Watches for an Ultra Rich Wedding

Watches have always been the most important thing that a person should have to keep a track of the time he is spending on doing any XYZ thing. Watches have emerged starting from the pocket watches which were very much popular during the 1920,s and were mostly found in the pockets of Businessman, Sailors, people in Navy and such high posts. We today get a glimpses of such antique pieces famous today as well and recent trend of change in style statement via Watches. There are a lot of wealthy folks out there who love to keep a collection of exotic and unbelievably expensive time pieces. Below are a few watches one would love to have in their Wrists.

1. Brequet Pocket Watch 1907/BA12($734000)– 

This is a 18 karat captivating having hand engraved and a hand wound movement with a two way rotating crown. It also has a Silver gold dial and a grand strike. This classic piece can be yours at a cost of $734000 US. It occupies the 5th spot

2. Blancpain 1735,Grandce complication ($800000)-

The art of the way this piece is been made is a pure depiction of how a watch is made traditionally. The main feature of this watch is that it has a 1735 caliber with an approx. 80 hour power reservoir. It has more than 700 parts and 44 jewels. The perpetual calendar mechanism displays day of the week, date, month, and leap year.

3. Louis Moinet Magistralis-($840000)-

A 18 karat magnificent piece has features like mono pusher chronograph and a perpetual calendar. There are central chronograph seconds complemented by a 30-minute chronograph counter incorporated into a month sub-dial at 12 o’clock. A date sub-dial at 3 o’clock is accompanied by a day-of-the-week sub-dial at 9 o’clock. The moon phase consists of a rare Dhofar 459 lunar meteorite, a real piece of Moon that felt on Earth.

4.     Hublot Black Caviar Bang ($ 1 million)

 This is the one made entirely from ceramic material, 30% lighter then the normal steel been used in the watch, 100% scratchproof, 100% anti-allergic and rust proof. It consists of precious diamonds in it which are cut with very precision.

 

5.  201 Karat  Chopard-( $25 million)

Worth 25 million $ , this is the most expensive watch in the world. The watch featured here consists of 3 heart –shaped diamonds, the pink one weighs 15 carats, blue one weighs 12 carats and the white weighs 11 carats. This piece are made to be in a bracelet clustered with white and pear shaped diamonds with a yellow diamond standing up in the center. The total weight of white and yellow carat is 163 carats while toe total weight of the cart is 201 carats. The Chopard is without a doubt at the top of the most expensive watches.

– Harsh Golani

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THEME WEDDINGS


Theme weddings are one of the latest trends in wedding planning. A theme wedding can be a period wedding, such as Renaissance or Medieval, can be season related, such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day, or just about any other idea. Choosing a theme for your wedding should include your interests, hobbies, andwhat you have imagined for your wedding day.

Seasonal wedding themes are fun for the bridal party and the guests. A Christmas wedding can include Christmas trees as decorations and Christmas themed foods. Red and green is the common colors involved in Christmas themed weddings, but gold and cream are popular too. A Valentine’s wedding can include cupids, hearts, and love as the main themes. Colors that are usually used in this type of theme wedding are red, pink, and white. Seasonal weddings are great if you are getting married on or very near a holiday.

Cultural and heritage wedding themes are very common too. At an Asian theme wedding, you may see the bride in a red brocade silk gown with a Chinese dragon or a phoenix embroidered on the dress in yellow. The groom and the bridesmaids will also be dressed in red and yellow, as white is considered a funeral color in China. Food will include Chinese food, of course! Party favors can include personalized fortune cookies or chopsticks with your names and wedding date on them. Other cultural theme wedding choices are Irish, Japanese, African American, or any other culture or heritage you can think of.

Beach weddings are also a trend in wedding themes. The wedding can be held at or on a beach location with the bride in a traditional dress or something more beach friendly, like a bikini and a sarong. The menu might include a clam roast, a roasted pig, or a barbecue. You can even elope with your family and friends to an exotic beach location. Party favors can include seashell picture frames or custom candy bars.

Weddings that revolve around hobby themes are also very popular. A Golf theme wedding is a wonderful example of this. A golf themed wedding can be held on a golf course with the reception at the clubhouse. The golf theme can carry over to party favors, decorations, and even the food. Centerpieces can be replicas of golf course “hazards” or golf hole flags. Party favors can include mini golf sets or customized golf tees with your names and wedding date on them.

You might want to have a Las Vegas wedding. You can rent casino equipment for the reception and have many glitzy and showy decorations. You can even have entertainment that is Las Vegas inspired. Elvis or Frank Sinatra impersonators would be a wonderful addition to the reception. Your party favors can be mini slot machines, chocolate coins, or poker chips with your names and wedding date on them.

Other theme weddings are butterflies, Halloween, flowers, gardens, and even job related themes. You should take you and your fiancés/fiancée’s interests into account when planning a theme wedding. Make it fun for both of you and your family and you will have planned a successful wedding!

– Haritha Vunnam

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PLATINUM: THE NEW ROYAL CHOICE

PLATINUM is considered today to be a luxury good, fit for the elite and the royal segment of the society.

Some people would wonder as to why this is so, but there are several reasons for the same. We shall take the scientific view like many scientists work.Scientists track down the events of the past happenings to analyse the reason of an occurrence. So, let’s go down the history lane to track any probable reasons that attribute to platinum being so expensive.

GOLD and SILVER were the 2 most wanted and premier metals of choice in almost the entire history across every civilization around the globe. Platinum was never a metal to be taken seriously even then as an antique because of 2 reasons:

  1. Platinum is found in very few locations; unlike gold which was found, even then, in abundance.
  2. Platinum has a very high melting point, which makes it very difficult to use and bend according to the design of the jewel.

Europeans were completely unaware of this metal until the Spanish Conquistadors came across them during their excursions in search of new land and new world outside their boundaries. Even then they were completely ignorant of this metal, taking this as a scrap in their quest for the search of gold. When they discovered the new metal, they did not realize what value it possessed. They considered it to be a form of some unripe silver and named it platina or little silver, from which the new name platinum was derived.

But in the 18th century, jewellers and artisan were awed by the tarnish free brilliance of this metal. In the same time, Marc Janety, the Royal Goldsmith to French King Louis XVI began using platinum to make decorative objects like cutlery, watch chains, coat buttons, etc. The king was so impressed by the results that he declared platinum to bethe only metal fit for a king.

Even in the early 20th century, King Edward VII of England had Cartier, one of his royal jewellers create platinum and diamond jewellery for his clients of Belle Epoch and declared, “If they have become the jewellers of the kings, that’s because they are the kings of jewellery.

But after WW-II, the use of platinum was banned by America, stating that jewellers across the world were using cheap white gold instead of platinum and stated that platinum would only be used as a strategic material.

It was not until early 1990s that Hollywood stars started wearing platinum jewellery again and its reputation as a symbol of luxury and status returned. This was aided by the perhaps the red-carpet visions that people made of the celebrities and thus bought back platinum in the midst again. Perhaps one of the best known pieces of Oscar jewellery is the 40 carat platinum and diamond necklace worn by Gwyneth Paltrow in 1999.

Since then Platinum has been treated as the toys of the ROYAL and the ELITEand there is no surprise that the elite and the royal class in India are also going into this segment for marking their special occasions like Valentines’ day presents, engagement rings and marriage jewellery.

PROPERTIES OF PLATINUM

Platinum is a pure, naturally white metal that doesn’t cast any of its colours to the other jewellery, like gold does at times to diamond or rubies.

It is a 95% pure metal; never fades or tarnishes but keeps its’ natural white colour throughout the lifetime, making it an even more demanded material than gold or silver from the point of view of investments and passing on from generations down the line, with its’ value increasing to newer heights.

Since platinum cannot be casted or re-shaped easily, the gemstones and the jewellery has a long lasting life and the stones are held firmly for the lifetime.

Platinum jewellery is exclusive, a statement of individuality and desired by the elite and rich.

Platinum’s rarity contributes to its higher prices in the market that are even higher than gold.

WHY PLATINUM IS THE CHOICE OF THE ROYALS AND THE ELITE

Platinum is today the next big thing in the jewellery fashion. After being out-of-fashion and shadowed by other gemstones and precious metal like gold, and silver, Platinum has quickly started to find its feet in the market. There are 3 main reasons as to why Platinum has suddenly become the next-big-thing in jewellery:

  1. Longer durability due to high strength, lack of loss of colour or getting damaged, or lack of loss of value for life long due to the very high melting point of Platinum, and the white natural colour  that it possesses, that prevents loss of value to the metal.
  2. The metal is rarer than yellow or white gold and sterling silver. (30 times more rarer than gold).
  3. The steep increase in prices of gold that has almost matched the prices of Platinum today. So people prefer buying Platinum instead of Gold as that adds more aura and value to an auspicious occasion like marriages, allowing people to create a sense of charm and respect that the groom or the bride side gave platinum as the jewellery.

Platinum has grown in stature over a period of time because of the following reasons:

  1. Choice jewellery with a much better look and feel, and brings about an aura about itself
  2. The exclusivity of the metal, i.e., availability only in limited places across the globe, as compared to gold reserves that are distributed across the globe.
  3. Choice jewellery of the royal and the kings, as mentioned above, by names or kings and emperors renowned across the world.
  4. Choice jewellery of the actresses who walk the red-carpet in the Oscars since the late 1990s. With their changing wardrobes and all myriad of fashion statements that they setup for themselves, platinum is one metal that blends into all the colours and fashion styles. Some of the celebrities who have walked the red carpet droning platinum are:
    1. Gwyneth Paltrow in 1999 Oscars
    2. Sir Elton John exchanged vows with platinum rings
    3. Tom Cruise proposed to Katie Holmes at the top of the Eiffel Tower with a platinum engagement ring.
    4. Singer Carrie Underwood wears a platinum engagement ring with a stunning yellow diamond, and showed its first glimpses in the Oscars of 2001.
    5. Elvis Presley married Pricilla in 1967 he too wore a platinum wedding band.
    6. Beyonce, Eva Longoria, Russel Crowe, Gwen Stefani, Resse Witherspoon, and Kate Hudson wore platinum jewellery, of some form.
    7. Most celebrities stuck to the usual fare of white diamonds and platinum for their 2010 Oscars jewellery, but onyx, coloured diamonds, sapphires and emeralds were in the crowed, too.
    8. Diamonds and red gowns ruled at the 2008 Academy Awards, with black gowns coming in a close second. Most of the celebrities wore white or colorful diamonds set in gold or platinum.
    9. The jewellery at the 2008 Oscars preview event glittered with diamonds set in platinum and gold. Wide (but open) necklaces and bracelets were popular and so were long drop earrings.

So now, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and be a part of something really elite, and meant for you all only! FEEL ROYAL AND KINGLY!!!

– Kushagra Duvedi

References: http://seabastian.hubpages.com/hub/Platinum-History-Jewelry-and-Prices