Elements of Style

  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon Two Time Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    Bally bomber jacket Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    Dior Homme’s high-top Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    Dior Homme’s calfskin model Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    Dior Homme’s black crocodile Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
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  • James D. Malcolmson and Jill Newman

Cartier takes the classic tourbillon on the road with its Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon Two Time Zone (price upon request). The travel timepiece incorporates two hour displays and a minute display in a mechanism that sits on top of the flying tourbillon movement. The time-zone displays show an extra level of ingenuity, as the hour hands jump together precisely at the turn of each hour. A convenient button allows for adjusting the watch to the local hour without affecting the minute hand, helping to keep the global traveler on time. Cartier, 800.227.8437, www.cartier.com—James D. Malcolmson

First developed in the 1920s to protect pilots in open-air cockpits, the bomber jacket has been appropriated by stylish men ever since. For the spring season, designers have reimagined the bomber in light leathers and supple suedes, offering a modern alternative to the sport coat. Bally’s version ($2,295) picks up the tough detailing of a motorcycle jacket but tempers it with leather and plush merino wool. The result is an ace topper for anything from jeans to dress slacks. Bally, 212.751.9082, www.bally.com —Jill Newman

The sneaker long ago bounded from the court to the street; this spring, it will make a long leap toward the boardroom. Leading fashion houses in Paris, Milan, and New York City are producing sleek, cool, and impeccably designed sneakers that are proving to be just the things to give tailored suits an understated edge. Dior Homme’s offerings include a high-top with flannel trim ($700), a calfskin model with a flannel stripe ($620), and a black crocodile version ($6,100). Following in the footsteps of European men—who have been pairing casual shoes with tailored clothing for years—Americans seem ready to try this comfortable, sporty style on for size. Dior Homme, 212.931.2950, www.diorhomme.com —J.N.

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