12 Perfect Men's Steel Watches

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The essential addition to every man’s watch collection.

The timepieces du jour may lean toward bright crocodile straps, but when it comes to a man’s essentials, the steel watch endures. Fortunately, this classic reaches far and wide, including all types of complications and all levels of commitment, from Tag Heuer’s new Carrera Calibre 1887 chronograph, powered by the company’s first in-house movement, to F.P. Journe’s horological masterpiece, the Sonnerie Souveraine, which uses steel instead of gold or platinum to achieve a more resonant sound on its striking complication (it has ten patents on it—and a $795,750 price tag to match). Here, a look at the best investments in the most functional of metals.