There are three key timepiece “families” from which to choose a watch now. The luxury watch, the dress watch and the smart one. In an ideal world, we’d be able to have all three but in the real world, it’s best to invest in the one that will give you the most pleasure, and that delivers what you need most, be it a beautiful investment piece (think Patek Philippe, Rolex, Cartier, Longines), designed to transcend the generations, or glamorous timekeeping that doubles as jewellery (Chanel, Tiffany) or a smart watch with all the functionality we expect of modern technology (Hermès X Apple, Louis Vuitton, Tambour, Samsung).
Luxury: 1. Stainless steel Equestrian watch, Longines, from €1,350, at Keanes, 93-95 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork. 2. Rose gold and silver Chronograph 7150, Patek Philippe, at Weir & Son, Grafton Street, Dublin 2. 3. Oystersteel Oyster Perpetual 34mm watch, Rolex, €4,750, at Weir & Son, as before. 4. Stainless steel Master control date watch with leather strap, Jaeger-LeCoultre, €6,550, at Paul Sheeran, 7-8 Johnson’s Court, Dublin 2. 5. 18ct gold and steel Santos watch, Cartier, €9,150, at Weir & Son, as before. 6. Rose gold Raindance watch, €33,000, at Boodles, 71 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
Dress: 1. Black J12·XS ceramic, steel and diamond watch on leather cuff, Chanel, €4,700, at Brown Thomas. 2. Silver Lovely watch, Tissot, €265, at Arnotts. 3. Stainless steel Reverso Classic Duetto diamond watch with alligator strap, Jaeger-LeCoultre, €8,450; www.net-a-porter.com.
Smart: 1. Tambour smart watch, Louis Vuitton, from €2,300, at Brown Thomas. 2. Midnight black Galaxy 42mm smart watch, €319; www.samsung.com. 3. Stainless steel smart watch with tan leather strap, Hermès x Apple, $1,249; www.hermes.com.
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