Time for a Change

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication

This season, men’s watches play to the tune of man’s best adventures and keep time with his style evolutions—whether it be precious metal accents, straps in luxurious materials, or, of course, split-second-synched mechanical innovations, because no one wants to be late, unless intentionally and incredibly stylishly so. 

Midas Touch

The metal of the season, a touch of rose gold is all it takes to transform a watch from mere mortal-style to godly status. There’s Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Day-Date ($35,550), a classic luxury watch in gold and accompanied with a jeweled face and fluted bezel.

The Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication by Audemars Piguet ($756,000) has an 18K pink gold case, sapphire dial, and even pink gold hour markers. The Royal Oak is also self-winding—best to keep your precious golden hours in watchful hands.

Speed Racer

Hublot's Big Bang Ferrari.

Hublot’s Big Bang Ferrari.

Inspired by the hairpin-turn world of Formula One racing, IWC is releasing a line of watches called “Ingenieur” for the man who just can’t stop moving at breakneck speed. The Ingenieur Auto Carbon Performance ($26,700) has a carbon fiber dial to withstand any wear and tear. Their Ingenieur Automatic ($6,600) echoes the hyper-efficiency of the Auto Carbon Performance, but is for the man who prefers to race in a tuxedo.

The Big Bang Ferrari Red Magic Carbon ($32,100) by Hublot is made with a carbon fiber case and bezel and sports a red-tinted sapphire crystal dial, echoing the Italian automaker’s infamous paintjob. Perfect for the speed demon with a taste for luxury, the Big Bang Ferrari’s face resembles a racecar’s speedometer.

Industrial Revolution

The F. P. Chronometre Optimum.

The F. P. Chronometre Optimum.

Harkening back to the days of steam power, these watches work with the same principles of efficiency and versatility, with leather-worn looks and gearhead-heavy themes resembling the sooty grit of the first industrial era.

Burberry, known for classic Britannia, has the aptly named The Britain ($1,795), with a rough-and-tumble bolt-looking face, weathered strap, and 40-hour power reserve.

The Chronomètre Optimum ($86,300) by F.P. Journe is made with 18K rose gold. The dial is a no-fuss, minimalist, absolute-essentials-only look, but the watch is built to the strictest of standards to ensure maximum luxury performance.

Oh Captain! My Captain!

These watches offer essential GPS-type information in a more attractive package, for life’s great adventures. The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master ($11,550) by Rolex has a deep-blue sea dial and nautical touches like a red second hand.

The Histoire de Tourbillon 4 (price upon request) by Harry Winston is designed for the traveler who has a hankering to defy gravity—literally. The original Tourbillon watch was patented at the turn of the 19th century in order to solve the disturbed accuracy of pocket watches due to the force of gravity. The latest Tourbillon features rotating cages so you’ll always know the precise time, no matter the position of the watch.

Fair Leather Friends

Raymond Weil Maestro.

Raymond Weil Maestro.

 As watch dials become more technologically advanced, so must the straps. The G-Timeless

Automatic by Gucci ($1,295) comes in two variations. One has a brown leather strap in a diamond-checked pattern and the other has a stainless steel strap with contrasting dark dial. But the Maestro ($1,495) by Raymond Weil features a classic leather strap for the man who wants to keep his wrist adornments simple but high-impact.

jarellano@observer.com