior Project. On this day 18,000 rings were given out to Yankee Fans fourteen years or younger. As sponsors of this event, Manfredi Jewels graciously donated 100 tickets to Yankees Stadium to the Wounded Warriors and their families on this incredible day. This initiation was brought to life by Manfredi Jewels sales associate, Joel Kopel, who has been in support of this amazing cause since its inception in 2003. This event received all sorts of national and local press, and within Yankees Stadium, Manfredi’s support of this cause was made very clear on the scoreboard and signage to raise awareness.

To further  embrace the Wounded Warrior Project, Manfredi Jewels will be hosting a raffle on June 7th, their 25th anniversary, where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

I would like to congratulate Joel Kopel for orchestrating such an amazing act of support to a cause close to his heart and I would like to applaud Roberto Chiappelloni and the entire Manfredi Jewels family for stepping up to the plate with their selfless act of compassion,  humanity and philanthropy.

James Franco wears IWC in the June 2013 issue of GQ

by amitdevhanda

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IWC Mark XVII

I was thumbing through the pages of the latest issue of GQ the other day and I stopped when I  noticed actor James Franco  was wearing an IWC watch. I immediately called IWC’s PR agency in NYC to find out which watch it was, but they didn’t know because they hadn’t seen the latest June 2013, GQ Magazine issue yet. They were extremely helpful and within half an hour emailed me back with a picture of the exact watch he was wearing, which is the Mark XVII.  What this tells me is that this was an organic editorial placement. Kudos to GQ and their stylist department who really know their watches.

I love how more and more IWC watches are being used in style guides and It amazes me actually and just shows how much the brand has evolved and how they are being positioned today. 10 years ago, you would never see this happen because they were more exclusive and always flew completely under the radar. IWC is a brand that has always worked under the guise of less is more. What makes this more interesting is that even with all the critical acclaim and exposure into the mainstream fashion and icon world , they are still able to hold onto their brand identity.

James Franco is an actors actor that seems to be down to earth, have passion for his craft and is a good representation of successful actors in Hollywood who can wear this watch and do it justice without making it look like its been styled for a photo shoot.

The Mark XVII is a classic case of form meets function and has been influenced by the classic pilots watch the Mark 11 that IWC made from the 1940’s. The Mark XVII is the perfect size of 41 mm and is available in stainless steel on a black crocodile strap. The date window on the dial of this new watch was adapted to look more like a cockpit instrument in an airplane, where the Arabic numerals are arranged vertically. The watch is water resistant to 50 meters and has an automatic self winding 30110 movement and has a 42 hour power reserve. My favorite part of this whole equation, is that you are being able to buy into the IWC brand, get into one of their most iconic utilitarian timepieces all for under five grand.

Technical Specs for the IWC MARK XVII

  • Mechanical movement
  • Self-winding
  • 42-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Date display
  • Central hacking seconds
  • Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
  • Screw-in crown
  • Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
  • Water-resistant 6 bar
  • Case height 11 mm
  • Diameter 41 mm
  • Retail $4,900

Justin Bieber wears a Rolex 18k yellow gold Day/Date II for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards

by amitdevhanda

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Justin Bieber 2013 Billboard Music Awards wearing Rolex Day/Date II in yellow gold

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Rolex Day/Date II 41 mm champagne diamond dial diamond bezel

All these music award shows are like Blockbuster Movies.  Lots of money spent on top talent, lighting and special effects, but not really that captivating. I exclusively watch these award shows to see what the stylists are putting on their clients in terms of  luxury watches.

So on Sunday May 19, 2013, I was watching the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, and I see Justin Bieber accepting an award who was dressed like a modern day Eddie Murphy in black leather outfit. He was adorned with tacky gold jewelery on one hand and a Rolex Day/Date II in yellow gold with champagne diamond dial diamond bezel on the other.

The Rolex Day/Date II is so iconic and timeless symbol which exudes leadership and confidence, but a watch like this in yellow gold on a 19 year old pop star makes me question this particular style choice for sure. I have nothing against this particular Rolex watch or Justin Bieber, I just feel as a watch stylist, I wouldn’t have made that pairing choice.  As these celebrities make more money, so do their stylists, which doesn’t necessarily mean they have taste. I understand their is this entire motif going on where you creating a theme of opulence, but I just don’t think it’s appropriate. Even a regular Rolex Day/Date II in Platinum without diamonds would have been a better fit.  Thank God it was a Rolex Day/Date II, it definitely could have been a lot worse. Personally, I am not a fan of yellow gold, but there is a place for it, maybe on J-Lo’s wrist, because I think this particular Rolex watch looks a lot better on a women anyway.

Specs on the Rolex Day/Date II Yellow Gold Champagne diamond dial diamond bezel

Case- 41 mm yellow gold oyster

Dial -Champagne with ten diamonds

Bezel- set with 42 diamonds

Bracelet-  18k yellow gold President, semi-circular three-piece link

Movement
Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Calibre
3156, Manufacture Rolex
Functions
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date and day in windows on the dial with rapid setting. Stop seconds for precise time setting
Precision
Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC)
Oscillator
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Winding
Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Retail- $56,200

It’s Official: Jerome Lambert is the new CEO of Montblanc

by amitdevhanda

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Jerome Lambert

In 1997, Jerome Lambert joined heritage watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre as a financial controller. In 2000 he became the CFO and two years later  in 2002  became one of the most successful CEO’s of a major watch brand. Now 16 years later, it has become official as of this past week that Mr. Lambert will be moving on from Jaeger-LeCoultre. This has become an outstanding brand that he rebuilt with an incredible team,  led by his passion, vision, and conviction to turn this brand around into one of the most sought after watch brands in the world.  Jerome Lambert will be taking on the title as the official CEO of Montblanc worldwide July 1, 2013.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Montblanc like Jaeger-LeCoultre is a brand owned by the Richemont Group. Montblanc is a very powerful brand specializing and world renowned primarily for pens accessories and luxury leathers. Within the last 5-7 years, they have been focusing their attention on the luxury watch market. This move to have Mr. Lambert run this brand should prove to be very interesting. This gets me very excited about the future of Montblanc.  In my opinion, there is no one better to run a brand like Montblanc than Jerome Lambert because  of his vast experience and tremendous proven track record.

Under the direction of Jerome Lambert, Jaeger-LeCoultre  is a brand that has the most awarded internationally and received something close to 200 international prizes for best watch, best chronograph, best special watch, etc. With the help of a great team, Mr Lambert has managed to ensure Jaeger-LeCoultre be taken seriously amongst watch collectors, enthusiasts, press, celebrities and the general public. Since 2005 the brand has also registered about 20 patents a year for their technical ingenuity.

I would sincerely like to congratulate Mr Lambert on all of the triumphs he has achieved in building Jaeger-LeCoultre over the last 16 years. I wish him nothing but continued success health and happiness with his newest role as CEO of Montblanc. I am sure he will further enhance the image of this brand globally and bring it to a level of success we haven’t seen yet.

The Alfred Dunhill Boutique in Las Vegas is the ultimate one stop shop for men

by amitdevhanda

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Exterior of the Alfred Dunhill Boutique Las Vegas

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Dunhill White Spot Pipe

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Dunhill Luggage and Belts

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Dunhill Chess Set

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Dunhill Cufflinks

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Dunhill Polo Shirts

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Dunhill Cashmire lined leather gloves

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Vintage Dunhill Service Lighter

I have been wearing British Heritage brand Alfred Dunhill and using their accessories for over 10 years now. As far as I am concerned, nobody does it better and it speaks to the true anglophile in me. Alfred Dunhill embodies the essence of a gentleman and is a very historic brand that is today owned by the  Richemont Group.

So, I was thrilled three months ago when I walked past the new Alfred Dunhill Boutique at Caesars Palace Forum Shops in Las Vegas. There is finally a place for the sophisticated gentleman to go in Las Vegas for on stop shopping from lighters, cufflinks, watch storage boxes, pipes, ready to wear, and much more.

What makes Dunhill so fascinating besides their timeless design, is their attention to relevant details and fascinating history. For example their White Spot dotted pipes are still made today and are a symbol of almost 100 years of uninterrupted tradition. This logo on the pipe known as the white spot dot was introduced by Alfred Dunhill in 1915. This pipe was introduced to show his staff and highly regarded clients the proper way of re-positioning the hand cut mouthpiece on the Dunhill Pipe. Today this white spot dot is not only a practical detail but a symbol of  excellence.

The Dunhill Boutique at the Caesars Palace Forum Shops of Las Vegas is very nice, has an open and modern design and houses a very eclectic collection of what Dunhill has to offer. It’s any collector and gentleman’s dream, in that everything is organized and has its place, but I urge you to ask a sales consultant to pull out whatever tickles your fancy.The staff are well dressed, disarming and extremely knowledgeable and helpful for an esteemed luxury house like Dunhill.  I had the most incredible experience with one particular sales associate Alicja Zemann. Her passion and enthusiasm for the brand compelled me to stay and learn about the brand and created an engaging retail luxury experience that left me wanting more. Not only did Alicja educate me on the history of the brand, but she took a good amount of time to take out specific products and explain their functionality, finishing and purpose.

One of the coolest parts of my visit to the Dunhill  Boutique was when Alicja pulled out an original service lighter from the fifties complete with its packaging.  I mean you can actually own a real piece of Dunhill’s history and have a unique and cool shopping experience at the same time

Those of you who are unfamiliar with the Alfred Dunhill Brand, here is the timeline courtesy of Wikipedia.

  • 1893 – Aged 21, Alfred Dunhill takes over his father’s saddlery business and converts it into Dunhill’s Motorities, providing ‘Everything for the car but the motor’.
  • 1903 – Alfred Dunhill’s first dashboard clock marks their entry into the timepiece arena.
  • 1905 – Alfred Dunhill patents his Windshield Pipe, designed to allow comfortable smoking while driving or cycling.
  • 1907 – Having retired from running the Motorities business, Alfred Dunhill opens a pipe, cigar and tobacco store among the men’s clubs of Duke Street, St. James’s, London SW1.
  • 1910 – Alfred Dunhill opens a pipe factory near the store.
  • 1915 – The trademark White Spot marking is added to Alfred Dunhill’s pipes.
  • 1921 – Store opens in New York; Paris store opens three years later.
  • 1927 – Alfred Dunhill launches the revolutionary Unique lighter, the first to be operated using just one hand.
  • 1928 – Alfred Dunhill begins distributing the Namiki pen company’s maki-e lacquered pens.
  • 1936 – The iconic Facet timepiece, based on Alfred Dunhill’s car head-lamp designs, is launched.
  • 1941 – Alfred Dunhill’s Duke Street store is bombed during World War II; it was extended and rebuilt in the 1950s and recently renovated.
  • 1956 – The Rollagas butane lighter is launched.
  • 1963 – Manufacture of Dunhill brand cigarettes starts.
  • 1985 – First annual Dunhill Cup golf tournament.
  • 2001 – Alfred Dunhill Links Championship supersedes Alfred Dunhill Cup.
  • 2005 – Savile Row tailor Richard James, watchmaker Tom Bolt, casual-wear designer Nick Ashley and leather-smith Bill Amberg are brought on board to help revitalise the brand.
  • 2007 – First ‘Home’ of Alfred Dunhill opens in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 2008 -2010 – Fourth ‘Home of Alfred Dunhill’ opens in Hong Kong, China, in Prince’s Landmark.
    • Alfred Dunhill announces the appointment of menswear designer Kim Jones as Creative Director, a role Alfred Dunhill has not offered before.
    • Second ‘Home of Alfred Dunhill opens in London, UK, in Bourdon House.
    • Third ‘Home of Alfred Dunhill opens in Shanghai, China, in The Twin Villas.
  • 2011 – First ‘Voice’ campaign launched.
  • 2012 –
    • ‘Trafalgar by Alfred Dunhill is presented in Shanghai, China.
    • ‘For The Love’ film is released.

     

The Rolex boutique at the Wynn of Las Vegas gets reborn 5/24/13

by amitdevhanda

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7 years ago in 2006, Steve Wynn made the decision to convert his art Gallery at the Wynn Resort of  Las Vegas into the first branded Rolex Boutique in North America. This boutique was a genius move and a huge success on his part because it set the example for many others to try to replicate his model. In my opinion, Steve Wynn has always had vision, passion and impeccable taste, which makes him a pioneer and leader of his industry.  This Rolex boutique houses everything the brand has to offer with a professional and knowledgeable sales staff second to none.

I admire Steve Wynn’s determination for reinvention, service, quality and authenticity. Next Friday, May 24, 2013, Mr Wynn will put all this to the test by re-launching the Rolex Boutique which has been under construction for the last few months. As a Rolex collector and enthusiast, I am excited to see the expansion of such an iconic location. From my understanding, the new Rolex Boutique will house the Rolex Collection in its entirety as well as specialty boutique and vintage pieces on hand for the world to see. This will all be accomplished in a newly designed, modern and more sophisticated setting. To accommodate this rebirth, the boutique was further expanded over one space, making this the Largest Rolex Flagship Boutique in North America.

JCK is coming back to Las Vegas

by amitdevhanda

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Hey watch and jewelry people! If you are in Las Vegas  between the end of May to beginning of June and you are in the watch and jewelery industry or a member of the press, then you must attend the JCK show in Las Vegas.

JCK is by far one of the most comprehensive watch and jewelry trade shows in the United States. This event will take place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, May 31, 2013- June 3, 2013

To round out the entertainment, iconic pop group, Maroon 5 will be headlining JCK Rocks the Beach on Sunday June 2,2013

Guidelines to register for the JCK show in Las Vegas

REGISTRATION
QUALIFICATIONS
JCK IS OPEN TO ALL JEWELRY PROFESSIONALS
REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
:
If your company has been approved within the last 3 years you
will be automatically approved.
If this is your first time attending or your company has
changed, we request that you provide the additional
information listed below.
IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE ABOVE QUALIFICATIONS, YOU
MUST PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING:
Copy of your business license or sales tax certificate
Copies of itemized invoices from two different suppliers
of finished jewelry within the past year
ADMISSION IS NOT GRANTED TO:
General Public/Guest
All individuals 14 years of age and under, including infants