Industry News – JA New York Announces New Dates for Winter 2003 Show

The JA New York watch and jewelry show, which starts January 26, is the only US watch and jewelry show between now and Basel. It is presented by National Jeweler and sponsored by Jewelers of America, the nation’s largest retail jewelry organization with more than 10,000 members.

Most of the exhibitors will have new products to show, and previews will be given as to what will be coming out of Basel in April.

Festina USA will be pushing a new gold collection which the company introduced in 2002 and plans to roll out to more independent retailers in 2003.

Gold is also one of the highlights for Jean Marcel, as well as complications. “I believe that you will see the return of yellow and rose gold, because men and women are going in that direction as a fashion statement,” said Rick Kalina, president, Jean Marcel.

Eyal Lalo, president, Invicta, will be showing classic, retro designs, including two new styles in the 1948 collection. In addition, Invicta will be introducing the new Cube, a quartz chronograph complication on a strap with a new design.

At Lancaster Time, big watches are in. This Italian brand is available at Bloomingdales, Saks, Burdines, Nieman Marcus and other high-end retailers.

Chase-Durer will be showing two watches, the men’s Typhoon and the ladies’ Etudes.

Drew Lawsky, show director for JA New York, said, “We’re looking forward to a brand new year for the jewelry business in 2003. We’re bringing back unique and successful features that JA New York introduced last year such as the “Best of Italy” preview and the “Red Carpet Jewelry Tour.

International exhibitors from Italy, Turkey, Germany, Myanmar, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Brazil will be returning to the show as well.