Friday, June 17, 2016
Carmen Jorda Buades is not your usual model. She’s beautiful, slender and has this fiery look—a stunner if you must. But all the stereotypes of a model stop right there. She’s after all a professional race driver, a development driver for the Renault F1 team. It’s no surprise then that Bell & Ross has picked her recently as the watch signature’s brand ambassador for its ladies watch collections. The move reinforces Bell & Ross’s direction to position the signature along the exciting and glamorous image of motor sports. For Jorda, the partnership couldn’t be more natural. " I fell in love with Bell & Ross brand back in February and particularly with the BR S collection,” she said. " They are unique and classic watches that convey strength as well as femininity.”
Bell & Ross is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Aaron Basha, the “magical” jewelry known for its collection of evil eye and baby shoe charms, has a new line of jewelry pendants. Called Hamsa, the collection takes inspiration from the folkloric apotropaic amulet that depicts the hand as a magical protection. Hamsa is Arabic for five, referring to the digits of the hand. In Jewish it’s called hamesh. It’s traditionally used as an amulet or decorative pendant. Aaron Basha transforms this item into cute little pendants that feature the hand in different styles, material and gemstone accents. There is a Hamsa in18k rose gold featuring a diamond and sapphire eye. Likewise, another Hamsa shows an 18k yellow gold with turquoise and diamond as the eye. Yet another Hamsa features an 18k light blue enamel with diamond accents.
Aaron Basha is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.
Buying a luxury watch isn’t just a fancy impulse. It has specific uses that go beyond telling you the time. One, you need not brag about your wealth or status; an expensive watch like A. Lange & Sohne will do the talking. Two, you showcase your fashion taste or cultural appreciation. This is especially true if, like an A. Lange & Sohne, the watch embodies heritage. Three, you love machines, even minute engineering piece like the gears and springs that move in unison. A luxury watch is almost always an engineering marvel, particularly for timepieces featuring Swiss movement. Fourth, you want to impress people. It’s like having a sports car only on a smaller scale. A watch signature never fails to draw the attention of your male friends.
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
When we think of what luxury jewelry to wear on a formal evening party, we often imagine classic elegance. Either we go for diamond or pearl piece to match our streamlined gown. Fancy, but nothing out of the ordinary. What happens is everybody tends to look similar. Just check any Oscars night and you get the picture. However, you can stand out and be different without looking ridiculously out of place. There are a number of luxury jewelry brands now that cater to your fancy but they still evoke that formal wear appeal. Signatures like Alex Sepkus—its dome rings and fancy necklaces are at once bold, different, yet still elegant. Our favorite? The 18k gold, rose cut and natural color diamond "Victorian" dome ring (5.4mm wide) matched with the 18k gold and diamond red coral necklace.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
We all love Baume & Mercier Capeland. They are functional and elegant at the same time. Each model in the collection expresses a complicated, sophisticated look powered by its chronograph function. Just when we thought we’ve seen all the bells and whistles of the Capeland line comes the latest from Baume & Mercier: the limited edition Capeland Shelby Cobra timepiece. A first look and you know this one is for keeps, a collectible piece with its vintage appeal. The exclusive watch model is based on the Shelby Cobra race car that won the 1963 Sebring, a grueling 12-hour race event. The watch has the same black and yellow livery of the CSX 2128 race car. Likewise, the watch’s dial design is patterned after the Cobra’s dashboard with the addition of the Cobra emblem as counterweight to the seconds hand. It sure is a nice addition to your collectible watches.
Baume & Mercier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Choosing the right wedding ring should be planned ahead so you make sure you end up with the band you’ll love for the rest of your life (or marriage, at least). First, start the research early, as far a year ahead from the big day. Second, narrow down your choices. Do you want a platinum or gold? Yellow or white gold? It’s easier to choose from a smaller set of options. Third, work around a budget. There’s no point thinking about platinum if you can only afford gold. Fourth, think about the future. Your preferred style may be trendy now, but what of ten years from now? If you’re unsure about style a classic design like an A. Jaffe wedding band is a safe bet. Lastly, only buy from an authorized seller.
A. Jaffe is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
Your wedding rings don’t have to match if you have differing style choices. It may sound the marriage is off to a bad start because you can’t agree on a similar wedding band, but no. In fact, quite the opposite, having your own style each is a good sign of a healthy respect for each other. So, if you want yellow gold because it matches your fair skin, go ahead and get a yellow gold ring. If platinum is his choice, no problem. Both of you may like Suna Bros. but in different styles. Go ahead. What’s more important is you have an inscription in both rings that bond them together. Maybe the wedding date or your initials engraved on your partner’s ring and vice-versa. On a symbolic note, your respect and love towards each other are what make the rings special.
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Who says diver’s watches have to be bulky, rugged, and bold? They can be classy and luxurious, too. Yes, they can carry the Tudor elegance. The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze is arguably the classiest diver’s watch around. The 43mm bronze case is matched by a light aged brown fabric strap and matt brown disc, giving the watch a vintage air. The watch features a proprietary mechanical movement developed by Tudor and certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute. Likewise, it is protected by a high-performance aluminum bronze alloy with brushed finishes and housing twenty-five jewels. The watch can dive to as deep as 660 feet or 200m. It’s an elegant and high-function diver’s watch that you can show off and depend on during weekend out-of-town diving gigs.
Tudor is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
Luxury watches can go beyond elegance and opulence and be oddly beautiful. Take Vacheron Constantin Metiers D’Art, a timepiece collection depicting artworks in watches. This Vacheron Constantin line showcases not just the art, but talent and outstanding expertise of the brand’s watchmaker. The designs are out-of-the-box ideas. For instance, the Elegance Sartoriale-Herringbone Pattern showcases a smaller watch inside the case and is placed off-center right. On the other hand, the Mecaniques Gravees assembles a mechanical artwork as a dial backdrop. Meanwhile, Lady Kalla features an elongated watch in a glass-like casing. There are more odd but elegant styles that will challenge your norm of a luxury watch. The watches feature Swiss movement with manual winding and water resistant up to 3 bars. These are eccentric designs that reflect your desire to stand out and be different.
Vacheron Constantin is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Wellendorff recently opened a boutique in San Francisco, it’s first in the U.S. Although the company has been manufacturing its signature rope-like made from wafer-thin gold filaments and spinning rings made of colorful enamel and diamond for over a century now, it’s only lately that the brand takes on the American market. The great-great grandson of the founder, Christoph Wellendorff, admitted San Francisco is an ideal place for an acquired taste like Wellendorff. “I came back for business reasons 45 times in my life and my love for SF grew even more as I began to appreciate and understand American wine and the American kitchen. We’ve created a Wellendorff family here in San Francisco,” he said. Wellendorff are fancy luxury jewelry that has had adorned royalties and nobilities of Europe.
Wellendorff is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, June 03, 2016
Yellow gold is classic and almost always lends to you an elegant, sophisticated style. Almost, because if you wear it wrongly, like any other jewelry, yellow gold distracts rather than adds to your allure. Here are a few tips on how to wear yellow gold properly. First, let the piece shine. Wearing too many pieces may hinder each piece to show off its potential. Instead, keep the pieces at a minimum, like 2-3 different yellow gold pieces at one time. Second, mix and match yellow gold with other gold colors like rose and white. The other gold color can provide the accent to highlight the yellow tone. Third, be bold if you have to. This means wearing a statement piece, for instance, a Steven Kretchmer 24k Gold Collection, tells others that you’re sophisticatedly rich.
Steven Kretchmer is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Ever wonder why Italians are good at design, whether it’s automobiles, furniture, the dome of the church, or, yes, jewelry? Unlike Scandinavian, Swiss, or German designs, which follow a cohesive style much like a clockwork precision engineering, Italians go for drama. They play around emotions more than structural patterns or formulaic principles. The result is an unpredictable yet fiery style that triggers subtle emotional response from us. This is also true for Roberto Coin. Its Coin Classics are the embodiment of Italian passion. Simple lines punctuated by unexpected accents, collections that are as varied yet beautiful as vintage and contemporary are apart yet alluring. Roberto Coin prides itself not just as a top jewelry brand, but a culture that defines your lifestyle and fashion taste.
Roberto Coin is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Rolex isn’t only a luxury watch. It’s a luxury lifestyle brand. The signature goes beyond the highly precise Swiss engineering that moves the watch’s parts or the high-grade workmanship that defines the timepiece’s make. Rather, Rolex rubs onto the wearer an air of prestige, a mark of status. In fact, the brand is synonymous to another luxury lifestyle icon, yacht racing. The watch has been the sponsor of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for the longest time and this year, it is prepping yet again a memorable competition for Australia’s most prestigious blue water race around the south coast of the country. Yacht racing perfectly complements Rolex because, like the watch, the sports is not just a symbol of luxury, but also a testament of hard work and efficiency, where each member, each part of the boat, has to be in perfect unison with the rest to work.
Rolex is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
When Mark Zuckerberg married Priscilla Chan in 2012 all eyes were not just on the couple, but on that “cheap” ring. Some people were aghast why one of the world’s richest billionaires gave his wife, not an expensive diamond ring, but a ruby ring that “only” cost $25,000. This from the man who has built one of the world’s top ten most valued companies. But a close inspection, the ring isn’t really “cheap”. It’s a Royal Asscher, a world-famous luxury jewelry brand that specializes on rubies and diamonds. In fact, the name is a legacy, the family dynasty with 160 years of heritage to its claim to fame. Besides, the Asscher Zuckerberg gave to Chan is special: he designed it himself. Asked why ruby, the Facebook owner said it’s because red has an emotional meaning in Asia, referring to his wife’s Chinese ethnicity.
Royal Asscheris available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Many luxury jewelry brands are defined by heritage that has been passed down through generations from father to son and so on. Usually, the founder would start the brand as a small company, focusing on perfecting the art side. Then, the son would expand the operations until succeeding generations would transform the brand into an established asset built on the original founder’s creativity. For Sloane Street, however, the generational story may be too long a wait. Instead, the mother and daughter founders eagerly started working together to release one of the world’s most promising luxury jewelry brands today. Their chemistry is evident in the Sloane Street collections like the Caviar. Blues, pinks, and greens are played out subtly, interlaced with 18k yellow gold. The result is somewhere between a classic and contemporary, a real tease to the eye.
Sloane Street is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, May 27, 2016
With a slew of luxury watches in the market, it’s hard to choose which one is for you. There are not fast rules which one is better, but you can look at the signature’s value propositions as basis for purchase. Let’s take a look at Patek Philippe, for example. Collectors like it because it’s scarce. In fact, no more than a million Patek Philippe have been manufactured since 1839. The design details also matter. A watch like Patek Philippe is hand finished, that is, the watch is given minute attention and a personal approach in design that no automated process can match. And here’s where Patek Philippe truly shines: its resale value is higher than other signature watches. In fact, that’s the main value proposition of the watch—you don’t own it, you’re just taking care of it for the next generations.
Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
What do Samarkand and Venice have in common? Both had impressive architecture and heritage that made them at one time one of the world’s most dynamic and beautiful cities at the height of the Silk Road era. Both are also the inspiration for the Piaget “Secrets & Lights—A Mythical Journey” collection, which attempts to echo the romance and nostalgia of the Silk Road route from Samarkand to Venice. Specifically, the 30-mm Limelight Secret Watch features 18k pink gold case, with 449 brilliant-cut diamonds and mother-of-pearl dial. A Mythical Journey logo is engraved at the case-back. But this piece isn’t only a beauty, but a sophisticated engineering at its core. The watch houses the Manufacture Piaget 57P quartz movement for precision timekeeping. A hand-finished pink gold strap with interlocking chains adds to the overall glamor of the watch.
Piaget is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
You should look at luxury jewelry like Precision Set, not as a spur-of-the-moment purchase, but a long-term investment, too. They can be an asset since their precious metal and stones tend to gain value over time. So from this perspective, each luxury jewelry buy should build on your previous purchases. You start with identifying the most essential pieces to buy, and from there, add more variants to these fundamental jewelry pieces. The five most essential luxury jewelry are: droplet, chandelier, and stud earrings, a long and short necklace, three types of pendants, a bold and thin bracelet, and a nostalgic ring (your wedding and engagement piece) and a casual ring (that is, it has no meaningful event). Once you’ve collected all these items, you now have a starter jewelry set. Your next purchases will just be adding new styles or variants for each item to expand the mixing and matching of luxury jewelry pieces.
Precision Set is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
She is known for her movies, as an UN ambassador involved in child protection advocacies, and as the wife to Brad Pitt. But Angelina Jolie can also take credit as a jewelry designer, at least, that’s the claim of Robert Procop, a luxury jewelry brand. Robert Procop created the “Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent Ring” and officially credited the actress as a design partner. However that means, Jolie may have this creative side not known to her fans. The Robert Procop ring was worn by the actress at the premiere night of “Maleficent,” which quickly caught the attention of paparazzi. It features yellow gold and a black gemstone inspired by the dramatic aesthetic of Jolie’s character in the movie. If there’s one characteristic that defines this ring and, indeed, inspired by the actress, it’s the fact that Robert Procop committed to donate 100% of the profits to charity.
Robert Procop is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Signature jewelry is a function of luxury and personal taste, and, as expected, its customers are often the same people who go for repeat purchases. If you’re the typical luxury jewelry buyer, it’s likely you have a favorite brand and you stick to it for the longest time. This thinking makes sense if you’ve found a brand that complements your style. However, the downside is you may reach a saturation point, where your style becomes stagnant and boring. So, to counter this, why not open yourself to other jewelry brands that are equally, if not better, elegant and exclusive. Newer brands like Penny Preville combine elegance, fashion trends, and innovation. What it lacks for heritage, it makes up for high-quality workmanship and unique designs. In fact, the signature has been seen not a few times worn by celebrities in major Hollywood events.
Penny Preville is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.