Best of Boston

1996 Best Watches

Alpha Omega Jewelers

With more than 30 brands in stock, from Akteo to Waterman, these stores are truly the one-stop shop for fine timepieces. Salespeople are very helpful without being pushy—an important consideration when you’re slapping down an ungodly sum for an item you’ll be wearing day in and day out for the foreseeable future. If you want something a bit more seasonal, you can pick up an official Olympic Swatch starting at $40.

80 Boylston Street, Boston, 617-424-9030,