Professional Jeweler Archive: Early Debuts

April 2003

Timepieces/New Products

Early Debuts

A few companies get a head start introducing 2003 models

Basel and Geneva become the focus of the worldwide timepiece and jewelry industry with major trade shows this month. Thousands of new products will debut. Some early introductions from timepiece manufacturers include the diver, diamond and gold/titanium models showcased on these two pages.

– by Michael Thompson

The Master Reserve de Marche Collection Daideme by Jaeger-LeCoultre has 80 F-G, VVS1 diamonds, a power-reserve indicator and a date subdial. The company’s Calibre 928 automatic movement is decorated by hand and is visible through the sapphire caseback. Suggested retail, $7,350.

Jaeger-LeCoultre, New York City; (212) 891-2363,

Opex, the Paris-designed brand now part of Callanen International, offers women this new model with a fashionable link and leather bracelet. U.S. availability for this model is pending.

Opex, Norwalk, CT; (800) 248-3775.

A patented suspension system supports this Formex watch through the user’s twists and turns. It’s fully titanium with an inclined titanium bezel for easy viewing while driving. The watch is sold in a kit that includes bracelet-adjusting and changing tools and an extra strap. Suggested retail, $1,200 for quartz, $2,300 for automatic. A diver version debuts this month in Basel.

Formex Watch USA, Peapack, NJ; (800) 248-1504,

The new pink gold and titanium Capeland S combines the strength of a titanium case with polished 18k pink gold bezel, hands, markers, pushers and crown. The Swiss-certified chronometer chronograph movement boasts 40 hours of reserve time. An alligator strap and fold-over clasp are standard.

Baume & Mercier, New York City; (212) 593-0444,

The new DI 300 titanium diver watch is water resistant to 990 feet and has a dial with luminous hands and indexes for easy viewing underwater. The dial is available in orange or black, and the bezel turns only one way to ensure diving safety. The titanium clasp comes with an extension to be worn over a neoprene suit.

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

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