In the era of smartphones, watches are more about fashion than ever. They just happen to be the most complicated fashion accessories ever made. With that said, we think we have discovered a true gem. The Layer 24 [$598] from Minus-8 is constructed of individual PVD-coated stainless steel discs stacked on top of each other and tightly sealed for ultimate waterproof capabilities. This process is unique to Layer 24 and it has never been done before, making it the perfect candidate for our Best of Breed Award. Minus-8 is more than picky about how they choose their materials too. Of the 150 available versions of stainless steel, Minus-8 chose a very specific type, 316L (the “L” stands for Low Carbon), for its receptiveness to extremely tight machining tolerances. The first thing you notice about this watch is its weight to mass ratio. The watch is solid and noticeably well made. They way a car door sounds on an Aston Martin when you shut it, is how this watch feels on your wrist. The style leaves NOTHING to be desired. Powered by a Japanese automatic movement, the Layer 24 is a true work of art. There is a port on the back side so you can see the inner workings which you will find yourself showing to everyone who asks you about this watch. (And a lot of people will). In the place where beauty meets brawn is where the Layer 24 lives. On the Moh’s Scale of hardness, with 10 being the hardest (diamond), Corundum (sapphire) is a 9. Minus-8 chose these sapphire lenses for the Layer 24 (and all of their watches) due to their remarkable scratch resistance, clarity and strength. The machine crafted Layer 24 possess the perfect balance of masculinity, machine-like aesthetics and fashion.