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A Rarer Breed

Mike Espindle | March 22, 2016 | Lifestyle Story Shopping

Small but decidedly potent describes the experience of entering the Stephen Silver boutique at the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park. Under the direction of firm President Andrew Block, an enviable array of fine jewelry and timepieces from watchmakers cherished by aficionados in search of something unique and extraordinary are presented for view and evaluation. “We wanted to create a destination where novices, collectors and connoisseurs could comfortably share their passion for horology, jewelry or gemstones,” Block told us. Here, the watch industry veteran insider selects and comments on some of the most exceptional of the venue’s stellar offerings.

Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Bi-Color Technique
“Greubel Forsey represents the vanguard of fine watchmaking. The strikingly beautiful contrast between the platinum and deep-black chrome finish really gives this piece incredible depth. With the 30-degree double tourbillon set at the 6 o’clock position and beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour and rotating horizontally every four minutes, this piece is truly a phenomenal example of watchmaking at its finest.” Limited to 22 pieces, $620,000

Audemars Piguet Rose Gold Ladies' Royal Oak With Diamonds
“Audemars Piguet is widely know for their revolutionary launch of the Royal Oak in 1972. From its founding in 1875 to today, the maker has long been a symbol of independence and excellence in watchmaking. The ladies’ rose gold Royal Oak with diamonds is a perfect piece for the confident, independent woman.” $37,800

Richard Mille RM 011 Midnight Fire
“This is one of Richard Mille’s latest limited-edition pieces for the Americas. The Midnight Fire gets its name from the black TZP ceramic case and red hour and minute indicators that frame the skeletonized movement. The flyback chronograph features a 55-hour power reserve, 60-minute and 12-hour registers, annual calendar and oversized date and month.” Limited to 88 pieces exclusively for the Americas, $160,000

Laurent Ferrier Rose Gold Galet Micro-Rotor
“Laurent Ferrier has come to represent the finest in elegance and simplicity. For me, this elegance and simplicity is best expressed via their incredibly minimalist and stunning chocolate dial micro-rotor with markers just at the poles. This is unquestionably a piece that belongs in every connoisseur’s collection.” $58,000

MB&F White Gold Legacy Machine No. 2
“The Legacy Machine No. 2 is another extraordinary example of kinetic art from MB&F. As a direct descendant of the groundbreaking Legacy Machine No. 1, the LM No. 2 features one major technical difference—two symmetrical, and stunning, independent balance wheels that transfer power to one gear train.” Limited to 18 pieces, $156,000

2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, 650.325.9500, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry

Originally published in the March issue of Silicon Valley

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