By Angela Hazen
Even when the suit fits you great, the haircut is clean and the shoes are shiny, many people insist that a stylish designer watch is a finishing touch. While some people make do with watches they can find at department stores, others choose to buy a more expensive watch as a gift to themselves when they get a raise, a bonus or land that big deal. One of the best places to buy the watch of your dreams is right here in the Chicago area, at stores you may have never heard of. The main function of these spots is to fit the most distinctive shoppers with some of the best products available.
Legend of Time
3 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
When you are looking for that hard-to-come-by designer watch with a brand name little known outside of Switzerland, you may find yourself walking inside Legend of Time on Wabash. Legend of Time sells some extremely exclusive watches sought after by even the most distinctive watch connoisseurs. So when you’re done shopping at Legend of Time, don’t be surprised when your Gold Coast waiter gives your watch—and you—a double take on Oak Street.
112 E. Oak St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Looking for elite designer watches with personalized service? Geneva Seal has both, and its expertise has gained the shop some of the most elite clientele in the entire city. Geneva Seal sells top European brands of watches. Because of its selection of merchandise and quality of service, Geneva Seal continues to receive acclaimed recommendations to build its client base. Even if you aren’t a celebrity, stop in at Geneva Seal to experience VIP service.
Marshall Pierce & Company
335 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601
When you’re looking for the perfect gift for that special someone, a beautiful watch is a no brainer. Marshall Pierce has been in business since 1928 and its customer base keeps growing due to exceptional service. Marshall Pierce carries some of the best watches in Chicago, including products by companies like Raymond Weil and Baume and Mercier.
Howard Frum Jewelers
5 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 814
Chicago, IL 60603
Jewelers Row is famous for its extensive amounts of watch and jewelry stores, but Howard Frum is one of the most popular shops of the bunch. Loyal customers keep turning to Howard Frum for their watch and jewelry needs because of the terrific selection from all over Europe, not to mention terrific staff with excellent customer service. If you’re looking for watches by Omega, Breitling and other brands, you can rest assured that there will be many to choose from.
172 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
One of Chicago’s oldest stores for watches is C.D. Peacock, but even the young professional crowd shops here for its luxury needs. Choose from brands like Cartier, Hermes and C.D. Peacock’s own 1837 collection. So when you’ve landed that deal and need to impress clients, stop in at C.D. Peacock to make sure your watch reflects you and your ability to get the job done.
Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.