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  1. Hong Kong jewellery sales slide in H1
  2. Fancy Colour Diamond Price Index Rises
  3. The Potentially Largest Pink Diamond Found in 300 Years
  4. Kering Reports Strong First Half Jewellery Sale
  5. Vicenzaoro Back In September
  6. eBay Offers Fine Jewellery Authentication with GIA Partnership
  7. New Executive Director and Secretary General Appointed for Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030
  8. VO Vintage Returns To Vicenzaoro September
  9. Sarine Partners With NGTC on Grading Reports In China
  10. Diamond Prices Slide Amid Economic Uncertainty
  11. De Beers, Botswana Sales Agreement Extended
  12. AWDC Appoints David Gotlib As New President
  13. IGI Debuts Online Learning Courses
  14. Swarovski Appoints First Non-Family CEO
  15. Kashmir Sapphire Ring Comes Out on Top at Bonhams
  16. WJA Foundation Launches New Scholarship for Women of Colour
  17. Blue Nile Merges with Mudrick for Its Second IPO
  18. RJC Launches ‘Gender Equality Toolkit’ at JCK Las Vegas
  19. GIA Reports to Go Digital by 2025
  20. Gemfields Achieved Highest Revenue at Emerald Auction
  21. DAMAC Group Now Owns de GRISOGONO
  22. GJEPC Proposes Lab-Grown Diamond Park in India
  23. Pandora’s New Crafting Facility in Vietnam Costs $100M
  24. Q1 Gold Jewellery Demand Soft, Says WGC
  25. Jewellery Buying Groups Formed New Global Alliance
  26. Singapore to Host Jewellery & Gem World 2022
  27. ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot Premiered in Tiffany’s 2022 High Jewellery Collection
  28. Christie’s to Auction ‘The Light of Africa’ for $18M in June
  29. New Board of Directors were elected to Jewellery Exporters Association of Turkey
  30. Oroarezzo back with Première Competition
  31. ‘De Beers Blue’ auctions US$57.5M at Sotheby’s
  32. CTF launches Mother’s Day collection
  33. Jewelers of America Announces The 2022 CASE Award Winners
  34. De Beers: Diamond Businesses Staying Cautious About Business Expectations
  35. Synthetic Alexandrite Pioneer David Patterson Dies at 89
  36. 205 CARAT FANCY INTENSE YELLOW DIAMOND GENEVA MAGNIFICENT JEWELS | 11 MAY 2022
  37. Rebecca Foerster Appointed As President of Hearts On Fire
  38. US Steps Up Sanctions Against Alrosa
  39. PGI Study Findings: Consumers Have Different Interpretations of Sustainability
  40. Irving Wong Appointed as Pandora’s General Manager For China
  41. Rolex’s 6 New Watches Unveiled at Watches & Wonders Geneva
  42. Sixième Sens par Cartier High Jewellery: Heteractis Ring
  43. Will Russian Diamond Ban Help Foster Lab-Grown Diamond Business?
  44. Press Release: Ariana DeBose, Hunter Schafer and Zoey Deutch Shine in De Beers Jewellers at the Vani
  45. Press Release: Ariana DeBose, Hunter Schafer and Zoey Deutch Shine in De Beers Jewellers at the Vani
  46. JEWELLERY GENEVA Takes Place between 30 March and 3 April 2022
  47. Christie’s Presents 228 carat White Dimond
  48. Gold Bar Integrity Programme to be Implemented
  49. Press Release: BONHAMS ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF BRUUN RASMUSSEN AUCTIONEERS – DENMARK’S LEADING AUCT
  50. Early Spring Fashion for Natural Diamonds
  51. Jennifer Garner Shines in De Beers Jewellers at the Premiere in New York
  52. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, “Cartier Women’s Initiative Impact Report”
  53. American Gem Trade Association Announces Partnership with JCK Show Again
  54. Chow Tai Fook and Canada's Mountain Province Diamonds Sign Supply Agreement
  55. Registration Is Open for 2022 JCK Show
  56. Alrosa Caught Up in U.S. Sanctions
  57. Tawhid Abdullah Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
  58. The Largest Blue Diamond Appears at Sotheby’s Auction
  59. Price Rise for Nearly 90% Of Fancy Colour Last Year
  60. Dickson Yewn’s Collectibles Given for Sotheby’s Charity Auction
  61. De Beers Boosts Production
  62. Watches & Wonders Geneva To Be Held In Hybrid Format
  63. Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai to Debut February
  64. Hong Kong Losing its Dominance as the World's Largest Watch Market
  65. Gift Guide for CNY
  66. Press Release: Sotheby’s Announces New Appointments To Luxury Team In ASsia
  67. Georg Jensen Becomes a Certified Member of RJC
  68. 555.55-carat Black Dimond Unveiled at Sotheby’s Auction
  69. GIA Appoints Anna Martin as SVP for Institute, Industry Relations
  70. Alrosa Boosts Direct Sales of Fancy Diamonds to Investors
  71. CIBJO General Assembly postponed to March 17 and 18, 2022
  72. 7,525 Carat Emerald Discovered
  73. Karl Lagerfeld Jewellery Collections to Shine
  74. Diamonds Travel To The Space
  75. Vicenzaoro January postponed to March
  76. America’s Youngest Jeweller Starts Business via Instagram
  77. Concerns over conflict gold arise again
  78. The 1st International Gemstone & Diamond Trade Summit Wraps Up in Macao
  79. The Knot’s Study:Over 30% of Respondents Say Natural Diamond Unimportant
  80. Pantone’s 2022 Colour of the Year: Very Peri
  81. Phillips Jewellery Auctions Fetch over HK$181 Million
  82. The World’s First Pure Gold Castle of Magical Dreams by CHOW TAI FOOK
  83. Jewellery Sales Jumped 78% During the Thanksgiving Holiday
  84. Gem Auctions DMCC’s Debut Auction Successful
  85. Cartier’s Christmas Tree Lights Up the City with Love and Hope
  86. Rediscovering Lacloche in Hong Kong
  87. Blue diamonds to lead Christie’s HK autumn sale
  88. JMA show to stage next Thursday
  89. HK auction to help Cambodian kids
  90. Basel fair cancelled again
  91. HKDI show to continue in Dec
  92. Gemfields sells 7,500-carat emerald for good
  93. Sustainability is key to diamond purchases, a report says
  94. Christie’s Geneva jewellery sale fetches CHF53.7m
  95. Cibjo forms working group on fei cui standards
  96. Only Watch raises CHF30m for DMD research
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HIGHLIGHT

  1. US market unfolds changes and potential
  2. The queen of gems, the gem of queens
  3. Classics return

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  • The father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud with his pocket watch
  • Carl Suchy & SÖhne’s flagship store of yesteryear in Prague
  • The gold cased Waltz N°1 Skeleton will be launched this year.
  • Carl Suchy & SÖhne’s historical pocket watch
  • The case back of Waltz N°1 Skeleton

Affinity for Austria

Austria is the root of diverse gratifications, from Mozart’s classical music, Swarovski’s jewellery to tempting torte Sachertorte invented by an Austrian-Jewish. The former Austrian trade commissioner Robert Punkenhofer aspires to create one more Austrian pleaser for the global watch market by reviving Carl Suchy & Söhne, the once renowned Austrian horological brand which had been in dormancy for almost a century.  

Founded in 1822, Carl Suchy & Söhne flourished during the 19th century. The brand was the official timepiece supplier to the imperial court in 1835 and the first watch purveyor to the Royal and Imperial Court for three generations due to its elegance and technical perfection. The father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud and Austrian-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph I were amongst its loyal customers. By the year of 1855, the prestige of the brand went beyond borders. Their timepieces were exported to Great Britain and showcased at international fairs in Paris and London. Good time never lasts. Carl Suchy & Söhne vanished with the demise of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918 until Robert Punkenhofer stumbled upon this treasure buried by history when he was doing research about Vienna around 1900 for an exhibition he was curating in Milan. The legacy brand returned to the market with its ‘first’ collection, Waltz N°1 with an exclusive edition of 22 pieces which was shown at Baselworld in 2017. His vision is to re-build the brand by combining Viennese elegance with Swiss precision in a modern minimalist approach.

The ‘first’ collection 

Punkenhofer worked with Serbian designer Milos Ristin and Swiss watchmaker Marc Jenni, a former member of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI) on the prototypes and showcased them at the Basel fair, named Waltz N°1. The piece is available in a couple of dial colours (black and white) and case finishes (stainless steel and ADLC in black).

Let’s waltz 

Inside the 41.5 mm polished case is a thin calibre VMF 5401 designed and produced by the movement maker for Hermès timepieces, Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier (VMF) and modified by Marc Jenni to include the seconds-disc in each movement before final assemblage. The seconds-disc is a guilloche patterned facet rotating between the juxtaposition of horizontal and vertical striped guilloche dial. The iconic sub-dial symbolises the contra-body movement of the Viennese Waltz as well as Viennese sense of time, which seconds do not count. It waltzes in a circle and aligns with the guilloche dial once a minute. “The idea is to introduce a modern wristwatch with contemporary design but with a nod to Vienna’s historic past and respecting the city’s beauty and elegance,” Punkenhofer said. 

Waltz N°1 Skeleton

Launched in 2018, Waltz N°1 Skeleton is nominated for the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) in the category of artistic crafts. This is the second GPHG-nomination in two consecutive years for Carl Suchy & Söhne. It features a movement which is visible through the sophisticated skeletonised guilloche dial and transparent sapphire crystal case back. Punkenhofer said that the openwork dial can only be done by hand. Powering the movement is a gold-plated decentralised micro-rotor providing the watch with 42 hours of autonomy. The waist piece is tailored in either black or white and limited to five pieces. 

To bring glory back 

Punkenhofer plans to produce 75 pieces and open a concept store in Vienna this year. A collection that features gold dial and case will be introduced during the Basel fair this year, as a nod to the historical pocket watches. Platinum is out of his consideration despite its popularity in jewellery and watches due to the absence of aesthetical and technical contribution. He hopes to bring Carl Suchy & Söhne back to its glorious moments in the 19th century 

in future.

 

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