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For the 2010 Spring Fashion section. A bright purple watch is set in a bold cuff bracelet. By Bora, $30, at Foggy Bottom.
For the 2010 Spring Fashion section. A bright purple watch is set in a bold cuff bracelet. By Bora, $30, at Foggy Bottom. The Wichita Eagle

Gone are the days when a person wore the same watch every day until it wore out. Then it was time to get another one. Today, many people have a wardrobe of watches. A vast range of price points, from $10 to $10,000, and styles, from casual to very dressy, make it easy and affordable to have a watch to go with just about any outfit.

"People wear watches the way they wear bracelets," said Valerie Reimers, who owns Lucinda's, 301 N. Mead.

These days, many people have developed a habit of looking at their cell phones to find out what time it is, she noted.

"For many who have cell phones, watches have become an accessory instead of a necessity," she said.

Watches on display in her store range from sparkling to rustic. One timepiece that is selling well is what Reimers calls a "clocket" — a locket with a clock in it. They cost about $26.

Linda Webb, owner of Personally Yours, 2243 N. Tyler, made sure she stocked up on a variety of watches for spring.

"I have 60 different styles — silver tone, mixed metals, gold tone, rhinestone and lots of colors," she said. Prices range from $15 to $38.

Fun watches make a great gift for the friend who has everything. Watchbands have arrived in the bright colors that are an important part of spring wardrobes.

This is the season to check the time by looking at a bold, colorful, timely accessory.

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