While the East End is honoring its literary heritage this weekend with Authors Night in East Hampton, watchmakers, too, pay tribute to the written word.
ADVENTURE: Going around the world in exactly 80 days just got easier, thanks to the IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph ($12,700), which lets you time your adventures to a fraction of a second. IWC is also the sponsor of the Volvo Ocean Races that travel the world. Betteridge, 2 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 283-6653
HISTORY: Bulova’s Accutron II watch ($499) is inspired by the famed Accutron of 1960, the world’s first electronic watch with tuning-fork precision. The new Accutron II houses Ultra-High Frequency (UHF), high-performance quartz technology. Cased in steel with a curved crystal, this watch offers a signature sweeping second hand. Macy’s, 190 W. Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays, 728-2277
ROMANCE: This Harry Winston Midnight Diamond Second watch ($30,600) is crafted in 18k rose gold and set with a row of diamonds, the ultimate symbol of love. The 39mm case houses an automatic movement. London Jewelers, 2 Main St., East Hampton, 329-3939
Brinley sunglasses, Oliver Peoples ($335). 53 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 329-4318. Tools bandana, Louis Vuitton ($365). Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., 516-365-4766. Jacob Gradient top, Orlebar Brown ($150). 23 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 604-5656. Artisan Acqua, John Varvatos ($84). Macy’s, Hampton Bays Shopping Center, 190 W. Montauk Hwy., 728-5500. Red Ulysse mini notebook cover ($180), small red notebook ($35), and large leather notebook cover ($530), Hermès. Americana Manhasset, 516-869-6660. Medium travel journal, Graphic Image ($67). Gigi New York, 28 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 287-0707
Like the books you read, the watch you wear makes an incredible personal statement. With the vast library of luxury timepieces available, there is a watch to reflect every personality, taste, and interest. The history buff might select a watch whose forebear has been chronicled in past glory, while the armchair adventurer, intrigued by the novels of Jules Verne or Jack London, should consider donning a top-notch calendar piece with features that enable tracking the time in different parts of the world. The romantic might gravitate to a moon phase that reflects mystery and the fantasy of fairy tales—the list is long, but, suffice it to say, that for every great book, there’s a sensational and complementary timepiece.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFF CRAWFORD