Time for All

June 1999

Timepieces:New Products

Time for All

Tight competition generates strong fall debuts

Consumers need only enter a jewelry store that carries a few full watch lines to see there's something for every wrist or pocket. Debuts at this year's Basel and Geneva fairs, some shown here, display that variety.

Trends include wider use of fine dials, tighter water resistance and stronger bracelets, even in moderate price ranges.

Whether it's titanium, pocket watches, high-design or high-tech, you'll find more vendors offering a greater choice of timepieces this year.

– by Michael Thompson

The anthracite-colored calfskin strap on the Bertolucci Diver is reinforced with fiberglass and filled with a smooth, rubberized material. The steel case, water-resistant to 1,000 feet, is fitted with an automatic movement and comes with a certificate from the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Authority (COSC). Suggested retail, $2,750.
Bertolucci, Rutherford, NJ; (877) 237-8658.

The Revue Thommen Cricket, the famous alarm watch, is now available as a pocket watch. The back of the case is engraved with a picture of the Capitol in Washington, DC, and is numbered. The case is pink goldplate or palladium. Suggested retail, $1,695.
Exclusive Time, Springfield, NJ; (973) 376-8667, www.revue-thommen.ch.

Xemex introduces its first COSC-certified automatic chronograph chronometer. Called the Offroad Chronograph, it's made of steel and has a clear sapphire case back showing the custom-designed rotor. Suggested retail, $3,300 ($3,100 with leather strap).
Xemex, Austin, TX; (512) 499-0123, www.xemex.com.

Chopard's Impériale Carrée features ruby or sapphire cabochons, an 18k white gold square case and gold bracelet or leather strap. It features a geometric dial with Roman numerals, pyramid hour markers and a small seconds area in different colors.
Chopard, New York, NY; (800) CHOPARD, www.chopard.com.

The Masterpiece Grand Guichet from Maurice Lacroix features a display mechanism made with two independent rotating discs. It comes in steel or steel with pink gold and has a silver dial and transparent back. Suggested retail, from $2,050 with a leather strap to $5,200 for solid gold.
Maurice Lacroix, Encino, CA; (800) 794-7736, www.mauricelacroix.com.

Hamilton's update of its Contour still features the crown at 12 o'clock but adds new bold hands and markers. Suggested retail, $325. Also available on a leather strap and goldplated.
Hamilton, Weehawken, NJ; (800) 234-8463.

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