Looking Back: The History of the Iconic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.

“It takes more than money to wear the Royal Oak” A quote from Audemars Piguet’s marketing scheme for their Royal Oak in the 1970’s. The early 1970’s was a tough time for the Swiss watch industry. The “quartz crisis” crafted by the Japanese and their production of accurate, reliable and affordable battery watches held the Swiss watch industry in a head lock, with none of the Swiss brands having any idea of how to stop the dire drop in sales. Even the largest commercial brands such as Omega, Heuer and Rolex... Read More


The Earth Gem- Peridot August Birthstone

Summer is at its peak and green is the Pantone colour of the year, which means Peridot is the perfect gemstone to be wearing, it is also birthstone for August and the official stone to celebrate 15th wedding anniversaries. Rich green and yellow tones characterize this vivid gemstone along with its generally clear clarity and double refraction. The ancient Egyptians in particular favoured Peridot and referred to it as the ‘gem of the sun’. The intriguing stone can be found in lava, during shifts in the earths surface stones are... Read More


A Moment on the Wrist: the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk

“There’s something one should expect not only of a watch but also of oneself: to never stand still.” Walter Lange – The Honorary Chairman of A. Lange & Söhne who sadly passed away in January 2017. A. Lange & Söhne are a brand that require no introduction. Their history as the best producer of precision watchmaking that Germany has to offer and one of the best watchmakers in the world dates all the way back to 1845. In the quiet and secluded village of Glashütte, Ferdinand Adolph Lange took on 15 apprentices... Read More


The King of Gems- Ruby July Birthstone

Ruby also known as ‘The King of Gems’ translated from Sanscript, Ratnaraj. The statement red Ruby is birthstone for July, aswell as being the traditional stone given on 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. Part of the corundum mineral group of stones which includes Sapphire; Rubies are the most high value coloured stone on the market, with the highest per-carat price. At Owen & Robinson, we have one of the best selections of coloured stones in Leeds, and we can source any particular Ruby to suite all budgets. Colour Arguably the... Read More


‘A women needs ropes and ropes of pearls’ – Coco Chanel

Elegant and timeless, the Pearl is the birthstone of the month for June and the traditional choice for Third and Thirtieth anniversaries. Lustrous pearls are an ever popular choice, complimenting and adding a sense of classic style to any outfit. With natural, cultured, and a choice freshwater pearls in a variety of tones and sizes; the pearl is a classic favourite. Here at Owen and Robinson, we have a extensive selection of beautiful iridescent pearl jewellery from the classic Audrey Hepburn ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ inspired white string to everyday essential button studs. Alternative choices include... Read More


Emerald, The Greenery of Spring- May Birthstone

Vibrant and beautiful in fresh lush green hues, the Emerald has being a popular precious gemstone for centuries and coincides with the Pantone colour of the year for 2017- ‘Greenery’. Emeralds are a perfect stone to inject some colour into your spring/Summer wardrobe! Aswell as being the birthstone for may, Emerald is the traditional stone representing  20th and 35th wedding anniversaries. At Owen & Robinson we are lucky to have a wide selection of coloured stones. Vibrant Emeralds are set in combination with diamonds in a selection of traditional emerald cut designs,... Read More


Our New Brand: Analysing a Selection of In House Manufacture Movements from Frederique Constant

“Fully conceived, developed, produced, assembled, adjusted and encased in our workshops in Plan-les-Ouates, Switzerland, the manufacturing process requires extensive work –mostly done by hand.” – Frederique Constant on their in-house manufacture movements. Here at O&R Frederique Constant can be referred too as “the new kid on the block”. Having only stocked the brand for two weeks now, we are all new to the horological world of Frederique Constant. In these two weeks however we have been nothing but pleasantly surprised. The first thing that struck me was how young the... Read More


The Pink Star- April Birthstone Diamond

With the record breaking ‘Pink Star’ Diamond recently achieving the world wide highest auction selling price at $71 million dollars, coloured diamonds are increasingly being favoured as a unique and luxury choice. As Diamonds are the birthstone for April (Lucky you Aries and Taurus!) we take a look into the coloured varieties we have to offer at Owen & Robinson and the presence of coloured diamonds in the jewellery world.         The pink star is an impressive 59.60ct and oval cut, the vivid pink colour is extraordinarily rare and... Read More


A Moment on the Wrist: The Raymond Weil Freelancer Diver

“Watchmaking and sailing share the same values and requirements, such as performance, precision and innovation…” Elie Bernheim – CEO of Raymond Weil and Son of Raymond Weil Raymond Weil are a brand that always seem to be fighting a cause and stretching the horological margins that have been set for centuries. They do not apply to the traditional rule of “the more we add, the steeper the price” and offer some amazingly priced pieces, not many Swiss brands offer a gentlemen’s automatic steel watch for less then £1000, specially a... Read More