Dwyane Wade and Geneva Seal Enjoyed a Night on the Runwade

What a night! Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces supported the 5th annual A Night on the RunWade Charity Gala, held at Revel Fulton Market on Sunday (March 19th) in Chicago.

One of our favorite Chicago Bulls basketball stars, Dwyane Wade, presented fall and winter looks from DSquared2 during the "Reflections" fashion show. An auction was held in support of his foundation, Wade's World, which provides support to community-based organizations that promote education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations.

Hublot, the Swiss luxury watchmaker housed at Geneva Seal, was one of the hosts of this exclusive event honoring brand ambassador and three time NBA champion, Dwyane Wade. 

It was an honor to support a spectacular event and contribute to a foundation focused on organizations that promote the necessary tools at-risk kids need to leave a positive footprint within their community and succeed in their life experiences.

Last Night with Geneva Seal, Louis XIII Cognac and Ulysse Nardin

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago fine jewelry and luxury timepiece boutique spent yesterday evening at GT Prime for an intimate dinner with a few of their favorite clients. In partnership with swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin, clients were treated to a rare tasting of the LOUIS XIII Cognac.

Louis XIII Cognac brings you one century in a glass. Each decanter takes four generations of Cellar Masters over 100 years to craft and is a blend of up to 1200 eaux-de-vie continuously selected and blended by LOUIS XIII Cellar Masters. 

Maximilien Pats, the Louis XIII Ambassador gave guests an exquisite glass of Louis XIII Cognac to conclude a fabulous dinner.

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces is an Authorized Dealer for Ulysse Nardin timepieces.

Ed Sheeran Showed off Geneva Seals Exclusive Timepiece Brand, Richard Mille, at Last Nights Grammys

Ed Sheeran is an interesting young man. The British singer-songwriter’s last album, X, sold millions of copies in an age when you only need to sell 500,000 to have a number one record. And at the age of 24, when most pop stars are trashing hotel rooms, he’s instead amassed a small but tasteful collection of timepieces. Even the puppet in his “Sing” video is wearing what looks like a Patek Phillipe.

According to an interview with British GQ, Sheeran started collecting haute horology when he was gifted with a Nautilus Annual Calendar for playing a Bar Mitzvah in Russia. His watch wardrobe has grown to include a Hublot Big Bang and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. But it’s his Richard Mille RM 030 Americas Limited Edition that seems to be receiving most of his wrist time lately: He’s been spotted wearing it to the Grammys, on tour in Shanghai and Dubai and at the Brit Awards last month, where he won Album of the Year.

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We like the fact that Sheeran actually wears his watches on a daily basis. Style-wise, the RM 030 Americas Limited Edition is perfect for a performer. The black case is crafted from carbon nanotubes, which makes it quite light for its size and the strap is simple black rubber, both touches that would also make it comfortable to wear onstage. It also has orange accents on the flange, hands and crown guard to complement Sheeran’s ginger locks.

The watch’s caliber RMAR1’s self-winding system is also intriguing: inspired by automotive mechanics, Richard Mille developed a unique declutchable rotor and a torque limiting crown to prevent over winding by being able to sense when the spring is fully wound.

Sheeran is also extremely likeable (he’s BFFs with both Taylor Swift and her ex John Mayer) so haters can’t hate when they find out that the RM 030 Americas Limited Edition is no longer available (he bought it in 2013 and only 30 pieces were produced).  The good news is that the Richard Mille RM 030 Le Mans Classic is pretty close in looks, but with a white ceramic case and green accents instead of black and orange.

Chicago's Most Fashionable Jeweler Talks Style

"Style is not about designers. It's about comfortable, functional clothes I can spend all day in at work, followed by an event for several hours and still feel like myself," says the Geneva Seal jeweler. 
"If it feels like, 'I can't wait to take this off,' then it's not my type of outfit."

Leonard, who's behind the Oak Street boutique Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces is originally from Moscow, and saw his father as an icon growing up. 

Geneva Seal is known in Chicago for custom engagement rings, a selection of timepieces brands, such as: Richard Mille, Hublot, Bovet, Roger Dubuis, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breitling, Breitling for Bentley, Devon, Franck Muller, HYT, Omega, Tag Heuer, Ulysse Nardin, Urwerk, preowned timepieces and more.

Leonard believes taking time to look your best is a part of respecting your clients, the people who enter the Geneva Seal home. His father played a major role in his respect of style. He says:

"He was always a sharp dresser. What made him sharp is that he took care of himself, he was well groomed, used the right amount of cologne, wore crisp, ironed shirts, and most importantly he always had his shoes clean and shined. 
He taught me that taking pride in my appearance shows respect for the people I come in contact with, and I still polish my own shoes."

Given his profession, it's no surprise that Leonard is a fan of unique accessories like antique cuff links, David Oscarson pens and Gold & Wood sunglasses.

"I truly believe my outfit is made by accessories," he says.
"When it comes to clothing, we are all influenced by fashion ads and trends to a certain degree, but no matter what brand or designers one prefers, small details make up one's personal style.
You can put together a killer look from Target or H&M if you have a sense of your own identity and style."

Geneva Seal Brought the Hottest Handmade Luxury Bracelets to Chicago: StingHD

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago fine jewelry & luxury timepiece boutique is honored to be the only authorized dealer for StingHD designer bracelets in the Midwest -- an exclusive luxury bracelet accessory line made to compliment the finest timepieces.



Sean Perelstein and Chase Zimmerman are two young entrepreneurs and the founders of StingHD. Together they have leveraged social media, especially Instagram, to spread brand awareness of StingHD to their 500k followers.



Sean remembers when he first started connected with some of his biggest clients on Instagram who have more StingHD's than he has. When he was sitting clicking away on his phone, his father would say: 

"What the hell are you doing?

Take the diamonds and go back on the road."

He replied, 

"Trust me."

Geneva Seal is known for being the only family owned fine jewelry & timepiece boutique on Oak Street, so partnering with StingHD, another family owned and operated luxury brand is fitting.



StingHD prides themselves behind their high-end diamond line and their quality, because most people now are manufacturing everything overseas trying to cut costs the best way possible.

The way Sean looks at it is that this is jewelry that you have for life; this isn’t something that you just buy and throw into a drawer.



Standing alone in purity and craftsmanship, StingHD bracelets are made from pure silver, 18K gold and the highest quality platinum. The one-of-a-kind hand wrapped bracelets are made from grade 1 stingray leather, giving each piece a unique touch.

Each bracelet is handmade in New York by the most skilled jewelers in the industry.


Shop Geneva Seal's collection of StingHD & PythonHD bracelets here: StingHD

Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant Celebrate the Road to Olympic Gold with Geneva Seal in Chicago

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago fine jewelry and luxury timepiece boutique spent yesterday evening at Sunda for an intimate dinner with Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and friends to celebrate Team USA's road to Olympic gold.



In partnership with swiss luxury watch brand Hublot, luxury publication Haute LivingAvión Reserva 44 and JetSmarter -- guests celebrated Team USA preparing for the final stop of the country-wide tour, which takes place in Houston. 



The New York Knicks superstar and Team USA stalwart is on the verge of becoming the first American man to participate in four Olympic basketball tournaments.

Even Carmelo Anthony struggles to process the enormity of his Olympic accomplishments. 

"It really hasn't sunk in yet about the fact that I'm playing in four Olympics and have an opportunity to win three gold medals. 

I think about it, but I haven't really sat down and put everything into perspective.

A lot of times when you're going through these situations, you tend to not put so much focus on the whole process and the journey until after the fact."



As much as Anthony tries to shy away from the possibilities, the fact is he could become the most decorated Olympic men's basketball player in American history if Team USA rolls to its third straight gold medal in Rio next month, as is expected (ESPN).



The evening was spent enjoying an elaborate Asian fusion feast, while Geneva Seal showcased incredible Hublot timepieces -- Kevin Durant admired the Hublot Classic Fusion 45 mm power reserve mechanical watch set in rose gold with a diamond bezel, paired with a black crocodile strap. Limited to 250 pieces worldwide. 





Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces is the only authorized dealer for Hublot timepieces in the midwest. 

Photo Credit: Ryan Bennett Photography


Geneva Seal & Richard Mille Created an Unforgettable Night

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago fine jewelry and luxury timepiece boutique took over Oak Street last week with our friends from Richard Mille, Lake Forest Sportscars, McLaren Chicago, Louis XIII, and Biggs Cigar Mansion for an unforgettable night.



Our clients enjoyed the luxurious look, style, interior and monstrous power of a McLaren driving experience upon arrival. The McLaren is an exotic among exotics -- it doesn't show up on the streets with regularity. One of our clients described the drive as "a religious experience," he went on to say:

"The supercar isn't merely a product of raw power and the stunning looks: driving a car like this connects you to the machinery and the road in a way that other cars do not.

The McLaren made me feel like I was a quicker, more responsive, and more capable of a driver. Let me be clear, that effect is mostly psychological

— a vehicle with this amount of power delivered to the rear wheels and a top speed north of 200 mph can both humble you and end your life —

but it’s a euphoria that I don’t think you can get from any lesser car."



After the drive, our clients were treated to a rare tasting of Louis XIII Cognac. Each decanter takes four generations of cellar masters over 100 years to craft. David Chhay, our Louis XIII ambassador said:

"It's one century in a glass."



We also showcased the luxury watch brand that has taken watchmaking to a new extreme -- Richard Mille -- while our clients mingled with Anton Rubianto, the Director of Richard Mille USA.

Where other modern-era brands aspire to antiquity, Mille does not pretend to have ancient roots; he did not buy an old name – he uses his own.

Richard Mille breaks all the rules.





Chicago's finest cigar shop, Biggs Cigar Mansion, stopped by & treated our clients to cigars on our Geneva Seal terrace. It was a wonderful night full of life's small luxuries and we couldn't be prouder to treat our clients -- who have turned into family -- to a night they will never forget.





Ulysse Nardin Focuses on Maritime History

One of the most intriguing and thematically on-point timepieces to come out of this years Baselworld fair was a distinctive tourbillon featuring a minute indicator that sweeps across the handcrafted wood marquetry dial like the boom of a ship: The Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon.


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The Ulysse Nardin chief executive, Patrik Hoffmann, said at an event in New York while celebrating the partnership with Sweden's Artemis Racing:

“It really represents the spirit of Ulysse Nardin, the spirit of the sea, and also the spirit of innovation,

I remember one-and-half years ago when I went to see the base of the Artemis racing team in San Francisco, I was amazed at the innovation that goes into those boats.

And the same is true of our timepieces. And this timepiece, the Grand Deck, really represents that.”



Ulysse Nardin is placing its relationship to the sea—and its 20-year-old maritime-inspired Marine collection—front and center this year. Hoffman continued:

“We were always connected to the sea. The anchor in the logo was there forever.

We were one of the leaders in producing the chronometers that they have on ships to navigate.

We delivered those to almost all the navies in the world.

When we announced the partnership with Artemis, nobody questioned it because it was clear—the sea belongs to Ulysse Nardin.”


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Only very few companies can produce a movement from A to Z, including the heart of the movement, which is the escapement.

Ulysse Nardin can do everything in house. If someone looks into a Ulysse Nardin watch, they get the value because it’s true, the history is true, and the people behind the product are there.


Axl Rose Brings Rock'N'Roll to Geneva Seals Luxury Watch Brand: HYT

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Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces is honored to count Axl Rose as a new « Friend of the Brand HYT», partnering with the iconic singer and founder of legendary rock band Guns N' Roses, announced today. In honor of Rose joining the HYT family, a limited-edition watch will be created to celebrate this new friendship.

"Axl is a huge fan of watches in general but when he came across HYT he was really blown away,"

explains Vincent Perriard (HYT Co-founder & Board Member). Axl and HYT share the same unconventional attitude.

"I can feel this partnership is going to be very Rock’n’Roll! HYT is creating a unique watch, a unique technology, based on liquids and mechanics."

Mehmet Korutürk, Co-Founder of Magnat Creative Agency adds:

"We are really excited to be part of the collaboration between Mr. Axl Rose – a true rock icon – and HYT, one of the most cutting edge companies in Haute Horlogerie."

This partnership will be based on the creation of a limited edition of one of HYT’s most iconic timepieces: the Skull. The watch will be presented at the next SIHH, in January 2017 in Geneva. 

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Geneva Seals Very Own, Artemis Racing, Seals Dramatic Win in Chicago

Over this past weekend, Chicago's Navy Pier was temporarily transformed into the venue for one of the world’s premier boating events, the America’s Cup World Series.

The teams participating in the America's Cup (or the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago) over the weekend raced on fresh water for the first time in the event’s 165 year history.

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, along with Swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin hosted a great event, cheering on the winning team: Artemis Racing.



The Swedish team was in second place leading into Sunday’s races, just one point behind Softbank Team Japan. Steady conditions were expected, and the wind didn’t disappoint. Skipper, Nathan Outteridge commented:

“We said in the press conference we wanted to be consistent all weekend, and the guys really stepped it up.

It’s just great to be driving a boat and watching everyone in front of you nailing their roles.

It was a real pleasure to sail with these guys. Perc (Iain Percy) had really good communication with me all week about when we wanted to protect our position, and when we wanted to attack.

When you’ve got clear goals it makes life so much easier”.



The city put on quite a show, with tens of thousands of spectators lining the shore and hundreds of boats out on the water. Team Manager and Tactician, Iain Percy, was quick to thank the people of Chicago for hosting such a great event:

“I think this has been one of the best events so far in terms of crowd support; the conditions were fantastic.

All the way through you could feel that the people here enjoy sailing and were really appreciative of these boats, and the work that goes into it”.


Cannes 2016: Jewelry on the Red Carpet

The Cannes Film Festival has historically hosted one of the most glamorous red carpets on the movie circuit; since Elizabeth Taylor's historic Bulgari jewels made their debut in the '50s, stars have brought out their best -- and sparkliest. 

This year the stars have chosen diamond chokers, rows of solitaires and statement necklaces, chandelier earrings, diamond bracelets, and massive diamond rings to dazzle us. Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces has picked our favorite pieces:

Solitaire Engagement Ring at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

GenevaSeaLoveStory: Andy came to Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces full of sweet & silly stories about his then-girlfriend, Stacey. Our jeweler, Michael, wanted to create a simple yet stunning engagement ring that would leave Stacey speechless -- he did not disappoint. 

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Michael & Andy worked together to create the perfect elegant & timeless tiffany-style diamond solitaire engagement ring for Stacey. The diamond solitaire engagement ring is an iconic symbol of commitment. The symbolism is clear: 

There is only one.

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Hublot & Geneva Seal Celebrate Hebru Brantley -- Chicago Picasso

Iconic watch giant, Hublot, celebrated the art world's next superstar, Chicagoan Hebru Brantley last night at an exclusive event. In partnership with fine watch retailer Geneva Seal Lake Forest Sportscars, guests shared a rare inside look at the studio and creative process of Hebru, also known as -- Chicago Picasso.

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Inspired by his 1980’s Chicago upbringing, Hebru’s work touches on tough subjects in a way that is easily digestible to the viewer – by telling his stories through youthful characters and their adventures. 

As Hebru explained to fellow Chicago artist and Grammy-winning rapper Wasalu Jaco -- better known as Lupe Fiasco -- during his Michigan Avenue interview:

When I create, a lot of times I don’t see kids. I really don’t.

I just see them as people.

There’s a sense of innocence there, but there’s also a sense of all the other things we go through.

What a kid might go through on a playground in certain ways might parallel what a guy goes through in a boardroom in a job day to day.

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Focusing on one character, Flyboy, who's pretty much his marquee, almost his brand, almost his Nike swoosh, or as Hebru said:

"My Mickey Mouse."

Flyboy was created because it's rare to see a popular character within any medium that is African-American, Latino, even Asian. Hebru wanted to create that, in a space of high art and be able to have some historical context to that character.

He took from the Tuskegee Airmen, who were fighter pilots in World War II. They flew successful missions and they never lost a person.

But at that time black folks were treated far less than equal. For him, it was important to have that historical context to a character, not to just have one for the sake of needing one or wanting one. 

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The event also served as an opportunity for guests to see the Ferrari California T in iconic red – an exemplar of Italian engineering.

Hublot, the exclusive 360° partner of Ferrari serves as both the " Official Watch" and "Official Timekeeper” of Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari brand globally.  

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Hublot, a brand at the forefront of art and design, has partnered with a range of world-renowned artists, architects, and innovators including Oscar Niemeyer, Mr. Brainwash, Maestro Carlos Cruz-Diez, Maxime Büchi, Romero Britto, and Lang Lang and continues to celebrate its Art of Fusion by merging the multi-dimensional worlds of watchmaking and art.

It was an honor for Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces to partner with Hublot, Lake Forest Sportscars and for a truly unforgettable night.

What Dating Will Be like in 10 Years. This Is Crazy.

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago luxury engagement ring and timepiece boutique likes to stay ahead of the trends when it comes to wristwear. So when we heard a watch is expected to be your personal matchmaker in 10 years, we were all ears.  

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, futurists (people who study the future) filled us in on what the Bumble/Tinder of 2025 will be like & it's bad news for creeps.

Picture this: An app on your watch tracking your location, making it easier for you to bump into potential matches in real life on the fly. 

Right now, it's insanely easy to meet someone. The problem is that nothing can guarantee they're actually someone worth meeting. By 2025. you'll be able to know more about your blind date before you even step foot in that restaurant, anxiously searching for the guy from the photos.

A quick check of your watch could let you know who's a creep and who's looking for a one-night stand, or a serious girlfriend, or a wife and four kids. If this decade is all about dating quantity, the next one will be all about dating quality. 

Social futurist and writer Sara Robinson says it'll be like having your overbearing grandmother over your shoulder at all times. "See that guy over there?" she says, spinning a potential example. "He's single, drinks Scotch, and loves dogs. You should go talk to him.' And, at the same time, his watch is nudging him: 'See that woman? You like redheads, right? And she's a backpacker too. You might like her.'"

Christian Crews, a founding member of the Association of Professional Futurists, points out that meeting people will be a lot easier if you know which people are good potential matches for you:

 "Imagine how the world could change if everybody was wearing their own personal matchmaker, who was constantly searching the crowd on their behalf."

But it's not just the real-world meeting places that will have more potential for finding love. Online communities that aren't meant for dating will become spots to meet singles. Don't be surprised if you start hearing, "This is my husband. We met on Yelp." And you probably won't even think anything of it. "As more of our lives are spent online and in virtual communities, we will find relationships there just as we have at the gym, the bar, or hobbies where we meet people now," says Crews.

"Generations that have grown up online make fewer distinctions between 'real-world' and virtual relationships."

Just like non-dating sites will be used for finding lovers, dating apps will be used for finding friends. Bumble just released Bumble BFF -- which is focused on building strong relationships with other kick-ass women.

It makes sense. After hours of fruitless swiping, it's tempting to head over to the same-sex section and just look for a fun-looking friend who likes Tito's and Sprite, and wants to see the new Fast and Furious movie with you later so you don't have to sniffle over Paul Walker alone. This is our future.

From: Cosmopolitan.com

Unveiling the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider with Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, Hublot and Lake Forest Sportscars unveiled the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider during an exclusive event at Prairie Production in Chicago yesterday evening.

Meet the Ferrari 488 Spider, the turbocharged drop-top that has all the awesome performance figures of the GTB plus the option of driving with nothing but blue skies above!

Hublot has become the watchmaking partner of Ferrari, creating the MP-05 LaFerrari. In a demonstration that lives up to the car, the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari watch has the longest power reserve of any mechanical watch on the planet.

The in-house made and designed Hublot movement has 50 days of power reserve. That is about 1,200 hours. A standard mechanical movement has about 42 hours of power reserve. 

If you are into luxury then the most important thing to know about the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari watch is that it is the most expensive and high-end timepiece (so far) to come as a result of the Hublot + Ferrari relationship. 

The Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari watch remains one of the coolest ultra-luxury-watches on the planet and represents the apex of what Hublot is able to achieve.

The case is 45.8mm tall by 39.5mm wide and 15.3mm thick. It does seem to be bigger than it actually is, but what else would you expect from a timepiece intended to be larger than life? 

The Valentine's Day Gift Fit for a Princess: Diamond Stud Earrings at Geneva Seal

Diamond stud earrings are the most important pieces of jewelry in every woman's jewelry box. An enduring classic, Geneva Seal's selection of timeless diamond stud earrings celebrate the undeniable beauty of love. 

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These simple and delicate diamond stud earrings worn regularly by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are meticulously hand-set in nearly invisible platinum settings, the result is a pair of the world's most exquisite diamonds, matched to perfection.

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A pair of Geneva Seal diamond stud earrings are available in a selection of sizes and prices. They are classic, beautiful and timeless... you won't find diamond studs more brilliant and you'll wear them forever.

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A beautiful twist on the classic halo stud earrings, the double halo stud earrings offer two rows of diamond halos around a larger center diamond for big sparkle. 

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Life reflects radiantly from these diamond stud earrings. This fashionable style can be worn every day, or easily dressed up for a special occasion - always making you the center of attention.

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Geneva Seal's "must-have" diamond stud earrings are like no other... a big look for a glamorous woman.

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A delicate diamond frame surrounds the center diamond in this uniquely beautiful pair of diamond stud earrings. 

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This dazzling pair of diamond stud earrings will turn heads everywhere. A modern design still maintains a classic appeal any woman can appreciate. 

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A stunning ensemble of perfectly cut diamonds create an exceptional pair of Geneva Seal diamond stud earrings that are beyond brilliant and truly beloved.

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The perfect diamond stud earrings for any occasion in your life, the beauty of these earrings will never go out of style.

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These fashionable, feminine diamond stud earrings truly sparkle like no other. Whether it's for a daytime look or a night out on the town, they are the perfect studs to add flair to any outfit. 

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These fashion forward triangle stud earrings make a big statement with an edgy shape and dazzling sparkle.

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A classic and romantic design, the Geneva Seal heart stud earrings portray love and emotion in the timeless fashion of diamond stud earrings.

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URWERK Releases the EMC Pistol at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

The URWERK EMC Pistol, its birth attended by top craftsmen.

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago welcomes The EMC watch, constructed by the URWERK company, is a milestone in luxury watchmaking as the first and only mechanical watch in which the rate can be checked electronically at any time simply by pressing a button. 

Welcome to the little workshops of the Place Simon-Goulart in Geneva’s old watchmaking district of Saint Gervais. Hidden in an attic you find the Portalès leather company, presided over by its owner, Joséphine Morf, and Sylviane, her nimble-fingered worker

“URWERK’s order at first took us by surprise,” says Sylviane. “They wanted a part of the skin that we very seldom use because it is in relief. The straps we made are truly three dimensional with a series of small ridges.”

The strap for the EMC Pistol is certainly unconventional. Its manufacture is entirely in the hands of Sylviane who deftly manipulates edge bevellers, mechanical blades and cutters. “We have made five unique straps, which in my view are among the finest created by our company.” 

For this last version of the EMC — the Pistol — URWERK has brought together the leading craftsmen and the most skilled hands to do justice to these five unique watches. Florian Güllert was responsible for the engraving, Joséphine and Sylviane took care of the leather work for the strap while URWERK’s artistic director, Martin Frei, and master-watchmaker, Felix Baumgartner, have unstintingly given of their best to create this watch. The EMC Pistol is the fruit of this exceptional alliance. 

The first thing you notice when you meet Florian Güllert are his hands — large, thin and well manicured hands. Florian Güllert specialises in engraving firearms. He is a painstaking worker who loves his craft, proving that enthusiasm can coexist with meticulous care. 

Specifications EMC Pistol – 5 pièces uniques

Case Material: Titanium and steel Dimensions: Width 43mm; length: 51mm; depth: 15.8mm Glass: Sapphire crystal Water resistance: Pressure tested to 30m / 3ATM Decoration: Engraving by Florian Güllert Strap: Nile crocodile Movement Calibre: Calibre UR-EMC; movement made by URWERK Escapement: Swiss lever Balance: ARCAP P40; linear balance with an optical sensor Frequency: 28,800v/h - 4Hz Balance spring: Flat Energy supply: Two barrels in series Power reserve: 80 hours Winding: Manually wound Finish: Geneva stripes; snailing; shot-blasting; brushing; chamfered screw heads Artificial intelligence Generator: Hand-cranked Maxon® generator Monitoring device: Optical sensor linked to the balance Oscillateur à 16'000'000hz Circuit électronique Indications Hours; minutes; seconds; rate indicator; power reserve; adjustment screw. 

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Hublot has launched the new Big Bang UNICO Italia Independent, designed in collaboration with the Italian brand, of whom Lapo Elkann is President and Co-Founder. Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago is proud to house this exclusive creation. This collaboration has created a case featuring a brand new material, Texalium®, whose design is exclusive to the Swiss watchmaking brand.

This collaboration has created a case featuring a brand new material, Texalium®, whose design is exclusive to the Swiss watchmaking brand.

By now well accustomed to carbon fibre cases, Hublot wanted to go even further in its search for this material, to achieve even more colour variations. Texalium® is unique in that it is aluminium-coated carbon fibre; the great advantage of this is that it can be designed in different colours and has a remarkable brilliance, with all the lightness of carbon fibre.

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This new Big Bang Unico Italia Independent is available in two colourways – grey or blue – and is guaranteed to electrify the wrist of anyone wearing it. A 500-piece limited edition of each of these two versions will be produced.

Roger Dubuis Velvet Collection at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago watch and engagement ring boutique houses the sexiest watch brand in the world; Roger Dubuis. The Roger Dubuis Velvet Collection timepieces are Haute Horlogerie divas that draw all eyes with their exceptional charisma.

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With their graphic split-level dials creating a depth effect, numerals and appliques converging towards the centre, decorated lugs, trompe l’oeil style case designs midway between a circle and a tonneau or barrel shape, they offer an entertaining new take on the brand identity codes, imbued with a blend of virtuosity and poetry.

It captures gazes and catches the light. This exquisitely feminine and ultra-glamorous model vamps the watch-making scene with a blend of elegance and audacity.

Its bezel and lugs sparkle with the radiance of 100 diamonds totaling approximately 1.77 carats. This model was created using the RD821 movement, stamped with the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva. 

With a New Bond Film Must Come a New Bond Watch

With a new Bond film must come a new Bond watch. Omega has now released a James Bond limited edition version of the Seamaster 300m Co-Axial and Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago is proud to house the rare timepiece.

Spectre, 2015: Seamaster 300 Limited Edition.

The first thing to note is that there are no “007” additions to the watch’s dial at all. This is not a Bond watch in the vein of all other Bond watches; this is a watch that James Bond will be wearing, rather than a commemorative piece – as emphasized by the recently released pictures of Daniel Craig touring the Omega factory wearing this watch.

The only dial changes to the watch are that the 12 o’clock hour index has been replaced with a larger “Omega Seamaster” logo, and the second hand has been given a “lollipop” circle at its tip rather than the standard arrow. And the bezel is now a bi-directional rotating bezel with numerals from 0-11, giving the watch a second timezone function of sorts. They are the kind of discreet changes that you’d have to be an actual spy to notice.