Maurice Barouh was a 1940s Belgian watchmaker who believed that a timepiece should be crafted with both quality and style. He passed on this principle to his son Jack who passed it on to his daughter Michele. Jack Barouh's first watches were for children, mainly because he and his wife Rita only intended for Michele to learn how to tell time. But the children's watches sold well.
Over time, design, material, and pattern evolved and Michele Watches began making a name as high-end timepieces renown for their signature diamonds. Today, Paris Hilton and Jennifer Aniston are only two of the many celebrities who wear Michele Watches. What catapulted the brand sky-high was the Michele CSX 36 Watch which was launched by Michele Barouh herself in 2002.
Conquering Your Own Market Completely
Feminine is "it" when it comes to styles and designs of Michele Watches. Even the first CSX, a chronograph classic with diamonds for hour markers, was made exclusively for women. The brand may be the only one in existence that makes timepieces only for women. And with the way their watches look, feel, and perform, it's safe to say that they have conquered their only market completely.
Maurice Barouh's granddaughter sure knows how to put refined elegance in a watch that blends feminine (gemstones) and masculine (stainless steel case) elements together in harmony. The Tahitian Ceramic, for instance, combines a black case and band that gives it a tough, go-getter appeal, yet the diamonds soften the look subtly with understated elegance.
Hip and Flattering New Styles
Who needs Piaget Polo when you can have a much better-looking Signature CSX-36 Diamond Gold, Diamond Dial Watch at a reasonable price? Michele has more than 10 collections at present and continues to come out with hip and flattering new styles. The 80s throwback has been realized in Michele's Deco Safari Collection with watch dials in animal prints and stripes in diamonds.
Michele watches are characterized by delicately made bracelets of interlocking stainless steel and gold, bright colored straps in leather, grosgrain, satin, patent, calfskin, alligator, and exotic leathers, and silicone. And diamonds, of course. With Michele Watches, timekeeping for women has become luxurious.
But timekeeping can become whimsical, too, with Michele's Cloette Garden Party Collection that comes in three distinctive styles: Butterfly, Bee, and Ladybug. All three feature original Swiss movement and Mother-of-Pearl dials, sapphire crystal, and varying carats of diamonds:
- Cloette Bee has .57 carats.
- Ladybug has .52 carats.
- Butterfly has .63 carats.
Not Just Timepieces But Jewelry Watches
Michele's watches are not merely timepieces, they are jewelry watches. How else does one explain the bracelet options in gold-plated, stainless steel, and two-tone versions? Michele's creative innovation of interchangeable watch bands and straps have made it possible for a Michele watch owner to mix and max different watch heads with various straps and bands to create entirely new looks.
When it made its debut more than a decade ago, the Michele CSX watch made the chronograph look sexy to wear. The signature crown of its red and black MW logo and grooved sides of each Michele watch give them, undoubtedly, give them an advantage in capturing a younger market. It used to be that diamonds in watches were for matrons, but not anymore.
Michele has given these gemstones an entirely new facet and made wearing them in watches that have been transformed into jewelry the cool thing to wear, from a gala ball to a lazy Sunday afternoon at the mall. Even Michele numeric markers are interesting or avant garde or both. While the Serein Collection has Roman numeral markers, those of the Jelly Bean Collection have topaz stones.
New CSX Models
The CSX 36 has a new model, the Day Two-Tone Diamond, Diamond Dial Two-Tone Bracelet with a two-tone 36mm case surrounded by 109 diamonds and a Mother-of Pearl dial. Like earlier CSX 36 models, this one has interchangeable straps. Additionally, the word "day" suggests this will be most suitable for day, rather than evening, wear.
Another Michele CSX 36 model is the Diamond Tri-Tone, a show stopper in all of the now famous Michele Trunk Shows. Building on the success of the CSX 36 Two-Tone, the Diamond Tri-Tone has fused the durability of stainless steel with the luxury of two types of 18k gold: yellow and rose. Michele Trunk Shows feature exclusive and limited edition watches like the Diamond Tri-Tone.
The CSX Jardin Diamond, Black Diamond Dial Watch is a classically subtle example of the refinement in Michele Watches. A limited edition timepiece that has 224 diamonds, this CSX has an intricately-designed rose on its Mother-of-Pearl black dial outlined in hand-set diamonds, and a seven-link interchangeable bracelet.
A Trunk Show would be the best place where you can purchase Michele's most special timepieces before they hit the market. Michele Trunk Shows have experts on standby to help potential buyers make an informed purchase decision or assist old customers with the selection of a new strap or watch head. After, Michele Watches are basically those: watch head and strap.
Check the Official Website
All Michele Watches come in two pieces: face cases and straps. It's up to you to change the strap or the watch head and create an unlimited number of new watches. In fact, Michele Watches has a "Make Your Own" page in which you simply select a watch head and strap or bracelet of your choice, enter your email address, and get the chance to win the Michele Watch you just created.
The latest Michele timepieces that are brought out at these Trunk Shows are exclusive to the shows and would otherwise not be available elsewhere. The Michele CSX watch collection has been in several Trunk Shows, so if you want a piece of the action on what limited edition CSX models are available, check the official website at http://www.michele.com for inquires on Trunk Show schedules.