Product Review - March


The generation of workers that proudly wore the sort of years-of-service pins that companies ordered by the gross has either retired or is about to. That’s not to say that younger workers aren’t proud of their companies and the things they achieve on the job. It’s just that they feel grown up and they’d like their recognition or rewards to reflect as much.

High-end jewelry, watches or other fashion or household luxury goods are appreciated more now than ever before, says Julie Brusen, a team leader in the Recognition Services Division at BI, a Minneapolis-based performance improvement company. A big part of Brusen’s job is to handpick merchandise
to use in clients’ incentive programs. She says she has used luxury items with great success in programs for both highly compensated professionals and employees who received an hourly wage plus commission.

The thing about luxury, adds Brusen, is no matter where a person’s interests lie — sports, fashion, electronics…even gardening or home projects —  there is a Cadillac brand they would work hard to earn. We’ve assembled a few of those brands here.  


Kors chronograph

For those high performers who want a watch that’s as fashionable as it is functional, the Michael Kors Drake Chronograph features a black stainless steel case and lugged bezel with numeric detail. The black chronograph dial has blue time stops and accents. Additional features include a stop-watch function and date window. Beautifully complemented by a 24mm blue silicone bracelet with deployant buckle. Water-resistant up to 10 meters. For more information, contact Fossil at


Uniquely stylish

Sterling silver LAGOS caviar can become an obsession. These tiny, sterling silver orbs merge and nestle against one another in the most fetching way. This striking silver bracelet makes a striking addition to any wrist and merges well with an established jewelry wardrobe. It’s ideal for a high performer who wants to treat a spouse or girlfriend — or themselves. Highly polished bands of sterling silver are evenly placed along the caviar body of the bracelet for textural interest and radiant shine. Subtly patterned into the bracelet’s double button clasp are two symmetrical hearts. Since its founding in Known worldwide for luxurious creations in sterling silver, these pieces incorporate the best of contemporary fashion trends with expert craftsmanship. For more details, call TCMPi at 401-336-3000 or e-mail


Top-selling stemware

Synonymous with luxury and good living, the Waterford Crystal Lismore pattern has been the top-selling crystal stemware pattern for more than 60 years. This heritage, along with continuous innovation and rejuvenation, is what makes Lismore a leader in self-purchase and fine gifting. The Lismore Anniversary Deluxe Cocktail glass set includes brilliantly jewel toned cased stems in Ruby, Emerald, Cobalt and Amethyst. This limited quantity multi-colored set of four includes special 60th Anniversary deluxe commemorative gift packaging. The set is also available as cased colored Lismore Goblets. For more information, contact WWRD US Special Markets Department at 800-933-3370.

Bulova Accutron

Swiss made with the renowned ETA 7750 Valjoux movement, this classic automatic chronograph from the Bulova Accutron Gemini Collection (style 64C104), in stainless steel with rose-gold finish, includes an exhibition caseback, domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal and leather strap. For more information, contact Bulova Special Markets at 800-228-5682.


Bose® CineMate® 1 SR system

Your reward recipients will enjoy spacious home theater performance from one visible speaker and a wireless Acoustimass® module. And whether you place this soundbar on a table or wall-mount it, Flexmount™ automatic placement compensation technology lets you experience room-filling sound. ADAPTiQ® audio calibration system customizes the sound to fit your room. Universal remote control simplifies operation of HDTV and attached sources, such as a Blu-ray Disc™ player or cable/satellite box. For more information, call 888-862-9283 or visit


Treat them to travel

The Ritz-Carlton Incentive Awards are the perfect way to motivate and inspire employees. Rewarding them with travel is both a powerful incentive to drive performance and an ideal way for them to create memorable experiences every bit as exceptional as they are. Available at various price and destination levels. Memories start with their desired worldwide destination, opening up a world of possibilities. For more information, call 800-215-2085.


Alex and Ani bracelet

The Tree of Life symbol represents longevity of life, strength, love and hope. The Tree of Life bangle is an acknowledgement to The Corporate Marketplace’s ability and commitment to nurture, love and preserve the beauty of the earth. Each Tree of Life charm is adorned to a single expandable wire bangle. Designed to wear alone or to layer for a customized look, Alex and Ani’s patented expandable wire bangle is the most innovative concept in jewelry, allowing the wearer, with the slide of a hand, to adjust the bangle for a perfect fit. Participate in helping to plant more trees in the African rainforest. Alex and Ani bracelets are made from recycled materials and made entirely in the United States. For more details, call TCMPi at 401‑336‑3000 or e-mail


Diamond performance

One hundred glittering diamonds encircle this elegant Michele Serein timepiece. Roman numerals and the signature MICHELE logo grace the white glossy chronograph dial. The stainless steel bracelet is interchangeable with any 18mm MICHELE strap. Features Swiss movement and is water-resistant to 5 meters. For more information, contact Fossil at

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