Luxury Watches

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.

Hublot Big Bang Broderie Watch | Chicago

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago is proud to house The Hublot Big Bang Broderie watch is irresistible fine embroidery – the most feminine of materials – worn directly against the skin it is synonymous with intimacy… Romantic and sexy, embroidery is the stuff of fantasies.

As delicate as it is frivolous, it embodies a savoir-faire which masters the subtle art of discreet revelation. Hublot continues to revisit Arts and Crafts in its own distinctive way, here paying homage to the memory of our grandmothers’ needlework with this fine St. Gallen embroidery – an ancestral art which is 100% Swiss Made – created by Bischoff, the leading Maison Suisse.

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The creative teams from both companies came  together to develop an exclusive pattern in order to create a fusion with the Big Bang’s iconic design. It shows a rebellious spirit, with its skull pattern on a dial studded with 11 diamonds, and soft arabesques on the bezel and strap – a technical feat which took several months of Research & Development.

After the embroidered elements produced in St. Gallen were delivered to Hublot in the canton of Vaud, part of the solution was found and developed in the Jura: in a process akin to the manufacture of high-tech carbon fibre components, the elements embroidered on tulle are encased and moulded – like a stack of sheets – in carbon fibre to amplify the texture. The process is new and exclusive.

The components are then assembled in the Hublot manufacture in Nyon, the ladies’ timepiece being completed for connoisseurs with an HUB1110 automatic mechanical movement featuring 63 components and 21 jewels. 42-hour power reserve. The Big Bang Broderie, the ultrafeminine watch now featuring the most delicate details, is initially available in 3 versions: gold, silver or All Black, studded.

Hublot Big Bang Broderie watch is available in 3 versions: Gold, Silver or All Black, studded.

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Hublot Big Bang Broderie watch All Black, studded. 

Hublot Big Bang Broderie watch All Black, studded. 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

References 343.SX.6570.NR.0804 (Steel diamonds - Limited edition 200 pieces) 343.VX.6580.NR.0804 (Yellow Gold Diamonds – Limited edition 200 pieces)

343.SV.6510.NR.0800 (All Black Diamonds – Limited edition 200 pieces)

Case Big Bang – Diameter 41mm Polished stainless Steel set with 198 diamonds for 1.12 carat Polished 18K 3N gold set with 198 diamonds for 1.12 carat Polished black PVD stainless steel set with 198 black diamonds for 1.12 carat Bezel Carbon fiber and silver, Gold or Black embroidery 6 H-shaped Black PVD Titanium screws Crystal Sapphire with anti-reflective coating Bezel Lugs Black composite resin Lateral inserts Black composite resin Crown Polished stainless steel with black rubber insert Polished 18K Red Gold with black rubber insert Polished Black PVD stainless Steel with Black Rubber insert Case-back Satin-finished stainless steel or satin-finished Red Gold or black PVD titanium Sapphire crystal interior anti-reflective treatment Water resistance 10 ATM, i.e. approx 100 metres Dial Carbon fiber and silver, Gold or Black embroidery Set with 11 white or black diamonds for 0.20 Carat Hands Polished rhodium-plated or Gold-plated or Black plated Movement HUB1110 Mechanical self-winding movement Components 63 (21 jewels) Frequency 4 Hz (28'800 A/h) Power reserve Approximately 42 hours Strap Black rubber and silver, Gold, or Black embroidery on 100% Black Silk strap 

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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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