Not Standard Time
When "new" means more than just-released
Being on time is nice. But half the fun is in how you tell it. Here are
timepieces that add something extra to the process. Not necessarily an added
function, but quite possibly a bit of glamour, some unique shapes, one-of-a-kind
styles or just plain fun.
Recent debuts were kind to consumers in search of a timepiece with individuality
or, as some would say, personality.
by Michael Thompson
|The new Longines DolceVita Diamonds contains 36 diamonds, is made in two
sizes and comes with a white or blue dial and steel strap or leather bracelet.
Retail from $1,795 (shown) to $3,195 (men's size with bracelet).|
Longines, Weehawken, NJ; (800) 897-9477, www.longines.com
|This Mariana 9000 goes very deep, being the only watch able to perform underwater
at 9,000 meters (about 5.6 miles). The watch has been fully tested and patented
after two years of development. Six bright dials are available, and a lithium
battery is standard. Suggested retail, $1,295.|
Roven Dino Swiss, Pine Brook, NJ; (800) 882-8608.
|This women's steel Ikepod automatic chronograph, called Isopod, is an officially
certified chronometer. Its movement is visible through a small window in
the back. Available in October. Suggested retail, $3,950.|
Ikepod Watch Co., Chicago, IL; (312) 861-0540, www.ikepod.com.
|New from André Le Marquand, this "Side Watch" faces the
wearer on the wrist's side for a quick peak without turning the wrist. Leather
or Velcro strap, carbonized acrylic case in a variety of colors and ETA
Swiss movement. Suggested retail, $80. Sportime, Beverly Hills, CA; (310)
The steel case on this Perry Ellis men's watch circles
a shimmering blue face with a separate seconds dial. The strap is brown
polished leather. Retail, $85.
Perry Ellis, Genender International, Wheeling, IL; (800)
| Returning to the U.S., Clerc has been making fine watches and jewelry
in Geneva since 1874. The company makes automatic watches in 18k gold, steel
or platinum. All movements are hand-decorated and visible through the case
back. The gold model shown retails for $13,250.|
Clerc US, New York, NY; (212) 605-0163.
|From a new series of 14k gold models by Cristian Geneve, this white gold
watch features an ETA Swiss movement and diamond bezel and comes with a
lifetime warranty. Suggested retail, $3,225.|
Brokoe Manufacturing, Glen Head, NY; (516) 759-5353.
|From Delance, the first all-Swiss line from Kaiser Time, this all-steel
model has 52 diamonds, domed sapphire crystal, blue mother-of-pearl dial,
screw-in case back and silver spiral-braided bracelet with sapphire cabochon.|
Kaiser Time, New York, NY; (212) 371-5020, www.delance.com.
|Judo fighters roll on engraved tatami mats with the phrase "will to
fight" emblazoned in Japanese. This watch from Akteo captures that
Akteo, Framingham, MA; (508) 620-8755, www.akteo.com.
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