While some people might be replacing watches with smartwatches or fitness trackers, we still believe a quality timepiece is an essential executive accouterment. Serving two purposes; it makes a statement about your style and standing, and it tells you the time (which is incredibly useful).
So, whether you flex a rugged, tech-heavy chronograph or a classic, slimline dress watch designed to compliment your suits, your choice of a watch says a lot about you.
That’s why we’ve taken care to pick out the best men’s watches available to buy, including the timepieces that caught our eye at Baselworld this year.
Before you start, here are a few watches buying tips to keep in mind:
- Remember the basic rules. Black leather strap for formal wear, metal strap with a black face for the office, and a chronograph for weekend escapades
- Much like shorts with suits, oversized hats, and the Hoxton fin, these things all have a shelf life. That’s okay if you’re thinking budget, but if you’re splashing the cash it’s best to stay classic
1. AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK CHRONOGRAPH
Audemars Piguet, also known as AP, is a favourite of the rap elite. The company was founded in 1875, and the Royal Oak is the brand’s most popular model.
We love this simple stainless steel model with a blue Grand Tapisserie pattern dial. It features a self-winding manufacture calibre 2385 movement with a 40-hour power reserve and is water-resistant to 50 metres.
2. BAMFORD LONDON MAYFAIR DATE
The Bamford Mayfair Date is dependable and has the added benefit of being waterproof to 10ATM, making it a great accessory for outdoor activities whilst remaining effortlessly cool and stylish.
3. BAUME SMALL SECONDS
Baume is a sustainability-minded watch brand which only launched earlier this year (2018). The brand aims to use sustainable, recycled, and up-cycled materials where possible, and the elegant watches are fully customisable, with over 2000 permutations achievable on an online configurator.
4. BELL & ROSS BR03-92 NIGHTLUM
This watch is for those who prefer square watches. No complicated bells and whistles here; the Bell and Ross BR03-92 has its roots in aviation, a heritage the folks at B&R have clearly channelled into the BR03’s straightforward, seconds-minutes-hours-date design.
Now happily available to those of us without our wings, the BR03 packs a sapphire crystal face and a hard-wearing leather strap.
5. BRAUN BN0021
Taking inspiration from Deiter Ram’s classic design, this Braun Watch is understated, sharp, and sophisticated. It’s not too chunky with a 38mm diameter, and only 8.5mm thickness. Perfect for industrial design fans.