Like the caviar that bears its name, Ebel's redesigned Beluga watch epitomizes luxury.The timepiece, which is a signature style of the 97-year-old Ebel brand, is an updated, extravagant version of its former self, featuring a larger face, integrated crown and refined bracelet link.The team behind Ebel, which Movado Group Inc. bought in 2003, felt the piece was due for a facelift.
"Beluga remains one of the most recognized pillars of our collection," said Steve Cohen, Ebel's president of the Americas. "And we thought it was time for an update. Over the last several years, we've seen a trend toward larger watches and diamonds, and while diamonds used to be perceived on 'evening only' watches, it's now an everyday accessory in a woman's wardrobe."Introduced in 1985, the Beluga watch always has been about the bling. It was one of the first timepieces on the market to fuse steel and diamonds. Ebel made sure that the DNA of the watch has not been lost in its redesign. It maintains its iconic design by combining such materials.The updated Beluga will launch at Baselworld and hits international doors in the spring. The price range has risen slightly, now selling for $5,950 to $19,900, up about $150 from last year's models. Where Ebel had produced a plain bezel style in seasons past, the new watches all feature diamonds.At the heart of the collection is the Beluga Caviar, made entirely of white and black diamonds with an onyx-studded dial and stingray strap. Only 10 pieces will be sold worldwide at about $58,000.With its luxurious look and use of precious materials, the Ebel brand is establishing itself as a luxury player."We are elevating Ebel into the global marketplace of luxury brands," Cohen said. "And women love diamonds. No one is afraid to wear a steel-and-diamond watch with jeans anymore."
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