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  • Lauren Pesce Engagement Ring Details


    Match engagement ring style with Lauren Pesce With this gorgeous rose gold pave diamond halo ring, you can match engagement ring style with Lauren Pesce. Click here for more details. Photo ©2018 EraGem Jewelry.

     

    Lauren Pesce and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino announced their engagement on Instagram a few short months ago. Since then, Mike's proposal and their wedding are saved for posterity as part of the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation series which has already begun showing on MTV.

    Who is Lauren Pesce?

    The answer to this question begins, only for us, on the campus of Monmouth University in New Jersey. Lauren and Mike both attended Monmouth, dating throughout their years there.

    In fact, Lauren and Mike dated from then until 2009, when Mike accepted the part on MTV's reality TV show, Jersey Shore. Lauren relates that they stayed friends after they parted ways, and that proves out in their reconnection after the show ended in 2012.

    During their time apart, Lauren Pesce graduated from LIM College in New York City with a degree in fashion merchandising. Her passion for fashion inspired her to begin her blog, called The Style Bae (which stands for Style Before Anything Else).

    Lauren worked for Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy's as a fashion buyer. Now, she runs The Style Bae and works as a real estate agent in Monmouth County.

     

    Lauren Pesce Engagement Ring Details

    Although Lauren and Mike already tied the knot on November 1st, it's never too late to talk about engagement ring details. And Lauren's is a beauty!

    A 3-carat cushion-cut diamond nestles within a diamond halo. The sparkling combination rests atop a rose gold band paved in even more white diamonds.

    Lauren told USMagazine, "He made my dreams come true with the ring. I’m a type-A, picky person. I know exactly what I like when I see it. I had high expectations for when this happened and he went above and beyond my expectations. He really impressed me with all of it."

    Rose gold and diamonds with a large central stone are indeed a dream come true. Let us help you make your dreams come true, as well. We have a lovely selection of rose gold halo rings that are very similar to the one Mike Sorrentino gave his sweetheart.

  • Cheryl Burke Engagement Ring Details


    Match Cheryl Burke with this gorgeous diamond halo filigree engagement ring. Match Cheryl Burke with this gorgeous diamond halo filigree engagement ring. Click here for more details. Photo ©2018 EraGem Jewelry.

     

    After a little on-again, off-again romance, Cheryl Burke and Matthew Lawrence have finally made a commitment. The day before Cheryl’s birthday, Matthew invited her family and friends for a visit. Throughout the day, Cheryl had a hunch he might pop the question.

     

    Isn’t He Going to Ask?

    The day turned into night, and still no bended knee, no diamond ring. Finally, midnight rolled around, and she thought for sure he would surprise her in the first minute of her birthday.

    Nope.

    The next day, the couple headed to Laguna Beach. Every other minute, Cheryl received birthday flowers. Yet, nothing from Matthew. In fact, the only thing Matthew gave her was a hard time about taking so long in the shower.

    “You need to come out right now,” he pressed. {source}

    Perplexed at this out of character behavior, she complied. She heard a special song on the radio and saw a letter. He encouraged her to read it, but she felt a sudden terror that maybe this was the end of their relationship again.

    In print so tiny that she had to bring the paper right up to her nose to read it, Matthew had written, “Love you always and forever.”

    She turned to respond, only to find him kneeling before her. In a flood of emotion, she said yes. So he slipped a magnificent ring on her finger.

     

    Cheryl Burke Engagement Ring Details

    The ring Matthew Lawrence slipped on Cheryl Burke’s finger holds special significance for the celebrity dancing coach. Sadly, Cheryl’s father passed away this past spring.

    To include him in this special moment of their lives, Matthew Lawrence met with Cheryl’s mother. She agreed to give him the diamond Cheryl’s father had given her. Matthew took the diamond to XIV Karats in Beverly Hills.

    Together with her mother and his, Matthew instructed the jewelers to craft a unique and precious ring for his beloved. The diamond from her father centers the ring within two intertwined circles. A halo of diamonds surrounds design, and the platinum or white gold band also shimmers with diamonds.

    Choosing an antique setting to set an heirloom diamond is a beautiful way to commemorate a lost loved one into your engagement ring. Give us a call today to discuss our custom designs.

  • Taraji P Henson Engagement Ring Details

    Match engagement ring style with Taraji P Henson

    Choose this Tiffany diamond solitaire to match engagement ring style with Taraji P Henson. Click here for more details. Photo ©2018 EraGem Jewelry.

     

    We know that Kelvin Hayden made a big purchase at Cartier this past May for Taraji P Henson. On Mother’s Day he presented the Empire actress with Cartier Love bracelet that matched the one he bought for himself.

    She Said Yes!
    A little later in the day, he added to her delight when he dropped to his knee and presented her with a stunning diamond solitaire. She wrote on Instagram that she almost passed out. Thankfully, she managed to stay awake, at least long enough to say YES.

    On Instagram, the usually private actress shared how happy Kelvin has made her in the past two years. “...I think that it’s important for people to know that I’m very happy. I just am,” she told Yes Girl!

    Taraji P Henson started dating former NFL cornerback Kelvin Hayden in 2015. The actress expressed to People that though Hayden supports her 100%, he pays more attention to who she is than to what she does. “He loves me for me,” she said.

    Taraji P Henson Engagement Ring Details
    Hayden expressed his love in jewels, which of course we think is such a great idea! First in Cartier Love, followed by a gorgeous rose gold and diamond solitaire band.

    We estimate the round brilliant diamond weighs between 4 and 6 carats. Certainly, he might have purchased the ring from Cartier at the same time as he purchased the bracelet.

    However, Hayden might have chosen the esteemed Tiffany & Co. Her ring could certainly be a classic Tiffany Setting, the original 6-prong platinum setting for solitaire diamonds.

    Whether you like Tiffany or Cartier, we can help you match your engagement ring style with Taraji P Henson. Give us a call today to learn more about our diamond solitaire engagement rings.

  • Hailey Baldwin Engagement Ring Details

    Transitional Cut Diamond Ring GIA Match Hailey Baldwin Engagement Ring Style with this GORGEOUS transitional cut diamond ring. Click here for details. Photo ©2018 EraGem Jewelry

     

    Hailey Baldwin received a gorgeous engagement ring from singer Justin Bieber. In pursuit of the perfect ring, he consulted with his manager, Scooter Braun.

     

    Solow & Co., Inc.

    Braun directed Bieber to Jack Solow of Solow & Co., Inc. Justin's team relayed specifics to Solow, including metal choice and overall style.

    They leaned on Jack for suggestions about stone type and shape. Justin told Jack that Hailey wanted a gorgeous band sparkling with diamonds.

    Solow showed Bieber many cuts, sizes, and shapes of diamonds. Justin determined to choose a stone that would accentuate the model's beautiful hands.

    After completing the design and production of the ring, Jack Solow delivered the ring to Justin himself. In fact, Justin received the ring the night before he and Hailey left for a trip to the Bahamas.

     

    A Bahamas Dream

    Pristine beaches and peaceful aqua waters, with forests of mangroves and stands of palm trees. Welcome to paradise, Bahamas style, at Baker's Bay on Great Guana Cay.

    The day after receiving Hailey's engagement ring, Justin Bieber flew Hailey to this luxury resort island. While vacationing, they took in a night of salsa dancing.

    Partway through the night, the crowd grew restless as Justin's security detail began instructing dancers to put their phones away. "Something special is about to happen," was their only clue.

    Suddenly, Justin knelt on one knee in front of Hailey. Of course, she said YES. So, he slipped that gorgeous ring on her finger.

     

    Hailey Baldwin Engagement Ring Details

    Hailey Baldwin expressed joy and pleasure when Justin Bieber slipped that ring on here finger. Made of 18k gold, her ring features a stunning elongated oval cut diamond weighing between 6 and 10 carats.

    The band features a single row of sparkling diamonds with a smattering of diamonds in the gallery. The overall effect is brilliance!

    Like transitional cut diamonds, oval cut diamonds accentuate long fingers and elongate shorter fingers. Both are an excellent choice for women who want to draw extra attention to their hands.

  • Robin Williams Watches Fetch $440K for Charities

     


    Robin Williams watch by Franck Muller Watch by Franck Muller. Previously in the collection of Robin Williams. Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

     

    Earlier this month, Sotheby's offered The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams for sale. The actor's family wanted to raise funds for some of his favorite charities.

     

    Robin Williams Sale Exceeds Expectations

    Not surprisingly, the sale exceeded expectations. In total, more than 300 items sold for a grand total of over $6 million. Part of the collection sold included 44 wristwatches which Robin Williams collected and wore.

    The Franck Muller watch pictured above was the top selling watch in the auction. Estimated to fetch between $25 and $35K, the exquisite designer watch sold for $52,500. Another astonishing return was the Dead Poet's Society watch, worn in the movie by the beloved actor.

    Estimated to bring in between $1,000 and $2,000 dollar, the watch sold for $32,500, bringing in the second-highest bid for the collection of watches. In total, the 44 watches, all of which sold for far above their estimated prices, sold for just over $440,000.

    Marsha Williams earmarked a portion of the proceeds from the entire sale to benefit several charities dear to Robin Williams. These include Human Rights Watch, Wounded Warrior Project, and the Robin Williams Scholarship at Juilliard.

     

    Human Rights Watch

    Human Rights Watch looks for violations of human dignity around the globe. Shining light into dark places, they expose brutality at all levels, including torture, violence against women, child exploitation, and more.

    In the late 1990s, the organization shared in the acceptance of a Nobel Peace Prize for their part in establishing the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. The Mine Ban Treaty internationally bans the use, manufacture, and storing of antipersonnel mines. It also charges individual countries with the responsibility to destroy stockpiles of mines, clear affected areas, and assist victims of mines.

     

    Wounded Warriors

    Wounded Warriors Project works with wounded veterans of the U.S. Military. They provide support for rehabilitation, retraining, and emotional recovery. Their aim is to return our wounded soldiers to their communities as whole, healed, and contributing members.

    In recent years, Wounded Warriors has focused much of their efforts on preventing suicide among veterans. Because our soldiers who have served face unique mental health issues, Mike Richardson advocates for an innovative approach to wellness for our veterans.

    As the Independence Services and Mental Health Vice President for Wounded Warriors Project, Richardson is uniquely qualified to promote a new approach. His desire is to see suicide prevention strategies abandon the crisis management model in favor of a comprehensive and integrated approach that focuses on building resilience and preventing suicidal ideation in the first place.

     

    Robin Williams Scholarship

    Juilliard School teaches drama to blossoming young actors. Robin Williams attended the school in 1973, as part of what the school calls Group 6. Though he dropped out of the program before graduation, the actor maintained his ties with the school throughout his lifetime.

    Upon his tragic death, Juilliard's president, Joseph W. Polisi, wrote, "The Juilliard community is deeply saddened by the death of our distinguished alumnus Robin Williams."

    Polisi went on to describe how the actor's contribution on stage and screen was matched, in particular, by his commitment to support emerging actors in their craft.

    Years prior to his death, Williams founded the Robin Williams Scholarship. More than 13 drama students at Juilliard have finished their degree with tuition paid by the fund.

    In fact, Jessica Chastain, received the scholarship for graduation in 2003. Her gratitude for her benefactor has inspired her to pay it forward. "His generous spirit will forever inspire me to support others as he supported me," the actress wrote on Facebook.

    The sale of Robin's watches and other collected works of art will benefit these and many other charities. Of course, credit belongs to the foresight of his former wife and her relationship with the auction house Sotheby's.

  • Serena Williams Rocks it with a Gargantuan Wedding Ring

     

    Serena Williams Style - Go Big! Go Big or Go Home. Nothing compares to Serena Williams' massive wedding ring. But you can go big like the tennis goddess with this spectacular Edwardian Era Natural Pearl and Old Euro Cut diamond ring. Click here for more details. Photo © 2018 EraGem Jewelry.

     

    Serena Williams announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian with photos of them together in Rome. Instead of seeing her ring, though, fans got to see tacos. Yep, you heard me right. In yet another display of her awesome sense of humor, Serena kept her fans guessing with different incarnations of tacos superimposed over her ring.

    That was almost a year ago. Since then, Serena Williams gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, named Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. She also got married to her baby's daddy, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Sr. And now she's sporting what I believe will come to be known as the wedding ring of the century.

    Serena Williams Rocks Out

    One massive emerald-cut diamond nearly bumps her knuckle. It seems to hover above the rest of the ring. The ring begins as an eternity band made of yellow gold and paved entirely in white diamonds. A concave opening allows her massive engagement ring, also fashioned of brilliant yellow gold, to nest within the wedding band. Three exquisite pear-cut diamonds drip off the edges of the eternity band.

    It is difficult to describe in words the dimensionality and originality this ring possesses. Oh, to see it in person. And in the post that highlighted it, a photo of Serena and Alexis hanging out together, demonstrates how used to the rock Serena has become. "Daddy knows how much I love leopard print," says Olympia!

    Come on! Daddy knows how much Mommy loves STYLE. Stylish is the only descriptive for this bling. It is a style completely unique, indescribable, and absolutely perfect for the Goddess of Tennis.

     

    The Serve

    It started one morning at a Roman hotel. For real!

    Serena Williams sits with her friends poolside, lamenting the fact that they missed the breakfast buffet. Awaiting their order, a techy nerd comes up and plops himself at their table.

    Why on earth didn't he sit at his own table? Who is this guy, anyway?

    "Aye, mate. There's a rat," says Aussie Zane Haupt. He's hoping to scurry the guy along.

    "I'm from Brooklyn. I see rats all the time," says the interloper.

    Serena Williams, realizing they're at an impasse, invites the stranger to remain and join them for breakfast. She bounces her ball and makes her serve, asking her new table mate about the conference he's attending.

     

    The Volley

    Only he's not just an attendee. He's a speaker for the Festival of Media Global. He tells her about Reddit, the social media site he and his buddy founded together. She acts as though she knows about it, but it's clear she doesn't.

    She tells him about tennis. He's figured out that she's Serena Williams. But that's about all he knows about tennis. He doesn't fake it, but he also chooses to keep secret that he finds tennis a cure for insomnia.

    She offers him her number, but only because she might want to ask him some more techie questions. He takes her number and slides it somewhere safe.

     

    Love - Love

    One of Serena's friends invites him to the tennis match that night. He gets to ride in their van. Serena won, of course, but an injury handicapped her performance. She invited Alexis to join them for dinner, but he had other plans. So she texted him, lamenting the fact that he didn't see her play at her best.

    Come to Paris, she wrote. See me play better. Alexis figured she didn't really mean it, that she was just being nice. But he showed up anyway. Serena showed up, too, and they took an Uber into the City of Love. For six hours, they stepped outside of time, outside of the spotlight, and enjoyed the city as tourists. Together. {source}

    For the next year they learn to respect and love each other more and more deeply. She inspires him. He inspires her. They romance each other. And in December, they find themselves once again at that table in the restaurant of that Roman hotel.

     

    Score

    It took some doing for Alexis to convince Serena to join him in Rome that December (2016). With a match in India on the books for Serena, the plan seemed simple. A quick stopover in Rome, done and done.

    However, the exhibition in India was canceled. Serena saw it as an opportunity to throw herself into training for the Australian Open. Suddenly, Alexis had to call in the big guns. Dakota Baynham packed Serena's bags in secret. Tommy Hilfiger invited her for an impromptu fashion meeting at his Palm Beach home. A trip to the airport was required.

    At some point, Serena's friend Jill informed her that Alexis wanted to surprise her with a spontaneous trip to Rome. Serena responded in anger. She grew angrier on the plane, as she realized what was coming. But this is what she wanted.

    And so, when she arrived and found herself sitting there at the table, with a plastic rat staring at her, watching her lover get down on one knee, she said, "Yes."

     

    Match Point

    With an announcement on Reddit, Serena Williams proclaimed to the world that she would soon become Mrs. Reddit. Alexis Ohanian posted on Reddit a Snoo made to look like his bride-to-be, with the title, "The Future Mrs. Kn0thing." "You're also a really cute Snoo," he wrote. Later, he added, "She said yes." {source}

    Months after their engagement, they welcomed baby girl Olympia. And in November 2017, the couple wed at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.

  • Gina Rodriguez Engagement Ring Details

     

    Gina Rodriguez style Art Deco Engagement Ring It's her style! Gina Rodriguez received an Art Deco-style engagement ring from Joe LoCicero. Why not match her style with this genuine Art Deco diamond ring? Click here for more details. Photo ©2018 EraGem Jewelry.

     

    Actress Gina Rodriguez received a stunning Art Deco engagement ring from her fiancé, Joe LoCicero. It features a solitaire diamond of moderate carat weight surrounded by a platinum plate to increase shine and light refraction. We think he made an awesome choice!

     

    Art Deco Engagement Rings

    Art Deco engagement rings feature diamonds. Lots and lots of diamonds. Also, glistening, sparkling, dazzling platinum. Not only that, but Art Deco engagement rings are antiques. Worn by lovers of old, these jewels carry the essence of love and impart it to all who wear them.

    When you choose an Art Deco ring for your beloved, You're taking the "something old" tradition a whole step further, declaring that your love will also make history.

    Meeting on Set

    Speaking of making history, it might be hard to top the first meeting of Joe LoCicero and Gina Rodriguez. It began on the set of Gina's show Jane the Virgin. Joe showed up in character, as Don Quixote, with a twist. This Don made his living as a stripper. Since their first meeting, Joe has appeared on Jane the Virgin two more times, once as Prince Charming and another time as a masked figure.

    It wasn't love at first sight for Gina. However, Joe put in the effort to show up at her favorite boxing ring six months later. As Ryan (of the Kelly & Ryan Show) said, "That doesn't happen unless he does a little research and tracks you down." {source}

    It was off set where their romance blossomed. They debuted their relationship on the red carpet during Marie Claire's first annual Young Women's Honors gala. Later, Gina debuted her engagement ring on the red carpet during the premiere of her movie Smallfoot.

    In between red carpet events, the two have developed a relationship characterized by love, respect, and support. "I'm marrying a feminist," Gina told Us Weekly. "[He] is incredible and loving and understanding and kind and patient. I am marrying a really incredible human being." {source}

     

    Gina Rodriguez, An Incredible Woman

    Of course, he has to be an amazing man to partner in life with an incredible woman like Gina Rodriguez. Early in her American life, Gina wondered where all the Puerto Ricans came from. The shows she watched never featured people of her ethnicity. In fact, she believed her parents must have started the Puerto Rican race. {source}

    This burning question turned into a passion for setting an example for other Latina girls to follow. She dreamed of being an actor from a very early age. Through her platform, she has succeeded in doing her part to change the way Latinos, Latinas in particular, have been portrayed in pop culture.

    Her success as Jane has launched a whole generation of young ladies who finally have a host of Latina models to look up to. While the show appears at first glance to be just another dramatic telenovela. In truth, the creators of the show have wrapped authentic relationships in a puffy pastry of comedic energy and fun.

    Also, behind the scenes, Gina Rodriguez sets the stage for an atmosphere of comradery, respect, and kindness. If the star of the show treats others well, then the rest will follow. It has proven true so far.

    We congratulate the happy couple and wish them well as they plan for their future nuptials.

     

     

  • Ellie Goulding Engagement Ring Details

    Ellie Goulding look-alike engagement ring Match celebrity Ellie Goulding in her engagement ring style with this GORGEOUS 2.4- carat Old Mine Cut Antique Diamond Engagement Ring. Click here for more details. Photo [c] 2018 EraGem Jewelry.
     

    Ellie Goulding said yes to Caspar Jopling this past August. As a token of their promise, he slipped a beautiful diamond ring on her finger. The ring appears to be made of platinum, with a central round or cushion cut diamond. The band features smaller diamond accent stones.

     

    Match with Ellie Goulding

    While not a perfect match, we believe this pictured Old Mine Cut antique diamond ring captures the essence of Ellie Goulding's engagement ring. The GIA-certified central stone weighs 2.4 carats. The band is made from platinum. The crown, shoulders, and band sparkle with 62 round single cut diamonds.

    Altogether, nearly 6 carats in diamonds create a flashing sparkle of beautiful brilliance. Fashioned in the 1930s, this stunning antique sparkler embodies the style of Ellie Goulding.

     

    Who is Ellie Goulding?

    Ellie Goulding topped the UK album charts with the debut of Lights in 2010. Her subsequent releases, Halcyon in 2012 and Delirium in 2015, continued to inspire her UK fans. In addition, she is an avid runner, having participated in several marathons for charity.

    Her charitable acts go beyond running, though. She participates annually in the BBC telethon, Children in Need. In 2012, she raised funds for the Free the Children charity. She has used her music to promote the cause of the homeless, impoverished children, and even the victims of Ebola in West Africa. In October 2017, the United Nations awarded Ellie with the Global Leadership Award in recognition of her environmental and social activism.

    She also loves art.

     

    Enter Caspar Jopling

    It's not certain how Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling first met. Some speculate Princess Eugenie introduced them. {source} No doubt, Princess Eugenie calls them both friends.

    We suspect that no matter how they met, art plays a huge role in keeping them together. Caspar Jopling works in the contemporary art department at Sotheby's London. His Instagram feed plays host to far more photos of contemporary art than it does to Ellie (or Elena, as he calls her).

    W Magazine reports that their vacations together generally revolve around art, including visits to Art Basel Miami Beach and the Storm King Art Center. {source) Furthermore, they teamed up to curate an auction at Sotheby's of some of their favorite contemporary artists - Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Agnes Martin, and more. {source}

    There is more to their love than art, though.

     

    The Rest of Our Lives

    The formal announcement of their engagement appeared in the marriages section of the London Times on August 7, 2018:

    The engagement is announced between Caspar, son of The Hon Nicholas Jopling of Yorkshire and Mrs Jayne Warde-Aldam of Yorkshire, and Elena, daughter of Mr Arthur Goulding of Herefordshire and Mrs Tracey Sumner of West Midlands.

    Following the formal announcement, Ellie and Caspar both made more informal announcements on their Instagram page. Ellie's words are just about everywhere on the web, as she pours out her heart in a rare public display of affection: "...we've had so many beautiful messages of support and love the past few days, as have our families, that we wanted to say thank you so much!" {source}

    She goes on to address her love: "You're the most wonderful person I've ever known, and I can't wait to be your very giggly, in awe and loved up wife x". {source}

    Caspar's message is the one that truly moves my heart, demonstrating how deeply in love these two really are: "I get to spend the rest of my life with this truly extraordinary and beautiful, beautiful person. No one has ever made me feel more full of life, knowledge, happiness, or love. Hope, passion, confidence, and more love. There is no one I have ever been more complete with and there is no one I will ever feel more complete with. I look forward to a lifetime of exploring the world together, crying with laughter at stupid jokes, chatting into the early hours of the morning about art, music, the world, and the future. I love you Elena."

     

    Enough said. Congratulations to Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling. May your love bring you all the riches the Universe has to offer.

     

  • Franck Muller Watch at Sotheby's Auction

    This Franck Muller Watch Belonged to Robin Williams. Lot 125, Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha & Robin Williams. Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

     

    Next week this Franck Muller tourbillon minute repeater wristwatch goes on sale at Sotheby's, on October 4th. One of 44 watches from the collection of Robin Williams, this watch may represent the pinnacle of Robin Williams's horologic virtuosity.

     

    Stewarding Time

    The person who owns a Franck Muller tourbillon minute repeater wristwatch stewards time well. Some people admire watches. Other people wear watches. Still others collect them. However, very few people curate them. Clearly, Robin Williams belonged to this final group of elite watch collectors.

    For one thing, minute repeaters represent the rarest of the rare in complications. A minute repeater translates the mechanics of time into a symphony of sound. Like a grandfather clock, it dongs, ding dongs, and chimes the time in hours and minutes.

     

    Minute Repeaters

    Today minute repeaters are a curiosity, a pleasure for pleasure's sake. However, in England, during the 17th and 18th centuries, they were a necessity. Scant streetlights and dim candlelight prompted watchmakers to design a watch that sounded the time at the touch of a button.

    This complex mechanism requires a level of skill and craftsmanship which grows rarer and rarer with each passing year. The device requires as many as 100 Lilliputian components, with names like fingers, snails, jumpers, star wheels, and surprise pieces. {source} Once assembled, the master craftsman must tune the repeater so that it resounds just right to the human ear.

    Today, experts believe only 50 Swiss watchmakers possess the requisite skills to craft one. {source} For the most exquisitely crafted minute repeater, it might take as long as two years to complete one. {source}

    In addition to being a minute repeater, this Franck Muller specimen also includes a visible tourbillon.

     

    What is a Tourbillon?

    Mechanical watches notoriously lose or gain time, depending on which positions they find themselves in throughout the day. In order to combat gravity, watchmakers developed the tourbillon. A tourbillon encompasses the escapement and balance wheel in a rotating cage.

    As the entire assembly slowly rotates throughout the day, the tourbillon serves to average out positional errors in timekeeping. Watches first featured tourbillons about 200 years ago. Until early in the last century, watchmakers mounted these rotating cages on the backside of their wares.

    Franck Muller, a true contemporary artist, transformed what had become an obsolete mechanism into an art form. He was the first designer to incorporate a tourbillon into a watch face design. Over the years, Franck Muller continues to refine and revise his front-facing tourbillon designs.

    Some of them revolve elegantly in a cage, like a steampunk wonder. Others, like the imperial tourbillon on Robin Williams's watch, resemble barometric pressure gauges held in place by a portion of an airplane propeller.

     

    Franck Muller's Genius

    Franck Muller's visible tourbillon, along with his commitment to ingenuity and horologic mastery, secured recognition for him as a Master of Complications. Every year, during their World Premiere, Franck Muller and his team release at least one brand new complication to the world of watchmaking.

    Established in the 1980s, Franck Muller operates out of Genthod, in the countryside of Geneva, Switzerland. His grand estate houses nearly every aspect of the watchmaking process. Located in what he calls an "enchanting and poetic environment," Watchland provides all the inspiration and peace the artist and his team need to create and innovate with abandon. {source}

    Today, Franck Muller continues to push the boundaries of his craft, taking the artistry of watchmaking into the stratospheres. His tourbillon minute repeater watches are among the most exclusive and exquisite collectors items sought by horologic connoisseurs.

    On October 4th, you have the opportunity to add a Franck Muller creation to your collection. Not only that, but this watch is even rarer for having been cherished by one of America's most beloved actors, Robin Williams.

    For more information, we invite you to visit Sotheby's website.

  • Sotheby's Exhibits "The Collection of Marsha & Robin Williams"

    Robin Williams Dead Poets Society Watch by Hamilton Watch Co. Robin Williams Dead Poets Society Watch by Hamilton Watch Co. Photo Courtesy Sotheby's.

     

    Robin Williams truly personified entertainment. In the wake of his tragic suicide, he left a hole in the movie industry, as well as in the hearts of his fans. Of course, the hole he left in his family is the most keenly felt by all.

    As a tribute to his life, his second wife, Marsha Garces Williams, along with their children, partnered with Sotheby's to release a portion of their art and personal collections for exhibition and sale.

     

    The Collection of Marsha & Robin Williams

    In the nearly 20 years they were married, Marsha and Robin Williams collected decorative art, fine art, and outsider art for their home. The majority of the pieces represented gifts they gave each other, "as different pieces would remind us of each other," Marsha told Sotheby's. {source}

    Marsha explained that they "chose things that made us laugh, think, or want to be its caretakers for a period of time so that we could see them regularly." The pieces that "elicited immediate responses from ourselves, each other, family and friends" became their most beloved. {source}

    Sotheby's calls it "an uncommon collection," populated with film, entertainment, and sports memorabilia; Contemporary and Outsider art; bicycles; furniture and decorative pieces; and our favorite, roughly 40 designer watches.

    "He was always the creature of habit, so he would wear a specific watch all the time for a while. And then he would fall in love with another one," Marsha told Sotheby's. {source}

     

    Robin Williams' Watches

    Robin Williams owned a sizable collection of designer watches. Of course, he wore the biggest names in luxury jewelry - Cartier, Bulgari, and Dior.

    He also wore watches crafted by the most prestigious watchmakers in the world - Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Audemars Piguet.

    The entertainer clearly favored Graham, Swiss watchmakers since 1695. He also compiled a fair number of watches by IWC. Founded in 1868, by an American, the International Watch Company combines precision engineering with timeless design.

    Robin Williams had a keen eye for design, precision, and fine craftsmanship. This month, Sotheby's offers a rare opportunity for those traveling to New York.

     

    The Exhibition

    On September 29, 2018, at the York Avenue Galleries in Manhattan, Sotheby's offers a singular view into the artistic taste of one of America's most beloved actors.

    In addition to the forty watches Robin Williams owned, the exhibition also features paintings, sculptures, bicycles, decorative arts, and movie memorabilia.

     

    The Dead Poets Watch

    Indeed, visitors can view the watch featured above, which Robin Williams wore in his acclaimed role as Keating in Dead Poets Society.

    Crafted by Hamilton Watch Co., the watch features a silvered two-tone dial with applied gold-plated Arabic numerals. The case is plated with yellow gold, and the stainless steel back is engraved: "Robin Williams Dead Poets Society 1988."

    Catch a few glimpses of this movie watch, as well as one of the best scenes from the film, in this video clip. Then, head into Manhattan for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the collection of Marsha & Robin Williams on display at Sotheby's Art Gallery.

     

    Details and information available on Sotheby's website.

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