Our Predictions In The Jewellery Category Of The 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG): Our Panelists Are Split For A Winner (Again)

The GPHG foundation’s rules for the Jewellery category state that the watches must demonstrate exceptional mastery of the art of jewelry and gem setting. This is an especially difficult category to judge from still photos as you really need to touch and manipulate the jewelry and see the gems reflecting from different angles. Our panelists settle on two favorites as top contenders despite the fact that they haven’t had a chance to handle these treasures.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

Primer On Gemstones And Their Appreciation: An Introduction To The Finer Things – Reprise

Joshua Muchow became somewhat informed about gemstones and related techniques in studying for the jewelry-heavy Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève categories we discuss annually. This new information has sparked a significant amount of passion for the topic, leaving him wanting to share some of what he’s learned about one of the most beautiful sides of haute horology: gems and their settings.

Diamonds Are Forever: Chopard Partners With James Bond In ‘No Time To Die’

Bond girls often dazzle us with their brains and beauty, but for the upcoming twenty-fifth James Bond movie, ‘No Time to Die,’ Chopard jewels are also set to do some dazzling. The Swiss brand will have some of its most stunning creations worn in the movie by Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas playing Paloma, this film’s Bond girl. Martin Green fills us in on which diamonds will grace her character.

Our Predictions In The Jewellery Category Of The 2019 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG): Get Your Sunglasses Out!

The 2019 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève’s Jewellery category is for watches demonstrating exceptional mastery of the art of jewelry and gem-setting, “also distinguished by the choice of stones.” It’s difficult to judge these pieces by photos alone, but our panel does its best and ends up with a majority favorite.

Detailed Primer On Gemstones And Their Appreciation: An Introduction To The Finer Things

Recently Joshua Muchow has become somewhat informed about gemstones and related techniques in studying for the jewelry-heavy Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève categories we discuss annually. This new information has sparked a significant amount of passion for the topic, leaving him wanting to share some of what he’s learned about one of the most beautiful sides of haute horology: gems and their settings.

Graff GyroGraff Series: Master Jeweler Mastering High Complications With Serious Flair

For a watch guy that loves mechanics, but can appreciate precious stones, there was a standout at Baselworld 2019: the Graff GyroGraff, which Joshua Munchow found both a very respectable mechanical marvel and also a canvas upon which Graff can create its gemstone magic. Here’s a commented overview of the line.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

The Bling and I: Collecting Jeweled And Decorated Timepieces – Reprise

Watch collecting should be fun! Yes, it’s important to show the proper respect for the designers and makers of the watches we all love, but at the same time I think it’s completely appropriate to go beyond somber and traditional daily watches and give a bit of free rein to one’s desire for more flamboyant timepieces.

Breguet Reine de Naples Cammea Sunflower

Breguet Cammea Watches Harness The Delicate Art Of Cameo Shell Carving

The watches Breguet has created using the exquisitely rare and beautiful cameo carving technique for its Cammea collection should remain heirlooms for the ages. Elizabeth Doerr explains why.

Cartier Panthère cufflinks in gold

Cartier’s Cufflinks And Watches: Sophistication With A Nicely Personal Touch

Since its very early years, one of Cartier’s strengths aside from jewelry and watches has surprisingly been accessories for men. In fact, cufflinks appeared in Cartier records as far back as 1859. Here George Cramer explores modern and vintage options for a nice personal touch.

The Olympic Australis, at $2,500,000 it's the world's most valuable opal

Shrouded In Mystery And Fire: Opals In Jaquet Droz And Piaget Timepieces (Archive)

Alexander Doerr hadn’t really paid much attention to opals before, but upon closer inspection realized that this gemstone is extraordinary – they are shrouded in mystery and well worth learning more about. Looking at an opal is like looking at fireworks or even looking into a galaxy. And two Swiss watch brands specialize in using the fiery gemstone in watches are Jaquet Droz and Piaget.