CALVIN Klein's worldwide domination continues. Later this year, the American designer will begin putting out his own line of watches, the style of which are being kept under wraps. The collections - pricey limited editions or a little number for the more 'fashion-forward' customer - will be made by Switzerland's SMH, producers of watches for Swatch, Omega and Longines. The folks at Calvin Klein are also making a big deal out of their raids on factories in China and Hong Kong where fake Klein jeans are produced. About 7,000 bogus leather labels and buttons were found in factories in Guangdong province, as well as thousands of bootleg jeans - so at least the producers can't be faulted for being behind the times. Warnings have also been issued to hawkers in Stanley and Mongkok who often peddle Klein fakes. The company is so intent on shaking up counterfeiters that it has filmed videos of Hong Kong raids to deter prospective fakers. The Asian branch of Calvin Klein has retained law firm Baker & McKenzie to implement stiff penalties. The message to would-be and current counterfeiters is this: don't even try it. Gilt trip Cartier launches a jewellery collection at the Grand Hyatt hotel on March 8. In town for the presentation will be the woman who put Cartier panthers on the jewellery map, Micheline Kanoui. There are some serious New Age-y elements in this new 'La Creation' range which is supposed to encompass themes about heaven and earth and other such cosmic stuff. To the untutored, however, they are just more glitzy, expensive baubles. time warp Jaquet-Droz, a Swiss company which makes watches and other things 'horological', has created something called a 'Writer Automaton' - a 48-cm high robot-like model of a writer dressed in Louis XV gear that, at the turn of a key, can churn out the words 'I love you' nine times. Why anybody would want one of these is unimaginable. But if you do, pick it up for a mere $3.5 million. For that, the makers will even change the message for you. bad apples RECIPIENTS of the recent Golden Apple Awards - women chosen because they are accomplished, stylish, active - were apparently so busy being all those things that only four out of 10 showed up on the night to get their awards. Without doubt, the others had perfectly valid reasons for not being there - the Lunar New Year was one, while another called up on the afternoon of the event to say she couldn't get an appointment with her hair-stylist. Still, the folks at Eve magazine, which organised the event, are undeterred: there was enough positive feedback in the Chinese papers to convince the publication to organise the event again for next year. 'It will only get better,' promised an Eve insider. top tip HIP American designer Mark Eisen is apparently being courted to take over as Salvatore Ferragamo's creative director from the recently-departmented Steven Slovik. If it happens, that would make Eisen yet another in the growing breed of young turks assuming design control at venerable fashion houses. fun fare SYDNEY is becoming an increasingly hot ticket on the international fashion scene. In town recently to convince retailers and the fashion media to visit Sydney's second annual fashion week this May was Karyn Westren, marketing manager for the organising board, Australian Fashion Innovators. Definite pluses are fresh ideas, new labels - and a fleet of chauffeur-driven cars at visitors' disposal (the event is sponsored by Mercedes Benz). Westren promised a fun, relaxed atmosphere during catwalk shows and at the nightly parties, which should make a pleasant change from the cliquey, black-clad-and-sunglass-wearing fashion victims who are permanent fixtures on the London-Milan-Paris circuit. Westren had a pretty pleasant visit herself, and was privileged to experience some rare Hong Kong niceness: she jumped into a taxi at the Furama headed for the Mandarin, not knowing she was barely a stone's throw away. Not only did the taxi driver not swear, but he took her and refused to accept any money for the short ride.