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Top 10 Best Luxury Watches for Men Reviewed – Jan. 2020
The old saying “you are what you wear” is still true, particularly if you hang out with power players or are trying to impress ladies who appreciate style.
It is not just shoes which make the man, it’s also his watch. Here are the top 10 luxury watches for men in Jan. 2020 worth checking out if you want to make a real statement. This top 10 list is focused primarily on classical dress watches.
Groom+Style have created another list of sport-focused luxury mechanical watches – please check it out.
Tip: If these watches are a bit pricey then feel free to check out our best affordable luxury watch list.
Characteristics of a Luxury Watch
A luxury watch is an indication of status as well as a timepiece. In evaluating the top options, the primary characteristics you should consider are:
- Construction quality
- Style and complications
It may not sound like common sense, but features and extras are really the least important characteristics of a luxury watch. To be blunt, all the timepieces Groom+Style checked out are of extremely high quality, and the differences in their performance are minute (if you’ll pardon the pun). That’s why appearance, brand and price really determine the true value of each of these luxury watches.
Top 10 Luxury Watch List – Classical Dress Watch Focus
Needless to say, creating a top 10 list is a subjective process and opinions will differ. However, the review team believes all of these luxury men’s watches are exceptional from a functional and material perspective, while also looking impressive – sometimes, even artistic. You will notice a distinct Swiss influence in the list.
Once you have main your choice it would be worthwhile to read the Groom+Style’s article on how to service, maintain and care for your luxury mechanical watch which includes a section on the need to buy a watch winder to care for your new purchase.
The watches are listed from 10 to 1.
10. TAG Heuer Men’s Kirium F1
Founded by Edouard Heuer in 1860 in St-Imier, Switzerland, TAG Heuer has a distinguished history of offering luxury timepieces designed for use by the “active man”. Furthering this brand identification, the company has been long been associated with the finest in sailing and auto racing, and is a premier sponsor of Formula 1.
TAG Heuer offers luxury watches which are as appropriate for an evening spent in the Casino de Monte-Carlo as they are for a day of sailing the America’s Cup course in San Francisco Bay.
The Kirium F1 incorporates the qualities men have come to expect from TAG Heuer over the last century and a half. This TAG Heuer offering is made from stainless steel and is clasped to the arm with a soft leather band. The black face is backlit and covered with a sapphire crystal cover which provides great protection for the silver analog dial while eliminating reflected light which could make the face of a watch difficult to read while on the water.
The Tag Heuer Kirium F1 is a great luxury watch for the man looking for a timepiece he can wear to social events and also during the work week.
Some of this product’s features:
9. Jaeger- LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon 39
Jaeger-LeCoultre is a luxury watchmaker based in Le Sentier, Switzerland, and has been making watches since 1833. The company is known for offering luxury men’s watches which incorporate high-quality materials in a refined design.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon 39 is one such masterpiece. This timepiece incorporates an uncluttered round face with an analog time mechanism and calendar date indicator. The calendar date recorder also maps the phases of the moon as time passes.
The face of the watch is an off-clam color, with silver hour markers and watch arms contrasted against a blue second counter.
The watch is secured with a black leather band. At just 4.9 millimeters, this watch is as thin as it is sleek. A brown version is available as well.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon 39 is the perfect watch for the man who wishes to make it clear he prefers the finer things in life but isn’t ostentatious about it.
8. Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Chronometer
Ulysse Nardin is an old-school luxury timepiece maker. Founded in 1846 by Ulysse Nardin, the company has continuously produced watches ever since, remaining open despite two world wars. Unlike other watchmakers, this company not only still operates in the location where it was founded, Le Locle, Switzerland, but it still makes its watches in the original building.
Ulysse Nardin specializes in marine chronometers. If you find those styles attractive, your search for a luxury men’s watch should begin and end with the Maxi Marine Diver Chronometer.
This timepiece incorporates a round stainless steel body secured by a titanium and rubber strap (remember, this is designed for use on and around the water.)
The face of the watch is a striking deep blue with analog arms maintaining the minute and hour count. The day of the month is recorded at the base of the face. The watch has a screw-down crown with a sapphire crystal glass cover to protect the face of the timepiece and is water-resistant to 300 meters.
Perfect for the man who has an affinity with the ocean.
7. Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945
Girard-Perregaux is one of the top luxury timepiece companies in the world. Founded in 1856 through the merger of two smaller Swiss companies, Girard-Perregaux has a well-earned reputation for producing exceptional, luxury mechanical men’s watches.
Many view their watches as a bit more exclusive than other Swiss brands because the company produces fewer of them a year than most other shops.
The Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 is the company’s best-known offering, and it’s a stunning watch. There are four variations of the timepiece, but all incorporate a square face design containing an analog dial mechanism.
Watch faces can be selected in silver, black or white. The watch is supplemented with the choice of either a moon phase or calendar date indicator. Bands come in brown or black leather. As has always been the case with all Girard-Perregaux timepieces, each of the watch’s components is made by Girard-Perregaux on site.
6. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Audemars Piguet is a Swiss watchmaker unique among Swiss brands: continuous ownership. Founded in 1875 in Le Brassus, Switzerland, Audemars Piguet is the nation’s only luxury watch brand which has not been sold off to a corporate master. The company is still owned by the families of Jules Audemars and Edward Piguet, the original founders.
Without experts working in a specialized facility, it’s nearly impossible to objectively detail the quality of all of the watches we’re listing here. However, it says a lot for Audemars Piguet that Cartier and Bulgari purchase the company’s watches and then rebrand them as their own products.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak timepieces are perfect examples of the quality products sold by the company. Offered in eight variations, each watch is completely handmade with the following features:
5. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 85180
Founded by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the oldest Swiss watchmaker in the world. The company is based in Geneva, and operates with the motto: “Do better if possible, and that is always possible”. Over the centuries, this has translated into elegantly restrained designs which are a marvel of craftsmanship.
The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 85180 is a beautiful timepiece. This watch is obviously exquisitely crafted but incorporates a clean and simplified design extremely pleasing to the eye.
Vacheron Constantin watches stand out because of their pure beauty, and although expensive, are priced competitively compared to other high-end luxury men’s watches.
4. Rolex Yacht-Master II
Rolex is arguably the best known brand in luxury men’s watches, and is a great introductory watch for the newly-successful man. While Rolex is known as a Swiss brand, many are surprised to learn the company was actually started in England in 1905, by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis.
The company originally built watches using components imported from Switzerland, before changing its name to Rolex in 1908 and moving to Switzerland in 1919 to avoid exceedingly high wartime taxes.
Whatever the company’s origin, the Rolex Yacht-Master II is a statement of sophisticated manliness. This watch is clearly an accessory for the man who is both successful and powerful.
First offered in 2007, the Yacht-Master II has a 44 millimeter stainless steel casing which incorporates gold, typical of a Rolex watch. The watch is analog with a blue Cerachrom insert made from a ceramic material. The hour markers are 18 carat gold and contrasted with beautiful blue watch arms.
The Rolex Yacht-Master II would certainly be a talking point with everyone you meet.
3. Blancpain Le Brassus Minute Repeater Carousel 0235-3631-55B
Launched in 1735, Blancpain is based in Biel, Switzerland and is known for its “supreme quality” brand. The company has a reputation for making high-quality watches for the discerning man while also taking a unique approach to their products’ visual appearance. The faces are often transparent, showing the time-keeping mechanism in great detail.
The Blancpain Le Brassus Minute Repeater Carousel 0235-3631-55B is a perfect example of the timepieces produced by Blancpain. It incorporates a carousel minute repeater with a one-minute flying carousel, to provide unparalleled performance. The watch case is 18 carat gold, with a white grand feu enamel dial which provides a transparent view of the inner workings of the timepiece. The case is 15.35 millimeters by 45 millimeters and secured with a brown alligator leather strap. This is truly an amazing watch and one of our real favorites.
The Blancpain Le Brassus Minute Repeater Carousel 0235-3631-55B makes a statement for the discerning (and very wealthy) gentleman.
2. Patek Philippe & Co. 5078R-001 – Rose Gold – Men – Grand Complications
Patek Philippe & Co. is a Swiss timepiece maker based in Geneva. The company has made luxury timepieces since 1852 and is quite possibly the foremost luxury brand in the field. Their watches are of such quality that they have long been the choice of royalty, including Queen Victoria of England and Hussein Kamel, the former Sultan of Egypt.
A Patek Philippe timepiece also holds the world record for the highest-priced watch ever sold; a Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication watch was purchased by Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Bin Ali Al-Thani of the Qatari royal family for just over $11 million.
The Patek Philippe & Co. 5078R-001 – Rose Gold – Men – Grand Complications does not come with an $11 million price tag, but does offer the quality associated with the company’s brand.
This timepiece features a white face encased in rose gold, secured with a brown alligator pattern band. Its features include:
1. TOP CHOICE: Cartier 18k Rose Gold & Diamond Tank Anglaise Extra-Large Model
Our selection for the top men’s luxury watch comes from the French brand Cartier, who (surprise, surprise…) chose to manufacture their watches in Switzerland. Founded in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, the Parisian jeweler has long been known as the dominant luxury brand in the world. Their venture into modern watchmaking began via a partnership with the Swiss company Ebel – and once it proved successful they decided to purchase the business, and now operate out of La Chaux-de-Fonds.
Men’s watches have been part of the line of luxury products offered by Cartier for nearly 100 years, with the “Tank” line originating in 1917; the inspirations for these watches were the French tanks used in World War I.
The Cartier 18k Rose Gold & Diamond Tank Anglaise Extra-Large Men’s Watch screams luxury. The timepiece is designed with a rectangular case and face. The case diameter is 46 millimeters and made of 18 carat rose gold with a diamond bezel. The vertical exterior is lined with two rows of diamonds on each side of the body running the full length of the case. The gold and diamond frame is offset by a beautiful silver lacquered face and a blue watch arm mechanism which also contains a calendar date mechanism.
This timepiece is water resistant to 100 feet and comes with a 5-year warranty.
Quite simply, this watch is simply amazing. The Cartier 18k Rose Gold & Diamond Tank Anglaise Extra-Large Men’s Watch speaks for itself.
Match Your Personal Style and Taste With the Watch
As a discerning gentleman, you know your appearance is a statement of your personal status and success. There is really very little difference in the quality of any of the luxury watches discussed in this article; all are built to the highest standard and will impress. That is why emphasis should be placed on the style of the brands you are considering, and how they match your own personal taste and personality. Identify a match – and you have found your perfect watch.
Of course, if you decide to indulge in one of these watches your partner will be expecting a present as well. With this eventuality in mind, the team has prepared a list of the Top 10 Best Luxury Watches for Women.
About the Author: Franz Rivoira is a Chartered Journalist and Marcomm Professional operating internationally in the world of high-end and luxury products, mainly watches and design objects.
He lives in Italy, but frequently travels the world, especially to Asia. He is a regular contributor to www.ddnblog.it, a reference for everything design-oriented. He is also very active on Quora, the most read Q&A portal in the world, where he has been nominated as one of the Top Writers for 2018.