Life is full of choices and one of the decisions that many of my friends and I have made is to wear luxury timepieces.

Granted, some people will never understand why we choose to spend thousands of dollars on a wristwatch when there are options from any department store for only $19.99 and ultimately, whenever someone asks “What time is it?” we will still most likely pull out our phone to check the time.

​So, I decided to ask a few of my friends the simple question:

“Why do you choose to collect luxury timepieces?”

Below are their responses:

Brandon W. Douglas

Rolex Explorer on Stingray Strap
Rolex Explorer on Stingray Strap

My first experience with a real timepiece is when my grandfather let me try on his Rolex Day-Date when I was 10 or 11 and immediately felt something special.

For years I wore “fashion” watches until I could afford a Rolex of my own, a Rolex Explorer. I remember the experience and the pride of ownership. It’s tough to explain, but I know my fellow watch collectors can relate with – It’s an experience, a feeling, and not “logic”, like seeing a piece of art that strikes you deep.
I wear luxury timepieces because it connects me to the past experience, with my grandfather, and future experiences with fellow members of the watch enthusiast club.

Dan Bal

Panerai on Stainless Steel Bracelet
Panerai Luminor on Stainless Steel Bracelet

Wearing a luxury timepiece elevates you as a man. It embodies everything you would look for – craftsmanship, value, recognition, and knowing that it will last decades is a bonus.

Dani Avi

Breitling Colt GMT
Breitling Colt GMT

For me, wearing a high-end wristwatch give you that “first impression” advantage.

​A mentor once told me when you show up with nice timepiece or a nice car it will automatically open doors for you that will never be available for you otherwise.  Of course as I learn more about luxury timepieces, I also start to appreciate them more-and-more to a point where I am almost addicted now.

Berk “Sultan” Boochook

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme

I choose to wear luxury timepieces as they are statement pieces that communicate my sense of style and personality.

​The timepiece I chose to wear right at that moment is a reflection of success, power, sophistication, adventure, and a sense of being a horology aficionado. It is a natural extension of one’s soul and being!

Andres Blanchard Delgado

Rolex Air King 11690
Rolex Air King

Two words – Asset allocation.

​My investments in luxury timepieces allows me to make a smart financial choices and gives me the opportunity to wear and enjoy watches that the majority of the people won’t have because they lack financial education. Luxury watches protect, and have sometimes multiplied, my money.

Darian Monsefan

Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver

​There are a couple of reasons why I choose to wear a luxury timepieces, but the main one is because it starts conversations.

​There have been countless time that, because of the watch that I happened to be wearing,  I have gotten into conversations with people, or gotten access to certain “circles”, that have afforded me unique opportunities. The other reason is basically I appreciate the art and craftsmanship that goes into the making of luxury watches.

Mike Hickey

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

To me a luxury timepiece represents the perfect intersection of form and function.

​The engineer in me appreciates the mechanical design and craftsmanship of making an accurate watch that needs no batteries, and at the same time, the aesthetic design is like wearing a piece of art of your wrist.

Stephen Semenchuk

Rolex GMT Master 116710
Rolex GMT Master II

​For me, my watches mark milestones in my life and a reward for reaching a goal. You know how some folks will get a tattoo to mark an event of some sort?

Watches do that for me.

​That’s not to say I don’t appreciate the beauty, craftsmanship and engineering that goes into them, that’s the icing on the cake for me.

Job C. Gracia

Panerai Luminor Marina GMT, PAM00088
Panerai Pam 88

Honestly for me personally, a luxury timepiece represents my dreams and hard work of one day making it big. And definitely very good conversation starters.

So why do you choose to wear luxury timepieces?

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