Time to Buy a Watch

photos: nicholas duers

Hublot Classic Fusion IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Panerai Luminor
All available at London Jewelers, Manhasset, (516) 627-7475

Jewelry for men is a tricky thing. It can be wonderful when properly executed, but it’s all too easy for men’s bracelets to read as shamanistic or for the wrong necklace to project an aging rocker vibe. Johnny Depp seems to pull off jewelry with aplomb, but then he’s Johnny Depp. And unless you’re Johnny Depp, you’re not Johnny Depp.

A watch is the one piece of jewelry a man can wear to express his sense of style without any risk of being misinterpreted. Choosing a metal bracelet or a rubber or leather strap is just the beginning. The faces, numbers, features and brands all play a part. The selections that made these pages did so because they express confidence and success in an understated way. And they are built to tell time with impeccable precision.

Breitling Chronomat 44, Navitimer 01
Both available at Libutti Jewelers, Huntington, (631) 427-0126

Longines Heritage GMT Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 Automatic Chronograph
Baume & Mercier Clifton
All available at Gelber & Mundy, Great Neck, (516) 482-1585

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II with silver diamond dial Oyster Perpetual GMT Master II with black and blue Cerachrom bezel
Both available at H.L. Gross & Bro. Jewelers, Garden City, (516) 747-6666