The Watch Wish List

Nine stylish gentlemen about town appraise the watches they’d love to own.


“I keep expecting my affection for IWC’s totemic Portugieser to wane, but it never has and, given the design’s been around since 1939, I’m increasingly convinced it never will. The Chronograph is the classic and I’d go for the silver-plated dial with blue Arabic numerals. Simple, symmetrical and legitimately timeless.”

Steel Portugieser automatic chronograph, £6,250, by IWC


“This watch is just perfect—cool, masculine and simple.It’s a wear every day piece and can look awesome, sporty or classy.”

Steel Radiomir Black Seal Three Days Automatic, £3,400, by Officine Panerai


“TFrom a time keeping point of view, Zenith’s El Primero is a significant model because the original 1969 version was the first chronometer commercially produced. Zenith still have a reputation for accurate timekeeping and because it is still something of an insider brand not everyone you know will have one. More of a sporty watch from a stylistic point you can’t wear it with a suit.”

Stainless steel El Primero 1969 chronograph, £6,700, by Zenith


“I have a new gold IWC. It was my dream watch and now I own it! It’s a Portugieser 7-day automatic in red gold.”

Gold IWC Portugieser 7-Day Automatic, 42mm steel, brown strap, £19,450


“I really love the design of Audemars Piguet’s classic Royal Oak with ‘Tapisserie’ dial. The iconic octagonal timepiece was designed by the godfather of modern watch design Gerald Genta in 1970 and has since become a benchmark against which many other luxury sports watches are measured. I prefer it in steel to gold. But either would be nice”

Royal Oak Selfwinding ‘Grande Tapisserie’ £14,300, by Audemars Piguet


“I love my IWC Portugieser. It’s dark blue, really opaque, with a thin face, so ideal with a suit.I’d also love a black TAG Heuer Monza”

Titanium Monza Black Dial Automatic, £4,000, by TAG Heuer


“Tudor’s ‘HomePlate’ chronograph of the early Seventies. What the ‘Paul Newman Daytona’ is to Rolex, but with better colours.”

Steel Monte Carlo ‘Home Plate’ chronograph, £6,250, by Tudor


“In my wildest fantasies I envisage myself as a dandy sporting a Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 in 18k rose gold—nothing can top that watch’s elegance. The harsh reality of life means this dream remains untenable. But you can’t put a price on a dream, can you?”

18k rose gold Historiques American 1921, £31,700, by Vacheron Constantin