Men's Fashion

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."

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.

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.

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.

HYT H2 Aviator Watch | Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago watch and engagement ring boutique is the only Authorized Dealer for HYT watches in Illinois. With an already imposing name, the H2 Aviator ref. 248-DL-01-GF-KG is the first time HYT creates a timepiece destined for aviation lovers with each step of its concept designed to satisfy aeronautical codes. The H2 Aviator isn't simply an evolution, it is a true transformation of HYT's iconic H2 launched in 2013. HYT CEO Vincent Perriard said:

"The H2 Aviator is a well thought out design conceived to go the distance over years, to evolve, follow and even anticipate horological trends and to think that our creations are all of this quality, gives me enormous satisfaction. The H2 transcends different orbs and is not propelled 10,000 feet upward as if it has always been mean for this."

This is not a "pilot's watch" as one might think of it in the traditional sense. Rather, the H2 Aviator is more along the lines of a design change which in total give it more of an "aviation" style: there is no new mechanical function (aviation or otherwise) vs the other H2 models. One feature that is entirely new for HYT is the strap - this one if made of Kevlar (a synthetic fiber of high tensile strength used especially as a reinforcing agent in the manufacture of tires and other rubber products and protective gear such as helmets and vests).

The HYT H2 Aviator displays time using HYT's innovative liquid system: two bellows positioned in a V-shape at 6 o'clock work mechanically to move the yellow fluid in the small capillary around the edge of the dial. The position of the liquid indicates the current hour (the gray hour indexes of this model are luminous). Minutes are displayed with the center-set hand, with an unusual "jump" at 30 minutes so as "to avoid the bellows" according to HYT. This is why one sees two "30" indicators positioned near 6 o'clock.

HYT introduced a thermal indicator to erase the effects of heat and cold on rate on the position of the fluid. This thermal indicator shows if the watch is in its optimal temperature segment to be handled.

Technical Specifications of the HYT H2 Aviator

Ref.: 248-DL-01-GF-KG, Limited edition of 40 pieces

Case: Titanium black DLC with polished, micro blasted and satin finishes measuring 48.8 mm in diameter by 17.9 mm in thickness. Titanium black DLC dome at 6 o'clock.

Dial: unstructured, fluid hours, black alumiunium hour dial; charcoal grey numerals, sapphire minute dial, black rhodium minute hand with a red arrow, white indexes and every 15 minutes red numerals 15, 30, 45, 60. Luminescent minute hand and hour-markers.

Crown: Screw-down dynamometric crown sheathed in rubber. Protected crown in titanium black DLC.

Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal —box— with anti-reflection coating.

Case Back: Screwed sapphire back.

Water-resistance: 50 meters.

Functions: Retrograde yellow fluidic hours; Minutes with a jumping hand —déphaseur angulaire— at 30 minutes; Crown position indicator H-N-R; Thermal indicator.

Movement: Manual wound exclusive HYT caliber with 8-day power reserve.

Strap: grey/black Kevlar strap with red contrast stitching and titanium black DLC deployant buckle.

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 Silver.

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 

Deployant bluckle made in Stainless Steel, or 3N Gold-plated StainlessSteel or Black PVD StainlessSteel 

Bell & Ross Watches | White Ceramic | Chicago

The New BR S WHITE CERAMIC watch is sleeker & sexier than ever!

True to its aeronautical origins, Bell & Ross has re-imagined its iconic watch - the BR 01, by introducing a sleeker and thinner creation, the BR S.

The polished white ceramic case is resistant to scratches, unalterable in color and lightweight.