Friday, August 31, 2012

Brilliance made more brilliant

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in Kwiat (19)

 

No two diamonds are alike, as no two women have the same exact taste.  Diamonds may vary across different cut, clarity, carat and color, and they may be sourced from different grades of raw gemstones. All these factors affect the final diamond piece; hence, the probability of having exactly similar diamonds is next to nil. Kwiat fine jewelry celebrates this individuality in its fine engagement and wedding diamond jewelry collections. Each Kwiat diamond’s angle and facet is precision set that exudes elegant yet simple uniqueness. A Kwiat diamond also lends more brilliance and size perception than regular cuts. It produces a mesmerizing display of refracted white light, dispersing light through a colorful spectrum and flashes created by the crown. From vintage collection to bridal diamond jewelry, necklaces and bracelets, to pendants, earrings, rings and pins, whatever your Kwiat jewelry is, it ascribes to the Excellent Cut Grade recognition given by the Gemological Institute of America. A diamond is nature’s masterpiece honed through the timely medley of raw power and enduring finesse… made more brilliant by the Kwiat signature. Celebrate your individual style with a Kwiat diamond.
 
Shreve is an authorized dealer for Kwiat.
 
Image: Kwiat Vintage Ring

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Beautiful contradiction

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in Alex Sepkus (19)

 

Beware of an Alex Sepkus. A contrarian to his own traditional elegance, a signature that contradicts its time-honored inspiration. Reserved at one side, a trendy, fashionable outgoing character on the other.
 
Or so it seems at your first chance upon this New York-based fine gold and gemstone jewelry. Until you fall in love with it and your eyes feast on the unpredictable workmanship. Alex Sepkus designer style is a grand mosaic studded in minute components that only the deftest hands can create. The fine jewelry line does not hide its modern leanings, while it is not bashful of medieval inspirations that combine to create timeless elegance. Its mastery of goldsmith runs in each Alex Sepkus’ collection of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants, rings, bands and bridal and men’s jewelry. Perhaps no other jewelry brand has such character that the personality of its namesake creator extends to each Alex Sepkus jewelry. An Alex Sepkus piece is cut, polished and shaped above industry specifications, an obsession that bares all seriousness, yet each creation shows a side of quirks and playful disposition that sets Alex Sepkus above in the art of jewelry craft.
 
Shreve is an authorized dealer for Alex Sepkus.
 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Ring wears the bearer

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in Stephen Webster (20)

 

A jewelry piece is, above all, a personal style. The wearer and the piece find each other, their style suddenly becoming one, and they become inseparable. The woman wears the jewelry, or is it the ring that bears the woman? The line blurs, especially if it is a Stephen Webster signature.  Its glamorous yet rock star power attitude clearly sets the individuality of a Stephen Webster piece, unafraid to stand on its own merit. One of the sought-after British jewelry signatures, Stephen Webster lays down a gamut of trendy but elegant showcase of silver, white gold and gemstones crafted with the highest aesthetic mastery. From fine jewelry, mens’ and women’s silver, a collection of pendants, rings, bracelets, necklaces, belts, earrings and brooches, a Stephen Webster is a global favorite with boutiques in fashionable centers, such as Beverly Hills, London, Vienna, Marbella, St. Petersburg and Moscow. A steady stream of loyal fans gets personal with a Stephen Webster collection, with Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Kate Moss, Sir Elton John, Mickey Rourke and Kate Beckinsale but a few Hollywood celebrities who have lined up to wear  the jewelry brand.
 
Shreve is an authorized dealer for Stephen Webster.
 
 

Monday, August 27, 2012

For the Lucky Few

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in Corum (17)

 

If price is a mark of quality and stature, Corum got it nailed down. The brand stands for high-value and quality timepieces that are often released in limited editions. If you own a Corum, you are the lucky few who enjoy the premium reputation the brand exudes. One masterpiece, the Corum Classical Billionaire Tourbillon, fetches nearly a million pounds, with some Tourbillion versions starting at 325,000 pounds. The expensive but stylish brand was started in 1955 by founders Gaston Ries and Renee Bannwart, which, a classic story goes: they created a gold wristwatch out of a $20-dollar coin and it became a hit among watch lovers. Corum furthered its world reputation when it released its Admiral’s Cup chronograph line that today is available in myriad manufacture of stainless steel, titanium, rose and yellow gold. Likewise, Corum is known for its “World Premiers” collection released on limited supply each year. Its other limited editions, prized for their fine workmanship and elegant style, include the Golden Bridge with its sapphire sides; the Coin Watch with a diamond bezel; and Artisan Timepieces, with its beautifully crafted dials of wild animals, exotic places, and historic scenes among others.
 
Shreve is an authorized dealer for Corum.
 
 
Image: Corum Romvlvs Billionaire Tourbillon

Friday, August 24, 2012

High-performing time-telling

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in Breitling (19)

 

Imagine maneuvering a 747 above the urban maze of skyscrapers inside a cockpit that seems to overload with control buttons; or crossing the Atlantic, you a tiny blimp of a twin-engine, relying on a few simple navigation tools and a lot of guts to conquer a record. Aviators are a hard-nosed bunch with superior focus and nerve control to help them to function with precise movement, one small misstep and the airplane spirals out of control. They demand accuracy, reliability, and a Breitling on their wrist, that timepiece closely associated with aviation for its precision chronographs. More than just a timepiece, Breitling is known for its high-performing movement that has aid aviators since the single-propelled flying era. The pressure in the air and the aviator’s wits building up in every flight, a pilot is glad to be looking at a Breitling. The dial provides a clear, refined display of coordinated movement. The case is sturdy, like a watch in steroids, yet an elegant line is not lost that reflects an aviator’s sophisticated intelligence.  Since 1884, Breitling’s mastery of chronograph movement and navigation technology has propelled the watch as a brand of choice for precision time-telling and orientation. Its sponsorship of the Jetman project, an aviator’s quest to perfect a self-powered human flight, the Breitling aerobatic Jet Team, and other aviation programs define the engineering feat that ticks inside each Breitling timepiece.
 
Shreve is an authorized dealer for Breitling.
 
 
Image: Breitling for Bentley Mark VI

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Timeless Time-Telling

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in A. Lange & Sohne (17)

 

Can you tell time in a more elegant style? A. Lange & Sohne classy timepieces combine fashion with precision manufacturing. Its Saxon origins reveal the brand’s time-honored craftsmanship roots that date back to the days of Augustus the Strong.  When founder Adolph Lange created his first A. Lange  & Sohne watches in 1868, it quickly established the famed A. Lange & Sohne signature of watchmaking precision with timeless beauty. A timepiece became an accurate mechanism to mark time as it was to announce one’s fashionable arrival. The same dedication to engineering perfection and artistry lives today, spawning a range of A. Lange & Sohne watches that feature, among others, 18k rose gold compartments, silver dials, leather straps, and jewel accents. A. Lange & Sohne movements are in-house manufactured that limits production; thus, watch ownership is reserved to the privileged few. Among its signatures, the Datagraph up/down feature parades a column-wheel control, flyback mechanism, accurate jumping minute counter, and a proprietary oscillation system that set the benchmark for chronograph design. Its 556 components are precisely placed to create a seamless complication that, not only tells people time, but tells that you carry a sophisticated taste for style.
 
Shreve is an authorized dealer for A. Lange & Sohne.
 
Image: A. Lange & Söhne’s Lange Zeitwerk

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Swiss perfection

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in Longines (17)

 

When you wear a Longines, you wear a long history of watchmaking perfection that started with its quality crown-wheel escapement in the 1830s to its excellent mechanical calibers in sports watches of today. The St. Imier, Switzerland-based luxury watchmaker has been manufacturing elegant timepieces for 180 years now, building a reputation as one of the world’s leading horological experts. Its winged hourglass logo is seen in 130 countries, a trademark for excellent reliability in world sports timekeeping and international competitions. Founder Auguste Agassiz started perfecting his watchmaking craft in 1832 along the traditional Swiss practice of performing different watchmaking stages in various houses before assembling the pieces together and sold to trading houses. It was his nephew, Ernest Francillon, who put together the stages in one roof, constructing an expansive factory dubbed as “the Longines.”  The name stuck and became the brand behind quality timepieces that were made using high-grade machines, with each manufacture stage tied together in one seamless precision assembly. The Longines manufacture line also allowed faster technological research and advances in every stage, perfecting the Longines complications year after year with every new development in watchmaking technology. The Longines’ manufacturing philosophy became the driving force behind the watch, which has since been awarded with 10 Grand Prix in many international exhibitions in Europe.
 
Shreve is an authorized dealer for Longines.
 
 
Image: Longines Primaluna Watch

Monday, August 20, 2012

Swiss meets American

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in IWC (16)

 

The Industrial Age was sweeping across Europe and North America. For the first time, time-consuming but quality traditional craftsmanship that had survived through generations came across new technologies that promised to speed up production, and the result was cross-bred brands that had looked back to their artistic past but had also moved forward to new exciting features. The International Watch Company or IWC of Switzerland is one case. In 1868, an American engineer founded the company in Switzerland seeking to merge state-of-the-art technologies with unmatched watchmaking mastery of complications that create precise movement. When Swiss met American, it was a marriage of innovation that easily built a name for IWC, the sole watchmaker on Switzerland’s east side at that time—other watchmakers were on the west. Across time, the march of newer technologies, such as miniature batteries and transistor circuits, transformed IWC from purely mechanical complication to a hybrid of precision mechanics and electronics. Likewise, the brand is a pioneer of haute horlogerie, the art of timepiece design and science of watch movement, producing memorable IWC watches that exude precision engineering with a fashionable flair. Today, IWC Collections run from trendy robust watches to professional sports pieces, whether for undersea performance (Aquatimer) or timepiece for aviators (Pilot’s Watches).
 
Shreve is an authorized dealer for IWC.
 
 
Image: IWC 3717-01 Wrist Watch

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Young and passionate

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in Parmigiani Fleurier (19)

 

Amidst the crowd of age-old signature timepieces, a young upstart stands out, confident in its elegance and workmanship.  Parmigiani Fleurier, inspired by its “ancestors” and driven by its youthful passion started when a young Swiss watchmaker opened a shop in the mid-seventies to restore luxurious watches. Founder Michel Parmigiani grew up in a remote town in Switzerland, where he was introduced to the traditional Swiss watch craftsmanship and creativity. He got hooked in the mastery of the watchmaking, and soon, would find himself restoring world-renowned watch brands. Aware of the exceptional quality in these watches honed by traditional craftsmanship throughout the ages in his home country, Michel was inspired to develop the Parmigiani Fleurier line in the mid-nineties as a trademark for high-quality but contemporary timepieces. Combining the expertise of craftsmen and industrial ingenuity, he created a perfect balance of beauty and function in every Parmigiani Fleurier watch. From the balance spring, to the dial, casing to the complications, Parmigiani Fleurier’s manufacture follows a precisely engineered link that makes each watch function seamlessly. Today, Parmigiani Fleurier is a masterpiece inspired by traditional elegance, yet it exudes a modern aura that reflects a classy urban lifestyle
 
Shreve is an authorized dealer for Parmigiani Fleurier.
 
 
Image: Parmigiani Bugatti Faubourg watch

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Perfect Timing

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in Baume & Mercier (18)

 

“Accept only perfection.” These are said to be the words of brothers Louis-Victor and Joseph-Celestin Baume, founder of the luxury Baume & Mercier timepieces, when they envisioned their signature brand. A Swiss luxury brand that traces its roots back in 1830, Baume & Mercier, indeed, reflects its founders’ original intent: a masterpiece of manufacture and art. Word of its quality complications and elegant design quickly spread across markets in the nineteenth century, following the British Empire’s trade winds. The Baume family opened new markets and won admirers in as far away markets as India, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. The brand was built on the technological advances and watchmaking craftsmanship of its era, evolving through the ages as a trademark for simple and elegant timepieces, as well as for its line of high-quality chronographs and Grand Complication models. Some of its international recognitions include: ten Grand Prix awards and seven gold medals in world fairs, such as in Chicago (1893), Melbourne (1890 and 1895), Zurich and Amsterdam (1883), and Paris (1878 and 1889). Today Baume & Mercier’s chronographs stand for elegant reliability, which are sold around the world with quality- and style-conscious Italy, Spain and France as its most robust markets.
 
Shreve is an authorized dealer for Baume & Mercier.
 
 
Image: Baume & Mercier Classima Executives XL Chronograph and Complete Calendar

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Like no other

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in Chanel (19)

 

Wearing a Chanel is more than just wearing fashionable jewelries or designer clothes. It is wearing fashion and celebrating style, not in grandeur, but in simple yet self-assured poise. She becomes a Chanel lady who wears one, declaring to the world her confidence in stylish yet simple flair. She becomes yet another link to the Chanel saga, the brand whose haute-couture and jewelry fashion trace their roots on a youthful girl in provincial France. Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel built her signature around simple yet elegant dresses, accentuated by streamlined jewelry that contradicted the overtly dressed and opulent 19th century.  Her graceful confident approach to taste is evident in Chanel’s top signatures, notably its little black dresses, perfume No. 5 de Chanel, and the Chanel Suit that would build the House of Chanel as of one of the world’s most admired fashion icons. Top models and celebrities, who exude their own self-assured aura, found it natural to absorb the Chanel elegant confidence, with personalities including Marilyn Monroe, Anna Mouglalis, Nicole Kidman, Vanessa Paradis, and Audrey Tautou among Chanel admirers. Today, whether it is in accessories, designer clothes, ready-to-wear, jewels, eyewear, and more, a Chanel inspires. No less.
 
Shreve is an authorized dealer for Chanel.
 
Image: Chanel transparent plexiglass cuff

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Are you the one?

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in Mémoire (19)

 

A man shuns getting engaged for many reasons, but he willingly jumps into it for only one: are you the one? The heart of the matter is, his heart, not his brain, will drive him to spend half of his fortune (figuratively), put himself on the spot at the mercy of the likelihood of rejection, kneel in front of you and pop the question. At that exact moment, all the sleepless nights and depleting cash that he has gone through to decide that this is it will not cross your mind; only the fact that it is a Mémoire ring in that box. You will not be blamed, not by men and especially women. One of the finest diamond jewelry signatures is being offered to you. A ring made by a jeweler specializing in 18k gold and platinum, its mounting created either in any of those lairs of masterful craftsmen in Switzerland, Italy, Germany…you may even forget there is a man kneeling in front of you. The Mémoire ring sparkles before you. Your eyes glow at the sight of Mémoire’s elegant lines and timeless beauty. Then reality snaps in, the guy is down there waiting for an answer. Or, hopefully, heavens forbid, not a question—is he the one?
 
Shreve is an authorized dealer for Mémoire.
 
 
Image: Memoire Wedding Ring A050G05/01 

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Bohemian Road to Classy Life

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in David Yurman (16)

 

It sounds contradictory, but David Yurman did it.
 
Today his name is a trademark of classy jewelries, timepieces and precious metal and stone accessories. But back in the 50s to 60s, he was a beatnik artist living the free-spirited scene of his time in Big Sur, California. In this artist colony, he was perfecting his sculpting skills that he had learned earlier as an apprentice of renowned artists Jacques Lipshitz and Theodore Rozack. Nurtured by the bohemian’s fundamental approach to life, Yurman turned to ordinary things for inspiration and brought them to their artistic plateau. He would later move out of the bohemian scene and start his studio, where he would meet his wife, a gifted painter. Together, they would go around galleries with their creations. The story goes that in one of these events, a gallery owner took notice of Yurman’s creation worn by his wife and wanted to buy it. Realizing they could make a brand out of their crafts, they started Putnam Art Works to create personal fine crafts, a decision that would one day lead them to an accessory that set his signature brand worldwide: the David Yurman’s iconic cable bracelet, a weave of gold and silver. Today, the same stylish brand is reflected in other David Yurman line of fine jewelries and pieces, a luxury in simplicity.
 
Shreve is an authorized dealer for David Yurman collection.
 
 
Image: A David Yurman Enhancer

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

The Wizard, the Magic, the King

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in A. Jaffe (22)

 

Spain has created many of the world’s biggest cultural icons in the world, from running with the bulls (we suggest away), dancing in flamenco, savoring paella, or visiting one of the numerous Pablo Picasso museums. But one big icon comes in small package, actually, in really small package—the intricate designs of Carrera y Carrera jewelries. The Taj Mahal immortalized in its fine collection, the miniscule tweaks of a leopard’s muscular body, mythological creatures woven around the jewelry wrapping it in mystique, these are the finely crafted designs that have propelled Carrera y Carrera to become a leading Spanish brand and one of the world’s most distinguished fine jewelry. Bracelets, necklaces, chains, cufflinks, earrings, pendants, rings…whatever the jewelry is, it reflects the Carrera y Carrera exquisite designs that started back in 1885 when metalworker Satoria Carrera got his inspiration from nature’s little details. Ornate, elaborate, suggestive, Carrera y Carrera seems like nature’s finer details were frozen by a wizard who set them in gemstones and precious metals and delivered them to the royalty as magical gifts. Take away the wizard and magic, but the royalty is true: Carrera y Carrera is the only jewelry brand for the Spanish Royal Family.
 
Shreve is an authorized dealer of Carrera y Carrera jewelry.
 
 
Image: Carrera y Carrera Peacock Ring

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Love is priceless

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in A. Jaffe (22)

"Will you marry me?”

 
The question thrown at a lady packs in an emotional high that, cheesy at it gets, a man on his knees giving his lady the ring does not fail to elicit an applauding audience…and their nosy interest at the ring. Is it an A. Jaffe? And what kind of A. Jaffe? A solitaire or multi-stone? Truly, one of the most important moments in a woman’s life deserves one of the world’s finest luxury engagement jewelries, the ladies near ground zero of the proposal ask in their heads. Abraham Jaffe wanted exactly that to happen when he started his jewelry signature in New York in 1892: Women, your man may be inarticulate with amorous words, but he can buy and pop it in front of you. And that the sparkling beauty of an A. Jaffe ring forged in platinum or gold is but your man saying, “Nothing surpasses your grandeur, but this ring comes close to it.” And so long as man professes his undying love to a woman who deserves the best, there is an A. Jaffe that will go along the question that has been popped at an unsuspecting partner in airports, coliseums, public parks, classy, as well as, seedy restaurants, remote islands, on street corners, a friend’s parties….
 
A. Jaffe engagement and wedding jewelry collection is available at Shreve.
 
 
Image: A. Jaffe Split Shank Engagement Ring

Friday, August 03, 2012

Right Engagement

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in Martin Flyer (15)

Do you know that engagement rings may vary in designs as the climate today has degrees of temperament in a day, but the rings ascribe to certain universally regarded styles that set them in recognizable categories? Martin Flyer, a diamond jewelry signature, lets some pressure off your head when choosing the right ring with these five classifications and their meaning:

Solitaire. A single gemstone at the center. Classy, timeless, confident. Perhaps like your unconditional and everlasting love?
Three-stone. A center gemstone is sandwiched by two smaller stones. It is showier than a single-stone, much like a rooster dancing and ruffling his long feathers around to impress the hens, or in your case, hopefully, a hen.
Channel. The diamonds are set in one flowing channel with no metal in between them. Clean, elegant but sturdy, it reflects a modern look that fits an active lifestyle.
Shared prong. The diamond or diamonds are held above the metal with prongs, letting in more light from different angles as it glows out in varying colors. It reflects a vibrant take on life with your future partner.
Micro Pave. A diamond is surrounded by precisely set small diamonds and precious metal beads. It suggests traditional, even antiquity, the richness of its design giving a royal demeanor.
Martin Flyer has been designing diamond engagement rings for nearly sixty years now, offering a full range of categories to match your preference. It is known for the FlyerFit line, which fits the engagement ring and wedding band snuggly together.
 
Shreve is an authorized dealer for Martin Flyer.
 
 
Image: A three-stone ring from Martin Flyer

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Watches on diet

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:00:00 AM in Piaget (18)

 

Looking around for a trendy watch, I realized that the 2012 lines of fashionable watches seem to live in our time: they are getting outlandishly overweight if not obese. They are heavy to lug around, cumbersome at best and unrealistically hard to hide under the cuff. And I noticed too that the trend extends to women’s wrists. Are they the reflection of the world going fat? Amidst this epidemic of bigness in the world of telling time, it is nice to come across the thin, fine lines of a Piaget watch. Has it been in a pseudo South Beach diet that it is able to keep its shape through the years? But a Piaget is a Piaget, which means, if anything is surprising about this classy brand, it is not its thinness. It introduced the ultra-thin mechanical movement in watches back in the sixties, when it brought out the Calibre 12P, which at 2.3 mm is the world’s thinnest automatic movement as affirmed in the Guinness Book of Records. Not to say that thinness is all there is to a watch; yet when you know that it is harder to create a thin watch than a bulky one, a Piaget stands out. It takes better engineering, a more sophisticated craftsmanship—honed since the 1870s when Piaget was founded in a quaint Swiss town—so that the fine lines and precise movement is a “harmony at the heart of a Piaget watch,” so said George Piaget, the founder.
 
 
Image: The Altiplano 43mm (Anniversary Edition with Calibre 1200P)—the world’s thinnest automatic