Imagine you start a collection of men watches and you can choose among all the watches ever made. Which ones would you pick? What are the best models? Here a selection of the ideal Gentleman Watch Collection.
1. The classic: Calatrava by Patek Philippe
This watch is so universally recognised as beautiful and classic, that the Patek Philippe’s advertising campaign reads: “you never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely hold it for the next generation”. And this is exactly so.
2. The submarine watch: Rolex Submariner
Created in 1954, the Rolex submariner is a symbol of the sporty, prestigious watch. Aesthetically and mechanically perfect.
3. The classic chronograph: Rolex Daytona
The most sought-after by collectors and fashionista alike. Its design is perhaps the most successful ever: no other watch has enjoyed such a prolonged and ubiquitous devotion.
4. A sporty classic: Patek Philippe Nautilus
Strong, recognisable, yet inimitable design. A best seller since 1976.
5. Aviator watch: IWC Flieger
Simple and timeless. People identify IWC with this classic aviator watch.
6. Immediately recognisable: Jaeger Le Coultre Reverso
Rectangular, classic, timeless, elegant. Customisable with personal engraving.
7. A 70s icon: Heuer Montreal
The 70s were the years of stylish revolutionary changed and produced big shapes, bold colors, innovation in the mechanic with the introduction of automatic movement. The most iconic result in the art of watch making is the Heuer Montreal.
8. Trendy: Porsche Design
Born in 1073, it was the first watch in total black, that launched a trend still widely imitated today.
9. The real race driving watch: Heuer Autavia
Beloved by racing drivers during competitions, it is the symbol of watches in motor sports.
10. The Outsider: Breitling Top Time
Rare, symbol of the emerging movement of watch collecting. Not so well known by the general public, it is probably one of the watches which will acquire the most value in the future.
Thank you to my friend , watch connoisseur and collector Gianvittorio Molteni for helping me compiling this chart.