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Best New Blue Designer Watches

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We love our smart phones, but why not check the time the old-fashioned way? These ocean-hued watches combine form and function. Top to bottom:

• Diamond-set steel Cape Cod, $10,950, by Hermès.
• Constellation-dial automatic with alligator strap, $3,195, Movado.
• Luminescent and waterproof Regatta chronograph, $10,450, Louis Vuitton.
• Triple-time-zone chronograph with rotating bezel, $9,010, Breitling.
• Stainless-steel with dual alarm, $650, Seiko.
• 24-city Richard Branson limited edition, $3,500, Bulova Accutron.
• Reversible ultra-thin ladies’ watch with Valextra strap, $8,000, Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Photo by Levi Brown

Hot New Leather Totes

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Whether you’re looking to carry in-flight essentials or farmers’ market finds, these roomy leather bags score major points for both form and function.

From Top to Bottom:
Pebbled leather bucket tote, $3,100, Hermès.
Calf-skin leather color-blocked shopper, $795, Bally.
Perforated Italian-leather bag, $265, MZ Wallace.
Embossed leather carryall, $2,160, Louis Vuitton.
Leather top-stitched carryall, $910, CH Carolina Herrera.
Grained leather shoulder bag, $572, Jennifer Haley.

Photo by John Lawton

The History of Bulgari

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What started as a tiny shop in Rome is now a top Italian export, with hotels and jewels that continue to dazzle.

The Jewelry: Authentic antique Greek and Roman coins have been a hallmark since heir Nicola Bulgari first started mounting his collection on gold in the 1960’s. Price upon request.

The Hotels: The company’s third property, Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London (rates not available at press time), opens in May.

The Amenities: Bulgari hotels stock their own delicately scented green-tea bath products.

The Idol: Elizabeth Taylor said Bulgari’s shop was a highlight of filming Cleopatra in Rome—so much so that Richard Burton remarked: “The only word Elizabeth knows in Italian is Bulgari.”

The Backstory: Though the brand was originally launched in 1884, Sotirio Bulgari opened this shop on Rome’s Via dei Condotti in 1905; it still stands today.

The Bag: Snakeskin leather purse embellished with gold chains and replica coins. $3,200.

The Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal in Bulgari sapphires and diamonds at the International Rome Film Festival.

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Photo courtesy of Bulgari

Cartier's Calibre Multiple Time Zone Watch

Cartier Calibre Multiple Time Zone watch

In an era of mass-produced gadgets, there is a certain pride in knowing that a single Swiss artisan produced your watch by hand. Case in point: the 18-karat white-gold and alligator Cartier Calibre Multiple Time Zone. With the ability to track the time in 24 cities and a face that displays the hour in two places at once, this is the ultimate accessory for jet-setters. Price upon request.

Photo courtesy of Cartier

Jules Reid’s Summer Shirt

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Our freshest summer find: this hand-embroidered cotton-and-silk voile top by Virginia-based designer Jules Reid ($295). With its vibrant kiwi print, it works at the beach or out on the town.

Photo by Lars Klove

6 Fab Fashion Items Designed for Select Hotels

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These six vibrant pieces were specially designed for select hotels around the world.

A limited-edition silk-georgette caftan ($1,650) from Samba Soleil by Tina Bossidy is perfect for a sunset stroll around the Cove Atlantis, in the Bahamas.

These braided leather sandals ($315) by Maloles for One&Only Resorts can go from day to night.

The screen-printed cotton-canvas Virginia Johnson tote ($98) from the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico, works for shopping or beach-going.

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UK Milliner Creating Chic Hats for Hotel Guests

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To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Ascot Racecourse, Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park (doubles from $768), nearby, tapped British milliner Stephen Jones to create a line of chic chapeaus for its guests, including a headpiece resembling a peach-blossom branch.

Photo courtesy of the Dorchester Collection

New Book: American Fashion Travel, Designers on the Go

American Fashion Travel: Designers on the Go

Norma Kamali traveled to Iran during the reign of the Shah. Seattle-born designer Chris Benz’s favorite souvenir is a friendship bracelet. You’ll learn this and much more in American Fashion Travel: Designers on the Go (Assouline; $45)—a scrapbook-style compilation of Q&A’s with handwritten responses and personal snapshots from a range of stateside talent, plus a foreword written by intrepid traveler and New York style icon Diane von Furstenberg. The result is a colorful glimpse into the globe-trotting lives of fashion’s who’s who.

Photo by Lars Klove

Editor Find: Fabulous Flats in Florence

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I don't know about you, but I'm forever on the hunt for that quintessential thing that you can only find locally—like the conch shells from the beaches of Turks and Caicos or Ladurée macaroons (before the French company decided to sell out and populate the earth). It's that thing you would ask a friend to pick up if you knew they were going. Rare as it is with the internet at our fingertips, it's still fun to make discoveries when we travel.

While in Florence on a T+L Sept cover shoot, I noted a great pair of navy suede ballet flats on an effortlessly chic Italian colleague. Always on the hunt for great travel flats, I became obsessed when she told me how much she paid and had to make a mad dash to the shop before I got on the plane the next morning.

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Perfect Men’s Spring Outfit

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These sporty pieces will have you ready for a weekend getaway.

A Dapper Look: Cotton polo shirt, $80, by Lacoste. Lightweight corduroy blazer, $695, Gant by Michael Bastian. Linen shirt, $195, and cotton pants, $125, Façonnable. Seersucker belt, $80, Ernest Alexander. Leather-and-suede saddle shoes with Nike Air technology, $198, Cole Haan. Gingham bow tie, $60, Ernest Alexander. Canvas tote with calfskin details, $450, Ralph Lauren.

Photo by Teru Onishi

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