Professional Jeweler Archive: Spring Ahead

February 2000

Timepieces/New Products

Spring Ahead

As watch companies prepare large-scale debuts for March, here's a preview

Manufacturers will introduce their newest watches in March, nearly a month earlier than in previous years because of earlier dates for the major trade fairs in Geneva and Basel, Switzerland.

The schedule gives you more time to plan your watch strategy for the year and gives manufacturers more time to meet orders. However, several watch companies couldn’t wait to show their latest models so we’ve highlighted some of them here for you.

– by Michael Thompson

The long case in the cK Duality is emphasized by the double-length strap that fashionably wraps twice around the wrist. Glossy leather straps contrast with the matte-finished dial. Also sold in single-wrap length or with a mesh bracelet. The retail display is an eye-catching long glass tube. Suggested retail, $210.

cK Watch Co., Weehawken, NJ; (201) 271-4752.

Originally designed in the 1950s, the Everest by Hamilton has been relaunched with a larger face, date in the 4 o’clock position and new materials in the asymmetric case. Available in two sizes, the watch is $350 retail with steel bracelet, $300 with rubberized black leather strap. Both feature a safety clasp.

Hamilton, Weehawken, NJ; (800) 234-8463.

The Wenger Alert features an ETA quartz alarm movement with date. It’s made of steel with a screw-on case back, leather or steel bracelet and safety clasp. Retail, $165 with strap, $225 with bracelet.

Wenger North America, Orangeburg, NY; (800) 431-2996,

Vacheron Constantin adds an automatic chronograph to its popular Overseas series. It features the company’s own movement in steel (pictured) or solid 18k gold, a triple-lock bracelet and water resistance to 495 feet. Suggested retail, $11,900.

Vacheron Constantin, New York, NY; (212) 713-0707.

Seiko unveils new models in its breakthrough Kinetic Auto Relay. When not used for three days, the hands stop. It automatically resets to the exact time with a few shakes anytime within a four-year period. A screw-down locking crown, date and double-lock clasp are standard. Suggested retail, $595.

Seiko Corp. of America, Mahwah, NJ; (201) 529-5730,

Audemars Piguet, with input from actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, created a 500-piece limited edition of its Royal Oak Offshore, which Schwarzenegger wore in the film End of Days. About 100 will be available in the U.S. The chronograph features an automatic movement, black dial and yellow numerals and hands. The stainless steel case and bracelet buckle are finished with a black PVD treatment.

Audemars Piguet, New York, NY; (212) 594-3322,

The mechanical movement in this Swiss-made Traversetolo from Eberhard is an improved version of the original 1950s caliber. The steel version shown has a black or white dial with strap or steel bracelet. Suggested retail, $1,100.

Eberhard & Co., Rockville Center, NY; (877) 2EBERHARD.

Charles-Hubert, a full-line watch company based in France, is now available in the U.S. Sport watches start at about $75 retail. An 18k and steel line ranges from $359 to $999. The brushed steel and 18 karat gold model shown is sold in two sizes with leather strap for $359 retail.

Charles-Hubert Paris, Unitex Trading Corp., Los Angeles, CA; (800) 221-1881.

The Daniel Hechter signature series for men features a rectangular steel case cut off at the 5 o’clock side for the crown. Available with silver, blue and black dials and with strap or steel bracelet.

Daniel Hechter Paris, SMB Horlogerie, Besançon, France; (33-381) 48-4848, fax: (33-381) 80-4797,

In time for Valentine’s Day, the Swatch Heartbeat is covered with – you guessed it – hearts and comes in a heart-shaped package with a heart-shaped CD of dance tunes.

Swatch, Weehawken, NJ; (201) 271-1400,

Breguet’s new Marine automatic for women is solid 18k white gold and has a mother-of-pearl dial and diamonds totaling 0.72 carat as hour markers and in the bezel and attachments.

Breguet, New York, NY; (212) 688-4500,

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