Friday, August 22, 2014
Sometimes when your relationship starts to get monotonous and both of you are just going through the motions of being together, it’s time for a few surprises. Here are some suggestions on how you can startle her to remember that, yes, you still love each other, the bills and work aside. Cook her dinner. This is even more surprising if she knows you don’t cook at all. Show up at work and invite her to lunch. This can be a good break for her from all those office stress. Create an album with all your pictures together during the early months of the relationship. Invite her after work to a spa. If you’re in a penny pinch, offer to massage her yourself. But if you have money to splurge, buy her a Kirk Kara for no reason at all.
Kirk Kara is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
“Quite simply, we are the best.” The words of Italian architect Luigi Caccia echo across the globe and none dare to refute it. He’s referring to Italian design as world trendsetter across various industries, from fashion to furniture, urban to industrial design and not the least supercars. Caccia said Italian designers have more imagination, culture and that their designs are culled from both its past and future. His statement couldn’t ring more true when you look at Panerai, the Italian luxury watch. Its Radiomir Collection reflects the forties fashion—big dials and leather-strapped—yet it sets the trend for bold, luxurious watches of tomorrow. Panerai features all that are expected of designer watches: P.3000 movement calibre, 21 jewels, 8-day power reserve, sapphire crystal, and leather strap. It’s simple but elegant, truly an Italian.
Panerai is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
When a black tie occasion calls for the most elegant fashion, keeping it simple is key. Unless you’re a model and promoting a new trend, or a celebrity who can get away for wearing something off to catch the paparazzi’s attention, stick to traditional tuxedo. But put a little splash in subtle accessories like platinum cuffs and a signature watch like Piaget’s Gouverneur. This Piaget Collection is perfect for the most formal occasion, featuring an impressive fusion of circle and oval casing that exudes an artistic harmony. The finishes are detailed, crafted meticulously and enhancing its overall luxury. The Piaget Gouverneur watch features a rose-gold oscillating weight and 800P movement. For exclusive luxury and a royal feel, each watch is stamped with the Piaget coat-of-arms.
Piaget is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
If you find yourself arguing with your partner more often now and you miss the days when she’s everything to you, and long for those exciting feelings when you two are together, fret not. Your relationship is healthy. It’s just going to the next stage when you start to “see” each other’s shortcomings and flaws. It only means that you’re intimate enough that you can see each other up close and really personal. At this stage, your goal is to learn to accept each other’s faults and annoying habits. Remember when you promise to lover her forever? Well, this is the phase when that promise will be tested. Make the effort to be romantic (even if you feel like just acting at first). Give her a jewelry, like a Mikimoto, to keep the romance from dying.
Mikimoto is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Buying an A. Jaffe jewelry piece is beyond appreciating its durability and price. Although we go for value-for-money when it comes to purchase decisions, sometimes, our emotions get the better of us. Take A. Jaffe, even before checking the specifications of its material, one look at its line of exquisite rings can mesmerize you with designer styles and one-of-a-kind craftsmanship. The graceful lines that make white and rose gold seem to dance in a passionate tango, the bands locked in each other’s embrace and accented by scintillating diamonds, soon, you stop thinking about the workmanship and start appreciating the art. Call it sales brinkmanship, but A. Jaffe knows the best way to attract you is to simply put its design forward and hopefully hook you and your emotions.
A. Jaffe is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
It’s got the Spanish passion and tropical temperament. The Carrera y Carrera Gardenias Collection reminisces about the romance between Mother Spain and its volatile, excited daughter, the island of Cuba. The rings can be flashy and a bit loud like Havana nights, following the beat and swings of salsa in a hot summer afternoon. It’s sensual, artistic, and at once reserved and liberal. The Gardenias Collection includes the medium ring, which features white gold, rock crystal, and diamonds. It has 78 diamonds and measures 0.96 x 1 x 1.12 inches. This ring is also available in a slightly bigger size, the Gardenia Maxi Ring. For a twist, you can have the ring in yellow gold, reflecting the golden sunset of Havana, when the city is just about to turn the heat.
Carrera y Carrera is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
There’s a David Yurman for anniversary, wedding, engagement, birthday, or just about any occasion when you want to surprise her. You have a wide array of luxury pieces to mesmerize her: cable bracelets in yellow gold or sterling silver, diamond accented necklaces, timepieces, earrings, and even eyewear. But what if there’s no occasion? How will you gift her with a David Yurman? Well, instead of just giving something out of the blue, make it more meaningful with a trivial reason. For example, pretend that the occasion is the day you first saw her and got interested. Call it a “You Got Me” day or something funny. Or when the weather is bad, say, it’s raining or snowing hard, call it at that—Happy Rain or Snow Day then surprise her with the David Yurman. That should perk up even her most mundane day.
David Yurman is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
We all leave something behind when we die. It can be material wealth or, more importantly, a legacy carried over by the memory of our name. Patek Philippe reminds us of the importance of leaving a respected name to our children. Although we know the signature timepiece is a luxury piece of precision engineering and style, the brand goes beyond the surface. It promises to keep on ticking for generations, literally handing over time to your children, which bespeaks of our general aspiration when we leave the world: a legacy that will connect us to the next generation. The house may burn down, the car will soon break down, and the inheritance will soon dissipate. But your name, however, you live by it, like a Patek Philippe, is your real treasure you can pass on to your children.
Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Mention Bell & Ross and the first thing that comes to your mind: square watches. The signature is known to mimic vintage WWII airplane instruments, those square altimeters and compass found in early plane designs. But Bell & Ross has a few surprises up its sleeves, notably, two round style watches. These designs are limited editions, a round among a sea of squares. The Bell & Ross BRWW2 model features a high-quality polished pink gold round case and un-bordered subdials to give it an elegant soft touch. Only 99 pieces are made worldwide. Similarly, the Bell & Ross BR126 Flyback features an orange themed central seconds and minutes dials to highlight the chronograph movement, and an orange canvas strap. The watch has a sloped flange ring around the hands for better visual and bold appearance.
Bell & Ross is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
One of Longines’ long-running successful collections, the Longines Master Collection, exhibits the Swiss brand’s superb movement and stylish elegance. The watches exude character and confidence; not a few CEOs and celebrities have been spotted to wear one. Aaron Kwok Fu Shing, a Hong Kong superstar, is proud of his Longines featuring an L707 calibre, self-winding movement with 4 retrograde functions and moon phase beating at 28’800 vibrations per hour and 48 hour-power reserve. His watch is in stainless steel with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and alligator strap. The watch highlights Shing’s elegance and confidence, a perfect match for a gentleman in tune with his career. The Master Collection also comes in 18 carat pink gold, yellow gold, black dials, and different sizes. It’s the toast of celebrities.
Longines is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
So you have some disposable income to, well, dispose, and you’re looking for a truly opulent watch. There’s a timepiece that won’t disappoint. It’s got the luxury, the precision movement, the exclusivity, and, not the least, the price. Corum watches may not be as popular in public as its more celebrity-endorsed competition, but that’s exactly its attraction: only a select few are invited to own one. The watch is known for its line of limited editions and ostentatious price. The Corum Tourbillion Billionaire, for one, costs nearly four hundred thousands, a collectible truly reserved for the super rich. It features a white gold case set with white and black diamonds, a manual winding tourbillion movement, 90 hours of power reserve, and black crocodile leather strap. If you’re looking for luxury watches, it spells C-O-R-U-M.
Corum is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
The elegance and Swiss precision technology aside, a Baume & Mercier is all about emotion. When Louis-Victor Baume founded the signature watch in 1830, he envisioned a timepiece that not only features superb movement, but a class on its own, a piece that embodies universal aspirations of happiness, commitment, passion, and the drive to make things more beautiful. Capturing his vision, Baume & Mercier recently commissioned a renowned photographer, Peter Lindbergh, to use his distinct cinematographic skills and dramatic touch to illustrate Baume & Mercier in photos. The irony of this project, you won’t see a Baume & Mercier watch in the pictures; rather, Lindbergh simply captured “moments in life” as the brand’s founder envisions the timepiece. The elegance of a wedding, mother and child in a deep embrace, and the bond that ties friendship together… Lindbergh highlighted the Baume & Mercier essentials.
Baume & Mercier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
With its classic and elegant style and precision movement, the Bugatti Aerolithe by Parmigiani Fleurier truly celebrates the supercar’s vision of high-class, high-flying living. Featuring 68 jewels, a 50-hour power reserve, and a titanium casing, among others, this watch is simply reserved for the Bugatti man. If you’re impressed with the timepiece, wait until you check out the car. Did you know that among the top ten most expensive cars owned by celebrities, five of them are Bugatti Veyron? Simon Cowell is one of them; he’s spotted driving a blue Bugatti with a smile in his face (imagine that, Simon without the trash-talk). But the real cake about Bugatti is, it’s the fastest road car today even beating the Ferrari Enzo with a top speed of 254mph vs. the Enzo’s 218. Only a few, indeed, are chosen for the watch and the car.
Parmigiani Fleurier is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
They say when you dress up with a Jaeger Lecoultre watch, you’re made. Wouldn’t be a pity if you’re seen taking the sub or driving a compact car why wearing Jaeger Lecoultre? Call it elitist or superbly snotty, but a Jaeger Lecoultre man deserves something better when going around—a supercar maybe? Check out the celebrities and how they travel in style. You may not know Jay Z, but the rapper owns a Maybach Exelero worth $8M. He just happens to own the most expensive car. But if you find that too ostentatious, wait until you hear the Bugatti Veyron of Flo Rida (yes, another rapper). He wrapped it in gold! If you’re a family man, give it to David Beckham. In true dad-totting fashion, he drives the kids around Beverly Hills in his family car: a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead. Now that’s style.
Jaeger Lecoultre is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, August 08, 2014
The name itself lends to jewelry a classic elegance, almost akin to vintage grace and style. Chanel jewelry is truly reserved for the most sophisticated woman, she who has not just the wealth, but the fashion style to exhibit the jewelry. One of its highly regarded lines, the Chanel Baroque Collection is a cut above all other vintage jewelry. The rings in 18k white gold feature diamonds encrusted in boxed sections, each one linking to the other sections to create a continuous chain of sparkling gemstones. The Chanel Baroque Bracelet is equally opulent. The cuff is made in 18k white gold and 18k yellow gold, combined with onyx and diamonds. The gold, onyx and diamonds are linked in an alternating pattern to give the bracelet a lavishly playful appearance. Not to be outdone, the Baroque Necklace, like the cuff, exhibits the three materials and links them alternately for that classy yet teasing aura.
Chanel is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Breitling is one of those rare brands that can create tough yet elegant watches for the most demanding men and environment. Originally, designed for pilots to aid them during flight, Breitling is now a sophisticated symbol of an accomplished gentleman, someone who’s a good run in both career and literally the outdoors (maybe in their yacht or private jet). Here are two more reasons to get a Breitling. The Transocean Day & Date watch has a slim bevelled bezel and features a chronometer-certified self-winding movement. It’s perfect for those who want a classic yet contemporary style. The Transocean Unitime Pilot, on the other hand, exhibits a satin-brushed steel casing for that masculine appeal. It also features the Manufacture Breitling Caliber B05 for that ultimate aviator movement.
Breitling is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
What makes A. Lange & Sohne an excellent timepiece? You can say it’s because it goes through a quality-driven five-step process. First, its engineering and design ensures each watch features outstanding functionality. No matter the design is, each item exhibits the traditional A. Lange & Sohne elements of an engraved balance cock, screwed gold chatons, and untreated German silver plates. Second, the timepieces go through prototyping and testing, where each component is individually handcrafted and tested. Third, all critical parts are produced in-house. These include the blanks for plates, bridges, levers, springs, wheels, and pinions. Fourth, the finish and engraving process gives each watch the final aesthetic touch. Lastly, the watches go through a second assembly to ensure each component is working seamlessly with the rest of the movement.
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
You cannot get a closer relationship between a timepiece and an airline than that between IWC and the Swiss airline, Ju-Air. The airline has carried the IWC logo for two decades now, built on both companies’ admiration of the Ju-Air’s JU-52 jet. It’s classic and enduring, just as the watch. In fact, in 2000, a Ju-Air plane even circumnavigated the world to promote IWC’s newest pilot’s watch model. In return, IWC paid tribute to the classic planes with the release of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition. Only 500 watches were made, making this model one of the sought after collectibles among watch collectors. The watch is plated in rhodium and its dials are made of white luminescent material. It also has a flyback function and features the signature red triangle icon in the date function.
IWC is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
There are few things harsher than the polar environment. Frigid ice caps, sub-zero strong winds slashing against your skin, and miles thick of snow that make walking a foot like taking a mile hike, only the tough survive in this extreme weather. Like Richard Limeburner, oceanographer and deep sea recovery expert from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He studies the general circulation, buoyancy, and ice annual cycles, among others, under stressful conditions. For Limeburner, the Ball Watch is the perfect timepiece to help him deploy oceanic instruments at the right time. When he’s not in the ice caps, he’s helping conduct rescue at sea. Limeburner was part of the team that helped to locate Air France 447, which crashed in the Atlantic Ocean and disappeared for a long time.
Ball Watch is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
You can say Marco Bicego gemstone jewelry pieces are similar to festivals around the world. Each collection has its flavor and aura. Whether it’s a Murano or Marrakesh, a Delicati or Goa, the jewelry represents a culture, a town, or the idiosyncrasy of a people. The Marco Bicego collections are like attending a town festival, you can sense the local flavor and marvel at the depth of artistry or musicality. It’s like going to the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, the only place where the beat of the bulls’ hooves sends tourists running away with smiles in their faces. Or like dancing at the Carnival in Rio, a place where scantily clad curvaceous women dance seductively and it’s okay to watch them with your kids. In another place both scenes will be sacrilegious.
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.