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Nineteen exemplars of Esquire style reveal the watches that adorn their wrists and lie closest to their hearts
From: Esquire UK
"My favourite is a Power Reserve 40 rose gold-tone stainless steel and alligator strap watch by Zenith. It's a clean, classic design with the right dose of glamour."
"I have 25 in total—a rose gold Rolex Daytona, Audemars Piguet, Franck Muller, Jacob & Co, Hublot Big Bang—the list goes on!"
"Omega Seamaster Bullhead."
"I wear a Panerai Luminor Marina. Stainlees steel with a blue face. I won it, believe it or not, in a shooting competition. Clay pigions with shotguns and target with rifles. I had never shot before. It was beginner's luck, clearly, but I was brilliant. I couldn't miss! That was 16 years ago and I haven't shot since. For one: I hate guns. For two: I'll never be that good again, so why spoil it? I love the watch. It doesn't keep perfect time any more—it loses about five minutes a week—but it's got a story. I won it!"
"A Drive de Cartier. It's the subtlety that I love: the perfect harmony of the blued-steel, sword-shaped hands and the sapphire in the crown; the minute precision of the silvered flinqué dial. It's beautiful and elegant—and ageless."
"I admire the Omega Globemaster for its really simple design, but it's a design with heritage, and it's also incredibly beautiful. It has the Master Chronometer certificate, which is the first of its kind, but it's the elegance that I love."
"A 1968 Omega Speedmaster."
"The Time Pyramid by Arnold & Son is a unique watch design, based on the old English carriage clocks, that has me fascinated by its simplicity and beauty. Sébastien Caulmontet's creation is somple geniue and this watch will soon become a collectors' classic."
"My particular leanings are towards chronograph designs of the late '50s and early '60s, pieces like my Breitling Transocean—which I wear on a steel Milanese bracelet. I also have a limited-edition Tag Heuer Carrera made for, and designed by, Jack Heuer as part of his 80th birthday celebrations."
"One of my earliest memories of my father was looking up at his Breitling Navitimer. Last year I got an updated version. It has a lot of sentimental value, but I also love the design and mechanism. I'm 6ft 6in so the oversized 46mm diameter counterbalances my gigantism."
"A Tag Heuer Carrera, plus an IWC for the evening."
"I wear an 18k gold Rolex Day-Date on a brown leather strap. I like the size, it's 36mm, which isn't too overbearing. Gold sounds a bit crass, but as it's vintage it's a bit worn with a nice finish."
"I have a Hamilton, a [Cartier] Ballon Bleu and an old Dunhill Millenium, but my favourite is my Timex Indiglo. It lights up in the dark; it has a nice plain look and it is very cheap."
"A 1963 Rolex Explorer."
"My first real standout timepiece was a Breitling Superocean. It was a gift for my 30th birthday, and I still wear this as my everyday watch. I also have a 1960 Omega dress watch, a Hamilton Pilot and a 1975 Rolex Air-King, and I've recently been introduced to Precista."
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