Bellusso Jewelers Blog

Bellusso Jewelers Blog
2016-05-26
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Monday, May 30, marks the official celebration of Memorial Day. This day is all about honoring those who have fought for our country. It was in 1868 that Memorial Day was officially proclaimed.

Originally, the day was called Decoration Day, and was developed as a day of remembrance in America for those who have died in our nation’s service. It is a day where the American flag runs high on flagpoles throughout the country and in the homes of those who have served and continue to serve.

While the picnic and parade is the typical way to celebrate this truly American holiday, it is a great day for red, white or blue to show your true colors — and we have a lot of those colors that make the wrist an eye-catcher.

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May is one of the hottest months when it comes to timepiece auctions, with all of the big Houses — Christie's, Sotheby's, Philipps and Antiquorum — hosting important sales. The results of some of those sales are in and they reconfirm 10-fold the fact that watches are a great investment.

Here are some highlights:

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Christie's, at its Rare Watches sale, set world records with the Charles-Louis Havas Breguet et Fils Pocket watch, which sold for more than $3.3 million (157 percent above its estimate). This sale made the Breguet the most expensive watch of the spring season for Christie's, and also marked the second most expensive Breguet et Fils watch ever sold at auction. At the same auction, a Patek Philippe chronograph (Ref. 530) with a rare stainless steel sector dial, circa 1938, sold for just about $1.2 million.

Over at Phillips Auction House, where several different auctions took place over a three-day period, more than $33 million in merchandise was sold. A highlight for Phillips was the thematic "Start-Stop-Reset" auction of stainless steel chronographs. During this sale, the auction house beat its own world records for Rolex watches sold at auction. Additionally, Phillips sold six watches for more than $1 million each.

The top lot at that sale was a very rare Rolex stainless steel split-seconds chronograph, circa 1942. Reference 4113 is one of just 12 watches ever made by the brand for a select group of racing teams and drivers. That watch fetched triple its estimate and sold for $2.45 million.

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Even some little-known brands took center stage. For instance, at the Antiquorum auction an Urban Jurgensen sold for 12 times its estimate, bringing in approximately $800,000. What are you waiting for? Stop in and see our watch collection.

2016-05-19
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Pantone has named the 10 hottest colors for fall, and we expect to see these hues coming our way in the form of watch straps and maybe even dials. The Pantone Color Institute released its latest Fashion Color Report that predicts the fall palette and says we can expect to see shades of Airy Blue, Sharkskin, Aurora Red, Warm Taupe, Lush Meadow, Spicy Mustard, Potter's Clay, Dusty Cedar, Bodacious and Riverside.

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While many of the above hues are self explanatory, the last two may need a bit of clarification. Both Bodacious and Riverside are new colors that Pantone introduced to its Fashion and Interiors Color System last year. Riverside is a warm, medium blue, while Bodacious has a bright pinkish/fuchsia cast. From blue, to neutral, earthy, gray and red, expect colors to pop on the wrist this fall.

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Be it white, rose, yellow or some specially made color, gold is enjoying the limelight this month. May is Gold Month, a time when many designers, brands and organizations tout the precious metal to the public. Gold demand has been on the upswing during the first half of 2016.

According to the World Gold Council, gold had a glittering start this year, with the gold price rising by 17% in U.S. dollars in the first quarter — marking the metal’s best performance in nearly 30 years. Additionally, as top-notch jewelry and watch designers utilize gold for more creative and yet timeless products, the demand is on.

This may be why so many watch brands continue to offer classic and cutting-edge timepieces made in gold. Rose or pink gold continues to be the color of choice for most luxury watch brands, however white gold is not far behind. This year, too, we saw several key brands releasing exciting products in 18-karat yellow gold – a trend we expect will continue. Certain brands are also creating their own special hues of gold in an effort to continually stand out from the rest. Some even turn to two-tone — using stainless steel and gold — to keep prices affordable. Stop in any time to see our gold watches.

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2016-05-12

Have plans to be in New York City this weekend? If so, don't miss the fourth annual TimeCrafters show, which is open to the public beginning tomorrow and running through the entire weekend. It takes place at the Park Avenue Armory.

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TimeCrafters showcases 15 top luxury brands and their newest watches — some never before seen in the U.S. market. The event's mission is to give U.S. watch enthusiasts an opportunity to continue learning about the craftsmanship of the best timepieces.

Throughout the weekend, a host of events are planned that include panel discussions on art and craftsmanship, the history of horology, with an emphasis on aviation and a close-up look at the chronograph. There are also watchmaking workshops. You can learn more about all of the events and offerings, or sign up to take part in the workshops or walking tours by visiting Timecrafters.com.

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2016-05-10

This past weekend, New York City played host to the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Racing. With the dramatic backdrop of the Empire State Building, the racing took place on the Hudson River for the first time in nearly 100 years, and Emirates Team New Zealand came out with the win.

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This exciting weekend gives us the perfect opportunity to bring you a closeup look at another sailing winner: the Corum Admiral's Cup. While there are many versions of the famed Admiral's Cup, this AC-One Regatta chronograph watch features the colorful nautical pennants on the hour markers for alluring appeal. Crafted in steel, it is water resistant to 300 meters and houses a mechanical movement.

While the dial of this particular watch is crafted in teak to mimic a ship's deck, others feature black or white dials that show off the pennants with eye-popping clarity. What makes the Admiral's Cup so special is the fact that it is the perfect watch even if you are not a diehard sailor. Stop in any time and we will be happy to show you our extensive Corum collection.

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Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 8, and there is still time to give mom something truly special. While candy, gift cards and dinner are nice, watches are the ultimate gift that show you care. Timepieces offer individual statements of elegance, style, interests and more. What's more, each and every time she glances at the watch on her wrist, she will think of you and know you spent your time looking for a gift that will last forever.

Not every watch for mom has to break the bank or shock the wallet. We have a vast array of choices in all price ranges, and just the right style to go with mom's personality. So stop in and talk to our knowledgeable staff, who can give you key tips and hints on what would be right for that special Mom in your life.

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2016-05-04
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This month is chock-full of exciting adventures for watch lovers — with watch exhibitions, sports events timed by the best of them, and vintage auctions galore. Add to that the fact that Mother's Day is around the corner, and so is Cinco de Mayo... It's a wild month. Here, we bring you a quick rundown of some of this month's exciting events, and throughout the month, we will bring you many more.

This weekend marks two sporting spectaculars. If you are in or visiting New York, this year marks the first time in a long time that the America's Cup sails in Gotham City's waters. There are four different watch brands involved in the America's Cup races — from sponsoring the events to sponsoring the massive catamarans that fly like planes, sailing in and out of the water. Also this weekend marks the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky. It's the first of the Triple Crown events, with one major watch brand timing the wins.

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For those who love watches and want to see the latest and greatest from 15 top brands, consider visiting the TimeCrafters Luxury Watch Show in New York from May 13-15. At the fourth annual event, consumers can spend a couple of days getting up close and personal with watches never before seen in the USA.

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Do you like all things vintage? Check out the same weekend's incredible lot of auctions. From Sotheby's to Phillips Auction House, the weekend is the time to bid online for some of those rare beauties you have had your eye on. In fact, check back soon because we are going to do a review of the Phillips "Star-Stop-Reset" Thematic Auction (chronographs, of course).

Meanwhile, stop in to see our vast array of sports watches and exciting new timepieces.