IWC Boutique Exclusive Edition

IWC Boutique Exclusive Edition

The Boutique Exclusive Edition from IWC brings together three successful and stunningly beautiful models in red gold. The exquisite timepieces are available in strictly limited editions exclusively from IWC boutiques.

The Boutique Exclusive Edition is the crowning glory for Schaffhausen’s traditionsteeped watch manufacturer. Three outstanding models – the Portuguese Hand- Wound Boutique Edition, the Ingenieur Automatic Boutique Edition and the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition – will be issued in red gold: a small but all-important difference.

All three models, as rare as they are beautiful, will be available exclusively from IWC boutiques. Visitors to the stores, one of which opened recently at number 61 in Zurich’s famous Bahnhofstrasse, can look forward to professional expertise at the highest level, gain a fascinating insight into the world of IWC and savour a special type of exclusivity in the form of the Boutique Editions.

With a choice of three limited models in warm, 18-carat red gold cases, this year’s Boutique Exclusive Edition references some of the most exciting phases in the company’s long and wide-ranging history. The Portuguese Hand-Wound Boutique Edition comes in a 44-millimetre Portuguese casefitted with the 98295 calibre. Back in 1939, its predecessor was the first pocket watchsized model designed for the wrist. With its unusual dimensions, unconventional movement and understated elegance, it established a whole new genre in watch design.

The pocketwatch movement of the Portuguese Hand-Wound Boutique Edition has seen further improvements but still includes many of the design cues found in the first movements developed by company founder F. A. Jones. These include an elongated index, which is used to set the effective length of the balance spring and extends from the balance cock over the three-quarter plate. The watch, featuring a sapphire-glass back, silver plated dial, red gold Arabic numerals and slender “feuille” hands, will be limited to just one thousand pieces worldwide.

The Ingenieur Automatic Boutique Edition recalls another exciting era in IWC’s history: during the late 1940s and early 1950s, the company’s legendary Technical Director Albert Pellaton developed the first IWC automatic movement with a pawlwinding system. The mechanism was named after him and is still used by IWC today. The 80111 calibre, which replaced it several years ago and was developed specially for the modern versions of the Ingenieur, is now even more robust. It is also the driving force behind the Boutique Edition with its brown dial and red gold indices, and can be admired through the sapphire-glass back in the original Ingenieur’s 42.5-millimetre red gold case. This model is limited to 500 pieces.

The third model in the trio brings us even closer to the present day: the red gold Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition comes with a perpetual calendar and the original 46.2-millimetre case diameter of the Big Pilot’s Watch launched exactly ten years ago. An impressive time machine with a gold-plated dial featuring the time as well as displays for the date, day, month, and year in four digits and double moon for the northern and southern hemispheres. The 51614-calibre automatic movement has a seven-day power reserve. The time remaining is displayed on the watch dial. Equally unique and typical of IWC is the independent, mechanically programmed calendar with its complete, four-digit year display, which will require no correction until the year 2100 and can be advanced, together with all the other calendar displays, in one-day steps via the crown. The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition, the biggest of the three models in this special edition, also comes with a sapphireglass back. It is limited to 250 pieces.

With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing watches of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at its finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design.

From The Collection Magazine
“IWC Boutique Exclusive Edition”

Men’s Choice of Jewelry

Men’s Choice of Jewelry

For those of us who have a passion for collecting, there is a brand that has recently captured my attention. My collecting tends to lean towards the exotic, especially in watches. With watches, I usually steer clear of the common brands and gravitate towards the brands that we don’t typically see in Denver, such as Audemars and Parmigiani. In pens I gravitate toward Krone and Michel Perchin. I have found a new passion and it includes knives—something new for me.

William Henry is an American luxury brand devoted to the vision of designing and building superlative functional jewelry crafting collections that integrate form and function into exquisite and unique pieces that belong to a category all their own. Designer and entrepreneur Matt Conable founded the company in 1997 and is now the sole owner. Conable first established the brand creating exclusive and award-winning pocketknives, effectively transforming the archetype of all tools into a superb piece of functional jewelry for men.

Today’s collections include writing instruments, money clips, golf tools, and William Henry has proudly grown to become one of the most admired and sought after brands in the world of luxury for men.

The seamless integration of classic natural materials, precious metals & gemstones, and state-of-the-art alloys is a hallmark of William Henry’s work.

But what makes this brand so distinctive is that it has proudly retained the aura and feel of an artisan workshop, where every piece is designed and created exclusively in small, limited, often unique editions. “For many premium watch brands, an edition of 1000 numbered pieces might be an ‘exclusive’ offering” – says Matt Conable. “At William Henry, that would be the largest and least exclusive offering in our history.”

Hand-forged tapestries in metal, chisel carved silver, hand-burnished gold inlay, fine hand engraving, exotic materials, and inlaid gemstones are interwoven into stunning pieces of timeless stature. The distinctive character of the artistry and the personality of the materials make this brand’s every creation truly unique. No two pieces are alike.

“I like the idea that William Henry’s creations strike a personal chord in our clients” – says Conable. “Every now and then, it is important to invest in objects that are personal, immediately useful, yet timeless in their appeal and relevance – these rare pieces are imbued with the personality of their owners, and become part of their living legacy.”

CABERNET: Ebonite cap, fossil brain coral barrell, titanium and aluminum frame and accents. Limited edition of 250. Matheu’s Fine Watches $1,900

MONARCH Fire & Ice: Wave pattern blade with a hand-carved sterling silver fram with inset sapphire and dinosaur bone and citrine fittings. One hand buttonlock. Limited Edition of 50. Matheu’s Fine Watches: $2,200

GENEVA: Etched ‘brain wave’ damascus body with Fossil mamoth tooth inlay and stainless steel club with diamonds. Tension mechanism. Limited Edtion of 100. Matheu’s Fine Watches: $495

From The Collection Magazine
“Men’s Choice of Jewelry”
by William Hauptman

Architectural Photography

Architectural Photography

You only have one chance to make a first impression . . .

A Picture can Be worth more than a thousand words. much, much more. when selling luxury properties online, agents and web designers say that the photographs buyers see of houses and lofts for sale are often the first – and sometimes the only – chance for a seller to make a good impression. less-than-flattering pictures can turn buyers off and lead to lonely open houses and lack of showing activity. Good photos will grab people’s attention and drive their desire to come and see it in person. Bad photos have an equal but opposite effect, because on the internet buyers are one click away from a non-buying decision. eighty percent of people across the country who bought a new home last year used the internet while house hunting, and they rated photo-graphs as the most useful tool in their search, according to a survey of buyers and sellers by the national association of realtors. the survey also found that 24 percent of home buyers got their first glimpses of their new homes on the web, up from a mere 2 percent in 1997. in many cases, it is the agents themselves who are snapping the pictures and posting them on various sites. Because of this, it is important that sellers choose an agent who has access to professional architectural photographers. Faun Hauptman, a luxury broker in Denver states, “i only use photos taken by professional photographers, because “if things look ap-pealing and professional, not only are buyers going to find the property appealing, they’re going to associate my work with being appealing and professional.”

Real estate agents who represent luxury homes say that virtual tours are another crucial tool for attracting buyers. Good virtual tours will provide various views of a room. “they’re a really great way of seeing a property without actually being there,” said hauptman. “Buyers use them to narrow down the properties they absolutely must see.” a national association of realtors’ (NAR) survey found that when it comes to web features that buyers considered “very useful,” 83 percent cited pictures, 81 percent cited detailed property information and 60 percent cited virtual tours. unless you are selling your home yourself, your real estate agent will ultimately decide which photographs will go up on the various syndicated real estate web sites, but brokers vary greatly in their policies on pictures. some send their teams out armed with digital cameras, but others use only pictures taken by professionals. still other agencies let brokers decide whether to take their own pictures or pay a fee to use the broker’s recom-mended photographers. all of which explains why there is such a wide range in the quality of photos found on real estate websites. “when you look at the difference between professional photos and ones taken by brokers with digital cameras, it’s not hard to see that you get what you pay for,” said hauptman.

“Professional photographers have top-of-the-line equipment, and they have an eye for making a place look its best,” hauptman said. their equip-ment can include a high-resolution digital camera, special lenses, a tripod and lighting equipment. since the photos are meant to be a sales tool, they will probably not showcase a property’s negatives.” hauptman, said: “our web site is going to be the face for your property, and we’re not going to put you up there with-out your makeup on. we’re going to make sure you’re ready for your photo opportunity.” But while agents will help by urging owners to get rid of clutter or by bringing in flowers to add color, most advise against making a property look better than it really is. “every home has a birthright to have its best features shown,” said hauptman. “But you can’t be deceptive. if you take a shot that’s not within the realm of reality, buyers aren’t going to talk to you when they come and see it, and they’re going to distrust the whole process.” still, there are some common mistakes that brokers and sellers make with photos: taking pictures on a rainy day or at night, for example, or pho-tographing a room that is too cluttered to actually show the space.

Photos by Mark Mattivi Photography

From The Collection Magazine
“Architectural Photography”

 

William Hauptman

William is a graduate of Iowa State University (ISU) with a degree in marketing and advertising.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force earning the distinguished Commendation Medal. He also served in various corporate and agency positions including Vice President and Creative Director for one of Denver’s top advertising firms, Director of Marketing, and Advertising Director for some of Denver’s top companies receiving many awards for his work in this field.  William has also owned and operated his own company providing fitness services to exclusive areas in the Evergreen, Conifer, Stapleton and Cherry Creek area. These services include working with some of Colorado’s most visible celebrities, athletes and their families. 

He is one of the top producing Realtors focusing on Distinctive Properties in Denver, West Denver and the Foothills. With many years of experience, William provides the highest level of service, knowledge and professionalism, delivered with a sincere interest in what the customer expects in a successful real estate transaction. He understands that marketing a distinctive home requires marketing experience. His experience working to provide national and international exposure for numerous products translates into a wealth of expertise in the professional marketing your distinctive property or helping you find your next dream home.[/author_info] [/author]  

 

A Devotion to Nature

A Devotion to Nature

That is what inspired this extraordinary organic home nestled in the foothills above Boulder. It is adorned with all the luxuries that one would expect of an $11 million home. What you don’t expect from one of the area’s most impressive homes is its blend of luxury and nature. The vast expanse in the great room opens to the heavens and the natural materials combine effortlessly with an indoor atrium.

This includes a private waterfall infusing the soothing sounds of cascading water throughout the home. The residence lends itself to entertaining on a significant scale, enhanced by the open feel of the floor plan that seamlessly blends the indoors and outdoors. “The owners support quite a few local non-profits and they wanted to create a space that would accommodate up to 300 people,” says listing broker. “It was important for them to have a home that is close to Boulder, but feels miles away from everything.”

The home is a balancing act between luxury and nature. Your first impression is a small valley of rocks at the entrance. Traverse those and you discover a virtual paradise on the other side. The walls are patterned with micro reliefs, interesting patterns, metals and rich textures. The floors and surfaces are appointed with lavish stone, wood, copper and mosaic tiles that go on forever. You are greeted at the door with an array of colors of stained glass and when you move into the space, you are instantly relaxed by the symmetrical lines of the architecture and reflection of glass — everywhere. The doors, the art, the walls and even some of the surfaces are glass artworks.

“The owners are passionate collectors,” added the agent. “They carefully identified works that would fit the minimalist theme, enhance the natural concept, and provide an atmosphere with reflections and tones that mimic nature.” Going outside is like going into another room, only without a ceiling. The patio features panoramic views that blend flawlessly with the home. Even the rails are organic metal with patinaed copper art panels.

This is a home that has been showered with careful attention to nature, comfort, luxury and privacy.

Photos by Mark Mattivi Photography

From The Collection Magazine
“Natural Luxury”
by William Hauptman