A TUFTS COMMUNICATIONS FINE JEWELRY PUBLICATION
PATEK PHILIPPE Complications fit for a lady
ON TREND The most popular trends and front-running styles
THE WORLD OF ROLEX From the memoir of Hans Wilsdorf
AUTUMN/HOLIDAY 2022 • ISSUE 14
LOVE IN VERONA COLLECTION
POLACHECK’S JEWELERS MAGAZINE • AUTUMN/HOLIDAY 2022
B eing in a family run business for over 100 years will teach you something about community and the importance of growing within your community. Building upon this legacy, our goal of expanding could only happen because of the loyalty you have given us for over a century. It’s been such an exciting year for us. Revealing our brand- new addition in an unprecedented two years of uncertainty seemed inconceivable. Despite the current trend that many watch brands are choosing to open their own mono-brand stores, Polacheck’s has contradicted this course. In scale and grandeur, our long-awaited expansion houses a state-of-the-art Rolex shop-in-shop connected to a new Patek Philippe shop-in-shop, while continuing with our exquisite watch collections from Cartier, Breitling, IWC, Panerai and Tudor. We continue to strive to create experiences with value beyond expectation. Our caring associates will guide you through our expansive watch and jewelry collection while delivering a full-service experience you won’t forget. We want to be a welcome oasis for our shoppers. Our annual fall preview showcases some of our elegant brands including new jewelry additions by Hulchi Belluni, Persée Paris and Sethi Couture. Explore legends in luxury with the extraordinary iconic timepieces from our exclusive brands. Above all, we are a family committed to our community. May this year bring you all the love and joy you so deserve. MARKING YOUR MOMENTS
With heartfelt gratitude,
Photography by April Belle Photos
Brent and Stephen Polacheck
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14 WELCOME From the Polacheck’s family 18 SKY BOUND Tips to prepare for your flight 20 SHERWOOD CARES Honors Brent & Jody Polacheck 22 ON TREND The most popular trends and front-running styles 26 PATEK PHILIPPE Complications fit for a lady
70 HULCHI BELLUNI Beauty in balance
72 TUDOR Pouring on the style with a new range of pure sports models 74 DO GOOD, FEEL GOOD Treating people with respect and sensitivity
50 HEIRLOOM EXPERTS Watch repair & jewelry restoration 51 A WORTHY CAUSE Supporting local schools, charities, and foundations
28 THE NEW PORSCHE TAYCAN The pure expression of a Porsche electric sports car 32 LISA NIK Rubies and emeralds, and topaz, oh my!
52 OUR NEW SHOWROOM Polacheck’s unveils a gorgeous new space 54 ELEVATE THE EVERYDAY Sethi Couture celebrates your personal story 56 WHAT’S NEW IN WATCHES Sporty looks, ultra-slim styles, and lots of color
34 THROUGH THE LENS The photography of Greg Lotus 36 TIME TRAVELERS The opportunity of a lifetime
38 ROBERTO COIN SIGNATURE RUBY Finding the ruby is usually the first task at hand 40 BREITLING SPORTS WATCHES Quality, color, and cool design
60 ADOPT A PET The many benefits of rescue
62 CLASSIC CARTIER Creative interpretations of beloved classics
42 HAPPY CUSTOMERS Every purchase comes with an emotional connection 46 THE WORLD OF ROLEX From the memoir of Hans Wilsdorf 48 RAHAMINOV The diamond inspires the design
64 VAIL VACAY Skiing in the USA
66 PATEK PHILIPPE EVENT The opening of our new Patek Philippe shop-in-shop
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BY LORI ROBERTS
TIPS TO PREPARE YOU FOR FLIGHT
A irports are once again bustling, but it’s not quite back to business as usual in the sky. Here are a few tips and tricks you should know before heading to the airport. GET THE APP Every airline has their own app these days, and it pays to download them. Here are just a few of the benefits you may not be aware of: • Use the digital boarding passes (because nobody prints them anymore.) • Many airlines have free in-flight movies, TV, and music via their app. • Some airlines have points, wifi, and special offers available exclusively through their app. Just about everything you can do on an airline’s website you can also accomplish through their app. We know it’s one more square taking up space on your phone screen, but it’s worth it. BE SELF CONTAINED The airline industry suffered great losses during the pandemic, both in revenue and staff. Travelers are coming back to air travel in droves, but airline employees are not. There are more delayed,
canceled, or diverted flights these days, so pack your carry-on carefully. Include everything you might need to get you through 24 hours, especially if you have a connecting flight. This includes medications, your toothbrush (your seatmate thanks you), and even snacks, because some airport food shops are still closed or have shortened hours. BYO Bottle Water fountains in airports have been replaced with bottle filling stations. Bringing your own water bottle not only saves you money but is also a do-good deed for the environment. Pro tip: ice in your bottle is allowed through airport security, just drink that last sip before you send it down the conveyor belt.
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIA MCCARTHY PHOTOGRAPHY
On October 2, 2022, Sherwood Cares honored Brent and Jody Polacheck for their philanthropic contributions to our community. It was a perfect evening under the stars filled with so much support and love. SHERWOOD CARES
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BY LORI ROBERTS
14k white gold 220 round diamond line bracelet with 10 flower sections and pavé bars in between totaling 2.35ctw.
on TREND FASHION FORWARD + FABULOUS We work with leading designers across the globe to forecast the most popular trends and be the first to bring you the front-running styles.
14k yellow gold 220 round diamond line bracelet with 10 flower sections and pavé bars totaling 2.35ctw.
Diamond line bracelets, often called tennis bracelets, give us lots of reasons to love ’em. There are so many styles, featuring different diamond shapes and great designs. Today’s look is to find your favorites and wear them all together. line ’em up!
18k white gold 3 row tennis bracelet with 129 round diamonds totaling 8.92ctw.
18k rose gold beaded bezel 27 round brilliant diamond bracelet G-H color SI totaling 2.73ctw.
18k yellow gold diamond tennis bracelet E-F color IF-VVS totaling 5.92ctw.
18k yellow gold beaded bezel 26 round diamond
18k white gold straight-line 40 emerald cut diamond bracelet E-F color VS totaling 5.40ctw.
18k rose gold diamond tennis bracelet E-F color IF-VVS totaling 4.95ctw.
tennis bracelet F-G color VS-SI totaling
1.24ctw and .04ctw pave by Rahaminov Diamonds.
18k white gold 2.99ct heart shaped ruby pendant with 22 round diamond halo totaling .20ctw.
14k white gold open heart pendant 22 diamonds totaling .69ctw.
18k white gold diamond puffed heart charm 3.00ctw.
hearts Love is everlasting, and heart-shaped pendants, charms, and earrings are making a strong fashion comeback. Look around — they’re everywhere!
18k white gold 4.02ct GIA heart shaped diamond pendant I color SI2 with 28 round diamond halo totaling .34ctw by Rahaminov Diamonds.
18k white gold diamond bezel/bar bracelet with 15 hearts by Rahaminov Diamonds.
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18k yellow gold small paperclip chain 18” long. 18k yellow gold 22 diamond disc satin finish totaling .45ctw.
18k rose gold beaded curb link chain 18” long and 18k rose gold multi color small diamond beaded disc pendant totaling .68ctw by Sethi Couture.
18k yellow gold malachite and diamond pendant totaling .47ctw on a 19” chain by Roberto Coin.
18k yellow gold round diamond medallion totaling .13ctw on an 18” paperclip chain.
18k yellow gold round medallion with mother- of-pearl and 3 diamonds totaling .02ctw with 18” paperclip chain.
18k yellow gold 18” paperclip chain with 18k yellow gold satin finished medallion with 46 diamond edges totaling .66ctw.
18k yellow gold medium paper clip chain 24” long with 18k yellow gold diamond disc pendant .31ctw by Sethi Couture.
18k yellow gold diamond round pendant on link chain totaling .39ctw by Roberto Coin.
medallions + lockets Round coin-sized medallions are really in the forefront of trending right-now looks. These are a few of our favorites.
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18k rose gold extra-large chain 22” long.
18k yellow gold rope chain 24” long.
Black diamond bead necklace 24” long with 268.84ctw diamonds.
Platinum diamond band totaling .32ctw. Size 10.
Why should women get all the fun? Jewelry is the ultimate expression of personal style, and men are not shy about showing theirs. From sophisticated timepieces and sleek rings to rocker- vibe bracelet designs, here are a few trending looks for men.
18k white gold diamond band .98ctw white diamond edges and 1.0ct black diamond tops. Size 10.
18k white gold stretch bracelet with 8.74ctw emerald cut diamonds F-G color and VS2-SI1.
18k grey gold satin finished center and 18k rose gold edges. Size 10.
Black ceramic stretch bracelet with 18k white gold bar and .42ctw black diamonds. Black ceramic stretch bracelet with 18k yellow gold bar and .42ctw black diamonds.
Black ceramic curb link bracelet with 18k rose gold clasp and .02ctw diamonds.
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BY CAROL BESLER
FIT FOR A LADY
P atek Philippe made its first ladies’ watch in 1839, the year it was founded. Since then, ladies’ collections have been an important part of the prestigious company’s very limited production. One thing they all have in common: they are technically outstanding, a quality that makes Patek Philippe the world’s most coveted watch brand. One of its earliest complications for women was a minute repeater, the most technically challenging movement for a watchmaker. Another complication, the annual calendar, has been part of the ladies’ lineup for many years. In 2009, Patek Philippe introduced its first in-house chronograph movement in a ladies’ wristwatch (Ref. 7071). In 2011, it followed up with two complications for women: the first series minute repeater for ladies, Ref. 7000, and the first-ever ladies’ split seconds chronograph, Ref. 7059. This year, Patek Philippe introduced two new complications to the ladies’ current collection, the Ref. 7121/200G Ladies’ Moonphase and the Ref. 7130R World Time.
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THE HUMAN TOUCH: THE IRREPLACEABLE SKILL OF HAND-FINISHING. THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF A PATEK PHILIPPE WATCH IS THE FACT THAT, FROM ITS CASE AND DIAL TO ITS BEATING HEART, IT HAS BEEN FINISHED BY HAND BY A DEDICATED, TRAINED SPECIALIST, WITH SKILLS PASSED DOWN THROUGH GENERATIONS.
The Ref. 7121/200G Ladies’ Moonphase was first introduced in 2013 in yellow gold. This year, it debuts a new model in white gold, with an elegant blue dial on which the displays stand out like stars in the night sky. The glitter continues on the bezel, where a double row of 132 brilliant- cut diamonds is set in the dentelle technique. The way they are arranged allows more light to pass through the diamond, increasing its brilliance. The watch contains Patek Philippe’s smallest complicated movement, and the case size is therefore an elegant 33 mm in diameter.
The new Ref. 7130R is a ladies’ model of Patek Philippe’s classic World Time series. It is interpreted in 18k rose gold, with an olive green dial that is guillochéd by hand in a basket weave motif. This one contains Patek’s famously slim caliber 240 HU in a 36 mm case. The 24-city disk rings a 24-hour disk that is divided into day/night zones distinguished by their color and by the sun/moon symbols. The bezel is set with 62 diamonds totaling 0.82 ct, and the prong buckle is set with another 27 diamonds totaling 0.21 ct.
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BY TODD TUFTS
the new porsche TAYCAN
Porschephile: the definition can describe everything from those that own many to those that know everything there is to know about Porsche. I don’t profess to be one, but I will say that the lines on this machine are so sleek and exciting, I can understand the personification of affection an enthusiast might hold for such an amazing machine.
It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years since the introduction of the Porsche Cayenne. I was unimpressed by everything except the sales numbers. America loves its SUVs, and Porsche capitalized, but its shape looked like a 911 turned into a monster truck. It sat high and looked awkward. And if you went for the largest tire size, it looked even worse. Although, the Cayenne has evolved, changed, and improved, I’d say the Macan is even more impressive. The 911 shape looks best on a smaller truck, and the performance figures speak for themselves.
The Porsche Panamera went into production in 2011. It was universally panned as looking like an eggplant. It really did have an almost wagon-like appearance. Too tall, too big in the rear — it wasn’t pretty. The facelift in 2013 helped, but it was not going to win a beauty contest. Once again, Porsche eventually fixed the look, and today it really is an attractive 4-door sedan, inside and out.
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WE INSTANTLY KNOW WHAT IS GOOD FOR OUR SOUL — AND WHAT INSPIRES IT.
THE TAYCAN REVEALS ITS FASCINATION WITHIN FRACTIONS OF A SECOND: WITH
A FLUID YET SHARP SILHOUETTE AND A DYNAMIC FLYLINE. ITS REAR DESIGN BOASTS A
SEAMLESS LIGHT STRIP AND PORSCHE LOGO MADE OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL
LETTERS IN A GLASS LOOK. SEEN ENOUGH? DEFINITELY NOT.
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2023 TAYCAN / MSRP FROM $86,700
THE TAYCAN IS THE PURE EXPRESSION OF A PORSCHE ELECTRIC SPORTS CAR:
STRIKING PROPORTIONS, TIMELESS AND INSTANTLY RECOGNIZABLE DESIGN, AND
A PERFECT BLEND OF PERFORMANCE WITH EVERYDAY USABILITY.
The Taycan is a different story altogether. Chapter one introduces a very refined and sophisticated body shape. It is fully recognizable as a Porsche. But as the 911 has modernized its silhouette, so too has the Taycan taken notes by getting wide, low, and oh so tough. The Fisker Karma was designed by Henrik Fisker and introduced in 2012. In my opinion, his 4-door design was revolutionary; however the company went under in 2014 for a lot of good reasons. The car was expensive, cheaply made, heavy, lacked performance, and advertised as an electric vehicle, even though you’d be lucky
to get 30 miles on a charge before the 260hp turbocharged 4-banger kicked in — think Toyota Camry. The company was bought by Wanxiang, a Chinese auto-parts company. In 2017 they reintroduced the luxury car under a new name, Revero. Again, same problems. The latest iteration is the new Karma GS-6. It is immensely better. But, thanks to Tesla, the market has moved from plug-in hybrids to EVs. You might think I’m digressing by discussing the Karma, but since 2012, nothing has been as visually stimulating in this market segment — until now.
Tesla’s loyalists (self-declared “Teslerati” — you can’t make this stuff up) are quick to point out that the Taycan is no Tesla when it comes to range and speed. As a Porschephile in training, I can tell you that is not what I care about as I drive to the grocery store or business lunch. The base Taycan may not be as fast at 0-60 in 5.1 seconds, but jump up to the Turbo model and it drops to 2.6 seconds. I’m going to get to the grocery plenty fast enough. It may not have Tesla range, but with the Performance Plus Battery it can go up to 225 miles on a single charge. Remember, I said this is chapter one.
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The Taycan does offer another body shape in the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo and Taycan Sport Turismo. It’s not for me, but it does offer more rear storage and backseat headroom. While it still has a great look, it is not as striking and titillating as the sleeker model. The Taycan is an electric car and thus it has limitations. Stuttgart’s first EV has everything Porsche is known for. It is fast, fun to drive, somewhat practical to own, and has an impeccable interior, plus it charges quickly. It is the most complete EV available in the galaxy. But where the Taycan really excels is in those body lines. She is an exceptional beauty who will turn every head as she pulls into any parking lot. She belongs with me, next to my ’82 911 Targa.
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BY JENNIFER BRUGH
RUBIES AND EMERALDS AND TOPAZ, OH MY! GEMSTONES ARE AT THE HEART OF
C olor expresses individuality. No matter what hue you adorn each day, a colorful jewelry piece speaks to your personality, your mood, and even your ambitions. Today’s modern woman is constantly on the lookout for a bold, new necklace or ring to add to her collection —
something that speaks directly to who she is. If this sounds like your current journey, then let us introduce you to Lisa Nik, a highly sought-after designer brand that’s become a staple in the Polacheck’s showroom since day one — nearly four years ago.
As a designer, Lisa focuses on jewelry that’s wearable and interchangeable. For example, the collection includes a collectible series of hoop earrings with charms that are perfect for traveling, since you can change out the charms to dress them up or down. Within her collections, you’ll find an array of colorful gemstones, diamonds, and artful elements that come together to create unique and bold embellishments. With a background in high-end jewelry design and gemology, Lisa started her line more than 13 years ago and has been increasing in popularity ever since. While her designs have evolved, she’s remained intentional, using only the best-in-class gemstones from around the world and ensuring the finest craftsmanship of every piece.
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Within the collection, you will find dazzling aquamarine, tourmaline, sapphire, and opal gemstones. Depending on the size, shape, and color of the stone, Lisa determines whether it will be best to set in rose, yellow, or white gold, and, her unusual one of a kind pieces have caught the eye of the modern California woman. “I grew up on the West Side of Los Angeles and also lived in New York City for 15 years” Lisa said “so I feel that my design aesthetic is connected to city life and resort style, which is why it is so versatile.”
Drawing inspiration from clients and collectors, Lisa Nik is always looking for ways to improve or design differently. This year, the collection utilizes beautiful watermelon tourmalines — a multi- color stone with striping that looks like a slice of watermelon or even a rainbow, depending on the lighting.
Lisa began her collection combining asymmetrical pairs of sapphires and tourmalines to make mismatched earrings that have become highly fashionable. Looking ahead, she says to be on the lookout for more tanzanite and emerald jewels in her collection. As you might expect, many celebrities have discovered Lisa Nik, even sporting her pieces on the red carpets from time to time. The essence of her brand, however, is that there is a jewel that everyone can relate to within the collection, and her jewels can be worn as adornments for every occasion.
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BY TODD TUFTS
lens through “I’VE BEEN IN THIS BUSINESS FOR A LONG TIME, AND IN RECENT YEARS, BUYERS BEGAN APPROACHING ME ASKING IF I WOULD SELL MY WORK. WHEN GALLERIES AND ART VENDORS FOLLOWED WITH THE SAME TYPE OF REQUEST, I UNDERSTOOD THAT THIS WAS THE NATURAL NEXT STEP FOR ME.” the
– GREG LOTUS
“Lost” by Greg Lotus
“Champagne Poodle” by Greg Lotus
H aving worked in the music, fashion, jewelry, and automotive industries for the past 33 years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with some amazingly talented photographers. In my line of work, designing with great photography makes all the difference. I learned this early in my career, when I won awards for album cover design. Was the design good? In my opinion, it was, but I had to keep it simple. What spoke volumes was the photography of guys like Mark Tucker and Russ Harrington. I learned not to get in the way of beautiful images that told the story all by themselves.
Early this year I was introduced to Greg Lotus by a friend of mine who felt Greg would be a good fit, as he had worked with many of the world- class brands we work with. Greg and I traded emails, and it quickly became apparent that he is more than just a guy who can shoot some rings, bracelets, and necklaces for us. Greg Lotus has shot some of the most extraordinary images for Vogue Italia, GQ, L’Uomo Vogue, Vanity Fair , and W , as well as commercial campaigns for the likes of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Escada. Now we’re talking! Not only that, he also exhibits his fine art images in New York and Miami. His work takes him all over the world.
Greg has a flair for the dramatic. He shoots from unique angles, playing off contrasting shadows and intense light. His
graphic approach is perfect for black and white photography. Demand for his images by private collectors prompted this talented man to sell his work to an eager, new audience. As his exposure grew, so too did requests for vivid colorful images. You can only imagine how impactful his work would be in a New York loft or a Miami Beach penthouse. Exquisite!
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Nature is a recurrent motif in Greg’s photography — a clear echo of his childhood. He often mixes high fashion with rural or wild surroundings and includes exotic animals in his compositions, using elements that link the rarefied atmosphere of the fashion industry to the organic beauty of the natural world. Like a gifted Olympic athlete, Greg has something you can’t teach — talent. He is completely self-taught. You might not think this West Virginia native would find himself in the land of glamour, but early exposure to the modeling world, as a model for Ford Models, gave Greg an inside glimpse into how photographers achieved their excellence.
“Spaghetti” by Greg Lotus
“Hat” by Greg Lotus
“ART GIVES ME THE FREEDOM TO SHARE IMAGES I LOVE THAT WERE NEVER SELECTED FOR EDITORIAL PURPOSES AND ALSO SOME WHICH WERE SHOT ONLY FOR MY PERSONAL PLEASURE.”
“Parking Garage” by Greg Lotus
Perhaps more importantly, it made Greg more aware of what the model went through, as well as what to expect from the very best. I learned early on that teamwork makes the dream work. Ok, that is a very corny line, but it is so true — especially when it comes to shooting stunning, evocative, if not erotic, images. Greg credits the work of the stylist, hair, and makeup artists; a good concept; and, of course, a very good subject. Granted, shooting the likes of Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz, Megan Fox, Milla Jovovich, Kate Beckinsale, Katy Perry, Channing Tatum, Kim Kardashian, and Mary J. Blige, to name a few, makes his job easier, but the team and concept allow Greg to bring it all to a crescendo.
To view more of Greg’s work available for purchase for your home or office, go to www.greglotus.com/gallery/ For sizes, editions, and prices, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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S everal years ago, Polacheck’s Jewelers was selected by Patek Philippe to offer some special clients the opportunity of a lifetime. The chance to visit the Patek Philippe manufacture in Geneva, Switzerland and tour the facilities up close and in person. Fortunately, after several delays due to COVID-19 restrictions we were finally able to reschedule in June of 2022. The story below is a first-hand account of the trip by one of our attendees. I’m on the way back from a hosted trip to Geneva with a group of great guys by my AD (Authorized Dealer). We were the first group to go from the United States to Geneva since the new PP6 building opened and the COVID restrictions were lifted. This was the most epic trip I’ve ever been on in my life. As a watch enthusiast as we spent the last three days with a small group of Patek Philippe fans seeing the entire process of making a watch from start to finish, from design to final quality control.
We visited the iconic Patek Philippe Museum and toured the factory (both the PP0 and the PP6 buildings). We spent time with the design team, had a chance to sit at the bench, and even had the opportunity to work on some watch components. We visited the dial factory where every dial is made for each of the roughly 65,000 Patek Philippe watches produced each year.
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Our trip also included members of the Patek Philippe US Sales/ Management team. We spent a ton of time with them and really got an appreciation for how difficult it is to allocate 65,000 watches to 1 million plus customers, if not more. No matter what they do, a customer will always be disappointed. After realizing the difficulties, I apologized to my AD. Each AD has so many heavy hitters that they have to try to please, I felt bad for the times I felt entitled to get a piece. I remember how upset I felt when I didn’t get a green dial 5711/1A, but then realized the person sitting next to me with over 50 Patek Philippe watches didn’t get one either. The perspective was eye opening for me. It made me realize, just have your wish list and be patient, and the pieces you want will come in good time.
I also apologized for asking to try to get my friends an allocation. I realized they just don’t have the pieces to give out. If your AD gets 100 watches for example and they already have 300 regular customers - what are they supposed to do with new customers? In an ideal world you try to please everyone, but the reality is there just aren’t enough Patek Philippe watches to go around. Especially when everyone only wants a Nautilus or an Aquanaut to be trendy, but not a Calatrava because it doesn’t look as good on Instagram. Patek Philippe would like to have their clients be in it for the long haul and not a quick wham bam thank you ma’am. For example; which is a better customer for Patek Philippe, someone who sold their bitcoin and wants to buy 6 pieces in a year and disappear only to be seen on Instagram? Or, someone that adds to their collection and builds it over time for the next 30 years? I think you can figure that out. We also spent a ton of time talking about the gray market. The goal of Patek Philippe is to minimize the effects of the gray market and only have their AD’s sell to legitimate customers. They want their clients to have a great relationship with their AD (and in turn Patek). While impossible to shut down, Patek Philippe will buy suspicious pieces that appear on the gray market to track the serial number. If it’s found that the watch was given to a dealer and the dealer knowingly sold it to someone who they knew was going to flip the watch (essentially sell it for a quick profit); the dealer has a big problem. An example of this would be a green dial 5711 that shows up for sale on the gray market soon after release. Why did that happen? Did the dealer sell it to a long-time customer, or, was it sold to someone new who had ill intentions? The dealers who don’t know where their watches are going, well, maybe they aren’t going to be dealers too much longer. The trip culminated with all of us in a conference room where they opened the safe and literally, we got to try on every single piece in the collection. Not just a couple of Calatrava or Aquanauts, I mean every single piece! This was beyond epic! Of course, the cherry on top was the final dinner. Mr. Thierry Stern (Owner/CEO of Patek Philippe) joined us and we had a blast talking to him. He had just arrived from Singapore and to take time out of his busy schedule and spend it with our group was very gracious of him.
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ROBERTO COIN ’ S
signature hidden ruby
T he ruby has always been enveloped in a legendary aura, and due to its exceptional quality of maintaining beauty throughout time it is considered eternal, like true love. According to an ancient belief, wearing a ruby close to the skin promoted long life, health, and happiness, and even today it is believed to possess these magic powers, including the extraordinary ability of giving peace. In 1996, Roberto Coin started signing his jewels by setting a small ruby hidden on the inside of each piece, allowing the distinguished gem to kiss the skin. Since then, this tradition has become the exclusive signature of every jewel by Roberto Coin, dedicated as a secret gift of good wishes to every woman lucky enough to wear one of his exclusive creations. WITH EACH BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF ROBERTO COIN JEWELRY, FINDING THE RUBY IS USUALLY THE FIRST TASK AT HAND.
“FASHION IS CHANGEABLE. IT IS WHIMSICAL. STYLE IS NOT. STYLE IS PART OF US, OF OUR LIFE, IN EVERY MOMENT AND EVERY EXPRESSION.” ~ Roberto Coin
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BY CAROL BESLER
SPORTS WATCHES B reitling continues to consolidate its position as one of the best quality/value combinations in Swiss sports watches. With in-house movements, bold designs, and eco-friendly packaging, Breitling is crushing it right now. The brand is especially making waves with its Superocean collection, inspired by a design first launched in the 1960s. The new collection really stands out, with its thick minute track, boxy minute hand, and contrasting ceramic bezel — and, of course, its vibrant colors, including neon blue and olive green. There is even a bright orange model, a 1,000-piece limited edition co-designed by surfer and Breitling ambassador Kelly Slater. There’s a size for everyone: 46, 44, 42, and 36 mm, so this is a watch for men and women. Cases are steel, steel/gold, or bronze. QUALITY, COLOR, AND COOL DESIGN BREITLING
Breitling Superocean 42 Kelly Slater Limited Edition
Another great sports watch, the modern version of the Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43, originally introduced in 1952, has been updated with a more refined slide rule and a choice of several dial colors. A favorite among pilots and aeronautical enthusiasts for nearly 70 years, the modern Navitimer contains the in-house caliber B01, with a 70-hour power reserve.
Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43.
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The Breitling Chronomat B01 42 is a Breitling standout because of its signature rouleaux-style bracelet, which is designed and constructed unlike any other. The Chronomat is a true sports watch, with the Breitling chronograph caliber 01, which has a 70-hour power reserve, and you can plunge to depths of 200 meters while wearing it. The original Navitimer Cosmonaute has returned to earth 60 years after astronaut Scott Carpenter wore it in space! Breitling recently resurrected the customized Navitimer it made in 1962 for astronaut Scott Carpenter, who wore it in space on May 24, 1962. Carpenter was one of the Mercury Seven, a crew of military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA to become astronauts in its first human-crewed spaceflights. The Cosmonaute was the first Swiss wristwatch to make the journey to space. The commemorative Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute Limited Edition has the same all-black dial and 24-hour scale, but the bezel is platinum and the caseback is open to reveal a modern chronograph movement, caliber B02. The bridge is engraved with the words “Carpenter,” “Aurora 7,” “Mercury 7” and “3 orbits around the earth.” It is limited to 362 pieces.
Breitling Chronomat B01 42.
(Left to right) Historical Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute from 1962 and the new Navitimer Cosmonaute Limited Edition.
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AT POLACHECK’S, WE BELIEVE OUR CUSTOMERS’ HAPPINESS IS TRULY WHAT MAKES A GREAT EXPERIENCE. EVERY PURCHASE COMES WITH AN EMOTIONAL CONNECTION AND SHOULD BE CELEBRATED. HERE IS A LOOK AT SOME OF OUR HAPPY CUSTOMERS.
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HANS WILSDORF WAS FIRMLY CONVINCED OF A PERSON’S ABILITY TO INNOVATE AND STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE. MORE THAN 100 YEARS AFTER THE CREATION OF THE BRAND, THE FOUNDER’S PHILOSOPHY IS MORE PRESENT THAN EVER, FROM THE MANUFACTURING OF THE COMPANY’S WATCHES TO ITS COMMITMENTS WORLDWIDE. A VOYAGE INTO THE WORLD OF ROLEX
COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE Since the beginning, the story of Rolex has been characterized by the quest for perfection and the ambition to push back boundaries.
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A t the turn of the 20th century, a visionary entrepreneur based in London was on the verge of success. His aim? To introduce the watchmaking world of the day to an as-yet- unknown dial signature: Rolex. A new name, invented in 1908, it would become one of the world’s most respected brands in the space of a few decades. As Hans Wilsdorf recounted in his memoirs of the early days of his company, the opposition he faced seemed insurmountable at first. The entrepreneur started out with very little, but he did possess invaluable qualities: vision, perseverance, and an extraordinary ability to work. An orphan at the age of 12, with nothing other than his determination to help him overcome challenges, Hans Wilsdorf went on to invent the world’s first waterproof self-winding wristwatch with a Perpetual rotor — a watch that has become a benchmark in terms of quality and prestige. “Too complicated, too fragile, ill-adapted” — the wristwatch was met with skepticism. Yet, relying on his firmly-held beliefs, Hans Wilsdorf managed to achieve his bold objective of establishing the Rolex watch — the Oyster Perpetual — as the archetype of the waterproof timepiece: precise, robust, and able to withstand all conditions. But he was not simply a visionary who endowed Rolex watches with their fundamental technical and aesthetic characteristics. His constant quest for perfection was accompanied by a profound generosity and unshakable faith in human potential. UNITING EXPERTISE An integrated and independent company, Rolex has manufacturing resources that encompass a wide range of skills and knowledge. Watchmakers, engineers, designers, and other specialists work closely together from the design to the manufacturing
“THE OPPOSITION I ENCOUNTERED SEEMED INSUPERABLE.”
Hans Wilsdorf, 1945
of the watches. Rolex’s company culture is based above all on human values, which place both expertise and soft skills at the heart of the brand’s different activities. Rolex is host to a variety of professions, brought to life by employees who are experts in their fields. The company has complete control over its essential components, from the casting of gold alloys to machining, finishing, and assembly of the movement, case, dial, and bracelet elements, as well as gem-setting. Its know-how is also made available right across the world thanks to an exceptional after-sales service network. To ensure the brand’s expertise exists into the future, Rolex has its own unique training center. Dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and the development of its employees, the center, located in Geneva, provides training to employees and instructs apprentices. The company aims to pass on to younger generations its pride in its skills and mastery of its knowledge. A WATCH UNLIKE THE REST The Oyster Perpetual collection was built on the success of the original
Oyster model, patented by Rolex and launched in 1926. As the world’s first waterproof wristwatch, it played a pioneering role in the development of the modern timepiece. Over the years, the Oyster became the proud bearer of many other innovations — such as self-winding by means of the Perpetual rotor (1931) — that defined the identity of the models in the collection and forged Rolex’s reputation for excellence, of which chronometric precision and reliability are among the cornerstones. The Oyster gradually evolved into a collection of watches that integrated new functions and innovative technologies. All the models share fundamental features and a strong visual identity. Today the collection consists of 12 ranges, split into two categories: classic watches such as the Datejust and the Day-Date, and professional watches, including the Explorer and the GMT-Master II. As the pioneer of the wristwatch, the company is at the origin of numerous major innovations in the watchmaking industry and has filed over 500 patents in the course of its history.
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THE DIAMOND INSPIRES THE DESIGN RAHAMINOV DIAMONDS
F or more than 80 years, family-owned and operated Rahaminov Diamonds has been a trusted name for beautifully cut rare diamonds. Rahaminov Diamonds has always been about love and family. It started in the 1940s when the Rahaminov brothers became diamond cutters in one of Israel’s first diamond cooperatives, Buchara Diamonds. Their name soon became synonymous with diamond cutting, sales, trading, and, above all, quality. By the next decade, the band of brothers expanded, opening the first branch of Rahaminov Diamonds in Valenza, Italy’s key center for jewelry setting and design at that time. By the 1980s, Tamara Rahaminov, the daughter of Moshe, one of the original brothers, had come of age in the diamond industry and followed in her family’s footsteps. While studying at the Gemological Institute of America, she met her husband, Amir Goldfiner. Together, they opened the Los Angeles location, which has grown
COLLECTIONS FROM RAHAMINOV DIAMONDS FEATURE BOTH METICULOUS AND UNUSUAL CUTS THAT ARE EXPERTLY FACETED TO HIGHLIGHT AND ENHANCE EACH DIAMOND’S SHAPE.
into a luxury brand of exquisite diamond jewelry, with Tamara as the design visionary and Amir running the business side of things. Tamara’s designs have received critical acclaim, including the prestigious 2016 Grand Prize JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award for her dazzling Rosé ring. The couple has worked side by side for over 30 illustrious years. Today, Amir and Tamara’s daughters, Nicol and Melanie Goldfiner, have joined the family business, adding their knowledge and modern sensibilities to the Rahaminov brand. Nicol now works alongside her mother on the creative side of the business, while Melanie handles all-things business-related, working closely with her father, Amir. Together, the sisters have created a harmonious partnership, much like that of their parents — built on talent and love.
From the Triple Threat collection, featuring a heart-, an oval- and a pear-cut, set in platinum.
Pear-shaped diamond halo-style engagement ring.
Natural fancy yellow oval diamond set in a three-stone halo-style mounting
18k white gold .94 carat moval center, surrounded by .97 carat tw round diamonds.
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HEIRLOOM EXPERTS J ewelry and watches require both service and repair to remain in top condition. As a full-service, credentialed jewelry repair and watch repair store, our facility is staffed with professional technicians who are here to service and care for your pieces. Our skilled team of expert jewelers, watchmakers, and service technicians boasts years of experience and ongoing training to service your jewelry and luxury timepieces. Because we know that your jewelry is an investment and often treasured heirloom, we promise to provide expert care and attention to each item left in our care.
FROM WATCH REPAIR TO JEWELRY CLEANING, REPAIR, AND RESTORATION, POLACHECK’S JEWELERS IS YOUR HOME FOR ALL JEWELRY CARE NEEDS.
Your precious jewelry is tracked from arrival to finished repair and inspected multiple times to make sure your repair meets our high standards. Our experts use time-honored techniques as well as state-of-the-art repair equipment to masterfully repair your jewelry. Please stop by our store or make an appointment for an evaluation and estimate.
WE ARE PROUD TO OFFER THESE POPULAR SERVICES AND MORE: Jewelry Cleaning & Polishing Ring Sizing Ring Shank Replacement & Stone Tightening Diamond and Gemstone Replacement or Remounting Pearl Restringing Repair or Replacement of Clasps Engraving Solder Customization Watch Repair
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A WORTHY CAUSE The rewarding elements of supporting our local schools, charities, and foundations helps us grow as a community. Without a strong community, we wouldn’t be in business for as long as we have.
DAVID LABKOVSKI PROJECT
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P olacheck’s Jewelers recently unveiled their newly remodeled showroom which includes a 1,700 square foot expansion. The new showroom (totaling nearly 7,000 square feet) features a Rolex shop-in-shop on the right and Patek Philippe on the left. In development since 2019, the new space was designed with impeccable detail to make the purchasing experience more intimate and celebratory. The Rolex section is decorated with dark wood accents, leather chairs, and a chandelier inspired by the Jubilee bracelet. Behind the main display is a private selling room with a lounge area partitioned by a sliding frosted glass door to elevate the exclusive shopping experience. Across the way, Patek Philippe now displays the latest timepieces in bird’s-eye maple showcases. The airy space allows guests to relax in a more personal environment. Other brands such as Cartier, IWC, and Tudor have also been transformed, while Breitling and Panerai are expected to be completed in January 2023. NEW SHOWROOM OUR
Photography by Thomas Powers and Aurora Eagles.
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S ethi Couture was founded in 2009 in San Francisco by designing sisters Pratima and Prerna Sethi with a simple philosophy of “Elevate the Everyday.” Raised by parents who are purveyors of rare and unusual diamonds, Pratima and Prerna were surrounded by the most exquisite stones at an early age, so their childhood included an education in antique, vintage cuts, and rare natural-color diamonds. Careers in traditional jewelry, however, were not immediately in their stars. Instead, they set out on different paths.
SETHI COUTURE’S PRATIMA & PRERNA ARE COMMITTED TO CREATING TIMELESS PIECES THAT CELEBRATE YOUR PERSONAL STORY. ELEVATE the EVERYDAY
After receiving her MBA, Pratima began a career with a luxury brand and Prerna, who originally studied architecture, changed course to pursue an interest in fashion. Eventually fate intervened, and their desire to design elevated everyday jewelry essentials with the same diamonds they grew up admiring could not be ignored. The sisters came together to form Sethi Couture, and in 2009 they launched their first collection of fine jewelry. Right from its initial launch, Sethi Couture debuted a series of diamond bands in unexpected colors, including champagne, pink, green, yellow, and black. This unique assortment quickly evolved into a collection of classic and contemporary stacking bands that can be worn together in endless ways to showcase each wearer’s individual style. Each Sethi Couture band tells your story— your past, present, and future that can be cherished every day.
DESIGNED TO BE PAIRED WITH FAMILY HEIRLOOMS OR YOUR PERSONAL COLLECTION OF RINGS, SETHI STACKS ARE WHERE OLD MEETS NEW.
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INSPIRED BY HERITAGE Growing up in California, sisters Pratma and Prerna took many trips to India to visit their grandmothers in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The intricate beauty of the architecture of their heritage revealed a craftsmanship and attention to detail that defined a bygone time — a time that became a source of endless inspiration. The combination of California’s nature inspired motifs and intricate details of Indian architecture can be seen throughout their collection.
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BY CAROL BESLER
WATCHES SPORTY LOOKS, ULTRA-SLIM STYLES, AND LOTS OF COLOR WHAT ’ S NEW IN
— COLOR — THE HOTTEST TREND IN WATCHES THIS YEAR IS THE JOYOUS PRESENCE OF COLOR. ONCE THE PURVIEW OF 1990’S FASHION WATCHES, COLOR HAS INFILTRATED THE PREVIOUSLY STAID, CONSERVATIVE LUXURY WATCH INDUSTRY! FROM NEON BLUES TO BRIGHT REDS AND VIBRANT GREENS, ON BOTH DIALS AND STRAPS, COLOR IS PUTTING THE STYLE BACK IN WRISTWEAR. WEAR IT ANYWHERE, FROM THE GYM TO THE BOARDROOM — MATCH YOUR WATCH TO YOUR FAVORITE TIE OR SHOES. ANYTHING GOES.
FOR MEN Not without reason has the IWC Portugieser Chronograph proved to be one of the most popular watches ever to emerge from Schaffhausen. The open, clean, functional dial, with two recessed totalizers at “6 o’clock” and “12 o’clock”, appliquéd Arabic numerals and slim feuille hands, is encircled by a filigree bezel.
The flange, printed with a quarter-second scale,
enables precision reading of stopwatch times and gives this timeless Portugieser a subtle, sporty touch.
FOR LADIES The radiant Santos de Cartier features a graduated blue dial and sparkles with a steel bezel set with 206 brilliant-cut diamonds. For an individual who wants options, a second bracelet in stainless steel is interchangeable with the “QuickSwitch” system.
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— DRESS — NOT EVERYTHING ON THE WRIST HAS TO BE MADE FROM SPACE-AGE MATERIALS OR DESIGNED TO HELP YOU SWIM TO THE DEPTHS OF THE OCEANS. STYLISH DRESS-FOR- SUCCESS WATCHES ARE MAKING A COMEBACK, INCLUDING A RETURN TO GOLD – INCLUDING YELLOW GOLD. WITH THE CURRENT CRAZE FOR VINTAGE AESTHETICS, WRISTWATCHES ARE SLEEK, ULTRA-SLIM, AND PARED DOWN TO MINIMALIST TIME-ONLY PERFECTION.
FOR MEN Bringing its elegance back to life, the Breitling Premier B09 is the latest generation of Premier chronographs that creates an “unmistakable stamp of impeccable taste”.
FOR LADIES Sleek in its design, the Tank Must de Cartier features a quartz movement, black lacquered dial and rhodiumized sword-shaped hands on a shiny black alligator leather strap.
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FOR MEN The Submersible QuarantaQuattro is an emblematic 44mm dive watch within Panerai’s Submersible collection. Powered by an in-house P.900 calibre, PAM1229 is distinguished by its unidirectional bezel and bold identity.
FOR LADIES There’s something for everyone in Breitling’s new Superocean. Collectors will recognize the strong influence of the Slow Motion, water sports enthusiasts will appreciate its technical features, and the style conscious will gravitate towards its day- to-night, beach-to-boardroom versatility. The new Superocean perfectly balances the nostalgia of its heritage while making fresh new waves.
— SPORT — SPORTS WATCHES HAVE BECOME THE MUST-HAVE TIMEKEEPERS OF THE DECADE. TIMEPIECES WITH STEEL CASES AND BRACELETS ARE HOT RIGHT NOW, SOME MODELS EVEN OUTPRICING SOLID GOLD WATCHES ON THE PRE-OWNED MARKET. OVER THE PAST DECADE, WATCH COMPANIES HAVE MADE MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS TO CASE, BRACELET, AND MOVEMENT MATERIALS, RESULTING IN BETTER ACCURACY AND DURABILITY AND ULTRA-HIGH PERFORMANCE. SPORTS WATCHES ARE F1 RACE CARS FOR THE WRIST!
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FOR MEN The timepiece with a stainless-steel case and a blue dial continues the long- standing tradition of perpetual calendar watches in the Big Pilot’s collection. IWC’s legendary perpetual calendar automatically recognizes different month lengths and leap years. Featuring a Pellaton winding system fitted with ceramic components, the IWC-manufactured 52615 calibre is visible through the sapphire glass back. With all its displays perfectly synchronized, the calendar can be set easily via a single crown, offering a degree of user-friendliness that is unparalleled in the domain of mechanical calendars.
— COMPLICATIONS — TRUE TIMEPIECE CONNOISSEURS ARE HAPPIEST WHEN THEY ARE WEARING A WATCH WITH A COMPLICATION — SOMETHING THAT GOES BEYOND HOURS, MINUTES, AND SECONDS, SOMETHING THAT CAN TRACK MOON PHASES, A SECOND TIME ZONE, LEAP YEARS, OR THE DAY OF THE WEEK. THESE ARE THE WATCHES THAT GREAT COLLECTIONS ARE MADE OF.
FOR LADIES The luminous, Patek Philippe Ref. 4948R-001, a self-winding annual calendar, stuns with more than 360 diamonds surrounding a brilliant mother-of-pearl dial, indicating the phase of the moon as well as the day and date. For the woman who appreciates sophisticated complications as well as radiant design.
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WHETHER IT'S SNUGGLES OR PLAYTIME, ANYONE WHO’S ADOPTED A PET CAN ATTEST TO THE MANY BENEFITS OF RESCUE.
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING First and foremost, adoption often saves more lives than just the adopted pet. Millions of cats and dogs end up in shelters every year in the United States alone. Adopting gives your new pet a loving home, and it also makes room for another cat or dog in the shelter or rescue. On a purely practical level, you’ll likely be getting a pet that has already been spayed/neutered and vaccinated. If an adult or senior dog is more suited to your lifestyle, they’ll likely be house-trained and will only need a training refresher to settle into their new routine. But the benefits go so much further. HEALTHIER LIVING Adopting a pet can offer numerous health benefits, whether psychological, physical, or emotional. Recent studies find animal-assisted interventions (AAI) with shelter pets can help humans better manage psychological distress, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Pet companionship can also make us feel less isolated and lonely. Physical activity with our pets, such as taking regular walks, makes us healthier overall. Studies show that pet owners are more physically active than non-pet owners and that pets can especially help older adults get the daily amount of exercise they need. The activity obviously benefits our adopted furry family members, as walks and games can help them feel more confident and less stressed while giving them physical and mental stimulation. Not as obvious may be the benefits to their human companions who join them on daily walks and playtime. It's good for your heart — in more ways than one! who who? saves
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