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The perfect 3-watch collection

A beginner's guide

Celine SimonDec 13, 2021

If you follow watch-focused Instagram accounts, you may start to believe the goal is to amass as many watches as possible. After all, collectors like to collect, and if you get bitten by the watch bug, the urge for “just one more watch” can be strong. But we’re here to tell you that not only does a small yet thoughtfully curated collection cover every occasion, it's easier to manage.

You really only need three timepieces for the perfect assortment: a daily watch, a sports watch, and a dress watch. Here’s our beginner’s guide to the perfect three-watch collection.

An Omega Constellation. (Image courtesy Omega)

The daily watch

This watch will be the workhorse of your collection. It’ll be the watch you wear most of the time, so it should complement the majority of your wardrobe and work for your lifestyle. There are no hard and fast rules as to what constitutes a daily watch but definitely keep comfort and durability in mind. You don’t want a watch that you have to be too precious with if you’re going to be wearing it all the time and you certainly don’t want an uncomfortable timepiece that you consistently have to adjust or remove from your wrist.

This watch will be the workhorse of your collection.

Also, you’ll want a watch that you can dress up or down, whether for a night out, running errands, or working from home. Think about the combination of shape, material, and colour when you’re considering your daily watch. Are you a minimalist, maximalist, or somewhere in between? Do you prefer round watches or do you gravitate towards other shapes? Do you always wear white-tone metals, gold-tone metals, or a mix of both?

If you’re not sure what style you’d prefer, here are some popular examples of daily high-end watches to give you some inspiration.

Daily watches you can find on luxxee

Other daily watches

  • Patek Philippe Aquanaut
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
  • IWC Portugieser
  • Bulgari Octo

While these watches are obviously all different, what they have in common is immense variety. These well-known watch collections offer a wide range of materials, sizes, and colours so you can choose a daily watch that best fits your style.

A Rolex Submariner in water. (Image courtesy Rolex)

The sports watch

Think of this piece as the weekender watch. Compared to the daily watch, a sports watch will typically have a beefier case, added functionality, and often, more colour. Dive watches, pilot watches, and chronographs all fall within this category. They’ll come with extra bells and whistles such as buttons to activate the chronograph (stopwatch feature), bezels that rotate to use as timers, or additional displays on the dial.

In terms of style, the sports watch can be its own thing without having to worry about it matching what you’re wearing. In fact, sports watches are often selected for their striking style — they’re expected to grab attention rather than blend seamlessly with your look. So if you want bright colours and bold silhouettes, go for it.

All high-end watch brands offer sports watch collections. Sports watches have become increasingly popular in recent decades. Here are some of the most famous in the luxury market.

Sports watches you can find on luxxee

Other sports watches

  • Patek Philippe Nautilus
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
  • Panerai Luminor
  • IWC Pilot’s Watch
  • Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Sport

These collections are varied with plenty of different colourways and materials to choose from. Whether a steel diving watch, oversized pilot’s watch, or solid gold chronograph, the sports watch will be the most fun in your three-watch collection.

A Rolex Cellini Moonphase. (Image courtesy Rolex)

The dress watch

Many of us have items in our wardrobe for when we want to look extra sharp. A favourite suit, a snappy pocket square, a perfect dress, some killer shoes. And the dress watch is the timepiece to take out for these occasions.

Whereas the sports watch is defined by its big and bold style, the dress watch sits on the other end of the spectrum, characterized by restraint and subtlety. Dress watches often have ultra-slim cases that sit low on the wrist. They also feature understated dials that are easy to read and more often than not, dress watches are paired with leather straps. Demure design is prioritized over robust durability.

Above all, you’ll want a dress watch with a classic design that won’t go out of style, regardless of current trends. These fine timepieces are perfect examples of dress watches with enduring appeal.

Dress watches you can find on luxxee

Other dress watches

  • Patek Philippe Calatrava
  • Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
  • Breguet Classique
  • A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso
  • Piaget Altiplano

Although luxury brands offer current dress watch collections, you can always look at vintage watches too. Vintage timepieces will often feature the understated designs and restrained proportions characteristic of the ideal dress watch.

The right timepiece for any occasion

There you have it — the perfect three-watch collection. With a daily watch, sports watch, and dress watch, you’ll always have the right timepiece to wear for any occasion. If you’re ready to shop for your next favourite watch, use the luxxee search engine, which brings you the best options and prices from top watch sites around the world.

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