SWATCH ARTIST: Swatch unveiled yet another artist-created watch on April 16, this time at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Prominent Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro created this new item, a limited edition Swatch Irony watch called the Rotor. Only 700 of the watches will be made.
Pomodoro created this watch from sandblasted stainless steel, with a relief-style surface design, which is in keeping with his other work.
The watch is engraved around the face with the name Rotor three times.
Watches will be on view in Swatch stores and in other select retail locations from April 24 through April 30. Due to the limited nature of the $500 retail watches, they will be sold on May 3 through a lottery system.
SUNGLASS DEAL: Jewelry and accessories maker Barry Kieselstein-Cord has added sunglasses to his roster of products. A collection of nine styles made its debut last month for U.S. specialty store and optical shop distribution this fall.
Fans of Kieselstein-Cord’s signature jewelry motifs such as moons and alligators will recognize them as temple trimmings for many of the titanium metal or zyle plastic frames. The accents are in 18-karat goldplate or sterling silver. The collection retails from $295 to $550.
An ophthalmic line will bow in September at the fall edition of Vision Expo, according to Larry Sands, chief executive officer of Optical Shop of Aspen, which produces the line.
OSA also manufactures and distributes sunglasses and optical eyewear for Matsuda and Martine Sitbon.
QVC GETS ARTE D’ORO: TV home shopping channel QVC introduced the Arte d’Oro Italian gold jewelry line on an April 7 program.
The collection includes 18-karat necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings with retail price points ranging from $600 to $3,000.
The line is sold in the U.S. only through QVC. A QVC spokesman reported that the entire line of Arte d’Oro sold out during the introduction program, causing the show to end 20 minutes early. Sales totaled $800,000 for the show.