It is not just shoes which make the man, it’s also his watch. Here are the top 5 luxury watches for men in Feb. 2017 worth checking out if you want to make a real statement.
5. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 85180
Founded by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the oldest Swiss watchmaker in the world. The company is based in Geneva, and operates with the motto: “Do better if possible, and that is always possible”. Over the centuries, this has translated into elegantly restrained designs which are a marvel of craftsmanship.
The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 85180 is a beautiful timepiece. This watch is obviously exquisitely crafted, but incorporates a clean and simplified design extremely pleasing to the eye.
Constantin watches stand out because of their pure beauty. The retail price for the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 95180 is about $22,500. It is money well spent and a pittance compared to other high-end luxury men’s watches.
- Self winding analog function
- Convex face design
- Gold hour markers
- Silver minute markers
- Transparent back
- Calendar date recorded at 6 o’clock position
- Gold casing
- Case that is 40 millimeters in diameter and 8.53 millimeters thick
4. Rolex Yacht-Master II
Rolex is arguably the best known brand in luxury men’s watches, and is a great introductory watch for the newly-successful man. While Rolex is known as a Swiss brand, many are surprised to learn the company was actually started in England in 1905, by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis. The company originally built watches using components imported from Switzerland, before changing its name to Rolex in 1908 and moving to Switzerland in 1919 to avoid exceedingly high wartime taxes.
Whatever the company’s origin, the Rolex Yacht-Master II is a statement of sophisticated manliness. This watch is clearly an accessory for the man who is both successful and powerful. First offered in 2007, the Yacht-Master II has a 44 millimeter stainless steel casing which incorporates gold, typical of a Rolex watch. The watch is analog with a blue Cerachrom insert made from a ceramic material. The hour markers are 18 carat gold and contrasted with beautiful blue watch arms.
The Rolex Yacht-Master II retails for approximately $30,000.
3.Blancpain Le Brassus Minute Repeater Carousel 0235-3631-55B
Launched in 1735, Blancpain is based in Biel, Switzerland and is known for its “supreme quality” brand. The company has a reputation for making high-quality watches for the discerning man while also taking a unique approach to their products’ visual appearance. The faces are often transparent, showing the time-keeping mechanism in great detail.
The Blancpain Le Brassus Minute Repeater Carousel 0235-3631-55B is a perfect example of the timepieces produced by Blancpain. It incorporates a carousel minute repeater with a one-minute flying carousel, to provide unparalleled performance. The watch case is 18 carat gold, with a white grand feu enamel dial which provides a transparent view of the inner workings of the timepiece. The case is 15.35 millimeters by 45 millimeters and secured with a brown alligator leather strap. This is truly an amazing watch and one of our real favorites.
The Blancpain Le Brassus Minute Repeater Carousel 0235-3631-55B lists for approximately $300,000 – a watch which makes a statement for the discerning (and very wealthy) gentleman.
2.Patek Philippe & Co. 5078R-001– Rose Gold – Men – Grand Complications
Patek Philippe & Co. is a Swiss timepiece maker based in Geneva. The company has made luxury timepieces since 1852 and is quite possibly the foremost luxury brand in the field. Their watches are of such quality that they have long been the choice of royalty, including Queen Victoria of England and Hussein Kamel, the former Sultan of Egypt. A Patek Philippe timepiece also holds the world record for the highest-priced watch ever sold; a Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication watch was purchased by Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Bin Ali Al-Thani of the Qatari royal family for just over $11 million. The Patek Philippe & Co. 5078R-001 – Rose Gold – Men – Grand Complications does not come with an $11 million price tag, but does offer the quality associated with the company’s brand.
The price for this masterful piece of craftsmanship ranges from $91,000 to $99,000.
This timepiece features a white face encased in rose gold, secured with a brown alligator pattern band. Its features include:
- Analog mechanical functionality
- Black watch arms and numbering
- Secondary seconds counter at base of face
- A beautiful enamel dial in a 38 millimeter case
- Sapphire crystal case backing
- A chime with two gongs
1. TOP CHOICE: Cartier 18k Rose Gold & Diamond Tank Anglaise Extra-Large Model
Surprisingly, our selection for the top men’s luxury watch does not come from a watchmaker located in Switzerland. Instead, we look to the west – specifically France – where we find Cartier. Founded in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, the Parisian jeweler has long been known as the dominant luxury brand in the world. Men’s watches have been part of the line of luxury products offered by Cartier for nearly 100 years, with the “Tank” line originating in 1917; the inspirations for these watches were the French tanks used in World War I.
The Cartier 18k Rose Gold & Diamond Tank Anglaise Extra-Large Men’s Watch screams luxury. The timepiece is designed with a rectangular case and face. The case diameter is 46 millimeters and made of 18 carat rose gold with a diamond bezel. The vertical exterior is lined with two rows of diamonds on each side of the body running the full length of the case. The gold and diamond frame is offset by a beautiful silver lacquered face and a blue watch arm mechanism which also contains a calendar date mechanism. This timepiece is water resistant to 100 feet and comes with a 5 year warranty.
Quite simply, this watch is simply amazing. The Cartier 18k Rose Gold & Diamond Tank Anglaise Extra-Large Men’s Watch retails at $69,990.