There are numerous and various styles of the ROLEX WATCH Souvenir Spoon by BUCHERER OF SWITZERLAND. In my collection there are eight (8) different variation of the Souvenir LUCERNE, Switzerland Spoon and a total of nine (9) variations of the BUCHERER ROLEX SOUVENIR SPOON. See picture 12 which shows 24 Lucerne Rolex Spoons displaying the nine (9) different variations.
This listing will be for the next to the rarest, which I designate Varation Number Two. I have had over 100 of the Rolex Watch Spoon by Bucherer. I have sold most of them and gave some as gifts. I now have only thirty-five (35) of these remaining. This listing will be for the next to the rarest of the 100 plus that I have owned. I only have two of these left. It has the Lion of Lucerne in the Bowl without the Lucerne name under the Lion, as Varation Number One had (it had the Lucerne name below the Lion). The later Rolex Spoon also has the "BUCHERER OF SWITZERLAND" on the back of the handle, which this one does not. The "BUCHERER OF SWITZERLAND" on the back of the handle, begin with Varation Number Three. Picture 12 shows the Lucerne Rolex Spoon that I will be listing. Since I took this picture I have found another Lucerne Rolex Spoon that was in a drawer. I will be listing all 35 Rolex Spoons.
ALL MY INFORMATION IS OFFERED AS A GUIDE TO COLLECTING BUCHERER ROLEX SPOONS. ALL MY OPINIONS AND RESEARCH IS JUST THAT, MINE. BUCHERER JEWELRY OF SWITZERLAND DOES NOT ENDORSE OR GUARANTEE MY STATEMENTS, SINCE THEY HAVE NO RECORDS SUPPORTING, VERIFYING OR DENYING MY RESEARCH.
This is a ROLEX WATCH souvenir spoon by BUCHERER OF SWITZERLAND. These are given out when you visit the ROLEX factory in Switzerland or purchase a ROLEX from one the BUCHERER Jewelry Stores in Switzerland.
TOP OF HANDLE: The crown of the handle has the ROLEX CROWN (logo) and below this "ROLEX". Below this is a Shield with a Rose. Below this is the name "BUCHERER". Below this is a banner with "WATCHES". On the handle is "LUCERNE".
HANDLE: The back of the handle has the Hallmark, "B 100 12". The front of the handle has "LUCERNE" .
BOWL: The Bowl has the Lion of Lucerne sculptor.
METAL: This spoon appears to be sterling silver, as it does tarnish. I do not know if it is solid sterling or sterling plated. I am under the impression that the early spoon were sterling silver and the later produced spoons are chrome nickle steel. I offer this information only as an observation and not as a fact.
SIZE: Four and one-fourth inches (4 1/4") in length.
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Rolex SA is a Swiss manufacturer of high-quality, luxury wristwatches. Rolex watches are popularly regarded as a Status Symbol and BusinessWeek magazine ranks Rolex #71 on its 2007 annual list of the 100 most valuable global brands. Rolex is also the largest single luxury watch brand, producing about 2,000 watches per day, with estimated revenues of around US$3 billion (£1.75) (3.02 CHF billion) (2003 figures).
In 1905 Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis founded "Wilsdorf and Davis" in London. Their main business at the time was importing Hermann Aegler's Swiss movements to England and placing them in quality watch cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were sold to jewellers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from Wilsdorf and Davis were usually hallmarked "W&D" inside the caseback.
In 1908 Wilsdorf registered the trademark "Rolex" and opened an office in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The company name "Rolex" was registered on 15 November 1915. The word was made up, but its origin is obscure. Wilsdorf was said to want his watch brand's name to be easily pronounceable in any language. He also thought that the name "Rolex" was onomatopoeic, sounding like a watch being wound. It was also short enough to fit on the face of a watch. One story, never confirmed by Wilsdorf, is that the name came from the French phrase horlogerie exquise, meaning "exquisite clockwork". The book The Best of Time: Rolex Wristwatches: An Unauthorized History by Jeffrey P. Hess and James Dowling says that the name was just made up.
In 1914 Kew Observatory awarded a Rolex watch a Class A precision certificate, a distinction which was normally awarded exclusively to marine chronometers.
In 1919 Wilsdorf moved the company to Geneva, Switzerland where it was established as the Rolex Watch Company. Its name was later changed to Montres Rolex, SA and finally Rolex, SA. The company moved out of the United Kingdom because taxes and export duties on the silver and gold used for the watch cases were driving costs too high.
Upon the death of his wife in 1944, Wilsdorf established the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation in which he left all of his Rolex shares, making sure that some of the company's income would go to charity. The company is still owned by a private trust and shares are not traded on any stock exchange.
In December 2008 the abrupt departure of Chief Executive Patrick Heiniger, for "personal reasons", was followed by a denial by the company that it had lost SwFr1 billion (approx £574 million, $900 million) invested with Bernard Madoff, the American asset manager who pleaded guilty to an approximately £30 billion worldwide Ponzi scheme fraud
Maker of Rolex Spoons: Bucherer of Switzerland
But Switzerland is not only known for its watches but also for its exquisite jewellery. Using only the most noble materials for their creations, most goldsmiths make unique pieces rather than factory-processed baubles.
Bucherer is a name the world recognizes. Carl-Friedrich Bucherer opened his first store in Lucerne, in 1888, thus laying the groundstone for this successful family enterprise. These days, this company is considered one of the leaders in its field, that is, watches and jewellery. Distinguished jewellery made of precious stones and perfect pearls line the windows. Most of it is made by the company's own goldsmiths, whose excellent reputation well precedes them
The Following Information is from the Bucherer website:
"Bucherer stores are located in some of the most beautiful and best-known shopping and downtown areas in Switzerland. Along with our main house in Lucerne, the "City of Lights", we have 14 other outlets located in the most exclusive addresses in Basel, Bern, Davos, Geneva, Lausanne, Locarno, Lugano, Interlaken, St. Gallen, St. Moritz, Zermatt und Zurich.
It was in 1888 that businessman and industrialist Carl-Friedrich Bucherer opened his first watch and jewelry store in Lucerne, Switzerland, thus laying the foundations for a successful family business. Today, more than one hundred years later, we are proud of the fact that BUCHERER leads the Swiss watch and jewelry retail sector.
The family-run business, steeped in tradition, is currently in its third generation and run by Jörg G. Bucherer, who is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. It has some 1100 employees. The name BUCHERER is known well beyond the borders of Switzerland and stands for quality at the very highest level. This is due firstly to our outstanding range, comprising almost 50 000 different items, and secondly to our staff, whose expertise, love of precious materials and company loyalty are exemplary. The pearl and gemstone creations designed and handcrafted in our own workshops likewise enjoy worldwide renown.
On top of this, we have ensured that we really are close to our customers by positioning our retail outlets in international shopping districts and world-famous resorts. Perhaps just as importantly, connoisseurs of fine jewelry and watches benefit greatly from the fact that we are retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers in one. We buy directly on the world markets, eliminating wholesalers, agents and other intermediaries, to offer our customers top-quality products at moderate prices. Creating benefit for you, the customer, is the touchstone of our corporate philosophy. And it is something you can count on."
Bucherer has been handing out the Rolex spoons since the 1950s. When a customer purchases a Rolex at Bucherer in Switzerland, they give him one of these Rolex Spoons. I was also given one of these Rolex Spoons when I visited the Rolex factory in Switzerland.
Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument), symbol of Lucerne
The Lion Monument was sculpted in the early 1800's by the Danish Artist Bertel Thorvaldson who was hired to sculpt a momument to the fallen Swiss Officers and Guards, numbering over 700 who were guarding King Louis XV1, Marie Antoinette and their children during the French Revolution.German: Löwendenkmal), or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France. The American writer Mark Twain (1835–1910) praised the sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world."
The Lion Monument (
From the early 17th century, a regiment of Swiss mercenaries had served as part of the Royal Household of France. On 6 October 1789, King Louis XVI had been forced to move with his family from the Palace of Versailles to the Tuileries Palace in Paris. In June 1791 he tried to flee abroad. In the 1792 10th of August Insurrection, revolutionaries stormed the palace. Fighting broke out spontaneously after the Royal Family had been escorted from the Tuileries to take refuge with the Legislative Assembly. The Swiss ran low on ammunition and were overwhelmed by superior numbers. A note written by the King has survived, ordering the Swiss to retire and return to their barracks, but this was only acted on after their position had become untenable.
Of the Swiss Guards defending the Tuileries, more than six hundred were killed during the fighting or massacred after surrender. An estimated two hundred more died in prison of their wounds or were killed during the September Massacres that followed. Apart from about a hundred Swiss who escaped from the Tuileries, the only survivors of the regiment were a 300 strong detachment which had been sent to Normandy a few days before August 10. The Swiss officers were mostly amongst those massacred, although Major Karl Josef von Bachmann — in command at the Tuileries — was formally tried and guillotined in September, still wearing his red uniform coat. However two surviving Swiss officers went on to reach senior rank under Napoleon.
The initiative to create the monument was taken by Karl Pfyffer von Altishofen, an officer of the Guards who had been on leave in Lucerne at that time of the fight. He began collecting money in 1818. The monument was designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, and finally hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn, in a former sandstone quarry near Lucerne.
The monument is dedicated Helvetiorum Fidei ac Virtuti ("To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss"). The dying lion is portrayed impaled by a spear, covering a shield bearing the fleur-de-lis of the French monarchy; beside him is another shield bearing the coat of arms of Switzerland. The inscription below the sculpture lists the names of the officers, and approximate numbers of the soldiers who died (DCCLX = 760), and survived (CCCL = 350).
Before completing the monument, the artist, Bertel Thorvaldsen, was told that not enough money had been raised to pay for his services and that he would not be fully paid for his work. Thorvaldsen wanted to make a public statement about his disdain for the situation. Out of respect for the fallen soldiers he chose not to damage the sculpture itself and decided instead to change the shape of the nook the lion lay inside. The outside edge remains in the shape of a pig to this day; a subtle but clear message of his feelings.