Chris Benz Designs For Movado Bold Collection

Chris Benz wearing teal Movado BOLD
Chris Benz wearing teal Movado Bold at Fashion Night’s Out

Chris Benz is an award-winning fashion designer featured in many magazines and online publications. Movado has created iconic Swiss luxury watches for the sophisticated timepiece lover for over 130 years. Thus, it was only natural that the two giants in their respective fields collaborated to unveil the limited edition Movado Bold watches by Chris Benz.

Educated at the renowned Parsons New School for Design, Benz’s career took off when he received CFDA’s Emerging Talent and Award Scholarship. He went on to become an official member of the CFDA years later after creating his own fashion line. He has made multiple appearances on television, partnered with eyewear companies, and his clothing designs are often featured in top fashion magazines such as Vogue, Glamour and Elle. His signature bold use of color ironically reflects the exact name of the collection he helped design for Movado.

Movado’s interpretation of Nathan Horwitt’s Museum Watch design acts as the face for the brand. Horwitt’s original watch was the first wristwatch showcased at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Movado reproduced the Museum design with a solitary golden dot on the face of the timepiece, symbolizing the position of the sun at noon and the hands as earth’s movement.

Benz reinterprets the Museum style in his own distinct flair for the Bold collection, producing five bright designs in limited editions: 150 of black watches, 100 each of magenta/white, camel/white, blue/mustard, and only 50 of the teal models, with each piece going at the price of $550. Each watch case is sized at 42 mm, water resistant to 30 meters, and operates by Swiss movement. The main attraction of these watches is the drip-dot dial, or Benz’s approach to the Museum dot. Lively color combinations  for the dot and the watch background literally ooze Benz’s edginess, accented by his signature tie-dye smoke print silk straps. K1 crystals and the TR90 stainless steel cases put a finishing touch on these painterly pieces.

Benz effortlessly combines self-expression with Movado’s timeless elegance in his latest additions to the Movado Artists’ Series, joining the ranks of famed luminaries such as Andy Warhol, Romero Britto, and Andy Scharf. “We could not be more thrilled with the final watch designs and Chris’s dynamic reinterpretation of the Museum dot,” CEO and Chairman of Movado Group Efraim Grinberg said.

Black and grey Movado BOLD
Black and grey Movado BOLD


Movado Means Always in Motion

If Movado means always in motion, then Friday (March 2) earnings announcement certainly reflected that its name is right on the money. Its reported projected earnings per share of 239.3 percent placed it above apparel, accessories and luxury industry moguls Joe’s Jean and Kenneth Cole Productions. Movado is undoubtedly grinning from ear to ear waving its financial flag proudly.

Movado’s revamped watch designs may be an indicator of its sudden financial windfall. Movado has introduced new materials, reintroduced a historical design, and added elegant finishes to their women novelties. These watches are modern and have a hint of art deco skillfully designed in some of the timepieces.

Amorosa exhibits the classic Museum® dial, is available in two-tone or gold-plated stainless steel and is sizeable. The dual bangle design is open and resembles an art deco piece and is available in six styles. It is absolutely beautiful.

Bela is to simply state, slender. It is in the contemporary family of style, with a round traditional Museum® dial, stainless steel bangle bracelet and it is available in three styles. There is even a timepiece with a pink soleil dial – lovely.

Belamoda is a polished open circle link bracelet design. It is distinctive with diamond accents and it too exhibits the round traditional Museum® dial. It has refinement and elegance displayed all over it.

Red Label is Movado’s fine mechanical watch design. It is powered by Swiss automatic movements, with having the iconic Museum® dial with a modified retro date dial from it 1930’s timepiece. It is definitely a masculine watch.

Movado Master boasts Bauhaus-inspired design. It sports an over sized case with grey matte dial. It has a gear-edge bezel. It has a Swiss automatic movement, and there is a chronograph model available. It also has black PVD finished stainless steel case with a black rubber strap. It is engineered strong.

Concerto is certainly Movado’s most luxurious and contemporary women’s timepiece (also available in men’s). It is available in a two-tone stainless steel bracelet, but what makes it truly stunning is the mother of pearl dial surrounded by a diamonds, oh la, la. The ever so beautiful celebrity Kerry Washington is a brand ambassador for this particular timepiece.

These are just a few of the Movado designs have been inspiring its profits.

Movado celebrates Fashion’s Night Out 2011

Movado hosted “Artist’s Night” at the Rockefeller Center boutique in collaboration with the School of Visual Arts to launch its newest additions to its Artists’ Series last fall during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Fashion designer Chris Benz made a personal appearance at the boutique to unveil his newly designed watches for the Limited Edition Movado Bold collection, as part of the Artists’ Series. Student artists from the School of Visual Arts in New York City added their touch to the elegant evening as they created “live” in-store paintings. The aspiring artists were told to develop a concept in their original works of art that explored the passage of time.

“I am so honored to be in the respected group of artists and designers who have collaborated with Movado,” said Benz. “There has been such a rich history, it’s almost unbelievable – from Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist to Romero Britto and Kenny Scharf, all have maintained the integrity of the Movado aesthetic without sacrificing their own unique vision. Movado is based in the keystones of art, culture, and functionality, all of which are fundamental to my own collection.”

The Movado Bold collection features a modern, chic style that comes in a variety of designs, colors and textures, composite/stainless steel or matte aluminum cases, leather or silicone straps, K1 crystals and Swiss quartz movements.

The luxury watchmaker has had a long history of innovation and design associated with the arts, supporting New York City Ballet, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Miami International Film Festival, Jazz at the Lincoln Center and more.

The Movado Artists’ Series also represents special edition watches that commemorate the work of legendary artists, including Andy Warhol, Kenny Scharf, Max Bill, Yaacov Agam and Romero Britto.

Movado "Elapse, Eclipse, Ellipse" wristwatch by James Rosenquist
Movado “Elapse, Eclipse, Ellipse” wristwatch by James Rosenquist

The Movado “Elapse, Eclipse, Ellipse” by American artist James Rosenquist, for instance, was a limited edition triple time zone wristwatch that portrayed three faces merged together with different abstract designs and colored hands.

Movado timepieces are featured in more than 20 museums around the world.

“Movado’s commitment to the arts and the artistic community is integral to our brand identity and corporate culture,” said Chief Marketing Officer Mary Leach of Movado Group, Inc. “We are so proud to partner with Chris Benz and the School of Visual Arts this evening to celebrate artistic achievements past, present and future and to support these young and talented artists through this unique and exciting initiative.”

Movado – Top 5 reasons you want to own one

Movado means “always in motion.” Has a nice ring to it, yes? Many of you Movado owners know style, craftsmanship, and quality when you see it. And it should be obvious as the Movado watch has been around since 1881 when Achilles Ditesheim, a 19-year old entrepreneur, opened his small Switzerland workshop. Its unique “Polyplan” was introduced in 1912. This was a revolutionary watch as it was constructed on three planes to fit a case that was curved to follow the natural contours of the wrist. Remarkable! The classic wrist watch was born.

Movado Watches
A few gorgeous Movado watches

Movado’s history is rich in innovation and design. In 1925, they created the Movado Pocket Watch. In 1926, they launched a unique pillow-shaped watch that automatically wound when the case was slid open. The year 1930 led to the Movado Digital Watch which displayed both hours and minutes. And then in 1946, Movado debuted the self-winding Calendomatic wrist watch featuring the month and day. Movado watches began their signature “iconic dot dial” in 1947 with their world renowned Movado Museum Watch. And since then, the Movado design has just kept expanding. The many beautiful “Collections” of today have a wide array of dazzling designs. To name just a few:

  • Amorosa
  • Bold
  • Luno Sport
  • Movado Master
  • Red Label
  • Sapphire
  • Series 800
  • Serio
  • Vizio
  • Bracer
  • Chronicle
  • Sport Classic

With bangles, polished bracelets, chronographs, leather straps and brushed metal chain links, the list goes on and on. There is definitely a watch for everyone!

If you’re looking for confirmation that Movado is top-notch in technology and design, then check out some of the popular magazines such as Marie Claire, Self, Bloomberg Businessweek, InStyle, and GQ. Their stylish designs have celebrities such as Jaden Smith, John Stamos and Blair Underwood showing off their own Movado watches. Movado also has Ambassadors the likes of Derek Jeter, Amanda Seyfried and Wynton Marsalis.

Like color in your watches? Be sure to browse through the “Museum Color Dials” which was introduced in 2007 with a sophisticated new color palette. Also in 2010, the Movado BOLD was launched. It is energized by color with bright accents and high-intensity hues.

So, as you can see, there are many reasons you would want to own a Movado watch. Let’s look at the top 5 reasons:

  1. Accuracy
  2. Beauty
  3. Stylish
  4. Classic
  5. Wide selection

Movado is a modern classic watch. It is a watch steeped in history and yet able to expand to meet the expectations of today’s world. Movado has style, class, beauty, craftsmanship, and integrity. If you’re looking for a watch that you can trust and admire, there is a Movado waiting out there just for you!


Movado watch spotted on Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush

Movado is a brand most famous for its elegant style and innovative watch designs. It is known for taking risks, supporting the arts and usually being rewarded for doing so. Movado’s notoriety is mostly permeated, however, by the celebrities that are loyal to the brand.

The extensive list of celebs who are spotted sporting Movado watches begins, most recently, with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush. He flaunted his BOLD chronograph Movado watch on the air this past May as a salute to the company’s success in watch-making.

Billy Bush of Access Hollywood
Billy Bush of Access Hollywood.

The BOLD Collection, released in 2011, features a 42mm watch with a stainless steel case and an indigo blue sheen dial. It has a sophisticated black leather strap, and a built-in Swiss quartz movement.

Movado BOLD
Movado BOLD.

Jayden Smith and Chris Benz were also spotted wearing Movado BOLD watches in this past year. The stylish teen sported his own BOLD watch at the Los Angeles premier of Justin Bieber’s, Never Say Never movie.

The Smith Family at a Premier in LA's Nokia Theater
The Smith family at a premier in LA’s Nokia Theater.

The always hilarious Joel McHale is also a known supporter of Movado. He wore the Movado Master, of Movado’s Master Collection, on his E! network show, The Soup, in July 2010. “The meticulously engineered and masterfully refined” Movado Master is both classy and avant-garde. Its porous strap gives it a comfortable feel, while its case design gives the watch an industrial look. It’s a fine piece of jewelry, and, of course, great for telling time.

Joel McHale
Joel McHale wears the Movado Master.

Movado’s men’s watches are clearly a favorite among celebrities; however their women’s collections are equally praiseworthy. Award-winning actress Kerry Washington was spotted sporting two different Movado watches on separate occasions. She wore the diamond set Movado Fe Sta at the CDFA Fashion Awards, and the gorgeous Movado Bela at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Installation Luncheon.

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington wearing the Movado Bela.
Movado's Bela Watch
Movado’s Bela watch.

The “fashionably slender” Movado Bela epitomizes feminine elegance. Its slim strap is made of shiny stainless steel, and its case is available with shimmering diamond accents. The bangle watch also features removable back links for a customized fit.

So if Movado can conquer masculine and feminine styles, who says they can’t do sporty?

They certainly have done so in their Series 800 Collection. This limited edition series was welcomed by Derek Jeter at a luncheon in NYC. Jeter’s watch, called the Derek Jeter Automatic Chronograph is a sporty steel quartz and automatic watch. It has luminescent details and a flashy appeal.

Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Movado has a diverse audience, and an even more diverse range of watch-types.

Who knows who will be wearing Movado next.