Men's Timepiece

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."

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.

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?