We probably don’t need to tell you this, but everything that you choose to wear shines some light on your personality.
Each minute detail of style is a visible representation of what you like and what you want to say to the world. Your wrist-wear is no different. There are complicated wristwatches and classic wristwatches, and those that simply scream for attention.
Today, we’re focusing on the latter; ten power men’s watches that will make you do a triple-take because of their distinctive masculine features, but more importantly because they are still within relative reach to the everyday magnificent bastard.
1. Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Accaio (PAM372)
This gargantuan looking watch is a faithful reproduction of the divers watch that was originally issued to the Italian Navy and its trump card is its legibility.
Due to the large dial space devoted only to the time. Sitting proud on the wrist with its vintage inspired Plexiglas, the watch is incredibly recognisable, due to the trademark crown guard at 3 o’clock.
At 47mm, the watch is by no means a dainty dress watch, but it is surprisingly wearable, even for those slight of wrist. On the movement side of things, the PAM372 does not disappoint, with a large, in-house calibre P.3000 with 3 days power reserve, visible through a sapphire crystal caseback, its periphery engraved with company boasting “Officine Panerai Brevettato” (Patented, Officine Panerai).
2. Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT
Breitling’s signature Chronomat line received a new movement, and with it a new function in 2012, with the introduction of the in-house Breitling 04 movement. Built from the ground up by Breitling, the Chronomat 44 GMT includes a hand that functions as a second time zone, and can display a third time zone with the bezel.
The great thing about many Breitling watches is the number of dials and strap options available for your watch. For the Chronomat 44 GMT, you can have your watch the way you want it.
Barenia Calf Leather strap? Check. Grey dial? Check. What won’t change is the imposing dimensions at 44mm, and the superhero-like feel it has on the wrist. The Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT is all things to all men: 200m water resistance, chronograph and 3 time zone GMT functionality mean that this watch is designed to make a statement anytime, anywhere.
3. Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue
If it’s colour you want to make your statement with, then the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue might be the one for you. Its combination of blue and orange harken back to 1973, when the model was originally introduced.
With its bold styling and colour palette, the watch is also delivered with an equally bold styled fabric strap that can be changed out from the bracelet, which adds another level preppiness to the watch.
The watch itself is a chronograph with 45 minute counter and date indication at 6 o’clock, lending itself to everyday practicality. As an interesting side note, the watch’s practicality is enhanced by the cool blue bezel, turning the watch into one that displays two time zones, through the hour markings on the bezel.
4. Rolex Deepsea D-Blue
The big brother to Tudor simply won’t let it have all the fun. The Rolex Deepsea is Rolex’s ultimate diver’s watch, with waterproofness to 3900m: that’s a pressure of almost 4 tons that it can bear.
It sits proud on the wrist, and for good reason: the Ringlock system, which is the load-bearing element of the watch enables it to go far down into the depths. The D-Blue dial was created in tribute to the great James Cameron, and his expedition down to the depths of the Marianas Trench.
The subtle gradient of the dial from blue to black remind us of the descent, and the changing colour of the surrounding water going deeper, and the ‘Deepsea’ writing in green – the same green of James Cameron’s submersible. The D-Blue dial turned the once-conservative black dial Deepsea into a watch that creates real intrigue.
5. Omega Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon”
With its inky black dial and case with high contrast indexes and markers, the Omega Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” made waves when it was first released in 2013.
Not only is the case in scratch-resistant ceramic, but Omega have gone to the trouble of making virtually every exterior component out of ceramic, from the case, the pushers, the crown, the buckle, and even the dial.
Omega have even managed to perform contrasting finishes on the watch, with a mixture of brushed and polished finishing, catching and playing with the light, further drawing your attention like a star caught in a black hole. The movement is one of Omega’s finest: Chronograph Calibre 9300, with Co-Axial escapement mean that the watch will remain reliable and in service for many, many years to come.
6. Chopard GPMH Chrono
Another colourful timepiece, the Chopard GPMH Chrono was designed for the Grand Prix De Monaco Historique.
With its yellow chapter ring surrounding the dial, along with the yellow chronograph hand and chronograph subdial hands, the colour is further enhanced by the perforated Rallye strap with yellow stitching, which contrast with the grey dial, and really make it pop.
With its distinctive pushers, and conservative case style, the watch is able to have an air of modernity about it, but also a familiar traditional feel, in tribute to the vintage cars of the Monaco Automobile Club. Pair this with a dressed down suit to really bring out your Sprezzatura styling.
7. Ball Hydrocarbon NEDU
Made for the US Navy Experimental Diver’s Unit (NEDU), this tough-as-nails diver looks like it will take a kicking, and still keep on ticking.
The distinctive crown guard ensures maximum protection for the watch, and the bold ceramic bezel framing the dial of the watch make it an indispensible daily wearer.
However the watch really shines during the night. Literally. Inside the dial, 21 micro gas tubes illuminate the dial without having to be charged in the light like other luminescent material, therefore, glowing all through the night. Shining bright in the day and the night, the Ball Hydrocarbon NEDU is ready for anything, including ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ of anyone who locks eyes onto it.
8. Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Open Home Time
Something a bit more formal, the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Open Home Time is inspired by Nicolas Rieussec’s first chronograph, created for measuring the times of horse races.
The distinctive disc system at 6 o’clock is unique to the Nicolas Rieussec line of watches, and this watch is further set apart by the partially skeletonized section just above 6 o’clock.
The in-house MB R210 movement also features a two time zone function, able to keep track of Home time and Local time, for those avid travellers. The watch’s unusual layout, and the large space devoted to its unique dial make it an interesting choice for a dressier statement timepiece.
9. Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk Black Ceramic
If there was a manual for creating a badass diver’s watch, then it could certainly be said that Girard Perregaux wrote that manual. With its 44mm black ceramic case, the Sea Hawk is menacing, looking like it would breathe with the aid of a special suit, and do battle with its own son in a city in the sky.
The industrial look is further emphasised with the hexagonal pattern on the dial, and its asymmetric layout, with subsidiary seconds at 10 o’clock, power reserve at 6 o’clock and date at 1-2 o’clock. As menacing as it looks, it is incredibly comfortable to wear, with its matching rubber strap. Underneath the solid caseback is a Girard Perregaux in-house movement, finely finished, only for the watchmaker’s eyes to see during service.
10. Hublot Big Bang Unico Titanium
Looking like something from the distant future, the Hublot Big Bang Unico Titanium is the brand’s signature design, updated with an in-house Unico movement. Its 45mm case screams wrist presence, but the rubber strap enables the watch to remain comfortable even with the large case diameter.
The strap can even be changed out for other Hublot straps by pushing the semi-hexagonal shaped buttons near the edges of the case, to further customize the look of the watch – no tools are needed for the exchange.
This is one watch that is not shy, and it does not want to hide. It relishes the centre stage on your wrist, and rightly so; with a beautiful skeletonized Unico movement, and its porthole inspired design, this watch deserves pride of place on your wrist.
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