When staring longingly at a luxury watch in a display counter, many gentlemen find themselves torn between the financial cost of the timepiece and the potential benefits of owning it.
When you mix style and a hefty credit limit, the effects can be disastrous for your bank account, especially when you are talking about luxury watches.
“Yet life occasionally needs something that isn’t perfectly sensible and can be really savored. Every so often, you need to make yourself stand out from the crowd. A beautiful, mechanical watch might be just what you need.”
Expressing yourself through a watch is almost mandatory if you want to leisurely mix and mingle with the right crowd.
What you will find on this list is the cream of the crop of a new trend of luxury watch, the sports-focused luxury watch. They are timepieces you can wear any day, for any kind of occasion. They generally show that assertive, “bad boy” attitude mixed with a bit of class. This renders them and their wearers unique and perfectly at ease in every kind of situation.
What Is a Luxury Sports Watch?
First of all, let’s clear up some misunderstandings about what a sports luxury watch is.
Lots of people just assume that a luxury sports watch must be made with some esoteric metal or studded with gemstones. This is not true. You can and will find some seemingly modest models that you can still classify as sporty luxury watches. What makes the real difference, apart from the materials used, is their movement – this is the place where all the watch wizardry happens. Expressing its beauty through a fine aesthetic display is the next step. It’s this unique combination of movement and design that will define the mechanical luxury sports watch.
Beyond aesthetics, there is one very basic thing that every watch must do well: keep the time.
While low-priced watches are typically mass-produced by unskilled laborers (often in poorer countries where “quality control” is virtually unheard of), skilled artisans are usually behind the crafting of luxury timepieces.
Famous watchmaking companies like Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe employ master horologists to put together their signature timepieces in state-of-the-art Swiss facilities, where standards of craftsmanship are kept remarkably high; for instance, Patek Philippe’s timepieces are so intricate that they typically take between 10 months (for basic models) and 2 years (for extremely complex models) to be manufactured.
This top-tier level of quality, in craftsmanship as well as materiel, ensures that luxury watches are able to reliably keep the time – often for decades or more – with only minor tune-ups being necessary every five years or so.
Conversely, for a cheap, mass-produced watch to survive five years is nearly unheard of. When you factor in the many additional features that luxury watches include, such as water-resistance for sports watches or aeronautical gauges for aviation watches, their legendary reliability becomes all the more impressive to behold.
Although it is true that luxury timepieces are investments in the functional sense that they will last their buyers many years, they are also investments in the sense that they are composed of valuable substances which retain value over time. One need only look at gold’s meteoric rise in value over the past decade to be reminded of the potential long-term value of jewelry pieces composed of such precious metals.
Lesser quality watches, like those made of plastic or plated alloys, almost never command impressive prices in the resale market over long periods of time. The other factor in a luxury timepiece’s long-term investment value is in its prestigious brand name, which makes it all the more appealing to watch collectors, many of whom will gladly relieve themselves of thousands of dollars in exchange for decades-old Rolex or Omega models.
A Subtle Display of Wealth
Let’s be brutally honest: in this world, looks matter.
Just as a beautiful woman is more likely to draw your gaze than an unattractive one, a well-dressed gentleman is more likely to attract attention.
And just as a prestigious brand is held in high esteem on the market, in the social sphere, luxury timepieces are widely respected and easily recognized by people who appreciate details and luxury. Particularly when paired with other tasteful clothing choices – such as business suits, tuxedos, or semi-formal wear for casual events – luxury timepieces are accessories that identify their wearers as successful men.
Such watches subtly display wealth in a manner that is quiet enough so as to not be self-aggrandizing, yet just bold enough to never be mistaken. One need only look at the prevalence of luxury watches among the world’s most successful and powerful men, from American Presidents to Fortune 500 CEOs, to appreciate this fact.
Particularly discerning eyes are often drawn to accessories and, as quality attracts quality, luxury timepieces are a sure signal to cultivated women that the wearer of such a piece understands and appreciates a refined quality of life.
While flashy cars and over-priced champagne might scream a recent payday, luxury timepieces have come to epitomize wealth with an understated confidence that has nothing to prove.
Why Buy A Luxury Watch? In Conclusion
Ultimately, although any watch can, for a period of time, do the simplest duty of keeping the time, luxury timepieces offer those willing to invest in them more than a lifetime of satisfaction.
The skilled craftsmanship that is behind these pieces and the inherent value of the precious metals that go into them ensure incomparable durability, precision, and retained value. The wearers of luxury timepieces are the men who may quietly sport possessions that are synonymous with refined wealth, yet whose success remains tastefully understated thanks to a true sense of class.