Here at Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, we will never tire of espousing the virtues of luxury wristwatch. In terms of look, feel, and status, there is simply no better investment for your wardrobe than a classic, exclusive timepiece.
More than that, though, watches have a living, breathing economy. Outside of their pure fashion value, the limited production run of manufacturers like Omega and Rolex means that they retain their value exceptionally well, and in many cases, they can actually be a solid investment.
With that in mind, we look forward to 2020, and identify four timepieces look out for next year. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so we recommend you also head to the Bob’s Watches page here for a further look.
They say that a good wristwatch can make for an icebreaker, and none more so than the Omega Speedmaster. Known colloquially as the ‘Moonwatch’, the classic-look stainless steel carries the weight of history on its sleek and minimalist shoulders.
The first timepiece present on the moon, the Omega Speedmaster was present on Buzz Aldrin’s arm during the Apollo 11 mission which placed man on the moon for the first time, and remains one of only a handful of watches which passes NASA’s stringent regulations for space travel.
Speaking of his decision to wear the watch, Aldrin said: “It was optional to wear while we were walking on the surface of the Moon. Few things are less necessary when walking around on the Moon than knowing what time it is in Houston, Texas. Nonetheless, being a watch guy, I decided to strap the Speedmaster onto my right wrist around the outside of my bulky spacesuit.”
If an endorsement from one of the world’s most famous space explorers is not significant enough for you, perhaps the price will be. Listed at $4,995 on Bob’s Watches, the Speedmaster is currently selling at a discount compared to the average cost of $5,150.
Panerai, named after its founder Giovanni Panerai, started out as a small watch manufacturer in Florence in the 1800s, before becoming the supplier of various technical equipment for the Italian forces in the time of the Second World War.
It is only a relatively recent development that Panerai is once again selling watches to the general public, and it marked this evolution by striking a commercial relationship with Italian motoring giant, Ferrari.
A black Italian leather strap with a stainless steel case and jet-black dial delivers on all of the key notes associated with the Panerai brand, and is available at the extremely reasonable price of $4,195 on Bob’s Watches, which represents another saving against the standard retail price of the Luminor.
If some Italian style is your thing, then look no further than this elegant timepiece.
A relative new kid on the block, the Rolex Yachtmaster 128604 was first manufactured in the early-1990s, when the 18-carat yellow gold original hit the market. Since then, Rolex have experimented heavily with the sport watch, including breaking its own rules by producing a smaller mid-size version of the design for the very first time.
This particular watch, though, catches our eye for its unique aesthetic, as well as its brave elastic strap. Basel World, the biggest luxury watch trade show, saw the Yachtmaster undergo the rubber strap treatment in 2015, to much curiosity amongst the gathered masses. After all, a rubber strap is perhaps not what you have in mind when you think of a luxury Rolex timepiece.
Of course, this is like no rubber strap you have ever seen. The bracelet actually features titanium and nickel blades, encapsulated in a rubber surface, known as elastomer. The result with this particular timepiece, particularly when it is coupled with the striking Everose finish, is one of the more unique Rolex wristwatches available on the market today.
Perhaps the lesser-known contemporary of Rolex and Omega, Oris is carving out a very tasty niche in its specialist areas of diving, aviation and sports – and we’ve identified a beautiful value-for-money Aquis Depth Gauge available on the market today.
Operating with a tried-and-tested 500 metre waterproof guarantee, the Oris carries that sleek, classic stainless-steel design that sees it hold its own alongside the better-known (and more expensive) brands, while stacking up for quality and innovation, too.
One such innovation is evident in the watch we have identified – with its patented depth gauge technology. By letting in a small amount of water in a small hole 12 o’clock, the timepiece can measure the depth of the dive by its corresponding pressure, providing the wearer with a depth display.
At just $1,795, the Oris is a really tempting purchase, and a must-look for any would-be watch owners who are considering diversifying their collection.