A watch is more than just a practical accessory to tell time. Men’s watches are statement pieces that reflect your personality, wealth, and success. A great watch complements any outfit and is made from high-quality materials that last for decades. Classic watches from luxury watch brands such as Rolex, Cartier, and Patek Philippe are great options if you’re looking for a timepiece to enjoy now and later pass down in your family as an heirloom. These brand’s signature styles and quality craftsmanship upgrade any outfit.
1. Rolex Datejust
Nothing says luxury quite like a Rolex watch. Rolex watches symbolize power and status, and many businessmen and political figures have worn class Rolex styles through the years. Dwight D. Eisenhower is closely associated with Rolex and can be seen in many photos wearing his Rolex Datejust while working in the White House.
The newest model of the Rolex Datejust watch retains its classic features, including its signature fluted bezel and silver watch face with a palm motif. The dial is easy to read with gold hour markers that won’t tarnish. It’s covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal case featuring a cyclops lens to magnify the date window 2.5 times in size. This watch also has a chromalight display with blue illumination to help you read the time even in low light conditions.
The Datejust has a perpetual self-winding movement with excellent precision timing that accounts for hours, minutes, and seconds. It also features a high-performing Paraflex shock absorbing oscillator for added protection while you’re on the move. The watch movement is made from nickel-phosphorus to manage interference from magnetic fields.
The watch has a five-piece metal link bracelet available in all Oyster Steel and various two-tone metals featuring Oystersteel and gold. With options in white, yellow, and rose gold, you’ll be able to find the perfect watch to pair with your wardrobe. All Datejust watches come with a folding Oysterclasp featuring a 5mm extender link for added comfort.
2. Cartier Ballon Bleu
Cartier has been designing sophisticated watches since 1847. The Ballon Bleu watch is a newer model that was first introduced in 2007. Despite its young age, this watch is a prime example of the brand’s attention to detail and fine craftsmanship. It features Cartier’s recognizable black Roman numerals and blue steel sword-shaped hands on the watch face. The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protects your watch face from scratches. The round case features an integrated blue bubble winding crown and guard that’s unique to this model.
Ballon Bleu’s bracelet is available in stainless steel and other precious metals, as well as interchangeable leather bands in sizes 36mm to 45mm for the perfect fit. The watch’s automatic movement and water resistance of 100 feet allow for carefree wearing during all your activities.
Cartier has designed additional Ballon Bleu models since, including the Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon and Ballon Bleu Extra Flat. The Flying Tourbillon is Cartier’s first tourbillon with an automatic movement, while the Extra Flat offers the same design and details as the original but with a slimmer case. The Ballon Bleu collection is popular with celebrities and royal families throughout the world; even former President Bill Clinton has one in his watch collection.
3.Patek Philippe Calatrava
Terms like “classic” and “iconic” are often associated with watches from Patek Philippe. The Calatrava was first introduced in 1932 using classic Swiss watchmaking designs and craftsmanship. The elegant round wristwatch of the Calatrava 5196R comes in 18k rose gold with a sapphire crystal case back. The 39mm case is great for any wrist, not oversized or too small for a larger man to wear. The Calatrava Mens 5196R-001 modelhas a chocolate brown alligator leather bracelet with square scales and a prong buckle. It is also water-resistant up to 100 feet. This watch’s classic styling and high-quality design and production make it a great option to treasure now and pass down to your children for future generations to enjoy.
4. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
The Royal Oak, considered the world’s first luxury sports watch, has been a staple of the Audemars Piguet lineup since 1972. The timepiece is beloved by collectors and ranks as one of the most covetable investment timepieces in the world. The Royal Oak’s masculine styling is emphasized by the iconic octagonal bezel and exposed hexagonal screw — shapes that are also reflected in the watch’s crown. The striking tapisserie patterned dial is available in a range of chic colors, from black and white to blue and tan.
The Royal Oak comes in a variety of styles, including complications and tourbillon. One of the most classic models is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15500ST.OO.1220ST.03 with a 41mm stainless steel case and integrated bracelet with a folding clasp. The self-winding timepiece is powered by a 32 jewel caliber 4302 and features a 70 hour power reserve.
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