AC C E N T: T H E M AG A Z I N E O F L I F E ’ S C E L E B R AT I O N S
H A M I LT O N J E W E L E R S
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ISSUE 1. 2021
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H A M I LT O N J E W E L E R S . C O M PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. Hank B. Siegel C H I E F O P E R AT I N G O F F I C E R Andrew Siegel EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Anne Russell VICE PRESIDENT David S. Kaster
SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Christopher D. Navarro CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Jennifer P. Henderson, Rae Padulo CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Rachel Dickstein, Nick Mele EDITOR IN CHIEF Rita Guarna C R E AT I V E D I R E C T O R Stephen Vitarbo S E N I O R A S S O C I AT E E D I T O R Darius Amos LIFESTYLE EDITOR Haley Longman
6 A Letter from the President and C.E.O. 8 Hamilton Happenings
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Christen Fisher, Leslie Garisto Pfaff
P U B L I S H I N G S TA F F
12 Spotlight: Bradley Cooper
PUBLISHER Shae Marcus
14 Jewelry: On the Run
24 Jewelry: Clean Cuts 30 Beauty: Put on a Brave Face
34 Timepieces: Switch Gears
86 Welcome to Denny’s Kitchen
38 Jewelry: A New Leaf
92 Spring to Life
42 Time for Tennis
94 The H.J. Style Edit: Barware
54 State of the Arts
96 Oh, The Places They’ll Go!
61 Cultured Club
102 Oasis in the Valley
66 Dress for the Planet
114 Surf ’s Up!
72 Love Stories
122 Jewelry: Strong Roots
80 Poolside Perfection
124 From the Hamilton Archives
32 Auto: Meet the Eco SUVs
ACCO U N T M A N AG E R Lisa Menghi A DV E RT I S I N G S E RV I C E S D I R EC TO R Jacquelynn Fischer GRAPHIC DESIGNER, AD SERVICES Violeta Mulaj PRODUCTION ARTIST Christopher Ferrante ACCO U N T I N G Steven Resnick, Kasie Carleton
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Cover photo The Society of the Four Arts Mall and King Library photographed by Robert Stevens
Jewelry has been enlarged to show detail. Due to the fluctuating prices of diamonds, gold and platinum, prices are subject to change without notice and may vary depending on size, quality and availability. While we have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information in this magazine, we are not responsible for errors or omissions. ACCENT is published by Wainscot Media, 1 Maynard Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656, in association with Hamilton Jewelers. Copyright © 2021 by Wainscot Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Editorial Contributions: Write to Editor, Hamilton Jewelers, 1 Maynard Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656. The magazine is not responsible for the return or loss of unsolicited submissions. Subscription Services: To change an address or request a subscription, write to Subscriptions, Hamilton Jewelers, 1 Maynard Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656, or by telephone at 201.573.5541. Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or email@example.com. Printed In The U.S.A. Volume 19, Issue 1. ©2021
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dear friends, Welcome to a new season full of fresh starts and exciting possibilities, including our new issue of ACCENT magazine, for spring and summer 2021. Over the past year, we endured incredible challenges presented by the global health crisis. At Hamilton Jewelers, we took it as an opportunity to, as they say, “pivot”: We were determined to continue to provide the very best service to our clients, and make shopping during such a strange time as simple, streamlined, and joyful as possible. This spirit of outstanding service extended beyond our stores and into the communities too, as we sought to provide what assistance we could to those around us who were in need. You can read more about our charitable efforts during the holiday season in the “Hamilton Happenings” section of the issue. We hope the articles and images on the following pages will serve as an important reminder that we all need to continue to celebrate the occasions that make up the stories of our lives. From falling in love and honoring anniversaries to marking milestones big and small, the Hamilton family will be there to help you make those meaningful moments the very best. Please enjoy this issue with our compliments and best wishes for a healthy, happy season ahead. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
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Hamilton Happenings GIVING BACK MARKS THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON
It’s better to give than receive—a sentiment that resonated particularly keenly this past holiday season, as so many around us struggled with challenges due to the pandemic. For the family-owned-and-operated Hamilton Jewelers, however, it was an opportunity to count their blessings and act on the main tenets of their company philosophy: responsibility and community.
organizations in the communities where the Hamilton retail stores call “home.” With the assistance of Hamilton community ambassador Donna Bouchard, the company made contributions to Arm in Arm and HomeFront, in the Princeton, New Jersey, area; and The Lord’s Place of West Palm Beach and the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County, Florida.
“One of our firm’s core values is community, and we take our responsibility to support our neighbors very seriously,” says Hamilton Jewelers president and C.E.O. Hank Siegel. “We were greatly disturbed by the incredible need that existed, and still exists, in our own backyards during the pandemic. So many community-support organizations were overwhelmed by the request for their services and the number of constituents they served.”
“I’ve volunteered with HomeFront ever since I was in Princeton’s public schools—but we didn’t need personal connections to know how impressive each of these organizations are,” says Hamilton Jewelers chief operating officer Andrew Siegel. “As a child, I always used to hear my grandfather and father say, ‘It’s not enough to just do business in a community. You have to live there, and truly be there.’ Our communities support us, and have supported our family business for 109 years. In turn, we’ve had the privilege of being part of a century’s worth of our clients’ and communities’ most important moments. Relationships are at the core of everything we do. And this is why we give back.”
Thus, The Season of Giving was created: Hamilton Jewelers and the Siegel family redirected client holiday gift funds to assist four charitable
Andrew Siegel, Hank Siegel, and HomeFront community engagement director Meghan Cubano.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County With a mission to enable young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County provides a world-class club experience to ensure success is within reach for all who walk through its doors. The organization places its members on a track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrate good character and citizenship as well as a healthy lifestyle. LEARN MORE AT BGCPBC.ORG.
Hank Siegel and Arm in Arm executive director David R. Fox.
Arm In Arm Formerly known as The Crisis Ministry, Arm In Arm is where the community comes together to ensure all have the most basic needs of food and shelter and, if possible, the livelihood to maintain them. Founded four decades ago, Arm in Arm now welcomes more than 4,000 families to its food pantries, works with 600 at-risk families to prevent or end homelessness, and offers on-the-job training and job-search mentoring. LEARN MORE AT ARMINARM.ORG.
HomeFront Since its inception 25 years ago, HomeFront has worked to break the cycle of poverty and end homelessness in Central New Jersey by harnessing the caring, resources, and expertise of the community. Serving thousands of Mercer County families, HomeFront lessens the immediate pain of homelessness and helps families by providing them with the skills and opportunities they need to become self-sufficient. LEARN MORE AT HOMEFRONTNJ.ORG.
Jaene Miranda, president and C.E.O. of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, with Hamilton Jewelers Palm Beach Gardens operations manager Joanna Mangan.
The Lord’s Place, West Palm Beach The Lord’s Place is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness by providing innovative, compassionate, and effective services to men, women, and children in the Palm Beach County community. For 40 years, The Lord’s Place has offered comprehensive services designed to end homelessness, once and for all, with an aim to provide programs that assist clients in finding their unique path, which ultimately leads to a place called “home.” LEARN MORE AT THELORDSPLACE.ORG.
Marilyn Munoz, The Lord’s Place director of advancement and communications (center), with Hamilton Jewelers Palm Beach Gardens store director Lauren Duffy and Lisette Siegel.
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Actor, producer, and director Bradley Cooper has been the ambassador of Swiss brand IWC since 2018.
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FACE TIME Bradley Cooper is the man of the hour thanks to an expansive collection of IWC and Rolex timepieces, including these:
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The actor has been spotted on numerous occasions wearing his Rolex Yachtmaster in 18k yellow gold, complete with a 31-jewel movement and a rotating bezel.
By Leslie Garisto Pfaff
ACTOR BRADLEY COOPER KEEPS MUM ABOUT HIS PERSONAL LIFE. BUT THE WATCHES HE’S OWNED REVEAL HIS PASSION FOR QUALITY—AND CHARITY Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood. As to his wardrobe, Cooper rocks a bomber jacket and jeans with the same aplomb he shows in a classic tux. And he’s just as likely to wear one of his favorite IWCs with flip-flops as with formalwear. Besides having owned the Big Pilot, he has an IWC Portuguese Chronograph, featuring a classic dial with Arabic numerals and slender, propeller-style hands. He was already firmly associated with IWC when he was named its brand ambassador in 2018. But before then, he was often seen wearing the vintage Rolex GMT-Master “Root Beer,” reportedly given to him by Clint Eastwood when the two were filming American Sniper. Initially released in 1954, the watch can display two time zones simultaneously (as requested by Pan American Airways for its zone-hopping pilots). But it earned its “Root Beer” nickname for its striking brown bezel. Cooper has also been spotted wearing an 18-karat yellow-gold Rolex Yachtmaster. Designed for rugged outdoor activities, with a 31-jewel movement and rotating bezel, the watch is famous for its precision. What you won’t see Cooper wearing any longer is that IWC Big Pilot. The charitable star—in 2014 he founded the Charles J. Cooper Patient Support Fund to assist cancer patients and their families—agreed to auction off the watch, post-Oscars, to benefit the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation. Sotheby’s estimated the listing at between $20,000 and $30,000, but thanks partly to the watch’s cool Oscars provenance, it eventually went for $60,000, no doubt pleasing its former owner. Oh—and “Shallow” garnered an Oscar for Best Song, which probably cheered Cooper as well.
Cooper has been the ambassador of IWC since 2008, and auctioned off the Big Pilot IW500901 Edition “Le Petit Prince” for $60,000. He still owns this 46mm IWC Big Pilot.
The Rolex GMT-Master “Root Beer” was reportedly a gift to Cooper from his American Sniper director, Clint Eastwood.
It was an unforgettable Oscars moment: stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga performing “Shallow,” the perfect gem of a duet from their Academy Award-nominated remake of A Star Is Born. The 2019 performance raised collective goose bumps, and so did another gem, this one on Cooper’s left wrist: an IWC Big Pilot IW500901 Edition “Le Petit Prince,” with a navy blue dial and a rose-gold case. Boasting the largest ever IWC-manufactured movement, the watch would be a knockout under any circumstances. But like all of the watches in IWC’s “Petit Prince” line, this one also bore a stirring inscription on the back from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beloved book of the same name: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.” The watch was already a celebrity in its own right, having made numerous appearances on Cooper’s wrist: in the stands at Wimbledon witnessing Andy Murray’s historic 2013 win against Novak Djokovic, taking a stroll down the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, and dazzling audiences in the movie Aloha in 2015. Cooper is famously reticent about his personal life. In a 2018 New York Times article, responding to a request for emotional revelations about the filming of A Star Is Born, he politely declined. “I don’t necessarily see the upside of it,” he explained. Instead, he lets his work—and his wardrobe—tell the story. The former began with his 1999 walk-on in the television series Sex and the City but didn’t take off until Cooper’s costarring role in 2009’s The Hangover. He proved he could play dramatic and comedic roles with equal dexterity in the 2012 romcom Silver Linings Playbook and 2014’s American
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1. David Yurman Novella 18k Yellow Gold Amethyst Pendant. $2,800 2. Hamilton 18k Rose Gold Amethyst Ring with Diamonds. $1,150 3. Pomellato Nudo 18k Rose and White Gold Amethyst Classic Ring with Diamonds. $5,100 4. DAVIDOR L’Arc Ring GM 18k Yellow Gold with Lavender Lacquered Ceramic. $2,750 5. Hamilton Private Reserve Platinum Purple Sapphire and Diamond Drop Earrings. Price Upon Request
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Hamilton Private Reserve 18k White Gold Aquamarine and Tourmaline Bracelet. Price Upon Request
2. Etho Maria 18k Yellow Gold Aquamarine Diem Drop Earrings with Diamonds. Price Upon Request 3. Hamilton Private Reserve Platinum 13.56ct Aquamarine Ring with Diamonds. Price Upon Request
5. Hamilton Private Reserve Platinum Aquamarine Bracelet with Diamonds. Price Upon Request
4. Hamilton Private Reserve Platinum Tanzanite and Sapphire Drop Earrings with Diamonds. Price Upon Request
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1. FRED 18k Rose Gold Rainbow Gemstone Buckle on Green Cord Bracelet. $2,700 2. Temple St. Clair 18k Yellow Gold Mixed Stone Stella Earrings. $4,500 3. Hamilton Private Reserve Platinum Multicolor Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet. Price Upon Request
4. Pomellato Iconica 18k Rose Gold Gemstone Huggie Earrings. $7,450 5. 14k Rose Gold Multi Gemstone Rainbow Bangle Bracelet. $2,595
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1. Hamilton 14k Yellow Gold Baroque Pearl Necklace. $895 2. David Yurman Sterling Silver Large Pearl Cluster Ring with Diamonds. $2,200 3. Mizuki Privé 18k Yellow Gold Cascading Earrings with Akoya Pearls and Black Full-Cut Diamonds. 4.92tcw. $12,900 4. Mikimoto 18k White Gold Everyday Essentials Akoya Pearl 40" Necklace. $9,430
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1. Hamilton 18k Yellow Gold Woven Cobra Bracelet. $14,750 2. Hamilton Arabesque Collection 18k Yellow Gold Openwork Design Ring with Diamonds. $1,995 3. Chantecler Paillettes 18k Rose Gold Diamond Cascade Earrings. $7,695
4. David Yurman 18k Yellow Gold Belmont Curb Link Hoop Earrings. $2,400
5. G-SHOCK The Full Metal 5000. Digital GMWB5000GD-9. $600
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SPA TREATMENTS MIGHT DO WONDERS FOR YOUR BODY, BUT TRUE BLISS CAN BE ACHIEVED WITH SOMETHING THAT LASTS A LITTLE LONGER: A MÉLANGE OF SPARKLING DIAMONDS AND FINE JEWELRY Clockwise, from top left: Art Deco–inspired diamond- and blue-sapphire drop earrings with more than 20 carats of fine gemstones set in platinum. Cushion-cut 11.93ct. blue sapphire and two-epaulettes threestone ring, with 100 round diamonds and set in platinum.
Seven-inch-wide row-on-row diamond mesh bracelet, with 17.73 ct. of round, brilliant-cut white diamonds, and set in platinum with milgrain-bezel detailing. A Hamilton Original bracelet recreated by our master jewelers from the original 1930s archival design, set in platinum and featuring mixed-shape diamonds weighing a total of 19.94ct.
Exquisite emerald-cut diamond three-stone ring set in platinum, and offered in various sizes and qualities.
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Clockwise, from top: Masterfully crafted drop earrings with a marquetry of more than 16 carats of tanzanites and sapphires set in platinum.
A 12.64-carat oval sapphire ring with 123 round diamonds micro-set in a thin and elegant platinum mounting.
A seven-row sapphire bracelet made with 544 round and 204 princess-cut sapphires (more than 26 carats) in black-rhodium, 18k white gold.
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JEWELRY Clockwise, from top: Elegant drop statement earrings featuring six carats of pear-shaped and round diamonds set in 18k white gold. A necklace featuring more than 13 carats of classic baguette and round diamonds set in platinum. A natural, 8.22-carat, Sri Lankan purplecolor sapphire ring with two epaulettes diamonds (total 1.00) set in platinum.
A vibrant, 11.53-carat, oval-cut blue zircon gemstone ring featuring 84 round brilliantcut diamonds micro-set in platinum.
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IN A BEAUTY RUT? BEING PAMPERED WITH ONE OF THESE FOUR SURPRISING FACIAL TREATMENTS MAY BE JUST THE THING By Darius Amos When spas and salons finally reopened following last year’s prolonged shutdown, many of us returned with equal parts excitement and caution. We went for the basics: a haircut, a coloring, a manicure, eyebrow shaping. By now, we know and follow the safety protocols, and many customers are ready to give their personal care a boost. What better way to reward yourself for getting through 2020 than by sitting for a facial designed for A-list types but suitable for anyone? The four kinds of facials described here are said to work wonders for aging and damaged skin. The only caveat is that they involve unconventional—and in some cases unusual— equipment, ingredients, and procedures.
We’ve all experienced getting slapped in the face by winter wind; the cryotherapy facial is a bit like that. Also known as “frotox,” this treatment requires a machine that pumps liquid nitrogen onto the face for two to three minutes, essentially freezing the skin. No, your frozen face won’t shatter, despite Hollywood sci-fi. Instead, the intense cold helps blood vessels contract and pores tighten. Think of why we splash our faces with cool/cold water in the morning to relieve puffiness and wake the skin up—it’s a chemical-free way of tightening the skin. There are some potential side effects, albeit rare, such as frostbite or temporary numbness. Expect to pay between $75 and $150 per session. Cryotherapy without the use of a machine is also available. Many facilities throughout the country use porcelain spoons that are stored in a freezer prior to treatment and set in an ice bath during the procedure to deliver similar results.
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GOLD LEAF FACIAL:
SNAIL SLIME FACIAL:
OK, gold leaf facial masks are not pure gold, but they are pricey—though they’re worth the $200– $1,000 price tag, according to treatment fans and supermodels Naomi Campbell and Irina Shayk. Why the appeal? Besides making for dazzling Instagram photos, gold leaf—typically used in concert with a liquid mask—contains antioxidants with anti-aging properties that help ward off toxins and relieve sun damage. Remember that although the skin has an antiinflammatory response to gold, it has a similar response to many other ingredients that are less costly than this trendy treatment. It is the blend of vitamins and collagen that usually comes along with the gold mask that makes it fully effective. Want to try it at home instead? Versions are available at retailers like Ulta Beauty and Sephora.
It’s easy to find clips online of patient foreign patients allowing snails to ooze across their faces in the name of skin care. But if you start in your neighborhood looking for a spa that performs this procedure, you may have to expand your search. Skin specialists in Asia and Europe have been offering snail-slime (it’s actually mucus) facials for years, allowing live mollusks to crawl on clients’ faces. The belief is that the animal’s secretions contain healing nutrients such as hyaluronic acid and glycoprotein enzymes, both of which have antiaging benefits. One reason this facial hasn’t taken off in the U.S.? (Well, we can think of a couple.) The Department of Agriculture still considers several snail types “agricultural pests,” including types regularly used for cosmetic purposes. But that hasn’t stopped companies from employing secretion obtained from other countries to create snail facial creams and masks. These are said to moisturize skin, fade acne scars, and clear pores and complexion. They’re also easily obtainable from Amazon and cosmetics retailers. And while manufacturers such as Skederm say their products are made without cruelty to animals, there are more natural ways (plants and flowers) to beautiful skin.
Before slathering your face with salmon roe from your sushi plate, first learn the basics of a caviar facial. It may sound fishy, but it’s true: This treatment uses fish eggs that are either massaged onto the face or applied as a mask. It’s believed that the salty eggs contain nutrients and amino acids that stimulate cell metabolism to help regenerate skin. Caviar also contains omega-3 fatty acids—the same omega-3s doctors say can help lower your risk for heart disease—that form a protective layer on the skin, giving the face a radiant glow, according to the Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. New York-based esthetician Yelena Roezen, who owns an eponymous line of beauty products, once suggested that a caviar facial “takes care of everything: purification, hydration, anti-aging.” Though more affordable than edible caviar, caviar masks and facials can put a dent in the wallet: A 50-gram container of Roezen’s caviar mask costs $170 at Saks Fifth Avenue. One other drawback: Caviar facials can be pungent.
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FOUR NEW ELECTRIC VEHICLES COMBINE LUXURY, PERFORMANCE, PRACTICALITY AND ECO-FRIENDLINESS. CHARGE! By Darius Amos
AUDI Q4 E-TRON
Manufacturing eco-vehicles isn’t new for Audi, but the German automaker makes its debut in the burgeoning luxury compact EV crossover class with the 2021 Q4 e-tron. The smaller sibling to the midsize e-tron, this little guy packs a punch so big it immediately competes with category leader Tesla. Estimated to start at $45,000, the top-level Q4 e-tron Prestige will come with a 82.0-kWh battery and electric motors on each axle that engineers say deliver 300 horsepower and a range of 280 miles on a full charge. Audi’s touch-screen infotainment system, digital gauge readouts and plush suede seats show a commitment to luxury too.
Elon Musk made a splash when he introduced the world to the Cybertruck, the double-take-worthy, all-electric truck that becomes available to consumers in late 2021. If the “Cybertruck vs. Ford F-150” viral video didn’t convince you of the Tesla’s tank-like power, consider that its supercharged battery and top-tier, triple-motor model ($69,000) can tow up to 14,000 pounds and drive an estimated 500+ miles on a single charge. Other than the brand’s oversized touchscreen infotainment system (17-inch display, anyone?), Tesla will outfit the six-seater with a minimalist interior.
Bentley and Porsche previously introduced hybrid editions of their SUV; now it’s Lamborghini’s turn. Later this year, the legendary Italian sports car maker is expected to release an electrified, plug-in version of its $200,000+ Urus super sport-ute. If it’s anything like the standard 2021 models, it will have driver-convenience and safety features such as a heads-up display and blind-spot monitoring, as well as optional park assist and adaptive cruise control. And Lambo won’t shy away from flashy exterior colors—among the Urus’ hues will be bright blues, oranges and greens.
The luxury German carmaker already has a hybrid car in its lineup, but the EQC is Mercedes-Benz’s first under its new EQ badge. The compact SUV starts at under $70,000 and features a pair of lithium-ion-battery-powered engines that MB-USA says will generate 402 horsepower with a range of around 200 miles. Its reported 0-to-60 time is a mere 0.4 seconds off the Tesla Model X’s pace, but Mercedes’ unmatched manufacturing and interior luxury (two 10.25-inch touchscreens and premium sound systems, for starters) should put the EQC alongside its rivals.
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Clockwise, from top left: TEMPLE ST. CLAIR Honeycomb diamond bracelet. $18,500 Honeycomb diamond necklace. $45,000 Stella turquoise ring. $3,950 Classic oval pyramid cabochon aquamarine and diamond post earrings. $3,950 Honeybee diamond drop earrings. $3,250 Turquoise vine bracelet. $19,500. GUCCI Ouroboros three-band snake ring with sapphire, topaz, black, and white diamonds. $10,390 Ouroboros three-band snake ring with diamonds. $13,800 Ouroboros three-band snake ring with turquoise. $3,300
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Clockwise, from top left: Platinum snake ring with pavé set diamonds and 17 multi-shape emeralds. Platinum floral diamond cluster necklace with 4.31 ct. pink diamonds and 25.04 ct. white diamonds. Hamilton Fleur Gemstone Collection cocktail ring featuring a very fine certified 3.05 ct. ruby with rose-cut diamonds and round brilliant cuts totaling more than 10 carats, set in platinum. Hamilton Fleur Collection pavé flower cocktail ring set in 18k white gold. Prices upon request
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THE GAME’S LUMINARIES, PAST AND PRESENT, SPORT LUXURY WRISTWATCHES WORTHY OF A FASHION GRAND SLAM By Donna Rolando
Whether it’s the Australian Open, Wimbledon or any other Super Bowl of tennis, the diehard fans are all about the game, from the stats to the heroes, and we applaud their single-minded dedication. But there are also those among us—fashionistas, you know who you are—for whom a tennis tourney is also an exhibition of the most exquisite arm candy. No matter their gender, play strategy, or country of origin, tennis players have long dazzled fans with watches they wear on and off the court. For trendsetters and -getters, Serena’s powerful backstroke is a reason to gaze wide-eyed at the wide screen for a closeup of her wrist. Big matches like Wimbledon can draw a million bucks’ worth of luxury timepieces. No wonder fans are watching the watches.
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This all-time great, affectionately known as King Roger, is world ambassador for the watch that’s synonymous with his Swiss homeland—Rolex. Cover your ears, fashion lovers: This 20-time Grand Slam champ loves Rolex not so much for the status as for memories of where they’ve been together. Rolex was there when he broke Pete Sampras’ all-time Grand Slam record at Wimbledon in 2009. His choice then: Datejust II silver blue Arabic Ref. 116334. “When I was finally able to lift the trophy, I was wearing my Rolex on my wrist,” recalls the 39-year-old legend. With an annual income of more than $100 million, Federer has built some Rolex collection. A newer model, associated with his eighth Wimbledon win in 2017, is the Rolex Datejust 41-millimeter (pictured here) in steel and yellow gold. Its automatic 3235 movement packs a 70-hour power reserve, so Federer can keep his mind on the game.
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This U.S. tennis pro and Olympic gold medalist shares an honor reserved for the best of the best, starting with Yankee slugger Lou Gehrig. Her infectious smile at a moment of sheer jubilation was immortalized on a Wheaties box in 2001. And what graced her wrist at that time of triumph? The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, with an 18-carat pink gold case, a 32 brilliant-cut diamond setting and a light silver-toned dial. Sure, Williams is known for the fierce tenacity and sheer power behind 23 Grand Slam singles titles. And she may sweat a little. But she and sister Venus both do it with the epitome of style. “I’m a perfectionist,” says this 39-year-old Michigan native, whose dad groomed her and her sis to play at an early age. Her choice of timepiece—with a customized crown meant for sport—says “perfect” on court and off.
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While winning the French Open for the 11th time, “Rafa” had a cramp in his hand, and all cameras zoomed in—on his orange watch. Yes, the top-ranking native of Spain was able to go on to victory in that 2018 match, but what the press saw would also make news. Nadal was wearing a limited-edition Richard Mille RM27-03, valued at $725,000. It should come as no surprise: For the 2015 French Open, he wore the RM27-02 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal (yes, the Richard Mille watch bears his name) pictured here, with a $775,000 price tag as per 2018. Luxurious, yes, but also practical, these watches are super-light with strong resistance to shocks—just what an athlete needs. And for a horological first, the case back is made of TPT Quartz, comprising hundreds of layers of quartz filaments piled on top of each other. Keeping in the spirit of athleticism, the unibody baseplate is inspired by racing car chassis. Nadal turns 35 this June.
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Now 30, this Danish champ realized her dream when she claimed her first Grand Slam title in 2018 at the Australian Open, and she has the enormous prize to prove it. Not only did the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy (Daphne for short) get its own plane seat and pillow, but Wozniacki gave it a hug. Giving the award ceremony a bit of the red carpet, she came decked with diamonds, showing her soft spot for fine jewelry. Most memorable had to be the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116576TBR with its pavé diamond dial, baguette-cut diamond bezel and blue dials. On the awards night she was heard to observe: “It’s a dream come true.” Could she have meant the watch?
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On June 7, 2016, when this Serbian champ won his first French Open, fans were overjoyed—and watch aficionados weren’t disappointed either. There on his wrist, as he puckered up for the Roland Garros trophy, was a limited-edition Astron GPS Dual-Time Seiko. Since Astron is the world’s first GPS solar watch, there’s never a battery change, and Astron can adjust to 39 time zones at the touch of a button. Djovokic, who turns 34 in May, is currently ranked No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Wherever in the world Djokovic travels, the last thing he’ll have to worry about is knowing the time.
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This Romanian champ came away from her battle with Serena Williams for her first Wimbledon title in 2019 cool and collected. It was reported that Halep never betrayed a hint of nerves on her way to the big win at age 27. In Halep’s words, “I played the match of my life.” Maybe it was the watch. She’s seen here with two trophies: the Wimbledon Rosewater Dish held high for all to see, and Hublot’s Big Bang One Click Italia Independent in dark blue velvet. That’s a mouthful for a watch that’s as feminine as it is seductive, with a mix of black ceramic, diamonds and velvet. Truly a girl’s best friend, Big Bang boasts 42 diamonds on its finely set bezel, plus 10 more on the velveted dial. One click means the strap can be changed easily and quickly. No room for boredom here!
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The legendary Rolex Cosmograph Daytona may have been born for racing, but it has won the hearts of tennis stars too. German player Angelique Kerber wore her Cosmograph (40 millimeters) to accept the coveted Rosewater Dish to mark her 2018 Wimbledon win. The 33-year-old’s Cosmograph is a combo of high tech and sleek beauty with its Oyster steel and white dial. All those numbers on the bezel are a tachymetric scale—how else can race-car drivers measure speeds up to 400 miles? For a tennis champ, it also may come in handy. Who knows how fast former world No. 1 champ Kerber moves for her winning shot?
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Dubbed “The Kid of Las Vegas,” this now-retired pro player has served as ambassador for Swiss brand Longines for more than 10 years. Theirs is a partnership of similarities: Both are known for precision and timing, and both have a heart. The eight-time Grand Slam champ and 1996 Olympic gold medalist, age 51 this April, works with Longines to raise money for challenged U.S. school districts. Agassi’s belief: “Kids don’t fail; we fail them.” The watch he wore after winning the Gentlemen’s Singles Title at Wimbledon in 1992? From the Master Collection, it was a Longines with a black leather alligator strap and distinctive Roman numerals.
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This German former pro—winner of 22 Grand Slam singles titles—shares a passion for watches with her husband Andre. She too is a Longines ambassador; she’s pictured here with her Wimbledon trophy in 1992. The match proved a testament to the power of confidence as Graf defended her title against Monica Seles. “I knew I had it in me,” says Graf. “It had a lot to do with believing in myself.” Her watch of choice for Wimbledon, part of her successful image, is from the Longines Master Collection. Stylistically, this timepiece stands out for its silver barleycorn dial and blued steel hands teamed up with a stainlesssteel strap. Graf, who turns 52 this spring, was a winner even before her title.
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YOUNG OR OLD, PAINTER OR OPERA LOVER, MEMBER OR VISITOR, THE PALM BEACH CULTURAL ORGANIZATION THE SOCIETY OF THE FOUR ARTS OFFERS AN EXHIBIT, INSTALLATION, CLASS, LECTURE, OR CONCERT THAT SPEAKS (OR SINGS!) TO EVERY WALK OF LIFE
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In 1936, a group of civic-minded art lovers in Palm Beach forever changed the face of arts education with the establishment of The Society for the Four Arts. Created to promote “the passion of music, the beauty of art, the thrill of drama, and the pleasure of literature,” the cultural nonprofit bounded out of the gate to great critical acclaim with an exhibition comprised of borrowed art from local galleries and collectors—including a Rembrandt painting that later sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Chinese Garden, one of nine themed spaces in the Four Arts Botanical Gardens. Photograph by Robert Stevens.
Home to legendary resorts, Gilded Age architecture, and the shopping nirvana that is Worth Avenue, Palm Beach conjures images of pastel caftans, bejeweled socialites, and fantasy Slim Aarons photos; there are few places as tantalizing or as keen for beautiful things. Though an appreciation of the arts has always had pride of place in this cosmopolitan Florida town, it wasn’t until The Society of the Four Arts that arts and culture aficionados had a place upon which to lavish their attention.
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The heart of the organization’s activity is Campus on the Lake, which is a piece of art in and of itself. A 10-acre oasis on the Intracoastal Waterway, the campus is framed by graceful palm trees, bronze sculptures, and babbling fountains, the scent of roses and soft-petaled hibiscus filling the air. It’s a picturesque backdrop to an art gallery, a 700-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art classroom, artist accommodations, botanical gardens, and more—including a pair of libraries Darby describes as very popular draws, due in part to the town of Palm Beach having no formal public library of its own. The area looks to Four Arts to fill that void with the King Library and Children’s Library, both open to the public and host to a full season’s schedule of events. An award-winning renovation has recently restored and transformed the King Library into an elegant receptacle for more than 75,000 books, DVDs, and periodicals. In contrast, Children’s Library is a cozy, light-filled space where reading rooms radiate from a sunny atrium, and also is home to the Mary Alice Fortin Children’s Art Gallery, which runs along its south side.
Over the next few years, the organization expanded at an incredible rate, rapidly erecting the first building of what would become its impressive campus, seeing to the planting of exquisitely themed gardens, and conceiving the National Invitational Painting Exhibition, which was once the definitive American resource for finding new artistic talent. That was 85 years ago, and Four Arts has only picked up speed, earning its place as a cultural mainstay of the Palm Beach area and Florida at large. Thousands of members and visitors gather each year to celebrate creativity and imagination, seek artistic refuge, and connect with some of today’s keenest minds and talent, reflecting the organization’s fierce dedication to “lifelong learning.” Four Arts spokesman David Darby credits the organization’s dedicated staff with arranging the incredible breadth and quality of programming, which has only expanded in recent seasons and included sold-out lectures by Christopher Plummer and Frank McCourt, live streams of the Metropolitan Opera, and a recent exhibit by Charles and Jackson Pollock.
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Despite the challenges associated with Covid-19, Four Arts has continued its programming via live-streaming events, virtual classes and lectures, and even “stay-in-the-car” happenings for children, but its eyes are on the horizon with a full slate of programs already set for the 2021–22 season. Continuing its dedication to lifelong learning and the celebration of beauty, The Society for the Four Arts remains an always-evolving touchstone for fine art, music, education, and reflection, all firmly woven into the civic and cultural life of Palm Beach.
Clockwise, from top right: “Giraffes” by Henry Mitchell in Sculpture Garden; David Turner’s “The Bond”; “Allies,” by Lawrence Holofcener, featuring Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt. The original casting was unveiled by Princess Margaret in 1995 on Bond Street in London’s West End as part of a 50th anniversary commemoration of the end of World War II. Opposite page: The iconic front entrance of the Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery Building.
These many different venues encourage myriad crossover events, drawing out more from the art than if it was considered alone and creating dynamic performances, classes, and exhibits that inform one another. Recent connections include a sketching class for teens in one of the botanical gardens; a lecture on Abstract Expressionism with Pollock works hanging in the nearby gallery; live streaming of King Lear from the U.K.’s National Theatre coinciding with a sold-out master class on the role of passion in plays.
Both managed and maintained by The Garden Club of Palm Beach, the two Four Arts botanical gardens serve as outdoor museum, urban park, and a place for quiet contemplation. Originally designed in 1938, the lush and tropical Botanical Gardens include fruit trees, and rose, jungle, and Chinesethemed gardens—demonstration gardens that educate residents and visitors about the diversity of the plants that thrive in South Florida’s climes. Born from a trio of vacant lots to its magnificence today, the adjacent Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden centers on a quartzite plaza with an octagonal fountain, and is dotted with rare specimen plants, sculptures by worldrenowned artists, and bright-pink bougainvillea-draped pergolas. Its most recent exhibition is Fiori: two spectacular glass installations by legendary artist Dale Chihuly (turn the page for a closer look at this exhibit).
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IN FIORI, A PAIR OF DALE CHIHULY’S GRAND AND LYRICAL GLASS INSTALLATIONS FIND A WORTHY BACKDROP IN THE SPECTACULAR PHILIP HULITAR SCULPTURE GARDEN AT THE SOCIETY FOR THE FOUR ARTS
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“Art brings us joy: It helps us express our values, and strengthens and differentiates our communities.” —Hank Siegel, Hamilton Jewelers
closure and other Covid-related challenges. “The Society for the Four Arts is a true gem of our Palm Beach community,” says Siegel. “We have enjoyed many exhibits and programs there over the years. In October, I reached out after reading an article in the local paper about how they hoped to resume programming for the season and were hoping to make up for the significant drop off in visitors in the last year. We were curious to know if there were any particular programs that might need special support.” Indeed there were, and after learning of Four Arts’s intention to bring Fiori to the Sculpture Garden—an outdoor exhibit that kept the members’ and guests’ safety and comfort top of mind—the Siegels swiftly seized the opportunity to help. “We were honored to underwrite this ‘mini’ installation and exhibit by an American artist who has revolutionized the medium of glass,” says Siegel, noting that he and his wife are avid admirers of Chihuly’s work, impressed by visits to the artist’s exhibits in Seattle, Atlanta, and Venice. A pioneer in the glass-art movement and perhaps one of its most colorful and wellknown frontmen, Dale Chihuly has been designing mesmerizing and gravity-defying glass artworks since the 1960s. Creating on a massive scale not previously seen in the glass world, Chihuly continues to surprise, inspire, and push the boundaries in sitespecific exhibits and collections worldwide. Joining the ranks of such esteemed exhibition spaces as Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Botanical Gardens, The Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden became a beautiful natural backdrop to two of Chihuly’s artworks: “Red Bulbous Reeds” and “Black and Yellow Herons”—pieces from his Fiori series. Dovetailing with the exhibit was the lecture, “An Artful Life with Leslie Chihuly,” a glimpse into the inner workings of Chihuly Studio by his wife, Leslie, who is its president and C.E.O., and who has long helped her husband realize his artistic vision.
This page: “Red Bulbous Reeds” by Dale Chihuly; The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL, Installed 2021, Artwork @ Chihuly Studio, All Rights Reserved. Opposite page: “Black and Yellow Herons” by Dale Chihuly; The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL, Installed 2021, Artwork @ Chihuly Studio, All Rights Reserved. Both photographs by Elvio Salazar.
“Strong cultural and arts institutions are a fundamental component of a healthy community, particularly in difficult social and economic times,” Siegel says. “Art brings us joy: It helps us express our values, and strengthens and differentiates our communities. Especially now, we think the joy one feels while experiencing the arts improves our well-being.” FIORI RUNS THROUGH MAY 2, 2021. THE PHILIP HULITAR SCULPTURE GARDEN AT THE SOCIETY FOR THE FOUR ARTS: 100 FOUR ARTS PLAZA, PALM BEACH; 561.655.7226 or FOURARTS.ORG.
The exhibit was supported by Hank Siegel, the president and C.E.O. of Hamilton Jewelers, and his wife, Lisette, who are long-time supporters of the arts. Along with Siegel’s mother, Denise, the family was growing concerned that the many incredible cultural and arts institutions in their communities were suffering due to
Viewing the two works is a study in contrast, striking art amongst a garden’s beauty, awaiting discovery. “Red Bulbous Reeds” is out in full view, and “Black and Yellow Herons” is cleverly concealed in the garden, but all four elements live and breathe in both installations. Vibrant, red spears, and sinewy yellow and black curves pierced the air, shaped by fire, cooled by water, and nestled in the garden’s earth and plants. That beauty, and the institutions who endeavor to bring that beauty to the community, are not lost on the Siegel family.
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AT YO U R S E R V I C E For more than a century, Hamilton has offered its clients exceptional quality, value, and an extraordinary experience with each and every visit—but our expertise extends far beyond our collection of fine jewelry, watches, and gifts. From outstanding shopping in any of our three locations to a full range of service options, including appraisals and custom design, Hamilton is uniquely able to collaborate with you on your every jewelry and watch need.
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THE SOCIETY OF THE FOUR ARTS MIGHT BE A REVERED PLACE OF RESPITE AND REFLECTION FOR THE ART AFICIONADOS AMONG US, BUT IT ALSO LENDS A LUSHLY ACCOUTERED BACKDROP FOR SOME OF SPRING’S MOST EFFERVESCENT LOOKS
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Bettina Anderson in a dress by Brock Collection at Lola Dre Boutique; earrings, necklace, and bracelet by Hamilton Collection Fine Jewelry.
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Dress by Maygel Coronel; earrings and bracelet by Hamilton Collection Fine Jewelry.
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Dress by Giambattista Valli; earrings and ring by Hamilton Collection Fine Jewelry.
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Dress by Valentino; earrings and bracelet by Hamilton Collection Fine Jewelry.
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Dress by Giambattista Valli; earrings, necklace, ring, and bracelets by Pomellato.
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Dress for the Planet Sustainability has become a buzzword. Whether or not people grasp its full meaning, many demand that the things they use—from food and drink to furniture and bedding—be produced and consumed in a way that helps the environment we enjoy today still be around tomorrow. And as they examine the food they eat and the chemicals that surround them, they naturally seek clothing that reflects sustainable practices. They ask of a garment not only “Is it in style?” but also “Is it in harmony?” Not just “Does it fit?” but also “Does it fit the future?” Some top fashion-industry names, including Ermenegildo Zegna and the Armani Group, have been practicing eco-friendly methods for decades, while many others are increasing their efforts to reuse resources and reduce their ecological footprint. These companies haven’t missed a beat on the design front, continuing to offer discerning clients the finest tailored and cutting-edge fashion. Gucci, for instance, is in the middle of a 10-year sustainability strategy to clean its manufacturing processes and cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2025, and to attain 100 percent traceability for its raw materials, among other benchmarks. Similarly, the free-spirited fashion house Nanushka adopted a sustainability plan when it was launched 15 years ago, with priorities placed on developing holistic products and sourcing high-quality materials without affecting the balance of the ecosystem. Such corporate commitments are attractive to consumers who want to look great while having a positive impact on the world—albeit small—with their fashion choices.
FASHION DESIGNERS’ SENSE OF STYLE HAS ALWAYS HAD ATTITUDE. NOW IT HAS AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIENCE TOO
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Sustainability is at the forefront of Nanushka, a brand founded by Budapest-based designer, Sandra Sandor. The Anna Cotton button-down top is from her summer 2021 ready-to-wear collection.
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Above, bold prints and oversized accessories such as necklaces, belts and sunglasses were the theme of Gucci’s SS21 resort collection. Opposite, the mantra of Italian-Haitian designer Stella Jean’s brand is “multiculturalism applied to ethical fashion.” This vibrant and feminine dress from the Stella Jean SS21 collection is indicative of her overall punchy aesthetic.
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“Buy less, choose well, make it last” is a famous quote about sustainability from Vivienne Westwood, whose brand has been associated with sustainability for more than a decade. Her autumn/winter ’21 collection represents that mindset and features unique garments that pay homage to her punk aesthetic. Opposite, Stella McCartney is among the pioneers of the sustainability movement in fashion too; she and some of her collaborators spent lockdown perfecting her “A-to-Z manifesto” spring/summer ’21 collection; “A” for accountability, “C” for conscious, etc. Pictured here is the Stella McCartney oversized fringed cashmere-blend sweater from her fall/winter ’20 slate.
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THE JOURNEY TO FOREVER BEGINS WITH THE RINGS: THE SYMBOLS OF THE COMMITMENT OF A LIFETIME
Ah, l’amour! Finding the one person you want to spend the rest of your life with is a major milestone— and one Hamilton Jewelers is well acquainted with, as they’ve had the good fortune to share in many of these as-long-as-we-both-shall-live moments for more than a century. This past year, everything from the proposal to the wedding looked a little bit different, of course, yet the enthusiasm and the unbridled joy never waned. Here, we celebrate some of our recently engaged couples—some who are now newlyweds—and get an exclusive look at their unique stories of love and devotion.
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Their Song: “‘Yellow,’ by Coldplay. It was supposed to be our first dance song. Matthew and I joke we are just two grown-up, angsty teenagers that found each other. I think this song perfectly captures that.”
The Proposal: “Matthew proposed to me on a rooftop bar in N.Y.C. He and his sister, Ashley, tricked me into thinking we were meeting up for drinks, and surprised me. I am so thankful for all the beautiful details Ashley helped arrange, and she was the photographer who captured our special moment.”
Their Rings: “Khamini and I purchased each other’s wedding bands together at Hamilton Jewelers, and I was happy to have her with me this time. It was such a smooth process, and we both got exactly what we envisioned for each other.”
Their Wedding: “Matthew and I decided to postpone our wedding [which was scheduled for] March 2020. It was a sad choice because we were so close, but it was the safest decision for our friends and family. We knew we still wanted to get married, and chose to have an intimate and distanced ceremony at my in-laws’ home in Hopewell, New Jersey.”
KHAMINI & MATTHEW HAMILTON, NEW JERSEY ENGAGED: NOVEMBER 2018 MARRIED: APRIL 2020
“Our ceremony took place on my in-laws’ wide front lawn—it was the perfect setting for what turned out to be a bright and crisp spring day. My mother-inlaw, Nancy, and Ashley decorated the front steps with lots of flowers. It was so meaningful to have the ceremony there because it’s where Matthew grew up and we love spending time there together as a family. My parents drove down from Queens, New York, and everyone distanced and wore masks. In Hindu traditions, there is a ceremony after the wedding where the groom’s family welcomes the bride into their home. For me, having the wedding at their home felt like all those traditions wrapped up into one. I am incredibly grateful.”
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Their Best Advice:
“Matthew is genuine and supportive. And he seriously thinks my jokes are funny!” | “Khamini is passionate, generous, and grounded—and has a strange balance of aggressive drive and ridiculous humor.”
“Open communication is key to a successful relationship,” says Khamini. | “Don’t take for granted the things and people that are right in front of you,” says Matthew.
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“Khamini and I love to venture out and try new restaurants and food together; we once created our own Chinatown dumpling tour! So, you can imagine this past year was hard on us. Luckily, Khamini is an amazing chef.”
“Our upcoming wedding [will be] a two-day event in Bridgewater, New Jersey: a classic Hindu wedding and the following day will be our reception party. I’m looking forward to a long and peaceful life together. Matthew has given me so much stability and love. I can’t wait to see that amplify and grow.”
“Matthew and I both went to Syracuse University! We met at spring formal party in 2012, and were both there with friends as our dates. For the next two years, we would casually run into each other around campus or at a parties and always make small talk.”
“Both my Hindu wedding dress, which is red with hues of pink, and my reception gown, which is white, were the first dresses I picked out in each bridal store. Since I couldn’t wear either for our intimate ceremony, I wanted my outfit to reflect both gowns: The white blouse with long bell sleeves and ombré satin pink skirt were my subtle tribute to the two beautiful dresses that are patiently waiting for their turn!”
Their Meet Cute:
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The Engagement Ring: “Sarah has a long-standing relationship with Angie from Hamilton Jewelers. This is both a blessing and a curse: The curse is Sarah has quite good taste, and the blessing is she had mentioned to Angie exactly what ring and style she wanted. This made the selection process very easy for me.”
The Wedding Bling: “Joe and I chose our bands with the help of Angie, of course. Joe knew he wanted a classic, gold band, and I wanted a channel setting that complemented my engagement ring. My family has always gone to Hamilton Jewelers for everything for as long as I can remember—my parents even got their wedding bands from there! We also exchanged wedding gifts. Joe gave me the most beautiful diamond bracelet; it looked perfect with my gown on our wedding day. I gave him a Breitling watch. He had always wanted one and was planning on borrowing his Dad’s for the wedding, so I was really excited to surprise him with it.”
The Dress: “I found the designer, Anna Campbell, on Instagram, and then found a bridal shop in Austin that carried her dresses. It was the first dress I tried on, and the one I ended up choosing. It felt like fate!”
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“Joe is always so supportive of me and gives me the confidence to make me think I can accomplish anything.” | “Sarah is genuine, beautiful, and enables me to be the person I aspire to be.”
“The pandemic changed everything about our wedding. Joe and I planned on getting married in New Orleans, on New Year’s Eve 2020. [But] we came to the extremely difficult decision to postpone. Then, in early October, I ran across this outdoor hillside chapel 30 minutes south of Downtown Austin. Something about it captivated us. We saw an opening on December 11—just 20 days before our original date. We called our parents and our siblings, and everyone enthusiastically agreed to join us. We felt so grateful for our health and each other over the course of the year, and we just wanted to be married. If nothing else, the pandemic made us realize more than ever that there are no guarantees in life and to make sure we don’t take even the smallest things for granted.”
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AUSTIN, TEXAS ENGAGED: OCTOBER 2019 MARRIED: DECEMBER 2020
Their Meet Cute: “Sarah and I met freshman year of college. I tried working up the courage to talk to her, but she intimidated me. Three-and-a-half years later, I finally asked her out. She luckily (and I believe, eagerly) said ‘yes.’”
Their Favorite Things:
“Joe and I love to stay active and we also love food. Whether it’s going out to try new restaurants or just cooking dinner at home together, we always have a great time over a good meal.”
Their Theme Song: “We love to listen to ‘Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers. Whenever we go out on an adventure, we roll the windows down and blast the song. It’s guaranteed to start the day off on a high note.”
The Proposal: “I proposed to Sarah underneath the Brooklyn Bridge the morning after her birthday. She thought we were going to New York to celebrate with her friends. Little did she suspect that our ‘brunch in Brooklyn’ that next morning was a ruse to get her to one of her favorite spots in the city for the proposal. Afterward, I arranged for our parents and close friends to be waiting at a local Brooklyn brewery for a surprise, post-proposal celebration.”
“It was very meaningful because Joe and I were able to show our family our new city and new home. It wasn’t at all what we had originally planned, but everything fell into place and we had the most incredible day.”
Their Best Lesson: “After getting a new job, moving to a new city, planning a wedding, cancelling a wedding, and experiencing our first pandemic all in the span of one year, the greatest lesson Joe and I learned and continue to learn is that no matter what challenges we face in life, we will always have each other to lean on.”
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ALEXA & DALE PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA ENGAGED: DECEMBER 2018 MARRIED: SEPTEMBER 2020
Their Meet Cute: “We both grew up in West Palm Beach. We dated in high school, but went to different colleges. After that, we dated for four years before we got engaged.”
Their Favorite Things: “My favorite thing about Dale is how loving he is and how he would do just about anything for me.” | “My favorite thing about Alexa is how supportive she is; she’s always pushing me to be the best version of myself.”
Their Ideal Date Night: “We love to binge-watch TV shows and movies together.”
The Engagement Ring: “I walked into Hamilton Jewelers [in Palm Beach] with my mother, and saw the ring sitting in the case. It was the most perfect ring, and I knew it was meant to be. I ran home to Dale to tell him and, of course, he made it happen.”
The Proposal: “Dale proposed to me. For the most part it was a surprise, but I knew he was asking; I just didn’t know when, where, and were there other people involved? He ended up asking on Christmas Eve 2018, in front of both of our families.”
The Wedding Bling: “The wedding bands were easy: Dale wanted a classic, thin gold band and I wanted one that matched my engagement ring. We also exchanged wedding gifts: Dale gave me a Cartier Love bracelet and I gave him a Rolex.”
“I kept an open mind going into dress shopping. I went down to Miami with my mother and my maid of honor. We spent two days and went to six stores. Once I arrived at our fifth shop, I knew this was the place I was going to find my dress. I knew I wanted a traditional wedding dress with coverage since we were tying the knot in a church. That weekend, the shop was hosting a Vera Wang trunk show and I ended up choosing one from the trunk show, so it was meant to be.”
The Wedding: “We got married at St. Edward Catholic Church. As for the reception, I wanted a venue that created that ‘wow’ factor, and Sailfish Club was just that. Our wedding didn’t have a theme, but I kept [décor] neutral with a tropical flare since we were getting married in Palm Beach.”
The Cakes: “We had the typical wedding food—salad to start, steak and shrimp—and for dessert, we had a four-tier cake which included vanilla, carrot, confetti, and chocolate cakes. The groom’s cake was yellow cake with chocolate buttercream, Dale’s favorite, and it was in the shape of an Xbox!”
Their First Anniversary: “We’ll go to dinner at our favorite restaurant, The Riverhouse, and indulge in our wedding cake!”
Their Future: “Building our first home together where we can create a family, memories, and traditions.”
“Dale and I were a month from our wedding date when the pandemic hit. The biggest challenge was rescheduling everything and hoping that new date would work out. No one knew what the pandemic’s plans were, so it was hard with so many unknowns. After three date changes, we decided on September 26. The silver lining was that a week before our wedding, Palm Beach County moved into Phase 2, which allowed us to do more.”
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UP THE INTIMACY OF A LARGE GARDEN GETTOGETHER WITH A FEW THOUGHTFUL DETAILS
When the time is right and all is safe, you won’t have second thoughts about throwing a party. Sure, you’ve had friends over to wine and dine—maybe you’ve even had a large gathering. But undoubtedly you did so with careful considerations. Trust us, the day is approaching when all you’ll think about is showing your guests a good time. In A Home for All Seasons, the second book penned by interior designer and fashionista Danielle Rollins, you’ll discover the Atlanta- and Palm Beach-based author’s secrets and advice for throwing an unbelievable and unforgettable get-together, whether it’s a festive Easter brunch in the backyard or a heart-warming Thanksgiving feast in the dining room. Her insightful words paired with meticulously curated imagery will surely inspire you to start planning your next celebration. While creating a flawless poolside party, seen on the pages here, Rollins focused on a garden motif. The festivities, after all, were held on well-manicured green grass and surrounded by the yard’s lush landscaping. From flatware to floral arrangements, vibrant spring hues popped from every detail and were meant to set a comfortable, less formal vibe—in her eyes, the perfect ambience for a backyard gathering.
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Position a bowl of seasonal fruits in between two identical autumnal floral arrangements for a wow-worthy centerpiece. Blue monogrammed linens and bold china add another unexpected pop of personality to your tablescape.
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This page: A thoughtful table size can make a large gathering more intimate. “More people with less table between them” can foster conversation and interaction, says designer and entertaining expert Danielle Rollins, who sets the stage using cozy Chiavari ballroom chairs and narrow folding camper tables covered by a white linen tablecloth and a printed damask underskirt. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Dinner is served on Mottahedeh’s Tobacco Leaf china, a pattern that explodes with shades of pink, purple, blue, green and rust. Rollins provides a final flourish with taper candles in etched-crystal hurricane lamps. Lilac water glasses and emerald-tone flatware play up the jewel tones of the garden motif.
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This page: The pool provides a natural divider in the garden, creating different zones for a party. Guests can lounge and soak up the sun on one side of the pool before trekking to the opposite end when dinner hits the table. Opposite page: Floral arrangements—made of fresh-cut dahlias, mums, peonies, tulips and hydrangeas—capture the essence of all seasons and echo the hues found on the china.
PHOTOS BY MATTHEW MEAD AND SARAH DORIO, REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION.
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By J E N N I F E R P. H E N D E R S O N
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IN DENNY SIEGEL’S KITCHEN: COOKBOOKS, HER CUISINART, AND A CONNECTION FORGED THROUGH LOVINGLY PREPARED FOOD REIGN SUPREME—JUST DON’T ASK THIS BURGEONING FOOD INFLUENCER TO TURN ON THE GRILL
For those who know and love her, Denny Siegel requires no introduction. She is the beating, cooking heart around which the Siegel family— her four sons and their families, including seven grandchildren—revolves. Born in South Orange, New Jersey, and married to Martin Siegel right out of college, Denny raised her family in a home filled with love, friends, family, and always, always delicious food.
To officially introduce a new, recurring ACCENT magazine column which will share her latest culinary adventures with readers (you can check out her Instagram feed, @siegeldenise, too), Denny dug deep into her treasure trove of recipes for a casual luncheon at her Palm Beach, Florida home. “I was totally unprepared for this because we just decided to do it,” she says. “But I made it work.” Denny’s idea of “making it work,” of course, is food prepared on a whole different level.
From the three-course meals she prepared at night and the annual Thanksgiving extravaganzas, to the Millburn, New Jersey, gourmet food shop and catering business she owned and operated with her sister, Denny has always had food and design on her mind. And although she may be retired from the Hamilton jewelry and giftware department (for which she was the buyer, stylist, and display designer), she’s not resting on her laurels—or anything else, for that matter.
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Denny and her beloved Labradoodle, Rosie. “She’s the most wonderful dog. We do everything together.”
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The look for the luncheon was created by Denny using whatever she had on hand, including a vintage tablecloth from her mother. “I love to style a table,” she says.
“I love to style a table.”
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ACCENT: How does it feel to be a social media sensation? You’ve developed quite a following through the Hamilton Instagram feed. DENNY SIEGEL: I had no idea the commotion it would cause! <laughs> It was just something for me to do this winter, to keep me busy. And, surprisingly, I have enjoyed so many responses and comments. It’s been really fun. This summer, I’m looking forward to introducing my six-year-old granddaughter, who bakes with me and her mother. ACCENT: And then a photo shoot, where you planned the menu, prepared the food, and styled the table. How did you pull it all together? D.S.: I always make a schedule, and I’m used to it because of the catering business. I know how to prep. I was at dinner with a couple of women, and telling them about this project. One said, “Where are you getting the dishes from?” I said, “I’m using my things. That’s the point of it.” She said, “How do you still have things?” I said, “What do you mean? Don’t you?” And she responded, “Oh, no, I got rid of everything.” I said, “Really?” I love my things. I like using my silver. Maybe part of that was because when I was at the store, I ran the gift department. I loved all the lifestyle items, the table settings. ACCENT: Have you always loved to entertain? D.S.: My husband Martin and I always entertained a lot in our house. In those days, I had 42 people for Thanksgiving, and it was a fabulous event. It’s different for me now; I’m doing more women’s lunches, although I haven’t done much [lately]. But that’ll change. I just love doing it, always have. ACCENT: Who first inspired your love of cooking? D.S.: Not my mother. <laughs> My mother was in vaudeville. When my sister and I were born, our mother was still very involved in theater. There were always parties at our house, and my mother played the piano and sang and danced. She was incredible. But it was her mother who was a wonderful cook. She didn’t live with us, but she came every few days and was always in the kitchen. I must have absorbed it from my grandmother; I wasn’t conscious of it, but after I got married, I just knew how to cook. HAMILTON
ACCENT: So you learned to cook by osmosis? D.S.: It was amazing. A few months after Martin and I married, I had his entire family over for dinner—40-odd people. And it was like nothing. I remember not even thinking about it. I just did it. And that was the beginning.
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ACCENT: What is about preparing food for other people that you love so much? D.S.: I try to make meals special. I love to style a table; and I connect with the food I’m making. We were a family of six, but never six for dinner—we were always eight or 10 because everybody had somebody with them. All the kids in the neighborhood were comfortable at our house, and we encouraged it. ACCENT: What are your signature dishes? D.S.: My kids and grandkids would say my chocolate chip cookies. I always have them in the freezer. And they would also tell you Thanksgiving dinner, too. I have very appreciative eaters in my family. It would not be as much fun if it wasn’t important to everyone. But they really enjoy it.
ACCENT: How do you decide what to cook? D.S.: I have so many cookbooks—I must have 500. They’re all over this house and they’re all over my house in New Hope. I built a shelving unit just for these books and I can’t get one more book in there. Now they’re beginning to spill out on tables, because if it’s a new cookbook and it looks good, I have to have it. I read them like novels. I take one to bed with me at night. ACCENT: Which kitchen tools do you reach for the most? D.S.: You have to have good knives. I love my micro-planer for scraping lemons and oranges, and my bench scraper. And, of course, my Cuisinart. I have a grill outside, but I don’t think I’ve turned it on once. I use cast-iron pans. They’re very heavy, but I love them. I do my steaks, salmon, chicken all in cast-iron, and they’re absolutely delicious.
ACCENT: How would you describe your cooking style? D.S.: I’m the kind of cook who, if I see something, I can sense if it’s a good recipe or not. Somehow, I just know what works. Yesterday, I made two tiramisu recipes. I had two recipes and I only needed one. So I made them both, and one was clearly better. I’m going through all of my recipes, which I have volumes of on paper. I plan to revise the recipe books I gave to my children, and make some new ones to give to my grandchildren, too. ACCENT: Perhaps there’s a cookbook in your future? D.S.: I’ve been very involved my entire married life with Greenwood House, which is a senior residence in Trenton. I did a cookbook for them as a charity fundraiser, called Stories of the Family Table. Every recipe had a story with it, how someone remembered eating at their grandmother’s, and that kind of thing. It was wonderful. ACCENT: Maybe then a Stories of the Family Table, Part Two? D.S.: It was a huge project! We’ll have to see. ACCENT: After this past year, what would you say you’ve learned? D.S.: Change can be very disruptive and challenging. Like everyone else this past year, I have had to adapt. You can’t predict the future, and you have to be ready, if necessary, to build a new or different life. I try always to welcome the next challenge, the next thing. I look forward to it. I like it. It makes life interesting, I think. I’m not afraid of that.
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For the photo shoot, Denny dug into her handwritten recipe archives to create the perfect spring luncheon, which included delicate smoked salmon tartlets, asparagus with lemon sauce, and a fresh, green herb salad. “I really could live with salads every day. The salad I made for this was just beautiful. The dressing was very spring-like, very light. I love things like that.”
DENNY’S SPRING GREEN HERB SALAD Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 fennel bulb, quartered, cored, and shaved thin (fronds reserved) 1 radish, thinly shaved 1 bunch watercress 1 cup shelled peas, blanched or frozen peas (defrosted) 1 handful pea greens or shoots ¼ cup toasted pistachio nuts, chopped Chives, for serving Flaky sea salt, for serving
“I really could live with salads every day.”
For the vinaigrette: ¼ cup fresh lemon juice 1 orange, grated zest and juice 3 Tbs. crème fraîche 2 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. honey ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. Kosher salt Freshly cracked pepper 1 Tbs. chopped fresh chives 1 Tbs. chopped fresh tarragon Make the salad: Toss the fennel, radish, watercress, and peas with just enough vinaigrette to lightly cover them. Transfer to a serving platter. Top with the pea greens, pistachios, fennel fronds, chives, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. Make the vinaigrette: Whisk together the lemon and orange juice and zest, crème fraîche, mustard, and honey. In a slow, steady stream, whisk in the oil until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in fresh herbs.
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INSTRUCTIONS In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the water, honey and ginger. Simmer 2-3 minutes, then add the mint leaves and cover. Allow to steep 10-15 minutes, then strain out ginger and mint.
In a pitcher, combine the syrup, pomegranate juice, grapefruit juice, lime juice and tequila. Before serving, top with soda and serve over ice with fresh mint and pomegranate seeds. Refrigerate leftovers.
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1 Anne’s Picks As a professional buyer of crystal and glassware for such tony retailers as Scully & Scully, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue, Hamilton Jewelers executive vice president Anne Russell knows her way around a well-outfitted table and bar. Here, she shares her musthave barware for the spring season.
“I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long, but I’ve recently discovered the pure joy that accompanies indulging in a martini at the end of the day. And I love these new martini glasses from Simon Pearce. Handmade in the U.S., the spherical base of this glass is stylish and sturdy, so it’s perfect if you decide to go for that second martini.”
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“These vibrant, colorful glasses are my favorite all-purpose tumblers for everything from sparkling water to my WelleCo green juice. Each one is mouthblown on Murano Island, just outside of Venice, and is totally unique. I once saw these glasses being made using sticks of glass called Murrine, which then get blown into the main color. I started collecting these very early on in my adult life, and each one is precious. I’ve kept collecting them over the years, and I cry whenever one breaks because they are truly one-of-a-kind.”
William Yeoward Olympia Wine Glass “This William Yeoward Olympia Wine glass is my workhorse glass. As my girlfriends know, I love a bright, citrusy sauvignon blanc—Cloudy Bay is my absolute favorite—so this glass from William Yeoward sees a lot of activity. The shape is elegantly simple, and yet it feels substantial when you hold it in your hand.”
4 Baccarat Harmonie Double Old-Fashioned Tumbler (D.O.F.) “Early on in my career, I had the privilege of visiting the original Baccarat Museum, in Paris. It was an amazing experience that included a look at the history of the brand’s most iconic designs. If you only buy one glass, this is the one—think of it as the little black dress of your bar. Timeless, elegant, and great for a variety of cocktails.”
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A HAPPY HAVEN FOR KINDERGARTENERS-TO-BE FOR NEARLY A CENTURY, PRINCETON NURSERY SCHOOL IS MORE THAN JUST YOUR AVERAGE PRESCHOOL— IT’S AN INVALUABLE LIFELINE FOR AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY
oh, the places they will go! Photographs by R ACHEL DICK STEI N
By R A E PA DU L O
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Nestled on a quiet block in the middle of Princeton’s historic ClayWitherspoon District—at once a short distance and proverbial miles away from the ivied halls of Princeton University and the venerable homes on Library Place—there’s a little school in a big, yellow house whose friendly, if tired, facade on Leigh Street hides a busy hive of science experiments, pretend-cooking, storybook reading, and the most infectious giggles you’ve ever heard. Push open the door to Princeton Nursery School and you’ll be greeted warmly by rainbow-hued murals and the sound of children chattering away. It’s lunch time—one of the two full meals plus a snack offered every day—and little boys and girls are happily munching on plates of nutritious, homemade food while holding animated conversations in both Spanish and English.
More than merely crucial social time, school lunches are part of a very important hunger-prevention program at Princeton Nursery School (or PNS), which also includes food sent home on weekends, and a free, in-house “farmers’ market” from which families may “shop,” at no charge—a vital service when you consider that nearly 70 percent of school families are within federal poverty levels and more than 90 percent of students attend PNS on scholarship.
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“It can be heartbreaking work, but it is also joyful work. We’re bringing hope to these children and the community.”
“This is not a ‘normal’ preschool,” says executive director Rose Wong, “and I love that. This is a community that supports not only the child that attends but the whole family.” Wong has helmed PNS since 2017, and in that short time, has assembled what can only be described as an entire village to support the school community, as even her Herculean efforts and those of the devoted teachers are often not enough on their own. A strong network has been knit together from a working board, community volunteers, enthusiastic parents, and local partnerships such as the Princeton Public Library, Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, Arts Council of Princeton, and more—all helping to provide wraparound support services that include scholarships, health and wellness outreach, and critical and robust hunger-prevention programs. Even an alliance as strong as this one has found itself tested over the last year, as the needs of the community grew in leaps and bounds during Covid-19. “Twenty-two percent of our parents faced cut hours or loss of employment,” Wong says. “These are proud working families who don’t want a handout, but are juggling two or three jobs and still struggling to make ends meet.” During the pandemic, the school had to close its doors temporarily—but then it reopened with its arms even wider. PNS still distributed school supplies, provided remote learning, and organized weekly food distributions, but it also arranged for grief counseling for those who had lost loved ones during the pandemic; staff helped fill out forms, find food banks, and more. The holidays were particularly challenging, but thanks to community support and angel donors, the school was able to provide families with grocery and toy gift cards, plus clothes and shoes for every child. “We rely on everyone to do what we do,” Wong says with a smile.
—Rose Wong, executive director, Princeton Nursery School
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LEADING BY EXAMPLE She may be the first to credit the helpers, but Wong is a force herself, thanks to an extensive background in education, a fierce commitment to her students, and a heart as big as her smile. She draws on her experience as mother to daughter, Alisha, to put herself in the parents’ shoes. “As a mother myself, it breaks my heart to know some of the hardships our families endure,” she says. “It can be heartbreaking work, but it is also joyful work. We’re bringing hope to these children and the community.” Wong spends long hours past the school bell, sometimes into the evening and on weekends, and credits her understanding family for allowing her to do so. Alisha often accompanies Wong whenever her schedule allows, helping her mother with the weekly shop for groceries or in the classrooms and office while on breaks from her own school. Family time also is very important to Wong. “I try to find a balance by always protecting our family time on the weekends,” she says. “Helping my daughter with her homework, and attending her athletic games and her musical performances—whatever she needs.”
ALL IN A DAY’S WORK (AND PLAY) These days, the standard operating procedure looks a little different at PNS, with masks, curbside drop-offs and pick-ups, and myriad safety protocols in place. However, that has not cut down on all of the giggling and question-asking that once again fills each classroom, each of which has a dedicated certified head teacher qualified in Early Childhood Education, as well as two assistants. And there’s always Spanish-speaking staff on hand. The PNS curriculum, called “High Scope,” is based on the belief that children learn best through active experiences with people, materials, events, and ideas, rather than through direct teaching or sequenced exercises. A busy day begins after a healthy breakfast, when activities related to the focus of the day commence. Songs, books, and small group meetings lead to plan and work time, when children discuss with their teacher what “center” they want to engage in that day: science, library, art, blocks, house, creative writing, or math. Lunch and snack, along with rest and a chance to venture outdoors, also add some important downtime. The entire school day is focused on making sure the child is cared for, socially confident, and ready for future academic success.
Wong makes sure that the dedicated, compassionate staff also make family time a priority. “We have a great staff who go the extra mile for each and every child. Their love of teaching comes through with everything they do, and that inspires me to do more.” More than that, the PNS staff are a true
team. “We have so much fun together! I always wish I could do more for them, as we are so focused on the school children and their families, but I make sure to remind them often that family comes first, and I also try to lead by example.”
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE For Princeton Nursery School, angels come in all shapes and sizes. Equally as important as a monetary donation is the gift of other items, too, from laundry detergent and wipes, to coats and mittens, to food for the school’s hunger-prevention program. Below, we’ve gathered some suggestions for how we can all help support Princeton Nursery School continue to provide quality education, affordable childcare, and smiles by the yard. The Princeton Nursery School Amazon Wish List You can purchase much-needed items—including food, sanitizing products, and classroom supplies—directly from the PNS Amazon Wish List. Simply go to smile.amazon.com and choose Princeton Nursery School as your selected charity. The Annual Fund Making an online donation to the PNS Annual Fund means you’ll be supporting areas of need including the school’s student scholarship program, and so much more:
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM All of these wonderful programs and wraparound care services come at a cost, of course, and school funds often run short. Thus, PNS relies heavily on the generosity of the community to keep things running smoothly. “The PNS scholarship fund is especially critical right now,” Wong says. “Due to the pandemic, families are in even more need for scholarships than ever before. Some families no longer qualify for state subsidies as they are not working enough hours to qualify, due to diminished work hours in restaurants and cleaning companies, etcetera. This means they now need scholarships to attend our school, so that their children are safely cared for while they keep their jobs.”
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$5,000: Average annual scholarship per child $2,500: Six-month scholarship per child $1,200: Cost to feed a child for one year $500: Quarterly cost of children’s hygiene bags $250: Monthly cost for classroom supplies $100: Weekly cost to disinfect school $50: Weekly cost of milk
To learn more, visit PRINCETONNURSERYSCHOOL.ORG.
Other challenges include elevated operating costs due to increased cleaning supplies and staffing. Plus, with so many schools and companies working remotely, food drives and collection drives are currently not taking place, so finding other resources for the school’s hunger-prevention program is challenging. Also high on the must-have list is a desperately needed renovation of the PNS playground, to increase safety and to create an Outdoor Learning Environment, which will bring new curricular opportunities to the school. And last but certainly not least, the 115-year-old building requires ongoing repairs and upgrades; existing large-capital needs include upgrading the children’s bathrooms, replacing the roof, and shoring up the building’s masonry. Despite the seemingly never-ending to-do list, Wong’s focus remains on the health and happiness of the children. At the moment, however, the focus is to stay open by providing a healthy and safe environment for the children and the staff. Gratitude from the families is keenly felt. Wong cites the sweet notes and in-person thank-you’s from the adults she receives daily—but it’s the children who thank them without any words at all. They are very simply happy, and that is the name of the Princeton Nursery School game. “We’re all here for the children and care for them like they are our own,” Wong says. “We make sure there are smiles behind those masks. We make sure they eat healthy. And we make sure we bring them joy.”
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They say that a family’s warmth is what makes a house a home, but this home has literal warmth—and light too. Nestled in the mountains of Thousand Oaks, CA, about 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles, this secluded, sun-drenched abode is home to two adults and their three teenagers. The family also owns a new residence in Hawaii, where they spend much of their time, and the carefree island vibes of that vacation getaway inspired them to redesign this West Coast property. The goal was to create a “modern farmhouse” that brought them into the next stage of their lives as parents of teens, with subdued, soothing hues and maximum indooroutdoor entertaining space. The perfect pro for the job was Nicole Hollis, the Bay Area designer who had renovated their Hawaii homestead—and has a known knack for blending indoor spaces into their natural, outdoor environments. This Thousand Oaks project is one of dozens featured in the designer’s first book, Curate Interiors (Rizzoli, 2020), which gives an in-depth look at refined and minimalistic spaces Hollis and company created in city, country and, of course, coastal settings. This SoCal stunner is the perfect combination of function and fashion, of style and serenity—ready for the laughter and light that the family living in it undoubtedly exudes.
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This page: Before you step inside the house to dry off from the pool and gazebo, there’s a transitional al fresco lounge space with a muted gray color palette and a fireplace—believe it or not, it’s not 85 degrees year-round in Ventura County. Opposite page: Soaring ceilings help escort the natural light, and they are emphasized even more by a wood-and-black spiral staircase that leads to the second floor. Designer Nicole Hollis worked in collaboration with Los Angeles-based architects Rios Clementi Hale Studios on these subtle yet important architectural elements.
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The main floor is open-concept, laid out meticulously and cleverly to meet all of the family’s needs. At the center is a great room anchored by a kitchen, dining room and living room. On either side are “wings,” the first featuring a bar and lounge, a home theater and the three kids’ bedrooms. Built-in wood shelving contrasts the monotone furniture and gold accents in the bar and the theater, both of which beckon homeowners and guests alike to sit, sip, and enjoy whatever is streaming.
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To maintain cohesion, the kitchen features many of the same aesthetic elements seen elsewhere, from the wooden cabinets to the marble countertops and accent wall above the stove. Floor-toceiling shelving and a bold black sink are unexpected choices in a butler’s pantry, but they work effortlessly here and add dimension to the clean white lines.
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The second “wing” features a master suite to which the Mr. and Mrs. can escape. In the bathroom, a pair of light wood vanities with gold sconces and hardware anchor the soaking tub, set deliberately beneath steel-frame windows that have a view of the yard and the Santa Monica Mountains. The bedroom has the same steel-frame windows, as well as a steel-frame door, and a canopy bed that, while simple, makes a statement.
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THESE SIX SPOTS OFFER SOME OF THE GLOBE’S BEST WAVES AND COOLEST VIBES By Leslie Garisto Pfaff We don’t deny that there are stay-at-home surfers, most of them lucky folks who live on or near a beach where the swells run reliably high. But let’s face it: Most surfers are travelers by nature, eternally seeking the world’s widest swell windows, best peeling waves, longest stretches of uncrowded beach and warmest, most crystalline waters. It doesn’t hurt, of course, if these top surfing spots also happen to be situated in stunning locales, especially if the plan is to spend at least a little time on dry land. With all of that in mind, we offer a half dozen of the globe’s best places to catch some spectacular waves and revel in good times overall.
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File it under “Pinch me; I must be dreaming”: sharing the waves with the world’s best surfers beneath a soaring cliff that’s home to an 11th-century Hindu temple. Throw in consistent swells and peaks that come together to create a wall stretching many hundreds of feet, and you’ll understand why Uluwatu is a global surfer’s mecca. Of course, all that perfection can mean large crowds; for a little elbow room, you can head to nearby Lombok or Sumbawa. Visit between April and October for optimum surf. Take a break from the breaks: And hike Mount Agung, an active volcano and the highest point on the island.
ULUWATU, BALI, INDONESIA
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TEAHUPOO, TAHITI, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Surrounded by a quiet surfing village, Teahupoo is often called “the end of the road” because to reach it you have to go beyond the paved road that leads from town to the beach. But the nickname is metaphorically apt as well: The heavy, glassy waves here, which can exceed 40 feet in height, are among the world’s most dangerous, famous for the triple threat of extraordinary size, power and speed. Even pro surfers have come dangerously close to breathing their last after wiping out on the shallow-lying coral reef just offshore. If you’re an expert seeking the thrill of your life, there are few places that deliver it like Teahupoo. (And for beginning and intermediate surfers, Tahiti offers a wealth of less terrifying spots.) Take a break from the breaks: And wander the beautiful village of Teahupoo, or tour the nearby pearl farm at Tahiti Iti.
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If it’s size you’re after, you’ll find it in this little Portuguese fishing village, in the form of truly monstrous swells, thanks to the 16,000-foot-deep underwater formation known as the Nazaré Canyon. We’re talking record-breaking waves, like the 100-footer effortlessly ridden by world champion Garrett McNamara in 2013. No wonder the World Surfing League holds its annual Big Wave Contest here. For the biggest and best, come in winter and head straight to Praia do Norte, a beach for experts only. Take a break from the breaks: And take in the panoramic ocean views from the stunning 16th-century Forte de Sao Miguel.
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You’re not in Hawaii anymore, Dorothy—this place, on the southeastern coast of the island of Tasmania, is about as remote as a surfing spot can get, reachable only by an 18-mile boat or jet-ski ride or a two-hour trek through Tasman National Park. It’s also forbidding: Nestled into a rugged dolomite bluff, the beach is home to seals, orcas and great white sharks, and it’s often visited by low-pressure systems working their way up from the South Pole. Still, if you’re an expert surfer looking for the challenge of a lifetime, you’ll find it here, in the form of barreling waves that build miles out at sea and offer some of the world’s most exhilarating rides. Take a break from the breaks: And hike through the forests of Tasman National Park to the top of the bluffs, for breath-stealing views.
SHIPSTERN BLUFF, PORT ARTHUR, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA
RAGLAN, NEW ZEALAND
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Before the 1966 release of the classic surfing film Endless Summer, only the locals knew about Raglan, now considered one of the world’s top surf spots. And yet the area still retains the laid-back vibe and surfingcommunity spirit it evinced in that long-ago movie. It also offers consistent 4- to 6-foot swells and a series of left-hand point breaks, and on a good day (of which you’ll find many, especially from November through February), you can ride the best of them in the storied bays of Manu, Whale and Indicators. Take a break from the breaks: And find sustenance at one of the area’s many excellent farm-to-table eateries.
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JEFFREY’S BAY, SOUTH AFRICA
Like Raglan, it had its star turn in the surfing flick Endless Summer, which helped transform this former sleepy fishing village on South Africa’s Eastern Cape into a must-ride destination. Justly famous for its unparalleled right-hand point breaks, Jeffrey’s is home to the Billabong Pro ASP World Tour. If you want to challenge yourself, make your way to the sections known as Boneyard, Supertubes and Tubes. Or, for a less crowded ride, check out The Point, Kitchen Windows, Magna Tubes or Albatross. Take a break from the breaks: And ride a horse along the gentler waves of the Papiesfontein Beach horse trail.
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During a recent creative meeting, the Hamilton merchandising team was flipping through the archives of images, advertisements, and sketches kept in the Princeton location. They came upon a series of newspaper advertisements from the late 1940s and early 1950s (see above). The ads showcased fancy-shape diamonds, which at the time was considered fairly progressive since the dominating diamond style was the classic, simpler solitaire—and Hamilton was quite literally at the cutting edge of the new and now timeless trend of more unique cuts like the oval, emerald, and marquise. What this archival discovery revealed was that while some trends come and go, Hamilton has always invested in the craftsmanship, quality, and trust that make these sparkling investments good for life.
For more than 100 years, Hamilton has celebrated so many stories of love, life, and laughter with diamonds. And from time to time, we like to take a look back at our bejeweled past to help us better understand the heritage of our brand and inspire our contemporary designs. In “From the Archives,” we spotlight that process of acknowledging our connection to the past to inform the possibilities for the future.
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