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.
Zenith El Primero Synopsis 40mm
The handsome El Primero is an example of the Zenith brand at its best. A three-handed watch with a distinct open dial that showcases its beating 36,000-vibrations-per-hour heart, this coherently-designed piece looks as good as it sounds. It's also water resistant up to 100 meters thanks to a screwed-in crown that makes it safe for just about any water sport other than deep-sea diving. Available in rose gold or stainless steel, the silver-toned sunray dial offsets the gold-plated rhodium markers with Super-LumiNova treatment. [$10,900; www.zenith-watches.com]