Our pick of the best watches to invest in

Take elegance to new heights with these luxury watches

Since the unavoidable rise of the smartphone, we have witnessed watches disappearing from many men’s wrists. Just over a decade ago, a watch was a very important and necessary item for men because it not only completed an aesthetic function, but a practical one too.

Smartphones have all but taken away this need because why wear a watch when you can just whip out your phone and, in some instances, literally have it say the time to you? But the aesthetic element of a watch is still a very important one because in the same way that a fragrance can set you apart from the rest, so can a good-looking, quality watch.

It is easier to sell the more expensive pieces

As men, we don’t have many options when it comes to accessorising and a watch really is one of those versatile accessories that can make any look more distinguished. They are versatile in the sense that you can change up the straps of the same watch, build a collection of different styles over time and change these up to suit any look.

As far as watch trends go, the luxury watch industry has seen an increase in men buying luxury watches. In a previous interview with DESTINY Man David Mayers, store manager for The Vault in Melrose Arch, said that this is where the trend is moving towards.

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“It is easier to sell the more expensive pieces. I have a Roger Dubius that takes about six months to make and retails at R4,6 million. I also have one or two timepieces that retail at R1,2 million, of which we have sold a couple already. Your average quartz pieces, for example, starting from about R200 000, are harder to sell…” Mayers said.

If you can’t exactly yet afford to invest in R4 million watch, here are some classic time pieces that are worth every penny:

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Calvin Klein Control gents, R5 400 available at Swatch Group; Hamilton Broadway 43mm Chrono, R31 500, available at Michael’s Designs




















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Bulgari Diagono Magnesium Chrono, R91 000, available at Picot & Moss

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Calibre de Cartier Diver, R155 00, available at Cartier; Seamster Planet Ocean 45,5mm, R76 000, available at Omega; Geophysic Universal Time, R184 000, available at Jaeger-LeCoultre

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Overseas World Time, R537 000, available at Vacheron Constantin

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Longines 24-Hour Heritage, R41 000, available at Michael’s Designs


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Tudor Grantour Chrono, R67 190, available at World’s Finest Watches; Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King, R79 700, available at Arthur Kaplan; Panerai Laminar 1950 Marina, R102 000, available at Luxury Time; Breitling Super Ocean H, R103 400, available at World’s Finest Watches








Images produced by Mpumi Sinxoto and first appeared in the October 2016 issue of DESTINY Man magazine