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.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Paolo Costagli is a curious case of mixing New York City’s modern landscape with Florentine inspirations swimming in Venetia opulence and romance. In fact, it can literally be that. Paolo Costagli, the founder, grew up in Florence, Italy, fell in love with Venice, and settled in New York City to start his line of exquisite colorful fine jewelry. “Growing up in Florence, my mother would take me to Ponte Vecchio, and we would play a game where she would point to different gemstones and I would have to tell her what they were,” he said, cluing us in to where he got the inspiration for the signature. He recalled being influenced by the art and architecture that painted his hometown, the balance and creativity finding their way to the brand. Paolo Costagli is truly a classic fused with modernity.
Paolo Costagli is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Panerai, the elegant timepiece signature inspired by the Italian frogmen during world war two, is only expected to celebrate watch performance by endorsing one of the glamorous sports around: yacht race. The watch is renowned for its sea-worthiness and depth-defying abilities—it’s used by divers—so the Panerai Classics Yacht Challenge is the perfect showcase for the watch brand. The yacht race spans the blue waters from the Antilles to the Mediterranean. Aside from the Caribbean to Mediterranean crossing, the Panerai Classics will also make a stopover around the legendary Isle of Wight in the U.K., the only stage outside of the ocean-crossing route. Among the prized awards, winners of each stage are given exclusive Panerai watches with stage numbering and the location, such as: Moonbeam IV, Il Moro di Venezia I, ad Manitou and Siren.
Panerai is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Pearl jewelry is often associated with timeless elegance that evokes a vintage or classic appeal. You see one style and you see them all. However, like other jewelry, pearls can be trendy and, in fact, they do follow contemporary styles on how to wear them. One of the latest pearl trends is to wear multiple strands or layering different pearl sizes and colors over each other. We’ve seen this style in many a Hollywood red carpet event. Another trendy style is wearing chandelier pearl pieces, including shoulder-sweeping pearl earrings. Pearl bracelets and bangles are also making a splash in the fashion scene. Yet one more modern pearl style is putting an accent to a pearl necklace, for instance, a brooch or bow. Be creative on your pearl jewelry, especially if it’s a Mikimoto, which guarantees to get attention.
Mikimoto is available at Shreve & Co.in Post Street, San Francisco, Palo Alto, California, and Portland, Oregon.
It’s the very embodiment of the Parmigiani Fleurier style: the Tonda 1950 watch. The streamlined profile fused with seamless forms highlights the elegance and luxury of the brand . Tonda 1950 features a full-stone set in either a 39mm white or pink gold case. You also have five different round diamond sizes to choose for the dial, which are positioned meticulously with the smallest stone at the center and surrounded by larger diamonds. When struck by light, the diamonds create a stunning brilliance that rivals the most elegant jewelry diamond bracelets. On the technical side, Tonda 1950 houses a PF701 automatic movement and a 42-hour power reserve. The strap, meanwhile, can be a mother-of-pearl calfskin or rose gold links. This is a watch that you’d want to show off in a formal evening.
Parmigiani is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Literally, that is, because this Omega celebrates Earth Day by appropriating part of its sales to “save the planet.” The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra, a.k.a. “Goodplanet,” comes in two sizes featuring the timepiece signature’s Co-Axial caliber. It’s a good addition to your watch collection, especially that a portion of its proceeds will support the Goodplanet Foundation. Specifically, the watch supports two wildlife projects in Botswana in Africa. The watch’s case is made of grade 5 titanium and its lacquered dials are accented by blue elements to mirror the ocean’s hue. The watch—both sizes—has blue-coated nylon fabric strap with foldover clasps or polished, brushed titanium bracelets. Capping the design, the watch features a nonreflective sapphire crystal cover and screw-down crowns with the iconic Omega symbol.
Omega is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Choosing the right wedding gown can be stressful. There’s a wide array of styles, price ranges, and debate that come to the territory, not the least the amount of time you’ll need. Saying yes to a dress is much easier than otherwise; so, what if your partner chooses a style that you simply know doesn’t cut it. Instead of saying it’s ugly outright, there’s a way to tell her without hurting her feelings. Tell her that she looks better in another dress style. Cite how the other dress highlights her best-looking features and the Mémoire Bridal you’re buying, which the ugly dress cannot achieve. In this scenario, you’re drawing her attention away from the ugly dress and into her good-looking traits. Surely, she cannot argue about her good looks.
Mémoire Bridal is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
If you’re a fan of Roland Garros tournament, and you’re a woman with a taste for luxury, you’ll be happy to know that Longines has a special edition just for you. The Longines Conquest Roland Garros ladies watch celebrates tennis fans with emphasis on the prestigious French Open. The special watch model celebrates the clay court tournaments in Paris, with no less than Stefanie Graf, the brand’s Ambassador of Elegance and champion of the French Open, endorsing it. The watch features a quartz chronograph movement and has a round 36mm stainless steel case. It has a commemorative engraving of “Roland Garros Paris” on the caseback to showcase the exclusivity of this model. The stainless steel strap and rhodium-plated hands add to the glamor and durability of the Longines Conquest edition.
Longines is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.
Jewelry fashion is more than just purchasing a single item; it requires a good eye on which pieces are ideal to combine. One of the most elegant jewelry styles you can achieve is by combining yellow gold and sterling silver. Yellow gold provides that brilliance and luxury, gold being traditionally a symbol of opulence. But skin tones within the balanced range—in between the translucent white and pitch black—can diminish yellow gold’s brilliance because both the skin color and gold share a few hints of yellow. To counter this, a sterling silver positioned beside the yellow gold can help accentuate the gold. Likewise, silver’s neutral shine balances the “extravagance” of gold; thus, achieving a more pleasing style. If you want to create the silver-gold stunning combination, John Hardy’s Bracelet Bars are a good start.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Heading to the beach is no longer just about surfing and frolicking under the sun. Especially if you’re going to a luxurious resort, you need to remember the beach is also a showcase of the latest beachwear trends and style. That means wearing signature flip flops and donning wide-brim hats matched with oversized sunglasses. Skimpy bikinis are also hot, but you can use a chiffon beach cover up. Light and single-colored beach dresses are in style, while tassel sarong and playsuits are always pleasing to the eye. Don’t forget to wear the right jewelry; yes, you can add rustic but luxurious pieces to go beyond the bead bracelet-look. Marco Bicego’s travel-themed collections are a perfect example. They’re handcrafted and accentuated by pastel colored gemstones, which can give an added allure to your beach wear fashion.
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Asking for her yes is a day you want to be special and almost always the center of attraction is the ring. You want it to be extra luxurious like a Kwiat; however, the whole engagement event also involves other essentials to make the day memorable. The ring may be the focus, but the highlight is what you’ll be saying while holding it to her and you’re on your knees. “Will you marry me?” is cute but you can do better by personalizing the message. Likewise, the venue is important. You may want it extravagant with a lot of pomp or maybe you prefer to keep it simple, just the two of you enjoying the romantic moment. What you wear should also be taken into account, especially in the age of selfies. Remember you’ll be preserving the photos for years; surely, you don’t want to a silly rugged-looking you many years hence.
Kwiat is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Friday, May 06, 2016
Met Gala 2016 has come and gone and we, ordinary mortals, are left ogling at the glamorous fashion displayed by celebrities. One of the most exclusive social events in the Big Apple, Met Gala is the must-be and –be seen for many Hollywood celebrities. This year’s theme focuses on fashion “in the age of technology,” or whatever that means. Although the gowns are the centrepieces, the Met is also a big showroom for the best jewelry signatures worn by brand endorsers. One of the highlights is Demi Lovato’s Harry Kotler diamond earrings. The American singer/songwriter and model pairs the diamonds with a sunrise yellow, neo-tech inspired gown. The diamond earrings lend to the high-tech look a soft elegant touch and even highlighting Lovato’s deep brown eyes. Sometimes all it takes is a really nice pair of earrings to hit a fashion high note.
Harry Kotlar is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Remember the Reverso by Jaeger-LeCoultre, the watch with an art deco rectangular appeal that you can swivel? The reversible style became popular during the height of the British Empire, when watches were worn during polo plays. The Reverso allows players to protect the glass cover by swivelling the casing around. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso would become the face of this style, and to this day, the only luxury brand offering this design. Interestingly, CEO Daniel Reider said Reverso sales increased three years ago, signalling the watch trend towards vintage styles. To celebrate Reverso’s 85 years in the market, Jaeger-LeCoultre released an anniversary edition, featuring larger casing and fully automatic movements. Likewise, the wearer can customize the monoface and duoface of the watch. Owning a Reverso gives you that exclusivity appeal.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.
Pink diamonds are rare that wearing them lends to your style an exclusive and luxurious appeal. They are reserved for special occasions, and, unless it’s a wedding or engagement ring, you don’t wear pink diamonds to do your groceries. They are so exclusive that they are a favorite by Hollywood celebrities to brag about their engagement. Nick Cannon gave Mariah Carey a pink diamond ring when he proposed. Blake Lively also sports a pink diamond with a delicate setting. And, of course, who’d forget Ben Affleck’s pink diamond gift to Jennifer Lopez. The beauty of pink diamonds is, although they have color, they match almost any formal dress styles and hues, perhaps, save blue and its shades. Black or white, yellow or red, a formal dress will look even more stunning when paired with pink diamond ring or earrings. JB Star has a line of these ultra-glamorous diamond pieces.
JB Star is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
Hearts On Fire recently appointed a new global chief revenue officer in a move that aims to boost the company’s overall profits. The diamond company named Stephen Barraque to the new post last April to oversee Hearts On Fire’s commercial activities worldwide, including retail, sales teams, and business opportunities. Barraque brings to the table years of experience in managing fashion brands, such as, LVMH, Fossil, and Baume & Mercier. “We are so excited to welcome Stephane to our family at Hearts On Fire,” Caryl Capeci, company president, said. On his part, the new global chief revenue officer said Hearts On Fire’s value proposition combined with support from its parent company, Chow Tai Fook, gives the brand a strong market leeway in an industry “that is rapidly evolving toward omnichannel, a new definition of luxury and global branding.”
Hearts On Fire is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
IWC recently unveiled the Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher, its newest watch model. As with style trends today in the watch business, IWC’s newest design is an old iteration of a classic but adding a technological twist to the picture. Single pushers are as vintage as they get, a function used in pocket watches to start, stop, and reset time. The new model features a first for the signature: a single-button chronograph. Likewise, it is discrete, burying the pusher into the crown. The result is a neat clean chronograph with all its power, but with the luxurious appeal of a dress watch. The hand-wound function also adds nostalgia to the watch; some people find wounding their watch daily a soothing therapeutic break from the stress that clutter their days.
IWC is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.