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In Love With LOVE: Spotlight on the Cartier LOVE Series

Audrey Hepburn famously said, “the best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” For thousands of years, cultures around the world have expressed their affections through jewelry. With Valentine’s Day at the forefront of our minds, we celebrate the ones we hold dear with the iconic symbol of love and commitment… the Cartier LOVE series.

Originally only sold to couples, the Cartier LOVE series was inspired by the medieval chastity belt with its lock and tiny screwdriver acting as a key. Today, the Cartier LOVE series is gifted to all in celebration of life’s many milestones, including: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and of course, Valentine’s Day.

Shop Portero’s Cartier collection here.

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Never too Early to Collect…

A collector to the core, our Manager of Merchandising, Nick Marmol, is fascinated with all things antique and vintage. Since joining the Portero team, his keen eye has transfixed on the art of horology.

Over the years he has collected and traded numerous timepieces from Antique Pocket watches to Retro Led watches though always desiring a classic, vintage Rolex…

The year was 1966, a year all English football fans, including our very own Englishman, recall as the last time England won the World Cup. Was it fate, destiny, or just pure coincidence? Whichever you believe; when this classic 1966 Rolex entered the Portero premises, temptation took hold.

“I personally like to buy vintage watches which hold some historical significance – like a birth year or another important year in your life,” says Nick.

With its original papers, strap, matching registration marks, its sole owner, and of course, its symbolic year, Nick finally found his Rolex match.

Whether England wins the 2014 World Cup, it seems as though this Rolex will remain in Nick’s collection for years to come!

Enjoy a small collection of Nick’s favorite vintage timepieces from Portero.com:

 

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VACHERON CONSTANTIN Rare Case Signed Vacheron Constantin LeCoultre Men’s Vintage Mystery 14k Galaxy Watch

 

 

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ROLEX Vintage Oyster Perpetual 18k Yellow Gold Midsize Automatic Watch 6548

 

 

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PATEK PHILIPPE  Rare Patek Philippe Minute Repeater Pocket Watch for Tiffany & Co. – Manual Winding

 

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ROLEX Vintage Collectible Men’s Steel & Gold 2-Tone Datejust 1600

 

 

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Sophisticated and Revolutionary: Prada

Miuccia Prada, fashion designer and youngest grand-daughter of Prada’s founder Mario Prada, notably said, “What people sometimes interpret as quirky is my attempt to subvert the concept of luxury by introducing elements that are considered ordinary or commonplace…”

Over the last century, Prada has represented all that is sophisticated and revolutionary about Italian design.  Founded in 1913, Prada quickly obtained prestige amongst European aristocrats, and in 1919, the brand became the luxury supplier to the Italian Royal Family.

Prada’s history is filled with beautiful designs, family, and intelligent business decisions such as a long-lasting partnership with Patrizio Bertelli, and affiliation with several successful lines including: Fendi, Helmut Lang, Jil Sander, Church & Company, and Miu Miu.

Shop Portero’s Prada collection here.

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Pure Artistry: Rolex

Since its beginning in 1905 as a London watch distributor, Rolex has embodied all that is reliable, functional, and beautiful in a timepiece.  Whether swimming across the English Channel, fighting alongside James Bond, or accessorizing the world’s leading dignitaries, Rolex’s precision and unique manufacturing tactics have long been admired and rewarded.

Rolex’s use of the finest materials and craftsmanship has transfixed the world; creating an iconic symbol of great success.

Shop Portero’s Rolex collection here.

 

Photo credit: Graeme Montgomery

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Spotlight on David Yurman

A born artisan, David Yurman has long been inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge’s spiraled cables, and ancient Greek and Minoan jewelry.  With his wife Sybil, an esteemed painter, he mastered the art of jewelry and watch-making while exhibiting their paintings and sculptures under the name, Putnam Art Works, during the mid-late 1970s.

Since 1979, their brand, David Yurman, has innovatively fused the worlds of art and fashion. Composed with the finest metals, gemstones, and full creative direction of Yurman, the David Yurman collections continue to be adored and worn by millions.

Shop Portero’s David Yurman collection here.

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Parisian Charm: Céline

Minimalist Parisian charm for the everyday woman reigns the chic brand, Céline.  Since its beginning in 1945 as a Paris-based children’s custom shoe shop, the Céline brand has transformed into one of the world’s most desired labels.

Design headed by Madame Céline until 1997, the brand has since been revived by multiple renowned designers including: Michael Kors, Roberto Menichetti, Ivana Omazic, and now, Phoebe Philo, whose designs continue to captivate on the runway, red carpet, and the streets.

Shop Portero’s Céline collection here.

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Spotlight on Louis Vuitton

Before the Wright Brothers were the first in flight and Karl Friedrich Benz engineered the first petrol automobile, travelers in horse-drawn carriages, boats, and trains longed to find durable yet stylish trunks to accompany them on their travels.  When 16-year-old Louis Vuitton began working with admired custom box-maker, Monsieur Maréchal, in 1837, his craft quickly obtained high-regards amongst Parisian travelers.

After 17-years of customizing boxes and trunks at Monsieur Maréchal’s Parisian atelier, Vuitton opened his own shop near the Place Vendome.  Today, the monogrammed “LV” and Damier collections continue to be some of the most coveted luxury handbags and luggage around the world.

Shop Portero’s Louis Vuitton collection: http://bit.ly/1koMgeS 

Featured Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Brown Monogram Canvas Tote Bag:  http://bit.ly/1dP7EEG

 

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A Bright Start to the New Year

Out with the old and in with Pantone’s color of the year: Radiant Orchid! We’ve been inspired by the endless hues of this year’s enticing and confident color.  From Hermès to Nancy Gonzalez, you can spot 2014’s color in an array of gorgeous totes, shoulder bags, clutches, and jewelry at Portero.com.

Shop our inspired collection here: http://bit.ly/19XvCfH

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Just in: Classic Black Hermès Birkin

Right out of the box — one of the pristine black Birkins that you can find on Portero.

Shop Birkins here.

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The most stunning vintage Cartier jewelry

Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 — and these exquisite jewels prove why the French designs are a favored by royalty and celebrities.

Shop Cartier here.

 

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