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The Perfect Last Minute Valentine Gifts for Him

You guys, I am SO sorry I’ve been MIA. I caught the gnarliest bug/virus/cough/swine flu that’s been circulating. How I manage to never get sick while taking Chicago Public Transportation but get knocked on my tush as soon as I come into contact with my coworkers escapes me, but it probably has something to do with airplanes, crap food and Veuve brunches at Polo when I’m here. Anyway, with the help of over the counter cough medicine and chicken soup I’m here to help you find perfect last minute Valentine’s Day gift for the man in your life. Whether it’s your boyfriend, husband, or someone you want to be either of the aforementioned, I gotcha covered. And if your Valentine is four-legged (they’re the best kissers anyway) you can shop the entirety of Ruby’s spoiled-rotten wishlist/shopping list here. But back to the other guy who’s easily persuaded by promises of food and cuddling. We’re like 4 days out people. Now is not the time to go on a quest to find the perfect gift at the mall, nor is it the time to start making a scrapbook from scratch (though true story I did that for Dr. D&D one year, but it was during a charity function where I couldn’t sit or sleep for 36 hours so I had the time to do it.) What you need to do is get down to brass tacks and impress him through his stomach – that’s the way to his heart, after all. So your approach is two-pronged. You’ll wake him up on Friday morning with the most delicious-smelling manly breakfast he’ll ever experience. Ain’t nothing better than breakfast in bed, especially not when an absurd amount of bacon is involved. Just when you’ve lured him into a lard-induced food coma, you strike again, with the best gift a guy could ask for. A watch, of course. Whether you’re rolling with Rolex or you’re starting him out with his first watch (think Movado or TAG Heuer, or even a cool fashion watch), you can rest assured it will be the Best. Valentine. Ever. Shower him with love, carbs and horology, and you’ll have officially cemented your title as #1 Valentine (and thus doubled your odds of a freaking fantastic Valentine’s Day for yourself you fabulous gifter,you).  Now find yourself an apron (and not much else) to wear Friday AM and get ready to bookmark these recipes and goodies. Amazon Prime is your friend, as is RLJ‘s expedited shipping.

Valentine's Day for Him

“I’m Donuts About You” card (and an awesome alternative)/Bacon Hearts/Love You More Than Bacon sign/File this under things he probably won’t miss but will take it to the next level: Free V-Day Printables/Maple Bacon Donuts/Inform him the dress code will be strictly enforced, then give him these Valentine’s Day boxers.

Rolex isn’t the Only Meteorite Watch in Town

“One in a million.” It’s an ideal that most of us strive for yet very few achieve.

It’s fair to say, however, that if you’re sporting Richard Mille’s RM-018 Meteorite watch on your wrist, you’ve probably achieved one in a million status. Commissioned in partnership with the historic French jewelry house Boucheron, this is a timepiece that completely satisfies its seven-figure luxury status.

Richard Mille Meteorite Watch

via The Richest

Making the Meteorite Watch

For starters, this distinguished timepiece has a price tag of exactly that figure, $1 million. This number makes perfect sense when you consider the origins of this limited edition luxury watch, of which only 30 pieces were released.

The RM-018 is partially made of chondrites, sourced from meteorites that have fallen to earth. It obviously requires some effort to find and recover such materials, but they’re also extremely fragile to use in the creation process. This emphasizes the painstaking craftmanship that Richard Mille dedicated to making a watch of this caliber. The wheels are where the chondrites come into play for this piece, requiring a fine touch and no small amount of engineering talent. All of this is encased in 18-karat white gold, which creates a beautiful contrast of fragility and strength.

Mille is of course a connoisseur when it comes to luxury watches. Famed for using precious stones in his ‘Tourbillon’ product line, the Meteorite watch takes his desire to push boundaries to another level. Or perhaps another world would be more accurate.

Richard Mille Meteorite Watch

via HuffPo

Timeless Luxury

Behind every luxury accessory lies a story, a compelling tale that adds to the allure of the item. To the complexity of its construction, the Meteorite watch adds the mystery of its materials.

The chondrites used to craft the RM-018 can contain hundreds of organic compounds, often chemically unique to many different environments. What this means in terms of a spellbinding story is that this one complete timepiece brings together time, space, and place. If the air of mystery created by having interstellar elements on your wrist isn’t enough, imagine being able to explain to admirers that your watch spans not only space, but time itself!

As technology drives the function of telling the time into almost every device that we own, the exclusivity of a piece like the Meteorite watch is only further enhanced. The classic look that a finely crafted traditional wrist watch offers the wearer is another reminder of the timeless quality that such items can hold. In the same breath, the story of this particular piece is one that will cause even the most committed techie to pause and reconsider his position.

As a craft, watchmaking itself also looks both backwards and forwards. Dating back to the 16th century, it’s a profession that is rooted in the past, yet the watchmaker’s focus remains fixed on the future and increasing the complexity of the next timepiece. Adding deeper complications that push beyond hours, minutes and seconds has always been the maker’s goal.

The Meteorite watch embodies these qualities and is indeed worthy of the label ‘one in a million’.

Is Eleven James the Netflix of Luxury Watch Rental? Nope.

Word on the gold-paved street is that there’s a new luxury for less player in town, and the buzz has just begun. Eleven James, dubbed as the Netflix or NetJets of luxury watches, is here to help you live beyond your means for a modest fee. The premise: pay a monthly membership fee for access to a collection of luxury watches that they’ll lend you for two month periods before you can swap it for another luxury watch. Membership starts at $249 for three watches per year ($449 for six) and grants you access to collections “The Afficionado” (IWC, Panerai, Rolex, Hublot, Zenith, Cartier, Jaeger) and for an additional amount “The Connosiuer (all those, plus Patek, Audemars, Vacheron Constantin and Girard-Perregaux).

Eleven James Collection; rent luxury watches

Very Nice [via Eleven James]

My initial thoughts? Waste of money. Why would you throw money at something you’ll never own when you could just take your annual membership costs and buy a pre-owned luxury watch? These watches have all been worn before anyways and while they’re insured by Eleven James, it’s recommended you take out additional insurance in case of “incidents”.

Founder Randy Brandoff, former chief marketing officer of NetJets, insists that his experience with the luxury rental market proves that this is an in demand service. According to Randy via Forbes:

“At NetJets and Marquis Jet, I experienced firsthand how many consumers of luxury products are increasingly interested in access rather than ownership.  Private jets, vacation homes, classic cars, and many other historically prized possessions have all become accessible via various club and shared ownership programs.”

Right, Rando, but I don’t need (or even want, really) access to a private jet, Italian Villa, or vintage Mercedes every day. Maybe every weekend, but not every day. Luxury watches? I want to hoard collect them and treasure them daily, even if I do own 20 and have to bother with reminding myself to switch them.

But it’s not for me. It’s for the guy who’s leasing his Lambo and his mansion. It’s for the guy who already has 10 watches and is cool with paying $1599 a month for the opportunity to play dress up with The Virtuoso collection. It’s for the guy who owns a TAG or maybe even a Sub and has the taste for grail watches but not the budget.

Again, it’s not for me. This company is geared specifically towards men. I get it, it makes sense, but chicks love watches too. And no I don’t mean a diamond studded J12, I mean I think I’d look pretty baller in a rented Milgauss 116400GV or a rose gold and chocolate dial Daytona. It’s nice that “a gorgeous brunette” will deliver it (only in NYC though), but for a format like this, one that oodles of women and female teens have proven they’re very comfortable with, it seems like a misstep not to include us in all the scuba-diving-in-the-Galapagos-with-”your”-Rolex fun. The website does say more collections are pending though, so here’s hoping they can find some US Olympic swimmers to deliver the lady horology.

Rolex Daytona 116515 18k Everose Gold Ceramic Mens Watch

Why, thank you, Cullen Jones, watch delivery right on time (get it?!)

And why are the ladies so comfortable with this concept? Bag Borrow or Steal, Le Tote and, of course, RTR. Eleven James is less like Netflix and more like attainable luxury juggernaut Rent the Runway…which has its drawbacks. If you’re a dude, no that is not the name of a runway model escort service. Rather, it’s how your female Facebook friends can afford to wear a different designer cocktail dress to the seven weddings they attend each weekend. It is pretty awesome, but the dresses’ exclusivity have been diminished thanks to RTR’s immense popularity. There’s a finite number of dresses to rent, so you end up seeing the same Herve Leger dress on four different girls in the same month. Things that make you go “Hmm”: a surge in 24-year-olds rocking $1000 spandex on the regular.

Rent the Runway Herve Leger Naughty but Nice Dress

Have you seen this dress? Yes. Yes you have.

Now, the same thing might not (probably won’t) happen with Eleven James, simply because it’s a hell of a lot more unexpected that you’d be borrowing a $40,000 watch like it’s your sister’s favorite sun dress. But I have a feeling this news is going to spread fast, especially because the company only launched in December 2013 and I’m seeing fairly aggressive coverage of the company on finance and luxury blogs. It’s only a matter of time until Watch Snob goes HAM on this and every trader you know is wearing a different Patek Philippe every two months.

The Greatest Watch Safe Ever – Just in Time for The Holidays

Let’s clear up any confusion right at the start. This is not about the greatest watch sale ever, although this is the holiday season and it’s hard to escape sales. This is about a S-A-F-E, a watch safe and it’s the greatest greatest one ever. It’s the Stockinger BRABUS SV12.

Stockinger Luxury Watch Winder Cabinets & BRABUS SV12 Safe   luxury goods services

What makes it so special? Well, for one, Stockinger is building the BRABUS SV12 as a special edition, and limiting it to 25 pieces. Then there’s its parentage. Stockinger is a storied German manufacturer of bespoke and, as they say, “off-the-peg” safes and vaults. Stockinger has been called the Bentley of safe manufacturers. And perhaps Bentley took this to heart, since the luxury automaker chose the luxury safe maker to design the safes they market to Bentley owners.

“Luxury car manufacturer” leads us to the SV12′s BRABUS heritage. BRABUS, also a German company is the world’s largest auto tuner, and the official aftermarket tuner of Mercedes Benz and SMART. The German auto magazine, Auto Motor und Sports named BRABUS the Best Brand in the category of tuner from 2006 through 2012. So of course, the watch winders in the SV12 will keep your watches running accurately

Yes, that’s right the safe includes Beluwo high quality watch winders – 12 of them. That’s what the 12 stands for in SV12. Each watch winder can be programmed for a particular watch based on manufacturer specifications listed in a database with information on over 8,000 specific watches. Not only do the watches keep perfect time but they conserve their energy since the winders keep them on a schedule of 16 hours of activity interspersed with 8 hours of rest, all set by a smartphone or tablet. And when they are through with their winding, each watch is stored in the upright or 12 o’clock position.

BRABUS is also a designer of high performance cars, offering their own version of Mercedes cars, giving owners the option of ordering one through Mercedes Benz or bringing their Mercedes in for aftermarket design. And the SV12 bears this same BRABUS touch, with each drawer lined with red Alcantara leather and each handle proudly embossed with the BRABUS logo.

The SV12 is a safe above all, and is designed not to be broken into – ever! The interior cabinetry may be made of wood, leather, and carbon but the walls of the core are thick steel, layered with rocks and polymer. The rocks, held in place by the polymer prevent the safe from being sawed into since it would take them mere minutes to dull any saw blades or bits. Just to be sure, each safe is VDS tested, and has been consistently been awarded a VDS III, the highest security rating.

In addition to securely storing 12 of your most prized watches, the SV12 has room for all your documentation and even space for a bottle or two of your finest wines. So don’t forget to include this limited edition watch winder safe on your Christmas list. And hurry – don’t forget Stockinger is only making 25 of them!

History of the Rolex Oyster

Contrary to what many people may think, the Rolex Oyster is not a brand line. The term Oyster refers to a waterproof feature that put Rolex ahead of the pack in the luxury watch business. If there is a single feature that gave Rolex absolute advantage over its competitors, it must be the unveiling of the waterproof Oyster model. Much as it may not seem to be a big deal today, in the 1920’s a waterproof watch was a big dream. However in 1926, Hans Wilsdorf, a marketing genius and co-founder of the Rolex SA company broke the code and patented the first ever water waterproof, dustproof watch.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 16234

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 16234

The story of the oyster cannot be told without mentioning Mercedes Gleitze. She was the first Englishwoman to cross the English Channel from France to England, and an instrumental component in the marketing of the oyster. In her 1927 vindication swim across the channel, Gleitze wore a Rolex Oyster that had been provided by Wilsdorf. After swimming across the channel, Rolex turned her into a celebrity figure and used her ordeal across the icy waters of the channel to market the impermeability of the watch. The oyster was marketed as being able to defy the elements. It could withstand water, dust, heat, cold and other devastating conditions and still maintain perfect timekeeping ability.

Ladies Rolex Datejust 69173 Two Tone Diamond Bezel Watch

Rolex Datejust 69173 Two Tone Diamond Bezel Watch

The perpetual winding mechanism is another innovation that earned Rolex a lot of respect in the watch-making business. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual model combined ‘element defying’ qualities with an automatic winding mechanism. The perpetual winding mechanism allows the watch to maintain its superb chronometric performance. Ever since the early twentieth century, Rolex SA has come up with other beautiful watches based on the Oyster Perpetual technology. The Rolex Submariner, Deepsea, Yacht-master, Milgauss, Explorer and Daytona are just a few of the models based on this technology.

Ladies Datejust 6917 18K Gold Oyster Bracelet

Ladies Datejust 6917 18K Gold Oyster Bracelet

Rolex SA has defined its business model on refining the available designs rather than coming up with new timepieces. This works well to give Rolex watches a classical, timeless sophistication that is a deep part of their heritage. Furthermore, the fact that archetypes are not regularly changed gives the watches a high resale value. You can own and use a Rolex for more than five years and still sell it at a price close to the original. This is not the case with many other brands that lose value drastically.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6718 Ladies Watch

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6718 Ladies Watch

This classical timepiece has gained a lot of popularity worldwide due to aggressive marketing. Being a luxury brand, it can only be associated with the high and mighty in society. At least four former American presidents have been known to be avid Rolex admirers. These include; Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Celebrity figures such as Bruce Willis, Usher, Martin Luther King Jr., Ellen DeGeneres and a host of other public figures have been spotted with Rolex timepieces. As a result of its association with celebrities and people in the upper echelons of society, Rolex has become a status symbol. The watch is more than a mere functional timepiece-it is an expression of your taste for finer things in life.