Curate a wardrobe of watches for work, weekend, travel, and beyond.
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The last time a timepiece was created for the sole purpose of watching the hours pass by, it cast a shadow from the sun. Today, the watch on your wrist is considered just as much a reflection of your personal style as the shoes on your feet or the tie around your neck. “They say something about who you are,” says Michael Gordon, a watch expert and the store director of Tourneau TimeMachine in New York City. To ensure time is always on your side, we asked Gordon to take us through his top picks in each category.
Movado Red Label Automatic Black Dial Stainless Steel($1,295, movado.com)
“This is Movado’s modern simplicity piece,” Gordon says. The black dial with the steel dot at 12 o’clock is Movado’s signature Museum style. Most of the Museum pieces are quartz, but this one happens to be automatic. “The key to this piece is the design aspect,” Gordon says. “They call it Red Label because of the red markings that indicate it’s an automatic—it lets you know that it’s one of the higher-end pieces.”
Accutron is touted as one of the most highly accurate mechanical movements on the market. A traditional mechanical movement runs off a balance wheel that floats back and forth. The Bulova runs off a tuning fork that vibrates at a very high frequency, and that’s the difference: “It beats at such a high rate, it provides more accurate timekeeping over the long run,” Gordon explains. “For the price point and automatic Swiss movement, it’s certainly a catch.”
This sporty yet elegant watch comes with both an alligator strap and a fabric strap, giving you the ability to dress it up or down. It has a mechanical alarm, which is hard to find on the market. “It’s an evolution of the first mechanical alarms that were made in the ’50s,” Gordon says. “The crown at 2 o’clock controls the red hand and sets the alarm, and the push button at 8 o’clock is the on and off button for the alarm. Beyond the audible tone, you also feel it on your wrist.”
Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Flyback Automatic Chronograph($8,900, tagheuer.com)
This incredibly lightweight, functional sport watch is made from titanium and coated with titanium carbide. “It has a very high-grade movement and comes with Flyback functionality,” Gordon explains. “This allows you, when in the middle of timing a lap, to hit the reset button and have the chronograph immediately fly back to zero and restart—as opposed to a traditional chronograph where you have to stop it, restart, and start it up again. It allows for more accurate timing.”
“This style is very classic—it’s a timeless design—and I think there is a value proposition with the technology,” Gordon says of Citizen’s Eco-Drive, a solar-driven technology that charges the watch’s battery through the face, removing the need for changing the batteries as long as you keep the mechanism charged. “It’s going to run forever, basically. For its price, this is a tremendous value.”
Entry-level luxury is the term Gordon chooses to describe Tissot’s line. “You don’t find many world timers at this price point, let alone in gold,” he says. “It’ll usually be a Patek Philippe that costs around $40,000.” Tissot manufactures this model in steel and rose gold, the latter being limited to just 333 pieces. “You are going to be one of few to actually own this,” Gordon says.