9 Watches for 9 Types of DadsWhether you realize it or not, watches do far more than tell time. From airplane enthusiast to sports car fanatics, there’s a story with every watch and a watch for every man. This Father’s Day, give your dad the gift of time with a piece that fits his personality and style.
The Speed Demon
Monobloc Actuator 24H-Chronotimer Limited Edition at Porsche Design, $7,450
It’s no surprise that Porsche Design would concoct a watch like the Monobloc Actuator, an ode to Porsche Motorsports. Inspired by the revolution Porsche 911 RSR, the matte black carbon dial watch models the vehicle’s sleek body. Red is a bold characteristic in both the expeditious Porsche GT. Satisfy Dad’s inner speed demon and watch him hit the race track of daily life with lustrous agility.
The Classic Explorer
L2.6126.96.36.199 Watch at Longines, $10,250
Admirers of world pioneers and explorers will fall for this piece from Longines’ Master Collection. The brown alligator strap mixed with rose gold evokes a vintage appeal, balanced with a self-winding mechanical chronograph to share the date, minute and moon phase. If your father has a spirit for adventure, he can buckle into Longines’ classic conviction and simplistic utility.
Master Grand Tourbillon Enamel White Gold Watch at Jaeger-LeCoultre; Price available upon request
“I often think that the night is more alive and richly colored than the day,” the great Van Gogh once proclaimed. Skip a flight to Museum of Modern Art with a miniature starry, vibrant night for Dad’s wrist. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s tiny work of art is a grand way to have history and culture at his fingertips. The white gold casing features 33 jewels that with sparkle brightly like the stars that led Van Gogh to pick up his paintbrush.
The World Traveler
Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum at Montblanc, $5,500
Is Dad an excursionist captivated by a collection of passport stamps? Does he dream of foreign dialects and unknown languages? If Dad is infected with the travel bug, Montblanc’s Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum watch is perfect for his next adventure. This piece adopts a universal approach to time telling, sharing 24 time zones and indicating how day and night evolve all over the world. No matter what hemisphere he voyages to, he will be in good company.
Cockpit B50 at Breitling; Price available upon request
How many of us dream of getting behind the controls of an aircraft and feeling the fleeting excitement of miles growing beneath our feet and the ground below? Imagination rises with elevation, so Breitling’s timepieces are a necessary for fathers’ who admire for aviation. The ultimate pilot’s instrument, this multifunction electronic Cockpit B50 chronograph features a titanium case equipped with an analog and digital display SuperQuartz™ movement, specially developed for flight.
Seamaster Ploprof 1200 M Omega Co-Axial 55x48 MM Watch at Omega, $9,700
Whether he’s a deep-sea diver or just a Miami patron with a love of boating, Omega’s world-renowned Seamaster Professional 600 is sturdy option for Dad with enough power to withstand the crushing pressure of the ocean’s depths. The Seamaster Ploprof 1200M combines modern technology with an iconic class, with its face fastened safely on Omega’s “shark-proof” stainless steel bracelet. Dad doesn’t have to dare swimming with Jaws to live the “life aquatic.”
Formula 1 Chronograph 200 M at Tag Heuer, $1,350
Does your dad have boxes filled with track star medals from another life? Welcome a visit from the former varsity jock with Tag Heuer’s Formula 1 Chronograph. The NATO strap conjures thoughts of college game days and team colors. Initially inspired by car racing, the Formula 1 Chronograph features a sophisticated sandblasted, polished steel and blue aluminum face countered with the sporty flair of the navy, orange, and gray striped band.
Momento Fendi Bugs Watch at Fendi, $1,495
Fendi’s daring timepieces are made for visionaries and creatives; the mundane need not apply. This Swiss-made chronograph looks plain from afar, but take a closer look and find a blue dial with the bizarre adornment of eerie white eyes staring back. If he’s the person who’s always doodling cartoon villains and building fictional worlds with every passing minute, the Momento Fendi Bugs Watch has the attitude to fit his wild imagination.
Objet D Art Model 22604 at Invicta, $980
Does your father tinker with everyday items with wide-eyed wonder? Perhaps he has the mind of an inventor at heart. Invicta’s Objet D Art Model 22604 will transport Dad into the consciousness of the precise watchmaker. The gold-toned wonder leaves exposed gears, allowing its wearer to see the execution of masterful work with each passing second. Who knows? Maybe staring at one invention will spark an idea of his own.