Best Ever Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair 2015

Hong Kong Watch Clock Fair 2015 Renaissance Moment

by John Sealander  

Gevril Group Brands in Spotlight at World’s
Largest International Timepiece Event

Hong Kong Watch and Clock FairAccording to industry insider and Gevril USA President Samuel Friedmann, the 2015 Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair was the best he has ever attended. Friedmann considers the prestigious fair a must-attend event, adding that this year some of his own brands were in the spotlight.

For 34 years, the prestigious international watch and clock fair has continued to grow in importance, becoming an essential destination for buyers, sellers, and industry experts. The Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair is now the largest event of its kind in the world, with over 780 exhibitors from 23 different countries. Asian markets have become so important in recent years that famous brands like Gevril Group’s own Versus Versace are choosing to launch their latest products at the annual fair.

Versus Versace was one of four international brands that had the opportunity to launch new products on opening day of the watch show. The high profile product launch was well received according to Mr. Friedmann, and was the perfect way to kick off an exciting five-day event.

This year’s Watch and Clock Fair attendees enjoyed daily watch parades and informative seminars designed to focus attention on the latest trends in the watch industry. Switzerland’s watchmaking expertise was featured at two all new pavilions this year, while a special “Wearable Tech Zone” featured the industry’s latest technological innovations. Even the general public got a chance to enjoy the show during a special “Super Saturday” on September 12 which featured lavish parades, celebrity events, and drawings for new watches.

With a record $10.8 billion in imports and $10.3 billion in exports in 2014, Hong Kong has become the world’s largest importer of complete watches by value and the second-largest exporter of complete watches and clocks. It is also becoming the place where the watch world sources parts and materials.

It’s no surprise that the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair now rivals the iconic Baselworld Fair in Switzerland. Samuel Friedmann says he’ll probably be back again next year.

About Gevril Group

Gevril GroupGevril Group, watchmaker and wholesale watch distributor, is the exclusive U.S. agent for exquisitely designed and crafted European luxury and fashion watch brands, distributing and servicing some of the best affordable luxury and Swiss watches and trendy fashion watches. Gevril Group also operates a full-service watch repair, staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. Contact Gevril Group by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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Couture Las Vegas Severs Ties with Watch Journal

Couture Las Vegas


by John Sealander  

Couture Las Vegas Terminates Watch
Journal’s Popular Couture Time Watch Event

For the past three years, Couture Time has been a popular show-within-a-show at the annual Couture watch and jewelry event in Las Vegas. Couture Time, sponsored by the prestigious Watch Journal Magazine, was thought by many to be the most important watch event in the United States.

Glen Bowen with Samuel Friedmann at Couture Las VegasGlen Bowen, publisher and editor-in-chief of Watch Journal, conceived of the Couture Time event as an environment where leading timepiece brands could meet face-to-face with leading retailers. For three years, that’s exactly what happened. Couture Time by Watch Journal™, held at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel in conjunction with Couture Las Vegas, became an essential destination where the world’s top luxury watch brands could meet America’s premier jewelers and watch retailers.

The centerpiece of this weeklong event was the annual Couture Time Awards. This highly regarded watchmaking competition was the only event of its kind in the United States and provided a unique showcase for exhibiting watch brands at the show.

All that ended when Glen Bowen announced on October 3rd that Watch Journal Magazine’s three-year partnership with Couture had ended. In an open letter to participating watch brands, Bowen stated, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for you’re past participation in Couture Time by Watch Journal. It has been a pleasure to work with each of you and your teams and to help you get the most out of the show. Likewise, it has been a privilege and a pleasure to partner with Couture to create Couture Time by Watch Journal as a very special venue for watches.”

Effect on Watch Industry

The absence of Couture Time at the annual Couture show will be a big disappointment to many in the watch industry. Gevril Group President Samuel Friedmann, a regular Couture exhibitor, feels that the new owners of Couture Las Vegas didn’t give the show-within-a-show concept enough time. “Many American retailers do not make the expensive trip to Baselworld,” says Friedmann. “Couture Time and Watch Journal gave these people another alternative. If Couture had a little more patience, I am convinced that the watch show would have grown tremendously and become a major draw for both Couture and the entire watch industry.”

One can only speculate why Couture chose to sever its relationship with Watch Journal and discontinue the popular Couture Time show-within-a-show. For the over 80 watch brands that regularly attended the annual Couture show, Couture Time was an essential component of the Couture experience. Watch Journal Magazine is highly regarded as an industry authority by many watchmakers and the magazine’s participation gave Couture Las Vegas even more prestige within the watch industry.

It is too early to guess the extent to which the absence of Couture Time will impact the 2014 Couture show. Couture is still one of the important trade events of the year for North American jewelry retailers, but the loss of the Couture Time show-within-a-show will not go unnoticed by the watch industry.

About Gevril Group

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the exclusive US representative for select European watch brands, distributing and servicing luxury, fashion and sports timepieces at a wide range of price points. Gevril Group also operates a full-service watch repair department staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. Contact Gevril Group by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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Versus Watches Stolen at WWD Magic Trade Show Show Las Vegas


by John Sealander  

Thieves Prove that Versus Watches Are The
Hottest Thing at WWD Magic Trade Show 2013

Versus WatchesEverybody knows that Versus watches are one of this season’s hottest fashion accessories, but seven of these fashionable timepieces are now quite literally too hot to handle. The watches were stolen when thieves broken into a locked showcase at the Versus booth during the recently concluded WWD Magic trade show in Las Vegas.

Versus Display Case WWD Magic Trade Show – Before Theft
Versus Display Case WWD Magic - Before Theft
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According to Kari Allen, President of Versace Timepieces USA, the incident happened sometime during the evening of August 20 when an unknown thief stole seven very desirable Versus watches with an undisclosed retail value from a locked display case after the show had officially closed for the day. “We really need to catch the thief,” says Allen, “because we are so careful with our distribution and we don’t want these watches to end up in the wrong hands or stores.”

Versus Display Case WWD Magic - After TheftAllen hopes that police will be able to recover the stolen watches. “There’s certainly no need to swipe these watches,” says Allen. “The fashion world is well aware that the Versus Versace brand is already a steal.”

These trend-setting timepieces are a popular, and very affordable way to experience the unmistakable allure of Versace. The trendy Versus label has come to represent the rock ‘n’ roll soul of Versace and the fashion world loves it.

Versus will be back with more hot new designs at THE WWD Magic Trade Show 2014, but hopefully none of them will be too hot to handle. ”We’re glad people like us,” says Allen, “but we’d prefer that they get their Versus watches from an authorized Versus Versace dealer.”

Gevril Group US and Caribbean Agent for Versus Watches

Gevril GroupVersus Watches is represented in the US and the Caribbean by Gevril Group. Contact us by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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Couture Las Vegas Vital to U.S. Market Say Watch Industry Insiders

by Ivo Jackson  

Globally, Las Vegas represents the ultimate in exquisite indulgences in nearly every way imaginable. The fashion industry is no exception.

Luxury timepiece dealers and distributors meet every year at the majestic Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada for The Couture Show, the premiere jewelry and watch event for high-end retailers in the U.S. Watch industry insiders gather at Couture Las Vegas to browse exclusive new collections, strengthen business relationships, and prepare to bring the best of the fashion and luxury watch world to consumers throughout the United States.

Historically, the Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show, held in Basel, Switzerland, has been the world’s premiere timepiece trade show. Beginning in 1917 in the world capital for fine timepiece manufacturing, “Basel Fair”, as it is often called by Europeans, is the largest show for watch manufacturers and distributors worldwide, and was by default the most important show in the industry.

However, as the U.S. market is becoming increasingly important to luxury and fashion timepiece brands, The Couture Show in Las Vegas is growing in importance, as well. According to many Couture 2013 attendees, this fabulous five-day show now rivals its Basel counterpart.


Paolo Marai, CEO of Vertime, commented that “Compared to Basel Fair, as a very limited number of US customers are coming to see the new products, Couture is really the hot moment of the year to show the new collections to our customers based in the U.S.” Danny Govberg, owner of Govberg Jewelers agrees. A fan of the show, he calls Couture Las Vegas, “one of the most prestigious shows in the world with the most prestigious designers and watch brands.”

Besides quality and exclusivity, location and accommodation also make The Couture Show at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas a growing and vital influence within the luxury timepiece industry. To have such a quality trade show in the U.S. makes it easier for more North American retailers to attend and do all their shopping for the upcoming season in one place.

Furthermore, American buyers are often more accustomed to the large, luxurious accommodations in Las Vegas, as opposed to the more conservative and “cozy” accommodations available to Baselworld attendees, so going to Couture Las Vegas is not only more convenient, but potentially more comfortable than traveling to Switzerland for Baselworld.

As the U.S. luxury watch market grows with designer brands launching high-end fashion watch brands to accompany their clothing lines, the timepiece exhibition at The Couture Show in Las Vegas will continue to grow in importance and excellence.

About Gevril Group

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the exclusive US representative for select European watch brands, distributing and servicing luxury, fashion and sports timepieces at a wide range of price points. Gevril Group also operates a full-service watch repair department staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. Contact Gevril Group by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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Couture 2013 Las Vegas – Showcasing the Worlds Best Luxury Brands

Fortis, Ferragamo and Versace Couture Time 2012 Banners


by John Sealander  

If Your Business is Luxury, You Always Make Time For Couture

Perfectly timed to coincide with Las Vegas Jewelry Week, Couture is just around the corner. From May 30 until June 3, the world’s leading jewelry and timepiece designers, retailers, and manufacturers will gather at the exclusive Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas for Couture. For over 16 years, the Couture show has been the destination of choice for the stars of the luxury goods industry. With every passing year, this prestigious event continues to gain steam within the luxury community and is now considered the preeminent place to showcase jewelry and watches.

According to Gevril President Samuel Friedmann, “the Couture show has become the place where established brands, rising stars, powerful retailers and luxury trend setters discover what is going to excite customers and drive sales during the year ahead.”

Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas Exclusivity

Friedmann says that participation in the influential Couture show is absolutely essential for Gevril Group. In 2012, Gevril showcased virtually all of the 40 fine timepiece brands it represents, in the Wynn Hotel’s spectacular Chambertin 2 Ballroom. During the five-day event, the show generated much more traffic and interest than the company initially anticipated. “We had success with every price point. Even drop-ins led to serious discussions,” said Friedmann.

This year, Gevril Group will once again be showcasing many of their prestigious brands at the Couture Time exhibit; including world renowned names such as Fortis, Gevril, Versace, Ferragamo and Versus. Joining Gevril at Couture are industry leaders like Stefan Hafner, Chopard, Bell & Ross, Bvlgari, Perrelet, David Yurman and many others. The prestigious Watch Journal will be returning as co-host of Couture Time in 2013. Watch Journal is the first luxury magazine built around watches and is widely regarded as a leading voice within the industry.

Gevril Group Couture Time 2012 Entrance

Visitors Checking in with Gevril Group Reception at Couture Time 2012

With new brands and exciting faces in attendance, the 2013 Couture show promises to be the best ever. Paul Ziff, President of Ferragamo Timepieces for the US and Caribbean, is looking forward to this year’s event. “We are very pleased to be participating in the 2013 Couture show” said Ziff. “Couture is the perfect venue for leading retailers to meet with executives from the industry’s top brands in a relaxed and luxurious environment. It is in this setting that new relationships are forged and existing partnerships strengthened.”

Kari Allen, President of Versace Timepieces for the US and Caribbean, agrees. “I am excited to share the new 2013 Versace and Versus Versace Watch Collections at the Couture show this year” said Allen. “We have gotten fantastic responses from all the top retailers making appointments for this year’s show. The Couture Show at the Wynn Las Vegas is where everyone comes to see all the top luxury watch and jewelry brands in one elegant setting.”

The Couture show proves once and for all that what goes on in Vegas doesn’t necessarily have to stay there. From May 30 until June 3, Gevril Group will give the world’s premier luxury retailers a unique opportunity to see, touch, and just say “wow” to one of the most diverse collections of fine timepieces available today.

Gevril Group will be at Couture from start to finish in the Chambertin 2 Ballroom. You can reach Gevril Group by email or by calling 1-866-425-9882. During the event, call Ruth Dombroff at 914-689-4360.

About Gevril Group

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the exclusive US representative for select European watch brands, distributing and servicing luxury, fashion and sports timepieces at a wide range of price points. Gevril Group also operates a full-service watch repair department staffed by master Swiss watchmakers.

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Inside Basel-Geneva

by John Sealander  

Bringing Bling to Baselworld,
Glitter to Geneva, and Sophistication to SIHH

Inside Basel-GenevaBaselworld, The Geneva Time Exhibition, and The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie are three of the watch, jewelry, and luxury goods industry’s most prestigious and widely attended events. Every year, tens of thousands of watch industry professionals make an annual pilgrimage to these exclusive shows to see the newest timepieces and innovations from the world’s leading brands.

This year, Watchtime editor and noted collector Jeff Kingston has decided to up the ante by showcasing the very best from these prestigious shows in an atmosphere of astonishing opulence and luxury.

Partnering with the most exclusive 5-star hotels and upscale private clubs in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles; Jeff’s Inside Basel-Geneva events will provide an unprecedented opportunity for watch industry executives, retailers, and collectors to experience this year’s newest watches in an ultra-exclusive setting.

Lucky participants begin each evening with a 120-minute watch exhibition, showcasing the very best new timepieces for 2013. Premium champagnes selected by expert sommeliers are paired with signature hors d’oeuvres, and accompanied by live music. The watch world’s elite will see and try on the newest and most exciting timepieces long before they reach the stores. Each featured brand will have top executives on hand to answer questions from buyers and enthusiasts.

This unique opportunity to enjoy fine watches, accompanied by the finest food and wine in the company of industry insiders and fellow enthusiasts just isn’t available anywhere else. For many attendees, this unique event is the highlight of the horological year. In one luxurious evening, Jeff Kingston presents the most exciting new stars from SIHH, Baselworld, and the Geneva Time Exhibition during a 3-course seasonal gourmet dinner that has been created exclusively for each IBG event. Sommeliers will pair top-tier wines with your meal for a truly unique dining experience.

If you’d like to preview the best timepieces of 2013 in an atmosphere of relaxed luxury, it’s time to make your reservations now. Registration for the Inside Basel-Geneva presentations will be available on a first come/first serve basis and the events are expected to sell out even faster than they did last year.

About Gevril Group

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the exclusive US representative for select European watch brands, distributing and servicing luxury, fashion and sports timepieces at a wide range of price points. Gevril Group also operates a full-service watch repair department staffed by master Swiss watchmakers.

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