Timecrafters, the watch show that takes over Manhattan's Park Avenue Armory every spring, is a celebration of luxury as a product of engineering. There were pounds of rose gold and gems on site, but, for a certain type of watch enthusiast, the craftsmen building complications on the spot were the bigger draw. We picked five standouts from the distinctly American show, where practical beauty trumped ostentation.
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 in 38.5mm
Armed with all the hallmarks of the A. Lange & Söhne style, the German watchmaker's 1815 with a 38.5mm is a classic. While there's little excess here – all of the piece's 188 components serve a specific purpose – the blue-steel hands offer a touch of grace and style. With watch cases trending smaller, this nostalgic piece is both of the moment and traditional. [$24,800 to $26,000; alange-soehne.com]