5 Dapper Watches for the Modern Gentleman
The world we now live in is seemingly ruled by our smartphones, allowing us to do almost anything on the go and often making other accessories we once relied on obsolete. The humble wristwatch is one of those items which seemingly became non-existent. Instead, consumers now choose to wear watches for many different reasons, typically for style instead of utility. As a result, the luxury watch market is currently valued at $23 billion as of 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 3.25% forecast between 2021 and 2026. Sales are boosted thanks to increased demand for premium products created using precise methods and technology.
More and more watches are being created with extra features and advancements to suit both style and much-needed practicality, and the modern man has once again coveted beautiful timepieces. With this in mind, let us take a look at five watches for the dapper gentlemen.
Swatch Skin Irony Skinblack
When it comes to men’s watches, you do not need to break the bank to acquire a quality timepiece; Swatch has once again ticked all the boxes in this department with the Skin Irony Collection, launched to combine the best element’s of the brand’s lines: Skin and Irony. The Swatch Skin Irony Skinblack boasts a simple yet elegant design that is only 5.8mm high, resulting in the slimmest watch ever from the brand. So if you are on the hunt for a watch you can wear anywhere yet still exuding style, then this watch which incidentally featured as one of the best watches for men by Esquire, could be the one for you.
Garmin Forerunner 945
The popularity of smartwatches is on the rise, especially for today’s modern gentlemen on the go. Many of these advanced timepieces allow you to track sleeping habits, monitor your health, make phone calls, and many other functions that a simple analogue wristwatch will likely not have. The Garmin Forerunner 945 is a smartwatch that possesses many features that will undoubtedly suit active individuals who enjoy outdoor activities such as running, swimming or riding.
It is one of the most popular smartwatches on Adorama, thanks to its sheer versatility. Along with monitoring your physical activity, this digital timepiece includes LTE connectivity as well as a professional 24/7 emergency response setting, enabling you to pinpoint your location when needed. The watch also consists of a smart training function and coloured maps for long-distance runs or cycles. A top choice if you are a modern man who loves spending time outdoors and keeping active.
Seiko SPB123 Prospex Limited Edition Alpinist
Seiko has taken their classic Alpinist watch and updated its timeless retro design for the modern man. The brand swapped out the green sunburst dial in favour of an off-white face, which complements the gold hands and timer indices. In conclusion, the watch has an upgraded body that features an overall cleaner and brighter finish. Special mention must fall upon the textured leather strap for that extra special retro feel, drawing inspiration from the original model’s iconic face.
Tag Heuer Autavia Calibre 5
Tag Heuer is one of the most well-known Swiss premium watch brands, producing a large number of fantastic racing watches and even a few exceptional dive models. Tag also designs and creates pilots watches such as the Autavia models, which are not typically as popular but are no less spectacular. The watch’s inner workings boast a COSC-certified Calibre 5, while the exterior design features a beautiful retro flair that looks just as good on terra-firma as it does high up in the sky. As a result, this piece is brilliantly versatile and will match almost anything occasion and outfit.
Rolex is almost always guaranteed to be near the top of the list, even for non-watch aficionados when it comes to premium watches. The Rolex Submariner is a classic and deserves its desirable status, withstanding the test of time and becoming synonymous with the brand itself. The model received an overhaul in 2020, featuring a size increase of 1mm and including a new 3230 calibre; additionally, the power reserve has been upped by 50%. If you are looking for a serious investment piece guaranteed to last more than your lifetime, then the Rolex Submariner is something that should be at the top of your list.
No matter what style of watch you are looking for, be it a tried and true model or a more nuanced piece for your needs, my accessories page has a wealth of must-have items for your wardrobe, completing your outfit and ensuring you look like a real modern gentleman.