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Watch Trends


Despite all the diamonds, precious metals, and fancy complications that embellish the 2007 crop of fine timepieces, sometimes a small detail makes all the difference. Such is the case with the tiny screws that are often used to fasten together watch cases. The screws, which sometimes have a “blue steel” appearance, are now being used as signatures of watch styles. For instance, the screw is an iconic motif for Cartier’s “Love” bracelet and Audemars Piguet’s “Royal Oak.” Far from being considered hardware, these screws are now adornments, marks of precision manufacturing. — Jeff Prine


steel watch with dual time zone

Ritmo Mundo’s “Persepolis” steel watch with dual time zone and black PVD screw details on the bezel—this bezel that is. The entire case swivels and reverses to face with two more subdials, (310) 246-3959.

watch with colored numerals

Charriol’s “The Force” watch with colored numerals, snakeskin strap, and blue steel screws on the steel bezel, (800) 872-2567.

bracelet with the new Love 18k gold watch with diamonds

Cartier follows up its successful “Love” bracelet with the new Love 18k gold watch with diamonds and screws in the bezel, (800) CARTIER.

Bulova chronograph with screw details

Caravelle by Bulova’s collection includes this chronograph with screw details, (800) A-BULOVA.

rubber and steel automatic chronograph with 44mm case

Concord’s new “C1,” a rubber and steel automatic chronograph with 44mm case and screws in the bezel, (201) 267-8000.

diver watch with oversized double bezel in satin-finished steel and brushed titanium

Baume & Mercier’s “Riviera XXL Magnum” diver watch with oversized double bezel in satin-finished steel and brushed titanium, reinforced with four black PVD screws, (800) MERCIER.