Archive for October 20th, 2010

Gucci Watches: A History- Watch Sell

Watch Sell

Gucci G Watch

Founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci, Gucci has become one of the best known and oldest fashion names in the world. Gucci first product was high quality saddelery and leather goods that proved popular with consumers.  Later employing years of expert leather craftsmanship Gucci began to create luxury deluxe suitcases. These suitcases were of such high caliber that demand soared allowing Gucci to branch off into other luxury goods. In 1953 Gucci opened a store in New York City and a London store in 1961. The company headquarters today is located in Amsterdam and the administrative center in London.

It was not until 1972 that Gucci entered the luxury watch market. Italy’s economy began to soar creating more jobs and a high level of disposable income. At first Gucci only sold these watches in Italy and had few designs. One of the earliest designs was a bangle watch with interchangeable dials in different colors.  Soon demand for Gucci branded watches spread across Europe  and to the United States. Like its purses, suitcases and perfume, Gucci has spared no expense in the creation of its watches while pricing the timepieces well below other luxury brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe and Breitling. Modern Gucci watches without diamonds or sapphires normally retail for $1,900 to $600, which is quite affordable and allows Gucci access to a considerably larger segment of the market.

Possibly the most famous of all the Gucci watches is that of the letter G. This is the symbol of Gucci, and has remained one of their most successful time pieces to this day. For many years little was done to this forward thinking design and sales peaked in the mid 90’s. Today the G has many models for both men and women, the more popular models incorporate the simple band and bezel of the past with a modern dial often with choreographic features. Raymond Lee Jewelers is one of South Florida’s most trusted watch sell.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Tag Heuer Carrera Featured In Inception!- Jewelry Appraisal

Jewelry Appraisal

Jewelry Appraisal

Christopher Nolan’s Inception is one of this summers biggest blockbusters, successfully incorporating visual, emotional and intellectual elements to create a masterpiece.  As I was watching Inception I was struck by the sleek style of the characters and could not help but notice the amazing timepieces strapped to their wrists. During one of the opening scenes we see  a close up of Leonardo DiCaprio’s watch, the Tag Heuer Carrera model number WV211B.BA0787. This beautiful watch with a stainless steel band, black dial and diamond shaped hands has many close up shots where you can see the Tag Heuer logo and “automatic” on the rich black dial.

The Tag Heuer Carrera was introduced in 1963 and designed by Jack Heuer. The Carrera was meant to have a simple yet elegant design, with only the registers and applied markers on the dial. These early Carreras were available with a variety of dials but the most popular were all-white or all-black.  Many of today’s Carreras have chronograph features and have sacrificed simplicity for a more modern industrial look. The model featured in Inception is a return to the vintage Carreras  of the past and complements DiCaprio’s style in the movie. Jewelry appraisal.

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of Tag Heuer’s brand ambassadors and this is the reason for the Carrera making an appearance on the big screen.  You don’t have to be a movie star to have the movie star look, just take a look at our website for the latest watches at the lowest prices.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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