The best luxury watches to invest in for 2023

Discover our edit of the best modern luxury watches to buy in 2023 from the likes of Omega, Piaget, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Tag Heuer and Cartier

Photography by Holliday Kedik, Watches by Felix Bischof, Words by Joshua Hendren

Gerald Charles Maestro 3.0 Chronograph GC3.0-RG-01

In keeping with the Swiss maison’s vision of sophisticated performance-led sports watches, Gerald Charles has unveiled a delicious new addition to its Maestro collection. Commanding attention in a striking royal blue, the new Maestro 3.0 Chronograph GC3.0-RG-01 timepiece is defined by its unique combination of 18K rose gold and a colourful sunburst dial, which comes adorned with the house’s signature Clous de Paris motif.

Housing the highly sophisticated Calibre GCA3002 Manufacture, an automatic movement developed in collaboration with Swiss watchmaker Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier, the watch features the maison’s gorgeous hexagonal-shaped oscillating weight, designed by the celebrated watch designer Mr. Octavio Garcia, which can be viewed through a sapphire crystal case back. Presented on a matching vulcanised rubber strap with Gerald Charles’ logo tapisserie for a casual touch, the Maestro 3.0 combines flair and elegance for a timepiece that wears like a dream on the wrist.

Chanel Première Édition Originale

In 1987, Chanel made its first foray into watchmaking with the aptly named Première. Thirty-five years and numerous iterations later, the timepiece has made its highly- anticipated reappearance in its cherished original form. The Première dial is instantly recognisable for its angular, octagonal shape, inspired by the outline of Paris’ Place Vendôme, which Coco Chanel viewed from her suite at the Ritz for 34 years – as well as the No.5 fragrance stopper.

Meanwhile, its interwoven black and gold strap is influenced by the leather-embellished chain strap of the house’s iconic flap bag. Making its debut at Paris Fashion Week, the relaunched Première Édition Originale offers a few subtle tweaks. The black lacquer dial and octagonal steel case remain unchanged. Instead, the overall appearance of the watch benefits from a new, improved gold finish in a paler metallic tone – a stroke of horological genius that is sure to delight fans of this watchmaking icon.

Omega De Ville Trésor Co-Axial Master Chronometer 40mm

The beauty of Omega’s Trésor line lies in the details. First launched in 1949, the model is adored by collectors and watch fanatics alike for its beautifully slim case that houses the highly advanced 30mm calibre movement. Standing the test of time, the Trésor maintains the same sense of refinement and sexy simplicity more than half a century later. A testament to this is the De Ville Trésor. A modern classic with a twist, this rendition sparkles with a 40mm stainless steel case against the rich tones of a navy leather strap.

Meanwhile, a coordinated blue patterned dial features a date window at 6 o’clock, while hands and indexes in 18K white gold flicker and sparkle as they catch the light. The De Ville Trésor isn’t just about appearances, however. Encased within is the Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8910, a highly precise manually wound movement certified at the industry’s highest standard of precision, chronometric performance and magnetic resistance.

Hermès Arceau Le Temps Voyageur Blue

First conceived in 1978 by the celebrated artistic director Henri d’Origny, the Arceau line is arguably Hermès’ most famous watch design. The model has seen countless variations over the years and, for 2022, the maison has elevated the timepiece to new heights of technical brilliance. Introducing the Arceau Le temps Voyageur, a covetable new two timezone watch driven by an exclusive 122-component module.

The most noteworthy design element of the timepiece that collectors continue to fawn over is the mesmerising blue travel time dial set within a city ring representing 24 time zones. Activated by a pusher on the left of the case at nine o’clock, the system allows a time zone to be selected via the outer ring, while home time is displayed through a window at the 12 o’clock position. What’s more, brand loyalists will surely recognise the globe motif at the dial’s centre – a signature illustration borrowed from the brand’s Planisphère d’un monde équestre silk scarf.

Tag Heuer Carrera Three Hand

Fifty-nine years since its creation, the TAG Heuer Carrera remains one of the company’s most beloved timepieces. Born out of Jack Heuer’s passion for modernist design, the Carrera marks the Maison’s earliest ties with the world of motorsports. Meaning ‘competition at the highest level’, the name was selected as a tribute to the famous Carrera Panamericana, the most notorious and challenging race of the 1950s.

Today, the Carrera is still a pillar of the TAG Heuer brand, and continues to lead the watchmaking world into daring new territory with limited-edition colours and bold case designs. The Carrera Three Hand, a homage to TAG Heuer’s pioneering legacy, is an exemplary example of the Carrera reborn. With a glistening blue sunray dial at its centre, the timepiece makes for a daring statement. Driven by the automatic Calibre 5, which comes equipped with a 38-hour power reserve, the watch is a perfect all-rounder with a sophisticated, sporty appeal that suits just about any occasion.

Cartier Tank Louis Cartier

A vision in grey, Cartier’s new Tank Louis Cartier timepiece might be their most elegant yet. The ultimate investment to amp up your watch collection, the model shimmers in rose gold against a muted alligator-skin strap. Such elements allow the dial of the Tank Louis Cartier to truly shine. By way of an electrochemical engraving technique, the French jeweller has deployed a stunning graphical pattern in various shades of grey to form a shimmering gradient that darkens and intensifies depending on the play of light over the face.

Set to a galvanised finish, the dial has forgone 12 Roman numeral hour markers in favour of four, and comes complete with steel sword- shaped hands in gold. Powered by a manual-winding movement that offers a 38-hour power reserve, the new model boasts a minimal appeal that maintains the traditional silhouette of the Tank Louis Cartier while showcasing the storied brand’s inimitable level of craftsmanship and artistic prowess as they veer towards a more tech-forward approach to dial design.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Duoface Small Seconds

The origin of the Reverso is one of technical ingenuity. In 1930, entrepreneur César de Trey was tasked with finding a way to protect the glass of a watch from damage when worn by polo players during matches. The solution was simple yet brilliant: a case that could swivel back-to- front, thereby exposing the back instead of the face to the various rigours of the sport. He approached his friend Jacques- David LeCoultre to produce the watch, and the pair engaged René-Alfred Chauvot to design it. And so the Reverso was born.

More than 90 years later, the model continues to captivate. In 2022, this is by way of the new Reverso Classic Duoface Small Seconds. Staying true to the model’s emblematic design codes, the Reverso Classic features the original three-lined gadroons and 12 Arabic numerals, a two-tone finished dial and sword hands. Elsewhere, elements of the watch have been elevated; the inside of the cradle is finished with circular graining, a finish that also decorates the calibre. Superior craftsmanship is guaranteed, as with every Jaeger-LeCoultre watch, the Reverso Classic Duoface Small Seconds has been manufactured and assembled entirely at the brand’s Manufacture in the Vallee de Joux.

Piaget Polo Date

The first Piaget Polo debuted in 1979. It was a creation by Yves G. Piaget that showcased the brand’s unparalleled savoir-faire in both fine jewellery and watchmaking. Fast forward to 2022, and the Swiss watchmaker has added some additional details for the ultimate luxury statement. The new Piaget Polo Date takes a monochrome approach with an intense matte black dial elevated by the brand’s signature guilloché ridges for depth and texture. The dial is further embellished with Super-LumiNova hour markers and an eye-catching second hand dipped in red for a pop of colour.

Powered by the 1110P calibre, which is visible through the sapphire display case back, this automatic Manufacture movement is housed in the model’s signature 42mm stainless steel cushion-shaped case, which is complete with an elegant wide bezel set to a horizontally brushed finish. As daring as it is handsome, the new Polo Date in black is the ultimate modern sports watch for those seeking a unique look for daily wear.

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