Fortis Introduces New Spacematic Classic Watch Collection

by John Sealander  

In 1962 the Fortis Spacematic was selected for use by several of the original Mercury astronauts. Fifty years later, it has been selected by Fortis to undertake a brand new mission.

Fortis WatchesThe Fortis Spacematic has a long and illustrious history. Initially introduced in 1962 to commemorate the company’s 50th Anniversary, the groundbreaking watch quickly became a favorite with several of the original Mercury astronauts. The success of the initial Spacematic and Stratoliner models in 1962 led Fortis to develop new ties with space exploration that continue to this day.

Fortis Spacematic Classic Watch CollectionNow, 50 years after its initial debut, the historic Fortis Spacematic has been re-born on the occasion of the company’s 100th Anniversary. The new Spacematic Classic Collection, being displayed at Couture 2013 Las Vegas, features a unique, easy-to-read dial design inspired by an antique Fortis model. The classic three-hand configuration is available with a choice of black or white dials with a bilingual English/German day window at 9 o’clock and a date window at 3 o’clock.

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The stylish unisex two-part 40 mm brushed matte stainless steel case is equipped with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal, a signature crown with the Fortis logo, a durable screw-down case back, and is water resistant to an impressive 330 feet. The time is indicated by extremely legible Super-LumiNova white hands that glow blue in the darkness. All Spacematic Collection watches can be equipped with your choice of a silicone, textile, or genuine leather strap. Alternately, a solid stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp is also available.

Like the original Spacematic, this new iteration is powered by a precision, Swiss made mechanical movement. The 25-jewel ETA 2836-2 movement has been designed to provide a lifetime of reliable service and features both a fine timing device and an Incabloc shock absorber.

Fortis Spacematic Classic Watch CollectionAlthough the new Spacematic Classic is stylish enough to quickly become a trend setting fashion accessory, it is much more than a “pretty face.” Like all Fortis space watches, the Spacematic Classic is an extremely rugged precision instrument that has been designed to provide reliable service under the most adverse conditions imaginable. If you’d like to wear a timepiece from a company that has actually proven itself in space, contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately and ask to see the new Spacematic Classic Collection.

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Viceroy Watches Fun Colors Square Collection

by Adrian Herscovici  

Viceroy WatchesThe Fun Colors collection by Viceroy is a spirited series of watches for anyone with a real lust for life. The Fun Colors Square models within the collection offer a change of pace from the everyday circular shapes that are so common in watch designs.

Like other watches in the series, Fun Colors Square watches come in a variety of big cases, 42 x 42 mm, in either bright white or rich black, both of which provide a perfect foundation for other colors to be overlaid. One great feature of square cases in general is that they are less common and offer fashion-minded people a way of creating different looks involving more geometric patterns, especially when paired with accessories such as belt buckles and jewelry.

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Along with color, texture is an important feature of the Fun Colors Square collection. The slate-colored black dial of the model pictured has a sunray pattern that permeates the dial with energy and movement, and changes slightly depending on the light. This model has light-blue features: everything from the dial, to the strap stitching and the crown accent share this color. Other watches in the collection have similar color arrangements, but the variety of the colors available means there is one for every person’s taste.

The large sword-shaped hour and minute hands are common to the collection, too; the hands are easy to read and remind us of traditional pilots watches. Watch lovers will note an interesting and rarely seen design feature of the Fun Colors Square models – the seconds track, marked by indices on the dial, is repeated on the stationary dive-style bezel along with numbers, thus incorporating the bezel into time-reading and allowing the dial itself to remain uncluttered.

Fun Colors Square models include those with a date function and some models are available with a chronograph. The watches are water resistant to 165 feet. Mineral glass is the front-crystal material of choice and all of the cases are made of stainless steel, each combined with a rubber strap for a fresh and sporty appeal.

The watches are designed to fit both men and women comfortably so go ahead – take a break from the ordinary and go square! Purchase your new Viceroy watch from an authorized Viceroy dealer.

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Introducing the Giulio Romano Ferrara Collection

Ferrara Italy

by John Sealander  

An Artfully Designed Timepiece Inspired
By a Renaissance Cultural Center

Giulio Romano WatchesFerrara, Italy is known throughout Europe for its beauty and cultural significance. At the height of the Italian Renaissance, the city was renowned for music and the visual arts. During this time, the city welcomed an astounding list of well-known painters, including the world renowned Titian. UNESCO has recently designated Ferrara as a World Heritage Site for it’s artistic heritage and well preserved architecture. Probably no better example of Renaissance city planning exists in all of Italy than this beautifully preserved city.

With its rich and diverse artistic heritage, it is no surprise that Ferrara served as the muse for Giulio Romano’s latest timepiece collection. The stunning looking Giulio Romano Ferrara is a masterpiece of modern Italian design. This dramatically oversized timepiece features a sculpted stainless steel rotating bezel with cut-out indices that reveal a contrasting resin layer underneath.

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This impressive 46 mm watch features a multi-layer dial with bold raised numbers on the chapter ring and a unique perforated minute scale on the rotating bezel. The beautiful design will appeal to both men and women and is appropriate for casual as well as dressy occasions. This modern masterpiece has a durable 316L stainless steel case and mineral glass crystal. Spectacular details like Giulio Romano’s signature studded crown with seven raised dots and a beautifully engraved Italian coat of arms on the screw-down case back make this strikingly original timepiece a fashion favorite.

The Ferrara is powered by a precision Miyota 2115 quartz movement and is fitted with a comfortable silicon band. The classic three-hand face features a date window at 3 o’clock, luminous hands and a large sweep second hand. The Ferrara Collection is available in a variety of color combinations, including IP plated black and rose gold models.

Like its beautiful Northern Italian namesake, a Ferrara watch is Italian artistry at its very best. This is a timepiece for the man or woman who knows what they like and enjoys expressing themselves. To put one of these artful Italians on your own wrist, contact an authorized Giulio Romano dealer immediately and reserve your Ferrara today.

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The Wanted Wear Police

The Wanted

by John Sealander  

Wear the Police Watches that Pop Sensations The Wanted Wanted Most

Police WatchesWhen the popular British/Irish boy band The Wanted performed at England’s 2012 T4 On The Beach music festival recently, they were seen wearing blue Police sunglasses and sporting Police timepieces on their wrists. If anyone needed a reminder that the Police brand has become a sensation with today’s youth, this was it.

The Wanted have become an international sensation after their debut single, All Time Low, reached number one on the British charts in July 2010. Their second number one hit came in May of 2011 when the band released Glad You Came. This happy, upbeat anthem was even covered on the popular television series Glee.

With an astonishing 30 million YouTube views and sales of almost half a million copies of their debut album, The Wanted have definitely taken the music world by storm. Now, they’re getting ready to take the watch world by storm, as well. When the boys were seen wearing Police timepieces during recent concert performances, their fans were the first to take notice.

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Jay McGuiness proudly wears the Police Vantage-X. This contemporary 36 mm x 49 mm three-hand design redefines classic good looks for a whole new generation of watch aficionados. This oversize, fashion-forward style timepiece is definitely not your fathers dress watch. The unisex Vantage-X is available with color coordinated silicon straps and a matching dial in a variety of this year’s hottest colors.

Nathan Sykes wears the high tech Police Cyber watch. This stunning 46 mm design features an all-digital display with the ability to track 25 different time zones, while providing three independent alarms and complete chronograph functionality. The Cyber isn’t just a geeks dream; it’s also a fashion sensation for both men and women. Available in this season’s hottest fashion colors, the Cyber features an oversize stainless steel case with four crowns for accessing the watch’s many functions. The comfortable silicon strap is color coordinated with the chapter ring for an unforgettable appearance.

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In less than 30 years, the Police brand has proved again and again that it understands young people. It’s no surprise that Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes are wearing these trendy timepieces onstage. The Wanted understand what an entire generation has already discovered: Police watches don’t conform to fashion trends; they allow you to set them. If you’d like a watch like The Wanted currently wear, contact an authorized Police dealer immediately and put a Vantage-X or Cyber timepiece on your own wrist.

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Fortis — 100 Years of Variety and Quality

Fortis 100th Anniversary 1912-2012

by William Moss  

Fortis Watches: Adventurous and Artistic

Fortis WatchesFortis was established in 1912 and is now in the process of celebrating 100 years of history. Fortis has always been known for making a quality product, using the best materials combined with an eye for the creative. Fortis has done a wonderful job using accent colors and designs on their dials, as well as being consumer-friendly by offering private label customization. The quality of the dial workmanship has always been first class. What exemplifies Fortis’ dedication to quality and artistic variety is a pair of 100th anniversary limited edition models: the Fortis B-47 Big Black and the Andora.

Fortis B-47 Big Black Limited Edition

I have always been a fan of well-made sports watches. If you like a timepiece that makes a strong statement, the Fortis B-47 Big Black is for you. The 47 mm black PVD case is brushed and eye catching; the rubber strap screws into the lugs fitting up against the side of the case. Even the screws are PVD-coated — a nice touch. The 120 turn ratchet bezel is aggressively oversized making it easy to use even while wearing gloves. The star of this piece, however, is the dial. Black and transparent, it covers a day-and-date set of sub-dials with cut-outs at 9 for the day and 3 for the date.

What sets this all-black watch aside from most others is that the hands and the day date function are easy to read because of an ample coating of Super-LumiNova. In short, if you are looking for a well-built all black sport watch which will attract attention, the Fortis B-47 Limited Edition has your name all over it.

Fortis Andora Emotions Limited Edition

The Andora Emotions Limited Edition offering by Fortis is what truly sets them aside from other brands. Fortis commissioned the pop artist Andora to apply his impressionist art skills to design a watch which could be used to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

True to form for both the artist and the brand, there was no shortage of color and detail to this piece. This automatic chronograph with a Valjoux 7750 movement is also one of the latest editiosn to the Fortis Art Edition Series. Pop art is not my domain; with that said, I find the watch visually interesting, including the sub dials. Each time you look at the watch, your eye drawn to something different. The use of color works well and is not overbearing. One appreciates the thoughtfulness in bringing the art work onto the bracelet. As a watch geek, the rubber pushers and crown are nice accents that point to the quality of the build. The brushed case and bracelet set up nicely against the vibrant art work on the dial. The 42 mm case is an excellent choice, making the piece easy to wear and display.

If you like well-made timepieces that will pique the interest of both art and watch aficionados, this watch is for you. This Andora Limited Edision will be equally at home displayed in a winding box on your mantel as it will be on your wrist.

With the issuing of the B-47 and the Andora, Fortis has shown us what the brand has stood for since 1912: the quality of the build, the range in styling and the uncompromising willingness to be creative. It’s no surprise that Fortis is celebrating its 100th birthday. One hundred candles — that’s one big birthday cake!

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Haurex Brings Its Fresh Modern Look to the World’s Largest Timepiece Event

by John Sealander  

Haurex WatchesFor over 30 years the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair has been an important meeting place for leaders in the watch industry. With over 700 exhibitors from 14 different countries, many now consider this to be the worlds’ largest timepiece event.

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The importance of this annual event was not lost on Haurex. Although the company is only 24 years old, co-founders Maurizio Bianchini and Giuseppe La Guisa quickly learned the importance of international exposure. Haurex began exhibiting its watches at Baselworld in 2000 and is now distributing the brand in over 40 different countries worldwide, including distribution in the United States by the Gevril Group.

Haurex Ladies PP342DPP Purple Plasteramic Quartz Fashion WatchHong Kong is already the world’s second largest watch and clock exporter, with over $3.2 billion in sales during the first five months of 2011 alone. With exports to the Chinese mainland growing at a rate of 27% a year, demand is expected to grow dramatically in the years ahead. Haurex knew that it couldn’t afford to ignore this dynamic emerging market.

At this year’s fair, Haurex watches will be proximately displayed in The Brand Name Gallery. This gallery, located in the fair’s prestigious Grand Hall, is the fair’s centerpiece and will showcase 100 of the world’s leading brands. With a display pavilion right next to the popular Wine Cellar, the Haurex 2011 line is expected to garner a lot of attention.

Haurex 6A283DGN Unisex Double-Time Fashion WatchThe Brand Name Gallery also provides manufactures with a unique opportunity to do some real-world market research, since the gallery is open to the public on the last day of the fair. Visitors can preview and buy the new collections on display, giving exhibitors a preview of what to expect in a retail environment.

The importance of fashion in the watch industry will be a general theme of this year’s Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair, providing Haurex with a fabulous opportunity to showcase its fashion-forward and extremely wearable designs. With exciting new designs like the dramatic plasteramic Ladies Quartz Analog and the Unisex Analog Double-Time Watch, Haurex expects to be among the 80% of exhibitors who receive new orders during this important show.

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