Friday, March 14, 2014
Today’s high-octane business environment demands that companies perform at their peak levels all the time. Having the resources and a deep pocket help, but it’s the key employees, the brains behind the business, that make or break the business. If you own a business or manage key people, one of the best ways to retain them, secure their loyalty and drive their motivation is to give them incentives. It doesn’t have to be a car plan; sometimes, a token of value says as much about your appreciation. Like a luxury watch. A Baume & Mercier gift package is ideal as a corporate gift (you can also give it for valued clients). The signature is reserved for a select few, in the same way that you’re telling the recipient—your key employee—he or she is elite.
Baume & Mercier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Luxury watches are an ultimate symbol of success and the affluence that comes after it. And when we think of luxury watches, the usual suspects come to mind (those brands that start with “O” and “R”). But there’s another luxury brand that only elite buyers know: Corum. How does $347,000 sound like for a watch? It’s the price of a Corum 45 Minute Repeater Tourbillon Red Gold. Made from18k red gold case (45mm), it’s clearly reserved for the top dog. It has sapphire crystal dial with grey PVD coating and a black leather strap with 18k gold tongue buckle. Its hand wound CO 010 movement with minute repeater ensures that time is kept precisely down to the millisecond. The Corum watch also has 72-hour power reserve and is water-resistant up to 30 meters. Of course, you don't buy this watch just to tell time, but to show the world you’re made!
Corum is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
There are successful people who were not born to it, but through hard work and dedication, achieved their success with aplomb. Like the Longines ambassadors. It represents a multiple layers of traits that mold an individual and drive him or her to achieving great heights in a chosen field. None, perhaps, represent Longines better than its ambassadors, a motley crew of famous personalities who stand out in their respective passions. Andre Agassi, the legendary tennis player, lends the brand the aura of power, reminiscent of his tennis strikes and strides. Multi-talented Aaron Kwok, one of Asia’s most famous celebrities, embodies Longines’ elegance and sleek fashion taste with his graceful acting. Likewise, Jane Richard, the multi-awarded Swiss horse rider, represents the brand’s precision movement and poise. The Swiss timepiece (based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland) is one of the most recognizable luxury brands in the world. But the brand goes beyond affluence; rather, it represents hard-earned success.
Longines is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Check in your circle of friends who wear a watch and most likely you’ll notice only a handful do. The advent of smartphones and tablets make little room to actually need a watch these days, when you can simply check the time (and more aside) using your mobile. This trend leads some observers to claim watches are on the demise. They’re right and wrong. Fewer people do wear watch today, but those who do, often, are wearing fashionable brands. In short, generic watches are on the way out; but for “cool” and luxury watch brands, people wear them as a fashion statement or social status. Brands like Bell & Ross, a creative take on a cockpit instrument, are valued for their signature and the extra ego they give to one’s self-esteem.
Bell & Ross is available at Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco.
Patek Philippe. The name evokes of complications with precision performance. It’s the same brand that set the world record of the most expensive timepiece ever auctioned—the Henry Graves Supercomplication for $11 million—but owning a “Patek” should not intimidate the first-time buyer. The timepiece has simpler watch collections that also resonate elegance and accuracy. The Calatrava embodies the signature’s heritage movement perfection, but in a planer look. Yet it’s no second-rate, rather, it’s a well-crafted watch with a mastery of subtleties. Encased in rose gold and strapped with hand-stitched alligator scales, Calatrava is manually wound with 215 PS Caliber. It has a hobnail-patterned bezel an enamel dial that lends a simple yet elegant feel to this watch. It’s simplicity that hides a complicated engineering marvel under the hood.
Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
The new Panerai 2014 collection features the elegance and functionality of the signature by highlighting the past, its heritage. Among its latest collections, the Radiomir 1940 brings back to mind the brand’s commitment to meet the Royal Italian Navy’s stringent demands for a watch: it should perform perfectly underwater in extreme conditions (war and cold). To address the tension, the lugs were reinforced and made from the same material as the casing to seal off the movement. The same classic robust look of this model is brought back this year with some tweaks and a more advanced engineering. The Radiomir 1940 Chronograph Oro Bianco has all the celebrated functionality of its ancestor with much flair. It features the Panerai OP XXV caliber, 12 ¾ lignes, 22 jewels, Glucydur balance, and Incabloc anti-shock device, among others. The new becomes better by keeping its old spirit.
Panerai is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
It starts with a tease. The whiteness of its look evokes an innocence that you know hides an unquenchable desire to touch. The flawless curves that move along the casing invite intimacy; they draw you near, at first, for a peek, but you know, soon, the craving will envelope you. The Piaget Limelight Gala watch, one of the most luxurious timepieces (prepare $34,000), is an irresistible lady that stands out in any event. Radiant and seductive, it is unafraid of the spotlight; it embraces it. It features an 18k rose gold casing, 62 brilliant-cut diamonds and the Piaget 690P quartz movement. Only the most glamorous women are born to wear it. Are you one of them (or is your lady one of them)?
Piaget is available at Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, March 07, 2014
Tired of the common circular watch? Be square.
We don’t have a historical trace how watches turned out to be circular, the preferred shape by most timepiece brands. It’s easy to imagine because the clockwise movement is circular, so the casing should in no way be any different. But the grandfather clock didn’t seem to subscribe to this idea. So do a few timepiece signatures that create square-ish watches like Parmigiani Fleurier. Its Kalpa collection brings the square timepiece to a new level, elegant, suave, modern, and sleek. Featuring power reserve of up to 55 hours and automatic winding, Kalpa proves that a square watch can be fashionable superior to traditional circular shapes. The casing melds with the bracelet in fluid motion that almost mimics a fine jewelry bracelet. It’s time to be square.
Parmigiani Fleurier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Some timepieces are designed to function with precision; some are meant to be aesthetically impressive. Jaeger Lecoultre wants to be both. And nothing perhaps embodies a Jaeger Lecoultre more than the Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 jours SQ. It’s a mouthful of a name but one that fits its physical appearance: an intricate work of engineering that features minute pieces functioning seamlessly in a perfectly symmetric casing. Its skeleton movement is hand-designed and covered with translucent blue enamel. The result is nothing short of spectacular both in motion and look. Impressively, its perpetual calendar is mechanically designed to function up to the year 2100. The Master Grande is a truly elegant timepiece for the most elegant parties you’ll ever attend. When you wear a Jaeger Lecoultre, you’re wearing beauty and precision in one piece.
Jaeger Lecoultre is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Chanel has recently staged a fashion show right inside the supermarket to espouse a chic and classy ready-to-wear trend. Chanel's Fall-Winter 2014 collection was a talk-of-town topic and had gotten good reviews — with some even tagging it as the best season ever. Some have been surprised though. One thing for sure, there is something catchy and everything to love about clothes that look so accessible yet distinctive. Chanel shows the way on how to look extraordinary in an ordinary day when you simply want to shop, stroll, and have fun; just something light and easy. Other than clothes, bags, fragrance and makeup, Chanel also has a line of fine jewelry and exquisite watches. Chanel always offers something novel, the reason why over the years it has become a household name in the world of fashion.
Chanel is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Have you watched the recent 84th Academy Awards? There was House of Cards star Kevin Spacey presenting the Oscars in one of the categories. He was neatly dressed with midnight blue Burberry tuxedo. And a perfect match to it was a damn good-looking watch. Spacey was wearing a limited edition IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph with a coordinating dark blue dial. The Portuguese Yacht Club is a powerhouse collection. The watches under this brood have all the precision of a nautical instrument. They are water resistant with 68-hour power reserve. The watches also demonstrate superb sporting qualities with a fly-back function and an additional flange with quarter-second calibration for recording short periods of time. Longer stop times can be read off like a second time on a separate analog sub-dial. With all these features, certainly, the IWC doesn't only look red-carpet worthy. It is a must-have for its practical value.
IWC is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
With its mantra, "accuracy under adverse conditions," Ball sees to it that it produces only the sturdiest and superior watches that endure whatever environment. Ball watches are best worn for adventures by people who love to explore and conquer the world at all cost--people who are living life to its fullest. One of Ball's pioneer collections is the Official Railroad Watch. The designs are actually sleek and simple but the devil is in the details. Under these collections are watches that speak their value for themselves like Power Reserve, 60 Seconds, 21st Century, Flying Scotsman, Big Boy, and GCT. Ball has been in the timepiece industry since 1891 and since then, it has been faithful to its mission of creating high-performance watches that could weather the test of time under all conditions.
Ball watches are available at Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco.
One thing stylish men should have is watches. A good-looking watch always completes a man's stature. If there's something about wearing a watch, it conveys an aura of productivity and being in control. But what are the kinds of watches men should buy?
There is the weekend watch. It is durable, rugged and utilitarian. Something he could wear with jeans, loafers, and sunglasses. There is also the so-called third watch. Something that is distinctive, timeless, and moderately elegant. It can be worn with anything from T-Shirts to coats. And there is also the so-called fourth watch. These are the pricey watches but are unique and luxurious. They can be worn with a three-piece suit, formal shoes, and tie. Looking for elegance and quality? Try A. Lange & Sohne's wide array of stylish watches.
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
There are two words that define professional watches: style and performance. And that is what Breitling watches are all about. Breitling has been making instruments for professionals since 1984. As a matter of fact, Breitling played a crucial role in the development of the wrist chronograph. It is the world's only major watch brand to equip its models with chronometer-certified movements. It also produces its own mechanical chronograph movement, which is rare in the industry. This is how passionate Breitling is in producing top-of-the-line timepieces. No surprise, it has become the official supplier to world aviation. Breitling watches do no only look sturdy but they are actually made to last. They are reliable and high-performance instruments. Because of its excellent reputation, Breitling watches will never be out of trend. They are not just fads that wear away in season.
Breitling is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Pink diamonds are rare. They are mostly found in the remote mines of Africa, India, and Brazil and are formed way deep down under the earth’s mantle. What give them the pinkish glare are the minerals safely contained in the crystals that are far from the surface of the earth and safe from the adverse effects of heat. The minerals are hence trapped and preserved in exactly the right amount and time to give them the pinkish hue. It is this rare value of pink diamonds that makes Suna Bros. one of the truly luxurious signatures in the world. Suna Bros. is known for manufacturing pink diamond jewelry that boasts of simple yet splendid creations soothing to the eyes. The platinum diamond leaf bracelet, starfish pendant, heart pendant, snowflake pin, or the simple gold pink diamond ring--all these display the true essence of craftsmanship that Suna Bros. is known for.
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Sometimes the traditional gold or silver jewelry just doesn't blend well with your casual attire of polo shirt, hoodies, and blue jeans. But that doesn't mean you're skipping the bling. John Hardy is a worthy alternative. Have you seen their new arrivals of hip and cool bracelets made of colorful sailing cord, stainless steel, and leather for men and women? Or their creative link bracelets? They’re witty and innovative, not to mention crafted by one of the most admired sustainable jewelry brands today. The John Hardy spirit is inspired by its high regard for the environment. John Hardy pieces showcase the beauty of the earth. Like for instance, its Bamboo collection. One of its designs resembles thin bamboo sticks that have been shaped into bangles. Another design resembles natural black stones beaded into elegant bracelets and necklaces. It’s luxury with a social mindset.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Gems are believed to hold various meanings. From their time of discovery, they have been used for healing and preventing misfortunes. For some it may be hard to find the logic behind these traditional beliefs, but at face value, gems are simply beautiful. And people normally associate beauty with wellness, luck and positive vibrations. But whatever the magic behind these gems, people are captivated and they love wearing them. Marco Bicego perfectly captures the beauty of gems in its jewelry designs. Its Unico collection is made from carefully selected stones that are engraved in yellow or white 18-carat gold. No two gems are alike and Marco Bicego preserves their natural beauty into eternity. You don’t need to believe the healing powers or magic behind gems; you just need to appreciate a truly artistic Marco Bicego gem piece.
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
At the Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week, among the trends spotted on the runway are the pretty pastels. These are soft springtime shades that are easy and delightful to look at. In fact, the colors can be too simple, sometimes bordering in bland, that it will give you more room for accessorizing. An extravagant display of luxury jewelry to match your plain pastel designer clothes wouldn't be a fashion sin. Christopher Designs, which is known for its big-stone jewelry collections, is an eye-catcher. The grandness of its designs will surely perfectly fit without hurting the softness of your plain, simple pastel attire. But this should not be abused! Keep it to just one jewelry piece that will serve as the focal point. The last thing you want to happen is to draw so much attention to your accessories leaving your dress unnoticed.
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
For spring 2014, some fashion-savvy people say orange is the new black. But unlike the universal black though, the fiery hue of orange has to be worn tastefully. Orange is a delicate color that works best with neutral and colors with minimal brightness. The colors you match with it should also be chosen with extra care. For jewelry, an equally solid and vibrant gold will not do harm. Alex Sepkus, which is known for it 18-carat-gold jewelry line that are laden with natural-color diamonds, is clever match for an orange dress. The artistic sense of Alex Sepkus will add more individuality, character and sophistication to its wearer. Consider the play of elements of color and vibrancy in Alex Sepkus jewelry, and a solid-color fashion attire is just like a match made in heaven.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
When it comes to music, the classics are eternal. Even if the classics are passed on from one generation to another, they are deeply embedded in the people's consciousness and culture. The same goes with jewelry, the classics are synonymous to timelessness and undiminishing value. Jewelry brand Stephen Webster, which was founded thirty-eight years ago, is celebrated for creating what it calls the "modern classics". The Webster trade secret that enabled the brand to thrive for 38 years (and counting) is to create jewelry that in time will be among the most-prized collections. The fact that the world's most-admired and glamorous stars in the entertainment business today wear Stephen Webster attests to its superb quality and unsurpassed elegance. Not the least, Stephen Webster has 200 sale hubs worldwide, a testament to the signature’s global prominence.
Stephen Webster is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.