Thursday, March 23, 2017

The World’s Biggest Watch Fair, BaselWorld, Starts Today

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Every year since we can remember, the world’s largest and, perhaps, most important watch exhibition, BaselWorld, has taken place in Basel, Switzerland, in March. This year, the exhibition runs from March 23 until March 30. This is a huge affair, with hundreds of watch brands unveiling their newest timepieces — watches that are sure to set wrist trends for another year.

BaselWorld is a meeting of minds, of technology and craftsmanship. Here, in five separate buildings, as well as off-site, some of the best brands in the world unveil the watches that they have been secretly working on for years.

While we will bring you specific watch brand information after the show, here are five trends we expect to be prevalent this year:

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Affordability. As global economics have a huge effect on watch lineups, we expect this year to see some more affordable timepieces with quality movements and great design. These will appeal more to the younger audiences and those being a bit more frugal this year.

Over the Top.  We also still expect to see some truly over-the-top watches: timepieces with astronomical complications, musical features, and top-of-the-line complexities. Along with that, we expect that diamond- and gemstone-set watches will be strong.

Color. This is the year for brands to make a color statement. From blue to red and from pale pink to white, color should abound this year. Along with colorful dials and straps, we may find some interesting new interchangeable straps.

Sporty Appeal. Chronograph watches, pilot watches, dive watches and watches inspired by the world of automotive racing will continue to steal the spotlight. We look forward to seeing the newest affiliations and iterations from the brands we carry.

Connectivity. Smart watches in the “traditional” watch world continue. Let’s see what is unveiled this week.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rolex Rated the World’s Most Reputable Brand

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We all know Rolex has a pristine reputation, but that fact has been proven by the Global RepTrak 100 rankings. According to the Reputation Institute that publishes the list on corporate reputations, Rolex topped the ranking — for the second year in a row.

Interestingly, Rolex was the only watch brand listed on the Top 100 ranking. It scored high for such factors as “offering high-quality products and services” to “stands behind its products and services.”

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Rolex’s position at the top is key, as the brand beat out names like Amazon, eBay, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren. The company that ranked second was Lego Group, with Walt Disney coming in third and Canon in fourth.

We invite you into our store anytime to see our grand collection of Rolex timepieces — from the most highly reputable company in the world.



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Friday, March 17, 2017

Clock Lovers Won’t Want to Miss a Special ‘Winterthur’ Webinar This Sunday

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If you love clocks and their history, you may well be interested in the upcoming webinar being offered by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC). The webinar is entitled “Hidden History: Clock and Watch Records in the Riggs Archive at Winterthur.”

Taking place on Sunday, March 19, at 7 p.m. EST, the presentation will be made by Bob Frishman, a full-time restorer of antique clocks since 1992. He regularly lectures on the history, science and culture of timekeeping. The webinar is free. You can register for it at NAWCC.org.

If you are interested but not available on March 19, you can view a recording of the session as long as you have registered. winterthur2

Winterthur’s clocks number more than 100 and include chiming shelf clocks made in America more than a century ago. The Riggs Archives at Winterthur are part of the Winterthur Garden and Museum in Delaware. Winterthur was opened to the public almost 60 years ago by collector Henry Francis du Pont. It is considered one of the premier museums of decorative arts with nearly 90,000 objects on display. Winterthur is set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands in the town of the same name, about 7 miles northwest of Wilmington.



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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Female Designers Behind Your Favorite Jewelry

In the world of jewelry, and really any business, a certain brand name has become synonymous with certain qualities.  Typically, we don’t dive deeper into a brand because inherently we know whether it’s good or bad, whether it’s our style or not, and so on. Today, in honor of International Women’s Day, we are taking a look behind the jewelry brands that we carry, to the women who started it all. While we share their beautiful pieces on a regular basis, it is important to learn about the mind behind the design. Scroll down to learn more about these incredible designers.

Fadua Hueb

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While Heub designs have grown to become a regular sight on a multitude of celebrities, Fadua Hueb started her collections simply to provide jewelry that her friends wanted but couldn’t find. From that initial inspiration came unique pieces with stunning gemstones and colorful accents that evoked the bright spirit and natural energy of Brazil. Each piece was designed to complement a woman’s personal style, rather than define it.  Today, Hueb spans three generations with a continuing focus on meticulously crafted luxury jewelry that is meant to be worn and enjoyed by women in all walks of life. What truly sets Heub apart is their philosophy at the core of every design, which consists of five beliefs: “Let luxury be inspiring and celebratory- not intimidating, transcend age with personal style, express yourself with jewelry, celebrate life every day, live passionately without restraints”.

View the collection here

 

 

Temple St. Clair

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For over 30 years, Temple St. Clair has been translating her passion for creative expression into stunning pieces of wearable art using the finest gold and gemstones. St. Clair introduced her first fine jewelry collection in 1986 and has been growing ever since, becoming known as an essential for top fashion publications and celebrities worldwide. Not only is she recognized for creating the fine jewelry collections we carry, but also for her haute couture work that has been on display at the Louvre and has drawn spectators and collectors from all over the world. Her exquisite and uncompromising choice in material and execution of her designs inspired by the world around her has granted St. Clair critical acclaim from the industry and collectors alike. This year, St. Clair was awarded the GEM Award for Jewelry Design, the jewelry industry’s most prestigious honor.

View her collection here

Ippolita Rostagno

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In 1999, Italian artist and designer Ippolita Rostagno founded her namesake company, IPPOLITA to address a void in fine jewelry. She realized that at the time jewelry was very traditional and primarily worm only on special occasions. Rostagno sought out to create a collection of fine jewelry that created a lighter look while still making the woman wearing her pieces feel beautiful. Since then, IPPOLITA has pioneered the concept of cool fine jewelry designed to be worn every day and for all occasions. Her stylish creations can be seen on women all over the world including today’s top celebrities.

View her collection here

The Gumuchian Family

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Their tag line says it all: “Designed by Women For Women”. Owned and operated by Anita Gumuchian and her two daughters, this boutique company has quickly made a name for itself in the fine jewelry world. Gumuchian is known for its exquisite design and incredible attention to detail, but go behind the scenes and you learn that this company does it all. From the selection of the finest diamonds, to the actual manufacturing, everything is kept within the company to ensure the highest standards. Anita and her daughters even design every piece in their collection using their intuitive feel for what modern women of style crave today.

View their collection here

Jade Lustig

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The mind behind the Jade Trau Collection, Jade Lustig, takes inspiration for her designs from all aspects of her life, drawing upon her family heritage as a sixth generation diamantaire and her current role as a wife and mother, allowing her to create meticulously crafted jewelry that is also comfortable and versatile. Known for her trend-setting ear cuffs and stackable bracelets, her designs have been a favorite of in-the-know women and style influencers in New York and beyond. Most recently, she has gained critical acclaim as the designer of the much loved one-of-a-kind diamond cuff worn by Olivia Munn at the Oscars.

View her collection here

Angélique Knafo

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Angélique Knafo, the creative director and designer for her namesake collection Angélique de Paris, loved everything artistic from an early age and actively sought out experiences and education to enhance her love and create a career out of it. During her thirteen years living in Paris, she amassed undergraduate and advanced graduate degrees specializing in art history, business, photography, gemology, French cuisine, Japanese language and more. With the belief that “A woman who doesn’t wear jewelry misses an opportunity to express the many facets of herself”, Knafo has created a collection of wearable art inspired by her own artistic background and world travels that seek to adorn and embellish.

View her collection here

 

 

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Meet the High-Tech Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech Watch

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At SIHH this year, Panerai surprised and delighted us once again with the unveiling of the super high-tech LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech watch. The bold timepiece is crafted in Carbotech — a composite material based on carbon fiber.

Rarely used in watchmaking, Carbotech has matte black appearance offering a unique finish every time. The material is made using sheets of carbon fiber that are compressed, joined with a polymer substance known as PEEK and bonded at high temperatures. The result is an ultra-strong, ultra-durable case. The “LAB-ID” part of the watch’s name stands for Laboratorio di Idee, the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

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Making the watch even more alluring is the fact that the dial utilizes carbon nanotubes to achieve a deep black color, said to be the blackest of blacks. The top of the dial is coated with these nanotubes that absorb light, reducing reflections. A lower dial is coated with Super-LumiNova in an electric blue hue that glows in the dark. Referred to at SIHH as the 50-50-50 watch, it is offered in a limited edition of 50 units each retailing for 50,000 Euros, with an incredible 50-year warranty. It is powered by the  P.3001/C hand-wound in-house movement with a semi-skeletonized design. The movement parts are all treated so they will not need lubrication for at least 50 years or more.



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Monday, February 20, 2017

A Look at the Stricter 2017 Guidelines on ‘Swiss Made’ Watches

The Swiss Federal Council recently approved a partial revision of its “Swiss made” ordinance for watches, effective as of January 1, 2017. The revision strengthens the label requirements for watches and movements and aligns them more with the new “Swissness” legislation that has been updated since its 2013 adoption by the Swiss Parliament.

Any watch bearing the indication “Swiss” or “Swiss made” must be backed by Swiss watchmaking expertise. According to the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, a number of studies have shown that consumers are willing to pay up to 20% more for Swiss watches, in general, and up to 50% more for certain mechanical watches. The revision of the “Swiss made” ordinance for watches is designed to strengthen the link between “Swiss made” watches and Switzerland, and to counter any possible abuse of the label.

The “Swiss made” ordinance for watches fine-tunes the “Swissness” legislation, stating that from here forward at least 60% of the production costs of a finished watch must be Swiss based. At present, only the cost of its movement is taken into account in determining the Swiss origin of a watch. The movement will still enjoy pride of place, however, as Swiss-made components must continue to represent at least 50% of its value, while at least 60% of its production must be generated in Switzerland.

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Additionally, the new rules of the “Swiss Made” ordinance state that the technical development of a “Swiss made” watch and movement must be executed in Switzerland.



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Monday, January 30, 2017

Valentine’s Day Jewelry She Will Love to Wear

Guys, it’s time to step up your Valentine’s game with a gift that will get you bonus points with your significant other much longer than any bouquet of roses.  You can reach that next level of gifting with a beautiful piece of jewelry.

We aren’t talking about hearts and a necklace that reads the word “love”.  We are talking about pieces of jewelry that show your love by showing her you know her style.  This will be the piece she will never want to take off because it truly does go with everything, and the reality is, that’s exactly what she wants for a gift.

Not sure about her jewelry style? Don’t worry! To make things easy, we have put together a list of our favorite Valentine’s Day gifts at all price ranges that are sure to please any woman. She will appreciate the time you put in to find her perfect gift, but don’t worry; we won’t tell how easy it actually was.

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Giving her something with a personal message is a great way to express how you feel and saying it on a piece of jewelry makes it even more special.

The heart charm on this simple, yet beautiful bracelet represents love, so you can see why it is appropriate for Valentine’s Day. The fact that the heart is just a part of an overall stylish bracelet makes it a great choice because it can be worn all of the time without screaming “Valentine’s Day Gift”. Every charm bracelet in Astley Clarke’s collection has its own meaning, so there are a number of great choices for a special and personalized gift. Another great part about these bracelets is that they are meant to be stacked, opening up the possibility of adding to her collection for different holidays. It can’t get much easier than that! View the complete Astley Clarke Collection here.

If you look at the meaning behind our love knot necklace it represents the intertwining bond between two people. If you look at it from an aesthetic viewpoint, it looks like a beautiful necklace. Again, the meaning behind the jewelry doesn’t need to be announced to the world in its design. A piece like this that is versatile, yet meaningful between you and the one you love is the perfect balance in a great gift.

If you would consider your SO an adventurer, a G-Shock watch is the perfect special, yet practical gift.

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Shinola, known primarily for their watches and leather goods, recently released their fine jewelry collection in collaboration with renowned jewelry designer Pamela Love.  Inspired by their iconic timepieces, their minimalist and sleek designs make a fashion statement without being overpowering. View the whole collection here.

A beautiful piece she can wear anywhere and with anything. It shows that you thought about her style and getting something that will become a staple in her jewelry collection.

If her style is more on the modern side, this Glamazon necklace from Ippolita will be her new favorite.

And if she’s a little more edgy, consider this reef bangle, also from Ippolita. A great addition if she already has a bangle collection.

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If wearing multiple rings are her thing, this modern design from Shinola will be the perfect addition to her collection.

Diamond studs are always a safe, go-to gift for any occasion. Check out our complete selection of diamond studs here.

The Astley Clarke Mini Icon bracelet is the definition of understated beauty. The delicate bracelet that can be worn alone or with other pieces, showcases two concentric circles of pave diamonds for a refined design. The bracelet is also adjustable, making it sizable to a variety of wrist sizes. If this is the year you want to step up your gifting of fine jewelry, this piece is the perfect way to start.

 

A more modern approach to our classic love knot, these clean and sophisticated studs add a unique flair to the classic diamond while representing the meaning of everlasting love. Also available in rose and yellow gold.

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This modern version of the classic locket by Shinola captures the original meaning expressed by lockets of keeping loved ones close to your heart; but with a more rounded shape and coin edge detailing, it won’t remind you of any necklace your grandmother would wear.

Another beautiful classic piece that adds a touch of diamonds to any style.

 

If she is a watch wearer, the sleek and sophisticated Grace Lightfoot watch from Shinola is the perfect timepiece, as it translates nicely from work to play.

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