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Gear, gadgets and other goodies for guys. Find out what's hot in watches and how Converse is celebrating its 100th birthday.

Gear, gadgets and other goodies for guys. Find out what's hot in watches and how Converse is celebrating its 100th birthday.

Black Beauty
With its F1-inspired aerodynamic shape and push buttons resembling engine valves, the Oris TT3 Chronograph is one racy wristwatch.

But it's the new TT3 Chronograph Black that really gets our hearts racing. From its titanium case, tachymeter bezel and crown, to its pushers and carbon fiber dial, everything is covered in a thin PVD coating, making this black beauty the most striking piece in a very handsome family.

Available at Tourneau Watch Gear/South Coast Plaza, (714) 432-1290; www.oris.ch



All Star Salute
Converse, you've come a long way -- 100 years, to be exact.
To celebrate its centennial anniversary, the venerable shoe company is releasing several different special editions of its signature Chuck Taylor All Star canvas kicks. And while a pair designed by a famous artist or rock star might delight sneaker geeks, we prefer plain old Chucks. They're simple, versatile and iconic.                         

                                                                    Retail for $42 at most major shoe stores; 
www.converse.com                     
                                                

Packing Light
For audiophiles on the go, the new Sennheiser CX 6 Travel headphones pack big sound into a small package.

The standard jack connects to any portable multimedia player, and the double mono adapter is compatible with most in-flight entertainment systems.

Three different earpiece adapter rings ensure a perfect fit, keeping distracting outside noises away from your tunes.

Retails for $269.95 at Circuit City/Fashion Island, (949) 720-9223; www.sennheiserusa.com

TECH CORNERGreen TV
Help save the environment while watching TV? Sounds like a plan! Available this month, the Philips Eco Flat TV is a high-definition, 42-inch, flat-panel LCD with power-saving features like a backlight that dims automatically in response to program material without affecting picture quality. Philips claims the Eco Flat TV consumes roughly the same amount of energy as a standard incandescent light bulb. Which one would you rather stare at?

Retails for $1,399 at major electronics stores; www.philips.com


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