Fine horology meets F1 Tyre rubber- Roger Dubuis partners with Pirelli

Categories:Jewelry & Watches

You might question a collaboration between a watch company and tire manufacturer but when the results are this good, we prefer not to! Roger Dubuis and Pirelli the Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton, a race ready watch that combines a sleek aesthetic with sturdy materials. Just 88 such watches have been created.

The 25 mm case is made of black DLC titanium. The movement inside is the RD820SQ in-house calibre which consists of 167 parts and meets the requirements of the “Poinçon de Genève” certification. You’ll find bright blue accents on the mostly-black watch including the blue Astral Skeleton, the titanium crown and other blue elements on the dial. The most notable part though is the use of Pirelli tyres for the strap. Each strap features a code that matches the product code (like a serial number) of the tyre. In fact, the tyres used to create these watch straps will be from actual F1 cars.

Another product of the collaboration is the Excalibur Spider Pirelli Double Flying Tourbillon which also comes in that dramatic blue/black colorway. This watch is noticeably more complex with the new RD105SQ hand-wound calibre but it also features a vulcanized rubber strap from a Pirelli tire. Only 8 units have been created so the buyers will be treated to a two-day VIP program organised by Pirelli at one of their motorsport events.

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Art Deco Jewels: Perfect Symmetry

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Art Deco Jewels

With movies like Gangster Squad and The Great Gatsby coming out this year, I have the lavish Art Deco era on the brain. I’m in the mood for jewels designed with the grand, symmetrical style in mind. Its rich colors and glamorous exuberance bring an immediate sense of elegance to what you’re wearing. Jewels like these are so ornate and geometric that sometimes they look like beautiful maps that need deciphering.

Ben-Amun Ruby Deco Crystal Statement Necklace: This is the kind of necklace you would wear to a red carpet event. With white and ruby-colored Swarovkis, it shines like a dazzling chandelier, the centerpiece of your outfit. 

Rachel Zoe Deco Drop Earrings: The Art Deco style must have started with an OCD designer – the look is all about symmetry, but with the fabulous glitz, it’s never boring.

Badgley Mischka Ornate Deco Hinged Cuff: This piece is my favorite – an intricately bejeweled cuff that makes you forget that Art Deco was actually inspired by sterile Machine Age steel and glass.

Stephen Webster Pave Diamond Art Deco Ring: If you prefer your grandeur on a smaller stage, this Stephen Webster ring will give you the style and shape without all of the pomp and circumstance. 

Sabine Art Deco Medallion Bracelet: As they say, you don’t need to spend a million to look like a million. And approval from fashionistaOlivia Palermo isn’t exactly a bad endorsement.

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Dana Lorenz x Plukka: Spikes, Studs, and Striations

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Dana Lorenz x Plukka

My friend and jeweler extraordinaire Dana Lorenz has teamed up with Plukka to release a five-piece limited edition collection worthy of a rock goddess. I’ve always loved Dana’s statement-making fashion jewels, but now using diamonds, biker chains, studs, and spikes, her pieces have never looked more luxe. Made to order collection available at Plukka.

Sapphire & Spinel Pave Spike Link Bracelet: Electric blue sapphires kick start the current on these heavy paved links, but the black spiked pieces are the ones bringing the edge.

White Sapphire Pave Biker Chain Bracelet with Spike Gem Charms : A lot of the time, the name says it all: “biker.” But this is for no mere biker chain gang. There are all of 25 carats worth of semi-precious stones dripping from this bracelet. Look for that on your next Harley Davidson-riding babe and I can assure you, it won’t be there.

White Sapphire Pave Biker Chain Necklace with Spike Gem Clusters : This matching black rhodium necklace ups the ante to twice the carats.

Rutilated Quartz Crown Ring : Most of the time we’re searching for that perfectly clear stone, but the striations in this rutilated quartz remind us that flawed can be just as fabulous.

Rutilated Quartz, Lapis & Citrine Drop Earrings with Spikes: This is what I love about Dana – her ability to mix high and low. Here we have shimmering citrine and pave diamonds coming together with gold spikes and rutiliated stones.

Dana Lorenz x Plukka

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Royal Asscher Stars of Africa: Galaxies of Light

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Royal Asscher Stars of Africa

In 1902, Joseph Asscher invented the now famous Asscher cut, a stepped square style with cropped corners. While this remains one of the jewelry industry’s most beloved designs, his family didn’t stop there – they developed the Royal Asscher cut in 2001, naming it after their thriving diamond empire. The style plays off of the original only it has larger corners that create the appearance of an octagon. With the Royal Asscher’s latest collection, Stars of Africa, they’ve continued to innovate on a grand scale. My favorite pieces are the pendants, which look like galaxies of diamonds set inside orbs. I recently got dinner with Joseph’s granddaughter Lita (we have a mutual friend) and spent the whole time transfixed with her pendant.

The orbs spin on both the pink  and blue  necklaces, and the circles on the blue rotate, as well. The sight is breathtaking to say the least, and the rings  are a close second in the race to win my heart. I love cocktail rings, and this one is an heirloom investment I wouldn’t mind making soon! The earrings come with another galactic-sized price tag, but considering they sparkle as much as a diamond the size of the orb itself (which also spins), it’s completely justified. Need a little more prompting? Well, the name Stars of Africa comes from the family’s initiative of the same moniker,, education, and self-sufficiency programs in Sierra Leone. They’ve promised to donate at least $50,000 towards sending African students to the African Leadership Academy. Statement jewels for a statement-making cause – I just might have to indulge! Available at The Royal Asscher.

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Karl Lagerfeld Klassic Seven Watch: On Time for the Trend

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Karl Lagerfeld Klassic Seven Watch

White is Klassic and sophisticated, yet somehow white watches with Frugal price tags usually end up looking cheap. Something is just off about them, and typically it’s the logo placement (or size – bigger is not better in this case!). Of course that’s no problem for Karl Lagerfeld. While he does put his name right on the front of the face, it’s in an understated silver that coordinates nicely with the trendy bright white. Many try and fail to imitate expensive white ceramic watches, but this one keeps things honest. The combination of sleek stainless steel and sporty silicone isn’t trying to make this into more than it is – a casual watch at a casual price. 

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Federica Rettore Double Baroque Pearl Diamond Ring: Two If By Sea

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Federica Rettore Double Baroque Pearl Diamond Ring

Perfection is not only overrated, it’s boring, which is why I gravitate towards unique pieces like Federica Rettore’s double baroque (a.k.a. non-spherical) pearl diamond ring. In fact, unique is not the right word – this is one-of-a-kind. The Italian jeweler uses rare gems like Paraiba tourmaline to create her masterpieces, and I love this deep sea beauty best of all. The fresh water white pearl and gray Australian pearl ooze together like gleaming white magma across the ring. Their rose gold frame molds and curves around the finger, as if alive and breathing. These pearls may be “imperfect,” but that’s where the charm takes over, offering an almost ethereal sense of style. Plus, you know you’re talking about an incredible piece when nearly three carats worth of diamonds are barely worth mentioning…

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