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Shano Designs: The Latest in Luxury Timepieces

Posted: May. 2nd, 2007  |  By JustLuxe Team
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Luxury Watches: What began as nuptials between David and Katherine Shano led to a partnership unlike any seen off the quiet streets of Suburbia. Shano Designs is the product of the union between these two luxury-minded individuals. Together, the couple developed and designed a complete line of precious jewelry, timepieces, and golfing accessories. Although Shano Designs is still in its infancy, each piece represents a timeless quality and superb craftsmanship.

The Shanos bring a new meaning to the phrase "his and hers" as each spouse contributes a unique creativity to the business. David specializes in intricate timepieces, golf accessories, and men's jewelry while Katherine adds a feminine touch with her collection of jewelry, designed exclusively for women. Much of the duos inspiration is derived from the personalities of their four daughters. In fact, Katherine named her first four necklaces after her children; McKenna K, Madison Lee, Morgan Rae and Chloe.

After the well-received success of her necklaces, Katherine extended her line to include earrings, rings and bracelets. Today, each piece is handcrafted from only the finest materials, including white and black diamonds, pink sapphires and other colorful precious and semi-precious gemstones. Katherine's other half, David, designs men's bracelets, rings, cufflinks and pendants fabricated from various precious metals, all of which incorporate a single black diamond stone. His pendants are constructed from Greek leather or Venetian box titanium chains.

David's timepiece collection for men offers a wide range of styles suited for every lifestyle. The Driver is a sturdy yet sophisticated, Swiss Chronograph made from waterproof calf leather and titanium. The watch's face bezel is adorned with diamonds and finished with an antiglare sapphire crystal.

The Swiss-made Dual Time Tank is crafted from stainless steel and offers a dual time and date function movement. For the ultimate in precision, the Goliath Chronograph offers a movement accurate to 1/10 of a second. The collection's flagship piece, the Marine Automatic, comes equipped with a stainless steel oyster case, and is available in several variations.

The women's watch collection ranges from the glamorous Stellar and the sophisticated Shooting Star Date to the elegant Petite Tank and the contemporary Tear Drop.

The Stellar is outfitted with a mother-of-pearl dial with sapphire index markers and bezel. The scratch resistant timepiece is strapped in a white leather, embossed alligator print.

My favorite, the Shooting Star Date, is available in different styles and is accented with 0.65 carats. The black face model features a black textured mother-of-pearl dial with raised rhodium index markers. Its stainless steel casing and bracelet strap make it practical while alternating white and black diamonds add luxury.

Adorned with only 0.12 carats, the Petite Tank is among the simplest of the bunch. Like the others, this timepiece features a textured mother-of-pearl dial and a Swiss quartz movement. It is strapped in Italian satin and is water-resistant up to 30 meters.

Like the Petite Tank, the Tear Drop's stainless steel case is encrusted with 0.12 carats. However, its variation in design gives it a more contemporary feel. The Tear Drop is water-resistant up to 50 meters and is available in white or black, with the added option of a white, calf alligator embossed leather band or a sting ray strap.

As an avid golfer, David decided to combine two of his passions and took his designs to the green. He developed a line of golfing accessories, which include golf divot tools and golf ball markers, all handcrafted from sterling silver and precious stones.

For LxM Christina Stewart
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