Nothing says you’ve made it in life quite like a high end, designer watch – and a well-made luxury timepiece will see you through years to come in style. Although a hefty investment is often required to get your hands on the very finest watch money can buy, it’s a safe bet for the future all round – and could even become a family heirloom passed down through the generations. Worth getting your wallet out for, we’re sure you’ll agree.
If you’re prepeared to spend on quality, you’ll be rewarded with a beautifully made piece that not only looks incredibly stylish on your arm, but will also stand the test of time. But knowing where to start when choosing the right timepiece can seem quite the task – especially given the wealth of spectacular options available today. To help set you on the road to sartorial success, we sat down with Watches of Wales – a family-run designer watch business located in Cardiff, to get the lowdown on what is hot and what’s not. Specialising in pre-owned watches from big name brands including Rolex and Patek Philippe, these guys are the experts on the classics – and are perfectly placed to advise on investment pieces that are guaranteed to last.
Here are their top three picks.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116523
The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona features a stunning black chronograph dial, with a luxurious 18ct gold bezel and engraved tachymetric scale. This watch has previously been proven popular with motorcar drivers as it can give an accurate reading of 1/8 of a second, meaning drivers can accurately map out their track times and tactics without fail.
Patek Philippe Calatrava Gold Vintage 5022
Another luxurious brand, the highly sought after Patek Philippe Calatrava Gold features a stunning 33mm yellow gold case, as well as a white Roman numeral dial and small seconds sub-dial. The Patek Philippe logo is also on the crown, and it is set beautifully on a new black Hirsch strap with a gold-plated buckle.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dual Time
One of the most luxurious watches on the websites, the exceptionally well-designed timepiece from the master watchmakers at Audemars Piguet features a 39mm steel case and glare-proofed sapphire crystal, screw-locked crown fixed bezel and blue dial. The face is set on a steel strap with a deployment clasp. Whichever watch you opt to spend your hard-earned cash on, it’ll be an investment your unlikely to ever regret. Every man deserves a quality timepiece in his life – if not, a whole collection.