Professional Jeweler Archive: With Spring in Mind

March 2001

Timepieces/New Products


With Spring in Mind

We prognosticate the timepiece trends you'll see later this spring


The stage is set for the many timepiece introductions this month at trade shows in Basel and Geneva, Switzerland.

Manufacturers are ready with new materials, eye-catching designs and enhanced technology. Few companies were ready to show their innovations by this issue’s deadline, but here is a peek at directions we may see in 2001: Lower-cost chronographs, more timepieces for women and more yellow gold.

– Michael Thompson

Citizen’s Eco-Drive line now includes perpetual calendars for women and men. The men’s stainless steel model pictured has a black dial and date, is water resistant to 660 feet and never needs a battery. Suggested retail, $395.

Citizen Watch Co., Lyndhurst, NJ; (201) 438-8150, www.citizenwatch.com.

Skagen’s spring line includes this pair of chronographs made with sporty dials, hands and subdials all cased in hypoallergenic steel. Suggested retail, $150.

Skagen Designs, Reno, NV; (800) 937-3576, www.skagen.com.

Hamilton’s Brilliant Marylin has 32 cubic zirconia stones in the bezel, a crown at 12 o’clock and a black dial with Roman numerals. The stainless steel bangle includes a detachable jewelry chain. Suggested retail, $350.

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

The Tutima Classic Chronograph features an 18k solid gold case and a modified hand-wound ETA Valjoux 7760 movement visible though the sapphire crystal case back. Suggested retail, $18,500. A crocodile strap version is available also.

Tutima USA, Torrance, CA; (888) 462-8721, www.tutima.com.

In a tribute to Greek mythology, Michel Herbelin offers Dionysie, a woman’s watch with a steel bracelet inspired by grapevines and a mother-of-pearl dial. Also available in goldplate.

Michel Herbelin, Miami Beach, FL; (800) 725-7074, www.michel-herbelin.com.

New to the Pulsar line of men’s chronographs, this model features a dark blue dial, water resistance to 330 feet, LumiBrite hands and markers, and a double-locking clasp. Suggested retail, $99.

Pulsar, Mahwah, NJ; (201) 529-5730, www.pulsarwatches.com.

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