Put the Cell Phone Away & Spring Forward With a New Watch
Mar 21, 2011 - by Amanda Gabriele
Although there was a wintry mix falling over the five New York boroughs this morning, yesterday was the official start of spring. Last week, our cell phones changed automatically, leaving us with one less hour of sleep but the joy of lingering daylight. I took the time to wind my watch ahead as well, a task that, for many young folks, is a lost art. But time pieces are back and better than ever, so why not spring ahead this season with a little wrist candy? I got the chance to see some of the very best watches from five acclaimed brands last week, and I guarantee you'll find two or three you can't live without.
BCBGMaxAzria BCBGMaxAzria is known for dressing the youthful, stylish and sometimes flashy woman. The same chic lady will love the brand's watches, which are both elegant and extremely wearable. If you have the attitude and confidence that lands you in BCBG threads, you'll love these timepieces as well.
From the VIP Glam collection, this rose gold plated watch features rhinestones, a mother of pearl face and white leather band. It's perfect for the girl who needs a little bling in her everyday life.
How ideal for spring! From the Icon Voyage collection, this adorable green watch with flower print and snakeskin textured band will brighten your day with every glance. The gold plated case adds a luxe touch to the delightful design.
If a watch isn't quite badass enough for you, this one will change your mind. From the Prism collection, gold and silver pyramid studs and a thick leather strap won't cramp your style.
Kenneth Cole If you have classic fashion sense but add an edgy, urban slant every now and then, Kenneth Cole has something for you. Its S/S 2011 watch collections use new technology and materials, turning the hands of the brand far into the future. If cosmopolitan chic is the vibe you're going for, you will love these watches.
Can't decide between a digital and analog watch? You don't have to! This double watch is way to cool for words, displaying both the gears behind the automatic display and an easy-to-read digital screen with hour, minute and second spots.
Taxi cabs have touch screens and so do our cell phones, so what not snag a watch with the same advanced technology? This rose gold and silicone watch is both sporty and opulent with time, date, stopwatch, alarm and 32 city world timer touch screen functions.
Deciding between a black and brown watch can be frustrating, so why not go for the underrated and elegant navy blue? One of my favorites from the collection, it features a rose gold plated round case, transparent dial and gorgeous blue crocodile leather strap.
Breil From one of the chicest Italian accessories brands comes the spring/summer 2011 watch collection. Breil captures the essence of today's stylish European customer with classic materials and the highest level of quality and Italian design tradition. If you're looking for a polished and chic time piece, this is the brand for you.
This automatic watch from the New Globe collection allows the wearer to see inside with an exposed-gear feature. A stainless steel case, mineral glass hands and genuine leather band makes it the perfect style for everyday wear.
The iconic Manta collection has some amazing new additions for spring, this blue bezel and stainless steel piece included. The timeless "diver" design is water resistant up to 10 ATM and features a safety lock. Utilitarian and sophisticated for the manly man.
Also from the Manta collection, this gorgeous women's watch features a pearly, white patent leather strap and Swarovski crystals. Contemporary and glamorous, even the most refined, classic Italian lady would adore this piece.
D&G The cool and contemporary side of Italian fashion comes through with these D&G watches. Young and fresh styles feature details like arcane logos, bright colors and tons of bling for accessories you won't want to go without.
Casual, fun and perfect for summer, this fuchsia watch from the Hoop-La collection features a comfortable silicone band. The silver D&G logo is partly hidden in the strap connector, creating an artistic and mysterious edge to this energetic piece.
I almost fell over on my face when I saw this watch from the Medicine Man collection, I adore it so much. With both tons of color and that edgy, stainless steel bracelet, it is a perfect time piece for men and women on any occasion.
Small and elegant with just enough flash, this watch has a silver dial with rhinestones and white leather strap. From the feminine Flock collection, a hidden D&G logo is included in the band hardware for a little added mystique.
Freestyle Thirty years after it became the go-to watch brand for surfers, Freestyle is branching out to fashion-forward, active individuals looking for performance timing accessories. Always supporting athletic independence and creative expression, these watches are waterproof up to 100 meters and perfect for those looking to equip themselves for spring/summer activities.
This most excellent watch from the Blush collection is a sporty breath of fresh air. The bright jelly color looks great both in and out of the water while an intricate face won't let you get too lost in a day of summer fun.
The Hammerhead XS collection was developed out of demand for dive-style watches made to fit tiny wrists, but this accessory can be worn for any casual occasion. The sea foam/stainless steel combination gives this classic style and fashion-forward edge.
I hope you have been getting into the watch trend as much as I have. Which of these spring styles is your favorite?