CRYSTAL MOMENT: Swarovski is telling time. The Austrian crystal brand is launching a watch collection in April at Switzerland’s Baselworld, hitting stores for spring. The centerpiece of the line is the Octea Sport, a stainless steel sporty style with a quartz calibre movement. Each piece features crystal facets and accents for which the brand is known.

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“This collection is aimed at the multifaceted woman,” said Swarovski creative director Nathalie Colin. “It is inspired by life, by day, by night, by each moment lived by this independent and modern, fashion-conscious woman.”

The timepieces will retail for about $750 at Swarovski’s 200 doors nationwide and select watch retailers.

LAMBERTSON ONLINE: Lambertson Truex is launching its first e-commerce site, lambertsontruex.com. The site will feature men’s and women’s accessories collections, as well as showcase the season’s bestsellers and limited edition styles.

“The online boutique was a natural next step for the brand,” said John Truex, co-founder and co-creative director. “The site has beautiful, rich visuals of the products and is easy to navigate.”

Among fall bags featured on the site is the Large Mia, an oversize leopard print tote, and the Barclay Business Brief, a leather men’s bag.

FORWARD MARCH: Howard R. Levitt, president and chief executive officer of Tourneau, will receive the United Service Organizations’ Distinguished Service Award tonight at the USO of Metropolitan New York’s 47th annual Armed Forces Gala & Gold Medal Dinner at Cipriani in Manhattan.

Gen. David H. Petraeus, commanding general of U.S. Central Command, also will receive the award that is given annually to individuals who demonstrate leadership and distinction in their service to the U.S. and the support of U.S. troops. Past award winners include Bob Hope, William Randolph Hearst and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Declaring he was “deeply honored,” Levitt said: “Tourneau was one of the first brands to partner with the War Veterans Watchmaker Initiative of the American Watch Guild.We hope to repay some of the sacrifice and service of returning war veterans by giving them an opportunity to apprentice under our experienced watch technicians.”