Finding the perfect watch for you is something largely akin to finding the Holy Grail – it’s a long journey, but one that is certainly worth taking because there are few luxury accessories that provide more of a window into a man’s sense of style than his choice of timepiece. Needless to say, owning a luxury watch is a symbol of status, but this doesn’t mean that it has to be an in-your-face type of accessory; one that everybody has to notice so you feel justified in shelling out a large sum of money on it. In my opinion, some of the finest men’s luxury watches on the market are of the understated variety – the ones which let their quality speak for themselves.
Let’s take a look at three of the best:
Baume & Mercier Clifton – Price $3,000 Approx.
Baume and Mercier is one of the world’s oldest and most respected brands of luxury watches, and it is not difficult to see why they have experienced such enduring success when you consider that they are still crafting breath-taking, yet understated, timepieces like the spectacular Baume & Mercier Clifton pictured above. This exemplary timepiece has impressive features aplenty including a brown, alligator leather strap, sapphire crystal case back, “Cotes de Genève” decoration and 50m water resistance. An utterly astounding watch, but one that doesn’t feel the need to shout from the rooftops about just how luxurious and stylish it truly is.
Longines Heritage – $1200 Approx.
Another watchmaker with an unparalleled heritage in watchmaking is that of Longines and this reputation has been accrued through making exceptionally stylish timepieces like the Longines Heritage pictured above. Originally founded in 1832, they have been making high-end luxury timepieces for well over 150 years, so you know that if you opt for a Longines timepiece, you are investing in a piece of horological history and they are firmly established as one of the world’s most respected purveyors of luxury timepieces.
The wonderfully elegant Longines Heritage above boasts a whole host of features that sets it apart from the crowd. Just a few of its most impressive characteristics include matching gilt “Dauphine” watch hands, luxurious black alligator leather strap, Swiss-made automatic movement, polished steel case and 38 hour power reserve.
Gucci G-Timeless – Price $900 Approx.
Whilst the Italian fashion house, Gucci, may not be the first name that springs to mind when it comes to equipping your wrist with an understated accessory, there is no denying the classical style of the fantastic Gucci G-Timeless above. It exudes Italian style and boasts an extremely affordable price tag (so far as luxury watches are concerned) so it is the perfect choice of timepiece for those looking for their first high-end timepiece.
The Gucci G-Timeless watch above offers the wearer a number of features that will impress including a Swiss-made quartz movement, anthracite grey dial, polished steel case, sapphire crystal glass case with anti-reflective coating and an ultra-slim fit with just a 6mm thickness. An extraordinarily stylish watch and one that offers the sort of understated look that any man would enjoy.
All of these timepieces can be found online at The Watch Gallery.
Author info: Leo Parker is a luxury lifestyle blogger who has an affinity for fine timepieces from the likes of Breitling, Baume & Mercier and IWC but, alas, cannot afford the timepieces which he so often writes about. He writes for a number of men’s lifestyle and luxury living blogs and magazines.