Oscar’s gift of time

Oscar de la Renta the man may be gone, but Oscar de la Renta the brand lives on. Inspired by his jewelry designs, Oscar de la Renta LLC and Detroit-based Shinola have come up with a 1,000 limited edition of three women’s watches called The Lattice. The collection features a faceted sapphire crystal, white mother-of-pearl dial and signature mosaico crown. The 36-millimeter case houses Shinola’s Argonite 751 high-accuracy quartz movement. The three different numbered styles are a polished stainless steel case, inset with 68 VS, full-cut diamonds and a black alligator strap ($2,700); a polished gold PVD-plated case with a blue alligator strap ($1,600); and a polished stainless steel case with a red alligator strap ($1,400).

The company, founded in 2011 by Tom Kartsotis of Fossil clothing and accessories fame, makes watches, journals, bicycles and leather goods. The watch factory – in which 25 people create 5,000 movements a week; the company just added a Saturday shift – is located in the College of Creative Studies, the former Argonaut building, an old General Motors plant. Thus Shinola is part of the revitalization of Detroit.

Given Oscar’s own charitable efforts – particularly among the children of his native Dominican Republic – you have to think that he would heartily approve.

For more, visit Neiman Marcus Westchester in White Plains, shinola.com and neimanmarcus.com. – Georgette Gouveia

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