Professional Jeweler Archive: Design and Function

May 2001

Timepieces/New Products


Design & Function

Timepiece manufacturers update classic designs for today's consumers


Technical innovation shares center stage with aesthetic design as new timepieces debut this spring. Classic looks are updated with new movements, innovative dial designs and user-friendly functions.

In addition, world timers, perpetual calendars and longer power reserves indicated by a subdial are increasingly popular with consumers.

Here are some stand-out models that address these demands and, with the addition of diamonds or use of interesting design, also catch the interest of fashion aficionados.

– by Michael Thompson

Concord’s La Scala steel quartz chronograph has 30 black diamonds on the bezel, 12 white diamonds as case accents and seven diamond markers on the silvered dial. Suggested retail, $6,950.

Concord, Lyndhurst, NJ; (201) 460-4800, www.concord.ch.

Citizen’s Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar for women is programmed to adjust dates correctly and automatically until 2100. Other features include a time reset advisory, independent hour-hand adjustment and deployant buckle. Eco-Drive watches are powered by any light source and never need a battery. Available in two-tone, goldplate, steel and titanium, they retail for $325-$395.

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

The Maurice Lacroix Calendar Retrograde 2001 features a Unitas mechanical movement in a steel or 18k pink gold case. Calendar and power reserve functions are displayed on two retrograde subdials at 10 and 2 o’clock. A see-through sapphire case back reveals a decorated movement.

Maurice Lacroix, Encino, CA; (800) 794-7736, www.mauricelacroix.com

Chopard proves its watchmaking mettle with the first-ever tonneau movement without a centered rotor. The LUC 6.96 movement in this certified chronometer features a 65-hour power reserve. Production is limited to 1,860 each of pink, yellow and white gold.

Chopard, New York, NY; (212) 218-7218, www.chopard.com.

The Patek Calatrava Travel Time displays time in two zones. The hour hand is moved forward or backward by one of two buttons on the left. A small gold hand on the subdial at 12 o’clock displays day/night information for home time. The case is 18k yellow, rose or white gold.

Patek Philippe, New York, NY; (212) 218-1240, www.patek.com.

Omega’s new Speedmaster automatic with diamonds stresses feminine design and traditional mechanical watchmaking. The midsize chronograph features 49 diamonds, mother-of-pearl dial (also made in black with diamond markers) and Omega calibre 3220 movement. Leather straps are available in various colors.

Omega, Weehawken, NJ; (800) 766-6342, www.omega.ch.

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