Travel Gold Coast and Dubai in Versace Palazzo Style

Palazzo Versace in Gold Coast, Australia


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Versace WatchesWhen you’re away from home in some of the world’s most glamorous cities, you can still wrap yourself in the world of Versace. In addition to clothes, housewares and accessories, including jewelry and watches, Versace was purportedly the first high fashion brand to get into the hospitality business, creating magnificent palazzi to luxuriate in.

The Versace palazzo was actually the idea of Soheil Abedian of the Sunland Group. In 1997 he brought the proposal of a Versace branded hotel to the Versace family who thought it would be a great extension to their company. Abedian believed that now deceased founder of Versace, Gianni Versace, who loved architecture, would appreciate a Versace hotel for weary travelers to shop, relax and lay their heads after an exciting day. Abedian’s plan could work because at that time Versace was the only fashion house that had a home collection and could completely outfit a hotel with essentials such as pillows, fabric, porcelain, cutlery, etc.

Soheil Abedian of Sunland Group with Son Sahba
Soheil Abedian of Sunland Group with Son Sahba
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By September 2000, the first Versace Palazzo was open for business in Southern Queensland, Australia in Gold Coast Broadwater. The first location was chosen because of the year-round temperate weather, perfect for yachting, diving, golfing, surfing or just lazing on the golden beaches. Many attractions also call this location home like Sea World, Dream World and the Warner Brothers Movie World.

Shoppers will be in heaven starting with Versace’s signature boutique in the lobby where they can get the hottest fashions and designed products. A short distance away is the retail precinct of Marina Mirage where more designers offer their wears. After or before getting bags full of goodies there are the options of going to the theater, browsing the galleries, admiring the architecture, gambling in the casinos or tasting wine at the wineries. For those with an appreciation of nature, there is the World Heritage National Park. Afterwards, come home to the Palazzo and dine in one of three world-class restaurants.

Lobby in Palazzo Versace Vanitas Restuarant in Palazzo Versace
Lobby in Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast Vanitas Restuarant in Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast
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After the success of the Gold Coast Versace Palazzo location, another Versace Palazzo is under construction in Dubai in Culture Village on the foreshore of Dubai Creek. Palazzo Versace Dubai will be the centerpiece of the 40,000,000 square foot area that will include a harbor, dockside developments and cultural and exhibition centers.

Palazzo Versace, Dubai
Palazzo Versace, Dubai
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If you thought Palazzo Gold Coast was decadent, wait to you see what’s in store for Dubai. The facade will be a spectacular sight with patterned fenestration, ornate pediment, along with glazing and arched windows. While about 90% of the artisans working on Palazzo Dubai are living in the United Arab Emirates, an Italian mosaic expert is developing the hand-cut marble and glass tesserae that will make up a mosaic inside the Palazzo.

Inside Palazzo Versace, Dubai
Versace Fall/Winter 2014
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Like the Gold Coast, Versace chose Dubai for a Palazzo location because Culture Village is planned to be a historical hub of Dubai featuring museums, souks, galleries, museums, designers and quaint cobblestone walkways. Developed on 1,400,000 square feet, it will include 146 rooms and 58 suites. There also exists an option to purchase condos and penthouses. Public spaces will surround the area showcasing artifacts, sculpture and art within landscaped gardens featuring promenades, reflection pools and terraces. Palazzo Dubai is its own little oasis.

Inside the Dubai Palazzo will be restaurants of the same caliber found in the Gold Coast Palazzo, as well as a spa, meeting rooms, bars and pool bars. Of course, the rooms will be equally lush, outfitted with Versace branded linens, furniture, etc. and even an opportunity to make the Palazzo home by buying a one to six bedroom condominium.

Fine Dining in Palazzo Versace, Dubai Spa in Palazzo Versace, Dubai
Fine Dining in Palazzo Versace, Dubai Spa in Palazzo Versace, Dubai
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Versace goes all out in their designs and product and the Palazzos are no exception. If you travel to the Gold Coast or Dubai (when the Palazzo is finished), then they should be a destination, a great way to be in the hub of the city and get pampered. And who doesn’t like to be spoiled? Especially by Versace.

About Versace Timepieces

Versace WatchesVersace has long been known as a leader in the world of glamour and fashion. The evolution of the Versace style has demonstrated a perfect balance between the classical and modern. In every Versace watch creation is a commitment to the finest quality and a reflection of a long manufacturing tradition. This is demonstrated by the Greek key and Medusa logo, unmistakable design details that confer a distinctive signature and represent a definitive expression of the glamorous style of the Maison. The Italian style of the watches combined with the “Swiss Made” precision and innovation are parts of what makes the watches what they are.

Today the Versace brand is widely recognized as a leader in the world of luxury and renowned for its classic elegance. Timepiece collections range from $795 to $22,000 retail.

Gevril Group US and Caribbean Agent for Versace Timepieces

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Ferragamo Buckle Christmas Edition Watch Collection

Ferragamo Buckle Christmas Edition 2014 Watch Collection

by John Sealander  

Ho, Ho, Ho, it’s a Gancino…

Ferragamo WatchesChristmas has become a tradition at Salvatore Ferragamo, and when Salvatore and St. Nick get together, almost anything can happen. The result of this year’s collaboration is the spectacular Ferragamo Buckle Christmas Edition. Available in three exciting holiday color variations, this exclusive new Christmas Edition of the popular 37 mm Buckle ladies timepiece will feature a special Christmas Edition marking on the caseback, along with all new fuchsia, champagne, or red guilloché dials.

The Christmas Edition Buckle takes this iconic timepiece, derived from the shape of Ferragamo’s trademark Gancino hook, to a whole new level. The graceful cloche shaped IP gold case features a striking asymmetrical dial that has been decorated with intricate guilloché finishing and includes four brilliant cut diamonds as indices. With its unique winding crown in the 12 o’clock position and signature asymmetrical lugs, this spectacular two-hand configuration adds a touch of class and sophistication to any woman’s wrist.

Ferragamo FG509 0014 Buckle Ferragamo FG510 0014 Buckle
Ferragamo FG509 0014 Buckle Ferragamo FG510 0014 Buckle
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Ferragamo Buckle Christmas Edition watches can be equipped with your choice of a beautiful fuchsia, beige or red vegetable tanned calfskin strap that is color coordinated to harmonize perfectly with the special holiday inspired dials. This sensational holiday gift is powered by a premium Swiss made Ronda 762 quartz movement that has a 10-year battery life and is housed in a durable stainless steel case that is water resistant to 101 feet.

Ferragamo timepieces have always made great gifts. If you’d like to put something truly special under the tree this Christmas for a very lucky lady, the time to reserve one of these exclusive Salvatore Ferragamo Buckle Christmas Edition watches is now. Ferragamo Christmas Editions have become extremely desirable and these special edition holiday timepieces don’t last long. To make sure that there’s a Buckle under your tree this Christmas, contact your authorized Salvatore Ferragamo dealer today and ask to see the Buckle Christmas Edition.

Gevril Group US and Caribbean Agent for Ferragamo Timepieces

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Fortis Flieger Cockpit Watch Collection


by John Sealander  

A Vintage Aviator Style Timepiece with a
Trouble-Free Modern Mechanical Movement

Fortis WatchesVintage watches are in. And nobody does vintage better than Fortis. Fortis practically invented the aviator timepiece, and pilots and astronauts still depend on these superbly crafted timing tools today.

Early aviator watches were characterized by a large uncluttered dial, so pilots could easily keep track of the time while monitoring critical cockpit instruments. The first generations of these watches were often fitted with World War I cuff style straps, which initially became popular when smaller pocket watches were adapted to wear on the wrist. Later, NATO nylon straps were found to be more practical, but both styles are still popular today.

Fortis 595.11.13 L.01
Flieger Cockpit
Fortis 595.11.14 L.01
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Fortis 595.11.16 L.01
Flieger Cockpit
Fortis 595.11.13 L.01 Flieger Cockpit Fortis 595.11.14 L.01 Flieger Cockpit Fortis 595.11.16 L.01 Flieger Cockpit
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Fortis not only provides a option of military style straps with Cockpit timepieces, there are also three exciting color combinations available. Each of these 40 mm stainless steel aviator watches features a two-color dial that divides a 12-hour day into two clearly differentiated six-hour segments.

The unique luminous three-hand configuration highlights the all-important minute scale, while placing the hours in a smaller circle at the center of the dial. The large, two color minute scale makes events easy to time even under adverse lighting conditions. There is also an easy-to-read date window at 3 o’clock, adjacent to a large knurled stainless steel setting crown with the Fortis logo.

Fortis 595.11.13 N.01
Flieger Cockpit
Fortis 595.11.14 N.01
Flieger Cockpit
Fortis 595.11.16 N.11
Flieger Cockpit
Fortis 595.11.13 N.01 Flieger Cockpit Fortis 595.11.14 N.01 Flieger Cockpit Fortis 595.11.16 N.11 Flieger Cockpit
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All Fortis Cockpit watches are powered by a premium Swiss made ETA 2824-2 automatic mechanical movement, designed to last a lifetime with proper care. An anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal protects the beautiful dial, and the rugged stainless steel case is water resistant to an impressive 660 feet. The Cockpit Collection is available with an Olive and black, Yellow and black, or Orange and black dial, and can be fitted with your choice of a wide premium leather cuff style strap, or an authentic nylon NATO strap.

If the no-nonsense look of a military inspired vintage watch appeals to you, maybe it’s time to see how a Fortis Flieger Cockpit looks like on your wrist. The Cockpit gives you the best of both worlds: an authentic vintage vibe powered by a modern Swiss-made mechanical movement. To acquire one of these superlative timepieces while they’re still available, contact your authorized Fortis dealer immediately and ask to see the Flieger Cockpit Collection.

Gevril Group US, Canada and Caribbean Fortis Watches Agent

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US, Canada and Caribbean agent for Fortis Watches and the authorized Fortis watch repair service center. Contact Miriam Tress, Fortis Brand Manager, by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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Historic Gevril Metropolitan Watch Collection

Manhattan, New York


by Adrian Herscovici  

Gevril WatchesThe modern Gevril tradition of naming watch collections after prominent New York neighborhoods and landmarks is well documented. One of the brand’s historic releases was the Metropolitan collection from 1997, named after the greater surrounding area of metropolitan New York. As one of the most populous urban areas in the world, metropolitan New York encompasses a large area that includes Manhattan and Long Island in addition to parts of New Jersey, Connecticut and eastern Pennsylvania.

Gevril’s watchmakers were aware that choosing a single design to embody the personality of such a large region was impossible, since it included a diverse group of cultures and communities. Instead, they agreed upon a design that represented Gevril’s brand values – specifically, its commitment to quality and to designing watches with refined sensibilities – a value proposition that has long been the foundation for Gevril watches.

The 1997 Gevril catalog described the Metropolitan collection as having “genteel sophistication, capital presentation” and the Metropolitan was indeed unapologetic about its upper-crust persona. The case was a demure 32 mm in diameter and quite thin, which represented the classic composition of a sophisticated dress watch (before the emergence of the “big watch” trend that followed soon after). The case and bracelet of the Metropolitan were made from 14 kt. yellow gold, yet the overall design was uncomplicated; its rich personality was innate rather than embellished.

Gevril R017/1 Metropolitan
Gevril R017/1 Metropolitan
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As a result of this elegant construction and in the tradition of a formal dress watch, the dial of the Metropolitan was sparse, a graceful two-hander, with no need to overstate or put on airs. It was a capacious swath of gold color with thin applied hour indexes and the Gevril logo. The watch’s two hands were equally thin. There were two dial variations: one that included a minute track and another with hour indexes exclusively.

Gevril R017-3 Metropolitan With Curved Lug-EndsAn unusual aspect of the Metropolitan collection was the variation in lug constructions. There were two different lug setups for each of the 14 kt. gold bracelets and another for the strap. One version was designed to accommodate a mesh-style bracelet; another style had curved lug-ends that were designed to match a second type of interlink bracelet, and; a third version had traditional straight lugs that jutted out to accept a leather strap.

Each Metropolitan watch was water resistant to 165 feet and featured a sapphire crystal. Ticking inside was a Swiss made ETA 282.001 quartz movement.

The Metropolitan collection set the tone for the many Gevril timepiece collections that followed with its combination of superb materials, refined craftsmanship and Swiss made components. Gevril remains committed to delivering this level of quality, and the great city of New York is its continual inspiration.

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Historic Gevril Greenwich Watch Collection

Washington Square Arch In Greenwich Village


by Adrian Herscovici  

Gevril WatchesThe Greenwich sport chronograph by Gevril was released in 1997, and like other Gevril collections, it is named after a famous New York area. In this instance the area is Greenwich Village, located in lower Manhattan. Greenwich Village today is a gentrified neighborhood of residential and commercial spaces, but for most of the last century it was home to a thriving artists’ community, and in the 1960s, it was America’s eastern capital of bohemian subculture.

In the world of timekeeping, the name Greenwich also has significance. The Greenwich district in southeast London, England is the location of the prime meridian, or 0̊ longitude, the starting point from which longitudinal distances are measured around the world. The prime meridian sets Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) as well as Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), two primary time standards.

Gevril’s Greenwich chronograph is a watch that befits the pace of modern-day New York, yet remains reverent to the importance of astronomy in horological history and to the significance of the Greenwich name.

Gevril KO111/2 Greenwich Gevril KO111/1 Greenwich
Gevril KO111/1 Greenwich Gevril KO111/1 Greenwich
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Greenwich watches are made from stainless steel with 39 mm cases, solid casebacks and sapphire-fronting crystals. The sides of the cases feature a decorative ribbing pattern. Multiple variations of the watch exist including those with silver, blue or black dials. Some dials are a solid color, others are two-tone, which holds true for the cases and bracelets, too. The bezels are marked by a sextet of ornamental nooks, and the cases have a screw-down crown with wide fluting and sunken chronograph pushers. The Greenwich watch is water resistant to 330 feet.

As a timekeeper, the Greenwich features the darling of complications – a chronograph – with a central sweeping seconds hand, a 12 hour counter at 6 o’clock and a 30 minute counter at 9 o’clock. The automatic movement inside is a Swiss made ETA 2824 with a Dubois Dépraz chronograph module.

The dial design is a nod to the celestial roots of horology and to the age of marine chronometers, where stars were an important aspect of navigation. Small, round indexes circle the outside of the dial and sub-dials like tiny moons, and the Roman numerals are like miniature stars with a large numeral XII as the Polaris. More planetary shapes appear on the base of the dial, too, including a central circular hobnail pattern and circular graining in the sub-dials. The three pomme-style hands have circles in them, and the tails of three chronograph hands are spherical.

Greenwich watches are mounted on one of two styles of interlinked bracelets with butterfly-style folding clasps. Both variations combine polished and brushed links made from stainless steel.

As one of Gevril’s most notable releases the Greenwich collection is a symbolic centerpiece of the Gevril universe, much like the Washington Square Arch is the symbolic heart of Greenwich Village. In the same respect, the Greenwich watch is the standard by which future Gevril watches are measured, as the Greenwich meridian is the all-important axis for time reckoning.

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Historic Gevril Chelsea Collection

Chelsea Market


by Adrian Herscovici  

Gevril WatchesChelsea is a cosmopolitan neighborhood in mid-Manhattan and one of the best central locations in which to live in, or visit New York City. Its proximity to both the upper and lower island makes Chelsea the perfect home base. Chelsea consists of residential properties as well as many businesses, including the heart of New York’s art scene, tucked over in west Chelsea and tenanted by dozens of galleries and studios: the cluster between 19th and 29th streets (between 9th and 11th avenues) is indeed an international contemporary art hub.

The historic Gevril Chelsea watch, issued in the late-1990s as a part of the brand’s New York collection (which also includes the Gramercy, Madison and Soho models) is inspired by artistic traditions and, as the Gevril catalog read at the time, by “striking depth and beauty celebrating strength of character.”

Gevril 2301 Chelsea Gevril 2302L Chelsea
Gevril 2301 Chelsea Gevril 2302L Chelsea
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Depth and beauty are represented by the Swiss made Chelsea’s silvered guilloché dial with its mix of engraved and satin-finished surfaces, over which pomme (or Breguet) hands circle and Roman numerals are applied. All of this is further enhanced by the triple-calendar and moon-phase complications, which are symmetrically aligned through the center of the dial. The day and month appear in two apertures while the small pointer-date is incorporated into the moon-phase sub-dial. The dial arrangement is uncluttered and elegant.

Strength of character is epitomized by the 39 mm stainless steel case and matching beaded bracelet. For those who prefer heavier metal, the case is also available in 18 kt. yellow gold, which comes with a brown crocodile leather strap and complementary 18 kt. gold buckle. Like other watches in the New York collection, the steel version is limited to 500 pieces and the gold version is an edition of 100.

Gevril 2305L ChelseaThe Swiss-made automatic 25 jewel movement driving the Chelsea is a tried-and-true ETA 2824, modified by the addition of a Dubois Dépraz 9310. The movement is visible through the exhibition caseback, made of sapphire crystal. The front-side crystal is also sapphire. The watch is water resistant to 165 feet.

In size, design and construction, the Chelsea watch represents a well-rounded, quality timepiece for daily wear, or to wear in rotation as part of a broader collection. Whether it’s to stroll along the elevated path of Chelsea’s High Line Park, or to satisfy a food craving at the famous Chelsea Market, the Chelsea watch is a versatile companion. Check the Gevril Outlet online for availability of NOS (new old stock) Chelsea watches.

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