The Gentleman’s Watch Wardrobe

The three watches every man should have in his lifetime

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The three watches every man shoudl own

A proper timepiece, like a well-cut suit or a beautiful car, can make a man feel instinctively more confident because it instantly communicates an image he's trying to project. After all, you can tell a lot about a man from the watch on his wrist. A quick glance and you're instantly informed of his taste and the type of life he leads. Perhaps that's why so many discerning men strap on various timepieces—to switch up what they want to say about themselves. From the rugged watches built for adventure and the athletic-influenced sport watches, to classically handsome dress timepieces kitted out in gold and gator, here are three watches every man should invest in—and a handful of suggestions from the always dapper crew at MR PORTER.

The Three Watches
You Need


These watches are athletic, durable, and there is not a leather strap in sight. Easy to wear and to care for, they fit comfortably on your wrist during any activity—be it typing at your desk, lifting at the gym or simply having a drink after hours. These watches signal the adventures you pursue outside the office.

Breitling Avenger Blackbird Automatic

Avenger Blackbird Automatic,
$5,105 by Breitling

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Stainless Steel Watch

Formula 1 stainless steel watch,
$1,200 by TAG Heuer

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Automatic

Clifton Club Automatic,
$1,950 by Baume & Mercier

Bremont Boeing Model 247 Automatic Chronometer

Boeing Model 247 Automatic chronometer,
$6,750 by Bremont

HYT H1.0 Hand-Wound

H1.0 Hand-Wound,
$39,000 by HYT

Bell & Ross Limited Edition BR 03-94

Limited Edition BR 03-94,
$6,200 by Bell & Ross


If you want a hard working, hard wearing timepieces that can pretty much be worn in any situation, these are your best bets. From hand-wound options with historical details to hearty leather straps and simple dials finished with luminous-coated hands for optimum visibility. These watches signal a laidback, but classically stylish vibe.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Automatic

Clifton Club Automatic,
$2,790 by Baume & Mercier

Panerai Radiomir California Hand-Wound

Radiomir California hand-wound,
$8,000 by Panerai

Weiss American Issue Field Watch

American Issue field watch,
$1,995 by Weiss

TAG Heuer Carrera Automatic Steel and Alligator Watch

Carrera Automatic Steel and alligator watch,
$2,500 by TAG Heuer

Junghans Meister Driver Chronoscope

Meister Driver chronoscope,
$2,190 by Junghans

Maurice de Mauriac L2 42MM Stainless Steel

L2 42mm stainless steel,
$4,310 by Maurice de Mauriac


Elegant, refined and heirlooms in the making, these watches are investments that will pay off, perhaps for generations. From iconic designs such as the Cartier Tank and Piaget Polo, to fresh interpretations of old favorites like the Montblanc Heritage and IWC Ingenieur. These watches signal your impeccable taste.

Cartier Tank Americaine Automatic Pink Gold and Alligator

Tank Américaine Automatic
pink gold and alligator,
$15,600 by Cartier

Montblanc Heritage Automatic

Heritage Automatic,
$2,270 by Montblanc

Piaget Polo S Automatic

Polo S Automatic,
$9,350 by Piaget

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Hand-Wound

Reverso Tribute Hand-Wound,
$7,900 by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Automatic 40mm

1966 Automatic 40mm,
$7,900 by Girard-Perregaux

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN Ingenieur Automatic Red Gold and Alligator

Ingenieur Automatic red gold and alligator,

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