Oprah Loves Hush Puppies

by John Sealander  

With Her Favorite Hush Puppies Ceil Loafers on Her Feet
All Oprah Needs Now is a Hush Puppies Watch on Her Wrist

Oprah WinfreyHush Puppies Watches“I love a Hush Puppy,” says mega media star Oprah Winfrey. We all know what a recommendation from Oprah Winfrey can mean. When Oprah mentioned in The Oprah Magazine recently that her new “go to” shoes were Hush Puppies ‘Ceil’ Loafers for Women, it spoke volumes about the brand’s legendary quality and classic style.

Although the Hush Puppies brand has been a household name for decades, the classically designed moccasin-style Ceil loafers are relatively new. This soft, comfortable shoe is available in a rainbow of this season’s most popular colors, including raspberry, aqua, yellow gold, taupe, silver snake, and many more.

Hush Puppies in Oprah Magazine
Hush Puppies Ceil Loafers Featured in Oprah Magazine
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Hush Puppy’s popular, fashion forward Ceil loafers are just one of the ways that this historic brand is keeping up with the times. The brand is now bringing the relaxed appeal of their famous footwear to a wide variety of other apparel and accessories. One of their most popular brand extensions has been a collection of casual timepieces.

Just like the famous footwear that inspired them, Hush Puppies Watches never go out of style. A Hush Puppies watch provides fashion forward customers like Oprah Winfrey with a huge selection of classical styles for both men and women, including the iconic 1958 Collection, named after the date the famous footwear brand was launched.

All of these stylish watches feature precision quartz movements, durable stainless steel cases, and scratch resistant mineral glass crystals. Since Oprah likes the good looks and quality construction of her Ceil loafers, she’d probably love a Hush Puppies watch. Each watch in the brand’s distinctive 1958 Collection combines a vintage vibe with a reliable, modern quartz movement for the ultimate in wearable, casual style.

Will we see a Hush Puppies watch on Oprah’s wrist soon? You never know. Since Hush Puppies Watches feature the same fashion forward styling and exceptional value found in her favorite shoe, it’s definitely a possibility.

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Gusttavo Lima Wears Jowissa Pallaton

Gusttavo Lima With His Jowissa Pallaton In Zurich, Switzerland


by John Sealander  

When Brazilian pop star Gusttavo Lima embarked on his first international tour, he wore an international favorite on his wrist:
The Jowissa Pallaton.

JOWISSA Quality Swiss Watches Since 1951Gusttavo Lima is a sensation in his home country of Brazil. When he was just 9 years old he gained attention with his interpretation of the Brazilian hit É o Amor and the rest is history. Today, Lima’s popular live album Gusttavo Lima e Você has been certified platinum and has reached number seven on the Brazillian charts. His single from the album, Balada, has done even better, reaching number three on the charts.

Lima recently embarked on his first international tour, which included stops in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, wearing a Jowissa Pallaton timepiece on his wrist.

Gusttavo Lima With His Jowissa Pallaton
Gusttavo Lima With His Jowissa Pallaton
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This sporty 44mm chronograph features three well placed sub-dials for timing events and comes with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The watch can be equipped with either an integrated stainless steel bracelet, like Lima wears, or alternately a beautiful genuine leather strap. A Swiss made ETA G10.211 quartz movement powers this precision timepiece and the durable stainless steel case is water resistant to 165 feet.

Buy JowissaWatchesGusttavo Lima is a man who knows his own style and is proud to wear the distinctive Jowissa Pallaton timepiece. As more people around the world learn of his unique sertaneja singing style, Lima’s popularity continues to grow. The popularity of the sporty looking Jowissa Pallaton continues to grow as well. If you’d like to see the same watch that Gusttavo Lima wears on your own wrist, contact an authorized Jowissa dealer today and ask for the Jowissa Pallaton.

Gevril Group US Agent for Jowissa Watches

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US agent for Jowissa Watches. Contact us by email or call 845-425-9882.

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Karen Norman New US and Caribbean Brand Manager for Morellato and Just Cavalli

For Immediate Release

Gevril GroupThe Gevril Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Norman as the new US and Caribbean brand manager for the Morellato and Just Cavalli brands. Karen comes to Gevril Group with over 20 years of sales experience within the wholesale and retail industry. Her excellent communication skills and meticulous attention to detail have resulted in impressive sales figures throughout her professional career.

As brand manager for two of the Gevril Group’s fastest growing brands, Karen will be responsible for developing new relationships with jewelry chains and key retailers to grow the market for these popular and innovative watchmakers.

Morellato is already a popular and well-respected brand in over 40 countries around the world. Now, with a spectacular new flagship store on New York’s Fifth Avenue, and with Karen’s unique sales expertise, the Morellato name will soon become even more familiar to watch aficionados around the country. Morellato’s signature Colours Collection, with its vibrant colors and youthful modern styles, creates a huge new opportunity to make Morellato a familiar name with fashion forward customers everywhere.

Roberto Cavalli is already a familiar name to fashionistas. His popular Just Cavalli brand is bringing his signature style to a whole new audience. Karen’s sales experience will be a valuable asset for Cavalli as she opens new markets for this trendy and surprisingly affordable brand.

Karen is a graduate of Brooklyn College and received an Associate Degree from New York’s prestigious Parsons School of Design. Her unique combination of design and sales skills will give her a big advantage when working with these two fashion forward brands. Morellato and Just Cavalli watches are available in the US and Caribbean through the Gevril Group.

About Gevril Group

Gevril Group, directed by company founder and long-time creative force in the watch business Samuel Friedmann, is the exclusive US representative for 40+ select European watch brands, distributing and servicing luxury, fashion and sporty timepieces at a wide range of price points. Gevril operates a full-service watch repair department staffed by master Swiss watchmakers.

Gevril Group is the sole US and Caribbean agent for Morellato and Just Cavalli Watches. Meet us March 8-15, 2012 to view the colorful Morellato and fashion forward Just Cavalli exhibits at Baselworld 2012, Hall 1.1, Booth B-23. Contact Karen Norman by email or at 845-425-9882.

New York Giants Victor Cruz Makes Time for Fashion

There’s More to the Victor Cruz than Football and Salsa

Most people think of Victor Cruz as the Superbowl champion New York Giants wide receiver who salsa dances in the end zone, so some were surprised to see him this week at the New York Fashion Week launch and to learn more about his Young Whales clothing brand launch.

At Gevril Group, we weren’t at all surprised! We’ve known for a while that Victor Cruz has a great sense of style and fashion. A few months ago, Victor Cruz joined Ferragamo Timepieces USA President Paul Ziff at a Ferragamo GQ event to help fund prostate cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Vincent Ottomanelli, President, Ferragamo USA, New York Giants Wide Receiver Victor Cruz and Paul Ziff Attend the Ferragamo and GQ Event to Support MSKCC New York Giants Wide Receiver Victor Cruz and Paul Ziff Attend the Ferragamo and GQ Event to Support MSKCC
Vincent Ottomanelli, President, Ferragamo USA,
Victor Cruz, New York Giants Wide Receiver, and
Paul Ziff, President, Ferragamo Timepieces USA
Victor Cruz, New York Giants Wide Receiver, and
Paul Ziff, President, Ferragamo Timepieces USA

Ferragamo joined together with GQ Magazine, sports celebrities and other high-profile fashion savvy New Yorkers to celebrate the launch of the Tramezza Special Edition Collection of 100% handmade, hand-painted shoes while showcasing the latest in Ferragamo Swiss timepieces.

Ferragamo F80 in White with Ceramic Bezel at Event to Support MSKCC
Ferragamo F80 Chronograph in White with Ceramic Bezel at November 1, 2011
Ferragamo GQ Launch that Helped Raise Money for Prostate Cancer Research


About Ferragamo Timepieces

Salvatore Ferragamo WatchesThe Ferragamo Timepieces collection draws on original styling to express iconic features in the Ferragamo tradition like the gancino, and merge them with other recurrent Brand themes including a creative use of color, contrasting combinations of unusual and sophisticated materials, experimentation with shape and volume, and the finest detailing. Paul Ziff is Ferragamo President at Gevril Group, sole US and Caribbean distributor for Ferragamo Timepieces.

About Gevril Group

Gevril Group

Directed by company founder and long-time creative force in the watch business, Samuel Friedmann, Gevril Group is the exclusive US representative for well over thirty select European watch brands, distributing and servicing luxury, fashion and sporty timepieces at a wide range of price points. Gevril maintains a full-service watch repair department staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. You can email us or call 845-425-9882.

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Fortis Swiss Watches First 100 Years 1912-2012

The first Fortis factory began commercial watch production in 1912 opposite the Grenchen train station in Switzerland.

During their first 100 years, Fortis hasn’t just gone faster, further and deeper than other watch companies; they’ve re-defined horology.

Fortis WatchesStarting in March 2012, Fortis will celebrate their 100 Year Jubilee. There is certainly plenty to celebrate. The history of Fortis is a history rich with innovations and accomplishments. As far back as 1926, this 100-year-old company was surprising the world with technical achievements that both amazed watch aficionados and delighted customers.

Fortis Develops First Automatic Watch

Fortis was the first in the world to develop a practical self-winding automatic watch movement. The revolutionary Harwood Automatic became such a classic that Fortis has reissued it twice over the years.

John Harwood Inventor
of the Automatic Watch
Lady Hay Wears Hammond Automatic Watch on
Count Zeppelin 1929 Around the World Journey
Lady Drummond Hay
Glancing at the Time
John Harwood Inventor of the Automatic Watch Lady Hay Wears Hammond Automatic Watch on Count Zeppelin 1929 Around the World Journey

Lady Drummond Hay Glancing at the Time

Harwood Prototype
Front View
Harwood Prototype
Back View
Harwood Prototypes on
Blueprint Background
Harwood Prototype - Front View

Harwood Prototype - Back View Harwood Prototypes on Blueprint Background

Fortis Invents Automatic Chronograph Alarm Watch

As the company grew, more innovations followed. Fortis brought the first waterproof Swiss watches to the world with their popular Fortissimo models. Fortis began manufacturing their first chronographs in 1937 and it wasn’t long before they mastered these complex mechanisms. In 1997, 60 years after their first chronograph, Fortis patented the world`s first automatic chronograph alarm watch. This beautifully complex mechanical alarm watch is still highly prized by collectors today.

Fortis Fortissimo Automatic Bumper Watch Fortis Impression Alarm Chronograph Watch
Fortis Fortissimo Automatic Bumper Watch Fortis Impression Alarm Chronograph Watch

Fortis Blasts Off into Space

As Fortis solidified its reputation as a technical leader, people began to notice. A Fortis timepiece became an essential piece of equipment for discriminating pilots and aviators. When these aviators became astronauts and ventured into the new frontier of space, Fortis came along for the ride. Some of the original Mercury astronauts chose to wear the Fortis Spacematic watch.

Original Mercury Astronauts
Fortis Mercury Astronauts

During the Russian-German space mission to the MIR space station in 1997, the Fortis Cosmonaut Chronograph was the mission’s official timepiece. To this day, all cosmonauts and astronauts leaving the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia receive a Fortis watch as part of their official space equipment. Fortis also still has the distinction of being the first watch worn in open space, after a Fortis watch was worn outside the spacecraft on an early Russian spacewalk.

Fortis Watches in Space


Fortis has already let it be known that it would enjoy being the first watch on Mars, with the release of their spectacular Mars 500 commemorative edition.

Fortis Mars 500

Fortis Flipper World’s First Fashion Watch

At the same time that the space race was changing the world of technology, pop culture was changing society itself. Fortis was at the forefront of this cultural shift with it’s innovative new Flipper watch. Fortis Flipper Black Dial WatchWhile other Swiss watch companies were going out of business with the advent of new inexpensive quartz technology, Fortis embraced the quartz watch and created one of its most popular models ever.

The innovative Flipper was an instant hit with its colorful plastic case and interchangeable bezels. The watch became a cult classic when celebrities like The Rolling Stones, Roman Polanski, and the late Leonard Bernstein began wearing it.

Some say the watch was even instrumental in the election of the late former American president Ronald Regan. The popular Flipper was the world’s first fashion watch and became a top seller in over 40 countries.

I Like Flipper Campaign Fortis Ronald Regan Flipper Watch
I Like Flipper Fortis Ronald Regan Flipper Watch
Colorful Assortment of Fortis Flipper Watches
Large Assortment of Colorful Fortis Flipper Watches

Preeminent Fortis Pilot Watch Collections

Even though the company was producing one of the world’s most popular quartz watches, Fortis was not content to rest on its laurels. On the company’s 75th anniversary, Fortis began an ambitious program to re-launch the mechanical watches that had established the company’s reputation.

Not only was the historic Harwood automatic successfully reintroduced, so were many of the legendary pilot’s watches that had made the company a favorite with aviators worldwide. The result was a whole new generation of pilots who began wearing a Fortis watch on their wrist. The Fortis success in reintroducing the mechanical wristwatch did not go unnoticed in the industry. Many say that this Fortis initiative, which began in 1987, marked the beginning of the current renaissance of mechanical watches.

Fortis Mens 638.10.11.M B-42
Official Cosmonaut
Black Dial Chronograph Watch
Fortis Mens 635.10.11.L.08 B-42
Pilot Professional
Black Dial Chronograph Watch
Fortis Mens 635.10.12.L.01 B-42
Flieger Automatic
White Dial Chronograph Watch
Fortis Mens 638.10.11.M B-42 Official Cosmonaut Black Dial Chronograph Watch Fortis Mens 635.10.11.L.08 B-42 Pilot Professional Black Dial Chronograph Watch

Fortis Mens 635.10.12.L.01 B-42 Flieger Automatic White Dial Chronograph Watch

Fortis Limited Art Editions

100 years after it was founded in Grenchen, Switzerland, Fortis continues to set the pace for other watch companies to follow. There are Fortis watches on board the International Space Station. Fortis watches were part of a real time Russian simulation of a flight to Mars to see if man can withstand the rigors of extended space travel. Even internationally renounced artists like Michael Mattern, Andora, Rolf Sachs and Frank Burmann have gotten on the Fortis bandwagon, creating spectacular limited “art editions” for the company.

Where is Fortis going next? It’s impossible to say. One thing is certain though. The next 100 years will be even more exciting than the first. Fortis will continue to follow man into space. They will continue to lead the world in technical innovation. There are even rumors that the popular Flipper will be returning soon.

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 official Fortis watch repair service center. Contact us by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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Orange is the New Black


by John Sealander  

Now that everyone from Michael Kors to Donna Karan has declared opulent orange to be the hot new fashion color for 2012, don’t you wonder where they got the idea?

Orange is the New BlackOrange is in this year! Top fashion designers including Michael Kors, Cynthia Rowley, Max Azaria and Donna Karan have all made this hot new color a big part of their Spring 2012 ready to wear collections. Pantone, the color authority for designers around the world, has even declared that Tangerine Tango is the 2012 color of the year.

Where do you think all these designers discovered the opulence of orange? They might have just looked at their wrist. Many of the world’s most popular wristwatches were incorporating this color in their designs long before the fashionista’s discovered it.

Maybe these designers noticed the sporty looking orange Haurex Caimano. This spectacular Italian design features a two-tone orange color scheme with a dark orange dial and lighter orange plastceramic case and strap. This distinctive 45mm diver style is powered by a quality quartz movement and is water resistant to 100 meters.

It is just as likely that they might have seen something in the innovative new Haurex Ink collection. These beautiful watches feature colorful anodized aluminum cases in a wide variety of colors, including a spectacular women’s Ink model in bright orange.

High visibility orange has always been a popular color for diver’s watches. Just look at the new Swiss Calibre Marine Orange Rubber Date Watch. With a bright orange rotating bezel and matching silicon strap, this watch is hard to ignore.

The Swiss Calibre Immersion Orange Dial offers another view of how watchmakers utilize this popular color. This handsome watch utilizes a bright orange dial with contrasting bar-shaped indices to provide maximum visibility under any conditions.


More Orange Watches

3H Italia
Ref. 441AN
Haemmer
Ref. HC-07
Johan Eric
Ref. JE5001-04-001.79
3H Italia  441AN Haemmer Mens HC-07 Invader Orange Accents Oversize Black Dial Chronograph Watch Johan Eric JE5001-04-001.79

 

Fortis
Ref. 647.11.42.SL.20
Viceroy
Ref. 432099-45
Paris Hilton
Ref. 138.4320.99
Fortis 647.11.42.SL.20 Viceroy Ref. 432099-45 Paris Hilton Ref. 138.4320.99

 

We can’t tell you exactly how long you’ll be seeing orange on the world’s fashion runways. Like Heidi Klum always says “one day you’re in, and one day you’re out.” We can tell you where to find next year’s hot color however. Just look at your wrist. Maybe it’s yellow, or purple, or green. These days, it’s almost certain that you can find your favorite watch in any color under the rainbow.

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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