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Black & Blue: Five Sleek And Simple Summer Watches For Men

Originally Posted: April 08, 2011

Thomas McKee

Omega Hour Vision Blue (London Jewelers, 2 Main Street, East Hampton, 631-329-3939.Price Available Upon Request), Burberry Chronograph with Rubber Strap (Saks Fifth Avenue, 877-551-7257. Price: $495), and Breguet Marine (London Jewelers, 2 Main Street, East Hampton, 631-329-3939. Price Available Upon Request) all strike the balance between classic and modern. (Courtesy Images)

Southampton - The summer season approaches fast, and now more than ever is the time to turn off the iPad, take a deep look into your reflection on the screen, and be honest with yourself about the current state of your man-flair happening just south of those silk-knotted cuff links.

Michael Kors Stainless Steel/Silicone Chronograph (Michael Kors Boutique, 48 Main Street, East Hampton, 631-329-0149. Price: $180.) and Calibre de Cartier Multi Time Zone (Cartier Boutique at Americana Manhasset, 2040 Northern Boulevard, Manhassett, 516-627-3200. Price Available Upon Request.)

You might pride yourself on your technological prowess, but the last time you bought a watch, you salivated over the omnipresent tourbillons, sweeping seconds, and power reserves like an unwanted guest at a bilingual dinner party. And when you tried to test that timepiece's 300-meter helium-safe water resistancy, you practically drowned in your scuba gear, with nothing but a hefty instruction manual to console you. Let's face it - you're no Jacques Cousteau. You have no need to know the position of the moon and the current levels of the tide from the confines of your corporate cubicle.

The 2011 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva has come and passed, and this season, the most elite watchmakers in the timekeeper's marketplace are sacrificing technological complexity for traditional aesthetics and sportier styles that make for a new wave of contemporary heirlooms. Blue and black is the modern classic of the season, so it's time to retire that oversized micro-generator display for something sleeker. Here are five of the season's bluest and blackest, perfectly suited for the Kindle-toting weekend Hamptonite on a schedule.

1. The Omega Hour Vision Blue: Named for its sun-brushed blue dial, and Omega's sponsorship with nonprofit ORBIS International's fight against preventable blindness, this self-winding certified chronometer is ideal for the world-weary jet setter that crosses time zones with more frequency than an ex-Soviet spy. Streamlined in style and sturdy in its 360 degree see-through steel case body, this timepiece will prove a versatile addition to your workweek wardrobe of grey flannel, and weekend-friendly white linen on the Sag Harbor long wharf.

2. Breguet Marine: Constructed in silvered 18K gold, with automatic movement and a sapphire crystal caseback, this prestigious-though-practical Swiss-made classic offers a contemporary translation of timepieces that have donned the wrists of legends like Arthur Rubenstein, Sir Winston Churchill, and Napoleon Bonaparte. Channel your inner zeitgeist with a black rubberized band and cobalt blue detailing, and prove yourself bold from the beach to the boardroom.

3. Burberry Chronograph with Rubber Strap: With a dashboard display and perforated steel casing, Burberry presents a grown-up, sportier variant of the toy-watch craze that dominated seasons past. Complete with a three-eye chronograph and date functionality, this elevated-though-casual timepiece is as well suited for an afternoon jog down Dune Road as it is for a matinee at Guild Hall.

4. Calibre de Cartier Multi Time Zone: Cartier premiered this blue-handed variation of their traditional Calibre timepiece earlier in 2011, and the watch's unencumbered luxury and traditional-though-whimisical construction has cast an imposing shadow on the timekeeper's marketplace. Featuring several original functions, including the "home time" of 24 world capitals, stately Roman-numeralized face and alligator strap, the Calibre offers a delicious convergence of opulence and practicality. Perfect for dinner at the American Hotel, the early meeting in Tokyo, and the red-eye in between.

5. Michael Kors Stainless Steel/Silicone Chronograph: Inspired by the car racing iconography of the 1960s, this steel-silicone sports watch blends the lines of classic and contemporary with its irreverent mix of navy blue and black. Featuring a rounded bezel, three-eye chronograph and date functionality, this sporty style and reasonable price point make for a great casual-add on to any summer wardrobe. Also, a perfect gift for that impossible-to-buy-for male acquaintance or Bar Mitzvah boy.

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