Paolo Marai Vertime CEO on Future of Watch Industry

Vertime CEO Paolo Marai with Gevril President Samuel Friedmann and Jon Luigi


by John Sealander  

Few Know More About Watches than Paolo Marai
And Paolo Marai Thinks the Future Looks Bright

It’s hard to find a more knowledgeable representative of the watch industry than Paolo Marai. Paolo is President and CEO of Vertime and is responsible for some of the world’s most recognizable watch brands, including Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Versus.

Mr. Marai is very positive about the future of the watch industry, but he sees a major shift occurring in how timepieces are perceived and used. Interviewed during a visit to the prestigious Couture 2013 Watch and Jewelry Show in Las Vegas, Marai said, “More and more, watches are no longer used for timekeeping functions, they are becoming accessories, which means that the brand and the design are becoming more relevant than what is inside the watch.”


Working closely with top designers like Donatella Versace, Marai is bringing this philosophy to customers; with some of the most innovative, fashion-forward designs the watch industry has ever seen. Mr. Marai says that sometimes it takes up to a year, working with fashion superstars like Donatella, to finalize a new design, but that the wait is worth it. “There is a new generation and a new type of consumer,” says Marai. “I believe the future will be based more on fashion brands, rather than on traditional watch manufacturing.”

To meet the needs of these new fashion-forward customers, Paolo Marai is taking Vertime boldly into the future with a new emphasis on fashion and style. From the edgy youthful spirit of Versus, to the luxurious opulence of Versace, and the refined, subtle elegance of Salvatore Ferragamo, Vertime is meeting the desires of fashionistas and watch aficionados alike with fabulous new timepieces designed for the 21st Century. What will this watchmaking power player do next? You’ll probably see the answer on a fashionable wrist in the very near future.

About Gevril Group

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the exclusive US representative for select European watch brands, distributing and servicing luxury, fashion and sports timepieces at a wide range of price points. Gevril Group also operates a full-service watch repair department staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. Contact Gevril Group by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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This Mother’s Day Spoil Mom With a Fashionable Watch

by John Sealander  

Mother’s Day 2013 is on May 12th

Mother's Day Mother’s Day is almost here. This year, forget about getting Mom something she needs. Get her something she’ll like instead. Fine timepieces have never been more popular and just about any Mom will appreciate this Spring’s “must have” fashion accessory. A watch makes a personal statement, and with so many exciting styles available, there’s certain to be a watch that your Mom will be proud to wear. Just take a look at the selections below. Sporty, dressy, traditional, or Avant-garde; we’re confident that there’s a watch in your price range that your Mom will treasure.

Versus Sertie

If Mom is a fan of sophisticated glamor, she’ll love the multi-faceted Versus Sertie. Versace Versus watches are known for their modern, edgy spirit, and the sophisticated Sertie will add a unique glitter and gleam to any woman’s wrist. The faceted cut glass bezel adds a jewel-like quality to the classic two-hand configuration, and the surprisingly affordable timepiece is available in five fashion forward colors.

Versus Sertie – 3C7210 0000 – $240
Versus Sertie Mothers Day Watch - 3C7210 0000
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Jowissa Pyramid

Another variation on the crystalline theme is the spectacular Jowissa Pyramid. The entire crystal of this stylish timepiece is made of tempered mineral glass in a pyramid cut. This unique shape resembles the lower half of a brilliant-cut diamond turned upside down, giving the design a gemstone quality that can be dressed up or down.

Jowissa Pyramid – J5-201-xl – $369
Jowissa Pyramid Mothers Day Watch J5-201-xl
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Laurens Colorato

For the sporting Mom, there is the versatile Laurens Colorato. Available in an array of bright primary colors, these attractively styled watches feature a colorful plastic case with a coordinated unidirectional rotating bezel and a protected crown. It’s never been easier to coordinate the watch on your wrist with the outfit you’re wearing. With the sporty and affordable Colorato, you could make a strong case for buying Mom all four colors.

Laurens Colorato – GW41J901Y – $79
Laurens Colorato Mothers Day Watch - GW41J901Y
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Johan Eric Arhus

If your Mom appreciates the minimal, modern look, she’ll love the Johan Eric Arhaus. This refined fusion of stainless steel, mother of pearl, and sparkling Swarovski crystals is absolutely stunning. The modern, minimal three-hand design is available in stainless steel, IP black, IP brown, and IP rose gold and can be fitted with your choice of a handsome leather strap, or an integrated metal mesh band.

Johan Eric Arhus – JE6000-09-009B – $249
Johan Eric Arhus Mothers Day Watch - JE6000-09-009B
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Giulio Romano Rimini

The colorful and whimsical Giulio Romano Rimini will appeal to the woman who isn’t afraid to show the world that she knows her own mind. The Rimini’s artfully articulated dial is rich with nuance and detail and gives the watch a personality all its own. The unique looking mother-of-pearl dial has been specially molded to create raised three-dimensional numbers that are available in both white and painted multi-colored versions.

Gattinoni Elettra

For the Mom that lives for ethereal beauty and sensual luxury, there is the dreamlike Gattinoni Elettra. This fashionable and funky original features a chapter ring encrusted with Swarovski crystals surrounded by a bezel in the shape of the trademark Gattinoni logo. With an asymmetrical three-hand configuration, a subtle sunray dial and a patterned planetarium strap, this is a timepiece designed to evoke strong emotions.

Gattinoni Elettra – W0261GGTSLV – $675
Gattinoni Elettra Mothers Day Watch - W0261GGTSLV
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Viceroy Ceramic and Sapphire

The dramatic Viceroy Ceramic and Sapphire watch is perfect for both casual and formal occasions. The unique 12-sided dodecagon shaped ceramic case gives the watch a precise and extremely fashion forward look. Matching ceramic inserts in the stainless steel bracelet complete the fashionable look.

Viceroy Ceramic and Sapphire – 47576-57 – $990
Viceroy Ceramic and Sapphire Mothers Day Watch - 47576-57
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Versace Vanity Chrono

If your Mom really wants to stand out in a crowd, she’ll enjoy wearing the spectacular Versace Vanity Chrono. This luxurious timepiece features Versace’s iconic Greek key pattern around the dial, the brand’s trademark Versace studs with a Medusa in relief on the band, and is available in a choice of seven fashion forward colors. For the woman who expects the very best, there is even a half pave version with 32 diamonds, or a full pave version with 64 diamonds.

How To Buy

A fine watch makes a fabulous gift for any Mom. Remember that it’s never out of fashion to spoil your Mom on Mother’s Day, so start looking for a timepiece that matches your own Mom’s unique personality and style today. Mother’s Day is almost here. The time is right to look for a reputable watch retailer and find a watch that makes your Mom remember how much you appreciate her every day.

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

About Gevril Group

Gevril GroupGevril Group, directed by company founder and long-time creative force in the watch business Samuel Friedmann, is the exclusive US representative for select European watch brands, distributing and servicing luxury, fashion and sporty timepieces at a wide range of price points. Additionally, Group Gevril operates a full-service watch repair department staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. Contact Maria, Customer Service Representative, by email or call her at 845-425-9882.

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ShopHQ Luxury Timepiece Event Monday August 13


by John Sealander  

Make Plans to Spend Some Time Enjoying a Luxurious
Evening with ShopHQ on Monday, August 13th

How many times have you wished there was a beautiful luxury timepiece on your wrist? Well, there’s no need to wait any longer to fulfill your wish. Starting at 10pm Eastern Time (7pm Pacific) on Monday, August 13, both on TV and streaming online, the popular ShopHQ shopping channel will be featuring some of the world’s most popular luxury timepieces at prices that will be almost impossible to resist.

ShopHQ’s resident watch expert Daniel Green and Steven Jay of Gevril Group will co-host this special luxury event. This will be your chance to obtain fabulous luxury timepieces by famous manufacturers like Gio Monaco, Louis Erard, Fortis, Meccaniche Veloci, Versace, Gevril, Ferragamo, and others at prices you will find hard to believe.

ShopHQ Host Daniel Green Gevril Group’s Steven Jay
Daniel Green Steven Jay

Fine timepieces like these almost never go on sale, so this special luxury event is a unique opportunity to find the watch of your dreams at a price you can afford. Almost every time that a product of this quality is featured on the popular ShopHQ program, it sells out very quickly. Quantities of these top-of-the-line timepieces are strictly limited, so you’ll want to be among the first callers to take advantage of the amazing deals that Gevril Group’s own Steven Jay will be presenting during this exclusive one-time luxury event.

Would you like a luxurious Gevril Avenue of Americas automatic? How about a fashion forward Versace or Ferragamo timepiece? If you fancy an authentic pilot’s watch on your wrist, you’ll definitely want to consider a Fortis Flieger or even the fabulous Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph. All these fabulous luxury timepieces and many more will be available at special event prices only during the August 13th ShopHQ show, so make plans now to tune-in and take advantage of some amazing deals.

Gevril Avenue of Americas Fortis Official
Cosmonauts Chronograph
Fortis Flieger
Gevril Avenue of Americas - 5006A Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph - 630.10.92 L.01 Fortis Flieger - 700.10.81 L.01
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Remember that the show begins on August 13 at 10pm Eastern Time (7pm Pacific). This is an event that any watch aficionado won’t want to miss! Put this special event on your calendar now and make plans to tune-in. As viewers of previous ShopHQ events already know, when Daniel Green and Steven Jay start talking about watches, you’re going to want to join the conversation.

About Gevril Group

Gevril GroupGevril Group, directed by company founder and long-time creative force in the watch business Samuel Friedmann, is the exclusive US representative for select European watch brands, distributing and servicing luxury, fashion and sports timepieces at a wide range of price points. Additionally, Gevril Group operates a full-service watch repair department staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. Contact Gevril Group by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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Give Mom a Watch that Will Remind Her of You All the Time

by John Sealander  

Mother’s Day 2012 is on May 13th

Mother's DayThis year, forget about the candles, perfume and kitchen utensils. Give Mom something she’ll really appreciate: a fine timepiece. Watches have become this year’s “must have” fashion accessory, and there are so many exciting styles available that you’re sure to find something that matches your Mom’s personal taste. Now that the new Spring Collections have arrived in stores, there’s never been a better time to look for that “perfect” watch.

A good place to start is with the selections shown here. Each of these fine timepieces is something that any Mom would be proud to wear. And there’s a good chance that one of them will look perfect on your Mom’s wrist.

Are you looking for something elegant, romantic and affordable? Claude Bernard has a spectacular square ladies’ dress watch featuring a white satin band and two rows of sparkling crystals.

Claude Bernard — Model 20076 3PB NA — $325
Claude Bernard Swiss-Made Mothers Day Watch - 20076 3PB NA
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For a modern dress look, you’ll want to consider the stunning Johan Eric Tondor Tonneau model with an integrated metal mesh band and rose gold bezel attached with 12 screws. The dial of this beautiful watch is completely covered with pavé crystals for a refined, feminine appearance.

Johan Eric Denmark — JE1007-04-001.16 — $369
Johan Eric Denmark Mothers Day Watch - JE1007-04-001.16
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For an even dressier look, there’s the fashion forward black Jowissa model featuring specially designed lugs encrusted with 24 brilliant crystals. This beautiful two-hand style watch comes with a padded, genuine leather band and is perfect for Mom’s dressiest occasions.

Jowissa — J5.007.S — $259
Jowissa Swiss-Made Mothers Day Watch - J5.007.S
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Viceroy makes an attractive diver style watch with a polished stainless steel rotating bezel and matching bracelet.

Viceroy — 40672-95 — $340
Viceroy Mothers Day Watch - 40672-95
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If Mom likes something more formal, she’ll love the Italian designed Haurex Italia. This rectangular ladies’ timepiece features a bezel studded with brilliant crystals and a stunning black dial with white Roman numbers. An integrated stainless steel bracelet completes the look.

Haurex Italia — Model XS376DN1 — $575
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River Woods also makes a classically styled ladies’ watch with a beautiful black dial that’s set with sparkling crystal indices.

River Woods – Model RW 3 L GP SD SS — Price $375
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Moms who deserve the very best can’t go wrong with Versace. The Versace Destiny watch shown here features blue sapphires that are free to float around the transparent chapter ring. The watch has a beautiful mother of pearl dial with diamond indices and is fitted with a matching blue lizard leather strap. This innovative design is a true masterpiece and would be the gift of a lifetime for some lucky Mom.

Versace — Model 86Q941MD497 S282 — Price $2,900
Versace Mothers Day Watch - 86Q941MD497 S282
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A fine watch makes a fabulous gift. Don’t forget Mom on her special day. Look for a timepiece today that matches your own Mom’s unique personality and style. Mother’s Day is coming soon, so find a watch retailer near you and don’t let yourself run out of time. For help with your decision or with making your purchase, contact Maria by email or call her at 845-425-9882.

About Gevril Group

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

Contact Maria, Customer Service Representative, by email or call her at 845-425-9882. Please subscribe to the Gevril Group newsletter and blog updates.



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