What’s New/Watches

Baume & Mercier’s Cape Land will be exclusively distributed at Torneau until a spring 1999 rollout in Baume & Mercier authorized dealers nationwide. Designed for men who value understated elegance, Cape Land showcases a large, round case with a profile enhanced by a curved sapphire crystal. It also has unique, egg-shaped subdials on the automatic version and slightly beveled rectangular push pieces for the chronograph version. Cape Land retails from $1,190 for a quartz strap model to $2,350 for a steel chronograph. Baume & Mercier, 663 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10022; (212) 593-0444.

Hamiltons new Khaki Collection is fit for action with improved performance features like sapphire crystals, 50-meter water resistance, and crown protection. The affordable collection includes this sporty quartz chronograph in stainless steel with date window, black dial, and second hand at six o’clock. The bracelet features a combination of steel and synthetic material matching the case and dial. It retails from $325 on strap to $450 on bracelet. Hamilton Watch Co., 1200 Harbor Blvd., Weehawken, NJ 07087; (201) 271-1400.

Michel Herbelin’s leading model is revisited in this new polished steel version of the Newport chronometer. It features a stopwatch to 1/10th of a second with accumulator for seconds and minutes in women’s models and seconds, minutes, and hours in men’s models. With split and add functions, this new Newport has elegant colorful dials, water resistance to 50 meters, screw-down-crown, Swiss quartz movement, and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Bracelets retail for $1,100; straps retail for $695. Michel Herbelin, 1000 Lincoln Rd., Suite 210, Miami Beach, FL 33139; (800) 725-7047.