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On Watch for the iWatch

The iWatch is coming! The iWatch is coming! But what it will be, no one really knows. Those in the know have come up with some far out–and not so far out–conjectures. Let’s look at some of them.

Apple iWatch Newest Rumors

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What We Know

We do know that Apple plans on releasing the iWatch sometime in late 2014 according to MacRumors. Originally anticipated in late 2013, Apple decided to make us all wait for this little doodad another year. Seriously? What are they thinking? That we’ll all wait impatiently for this wonder? Of course they do. And of course we will. We know that it will have a one and a half inch display and a “full” iOS, whatever that means. The watch will be able to take biometrics, presumably having sensors that will monitor things like your heart rate, your oxygen levels, your blood pressure, and other nifty things. It should have batteries that last four to five days. And if it cooks dinner, washes and waxes the car, and takes the dog for a walk, our lives would be complete.

Sapphires are a Techie’s Best Friend

Sure, diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but according to A Blog to Watch(ABTW), Apple may use sapphire crystal for the display. It’s not as far fetched as it sounds. Apple has used sapphire crystal as components before, but not as much as ABTW suggests. Apple already uses sapphire in their camera lens covers and home buttons on their iPhone 5S. According to Techcrunch, Apple recently purchased a synthetic sapphire company named GT Advanced Technologies in Arizona and is now building a factory to produce synthetic sapphire crystal. Sapphire is extraordinarily tough–almost, but not quite, as tough as diamonds. It’s stronger and more scratch and crack resistant than Corning’s Gorilla Glass that Apple currently uses. Apple is known for self-sufficiency, and this appears to work in Apple’s favor.

Other Interesting Rumors

Until the iWatch comes out, you’ll be hearing plenty of interesting rumors. The Mac Observer suggests that since the iWatch will be in contact with your skin, there may be no need to plug the watch into any power outlet for recharging. Instead, it could recharge its battery from your body’s heat.

Another thought is that if the screen is made from sapphires, it could be curved into whatever shape will fit the human body and be stylish at the same time. Nobody said it had to have a flat screen.

Not only will be a useful accessory for you, but it’s likely to be an accessory for the iPhone and other iOS devices. It’d be a great tool for checking messages, texting, and using maps. Still, some experts suggest that the iWatch could be standalone, capable of running by itself.

Slap Yourself Silly

If these cool ideas haven’t whetted your imagination, you may need to be slapped. Slapped with a slap bracelet, that is. Apple applied and was approved for a slap bracelet patent according to MacRumors. Slap bracelets–and slap watches– could make wearable video devices easy to carry around. In essence, the item would be a long thin strip that when you slap it against the arm, it curls around it. If Apple pairs the iWatch with the slap bracelet, they’ll have a runaway success.

Thirsty Thursday: Sapphire Cocktails

This week’s happy hour features sapphire cocktails, neither of which include gin. Rather, we’re referring to the deep, rich blue hue that so many sapphires exhibit, particularly the gorgeous sapphire accents on this amazing diamond and sapphire cocktail ring. An east-west radiant cut diamond weighing a whopping 2.01 carats centers this cocktail ring, with a surround of invisibly set blue sapphires. On the shank, the colors are reversed, featuring sapphires laid into a halo of diamond pave for a geometric (very deco) and opulent cocktail ring.

art deco style cocktail ring with diamonds and sapphires

Platinum 2 Carat Sapphire and Diamond Cocktail Ring

While that’s keeping our finger warm, we’ll need something to keep our hand cool, and this blueberry mojito by Talking Bout Food is calling to us. A play on the citrusy mojito, this cocktail gets a blueberry blast from fresh puree and floating blueberries. Get the full recipe at Talkingboutfood.com. Cheers!

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Audemars Piguet on the Runway

Audemars Piguet is becoming a regular in Michael Bastian’s Fashion Week show. 2013 marks the third year of Piguet’s participation. The Fall/Winter 2013 collection was presented at FOCUS: Cafe’ Rouge, where several new items from Audemars Piguet’s collection were on display. Pieces included the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm and the Royal Oak Offshore Diver. While this was the third time Piguet has been included in Bastian’s show, this was the first time either of the watch models on display had been crafted in ceramic.

Pre-owned Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Two Tone Ladies Watch

Pre-owned Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Two Tone Ladies Watch

 

The Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph features a black ceramic case with a sapphire crystal, ceramic bezel, titanium caseback and a screw-locked crown. The dial features a “Me’ga Tapisserie” pattern with hours marked in white gold and a black inner bezel ring. The Royal Oak Offshore Diver features many of the same design elements like a black ceramic case and a sapphire crystal. Both pieces are self-winding, and both are magnificent takes on the idea of a luxury watch.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore with Diamond Bezel, audemars piguet watches

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore with Diamond Bezel

 

Michael Bastian is no stranger to Audemars Piguet’s creations; Bastian’s personal watch is a Royal Oak Chronograph crafted from stainless steel. Named the 2011 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, Michael Bastian found inspiration for this season’s designs in the work of Andrew Wyeth. The American painter offers a unique vision of New England and Maine, created with a watchful, examining eye from a palette of darker tones. Bastian translated this vision into a collection that features darker tones than those of past years. Blacks, olive, indigo and red were present throughout the designs, with some lighter hues added for effect.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 18k Rose Gold Men’s Watch, rose gold audemars

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 18k Rose Gold Men’s Watch

 

In an anecdote about Audemars Piguet, Michael Bastian took the time to compliment his vision for creating the first luxury sports watch from stainless steel. Bastian noted his fondness for Piguet and an appreciation for Piguet’s understanding of true luxury.

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Spotlight on: the Rolex Submariner

The world saw the first Rolex Submariner in 1954 at the Swiss Watch Fair. Aptly named, the classic watch was made for divers and featured great water resistance. Rolex began production of the Submariner in 1953 as part of the Oyster Perpetual line. Two models with reference numbers one digit apart were produced that were virtually identical. These early Submariners had straight pencil style hands rather than the “Mercedes” or “cathedral hands of later models.

Rolex Submariner 16113 Two Tone Mens Watch

Some of the first early models produced have the logo blackened out, while the logo can be found below the center pinion on others. This can probably be explained by trademark issues at that time. Later, the Submariner logo appeared along with printed depth rating.

There were a few 1954 Submariners that featured the trademark Mercedes hands associated with today’s model. The styling of the Submariner went through subtle changes through the years involving crown size and printing substances used on the glossy black dials. A chronometer version was produced in some models. Finally, models introduced in the 1960s included a date complication. The Submariner then became a mass market product.

Rolex Submariner 116618

This popular gent’s model of Submariner features a black dial and black ceramic bezel. The case is of polished and brushed 18K yellow gold attached to an Oysterlock bracelet. It is self-winding, automatic and water resistant up to 300 meters.

Rolex Submariner 116613

This Submariner for men has a sophisticated blue diamond dial and ceramic bezel. The hands and markers are luminescent. It features a screw down crown and case back. It has a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. It is also water resistant up to 300 meters.

Two-tone Gold and Mother of Pearl Dial

This gentleman’s Submariner from the 16613 series is of two-tone gold with a glossy white mother of pearl dial. The stainless steel Oyster bracelet has a center link of yellow gold. The case is black coated stainless steel.

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The Cartier Crash Watch

Art comes to life with one of Cartier’s most innovative watch styles. The Cartier Crash watch resembles the dripping, warped clocks that Salvador Dali painted. While similar, the watches originated independently of the artist. If you are a jewelry enthusiast, the interesting story and these beautiful pieces will intrigue and inspire you.

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Meaning and First Design

A tragic accident gave way to a work of art as the first Crash watch formed by chance. An executive from the London offices of Cartier perished in a car crash while wearing a Cartier Bagnoire Alongee watch. A fire caused by the crash distorted the watch, and the captivating result sparked copies made as a tribute to the executive.

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The first line of Cartier Crash watches started selling in 1967. Collectors can find these watches for $15,000-25,000. Aside from the melted appearance, the watches include details like:

18kt yellow gold base
18kt pink gold clasp
17 jewels
Blue steel hands
Sapphire winding crown
Signed by Jaeger Lecoultre
From the London offices

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First Update

The 300 limited edition Crash watches made in 1991 were all quickly sold for $12,000. This model now sells for $15,000-17,000. These watches have the same unique appearance, 17 jewels and a sapphire crown. Differences from the original include:

Softer texture
Larger size
18kt yellow gold buckle
Crafted by the Paris division

2013 Crash Watches

Finally, a modern version pairs the distorted image with luxury to create a stunning juxtaposition of wreckage and class. The Cartier Crash Limited Edition offers white or pink gold watches with or without a gem-set bracelet. Each watch face lies within 250 diamonds while the gem-set bracelet versions use 471 diamonds, so collectors can select 2.15 or 4.27 carats. These Swiss made models list for as high as $73,000.

Any Cartier Crash watch is a special and desired item.

Nicole C for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s premiere source for buying and selling luxury watches and designer jewelry.