The history of Michele Deco watches began in Belgium auspiciously in 1940, albeit it was the year that World War II commenced in Europe. Watchmaker Maurice Barouh believed a timepiece should have style, quality, and refinement in its craftsmanship.
The watch is named after Maurice's granddaughter Michele, the first child of his son Jack and his wife Rita. Jack Barouh initially children's watches so Michele can learn how to tell the time. The watches were bright and colorful and soon became such a hit that Jack decided to expand his line.
Beautiful designs, exquisite diamonds, classic color schemes are what Michele Watches are all about. Craftsmanship and functionality go hand in hand with these timepieces as Michele Barouh remains the creative brain behind the famous brand.
The acquisition by Fossil of Michele Watches only strengthened the consistent cutting edge of these timepieces. Recession cannot halt the continued growth and growing popularity of Michele Watches, especially the fame that the Deco Collection has achieved.
Jack Barouh achieved renown for his dedication to detail and his keen eye for trends. It didn't take long for him to come up with his "MW" collection in Miami, Florida. In 2000, Michele joined the company that was named after her, followed by her brother Jeremy.
It was Michele who introduced the Michele Deco Collection which has been aptly described, "urban swank." But even prior to that, the Michele CSX Diamond Chronograph – described as "an everyday modern classic" -- had already catapulted the company to fame in the U.S. market.
A Showcase of Michele Barouh's Artistry
Showcasing watch cases with hand-set diamonds, Mother-of-Pearl dials, Swiss movements, and Michele Barouh's own artistic designs, the Deco Collection combines feminine elegance with trendy fashion with the use of exotic skins including top quality alligator and premium calfskin leathers.
Michele Watches are renowned for the colorful, beautifully-designed interchangeable watch straps that have made the timepieces the standard by which fashionable watches are measured. The Deco watches included in the unique, hard-to-find, limited editions of Michele Watches are a beauty to behold.
The Deco Bracelets and Straps
Mix and match your Michele Watch straps because there's an array of first rate bracelets in the Deco Collection for every occasion, mood or requirement that you may encounter. With options of alligator, patent and exotic leathers, grosgrain, silicone, and satin bracelets, the combinations can be nearly endless.
And then you can choose from the Deco Mini-Straps – measuring 12mm – in colors like Pacific Blue, Espresso, Scarlet, and Silver, among others. Or you can have your mini-strap in leather Saddle, stainless Steel, grosgrain Black or patent leather Pink.
The Michele Deco 16 is the collection of high-end watch straps between the Deco mini of 12mm and the Deco standard 18mm. The collection consists of six finely-crafted bracelets and straps: steel, two-tone, bone alligator, steel and diamond, gold, and black alligator.
For those with plus-size wrists, Michele Watches have the Deco XL Straps in 13 variants including some of the most unique straps for watches: metallic gold, quilted in pink, black and whisper white, stingray in turquoise, black, pink and blue, cheetah patent leather, and metallic chrome, among others.
The Diamond Deco Collection
The Michele Deco Diamond Watch Collection has 98 timepieces, each one hand-set with diamonds and with interchangeable bracelets. The Deco 16 Diamond, Blue Diamond Dial Watch, for instance, has 126 diamonds, a 16mm bracelet of stainless steel and Michele's signature diamond-studded bezel.
Take the Art of Deco Diamond Gold, Black Diamond Dial Watch, an updated addition to Michele's iconic Deco line. The watch features 252 hand-set diamonds, a stunning seven-link gold-plated, interchangeable bracelet with any strap that measures 18mm.
The Extreme Butterfly Ultimate Pavé Diamond Watch has 728 diamonds surrounding a case that curves ever so gently with delicate butterflies on its intricately-patterned face. The interchangeable bracelet, in stainless steel, is embellished with diamonds.
The Signature Two-Tone Diamond, Diamond Dial Watch has a fresh look that has made it one of the bestselling Michele Watches. With Michele's trademark 18mm interchangeable two-tone bracelet of stainless steel, this watch has 120 of the finest diamonds and Michel's signature.
A rectangular case is what makes the Signature Deco Gold Diamond, Diamond Dial Watch a timepiece to behold, its geometric shape a true reflection of its Art Deco design. The white dial is surrounded by brilliant diamonds, with a day and week sub-dial and a gold-plated steel bracelet.
While the white ceramic bracelet of the Deco White Ceramic Diamond Watch may not be interchangeable, this timepiece more than makes up for that with its Swiss chronograph movement, Mother-of-Pearl white dial, and dazzling diamonds.
The Deco Gold, Blue Diamond Dial Metallic Gold Leather Watch is one of several new arrivals. Art Deco architecture is reflected in the rectangular case of this Deco Diamond watch. Elegantly cool best describe the gold leather strap, 12 hand-set diamonds, and Mother-of-Pearl blue dial.
Yet another new arrival is the Signature Deco Diamond, Diamond Dial on Black with Silver Crystal. In true Art Deco fashion, this timepiece has brilliant diamonds surrounding a diamond-embellished white dial and a black strap with fine silver crystals as the ultimate finishing touch.
Diamonds ARE A Girl's Best Friend
The Signature Deco Diamond Two-Tone, Diamond Dial Urban Cheetah Patent Watch, while not a new arrival, will always be appreciated by the recipient. Two-tones give this stainless watch a fresh look, its 120 diamonds make it show-stopping, and the cheetah strap adds pizzazz to any look.
Third-generation timepiece maker Michele, who studied in the UK's Sotheby's Institute, has a master's degree in both art and business. How can you go wrong when you purchase a Deco Collection watch from a woman who knows what watches are all about in and out?
And if you still haven't decided on what to give yourself this holiday season, make it any of the Michele Deco Diamond watches that have just been introduced to you. Better yet, visit the official website at http://www.michele.com and find out why diamonds are a girl's best friend.