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New Michael Kors Watches

15 Oct

Michael Kors was born in 1959 to a well-off Long Island family, and he attended the Fashion Institute of Technology. While working at a now-defunct boutique on 57th Street, the 22-year-old designer showed his first collection to a Bergdorf Goodman buyer, who placed an order. Kors, not yet prepared for business, frantically assembled the clothes and then borrowed his aunt's Mercedes to deliver it.

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MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Montauk' Ladies' Plaque Watch
Everyday fashion watch is elegantly casual with a numberless square face and a full-grain-leather band. Stainless steel casing shows off exposed hardware.
• Stainless steel/full-grain leather/mineral crystal.
• Approx. dial dimensions: 13mm W x 19mm L.
• Approx. band length: 203mm.
• Approx. band width: 19mm.
$120

In 1981, the Michael Kors label was formed, and his first women's collection was launched at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Kors has never strayed from his initial vision of chic and luxurious American sportswear. In June 1999, Michael Kors received the most prestigious award in the fashion industry: the CFDA Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year.

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Hinged Bangle Watch
Numberless dial gives a minimalist look to a bangle-style watch with a nature-inspired band.
• Stainless steel/acrylic/resin/mineral crystal.
• Dial dimensions: 1"W x 3/4"L.
• Band length: 8".
• Band width: 1".
$140

In 2004, Kors unveiled MICHAEL Michael Kors in over 350 stores nationwide. This collection includes women's and men's ready to wear, accessories including handbags and small leather goods, men's tailored clothing, dress shirts, neckwear, and timepieces for both women and men.

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Classic Square Watch
Classic square face adorned with a logo is supported by a stainless steel band.
• Dial diameter: 19mm W x 19mm H.
• Gold-plated stainless steel.
• Water-rated to 30 meters.
• Band length: 216mm.
• Band width: 19mm.
$180

The Michael Kors brand has been creating great apparel and accessories for more than twenty five years, using only the best fabrics and materials available. Each garment is designed by hand and made to last. That's what makes Michael Kors such a great designer.

Zodiac Deigner Watches

10 Oct

Although Zodiac Watches date to 1882, the year 2001 marked a new beginning for the Zodiac Watch name when the company was purchased by Fossil. Promoted as the new face of Swiss, the vintage designs of the latest Zodiac watch collections pay homage to the heydays of Zodiac Watches in the 1950s and 1960s, when Zodiac Watches were the watch of choice for divers and the Zodiac Sea Wolf watch was the official watch of the Navy Seals.

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Zodiac Round Face Rubber Band Watch in Lilac
Glimmering mother-of-pearl face styles a numberless watch supported by an embossed rubber band infused with a subtle vanilla scent.
• Water-resistant to 10 ATM (100 meters).
• Rubber/mother-of-pearl/stainless steel.
• Approx. band length: 190mm.
• Approx. band width: 18mm.
• Approx. diameter: 36mm.
• Buckle closure.
$195

Not to be mistaken for actual vintage Zodiac Watches, today's Zodiac Watches are updated with bold modern colors, high-quality mineral and sapphire crystals, and ultra-reliable Swiss quartz movement. While the rugged vintage designs such as that found in the V-Wolf collection, modeled after the original Zodiac Watches dive watches have been a hit with men, women who nowadays are looking for large, playful looking sport watches love the colorful rubber-strap models found in the Zodiac Cautchouc collection.

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Zodiac 'Seadragon' Round Dial Rubber Strap Watch in Blue
Stainless-steel watch with an Italian-made, ultra-flexible rubber strap that's infused with a light vanilla scent. Rubber/stainless steel/mineral crystal.
• Approx. face diameter: 38mm.
• Approx. band length: 195mm.
• Approx. band width: 19mm.
• Water-resistant to 330 feet.
• Prong closure.
$175

However fun and stylish the Zodiac Watches designs may be, Zodiac makes a very serious sport watch. The Zodiac Watches V-Wolf collection with a Caoutchouc rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet is a true dive watch – water resistant to 1000 feet, thick sapphire crystal, screw-down crown, oversize luminous hands, unidirectional countdown bezel, screw-in case back, and divers wetsuit extension on the bracelet models.

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Zodiac 'Desert Falcon' Ladies' Silver/Gold Bracelet Watch
Golden accents emphasize the round, numberless face of a two-tone watch, secured with a classic bracelet band. Stainless steel/gold ionic plating/scratch-resistant mineral crystal.
• Push-button deployant closure.
• Water-resistant to 100 meters.
• Case diameter: 32mm.
• Band length: 195mm.
• Band width: 18mm.
• Quartz movement.
$250

Zodiac Watches' Casual Series includes the racing inspired Zodiac V-Sport series which features a striking two-tone dial and ventilated leather strap. This collection was a show-stopper when it was unveiled by Zodiac at Basel, Switzerland. The Zodiac Watches Classic Series includes a couple of world-time models that merit exceptional recognition for their combination of beauty and function.

Lucky Brand Jeans Watches

6 Oct

lucky brand jeans recently came out with watches! The looks are true to the vintage-inspired spirit and irreverence that defines Lucky Brand Jeans. Men's, women's and unisex watches have been introduced in a wide range of styles that feature textures and embellishments, as well as classic detailing. Eye-catching watches in out-of-the-ordinary fabrications and colors are the sophisticated accessory of the season.

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Peace Sign Silver Link Watch
Bring the Zen with you with this watch that features vintage-style hammered silver links and turquoise enamel-trimmed peace signs. Dial features blue embossed peace symbol. Includes worn metal case.
$95

Rooted in rock 'n 'roll with a signature sense of humor, Lucky Brand Jeans stands for independent thinking, individual style and a feeling as authentic as love. Friends since youth, creators Gene Montesano and Barry Perlman shipped the first order of Lucky Brand in 1990, and have been renowned for their great-fitting, vintage-inspired jeans ever since.

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Clover Face Patchwork Watch
Add some color to your wrist with this watch that features a multicolor, patchwork strap. Features automatic, self-winding and battery-free mechanism. Silver tone face with clover cut out dial revealing movement.
$150

Los Angeles and the free-spirited Southern California lifestyle continue to inspire the company's style. The story of Lucky Brand is the story of two great friends moving to California and starting a jeans brand. Lucky Brand became instantly recognized for its attention to fit, but there was one more detail to follow. Gene wanted to put a message in the fly, and came up with the catch phrase "Lucky You." The rest is history.

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Gold Chain Watch
An antique take on telling time, this watch features vintage-style gold link bracelet and face with enamel accents. Includes worn metal case.
$95

Lucky Brand designs and produces denim, sportswear, knits, wovens, outerwear, T-shirts, and active wear. Additional Lucky Brand licensed products include swimwear and accessories for men and women. The Lucky Brand collections are carried at better department and specialty stores, and at over 110 company-owned stores nationwide and three internationally.

Juicy Couture Designer Watches

3 Oct

juicy Couture is a contemporary line of casual and somewhat dressy apparel and accessories based in Arleta, California. Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy originally founded a company called Travis Jeans that specialized in maternity wear, especially comfortable jeans.

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Juicy Couture 'Zoe' Glitter Watch
Tonal sequins thickly encrust the leather band of a shining square-faced watch with a printed message on its face. Gold-plated stainless steel/leather.
• Case dimensions: 36mm W x 24mm H.
• Band length: 175mm.
• Band width: 18mm.
• Buckle closure.
$150

Travis Jeans evolved into Juicy Couture, which started out as a relatively unknown brand of expensive T-shirts, later became a full line of women's apparel. The brand was originally popular on the West Coast of the United States especially California, where their fashion lines focused on comfortable women's sweat suits and sportswear.

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Juicy Couture 'Jane' Patent Leather Band Watch
Thin patent leather band secures a delicate round-case watch.
• Patent leather/stainless steel/lacquer.
• Case diameter: 24mm.
• Band length: 175mm.
• Band width: 8mm.
• Jewelry clasp.
$150

Juicy Couture added collections for men and children in 2002, and has since added accessories, jewelry, handbags, and fragrances. In 2005, the company entered into a licensing agreement with Movado Group, Inc. to design, produce, and market some really snazzy Juicy Couture watches.

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Juicy Couture Chain Bracelet Watch
Chunky open-link bracelet band supports a small, sophisticated watch face with Roman numerals.
• Face dimensions: 22mm W x 22mm H.
• Gold-plated stainless steel.
• Band length: 202mm.
• Band width: 16mm.
• Spring-ring closure.
$250

In 2003, Travis Jeans Inc, which owned all of Juicy's assets, was purchased by Liz Claiborne Inc for US $53 million, plus a percentage of future earnings. Nash-Taylor and Skaist-Levy remained co-CEOs. They have had Barbie dolls made in the likeness of Nash-Taylor and Skaist-Levy that were wearing miniature Juicy outfits and carrying Juicy logo shopping bags.

Juicy Couture is known for their terrycloth and velour tracksuits, as well as jewelry, handbags, and perfume that are also known for the celebrities who wear them. It is now considered a 288 million dollar company that increased by 52% in six months.

The line is sold in upscale department stores – Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue – and specialty stores. Additional licensing agreements were made for footwear, sunglasses, swimwear, baby products and a designer version of a Sidekick II for T-Mobile.

Michele Watches

23 May

Maurice Barouh taught his son Jack the essentials of watch making – patience and a dedication to quality. It was an education in both the business and the craft of the industry, a lesson that Jack combined with his own interest in design. Jack's knowledge of the mechanics involved in watch production gave him the tools to focus on both construction and style.

Garden Party Collection
Inspired by the beauty and simplicity of nature, a unique series of three different enamel dials capture the scenes of an enchanted garden. This whimsical interpretation is further adorned with diamonds amongst the brightly colored enamel, as well as larger diamonds around the case.
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Bumble Bee Royal Blue Alligator
Stainless Steel.
White lacquer dial.
White diamonds.
Sapphire crystal.
$1325

Jack and his wife Rita, who grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, moved to Panama in the 1970s to help run the family business as well as to begin their own family. While there, Jack's watches garnered great attention from the Latin American market because of their innovative designs.

After several years in Panama, Jack and Rita moved their two young children, Jeremy and Michele, to Miami, where they started Michele Watches, named for their daughter. The very first Michele Watch, the CSX Diamond, was just the beginning of many more collections to come.

CSX Collection
Michele succeeded in revolutionizing the industry with its first designer timepiece known as the CSX. A globe-shaped case illustrates its universal appeal. Pioneering a trend of luxury without limitation, CSX performance timepieces are specially designed for those devoted to living increasingly stylish lives.
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Stainless Steel Gold Patent Leather
White Mother-of-Pearl dial.
Sapphire crystal.
$445

The lessons of the past have not been lost on the third generation of watchmakers in the Barouh family. Both Michele and Jeremy credit the brand's success to their parents' enthusiasm and perseverance. Michele believes that the company must stay up-to-date in terms of fashion, so they can maintain the competitive edge that sets them apart from other brands in the industry.

Deco Collection
A brilliant celebration of the history of Art Deco design. Modern mechanics and aesthetics are brilliantly fused together to capture the magnetism and wonderment of an unforgotten era. The distinguished rectangular case reflects the geometric shapes identified with Art Deco architecture.
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Deco Dark Purple Alligator
White Diamonds.
Mother-of-Pearl dial.
$1875

Michele's eye for trends has been one of the assets that differentiates Michele Watches. She is largely responsible for moving the brand's design aesthetic forward, and also for capitalizing on the trends of the moment with the interchangeable watch bands she designs that are made in several skins, from crocodile to stingray, lizard to leather.

One of the Barouh Family's biggest sources of inspiration comes from their yearly travels to exotic locales. "We were always fortunate enough to travel to see different cultures," said Jeremy, who, like the rest of his family, speaks French, Spanish, and English.

According to Jack Barouh, the best part about working with his children is seeing how each brings a different experience to the table. "After watching them grow up, go through college, declare their independence, and travel, they've returned as complete individuals who have a great deal to offer the company," he said.

Michele Watches' third generation has mixed a love of fashion with a love of travel and design to create a truly unique product. Michele and Jeremy understand that, unlike a great shoe or bag, a watch is a living device, one that encompasses both a history of craftsmanship and the potential for becoming a family heirloom.

Today, Michele Watches is a $50 million business that has become part of Fossil, a global leader in the fashion watch market with a proven track record of attracting and expanding brands. Jack Barouh made the decision in 2004 to merge his company with Fossil in order to give Michele Watches an even greater position of strength in the global watch industry. But Michele Watches still operates as a family business, with the design and business decisions made by the Barouh family in partnership with Fossil.

Pretty pricey, but we girls have to have something to dream about.

Beaded Watches

24 Mar

Are you tired of those pinchy metal link watches or the drab leather bands? Then beaded watches just might be what you need. It's the best way I know to make a fashion statement, and still have the time of day readily available. There are many styles and colors to choose from online, so I'll show you a few.

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Harvest Lampwork Bead Watch
The lampwork beads in this bracelet are fabulous! Burnt orange and light brown with perfect scroll detail and a smooth, rich surface that is softly etched. The watch face is square silvertone Geneva water-resistant and the toggle closure matches the theme of this elegant piece.

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Millefiori Bead Watch
Millefiori beads, very colorful when the light hits them.
Capri Blue Swarovski Austrian Crystals.
Sterling Silver heart clasp.

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Pearl and Crystal Watch
Beautiful freshwater Pearls with Amethyst Crystals and a royal purple watch face by Geneva. Watch band is slightly stretchy for comfort and clasps with a magnetic fold over clasp by Swarovski.

About Watches
The most common type of watch is the wristwatch, worn on the wrist and fastened with a watchband made of leather, nylon, or metal links called a bracelet. Before the inexpensive miniaturization that became possible in the 20th century, most watches were pocket watches.

In the 21st century, technological advances in metallurgy, composite materials development, and physical vapor deposition greatly influence watch design and manufacturing. Solid stainless steel, titanium, tungsten carbide, carbon fiber, high-tech ceramic, and ion plating processes dominate a considerable market share of today's modern watch-making industry. Sapphire crystals are often incorporated to complement and enhance the durability of a quality watch.

Most inexpensive and medium-priced watches used mainly for timekeeping are electronic watches with quartz movements. Expensive collectible watches, valued more for their workmanship and aesthetic appeal than for simple timekeeping, often have purely mechanical movements and are powered by springs, even though mechanical movements are less accurate than more affordable quartz movements.

All of these watches are very affordable, so you can buy several and change them whenever you like.

“Watch” for Jane Austen Book Club

12 Oct

"Watch" for Jane Austen Book Club
What does jane austen have in common with watches? Err, well, I don't really know. Probably nothing – except for the very weak excuse I have to mention one of my all time favorite authors while I also take a look at some high-end, to drool over timepieces.

Even the new movie, based on the book The Jane Austen Book Club has a pretty weak connection to Jane, but some of the stars from the movie got to get their hands on some fabulous Parmigiani watches at the movie's premiere and after party in Los Angeles.

So, after reading this news, I wanted to see what the stars scored. Since most of the cast are women, I took at look at the Parmigiani ladies watch collection, a number of them in gold accented with diamonds.
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Dive Into New Men’s Watch Collection

27 Aug

Dive Into New Men's Watch Collection
Shano has a new watch collection out for men, and especially for men who are into diving. A little off time since the summer is over, but still, even if your guy doesn't have time to hit the water, he might enjoy this very sporty collection.

The watches are Swiss-made, of course, and water resistant to depths of 100 meters. They are stainless steel with a sapphire crystal. Pictured is the Diver Noir, but they have several models as well as some matching stainless steel bracelets. I'm not so sure the average guy would want both, but maybe one or the other.

Anne Klein Jewelry & More

16 Jul

Anne Klein Jewelry & More

It has become pretty much the norm now for clothing designers to branch out into jewelry and other types of accessories. Most realize eventually the huge market out there that they will miss if they don't, and of course, it makes sense to give a total look to your clients.

Anne Klein, known for stay-true fashion that you can wear forever, not only branched out into accessories some time ago, this company took it an extra step or two and started up their own all-accessories shops.

Most you will find in the "big cities," so for us country mice, you have the net (thank goodness). And, you'll find plenty of Anne Klein jewelry and more by doing some Internet window shopping.

Here are some watches and other jewelry goodies I found at Nordstrom.com – Yes, I know. I don't doubt that the store experience is not comparison, but still you can't beat the convenience.

AK Anne Klein Bracelet Watch Rectangular dial has Roman numerals at the XII, III, VI and IX positions. Silvertone-plated brass case and bracelet feature a sandblasted, polished finish.
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AK Anne Klein Charm Bracelet Watch Six crystal-encrusted charms and a watch case hang from a linked bracelet.
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Watch Out for Beads

15 Jul

Watch Out for Beads

I keep saying I'm going to make my own beaded watch some day, but who has the time? The folks at Orange County Creations sure seem to have time a plenty with their pages and pages of beaded watches for sale. I was amazed at the variety.

Granted, some are a tad on the chunky side for my personal taste, especially considering my track record with banding around big bracelets. But, I found a lot of fun designs that are also very wearable as well.

Pictured left is MUR103 Watch with Blue Murano glass, Chechen Glass and glass pearl beads
Who doesn't love Italian glass?

Here are a few more I found while paging through this company's extensive web site.

MWCANECopper Watch with band made of Multi colored furnace Cane Glass, Swarovski Crystal and Copper Plated Beads
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PR1319 Watch with a band made of White Swarovski Glass Pearls and Sterling Silver beads
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