Early Winners

March 1999

Timepieces:New Products

Early Winners

A first look at what the watch world has to offer this spring

As prime debut season begins for Watches, some companies are already reaping the benefits of early introductions. Here are a few watches that made it to showcases in time to hit home runs for Christmas, plus a few spring releases. See next month's cover story for a closer look at 1999's watches.

– by Michael Thompson

Jaeger-LeCoultre introduces the Reverso Gran'Sport, the first Reverso with an automatic movement – JLC's own Calibre 960R. The watch has a stainless steel bracelet integrated into the reversible case with a patented link assembly, screw-lock crown, rapid size adjustment system and 44-hour power reserve. Also available in 18 karat gold.
Jaeger-LeCoultre, Winchester, VA; (800) 552-8463, www.jaeger-lecoultre.com.

Steel sport models from Michele Watches have a screwdown crown, safety clasp and black polyurethane accent through the center of the bracelet. Retail, $145 for either size.
Michele Watches, Miami; (305) 650-9771, www.michelewatches.com.

Seiko adds a world timer and a women's model to its perpetual calendar collection. The world timer can display time in 22 cities, plus time in two time zones via its red hand. Both watches are stainless steel with gold-tone accents, LumiBrite hands and dates that need no resetting until 2100. The world timer has a screwdown crown. Suggested retail, $535 for world timer, $395 for the women's model.
Seiko Corp. of America, Mahwah, NJ; (201) 529-5730, www.SeikoUSA .com.

Airman GMT 3000 is new from Falcon Watch. Made to Falcon's U.S.-only specifications primarily by Glycine of Switzerland, the watch has a 24-hour dial showing Greenwich Mean Time and a rotating bezel showing local time. A quartz ETA movement and tritium dial markers and hands are standard. Retail, $395 for steel/gold, $370 for all-steel.
Falcon Watch, St. Louis., MO; (800) 506-8222.

Woman's complication watch shows moon phases and seconds in the two subdials. The gray dial features 12 diamond hour markers and gold "12" and "6." The crown is a cabochon sapphire, the case is solid 18k white gold and the movement is the smallest to qualify for a Geneva Seal, which assures authenticity and quality. Suggested retail, $7,800. Also available in 18k yellow gold.
Patek Philippe, New York, NY; (212) 581-0870, www.patek.com.

Women's chronographs from Blancpain feature diamonds in white gold. The white gold bracelet model has a mother-of-pearl dial and 2.5 carats of diamonds; the leather strap model has a black dial and 3 carats of diamonds.
Blancpain, New York, NY; (212) 594-3322.

Copyright © 1999 by Bond Communications.


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