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Ellis Island inspires Stella Watch Company’s first GMT

New York-based watchmaker makes its first dual time watch for the intrepid traveler.

New York-based Stella Watch Company is the creation of watch designer Marcella Dolan and retail entrepreneur Stephen Rowley, who describe themselves as the right and left side of the business’s brain.

“Marcella and I made great business partners because we both had strong work ethics, a unique appreciation for great design, and a mutual appreciation for each other’s strengths. Marcella is an incredibly creative individual who is very passionate about watches. She is also not satisfied with a project until she feels it is 100% perfect. And she will not stop until it is,” Mr Rowley explains.

Stella launched its first watches in 2019 and, one pandemic later, the operation is already profiting from the Felix, Breslin and the Ellis collections.

This year, the focus is on a fresh GMT under the Ellis name, which comes with a new signature texture for the dial and a slightly larger 41.5mm case than the 40mm used for Felix and Breslin pieces.

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There are two color options, black and ice blue, for the textured dials, which have that look science fiction pilots get when they jump into hyperspace and the stars rush towards them.

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Every other hour is an applied Arabic numeral, with arrow markers in between. They are all filled with Super-LumiNova, as are the hour and minute hands.

The GMT hand is red with a lume-filled arrowhead, pointing to an inner 24-hour track.

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Ellis GMTs are powered by the Sellita SW330 automatic GMT movement with 42 hour power reserve.

It is protected by a closed back featuring that beacon for the intrepid traveler, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. 

The collection is sold with a leather strap or interchangeable 7-link steel bracelet.

They are on sale now for $1,825.