Friday, April 22, 2016
Power dressing is all about projecting confidence, authority, and credibility. It helps you set a high-level benchmark at once when meeting people who come across you for the first time. In the corporate world this is important when meeting with prospects, partners, or suppliers, who you need to impress even before you say a single word. It’s called sublime impression that communicates to the other party of your importance. Sleek suits, leather shoes, neat personal style are all part of power dressing. Likewise, wearing the right watch is important. Often in meetings, people’s eyes stray from looking at you to looking at visual cues about you even unintentionally. If they spot a Breitling Chronomat 41 on your wrist, they know you have class and taste, traits that may aid you to close a deal.
Breitling is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Classic jewelry diamond set on white gold or platinum can be transformed into something less formal by combining it with colorful dresses or bright casual clothes. This way, your wedding or engagement ring can be a part of your summer look. On another note, colored gems look livid when paired with plain clothes for, yet again, another summer style. If you have old jewelry pieces you haven’t worn for a long time, for example, pearls, why not get a couple of beads and string them with sterling silver bangles or bracelets. The pearls’ shiny white gleam will add an elegant accent to silver jewelry. Yellow gold and sterling silver like in an Alex Sepkus collection are also complementary, for instance, a yellow gold earring with a sterling silver necklace can work pretty well.
Alex Sepkus is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
The gentleman today in the corporate world can be as vain as women. They can clean their face with facial wash, or rub cream on their face before retiring. They can also have liposuction, skin bleach, and other cosmetic surgeries to make them appear younger, healthier; thus, more competitive. Furthermore, the young man of today can be choosy about his clothes. No longer limited to the boring suits of his father’s time, today’s man has a slew of fashionable suits, shoes, and even jewelry to choose from. Although it is now acceptable for men to be vain, the gentleman with confidence doesn’t need all the vain treatments to look good. Sometimes he just needs to wear the right classic stuff, like a Baume & Mercier Classima watch, for instance.
Baume & Mercier is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.
There are many ways to look fashionable and get the attention of your co-workers. One is to follow the trend. Trends are often started by Hollywood, so wearing something that’s popular among celebrities can make you look popular, too. Two is to create your own style. But this approach may be difficult if you don’t have a natural swag for fashion. Three, which is the road less traveled, is to wear something out of the ordinary. We don’t mean you look like Lady Gaga, but a little added piece to your overall getup can create a stunning look. Tip—wearing a Bell & Ross vintage watch gives you an air of wisdom and confidence. Vintage is a sign of earned experience and that signals to your colleagues that you’re a veteran in the field who commands authority.
Bell & Ross is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Yellow gold has a flair and flamboyance that you have to be careful to match it with less vivid clothes to highlight the jewelry piece’s strength. Yellow gold usually works well with light neutral colors like white, grey, light brown, etc. However, yellow gold may look too vivid when matched with black; it reminds one of the flag of Germany. On the other hand, the jewelry complements primary and secondary colors in their light shades: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, and violet. When matched with these colors, yellow gold becomes more striking and the style gives off a lively style that works fine on casual and semi-formal occasions. For luxurious yellow gold, Carrera Y Carrera has a wide selection that features intricate patterns and radiant shine.
Carrera Y Carrera is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, April 15, 2016
In yet another highlight of A. Lange & Sohne’s renowned watch craftsmanship, the The Zeitwerk Minute Repeater was awarded the Technical Star at the Watchstars Awards 2016 last March. The award was given to Walter Lange for his masterpiece during a media event at the Baselworld show, the world’s premier event for watch signatures. Zeitwerk was critiqued by 51 international watch experts standing as jury; they chose the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater for its renowned reinterpretation of a complication. The timepiece features a Lange LO43.5 manufacture calibre, a lever escapement, with an in-house manufactured shock-resistant screw balance spring that moves at a frequency of 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour. It is available in black leather strap that highlights the mechanical underpinnings of the complication. This watch is truly a masterpiece.
A. Lange & Sohne is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Who said luxury watches come in round shapes? Not Vacheron Constantin, which has some of the more eccentric shapes in its array of collections. Perhaps the most out-of-the-box shape of them is Heures Creatives line, which has around eight models in varying shapes. One model is shaped as a fan hugging the strap, while another is subtly aligned with the strap, as if the whole watch is just a bracelet. Yet another Heures Creatives model mimics an opulent mirror, reminiscent of the mirror we see in royal bedrooms. Meanwhile, the 1972 Collection also has strange, but surprisingly, elegant shapes. The collection has about seven models, each one shaped as a rectangular in an interesting perspective angle, as if you’re looking at the casing from a 45-degree angle on its left side.
Vacheron Constantin is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
The beauty of charms lies in their ability to create meaningful gifts or personal purchase out of seemingly trivial items. You can have a travel-inspired charm as a souvenir to your Paris honeymoon, maybe. Or a baby charm to mark the memory of having your first baby. Aaron Basha has a line of these lovely charms that you can easily put meaning with. For example, the Airplane Charm or Ball Fish with Flower Charm can be a special gift to your child’s 6th birthday. He or she can wear the charm from thereon, as part of his or her casual getup at school or in social gatherings. The charm becomes a physical bonding icon for you and your child, reminding both of you of those memorable childhood years.
Aaron Basha is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Portland, Oregon.
Aside from its spinning patent feature, Wellendorff is also known for its iconic Ring of the Year collection. We got a glimpse of these luxuriously crafted rings last year, when Wellendorff exhibited the rings to celebrate its 20th anniversary. It was in 1997 when Wellendorff started creating a limited Special Ring edition and engraved with the year. The Special Rings also feature a special motif, such as, angles, butterflies, and fireworks. All the nineteen Special Rings were on display at the Year Exhibition at Gallery last year in Hong Kong. Some of the items mark special events, such as: the handover of Hong Kong to China and the 2015 edition, the Love for Life motif. This year, Wellendorff is releasing only 216 Danke rings for select women, keeping with the collection’s exclusivity appeal.
Wellendorff is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
Heirlooms are not only about physical items that you keep, then pass on to the next generation. It can also be a place. Yes, an actual location that holds a special memory for you and your loved one that you can point to one day to your child. For example, the restaurant where you first dated, or the church where you got married. It can also be your first house as a couple, or the hospital where your first baby was born. It can even be as trivial—but no less memorable—as that bench in the park where you’d spend late afternoons as a young couple. However, this place may one day be gone and it’s beyond your control. So A. Jaffe has a wonderful idea: its Maps Collection allows you to mark the location with a diamond that you can wear as a pendant forever.
A. Jaffe is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, April 08, 2016
Steven Kretchmer’s Tension Set Collection has a classic and contemporary appeal at once. The ring features a solitaire stone, a traditional style, but the diamond is set differently. Instead of pronged, it is held by two bold platinum “arms,” as if the thumb and point finger holding the stone delicately. The result is an avant garde effect, an ideal style for the modern woman (and man). One of its models, the Omega Flat ring has a half-matte finish and a flattened shank, instead of a rounded shank, that firmly holds the stone (not included). The Omega Flat, as are many of Steven Kretchmer’s collections, is available in 18k yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, and platinum. Aside from 0.50ct diamond, the ring can also hold ruby, sapphire round brilliant.
Steven Kretchmer is available at Shreve & Co. on Portland, Oregon.
Baselword is a favorite event to launch a new model by timepiece signatures. Tudor, in fact, rolled out a new watch, the Heritage Black Bay in Bronze, as an addition to its line of vintage-style watches. It’s a first for Tudor to feature a watch with a chocolate-brown dial matched by a bronze case. The new model builds on the theme of its most recent predecessor, the Black Bay Black, and like its cousin models, it is inspired by the Tudor Submarine released and made popular in the fifties. It has a 43-mm casing made of high-grade aluminum bronze alloy and featuring the iconic screw-winding crown with an engraved Tudor rose emblem. The watch is water-resistant for up to 200 meters and features a Caliber MT5601 movement.
Tudor is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
Just this March, a scam company in London targeted clueless investors to sell them fancy colored diamonds at inflated prices. The pricing was marked up as much as 550% off industry rates. The company trading as the Coloured Diamond Exchange lured potential investors via cold calling. The company rented out space in London and claimed it has another office in the United Arab Emirates. Worse, after the sale, investors were unable to hear from the company again. The company is said to have made around 77 sales totalling US$1.7 million. Fancy diamonds like yellow, green, red, and blue stones are more highly valued than white diamonds because the latter are rare. However, to make sure you’re getting the right value off fancy diamonds, nothing beats buying them from a signature shop like Suna Bros.
Suna Bros. is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco, and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Heritage is important in diamond jewelry making, but it doesn’t mean heritage alone is the mark of a diamond signature. Technology can help improve on heritage, too. Take Royal Asscher, a diamond cut signature renowned since the turn of the twentieth century. For over a hundred years, the Asscher Cut has been the benchmark for many jewelers for square emerald diamond cut featuring 58 facets. But with the help of computer modeling and simulation, the great-grandsons of founder, Joseph Asscher, were able to create a 74-facet square emerald cut. The Royal Asscher Cut was introduced as the new Asscher; with the help of intensive research and technology’s precision measurements, the Royal Asscher Cut elevates further the signature’s square emerald diamond. This diamond cut is patented, ensuring that you’re getting both heritage and modern technology when you buy a Royal Asscher.
Royal Asscher is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Sloane Street was launched just a year ago and its collections quickly garnered the attention of jewelry fans and collectors. The signature is the brainchild of a mom-and-daughter duo based in Corona del Mar, CA, featuring collections of semi-precious stones. Charlotte Gadbois, the daughter, said that people like the fresh approach of the brand in combining colors. “It’s feminine and so wearable. You can dress it up and dress it down,” she said in an interview with OrangeCoast.com. She said that although Sloane Street has a timeless appeal, they have a line of collections that caters to color trends. This makes Sloane Street a good choice when you need to shift from classic to contemporary as often as you want for myriad everyday but varying style.
Sloane Street is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, April 01, 2016
Choosing the right engagement ring for you involves a lot of factors including personal preference, pricing, shapes, and style trends. Another factor to think of is your skin tone, as this also affects the overall appearance of the ring once it’s is worn. There are two general skin tone categories: warm and cool. Skin tone isn’t hue, but the color of your veins takes as they appear through the skin. People with warm skin tone have green veins, while those with cool skin tone exhibit blue veins. Traditional yellow gold is ideal for warm skin-toned people, while cool skin-tone is best complemented by rose gold. These are general guidelines though and the best way to choose is still to visit a Precision Set shop and exclusive retailers and try on a wide range of their collections.
Precision Set is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Piaget was on spotlight at Art Dubai 2016 last March 16 to 19 binging out its patrimony line for exhibit that included its Andy Warhol, Jackie Kennedy, and Elizabeth Taylor collections. The watchmaker also displayed novel haute joaillerie pieces, among others, owned by VIP clients in Middle East. One of the more stunning exhibited materials was Piaget’s sixties and seventies flamboyant creations that showed large cuff-timepieces and flowing sautoir-watches, which would become Piaget’s signature. Likewise, the luxury watch also displayed savoir-fair with gold including hand-braided gold bracelets. Piaget has always been a top watch brand in the region known for ultra-rich clients. Philippe Leopold-Metzger, Piaget CEO, remarked: “It is also an occasion to celebrate the strong ties that we have established with the region for decades.”
Piaget is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
There are other gemstones aside from diamonds that are excellent choice for an engagement ring. What’s more these colored gemstones exude symbols that add meaning to your ring. For instance, sapphire s are considered a royal gemstone. The most famous of these, of course, is Princess Diana’s ring, which her son gave to Kate Middleton as an engagement ring. Sapphires are also a favorite of Hollywood stars like Penelope Cruz and Elizabeth Hurley. Emeralds, on the other hand, exude mystique, the most popular of which were those worn by Cleopatra. These, too, make a perfect engagement ring. Ruby, meanwhile, is an ideal ring because red is the color of love. Its deep crimson color fits the event, although rubies are generally more expensive than other gemstones. If you’re unsure where to start your gem hunting, Robert Procop has a slew of excellent gemstone collections.
Robert Procop is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
You know one good indicator that a watch brand is a good buy? Thieves want to steal it from you. And thieves will go to great lengths just to rip it off from you. Take experience of a Toronto man in Miami, Florida who hooked up with a pretty woman. The man, a 40-year old transportation executive, got attracted to a Colombian pretty face in a Miami bar. Admitting he’s not attractive, he was easily swooned over by the cute lass. “I don’t like young boys, I like men,” the woman reportedly had told the man, who admitted feeling lucky that day. The two retired to his room that night for a whiskey round. It’s a classic movie plot, a pretty face stealing valuables from a naïve less-than-ideal guy. Only this time, the man caught the lady before she tried to fly off with his $28,000 Rolex.
Rolex is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco and in Palo Alto, California.
First rolled out in 2014, Roberto Coin’s Garden Collection is one of the most beautiful odd luxury rings today. The line was said to have been inspired by the jeweler himself, who spends a lot of time in his garden with his wife. This unique collection easily stands out from Roberto Coin’s nearly 600 pieces created for Baselworld. The Garden Collection pieces exude a kind of phantasmogorical sense, an otherworldly feeling that they’re made by some mystic power. Emboldened in bright colored gemstones such as rubies, black spinels, green garnets, tsavorites, citrines, among others, the rings feature whimsical floral and foliage accented by butterflies, spiders, and dragonflies. They can pull out the child in you to marvel in this fantastical world that Roberto Coin has created.
Roberto Coin is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco, and in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.