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Ultra-Rare 1950 Sleeping Beauty Rolex Sells for Record-Breaking $1.14 Million at Christie's

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Aficionados of luxury timepieces got a shock the other day when a rare Rolex made in 1950, sold for more than four times its estimate and set a new world record. The remarkable result was achieved at Christie’s New York sale of Important Watches on Dec. 17, when a stainless steel Ref. 8171 Rolex sold for $1.145 million against a pre-sale estimate of $250,000-$350,000 after a fierce bidding war that spanned across four countries.

The Rolex, previously nicknamed the “Padellone” (“Big Frying Pan” in Italian), immediately earned a new nickname—“Sleeping Beauty”—on account of the surprise result. One of the most complicated Rolexes ever made, its main feature is a triple date and moonphase display. Only about 1000 examples were ever made, but until the Christie’s sale the model wasn’t in the same league as the Ref. 4113, an oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph made in 1942 that became the world’s most expensive Rolex ever when it sold at auction for $1.16 million in Geneva last May.

The auction was “a most memorable grand finale to the most successful year of watch auctions ever orchestrated by any auction house in history,” notes Aurel Bacs, Christie’s’ International Head of Watches. “Savvy bidders from around the world gathered to compete fiercely for a beautifully curated, intelligently estimated, and well researched selection of high-quality collectors watches.” The sale brought in a total of $12,926,175, selling 91 percent by lot and 95 percent by value.

Neil Lane Dishes On His Jewelry, Passions and A-List Clientele

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If you’ve seen a red carpet event recently chances are good you’ve seen some of Neil Lane’s jewelry designs. Adorning the necks, fingers and ears of some of the most beautiful people in the world, Lane’s pieces are iconic for their intricate aesthetics and attention to detail. But as one of Hollywood’s hottest jewelers, he confesses he never imagined that his life would take such a glamorous turn. In an exclusive interview with JustLuxe, Lane talks about his start, his passion and all those famous A-list clients.

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“I don’t come from this planet,” Lane jokes right off the bat. “So my aesthetics are really, you know, out of this world!” he laughs, immediately giving off the impression of a man in love with life. And why shouldn’t he be? When your day consists of casually selecting red carpet diamonds with the biggest celebrities, you know you’re doing something right. “I can tell you when I was a little kid I never thought one day I’d be in Hollywood designing for the most famous, glorious people in the world. That’s not something I wanted to do,” he explains.

 Neil Lane

But looking back, his childhood gave a pretty clear indication as to what would eventually be Lane’s calling in life. “Even walking around the park when I was a little kid, my mom used to have to empty out my pockets—they were all filed with colored glass,” he laughs. “So I supposed even as a kid I was fascinated with sparkle, but of course, I had no idea that one day I’d be here.” A self-confessed lover of art, Lane’s childhood hobbies quickly turned into career goals. An obsession with architecture, history, and design lead Lane around the world in pursuit of his passions. “I was going everywhere looking at anything that fascinated me—I was flying off to Paris to look at the Mona Lisa and there I began to see amazing architecture and the art nouveau movement in Paris.

 Neil Lane

Studying art in college, he traveled back and forth from New York to Europe to absorb the different artistic cultures, and it was there that he really began to take note of the vintage designs of old world craftsmanship. “Jewelry began to have a history for me, it began to resonate,” he explains. “Jewelry began to have a reason, like a place in art history for me, and it wasn’t just decorative things, and I became really fascinated by it.”

Years of studying and collecting vintage pieces and books on jewelry, made Lane an expert on the subject, but it wasn’t until after he moved to California that he started to practice this design. His expertise of these classical European styles was rare and clearly missing from the American fashion scene. He set up shop resetting heirloom stones and passed down keepsakes that women brought to him, and gained a small following for his unique aesthetic before capturing the attention of celebrities.

 Neil Lane

Today, Lane designs for some of the biggest stars like Renee Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon and Demi Moore, but these celebrities aren’t his only clients; he loves designing for them as much as he does for every woman. “Is there a big difference between Angelina Jolie and ‘Sue Brown’?” he asks, then corrects himself. “Well yes, in some respects, but you know I’ve found when I work with people, women all have the same aesthetic, it’s about romance, it’s about beauty; they all want the same thing.” This idea of capturing the beauty of a jewel and sharing it with America instead of purely the upper echelon lead him to partner with Kay Jewelers to create the Neil Lane Bridal Collection. “I do a collection for Kay and all these years working in Hollywood I’ve been able to really hone on my aesthetics working with some of these glamorous women— that together and really wanting to share that with a much larger audience.”

 Neil Lane

Sharing his designs with women gives Lane the inspiration and passion for his work. “I love working with Angelina Jolie, I love working with Madonna. I love working with Rihanna, Katy Perry was in, I mean, there are so many people I love working with and I love designing for them,” he explains. “But I also love people coming into my shop and I’m designing their 20th anniversary ring, or 10th anniversary, or their baby present.” He goes on to talk about the thank you note he recently received from Mark Paul Gosselaar after the two designed the baby gift for his newborn. He remembers Goldie Hawn bringing in a little Kate Hudson to try on her first pieces of fine jewelry, and then when Hudson, all grown up, came back to Lane to find her engagement ring. This connection of family, love and relationships is what makes his work so satisfying.

Neil Lane

But it’s clear that despite his immense achievements and his notoriety amongst the Hollywood elite that nothing moves him quite like engagement rings. “The magic that happens when you design a ring for someone, the magic that exists between two people, and how the jewelry has an aspect that goes from almost the physical to the spiritual,” he starts enthusiastically. “How some of the platinum and diamonds and gold can transcend a physicality to be a very emotional, romantic aspect of what it symbolizes. I think that type of transformation of what I do in a workshop and what it means to people getting the jewelry or those things that I’ve designed—I think that has been very, very significant for me in terms of success.”

Neil Lane

Since the holidays can be one of the most popular times of the year to get engaged, Lane makes a few last minute suggestions to guys thinking of popping the question. “If you’re buying an engagement ring, it’s really important to know your girlfriend’s style. I don’t think surprising her out of the blue with something that she might not appreciate,” he pauses and laughs. “She’ll probably love you, but I think style and fashion are very, very important today in a girl’s life.” He recommends speaking with the jewelry store staff and letting them know what your girlfriend is like, who she admires, what she wears, what she does—and there’s always the option of bringing someone along. “You can take her mom, you can take her best girlfriend, you can take your potential finance window shopping—ask her ‘what do you like?’—she’ll let you know.”

5 Luxury Watches Worth Investing in Right Now

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5 Luxury Watches Worth Investing in Right Now

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As a noted timepiece specialist and the founder of Analog/Shift, a top-drawer boutique offering a curated selection of vintage watches for discerning collectors, James Lamdin spends his days buying, selling and brokering some of the most exceptional timepieces in the world. Lamdin, who drives a classic 1967 Porsche 912, has an impressive collection in his own right, of course.

Lamdins team has a cumulative 40 years of wristwatch-collecting experience. Each month they offer a small, carefully assembled collection of beautiful watches from highly desirable brands like Rolex, Omega, Doxa and Heuer, as well as some lesser known and harder to find models. Each has been thoroughly checked over by a professional watchmaker and is ready to wear.

Vintage wristwatch values have been on the rise since the early 2000s, and records have been set and broken nearly every year at prestigious auction houses in the United States, Europe and Asia. While Lamdin generally recommends buying wristwatches for enjoyment rather than purely as investments (after all, you can wear them while they appreciate), he does offer advice for speculating within the luxury timepiece market; and his recommendations for investment pieces arent purely of the vintage nature.

Here are his top five recommendations for modern luxury watches sure to bring enhanced returns in the near future.And surprisenot a single one of them is a Rolex or Patek Philippe:

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Tempting Treasures By Bina Goenka

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Tempting Treasures By Bina Goenka

Posted: Dec. 10th, 2012 | Comments 0 | Make a Comment

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What ever happened to

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accessories being referred to as treasures? Nowadays we have plenty of beautiful rings, necklaces and bracelets, but dont you think its about time that we brought true gems back into our lives? Internationally acclaimed jewelry designer, Bina Goenka, certainly does, and her collection of timeless and dramatic jewels are sure to have you feeling just as elegant as each one of her dazzling items.

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Officine Autodromo Races Back in Time with New Monoposto Timepiece

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There are any of a number of ways an established watchmaker can make its luxury timepieces more alluring to those of us who see the natural connection between watches and cars. He can craft dials out of carbon fiber, straps of rubber with tire-tread patterns, and bezels out of the same ceramics used for racing brakes. He can sponsor motor racing series or forge relationships with celebrated automakers. But every once in a while, a watchmaker comes along who quite simply has octane pumping through his veins. Officine Autodromo is one such watchmaker.

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Edox Raids the Rally with new Chronodakar Limited Edition Timepiece

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There are few races quite as grueling as the Dakar Rally. Unlike most races or rallies that revolve around one type of vehicle, the Dakar Rally, for which

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brand Edox is an official supplier, includes cars, trucks and motorcycles. In all, over 700 entries strive for glory and the ultimate prize in rally-raid competition.

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There are few races quite as grueling as the Dakar Rally. Unlike most races or rallies that revolve around one type of vehicle, the Dakar Rally, for which

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brand Edox is an official supplier, includes cars, trucks and motorcycles. In all, over 700 entries strive for glory and the ultimate prize in rally-raid competition.

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Best Luxury Watches Over $10,000 For Women

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Best Luxury Watches Over $10,000 For Women

Posted: Sep. 21st, 2012 | Comments 0 | Make a Comment

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It’s a wonder that

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tend to focus mainly on the mens market, when time is of the essence to everyone gender aside. While theres a seemingly endless database of luxury timepieces for men to choose from, the options are not as wide for women. That said, if youre on the hunt for a high-end womens watch for either yourself or a special lady friend, there are only a few labels you should look towards to get the same quality that is found in those mens pieces that look like they should be behind glass at a museum at all times. I searched high and low for those timepieces, and found the best of the best womens luxury watches over $10,000.

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