Brooke Geahan isn’t the only one with parties to go to! Men want to shine at their holiday parties, too. Here is the Observer style guide to the watches you’ll want to wear this holiday season.
What James Bond would wear. A Patek Philippe is subtle enough for a subdued charity event, but it will really dazzle at a black-tie soiree. The bold black dial with diamond hour markers is further enhanced by the bezel set with baguette diamonds. Thin enough to slip under any tuxedo cuff, this Calatrava has a date display and a sweep second, all powered by the automatic movement certified by the Patek Philippe hallmark. It’s best paired with a cold martini.
You can’t wear a bourgeois watch to a downtown soiree. You need the perfect combination of watchmaking heritage and cutting-edge design, which you can find in the Blancpain “Fifty Fathoms” Bathyscaphe. Released to celebrate the iconic watch’s 60th year, this is well suited for an evening out on the town, yet rugged enough to go scuba diving on the weekend, as it’s water resistant to 300 meters. Also available in white for women, in case you want a gift for any downtown divas at the Soho loft you’re partying at.
Even if you’re still advancing in your career, this is the time to dress like a boss. The new Speedmaster sends a bold, strong statement, that you are a man who knows what he wants. Patterned after the original Moonwatch, the “Dark Side of the Moon” version is crafted out of a solid block of black ceramic. The versatile watch features a chronograph and a date display, and is powered by the famous Omega Co-Axial automatic movement. It says that you’ll be in the corner office by 2015.
The new Montblanc Star Special Edition “Carpe Diem” encourages us all to seize the day, and will be a smash at your next Dead Poets’ Society meeting. The Chronograph UTC, one of four versions, combines two hugely useful contemporary functions—the chronograph and a second time zone—in traditional-looking package. That makes it the perfect accessory whether you’re discussing the classics or the latest Brooklyn literary sensation.
For more on watches, look for the New York Observer’s Collector luxury watch insert.