Friday, December 20, 2013
The Swiss luxury watch brand Baume & Mercier has a long story and heritage behind it. It predecessor company Frères Baume was established in 1830, in a village called Les Bois of the Swiss Jura regions. The brand swiftly rose to high ranks as a major watch company, as founding brothers Louis-Victor and Joseph-Célestin Baume ensured the brand accepted only perfection and manufactured only watches of the highest quality. Since its founding, the watch brand’s aim has been to make high-quality traditional watches that are enhanced by the breakthrough technologies of the age. Baume was already recognized as a worldwide name with presence in Switzerland, United States, Africa, Australia and Asia before the 1870s, winning for itself 10 Grand Prix Awards and 7 medals. After the First World War, Frères Baume became Baume et Mercier (now Baume & Mercier), and very soon afterwards was awarded the Geneva Hallmark, which is the highest token of watchmaking craftsmanship.
Discover more of Baume & Mercier’s heritage of excellence at authorized retailer Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
Those who are familiar with the artistic flourishes and fine watchmaking craftsmanship of Parmigiani Fleurier Swiss watches surely enjoy the delightful anticipation that comes with every timepiece that the brand unveils. Created by artisans, Parmigiani Fleurier distinguishes itself with flawless movement, polished jewels, evocative aesthetics and expertly executed components. The brand’s founder himself, Michel Parmigiani, is a man of the art – a watchmaker at heart whose creative works are fueled by a strong desire to produce unique timepieces that bind traditional watchmaking and contemporary appeal together in one interest-piquing package. Part of that uniqueness comes from the brand’s insistence to veer away from watered-down mass production and using time-tested watchmaking techniques to ensure each piece will be enjoyed by future generations in its gloriously beautiful state. The most intriguing distinction for Parmigiani Fleurier is the artistic sense that comes with every model that it launches, from vibrant concepts such as the Quaestor Labyrinthe, to truly artistic designs like marquetry-infused dials. Always vibrant, always mechanically excellent.
Find Parmigiani Fleurier watches at authorized retailer Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
One of the most exciting releases by Jaeger LeCoultre this year is the Hybris Mechanica Grand Sonnerie, which is a prized and compelling hyper complex watch. Crafted by master watchmakers and engineers, with 26 complications and 1472 parts, the Sonnerie is easily one of the most complicated watches ever produced in the history of horology. The watch’s 37 mm calibre 182, which contains more than 182 parts, is one of the most complex and sophisticated movement available. It follows LeCoultre’s dual wing concept, whose functions include a 50-hour power reserve, retrograde perpetual and instant calendars, minute repeater, silence, watch and strike power reserve indicators, and hourly and quarterly indicators featuring the Westminster Carillon. The aesthetic design itself is a fascinating intricacy that harmonizes the different functions into one overall picture of engineering and watchmaking ingenuity. Surely, it is a grand complication that one cannot help but scrutinize with pure admiration.
Check it out at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco – an authorized retailer for Jaeger LeCoultre.
There are too few watches that you can readily admire simply for its sheer elegance, especially when it is a dive watch. Among those too few pieces is Chanel’s J12 Chromatic dive watch. Made of ceramic infused with titanium, the lightweight and highly scratchproof surface of the 33 to 41 mm case and bracelet gives it a metallic finish and stand-out luxurious look. The tracteur ETA 2892 powers the hour, minute and seconds functions displayed in a beautifully understated sapphire coated dial. It has a 200 meter water endurance, making it a resilient timepiece not only for diving but for most kinds of rigorous activities. And yet, J12 Chromatic exudes the sophistication of high price-range dress watches, with a bracelet that glides smoothly around the wrist and a design that is elegant not only in what it displays but in what it leaves out.
Experience elegance that you can see and feel, with Chanel’s J12 Chromatic dive watch. Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon is an authorized retailer for Chanel.
The train on the railway is one of the images strongly connected to America’s most prominent brand of heavy-duty professional watches – the Ball Watch company. Though the size of a timepiece is a far cry from the enormity of a railway system, the two have one vital function in common – on the dot precision. A tragic collision at Kipton in 1891, which was caused by minute variations in the two trains’ timekeeping, prompted the establishment of stringent timekeeping standards throughout the whole railway system. Ball Watch was a part of this crucial development, being the first official railroad watch in the U.S. Since its early railroad days, Ball Watch has gone with expeditions to the freezing tundras of the North and South Poles, boarded historic space missions and accompanied divers to unreached depths. Ball Watch proudly bears its maxim “accuracy under adverse conditions”, as it caters the precision, durability and functionality needs of extreme professionals and adventurers.
Check out Ball Watch at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto – authorized retailer for Ball Watch.
IWC matches the intricacies of the turning of the world with an equally complicated timepiece – the globe-bearing IWC Portuguese Grande Complication. Understated and beautifully designed, the grande complication summarizes time as the chief agent of change with its tilted globe design on the dial and Portuguese-inspired elements. The 45 mm diameter timepiece, running on Caliber 79091 self-winding mechanical chronograph movement, offers a host of complications that are among the greatest watchmaking achievements. Portuguese Grande Complication features a chronograph, a perpetual moonphase display on the 12th hour, and a perpetual calendar that is mechanically programmed until 2499. Water resistant up to 3 bars and protected by arch-edged antireflective sapphire glass, the 45 mm watch also has a stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds. On the case back, an elaborate sextant is engraved, signifying the watch’s Portuguese heritage.
Explore the complications of the Portuguese Grande, available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco – authorized retailer for IWC.
Whether you are live a profession or lifestyle that constantly throws you into brawls with danger, or simply a cautious executive who would rather be prepared for anything, you would love to strap on Breitling’s Emergency Watch II on your wrist. The Emergency II was designed and pieced together by 130 year old Swiss manufacturing company for luxury timepieces and chronographs. With established expertise on producing excellent quality professional watches for aviation and diving, Breitling offers not only precision and durability necessary in these fields, but also a reliable emergency rescue plan. The water-resistant COSC certified chronometer, powered by the Caliber 76 Superquartz movement, bears a beacon system, much like a radio transmitter, that can easily be activated to send 406.040 MHz bands of signal monitored by low-lying satellites of Cospas-Sarsat System. A rescue team is then deployed to the area, anywhere in the world. Now that is some neat safety measure, and all in a space of a 51mm titanium watch.
Find Breitling’s Emergency II at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon – authorized retailer for Breitling.
Friday, December 13, 2013
For over 150 years, the German watchmaking company of A. Lange & Sohne has kept its place as one of the world’s best high-end watch manufacturers. In a field where the competition is stiff and the task is demanding, this isn’t quite an easy feat and could only be done by keeping the highest quality and standards. What sets this brand apart is its distinctive movement design. Aside from a few models, all Lange watches have mechanical movements. These movements are made from an alloy of copper and nickel known as “German Silver” which gives the movements their unusual color and sheen. Lange watch cases are made of gold or platinum. The timepieces contain distinctive features such as an asymmetric layout without any overlapping among its key indicators. For instance, a dial displays the hours and minutes while a lesser dial displays seconds. Simply yet luxuriously designed, the Lange & Sohne’s high quality watches remain a benchmark for classic watchmaking excellence.
Find A. Lange & Sohne at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
For almost a century now, Suna Brothers has been creating exquisite jewelry pieces from the world's rarest gem stones. Generations of the Suna family have worked closely together to uphold the tradition of excellence established by Kennel and Joel Suna, founders of the Suna Bros. The outstanding quality and the exquisitely timeless beauty of their designs are only a couple of the reasons why Suna Bros’ engagement rings and bands have been the choice of couples for decades. Made exceedingly durable and beautifully seamless through their die-struck process, the mountings of their rings and bands are handcrafted from the finest platinum or gold. Each precious stone is carefully handset into the mounting leaving no gaps between the gems. Beneath each gem is a handcut, pyramid-shaped opening or jour which allows light to enter and then cause the stone to sparkle brilliantly. Draw out a woman's inner sparkle the way Suna Brothers draws out a gem's beauty.
Find them at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto - authorized retailer for Suna Brothers.
Marco Bicego’s creative ingenuity is beautifully expressed in the interplay of sheen and texture between the yellow gold and the vibrant gemstones of his Murano Collection. Beautifully hand-engraved in the time-tested Bulino technique, the textured gold in interspersed by polished gold elements and dramatically enhanced by gemstones that reflect the Venetian Sea in its many moods - from its deep, mysterious shades at dawn to the sun-blushed tints of dusk. The 18K yellow gold of this Murano bracelet is handcast into round-edged geometric shapes that envisage smooth pebbles on a golden beach. The polished gold elements provide contrast to the fine texture of the hand-engraved 18K gold while irregularly-faceted topaz, amethyst, quartz and tourmaline, among others, lend their vibrant beauty to this exquisite work of art.
Marco Bicego’s fabulous Murano Collection is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
John Hardy takes the best of two worlds as the brand successfully blends traditional Balinese jewelry–making techniques with Western designs and concepts. The distinctive modern oriental look of John Hardy creating this exemplary brand’s definite appeal. Palu in Balinese means “to hammer”. It is also an age-old Balinese jewelry-making technique of rhythmic hand-hammering that transforms gold’s surface into undulating dunes of a sun-kissed golden beach or silver into a rippling moonlit lake. This ancient technique is the inspiration for John Hardy’s appropriately-named Palu Collection. The interplay of light and shadow on the precious metal’s surface is the focal point of this breathtaking collection. Superbly handcrafted in fine silver and gold and shaped to emulate the moon’s cool beauty and the sun’s shimmering brilliance, the Palu Collection beautifully expresses John Hardy’s love for natural elegance.
Find John Hardy at authorized retailer Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco.
Over the years, engagement rings have been given as a symbol of everlasting love and devotion. No one really knows when this symbolic tradition began but ancient Egyptians used to give engagement rings made of bone or ivory. Now, engagement rings are made of precious metals such as gold or platinum and enhanced by the brilliance of diamonds. Diamonds are the perfect gems for engagement rings. The enduring rock, whose beauty outshines all others when handled with expertise and care, appropriately symbolize enduring love. Christopher Designs understands that an engagement ring is not only a symbol of a couple’s love for each other but a statement of personal style as well. The company constantly strives to create unique bands of exemplary quality and elegant designs that would satisfy even the most discriminating customer. Creating the breathtaking diamond cut called the Crisscut, founder Christopher Slowinski has added the spectacular beauty of this brilliant gem to his fabulous array of engagement rings and bands.
If you wish to give only the best, find Christopher Designs at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
“When I design a piece of jewelry, it is as if I am writing a book”, says Alex Sepkus. And like outstanding books, his fabulous jewelry creations entrance us with their timeless magic. Meticulously handmade, each original piece tells a beautiful story in precious gold or platinum and vibrant gemstones. Every detail is carefully designed and finely-executed. Alex Sepkus’ team of highly-talented craftsmen frequently use microscopes to execute the fine details and the unique hand finishing that give his pieces their distinct appeal. Sepkus’ creations do not conform to any standard style or design for each piece is like a personal statement that touches a responding chord within the wearer and makes her feel that the jewelry piece was made especially for her. The Alex Sepkus Gold Pathway Ring, for instance, takes us to the flagstoned pathway of an ancient temple of a bygone area.
Alex Sepkus’ unique creations are available at Shreve & Co in Post Street in San Francisco - authorized retailer for Alex Sepkus.
After honing his skills as an apprentice at the famous Hatton Garden of London, Stephen Webster has risen to become one of the leading designers of the industry and the creative director of the crown jeweller, Garard. Drawing on his vast experience and inimitable artistry, Stephen Webster creates jewelry designs that are innovative and bold yet brimming with elegant appeal. Intricately-detailed, his designs bring into focus the intrinsic beauty of gemstones, lending lustrous flairs to each piece. His 18K rose gold Poison Apple Necklace is dramatically adorned by deeply-luscious pave rubies shimmering against a black rhodium setting, while its polished rose gold stalk is topped by a single, brilliant white diamond. The apple locket has a top opening detail. A logo-engraved tag together with a lobster claw fastening complete its 20-inch chain. As its name suggests, this glamorous Stephen Webster jewel intoxicates the senses.
Stephen Webster’s luscious jewels are available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
Friday, November 29, 2013
When you purchase a Furrer-Jacot band, you are purchasing a piece of superb craftsmanship. Each piece of jewelry created by Furrer-Jacot has behind it a tradition of fine craftsmanship that has been passed down from one generation to the next for over 155 years. Blending age-old techniques with innovative high technology, Furrer-Jacot adheres to its tradition of excellence and unsurpassed quality. Every aspect of the jewelry pieces are made one ring at a time by highly-skilled jewelers at the company’s shops in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Unique and individualized, Furrer-Jacot’s dramatic designs are made for the people who are not afraid to stand out. Extremely eye-catching, the bands are a pure luxury to wear such as the Men’s Brushed Chain Link Wedding Band which is superbly crafted in 18K yellow, white or rose gold. This highly-unique band has a satin smooth finish that fells extremely comfortable against the skin.
Visit Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco to find the Furrer-Jacot band just for you.
From Roberto Coin’s flair for beauty and excellence comes an astounding gem – the Cento Diamond. Taking the brilliance of this beautiful gem to a higher level, the Cento has twice as many facets as the traditional 57-facet diamond. Boasting of 37 facets on the table and an astounding 63 facets around its pavillion, Cento dazzles with its brilliance and fire. Its facets create a symmetrical floral pattern at the heart of the gem. Made from flawless to nearly-flawless stones, this cut is applied to diamonds over 0.07 carats. Roberto Coin chooses only colorless diamonds to bring out the Cento’s ultimate beauty. Seeming to say “I Love You” a hundred times over, the Cento C-profile Solitaire Ring is made of platinum with a 4-prong C-profile setting that securely holds the centerstone, which is often accented by smaller diamonds. Roberto’s signature ruby on the inside of the band completes this fabulous piece.
Propose with a Cento Diamond from Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco.
Roberto Coin, Italian jeweler and designer, signs his jewelry creations with a small ruby or rubellite in a hidden position that will surely touch the wearer’s skin. With this ruby, Roberto Coin pays tribute to the passion and joy of living which he also exemplifies in his jewelry designs. Many myths and legends surround this vibrant gem. Since ancient times, the ruby has symbolized love, passion, vivacity and power. A ruby’s red glow seems to come from flames deep within it, never to be extinguished, making it a symbol of everlasting love. Ancient Egyptians believed that when a ruby is worn next to the skin, it would bring its wearer happiness, health and good fortune as well as success in affairs of the heart while Burmese warriors protected themselves by inserting rubies under their skin. Roberto Coin brings the mystique of these ancient myths and legends to his vibrant jewelry creations.
Experience the mystique of Roberto Coin at authorized retailer Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
The A. Link Lattice Eternity Band is an elaborate and elegant symbol of commitment and love. The band is masterfully crafted from high grade platinum and has a shared-prong mounting that shows off the maximum surface of A. Link's Forevermark Diamonds. The Forevermark Diamond marks a long tradition of diamond expertise maintained for over 125 years. Each diamond is hand-selected and meticulously scrutinized, which is why only 1% of the world’s diamonds become Forevermark. The beauty of these stunning gems are given center stage in each A. Link jewelry piece allowing them to sparkle and dazzle. With its long tradition of outstanding craftsmanship and elegant designs, A. Link creates precious jewelry that last for more than a lifetime. Their timeless beauty have always been meant to last in elegance unfazed by time.
Find your Link Lattice Eternity band and other A. Link pieces at Shreve & Co in Palo Alto.
A woman once wrote about a jewelry piece she owned that survived the flames that had ravaged her home. The jewelry piece which had been a gift to her was a Wellendorff Collier with a little golden angel. Inspired by her story, Wellendorff launched its Golden Angel Collection. Finely-crafted in the Wellendorff tradition of excellence and classic beauty, each ring in this collection holds a touching secret – a little golden angel beautifully etched inside the band. A heavenly host like secret guardians in each band brings a sense of security and warmth to its wearer. The Golden Angel Collection exemplifies Wellendorff’s long tradition of superb craftsmanship and outstanding quality which this family-owned company has upheld for more than a hundred and twenty years. As in all Wellendorff creations, each piece in the Golden Angel Collection carries the Wellendorff logo – a diamond W. The most costly trademark in the world, the Wellendorff W is crafted from 18K gold and adorned with a full-cut diamond.
Discover your Wellendorff Angel at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Byzantine – the word brings to mind vaulted cathedrals and arched palaces with perfectly-shaped domes and buttresses, all intricately decorated and shimmering with colorful mosaics. In this ancient Empire, lavish jewelry were made of gold, bronze, or enamel set with pearls, rubies, emeralds, and other precious gems. The regal yet romantic designs of this bygone era inspired Penny Preville’s Byzantine Collection. Expertly fusing old world techniques with contemporary designs and accents, Penny individually designed the luxurious pieces of this collection. Precious metals such as 18K white, yellow or rose gold and platinum were exquisitely crafted into fine details to create fabulous scroll bangles, teardrop-shaped earrings, delicate chains and eye-catching bands. The exquisite pieces are further enhanced by the shimmering hues of pink and blue sapphires, brilliant diamonds, pearls and moonstones. “My goal is to keep designing pieces that will make a woman look and feel fabulous,” Penny Preville once said. Her breathtaking Byzantine Collection not only makes a woman feel fabulous – it makes her totally feel like a woman.
Penny Preville’s Collections are available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco.