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Where to Buy a Watch in Miami: Six Great Local Options

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It's not yet time to shop for summer staples like sandals and bikinis, but we didn't really need much by the way of winter clothes this year (or ever, really.) How to spend that extra shopping budget: Get a nice watch. The ultimate everyday accessory is an item that's worth a bit of a splurge, especially if you pick the right one. Here's a little guide to shopping for the perfect timeless timepiece.—Patricia Guarch Wise


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1. Timeless @ Fontainebleau

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4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
If it’s at the Fontainebleau, it’s fancy. The hotel’s in-house watch store sells timepieces for both men and women and carries more than twenty luxury brands including Chanel, Bvlgari, and Chopard. Whether you’re on vacation in Miami and staying at the swanky Fontainebleau or just want to feel like you’re on vacation, this is the place for you to shop. [Photo credit]

2. Officine Panerai Boutique

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9700 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL FL 33154
(786) 735-6446
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If you’ve been wondering where to find that pocket watch or pendulum watch you’ve always wanted, the answer is Panerai in Bal Harbour. The Florentine brand, born in 1860, also carries beautiful Swiss-made timepieces for your wrist, including hand-stitched alligator and calf leather straps. [Photo credit]

3. Matthew Bain Inc.

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1680 Michigan Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305 )534-5588
Avoid the crowded stores and pushy sales-people and make an appointment with a true expert in the field for your next watch purchase. At Matthew Bain Inc., a private appointment will take you into a world of timepieces old and new that range from under $5,000 to over $150,000. [Photo credit]

4. Rolex Design District

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135 NE 39th St
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 576-5391
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It’s not rainy season yet in Miami, but when it rains around here, it really pours. That’s why you need a water-resistant Rolex, right? If you have a couple grand to spend on a timeless watch, consider spending it on a submariner that will make it through rain or shine. [Photo credit]

5. Miansai

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1800 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
Miansai, a local accessory brand of high-end handmade jewelry with a nautical edge, also has a line of watches that got us ticking. We’re partial to the leather double wrap strap coming in just under $500. The only Mainsai boutique is in New York’s SoHo, but the lab where everything gets made by hand is right here in Wynwood. You can order the watches through their website or stockists like Barneys and Saks. [Photo credit]

6. Swatch

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330 San Lorenzo Avenue #2302, Village of Merrick Park
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 448-7099
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In the market for a watch sprinkled with sprinkles on the face? A Chinese New Year themed watch or a tribute to La Biennale di Venezia? No problem: good old reliable Swatch has you covered. The rubber watch brand has branched out a bit. You’ll find those classic Swatch-looking watches and collections of stainless steel. Did we mention the most current collection is inspired by pastry chefs? Yummy. [Photo credit]

1. Timeless @ Fontainebleau

4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
If it’s at the Fontainebleau, it’s fancy. The hotel’s in-house watch store sells timepieces for both men and women and carries more than twenty luxury brands including Chanel, Bvlgari, and Chopard. Whether you’re on vacation in Miami and staying at the swanky Fontainebleau or just want to feel like you’re on vacation, this is the place for you to shop. [Photo credit]
4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

2. Officine Panerai Boutique

9700 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL FL 33154
If you’ve been wondering where to find that pocket watch or pendulum watch you’ve always wanted, the answer is Panerai in Bal Harbour. The Florentine brand, born in 1860, also carries beautiful Swiss-made timepieces for your wrist, including hand-stitched alligator and calf leather straps. [Photo credit]
9700 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL FL 33154

3. Matthew Bain Inc.

1680 Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Avoid the crowded stores and pushy sales-people and make an appointment with a true expert in the field for your next watch purchase. At Matthew Bain Inc., a private appointment will take you into a world of timepieces old and new that range from under $5,000 to over $150,000. [Photo credit]
1680 Michigan Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

4. Rolex Design District

135 NE 39th St, Miami, FL 33137
It’s not rainy season yet in Miami, but when it rains around here, it really pours. That’s why you need a water-resistant Rolex, right? If you have a couple grand to spend on a timeless watch, consider spending it on a submariner that will make it through rain or shine. [Photo credit]
135 NE 39th St
Miami, FL 33137

5. Miansai

1800 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136
Miansai, a local accessory brand of high-end handmade jewelry with a nautical edge, also has a line of watches that got us ticking. We’re partial to the leather double wrap strap coming in just under $500. The only Mainsai boutique is in New York’s SoHo, but the lab where everything gets made by hand is right here in Wynwood. You can order the watches through their website or stockists like Barneys and Saks. [Photo credit]
1800 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

6. Swatch

330 San Lorenzo Avenue #2302, Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gables, FL 33146
In the market for a watch sprinkled with sprinkles on the face? A Chinese New Year themed watch or a tribute to La Biennale di Venezia? No problem: good old reliable Swatch has you covered. The rubber watch brand has branched out a bit. You’ll find those classic Swatch-looking watches and collections of stainless steel. Did we mention the most current collection is inspired by pastry chefs? Yummy. [Photo credit]
330 San Lorenzo Avenue #2302, Village of Merrick Park
Coral Gables, FL 33146