Professional Jeweler Archive: Hearts Ticking

February 2001

Timepieces/New Products

Hearts Ticking

After Valentine's Day, it's time to prepare for next month's watch shows

February is a month for Valentine’s Day gifts. Here are some new and unique choices for you to consider. This month also is full of expectation for the new timepieces that will be displayed at the Basel and Geneva shows in March. Look for some of these to appear in the U.S. before your trip to Switzerland.

– Michael Thompson

Rado’s Ovation is inspired by the best-selling Diastar, which debuted 40 years ago as the world’s first scratchproof watch. It’s hypoallergenic thanks to a ceramic case and bracelet and titanium folding clasp. It comes in two sizes and three dial variations, including diamond markers. Retail prices begin at $1,590.

Rado, Weehawken, NJ; (800) 283-7236,

This goldplated version of the Christian Dior Malice has a bracelet with links shaped like C’s and D’s. Also made in steel. Suggested retail as shown, $990, including an interchangeable patent-leather strap.

Christian Dior, Springfield, NJ; (800) 321-4832.

Corum’s Padlock features a trapezoid stainless steel case that can be set with diamonds. The back has a small keyhole and is perfect for an engraved love note. The dial comes in black lacquer or various shades of mother-of-pearl. Diamonds may be used as hour markers. The rolled steel mesh bracelet comes in two sizes. Retail price, $895 to $2,995 (shown).

Corum USA, Irvine, CA; (949) 458-4200,

This Pulsar women’s bracelet watch features gold-tone dial and 100 feet of water resistance. Suggested retail, $85.

Pulsar, Mahwah, NJ; (201) 529-5730,

Discretion, a women’s stainless steel quartz model from cK Watch, features a slight curve and a just-visible dial with a cover that opens easily with a click. It’s water-resistant to 99 feet. Suggested retail, $245.

cK Watch, Weehawken, NJ; (201) 271-1400.

Carillon (shown open and closed) is a handcrafted wood inlay music box that plays 12 bell melodies, one each hour, and contains a 60-note Swiss electrical musical movement. A quartz clock is visible in front. Suggested retail, $4,900.

Reuge Music USA, Culver City, CA; (310) 410-7040,

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