Many guys dismiss the idea of wearing a diamond replica watch out of fear it’ll seem ludicrously over the top. Admittedly, countless celebrities rock blinged-out watches smothered with so many diamonds you can barely see the metal. But there are other, more subtle alternatives to the fully iced-out look you may want to explore. It is no secret diamonds can add hefty premiums to watch prices, especially when bought at retail. Here are eight of our favourite men’s diamond watches – ranging from the more affordable entry-level pieces all the way to six figures.
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang 42 Titanium ref. 641.NX.0173.LR.1104
A lot of men recoil from diamonds due to their feminine connotations. But with its 42mm tonneau case, the black leather strap replica Hublot Spirit of Big Bang still brings the industrial and largely masculine presence associated with Hublot. The gemstone really blends well into the titanium, an interesting pairing considering the lightweight nature of the metal. Boasting 100 metres of water resistance and a sturdy titanium case, this is also not a watch you need to baby. Price: $26,200 USD
Patek Philippe Chronograph, Annual Calendar ref. 5961R
Patek Philippe has made some very nice men’s watches with hints of diamonds of late, one of which is this 5961R. Like the Piaget above, it utilises baguette diamonds in its bezel, but it differs in that it has diamonds on the indexes and markers as well. The dial really displays Patek’s mastery of horology, packing so much complication into a balanced and relatively understated form. Again we see the balancing effect a leather strap can have on a diamond watch – the addition of any more precious materials would bring the Patek tch into a whole other blingosphere. Price: $149,030 USD