A wristwatch is a man’s ultimate accessory. No longer worn simply for their functionality, watches have become a symbol of masculinity, formality and confidence, projecting style and elegance from its wearer. Whether you want to tell the time when working, while partaking in some extreme watersports or at a formal function it’s a good idea to have a selection of timepieces to choose from for each occasion. You will always have a watch on your wrist, so make sure it’s a stylish offering and fit for purpose.
With an array of luxury watch brands across the globe, who have been perfecting their offerings for generations, the world of watchmaking is an interesting one with so many options available. Do you opt for a mechanical, quartz or spring drive watch? What size is right for your wrist? What materials and mechanisms do you need to consider? With all of the fantastic options out there, ready and waiting for your investment, we’ve done the hard work for you and shortlisted our favourite watches for just about any occasion going.
We’ll start with something simple – the everyday watch. Designed for use just about anywhere Seiko watches have so many different styles of watches but the Grand Seiko Sport Collection SBGE248 is something pretty special. A company established for 139 years, Seiko certainly have a solid history in the watch industry and this particular offering boasts a spring drive GMT caliber, 44mm stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel, dual curved sapphire crystal, with a power reserve of 72 hours. The watch is also 20 bar water resistant and the GMT hand can be adjusted to local time without stopping the movement so accuracy is maintained through different time zones.
With functionality and design at the core, diving watches are created for those in need of a reliable timepiece with extra features an obvious bonus too. No doubt the Rolex Deepsea in Oystersteel comes top of the list for a watersports watch. Boasting a material highly resistant to corrosion, an entirely waterproof system, luminescent display, ceramic bezel, 70 hours of power reserve, stop-seconds for precise time setting and waterproof to 3,900 metres with a helium escape valve, this watch is the finest for this activity.
Whether you are travelling for work or leisure it can be confusing keeping up with the differing time zones where you are and at home, especially if you’re in and out of meetings all day. We’re back to Seiko and their stylish designs and super-useful functions as highlighted by the SSE174J1 Astron limited edition black silicon and gold GPS solar men’s watch. This timepiece not only looks great with its black silicone strap and gold edging but its world time function (for 40 time zones), dual time, day display, automatic time adjustment and perpetual calendar are just some of the fantastic functions at hand to keep you on track wherever you are.
For a special occasion only the most superior dress watch is required. For this we’ve chosen the rather exquisite Vacheron Constantin Patrimony manual-winding – collection excellence platine. With a platinum 950 case and dial, transparent caseback with sapphire glass and bracelet material in Mississippiensis alligator in dark blue, this Swiss watch will certainly turn heads at any formal function. Founded in 1755, these watchmakers, based in Geneva, are the oldest manufacturer in uninterrupted activity – they have never stopped creating and crafting their luxurious watches and their innovation and style still shines today.
Whether you’re cycling, running, mountain-biking or partaking in some other type of sporty activity, you’ll want to know that you have a reliable piece of equipment on your wrist. Showcasing an annual calendar with moon phases, the Patek Philippe 5726A Nautilus self-winding watch will do just what you need it to. The rounded octagonal shape of its bezel, alligator strap with rectangular scales in matt black, day, date and month clearly displayed in apertures and water resistance to 120m makes this a fully functional and super stylish watch to wear during any sporting activity.