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The top 6 luxury men’s watches costing over £5k

By Adrianna Johns  |  September 1, 2020

Whilst some have replaced watches with their smartphones and other digital devices, we continue to have the belief that a quality timepiece is an essential addition to any jewellery collection.

Effortlessly enhancing your appearance and style, a high-quality watch is truly an investable item, and when properly looked after it will undoubtedly last the test of time – perhaps even grow in value.

Whether you are a devoted timepiece collector searching for the next investment or someone who is wishing to purchase their first luxury watch, we have curated a list of the top six luxury men’s watches — no expenses spared.

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Open, £7,300

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Known for creating one of the world’s most famous movements in the history of watchmaking, this watch in the Zenith Chronomaster collection is truly a one-of-a-kind timepiece that should feature on your wrist.

Designed with a beautiful blue sunray dial placed underneath a Sapphire crystal glass for protection, the El Primero Open comes equipped with a tachymeter scale, three chronograph sub-dials at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, as well as contrasting silver-tone hands and hour markers.

Taking the style to a new level, the watch features an opening on the blue dial that shows the heart of the stunning design, showcasing the El Primero Calibre 4061 automatic movement ticking inside.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Co-Axial 42mm, £8,215

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Originally designed specifically for divers and professionals working underwater in 1957, this spectacular collection has thrived in the public eye, and thereby been upgraded and developed to face new adventures.

Continuing to appeal to those with devotion for diving, this watch can reach up to an impressive 300 metres and features the trustworthy OMEGA Master Chronometer calibre 8800 self-winding movement which provides a 55-hour reserve – perfect for the adventures life throws at you.

A black ceramic dial featuring laser-engraved waves is presented on a flawless and robust 42mm stainless steel case that also holds a Ceragold diving scale. What are you waiting for?

Ronde Solo de Cartier watch, 42mm 18K pink gold, £8,500

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For those who prefer a more classical style, the Ronde Solo de Cartier timepiece is exactly what you need.

Designed with timeless elegance and several signature Cartier elements that were inspired by its iconic Ronde de Cartier piece – roman numerals, blue-sword shaped hands, a rail-track minute circle and an eye-catching winding mechanism crowned with a stunning sapphire.

Featuring 18k rose gold and steel, as well as an alligator leather strap, calendar aperture beside the 3 o’clock mark and a self-winding mechanical movement with trustworthy calibre Cartier 049, this timepiece is truly classic and elegant.

Breitling B01 Chronomat 44, £10,030

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Having been designed in 1984 to celebrate the Freece Tricolori military aerobatic display team, this spectacular collection truly reflects the dedication Breitling has always had for sports and performance.

Truly an elegant, innovative and charming creation is a perfect choice for those who are enthusiastic about finding a sports-inspired timepiece whilst refusing to sacrifice on style and sophistication.

With a high water-resistance, the Chronomat is capable of reaching up to 500 meters — fantastic for divers — and will continue to deliver precise timekeeping in any type of environment.

IWC Portugieser Chronograph, £15,500

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Elegant and wonderfully refined, the IWC collection has been one of the oldest and most recognisable of the Portugieser family.

This watch features an alligator leather strap, a spectacular charcoal grey dial that is protected in an 18ct rose gold case. Designed with matching rose gold hands and hour markers to truly enhance its mesmerising aesthetic.

Maintaining the technically and aesthetically advanced features that it has been known for, this timepiece is precious and assuredly worth the investment, as it will ultimately grow in value throughout the years.

Santos de Cartier Watch, £27,300

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A truly magnificent timepiece, the Santos De Cartier Men’s watch has a sophisticated touch that emanates a sense of timelessness. This captivating design is bound to turn heads at any event.

This collection was originally introduced in 1904 when Louis Cartier promised to Alberto Santos-Dumont that he would create the first-ever wristwatch suitable for flying. Fast-forward to today and this collection has undoubtedly become one of Cartier’s most iconic designs.

A silvered opaline dial – featuring blued-steel, sword-shaped hands and Roman numerals – is protected by an 18ct yellow gold case that is beautifully decorated with a seven-sided crown set with a faceted sapphire on the side.

A truly wonderful investment, this watch also features an interchangeability system that allows you to switch the bracelet for the stunning dark brown alligator leather strap – perfect for adapting the timepiece to any outfit and event.

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