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June 2009

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Only Watch 2009

Watch lovers take note: The Only Watch 2009 auction will be hitting the block this September in Monaco, and the pieces up for grabs look fantastic. (See the chart above) If you haven’t heard of it before, Only Watch is an annual event that features limited edition and one-of-a-kind watches from a huge selection of the world’s best watchmakers. Even better, this event is totally for charity. According to the site: Under the high patronage of HSH Prince Albert II,…

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Giverny at H Stern

Today I thought I’d bring you some gorgeous Monday Eye Candy in the form of H. Stern‘s new Giverny collection. The designs take their inspiration from the city where painter Claude Monet lived and worked on his famous private gardens until his death in 1926. His gardening style was far from organized–in fact, Monet loved a lush mix of plants, flowers and trees that ran wild like English gardens. He also admired the Japanese style and included bamboo and weeping…

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Jewelia at the Jewelry Information Center

Last week was the Jewelry Information Center’s (JIC) annual luncheon, and in addition to seeing some beautiful jewelry, a group of fabulous women were also on the afternoon’s agenda. You might remember my post about a book called The Necklace–well, six of the women featured in the book were on hand to speak about their experiences. (Including Dr. Roz Warner, above, whose month it was to wear the necklace!) It was really fantastic to hear firsthand how 13 women sharing…

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The New and Improved PORTERO

So, have you checked out our spanking-new look yet? Nice, right? Although the site may look fresh and streamlined, we’ve actually made quite a few major changes to Portero that we think will make shopping easier and more fun. First, you may have noticed that all of the items for sale are at a fixed price. We launched this new version of Portero with only E-commerce, which means that you can buy what you want right away–no need to wait…

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Traveling in Style

I just spied this insane six-piece set of Bottega Veneta alligator luggage that will run you a mere $157,000. What’s that–you say you’re a bit short? Don’t worry, you can buy individual pieces at prices ranging from $23,000 to $47,000. You might sense the sarcasm in my tone, but in all honesty, these are probably some of the most durable, beautiful and well-crafted suitcases available. Portero often highlights exotic skin accessories, in part because of their opulence but also for…

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Dads getting shafted?

I just came across this great editorial on CNN (from Parenting.com) written by a Dad who feels like Father’s Day gifts aren’t as important as those given to Moms. Here’s what author Geoff Williams has to say: Yet I think we dads merit at least a little more than boxer shorts, soap-on-a-rope, and neckties. We don’t get the good stuff because we’re paying for the sins of our fathers, and our fathers’ fathers. But these days, dads are changing diapers,…

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True Blue

It’s been a very good month for jewelry. Industry insiders are pointing to two big sales (and two big blue diamonds) as a sign that the luxury market is slowly regaining some momentum. Last month, a Sotheby’s auction saw a 7.03-carat flawless vivid-blue diamond go for a record-setting $9.49 million. And just this past week, Christie’s sold the 6.29-carat fancy-intense-blue stone above for a cool $3.6 million. Now, don’t get me wrong, good blue diamonds will always sell. They are…

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Burberry & Hermione

I was actually really excited to see the new Mario Testino-shot Burberry ads featuring actress Emma Watson (Hermione Granger for you Harry Potter Fans). She has clearly grown into a gorgeous young woman, and I have lately really been admiring her personal fashion choices. She’s very much unlike many of the young stars–she wears age-appropriate clothes, natural-looking makeup, and hasn’t seemed to let her millions of dollars go directly to her head. Although the male models surrounding Emma do seem…

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Distinctive Dads

To go along with today’s new homepage, I thought I’d do a quick roundup of some of Portero’s best buys for all kinds of Dads. Any of these would be a great way to celebrate the man in your life, and they are truly some of the best values we offer. For the Sporty Dad: Ebel E-Type Chronograph Stainless Steel Automatic Men’s E9137C51 Watch. This has it all: A chronograph function, a rubber strap and a stainless steel case to…

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Art Basel turns 40

If you are at all enamored with the world of contemporary art, then you’ve no doubt heard of Art Basel, the leading exhibition for of its kind. Held in Basel, Switzerland each year, the event features almost 300 galleries, 2,500 individual artists and a wide range of styles from the founders of Modern art to emerging stars. It starts tomorrow and runs through the 14th, but if you can’t make it all the way to Switzerland, the show offers a…

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