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Geneva Report: Top 4 Trends In Men's Watches For 2016

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Earlier this week we brought you a look at the four key trends we saw emerging in women’s watches based on the brands exhibiting in January at the SIHH luxury watch exposition, and on brands showing their new timepieces in other locations throughout the city of Geneva. Now we bring you a look at the top four trends we expect to see making their way to men’s wrists this year.

Blue. Just as color played a starring role in watches for women, the hue of blue is king of the stage for men this year. The luxe, rich hue is gracing everything from luxury watch dials to sport watch dials – often with soleil finishings, grid patterns and even in graduated tones.

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Skeletons. The art of carving away more than 70 percent of the metal from a watch components is no easy feat, but top watch brands are doing it, nonetheless. The beauty of these watches is visual. One can see the gears, wheels and other components — often in motion — through the dial side. It makes for a great statement of art and sophistication.

Date Obsession. This year’s unveilings of calendar watches will be very impressive. From annual calendars (that need an adjustment manually once a year) to perpetual calendars, watch brands are offering today’s busy consumer the ability to track days, dates, leap years (yes, this is a leap year) and moon phases on the wrist in new and easy-to-use renditions. Of course, a host of other important complications are also continuing to be re-invented and revised — but that is another story.

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Sport Watches. From aviation to auto-racing, timepieces that go the distance are all the rage — in every price point. Most of these watches have great design aspects, such as bold, legible dials for pilot watches, and stealth, high-tech materials with a burst of racing colors for auto-inspired watches. Chronographs (watches that time individual events) also continue to be staples in the men’s watch arena – often with vintage inspirations.