Professional Jeweler Archive: Good Sports

September 2001

Timepieces/New Products

Good Sports

No need to be an athlete to wear one of these

Timers, alarms and chronographs lend a sporty look to any timepiece. Some are designed to time specialized functions such as flying, yachting or car racing. Others, while not designed specifically for the sporting life, allow the wearer to feel “active,” look athletic or both.

Here are several models that cover a range of activities with style.

– by Michael Thompson

Swiss Army Brands debuts the Seaplane, based on instruments in these rugged airplanes. The watch comes with polyurethane and leather straps the wearer can change. Retail, $375.

Swiss Army Brands, Shelton, CT; (800) 243-4045,

Tutima now places a white dial on its FX, an aviation watch series that includes this three-time-zone UTC chronograph.

Tutima, Torrance, CA; (888) 462-8721,

Swatch’s Skin collection adds the world’s thinnest chronograph, measuring just 6.6mm deep. The quartz watch line debuts with three styles, each water resistant to 98 feet. Suggested retail, $120-$125.

Swatch, Weehawken, NJ; (201) 271-1400,

Maurice Lacroix’s Milestone blends the steel case into the bracelet and places complementary polished and matte finishes on the case. Also sold in steel with pink gold and made in two sizes.

Maurice Lacroix, Encino, CA; (800) 794-7736,

Quiksilver’s new Flux contains an analog-digital movement with alarm, chronograph and back light. The polyurethane strap is accented in a choice of five colors. It’s water-resistant to 330 feet. Suggested retail, $85.

Quiksilver, GMT Corp., Tenafly, NJ; (201) 816-1221,

Zodiac now fits its men’s Astrographic with Italian leather straps; the “mystery” dial, automatic movement, screw-in crown and steel case remain. Suggested retail, $1,095-$1,195. A women’s version with quartz movement, steel bracelet and mother-of-pearl, lapis, fire opal or tiger-eye dial is $995-$1,695.

Zodiac, Wheeling, IL; (847) 279-2060,

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