Nooka watches are a favorite among design aficionados from Tokyo to TriBeCa. (The fact that it can take you an extra moment to figure out the actual time is part of the draw.) This model, the Aluminum Zot, uses dots and lines to represent the hours and minutes. $250, at nooka.com
Last year, Marc Jacobs designed a stunning collection of timepieces for Louis Vuitton. The new watches for his Marc by Marc line, meanwhile, are much more affordable, while echoing the same aesthetic. (Pictured here, the Katia watch, in gold-plated stainless steel). $225, at saks.com
The watches Philippe Starck has designed for Fossil (Starck with Fossil) are as cooly modern and streamlined as his signature interiors and housewares. Here, a rose gold-toned stainless steel dual time watch. $160.00, at fossil.com
The late graphic designer Tibor Kalman, founder of M&Co, designed several cult timepieces. The witty 10-One-4 Watch is still a classic. $95.00, at momastore.org
For some women, a bold men’s watch is the way to go. This Hugo Boss version, in rose gold-plated stainless steel, would be utterly chic on a feminine wrist. $595, at Macy's Herald Square, 800-796-7103 or HUGOBOSS.com
For evening, Valentino’s mother-of-pearl and diamond Ronda watch, with a bordeaux suede strap, is a thing of beauty. $900, at valentinotimeless.com and Nordstrom stores.
Pendant timepieces are increasingly on our radar. This 18k yellow gold and diamond DVF by H. Stern Sutra pendant watch, with a faceted sapphire crystal and 28-inch gold chain, doubles as a serious piece of jewelry. $4,800, at H. Stern. 1-800-7-HSTERN (There's also a bracelet version at neimanmarcus.com)
Here's another pendant watch (this one from the Metropolitan Museum of Art gift shop) that caught our eye. Based on a design by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the Tiffany Laurelton Hall Mosaic Pendant Watch has a decorative mother-of-pearl and enamel inlay dial and is something we are keeping in mind for Mother’s Day. $150, at metmuseum.org