Technology is a funny thing. Remember those geek-chic calculator watches from the '80s? Back then, Casio took time-keeping to a whole new level with PDA-like sophistication. (Dwight from The Office still wears his.) But these sleek selections shed the nerdy vibe in less than 60 seconds with their chunky straps, multiple dials, and glow-in-the-dark (without disturbing your neighbor at the movie theater) faces. On time is the new fashionably late.

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1. Linde Werdelin, price upon request; lindewerdelin.com.

2. Alessi, $120; alessiwatches.com.

3. Brera, $750; breraorologi.com.

4. Breil, $850; (888) 494-8463.

5. Nixon, $450; nixonnow.com.

6. Glam Rock at Saks Fifth Avenue, $1,525; (212) 753-4000 for stores.

7. TW Steel at Kenjo, $650; (212) 333-7220.

8. Hublot at Shapur Mozaffarian, price upon request; (415) 392-1200.

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