Considering that everyone has the exact time, in every timezone on earth, in their pocket at all times, a mechanical watch that costs more than a house can seem like a curious investment. But a these days, watches aren’t really about telling the time. Or rather, they’re not just about telling the time.
Instead, they’re more like functional jewellery, a way for men to buy themselves something fancy but also know that what they’ve purchased does more than just look pretty. The best watches do, of course, look very pretty. But like an Italian sports car, your outlay also buys you precision engineering and decades of heritage. Which makes it all feel a bit more justifiable than dropping more than most mortgages on a ring with a big diamond on.
Girard-Perregaux Quasar Light Tourbillon – £300,000
Chopard L.U.C All-in-One ‘Janus Watch’ – £374,000
Maitres Du Temps Chapter One Round Transparence – £404,000