Professional Jeweler Archive: Glitter and Gears

April 2002

Timepieces/News


Glitter and Gears

Basel exhibitors show extra diamonds and more multifunction pieces


While jewelers may be cautious this year, watch manufacturers are offering a broader range of styles than many in the industry expected.

Early debuts for the Basel World Watch and Jewellery Show tilt to a continued focus on diamond-encrusted steel and gold watches. Ebel, Longines, Concord, Movado and others continue to expand their offerings with diamond accents.

In addition, yellow gold cases and bracelets, already on the comeback trail, continue to march back to wrist wardrobes in 2002. “We expect much of yellow gold and pavé diamond models,” says Patrice Reynaud, product manager for Ebel. The company’s 2002 line includes an all-gold bracelet version of its Classic Wave Mini, adds all-karat gold to men’s models and places diamonds on a new one-size automatic chronograph.

Also expected to remain popular this year are colorful straps in all price ranges. This occurs even as dials retain more conservative approaches in white, black, blue and silver.

Functions?

Fun and functional extras, from retrograde seconds hands to dual-time dials, also make an appearance this spring. This signals continued consumer interest in more practical attractions.

Watch owners with an interest in technical displays have more choices than ever, including more see-through sapphire on case backs and more see-through dials on windows so the wearer can watch the movements in action. Frederique Constant and Jean d’Eve have used the latter option with great success for several years; other companies will try the design this year.

– by Michael Thompson

Along with a new diamond bezel chronograph and a karat gold men’s model, Ebel adds an 18k gold bracelet to this Satya diamond model.

Ebel, New York City; (212) 888-3235, www.ebel.com.

Hermés expands its Cape Cod family this year with a functional dual-time version. It’s sold with single or double-wrap strap.

Hermés, New York City; (212) 835-6538.

Ikepod unveils the Isopode Dual Time, a certified chronometer with full second time zone indicator at 12 o’clock. A glimpse of the decorated movement is visible through a peephole on the case back.

Ikepod, Ringwood, NJ; (866) 4IKEPOD, www.ikepod.com.

Frederique Constant adds a retrograde seconds display to its trademark Heart Beat model.

Frederique Constant, Upper Montclair, NJ; (973) 233-9223, www.frederique-constant.com.

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