Your watch says a lot about you. Do your wear a Rolex Submariner or a Patek Philippe Calatrava? Do you prefer a classic IWC Portuguese Chronograph or a Hublot Big Bang in red gold? Discover what watches say about their owners.
The man who wears a Rolex knows he can do no wrong with a watch from this legendary brand. When you’ve achieved something in life, then you can reward yourself with something expensive. He wants a watch that looks as good with his suit as with his swim trunk on the beach.
He allows himself nice things like a luxury car, clothing from trendy labels and fantastic holidays. However, it’s also important to him that his watch is a good investment. Despite all the shiny things, above all he is prudent and doesn’t like any unnecessary experimentation. He likes to eat at restaurants he knows, and the same is true when he chooses a watch – he likes to know what he’s getting.
When you see a gentleman sporting a Patek Philippe watch, then you can confidently ascertain that he drives a big Mercedes and an old Jaguar (or vice-versa) and has been an avid newspaper reader since he was 16.
The expert Bordeaux connoisseur earns his not so meagre income in a very serious profession. In order to satisfy his perfectionism, he is very disciplined in his routine and expects the same high standard from those around him. Nevertheless, he can be a very pleasant and funny conversationalist and party guest – if you’ve scheduled with him in advance.
Those who wear the cult watches from Panerai are former hipsters who probably master(ed) the best skateboard tricks and now escape from their jobs in an ad agency to the world’s most buzzing urban scenes on the weekends. As a big fan of Wes Anderson films and Bill Murray, these days this former hipster rebels quietly with an unkempt appearance and Eames chairs at the dining table.
The Breitling wearer understands good business and started early with it. During his school years, he was already selling printed T-shirts and several hard-to-find products. Shortly thereafter it progressed to a modest company – used cars with lots of horsepower, mobile phones or opening a small gym.
He has a dominant personality and announces his sometimes changing viewpoints at a volume everyone can hear. When it comes to food and leisure, he falls back on time-honoured concepts like burgers and fries, spaghetti bolognese, football and Hollywood action films.
The veritable watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre send a message from the wrists of the last gentlemen who honour tradition and technical perfection. These educated wearers maintain a distinct style that is distinguished by attention to quality. That’s why they very consciously chose this watch.
Without a need to impress, these accomplished bon viveurs use their reliability and humour to draw people in. Even their bourgeois clothes fit the mould.
Sporting a brand logo… It has a whole new meaning when you spot someone wearing a Hublot luxury watch.
These mid-50ish jet setters are dressed in polo shirts bearing conspicuous brand names à la La Martina and the like. Opulent belts from Louis Vuitton girdle the girthy waistlines of these relaxed men of independent means, and the long, thin hair gives these human billboards the final touch. But watch out: there’s a young generation of these guys, too. You’ll recognise them by their presumptuous grins, tattoos on their muscular arms, and their penchant for lively champagne parties. You only live once, right?
An IWC luxury watch is a favourite companion of the family man who dreams of big adventures, but sometimes enjoys exhilarating hobbies like mountain biking and scuba diving. Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. would have liked this big-city SUV driver.
Unfortunately, he has to deal with the living and often chooses these according to one criterion: they must wear an IWC watch. In a group of watch collectors, he unceremoniously takes centre stage and those on the outside can tell – yeah, he’s a nice guy.
It’s always a pleasure seeing adrenaline junkies with their exuberant facial expressions. Fans of Tag Heuer overcome their limits. Even if it’s just a stroll through the neighbour’s garden to get to their own HD TV.
With hooded shirts and a cap bearing the TAG Heuer logo, these price-conscious watch wearers watch car racing and space expeditions on pay-per-view and don’t need much else. There’s enough that can go wrong when grilling.
When you discover a watch from Richard Mille on his wrist, then you’ll know: he is a visionary. A visionary that straddles the line between genius and insanity and enjoys taking the occasional detour. No matter which side of the line he toes, this stylish watch wearer goes 100% his own way, making him seem eccentric and obsessive in his environment.
Money isn’t the goal, but rather a means to an end. And this means is quite plentiful.
F. P. Journe
The British aristocracy and F. P. Journe watch fans have one thing in common. They’d rather fiddle about than toil away – at first glance, at least. These grandfatherly types, who’ve aged incredibly well, look like former cycling athletes or hair models.
Heck, they’d pass as psychologists with their calming, introspective look. These clean-cut blokes play down their wealth, preferring a cashmere pullover to a suit. You feel as if you’ve stumbled over a porcelain vase of friendliness, but that’s how nobility is.
I wear a Casio… how???
Then…work harder dude…=)
And how about Seiko?
Interesting, but I don’t take any of this seriously. I hope my standards are far higher than what my time pieces “supposedly” says about me.
You are very calculating- good luck, haha!
Exactly for rolex and patek!
OMEGA RULES ALL!
Right on for Panerai!
I have had a Rolex on my wrist for many years, bought a Patek and then ‘upgraded it’ for a complicated Patek that I rarely wore (while driving my Merc).
When I had eventually read enough to know a little and was old enough to have an opinion of my own and not feel the need to justify it to anyone if I didn’t want to, I traded in the Patek for the Jaeger I wanted.
I would still defend the merits of any of these choices at various times and for various reasons, but did recognise that some of the above comments might be more than a little fair.
I have an Omega, a few Tag Heuers, a couple of Longines, and several German made timepieces . . . in total, I have 62. What does that say about me? I’m told that I have an illness, but it’s fun being this sick. My only cure is researching the brand / model, trying it on, negotiating the price down, and then finally . . . the purchase. After all, it’s only money, right? I think there’s a lot of guys out there that have this disease.
When you find a cure let me know, otherwise the IWC gold perpetual is getting added to my collection
Panerai… Hey, real men LOVE a Panerai. If you’ll recall, it started out as an “Action Guy” watch, and was proofed in a very real World War II way. So, move over you hipster girly-men… and “Do It Now!” Action heroes like Sly, Arnold and the “Expendable” crew all wear Panerai. And in the real world, Special Forces Operators, adventurers and other Type A guys will have one of these strapped on to their wrist.
BTW………….. Wears Also: Rolex Sports models, predominantly SUB, SD, GMT… and the newer DSSD (because BIGGER is better)……………………….. also looking hard at a Roger Dubuis Easy Diver chrono.
I wear Rado how about you…
I have a couple of VC, a Chopard, a couple of Rolex , a Lange and a Casio. Guess that most of them do not resemble much.
Funny! We want Omega profile!
My first “real” watch was a Seiko in 1973. My second a Seiko in ’79. See a trend there? My opinion of Seiko watches hasn’t changed since ’73
I’m wearing Cartier santos 100xl,what does it say abt me?
I have several AP ROOs.
What am I?
Funny and true points in most. Though I have many fine timepieces and have a bit of this illness, I have none of these listed (I have Graham, Zenith, Fortis, RGM… ) as I like brands others do not know unless they are into watches. I buy for me and not for them or to impress others. However, I am running a little study by placing this on my page and asking others to answer what brand they see as my preference from those listed. Should be interesting to see what others think of me. 🙂
I am a bit similar when it comes to my collection I’m not into big brands – I’m not a brand sucker!- and I buy what I truly like and not to impress others.
My collection varies enormously with watches from Chronoswiss, Girard Perregaux, Dubois, Buran, Poljot, Cuervo y Sobrinos, Bulova, Longines, Oris, Seiko, Orient, and two Chinese watches!
Yes, Chinese!! If a watch is designed and made well enough, I will consider it even if it is Chinese. I have a Liaoning flying tourbillon which is exquisite.
I am not a watch snob!
Excellent article, with some insightful observations to the extent generalisation is possible. I do feel however that the Jaeger wearer is more likely to own a Zenith as a second watch and a GS as a third as well as a Timex “holiday”/ “beach” watch.
I have a JLC Reverso and the profile is on the mark. And I do have a Timex Ironman for the beach and the kids to throw around. Also have a old Seiko, Glycine Combat Sub, Muhle Glassgute, and Baume & Mercier. I think JLC lovers are deeper thinkers about their watches – it is easy to buy a Rolex or Patek for others to admire…
Spot on and very cleverly written. The language of the description matches the mentality of the types being described.
I wonder where would you put Girard Perregaux, Parmigiani and Glashutte Original. Probably, together with JLC
I haven’t checked in here for a while since I thought it
was getting boring, but the last few posts are great quality so I guess I will add you
back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂
Ha this is great!!. Right on the money.
What would Zenith say about you, I agree with Redsocks as I enjoy not the spotlight of someone looking at my wrist but the pure joy of knowing the history and craftsmanship that goes into the watch. I know all these watches have the aforementioned but to have a watch not seen or known by the masses is pure joy to myself. I started and went like this. Citizen, Seiko, Tag, Omega, Oris, Rolex, IWC. I haven’t added the Zenith, Jeager or Bulgari Octo, VC Overseas yet but I will. Thoughts please…
I wear different watches from a couple of makes , like Omega Breitling and a special Christiaan van der Klaauw.
For diving i rely not only on Breitling But also on citizen solar diving watch.
So what kind of person am i?
As a long time Rolex wearer I’ve just bought my first Tudor.
To me it’s much more a relaxed, smart casual look when you want to “dress down”.
For diving I wear a Sunnto with a stylish bracelet AND a Rolex for backup!
Many dive buddies have commented but it:s always me they refer to for surface intervals and dive times!
what abourt Omega??? we love Omega
I’m sure there are a few Tag Heuer watch owners that watch racing and grill…but I do not know any of them. A couple of my friends wear Tags and we are non television watching, book reading trail runners who sport a Suunto or Oris once in a while. I think when people spend extra money on watches they are complete and utter fools.
All of you.
I owned a VC, Panerai, Rolex and a couple of digital sports watches in my 20’s & 30’s…And then one day in my mid 40’s I realized “this is all really stupid.”
So I sold all my watches and have an old 36mm Tag Professional and a 42mm Tag Link with the gold indices, bezel and crown. My “expensive” watch cost $900 on eBay. I have an old BC3 Oris that I wear once in a great while as well.
And now, because I don’t give a rats ass about them…I’m happy.
They’re fun and easy and I don’t give a care if I bang them around a bit. I’m 50 now and it’s just not important at all to me. I’ve realized the whole mess is silly and a waste of time and money.
The author may want to revise the Tag Heuer owner as being “An insightful person who doesn’t care how much his watch costs, as long as it’s sturdy and tells good time. He is a person who trail runs, reads a lot and is an entrepreneur. Someone who owns a Tag Heuer cares more about his individual substance than what his watch says about him.”
I think that’s better.
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