Spring Design

April 1999

Timepieces:New Products

Spring Design

A variety of case shapes, metal mixtures and dial treatments are as refreshing as a spring breeze

Spring always celebrates with a burst of color, and the watch world is included this year. Though bright colors are available, many new faces are subtle or richly hued rather than blazingly bright. These offer choices beyond the traditional black and white – and even complement the colors of spring.

– by Michael Thompson

A harmony of Swiss craftsmanship and Italian design, the Fendi Stella is all stainless steel with a deployant buckle, sapphire crystal and blue, black, rose or white dial.
Fendi Orologi, Spring Lake Heights, NJ; (732) 282-0300.

The new Longines Conquest comes in assorted sizes in steel or steel/goldplate with automatic or quartz movements, convex sapphire crystal and blue, white, gray or pale copper dial. Chronograph versions are available. Retail prices start at $850.
Longines, Weehawken, NJ; (201) 271-1400, www.longines.com.

Clean lines echo classic automotive design in the steel Gearbox, the Swiss-made, U.S.-designed quartz watch from Bonneville. The crystal is domed, the case is screw-down and the strap is sharkskin. Soon to be available in women's styles with champagne dial and pastel strap colors. Suggested retail, $695.
Bonneville Watches, Anaheim, CA; (714) 666-1999, www.bonnevillewatches.com.

The first complication in a steel case with a sapphire case back is new from Patek Philippe. It includes indicators for power reserve, moon phase, time and date, as well as an offset 22k gold rotor in an ultrathin automatic movement.
Patek Philippe, New York, NY; (212) 581-0870, www.patek.com.

New in Michele's Midnight Metal collection are these stainless steel and stainless steel/14k goldplate models with white or navy blue dial. Suggested retail, $261.
Michele Watches, Miami, FL; (305) 650-9771, www.michelewatches.com.

New solid stainless steel chronograph from Belair features screw-down crown, deployant buckle, date and adjustable bracelet. Suggested retail, $285 triple keystone.
Belair Time Corp., Lakewood, NJ; (800) 223-1654.

New dial treatments are a focus of Henry Dunay's timepiece collection. The designer uses dials of green malachite (top), platinum (with 18k gold bracelet, right) and diamond pavé. Alligator strap colors set off the 18k gold case on these and other colorful dials. Retail prices, clockwise from top, $18,150, $20,350 and $11,550.
Henry Dunay Designs, New York, NY; (800) 888-2525.

The new Continental from Wittnauer is a finely tailored dress model with leather strap, curved Mineron crystal and blue or black dial. Water resistant to 100 feet. Suggested retail, $165.
Wittnauer International, New Rochelle, NY; (914) 654-7200.

Copyright © 1999 by Bond Communications.


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