FROM THE FAMILY
Timeless beauty. Refined luxury. Discriminating style. Attention to detail. Fine craftsmanship. de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry prides itself on these hallmarks. For more than 38 years, our family has served thousands of customers, worldwide. Thanks to them and you, we have built a reputation as one of the preeminent, family owned fine jewelers in North America.
Indeed, de Boulle is all about family.
Today, de Boulle truly is a family business. With the second generation of Boulles on board — daughter Emma and son Nick — the family is building the de Boulle legacy. Family also includes our teams — many of whom have been with de Boulle for more than 20 years. Our strong sense of family is all-encompassing — even when we select our partners. One example? de Boulle is proud to work with renowned Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe. The pairing is perfect, as de Boulle and Patek Philippe are both family owned companies and de Boulle’s vision aligns perfectly with Patek Philippe’s, in that both represent the epitome of precision, beauty, craftsmanship and luxury. Speaking of families, we are thrilled to have supermodel Niki Taylor return as the face of de Boulle. It takes a strong and confident woman to convey the essence of our everyday wear and our High Jewelry Collection. Wait till you see her: Adorned in an array of colored gemstones and diamonds, our brand ambassador radiates and sparkles. We are delighted to present to you the 2021-2022 edition of our beautifully crafted de Boulle Magazine. We hope you are inspired by the pages ahead.
The Boulle Family
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3 FROM THE FAMILY 6 THE GLOW UP 9 THE VAULT 15 EMMA’S PICKS 16 KAREN’S PICKS 17 COVER GIRL 18 HIGH JEWELRY 53 BLACK AND WHITE 60 de BOULLE COLLECTION 82 ABOUT TIME 87 INSIDE LOOK 89 BUCCELLATI 92 MOTORSPORTS
ON THE COVER: de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Serpent Choker 18 carats of Colombian emeralds and diamonds totaling more than 13 carats, and a 1.96-ct. pear- shaped emerald in 18K white gold. 60
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Swirling Diamond Choker with yellow and white diamonds in 18K gold. Price upon request.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Fancy Shape Diamond Necklace. Price upon request. Sapphire Cross with diamond chain. $21,200. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Ruby and Diamond Necklace. Price upon request. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Diamond Necklace. Price upon request. Fancy Colored Diamond Cross with diamond chain. $28,900. Ebony and Ivory Diamond Necklace. $90,800.
THE GLOW UP
e Boulle Diamond & Jewelry, a family owned business for nearly 40 years, with locations in Dallas and Houston, will move to a new and expanded location in Houston’s River Oaks District. Dedicated showrooms within the sumptuous new store will be designed by luxury Swiss timepiece manufacturers Rolex and Patek Philippe. This will be the first time that Rolex is available at de Boulle Houston. “From the day we opened in the River Oaks District, we’ve been accepted by the community,” says Denis Boulle, owner and CEO of de Boulle. “We feel incredibly grateful for the trust and patronage of our clients. The new store will better meet their needs and interests by featuring two of the world’s most revered Swiss watch brands, and it will give us more opportunities to showcase exceptional pieces.” Says Lisa Jones, president of Patek Philippe USA: “Patek Philippe and de Boulle are two family owned companies with shared values. We are delighted to see de Boulle expand their presence in Houston. Houston is a growing and sophisticated watch market. Having been in partnership with de Boulle for 30 years, we are confident in their dedication to further educating their local and loyal clientele on fine Swiss mechanical timepieces, while continuing to provide the best possible Patek Philippe experience.” The new store will encompass approxi-
mately 3,500 square feet and will be divided into three distinct spaces: the de Boulle Collection, featuring an assortment of one-of-a-kind handcrafted and beautifully designed fine jewelry; and the two individual Rolex and Patek Philippe show- rooms, each with private suites for client appointments. The heart of the store is a shared hospitality lounge, which will connect the spaces and feature a dou- ble-height, stone-clad wall and an emer- ald-cut illuminated ceiling. Clients will be welcomed there in a beautiful environment, and perhaps enjoy a drink. “We strive to elevate the shopping experience for every visitor to our stores,” says Nicholas Boulle, president of de Boulle Houston. “But, most importantly, we try to make our clients feel at home when shopping with us.” The new store is slated to open in early 2022. “de Boulle’s expansion marks an important milestone for the River Oaks District,” says Rosalind Schurgin, Co-Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of The Festival Companies. “The evolution of their brand is reflective of the Boulle family’s expertise in luxury timepieces, diamonds and fine jewelry. The addition of two showrooms — dedicated to iconic Swiss brands Rolex and Patek Philippe — provides the Houston consumer with more options to experience luxury in a personalized way, only accessible through the River Oaks District.”
Opening in early 2022, de Boulle’s bigger, bolder Houston store will include individual environments for two of the world’s finest watchmakers — and more of everything
COLORFUL CHARACTERS Diamonds come in every color of the rainbow— so why do most people think of them as being white? Because almost all of them are. Here, a primer on the rare, ravishing, colored stones known as fancy diamonds— and what wearing them can mean. THE VAULT
JONQUIL FLOWER 51 brilliant-cut yellow diamonds have all been sourced from the Zimmi mine in West Africa and are matching in color and cut. Di- amonds from the Zimmi mine have a very deep, warm, lively and vivid yellow (jonquil) color. Zimmi has become synonymous with this color.
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F ancy diamonds are extremely rare — only one in 10,000 has a noticeable color — and excep- tionally beautiful. Yellow, pink, red, green, blue, brown: There is a diamond to match every preference, mood and meaning. But how do these brilliant beauties happen? Impurities, elements or structural defects in chemical composition — all considered imperfections in other gems — are precisely what make fancy diamonds extraordinary. The rarer and more vivid the color, the higher the diamond’s value will be. Stunning and dramatic, these gems are miracles of nature. Look for a fancy diamond that is richly, evenly colored. Unlike with white diamonds, a great body color is more important than clarity. Fancy diamonds are cut a bit differently, too. The goal is to maximize their unusual color instead of their flashes of light. And, something to consider: Fancy colored diamonds are a phenomenal way to store wealth in a highly por- table form — with the marvelous benefit of making for a stunning piece of jewelry. Explore how each diamond is formed— and all the meanings they possess.
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Y E L L O W Yellow diamonds are found in most diamond mines around the world. The biggest sources are South Africa, Australia, Canada and Russia. Yellow diamonds are caused when an atom of nitrogen replaces a carbon atom in the diamond’s crystal structure during its development in the earth, modify- ing light and absorbing the blue part of the visible spectrum. Thus, the greater the amount of nitrogen in the right patterns the stronger the saturation of color. de Boulle has a history of crafting yellow diamond masterpieces. Take for example our High Jewelry Collection 35th Anniversary Ring featuring a more-than-18-carat natural fancy yellow diamond framed in delicate pavé. WHAT THEY MEAN Joy and happiness. B L U E Blue diamonds are caused when an atom of boron replaces an atom of carbon in the diamond’s crystal structure during its growth in the earth. Depending on the amount of boron and its position in the crystal lattice, a blue diamond can appear as pale blues, like the sky, or deep blues, like the ocean. Most blue diamonds come from the Cullinan mine in South Africa. WHAT THEY MEAN Purity. G R E E N Diamonds which are green owe their appearance to naturally occurring radiation, which altered their atomic structure eons ago deep within the earth. The strength of the natural radia- tion and the duration of exposure determine the level of sat- uration. Exceedingly rare, green diamonds are found in var- ious mines in Africa, Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela. WHAT THEY MEAN Nature, abundance and prosperity.
7.71 ct. fancy intense yellow square-cut diamond ring, flanked by two rectangular side stones totaling more than 1 carat. 3.32 ct. fancy vivid blue emerald-cut diamond is held aloft by 20 pavé diamonds totaling 1.0 ct. and set in white gold. 3.50 ct. fancy vivid yellowish green asscher-cut diamond, the largest of its kind, highlighted by 1.33 and 1.51 ct. fancy intense pink asscher-cut diamonds.
O R A N G E The element nitrogen — the same element responsible for color in yellow diamonds — causes a stone’s unique orange color when combined with other anomalies within the crystal structure. The level and position of nitrogen determines the strength and pu- rity of color. All orange diamonds are fiery and beautiful; ones with no modifying of secondary color are extremely rare. WHAT THEY MEAN Strength, power and confidence. P I N K Natural pink diamonds gain their appearance from subtle align- ment changes in a stone’s carbon atoms, known as atomic dis- tortion or lattice distortion. The arrangements of the atoms in the crystal from the heat and pressure in the earth determine the color a stone becomes. This is the same structural anomaly that causes a diamond to appear red, purple or brown. Most pink dia- monds today came from the Argyle mine in Australia, which has now been depleted. WHAT THEY MEAN Passion and power. R E D Red diamonds — the rarest of the fancy colored diamonds — get their appearance from subtle alignment changes in the carbon at- oms of the diamonds. They mostly exist in sizes below one carat. The source of most of the red diamonds today was the Argyle mine in Australia, which has now been depleted. Insider FYI: The largest documented red diamond was 5.11 carats. WHAT THEY MEAN Love — of course.
3.01 ct. fancy vivid orange, round- cornered square modified brilliant diamond surrounded by emerald- cut diamonds.
1.24 ct. fancy intense purplish pink diamond flanked by four emerald-cut diamonds (0.99 cts.) and pavé diamonds. Argyle Prima 1.20 ct. pear-cut, fancy red diamond.
To schedule a viewing of these rarefied stones, contact de Boulle at 214-522-2400 or 713-621-2400.
EMMA’S PICKS MY FAVORITE THINGS
3 “This is one of my favorite new pieces! Easy to wear.” de Boulle Collection Emma Drop Earring $2,800
“This ring is so comfortable, I often forget I am wearing it.” de Boulle Collection X Marks the Spot Ring $2,400
4 “Perfect for everyday wear or it can easily be dressed up.” de Boulle Collection Signataire Pendant $5,800
5 “When in doubt, opt for something white, rose and yellow gold. This will match any jewelry or watch!” de Boulle Collection Posh Triple Stacked Bands $9,000
“Delicate, feminine and perfect.” de Boulle Collection Bow Bangle $6,800
KAREN’S PICKS MY FAVORITE THINGS
COVER GIRL t takes a strong and confident person to convey the essence of our de Boulle collections of jew- elry — pieces that are striking, stunning and masterfully craft- ed for today’s modern woman. That’s why our new jewelry cam- paign stars our returning brand ambassador, Niki Taylor, the world-renowned, iconic super- model and ambassador.
I MORE THAN JUST GEMS SHINE IN OUR NEW 2022 CAMPAIGN
GET TO KNOW NIKI Niki Taylor is one of the most successful models of all time. The South Florida native now calls Nashville home, where she is raising her children with her hus- band, NASCAR driver Burney Lamar. Taylor began modeling at 14 and immediately captured the heart of America, and then the world, with her girl-next-door charm and beauty. She was the youngest model to ever secure a multimillion-dollar contract and the first model to have been on six major American magazine covers in the same month. (En- tertainment Weekly called them the Niki Six: the May 1996 cov- ers of Vogue, Allure, Elle, Self, Shape and Marie Claire.) She also was featured on more covers of Seventeen and Allure than any other model then, or since. Niki has been a television inter- viewer, launched a fragrance and started a foundation for the ad- vancement of women in business. In an era of here-today-gone-to- morrow celebrity, Taylor contin- ues to be recognized worldwide for her grace, charm and on-cam- era charisma, as well as her on- going efforts for the welfare of others. And she is not slowing down, whatsoever: Taylor is of- ficially a CoverGirl again — she was the cosmetic company’s famous face from 1992 to 2000 — as the new ambassador of its Simply Ageless makeup collec- tion. “Once a CoverGirl, always a CoverGirl!” says Taylor, with her usual self-deprecating laugh.
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“I love adorning myself in diamonds, guaranteed to invigorate your ensemble!” de Boulle High Jewelry Collection
The 2022 campaign includes our High Jewelry Collection and our de Boulle Collection, both in which you can immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colors, as well as a selection of rare and un- usual gemstones, from stunning blue Paraíba tourmaline to silky pink conch pearls. This year, the campaign is both fun and op- ulent. The clothing mimics the luxury and fine craftmanship of each carefully appointed piece. The styling is natural and care- free. Adorned in an array of col- ored gemstones and diamonds, our brand ambassador radiates and sparkles. Taylor’s takeaway from it all? “One of the joys of working in fashion the way I do is meeting the people behind the brands,” she says. “Karen and Denis are both so hands-on. It is great to be around them. As owners and de- signers, they care so much about every aspect of their business — from the marketing to the cre- ative.”
“Over the moon for this moonstone brooch!” de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Papillon Brooch
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“The play of color in this stone is out of this world!” de Boulle High Jewelry Collection
5 “Nothing beats the graphic punch of black with white.” de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Zebra Bracelet
“Whimsical and elegant, the rock crystal disks are really unusual.” de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Empire Earrings
HIGH JEWELRY The 2022 High Jewelry Collection includes new bracelets, earrings, pendants and rings. It features a selection of rare and unusual gemstones, from stunning blue Paraíba tourmaline to silky pink conch pearls. Discover these extraordinary pieces — each meticulously designed with the rarest of gemstones and materials. Stunning and breathtaking, the unique creations will be treasured for
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Blue Velvet Necklace features a 41.79 ct. natural sapphire from Sri Lanka in 18K white gold with 75.31 carats of diamonds. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Blue Velvet Ring features a natural 12.73 ct. Burma Sapphire accented with 8.63 ctw. of diamonds in 18K white gold. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Masterpiece Bracelet with 58.46 ctw. of sapphires and 12.55 ctw. of diamonds set in 18K white gold. de Boulle Estate Collection Ear Clips from Cartier
generations. “So much has changed over the past 18 months,” says designer Karen Boulle, “but jewelry always needs to be worn — and enjoyed.”
CARIBBEAN DREAM Recently discovered in the 1980s, Paraíba tourmaline has become one of the most coveted gemstones. This rare and enigmatic gemstone has set a new standard of excellence for color. The Brazilian mines were exhausted more than 20 years ago. ________________________________________ de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Caribbean Dream Earrings A beautiful one-of-a-kind creation of Paraíba tourmaline slices totaling over 81 carats set in 18K white gold. Four striking oval cut zircons totaling more than 24 carats artfully add a unique touch to the dangle earrings. OPPOSITE PAGE: de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Caribbean Dream Ring An impressive 12 carat oval natural Paraíba tourmaline flanked by half-moon diamond sidestones and handcrafted in 18K white gold.
EN TREMBLANT An old French term, en tremblant in jewelry refers to the “trembling” feature of a piece of jewelry. The en tremblant technique was especially popular for bejeweled dragonfly wings. ________________________________________ de Boulle Collection Sapphire Dragonfly Brooch Dragonfly set in 18K yellow gold with blue and green enamel wings. Blue-hued round-cut sapphires totaling more than 5 carats and diamonds totaling more than 2 carats adorn the wings and body. $29,100 de Boulle Collection Tourmaline Dragonfly Brooch Dragonfly set in 18K yellow gold with blue and green enamel wings. Blue and green-hued pear-cut and round-cut tourmalines totaling more than 3 carats and diamonds adorn the wings and body. $17,650
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Geometric Ring Colombian emerald cabochon totaling more than 13 carats surrounded by baguette diamonds and onyx, set in platinum.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Tassel Earrings Two luscious pear-shaped emeralds totaling more than 3 carats are surrounded by more than 6 carats of diamonds set in 18K white gold. Diamond beads add a playful style to these earrings. OPPOSITE PAGE: de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Empress Necklace A natural Colombian emerald totaling more than 55 carats takes center in this stunning neck piece featuring square emeralds and more than 3 carats of diamonds. It is suspended by emeralds and diamonds totaling more than 44 carats combined, set in 18K white gold. de Boulle Estate Collection David Webb Fish Bangle
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Sautoir Necklace The pendant centers upon round and baguette diamonds totaling more than 8 carats with 5 pear-shaped diamonds totaling more than 3 carats suspended by fancy shaped diamonds totaling more than 59 carats, joined by diamond baguettes totaling more than 3 carats, set in 18K white gold. OPPOSITE PAGE: de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Chandelier Earrings These chandelier earrings are illuminated with alternating marquise and round diamonds totaling more than 20 carats in 18K white gold. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Black Opal Ring This opal serenely glows with pinpoint flashes of blues and greens, totaling more than 5 carats. Sourced from Lightning Ridge and set in a striking mounting of 18K white gold and baguette diamonds totaling more than 3 carats.
de Boulle High Jewelry Ombre Choker A stylish belt design composed of sapphires totaling more than 54 carats and diamonds totaling more than 11 carats. Buckle features a trilliant sapphire totaling more than 4 carats and more than 11 carats of diamonds, set in 18K white gold. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Ombre Ring Royal blue sapphire center totaling more than 8 carats, set in 18K white gold with ombre colored sapphires totaling more than 4 carats. Diamond detailing on the side adds further dimension to the design, totaling more than 1 carat. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Papillon Brooch Butterfly brooch polka-dotted with moonstone cabochons totaling more than 10 carats and sapphires totaling more than 10 carats. Accented by diamond wings, the body features a tanzanite totaling more than 17 carats, set in 18K white gold. de Boulle Collection Empire Earrings Reminiscent of the Empire State Building, these earrings make a sophisticated statement with two glowing disks of rock crystal quartz, encrusted with sapphires totaling more than 7 carats, accented with pavé diamonds, set in 18K white gold.
de Boulle Collection Apollo Earrings Almost otherwordly in their dreamy appearance, the centerpieces of these earrings are the diamond-centered frosted rock crystals framed by dazzling diamonds and accented by mesmerizing moonstones totaling more than 10 carats.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection On the Rocks Necklace Extraordinary diamond chains totaling more than 60 carats sparkle in 18K white gold. At the heart of the necklace is a 3.40-carat pear-shaped diamond in rock crystal quartz. The necklace can be shortened with its removable bracelets. OPPOSITE PAGE: de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Lavender Field Ring Crafted in 18K white gold, a gorgeous lavender jade totaling more than 24 carats takes center stage. Pear-shaped violet sapphires totaling more than 9 carats surround the jade atop diamonds totaling more than 2 carats. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Art Deco Revival Bracelet This stunning heirloom of the future features a dramatic row of emerald-cut diamonds accented with an alternating pattern of round brilliant diamonds totaling more than 48 carats.
FLAMÉ Conch pearls are produced naturally by the queen conch mollusk, found in the Caribbean. Most are elongated or baroque in shape; near-round specimens are extremely rare. The finest examples often exhibit a flame-like structure that is visible to the naked eye. ________________________________________ de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Flamé Papillon Brooch Conch pearls totaling more than 53 carats, red spinels totaling more than 4 carats and diamonds set in 18K yellow gold make up this lovely butterfly brooch. OPPOSITE PAGE: de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Flamé Tassel Necklace Seed pearls capped with three pink conch pearls and various multicolored natural pearls. On a surmount composed of a natural white pearl suspended by diamond beads and set in platinum. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Flamé Earrings Stunning dangle earrings each contain one pink conch pearl and one grey pearl, linked by diamond pavé claws. The left and right are mirror images in the grey-pink pattern. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Bypass Ring Lovely Victorian-era-inspired twin stone ring features a magnificent black Tahitian pearl and a white South Sea pearl. The motif is completed by pavé-set diamonds and fabricated in 18K white gold.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Plume Earrings A stunning pair of no-heat sapphire drops from Burma totaling more than 41 carats, set with round brilliant sapphires totaling more than 8 carats complete this feathered set of earrings set in 18K yellow gold with blackened finish.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Landscape Earrings Fantastic emerald-cut bi-color tourmalines showcase a green-to-brown color change. Tourmalines totaling more than 41 carats are accented by fancy-shaped yellow diamonds and set in 18K yellow gold. OPPOSITE PAGE: de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Floral Bracelet Fancy colored diamonds totaling more than 74 carats glitter with Tsavorite garnets totaling more than 16 carats and Paraíba tourmalines totaling more than 2 carats in this floral motif, set in 18K yellow gold.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Bombe Earrings Center cabochon turquoise stones surrounded by two rows of oval-shaped sapphires totaling more than 70 carats work together to make a splashing statement, set in platinum. OPPOSITE PAGE: de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Red Carpet Earrings Emerald-cut diamonds totaling more than 21 carats set in 18K white gold are red-carpet-ready from every angle. A scintillating celebration of unparalleled craftsmanship makes up this stunning pair of earrings. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Turquoise Choker 14 turquoise spheres, each 23mm, separated by diamond rondelles. Complete with pavé diamond clasp in 18K white gold.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Floral Cuff Fabricated in 18K yellow gold, the cuff features a floral motif with pink cabochon-cut tourmalines and green leaves made of tourmalines. More than 107 carats of tourmalines adorn the cuff, and the vines are dusted with diamonds.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Fish Brooch Goes swimmingly with any attire. The articulated tail is made of carved rubellite tourmalines totaling more than 29 carats. Crafted in 18K rose gold, the scales shimmer with diamonds totaling more than 7 carats and round rubellite tourmalines.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Red Carpet Earrings Glamorous dangle earrings fabricated in 18K yellow and white gold. One-of-a-kind earrings feature more than 14 carats of yellow diamonds and more than 12 carats of white diamonds.
OPULENCE Every beautiful opal is truly one-of-a-kind, each with a unique pattern of rainbow flashes. ________________________________________ de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Opulence Earrings Two pear and two round opals totaling more than 66 carats flash a broad palette of colors including reds, yellows, blues and greens. Each opal is delicately held by diamonds totaling more than 4 carats, set in 18K yellow gold. OPPOSITE PAGE: de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Opulence Pendant A pear-shaped opal, totaling more than 39 carats, with an exceptional play of color surrounded by rubies, in 18K rose gold.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Opulence Ring A striking Australian black opal totaling more than 10 carats showcases a swirling play of color with bold greens and blues. Rose-cut diamonds totaling more than 7 carats are set down the mounting crafted in 18K white gold. OPPOSITE PAGE: de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Diamond Fringe Necklace Delicate swirling rows of scalloped diamond hoops, suspending a marquise-cut diamond totaling more than 9 carats with a fringe of five marquise-cut diamonds, make up this showstopping necklace in 18K white gold. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Medallion Cuff Cuff comprised of marquise, oval and pear-shaped diamonds totaling more than 25 carats with a floral motif. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Art Deco Revival Earrings These earrings shine with bold pear and round emeralds totaling more than 16 carats accented with glittering diamonds totaling more than 12 carats and set in platinum.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Crossover Bangle Bracelet Bangle bracelet in platinum with aquamarines totaling more than 22 carats and
diamonds totaling more than 18 carats. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Icy Ring An oval-cut aquamarine totaling more than 24 carats is frosted with pavé-set diamonds in 18K white gold. Patek Philippe World Time Automatic.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Victorian Tassel Necklace A magnificent necklace crafted in platinum features a carved moonstone intaglio totaling more than 21 carats at its center. The stone displays a very fine translucent blue color which is bezel-set, and features a detailed and hand-carved profile of three angels. Accented by violet sapphires, diamonds and the pearl tassel.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Icy Earrings Two emerald-cut aquamarines totaling more than 40 carats frosted by aquamarines totaling more than 15 carats and diamonds totaling more than 2 carats set in 18K white gold.
BLACK AND WHITE Black and white are two colors that complement each other on the spectrum. Black and white may be the most important colors in design, as they’re integral to the expression of light and dark. Together, they are striking, graphically and dramatically. From sculptural statement earrings to geometric silhouettes to oversized chain links, these are the black and white styles for now. Glamourous, alluring, de Boulle.
de Boulle Collection Ethereal Earrings featuring more than 35 total carats of moonstones and diamonds in 18K white gold. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection On the Rocks Ring features quartz in platinum with a sapphire totaling more than 7 carats. Framed and flanked diamonds.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Pearl Bangle Striking swirls of pearls and diamonds make up this lovely bangle in 18K white gold. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Pearl Tassel Necklace Tassel composed of keshi pearls capped on a surmount composed of a Tahitian pearl, surrounded by diamonds and a South Sea pearl, suspended by strands of keshi pearls interspersed with rose-cut and brilliant diamonds, set in platinum. OPPOSITE PAGE: de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Monte Carlo Earrings Classic and elegant, these earrings make a sparkling statement. Each features three strands of rose-cut diamonds accented by glimmering pavé surmounts, set in platinum.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Black & White Link Necklace Diamonds totaling more than 9 carats encrusted on black enamel links and set in platinum. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Zebra Necklace Inspired by the savannahs of Africa, a zebra motif prances into an alternating pattern of round brilliant diamonds totaling more than 9 carats and onyx set in platinum and 18K white gold.
de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Zebra Bracelet Inspired by the savannahs of Africa, a zebra motif prances into openwork rectangular panels of onyx with stripes of diamonds totaling more than 10 carats and set in 18K white gold. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection On the Rocks Bracelet Stretch and geometric pattern comprised of rock crystal quartz scalloped links with rows of round diamonds totaling more than 6 carats set in 18K white gold. OPPOSITE PAGE: de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Black Ice Ring Composed of onyx and set in 18K white gold. At the center of the ring a lovely bezel-set cushion cut sapphire from Ceylon totaling more than 5 carats, framed by diamonds and flanked by baguette diamonds. de Boulle High Jewelry Collection Black & White Earrings Showcasing a circular-shaped onyx inset with rock crystal quartz diamond centers totaling more than 4 carats within a carved onyx frame. Hanging from diamond chains with a surmount of onyx and diamonds, set in platinum.
de Boulle Since 1983
For almost 40 years, de Boulle has set itself apart with its own branded line of jewelry: the de Boulle Collection. Designed and curated by Karen Boulle, the de Boulle Collection transcends generations and style. Handcrafted and beautifully designed, it is fine jewelry that embodies de Boulle, with bold gemstones, sparkling diamonds and fine metals. From stackable bands and bracelets to dangling earrings, pendants and more— the designs are chic, elegant and for women of all ages.
de Boulle Collection Since 1983 Necklace Diamond-encrusted scalloped circle connected to another circle engraved with “de Boulle Since 1983.” Available in 18K rose, yellow or white gold. $8,400
de Boulle Collection Modern Retro Bangles Chic 18K yellow gold bangles feature pyramid-style square links. Two sizes available, starting at $3,750 de Boulle Collection Modern Retro Earrings The chic 18K yellow gold earrings feature pyramid-style square links. Two sizes available, starting at $2,150
de Boulle Collection Modern Retro Earrings A chic pair of earrings in 18K yellow gold features a diamond pavé-set round diamond hoop, a pyramid-style square links hoop and an alternating-diamond-and-ball pattern hoop. $9,300
de Boulle Collection Twisted Pendants More than 2 carats of diamonds swirl in this lovely pendant on a delicate chain. Available in 18K rose, yellow or white gold. $13,350 de Boulle Collection Twisted Earrings
Diamonds swirl in this delicate pair of earrings. Available in 18K rose, yellow or white gold. $7,200
de Boulle Collection Belt Buckle Bangles No reason to become unhinged. More than 4 carats of diamonds set these buckles ablaze. Available in 18K rose, yellow or white gold. $22,400
de Boulle Collection Lariat Toggle Necklace Perfect as a statement piece or layered. Set with sapphires or diamonds. Available in 18K rose, yellow or white gold. Starting at $15,100
de Boulle Collection Signataire Stacking Bangles Bangles perfect for stacking! Alternating pattern of emerald-cut diamonds and round brilliant diamonds. Available in 18K rose, yellow or white gold. $13,300
de Boulle Collection Triple Band Rings Triple Band Rings with emerald-cut diamonds and round diamonds or sapphires and diamonds. Available in 18K rose, yellow or white gold. $3,250
de Boulle Collection Centopeia Earrings Set in 18K yellow gold, these earrings feature domes in a graduating size that dangle. $3,450 OPPOSITE PAGE: de Boulle Collection Lariat Toggle Necklace Set with sapphires or diamonds. Available in 18K rose, yellow or white gold. Starting at $15,100 de Boulle Collection X Marks the Spot Ring Stylish and chic, set with round brilliant-cut diamonds. Available in 18K rose, yellow or white gold. $2,400
de Boulle Collection Modern Retro Bangle Stacks Funky beaded texture adjacent to sparkling diamonds. Available in 18K yellow or white gold. $8,900 de Boulle Collection Modern Retro Bangles Beaded texture alternating with bright white diamonds. Available in 18K yellow or white gold. $4,200
de Boulle Collection Modern Retro Earrings The chic 18K yellow gold earrings feature pyramid-style square links. Four sizes available, starting at $2,150
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As we leave an analog world and progress deeper into a digital one, we trade out one headache for another. The rise of digital clocks in the late 20th century has liberat- ed us from the dependency on analog devices (though the digital world is not without its flaws) and society no longer has to suffer from the inherent inaccuracies of me- chanical timekeeping. We are now surrounded by digital devices that are synced with atomic clocks for precision — even setting them is done automatically, in most cas- es — therefore, gear-driven timekeeping is no longer a necessity. But, we now have the luxury of enjoying these little ticking mechanical miracles mainly for their sheer beauty and mind-boggling craftmanship. The need for manufacturers of mechanical watches to further improve on timekeeping accuracy is less critical than it once was — though the monetary investment required to attain a fine watch is still lofty. Nevertheless, there remains a manufacturer obsessed with creating the most precise watches in the world. Since the formation of the company, Patek Philippe has made accuracy its business. At its core, the manufactur- er is applying real watchmaking solutions — rather than gimmicks — to achieve and maintain its razor-sharp pre- ciseness. Unveiled this year, the all-new 30-255 PS man- ual-wind caliber that powers the Calatrava Ref. 6119 is a tremendous example of this. It won’t be heralded as an engineering feat like the watchmaker’s famous Caliber 89 or the Grandmaster Chime, but that doesn’t diminish the deft watchmaking that resides beneath the new watch’s dial. Although incredibly subtle, it’s an important step in maintaining watchmaking supremacy. And, it should be recognized, because it represents exactly the type of com- pany Patek Philippe has always been and still is: synony- mous with precision. My early days at Patek Philippe were very much like a game of Whac-A-Mole: Everything I learned through- out my training only led me to more questions. Spending time with a watchmaker to understand why the compa- ny’s watches are so accurate only uncovered more ques- tions. I did my best to understand each piece of informa- tion as a separate piece to a much bigger puzzle, hoping to create a clearer picture. Through many conversations with patient watchmakers — along with time at the work- bench, peering through a microscope — I began to demy- stify this engaging topic. I won’t be able to unpack all of it here, but I want to touch on the cornerstone of how the manufacturer carries out its staggering rate of exactness.
Patek Philippe Calatrava Clous de Paris Ref. 6119R and 6119G
The history built into Patek Philippe’s all-new movement is packed with obsession, perfection and competition. For de Boulle, a former company insider unwinds the whole story. WHY MECHANICAL STILL MATTERS IN A DIGITAL WORLD
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J.B. Champion's Ref. 2458 with commissioned dial with movement's rating certificate by Geneva Observatory
pany can learn a lot in nearly two de- cades of uninterrupted business. And, so it was known that increasing the cir- cumference of the balance wheel would deliver a notable improvement in rate accuracy. This is an incredibly difficult task for the designers, working to orga- nize all 164 parts of this engine within a tight space — now made even tighter by incorporating a second mainspring barrel — all while keeping a slender pro- file. The brilliant minds would go to the greatest lengths to meet all objectives, and in the end, win figurative gold. In- tegrating this new balance wheel allows for a greater moment of inertia and offers a more robust platform to withstand dai- ly turbulence encountered by the wear- er — a solution as pure as virgin snow, free of gimmicks, and one that remains easily accessible to watchmakers, for reg- ulation. Having two mainspring barrels means an added jump in power supply: a minimum of 65 hours — nearly three days. Its case measures in at 31 millime- ters, and of course the watch fulfills the desired maximum deviation of -3/+2 sec- onds in 24 hours. The result is improved rate stability and simple precision ad- justment of the movement. Once again, Patek Philippe harmoniously pairs aes- thetics with performance. Maybe now you can see how every move that Patek Philippe makes in ad- dressing accuracy reminds me of those prestigious observatory competitions. Although medals are no longer awarded, every owner should feel proud to know they are wearing a bit of this history on their wrist — and that one manufactur- er remains steadfast in its investment in prizewinning levels of precision, just for them. About the author Michael A. Fratangelo spent nearly 10 years at Patek Philippe in its training de- partment, educating and interacting with clients, collectors and sales associates. Contact de Boulle for more information on the Calatrava Clous de Paris Ref. 6119G (white gold) & 6119R (rose gold).
THE OLYMPICS OF ACCURACY First, let’s briefly visit a piece of neat his- tory. We’ll look back at the competitive era when Patek Philippe’s mastery stole the show — at a time when mechanical accuracy mattered. The development of mechanical move- ments to achieve adequate precision for marine navigation is a fascinating tale. The hero of the story is John Harrison, a self-educated English carpenter and clockmaker who created the first porta- ble clock sufficiently accurate for deter- mining longitude at sea. In fact, his de- vice kept time to within three seconds a day, which made it far more precise than even the best watches of the time. This was a crucial development in naviga- tion during the 18th century. This type of progress in watchmaking would pave the way for chronometer-accuracy com- petitions, wherein the very best examples from various makers would compete for awards — not unlike the Olympics — held across western Europe at astronom- ical observatories, where telescopes and auxiliary instruments observed celestial objects and astronomical and meteoro- logical phenomena. Marine chronometers and scientif- ic clocks worked only in one position compared to their civilian counterparts, which were mobile. By establishing these observatories, the accuracy of civilian watches — which were carried around in pockets and spent time lying flat on bedside tables — could officially be mea- sured. That’s because observatory testing would account for the multiple positions of these watches and the varying tem- peratures they would encounter daily. With the framework and parameters for evaluation established, the distin- guished watch houses jousted to prove their worth at world’s fairs and great ex- hibitions during the 19th century. Patek Philippe passed with flying colors. In 29 international exhibitions, it would earn 20 gold medals and one silver medal. (The other eight times, representatives from the company served on the jury, so the company didn’t compete.) These results made a significant impact, and
← The case of the Calatrava Ref. 6119 fits the larger manual wind 30-255 PS movement like a well-tailored suit
↑ The Gyromax balance and the hand finished artistry on full display through the case back of the 6119R
the triumphant times for Patek Philippe elevated its appreciation among cus- tomers. Furthermore, the prizewinning movements would be cased and sold — the resulting timepieces being high- ly sought-after by collectors of the day. Accompanying each one of these watch- es was an official rating certificate from the respective observatory. So influential were these competitions that they would become the greatest marketing tool in es- tablishing a reputation of performance. Even in the 21st century, with the great observatory competitions now in the distant past, these award-winning mech- anisms still compel bidders to pay mil- lions at auction for an individual watch. An astounding testament of this is Ref. 2458, originally owned by J.B. Champi- on, a lawyer from Texas. Produced in 1952, the Ref. 2458 is a time-only watch with a second-hand indicator displayed in a subdial at nine o’clock. Champion commissioned a special dial that would bear the movement’s rating certificate is-
sued by the prestigious Geneva Observa- tory, along with the words “Made espe- cially for J.B. Champion.” On November 12, 2012, it achieved a final hammer price of 3,779,000 Swiss francs (more than $4.1 million today), at an auction held by Christie’s in Geneva — a very impressive result for a non-complicated timepiece! THE WATCHMAKING SPELL In 1959, Patek Philippe ran a two-page ad in American magazines with specific messaging on precision. Its main pur- pose was to address the astronomical accuracy of each Patek Philippe model, while also highlighting observatories. It stated: “An electronic observatory-motivated time-recorder presides at the work table of every Patek Philippe watchmaker. He makes adjustments with mathemat- ical exactitude until there is an abso- lute minimum of variance between the watch in his hand and the arbiter of time on earth at Greenwich, England.”
It goes on to say: “Every Patek Philippe must maintain its Observatory precision not just for a reasonable length of time, but indefinite- ly.” Therefore, the challenge for Patek Philippe during the observatory com- petitions — and still to this day — was twofold: achieve a high rate of accuracy and maintain it. And the cornerstone on which Patek Philippe builds its cathedral of precision is the mighty Gyromax® balance. The balance assembly regulates the flow of time and is responsible for the precision of the watch. Therefore, it is the regulating organ of a mechanical move- ment. This faction is composed of a bal- ance and a balance spring that oscillates under the impulse of the escapement. Through a series of patents in 1949, and again in 1951, the Gyromax® was an in- vention that further revolutionized the entire watchmaking world and is used in all modern Patek Philippe wristwatches.
Its genius design allows for extreme ac- curacy and convenient regulation.
WINDING AWAY INTO THE FUTURE As the fourth-generation president of Patek Philippe, Thierry Stern enjoys his responsibility of pushing the limits of watchmaking, tirelessly working to narrow the performance gap between digital and mechanical means. For him, there is no gear, wheel or spring inside a movement that is exempt from being redesigned, if necessary. With the strict criteria of the Patek Philippe Seal lighting the way — it is called the watch industry’s strictest set of directives, covering design, manufac- ture and service — today’s team ushers in the latest evolution of the Gyromax® with the unveiling of the all-new Cali- ber 30-255 PS movement powering the new Calatrava Clous de Paris Ref. 6119. This heavyweight of regulation just got heavier. I guess it’s easy to assume that a com-
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A t de Boulle, family means everything. And the Boul- les themselves — whether working together in their stores, spending time on the weekends playing with their beloved dogs, or out on the racetracks cheering on the racers in the family — are one close-knit crew. The Boulles know what matters most in life: enjoying time with your family, wherever you may be. To celebrate a favorite family event — Father’s Day — de Boulle hosted two events this year, one in Dallas and one in Houston. Each incorporated some of the Boulle family’s shared passions: jewelry, timepieces and luxury cars. (Yes,
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