Timepieces

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.

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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.

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. 

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.

Roger Dubuis Velvet Collection at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago watch and engagement ring boutique houses the sexiest watch brand in the world; Roger Dubuis. The Roger Dubuis Velvet Collection timepieces are Haute Horlogerie divas that draw all eyes with their exceptional charisma.

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With their graphic split-level dials creating a depth effect, numerals and appliques converging towards the centre, decorated lugs, trompe l’oeil style case designs midway between a circle and a tonneau or barrel shape, they offer an entertaining new take on the brand identity codes, imbued with a blend of virtuosity and poetry.

It captures gazes and catches the light. This exquisitely feminine and ultra-glamorous model vamps the watch-making scene with a blend of elegance and audacity.

Its bezel and lugs sparkle with the radiance of 100 diamonds totaling approximately 1.77 carats. This model was created using the RD821 movement, stamped with the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva. 

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.

Bovet Watches | Récital 11 "Miss Alexandra"

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Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago watch and engagement ring boutique is the only Authorized Dealer for Bovet watches in Illinois. The Bovet Récital 11 “Miss Alexandra” features the same precision phase of the moon and characteristic hands of the Récital 9 Tourbillon. The hour and minute hands are offset at 6 o’clock.

Their atypical silhouettes, forming a heart every hour, stand out clearly against the guilloché surface of the finely-worked mother-of-pearl dial crafted by artisans of the Dimier 1738 Dial Manufacture. 

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With its assurance of proven reliability and chronometric precision, the self-winding movement of this new timepiece guarantees a power-reserve of 72 hours, or three days. A comfortable margin, since it allows the timepiece to be taken off for an entire weekend and put back on without the need for any adjustments.

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The precision moon phase module was entirely developed and manufactured by artisans of DIMIER 1738. More complex than a traditional indicator, this precision complication requires only a single one-day correction every 122 years. Its display method was also revised. Rather than showing two moons on a moving disc, here the moon is rigidly attached to the dial. The system features a disc engraved according to an exact cartography of the lunar surface.

Hollow parts have been filled with luminous material. As a result, the moon appears exactly as it can be observed in the sky and therefore seems to directly reflect the sun’s light. The sky through which the earth’s satellite moves has been chased and black treated.

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The Manufacture’s engravers then reworked this sky so that bright points appeared, reminiscent of stars. Two circular pallets moving above this assembly are decorated with the same motif as the sky. Reading the phase of the moon is therefore both intuitive and realistic.

CASE

Type DIMIER

Dimensions 41 X 37.50mm

Thickness across crystals 11.35mm

Thickness between crystals 9.75mm

Material 18K red gold or 18K white gold

Strap Full skin alligator

Buckle 18K red gold or 18K white gold ardillon

Water-resistance 30m

MOVEMENT

Caliber 11DA16-MP

Type Self-winding mechanical

Diameter 11 ½’’’

Frequency 28’800 V/h

Power-reserve72 hours / 3 days

DIALS

Guilloché black mother-of-pearl with 10 round diamond indexes

Functions Off-centre hours and minutes, precision moon phase

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.

A Women's Piece Designed by Breitling Watches at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

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Breitling treats feminine wrists to a new model from its Galactic line featuring a slimmer case, tungsten carbide bezel and a chronometer-certified SuperQuartz™ movement. A true champion marrying style with performance.

The ultra-sporty, elegant and sophisticated Galactic holds a place of its own within the Breitling universe. It is intended for those who don’t necessarily require chronograph functions but are still keen on having a watch capable of sharing every moment of a dynamic lifestyle, and particularly for women of action. 

The slimmer case features an extremely ergonomic profile. It is topped by a brand-new smooth bezel in tungsten carbide, an ultra-resistant high-tech composite material whose original shade creates a subtle contrast with polished steel. Tungsten carbide is made from a tungsten powder molded at high temperature and under extreme pressure. This results in incomparable hardness almost five times greater than that of steel, as well as a scratch-proof surface.

The dials come in black-lacquered or mother-of-pearl, with or without diamond hour-markers. The steel bracelet comprising five rows of links boasts a sturdy and comfortable construction. This model is also available with a diamond-set steel bezel. In addition, the Galactic 36 SleekT retains the sporting qualities that have forged the collection’s success, including water resistance to 100 m (330 ft), a shock-resistant case, a sapphire crystal glareproofed on both sides and an extremely legible dial with luminescent hands and large hour-markers.

The officially chronometer-certified SuperQuartzTM movement displays a level of precision ten times higher than standard quartz. The ultimate sports model for women.

Star Wars by Devon Takes Watches to the Dark Side

Cutting-edge American watch brand, Devon has created a Star Wars by Devon co-branded luxury timepiece - the epitome of the space age and a galaxy far, far away....

Like the iconic film series, the bold new Star Wars | Devon watch embodies the pioneering spirit of the original film and is designed to capture the adventure, hope and enthusiasm of the legendary series.

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago watch and engagement ring boutique is the only AUTHORIZED DEALER for Devon watches in Illinois.

Visit us at 112 E Oak Street Chicago or CALL 312-944-3100 for availability.

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“This project came into being because of our revolutionary design and desire to strive for something different,” said Scott Devon, founder and creative director of Devon Works.

Different and powerful is exactly what Devon achieved in the eight-month time frame the brand was allotted to bring the Star Wars | Devon watch to fruition.

“We knew immediately that we had to incorporate Darth Vader into the design. He is not just one of the most iconic Star Wars characters, but he is also represents an impressive display of man interfacing with machine” says Devon, adding that he worked with his in-house designer, Marko Petrovic to develop the watch. “Marko had already seen the Star Wars movies a hundred times before I even brought the concept of the watch to him. He had the design done within in a week.”
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“Being a huge fan of Star Wars, it was not so hard for me to put my mind into it and come up with a watch that captures the movies’ essence,” says Petrovic. “It was a real treat to watch all the episodes again, but his time from a different perspective. Blending of the emblems of Star Wars with Devon to create an iconic watch just flowed naturally.”
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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. 

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.

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.

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)

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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Watches | Bovet Sportster Chronograph | Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago introduces the Bovet sportster watch. Leonard Goldberg, Chicago's favorite jeweler, styles his Bovet sportster watch with a fabulous pocket square. Every collection of the Bovet watch brand has its own stylistic direction and individual lines. This firm of prestige watches also conquers the hearts of people with a range of goods and the variety of models.

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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.