Looking for an Instagram-worthy luxury watch to add to your collection? Start your search with these twenty exceptional models.
1 - Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic Stainless Steel
An instant classic, the Cartier Tank Solo impresses with its blue-steel sword-shaped hands, sapphire crystal, Roman numerals and silvered opaline dial. Its smart, rectangular face manages to look thoroughly modern and effortlessly vintage at the same time. And it doesn’t just look good; the calfskin interchangeable strap also feels luxurious on your wrist.
2 - Chanel Monsieur
If this ivory opaline dial shimmers like moonlight on Instagram, imagine what it looks like in person. The Chanel Monsieur watch features a retrograde minute indication, jumping hour window and a small second counter. Its beige gold case contrasts beautifully with the luminous dial and black alligator pattern calfskin strap.
3 - Bulgari Octo
Expect double and triple takes when you step out with a Bulgari Octo timepiece. Inspired by the 310 AD Roman Massentius Basilica, the Octo takes the octagon’s purity to unrivalled extremes. Decorated with côtes de Genève, chamfering and snailed finishing, the Octo features a ceramic, dark-brown lacquered polished dial and a rich, brown alligator strap.
4 - Hublot Big Bang Chronograph
This is not a slim, subtle watch. The Hublot Big Bang Chronograph is assertive, daring and unapologetically technical. A combination of medical-grade steel, iron and chrome come together to withstand the rigours of everyday life and uncommon adventures. With its structured rubber strap and unique, in-house movements, the Big Bang Chronograph is a techy’s dream come true.
5 - IWC Portugieser Automatic Chronograph
1939 was a graceful, elegant year. Gone With the Wind played on the silver screen, and IWC introduced the Portugieser. Then and now, this classic’s key design elements include a streamlined dial with Arabic numbers, an ultra-thin bezel (which makes the watch look even more prominent), leaf hands, and a generous sub-dial at six o’clock for the seconds. Today’s iterations are as striking as their ancestors.
6 - Rado Diamaster Automatic
Rado’s DiaMaster collection offers minimalistic design and a range of attractive options, from supersized chronographs to diamond-studded bijous. From humble beginnings in Lengnau, Switzerland, during World War I, the company has consistently provided innovative horology, including its 1962 DiaStar, billed as “the world’s first scratchproof watch.”
7 - Rolex Daytona
Certainly no stranger to Instagram, the Rolex Daytona has been a showstopper for generations. It has a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement developed and designed by Rolex, and it delivers a power reserve of 72 hours. Why is this watch so reliable? Its architecture requires fewer components than standard chronographs; fewer parts lead to improved dependability.
8 - Gucci Grip
Gucci’s Grip watch will make you stop scrolling. It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Its clean, streamlined design takes its inspiration from skateboarding, recalling how the rider’s shoes stick to the board’s grip tape. Three small windows reveal the hour, minute and date, and the rest of the case presents a sleek yellow-gold finish.
9 - Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hemispheres Retrograde
Travellers adore the Parmigiana Fleurier Toric Hemispheres timepiece. First created by Michel Parmigiani himself, the watch is fitted with an instant retrograde date indicated by the third central hand. Its mechanical movement allows the wearer to read the time in two different places at once, thanks to the dial’s two time indications.
10 - Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Light
A crystalline case and skeletonised GP1800 calibre combine to create the Laureato Absolute Light, a work of art. Like a glassy skyscraper, this watch is a perfect urban expression, balancing sophisticated aesthetics with impeccable functionality. The movement is highlighted by a sapphire bezel and octagonal case back; it’s recognisable at a glance.
11 - Piaget Altiplano
Outlandishly thin and provocative, the Piaget Altiplano is revolutionary in its construction concept. The case also serves as the mainplate, and the entire mechanism and hand system are subsumed within the thickness of the balance. Consequently, the hours and minutes display is off-centre, creating an intriguing overall aesthetic.
12 - Backes & Strauss Regent Beau Brummell
The iconic oval-shaped Regent watches by Backes & Strauss take their inspiration from John Nash’s architecture, particularly in Regent Street, Regent’s Park and St James’s Park. Spirited in its kelly green colour, the Regent Beau Brummell 4047 is stunning with its 207 diamonds (totalling .75cts) and titanium case.
13 - Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire
Here’s another fine specimen for colour lovers. With the new Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire, the Hublot has achieved a world first by adding a new colour to its palette of through-tinted sapphires. Hublot has its own metallurgy laboratory, enabling the brand to experiment endlessly with cutting edge materials, and this timepiece is an exquisite combination of science and art.
14 - De Bethune DB Kind of Two Tourbillon
A complication-packed watch with two faces, the De Bethune DB Kind of Two Tourbillon is entirely reversible. Depending on your mood, you can choose one of two looks: a dial featuring a sleek, modern design with central hands and a tourbillon at 6 o’clock or a sophisticated, traditional face with a finely hand-guilloché central circle.
15 - Audemars Piguet Millenary
The neoclassical style has never looked so modern. With its reversed calibre, the Audemars Piguet Millenary’s dial displays components that are typically hidden. Its three-dimensional architecture and impeccable level of finish live up to the legendary Audemars Piguet name.
16 - Greubel Forsey Balancier Contemporain in 5N Red Gold
With four hands, clear legibility and unique proportions, the Greubel Forsey Balancier Contemporain explores three-dimensionality on every level. Greubel is known for expert engineering and superlative finishes, and this timepiece reinforces the brand. It prominently shows off their in-house balance wheel, and you’ll appreciate its fine-grained surface and broad chamfers.
17 - H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon
Instagram favours eye candy, and the H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon certainly qualifies. But the feast doesn’t end with the eyes. With the gongs and hammers on the dial side, the wearer is treated with a concert each time they pull the slide. And with the dial’s sleek blue minimalist sheen, you’ll never tire of checking the time.
18 - Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse
When it first came to market in 1967, Patek’s Golden Ellipse represented an audacious departure from traditional silhouettes. Its sense of inner harmony has stood the test of time, and today, the Golden Ellipse continues to impress on Instagram and the watches of distinguished gentlemen. The “divine” proportion, conveyed as a ratio of 1/1.6181, forms the basis for the elegant watch case (as well as some of history’s most notable works of art and architecture).
19 - Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
A classic Omega receives a fresh update with the Seamaster Aqua Terra. And the changes don’t end with the contemporary exterior updates (like the new conical crown and wave-edge design on the case back. But the differences go much deeper to the new Master Chronometer movements, which offer exceptional magnetic resistance levels.
20 - Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph
Since 1952, pilots and aeronautical enthusiasts have cherished Breitling’s Navitimer for its technical wizardry and peerless design. Older versions of the Navitimer could be used to perform aerial calculations using the bezel. And while some new iterations of the watch still feature the aviation bezel, the B01 Chronograph emphasises instant legibility and supreme good looks.
If you’re in the market for a luxury watch, there’s never been a more comprehensive selection of Instagram-worthy models from which to choose. Deciding on just one is the hard part.
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