Friday, October 31, 2014
Corum has got plenty of impressive models, but the Golden Bridge Collection is one of its most iconic styles. The parts assume a novel vertically aligned linear pattern suspended in tonneau-shaped cases, mimicking the real Golden Gate. Furthermore, a transparent case back teases you to peek inside the engineering masterpiece of this watch. One of its models, the Ti-Bridge 3-day Power Reserve, features a CO107 manual movement. It's crafted with titanium in lieu of gold or stainless steel. The case measures 42.5 mm x 52.5 mm with a curvaceous surface to snugly fit on your wrist. Its dial features a red arrow power indicator that complements the minute and hour indicators set on a peripheral flange ring. This is a watch meant to announce your success or simply to boast of your style.
Corum is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
The allure of deep oceans as a diver or yacht owner means you're exposed to a “watery and salty” lifestye, but it shouldn't stop you from achieving a sophisticated stye even when out in the open. Longines gives you the choice of bringing luxury fashion to the waters with the Hydroconquest series, sport watches designed to withstand seawater and the depths. It's a luxury watch made for divers and ocean adventurers. The models is water-resistant up to 300 meters. Its stainless steel casing features a unidirectional rotating bezel for navigation and the screw-in crown and case back is solidly shut to protect the mechanism from the harsh environment. That means you can take this watch with you whether your wearing signature outdoor clothes or donning dive suits. Other features include: 6-hour and 12-hour counter; scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal dial; and a self-winding mechanical chronograph.
Longines is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
It looks more like an aviation instrument than something you wear around your wrist. Bell & Ross, the French watch signature, takes its inspiration from classic aviation instruments of box casings and big, bold dials. It's a contrarian take, something that goes against the trendy round case of luxury timepieces. But Bell & Ross packs in a nostalgic look. It's unabashedly direct: the dials tell time and the casing protects the mechanism. For people with an aversion towards herd-mentality fashion trends, Bell & Ross offers a reprieve. You have a wide array of “plane instruments” that celebrate novelty and the confidence to stand out. If the Swiss has their precision engineering, the Italians their design, and the Japanese their efficiency, this French got an attitude.
Bell & Ross is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
There's more than time-telling with Prive, the Chanel ladies' watch. The elegant timepiece is all about luxurious fashion, featuring an onyx dial with a camellia in mother of pearl marquetry and brilliant diamonds as indicator. Camellia is a personal favorite of Mademoiselle Chanel, who had a preference for delicate elegance and which is prominent across her signature fashion products since she started her studio in the early 1900s in Paris. Prive has an 18k white gold case and intricate mother of pearl design, which adds allure and tease to this watch, much like Chanel's passion and dedication to the beauty and creativity of life. When you wear Prive, you're wearing not just a timepiece, but the spirit and legacy of Chanel. It's your opulent accent to a formal evening.
Chanel is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
One look at this Baume & Mercier watch brings to mind blue and white seascapes and the relaxing coastal lifestyle. The Capeland 10063 takes its inspiration from the serenity of a breezy early morning walk by the beach, the luxury of living in a beachfront rest house. The timepiece features a 40 mm round steel style with polished and satin-finished case and an anti-glare sapphire cover. Likewise, it has a silver-colored Arabic numerals with Superluminova hands for its display. The blue alligator strap with adjustable triple folding security buckle adds to the thematic seaside lifestyle. Capeland 10063 is a sporty and chic watch you can wear on a casual breakfast at the local cafe or at your corporate office meeting with clients. Either, it speaks volumes about your accomplished life.
Baume & Mercier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
If you can't decide between exception function and elegant aesthetics in a watch, consider Jaeger Lecoultre. Its Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 jours SQ is all about mastery of Swiss timepiece engineering...and much more. The intricate inner mechanism of minute pieces working in unison gives you accuracy down to the millisecond in perpetuity. Its perpetual calendar is likewise designed to measure days until 2100, long after your grandchildren have died but not this watch barring accidents and loss. Beyond the engineering marvel, the style is exquisite. It's enclosed in a symmetrical case and features hand-crafted cover with translucent blue enamel. The overall appearance gives justice to the precision beauty inside. Wear the Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 jours SQ when you want to impress even your most sophisticated friends, who think they have already seen all luxury watches.
Jaeger Lecoultre is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
The key to wearing a fashion style that stands out is to avoid trends; rather, wear something that's unique but appealing. In luxury watches, that means taking a break from round casings and considering the sleek corners of a Parmigiani Fleurier, the Swiss signature renowned for “watches with corners.” Notably, the Kalpa Collection evokes a classy air, a trait common to four-sided casings. Kalpa features a black or brown leather strap, which blends well with the case and giving it an expensive bracelet look. It's the gentleman’s watch you should have on glamorous gala nights. Moreover, the engineering is equally a marvel. It houses a PF331 Calibre movement with 55-hour power reserve. Its 220 parts are finely crafted to work in a seamless unison, never missing a beat of a second.
Parmigiani Fleurier is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, October 24, 2014
If you're a fan of Duck Dynasty, a reality TV show featuring the everyday lives of the Roberston family, whose lives and business are intertwined with responsible duck hunting, you'll like Ball Watch's limited edition, the DU Limited Edition Sportsman's Watch. The watch was launched to commemorate Ball Watch's support for wetlands conservation and responsible duck hunting. The DU Limited Edition is equipped with micro gas lights and sunrise/sunset indicator. As with other Ball Watch models, this watch can withstand cold weather, moisture, and impervious to water. It's ideal for hunters who demand longer time in the wetlands to acclimatize themselves to the environment or practice long periods of endurance. Ball Watch is manufacturing only 1,937 pieces and reservation is required to get a shot at owning one of these collectibles.
Ball Watch is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
A look at Suna Bros. jewelry inspires the romantic inside. It's one of the most luxurious rings, necklaces, and bracelets that you can give to your lady. While you're at it, you need a powerful romantic line as you give the jewelry to her. Where else to source your quote but from romantic novels? But to avoid being tacky, quote from lesser known novels and you'll even appear more sophisticated. Surely you haven't heard of this: “And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars.” It's from the book, “Across the Universe,” by Beth Revis. How about this: “I love you the way a drowning man loves air,” from “The Crown of Embers” by Rae Carson. The point is to look for quotes that haven't been heard much to give your moment more exclusivity.
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
IWC introduces another member to its most prominent collections, the Portofino line. This year, IWC launched the Portofino Midsize Automatic Day & Night watch, a 37 mm model that fits both wrists of male and female. It's targeted at people with slimmer wrists. The watch is available in red gold and stainless steel, featuring a diamond-set bezel and 12 jewels on the dial or a variation of it. The model also features a mechanical movement, 24-hour display with a second time zone, a 42-hour power reserve, and a white mother-of-pearl dial. This year also marks the return of the Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase featuring a classic cloud scene as the dial's backdrop with a combination of diamonds that represent the moon and stars. The watch is available in white gold, red gold, and stainless steel.
IWC is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
He calls it perfect “imperfection”. The Marco Bicego Confetti Collection lives up to its name: a rain of disorganized, colorful elements that look like without a pattern; yet when viewed as a whole or from a distance, the entire thing flows in a cohesive movement. The confetti becomes an art in unison. Similarly, Marco Bicego Confetti features uneven but colorful gemstones including sapphires, rubies, and amethysts, set in 18k gold necklace, ring, or bracelet. Using the traditional Bulino technique by second-generation Italian artisans, the jewelry achieves harmony, a picture of raining glittering colors on you. The collection is as classic as any luxury jewelry, as they exude timeless elegance on casual gatherings. Wear them on formal evenings or as your everyday attire, people are sure to take a second look on your fashion.
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
If dress watch is your thing, A. Lange & Sohne should be in your list. It's one of the classiest dress watches today with a heritage that goes back to its Saxon roots. One of its more prominent collections is the Lange 1, which was introduced when the brand was relaunched in 1994. The Lange line has many versions and Lange 1 is its basic model. It has asymmetrical design with overlap-free displays. It also features 365 movements on its 53 jewels and a lever escapement. Furthermore, its patented micrometer-screw index adjuster with whiplash spring provides a shock-resistant oscillator. Lange 1 is measures 30.4 mm and is available in platinum, pink gold, yellow gold, or white gold. It's a good introduction to more sophisticated Lange 1 models including the Lange 1 Moon Phase and the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar.
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Breitling tried its hand on combining elegance and robust, sturdy features and did not fail its admirers. The Breitling Transocean Chronograph Edition features a two-tone dial with vintage-style counters, plus a double caseback with a cover for a solid seal. It's watch for the executive, who loves to drive not only his company to greater heights, but scale waves on his yacht for a feel of the great outdoors on weekends. The double caseback cover allows a personal engraving for exclusivity, while a sapphire crystal peek-hole lets you admire the engineering marvel inside. As with other Breitling models, this classic-cum-rugged watch has anti-magnetic, anti-shock, and super-water-resistant features. It also features the manufacture Breitling caliber 01 movement, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute for its high-performance self-winding chronograph function.
Breitling is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
It's never too early to get your kids to appreciate jewelry. What could be a better start than introducing them to the children's collection by John Hardy? They'll see how signature jewelry differs from generic ones, where quality is paramount. Not to make them vain, but to train them how to appreciate products that give them the best value in money. You can choose a John Hardy Classic Chain Baby Bunny Station Bracelet, which features an encrusted 18K gold bunny set on sterling silver. Or choose the Baturi Sari Station Bracelet with Blue Topaz as accent, also set on sterling silver. For a more delicate style, the Asmara Heart Station Bracelet features a thinner strap in sterling silver with pink tourmaline as accent. Add the Classic Chain Collection Baby Butterfly Mini Earrings in sterling silver and 18k gold to dress up your daughter.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Tired of your regular diamond jewelry? Consider Kwiat's Tags. It's a collection of necklaces with tags featuring clean gold lines and accented with diamonds on the edge. Kwiat will engrave your name or a dedication on the tag so you can literally wear it. You can also check Kwiat's Cascade Collection. The Art Deco style and sleek, geometric angles give this jewelry character, while inviting gawking eyes and curious conversations. For a more opulent style, the Kwiat Star Collection elevates your jewelry to a higher level. The combination of round and marquise diamonds evokes timeless elegance, juxtaposed against black tie formal and red carpet events. It has been spotted on Halle Berry and Sharon Stone, among many other Hollywood celebrities, and is Kwiat's best-selling collection.
Kwiat is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Signature jewelry, like any branded products, come at a price, often twice or more versus a generic version. But signatures like Stephen Webster are worth your money. We can think of four major reasons why you should buy signature jewelry—earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings—instead of cutting on costs with a generic. First, the quality is evident. The company has a name to protect so it will guarantee your satisfaction, lest it runs the risk of ruining its reputation. Second, you can show off your style and sophistication and not worry that someone might discover you're wearing a counterfeit. Third, you can wear it with pride. And last, you can pass it on to the next generation, your daughter or future daughter-in-law. Signature brands have a timeless appeal, and some even become more valuable over time.
Stephen Webster is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
When choosing luxury jewelry as a gift for her make sure it complements not only her style, but her personality. For character, signature brands often evoke traits not present in generic jewelry. That's because signature brands like Michael M. exhibit their founder's creative drive, and in effect, his or her temperament. This makes it easy to choose a pair of earring or necklace, for instance, for your lady because the style embodies character. The trick is, which character should you pick? That depends on how much you know her. Is she more traditional than modern or vice-versa? Does she like blue or red hues? Is she's into outdoor activities? If yes, you should ensure the jewelry is sturdy enough if she's wearing it during an activity.
Michael M. is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Many people see luxury jewelry as an excess of the rich. They cannot be farther from the truth. Although there are instances that the rich flaunt their wealth including a slew of luxury diamond jewelry, wearing an Alex Sepkus earring, for example, doesn't reflect these people. Instead, luxury jewelry is a cultural thing that has its roots when man first dabbled on ornaments as a social tool. Luxury jewelry showcases our accomplishment, an important aspect in our quest to make consistent progress. The jewelry is but a reflection of this drive. Likewise, it tells us to conform to standards as set by society. By wearing a diamond earring in a black tie formal you're subscribing to the benchmark that society has placed in these important gatherings.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
When you wear a diamond ring like Christopher Designs you absorb power, whether you're aware of it or not. Not the hero-type of unnatural power, but sublime social points are added to your stature. For example, a diamond ring sets your standing at once. A salesperson will be treating you more patiently (fair or not) because she recognizes the power of your ring: wealth. People who aspire to more wealth or success are also more likely to gravitate towards you because subconsciously they aspire to be like you. Your fashion and accessories remind them of rewards, and you're the visual model for these people. It may sound unnerving, even scary, that people like you because of your jewelry. No, they like you and how you represent success.
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Let me share a simple idea for an anniversary date. It doesn't matter whether you're celebrating your first or fiftieth, my plan can work for couples at any stage of celebrating their marriage. In my case, we're going out to celebrate our tenth. We're dining at a fancy restaurant and we're wearing our best suit and dress and, of course, our Hearts on Fire rings. We had a five-meal course and wine, and had a great conversation about the past. We also talked about the food and the kids. It was a regular tenth anniversary celebration that if you're expecting a surprise, you might be disappointed. I reckon that celebrating anniversaries is all about being together; no need for a fancy party or event that, in truth, will only rob the two of you of the chance to be, well, together for the night. Makes sense?
Hearts on Fire is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.