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.
Chopard L.U.C 8HF Power Control
With a 42mm matte black ceramic case and red accents, Chopard's versatile new piece can be worn with jeans and a t-shirt or a Tom Ford tuxedo. The watch's ultra-high frequency escapement is so sensitive that the brand claims the caliber is half as likely to experience deviations caused by external factors. And thanks to weight saved by silicon pieces, it still manages a respectable 60-hour power reserve. We are, in short, talking about the ultimate motion-powered metronome. Take note of the sapphire porthole in the back that exposes the beating heart of the balance wheel. [$20,820, edition of 250; chopard.com]