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Luxury Watches

A Glossary of Watch Terms

By Nick Marmol, Creative Director of PORTERO.com

Glossary of Watch Terms

Bezel: The ring that surrounds the crystal of the watch face. It’s usually made of gold, gold-plate, platinum, or stainless steel.

Bracelet: A metal strip that holds the watch to the wrist. If the strip is made out of leather or rubber it’s called a strap.

Case: The housing of the watch’s movement. They come in many shapes and materials. The most typical is titanium, although gold, silver, and platinum are also used. The case can give the watch an attractive appearance.

Crown: A button on the outside of the case used to wind mechanical watches. Also used to set the time, and set a calendar.

Cyclops: The small lens on the crystal that magnifies the date.

Dial: The watch face, indicating time, such as hours, minutes, and sometimes seconds.

Hand: The indicator that moves over the dial to mark the hour, minute, or second.

Marker: Numbers (Arabic or Roman) or symbols around the dial to indicate the hour.

Strap: A strip of leather or rubber that holds the watch to the wrist. If the strip is made out of metal it’s called a bracelet.

Watch pictured: Men’s Rolex Datejust with Yellow Gold and Stainless Steel $3,700
Fine Watches available on PORTERO.comHublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti Rose Watch $19,541. Pre-Owned Bulgari Tubogas Stainless Steel Watch $4,400. Pre-Owned Men’s Green Rolex Submariner, Anniversary Edition $7,700.
David Yurman jewelry history

Designer Spotlight: The History of David Yurman Jewelry

David Yurman is an American jewelry brand founded in 1980 by David Yurman and his wife, Sybil. Yurman grew up in Long Island, New York, and became an apprentice of sculptor Jacques Lipchitz  in the 1960s. When he met his wife, painter Sybil Kleinrock, they undoubtedly had a knack for not just art, but business, as they created Putnam Art Works, a company that specialized in sculptural jewelry. For the next decade, David and Sybil showcased their jewelry and artwork at various galleries, where they learned more about the business. They were married in 1979, and created the David Yurman company a year later.

Read: Jewelry 101; Gold vs. Silver

David Yurman Bracelet available on PORTERO.comPre-owned David Yurman Noblesse Bracelet with Diamonds and Gold $495. Pre-owned David Yurman Midnight Melange Bracelet $1,350. Pre-owned David Yurman Cable Bracelet with Blue Topaz and Diamond $1,150. Pre-owned David Yurman Feather and Rubber Bracelet $525

 

His iconic Cable collection was created in 1982 with a bracelet. The collection was inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge’s spiraled cables, and ancient Greek and Minoan jewelry. Designed in Sterling Silver, Yurman adds precious stones to give the jewelry its own personality. Bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces carry this iconic motif, which is always revisited in every David Yurman collection, year after year.

In 1997, David Yurman revolutionized the world of fine jewelry by being the first to set diamonds on sterling silver, and today, his jewelry is one of the most instantly recognizable jewelry brands across the globe, and a synonym of luxury.

David Yurman Rings available on PORTERO.comPre-owned David Yurman Blue Topaz and Diamond Albion Ring $1,150. Pre-owned David Yurman Yellow Gold and Quartz Cable Ring $2,460. Pre-Owned David Yurman White and Yellow Gold Tripe Row X Ring $595. Pre-Owned David Yurman Lemon Citrine and Diamond Wheaton Ring $440

 

“I wear David Yurman. I have a Yurman ring from the Naturals collection,” says Nick Marmol, Creative Director of PORTERO.com. ” I love the textures he creates, they’re very unusual pieces. I’m not normally a jewelrly wearer, but that’s one piece I do wear.”

On PORTERO you’ll find an assortment of pre-owned David Yurman jewelry, in excellent condition. You can find older models, as well as newer ones, with huge discounts from retail.

David Yurman Earrings available on PORTERO.comPre-owned David Yurman Amethyst Renaissance Drop Earrings $850. Pre-owned David Yurman Quatrefoil Stud Earrings $595.  Pre-owned David Yurman Blue Topaz and Amethyst Drop Earrings $895. Pre-owned David Yurman Onyx and Diamond Albion Earrings $990

 

The Yurmans are commited to giving back. They established the David & Sybil Yurman Humanitarian and Arts Foundation in 2001, where they present Angel Awards (named so after the Angel pin they designed in 1999 to benefit Project ALS, raising more than $250,000 for Lou Gehrig’s disease research), to philanthropists. Some of the recipients include: Steven Spielberg, Elton John, and Leonard Slatkin. The foundation also supports various charities, including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Hermès Himalayan and Diamonds Birkin

Everything You Need to Know About the Hermès Birkin Bag

In honor of Jane Birkin’s birthday, we’re taking a look at the history of the iconic handbag named after her, sometimes referred to as “The Holy Grail of Handbags,” the Hermès Birkin Bag.

Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin (1946-) is an English singer and actress, based in France, known for movies like “Histoire de Melody Nelson,” “Death on the Nile,” and “Je t’aime…moi non plus.” She is also known for her 12-year relationship with renowned French actor, singer, poet, writer, and all around artist, Serge Gainsbourg. Jane Birkin’s beauty and sex appeal made her a popular fashion icon. Because of her haute-hippie style and free spirit, she was often photographed carrying a straw basket, which she used in lieu of a regular handbag.

Hermès Birkin History

Birkin bags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Rouge Vif Veau Grain Lisse Birkin with Gold Hardware $8,135. Pre-owned White Clemence Birkin 35 with Palladium Hardware $9,175. Pre-owned Blue Jean Birkin with Palladium Hardware $9,245. Pre-owned Noisette Swift Birkin with Gold Hardware $9,400.

 

The History – a Chance Encounter

Jane Birkin and her Birkin bag

In 1981, Hermès’ chief executive, Jean-Louis Dumas, sat next to Birkin on a short Paris – London flight. They say Birkin attempted to place her straw bag in the overhead compartment of her first-class seat, but all the contents fell to the floor, and she had to scramble to get them. She complained about not being able to find a leather weekend bag to fit her style. The legend says the two of them designed a bag together, sketching it on an air sickness bag, but we have no way to prove that.

What we do know is that the Hermès Birkin bag was first introduced in 1984, and its design was based on an 1892 bag called “Haute Courroies,” the same bag that inspired the much younger Hermès Kelly bag.

Read: Everything You Need to Know About the Hermès Kelly Bag

Hermes Birkin bags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Blue Izmir Birkin 30cm with Palladium Goldware $13,900. Bougainvillea Epsom Birkin 35cm with Gold Hardware $17,500. Raisin Togo Birkin 25 cm with Gold Hardware $19,374. Craie Togo Birkin 25 cm with Gold Hardware $17,613

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015; The Best Luxury Gifts

Best Luxury Gifts available on PORTERO.com

Because you deserve nothing but the best, see our whole list of the Best Luxury Gifts.

 

1. Hermès Fuchsia Lizard Kelly Pochette with Palladium Hardware $23,350.  Kelly Pochettes are a hot ticket item with Hermès collectors right now. This fuchsia lizard Pochette will not disappoint.

See also: Everything You Need to Know About the Hermès Kelly Bag

2. Van Cleef & Arpels Yellow Gold and Diamonds Alhambra Earrings $5,900. The Alhambra motif, by Van Cleef & Arpels, is one of the most iconic jewelry pieces of all times. Inspired by nature, the four-leaf clover motif symbolizes luck, good fortune and love.

3. Hermès Bougainville Epsom Birkin 35cm with Gold Hardware $18,999. This bag is the definition of simple eleganceIt doesn’t get much better than this stunning combination! Epsom Leather’s light weight makes it a favorite among collectors.

See also: Top 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins

4. Chanel Barcode Lego Clutch $14,000. Black and white and chic all over, fashionistas are going crazy over Chanel’s lego clutches.

5. Tiffany & Co. Diamond, Tourmaline, and Gold pendant $8,770. Stunning statement piece to adorn the most elegant of ladies.

6. Cartier Yellow Gold Nouvelle Bague Ring $5,300. This beautiful Cartier ring features 11 round brilliant diamonds.

7. Cartier White Gold LOVE Bracelet $5,290. Cartier’s LOVE bracelets are very much sought after, with their screw closure.

See also: For the Love of Cartier; the story behind the LOVE Collection

8. Tiffany & Co Platinum and Diamond Victoria Drop Earrings $6,200. These earrings from Tiffany’s feature the traditional Victoria flower top with round brilliant diamonds drops.

9. Buccellati Yellow Gold Bangle $9,860. A beautiful and sleek gold bangle is always elegant and appreciated.

10. Hermès Orange Poppy Shiny Alligator Mini Constance 18cm $37,400. Classic Hermès style in a beautiful, eye-catching color.

Find authentic, pristine and pre-owned luxury handbags and accessories on PORTERO.

Holiday Gift Guide 2015, Luxury Gifts Under $350

Luxury Gifts Under 350 available on PORTERO.com

Because everyone deserves a little luxury, see our complete list of luxury gifts under $350.

1. Anya Hindmarch Valorie Gold Lamé Clutch $290. This Anya Hindmarch clutch is for the girl who loves being the life of the party.

2. Louis Vuitton Sweet Monogram Pin Brooch $229. Adorn yourself with this little luxury; pin it to your lapel, use it to secure a scarf, or let your imagination run wild!

3. Vintage Chanel Cross Earrings $280. These Chanel earrings can have the clips removed, and you would be left with two vintage Chanel cross pendants: it’s two gifts in one!

4. Green Hermès Enamel Bracelet $350. This beautiful enamel bracelet from the house of Hermès comes with a fun needle point motif.

5. Chanel CC Square Earrings $220. These pre-loved clip on earrings have a beautiful vintage feel, and have “Made in France” engraved on the back.

6. Louis Vuitton Monogram Mini Pochette $320. This mini pochette is a great gift for girls who like to carry very little, or Louis Vuitton lovers who want to attach the pochette to other Louis Vuitton bags with the D ring.

7. Yellow Hermès Caleche Enamel Bangle $310. This delicate bracelet is sure to brighten everyone’s day.

8. Vintage Chanel Earrings $210. Another superb pair of vintage Chanel earrings, easily secured with a clip.

9. David Yurman Cable Cuff $345. David Yurman’s iconic Cable collection is understated, yet luxurious.

10. Hermès Brazil Silk Carré Scarf by Laurence Bourthoumieux $325. This vintage silk scarf drapes gorgeously, and makes for a great gift for just about anyone on your list.

See also: Luxury Gifts Under $1,000

Whatever it is you’re looking for, we’re sure you’ll find it on PORTERO.

Holiday Gift Guide 2015; Luxury Gifts for Gals Who Love Pink

In honor of National Cotton Candy Day, we have curated the perfect gift guide for the gals who love all things pink! If you’re looking for luxury gifts, no matter the color, think of PORTERO as your go-to online destination for authentic, pristine and pre-owned luxury.

Pink Luxury Gifts Available on PORTERO.com

From the top left, clockwise.

1. Delvaux Brilliant MM in Rose Indien $7,980. This bag is sold out at all boutiques in this stunning and desirable Rose Indien color. This is a great gift for a gal who loves pink, and rare handbags.

2. Louis Vuitton Pink Graffiti Speedy 30 $2,900. This Louis Vuitton limited-edition Stephen Sprouse Monogram Graffiti Speedy 30 says “Louis Vuitton Paris” in neon fuchsia pink all over, for a fun twist to the iconic monogram.

3. Hermès Rose Confetti Epsom Kelly Pochette $17,600. This little pink gem is beyond perfect, precious, and rare. The Kelly Pochette is even harder to find than Hermès Kellys and Birkin bags, especially in this cult favorite, Rose Confetti.

4. Hermès Rose Confetti Epsom Evelyne II GM $5,000. The Evelyne is regarded as a high fashion messenger bag. Its crossbody, hands-free and casual styling is on trend for everyday wear.

5. Hermès Fucshia Shiny Porosus Crocodile Birkin 30cm with Palladium Hardware $74,000. What do you get the pink lover who has it all? A Shiny crocodile pink Birkin, of course!

6. Chanel Pink Boy Wallet on Chain $3,300. The interior of this Le Boy Wallet on Chain (also known as WOC) is lined in this perfect cotton-candy pink.

7. Chanel Fuchsia Chevron Double Flap Bag $6,200. This limited-edition Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag in fuchsia lambskin is an edgy take on the iconic Chanel Classic bag. Even the interior is lined in fuchsia!

8. Louis Vuitton Magnolia Pink Capucines MM $4,900.  A soft ladylike shade of pink,  Magnolia is a lovely addition to any sophisticated collection.

9. Valentino Hot Pink VaVa Voom bag $2,750. Valentino’s modern and feminine designs consist of flowers, bows, ruffles, laces, and embroideries, combining the romance of french design, with the high quality craftsmanship of Italian construction.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015; Luxury Gifts Under $1,000

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time to give (and receive). From designer handbags and fine watches to vintage jewels, on PORTERO.com you’ll be able to find whatever it is you’re looking for; whether you’re shopping for someone else, or for yourself.

In this occasion, as we assume you’re searching for a gift for someone else, we’ve selected from our large assortment of products, only items in pristine condition, which come with original boxes and/or pouches, and sometimes, authenticity cards, depending on the item. Be sure to read the entire item description, including the SHIPPING and RETURN tags, so you can see where an item is shipping from, and you can be sure to get it before the holidays.

Read: How to Find the Perfect Gift on PORTERO

Luxury Gifts Under 500 available on PORTERO.com

Charlotte Olympia Princess Pouch $225. This is a fun makeup or travel pouch for the gal who likes to wear an invisible crown.

Prada Face Clutch $399. Another fun makeup pouch or small clutch, from Prada’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

Hermès Scarf by Zoe Pauwels $429. Ladylike Hermès scarves are a fun way to showcase your personality in a corporate office. They’re so beautiful, it’s like wearing a work of art around your neck.

Pink Hermès Bolide Toiletry Case $445. This gorgeous fuchsia bag is very useful as an every day cosmetics case or a small travel/beach pouch because it’s waterproof.

Luxury Gifts Under $800 available on PORTERO

Christian Dior Mini Lady Dior Cannage Makeup Key chain $525. This miniature leather Lady Dior Cannage Tote on a key chain is a limited edition novelty, and a great gift  for any Dior collector. This key chain is sold out everywhere, and you can find it on PORTERO.com

Pink Valentino Rockstud Clutch $550. Punk meets pretty with this pink Valentino Rockstud Clutch. This bag is dual-colored with a bright pink front and signature red Valentino back.

14k Yellow Gold White Shell and Diamond Earrings $750. Beautiful and modern earrings for the most elegant of ladies.

Luxury Gifts Under 1000 available on PORTERO.com

Hermès Wallet Classique Blue Grey with Palladium Hardware $803. Although this Hermès wallet is a beautiful blue heu on the outside, its real charm is in the inside- lined in beautiful silk, this wallet will keep the owner smiling every time they open it.

Miu Miu Vitello Shine Bag $899. Bordeaux is always a great color for Fall and Winter, and this Vitello Shine handbag will keep you on trend.

 Chanel Black Caviar O Case $900. Mix it up a little and leave the Flap Bag at home, and bring out this Chanel O Case. Can be used as a clutch or to store a tablet.

 Hermès Tosca, Blue Izmir, and Orange Small Rodeo Charm $950. For the Hermès bag lover, a rodeo charm, a nod to Hermès’ equestrian beginnings,  is a must.

Blue Hermès Collier de Chien with Gold Hardware $998. Another Hermès must-have is the Collier de Chien, or CDC. This beautiful blue tone looks great on all skin tones!

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Cyber Weekend Sale + Free Shipping!

This Cyber weekend, don’t miss the opportunity of getting authentic designer handbags and accessories! We will be having sales starting TODAY, Wednesday November 25th, ending Monday, November 30th. Be sure to visit PORTERO daily to see what new items we will have on sale.

Don’t forget to use the code “FreeShipping” for free, domestic ground shipping on all orders. If you’ve been waiting all year to buy your dream bag, this is your chance! Enjoy sales on designers like Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and more!

Visit us today, at PORTERO.com

 

Five Luxury Handbags Every Woman Should Own

Five Luxury Bags Every Woman Should Own

Women who love luxury and fine leather goods must have these five handbags in their closets.

1. Louis Vuitton Speedy

Louis Vuitton Monogram Speedy 35 available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Louis Vuitton Monogram Speedy 35 $380

 

The Louis Vuitton Speedy is what we call “a starter bag.”  The Speedy is usually the first luxury bag many women purchase. Although it’s an investment, it’s the most affordable bag on this list. Its timeless shape is instantly recognizable, and it has been carried by many style icons, like Audrey Hepburn. The Speedy comes in four different sizes (and one mini version) for the woman who wants to carry a little, or a lot. The Speedy has kept its iconic shape since it was first introduced in the 1930s, but it has been reinvented many times in prints like Damier, and Multicolore by Murakami, as well as in different materials, like epi leather and denim. At PORTERO you can find pristine and pre-owned Speedy bags, as well many other Louis Vuitton handbags; each one under the PORTERO Promise, guaranteeing authenticity and quality.

Read: The Five Most Iconic Louis Vuitton Handbags

Louis Vuitton Speedy Handbags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Speedy 25 $690. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Burgundy Empreinte Speedy Bandouliere 25 $1,850. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Cube Pony Hair Speedy 25 $1,645. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Red Epi Leather Speedy 30 $699.

 

2. Louis Vuitton Neverfull

Louis Vuitton Neverfull Damier Ebene available on PORTERO.comPre-Owned Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Neverfull GM $1,035

 

The Neverfull was launched in 2007, but has since become a staple of the Louis Vuitton fashion house. It’s a very popular tote for the woman (or man) on the go, because of its roomy structure; it’s also a favorite travel bag! Depending on your needs, there are three sizes available: PM, MM, and GM. The Neverfull can also be made smaller by folding the sides. Find Louis Vuitton Neverfull bags on PORTERO.com.

Read: Louis Vuitton Patina

Louis Vuitton Neverfull bags available on PORTERO.comLouis Vuitton Rose Indiene Monogram Ikat Neverfull GM $2,900. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Neverfull Rayures XL $2,780. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Blue Monogram Idylle Neverfull MM $950. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Monogram Neverfull MM $895

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Types of Chanel Leathers and Skins

Chanel Half Moon Flap Bag available on PORTERO.com

Chanel has immortalized itself as one of the world’s chicest and classiest brands, completely in tuned with the stylish and functional needs of its devotees. From the iconic Classic Chanel Flap to the most avant-garde of designs, Chanel never disappoints when it comes to elegance and impeccable craftsmanship. Below, our Senior Director of Handbags and accessories, Elizabeth Bernstein, has compiled six of the most common Chanel leathers and materials used in their exquisite handbags, in alphabetical order.

1. Calfskin

Chanel Calfskin Leather

Calfskin leather is one of Chanel’s most versatile materials, being offered in many presentations, like Aged Calfskin, Glazed Calfskin, and Metallic Calfskin. Produced from cow hide, calfskin leather, with its small grain, is quite smooth to the touch, and looks beautiful when quilted, as seen on this Black Quilted Calfskin Boy Bag. This bag represents a smoother calfskin, whereas a distressed calfskin would have a heavier feel and looked more crinkled.

Read: Five Things to Know When Buying Vintage Chanel Bags

Chanel Calfskin Handbags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Silver Chanel Calfskin Reissue $2,799. Black Chanel Quilted Calfskin Jumbo Cambon Tote $1,550. Gold Chanel Aged Calfskin Lucky Charms Reissue bag $8,800. Gold Chanel Distressed Calfskin Wallet on Chain $3,600.

 

2. Caviar

Chanel Caviar Leather

Caviar leather has a very interesting look. Unlike Lambskin, Caviar is grainy and harder to the touch. This type of material is made out of grainy calfksin leather. Caviar leather is very durable and will not show scratches as easily as Lambskin. Although we recommend not using the same bag every day, caviar has the potential to be used more often, as it will not show significant wear over time. Rather than scratching or ripping, it will gain a nice sheen overtime from the natural patina of the leather.

Read: Chanel 2.55 Bags: Classic vs. Reissue

Caviar Leather Handbags available on PORTERO.comChanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Jumbo Flap Bag $6,250. Pink Chanel Caviar Wallet On Chain $2,799. Pre-owned Black Jumbo Chanel Caviar Shopper Tote $1,699. Beige Chanel Quilted Caviar Classic Flap Bag $7,200.

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