We normally match the watch with the shoe, but with the festive season approaching, we thought we would focus on shirts. Top quality shirts.
Be warned, none of these luxury vestments will be found in Walmart or Target; they will be found on Mr. Porter, one of the UK’s premier luxury menswear sites.
To acquire one of these garments is to heap pain and punishment upon your credit card, however, their cost is but an angel’s kiss compared to the hefty blows that will be visited upon your Visa or Mastercard should you decide to opt for one of the expertly matched and considered watches that accompany said shirts. If you think you can stand the heat, read on.
This deceptively simple plaid overshirt from Yves Saint Laurent is Japanese-made and cut from a dense wool-blend that is soft and warm to the touch. Leave the row of buttons undone and layer yours over a classic white tee. £600.00
We’ve matched it with a ‘grown-up’ G-SHOCK from the MR-G series, the sought after 8100B. Described as the ultimate G-Shock, this solar powered, radio-controlled watch is made of the highest quality materials, including titanium case and strap, gold circuit mounts and sapphire glass face, whilst retaining the best shock resistance technology that G-Shock offers. £2,200
Originally a Spanish brand, but now owned by the Kering Group which also happens to own a watch brand or two, Balenciaga presents this acid-washed grey denim shirt which only gets better with wear. Cut for a regular fit, it has cool slit cuffs, pearlized snap fastenings, and a subtle Western-style yoke. £585.00
Blaken Watches from Germany are created using two multiple-patented hi-tech procedures and are coated in diamond-like carbon. The processes involved are extremely expensive and complex and at the present time are only possible in Germany. The Oyster Perpetual Rolex Submariner broke a world record when it was first launched in 1953. It was the first wristwatch that was waterproof up to a depth of 100 meters and so watch history was written. The Blaken treatment is to go for purist black. Virtually scratch proof and corrosion resistance this beauty costs €16,300.
Prada was founded in Milan, Italy in 1913. The rubber logo on Prada’s polo shirt was stamped on the wooden crates that guests sat on during the AW18 show. The jacquard pattern is inspired by designs in the Prada archives. Made in Italy from thick virgin wool-blend, this superior polo has ribbed edges and horn buttons. £1,020.00
Taking inspiration from the 60s, this simple yet elegant 39mm watch is based on the state-owned VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe piece known as the Spezimatic. This watch can still be admired today in a variety of colors and variations at the German Watch Museum Glashütte. The watch runs on a Calibre 39-52 movement which can be admired through the sapphire crystal case back. It has a 40-hour power reserve and a swan-neck fine adjustment. £4,199
It’s hot and sunny somewhere in the world over Christmas, the only question is, are you bold enough to carry this off? This bold number forms part of Gucci’s typically flamboyant SS18 collection, it’s cut from silk satin-twill decorated with bold blooms and trimmed with red, green and navy grosgrain based on designs in the house archives. £795.00
The Bathyscaphe 100 GMT is an original Aquadive design that dates back to 1972 when industrial design was at its peak. Now its combined with today’s advanced manufacturing technologies and materials, such as German CNC machining, scratch resistant sapphire, ceramic, Viton seals, and ISOfrane rubber. Like the shirt, the watch comes in a range of colors including turquoise, yellow, red and white. US$2,268.00
Every man’s wardrobe should contain at least a couple of crisp white dress shirts. Tom Ford is famously well-dressed and designs as much for himself as anyone else. Made in Italy from lightweight cotton-voile, this shirt is ideal for a more formal suited look. The shirt is tailored with mitered cuffs and a classic collar that’s fitted with removable stays and finished with creamy mother-of-pearl buttons. £390.00
Match a classic white shirt with a truly classic watch. The Reverso was originally created in the 1930s following a request from British expatriates in India to devise a watch that wouldn’t get smashed on the polo field. The ingenious Reverso enable the watch face to be reversed while playing so it didn’t get smashed or scratched. The watch has gone on to be a perennial best seller for JLC throughout the decades and throughout many iterations. This particular Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso comes with a 40mm Stainless Steel case with a sapphire crystal protecting the silvered dial. The Silver Stainless Steel Bracelet comes with a deployment clasp for added security on the wrist. £8,300.