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The A List: Watches

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Betsy Kroll

SAN FRANCISCO Boucheron’s pink Mec ($8,750) became available just this month, but clients at the Post Street boutique have been clamoring for it since July

LAS VEGAS High rollers splurge on Raymond Weil’s Shine ($3,995); one generous winner bought three to give to his wife, mother and a lucky friend

LOS ANGELES Women buy Panerai’s Luminor GMT ($5,000) for their husbands but end up keeping it for themselves

CHICAGO Practical Midwestern men can’t resist Movado’s Fiero ($2,095) once they discover its sleek metal band can’t be scratched

MEXICO CITY Popularized by television personality Rebeca de Alba, Bulgari’s sporty Diagono Aluminium Chrono ($3,200) has become a big hit

SANTIAGO Baume & Mercier’s Riviera ($2,895), with a rubber strap, is the new watch of choice for Chilean guys who traditionally prefer conservative steel bands

BUENOS AIRES In Argentina some businessmen give the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch ($12,900) to their colleagues after closing a big deal

MONTREAL Maybe it’s all that snow; TechnoMarine’s Ceramique ($3,200) comes in several colors, but Canadian women overwhelmingly choose white

NEW YORK CITY Ad campaigns featuring NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon have increased sales of TAG Heuer’s Carrera Automatic Chronograph ($2,295); it’s been on back order for months

HOUSTON Texan men appreciate the understated style of Blancpain’s GMT Anniversary Alarm ($24,600)

SAO PAULO Brazilian celebrities like photographer J.R. Duran and actor Reynaldo Gianecchini sport Tiffany & Co.’s simple Mark ($1,450)

LONDON At Breguet’s New Bond Street boutique, the Reine de Naples 8908 ($25,510)—the Queen of Naples—is a must-have for European princesses

GENEVA Vacheron Constantin created the ladies’ Malte Complication ($30,700) with a pink strap for its fashionista clients

ATHENS Chopard’s Mille Miglia GMT ($4,380) was created for the auto race of the same name. Greek collectors eagerly await the updated version every year

JOHANNESBURG Patek Philippe’s World Time ($40,000) helps globe-trotting South African customers keep track of the hour in all their favorite cities

PARIS Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Grand Automatique ($15,000) is a popular gift

BERLIN German women love the versatility of Piaget’s Miss Protocole ($19,200); it comes with interchangeable straps

SHANGHAI For Cartier’s Chinese clientele, the versatile and classic Tank Solo ($1,850) remains the most popular watch among men and women

RIYADH Big spenders have made Zenith’s lavish Grande Chronomaster XXT Tourbillon ($295,000), with 6.2 carats of diamonds, a top seller

SEOUL For the mathematically inclined, Breitling’s Navitimer ($5,170) has a “slide rule” function that can do multiplication and division

TOKYO Female entrepreneurs buy Bedat & Co.’s men’s No 8 watch ($4,650) for luck; the numeral 8 symbolizes a good future in Japan

SYDNEY In Australia, where an active lifestyle is the norm, Omega’s durable Seamaster Planet Ocean ($4,800) has earned fans like Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe

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