Pocket of Gold

Man is obsessed with time. Synchronization with the pace of the day, sun passing into moon, has been his instruction for personal organization since, well, time immemorial. From the earliest chronikers to the most modern timepieces, the more refined the watchwear a gentleman flashes, the more directly he signals his confidence and smooth control of his pursuits. Sirs, what you don on your wrist is a testament of who you are.
Shown here: 14k yellow gold Waltham covered pocket watch with white porcelain dial and black Arabic numbers (circa 1925), $2500, available at le joaillier in Locust Valley and Garden City.

Some names are the gold standard in watchwear. You know them, you’ve seen them, you’ve donned them on your own wrist. Since its inception in the early 1900s, Rolex has been known for precision and grace of style. The latest pieces are true to the history of the brand yet boast modern updates. Shown here are Rolex Day-Date piece in gold with black face and President bracelet and Rolex Deep Sea 44mm steel Oyster bracelet, both unmistakably Rolex in design and perfection of accuracy.

Like great works of art, and other coveted collectors’ items, truly special pieces are available in limited supply, but occasionally are attainable by savvy purveyors of pre-owned assets.Shown here are two outstanding examples: Jaeger LeCoultre Extreme World Chrono “Orange Crush” Paris Limited Edition, one of 50pcs, and Audemar Piguet “Royal Oak Offshore Scuba Wempe,” one of 175 watches made for Wempe as an exclusive Gent’s Wristwatch. Both quality, certified pre-owned models boasting full pedigrees.

All watches this page: H. L. Gross & Bro, Garden City, a family owned and operated leader in new, pre-owned and unique collections of timepieces.

Classic style is timeless. It is new again at each meeting. It is inspiring at every turn, complementary to any partner. It is understated, but not lacking in presence. Makers of fine chronographs fashion their pieces with this in mind, matching aesthetics with superior precision and functionality. The latest pieces are no different, but there’s just something about those antiques. One part adventuring Mad Man, one part no-nonsense mogul, these pieces are the hallmark of a gentleman’s best yin-yang.
Shown here: 14K yellow gold Longines tank style strap watch with silver dial and 17 jewel mechanical movement (circa 1925), $995, 18K two-tone E. Gübelin Lucerne strap watch with 17 jewel mechanical movement and subsidiary second hand indicator (circa 1925), $2950, and 18K white gold ultra thin open face pocket watch with classic art deco numbers and Swiss mechanical movement and subsidiary second hand indicator (circa 1920), $1950. All available at le joaillier in Locust Valley and Garden City.

Stout True
The latest timepieces for men are bold, take-charge affairs that bespeak the wearer’s commanding personae. Subtlety? There is of course (ahem) a time and a place for everything—the size of the face should be consistent with the occasion—but you’re in no timid mood. Today’s elegant medium-to-large faces transcend work into play (repeat as desired), while maintaining a professional look. But when the sleeves roll up to dig into serious play, a substantial horologe is just the thing. Shown here: GV2 black “skeleton” watch, Gevril Avenue of the Americas white gold Serenade, Montres de Luxe “Thunderbolt” black dial watch, Eterna “KonTiki Anniversary” watch and Edox Royale. Available at fine jewelers like Mayfair (Woodbury & Commack). Prices upon request.

Photos: Antfarm Photography Words: Roxanne Deiter