Mmmmm Melorra

A connoisseur of the Amazon.com curated collection as well as a few Indian online jewllery websites I am not new to buying fine jewellery online.

While everyone starts with a bang many fizzle out on the journey and eventually turn into brick and mortar stores adding to their overheads which are collected from the consumers (I believe not many have given this a thought) and then the cost of jewellry goes up significantly. The same is usually explained as making charges or design costs. Making them akin to their traditional counterparts, however much they would love to deny this fact.

When I chanced upon Melorra.com I decided to give them a try. Not only were their prices much lower than any other brands in the market but their products too looked deliciously fresh.

The jewellery pieces are something I would love to flaunt on a daily basis, stylish, suave and totally chic. Also the use of semi precious gemstones is something that is trending in the Indian jewellery scenario currently, until now it was only the precious gemstones which ruled the jewellery designs making the jewllery both precious and heavy for daily wear. The whether-it-will-suit-me factor too played a major role as we Indians believe that certain gemstones (precious) are to be worn only after receiving a   prescription. the lesser semi precious gemstones however beautiful have no place in our fine jewellery.

Having said that, the quality of products is not the only key to success for most brands. The quality of people who work behind the scenes quietly making it happen for you is what matters too.

My encounter with Saroj Yaramilli over the telephone brought to mind an image of a woman who is dedicated to her business and takes great pride and responsibility of everything that goes on in her company.

For those of you who haven’t tried their jewellery I recommend you at least check out their website and you will be spoilt for choice from their vast catalogue comprising of various collections making them daringly different. Let’s see if you have the panache to carry a Melorra piece.

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KINGSMAN: The Golden Circle & Tag Heuer forge a partnership

If James Bond had his array of devices that helped him get through his missions unscathed how can Gary Eggsy be far behind.

The clothing brand that was also associated with the first Kingsman movie MR PORTER and director Mr Matthew Vaughn have created a bespoke collection from Ms Arianne Phillips’ costume design for Kingsman.

In fact, MR PORTER has an online store for the brand Kingsman fans and a pop in store in London. https://www.mrporter.com/mens/designers/kingsman

While browsing through their merchandise I chanced upon a single watch related to the Kingsman Franchise.

It is then I came to know that the brand Tag Heuer had announced a global partnership with MARV films and 20th Century Fox in the upcoming new film Kingman: The Golden Circle, in cinemas worldwide on September 22, 2017.

In the new film, the Kingsman agents will all be fitted with TAG Heuer watches.

Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and Chairman of the Watch Division of LVMH Group, said: “Kingsman means explosions, action, laughter, and, of course, elegance. Its cast of young actors is the stuff of dreams – gentleman who aren’t afraid of anything. This is a perfect fit with TAG Heuer’s target market. This partnership will help us to get even closer to the younger generation.

Director Matthew Vaughn added: “For Kingsman: The Golden Circle, we needed a smart watch for our agents. We looked at the different options available, but none of them were elegant enough for a Kingsman. Then I saw an interview on Bloomberg TV with Jean-Claude Biver about his connected watch, and it became immediately obvious; the Kingsman agents would wear the TAG Heuer Connected.”

The watches worn by the characters play a decisive role in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, pivotal to the success of the Kingsman agents’ missions. They needed watches that could withstand anything, be it underwater shots, fight scenes or stunts. Film-goers will see the Kingsman agents wearing the TAG Heuer Connected and the legendary Monaco Calibre 11, worn by the American Statesman agents.

The Kingsman Special Edition reproduces the aesthetic adopted by the agents: pink gold lugs and an elegant leather strap with Kingsman print. The watch comes with a second strap in orange velvet, inspired by the iconic orange velvet suit.

The Connected Modular 45 Kingsman Special Edition differs from the classic collection with its dials function. Available in either midnight blue or grey, it bears the Kingsman inscription and logo at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock. At 10:10, the dial vibrates for 10 seconds and the K-shaped logo appears.

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pictures courtesy:https://www.mrporter.com/en-in/mens/kingsman_x_tag_heuer/–tag-heuer-connected-modular-45mm-ceramic-and-leather-smartwatch/987689?ppv=2

A Rocket to Watch

MB&F is a company that has no dearth of creative imagination and no lack of technology that transforms this creativity into reality.

The latest collaboration between L’Epée 1839 and MB&F brings us a desk clock which is maybe every child’s fantasy.

Destination Moon an eight-day table top clock.

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It’s rocket shape design which cleverly displays hours and minutes on large stainless steel discs with stamped numerals. The horizontal plates perforated to look like Meccano components.

This rocket of time has an open movement and is structured vertically.

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Complete with your own personal astronaut “Neil” who can be  magnetically attached to any point on the ladder depending whether he is about to take of on an exploratory mission in the universe where your time could be off by tens of thousands of years or returning to tell tales of the fantasy kind.

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Costing around $20,000 this clock can enliven your childhood fantasies albeit you have to be Richie Rich to do so.

Floating in space with four limited editions of 50 pieces available in black, green, blue, or palladium this rocket can land only on few privileged desks.

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Pictures courtesy http://www.ablogtowatch.com/mbf-destination-moon-clock-lepee/

SIHH 2017 Unique Watches

SIHH or Salon Internationale de la Haute Horlogerie. A fair that was started in 1991 by Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Piaget, Gerald Genta, and Daniel Roth. Held in January each year after the holidays it is the second largest fair held mostly for retailers and journalists. Held in Geneva it is almost impossible to get into the SIHH if you do not belong professionally in the industry.

It is followed by Baselworld which was the first watch show in Switzerland. The first fair was held in 1917 but it wasn’t until 1986 that non-Swiss exhibitors could join the fair. Held in March every year Baselworld is open to the public and only costs you an entry ticket.
This year SIHH opened its doors for the first time to the general public on Friday 20 January. This open house marks a new stage in the history of the show.

SIHH 2017: THE NUMBERS

45,000 square meters of exhibition

17 Historic houses

13 independent craftspeople

1200 accredited journalists

EXHIBITING THE WATCHES TO LOOK OUT FOR @ THE SIHH 2017

1. MB&F HM7 Aquapod Tourbillon Diving-Style Watch

No it’s not an Alien space ship, it’s not Saturn, it’s a watch. MB&F debuts the Horological Machine No. 7 (HM7) Aquapod. With this very futuristic circa $100,000 flying tourbillon-equipped timepieces on your wrist, you are bound to be high on style.
MB& F’s long-time design partner Eric Giroud has designed the HM7 Aquapod collection.
The Aquaopod is being produced as a limited edition in two versions, one in titanium and one in 18k red gold. The case is 53.8mm wide and 21.3mm thick produced from a whopping 95 parts.

Downside: it is that it only has 50 meters of water resistance.

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2. Richard Mille RM 50-03 McLaren F1 Record-Setting Lightweight Watch

Lightweight is the key word here. The watch weighs only 40 grams including the strap making it the lightest split-second chronograph with a tourbillon and the movement weighs a scant 7 grams

A case that marries titanium, carbon TPT (thin-ply technology), and a Richard Mille exclusive and apparent watchmaking first: Graph TPT, better known as graphene, that is six times lighter than steel and 200 times as strong.
Richard Mille collectors looking to chase one of these bad boys down must do so at RM boutiques, where only 75 pieces will be available in total. Owners will also get a 1:5 scale model of the 2017 McLaren-Honda car driven by two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso, which is a neat little bow on a package that costs 980,000 CHF before VAT.

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3. Ulysse Nardin InnoVision 2 Concept Watch

Ulysse Nardin promises a list of 10 innovations in the InnoVision 2.
The InnoVision 2 being a concept watch, it is difficult to determine how well the actual movement works, or how much of an improvement in performance much of this new tech has over more traditional movements.

Ulysse Nardin declined to share things like specific technical specifications for the InnoVision 2 such as case size and materials. In a sense, those things are mostly irrelevant given that the focus is on the internals.

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4. Urwerk UR-T8 Watch

Continuing in the freaky innovative watches we bring you the Urwerk UR-T8 Watch. Urwerk is releasing their Urwerk UR-T8 watch to mark the 20th anniversary of the brand.
The watch has a reversible bracelet which allows the titanium caseback to be face up while hiding/protecting the dial underneath.

The wearer can change the look to look as if there is a mysterious looking bracelet on the wrist and by flipping it over tell time by only squeezing the two buttons on the side of the case, lifting it vertically, rotating the case 180° around its axis, and returning it back to its initial flat position.

The Urwerk UR-T8 watch will be available in natural titanium or black PVD-coated case options and limited to an initial run of 60 pieces. Price for the Urwerk UR-T8 is CHF 100,000.

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5. Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon Watch

Bold and expensive this “top-of-the-line” Geophysic watch built on the modern retro-inspired collection of watches.

Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon combines a world-time complication with an “orbital” flying tourbillon – in a rather visually stunning manner.
The flying tourbillon seems to come right out of the dial, which is enhanced by the fact that most of the dial is domed.

It has in-house-made automatic movement with the “true second” ticking seconds hand and the world-time indicator cased in a 43.5mm wide solid platinum case.

The movement has 48 hours of power reserve and is produced from 375 parts and the 22k pink gold automatic rotor is visible through rear of the case’s sapphire crystal exhibition window.

The limited edition of 100 pieces reference Q8126420 Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon in platinum is priced at around $145,000.

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6. HYT Skull Pocket Watch

If wicked is your middle name you will be dying to own this one.
Imagine being a villain, this watch pulled out of your pocket to commence the countdown to doom is going to make the hero forget saving the world and he is definitely going to be intrigued by this sinister looking time piece.

With a 65-hour power reserve this retrograde movement uses a bellows-like mechanism to push a green fluid through a capillary around the skull indicating the time by the corresponding luminous numbers in the outer bezel.

Like other HYT Skull watches, the slow-moving fluid indicates only the hours on the HYT Skull Pocket – not that useful for counting down to plans of apocalyptic destruction after all.

The HYT Skull Pocket will be made in an extremely limited run of only eight pieces, and you’ll need more than just a great costume and dreams of world domination – you’ll also need the bankroll of a super-villain to be able to add one to your collection, at a price of $115,000.

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7. Roger Dubuis Excalibur Carbon Spider Watch

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Carbon Spider watch adds the first ever carbon movement plate, bridges, and tourbillon upper cage to be made entirely in carbon.
A cool black and red technically minimalistic watch has a 45mm case with the dial has a “honeycomb” pattern, made of titanium and vulcanized rubber, with the bezel featuring red lacquer.

The movement is the hand-wound caliber RD509SQ. Continuing the carbon theme, the movement features a multi-layer carbon plate, bridges, and tourbillon upper cage that matches the honeycomb decor above.

The strap is black rubber, which has a red Rubber-Tech fabric-like inlay and red stitching throughout. The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Carbon Spider is limited to 28 pieces and is priced at 180,000 CHF.

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8. Romain Jerome Eyjafjallajökull-DNA Burnt Lava

A timepiece the unpronounceable name: the Eyjafjallajökull-DNA, pays tribute to the temperamental Icelandic volcano.

Introduced in a 99-piece limited edition, it comes in a 46 mm black PVD-coated stainless steel case with a stabilized rusted steel bezel.

The dial comprises genuine lava rock from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano as well as red and yellow cold enamel. Along with its strap made of toad skin, it retails for $26,500.

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9. Ludovic Ballouard’s “Upside Down Watch.”

The watch not overly complex, but it is technically complicated

The hour indicator is placed on a small disc that is capable of rotating. The hours are placed in an upside-down position. The “active” hour, which corresponds to the right time, is flipped around to be right side up. The discs turn very quickly when it is their “turn.” There is a single blued steel hand on the main dial for the minutes, as well as a small subsidiary seconds dial. Simple yet unique.

The first watches are part of a limited edition set of just 12 pieces. Ballouard will make more watches after this set (that has already been sold).

Each watch will be in solid platinum (that includes the strap buckle and crown) in a 41mm wide case. Price for them will be around 40,000 Swiss Francs – which is more or less the same in US dollars.

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And now serving the dessert. If you do not have a sweet tooth may I odder you some Swiss Cheese.

Presenting the $1 Million Watch Made Of Genuine Swiss Cheese. Don’t drop out of your chair yet.

10. Cheesy Swiss Mad Watch

The youthful CEO of H. Moser & Cie Edouard Meylan, releases something that has managed to capture large amounts of attention.

The first Swiss watch housed in a case made of hardened Swiss cheese, a strap made of cowhide and a red dial reminiscent of the Swiss flag.

A Vacherin Mont d’Or médaille d’or cheese comprises the base for the case, which has been mixed with a composite itr2 material made with carbon nanotubes (the same used in the Pebble 2 Smartwatch, by the way) before being machined and polished.

And, no, it doesn’t smell.

The price of the unique-piece watch is an equally symbolic 1,081,291 Swiss francs, which references the date of the signing of the Swiss Federal Charter on August 1, 1291.

The watch is made mainly to draw attention to the law regarding the use of the words “Swiss made” and in a way to support Meylan’s personal campaign drawing attention to the fact that many of the world’s best Swiss (and German!) brands do not have “Swiss made” on their dials.

He has decided to remove ‘Swiss Made’ from their dials for all of their new collections. Meylan’s hashtag #MakeSwissMadeGreatAgain along with his video staged in a Swiss barn simultaneously draws attention to the fact that his watches are more Swiss than most.

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Picture courtesy: http://www.ablogtowatch.com

A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

Recently TAG Heuer paid tribute to Muhammad Ali by hosting a charity event.

It was attended by Lonnie Ali and several well-known personalities from the world of boxing including those who fought Ali, George Chuvalo, Earnie Shavers, and fighters who were inspired by him, Evander Holyfield, Roberto Durán and Julio César Chávez González.

The event was co-hosted by Paul “Magic Man” Malignaggi in the famous Gleason’s Gym in DUMBO, Brooklyn where Muhammad Ali trained in the presence of its Owner and Manager, Bruce Silverglade.

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The Commemorative Timepiece

A commemorative unique timepiece made of gold was presented by The Muhammad Ali Center (Louisville, Kentucky), with a pair of Muhammad Ali-autographed boxing gloves, a commemorative medal, and certificates of authenticity, all stored in a custom studded leather case made in Switzerland for the occasion.

The unique timepiece, created by TAG Heuer, was inspired by the famous Ring-Master stopwatch introduced in 1957 and now on display in the TAG Heuer museum. The Ring-Master was equipped with 7 rings, each one featuring a different scale, including one for boxing.

The watch was auctioned with all proceeds going to The Muhammad Ali Center.

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”

There is a Tanishq in my Carat Lane

caratlaneSo what happens when the Titan of the jewelry business enters the lane you shop in while looking for affordable everyday jewelry?

The result is total customer delight for someone like me who trusts only these two brands for precious jewelry.

I have often found it hard to decide whether to go in for a Tanishq piece for Festive occasions or flaunt a Caratlane lightweight every day.

By Titan group’s acquiring a majority stake in Tiger Global-backed online jewellery startup CaratLane it is a win win all the way for consumers (who are a wide varied mix).

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The target audience for both the brands is totally interchangeable and this will give the brand Caratlane a newer approach and more seriousness in terms of audience.

While Caratlane will be able to reach out to more customers Titan will be able to convert more young and on the go audiences and the myth surrounding Tanishq (and all the sub brands under it) that it is not-so-affordable will soon evaporate.

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On the other hand, Caratlane will also gain a newfound trust with the brand backing of the Tata Group.

Hoping to see some great jewelry from both the brands in future.

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