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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.

RM 030 Americas Limited Edition timepiece

RM 030 Americas Limited Edition timepiece

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."

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? 

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. 

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.

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.

Breitling Jet Team Getting Ready to Wow Chicago Air & Water Show Crowds

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago engagement ring and watch house is proud to welcome the Breitling Jet Team for their first flight at our annual Chicago Air & Water Show.

New to the air show this year,  the Breitling Jet Team came to us from France. They put their Czech-made Aero L-39c Albatros jets in shipping containers to bring them to the U.S. for their first American tour.

According to CBS Chicago, team leader Jacques Bothelin said,

“We try to choreograph the scenes in a specific European manner. It’s a little different from what you have seen with the American teams. We also use a lot of music, and try to give positive emotion to the spectators. We just want to give them a good time by the elegance (and) grace of the maneuvers,” he said.

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago is an Authorized Dealer for Breitling Watches in Chicago.

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.