Archive for the 'Watches' Category

Dapper Dials

September 14, 2010

Zac Efron might still be working on being taken seriously as a leading man, but he is definitely is emerging as a style icon for men. Whether or not you’re a fan of the beard, you can’t deny that his gray suit and Cartier Calibre watch look pretty dapper.

There’s a lot to like about this watch, but I’m particularly fond of the oversized black dial and the sophisticated (but unusual) Ruman Numeral markers. Like the look of a black dial? Here are some of our favorites:

Jaeger-LeCoultre Aston Martin Memovox SS Automatic

Chronoswiss Kairos SS Automatic

Rolex Cellini Cestello 18K white gold Manual

White Hot Watches

August 2, 2010

The Chanel J12 was one of the most-wanted watches a couple of years ago. Tons of celebrities have been spotted wearing the white version (like Ashley Tisdale, above) in ultra-cool ceramic. Even if you’re not into the oversized Chanel version, there’s other ways to wear white that can even be understated. Here are my three favorites that are perfect for a summer timepiece:

Cartier Santos 100 Stainless Steel automatic watch. I love the white leather strap paired with the industrial-looking square face.

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Stainless Steel and Diamond automatic watch. This throwback watch is meant to reference Art Deco, and the great patent leather strap and diamonds are perfect feminine touches.

Audemars Piguet Facettes 18-karat gold and diamond watch. Tons of diamonds and a white lizard strap? Definitely a girl’s best friend.

Win This ROLEX!

July 15, 2010

We are so excited to announce our just-launched sweepstakes, and it’s our biggest ever! If you thought the Hermes Birkin we gave away this past January was incredible, take a look at our newest obsession: a 42mm pre-owned 18-karat gold Rolex President!

To buy this watch new, you’d have to fork over around $24,000. Want to try to win it for free? All you have to do is head over to Portero and sign up on the pop-up and you’re entered for your chance to bring home the gold. You’ll also get a special promotional code that will save you 10% off your next purchase on Portero. Good luck!

It’s Complicated

July 14, 2010

Our new homepage today is filled with some fantastic watches that do more than just tell time. The term “complicated” when referring to timepieces means any other function on a watch outside of the standard hours, minutes and seconds. Some of the most common complications are day/date, chronograph (for measuring short periods of time), moon phases, sunrise/sunset and a perpetual calendar.

The most complicated wristwatch on record is made by Franck Muller. The Aeternitas Mega 4 has 36 complications, 25 of them visible, 1483 components and 1000-year calendar. The Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie comes in second and is powered by the Jaeger LeCoultre Calibre 182 movement, with 26 complications and over 1300 parts.

The great thing about complicated watches is that they don’t necessarily need to be expensive. While certain models retail in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, we have a fantastic selection around $1,000 (and some even lower). Check out our favorites right now.

Don’t get Tricked! Buy Authentic.

October 28, 2009

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Everyone’s purse strings are a little bit tighter these days, but it doesn’t mean that buying replica designer luxury goods is the smartest choice. Here’s Portero.com‘s top three reasons to buy authentic every time:

Investments will last. Purchasing a replica handbag or watch may seem like an economical way to be fashionable, but your savings may be short-lived. The inexpensive materials and construction of many of these pieces means that they will not stand the test of time. Instead, invest in the real deal and you’ll have a little bit of luxury that will last.

Higher price means higher quality. It’s the little details that make authentic designer handbags and watches so coveted: Supple leather, sturdy hardware, Swiss movements and expert stitching among them. You just can’t replicate the craftsmanship of authentic goods, and replicas usually don’t make the grade. Want one telltale sign of a fake designer handbag? The piping and stitching on real bags is flawless–it’s usually messy and imprecise on replicas.

The ethical question. While buying a replica designer handbag isn’t a crime, selling them is. The first Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting took place in 2004, and since then, the group has found that trade in fake goods supports sweatshops, child labor, terrorism and organized crime.

Now or Never–Rolex and Cartier sale today!

October 22, 2009

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Hopefully you’ve checked out the sale preview on Facebook because our first Now or Never watch sale is about to begin! Use promo code NNRC at checkout and you’ll get an extra 20% off already reduced Cartier & Rolex watch prices.

Don’t forget: The first shopper to checkout gets the watch, so don’t waste time if you see something you love. Click here to start browsing, but don’t forget, the promo code won’t be active until noon so you’ll need to wait until then to get the extra discount!

Posh Birkin

October 19, 2009

Victoria Beckham Birkin

If you follow Victoria Beckham at all, you’ll know she’s on the absolute cutting edge of fashion–sometimes choosing to wear things that most of us would never consider a “real life” wardrobe. But just as she has you feeling completely befuddled by her choice of footwear or handbag, she goes and totes a totally classic Hermès Birkin around town.

Here she is just yesterday at London’s Heathrow airport looking travel chic. You can never go wrong with a black Birkin, and she pairs it with another favorite accessory of mine–a bold, oversized yellow gold watch. This just goes to show you that while a Birkin may be a big investment, it is an ultimate classic that straddles the line of fashion and function perfectly.

Want in on her look? Shop our collection of Hermes bags now, or check out a few of my favorite bold gold timepieces:

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date President 18k Yellow Gold Men’s Automatic 18038 Watch

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Automatic 2164.75.00 Watch

Cartier Cougar 18k Yellow Gold Quartz Unisex Watch

Olympics + Omega

October 5, 2009

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With all of the excitement surrounding the recent Olympic announcements (yay, Rio!) I think it’s only appropriate to report on some related timepiece news.

If you didn’t know, Omega has been affiliated with the Olympics since the 1932 Los Angeles games when it was named ‘official timekeeper.’ Although the brand’s contract extended through the 2012 London games, last week they signed back on through at least 2020. The picture above is from the press conference given at the the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

And, let’s be honest: Most of us will never score an Olympic medal, but wearing an Omega is a good way to get a little piece of the action, whether gold or silver.