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“WSOP 2010” Championship Custom Bracelet

In: Bracelets, Works

Steve Soffa:
“In 2010, the World Series Of Poker decided that the WSOP Championship bracelet design would be awarded to me. I was chosen to design and manufacture the entire set of bracelets.”

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BRACELET VIEWS & WINNERS

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ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE DESIGN PROCESS

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Custom "SSE1100" Watch :: Designed by Steve Soffa for Collector (Brian)

“SSE1100” Custom Watch :: Design Inspired by Collector’s SS Bike

In: Watches / Timepieces, Works

Steve Soffa: “I created a custom timepiece for this gentleman (Brian) who wanted a watch that symbolized this SS bike. This was a very sentimental piece.  This bike was built to pay tribute to his friend that lost the battle to cancer. It was built to mirror his 1970 SS Chevelle muscle car, for which he did a phenomenal job.

This customized watch began with a pair of photographs he provided me of the tank art (1st and 2nd) and, shown 3rd, its finished creation as a virtual comp. He had called us and wanted an innovative piece that would be timeless.  He emailed me just two pictures and said “Steve, make me the baddest blue and black watch on the planet.”! So, that is what I did.”

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CASE STUDY

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“Bermani Jester” Custom Watch

In: Watches / Timepieces, Works

Steve Soffa:
“I received a phone call from a collector of mine named Terry who wanted to create a collectable timepiece for her son Paul; soon to be graduating from college. Paul is a fine air brush artist and his art and style are unique.
After brainstorming for a while, I came up with some ideas that lent themselves to her sonʼs artwork, as well as a timepiece design that suited his lifestyle. I asked Terry to send me his most recent artwork; a piece that he really loved. In the next screens, you can see the steps taken to design and create as well as the final timepiece.”

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CASE HISTORY

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“1970 SS Camaro” Custom Watch

In: Watches / Timepieces, Works

Steve Soffa:
“Master auto builder P.J. Davis was building his dream car from the frame up, and wanted to create a special edition timepiece to commemorate this personal concept car. He phoned and commissioned us to design a special timepiece to memorialize this special edition 1970 Camaro.”

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THE PROCESS

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“1950 Chevy” Custom Watch & Dog Tag Set

In: Watches / Timepieces, Works

Steve Soffa:
“As an avid muscle car fan, I have had my own eye set on this 1950 Chevy truck. This truck has character and brings back that nostalgic look beautifully. I wanted to design pieces that reminded me of how cool the 1950’s were. So stay tuned for the final design of my special edition truck.”

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THE PROCESS

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“Wizard” Custom Watch :: Design based on Collector’s Body Art

In: Watches / Timepieces, Works

Steve Soffa:
“The Wizard” began as a body tattoo on the collector’s leg… One of my long-time collectors decided to get this Wizard tattoo on his calf, at the Sturgis bike rally. When he showed me, his creativity immediately flowed and he got excited about the possibilities. I reminded him that this artistic tattoo has now become an important part of his personal brand… so let’s keep building on that and create a magnificent timepiece that will depict your new artwork… And away we went, beginning with a rendering of the tattoo image as a piece of ‘line art’, in order to be able to create the timepiece in three dimensions.”

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THE PROCESS

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“Suicide King Chopper” Customized Motorcycle Design

In: Automotive, Works

Steve Soffa:
“Designing the Suicide King Chopper was one of my personal ‘pet’ projects. I wanted to design a chopper that was all about the art. First came the Suicide King timepiece, which received accolades and awards, and became the official watch of the 2010 World Series of Poker as well as capturing the attention of the most discerning of collectors. I took all the key art elements of the King, and designed “a bike that royalty would appreciate.” Every inch of this chopper was custom-made. It boasts a 360 rear and all the artwork was hand etched and polished in to a candy red and black paint job. I had an amazing team to work with here, to achieve the ultimate look and feel of a King.”

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THE PROCESS

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“Flaming Diamond” Custom Ring

In: Rings, Works

Steve Soffa:
“This piece is designed to capture flames over diamonds and focusing on the center stone. This piece is crafted in 18KT white and rose gold, along with miniature skulls surrounding the center stone from the artwork ‘Lost Skulls.'”

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THE PROCESS

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“Shane” Custom Watch :: Specialty Design

In: Watches / Timepieces, Works

Steve Soffa:
“For this one, my collector asked me to design him an over-the-top watch, housing precious stones accompanied by a Swiss Tourbillon movement as well as other complicated movements…”

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THE PROCESS

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“The Mission Continues” Custom Watch :: for Charity Mission

In: Watches / Timepieces, Works

Steve Soffa:
“Another one of collector PJ Davis’s muscle cars was designed and built for a private collector of his own. His collector then called Davis and wanted to donate his car to a military charity.  As a former crew member of the U.S. Coast guard Davis was compelled him to help out.  Having ties with a former crew member who was personally aided by “The Mission Continues” charity was therefore an easy choice for Davis to choose this particular cause. This car was to be auctioned off, with all the proceeds  donated to “The Mission Continues ” for the continued efforts to help our veterans.

This was a very special car for a special cause and Davis felt that Soffa’s expertise in designing the perfect piece was in need.  Soffa designed a brilliant timepiece that commemorated our military and the freedom of being a U.S citizen. Only three limited edition pieces were manufactured. One piece went to The Mission Continues founder Eric Greitins (shown here with Soffa and you can get pics off of google), one piece went to P.J. Davis and the final piece went to the proud new owner of this custom Nova.”

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THE PROCESS

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“Kate” Custom Watch :: Design inspired by Collector’s Classic Car

In: Watches / Timepieces, Works

Steve Soffa:
“Master auto builder P.J. Davis designed an amazing 1932 roadster  for Major league baseball’s Cy Young Award-winner Roy “Doc” Halliday.  Davis  named the 1932 roadster  “Kate,” which dated back to days of the Old West, in which the real “Doc” Holliday’s girlfriend’s name was Kate. When Davis was approached for this project he rendered a blueprint of what it would look like.  With asked me to work my magic and design a sport style timepiece that would keep Kate timeless.”

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THE PROCESS

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“Anniversary” Custom Watch :: Design from Heirloom Photograph

In: Watches / Timepieces, Works

Steve Soffa:
“This all began with an heirloom photo showing a young couple, taken near the beginning of the 20th century. The children of the couple in the photo had met me at one of my exhibitions and wanted to design an heirloom that would memorialize their parents as they appeared in this photo. The only thing they still had was a photograph taken in the early 1900’s of their great grand parents.
To keep with the early 1900’s I designed a super thin, 18kt gold watch, with a 3D struck dial in 10kt gold, accompanied by a beautiful brown alligator strap.  I finished this masterpiece by engraving the case back, as this watch will be handed down for generations.”

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THE PROCESS

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“Andy Lakey Angel” Custom Watch :: Design produced for Charity in collaboration with the artist

In: Watches / Timepieces, Works

Steve Soffa:
“I was very honored to be chosen to be the first artist and designer to collaborate on a very innovative project with artist Andy Lakey. He was well known for his beautiful work creating Angels and adored by thousands of collectors. He was the most prolific artist in Japan, yet lived a quiet community in Southern California. One day he said to me, ‘Steve, my collectors all around the world embrace my Angels, and each person sees something unique in each one of them… you are the only one that I know and trust that can make my Angels fly timelessly.’

The Angel custom watch was a design produced in collaboration with artist Andy, whose 3 paintings shown became backgrounds for the watch art. He and I worked together in his studio for over a year and while his unfortunate departure from this life ceased our work on this project, I know there are Angels watching over him.”

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THE PROCESS

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“Aces” Custom Watch :: Design inspired by Chopper Art

In: Watches / Timepieces, Works

Steve Soffa:
“I have designed several custom pieces for this long-time collector, and the most recent art piece was to pay tribute to the artwork he had designed for his custom chopper. Every aspect of his artwork on the gas tank was drawn again to scale in proportion to a watch dial. This dial was cast in four dimensions combined with beautiful colors that were inlayed.”

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THE PROCESS

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“Viking” Custom Medallion :: Inspired by Collector’s Motorcyle Helmet Art

In: Earrings, Necklaces & Pendants, Works

Steve Soffa:
“Upon meeting this collector on a cruise line where I was exhibiting my new pieces, I discovered he has a true passion for the Viking. (How remarkable then, that we met at sea.) He wanted me to come up with a concept that incorporated his fervor for the Viking, and so he sent me one of his own motorcycle helmets, which he had custom airbrushed. From here, I designed an incredible pendant; the piece was completed in stages with the back plate hand-carved first, and then the Viking second, and then fused together with small spaces in between to show off the brilliant diamond work in any light. The Viking itself was finished to perfection with hand-needle finishing, accompanied by polishing areas only to accent the Viking. This entire masterpiece was crafted in 18KT white and yellow gold. I designed the back of the pendant to flow properly and meet the theme of the overall piece.”

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THE PROCESS

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“Spec Ops” Custom Ring & Dog Tag Set

In: Dogtags, Rings, Works

Steve Soffa:
“The owner of these pieces started to purchase my art works years ago. Our relationship has since flourished, and working together is always fun as the projects are very detailed. The “Spec Ops” ring and dog tag spawned from his speed boats and team logo. These pieces were crafted in an array of gold and designing the ring in different gold colors brought it to life. From there, we finished a beautiful 9-ounce solid gold bracelet. Each part of this custom bracelet was hand carved and cast in its final color, then set with stunning diamonds. The back of the bracelet was hand carved with a treasure map… and only I know where it lies!”

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THE PROCESS

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“Skull King” Custom Ring :: (RG1050)

In: Rings, Works

Steve Soffa:
“A custom ring in white gold, rose gold with white diamonds. This piece I designed to correlate with the Suicide King timepiece, with a bit more edge than the original Suicide King ring I designed. The Skull King is finished in White and Rose Gold with original artwork stemming from the King. And one of my signature details is the King in rose gold fused in the gallery of the ring along with a continuation at the bottom of the shank itself.”

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THE PROCESS

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“Lost Skulls” Custom Ring :: (CR9200LS)

In: Rings, Works

Steve Soffa:
“Mark Bradshaw, owner of the Hideaway Bar in Cave Creek, AZ and bike enthusiast, wanted to me design him a custom piece using a European cut center stone that was left to him as an heirloom. He wanted a sleek design that would showcase this beautiful stone with a bit of edge for his own unique personality and lifestyle.

This piece is designed in Platinum with white gold miniature skulls. The eyes are housed with blood red rubies set to perfection. This amazing ring was then finished in black rhodium and the white gold antiqued and hand finished.”

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THE PROCESS

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“Venetian” Custom Necklace

In: Earrings, Necklaces & Pendants, Works

Steve Soffa:
“As a birthday gift, this collector was planning a surprise party on a ship for his wonderful wife. The theme of the party: “Masquerade”. Since this was to be a surprise, both myself and my collector had to work in secrecy with regards to design and production stages of this work. I sketched out a concept, and then we went forward with the wax carving, to create a vintage pendant with matching earrings. The concept of the pendant was to make it resemble a vintage mirror with invisible set diamonds. The frame of the mirror is crafted in yellow gold, with meticulously placed colored stones such as the sapphires which accent this magnificent keepsake. The mask on top of the mirror would represent when a person looks in the mirror. As sometimes we all like to disguise ourselves and get lost in the moment.
Once we were finished, a plane was chartered for me to arrive and present this timeless gift of royalty at the party on the ship.”

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THE PROCESS

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“Kitty, Jodi & Amanda” Custom Dog Tags

In: Dogtags, Works

Steve Soffa:
“A very sentimental project. This collector wanted to enshrine her children in her own special way by creating beautiful dog tags that would sit side by side when worn. Because this collector had a love for the diamond shape, I designed two diamond dog tags that are distinctly different in the stone setting colors that represent each daughter. You may also notice the small emblem with numbers on them. These numbers represent the month and day each daughter was born. These lavish pieces were crafted in 14KT white gold, and set with over 14carats of black and white diamonds.”

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THE PROCESS

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“Hot Rod Skull” Custom Shifter Knob

In: Automotive, Works

Steve Soffa:
“Being around custom muscle car builders all my life, I designed this two-piece shifter knob in sterling silver. First, the piece had to be carved by hand in wax, then I designed it with a universal thread to fit on to a manual shifter knob. “

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"The Chiropractor" Custom Gun Grip designed by Steve Soffa

“The Chiropractor” Custom Gun Grip

In: Gun Grips, Works

Steve Soffa:
“An avid gun collector and enthusiast, one of my top collectors wanted me to design a piece that would set his 1911 firearm apart from others and truly make it his own collector’s piece. Wanting to push the envelope, I sent him a concept to create a custom gun grip. My collector being a chiropractor and appreciating the human skeletal anatomy, I thought it appropriate to design his gun grips that reflected his lifestyle — you will most likely notice, in my design, the skeletal hands that grip a spine. The grips are cast in Sterling silver, then antique finished by hand and accented with diamonds and rubies.”

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THE PROCESS

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“Players” Custom Dogtags

In: Dogtags, Works

Steve Soffa:
“As the designer of the WSOP bracelets, I also caught the attention of the Women’s Poker industry. I was commissioned by Womens Poker to design a collection that would appeal to the women’s poker lifestyle. These amazing pieces were designed to be crafted in either sterling silver or 14KT gold, contingent upon the desire of its owner.”

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“Lion” Pendant & Bracelet :: Finished Wax Carving

In: Bracelets, Earrings, Necklaces & Pendants, Works

Steve Soffa:
“The Lion wax carvings show the intricacies of how we create each design. This is no easy task and the synergy between myself and my Master Craftsman comes into play when we create the ultimate designs in stunning detail. Once finished, this piece will be cast in solid gold.”

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“Sun” Custom Watch :: Design Inspired by Corporate Logo

In: Watches / Timepieces, Works

Steve Soffa: “One of my long time collectors, Tony, owns over 15 unique timepieces made by me, and now wanted to design a timepiece in which his corporate brand could be the focus. A beautiful stainless steel timepiece was selected to bring out the bright colors of his artwork, and raising the sun in three dimensions added a special touch.”

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