Professional Jeweler Archive: New Style

April 2001

Timepieces/New Products

New Style

Updated and upgraded are the watch words of 2001

As the Year’s new timepiece models appear it may be time to assess the selection in your store. Consumers are more watch-savvy than ever and, by all accounts, expect to be able to choose from a diverse selection of men’s and women’s models.

In response, manufacturers are creating collections with a classic flair that visit past success but add new materials, updated technology or greater stylistic choice. Here are some examples.

– by Michael Thompson

Ebel streamlines its Sport Classic line with the Classic Wave. The hexagonal symmetry of the case is smoothed, the crystal is rounded and the markers and hands are raised and rounded. It comes in three sizes and with a mother-of-pearl dial, a dial with diamond markers or a 42-diamond bezel model. Men’s models start at $1,450 retail, women’s at $1,250.

Ebel, New York, NY; (212) 888-3235,

These women’s quartz chronographs are new to Saint-Honore’s Speed Boat line. Each is steel; one has mother-of-pearl subdials with diamond markers; the other has a full diamond bezel with Roman numerals. Various strap colors are available.

Saint-Honore, New York, NY; (212) 688-4500.

The Triple Time from the Frederique Constant Highlife collection features a curved case, Arabic numerals and solid-gold brand emblem at 3 o’clock. Made for travelers, this automatic model gives the time in three dimensions: 12-hour clock, 24-hour clock and 24 time zones. Made in steel.

Frederique Constant, Upper Montclair, NJ; (973) 233-9223,

Swiss Army debuts two new Maverick models. At left is a chronograph with synthetic rubber strap ($295 suggested retail); at right is a steel bracelet model ($250).

Swiss Army Brands, Shelton, CT; (203) 929-6391,

Roger Dubuis unveils a rare complication featuring a chronograph bi-retrograde perpetual calendar with leap-year indicator. Days and the dates are indicated by blued-steel hands that spring to restart as each week and month passes. It has an 18k case, ivory lacquer dial and Geneva Quality Hallmark. As with all Dubuis models, only 28 have been made.

Roger Dubuis North America, Wilkes Barre, PA; (570) 970-8888.

Hermès introduces Nomade, a contemporary yet classic design with a batteryless Autoquartz movement that features 60-day reserve power. Available in men’s, women’s and men’s chronograph models, the Nomade features a bracelet with Hermès “H” links or hand-stitched strap of calf, alligator or bridle leather. Suggested retail, $1,300-$2,850.

Hermès, New York, NY; (212) 835-6538.

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