Which watches you should have in your collection is an ongoing debate, however which watches you must have in your collection is determined for you here. These watches have each proved their worth over several decades as being the best in terms of design, quality, timeless appeal, innovation, reputation and in some cases, offering lasting value that actually increases with the passing of time. You might want to take notes.
Introduced in 1953, the Rolex Submariner is probably the most recognizable watch in the world. At the time of its launch it was considered a revolution in watch making. The Submariner was everything a dive watch should be: Water resistant at the time to 100 meters, easy to read, both above and below water, smart, sleek, and yet at the same time manly and robust. It was tested by the well-known diver Jacques Cousteau in his ‘A Silent World’ documentary about the Mediterranean Sea. Over the years the watch has been through many subtle iterations, and adopted by the Royal Navy, the French Navy and the Canadian Royal Navy at various times during its 63-year history. Today the Submariner s is waterproof to 300 meters, the 40mm Rolex Submariner is still regarded as both an excellent tool watch and a take anywhere action/adventure cum dress watch with a commanding presence in any situation. The watch comes with a choice of date or no date.
This ingenious watch was developed following a request from an active expat polo player in 1930s India. Tired of breaking his watch while playing polo, he asked a well connected friend if a watch could be made that wouldn’t be smashed during play. He in turn had a friend called Jacques David LeCoultre. Introduced in 1931, the Reverso has become a lasting icon of luxury in watchmaking. Specifically designed to protect the precious crystal while playing vigorous sports such as polo, the Reverso is fully reversible with one face displaying the timekeeping instrument, and the case back left blank to display an engraved family crest. The new Reverso collection reflects most of the features of the original 1930s watch but with added technicalities and an even more refined design. Reverso timepieces are inspired by the Art Deco movement, displaying clear and bold geometrical shapes, rich colors and lavish craftsmanship. For 2017, the manufacture has released two new models sporting the brand’s famed dual face: the Reverso Tribute Duo and the Reverso Tribute Moon.
Royal Oak watches are sturdy, sporty timepieces just bristling with power and masculinity through form and function. Designed by Gerald Genta in the 1970s, Royal Oak is a collection of casual classic watches with unique design features. The hallmarks of the collection include an octagonal shaped satin polished steel bezel fixed on a strongbox case, with the bezel decorated with eight hexagonal screws, water resistance gaskets in plain sight, beautiful dials featuring a ‘Grand Tapisserie’ engine motif and baguette cut applied hour indicators. Because Gerard Genta got the design right the first time, all that’s ever been needed in the intervening years are small tweaks. The chronographs were first introduced in 1997. Shown here is the latest collection for 2017.
By now your bank account will be wincing at the hefty onslaught induced by building your essential watch collection, but we’re only doing it for your own good. Founded in 1839, most watch connoisseurs and aficionados would agree that Patek Philippe is the maker of the world’s finest timepieces. Patek Philippe is a family owned independent having been in the hands of the Stern family since 1932. The 5320G, shown here is a new for this year Perpetual Calendar from Patek Philippe. The 5320G is a combination of some of the best features of some of the great Patek watches of the past. The case is 40mm in diameter and available only in white gold. Expect to pay around $82,000. Well, we said essential, not inexpensive.
Where watchmaking and motor racing meet, you will find the Mille Miglia, and it must be your essential motoring watch. For this year, the Mille Miglia GTS Chrono Race Edition 2017 brings the world’s most beautiful race to the wrist. Housed in a 44mm stainless steel case, its self-winding chronograph movement is chronometer-certified by the COSC and displays the hours, minutes and date, along with a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock. With its emblematic red details and its silver dial with ‘bouchonné’ finishing, the watch subtly evokes Mille Miglia racing cars: pushers inspired by engine pistons, anti-grip surfaces recalling a brake pedal, and a rubber strap suggesting tire-treads.
What? A G-SHOCK. Yes, it may seem a controversial choice in the face of all the legendary Swiss watchmaking marques that have gone before it, but for days when you don’t want to worry about losing or damaging the other essential watches in your collection, a low cost, tough as nails and totally reliable G-SHOCK is another must. Introduced in 1983 by Casio, this watch has won the hearts of passionate collectors around the world. Many have G-SHOCK collections running into the thousands, and you simply must have at least one in your collection. Here we show one of the latest models in the MT-G series. This is where a certain level of sophistication meets G-SHOCK toughness in Black and Gold. The latest MTG is equipped with GPS HYBRID WAVE CEPTOR that retrieves position and time information from GPS satellites, and time calibration signals from six transmitters around the globe. The metal bezel on the front of the watch and metal back cover create a frame that houses inner workings to reduce the chance of impact force reaching the watch’s module. This watch will set you back around $1,600.