5 Luxury Watches New for Spring 2019 That Are Totally Worth the Splurge

While there can be a fair amount of sticker shock when perusing for a new timepiece, consider it an investment you can pass down to future generations. Today’s pilot, diving, and chronograph watches are crafted to last a lifetime.


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Here are five of our favorites, all new for spring 2019.

 

Panerai Submersible Luna Rossa
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Panerai Submersible Luna Rossa-47mm Custom Gray Dial

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This automatic mechanical diving watch is made from the same near-bulletproof material comprising the hull of Luna Rossa’s AC75 (Panerai is their official sponsor for the 36th America’s Cup). At night, the hour markers and dots glow a luminous green.

[$ 21,600; panerai.com]

Tudor Black Bay
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Tudor Black Bay

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Another handsome diving watch, Tudor’s Black Bay timepiece is waterproof up to 660ft. We especially love the burgundy fabric strap and polished satin finish of its case.

[$ 3,400; tudorwatch.com]

Breitling Superocean Héritage II Chronograph 44 Outerknown
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Breitling Superocean Héritage II Chronograph 44 Outerknown

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Stand out in Breathing’s steel and sapphire blue dive watch. It’s the perfect representation of the brand’s partnership with Outerknown—the sustainable apparel manufacturer—which just so happens to be co-founded by surfing juggernaut Kelly Slater. The strap is made from a special yarn crafted from nylon waste.

[$ 7,100; breitling.com]

Omega Speedmaster CK2998
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Omega Speedmaster CK2998

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This sporty and timeless chronograph is a classic for Omega. The first iteration was released in 1959. The black, perforated leather strap; scratch-resistant crystal housing an anti-reflective finish; and pop of red on seconds hand make this one bold timepiece.

[$ 6,500; omegawatches.com]

Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback
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Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback

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Another 60s throwback, this chronograph pilot watch is a stunner what with its brown nubuck leather strap and bronze-grained dial.

[$ 7,700; zenithwatches.com]

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The Right Time to Buy a Pre-Owned Luxury Watch Online

CLAD IN A white lab coat and sitting at a large wood workbench in the corner of a workshop with views of the woods out back, Charles Emslie grabs a magnifying loupe and casts his gaze on a 1989 Rolex Submariner 16610. The stainless steel watch with a black bezel probably sold for around $ 1,500 when it was released, but today it is prized by collectors and can fetch as much as $ 8,000—if it’s in mind condition.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case with this Rolex. “The watch is old enough that the oils have degraded and gotten dirty and dried out,” Emslie says. “It needs a complete overhaul.”

technicians and watchmakers in the company's workshop
Technicians and watchmakers in the company’s workshop Wedig & Laxton Photo

With that, Emslie, 32, who’s been repairing fine watches for a decade, prepares to go inside the Submariner and take it apart piece by piece. This is no simple task. The mechanical watch, which is powered by the movement of the wearer’s arm, comprises hundreds of pieces—some “only a little thicker than a human hair,” Emslie says. To inspect the Rolex, Emslie will use an array of specialized tools, everything from millimeter-size screwdrivers to wooden tweezers—you don’t have to worry about scratches quite as much with the wood ones, he explains. From there, certain key parts of the watch, including its automatic movement, will be placed in a cleaning machine called the Greiner Vibrograf ACS900 in a nearby room. The case, meanwhile, will be washed separately in something called an Elma Ultrasonic Tank. Then Emslie will put it all back together, testing and retesting the rehabbed timepiece to ensure precision accuracy.

EMSLIE IS AMONG a team of watchmakers, technicians, and refinishers here at the headquarters of Crown & Caliber, a watch retailer based in Atlanta that buys and sells pre-owned luxury timepieces online. Since it launched in 2013, the company says, it has had more than 40,000 transactions.

Crown & Caliber was founded by Hamilton Powell, an Atlanta native with a background in finance. He got the idea after a friend described what he went through when he tried to sell a rare Rolex Day Date. After posting the watch on eBay, the friend was besieged by scammers. With estimates of the timepiece’s value all over the map, he was unsure of an asking price, until he finally sold it for $ 5,500 to a mom-and-pop jewelry shop—which flipped it for more than twice that amount.

pre-owned watches can cost as much as $  50,000
Pre-owned watches can cost as much as $ 50,000. Wedig & Laxton Photo

Sensing an opportunity, Powell did some research. He learned, to his surprise, that the U.S. market for high-end mechanical watches is some $ 5 billion a year. “Some estimate that the pre-owned industry is more than double that,” Powell says. But that pre-owned market was like the Wild West. “Pre-owned watches are traded in back alleys, and pawnshops, and on forums or on eBay and Craigslist,” Powell says. “I thought, ‘We can make it easier and more trusted, a better way to buy a watch.’”

So he set out to do just that, launching Crown & Caliber with a small team and a single watchmaker. “I remember a couple of nights at 1:00, looking for a lost watch part in the carpet of our office with a flashlight,” Powell says. Today, the company has about 60 full-time employees, including watchmakers, refinishers, and customer-service staff.

Pre-owned watches are traded in back alleys, and pawnshops, and on forums or on eBay and Craigslist. I thought, ‘We can make it easier and more trusted, a better way to buy a watch.’

Crown & Caliber takes the guesswork and uncertainty out of the process. Sellers know they’re getting a fair price, and buyers can be assured that what they’re getting is authentic and in tip-top shape. Would-be sellers fill out an online form, answering a series of questions. The company sends back a quote, based on a proprietary database that analyzes how much similar watches have sold in the past. “We’re not using our gut; we’re not using just a hunch,” Powell says. “We’re using real data to determine what we’re going to pay.”

Crown & Caliber founder Hamilton Powell
Crown & Caliber founder Hamilton Powell Wedig & Laxton Photo

Once Crown & Caliber gets hold of the watch and confirms its authenticity, the real work begins. First, the team tests the watch in a Witschi analyzing machine to determine accuracy. If they find that it’s not keeping time the way it’s supposed to—like the Submariner being worked on by Emslie—it goes to the workshop, where repairs are made. From there, the watch is refinished, polished up, and photographed, before being posted as for sale on the site. Watch experts are on hand to guide buyers through the process, patiently answering questions about what makes a particular timepiece special or why two watches that look identical can vary widely in price.


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Those prices are nothing to sniff at. At the lower end of the scale, a Baume & Mercier Clifton Club watch can go for about $ 1,250. At the upper end, hardcore collectors will spend from $ 40,000 to $ 50,000 for an automatic 2010 Patek Philippe Nautilus or 2015 IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater Limited Edition— roughly what you’d pay for a Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster.

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BACK IN THE Crown & Caliber workshop, Emslie turns his attention from the Rolex to a Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar, an automatic watch with a solid white-gold case that can fetch as much as $ 50,000. The Patek is “less than two years old, in my estimation,” Emslie says. His main job with this Patek isn’t to disassemble it—he just needs to make sure it’s not a fake and then get back to the seller with an offer. (It is, in fact, real.)

Next comes something slightly more affordable than the Patek: a Breitling Chronomat A13050 that Emslie says costs around a couple of grand. It’s a good way to end a Tuesday—Breitlings happen to be among Emslie’s favorites. “Stainless steel, white dial, very pretty movement,” he says, somewhat wistfully. “It’s reliable, it’s accurate, it’s a beast.”

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Get Up to 77% Off Luxury Watches, Glasses and More in the Jomashop Easter Sale

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning brands like Breitling and Montblanc but figured they were out of reach, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. Jomashop is having a huge sale on a remarkable selection of watches and accessories through April 19 only, with markdowns up to 77 percent off.

From classic task watches to luxury timepieces, get over to Jomashop right now and take advantage of these amazing deals. You can also finance your purchase with Affirm and get a monthly payment that’s totally manageable. And for a timepiece that you’ll be proud to show off for the rest of your life, maybe even pass on to your kids? It might be a bargain you can’t afford to resist.

All Jomashop watches come with a warranty. And Jomashop understands this is a high-end purchase that you’re going to want to appreciate immediately. So the company offers free next-day air delivery on orders over $ 1,000. Just use the code FREENDA. (For orders under $ 1K, you can get the same next-day treatment for $ 25 with the same code.)

Jomashop has been in the retail and wholesale trade of luxury goods such as watches, fine writing instruments, accessories, crystal, and gift items for well over 25 years. It’s an established company that you can trust. To Jomashop this means providing a combination of competitive pricing, honest and reliable customer service 24/7/365, and a state-of-the-art, New York City-based fulfillment center capable of delivering products all around the world.

Get It: Check out all the great deals at the Jomashop Easter Sale today

Breitling Transocean Unitime Pilot 55% OFF

We love a dress watch that’s a bit sporty, and vice versa. A serious timepiece for the serious adventurer, it has a 46 mm. stainless steel case with fixed bezel that surrounds a black dial. Features include world time around the outer rim, three sub-dial chronos, luminescent hands and markers, a subtle Date display at 4:30, and Breitling calibre 05 automatic movement with a 70-hour power reserve. Model AB0510U6/BC26-439X-A20BASA.1.

Get It: Pick up the Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime Pilot for $ 4,995 (was $ 11,015) at Jomashop

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Montblanc PIX Black Rollerball 27% OFF

The classic rollerball inspired by German Bauhaus architecture. It has a clean and modern silhouette, crafted in a black resin cap and barrel with platinum-coated trim and fittings. Make a statement.

Get It: Pick up the Montblanc PIX Black Rollerball Pen $ 190 (was $ 260) at Jomashop

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Concord Impresario 71% OFF

This markdown is impossible to ignore. So is the timepiece: A flawless white mother of pearl dial with silver-tone hands and diamond hour markers is encased in silver-tone stainless steel. the 41 mm. case has astainless steel bezel and bracelet. Quartz movement. Sapphire crystal. Good heavens, it’s beautiful. Model 0320337.

Get It: Pick up this Concord Impresario Diamond Mother of Pearl Watch for $ 699 (was $ 2,400) at Jomashop

 

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Breitling Avenger Blackbird 38% OFF

We love it: Breitling goes for rugged, and still manages to come out with a watch that’s drop-dead gorgeous. But the deal is impossible to ignore. A 48mm black titanium case with a rotating titanium bezel cradles black dial with luminous hands. 1/100th second markers surround the outer rim. It’s got automatic movement with a 42 hour power reserve, scratch resistant sapphire crystal, and a screw locked crown with two gaskets. And it’s a worker: water resistant at 300 meters / 1000 feet. Model: V1731010-BD12-100W-M20BASA.1

BONUS: Take an extra $ 700 off with the code MMBT700.

Get it: Pick up the Breitling Avenger Blackbird for $ 3,175 (was $ 5,105) at Jomashop

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Montblanc Dark Havana Eyeglasses 74% OFF

Montblanc is more than just pens. These stylish specs are ready for your prescription lenses. They feature gold accents on the arms and a deep lustrous finish.

Get It: Pick Up Montblanc Dark Havana Eyeglasses for $ 100 (was $ 385) at Jomashop

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Emporio Armani Classic 49% OFF

Classy but casual, this watch has a black-plated 41 mm. stainless steel case with fixed black-plated bezel and black leather strap. The dial is also black, with gunmetal hands and index markers. It has quartz movement and a scratch resistant mineral crystal. Water resistant at 30 meters/100 feet. Model AR1732.

Get It: Pick up the Emporio Armani Classic Black Dial Watch for $ 100 (was $ 195) at Jomashop

 

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Breitling Chronomat Colt 28% OFF

We can’t resist a Breitling. This gorgeous piece features a 44 mm stainless steel case with a rotating stainless steel bezel. The blue dial with luminous silver-tone hands adds flair, and the stainless bracelet has a foldover clasp. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal has a screw-down crown; solid round case back. Water resistant at 200 meters. Features Breitling calibre 17 automatic movement. Model A17388101C1A1.

Bonus: Take an extra $ 300 off with code BT300.

Get It: Pick up this Breitling Chronomat Colt for $ 2,595 (was $ 3,620) at Jomashop

 

 

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Montblanc Sartorial Leather Wallet 40% OFF

A Montblanc wallet from the Sartorial collection, crafted in full grain black leather. This wallet features six card slots, two compartments for cash, and two additional pockets. Also available in grey and indigo. 11 x 9 cm.

Get It: Pick up the Montblanc Sartorial Black Leather Wallet for $ 189 (was $ 315) at Jomashop

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Armani Exchange Champagne 46% OFF

Opulence in effect. A|X delivers a 48 mm. gold ion-plated stainless steel case and bracelet, with a fixed ion-plated bezel. The deep-set champagne dial features luminous hands and index hour markers with minute markers around the outer rim. The three sub-dial chronograph displays 60 second, 60 minute, and 24 hour. Model AX1504.

Get It: Pick up the Armani Exchange Champagne Dial Chronograph for $ 135 (was $ 250) at Jomashop

 

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“I can remember the exact moment I decided to start the company.” Hamilton Powell is talking about the brand he founded, Crown & Caliber, a site built for luxury watch enthusiasts looking for a timepiece that gets inspected, maintained, and resold by a team of experts based in Atlanta.


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“One day I had lunch with a friend of mine named Jay who decided to sell his watch to a local jewelry store after unsuccessfully trying to sell it online,” he tells Men’s Journal. “And then two weeks later he went there to buy something for his wife and saw it for sale for almost double what he was offered.

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“And at that exact moment that’s when I realized that there should be a better way for individuals to transact in this secondary watch market.”

Go behind the scenes of Crown & Caliber’s operation, from seeing the watches get disassembled by the expert team of watchmakers to the pros who know exactly how a specific band needs polished—all before it’s completely ready to go online and shipped to your doorstep.

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Defining Luxury

Luxury is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. It’s used to describe anything from rustic wilderness retreats to cars. It’s used by working moms when speaking of Saturday morning breakfasts with family, by authors who are able to make time to finally begin their next novel. It’s used by branders and marketers to sell products, by designers to sell an image or an idea. The capricious nature of our society results in the definition of luxury undergoing constant flux, leaving much room for interpretation. Such interpretation depends as much on one’s current circumstance as it does on society’s current fascinations.

What’s sumptuous for some is comfortable for others — a delicacy as opposed to a necessity.

When thinking of luxury in the broad sense, we conjure images of the unattainable: a private jet, a suite at the Ritz, or something as brazen as a Bentley, all of which serve as standard symbols of luxury and it’s inherent opulence. It typically evokes a Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous type of sensibility that’s superior and unpublicized. It’s likened to a hidden gem or a secret society of wealth and power that commands unparalleled levels of service and living standards in every facet of life. An every day, run of the mill existence will never be included in the thought or implementation of luxury. To do so, in fact, is it’s antithesis.

As a society, we’re looking for ways to experience our own, perhaps unconventional, versions of luxury. We’re taking the very idea of something out of the ordinary, the opposite of mundane or routine or widely accessible, and burnishing it with our own one-of-a-kind stamp. Centuries past saw more clear divisions of wealth and class, but today’s world of modern technology has made even the most special items readily available with the click of a mouse (and an Amex, of course). Women who had no idea what an Hermes Birkin was in years past can now troll eBay, put in a bid, and negotiate free shipping to their doorstep. This melding of convenience with rarity has broken the barrier between the us versus them idea once behind luxurious living. Websites like Net-a-Porter or Scott Dunn Travel exemplify the luxury-to-the-masses credo. In keeping prices for goods or services rendered at the level of luxury and wrapping them in a widely accessible presentation such as a website, we’re lead to believe such enrichments are accessible to everyone. Of course, this can be interpreted as the materialistic motivator that has driven our society into massive credit card debt and widespread unhappiness, which could explain why re-defining luxury has become a pressing focus.

Of course luxury is most often portrayed as tangible objects. But that is also changing. More and more we hear and feel that time is a luxury, and that is, of course, the irony. We work longer and harder to be able to give ourselves and our loved ones (and, in my case, my dog) our own versions of a luxurious lifestyle through things such as private school, designer clothes, or days at the spa. We’re always in battle with time, trying to control or manage down to the last minute in order to get or make more of it. We wouldn’t go to those extents if it weren’t valuable. Most would say it’s entirely elusive of a price tag, yet what’s the saying? Time is money. So where does that leave those seeking the luxury of a Saturday morning breakfast with family?

This harder, faster, stronger mentality leaves little room for relaxation, arguably the biggest luxury of all.

To be free of stress and worry escapes us, even when given the chance to let everything go and breath deeply, we succumb to our mobile devices and continue to let in the noise. So is luxury being able to answer an important email at any time of day? Or is it being able to turn off electronics and forget you know what email is, even for a short, hour-long yoga class?

Luxury will always have a champagne and caviar connotation, steeped in the roots of kings and empires and their unmatched existence. However, despite our yearly income, we have the ability to make smaller things a luxury in our own right. A cashmere blanket and a cup of tea can fill a craving for luxury when a Caribbean vacation is out of reach. We can order personalized stationary, or carve out time to cook pancakes with our friends or family whenever we wish. It boils down to the desire to feel as though our lives are worth something, that we are special and rare, and deserve to live in luxury if only for a seemingly transitory moment. But a luxurious life is always within our grasp; it comes from what we make of it.
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