Whether you’re just starting out in your career or you’re looking to stock up on some additional options, the stylish guy’s always on the lookout for worthwhile timepieces that won’t break the bank. And when you land on the perfect one, it makes a difference. The right affordable timepiece can look a million bucks more than you spent on it, adding a certain swagger to your outfits and even impressing your boss. To help you out, we found some of the most stylish new watches you can buy for under a grand.
The weekender: Lacoste 12.12 Silicone Strap, $125
When you really just need something to add a pop of colour to your outfit, Lacoste’s line-up of silicone-strap watches do the trick. The band emulates the texture of the brand’s famous polo shirt fabric and a contrasting crown gives it a dash of interest. Oh, and you can strap one on for just over a hundred bucks.
The intern: Michael Kors Chronograph, $225
Timepieces sporting chronograph complications look more expensive than they are, great if you’re on a tight budget but still want to be taken seriously. This Michael Kors watch features a leather-like polyurethane strap, tread detailing around the bezel and three sub-dials.
The perfectionist: Mondaine Classic 36mm, $300
Mondaine is the company responsible for Switzerland’s famously accurate railway watches. The brand’s Classic 36mm borrows the original’s design, featuring bold indexes and a polished stainless steel case. Thanks to its Swiss engineering, you’ll never have the wrong time.
The everyman: Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick Sport 43mm, $450
Victorinox Swiss Army has mastered the art of the casual steel banded watch with its Maverick series. Featuring a bold, black face that sets it apart, this 43mm sport version goes with every outfit like a pair of dark denim jeans.
The craftsman: Shinola Runwell 41mm, $550
For the guy who appreciates handmade goods, Shinola has produced the Runwell, featuring a moderately hefty 41mm face. It’s banded with nut brown American-made leather and sports a cream face with numbered indexes, giving it a casual air that pairs well with heritage workwear.
The suit: Emporio Armani Swiss Made Quartz Watch, $700
Formal dress codes demand a stylish, pared-down timepiece like the Emporio Armani Swiss-Made. Its subtle design features unnumbered minute and hour indexes, a date window at the three and a subdial for the seconds at the six.
The minimalist: Movado Museum Sports Watch, $800
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