White on time

If we can't persuade you to paint your nails white or sport a pair of big blanc sunglasses, maybe we can convince you that a white watch is the freshest accessory for summer.

From thin-strapped numbers to chunky big-banded pieces, these white-on-white designs will help set off a tan or blend in nicely with your porcelain complexion. Even Timex offers a snappy white number ($90) as part of its Retrograde line. You can splurge -- Chanel's J12 ceramic watch with diamond bezel retails for about $9,500 -- or you can spend less on a wardrobe of great looks. Either way, your wrist will be watched.

TOKYOBay, a San Francisco-based fashion house, offers a witty lineup of timepieces for men and women. We like the big numbers on the Reverse watch. The soft leather band features contrasting topstitching and interior in orange, pictured, or green. $80 and up, Nixon is a California-based company known for its active wear. Its lineup of premium accessories includes some of the coolest watches, such as the oval-faced double-dialed Rayna (the seconds hand is in the smaller dial). With a sleek leather band and stainless steel accents, this watch never fails to attract attention. $130, Philippe Starck's Hangman analog watch for Fossil features a square face in a thin "suspended" case (a gap between the leather strap and case creates this illusion). The face is minimalist and the logo is etched on the side of the case next to the nearly invisible stem. $125,