Rüdiger Bavaria Men’s Chronograph Watch Collection

Neuschwanstien Royal Palace in Bavarian Alps


by Adrian Herscovici  

Bavaria the Proud

Rüdiger WatchesLocated in the German southeast, Bavaria is the largest German state by area and home to 12.5 million people. Many Bavarians consider themselves Bavarian first and German second, a sovereign mindset that dates back to 1806 when Napoleon rule abolished the Holy Roman Empire and established the Kingdom of Bavaria. Pride in identity is still a Bavarian trait that runs deep among its inhabitants.

Most people have heard about the Bavarian appetite for beer and sausage, but Bavaria is so much more than Oktoberfest and men in lederhosen. The Free State of Bavaria, as it is known today, is a vast land of deep forests, picturesque mountains and modern cities, with Munich as its capital – a cultural and economic center with a reputation for being a social and economic innovator.

The Bavaria watch collection by Rüdiger captures the independent spirit of the modern state of Bavaria with its contemporary styling and quality. The watch’s focal point is the figure eight shape through the center of the dial, which is comprised of two recessed, unified sub-dials. The configuration is balanced and discreet, but refreshes an otherwise straightforward dress-watch design with additional dimensionality.

Rüdiger R2300-04-001.0
Bavaria Chronograph
Rüdiger R2300-09-001
Bavaria Chronograph
Rüdiger R2300-04-001.0 Bavaria Rüdiger R2300-09-001 Bavaria
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Both sub-dials are associated with the chronograph function: the lower sub-dial tracks elapsed seconds when the start/stop pusher is engaged, while the upper sub-dial tracks elapsed hours. Piston-shape chronograph pushers flank a fluted crown. The watch’s luminous and shapely hour and minute hands are in the feuille (leaf) style, while the central seconds hand and chronograph hands are thin and straight. Arabic numbers are integrated into the sub-dials as a contrast to the large Roman numerals.

Bavaria watch cases are 42 mm and made from 316L stainless steel. One model in the collection is coated with IP rose gold and has matching rose-gold-color hands and Roman numerals. The stainless steel variations include one model with a black dial and silver numerals, another with a white dial and black numerals and a third with a white dial and gold-color numerals. Bavaria watches have solid casebacks and utilize mineral crystals. They are water resistant to 165 feet and contain quartz movements.

Rüdiger R2300-04-001
Bavaria Chronograph
Rüdiger R2300-04-007
Bavaria Chronograph
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Watches in the Bavaria collection are dressy and integrate easily into a typical gentleman’s wardrobe, with a look that suits formal or smart-casual settings. The polished round cases and neutral color schemes are complemented by leather calfskin straps with prong buckles that complete the elegant look.

A trip through Bavaria uncovers sublime beauty at every turn, and proud people who relish in the colorful past of their dear land. Bavaria watches by Rüdiger are worthy of the Bavarian state of mind and its high quality of life. The watches are crafted with a combination of modern styling and classical simplicity; the result is a well-rounded dress watch for men with diverse tastes. Contact an authorized Rüdiger watch dealer for more information.

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Historic Gevril Gramercy Watch Collection

Gramercy Park


by Adrian Herscovici  

Gevril WatchesGramercy is an area in Manhattan that surrounds Gramercy Park, a city landmark established in the 1830s. In addition to its lengthy history, Gramercy Park is significant for being the only private park in Manhattan. Only the owners who live in the buildings surrounding the park have access and each owner is required to pay an annual fee to receive a key, of which there are between 300 and 400 at any given time. The keys are individually numbered and coded, much like a limited edition watch.

Gevril designed its Gramercy watches with this sort of exclusivity in mind: the watches are produced in limited editions and are meant to represent a legacy, to be held and subsequently passed down.

The size of the Gramercy case is 39 mm, appropriately dressy, and available in stainless steel or 18 kt. yellow gold. The steel version is an edition of 500 and the gold version is an edition of 100. The gold version is paired with a crocodile leather strap and 18 kt. gold buckle; the stainless steel version employs a stainless steel beaded bracelet with an optional crocodile leather strap and folding clasp.

Gevril 2401 Gramercy Gevril 2402 Gramercy
Gevril 2401 Gramercy Gevril 2402 Gramercy
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Time display on the Gramercy is in a configuration known as a “regulator,” in which the seconds and hours are separated onto individual sub-dials while the minute hand remains central. The fundamental purpose for this layout (originally on clocks) is related to ease and accuracy of telling the time – the minute hand, which is referred to most often in time-telling, is dominant, and the hour and minute hands only overlap twice daily at 12 o’clock. Today, the regulator is still effective in this regard, but also presents a thought-provoking arrangement.

Gevril 2405L GramercyLike other watches in Gevril’s New York collection, which consists of the Gramercy, Chelsea, Soho and Madison, the color and texture of the dial is silvered guilloché with pomme (or Breguet) hands and Roman numeral hour indexes. Sapphire crystal is employed front and back and the watch is water resistant to 165 feet. Gramercy watches are Swiss made.

Gramercy watches house 31 jewel automatic movements, each with a base ETA 2824 that is modified by a rare Jaquet 876, which configures the regulator.

With a name based on a landmark and an age-old configuration on display, Gramercy is an apt name for this watch so steeped in history and tradition. Gramercy watches are something out of the ordinary, both in appearance and quality. A select quantity of Gramercy watches are still available (new old stock) and can be purchased online from the Gevril Outlet. Pick one up while you still can, and keep it in the family.

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Historic Gevril Soho Watch Collection

Cast Iron Architecture in Soho's Cast Iron Historic District


by Adrian Herscovici  

Gevril WatchesThe Soho watch by Gevril is one of four watch styles that make up the brand’s New York collection (the others are Chelsea, Gramercy and Madison). The watch is named after the prestigious Soho area in lower Manhattan, a small but concentrated shopping mecca composed of boutiques and big brand stores. Soho is an acronym for South of Houston (Street), but it is also a reference to the well-known area in West London, England. Most of today’s Soho is a part of the Soho Cast Iron Historic District, a landmark designation it received in 1973 as a result of its collection of cast-iron architecture, the greatest of its sort in the world.

Metals – stainless steel and gold – are also an important aspect of the watches in the New York collection, including the Soho, which shares several traits with other models in the New York family. The case, for example, is 39 mm in diameter and available in limited editions: 500 in stainless steel, 100 in 18 kt. yellow gold. Every watch is paired with either an integrated link bracelet or brown crocodile leather strap.

Gold Gevril Soho with Strap Stainless Steel Gevril Soho with Strap
Gevril Soho Gold Gevril Soho Stainless Steel
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Other similarities include the silvered guilloché dial, blue pomme hands (generally referred to as Breguet hands) and Roman numerals. The gold versions have gold hands, Roman numerals and hour markers to match the case. The front crystal is sapphire, as is the crystal on the caseback, which provides an ample view of the movement. The watch beats steadily by way of a 25 jewel automatic movement comprised of a base ETA 2824 and Dubois Dépraz 9200 module. The gold version of the Soho incorporates a gold winding rotor.

The Soho is a triple-calendar like the Chelsea, but instead of apertures to display the day and month, the Soho features two small pointer sub-dials. The date is also recorded by a pointer hand, mounted centrally and marked by a red-tip arrow that corresponds with the date track on the outside of the dial. Inset pushers on the sides of the case allow for quick adjustment of the sub-dials.

Gevril Soho Gold Bracelet
Gevril Soho Gold Bracelet
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The catalog entry for this mid-’90s release describes the Soho as having “composition of shape and proportion balanced with sweeping color.” To achieve this, the Soho mixes concentric circular shapes. These include the dial’s central guilloché and surrounding chapter ring; the two sub-dials and the moon phase aperture; the hands, and the hour markers. The sweeping color is denoted by the blue (or gold) hands and the red arrow of the pointer date that revolve around the dial.

Every watch in the New York collection is connected with an upscale area of Manhattan, and each of them has a personality that is consistent with the neighborhood it represents. These watches also represent the benchmarks by which the high quality and craftsmanship of Gevril watches are measured today. The Soho watch is no different, with its impressive details and styling, it’s a watch that is locked amiably in a Soho groove. Check the Gevril Outlet online for availability of NOS (new old stock) Soho watches.

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Historic Gevril Madison Watch Collection

Taxi Cabs on Madison Avenue, 1900


by Adrian Herscovici  

Gevril WatchesThe grandeur of New York’s Madison Avenue is captured in a 2000 watch release from Gevril – a watch known simply as the Madison. Madison Avenue runs south-north through the heart of Manhattan. It originates from Madison Square Park at 23rd Street – named after the fourth U.S. president, James Madison – and flows northbound all the way up to 135th Street where it merges with the on-ramp to the Madison Avenue Bridge.

Beginning in the 1920s, Madison Avenue became synonymous with the American advertising industry, which flourished in the ’50s and ’60s. Many recognize the name as the setting for the hit television series Mad Men, which first aired in 2007. Today Madison Ave. is a world-class shopping destination with upscale boutiques that house many of the biggest names in fashion and luxury goods, including several watch boutiques.

Like the glory days of the ad industry, the Gevril Madison watch weaves its own narrative; this is a story of refinement and sophistication that is worthy of the grand Gotham thoroughfare.

Madison watches were encased in one of two materials: stainless steel or 18 kt. yellow gold. Each case was 39 mm, large enough to showcase the superb dial work but small enough to stay within the limits of discernment. A polished bezel with a tiered rim gave way to a brushed case side with a vertical grain, which met another polished rim at the caseback.

Gevril 2502L Madison- Front Gevril 2502L Madison- Back
Gevril 2502L Madison- Front Gevril 2502L Madison- Back
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Inside the caseback rim, a coined pattern bordered the perimeter. Engravings denoted particular details including the reference number and the limited edition number: in the Gevril tradition, the stainless steel model was a series of 500 and the gold a series of 100. Sapphire crystal, front and back, provided durable scratch resistance. The large crystal on the caseback also allowed for an ample view of the Swiss made ETA 2895 automatic movement, which featured a rotor stamped with the Gevril signature.

The remarkable case, however, was but a backdrop for the extraordinary dial, which featured a silvered finish and guilloché engraving. This fine decoration appears in the primary dial space, and within the small seconds sub-dial, and at the very edge of the outer dial. The applied serifed Roman numerals and pomme hands (generally referred to as Breguet hands) are the perfect complement. On the steel version, the hands are blue and the Romans are black; on the gold version both the hands and numerals are gold. The date window featuring beveled edges is another pleasing detail.

Gevril 2501 Madison Gevril 2505L Madison
Gevril 2501 Madison Gevril 2505L Madison
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The gold version of the watch came paired with a brown crocodile leather strap and matching 18 kt. gold buckle. The stainless steel version included a stainless steel bracelet as well as an optional brown crocodile leather strap with a folding clasp.

“Power to influence” was the catchphrase from the 2000 catalog entry for the Madison watch. The phrase, in essence, was also the hallmark of the ad industry during its 20th century boom. Gevril’s Madison watch was designed for the same type of self-assured innovators who built Madison Avenue, and it demonstrated the type of detailed work that remains a pillar of Gevril watch design to this day.

Note: Several watches from the Madison collection were held from distribution at the time of the original release and are available today, NOS (new old stock), at select authorized online retailers. Contact us for more information.

Gevril Group Worldwide Agent for Gevril Watches

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Historic Gevril Tribeca Watch Collection

Old Washington Market in Tribeca


by Adrian Herscovici  

Gevril WatchesFans of Gevril watches know of the company’s penchant for naming its watch collections after famous or important New York City neighborhoods and landmarks. These include the brand’s signature Avenue of Americas collection and the current Columbus Circle and Gramercy collections. Several other similarly themed collections have appeared in the Gevril lineup over the years, collections long sold out or discontinued. One of these is the Tribeca, released in 1999.

Tribeca is an area in Lower Manhattan. The name is an acronym taken from the words Triangle Below Canal (Street). The area (actually a trapezoid) evolved in the 20th century from an industrial center to an artist community to what it is today: an upscale residential neighborhood, among the most affluent ZIP codes in the entire city and home to numerous celebrities and other notable figures.

The Tribeca watch collection aspired to celebrate the notion of “seizing the moment and the bounties of life,” a phrase that appeared in the original catalog entry. Indeed, the Tribeca chronograph was abundantly detailed. The overall design pays homage to a famed chronograph style of the ’60s and ’70s with its triple registers, square-foot indexes and arrow-tip chronograph hand. The design just works: it is contrasting and capacious with a down-to-earth simplicity that is admired by watch enthusiasts to this day.

Gevril R004 Tribeca Gevril R005/1 Tribeca Gevril R005/2 Tribeca
Gevril R004 Tribeca Gevril R005/1 Tribeca Gevril R005/2 Tribeca
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In addition to the famous black-on-white “panda” style dial, the Tribeca dial also appeared in a white-on-black variation, as well as a black-on-champagne and its reverse, champagne-on-black. Like other Gevril collections, the Tribeca was produced in a limited edition of just 500 watches per steel variant and 100 watches per gold variant, each individually numbered on the dial. Covering the dials were hesalite (acrylic) crystals, softer than sapphire, but domed and rich in vintage charm.

There were two variations of the case: one in stainless steel, the other in 18 kt. gold. The cases were 37 mm. The bezels were either black enamel or polished stainless steel and featured tachymeter scales. Tribeca watches had solid casebacks and fluted screw-down pushers and crowns, which added to their 330 feet of water resistance. All of the cases featured “holed” lugs, meaning the holes for the spring bars were drilled all the way through the lugs and were visible from the outside. Holed lugs added desirable character to the watches and, on a practical level, made it easier to change the straps or bracelets.

Gevril R006/1 Tribeca Gevril R006/2 Tribeca
Gevril R006/1 Tribeca Gevril R006/2 Tribeca
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The Tribeca models with white-and-black dial combinations came on stainless steel integrated bracelets while the gold-and-black versions were offered on brown crocodile straps with 18 kt. gold buckles. Inside, the Tribeca housed a 51 jewel automatic movement made up of an ETA 2824 with a Dubois & Dépraz 2020 chronograph module.

Gevril’s Tribeca is as an excellent example of the brand’s commitment to quality and craftsmanship, and one of its most compelling offerings of the 1990s with an effortless and composed design that will be valued for many years to come. If you are interested in picking one up, check the auction sites – they do occasionally come up. The Tribeca would make an excellent addition to any watch collection.

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Criminal Minds Jennifer Love Hewitt Wears Gevril

Jennifer Love Hewitt


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Gevril WatchesGoing into its 10th season the police procedural Criminal Minds is getting a fresh face and character with Jennifer Love Hewitt joining the cast alongside Joe Mantegna and Shemar Moore. Starting in October, she will be introduced to audiences playing FBI agent Kate Callahan, whose work has gotten her an invitation to the coveted Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). The unit tracks the most dangerous criminal minds, studying them in attempts to stop them from wreaking terror and havoc on the public. These people are referred to as unsubs or “unknown subjects”.

Though one of the younger agents, Hewitt’s character Callahan is wise and savvy from her eight years on the force. She has a background in criminal psychology and works from the heart to make the world a safer place. In her backstory, Callahan has endured a lot of personal loss that makes her not only an ardent patriot but also a nurturing person.

Hewitt started her career out in commercials but vaulted to the public’s attention with her role on the popular television series Party of Five. She later achieved stardom on the screen with the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer. In addition to acting, Hewitt is also a writer, director and producer. This talented actress even sings. Atlantic Records and Jive Records both have signed her to their labels in the pop genre. Her most successful single thus far was the 1999 release How Do I Deal.

Actors obviously create their characters through behavior but wardrobe, including accessories, also contributes to defining a character. Callahan reveals her more feminine side by the watch she chooses to wear. Around her wrist is the Gevril Avenue of Americas Glamour model 6209NE. It makes not only practical sense for a BAU agent to wear a watch but also makes symbolic sense since time is of the essence in tracking a criminal.

Jennifer with Her Gevril Avenue of Americas Glamour 6209NE
Jennifer with Her Gevril Avenue of Americas Glamour 6209NE Gevril 6209NE Avenue of Americas Glamour
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Hewitt is very enthusiastic about her Gevril. She says, “I love this watch so much! Makes watching time fly more fun.”

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Gevril GroupGevril Group is the worldwide agent for Gevril Watches. You can email us or call us at 845-425-9882.

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