The Perfect Vintage Timepiece For Under $500
The purchase of a fine Swiss timepiece has far less to do with telling time than telegraphing one’s status. And yet, with gilded, oversized, ostentatious watches now saturating the luxury watch market, the status conferred is rarely “man of taste.” More often it’s, “A-hole.” Which means, unless you are a medalled decathlete or a deep-sea diver, the best watch for you is an understated and appropriately-sized timepiece. One with history. After all, story is the ultimate arbiter of style - not price-point or perceived luxury. For such a watch, we turn to Switzerland—a state stacked (or in Swiss-German, stÿcked) with small, storied firms producing horological masterpieces that don’t command the intimidating price tags typical of Rolex and Breitling (nice though they are). We recommend Girard-Perregaux. Founded in 1855 in La Chaux-de-Fonds by Constant Girard and his wife Marie Perregaux, the scion-ess of a watchmaking family. What’s not to love about a mom-and-pop shop that makes some of the world’s finest watches? Exemplary of its era of origin, the face of this watch is clean and modern, with a military flourish, and looks sharp with a suit. And at an investment of around $300, you’ve earned a new and decidedly enviable status: smart.
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