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.
Tag Heuer 1887 Jack Heuer
Dedicated to the man behind the Carrera, Tag Heuer's new chronograph was the last piece co-produced by Jack Heuer himself. With an in-house 1887 movement, it functions like a stopwatch but looks like a traditional timepiece and is attached to a black alligator strap. The brand's classic bullhead is mounted atop a 45mm titanium dial with a black titanium carbide coating, with hints of red in the hands for color. Consider it the ultimate sports watch for men who want something handsome on their wrist. [$7,800, edition of 3,000; www.tagheuer.com]