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.
Best One-of-a-Kind Watches
From the 2011 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).