A good watch is arguably the best fashion purchase you can make for a modern gentleman. As well as a timepiece they can admire for years, a smart watch makes for a talking point or fashion statement that can be worn in all manner of situations to complement an outfit. Last year saw watch buyers becoming more interested in simple, uncomplicated designs and place more value on overall build quality.

This trend looks set to continue into 2017, where craftsmanship outshines fancy decoration or adornment. With that in mind, here are some of the best luxury watch models you can buy – whether as a treat for yourself or as a gift.  However, as these are all value purchases, it’s worth protecting your investment by taking out watch insurance.

The Minimalist – Longines Master Collection L2.718.4.70.3

1Retro trends are as strong as ever, and this 1940s inspired crocodile leather piece is a beautiful example of watch making. Simple, sleek and built for office and dress environments, it’s a great example of a minimalist timepiece.

The Longines Master Collection 38mm offers a stellar 21 jewel automatic movement and is also hardy in water, with 30m of resistance thanks to its sapphire glass case. The watch has just as much sensibility as it does dress appeal. The silver elements also create a stunning contrast against the strap, making it a perfect choice when worn with a grey suit or white shirt.

Priced at an affordable £2,200 and up, visit the Longines site for more information.

The Diver’s Choice – Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black

1Divers watches are exercises in craftsmanship, engineered to withstand impossible depths. They’re also great when worn as fashion pieces, like the famed Rolex Submariner model. This Omega Seamaster, however, is brand new having just been released in October 2016, so you’ll be one of the few sporting such a beautiful design.

This is a bold, all-black watch that handles 600 metre dives without any issues, owing to a ceramic construction. It takes inspiration from the dark side of the moon – and like that mysterious location, this watch is out of this world when it comes to durability and technical excellence. Prices start from £7,000 – but this is a watch for serious marine sport enthusiasts who need a timepiece they can dive in one day, then wear to a black tie dinner event the next.

The Trendy Luxury Choice – Breitling Navitimer in Blue

1The Breitling name has always meant quality. Even as trends have changed, the brand has retained popularity thanks to quality design and prestige. Blue watch faces surged in popularity last year, and this year’s outlook is little different. It’s a colour that’s both versatile and neutral – meaning it can go with virtually any outfit.

The Navitimer men’s watch is a spectacular timepiece that captures attention and looks outstanding on any wrist. Whether worn by pilots or businessmen, this is an instrument of sheer perfection that will draw compliments and admiration in equal measure. It’s a mechanical chronograph crafted in-house at Breitling – prices start from £5,999.

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