Classic Timepieces: Best Luxury Watches for Men
A man’s watch adds a subtle hint of personality to standard business attire. This selection of the best time pieces cost a tidy sum, but they’re classic watches that are worth the investment.
CLASSIC watches do not come cheap, but the skill and craftsmanship involved in making the best luxury watches for men is extraordinary. If you have decided to invest significantly in an premium-standard watch, here are 11 of the classiest and best time pieces from the world’s finest watchmaking brands.
1. Rolex Datejust Stainless Steel
AS PERHAPS the most famous watchmakers in the world, Rolex have a universal appeal and flawless reputation. No list of the best time pieces would be complete without Rolex. Described by Rolex as “the modern archetype of the classic watch”, the Datejust is one of their signature models. Although the Datejust has had endless versions and reinventions, the simple stainless steel model lets the iconic shape shine through the best.
2. Cartier Tank Solo Watch
FIRST conceived in 1917, the Cartier Tank watch was inspired by the first Renault Tanks, and has an unmistakably art deco feel. The unique aesthetic makes it stand out even among the best time pieces, and it remains just as popular today. In the XL size, with stainless steel case, the unusual shape is even more evident, with a simple blue cabuchon crown on the side providing subtle decoration.
3. Tag Heuer Monaco
TAG HEUER’S Monaco was first released in 1969 in honour of the Monaco Grand Prix. It’s associated with the iconic screen star Steve McQueen, whose character wore one in the 1971 film Le Mans. This endorsement sealed its reputation as one of the world’s best time pieces. Its blunt square casing has ensured that the Monaco has remained a distinctive favourite among watch enthusiasts worldwide.
4. IWC Portuguese
WITH its large, simplistic aesthetic and origins as a modified pocket-watch, the International Watch Company’s Portugieser (Portuguese) model has a distinctive look that has set it apart from other watches since its creation in 1941. This Portugieser Chronograph has a sturdy stainless steel case and a stopwatch function with minutes and seconds.
5. Patek Philippe Calatrava
THE WATCH brand that’s regarded as the cream of the best time pieces among royalty and the upper-echelons of society has long been Patek Philippe, who supplied timepieces for Queen Victoria and have produced the most expensive watch ever sold. The beautifully straightforward design, based on the Bauhaus principles, looks best in clean white gold with a plain black leather strap. The only decoration on the watch is the beautiful exposed back, with a sapphire crystal display.
6. Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox
ONE OF the more modern watches on our list is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox, which was released in 1956, as the first ever automatic watch with an alarm function. Although most people use their smartphones as alarm clocks these days, the feature is handy for business trips. The watch has many convenient features like this, such as 45 hour power reserve and 5 bar water resistance.
7. Omega Speedmaster
NICKNAMED the Moonwatch, the Omega Speedmaster model has been a part of all six lunar missions, giving it a unique history rooted in adventure. The watch has a typical sports watch aesthetic, with a steel case, a black bezel with the tachymetric scale and three sub-dials measuring seconds, a 30-minute recorder and a 12-hour recorder.
8. Chopard LUC 1937 Classic
AS A premier watchmaker and jeweller, Chopard is often associated with “bling” watches, but the LUC 1937 Classic, an elegant three-hand watch, requires no embellishment. With its circular case medium sized face, and discrete date window, this watch is unisex and looks great on any wrist.
9. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
IF MORE rugged, bulky watches just aren’t your style, you may find Vacheron Constantin’s timepieces more to your taste. Inspired by watches from the 1950s, this Swiss-made Patrimony watch has a pink gold case with an elegant black leather strap. With manual winding, the Patrimony is water-resistance at 30m / 100ft.
10. Bell & Ross BR 01
NOT FOR the faint-hearted, the classic Bell & Ross BR 01 model is ideal if you want to make a statement with your timepiece. With its 46mm face and masculine square case, the watch pays homage to the brand’s heritage as a maker of aeronautical instruments. This model features a satin-brushed steel case and a heavy duty rubber strap.
11. Audemars-Piguet Royal Oak
CREATED in 1972, the Audemars-Piguet Royal Oak watch features a steel octagon-shaped case and an industrial aesthetic with visible screws. Revolutionary for its time, the watch is now a favorite with hip-hop stars and top athletes alike. This automatic model Royal Oak has a 60-hour power reserve, a black dial and 41mm face.