The Return of Aviator Glasses

Good riddance to geek chic. Yes, we could be witnessing the demise of hipster eyewear. You know the kind. They’re black, brown or sometimes tortoise shell. They’re chunky, oversize and made of acetate. They’re part of an L train look that in the last five years has been ...
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On Time: Bulgari Sets a Watch Record for Thinnest Self-Winding Watch

On Time By ALEX WILLIAMS BASEL, Switzerland — You can’t be too rich or too thin, and Bulgari clearly has the rich part down, as evidenced by glimmering signature pieces like its Serpenti Secret high jewelry watch for women, a diamond-encrusted snake in 18-karat white gold that sinfully ...
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On Time: New Hermès Timepiece Is a Stopwatch for the Soul

On Time By ALEX WILLIAMS BASEL, Switzerland — It is a watchmaker’s job to mark the passage of time; musing on its passage typically falls to the poets. The fact that Hermès’s new watch, the Slim d’Hermès L’heure Impatiente, suggests a reflection makes it one of the most ...
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Future Tense: The Perverse Thrill of Chaotic Times

Future Tense By TEDDY WAYNE For all the rational appeal of peace and stability, Americans have a powerful attraction to calamity and disruption. World War II veterans commonly speak of their time in the military, when they felt deeply connected to a meaningful goal, as the best years ...
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Encounters: What’s Ann-Margret Doing at 75? Still Playing the Girl Next Door

Encounters By MARSHALL HEYMAN BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — In the new Zach Braff-directed heist comedy “Going in Style,” out April 7, the performer Ann-Margret stars as Annie, a supermarket employee who flirts, overtly, with a grumpy old man of a customer played by Alan Arkin. They eventually end ...
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Postscript: When David Rockefeller Met Brooke Astor: The Ultimate New York Power Couple

At the Museum of Modern Art’s annual spring benefit last June, Helen Mirren could be spotted near one of the artists being honored that night, Brice Marden. A few feet away was Marilyn Minter, squiring another honoree, Mark Bradford. Yet the longest line of acolytes and well-wishers formed ...
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How High Can the Haute Jewelry Market Go?

The luxury market, once considered immune to the twists and turns of the economy, has a weak spot, as the high-end watch industry knows all too well. With exports of Swiss timepieces having suffered in 2016 their steepest decline in seven years, all eyes are on China, where ...
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Fashion’s See-Now, Buy-Now Trend Reshapes Jewelry

See-now, buy-now is the customer demand pushing more and more fashion houses to join Burberry, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger in selling straight from the catwalk. And high-end jewelry is experiencing that same desire for all-but-instant gratification. When the Swiss art jeweler Suzanne Syz introduced her latest collection ...
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On Time: With Classic Watch, TAG Heuer Turns Back Time at Baselworld Fair

On Time By ALEX WILLIAMS Two years ago, TAG Heuer grabbed headlines at the giant Baselworld watch fair with a glimpse of the future: a Google-enabled smartwatch, the Connected, that was considered the first big Swiss counterstrike to the Apple Watch. This week, the pedigreed Swiss watchmaker again ...
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De Grisogono Offers You a ‘Botler’

Artificial intelligence is not something found every day in the jewelry and watch sectors — but then De Grisogono doesn’t consider itself to be one of your everyday brands. Last year the Geneva house made a splash at the Baselworld watch and jewelry fair with the Samsung Gear ...
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‘Wearable Sculptures’ Become Collectibles on Their Own

LONDON — During the runway shows earlier this year, it wasn’t only the fashion crowd who watched the season’s creations with keen interest. Art and jewelry aficionados were intrigued, too. In January, at Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut couture show for Christian Dior, the designer accessorized her winter-garden themed ...
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Jeweler Known for Couture Sets His Sights on New York

A select customer base really suits Glenn Spiro, the independent jeweler, with ateliers in London and Geneva. He has decided to showcase his pieces this month at the Madison Avenue salon of Lauren Santo Domingo, founder of the fashion website Moda Operandi. “Jewelers today follow trends, becoming so ...
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Jewels That Tell Time

Gem-laden wristwatches tend to round out the seasonal offerings at high-jewelry houses, accents rather than centerpieces of the glittering collections. But this season, in an unexpected change, lavishly embellished bracelets and other pieces concealing small quartz movements were introduced at the Place Vendôme jewelry houses and at independent ...
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Field Notes: Got Wedding Jitters? Take a Hike (or Grab Your Blankie)

Field Notes By ALYSON KRUEGER For her wedding, Hannah Spinrad welcomed 250 guests to Greensboro, N.C., her hometown, on Memorial Day weekend last year. The guests stayed at the 1,500-acre Grandover Resort and enjoyed a stream of activities, from a golf tournament to snacking in the hospitality suite ...
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