There are many types of watch collections. The one we propose today to start one with compiles the entry-level models of the most prestigious brands. If you want a Rolex, don’t start by coveting a Submariner (not least because you’ll have to stand in a queue for years to get a new one). Go for a simple Oyster Perpetual first, and then your collection will grow.
Cartier’s most basic, affordable and classic Tank is this Tank Must in steel with a three-hand quartz movement. It is one of the most recognisable watches of all time, with its rectangular shape, Roman numerals and railway minute track. It is also one of Cartier’s longest-lived watches, having been launched in 1917. A sure thing, indeed.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
It’s the watch that laid the foundation for the crown brand. Timeless, elegant without being overly slim, it is the gateway to the coveted Rolex family. The smallest is this 28 mm-diameter steel watch, designed for a feminine wrist. Despite its small size, it is fitted with an automatic movement.
Omega De Ville Prestige Quartz
The Omega that everyone wants to wear on their wrist is the Speedmaster Moonwatch, one of the most iconic watches in the world (the one that went to the moon, for the sake of argument). But you have to pay a high price for it (from €7,700). So we’ll stick with this simple 27.4 mm steel De Ville Prestige Quartz, which is still an Omega, so quality is a given.
TAG Heuer Fórmula 1
From 1,600 euros you can own a TAG Heuer. That’s how much this 41 mm Formula 1 sports watch with a 60-minute unidirectional rotating bezel and steel bracelet is powered by a quartz movement. Offering a 200-metre water resistance and hours, minutes, seconds and date functions, who wouldn’t want one?
Breitling Endurance Pro
To add a typically sporty Breitling watch without digging deep into your pocket, you can opt for the Endurance Pro, a chronograph available in many shades (orange, black, sky blue, red, yellow…) and a powerful 44 mm in diameter. It is powered by a thermo-compensated SuperQuartz movement, which, according to the brand, is 10 times more accurate than the usual quartz.