Friday, August 19, 2016

The new Chronoliner Blacksteel takes off

Posted by 4:20:00 AM in Breitling (30)

Breitling had just reinvented one of its popular models and come up with the new Chronoliner, boasting of its sophisticated ceramic bezel in a black steel casing, with a coordinating dial, black steel casing, and rubber stap. The revised version is simply a handsome and high-tech livery for a genuine flight captain's timepiece. The new Chronoliner Blacksteel is basically a triple timezone chronograph, which Breitling says got inspiration from a 1950s timepiece and thoroughly revised for an elegant all-black new ensemble, highlighting its iconic and enduring style. To preserve long-held traditions in aviator timepieces, the silver and white indications were legibly set against the dark background,  and to further ensure maximum clarity, the oversized hour markers and hands are luminescent. All functions, including flight time measurement and tri-timezone feature, are assuredly and precisely powered by a COSC-certified self-winding chronograph movement chronometer.
Breitling is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Viva La España

Posted by 4:00:00 AM in Carrera y Carrera (29)

Time and again, the exquisite Spanish firm Carrera y Carrera’s unparalleled passion to create breathtaking works of art in every jewelry piece continues to capture everyone’s heart. Take for instance the new El Retiro Collection, whose astounding pieces drew inspiration from the fascinating tale of the garden of the four seasons, which tells of the beautiful romance between two 19th century lovers, now brought into new light through magnificent pieces that integrate heritage, savoir-faire, and fervor. For winter, the Invierno pieces showcase how diamonds and white gold frolic under the glare of the Madrid sun and how the winter cold change dew into frost in the leaves, thus creating a radiantly white Spanish horizon. The rest of the collection include Primavera (for spring), Verano (for summer), and Otoño (for fall), which all feature similarly-astounding creations from Carrera Y Carrera.
Carrera Y Carrera is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

What’s hot this summer?

Posted by 4:00:00 AM in Corum (30)

Swiss luxury watchmaker Corum wants to amplify the heat this summer as it launches its new Limited Corum Bubble Luminova collection, flaunting the shimmering allure of mother-of-pearl dials and pushing the ante further with its SuperLuminova in a new line of sporty chic Bubble timepieces for him and her. Most notable are its new dials that showcase leaf-type hands with vastly-improved luminescent reflections using the brand’s SuperLuminova, creating an impressive image in white, black, or red. Equipped with CO 082 automatic movement, the new Corum Bubble Luminova watches are expertly crafted in stainless steel, the iconic bold domed antireflective sapphire crystal, with a 42- hour power reserve and vivid luminescence that’s perfect for night use. Truly, this new Bubble Lumina line is a sophisticated, uncanny mix of artistry and radiance for summer amusement.
Corum is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

A Promesse meant to be kept

Posted by 4:00:00 AM in Baume & Mercier (29)

With Baume & Mercier, a promise (in this case, a Promesse) is something to hold on to, or, more appropriately, wear! The illustrious Swiss watchmaker’s new Promesse collection is a classic-nouveau take for women’s timepieces, allowing the woman of today to partake of Baume & Mercier’s timeless tradition while enjoying modern day sophistication. Definitely meant to stand out from the rest due to its eccentric forms, Promesse highlights an original collection of designs featuring a subtle artistic cadence, delighting the wearer (and on-lookers) with an oval bezel cuddled within a smooth, round casing. Promesse watches are available in two very womanly 34mm and 30mm sizes.
Baume & Mercier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.

Strictly Vintage Military Time

Posted by 4:00:00 AM in Bell & Ross (29)

Watches are made not only to keep or tell the present time but, in fact, are also meant to capture moment of the past. This is likely the inspiration behind Bell & Ross’ Vintage military collection, which are designed to commemorate the earliest wristwatches used by pilots during the 1920s. Take for instance, the iconic pilot’s watch, the Bell & Ross WW1-92 Military watch, which was inspired by genuine military instruments of yesteryears. Looking at this watch can truly turn back the hands of time as it features Arabic numbers with a photo-flourescent coat, a black dial with silver hands, with time elements set apart to allow easy time reading, and the distinctive fluorescent triangle at 12 o'clock, which helps pilots to immediately achieve balance while in flight. 
Bell & Ross is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Spinning Ring

Posted by 11:10:00 AM in Wellendorf (31)

When you have given your partner all the expensive jewelry pieces around, it is difficult to think of what to give next. Not another solitaire diamond ring, which she has a dozen already. As it becomes harder to impress her with the next jewelry gift ideas, you can go for a signature renowned for being unique and luxurious. The Wellendorff Purple Ring features spinning rings that add a different allure to her collection. Consider its 18k gold and diamonds crafted in cold enamel. The spinning motion adds an elegant conversation piece for your lady. It has three lanes of moving element that mesmerize anyone who looks at it. If not the Magic Purple, you can select the Purple Wings, a more down-to-earth version, yet still impresses gawking eyes.
Wellendorff is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.

What Jewelry to Give her?

Posted by 11:00:00 AM in A. Jaffe (34)

Picking the right jewelry for your loved one isn’t all about luxury or trying to impress her with the most expensive piece. Although this is a good tactic if you have the resources, don’t just settle for the price as your basis of a diamond jewelry gift. More importantly, the jewelry should stand for something, a meaning that the two of you share. It can be a solitaire diamond that represents your one true love, or a sterling silver that exudes her uncomplicated lifestyle. It can also be a signature that you already have—an A. Jaffe, for instance—and now you want her to own one, too. Pairing jewelry is an age-old practice that need not to be explained: it’s a testament of two souls sharing something in common.
A. Jaffe is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.

The Right Watch for You

Posted by 11:00:00 AM in A. Lange & Sohne (28)

There are many factors to consider when buying a formal watch. Watch signatures like on A. Lange & Sohne is more than just a device that tells time; it is a lifestyle symbol that tells much about the owner. Dress watches exude a formal, corporate ambiance. Those who wear these are likely attuned to cultural things. On the other hand, sports watches represent people who love outdoor activities. These people are seen as outgoing and risk takers. Exclusive signatures are reserved for men who occupy an important position. They can be CEOs or business owners. There’s so much one can showcase to others by simply wearing the right watch. So, when buying one make sure it matches your style and personality. 
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Celebrate your Daughter’s Milestones

Posted by 11:00:00 AM in Aaron Basha (30)

Thinking of a jewelry gift idea? How about something that is at once novel, playful, and luxurious. Aaron Basha has a collection of ladybug bracelets, little charming jewelry pieces that you can wear in casual and formal gathering. These trivial pieces are perfect for moms who want to gift their daughters with something special, or the other way around. If ladybugs are not your thing, how about an evil eye? Not to scare you, the evil eye is a light-hearted take on naughtiness. Some mothers may find it the perfect item for their daughters. Or, you can go for something innocent—butterflies, frogs, and baby shoes. Here’s an idea: give your daughter an Aaron Basha charm every time she reaches a milestone from her tweener days to becoming a lovely lady.
Aaron Basha is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.

A Drama Story

Posted by 11:00:00 AM in Alex Sepkus (30)

Even the most ideal relationships do not go as planned, and in the end, the partners have to part ways. The reason can be varied, it can be personality differences, depression, and a third party. In case a relationship goes sour despite your best efforts to preserve it, should you ask your partner to return the Alex Sepkus that you gave him or her? Before you say “of course” think about it—that jewelry piece represents your relationship. It’s a testament that, once, you two have loved each other and promised each other the world. Sure, things didn’t work out, but so are many things in life. At the end of it, even if the relationship failed, you have that one symbol to remind you of a beautiful feeling.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Friday, August 05, 2016

The Vacheron Patrimony Traditionnelle Self-Winding

Posted by 11:45:00 AM in Vacheron Constantin (3)

Vacheron Constantin is one of the more renowned dress watch brands today and one of its favorite models is the 41mm Patrimony Traditionnelle Self-Winding. It has a 21st-Century appeal, while remaining elegantly conservative. One distinct feature is its ultra-thin calibre 1120, which is one of the three movements prized by watch collectors (the other two being, 920 and 2120). The Vacheron Constatin watch is also noted for helping generate a new Geneva Hallmark standard. The hallmark guarantees that the watch is assembled in the Canton of Geneva in Switzerland, and that the watch bear its unique production number. Other notable features of this watch include: the razor sharp look of the hands; reliable self-winding feature; and its discreet elegance, not too opulent to draw attention and not to boringly common.
Vacheron Constantin is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Caviar and Jewelry

Posted by 11:00:30 AM in Sloane Street (3)

The Sloane Street Caviar Collection is arguably the jewelry signature’s most impressive line. No two pieces are exactly alike, the jeweler claims. What makes the collection even more luxurious is the colorful play of the gemstones and how they are interwoven in the caviar pattern. The use of the name “caviar” itself suggests that this collection is reserved only for the most opulent customers. Incidentally, ever wonder why caviar, the fish egg concoction, is expensive? It’s because the fish used—the sturgeon—is sensitive to handle and it produces at a slower rate compared to other fishes. Likewise, sturgeons are illegal to fish in the Caspian Sea, the main source of caviar, so raw ingredients are rare. And although there are cheaper caviar alternatives already, they don’t have the glitz of buying the genuine article. Much like the Sloane Street Caviar, right?
Sloane Street is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Is this the Latest Most Inspiring Tudor Watch to Date?

Posted by 11:00:00 AM in Tudor (3)

The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze has been recently released by the company and, immediately, critics take note of the vintage-looking diver’s watch. Its innovative design is said to be the latest in Tudor’s evolution, while the overall style still maintains the heritage of the brand. Likewise, reviews point out the thoughtful details given to the design. It has a 1.7-inch case of bronze alloy. Unlike standard bronze that show a patina over time, Tudor uses a specially heated bronze-aluminum alloy with a brushed finish to achieve a balanced color. The beauty of bronze, according to Sven Olsen, general manager of Tudor UK, is that it will develop a vintage hue uniquely for different wearers.  "The key ingredient that affects the metal is the acid in your skin, meaning each watch will become slightly different,” he said.
Tudor is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.

A Stronger Way to Mount Gemstones

Posted by 11:00:00 AM in Steven Kretchmer (3)

Steven Kretchmer has a proprietary mounting technique called Tension-Set, which the jeweler claims makes stone mounting stronger. Likewise, the mounting process is also said to expose the diamond to more light, hence, giving the stone more radiance. So, how does this technique work? Instead of the traditional use of wires in prone settings, Tension-Set uses a compression force of 12,000 pounds per square inch to secure the stone on the mount. Specially heat-treated metal alloys, a trade secret by Steven Kretchmer, are said to hold the stone in place, and will not require regular tightening schedule. The Tension-Set patent also makes the jewelry piece comfortable to wear, avoiding scratching and clothe catching. Tension mounting is only available to Steven Kretchmer, which holds the exclusive global patent.
Steven Kretchmer is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

How to Match Earrings with your Dress

Posted by 11:00:00 AM in Suna Brothers (29)

Suna Bros. has one of the most elegant collections of earrings that can lighten up your outfit.  It’s a pity though if you don’t know how to pair earrings with the dress, so here are a few tips to maximize the glitz of a Suna Bros. pair of earrings. Wear the earrings in front of the mirror. This way, you can clearly see what other people will be seeing once you have the earrings. Is it any good? Ask a trusted friend for her opinion. Preferably, a friend with a fashion taste you admire. Match the color of the earrings with the color of your dress. It can be the same color 100% or within the same shade or hue range. Your earrings can also be a complimentary accent to your dress.
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Big Pendant for Big Show

Posted by 10:00:25 AM in Robert Procop (3)

Robert Procop features an impressive 35Oct Natural Green Beryl necklace that definitely adds glamor and allure to your outfit on a formal evening event. The big pendant item features a big green beryl stone mounted on rose gold lines and is said to be partly designed by, surprise! Angelina Jolie. The bold pendant is meant to be the centerpiece of your formal getup, so make sure to wear it properly. Make it the focal point, that is, free your neckline environs with eye obstacles. This means possibly going bare shoulder and wearing stud, thin earrings. You should also minimize what you wear on your wrists to avoid stealing the attention from the big pendant, which should be resting in confidence around your chest area. Also make sure to wear colors that match the green tone of this Robert Procop masterpiece.
Robert Procop is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Pippa Middleton makes Asscher Cut hot again

Posted by 10:00:10 AM in Royal Asscher (3)

Pippa Middleton has recently been engaged with her boyfriend, James Matthews. Pippa, the sister of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and wife to Prince William. She gave her big yes to him last July 17 as he proposed with a Royal Asscher diamond ring. The stone is reported to be 3 carats set in an octagonal halo of brilliant cuts. Asscher cut is similar to a square emerald diamond but with larger step facets and a higher crown, among others. It was first introduced in the 1920s, and, today, it is still preferred by a few elitists because the cut is less commonly seen today. However, Pippa’s Asscher cut diamond is expected to create a new interest in this diamond style, just as her sister created renewed interest in non-traditional engagement ring (she has a sapphire ring).
Royal Asscher is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Big, Bold Roberto Coin

Posted by 10:00:00 AM in Roberto Coin (31)

They’re anything but classic. Bold, otherworldly, ingenious, the Roberto Coin Garden Collection rings are meant to draw attention. The collection is said to have been inspired by the garden of the jeweler himself, where he and his wife would spend much of their day enjoying al fresco ambiance. They sure enjoy the garden feel if the rings are to be the benchmark. The stunning stones—diamonds, rubies, citrines, green garnets, tsavorites, and more—are fused in whimsical settings that mimic fauna and flora including butterflies, spiders, dragonflies, and full-blooming flowers. Interestingly, only Roberto Coin can turn a big black spider into something graceful and elegant as one ring depicts the insect in a sea of mums. Another Garden Collection ring shows a cornucopia of insects like a caterpillar and dragonflies in a floral universe.
Roberto Coin is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.

The Common Reason for Divorce

Posted by 10:00:00 AM in Precision Set (3)

What’s the number one factor for divorce in the US? We’d think it’s about money, but a recent study pointed to another, more compelling, reason behind marriage breakups in the country. According to the study conducted by Alexandra Killewald from Harvard University, the common factor is the unequal division of labor between the couple. How the husband and wife perceive as fair share of labor in their marriage, the study said, greatly influence the health of the relationship. Whether both are working, or the other one is left to care for the household, it’s the value of one’s labor that dictates fair share of labor. So, the next time we see couples exchanging vows and diamond rings like a Precision Set in a wedding, they might as well split the labor ahead in their lives.
Precision Set is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

The Other Rolex Watch

Posted by 10:00:00 AM in Rolex (3)

The Rolex Datejust is arguably one of the least talked about models of the luxury watch signature. And this may be good news for you. It means you’ll get more exclusivity brownie points since not too many wear the Datejust. So, what do you expect from this Rolex model? It has heritage, features a versatile style, and enjoys the quality workmanship of the brand. The first Datejust was launched in 1945, meriting the model a vintage feel. In fact, Datejust is the first wristwatch with a date window that automatically changes, a milestone in its time. Likewise, the watch is housed in Oyster case, a pioneer technology in waterproofing watches.  The Datejust has gone through numerous variations; the latest model features the Rolesor, a champagne dial, the jubilee bracelet, and the 3235 movement.
Rolex is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.


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