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ABC Article Directory

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013


ABC Article Directory

One of the most popular models of Rolex is the Bubbleback. Launched in 1933, it was also one of the early Rolex models. The creation of this model was a significant event for Rolex because it featured the first AutoRotor. The AutoRotor signified Rolex’s success in developing a selfwinding movement. Today, the Bubbleback is one of the most sought after and collectible wristwatches in the world market because production was discontinued in the early 1960s.

How did Rolex Succeed in Creating the Bubbleback?

In the 1920s, numerous watchmaking companies were trying to create a selfwinding movement. They kept attempting to incorporate slight modifications to Harwood’s selfwinding watch that featured a no winding stem. However, Rolex was following altogether a different path. It experimented with its existing movements and looked for a new solution to the old challenge. Finally, in 1931, Rolex created the AutoRotor movement from an existing Aegler movement (subsidiary seconds Hunter 83/4”’). This invention resulted in a “perpetual motion” wherein the winding mass could turn smoothly both clockwise and counterclockwise and pivot a full 360 degrees on its staff in the center of the movement. In 1932, Rolex patented its first successful selfwinding perpetual wristwatch. One year later, the Rolex Bubbleback was introduced into the market. Due to unsuccessful attempts in the past and the resulting skepticism in the public eye, Rolex tried to publicize this new model as “the watch sensation of 1934”.

The fascinating historical marker is the watch never had “Bubbleback” engraved anywhere on it, and was never officially designated that title. Instead, it bore “Rolex Oyster Perpetual” just below the 12 o’clock position. How did it come to be known as “Bubbleback”? Well, the answer lies in its bubbleshaped, thicker case back. The thick AutoRotor led to an over sized mechanism which needed a thicker case. Another nick name for this model had been “Ovettone”. This Italian word means “little egg”. The earliest Bubbleback models featured a 3 piece case and a deeper case back. In 1936, Rolex rolled out two new models: 3131 and 3132. Both these models sported a new 2piece case and new modified movement 9 ”’. It is interesting to note that the early Bubbleback watches were the first Rolex models to be made available in the stainless steel material known as Steelium. Some models were also made available in Rolesor (steel and gold combination). The two terms, Steelium and Rolesor, were coined by Rolex and subsequently patented in 1931 and 1933 respectively.

A significant breakthrough took place in 1935 when the Bubbleback models were equipped with a new streamlined balance wheel known as the “Super Balance”. This improved the functioning of the AutoRotor. Rolex went one step further by marketing its Bubbleback models in three sizes so that they could appeal to men and women alike. However, no sweep version of the model was made available to the ladies. Later, in the 1950s, some Bubbleback models, such as model 5018, were introduced featuring “Bombe lugs”.

Many other modifications, cosmetically as well as technically, were introduced over time, finally leading to the development of a new Rolex model called “the Big Bubbleback”.

Gold Coins Antiques featured in Black Friday Auction

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013


Gold Coins Antiques featured in Black Friday Auction

Bid on over 1,300 items in this one day historic event with bidding starting at only $2 on most lots. Bid on over 1,300 items in this one day historic event with bidding starting at only $2 on most lots.

An exceptional Patek Philippe Geneve Watch is an auction highlight in the elite timepiece category. The was first started in 1839 and has remained a family owned business by four generations of the Stern since 1932. The company is Geneva oldest independent familyowned watch manufacturer. watches are quite exclusive with roughly 200 models created in small production series thereby guaranteeing their rarity. The Patek Phillippe is preowned, composed of a simple yet classic design of black leather band, steel case, and white face with black roman numerals. Another fine luxury watch for auction in GovernmentAuction horde of timepieces is a Men Rolex Oyster Watch. The watch is a vintage piece made of stainless steel with a white face.

Included with the multitude of jewelry pieces is a standout 27.04CT Pear Cut Blue Sapphire Diamond Ring. The ring is composed of 14k white gold with the large sapphire elevated above the band portion of the ring. The band enclosure is “V” shaped to match the proportions and composition of the main sapphire and is surrounded by 1.82CT of diamonds on the side.

In keeping with the luxury theme offered for auction is a “Claudia” Purse. The top purse is brand new from the factory and sure to be a bidding favorite. The top handle handbag is mainly white with leather straps and corners with the LV signature design prominently featured as a multicolored pattern throughout. The monogram multicolor is a creation of designer exclusively for Louis Vuitton. $10 Liberty Gold Coin. The “Eagles” as they are known are large coins composed of 90% gold and10% copper, which lends itself to the coins deep rich golden patina. This coin type was minted from 18661907 in Philadelphia. The front side of the coin features a golden coifed Lady Liberty with the majestic of the reverse.

In the antique category a spotlight lot is 47a Antique Regina Music Box. This stately piece has an automatic 27.5 inch disc changer circa 1900. The changer is incased in luscious mahogany with spindle railing on top of cabinet and carved corbels.

Additional auction highlights include a 2.65 Princess Cut Diamond Gemstone, Watch, Mills HiTop 5 Cent Slot Machine, National Cash Register Model 13 and more.

To view this auction please click the link below

, Louis Vuitton Handbags Gold Coins Friday, Nov 23, 2012 6:30 AM PacificFor additional information on any lot in the sale, call Debbie on 6618231543 or email info(at)governmentauction(dot)com.

Government Auction was founded as a general resource to buying assets such as jewelry , gemstones, memorabilia, collectibles, art, prints, antiques, and vehicles throughout the United States. Most people don realize there are hundreds of thousands of assets and valuables that are seized everyday and made available through various resources. Many of these confiscated assets are passed on to us for immediate liquidation. Some examples of how we acquire requisitioned objects are from bankruptcies, IRS, estate sales, trusts, and more.

Government Auction is the largest company of its kind and the only one in the United States that works closely with these agencies to acquire literally thousands of assets and confiscated goods, such as Ruby Gemstones, Sapphire Rings, and Men President Rolex Watches, Mercedes Benz, and Gold Coins. In most cases we acquire these treasures at a fraction of their actual retail value. Once acquired these items are liquidated through the auction site. Clients are made up of just the everyday person who wants to buy a Diamond Bracelet, Pearl Strand Necklace, Sterling Silver Pink Sapphire Earrings, Oval Cut Emerald Gemstone Parcel, Remington Bronze Reissue at an unbeatable price.

All assets that we offer are normally at a 30% 60% savings to the client. What this means is consumers are making a good investment immediately. By purchasing assets cheaply people can make a sizeable profit if they decide to resell it later on.

Isner Tops Anderson at Shanghai Rolex Masters

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Isner Tops Anderson at Shanghai Rolex Masters

SHANGHAI, China On a day when world number two and three Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray arrived in Shanghai, it was American John Isner who turned in the day’s most impressive win at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, 76 (3), 67 (8), 76 (7).

Recording 24 aces and landing 78percent of his first serve attempts, the eighthseeded Isner took the first set tiebreaker, before pushing Anderson to a match point opportunity in the second frame.

Anderson, who nailed 21 aces of his own, regrouped to take the second set, and with neither player able to break the others’ serve, the third set went the distance, with Anderson squandering three match point opportunities before falling to Isner, in what was the longestever match in the history of the Shanghai Rolex Masters (games played).

“I’m very, very happy to be through,” commented Isner. “I don’t care how it looks out there or on paper or whatever. I’ve one goal the rest of the year, and that’s to make the final eight . .

Converting on fourofnine break point opportunities, Nishikori, who is coming off a win last week in Tokyo and was a semifinalist in Shanghai in 2011, outclassed Wu, just three weeks after a wave of antiJapanese protests swept across the Chinese mainland.

“I played well last year, so there’s no reason to not play here,” added Nishikori. “I’m here to play tennis. Sports can make [people] all together. It has big power . . . I love to play here.”

Nishikori now moves on to face American Sam Querrey, while Isner awaits the winner of Richard Gasquet and Radek Stepanek, who defeated former world number one Lleyton Hewitt, 75, 61.

Joining Isner in the third round is Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, who upset seventhranked Juan Monaco, 64, 62, and tenthseeded Marin Cilic, who topped Slovak Martin Klizan, 75, 61.

In a battle for bragging rights across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwanese qualifier Lu YenHsun (pictured below) dominated mainland Chinese wild card Zhang Ze, 60, 62.

Needing just 53 minutes to advance, Lu snuck seven aces past Zhang, and capitalized on fiveofnine break point chances, setting a date with topseeded Roger Federer in the second round.

Also advancing to the second round are advancing to the second round are twelfthseeded Milos Raonic, who took out Australia’s Marinko Matosevic, 76 (4), 63, fifteenthseeded Giles Simon, who downed Austria’s Jurgen Melzer, 64, 62, Marcos Baghdatis, who ousted Italian Fabio Fognini, 62, 62, thirteenth seeded Stanislas Wawrinka, who dropped Spaniard Albert Ramos, 76 (1), 76 (5), 2011 semifinalist Feliciano Lopez, who avoided a scare from Colombia’s Alejandro Falla, 63, 16, 63, Germany’s Florian Mayer, who played past Australian Bernard Tomic, 64, 60, Serbian Viktor Troicki, who edged Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, 63, 26, 64, and Denis Istomin, who came from behind against Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq, 46, 62, 61.

Craig Ferrell Succumbs to Injuries

Thursday, June 20th, 2013


Craig Ferrell Succumbs to Injuries

Nancy Jaffer/For The StarLedgerDr. Craig Ferrell with his wife, Lorraine, left and Melanie Smith Taylor

Dr. Craig Ferrell was a top surgeon, but his caring spirit made him more than a physician who heals the body. Talking with him was always a special experience for the soul; he related on a deeply personal level with everyone, not just his patients. This man was deservedly beloved by so many, many people.

His death this morning from spine and neck injuries he suffered in a fall Thursday while playing polo will leave a hole in lives around the world. It’s impossible to believe such a vibrant and vital spirit is gone.

Dr. Olympic Committee.

He treated not only celebrities, such as country singer Trace Adkins, but also the biggest names in equestrian sport; most recently, McLain Ward, when he shattered his patella in January, and helped him get back on track for the Olympics.

“Dr Ferrell has been a friend for years now but in the past year he has been a saving grace for me,” McLain said in a statement.

“Through my injury, he has been a huge shoulder to lean on for my wife and I. Hearing the news of his accident has shaken us to our core. It is hard to express what this man has done for me over the past four months, thing’s like this should not happen to people like him.”

But Dr. Ferrell also did so much for countless others, whose names you would not recognize. I was one of them. When I got sick at a world championships or Olympics, he offered medicine and counsel. Last year, after he saw me limping around as I recovered from a broken leg, he volunteered to become a consultant, following my progress by email. And I know there are legions who could tell the same story.

I had a wonderful talk with him and his terrific wife, Lorraine, at Rolex Kentucky last month. Little did I know I would never speak to him again, and I am devastated.

Last week, his son, Aaron, and wife, Tanya, became the parents of Michael Canon Ferrell, a grandson who will know Craig only through the praise of others. Although the child will miss having a relationship with this incredible person, he still can learn so much by hearing about the life of caring that his grandfather led.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to BrightStone, 140 Southeast Parkway Court, Franklin, TN 37064.

Dr. Ferrell was a former board chairman of BrightStone, a facility catering to those with special needs, one of whom was his son, Jon. A donation there is proper tribute to the memory of a man who gave so much of himself.

Ten Preparations to Make before Interviewing

Sunday, June 16th, 2013


Ten Preparations to Make before Interviewing

1. First of all, know who the company is and what they do. You’ll be asked, “Have you heard of us?” and it is better to be able to respond in the positive. You can use the Internet to find out something about them. You look unprepared if you haven’t even taken the time to look them up.

2. Make sure that you can remember what you did on your last few jobs. It doesn’t look good if you are asked what the project was on a job you worked on recently and you can’t even remember what the project did, or the name of it (been there).

3. Study up on the skills that you know that they are looking for. You may well be questioned or even tested on those skills. Sometimes it’s difficult to remember much about something you did two years ago, but you’re going to have to. You’ll have to brush up on it again if you hope to get the job.

4. Make sure that you are dressed well but not too flash. A suit is good, but a Rolex watch and big gold rings aren’t. It goes without saying that an opennecked shirt with your chest hair hanging out will not look good. The same goes for women with opennecked shirts (except for the hair hanging out part).

5. Don’t set out for your interview in a Porsche or a sports car. If you have to, borrow a friend or spouse’s more sedate car. If you’re a contractor, you may earn more money than your prospective boss but don’t shove it in his face.

6. Don’t wait to leave home till five or ten minutes before you have to. You don’t want to be late. The first rule of salesmen is to never be late. And you are selling yourself, your services and your capabilities. On the other side, don’t show up too early or you may appear too eager.

7. Find out from the agency that sends you if they have sent someone else there for an interview and ask them to find out what the interview and the interviewers are like. The agent will be willing to help you even if they have put someone else in.

They are also likely to have spoken to the interviewers and can give you an opinion on them.

8. If you know someone at the company, contact them to get the rundown on the company and the people interviewing you. If you don’t know anyone, you might put out an email to your contacts to see if they know anyone inside the company.

9. Don’t go out drinking the night before, or to a restaurant that has food that might affect your presence. You’re likely to be nervous and might have had to rush to get there on time. You never know what is seeping through your pores and into the interviewer’s nostrils in the small enclosed room where you are being interviewed.

Some nonintrusive aftershave or perfume might be good.

10. Convince yourself that you are the best person for the job and that they will be lucky to get you. Your confidence will come through. You will get this confidence through thorough preparation for the interview. There’s nothing more irritating than failing an interview by not being able to answer something that you should have known especially if you have been out of work for a while.

Extra tip: Use the Internet to get as much background information as you can.

Remember IBM, Sun, Microsoft, etc all have sites. Don’t do your Internet investigation the night before the interview. Gerry McLaughlin has fulfilled every role in Software Development from Trainee Programmer through Systems and Business Analysis, Project Leader and Manager, Systems Manager and Chief Information Officer with a department of 80 people.

pigdog67’s Comments

Thursday, June 13th, 2013


pigdog67’s Comments

The trend of cutting social security with the demographics of an aging population will lead to an increasing gini coefficient. Now suppose that we achieve a society with 1000 people each having 40 billion dollars. So the entire wealth of the nation was held by these 3000 people. And they paid no taxes. And each was frugal and lived off 100,000 dollars per year. Would the velocity of money be zero?Also what would be the social implications? As our system is currently 70 percent consumption the GDP would basically collapse, by about 69 percentJust a thought experiment about the practical exigencies involved Is that what some would call an end game?

Apr 21 10:26 AMI really like the article. That said I find it interesting when people use ‘Median household income’ in such charts. Should Median household income be charted against sales of Rolex watches? John McCain owns 11 homes. If a large proportion of houses are being bought by people in the top 10 percent of income then the top 10 percent of income is better to look at than the medium income. They buy them and rent them out.

Mar 20 12:07 AMPaul I would be curious how many other large cap outliers like amazon exist. It seems like amazon grabs a piece of of every trendy thing that comes out. Cloud, kindle, cell phones whatever no specializationGives me impression they will do everything in a poor wayPersonally I look to buy from best in classHeck next amazon will be selling there own electric car?Frankly wanted to buy some things there as a one stop shop but when looked at delivery cost ended up ordering books from b free delivery and stopping by Office Depot for the other itemThen again could have made a fortune off amazon if knew why it keeps going up

Mar 5 11:24 PMIT how has the usa being doing for the past 30 years. 20k for medical insurance for s family of 4 for 1 yearWhy should anyone start a business here if it is a real free enterprise business and not on the doleHeard about the woman who spent 600k on her husbands cancer? What happened. And a European told me she goes to Europe for healthcare as she thinks it is betterBoth my daughters were born at Mayo clinic. I did not feel well served. One time we had a racist nurse. The other time a student doctorAt 18k a popLet me know if you ever decide to protest

Jan 17 07:12 PMMoon what about TCS. Tata consulting services. It’s companies like tcs that are creating big headaches for ibm. TCS is the next wave where chinese and Indian companies start beating on so called american multinationals. American multis have argued offshore the grunts to improve profits. But never offshore the ceo. But guys like tata are going to see that the CEO gets off shored. Actually the entire company. I love it. Look at Lenovo CEO from china and kicking hp butt. I have waited 30 years to see what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. IBM will be torn to pieces and so will hp

Events of the Isle of Wight

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Events of the Isle of Wight

The world’s paramount sailing event, featuring in the region of 1000 yachts and 8000 competitors. With its exciting racing schedule and varied shore side activities, Skandia Cowes Week offers something for everyone. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks display on the final evening.

The Rolex Fastnet Yacht Race (Starts Sun 12)

One of the toughest ocean races on the calendar, attracting over 250 yachts. The race commences at Cowes, goes past The Needles, then along the coast to the Irish Sea, round the Fastnet Rock and terminates in Plymouth. The race covers 608 miles and lasts up to 5 days.

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival (Sat 18 Sun 19)

Hosted at Newchurch Showground, this is one of the largest events on the Island and attracts around 25,000 visitors each year. Don’t be fooled by the name of the event, this is much more than just garlic. It is two days packed with food, drink, music, fun, attractions and much more. Don’t you dare miss it!

Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally (Fri 24 Mon 27)

Held at Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde, this is widely recognised as the biggest scooter event in the world. A funpacked weekend for the scooter enthusiast culminating with a round the Island rideout, this is an event that just has to be attended by every selfrespecting scooterist.

Mike Wong’s Highest Rated Comments Page 3

Sunday, June 9th, 2013


Mike Wong’s Highest Rated Comments Page 3

WisPokerGuy, Well said. Looking at the FACTS:AAPL went up from 420 to 644 because1. People expected another blowout 2Q12 not necessarily as good as 1Q 12, but similar earnings growth over 2Q112. People expected a blowout 2012 Annual growth over 2011Then, AAPL dropped from 644 to 5581. VZ (holy smokes, if everybody else dropped the same amount, and China didn’t .)2. Ensuing Panic sellingNow lets look at the facts:1. AAPL has NEVER come in under guidance. 2. AAPL has ONLY issed the most optimistic comments about their prospects.3. AAPL announced a dividend and a stock buy back.4. If AAPL was to come in BELOW guidance, don’t u think they have to warn ahead of time, or risk being sued?

Apr 23 11:04 AMTim,Your stocks high dividends are worth mentioning ONLY if they are sustainable. dollars.”. What you missed is that PWE revenues are in USD, and the decline actually helped INCREASE their recognized revenues in Canadian dollars. That kind of information is valuable to investors interested in capital preservation.