Friday, July 22, 2016
Not many realize that Parmigiani, the luxury Swiss watch brand, is inspired by the founder’s obsession with restoring old watches. A quick look at Parmigiani models, you’ll see that most of Parmigiani’s styles mirror the golden era of wristwatches. Whether it’s a Kalpa or Tonda, the watches reflect the intricate parts moving seamlessly guided by precision engineering. We got a glimpse of Michel Parmigiani, the founder, and his passion for watch restoration, in an exclusive interview with The Jewelry Editor. He’s reported to hold the record of working on more old watches than any other watchmaker. He can, in fact, tell you if your old watch deserves a restoration or if it can fetch a great value with one look. “As a modern observer, look closely at the finishes of the case, the dial, and how it is made,” he said.
Parmigiani is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Wearing luxury jewelry is an art that involves creating your own signature in the process. Your signature is the style that you keep and not necessarily the signature brands that you wear. So you can limit your own style by wearing only one signature luxury brand—for example, Penny Preville—or create your signature based on the jewelry material across different brands. For instance, you prefer yellow gold in most of your jewelry collections or you can be known to love colored gemstones. Keep in mind though that creating a brand of style isn’t a zero-sum game; you can still deviate from this style occasionally. Some of other elements to base your personal jewelry style include: type of stone, trendy vs. classic, monotonous vs. fusion, and bold vs. minimalism.
Penny Preville is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
The watch signature that dates back nearly eighty years ago has two new complications worth investigating. Patek Philippe recently released the World Time Chronograph Reference 5930 and 5230. Both models are inspired by the 1940 unique wristwatch found in the Patek Philippe Museum. The features meet the twenty first-century technical benchmarks, while the mechanism is more complex today with a wide space to host numerous indications, such as, 24-time zones, moon map, day and night meters, and more. The watches feature a Caliber CH 28-520 HU and use refinement Patek Philippe patents in 1959 and 1999. Some of the subtle and intricate changes in the design and engineering include: shifted axes, thinner bridges, newly designed clearances to seamlessly fuse together the varying mechanisms. These are watches that are inspired to inspire people throughout generations.
Patek Philippe available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Piaget is at it again, setting a new frontier to expand its collection of best-selling models. Recently, the company unveiled an all-stainless steel Piaget Polo S, targeting buyers who look for luxury watches under $10,000. The new Piaget is touted to be a game-changer in the luxury watch industry; it combines both value and practicality, which may set a new direction for other luxury watch brands, as well. Piaget wanted to know the new model is a milestone in the company’s history by making sure its launching was equally memorable. The company took over the Duggal Greenhouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and organized a cocktail party to remember. Blue lanterns were all over the venue to lend to the air an electric and eclectic feel. Under the hot summer night, Piaget Polo S was unveiled.
Piaget is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Wearing stud earrings seem a simple case, right? It turned out it isn’t. Sometime last August, how to wear stud earrings became a viral issue in Facebook when a woman confessed she only realized after nineteen years that you take the plastic off. Many people responded with surprise that she didn’t know that, but the funny thing is, many others also confessed of not taking the plastic off. The conversations would have ended there until some people started professing that keeping the plastic backing in stud earrings is actually advisable. The plastic keeps the earrings from drooping especially in women of ‘certain age’ when the ear muscles start to loosen up. Expectedly, the debate died away after a few days (replaced by other newer Facebook debate topics). If you wear the right signature, however, like a Paolo Costagli, it doesn’t matter whether you remove the plastic or not—you’ll still look stunning.
Paolo Costagli is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, July 15, 2016
If you want a watch brand that has the signature Swiss precision timekeeping but not too popular so you keep a degree of mystery, give Panerai a shot. It can match the opulence of any Swiss luxury watch, but it’s also known only to a few Panerai fans and watch collectors who have gone tired, arguably, of other more commonly known Swiss watch brands. And one of the more stylish Panerai models is the Luminor Collection. It has more than twenty models under the collection, each has distinct variation. However, the models share a signature: the big, bold dial and numerals that make the Luminor an ideal pilot watch. The overall design range from jet black to white and sepia dial backdrop that can match a suit or corporate attire.
Panerai is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
You know you can count on a watch brand if it is the official timekeeper or a major event. And what can be more ‘major’ in sports than the Olympics? Omega has been the traditional official timekeeper of the biggest sports event in the world and this year is yet another feather in the cap of the watch brand. It will be measuring time in the Rio Olympics, an activity that will mark the winners from losers. In most cases, were talking about a split second difference, especially in swimming and athletics; hence, timekeeping must be precise down to the millisecond. To celebrate the Olympics, Omega dedicated nine models for the summer event including: the Seamasters Planet Ocean 600 M; Seamasters Axial Master Chronometer; and the Co-Axial Master Chronograph 45.5 M.
Omega is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Often less is more in style and design. This is evident in Italian designs, where designers go for the sleek, sharp, and simple but elegant. On the same note, pearl jewelry like Mikimoto evokes the same appeal. Each pearl is perfectly round, not extra patterns or lavish accents, just the unblemished deep white or black ember of the pearl. A single pearl strung in a single thin strand can stand out in a crowd of women wearing a cornucopia of dazzling gold, platinum, and sterling silver accented by diamonds and colored gemstones. The single-pearl piece exudes confidence, a mark of someone with a high fashion sense. The single pearl single strand necklace is most ideal for women with long necks and broad shoulders to neutralize these physical traits.
Mikimoto is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
There’s no such thing as a perfect relationship. We’re reminded of this as the drama between Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris unfolds before our eyes. The couple or ex-partners used to be the darling of celebrity relationships. Both of them seemed confident and content with each other; not only that, their Instagram pages were replete with pictures of their romantic and happy moments. They were, in short, the envy of many who long for a sweet, intimate relationship. Alas, enter Tom Hiddleston who just has to break the two apart. Today, Swift and Harris still exchange tweets but the tone has changed from romantic to bitterness as the two got entangled in music making credits. So, if you find yourself in a perfect relationship, remind yourself that it’s just the moment—you need to work hard for it every day including making her feel happy, perhaps, with an occasional gift of a Mémoire Bridal jewelry.
Mémoire Bridal is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
Marco Bicego is best known for its rustic appeal that’s the result of using a traditional Italian handcrafting technique. Each piece, in effect, becomes unique, that no two Marco Bicego jewelry item are exactly alike. You can appreciate the brand’s signature design, arguably, in its string of necklaces. The bead necklace stands out for its rugged-looking yellow gold beads strung together. Whether it’s a Lunaria, which is inspired by the elegance of the moon, or Siviglia, the beaded Marco Bicego necklace complements a sleek, linear dress for formal evenings or even everyday sharp corporate outfit. On the other hand, the colorful gemstones provide an accent to some of Marco Bicego’s necklace collections, such as, Jaipur and Goa. The colored stones can be the highlight of your overall fashion.
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Friday, July 08, 2016
John Hardy is known for its bamboo inspired collection and the classic chain line. Both sets reflect the brand’s signature of combining classic European and traditional Balinese arts. Since then John Hardy has introduced models and items along the signature styles. The Classic Chain Signet Ring is one of the newest arrivals to the brand. Its transparent enamel complements its silver body. Another new arrival is the Classic Chain Band Ring that comes in silver and set with a paved gemstone. The stones range from black jade and lapis lazuli to tiger eye and turquoise. There’s also the Legends Eagle Wrap Bracelet, one of our favorites, in silver and leather. The bracelet is at once elegant and casual, so you can use it on a weekend outdoor travel or as part of your daily corporate attire.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
It’s that nagging question about wearing bracelets—should you wear them on both wrists? If you buy a set of elegant bracelets like JB Star, it’s tempting to use them all at once. Strictly speaking, if you’re wearing watch, then you can only wear a bracelet on the opposite wrist. Combining bracelet and watch on the same wrist may scratch the timepiece. However, if the bracelet is leather or made of soft material, you can still get away with a bracelet-watch combo as long as the style matches. It boils down to the individual choice, after all. Just remember, too much accessory is a bad thing. So, it’s better to have one wrist with bracelet or bracelets and the other one is bare to lend a breathing space to your overall style.
JB Star is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
We all love engagement drama, that classic scene of the man kneeling before his girlfriend and asking for her yes. What can be more interesting than that traditional scene? Why, when celebrities do it, of course, when luxury rings like Kwiat are the norm. If you’re living under the rock, here are some of the most notable celebrity engagements this year. Brie Larson and Alex Greenwald got engaged on a Tokyo trip last March. Kate Upton and Justin Verlander announced their hook-up at the Met Gala in Manhattan last May. Meantime, David Hasselhoff, and Hayley Roberts got engaged at a Malibu beachside picnic. Then there’s Trai Byers proposing to Grace Gealey and getting married last April at Grand Cayman Island. But perhaps the most popular celebrity engagements this year is Blac Chyna and Rob Kardaishan, just because Chyna’ ex is dating Kardaishan’s sister. We’re confused, too.
Kwiat is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
We all love a Longines—elegant, sophisticated, expensively exclusive. If this is your first foray to the world of Longines, the wide array of watch selections may overwhelm you. How do you choose between the Master Collection and the Elegant Collection? Or, if you’re into sports, the HydroConquest or Conquest? They’re all enticing. Unless you can buy them all at once, you can head to the Longines official site where a “watch selector” app guides you through deciding your preferred Longines. You’ll be asked to select between men’s and ladies’ watch. Then, you can pick one from five case shapes including oval, round, and rectangular. After that, you’ll choose the dial size, from 30mm to 40mm. Lastly, you pick the type of strap material, whether metal, leather, or other.
Longines is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is easily one of the most recognized symbols of luxury, so wearing one at once reflects your status and sophistication. One of the timepiece signature’s elegant models is The Master, neither too flashy nor flat boring. The Master features a minimalist style, notably its width of 3.60mm is perhaps one of the thinnest in the category. This makes the watch to look delicate—thus, complement a sleek suit—but is powerful inside. The engineering is honed from over 180 years of Swiss perfection combined with the latest in technical design and manufacturing best practices. This watch has its parts accurately in place, which evokes perfect refinement and a restrained air that appeals to the most fashionable men. As with other Jaeger-LeCoultre models, The Master passed through the “1000 Hours Control Test” that ensures the highest quality.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, July 01, 2016
One of the favorites among watch collectors is the pilot’s watch model. This line often features bold dials to help pilots read the time easily even during a turbulence and chronograph function for additional critical data pilots require while flying. If you want to start a pilot’s watch collection, a good brand is IWC. The IWC Pilot’s Watches has a wide range of styles, functions, and price points, which give you flexibility while you build your collection. Among the IWC models, the “Le Petit Prince” is admirable in both style and function, but equally notable is its allusion to one of the world’s most beloved aviators: Antoine Saint-Exupery, the French author of The Little Prince. The watch features mechanical movement, 7-day power reserve, and annual calendar, among others.
IWC is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Planning to get engaged soon? First check this year’s engagement trends if you want to ride on the latest fashion in engagement rings. One style, the delicate silhouette, is making a strong comeback. The classic design features a solitaire diamond as accent. The newer styles, meanwhile, include nature-themed styles that feature bands with vines, leaves, or buds; or interweaving of metal and diamonds called twisting silhouettes. The distinct halo style, a bold fusion of round and cushion diamonds, evokes a vintage style that’s also riding the trend train. Likewise, the claw prong setting is popular this year. The claws end in thin tips that add finesse and elegance to this style. Then there are fancy diamond shapes getting a good market these days. These include oval, emerald, and square cushion cuts.
Hearts On Fire is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Luxury jewelry isn’t only for having something to display on formal evenings and special occasions. In fact, you can also make a habit of collecting exclusive jewelry pieces either as a hobby or investment. Many of the richest, infamous, and royal collectors understand the value inherent in jewelry collection both as a personal heirloom and status symbol. You, too, can have a personal jewelry collection. A good brand to start with is Fred Leighton; it has a special service that assists collectors to find the make and style of certain periods. The company will alert you once it finds one that fits your collection preference. Furthermore, Fred Leighton provides insurance appraisals and estate valuations. Of course, you can always start with Fred Leighton’ Period-Themed jewelry line, including Edwardian, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau.
Fred Leighton is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
Wedding rings don’t have to be in classic style to be elegant. If you want a unique style for your big day, this Furrer-Jacot ring collection may interest you. The brand has a line of carbon rings that lend a novelty fashion to any wedding. The fancier of these sturdy rings has a “wiggly” look, the bands are designed as if they are handcrafted to an imperfect round pattern. The result is a personal style that is at once exclusive and elegant. The ring is made from 750 red gold and carbon with width at 8mm. But if you want a less swanky and more elegant design, another ring model features a diamond setting encrusted in 750 white and yellow gold with width of 7mm. Either way, the Furrer-Jacot carbon rings evoke an air of uniqueness.
Furrer-Jacot is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Are you fond of wearing signature earrings like Harry Kotlar but are allergic to metal? Some people have sensitive skin that even a slight contact with precious metal triggers their allergy. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t wear earrings at all. People with metal allergies have some tricks to get around their allergies, such as, coating the earrings with clear nail polish. The thin invisible coat provides the buffer between skin and metal. Another tip is going for hoops that hook into themselves. Likewise, you can always down a pill an hour before wearing the metal to avoid an allergy attack. Then there are so-called nickel-free earrings, although these are hard-to-find pieces. Yet another helpful technique is rubbing antibiotic cream around the earlobes before wearing the earrings. Note though that if you have a medical condition, it’s best to consult your doctor before applying or taking allergy medications.
Harry Kotlar is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.