Sunday, July 28, 2013
The Bell and Ross 126 Sports Watch is by far one of the most significant timepieces by the company. The importance of the timepiece is derived not only from its high performance and total reliability as a sports chronograph with useful multi-functionality but also because of the wider breadth of versatility that the piece started for Bell & Ross. For those watch aficionados who prefer conventional fine horology over devices inspired by aeronautics and armed forces, this sports watch is a perfect choice over the Bell & Ross signature square flying-gaugelike appearance. The Sports watch is powered by an ETA 2894 automatic chronograph movement that is viewable through the clear caseback of the watch. The classy black dial holds two chronograph subdials and a calendar aperture between the fifth and fourth hours. The polished steel case complements well with the flat bezel and dial, giving the watch a vintage yet versatile feel. In general, the sports watch is a fine piece of durable instrument that is perfect for rugged and everyday wear.
Find Bell & Ross at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco – authorized dealer for Bell & Ross.
The Circulos de Fuego collection of the premiere Spanish jewelry brand, Carrera y Carrera, has a vibrant personality that is inspired by the most mystical and symbol in the Orients – the fire dragon. The painstaking rendition of the mythical creature’s scaled and fiery details, patiently handcrafted by seasoned Carrera y Carrera artists and goldsmiths in Madrid, capture the air of grace, power and mystery that surrounds the figure of the dragon. The brand uses striking combinations of precious metals and stones such as yellow and white gold, onyx, topaz, as well as white and colored diamonds to produce the collection’s bold and fascinating elegance. The matte-shine effect adds a remarkable contrast to the piece and highlights the intricate patterns of the golden dragon. Originally created as a homage to the Chinese Year of the Dragon, the Circulos de Fuego continues to be one of the most impressive, timeless and magical collections by the designer jewelry brand.
Shreve & Co. Jewelers on Post Street in San Francisco is an authorized dealer for Carrera y Carrera.
Since its establishment in New York City in 1892, A. Jaffe has been part of countless stories on love, life, and family tradition. The world leader in the creation of fine luxury bridal jewelry is founded strongly on its mission to craft exquisite jewelry pieces whose craftsmanship and style stand the test of time. A. Jaffe is a known major contributor to the evolution of the country’s bridal rings, including the conception and production of the first luxury solitaires and multi-stone engagement rings ever sold in America. The brand’s half a dozen collections, crafted through harmonious relationships between A. Jaffe designers and seasoned artisans, embody a variety of classic and contemporary styles. Seasons of Love, Forevermark, Metropolitan and Vintage are among the finest selections of jewelry not only in the U.S. but across the world.
Find out more about A. Jaffe’s bridals and fashion jewelry only from authorized retailers such as Shreve & Co. Jewelers in Palo Alto.
It was “the Pearl King” Kokichi Mikimoto from Japan who first nurtured and produced the cultured pearl, and subsequently revolutionized the pearl culture industry. Later on, he founded the Mikimoto House of Pearls, which to this date proudly bears his name and legacy. With its significant role in the history of the pearl trade, as well as its reputable heritage is manufacturing the best cultured sea gems in the world, Mikimoto retains stringent standards on the material and craftsmanship of every jewelry piece that is stamped with its label. Mikimoto accepts on the finest materials, which requires at least an A or A+ grade, comprising barely 5% of the total pearls in Japan, before a single pearl makes it to any Mikimoto design. Only the finest materials such as 18k gold or platinum, high-quality G color diamonds, and the finest silk threads are used to complement the company’s immaculate pearls. Timeless, elegant and intricate, each Mikimoto strand of pearls upholds the tradition of excellence that Mr. Mikimoto started a hundred years ago.
Find Mikimoto at Shreve & Co.in Palo Alto – authorized dealer for Mikimoto.
Piaget is a recognized name in the watch industry, more so by the most prominent names in the field than most watch aficionados and experts. While the wide-ranging designs of Piaget’s cases and dials garner loyalty from different groups of people, the brand’s true strength lies within the timepieces that it has been creating for more than 30 years. Piaget is one of the most important manufacturers of movements and components for Swiss watches, which speaks a great deal considering “Swiss-made” are the watchmaking cream of the crop. In the past 10 years, the key focus of the brand has been the development of new and beautiful movements including the calibers Tourbillon, Tourbillon Relatif, Quantième Perpétuel and Flyback Chronograph, all engineered and designed in accordance with Piaget’s signature “thin movement” tradition. Most of Piaget’s pieces have see through open dials or clear case backs to show off the brand’s “hidden” ingenuity.
Find Piaget at Shreve & Co in Portland Oregon – authorized dealer for Piaget timepieces.
The rich history of Officine Panerai began in the Giovanni Panerai’s watchmaker’s shop at Ponte delle Grazie, Florence in the 1860’s. The shop also served as the city’s first watchmaking school before the brand moved to Pallazo Arcivescovile in Piazza San Giovanni, where its workshops still stands today under the more recent name “Orologeria Svizzera”. Panerai made its first recognizable dent in the history of horology when it created and patented Radiomir, a substance radium-based luminous powder, which it used to illuminate the watches it created for the Royal Italian Navy. Almost 40 years later, Panerai surpassed itself by replacing the functional Radiomir with an even better Luminor, made of tritium-based compound that was also patented as a Panerai trademark. After that achievement, the watchmaking brand has not stopped producing excellent watches and complications with its own touch of military efficiency.
Find Panerai at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon – an authorized dealer for Panerai.
Patek Philippe is undoubtedly among the finest brands of “Cote de Geneve” luxury watches. Being the last family-owned watchmaking enterprise in Geneva, Patek Philippe enjoys broad creative freedom in developing new concepts for its world-acclaimed timepieces and complications. The spirit of innovation, which was fostered by the founders Antoni Patek and Jean-Adrien Philippe when they started the business in the 1840’s, still proliferates at the company’s workshops until this day. This is apparent in the unlimited number of complicated designs and functions that label regularly dishes out. For instance, the White Gold Men Grand Complications has a mechanical, manually wound movement, minute repeater and tourbillion. A Chime with two cathedral gongs are activated by a slide piece in the case, while displayed on the cloissone enamel dial are the day, month and leap year apertures along with moon phases and perpetual calendar. But that’s not all, through the caseback shows sidereal time, sky chart and moon orbit, aside from the “usual” functions of a highly remarkable watch.
Check the piece out at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
The most beautiful treasures of the ocean are found far beneath the wavy surface. Longines, the famous Swiss watch maker based in Saint-Imier, gives you a colorful option to explore the wonders under water with the new Hydroconquest diving chronograph. The rubber-strapped stainless steel case adorned with a red rotating bezel houses the Caliber L688, a self-winding mechanical column wheel chronograph movement beating at 28'800 vibrations per hours and providing 54 hours of power reserve. The dial is marked for hours with SuperLuminova painted numerals and polished silver hands. Other functions include a small second hand at 9 o’clock, a central 60 second hand, 30 minutes counter at 3 o’clock and 12 hours counter at 6 o’clock. The most important set of features is the 30-bar water resistance – it is, after all, a diver’s watch, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with several anti-reflective layers and a secure unidirectional rotating crown. For a diver’s watch in its category, there is truly nothing much any water sport enthusiasts could wish for.
Check out Longines at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
One thing distinctive about Corum as a watchmaking brand is that it knows what it is doing – even when nobody else could put their hands on the brand’s avant-garde designs. This year, Corum once again heralds a new chapter in the history of watchmaking with its newest addition to the collection, the Ti-Bridge Automatic Dual Winder, which bears the automatic CO 207 caliber. The movement which was designed, developed and patented by Corum has a dual winder system and derives its energy from two interconnected inline oscillating weights – a breakthrough innovation in the world of horology. With its new manufacture movement, fresh titanium case, and revolutionary winding system, the model remains true to Corum’s signature affinity to linear architecture. The linearity of the movement and the case is further accented by the watch’s tonneau shape and intrinsic transparency that are the marks of identity for Corum’s T-Bridge collection.
Check out these ultra-modern pieces at Shreve & Co. – authorized dealer for Corum.
Success needs perfect timing – and that is exactly what Baume & Mercier has. At its modern project management center Les Brenets in the Swiss Jura, the leading watch maker manufactures each piece using the traditional établissage production method. The high quality performance of every watch starts with Baume & Mercier’s discrete selection of component suppliers, picking out only the most recognized and time-tested sources. Then starts the 9-stage process of producing the watch – a long and tedious progression from the design team, who study, create and develop tomorrow’s innovative yet classic designs, to the production team who use state-of-the-art technology to assemble the components, clean out every speck of particles and perform multiple checks to ensure reliable and high-rated instruments. With the team of specialists’ impeccable attention to every bit of detail, Baume & Mercier literally has the perfect timing. No wonder the brand has been enjoying immense success in the industry since 1830.
To check out Baume & Mercier timepieces, head out to Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
A shared passion for excellence bonds Italian yacht maker Pershing and Haute Horlogerie brand Parmigiani Fleurier in a unique partnership for the ultimate watersports timekeeping device. True to both brand’s devotion to traditional craftsmanship and refined materials, Parmigiani’s Pershing collection bears urban style refinement that features bold stylistic codes and original lines. Since its launch in 2007, the collection has always wowed the watersports crowd for its impressively elegant yet hardy timepieces. The newest piece in the set, the Pershing Tourbillon Abyss, yet again garnered a round of applause from watch makers and connoisseurs alike when it was unveiled in this year’s SIHH trade fair. The 45mm double brushed titanium case, trimmed by a rose gold bezel and hand-chamfered bridges, provide a sophisticated and reliable protection for the Calibre PF510 30-second tourbillon movement and its 237 components. The 100 meter water-resistant watch, with its central hours and minutes, separate second indicator and a one-week power reserve, is a perfect combination’s perfect output for those who dare find adventures on the open seas.
Check out Parmigiani Fleurier’s Pershing collection at Shreve & Co. in Portland Oregon.
The stars wax and wane but never die, not in at least millions of years anyway. For people who journey through life, the stars are some of the beautiful, remarkable things that change with the seasons but never really change. The Rendez-Vous Celestial automatic watch, by the world’s premier maker of haute horlogerie pieces Jaeger-LeCoultre, is a tribute to this grand celestial display which has inspired Antoine LeCoultre’s dream for the Manufacture 180 years ago in the Vallée de Joux. The watch’s guilloché dial is made of beautiful lapoz lazuli that is marked with the numerals on a beautiful arc and depicts the Northern hemisphere with its rich collection of famous constellations. A shooting star indicates the month when the next rendez-vous would occur. A gem-set white gold case, held comfortably around the wrist with an alligator leather bracelet, houses the dial and the grand complication underneath, Calibre 809 automatic movement.
For the timepiece that merges technical expertise and poetry, check out Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous Celestial at authorized dealers such as Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco.
“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it’s not luxury.” Nevertheless, “A girl should be two things: Classy and fabulous.” Even forty years after her demise, Mademoiselle Coco Chanel’s words ring true in the designs and concepts of her world-famous fashion company. Chanel stands for everything a modern woman wants – comfortable style in glamorous fashion. Since 1926 when Coco first designed it, Chanel’s iconic “Little Black Dress” has been a must-have in every woman’s closet. What first came out as a long-sleeved black dress with dropped waist crêpe de chin that was featured in Vogue now embraces as many styles and cuts as there are girls and differing personalities – capped sleeves, long sleeves or none at all; elegant high necklines or daringly low like Princess Diana’s; nipped waist, sheath, A-lined or one-shouldered. Chanel’s slimming and elegant black dress shows off the dazzle of jewelry and perfectly goes for any occasion, all there is left to do is add a dash of confidence and smile.
Check out Chanel at Shreve & Co. in Portland Oregon – an authorized retailer for Chanel.
A handful of other names could boast of being a standard watch, but Ball Watch does. It is not just a railroad watch; it is The Standard Watch. It was Ball’s founder, Web Ball that standardized the timekeeping system of the railroad in 1891, creating the most accurate and reliable timepieces that made the railways a much safer way to travel. The Official Railroad Watch collection by Ball has the enduring timeless feel of railroad traveling and the remarkable functionality of a tough, modern timepiece. The stainless steel case encloses the automatic calibre ETA 2836-2 movement which powers its sweep seconds, minutes and hour functions, along with a 3 'o-clock aperture for the day and date. 15 micro gas tubes provide perfect reading light in the dark. Even in their bare minimum, there is no denying the efficiency of the Ball Watch instruments, which is why they are the Standard anyway.
Check out Ball Watch at authorized dealer Keller and George on Millmont Street.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
IWC Schaffhausen’s new Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph has marine navigation etched in its sophisticated veins. The 6 bar water-resistant timepiece is powered by the rugged 89360-calibre movement manufactured inhouse by the brand. Named after IWC’s excellent ocean-going watch in the 60’s and 70’s, the legendary Yacht Club Automatic, the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph boasts of advanced technical features as well. The watch carries remarkable flyback function, an additional flange with quarter-second calibration for short stops, and a separate analogue display on a subdial for longer stops. It also features crown protection, and luminescent hands and indices. The stainless steel case is held in place by a comfortable rubber strap, making it a perfect companion for water sports and ocean explorations. Have your own dose of the Yacht Club experience, from IWC.
Check out Shreve & Co. in Portland Oregon, an authorized reseller for IWC.
Breitling started out exploring the skies with its precision instruments strapped to the most seasoned aviators’ wrists. From great heights Breitling now also explores great depths with the Avenger II Seawolf. The professional watch combines powerful looks with outstanding technical performance. The water-resistance steel case has the capability of going down as deep as 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) and is equipped with a valve the equalizes the pressure between the inside and outside of the watch. On the inside, the Breitling 17 selfwinding mechanical movement runs the state-of-the-art contraption with reliability and precision that are guaranteed with chronometer-certification from COSC. Outside the case, the watch totes a reliable unidirectional rotating bezel, a screw-locked crown with a non-slip grip, and sapphire crystal that is glareproofed on both sides. Conquer the world deep down under with Breitling’s Avenger II Seawolf.
Check it out at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto – authorized reseller for Breitling.
Saxony is steeped in a rich history of prosperity, devastations, recuperations, sophistication, and a fascination with mathematical and scientific instruments. The Saxon watchmaker Ferdinand A. Lange had an equally interesting journey as a watchmaker born in this region. Early on in his career, after his tutelage under masters like Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes, Ferdinand Lange had committed to the quest of the “perfect watch”, one he knew he had to create himself. Perfection is an elusive thing, but much excellence had come from this difficult quest as a result. A generation of Langes later, A. Lange & Söhne still designs and engineers watches with the determination to improve precision, enhance legibility, and refine convenience. Every timepiece is an outstanding balance between technical mastery and aesthetic perfection. The brands traditional elements such as the beautifully polished precision index adjuster, the hand-engraved balance cock and the gold chatons give the timepieces unrivalled sophistication while making the clockwork run with easy perfection.
Find the best watches from Saxony’s side of the world at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco – an authorized dealer for A. Lange & Söhne.
It is not quite difficult to pin down the identity of a Suna woman. She is a woman who thrives in the present age, with a taste for timeless beauty and elegance. Her fashion is, without compromise, the best expression of the beautiful soul within her, regardless of her price range. Smart, sophisticated and confident; she deserves the best and knows it. She is the embodiment of Suna Brothers’ modern classics. The New York-based luxury jewelry maker crafts its pieces to match the unwavering charm of this lady. The brand’s updated classic jewelries are crafted using the finest metal mountings and the finest diamonds and stones. Like the woman they represent, Suna’s modern classics bear enduring style that is smart and glamorous yet wearable and essential. They are the pieces that transcend the here and now, like the Suna woman who is beautiful whatever season in her life she is in.
Find the elegant modern classics from Suna at Shreve & Co. in Portland Oregon – authorized dealer for Suna Brothers.
Marco Bicego, the creator behind Italy’s favorite contemporary designer jewelries, always leaves his indelible mark on each of his masterpieces. All his jewelries are crafted out of 18k yellow gold, and embellished by the most colorful and precious stones. Each one of them is handcrafted and hand-engraved with Bicego’s iconic Bulino technique and designed in a spontaneous and slightly haphazard way to capture the effortless and uneven beauty of nature. His strong attachment to nature springs from his love for traveling the world to see different expressions of beauty and love. His well-loved glamorous casual style springs from his innate creative talent and his own family background; he was, after all, born in a family of excellent goldsmiths. He knows exactly what a modern woman – and man – wants, and incorporates those in his various collections, from the elegant simplicity of the gold and diamond Jaipur links to the playful hues of Paradise.
Find the mark of a master designer at Shreve & Co. – an authorized dealer for Marco Bicego.
There is nothing more entrancing than love. So, among John Hardy’s sets of handcrafted designer jewelry pieces, there is nothing more exquisite than the Cinta “Love” haute joaillerie collection. The Cinta showcases the Bali-based jewelry manufacturer’s taste for unique pieces inspired by Asia’s rich culture and done using modern European techniques. Each design in the collection centers around special shells or stones that designer Guy Bedarida collected from his travels, which the John Hardy team of expert jewelry makers then embellish to their most stunning looks. The Singhasari Naga Majesty cuff is made of 18k yellow gold that features a rubellite central stone flanked by two Nagas set in pink diamonds and sapphires. In Indonesia, the Naga is the cosmic dragon that brings love, prosperity and protection. This mythical creature is the favorite symbol of love in Bali, which is the reason why Naga made its way into John Hardy’s Cinta, the collection that started out as John Hardy’s special gift to his beloved wife.
Find Cinta at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto – authorized dealer for John Hardy.
Back in the 1990s, when the brilliance of the round cut diamonds have taken over the market by storm, the future of fancy cut diamonds started to become bleak. Compared to the brilliant round, the step-cut cushion or emerald looked less dazzling and almost entirely glassy. Then Christopher Slowinksi and his partners showed up with a clever innovation to these classic cuts with Christopher Design's Crisscut design. The unique crisscrossed configuration and facet arrangement brought new life to the emerald, asscher and cushion cuts. The crisscut pattern is carefully designed and cut using the most modern technologies to make light bounce off among facets, giving the stones a depth of fire, scintillation and brilliance that could almost rival any brilliant rounds. “I have always been intrigued with taking something established and making it even more beautiful,” explains Slowinski. And that is exactly what he did to the fading glories of the fancy cuts. Experience a fresh twist to the cuts you have always loved.
Check out Christopher Designs’ crisscut diamonds at authorized dealers, including Keller & George Jewellers on Millmont Street.
Monday, July 08, 2013
The world of Alex Sepkus is full of beautiful contradictions. He thinks big ideas but expresses them in small platforms – literally. The quirky Lithuanian artist in his oversized hat and dandy suit sets the benchmark for “miniature sculpture” with his spontaneously creative patterns on gold that are painstakingly crafted under the lens of a microscope. At first glance, his jewelry pieces strike a classic impression, but held in a steadier gaze, they reveal the most astonishing surprises such as the remarkable rendition of an intricate sea shell, flora, or a crab claw. The rich tapestry of every piece by Alex Sepkus suggests a master creator with an admirable mixture of exacting discipline and unlimited creativity, wit, and eclectic sense of humor. The artist’s ironic views and passionate dedication to his craft won Alex the admiration and respect of his retailers, collectors and even his peers.
Find his jewelry collections at Shreve & Co. in Portland Oregon – an authorized dealer for Alex Sepkus, and marvel at his unique masterpieces for yourself.
Glam-rock designer Stephen Webster has long ditched his talent-manager role in Hollywood. Yet, as he tours around the country with his virtual Rock Vault, he might as well be managing a band once again. He certainly feels that way as he flies from city to city showing off the next generation crème de la crème of Britain’s Jewelry Industry. Stephen is from a breed of modern artists who know how to make jewels that rock and bedazzle at the same time. He has shared his passion and expertise in many British art schools, and is one of Hollywood’s favorite fashion gurus. In the US, he enjoys the enthusiastic welcome that his fabulous ‘talents’ receive. He has formed a huge following for the glamorous gems that he dishes out, such as his Forget Me Knot collection of barbed rings, earrings and necklaces – a lovely mix of attitude and sophistication.
Catch Stephen Webster as he and his Rock Vault visit your area, or find his collections at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
It takes two to tango. It takes two to fall in love and live happily-despite-challenges ever after, as well. Michael M. Celebrates the power of two with its Bicolore bridal rings collection. The engagement rings and diamond bands display vibrant center stones of princess cut, brilliant round or cushion cut colored diamonds that are masterfully set on gold and platinum mountings. Intertwined together, the warm radiance of yellow or rose gold and the gleaming elegance of platinum create a romantic background for the elegant rows of brilliant diamonds. The Bicolore rings’ handcrafted double split pave shank and crown ring with side bezels show off the brand’s expertise in designing uniquely modern and sophisticated diamond jewelry. It is an expertise that Michael Meksian has acquired through two things - long years of perfecting the craft of gold manufacturing and working with over 200 retail stores across the United States.
In Palo Alto, find the Bicolore collection when you visit Shreve & Co. – an authorized dealer for Michael M.
Diamonds do not speak, but they have a lot to say. Kwiat diamonds speak up for something even more precious than fine jewelry – water. Having been a world-leading designer and manufacturer of diamond jewelries since 1907, Kwiat understands that the value of diamonds are not just in their inherent dazzling brilliance, but in the precious things in life that they stand for. Now past its hundredth year, the brand which has been a well-known symbol of love and commitment joins the fight against water crisis by launching its Diamond Waterdrop Bracelet. The piece features a braided leather wrist band decorated with a silver water droplet set with .02 carat diamond. Every Waterdrop bracelet is literally as precious as water, as all proceeds from these pieces go completely to the procurement of clean and safe water to the parts of the world that need it. At Kwiat, diamonds do not only make you feel beautiful; they truly make a difference.
Find Kwiat at its authorized dealers, including Shreve & Co. Jewelers on Post Street, San Francisco.
In the mind of Hearts on Fire’s head designer Ilaria Lanzoni, Lorelei is a modern, fashion forward woman who moves about with grace and timeless elegance. She revels in the depth of friendships and love, and takes time to appreciate the beauties of everyday life. Ilaria’s Lorelei collection of jewelries for Hearts on Fire depicts the gentle sophistication of that woman. The Lorelei Diamond Collar is a show-stopping neck piece that shows off the dazzling brilliance of Hearts on Fire diamonds and the delicate intricacy of its trendy collar design. The scalloped edges of the piece, crafted expertly from 18K white gold, emulate the old-age refinement of the lace. The rare outline of the piece which sits beautifully on a woman’s collarbone pulls the whole ensemble towards the taste of modern day fashion. Bring out the Lorelei in you or in the person that you love.
Check out the Lorelei collection and other Hearts on Fire jewels at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
It is interesting to note that one of Hollywood’s favorite shoe makers is a jeweler’s boutique in Manhattan’s Madison Avenue. Gorgeous style icons such as Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Catherine Zeta Jones love the delicate and playful elegance of the Baby Shoe charms and pendants collection by the famous Aaron Basha. Since the brand’s establishment in 1906, the name has evolved into a dynamic jewelry designer and manufacturer of the world’s most adorable nevertheless meaningful jewelry pieces. The staple Baby Shoe collection, like the rest of Basha’s selections, represents themes that celebrate people’s special moments. The dainty little footwear made of 18k gold, platinum, enamel, diamonds and other precious stones are symbolic of children and grandchildren. Considering everyone is or has been a child once, the collection really upholds the priceless value of loving relationships.
Show how much you treasure your relationships with gifts of Baby Shoes charms from Aaron Basha, available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.