How To Choose the Right Watch For You
Buying a luxury watch is a huge investment, and you want to make sure you make the right choice. With such a vast range of brands, styles and functions available, it is important to research your potential watch extensively before committing to a purchase.
It might seem like a silly question, but the first step in deciding which watch is best for you is asking yourself, “Why do I want to buy a watch?”. The obvious answer may be just “to tell the time”, but there are so many other functionalities to high end watches.
You may be looking for a classic piece for telling the time, you may want a stopwatch function, or you may just want an alluring accessory to add an extra je ne sais quoi to your outfit. Take the time to consider what you are actually looking for out of your timepiece, and use this as the foundation in your research towards finding the perfect luxury watch.
Who are you?
Often, high end watchmakers create beautifully crafted watches designed to fit very niche markets. Take the Rolex Milgauss for example. Rolex engineered this watch specifically for scientists, allowing it to be exposed to high magnetic fields without the watch being affected. If you are in a specific industry, there may well be a high end watch with your name on it, designed to compliment your lifestyle.
For the professional
As a professional, it is essential to always look polished, and embody your ambition, drive, and success. A classic luxury watch is a surefire way to add to this look, and always finishes off a suit.
To achieve this look, you want to look for a classic watch with no fussy detailing. You want to add a chic element to your look, but your watch should be a complimentary accessory to your outfit, not take over the whole look. Avoid watchfaces with a lot of bling or unusual extras.
The Raymond Weil Maestro (pictured below) is a perfect example of a professional watch; a traditional dial aesthetic with a luxurious leather strap alongside subtle elegant detailing.
For the traveller
Whether you travel often for business or pleasure, a high end wristwatch is the perfect travel companion. If your globetrotting means you are often in different timezones, consider a luxury watch that has the ability to showcase numerous time zones on the dial.
Patek Philippe’s World Time model is an impeccable choice for the travelling professional, with the ability to jump through timezones at the press of a button, accompanied by the usual high quality you receive with a Patek Philippe.
For the sportsman
When looking for a high end sports watch, you want a durable piece that can withstand your activities. A strong case is essential, alongside acceptable water resistance, however, it must still look elegant and not out of place in other settings.
Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak is the mother of all luxury sporting watches. A classic released back in 1972, the Royal Oak has all the benchmarks of the ultimate sporting watch, sitting inside an exquisite exterior casing. A true modern icon.
For the driver
Whether you’re a professional racecar driver or just a racing enthusiast, a watch that can measure high speeds is an impressive addition to your collection.
Rolex’s Daytona is a go-to piece for the modern day racecar driver. With its ability to measure speeds of up to 300mph and a manual winding mechanism that allows for the increased wind speeds involved in motorsports.
Other things to consider
There are several other factors to consider when it comes to purchasing a high end watch. Are you looking for a formal or casual piece, or something that sits in the middle? Do you want a chronometer or a chronograph? Chronographs have a built in stopwatch feature, but they can also be present in a chronometer that has passed intense precision tests.
Lastly, always go with a style that suits you best, whether that be a classic look, or something more modern. A watch should always compliment your style, so consider this when choosing your luxury watch.