Summer Time

June 1998

Timepieces:New Products

Summer Time

Watch introductions this year make strong statements

Glamour, gold and distinct design combine in many of the watch introductions for 1998.

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, $495.
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,

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 blue dial.
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, $285.
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 bracelet model.
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.

Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.


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