Jaquet Droz stuns us again this time with the Butterfly automaton

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Jaquet-Droz new automaton timepiece named ‘Loving Butterfly’ tells a story of love and trust with its expressive dial and ultra-creative mechanics. The watch is inspired by the sketches drawn by an android automaton known as “the draughtsman” and features a 90-second on-demand animation. The poetic automaton portrays a delicate butterfly pulling Cupid along on a chariot. It is animated with just one press on the crown integrated pusher and has a 90 second power reserve, during which time the wings are flapping 2.5 times per seconds while the wheel of the chariot rotates. The exclusive automaton mechanism, for which two patents are also pending, took three years to develop.

The Loving Butterfly is powered by the self-winding JD2653 AT1 caliber with silicon balance spring and pallets. This twin barrel movement offers a 68 hours power reserve for the time mechanism. All 40 parts of the automaton’s refined design are patiently hand-engraved in-house at Jaquet-Droz. The timepiece arrives on a black rolled-edge hand-made alligator leather strap with double folding buckle in matching gold. With a 43 mm case in 18K rose or white gold, the new Jaquet-Droz Loving Butterfly is available in a limited number of 28 pieces for each metal. It is priced at $126,000 USD. 

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Chanel Monsieur de Chanel Watch

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Back at Baselworld in March, Chanel created a stir by launching its Monsieur de Chanel timepiece – a sophisticated watch that targeted a male consumer. With a wealth of experience in women’s watches, it was an unusual step but six months on, Hodinkee has put the Monsieur through its paces and found its appeal to be lasting.

In a detailed analysis, Hodinkee praises its sleek 40mm x 10mm dimensions and an aesthetic that features what it describes as “a compelling balance and sense of geometric rigor that’s classical and contemporary.” Featuring a jumping hour display and a three-day power reserve, the Monsieur’s Caliber 1 movement – constructed in house – is also worth shouting about. The article then makes the point that gender means little when it comes to watchmaking – quality is far more important.

Monsieur de Chanel is a limited edition of 300 pieces, 150 in both white gold and beige gold, at $36,000 and $34,500 respectively. More information can be found at Chanel.com.

This is an unexpected but very impressive announcement from a truly iconic brand in the fashion world – Chanel – and they unveiled a brand new, men's dedicated wristwatch called the Monsieur. Oh, and it's damn impressive. It's a jumping hour, retrograde with three-day power reserve, a great profile and stunning view from the back. Let's get into the Monsieur de Chanel now.

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The Monsieur de Chanel is Chanel's first dedicated men's watch and certainly first with complication, and what makes that even more important is that it was designed and built completely in-house. And what makes that even more special is that the watch looks fantastic on both the front and the back, and wears like a dream. So what is it? Obviously this is a jumping hour watch, with a pronounced hour display at 6 o'clock. The font used here was indeed designed for this watch – just as the font seen on the Slim d'Hermes was designed for that watch (sidebar: is designing a new font for every new watch now a thing? bc if so, things just got intense).

Directly above the hour at 6 o'clock, you have a lovely running seconds, and above that, you have a retrograde minute display. What is interesting about this retrograde compared to almost all others is that it A) jumps more than 180°, and B) can actually be set going backwards. Both of these are small things, but still show the technical approach that was taken to this watch. Now about that – the Monsieur de Chanel was designed and manufactured completely in-house. Think about that. This jumping hour was made by your wife/girlfriend/sister/SO's favorite, favorite fashion house. It took them five years, and they've gone ahead and brought in some of the best and brightest to make this happen, but it shows how committed they are to fine watchmaking. Oh, and when you turn it over? This.

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Look at that thing. And lest we forget, this bad boy says "Chanel" on the other side. The entirity of Caliber 1, as it's being called, is black anthracite, and the look is downright mean. We have a beautiful central, circular bridge and star-shaped balance wheel. What is interesting to note, and something I had never heard until today, is that Chanel became an investor in high-end independent watchmaker and protegé of no one short of Philippe Dufour, Mr. Romain Gauthier in 2011, and some of the wheels you see here were in fact produced by him, though to Chanel's specifications. The rear of this watch is simply stunning, and frankly looks and feels well above its weight class. Here is the official pic:

What else do you need to know about the Monsieur de Chanel? It has a three-day power reserve from one barrel. It wears wonderfully at 40 mm wide by 10 mm thick, and it will be a limited edition of 300 pieces, 150 in both white gold and beige gold, at $36,000 and $34,500 respectively. The watch should be available as of this June, and you can sign up to receive more information here.

For a bit more on the background of Chanel timepieces and in particular this very impressive new high-end men's piece, read this story in yesterday's New York Times.

The watch with Instant Jumping Hour and Retrograde Minute is equipped with the manual-winding mechanical movement Calibre 1, Chanel´s first in-house high-watchmaking movement.


The Calibre 1 which offers a double complication, took five years to develop. The manual-winding mechanical movement made up of 170 components is a movement with integrated complications, meaning that the complications are integrated into the bottom plate and are not simply modules attached to a base. Chanel told me: “It all started with a desire, a vision, and a drawing. This watch did not exist before, it was dreamt up. Its movement did not exist before. It was designed to bring it alive. Its watchcase did not exist before either. It was created to house it.”


Chanel Monsieur de Chanel

Chanel Monsieur de Chanel


This is a slow-motion video, so please be patient … The jump of the hour hand and disc will occur after 30 seconds 


The Instant Jumping Hour, required the full mastery of micro-shocks and the energy consumption caused by the passage of the aluminium hour disc. With two barrels mounted in series, the power reserve of the watch is 3 days.

The second watchmaking prowess, the retrograde minute with a 240°-display on the dial (by the way, that´s quite rare), combined both rigorous aesthetics and technical performance. The retrograde minute’s bidirectional corrector allows easy adjustment of the watch and illustrates one of the key elements of the Chanel fine watchmaking vision.

Calibre 1 multiplies the references to the strong codes of the House Chanel. Matt and glossy black predominate in its black architectural movement in ADLC (Amorphous Diamond Like Carbon). The trim emphasizes all the curves of its bottom plate and bridges. A number of custom-made parts serve as a reminder of the octagonal shape of Place Vendome in Paris, where Chanel´s flagship boutique is located.

Chanel chose the lion, its most masculine emblem and a symbol of strength and power, as the signature of the watch which is found on its buckle and crown.

In 2016, 300 numbered movements will be produced of which 150 are for the Monsieur de Chanel watch in “beige gold” (a Chanel gold alloy) and 150 for the white gold model.


Calibre 1

Heure sautante instantanée minute rétrograde

First in-house manual-winding mechanical movement with two integrated complications: instant jumping hour and minute retrograde on 240°
170 components; 30 rubies; Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4Hz); 2 fixed barrels in series, spring torque 700 g.mm; Anti-shock system to protect balance

Movement diameter: 32 mm or 14’’’3/4

Movement thickness: 5.5 mm


The watches are numbered editions …
40 mm diameter – 10.4 mm thickness
18 carat “beige gold” case and crown
Ivory opaline dial with retrograde minute counter, jumping hour window and small seconds counter
18 carat “beige gold” plated hands
22 mm black alligator strap
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds
3-day power reserve
Water resistance: 30 meters
Gold weight: 48.80 g

Chanel Monsieur de Chanel Watch

When Chanel dreams, they dream big. And in the case of their new watch for men, they went all nine yards and then some for the Monsieur de Chanel.


The design didn’t exist, it wasn’t inspired by something they already had in the archives, so it was dreamt. The movement didn’t exist, it wasn’t something already available in the market, so it was designed. The watchcase didn’t exist, the housing had to be something new, so it was created. A watch made for men that’s not only new, it stretched their dedicated watch manufacture G&F Châtelain SA to its fullest, where it was designed, developed, assembled and checked in-house by Chanel.

Featuring 2 patents exclusive to the watch, it features (amongst other highlights) retrograde minute with a 240° display and bi-directional adjustment. Even the typography on the dial was created specially for the watch, housed in a lightly domed sapphire crystal case that subtly plays with the effects of light. Of the 300 pieces made, 150 will come in beige gold (a hue that’s still unique to Chanel and was used most recently in their #CocoCrush jewellery collection), while the remaining 150 are in white gold.


Most importantly, it’s a breathtakingly beautiful watch, one that’s not only architectural and masculine that will sit handsomely on any wrist, but also one that expresses Chanel’s dedication to fine watchmaking to the highest degree. All you need to do is to head down to the Chanel Fine Jewellery Boutique at Ngee Ann City to try it on for yourself.

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Photo: The RealReal

Photo: The RealReal

Choosing an engagement ring can be a daunting task. There are a number of choices when it comes to the shape and size and variations of color options on offer… and that’s before you consider anything like clarity, carats and cuts! To get you started on a path towards understanding diamond terminology so that you can make the right purchase, here’s everything you need to know about colored diamonds.

White v Colored Diamonds
Diamonds are available in a variety of colors, including ‘colorless’ stones all the way through to hues in pinks, blues, reds and beyond. In order to determine the value of a diamond and make it simpler for buyers to understand, white or ‘colorless’ diamonds are graded according to a GIA color scale from D to Z.

Typically, diamonds rated ‘D’ for their color are worth the most because they’re considered to be the purest ‘white’ diamonds, and therefore the most sought after and expensive. As you move down the scale, diamonds begin to become a little more yellow, until, at the bottom of a scale, brown diamonds earn themselves Z ratings.

Photo: Bloomingdale's

Photo: Bloomingdale’s

However, colored diamonds aren’t always a bad thing. In fact, the vibrant, punchy hues desired by many only occur in nature under very special circumstances… so it doesn’t always follow that colorless diamonds are better! Naturally occurring colored diamonds in pinks, oranges and vivid blues, for example, are rarer than even colorless diamonds. And, as a result, colored diamonds have commanded some of the highest prices for gems at auctions around the world.

How Are Colored Diamonds Formed?
Colored diamonds acquire their hues when they’re being formed in the earth. Colorless, ‘white’ diamonds are comprised of 100% carbon, meaning that are no other elements in the carbon chain. Colored diamonds, on the other hand, have seen other elements come into play during their formation, such as nitrogen (causing yellow diamonds), boron (producing blue diamonds) or hydrogen (producing red and violet diamonds).

It’s also possible for diamonds to acquire highly sought after colors due to being subject to intense pressure or heat as they’re being formed. And, it’s also known that naturally occurring radiation causes diamonds to develop into colored stones, accounting for some blue and green diamonds found in particular parts of the world. So, there are a number of natural ways diamonds can acquire beautiful colors, making them worth far more than their colorless counterparts!

Photo: Bloomingdale's

Photo: Bloomingdale’s

The Most Expensive Colored Diamonds in the World
In 2014, the pink star diamond sold at auction for $ million! It was a beautiful, rose colored diamond of impeccable clarity and weighed 59.40 carats, having taken over 20 months to mine in South Africa.

However, red diamonds are actually the most expensive gemstones in the entire world, with a price tag of over $ million per carat. In 2014, a 2.09 carat heart shaped red diamond sold for £3.4 million in Hong Kong. So, with fewer than 30 red diamondsdocumented around the world (and the majority of them smaller than half a carat), red diamonds are the rarest and most expensive of all.

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Lupita Nyong'o stars in Tiffany & Co's fall-winter 2016 campaignLupita Nyong’o stars in Tiffany & Co’s fall-winter 2016 campaign

Tiffany & Co’s fall-winter 2016 campaign taps stars from the world of fashion and film. American Vogue’s Grace Coddington helped shaped the new advertisements with her role as creative partner for the illustrious jewelry brand. Photographed byDavid Sims, actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Elle Fanning appear alongside modelsChristy Turlington and Natalie Westling.

This marks the first Tiffany & Co. campaign to star celebrities. In each image, a black and white cropped shot is paired with a color shot. Pieces from the Victoria, T and Keys Collection are included in the advertisements.

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Best Gold Collars: The Chokehold

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Not since the lavish days of Dynasty have we seen so much unapologetically bold gold. This heavy hardware will have everyone lunging at your jugular, but never fear – they just want an up-close look at the armory’s worth of metal hanging from your neck. While Lanvin’s Oracle collar will give you the strength of pure metal, Vita Fede’s subtler (yet no less intimidating) black leather and gold matchwill happily arm you with just as much style.

Best Gold Collars

Saint Laurent Three Strand Collar Necklace: In history and spirituality, there’s always power in sets of three, so give yourself a little extra strength with Saint Laurent’s three-strand collar.

Best Gold Collars

Topshop Chunky Box Collar Necklace: This chunky linked choker looks like it belongs on a princess from an ancient age. In spite of its cool price tag, you get double the hardware here. 

Best Gold Collars

Herve Van der Straeten Gold Petal Collar Necklace: For the distinguished look of laurels, throw on this brightly petalled collar. It’ll make you wish your garden were gold, too! 

Best Gold Collars

Charles Albert Woven Collar: Charles Albert has the Midas touch, turning a braided necklace into gold. It will bend to your desired size but never break.

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Snob Holiday Shop: 20% Off Charm & Chain!

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Snob Holiday Shop

While we’ve just about made it to the most wonderful time of the year, there’s still one hurdle left to clear – holiday shopping. I love shopping and I love picking out special gifts for family and friends, but between a long list to buy for and an even longer line of people at the register, it can be a serious challenge, especially for Snobs on a budget. To ring in the season with holiday cheer, Tina and I have covered at least one chunk of your list – the Jewel Snobs. We’ve partnered with Charm & Chain to bring you a curated collection of gorgeous, well-priced

pieces and gotten you 20% off all of our picks! 

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