Watches are worthy investments worn around the wrist. They’re functional, fashionable and perpetual accessories that’ll almost never go out of style. Besides telling you the time (duh), timepieces often hold more significant functions.
While some purchase watches as literal investments that are later sold off for profit, others simply invest in them because they’d like to introduce a sentimental heirloom.
An important factor to consider when getting an heirloom is the aesthetics. They should be timeless styles that’ll look good years from now. It’s the watch that your grandchildren too would wear when they grow up – and the watch that will keep your memories alive.
But why buy them now? Well as you may have heard, the GST is most probably going to increase, so it’s best to get them before the prices spike up alongside it.
To help you a tad, we’ve picked out 6 luxe watches that’ll look good in any decade.
1. Cartier Tank Française, S$5150
It doesn’t matter that we’re not Princess Diana - this is the watch for every successful woman out there. The iconic Tank Française watch has a steel case and bracelet, with an octagonal crown set with steel as well. The silver-grained dial sports navy blue hands. Cartier matches this with a little blue bling – in the form of a sapphire crystal on its crown.
Available at Cartier boutiques.
2. Chanel Première Chaîne , price unavailable
The Première watch's case is inspired by the octagonal design of the Place Vendôme. It is a symbol of architectural perfection and timelessness – just like this classic icon. The watch runs on a high precision quartz and has a clean-cut face with golden hands. The sleek black dial against the 18K yellow gold bracelet and case create the perfect contrast – representive of the mix of modern and classic.
Available at Chanel.
3. Girard-Perregaux Laureato 38mm Ceramic White, S$20,019*
The iconic Girard-Perregaux watch comes in a fresh white ceramic style. Donning a pristine white exterior, the Laureato 38 mm Ceramic White watch flaunts 56 brilliant-cut diamonds – an absolute stunner. It has a power reserve of at least 46-hours and is water resistant for up to 100m. Paired with an all-round steel physique on its bezel, crown and hands, this timepiece is the classy and chic watch the sporty, modern and glamorous woman needs.
Available at Girard-Perregaux boutiques.
4. Cartier Panthère de Cartier, S$31,800
The Panthère de Cartier is such a classic that we couldn’t afford to miss out on it. Seen on celebrities like Lily Collins and Miranda Kerr, the watch’s crown is set with blue sapphire, to match the blue-steel sword-shaped hands. It comes in an 18K yellow gold case and bracelet. Not only is the Panthère de Cartier a must-have, but it makes the perfect heirloom for a generation of power women.
Available at Cartier boutiques.
5. IWC Schaffhausen Da Vinci Automatic 40, US$5835 (S$7780)
The timepiece pays ode to Leonardo Da Vinci, who was intrigued by spherical shapes. The gold-plated hands and numerals contrast nicely against the sleek silver-plated dial. It is driven by a 35111 calibre mechanical automatic movement, and has a 42-hour power reserve. What makes it classy is its handcrafted alligator strap in black, which looks stunning for every occasion, at any time.
Available at the IWC Schaffhausen boutique and NET-A-PORTER
6. Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial, S$9200*
Inspired by the Constellation dials of the 60’s, this watch wears an ever elegant silk-pattern off-white dial. On it is a luxurious myriad of markers – diamonds, gold-plated cabochons (a type of gemstone) and gold-plated, diamond polished hands. All of this is presented on a stainless steel and 18K yellow gold bracelet that has, and will, always be chic through the ages.
Available at Omega boutiques.
7. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Duetto, US$18,281
A true day-to-night watch, this reversible timepiece dons two faces fit for every hour. The watch, moving on an 844 quartz calibre, has a slim rose gold case and an alligator strap that makes this perfect for slim wrists. One of the faces has an effortless silver-tone guilloché dial, black numerals and navy hands. On the other hand, the black sunray-brushed face is set with a dazzling row of diamonds that’ll twinkle through the night. To match the case, the timepiece dons rose gold hands and numerals.
Available at NET-A-PORTER.
8. IWC Schaffhausen Tribute To Pallweber Edition "150 Years", US$36,600*
A piece that pays tribute to the International Watch Co’s iconic 1884 Pallweber pocket watch. It has a 60-hour power reserve and comes in an 18-carat red gold case with a white lacquered dial. Our favourite bits of this watch are the sleek dial with sports the two digital displays – they rotate with every passing hour and minute. This stunning, minimalistic timepiece (and it’s confirmed price) will be revealed in a limited edition of 250 at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) watch fair in Geneva, so be quick on your feet.
*Prices reflected are subject to change.