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August 1999

Timepieces:New Products

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Higher-end debuts from Basel and Geneva

Fine timepieces evoke a passion at the bench where they're created and on the wrist of the owner. Precision and detail are noted as much for the result as the process required to create it. Retailers who know this passion can sell fine time alongside fine jewelry. For those yet to experience the sale of fine time, here are examples from the recent Basel and Geneva shows to explore.

– by Michael Thompson

Blancpain's new automatic minute repeater for women strikes chimes for hours, quarter-hours or minutes and features a patent-pending waterproofing device. When the chime lid is opened, the internal spring releases the chiming device. With the lid shut, it's water resistant to 99 feet. Suggested retail, $113,000.
Blancpain, New York, NY; (212) 594-3322, after Jan 1, 2000, call (201) 271-1400.

Tonneau-shaped column-wheel automatic chronograph is new from Breguet. It features an 18k gold case and rotor, small seconds and date calendar at 6 o'clock and curved, silvered dial. Suggested retail, $24,000.
Breguet LLC, New York, NY; (212) 688-4500,

Promesse, the new women's watch from Audemars Piguet, is made in steel with diamonds (shown) or in white or yellow 18k gold. The dial is sky blue, black or white. Suggested retail, $4,800 in steel. Also available in 18k gold. A Promesse jewelry line complements the watch collection.
Audemars Piguet, New York, NY; (212) 594-3322,

Vacheron Constantin updates the classic asymmetrical "1972" in an 18k yellow, white or rose gold case with the company's own mechanical movement and a matching asymmetrical deployant 18k clasp. Suggested retail, $10,700. Diamond models are available.
Vacheron Constantin, New York, NY; (212) 713-0707.

Concord Impresario Maestro Masterpiece features the rare combination of a minute repeater, tourbillon, chronograph and perpetual calendar. The handmade platinum case and sapphire case back surround a 525-piece movement that includes Côte de Gèneve and Perlage bridges and mainplate. Made by custom order at $395,000 retail.
Concord, Lyndhurst, NJ; (201) 460-3550,

The streamlined, double-curved 18k Hampton Milleis for women features a silvered dial, curved sapphire crystal and adjustable folding clasp on an alligator strap. Suggested retail, $2,350.
Baume & Mercier, New York, NY; (212) 593-0444,


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