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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."

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.

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.

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.

Lord Stanley Is En Route to Chicago: X-Rayed at Airport

Tonight, Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago will be cheering for our favorite boys, The Chicago Blackhawks! The excitement this team has spread around our city is contagious, even the rainy summer days can't bring us down... It's on Tampa Bay. It's ON.

If the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup on home ice, it will be the first time since 1938! But first, even the Lord has to pass through airport security. As posted on Twitter by Philip Pritchard — the Stanley Cup's guardian —  hockey's ultimate prize went through the X-ray machine just before taking flight to Chicago.

The Stanley Cup goes through the X-ray process before taking flight to Chicago.

The Stanley Cup goes through the X-ray process before taking flight to Chicago.

Alex Kats (Geneva Seal), Blackhawks players; Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) Joakim Nordstrom (42)

Alex Kats (Geneva Seal), Blackhawks players; Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) Joakim Nordstrom (42)

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 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.


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.”

180,000-carat emerald from Brazil. Worth $900 million? Or nothing?

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago is intrigued by the case of the 180,000-carat Bahia Emerald from Brazil. Since 2001, the 840 pound uncut emerald has been the subject of a contentious court battle between a colorful crowd of gem traders, miners and a real estate tycoon all vying for the prized jewel - once valued at $372 million.

Bradley Campbell, writer for Public Radio International, explains:

"It’s been used to prop up a struggling tech company hoping to make it rich on high-definition televisions. It may or may not have been submerged in water during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It is said to have traveled from Brazil to (at least) San Jose, New Orleans and Los Angeles. And that’s why the saga of the Bahia is both fascinating and strange. It's been valued at $900 million."

Michael Chiero of Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago thinks otherwise. Michael is a graduate in diamonds, colored stones & an AJP. He thinks,

"that the shear size of the crystal and it's exciting story between the trading hands adds a tremendous value. Which in turn, would label the emerald as more of a collectible with a rich and mysterious history. From a gemological standpoint, majority of the emeralds mined from the Bahia region are know for being cloudy and filled with inclusions, typically selling for $10 or less per carat."

Michael continues, "depending on what could be fashioned into usable material, I would estimate that the emerald crystal would be worth less than $100,000.00. As a rare specimen with said history, well one can only speculate. Possibly a few million depending who's interested. The multi-million dollar values reported were part of an insurance scam where the owners were using it as collateral to fund a new flat screen TV business."

Crazy, yes. Confusing, sure. What we're excited to see is the finished product after this case is closed.  Once the ugly chunk of rock is cut, formed and polished by a jeweler. We can only hope something as beautiful as this unique ring centered upon a rare 20 carat mogul hand carved emerald will come out of this 14-year old saga.

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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URWERK | Watches | Chicago | Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago introduces the newest addition to our URWERK family: The UR-1001 “TITAN” is the craziest, most complex, most desirable, most high tech, most futuristic... in short, it's the most bad-ass of all URWERK’s creations. It's an assertive titanium Zeit Device indicating seconds, minutes, hours, day, date, month, years, centuries and even millennia, all in a thoroughly original and innovative way.

What’s more, URWERK have provided the UR-1001 with a generously sized strap for wearing on the wrist. The UR-1001 “TITAN” is URWERK distilled to its pure essence.