If you're like us, then you grew up with a firm preconception of what it means to be a gentleman. We're not just talking about any kind of gentleman, though. We're talking about the gentlest of the men, the gentleman's gentleman if you will.
Now, there are several requirements to reach peak gentleman status. First of all, you have to spend a lot of time in a distinguished study that includes encyclopedic volumes on the book shelves and a large oaken or mahogany desk.
Next, you either need to have a stately pair of reading glasses or, even better, a monocle. If you're going the monocle route, you'll probably also want to be sporting a mustache of some sort.
Lastly, and most importantly, you need to have on a gentlemanly luxury watch. Now, what makes a luxury watch gentlemanly? Well, we have 3 things that must be present: A slim silver or gold toned bezel, a brown leather strap, and a minimalist aesthetic that enhances the environment rather than becoming a focal point.
Below, we're going to show off 5 of the absolutely most gentlemanly watches that we have in stock and ready to ship. So crack open that weathered old James Joyce novel, set it on your giant wooden desk where everybody can see it, and get ready to see some nice watches.
This Montblanc masterpiece is the epitome of what we consider to be a gentleman's watch. It's got a sleek and slender silver bezel that houses a clean white dial with simple hour markers. The brown leather strap is the perfect finishing touch to this sophisticated timepiece.
We think this Heritage Spirit would go great with a sideburned mustache and some small reading glasses that are worn on the tip of the nose. The rich dark brown of the strap would go perfectly with a brown leather chair in the corner of the study, and the somewhat bronze tone hands would perfectly match a half filled glass of whiskey sitting on the corner of the desk.
Okay, so we know we said it had to have a brown leather strap, but this Longines Flagship Heritage is the exception that proves the rule. The black leather strap is amazing and perfectly compliments the black dial. Also, the inside of the strap is still brown, so that counts on a technicality if you want to get nitpicky about it.
We think the black gives this gentleman's watch more of a brooding air. Think Bruce Wayne in his study, which is probably decorated with some scary gothic paintings or something. That atmosphere does nothing to take away from the gentlemanly-ness, however. In fact, brooding gentlemen are perhaps the most refined of all.
Hamilton watches have always had that great balancing act down where they teeter between gentlemanly and vintage military aesthetic. If anything, the air of old-fashioned American, roll up your sleeves and get to work-ness that has become a staple of Hamilton's brand fits perfectly into the gentlemanly lifestyle.
When wearing this Khaki Aviation Pilot Auto, the gentleman should affix a cocky smirk on his face that says "I may or may not have been part of a bomber crew in WW2." It's important to keep up that air of having been there, done that. Have you been on hair-raising adventures around the world looking for lost treasures? You'll never tell. But your watch will hint at the stories.
And look at that, we're breaking another one of our own rules. You might have looked at this Capeland's dial and realized that this is not a minimalist aesthetic. This is, in fact, a very complicated dial.
But, if anything, we think that complexity makes this even more of a gentleman's watch. Sure, there's a lot going on, but the way it's presented is clean and refined. Also, that leather strap is pristine.
This is a watch for the gentleman who wants to emit an air of knowledge. Perhaps he's an engineer or a, uh, math guy of some sort. This watch has a tachymeter that wraps around a telemeter. What are those things? Who cares? People will see you in your study with this watch on and know that important things are happening in there, probably involving numbers.
And here we have what many consider to be the ultimate gentleman's watch. IWC has a long history of producing some of the finest wristwatches in the world, and this Portugieser is a prime example of that.
Now, with gentleman watches, there's usually an air of vintage obscurity about them. Are they 5 years old, or 50? Nobody can tell for certain, and that's part of the charm. However, this Portugieser throws that out to the wind by showcasing a strong modern look with vintage trappings.
This is a gentleman's watch for today. Wearing this will show that you're not letting the world pass you by while you sit in your study doing important gentlemanly things. You could even wear it to a fancy party as an accessory for your favorite suit. Imagine holding a glass of bourbon with this IWC masterpiece on your wrist. People will feel lucky that you're even talking to them when you should be at home doing some calculations or something.