November 23, 1987 |
Judy Reichel hunts for new ideas in high-style magazines such as Elle, Vogue and Interview. A Parisian fashion forecasting firm supplies her with reports about coming color and style trends. And she traveled to California to find out what's in with young surfers. Reichel is not in the business of designing clothes. She designs watches; Timex watches to be precise.
November 30, 1990 |
Most people's idea of a fun watch is a Swatch, something made of only the finest plastic that costs about $40. "This is our fun watch--if there is such a thing," explains Holli Perone, director of fine watches for Chanel in the United States. She is pointing to an 18-karat, gold-plated watch with a chain and leather strap that costs $1,250. It's the lowest-priced piece in the entire Chanel watch collection.
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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.
May 8, 1995 |
It can be the ultimate status symbol: a finely crafted instrument, handsome and expensive. It is jewelry that almost any man is comfortable wearing. And, if you're about to spend several hundred dollars for a quality wristwatch, you may want to stop for a second and think again. Investing just a few times that much will not only buy a beautiful timepiece, but yield one that is much more likely to retain its value over time--pardon the expression.
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.
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.