WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The Finest in the World "There's a real sense of excitement that develops when people come here," says David's son Brian, whose professional and knowledgeable demeanor puts one immediately at ease. "We've added 15 lines of watches to our offerings here in the last few years, with many considered the finest in the world." As Brian speaks, my eyes run to the displays built into the walls of his office and then out the door to the main floor of the watch salon. Dark-stained woods and recessed lighting highlight a collection of luxury timepieces that would gladden the heart of any Swiss elf. Rich leather bands and gleaming metal expansion bracelets girdle gold, stainless, and even platinum watchcases (for hardness as well as value). If you feel the urge to give or possess a timepiece of superior quality and lasting value, I sug- gest you begin your own exploration into the heritage, style, and utility of such German and Swiss makers as A. Lange & Söhne, IWC, Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, and Vacheron Constantin. Ranging in price from five to ten thousand dollars and (very quickly) on up, and with diamond encrusted women's watches running into the hundreds of thousands, they represent the enduring traditions of the very finest mechanical watchmakers in the world. Other collections catch my eye as Brian guides me into the main salon. A boxed set of Bell & Ross timepieces may speak to your interests if you fly your own plane or pilot a fast boat. With dials like those found in the instrument panels of aircraft and robust, black rubber wristbands, they emanate a sense of control and frank masculinity. On my observation, Brian smiles and gestures around the room. "The truth is," he notes, "many of our clients shop on their own behalf, and we find that more and more women are buying fine watches regardless of their intended man's style." Whatever your taste and intentions, whether you seek an extraordinary gift for a beloved family member or want to celebrate a personal achievement, permanently retaining an architect of time becomes the launch point for an exploration into the reaches of your imagination. Plan for This Adventure But don't be too casual in the way you plan for such an adventure. The watch you may purchase can last a lifetime, even become an heirloom. So take your time, study a bit, attend a watch auc- tion, see if your personal jeweler deals in used or special pieces (Shreve's does an active trade, as does A.M. DePrisco in Wellesley), and generally get to know your way around the dial. Back out on Newbury Street I involuntarily glance at my wrist. Just before leaving Shreve's, Brian snapped open the deployant clasp of a moon phase watch rendered in 18-carat gold and Architects of Time 62 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5

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