The clock bracelet. For decades, it has been a symbol of status, power, and sophistication. Some folks even use them to tell time. While not much has changed in purpose, the myriad designs and craftsmanship are entirely different stories. Today, you can find a pretty incredible timepiece whether you’re on a budget or have money to burn. The wristwatch is and always will be a great gift idea, particularly when you stick to the best of the best. In that spirit, we give you our picks for the Top 15 Men’s Watches for 2013.

We’ve broken these down into the top five for three specific categories: Traditional, Trendy, and Business.

Traditional are those watches that pride themselves on workmanship and function. You’re not trying to make a statement when you wear one of these. You just want a dependable watch of high quality.

Trendy are the watches that bring something new and unique to the table. (Think wooden watches.)

Business are the timepieces that leave an impression on your colleagues and imply status and power.

We think there is a place for all three types with the ever-diverse tastes of the modern man. Let’s get started!

TRADITIONAL

1. Grand Seiko Automatic Mechanical Hi-Beat

This high-end member of the Seiko line is hand-assembled and provides the perfect blend of elegance and value.

Cost: $6,000

Site: SeikoUSA

2. Citizen Men’s BL5250-02L Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Watch

Citizen has staked out its reputation as a leader in technology, yet its watches maintain a classic look and feel.  The Eco-drive perpetual quality watch gives you dual time displays with a date indicator.  It’s all about providing information in a compact package.

Cost: $219

Site: JomaShop.com

3. Morphic M15 Series

Sometimes you need to go with classic styles.  The Morphic M15 steel watch with its silicone strap gives you just that.  The silver frame and black face give it a clean, metropolitan look.

Cost: TBA

Site: Amazon.com

4. Emporio Armani Stainless Steel Bracelet

 

This sleek number gives you functionality without complications or unnecessary features.  Because it embodies style, it will always be in style.

Cost: $245

Site: Macy’s

5. Extro Italy EXM00100.11.NE Rosetti

 

Extro Italy’s no-frills timepiece is made of polished stainless steel with a non-glare face.  The band gives you comfort rather than flash, and the watch is easy on the budget.

Cost: $450

Site: WatchWear.com

TRENDY

1. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle

Self-winding and retro, the Patrimony Traditionnelle from this elite Swiss watchmaker will set you apart as a discerning watch collector.

Cost: TBA

Site: Vacheron-Constantin.com

2. A Lange & Sohne Tourbillon

A perpetual calendar watch with a look like no other.  Lange & Sohne has been getting a lot of press and winning awards lately, and with good reason:  this is one of the most aesthetically-appealing watches we’ve seen.  It’s like a painting.

Cost: TBA

Site: Alange-Soehne.com

3. Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver

I would wear this stylish, elegant watch in completely dry environments.  It would look just at home on a stroll under the downtown street lights.  But it is water-resistant with a helium valve to protect the watch at great depths.

Cost: $3,000

Site: MauriceLacroix.com

4. WeWood Jupiter

Creative uses for materials has been the rage for a couple of years, and these boutique gems are made from the wood used to smoke meat, or, when there’s no meat, to make guitars.  Forming from function is what this Jupiter is all about, and it’ll give you the time in multiple time zones.

Cost: $139

Site: We-Wood.us

5. Tisson Navigator

International is in.  Being on the go is in.  When I’m looking for a good excuse to get out of a lame gathering I look down at my Tisson Navigator, with its display of 24 time zones, and say, “woah, I have to be in Rotterdam in six hours or I’ll miss the pub crawl.”

Cost: $3,499

Site: Farfo.com

BUSINESS

1. Gucci Timeless Automatic

The steel bracelet is standard for business since it goes with suits of any color.  Going designer is key, because dressing for the job you want includes your wrist attire.

Cost: $1,295

Site: Lover.ly

2. Movado Bold

Elegant but not staid,  the slightly whimsical design says creativity and innovation.

Cost: $850

Site: Bloomingdales.com

3. Salvatore Ferragamo Two-Tone Chronograph

Tired of choosing between silver and gold?  End the madness with this Swiss  stunner.  Comes with a tachymeter and chronograph function.

Cost: $1,196

Site: Symasites.com

4. Brera Classico

 

Perfect for a luncheon or power golf outing, this leather-strapped watch uses quartz movement and exudes casual charm.

Cost: $650

Site: NeimanMarcus.com

5. Michael Kors Silver Oversized Runway Watch

How can you argue with a famous fashion designer?  There’s something ultra-silver about this watch.  Uber-silver, you might say.

Cost: $225

Site: Polyvore.com

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