MORRIS TIME: Now that a number of jewelry makers, from Henry Dunay to Carolee, have their own watches, Robert Lee Morris has also decided to get with the times.
Morris is doing his first watch in a joint venture with Swiss Watch Corp. It will debut later this month, showing up in the Council of Fashion Designers of America accessories designers' exhibit during the 7th on Sixth spring collections in New York, Oct. 29-Nov. 4, which is also accessories market week.
Available in sterling silver or vermeil, with a black leather strap, the watch features Morris's signature soft and fluid lines and a concave face.
Swiss Watch will promote and distribute the watch to jewelers, and Morris will handle department and specialty stores. The retail price will be about $600.
Swiss Watch also produces watches in a joint venture with jewelry designer John Hardy, as well as a licensed Christian Dior line and its own Alfex brand.

MOVADO LENDS A HAND: Watchmaker Movado has launched a new timepiece designed to raise money for several children's charities.
The Children of the World watch will be sold this fall in a limited-edition series of 1,000 pieces. The price tag per watch will be $1,000, and 100 percent of the amount grossed--ideally, $1 million--will go into the company's Movado Children's Foundation. The main recipients of the funds will be the St. Jude Children's Hospital and UNICEF.
Distribution of the watch will be handled strictly via direct mail and mail order, according to a Movado spokeswoman. Advertisements with clip-out order coupons will appear in about a dozen national monthly publications in October and November.
The watch itself is a colorful, plastic model designed by Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto. In addition to being Movado's first "worthy cause" product, it is also the newest edition in the firm's Artists' Series. Since 1988, Movado has put out watches designed by Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist and several others for this series.

BULGARI SALUTES THE ARTS: Bulgari did its part for the arts last Wednesday when it gave a cocktail party for the Whitney Museum Gala's benefit committee at its New York store.
The event, which drew 150, marked the first time that the Italian jeweler has hosted this warmup to the Whitney Museum Gala, the annual fund-raiser, which will take place on Oct. 24 at the museum.
"We consider art to be one of the most important aspects of life as we know it," said Nicola Bulgari, vice chairman of the Bulgari group, who is an avid collector of modern art.
"When we chose to work with Bulgari, we were really thinking of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who loved art and beauty and quality," said Jamie Gregory, who is chairing the gala with Robert Wooley. The gala itself will honor the life and style of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who founded the museum.

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