Posts Tagged ‘Rolex’


Basel Day 3: Rolex

March 20, 2010

What an exciting day!  As promised, more about Rolex.

Rolex Datejust 31mm with 24 Diamond Bezel

First they finally came out with an Everose Pearlmaster with a 12 diamond bezel. It is stunning! They also released a number of 31mm pieces in steel and white gold, steel and yellow gold and steel and Everose gold with new diamond bezels that have 24 diamonds on a smooth bezel. It is a big year for the ladies!

New Rolex Submariner

The new Submariners look amazing. The black dial black bezel Sub has the ceramic bezel and the movement has been upgraded with a parachrome hairspring. Although the case is not larger, it looks like it is. The case lugs are twice as wide as the Classic Sub making the watch look larger.

New Rolex Green Submariner

The new Green Submariner looks amazing!  It will be slightly more expensive than the black Sub because the green dial is made with powdered green gold.  It is so cool!  Both Subs have 18k white gold hands, markers, and inner rings. No detail was overlooked—the new Subs will be a hit. Hopefully they will deliver late this summer. No pre-sales please!

We are running fast from appointment to appointment. Saturday at the show is always a challenge because the public is invited to the show. In addition to all the buyers, reporters and brand representatives we are dodging Swiss and German locals and often their pets! It was a mad house today. The show was packed with people but had a great buzz of energy and excitement. What a great job I have!  I am blessed!

More tomorrow. We will be seeing Patek Phillipe which is always an amazing appointment because their watches are works of art.

Three kisses!



Basel Day 1: Corum, TW Steel, and a sneak peek at Rolex

March 18, 2010

Greetings from Basel!

Our first day was a great success even though we are moving a little slow due to jet lag. I can’t possibly tell you all the things we’ve seen so I will touch on a few highlights.

Corum Admiral's Cup Deep Hull 48

We started off at Corum. Corum is a brand that’s been around for 50 years and is best known for the coin watch. As it’s evolved it’s become much more, they have delved into sailing watches like the Admirals Cup and this year are introducing a new dive watch. The Deep Hull is a sophisticated dive watch that is a limited edition and really cool!  The US will only see about 100 units of the 500 being produced in the regular titanium version and will only see about 25 of the 255 produced in the PVD all black version. They had a number of other offerings including Admirals Cups with complications like a Foudroyante which times to one eighth of a second. Those too are limited editions.

TW Steel "Cool Black"

My favorite appointment of the day was with a new upstart brand we will soon be launching in some of our stores. TW Steel (The Watch) is a great value for an oversized manly watch. Most of the watches are 45mm in size- some larger. It is a men’s line with simple readable dials (except the “Cool Black” which has black numerals on a black dial) with oversized crowns all on straps. They are a ton of look for not a lot of money.  I am excited for my return to launch these in some of our stores.

Last and certainly not least, a sneak peek into an appointment we have Saturday-Rolex!  We always have to peruse the windows first thing at the show to see what they are launching. We all knew there would be a new Steel Submariner but they also launched a new Submariner with a green dial and green bezel. It looks great – I can’t wait to see it in person on Saturday. I don’t want to spoil Saturday’s blog by telling you any more about the windows but there are some really exciting ladies pieces coming too-stuff we’ve been waiting for!

Three kisses!


Live from Basel: Coming Soon!

March 17, 2010

The BaselWorld Show Floor

We are on our way to Basel, Switzerland for the BaselWorld Watch and Jewelry Fair. BaselWorld is touted the largest and most important show in the industry.  Last year approximately 93,900 visitors, including 3000 from the media, 2000 exhibitors, and 5 from Ben Bridge, came to the small city of Basel to be a part of the excitement and energy that BaselWorld is.

The show is unique in our industry because it is open to the public.  Exhibitors that attend build giant booths, more like small offices, inside the convention center so appointments are held inside, while outside the booth the general public (often with their dogs or children) can walk through admiring the latest and greatest the industry has to offer.

The Swiss are the leaders in the watch making world and many of the top brands in the industry attend the fair.  I am looking forward to seeing what new product launches await for the year from some of the best brands in the world like Rolex, Patek Philippe, Tag Heuer, and more.

In the spirit of the Swiss, you should know they always say “Hello” and “Goodbye” with three kisses on the cheeks so-

Three Kisses!



Ben Bridge Profiles: Karen Lee

December 3, 2009

Karen Lee, Manager of University Village Ben Bridge, Seattle

Karen was recently honored with the 2009 Benny Award for New Manager of the Year. Congratulations on a very well deserved award Karen!-Marc 

Name: Karen Lee

Role: Store Manager, University Village Ben Bridge, Seattle

How long have you been with the company? Since the year 2000

Where are you originally from or grow up? I was born in Hong Kong, moved to Hawaii in 1990, graduated from Washington Elementary School, then moved to Seattle in 1990. I have lived here ever since. I went to Ingraham High School, then graduated from the University Washington with Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1999.

How did you find Ben Bridge? After I graduated from UW, I worked at Swedish Hospital for a few months. Then I went and lived in Indonesia for about 9 months. After I came back to Seattle, I started applying for a position which related to my major, but life doesn’t always go as planned.

While I was typing resumes on my computer, I shopped online at Ben Bridge for a gift for my mother. I thought to myself, “it doesn’t hurt to send in my resume to Ben Bridge since I am looking for a job anyway and I always love shopping for jewelry.” So I did.

On the very next day, Bill Wilcox (Manager of the Ben Bridge Flagship Store in Downtown Seattle) called me for an interview and he hired me a month later. That’s how I joined Ben Bridge 9 years ago.

What do you do at Ben Bridge? What is the best part about your job? I started out as an Office Manager in the backoffice of the “Flagship” Downtown Seattle Store. Over the years, Ben Bridge had given me many opportunities to learn and grow. I received my Registered Jeweler (RJ) credentials from the American Gem Society in year 2003, I became a full time Sales Associate in year 2006, and most recently I was promoted to Store Manager and opened the University Village location in year 2008.

The best part about my job is to get to know different people everyday. It’s very interesting that even in different cultures, we all still have something in common. A lot of the time, I become close friends with my customers.

What is it about the jewelry business that intrigues you? It is wonderful to help a customer find a piece of jewelry to mark a memorable moment in their life knowing that piece of jewelry will be passed onto the next generations with a story. That makes my job rewarding.

What is the most interesting thing that’s happened in your store? U. Village is well known as a dog friendly place. I have to say when a customer walks in with his/her dog we tend to recognize the dog before we recognize the customer! Of course, the customer gets all excited when we remember his/her pets! That makes us the most human and pet friendly jewelry store in the Village.

Do you have a favorite gemstone or a specific piece of jewelry you own? Why is it your favorite? I have to say it is my stainless steel Rolex Submariner. It’s my favorite because my husband-to-be gave me the watch which marked a special moment in our lives. When I look at the watch each time I remember him and how he gave it to me. It also goes well with my outfit everyday, even with an evening grown for special occasion.

Are you a fan of electronic gadgets? What is your choice of mobile device? Not really. My choice of mobile device is iPhone. I think it’s fun to have all the applications ready to be used in different situations.

Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them. I have adopted 3 cats from the Humane Society. They are Jess, Misty, and Madeline. Jess is a male, 10 years old and he thinks he is a dog and acts like a dog all the time. Misty is a female, 8 years old and she is a moody one whom loves to eat and sleep (like Garfield). Madeline is a female, 1-1/2 years old and she is the most cute/silly cat, very playful and active.

Do you have a favorite charitable cause or organization? Why are you passionate about it? U. District Rotary. Rotary is a fantastic organization. It helps people all around the world. I always had a passion to help children in third world countries, like Indonesia. However, I never had an opportunity or a way of helping until I joined Rotary which gives me a chance to help and gives back to the community. Hopefully one day, I will have my own project and funding to help children in the third world countries.

What is your one guilty pleasure? I love eating at McDonald’s.

What’s the one fact about you that people might find surprising? I was a ballet dancer. I started dancing ballet at the age of 3 and continued until I was 16. I injured my lower back while I was practicing and had very tough time walking for about 2 years due to the amount of pain I experienced. I still remember, I couldn’t get out of the car, get up by myself or even laugh. That was painful. Fortunately, my family found a good athletic doctor who cured me. I have been able to walk ever since. I even started dancing again 3 years ago in Ballroom dance.

If you could have dinner and chat with anyone (alive or deceased), who would it be? Why? Warren Buffett. I think he is one of the greatest businessmen in the last century and it would be interesting to learn how he became who he is today.

What’s the best way for people to contact you or learn more about you? Call me at my store (206-729-2413) or see me on Facebook.