If the smart phone made the wristwatch optional, it also gave men the opportunity to make a statement with less practical timepieces. The latest crop of high-end watches runs the gamut from Samsung's touchscreen Pebble, which relays emails to your wrist, to the Weiss Company's Field Watch, which is constructed by a century-old process, but each piece is fundamentally about revealing its owner's identity as a man of action. Navy and dive watches have risen in popularity along with timepieces inspired by automotive racing. In short, watches have gotten a bit burlier and a hell of a lot more fun.
Here are the best of the new breed.
Nearly any notification our phone received – texts, alerts when our team scored, Facebook messages – was sent directly to Pebble's backlit, monochrome e-ink display. The waterproof watch also let us control music and get directions from Google Maps. It's simple to use, connects to both iPhones and Android devices, and has great battery life, but it's still missing some of those cooler innovations, including a touchscreen and voice control. [$150; getpebble.com]