Professional Jeweler Archive: Platinum Plus

August 2003


Platinum Plus

White metal can also mean tantalum and titanium in limited-edition timepieces

This year, the hard metal tantalum, primarily used in surgical applications, joins titanium and platinum as choices for fine timewear. Here are several innovative ways beyond gold, silver and steel to house a fine watch movement.

– by Michael Thompson

The Ellipsocurvex by Daniel Roth includes a sophisticated moonphase indicator with silvered dial and Daniel Roth 904 manual movement. The dial is hand-engraved guilloche and includes a date pointer, power reserve and small seconds indicators. Made in platinum ($30,100 suggested retail), pink gold or white gold ($20,550).

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

Panerai Luminor Marina Tantalium is a hand-wound certified chronometer made of tantalum. The buckle is tantalum also. The 44mm diameter watch features a trademarked crown protector and 56-hour power reserve. The 300-piece limited edition is supplied with steel screwdriver and a second interchangeable strap. Suggested retail, $11,500.

Panerai, New York City; (877) PANERAI,

Glashütte Original introduces this PanoMaticDate with large date display and screwdown, see-through sapphire caseback to showcase the company’s Caliber 90-01 automatic movement. The platinum model shown is limited to 200 units worldwide ($17,400 suggested retail). Steel and gold versions are available also.

Glashütte Original, Weehawken, NJ; (201) 271-4728,

Hublot is one of only two companies introducing watches cased in rare tantalum. This Hublot 1910 Tantalum also features a curved sapphire crystal, automatic movement and natural black rubber strap. The dial is genuine meteorite. One hundred will be made in tantalum; steel versions are planned.

Hublot, New York City; (800) 536-0636,

Junghans introduces these titanium models that are light-powered and feature a built-in radio-controller that automatically resets to the correct second each night, including automatic adjustments for daylight-savings time. The movement is made exclusively by Junghans. The case and bracelet for the model on the left is solid titanium ($899 suggested retail). The model on the right has a leather strap ($799). Each has sapphire crystal and perpetual date indicator.
Junghans, New York City; (212) 244-8015,

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