For my 23rd birthday, I decided to use the money that I had saved up to buy myself a watch. This would be the first watch that I would ever buy for myself using my own money. Thus, as the lady in Hourglass (a popular watch store in SM Megamall) had told me while I was window shopping for which one to buy, “looking for the perfect watch is important, especially for your first one.” This began my fascination with these great horological masterpieces by some of the world’s best engineers, designers, and masters of time. Before my birthday arrived, I ended up buying this gorgeous Orient Sun & Moon:
It is magnificent. And a few months after I first put it on, I’m so impressed by how well it tells time.
But my fascination with watches did not end there. I had thoroughly enjoyed the hunt for this beauty. So now, from time to time, when I have nothing better to do, I would just go online and randomly look at watches, study what are complications, read up on watch companies, and dream about the watches that I will never likely afford. And it is true what they say in the different watch forums. Some watches just call out to you. Even as I was looking for my first watch on a meager budget of P10,000-P15,000, I had always been drawn to Tag Heuer’s Link Calibre 5 Day Date which today costs somewhere around P150,000. Way out of my budget. But maybe one day, I’ll get it for myself.
Still, it’s fun looking at watches, and their sometimes impossible prices. It kind of makes me wonder how much time and how many achievements I should make before jumping from one tier to the next. That’s why I decided to make this post. First, I really just want to share all of the gorgeous horological wonders I’ve found in the hours I’ve spent looking at them. And I also wanted to make a reference of the watches that call out to me today, and how I imagine moving from one tier to the next.
So I compiled this list of the 10 most gorgeous watches to have called out to me thus far. They’re arranged in the order of the price it would take to acquire them, so as to chart a path of moving up from tier to tier. Of course some of the last watches on the list, I will likely be never be able to afford, but that doesn’t mean I should stop admiring and aspiring for them. This list covers watches that cost anywhere between the affordable P17,775 to the impossible P14,602,500.
10. Orient Sun & Moon ($395)
9. Tissot T-One Automatic Gent ($675)
8. Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart Auto ($975)
7. Nomos Orion 38 ($1,700)
6. Oris Artix Complication ($2,485)
5. Longines Master Collection Retrograde Moonphase ($2,600)
3. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust ($7,120)
2. A. Lange & Soehne Datograph Perpetual ($140,500)
Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Moon ($324,500)