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A Class All Its Own: Patek Philippe

During the Polish Insurrection of 1830-1831, cavalry officer Antoine Norbert de Patek sought refuge in Geneva, the watchmaking and jewelry capital of the world.  Soon after, Patek partnered with François Czapek, establishing their watch manufacturing company called Patek, Czapek & C° in 1839.  Their first designs demonstrated a strong Polish influence reflective of revolutionary heroes, and 10th and 12th Century legends.

After parting ways with Czapek, Patek joined forces with the French horologist Adrien Philippe following a serendipitous meeting at the Paris Exhibition of the Products of the Industry where Patek exhibited the first keyless watch; a model that was later acquired by Queen Victoria.

To this day, Patek Philippe stands in a class all its own.  Famously known as the last family-owned independent Geneva watch manufacturer, Patek’s continuing dedication to high-quality craftsmanship and service provides the ultimate addition to your collection.

Shop Portero’s Patek Philippe collection here.

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Spotlight on Valentino

From a young age the signature Valentino Red designer, Valentino Garavani, was inspired by the glamour and femininity of silver screen women. After studying in Paris and working at Jean Dessès and Guy Laroche’s salons, Valentino opened his own atelier in Rome 1959. His modern feminine designs consisting of flowers, bows, ruffles, lace, and embroideries combined the romance of French design with the high-quality craftsmanship of Italian design. Valentino quickly caught the eyes of socialites, Hollywood, and Jacqueline Kennedy.

Though Valentino retired in 2008, his relevance is ubiquitous. He continues to be sought after for special commissioned pieces like Anne Hathaway’s wedding gown, and most recently, Princess Madeleine of Sweden’s wedding gown.

Today, Valentino is run under the creative direction of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. Their dedication to maintaining the brand’s core values while presenting a sense of modernity continues to illuminate the Valentino brand.

Shop Portero’s Valentino collection here.

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Spotlight on Chloé

Named for a popular French name in 1952, the Chloé brand is both pretty in meaning and beautiful in design.  When Gaby Aghion and her business partner Jacques Lenoir founded Chloé, they longed to establish a luxury bohemian ready-to-wear style – a market that at the time was untapped.

Over the years, the brand has been graced by some of the world’s leading designers including: Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, and now, Clare Waight Keller.  From Lagerfeld’s retro-inspired prints, McCartney’s youthful beaded string tops, Philo’s romantic dresses, and Waight Keller’s knitwear, each invigorated the brand by highlighting their individual spins, while still maintaining the core bohemian feel.

Shop Portero’s Chloé collection here.

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Portero.com is Now Part of the CIRCA Family!

Portero is thrilled to announce our partnership with CIRCA. Founded in 2001, CIRCA is the leading international buyer of fine jewelry, diamonds and watches.   CIRCA’s renowned experts will make you an offer on each and every piece you wish to sell.  Payment is immediate.  It’s that simple.

To celebrate our new partnership, we are launching an exclusive Portero INSIDER program.  Starting April 1st, when you sell jewelry to CIRCA you will gain INSIDER privileges on Portero.com.

Portero INSIDER privileges include:

  • Exclusive discounts and benefits on select merchandise including: Hermès, Chanel, Cartier, Celine, Louis Vuitton, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co, Rolex and more
  • Access to INSIDER-only sales
  • Sneak peek at new arrivals
  • Dedicated INSIDER hotline with a “Find It For Me” specialist

CIRCA has 14 locations across North America, Europe, and Asia with four offices planned to open this year.  CIRCA locations include: Beverly Hills, Boca Raton, Chicago, Greenwich, Las Vegas, New York, Palm Beach, San Francisco, Washington DC, Barcelona, Madrid, and Hong Kong.

To schedule an appointment with CIRCA, please call (877) 876-5493 or click here to get started online: http://www.circajewels.com/contact/

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The Conductor: Balenciaga

In an era of political unrest, Cristóbal Balenciaga’s avant-garde designs sparked the adoration of royals, aristocrats, style icons, and luxury designers such as Christian Dior, who famously said, “Haute couture is like an orchestra, whose conductor is Balenciaga.”

Since 1918, designers alike looked towards Balenciaga as a means to continually revolutionize modern fashion. From waistless chemise dresses to austere evening gowns, it seemed impossible to replace the innovator once he retired in 1968.

For nearly 30-years the brand remained almost dormant. When Nicolas Ghesquière became Creative Director in 1997, he revamped the brand by focusing on the brand’s original goal: to design for strong, trendsetting woman. In November 2012, the trailblazing Alexander Wang was named Creative Director, and to date, continues to transform the fashion world.

Shop Portero’s Balenciaga collection here.

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Discrete Luxury: Bottega Veneta

Never one to follow the leader, Bottega Veneta was founded in 1966 under the motto, “when your own initials are enough.”  With an emphasis on discrete luxury, Bottega Veneta began with a simple yet complex mission: to develop a design that consisted of the highest quality materials, while also being durable and soft.  This pursuit resulted in the renowned intrecciato leather design that quickly became Bottega Veneta’s signature.

Bottega Veneta continues to devote its energy towards innovation and education.  Since the brand was acquired by KERING Luxury Group (formerly Gucci Group) in 2001 and led by Creative Director Tomas Maier, Bottega Veneta has expanded its market to include fine jewelry, furniture, fragrance, ready-to-wear, handbags, eyewear, luggage, and small leather accessories.  They have also focused on developing a school dedicated to training future esteemed artisans.

Shop Portero’s Bottega Veneta collection here.

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Spotlight on Vintage Omega

When Neil Armstrong took his first step onto the moon proclaiming, “This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” he leapt with the first and only timepiece to land on the moon, Omega.

In La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland 1848, Louis Brandt founded Omega with the foundation of providing innovative and well-crafted timepieces. Now, Omega stands as the official timekeeper of 21 Olympic Games and the official chronometer for NASA.

Omega has been adored by many leading public figures including President John F. Kennedy and Prince William. The Omega brand has also been sponsored by celebrities and athletes such as George Clooney, Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, and Michael Phelps.

Shop Portero’s Omega collection here.

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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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