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.

Under $250

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.

Under $500

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.

Under $700


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.

Under $1000

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.




from Hamilton Jewelers

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

SIHH 2017: The Year of the Women’s Watch

Every year we see more and more women breaking into the typically masculine world of luxury timepieces, and it seems luxury brands have noticed and embraced this as well. At this year’s SIHH which wrapped up last week, watchmakers such as Cartier, IWC and Jaeger LeCoultre dedicated major releases to women’s designs.

Panthere de Cartier

Panthère de Cartier 

After focusing on primarily men’s only watches at last year’s event, Cartier has shifted by bringing back a classic style specifically for women. The Panthere was originally introduced in the 80’s and became a classic icon much like the beloved Tank. Re-released with only a few advances to enhance comfort and versatility, this watch stays true to its roots. If you do like thing a little more showy, they did come out with a diamond version with enamel spots and a gold version with enamel markings that capture the essence of the iconic Cartier Panther.


IWC Da Vinci

IWC Da Vinci Collection

When a brand that has aligned itself with the tag line “Engineered for Men” dedicates is SIHH presentation to a women’s line, like IWC did, you know there is big change going on in the industry.  This year, IWC brought back a redesigned, round face version of its Da Vinci Collection.  With this release came three new pieces, two of which were specifically designed for women, a new concept for the brand and one we hope they continue.

Jaeger LeCoultre

 Jaeger LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Collection

Jaeger LeCoultre is always good to release some spectacular women’s designs, especially last year with their Christian Louboutin collaboration. This year, they added to their Rendez-Vous Collection with everything from sizing options, to material and even a moon phase and chiming capability. We particularly want to focus on those last two additions. The Rendez-Vous Sonatina is not only beautiful with a night and day indicator, but also technically advanced with the ability to set off a chime at a designated hour. Usually reserved for the high jewelry Rendez-Vous designs, the moon phase complication has now been added to its smaller pieces with the Rendez-Vous Moon Medium and Rendez-Vous Moon.

from Hamilton Jewelers

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Our Most Popular Watches of 2016

2016 was an amazing year for the watch world, filled with innovative introductions and updates to well-known classics. To prepare for what is sure to be another year of groundbreaking timepiece debuts, we decided to take a look at which pieces were our most popular this past year, and the results were quite interesting. The watches that our clients loved were a unique combination of timeless classics and newly introduced designs, providing a great jumping point for anyone  just starting their collection, or looking to build in the new year.

Read below to see our list.


Breitling Avenger Hurricane

A new introduction from Breitling in 2016, the Avenger Hurricane is a big (50mm) and bold watch built to withstand whatever you put it through. It was also the debut of their Breitlight material which made the case tough while remaining light, a big selling point for the adventurous clients who bought this watch.


Cartier Tank Solo

The Cartier Tank has always been a staple in the watch lover’s wardrobe, and this year proved no different. We particularly saw an increase in the smaller version, showing that women are increasingly getting in the fine timepiece game, and the Cartier Tank Solo is the perfect way to start.


Tag Heuer Connected Watch

We were fortunate to be one of the few locations to sell the TAG Connected from the beginning, and they quickly sold out. TAG Heuer successfully combined the appreciation for a fine timepiece with the latest technology, for a super compatible smart watch that actually looked like a watch.


Shinola 41MM Runwell Green Dial

Shinola has seen steady growth since their start a few years ago and with new collections and styles constantly being released, we see no sign of them slowing down. A great watch at a great price point, the Runwell collection has proven to be a solid choice for a classic all-around watch. The green face on this one in particular aims to be showier and more casual, perfect for the guy who’s not afraid of a little color.


Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona with Black Bezel

Whether you are a race car fanatic or not, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is a sharp multi-functional watch that has been a favorite for the Rolex lover since its creation.  Our client’s favorite model in particular showcase a black dial and bezel that not only stand out against the stainless steel Oyster bracelet, but also make the dial easier to read.


 Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue

We loved this watch over the summer and our clients agreed. Perfect for a day at the beach followed by a night on the town, the Calibre de Cartier Diver provides the perfect merger of fashion and function with water resistance up to 300 meters, a manufacture self-winding mechanical movement, and a bold design in striking blue. This is an amazing watch for all you water lovers, just be ready for tons of complements and jealous stares.


Tudor Heritage Black Bay Black

The introduction of the Black Bay Black was already big news, but in late 2016 Tudor one-upped this announcement with the release of the Black Bay collection updated with their in-house manufacture movement. The Black Bay has been a favorite among collectors and the introduction of the in-house movement only made it more popular. It continues to draw attention and get rave reviews from professionals and watch lovers alike.  We Can’t wait to see what Tudor has in store for 2017.

from Hamilton Jewelers