By Roberta Naas | December 21, 2015 | Watches & Jewelry
Top watchmakers are offering Philadelphia men a host of stunning timepieces crafted in steel that can be had for a steal.
Stainless steel watches allow men to indulge in haute horology without breaking the bank. Typically crafted from 316L grade steel, an alloy that is resistant to corrosion and rust, these handsome watches make a style statement that truly stands the test of time. But for some, the true beauty of steel lies in the fact that it’s much more affordable than gold or platinum, making it possible for premier brands to create timepieces with added functions and an approachable price. With this in mind, the holidays are the perfect time to put time on your side or in his stocking.
IWC’s Portofino Hand-Wound 8 Days Watch ($10,300)
The blue dial is powered by the caliber 59210 mechanical movement, and offers eight days of power reserve. The 45mm watch also features date, small hacking seconds subdial at 6:00, and power reserve indication at 9:00. Tourneau, King of Prussia Mall, 610-491-8801
Glashütte Original PanoReserve Watch ($11,500)
This timepiece houses the brand’s proprietary caliber 65-01 manual winding movement. The watch offers off-centered hours and minutes, a small seconds subdial, a Panorama date indication at 4:00, and power-reserve indication at 2:00. Govberg Jewelers, 1521 Walnut St., 215-546-6505
This creation recalls the first Breitling chronograph, created in 1915. The new COSC-certified chronometer features a steel case with start/stop pusher at 2:00 and a supple steel Milanese mesh bracelet. The mercury silver dial with luminescent numerals offers vintage appeal. Benari Jewelers, 299 Main St., Exton, 610-363-8450
Railroad Watch from Hamilton ($2,045)
This watch houses the exclusive Hamilton H21 movement with automatic chronograph and 60 hours of power reserve. It offers hours, minutes, seconds, weekday, and date, as well as chronograph hours, minutes, and seconds. Bernie Robbins, 200 N. Sycamore St., Newtown, 215-579-8224
Photography by Jeff Crawford