At the top of the accessories chain when it comes to price points, luxury watches are a thing of bafflement to many and items of extreme desire to those who consider their wrist flex at more than just face value. For those not yet a part of the movement, our closer look at what contributes to the high mark-ups of luxury watches is a must-read. If you're ready to make the investment, read on.

A constant reference in hip-hop lyrics, you only need to look at Meek Mill's rose gold Rolex, Jay-Z's Hublot, and DJ Khaled's Patek Philippe bling to understand a luxury watches importance as a status symbol. That said, when locking down your own spenny timepiece, following in the footsteps of your rapper is not always advisable.

MR PORTER currently stocks a wide selection of low-key but timeless luxury watches for first-time investors and collectors alike. "When purchasing a luxury watch, deciding on a model that best reflects your lifestyle and personal aesthetic is as important as mechanical considerations such as movement and complications," says Fiona Firth, buying director at MR PORTER. "Think about what you're looking for in a timepiece and research brands that produce functional, high-quality designs to suit."

Among her recommendations are heritage horology brands such as Cartier and Vacheron Constantin, who specialize in investment pieces that'll never lose value. "The Cartier Santos is an iconic model and a perfect watch for first-time buyers," she says. Meanwhile, Tag Heuer — go-to watch brand for the likes of Barack Obama no less — leads the way in technologically advanced watches built to withstand daily wear and tear.

“After identifying a suitable style and brand, think practically about the diameter of the watch and the width of the case to ensure you select the right model for your wrist," Firth continues. "When looking for an investment piece that you can wear every day, I would recommend a 38-41mm diameter watch as it’s appropriate for all dress codes and sits perfectly under a shirt cuff.

"Finally, consider the color of the face and strap — think of your watch as an extension of your wardrobe, it must work with the rest of your outfit as well as other accessories or jewelry.”

Beyond the Cartiers and Tags of the world, limited edition watches such as IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 150 Years chronograph are also cited as great investment pieces, while independent brands with architectural/industrial styles such as Ressence and Nomos Glashütte are also extremely wardrobe friendly.

See anything you like? Let us know your next timepiece investment in the comments.

To stay up to date with more Shopping content from Highsnobiety, follow@Highsnobietyshopping on Instagram and @Highsnobdrops on Twitter.

Our designated shopping section features products that we love and want to share with you. Highsnobiety has affiliate marketing partnerships, which means we may receive a commission from your purchase.

We Recommend
  • Image on Highsnobiety
    Level Up Your Outerwear with these Varsity Gems
    • Selects
  • mad paris x casablanca
    The MAD Paris x Casablanca Royal Oak Watch Is On Sale Here
    • Watches
  • lizzie mandler custom rolexes
    Lizzie Mandler Has Mastered the Custom Rolex
    • Style
  • luxury sneakers
    The Best Luxury Sneakers to Buy Right Now
    • Sneakers
  • jacquie aiche
    These Restored Rolexes Might Be Better than the Originals
    • Watches
  • Image on Highsnobiety
What To Read Next
  • A model wears a yellow coat and unbuttoned cardigan from Gucci's Spring/Summer 2024 collection
    Sexed-up Office-Wear Is the Vibe For SS24
    • Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety
    Don't Walk, Run in NOCTA's Running Gear
    • Style
  • Travis Kelce, Taylor Swift's rumored boyfriend, wears a black hat and patterned shirt
    Taylor Swift's New BF Is Everything She Ain't (Style-Wise)
    • Style
  • Joopiter nike supreme sbs
    EXCLUSIVE: Super-Rare Supreme Dunks Crash Land at JOOPITER
    • Sneakers
  • a look at the NEEDLES x ASICS sneaker collab
    NEEDLES’ ASICS Are Too Cool for School
    • Sneakers
  • G-SHOCK & League of Legends collaborative watches, including a Jinx-themed timepiece
    League of Legends Finally Got the $1,100 Watch It Deserves
    • Watches
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.