With the huge array of watches now available, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the choice on offer. Whether you’re buying your first watch, or adding to your collection, we’ve put together a selection of must-haves, with how best to wear them.
Are you even a true watch lover if you don’t own a Moonwatch? It’s no surprise that this striking piece is so popular. The iconic history behind this classic is well known, but for those unaware, we’ll set the scene. It is 1969, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong set off on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. On their wrists lies an Omega Speedmaster which became the first watch on the moon.
The Moonwatch was not chosen at random. The Omega Speedmaster was carefully selected for its precision, reliability and ability to withstand fierce conditions. Hand-selected by NASA, was there really any other choice? If you were to own only one watch, it has to be the Moonwatch.
Wear with: Literally anything! Moon boots? Available here.
Possibly one of the most underrated brands on the market, Jaeger-LeCoultre is known in the trade as the “Watchmaker of Watchmakers” with good reason. Their passion and drive to improve their craft and delicate approach to modern watchmaking has made the Reverso an icon.
As the name suggests, the case can be reversed and swivelled, creating a whole new look. It’s not all just for the purpose of aesthetics either. The other side could be a simple case back to add protection to the glass or display a different time zone for frequent travellers. As a watch lover, you will certainly appreciate the level of craftsmanship and passion that is poured into the compact yet complex watch. The brand has also just upped its game by introducing eight years warranty with their watches.
Wear with: A nice classic tailored suit, but (surprisingly) also goes well with a t-shirt & jeans combo. Available here.
Collecting watches shouldn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, and Longines is the perfect example. Their vision to create watches built on tradition, elegance and performance and at more affordable prices, has allowed Longines to blossom into one of the best-selling Swiss watchmakers.
The Longines Flagship Heritage is a well-respected which boasts a simple, sleek look, whilst simultaneously delivering precision and reliability. There’s not one aspect of this watch you can fault.
Wear with: All outfits. This watch adapts to you. Available here.
Rolex needs no explanation. The household name is loved by everyone. While they can be difficult to get a hold of, once you get your hands on one, it will become your prized possession.
Because Rolex is such an iconic brand name, you may think “how can a watch live up to that?” but trust us, it does. Rolex has so many achievements to back up the hype and confirms the brand as one of the most respectable watchmakers.
You may see someone wearing the classic Datejust or the sporty Submariner, but how many people have you seen with the beautifully crafted and charming 18ct Yellow Gold Cellini Pocket Watch? None, I bet. It is such a unique piece that is worth treasuring and only bringing out for special occasions. Or wear it every day and complement your quirky style. Either way, it draws attention and it will undoubtedly turn heads.
Wear with: An Italian suit and confidence.
Another example of a certified no-brainer, the Monaco has made its name by being the first square chronograph watch. A truly unusual case shape for a wristwatch, the Monaco is in a league of its own and no other square watches come close.
It is much loved by watch collectors and non-watch lovers alike who are intrigued by the unconventional style.
Wear with: A casual yet quirky outfit. Checked trousers or jeans. Available here.
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