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Best Luxury Watches for Men in 2016

Updated on October 22, 2017

Top Rated Luxury Watches

If you're looking for an exquisite gift for your loved one or for yourself, there's nothing quite like one of the best luxury watches the world has to offer.

Whether you're looking to get a new watch and are thinking of a luxury Swiss watch, or just browsing for a gift idea, here are some things to consider.

The price of such a watch can really skyrocket depending on a few factors: how much work has been put into creating the actual timepiece, what materials are used and how well it can actually keep time.

Best Luxury Watch

TAG Heuer Men's Carrera Aluminum Bezel Watch

This is a masterpiece created by Tag. It comes built into a strong stainless steel case with a polished link bracelet.

The dial gives a good contrast between the brown background and silver toned luminous hands. Around the rim there are small minute markers and large stick hour markers.

At the 3 o'clock position there's a date display and the whole dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

It measures 39mm in diameter and has a thickness of 12mm. At the back of the case the watch features a skeleton design, so you can admire the internal automatic self-wind movement.

The watch is water resistant for up to 50 meters (that's 165 feet).

TAG Heuer Carrera

Top Rated Luxury Watch

TAG Heuer Men's Aquaracer Chronograph Watch

This is a perfect watch for people who go scuba diving since it can resist extreme 660feet pressures, (that's up to 200 meters in depth).

It comes as a stainless steel build, a 44.5 mm case and unidirectional bezel.

The dial itself comes protected by a super resistant sapphire crystal and features three chronograph sub-dials around the hands axis.

Watches: How They Work and What to Look For

If you're in the process of deciding what type of watch to buy for yourself or loved one, you should know a few facts about the three common types of watches: there's the well known hand winding watch, the quartz watch and the automatic watch

A few key features differentiate these watches:

Quartz - The Electronic Type

A quartz watch is a more recent type of timepiece which keeps time by the oscillations of a quartz crystal. These types of watches can be really accurate, they need little to no repairs and can work for up to two full years on a single battery.

The downside is, that if it gets broken, it can be really hard to replace or repair the damaged part. The other downside is that it's more of an electronic watch than a marvel of mechanic engineering.

Manual Wind Watches

Another well known watch type is the manual wind watch. These watches require you to wind the central spring via the watch crown about every 40 hours or so. They can get a bit expensive, but are well worth the cash if it's going to be a family heirloom, a watch that's passed down from generation to generation.

A downside to this type of watch is the regular winding plus the regular visits to a watchmaker for maintenance and tuning.

On the accuracy scale, this type of watch sits somewhere in the middle, losing mostly 40 minutes in an average year.

The Automatic Watch

The automatic watch keeps the mechanical design of the manual wind watch with the added benefit of constantly winding itself while it sits on the users wrist.

The disadvantage to this type of watch is having to take it to the watchmaker for tuning and maintenance plus the sensitivity to extreme mechanical shocks which can throw it off balance.

So if you're a regular person, you might like a quartz watch which can keep time, don't have to wind every 40 hours or so and only require a battery change every couple of years.

For business or important people a more elegant watch is required, in which case they should go with either a manual wind watch or an automatic one.

Automatic Self-Wind Watches

You never have to remember to wind the watch with a self-winding watch. This is because there is a special mechanism which winds the watch whenever you move your hand.

These watches are at the top of mechanical craftsmanship and require little to no maintenance at all.

Plus they look gorgeous and come from respectable top brands.The materials used and the amount of work that went into creating these timepieces should not be neglected when inspecting them.

Zenith Academy Tourbillon Men's Automatic Watch 65-0240-4041-21-C610

Aside from being the most expensive watch in this collection, this watch is truly unique. Zenith only produces watches in small quantities, due to the complexity of the process involved. This is a men's watch encased in an 18K white gold chassis with a leather strap.

The central movement is a Swiss-made precise self-winding mechanism. The dial is protected by a very resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal. It measures 40 millimeters in diameter with a thickness of just 15 millimeters.

This shouldn't matter much in the case of a luxury watch, but this Academy collection model is also water resistant for up to 30 meters.

Zenith Watches Manufacture

TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Mens Watch

This is a great watch inspired by high-performance racing cars. It replaces the traditional hands display technique with discs. Its rotating system includes a second's display at the three o'clock position and minutes at the nine o'clock position. At the 6 o'clock is the date display.

The case is coated with titanium carbide for maximum durability and there's a highly resistant sapphire crystal which reveals the internal movement on the case back.

It's a top choice for any watch connoisseur or collectors with a soft spot for high-performance cars and racing.

Mechanical Hand Wind Watches

Here are a few picks for the best mechanical luxury watches. These are meant for watch aficionados and people who want another great addition to their collection. They are all hand wound and come with marvelous complications.

Panerai Men's Mechanical Luxury Watch

This is a jewel for any watch connoisseur and it comes cased in a brushed titanium case with a strong brown leather strap. The dial comes in brown and features luminous hands and hour markers.

There are Arabic numerals at the 12 and 6 o'clock positions and small minute markers around the rim. The watch dial is protected by one of the strongest anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystals available.

The integrated movement is hand-wound and the watch can be submerged up to 100 meters (330 feet). The watch looks great and is a grand addition to any serious watch collector.

Panerai Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante

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    • Frederick Green profile image

      Palis Pisuttisarun 2 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Love them! I currently own 4 Patek's, 3 Chopards, 5 Rolexes, 3 cartier, 1 omega and 2 Tag Heurs. I'm currently interested in less metallic watches, such as Hermes, Chanel and Burberry. I love luxury watches, so much status and everyone looks your way!

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      Taranwanderer 3 years ago

      The TAG Heuer Carrera - wow. Very elegant - belongs on the wrist of the successful businessman.