Did you see Chris Pratt & Katherine Swarzenegger’s Engagement Ring?

Chris Pratt & Katherine Swarzenegger

Chris Pratt & Katherine Swarzenegger – Photo Courtesy of People.com

Isn’t this time of year magical? Thanks to Valentine’s Day & New Year’s, there are so many beautiful couples in Hollywood getting together and popping the question. This week, it’s Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger.

Yes, that Schwarzenegger.

As a daughter of Hollywood royalty Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, Katherine Schwarzenegger is used to growing up with parents in the spotlight. But this time, the light is all on her and her stunning Cushion Cut Center Stone Engagement ring with a white diamond halo. OMG! What a ravishing ring!

That Chris Pratt has some taste. Bravo, Chris Pratt, Bravo! Yes, it is his second time asking a woman to marry him, but he does have the blessing of his first wife, fellow Hollywood star Anna Faris, so this engagement is truly a match made in heaven. As for the ring, this Cushion Cut is one to die for!

3.06 Carat Center Store Cushion Cut

Of course, we don’t have access to her ring, but we do have access to a similar one of our own – a breathtaking Engagement Ring with a 3.06 Carat Cushion Cut Center Stone with a white diamond halo.

We hope that another bride will find her own Chris Pratt using this ring. Or, of course, we could design an even better version of it. You are only limited by your dreams here at Burdeen’s Jewelry.

For more information about Burdeen’s engagement rings, call us at 847-459-8980 or visit our Lake Shore Boutique on Lake Cook Road in Buffalo Grove.

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Chicago’s Hidden Engagement Gems

In life, some memories are made to last forever. At Burdeen’s, of course, we’re in the business of making great memories with our jewelry, but we leaned on our friends over at NBC 5 to research a few of Chicago’s Best Engagement spots – both for the perfect engagement photo and for a memory that will last a lifetime.

With the perfect couple, in the perfect setting, and of course the perfect ring, Chicago can provide bedrock for marriages that last forever.

Chicago Riverwalk Engagement

Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago Riverwalk

It’s much more intimate than your average than your average Chicago setting. Couples love the River Walk because you can catch the sail boats, ice cream parlors, and take in Chicago’s stunning city lights. These views make it the perfect setting for engagement photos in Chicago.

 

Navy Pier Engagement

Navy Pier

Navy Pier

As one of Chicago’s most iconic destinations, Navy Pier stands as the heart of Chicago. So why not let stand as the heart of your engagement photo? This destination, with its bright lights, massive ferris wheel, boat rides all around Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is a great backdrop for your dream engagement photo.

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Wills Tower *cough* Sears Tower Skydeck

Yes, like most Chicagoans, we still call it the Sears Tower… But for the thrill seeking and adventurous couples in Chicagoland, the Sky Deck is the perfect destination. Go up to the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower and you can get the perfect shot with the entire Chicago skyline as your backdrop for the perfect wedding photo.

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field

Wrigley brings Chicago together – well, the North Side of Chicago. As one of Chicago’s favorite sports teams, the Cubs have brought so many couples together, both through the decades of misery, and of course, more recently, for the 2016 World Series run. Because it serves as the Mecca for Cubs fans, it’s an ideal place to pop the question.

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Art Institute Gardens

Isn’t there an old saying that nature is the best medicine? Who knows where we were going with that, but nevertheless, this stunning greenery is the perfect backdrop any engagement. It stands in stark contrast with Chicago’s skyscrapers and provides such a peaceful setting for your engagement.

Blackhawks Game

United Center

Maybe you guys aren’t baseball people – maybe you prefer the cold – or maybe you’re just a diehard Blackhawks fan – you don’t have to answer to us, but there are plenty of Chicagoans who are popping the question at Blackhawks games.

 

 

 

Burdeen’s Jewelry is a 10,000 square foot North Shore jewelry store with an inventory of over 500 engagement rings. If we don’t have it, our Graduate Gemologists can design it. Call us at 847-459-8980 for information, or visit our luxury boutique in Buffalo Grove.

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Engagement Rings of the Stars – 2018

Engagement Rings for the Stars

This year brought brought some incredible engagement ring trends. From the rise of rose gold to the reemergence of vintage styles, 2018 was a year to die for in engagement rings. As always, the best place to look for engagement ring trends is the stunning ring fingers of the stars. Here at Burdeen’s we wanted to give you an inside look at some of the biggest celebrity weddings of 2018 and the dazzling rings that you can get, right here on the floor at Burdeen’s Jewelry.

Lea Michele

Lea Michele & Zandy Reich

Glee’s Lea Michele was probably singing like an angel when her beau Zandy Reich pulled out a 4-carat Radiant Cut Solitaire in an eternity setting. This ring was a classic stunner – sure to never go out of style because the dazzling Radiant Cut diamond is the star – just like Lea Michele.

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While, if you wanted, we could copy this ring stone for stone, one of our rings that looks just enough like Lea Michele’s, but forges its own path is our Platinum Radiant Center ring. Unlike Lea Michele’s ring, our stunning ring has two emerald cut stones to give it more dimension as well as a halo to give the center stone more size while controlling cost. Our gorgeous ring is a good way to be inspired by a star’s ring without copying it.

 

Natalie Portman Ring

Natalie Portman & Benjamin Millepied

It’s been a long time since Star Wars, but Natalie’s dazzling ring was plucked straight out of the night sky. Natalie’s old-mine cut center stone is set in an intertwined band with pave set gems. Like Lea Michele’s ring, Natalie chose timelessness over trendiness, hence the old world gemstone and intertwined setting – two engagement ring trends that have stood for decades.

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Looking over the Burdeen’s Bridal cases, we chose a Round Cut Halo Ring. Why? Like Natalie’s ring, this stunning ring has an old world feel thanks to a three-sided diamond basket setting with diamond encrusted shank. In addition, it has gorgeous beading detail going around the center diamond and halo. Our ring has so much breathtaking detail work that belies its under-$10,000 cost. Again, not exactly a copy of Natalie’s ring – and this one definitely doesn’t have the cost – but it has just as much timeless charm so it can be passed down for generations.

 

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Mandy Moore & Taylor Goldsmith

Once again, a traditional ring wins out! Mandy Moore was swept off her feet with an understated round diamond ring on a rose gold halo ring. Unlike the other stars on the red carpet, Mandy didn’t want a giant stone, instead, she went with the trend of rose gold.

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Thanks to the metal choice, we have chosen our ravishing Rose Gold Solitaire Round Diamond Engagement Ring. Unlike Mandy Moore’s ring, we avoided the halo and went for the larger center stone to show the power of the 2.35 carat stone. While halo’s have become very in-fashion, depending on the situation, it’s just better to have all eyes go on the center stone.

Sophie Turner Ring

Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas

Sometimes, you can’t improve upon perfection. Sophie Turner’s knockout ring featured a 3.5-carat pear shaped diamond on a split shank setting. Simply stunning.

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Well, that’s why we already had essentially the same ring in stock. Except, ours features a 2.21-carat pear shaped diamond and a split shank that isn’t an eternity setting. Going without the eternity setting and going with a smaller stone gives you all of the alluring looks of Sophie Turner without the cost. Of course, we are “Always Custom” at Burdeen’s, so we can always make your dreams (and your diamonds) as large as you desire.

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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

This was, by far, the biggest wedding of this year. We’d say, it’s the biggest wedding since his brother got married back in 2011. When Hollywood Royalty and British Royalty combine, there better be a breathtaking ring. Prince Harry designed a magnificent three stone ring rose gold ring cast in Welsh Gold – as is Royal Tradition.

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Well, our gold may not be Welsh Gold, but it is just as stunning. We chose an alluring three stone round ring in white gold. Obviously, this ring can be made in rose or yellow gold, but this particular in-stock ring is in white. Ours features a 2.01 carat round center stone and two more round .55-carat side stones for over 3.1 carats of total diamond weight. This is a stunning ring made for American royalty – and of course, as with all Burdeen’s Engagement Rings, it can be remade in any size and any style to fit your taste and budget.

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Burdeen’s 2018 Gift Guide – Men’s Watches

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Buying a watch for a watch enthusiast can be a bit of a minefield. Much buying wine for a connoisseur, watch enthusiasts have their own specific tastes for each and every brand, every movement, every color, every type.

That said, there are some general guidelines. Look over his watch collection because you can garner some ideas about his taste there.

A. Does he have a lot of watches? If he has a lot of watches with just three hands (just hour, minute and second) he may like dress watches. If he has watches with subdials (little circles on the face like the one pictured above, he may like sports watches.

B. Does he have lots of one color? If not, Blue dials & Gray Dials are hot in 2018. Those are very safe choices for a man who needs color. If not, and he dresses in suits, black and white dials are always safe.

C. Does he have a lot of one brand? If so, that’s his brand. It may be time for him to branch out because, guaranteed, he knows which one he wants to buy in that brand. Another brand may be in order. -OR- He’s probably given you 15 not-so-subtle hints about which watches he wants in that brand. Look for the occasional magazine ad or conveniently turned on iPad image.

D. What is your budget? At Burdeen’s Jewelry, we specialize in watches that are $4,000 and above, but many of our Preowned Watches are at the $1,000 level. Regardless, at this price level, they all can serve as heirlooms.

All that said, here are some amazing options for you to consider for 2018. Have fun & if you’re buying a watch, he’s going to love it, no matter what you choose!

Breitling Premier

Breitling Premier Collection 

Watch Type: Dressy/Sporty

Price Range: $4,250-$8,700

We may be biased as a Breitling Authorized Dealer for more than a decade, but we think the all-new Breitling Premier is a work of art. It has a world class selection of exciting and current colors – something the old Transocean line just couldn’t grasp – as well as a classic design that skirts the line between classic and dressy.

When the watch came out, there was a contingent of enthusiasts who compared the design to the Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph. While the resemblance of the white/black version of the Premier is certainly not lost on us (we do have eyes) – the Breitling is superior in every way. From the usage of the in-house 01 movement to the large selection of colors (green, blue, gray & white are all options for the 01 version) to the display back, the Premier 01 is a superior watch by every metric. At $8,700 with the Navitimer bracelet, it is a remarkable value for an in-house powered watch with Breitling’s most notable bracelet.

For all intents and purposes, the Hamilton is the Junior Varsity version of the Breitling. Anyone who thinks differently just needs to compare them in person.

Now, that’s just the 01. If you’re looking for a chronograph for a little less coin and can forgo a panda dial and display back, the $6,550 Chronograph 42 is perfect for you. It is powered by a Breitling B13 movement (read: Valjoux 7750 – not that there’s anything wrong with that.) If all the complication you need is contained in a second hand, then the Premier Automatic 40 is just the ticket at $4,750.

Breitling made a complete lineup for just about any watch enthusiast.

Omega Aqua Terra

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Collection

Watch Type: Dressy & Sporty

Price Range: $5,400-$29,200 (Rose Gold)

The Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M, like the Premier, is a spectacular dress watch – especially in the mid-$5000 range. At 41 mm, its actual size belies its “wear” size. In other words, this watch wears a bit larger than other 41 mm watches thanks to its polished bezel. As for the dial, the subtle turn from vertical lines on older models to horizontal on this year’s version brought a sudden sporty change that makes it an excellent choice for both the boardroom and your husband’s mancave.

Omega’s myriad of color choices place this watch directly against the likes of the Rolex Explorer II and GMT Master II for best looking tool watch currently on the market. Unlike the Rolexes, Omegas aren’t forged from artificially market-adjusted Unobtainum and you can walk into your corner Authorized Dealer like Burdeen’s Jewelry and buy one from regular stock.

Plus, given that you actually have the choice of the spectacular blue hands/silver, orange hands/black indices, rose gold/black, blue/white and more. Like most Omega timepieces these days, these watches are powered by in-house movements – this time the Omega 8900 movement. For dual purpose watches that you can actually find – you can’t do much better than the Aqua Terra.

JLC

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Collection

Watch Type: Sporty

Price Range: $6,750-$23,900 (Rose Gold Chronograph)

While the list so far may have been on the dressy side of luxury, the Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris is much more on the sporty side – a decided departure from the norm for JLC. Funny thing is, the Polaris Chronograph has some cosmetic features in common with the dressy Premier. However, the small Tachymetre numbers and the mixing of numerals with indices give it a sporty edge that other watches can’t match.

Powered the JLC Calibre 751H movement, the Polaris Chronograph is expertly finished. Get it on a bracelet and it can serve as your one and only watch – given it’s skirting the line between dressy and sporty. This watch is just as at home with a pair of jeans as a sports jacket, and will serve just about any setting – save for a tuxedo – and how many times have you worn a tuxedo? The 751H powers the Chronograph for 65 hours, making it an easy wear for both collections of one and large watch collections.

The Polaris was a welcome addition to the Jaeger lineup for 2018 – especially considering one of the sportiest watches on the lineup is the Reverso – a watch that has decidedly aged well beyond its polo roots.

Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Collection

Watch Type: Sporty/Diver

Price Range: $7,900-$12,000 (Rose Gold Limited Edition)

UN has one of the widest varieties of fine watches this side of A. Lange & Söhne. If you want a tourbillon, you got it. If you want a world timer, you got it. Every once in a while, Ulysse Nardin comes out with your every day, normal timepiece and we applaud them for it. This time, we have a standard 300 meter diver: the all-new Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer.

Diver enthusiasts can buy this gorgeous watch in titanium or rose gold, and can get it in black, white or blue. Plus, like many other UN watches, it comes chock full of complications like a Power Reserve, Date Wheel and Small Seconds. Starting at $7,900, the Diver Chronometer isn’t just a derivative of the Rolex Submariner like so many other dive watches, but stands alone on its two feet.

If anything, it’s more along the lines of the IWC Aquatimer because of the nubs around the rotating bezel. Powered by the UN-118 movement, this watch comes complete with an in-house movement, a display back and a power reserve. Like many other UNs, the Diver Chronometer is an outsized value for what you get – in addition to its novelty in a marketplace full of Submariner clones.

Grand Seiko

Grand Seiko Heritage Collection

Watch Type: Sporty/Diver

Price Range: $3,800-$42,000 (Rose Gold Limited Edition)

The list of Grand Seiko fanatics out there may not be long, but it sure is devoted. Therefore, if you’re looking for the perfect present for the watch enthusiast in your life, but have no idea what to get him, Grand Seiko may be just the ticket. Watch enthusiasts are a devoted bunch and typically have their favorite brand. Much like car enthusiasts, many assume they know everything about watches.

Surprise them with something truly special. Grand Seikos are known for movement quality (both the Spring Drive and Hi-Beat 36,000 are well-known amongst watch circles as some of the finest and most accurate in the world). But the one thing holding them back has long been boring dials and cases.

Starting with the Snowflake last year, there has been a concerted effort to make GS watches more exciting. So while some enthusiasts may have respected Grand Seikos from afar, they also may not have ponied up because they were just too conservative for their wrists.

Not anymore.

Our favorites for the line? SBGH267G “Blue Peacock”; SBGA211G Snowflake, SBGJ227 Peacock, SBGA387G “Glacier.” These watches are sure to peak the interest of even the most battle-hardened watch enthusiast who has seen everything.

Panerai

Panerai Luminor Due

Watch Type: Sporty/Diver

Price Range: $5,900-$24,900 (Rose Gold Limited Edition)

If you’re new to the Panerai lineup, like we are, then the Panerai lineup probably still looks pretty similar to you. Starting at $6,400, the Luminor Due is a great entryway into Panerai. With the Due line, not only do you get the crown guard that has become Panerai (and the Luminor) staple, you also get the wearability of a thinner watch. In fact, that’s what sets the Due lineup apart from the rest of the larger Luminor line – its thinness.

In addition, Panerai has given the Due more modern design cues such as sunburst and other textured dials. Plus, Panerai has also eschewed the Henry Ford school of color with the Due line as well. You can get the Due with white dials, gray dials, blue dials, and cream dials. Our personal favorites are the rose gold/gray dial 3 Days Automatic Oro Rosso 45 mm and the titanium 3 Days Automatic Tianio 45mm.

With so much variety, a thinner case and more style, the Luminor Due is a great trim to get your first Panerai. Or, if you’re a Paneristi, it’s something you need to add to your collection.

Lange

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia

Watch Type: Dressy

Price Range: $15,000 (Saxonia Thin) -$178,400 (Lange 31)

Let it be known here that while we believe all Langes are spectacular watches with stunning emphasis on craftsmanship, even as an Authorized Dealer, there is one known issue: you either love or hate the styling of the Lange 1.

Yes, that Lange 1 – golden ratio and all.

So, if you’re looking for a gift for the established watch collector and have some coin, and are gifting a guy who already has his fair share of Vacherons and Pateks, then the A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia is the way to go. Its styling is classic and approachable and still has all of the craftsmanship and finishing of the greater A. Lange & Söhne lineup. That’s why, if it’s for a gift, we would choose a Saxonia.

After all, you don’t want to be spending five figures on a watch he’ll potentially hate – whether or not it’s made out of precious metals and has finishing better than a Patek Philippe.

 

That, friends and neighbors, is the Burdeen’s Jewelry 2018 Holiday Men’s Watch Gift Guide. We’ll see you next time for more.

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Burdeen’s Estate Jewelry Sale 2018

 

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Burdeen’s Jewelry is proud to announce our first-ever sale in over three decades as one of Chicago North Shore’s premier luxury jewelry destinations. For two days only, on Nov. 2 & 3, we will be selling our Vintage inventory at massive discounts – from 20% to 50% off, depending on the item. We are extremely excited about this one of a kind sale.

This new Estate Jewelry sale is on over 150 items in all metals and stones. If you love jewelry and fashion, you will love this sale. We have everything from sumptuous pendants and necklaces to rings at huge discounts.

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Complete your outfit with one of Burdeen’s Jewelry’s expert gemologists. What we have in our Etsy store and this website is just a small fraction of what will be on sale, so you will need to come in to see what we have ready for you to buy.

For more information, check out our special page on our website, or call us at 847-459-8980 and talk to one of our gemologists.

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Traci’s Fashion Tips – Oscars 2018 Jewelry

Traci's Fashion Tips - Oscars 2018

Hello again, my friends, and welcome to yet another edition of Traci’s Fashion Tips. Well, another Awards Season is coming to an end and 2018′s fashion/jewelry was as stunning as ever. This year’s Oscars have come and gone and while the show itself became a time for forward-looking social commentary, the fashion proved itself to be a throwback to more simple and elegant times in Hollywood.

This year featured a lot of classic looks, with many of the Hollywood women wearing jewelry that would’ve been seen on the red carpet years ago. It is truly an interesting time of great change in Hollywood, but sometimes, in jewelry, the classics are just as good as ever.

Just as before, we will deconstruct the looks of our favorite Big Screen stars, take a peek at their jewelry and compare them to pieces in the Burdeen’s Jewelry showroom so that you can find the exact same pieces, as the Hollywood stars, right here in North Shore Chicagoland.

Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd Oscars 2018

Ashley Judd paired this breathtaking Plum-colored dress with a diamond ring, gorgeous double-strand diamond tennis necklace and large diamond hanging earrings.

In order to live up to such an ensemble, we’ve layered two diamond necklaces and a set of diamond earrings to give you look that Ashley pulled off on the Red Carpet. This spendid set would go perfectly at a black tie event or a night on the town. Absolutely beautiful, these looks are not for the faint of heart.

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner Oscars 2018

Jennifer Garner was ravishing in her blue-on-blue ensemble and it was absolutely perfect. Blue has been on-point for both men’s and women’s fashion, for the better part of two years, so her dress & diamond and sapphire earring ensemble was no exception.

In order to pair up our Burdeen’s Jewelry with Garner’s, we went with our own diamond and blue sapphire long hanging earrings. You too can look like a star.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o Oscars 2018

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o was breathtaking in her black and gold dress last night and practically stole the show. As elegant and intricate as her dress and hair were on the red carpet, her choice of earrings was perfect and simple.

We found a set of white gold and diamond earrings very similar in swirly design that can be worn dressy, or even with your jeans on a Saturday night.

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige

One word to describe Mary J. Blige in her burgundy gown with middle finger diamond cocktail ring and huge diamond earrings… HOT!!!

I picked out a long, hanging diamond earring and diamond cocktail ring that will make YOU the talk of any room you walk into.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman was ravishing last night in her blue dress on the Red Carpet. It was complete perfection.

I have found a few diamond chandelier-style earrings similar to the ones she wore for the show. They will be perfect on anyone for any big occasion. There are so many different styles to see at Burdeen’s Jewelry.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Can you say Pretty in Pink?! Viola Davis was breathtaking in her long pink gown, huge diamond hoop earrings, wide band diamond ring and perfect diamond bracelet.

In order to pair with Viola’s look, I pulled together some pieces of diamond jewelry to make you look like a shining star.

Zendaya

Zendaya

Zendaya looked extraordinary in her chocolate brown gown on the carpet last night. Her gown was accompanied by stackable diamond bracelets and long tubular diamond hanging earrings.

I chose these pieces to give you the same flowy, romantic, phenomenal look.

 

I want to thank you so much for reading my current Traci’s Fashion Tips blog and I look forward to sharing more looks with you soon. Please feel free to call me at 847-459-8980 or email me at traci@burdeens.com to set up an appointment.

There’s always an occasion to make you sparkle!

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All that Glitters is Rose Gold

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If there’s ever a popular color for the decade, it’s rose gold.

Rose Gold is actually a copper and gold alloy. The copper content in the alloy actually gives the alloy its reddish/pinkish color. Over the years, the alloy has earned itself several names. In the 1800s, it was known as Russian gold thanks to its roots in Russia, although that term is now obsolete.

Although it is now extremely popular, during the 20th Century, the alloy actually dropped out of favor for white and yellow gold alloys. It wasn’t until the last decade that rose gold began to come back into popular culture in both jewelry and watches.

In general, the higher the copper content, the darker red the alloy in jewelry. Now, in watches, that formula starts to get thrown out of the window. Traditionally soft and malleable, rose gold can be highly prone to scratching in the right conditions. In order to combat this issue, companies like Omega and Hublot have created ceramic/rose gold alloys.

Omega's Ceragold has a deeper, darker color as opposed to Breitling's more traditional yellow gold color. This is due both to the Ceragold creation process and the  difference between Breitilng & Omega's metallurgy processes.

Omega’s Ceragold has a deeper, darker color as opposed to Breitling’s more traditional yellow gold color. This is due both to the Ceragold creation process and the difference between Breitilng & Omega’s metallurgy processes.

Similar in philosophy to Omega’s Liquidmetal alloy, Ceragold and other ceramic and gold alloys take out the worry of scratching rose gold watches and jewelry. What happens with a ceramic/rose gold alloy creation process is the formation of a ceramic blank that is then electroformed with the rose gold.

What the heck is electroforming?

Electroforming is a process of coating metal through the electrodeposition process where positive charge is sent through nickel and negative charge is sent through the form or “Mandrel.” All of this is done in a highly-conductive Electrolytic Solution. The difference in polarity of metals sends the metal plating to the mandrel, in the case of an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean’s bezel covering a ceramic blank with rose gold.

As a result of this process, you get a bezel or a case that is extremely scratch resistant and, in many cases, different in color from its purer rose gold counterparts. That’s just for ceramic gold.

The JLC Duometre is again, lighter in color than the reddish Omega.

The JLC Duometre is again, lighter in color than the reddish Omega.

Rose gold vs. Rose gold

Ceramics aren’t the only game in town when it comes to rose gold. There is a rainbow of colors underneath the rose gold banner. Just in the four walls of Burdeen’s Jewelry, we have several different variations of Red Gold/Rose Gold/Honey Gold.

Every watch company has their own proprietary color. We’ve set up a nice assortment of some of the most well-known watches to show the differences in color between the rose golds. So when non-jewelry people think of the words “rose gold,” they may think of the pink on their iPhone; jewelry people may think of the honey-ish color on their jewelry; but watch people have a myriad of colors to choose from as each and every watch company has their own color to differentiate themselves from the competition.

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Maybe the new Navitimer 8 isn’t so IWC Pilot-y

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Since the full release of the new Breitling Navitimer 8, the redesigned watch has come under a bit of fire due to its more retro design. One watch in particular, the Navitimer 8 Automatic was under particular scrutiny because some Breitling enthusiasts, ourselves included, thought that it resembled the IWC Pilot Mark XVIII, just with a larger bezel.

Well, upon further inspection, we were wrong.

Everything’s different

Comparing the two watches’ looks, the first complication is the date wheel. On the Pilot, the location is a 3 o’clock. That’s just the first of many differences between the two watches. On the Navitimer 8, the railroad track minute scale takes the place of the Pilot’s indices plus, the biggest thing is the difference between the bezels.

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On the Breitling, the rotating bezel is masculine and chunky. After looking at the Navitimer, now the Pilot looks a bit like the Breitling with its bezel taken off. Finally, the bracelet is completely different. On Pilots, IWC chose to use a throwback look with its jubilee-style bracelet. Meanwhile, Breitling looks toward the future with a Professional-style bracelet.

At 41 mm, the Navitimer 8 is also slightly larger than the Pilot at 40 mm. They are within six one thousands of a millimeter of each other in thickness with the Pilot Mark XVIII. So in general, if you like one, in general, you’re going to like the other.

 

For more information about the Breitling Navitimer 8 or the IWC Pilot Mark XVIII, call Burdeen’s Jewelry at 847-459-8980.

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Breitling reinvents icon with Navitimer 8

 

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Over the weekend, something big happened. Breitling CEO Georges Kern after about two weeks of merciless teasing on his personal Instagram and on the Breitling social feeds has released a brand new Navitimer. This watch is a big deal for two reasons: 1. It carries the legendary name Navitimer 2. It is the first all-new watch to come out of the Breitling brand under the tutelage of Mr. Kern.

After working with the Breitling brand for the better part of two decades here at Burdeen’s (and watch fans ourselves) we knew that Mr. Kern had to make a name for himself in his first shot – and recreating the Breitling icon is certainly one way to do it. So how did he, and his design team do it?

Well, they didn’t just create one Navitimer 8, they created a line within a line. No, we’re not talking about the Navitimer 01/Navitimer World lines as we know them now. Instead, we’re talking about an entirely separate wing of the Navitimer family and will stand right alongside the existing Navitimer lines.

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New Looks, New Price, Same Attitude

This new wing eschews the traditional look of the calculator sliding bezel, for a (still sliding) but calculator-less bezel that’s chunkier and more traditional looking than today’s Navitimer 01 & Navitimer World. In fact, its looks are reminiscent of the old Breitling Top Time, again, with a chunkier bezel.

Like the Top Time, and frankly, the Navitimer 01, the new Navitimer 8 has a Panda dial. However, unlike the familiar 01 and World, the calculator slide rule is nowhere to be found. It does have two things in common with its older Navitimer forebears – its movement. The Navitimer 8 has the tried and true B01 movement while the Navitimer 8 Chronograph has a movement based on the Valjoux 7750 – just like the Navitimer World. Unlike the World, the 8 Chrono eschews the GMT function for a Day-Date complication.

These watches weigh in at a traditional (but small for Breitling) 43 mm. We believe this new size will do a good job of attracting new potential wearers to the brand who have been turned off by the brand’s penchant for large sizes. Essentially, it will be a nice counterbalance to the Super Avenger or even the 47 mm Navitimer 01 GMT.

Remember how we said that the 8 was going to be its whole wing of the Navitimer family? That’s what we meant. Plus, we’re not even done. There are two other variants to go through as well – not even counting case materials (rose gold) and finishes (DLC-Coated Black Steel) as well as Breitling’s prerequisite bracelet and strap choices.

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Navitimer 8 Automatic, Day-Date & Unitime

Now that we’ve covered the chronos, it’s time for the meat and potatoes. The simplest model in the new line is the Navitimer 8 Automatic. Let’s call a spade a spade here and say that it’s somewhat reminiscent to the IWC Pilot Mark XVIII – especially the Le Petit Prince variant with its incredibly popular blue hue. That said, the Navitimer 8 Automatic does have one feature to separate it – the new Navitimer’s soon-to-be iconic chunky bezel. We’re big fans of the Mark XVIII, but if there’s one thing we’ve heard, the 40.0 mm IWC just doesn’t fit in that Goldilocks size zone.  At 41 mm, this Breitling just might for some buyers.

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Now, the Navitimer 8 Day-Date is unlike anything else. With the Day window at 12 o’clock, the Date at 6 o’clock, and of course, that chunky metal sliding bezel. With so many watches carrying it, we told you that it will be iconic on its own right. This watch is powered by the Breitling Calibre 45, based on an ETA architecture, and, as with every Breitling watch, COSC-Certified.

Finally, we have the Breitling Navitimer 8 Unitime. This World Time watch is powered by the same Calibre B35 movement that has found its way into the Bentley B05 as well as Breitling Galactic and Transocean lines. Despite the advanced movement, it has a 70 hour power reserve and a sapphire caseback.

For the chronograph range, prices are rumored to start at CHF 7,100 or about $7,600 for both a stainless steel bracelet and leather strap variants at launch. Like all in-house B01 movement models, there is a five-year warranty on these watches.

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The culling…To the Elite 8 Model Lines?

Now while these changes to the Navitimer family did bring new watches to the Breitling world, it was not without ‘bloodshed.’ Breitling is rumored to lose the Transocean, Galactic and the Chronomat to make room in the case for the expansion of the Navitimer lineup. We shall see, but that rumor suddenly popped up around the virtual water cooler on Breitling watch collector forums and Facebook groups. As to how close to the truth those rumors are, are anyone’s guess.

If you are a big fan of any of those watches, you should either pick a new one up while you still can, or watch our selection for a preowned one. Or, like a lot of things, the Breitling Culling could all could be internet nonsense.

Whatever’s happening with the existing lines, we’re highly intrigued by Mr. Kern’s first big watch release as CEO because it is major. This one watch release really should count as about four. Matt Burdeen will get his hands on them at Baselworld in March and we should see them in our cases starting in June.

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Lange, IWC add some heat to SIHH this winter

IWC SIHH 2018

IWC made a big splash at the 2018 SIHH with a splash of lacquer, a dash of digital time & a rein-visioning of old favorites.

One of the best parts of working at an Authorized Dealer for so many renowned luxury watch brands is getting to see the best the watchmaking world has to offer every year. This year’s SIHH was no different. For 2018, owner Matt Burdeen & General Manager Josh Nigut personally flew out to Switzerland to check out the newest wares for our brands.

The first two brands that we got to interact with were IWC and A. Lange & Söhne. Both brands came out with a relatively aggressive stance for this year’s show, either revamping tried and true volume models or, in the case of Lange, coming out with a completely new technology.

IWC bathes itself in lacquer & digital numbers 

While digital dates have become somewhat ubiquitous in haute horology, digital time is still reserved only for best of the best brands. Now IWC has rolled out its own take with the Pallweber. With a decidedly simplistic dial, the Pallweber completely eschews hands for digital hour window on top; a digital minute window in the middle; and a second hand at 6 o’clock.

The Pallweber isn’t the only watch to make a splash. IWC also rolled out some small twists on the Portugieser. The standard Potugieser chronograph is powered by an off-the-shelf movement, but the new one for SIHH has an in-house Calibre 69355, lacquer dial and a display back. Cool watch and an excellent take on one of the most popular models in the IWC lineup. 

 

Lange SIHH Watches

Not to be outdone, Lange rolled out several new models including a triple split chronograph, 1815 Tribute to Walter Lange, Saxonia Moonphases, a gorgeous new Saxonia Copper blue & more.

Lange did IWC one better by introducing a whole new complication – a Triple Split Chronograph. We weren’t able to even get our hands on one to take a picture of it, but we were able to take some pics of amazing images of some incredible Langes. Our favorite may be the least expensive – the Saxonia Copper Blue. The above image barely does the little flakes of copper justice. Juxtaposed against the rich blue, it looks like a starry night and instantly catapults this Saxonia – no date, no second hand & all to Lange Grail status.

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