Professional Jeweler Archive: Wrist-Free Offers

December 2003

Timepieces/New Products

Wrist-Free Offers

Clocks and pocket watches are hot gift ideas for this month

Well before men and women looked under their sleeves for the time, they checked their vest pockets. Or they peered at the wall, desk or clock tower. Still an elegant reminder of a more genteel past, the pocket watch exudes taste and makes a statement about the wearer. Here are several choices, plus a few clocks, just in time for the holidays.

– by Michael Thompson

New Swiss-made musical pocket watches feature an interlude by Vivaldi or Mozart, courtesy of the Reuge Music movement inside. The Boegli watches come in several styles, each showing the musical mechanism through the front dial. Many also display the skeleton watch movement through the dial, as on the model shown. Retail, $875 to $1,050.

Boegli, Chronotime Inc., Peapack, NJ; (800) 364-5441.

Von Dommelen Clocks offers this Post and Gear model based on a German clocktower movement. It’s a weight-driven pendulum, eight-day skeleton movement. The winder can be removed or left on the clock. Keystone, $770.

Van Dommelen Clocks, Princeton, NJ; (877) 826-3662,

Aerowatch adds this pocket model to its collection. The mechanical lepine-type watch features an ETA 6497 rhodium-plated mechanical movement under a palladium-finished and polished case plated in rose gold or yellow gold. The dial is guilloche silver with Roman numerals. Suggested retail, $750.

Aerowatch, Exclusive Time
International, Flemington, NJ; (908) 788-0029.

Hanhart makes dashboard units that hold one, two or three Hanhart pocket watches or timers. The watches are clipped in using small pillars protected with rubber and ball springs.

Hanhart, Franklin Lakes, NJ; (800) 272-0272.

Jaeger-LeCoultre adds mystery to its famed Atmos clocks in this Atmos Mysterieuse. Only the gears, balance and the open-worked dial are visible. The newly developed motor system is concealed in the base and transferred to the clock via the four crystal columns. Materials include gold, onyx, diamonds and rock crystal. A limited-edition version of 75, the clock is $161,350 suggested retail.

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

The spinning sphere design of this arched metal Orbital Time clock invites interaction. An optical acrylic crystal magnifies the platinum-colored dial and its Arabic numerals and silver minute, hour and seconds hands. A photo frame on one side adds a personal dimension. The quartz movement includes a battery. Suggested retail, $34.95 .

Howard Miller, Zeeland, MI; (800) 873-0506,

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