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LUXURY SHOPPING ON THE ROCK

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ring back a lasting memento from your trip to Jamaica, a luxurious timepiece or a decadent piece of jewelry. With prices of up to 30% less than those of North America or Europe, shopping for big ticket items is worth it. The trendiest labels and designs are available at the island’s duty-free retailers in all the resort areas so no matter where you are staying on ‘the rock’, do some shopping and don’t be coy about bargaining. You may just score a great deal!

TUDOR LADY CHRONO WHERE TO FIND IT: SWISS STORES

BREGUET CLASSIQUE 7137 WHERE TO FIND IT: TROPICANA JEWELERS

Produced by Swiss watchmaker Tudor, the Lady Chrono presents a sporty new look for women. The dazzling, 41mm polished stainless steel case of the Lady Chrono is studded with 7 round diamonds and a graduated tachymetric bezel circled by a row of 73 diamonds. Available with a silver dial and matching rubber straps in a number of colors, the timepiece gives ladies a variety of choices to express their individual style. Stylish and durable, the Tudor Lady Chrono is an expression of individuality that marries audacity with superb functionality, as one would expect from a brand created by Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf. Water resistant up to 150 meters, the watch is powered by a self- winding ETA movement with a 46-hour reserve, a small second display and a rapidly adjustable calendar.

Look for the Tudor Lady Chrono at Swiss Stores at The Shoppes at Rose Hall (tel: 659-9274) in Montego Bay, at Island Village (tel: 675-8975) in Ocho Rios, at the Mall Plaza Constant Spring Road (tel: 926-6537) and Pegasus Hotel (tel: 929-8147) in Kingston. www.SwissstoresJamaica.com

CARTIER SANTOS 100 WHERE TO FIND IT: CASA DE ORO

In 1904, Louis Cartier answered the call of Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who complained to his friend about the unreliability of pocket watches. Thus, Cartier created the first men’s wristwatch and the Santos 100 series was born. Presented in both men’s and ladies’ versions, the stunning 2008 model sports materials ranging from solid steel to gold with coordinating straps and color configurations. In keeping with the finest Cartier tradition, this timepiece combines powerful functionality and stunning good looks. With mechanical movement, automatic winding and a 42-hour power reserve, the Santos 100 pink gold

A pillar of watch making tradition, Breguet founder Abraham- Louis Breguet is considered by many as the father of the craft. One of the greatest horologists of all time, Breguet’s unequalled contributions include the self-winding watch, the first oil-free escapement, the first timepiece shock absorber, perpetual date mechanisms and the invention of the patented Tourbillon. Since 1775, Breguet has fashioned timepieces for Napoleon Bonaparte, Marie Antoinette, Winston Churchill, Alexandre Dumas as well as countless princes, dukes, sultans and kings.

With extraordinary attention to detail, this beautiful masterpiece is a testimony to the Breguet tradition of watch making innovation. Incorporating the brand’s signature style with blue steel hands, guilloche engraving and fluted case band, the Classique 7137 is inspired by the iconic Breguet watch no. 5. A sapphire crystal case-back available in either white or yellow 18 carat gold reveals the ultra thin, hand- engraved self-winding material.

The Breguet Classique 7137 can be found at Tropicana Jewelers in Montego Bay at The Shoppes at Rose Hall (tel: 953-2242) and City Centre (tel: 952-6982). In Ocho Rios at Island Village (tel: 675-8774) and Tajmahal Shopping Centre (tel: 974-2928) and at Negril’s Time Square Plaza (tel: 957-9530). www.tropicanajewelers.com

version with sturdy black rubber straps and a matte black dial with bold roman numerals marking each hour is available at Casa de Oro.

Located at The Shoppes at Rose Hall (tel: 953-9755) and at City Centre (tel: 952-3502). In Ocho Rios at Soni’s Plaza (tel: 974-5392) and Island Village (tel: 675-8999) and in Negril at Time Square Plaza (tel: 957-9530). www.casadeoro.com

NAGA DRAGON COLLECTION WHERE TO FIND IT: JEWELS & TIME

Over the years, the beauty of John Hardy jewelry has not gone unnoticed, acquiring avid collectors all over the world. One of John Hardy’s latest creations, the Naga Dragon Collection is inspired by the cosmic dragon found in ancient cultures throughout the world, symbolizing the life force that brings health and prosperity. Rhythmic patterns in sterling silver and 18 carat gold are inspired by the dragon’s coat, rich in texture with contrasting motifs in solid and open grillwork. John Hardy continues to produce some of the most intricately designed jewelry and buying the brand means investing in a company that cares for the Earth. In 2006, John Hardy became the very first company to calculate its carbon emissions and plant a corresponding number of bamboo seedlings on Nusia Penida, a small and impoverished island off the coast of Bali, Indonesia.

Dragon bracelet from the John Hardy Naga Dragon Collection (Photo: John Hardy Jewelry)

John Hardy designs are available at Jewels & Time Duty Free Jewelry stores at The Shoppes at Rose Hall and City Centre Shopping Mall (tel: 953 4600) in Montego Bay. They can also be found at Island Village Shopping Centre and Tajmahal Plaza (tel: 675 8762) in Ocho Rios. www.jewelsandtime.com

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