Watch introductions this year make strong statements
Glamour, gold and distinct design combine in many of the watch introductions
Links to the past are important also, seen particularly in watches with
tank, oval and other non-round cases.
Women also have more choices, thanks to diamond and color accents and
smaller sizes. And men can expect to see more tank and tonneau models as
the year progresses.
by Michael Thompson
|The Off-Road from Xemex Swiss Watch is made in solid stainless steel and
features automatic ETA movement, sapphire crystal and screwed attachment
with leather strap or steel bracelet. Retail, $695; with quartz movement,
Xemex, Time Central, Austin, TX; (512) 499-0123.
Delma's Midland II is inspired by the original Midland, which
debuted 70 years ago. In stainless steel or two-tone gold, the Swiss-made
watch features a sapphire crystal and several dial colors. Suggested retail,
$295 for steel, $375 for two-tone.
Delma USA, New Rochelle, NY; (914) 235-7711, www.delma.ch.
|Chase-Durer's Diplomat features an ETA automatic movement, solid stainless
steel case, transparent case back, engraved serial number, calendar pointer
hand and leather band. Suggested retail, $695.|
Chase-Durer, Beverly Hills, CA; (310) 550-7280.
Gerald Genta's "Night & Day" is an automatic
dual-time-zone watch. The curved crystal covers a black, gray, white or
Gerald Genta, New York, NY; (212) 207-8883.
|Festina adds color to these watches in a rare category - women's alarm
quartz chronographs. They are made of steel with 18k gold accents and deployment
buckles. Retail, $225. With titanium bracelets and calendar dates, $395-$450.|
Festina USA, Nanuet, NY; (914) 623-8525.
Jules Jurgenson's "Concept Crystal" watches feature
Swarovski crystals and 23k goldplated cases and bracelets. Triple keystone,
Jules Jurgensen, Bala Cynwyd, PA; (800) 220-1233.
|The stainless steel "H" identifies this Hermes Heure II watch
or is it the rich orange dial and Hermes-made calfskin leather strap?
Available in a rainbow of colors, the watch has a quartz movement and sapphire
crystal. Suggested retail, $975 for the strap model, $1,750 for the just-released
Hermes Watch Co., San Francisco, CA; (800) 757-7555.
Dolan-Bullock offers this 17-jewel pocket watch with an incabloc
Swiss mechanical movement, three-micron goldplate finish and a face with
polished white enamel. Suggested retail, $425; with chain, $475.
Dolan-Bullock, Providence, RI; (800) 556-7354.
|Patek Philippe celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Golden Ellipse, shown
here in a women's version with 18k gold bracelet, top Wesselton diamonds
in the bezel and handwound movement with the Geneva Seal.|
Patek Philippe, New York, NY; (212) 581-0870.
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