Thursday, May 25, 2017

Top 10 Countdown to Watch Fair: #7 Gucci Le Marché de Merveilles

Our Watch Fair takes place every year during the Princeton University Alumni Weekend (aka the biggest party in Princeton), so we are partial to the new Gucci collection featuring Princeton’s famous mascot. All tigers aside, this collection is design at its finest from one of the world’s most notable fashion houses.

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Gucci’s rebooted Le Marché de Merveilles collection features handsome gold PVD 38mm case attached to a retro, bund-style strap, and a reliable quartz movement. Most striking of all is the dial work, which showcase a flawlessly embroidered animal design. Choices include bees and snakes – but our favorite is the roaring tiger, a reminder to everyone who sees it that its wearer is stylish and ferocious.

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For the ladies, there’s a special design in which the dial’s tiger image runs up and down, past the case and onto the strap itself – a unique design that we haven’t seen anywhere else.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Top 10 Countdown to Watch Fair: #8 Tudor Black Bay 41

Tudor Black Bay 41Following the popularity of the larger Datejust II in the past decade, the Crown-connected brand Tudor, is offering a larger version of it’s pitch-perfect 2016 release, the Black Bay. Now at a larger size that most men will find in line with other modern releases, the Black Bay 41 features the same clean design as its 36mm counterpart.

 

Unmistakable snowflake hands and a diamond-shaped marker on the second hand dominate the dial, and circular hour-markers hearken to the ubiquitous Rolex Submariner, perhaps the most iconic watch of all time. Tudor Black Bay 41 Brown

 

This Black Bay comes with all the charm of a modern Tudor – including a rose design on the crown, a reliable automatic movement, and a bracelet that’s identical in quality to Rolex’s Oyster bracelet, the best fitting and comfortable bracelet on the market.

 

Like all Tudors, the Black Bay 41 comes at an affordable price-point, and offers a value proposition that’s difficult to deny for a watch that works in almost any circumstance.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Top 10 Countdown to Watch Fair: Cartier Panthère

Historically, Cartier’s lineup has featured many excellent unisex designs, such as the Tank, Roadster, and Ballon Bleu. But in the last two years, they’ve surprised us by announcing some unequivocally gendered releases. Last year’s successful Cartier Drive was pointed directly at their male audience, and for 2017, they have zeroed in on the ladies with the reintroduction of a classic design from the 1980’s, the Cartier Panthère

 

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First launched in 1983, the Panthére features a square dial with small, discreet screws on the bezel. Its integrated lugs blend seamlessly into the five-link bracelet, whose silky movement inspired the watch’s name. Other than enforcing the bracelet and improving its waterproofing, the design remains the same, including the quartz movement. It’s offered in steel, bi-colored, gold, and white gold versions. Some models feature paved diamonds, and for the truly bold, a black enamel panther print that’s unique and unmistakable. In our opinion, the small size is yellow gold makes for a perfect everyday wearer that can stretch into the evening with subtle elegance and striking retro design.

 

We will be hosting an exclusive Cartier Panthère pop-up shop to showcase this watch fresh from its international debut. Be one of the first in America to get up close and personal with the Cartier Panthère.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Top 10 Countdown to Watch Fair: TAG Heuer Autavia Reissue

It’s 10 days until 2017 Princeton Watch Fair kicks off and we are counting down the days by sharing the top 10 watches we are looking forward to showing off at this year’s event! Make sure to check back every day to see which watch we are featuring and to share your thoughts and which watches you are excited to see.

We are starting off our countdown with a modern twist to a classic favorite, the TAG Heuer Autavia reissue.

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Almost a year ago, TAG Heuer decided to let the public play a role in its product line by announcing the “Autavia Cup,” a competition in which fans were able to vote on the design of a historic Autavia reissue to be released in 2017. The voting competition began on a special website at the start of Baselworld 2016, and offered fans 16 (!) different versions of the Autavia. In the end, the fans chose the Autavia 2446 Mark 3, a design from 1966 known as the “Rindt” Autavia after Austrian Formula One world champion Jochen Rindt. autavia2

The Mark 3 Autavia features a second execution case with a narrower bezel, applied steel markers with luminous dots at their tips, and polished steel lume hands. As TAG Heuer no longer makes manual chronographs, reproducing the original movement would have made the watch prohibitively expense. Instead, they increased the case size to 42mm (the original was 38mm) and added a newly designed automatic movement, the Heuer-03 calbre. The new design also features a date window in the bottom subdial, which makes the watch imminently more sellable. We have no doubt that due to its attractive price, neo-vintage styling, and historic fan-involved development, the 2017 Heuer Autavia is going to be a winner.

 



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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Visiting New York? Check Out Madison Avenue Watch Week

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In the New York area? If so, you may want to arrange your schedule so you can participate in the popular Madison Avenue Watch Week, May 8 – 13. This year, the 7th annual event offers watch lovers an in-depth look at the timepieces launched at the 27th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie and the Baselworld 2017 World Watch and Jewelry Show. This marks the first time many of these watches will be shown in the USA.

The impressive roster of participating watch brands include the following: A. Lange & Söhne, Chopard, David Yurman, F.P. Journe, Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai and Vacheron Constantin.

Each of these brands will be hosting a variety of events, including seminars, artisan demonstrations, watchmaker and mechanical technology presentations, special exhibitions and more.

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Madison Avenue Watch Week is presented by the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID). The event is sponsored by The Wall Street Journal and supported by the Horological Society of New York. To register, visit http://ift.tt/PTzKGc.

 

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Top Watch Brands Support the Environment on Earth Day and Every Day

 

This Saturday, April 22, marks Earth Day, a time to celebrate Earth and her many bounties. Many celebrate with clean-up efforts, planting trees and committing to environmental protection efforts. The annual event was begun in 1970 and nearly 200 countries around the world participate — all managed globally by the Earth Day Network.

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Today, many top watch brands also make a commitment to saving Earth’s resources. Some have programs and foundations to reforest regions of the world, others support clean-water efforts, and a host of brands support protection of our oceans.

Certain privately owned watch brands have environmental foundations that look after the causes, even offering awards and grants to those studying and pursuing investigation into conservation efforts. Brands, such as Rolex and Audemars Piguet, are top in this field. Some of the larger corporate-owned brands have different initiatives. For instance the LVMH Group (which owns Hublot, TAG Heuer, Bulgari and Zenith, among others) developed its LIFE program five years ago to make management more aware of ways to become environmentally conscious. Certain brands in the group have created their own strong messages, teaming with other organizations to bring clean drinking water to countries in need, or to save animals.

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Over at the Richemont Group (with brands, such as IWC, A. Lange & Sohne, Cartier, Baume & Mercier and others), sustainability is a big issue, and many of the brands have stepped up their commitment by making their factories incredibly advanced with special heating systems, air systems, recycling programs and more. IWC Schaffhausen also supports the Darwin Foundation and its protection of the Galapagos.

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Often these brands have special watches made in honor of the organization or the effort they are supporting. Stop in  any time and see which brands we carry that support sustainability, the environment and Earth.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Top 5 Jewelry Picks for Spring

Spring weather is finally upon us and is hopefully here to stay, because we are ready to ditch the heavy jackets and sweaters and show off some fabulous jewelry. We are very excited about this season’s trends and we picked out some of our favorite new pieces that will enhance any look for a fresh start to the spring season.

The Fringe Earring

Gold Fringe Earrings

14k yellow gold and diamond fringe earrings, $850

Statement earrings continue to be a top trend on the runway and these fringe earrings are sure to get some attention while remaining light and airy so you aren’t weighed down as the weather gets warmer.

 

Rose Gold Wire Collar Necklace

Gold Wire Necklace14k Rose Gold Flexible Wire Collar Necklace featuring 1.59ct total weight of diamonds. $3,995

On the other end of the spectrum, super simple choker and collar necklaces made appearances in many designer’s collections. Our wire necklace adds a unique touch of sparkle to your outfit whether you want to mix up a classic look or complete your edgy ensemble without overwhelming the overall style.

 

 

The Classic Gold Bangle

Yellow Gold Bangle14k Yellow Gold Hinged Bangle. $1,095

Warmer weather begs for warmer colors and a classic yellow gold bangle always does the trick. New ways to wear bracelets were a huge trend on this season’s runway, so if you are looking to shake things up a little, try wearing bangles on your arms instead of wrists.

Starburst Studs

Diamond Gemstone Studs14k Yellow Gold Starburst Earrings featuring a center stone of either opal or turquoise surrounded by diamonds. $475 each

We just love how fun these studs are!  We can see them becoming a part of a fabulous mix and match stud collection, but of course, they are also perfect for punching up a look on their own.

Black Spinel Crescent Necklace

Diamond and Black Spinel Necklace14k Yellow Gold Adjustable Black Spinel and Diamond Crescent Necklace. $995

Layering necklaces is still a top trend and also one of our favorites. This piece is a great addition because of its versatility. The black spinel gives the necklace a little more “oomph” making it a great piece to wear alone, but it is also simple enough that you can pair it with a longer necklace (or two) for a multi-faceted style.

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