If watches top your buying list, we’ve made it easy for you to browse the selections offered in JCK, LUXURY and Swiss Watch. You’ ll find pavilions, like Clockwork, that are dedicated to your timepiece needs, but don’t look past the other unique designers on the show floor as many of them hold a watch collection of their own. You’ll find plenty of options in a wide range of prices, styles, and materials in everything from diamonds, gold, and gemstones to leather, rubber, and even wood. Here’s a brief preview of three hot trends in the watch category.
More is More
Are your customers big on bling when it comes to timepieces? If so, they’re in luck! Designers are offering a dazzling array of gold, over-the-top watch designs this go-round. Grand Time has a Special Edition Crowne watch in 18k gold encrusted all over with .5-carat diamonds, while Versace’s Versus line will show the Kirstenhof watch, a gold-plated showstopper featuring the label’s famous medusa heads. Meanwhile, Movado ups the “wow” factor with a gold watch that has a modern design and bold metals to reflect the new sophistication of time.
Retro & Vintage
Call it past perfect: Vintage and retro-style watches are making a comeback. Retailers and customers alike—anyone who’s nostalgic for their first digital watch—will be pining for Casio’s Vintage collection watch in gold with the classic digital face. The Visconti ROMA 60’s collection intends to celebrate the years of contemporary Italian cinema and the burst of celebrity culture, with a timeless, fascinating watch. The economic boom helped to encourage new fashions, fun and rejection of the rules. Traditional styles will also be on hand as evidenced by Citizen’s Tsuno Chrono Racer watch, classic in feel and made from stainless steel.
For the past several years, leather, wood, and other materials from Mother Nature’s workshop have made their way into the watch world. Keep an eye out for Calvin Klein’s Rebel watch, which sports a modern, minimalist look with a blue leather band. Finally, the Tense Unisex Watch combines leather and wood to great effect. It features a square face with rounded corners, numbers in a retro font, and a brown leather band.