It's About Time

Tell the world who you are with these watches.

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Not only are watches huge in size this year, but they also loom large as an accessory. Because your timepiece has the power to define you-complicated, stylish, athletic,quiet, wealthy-you should choose a watch designed and produced by skillful craftsmen with care and precision, from the hand-finished dial to the hands that tell the time to the hand-fitted jewels that keep the timepiece running smoothly and accurately. Rest easy: No matter who you are, there's a watch out there with your name on it. CLASSIC STYLE Officine Panerai continues its traditional association with the world of sailing with its Special Edition Luminor 1950 Flyback Regatta. The black dial has luminous baton-style hands, a minute counter at 3 o'clock, a small seconds dial at 9 and a tachymeter scale on the outer edge. Water-resistant to 100 meters, the Regatta is limited to 500 pieces and retails for $9,800. www.panerai.com

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THE DEFIANT ONE The virile silhouette, dynamic lines and elegant power of the Defy Classic collection from Zenith gets you to the Ferrari, the Ferretti or the Falcon on time. The brushed stainless steel case of the Defy Classic Chrono Aero houses Zenith's own 4000 SC El Primero movement, with antishock balance bridges. The sapphire crystal protects the black or white guilloche dial, which features a three-counter chronograph with date window at 4:30. Water-resistant to 300 meters, the 46.5mm wide Aero retails for $8,000. www.zenith-watches.com

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NO HOLDS BARRED For the daredevil in you, this Aquatimer Split-Minute Chronograph from IWC (International Watch Company) is the only watch with a split-minute function. It can be switched on and off underwater and allows the user to time another action apart from overall dive time. The black dial with luminescent hands and inner bezel, along with its yellow accents, make for easy readability. The mechanical movement is housed in titanium on a titanium bracelet. Water resistant to 120 meters, the Split-Minute Chronograph retails for $9,800. www.iwc.com

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COOL OPERATOR Movie director Michael Mann loves his Vacheron Constantin Malte Chronograph so much that he had Colin Farrell wear it in Miami Vice. This pure platinum chronograph measures then records and displays spans of time ranging from a split second to many hours. The Malte not only displays the day, date, month and automatically adjusts for leap years, it also shows moon phases. The Malte collection starts at $10,800; the featured watch retails for $90,000. www.vacheron-constantin.com

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SUAVE AND DEBONAIR No longer your father's watch, Patek Philippe's Nautilus (Reference 5980) just got a face-lift. The 30-year-old model now features an instantaneous date change at 3 o'clock and the sweep seconds dial doubles as the chronograph hand with a flyback function. The monocounter with red numerals at 6 o'clock gives the watch a fresh, youthful look. And the chronograph push-pieces on either side of the crown are hardly noticeable. Housed in stainless steel, the Nautilus retails for $32,800. www.patekphilippe.com/a>

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THE NEED FOR SPEED Since 1988, Chopard has been associated with the famous Italian car race, Mille Miglia, the most beautiful race course in the world. The firm's new watch, the Gran Turismo XL is dedicated to the 2006 race. Boasting large numerals at 6 and 12 o'clock, the dial also features a bright red minute track and red arrow seconds hand. The caseback carries the map of the race and the engraved series number. Available on black rubber with tire motif or leather strap, the Gran Turismo XL retails for $4,220. www.chopard.com