FAMED AS THE makers of exquisitely jewelled eggs for the imperial tsars, the name of Faberge virtually vanished into the annals of history following the October Revolution in 1917. That is the way it would have remained forever had it not been for German fine jeweller Victor Mayer. Since 1989, the company has been reviving the legendary artisan's legacy, producing jewellery and objets d'art to rival the breathtaking artistry of the original. The company officially launched the first collection of Faberge watches in nearly 90 years at BaselWorld this year. Inspired by early Faberge watches, the company's three lines of subtly elegant timepieces show off its technical skills to the full, particularly the Faberge speciality: fine enamel work. Named after Peter Carl Faberge's younger brother, the Agathon range of men's watches are a tribute to the lesser-known Faberge, whose designs brought the jeweller much of its late 19th-century glory. The substantial round dials - finished in beautifully guillocheed cream or deep-blue enamel - have been left simply decorated with large, clearly legible numerals and, on one piece, a date indicator at the 3o'clock position. A sapphire cabochon adds just a hint of extravagance to the crown. The five watches in Anastasia, the ladies' collection, evoke a wondrous sense of glamour and sophistication - befitting the youngest daughter of the last tsar, Nikolas II. The clean oval-cased watch is being produced in five different versions, beginning with a fairly understated piece in white gold with diamond bezel on a plain leather strap, up to a much showier piece which has a dial covered with pave diamonds, an enamelled bezel and a yellow gold bracelet with egg-shaped links. The brand also launched a more exclusive men's watch, the Caree. This art deco-inspired rectangular watch uses a hand-wound movement. The watch collections were soft-launched in some markets last year, but this year will see them introduced in all Faberge outlets. The Hong Kong launch is scheduled for next month. The first 25 pieces completed in each range will be released as numbered limited editions. Faberge's Asia representative Daniel Mohr - great-grandson of Victor Mayer - said the principal markets for the watches were likely to be Russia and Asia, especially Japan and Malaysia. He said the watches would have the same allure as the brand's other products.