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Bijoux Terner


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I am not afraid to add cheap watches to my collection, but there are some brands that I have avoided, mainly because to collect all these brands would be to make my collection unwieldy and huge. In fact, it is big enough already, with watches of all sorts - mainly inexpensive - and one of my sources of watches is, of course, charity shops.

Usually, charity shop watches are of the cheap variety when they were new, but that does not mean they are all rubbish. I have had a few good buys from charity shops along with soaking up some of the nicer cheap watches, and in connection with the latter, I have now called a near halt to the purchase of any more very cheap brands unless the watch in question is interesting is nice enough to add to my collection.

One of the most frequent brands seen in charity shops is the subject of this topic, Bijoux Terner, and although I have basically stopped purchasing examples of these watches, I cannot help myself when a nice example turns up for peanuts. In general, you will find Bijoux Terner watches for sale are ladies'/women's watches and this is true of most of the cheaper brands of wrist watch found in charity shops, although reasonable men's watches do turn up produced by the cheapest brands. One of the cheapest brands, and one which is very frequently found pre-used in charity shops, is "Bijoux Terner", and it is this company which I write about here.

Bijoux Terner is not a newcomer to the fashion accessory business, having been founded in 1974, in Miami, FL, with roots that go back a decade before in Cuba. This pedigree does actually reveal itself in the competency of some of it's very inexpensive watches. Salomon Terner (affectionately known as "Moni") left his native Cuba for the States in 1960, having been a manufacturer of handbags and president of the National Association for Handbag Manufacturers. Once in the USA, Moni started a new handbag venture and from small beginnings, he became an important figure in handbag production, especially in the Airline flight attendants business. In fact, two of his bags are on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.,

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In 1974, Moni started a new, related, business in the accessories line, as a jeweller. From selling jewellery, the company soon started to design jewellery and sell it at wholesale prices out of shopping malls and merchandise marts. With this new line coming on stream, Moni's daughter, Rosa, entered the family business and with the two of them at the helm of the business, Bijoux Terner continued to expand.

In 1997, Moni and his daughter had a clever idea for the time - trying it out on a poorly performing airline kiosk at Miami International Airport. Instead of pricing items differently, they priced everything at $10 each, and almost instantly sold out. This gave Bijoux Terner the turning point for a jump in expansion and the company now opened boutiques in airports, on cruise ships, casinos and resorts all around the world such that in less than a decade, Bijoux Terner had 400 outlets in 25 countries.

Ultimately, as is so often the case, Bijoux Terner, at a high point of success, was sold to a Bahrain-based private equity company called Arcapita in 2006, for $90. Progress, however, continued and the product range offered by the company expanded enormously. Not only were there bags and jewellery, but the firm now also sold, pashminas, scarves, wallets, travel pillows,chargers for electronics and colourful headphones. Indeed, Bijoux Terner may have somewhat modified it's clever one-price-meets-all philosophy, but the company is now 15 to 20 times the size it was when that philosophy was introduced, and it has an in-house design team making sure it's products keep up with fashion trends.

Arcapita are still the owners of Bijoux terner and the company is still Private, providing a stability which is reflected in the large number and the great variety of their watches seen for sale in charity shops. The current CEO is Gabriel Bottazzi and the company's HQ is still in Miami. There is a company website, and it also has a presence on facebook.

As a final note, I should just mention the watches specifically, which may have started in production prior to the Bahrain takeover - if they were considered as "jewellery" by the company. They do vary a bit in terms of quality, but the best of them have fooled one or two dealers into placing a higher than appropriate price on them. No doubt they are made in East Asia to the designs of the Bijoux Terner team, and they all have Japanese quartz movements. These are cheap and cheerful pieces and not meant to be taken too seriously - I just find them fun and actually I think I have changed my mind and will add a few more of the better examples to my collection. The watches are marked "TERNER" on the face and "BIJOUX TERNER" on the caseback, which also tells you that the watch has a Japanese movement, albeit a cheap one.

PLEASE NOTE: I had a few Bijoux Terner watches all ready to upload to Photoimage and then put them on this topic. A bug or something I am doing wrong has prevented me from doing this and I am most disappointed :wallbash: . Interestingly, I bought these watches within the last few months, which shows how frequently these watches turn up, and I took the pics with my new panasonic Lumix 16 megapixel camera. I am just wondering if the pictures each have more than the 5 megapixel limit imposed by photoimage, but then my older 16 megapixel Lumix camera worked perfectly well with Photoimage. Any suggestions??.

Anyway, I hope you have found this topic of interest even without pictures, and I wish all Forum members a happy New Year. :)

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A selection of Bijoux Terner watches for you to enjoy - not mine, I'm afraid but courtesy of "asiandragoninternational.yolasite.com":

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Finally, a note of thanks to BondandBigM. I am using the Windows 7 library system and Photoimage.org. It does seem that if I am to use my new camera, I will need to find an application that will reduce the number of pixels in the images, I will therefore look into trying photobucket again. :)

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Just as an asides there is a facility in photobucket that you can turn on to automatically resize the pics you upload. I think it is in the "tools" dropdown menu

Imgur (which I started using due to Tapatalk integration) offers link code that provides different true image sizes, so you can share the pic on one site @640p, another site @1024p.
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Hurrah, I have discovered that my camera has an application of its own which limits the picture to 5 megapixels. I have also just bought an old 5 megapixel hp E317 camera in a charity shop which has 5 megapixels as standard. If this is as good as Kristina's similar hp camera then it should be able to take very good pics.

Thanks for your suggestions to those who replied.

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So I am the third TWF owner of the Big Yellow Terner, as a result of winning the @Davey P "guess my next watch" competition. I was looking to see what I could find out about the brand and immediately saw @Always"watching" had already covered it. The other references I found were on a cruise ship forum, where several contributors bought Terner watches from the souvenir shops. 

TBH I think it's a bit big on my wrist. :laugh:

Terner

and of course the Sii movement is tiny by comparison.

Terner SII movement

 

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Well, Norman @spinynorman, here we both are again on the Bijoux Terner thread headed by my topic on the subject, with me about to take over ownership of the Terner "Big Yellow" from you. This watch has a life of its own.:laugh:

The above topic was clearly one of the first of my Forum topics; I only rediscovered it today when I started research to write a topic about, you've guessed it, Bijoux Terner.

I look forward to receiving the watch from you and its magic survival will continue in my hands.:biggrin:

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2 hours ago, Always"watching" said:

Well, Norman @spinynorman, here we both are again on the Bijoux Terner thread headed by my topic on the subject, with me about to take over ownership of the Terner "Big Yellow" from you. This watch has a life of its own.:laugh:

The above topic was clearly one of the first of my Forum topics; I only rediscovered it today when I started research to write a topic about, you've guessed it, Bijoux Terner.

I look forward to receiving the watch from you and its magic survival will continue in my hands.:biggrin:

It must be annoying when the only source you can find on a brand is an article you'd forgotten you wrote. :tongue:

I'll try to get the watch in the post tomorrow.

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