An accessory around the wrist, a functional timepiece or an investment? Whatever your reason for indulging in a luxury watch, here are 5 kinds of watches for both men and women.
1. Affordable Luxury
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Men: So & Co New York
The Monticello 5212 (USD 995) is a men's chronograph watch designed to perfection with a silver tone case and dial (48mm), and a black genuine leather strap (24mm wide) with white contrast stitching. The watch is also water resistant up to 100 meters and boasts Japan Quartz.
The ROMO Basics Collection (USD 125) presents designs with personality, always keeping the minimalist style but without losing the elegance that characterizes them. All the watches are manufactured in high quality 316L stainless steel with hardened mineral glass. There are 3 different designs in this collection that come in various case sizes and strap widths.
2. Fitness Freaks
Men & Women: Fitbit Charge 2
With continuous wrist-based heart rate monitoring and connected GPS, the Fitbit Charge 2 (USD 170) is perfect for those of you with a daily workout regime. The smart watch tracks all day activity including sleeping patterns, cardio fitness level, steps taken, calories burned, floors climbed and more.
To top it off, the Fitbit provides guided breathing sessions, reminders to move, and syncs wirelessly to most smartphones. The Fitbit CHarge 2 now also comes in 2 special editions (USD 200) - 22K Rose Gold Plated or Gunmetal Stainless Steel.
3. Think Artistic
Swiss watchmaker Hublot is celebrating its ongoing "HUBLOT LOVES ART" campaign by partnering with street artists Hush and Tristan Eaton to create these limited edition pieces. Tristan has created his design around the concept of ‘Fortune’ inspired by Wall Street in New York's Financial District in the form of the Hublot Classic bronze. Hush’s design has embodied Hollywood’s ‘Fame’ in the form of the Hublot Spirit ceramic black and white.
A timepiece with exceptional jewelry savoir faire? Christian Dior's love of plants has led to the creation of the Dior Grand Soir Botanic collection (USD 264,770) featuring different flowers. The dials are adorned with mother-of-pearl, opals, polished gold elements, and precious stones of various shapes and sizes including sapphires, emeralds, diamonds and rubies.
4. Limited Editions
Men: IWC Schaffhausen
Founded in 1868, IWC prepares to celebrate its 150-year history in 2018 with five limited models from different collections. The IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition "150 Years" watch (USD 10,700), limited to just 500 pieces, has a lacquered dial in blue, stainless steel case, and a black alligator leather strap by Santoni. Other specifications include IWC-manufactured calibre 82200 automatic movement, 60h power reserve, 28,800 vibrations/h, and 33 jewels.
Women: Audemars Piguet
This January, 3 new models are being added to the Millenary collection. With its distinctive elliptical case and off-center dial, the new models contain the manually-wound Caliber 5201, which is reversed to display some of its components on the dial side. The jewelry collections are limited-edition one-offs, certainly not made for everyday wear or pocketbooks.
5. The Absolute Luxury
Men: Audemars Piguet
The Royal Oak Frosted Gold (USD 58,000) watch is a limited edition piece featuring shimmering hammered 18-carat white gold on its case and bracelet, a glare proof sapphire crystal caseback, blue toned “Grande Tapisserie” patterned dial and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. And it is powered by the natural movements of your wrist!
The Panthère de Cartier watch is an icon of the 1980s, an unforgettable emblem of an era. The watch wows with its sensual bracelet and intuitive design impressively command the spotlight. This Medium Model (USD 30,660) comes with quartz movement, cased in rhodium-finish 18K white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds. A gleaming statement piece to mix and match, the Panthère de Cartier watch never fails to turn heads.