Looking to up your wardrobe into the luxury territory? Well, if you already have the bespoke suit, the leather shoes, and the designer scent, it’s time to let the accessories do the talking. Or if you’re more comfortable with T-shirts and jeans but still want to look like you own everything, a luxury timepiece is a perfect way to go.
Patek Philippe Grand Complications
There’s no question about it. If you want to be seen as someone important in any circle, having a watch on your wrist that automatically tells people that you can afford things is not only important – it is a necessity. If you’re new to luxury watches, a Patek may not be as attractive to you as more popular brands like Rolex and Omega, but getting one will elevate your taste tenfold.
There are a number of lines under the Patek Philippe brand, but the one to get is a Grand Complications. The watch is a culmination of the company’s constant push for watches that not only look and feel good; it should also have the best complications a watch should have, such as a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar, a moon phase indicator, and a minute repeater.
Suffice it to say, any watch from the Grand Complications collection has all of these. Now it’s up to your taste what to get exactly. If you want our specific recommendation, take a look at the 6002G Sky Moon Tourbillon. It is a cut above its brothers and sisters, with gold-applied Roman numerals in an 18k gold dial plate. To say that it’s a stunning watch is doing it a disservice.
Breguet Classic Tourbillon
Breguet is another classic Swiss watchmaker that you may not be familiar with, but that’s because its reputation doesn’t always precede it. But within the in-the-know crowd, when you’re sporting a Breguet in your wrist, you’ll surely gain the respect and attention of the right people.
The watch to get from this brand is the classic tourbillon with an open-worked design. It’s an avant-garde looking watch, not because of its “skeleton” aesthetic – for the uninitiated, that means that there isn’t technically a dial here, you’re directly looking at how the watch works inside – but because of the choices of materials on the case, as well as the inside of the watch.
Available in both platinum and 18-karat rose gold, Breguet’s classique tourbillon features a balance spring and escape wheel in silicon on its mechanical movement. At the heart of the watch is an in-house mechanical movement, with a water-resistance feature of 30m and a power reserve of 80 hours. This is the perfect watch to wear on weekdays!
A Lange & Söhne Perpetual Tourbillon
The only German watch in this list, the A Lange & Söhne Perpetual Tourbillon, is in a class of its own when it comes to its build, craftsmanship, and design. This is the watch to get when you want to have a conversation starter in your wrist, as most businessmen, at least the most successful ones, only exclusively follow the Swiss brands.
Don’t get us wrong – A Lange & Söhne is an indomitable brand in itself. But among the sea of Swiss watch brands that dominate the luxury market today, getting one from this brand is seen as a maverick choice. And don’t think for a moment that since the brand is not Swiss and is lesser known that it lists its watches at a more approachable price. Quite the opposite actually.
The watch to get from this German watchmaker is the perpetual tourbillon with only two models. Both models feature a manual-winding mechanical movement with a perpetual calendar, the brand’s patented tourbillon technology, and a moon phase display. Plus it’s also a chronograph! And a flyback at that. Set up an appointment and show with the one in platinum with a black dial to really see what’s up!
Okay, this list will not be complete without a Rolex. The brand is the face of luxury watches around the world. Having a Rolex instantly screams you have arrived – in life, in business, and in everything else. Or at least that’s what they want you to believe. Nevertheless, the company has proven time and again that it knows its stuff which results in constantly producing the best wristwatches in the world!
Many will tell you to get a GMT, but the Submariner is actually the better choice. It comes in a ceramic bezel with a bright blue dial that’s perfectly legible even underwater. The yellow gold and Oystersteel case is as iconic as the brand is, and under the hood, you get the company’s proprietary movement!
Getting one or two of these watches will require a lot of money, so if you’re just starting to invest in luxury watches, you’ll need to know where your priorities, and loyalties, lie. Every single one of the above-listed watches is works of their own merits, so trust and believe that you won’t be wasting your money on it.