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e are proud to announce our company’s expansion into Maryland with the opening of the new Fink’s MGM National Harbor! Located in the D.C. suburb of Oxon Hill, the MGM National Harbor resort and casino is a brand-new $1.3 billion construction which also features ﬁ ne dining, world-class entertainment and luxury shopping. “The Fink’s family was very excited by the idea of getting involved in this project,” shares store manager Antony Sprason. Originally from England, Antony transferred here from Fink’s in Raleigh to ensure that the new store offers the best-in-class service and selection customers have come to expect from our fourthgeneration family-owned business. “Since the property is a casino, this was a completely new opportunity for Fink’s. People who visit the MGM are looking for a luxurious experience and to have fun. Our goal is to be a part of that experience, and hopefully send you home with a memento from your vacation—or your big win!” At just under 1,000 square feet, the location features a modern design concept, all in marble that transitions from dark to light. One side of the store is a dedicated Rolex space showcasing a wide array of the brand’s iconic timepieces. The remaining space offers the best of the best from our vendor partners, including John Hardy, Mikimoto, Roberto Coin, TAG Heuer and Longines, as well as our exclusive Sabel Collection. From the resort, guests can easily reach the conservatory where we’re located, just past the lobby and adjacent to the 3,000 capacity theater. “Cher was here last night, and next week Tom Jones and Paramour will perform!” says Antony. “There are markets, restaurants and a great patisserie, plus we’re just a stone’s throw from the casino. “In addition to offering the most beautiful watches and jewelry, our new atmosphere is a great deal of fun; you never know what the day will bring,” Antony concludes. We welcome you to stop in and check out all that the MGM National Harbor has to offer!
Antony Sprason STORE MANAGER MGM NATIONAL HARBOR NATIONAL HARBOR, MD
ntony Sprason turned from Fink’s “frenemy” to family, in a manner of speaking: “Funnily enough, Fink’s used to be my competitor,” he shares, referring to the fact that his previous employer was located inside the same mall as one of our stores. “Jewelry is a small world, so a lot of brand trainings included all the local jewelers.” That’s where he met and became friendly with a few Fink’s employees, including North Hills manager Neil LaGarde. “One day I received a phone call from Neil offering me a sales position. It seemed like a risk at ﬁrst, since I would be moving from a salaried position in management back to sales.” But after learning more about the Fink’s culture he knew it was a risk worth taking. After a short time in North Hills, Antony was transferred to our brand-new location at the MGM National Harbor resort and casino: a gamble that paid off for everyone involved! What he loves most about the jewelry business are the connections created during the buying process. “A jewelry purchase is an intimate one, so you really get to know your clients. They almost always become friends.” Antony ﬁ nds this to be Antony’s advice for modern-day especially true when he’s selling a Rolex. Cinderellas headed to the ball: “The wonderful part of Rolex sales is they “I would probably wear a are usually a reward; whole lot of D color ﬂawless they represent milestones in people’s diamonds: big chandelier lives. Ask anyone wearing a Rolex if earrings, a huge Riviera he or she remembers when they got it, necklace, diamond rings, and I bet they have a good story.” bracelets—the lot. I mean, Antony has always had a passion you’re going to the ball to be for timepieces and says it’s been a noticed, right? Oh, and don’t dream to represent Rolex. But his perforget the diamond tiara. That sonal favorite watch is a TAG Heuer should get his attention and piss received from his father as a gift upon off the stepsisters.” graduation. “It’s not the most extravagant, but it represents something that I worked hard to get.” He’s been working hard—while still having fun—ever since. “Richard Branson said something to the tune of, ‘If you aren’t having fun doing what you’re doing then it’s time to get out and try something else,’” Antony recalls. “We spend more hours at work than at home, so if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing success will be difﬁcult.” Thankfully, Antony found his own calling in sales, ﬁ rst through the luxury automobile industry. (He says shooting around the Furka Pass in Switzerland en route to Monaco in a Ferrari 288 GTO would be his ideal day.) “If I wasn’t selling jewelry I would be back selling exotic motorcars. It was a fun industry to be in with perks that most people only dream of. [Working in] luxury introduces you to a great level of knowledge, and I love meeting inﬂuential people as they are usually quite inspirational. Most truly successful people will want others to succeed also.” Success relies on one thing, he says: “Hard work. Dedication is what’s needed to be able to stick with it when times are rough.”
Roger Harper STORE MANAGER SOUTHPARK CHARLOTTE, NC
oger Harper has been in the jewelry business for 17 years, making him one of the most knowledgeable members of our Fink’s Family. He came to Fink’s three years ago as a sales associate at our SouthPark store, and now serves as store manager there. He gives all the credit to his ﬁancée, who convinced him to interview at Fink’s in the ﬁ rst place: “I wouldn’t be here without her pushing me,” Roger admits. His favorite part of the job, he says, is “helping people to ﬁ nd the perfect gift, reward or engagement ring.” In fact, Roger recently became engaged himself! He and ﬁancée Ashley Grisset laugh every time they think of their love story. “We’ve known each other for 34 years,” explains Roger. “We met when we were four years old, and while we haven’t been together that entire time, it was obvious we were meant to be in each other’s lives.” Roger also enjoys guiding clients to just the right watch, for which he has always had a personal passion. His top pick is his Rolex GMT Batman, but on a Roger’s suggestion for Prince Charming casual night Roger tells us he would on his big night: wear a Breitling “I would wear an 18K yellow 46mm Superocean with red gold bezel gold Rolex Presidential timeon a black strap, to complement his piece to hold my own next to David Yurman cross necklace and double Cinderella’s diamond bracelets.” tiger’s eye bracelet. Sharing his genuine passion for our products with his clients is the reason he is able to form such personal connections and ﬁgure out exactly what will make them happy. If he hadn’t gotten into the business of selling ﬁ ne jewelry, Roger would have liked to serve his community as a police ofﬁcer. And if not working at all, he’d prefer to spend his days boating or at the beach with his ﬁancée and two beautiful children, Abigail and William.
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See & Be Seen Pictured left to right: Sales professionals Dawn Ferrone and Erin Rose.
Italian Artistry on Display Fink’s Jewelers at 419 at Colonial hosted a colorful trunk show with an expanded selection of beautiful ﬁne jewelry from Ippolita.
Pictured left to right: Jason Adkins, Dee Daniels, and Kaui Acol.
The Cutest Couple Fink’s Jewelers in Fredericksburg, VA partnered with WBQB and provided lovely gifts for their Cutest Couple Contest. The happy couple won an Ippolita necklace and Citizen watch.
Having a Ball
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Jonathan Zaleski takes to the course in style with official Rolex swag.
Long-time customers Sean and Heather Smolenyak attended the Grand Reopening at Streets at Southpoint, and their daughter, Madelyn, discovered her love for David Yurman.
Pictured left to right: Kaui Acol and Jason Adkins. A May 2018 wedding is planned.
Pictured left to right: Richard Petty & Ike Savvas.
Pictured left to right: Ike Savvas, Doug Frain, Edward Taylor, and Phil Segal.
Kicking it into High Gear with The King Fink’s Jewelers store manager Ike Savvas enjoyed a charity event with famed NASCAR driver Richard Petty.
Celebrating Service As a family-owned business, nothing makes us happier than to celebrate our loyal Fink’s Family members and thank them for their dedicated service to the company.
Pictured clockwise from top left:
Anita Adams, 10 years • Jody Davis, 20 years • Floy Pence, 10 years
exclusives The NAVITIMER 01 BLACKSTEEL LJRG LIMITED EDITION will be issued in 50 pieces sold only at Luxury Jewelers Resource Group retailers.
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Movement: COSC-certified Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01, self-winding, high-frequency, 47 jewels. Over 70-hour power reserve. 1/4 of a second chronograph. 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers. Calendar. Case: Blacksteel. Resistant to 3 bars. Rotating bezel with circular slide rule. Cambered sapphire crystal, glare-proofed on both sides. Transparent sapphire crystal caseback. Dial: Stratos Gray. Strap: rubber Navitimer.
e are proud to announce our collaboration with Swiss watch brand Breitling, which has produced an exclusive iteration of its iconic Navitimer in conjunction with the Luxury Jewelers Resource Group (LJRG), of which we are a member retailer. The timepiece is distinguished by its Blacksteel exterior, Stratos Gray dial, three black counter dials, black oscillating weight and transparent sapphire crystal caseback. A cult model among pilots and aviation devotees since 1952, the Navitimer chronograph steps things up a notch in a version entirely clothed in black: from its satin-brushed steel case coated with an ultra-resistant carbon-based treatment to the famous circular slide rule serving to handle all operations relating to airborne navigation. Yet this original, modern and technical exterior is not its only distinctive feature. The 50piece Blacksteel limited series is distinguished by its exclusive Stratos Gray dial bearing hollowed black counters and framed by an inner bezel in the same shade. The original aesthetic is enhanced by Blacksteel hands and logo, along with a red chronograph sweep-seconds hand. Although exuding a natural sense of refinement, this limited edition never loses sight of its nature as an instrument for professionals—as confirmed by its famous circular aviation slide rule and the Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01, chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), a token of superior precision and reliability. This high-performance self-winding chronograph “engine,” entirely developed and produced in the Breitling workshops, is visible through a transparent sapphire crystal caseback. Complementing its technical and elegant appearance, the new Navitimer 01 (46 mm) Limited Edition is available on a rubber Navitimer strap featuring an aircraft tire-tread profile and Blacksteel folding buckle.
ABOUT BREITLING A specialist of technical watches, Breitling has played a crucial role in the development of the wrist chronograph and is a leader in this complication. The firm has shared all the finest moments in the conquest of the skies thanks to its sturdy, reliable and high-performance instruments. One of the world's only major watch brands to equip all its models with chronometer-certified movements (the ultimate token of precision), Breitling is also one of the rare watchmakers to produce its own mechanical chronograph movements, entirely developed and manufactured in house. Moreover, it’s one of the last remaining Swiss watch brands independent of any watchmaking group.
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WINTER WONDERLAND Our jewelry buyers share their holiday favorites.
Cartier Ladies’ PANTHÉRE timepiece in yellow gold and stainless steel, $8,100 Ladies’ TANK FRANÇAISE 33mm timepiece with quartz movement, silver dial, diamond bezel and a stainless steel bracelet, $7,100
Fink’s Diamonds Rings shown are available in a variety of carat weights and prices. Let our diamond specialists help you ﬁ nd the perfect one for her today!
Sabel Collection 34" necklace featuring 3cttw round, cushion and pear-shaped mocha and white diamonds set in 14k rose gold, $7,150 18" necklace featuring 1.84cttw round, cushion and pear-shaped mocha and white diamonds set in 14k yellow gold, $4,250
Marco Bicego Lunaria necklace featuring black mother of pearl and pavé diamond pendant with approximately .2cttw, $2,340 Lunaria earrings in black mother of pearl, $1,570 Lunaria necklace featuring alternating stations of gold and black mother of pearl, $6,070
All in settings of 18k gold
Sabel Collection Oval sapphire necklace set in 18k white gold featuring 30.13cttw sapphire and 11.86cttw diamonds, $84,195 Sapphire ring featuring approximately 3.07cttw oval-shaped sapphires set with .57cttw diamonds in 18k white gold, $5,195 Pear-shaped 2.10ct sapphire ring with .53cttw diamond accents set in 18k white gold, $9,895 Three-stone oval sapphire ring featuring .38cttw diamonds and 2.07cttw sapphires set in 18k white gold, $4,395 Round sapphire and .50cttw diamond alternating hoop earrings in 14k white gold, $1,495 Triple drop earrings featuring 1.07cttw emeralds and .64cttw diamonds set in 18k white gold, $5,995 Oval emerald bracelet set in 18k white gold with 2.07cttw diamonds and 1.65cttw emeralds, $9,795 Oval emerald ring featuring .70cttw emeralds and 1.08cttw diamond accents along the double halo and shank set in 18k white gold, $5,795 Emerald ring featuring 1.20cttw emeralds and .25cttw diamonds set in 18k white gold, $4,695 Three-stone oval emerald ring featuring 1.28cttw emeralds set eastwest and .54cttw diamonds in 18k white gold, $4,995
Omega Men’s SPEEDMASTER MOONWATCH PROFESSIONAL CHRONOGRAPH with manual-winding movement, 42mm stainless steel case and bracelet, and black dial. Timepiece offered in special presentation box which contains a NATO strap, $6,250 Ladies’ DEVILLE PRESTIGE Quartz, 27.4mm stainless steel case and bracelet, mother-of-pearl dial with Roman numeral hour markers and diamond indexes, $3,000
Heather B. Moore Heather B. Moore jewelry uses recycled precious metals and vintage tooling to create the ﬁ nest personalized collection. Each piece is handcrafted in Moore’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio and is made to the customer’s speciﬁ cations. As you experience life and grow, so can your personal collection of hand-stamped charms. Let one of our sales professionals help you custom design your very own Heather B. Moore piece today!
Fink’s Diamonds Rings shown are available in a variety of carat weights and prices. Let our diamond specialists help you ﬁ nd the perfect one for her today!
Citizen Men’s ECO-DRIVE NIGHTHAWK black dial watch with black stainless steel strap, $356.25 Ladies’ ECO-DRIVE SILHOUETTE SPORT yellow golden bezel watch with white dial, $187.50
Shinola Men’s THE GUARDIAN watch with stainless steel case, midnight blue dial and dark cognac Aniline Latigo leather strap, $675 Ladies’ GAIL watch with silver-tone opaline dial and stainless steel bracelet, $800
William Henry Kestrel Blue Cove knife crafted in titanium with resin-infused blue spruce pinecone and hand-forged Wave damascus blade, $750 Hand-forged mokume gane and cocobolo Panama money clip showcasing the ancient Japanese technique once used to decorate the hilts of Samurai swords, $375 Beachcomber bracelet featuring ocean blues in frosted sodalite and sterling silver sculpted “sea urchin” beads, $450 Sterling silver Spark pendant from the new Pulse Collection featuring 100-million-year-old Apatosaurus dinosaur bone, $550 Chablis 1213 twist-action pen featuring a barrel of mini pinecones infused with stunning blue and green resin, $395
Men’s Wedding Bands Triton 9mm black and white tungsten textured center wedding band, $395
The COLT SKYRACER expresses its youthful, dynamic and winning spirit in a brand-new model dedicated to thrill-seekers, with an avant-garde case in Breitlight® and ultra-technical black look, $1,850
JAZZMASTER OPEN HEART AUTOMATIC with blue dial, sapphire crystal and stainless steel bracelet, $1,045
Triton RAW 8mm 18k white gold and sandblasted gray tungsten wedding band. Also available in yellow or rose gold, $1,275
John Hardy Legends Naga chandelier earrings on french wire with black spinel, $995 Legends Naga silver pendant necklace in brushed ﬁ nish with black sapphire, black spinel and blue sapphire eyes, $1,295 Legends Naga cuff with black sapphire, black spinel and blue sapphire eyes, $1,395 Legends Naga 18K gold and silver small kick cuff in brushed ﬁ nish with blue sapphire eyes, $1,595 Legends Naga silver ring with black sapphire, black spinel and blue sapphire eyes, $1,295
Men’s Classic Chain silver bracelet with hematite and black volcanic beads, $395 Men’s Classic Chain silver bracelet with boulder opal, matte black onyx and black volcanic beads, $495 Men’s Legends Naga silver bracelet with eagle eye, black volcanic beads and blue sapphire eyes, $595 Men’s Legends Naga circle and silver sheen obsidian charm necklace with blue sapphire eyes, $695
Roberto Coin Perfect Diamond Hoop in 18K white gold, starting at $2,300 Diamonds by the Inch necklace in 18K white gold with ﬁ ve bezel-set diamonds, $1,080 Primavera bracelet in 18K white gold with one pavé diamond station, $2,500 Primavera bracelet in 18K yellow gold with one pavé diamond station, $2,500 Primavera cuff in 18k yellow gold, $2,750
Sabel Collection Mosaic-style ring featuring 1.89cttw emerald, princess, trapezoid and round-cut diamonds set in 18k yellow gold, $8,695 Mosaic-style ring featuring 1.56cttw diamonds in emerald, baguette and round-cut diamonds in 18k white gold, $10,595 Mosaic diamond bracelet featuring 1.65cttw round and 1.88cttw emerald-cut diamonds set in 18k white gold, $17,650
Longines Men’s HERITAGE FLAGSHIP COLLECTION 38.5mm automatic with stainless steel case, Super-LumiNova, sapphire crystal, and an alligator leather strap, $1,675 Ladies’ DOLCEVITA COLLECTION 23 x 37mm watch with quartz movement, stainless steel, sapphire crystal and a red alligator strap, $1,250
Sabel Collection Cushion-cut morganite ring with 1.11cttw round diamonds set in 18k rose gold, $7,495
Dao Fournier Lapis Lazuli pendant necklace with two bezel-set diamonds from the Fournier Collection, $2,475 Diamond frame lariat necklace featuring two diamond accents from the Song Collection, $1,925 Diamond frame hoop earrings featuring two diamond accents from the Song Collection, $2,600
Ippolita 925 Lollipop Lollitini long necklace in noir, 36â€?, $2,295 Sterling silver Stella Lollipop pendant necklace in rhodolite with diamonds, $695 925 Lollipop Lollitini earrings in noir, $395 925 Lollipop Mini Ring in hematite doublet with diamonds, $695 925 Lollipop Mini Ring in rhodolite doublet with diamonds, $695
David Yurman Barrels drop earrings with .15cttw diamonds in 18k gold, $2,450 Barrels Y Necklace with .23cttw diamonds in 18k gold, $4,500 Barrels bracelet with amazonite and .08cttw diamonds in 18k gold, $2,150 Barrels bracelet with black onyx and .08cttw diamonds in 18k gold, $2,150
Wellesley Link hoop earrings in sterling silver with .19cttw diamonds, $1,250 Stax faceted bracelet with .81cttw diamonds, $2,500
Wellesley Link cuff with 1.04cttw diamonds, $3,650 Wellesley Link four-row ring with .46cttw diamonds, $1,750 Wellesley Link chain drop earrings with .25cttw diamonds, $1,250
All in settings of sterling silver unless otherwise noted
Sabel Collection Double V-shaped necklace featuring approximately .38cttw diamonds set in 14k white gold, $995 Curved-stack pendant necklace featuring approximately 1.50 cttw diamonds set in 14k white gold, $3,250 Baguette diamond bangle bracelet featuring 2.26cttw round diamonds and 1.25cttw baguette diamonds in 18k white gold, $10,995
Mikimoto Everyday Essentials graduated pearl strand necklace, $3,990 Everyday Essentials 7mm pearl stud earrings, $420 Japan Collection pearl and diamond pendant in 18k white gold, $1,400 Japan Collection pearl and diamonds stud earrings in 18k white gold, $2,250
TAG Heuer Menâ€™s AUTAVIA CALIBRE HEUER 02 AUTOMATIC with black dial and brown leather strap, $5,150 Ladiesâ€™ AQUARACER with midnight dial and stainless steel bracelet, $1,400
ROBERTO COIN Since 1996, Roberto Coin has been known as a creator of sophistication, blending modernity and tradition. Driven by an innate love for the world of art and fashion, Coin decided to leave his successful career as a hotel manager to follow his dream, facing a new and passionate adventure. His creativity took shape through the hands of the most renowned Italian jewelry artisans, who brought Roberto Coin’s romantic and borderless imagination to life through their skills, telling his story through jewels that truly become works of art. Proof positive of this is the Venetian Princess collection, inspired by the patterns and decorations of storied Venetian architecture. It brings to mind fables and majesty, handed down through the narrow Venetian alleys under the warm light of lanterns, where elegance meets intrigue. New this year are sophisticated satin finishes and exquisite pavé lockets, allowing you to carry a piece of the mystery close to your own heart.
MIKIMOTO Those lucky enough to discover Mikimoto’s beautiful High Jewellery creations remain forever in awe of the brand’s ability to marry the highest-quality pearls with sophisticated design and expert craftsmanship. Always a highlight are rare and natural Conch and Melo pearls surrounded by sparkling diamonds. To give an idea of the rarity of these luscious pink and peach-hued stones, only one in every 100,000 found in nature meets Mikimoto standards; finding a matched set is truly more difficult than locating a needle in a haystack. For those without access to the brand’s one-of-a-kind creations, The Pearl Necklace (Assouline Publishing) is Mikimoto’s newest art book, which tells the story of the pearl necklace throughout time, highlights some of pearls’ most illustrious wearers from Cleopatra to Princess Diana, and instills the importance of Mikimoto’s contribution as “The Originator of Cultured Pearls since 1893.” It leaves the reader with a renewed sense of the beauty and artistry that only Mikimoto has mastered.
MARCO BICEGO Born to a goldsmith father in Italy’s Veneto region, Marco Bicego spent years perfecting his craft at his family’s atelier. With the passion and desire to create jewelry that blends old-world craftsmanship with a modern feel, Bicego launched his jewelry company in 2000. Today, Marco Bicego has established itself as a leader in the luxury accessories arena and is continually redefining the phrase “everyday luxury,” crafting easy-to-wear jewelry that pairs as effortlessly with a T-shirt as it does a ball gown. As an extension of one of Bicego’s most iconic collections, Lunaria, the black mother-of-pearl styles add a subtle and natural gleam to these already elegant and refined designs. Inspired by the delicate shape and movement of petals blowing in the wind, the mixed in hand-cut black mother of pearl yields lustrous necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings, all handmolded in Italy by skilled craftsmen and available exclusively from independent jewelry retailers.
IPPOLITA When Italian artist and designer Ippolita Rostagno founded Ippolita in 1999, fine jewelry was primarily traditional in design and worn only on special occasions. Since then, she has championed the concept of cool fine jewelry intended to be worn every day. This season, Ippolita has redefined iconic relationships by introducing the Cherish collection. Its links in 18K yellow gold, sterling silver and diamonds interlock, cradle and surround each other in tender, playful interaction. Deriving from the signature link of the Cherish chain, the focal point is an extension of the literal definition of the word love: to have and to hold, to embrace and to value. Bold layering chains as well as everyday delicate pendants, with each individual link sculpted by the hands of master artisans, stress the unconditional bond between lovers or friends.
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Getting WARMER IPPOLITA Senso 18K yellow gold small Luna earrings $1,195
IPPOLITA Classico 18K yellow gold mini Spotlight necklace $2,995
SABEL COLLECTION 14K yellow gold ring featuring a 1.41ct cushion-cut mocha diamond and .20cttw white diamonds $7,895
FROM LEFT: MAX MARA, MICHAEL KORS, RALPH LAUREN, MICHAEL KORS, RALPH LAUREN / FIRSTVIEW
SABEL COLLECTION 14K yellow gold dangle earrings featuring .50cttw mocha diamonds $1,095
SHINOLA Ladiesâ€™ Gail 36mm yellow gold-tone sunray dial watch with tan football leather strap $700
We So FANCY ROBERTO COIN Princess Flower collar necklace featuring 4.01cttw diamonds $27,500
ROBERTO COIN 18K white gold Princess Flower link bracelet featuring 6.05cttw diamonds $22,500
ASHOKA platinum triple-drop earrings featuring 3.09cttw diamond center stones and .58cttw diamond halo accents $24,000
FROM LEFT: ERDEM, JASON WU, MAX MARA, VALENTINO, RALPH LAUREN / FIRSTVIEW
FINKâ€™S Platinum and 18K white gold ring featuring a 3.02ct radiant-cut diamond center stone with .63cttw round diamond details $40,050
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Our favorite stars share a love for our favorite brands! BY JILLIAN LAROCHELLE
Kendall Jenner wore Ippolita in a selfie posted on Instagram
Zendaya wore Forevermark at the Met Gala 32
Kate McKinnon wore Roberto Coin at the Emmy Awards
Sophia Bush wore John Hardy at a Max Mara event
Laverne Cox wore Hueb at the “Orange is the New Black” season premiere
Fall ushers in sculptural statements and multi-purpose functionality.
as jewelry ever been more fun to wear? Whether you lean toward delicate charms, sparkling florals or bold geometry, there are plenty of ways this season to tie it all together and make it hip, elegant and uniquely your own. Versatility is key right now, and designers are expanding their collections with that in mind. Look for necklaces that convert to bracelets or multi-finger rings that fold into one. We’re still stacking and layering, so there’s plenty of room for individual expression. You probably don’t need to retire anything in your jewelry wardrobe this fall to remain on point. But you might want to step it up a notch, add a statement piece or two, some edgy texture and vibrant color. BY CATHLEEN MCCARTHY
sapphire from faded to inky. Look for hoops set with translucent tanzanite or rose-cut fancy sapphires, and pendants strung on multi-strands of sapphire beads gradated from pale to indigo. Tanzanite is another option to consider. Hueb elevated tanzanite to new levels by combining it with the sparkle and elegance of diamonds in white gold—most recently setting clusters of delicate trillion cuts (curved triangles) on slender white gold bars in its Trilliant collection. Flesh-baring openwork designs like this will continue to get more elegant and dramatic.
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pal continues strong, showing up as the standout in cocktail rings accented with diamonds, or colored gems like blue topaz and peridot that bring out the stone’s inner rainbow. Watery blue moonstones are another crowd favorite, and we’re seeing other misty blues and bluegreens like aquamarine and chalcedony. Along this line, David Yurman is pairing chrysoprase and turquoise in the Chatelaine collection. Also expect to see more of the newcomer gem aquaprase, a mintygreen chalcedony discovered in Africa in 2014. But the hottest hue on the horizon will have you matching your gems to your jeans. Fashion designers from Dior to Calvin Klein to Stella McCartney showed denim ensembles for fall, and we predict denim blue will be the primary gem color of 2018. Jewelry looks are already showing the denim hues of London blue topaz and the whole spectrum of blue
COLLARS & CUFFS
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ne way to update the layers at your throat is to add a personalized, engraved charm or pendant. Another is to add one of the new, more refined chokers, destined to become a go-to basic. David Yurman added lots of gold this year, including rose gold. One way to open your existing Yurman silver stack to the gold to come: add a piece or two from this season’s mixed-metals, like those polished gold accents in his silver Chatelaine collection. Whether you normally go for the gold or stick to silver, a mixed-metal lariat is destined to become a wardrobe basic. Open-ended rings and bracelets are everywhere, ranging from those slender diamond-tipped bangles that Halle Berry stacked on one wrist at the Oscars to the bold geometry of baguette rings. Where the statement bracelet is concerned, it’s all about female empowerment. The power cuff can be worn stacked, one on each wrist like Coco Chanel, or Wonder Woman style as this show-stopping (bullet-deflecting?) statement piece from Penny Preville.
hat celestial trend we’ve been seeing for a couple years is moving away from the yoga influence of astrology and zodiac constellations and drifting into the far reaches of outer space. Maybe it’s all the talk of reviving space exploration, but a UFO has landed in the design zeitgeist. Chanel and Comme des Garçons were among those who introduced astronaut-inspired silver garb on the runway this year. Jessica Biel created Oscar buzz with a diamondmounted fringe collar worn with her form-fitting metallic gown. Priyanka Chopra sported matching platinumand-diamond cuffs on each wrist on the same red carpet. You can get in on this space-age trend with any of the bold, geometric cuff bracelets or collars on offer. In some cases, it’s a little subtler: concentric gold circles dotted with gems and pearls, hinting at planets revolving around an axis. A simpler way to get a piece of that night sky: add a starburst. These exuberant bursts of celestial energy are everywhere. Try a blackdiamond star choker, cluster earrings, or a delicate bangle of white diamond stars to add sparkle and texture to your stack.
ith The Jazz Age exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt whetting our appetites once again for Deco, and Past is Present: Revival Jewelry at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (through August 2018), vintage jewelry lovers are newly dazzled by the glamour and craftsmanship of past eras. You don’t need to bid at auction to score revival style. Today’s designers are reinventing looks that have been around for decades or, in some cases, millennia. Some designers are bringing Deco back with colored diamonds, or setting pyramid-shaped colored stones in that familiar stepped, architectural gold. Digging further back, other designers have played off the tarnished finish and aged texture of long-buried antiquities by mounting them in bright, granulated gold.
FUTURE is FEMALE armor? What styles will they want to work into their existing collections?” Having an expansive set of archives is also helpful to lean on while designing. While I was designing Naga, it was important to honor the original silhouette in the new iteration. I feminized the silhouette, replacing the scales with leafier interpretations and swapping the red eyes for softer blue sapphire eyes. The newest collection features a number of mixed metal pieces and introduces stones like silver sheen obsidian. It’s a byproduct of volcano, but one would never guess from the stone’s beautiful sheen and sense of light. As we modernize and elevate our collections, adding more gemstones was a natural next step.
Creative director Hollie Bonneville Barden brings a new outlook to JOHN HARDY. Tell us about your first year at John Hardy. I spent a great deal of time really getting to know the brand’s history and our clientele. My first major challenge was to reinterpret the Naga, one of the mythical talisman icons from our Legends collection. When researching the Naga myth in Bali, I discovered stories of Naga represented as a spirit of nature (sky, ocean, volcano) that had great universal symbolism. Working closely with the brand’s artisans helped me grasp a greater understanding of the spirit of Naga in artwork and carved expression. The historical celebration of the raw power and symbolism of Naga formed the overarching concept for the season, which also features new iterations of the timeless Chain, Dot and Bamboo collections. I also had the opportunity to visit our retail partners, many of which are family-run businesses, and connect with customers. Many of our clients are strong, empowered women who are purchasing John Hardy for themselves to celebrate a milestone. It’s truly so inspiring to see this display of female power through jewelry.
What’s it like being John Hardy’s youngest creative director as well as the first female? I am very lucky to hold the role of creative director for such an iconic brand. It’s my personality to take the bull by the horns, which has helped me. Every day there is a steep learning curve, but it is empowering too. Being young offers me the advantage of having a different viewpoint. I have been fortunate to have incredible experiences thus far.
You’re British but now spend the majority of your time traveling between New York and Bali. How do these diverse places inspire your designs? I am attracted to the fast-paced rhythm of NYC and all of the innovative design happening. I’m inspired by its vibrant energy and glamour. Bali has this amazing creative energy and offers a much slower pace. This sort of yin and yang I experience between the two places is very much reflected in the versatility of my designs.
How do you continue to innovate while designing for a brand that has such an iconic look? I am keeping our strong, powerful female clientele in mind. I ask myself, “What do they want to wear as their personal
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atch designers have taken note of the recent popularity of vintage watches—particularly among Millennials who have made retro cool again. More than ever, brand visionaries are mining their archives for inspiration and even faithfully recreating historic flagships, many of which are marking significant anniversaries this year. While the styling may be vintage in spirit, the technology is strictly state of the art, so you can have the best of both worlds. While Omega often channels a vintage vibe for its flagships, this year it faithfully recreated three of its most famous models—Seamaster 300, Railmaster and Speedmaster—all, remarkably, launched in 1957. The limited-edition 60th anniversary models are available individually or as a specially packaged set. Using digital scanning technology for the first time, Omega preserved the historic aesthetic but with robust highprecision movements that are the best of the best. Rolex’s 50th anniversary Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller is another
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While the STYLING may be VINTAGE in spirit, the TECHNOLOGY is strictly STATE OF THE ART, so you can have the best of both worlds. heavy hitter expected to be one of the year’s bestsellers. The tribute model has been upsized to 43mm, and the brand added its hallmark cyclops lens over the date at 3 o’clock, for the first time in the legendary dive collection. The next-gen SeaDweller is water resistant down to an incredible 4,000 feet and is powered by a new automatic movement, the Caliber 3235, which achieves the precision of -2/+2 seconds per day to meet the brand’s Superlative Chronometer standards. In a reference to the original from 1967, the words “Sea-Dweller” appear in red on the black dial. Meanwhile, Breitling also celebrated the 60th anniversary of its Superocean dive range with the Superocean Héritage, updated with a new steel bezel fitted with a scratch-proof ceramic ring that matches the dial, which is embellished with the original Superocean logo. Distinctively shaped luminous hands (triangular for the hours and lozenge for the minutes)
and cone-shaped hour markers allude to the 1957 original, but the new COSC-certified (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) Breitling Caliber B20 movement is based on the Tudor Caliber MT5612 with Breitling modifications. Superocean Héritage II is available in 42 and 46mm sizes, plus there is a 46mm chronograph. You can choose from black, blue and bronze with a matching strap with contrast stitching. Other options include leather, crocodile, or rubber strap—or you can go old-school with a steel mesh bracelet. Perhaps no brand fused the notion of old meets new better than TAG Heuer, which revived the Autavia Rindt with a reissue of the 1962 model worn by Austrian F1 driver Jochen Rindt; it was chosen in an online contest called the Autavia Cup. TAG Heuer upsized the original design to 42mm and powered it with the new Heuer-02 caliber automatic chronograph movement. BY LAURIE KAHLE
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The round halo’s popularity has waned. What’s newly in demand: diamond accents elsewhere, such as on the shank, and the oval halo, an elegant look that elongates and slims the finger. Oval has risen to the top among fancy diamond shapes.
FLOWERS & BOWS
Flowers, vines and leaves seemingly gathered from the garden join bows in bringing the latest bridal gown trends to engagement rings. Floral halos or ribbon-like flourishes make for sophisticated styles that appeal to Boho and classic girls alike.
Whether twisted or overlapping, this wrapped design focuses attention on the center stone and adds interest to a simpler setting. What better way to signify tying the knot?
Vintage has been gaining favor for its glamour and timelessness. Nods to the Victorian and Art Deco periods include delicate engraving and personalized elements.
More than ever, couples want to convey their stories in uniquely personal ways. Today’s abundant engagement ring choices offer an extension of that storytelling.
While colored diamonds in pink, yellow, chocolate and black are all options, colored gemstones are even bigger breakouts. Sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and the dimensional color of alexandrite and opal are being used alone or with diamonds in three-stone settings and halos.
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PEAR & MARQUISE SHAPES
These tapered cuts provide a slenderizing effect on the hand and work well in an array of on-trend settings, from vintage to east/west.
More evidence of the non-traditional movement and the desire to assert individuality, rose, yellow, white gold and platinum come together in stacking rings or in a single design.
Dual bands offer an architectural and fashion-forward look. Plain or covered in diamonds, it’s a bold yet simple statement.
This is the ultimate example of customization and personalization. Rising in status for some time now, stacks are fast becoming the new standard, able to be mixed and matched, worn separately and added to over time.
DIAMOND & DESIGN DETAILING
EAST/ WEST SETTINGS
Perhaps one of the newest looks is the east/west setting, showcasing a horizontal stone orientation rather than vertical. Unique and versatile, accommodating all manner of stone cuts, this setting creates the illusion of a larger stone and stacks well with other rings.
Dainty and delicate, simple designs can be as impactful as over-the-top styles. The most popular engagement ring on Pinterest recently was a brilliant round solitaire diamond on a thin, simple band. Traditional and au courant, the design proves sometimes less is truly more.
Unique details kick it up a notch and enhance the center stone. Scrollwork in an ornate setting lends a one-of-a kind feel. Elaborate details on the sides of a band add dimensional views. Accent diamonds, in baguettes or unique shapes, ramp up the bling factor.
Uber feminine and romantic, rose gold is probably the trendiest of metals and flatters all skin tones. With more women going for a feminine, fashionable look when walking down the aisle, it’s no surprise pink reigns supreme.
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TO BE ME
A guide to 2018’s most important dress trends, offering something for every bride’s unique style.
ther than selecting a groom, few decisions are more fraught than what a bride will wear on her wedding day. Two things can help: a head start on choosing a dress (ideally six to eight months) and staying true to your tastes.
C L A S S I C CO M E B AC K This season features a marked return to a traditional 1950s and 1960s influence. “Think Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy,” says Yumi Katsura’s creative director, Paulette Cleghorn. Look for understated, classic silhouettes that are “more tailored, more structured,” she says. Cristina DeMarco, VP of New York’s Bridal Reflections, agrees. “Girls are looking to bring back the romance of the A-line, off-the-shoulder and cap sleeve.” Trending: fit-and-flare rather than trumpet skirts, and classic boatneck and Bardot necklines. Detachable trains or fuller skirts take a sheath gown from ceremony to reception. Substantial fabrics such as heavy satins and silk failles suit these styles. Complete the look with a sparkly brooch or modern pearl jewelry that’s a step up from simple strands.
This season’s offerings prove VERSATILITY
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Cathedral veils are back, decorated with lace borders or scattered with pearls or crystals. “It allows the gown to feel grand, but once removed, softens the dress,” says DeMarco. Ultra-sheerness of the tulle provides a “cleaner, longer, more fluid line,” adds Cleghorn. Statement alternatives for the more daring bride abound, including high-neck designs, short dresses, separates and even one-piece pantsuits. Fringe, fur, pleats, cascading center ruffles and silk swirls replace layered looks. Capelets and capes, open-gauntlet hand coverings and gloves of all kinds add drama. Shoulder-sweeping fringe earrings or a bold choker are the perfect on-trend jewelry elements to round out these looks. “Brides today are just more free,” concludes Cleghorn. This season’s offerings prove versatility is the key to freedom. B Y L A U R I E S C H E C H T E R
M A K E M E B LU S H Darker ivories, blush, champagne and nude are becoming more popular. The depth of color, “when combined with lace, allows the lace to become more vibrant,” notes DeMarco. Consider a warm yellow or rose gold wedding band to complement these sweet shades.
AT T E N T I O N TO D E TA I L Details take center stage, especially black accents and 3D floral appliques. The bow, whether thin or oversized, steps out on sleeves and waists. Note the plethora of sleeve choices— full-length, cap and flutter all feel fresh. On-trend too: the plunge neckline, often made more demure with illusion tulle. Steer clear of necklaces here to let your décolletage take center stage; try oversized floral studs or a vine-like cuff.
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While Oz is famous for its gorgeous weather, beaches and exotic animals, you can also experience fine dining in wine country or play a round of world-class golf. Here are three Australian itineraries highlighting the country’s less-traveled destinations. BY ALYSSA PINKSER
HUNTER VALLEY This Australian wine region has over 150 high-quality wineries and cellar doors and some of the best al fresco dining in the world. Sleep on the massive acreage of hotel and spa Chateau Elan and spot kangaroos outside your window. Stay in a luxury villa room or a spa suite replete with fireplace. Enjoy the award-winning 18-hole golf courses, then relax with a world-class massage, ritual or treatment in its spa. While in the Valley, eat at the charming French-owned Bistro Molines, which overlooks the rolling green hills. Drink at Krinklewood Vineyard, where vintner Evan Windrim plays classical music and performs reiki on his barrels of wine as they age. Eat at Peppers Convent; it’s an institution and its restaurant, Circa 1876, is a must-dine for newlywed foodies. A hot air balloon experience with Balloon Aloft is a once-in-alifetime experience where you’ll float above the clouds, seeing the valley below and toasting your new marriage with a Champagne breakfast.
BYRON BAY Byron Bay is one of the only beaches in the world where the bright white sand squeaks as you walk along it. This is due to its superfine quartz crystals that sparkle in the sun and feel soft as silk underfoot. Once a hippie haven, it’s now a chic and wellrespected Australian coastal town that retains its earthy roots with five-star eco-lodging and music venues that put Nashville to shame. Secluded in the Byron Bay Hinterland is Olivia Newton-John’s beautiful Gaia Retreat & Spa, inspired by healing cultures and arts from around the world. Sleep in southeast Asian-inspired villas and unwind as a couple with meditative walks and massages. Elements of Byron is another cozy resort for pairs and features an adults-only 25-meter heated pool with swim-up bar and villas that overlook a charming natural pond. The spa incorporates indigenous ingredients and each massage room boasts its own private garden.
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Ride the waves in eastern Australia.
GOLD COAST The Gold Coast is south of Brisbane on Australia’s eastern shores. Couples can stay in one of QT Hotels & Resorts’ 1950s-inspired, surf-glam, apartment-style rooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Dine at an international celebrity favorite, the understatedly named The Fish House, featuring southern European cuisine and incomparably selected Australian and international wines. The restaurant’s open windows overlook Mermaid Beach. Try yoga upstairs at the healthy yet delicious raw food restaurant BSKT, and celebrate with cocktails afterwards at its bar. Relax on long white sandy beaches, or sign up for surf lessons from the Get Wet Surf School. Rick Shores, located next to a swim school at a stunning oceanfront address, offers high-end creative pan-Asian cuisine with a locally sourced twist. It’s a popular celebratory spot perfect for indulging in a multi-course meal. Stop by Miami Marketta, a hip indoor venue for street food with a full bar, where you can check out artist performances—everything from painters to poets to bands.
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Explore the little luxuries the world has to offer.
There’s flying first class and then there’s truly getting the first-class treatment. London’s Heathrow Airport has recently introduced Heathrow VIP for passengers who are traveling in first or business class. This ultra-luxe service includes an exclusive entrance to the airport, concierge service, a private lounge for up to 12 guests decorated by Helen Green and featuring food-anddrink options by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, along with private security screening within the lounge and a private car that will take you directly from the lounge to your aircraft at boarding time. What a way to go!
Doing your part for the environment while also doing something nice for your home is a true win-win situation. So why not sign up for San Francisco-based Coyuchi’s new Coyuchi for Life luxury linens subscription service? This unique program not only provides customers with new GOTS-certified organic sheets, towels and duvets regularly (you can choose whether to have them sent every 6, 12 or 24 months), but also allows you to send back your old ones, which will be renewed or upcycled for other purposes and attain a new life of their own. It’s one way to guarantee you’ll have sweet dreams.
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Iceland is already a popular vacation destination, but this cold-weather spot is about to get even hotter. In early 2018, the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland, a new resort deep within moss-covered lava fields and surrounded by the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon, will open its doors. The Retreat will feature 62 elegant suites each with a floor-to-ceiling window and terrace, a state-of-the-art spa offering dry heat, steam heat, in-water treatments and more, and the Moss Restaurant, where every dish will be locally sourced and based on the reinvention of Iceland’s culinary heritage, and where your wines will be brought up from an underground cellar forged deep in the centuries-old lava. Finally, guests can partake in a variety of adventure experiences including visiting black sand beaches, lava hiking in a lunar environment and private Northern Lights viewing tours.
Shoe icon Manolo Blahnik is one of New York City’s most revered citizens, in part due to his iconic association with HBO’s Sex and the City. But for a double dose of the artisan’s genius this fall, you’ll have to head to another city: Prague, Czechoslovakia. Together with Preciosa, the leading manufacturer and global supplier of Bohemian crystal, Blahnik has created a one-of-a-kind shoe, embellished with fuchsia pompoms and more than 100 crystal chandelier trimmings, that is on display at the Preciosa flagship store in Old Town Prague. Meanwhile, a comprehensive tribute to his life’s work, The Art of Shoes, is making a stop at Museum Kampa through November. Guest-curated by Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz and made up of six thematic sections (Nature, Gala, Art and Architecture, Heart, Geography, and Materials), the retrospective gives visitors a kaleidoscopic view of Blahnik’s creative path as shown by an impressive collection of 80 drawings and 200 shoes that represent nearly 50 years of his work as a stylist and designer. Prepare to be dazzled. BY BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
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Meticulously crafted libations to spice up the change of season.
s autumn gives way to even cooler evenings, nothing soothes the senses and warms the soul like sipping a perfectly executed cocktail. The recipes that follow, conceived by recognized mixologists from awardwinning bars across the country, all tell a story. Each celebrates the change of seasons and reflects the mixologistâ€™s regional roots. Seek out these complex creations during your travels to appreciate the sophisticated blends and experience winter in a glass. Cheers!
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THE BETTY CHICAGO
A local favorite in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, The Betty is described as an upscale neighborhood tavern with a sophisticated vibe, warm atmosphere and innovative approach to classic drinks. Mixologist Julianna Arquilla has worked there since its opening, starting out serving and moving up the ranks to running the entire bar. Known for her calm and finesse with large crowds, she creates thoughtful, fulltasting drinks using interesting ingredients. She chose a local big rye for this cold weather cocktail. THE BITTERSWEET 2 oz. Journeyman Last Feather Rye .50 oz. CH Dogma Fernet .25 oz. spiced syrup 2 dashes orange bitters 1 egg Coffee dust and orange for garnish “In the winter I want to warm up with a nice spicy rye. Chicago winters can be long, bitter and cold, but they make the wait for the summer worth it. (The quote ‘Without the bitter, the sweet isn’t as sweet’ is definitely true about Chicago!) The Bittersweet is a perfect nightcap for a cold winter night. The bitterness from the fernet melds well with the spiciness from the rye, and the spiced syrup adds just enough sweetness. The egg rounds it out with a lovely elegance.”
MANSION BAR DALLAS
Tucked away on beautiful grounds in Dallas sits the stately, luxurious Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.
Recognized internationally for its exemplary service and extraordinary amenities, the historic hotel includes a restaurant and bar that have garnered awards on their own. Danny Caffall has spent the past six years creating sophisticated, flavor-layered cocktails and welcoming locals and travelers from around the world. “I love being part of something so special,” he explains. “Mansion Bar is an incredible place within a legendary property. Welcoming our guests is a great honor.” PUMPKIN OLD FASHIONED 2 oz. rye whiskey ½ oz. cinnamon falernum Muddled orange peel Dash Angostura bitters Eyedropper of pumpkin tincture Caffall is known for using interesting ingredients to craft traditional cocktails with an unexpected twist. “The Old Fashioned is a timeless classic cocktail. We’ve added a hint of the fall season to it. The beauty of the Pumpkin Old Fashioned is its subtlety: a breath of the pumpkin and fall spice on the exhale.”
SEAMSTRESS NEW YORK CITY
Patrons treasure the extensive menu, the fresh seasonal flavors, the knowledgeable staff and the steamy décor of New York City’s Seamstress, recipient of national accolades. Head bartender Luis Hernandez leads the tight-knit team with well-honed skills. His inspiration for creating cocktails is the pursuit of flavor—and the look on people’s faces when they discover something special! AROMATICS .5 oz Ardbeg 10 1.5 oz Amontillado sherry .75 oz fig broth .75 oz Scottish breakfast tea .5 oz bitter blood orange 2 dashes Madagascar wild peppercorn tincture 2 dashes coffee-infused Angostura bitters Spritzed dehydrated blood orange for garnish
“Aromatics is a drink where you can smell the warmth before you feel it. As the name suggests, the aromatics represent layering in flavors, all dark and warming. When I create a cocktail like this one, I’m representing myself, Seamstress, my bar team and all the bars in New York. This drink is the summary of all that inspires me in this wonderful, creative city.”
NEW ORLEANS A native New Orleanian who bartended in New York and traveled the world, Neal Bodenheimer returned to his Louisiana stomping grounds after Hurricane Katrina to open Cure, a sophisticated uptown cocktail bar that pays homage to the city’s cocktail history while pushing the envelope. He and his partners have since opened other establishments to rave reviews. Customers value Bodenheimer’s inventiveness and personal warmth. His handcrafted drinks and cocktail menus reflect the flavors and hospitality of his hometown and his world experiences. Cure has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation and is continually listed as a top bar in the South and the US. DELTA EGGNOG 6 eggs 1 cup La Canne raw turbinado sugar 2 cups cream/milk mixture (one cup milk, one cup heavy whipping cream) 1 cup Cathead Hoodoo chicory liqueur 1 cup Donner-Peltier LA1 Louisiana whiskey 1 whole nutmeg Grated nutmeg for garnish “Delta Eggnog is a great holiday drink, because it gets better as it sits over time. It’s regionally appropriate, it makes amazing gifts and it’s a great addition to any holiday party!”
Gift of Time
tirelessly to build a sanctuary for his mission church on Long Island. The watch, which bears an inscription from 1957, is from the only banker who would lend the reverend money for the construction. “I wear my Rolex every day,” says Hinsch, “but when I go to church, it’s always the Wittnauer.” It’s not uncommon for a watch’s story to span generations, even when it just involves digging it out of storage and getting it running again. Take Maxwell Raymond Rich, a 26-year-old attorney in Manhattan. In 1956, his grandfather rewarded himself for his hard work as a stockbroker with a goldplated Omega Seamaster Automatic. Five years later he found himself with a wife and bouncing baby boy. When Rich was set to graduate law school, he, too, decided to reward himself and began talking about buying a watch. That’s when his mother remembered grandpa’s Omega stashed away in a box somewhere, forgotten for decades. “We decided that, in honor of my father’s upcoming 55th birthday, we should have the watch serviced and restored,” recounts Rich. “Omega sent it to Switzerland for six months, and the watch arrived a few days before his birthday. He loves telling the watch’s history and how it pays honor to his father. My brothers and I look at the watch as one of our few heirlooms from Grandfather.” (Hopefully they won’t have to fight over it!) You could say the value of the Omega—the sentimental value, that is—had been reappraised. And isn’t that the nature of younger generations: to value the things of their grandparents’ era, things that their parents deemed old-fashioned or even worthless? We should all aspire to be scrupulous reappraisers of all things in our lives, in an effort to fill them with as much beauty and meaning as possible. BY CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD
ew luxury brands can create lifestyle marketing campaigns that rival the true stories of real people. Heirloom watches and jewelry pieces are often passed on with tales attached to them—sometimes banal, sometimes sparkling with romantic adventure. The term “sentimental value,” after all, is hardly a sentimental term, for it describes something very real. Some possessions are more valuable to us than their monetary worth would suggest because of the emotions and memories attached to them. That’s why, when we lose something with sentimental value, it really hurts the heart. “I went to Knox College, the same college my father did,” says Jack Dechow. “Right after I decided to attend, my father gave me a watch inscribed with the college’s crest that his parents had given him upon graduation. It was a simple gold watch with a metal band. I wore it a lot over the summer, but it was stolen out of my car the month before I embarked for campus. I really wish I still had it, so I’d have a tangible gift to remember my father and grandfather by when they inevitably pass.” Much has been noted about Millennials’ low interest in things like status logos and analog watches. But it turns out many in this generation value luxury heirlooms more than we expected. To own a fine piece is one thing, but to wear a fine piece with a tale behind it elevates it from mere status symbol and makes the wearer a storyteller. Dr. James Hinsch has a luxury watch of his own—a vintage Wittnauer—also a sentimental keepsake he takes out weekly. His father was a reverend who worked
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