Bellusso Jewelers Blog

Bellusso Jewelers Blog

OK, we know it is that time of year again: Black Friday. Hopefully, you have already been giving a lot of thought to the gifts you will be buying for your loved ones. We would like to remind you that nothing is as timeless as a timepiece. Giving a gift of time — something that is glanced at every day on the wrist — shows you care about how they spend their time and how they look while doing what they do. In reality, a watch is a statement of taste, interests and personality.

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So, if you are considering a watch purchase, you may want to take a few things into consideration when looking.

First and foremost, you should set your budget and stick to it. There are timepieces out there for all types of people and all types of budgets.

Next, consider the person or persons you are buying for. What are their hobbies and interests? Are they active outdoors people? Lovers of art? Do they run, hike, swim or participate in a sport? By being familiar with what the person's interests are, you can steer your watch choices to sporty or business, to casual or chic, to high-tech materials or shimmering gold.

Additionally, considering the person's career and age can help you determine whether you want to look at something cutting edge in style and design, or more classic and elegant. Teens and young adults most likely want a blend of trendy and functional, while those already in the height of their career may want something fun or weekend wear, or something a little more daring for work wear.

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If the person you are buying for lives in a warm climate, look to bracelet watches instead of leather straps that can get sticky on the wrist in hot, humid weather. In cold climates, leather is a warm and comfortable alternative. Of course, a sporty rubber strap straddles all climates and is great for active, outdoor wear.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you need to love the choice you make. Nothing says more when giving a gift than the excitement you convey about the selection you have made. Don't worry, though, if you are unsure, we are here to help you and guide you through the selection of the perfect watch. Stop in on Black Friday or any other time.


Baume & Mercier — a brand that builds fine Swiss watches for men and women — unveiled a new collection earlier this year: the Capeland Shelby Cobra line, built in honor of the legendary Carroll Shelby and the Cobra car that won against Ferrari in 1965.


Now, the brand has unveiled a one-of-a-kind rendition that is going up for auction on December 15, 2015, by Antiquorum — with all proceeds of the auction going to the Carroll Shelby Foundation that raises money for families affected by heart disease.

The 44mm one-off Capeland Shelby® Cobra Flyback Chronograph is created in 18-karat 5N rose gold and its design is inspired by the Shelby Cobra racecar. It features an off-white dial with a sky blue stripe in the center to emulate the racecar stripes. It also features blue hands and dial accents, and is finished with a black calfskin strap with blue alligator lining. The casebook is engraved “Shelby Cobra 1965-2015” and the sapphire crystal bears Shelby’s signature. The flyback chronograph is powered by a Swiss-made mechanical self-winding movement from La Joux-Perret.


The highest bidder in the auction will also receive an exclusive VIP package that includes a visit to the Shelby World Headquarters in Las Vegas, a Cobra driving experience, custom-made racing suits, and more. To register for the auction, visit To check out our great selection of Baume & Mercier watches — zoom on in anytime.


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According to, more than 90% of holiday shoppers plan to go online to buy gifts this holiday season. The problem: The web is a haven for scam artists selling counterfeit merchandise, especially on "Black Friday" when consumers are eager to get the first deals.

The Counterfeit Report, a consumer protection website, cautioned that “you just can't identify a counterfeit product from a stock photo.” So, whether you are looking for designer clothing, fashion accessories or electronics use the utmost caution when making an online purchase.



The Counterfeit Report noted that it received more than 2,000 counterfeit products from test purchases on Alibaba subsidiary AliExpress, Amazon and eBay. Alarmingly, the sellers and many of the fake products often remained, and sales continued to unsuspecting consumers. In fact, counterfeiting is a $1.7 trillion global criminal enterprise, and consumers are easily duped into losing their hard-earned dollars.

We suggest the following:

  • Buy jewelry and watches only from an authorized retailer and it is best if you can buy in the store, with face-to-face interaction.

The Counterfeit Report suggests:

  • If you buy online, look for sellers with clear return policies and good ratings.
  • Always buy with a credit card, never cash, PayPal withdrawals or wire transfers.
  • Always retain the disputed product; it is your only proof of receiving a counterfeit.
  • If a refund is denied; notify your credit card company that you have retained the counterfeit product and are disputing the charge.

We know we can provide a worry-free shopping experience when it comes to watches and jewelry, and we offer you top-notch product information via our website. Shop with care.


Cartier is a brand we are proud to carry. It understands fine matchmaking, high jewelry making and sophistication for both men and women. Among the more elegant men's watches currently on the market is the Rotonde de Cartier collection of round watches.

This collection consists of several versions, including a chronograph, a flying tourbillon and a couple of our most favorite small complications: The Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar watch and Jumping Hour watch.

The Rotonde de Cartier annual calendar watch shown here is a  45mm 18-karat pink gold case that houses the Manufacture-made mechanical movement with automatic winding 9908 MC that consists of 239 parts. The slate-colored galvanized guilloché lower dial offers a silvered days and months zone with sun ray effect. The black Roman numerals are created using a highly advanced "transfer" system, and the dial is finished with blued-steel sword-shaped hands and hammer-shaped hands with red tips.

The annual calendar complication depicts the days and month indicated by two hammer-shaped hands, with a large date at 12 o'clock. The watch offers 48 hours of power reserve and has a sapphire case back for viewing the movement.

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The Rotonde de Cartier Jumping Hours Watch is another breathtaking beauty. Crated in a 42mm case, it houses a manual-wind in-house-made movement (9905 MC) that is comprised of 217 parts, including 22 jewels. The 18-karat pink gold case features a beaded crown set with a sapphire cabochon, and has a slate-colored galvanized guilloché dial, with silvered openwork satin-brushed grid.

The Jumping hours complication is especially beautiful, as it feature the hours displayed (in digits) on a disk that jumps ahead each hour. Meanwhile, the minutes are depicted on a dragging disc. Beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, the movement offers a power reserve of approximately 65 hours. We invite you to stop in any time and take a close up look at the Rotonde de Cartier collection and at our other extensive Cartier timepieces.


IWC Schaffhausen is a brand with a long and very storied past. With a factory built near the Rhine Falls to harness the power of the river back in 1868, IWC has created many an iconic timepiece over the years, ranging from its famed Mark series of pilot watches to the oversized Portuguieser, DaVinci and Portofino.  Long known as a brand “Engineered for Men,” IWC made a bold and daring move just over a year ago when it unveiled its Portofino Midsize watch — dedicated to thinner wrists. While they didn't come out and call the line a woman's watch, it is, in fact, perfect for the feminine wrist at 37mm in diameter and with top-notch mechanics inside.


This year, to further underscore the devotion to women with the Portofino 37, IWC has aligned with the chic design team (Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne) of Public School, also originally known for its menswear collections and recently launched lines for women, too.

IWC watches have been spotted on Public School’s runways for several seasons. Now, to celebrate the new Portofino 37 collection, these two top-name brands have even created a series of three videos that depict modern looks (from sporty to professional and nighttime) for today’s women. We invite you in to check out our collection of IWC 37 watches.


The newest Harry Winston Opus 14 watch has been unveiled — and it is an all-American dream on the wrist. Created in conjunction with two top watchmakers, Johnny Girardin and Franck Orny of Telos Watch, the timepiece — referred to as a jukebox on the wrist — is a blend of 1950s juke boxes, drive-up diners, rock n' roll and muscle car road trips.

While it does not play music, its technology is inspired by the 1950s style juke boxes that would pick up a record, move it onto a phonograph and play the song. The automaton complication consists of multiple disks that stack up on one side of the dial and is housed within its own sapphire crystal that rises above the main dial.

With the push of a button at 9 o’clock, one of four different disks — GMT, local time, date and a Harry Winston “star” (recalling the Harry Winston Hollywood Walk of Fame star) — is released. Then, with the press of a button at 4 o’clock, a moving arm is activated that actually picks up the disk, swings it over and sets it onto the platform to be read. The release of the proper disk is executed via a vertical up/down movement within the storage unit holding the four disks.

Each disk change takes about 8 1/2 seconds to complete. The moving of the disk is accompanied by the actual mechanical sound – much like the old jukeboxes.

The HW 4601 manual wind automatic movement, patented by Harry Winston, consists of 1,066 parts and 124 jewels. It uses a silicon balance spring and has 31 individual bridges. The watch is equipped with two barrels. One powers the movement’s timekeeping and offers 68 hours of power reserve (visible on the caseback of the watch). The second enables a total of five back-and-forth disk changes, and that power reserve is visible on the front of the dial, integrated into the bold design via a red arc format. Just 50 will ever be made.


This Saturday, November 7, the Only Watch auction takes place in Geneva. Held every other year, the Only Watch auction is a unique event in the watch industry. Top watch brands unite — with each creating one special piece to be auctioned, with all proceeds going to benefit research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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This marks the 6th edition of the Only Watch charity auction. This year, a collection of 44 exceptional timepieces will be offered for sale by the finest watchmakers. The event is organized by Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies, the Monaco Yacht Show and Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo.


The watches showcased at this sale are grand combinations of talent, excellence, innovation and passion. You can register to bid online up to 24 hours before the auction, by visiting and submitting a bidding application. The cause is well worth it and the result — in addition to doing good if you are the top bidder — is a one-of-a-kind superb watch that is only for sale at Only Watch.

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Participating brands this year include Armin Strom, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Boucheron, Bovet Fleurier, Breguet, Carl F.Bucherer, Chanel, Chopard, Christophe Claret, Chronoswiss, De Bethune, de Grisogono, Dewitt, François-Paul Journe, Frédérique Constant, Girard-Perregaux, H.Moser & Cie, Harry Winston, Hermès, Hublot, IWC, Jacob & Co, Jaquet Droz, L. Leroy, Laurent Ferrier, Louis Vuitton, Maurice Lacroix, MB&F, Patek Philippe, Perrelet, Piaget, Rebellion, Richard Mille, Speake Marin, Thomas Mercer, Tudor, Ulysse Nardin, Urwerk, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Voutilainen, Vulcain and Zenith. The images here represent some highlighted pieces.

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Last Thursday, the 2015 Grand Prix d’ Horlogerie Genève (GPGH) awards took place in Geneva. These awards constitute the largest watch competition in the world and are the watch industry's equivalent to the motion picture industry’s Oscars.

Held annually, GPHG receives about 200 watch submissions for the contest, which are then pared down by a panel of judges to the final 72 that compete for a winning spot in more than a dozen different categories.  Here, we bring you a rundown of the 2015 GPHG winning watches — some of which we are proud to carry.


Jury Prize: Micke Pintus, Yannick Pintus, Jean-Luc Perrin — the three Vacheron Constantin watchmakers, who spent eight years together building the World’s Most Complicated Watch, Ref. 57260

Aiguille D’Or Grand Prix:  Greubel Forsey, Tourbillon 24Secondes Inclined Vision


Technical Innovation: Preziouso Tourbillon of Tourbillons, which also won the Public Award.

Mechanical Exception: Jaquet Droz Charming Bird

Striking Watches: Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater Tourbillon with Gold Bridges


Tourbillon: Ulysse Nardin, Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon

Calendars: Hermes Slim Calibre Perpetual Calendar


Ladies’ Category: Hublot Big Bang


Ladies High Mechanicals: Faberge Peacock

Jewelry: Audemars Piguet Diamond Punk


Revival Category: Piaget Manchette Diamond Cuff watch

Artistic Category: Blancpain Villeret Cadran Shakudo


Sports Watch: Tudor Pelagos


Men’s Category: Voutilainen GMR

Chronographs: Piaget Altiplano

Revelation: Awarded to a brand 10 years or younger: Laurent Ferrier, Galet Square