Seems to be a busy day for the world of timepieces, with new and improved styles inspired by alligators, the Olympics, isotopes and of course, the Seventies.
Carbon 14, a moderately priced line of sport watches, is named for the isotope used in carbon dating. The rugged watches will drop this month under a rad spokesman: the Bahamian snowboarder Korath Wright.
Come January, as the 2010 Winter Olympics draws near, the games' official timekeeper will launch the $3,800 Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Vancouver 2010 Limited Edition. Sporting red aluminum and white lacquered accents in homage to Canada's flag, the case is engraved with the official symbol of the Olympic Games, as well as the figure of Ilaanak, which means "friend" in the native Canadian language of the Inuktitut.
Designer Barry Kieselstein-Cord immortalizes his beloved childhood pet, Herbert the alligator, with a new line of timepieces depicting a reclining reptile in three sizes and going for between $3,750 for stainless steel and $45,000 for a solid gold stunner. If you're recession-proof, head to Bergdorf's, where the watches went on sale last week.
Disco, apparently, isn't dead for Movado. The watchmaker just revealed a 2009 model inspired by and updated from the 1970 Movado Series 800 Datron Chronograph. At once classic and vaguely retro, it's hard to believe the watch was borrowed from a design nearly 40 years old.