Social Q’s: Lowly Housewarming Dinner Clashes With V.I.P. Affair. Who Wins?

Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES A friend, who wasn’t able to attend our housewarming party, emailed to ask if she, her husband and another couple could come to dinner at our new place to see it. (Cheeky, I thought, but we’ll have fun.) We set a date. Later, she wrote that she had been invited, …

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What to Do Instead of Watching Trump’s Inauguration

Maybe you couldn’t get a ride to Washington. Or maybe you don’t want to face the proceedings there. Around the country, an unusual number of alternate activities are planned to coincide with weekend events surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump and the Women’s March on Washington. Here is a sampling: If you’re seeking …

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Vows: Meaghan Wentland and Julian McKinley: At the Clerk’s Office, It’s Couple 716’s Turn

Vows By TAMMY La GORCE Not much went according to plan for Meaghan Wentland, of Queens, on her Dec. 29 wedding day. She and her fiancé, Julian McKinley, had overslept. Sleet was falling. A piece of jewelry that was supposed to serve as “something borrowed” could not be pulled free from the maid of honor. …

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Party Coverage: Scene City: Matthew McConaughey and Bryce Dallas Howard Party for ‘Gold’

Party Coverage: Scene City By TAYLOR HARRIS Mo’ money, mo’ problems. That seemed to be the takeaway Tuesday night from the premiere of “Gold,” which stars Matthew McConaughey, among others. “Well, things don’t always go in his favor,” Mr. McConaughey said, alluding to his character’s trials, before the film screened. The actor was working the …

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Japan Becomes a Rising Star for the Swiss Watch Industry

TOKYO — Once considered Switzerland’s biggest rival in watchmaking, Japan is fast becoming its former foe’s best customer. Not only has it overtaken mainland China as the No. 3 market for Swiss watch exports worldwide, but Japan has proved more resilient to the swings of the global economy than Switzerland’s top two markets, Hong Kong …

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Looking for Sales, Watch Brands Extend Warranties

Some watch brands, searching in a down market for ways to attract new buyers and retain the ones they already have, are improving their warranties. After all, what better way to assert confidence in your product? Traditionally, watch warranties are good for two to three years after purchase, covering manufacturer defects affecting the performance of …

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A Canadian Watch Collector Hunts for the Unusual

“I look for something unusual,” Dan Tanenbaum, a 45-year-old watch collector in Toronto said about his fondness for timepieces made by independent watchmakers. That kind of quest actually is a big part of his life, from his internet start-ups to his hobby of making mini-motorcycles out of watch parts. Mr. Tanenbaum has been a collector …

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From Van Cleef & Arpels, a Fairy Tableau

For the past decade Van Cleef & Arpels has been honing its Poetic Complications range, a narrative-based watchmaking collection designed for women. As Nicolas Bos, the Parisian company’s president and chief executive, explained: “As a jewelry house, we have been telling stories that we feel resonate with feminine tastes. We have colleagues that create fantastic …

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