Tuesday, January 16, 2018

SIHH Launches the Exciting 2018 Watch Show Season

With the new year upon us, we breathlessly anticipate a series of world-class watch exhibitions, including what promises to be one of the best shows of 2018: Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH). Opening on Monday, January 15, and running through Friday, January 19, this by-invitation-only Geneva watch exhibition is always packed with surprises.

Jaeger Watch

This year, 30+ brands will showcase their newest timepieces at the Geneva Pal Expo space. This includes all of the Richemont brands, as well as Hermes, Audemars Piguet, Parmigiani Fleurier and a host of 17 independent watch brands. Each of these companies will unveil watches that they have spent years working on. For a fine watch to get from concept and design to development can take anywhere from a couple of years to 10, depending on the brand and the complexity of the watch. These designs introduced at SIHH are the ones that will grace our wrists for the coming year.

In addition to the brands exhibiting at the SIHH, a host of others will be showing their latest designs at different venues throughout the city of Geneva, with some independents up in the watchmaking cantons also opening their doors. A veritable Geneva watch week, this promises to be an exciting time, and we look forward to bringing you news of the latest watches from the brands we carry. Stay tuned.



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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Darkest Hour and Breguet

Darkest Hour_Poster_001_credit Focus FeaturesCongratulations to Gary Oldman! Golden Globes winner in the category of “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama,” for his portrayal as Sir Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.

To help complete the actor’s portrayal of the legendary British Prime Minister, Breguet created a replica of his iconic pocket watch – the Breguet No 765 pocket watch. A permanent fixture at his side, it was affectionately known as “the turnip” and is memorialized in several Churchill biographies.

Breguet Pocket Watch

Sir Winston Churchill inherited the Breguet No 765 pocket watch from his grandfather, John Spencer Churchill, the 7th Duke of Marlborough, also an ancestor of Princess Diana. Purchased in 1890, the rattrapante minute repeater, chronograph, with enamel dial, boasts a prominent chain at the waist seen in many celebrated Churchill photographs.

The original Breguet No 765 pocket watch resides permanently at The Churchill War Rooms within the Imperial War Museum in London, next to the official portrait of Winston Churchill by photographer Yousuf Karsh.

The replica Breguet No 765 pocket watch will be touring the U.S. from January 22 – March 15, 2018.



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Platinum: On Trend at the 2018 Golden Globes

Actresses/Actors wore black gowns in support of the Time’s Up movement, standing in solidarity with victims of sexual assault and harassment. The stunning black gowns provided a perfect backdrop for platinum jewelry to sparkle on the world’s most glamorous celebrities at last night’s “75th Golden Globe Awards.”

White diamond earrings, colorful sapphire and emerald gemstones, and vintage jewelry were popular choices for the red carpet. Some of the celebrities who opted for this precious metal included Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Natalie Portman, and Kate Hudson.

Platinum is the ideal choice for red carpet jewelry because it holds diamonds and precious gemstones more securely than any other metal. It is not only the highest quality metal, but its density makes it one of the most durable and enduring precious metals. Platinum is also naturally white, unlike white gold, which means it will not cast any tint onto a diamond or gemstone, allowing the stone’s genuine color to sparkle brightly.

Perfect for your own red carpet diva moment. Some of our favorites:

Drop Earrings Platinum Earrings Platinum Ring

 



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Welcome to 2018: It’s a Great Time to Start Planning Your Watch Wardrobe

Pantone 18

Welcome to the new year. We expect it to be an exciting one in the world of watches, so this is a good time to get started planning your newest watch wardrobe. Yes, that’s right, a watch wardrobe. If you haven’t already begun paying close attention to the watch you wear, this is a good time. Watches make a great statement about you and your interests. Lucky for us, this year promises to be a good one — especially since we see so many watch brands jumping on the best colors of the season. Let’s face it, color is the ultimate expression of creativity and attitude.

The Pantone Color Institute recently issued its color trends for the winter season — which began late in December and runs through the next few months. The most prominent color on the list — not just for winter but for all of 2018 — is the divine Ultra Violet, Pantone Color number 18-3838. According to the execs at Pantone, this is an optimistic and empowering color — with a hint of rebellion in it.

Additionally, light, bright and intense colors — often with a pearlized or translucent look — come into play. These include celery or leafy greens (an extension of Pantone’s Greenery color of 2017), bright yellow, rose, pink and berry hues, and a bit of blue. Black and gold continue to be strong and metallics are still important, but in a more neutral tone (taupe, almond, white) this winter.

Rolex Black and Gold

So, when planning your watch wardrobe, take a look at the many different colored straps, dial accent colors and even yellow gold-and-black combinations on the market. We are sure you will find the right look to help you battle the winter doldrums.

 



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Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy Birthday January Babies! Learn More About Garnet Here.

garnet

Happy birthday to January babies! There are many ways to celebrate your special day, but why not ask for something meaningful and beautiful that will last a lifetime? We are talking about a piece of jewelry highlighting your birthstone, the garnet. Not only is its stunning deep-red color sure to turn heads, but it also has a powerful meaning that the wearer can keep close to their heart.

The garnet signifies eternal friendship and trust, making it the perfect gift for a friend or loved one. It is also a harder stone, so it can take more wear and tear than other gemstones and last a lot longer.

Show your love for the January baby in your life or give a hint to your special someone with these beautiful garnet pieces from our Hamilton Collections.

garnet bracelet

Gemstone Drop 14k Gold and Garnet Bracelet

garnet earring

Calypso 14k Garnet Hoop Earrings

garnet necklace

Gemstone Drop 14k and Garnet Station Necklace



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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Watches Are the Ultimate Holiday Gift for Him

Last week, we brought you holiday gift ideas for women (can’t go wrong with a diamond accented watch for her). Now, we present some fantastic watches for him that are sure to make him swoon.

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For the active man who enjoys keeping busy in sporty activities, we suggest you take a look at the vast offering from Tudor. With a tagline that reads “Born to Dare” and brand ambassadors such as David Beckham and Beauden Barrett, this brand is sure to please. While the Pelagos watches are a win/win, we are especially excited about the brand’s Tudor Heritage Black Bay timepieces — icons in style. Also it is sold with a bracelet or a fabric strap for versatility.

Rolex1c

If the guy in your life is more about style and sophistication and loves a great watch for work and weekend, you just can’t go wrong with a Rolex. While we love the Air-King, the Sky Dweller and the Cosmography Daytona, you may want to take a look at the Submariner line that can be both classic and a bit sporty, depending on your choice. No man ever walked away from a Rolex.

Want more ideas? Stop by our store anytime (but soon) and let our staff help you find just the right gift.



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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dazzle Them With Diamond Watches for the Holidays

There is definitely truth in the statement, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” That’s why watchmakers offer so many variations on diamond timepieces. The gemstones appear in many forms, from the subtly understated to the fully embellished. Diamond watches can be found at any price range — thanks to the variety of diamonds used in timepieces — and are offered today in gold and platinum lines, as well as those crafted in steel, titanium and high-tech materials.
Rolex Lady Date Just Platinum
For those who like a discreet shimmer, take a look at watches that simply have diamond markers on the dial. These stones are usually set into the dial replacing just the key numbers (12,3,6,9) or all numbers.
Rolex Lady Date Just Rose Gold
Want something more than a shine on the dial? Many watch brands offer timepieces with diamond bezels, as well, that surround the dial and gleam brightly. These pieces easily go from day to night, without looking overly “decked out” for work. Generally, diamonds set into bezels are round brilliant-cut stone positioned closely together so that no metal shows through. Some higher-end brands also offer bezels with baguette-cut diamonds, but these are always more expensive.
Michele Gold Diamond Deco Watch
In fact, there are a host of different types of settings used in watchmaking, and some brands have even created their own settings. The most-used settings, though, are invisible (no metal showing), pavé (a fully pavéd look), channel (perfect rows of square or rectangular gems) and snow setting (where the stones seem to be set randomly, but are actually complex in their arrangements).

Looking to dress to the nines, many luxury timepieces offer dazzling diamond watches that feature complete pavé diamond dials, diamond bezels, even diamond cases and bracelets. Sometimes they mix in a few colored gemstones for added appeal. There is something for everyone, it is just a matter of “glitz” and budget. There are even diamond-adorned watches for men. Stop in any time to see our selection of diamond-adorned watches.



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