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10 Classic Luxury Watches That Are Worth Investing In

These timeless pieces will last you a lifetime.
10 Classic Luxury Watches That Are Worth Investing In
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These timeless pieces will last you a lifetime.

Shopping for watches is tricky. Unlike shopping for clothes which are shaped by trends, watches are seen as investments to keep forever. In fact, it’s safe to say that some folks think of these precious timepieces as heirlooms to be passed down to future generations. With that in mind, there’s a lot to consider when purchasing a luxury watch, aside from suiting your sartorial taste.

If you aren’t sure of where to start, it’s always best to play it safe and to choose from classic designs, as these have already stood the test of time. Check out these 10 picks below from the world’s best watch brands.

Best Luxury Watches for Women

1. Rolex Datejust

 

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ROLEX Date 34

In the realm of luxury watches, Rolex is unquestionably one of the top-of-mind brands. So, if you’re looking to invest in a timepiece from the Swiss brand, you might as well get the Datejust, one of the house's most iconic models. With its Oyster bracelet, fluted bezel, and diamond-set dial, the Datejust’s details are distinctly Rolex. This 34mm size is a safe choice, but you can always choose the smaller or larger diameters to better flatter your wrist.

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2. Bulgari Serpenti

 

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BULGARI Serpenti Tubogas

Since the Serpenti collection—a line of sinuous, snake-like wristwatches by Bulgari—was launched in the 1940s, the design has been one of the most covetable watches to date. This Serpenti Tubogas model features a chic two-tone bracelet, diamond-encrusted rose gold bezel, and a sophisticated guilloché-treated brown dial. You can think of this piece as a two-in-one investment, too. It’s both an accessory and a wristwatch!

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3. Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra 

 

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Alhambra Watch Medium Model

French watch brand Van Cleef & Arpels is best known for its Alhambra motif, inspired by the four-leaf clover. The motif lends its joyful vibe and feminine flair to its line of watches, creating precious pieces that almost feel like jewelry. Consider this sleek black iteration for a timeless take. It’s rendered in onyx and yellow gold, with a satin bracelet—a simple piece for the discreet style maven.

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4. Patek Philippe Nautilus

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PATEK PHILIPPE Nautilus

Patek Philippe may be famous for having sold the most expensive watches ever at an auction, as well as its intricate complications, but those who want a fuss-free choice should look no further than the Nautilus. Featuring an elegant, streamlined design and embossed blue dial, it’s perfect for those who want a sporty-looking timepiece that’s easy on the eyes. If this design seems too plain for you though, you can also choose from the rose gold, yellow gold, and leather bracelet iterations.

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5. Omega Seamaster

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OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m Quartz 28mm

The Seamaster line is Omega’s longest-running collection, which continues to surprise and enthrall watch collectors around the world. Designs range from rugged, athletic types to sleeker styles that make for a great dress watch. This model in particular is a simple yet elegant piece that you can take from the office to a fancy evening party. It features a stainless steel bracelet and glossy ice-blue dial, daintily dotted with rhodium and diamonds. While its small size suits those with smaller wrists, there are other equally stylish sizes to choose from.

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6. Piaget Altiplano

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PIAGET Altiplano 38mm, 18K Rose Gold

Among its wide array of watches, perhaps what’s most striking from Swiss luxury watch brand Piaget is its exquisite collection of jewelry watches (that are actually Jacqueline Kennedy-approved). But if you’re looking for a safe choice, consider the Altiplano, a vintage-inspired piece featuring a mechanical movement and ultra-slim case. It’s round face and leather bracelet are sure to transcend time and match any outfit no matter what the occasion.

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7. Cartier Tank

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CARTIER Tank Louis Cartier Watch

If there’s only one timepiece that deserves your attention from Cartier’s storied collections, it has to be the Tank, the brand’s most iconic model which was created in 1917. Investing in one is like owning a piece of history, but perhaps the reason why people have been coveting it for decades is its distinctive rectangular case, signature blued hands, and slim profile. A totally wearable design. 

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8. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

 

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JAEGER-LECOULTRE Reverso One Duetto Moon

As the name suggests, this fabulous watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre is actually reversible. Two-faced in a good way. The front features a simple yet dazzling dial with sunburst guilloché finish. The back, or the "moon side," features a starry night sky framed by two rows of diamonds. Talk about a two-in-one piece that can take you from day to night! 

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9. IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic

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IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN Portofino Automatic 34

If you’re looking for a watch with a little masculine touch, might we suggest this gorgeous stainless steel piece from IWC Schaffhausen? Its understated look makes it easy to pair with practically anything, while its luxurious touches—the sapphire glass, blue dial, and diamond-dotted numbers—are discreet, collector-approved details you’ll be proud to call your own. Plus, the milanese bracelet is perfect for those who don't want a chunky-looking watch.

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10. Chopard Happy Diamonds

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CHOPARD Happy Diamonds Joaillerie

Since its release in 1976, Chopard’s Happy Diamonds jewelry timepieces went down in history with its little diamonds floating around in the watch’s dial. It was designed to exude a spirit of independence, femininity, and romance. Inject this exuberant aura into your life from a piece in the collection, like this one with a navy blue alligator leather strap and white gold metal. Those with flirty, playful tastes will surely make the most out of this fun watch.

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