Chelsea is a cosmopolitan neighborhood in mid-Manhattan and one of the best central locations in which to live in, or visit New York City. Its proximity to both the upper and lower island makes Chelsea the perfect home base. Chelsea consists of residential properties as well as many businesses, including the heart of New York’s art scene, tucked over in west Chelsea and tenanted by dozens of galleries and studios: the cluster between 19th and 29th streets (between 9th and 11th avenues) is indeed an international contemporary art hub.
The historic Gevril Chelsea watch, issued in the late-1990s as a part of the brand’s New York collection (which also includes the Gramercy, Madison and Soho models) is inspired by artistic traditions and, as the Gevril catalog read at the time, by “striking depth and beauty celebrating strength of character.”
Depth and beauty are represented by the Swiss made Chelsea’s silvered guilloché dial with its mix of engraved and satin-finished surfaces, over which pomme (or Breguet) hands circle and Roman numerals are applied. All of this is further enhanced by the triple-calendar and moon-phase complications, which are symmetrically aligned through the center of the dial. The day and month appear in two apertures while the small pointer-date is incorporated into the moon-phase sub-dial. The dial arrangement is uncluttered and elegant.
Strength of character is epitomized by the 39 mm stainless steel case and matching beaded bracelet. For those who prefer heavier metal, the case is also available in 18 kt. yellow gold, which comes with a brown crocodile leather strap and complementary 18 kt. gold buckle. Like other watches in the New York collection, the steel version is limited to 500 pieces and the gold version is an edition of 100.
The Swiss-made automatic 25 jewel movement driving the Chelsea is a tried-and-true ETA 2824, modified by the addition of a Dubois Dépraz 9310. The movement is visible through the exhibition caseback, made of sapphire crystal. The front-side crystal is also sapphire. The watch is water resistant to 165 feet.
In size, design and construction, the Chelsea watch represents a well-rounded, quality timepiece for daily wear, or to wear in rotation as part of a broader collection. Whether it’s to stroll along the elevated path of Chelsea’s High Line Park, or to satisfy a food craving at the famous Chelsea Market, the Chelsea watch is a versatile companion. Check the Gevril Outlet online for availability of NOS (new old stock) Chelsea watches.