Pocket Editions

The pocket watch, one of Western society's oldest timekeepers, is enjoying a revival in popularity, spurred by today's fashions, style-setting music stars, and consumers' desire for "something different" in timepieces. Over the past couple of years, pocket watches "have had a big resurgence in sales and demand," notes Alan Grunwald, president of Belair Watches. Jack Carpenter, president of Tissot (U.S.) says today's non-wristwatch business is "all over the field, from young people to fathers." Tourneau, America's leading watch retailer, "now stocks more pocket watches in more varieties, styles, and price points than ever," in both its downtown Tourneau stores and in Watch Gear, its new chain of mall stores, says Tourneau vice president Anthony D'Ambrosio. While suppliers and retailers agree that pocket watches remain a small niche in the $40 billion watch market, there's "significant
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