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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
2. Movado Bold
Elegant but not staid, the slightly whimsical design says creativity and innovation.
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.
4. Brera Classico
Perfect for a luncheon or power golf outing, this leather-strapped watch uses quartz movement and exudes casual charm.
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.