5 OF THE BEST MEN’S LUXURY WATCHES
With the recent launch of the Apple iWatch there’s been much debate as to whether the iWatch will replace traditional luxury watches.
We’re of the firm opinion that the answer is no, for the simple reason that guys spend money on luxury watches to make a statement.
An iWatch just doesn’t make enough of a statement. Combine that with a battery of life of less than a day and the fact that the watch will most likely be worthless in 3 years, we believe that traditional luxury watches will not be obsolete anytime soon.
As guys we don’t get to wear a lot of accessories. A decent watch is therefore a key way to stand out.
Every guy should own at least one quality timepiece – if not more.
With that in mind, here’s a guide to five of our favourite boss-certified men’s luxury watches that are sure to make an impact whatever the occasion.
When we think of the Omega Seamaster – we think of one name – James Bond. The Seamaster has been James Bond’s watch since the 1995 film ‘Goldeneye’. Being a diving watch, the watch is sporty yet still gives off an air of sophistication. Omega make several models of the Seamaster, with different variations of colour, bracelet, movement and casing sizes. While the latest models still cost top dollar, you can find used older models on watch forums at very reasonable prices.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-axial Chronograph : Water resistant to 600 metres, this beast of a dive watch measures 45.5mm and features the Omega Co-Axial calibre self winding 9300 movement. RRP £5240.
Sticking with Omega – the Speedmaster is another true classic for one simple reason – it was the first watch to be worn on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Omega’s Speedmaster Professional remains one of several watches qualified by NASA for spaceflight and is often a staple in the collections of watch enthusiasts.
Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon: Crafted from a single block of black zirconium oxide ceramic, measuring 44.25mm and powered by the Omega Co-Axial calibre 9300 self winding chronograph movement, this sleek beauty pays homage to the mysterious nature of the moon. RRP £7590.
If you’re an Instagram user, you will most likely have seen plenty of Panerai watches in photos. Panerai is a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer, founded in Italy in 1860. Originally developing their watches for the Italian Royal Navy in the 1930s, Panerai has since become a cult watchmaker known for its chunky watches and iconic styling.
Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days PAM00422: With a case diameter of 47mm, a beautiful brown calf leather strap and a hand-wound mechanical Panerai P.3001 calibre movement, this watch will get definitely noticed. RRP USD $9600.
We’re big fans of pilot watches at Roll Like Boss – they go hand in hand with the jetsetting lifestyle. If you’re looking for a traditional pilot style watch – check out the IWC range. Formed in 1868, IWC is a luxury watch brand steeped in history. They first launched their series of pilot watches in 1936 and their watches continue to be worn and loved by professional pilots around the world today.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun: With a case made of black zirconium oxide and crown and push buttons made from titanium, this is one bad boy of a pilot watch. RRP: Approx £8000.
If you’re looking for something different that will definitely grab attention – check out Bell & Ross watches. Bell & Ross is a French luxury watch brand with a focus on making aircraft cockpit inspired watches.
The watches come in various sizes with the BR-01 coming in at a huge 46mm. We prefer the slightly smaller BR-03 at 42mm which features an automatic movement and is water resistant to 100M. With the euro having weakened recently, you can pick up a BR-03 for around £1500 new.
Bell & Ross BR-03-92 Stainless Steel: A stainless steel case size of 42mm that looks great with a variety of watch straps, this is a very cool watch. RR £2300.
Omega pictures courtesy of Omegawatches.com