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Fun and Flirty ESQ ONE by Movado

Written by: K. Amanuel

ESQ ONE by Movado – 1 watch – 12 fun colors

Founded in 1881 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Movado is a Swiss luxury watch company whose name is Esperanto for “always in motion”. The company is known for its iconic Museum watch and its modern and eye-catching aesthetic. The iconic Museum watch dial is defined by a single gold dot that symbolizes the sun at high noon and the hands that symbolize the movement of the earth. The original Museum Watch by Movado designed by American designer Nathan George Horwitt in 1947 was the first watch to be displayed at the Museum of Modern Art. The watch was dubbed as “the only truly original and beautiful one for such an object” by rewnowned photographer Edward Steichen. Movado also commissioned the design and installation of “Time Sculpture,” which was designed by architect Philip Johnson, and is located outside Lincoln Center in New York City. Today, Movado has more than 100 patents and 200 international awards for its innovation in design and watch technology as well its unique artistry. Movado celebrated its 125th year of watchmaking in 2006 and is still going strong.

The simple and elegant features often observed in Movado timepieces can be seen in its ESQ One collection as well. This unisex watch has a very cool and fun vibe. It comes in 12 different models, which include orange, white, yellow, navy, black, turquoise, fuschia and combination of these colors. The colors are vibrant and eye-catching and very fashionable. The ESQ One comes in a silicone-wrapped steel case that is 42.5 millimeters in diameter. It has a screw-down polycarbonate crown and a soft silicone strap with a unique logo-button that match color of the case. The case is water resistant to 10 ATM. The dial comes in various colors depending on the model of the watch. The Arabic numerals on the three o’clock, six o’clock and nine o’clock positions are pretty prominent and easily legible as are the indices on the others. There is a date window at the four o’clock position as well.

Yellow ESQ ONE by Movado
Yellow ESQ ONE by Movado

ESQ One by Movado – Technical Specifics:

Dial – Various colors (depends on model) with Arabic numerals (at three, six, and nine o’clock) and index; date window at the four o’clock position

Case – Stainless steel and plastic

Case Diameter – 42.5 millimeters

Water Resistance – 10 ATM

Movement – Quartz

Crystal – mineral

Strap – silicone

Price – $150.00

Fossil Townsman Stainless Steel Watch – Smoke

The Fossil Townsman Stainless Steel Smoke Watch is one that has 1960s-era architectural and automotive design. Some of its modern features include clean and symmetrical style, vaulted hands, smoke-on-smoke details and dual sub-dials. The watch comes in a 48 millimeters round case. This stainless steel case houses a quartz movement that powers the watch. The case is water resistant up to 50 meters, and the watch comes with an eleven-year limited warranty. The case houses a black chronograph dial. The silver-tone indices and hour, minute and second hands standout nicely against the dark background. The two subdials are located at the 12 o’clock position and the 6 o’clock position. The smoke tone stainless steel bracelet finishes off the look of this stylish and elegant watch. Price for the Fossil Townsman Stainless Steel watch – smoke is around $165.00

Fossil Townsman Stainless Steel Watch – Smoke
Fossil Townsman Stainless Steel Watch – Smoke

Fossil Townsman Stainless Steel Watch – Smoke Feature

  • Dimensions: 1.00 pounds
  • Movement type: analog-quartz
  • Case material: stainless-steel
  • Case Size: 48 mm diameter
  • Case Thickness: 12 mm
  • Band: smoke tone Band material – stainless-steel; Band Width – 22 mm; Single press deployant buckle
  • Water Resistant – 5 ATM / 50 meters

Fossil History: Founded in 1984, Fossil is one of the most popular brand names in the United States. The brand designs and markets fashion watches, leather goods, sunglasses, and other items throughout the world. The brand grew as its watches became popular in the 1980s with their “retro” design style. In the 1990, the company expanded their product line to include its other ventures mentioned above, including jewelry, and went international. In 2001, the brand obtained the company Zodiac, a Swiss brand that allowed Fossil to establish a Swiss presence. Fossil offers vintage watches with undeniable charm and one-of-a-kind feel. These chic watches have attractive designs and come at very affordable prices. Fossil offers hundreds of watches to choose from. The watches range from fun and flirty to elegant and sophisticated. They come in various sizes and shapes to fit your mood and style. It is just the right time to check out these trendy watches. Fossil has collections for both men and women that include titanium, chronograph, Twist and multifunction. Today, Fossil has many brands and designs that it manufactures and distributes, including Burberry, DKNY, Emporio Armani, Columbia Sportswear, Diesel, Frank Gehry, Philippe Starck, Michael Kors, Callaway Golf, Davis Cup, Marc Jacobs and Adidas.

Beautiful In Black: TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Chronograph

Written by: K. Amanuel

TAG HEUER launched four new Carrera timepieces at the SIHH 2013 show in Geneva to celebrate and commemorate 50 years of Carrera. The iconic Carrera model was first launched in 1963 and had success as it became popular among professional motor racing drivers. All the new models presented for the anniversary make use of in-house mechanism. One of the timepieces introduced at the show was the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Titanium Racing Chronograph.

The “all in black” TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Chronograph is powered by in-house Caliber 1887. Through the sapphire case-back, one can observe the self-winding mechanism and the integrated column-wheel chronograph movement that is inspired by an earlier Edouard Heuer creation. The watch itself comes in a 43 mm Grad 2 titanium case with black titanium carbide coating and nice sand-blasted finish. The sleek design of the case is complemented by the black ceramic bezel with the tachymeter scale. The case features a sandblasted dial with black gold applied date window and hand-applied Arabic numerals. Hour and minute hands as well as small seconds hand are made of polished gold and luminescent markers. The 30 minute counter can be seen located at the 12 o’clock position while the 12-hour counter is located at the 6 o’clock position. The small second counter is located at the 9 o’clock position.

Technical Specifics:


  • Calibre 1887 – an integrated column-wheel watch movement

  • Oscillation frequency: 28,800 vibration per hour

  • Power reserve of 50 hour

  • Movement has 320 parts, which includes the re-engineered version of its inspiration and predecessor, the brand’s 1887-patented (by Edouard Heuer) oscillating pinion and a matching blue column wheel. The oscillating pinion works in tandem with the column wheel in a similar fashion as an automobile transmission. The oscillating pinion works as a clutch while the column wheel coordinates the start, stop and return-to-zero functions of the chronograph hand, functions like a gearbox.


  • Black or Anthracite

  • 3 counters on dial – Chronograph minute at 12 o’clock position, chronograph hour at 6 o’clock position and running second at 9 o’clock position.

  • Hand-applied Arabic numerals

  • Polished hour and minute hands with luminescent markers with red tip on chronograph hands

  • Hand-applied TAG Heuer logo; “CARRERA – Cal. 1887” lettering on the face of dial

  • Hand-applied date window at the 3 o’clock position


  • Case diameter – 43 mm

  • Polished and fine brushed steel case

  • Scratch-resistant curved sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment

  • Ceramic bezel with tachymeter scale

  • Scratch-resistant sapphire caseback that is see-through

  • Water resistance – 100 m

  • TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Titanium Racing Chronograph
    TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Titanium Racing Chronograph

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Michael Kors Goes Urban Chic

Written by: K. Amanuel


Fans of the hit Emmy-nominated reality television show Project Runway are probably really familiar with Michael Kors, who was a judge on the show for 10 seasons. Known for his classic American sportswear for women, Michael Kors is one of the most famous designers in the world. His designs include clothing line, footwear, handbags, shoes and timepieces. His ready-to-wear apparels have received critical acclaim and are quite popular among the masses. Celebrities who have worn his work include Michelle Obama, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Lopez among many others. According to show notes, Michael Kors’ fall 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week was “an attitude based on speed, endurance and glamour.”


Michael Kors Fall 2013 Collection as seen at New York Fashion Week
Michael Kors Fall 2013 Collection as seen at New York Fashion Week


The collection at the 2013 New York Fashion Week was described as “Urban athleticism meets uptown polish.” In a house that included celebrities Hilary Swank, Jada Pinkett Smith, Karolina Kurkova, Zoe Saldana and Michael Douglas, Kors sent out an array of outfits for his fall 2013 collection that ranged in color from royal blue to taxi-cab yellow. One look was a soft royal-blue cashgora jacket matched with a matching zipper skirt. Another was a black rubberized shaker-knit sweatshirt that was paired with yellow track pants with black leather stripes. The quilted leather skirt suit was a definite standout as was the men’s gabardine-leather toggle coat with rubberized pullover. Black menswear were nicely contrasted against colorful attires. The show also presented its fair share of evening-wear, including an elegant black mink slashed stole with a double-face zip skirt. The men collection emphasized on the overcoat, over-sized jackets and large pockets.


The mixture of athletic wear-inspired textures and designs and cashmere cardigans gave a hint of glamour and sophistication. The chic and beautiful collection showed why Kors is still a respected name in the business after being around for three decades. The outfits on the runway were modern and sophisticated while still maintaining that look of comfort. Sleek structures and tailoring could be seen throughout the collection. Bold belts and metallic accents as well as exposed zippers and leather detailing gave the collection a lot of edge.


Michael Kors Fall 2013 Collection
Michael Kors Fall 2013 Collection

Reminiscent of his Spring 2013 collection, over-sized ski-like goggles was seen on few of the models. Kors use of colors and arrangement was indeed, “Bright lights, fast city…urban athleticism meets uptown polish,” as Kors himself described it. There was a good balance throughout the collection and had the signature sportswear look that Michael Kors is known for.