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Best One-of-a-Kind Watches

  • Dedegumo

    188 Orchard St., nr. Houston St.; 212-677-1977

    You could shell out for a shiny status watch. But Dedegumo’s quirky devices have a little more character. The Japanese brand quietly opened its first U.S. storefront on the Lower East Side in December, staffed with six in-house artisans who craft the leather-strapped timepieces by hand (each takes eight to twelve hours to complete). The wood-swathed interior brims with over 150 metal-faced designs ($350 to $650), which incorporate elements like minuscule copper number markers, colorful second hands, and inscriptions.

From the 2011 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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