Professional Jeweler Archive: Ladies' Season

August 2000

Timepieces/New Products

Ladies' Season

Diamonds and high-fashion design mark the lastest introductions

Women have a wider range of timepieces from which to choose these days. Choices include larger watches and high-fashion designs with thin cases, hidden dials, pastel or faux animal straps and white metal with diamonds.

And regardless of what’s hot now, a nice diamond bezel never goes out of style, whether on a chronograph or a custom-designed case.

– by Michael Thompson

Michele Watches places 100 diamonds (about half a carat) into its Ultimate Diamond Chronograph. The steel case with screw-down crown and mother-of-pearl dial is held to the wrist with a Laque Verni leather strap available in several pastel colors. Suggested retail, $795.

Michele Watches, Miami, FL; (305) 650-9771,

Maurice Lacroix adds 18k yellow gold accents and a new size to its collection of Miros Integral watches for women. The diamonds are VVS.

Maurice Lacroix, Encino, CA; (800) 794-7736,

The Miss Protocole from Piaget shines here with a mother-of-pearl dial, 251 diamonds (1.84 carats) and a Piaget quartz movement in an 18k gold case. Suggested retail, $14,800.

Piaget, New York City; (800) 628-4344,

The new Canapé by Audemars Piguet features moving lugs for comfort, a refined dial and two sizes. The white gold case was designed originally in the 1940s. The women’s model is quartz, while the men’s has an automatic AP movement. Suggested retail, $12,500 for men’s model, $10,750 for women’s model.

Audemars Piguet, New York City; (888) 214-6858,

Delance offers the Perfect Ten with 10 diamonds, solid steel case and star-shaped diamond mounted at 6 o’clock. The domed sapphire crystal covers a blue mother-of-pearl dial. The bracelet is woven silk.

Delance, Macolin, Switzerland, (41-32) 323-6827,

The Bonneville Gearbox, a U.S.-designed, Swiss-made timepiece, features a series of new dials and colorful lizard straps. Suggested retail, $695.

Bonneville Watches, Anaheim, CA; (714) 666-1999,

The Diamanche Collection from Daniel Mink Switzerland features two sizes with a brushed steel bracelet, sapphire crystal and quartz movement. Suggested retail, $975-$995.

Daniel Mink, New York City; (212) 481-0205.

The Jorg Hysek steel standard watch is now available in a midsize with or without diamonds. Steel, crocodile or rubber strap models are available. Retail, $1,500+.

Chronotime Inc., Livingston, NJ; (800) 364-5441,

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