Friday, April 25, 2014
Royal elegance. That’s the only way we can describe Carrera Y Carrera’s Tesoros Del Imperio Collection. It’s luxury combined with Spanish classical art. The result is an astounding elegance and extraordinary beauty that reminds us of the glorious era of the empire. Carrera Y Carrera successfully brought back to us the sun that never sets; the empire that once boasted of treasure hoard of gold and silver now reflected in this collection of rings, pendants and earrings. White and yellow gold, blue topaz and diamonds are liberally set across the Tesoros Del Imperio Collection. The Reina Pendant is especially tempting, tormenting us with luxury. It’s easy to give in to these richly decorated and highly embellished jewels and enjoy, even for a moment, a royal treatment.
Carrera y Carrera is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Have you seen the latest Internet meme on the late Paul Walker, who, according to a story, one day walked into a shop to buy jewelry? He saw this young veteran who was also trying to choose which engagement ring to give his loved one. What Paul apparently did next astounded the guy: he asked the store manager to pay for the guy’s ring. For Paul, it’s a small price to shell out for a dutiful soldier protecting his country’s interest abroad. We don’t know what kind of engagement ring the man bought. It could be an A. Jaffe or another luxurious signature because the guy apparently had trouble deciding, perhaps overwhelmed by the price, which made Paul to step in. Kind deeds, indeed, speak volumes even after death.
A. Jaffe is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
I love pearl jewelry, mainly pearl necklaces. Pearls have simplicity that no diamonds can match. Although I love diamonds, too, (who wouldn’t?), they tend to be too loud for me. With pearls like Mikimoto, I can wear my luxurious necklace without appearing to brag wealth or luxury. For me, wearing pearls is an acquired art; you don’t show a pearl necklace because of luxury, you wear it because you connect to its simplicity yet sophisticated style. Here’s one more thing why I like pearls: for some reason, not all women look good in pearls. Maybe because they treat pearls like diamonds, a piece to be deliberately showcased to friends. No, pearls as far as I’m concerned—and I’ve been wearing them with a great deal of style—are meant to be subdued, to tease the sense, much like the arrested inner glow inside it.
Mikimoto is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Piaget offers a luxury jewelry that evokes magic gardens and Hollywood glamor. Its designers continuously innovate and push the borders of exquisite style while maintaining the Piaget signature of eternal indulgence. Among its latest styles, the Piaget Rose Earrings in 18k white gold and set with 164 brilliant-cut diamonds produce a brilliant glow that embodies glamor and femininity. It’s a perfect complement to the Rose Ring, also in white gold and set with 71 brilliant-cut diamonds styled to mirror the delicate texture of a petal. Piaget also releases an 18k white gold Rose Bracelet. The same tantalizing motif is wrapped around the wrist with 190 brilliant-cut diamonds to impress gawking eyes. Lastly, the Piaget Rose Pendant caps a truly elegant look with 41 brilliant-cut diamonds that mimic a blooming flower.
Piaget is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Combine Swiss technology with Italian flair for design and you get Panerai watches. Founded two centuries ago, the Italian classic timepiece is just as historic as it is contemporary today. Panerai resonates boldness tempered by fine lines and simple solid color backdrop (often jet black and ash grey). Its Radiomir 1940 has the adventurous air of its time, when aviators would test the limits of their crafts across big swath of seas. Daring and sturdy, Radiomir 1940 and Panerai’s historic collection will charm the classic lover. On the other hand, its Luminor line, while keeping in tune with Panerai’s romance with the color simplicity of early-nineteenth century (leathery brown) presents more complex and exciting dial and casing style. The Chronograph Platino for one appeals to a modern CEO who demands function and vanity in one piece.
Panerai is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
The name Patek Philippe connotes timeless luxury elegance in the Swiss watch industry, but the signature also has numerous new things to offer for connoisseurs and admirers. The Patek Philippe 2014 collection has a diverse base appeal that both lovers of classics and contemporary style will appreciate. Overall, the new line evokes the same Patek Philippe classy style, but there are variations. The White Gold Men Calatrava appears a much simpler version of Patek Philippe complication with a simple but elegant center sweep second hand and silvery opaline dial as main feature. On the other hand, the Men Grand Complications is typical Patek Philippe with perpetual calendar, moon phases and time dial, albeit simple linear lines tame the somewhat complex inner dial design. Meanwhile, the Rose Gold Ladies Calatrava features an opulent style with 162 baguette diamonds set in elegant pattern.
Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Sometimes a simple but eccentric watch reflects more elegance and style. Like Bell & Ross, which puts the “square” into a mostly round-oriented watch industry. Its signature design mirrors a dashboard dial of an aircraft. Basic and straightforward, yet the style provokes a second look and in the wrists of a man in neat casual wear, these square watches project a unique and chic flair. The square designs can be modest and unassuming like the Bell & Ross Phantom Aviation Black Dial. The whole theme is set in monochromatic black. Or the design can be more complex like the Bell & Ross Golden Heritage featuring two mini dials and a cornucopia of swinging hands. The watch model is also set in a light brown leather strap that gives it an elegant touch.
Bell & Ross is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Ball Watch features some of the most advances in watch technology including its patented SpringLock, gas light and shock resistance. One of its most important technological features is the antimagnetic property. As a popular watch signature for outdoor activities and in tough situations where accuracy is critical, Ball Watch guarantees that the watch doesn’t stop even if exposed to magnetism. The earth has a magnetic field that can influence the tiny mechanical parts of a watch. Likewise, man-made magnets like those used in railroad tracks or electronic equipment can impact on a watch’s movement. With an antimagnetic casing or alloy to protect the mechanical parts, Ball Watch ensures precision movement is maintained even when exposed to magnets. Ball Watch timepieces have a magnetic tolerance up to 12,000A/m, where the industry standard is only 4.800A/m.
Ball Watch is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
One of the most luxurious watch brands today, Baume & Mercier helps you choose the right timepiece for you or as a gift to a loved one in five simple steps. First, the obvious: choose between the gents and ladies lines. Second, select your shape preference, either round or rectangular casing. Third, Baume & Mercier presents different materials for different appeal. Choose among steel, gold, two-toned or, for a truly luxurious feel, diamonds. Fourth, what kind of movement do you like? Baume & Mercier is available in three types: self-winding, hand-wound and quartz. Lastly, select the functions that you wish to go into the watch. These include date, chronograph, dual time, world timer, moon phase and more. Whether you like a watch with robust features or a simple but elegant timepiece, Baume & Mercier has it.
Baume & Mercier is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Corum represents one of the most luxurious Swiss watches in eccentric style and robust features. Its Admiral’s Cup line presents an interesting mix of feminine opulence and masculine adventure. For instance, the Admiral's Cup Challenge 44 Regatta Limited Edition Watches has strong corners vulcanized wide black straps and bold dials, which is countered by its 18k gold casing that is delicately crafted. Similarly, the Corum Admiral's Cup Challenge 44 Split-Seconds Watches’ carbon bezel and multi-cornered casing can be intimidating and tamed only by the 18k red gold and refined leather crocodile strap. Similarly, the Corum Admiral's Cup Challenger 48 Watches features black PVD bezel, which is restrained by its titanium grade 5 case. Corum has more Admiral’s Cup models that strike a balance between elegance and adventure.
Corum is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Spring is upon us and it’s time to overhaul your fashion for 2014. Chanel offers off-the-rack cool spring collection with colorful earth tones. This year’s spring clothing by Chanel is complemented by its exceptional Horlogerie timepieces. The J12 Chromatic in gem-set steel or gold adds luxury to Chanel’s spring wear that combines sassiness with a bohemian lifestyle. The 29mm diamonds provide an ironic elegance to the worn-edge appeal of the fashion signature’s knee-length skirts and monochromatic long-sleeved tee. Likewise, the J12 black is formal yet it can lend itself to the occasional free-spirited feel of Chanel’s spring casual wear. Streamlined and sensual, the black watch matches well with everyday fashion or highlight a formal wear. The same elegance and casual style is available in white hue.
Check out this elegant Chanel piece at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Wearing a Jaeger Lecoultre gives you an exclusive appeal especially that it’s not every day you see successful people wearing the signature timepiece. The watch is almost a rare find, a luxury among Swiss luxury watches, especially its Duométre collection. The model is inspired by the Grand Complication style, showcasing the fine art and precision science of creating simultaneous movements under one hood. Duométre Sphérotourbillon reflects the 180 years of Jaeger Lecoultre watch craftsmanship featuring an exclusive multi-axis tourbillon with a second axis inclined at twenty degrees to protect the movement from gravity. Another Duométre model, the Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie, features an impressive 1,472 parts with an innovative minute repeater. It’s one of the most complex watches around. Similarly, the Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire is striking for its ‘dual-wing’ concept.
Jaeger Lecoultre is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
The sleek corners of a Parmigiani Fleurier Swiss watch offer a refreshing sophisticated appeal in luxury watches dominated by round casings. The Kalpa collection, in particular, resonates a classy elegance peculiar to four-sided watch casings. The Kalpa casing blends smoothly with a black or brown leather strap that almost looks like a fine jewelry bracelet around a gentleman’s wrist. But it’s not just the outside that makes Parmigiani Kalpa an excellent addition to your luxury watch collection. It features a PF331 calibre with 55 hours power reserve. Likewise, it contains 32 jewels and 220 parts that work in seamless movement for precision timekeeping. The functions are simple including date indication, central hours and minutes and small second at 6 o’clock, reflecting an air of minimalist grace.
Parmigiani Fleurier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Swiss luxury watches like Longines offer not only elegance and sophisticated style; they also present longevity. Technologically, their precision movement is perfected to withstand magnetism and shock, guaranteeing a lifespan beyond the original owner’s. Likewise, these watches are made of quality parts down to the tiniest component that no rust or dust can compromise. But it’s not just what’s under the hood that makes Swiss luxury signatures worth their investment. The styles are enduring, like the Longines Heritage Collection. You can wear the Longines styles in the fifties, sixties and seventies in trendy flair during those decades as you can even today. The fine lines and classic settings make Longines and other luxury Swiss watches almost a perpetual fashion trend, something that you can even pass down to the next generation.
Longines is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, April 11, 2014
When you buy a luxury item like IWC, you don’t just buy it because you love the quality of its workmanship. Nor are you buying it for its price. Subconsciously, you’re buying the name that it carries. That’s the power of logos. They’re so effective that big brands have invested millions of dollars just to create these little doodles. Take the rebranded Pepsi in 2008. The new logo cost the soft drinks company a whopping $1 million. How about the BBC redesigned logo in 1997, which cost $1.8 million? Logos are more than just simple drawings; their colors and shapes have meanings and hidden psychological influences that can trigger a specific emotional response from buyers. True, black exudes luxury and elegance, two elements that you’ll find in an IWC watch.
IWC is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
What does wearing A. Lange & Sohne tell your friends? That you’re built for success and a man of sophisticated taste. And if they don’t get it yet, you need to take the whole image business to the next level: get a super car. Here are some of the most expensive super cars last year. At $1.1 million the McLaren P1 is one of the most “affordable” super cars around. If brand recognition is important to you, try the Ferrari LaFerrari, which costs $1.3 million. At 789 horsepower, it’s one mean road machine. But it’s still cheap compared to Bugatti Veyron, which will shave off your wealth by $2.6 million. If that is not impressive enough, try last year’s most expensive super car: the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster. Four hundred fifty million dollars, any takers?
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Running out of ideas what to give your girlfriend? Unless it’s a very special occasion like an anniversary or her birthday (which demands no less than a Marco Bicego jewelry, perhaps), you don’t need to give her an expensive gift. It really is the thought that counts, so make sure your thought is creative enough. Here are some ideas. A handbag designed coffee mug. It’s a fun symbol of your love for coffee and her romance with bags in one piece. A sleeveless shirt with your name on it. Yes, you’re claiming your territory but without coming across as a chauvinist. An oversized sweater for those cool nights when you can snuggle with her inside it. And here’s a winner: a simple yet elegant makeup bag. Every woman needs one, but every man doesn’t know this, making you one of a kind, eh?
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Times have changed and, guess what? Men are more sentimental now, even more than women sometimes. They’ll appreciate an occasional surprise gift from their partner even without an occasion. But what to give him? Here are some ideas. Fun desk organizers featuring masculine symbols like hammer, drum set or car miniatures. He’d love to put that on his desk to remind him of, er, work and you, of course. A cool cap with your initials as a wacky way to make him put you on his head. Breakfast sandwich maker, when he’s got no time to prepare a full meal. The side benefit of course is that he gets to make you one, too. If you want something classy but still fun, try John Hardy’s skeleton or mermaid cufflinks. Any way you give it, be sure to make the gift a surprise.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Did you know that men and women differ in interacting with brands online? Men prefer a quickie, while women want to establish a relationship first. Keep those dirty thoughts off your mind; we mean men like scanning QR codes or coupons for quick access to promos. On the other hand, women would like a brand page first and they are more likely to comment or provide feedback to a brand before women would take a deal. These are the findings based on a recent survey by Pew Research Center last year. Perhaps it has something to do with our prehistoric behavior when men needed to act fast to kill for food (hunt a deer), while women demanded more patience to get food (tend to the farm). Whatever, when it comes to building relationships with a luxury signature, women are likely to lose the patience and quickly fall in love with a scintillating diamond ring like a Christopher Designs.
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Different watch brands give you different image perceptions. Luxury watches showcase your wealth status. It separates you from mere mortals. On the other hand, simple but elegant watches with leather straps mirror a banker’s professional and neat image. There are also various watch styles for the bohemian that exude creativity and a free-spirited look. The spy’s watch is imaginatively complicated with some bling-blings attached to impress a mysterious air. Likewise, the fashion watch is more like jewelry than anything else. Its first order of business is to show your style rather than tell time. Then there’s the adventurer, the traveler who demands precision timekeeping and strong casing in one luxurious watch piece. If that’s you, then meet Breitling, the instruments for competitive professionals in competitive environments.
Breitling is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Wearing a Suna Bros. pink diamond ring, where to go to flaunt its luxury? Try this — get on board any of these super luxurious yachts and rub shoulders with the world’s billionaires. But there’s a caveat; these yachts are a little weird on the side. The Yacht Island Designs came up with a luxurious boat featuring, of all things, a volcano that you can bring from one island to another. A 10,000-sq. feet of super yacht that makes you feel at home in your mansion, which begs the question, why not just stay home? A yacht with a missile defense system because it’s owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who’s always a prime target for kidnappers. And here’s the best, get in a yacht that brings the whole of Monaco on board. These yachts are meant to showcase luxury and your Suna Bros. will truly feel at home in any of them.
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, April 04, 2014
Some of the best diamond bridal rings today belong to Michael M. Its collections run the gamut of traditional and modern styles from antique to classic and modern to three stone. The Europa radiates royal opulence with the single center stone riddled with tiny diamonds around it and across the band. The Amore has a stylistic band to reflect “M” without being intrusive to the overall design. The Bicolore is elegant in its dual color scheme of sparkling white and yellow diamonds. Likewise, the Monaco showcases the princess cut with brilliant gemstones. The lines are sharp to reflect boldness and confidence. Trinity features pave-set and U-set diamonds that exude the elegance of antiquity (one is reminded of the Vatican). Michael M. has more collections for the most discerning taste, be it contemporary or classic.
Michael M. is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Did you know that jewelry is the second most counterfeited product in the U.S.? Fake jewelry accounts for 29% of total seized counterfeit goods last year, an increase of 169% from 2011. That’s why it is important that you only buy luxury jewelry items like Stephen Webster from authorized dealers. In fact, don’t buy a luxury item because it’s cheap. A sophisticated buyer knows signature jewelry comes with a hefty price because of their quality and exclusive design. If the “signature” is cheap, that’s your first clue that it may be contraband. Don’t buy it, not just because it makes you look cheap, but it hurts the economy of the whole country. Counterfeit items rob the country of taxes and job opportunities. Besides, nothing feels and looks like the genuine article, like a Stephen Webster butterfly accents.
Stephen Webster is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
We love signature luxury jewelries because of their individuality. Each brand has a distinct appeal that exudes traits we’d like to align ourselves with. Why not take the individuality to the next level with your own initial crafted into the luxury jewelry? The Kwiat Initials Collection features your own name (initial only) in gleaming gold and illuminated by sparkling diamonds. You can wear it as a necklace pendant either as a single dangle to create a classy feel, or layer it with other initials for a fancy appeal. The Kwiat Initials Collection exudes the same elegance and luxury found in its vintage and classic lines, only this time, you get a little playful. After all, luxury can also be trivial without losing its grace and pose to be more interesting.
Kwiat is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Diamonds make a sensible investment because they last a long time and can appreciate over the years. But not all diamonds are created equal. If you want to make a diamond investment, you have to buy the right kind. Hearts on Fire tells us why its diamonds are a best value proposition. First, they are unique and rare. The brand uses less than one percent of raw diamonds to maximize light, scintillation and reflection. Second, Hearts on Fire subscribes to the highest manufacturing standard. The craftsmen cut at 100x magnification compared to the industry standard of 10x. Third, Hearts on Fire uses a proprietary cutting technique that allows perfect symmetry, proportions, polish and alignment. Fourth, combining all three factors, the brand is able to capture eight perfectly symmetrical hearts and Fireburst patterns, the inspiration behind the diamond jewelry’s name.
Hearts on Fire is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Sometimes luxury jewelry springs a surprise. For Aaron Basha the surprise comes in baby shoes. The baby shoe charms collection of the luxury signature expresses a fascination on simple elegance. There’s an air of innocence in these baby shoes; collecting them becomes a nostalgic lure more than a luxurious aspiration. Aaron Basha offers a wide selection of these shoes captured in 18k gold and enamel complete with a diamond bow accent. It comes in varied colors, such as black, white and light blue for boy shoes. The girl baby shoes are even lovelier; a delicate feel runs across their pastel colors. The Pink Baby Shoe is classic and elegant, showcasing more diamond along the bow. There’s also the Ladybug Saddle with its own charm — a charm with a charm, if you will. It’s fun collecting your own set of these Aaron Basha baby shoe charms.
Aaron Basha is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Who is the Chimento woman? She’s no doubt a sophisticated individual with a spirit for creative luxury. She’s graceful as refined as the fine seamless lines of a Chimento yellow gold bracelet. She sparkles with life, like the tiny diamonds encrusted in this bracelet; collectively, they radiate a brilliant air. She’s luxurious, yes, but not loud. The Chimento yellow bracelet may inspire a second look, but it will not call attention to itself. She is confident in her place, solid and firm as how the Chimento yellow bracelet securely holds the soft woman’s arm. She is Diana, the classic Chimento yellow bracelet inspired by the late Princess of Wales, a woman of taste, elegance, luxury, but also of sensibility to the world around her. She is Chimento.
Chimento is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Pendants are often less featured in top jewelry brands, where rings, earrings and bracelets dominate the pitch. But Alex Sepkus thinks otherwise. The luxury jewelry has a complete line of pendants showcasing their distinct styles and appeal. There’s the cross crafted in 18k gold and encrusted with cabochon sapphire and diamond. Yet another cross with “Little Lambs” patterns conveys early Christian arts. Likewise, you can set your own name with the diamond letter pendants, each one created in platinum and 18k gold. For a more grounded style, a ball pendant in 18k gold is encrusted with sapphire, ruby, emerald and diamond. It’s luxurious yet it maintains an air of a rustic, quaint life. Another interesting Alex Sepkus pendant is the Orchard, which is styled in rudiment square forms fluidly banded together.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.