Gunmetal Watches Are Winning the Arms Race

The oldies are golden, but the best new watches on the market have a very different finish.

The C.E.O. will give you a gold watch when you’ve put in your thirty years, but right now you want a promotion, not a token. Gold may be the color of loyalty and achievement, but strivers want deadly efficiency. That’s why watch designers are increasingly turning to firearms for inspiration and why gunmetal timepieces have become a must have for straight shooters.

Led by Harry Winston’s magnificent Z8, these watches are handsome reminders that luxury is as much about purpose as it is about prestige. With prices from $145 to $20,000, these watches offer a streamlined style for men on the make.