Every man should have at least one watch that they can wear when they want to dress to impress. Whether it’s a woman or a power player, strapping on a luxury watch can show everyone that you mean business and you do it all in style. Of course, a luxury watch or sports watch is not just about style and price. It’s also about longevity. The high price is because of its superior quality, ensuring that it will definitely outlast any moderately-priced watch in the market.
Accuracy and reliability are also features of a true luxury watch. We could go on and on about what all these features mean but some of us don’t have the time for that. You just need to buy the best luxury watch that matches your style. Good thing we’ve done all the work for you. Check out the 10 best Luxury Watches for Men below.
Top 10 Luxury Watches for Men of 2018 Reviewed
- Top 10 Luxury Watches for Men of 2018 Reviewed
- 1. A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 mechanical-hand-wind men Watch 109.025
- 2. Vacheron Traditionnelle World Time
- 3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
- 4. Rolex Submariner Black Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch 114060
- 5. Hublot 18ct Rose Gold Classic Fusion Power Reserve 45mm Mens Watch
- 6. Jaeger LeCoultre Grande Reverso Calendar Silver Dial Black Leather Mens Watch
- 7. Cartier Drive De Cartier Moonphase Watch
- 8. Montblanc Heritage Spirit Moonphase
- 9. Omega Men’s 3573.50.00 Speedmaster Professional Mechanical Chronograph Watch
- 10. Tudor Heritage Black Bay Automatic Mens Watch 79230N-BKSS
- How to Buy a Luxury Watch for Men
1. A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 mechanical-hand-wind men Watch 109.025
This gorgeous and elegant watch from A. Lange & Sohne that uses the traditional mechanical hand wind movement. The dial is silver while the case is platinum and the strap is made of black crocodile leather. The bezel is 18kt rose gold. The hour clock positions are marked by the 3,6, 9, and 12 Roman numerals. A moon phase sub-dial is also present. This timepiece is scratch-resistant and water-resistant.
And for those who are fascinated with watches and their movements, you’ll be happy to know that this watch features a skeleton back, enabling you to see the craftsmanship and beauty of the movement. So, what don’t we like about this very beautiful watch? While the case thickness at 10mm is perfect, the case diameter is only 38.5mm. Today’s tastes lean more toward larger cases, at least 41mm, which makes this a bit on the small side.
- Beautiful design
- Skeleton back
- Black crocodile leather strap
- Small case diameter
2. Vacheron Traditionnelle World Time
If you’re constantly on-the-go, and by that we mean jet-setter, then what better way to keep track of time wherever you may be with this beautiful timepiece from Vacheron Constantin. This watch features a 42.5mm polished 18k rose gold with a sapphire crystal screw-in case-back. There are 24 cities around the globe displayed around the dial along with its corresponding time zone.
There’s a globe in the center along with the rose gold hands and indices. This World Time watch uses Vacheron Constantin Caliber 2460 WT, a Swiss automatic movement, and has a power reserve of 40 hours. The strap is dark brown alligator leather with a deployment buckle. While this watch can definitely be worn on casual and formal occasions, take note that the case thickness is 11.62mm which means it won’t fit under the cuff.
While we do love the uniqueness of the design and the functionality this offers, it does seem to have so much going on.
- 24 time zones
- 40-hour power reserve
- Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face
- Not for wearing under the cuff
- “Too busy” display
3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Chronograph is one of the most popular watches of the brand. It is offered in a variety of “colors” but the one we do like features a stainless steel case and bracelet with a fixed stainless steel bezel and a black dial with a Grande Tapisserie pattern and luminous white gold hands and stick hour markers. You can see the date between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.
The chronograph is made up of three sub-dials: one displays 60 seconds, another displays 30 minutes, and the third displays 12 hours. The watch uses automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve. The sapphire crystal face is scratch-resistant. The octagonal case is 41mm wide and 10.8mm thick.
Just looking at the Royal Oak Chronograph is such a pleasure. However, it doesn’t use an in-house chronograph. It makes use of the F.Piguet caliber 1185. While it isn’t a big deal, some may expect in-house movement for a watch at this price.
- Grande Tapisserie pattern dial
- Beautiful finish
- Modern classic
- does not use in-house movement
4. Rolex Submariner Black Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch 114060
The Submariner was first released in 1954 and the world of watches hasn’t been the same ever since. While it was never intended as a luxury watch (it was designed to be a dive watch), it has since become one of the most iconic luxury watches. And you can clearly see why. No matter what age you are or style you prefer, the Submariner is simply suitable. The distinctive black dial gives the watch a hint of elegance and ruggedness.
And it’s a durable piece that can be passed down generations due to the 904L stainless steel watch case. The oyster bracelet feels comfortable and solid. The Submariner features 3130 movement which is a certified Swiss chronometer. And then there’s the rotatable bezel with the Cerachrom bezel insert that’s made from hard, corrosion-resistant ceramic so it is scratch-proof.
The only problem with this watch is also due to its popularity. Because it has become so iconic, plenty of other watchmakers have copied its design so that it has become more generic.
- Can be worn with any style
- Incredible durability
- Certified Swiss chronometer
- No date
- Design no longer stands out
5. Hublot 18ct Rose Gold Classic Fusion Power Reserve 45mm Mens Watch
This Hublot Classic Fusion Power Reserve comes in 18kt Rose Gold with a blue sunray satin-finished dial that is just eye-catching. It makes use of the Hublot caliber HUB1601 hand wind movement with a 192-hour power reserve. The case size is 45mm with a 10mm thickness. The case back is transparent giving you a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of this gorgeous timepiece.
You can choose to wear it in both casual and formal settings. And it wears so comfortably on your wrist. There’s just one thing that could be improved – the crown is a bit sharp around the edges and can “stab” your wrist if you wear it near your wrist.
- Beautiful finish
- 8-day power reserve
- Perfect for both casual and formal settings
- Crown can stab your wrist
6. Jaeger LeCoultre Grande Reverso Calendar Silver Dial Black Leather Mens Watch
The Jaeger LeCoultre Grande Reverso Calendar features a stainless steel case, a black alligator leather strap, a fixed stainless steel bezel, silver dial, and blue hands. The hour markers are Arabic numerals while there are minute markers around an inner ring. The day and month display under the 12 o’clock position while there
is a combined date and moon phase sub-dial located above the 6 o’clock position. This timepiece uses manual wind movement with a 45-hour power reserve. Unlike our other picks, this luxury watch is rectangular in shape (29.9mm x 41.6mm) and a case thickness of 10.45mm. Now, there’s nothing really ornate about this watch. It’s also not ruggedly manly. It’s a classic, definitely. One associated with success and respectability. Unlike some of our other picks, there’s not a lot going on in the dial which makes reading the time easy.
All good things, right? But what we really, really love about this watch is that it reverses (hence, the name). The other side of the watch is not the back of the case. Instead, it’s a second a deep grey anthracite dial that shows a second-time-zone with a day and night indicator. It’s like getting two different styled watches for the price of one.
- Two watches for the price of one
- Classic design
- Easy to read
- Rectangular shape is not for everyone
7. Cartier Drive De Cartier Moonphase Watch
The Cartier Drive De Cartier Moonphase Watch features a 40mm x 41 mm round (but not circular) case that is either built from steel or 18k pink gold. The sapphire crystal face is scratch-proof. The guilloche dial features two blue steel hands with classic Roman numerals and a moon phase sub-dial. The watch uses automatic movement and has a 48-hour power reserve.
The strap is a semi-matte brown alligator leather. This is 12.15 mm thick so it’s not going to fit well under the cuff. The watch does make use of in-house movement 1904-LU which only requires adjustment every 125 years – definitely something you’ll leave to your grandson. This timepiece is definitely perfect for someone who’s looking for a dress watch that’s elegant and refined.
It’s definitely a watch that gives you a whole lot of confidence. The only thing we didn’t like is the text “automatic” within the moon phase sub-dial. It really isn’t’ necessary, is it?
- Unique cushion shape
- Simple yet elegant
- “Automatic” text is unnecessary
- Thick case
8. Montblanc Heritage Spirit Moonphase
The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Moonphase features a stainless steel case, stainless steel bracelet, and a fixed stainless steel bezel. Also, it has a silver dial where you’ll see rose gold-plated hands and hour markers. The watch uses MontBlanc caliber MB 29.14 automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve. The skeleton case back allows you to see the workings of the watch.
The case is 43mm wide and 10.44mm thick. The moon phase sub-dial also has a date feature. This is an exemplary dress watch. The clean dial and the rose-gold hands and markers give this watch an understated elegance. However, some may not like the lack of a second hand.
- Timeless design
- Skeleton case back
- Lack of a second hand
9. Omega Men’s 3573.50.00 Speedmaster Professional Mechanical Chronograph Watch
The Omega Men’s 3573.50.00 Speedmaster Professional Mechanical Chronograph Watch uses an Omega 1863 Caliber Swiss mechanical-hand-wind movement with a 48-hour power reserve. The sapphire crystal is scratch-resistant with anti-reflective treatment. The stainless steel case has a diameter of 42 mm and a thickness of 14.3mm. The black dial definitely makes the luminous hands and stick hour markers stand out even more. The watch also has a stainless steel bracelet, a skeletal case back, and a fixed black ion-plated bezel with tachometer.
The chronograph has three sub-dials – 60 seconds, 30 minutes, and 12 hours. Like the Rolex Submariner, this is a timeless classic that has an iconic design. It is a timepiece that has its place in history; it’s been used in six lunar explorations. The only drawback is that Omega has since changed the hesalite crystal that was used in the original design. While the sapphire crystal is scratch-resistant, it can shatter upon strong impact.
- Timeless design
- Legendary history
- A watch for all occasions
- No longer the original hesalite crystal
10. Tudor Heritage Black Bay Automatic Mens Watch 79230N-BKSS
As the sister brand of Rolex, it’s no surprise that the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Automatic Mens Watch 79230N-BKSS looks a bit similar to a Rolex. In fact, this watch’s design was based on the Submariner which is probably why this luxury watch is so popular. The case is stainless steel with these dimensions: 41 x 50 x 14.88mm.
Obviously, this is a pretty tall watch that definitely won’t fit under the sleeve of a dress shirt so using this on semi-formal occasions may be out. The finishing is exceptional. The 60-click, uni-directional bezel reminds us of the classic Submariner though it isn’t easy to turn. One thing that does stand out for this watch is the chronometer rating; it is COSC certified. That degree of accuracy is certainly nothing to scoff at.
- Timeless design
- Exceptional finish
- Bezel is hard to turn
- Very tall watch
How to Buy a Luxury Watch for Men
A luxurious timepiece is a must-have for any man. Because there’s always going to be a time when you need to be taken seriously. Plus, every man needs to feel like Bond at least once in his life. Obviously, a luxury watch is gonna cost you a lot of moolah. But that’s not the only criteria in choosing one. Other factors and features need to be taken into account.
As we’ve already mentioned, you’ll be spending a lot of money to buy one so you ought to be sure that you’ve chosen the best one for you. To help you navigate the world of luxury watches, we’ve written a short guide so you can make an informed decision on where your money should go.
What is movement?
Also called caliber, this refers to the mechanism used to power a watch. Affordable watches feature quartz movement which makes use of an oscillator, regulated by a quartz crystal and powered by a battery, for accurate measurement. Luxury watches, on the other hand, use mechanical movement. Why is that?
This is because mechanical movement requires craftsmanship and precise engineering to create. Only highly skilled expert watchmakers can do this. Also, the mechanical movement represents how watches used to be made in the old days. It’s what collectors call the “real” watch.
There are two types of mechanical movement. The traditional one is manual where you wind up the watch by hand to produce energy in the mainspring that will power the watch. The other type of mechanical movement is automatic or self-winding. The wearer’s random motion harnesses energy and uses it to wind the mainspring which will power the watch. As long as you wear the watch regularly, it will continue to run.
Now, a lot of watch manufacturers don’t make their own movements. Instead, they buy it from suppliers like Sellita or ETA, a well-known European watch movement maker. Some manufacturers like Patek Philippe, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet, and A. Lange & Sohne don’t need to purchase movements because they make their own.
A luxury watch that has its own exclusive movement almost always means that it is beautifully decorated, unique, and possesses a complex watch movement.
Can you tell just by looking at a watch what type of movement is being used?
Yes, you can. The movement of the second hand of a watch using quartz movement has a tick-tick motion. It moves one “tick” for each second that passes. A mechanical movement, on the other hand, has more of a sweeping motion.
Quality materials, finishes, and polishes
You know the saying ‘you get what you pay for’? Well, you need to make sure that the quality of the watch matches or exceeds that of the price tag. The materials, from the metal to the polish and finish, should all be top quality. And don’t rely on the sales description of the watch for this part.
Inspect the case personally. Check the edges – how well they are done, how the polish or finish was applied, if it looks like the polish/finish will fade fast. Of course, if we’re talking about the really high-end luxury watches that cost you $20k or over, then the metal should not only be top quality. It should be downright precious like gold or platinum. Some may even feature natural, quality stones like sapphires of diamonds.
What are complications?
The basic function of a watch is to tell time. Anything else that a watch is able to do such as displaying the date or phases of the moon is called a “complication.” To help you become familiar with watch complications, we’ve listed a few below.
Chronograph: this is the stopwatch feature where there are extra dials that measure hours and minutes separately. You can use it to calculate speed and distance if you’re training as an athlete.
Calendar: while plenty of watches have this feature, luxury watches have sophisticated perpetual ones that will automatically readjust should there be date irregularities like a leap year.
International time zone dials: separate dials that display multiple time zones
Moon phase: a dial that has a rotating disk underneath showing the current phase of the moon.
Does size matter?
In all things that matter, yes. Am I right? But seriously, when it comes to luxury watches or even just watches in general, size really does matter. You need to choose a watch that is perfectly proportional to your wrist. If a watch is too big for your wrist, it may look like you’re a little boy wearing a man’s watch. If it’s too small, then you’ll look like your wearing a lady’s cocktail timepiece.
Typically, the average joe can get away with a case diameter ranging between 34-44mm. Smaller wrists can stick to 40mm and below while larger ones are recommended to look at watches that have a case diameter of 46 to 50mm. Size is also measured in terms of thickness. Do you plan to wear your watch under the cuff? If so, you should stick with something that’s no more than 10mm thick.
What’s the price on luxury watches?
It depends. Low-end luxury watches start around $500 to under a $1000. Mid-range luxury watches cost over a $1000 to $20,000. This is where your Rolex and Jaeger LeCoultre watches would fall. And then there are the high-end luxury watches where the cost would be anything over $20,000.
Brands like A. Lange & Sohne and Audemars Piguet would belong to this category. The steep price tag of these watches is not just due to the top quality materials used. Take note that these are meticulously handcrafted watches that are rare and take somewhere between months to years to be produced.
What about design?
Aesthetics is a personal thing. What’s beautiful to one man may be downright ugly to another. When you’re choosing a luxury watch, it’s not just about the price or the quality, but also about how it makes you feel. It’s definitely not going to be about what other people think of what’s on your wrist. You’re about to pay a huge chunk of money for it. You better be smiling whenever you look at your wrist.