OMEGA Ambassador Wins The PGA Championship!

Shreve, Crump & Low would like to congratulate Rory McIlroy for winning the 2014 PGA Championship!

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra "Golf"

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra “Golf”

For years, OMEGA has been committed to growing awareness for the sport of golf on a global scale. To further it’s efforts with the game, they have created three different models of Seamaster Aqua Terra.

Since 2013, Rory McIlroy has been one of OMEGA’s many brand ambassadors in the world of professional golf. After winning the 2014 PGA Champhionship, McIlroy was presented the OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra “Golf”. This version of the iconic Seamaster Aqua Terra has very distinct green elements on the dial, including the second hand which is finished with green varnish. This 41.5 mm stainless steel case is also water resistant to 15 bar (150 meters or 500 feet).

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra "Golf" Ryder Cup Edition

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra “Golf” Ryder Cup Edition

Another model of the Seamaster Aqua Terra “Golf” is made to commemorate the Ryder Cup. The accents on this particular model match the colors of the Ryder Cup logo, using 18K gold for the second hand as well as facetted blue hour and minute hands complete with red accents.

The third model in the Aqua Terra “Golf” line is the black dial complete with a Barénia® leather strap. This particular brand of leather is known to contain ‘natural patina’ which changes color with every wear. Starting at a light brown, over time the leather strap becomes a much darker brown while still retaining its original natural appearance.

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra "Golf" with Patina Leather Strap

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra “Golf” with Patina Leather Strap

Each of the three Seamaster Aqua Terra “Golf” models include a new Master Co-Axial calibre recently released by OMEGA; the Master Co-Axial calibre 8500. This movement differs from previous Co-Axial movements in that the calibre 8500 has a greater resistance to magnetic fields.

To learn more about OMEGA, please click here. To inquire about the availability of these timepieces, or other OMEGA models, please click here. To view other timepieces available at Shreve, Crump & Low, please click here.

 

The Ultimate Dive Watch

White Dial Aquatimer Chronograph

White Dial IWC Aquatimer Chronograph

The new line of IWC Aquatimers has arrived at our Newbury Street Watch Salon. With numerous new features, these Aquatimers are one tool that no diver should be without.

New this year is an increased pressure-resistance to 30 bar (300 meters), which provides a larger safety margin when diving to great depths. The new IWC bracelet quick-change system, makes swapping the steel bracelet for a rubber strap and vice versa literally a “snap”.

IWC Aquatimer Chronograph

SuperLumiNova

The silver-plated dial (seen on the left) is particularly elegant, yet playful: the color of the inlaid luminescent material is slightly more discreet, which enhances greatly its legibility in the depths of the your diving adventures. In those darker conditions, two different SuperLumiNova lume options increase the sight in the dark: a bright white hue combined with a pleasant and fitting light marine green tone.

Measuring 42mm, the 30120 caliber movement is housed in a polished and brushed steel case automatically equipped with an innovative internal/external rotating bezel complete, with a SafeDive system.

Unlike the former Aquatimer model with it’s sapphire crystal bezel, the 2014 model harkens back to the origins of the collection houses an inner bezel, as well as an outer one.  The quasi-internal bezel is easily operated by turning outer bezel. The outer-bezel can turn freely in clockwise or counter-clockwise, however, the inner-bezel will only move in the counter-clockwise position for the accidental safety of the diver.  Overall it is an easy to use and delightful case complication.

To inquire about the availability of these fantastic new dive watches, please click here. To view other IWC timepieces, please click here.

 

Boston’s Best of Watches!

Shreve, Crump & Low is pleased to announce our Newbury Street Watch Salon has once again won Boston Magazine’s Best of Watches!

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All Fifteen Brands Available at Our Newbury Street Watch Salon, including our Pre-Owned Collection with brands such as Rolex and Patek Philippe

First winners in 2013, Shreve, Crump & Low is on top again! With fifteen different watch brands offered, our collection is taken to the next level thanks to our exceptionally knowledgeable Watch Specialists who turn a quick visit off the street into an in-depth conversation about the past, present and future of the watch industry.

As a watch novice or an avid watch collector, we invite you to join us at our Newbury Street Watch Salon for a truly unique experience. Shreve, Crump & Low could not become the Best of Boston without having the opportunity to serve Boston’s finest.

 

 

Featured – Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 976

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 976Shreve, Crump & Low’s latest featured timepiece is Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Grande Reverso 976. Its reversible case, its pure, geometrical shapes and its instantly recognizable style place the Reverso firmly in the highly selective category of authentic fine watchmaking icons. This timeless classic appears here in a resolutely masculine large-size version. Its sleek elegance is highlighted by a refined silver-coloured or black dial with various finishes, while the transparent case-back reveals the movement.

An efficient and intelligent new-generation calibre, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 976
An efficient and intelligent new-generation calibre, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 976Fitted with an exhibition back, the reverse side of the watch reveals the mechanical manually-wound movement, the latest in the line of Jaeger-LeCoultre 970 calibres, including a variable-inertia balance to guarantee enhanced rating stability and a high frequency. The hour hand may be independently adjusted using the crown.

Dial decoration, Grande Reverso 976
Dial decoration, Grande Reverso 976An elegant dual-finish dial comprising a satin-brushed rim and an interior adorned with a Clous de Paris or hobnail pattern. These two zones are delineated by the famous “railway track” minute circle. Moreover, the small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock lends a touch of horological refinement ot the dial and accentuates the precision of the movement.

Jaeger LeCoultre
For more information on Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 976,
please contact us or visit our Boston Flagship store.

The Shreve, Crump & Low Cup!

For the second consecutive year, Boston tried their hand at polo against Newport for the Shreve, Crump & Low Cup. This past Saturday Shreve, Crump & Low teamed up with famed watchmakers Jaeger-LeCoultre to sponsor this wonderful event that is sure to become a long-standing tradition.

The Shreve, Crump & Low Cup made of silver over 125 years ago!

The Shreve, Crump & Low Cup made of silver over 125 years ago!

In fact, Jaeger-LeCoultre has a quite an extensive history with the game. Early in the 20th century, pocket watches were quickly becoming a thing of the past. The new trend was what we now all know and love, the wrist watch. In 1930 a gentleman by the name of César de Trey was in India watching a polo match. Once the match ended, one of the players showed Mr. Trey his watch which had broken glass and gave him the task of creating a watch that could withstand the hardships of a polo match.

Polo scenes from the early 20th century, courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre

Polo scenes from the early 20th century, courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 976

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 976

César was good friends with Jacques-David LeCoultre of the renowned watchmakers, Jaeger-LeCoultre. Mr. Trey knowing all he did about the brand knew that Jaeger-LeCoultre would be the right choice given their expertise in high-quality movements and their drive for innovation. Thus the iconic Reverso was born with the legendary swiveling case.

Start of the Shreve, Crump & Low Cup, June, 28, 2014

Start of the Shreve, Crump & Low Cup, June, 28, 2014

The Newport International Polo Series takes place at Glen Farm in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Friends and family of Shreve, Crump & Low and Jaeger-LeCoultre gathered together for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and most importantly the opportunity for a first-hand look at some of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most beloved timepieces. Shreve, Crump & Low was proud to share this wonderful day with Jaeger-LeCoultre and friends and family of all.

After six exciting chukkers, the match ended at 9 all forcing the match into sudden death. In the end, Newport was victorious taking back the cup from Boston who won last year’s match.The Newport team was presented with the cup by Shreve, Crump & Low CEO and polo aficionado David Walker.

Newport heists the Cup in the Shreve, Crump & Low/Jaeger-LeCoultre Trophy Presentation

Newport heists the Cup in the Shreve, Crump & Low/Jaeger-LeCoultre Trophy Presentation

Despite the Boston loss, the day was fantastic! Thank you to everyone who traveled to Newport to show their support. We hope to see you all again next year!

To view more historic timepieces offered by Jaeger-LeCoultre, please click here. To view other certified pre-owned watches, click here.

Timeless Vestiges

While it is known that Shreve, Crump & Low and world-renowned watchmaker Patek Philippe have been at the forefront of the jewelry and watch industries for centuries, not many know that these two have a long-standing history together. Before delving into a historic partnership, we will explore the heritage of Patek Philippe and their fine watchmaking.

In 1845, two up and coming watchmakers Antoine Norbert de Patek and Jean Adrien Philippe signed a contract to combine their efforts in a company called Patek & Co. Soon after gaining popularity by producing pocket watches for the most elite of families, they renamed the company Patek Philippe & Co in 1851.

The fame of Patek Philippe & Co began to expand overseas and as the infamy grew, as did the innovations. One of the first great partnerships in a new frontier of the watch world happened between two of the oldest companies in the luxury goods business.  Patek Philippe, arrived in the U.S. in the mid 1800s looking toward some of the finest retailers in the country to sell their well finished timepieces.

18K Rose Gold Patek Philippe Keyless Pocket Watch

18K Rose Gold Patek Philippe Keyless Pocket Watch

Among the very first business in the U.S. to partner was Boston’s very own Shreve, Crump & Low, a New England Institution.  Founded in 1796 by English Colonist and watchmaker John McFarlane, Shreve, Crump & Low at the point of partnership with Patek Philippe was nearing 100 years of business in the New World.  Early on it was evident that Shreve, Crump & Low had established itself as the purveyor of luxury goods in New England, and among the rare European antiques and silver, Oriental porcelains, and Southeast Asian diamonds and Gemstones, timepieces including clocks and early pocket watches were the accoutrement of the refined gentleman.

Needless to say, when Antoine Norbet de Patek, braved the voyage from Geneva to Boston, the famous shipping merchant Benjamin Shreve namesake owner of our beloved Boston institution, realized incredible retail promise in Jean Adrien Philippe’s new pocket watch with its revolutionary keyless winding and hand setting mechanism.  Prior to 1845 all pocket watches had to be wound with a separate key, which was by its nature was a difficult hassle to operate, and keep track of.  Benjamin and Antoine quickly entered into a business partnership to sell Mr. Philippe’s new keyless winding pocket watch.

18K Yellow Gold Hunting Case Shreve, Crump & Low Pocket Watch with a Patek Philippe Movement

18K Yellow Gold Hunting Case Shreve, Crump & Low Pocket Watch with a Patek Philippe Movement

A majority of these early pieces were crafted in 18kt pink gold hunter cases, with stark white enamel dials, often times with Roman numeral markers, but also with Breguet numerals, almost all of which inscribed with “Shreve, Crump & Low” “Boston” across the white enamel dial at the 12 o’clock position. Upon opening the case back, Patek Philippe’s name can be found engraved in script on the movement. Between the late 1800s and early 1900s Shreve, Crump & Low sold hundred of these finely tuned timepieces.  Many of these pocket watches had personal engravings on the case back or central lozenge cases with initials or nice love notes such as, “Presented to John M Longyear by his beloved wife April 15 1907″.  The perfect gift for the times.

IMG_3126This outstanding movement contains a balance wheel bigger than most, as seen above in the top left-hand corner. Known as the heart of a watch, the balance wheel makes everything ‘tick’. The back and forth movement of the balance wheel, each tick, powers the anchor fork, which then moves to power the escapement, fourth, third, and center wheels, and the mainspring. The combination of the weight of the balance wheel and the elasticity of the mainspring keep the movement ticking at a constant rate, ensuring accuracy of the timepiece.

 

Shreve, Crump & Low is proud to share such a historic piece of watchmaking with a great like Patek Philippe because throughout the 20th century, Shreve, Crump & Low and Patek Philippe continued to grow the watch business in Boston to incredible heights.  Henri Stern, son of Charles Stern who purchased Patek Philippe with his brother Jean in 1932, the same year Patek released the gent’s Calatrava wrist watch (an iconic, and again revolutionary timepiece) continued the fruitful partnership with the Boston based brand.  The two companies eventually parted ways in early 2000s over 100 years after their initial partnership.

 

 

Featured Jewelry – Pearls, Moonstones, & Alexandrites – June’s Birthstone

Happy Birthday to all of our Followers Born in June!

Those with June birthdays are very lucky! Three different fantastic birthstones to choose from – Pearl, Moonstone, & Alexandrite!

Pastel Fresh Water Pearl & Diamond Necklace

Pastel Fresh Water Pearl & Diamond Necklace

Pearl 

Years ago, pearls were considered a piece of jewelry adored by all, and not much has changed today. In fact, in England the 16th Century is known as the Pearl Age. Of all the various gemstones, pearls are rare in that they are the only gems to come from living sea creatures. Additionally, they do not require any polishing or faceting of any sort to reveal the natural beauty of the pearl! Culturing saltwater pearls began as early as the 1900s and by the 1920s the natural pearl market was nearly diminished.

To view our entire collection of beautiful pearls of all kinds, please click here.

 

94.59ct Moonstone & Diamond Necklace

94.59ct Moonstone & Diamond Necklace

Moonstone 

Centuries ago a Roman historian by the name of Pliny stated that this particular gemstone’s appearance had the capabilities to alter with the various phases of the moon. This belief was upheld until almost the seventeenth century. A moonstone portrays a play on light, known as adularescence. and often times the image of a star or even a cat’s eye. In India, moonstone‘s are a very sacred gem that is meant to bring good fortune to those who posses it.

To view our collection of fabulous moonstones, please click here. 

12.18ct Cushion Cut Alexandrite & Diamond Earrings

12.18ct Cushion Cut Alexandrite & Diamond Earrings

Alexandrite 

Named after Czar Alexander II of imperial Russia, Alexandrite is an very rare chrysoberyl that often times changes color. Chrysoberyl’s are a translucent yellowish-green which is the base of an Alexandrite. In the daylight and a fluorescent light, that is what you will see but when incandescent light is used, a purplish red hue appears. This gemstone is so rare that some jewelers stock synthetic versions, but that is not the case at Shreve, Crump & Low. Below we have a beautiful pair of Alexandrite earrings found exclusively at Shreve, Crump & Low.

To view all of our Alexandrite pieces, please click here.

To view other recently acquired items, please click here.

Historically, pearls have been used as an adornment for centuries.  They were one of the favorite gem materials of the Roman Empire; later in Tudor England, the 1500s were known as the pearl age.  Pearls are unique as they are the only gems from living sea creatures and require no faceting or polishing to reveal their natural beauty. In the early 1900s, the first successful commercial culturing of round saltwater pearls began. Since the 1920s, cultured pearls have almost completely replaced natural pearls in the market. – See more at: http://www.americangemsociety.org/june-birthstones#sthash.rNpvhih1.dpuf