Steel Companions

May 1999

Timepieces:New Products

Steel Companions

Watch suppliers haven't neglected their precious metals

Silver, gold and platinum are well-represented among the sea of fine timepieces created from steel that are debuting this spring. Here are several new items that favor these favorite materials. But one model, Rado, features the increasingly used titanium and the never-before-used lanthanum.

– by Michael Thompson

From Italy, Fope introduces these women's 18k timepieces with Novocento link bezels. Crocodile straps, mother-of-pearl dials and Swiss movements are standard. Some models include diamonds. Suggested retail, $2,000 to $3,000.
Fope, New York, NY; (877) 367-3223.

Delance's new "star of the day" features a diamond embedded at 6 o'clock. It also has a copper-hued dial, cambered sapphire crystal, quartz or manual movement, screw-in case back and steel bracelet.
Delance, New York, NY; (212) 371-5020,

Designed by Georg Plum, the Alfex 5400 has two time zones indicated on almost-square dials in an oval brushed steel bracelet. The push-piece for opening the bracelet reflects the design of the crowns. The bracelet comes in two sizes, the dial in teal green or silver.
Alfex, New York, NY; (800) 23-SWISS.


TAG Heuer's first women's chronograph debuts in the steel Kirium series. Dials come in silver, translucent blue, plum and black. Screw-in crown, sapphire crystal, luminous markers and 660 feet of water resistance are standard.
TAG Heuer, Springfield, NJ; (973) 467-1890,

Each year Bertolucci presents a unique piece. The 1999 Pretiosa Eternelle is made of platinum with asymmetrical curves, 83 white baguette diamonds and 146 full-cut yellow diamonds. The Piguet quartz movement is under a yellow diamond pavé dial. The clasp is platinum, the hands 18k white gold.
Bertolucci, Rutherford, NJ; (877) 237-8658 or (201) 507-4400.

This sterling silver pocket chronometer from Aero Watch comes in a gift box with a COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Authority) certificate verifying authenticity and accuracy. Keystone, $1,895.
Exclusive Time International, Springfield, NJ; (973) 376-8667.

Rado uses lanthanum – a very rare metal that's harder than sapphire – in the bezel of its new limited-edition Lantano. These 200 individually numbered watches also feature titanium case backs, crowns, cases and clasps. A 10-year guarantee is standard. Suggested retail, $4,000.
Rado, Weehawken, NJ; (201) 271-1400,

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