The name on the street is most definitely Black Dice as it seems to be the hottest watch brand of the moment and anyone who is anyone has been spotted wearing one. Black Dice launched back in July 2006 with the intention of becoming a hip and design breaking UK streetwear watch brand, it has definitely exceeded all expectations. Now Black Dice watches are one of the most highly sought after brands in the urban music scene and seen on countless celebrities.
Only just recently, a member of the band JLS who became famous from the hit television reality show The X Factor was photographed at an industry bash wearing the new Black Dice Contraband watch. This particular watch is a recent edition to the collection and looks extremely cool with a black leather croco style band and featuring gold plated stainless steel around the case which also incorporate industrial hex bolts. This is a classic example of how Black Dice combine effortless street trend with chic and sophisticated style. Other celebrities who love Black Dice watches include Mica Paris, Alesha Dixon, Reggie Yates and Jesse Metcalfe.
Black Dice saw a niche in the market when sports orientated brands were targeting the sports/fashion market and high end brands were focusing on the luxury consumers. Up until this point there lacked a prominent British streetwear watch brand and therefore Black Dice have now very successfully filled that gap. With a strong commitment to designing innovative and consumer related products every watch produced is exceptional in appearance and quality with a distinct urban style. There are some fantastic new styles to check out for this season, the Contraband one of these. Why not make like the celebs and get involved in a piece of the Black Dice urban action!
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LTD watches are quickly infiltrating the celebrity world and it’s no surprise. With this season’s obsession with bright colours, you’d be hard pushed to find a more on-trend watch brand. The novel ‘limited’ concept behind the label ensures wristwear designs always remain original and more importantly, always in vogue. As few as 50 watches are produced in each design, which means current seasonal trends are always reflected in the LTD watches portfolio.
As reported a few weeks ago, many stars performing at T4 on the Beach were spotted toting some LTD watch action, including new girlband The Saturdays, Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris. Check out Rochelle and Vanessa ‘Saturday’ showing off their LTD watches. The turqoise blue watch looks amazing against Rochelle’s skin and really accessorises her outfit to perfection.
Other slightly less glamorous fans of the brand include Leigh Francis’s alter-ego Keith Lemon, seen here sporting a purple LTD watch which adds a summery look to his shiny ‘pleather’ jacket and sun-kissed locks!
At Shade Station we frequently get our paws on new LTD stock, which we love to share with you! To add to the new violet and red LTD watches, we have the super fabulous, limited edition white crystal (polycarbonate) encrusted ‘LTD watch 010101′ and for tougher watch fans, a jewel encrusted skull design on white or back – ‘LTD Watch 010104′.
There’s so much to choose from and now is the time to really embrace the colour craze as we enjoy the last of the summer and before autumn’s subdued palette takes over.
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The brand Bench launched in the classic Brit Pop era of the mid 1990’s and focuses on cool and funky skateboarding and BMX riding clothing and accessories. Bench watches have an underground look with a distinctively unique and stylish edge. Some of the female watches are a great way to accessorise your look with a stamp of street fashion, yet are still feminine and girly.
A new addition to the Bench female watch range includes the white leather BC0239SLWHS timepiece with three hand movement and a white face and silver dial. This is indeed a simple watch but very visual, versatile and perfect for a rock chick edge! This same model is also available in black.
As a brand, Bench is always getting out and about and associating itself with high profile events. This summer, Bench has collaborated with both Ibiza Rocks as the official Streetwear partner and also with Ibiza’s notoriously trendy Cafe Mambo to produce a collection of limited edition items. This is a relationship which Cafe Mambo and Bench are set to continue on a long term basis and will likely enable Bench to reach out to a whole new market.
Bench also recently travelled a little closer to home to Liverpool to meet the cast members of the hit soaps Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, and allow them to see a sneek preview of the brand’s new summer range. Needless to say, the products seemed very popular and I’m sure the new range of Bench watches will soon be seen adorning the arms of some of the cast members!
Bench watches are also extremely budget friendly and with prices varying between £20 and £55, they are definitely a great purchase which hopefully won’t break the bank! A great look for late summer and some perfect styles ready to head into autumn.
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Nothing sums up New York fashion quite like DKNY. Taking inspiration from the dynamic city, Donna Karan injects the essence of New York into all her designs, from clothes-wear, to perfume, watches and accessories.
Donna Karan is renowned for her body hugging sensuous dresses, luxurious fabrics, black cashmere and leather. Where her clothes designs are uncomplicated and neat, the watches she produces is intricate, dazzling and beautiful. Leaving simplicity for her dresses, Donna Karan weaves all her marvellous magical zest into her women’s watches.
The DKNY watch range at Shade Station is brimming with exotic looking timepieces and arresting designs. Many are silver and have beautiful bracelet straps, often interlacing to create really interesting silhouettes. Some of the designs feature highly polished stainless steel links, which form lovely patterned bracelets and occasionally displays the DKNY logo. Amongst the silver is plenty of diamante, either studded on the bracelet or bangle strap, or on the dial itself.
DKNY watches would appeal to a woman who really prides herself on her appearance. If beautiful, sophisticated wristwear rates highly on your agenda we would urge you to seek out a DKNY watch for the ultimate in delicious wrist-candy.
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D&G are one of the most fashion forward of all the designer brands. The designs of D&G watches are funky, innovative, playful and vibrant. For Autumn 2009 there are some great new styles to look out for, all of which are unique in their design and feature a spectrum of colours and patterns.
First up we have the new D&G Antibes timepiece. With a coloured leather bangle band in 4 different colours, this watch features a small dial face and would make a great statement accessory where no other arm jewellery would be needed. Great to compliment a subtle outfit, this watch comes in 2 different colour styles. The new Nikki watch is ultra feminine and definitely unique in style. With either a white or black textured leather strap, this watch features a gold trim and a large D&G loop buckle. Wonderfully feminine yet funky this again would make for the perfect statement watch and versatile with many outfits
A super fun new style is the D&G Eden Roc watch. Featuring a chunky bangle style band, this timepiece incorporates a flower style jewelled pattern in beautiful colours including pink and blue. The watch comes in both white and black and both versions are a great example of how dynamic and experimental D&G can be.
Of course, if you prefer something a little more understated, and classic in style, the new D&G Bellevue watch with a multi strand bracelet is perfect and takes you easily from day to night. Available in both stainless steel silver or gold plated, this D&G number is elegant yet still has that funky, urban appeal typical to D&G.
If you are a fan of D&G (and let’s face it, who isn’t!) be sure to keep looking back to the Shade Station site to check out the new styles available. Adored by celebrities and fashionistas all over the globe, a simple addition of a D&G watch will add an instant hint of class and edge to every outfit.
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Here’s a biggie…. Who do you turn to if you need a watch that can tell you the tide charts for the next 15 years? Why Nixon of course! Surfers all round the world can finally rejoice, the leading extreme sports accessory company, favoured by sportsmen, rock stars and joe public alike, has produced a cool, stylish watch with impressive credentials. The ‘Lowdown‘ has pre-programmed tide charts for 200 beaches around the world for the next 15 years, as well as an armful of other useful features.
But it’s not just one super cool watch in an arsenal of duds; the whole Nixon watch range is famed for combining functionality and stylish presentation. It is this whole package that attracts big names to the Nixon brand, including star skateboarder Tony Hawk and rapper / actor Mos Def. Current hot property, singer Santigold, is a the new face of Nixon’s women and represents the energy, youth and uniqueness that encompass Nixon watches.
Popular with both men and women Nixon wristwear offers more than the conventional watch. Pitching itself in dangerous territory between fashion and sport, Nixon has won an army of fans by creating fabulous, high quality designs. From the ‘Ceramic Player’, a dream watch costing £1,100 to the colourful ‘Time Teller’ watch at just £50, Nixon offers beautiful, tough watches for everyone to enjoy.
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American brand Guess launched their watch collection back in 1983 and designed a stunning range of timepieces with models specifically for men and women. Guess is now celebrating its 25th anniversary and keeping in line with the brand’s objective, Guess is continually launching new designs which appeal to stylish and fashion conscious individuals all over the globe.
What makes Guess so unique is their ability to come up with fresh and funky designs along with chic style and high quality manufacturing methods. Constant attention to new ideas and the latest design technologies means that Guess is always at the forefront of fashion and trends. Guess watches for women are typically feminine, fashionable and glam whereas the male watches are masculine and super stylish. The all-American style and finish combined with European fine attention to detail is what makes the brand so appealing on a global scale.
In order to celebrate 25 years, Guess has launched a limited edition timepiece which perfectly encapsulates the essence of glitz and glamour. The Autograph watch is a stunning bangle style with the Guess logo embellished across the bracelet and watch face in Swarovski crystals. The women’s watch is available in both silver and gold,
Guess definitely appeals to the younger shopper and the essence is sexy and fun yet sophisticated which is also reflected in the range of cool watches. Each year, the changes in the seasons are conveyed in the style of Guess Watches – keeping them ahead in both fashion and design. Guess is also so popular 25 years on because they represent original and fresh ideas, high end quality at affordable prices. With celebrities like Paris Hilton and Claudia Schiffer loving the Guess style, why not celebrate with the brand and purchase your very own piece of the glitz and glamour!
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