8 of Our Favorite Luxury Watches from the Last 5 Years
If you need a watch that oozes style, elegance, and masculinity, then look no further. For those who have the confidence and coinage, here’s our 8 favorite luxury watches of the last half decade.
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute
The Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute, $9200, is a space age homage that boasts all the wonderful bells and whistles a chronograph of its caliber should: a a 43mm diameter, 70 hour power reserve, respectable water resistance, and, a unique dial rendered in military time. Avaialable in steel, stainless steel or 18K red gold, Breitling has made the Navitimer versatile enough to elevate sheer simplicity to bold elegance.
Rolex Sea Dweller 4000
With the Sea Dweller 4000, $10,560 , Rolex has delivered a monster of a sports watch that dives to a depth of 4000 feet. The case is 40mm steel, the Cerachrom bezel is virtually scratch proof, and the 60 minute graduations allow for the hardcore to monitor their diving with to the minute pinpoint accuracy.
Bremont Jaguar MKIII
The Bremont Jaguar MKIII pairs the sleek luxury of the Jaguar E – type with a modern nod to timeless watchmaking. Made entirely in the UK, this watch is faithful to its homage, with everything from little nuances on the dial to winding that mimics the rotation of tires. Add to that a sleek black dial fitted with the Jaguar logo, and one might get the impression they are putting the keys in the ignition when they strap this watch on.
Burberry Britain BBY1211
The Burberry Britain BBY1211, starting at around $1800, is an understated affair of unparalleled class. Clocking in at 43mm, the watch comes in a sweet 18K rose gold with a chestnut brown leather strap, equipped with Super LumiNova hands that will give you the time even in the darkest of night.
Shinola Chrono Runwell Sport
2016 found everybody clamoring to find out more about the very watch our outgoing POTUS rocks on his wrist, and it’s Sinola’s Runwell Sport, $875. The Runwell comes in a sleek stainless steel case with a double dome sapphire crystal and benefits from an Argonite 5050 Quartz movement that was assembled by hand using over 100 Swiss and other international components.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Audemars Piguet has reimagined the look and feel of its Royal Oak brand with the Royal Oak Tourbillon Concept. Here they forego the tradition of a dial for an intimate look at the machinery itself. The 44mm case is titanium and 16mm thick, making it robust yet svelte, a precision-rich timepiece set for a man of refined tastes, and big wallets – the watch starts at around $180k!
Devon Star Wars
In the wake of The Force Awakens’ blockbuster assault on the cinemas, watchmaker Devon unveiled a limited edition Star Wars timepiece. The general nuts and bolts are standard fare: stainless steel case, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. But for wealthy fanboys (retails at $28,500), there can be no substitute for the limited edition that is sold with TIE Fighter cufflinks.
Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Scubatec
The Patravi Scubatec by Carl F. Bucherer, starting at $6400, is for all intents and purposes the kind of watch a man straps on his wrist when going to the Met Gala. With its stainless steel case and ceramic bezel, it plays the spoiler role in coming dressed the part of the suave gentleman. But lift the lid and you quickly discover this is as functionally robust a specimen as they come. Water resistant up to 500m, the Patravi isn’t called Scubatec for no good reason. You’re encouraged to plumb the depths of the sea with this on your wrist. During decompression from the depths, there is a stainless steel automatic helium valve that releases gases in order to compensate.