EYES FOR BALENCIAGA: Winking at an eyewear launch, Balenciaga outfitted every model at its spring show in Paris this month in shades.

";It's what we call a zero collection," said designer Nicolas Ghesquière. ";Definitely, we will do eyewear in the future."

The three prototype styles, which come in three colors, will be sold to Balenciaga's boutiques and existing wholesale clients. Glasses retail from about 225 euros to 325 euros, or $282 to $407 at current exchange rates, said James McArthur, Balenciaga's chief executive officer, executive vice president and director of strategy and acquisition for Gucci Group.

Safilo, a key Gucci Group licensing partner, produced the prototypes, but no deal for Balenciaga eyewear has been signed, McArthur noted.

Reinforcing the hard futurism of Ghesquière's ready-to-wear for next season are a wraparound called Fly, a full-frontal style dubbed Mask and an Edition style reprised from the Seventies.

ARCHITECT OF TIME: Audemars Piguet is celebrating the unveiling of its Millenary collection at retail tonight with a party at its New York flagship, but the Swiss luxury watch firm is already looking ahead. François-Henry Bennahmias, Audemars' president in North America, said the firm was working with architect Richard Meier on a new watch aimed for a 2009 unveiling.

";We met with Richard a while ago and asked him, ‘Have you ever thought about designing a watch?'" Bennahmias said. ";Richard came back to us a week ago with a design. Funny enough, the design reminded us of a design we worked on of what a high-end watch would look like in 2020."

Working with an architect on a watch is a first for Audemars, which has collaborated on styles with celebrities Michelle Yeoh, Jay-Z and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Bennahmias added, however, that it's an ideal fit because the brand has a strong focus on design.

";The way you build a watch is how you build a house, because there are a lot of technical considerations, such as accommodating the movements, the balance of the case, the proportions of the hands and so on," Bennahmias said.

He said it's possible the Meier watch could be created for women and men. Meier is expected to host the event this evening.

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