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When it comes to developing your personal style, remember: It’s all in the wrist.

With a wide variety of styles and prices to choose from, watches are a good way to inject some personality into your professional wardrobe.

Ira Krieger, president of Miami-based Krieger Watches, says his diver and pilot watches are two of his most popular styles. Krieger’s Oceana Watch – which tells the tides of the ocean – retails for around $2,000 but he doubts that most men use that function.

“Men love technical pieces, whether they use the functions or not,” Krieger says.

Women also appear to have a growing affinity for mechanical watches and complicated functions. In March, Seiko introduced what it is touting as the world’s first analog solar-powered GPS watch, as well as a new partnership with one of the most recognizable faces in U.S. women’s soccer, goalie Hope Solo.

The “Astron” resets itself to the accurate time in any time zone with the push of a button. More than 100 patents were used in the creation of this watch, which starts at $2,300.

Brushed-metal finishes and brown leather bands top the popularity list for watches in the workplace. But simplicity in design, along with the use of rose gold – which gives a “softer look” than yellow gold – are equally important trends for 2012.

With many companies adhering to casual dress codes, accessories become even more important. If you want to express your identity, watches are a timely way to do it.

Photograph: Breitling Chronograph Unitime