Timepieces: New Products
Steel appeal doesn't dampen golden dreams
Time was when a yellow gold watch FOR MEN meant the end of
a job well done. Women, meanwhile, wore gold to formal events.
Today, retailers are more likely to sell gold watches for their
intrinsic appeal as the melding of fine jewelry and watchmaking.
White gold is in style, of course, as white metals remain
popular. But yellow and pink gold and two tone models continue
to draw the interest of many consumers.
Retailers say real gold is a good deal closer.
Fortunately, many fine watches are crafted in gold in
fact, some are made only in gold. Here are several of this year's
newest golden choices.
by Michael Thompson
||New from Boucheron, this watch features a diamond
and 18k gold case and a cultured pearl bracelet with gold bar
accents. The bracelet is interchangeable, thanks to Boucheron's
patented invisible clasp system. Suggested retail, $13,650, including
the bracelet shown, one lizard strap and one crocodile strap.
Boucheron, New York, NY; (212) 715 7330.
|New from Italian jeweler Unoaerre is the Alexia
collection of 18k white gold watches with diamonds. Suggested
retail for the 0.24 ct. model shown, $2,199.
||Piaget now offers its Dancer watch in a woman's
size with 18k white or yellow gold case and bracelet. The white
gold model has gold markers and is $11,400 suggested retail.
The yellow gold model is set with diamonds on the bezel and dial
and is $14,160. Piaget, New York, NY; (212) 355 6444, www.piaget.com.
|Omega's newest Speedmaster models include this
automatic day/date chronograph in 18k red gold. Features include
Omega's exclusive chronograph movement, gilt markers and month
display. Suggested retail, $6,995. Omega, Weehawken, NJ; (800)
766 6342, www.omega.ch.
||Bertolucci's newest men's model is Uomo, featuring
a 42mm 18k case and bracelet (also available in steel as pictured,
in steel with gold or with strap). The automatic movement is
COSC certified (Swiss chronometer testing authority) and
has a 42 hour power reserve, screw in crown and curved
sapphire crystal. Suggested retail, $15,000 for the 18k yellow
gold bracelet model, $18,500 for the 18k white gold bracelet
model, $4,750 for steel with 18k gold and $2,500 for all steel.
Bertolucci, Rutherford, NJ; (877) 237 8658.
|The Vintage 126 from Bell & Ross is now made
in a gold version. This model features an 18k white gold case
with a guilloche dial and automatic chronograph movement. Suggested
retail, $8,800. Bell & Ross, Miami Beach, FL; (888) 307 7887,
||New from Milus, this 18k solid gold timepiece
features Paul Junod's distinctive modern Banana design previously
made only in steel. Suggested retail, $2,500. Milus, Entry USA
Inc., New York, NY; (212) 734 4318.
|TechnoMarine adds diamonds to its colorful line
of diver watches. Called Techno Diamond, the quartz watches
are water resistant to 660 feet and contain 1.1 to 1.48 carats
of diamonds in the bezel. The strap comes in six colors. The
chronograph is $1,590 suggested retail, a three hand version
is $1,500. TechnoMarine, Culver City, CA; (310) 659 9222,
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