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.
Shreve, 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 Fitted 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 An 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.
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
This 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Pomellato is a unique brand in the jewelry world. Founded in 1967, Pomellato introduced the revolutionary concept of “prêt-à-porter” jewelry, meticulously crafted pieces designed to be worn day or night. Each individual jewel is crafted by hand using technical innovations to create flawlessly composed, unconventionally elegant pieces. Pomellato jewels are unmistakable, both high-fashion and classic. They are prized around the world for their craftsmanship, their ability to capture light and the intensity of their colors. Little wonder that Pomellato has become the global ambassador of Italian style.