• Marcus Luttrell and CJ Charles

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    The incredible Marcus Luttrell was on hand during a recent dinner hosted by CJ Charles Jewelers and Panerai. His story of bravery and valor can be seen in the 2014 movie Lone Survivor and read below. The intimate gathering saw Donnie Edwards, Tej Gill, and Rafael Alvarez enjoying an excellent dinner and deep conversation. Marcus Luttrell is currently involved in two charities: The Lone Survivor Foundation, and The Boot Campaign. We urge you to join us in supporting his worthy causes. During the event CJ Charles Jewelers, The La Jolla Panerai Boutique and Officine Panerai dedicated a Panerai PAM 364 to Marcus Luttrell for his brave service.
    On June 28, 2005, Luttrell and SEAL Team 10 were assigned to a mission to kill or capture Ahmad Shah (nom de guerre Mohammad Ismail), a high-ranking Taliban leader responsible for killings in eastern Afghanistan and the Hindu-Kush mountains. The SEAL team was made up of Luttrell, Michael P. Murphy, Danny Dietz and Matthew Axelson. Luttrell and Axelson were the team’s snipers; Dietz was in charge of communications and Murphy the team leader. A group of goat herders stumbled upon the SEALs, the four SEALs immediately took control of the situation and discussed what to do with the herders. After taking a vote and basing their decision on ROE, Michael Murphy made the final decision to let them go. The herders were subsequently released and disappeared over the mountain ridge. Luttrell believed they immediately betrayed the team’s location to local Taliban forces and within an hour, the SEALs were engaged in an intense gun battle. In the ensuing battle, the rest of the SEAL team members were killed. Team leader Michael P. Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the battle. Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson, and Marcus were awarded the Navy Cross. An MH-47 Chinook helicopter was dispatched with a force consisting of SEALs and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment “Nightstalkers” to rescue the team, but the helicopter was shot down by an RPG. All 16 men on the Chinook were killed. Luttrell was the only survivor. Badly wounded, he managed to walk and crawl seven miles to evade capture. He was given shelter by an Afghan tribe, who alerted the Americans of his presence, and American forces finally rescued him six days after the gun battle. Following his physical recovery from Operation Redwing, Marcus went back and completed one more tour before being medically retired. He then wrote the book, Lone Survivor, to share the amazing story of his brothers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
    Operation Redwing events from Marcus Luttrell Biography
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  • SIHH 2014 Panerai

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    Panerai is doing some amazing things this year. They have dramatically increased the percentage of watches produced with Panerai in-house movements and are continuing their innovative approach with the addition of the highly limited Galileo Galilei's Pendulum Clock (PAM 500, 30 pieces) which is a wonderful representation of the importance of time keeping in the sciences. This reproduction of the first clock with a free escapement allowing for a clock that would add or lose mere seconds (compared to minutes) every day was a true breakthrough in horology. Watch collectors will also note the the Radiomir 3-Day pocket watches (PAM 447, PAM 529). We love the new Destro Panerai Luminor 1950 (PAM 557, PAM 559) and are very excited about the new Panerai Radiomir 1940 (PAM 518, PAM 519, PAM 520). The new versions of the Luminor feature the technically impressive Panerai 8-Day Power Reserve movement (PAM 560, PAM 561, PAM 562, PAM 563, PAM 564). These watches will be shipping later this year but please let us know which models you are interested in today. These SIHH 2014 Panerai models are very limited! As you know, we are in the midst of the most exciting watch event of the year. SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horologerie) 2014 is currently happening in Geneva. We are visiting all of our favorite brands to see the new 2014 watch models and are sharing all the news with you. You can see all of the 2014 SIHH watches on our Pinterest board, and follow the blog for more in depth discussion. See our previous post on A. Lange & Söhne. We will be updating the blog with more brands in the days to come, but please post any questions for our team in the comments. Panerai continues to impress the horological cognoscenti with their quest for perfection. This year the SIHH 2014 Panerai models have already received a ton of press. Perpetuelle, and A Blog to Watch had the first of many write ups on some of the new models.   [gallery ids="350,349,348,347,346,345,344,343,342,341,340,339,338"]

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  • SIHH 2014 A. Lange & Söhne

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    Right now we are at SIHH 2014, the biggest watch event of the year. SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horologerie) showcases the watches and timepieces that will be available for the coming year. The world has a chance to compare how watchmakers have managed to deftly combine art and engineering in amazing combinations. We will be sharing all the magic with you, we hope you can keep up! If you see anything you like, please let up know as son as possible. The most spectacular watches are extremely limited and we want to make sure our collectors are in the VIP section... not waiting in line. The SIHH 2014 A. Lange & Söhne show was very impressive. The German complication powerhouse continues to push forward with a number of innovations. Among the truly impressive array of fine timepieces, the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna is one of the most talked about watches of the year. Featuring a perpetual calendar with the Lange outsize date, a power-reserve of 14 days, and a constant-force escapement,  the orbital moon-phase display is visible from the sapphire case-back. The orbital moon-phase is stunning, it shows the location of the moon relative to the earth and the sun. This innovative complication is a stunning example of the excellent work consistently coming from A. Lange & Söhne. SIHH 2014 A Lange & Söhne  (6 of 23) SIHH 2014 A Lange & Söhne  (1 of 23) There are many other notable additions to the 2014 SIHH collection by A. Lange & Söhne such as the 1815 Tourbillon, the Grand Lange 1 Moonphase, the Lange 1 Toubillon Perpetual, the Lange Zeitwerk Striking Time, the 1815, and some new additions to the diamond set mechanical Saxonia line. Let us know what you think of the watches in the comments, and please contact us if you have any questions. Click through the gallery to see more pictures from A. Lange & Söhne and check out our Pinterest board to see all the 2014 SIHH watches in one place. [gallery ids="326,332,327,330,331,322,329,328,325,324,323,321,320,319,318,317,316,315,314,313,312,311"]

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  • Selling Your Estate Watch

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    If you are looking for help in selling your estate watch, CJ Charles Jewelers is the place to go. With almost 30 years of experience in buying and selling the finest timepieces and watches in the world, the team at CJ Charles promises a wonderful experience. The process is easy, fast and you leave the same day with cash.

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  • Panerai 1950 Bronzo PAM 507

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    The Panerai 1950 Bronzo is here. CJ Charles has a very limited number of the Panerai PAM507 1950 Submersible special edition. The first bronze edition, the Panerai PAM382, was released two years ago and proved incredibly popular. Joining the PAM382 as a limited edition for 2013, the PAM507 is limited to 1000 pieces and features a power reserve indicator on the dial. The special bronze case is unmistakeable and will make a few watch collectors very happy. CJ Charles Jewelers is always looking to purchase fine watches, especially Panerai, Rolex and Patek Philippe. CJ Charles Jewelers is located at 1135 Prospect Street and operates the La Jolla Panerai Boutique located next door. If you have any questions, contact the Panerai Boutique directly at 858.459.1950.  

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  • Jewelry Custom Orders

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    CJ Charles Jewelers has offered jewelry custom orders since establishing our La Jolla location in 1986. Although many people are familiar with the incredible jewelry and timepieces available, the ability to make jewelry custom orders is less well-known. Clients wishing for a special unique item can commission anything from our excellent designers. The master jewelers at CJ Charles take the time to make your dreams come to life with uncompromising quality and attention to detail. Our latest effort was re-setting a 6 carat radiant cut diamond. The client approved a beautiful platinum setting with full cut micropavé diamonds set in a halo around the center diamond and down the sides. Fiery fancy yellow radiant cut diamonds were to be set in 18k yellow gold on either side of the center, with full cut fancy yellow diamonds accenting the color. Choosing side diamonds is a process requiring time and effort. A staff Graduate Gemologist carefully sorts through a large pile of diamonds, rejecting the majority, before assembling a perfectly matched array. Once the diamonds are chosen, the next step of the jewelry custom order begins. The CJ Charles master jeweler hand makes a setting for the diamonds. Unlike most jewelry which uses calibrated sizes where prongs are bent to fit a diamond, all of our jewelry custom orders are made to fit the exact diamond which will end up gracing you or your loved one. This precision is much more time intensive but allows for a higher level of engineering, those ugly heavy prongs are necessary to counter the forces trying to move back into the position they were cast. A quality jewelry custom order will have delicate prongs that are less likely to move out of position in the future, keeping your diamond safe. We are so pleased with the outcome of this jewelry custom order. If you would like us to help you realize one of your dreams, please contact us today. [gallery type="rectangular" columns="2" link="none" ids="284,283,282,281"]

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  • More Pictures from the CJ Charles 2013 Holiday Party

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    The rest of the pictures from the 2013 CJ Charles Jewelers Holiday party are up! Party-goers sipped champagne and socialized in the beautiful showroom at 1135 Prospect St. in downtown La Jolla. Guests checked out the glittering jewels and compared notes on Christmas and Hannukah gifts. There were some whispered instructions to the hard-working staff, but we don't want to ruin any surprises so our lips are sealed! 

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  • 2013 CJ Charles Holiday Party

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    Each year CJ Charles Jewelers puts on a holiday party to celebrate the season and to thank their best clients for their support. This year was no different.

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  • San Diego Philanthropy: Pro Kids Celebrity Poker Challenge

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    On behalf of Triax Associates and Pro Kids, THANK YOU for your generosity which helped us to achieve great success at last night's San Diego Pro Kids Celebrity Poker Challenge.

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  • Anniversary Rings for Women

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    Anniversary rings for women are a popular choice when looking for a good anniversary gift. As engagement rings and wedding bands signify the beginning of a marriage, many people choose to mark the occasion of an anniversary with another ring. CJ Charles has a number of anniversary rings for women in stock at our La Jolla showroom or available for purchase online.

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