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The best platinum watches for men

Platinum has long been associated with success, exclusivity and the finer things in life. Jewellery and horology enthusiasts will know that watches made from this precious heavy metal are the ultimate statement of luxury and high quality. They’re often released as part of a limited edition, making them all the more covetable. While being extremely rare, platinum is one of the best materials for watch cases; more durable than silver, gold or titanium, it is also naturally hypoallergenic. With its high worth and incredible resistance, a platinum watch is an investment that will hold its value for generations to come.

As the holiday season approaches, a platinum watch could make for an extraordinary Christmas gift. Read on to discover some of the finest available now.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time

This universal time watch is perfect for jet-setters. A globe serves as the main feature on the dial, with the names of world cities in crimson and cobalt placed around the edge to reflect 24 different time zones. An example of superior watchmaking, the tourbillon mechanism is revealed to showcase the technical finery of this Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece.

Case diameter: 43.5mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: Calibre 948 automatic
Waterproof: 50 metres
Price: POA, jaeger-lecoultre.com

Patek Phillipe Chronograph Annual Calendar 5905P

Patek Phillipe has been making chronograph precision watches since the 1920s. This new version of the elegant chronograph timepiece offers a platinum case crafted entirely in-house and features an annual calendar on its face. The blue dial and alligator strap make it an eye-catching model, but it’s also available in a demure black version.

Case diameter: 42mm
Strap: Alligator
Movement: Calibre CH 28-520 QA 24H automatic
Waterproof: 30 metres
Price: £59,900, patek.com

Omega Seamaster 300

The Seamaster 300 by Omega has been created with those who spend a lot of time underwater in mind. With a water resistance of 300 metres, the limited edition timepiece is suitable for swimming, snorkelling and diving. First launched in 1957, this updated version of the diving watch features a platinum strap to match its case and 18K white gold hands.

Case diameter: 41mm
Strap: Platinum
Movement: Calibre Omega 8401 automatic
Waterproof: 300 metres
Limited Edition: 357
Price: £44,000, omegawatches.com

Blancpain Tourbillon Squelette 8 Jours

Named after the village of Blancpain’s origin, the Villeret collection embodies a modern take on a classic aesthetic. The intricate and striking Tourbillon Squellete 8 Jours model is designed with an impressive skeleton dial in order to showcase its high-quality mechanics.

Case diameter: 38mm
Strap: Alligator lined with alzavel
Movement: Calibre 25 automatic
Waterproof: 30 metres
Price: POA, blancpain.com

Ulysse Nardin Classico Trilogy

Seeing as traces of platinum have been found on the moon and in meteorites, it makes sense that Ulysse Nardin has used the material in its limited edition Classico Trilogy astronomical watches, with each piece named after a famous astronomer (Galileo Galilei, Copernicus and Johannes Kepler). This 889-70 model, which features a colourful, hand-painted enamel earth on its dial, is particularly attractive. The watch also features a calendar and zodiac around the edge of the dial and sapphire crystal has been used on the hands.

Case diameter: 43mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: Calibre UN-88 automatic
Waterproof: 30 metres
Limited Edition: 100
Price: CHF145,000, ulysse-nardin.com

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra-fine 1955

For gentlemen who prefer simplicity in their style, this platinum Vacheron Constantin strips away bold colours and elaborate complications to create a traditional yet exquisite specimen. A symbol of fine watchmaking, Vacheron Constantin watches boast the exclusive Geneva Hallmark seal, meaning that all of its watches are made to the specifications outlined by the Geneva Laboratory of Horology and Microengineering and assembled entirely in the Swiss Canton itself.

Case diameter: 36mm
Strap: Alligator
Movement: Calibre 1003 manual-winding
Waterproof: 30 metres
Price: £35,000, vacheron-constantin.com

Panerai Radiomir 10 Days GMT Automatic Platino

‘Platino’ in Spanish means ‘little silver’ and is the origin for the elementary name of platinum. This watch is an updated version of the original Radomir – the first model created by Panerai in the 20th century for divers and naval professionals. The golden clock hands are complemented by the ecru colour of the leather strap, giving the watch a casual yet sophisticated feel.

Case diameter: 45mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: Calibre P.2003 automatic
Waterproof: 50 metres
Limited edition: 100
Price: £47,000, panerai.com

A.Lange & Söhne Grande Lange 1 Moon Phase Lumen

This limited edition moonphase watch by German watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne is a beautiful piece with unique features. Its sleek black design includes a luminous display and hands with an off-centre main dial and calendar. There are a number of model varieties within the collection but the Lumen is arguably the most special.

Case diameter: 41mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: Calibre L095.3 manual-winding
Limited edition: 200
Price: POA, alange-soehne.com

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