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Movado Watches

My Gift Stop is proud to be a retailer of Movado Watches. In 1881, shortly after completing his training as a watchmaker, 19-year-old Léopold Achille-Isidore Ditesheim founded LAI Ditesman in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.  The company quickly began winning medals for its art-influenced designs at international watchmaking expositions. The company changed its name to Movado in 1905, adopting the word that means “always in motion” in the international language of Esperanto. 

In response to the elongated, curved watch styles popular before World War I, Movado developed the PolyPlan with a movement built on three planes. This allowed the movement to fit into cases curved to fit the wrist. In 1926, Movado developed the first travel clock. The Ermeto enclosed a clock in a rectangular, capsule-shaped case. The ends of the case slid apart to reveal the clock when it was in use but closed to protect the clock during travel. 

In 1927, Movado patented an Ermeto that wound itself with the opening and closing of the case. In the 1940s, Movado began creating chronographs and calendar watches and introduced the self-winding Calendomatic in 1946 and the Celestograph with its lunar phase dial in 1947. Also in 1947, Bauhaus-influenced, American industrial artist Nathan George Horwitt created a watch based on his concept that human beings “do not know time as a number sequence but by the position of the sun as the earth rotates.” A single gold dot in the position of the number 12 on the black face represented the sun. The circling hands symbolized the circling of the earth. Horwitt’s was the first watch dial to be selected by the Museum of Modern Art, and the design thus became known as the museum watch. 

Movado, one of the best watch brands in the world, makes watches for both men and women using only Swiss made quartz and mechanical movements. Movado men's watches use stainless steel, and ion plated stainless steel in the production of their watches. Popular collections include the Esperanza, the Vizio, the Ronda, and Rondiro. Recently the company started producing the Movado Bold collection targeting a younger demographic with bold colors, and more sporty designs.

Buy Movado watches online at My Gift Stop at exceptional price points. Each Movado watch purchased comes in its original packaging and is backed by a 2 year warranty.