Holiday Gifts 2006

Enjoy the pleasures of delivering these treasures

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Great Circle Route To Romance: What woman wouldn't swoon over diamonds or pearls? Put them together and see what happens next. For a romantic evening on the quai at Cannes or a dinner party on board, these cultured pearl and diamond earrings in 18-karat white gold from Iridesse (Tiffany & Company's pearl division) will make her-and the night-sparkle. Available at Iridesse boutiques, these earrings retail for $3,755. www.iridesse.com

Holiday Gifts

American Tank: Place the instantly recognizable red box under the Christmas tree and he'll know to open this first. Inside he'll find another familiar look: Cartier's Tank watch. This model is truly American-style with its oversize octagonal case, and its silvered guilloché opaline dial, with Roman numerals and sword-shaped blued-steel hands. Housed in an 18-karat gold case is an automatic-winding mechanical movement with three chronograph counters. Water-resistant to 30 meters, the American Tank XL watch retails for $19,000 and is available at all Cartier boutiques.

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Style Points: Convince her that you know it's important to show just the right colors on land as on the sea. Give this silk twill, hand-rolled scarf from Hermés (here in red) and you'll earn big points. Sailboats with their red, white and blue spinnakers drape over the shoulder gracefully; worn rolled and around the neck, there's a subtle hint to "take me yachting." Also available in pink, the scarf measures 36 x 36 inches and retails for $320. www.hermes.com

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Scoot This Way: Piaggio, parent company of the world-famous Vespa scooter, has announced the release of the fastest, most technologically advanced and eco-friendly Vespa in the scooter's 60-year history: the Grandturismo Sport 250 i.e. With its commanding engine displacement and sleek design, Vespa boasts a sophisticated 250cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled electronic-injection engine, which considerably reduces both emissions and fuel consumption. The 250's streamlined engineering evokes a racing scooter, and narrower side panels visually push the look forward. The GTS 250 i.e. retails for $5,799. www.vespausa.com

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With Pen in Hand: Sign the big checks, important papers and children's (and grandchildren's) holiday and birthday cards with Montblanc's Solitaire Citrin Rollerball from the 1924-era Meisterstück collection. Gold-plated, with citrine lacquer cap, the Solitaire ($795) is also available in LeGrand fountain pen ($1,290), regular fountain ($995) and mechanical pencil ($795). The cap and clip of each writing instrument can be engraved for a personal touch. Available at Montblanc boutiques nationwide. www.montblanc.com

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No Stiff Upper Lips: From England's famed house of fine leather goods comes Dunhill's Holdall from the Ensign collection. The epitome of masculinity, this versatile, spacious, portable classic weekend bag is crafted in soft, tumbled dark brown cowhide leather with a wide zipped opening for easy access. Measuring 24 x 8 x 11 inches, the Holdall retails for $950. Also available in the Ensign collection are two styles of billfolds, a double-zip briefcase, North-South bag, a coat wallet and business card case. www.dunhill.com

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Diamond Sea Star: You won't need a snorkel and mask to see and appreciate this Tiffany Seas Diamond Star Turban Shell brooch. With more than 2 carats of diamonds set in platinum, the Star Turban ($10,000) will make her eyes light up brighter than any holiday tree. Also available is a Whelk Shell brooch for $8,000 and a Horn Shell brooch for $6,000. Available at Tiffany & Co. stores. www.tiffany.com