Men’s Dress: Holiday Gift Guide

Your watch is a reflection of who you are – your passions and pleasures your status and achievements. We’ve chosen some of the finest luxury watches out there to help you wind through what can be a confusing universe.

There are few things a man can wear that are more timeless and tasteful than a classic dress watch. In the boardroom, over cocktails at a dinner party, hailing a cab as you step out for an intimate evening – all perfect occasions to show off not what you have, but who you are.

You appreciate the luxury and the refined pleasures that a fine dress watch has to offer – precious metals such as 18-karat gold and platinum, leathers from crocodile to the exotic and clean, elegant designs. That’s only the beginning.

Beneath a classy ease and sophisticated straps, you may also find amazing works of mechanical craftsmanship – functions known as “complications,” including tourbillons, chronographs and perpetual calendars, as well as exclusive “movements,” the watch’s internal motor. A staggering array of choices in terms of style, design, features, exclusivity and price level allows you to tailor your timepiece to every formal need, from black-tie to brown briefcase.

Keep in mind that your watch can be considered your calling card, as much if not more than the suit you wear, the shoes you sport or car you drive. You can make a bold statement with the dress watch you choose – making no secret of your success.

A watch that features at least three complications is known as a “grande complication,” and IWC’s Grande Complication certainly lives up to its name, with a chronograph, minute repeater, perpetual moon phase display and perpetual calendar nestled in a silver-plated dial with golden indices.

It would be unheard of not to feel powerful and confident wearing this luxurious yet fully functional piece of horological art, which can easily move from an important meeting to a night out on the town.

Other ultra-luxe choices: Vacheron Constantin, considered a crown jewel in the Swiss watch world, offers its Malte Tourbillon, featuring a skeleton back and a platinum case.

Patek Philippe’s World Time is considered this historic company’s specialty, with its indication of 24 time zones, mechanical self-winding movement and 18-karat gold ease.

For instantly recognizable panache, you might choose Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Day Date, with its 18-karat yellow gold ease and famous President bracelet.

Less expensive but still sleek and stylish, Baume & Mercier’s Hampton City offers a fashionable tonneau-shaped ease in polished stainless steel with a full-skin alligator strap.

The classic Museum watch by Movado features its award-winning, modern design, while the wafer-thin Stiletto from Citizen is an affordable, easy-to-wear choice.