Saturday, July 04, 2015
In Greek mythology, Hyacinth is a divine hero from Greek mythology and is identified closely with archery god Apollo, that when he died, Apollo created a flower from his blood, the hyacinth. Victorians are known to adore this flower for its fresh, lasting fragrance; they also devised a planting method by painstakingly arranging them in low beds, one color each per row. Probably inspired by the same Victorian reverence for the plant, Mikimoto used different colored gemstones combined with Baroque pearls to create its new Hyacinthia necklace and earrings. The necklace was patterned after the flower it was named after, with astounding 22mm Baroque South Sea cultured pearls, 2.14ct pink sapphire, and 33.57ct tumbled tanzanite elegantly framed in 24.78ct diamond asymmetrical vines set in platinum. The earrings provide the perfect complement of Baroque South Sea cultured pearls and tumbled tanzanite.
See the Hyacynthia now at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon, an authorized Mikimoto seller.
Piaget reaches another significant milestone in its illustrious watch-making legacy. Its best-selling, ultra-thin Altiplano timepieces are now endowed with an equally stunning gold bracelet, further elevating this line in the "must-have" category of sophisticated watches. Meant to cater to fans of casual trendy fashion, the new Altiplano features both white gold and rose gold designs, a polished gem-set bezel, two distinct diameters, perfect for women and men. Akin to all Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget movements, this new Altiplano is available in both 34mm and 38mm, has a 534P automatic mechanical movement, a 42-hour power reserve, and a highly flexible bracelet which gives the wearer unparalleled comfort. Like any Piaget timepiece, its overall make bears the watchmaker's sophisticated watchmaking tradition that features its famous rounded Côtes de Genève shapes, integrated clasp, beveled bridges, soft lines, circular-grained bottom plate, and ideal ergonomics, all of which contribute to its elegant individuality.
Get the new Piaget Altiplano at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California, an authorized Piaget dealer.
I remembered watching the film "In Time" (2011), where people live in a world where everyone stops aging at 25, where time is the absolute currency. People are genetically engineered to die at that age but are given one year allowance to fight for survival. For the rich, though, immorality is almost a birth right as they can buy as much time as they want. Good thing, though, our reality is far such fiction, well sort of, as we have people who collect exceptional timepieces and the exceptional watchmaker that creates highly-collectible pieces, like Panerai. Its timepieces are famous for their extraordinarily compelling appearances, made in only a few pieces, and offered annually in completely one-of-a-kind editions and styles, without any recognizable design as the latter year's. Every Panerai timepiece is a unique world of its own, thus its high "collectability" value, just like the recently launched Luminor Base Logo Acciaio, with only 500 units.
No one can buy time, but anyone can collect exceptional timepieces like Panerai, available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
While everybody's got their sights firmly in the future, Patek Philippe is looking the other way around. In fact, this consummate watchmaker even made a series of eight special timepieces to commemorate its 150 years of phenomenal watchmaking. Designed with profound respect for tradition, every piece was made in a limited series, with the instruments used to create them were eradicated. The acclaimed Calibre 89 leads the few Grande Complication models included in this compendium, to capture the vivid statement of the watchmaker's technical transformation. The collection also includes the intricately-shaped Impériales (ca. 19th century), the officer’s Campaign watch of World War One, and the stately tonneau-shaped line of timepieces that represents the enchanting Art Deco era.
So come and join Patek Philippe in its journey back in time with this limited edition watches. Get yours at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California, an authorized seller of Patek Philippe.
In 2005, Bell & Ross founders Bruno Belamich (the “Bell” part) and Carlos Rosillo (the “Ross”) introduced their very first square timepiece — the BR-01 — which was meant to initiate a monumental push to achieve brand awareness for this Paris-based watchmaker. BR-01 was the fitting outcome for the highly-elaborate collaboration between the company with space and aircraft engineers to develop luxury timepieces designed for extreme environments. This square watch was earmarked to be used by airline pilots, deep-sea divers, bomb disposal experts and astronauts. Its notable features include an original exceptionally large 46mm square casing with hour-minute-second display, multi-style case metal designs, anti-reflection sapphire crystal glass, and 100m water resistance capacity. This watch is not only extremely sturdy and very functional but also exceptionally stylish as recognized by top fashion magazines like Esquire, GQ and Elle.
Get your iconic Bell & Ross BR-01 at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Baume & Mercier offers a range of luxury watches that deciding which to buy can be daunting. The Clifton in leather straps is timeless and exudes experience. Classima, on the other hand, has serious simplicity that says you're a man with a straightforward outlook in life. It evokes confidence without being demanding. Meanwhile, Capeland has more robust features and sporty look. It's ideal for men who love weekend adventures. The Hampton has an opposite character; it says that the man is traditional, someone who knows he's being looked up to as a man of rules. All collections have varying specifications from strap material, movement, and case shape. If you can't decide which collection to choose, the Baume & Mercier website has a watchfinder app that takes you on a step-by-step process.
Baume & Mercier is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
What can be the most ideal brand partner to a sports event reserved for the elite and privileged few than an equally luxurious watch brand. Longines, the high luxury watchmaker, recently became the Title Partner of three prominent grandslam show jumping equestrian events. The events are now known as the Longines Masters of Los Angeles, the Longines Masters of Paris, and Longines Masters of Hong Kong. The brand is also the official timekeeper and watch of the events. Moreover, two special internal events carry the luxury brand: the Longines Speed Challenge and the Longines Grand Prix. The timepiece is no stranger to equestrian sports, having shown a passion for the sports since 1878. Today, it's the luxury brand attached to show jumping, flat racing, and eventing.
Longines is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Corum is known for its popular high-end collections like the Admirals Cup and Golden Bridge, highlighted by its double tourbillons. The watchmaker, though, has a fun side. In fact, in 2000 it launched a limited edition called the Corum Bubble, which gained a following when it was featured as "most fitting for Halloween." With oversized numerals, a bold monochromatic case and strap, and an embossed case that mimics a bubble about to burst, the watch model seemed odd for the company that has produced the Admiral Cup. In fact, Corum might have felt the same oddity that it pulled the Bubble after a while. Years hence and perhaps having received numerous inquiries about the fun watch, the company decided to put Corum Bubble back.
Corum is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
It's trendy and hot and it's a Parmigiani Fleurier. The Tonda 1950 features jubilant colorful straps that complement a graphic finish and the simplicity of the dial design. The lively technicolor style evokes the exuberant feel of summer and a trendy showcase to match your colorful casual dresses. The strap is made from either an alligator scale skin or a smooth or stamped calfskin. The strap is likewise overlaid with silver for added luxury and accented with a fuchsia tone. Moreover, the Tonda 1950's metallic hints make it a pop classic that transforms your everyday summer look into a stunning style. The style is flexible; you can wear it on a semi-formal dress one day or as a beachwear accessory on another day. It's a radiant watch for the hot days ahead.
Parmigiani Fleurier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
The Rendez-Vous Ivy Tourbillon by Jaeger Lecoultre is a masterpiece, a one-of-a-kind timepiece. It's hard to tell if it's a precision-engineered watch or a highly styled art-form. It fuses high jewelry craftsmanship and fine watchmaking, using the emblematic symbol of ivy for vitality and eternity. Ivy, perhaps, because the watch is designed to last forever, its tourbillon mechanism at the core guarantees the complication maintains precise and eternal movement. The ivy design creates an illusion of an outward bloom that adds charm to this purple watch. Furthermore, the organic lacework are highlighted by translucent enamel, while a row of diamonds form an opulent tiara. This is a watch to be given on a very special day and a symbol of one's true love.
Jaeger Lecoultre is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Mention Chanel and at once images of class, elegance, and opulence come to mind. But did you know Chanel also makes watches designed for other than showcasing it? Chanel's J12 Chromatic dive watch with a 200 meter water endurance is really up to the task, although we admit we still couldn't get past its luxurious appeal. It's made from ceramic infused titanium in 33-41 mm case and features a light and scratch-proof surface. The metallic finish of both casing and bracelet betrays its Chanel roots, making it to stand out as, perhaps, the classiest dive watch ever. On the technical side, the watch has an ETA 2892 power and chrono features. It also features a sapphire crystal cover. When you simply can't just dive without projecting luxury, Chanel's J12 delivers the buzz.
Chanel is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Wearing a Ball Watch isn't just wearing an American watch icon. You're wearing a cornucopia of technological advancements in watchmaking, as well as a timepiece worn by an exclusive club of accomplished explorers in their respective fields. Ball Watch features the Night Reading Evolution and Cold Temperature Endurance to ensure the watch keeps performing accurately under extreme weather. It also features A-PROOF Patented Anti-Magnetic System, Amortiser Anti-Shock System, and SpringLOCK anti-shock system for maximum movement protection. Likewise, under the hood of Ball Watch is the GMT and Worldtime Functions, Slide Chronograph, Crown Protection System, and Patented Folding Buckle. Meanwhile, among its notable brand ambassadors include: Alex Honnold, Dr. Geoff Tabin, John Hembel, and Richard Limeburner. Clearly, a Ball Watch is more than just about telling time, it's telling people the caliber of your taste and profession.
Ball Watch is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
The author of the "Little Prince," a celebrated aviator, would have loved the new IWC watch that honors his best-selling book. The watch displays seven stars in the inner circle of the dial, and, every day, one of these lights up in gold to symbolize the little prince's journey to another planet. The IWC Pilot's Watch Double Chronograph Edition exhibits the playful innocence of the beloved character of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author. Its design is magical, with the midnight blue dial adding to the dreamy landscape. The stars are lit up randomly and each star represents the planets visited by the little prince, each inhabited by: the king, the vain man, the drunkard, the businessman, the lamplighter, the geographer, and the rose. It's a tale worth retelling and Saint-Exupéry, who died during an air mission in World War II, wouldn't mind wearing.
IWC is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Breitling unleashes its technological and design skills in its latest collection, the Galactic. With a bold casing in a 44 mm diameter, the Galactic exudes the masculine appeal of a Breitling and the signature's functional reliability under extreme conditions. A favorite by both airmen and divers, the brand further cements its niche for specialist watchmaking with the Galactic series. The Galactic 44 is satin-brushed finished with a unidirectional rotating bezel and black rubber-inlaid hour markers. It features a self-winding mechanical. The Galactic Unitime, meantime, features the world-time Manufacture Breitling Caliber B35 and a smooth tungsten carbide bezel. It has a leather or pilot strap. Women can also wear the collection with the Galactic 36 Automatic. It has a 12.30 mm thickness and interhorn width of 18/16 mm, an ideal dimension for a woman's wrist.
Breitling is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Only a few know his name, but he's more popular as the winner of A. Lange & Sohne 1 Time Zone "Como Edition" at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza, an event showcasing the best-in-class vintage automobiles. The winning entry for the jury award "Best of Show" was an old Alfa Romero 8C 2300 Spider Zagato. The car is over eighty years old but in perfect condition, topping about 60 participants in this prestigious event. The owner received the equally classic timepiece at the Villa d'Este in Lake Como during the gala night. The A. Lange & Sohne watch is a perfect match for classic cars. They both represent elegance and timeless appeal. The "Como Edition" has white-gold finish and a hand-engraved coat of arms of the Concorso d'Eleganza.
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Suna Bros. has more stylish and luxurious collections in store. The collections can vary as much as an opulent royal accessory to a fanciful jewelry from necklaces to rings and earrings. For example, the Suna Sweets creates a stunning array of brilliant diamonds in gold and platinum. On the other hand, the Buttoned Up earrings mimic the trivial and cute baby buttons, showcasing precision proportions in polished, satin gold meet and accented with tiny diamonds. You can also go for the Essentially Suna, a delicate colorful cluster of diamonds to adorn a slender neck. Meanwhile, the Delicate Beauties evokes a more formal and classic look, perfect for formal evenings or black-tie events. The Gold Rush borders boldness with its graphic pin in 18 karat yellow gold, a testament to the wearer's confidence.
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
What makes a jewelry brand valuable? It isn't just because the precious metals and gemstones it's using are expensive. Many other jewelry generics use the same material. It isn't just because the brand has a team of skillful jewelry makers who can craft a rough gem or metal into stellar, shiny objects of desire. You can find numerous skillful jewelry setters, cutters, and craftsmen in many countries. For John Hardy, it has valuable raw materials and skillful artisans, but the brand is one of the most admired signature jewelries in the world because of one thing: its unique designs, which are at once traditional and contemporary, mystic and whimsical. The ability of John Hardy to imagine things and visualize them to help artists craft the final product is the company's true value.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Other luxury jewelry brands let you to wear and project elegance and sophistication whichever place you visit. Marco Bicego lets you to 'wear the place' you visit. With its varied selection culturally inspired thematic design, Marco Bicego is as much a travel statement as it is a renowned jewelry signature. The cultural themes represent the origins of a collection's inspiration. For example, the Murano derives its style from traditional Italian jewelry making, while Goa, evokes the golden beaches of this coastal Indian town. Meantime, the Jaipur reflects the colorful gemstones of this ancient city and, perhaps, its magical past as well. Wearing a Marco Bicego goes beyond fashion and style, it's a lifestyle of having an open mind, a festive personality, one that absorbs rather than projects.
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Alex Sepkus offers an impressive selection of gold bracelets with colored gem accents. They lend to your style an added layer of sophistication and fashionable taste. However, you must match the bracelets with the right dress, attitude, and on the right occasion. These luxurious items are already rich in details; hence, to highlight them you need to minimize the opulence of your other jewelry pieces, such as the necklace and earrings. The less glitz in your dress also the better the gold Alex Sepkus bracelets are accented. Likewise, make sure your earrings and necklaces match the bracelets material. None perhaps reveal a more glaring lack of jewelry style than wearing mismatched items. You can also wear sterling silver, but make sure it's an accent rather than the main element.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
You might not have the technical specifications or creative style to choose the best diamond ring for your engagement or wedding. In which case, your best bet is to rely on what others are saying about the signature ring as a form of social proof. The logic is simple, if people say nice things about a brand, it must be worth your attention. So, what do people say about Christopher Designs? If you check user comments across online communities, you'll note that a recurring opinion is the diamond ring's fifty eight facets, a hallmark in the jewelry industry. You'll also come across comments how its proprietary diamond cut can create more fire and scintillation and create magic in average bands. You need not, however, rely only on what others say. Go visit a jewelry shop and see for yourself why people are talking about the ring.
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.