New options for fall watch sales
This sampling of watches introduced at the spring shows in Basel and
Geneva, Switzerland, embodies good news for retailers.
New designs created for the season ahead focus on sleekness and the currently
popular white metals, from steel to titanium to gold. But the strong unique
look of each piece will make selling them a pleasure for you and owning
them a treat for your customers.
by Michael Thompson
|Now available to U.S. retailers, Boucheron's Reflet watch line includes
this steel tank model with an exclusive attachment system that allows for
interchangeable bracelets. Suggested retail, $2,400, including an extra
Boucheron, New York, NY; (212) 715-7330.
|This new automatic chronograph from Van Cleef & Arpels features a black
dial and alligator straps in sporty colors. Suggested retail, $3,600.|
Van Cleef & Arpels, New York, NY; (877) ARPELS-1.
|Cerix from Rado celebrates the spiral in its unique case and bracelet design.
The case is high-tech ceramic and sapphire, the clasp is titanium and the
bracelet links are angled for maximum comfort. Suggested retail, $2,200.|
Rado, Weehawken, NJ; (800) 283-7236, www.rado.com.
|The ultrathin Altiplano from Piaget is available with its own mechanical
caliber movement (with see-through case back) or in a quartz version (shown)
in 18k yellow or white gold.|
Piaget, New York, NY; (212) 355-6444, www.piaget.com.
|Cyma's new Imperium Collection features this all-steel model with an ETA
Autoquartz no-battery movement. The collection comes in two sizes, includes
chronographs and is available also with standard quartz movements.|
Cyma, New York, NY; (212) 695-4270.
|The date is seen as two independent disks in large windows at 12 o'clock
on the new cambered square model from Dubey & Schaldenbrand. The automatic
watch is sold in this 18k rose gold version or with a sterling silver case
and black dial. Retail for the gold version shown, $6,900. |
Dubey & Schaldenbrand, Miami, FL; (888) 919-TIME.
|Panerai Radiomir Alarm GMT features a new "smaller" (40 mm) 18k
white gold case and buckle with alligator strap. The automatic movement
is visible through the sapphire case back.|
Panerai, New York, NY; (877) PANERAI or (203) 925-6500.
|New titanium men's chronograph from Accurate Swiss Watches features a matte
finish accented with polished titanium running vertically around the bracelet.
Sapphire crystal and sweep seconds hand are standard. Retail, $375.|
Accurate Swiss Watches, Houston, TX; (800) 889-0952, www.accuratewatch.com.
|Gucci's debuts include this 7900 series with curved steel case attaching
over the leather bracelet. The woman's size is shown. The men's size includes
a date indicator. Diamond models are available.|
Gucci Timepieces, New York, NY; (212) 527-5400.
|Styled as a turn-of-the century pocket watch, this wall Winchester clock
is 24 inches in diameter and made of hand-painted wood. Suggested retail,
Linden, Providence, RI; (800) 624-0362.
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