Luxury

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? 

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.

Hublot Big Bang Pop Art Collection

 "A timepiece that brings the avant-garde spirit of the Pop Art movement to life"

THE ART OF FUSION GETS A SPLASH OF COLOR WITH THE BIG BANG POP ART

Bright, bold and strikingly colorful. Inspired by the Pop Art movement of the 1950 and to a greater extent the 60s, the Big Bang Pop Art collection is a horological canvas for artistic expression. A veritable fusion between the worlds of watchmaking and modern art, it is the very notion of challenging the conventional that Hublot related to in Pop Art.

Much like how Andy Warhol took American popular culture and reinterpreted them into vividly colored paintings, the Pop Art reinterprets Hublot’s signature Big Bang into the most prismatic ladies’ line to date; watches that are as much mechanical marvels as they are pieces of wearable art.

The Big Bang Pop Art come in either steel or, something of a rarity for Hublot, yellow gold cases that capture the retro spirit of the Pop Art movement. Accentuating the playful colors of the dial, the bezels are skillfully set with baguette cut precious and semi-precious stones, including blue topaz, purple amethyst, pink sapphire and green tsavorite.

CAPTURING THE STROKE OF A PAINTBRUSH

Against a rich blue background, the chronograph registers and indexes are truly one-of-a-kind, painted in two contrasting colors. Around the register and markers one is given the impression of paintbrush strokes with paint matching the chronograph registers. The date wheel blends in perfectly with its matching blue tone.

The strap is just as brightly colorful as the rest of the watch, done in alligator leather with a contrasting colored rubber backing for added comfort, flexibility and durability.

Hublot continues to explore the realm of Pop Art and modern art in general, as can be witnessed from the collaboration with Brazilian artist Romero Britto’s Pop Art-inspired football design for the for FIFA 2014 World Cup, as well as promoting young emerging modern artists such as Gao Ludi in China and Hebru Brantley in the USA.

Telling Time with 8 Legs at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Conceived by MB&F and manufactured by L’Epée 1839 – Switzerland’s only specialised high-end clock manufacture – Arachnophobia is the result of MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser’s overactive imagination blending with his appreciation of art.

Arachnophobia was inspired by a giant spider sculpture called Maman (mother in French), created by Louise Bourgeois (1911 – 2010) in bronze, stainless steel and marble. Measuring 9.27 x 8.91 x 10.24 metres, the monumental sculpture has been installed in a variety of locations around the world.

MB&F developed the highly unusual concept with L’Epée, selecting a high-end L’Epée clock movement and re-imagining it as the mechanical head and torso of a spider. The body is outfitted with a black dome with white numerals depicting the hours and minutes. The araneae’s self-sufficiency is to be admired, for the finely-finished, highly-visible movement boasts a power reserve of eight days.

At either end of Arachnophobia’s time-displaying abdomen, important mechanical processes take place: the head houses the regulator with its oscillating balance wheel, while the other end contains the mainspring barrel, which powers the movement. Attached to the abdomen are eight visually enticing legs which can be rotated so that Arachnophobia can stand tall on a desk or on a wall.

Arachnophobia is available in black or 18k yellow gold-plated editions.

For over 175 years, L’Epée has been at the forefront of watch and clock making. Today, it is the only specialised manufacture in Switzerland dedicated to making high-end clocks. L’Epée was founded in 1839, initially to make music box and watch components, by Auguste L’Epée who set up the business near Besançon, France. The L’Epée hallmark was that all parts were made entirely by hand.

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During the 20th century, L’Epée owed much of its reputation to its superlative carriage clocks and, for many, L’Epée was the clock of the influential and powerful; it was also the gift of choice by French government officials to elite guests. In 1976 when the Concorde supersonic aircraft entered commercial service, L’Epée wall clocks were chosen to furnish the cabins, providing passengers with visual feedback of the time. In 1994, L’Epée showed its thirst for a challenge when it built the world’s biggest clock with compensated pendulum, the Giant Regulator. At 2.2m high, it weighs 1.2 tons – the mechanical movement alone weighs 120kg – and required 2,800 man-hours of work.

The HYT H4 Gotham Watch Exclusively at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago

What is the HYT H4 Gotham watch?

Well, essentially it is the HYT H1 with a skeletonized movement in the HYT Skull case. The Skull enlarged the already big 48.8mm wide H1 case to 51mm with additional case changes, such as removal of the crown guard.

Nevertheless, here, in this very lightweight carbon material, it doesn't feel heavy or too big on the wrist (even though it is 17.9mm thick). If you are going to wear a large watch, you might as well wear something like this that combines a radical design with a cool movement that you really want to see in action.

If you are new around here and haven't heard of HYT yet, the point of the brand is to use liquid to help indicate the time.

This HYT H4 Gotham uses red-colored liquid in the specially developed tube and bellows system to indicate the hours. A more traditional hand on the dial indicates the minutes, while it is flanked on either side with a subsidiary seconds dial to the left and a power reserve indicator to the right. Not that the H1 watch's movement wasn't at all skeletonized, but the HYT H4's movement steps it up a notch with a sapphire crystal plate serving as much of the dial over some movement bridges. Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces is the ONLY Authorized Dealer for HYT watches in Chicago.

Ulysse Nardin Watches at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces - Classico Manufacture

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago houses Ulysse Nardin watches. The  Classico Manufacture is one of our favorites. It's the first timepiece of the Classico Collection that Ulysse Nardin equips with an in-house movement entirely conceived and developed by the manufacture. Featuring a silicium hairspring and anchor escapement for exceptional accuracy, the self-winding UN-320 calibre beats at 21,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of 48 hours. Visible through the sapphire crystal back case, the movement also features a stop seconds mechanism.

The movement is housed in a 40 mm x 9.60 mm rose gold case which frames a dial characterized by the small seconds sub-dial and the date aperture at 6 o'clock. A useful function, the date can be easily set backwards and forwards.

The Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture is available with two dial finishes: sunray blue (ref. 3206-136-2/33) or eggshell (ref. 3206-136-2/31).

Call 312-944-3100 for pricing or Email info@genevaseal.com.

Geneva Seal in Chicago Welcomes Ulysse Nardin's Extraordinary Timepieces to Our Home

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago is proud to welcome Ulysse Nardin's elegant timepieces to our home.

It’s quite easy to spot an Ulysse Nardin on the wrist, especially if we’re talking about the Marine or El Toro collections. However, in this post we’re going take it up a notch and have a look at their most exceptional timepieces. Starting with the new model in the ‘Freak’ collection.

Today the Freak is one of the already classic and iconic timepieces, so it’s no wonder that Ulysse Nardin wants to continue the legacy with a new model in the range. This year they’re unveiling the FreakLab, with a tourbillon and a date indicator. The big challenge here was to stay true to the tradition and keep the watch ‘hands-free’, meaning that the wearer would adjust the date as he adjusts time – using the bezel. The solution was surely hard to work out, yet now looks so simple and effortless – when turning the bezel you would just need change the direction of the rotation and then pull it back! Now apart from its functionality the look of this model is quite exceptional too – the white gold case matches the grey/black dial and croc strap, and the absence of a crown makes the 45mm case diameter look more elegant than you’d expect. The new FreakLab will have a power reserve of 8 days and will have a price tag south of 100k CHF.

Apart from the Freak there’s another collection we love, and that’s Ulysse Nardin’s exceptional minute repeater/tourbillons. This one here displays the Carthaginian military commander Hannibal Barca, a man considered to be one of the most iconic military leaders of all time. He’s had many battles but the quest he’s known for the most is the march across the Pyrenees and Alps with an army of horsemen and elephants that lead to his victory in Italy. Ulysse Nardin ‘Hannibal’ minute repeater shows the legend himself on the horse and a battle elephant right beside him. The whole set up gets animated as soon as the minute repeater function is activated. The case is made of Platinum and also features a beautiful one-minute tourbillon at 6 o’clock. 

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Now, another novelty apart from the FreakLab is the Anchor Tourbillon, a complete opposite of what we would usually expect from Ulysse Nardin’s high end collection. This one speaks to a whole new audience and shows the ‘softer’ and more classy side of the brand. The beautiful Grand Feu enamel white dial and those traditional-looking hands and numerals bring up the elegance of the timepiece, while the constant Ulysse Anchor escapement, the tourbillon and the 8 day power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock show its complexity. This Anchor Tourbillon will be available in white or rose gold, each version limited to 18 numbered pieces, and what’s even more interesting is the price of just over CHF 80’000 for such a sophisticated and complicated watch. 

Breitling Emergency II: The First Wristwatch Designed to Save Your Life

The world’s first wristwatch with a dual frequency locator beacon.

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago is proud to introduce the Breitling Emergency II — successor to the wildly popular Breitling Emergency, and the first-ever watch with a dual-frequency locator beacon.

The watch’s planned U.S. retail release has been stalled for nearly two years awaiting approval from the FCC - until now.

Pilots, sailors, and other adventurers who have patiently waited for the chance to purchase the Emergency II received good news on June 23rd when Breitling announced that the government red tape had finally been cut: the company received its necessary FCC waiver, and the Breitling Emergency II would finally be available at retail on July 1. Here’s what you need to know about this world’s-first timepiece:

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The Emergency is a high-tech gem equipped with a dual frequency transmitter compliant with the specifications of the Cospas-Sarsat international satellite alert system and serving both to issue alerts and to guide search and rescue missions.

Developed in conjunction with major scientific institutes, the Emergency is distinguished by numerous microelectronic and microtechnical innovations, including a revolutionary rechargeable battery, a miniaturized dual frequency transmitter and an unprecedented integrated antenna system – three features specifically developed for this model.

As the first ever wristworn dual frequency PLB, it establishes itself as a safety and survival instrument in all distress situations on land, at sea and in the air.

The Chicago Blackhawks Wear Geneva Seal by Rachel Lynn Chicago Bracelets

Joakim Nordström (Chicago Blackhawk), Rachel Leykind (creator of Rachel Lynn Chicago), Viktor Svedberg (Chicago Blackhawk).

Joakim Nordström (Chicago Blackhawk), Rachel Leykind (creator of Rachel Lynn Chicago), Viktor Svedberg (Chicago Blackhawk).

The Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup Champions not only showed off the Stanley Cup last week, but their wrists were covered with Geneva Seal's very own Rachel Lynn Chicago bracelets. Chicago Blackhawk, Joakim Nordstrom #42, rocked his Rachel Lynn Chicago bracelets while singing Macklemore at the rally to celebrate their BIG WIN!

Rachel Leykind created Rachel Lynn Chicago in 2009. Inspired by her mother, a jeweler herself for over fifteen years, Rachel's pieces are hand crafted to perfection. Rachel offers only natural hand selected gemstones from around the world to create her beaded designs.

Each bracelet is one of a kind and can be worn as a single strand or stacked with other pieces. Stop by Geneva Seal Chicago to view the collection or Rachel can custom design your own unique bracelets.

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The Geneva Seal Family Invites Legendary Watchmaker, Roger Dubuis to Chicago

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago invited legendary master watchmaker, Mr. Roger Dubuis to a memorable night. "The Spirit of the Founder" dinner, paid Hommage to the highly creative man behind Roger Dubuis, the only Manufacture whose entire production is certified with the Geneva Seal, the ultimate recognition of exceptional quality

Mr. Roger Dubuis was delighted to meet the clients who chose to add a Roger Dubuis watch to their collection. A bold choice. Demonstrating confidence and the wish to affirm your own personality without compromise.

Roger Dubuis reflects a world all its own. A world where exuberance rules and creativity reigns supreme. It is a resolutely extravagant, rebellious and elegant brand, worthy of the best in Haute Horlogerie. For innovation is born from a heartfelt respect for tradition and craftsmanship.

The brand's enormous creativity is reflected in the worlds of five distinct characters: the elegant player of the "La Monégasque" collection, the powerful warrior of the "Excalibur" collection, the modern venturer of the "Pulsion" collection, the sophisticated diva of the "Velvet" collection, naturally gravitating around the fifth element represented by the “Incredible Mechanics” of the Hommage collection.

In the strict tradition of Fine Watchmaking, all the components of Roger Dubuis 31 exclusive movements are finished and decorated by hand. Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in is proud to be the only authorized dealer for Roger Dubuis in Illinois.

Roger Dubuis Introduces the Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II: A Spectacular New Interpretation of a Timeless Legend

In 2013, the legend of King Arthur was the inspiration for a one-of-a-kind Roger Dubuis creation named Excalibur Knights of the Round Table. Today, in 2015, Roger Dubuis proudly introduces a new interpretation of the key values that have made this ageless legend truly universal, the Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II: A timeless legend.

Masterfully engraved and laden with symbolism, this fresh expression of the Round Table legend adds even further weight to the evocative power of the piece. 

Legend has it that Merlin declared: «around this table, the bravest knights will gather as equals. They will set forth in search of adventure, righting wrongs, protecting the weak and humbling the proud». Thus began the adventures, as the 12 Knights took the oath of allegiance to King Arthur, swearing to spare no effort, overcome any obstacle and return triumphant. 

From the Middle Ages to the modern day, the universality of the legend of the Wizard and the Knights of the Round Table has remained popular. King Arthur valiantly defends his realm from his enemies and all the action takes place essentially in the mythical forest of Brocéliande.

The best, the noblest and the purest of men are at his side in combat, companions whose strength of arm is equaled only by their strength of character. The story of their exploits has marked history and eloquently honored the cardinal values of strength and respect.

 

 

These are much the same aspirations that motivate Manufacture Roger Dubuis in its ongoing desire to make people dream and its quest for its own particular Holy Grail: the uncompromising excellence epitomized in its 100% Poinçon de Genève certification. 

Product Design Director Lionel Favre explains: “In this standout model, the motto of the mythical knights, ‘Courage and generosity’ reflects the Roger Dubuis approach to its craft. It is nobly represented by the artists and watchmakers working in close collaboration to create an alliance of both traditions.

The sum of this precision and craftsmanship consists of detail that is so fine and intricate it can only be appreciated when examined through a jeweler's eyepiece.”

Boldness and steadfastness. Courage and generosity. Strength and respect. Fearlessness, rigour and discipline. These are precisely the kind of values with which Manufacture Roger Dubuis senses a natural kinship spanning the ages and which naturally find their place at the Round Table of enduring horological excellence.

George Clooney, OMEGA Watches and Geneva Seal in Chicago Landed on the Moon

Houston, we have an event! Guests are boarding the spaceship... with George Clooney, Alex Kats and Leonard Goldberg of Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago leading the flight to the OMEGA Moon.

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The Invitation to Geneva Seal: #OmegaFirstWatchOnTheMoon 12.05.2015, 8:30 PM, UTC-5

2 people on the Moon at once? OMEGA's dining area accommodated more!

2 people on the Moon at once? OMEGA's dining area accommodated more!

OMEGA greeted George Clooney, Alex Kats and Leonard Goldberg of Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago in true NASA fashion, with a spaceship entrance to The OMEGA Moon.

The magical “On The Moon” dinner was prepared by A Fare Extraordinaire and OMEGA flew in French chef Valentin Neraudeau from Paris to create the menu and mixologist Justin Darnes from London to design the incredible cocktails.

The lady of the night Lily Koppel, author of the “The Astronaut Wives Club,” welcomed Clooney to the stage, calling him the  “man on the moon.” He talked about the significance of the Apollo 13 Mission.

“It was a huge part of the optimism at the time when you really believed that anything was possible. And I remember the idea of landing on the moon and I remember (thinking) if we could do that, honestly we could do anything,” he said. ”If you go and look at that actual space craft, the idea that anyone got into it is crazy. It’s like getting into a ’57 Chevy and saying I’m going to take it to the moon and back. It’s just the bravest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Clooney shared the stage with Omega president Stephen Urquhart and astronauts Jim Lovell and Tom Stafford. Lovell presented the Silver Snoopy Award to Omega. The award, which he created in 1970, was designed to uplift and honor an organization that did something unique, he said.

Lovell showed off the Omega watch he wore 75 hours in space. “The bezel is gone and the crystal is cracked,” he said, describing the Omega brand as “the best watch in the universe.”

On display were symbolic and iconic OMEGA watches. The historic significance OMEGA watches hold is unmatched and Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago is proud to welcome Omega to our home.

Gordon Cooper's actual Mercury Capsule "Faith 7". He used it to circle earth 22 times.

Gordon Cooper's actual Mercury Capsule "Faith 7". He used it to circle earth 22 times.

The original "First OMEGA in Space", the same model worn by astronaut Walter "Wally" Schirra in 1962.

The original "First OMEGA in Space", the same model worn by astronaut Walter "Wally" Schirra in 1962.

A proper OMEGA Speedmaster wristshot requires an Apollo spacesuit.

A proper OMEGA Speedmaster wristshot requires an Apollo spacesuit.

Apollo 17's actual command module.

Apollo 17's actual command module.

The new Speedmaster ’57 and the ceramic Speedmasters have attracted a new generation of chronograph fans.

The new Speedmaster ’57 and the ceramic Speedmasters have attracted a new generation of chronograph fans.

George Clooney wore an Omega Watch During His Wedding Day

Without doubt one of the appeals of a mechanical watch is the pleasure derived from the sense of wearing a piece of history on the wrist. This tangible link to the technology of a more romantic age transforms a timepiece into something more than simply a tool or a trinket.

So in some ways it is surprising that there is one relatively recent development has come to dominate the market to the virtual exclusion of its predecessor - the automatic movement, that first became commercially available in the Twenties. And while the power of all watches is stored in the spring, whether wound up by an oscillating weight or manually using finger and thumb, it seemed that in this area convenience is our most important consideration as the vast majority of all mechanical watches sold today are automatic.

That is why it is such a pleasure to come across a new manually wound piece such as the Omega De Ville Trésor Master Co-Axial - especially as when the model in question is so handsome. Handsome enough, indeed, for George Clooney to sport on his wedding day. Deliberately retro in feel, it is inspired by a 1949 piece that shared its name. The honeycomb dial, hands, hour markers and crystal are all domed to give it the feel of its forebear, though its super slim 40mm case is also completely contemporary, made possible by the Omega caliber 8511 - no rotor means less bulk. And call us old-fashioned if you like, but the pleasure of winding it up every day is all part of the pleasure. (via GQmagazine.com)

Mayweather May Be Hated by Many, but Our Watch Brand Hublot Chose the WBC Champion of the World

Still unbeaten, Hublot ambassador Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. beat Manny Pacquiao Saturday night, in what was dubbed the "Fight of the Century". Wearing black and gold Hublot boxing trunks, Mayweather was named the WBC CHAMPION OF THE WORLD!

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago is the only Authorized Dealer in Illinois for luxury watch brand Hublot, who presented the undefeated 10-Time World Champion with a unique King Power WBC Full Pavé with Emeralds to mark the occasion.

Mayweather also wore the Hublot brand name on his boxing trunks – something he has never done previously. “Everyone knows I am a big fan of luxury watches and Hublot is one of them,” said Mayweather minutes before the highly anticipated weight-in. “I am extremely grateful for their support and I look forward to adding the King Power WBC Full Pavé with Emeralds to my collection.”

Say what you will about "Money" Mayweather's arrogant attitude and honesty when it comes to glamorizing money but he was money once again in the richest fight ever.

According to the Associated Press, "Pacquiao did what he wanted to do, chasing Mayweather around the ring most of the fight. But he was never able to land a sustained volume of punches, often looking frustrated as Mayweather worked his defensive wizardry once again."

Mayweather used his reach and his jab to frustrate Manny Pacquiao, piling up enough points to win by unanimous decision and remained unbeaten in 48 fights with a win that cemented his legacy as the best of his generation.

The Breitling Jet Team Sets off to Conquer America

An opportunity to fly high the Breitling colors. The American Tour 2015 took off on Tuesday April 21st at the Sun ‘n Fun Airshow in Lakeland, Florida. To celebrate the event, Breitling has created an exclusive version of its famous pilot’s Chronomat chronograph. Issued in a 500-piece limited series, this Chronomat 44 Breitling Jet Team American Tour Limited Edition makes a striking impression with its black steel case, case-back engraved with the official logo of the American Tour, black dial with the team logo and rotating dial with yellow rubber-inlaid numerals, reprising one of the team’s colors.

This is an authentic instrument for professionals, brimming with a blend of performance, daring and precision – just like the Breitling Jet Team itself.


Urwerk UR-105 TA 'Turbine Automatic' Watches In Black Orange, Black Lemon, Black Gold & All Black

With the new-for-2015 Urwerk UR-105 TA collection, the Swiss brand is making one of their most appealing timepiece collections even better. In 2014, Urwerk first unveiled the UR-105M watches which introduced a great new design as well as a new entry-level price point for the brand. The next model in the family is the Urwerk UR-105 TA "Turbine Automatic Knight Watches," which extends the range with not only new visual styles, but a totally different movement. Whereas the UR-105M was a manually-wound timepiece, the Urwerk UR-105 TA (UR-105TA) contains an automatic winding movement (Urwerk's "Turbine Automatic" system). (ablogtowatch.com)

Swiss Horology vs The Apple Watch

Luxury vs Digital. Switzerland vs California.

When discussing The Apple Watch at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago, the conversation doesn't last long. After three centuries, the mechanics of Swiss watches are so advanced they don't need to bat an eye toward anyone. But here we are, discussing the so-called competition between the two watches because The Apple Watch just may change the watch game.. in a good way.

Robert Hackett, writer for Forbes, thinks The Apple Watch is a gateway drug for Swiss horology and we couldn't agree more. This isn't the first time the Swiss watch industry has been rivaled and it won't be the last. With cunning and a little bit of re-branding, they've survived upheaval before. And this time it will be even easier.

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A Swiss luxury timepiece won't tell you the weather, but they have something smart watches don't. Jean-Claude Biver, watch division president of LVMH and TAG Heuer CEO, says timelessness is essential to the appeal of timekeeping. A collector of watches himself, Biver recently bought his wife a century-old Patek Philippe that ticks like the day it was set, he says. Channeling his inner mystic, he tells Fortune: “A connected watch from Apple or any other brand will not compete with eternity.”

Might Apple erode Switzerland’s market share? Possibly—but smart money says the Apple Watch will actually grow the market. A trendy $17,000 Apple Edition may ultimately prove to be a gateway drug for, say, an elegant $170,000 Patek Philippe.

Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek says he welcomes Silicon Valley to the scene: “We see smart watches as a big chance for the watch industry, not a threat,” he says. “Everything that makes millions of people more open to put something on their wrist will boost the opportunities to sell more watches.”

Hublot Launches the Big Bang Unico Italia Independent in Texalium | Watches | Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

This is the fruit of the partnership between Italia Independent announced in November 2014, the fusion of Texalium® – a brand new material – and the iconic design of the BIG BANG.  

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Hublot is launching the new Big Bang UNICO Italia Independent, designed in collaboration with the Italian brand, of whom Lapo Elkann is President and Co-Founder. 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.

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 (LIVE photos below).

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Watches | Bovet Sportster Chronograph | Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago introduces the Bovet sportster watch. Leonard Goldberg, Chicago's favorite jeweler, styles his Bovet sportster watch with a fabulous pocket square. Every collection of the Bovet watch brand has its own stylistic direction and individual lines. This firm of prestige watches also conquers the hearts of people with a range of goods and the variety of models.

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