Professional Jeweler Archive: Bold Appeal

June 2002

Timpieces/New Products


Bold Appeal

For men especially, size matters when it comes to timepieces


From Basel and Geneva this spring, the focus is on elegance, clean-looking larger watches and solid basics supplemented with a special feature, such as unique case, large date or new movement.

This variety of special niches is attractive to the wider customer base, which is good news as you start to stock up on “substantial” timepieces for the second half of the year. Here are some examples.

– by Michael Thompson

The Big Pilot’s Watch, an update of a 1940s International Watch Co. model, is 46mm in diameter and contains IWC’s newest chronometer-accurate Pellaton automatic movement with seven-day power reserve and date indicator. The watch stops when the reserve nears its end to ensure timekeeping isn’t compromised. A soft-iron cage ensures high antimagnetism. Sold in steel or platinum model (which is limited to 500 pieces). Suggested retail, $9,900.

International Watch Co., New York City; (800) 432-9330, www.iwc.ch.

The Reveil Globe, an alarm model new to the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece collection, is a mechanical watch with solid silver dial that shows three time zones. The watch has a 24-hour display that’s adjusted by turning the crown and prevents users from setting the alarm for a.m. rather than p.m. It has an AS 5008 movement, which is hand-decorated and visible through the sapphire caseback, is made in steel or steel with 18k pink gold and comes on a bracelet or a crocodile strap.

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

The Grande Date has a classic look with something added: a movable case. The top lugs are shorter than the others and move from side to side. The caseback is concave, the crystal convex. The case is 42mm in diameter and contains an automatic certified chronometer. Made in steel or 18k.

Corum, Irvine, CA; (949) 458-4200, www.corum.ch.

Junghans introduces its first stainless steel-cased atomic-controlled watch in the U.S. Previously sold only with ceramic or hardened-plastic cases, the watch has an antenna that sets time automatically each night to the federal atomic clock in Boulder, CO. Other features include a sapphire crystal, perpetual date display, luminous hands and optional leather strap.

Junghans, New York City; (212) 244-8015.

The new 18k Divan features a silver dial with blue steel hands, gold faceted crown with a sapphire cabochon, gold buckle, Cartier quartz movement and alligator strap. Also available in steel.

Cartier, New York, NY; (212) 753-0111, www.cartier.com.

Seiko places its Premier chronograph into a new “flattened square” steel case for men and rectangular case for women. Seven variations are made, each with sapphire crystal and solid-steel bracelet plus 330 feet of water resistance.

Seiko Corp. of America, Mahwah, NJ; (201) 529-5730, www.seikousa.com.

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