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FrontRunners: Private Time

Watch connoisseurs who want to safeguard their collections more effectively might consider borrowing a trick from Mother Nature: camouflage. Boreas and Atlas, two steel safes made by Stockinger (www.stockinger.com), both have exterior wooden layers, with the Boreas resembling a chest and the Atlas a cabinet. The 28-inch-tall, 49-inch-wide Boreas ($105,000), which weighs about 880 pounds, can store as many as 176 timepieces, while the 47-by-49-inch, 1,100-pound Atlas ($130,000) can hold as many as 212. You can customize the exterior woods and the interior leather inlays, display pillows, trays, and other features. Stockinger plans to make only 88 examples of each safe.

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