Professional Jeweler Archive: Sport & Dress

July 2004

Timepieces/New Products

Sport & Dress

Nothing says a watch designed for the active wearer can't also look elegant

THe specialization of sport watches is among this year’s timepiece trends. Many companies are deep into dive watches, and racing models – whether for road, sea or air – are filling showcases and wrapping wrists everywhere.

– by Michael Thompson

From an expanded line of Swiss-made sport models, Zodiac’s V-Wolf quartz model has a 44mm diameter case and solid steel bracelet, case and clasp, as well as a screw-down crown, screw-in case back and sapphire crystal. The watch is available in 40mm and in several dial colors with an optional Italian rubber strap. It’s water resistant to 1,000 feet, and the extension clasp is ready for a dive. Suggested retail, $350.

Zodiac, Richardson, TX; (972) 699-4987,

Hermès now offers a larger steel Arceau with an automatic movement. The watch, first designed in 1978, has horseshoe lugs that attach to the brand’s handcrafted calfskin or alligator straps. Suggested retail, $1,700.

Hermès, New York City; (212) 835-6438.

Wenger’s new Terragraph collection includes this multifunction alarm model with a day-of-week display, battery- power indicator and 24-hour time scale. Suggested retail, $395.

Wenger, Orangeburg, NY; (845) 365-3500,

Seiko’s redesigned Sportura Kinetic chronograph features a black steelplated bezel and orange chronograph hands under a non-reflective sapphire crystal. This elongated dial is a new sporty version. Suggested retail, $995.

Seiko USA, Mahwah, NJ; (201) 529-7972,

The Williams F1 Team watch from Oris features a new flexible “suspension” design. Flexible horn loops replace fixed ones for a snug fit. The 40.5mm-diameter watch displays week, day and date in a new cockpit-style double window at 6 o’clock. The case is made of stainless steel and rubber; the black rubber strap uses the tire tread of Formula One. Suggested retail, $995.

Oris, Hawthorne, NY; (914) 347-6747,

Concord introduces a commemorative collection of the Delirium, which 25 years ago made history as the world’s thinnest watch. Called Delirium XXV, the new collection is made with 18k rose, white or yellow gold cases in three sizes. The large model has a mechanical movement visible from a sapphire case back. Prices start at $3,890 retail.

Concord, Paramus, NJ; (201) 267-8000,

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