de Grisogono Goes Big !

To mark the opening of the 28th Biennale des Antiquaires, de GRISOGONO is delighted to announce the acquisition of The Constellation, the world’s most expensive rough diamond, at a press conference held in the Grand Palais. The purchase represents a ground-breaking moment for the company in its journey to become one of the world’s leading high jewellery and watch brands.

Measuring over six centimetres wide, The Constellation weighs 813-carats and was discovered by Canadian company, Lucara Diamond, at its Karowe mine in Botswana in November 2015. The gem was purchased for USD $63 million earlier this year, following a competitive bidding process.

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The Constellation- 813ct (PRNewsFoto/de Grisogono)

The Constellation naturally boasts the colour, clarity and carat weighting of an internationally and historically significant stone.  It is expected that the cutting process, due to be completed by the middle of 2017, may unveil one of the world’s largest certified flawless diamond.

Speaking about the purchase, Founder and Executive Board member of de GRISOGONO, Fawaz Gruosi said:

“I am thrilled to have the chance to work with such an incredible and important diamond as The Constellation. As a jeweller I am conscious of the extraordinary responsibility I have to the stone and to the team who have worked so hard to secure it.  To be able to bring my creative skills to the cutting and setting process of such a stone is both an honour and a privilege and I cannot wait to realise my vision for it.”

de GRISOGONO‘s partnership with Nemesis International, allowing the company to market their best stones, reflects its determination to find unique gems from around the world in order to create exceptional and exclusive pieces of art for its clients. It enables de GRISOGONOto access the most precious rough diamonds, manage the entire cutting process and bring the very highest quality stones to its clients, combined with the distinctive de GRISOGONOcreativity and craftsmanship.

Speaking about what the purchase means for the business, John Leitao, Chief Executive Officer of de GRISOGONO, said:

“By purchasing The Constellationde GRISOGONO has shown its commitment to bringing the most unique stones from around the world to our clients in exceptional and exclusive pieces.  We firmly believe that, despite a challenging market environment, people will continue to cherish and value those objects which are truly unique and special, such as this extraordinary piece of history.

“Our position today has been enabled by the incredible vision and creative flair of Fawaz over the last 25 years, the support of our team and our clients and, most recently, by our mutually beneficial partnership with Nemesis.”

The Constellation, represents the second major acquisition this year after the purchase in May of a 404-carat rough diamond, also from Nemesis International.

Speaking further about the acquisition, Nemesis International Director Nickolas Polak said:

“This deal recognises the outstanding qualities of this stone and demonstrates the enduring value of historic diamonds. It also demonstrates how, as a company, we can help mine operators sell the most remarkable stones to expert designers and creative geniuses like Fawaz Gruosi, whose international client base demands the highest quality and most exclusive gems.”

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Jaguar’s Hot New SUV

Take a look at Jaguar’s hot new SUV. The 2017 F-Pace was already Jaguar’s fastest selling vehicle before it even went on sale. About 10,000 customers pre-ordered the Jag SUV before they could even test drive it.  Following in the SUV footsteps of other sports car automotive companies, like Porsche, Maserati and Lamborghini,  Jaguar realized that in order to keep up , they needed an SUV of their own.

Based on the presales of the F-Pace, it seems that there’s a huge market for a Jaguar SUV, especially one with a reasonable starting price. The Jag SUV’s base model price of $40,990 should be very attractive to consumers.

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Coming standard with all-wheel-drive, a massive panoramic sunroof, and a host of other features, the F-Pace is already in front of the pack with qualities that are usually options with other luxury companies.

Built on an aluminum intensive platform, 80-percent the F-Pace’s construction is made out of the lightweight metal. This means it’s lighter, more fuel efficient, agile, and able to pack in more cargo space than its competition. It’s also very roomy.

The F-Pace handles as fluid as a sports car. The 8-speed automatic does well at selecting the correct gear depending on the situation. It will also allow you to shift yourself to rev that V6 engine. Ok it’s a little bit of a Porsche knock off, but if the Porsche Macan was their goal, Jag did a great job and possibly surpassed it.

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Jaguar has managed to be competitive in one of the most difficult segments in the automotive industry. We’re predicting that this beautiful and solid car could soon become the top selling luxury SUV in the world.

On Dobel Time

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Maestro Dobel Tequila has created a relationship with Hodinkee, the watch aficionado magazine, and the two have launched a multi-city experiential event called On Dobel Time. The partnership is based on the idea that watchmaking and Tequila making require skilled craftsmanship. Hodinkee is a leader in original horology content and the authority on timepieces. Dobel is luxury tequila. Together they have conceived an interesting journey into the world of timepieces.

 

VIPs and tastemakers came together to celebrate the Miami Launch held at Temple House, a gorgeous Jewish temple refashioned into a modern event space. The main room was portioned into the shape of a clock face that featured 5 bars, representing stops in time. The evening featured revered, handpicked collector wristwatches curated by Hodinkee’s founder Benjamin Clymer and paired with Maestro Dobel’s meticulously crafted variants to highlight the art and precision of both spirit and time.

 

Maestro Dobel Silver, Reposado, Añejo, Humito (a smokey flavored tequila) and their top brand Maestro Dobel Diamante, were each paired with collector watches at each station. The watches included 1960s Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 3445 in Yellow Gold, 1957 Longines Dress Watch, Rolex Datejust Reference 1601, Yellow Gold Universal Genève Tri-Compax, and 1972 Girard-Perregaux Olimpico Reference 9075, as they exhibited the properties most represented by each expression.

 

Following a speech by Hodinkee’s Editor in Chief Jack Forster, guests also watched in real time as professional watchmaker Ramsy Sarraff painstakingly assembled a Omega Genève Calendar Caliber 562 watch while giving insight into the craftsmanship correlation between watchmaking and tequila making.

 

The On Dobel Time event launched in New York City first and then went to Miami. It was co-hosted by Benjamin Clymer, founder of HODINKEE. “We are always looking for new ways to engage watch lovers and to bring our passion for watches to new audiences – working with a brand like Dobel is a perfect opportunity, allowing us to speak with like-minded people who appreciate craftsmanship, expect attention to detail, and have respect for doing things the old-fashioned way”, says Stephen Pulvirent, HODINKEE’s Managing Editor. The next interactive event will be held in Los Angeles.

 

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On Dobel Time

 

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