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.
Calibre de Cartier Diver
Cartier's first-ever diving watch was one of this year's most anticipated timepieces. Part of the masculine Calibre de Cartier collection, the ISO-certified dive watch features all the traditional Calibre traits: sword-shaped hands, Roman numerals arching across the 42mm dial, and a curved calendar window. Underwater, the unidirectional dial morphs delightfully: The calendar and most of the numerals disappear while glowing Super-LumiNova pigments highlight the dive-time indicators, hands, and the bezel's triangular marker. At 11mm thick, it's the thinnest diving watch on the market today and it can handle a depth of up to 300 meters, thanks largely to its oversize seals. The watch can come on either a rubber strap or metal bracelet and, because Cartier timepieces will always be as much about luxury as they are about practicality, is available in stainless steel, pink gold, or a two-tone option. [$8,200 with rubber strap; cartier.com]