Fortis 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Yellow Men’s Chronograph


by Adrian Herscovici  

New Stripes for an Enduring Classic

Fortis WatchesOne thing that gets some collectors excited is a new variation of a favorite watch. Fresh colors have the ability to revitalize a design and breathe contemporary air into a classic look. The latest version of the Fortis B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph mixes black and yellow – a popular color combination found in nature, in fashion and in design the world over, not to mention in watch collections from brands both large and small.

Buy Fortis 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Yellow ChronographLike other watches in the Marinemaster collection, the B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph is built for life. It starts with a stalwart movement: the ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic, a benchmark among chronographs and veritable pillar of Swiss precision and reliability.

The rugged three-part case is constructed of brushed stainless steel and measures 42 mm in diameter. The unidirectional turning bezel is both a visual and functional highlight: the combination of black and yellow is eye-catching, while the deep scalloped edges provide good grip for turning, especially underwater, where the watch is water resistant to a depth of 660 feet. There is more to the bezel: unlike most dive bezels, this one makes a full turn in 120 increments, meaning it is adjustable in half-minute steps. The pip positioned on the bezel at 12 o’clock is luminous and has a blue afterglow.

Functional aspects of this Marinemaster do not end there. The crown is substantial enough to grip and is personalized with the Fortis logo; the chrono pushers are firmly inset and well protected. Adding to the watch’s water resistance is a screw-down caseback, which is embossed with a historic Fortis motif. On the front, anti-reflective sapphire crystal provides a clear and scratch-resistant pane.

To a novice, the dial of the Fortis 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph watch might seem crowded, but it is actually clear and easy to read thanks to the sharp contrast between the white, yellow and black elements. The layout of the sub-dials is based on the Valjoux 7750 movement with a 30-minute totalizer at 12 o’clock, a 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock and running seconds at 9 o’clock. These stand out next to the yellow hour numerals. Toward the outside of the dial is the minute-and-second track as well as a tachymeter scale, which is positioned on the angled flange. The hands, hour markers and indices are all coated with Super-Luminova, which glows blue in the dark. The central chronograph seconds hand also has a luminous circle half way up the hand.

A tidy set-up on the dial at 3 o’clock includes the Fortis logo as well as the day and date. Both stand out well on white backgrounds. Changing the day or date is a breeze on this watch because the two arrowheads on either side of the day and date windows – one facing down and one facing up – indicate which direction the wearer should turn the crown to make quick adjustments. They might seem superfluous, but the arrowheads are convenient reminders and, in design terms, echo the shape of the traditional arrowhead index at 12 o’clock – which appears in deference to Fortis’s aviation style watches.

Since the B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph is a seagoing watch at heart, Fortis mounts the watch on a black rubber strap that fastens by way of a brushed steel folding clasp featuring the Fortis logo. But there are options to mix it up; namely, a black leather strap or steel bracelet.

Fortis 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Yellow Men’s Chronograph

Buy Fortis 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Yellow ChronographKey features:

  • ETA Valjoux 7750 Swiss automatic movement, 25 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour
  • Chronograph, day and date functions
  • Brushed 3-part stainless steel case, diameter 42 mm
  • Black dial, yellow Arabic numerals, luminous hands and hour markers, tachymeter
  • Broad fluted stainless steel unidirectional rotating bezel in black / yellow
  • Individually numbered screw-down case back, embossed with historic Fortis motif
  • Anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Rubber strap, brushed stainless steel folding clasp
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

The Fortis Mens 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph watch in yellow and black is a vibrant rendering of an enduring classic. Contact an authorized Fortis dealer to add one to a collection that already includes a Marinemaster, or own one for the first time in this highly desirable color palette.

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Gevril Mens 5006A Avenue of Americas Limited Edition Blue PVD Automatic Watch


by Adrian Herscovici  

Gevril WatchesThe Gevril Avenue of Americas series of timepieces has long stood as the brand’s flagship collection, with its handsome mix of New York inspired contours and classic 1930s art deco styling.

The latest variation – Reference 5006A – furthers this persona but struts out a jazzed up case color that is more befitting of an evening at the Village Vanguard than a day in your average Sixth Avenue boardroom – and it’s all about blue.

There is no question that blue is popular in watchmaking. An overview of new watches released at the Baselworld fair over the past couple of years reveals several blue variants from brands both large and small; but, usually it’s the dial that gets the blue treatment. In the instance of the 5006A, it’s the case.

Gevril Mens 5006A Avenue of Americas Limited Edition
Gevril Mens 5006A Avenue of Americas Limited Edition Blue PVD Automatic Watch
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Sure, Reference 5006A has the unmistakable characteristics of its Avenue of Americas predecessors including the 44 x 34 mm rectangular and slightly curved case, known both for its style and comfort. The unmistakable addition is the blue PVD coating applied to the bezel, crown and buckle. The dial and strap are dark blue to match. The overall effect is to add a contemporary and playful note to what is otherwise a purely sophisticated collection.

Other qualities the 5006A shares with previous editions include a guilloche pattern across the entire dial surface and scripted numerals, which in this case are white. The contrast between the numerals and dial provides excellent legibility. The characteristic cathedral-style hands are luminous and the second hand has a skeletonized arrowhead.

The caseback is a mix of polished and brushed 316L stainless steel, affixed by eight screws. An exhibition window provides a clear view of the movement rotor, which is decorated with Geneva stripes and personalized with the Gevril logo. Each caseback is individually engraved with the limited edition number – the Gevril Avenue of Americas Reference 5006A Automatic is a limited edition of 500 pieces. The blue PVD crown is initialed with the Gevril logo while the blue PVD buckle is initialed with the Gevril name.

The 5006A is three-handed with a date function, as determined by the ETA 2892 movement inside; simply put, the 2892 is one of the most serviceable automatics available today. The watch is water resistant to 165 feet and the crystal, both front and back, is sapphire.

Gevril Mens 5006A Avenue of Americas Limited Edition Blue PVD Automatic Watch

List Price: $3,895

Key features:

  • ETA 2892 Swiss automatic movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 34 mm, thickness 13.7 mm
  • Dark blue dial, luminous cathedral-style hands, date display
  • Blue PVD-coated stainless steel bezel
  • Exhibition caseback window reveals the watch movement
  • Anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Blue calfskin strap, width 24 mm, stainless steel clasp buckle
  • Water resistant to 165 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

For those with a taste for more complicated timepieces, the Avenue of Americas collection still contains several including the Reference 5022 Automatic GMT, the Reference 5110 Limited Edition Rose Gold Chronograph and the very limited Reference 5850 Serenade Dual Time Zone Automatic. But for those looking for a faithful time-teller with a confident splash of color, the 5006A is a brilliant choice. Hop on this blue train by visiting an authorized Gevril watch dealer today.

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Directed by company founder and long-time creative force in the watch business Samuel Friedmann, Gevril 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. Additionally, Gevril Group operates a full-service watch repair department staffed by master Swiss watchmakers.

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Fortis Mens 710.10.37 M – F-43 Jumping Hour Watch


by Adrian Herscovici  

A Most Venerable Watch Complication Renewed

Fortis WatchesAnalog watches tell time by way of hands that move in a circular motion. A “jump hour” complication replaces the traditional hour hand with a window through which the numerical hour is displayed. When the hour advances, the window (or the disc below it) makes an instant jump to the current hour.

Jump hour watches are not only appealing from a horological point of view; they are also functional, because reading the time using this configuration is unambiguous. In the hands of skilled watchmakers, the jump hour complication also presents opportunities to conceive of new and interesting arrangements such as the Fortis B-47 Mysterious Planets timepiece, introduced last year.

This year, at Baselworld 2013, Fortis introduced its latest jump hour model – the F-43 Jumping Hour – a watch that highlights the complication with artful simplicity. Like the B-47 before it, the F-43 Jumping Hours houses the Fortis F-2024 automatic movement, comprised of a highly modified ETA base with the jump hour mechanism added entirely by Fortis. A small portion of these components are visible through the dial; a wider view of the movement is visible through the glass caseback. The F-2024 employs 21 jewels and an Incabloc shock absorber. It beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour.

Fortis Mens 710.10.37 M – F-43 Jumping Hour Watch
Fortis Mens 710.10.37 M - F-43 Jumping Hour Watch
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But the dial is where the spectacle of the jump hour complication plays out. A matte-textured, smoky-gray disc covers a better part of the dial. Through its translucent surface, Arabic hour numerals appear on the dial plate below. The current hour is displayed through the circular aperture on the disc. When the hour changes the gray disc rotates clockwise, while the centrally mounted minute hand continues its customary rotation around the dial. Design details include chrome hour markers as well as a thin chrome frame around the aperture.

The watch’s two-part case is 43 mm in diameter and made of brushed stainless steel. Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating applied to both sides protects the dial side of the watch; the caseback screws down adding to the watch’s water resistance to a depth of 656 feet. The large crown is characteristic of many Fortis Space and Aviation models and features the Fortis logo. Each watch in this 500 piece limited edition is individually numbered on the caseback.

The neutral tones of the F-43 Jumping Hour are well suited to either a bracelet or strap, but the matching brushed-steel bracelet shown here is the most robust choice with its thick triple-link construction and folding clasp.

Fortis Mens 710.10.37 M – F-43 Jumping Hour Watch

List Price: $5,025

Key features:

  • Fortis caliber F-2024 Swiss automatic movement, 21 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour
  • Unique “jumping hour” complication
  • Two-part brushed stainless steel case, diameter 43 mm
  • Glass dial, rotating matte-textured smoky-gray disc, chrome indices and window frame
  • Exhibition screw-down glass case back reveals the watch movement
  • Anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal on both sides
  • Robust brushed stainless steel bracelet, triple-link construction, traditional folding clasp
  • Limited edition of 500 pieces, individually numbered
  • Water resistant to 656 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

To wear the Fortis F-43 Jumping Hour is to find renewed enthusiasm for a novel watch complication. It’s a highly functional departure from the everyday way of reading time, and it will spark curiosity as much as it delights. Act now, before all 500 pieces are gone.

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Gevril 2002 Columbus Circle Astrological Symbols Dial Watch


by Adrian Herscovici  

A Landmark Achievement

Gevril WatchesEssential watch collections in the Gevril brand lineup are named after famous New York City locales. These include Times Square and the Avenue of the Americas, the brand’s signature collection. The newest Manhattan landmark to be venerated by a Gevril watch collection is Columbus Circle.

The look of the Columbus Circle watch is inspired by the famous Columbus Circle roundabout intersection located at the southwest corner of Central Park outside of the Merchant’s Gate. At the intersection’s center is a commemorative monument, erected in 1892, honoring the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas.

Gevril Mens 2002 Columbus Circle Astrological Symbols Automatic
Gevril Mens 2002 Columbus Circle Astrological Symbols Dial Automatic Watch
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The watch’s dial design, with its series of concentric rings and wheels, is indeed reminiscent of the W 59th Street intersection. At the center is a stationary, silver-colored circular plate featuring the astrological symbols for the days of the week that, much like Columbus Circle (the point from which all official distances from New York City are measured) is the watch’s epicenter. Each astrological symbol matches up with its day of the week on the corresponding ring.

Dial arrangement is strongly based on the configuration of the watch’s ETA 2834/2 movement with a couple of key modifications: first, the open date wheel is modified so the orientation of the numbers is in a vertical position at 12 o’clock (two red lines flank the current date), and second; the days of the week typically printed on the day wheel are replaced by a red diamond that moves one increment daily to indicate the current day; the day names are instead printed on an adjacent stationary ring.

Gevril Mens 2002 Columbus Circle
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Gevril Mens 2002 Columbus Circle
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The 316L stainless steel case is 45 mm in diameter with a black PVD-coated bezel, which pairs well with the black calfskin strap. The crown, personalized with the Gevril logo, is also coated with PVD as is the strap buckle. The watch is water resistant to 165 feet and the sapphire crystal is anti-reflective.

A commemorative caseback features an engraved scene of streetcars rolling through Columbus Circle as it appeared at the turn of the century. A small porthole offers a peak at the movement. The caseback is affixed by four screws and has additional engravings including the individual watch number – Model 2002, pictured, is a limited edition of 150 pieces.

Gevril 2002 Men’s Columbus Circle Astrological Symbols Dial Automatic Watch

Key features:

  • ETA 2834/2 Swiss automatic movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 45 mm, thickness 12 mm
  • Silver dial featuring the astrological symbols for the days of the week, day and date functions
  • Black PVD-coated stainless steel bezel
  • Detailed caseback with engraving of Columbus Circle and exhibition window
  • Anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Black calfskin strap, width 22 mm, traditional clasp buckle
  • Water resistant to 165 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

Gevril creates original timepieces for people who appreciate wearing watches that are out of the ordinary. The Columbus Circle watch is an excellent example: its original dial design, day-date complication and modern case design is an imaginative combination. Consider adding one to your collection today.

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Fortis Mens 800.20.80 L.01 Marinemaster Vintage Chronograph Watch


by Adrian Herscovici  

Renewed, Recharged, and Totally Retro

Fortis WatchesPopular culture steers people to explore new and different trends. But some designs continue to work – decade upon decade – and those labeled “classic” always return to favor. Such is the case with the Fortis Marinemaster watch, originally released in the 1940s. The Marinemaster remained in the Fortis lineup for decades, and the Marinemaster Chronograph was popular well into the 1970s when the quartz movement revolution forced the watch industry to rethink its mechanical future. The industry bounced back in a big way, as did many of the classic watch designs of the 20th century.

Buy Fortis Mens 800.20.80 L.01 Marinemaster Vintage Chronograph WatchToday, reconnecting with classic watches of bygone eras is as popular as ever. As part of the brand’s centennial celebrations, Fortis released two versions of its Marinemaster Vintage Chronograph in 2012: one with blue accents and the second, shown here, with orange accents. Both are limited editions of 500 pieces.

The Fortis Marinemaster Vintage Chronograph watch is true to the look of its predecessor in most ways including the shape of the lugs, the piston-style chronograph pushers and the unidirectional, graduated dive bezel. Similarities extend to the dial, too, including the orange sub-dials; the two-tone 30-minute sub-dial; the shape of the hands and hour markers; the minutes-and-seconds track, and the tachymeter scale at the outside of the dial.

Enthusiasts will note that the position of the 30-minute counter and the 60-second counter are reversed compared to the ’70s iteration, which is a result of the configuration of the new automatic movement – the Fortis caliber F-2020 – an ETA 2892-A2 base with a Dubois Depraz 2020 chronograph module.

Other than the upgraded movement, the most notable difference is the watch’s exhibition caseback that provides a view of the movement in action. The water resistance of the Marinemaster Vintage Chronograph is 165 feet (less than the original, which was over 650 feet).

The three-part case is made of stainless steel and measures 40 mm in diameter. Another nod to the original is the inclusion of domed acrylic on the front that is made of PMMA – the same type of acrylic that was used before the advent of synthetic crystal. The watch is mounted on a black calfskin strap with white stitch and employs a traditional clasp buckle.

If the reliability of a modern watch is more appealing than the quirks of vintage, or a vintage model simply eludes capture, consider the Fortis Marinemaster Vintage Chronograph watch. Its classic retro design in tandem with an updated automatic movement will remain a favorite long after the whim of the next style craze.

Fortis Mens 800.20.80 L.01 Marinemaster Vintage Chronograph Watch

List Price: $4,600

Buy Fortis Mens 800.20.80 L.01 Marinemaster Vintage Chronograph WatchKey features:

  • Fortis caliber F-2020 Swiss automatic movement
  • Chronograph, day and date functions
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 40 mm, thickness 15 mm
  • Black dial, orange subdials, tachymeter
  • Stainless steel graduated dive bezel
  • Exhibition caseback window reveals the watch movement
  • Anti-reflective scratch-resistant PMMA acrylic crystal
  • Black calfskin strap, width 19 mm, traditional clasp buckle
  • Water resistant to 165 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

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Louis Erard Mens 47207AA21.BDCL21 – 1931 Silver Dial Manual Watch

by John Sealander  

In 1931, Louis Erard Put the Mechanical Watch Movement
On Center Stage:  82 Years Later, it’s Still There

Louis Erard WatchesWhen master watchmakers Louis Erard and André Perret brought their first timepiece to market in 1931, they had a dream. Erard wanted to show watch aficionados that watchmaking expertise, flawless quality, and small complications can go hand-in-hand with affordable prices. The company went through difficult times, but Erard never wavered from his goal of creating high quality mechanical watches at affordable prices.

Buy Louis Erard Men's 47207AA21.BDCL21 – 193182 years after the first Louis Erard timepieces were introduced; the brand continues to celebrate the virtues of the mechanical movement. The Louis Erard 1931 hand wound 47207AA21.BDCL21 model is a classic example of why Louis Erard timepieces are prized by watch aficionados and other watchmakers around the world.

This classically styled 40 mm stainless steel timepiece features a continuous small second hand at 6 o’clock, raised Roman numerals, and elegant Dauphine style hands. The handsome 17-jewel hand wound ETA Peseux 7001 movement is decorated using Côtes de Genève engraving and blued screws that can be viewed through a transparent observation window on the caseback.

The exquisitely crafted Louis Erard 1931 hand wound 47207AA21.BDCL21 model is equipped with an anti-reflective scratch resistant sapphire crystal and has been fitted with a hand stitched croc patterned genuine leather strap with a folding stainless steel clasp. This fine Swiss made timepiece is water resistant to 165 feet and comes with a two-year Louis Erard limited warranty.

Louis Erard Mens 47207AA21.BDCL21 – 1931 Silver Dial Manual Watch

List Price: $1,850

Buy Louis Erard Men's 47207AA21.BDCL21 – 1931Key features:

  • Mechanical hand-wound ETA Peseux 7001 movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 40 mm, thickness 8 mm
  • Detailed silver dial, seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, luminous hands
  • Stationary stainless steel bezel
  • Exhibition caseback window reveals the watch movement
  • Anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Brown calfskin band, width 20 mm, push button deployment clasp buckle
  • Water resistant to 165 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

Louis Erard is not a large company. The company headquarters in Le Noirmont, Switzerland employs 26 dedicated craftsmen who are much more concerned about quality than quantity. If you would like to share the commitment that these master watchmakers have made to the mechanical watch, you can wear one of their creations on your wrist. To secure your own Louis Erard 1931 47207AA21.BDCL21, contact an authorized Louis Erard dealer today. This fine timepiece will provide a lifetime of service, but you’ll have to wind it yourself.

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