The Amazingly Versatile Actor Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantagna as David Rossi in Criminal Minds


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Haurex WatchesJoe Mantegna might not get the pubic attention of a Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt or Bradley Cooper, but the actor has got the chops and talent to compete with the best of them. He’s a true actor, not a superstar, rather someone who can disappear into a role and sometimes not be recognized and therefore he can play a range of genres from comedy to drama.

Such is Mantegna’s talent that he has been cast in the comedy Airheads as a harried shock jock and an incompetent kidnapper in Baby’s Day Out. Drawing upon his Italian heritage, he brought to life Joey Zasa, a monstrous mobster in The Godfather Part III. And yes, he sings too, playing Dean Martin in The Rat Pack on HBO, for which his was nominated for an Emmy. Many might not know that Mantegna first went in front of an audience on the stage in the 1969 production of Hair.

Mantegna in Baby’s Day Out Mantegna in The Godfather Part III
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Joe Mantegna and acclaimed playwright and screenwriter David Mamet have a long time working relationship, with Joe appearing in such productions as Glengarry Glen Ross, for which he won a Tony, the film House of Games and the TV series Homicide. Mantegna has also been tapped to work with some of the most talented directors in the business, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Barry Levinson, Steven Zaillian and Woody Allen.

Fans of The Simpsons will know him as the voice of mob boss Anthony “Fat Tony” D’Amico. Mantegna loves this role so much that he will voice the character no matter how little dialogue. He has said that it if Fat Tony sneezes, I want to be there.

Mantegna in Homicide “Fat Tony”
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More than just an actor, Joe Mantegna possesses some other surprising talents and achievements. He’s a writer who co-wrote and played a role in the Emmy award winning play Bleacher Bums, which later went on to play at Chicago’s Organic Theater Company in Mantegna’s home state of Illinois. In addition, he’s musician. A bass player, Joe played in a band called the Apocryphals, which later joined another group called The Missing Links. And here’s the kicker: that group went on to form the well-known group Chicago, but by that time Mantegna had left the band to pursue acting full time. Mantegna still maintains relationships with his old band mates, however.

For his illustrious career, Mantegna received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Los Angeles Italian Film Festival in 2004.

You can now experience Mantegna’s work on the critically acclaimed television series Criminal Minds, where he plays FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi.

Joe Mantegna Wearing an Haurex 6N506UWN Turbina II Watch
Joe Mantegna Wearing an Haurex 6N506UWN Turbina II Watch
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Joe Pesci Spotted Wearing Haurex Watch at 7th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic

Donatella Versace by Met Gala 2014


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Haurex WatchesHaurex watches have such a reputation for style and class that they’re showing up at the hottest parties around the country. This summer the Haurex Challenger RS accompanied Italian actor Joe Pesci to the 7th annual George Lopez Celebrity Classic at the Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake, California on May 5, 2014. Haurex is known for their durable and fashionable watches, so you know that it didn’t have any trouble standing up to Pesci’s powerful swings of the golf club on the course. And, under the hot sun, the rubber strap also kept Pesci’s wrist cool and comfortable—a perfect choice of timepiece for a day on the links.

Joe Pesci With His Haurex Watch Haurex 3D364UNB Challenger RS
Joe Pesci With His Haurex 3D364UNB Haurex 3D364UNB Challenger RS
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Renowned for his roles in films including Good Fellas, Raging Bull and Home Alone, Pesci wore the Haurex watch on his wrist when he attended the event to help raise funds for the Lopez foundation, whose mission is “to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.” Some of the other famous faces out to support this worthy cause were Andy Garcia, Samuel L. Jackson and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Joe Pesci with Buddies George Lopez and Andy GarciaIn addition to raising money for the Lopez Foundation, the day coincided with George Lopez’s 53rd birthday. After the tournament Pesci and other Hollywood luminaries joined Lopez at the Lakeside Golf club for a birthday celebration.

During the party, Pesci entertained the guests. He has become famous for creating moments on film and TV that border on frightening and funny. It was during one of these candid moments, when Pesci was in character, that the paparazzi spotted a Haurex watch on his wrist. It seems fitting that a watch crafted in Italy, famed for their craftsmanship and bold and fashion forward designs, would suit Pesci’s taste.

While Haurex makes watches classified as sporty, they can obviously play the part at a more refined affair. The watch added an extra polish to Pesci’s all black ensemble. Just like Pesci, who plays characters in films and television that entrance audiences, so too does the Haurex watch make a strong statement of unabashed style.

Maurizio Bianchini and Giuseppe La Giusa created the Haurex watch brand in 1989 to make modish watches brimming with Italian tastefulness and eye for detail. Haurex is distributed in 40 countries worldwide and by Gevril Group in the U.S.

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Father’s Day 2014: Give Dad the Gift of Time

Fathers Day 2014


by John Sealander  

What does Dad want on Father’s Day? Begins with “t” and isn’t a tie..

Father's DayFather’s Day is June 15. Why give Dad another tie for Father’s Day when you could give him a fine timepiece? That’s what he really wants. Does Dad travel a lot? Does he like to run or cycle? Is he traditional, or is he always looking for the latest technology? Whatever Dad’s personality, we can almost guarantee that there’s a watch that will perfectly suit his needs.

Wristwatches continue to grow in popularity for both work and play, and this year there is a tremendous selection to choose from. With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to give this special man in your life a gift that he’ll treasure forever. If you think a watch is too expensive, you haven’t been shopping lately. Quality watches are available in just about every price range. With the price of designer ties continuing to climb, you might even be able you find the watch you want for less than a nice tie.

Fortis Spacematic

If Dad’s a pilot or would like to look like one, the impressive Fortis Spacematic Black Pilot Professional is the watch for him. This authentic 40 mm pilot’s watch is powered by a Swiss made automatic mechanical movement and features an exceptionally readable three-hand configuration with a large day/date display at 3 o’clock. With its black dial, bold white lettering, and black PVD case, this dramatic timepiece is easy to read even under adverse lighting conditions. Equipped with a black nylon NATO style band, this stealthy creation is absolutely stunning. Like all Fortis watches, there’s a lot more to this impressive watch than simple good looks. Equipped with an anti-reflective scratch resistant sapphire crystal and a solid stainless steel caseback, the Spacematic Black Pilot Professional is water resistant to an impressive 660 feet.

Gevril Serenade

Even the man that has everything probably doesn’t have a Gevril 5850 Men’s Serenade Dual Time Zone Automatic Watch. This superb limited edition dual time zone timepiece is perfect for the sophisticated Dad who travels internationally and needs to stay on schedule in style. The luxurious rectangular 18K white gold case is a masterpiece of art-deco design and has been fitted with a genuine Louisiana crocodile strap. Powered by a Swiss made 22 jewel automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve, this handcrafted limited edition watch is available to only 50 lucky Dads worldwide. If you want to treat Dad to something truly special, you’re going to have to act fast.

Versace V-Race

Is Dad a global business traveler? Help him tame the world’s 40 time zones with a sophisticated Versace Men’s V-Race GMT Alarm on his wrist. This fashionable 46 mm timepiece features a red-tipped 24-hour hand that can be used to track a second time zone anywhere in the world. The sophisticated display also features an elongated date window at 6 o’clock, a continuous seconds sub-dial at 2 o’clock and a blue tipped alarm dial that can be quickly set for whenever you need a reminder. This superbly crafted dual time zone watch is powered by a precision Swiss made ISA 8176-1990 quartz movement and is water resistant to 165 feet.

Ferragamo 1898 Sport

For the discriminating sportsman, there’s the boldly styled Salvatore Ferragamo 1898 Sport Watch. This classic diver timepiece is the embodiment of the sophistication and style that could only come from the house of Ferragamo. With its signature Gancino shaped case and unidirectional rotating aluminum bezel, this sophisticated sports watch is a serious diving tool that is water resistant to an impressive 660 feet. Powered by an ultra-reliable Swiss made quartz movement and equipped with a comfortable two-tone caoutchouc strap, this fashionable diver is something any Dad would be proud to wear.

Haurex Turbina II

Is Dad a trendsetter who likes the latest styles? He’ll love an Haurex Turbina II. This oversize 48 mm monster features a beautiful matt-finished dial with bold Arabic lettering and two well-placed chronograph sub-dials. The small-seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock and 60-minute totalizer at 12 o’clock turn this over-the-top design into a versatile timing tool. With two well-placed pushers flanking the Turbina’s iconic protected crown, this is a watch that can’t be ignored. The Haurex Turbina II is powered by a precision quartz movement, is water resistant to 330 feet, and has been equipped with a comfortable black silicon strap.

Hush Puppies 1958

Does Dad still think that Hush Puppies are the most comfortable shoes he’s ever worn? Give him a Hush Puppies watch. A Hush Puppies 1958 timepiece celebrates the iconic Hush Puppies style and casual comfort with a handsome 44 mm watch that is period perfect. This affordable, casual timepiece is powered by a precision quartz movement and features a handsome retro dial with day and date subdials. A durable mineral glass crystal protects the dial and the stainless steel case is water resistant to 165 feet.

Louis Erard 1931

Is Dad traditional? A Louis Erard Men’s 1931 Automatic Retrograde Power Reserve Date Watch might be exactly what he’s looking for. This handcrafted mechanical masterpiece combines the authentic period styling of Louis Erard’s first timepieces with a modern Swiss made ETA 2892-9094 movement that includes an integrated Soprod complication controlling the watch’s retrograde* functions. This amazing watch features a retrograde date display, a rotating disk that displays the day, and retrograde power reserve indicator. The stainless steel case is water resistant to 165 feet an exhibition back allows you to view the intricate mechanical movement at work.

GV2 Lucky 7

Has Dad always been lucky? Why gamble when you can give him something truly unique. The whimsically original GV2 Lucky 7 9301 celebrates lady luck with a fully functional roulette wheel on the watch caseback. The turret on this miniature roulette wheel actually rotates. The Lucky 7 9301 even features playing cards as numbers and uses an authentically marked gambling die as the watch’s winding crown. The GV2 Lucky 7 is powered by a Swiss made automatic mechanical movement and is water resistant to 165 feet.

Rüdiger Dresden

Does Dad like clean lines and precision German engineering? Give him a Rüdiger Dresden Chronograph. This surprisingly affordable German inspired chronograph is powered by a precision quartz movement and features three well-placed subdials for timing events of virtually any length. There is also a versatile tachymeter scale inscribed on the bezel, along with a convenient date window at 4:30 o’clock. All Rüdiger Dresden watches are water resistant to 130 feet.

Johan Eric Randers

Is Dad an architect or a fan of modern design? He’ll love a Johan Eric Randers watch. This elegantly understated timepiece features a unique asymmetrical floating continuous seconds sub-dial located between 8 o’clock and 12 o’clock and a setting crown between 7 and 8 o’clock. The minimal three-hand configuration and unconventional design combine to make this handsome 42 mm timepiece a modern classic.

Viceroy Real Madrid

Is Dad a soccer fan? How about getting him a Viceroy Real Madrid Chronograph. With this big, bold 43 mm chronograph on your wrist, you are in command of any situation. There is a 30-minute totalizer at 10 o’clock, a small running seconds sub-dial at 2 o’clock and a third sub-dial at 6 o’clock for tracking the date. A versatile tachymeter scale is engraved on the stainless steel bezel and there is a 24-hour scale on the chapter ring. This handsome sports chronograph is powered by a precision quartz movement and is water resistant to 165 feet.

Calibre Hawk

If you’re still thinking of getting Dad a tie because you think a fine timepiece would be too expensive, take a look at the fabulous Calibre Hawk Chronograph. This massive 48 mm stainless steel chronograph features three well-placed sub-dials for timing events, a 60-minute scale on the bezel, and a convenient date window at 4 o’clock. The watch is powered by a dependable quartz movement and is water resistant to 330 feet. Although the Calibre Hawk Chronograph is very affordable, there is no need to reveal the price. When people see the level of craftsmanship and detail that goes into a Calibre Hawk Chronograph, they’ll think the watch costs thousands of dollars more.

Whatever Dad’s personality, he deserves a lot more than a tie. This year, honor Dad with a gift that he’ll treasure for a lifetime: a fine timepiece. Don’t wait too long though. Father’s Day is almost here and the time to locate a quality watch retailer is now.

For help with your decision or with making your purchase, contact Mimi by email or call her at 845-425-9882.

*A retrograde watch function displays time, date or other information in a linear rather than a circular fashion. The hand travels along an arc instead of a circle. Then, when it gets to the end, it jumps back to the beginning and starts all over again.

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Haurex Caimano Watch Collection


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Haurex WatchesThere’s no question that the Italians are the leaders in fashion design. Consider that Italian fashion brands Versace and Ferragamo are among the most coveted in the world. When Haurex established their company in 1989 in Bologna, Haurex wanted to capture this Italian design magic in their watches using the fashion world as inspiration. That’s why they located their company in the vortex of the action to observe the cutting edge trends in vogue. To show they were serious about staying abreast of current directions and incorporating them into their watches, Haurex established a design shop on their premises. Just like in fashion, they pay particular attention to the color, materials and lines of the product. At the same time, they offer uncompromised quality at an affordable price.

Buy Haurex Magister Auto Watch ColletionWith the Caimano, Haurex has beautifully translated their philosophy into a dive watch and this collection perfectly exemplifies why the brand keeps their finger on the pulse of horological wrist wear. The diver was originally built for military purposes and only later made it to the mass market for underwater explorers. But it was in 1962 that it became an acceptable civilian accessory when Sean Connery wore one with his tux when he played James Bond Agent 007 in the movie “Doctor No”. Now the diver is a watch that’s in almost every man’s arsenal for daily wear.

The Caimano exemplifies a perfect blend of fashion and function. In a 45 mm stainless steel case covered with durable plastceramic, the watch is of modern size to wear on land and in the sea. As required for a dive watch the Caimano has a unidirectional timing bezel as well as a screw-down crown and is water resistant to 660 feet. The black dial features dot markers and an Arabic numeral at the 12 o’clock position for the hours with a minute track around the outer perimeter, while a magnified date resides at 3 o’clock. Both the hour markers and hands are luminescent for readability in low light conditions. As an extra fun design element, an alligator roars at the 6 o’clock position.

Buy Haurex Magister Auto Watch ColletionThe Caimano, which contains a quartz movement, is offered in five colors: blue black, orange, red and yellow with a matching silicon band and second hand. Black lugs and crown guards provide nice contrast giving the watch a bold look. For a fashionable watch appropriate for just about any occasion, you can’t go wrong with the Haurex Caimano Watch Collection.

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Haurex Magister Auto Watch Collection


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Haurex WatchesFounded in Italy in 1989, Haurex watch company gave themselves the directive to produce high quality watches that had enviable style along with innovative design and materials, especially with an eye towards fashion. And what better place to be in the middle of fashion movements than in Italy. In order to keep on top of the trends, Haurex set up an entire design department dedicated to keeping an eye out for what’s modern and hip. They pay particularly close attention to the line, color and material of their watches. The brand is an expert in doing a balancing act between fashionability and pushing the design too far. Ensuring that Haurex watches always strike the right note.

Buy Haurex Magister Auto Watch ColletionThe Haurex Magister Auto Watch Collection is a perfect example of Haurex’s ability to come up with cool designs. Since larger case sizes are now the norm, the Magister Auto comes in a 44 mm stainless steel case that settles nicely on a man’s wrist. Extra details are the screw down crown and back.

The dial is where the magic really happens. The eye is immediately drawn to what Haurex calls the “open heart”, which is a cut out revealing the escapement. Anchored in place by a decorative bridge with blued screws, the open escapement shows off the swinging balance wheel of the automatic movement, giving a nice kinetic aspect to the dial.

But the details of the dial don’t stop there. Applied hour numerals are set against a handsome waffle dial, while skeletonized hands circle round keeping the time. Instead of a utilitarian center seconds hand, Haurex turned the seconds function into another element of design. At 9 o’clock sits an unusual and original running seconds comprised of a circle within a circle with an arrow indicating where you are in the 60 second cycle.

Buy Haurex Magister Auto Watch ColletionThe Magister Auto Watch Collection offers different variants with a black or white dial and, in addition to the stainless steel case, comes finished in rose gold, yellow gold and white gold. All the models are fitted with a comfortable black silicon band with a buckle closure.

For the man who wants to be right in time with his timepiece at a reasonable price, he can’t go wrong with the Haurex Magister Auto Watch Collection.

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Introducing the Haurex Turbina II Watch Collection


by John Sealander  

How do you improve on a legend? If you
are Haurex, you turn it into a chronograph.

Haurex WatchesThe massive 52 mm Haurex Turbina was legendary among watch aficionados. With its distinctive left-handed screw down crown and bold oversized dial, the impressive Turbina practically defined the trend toward oversized timepieces.

Now, the iconic Turbina profile has been enhanced and refined for a new generation of watch warriors. The all-new Turbina II Watch Collection retains the same bold Arabic lettering and protected crown that made the original Turbina so distinctive. The new version of this iconic timepiece is even more versatile with the addition of a chronograph complication. A small-seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock and a 60-minute totalizer at 12 o’clock turn this impressive timepiece into a versatile timing tool. To accommodate current tastes, the Haurex designers made the 48 mm Turbina II stainless steel case slightly smaller and moved the crown and timing pushers to the right side of the watch for ease of use when timing events.

The new Turbina II Chronograph is available in stainless steel and IP black versions with a choice of cream or black dials and lettering in four different color variations. The superb matt-finished dials are protected by a durable mineral glass crystal and include a convenient date window at 3 o’clock. Like the original Turbina, the new Turbina II is powered by a reliable quartz movement, is water resistant to 330 feet, and has been equipped with a comfortable black silicon strap.

If you missed your opportunity to add the massive three-hand Turbina to your collection, don’t miss this opportunity to put the refined Turbina II Chronograph on your wrist. Like the original Turbina, this is a watch for the confident man who knows his own mind. If this sounds like you, there’s a Haurex Turbina II waiting for you. All you have to do to get one is contact an authorized Haurex dealer immediately.

Gevril Group US Agent for Haurex Watches

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US agent for Haurex Watches. Contact Ruth Dombroff, Haurex Brand Manager, by email or at 845-425-9882.

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