Fortis Blue Horizon Limited Edition Watch Collection


by John Sealander  

A Contemporary Approach to the Classic Aviator Chronograph

Fortis WatchesThe Fortis name, which means “strong” in Latin, has become synonymous with strength and toughness among the world’s elite military forces. Ever since the early days of military aviation, pilots have chosen Fortis timepieces to wear while on duty. Many of these superb timing tools have been popular with pilots for so long that they are now considered classics.

As a tribute to its aviation heritage, Fortis is introducing a spectacular new limited edition collection: the Blue Horizon. These beautifully crafted aviator chronographs effectively combine a contemporary esthetic with the distinctive retro appeal that has made Fortis aviation timepieces famous. On your wrist, you experience the best of both worlds: the retro appeal of the Fortis aviation heritage, along with the fashion forward flair of the season’s hottest colors.

Fortis 656.10.95 Blue Horizon Fortis 656.18.95 Blue Horizon
Fortis 656.10.95 Blue Horizon Fortis 656.18.95 Blue Horizon
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These 40 mm aviator chronographs feature a nostalgic brown sunray dial with bright blue Superluminova hands and indices for a contemporary touch. The overall effect is sensational, turning this dependable tool watch into a dramatic fashion statement. There are three well-placed sub-dials for timing events, along with separate windows for the day and date. A tachymeter scale inscribed on the chapter ring, distinctive applied Arabic numbers, and an oversized knurled setting crown flanked by two stainless steel pushers complete the harmonious design.

The Fortis Blue Horizon is available in brushed stainless steel fitted with a premium brown leather strap, or IP black with a black carbon fiber textured strap. Each timepiece in the collection is equipped with a scratch resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal on both sides of the watch, providing a clear view of both the beautifully crafted dial and the intricate inner workings of the precision Swiss made automatic movement within. The massive stainless steel case is water resistant to an impressive 669 feet.

Production of this exclusive chronograph has been strictly limited to 135 pieces per model. If you’d like a Blue Horizon 656.10.95 equipped with the classic brown leather strap, or the contemporary looking IP black Blue Horizon 656.18.95 with its modern carbon fiber styling, you need to contact your authorized Fortis dealer immediately. Watch aficionados and Fortis fans around the world are already adding these exclusive timepieces to their Christmas wish list, but only 135 lucky people will ever have the opportunity to wear one.

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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Fortis Aeromaster “Dawn” and “Dusk” Watch Collection


by Meehna Goldsmith  

The Two Moods of the Fortis Aeromaster

Fortis WatchesFortis built its reputation on independently crafting a Flieger (pilot) watch. No country asked them to do it; they took on the challenge themselves. Their Flieger watch was so impressive that the Russian space program made it the official watch of the cosmonauts. To this day Fortis holds the honor of outfitting the Russian flight program with their watches.

Because Fortis is so strong in the Flieger category it often gets overlooked in its other collections and that’s a big mistake. The brand applies the same attention to details, function and technology to other categories. The Aviatis category is definitely one to consider, especially the Aeromaster models. While the Aviatis (flight watch) pillar was originally developed to assist pilots in their journeys, the new “Dawn” and “Dusk” models are so elegant that they have you covered in any situation: professional, casual and dressy.

Fortis 655.10.18 Aeromaster “Dawn” Fortis 655.18.98 Aeromaster “Dusk”
Fortis 655.10.18 Aeromaster Fortis 655.18.98 Aeromaster
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The “Dawn” and “Dusk” have all the features of the Aeromaster that put a smile on pilots’ faces, such as a robust Swiss made automatic movement and stainless steel case, lumed raised indices and numbers that give a cool and modern green afterglow, and lumed aviation-style hands that harken back to the first aviator watches. And, of course, the de rigueur orienting lumed triangle surrounded with two dots at 12 o’clock.

Although the “Dawn” and “Dusk” don’t qualify as dress watches, particularly because of the 42 mm stainless steel case and the larger silhouette, the sunray finished lush brown dial elevates the “Dawn” and “Dusk” comfortably into an office or sophisticated setting. Both the “Dawn” and “Dusk” come in two iterations: One is a chronograph with a tachymeter that has day and date windows at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively in a stainless case, while the other has a cleaner look without the chronograph and tachymeter but keeps the day/date function and comes in a PVD case.

Fortis 656.10.18 Aeromaster “Dawn” Fortis 656.18.98 Aeromaster “Dusk”
Fortis 656.10.18 Aeromaster Fortis 656.18.98 Aeromaster
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So what’s the difference between the “Dawn” and Dusk”? Brands are constantly speaking about their watches creating mood and emotion. Fortis cleverly incorporated this poetic idea in a more concrete way. While the “Dawn” with its lighter hues of browns represents beginnings, the optimism and light of a new day, the “Dusk” is more brooding, dark and mysterious as night sets in.

With the “Dawn” and “Dusk” Fortis combined its reputation and expertise with tool watches and presented one that not only is extremely functional but a beautiful timepiece for everyday wear. It even has the ability to express your mood — even if it’s only you who know it.

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 First Generation Watch Collection

Historic Gevril First Generation Watches


by Adrian Herscovici  

First Generation

Gevril WatchesThe early 1990s were significant years for Gevril, culminating in the launch of the company’s first offerings of the modern era in 1994, a collection of timepieces with similar design characteristics in multiple sizes with different complications. Together these comprised the “first generation” of modern Gevril watches and represented the brand’s renaissance.

Gevril chose an ambitious path, launching half-a-dozen watch styles concurrently. To do so Gevril watchmakers decided upon a single, innovative case design. The most noticeable aspect of the construction was a threaded bezel with six recessed notches designed to fit a special tool to screw the bezel down. The benefit of this mechanical construction was that it allowed for customization by providing the ability to switch “decoration rings” in and out.

Gevril Men’s First Generation Watches
Gevril Men's First Generation
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These decoration rings (the sides of the case, essentially) fit into the case around the dial and were available in stainless steel or gold to either match or contrast the case. The rings also had names — one was Sevilla, another Granada and a third called Cordoba — all Andalusian Spanish cities, a nod to Jacques Gevril and his role as Spain’s royal watchmaker in the 1700s. The threaded-bezel design was actually Gevril’s second patent of the modern era; the first was the innovative Unlocked Crown Indicator (UCI) system, which provided a visual queue on the dial that indicated whether or not the watch crown was screwed in properly.

In addition to the patented threaded bezel and UCI novelties, watches in the First Generation Collection shared several other attributes including cases, bezels and bracelets made of either stainless steel or gold — or a choice of several colored leather straps. Dial colors included silver, black and various two-tone combinations, and dial designs featured circular engraving and pomme hands with either Roman or Arabic numerals. Every First Generation watch was Swiss made.

Gents Automatic and Gents Midsize

The Gents Automatic was available in a 39 mm case or a midsize 35 mm version. Both shared similar traits including the threaded bezel and UCI indicator. The Gents series had 11 dial variations. The large Gents Automatic housed an ETA 2824-2 movement while the smaller Gents Midsize housed an ETA 2681 automatic, both of which were individually regulated and featured time-only functionality.

Gevril AO111R1B
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Chronograph

Another men’s 39 mm automatic, the First Generation Chronograph was a classic timer powered by a modular movement consisting of an ETA base and a Dubois Dépraz chronograph module. The Chronograph had a 12 hour counter at 6 o’clock, a 30 minute counter at 9 o’clock and a perpetual seconds counter at 3 o’clock.

Gevril First Generation Stainless Steel Chronograph
Gevril First Generation Stainless Steel Chronograph
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Chronograph Chronometer

The Chronograph Chronometer was an enhanced version of the standard Chronograph. All of its movements were submitted to and certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres. Like the movement in the standard Chronograph model, the chronometer version featured a Glucydur balance wheel, Nivarox hairspring and Incabloc shock absorber. The watches had a date function and the word “chronometer” displayed on the dial. The 36.5 mm case was appropriate for both men and women.

DayDate and DayDate Midsize

Another model with the two case sizes, the DayDate came in a large 39 mm version as well as a 36.5 mm version for men and women. Both sizes contained an automatic Gevril C0110 movement based on an ETA 2892-A2. DayDate models had attractive concentric sub-dials with dual pointers: the outer track displayed the date and the inner track displayed the day. DayDate models also utilized the UCI display.

Moonphase

Another dual-time model in the Gevril First Generation Watch Collection featured a moonphase at 6 o’clock, the date at 3 o’clock and a home-time subdial at 10 o’clock.

Gevril M0111R2B First Generation Moonphase
Gevril M0111R2B First Generation Moonphase
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15̊ and 15̊ Midsize

“Fifteen degrees” models featured the travelers’ complication — a dual time zone with day and night indicators that corresponded to home time. The standard size was 39 mm and the midsize was 36.5 mm. Both housed an automatic Gevril B0110 movement based on an ETA 2892. Both varieties utilized the UCI display. The 15̊ was a predecessor of the Gevril Serenade.

Ladies

Even though the movement inside the Ladies model was electronic, the case was the same with its threaded bezel and interchangeable decoration ring, albeit in a daintier 26.5 mm package. Twelve dial variations were available. The watch featured a battery end-of-life indicator to let the owner know when the ETA 956.112 quartz movement required a battery change. Each watch had an individual number engraved on the caseback.

The wide array of styles and complications in Gevril’s First Generation Collection was an indication of the elaborate plans the company had for its future. Whether the watch was mechanical or electronic, featured a simple or elaborate complication, or came housed in steel or gold, the Gevril First Generation Collection had something for everyone and was worthy of the traditions Jacques Gevril began centuries ago.

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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.

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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
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Fortis 595.11.16 L.01
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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
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Fortis 595.11.16 N.11
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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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