A surefire way to inspire a fresh take on an old idea is to call in an outsider with different skills, like a graffiti artist to help pump up a sneaker line or a fireman to take a wet t-shirt contest from wet to really wet. Applying that principle to time, Projects Watches.
From a Bedford company that's been designing artsy, architect-inspired mod timepieces since 1992, the latest collection of contemporary watches emphasizes crisp lines, black leather & brushed metal, and watch faces, hands, and numbers that smoothly fade between different colors, just like Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton! Newly released models include the typography-expert-designed 38-mm unisex Iridium with an all-white crystal lens dial and blue "hour"/red "minute" numbers that blend to purple as the two cross; the 150-ft water resistant Chroma, which sports a black dial and numbers that change color every minute while the hour hand gradually merges between color palettes; and the smaller, round 36-mm Twilight that uses two rotating polarized disks to make the watch's face fade from light to black and back every 20 seconds, like an E! True Hollywood Michael Jackson video montage, but for your wrist. Other equally sweet timekeepers are the Speedometer, a burly 42-mm stainless steel case w/ a speed-tracking dial that lights up, a sweep second hand, and a wide rubber tire tread band; the minimalist classic Reveal, a round face that elegantly displays only the numbers for the current time while shading the rest; and the Witherspoon, which rocks one of four bold face colors (Classic Green, Mint, Orange, Aqua), even numbers in white around the dial, and an optional timer that counts down the minutes until Ryan Phillippe tries to act.
If you're trying to hide your trach hole or just love comfortable neckware, they also offer a collection of three, 60-inch silk scarves displaying architectural designs drawn from structural renderings or blueprints -- the wearing of which offers a distinctly fresh take on the old idea of you having any fashion sense.