Everyone, if they have the financial ability to do so, should take the opportunity to splurge on themselves every now and again.
A little retail therapy is good for the soul and for men a branded watch can be more than just an expensive accessory.
Indeed, many fancy watches can retain or increase their value over time should you wish to sell, or they might even make a nice heirloom to pass on to family members or friends.
Moreover, a good watch can go with any outfit, whether you’re at a formal event like a wedding or a more informal setting with pals on a Saturday afternoon.
With the jewellery and watch industry worth an estimated £6.3 billion there is no waning interest for fancy watches. Here are some suggestions for watches men should have in their collection.
It will cost you just shy of £9,000 to purchase a Rolex Datejust (size 41mm, steel and gold), which has origins dating back to around the end of World War II.
A watch that can live with daily wear and tear due to the chronometer-certified movement and Oyster case, the Datejust has sales in the millions.
Last year was also an important milestone in the history of the Datejust as it marked the 75th anniversary of brand founder Hans Wilsford gifting Winston Churchill one as the 100,000th Rolex ever made.
OMEGA Speedmaster ’57
Founded in 1848 in Biel, Switzerland, OMEGA watches are among the most prestigious and in-demand in the jewellery market.
The Speedmaster is OMEGA’s original, though this model has some modern adjustments including a twin-mainspring METAS-certified movement, a slimmer case, and a choice of four dials.
The ’57 range is a nod to the year of the Speedmaster’s launch.
TAG Heuer Connected Calibre E4
TAG Heuer first launched its Connected watch in 2015, and the Calibre E4 functionality allows the owner to use it as a way to track sporting performance (in and out of water) and act as a mobile gallery.
The multiple face displays available give this the feel of an analogue watch, while the battery lasts all day.
Longines Spirit Zulu Time
With a penchant for “affordable luxury”, Longines has a history of providing excellent looking watches around the £2,000 mark.
This effort is the latest from the pilot’s series, Longines Spirit, a series that honours aviation greats such as Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh.
With the addition of a fourth GMT hand to the dial you are able to tell the time in two places at once with this watch.
Breitling Super AVI Mosquito
Sticking with the aviation theme, fittingly given Breitling are pilot watch specialists, is the Super AVI.
It is a watch that celebrates four classic planes; the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang, the Vought F4U Corsair, the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk and the de Havilland Mosquito.