CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1990 |
Three men who police said robbed a Santa Monica used car sales manager of his expensive Rolex watch Thursday morning were run down and captured a short time later by a fleet of squad cars guided by a police helicopter. The three were shadowed for about 10 miles on the Santa Monica Freeway before police converged on their car, rammed it and arrested them, said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Steve Brackett.
June 26, 1988 |
A California company has designed a wristwatch that alerts Muslims when it's time to pray and even shows them the direction of the holy city of Mecca from 120 cities around the world, a newspaper said Saturday. An alarm sounds 10 minutes before each day's five prayer periods, the English-language Saudi Gazette said. The actual time is dictated by the position of the sun, according to the Koran, Islam's holy book, which also decrees that the faithful should face Mecca while praying.
November 11, 1990 |
The forgotten men who play behind Cal State Northridge All-American tailback Albert Fann found themselves in the spotlight Saturday, but they didn't blink. With Fann watching from the sideline on a sprained ankle, seniors Victor DeVaughn, Oscar Pittman and Jason Ferguson turned in career-best performances in a 25-24 loss to Cal State Long Beach. DeVaughn, who had gained just 125 yards all season, rushed for a career-high 121 yards in 13 carries.
November 22, 2002 |
The diners at a round table in the epicenter of Spago's roofless front courtyard emit a power buzz that surrounds them like a force field. An actor, an agent, two managers and a pair of European businessmen, they have gathered for an unusual sort of boys' night out. After dinner, they will not attend a sporting event together, or drop in at a strip club. Late into the evening, they will compare notes on their shared obsession with a particular brand of wristwatch.
December 12, 1989 |
Perestroika has hit Switzerland's once-moribund watch industry: a recently launched wristwatch has a hammer and sickle for hands and a red dial with Russian lettering. The perestroika model illustrates how sharp marketing with an eye for fashion have helped restore Swiss power in world watch markets. Swiss watchmakers are headed for their third straight year of record revenue, buoyed by the success of the plastic-case Swatch, a quartz-controlled timepiece in trendy designs.
February 14, 1990 |
For five centuries, the craft of watchmaking was what made life tick in the valley towns and hillside hamlets in the Jura Mountains of western Switzerland. In the 100-mile arc between Geneva and the Rhine River city of Basel, watchmaking was the economic mainspring and one of life's noblest callings. The whole wide world operated on Swiss time. Then came the battery-powered quartz watch revolution.
March 13, 2008 |
It can be tough for any small business to think outside the box, let alone about the box itself. That's how Simon Wolf's fifth-generation family business began in Germany 172 years ago. His great-great-grandfather, Philip Wolf, struggled as a silversmith until he realized that the presentation boxes he made for his metal work were what his customers really wanted. Now, West Los Angeles-based Wolf Designs is thriving at the edge of another market. The company is capitalizing on resurgent sales of expensive and complicated automatic watches that can cost more than a luxury car. But Simon Wolf isn't selling watches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1994 |
In a rash of thefts similar to those that plagued the Westside several years ago, about two dozen Rolex watches have been stolen--often at gunpoint--in West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley this fall, apparently after bandits spotted the expensive watches on motorists' wrists, police said Thursday.
August 10, 2006 |
I walked down the steps to the seaside restaurant looking for my old friend Issam. I didn't know what to expect. He'd been my driver, comrade and general dispenser of wisdom when I lived here as a foreign correspondent covering an earlier war. But I hadn't seen him in more than 20 years. Now I was back for the first time, chronicling Lebanon's latest trauma -- and looking around for snippets of my past.