ROLEX NEW FOR 2022 The best just keep getting better and better
BOLD COLORS Jewelry taking cues from the latest fashion
ROBERTO COIN Inspired by the beauty that surrounds us
AUTUMN/HOLIDAY 2022 • ISSUE 1
FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS
MARKING YOUR MOMENTS We consider it a high honor to celebrate life’s milestones with you.
A s 2022 comes to a close, Ed and I want to thank you all for your continued support and friendship. We are excited to ring in the New Year and are eager to celebrate the good times ahead. Our incredible teams in both our Weston and Hard Rock locations look forward to helping commemorate those special occasions in 2023 and many years to come. We have been truly honored to share so many meaningful moments in our customer’s lives, including engagements, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, and the arrival of a new generation.
Weston Jewelers is a family-owned and operated business, making a name for itself early on by building relationships and providing a world-class experience for every customer. Ed and I opened our first store in 2001 in the Weston Town Center and proudly expanded into The Shoppes at The Guitar Hotel in 2020. Within the past year, we have opened a Hublot Boutique across from our other location in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. It has been a gift to have our children join us in the business. Jesse is managing our Hard Rock location and overseeing our Hublot Boutique,
and Danni handles all the social media for our stores. We are proud to guide our kids as they embrace the industry we love and are confident they will take it to new heights. Our Weston Jewelers family thanks you again for your loyalty and friendship over the past two decades. We could not have made it this far without your unwavering support. We wish you good health, happiness, beautiful jewelry, and timepieces to enjoy for many years to come. Happy Holidays! Tracey and Ed Dikes and our Weston Jewelers Team
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8 WELCOME from the Weston Jewelers family
14 BVLGARI SERPENTI The serpent represents Bvlgari’s fearless sense of design. 18 MAGICAL MADEIRA Voted Europe’s best island destination six years in a row
50 TUDOR Pure sports models pour on the style 53 THROUGH THE LENS The stunning artistry of Greg Lotus 56 BAND GLAM The diamond band — an enduring classic
26 CARTIER Creative interpretations of beloved classics for 2022 28 ROBERTO COIN Insipired by the beauty that surrounds us 32 BREITLING SPORTS WATCHES Quality, color, and cool design 38 THE SEASON’S HOTTEST COLORS Bold jewelry taking cues from the latest fashion
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22 ROLEX 2022 The newest offerings from Rolex
44 ONE-OF-YOUR-KIND Let us craft a piece as unique as you
24 MESSIKA Jewelry that moves you
Titanium case. Self-winding chronograph movement.
BY CAROL BESLER
T he serpent is Bvlgari’s most enduring motif, and the Serpenti Spiga is one of its most exotic interpretations. The bracelet of this supple, sparkling jewelry watch coils around the wrist, striking a life-like pose and giving off good vibes. The serpent is a symbol of eternity, perpetual renewal, wisdom, and seduction, and it has come to represent Bvlgari’s fearless sense of design. Before Bvlgari became known for its watches, it was famous for its jewelry, and in particular for its serpent-themed pieces, the likes of which have been worn by Elizabeth Taylor, Bella Hadid, Priyanka Chopra, and Zendaya. The Serpenti watch collections are an homage to the jewelry. The Spiga jewelry version of the Serpenti is made of gold and diamonds in an intricate matelassé pattern that resembles a stalk of wheat, which translates to spiga in Italian. Wheat is a symbol of fertility and prosperity, and was often linked to marriage in ancient Rome and Greece. THE MAGICAL BVLGARI SERPENTI
Production of the Serpenti Spiga watch entails skilled manual labor. Though each single modular element is cast and produced in series, it is always finished and meticulously assembled by hand. The two-row bracelets comprise 70 different elements, while the single-row watches comprise 40 links cast from 40 different molds. The process requires hours of skilled craftsmanship and consists of inserting the modular elements around an internal flexible spring. The gold links interlock seamlessly, requiring no soldering, creating a flexible band that is then shaped into bracelet watches, which fit perfectly and comfortably around the arm. The high jewelry version is adorned with more than 800 diamonds and a cabochon-cut blue sapphire on the crown.
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VENETIAN PRINCESS & PRINCESS FLOWER COLLECTIONS
BY JANET MYERS
madeira magical MADEIRA IS PART OF AN ARCHIPELAGO OF VOLCANIC ORIGIN IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC. IT IS A LUSH ISLAND WITH A PERMANENT SPRING-LIKE CLIMATE WITH POCKETS OF DIVERSE MICROCLIMATES, THANKS TO ITS MOUNTAINOUS TOPOGRAPHY AND WARM OCEAN CURRENTS. ALTHOUGH PORTUGUESE IN EVERY WAY, IT LIES OVER 1000 MILES FROM PORTUGAL AND JUST 300 MILES FROM MOROCCO. IT HAS RUGGED NATURAL LANDSCAPES, INCLUDING ROCKY COVES, MOUNTAINS, AND PEBBLE BEACHES.
Northern coastline of Ponta de Sao Lourenco in Madeira, Portugal
FUN IN FUNCHAL Funchal cascades down steep hillsides towards the glistening blue sea, and since our arrival a few hours ago, we have already explored some of the narrow steep roads. We lay back as the car propelled us upward and held our breath as we swept downhill — often with stone walls on either side and a hair’s breadth between car and stone. Here and there we found viewpoints where we stopped to admire the vista spread out below. Tropical flowers were still in bloom, and they added splashes of bright color to the scene. Feeling hungry after an early flight, we stopped for refreshment in town at Rei da Poncha. We ordered mammoth hot dogs with the traditional poncha, a strong alcoholic
drink made with distilled alcohol derived from sugar cane, honey, and lemon juice. It is always accompanied with peanuts, and here they were served in tubs. One of Madeira’s most famous attractions is the famous wicker sledge ride, which takes tourists at hair-raising speed down narrow streets, from Monte to the city below. The sledges are pushed by two men dressed in traditional white with straw boaters, who use their boots as breaks. Originally, in the 19th century, the sledges were used to transport locals, but today they transport tourists like us. With the wind in our faces as we compete with crossing cars at intersections, the experience is, at the very least, memorable.
A more leisurely ride from the hills above Funchal can be had by cable car. As usual, we had to be unconventional and take the journey in reverse. This meant great sweeping views from our own car on our way up, as well as amazing vistas from the cable car on the way down. Another must-see is the farmers market in the center of town. Here the flower sellers are dressed in the national costume. Their hats resemble a piece of fruit cut in half with a sprig protruding from the top. This market also offers a wide variety of local fruits and vegetables, many unknown to us. There are aromatic herbs and spices, vegetables, meat, wines, and local crafts. In the little bakery I had the best Portuguese tart I have ever tasted. Flaky and warm from the
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TRAVELING EAST Breakfast this morning was in a little restaurant overlooking the colorful fishing boats in Câmara de Lobos, a village just outside Funchal. A place much favored by Winston Churchill, Câmara de Lobos is where he loved to paint. The picturesque boats and scenery are in direct contrast to the black scabbardfish they catch here at night. Often referred to as “monsters from the deep,” due to their rows of sharp teeth, they are extremely ugly but considered a wonderful fish to eat and are often served with passion fruit and banana sauce. A short journey along the coast leads to a glass walkway at the top of the towering Cabo Girao, allowing visitors to walk out and admire the stunning vistas. At the entrance, we encountered a oddly dressed man playing
bongos and chanting in strange tones. A rainbow formed overhead, so we drove up the nearby hillside to get a better view. There were many eucalyptus trees and the air was heavy with their pungent scent. Further along the coast, we traveled through a rock tunnel, which made its exit onto a road where a waterfall plunged onto the pavement from the lofty rocks above. Many visitors stopped to dance in the cascading water. TRAVELING WEST Eventually, we traveled west from Funchal to Quinta do Lorde. The terrain became frilly, and smooth porous stones of various colors littered the landscape. A couple of small vans along the way displayed beautiful handmade artwork.
We continued to Semana, famous for its historical tiny A-framed houses with straw roofs. I especially enjoyed the woman spinning yarn for her handicrafts in one of the A-frames and the homemade cakes and biscuits in another. The flavor of home baking outstripped the usual tourist offerings. We received some interesting baking instructions using local ingredients, like the syrup from the sugarcane — often referred to has honey cane — and used in the island’s traditional madeira cake. Here too they sold Madeira wine, and we learned that a five-year- aged bottled goes well with savory dishes and a ten-year-old with desserts.
VOTED EUROPE’S BEST ISLAND DESTINATION SIX YEARS IN A ROW
INTO THE MOUNTAINS The levadas, narrow channels of water which slope from the humid north to the drier south, were first built in the sixteenth century. Energizing walks following the levadas offer magnificent panoramic views and opportunities to enjoy nature at its best. Some of the most interesting viewpoints on these expeditions could be found on Pico Arieiro and Pico Ruivo, two of the area’s highest peaks. The micro climate here places you above the clouds, which was a truly enchanting experience. We returned to Funchal along a route which was, at times, shrouded in mist where temperatures plummeted. We stopped for refreshment at a rustic timber restaurant, a place akin to a ski lodge with blazing log fires. It seemed so bizarre when not far away, down in Funchal it was warm and sunny. We enjoyed a cheese and sausage platter with all the accompaniments here that was fantastic.
As we continued toward the capital, small hamlets with terraces of cultivation began to appear, and the verges on either side were edged with hydrangeas for mile after mile. Later, we entered banana-growing country. The giant bunches of fruit looked almost ready to harvest. Traveling on, we encountered several gushing waterfalls en route to the north shores of the island, where great waves of the Atlantic Ocean pounded the coast. We stopped for coffee and encountered strange alien-looking plants hanging in giant loops. Further along the coast, we visited the natural swimming pools at Porto Maniche, which are formed by volcanic lava and filled with crystal-clear sea water from the Atlantic. Paths and walkways connect the pools, so it is possible to swim in one and easily move THE PICTURESQUE NORTHERN COAST
to another. They vary in size and depth. There is also a children’s play area, changing rooms and bathrooms with lockers for storing personal items, and a restaurant on site. We spent quite a bit of time here enjoying the unique ambiance. ETERNAL SPRINGTIME One of the greatest things about Madeira is the diversity of experiences available, with colorful tropical vegetation and a wonderful climate year-round. There is also a packed calendar of events, from the flower festival in the summer to the fireworks display at New Year’s, which has been heralded as one of worlds must- see displays.
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Join us as we revel in all life’s beautiful details.
BY CAROL BESLER
ROLEX DEBUTS 2022
R olex just keeps getting better and better. This year’s introductions include a new GMT-MASTER II with its crown in a novel position, a yellow gold YACHT- MASTER 42 (yellow gold watches are hot!), a redesigned OYSTER PERPETUAL AIR-KING , and a groovy floral DATEJUST 31 — four new models to lust after, destined to be future collector’s pieces.
The great novelty of the new GMT-MASTER II is the position of the crown and the cyclops date window on the left, with the crown facing toward the hand. Rolex lefty models are a rarity (as they are from most brands), and this one is exceptional. The green and black color combination is exclusive to this line, and it’s worth noting that two-tone Cerachrom itself is rare. Rolex introduced its proprietary ceramic formula in 2013, and it is only used on certain sports models. The watch has the model’s signature Cyclops lens magnified date window and the option of either a Jubilee or Oyster bracelet.
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The OYSTER PERPETUAL AIR-KING , Rolex’s tribute to explorers of the skies, has been updated this year. It’s still the same 40 mm size, with the satin brushed Oyster bracelet and EasyLink Oyster clasp, and it still has the beloved black dial with signature green lettering and seconds hand. The case, however, has been redesigned. Now it has straight sides — like the majority of the brand’s professional category watches — as well as a crown guard. The applied numerals are now filled with Chromalight, Rolex’s proprietary luminescent material, which makes the watch more legible. The hands and triangular hour marker at 12 o’clock, as well as the 3, 6, and 9 numerals, now have a longer-lasting intense glow, making them more visible in the dark. Another big difference is that now there is a 0 before the 5 on the minutes scale, so each five-minute interval is marked by two digits. The Air-King was originally launched in 1958.
The YACHT-MASTER 42 is special for many reasons, but there is something extra magical about the combination of black dial and yellow gold case found on the new model. It adds an infusion of classic elegance to this otherwise sporty line. The model is easily recognizable for its bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel made entirely from precious metal or fitted with a Cerachrom insert in high-technology ceramic. The hour markers and hands are optimized with Chromalight, which makes them visible in the dark, and even in daylight, they have a brighter white hue. It contains the Rolex caliber 3235, and like all Rolex watches, it carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist. The Yacht- Master 42 is also available in white gold.
The dial of the new ROLEX DATEJUST 31 is decorated with a floral motif in a choice of azzuro blue (with a fluted bezel), olive green, or silver (with diamond bezels). Lovers of detail will note the combination of matte, sunray and grained finishes on each flower, a subtle way of differentiating each one. Also, the center of each flower is set with a diamond. These dials are decorative enough to make them feminine and unique, yet not flashy or overly girly. As usual, Rolex gets the balance just right.
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BY CAROL BESLER
Necklaces from the Move Uno collection.
Necklace and ring from the Lucky Move Color collection with inlaid onyx.
P arisian jewelry designer Valérie Messika makes jewelry that is all about movement, with a versatility that makes it work for day or night, dressy or casual. The circle motif and strong geometric lines are at the core of her signature Move collection. And of course, there are diamonds. This Fall, Valérie will be launching a new king-size version of her iconic Move motif, as part of the Maison’s My Move collection. The collection is completely customizable and can be worn by both men and women. It incorporates the instantly recognizable Move motif with diamonds that slide playfully along the hidden rail. The new king-size motif will be available in plain gold and pavé gold and can be further customized with a choice of interchangeable leather bracelets in black, taupe, and chocolate. For added drama, the rings and necklaces from Messika’s Lucky Move Color collection can be highlighted with inlaid onyx. This is a go-anywhere jewelry line that can take you from day to evening in elegance and style! MESSIKA MAKES JEWELRY THAT MOVES YOU
Earrings and ring from the Move Uno collection.
Bracelets from the Move Uno Flex collection.
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BY CAROL BESLER
CLASSIC C artier is famous for its shaped watches. There is the Tortue (tortoise), Baignoire (bathtub) and the Crash (a car wreck), and now THE COUSSIN , named for the shape of a cushion. It’s a dazzling entry to the Cartier oeuvre. The cases are set with all white diamonds, a mix of black and white diamonds, or tsavorites and Paraiba tourmalines, arranged in a swirling spiral pattern around the bezel. The stones are cut in precise gradient sizes to fit the pattern of the swirl, and just for fun, the tsavorites are set upside down, with pavilions pointing upwards for an edgy studded look. CARTIER CREATIVE INTERPRETATIONS OF BELOVED CLASSICS AND A NEW SHAPED WATCH FOR 2022
Cartier launched three new models in its iconic SANTOS-DUMONT collection, named after Alberto Santos-Dumont, the Brazilian aviator for whom Louis Cartier designed the watch in 1904. There’s a platinum model with a burgundy bezel, an 18k gold model with a beige bezel, and a steel model with a black bezel. The bezels are coated with a thin layer of lacquer and then polished by hand, which brings out the depth and brilliance of the colors.
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THE PASHA is arguably Cartier’s most daring design, and as such, it is open to some of the most interesting variations of all Cartier collections. This year we’ll see several new versions: one with a decorative, removable grid over the dial, inspired by a Cartier design from 1943; a version with charms that dangle from the signature crown cover; two complications, including a moonphase and a flying tourbillon; and a skeletonized version that uses the numerals as part of the bridge. THIS IS CARTIER CREATIVITY IN FULL SWING.
THE TANK LOUIS CARTIER collection is getting the kodachrome treatment this year with new dials in red, gray, and deep black. The red and black dials are lacquered, and the gray dial has a galvanized finish. There are also some refinements to the classic design: instead of 12 Roman numerals, the new model has only four (XII, III, VI, and IX), and the railroad track index is gone. Altogether, these new models represent a shiny, sleek new look for one of Cartier’s most beloved
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BY CAROL BESLER
A great jewelry collection is one that has that extra spark of creativity, something that tells you it was created by a designer who sees the world through a special lens. When Roberto Coin looks at a glorious garden, he sees diamonds set in flower patterns. When he looks at great architecture, he sees a cuff bracelet in hand-finished gold. He is inspired by travel, culture, the oceans, the animal kingdom, and by the beautiful women who wear his jewelry. ROBERTO COIN JEWELRY INSPIRED BY THE BEAUTY THAT SURROUNDS US
This year, Roberto was inspired by the culture and climate of the Navarre region of northern Spain, a beautiful area dotted with vineyards and olive groves, charming villages, and Gothic cathedrals. The capital, Pamplona, is famous for its running of the bulls. The NAVARRA COLLECTION is classic yet modern, in the same way that Navarre is a mix of modern and ancient cultures. It is based on a distinctive pattern of intertwined solid links, interpreted as gorgeous gold bangles trimmed with diamonds or lariat-style necklaces with ruby-trimmed toggle clasps.
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The CIALOMA COLLECTION is inspired by a song of the same name, about the treasures of a life on the Mediterranean sea that surrounds Sicily and on the special magic of southern Italian culture. It’s a world of ropes hardened by salt water, ancient prophecies, moonlight, and paths charted by the stars. The gold in the Cialoma pieces is worked like a marine knot, woven so tight that it can never come undone. There is something magical in these knots, and the design is completely original in the world of fine jewelry. The black and white diamond highlights look like flashes of white lightening at night.
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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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Tirisi Jewelry is made of 18Kt gold with high quality diamonds and fine handcut semi-precious stones
COLOR FASHION + JEWELRY
THE HOTTEST COLORS OF THE NEW SEASON
Welcome to the season of wearing color — and a lot of it. One trend this season is all about wearing bold shades of hot pink in every which way, including matching sets, mini skirts, long dresses, and more. One color has infused vibrancy into the fall season: hot pink. Hot pink has taken over just about every article of clothing. You are no longer required to wear multiple colors at once. This fall, rock just one!
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COLOR FASHION + JEWELRY
At first glance you may wonder what’s going on here? But did you know that yellow is the color of hope? It makes sense then that this season we see an influx of yellow, from deeper mustard seed tones to golden yellows, as well as bright canary.
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LET US CRAFT A PIECE AS UNIQUE AS YOU ONE-OF- YOUR -KIND
I f you can dream it, we can make it. Whether it is a new idea or a dated piece that needs a new look, we will work with you to make your vision a reality. At its core, custom jewelry encompasses individually made-to-order designs that are often one-of-a-kind. But the possibilities are more varied than at first glance. It could be as simple as engraving initials or as multifaceted as redesigning a forgotten treasure that becomes the next family heirloom. Each piece is created as a 3D computer model using the latest design technology. Next, our jewelers use the finest materials and gemstones available, and everything is finished according to the highest standards of craftsmanship. Whether you’re looking for a sentimental jewelry piece for a
special occasion or an engagement ring she’ll adore for years to come, our exceptionally skilled artisans can help you bring your imagination to life!
OUR DESIGNERS CAN ALSO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO ANTIQUE, VINTAGE, OR OUT-OF-DATE JEWELRY.
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surge of adrenaline it delivers. Housed inside the rug- ged case made of ceramic is an automatic, IWC-manu- factured 69380-calibre movement. All in all, a precision instrument for individuals destined to excel themselves.
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BY CAROL BESLER
T he Black Bay Pro is the star of Tudor’s 2022 lineup, which is saying a lot, since the brand is winning the hearts of watch collectors with the rest of its selections this year, including the Black Bay GMT and the Black Bay Chrono. The Black Bay Pro is an easy-wearing 39 mm watch with a steel case and integrated steel bracelet, a hot combination that is right on trend at the moment. You can swap the bracelet for either a new rubber/fabric strap or a snazzy NATO-like fabric strap with a bright gold stripe that looks great next to the gold-color snowflake-shaped hour hand that POURS ON THE STYLE WITH ITS NEW RANGE OF TUDOR
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indicates the second time zone along the bezel. The fixed steel 24-hour bezel is the index for the watch’s GMT function, via the caliber MT5652 movement, which has a 70-hour power reserve. The BB Pro is a true, all-around sports watch, with 200-meter water resistance. It is widely considered to be inspired by the Explorer model of its sister brand, Rolex, but the Black Bay Pro has its own character, which includes an accessible price and modern styling that is setting its own standard for a new generation of sports watches.
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THROUGHOUT THEIR HISTORY, TUDOR WATCHES HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY SOME OF THE BOLDEST ADVENTURERS. THE BLACK BAY PRO MODEL REFLECTS THE HERITAGE OF THE INSTRUMENTS USED BY THE PIONEERING EXPLORERS. THIS IS A TOOL-WATCH DESIGNED FOR PROFESSIONAL USE.
The same movement is used in the new Black Bay GMT S&G (steel and gold), which is aptly being nicknamed the “root beer” for its bi- colored brown and black bezel — a name given to another watch with that color scheme, the Rolex GMT-Master II. The color scheme looks great with the two-tone steel and gold bracelet and gold bezel edges, along with the matching numerals, indexes, hands, and crown. This is a good looking sports watch that is equally at home in the boardroom. The Black Bay Chrono S&G takes the yellow gold a step further to the dial, in a bold rendition of the iconic two-register chronograph,
here with black subdials — a reverse dial variant of the Black Bay Chrono from 2019. The fixed bezel is yellow gold, surrounded by a black anodized aluminum insert with gold-plated markings. The crown and chronograph pushers are all yellow gold. It contains the Tudor caliber MT5813, a high-end integrated chronograph movement with a column wheel and vertical clutch with a power reserve of 70 hours. With 200- meter water-resistance, this watch is a pure substance-plus-style sports watch that, when you consider its accessible price, blows comparable luxury sports watch brands out of the market.
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BY TODD TUFTS
“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.”
– GREG LOTUS
through the lens
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“Lost” by Greg Lotus
“Ballet” 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 email@example.com
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W e have always offered a great selection of bands in prong, channel, bar, and other traditional ring settings, but take a look at this major shift in style. The ever-popular diamond band is evolving from traditional to ultra-creative with the use of more fancy-cut diamonds. Here are a few of our absolute favorites, but come in to see all of the new styles we have and choose your favorites. BAND GLAM THE DIAMOND BAND HAS BEEN A CLASSIC AND ENDURING LOOK FOR DECADES.
Bands by Mémoire
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