Cartier is synonymous with luxury but most men probably aren’t aware of the extensive range of luxury men’s watches that they have to offer. When it comes to painstakingly designed and immaculately luxurious men’s watches, you’ll be hard-pressed to top Cartier watches and the spectacular timepiece is undoubtedly amongst their most impressive. The fantastic high-end timepiece above heralds from their immensely popular Cartier Ballon Bleu collection of watches and boasts an array of impressive features to turn the head of any luxury watch aficionado including:
- Sapphire Crystal Transparent Case Back
- Cartier Manufactured Movement
- 30m Water Resistance
- Black Alligator Leather Strap
- Silvered Opaline Dial
- Blue Synthetic Spinel Cabochon
If you want a luxury watch which positively exudes style and sophistication (and you happen to have particularly deep pockets) then Cartier men’s watches are certainly a good place to start. The Paris based luxury brand have established themselves as one of the world’s leading names in the world of jewelry and as they continue to release spectacular watches such as the one pictured, they will soon enjoy a similar level of gravitas amongst fans of luxury watches. Price approximately $11k. (Written by Leo Parker of luxuryswisswatches.co.uk)
The Chronomat is an existing watch model from Breitling, but new for 2012 is the 2,000 unit production run of the Chronomat GMT Limited. The watch features a 24 hour time reading, date display and 1/4th second, 30 minutes, & 12 hours Chronograph. The sapphire crystal caseback lets you admire the self-winding mechanical movement, which has an impressive power reserve of 70 hrs. The red hands really make the watch pop, but the fine aesthetics won’t come cheap – expect to pay around $10k for one of these limited Breitlings.
IWC honors the passionate pilot and poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry with this 500 piece limited edition Big Pilot’s Watch. Within the 46mm 18-carat red gold case resides day, date, month, and year displays – and the perpetual calendar accounts for all leap years until 2100 without any needed adjustments. The mechanical watch boasts an impressive 7 day power reserve when fully wound and the automatic winding mechanism can be admired through the sapphire crystal backing. The white stitched calfskin leather strap isn’t too shabby either and you can have it all for the low, low price of only $49,800!
If you need to look stylish 12,800 feet underwater, we got just the watch for you. The Rolex DEEPSEA SEA-DWELLER diving watch is tested in a hyperbaric chamber that simulates the pressure found at 16k feet below sea level to ensure deep sea performance. This snazzy 44m steel watch features a titanium caseback and helium valve to withstand such pressure and blue luminous markers will allow you to read the watch in the dark abyss. Powered by Rolex automatic movement this luxury sport watch has a list price around $10k.
First established in 1860, Panerai has been growing hotter and hotter lately in the luxury watch market. Their timepieces are beautifully designed and really pop when you see them in person. This simple and elegant Luminor Marina watch is housed in a large 44m polished bezel, and powered by automatic movement with an impressive 42 hour power reserve. The sapphire crystal face has an anti-glare treatment and magnifying lens over the date at 3 o’clock. The alligator bracelet is nothing to gawk at either with it’s pronounced white leather stitching. The model pictured above runs for a retail of around $7k and there are other options within the Luminor Marina line.
Swiss made since 1881, Movado is a recognized and reputed player in the luxury watch industry. This stainless steel Movado Datron Chronograph is a shiny and handsome addition to their product line. With a large 40 millimeter case, it’s powered by Swiss quartz movement and features three timing subdials and an over-sized date display.
GET IT: $1,495
Rolex is easily the most recognizable of luxury watch brands and the staple for fine timepieces. The dashing Rolex Milgauss was first introduced in 1956 to meet the demands of the scientific community. It’s lightning bolt shaped second hand pays homage to the fact that the watch can withstand up magnetic fields up to 1,000 Guass (hence the name Milgauss which translates to 1,000 Guass in French). This 40mm 904L steel (a super alloy) watch is powered by Rolex automatic movement and the model shown here features a green sapphire crystal face with a green hue around it’s edge. All of which won’t come cheap, the retail price for a Milguass starts over $7k.
This Cartier Men’s Ballon Blue Watch is both luxurious and elegant, making it very likely to impress. It’s automatic movement lives in a 42mm stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal face. The bracelet is also stainless steel and other features include a “roman numeral silvered opaline dial with guilloché detailing,” date display, and sword-shaped blued steel hands. Just be careful – if you’re lady-friend sees you wearing a Cartier watch, she may ask you to take her there for some shopping as well (and that could get expensive).
GET IT: $6,200
Similar to the partnership between Breitling and Bentley, luxury watchmaker Panerai has made some limited edition timepieces for Ferrari. These high-end watches feature Panerai’s automatic swiss movement, sapphire crystal faces, luminous hands, and fine leather straps with contrasting stitching. The styling of these five special watches reflect the gauges and instruments used in Ferrari cars.
GET IT: $5,600 – $11,559