Raymond Weil is another Swiss-made brand with comparatively accessible price points. The new model that caught our eye was the Nabucco Intenso (wrist-modeled below), with its rich blue dial and aperture at 11 0’clock that shows off the watch’s inner workings.
Frédérique Constant, which has established a reputation for wallet-friendly watches with in-house movements, introduced here at the show the latest iteration of its Classic Manufacture, the first one with a central seconds hand. There’s one with a steel case and one with a rose-gold-plated case (both below). The former costs $2,250 and the latter, $2,550. Good luck finding many other timepieces with a Swiss-made manufacture movement in that range! Frédérique Constant also gave us a sneak peek of a watch set to debut in the fall, with yet another in-house movement, this one a world-timer.
We also saw some pieces on the pricier end of the spectrum, including a Hublot limited edition that’s perfect for American patriots who happen to be watch collectors: it’s dial is an American flag, and if you look closely at it under a loupe, you’ll see that the red, white and blue flag pattern is actually made up of minuscule text from the U.S. Constitution. (The watch and a zoomed-in closeup are below.)
Girard-Perregaux, which unveiled the lion’s share of its 2012 models in January at the SIHH watch fair in Geneva, launched a new U.S.-only version of its ww.tc world-timer watch here in Vegas. It’s called the Dark Night and has a sharp-looking, predominantly black color scheme. It’s got a black PVD case and a comfortable rubber strap and costs $25,900. Girard-Perregaux U.S. president Michael Margolis said the idea was to do a watch that was “all-black but readable.” Here’s a peek.
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