Valentine's Day Is the Perfect Occasion to Give the Gift of Time

Valentine's Day is around the corner — so you have just a few days left to get that ultimate gift of love for that special person in your life. While candy is good (if he/she likes chocolate), and roses smell sweet, the best gift is the gift of time.

A wonderful pink- or red-strapped watch for her, or watch with a floral motif, a moon-and-stars look, or even a heart motif will remind her at every glance of your love. So, too, will watches with a shimmer of diamonds. Don't underestimate how much women love sparkle.

For him, something sporty with a splash of red on the dial (red hands, red numerals) does the very same thing. Ditch the candy and stop in to check out our red-hot Valentine-appropriate watches.

Come Meet the TUDOR North Flag Watches

Tudor, a brand we are pleased to carry in our stores, has a rich history in diving, exploration and 20th century expeditions. The brand’s North Flag collection recalls those activities thanks to its rugged style and new movement.

The watches in this collection are 40mm timepieces crafted of a monobloc stainless steel middle case and sapphire crystal and caseback. The watch features a screw-down crown to offer water resistance to 100 meters. There are two versions in the line, one with a solid steel bracelet (with satin-finished link surfaces) and the other with a matte black leather strap with yellow stitching and lining.

A technical advancement, the Manufacture movement MT5621 was developed in house. Visible via a sapphire caseback, the movement of this watch instrument depicts a finished caliber with sand blasting and sunray details. We invite you in any time to see the North Flag line and the other distinguished Tudor collections.

Amethyst: Here Are 10 Fun Facts About February's Regal Birthstone

For centuries, historians and jewelry lovers alike have been enchanted by the mystique of amethyst, the official birthstone of February. A member of the mineral quartz family, amethyst radiates a wide array of regal purple hues ranging from sparkling lilac to sultry deep violet. Amethyst is associated with spirituality, sobriety, security and wisdom. It is also the zodiac stone for the constellation of Pisces.

The alluring gemstone has been the focus of many intriguing myths and legends throughout history. The name "amethyst" is derived from Greek, meaning "not drunken." According to Ancient Greek lore, the stone could ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and intoxication, and keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. The color purple was traditionally the color of royalty, and amethyst was used to adorn the richest and most powerful monarchs and rulers. The English revered the stone for its majestic properties — creating emblems and insignia featuring amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty.

Historically, the highest-quality amethysts were found in Russia and were featured in royal European jewelry. While Brazil is now the primary source of this gemstone, fine-quality amethyst can also be found in parts of Zambia, Mexico, Uruguay, Italy, Germany, Canada, Maine, Colorado, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Cut gems of amethyst are often graded using the terms: Siberian, Uruguayan or Bahain, representing high, medium and low-grade stones regardless of the actual source. Due to patchiness of the color distribution in the crystals, amethyst is often cut as brilliant round finished gems to maximize the color.

10 Fun Facts About Amethyst

1. Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February, and the official gem for Wednesday, Jupiter and those born under the sign of Pisces.

2. Amethyst is the official gemstone of the province of Ontario.

3. Amethyst has been used to symbolize deep love, happiness, humility, sincerity and wealth.

4. Amethyst was once revered as the "Jewel of the Gods.”

5. Amethyst rings are traditionally worn by Bishops; some believe that amethyst brings good luck to petitioners.

6. Farmers believed wearing amethyst would protect their crops from hailstones and locusts.

7. The Hebrew word for amethyst is "ahlamah,” meaning "dream;” the stone was said to cause dreams and visions… and if you dream of amethyst, you will be free from harm.

8. Amethyst was the emblem for Matthew, one of the Twelve Apostles.

9. Leonardo da Vinci believed amethyst had the power to control evil thoughts, to quicken intelligence, and to make men shrewd in business matters.

10. Prasiolite, a rare dark green variety of quartz, is sometimes (wrongly) called green amethyst.

Credits: Photo of a large cushion-cut amethyst from the National Gem Collection, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Photo by Chip Clark. Amethyst geode by Didier Descouens (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Top Designers Create Bespoke Footballs to Commemorate Golden Anniversary of Super Bowl

To commemorate Super Bowl 50, the NFL and members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have teamed up to create 50 lavish footballs that share a "gold" theme.

Rag & Bone; Tiffany & Co.

The NFL required the designers to use a "gold" element to align with the precious metal's traditional connection with 50th anniversaries. But, how they used the gold was totally up to them. While some placed gold as the central motif, others used it as a glittering accent. Our favorites were the designers who took it up a notch by mixing precious metals and gemstones to make their footballs into treasures suitable for a jeweler's showcase.

Ovadia & Sons, Marchesa.

Among the designers whose footballs evoked fine jewelry are Rag & Bone, Tiffany & Co., Ovadia & Sons, Marchesa, Prabal Gurung, Rachel Zoe, Kendra Scott, Melissa Joy Manning, Jennifer Fisher and Vita Fede.

Prabal Gurung; Rachel Zoe.

The balls will be officially unveiled at the NFL's offices in New York this Wednesday and will be making appearances at a number of promotional events in the San Francisco area leading up to Super Bowl 50 on February 7.

Kendra Scott; Melissa Joy Manning.

The balls are slated to be auctioned off on the web site to benefit the NFL Foundation, the league's nonprofit organization that supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes. The organization finances sports-related medical research, funds the efforts of current and former players working in local communities and assists former NFL players who have come upon hard times. The auction will be held online from January 20 through February 14.

Jennifer Fisher; Vita Fede.

This is not the first time the NFL has collaborated with the CFDA. In 2014, in preparation for Super Bowl 48, an equal number of designers were challenged to create bespoke helmets that dazzled window shoppers of Bloomingdale's 59th Street flagship store in New York City and eventually were auctioned to support the NFL Foundation.

“When we did the helmets, it was really successful,” Rhiannon Madden, vice president of consumer products for the NFL, told WWD. “So we wanted to partner with them again to bring the worlds of football and fashion together.”

Images courtesy of CFDA.

Thank You for a Wonderful Year

As we wind down 2015 and look to new experiences in 2016, we want to take a moment to thank our loyal customers, our sometimes customers and our future customers. After all, we wouldn't be able to bring you so much exciting news in the world of watches without your avid interest in beauty, mechanics and — time.

It was an exciting year. We brought on some new brands and a lot of new timepiece collections. We introduced stunning watches and even some personalities along the way. From January through December, we enjoyed every moment of working with you to find the best purchase, the best gift and the best time.

This was a strong year for women's watches, an important year for complicated watches and a connected year for Smart watches (wherever that category may lead). It was a year of color, sports, diamonds, mechanics and of high-tech materials. But most of all, it was a year of bonding and working together — just like the cogs and wheels and pallets of watches form a single cohesive masterpiece. We wish you a wonderful, peaceful year-end and an incredibly special New Year.