by Agatha Gilmore | November 12, 2012
"Watches are trending as the ultimate accessory right now," says Jessica Brown, senior director of luxury goods for Rymax, a NJ-based incentive house. "Instead of owning one or two classic timepieces, program participants are redeeming for a variety of pieces to build the ultimate watch wardrobe."

It comes as no surprise then that eye-catching details like oversize cases, diamonds and crystals, rich gold, and two-tone plating are hot right now - both for men and women, according to Adrienne Forrest, vice president of special markets for Bulova Corporation.  

A case in point is the brilliant Bulova Fairlawn Collection timepiece (style 96R160), which features 20 individually hand-set diamonds, an elegant rectangular case, a patterned white mother-of-pearl dial, stylized Roman numerals, blue metallic hands, and a blue cabochon crown. It is water resistant up to about 98 feet. $450,

Meanwhile, the Citizen Eco-Drive Regent Chronograph (FB1220-53D) dazzles with 28 diamonds set in an oversize 35-millimeter case, sapphire glass, mother-of-pearl dial, and a one-second chronograph. $550, [email protected]

Also popular are watches with "a vintage feel but a modern edge, thanks to the popularity of TV shows like 'Mad Men' and 'Boardwalk Empire,'" Brown says. This includes the return of leather straps, she adds.

The Philip Stein novelty timepiece features an elegant, oversize 35-millimeter round face set with 52 diamonds, a mother-of-pearl dial, roman numeral markers, and  Natural Frequency Technology - which mimics frequencies believed to be beneficial to life and overall well-being. It also features a striking, gunmetal-gray ostrich-leather strap. It is water resistant up to 96 feet. $2,160,
Meanwhile, for men, the ESQ by Movado Quest series chronograph (style 07301401) is right on trend with a rose-gold ion-plated case, textured silver-toned dial, three timing subdials and date display, and brown crocodile-embossed leather strap. It is water resistant up to 96 feet. $495,


This Bulova Self-Winding Mechanical Collection watch (style 96A120) is similarly stylish with a unique, brown patterned dial, rose-gold accents, luminous-fill hands, and a brown leather strap. It also highlights another popular feature this winter: technology. With more than 100 precisely calibrated working parts, including 21 jewel bearings, the watch draws its power source from the wearer's movements and even includes an exhibition caseback for a view of classic timekeeping. It is water resistant up to about 98 feet. $450,

Gunmetal gray is an increasingly popular choice for men, Brown says, while Forrest reiterates that chronographs and multifunction watches are still very fashionable.

The Tissot PRS 330 (style T0764171103700) features a sporty, a 44-millimeter stainless steel case, stainless steel bracelet (rubber is also an option), chronograph, fiery red hand and dial accents, and Swiss-made quartz movement. It is water resistant up to about 328 feet. $750,

The Citizen Eco-Drive World Chronograph A-T (style AT8010-58E) is billed as  the world's most accurate watch and features a radio-controlled perpetual chronograph, half-second chronograph, and perpetual calendar. It is water resistant up  to about 656 feet. $575, [email protected]