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Darker Times

Last year, the new "all black" watch made for a bold fashion statement at the Swiss watch shows. But with the preponderance of black in ready-to-wear—and even jewelry—the black watch is well on its way to becoming a staple for many watch brands. Make that most watch brands, including social occasion styles for women, multifunction styles for sports enthusiasts, and hybrid casual dress watches. Details are important, whether they are black PVD cases, dials, and especially new versions of silicon straps that add to the sporty, go anywhere appeal of basic black. — Jeff Prine

NOA's black 44mm chronograph watch
NOA's black 44mm chronograph,(201) 529-6030.
Glam Rock of Miami's chronograph watch
Glam Rock of Miami's chronograph with "alligator" rubber strap, (305) 935-5801.
Swiss Army's dive master 500 limited edition
Swiss Army's dive master 500 limited edition, (800) 243-4032.
Mondaine's "Night Vision" watch with self-powered illumination, (415) 388-4949.
Baume & Mercier's Hampton XL Magnum
Baume & Mercier's Hampton XL Magnum, (800) MERCIER.