“Accept only perfection, only manufacture watches of the highest quality.”
For some a watch is a lifetime investment. One timeless watch is all it takes to keep your daily routine in check.
Watches for men are a fashionable item and their choice can depend on the design, style and price. Increasingly, there are a variety of watch brands and styles that mean you can have that classic feel without breaking the bank.
DESIblitz has complied a list of the top luxury and budget watch brands for men and their key collections. Whether you want something cheaper, a stylish accessory, or want to make an investment that will last you a lifetime, we’ve found a watch for you.
Many people think luxury when it comes to watches, and there is no limit to the high-end expensive brands that pride themselves in stunning pieces.
Firstly there is Baume and Mercier, who are one of the oldest Swiss watch making brands in the world. They make watches that are meant for passing through generations, and their brand focus is on luxury, quality and timeless designs.
Their brand motto is: “Accept only perfection, only manufacture watches of the highest quality.”
The Baume and Mercier Clifton line is the ultimate classic collection. In particular, the Clifton 10055 watch, a beautifully crafted watch made from steel with a sapphire crystal back and water resistant action. It is the perfect piece for someone looking to really invest in a watch, as the design does not date and the quality is incredible. This Clifton watch is available from £3,350.00.
Next in our luxury line up is Bulgari. They are a high-end Italian range, and they have recently celebrated their 130th anniversary. The Daniel Roth Papillion Voyageur watch, which has a second time zone is a unique watch in the Bulgari range.
The second time zone is in the very centre of the watch, and measures the minutes in the hours, as well as the ten minute intervals.
The Voyageur also comes with an 18 carat pink gold face with a brown alligator strap. There are in fact only 99 of these watches throughout the world. Prices begin from £3,500.00.
Bulgari have also cultivated a limited edition Comedia Dell’Arte range, which is a signature 2014 piece. The three series of eight pieces consists of trompe l’oeil dials based on 16th century Italian street theatre and features figures which come to life when the minute repeater is activated.
The Piaget Altiplano watch is dubbed as the world’s thinnest watch. At just 3mm thick, made out of 22kt pink gold. The ultra thin hand wound skeleton is set with diamonds. Prices begin from £4,000.00.
One of the top budget watches is G Shock (premium). This watch maker is actually a sub brand of Casio, which is a brand mostly known for producing calculators. It is a tough time keeper with a ten year battery life and ten metre drop resistance.
The G Shock Gravity Defier (A1100) has auto time adjustment to anywhere in the world and contains a compass, making it the ultimate traveller’s watch. Prices for the G Shock start at £500.
Calvin Klein also offers an affordable and stylish selection of watches from their ‘Eager’ range. The Eager Chronograph in particular has a horizontally striped dial and a rugged leather strap, with big chunk screws, making it a stylish choice for watch lovers. The Calvin Klein range starts at £260.00
One of the best budget choices out there for watches is Swatch, with prices beginning from £57.00. In fact, 2014 is the 30th anniversary of Swatch.
To honour their anniversary, Swatch has created the ‘Celebrate’ range, which consists of a 200mm dive watch in a variety of colours and with signature names such as clownfish and cuttlefish.
Rotary is a timeless brand that never falls out of trend, so for 2014 or the years after you cannot go wrong. The Rotary Aquaspeed GT Monza, with chequered flags and a go fast stripe, is inspired by racing of all kinds, and even the strap is tyre tread inspired. Prices start from £395.
Finally on our budget list is German jeweller Thomas Sabo. A modern take on luxury, Sabo always has something different with his watches.
The gold look watch from Sabo’s ‘Glam and Soul’ range is a trend piece for 2014. A 42mm steel watch with sun ray pattern and a mesh bracelet with and interchangeable leather strap. Prices for the ‘Glam and Soul’ range start at £429.00.
Watches for 2014 are showing key trends of rose gold, alligator straps and Sun dials.
However, remember that a watch is a personal style choice so don’t simply follow the trends. Instead, focus on your own preferences and you purposes for the watch.
Whether it’s a classic investment, a moderately-priced fashion statement, or a serviceable watch for travelling and time keeping, we hope that you find the perfect fashionable watch for you.