Friday, May 01, 2015
It's a novel take on watch design. For a luxury watch, Baume & Mercier's Capeland 10063 evokes inspiration away from formal evening parties or corporate boardrooms. Instead, this luxury watch reminds one of an early morning stroll along a white-sand island beach. Its sky blue lines is reminiscent of a luxurious beachfront mansion along the Mediterranean coast in Corsica. It's luxurious, yet, equally relaxed unlike most luxury watches. The watch has a 40 mm round case, polished and satin-finished and covered with anti-glare, scratch-resistant sapphire glass. Its silver tinted Arabic numerals features Superluminova hands for display, while the alligator-strap with triple folding buckle add a touch of class. You can wear this luxury watch while having breakfast with VIP guests or at corporate meetings. It subtly reflects your class and stature.
Baume & Mercier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Do you know why CEOs are paid tenfold in salary compared to the rank and file? It may sound unfair at first, but a CEO has more than just a job; he has the responsibility for the entire company. In short, all other jobs in the company rest on his shoulder, a great responsibility that, if he fails to produce the results, he's out. He cannot coast through his job, like a rank and file can, but each day is a battle to be won. At the end of the day, he either emerges a winner or a loser. That's why successful CEOs are celebrated like generals who've led their armies to victory. It is for these rare people that the ultimate luxury watch like Corum Tourbilion Billionaire is designed for.
Corum is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
When it comes to luxury jewelry watch, perhaps nothing beats a Chanel. The signature itself evokes of high luxury exclusive to the most fashionable, stylistic women. The brand also evokes of classic elegance, a trait that is earned, not bought. It is this aura that makes Chanel's Prive one of the most luxurious ladies' watch. It has an onyx dial and a camellia in mother of pearl marquetry and brilliant diamonds for time indicator. If you're a Chanel fan, you'll recognize that camellia is Mademoiselle Chanel's favorite, which is evident across her fashion lines since the label was first launched in early 1900s. The watch features an 18k white gold casing. Clearly, it isn't just a watch, but a fashion and class statement that you belong to the rare breed that deserves the legacy of a Chanel.
Chanel is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Its name is a mouthful for a watch, but that's because the Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 jours SQ is rich in features and functions, not the least elegance. Jaeger Lecoultre's top watch reflects its mastery of Swiss watchmaking, precision engineering and timekeeping accuracy. A peek inside the watch reveals an intricate mechanism that works in seamless unison, each minute part perfectly set and aligned down to the millisecond in perpetuity. The watch is so well designed that its perpetual calendar can measure days up to 2100. Likewise, the watch evokes beauty, featuring a symmetrical casing and hand-crafted cover with translucent blue enamel. Without doubt, the Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 jours SQ is a luxury watch of luxury watches designed to impress even the most sophisticated collector.
Jaeger Lecoultre is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
One way to create a mark in fashion is to stay away from trendy styles. For example in watches, that means considering a watch with corners to stand out among round cased-luxury watches. Parmigiani Fleurier's Kalpa Collection is one of the stylish “watches with corners.” It is classic and timeless in elegance. Four-sided casings evoke elegance and power, which fit the style of a CEO or a VIP. Its black or brown leather strap adds class to the watch, a perfect gentleman’s timepiece for the boardroom or formal evening. Kalpa features a PF331 Calibre movement with 55-hour power reserve. It's a precision engineered watch with 220 small parts ticking in perfect unison down to the millisecond. When you wear a Kalpa, you're wearing the status and symbol of a successful person.
Parmigiani Fleurier is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, April 24, 2015
On the back of this IWC watch, a child's illustration shows three cheering girls. They are celebrating life, the theme set by a drawing competition organized by the watchmaker last year. The watch, a Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” model, engraves the winning entry on the back of this limited edition. Parts of the proceeds will support charities that help children in crisis-hit areas. The child artist, an Ugandan, drew inspiration from the universal symbol of happiness of cheering people. It reflects a two-way happiness, that of the cheerers' and the people that they egg on to be happy. It's a 360-degree look at happiness that makes the illustration a simple, yet powerful symbol of how happiness is shared around the world.
IWC is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
When do you give a Suna Bros. ring? Whenever you feel the recipient deserves the best in life. Suna Bros. is not just about diamonds and gems or about the luxury feel of the signature. It is being good at what you do, and then you do better. From the start of the jewelry creation, only the finest metals and gemstones are selected. Then, using high craftsmanship perfected through the years, the Suna Bros. artists magically sets the chosen gems on the platinum, 18 karat white and yellow gold and 20 karat pink gold to create stunning styles. From rings to necklaces, bracelets to earrings, a Suna Bros. jewelry piece is perfectly shaped and polished from all angles. It is the perfect message to your recipient that she deserves the best.
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
In the Godfather series, one characteristic of the dons stand out.: they know how to project importance. If you want to be seen as a boss, too, act like one. Here are some tips. First, comb over your hair neatly with a gel. This makes you look sharp especially when making a decision. Second, wear a suit that tightly fits your body shape. If you're short, this will make you look taller; if you're tall, this will highlight your stature. Second, talk softly and confidently even if you don't know all the answers. The trick is to appear like you're analyzing the issue. Third, touch someone on the shoulder when you want to convince him or emphasize a point. Fourth, wear a neat watch like an A. Lange & Sohne and impress everybody.
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
There's a strong contender that threatens to push aside Superocean as the choice of watch by divers. For decades Superocean has been the favorite timepiece by both military, professional, and recreational divers for its superb functionality and style. It was launched in 1957 and was quickly adopted by recreational divers as a statement of class, among others. Today, a new watch is set to outclass Superocean: the Superocean II. It is still the watch for a superdiver that combines style and performance, but the dial and bezel are redesigned for a sleeker look. The profile is slimmer, too, with an additional 36 mm size and featuring a rubber strap. It's light and comfortable to wear, while the ultra-sturdy steel casing guarantees water-proof up to 1,000 m.
Breitling is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Ball Watch stands for American ingenuity and that get-go attitude. Like the timepiece signature that allowed American railroads to keep precision timekeeping as they heralded the country to become the world's most industrialized country, this Ball Watch ambassador believes nothing is impossible when you put your heart into your work. On October 4, 2004, Brian Binnie climbed into his private rocket SpaceShipOne and piloted it up high to a world-record 69.6 miles of altitude into space. For his accomplishment he won $10 million; but more importantly, his efforts paved the way for a new era in space exploration. “I wake up every morning and thank God I live in a country where all of this is possible,” he said. It's the same Yankee ingenuity that has propelled Ball Watch to perfect railroad timekeeping.
Ball Watch is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, April 17, 2015
There's an avant-garde feel about Alex Sepkus' men's jewelry collection. At the same time, the lines are bold and the style is reminiscent of ancient artifacts, with solid shapes of rounds and squares dominating the design layout. From cufflinks to rings and bracelets, the Alex Sepkus men's line is rich in details. For one, the 18k gold band (6mm wide) is rustic yet elegant. It can be worn on a casual evening or an important cocktail event. Likewise, platinum Stone Windows band (7.5mm wide) exudes a tough, rough surface, which works well with a black-tie or white-tie party. The Temple Wall 18k gold band (9mm wide) is equally elegant in a formal evening. You also have a choice to be playful with your Alex Sepkus, namely by wearing a fly and beetle cufflinks with sapphire accents.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Thinking what to give him on his special day? John Hardy, the Bali-inspired jewelry brand, has a full line of men's jewelry for your special one. From rings to pendants and bracelets, John Hardy is sure to impress even the rugged guy. The materials are in silver or 18k gold accented by gemstones including black chalcedony, sapphire, and turquoise. Likewise, the line is featured in three iconic John Hardy collections: Classic Chain, Dot, and Naga. From $300 to $3,000, the pieces range from simple beaded bracelet to the luxurious silver link bracelet. He can wear it whether he's out meeting a client or attending a formal party. He can even take the piece out to his outdoor adventures, either while deep diving or rock climbing. This jewelry is one tough piece with a touch of elegance.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Christopher Designs impressed participants and viewers at the Luxury Review in Manhattan last year with its largest cut diamond: a 20-carat luxurious stone. To give you a perspective, the diamond almost occupies half of a standard size palm. Margaret Becker of Christopher Designs said the diamond is part of the company's signature style, the patented CrissCut, which allows the diamond to maintain its natural shape, while creating an optimized formation of the facets for greater brilliance. The oversize diamond share the same features in proportion to the jewelry pieces that Christopher Designs sell in its shop. “You get more color and fire than regular stones,” Becker added. The event further cemented the jewelry brand's signature, especially among New York's elite, who know what Christopher Designs stands for: ultimate luxury in its category.
Christopher Designs is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
If it's your first time to start collecting a line of Marco Bicego, we recommend that you start with Unico, the rustic, unique line of colored gemstones. Each stone is uniquely shaped and crafted into 18k yellow or white gold with unusual shapes. The first time you see this collection, you know at once what Marco Bicego stands for: novel, rustic, free-spirited. Unico jewels are hand engraved using the traditional Bulino technique. Gemstones range from cushion cut sapphires to a wide array of emeralds, aquamarines, and tanzanites. The color display is mesmerizing whether you're wearing an Unico necklace, pair of earrings, or ring. Marco Bicego's Unico brings elegance to a casual fashion or, conversely, it brings playfulness in a formal event. It's that unique personality and charm that makes the signature one-of-a-kind collectible.
Marco Bicego is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Stephen Webster introduces one of the most inspiring jewelry lines of late: MagniPheasant. It's a depiction of the exotic bird's multicolored plumage, a species found in the English countryside. The feathers are represented by 18k white gold with mutli-color marquise-cut gemstones and tipped in pave diamonds. The items are rustic as they are elegant that fit the most luxurious cocktail evenings. This collection offers more than a dozen styles, from the simple lines of Plumage Collar and Pave Short Necklace to the complex color display of Feathers Collar and Feathers Cocktail Ring. We fell in love with the Feathers Long Pendant in 18k white gold, black spinels and white diamonds. Likewise, the Plumage Cocktail Open Ring is impressive in a marquise-cut tanzanite, pear shape tanzanite, and white diamond pave.
Stephen Webster is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Diamonds are made more precious because no two stones are alike. Moreover, when raw diamonds go through the jewelry manufacturing process, the difference is even highlighted with miniscule variations in cut and clarity. In effect, when you own a diamond jewelry, it's likely a unique piece. Kwiat celebrates this individuality in its line of engagement and wedding collections. Each jewelry piece has its own mesmerizing display of refracted light dispersed through a brilliant spectrum of flashes in the crown. A Kwiat diamond is cut at a precise angle and size to maximize the light display and meet the standards set by the Gemological Institute of America. Aside from the rings, you have a wide selection of Kwiat pendants, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and pins to make your fashion a stand alone in the room.
Kwiat is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Michael M. has been offering a range of fine jewelry collections for years now. Founded in 2008, the company has build up a reputation for engagement and wedding jewelry, notably the white diamond and sapphire collections, that feature sophisticated modern undertones. If Michael M.'s collection seems a perfection that goes beyond seven years in the industry, that's because the founder has been perfecting his craft for over twenty-five years now long before he started the company. This extensive experience is reflected in the signature regal European shank and Dreaming in Color line. Its finest diamonds are set in platinum, 18k white gold or yellow gold for that ultimate luxury feel. When you give or wear a Michael M. you are wearing the highlight of the event, whether you are getting engaged or married.
Michael M. is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Some follow the yellow brick road to their imaginings, while others go to 680 Madison Avenue to see baby shoes and ladybugs transformed into fanciful jewelry. Grandmas, mothers, daughters, women across ages find Aaron Basha a delightful set of charms for their magical collection. The signature jewelry has been creating detailed stud sets, charms, and accessories with focus on shoes, lady bugs, and the evil eye made in 18k gold, platinum, French emerald, diamond, and other gems. Aaron Basha, the owner, is also known to help clients herself, when she's around her magical shop in Madison. She'll help you start a collection that you can build up up to your old age, then, pass this collection to the next generation as an heirloom. Aaron Basha's pieces are also ideal as a sentimental gift to a special loved one.
Aaron Basha is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Can't decide which jewelry style to wear: contemporary or classical? Either style has its specific traits and the best way to choose the right fit is to base it on your personality. If you find yourself in this dilemma, think of Chimento. It is both stylish and comfortable, while offering an array of pieces that creates a fusion of modern lines with a touch of classic aura. There is an attention to detail in its contour lines that make your fashion look sharp and elegant. Chimento uses 18k gold and other precious metals and gems and shape them into its signature look. Whether you are a novice in fine jewelry or a client for decades now, you'll find Chimento a premium find for its style, comforts, and continuous releases of new lines.
Chimento is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
It claims to have the world's most perfectly cut diamond. Hearts On Fire backs its claim with decades of traditional jewelry craftsmanship and the use of precision technology to create a line of diamond jewelry with accurate measurements down to the minute details. The company only chooses the most transparent diamonds with a 0.002% miniscule fraction to get the best glow. Furthermore, only 400 master craftsmen today are qualified to create a Hearts On Fire piece. They cut and polish raw diamonds at 100x magnification compared to the industry benchmark at 10x. The result is a deep dazzle of light in each diamond the company referred to as “Ten Table Diamond.” That means if you put a Hearts On Fire diamond ten tables away from a candlelight, the gemstone will still reflect an array of dancing light.
Hearts on Fire is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.