By Allison Pavlick
Yes, cell phones have in many cases taken over watches as our go-to time keeping device. But JB Hudson’s annual watch event is proof that the tried-and-true accessories are far from an antiquated accessory. The local retailer stocks more than 1,000 top-notch watches from brands such as Cartier, Chanel, and Baume & Mercier. I headed to the store’s Ridgedale location to get the scoop on the mega sale.
Cutting-edge styles and contemporary designs reign supreme within the store’s crystal clear cases. A few big designs for 2012? Sales associate Shawn Mckenny lists sport-dive watches and conservative styles on leather straps. Some bestselling brands include Breitling, Omega, and Cartier. And the glossy names have glossy savings to match: receive 20 percent off with cash payments, and 17 percent off with credit card payments.
For those wracking their brain for gift ideas for grads, a watch is a favorable alternative to college tumblers and Target gift-cards. Mckenny suggests an entry-level Tag Heuer. And for those who like to plan ahead, Omega is a go-to line for Father’s Day gifts.
The jeweler also offers repair services (Mckenny recommends dropping by every five years) to ensure the time-telling gadgets stay at arm’s length for years–a luxury to consider next time you reach for your cell phone.
The event runs through June 16. 901 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 55402, 612-338-5950; Ridgedale Mall, Minnetonka, 55305, 952-591-0737