Professional Jeweler Archive: Time is Precious

October 2001

Timepieces/New Products

Time is Precious

Golden timekeepers display high-end craftsmanship

As more karat- and plated-gold watches arrive in stores, consumers are noting how the yellow and rose gold bracelets and cases match their jewelry.

Gold watches have attracted so much interest, in fact, they are among the few timepiece categories that haven’t yet felt this year’s economic cooling trend. Keep this in mind when stocking up for holiday sales.

– by Michael Thompson

The Datomax features Daniel Roth’s signature case shape and clear sapphire caseback with the hand-engraved 18k gold rotor visible. The big date features no separation between the two numerals. Retail, $13,000-$14,000.

Daniel Roth, New York City; (866) 372-6344.

Corum’s Trapeze is now sold in 18k gold and in two sizes. The larger one is automatic, the medium is quartz. Options include a crocodile strap in brown or black. Prices start at $4,150 for the medium with a crocodile strap. The large one with strap is $4,995.

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

Jaguar’s Brentwood collection features white or champagne dials, supple 18k goldplated bracelets and sapphire crystals. Suggested retail, $595.

Jaguar, Nanuet, NY; (845) 623-8525,

Vacheron Constantin places its new Calibre 1400 mechanical movement inside the Malte Grande Classique, shown in 18k yellow gold. The clear sapphire caseback reveals a hand-decorated movement; the dial is engine-turned silver with applied karat gold hour markers and hands. Also available in white gold. Suggested retail, $8,500-$9,500.

Vacheron Constantin, New York City; (212) 303-5030.

Bulgari’s new automatic Annual Calendar, available in 18k yellow or white gold, features a Frederique Piguet movement that powers a 30-seconds retrograde display. The calendar requires resetting Feb. 29 only in leap years. Retail, $15,000.

Bulgari, New York City; (212) 315-9700,

Cartier adds this yellow gold Tank à Vis to its Collection Privée. Inspired by a Cartier 1931 model that was the first water-resistant non-square watch, this new model has Cartier’s 437 mechanical movement, gold guilloché and silvered dial, blue steel hands and faceted sapphire on the crown.

Cartier, New York City; (212) 753-0111,

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