The Modern Gentleman’s Ultimate Watch Collection


Dipping a toe into the world of horology can be a daunting process, a metaphorical minefield with a host of brands and different designs to choose from. We appreciate that for the modern gentlemen time is very precious, and it would be our pleasure to give you a whistle-stop tour of a few of our personal favourites, some (or all) of which we feel should be in a modern watch collection.

For the gentleman wishing to channel his inner James Bond, look no further than the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean. As handsome in its design, as it is innovative in its ‘Master Co-Axial Movement’, this modern sports watch has been tested to beyond depths of 600 metres, more than enough to withstand a brisk dip in Lake Windermere, or indeed a soak in the tub afterwards!

To contrast and complement the rugged sportiness of the Omega, my next watch has been picked from the world-famous Cartier Tank collection. Perfect when partnered with a suit in the office, the Cartier Tank Solo, is a slim and elegant watch, with the classic, timeless ‘Tank’ silhouette, first created by Louis Cartier 100 years ago, and now synonymous with the Maison. The XL model in stainless steel offers exceptional value at £3050 and will be sure to stand the test of time over the next 100 years.

Our third choice comes from the Swiss behemoth Breitling, who are one of the forefathers of the modern chronograph movement, and a stalwart of the watchmaking industry. Their iconic Navitimer, with its famous circular slide rule, has been aiding pilots in their navigation since 1952. The model we have chosen pays homage to that original model in a number of ways, but perhaps most importantly to the modern gentlemen, will look great on the wrists of almost all of us, due to its 42mm case size.

No modern watch collection is complete without a statement piece or a watch that divides opinion, and no watch brand does this more successfully than Hublot. In their Big Bang model, Hublot has brought together different materials which have not been together since the formation of our universe. The combination of steel, ceramic, rubber and sapphire crystal come together to create this showstopper, which will be sure to get you noticed!

Any of these watches would be a fine addition to the modern gentleman’s modern watch collection, offering everything from a sophisticated look to a statement piece. After all, what is a gentleman’s wardrobe without a fine watch to sit on his wrist?