Professional Jeweler Archive: Classically Trained

September 2003

Timepieces/New Products


Classically Trained

New and old styles meet in 2003 introductions


Several of these new models stem from classic styles. Others are contemporary versions of case shapes and dial designs that never really went out of fashion.

– by Michael Thompson

Movado looked into its archives and discovered this 1914 design. Reissued as the quartz Semi-Moon model, the dial is ivory colored and the numerals are painted gold. A curved sapphire crystal covers the dial, and the back is engraved. Suggested retail, $995.

Movado, Woodcliff Lake, NJ; (201) 460-3877, www.movado.com.

Ernst Benz offers this 47mm diameter moonphase chronograph with a Valjoux 7751 movement. The crown and pusher are sealed with double O-rings, ensuring water resistance. Large day/date indicators and an exhibition sapphire caseback are standard. Retail, $2,395 for the leather strap model, $2,595 for steel bracelet model.

Ernst Benz, Wilmington, NC; (800) 709-5005, ernstbenz.com.

Bulova adds this men’s dress watch to its international collection. It features a white patterned dial, luminous hands and markers, steel with goldplated case and bracelet, and deployant clasp. Suggested retail, $265.

Bulova, Woodside, NY; (800) A-BULOVA, www.bulova.com.

The Omega Railmaster is inspired by the original Railmaster from the 1950s. This model inspired the new Aqua Terra collection, which debuted last year. While its external design is similar to the original, inside is an Omega Co-Axial automatic movement with certified chronometer rating and 44 hours of power reserve. The movement is visible through the see-through caseback. Suggested retail, $2,495.

Omega, Weehawken, NJ; (800) 76-OMEGA, www.omegawatches.com.

Corum’s Admiral’s Cup returned in a redesigned form last year. This new Admiral’s Cup Marées is a limited edition (250 pieces). The 18k rose gold version has navy blue rubber-covered steel links between gold outer ones. The certified chronometer also tracks moonphases, tide strength, tide height and current strength.

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

Fendi’s new Grand Tonneau is a dual-time watch with a digital alarm. The digital display is activated with a touch of the left button; the red markers by the numerals are easy to see. The dial comes in three colors: silver, blue and black. Suggested retail, $695.

Fendi, Spring Lake, NJ; (732) 282-0300.

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